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daily 02/28/2014

February 28, 2014 Leave a comment
    • The Indigency Program applies to individuals who are living at or below 125% of the federal poverty level, defined annually by the United States Department of Health and Human Services.  For approved applicants, surcharges will be reduced to 10% of the total amount assessed. The total amount due will not exceed $250 (service fees apply).
    • These programs will not remove other suspensions on the driving record. To check the status of your driving record, please visit  www.texas.gov/driver,  then select Driver License Reinstatement and Status.
    • Supporting Documents – Applicants must include supporting documentation based on answers provided on the application. If submitting an online application, you may upload all documents,  including your notarized application. All documents must be complete and accurate. Your application and any supporting documents you provide may be forwarded to the Texas Department of Public Safety  for additional review. If your application is found to be fraudulent, it can result in criminal penalties
    • You will need the following items ready in order to access your account information, apply for the Indigency / Incentive programs online, or to make a payment online:  

       

          bulletYour current Texas Driver License or I.D. Card number   (or Department of Public Safety assigned number). 
          bulletThe Reference number from the surcharge notice letter sent to you by U.S. mail
          bulletA valid credit or debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover,  or American Express) OR
          bulletA valid checking, savings, or money market account  (you will need the Routing Number, Financial Account Number and Financial Institution Name). 
          
       
         

        Payments require 24 to 48 business hours to process and 3-5 business days to be updated to your driver history.

    • The barge is still a work in progress (hence the need for the proper paperwork), but once it’s done, it will showcase the company’s more avant-garde creations like Glass, autonomous cars and other projects from Google X’s lab.
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    • Among the recent developments: Russia gave apparent refuge to ousted Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych, who plans to surface in a news conference today, a week after fleeing the capital of Kiev.
    • gunmen took over the Crimean parliament building and raised the Russian flag—reportedly in uniforms similar to those who turned up later at the airport.
    • Meanwhile, some 150,000 Russian troops continued maneuvers on Ukraine’s border.
    • Putin is not put off by Western warnings for Russia to stay out of Ukraine.
    • Georgia was a walkover; Ukraine would not be.
    • With a plan to build the world’s largest lithium-ion battery factory, Elon Musk continues his long bet against all the incumbents around him: rival car companies, battery-makers and the scientific establishment. The wager is based on two big assumptions: that no one else will make a meaningful breakthrough in battery science and render the $5 billion factory obsolete; and that sales of his Tesla autos will rise more than 22-fold by 2020
    • But if he is right, he will again show up the auto industry, not to mention the oil majors and energy experts, most of whom forecast that a full-fledged electric car industry won’t materialize until the 2030s or even later.
    • Thus far, Musk has proven prescient. For about a half decade, the establishment hope for competitively priced electric cars with long-distance capability has rested on a radical improvement in battery chemistry.
    • Musk, casting a skeptical eye on the science, decided when he founded Tesla that the leap in electric cars would come in better engineering and management of existing battery systems—and installing these off-the-shelf batteries into a triumphantly styled vehicle.
    • Gallagher, who co-invented a widely used model for forecasting battery economics, says that Musk’s numbers align with his program. Although carmakers vigorously conceal their specific battery economics, the assumption in the field is that Musk’s use of conventional Panasonic batteries has allowed him to cut the cost of his battery packs to about $300 a kilowatt hour, compared with an industry average just below $500 per kilowatt hour. If with the factory he reduces his costs by another 30%,he would reach $200 a kilowatt hour, or the precise number that Gallagher’s forecasting model suggests is possible with economies of producing 100,000 vehicles
    • Across the room is a table with a paper invitation that will be his first topic of discussion: “Join the NRA.”

        

      The pitch is straightforward. It costs just $35 to sign on with America’s top gun lobbying group, and membership comes with $2,500 of insurance in case anything happens to your piece. Dukes concedes that not everyone is a fan of the NRA’s politics, but in his view the group puts together smart training programs and its aim is true—”320 million people a year are being saved by guns, because they’re not being killed,” he tells us.

