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A nifty social experiment of sorts with Google, but really something I wish was more commonplace around here.
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An excellent read for all.

To My Moderate Conservative Friends:
This is a tough time for you.  For years, I’ve said “The Republican party is saturated with racist jerks who’d like to raze the Constitution to the ground,” and you said, “No, no, that’s not who we are, we believe in firm laws and equality.”

Then you wake up to discover that your official candidate’s a guy who literally doesn’t know how many articles the Constitution has, and David Duke is so thrilled by Trump’s candidacy he’s come out of the woodwork.  You’re not a racist – I wouldn’t be friends with you if you were – but you’re realizing that Trump is representing an ignorant, anti-science, pro-white wing of the party that you tried very hard to convince me didn’t exist.

Worse, those people you claimed didn’t exist (or were just background noise) are, in fact, dominant.

That is a moment for soul-searching.  And from what I see, y’all are doing it.  And I commend you for that.  And a lot of you are refusing to vote for Trump, as is correct.”
It's hard to look at the headlines when you're facepalming. But I see my Facebook feed alight with various opinions on the election, all of which are wrong – so rather than screaming OH, FOR FUCK'S SAKE at all of you individually, let me pull you into the corner and have a brief but ...
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John Oliver joins the multitude of others already highlighting the political divide of regressive idiots acting on their feelings, and every other person who isn't a regressive, emotional idiot.
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The finer details still appear absent from this breakdown, since most of the techniques described come off as plain obvious or weak platitudes. Still might be helpful to some. Certainly this stuff isn't put into practice in government.
 
Is it possible to systematize innovation?

What makes this really difficult is that innovation is a delicate thing. You can’t over-process it; you have to respect weird creativity and serendipitous discovery. But if someday you’re going to harvest the fruits of that innovation in the form of revenue and profits, you need to find just the right amount of structure. Here are some of the factory processes we’ve developed over the years to keep ourselves in the sweet spot between high-risk/idealistic (where most research lives), and safe-bet/pragmatic (where most big companies live).

https://goo.gl/BBiPFq
Ever since we started as Google[x] in 2010, X has had a single mission: to invent and launch “moonshot” technologies that we hope could…
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Maths notation is needlessly complex. It can and should be better

Seems like a potentially superior method for representing exponents, logarithms and roots in a single notation style, but my math background is extremely weak, so I'd be interested to hear thoughts from those better equipped to judge.
Maths notation is needlessly complex. It can and should be better Making students learn to execute similar operations using three different kinds of notation – as in the case of exponents, logarithms and roots – is a bit like asking them to learn to say the same thing in three different languages for no good reason. With such counterintuitive and redundant standardised notation systems, it’s easy to understand why many students become overwhelme...
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For some of us, most (if not all) of this functionality shouldn't be new, but for everyone else, FYI.
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Very cool innovation by Google for comic book readers. The sacrifice of screen size and viewing pages cut up and scrolling around all over has been a big reason I never bothered getting into them with this medium. Could change for many folks.

Now the next innovation they need is to auto translate the text in these bubbles for foreign readers. The majority of comics I read are either Japanese mangas or Korean manhwas, not Western comics in English.
 
For those who read comics via Google Play Books
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As someone who shares my fairly vast Steam library with family, this could be great if it matches the functionality and isn't too limited.
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+Praveen K I suppose, but piracy would be a concern. At least Google allows one to sideload epubs into their service. Still waiting for Amazon to do the same.
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“This feature, when supported by your network, sends location from your phone to emergency services when you dial an emergency number. This uses the same location technologies available to apps on your phone, including Wi-Fi, GPS, and cell towers, to produce a more reliable emergency location both indoors and outdoors.

This feature is solely for the use of emergency service providers, and location is never seen or handled by Google. It is sent from your handset to emergency services only when you explicitly place an emergency call, either directly or through your mobile network.”
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If you can get past the stuttering of Michael Wright, the breakdown of his work on the structure and recreation of the Antikythera Mechanism is quite interesting.
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Still embarrassing how much of my own immediate and extended family matches the category. But alas, rationality and intellectual honesty aren't nearly common enough.

“I see two strategies (I know there are more). The first necessary step is to recognize that the unhappy people who want Strong Man Trump to cure all their ills actually have legitimate problems — you cannot wave them away with a chart. So you can try to win them over by actually addressing their concerns, which would be ideal, except for the fact that one of their concerns is driven by raw, naked racism. Or you can simply write off that portion of the population as a regressive, deluded mess, and hope that the remainder are sufficiently numerous and motivated to vote, so you can get real political progress despite the unhappiness of that minority (which, if you’re a real progressive, you’ll then try to alleviate).”
 
Similar to another post I shared a few days ago. Politics is not about policies or truth. It has become about marketing and perception. Not everyone thinks like this, but it's true for large part of demos which is also responsible for making democracy successful. I can't help but agree with Plato's criticism of democracy. Even today it holds true. How can we be free to elect when we are slaves to how our mind works and is influenced by those we are trying to elect? We get the kind of government we deserve.

I hate to say this, but the facts don’t matter. You can declare that unemployment rates are down, but those people who are out of work don’t careand they’re the people Trump is yelling at. You can point out that he’s lying when he says crime is rising, but the people who have been mugged don’t care that they’re a statistic, and they’ll listen to Trump. Worse, people who haven’t been mugged will have been watching the crime stories on their local television station and Fox News, and have the perception that there is all kinds of lawlessness going on around them.Throwing national statistics at people who are counting one, two, many isn’t going to change their minds
I read the transcript of Trump’s nomination acceptance speech. It was a grisly horror that painted a picture of an America that is a dystopian horror right now, which will be magically and in…
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+David Metcalfe Another thing that I find funny is how we inherit ideas. Take religion for instance. Most people follow the religions of their forefathers. And many defend those ideas vehemently, even if they have never read any text related to that religion. Makes me wonder just because you call yourself something, does that make you that thing.

Same is true for political loyalties. Those too seem to be inherited. I have rarely seen individuals towing a different ideology than their parents. I know I used to do the same at some point of time. I am sure you must have heard Sam Harris' view on Free will. Makes so much sense.
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Some interesting data provided by Padmapper about rental price changes.

"Vancouver, BC continued to be the most expensive city for renters in Canada, with a median one bedroom rent of $1,740 and a median two bedroom rent of $2,750. Unlike the steady decline in rents in May, our study shows that trends this month were mixed, as one bedroom prices increased 2.4% but two bedroom prices decreased -1.1%."
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    Responsible for educating customers in Apple Mac Os X, Google Apps, Microsoft Office, iOS, Android, and a variety of hardware. Exercises use of non-technical language, broad knowledge, research, and problem solving.
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    Specialized technical support with Apple computers, accessories, and mobile devices (ie. iPod, iPhone).
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Hours are silly, as is the running out of dough policy. Pizzas are quite good all things considered, but have too much sauce for the thin crust style, resulting in soggy/floppy pizza near the middle. Lombardo's and other locations are superior in this regard.
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Good view, a few benches around, and typically quiet.
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Seems like the cooks or owner (or both) of Cafe Regalade stuck around while this place re-branded. Under the new face, Linh Cafe bills itself as French-Vietnamese fusion, but there are clear divides between the French meals and the Vietnamese ones, with little mingling of the two culinary styles that's noteworthy. Best case, you have French food comparable to Cafe Regalade, which was fairly good during its time, and worst case, you end up ordering Vietnamese food at French cuisine dining prices (read: expensive). Overall disappointing with the lack of any true fusion.
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