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Not sure whether your Google account is safe?  Get an artisanal password...or, turn on two-step verification (http://www.google.com/intl/en/landing/2step/).

In fact, two-step authentication reduces the chances of your Google account being hijacked by a thousand times (no kidding!), and it's very easy to use if you have a smartphone.  If you care about your personal data you should absolutely turn it on.
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Who would have guessed that petroleum engineering is more lucrative than being a social worker?!?!

I love charts that illustrate the extraordinarily obvious.

source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2013/09/09/219372252/the-most-and-least-lucrative-college-majors-in-1-graph?utm_source=npr&utm_medium=gplus&utm_campaign=nprgoogleplus
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Marilyn vos Savant and other current and former members of Prometheus, featured on our YouTube page.
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Ever wonder if the universe has a reset button?
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Even our perception of "now" is a slightly delayed reaction, indicating only that we did "exist". The final conscious instant at death could conceivably occur a moment after death, providing a brief illusion of still being alive. (This gets tricky, and depends upon the definition of death, but it is interesting to consider.)

When I used to spend too much time playing video games, I'd sometimes find myself having an urge to "save" in real life situations. Similarly, after frequently listening to audio books on CD in the car, then switching over to the radio, I find myself attempting to rewind to hear something I didn't fully catch. It may not be long before most of our perceptions are mediated by technology, with audio-visual input recorded and replayable. In some ways this will change the notion of a "moment of time" as a fleeting, transitory event, especially for young people growing up with these technologies and developing their sense of reality through the filters of these modes of experience. An "event" becomes a resource; once it occurs, it is always available for re-occurrence.

At a further stage, when neurological activity is recorded and replayable, the notion of experiences is entirely transformed, and "now" begins to lose meaning and primacy. Or rather, it no longer maps to a "now" that is out there. Reality becomes redefined as consciousness rather than as what exists.

These subjective realities need not be fixed. They would be programmable; fully malleable. A "reset" could be just a "click" away.
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Way to go, +Mohamed Mansour!
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Circle Management for Google+ extension update coming soon!

Thanks to everyone who likes my little Google+ tweaks. I wanted to give more stuff back back to the community, to say thank you for your support. It motivates me to create hacks which are not yet possible with the Google+ API. Please share this to your friends, the more feedback I get before, the easier for me to analyse what features to rush out the door early.

As everyone already knows, circle management in Google+ is really lacking. It becomes really hard (almost impossible in my case) managing your circles if you have more than 100 followers (people you follow, and vice versa, people who follow you). This upcoming extension would be an interim solution until we find official support.

Why isn't it possible?

Google+ didn't release an API for Google+ Circles and Followers. The community asked, but it has been over a month and nothing new came yet. I have studied how Google+ operates from head to toe, and I created my own Google+ API from packet sniffing the data and smarty discover the data when it changes. The JavaScript Google+ API can manage (CRUD) your circles, fetch your followers (people who you follow, who follows you, and who to discover), and profile management.

Why is the current not good enough?

The card layout is very pretty, but it doesn't tell us at a glance who the user is. We have to drag our mouse over their name and let the extremely beautiful hover card appear which tells us their occupation. If you wanted to know which location they are from, you have to click on their name, visit their profile, and then decide if they are interesting to you.

That becomes a really tedious task to organize your circles. Even still, if you are like me, I have over 150 circles, and it becomes difficult to even search or sort your circles quickly.

What have I done?

I am juggling too many projects these days, but this weekend I put 50% of my programming time creating this extension. Here is a sneak peak of of the current state of the extension. As you can see, you will quickly (I spent a good effort trying to do this) get your data, parse it, clean it, and store it in Chrome Database. Then you can do DB Queries to actually discover people.

For example:
- Who did I circle but they didn't circle me back?
- Who are the Googlers circled me? Perhaps, and that I didn't circle back?
- Who are the people from Ottawa, Canada that circled me?

Those are the stuff that you can do. As you can see, there is a lot of work left, and if you are a JavaScript Ninja, I mean Ninja, that is not afraid of JavaScript and would like to help, let me know.

