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Dan Morrill
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Lives in Mountain View, CA
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Anyone play +Destiny the Game? I just did Prison of Elders for the first time and got this thing called Gjallarhorn. Is it any good? Just asking.
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+Dan Sandler​ nah, just popping its self-res.
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The greatest thing about the SCOTUS ruling on DOMA is how Scalia's dissent cements his legacy as a raving conservative nutjob who somehow got on SCOTUS.
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Fancy new business cards!

Want some? Here's how: http://playground.global/jobs  :D
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Friends, let's talk.

Let's talk about E3. Specifically, let's talk about the number of fucks I give about this Final Fantasy 7 remake.

So it turns out, I give very few fucks. Very very few, really. In fact, the number of fucks I give is actually zero! Isn't that fascinating?

I thought about giving negative fucks about the Final Fantasy 7 remake. I mean after all, Squeenix has been on autopilot for, what, almost 10 years now? The owe us. They really should be paying us to play their latest repackaged remake of a remastered classic. Paying us, that is, in fucks.

But, of course, negative fucks aren't really a thing. Negative fucks can't really exist in our Cartesian universe -- no dice. So, instead I just give zero fucks.

Not a single fuck is given by me, about this Final Fantasy 7 remake. Fuck off Squeenix, and take your tired-ass ancient ports with you.

(As a personal message to Squeenix employees: You're wasting your careers. You're wasting your lives. You're wasting your youth. You're making bad games that have no meaning and no purpose. You should feel bad. Listen to that voice deep inside you that you've been desperately ignoring. Listen to it, and realize that you can do better. Because you literally can't do worse. Quit, and get a better job.)
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This makes me want to jump up and shout "YES YES YES!"

When I worked at Google, I rode a bike about 3 miles to work most days, because ~80% of the trip was on Steven's Creek Trail. When I moved to my new house about 1.5 miles away, I stopped riding because the only route was the Crossover of Death at Rengstorff & Charleston. (If you've driven through there, you know what I mean; and now imagine riding that on a bicycle. Turns out daily morning dread terror is even more effective than morning coffee!)

Eventually they opened the Permanente Creek Trail and I rode that quite a bit, but still not nearly as much as the longer trip -- because I still had to ride some unfriendly streets, and notably cross Rengstorff at an intersection with no light.

Similarly, I could ride to my current workplace in Palo Alto about 4 miles away, but I haven't tried it yet because I'd have to cross El Camino, which is super intimidating.

This entire study just 100% spot-on nails it: fix the intersections, give me just a few more shrewdly-placed safe and friendly routes, and I'd ride most every day. 

http://bikesiliconvalley.org/betterbiking/google-bike-vision-plan-2015/

h/t +Jeff Dean 
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Sounds good. Make it happen Google.
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A question:

Who owns the copyright for a work generated by a deep neural network or similar deep learning construct?

And how sophisticated does the neural network have to become before that answer changes?
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I don't think the "Turing Test" answer is a good one to be honest - in the same way manufacturers learn to game the system by making hardware behave differently when a benchmark is being performed. Anyone wishing to declare that they have developed a true AI only needs to develop an Algorithm to pass the Turing Test - that doesn't mean it's really self aware. Further the Turing Test has a terrible design flaw in that the judges of it are human - and quite frankly the relatively simple sounding task of declaring the thing on the other end of the conversation to be either human or not human - requires a modicum of intelligence and common sense on the part of the human doing the judging, and that - is sadly not as prevalent as it was when the Turing Test was originally devised.

TL;DR - The Turing Test could be gamed or the human judges could be a few sandwiches short of a bake sale.
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I... have no idea. But if you do, please comment on +Giovanni Calabrese's original post! He's the awesome guy who makes awesome things that make people happy, like all of the Android dessert release statues over at Google.
 
NEED HELP... I am trying to lock down our "Themendous" Youtube page url and I guess because I had at one point had already created a Themendous Google+ page and then opened another one (which is now 27 video's strong) I can not secure the url on that youtube account.  So.... I am wondering... If I delete the first Google + page (shown as the cat eating tiki below), will that free up my ability to secure the Themendous Url for the one that already has subscribers???    HELP !!!!
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How can I see this and not reshare it?
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Oh, it is a great, long-awaited victory. I'm just saying we need to not stop there. It's time we quit letting intrusive government have any say in how consenting adults form families.
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NUH-UH GOOGLE!!!
YOUR DNS needs immediate attention!

