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NFL's new digital ticket system tries to cut out scalpers http://engt.co/2x8sm0f

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A few weeks ago, I posted an article about the Parable of the Paperclip Maximizer — just what happens when an AI has clear goals and no sense of balance about achieving them. But this parable has just been utterly perfected by Frank Lantz of the NYU Game Center, who has built a game all about it. It's a browser game, it's free to play, it can be played end-to-end in about a day, and it is unreasonably satisfying and fun. And addictive.

It is, in fact, a Cow Clicker about Paperclip Maximizing.

At first, I was making paperclips – first bending them by hand, then buying machines, managing market prices, buying wire when the market is favorable. An hour and a half in, I was mostly focused on getting better at game theory tournaments so that I could improve the AI I was using to cure cancer, solve climate change, and bring about world peace on the one hand (and so build public trust in my paperclip company) and manipulate financial markets on the other hand (so that I would have enough money to bribe officials into trusting me with the HypnoDrones).

Suffice it to say that the game gets even more interesting from there.

Something I really love about it is how many different games it really is: every time you get good at something, not only do new mechanics show up, but radically new mechanics show up, so that it feels like you just played a dozen games in rapid succession. And the ending (at least, the ending I got to) is smooth, perfect, and deeply satisfying.

This is a true gem among seemingly simple games.

One warning: It does not work well on mobile; you'll want a computer for this.

http://www.decisionproblem.com/paperclips

(Those of you wanting to read about paperclip maximization, or why someone would write a game about this, can start here: https://hackernoon.com/the-parable-of-the-paperclip-maximizer-3ed4cccc669a)

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Trump continues to ineptly fumble his way through his presidency while proclaiming he's doing far better than his predecessors. (He's still lying).

This time he's claimed that reports of his insensitive comments to the wife of a fallen soldier were false, but the soldier's own mother has now confirmed them.

Every time trump is caught being insensitive to the suffering of others, his reflexive retort is "Obama was worse," even when the facts show that Obama was much better.

Furthermore, basic checks prove that Trump isn't doing what he claims to be doing for the families of fallen soldiers.

From the article linked below:

....Johnson’s mother Cowanda Jones-Johnson, who was also in the car, told The Washington Post, “President Trump did disrespect my son and my daughter and also me and my husband.” She declined to elaborate but told the Post that Wilson’s account was accurate.

... But it’s difficult to give Trump too much benefit of the doubt, or to take seriously the White House’s statement that “the president’s conversations with the families of American heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice are private.” By taking a question on Monday about his response to the Niger attacks as an invitation to brag about his outreach to military families, the president chose a fight about his methods of consolation, and chose to make it a public one.

On Monday, Trump told reporters he had written letters to the families of the four men who were killed in Niger, and that he intended to call them. He explained the delay, saying, “I'm going to be calling them. I want a little time to pass.”

Trump also claimed that his predecessors hadn’t done anything like that. “If you look at President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn't make calls, a lot of them didn't make calls,” he said. Later in the press conference, he backed off a little. “President Obama I think probably did sometimes, and maybe sometimes he didn't. I don't know. That's what I was told. All I can do—all I can do is ask my generals. Other presidents did not call. They’d write letters. And some presidents didn't do anything,” he said.

On Tuesday, Trump returned to the fight, saying Obama had not called John Kelly, then a Marine general and now White House chief of staff, after Kelly’s son Robert was killed in Afghanistan. “I think I’ve called every family of someone who’s died,” Trump said.

It is not just that Trump claimed, falsely, that his predecessors had insufficiently consoled grieving families of servicemembers. He also spent most of the last month wrapping himself in the flag while waging a fight with NFL players and other athletes who have kneeled or undertaken other protests during the National Anthem. The athletes say these protests are a way of bringing attention to police violence and racism. But Trump has insisted that the kneeling “has nothing to do with race. It is about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem.” The president has used his powerful Twitter account to pass along the idea that players who kneel are slighting the American military.

Even as he insists that NFL players are disrespecting the military, Trump did not make any public comment about the deaths in Niger until he was asked about it at a public press conference. Only after this prodding, and his bragging that he called every family he could, did Trump make a call to La David Johnson’s family. And when he did, he botched the call badly enough that he left Johnson’s widow in tears and his mother feeling disrespected. The president cannot be both the foremost patriot and the utmost consoler while at the same time dragging his feet on calls and angering military families.

