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Michael Howald
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Attended Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
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74 - partly cloudy - slight breeze. Perfect day for lunch at the park, under a shade tree.
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Very cool.  I remember writing a wrapper for an IBM library that did a similar thing.  It needed training and I wrote the first cut training app back in the day for a medical dictation software company.  How far we've come...
 
Five Lines of Code in C# Dot Net to do Speech Recognition... Color Me Impressed
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if Dwarf Fortress or Gauntlet ever decided to update their music, I'd hope they would get someone with this kind of skill with a harp to do the recording.
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Any time you get to feeling angry, sad, mad, or whatever.  Remember, you're just a pale yellow dot on a pale blue dot floating in a vast nothingness so large that you will never get your head around it all.

Happy New Year!
 
Always helps to get the other perspective. This time, the perspective is from Mars through the lens of Curiosity. Enjoy.
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has snapped its first photo of Earth from the surface of the Red Planet, an amazing image that also includes the moon. See the photos here.
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it's not capitalism you should fear or fight.  It has problems...  Fight the greed of your own people.  Fight those terrible aspects of humanity where ever they may come from.
 
Feel free to hate Martin Shkreli, but realize that the drug in question has been around for more than 60 years, and the reason he could charge what he was charging for it is because the government makes it very difficult for competitors to make generic versions of the same drug (in this case, the patent expired, but Shkreli was attempting to use other government regulations to prevent competitors from doing what was necessary to get FDA approval for generic versions).

This drug is so common and cheap that it costs less than $1 US in most countries, but Shkreli was charging $750.  Reportedly some hospitals just make the drug in-house, on-demand.

Apparently, there now is a generic equivalent in the U.S.  But the only reason why the price could be so high is because there wasn't any other option.  And yes, the reasons why there was only one option wasn't entirely caused by government -- it was a low-demand and low-margin product -- but the reason why Shkreli could raise the price without worrying about competition undercutting him is mostly due to government regulation.
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Tonight is a strings night.
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, New Eden!
 
That's the spirit!
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I haven't posted on G+ in awhile for a variety of reasons.  Anyway, I don't have a real preference for president.  I just know who I actively oppose at this point.  I oppose different candidates for different reasons, but this non-sense about encryption has to stop.  One can't simultaneously be this ignorant of a concept like encryption an a leader of the free world.

Well, I suppose one can...  But one can also be really bad at your job.
 
Donald Trump is not the only dangerously ignorant "frontrunner" for a major party nomination: Hillary Clinton still thinks, 20 years after we already figured out that it is literally not possible, that we can and should find ways for government to bypass encryption used by terrorists.

STEPHANOPOULOS: How about Apple? No more encryption?

CLINTON: This is something I've said for a long time, George. I have to believe that the best minds in the private sector, in the public sector could come together to help us deal with this evolving threat. And you know, I know what the argument is from our friends in the industry. I respect that. Nobody wants to be feeling like their privacy is invaded.

But I also know what the argument is on the other side from law enforcement and security professionals. So, please, let's get together and try to figure out the best way forward.

That sounds good to some people ... but it is not possible.  The tools to encrypt are out there on the Internet and written in books and magazines and on t-shirts and coffee mugs, and it cannot be taken back.  And if I use encryption, generally speaking, you cannot get around it.  You might be able to crack it, in some cases; but generally, you simply cannot get it, no matter how many minds you put together to solve the problem.

While privacy is a big part of this problem, it's not the fundamental problem.  If Apple gives you back doors to get into communication, yes, you might have privacy issues.  But if Apple does that, then the "bad guys" will simply stop using Apple's messaging tools, and use other ones.  And if you get back doors to all commercial apps, they will write and use their own apps.  Then you'll be able to access communications ... but only of the law-abiding citizens, not the bad guys.

Encrypted communications is not something that you can stop.  You're wasting time and energy -- and demonstrating yourself to be woefully ignorant -- by trying.
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It took my wife, who is the most important person in my whole universe, telling me, “I feel like you don’t care about having a long life together with me, because you don’t care about taking care of yourself.”

http://wilwheaton.net/2015/10/seven-things-i-did-to-reboot-my-life/
I had this epiphany at the beginning of September: This thing that I'm doing? This series of choices I make every day? It isn't working. I don't like the way I
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    Software Engineer, 2008 - present
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I'm living in Indianapolis as a software engineer.  Rose-Hulman was tough, but worth it.
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I was the Eve Online alliance leader for NASA back in 2008. We survived Fountain far longer than we should have lol.
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  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
    Software Engineering, 2004 - 2008
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