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David Warde-Farley
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Someone was having too much fun with the StreetView appliance at the Montreal IKEA. +Julian Ibarz +Yaroslav Bulatov I think we have a face-blurring failure mode. :P
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It's a new feature that came live a few weeks ago only.
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No ordinary fart app! A physics-based fart synthesizer for Android.

If this doesn't make iOS users want to switch over to Android, I don't know what will.
The world's first "Anatomically Correct" Fart Synthesizer! A new kind of va...
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I left my Chromecast on for a while with nothing playing, and I suppose that a recent update has added a nature photo slideshow.

Interestingly they credit the photographer in the bottom right corner, and based on a little searching, they seem to be all or mostly taken by Googlers. Rather notable Googlers, in some cases; I just saw a photo taken by +Peter Norvig.
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Nicely done, +Hugo Larochelle! These look great.
These are the videos I use to teach my Neural networks class at Université de Sherbrooke. The videos, along with the slides and research paper references, are available here: http://info.usherbrooke.ca/hlarochelle/cours/ift725_A2013/contenu.html .
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Just went through [2.1], thanks so much for uploading these!
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The enlightened brand of "fiscal responsibility" peddled by the Canadian government under Stephen Harper:

 * Cost of keeping open the world-renowned Experimental Lakes Area research facility: $2 million per year.
 * Cost of shutting down the ELA: $50 million.

http://saveela.org/
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I expect this sort of thing from the University of Toronto (who once sent me transcripts addressed to the Universit? de Montr?al) but Google is usually pretty good about internationalization, so this was pretty surprising. 
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(The augmented backlight control, by the way, is +Lux Auto Brightness, which is easily the best four bucks I've spent in 2013).
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The packet capture shown in these new NSA slides shows internal database replication traffic for the anti-hacking system I worked on for over two years. Specifically, it shows a database recording a user login as part of this system:

http://googleblog.blogspot.ch/2013/02/an-update-on-our-war-against-account.html

Recently +Brandon Downey, a colleague of mine on the Google security team, said (after the usual disclaimers about being personal opinions and not speaking for the firm which I repeat here) - "fuck these guys":

https://plus.google.com/108799184931623330498/posts/SfYy8xbDWGG

I now join him in issuing a giant Fuck You to the people who made these slides. I am not American, I am a Brit, but it's no different - GCHQ turns out to be even worse than the NSA.

We designed this system to keep criminals out. There's no ambiguity here. The warrant system with skeptical judges, paths for appeal, and rules of evidence was built from centuries of hard won experience. When it works, it represents as good a balance as we've got between the need to restrain the state and the need to keep crime in check. Bypassing that system is illegal for a good reason.

Unfortunately we live in a world where all too often, laws are for the little people. Nobody at GCHQ or the NSA will ever stand before a judge and answer for this industrial-scale subversion of the judicial process. In the absence of working law enforcement,  we therefore do what internet engineers have always done - build more secure software. The traffic shown in the slides below is now all encrypted and the work the NSA/GCHQ staff did on understanding it, ruined.

Thank you Edward Snowden. For me personally, this is the most interesting revelation all summer.
New documents reveal exactly how the Post was able to determine that the NSA was peeking inside the Google and Yahoo's cloud network.
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You know how us Internet hippies are always mumbling about “Network Neutrality” and you’re wondering why you should care? Here’s why. Shaw, a big Canadian ISP, is about to give their own streaming-movie business the inside track against Netflix and friends by making the bandwidth free for their own movies.

I'm not a lawyer, but I can’t help but notice Section III.27(2) of the Telecommunications Act (helpfully available online at http://goo.gl/ekd79) which says: “ No Canadian carrier shall, in relation to the provision of a telecommunications service or the charging of a rate for it, unjustly discriminate or give an undue or unreasonable preference toward any person, including itself, or subject any person to an undue or unreasonable disadvantage.”

If you want a book-length explanation of why this is such a stinking bad idea, check out Tim Wu’s excellent The Master Switch.

[Sorry for the double-publish; decided it belonged in Public not Circles, and you can't change that post-publishing.]
It is really, really, really hard to believe. But as bad as internet access is in Canada, it just got worse. Yesterday, Shaw Communications, a Canadian
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Ministry of Truth's just doin' its job. :P (ie. this is more Orwellian than Huxley-ian, no?)
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  • Université de Montréal
    Ph.D., Informatique (Computer Science), 2010 - present
  • University of Toronto
    Hon. B.Sc., Computer Science, 2003 - 2007
  • University of Toronto
    M.Sc., Computer Science, 2007 - 2009
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There are few things I look for in a chain coffee shop, but among them are cleanliness, temperature control, good Wi-Fi. This Second Cup location routinely fails on all three counts. The seating area is large and extends far back from the cash so that the tables are not bussed frequently enough, especially at night; the front area is often too hot while the back, skylit area is often too cold (especially in the winter, but the air conditioning is also weirdly powerful here); and, most distressingly, the Wi-Fi routinely slows to a crawl. I always regret my visit to this place, and have no idea why I keep coming back.
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Rick has never let me down when a phone is acting up. He figured out why my current phone was rebooting itself inside of 15 minutes, and had completed the difficult and risky repair 2 business days later.
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