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Google's self-driving cars are confused by track stands because there's no way for any driver, human or otherwise, to differentiate the first second of a balance-maintaining roll-forward from the first second of a "screw it, I'm running the light."

I say this as a daily cyclist and regular driver in New York City.  Track stands are the single most driver-hostile thing you, as a cyclist, can do other than intentionally cutting drivers off and making them ditch into shoulders to keep from killing you.
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Track stands are the bicycle equivalent of spinners. Every time I saw those damn wheels out of the corner of my eye on my motorcycle I did a full on "brace for impact" preparation until I realized the car was not running a red light about to hit me.
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I've discovered an interesting new G+ behavior.

I've got a Jackasses circle - It's full of people who I've encountered being crappy in comment threads.  Gamergaters, Second Amendment Fundamentalists, Racists, MRAs, etc.  Once in a while I find it therapeutic and interesting to check that circle and see what the worst people on the network are spewing at each other.

I just checked that circle, and after the purgative went back to my default 'All' view and found a lot of those people, and more interestingly a lot of people that I find a little distasteful but not full Jackasses featured prominently in my feed.

In the past, just checking a circle didn't affect stream content if you didn't interact.  It seems that "appeared on your screen" might now be considered "interaction".
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I've noticed this before too. I simply don't circles those that I don't want in my feed.
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+Jennifer Jurney and I haven't quite played Settlers out, but we're getting close.  Really glad to have a queue now of games to try next.
 
This is just fantastic, and now I have a go-to video to show people who ask me what games I suggest for couples to play.
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It's the most wonderful time of the year!

In our household, that's the narrow window when our local grocery delivery service carries fresh Hatch green chile. Funny thing, though: +Jennifer Jurney thought she was ordering 12, and ended up order 12 pounds. Turns out that it takes ~3 hours to roast, peel, and chop that much chile.

Best possible Sunday morning, as far as I'm concerned. Particularly because lunch is green chile burritos.
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FreshDirect - Every year around this time they have it available for a couple of weeks.
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Regular expressions continually solve and generate problems.  Today, I'm wondering about the differences in spelling and pronunciation people see out there.

I've seen it spelled "regex" and "regexp", and I've heard it pronounced "redge ecks" and "reg eckps".

I think the "regex" people say "redge ecks" and the "regexp" people say "reg eckps", but I've never tried to figure out if there's a connection there.  So, let me know.  Where do you fall?
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"arr ee" and/or "arr ee two"
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None of the above: "regex" and "reg ecks" (i.e. rhymes with "Greg Mex")
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Overheard at work, as relates to abstraction in software engineering:

The first time you need something: write it.
The second time you need something: copy it.
The third time you need something: generalize it.
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I've heard that if you pack a very little bit of this into a keyhole when it's wet, the person who comes along later to unlock the door jumps at the bang and the key shooting back out at them.

That's just something I heard, not something I saw when we used to make this in the chemistry lab in high school.
 
Don't try this at home.
The Royal Institution posted this demonstration of an explosively unstable substance called nitrogen triiodide. I love the purple smoke it makes. Nitrogen triiodide is so unstable that even somethi...
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You guys had way more fun in high school than we had.  *Envious*
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Someone I follow posted a picture of Trayvon Martin at Space Camp.  The comments were...  They were disheartening.
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I love this song.  I do not love this video.

At first, I'd clocked Doughy Glasses Mullet Guy as the drummer, just because he was marching perfectly on beat.  Piano player is definitely a better fit, though.
 
Face to face, out in the heat! Hangin' tough, stayin' hungry!
Face to face, out in the heat! Hangin' tough, stayin' hungry!
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Pretty spot on.
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4th day with  the same pants?  C'mon.  jeans aren't put in the washer until they can stand on their own after a month or so.
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My Dad coached football growing up, so I've been around the sport all my life.  I was never really a Sports Fan since there weren't any pro teams in my state, but once I moved to the East Coast I started paying more attention to it.

My wife and I follow a team and we used to watch most games, but as the concussion discussion got going, and particularly after the death of Junior Seau, I found myself having a hard time shaking the feeling that I was watching these men kill each other for my amusement.

What  finally pushed me over the line was a game a couple of seasons ago, where one of our running backs got hit in the midfield so hard that he clearly lost consciousness.  His arms and legs flopped around like he was a rag doll, and I honestly though I'd just watched a man die.  I just couldn't keep watching it after that play.

Since I don't follow pro sports all that closely, and especially don't keep up with the NFL any more, I hadn't heard about Chris Borland until now.  This is a really fascinating story that does a lot to shine a light on just how spooked the League is about the idea of people turning on the sport.  It's a read that's well worth your time.
 
"Dehumanizing sounds so extreme, but when you're fighting for a football at the bottom of the pile, it is kind of dehumanizing," he said during a series of conversations over the spring and summer. "It's like a spectacle of violence, for entertainment, and you're the actors in it. You're complicit in that: You put on the uniform. And it's a trivial thing at its core. It's make-believe, really. That's the truth about it."
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