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Merlahad Concept 2/? -

Eggsy’s MIA, presumed dead, and it’s the last straw for Harry. He disappears without a trace, leaving Merlin behind in an equally broken state.

Merlin traces Harry’s possible whereabouts, calls regularly, hoping Harry might one day pick up, and goes on with his life the best he can.

Harry shows up at the government tech agency that now employs Merlin to tell him he can stop his searching, because Harry doesn’t want to be found.

All right so last night I woke up in the middle of the night (this is normal for me) and couldn’t fall back asleep and planned out a whole fic that I’m not sue I’ll ever get in completed, publishable form so instead I gift its very long summary form to you all. 

We start when young Tenko Shimura is in the alleyway as a child. But instead of being found by All for One, he’s found by a younger Eraserhead. Aizawa’s able to shut the kid’s power off long enough to check his hands for injuries, which instantly makes Tenko idolize Eraserhead. Aizawa thinks that’s cute and all and takes the kid to a police station after wrapping a few of his fingers to stop him from accidentally destroying anything.

Poor Eraserhead gets dragged back inside before he’s even halfway down the block as Tenko freaks out about nothing really blocking his powers anymore beyond a little gauze around his fingers. Aizawa offers to call some of the tech-ier agencies, see if they can cope up with better hand coverings, but really has no clue what to do beyond that. He’s not a people person and usually not a kid-favorite, but this kid seems to think he has all the answers.

Since the only thing keeping the kid with the highly destructive quirk calm seems to be his staying there, Aizawa phones All Might to ask if Toshinori can cover the rest of his rounds. Of course All Might agrees and Aizawa spends the night awkwardly hanging out on a police station couch with a five year old while the cops try and fill out all the reports they can.

Well naturally the next morning All Might simply has to meet the kid Eraserhead saved and stayed with and shows up. Gran Torino tags along–wanting to rib Eraserhead–and they put together that this is Nana’s grandson. All Might instantly wants to take care of Tenko, but Tenko is already attached to Aizawa. Aizawa has no clue what to do right now. Gran Torino laughs at them for a while before suggesting that as pro heroes with busy schedules, maybe they both do it.

So Tenko ends up being co-parented by Toshinori and Aizawa and in the process Toshinori and Aizawa learn to get along and end up in a relationship.

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Comet lander Philae wakes up: How it happened and what’s next

By Lauren Raab

Philae, the first spacecraft to land on a comet, surprised and delighted scientists this weekend by waking up and reestablishing contact with Earth, seven months after running out of power. It “spoke” for more than a minute, according to the European Space Agency, and it’s expected to be able to continue gathering information and sending it home.

Here’s a look at what the lander has done so far and what will happen next.

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School Blues (bluemorezone)

“ Lets skip.” Honey said while she leaves Burger Kingdom with Alice and Betty. Betty blinked a few times and opened her mouth. She shuts it and looked to Alice. “ Come one we really don’t need these classes.”

“No. “ Alice said. Honey sighed. Honey crossed her arms. “ Besides do you really want to be a wandering warrior. Or do you not want to work in a decent agency. Tech would stop giving you jobs if you don’t finish high school.”

“ I have history today. If they talk about The New Turn Era one more time I’m going burst.” Honey noticed that Betty was missing her bag. “ Hey Betty where’s your bag?”

Betty blinked and noticed her bag was missing. “ Oh I forgotten it.” Betty was going inside until Honey stopped her.

“ I’ll get it. You go to school.” Honey goes back into the restaurant before Betty could stop her. Honey see people by where they were sitting, “ Hey do you see a black bag around there?”

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The Servitude Bubble
Tech isn’t really making a “sharing” economy. So what is it making?
By umair haque

Umair unpacks the ‘sharing economy’ and finds the technology underlying it is not liberating, but enslaving:

What’s the opposite of servitude? Not just freedom — but the thing from which freedom is born.

