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I'm sorry, I've had some interesting conversations here, but I am no longer willing to put up with the flaws of Google+ as a medium, so this will be my last post.

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Trailer for the original, 1951 version of Raiders of the Lost Ark.  I never knew this existed!

I approve of today's #googledoodle .

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I'm not sure that there's much difference.  An artificial general intelligence (that is, the sort of artificial intelligence that worries people, as opposed to specialized expert systems) is unlikely to be developed by an individual in a garage.  It'll be developed by a corporation (or worse, a military), and it will work against us regardless of whether it stays in or escapes its box.

Google+ sucks!!!

So a Unix system that I use upgraded #emacs , and now interactive search (Ctrl-S) no longer works for spaces.  Instead, any number of spaces will match any whitespace.  Even entering Ctrl-Q before the space makes no difference.

This is on top of an earlier update that make Ctrl-P and Ctrl-N treat a wrapped line as more than one line.

If I wanted to use an editor that paid more attention to appearance than to the underlying text, then I'd use Microsoft Word.  (Well, I'd use LibreOffice Writer.)  I think that at some point I'm going to have to admit that I should have been using vi all along.

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Classical cellists play '80s rock.

https://www.youtube.com/user/2CELLOSlive

Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr sucks!

I just upgraded my primary computer from 12.04 to 14.04 (both long-term releases), and I regret it more and more all the time.  I plan to keep a list of problems here.

If anybody knows any work-arounds, they would be greatly appreciated!  But when I search online, I only find things that work for prior releases of Ubuntu.  When I try them, nothing works for Trusty Tahr.

12.04 was worse than 10.04 too; the main difference was that I was able to work around the problems.  And it was faster, which made it worth it.  14.04 seems to be faster than 12.04 as well, but 12.04 was already fast enough, and the work-arounds have broken, so now it's not worth it.  I would like to reinstall 12.04, but the hard drive is too full of data right now.

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Can anybody tell me what's new about this result?  The published article is behind a paywall, and reports in the popular press are imprecise.  Is it just an engineering advance, that what was done before is now being done more reliably?  Or is this providing a really new test of physics?

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/345/6196/532.abstract

Does +Lorde remind anybody else of +Leonard Cohen?  Am I crazy to think so?
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