What’s more, the Associated Press reports that despite Trump’s claims, he has not actually called the family of every fallen servicemember. In some cases, he has been very attentive. During a speech to a joint session of Congress in February, Trump celebrated Carryn Owens, widow of slain Navy SEAL Williams Owens, in a widely praised moment. Aldene Lee told the AP she had a touching call with Trump after her son Weston Lee was killed in Iraq.

*But not everyone had that experience, the AP found:

After her Army son died in an armored vehicle rollover in Syria in May, Sheila Murphy says, she got no call or letter from President Donald Trump, even as she waited months for his condolences and wrote him that “some days I don’t want to live.”… The Associated Press found relatives of two soldiers who died overseas during Trump’s presidency who said they never received a call or a letter from him, as well as relatives of a third who did not get a call.*

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/10/trump-la-david-johnson-widow-troops/543240/?utm_source=atlgp

The earlier report of what Trump said to the grieving widow is here:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/trump-frederica-wilson-army-widow_us_59e6b384e4b00905bdad60e4

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Anna Faris Left Her First Husband After “Hot and Heavy” Flirtation With Chris Pratt http://ellemag.co/6QklvaV

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But as scientists report in a new paper published in the European Journal of Social Psychology, sometimes people sense danger even when there is no pattern to recognize — and so their brains create their own. This phenomenon, called illusory pattern perception, they write, is what drives people who believe in conspiracy theories, like climate change deniers, 9/11 truthers, and “Pizzagate” believers.

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As noted how #Neville's WWE status is up in the air after he reportedly walked out of #RAW in Indianapolis earlier this month after finding out he was scheduled to lose a non-title match to then-WWE Cruiserweight Champion #EnzoAmore that night. #Kalisto ended up winning the title from Enzo that night but sources report that the plan has been to get the title back on Enzo, possibly at this Sunday's #WWETLC pay-per-view. There were conflicting reports on if Neville really walked out of RAW but multiple sources confirmed that he was not happy with the company and that he had pushed for his release.

It was also reported that Neville's unhappiness goes back a few months as he was upset over his #WrestleMania #WM33 Kickoff pre-show win over Austin Aries being left off the WrestleMania DVD along with the other pre-show matches. This caused him to miss out on royalties from what is usually the best-selling WWE DVD of the year. It was also noted that The King of The Cruiserweights was upset over other issues. While Neville remains under contract with WWE, it was reported that he was not being factored into any creative plans and he was not being booked for any upcoming events.

In an update, Sports Illustrated reports that Neville was frustrated by the direction of his character, the lack of pay-offs and the rough WWE life on the road. Neville has reportedly been "miserable in WWE" since January of this year and the walkout came nine months later than expected by many people close to the situation.

It appears Neville's decision may be influenced in-part by #AustinAries, who left the company on amicable terms earlier this year. The SI report notes that Neville learned Aries would be making more in the next six weeks on the indies than Neville would in the same timeframe while with WWE. We noted before that Neville had pushed for his WWE release with the idea of working the indies and making a name for himself there.

Regarding his match being left off the WrestleMania 33 DVD, not only was Neville upset about missing out on the pay but he was said to be "infuriated" that the company "would disregard his service and value" after being as dedicated as he was. Neville reportedly felt that he was viewed as "nothing more than a very talented 'get-over guy' used to enhance" other Superstars.

No word yet on if WWE will grant Neville his release but SI reports that he is hoping or success in Ring of Honor or New Japan Pro Wrestling. WWE could grant the release or make Neville wait until his deal expires, or possibly explore a breach of contract, but SI adds that the walkout did upset #VinceMcMahon.

There are rumors stating that other WWE talent also wants to leave the company and have been asking #CodyRhodes about transitioning to the indies. Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer confirmed on Twitter that "several" WWE talents are thinking about leaving, although he would not confirm if wrestlers were asking Cody for advice

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It looks yet again like Trump is being his usual unhinged self, putting two and two together and still coming up with the answer "potato!"

What would we expect from a president who on a good day, would have trouble matching the intellectual prowess of a cauliflower?

Has anyone sees a report from the FBI confirming James Comey drafted a letter exonerating Clinton?
Assuming it exists, can anyone connect such a letter as a motivation for Bob Muller interviewing two former Trump staffers, about Trump's efforts to disguise the intentions driving his son and son-in-law meeting with a lawyer claiming to have Russian information damaging to Clinton?

As I recall, Comey's 11th-hour announcement of an investigation into Hillary's emails during the campaign (followed shortly after by another announcing no criminality had been found) did a lot to derail her chances..
Trump somehow thinks this is Comey "protecting" Clinton.

