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Just wrapped up the Mining of Massive Datasets Coursera course this week. Like Andrew Ng's Machine Learning course, it was a pretty rewarding experience. I had read most of Ullman's book previously, but doing the assignments really forces you to fill in some of the holes in your understanding. The assignments, while good overall, had a lot of errors and few illogically constructed questions. The most ludicrous was the question that featured a "<" and broke the coursera renderer. The staff insisted that the question was presented as intended, which was pretty hilarious. I assume the authoring side of these courses is still very tedious. But even with the homework confusions, though, the course was well worth the time. Highly recommended.

http://www.mmds.org/

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Man, another one I need to find time to get around to. I need to become gainfully unemployed so that I can spend all my time on interesting courses and side projects. Any idea where I can find the cash to do that?
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"We should do an art project for the next engineering all hands..."
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Looks like you guys could use a 3D artist... (wink, wink)
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I know everyone is probably growing tired of hearing about my fight with +Comcast Business, but this is just so amazing that I have to share.

So I decided last month that I was tired of losing time to Comcast and I paid the early termination fee. They had inexplicably forced the disconnect on me and I didn't want to do deal with the collection agency junk. I had actually called multiple times to try to get them to allow me to continue paying out my contract. Each time, they said they would but never removed the termination fee. So I put an end to it.

Unsurprisingly, I got a bill this month even after finalizing my account. Sigh So again, I call and have the most ludicrous conversation.

Me: I've paid my termination fee, my account is closed, and you sent me a bill for this month. Please remove it.

Comcast: Ok, I'm not seeing where your account is officially disconnected.

Me: Look, you guys just forced me to disconnect and I tried to get you to cancel the disconnect several times and you were unable. I was billed a termination fee and I paid it. I cannot be both disconnected and connected. Please just remove the bill.

Comcast: Sir, we didn't force you to disconnect.

Me: Ok, can you restore my service?

Comcast: No.

Me: Please remove the bill.

We went on like this for about 45 minutes and she finally "escalated" something. I don't expect them to remove the bill, so the drama continues.
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Went through this same crap with DirecTv, horrible, abominable organization.
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Switched to Apple's new Spotlight search because it was being pretty awesome and responsive ... and then it was gone.
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There's even a Yosemite theme in Alfred 2 now.
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We're iced in pretty tight right now. I went out on the screened deck tonight and found that each screen panel is now a solid wall of ice.
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Ooo well played. Any indication as to how or if they are insulating the room? Or are you losing all the heat through the deck floor?
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Dammit Palin, you are supposed to have eyes on Russia.
 
Not to sound crazy, but the Russians are watching me!. I just realized that two months ago, a Russian surveillance plane flew very close to my house in Livermore. Don't panic though, it's part of Open Skies- an international treaty ratified in 2001 that promotes better trust by allowing countries to periodically fly airborne surveillance missions that size up military forces.

Looking back through older news articles I learned that Russia usually flies a modified Tu-154M-LK-1 plane with the id RA-85655. I looked in the airline data I've been grabbing from FlightRadar24 and voila, I found RA-85655 flew into the US December 8, did a surveillance loop of California Dec 10, visited Las Vegas Dec 12, and then returned home to Russia on the 13th. My grabs didn't have any data for the plane on the 9th and 11th.

Yeah, I'm a little creeped out that an actual surveillance plane flew so close to us. I guess I shouldn't be surprised though: the trajectory has them flying over LLNL at 3:30pm on a Wednesday. I wonder if they were checking out NIF.

