It reminds that while having Faith in God can't always help us understand why bad things happen, having Faith in God helps us get through anything!
The actions of one sick individual turn my stomach, but her actions remind me that there are way more good people in the world than bad.
#AmericanHero #WorldHero #Hero
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2. Tie n die
3. Banana plant leaf drying up
Ok, just check out the animal and be amazed like I was.....
The blanket octopus is perhaps the only creature on earth aside from man that truly appreciates a sense of drama. For example, most animals use things like poisons, sprays or smells as defensive mechanisms to ward off attackers. Not the blanket octopus. The blanket octopus instead uses its giant, built-in flowing cloak to dissuade potential predators by essentially convincing them that it's the ocean's Batman
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the first-ever panorama of Gale Crater,
the first measurements of high energy radiation on another planet,
the first movie of a spacecraft landing on another planet,
the first images from a focusable camera on another planet,
first images of an ancient Martian river channel.
JPL's Ashwin Vasavada then went on to say... Those Martian river channels were first spotted by Mariner in 1971; we've waited 41 years to see them close-up.
Just an amazing feat. Go NASA!
Greetings from NYC! Tonight we kick off a series of Think Performance events in four cities, with an intimate dinner for CEOs. Senior Googlers and special guest Robin Chase, CEO of Buzzcar and co-founder of Zipcar, will join our guests in conversation about how businesses can get the most out of the web.
Check in later at #ThinkPerformance to see what burning questions our CEOs are asking.
Working at Internet-scale drives us to develop tools to handle the world’s largest datasets. We built Dremel (http://research.google.com/pubs/pub36632.html) to make big datasets look small, but that was just the beginning. Now we're proud to spotlight PowerDrill, a new data analysis tool that takes advantage of a pre-processing step to query huge datasets a couple of orders of magnitude faster than Dremel (http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2012/08/google-trillion-pieces-of-data/).
PowerDrill is described in the research paper below, presented at last week’s Very Large Databases Conference in Istanbul. With a single mouse click, the tool built by Google authors Alexander Hall, Olaf Bachmann, Robert Bussow, Silviu Ganceanu, and Marc Nunkesser can fire off around 20 queries, which go over 782 billion cells of data in less than 40 seconds -- 10 to 100x faster than traditional column stores that do full scans of data.
(Edited 9/5/12: updated links and clarified PowerDrill tool)
It's been well documented elsewhere (http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~mgk25/ucs/utf-8-history.txt) that one Wednesday night, after a phone call from X/Open, Ken Thompson and I were sitting in a New Jersey diner talking about how best to represent Unicode as a byte stream. Given the experience we had accumulated dealing with the original UTF, which had many problems, we knew what we wanted. X/Open had offered us a deal: implement something better than their proposal, called FSS/UTF (File System Safe UTF; the name tells you something on its own), and do so before Monday. In return, they'd push it as existing practice.
UTF was awful. It had modulo-192 arithmetic, if I remember correctly, and was all but impossible to implement efficiently on old SPARCs with no divide hardware. Strings like "/*" could appear in the middle of a Cyrillic character, making your Russian text start a C comment. And more. It simply wasn't practical as an encoding: think what happens to that slash byte inside a Unix file name.
FSS/UTF addressed that problem, which was great. Big improvement though it was, however, FSS/UTF was more intricate than we liked and lacked one property we insisted on: If a byte is corrupted, it should be possible to re-synch the encoded stream without losing more than one character. When we claimed we wanted that property, and sensed we could press for a chance to design something right, X/Open gave us the green light to try.
The diner was the Corner Café in New Providence, New Jersey. We just called it Mom's, to honor the previous proprietor. I don't know if it's still the same, but we went there for dinner often, it being the closest place to the Murray Hill offices. Being a proper diner, it had paper placemats, and it was on one of those placemats that Ken sketched out the bit-packing for UTF-8. It was so easy once we saw it that there was no reason to keep the placemat for notes, and we left it behind. Or maybe we did bring it back to the lab; I'm not sure. But it's gone now.
I'll always regret that.
But that's my only regret in this story. UTF-8 has made the world a better place and I am delighted to have been a facilitator in its creation.
So tonight, please give a toast to a few quickly sketched boxes on a placemat in a New Jersey diner that today define how humans represent their text to be sent across international boundaries (http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2012/02/unicode-over-60-percent-of-web.html), and especially to the X/Open folks for giving us the chance and the Unicode consortium and IETF for pushing it so successfully.
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TEDxBoston - Kemi Alabi - Unlovelies In the Key of C Minor
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At Google HQ, California Governor Legalizes Self-Driving Cars
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