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Half of my life at war? This explains the apathy.
 
What Percentage of Your Life has the US Spent At War?

In the US we live in our local cocoon, isolated in so many, many ways, from the broader things in the world. The local news lead story is a cat that was rescued from a tree. Yet, the actions of our government have such big implications on us, without us realizing, and on the world.

Did you realize that for kids born after 2001, there has never been a day when the US wasn't at war? 

Below is an amazing graphic from the Washington Post, http://goo.gl/XrNLAt It shows years in living memory the US has been at war, with a distribution of lives lived during war and peace.

It makes for a sobering read.

1984 is the first point where more than half of the life was spent in peace.

Lots of implications of this. Please see the link above for lots of detail.

It should prompt self-reflection of what we as a nation are and what we are trying to earn for our citizens and if it is worth the price. Especially in a world that seems to be going south with every passing year. 

There are no easy answer. But there definitely won't be any until we at least look at the data.
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The new Google Photos application/service is a far more focused and polished offering. Very strong from the get go, particularly in its usability.

One area it misses the mark is the following screen. Don't force someone to deliberate over which they want to use when most users won't have the faintest clue what option suits their needs, or even what the difference is. Simplify in the extreme. If all photos 16MP or smaller are free, then automatically detect that and prevent it from counting against your account storage. Don't break down the two as unlimited ≤ 16MP or everything original quality, with a photo of any size counting against the storage even if it meets the unlimited option's coverage requirements. Poor user experience. 
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"It is the innocence which constitutes the crime:" thus ends James Baldwin's powerful indictment of the American public. The charge he lays at our feet is of a collective refusal to be aware of what we are doing, and what we have done. And can we disagree with this? I've heard excuses before of "we didn't know what was happening," "it's just what had always been done," "we were only doing our duty;" I'm sure you have, too. Have you ever, once, known them to be true? 

In 1962, a Gallup poll showed that 85% of whites said that "black children had just as good a chance as white children to get a good education in their communities." In 1969, another Gallup poll showed 44% of whites saying that "blacks had a better chance than they did to get a good paying job." Look at those dates for a moment, and think about the world then. In retrospect, those statements look like complete madness. Were they any less nonsensical at the time? No: they were completely obvious back then, too. But there was a strong urge not to look.

This article is an excellent, and serious, discussion of the things we have been unwilling to look at.

Coming on the heels of Memorial Day, I find this particularly important. America has achieved many great things, but it has a deeply ingrained habit of ignoring the many terrible things it has also achieved. The country (like all countries) is very good at establishing an "official narrative" of what happened and why, a narrative we all learned in school, one which suggests that mistakes were made but everything is fine now.

The reason we can't ever let ourselves accept this is that when we ignore past actions, we blame the wrong people. When we ignore present actions, we cannot fix them.

Many people like to wave around the phrase "my country, right or wrong!" as a meaningless patriotic slogan. Remember the full quote: "My country, right or wrong: if right, to be kept right; if wrong, to be set right." It's not an admonishment to ignore any flaws; it's a reminder of our shared responsibility to our country, to understand what is right and wrong with it, so that we can preserve the former and repair the latter.

This article is an excellent introduction to some of the things which are and have been, undeniably, wrong. We don't need to make excuses for it; we just need to recognize it, understand it, and fix it.

h/t +Jürgen Hubert.
Pundits and politicians are all too eager to condemn violent protest. How quickly they forget our nation's history
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"Because now I’m mayor so that puts me in a different position to say: why haven’t we adopted a policy that limits the retention of data that is not needed for investigations? And there is a long and amusing chain of responses to my inquiry."
Oakland must determine limits on LPRs, stingray use, "and we have not done that."
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Breaking: The Senate has just passed its TPP Fast Track bill. The fight now moves to the House. Speak out now.
Leaked texts of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement's “Intellectual Property” chapter confirm our worst fears: Big Content companies are pushing extreme copyright provisions in a secret trade deal that would put restrictive controls on the Internet.
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Were it not for Edward Snowden or someone like him, the N.S.A. would likely still be collecting the records of almost every phone call made in the United States, and no one outside of government would know it. #StandwithSnowden
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The name isn't interesting, but the tech is. 
This is possible thanks to new conductive yarns, created in collaboration with our industrial partners. Jacquard yarn structures combine thin, metallic alloys with natural and synthetic yarns like cotton, polyester, or silk, making the yarn strong enough to be woven on any industrial loom.
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One of the better talks in recent memory held by Google.
 
