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Want a free extra 2GB of Google Drive storage, and a more secure Google account? Take a quick security check-up for your account and you'll get an extra 2GB of free-forever Drive storage. (And yes, it stacks with last year's security checkup bonus!)

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I got "slashdotted" but I have no idea from where as the "Referring sites" sum to 70 views. Mystery!

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Driving too slowly? Bet humans don’t get pulled over for that too often.

We’ve capped the speed of our prototype vehicles at 25mph for safety reasons. We want them to feel friendly and approachable, rather than zooming scarily through neighborhood streets.  

Like this officer, people sometimes flag us down when they want to know more about our project. After 1.2 million miles of autonomous driving (that’s the human equivalent of 90 years of driving experience), we’re proud to say we’ve never been ticketed!

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"Changing a Light Bulb" video has over 100000 views. Heck.

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All of these images were computer generated!

For the last few weeks, Googlers have been obsessed with an internal visualization tool that Alexander Mordvintsev in our Zurich office created to help us visually understand some of the things happening inside our deep neural networks for computer vision.  The tool essentially starts with an image, runs the model forwards and backwards, and then makes adjustments to the starting image in weird and magnificent ways.  

In the same way that when you are staring at clouds, and you can convince yourself that some part of the cloud looks like a head, maybe with some ears, and then your mind starts to reinforce that opinion, by seeing even more parts that fit that story ("wow, now I even see arms and a leg!"), the optimization process works in a similar manner, reinforcing what it thinks it is seeing.  Since the model is very deep, we can tap into it at various levels and get all kinds of remarkable effects.

Alexander, +Christopher Olah, and Mike Tyka wrote up a very nice blog post describing how this works:

There's also a bigger album of more of these pictures linked from the blog post:

I just picked a few of my favorites here.
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" The far bigger issue for CraveTV is the sheer size of the Netflix U.S. and Netflix Canada libraries. CraveTV has some good content, but at 403 titles it is tiny in comparison with both of those services. Netflix Canada currently lists over 3,700 shows and movies, making the number of titles in its library nine times larger than CraveTV. With over 7,300 shows and movies, Netflix U.S. is nearly twice of the size of the Canadian version, which helps explain why some Canadians seek out the greater choice. "
Bell's recent characterization of Canadians using virtual private networks to access U.S. Netflix as thieves has attracted considerable attention. Yesterday, I posted on why accessing U.S. Netflix is not theft, noting that a minority of Canadian Netflix…

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Really worth the read.
Feed your inner skeptic. Learn to watch for the signs of bogosity. Don't succumb to anecdata / panicdata.

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It looks amazing as a remote control switch. I hope people figure out how to hack them reliably.
$0.99 for a 120MHz ARM Cortex-M3 + WiFi + battery + case? This is a dream for embedded hardware hackers :) No doubt Amazon is selling them below cost. It's a more capable platform than the ESP8266, yet cheaper. Brb, I am buying as many as I can...

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" I know that the Poland of today is not the Poland I grew up in - it's not even the Poland I came back to in 2003; the gap to Western Europe is shrinking every single year. But I am proud to now live in a country that welcomes more immigrants than any other place on Earth - and at the end of their journey, makes them feel at home. It also makes me realize how small and misguided are the conversations we are having about immigration - not just here, but all over the developed world. "

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" In other words, even people outside China are being weaponized to target things the Chinese government does not like, for example, freedom of speech. "
"A certain device at the border of China’s inner network and the Internet has hijacked the HTTP connections went into China, replaced some javascript files from Baidu with malicious ones that would load ["", ""] every two seconds." #github   #china   #censorship  
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