    • A white person who shoots a black person is 11 times more likely to have the homicide classified as justifiable than in the reverse situation, according to an analysis by the Urban Institute. (Mother Jonesongoing investigation of public mass shootings shows that 5 of the 23 shootings that occurred since 2010 were carried out by killers using legally concealed handguns.)
    • Constitutional-carry-type laws already exist in eight states, including Arizona, where former Rep. Gabby Giffords’ assailant was exercising his legal right to carry a Glock 19 and high-capacity magazines.
    • A few weeks after my graduation, I call up Dukes. My application is still being processed, but a question has been nagging at me: What did a seasoned instructor think about the fact that pretty much anyone could walk in and get a Utah permit without demonstrating a lick of proficiency with a gun? While he seems disappointed that I signed up for the class with no actual desire to protect myself, he hardly hesitates: “The Constitution doesn’t say you need it.”
    • The callers that Seely recorded thought they were speaking directly to the government agencies because they looked up the telephone number on Google Maps. What they didn’t know was that Seely had set up fake listings for the San Francisco FBI office and Secret Service in Washington, D.C., displaying numbers that went to a phone account he set up rather than the federal offices. After Seely’s numbers received the calls, they were seamlessly forwarded to the real offices the callers were trying to reach, only now the audio of their conversations with real federal agents was being captured by Seely.
    • After that, Seely says, he got patted down, read his Miranda rights, and put in an interrogation room. Email correspondence with the Secret Service indicates that the special agent in charge called him a “hero” for bringing this major security flaw to light. They let him go after a few hours.
    • Why not fix the problem? Austin says there’s a cottage industry around flooding Google Maps with fake listings for businesses like locksmiths, the most notoriously abused sector, and then forwarding the calls from unsuspecting Google users to call centers. The centers either dispatch workers who only accept cash and charge more or, in some cases, they sell the leads back to the actual local businesses being squeezed out. “They make way too much money on AdWords to give a shit about small businesses,” said Seely, noting one spammer who made $10 million a year.

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daily 02/27/2014

February 27, 2014 Leave a comment
    • If you liked this movie, you were wrong.
    • I know everyone has a right to an opinion, but not this time. You have no right to like this movie. You are hopelessly deluded, and I will send your brain to be cleansed. Were you aware that there are other movies out there in which things happen? In which time moves forward?
    • Matthew McConaghey: He played a Texan! WHAT A FUCKING STRETCH. Just a remarkable transformation from Regular Laconic Texan to Alarmingly Thin Laconic Texan. It might just be the best Texan role McConaghey has ever played, and Lord knows you have choices in that department. Just look at his iMDB profile!
    • Guy Literally Named Dallas, Magic Mike (2012)
    • I couldn’t even see the actor anymore. All I could see was the Texas. Just an amazing performance.
    • Chances are, if you gain weight to win an Oscar, you’re just gonna lose to the asshole who LOST weight. It’s not worth ruining your life.
    • Sandra Bullock: Just like a woman to not know how to drive a spaceship.
    • I bet he was so uncomfortable dressing up like a woman, but then he had to stop dressing like a woman and look even MORE uncomfortable! THAT YOUNG MAN HAS GRIT.
    • Bradley Cooper: Oh look, it’s a guy named Brad playing an asshole. What a stunning development.
    • You’re fooling no one. Spencer Hall: “Brad Cooper’s always like the slightly dim smart attractive dude who wants you to forget he used to frost his hair.”
    • Jonah Hill: Well, someone has gotten solid mileage out of the whole “fat awkward sidekick in a prestige movie” gig. Now let’s see how you fare in a role where you have to have a girlfriend. I bet audiences suddenly don’t find you quite as believable. Marty Scorsese won’t be casting your fat ass as the head gangster anytime soon.
    • Julia Roberts: I’ll never forget the time she won Denzel Washington’s Best Actor Oscar.

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daily 02/26/2014

February 26, 2014 Leave a comment
  • Billboard 4. And people thought these were unintentional! http://t.co/I2BmFaXLn2

  • I was just reminded by @fbullington of our ballsy billboard campaign. Billboard 1 http://t.co/MTDukSLCz8