Alán Aspuru-Guzik visited the Quantum AI Lab at Google LA on May 12, 2015 and gave this talk: "Billions and Billions of Molecules: Molecular Materials Discovery in the Age of Machine Learning"

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Many of the challenges of the twenty-first century are related to molecular processes such as the generation, transmission, and storage of clean energy, water purification and desalination. These transformations require a next generation of more efficient and ecologically-friendly materials. In the life sciences, we face similar challenges, for example drug-resistant bacterial strains require novel antibiotics. One of the paradigm shifts that the theoretical and experimental chemists needs to embrace is that of accelerated molecular discovery: The design cycles need to be sped up by the constant interaction of theoreticians and experimentalists, the use of high-throughput computational techniques, tools from machine learning and big data, and the development of public materials databases. I will describe three projects from my research group that aim to operate in this accelerated design cycle. First, I will describe our efforts on the Harvard Clean Energy Project (http://cleanenergy.harvard.edu), a search for materials for organic solar cells. I will continue by talking about our work on developing organic molecules for energy storage in flow batteries. Finally, I will describe our work towards the discovery of novel molecules for organic light-emitting diodes. If time permits, I will talk about molecular networks related to the origins of life.

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Professor Alán Aspuru-Guzik is currently Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University. He began at Harvard in​ 2006 and ​was promoted to Full Professor in 2013. Alán received his B.Sc.​ Chemistry from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in 1999. He received the Gabino Barreda Medal from UNAM. ​He obtained a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley in 2004, under Professor William A. Lester, Jr., he was a postdoctoral scholar in the group of Martin Head-Gordon at UC Berkeley from 2005-2006. In 2009, Professor Aspuru-Guzik received the DARPA Young Faculty Award, the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar award and the Sloan Research Fellowship. In 2010, he received the Everett-Mendelsson Graduate Mentoring Award and received the HP Outstanding Junior Faculty award by the Computers in Chemistry division of the American Chemical Society. In the same year, he was selected as a Top Innovator Under 35 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Review magazine. In 2012, he was elected as a fellow of the American Physical Society, and in 2013, he received the ACS Early Career Award in Theoretical Chemistry. He is associate editor of the journal Chemical Science.

Professor Aspuru-Guzik carries out research at the interface of quantum information and chemistry. In particular, he is interested in the use of quantum computers and dedicated quantum simulators for chemical systems. He has proposed quantum algorithms for the simulation of molecular electronic structure, dynamics and the calculation of molecular properties. He recently has proposed two new approaches for quantum simulation: the variational quantum eigensolver and the adiabatic quantum chemistry approach. He also proposed the demon-like algorithmic cooling algorithm. He has studied the role of quantum coherence in excitonic energy transfer in photosynthetic complexes. Alán has been involved as a theoretician in several experimental demonstrations of quantum simulators using quantum optics, nuclear magnetic resonance, nitrogen vacancy centers and recently superconducting qubits.

​Alán develops methodology for the high-throughput search of organic materials, especially organic materials. This has led to his discovery of candidate molecules for high mobility organic semiconductors, organic flow battery molecules and high-performance molecules for organic light-emitting diodes. Alan is very interested in the interface of machine learning and material discovery and has carried out the largest set of quantum chemistry calculations to date.

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Careful not to stop at the headline. This one goes deeper than 100k people.
 
According to the IRS, the hackers had prior access to their targets’ “Social Security information, date of birth, tax filing status and street address” even before they began their attack.
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For those who care about soccer.
As FIFA leaders gathered for a meeting, Swiss law enforcement officials arrived unannounced and made arrests at the Justice Department’s request on charges including racketeering and money laundering.
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Neither the NSA reform bill nor the two-month surveillance reauthorization bill passed tonight. If the Senate stalemate continues, the mass surveillance of everyone’s phone records will simply expire on June 1.
Tonight, the US Senate failed to move ahead with the USA Freedom Act, an NSA reform bill that would address phone record surveillance and FISA Court transparency and fairness. It also was unable to muster votes for a temporary reauthorization of Section 215 of the Patriot Act, the section of law used to justify the mass phone records surveillance program. That’s good news: if the Senate stalemate continues, the mass surveillance of everyone’s pho...
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Great to see CS become more like other disciplines where women represent 50% of graduates. As a field we're still way off but progress made in just the past few years is encouraging.
A new prize aims to recognize colleges that succeed in attracting women into information technology, a field where they remain underrepresented.
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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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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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Certainly better than the likes of Denny's or IHOP, but nothing amazing. Place is usually packed and noisy, and wait times can be an issue. Plan accordingly if you intend to go here.
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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.
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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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Of all the hotels I've stayed in any city or country, this was by far the worst. Either standards of excellence are just that low in the Regina area, or this place is just the token incompetent hotelier for the city and I had bad luck. Either way, avoid this place at any cost. Between the excessive noise from the area and the guests, this was not a place one could expect a good night's sleep. Noise travels easily through walls and floors, staff are unwilling to get guests to reduce noise after hours if the guests refuse to cooperate, and there is no onsite repairman, so while we were moved rooms when a leak in the suite was found, guests may not be so lucky when the hotel is busier. Again: Avoid this place.
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