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John Costigan
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67% of California didn't vote for Trump.

I wonder if we could secede in time to avoid a Trump presidency....
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No just a shovel..exclude the fence!
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OK Go came to Google today. It was awesome! During the last song, "Here it Goes Again", they invited me (and others) to come on stage to dance with them. I won't post any video of us dancing :), but I was literally right next to Damian Kulash (lead singer), and I managed to snag the set list, which I've attached.

And yes, they did play a Led Zeppelin song: Black Dog.
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Love the strings. Can't wait for the rest of the new album!
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Interesting move how Radiohead has been deleting it's online activity recently.
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Kim Dong Chul: I don't know you, but despite that, I'm pretty confident that you're innocent of these deplorable charges.

And while I disagree with your motion to "confess" to something that you didn't do, I understand why you did it.  After all, what choice do you have when the North Korean government is pretty much demanding your cooperation (else torture/death/etc.)?

And if North Korea is listening, then.... oops?  Actually, I don't care, North Korea's government is full of thieves and beggars, as far as I'm concerned.  I mean, seriously: accusing random Americans of "espionage" ?  That's pretty low.

If this is my last post, you'll know why....
A Korean-American man detained in North Korea has confessed to stealing military secrets and plotting subversion with South Koreans, the North's official news agency and foreign media reported on Friday.
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Congratulations to DeepMind and AlphaGo for winning 4 of 5 matches against Lee Sedol, one of the best Go players of our time - a feat that many AI experts thought would take another decade to achieve!

But, +Yann LeCun​: why so bitter? Just because Facebook didn't do it first? Or is it something deeper? These are your industry colleagues - you should be proud of them, and of your own work.
In January, Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook was so very close to creating an artificial intelligence machine that could learn to successfully play the ancient Chinese game Go. The very next day, Google trampled all over that dream, and proclaimed that it had already gone and created its own machine. If you thought the competition between the two technology giants might dissipate after Google’s victory, however, you would be wrong.
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Well, Trump was right about one thing: the system is rigged! :) Thanks to Vladimir Putin and Julian Assange.

I wonder if Gary Johnson was in on it. Clinton probably would have won if he hadn't been in the race.
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I don't mind that the emails were released. But I believe the timing of the release affected the outcome of the election. And I believe that that was intentional.
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Do the world a favor and get a flu shot. It doesn't just help you - it helps everyone around you. It's not perfect, but the more people who get a flu shot, the safer are those who physically can't get a flu shot, including infants under 6 months.

"Anyone over the ages of six months old who doesn’t have medical conditions that would cause them to react badly to the shot should get one."

New recommendation for this year (per the linked article): get the shot, not the nasal spray. The latter's effectiveness is apparently questionable....
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Trump: "Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism"

Wow. Just wow. Ignoring the insensitivity of this statement for a moment.... The perpetrator was born and raised in the U.S., so Trump's "ban immigrants" stance obviously wouldn't have helped. And the guy's ISIS "allegiance" seems to have been a last-minute thing - his homophobia was the real trigger.

People who know me know that I'm a Republican, but come on, Trump is a huge mistake for this party.
After the deadliest mass shooting in American history, his instinct was to use it for demagoguery, then self-aggrandizement.
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Everyone it seems
Has somewhere to go.
And the faster the world spins
The shorter the lights will glow.
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Love this song so much
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Got my Tesla Model 3 reservation!  But, the confirmation email says the following, and there's no way this is true, right?

"In the first 24 hours Model 3 received over 180,000 reservations, setting the record for the highest single-day sales of any product of any kind ever in world history."

Surely the Apple iPhone (or even the Samsung Galaxy S) has sold more (either in pre-orders or in actual-orders) than 180k in a single day?
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+Stefan Sarzio: Yes, thank you, I know. :)  Are you suggesting that I edit my post rather than add comments?  I usually prefer to leave original content for the sake of posterity....
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It's not often that I agree with Forbes, but this is one very-clear example.  On what planet does it make sense for France to enforce its (or the E.U.'s) laws on the rest of the world!?

"There is absolutely a role that the US Government should take. They need to tell the French that this is simply not going to happen. They should, to put it politely, go boil their heads, wind their necks in."
One of the things that economists keep trying to tell everyone is that institutions really do matter, prime among these being the rule of law. It's why dictatorships, whether of the majority or of an individual, never really work out all that well economically. Simply because the certainty of the [...]
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I'm not generally a zombie guy, but I just heard this song on Google Play Music Radio, and while I realize I'm nearly a decade late to the party, I still thought it was pretty funny.  Especially since I heard it at the office. ;)
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  • Google
    Senior Software Engineer, 2008 - present
  • Argon ST
    Software Engineer, 2003 - 2008
  • SAIC
    Junior Software Engineer, 2002 - 2003
  • Virginia Tech
    Undergraduate/Graduate Researcher, 2001 - 2003
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Known online as gnuite, I am a Software Engineer by trade, currently working for Google in Mountain View, CA. I have a B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science from Virginia Tech, with a concentration in Information Visualization. I began my full-time-professional career at Argon ST in Northern Virginia (since acquired by Boeing), but relocated across the country to California to work with Google and enjoy free lunches.

In addition to my professional work as a Software Engineer at Google, I also harbor a passion for software as a hobby, in the form of Free and Open Source Software. For example, I am the founder of open source software Maemo Mapper, one of the first projects that made its home in the Maemo GarageMaemo is an open-source embedded operating system targeted at internet tablet devices.

I am happily married to the beautiful Kristin Costigan, a.k.a. Kristin Von Kundra.

Disclaimer: I work for Google, but I do not speak for Google in any official capacity.  My thoughts in Google+ or elsewhere do not necessarily reflect those of Google or its affiliates.
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  • Virginia Tech
    M.S., Computer Science and Applications, 2001 - 2003
  • Virginia Tech
    B.S., Computer Science, 1999 - 2002
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