From the article linked below, dated Oct 18th:

Mueller interviewed Priebus and Spicer about their roles in helping Donald Trump to obstruct justice, with regard to covering up Donald Trump Jr’s Russia meeting, and with regard to FBI Director James Comey’s firing. Trump seemed to finally put the latter together this morning, and it clearly worried him, as he launched into an unhinged fictional assertion that Comey was somehow scheming to exonerate Hillary Clinton.

Here’s what Trump tweeted this morning: “Wow, FBI confirms report that James Comey drafted letter exonerating Crooked Hillary Clinton long before investigation was complete. Many people not interviewed, including Clinton herself. Comey stated under oath that he didn’t do this-obviously a fix? Where is Justice Dept?” Then he got confused and tweeted something about taxes. Then he finished his Comey thought: “As it has turned out, James Comey lied and leaked and totally protected Hillary Clinton. He was the best thing that ever happened to her!”

http://www.palmerreport.com/opinion/berserk-trump-priebus/5574/

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What's better than taking the field with 600 #FutureDBC?! 💙 #WCW on these sweet Junior Denver Broncos Cheerleaders! #JDBC

View more photos: bit.ly/2xRmIV1

#Sports #NFL #Cheerleaders

(Credit: Denver Broncos Cheerleaders)

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Very dark cloud in background.

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I'm interested in what people see in my pictures.
That's why I also describe my pictures a little, it help me understand what others think and see.
I take pictures of everything, because everything has something that is memorable.
Soon I'll post a new photos. I use here my Sony NEX-5T and Sony Lens 55-210 mm.

#tree #trees #treephotography #photo #photography #photos #images #image #gallery #artgallery #sky #nature #old #oldtree #steem #steemit #steemithelp #color #colorphoto #colorphotography #sony #nex #lens #art #home #top #news


https://steemit.com/photography/@foxkoit/2flaah-old-tree

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Brett Brown hails 'exceptional' Ben Simmons after 76ers debut: Brett Brown believes Ben Simmons has the world at his feet after posting 18 points and 10 rebounds in his first NBA game. http://dlvr.it/PwSGdB

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Wall And The Wizards Hold Of The 76ers To Scrap By With A 120 - 115 Win

The experienced Wizards were able to hold off the young and exiting 76ers in a close back and forward game. John Wall posted up 28 Points (10-28 FG), 8 Assists in his first game of the season while his partner in crime Bradley Beal finished with 25 Points (6-17 FG) and threw possible already the best lob pass of the season to John Wall. Marcin Gortat showed up with 16 Points, 17 Rebounds and off the Wizards bench both Kelly Oubre Jr, Jodie Meeks scored 14 Points apiece. As the Wizards hold off the young 76ers for a slim 5 point victory 120-115.

Robert Covington was the 76ers best player tonight scoring 29 Points and grabbing 7 Rebounds. While Ben Simmons in his NBA debut had 18 Points, 10 Rebounds and 5 Assists while Embiid had 18 Points, 13 Rebounds in just 27 limited minutes. With off the 76ers bench Markelle Fultz quietly scored 10 Points in his NBA debut.

The Wizards start off the season with a 1-0 record, while the 76ers fall to 0-1

Boxscore: http://www.espn.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=400974439

#NBA #76ers #Wizards #Philadelphia #Washington

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Have a Star Wars fanatic in your life? These 20 Greatest Star Wars Gifts In The Galaxy will bring a smile to their face. #StarWars #TheLastJedi #GiftIdeas

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Cheers to our #wcw of the week, #TTC Rookie Jordan!
#womancrushwednesday @ Nashville, Tennessee

View more photos: bit.ly/2xPpc6l

#Sports #NFL #Cheerleaders

(Credit: Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders & T-Rac)

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White ex-Tulsa police officer convicted of fatally shooting daughter’s black boyfriend

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Remember the good times. Live through the bad times. Love always. Laugh often. Thank God every day...good afternoon my dear friend. Have a great day to you...

#wonderful #amazing #nature #landscapephotography #photography #tulip #flower #garden #orange #colors #montreal #Canada

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Nokia 7 is finally official. It was announced at an event in China yesterday. The Nokia 7 appears to be trimmed down Nokia 9. It features a Snapdragon 630 octa-core processor and up to 6GB RAM.

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Nothing better than a Bimini sunset with Jinelle! #DCCSwim

Read more on: bit.ly/2l0vda8

#Sports #NFL #Cheerleaders

(Credit: Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders)

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Poetry in my eyes


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The Four Seasons Hotel at Ten Trinity Square opened earlier this year at the site of the former Port of London Authority headquarters at Tower Hill. The five-star hotel includes a 1,700-square-metre underground spa, designed by Joseph Caspari and with neoclassical architecture inspired by ancient Roman history.

