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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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The Plaid Zebra originally shared to Inspiring & Awesome:
 
This gives homeless people the opportunity to improve their hygiene to kickstart an effort to get off the streets.
Lucas Patchett and Nicholas Marchesi (both 20 years old as of October) felt that not enough was being done about Brisbane’s homelessness problem. So they came up with an incredibly innovative idea. They set up washing machines in their van to create a portable Laundromat to wash clothes for those in need. This is the idea that they are calling Orange Sky Laundry Project.
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Laundry, bathroom, and showers are pretty hard problems when homeless.
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This was an excellent speech.
<p>First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama recognizes the M.A.D. Girls for their outstanding professional achievements.</p>
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I took a break from work today to take a walk. Wound up over on the end of campus that overlooks Moffett Field.
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It's a multi use trail.
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Let's stop admiring the difficulty of gender diversity problems and start working on fixing them.
To bring more women into the sector, companies should try a lean start-up approach.
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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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Andreas Schou originally shared to Economics:
 
Okay. So.

Let's say we didn't make any reforms at all, environmental or otherwise, and just bought out alfalfa producers by paying them their median profit-per-acre, then banning production of alfalfa for the season. That's a total expenditure of $860m.

The California government then resells the water it just bought at $162 per acre-foot on the open market. Right now, the market price per acre-foot throughout most of California is between $1,000 and $2,000. It turns a tidy profit, then goes home. 

What baffles me is why alfalfa farmers are not already doing this.

61% of alfalfa production is in the San Joaquin Valley, where prices per acre-foot of water are literally 13x the value of the alfalfa that water will produce. Even if you're stuck in an outputs contract with feedlots, that's enough of a differential to make efficient breach a really compelling option -- you can pay your lawyer, pay your counterparty for breach of contract, and still walk away with huge windfall profits.

Anyone have any idea?
[Epistemic status: Low confidence. I have found numbers and stared at them until they made sense to me, but I have no education in this area. Tell me if I'm wrong.] I. There has recently been a lot...
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Subsidies that they lose if they don't grow alfalfa? Who knows. The whole thing is collective insanity
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What I found interesting was how many of these I could actually identify without even trying too hard.
In 2014, Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant contacted conceptual design studio Lernert & Sander to create a piece for a special documentary photography issue about food. Lernert & Sander responded with this somewhat miraculous photo of 98 unprocessed foods cut into extremely precise 2.5cm cubes
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Very pleasing!
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Rachel is good people. I'll miss her.
The top Google exec will replace David Plouffe, who will remain as a chief adviser and board member at the ride-sharing juggernaut.
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+Dan Boger I have (some) hope of that.
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