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How to destroy programmer productivity - I really liked the graph. The article has some good points too.

I also think planning helps to be productive. But sometimes I forget to plan. I have to plan to plan.

http://georgestocker.com/2014/04/15/how-to-destroy-programmer-productivity/
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So, About That Uber Ruling

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All of these images were computer generated!

For the last few weeks, Googlers have been obsessed with an internal visualization tool that Alexander Mordvintsev in our Zurich office created to help us visually understand some of the things happening inside our deep neural networks for computer vision.  The tool essentially starts with an image, runs the model forwards and backwards, and then makes adjustments to the starting image in weird and magnificent ways.  

In the same way that when you are staring at clouds, and you can convince yourself that some part of the cloud looks like a head, maybe with some ears, and then your mind starts to reinforce that opinion, by seeing even more parts that fit that story ("wow, now I even see arms and a leg!"), the optimization process works in a similar manner, reinforcing what it thinks it is seeing.  Since the model is very deep, we can tap into it at various levels and get all kinds of remarkable effects.

Alexander, +Christopher Olah, and Mike Tyka wrote up a very nice blog post describing how this works:

http://googleresearch.blogspot.com/2015/06/inceptionism-going-deeper-into-neural.html

There's also a bigger album of more of these pictures linked from the blog post:

https://goo.gl/photos/fFcivHZ2CDhqCkZdA

I just picked a few of my favorites here.
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Get out of my way, Chinese style...


Watch an Excavator Move Illegally Parked Cars in China

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Authorities are less forgiving in China. Illegally parked cars are moved - and damaged - by an excavator.
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Those who are sending your kids to Texas, don't forget to pack an AK47.
 
Texas Senate green-lights campus carry

+Houston Chronicle: The Texas Senate approved a bill Saturday that would allow concealed weapons to be carried on college campuses.
"The bottom line is this, Senate Bill 11 makes concealed carry on Texas college campuses the law of the land, while allowing for very limited, reasonable prohibitions in unique campus locations," bill sponsor Sen. Brian Birdwell said.
AUSTIN – Campus carry is just one step away from being signed into law, after the state Senate on Saturday approved a version of the legislation that would give much greater control over its implementation to college presidents. "The bottom line is this, Senate Bill 11 makes concealed carry on Texas college campuses the law of the land, while allowing for very limited, reasonable prohibitions in unique campus locations," bill sponsor Brian Bird...
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Please ignore the picture; stupid G+ just can't stop using ads to represent articles.
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+Ben Wang+Peter van der Linden​ On mobile when you post the link, just tap the image and you'll scroll through the available images on the page with the final option being no image at all (and you can keep tapping and scrolling).

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I think someone's going to buy my car tomorrow.  Woohoo!  So, naturally, I had to ask myself:  "How much did this car cost on a per-mile basis?"  [edited to include opportunity cost of the invested money]

Purchase price maybe:  $16,200 (2005)
Invested at 7% for 10 years:  31867 (2015)
Sale price maybe: $10,000
Net loss:  $21,867

Insurance:  approx $600/year * 10 = $6,000
Gas:  9,000 miles / 25 mpg:  About $1260
Registration:  $30 * 10 = $300
Inspection/etc:  $60 * 10 = $600
Upkeep:  $2000

Total:  about $32,027

Price per mile:  32027/9000 = $3.55

THREE FIFTY FIVE PER MILE.  WHAT WAS I THINKING?

(And I'm still being conservative and not counting inflation/investment gains on the upkeep and other things.)

For comparison, AAA's compositive average cost per mile for a car driven 10,000 miles per year (their lowest category) is $0.783.  A freaking SUV is only $1/mile.  (Note:  This is not to suggest I should have bought an SUV;  my WRX was far cheaper than one would have been.  Just that I'm an unusually poor choice of person to own a car.)

I'd like to apply for a job as the poster-child for Uber and Zipcar, please.  Uber especially.  Thank goodness they've come to Pittsburgh.
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$16200 invested in 2005 ... aaaaaand its gone in the 2007. Life's too short to drive a good deal. :)
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Spoiler alert! Watch this hilarious video of people reacting to that 'Game of Thrones' death

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Researchers discover the brain and immune system are directly linked through vessels previously thought not to exist.
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