And yes, I will definitely open source all this back to the community to see what others can do with the API that I created! Oh, and if I have time I plan to integrate it with my classification G+ app http://stream-plus.appspot.com

Let me know what features you would like to see :)
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Only a few hours old, this idea could help change the world. Are you in?
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The story of Schroedinger's cat (an epic poem) 
~ From The Straight Dope (May 7, 1982)

Dear Cecil:

Cecil, you're my final hope
Of finding out the true Straight Dope
For I have been reading of Schroedinger's cat
But none of my cats are at all like that.
This unusual animal (so it is said)
Is simultaneously live and dead!
What I don't understand is just why he
Can't be one or other, unquestionably.
My future now hangs in between eigenstates.
In one I'm enlightened, the other I ain't.
If you understand, Cecil, then show me the way
And rescue my psyche from quantum decay.
But if this queer thing has perplexed even you,
Then I will and won't see you in Schroedinger's zoo.

— Randy F., Chicago

Cecil replies:

Schroedinger, Erwin! Professor of physics!
Wrote daring equations! Confounded his critics!
(Not bad, eh? Don't worry. This part of the verse
Starts off pretty good, but it gets a lot worse.)
Win saw that the theory that Newton'd invented
By Einstein's discov'ries had been badly dented.
What now? wailed his colleagues. Said Erwin, "Don't panic,
No grease monkey I, but a quantum mechanic.
Consider electrons. Now, these teeny articles
Are sometimes like waves, and then sometimes like particles.
If that's not confusing, the nuclear dance
Of electrons and suchlike is governed by chance!
No sweat, though — my theory permits us to judge
Where some of 'em is and the rest of 'em was."
Not everyone bought this. It threatened to wreck
The comforting linkage of cause and effect.
E'en Einstein had doubts, and so Schroedinger tried
To tell him what quantum mechanics implied.
Said Win to Al, "Brother, suppose we've a cat,
And inside a tube we have put that cat at —
Along with a solitaire deck and some Fritos,
A bottle of Night Train, a couple mosquitoes
(Or something else rhyming) and, oh, if you got 'em,
One vial prussic acid, one decaying ottom
Or atom — whatever — but when it emits,
A trigger device blasts the vial into bits
Which snuffs our poor kitty. The odds of this crime
Are 50 to 50 per hour each time.
The cylinder's sealed. The hour's passed away. Is
Our pussy still purring — or pushing up daisies?
Now, you'd say the cat either lives or it don't
But quantum mechanics is stubborn and won't.
Statistically speaking, the cat (goes the joke),
Is half a cat breathing and half a cat croaked.
To some this may seem a ridiculous split,
But quantum mechanics must answer, "Tough shit.
We may not know much, but one thing's fo' sho':
There's things in the cosmos that we cannot know.
Shine light on electrons — you'll cause them to swerve.
The act of observing disturbs the observed —
Which ruins your test. But then if there's no testing
To see if a particle's moving or resting
Why try to conjecture? Pure useless endeavor!
We know probability — certainty, never.'
The effect of this notion? I very much fear
'Twill make doubtful all things that were formerly clear.
Till soon the cat doctors will say in reports,
"We've just flipped a coin and we've learned he's a corpse."'
So saith Herr Erwin. Quoth Albert, "You're nuts.
God doesn't play dice with the universe, putz.
I'll prove it!" he said, and the Lord knows he tried —
In vain — until fin'ly he more or less died.
Win spoke at the funeral: "Listen, dear friends,
Sweet Al was my buddy. I must make amends.
Though he doubted my theory, I'll say of this saint:
Ten-to-one he's in heaven — but five bucks says he ain't."

— Cecil Adams
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Readers of "Crypto" (published 2001)  won't be surprised.  Towards the end, explaining the NSA's turnaround on allowing commercial encryption, I wrote, "Perhaps those shiny 'uncrackable'  programs created by the private sector really weren't so uncrackable after all, and the NSA was satisfied at its ability to get plaintext when it needed to."
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The question is which crypto system is breakable and what cryptanalytic approach commends them to being broken. This report in itself doesn't seem to shed more light on that most critical of question.

All encryption protocols are breakable in the computer age, the issue is what resource is required and shat shortcuts are available. Not much news here.
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Here's the new blog on The Missing 1949 Jackson Pollock painting.
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Magnificent.
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Wow, just wow! If you haven't watched this video, do yourself a favor and watch it.

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Just saw this profile blurb: "I will only 'circle' you if I know you. I will NOT circle you just because you circled me, and I will NOT circle you..." And this is one of those iblendintothewoodworkbecauseihavenosubstance people. Wow. Moving right along.
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