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Protect suffers from the same issue as Nest: catastrophic, infuriating stubbornness with which its software ignores and overrides direct user input. Or is it stubbornness of AI engineers who refuse to believe their brainchild could be wrong, so they fail to provide an escape route?
 
Do NOT buy a +Nest smoke alarm. They false alarm and are unhushable pieces of crap. Please spread the word.

Watch this horror video of me trying to quiet mine.

You can stop or mute this video if it's annoying, but you cannot stop an actual Nest protect.

This went off in my house all day, annoying my neighbors.

When I got the Android notification that my house was burning down I immediately assumed it was false, since my Nests had already cried wolf before.  I also checked video cameras and saw my house wasn't actually burning down, so I stayed at work. My poor neighbors, though.

Disclaimer: I am a Google employee. I paid for these myself. So I speak as myself.
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Best movie I saw in January.
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Near-Earth, city block-sized asteroid 2004 BL86 zipping past the 8th magnitude star HD 74740 in constellation Cancer. Interval between frames was about 15 seconds, the entire animation took 12 minutes. I was stunned when I first spotted target in the eyepiece, it was unexpectedly bright (9th magnitude) and moving so fast. An hour well spent!
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If the sky is clear, look for a beautiful Venus-Mercury conjunction low in the sunset. It's not often you can find Mercury that easily. (Me? I'm making second attempt to properly image comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy tonight. Last night was spoiled by early fog and technical failures.)
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Levitation of the leaves.
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On one hand, Microsoft just effectively demoted all existing Metro apps to the status of lowly menu widgets. App developers are going to get angry - all five of them. On the other hand, most Metro apps never felt like real apps anyway, more like fullscreen preview thingies. Good work on canning the charms bar though. That thing was hopeless.
Microsoft is officially unveiling the name for the next release of Windows today: Windows 10. While the software maker had referred to Windows 10 as codename Windows Threshold internally, today’s...
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Был там такой - Синовский, который разрабатывал W9.
Синовского уволили (за дело), сейчас уволили многих из тех, кто эту версию разрабатывал, поэтому следующей будет 10 версия.
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I've always wondered about this wine-colored sea of Greeks (because they had no word for blue...) How far the meaning of any word describing a color has drifted from its original meaning?
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Hey, Redmond just got its own earthquake.
USGS Earthquake Hazards Program, responsible for monitoring, reporting, and researching earthquakes and earthquake hazards
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Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy, last night (single 15 sec exposure @ ISO 3200 with post-processing to remove noise and light pollution)
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should have looked up last night!
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Wonder if any American company already provides onsite matchmaking to their single employees. I imagine it being a major pain point in Silicon Valley.
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Scooter bandit is catching a breath. (Бандит присел отдышаться.)
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Windows 8 still running binaries from Windows 3.1 is mostly a myth. In past few days I've heard opinions in the vein of "Windows 8 can run binaries from Windows 3.1.1 just fine". Such load of BS. I'm still maintaining software I've written in late 1990s - early 2000s and it has to be updated at least once a year specifically for compatibility with newer systems. Win32 API changes, shell changes, Internet Explorer updates, but most importantly, security improvements rendered any non-trivial app from the 3.1/95/98 era useless. APIs get obsoleted; and while they're technically still supported, having them in the app is a logistical nightmare because over years they've become easy targets - slow, buggy and unpredictable. Third-party security software complains about suspicious API or filesystem use, and then the end-users relay complaints to you. From a practical point of view, Windows 8 running binaries from Windows 3.1 is nothing but a myth.
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