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A simple explanation to public key cryptography.
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Great video. I was just reading about it this morning in The Code Book by Simon Singh and was looking for a bit more clarification. Thanks!
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Pretty much sums up the issue.
 
Hilarious but spot-on comic from The Oatmeal explains Hollywood's piracy problem: "I tried to watch 'Game of Thrones' and this is what happened"

Andy Ihnatko agreed with the main thrust of the comic, but wrote something of a rebuttal to what he calls an "unintended point" of the cartoon: "The single least-attractive attribute of many of the people who download content illegally is their smug sense of entitlement....


http://ihnatko.com/2012/02/20/heavy-hangs-the-bandwidth-that-torrents-the-crown/
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"Here’s the terms of use for commercial content: you have to pay for this stuff. This means either you need to wait for it to become commercially available, or if you torrent it today you need to buy it when it gets released. So long as you buy it as soon as it’s possible to do so, I can confidently reach for my “No Harm Done” rubber stamp. Some content is commercially unavailable because the publisher or distributor has no desire to ever release it. I’ll even go so far as to say that downloading it illegally is a positive thing; you’re helping to keep this creative work alive.
"If you avoid purchasing the media in some form, however…you’re just one of those people who prefer to steal things if they think they can get away with it. Simple as that. Get off your high horse."

This is an important point. If you want to have moral grounds for illegal downloading, you should a) have already paid for the content at least once (e.g. if you are an HBO subscriber, and could have time-shifted the content, but found downloading easier) or b) pay for it when it does become available.

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The beginning of quantum computing

Single atom transistors are paving the way for quantum computers.
A controllable transistor engineered from a single phosphorus atom has been developed by researchers at the University of New South Wales, Purdue University and the University of Melbourne. The atom, ...
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Impressive display of AI. I'm curious how effective it would be outside of a controlled environment (Can it find the container on its own? unscrew different types of lids?) What are the specific limitations of its ability? Regardless, this is an impressive demo.
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Honda's ASIMO can now run, jump, and even jump on one foot! Impressive demo. More can be found on the HONDA release site:
http://world.honda.com/news/2011/c111108All-new-ASIMO/index.html
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For any climate change skeptics (yes they exist, and will often cite volcanoes, increases in measuring over time, or even the moon?) You can use this to debunk the increase in measurements globally.

The thing most people need to understand about this debate. Is it's not even really a debate. It's undeniable scientific evidence going up against big oil capital interests.

http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/20/skeptic-talking-point-melts-away-as-an-inconvenient-physicist-confirms-warming/
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Do to the nature of climate being such a dynamic process you wouldn't see year to year warming in exactly the same location, what you would see (and what you do see here.) Is general trends of warming in areas that have weather cycles predominantly derived from currents in industrialized areas. Due to the fact that typically weather does not cross the equatorial region you would get a general warming that would be more elevated in the North, which you do see here.

As to your question is 1 degree C significant. Yes, without a doubt it is. 1 degree C global temperature is extremely significant. 2-3 is drastic. Now I know the 1 can be deceiving, it's the lowest number above 0 after all but you have to take into context that what we're referring to is Global temperature. This includes oceans which heat much more slowly (require more energy) and tend to have a moderating effect. If you take 1 degree C in the ocean storms that used to have only tropical storm capability now have the energy required to become hurricanes (the magic # for hurricane formulation is 23 degrees Celsius ocean temperature).

Your right in that some localized hot spots are understood weather patterns, but studies have also been done to account for these values and even these localized phenomenon are amplified. It's too dynamic of a process (weather changes consistently every day, and drastically based on fronts and pressure etc.) to say if X were true, we'd expect to see Y exactly there all the time. But what you do see is general warming patterns over the industrialized North elevated significantly above those of the unindustrialized South. If you watch the South you'll even notice patterns begin much later in the cycle of their warming.

To address your point about rates of warming comparable to past cooling events it was generally believed we were heading into a cooling period before anthropomorphically generated climate change took over. Varying results have calculated just how significant that reversal is, but the general trend in all the models is at best, quite significant, at worst devastatingly significant.

If you were to say this issue is too large to wrap up in one article I would without a doubt agree with you. However the body of evidence out there is extremely substantial and significant. Scientists know it, and the overwhelming majority of scientists agree on this issue. The reason it gets segmented down to these bite-sized charts is to communicate to the masses a specific concept or part of the greater dynamic process of climate change. That's where the confusion, debate, politics and opinions really step in.

It's statistics, like predicting the path of a hurricane... I can't tell you exactly where it's going depending on how far out, but I can tell you a very specific pattern of how it's going to move, and I can tell you places it certainly is not. Scientists know for a fact that if you don't factor in greenhouse gas emissions and anthropomorphic effects into climate models you can not possibly end up with the warming were currently seeing. Not to mention trends coincide probabilistically with trends in industrialization.

Being as we're both in AI I think it'd be interesting to assess some studies that have been run using pattern recognition algorithms. That side of this is quite relevant to something we both have interest in.
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YES! This is the future my friends.
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No bubbles popped, how actively in application? Thanks for dropping a comment, would love to see or hear more.
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Been speculating about this for a while with friends. For Microsoft to really get back into the game they need to do some serious innovation. Kinect is their perfect opportunity and if they pull this off in a clean 'user-friendly' way this may be the future.

http://www.theverge.com/2012/2/28/2829903/microsoft-transparent-3d-desktop-virtual-computing-environment
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Comment here if you would like to be added to this SaaS circle. This circle is specifically for people interested in Google+ Hangouts Study Groups.
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Interesting new feature on Google+, goes right in line with network architecture and node distribution I've been reading lately. Reshare and watch the experiment grow!
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Reshare this post so we can test the new Google+ Ripples! The more reshares, the more interesting the graph.

So please, everyone reshare.

https://plus.google.com/ripples/details?activityid=TupMP3ZjqUg
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Amazing, further technology in the direction of motion oriented user interfaces. Speech and motion, they'll be the next phase.
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This is pretty damn cool. Not quite photons and forcefields yet, but it's a step in the right direction.
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I live in Vancouver, British Columbia.  I am actively studying and improving my mobile application development skills.  I find the latest wave of cloud computing, data mining, and artificial intelligence fascinating and want to continually grow my understanding and abilities in these fields.
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