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RIP, unified Europe? I don't think a temporary Grexit would be temporary.

Either Greece will recover on its own, in which case, with the recent history and how they were treated, why would they want to rejoin?

Or they won't and they won't be able to rejoin.

Either way I think "temporary" Grexit means permanent Grexit .

Also, it's asinine for the creditors to say they don't trust Greek government to carry out the austerity program they agreed to, and want them to propose more austerity.

Not saying the Greek government handled it well, but I feel like the creditors are not behaving like adults. In fact, they are bullying the Greek people at this point.


Wolfgang Schauble reportedly rejects Greece's new austerity measures, favouring a "temporary" Grexit as creditors demand even more austerity from Greece
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Google has turned Google Maps into a fully playable game of Pac-Man you can play right now. Amazing.
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This is too cool for words!
Give some students a 3D-printer, some solar panels and about a year's worth of time, and what do you get? No, not a solar-powered bong (though good idea)
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Could this be true? Hallelujah!

I guess I should wait to see what the FCC really comes out with. before I celebrate though.
Tom Wheeler says exactly what giant broadband providers didn't want to hear.
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I was a bit under the weather the past few days, so I ended up binge listening to the Serial podcasts. I enjoyed it quite a bit. It's a nice bit of whodunit, except it's real. Give it a listen and decide for yourself.
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+Harumi Kuno Thanks Rumi! I'm feeling better, good enough to be at work today :-)

I'm curious as well, both as to the actual case itself, and as to what the next story Serial will tackle. I wonder if Season 2 will be as good.
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Some interesting back and forth on monetary policies. I have a feeling that the German officials in general are predisposed to tighter policies, and sees QE as rewarding bad behavior, regardless of what the actual data shows.

According to a market watch article, the low oil prices would boost expected German growth from 1% to 1.3%. That's hardly anything to write home about. Given German has historically been in better shape than most European countries, this if anything argues for the need for QE by ECB, IMHO.

See http://www.marketwatch.com/story/weidmann-german-eurozone-gdp-may-beat-forecasts-2014-12-28?link=MW_latest_news for the growth estimate data.
Jens Weidmann, the President of the Bundesbank (Germany's central bank) has been out and about giving newspaper interviews in which he asserts that an ECB bond buying program (also known as quantitative easing, or QE) just really isn't necessary This is because the fall in the price of oil will [...]
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Breast cancer awareness day at Maples pavilion. Compliments to cal women's basketball team on their great outfit. But ... Go Cardinal!
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Found out an old article on the women's basketball game when Stanford upset U Conn last year. If you look closely at the picture of Amber Orrange firing a 3-pointer that won the game, you can see me if the far right :-)

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Scheduling the two-time defending national champions in the second game of the season might have been considered a brainlock. Reprising the 2010 upset that snapped UConn’s record 90-game winning streak, the No. 6 Stanford women shocked the two-time defending national champions 88-86 in overtime Monday night before a crowd of 5,367 at Maples Pavilion. “I thought their guards were the big difference,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. A clutch thr...
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The Serial podcast, and the intercept's interview with the prosecution caused me to want to find out how reliable cell phone evidence is, and I found this.
The data is often used to place suspects near crime scenes, but expects say there are limitations.
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It's too bad that all those egos got in the way.

Jim Harbaugh is a good coach and has brought a lot of success to the organization. Now he is fired.

If this article is correct, I believe there is little chance the 49ers will be able to find a quality coach to succeed Jim Harbaugh.

My prediction is that the 49ers will be back in and stay in the wilderness for the next decade (or more).
The search begins for someone more programmable, a coach seemingly off an assembly line, ready to take a software download from the front office.
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RIP. I'm so sad, as Car Talk is such a fun show. The chemistry between the brothers and their humor would be missed.
Mr. Magliozzi, who hosted the popular NPR radio show “Car Talk” for decades with his younger brother, Ray, is dead at 77.
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Great food, great service. One time they missed calling my party (which annoyed me slightly), but they more than made up for it by apologizing and offering a discount (without us asking). Other than that I have been completely satisfied every time I have been here. This has become one of my regular haunts!
Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Excellent
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The food was excellent. We tried the chef's selection, and every course left me wanting more. I especially liked the black bass and the squab. Would definitely not mind going back. Not at all :-)
Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Excellent
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The food is ok, but one time we got there right before closing, and they just shut the door on us, without so much of an apology. Make me not want to go back again.
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Good value for a decent steak.
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One of the best restaurants in the area. The setting is just superb: it's surrounded by nature, which is surprising given it is right here in the Bay Area. The food, is to die for.
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Can't go wrong if you like steak.
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