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+The Olympic Games... is a great ancient tradition that brings world's greatest athletes together. It's great watching those athletes compete with each other, show off their strength and weaknesses and it's fun to watch favorites miserably fail and underdogs triumphantly win. Sadly, watching Olympics in our house we will not be this year. Not that we don't want to, we do, really-really do, but a mere technicality -- we don't have cable television in our house. It's a lifestyle choice.  

Yesterday, on the day of the opening ceremonies I went to +YouTube  because that's where I heard all of the olympics would be streamed. Apparently that's true, but not in the US. +NBC happens to have exclusive broadcast rights in the US and all of it is streamed via +NBC Olympics website. Okay I say, no problem, streaming is streaming, I don't care what website that is. So I go to the NBC's website and it asks me to login to watch. I didn't have NBC account, but I can quickly create one, but no, it's not NBC account that they want, but my cable provider's account. OK, no problem, I have internet service with +Comcast and I franticly create an online account at Comcast, I enter it on NBC's website and it says "Sorry, but you don't have cable TV service with Comcast". No I don't.

So I think about it and think that if I just pay $30 for basic cable TV then they will let me in. So I try to navigate Comcast's website, looking for a basic cable options and they are trying to sell me TV, internet, phone bundles... so finally I found it, added it to my cart and trying to complete registration/activation online when I ran into some issues and had to talk to an agent. That's when it turned out that basic cable is not sufficient to be able to access NBC Olympics website, I needed Digital Starter Package for $70. 

WTH?! WHY?! Basic Cable includes NBC!

I calm myself... Well I say, I love Olympics so much that I'm willing to pay $70 for a month of digital TV service which I'll cancel afterwards, so I tell the agent to proceed. I'll skip the part where adding TV was affecting my current Internet service, but by the time we sorted that out I was ready to give up. So then the agent asks when I would like to schedule the technician to come out and hook up the TV for a low-low price of $40. WAIT!!! I just want to watch it online! I don't want to hook up TV in my house! But no the agent says, they must send out a technician because otherwise the service will not be activated. That's it! Forget it!

I'm not blaming Comcast, even though they are the center of my current frustration, but it's understandable from their end, they sell TV service. I'm blaming the NBC's business model. If they want money for Olympic streaming (it cost them a lot of money to get exclusive rights), just let me pay for it, don't make me buy unrelated stupid service that I don't need nor want!
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This is a sad, SAD time for Olympics. A horrible story about NBC to be remembered for years. 
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ML-Class, Neural Networks, Exercise 4: managed to do a vectorized implementation of the Backpropagation algorithms. It's unreadable, but it works! :)

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+Jeremy McMillan Took a look at your code... not sure I can easily pin-point what might be wrong with it...
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I don't think it could change anything....
In fact, I'm OK with the government surveillance, if it helps to protect me from bad guys. May be it requires some public control.... but anyway it is not on the technical side :)
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I've been looking for fun ways to apply some of the algorithms from Stanford Online Machine Learning course, so I came up with this simple target shooting game.

The game is written in GWT, uses canvas to draw the UI and a Java Applet to train the learning algorithm. Yeah, I know, no one uses applets any more, but JavaScript is too slow for the purpose and I didn't want to move it to the server.

Give it a try... let me know what you think.

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Pavel: replace the targets with pictures of YEgor and see if Anna's accuracy doesn't increase... :P
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