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Phil Kalina
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Statistician/data scientist and software guy
Statistician/data scientist and software guy

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The page at http://kb.mozillazine.org/Using_Gmail_with_Thunderbird_and_Mozilla_Suite is a great resource!

My G Suite account is one of many which Google signed out during “routine maintenance” last week. I had authorized Thunderbird to connect to my Gmail with OAuth2 over a year ago and had all sorts of trouble reestablishing that connection. The credentials pages gave no error message—just kept looping me back to login again.

A rep at G Suite support did his best to help, e.g., by directing me to set security to enable “less secure” apps. I am not comfortable with that.

This page taught me that Thunderbird uses cookies during the OAuth2 login. I enabled cookies and the problem was solved. Note that the OAuth2 login supports 2-step verification so “app passwords” are not necessary. Also, cookies are only needed during authentication. The cookies expired after the connection was reestablished.

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I volunteered at the Cleveland Museum of Art during their weekend celebration of their centennial.

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“Explaining the circumstances by which neural nets earned the sobriquet Deep Learning isn’t easy. But [Geoffrey] Hinton is game to try…”
Thanks for the response to my 4-part Google Search series.  I wondered which piece would get the biggest readership--so far its the Deep Learning piece below, which focused on three key figures in Google's ongoing AI push.  I also hope that readers of this series will follow Backchannel on Medium to see some of the other stuff we're doing.  

 https://medium.com/backchannel/google-search-will-be-your-next-brain-5207c26e4523

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Among the very interesting presentations to the public meeting of President Obama’s bioethics commission yesterday were several compelling first-hand reports on incidental findings. Sarah Hilgenberg, M.D., volunteered for an fMRI research project at Stanford University. The researchers unexpectedly found a dangerous arterio-venous malformation in her brain and may have saved her life. On the other hand, after a brain scan for an unrelated condition, Carol Krucoff was told she had a 2 mm tumor. It is asymptomatic and may never cause any problem other than anxiety as Ms. Krucoff follows a recommendation of watchful waiting.

I attended as an interested observer. I worked for the commission on their December 2011 Moral Science report and public dataset: http://bioethics.gov/node/756

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Op-Ed by Dr. Ben Goldacre: “We need competent legislation, enforcement and leadership from medical academic bodies, all clearly stating that nonpublication of trial results is nothing less than research misconduct.”

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Jonathan Safran Foer edited a new Haggadah because, “…is there not a problem when [Seinfeld] is cited as a referent for one’s Jewish identity?”

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It's not Pi day around Wonkblog without some pie charts:
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