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Dave Bacon
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Suppose you have a Java app running on a bunch of autoscaled VMs, and you need to debug a rare bug. Manually ssh into each instance, restart the process under gdb, set watchpoints on all of them, sigh....no longer needed. On GCP, just use the cloud debugger, set a breakpoint, and the first time any of your VMs hits that line you get a snapshot with all local variables, stack trace, etc. Problem solved.
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I'm just glad the snapshot point is light-blue instead of red, and also that the icon is a camera ;-)
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South Korea has a thyroid cancer problem. Incidence of the disease there has climbed 15-fold over the past 20 years -- faster than any other cancer worldwide. South Korea also has a thyroid cancer ...
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Hess was right! My book review of Karl Hess' book "Einstein was right!"
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Excavation uncovered a large number of rocks, which our builders sorted through and arranged in a nicely to make a fire circle. Here is a shot of the spot (we’ve reseeded so natural grasses will start growing back around this area…going to have to clear…
Excavation uncovered a large number of rocks, which our builders sorted through and arranged in a nicely to make a fire circle. Here is a shot of the spot (we've reseeded so natural grasses will st...
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I was not able to get a ton of reading done this year, though I did spend a lot of time reading algebraic geometry texts, which is not reflected in the list below. Certainly the book I enjoyed the most this year was Edward Frenkel’s “Love and Math: The…
I was not able to get a ton of reading done this year, though I did spend a lot of time reading algebraic geometry texts, which is not reflected in the list below. Certainly the book I enjoyed the ...
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How about the little cox o'little and Shea?
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When Will Highway 20 Open In 2015?

The Washington State Department of Transportation has announced that they will begin the clearing of Highway 20 on March 16. Which leads us to our favorite game: “when will highway 20 open?” Last year I got within 3 days of the correct date. I’ve added…
The Washington State Department of Transportation has announced that they will begin the clearing of Highway 20 on March 16. Which leads us to our favorite game: "when will highway 20 open?" Last y...
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A step closer to Quantum Computation

One of the primary challenges in building a quantum computer is creating a robust error-prevention system for the information stored in quantum memory elements (“qubits”). 

Unlike a bit in a classical computer, one can’t just check the information stored in a qubit directly -- doing so will collapse the entanglement and superposition states, removing the quantum properties that make it useful for computation. 

Today in the journal Nature , researchers report on a nine qubit quantum circuit where, through a carefully choreographed series of logic operations, the qubits are able to detect and effectively protect each other from bit errors.

Want to learn more about how quantum error correction (QEC) pulls out just enough information to detect errors without altering the information in any individual qubit? Head over to the Google Research blog!
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Sunset Dec 30, 2014 Methow Valley

A beautiful sunset Dec 30, 2014 from New Caelifera. May 2015 bring you great happiness!
A beautiful sunset Dec 30, 2014 from New Caelifera. May 2015 bring you great happiness!
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Pictures from our Thanksgiving trip
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Theoretical ski bumming former professor turned coder.
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    Physics, Literature, 1993 - 1997
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    Physics, 1997 - 2001
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A++ great craftsmanship, artistry, and service. We needed a coffee table for our modern cabin and we looked all over before finding Weld House. After a few exchanges of emails where we showed Joel the space where the table would be and a few photos of his previous work that we admired, he came back with a perfect color from a piece of sheet metal from a 70s Chevy. The table is really incredible, one of a kind, and we couldn't be happier with the result. Also the table came packed better than any other product I have ever received. Seriously, if there were an award for packing, the Weld House would win by a mile.
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