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Interested to know how large the test data set was. So far they only cite a certification for 95% accuracy.
A team has developed artificial intelligence software that analyzes mammograms for breast cancer with 99 percent accuracy. This could help keep women from undergoing unnecessary biopsies, and would shield them from the agony of false positives.
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Pretty crazy progress from where they started.
 
The Project Loon team has been hard at work developing the latest updates to our navigation technology, designed to maximise the time that our balloons spend over areas where people may be in need of connectivity. This summer, we put those updates to the test on one of our Latin America flights, managing to keep our balloon drifting within Peruvian airspace for a total of 98 days!

Loon balloons navigate by moving up or down into different wind patterns travelling in different directions in the stratosphere. From our millions of kilometers of test flights we’ve been able to develop sophisticated models that allow us to more accurately predict the wind patterns at different altitudes. Using this data, our software algorithms are able to determine which altitude has a wind pattern that gives us the best chance of keeping our balloons close to the areas where we want them.

To test the latest updates to our navigation technology, we set one adventurous balloon the mission of travelling to Peru from our launch site in Puerto Rico, and then staying in the region for as long as possible. After 12 days in transit, the balloon was able to spend most of its time in the stratosphere 20km over the areas around Chimbote, Peru, making dozens of altitude adjustments each day to find the right winds that could keep it within range. When a wind pattern couldn’t be found to keep the balloon over land, our algorithms picked the next best option, sending the balloon drifting out over the Pacific Ocean to pick up easterly winds that could help it sail back into position. In total, the balloon managed to spend 14 weeks in Peruvian airspace, which required making nearly 20,000 separate altitude adjustments during its flight.

After all that work, our balloon was understandably a little tired! So, we set a course for the flat, remote plains in the Ica region in Southern Peru where we coordinated with local Air Traffic Control for a controlled descent - with our local recovery partner on hand to welcome the balloon back to Earth. We still have a lot of testing ahead of us, but we’re optimistic about the prospect of our balloons spending more of their stratospheric journeys in locations where they can provide connectivity to people on earth below.
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Some insight for all you dolts still poo-pooing Allo. North America has nothing on places like India for mobile usage. Don't believe it? https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_number_of_mobile_phones_in_use

We are not the target market, folks. But that doesn't mean the app can't be everything we need as well. Give it time.

 
While this further proves my point that Western media has no clue about the market requirements of Eastern markets, surprisingly I didn't notice that I have been using Whatsapp like this for sometime. To place grocery orders from local shop. Just text them what you need. No bots required. That's how local businesses are evolving. This is what I meant by effect of environment.

Look at these videos to really understand what I mean.
This is water: https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=zKHgfZr8tho
Triangulation by Alan Watts: https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=OXlAPC4qO4U

My reasons to stop caring about what western media has to say about Allo and Duo.

There was, for example, a middle-aged family man in Indonesia who ran a second business making potato chips and conducted all his transactions via messaging; an Indonesian fashion designer who procured fabrics, inspected samples, and sent designs all via SMS; and an Indian woman who got all her health news via group chat. To the Googlers, all those uses seemed both far removed from the way we use messaging in the West—but also futuristic, in the sense that those Indonesians and Indians gave a hint of all the services that you might one day build atop a messaging app.
Google's plan for beating Apple and Facebook in the messaging wars.
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Scumbag Steve has a new candidate for a wife in the form of Heather Bresch.
CEO Bresch is proud of Mylan's charitable work, but she pleads ignorance on financials.
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"But you only get this many famous people together if the issue is one that truly matters to all of us. A disease or ecological crisis or a racist, abusive coward who could permanently damage the fabric of our society. Do the math. Do we really wanna give nuclear weapons to a man whose signature move is firing things?"

http://savetheday.vote/
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Heads up to interested pet owners in South Georgia near Broxton.
 
OK, Googlers, I need some immediate help for my animals.

Because of recent events in my life, my family, to include a death in the family, I need to place 4 animals quickly to GOOD, LOVING, FOREVER homes or at least facilities that take extremely good care of aging animals.

I ask that even if you yourself can't accept these adoptions, that you forward this to your Circles in order to help these babies.

Here they are:

Spig: 10-year-old red-haired female pig, in good health but unable to be bred because of a rupture that doesn't affect her daily life, but which would probably kill her if anyone tried to breed her. She's about 750-pounds, as gentle as a lamb - as all 4 of these babies are - has rather severe arthritis but gets up and moves on - slowly- despite it, and loves people, animal crackers, and attention. In good health.

Shadow: 9-year-old neutered male, about 1100-pounds, probably part Russian boar, a GIANT teddy bear, blind in his right eye, 3-4" tusks, loves good fruit, belly rubs, people, and attention. He has severe arthritis in his front feet, but gets around anyway, but is in good health otherwise.

