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Jeremy Nickurak
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This is looking like it'll be pretty amazing.
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Is space flight worth it?
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Eating Indian/German food in Revelstoke. Woot.
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I think a great many problems in American society can be traced to the inability of people to intuitively make trade-offs between Type-1 errors and Type-2 errors. For example, after September 11th, people demanded that no one ever be allowed to bring ANYTHING DANGEROUS onto a plane ever again, no matter the cost. People started saying things like "If it saves even one life, it's worth it." People thought that if we could just make security more strict we could prevent these problems. Eventually we realized that in our efforts to avoid missing real threats, we were simply categorizing everything as a threat, which is particularly unhelpful. The easiest (and probably only) way to prevent passengers on airplanes from posing a threat to anyone is to ban commercial air travel. Of course, as we were recently reminded, even the pilots can pose a threat. 

Part of the problem with the TSA specifically is that it is an unaccountable bureaucracy which is simply incompetent and incapable of doing its job, but beyond that a mandate to eliminate all risk will always cause problems. By focusing only on not missing a threat, they ignore the very real costs of falsely detecting threats, and we can see this in many different facets of American life. Trying to prevent some real but small health risks has lead to pregnant women being told they can't eat or drink or do anything at all. Trying to prevent a handful of children from dying in hot cars has led to arresting parents who leave their kids in a perfectly comfortable car for 90 seconds, having their children taken by CPS, and generally ruining the lives of everyone involved (except whichever busybody called the police). Trying to prevent a very small number of police officers from being shot while interacting with suspects has lead to hundreds of innocent people being preventativly shot. Trying to prevent... something has led to the NSA collecting every phone call in the country.

Part of this is the law of diminishing returns, where eliminating the last 5% of risk can cost more than the first 95%, but that only becomes a problem with people are unwilling to admit those costs. When the people responsible for preventing Type-2 errors are unconcerned making Type-1 errors, you get a LOT of Type-1 errors. If you are a regulator who will lose her job if any new buildings have an electrical fire, preventing all new construction suddenly looks like a viable plan.

Of course these trade-offs are difficult, and reasonable people can disagree where lines should be drawn between missing real threats and flagging false threats. But when people focus their attention only on one side of the problem, when they only worry about catching all threats, they lose sight of the real risk of false positives.
ARLINGTON, VA— Following the release of a report indicating that the agency failed 95 percent of security tests, the Transportation Security Administration announced Tuesday that agents will now simply stand at airport checkpoints and remind all passengers that everybody will eventually die someday.
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We found a bunch of them in a little toy shop in downtown Las Vegas (in the "Container Park"). But they're pretty easy to get online too -- search Amazon for "Metal Earth".

The reviews for them do reflect that they can be frustrating. Lots of patience required -- the age suggestions on the packaging are definitely optimistic :)
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First and last time using a selfie stick
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This is ridiculously cool.

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Round 2! Spirit/Opportunity!

Overall, I'd say this one was easier than the Lunar module. Amazon reviews agree ­— I apparently started out with the hardest model Fascinations/Metal Earth makes.

(Pictures from both models are now in: https://goo.gl/photos/gu6XHoifKeQbo47N7)
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Back when I was still trying to do science myself, my field of study was software engineering. The International Conference on Software Engineering is the big gathering for researchers in that area, and this year's has just wrapped up. Thanks to this Gist from Mike Hoye, I was able to browse the ...
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Complexity. People come and people go. But the code base stays there. It evolves over time, like an amorphous organism. It mutates (or is, rather, being mutated) to meet the changes in its environment. Some of its parts don't always function as expected, requiring a surgical procedure to try and ...
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Here's the room me and +Gary Oikawa​ just presented to. Maybe about 300 attendees? #Emcworld
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  • University of Alberta
    MSc - Computing Science, 2010
  • University of Alberta
    Bsc - Computing Science, 2008
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Edmonton-based nerd; developer for EMC's integrated VPLEX/RecoverPoint/MetroPoint high-availability storage and disaster recovery solution (it's pretty cool, ask about it!)
Introduction

My name is Jeremy Nickurak.  Some time ago I completed my M.Sc in Computing Science at the University of Alberta, where was working with Paul Lu's Trellis High-performance and meta computing research group. My chief areas of research interest are filesystem and resource access in a distributed/cluster context, especially where involving virtualization.

Since then, I've been working as a software developer on EMC's Vplex high-availability storage solution.

My resume is available, and I'll give proper consideration to anyone with a suggestion.

If you're interested in getting in touch with me, you can email me at my-first-name@my-last-name.ca (slightly obfuscated to prevent spam bots from seeing it). You can also reach me at the same address on Jabber/XMPP/GoogleChat

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    Software Developer, 2010 - present
  • University of Alberta
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Slow service, frequent order mistakes, and rarely clean.
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Great tasting fish, lovely decor. Oh, and curry sauce? YES PLEASE. Our group eats here often enough that we don't even have to order any more.
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A second place to get Edmonton's best kept Thai food secret! Much roomier than their original location too.
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Good fresh food. Small serving sizes, in the best possible way.
Food: ExcellentDecor: GoodService: Very Good
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