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I don't often share press articles about our products – they rarely seem to say much of use – but this was just such a good case of a journalist Getting It Right that I had to share. Google+ is very much alive, and our recent changes are focused on making it be the best product it can be for what it's best at: helping people meet people and have great conversations about things they're passionate about. 

One particularly noteworthy thing in this article is its discussion of the "majority illusion:" people tend to assume that their friends are typical of the wider world, but almost by definition they aren't – for one thing, they all have one uncommon attribute in common, which is being your friend in the first place. And since people don't choose their friends randomly from the entire spectrum of humanity, one's friends are always a distorted sample. 

So yes, we have here a tech press article which (correctly) uses an important result in cognitive psychology to explain why lots of tech press articles are nonsense.
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The attention to detail and the effort this guy put in making these comparisons is amazing.
It is cool to see the little changes and tweaks, mostly for the better.
The only things I didn't like were the stupid little fake silliness character additions mimicking the silly clumsy behaviours of Episode I. I don't see the point.
Nobody liked Jar Jar Binks or the silly little clumsy robots. :-/
 
- I changed you!
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We've all grown up with Star Wars, and we all know that over the years George Lucas has tinkered with it and changed a lot of things. One of most well-known changes in the saga is the scene between Han Solo and Greedo, making it so that Han doesn't shoot first. But did you know that scene was edited four different times in different versions of the film? YouTube user Marcelo Zuniga has edited together four videos detailing all of the ...
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I'm getting really old, it seems.
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 "I'm getting really old, it seems."
Don´t program your life in a limited way!
It´s Neurolinguístic...
Instead "old"use "updated"...
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Interesting read on Google's self-driving cars experience and human error in driving.
Can't wait to have one of these cars available to be bought! ;-)
Summer is one of the most dangerous times of the year on U.S. streets, as many of us spend more time behind the wheel, h…
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I just want to quit driving altogether...but can't, not living in rural Nevada. Cars are simply 2000lb+ weapons.
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This is one of my favorite beaches. Near Lagos, Portugal.
 
Praia da Dona Ana - Lagos, Algarve (Portugal).

Dona Ana é uma praia de referência, em Lagos, Algarve, Portugal.
Fica na zona conhecida por Costa D' Oiro, nome derivado da cor amarela/oiro das rochas que envolvem esta praia que é maior de entre as várias praias de beleza única, protegidas do vento e de águas calmas e límpidas, localizadas desde o porto da cidade até ao farol da Ponta da Piedade. A proximidade de Lagos torna-a concorrida no Verão. As rochas, no areal, proporcionam sombra aos visitantes. O mar é calmo e os banhistas costumam nadar até à base das falésias e das rochas pontiagudas que despontam da água.
Em Setembro de 2013, a praia Dona Ana foi considerada pela revista espanhola Condé Nast Traveller a melhor praia do mundo e “a mais bonita de Portugal”, onde se considera que brilha pela “cor turquesa das suas águas que sobressai entre as escarpas naturais”.
[Origem: Wikipédia, a enciclopédia livre].

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Pois mas a praia já não é assim. Depois das obras ficou com areia escura.
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I always thought and said Google Glass would be best in specific use cases, not as a broad consumer gadget.
It seems it is finally being embraced as such with a few killer use cases.

Disclaimer: I have no internal knowledge of what is being done with Glass. This article is my only source.
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Very interesting article, more than the bait-click tittle suggests.

#cinema   #cinematography  
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The long read: Skip Lievsay is one of the most talented men in Hollywood. He has created audioscapes for Martin Scorsese and is the only sound man the Coen brothers go to. But the key to this work is more than clever effects, it is understanding the human mind
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Very cool. That was my career plan shortly before I joined Google. Really interested work.
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It isn't just Switzerland.

The reaction of this expatriate American doesn't surprise me at all. Even in Britain, many companies run by Americans have a bad reputation for treating their employees as if they were ungrateful scroungers rather than the precious life blood of the business. Only our European laws prevent them introducing their toxic attitude to work fully into the heart of our European home.
The Swiss understand work-life balance in a way Americans completely miss.
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Yeah, this seems pretty accurate.  I really should have picked up the hint about longer vacations.
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For those who both like science, celestial bodies and friendly banter by Colbert. :-)
 
"It even has a heart, unlike you." -Stephen Colbert to Neil DeGrasse Tyson
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I simply don't believe them.
These were the points they rejected 1 week ago; their red lines they would not cross; the points that they accused the EU of being "terrorists", the "OXI" that passed with 61%!
And now, 1 week later, it's all good, they even proposed them? Wtf?!?
I don't believe them.
And all this is going to cost my father and a lot of other people in the rest of the EU a substantial impact on their retirement pensions.
These things are not free of consequences.
The measures drawn up by Alexis Tsipras and his cabinet to help broker a deal
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I don't believe it either. The whole process makes me sick. Fooling around with people's money and lives... There is no clear vision and strong leadership for Europe... It's only a matter of political agenda driven mainly by the capital... over the interests of European citizens... if there is even such a thing...

@Acacio, do not doubt the solution will pass from a substantial pardon of Greece's debt and much more relaxed payment terms at everyone's expenses...  Unfortunately they don't know (or don't want to know) any better... They should... We expect them to...

This "pardon" is probably the worst message to pass. I'm in favour instead of a plan that allows Greece to overcome their difficulties, for example, longer payments terms and lower interest rates accompanied by true reforms and economic measures in a context of coordinated European development / growth. Otherwise is more of the same... with some nuances of political theatre in the middle... Throwing everyone's money away to support unsustainable social and economic models...

I doubt what's happening is very different from before. A kind of "business agreement" to get more money in the short term without any significant concerns in the long run...
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SRE Manager at Google.
Projects: GMail, Apps Backend, Abuse Fighting, Social (G+)
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    Google SRE Director, 2007 - present
  • Oracle, Dynamac, Autodesk, INS, Merck Serono, Google
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Lisboa, Portugal - Washington, DC - Cape Canaveral, Florida
Decent hotel, great location, quiet, easy to walk from the Gare (900m).
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Vale a pena! Guia simpático e a Segway é excelente para percorrer a cidade rapidamente e ver mais coisas que passariam desapercebidas. Introdução à Segway gratuita. Visita guiada: 1h 30€, 1.5h 40€
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Excellent beach and facilities
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Very good location but too expensive for value. Nearby there are similar places with equal views but much less expensive. A meal for two, without wine or dessert costs near 130€.
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