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David Beaumont
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R.I.P Omar Sharif, a truly great actor:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-33483877

We'll always remember his classic film moments:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61AWnIZrT5g
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Yes, how did they do that?
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We got cows!
From yesterday's hike around Glarus, which was far too hot.
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Ha ha ha yes.
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I am so glad they went public with this. We have been enjoying these images inside Google for a few weeks now and they're amazing (although sometimes disturbing). Well worth a look (and worth reading the description of what you are seeing as it's a fascinating insight into neural networks).
 
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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+Sarah Blake I was chatting to the guy who made that this evening :) It was an entirely accidental success.
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I cannot believe how god awfully bad the Sony PlayStation store is. It's borderline unusable.

I purchased a season pass for Dark Souls II on PlayStation 3.

Okay, so can I got to the season pass and find out what I am eligible to download for it?
No.

Can I search for Dark Souls II and have it show me the DLC?
No. Only the "Last Sinner" version is in the store and the DLC is already in that, so it does not show it.

Can I search for "Crown of the sunken king" (DLC part 1of 3) ?
No. Searching in the store is awful and after entering "Crown" it shows no matches.

Can I find it by searching for "sunken"?
Yes.!?!

Can I find the other 2 parts to the DLC in a similar way?
No. "Ivory" and "Iron" fall to yield results.

Can I scan through all DLC manually to look for it?
No. The PlayStation store crashes well before I can load past "B".

In other news I have got the store app to crash repeatedly and fairly reliably now by simply doing searches and scrolling through results...

What an unmitigated disaster this is.
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You get PS4/3/vita/whatever content, but the UI is quite different, and the experience.
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[Canavero] also said people are worried the procedure will be confined to the rich: "One of the reasons behind the critics is that many wealthy people will want a new head, as they will be the only ones who could afford the surgery."

Erm ... I'm not sure that that's how it works.

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/sergio-canavero-head-transplants-will-lead-immortality-change-story-humanity-forever-1502526
Controversial surgeon says head transplants will 'extend life indefinitely'.
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Some great stories in some of these pictures:
 
Your Wednesday entertainment: This is not my cat.

You're welcome.
These cats should be arrested for trespassing and/or breaking and entering because NONE OF THESE PEOPLE OWN CATS… via via via via via via via via via via via via via via via via via via via via via via … Continue reading →
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A few photos from the excellent lightning storm that came over Zürich last night.
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Oh, and for those on mobile, the image compression has kinda spoiled the majesty of things... Best viewed on desktop.
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While I applaud some actual willingness to address issues around road laws and cycling, of all the places I've been, Paris seemed the least safe for cyclists...
I'll be interested to see how this plays out.
Cyclists in Paris are to be allowed to ride through red lights after tests showed the move would not lead to accidents.
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Share idea w/america
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Next time +Tobias Klausmann​ is in Zurich HB he might want to look up at the ceiling in the new section next to the co-op.
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I suspect people like +Andy Hayward and +Darren Gurney might know people who can help:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-33291036
A public appeal for people who can repair BBC Micro computers has been launched by a museum.
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I could never get past about level 35 on Chuckie Egg. This failure still haunts me.
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Oh hell yes!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RAlGv-IW4g
And it looks like it's going back to the Dark Souls (I) aesthetic.

Do you recognize those locations?! I think we're back in Lordran and Anor Londo. Time to upgrade to a PS4 :)
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Yeah but clearly they're not the same entities as the Giants from Dark Souls 2.
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A lovely example of old typesetting and fonts.
I'm impressed at just how many different fonts there are in the simple notice.
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Oh this was taken today in a pub we were in. I was sat next to it.
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