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Happy to see this finally launching. Plenty of teams (including mine!) spent a lot of effort on it.
 
Introducing the new Google Photos

Earlier today we announced Google Photos -- a new approach for storing and organizing your photos and videos, built from the ground up. Google Photos is a standalone app that gives you a home for all your photos and videos, helps you organize and bring your moments to life, and lets you share and save what matters.

If you want to give Google Photos a try, it will be available later today across Android, iOS and the web.

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flip the switch already!
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This sums up a decent part of my life philosophy.
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Lots of individual factors can add up to huge differences.

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A short story about privilege. By Toby Morris.
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I didn't even complete my university degree (xoogler IE-DUB 2005-2006). But I guess it varies per discipline. 
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TL;DR - "security questions" aren't, at least when used in isolation. At best, they're a soft signal that should be combined with many other signals - not a primary means of recovery.
Venue. WWW'15 - Proceedings of the 22nd international conference on World Wide Web, ACM (2015). Publication Year. 2015. Authors. Joseph Bonneau, Elie Bursztein, Ilan Caron, Rob Jackson, Mike Williamson. BibTeX. @inproceedings{43783, title = {Secrets, Lies, and Account Recovery: Lessons from the ...
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It's always interesting to see what does and doesn't make the news.
An ordained minister pleaded guilty to threatening to burn down a New York town full of Muslims. Where's the FBI presser and Fox News panic?
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Equally sad that this didn't even get FED to the news by the, um, feds.
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Yonatan Zunger originally shared to Brief Dispatches:
 
A group of researchers has built a way to mine the giant corpora of pictures people have posted publicly (on sites like Picasa and Flickr) and build time-lapse images of landmarks. This involves huge technical challenges of identifying landmarks, building 3D models of them, stabilizing the images, and normalizing the motion and lighting -- and so far, they've managed to find over 20,000 such images, showing everything from changing seasons, to building construction, to moving glaciers.

They've made a video showing off their favorites: https://youtu.be/wptzVm0tngc. You can read the paper at http://grail.cs.washington.edu/projects/timelapse/ , and hopefully they'll soon have a way to see all their results.

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There are a zillion digital photos in the public domain and scientists have just figured out something very cool to do with them. A team from Google and
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The approach here can be extended to more than just gender. At its heart, it's about serving multiple different kinds of users who approach software in different ways, and personality quirks that are not directly related to computing but still wind up affecting user experience.
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I was surprised by the comments for what is a pretty dry (as in matter-of-fact) research presentation. I suppose I should not have been surprised.
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This is why it's important to think critically about news reporting of scientific studies. Science isn't magic, it's merely a tool - and like any tool it can be used poorly.
“Slim by Chocolate!” the headlines blared. A team of German researchers had found that people on a low-carb diet lost weight 10 percent faster if they ate a chocolate bar every day. It made the front page of Bild, Europe’s largest daily newspaper, just beneath their update about the Germanwings crash. From there, it ricocheted around the internet and beyond, making news in more than 20 countries and half a dozen languages. It was discussed on tel...
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Nope. No ethics problems here at all (journalistic or research). No issues with intentionally making as many people as you can believe in or adopt a behavior which is at best neutral and at worst harmful. There's nothing to see here, move along.
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I have no words, other than the words I do have, which are AMAZING and AWESOME.
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With all of the results in, Ireland has voted a historic yes in its gay marriage referendum
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Ladies and gentlemen, my cat +Samantha.
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She did indeed catch it, several times.  Didn't stop her from chasing it more a few seconds later :)
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One of the key problems with making datacenters more efficient is to have them actually doing work a larger percentage of the time. A great way to do this is to use intelligent schedulers to "fill the gaps" with lower-priority tasks that are okay with being interrupted. Computers already do this at the thread/process level, but you can also do it at the larger computing job level - which is exactly what this new feature of Cloud is.
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    Privacy Engineer, 2014 - present
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    Software Engineer, Site Reliability Engineering, 2012 - 2014
  • Yelp, Inc.
    Software Engineer, 2010 - 2012
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