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There are multiple disturbances in the Force. :-(

Can you figure out why?

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+Luis Sequeira +Pedro Neves +Isabelle Hurbain-Palatin 
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So let's try this :)
* The 2s on the large red grouping are annoying, so is the fact that it's a prime number of dice larger than what's practical to put on a single line. Also the numbers displayed on the side make no sense.
* Who paints a yellow dice with white numbers.
* The blue dice are not in the right order.
* The six red dice are not either, and on top of that there's two 2s.
* I really want a three on top of the yellow dice at the top.
* Trying to mix d12s and d20s is not going to work, come on.
* The white dice are not correctly erased.
* The white and red d6s going by 5 is not good either, who stole the sixths. And the numbers don't make sense.
* The d4/d8 grouping has a 7 instead of a 1.
* The 111/555 grouping should show the same face on the 555 red dice.
* Both pair of grey dice should be together.

And I don't consider myself PARTICULARLY OCD :P


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Very, very cool.
 
This is a new technology that I can only describe as "unbelievably cool." The idea is simple, if you've ever held a glass up to sunlight: when light passes through a curved, transparent surface, it gets bent and forms patterns when it lands. What this company has done is worked out an algorithm that lets them delicately shape pieces of glass so that the resulting pattern forms any image you want.

The result feels like magic: you're holding what looks like normal glass in your hand, but as the light shines through it, it projects an image.

There's nothing actually magical at all, of course; the challenges are all in some algorithmics to compute the right surface shape, and in the practicalities of shaping glass so precisely. But as the video evidences, the results are beautiful. I can't wait to see this hit the market.

h/t +Autumn Ginkgo Leaves™
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80's boombox collection up for sale. 400 of them!

+Pascal Gienger this is for you. :-)

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A Dunedin man's collection of more than 400 working boomboxes is up for auction.
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Today the Zurich 20 Minutes "newspaper" had a story that I'm pretty sure can't happen anywhere else: a lady missed a bus (72, Morgenthal, for those interested) because it was early. She tweeted her displeasure and ZVV (local transportation company) replied, confirming that indeed the bus was early, too early. By 10 seconds! (According to their tracker).

This is how they roll, here. Pretty cool! :-)

#switzerland #punctuality 
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The only part that doesn't happen in the Bay Area is the reply saying how early they were. Our transportation isn't always late. It's inconsistent. Sometimes they're early and don't wait until the right time.
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From an article:
"Rebecca Boyle, PopSci
Mike Pence, the putative next vice president of the United States, does not believe in evolution, thinks smoking doesn’t kill, would like creationism taught in public schools, and doesn’t think scientists agree climate change is happening."

#usa #antiintellectualism

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It's terrifying to think that people still think like that in the 21st century and to think that they have the hability to reach so high politically in a such powerful country. 
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Hi,

Since Portugal unexpectedly qualified for the Euro Final, I have two more tickets (via the "Follow My Team" model).

Anyway, I'm selling 2x Cat. 1 tickets, main tribune, for the final. Face value of what I paid.

Let me know if you are interested.
#euro2016 #paris #portugalfrance


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I was late for this one... bummer
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@ Marseille for Portugal-Poland match.
Awful start (1-0 Poland) then superb goal by Portugal. 1-1 and end of regular game.
The Poles are just parked in front of their goal.
Ronaldo missed a flagrant goal :-(
Amazing Portugal singing fans, again.
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Congrats! Although I thought start was pretty good :).
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+Gary Colman would appreciate this one.
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That's awesome. DBA humor is the best. :-)
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Unbelievable. The level of incompetence, to not even make their own drawings for a patent filing.
Samsung Gear came to market in 2013 and it offered a camera and speaker built right into it's one and only band and clasp design. After Apple introduced the Apple Watch with multiple band options and its quick and easy install mechanism for changing the bands, Samsung set out to copy that idea as quickly as they possibly could. In a patent application that surfaced today ...
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The text of a patent and the draws that explain the text are the important part of a patent.
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This is very cool.
 
Something interesting that we can finally talk about: the AIs are controlling their own datacenters, and it knocks about 15% off our power usage. More specifically, we designed a deep learning system to control things like cooling fans, windows, and other things related to power and cooling, with the objective of minimizing power needs. It turned out that this sort of system reliably outperformed manual control by a lot - enough that we've gradually transitioned datacenters to fully automatic operation.

This is one of those examples of how machine learning can be really useful; at any given instant, its decisions may be roughly as good as a human's would be, but it can make those decisions every few milliseconds and continually adjust things in a way a person couldn't. I expect to see technologies like these greatly increasing the efficiency of all sorts of infrastructure, from power to transport, over the next few years - with corresponding savings in both money and resource usage. 
Google just paid for part of its acquisition of DeepMind in a surprising way.
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Interesting article.
 
I fell in love with a couple of people in April/May. ;-) (Including total strangers I saw only once.)

(Via J on FB, do you prefer attribution or privacy? ;)
Update: via +Jay V van Zyl!

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Since when did saying "I love you" become such a big deal? Google "when to say I love you" and you'll come up with 700 million articles full of idiotic advice. Before he lets those three little words "slip," Men's Fitness says a man should know his beloved's three favorite books, movies or songs, her…
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My first reaction was one of "another gimmick" pretending to be art. Art has real effort.

But, as I read over, my opinion changed. When one destroys personal letters, family mementos, emotional items, it's really hard.

Worth a read, although I find less interesting the "gesture against consumerism" and more the aspect of "attachment to objects that reminds us of something in our lives".

As George Carlin said in his watershed "Stuff" sketch, we're surrounded by things, lots and lots of stuff.

#art #reflection #stuff 
A new exhibition in Basel presents the work of Michael Landy, who, in 2001, famously destroyed everything he owned as a piece of performance art. Alastair Sooke meets him.
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SRE Manager at Google.
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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
Amazing views, relaxed enjoyment of Lisbon.
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Best pastries in Lisbon. Amazing place to meander inside, with all the tiled rooms.
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Worth thee drive to this spectacular location.
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Excellent location, calm, very good pool lounge.
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Great views of Nazaré, impressive landscape. Hard to find parking.
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Very nice beach lounge. A bit too expensive for Portuguese standards, though.
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Very nice, modern hotel, 5mins away from Óbidos, with a view to the castle.
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