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Scott M
An Enginerd in the making.
An Enginerd in the making.


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Of course Canada isn't supported. Oddly, you can vpn and connect your google and vudu account, but apple's being more restrictive and won't connect a non american account.
How AWESOME is this???

Google has worked out a deal so you will now be able to access movies you have purchased from Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, and others all from Google Play. And you get FREE movies just for signing up and linking your other accounts.

Per Google:

Whether you're looking for a Halloween classic or the latest action thriller, we want you to access that movie, no matter what platform or device you're using. You can already find the Google Play Movies & TV app on Android devices, on Apple’s App Store, Roku’s Channel Store, and many top Smart TVs by Samsung, LG and Vizio, not to mention Chromecast and Android TV. And with Family Library, everyone in the family can share purchased movies at no additional fee, even if they’re using a different device.

Today, we’re taking it one step further by adding support for Movies Anywhere, allowing you to bring together your movies from Google Play, Amazon, iTunes and Vudu into a single library that you can access on any of your devices, regardless of where the purchase was originally made. Available first in the US, just connect your accounts using the new Movies Anywhere app or on the Movies Anywhere website, and all the movies you’ve purchased from Disney, Fox, Sony Pictures, Universal and Warner Bros. will be available for you to watch on Google Play.

Even better, when you link two or more accounts through Movies Anywhere, you’ll get these blockbuster movies for free:

Big Hero 6
Ghostbusters (2016)
Ice Age
Jason Bourne (2016)
The Lego Movie

You can set it all up at the Movies Anywhere site:

Note the site should go LIVE today (October 12) so be sure to check back if not up yet.


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One thing I haven't seen the tech press notice is that the button in Settings to check for an update actually works now. If you're running a current Google Play Services, you shouldn't need to sideload an OTA or flash a system image just because you're impatient...

How does this interact with the gradual rollouts of new releases, you ask? When a device checks in because you've specifically asked it to, we flag that this is user-initiated and so you're not subject to the usual limitations. So even if we're at 1% rollout and 1% of users already have the update, if you manually check you'll still be offered it, even though a background check at the same time wouldn't.

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That's cute
And there's even rules for playing said tiny dragon:

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Apple's new iPhone 8 and iPhone X implement USB Power Delivery over Lightning, very similar to the iPad Pro 12.9" and 10.1" for high voltage charging.

While this means that the phones themselves won't have USB Type-C ports, with the right C-to-Lightning cable, you'll be able to use them with the same power sources that charge laptops and other Type-C devices such as Pixel phones.

Definitely progress. :)

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Don't try this puzzle

It looks childish, but this puzzle is sadistically difficult. Saying that 95% of people can't solve this is like saying 95% of people can't jump over a skyscraper.

Here is the simplest solution:

apple = 154476802108746166441951315019919837485664325669565431700026634898253202035277999

banana =

pineapple =

You need a serious course on number theory to learn how to solve this. So it's easier than jumping over a skyscraper: you can learn to do it. But without some education, it's pretty much impossible.

The trick is to transform the equation into an elliptic curve. An elliptic curve is a kind of curve whose points form a group. That means if you find one point on the curve, you can find more. So if you can find one solution of this puzzle, you can find more.

Umm, but then you still need to find a solution! Luckily there's a small solution where the variables are integers that aren't positive:

apple = 4

banana = -1

pineapple = 11

From this you can turn the crank and get more solutions, but they get bigger and bigger, and the first one where all three variables are positive is the one I showed you.

I got all this from a wonderful Quora post by Alon Amit:

but I heard about that from +David Eppstein, here on G+. So: add David Eppstein to your list of cool people you follow on G+!

The post by Alon Amit is worth reading, because he leads you through the number theory without getting too technical (leaving out lots of juicy details that you'd get in a course on elliptic curves), and he gives some examples of similar problems that are much harder - if you don't know the trick.


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Elevated rail please. Getting stuck in traffic is dreadful.
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