At it’s best, techne, the Greek root of the word “technology”, which means “skill”, is a miraculous, magical, enchanted thing. Technology, the enlargement and extension of man’s skillfulness, is the closest humanity has come to discovering the sacred amongst the earthly profane: for it gives mankind the power to transfigure the very world. From a place of stasis, into a place of freedom. Through it, man can ascend beyond his natural birthright, and give himself rebirth — from a foul, stinking, starving, powerless beast, to a civilized, enlightened, powerful being. All that is contained in the magic of techne. Techne, skill, endows man with the proficiency, the dexterity, the advantage, the shining chance, to become what he truly is. Not merely a servant of himself, or a servant of another. Buthimself. Human. Homo sapiens. The mindful being.

So the real servitude in the Servitude Bubble is the definition of “technology”. Once, technology meant stuff that went to the moon…cured fatal diseases…extended the human lifespan…enhanced human agency. Now, “tech” means stuff that…hails taxis…organizes butlers…automatically calls dogwalkers.

I was fascinated by this 'low-tech' concept

Steve Jobs was a low-tech parent

While many parents allow their children to bathe in the glow of tablets, smartphones and computers day and night, Steve Jobs limited the time his kids spent on gadgets at home.

Talk time: Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

When Steve Jobs was running Apple, he was known to call journalists to either pat them on the back for a recent article or, more often than not, explain how they got it wrong. I was on the receiving end of a few of those calls. But nothing shocked me more than something Jobs said to me in late 2010 after he had finished chewing me out for something I had written about an iPad shortcoming.

“So, your kids must love the iPad?” I asked Jobs, trying to change the subject. The company’s first tablet was just hitting the shelves.

“They haven’t used it,” he told me. “We limit how much technology our kids use at home.”

I’m sure I responded with a gasp and dumbfounded silence. I had imagined the Jobs’ household was like a nerd’s paradise: that the walls were giant touch screens, the dining table was made from tiles of iPads and that iPods were handed out to guests like chocolates on a pillow.

Nope, Jobs told me, not even close.

Since then, I’ve met a number of technology chief executives and venture

Digital dangers: Apple co founder Steve Jobs restricted his children from using the company’s gadgets at home. Photo: (Photo Illustration by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

capitalists who say similar things: They strictly limit their children’s screen time, often banning all gadgets on school nights and allocating ascetic time limits on weekends.

I was perplexed by this parenting style. After all, most parents seem to take the opposite approach, letting their children bathe in the glow of tablets, smartphones and computers, day and night.

Yet these tech CEO’s seem to know something the rest of us don’t.

Chris Anderson, the former editor of Wired and now chief executive of 3D Robotics, a drone-maker, has instituted time limits and parental controls on every device in his home.

“My kids accuse me and my wife of being fascists and overly concerned about tech, and they say that none of their friends have the same rules,” he said of his five children, age 6-17. “That’s because we have seen the dangers of technology firsthand. I’ve seen it in myself, I don’t want to see that happen to my kids.”

The dangers he is referring to include exposure to harmful content like pornography, bullying from other kids, and perhaps worst of all, becoming addicted to their devices, just like their parents.

Alex Constantinople, the chief executive of the OutCast Agency, a tech-focused communications and marketing firm, said her youngest son, who is 5, is never allowed to use gadgets during the week, and her older children, 10-13, are allowed only 30 minutes a day on school nights.

Evan Williams, a founder of Blogger, Twitter and Medium, and his wife, Sara Williams, said that in lieu of iPads, their two young boys have hundreds of books (yes, physical ones) that they can pick up and read anytime.

So how do tech moms and dads determine the proper boundary for their children? In general, it is set by age.

Children under 10 seem to be most susceptible to becoming addicted, so these parents draw the line at not allowing any gadgets during the week. On weekends, there are limits of 30 minutes to two hours on iPad and smartphone use. And 10- to 14-year-olds are allowed to use computers on school nights, but only for homework.

“We have a strict no-screen-time-during-the-week rule for our kids,” said Lesley Gold, founder and chief executive of the SutherlandGold Group, a tech media relations and analytics company. “But you have to make allowances as they get older and need a computer for school.”

