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Fantastic cover of Land of Confusion, guy plays all of the music himself too.
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The 2014 Google I/O registration process seems to have gone much smoother than previous years. Not nearly as many "I hate Google" grief postings as prior years with land-rush ticket sales. #io2014

Is the system truly better this year? I thought it was much, much better, and the hidden registration code goo.gl urls added a nice surprise for developers keen enough to write scrapers.

I think it could still improve a bit though:

1. Reserve a very small set of tickets for media, marketers and general public (say, 25% of the tickets).
2. The remaining 75% of the tickets, split off some chunk for students registered in engineering/design majors, say 5%. Put those in a separate lottery but have students upload valid student ID ahead of time with means of verification.
3. The remaining 70% of the tickets (somewhere around 3700-3800 I believe?), put THOSE tickets into a lottery system like they did this year, specifically for engineers, developers, UI/UX designers, etc., the people that this conference is actually for. And give us a puzzle of some sort to solve. Run it a little like Google Code Jam.
4. Stop giving stuff away. I've said for the past few years, I'd gladly pay $900 to attend IO even without any swag. People sign up in hopes of getting swag, not to sit through lectures about scaling high-availability applications, or how to hack on YouTube or whatever.

BTW, thank you very much, Google, for making child care available for a second year. I haven't decided whether to bring my 5yr old again, maybe I'll see how many levels of +Light Bot (by +Danny Yaroslavski) he can finish and then decide.
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It is strange that people who are dying to go to io hate Google.

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Confirmation Email just arrived.

"Good news! Your application to Google I/O 2014 has been selected and your Google Wallet account has been charged. We're looking forward to seeing you at the Moscone Center in San Francisco on June 25-26."
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It's time to stop my crawler, lol.
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My Google Wallet just got a confirmation charge.
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mine still pending :(
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My 5yr old just asked if they give tours at The Cheesecake Factory.
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In his defense, we've done tours of a tea factory, a candy factory, etc., so I'm sure to him it was perfectly natural to see "Factory" in the name and ask if we could do a tour.
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I'd love to hear stats about how many registrations they've received so far, to get some idea of my odds. Since there are usually only around 5,000 tickets or so, and they have, say, 25k registrations, that would make my odds about 1-in-5?

I freakin' love the code labs, I'd be happy to forego the swag just to go sit with their engineers.
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If there are 5,000 tickets, keep in mind you must subtract the ~100 easter egg tickets and however many academic tickets were allotted.

Over the four days, I feel like there are going to be more than 25k registrations, from people that are and aren't developers looking to be in on the fun.

Some of these people might be in for a surprise when they realize they must pay $900 (or 300) + air fare + hotel + food which could = $1200-$1500. So that may lead to some people dropping out, and I'm not sure what they're planning on doing about refunds and if the tickets will be reassigned. 
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Has anyone seen this in the code of the main developer page?

The goo.gl link that's there right now takes you to a Rick Roll (fair warning) but I'm curious whether there might actually be significance of the CSS coding?

I've tried converting the CSS hex bytes into decimals and looked them up on ascii charts, and none of those 6-byte values do anything in that order.

The binary codes translate to 49 48 52 51 53 50, which are the ascii code values of 1 0 4 3 5 2, so I tried treating that as array values and remapped the "366671" into 631667 and same with 776261 -> 771266 but those, translated as ascii values or hex lookups didn't provide anything either.
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Step 1 - Take the twp 6 character hex colors and split each of them into 3 two-character hex codes.
Step 2 - Convert each of the two-character hex codes to decimal.
Step 3 - Lookup the ascii characters that these decimal values represent.

Step 4 - Take the binary numbers in the comment and convert each to decimal.
Step 5 - Lookup the ascii characters that they represent. You will find that each of the binary numbers represents an ascii character in the range 0-5. These numbers (0-5) describe the order in which you must arrange the ascii codes found in step 3 above.
 
Step 6 - order the characters found in step 3 using the numbers found in step 5 and add the prefix "http://goo.gl". This will be your easter egg link.

Alternatively, just copy and paste the hex codes and binary comment into my program here: http://goo.gl/Ml1uZB and then hit the decode button :)
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Confirmation Email just arrived from Google. I'm headed to #io2014
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+Kurt Sorensen I'm gonna guess that an android-based wearable will be a giveaway, whether that's the Moto 360 or not I dunno.
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Brace yourselves ... "I got a Google IO ticket" posts are coming.
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Sorry to hear it GB3 :(
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Hey all, I'm trying to set up a new MacBook with Ruby using homebrew and rbenv, and running into tons of issues. Basically it's boiling down to the readline setup that I'm seeing on a lot of online forums, posts, etc.. I even had our IT crew wipe my system so I could start over fresh, and I'm still not making progress. I'm curious whether anyone out there has a better solution.

I've installed:
- homebrew
- ruby-build
- rbenv

I've got my bash profile all set up for rbenv, but when I run:

rbenv install 2.0.0-p451
(or any of other versions, for that matter)

I get the "last 10 log lines" which may or may not contain any errors, but going into the log file it produces, it's basically having issues with readline.

What I've tried:

brew install readline && brew link readline --force
... didn't help, exact same errors

brew instal rbenv-readline
... didn't help, exact same errors

git clone git://github.com/tpope/rbenv-readline.git \
  ~/.rbenv/plugins/rbenv-readline
... didn't help, exact same errors

I'm running out of ideas. I'd love some help please.

Edit:
Incidentally, I've managed "brew install ruby" just fine to pull down Ruby 2.1.1_1 but some of our projects are looking specifically for certain ruby versions, and rbenv isn't working out. Debating moving back to rvm that I had on my last workstation before moving to rbenv.
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For managing per shell ruby paths I recommend chruby. Rbenv is too complex. 
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Senior Web Developer/Architect/SysAdmin/DevOps from the Los Angeles area. Fluent in Perl, PHP, LAMP development, and learning Python in my spare time.

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