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If you need something a bit more powerful than Raspberry Pi yet affordable, this might do it for you.
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I was reading an article about a law that would make it legal to unlock your cell phone. Sounds like a great idea, so I looked at the members of Congress who proposed it: +zoe lofgren, +Jared Polis, and Anna Eshoo. All people that I've researched and trust in Congress.

Then I saw one more name: Thomas Massie, from Kentucky. Huh. I'm from Kentucky, and that name was familiar for some reason. So I do a quick Google search to find out more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Massie .

It turns out that Thomas Massie built a company called SensAble Technologies that makes haptic feedback devices, which means that you could move your hand and feel resistance pushing back on you. We used their technology when I was in grad school studying computer graphics at UNC-Chapel Hill.

It's really encouraging to see an MIT-educated engineer representing the state of Kentucky in Congress, and even better to see him tackling important issues in tech.
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And I don't. I haven't bought a single DVD or BluRay ever since I got Amazon Prime and I could buy a digital version of every content I want at a similar cost But that wasn't available before. Thing is they monopolized the content and took forever for them to finally let it go online. I don't have a TV service - all I use is Amazon/Netflix on a Roku device.
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Love this class! Highly recommended to anyone who feels like this is a hard subject but wanted to learn more. And yes it can be hard but Andrew explains it so well you feel like a 6th grader. :)
 
Free Machine Learning class to be offered again starting April 22nd.  This was the class that had started Coursera.  Get your friends to sign up! https://www.coursera.org/course/ml
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Didn't realize offer applies to existing Netflix users as well. Cool!
 
Google just announced Chromecast today. It's a small, $35 device that can stream YouTube, Netflix, music, etc. to your TV. For a limited time, you can get three free months of Netflix when you buy a Chromecast. That offer also works for existing Netflix subscribers. So when you buy this $35 device, you get $24 of free Netflix. That's a good deal.
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Have you played "Outside"?
It's the most popular game out there, with over 7 billion active players!
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About 14 years ago, I got a bad cold, and my voice became hoarse.  At the time I didn’t think much about it.  But my voice never fully recovered.  So I went to a doctor and was diagnosed with left vocal cord paralysis.  This is a nerve problem that causes your left vocal cord to not move properly.  Despite extensive examination, the doctors never identified a cause — though there was speculation of virus-based damage from my cold.  It is quite common in cases like these that a definitive cause is not found.

While this condition never really affected me — other than having a slightly weaker voice than normal which some people think sounded a little funny — it naturally raised questions in my mind about my second vocal cord.  But I was told that sequential paralysis of one vocal cord following another is extremely rare.  

Fast forward to last summer, when the same pattern repeated itself — a cold followed by a hoarse voice. Once again things didn’t fully improve, so I went in for a check-up and was told that my second vocal cord now had limited movement as well. Again, after a thorough examination, the doctors weren’t able to identify a cause.  

Thankfully, after some initial recovery I’m fully able to do all I need to at home and at work, though my voice is softer than before. And giving long monologues is more tedious for me and probably the audience.  But overall over the last year there has been some improvement with people telling me they think I sound better.  Vocal cord nerve issues can also affect your breathing, so my ability to exercise at peak aerobic capacity is somewhat reduced.  That said, my friends still think I have way more stamina than them when we go kitesurfing!  And Sergey says I’m probably a better CEO because I choose my words more carefully.  So surprisingly, overall I am feeling very lucky.

Interestingly, while the nerves for your vocal cords take quite different routes through your body, they both pass your thyroid.  So in searching for a cause for both nerves that was an obvious place to look. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's thyroiditis in 2003.  This is a fairly common benign inflammatory condition of the thyroid which causes me no problems.  It is unclear if this is a factor in the vocal cord condition, or whether both conditions were triggered by a virus.

In this journey I have learned a lot more about voice issues.  Though my condition seems to be very rare, there are a significant number of people who develop issues with one vocal nerve.  In seeing different specialists, I met one doctor — Dr. Steven Zeitels from the Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital Voice Center — who is really excited about the potential to improve vocal cord nerve function.  So I’ve arranged to fund a significant research program through the Voice Health Institute, which he will lead.  Thanks a bunch to my amazing wife Lucy, for her companionship through this journey and for helping oversee this project and get it off the ground.  Also, thanks to the many people who have helped with advice and information many of whom I have not had a chance to thank yet.

Finally, we’ve put together a patient survey to gather information about other people with similar conditions.  As it’s fairly rare, there’s little data available today — and the team hopes that with more information they can make faster progress.  If you have similar symptoms you can fill it out here: voicehealth.org/ip
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Smallest functional bike ever.
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Really interesting way to approach modeling intelligence! I hope this gets beyond the "just a theory" state and we see some actual product and code in the machine learning field. Sounds very promising.
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GWT, Java, Python, Linux, CUDA, machine learning, data mining, etc.

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asenski
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  • Google
    Software Development, present
  • Vivendi
    Technical Director
  • Activision
    Senior Software Engineer
  • Treyarch
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Excellent atmosphere, service and last but not least beer. Try the Oaked Arrogant Bastard - my favorite drink there. Also great movie nights in the summer!
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