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Mike Dinescu
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The mastery is in making it look effortless.. a great analysis of a +LOUIS CK #standupComedy bit

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Shady business model +FastMail

A promise is a promise. If you break promises you break customer trust. How much is that worth to your business?
Forever is a Long Time
For companies that offer services and account levels that are free for life or offer one-time payment option, I'd like to remind you that forever is a long time. I do not believe in changing your mind about that, so be serious if you do. +FastMail has informed me that my one-time payment deal is not longer a thing on their end, so they are opting out of it. I find that shabby, what's your take? Go ahead and defend it, if you like, but to me, a deal is a deal.

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If you don't ralk to your kids about quantum computing somebody else will

http://smbc-comics.com/comic/the-talk-4

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All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible. T. E. Lawrence

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state of the art
The Mill's Blackbird is a car that can be morphed to look like any vehicle using visual effects. That way, car commercials don't have to be reshot when new models come out. So we can watch exactly the same car commercials, over and over and over, with the exact same roads in the exact same weather with the car driving the exact same route -- except it will be this year's model car! How cool is that?

Another vehicle with a big camera crane drives alongside the Blackbird filming it, and by detecting the special markers on the Blackbird, the visual effects dudes and dudettes can replace the car in any footage with any car using computer graphics. The length (of the actual car, not the computer graphics) can be expanded 4 feet to mimic a wide range of vehicles from sports cars to SUVs. It took 2 years of development. Since it cuts the cost of shooting car commercials, manufacturers could make ads that look more like the Fast and the Furious than Driving Ms. Daisy, never mind truth in advertising (har) or that you shouldn't drive like that in real life.

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"Boorishly, after AlphaGo's third victory, Facebook's head of AI research Yann LeCun cast a bitter barb in Google's direction. 'Congrats to the DeepMind AlphaGo team for this Grand Slam,' LeCun said on Facebook. 'Now, can you do it purely through reinforcement learning, without pre-training the convolutional net on recorded games between humans?' In AI geek talk, that was a zinger. Loosely translated, it means 'You're not that smart, and neither is your dumb computer.' More specifically, LeCun appeared to be suggesting that AlphaGo didn't do enough of its own learning -- that it mostly just sucked up data from millions of Go moves fed into its machine brain, then spit out its own moves in accordance with the information it had been stuffed with."

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And you thought your gas was cheap!
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