Some parents also forbid teenagers to use social networks, except for services like Snapchat, which deletes messages after they have been sent. This way they don’t have to worry about saying something online that will haunt them later in life, one executive told me.

Although some nontech parents I know give smartphones to children as young as 8, many who work in tech wait until their child is 14. While these teenagers can make calls and text, they are not given a data plan until 16. But there is one rule that is universal among the tech parents I polled.

“This is rule No. 1: There are no screens in the bedroom. Period. Ever,” Anderson said.

While some tech parents assign limits based on time, others are much stricter about what their children are allowed to do with screens.

Ali Partovi, a founder of iLike and adviser to Facebook, Dropbox and Zappos, said there should be a strong distinction between time spent “consuming,” like watching YouTube or playing video games, and time spent “creating” on screens.

“Just as I wouldn’t dream of limiting how much time a kid can spend with her paintbrushes, or playing her piano, or writing, I think it’s absurd to limit her time spent creating computer art, editing video, or computer programming,” he said.

Others said that outright bans could backfire and create a digital monster.

Dick Costolo, chief executive of Twitter, told me he and his wife approved of unlimited gadget use as long as their two teenage children were in the living room. They believe that too many time limits could have adverse effects on their children.

“When I was at the University of Michigan, there was this guy who lived in the dorm next to me, and he had cases and cases of Coca-Cola and other sodas in his room,” Costolo said. “I later found out that it was because his parents had never let him have soda when he was growing up. If you don’t let your kids have some exposure to this stuff, what problems does it cause later?”

I never asked Jobs what his children did instead of using the gadgets he built, so I reached out to Walter Isaacson, the author of Steve Jobs, who spent a lot of time at their home.

“Every evening, Steve made a point of having dinner at the big, long table in their kitchen, discussing books and history and a variety of things,” he said. “No one ever pulled out an iPad or computer. The kids did not seem addicted at all to devices.”

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WashPo: NSA surveillance program reaches '€˜into the past' to retrieve, replay phone calls

The National Security Agency has built a surveillance system capable of recording “100 percent” of a foreign country’s telephone calls, enabling the agency to rewind and review conversations as long as a month after they take place, according to people with direct knowledge of the effort and documents supplied by former contractor Edward Snowden.

A senior manager for the program compares it to a time machine — one that can replay the voices from any call without requiring that a person be identified in advance for surveillance.

I want to explore Merlin so much

Does he have ties to MI6′s Q division? Does he hate them? Does he see other spy agencies’ tech departments as rivals or allies (in UK at least)?

Is he straight? Gay? Bi? Other? Does he have a strict ‘no workplace relationships’ mentality for himself? Does he have a partner who has a normal job and greets him with a cup of tea and shoulder rubs when he gets home? Is he single? Does he have a thing for Roxy? Does he have a relationship with one of the other knights?

Where does he live? Is it a house like Harry? A near-by apartment he treats as a locker? Is it modern? Classic? Does he express and love his Scottishness or downplay it? Does he have a kilt? Does he have his coat of arms hanging in his house?

What does he like to drink? Do we assume it’s tea or is coffee his favourite? Irish coffee? Does he drink as much as the rest of them? What does he like to eat? Does he eat well, with grilled chicken and steamed veggies? Does he make soup once and eat it through out the week? Does he swing by a drive thru whenever he can and just eat whatever he can get down? Does he have a massive weakness for chocolate with peanuts?

Does he know what he knows because of Kingsman and necessity? Does he sit and learn piece of information after piece of information on the offhand chance it will come in handy? Is he fluent in every coding language? Did he learn this outside and bring it in to Kingsman? Was he a pilot who taught himself how to code and was proposed because he found and hacked a Kingsman plane’s signal? Was he just a nerd who was in the right place at the right time? Was he confident or dorky?

It’s the general consensus that Merlin and Harry are good friends - is that true? Did they meet and become friends through Kingsman? Before? Did one of them help the other? Did they always like each other? Did they ever have disagreements when they were young because they hadn’t fully found themselves yet? Are they just professionally friendly? Or do they leave work together to go out to dinner and complain and laugh with each other?

I need to explore who Merlin is so badly