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A small waterfall on Bridal Creek at Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada.

More photos here: https://www.mrussellphotography.com/blog/bridal-veil-falls-provincial-park/

#bridalfalls #provincialparks #britishcolumbia #waterfalls

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Google’s recently-announced Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL can mimic DSLR’s depth-of-field effects despite having only one camera on the back. But how? #News #GooglePixel2 #GooglePixel2XL

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Fidget spinner spinning in space! | NASA
A fidget spinner in space! How long does it spin? I'm not sure, but it’s a great way to experiment with Newton’s laws of motion!

Allowing the fidget spinner to float reduces the bearing friction by permitting the rate of the central ring and outer spinner to equalize, and the whole thing spins as a unit.

Credit: NASA's Johnson Space Center
Duration: 1 minute
Release Date: October 13, 2017

+Paolo Nespoli
+European Space Agency, ESA
+NASA Johnson Space Center
+National Science Teachers Association

#NASA #ISS #Earth #Science #FidgetSpinner #Toy #Microgravity #Physics #Motion #Students #Children #Kids #Astronaut #RandyBresnik #MissionSpecialist #Marine #Military #Expedition53 #Human #Spaceflight #International #JSC #UnitedStates #STEM #Education #History #HD #Video

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Trump Sends Message To NFL: ‘Too Much Talk, Not Enough Action. Stand For the National Anthem.’

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There’s been a few Nokia phones announced this year, but what’s one more? This time it’s the Nokia 7 which has been unveiled in China where the phone is going on-sale from the 24th of October. The phone has a decent spec, and a decent price as well with a…

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Some states are asking a federal court to keep up health subsidies cut by President Donald Trump.
http://ow.ly/a6s830fYOc1

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I Want The HP ZBook X2 Like Crazy
This may be my dream tablet

I have long wanted a tablet for design and art work. The little 13" tablets are just a bit too small, and finding a tablet or convertable that has good hardware, good GPU, and a good screen, seemed like an impossible task. When you throw in the requirement for a digitizer that is on par with Wacom, the selection is reduced to zero.

But here... here be something interesting. It's as though everything I could have ever wanted has come in a rocket can ( Pop culture reference. Google it). I can't believe I'm saying this, but I want something that HP makes. The world is turned upside down!

#hp #tablets #microsoft #surfacepro #wacom

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Beyoncé makes her red carpet comeback in an emerald Walter Mendez gown

#Beyoncé #Style #Fashion

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This test has been shared around the web on a number of sites and incredibly it always receives very positive results.

All you need to do is take a look at the arches, then down the path it shows. The path you choose can reveal a lot about your potential future. The results are usually pretty accurate.

We would be really grateful if you shared this little personality test with your friends and comment to let us know how accurate it was for you. http://humansarefree.com/2015/04/pick-door-that-stands-out-most-then-see.html

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NEWS & KNOWLEDGE - According to a recent research study, the experiences we in our childhood go through can change our DNA. But how? Read here: https://www.jibranbashir.com/news/news-details/560/do-childhood-experiences-bring-different-changes-to-our-dna

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- Page Admin.

#researchstudy #childhood #childhoodexperiences #research

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Google to Apple: Our AI is better than your AI. In its first year, Google Assistant has advanced further than Siri has in the past seven. - +Macworld

There is one important area where Google is firmly in the lead, and it has nothing to do with bezels or beats. It’s about intelligence. Google is using its AI smarts to make its products more responsive and adaptable to each user’s lifestyle.

Google Assistant isn’t just better than Siri at recognizing what you’re saying, it’s also more contextual and conversational, which leads to an all-around better experience. It even recognizes your voice over the other people in your home. With Siri, commands are islands unto themselves, while Google Assistant is practically like talking to an actual person.

It was just a year ago when Assistant was limited to Pixel phones and Google Home, and now it’s everywhere: headphones, watches, speakers, not to mention hundreds of millions of Android phones. Google is in a unique position to excel in the AI space. Where Apple needs to keep wowing us with drool-worthy hardware to get noticed, Google has taken a utilitarian approach to its design, banking on AI to drive the experience.

Google’s latest products are designed from the inside out to be smarter than they are pretty, a big bet that consumers are tired of good-looking gadgets that put form before function. And if it’s right, Apple could be playing catch-up for years to come.

#googleassistant #artificialintelligence #virtualassistant #machinelearning #siri

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