Literally, actually. Like, I'm embarrassed for you, +Google+. Fix it!

(If it isn't clear what is going on here, well, it's complicated. Basically there is at least one f*scked up or partial configuration here.)

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Sous vide salmon on a bed of mashed peas, with tangy lemon-thyme sauce

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+Daniel Shiplacoff We got this salmon from goodeggs. I'm not sure which vendor...
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Mr. Sandman
We need a systems admin
Make her the smoothest that we've ever seen
Give her two hands
To dance on the keyboard
And tell us that our network woes are over!

Sandman
We're totally boned
We have nobody
To maintain our phones
Please bust out an epic win,
And send us a systems admin!

Mr. Sandman
Our servers won't boot
Because too many
Amateurs have root
We've got no NAS
The LAN is in slow-mo
Don't get me started on the desktop core load!

Mr. Sandman
A networking guy
Would be amazing: the fiber's offline
So please turn on DHCP
And find us an admin's IP!


https://www.smartrecruiters.com/playgroundglobal/82558679-sr-network-and-systems-administrator
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Sounds like a fun job, though for the life of me I can't get the song lyrics to chime. This is not the one by The Chordettes?
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Oh gods, I am SO sick of hearing about The Martian movie.

I get that it's an interesting concept for a movie, but OMG I wish people would stop calling it a good book. It isn't.

There is no character growth at all. No character is fleshed out. No character has a meaningful -- let alone interesting -- backstory. The plot is utterly predictable. The pacing drags in more than one place. The guy is doomed until a (nearly literal) deus ex machina occurs.

There is no dimension on which the book is objectively good. There is only one dimension on which the book is even worth reading, which is as a meticulously researched and lovingly detailed technonerdgasm.

And to be fair, yes, the novel does succeed pretty well as technonerdgasm sci-fi. But then, so did Robinson's Red Mars series, which is superior in every way, up to and including being actually thought-provoking. (And to be clear, I'm not even saying Robinson's Mars is excellent -- just that it's considerably better than The Martian.) People love to compare The Martian to Robinson Crusoe, but I mean, someone already made Robinson Crusoe on Mars. And as campy as it was, it was still better.

Basically The Martian is a half step away from Mary Sue wish fulfillment -- and I'm being generous with that half-step. You might -- might -- be able to make a case for it as YA for geeky kids. But I don't think that is intentional...

As a vehicle for Weta or ILM to show off, it'll be great, sure. But this book was straight up written to get optioned. I hope, anyway. Because the alternative is that its nature as a half finished outline of a novel means that by sheer dumb luck it's good raw material for a better writer to make a screenplay out of.

I feel like the only reason this movie got made is because the studios saw Interstellar and Gravity and then saw dollar signs. As a film the critics will inevitably compare it to Gravity and with good reason as it's pretty much the same story (just without the whole pesky characterization thing.) A lot will come down to whether Affleck Damon can pull off a single-actor film like Bullock did.

So sure, as a film it has some potential, although the deck is stacked against it.

But as a novel, c'mon! If you want to read interesting sci-fi, please for the love of gods, go read pretty much anything by Alastair Reynolds, or at least Robinson's Mars series. There's so much out there that is actually good....
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How dare you, other me! How dare YOU! 
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For a number of years now, work has been proceeding in order to bring perfection to the crudely conceived idea of a transmission that would not only supply inverse reactive current for use in unilateral phase detractors, but would also be capable of automatically synchronizing cardinal grammeters. Such an instrument is the turbo-encabulator.
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Accused of being a Muppet by Valleywag. Veteran of the Mobile Wars. Quoted out of context by the NY Times. Wore sneakers to testify in federal court. Never worked for a company with an exit strategy.
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  • Rensselaer Polytechnic University
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  • Playground.Global
    Engineering, 2015 - present
  • Google
    Engineering, 2006 - 2015
  • GE Global Research
    Computer Scientist, 1998 - 2005
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San Francisco, CA - Scotia, NY - Potsdam, NY - Omaha, NE - Caribou, ME - Morgantown, WV - San Antonio, TX - Fort Walton Beach, FL - Atlanta, GA