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Well well, this is a welcome improvement. Google appears to be using historical location data to approximate expected traffic times for businesses. 
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Conway made what he called “The Vow”, promising himself: “Thou shalt stop worrying and feeling guilty; thou shalt do whatever thou pleasest.” He no longer worried that he was eroding his mathematical soul when he indulged his curiosity and followed wherever it went, whether towards recreation or research, or somewhere altogether nonmathematical, such as his longing to learn the etymology of words. Conway’s fate now was to do all the stuff that he had formerly feared his fellow mathematicians might floccinaucinihilipilificate. “Floccinaucinihilipilification” is his favourite word. He reckons it’s the longest word in the Oxford English Dictionary (it is certainly in the top three), and without prompting he gives an account of its etymology: it is a Latin-based word, invented circa 1730 at Eton as a schoolboy’s joke. And, Conway recites nearly verbatim the OED’s definition: “the action or habit of estimating as worthless.”
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Wish I'd found this months ago.

“We know a lot about how to go from problems to bad solutions, but if we’re going to make a tech community where people feel welcome, we have to figure out how to go from problems to good solutions — and disparaging women like me as gender traitors makes those of us who aren’t too socially thickheaded to know better far more reluctant to speak up so that there can even be a narrative about amelioration patterns.” 
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I come across a lot of hatred, misinformation, and general stupidity/ignorance in the GMO debates, but this is likely one of the best recaps of the current landscape at present. Now if only we could get the neo-luddites to participate in a meaningful and constructive way.
Today I read about two individuals who decided on political defections over perceived anti-science amongst their former political allies- one due to climate change, the other for anti-GMO. From the right, we have Michael Fumento, who in Salon describes his break with the right, spurred by Heartland’s campaign comparing those who believe in climate change…
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+David Metcalfe Yes. To be honest I once agreed with them when I saw what happened in India. But I realized that we need to keep moving forward because that's who we are. Failure is part of the progress. 
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"Data from the first mission is still being analyzed, and the latest results to come out of it include a dozen planetary candidates that are similar to Earth in size and orbit within the habitable zone of their stars. As of today, one of these has been confirmed to be an actual planet."
New Kepler data analysis includes a dozen candidates in the habitable zone.
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Curiosity is like drug of human beings! That's what makes us, us. 
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Pretty great write up.
 
"Speeding up Javascript Test Time 1000x"
Eight months ago when I ran our core API tests at Shyp, it took 100 secondsfrom starting the test to seeing output on the screen. Today it takes about 100mil...
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Possible easy workaround? Have the browser or system uniformly input the keystrokes so timing is no longer a useful metric. Or, if typing speed is too low for uniformity, randomized input timings should also work.
 
No joke—*keyboard* profiling.
Researchers perfect technique that profiles people based on unique keystroke traits.
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Need more of this.
 
A cool new initiative from the Library Freedom Project will install Tor exit nodes in libraries.
Greetings! It's been an exceptionally busy few months over here at the Library Freedom Project. We've been conducting privacy trainings at libraries across the United States and some internationally, and in June we held our first Digital Rights in Libraries conference.
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Keep that encryption strong, folks. 
Update (24 July 2015): The French Constitutional Council shows again its disregard for fundamental rights. This morning, after approving almost all dispositions in the Surveillance law, the Constitutional Council builds momentum by rejecting the Question Prioritaire de Constitutionalité1 handed ...
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Seems that the app update hasn't yet rolled out, but I'm interested to see if the images for people in the facial recognition search can also be changed. The cover photos chosen by the service are often not the preferred choice.
 
Google Photos for Android - now with improved album management

We’re releasing an update to Google Photos for Android (v1.2) with more control over album content and photo descriptions. Here’s what’s new:

- Change cover photos on your albums
- Add and remove photos from an album from the same screen
- Add, edit, and view descriptions for individual photos
- Tap-and-hold a date header to select all photos from that day
- Pull down anytime to exit search
- Bug fixes and performance improvements

These updates are rolling out to the Play Store: https://goo.gl/BajWpo
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+Eric James Soltys Well given how mum Google often is on these subjects, it's left to public conjecture. I think the general thread is correct though, that different countries have different laws about this kind of thing and they're proceeding cautiously with it. Same as why Facebook's Moments app was withheld from Europe because the regulators over there walk a fine balance between more rigorous public protections and being technophobic asshats.

For you or I though, tricking Google Photos into enabling access to the facial recognition is a walk in the park. It's the others who aren't savvy who truly lose out right now.
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Most excellent news.
Fiber sharing requirement to boost choice for high-speed Internet, Canada says.
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Good to see some government working for its citizen. 
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Good service, and they have a dedicated spot for passport photos, unlike trash like Shoppers Drugmart that does an on-demand style. Far higher quality, more competent staff, photos were done and ready in 15 minutes.
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reviewed a week ago
Barely scrapes 3/5. Generally not picky about grocery stores if their pricing is decent, and No Frills tends to do well in that regard, but the service shouldn't take the same hit. The cashiers at this location are particularly bad, with poor communication, almost zero eye contact, rather slow operation of the tills, poor knowledge of store basics, and when they've finished taking payment, they often just walk away without saying anything to you. Significant room for improvement here.
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Public - a month ago
reviewed a month ago
Sushi rolls with fish in them are far warmer than they should be for properly handled meat. The overall layout is decent, and there's a clear effort being made to present a certain style. The waitress we got had incredibly poor knowledge of the menus and what the restaurant could serve. The gomae wasn't properly done, the rolls were a mix for quality, and certainly not worth the price they charge for. Worst of all: Anyone with an attention to detail will find their menus maddening to read. There are so many spelling mistakes, it's almost as if there was a concerted effort to see how many errors they could fit on a page. Very distracting and unprofessional.
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Public - 3 months ago
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For fans of Motomachi Shokudo, The Ramen Butcher, and other popular options, there's a new player in town worthy of your attention. With great service from cheery staff and a simple venue with fantastic ramen, this is quite likely the first ramen place in Kitsilano that has ever left myself and company grinning with delight. The menu is an extremely simple, one page arrangement with less than a half-dozen choices in bowls. Additionally for those who enjoy a bit more control over their dishes, you have a chart where you can choose noodle firmness, broth richness, lard amount, and spiciness to fit your liking. Overall a very strong offering if you like richer broths with punchy flavors.
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Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
Very enjoyable, sizable burgers and fries. The peanuts are a bizarre addition for a burger shack, with the shells being freely tossed on the floor. Overall, the venue embraces being messy, so do away with the fine dining food snob when visiting this place.
Public - 3 months ago
reviewed 3 months ago
Echoing several other reviews, noise is a clear issue at this location. Other Earls tend to be suited to the nightlife and are understandably a bit more energetic, but this location in particular has clear issues with music choice and balancing the audio with conversation levels. You feel like you're trying to eat and talk during a concert—a really bad concert.
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