Anyways, kind of a fun find in the big bag of data. If you'd like to take a look at the tracks I captured and come up with your own conspiracy theories about what they're looking at, the data is here: http://pastebin.com/T0eVqAtp

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http://www.ibtimes.com/russia-conduct-observation-flight-over-us-under-open-skies-treaty-1742081

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_on_Open_Skies
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I'm sure Palin would say she blocked them from coming in through the west, and that Hillary dropped the ball in NY. You betcha.
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Some days I wish I still lived in the world where this looks like a victory for web standards. But these days, like many other folks in the world, I work on a product that must cater heavily to web users on Apple devices. Apple is already dictating the web standards for us and, sadly, this means pointer events are dead in my world.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/26/a_good_day_for_web_standards_google_promises_pointer_event_support_with_or_without_apple/
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+Joel Webber yep. That's the path Mutation Observers and templates took. And many other bits.
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I need to quickly get one from the west coast for this evening :)
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Wow, only 8 days for a response from them. Faster than calling support!
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Newest +Comcast Business drama.
Rather than pay out the $2,000 early termination fee, I had decided to just keep paying them monthly. In fact, I had hoped to transfer the account to the person who rents our house. Instead, Comcast sent me a disconnect agreement which I declined so they billed me for the early termination fee anyway. When I would call, they would tell me they were removing it by the end of the day... they never did. Today they told me since my equipment was returned, they were forcing a disconnect and forcing me to pay the early termination. Strangely, this all happened on the heels of this conversation:

https://comcast.response.lithium.com/portal/conversation/11066195
Conversation between kellegous and ComcastJon #11066195. 660623's profile image. 30 Dec · kellegous @kellegous. status: Fighting with @comcastbusiness who slid a 36 month contract agreement into a service order. #comcast keeping it unethical. Reply Retweet Favorite. View all 7 Replies ...
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How much time was left on your old contract?
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If there has ever been a site that needs +FullStory, it's the +TOYOTA site. I was thinking: One of these days, I should buy a Toyota truck but right now I want to experience the internet joy that is building one to my liking. Except, it's completely impossible because their builder is like a game where you, the user, must solve a constraint puzzle. I gave up and went to the +Ford Motor Company website.

http://southeast.buyatoyota.com/tacoma/build
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+Qian Qiao If I could find a Hilux, I would definitely buy one. Judging from news coverage, they have all been relocated to the Middle East.
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Automation, it's whats for dinner.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcniyQYFU6M
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+Bill Fienup Hilarious, you kicked our ass: http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2005/unuseless-ball-celebrates-whats-unnecessary-fun

Edit/Update: I had no idea that Bill & I were in the same unuseless competition. We were trying to create a system where you could vandalize walls with audio graffiti (Nam June Paik style) ... Bill kicked our ass with a Catsup Crapper. Probably didn't help our case that ours didn't even work.
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  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Media Lab Research Assistant, 2004 - 2006
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I'm Design + Engineering. I used to work for Google on Chrome & WebKit. I'm responsible for the existence of Speed Tracer and I was an early member of the GWT team. Before that I studied under John Maeda at the MIT Media Lab. And before that, I co-founded Connexxia which was kind of marketing through social networks before that was a good idea. I'm also a triathlete obsessed with swimming, cycling and running. More at http://kellegous.com/about.
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Alas, if you didn't make it to the Indian Pass Raw Bar in its prime you missed the magic. This place was a local treasure of fantastic food and the ultimate in laid back coastal atmosphere. Fantastic steamed and baked oysters coupled with serve yourself beer from the cooler, I planned trips around returning to this place because each experience was memorable. This year, though, the magic is gone. The popularity has destroyed this gem of the forgotten coast. First, we had trouble getting seated. There were a number of people waiting, but that wasn't the issue here. Either due to lack of organization or favors for locals, we were repeatedly moved down the seating list. It took an uncomfortable discussion to bring this to someone's attention to finally get us a seat. The food was as wonderful as it ever has been. Strangely, though, our order never fully made it to the table. After some time we asked only to find out they were out of oysters and hadn't bothered to tell us that our food wouldn't be coming. The super casual checkout, which was once charming now became the subject of suspicion as we spent the trip home discussing whether they had charged us for the food we never received. The consensus was that they must have, given the price. We left hungry and focused on the disappointment. I have never left the Indian Pass Raw Bar focused on anything but the positive experience we had just had. Oh but if you had been to this place in its prime. It was a treasure and sadly it will be missed dearly. If you missed, I'm sorry but there is no more magic here.
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