Sparkie: Black mixed-breed part-pitbull, 8-years-old, about 60-pounds, sweet-as-sugar, very skittish because we suspect that he was abused before he found us, in great health. Has a huge, deep voice, but despite being a loudmouth, is exceedingly gentle. Good guard dog due to voice, probably too skittish to bother anyone once they come inside your yard/house unless YOU make a hurt sound or tell him to. Never bit anyone, but "threatened" to, meaning that he mostly stood aside, looked threatening, and barked LOUDLY.

Springer: Blind-from-birth 10-year-old Miniature Pinscher (MinPin), in great health, has cataracts but which our vet says, and as we've observed, has no effect on him since he was already blind; has AMAZING locational awareness, meaning that he learns quickly where things are both inside and outside and learns his way around. Truly amazing as to how good it is. Unless you pick him up and then put him down in a different location in the house or outside, he knows exactly where he is once he gets to know the place. Got him from same abusive home as the female pig.

Giving these babies up is killing me, but I can't take them to downtown Portland, where I'm moving to. They need good, loving, humane homes where people understand that they're all rescues, all need attention (the pigs mostly sleep, but love people), and all have been abused before I got them.

In sum, they're like my children, and it's absolutely killing me to have to give them up. But...circumstances force it.

Please, even if you don't know anyone, repost this. I will vet any serious applicant before I let my children go.

Failing that...there's but one humane option, and I don't even want to consider that until all other options have been exhausted.

I need some help here, folks. I'm begging you. :(
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Secrecy that helps no one.

"Nunavut has staggeringly high violent crime rates — by far the highest in Canada," the report says. Conviction rates are lower than average, as are the number of restitution orders issued by the courts. As for legal aid, the territory would not share how much it spends.”
Politics. Think tank releases report card on Canada's justice system. Territories and Manitoba score lowest, P.E.I. highest based on cost and effectiveness. Alison Crawford - CBC News. September 21, 2016. The Macdonald-Laurier Institute has graded the justice systems of each province and ...
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Great cinematography by Camille Marotte married with an excellent voiceover by Tom O'Bedlam. Tuggin' at the heart strings.
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“Penguin is a filter designed to capture sites that are spamming Google’s search results in ways that Google’s regular spamming systems might not detect.Introduced in 2012, it has operated on a periodic basis.

In other words, the Penguin filter would run and catch sites deemed spammy. Those sites would remain penalized even if they improved and changed until the next time the filter ran, which could take months.

The last Penguin update, Penguin 3.0, happened on October 17, 2014. Any sites hit by it have waited nearly two years for the chance to be free.”
The latest announced release, Penguin 4.0, will also be the last, given its new real-time nature.
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Savage, Mikko Hypponen. Savage.
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A win for the First Nations people.

"The thunderous pounding of Indigenous drums echoed in the air on Thursday as more than 50 Indigenous nations across North America rallied together to sign a historic, pan-continental treaty alliance against oilsands expansion in their traditional territory.

The collaboration, formalized at simultaneous ceremonies in Quebec and B.C., aims to block all proposed pipeline, tanker, and rail projects affecting First Nations land and water, including TransCanada's Energy East pipeline, Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain expansion, Enbridge's Line 3 pipeline, and Enbridge Northern Gateway."
More than 50 Indigenous nations across North America have signed an unprecedented treaty alliance against oilsands expansion.
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Heads up to Yahoo users, assuming any of you exist.
 
A tremendous attack.
Yahoo has confirmed a massive data breach. 500 million accounts were hacked in total; the company blames a state-sponsored actor.
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A solid hike, but if you're an avid hiker and prefer advanced hikes, I recommend healthy skepticism when reading any site reviews that advise this hike is difficult, or that it takes ~4.5 hours. My group and I took up a steady but fairly leisurely pace and reached peak in 1.5 hours with rain and fog. Without snow, this line makes a good option for trail runners as the t trail is fairly well preserved from start to finish.
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Overall a well taken care of park. An unusual amount of auto traffic comes through this area, and there is construction at the park currently taking place, so it's not the quietest venue out there.
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Decent food. Wouldn't call it amazing, but for a poutine chain in Richmond, it's not at all bad.
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Helpful staff even though I wasn't a member of the bank. Broke change for me while my bank was closed for the day.
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Clean location, albeit a bit old looking.
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Excellent service and professional job done by the manager at this location. Warranty is quite excellent from the company itself.
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Patrons fairly well behaved during my quick visit. Staff at the counter were more pleasant and helpful than most 7-Elevens out there.
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