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+Project Loon​ must have the most exciting potential currently. And probably the most complexity problems to overcome. It looks like it actually might work, too - and provide LTE to everyone, anywhere. Huge kudos to the team behind this.
 
When we launched Project Loon in 2013 we hoped to answer a single question - could balloons be used to connect people to the Internet? Proving that this was possible in our New Zealand launch then led the team to start asking a much larger question - how can we make this work for everyone, no matter where they are in the world? How do you manufacture enough balloons to be able to provide coverage anywhere in the world and then launch them and control them so that there is always a balloon overhead to provide connection to the user on the ground?

In this latest video Project Lead Mike Cassidy offers a glimpse behind the scenes into how the Project Loon team have been tackling the challenges involved in moving from small scale, one-off launches and tests, to the scale and automation required to make balloon-powered Internet for all a reality.
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+Mike McLoughlin the rumored MVNO from Google. 
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Due to the positive response regarding yesterday's puzzle, I am posting my all-time favourite. Please resist the temptation to look up the answer - it is another one where you have to use some logic and try and get inside the head of the protagonists.
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If anyone wants some f*cked up puzzles I'd recommend:
http://free.ultimaiq.net/nse.htm
http://free.ultimaiq.net/ttt.htm
http://free.ultimaiq.net/numerus_basic.htm
They are in decreasing order of dificulty, if anyone solves a couple ones in the NSE (first one), you're my hero lmao.
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This is simply beautiful. It is supposed to be solvable by Singaporean ten-year-olds. It caused a intense debate in my family but we think we now have got it - have you? 

http://www.theguardian.com/science/alexs-adventures-in-numberland/2015/apr/13/can-you-solve-the-singapore-primary-maths-question-that-went-viral?CMP=share_btn_link
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Spoiler alert.


Albert knows the month. Because he states that he knows that Bernard does not know either, we know that the month cannot be June. If it were, it would be possible for Cheryl's birthday to be June 18, and in that case, Bernard would know the full date, since the only possible "18" date, amongst the possible dates that Cheryl provided them with would be June 18. But Albert knows that Bernard does not know. By the same reasoning, May cannot be the month either. We know all of this from the first (Albert's) comment. Then, Bernard states that he now knows the full date. We can now know that the date is not "a 14", because if it were, Berdnard would still not know for Cheryl's birthday could be either July 14 or Aug 14. The only possible answers now are July 16, Aug 15 and Aug 17. At this point, Bernard, who knows the day, is able to tell the full date. Then, Albert, who knows the month, says that he now knows the full date. Therefore, the month cannot be August, since if it were, he would still not be able to tell. Therefore, the answer must be July 16.
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Well done to Amazon for celebrating their customer's humour.
 
Just enjoyed most of these product reviews - especially TeeKay's one for the clock... :-)
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If you want a real treat read the reviews for the "BIC for Her" pens. 
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" Laptops are a small niche market" 
It is easy to laugh at such outrageously wrong tech journalism, but it is worth remembering this article and adding a little caution before writing any tech opinion piece, perhaps.
 
Remarkable how silly these debates seem 30 years later:

"Yes, there are a lot of people who would like to be able to work on a computer at home. But would they really want to carry one back from the office with them? It would be much simpler to take home a few floppy disks tucked into an attache case."

http://www.nytimes.com/1985/12/08/business/the-executive-computer.html
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If only my Maths teacher had been this cool :-) 
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That's like having Mr Bean for a teacher!
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New Pixel 1Tb Drive can be claimed - even if you have already got it from the OG Pixel 

Were you one of those lucky people that bought the new 2015 Pixel and tried to claim the 1Tb of free Drive space but had already done so with your original Pixel but were told that was not possible? Google have chosen to honour the expectation that it should be possible so when your current 3-year quota expires, go to drive.google.com/redeem to claim another three years :-) 
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Got it. Thanks.
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I was part of the 'home video' revolution that turned this box-office flop into a success. I finally was able to see it in its full glory in a cinema - 33 years after its original release. It is absolutely sumptuous.

It has aged very well - particularly with the needed edits and loss of the silly voice-over. I highly recommend you see it before it is too late. 

http://www.bfi.org.uk/whats-on/bfi-film-releases/blade-runner-final-cut
Watch the new trailer for Ridley Scott’s sci-fi drama Blade Runner (1982).
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I have the Full Cut collectors DVD tin and the 30th anniversary blu-ray collectors release with the concept spinner.
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A wonderful initiative in these dark times.
 
Great

#ukip
A campaign which celebrates immigration starts to appear on billboards around the UK.
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+Ryan Martin I generally agree with what you say but I still feel patronised.
Let me explain it better: If I was unemployed at the moment, which I am not but being self-employed it's something I am familiar with, I would feel that this campaign is saying that only successful immigrants are welcome in this country.
Pretty much what the UKIP fucktards keep repeating.
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Who can see this without thinking of Wagner's Flight of the Valkyries ?
 
56 quadcopter formation through android phone
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i can't even get one of these damn things to go where I want it to.  wtf?
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Summary:The Trojan is used in global phishing campaigns and targets both consumers and the enterprise.
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One day I will get a chromebook and have a good play with it.  Nothing is totally secure and unless they rewrote the TCP/IP stack as well as wifi and other comm's then I'd still want some nice firewalls in the middle.


May explain Apples mobile battery life and fact that the only remotely secure device is a device with no power.
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This is John Oliver at his best - stirring up national debate about something most people have forgotten.

Note - non-US-based readers will need a VPN to access the video (link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEVlyP4_11M&feature=youtu.be) .

Thanks +Eric Jones 
 
Watch this video. Don't watch anything else until you do. It's important. They are looking at your dick pics. 
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+Vilmar Simson​ Really? I shall try that next time. 
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