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Six Different Types Of 35-Year-Old Men

Originally posted on Thought Catalog:

1. The Unicorn

The Unicorn is totally normal and well-adjusted. He has a good job, and makes a decent living, but is not a workaholic. He likes his family, but doesn’t live with them. He is funny, and well-informed, and cooks a mean pasta bolognese. He has friends from all periods of his life with whom he is still in touch. He is not an alcoholic, drug abuser, or porn addict. He reads. He is easy on the eyes, or even hot. He is taller than you. The Unicorn longs wistfully to meet his special someone, to lay his head in your lap to watch HBO on Sunday night after a weekend full of chores and friends and family, and to wake up with you on Monday mornings in perpetuity.

The most important thing to know about The Unicorn is that, as his name implies, he does not exist.

2.  The Married Guy

Look away from The Married…

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And Equality for All

Originally posted on Math with Bad Drawings:

a brief biography of the equals sign

Like Roald Dahl and Catherine-Zeta Jones, the equals sign was born in Wales.

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It was 1557—not that long ago, in the scheme of things. Just a few years before the birth of Shakespeare. In fact, the Danish prince and the Scottish king captivated the public long before their humble Welsh neighbor reached wide renown.

The early equals sign was a lovely but ungainly thing, a long pair of parallels that its inventor called Gemowe Lines:

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Over the centuries, this stilt-legged creature shortened into the compact and tidy symbol we know today.

And before that? Well, mathematicians simply spelled out equalities with the phrase “is equal to.”

10 is equal to 7 + 3.

8 x 9 is equal to 72.

And of course, a2 + b2 is equal to c2.

The equals sign offered a way to avoid the…

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FoundationDB And The New NoSQL

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Databases are the spine of the tech industry: unsung, invisible, but critical–and beyond disastrous when they break or are deformed. This makes database people cautious. For years, only the Big Three–Oracle, IBM’s DB2, and (maybe) SQL Server–were serious options. Then the open-source alternatives–MySQL, PostgreSQL–became viable. …And then, over the last five years, things got interesting.

Some history: around the turn of this millennium, more and more people begin to recognize that formal, structured, normalized relational databases, interrogated by variants of SQL, often hindered rather than helped development. Over the following decade, a plethora of new databases bloomed, especially within Google, which had a particular need for web-scale datastore solutions: hence BigTable, Megastore and Spanner.

Meanwhile, Apache brought us Cassandra, HBase, and CouchDB; Clustrix offered a plug-and-play scalable MySQL replacement; Redis became a fundamental component of many Rails (and other) apps; and, especially, MongoDB

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Why LiveRail Ditched An IPO To Sell Its Video AdTech To Facebook For ~$500M

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

“The company was profitable. We probably would have pursued an IPO. The business was accelerating”, LiveRail CEO Mark Trefgarne tells me in his first interview about how his company was acquired by Facebook in July for what multiple sources say was $500 million.

Still, rather than go public, Trefgarne said his team realized that “If we work hard at Facebook, we have a real opportunity to take over the world…actually that’s not the best phrase [laughs]. Maybe not take over the world, but do some really industry changing stuff.”

With TV viewing down 4% and online video streaming up 60% in the last year according to Nielsen, FaceRail could soak up the flood of vido ad dollars headed to the Internet.

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The smiley British entrepreneur was in good spirits when I met him and Facebook’s VP of ads product marketing at the social network’s palatial headquarters in Menlo…

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WATCH: Winnipeg romantic’s antics catch Ashton Kutcher’s eye

Originally posted on Global News:

WATCH: Derrick Paulson interrupts his wife’s morning routine in the best way possible.

WINNIPEG — The most romantic man in the world may well live in Winnipeg.

Even Ashton Kutcher says he’s “a boss.”

Derrick Paulson, a creative communications student at Red River College in Winnipeg, posted two YouTube videos showing his wife as he gave her incredible surprise anniversary gifts.

Those videos received a huge boost when Kutcher posted one of them on his Facebook page with the comment “This guy is a boss.” With more than 18 million likes on his Facebook page alone, Kutcher has a massive audience from all over the world.

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Ashton Kutcher shared Derrick Paulson’s video with his 18 million followers Friday afternoon.

It was a pleasant surprise for Paulson when he began receiving hundreds of thousands of views on his videos. The one Kutcher posted had more than 1.8 million views on YouTube…

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Minerals and the search for life on Mars

Originally posted on Fourth rock from the Sun:

Understanding if life could ever have existed on Mars is one of the most challenging scientific questions facing us in the 21st Century. We know that the Martian surface at present is an arid environment bombarded with ultraviolet radiation, so the chance of finding living organisms existing there today is extremely unlikely. However, Mars has not always been this way, its history is divided into three distinct geological periods; the Amazonian, Hesperian, and the Noachian. The oldest of these, the Noachian, is likely to have been a significantly more promising time for life to potentially evolve as liquid water persisted on or near the surface long enough to carve valleys into the Martian surface and leave behind distinctive rock units. For example, in Gale Crater Curiosity Rover discovered minerals that indicated the presence of a freshwater lake at the time of their formation billions of years ago, an environment…

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These Cool Robots Are Processing Your Amazon Orders

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Amazon may be developing drones for the future, but here’s something for the here and now. A veritable feast of robots that will appeal to anyone who is into technology.

Today the e-commerce giant lifted the lid on the advanced (and frankly damn right cool) little machines that make its latest, eighth generation fulfillment centers tick.

Robots from Kiva Systems, a company Amazon bought for $775 million back in 2012, are the standout star at the center. Scurrying around the warehouse floor, they move your precious orders and look like a domesticated version of a Star Wars character or perhaps a space station bot from Wall-E.

Amazon isn’t just about cutting-edge robotics, the company invests in people power too. This year, it said it plans to hire 80,000 employees to cover the seasonal rush, that’s 14 percent more than last year. As ever, it expects “thousands” of these short-term recruits to move into full-time roles once the…

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