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While I am posting pictures, let me add a few from Rocky Mountain National Park. These are from the Wild Basin area (down highway 7 from Estes Park) at Copeland Falls. 

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Last weekend I took advantage of a beautiful day and hiked up Devils Head trail to the fire lookout. Here are a few pictures I took along the way. 

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Here's an interesting article both for the future of computing (something else to watch out for,) and on the topic of unconscious bias. If our language has these inherent associations backed into our usage such that a computer can "learn" them, then it does a long way to suggesting that these are real biases...

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Here was the battery module we discussed.
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Here is another article that is worth considering.  

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For those of us in computers, science, and other technology fields:

Take a moment to read and consider this article.  

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Some pictures of tonight's sunset.
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2014-06-25
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I have always had a mixed view of software patents.  There are some things that probably deserve them, but there are a lot that don't.  Just because someone hasn't done something with a computer before doesn't mean that it is worth a patent.  (Think "method for completing a financial transaction across an international border using the internet.")  That's pretty obvious if you have seen an e-commerce sale within the same country.  

I have not heard many good solutions.  Some people say "do away with them all."   That's overkill.  Other people decry the situation, but feel that there is nothing we can do to fix it.  

This paper has another proposal - use the "obvious to try" standard that comes from the medical industry.  The standard assumes that there is a standard set of tools that computer scientists know, and there are obvious solutions based on applying these know tools.  This forms the basis for a definition of "obvious to try," and a way to weed out the obvious patents that we all complain about.  

Read the full paper here.
http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2399580
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