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Mike Fotinakis
Doin' my own thing. Formerly @ScienceExchange and @Google.
Doin' my own thing. Formerly @ScienceExchange and @Google.


I'm giving a talk on Continuous Visual Integration next week at RailsConf!

If you're going, come say hi! You can add my talk to your calendar to remember:

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Our Kepler mission has confirmed the first near-Earth-size planet in the “habitable zone” around a sun-like star. The newly discovered Kepler-452b is the smallest planet to date discovered orbiting in the habitable zone -- the area around a star where liquid water could pool on the surface of an orbiting planet -- of a G2-type star, like our sun. More: #NASABeyond

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Announcing the Percy beta, starting next week!

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Pluto has sent a love note back to Earth via our New Horizons spacecraft, which has traveled more than 9 years and 3+ billion miles. This is the last and most detailed image of Pluto sent to Earth before the moment of closest approach, which was at 7:49 a.m. EDT today. Images from the #PlutoFlyby will be processed and released on Wednesday, July 15. More to come!

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Last week the FASTER cable, a new transpacific network link with a theoretical peak capacity of 60 Tbps (that's 60 million megabits), landed in Japan.  FASTER is a joint project between Google and several ISPs to provide, well, faster Internet speeds between the two regions.  The album (with pictures courtesy of give you a quick overview of how such a cable is installed.

PS: see how this was done in 1956 for TAT-1, the first modern transatlantic telephone cable (with capacity for 36 phone calls, or about 0.2 megabits):
FASTER cable landing in Japan
6 Photos - View album

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AH it's up! I've been working on this for months and just launched, a tool for continuous visual integration for engineering teams.

Here's the blog post:

And you can follow on twitter!

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Best blog post I've seen on #golang (great list of links too):

Go Is Unapologetically Flawed, Here’s Why We Use It

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Baha, this article is ridiculous. Also, I don't even want to know how long it took to write SHA-256 in assembly.

"To summarize, to mine a block at current difficulty, the IBM 1401 would take about 5x10^14 years (about 40,000 times the current age of the universe). The electricity would cost about 10^18 dollars. And you'd get 25 bitcoins worth about $6000."

T-minus ONE WEEK until I launch the product I've been working on for monnnnnthhhs. :) Very excited, stay tuned!
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