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Bill Coderre
Worked at Apple Inc.
Attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Lives in San Jose, CA
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Wish this had captions.
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Watch this now. No, seriously. Stop what you are doing, and watch this.

No. DROP THAT. WATCH THIS.
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http://ai-class.com is now open for registration. Learn what G+ will evolve into, and other funny funnies.
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OK, so I have a Vizio 3D HD TV (32 inch, model E3D320VX) arriving maybe tomorrow. I desperately need a Blu-ray player to go with. Which one do I want? Requirements: Inexpensive, 3D. Would like some kind of magic that makes movies run at 24 fps. Not a big need for internet apps etc.
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re: Vizio TVs. I got one in part to use with Comcast's, at the time, QAM Clear local radio channels. Only thing is it wouldn't work. Reason: The TV checked for whether there was a signal on a given channel or not by checking only the video... and if there was only audio, it refused to tune to that channel. I called and their tech support said (a) why would anyone want to do that, and (b) nothing you can do, all of their TVs are that way. And then six months later Comcast scrambled ALL of the over-air local radio channels.
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Here. Listen to these while you drink coffee and fix bugs late on a Friday when you should be giving your wife time off from Mommy Duty.

http://www.monolake.de/concerts/layering_buddha.html
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Turned out it was a simple bug confused by the support guy who first responded on the ticket. (Which is to say, the "mechanic" decided the compressor was dead without putting his hand down and turning it. Sigh.)
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Cheap, Works great with 10.8.2 on a MacBook Air.
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My pal Laurie is going to fulfill a lifelong dream to produce a broadway musical about the life of Amelia Earhart. Very cool!
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Long ago, you might have seen this commercial: Snausages dog treat commercial

One of the most evil hacks I've ever seen was based on this. Long before OS X, on your Mac, about once an hour, a tiny dog icon peered out from behind a window, and said, "Snausages!" and then disappeared. You could set the hack to run rarely, and only when the user was typing or mousing busily for quite some time.

No, it's not evil because it interrupts you, it's evil because the first few times it happens, you're sure that you must have been seeing something. So then you start watching for it, waiting for it, and it senses that you aren't working, and doesn't show up.

Recently, I was told of a hack almost as evil: The Vetinari Clock: http://hackaday.com/2011/10/12/building-a-better-clock-to-drive-you-insane/
(The movie shows the effect exaggerated to an extreme.)

It keeps time well-enough on average, but each "tick" and second advancement might come a little too soon or a little too late, at random.
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The CEO of the first (game) company I worked for used to complain about programming for the Apple II, in particular its super-hacky "hi-res" graphics mode. So we added some code to our game that checked for the existence of a particular file that we had put on his computer, and if it existed, around once an hour it would switch the screen to the Apple II palette (green, blue, purple, orange, and white) for one frame.
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Peter Norvig's AI books are really good. I'll probably try to do this for a while, just because, hey, it's free and it's good to get some brainial exercise.
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A free, online version of "Introduction to Artificial Intelligence", taught by Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig. A syllabus and more information about the Stanford course is available here. http://robot.cc/cs221

The class runs from Sept 26 through Dec 16, 2011. While this class is being offered online, it is also taught at Stanford University, where it continues to be a popular intro-level class on AI. For the online version, the instructors aim to offer identical materials, assignments, and exams, and to use the same grading criteria. Both instructors will be available for online discussions.

From http://www.ai-class.com/
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Facebook has:
• oversharing (especially about children, cats, and cats that are really children)
• political rants from your relatives
• wtf videos
and, of course,
95% of Facebook is
• Farmville/Mafia Wars "Your friend is trying to give you a free sample of crack"

Google+ has:
• cross posts from Facebook,
• rants about how Google+ is not good enough,
and, uh
... gimme a minute here...
... thinking...
• rants about how Google+ is not good enough.
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I haven't seen a post about a Facebook game I'm not actively playing in many months, since I block them all. Works really well.
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Please note that I am NEVER allowed to speak on the behalf of my employer.

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