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Richard Rabbat
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Attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Brrr! It's too cold for me.
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A cowboy named Mark was overseeing his herd in a remote mountainous pasture in California when suddenly a brand-new BMW advanced toward him out of a cloud of dust.

The driver, a young man in a Brioni suit, Gucci shoes, RayBan sunglasses and YSL tie, leaned out the window and asked the cowboy, “If I tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have in your herd, Will you give me a calf?”

Mark looks at the man, then looks at his peacefully grazing herd and calmly answers, “Sure, Why not?”

The man parks his car, whips out his Dell notebook computer, connects it to his iPhone, and surfs to a NASA page on the Internet, where he calls up a GPS satellite to get an exact fix on his location, which he then feeds to another NASA satellite that scans the area in an ultra-high-resolution photo.

The young man then opens the digital photo in Adobe Photoshop and exports it to an image processing facility in Hamburg , Germany. Within seconds, he receives an email on his iPhone that the image has been processed and the data stored. He then accesses an MS-SQL database through an ODBC connected Excel spreadsheet with email on his iPhone and, after a few minutes, receives a response.

Finally, he prints out a full-color, 150-page report on his hi-tech, miniaturized HP LaserJet printer, turns to the cowboy and says, “You have exactly 1,586 cows and calves.”

“That’s right. Well, I guess you can take one of my calves,” says Mark.

He watches the young man select one of the animals and looks on with amusement as the young man stuffs it into the trunk of his car.

Then Mark says to the young man, “Hey, if I can tell you exactly what your business is, will you give me back my calf?”

The young man thinks about it for a second and then says, “Okay, why not?”

“You’re a Congressman”, says Mark.
“Wow! That’s correct,” says the man, “but how did you guess that?”

“No guessing required.” answered the cowboy. “You showed up here even though nobody called you; you want to get paid for an answer I already knew, to a question I never asked. You used thousands of dollars worth of equipment trying to show me how much smarter you are than I am; and you don’t know a thing about how working people make a living – or about cows, for that matter. This is a herd of sheep. ….

Now give me back my dog.
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Just came across this very interesting document about iphone5 mobile and their use of video.
+Pascal Massimino +Ram Ramani 
This sounds like a very interesting approach.
iPhone 5 website teardown: How Apple compresses video using JPEG, JSON, and . by @dbloom (comments on Hacker News). Apple announced the iPhone 5 last week. And what Apple product launch would be complete without a new web presence? Every new Apple web presence does new things using the ...
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What's in a color
 
Interactive map: The latest polls confirm the trend of the past two weeks, and show a firm shift towards Barack Obama in the big swing states. The survey puts the president 12 points ahead in Pennsylvania, ten points ahead in Ohio and nine points ahead in Florida. View our interactive map to see the latest polling for president in each state: http://econ.st/P50BIO
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Great partnership between Zynga and Phosphor
 
Horn is out for Android -- it was my Game of the Week last week on +G4TV's Knuckle Up, and it is STUNNING on the Nexus 7. 
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An open gaming console. What's not to love?
 
Ouya is a new and unique game console priced at $99, which is launching through a Kickstarter campaign today. Will you back it?
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Tango goes social :)
<em>Tango</em> dances its way into a bigger ballroom today -- it&#39;s no longer just a cross-platform messenger now that the latest update brings a number&nbsp;<em>...</em>
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Good review. I own a Nexus 7. great tablet
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New work is afoot to make +Google's #WebP image format a better alternative to animated GIF. Who knew this would become an artistic medium?
Latest on animated WebP images, Urvang Joshi, 11/28/12 5:43 PM, Hi all, You guys have shown a lot of interest around animation support in WebP and how to make use of it. So, here's the latest: Recentl...
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I am disappointed with the state of the browsers today. Every browser, whether open or closed, finds a way to be uniquely incompatible. IE manages to drop support for 3D by hiding behind some security nonsense. (people have stopped counting the number of virus and other trojans targeting the windows platform). Chrome manages to create a language (Dart) that nobody else is willing to use as nobody asked for their opinion. Firefox only supports WebM and won't support h.264 over some patent silliness. Safari manages to hide most of the goodness of the platform in the closed-source bits CoreGraphics and CoreAnimation. Then, don't get me started about storage. We have 4 different ways of storing data, none of which do the right thing. HTML5 needs a leader!
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I am somewhat conflicted about this one. What do people think? Is DNT an improvement to privacy?
 
Apache server ignores IE10's Do-Not-Track header

Apache's passive-aggressively commented response to IE10's default Do-Not-Track headers:

# Deal with user agents that deliberately violate open standards
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<IfModule setenvif_module>
BrowserMatch "MSIE 10.0;" bad_DNT
</IfModule>
<IfModule headers_module>
RequestHeader unset DNT env=bad_DNT
</IfModule>

Could force IE's hand.
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Beyond the horrific human toll, the war in Syria is a violent reaction to the sykes-picot agreements that ignored the local polpulations and reneged on the promise of Lawrence of Arabia. It is a body that has been given a transplant and that is finallly rejecting that transplant and spasming violently while doing so. I believe the country that will be most affected is actually Turkey. Minorities to the East will rise up. We may see the creation of a Kurdish homeland that will link up with Iraq's North. The minority non-Sunni at the East of Turkey may decide to follow suit and rejoin their natural compatriots in the North of Syria. These are definitely dangerous times.
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    Director, Product Management, 2011 - present
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I productize things, mostly related to performance. I breathe news. Fiscal conservative, social liberal.
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  • American University of Beirut
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