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This is why you shouldn't use accessory cables for charging phones (if it wasn't obvious already). The +Jawbone cable plugged into my +OnePlus One is only pulling 0.13A out of a 2A+ capable charger. 

I've been playing with a box of older chargers and cables and I'm throwing away probably more than half after testing them with this dongle.

(More info on the tool used here if you missed it:
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+Aryeh Friedman Show this to Dee. It is cute!
There's something to it... Needs moar virtualization though!
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in the late seventies, I've been paid writing code on Wang 2200, Apple II, HP 9835 and HP 300 machines. With an occasional escape into assembly language, these were all machines provided with ugly primitive BASIC interpreters or compilers, some way more ugly than others (WANG was the worst offender). The software was business oriented, RAM ranged from 12K to 256K iirc.

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Ends justifying means again: "Self-serving Altruism" or the lure of unethical actions that benefit others
In three experiments, we propose and find that individuals cheat more when others can benefit from their cheating and when the number of beneficiaries of wrongdoing increases. Our results indicate that people use moral flexibility to justify their self-interested ...

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Very sad news: John Nash, Nobel Prize winner and his wife, Alicia, an MIT physics graduate, were killed in an accident on the New Jersey Turnpike.  
Giovanni Ranzo originally shared to Science:
John Nash died: the great mathematician whose life inspired the movie "A beautiful mind".
Mathematician John Nash, subject of film A Beautiful Mind, dies in a New Jersey taxi crash with his wife, US media reports say
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I'm so tired of child prodigy stories, breakthroughs and paradigm shifts.  Typical: "Don't Diss The Paradigm Shift In Management: It's Happening!" (Steve Denning) Scientific American perfectly described what Steve Denning was blathering about in this critique of Thomas Kuhn 
"The Structure of Scientific Revolutions has sold 1.4 million copies and the overused 'paradigm shift' has attained the status of effete cliché in countless, numbing business conference PowerPoints."

The attached post via +Joerg Fliege warns about an analogous trend in the sciences, mathematics and other analytical fields of study. 

"What happens when we misjudge the scientific process, when we underestimate it? The oversimplification of discovery makes science appear far less rich and complex than it really is... To be productive, we need to dip below the surface and grapple with underlying issues. The myths can seduce one into believing there is an easier path, one that doesn’t require such hard work."

Do not succumb to the Eureka Myth! 
It takes years of hard work to be an overnight success.

On the Eureka myth, and why I hate it. And likewise for all this inspirational crapshit out there. You have to put the hard work in.

(And in contrast to the author of the blog post, I do not think that we need to rethink creativity. The existing model works just fine. You have to put the hours in. Then you can relax at the fireside. Not beforehand.)
  The Inspiring Story: A Brilliant Mind "Thinks Different" In a pivotal scene in the Stephen Hawking biopic, The Theory of Everything, the
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This is what's possible with nuclear energy.
“See how Ontario achieves low carbon generation with #nuclear in the mix HT @EllieAsksWhy”

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July is a good month for cryptologic history!
From yesterday's Cryptologic Calendar: 25 June 1532: Letter written by Hernán Cortés became the first known use of cryptography in New World:

Per this excerpt from David Kahn's book, "The Codebreakers": "Cortés used a small nomenclator, comprising a homophonic monalphabetic substitution, in which each letter was represented by two or three symbols, together with a few codewords for proper names."
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The breach of OPM data is being described as worse and worse. Obtaining counterespionage-related information seems to have been the objective. Apparently, it is difficult even gauging the scope: "That database is very huge and very old and it has lots of interfaces to it.” 
The breach of the Office of Personnel Management also compromised sensitive information on millions of federal employees and contractors and could have “devastating” effects.

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Just a tiny little dog... I don't think this one is photoshopped like those Saint Bernard (or maybe Great Dane?) pictures on the interwebz.
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Agreed +Bryan Vukich, at least in part. I'd think it is a wolf mix, quite possibly with a malamute or a husky. Most of the Wolf-dogs I've seen are bigger that actual wolves. This particular one is certainly not small.

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This is what really stood out to me: Google has decided against BYOD (bring your own device).  I think that is an excellent idea, and am happy to feel validated, as I never thought BYOD was a rational set-up for secure access in the workplace.

"Employees can only access corporate applications with a device that is procured and actively managed by the company. In this setup, Google requires a device inventory database that keeps track of computers and mobile devices issued to employees as well as changes made to those devices."
This is an extremely important paradigm shift in corporate security. Of course, it is not trivial to accomplish correctly -- and you really need to know what you're doing.
The new approach represents a shift away from the idea of a secured corporate network perimeter and virtual private networks.
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Has the time come for a Bitcoin board of governors? Well, maybe a technical advisory board...
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    Performance and data audit
  • TriWest Healthcare Alliance
    Data Governance Manager
    Data policy and anomaly reporting
  • Standard & Poor's
    Due diligence, ratings, criteria development for 1940 Act funds, CLO's
  • Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation
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  • Industrial Bank of Japan
    Assistant Treasurer
    Proprietary trader of financial futures hedged with options
  • Millennium Management LLC
    Hedged convertible bonds, warrants, pairs, assorted arb
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