    • If Comcast takes over Time Warner Cable, it would wield unprecedented gatekeeper power in several important markets. It is already the nation’s largest ISP, the nation’s largest video provider, and one of the nation’s largest home phone providers. It also controls a movie studio, broadcast network, and many popular cable channels.
    • “This deal with Netflix shows that all they have to do is move the shenanigans up the chain a little” and avoid FCC oversight completely.
    • For example, athletes are allowed to split their time between low and high altitudes to maximize their red-cell production.
    • And, under the letter of sports’ anti-doping laws, they’re also allowed to inhale as much xenon as they want—or at least regulators have not yet specifically barred them from doing so.
    • Traditionally speaking, the bigger the advantage, the more likely a performance-enhancing measure is to draw the attention of anti-doping officials. (The World Anti-Doping Agency, for example, previously considered banning oxygen tents in the past out of concerns about competitive fairness.)
    • And for last-minute jitters, a quick hit an hour before the starting gun can help.”
    • He taught me a lot about comedic directing in those few weeks. I asked him if he thought I was a bit over-the-top in my characterization as Ned Ryerson, the obnoxious insurance salesman forever accosting Phil Connors. Harold smiled and shook his head, “No, Stephen, in comedy you have the stew—and you have the spice in the stew. Bill is the stew. He has to play it straight. You’re the spice. Have fun!”
    • When the scene called for Bill to punch me out on the corner, I went to Harold and asked if there was anything he wanted me to do. He leaned in and whispered with that half-smile, “Do whatever you want. I’m setting the camera up wide. No close-ups. Comedy only happens when there is a relationship. We’ll see both you and Bill at the same time. Comedy lives in the two shot.”
    • At one break Harold came up to me for no reason at all. He looked off into the distance and ruminated, “You know, Stephen, it’s impossible to become a professional actor. It’s too hard for anyone to do it on their own. Everyone who has made it has had at least four heroes that helped them. They come from nowhere. They come when you least expect them. But they are there.” Harold didn’t know it, but he was one of my four.
    • When I saw this in a theater filled with real people, the audience gasped. Harold understood the power of poetry and had the courage to tell the story his way.
    • Sony Pictures is also co-financing the next James Bond film, and recently acquired rights to videogame series “Gran Turismo” — a favorite of Sony Corp. CEO Kazuo Hirai.

       

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    • This Valentines day, while traveling through San Diego in an Uber car, Lane heard something that disturbed him. “The driver had a Ford Sync system, and it read his text messages out loud.” The message, which came wedged between numerous texts about a promotion for free roses, said, “UberX is very close to SURGE. It’s Valentine’s Day! People will be out all night and we didn’t activate new drivers to make earnings even higher this weekend.”
    • [Uber] explained the text simply noted that Uber did not onboard as many San Diego drivers as they could have that week because in the two weeks prior, a very large number of new drivers were added to the system. Earnings had been low, and the company wanted to reward new drivers with a strong holiday paycheck.
  • “Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.” Les Brown-Get yourself up-go!

  • tags: WestmountProblems

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  • True Detective (Artist’s Rendering) http://t.co/waCkiIqfz2

    • Concept maps are used to stimulate the generation of ideas, and are believed to aid creativity.[by whom?] Concept mapping is also sometimes used for brain-storming. Although they are often personalized and idiosyncratic, concept maps can be used to communicate complex ideas.

       

      Formalized concept maps are used in software design, where a common usage is Unified Modeling Language diagramming amongst similar conventions and development methodologies.

       

      Concept mapping can also be seen as a first step in ontology-building, and can also be used flexibly to represent formal argument.

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daily 02/25/2014

February 25, 2014 Leave a comment
    • ‘Centro Federal de Readaptación Social Número 1 “Altiplano”

       

        

       

       No.1 is Mexico’s only recognized “Supermax” prison; its history is free from escape, so it can be no surprise that the most notorious capos are sent to No.1 for incarceration
    • The prison is located Santa Juana neighborhood of Almoloya de Juárez, in the State of Mexico. Detailed attention has been given to prevent escape, overhead airspace is restricted, cell transmission restricted to 6 miles, 3 foot thick walls, regular polygraphs given to all level of personnel, an armored vehicle convoy, state of the art technology that can pin point the logistics of equipment  and people,  and officers trained in repelling escape, are on site and ready to react in the event of an escape attempt.
    • Published in the university’s eScienceCommons blog on December 17, 2013 by Carol Clark, the lead author of the study and neuroscientist, Professor Gregory Berns, is quoted as saying, “The neural changes that we found associated with physical sensation and movement systems suggest that reading a novel can transport you into the body of the protagonist.” Clark also writes that Berns notes how the neural changes weren’t just immediate reactions, but persisted the mornings after the readings as well as for five days after participants completed the novel.
    • 29 This shall be a statute forever for you: In the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you shall afflict your souls, and do no work at all, whether a native of your own country or a stranger who dwells among you
    • 7 They shall no more offer their sacrifices to demons, after whom they have played the harlot. This shall be a statute forever for them throughout their generations.”’
    • You shall observe My judgments and keep My ordinances, to walk in them: I am the Lord your God. 5 You shall therefore keep My statutes and My judgments, which if a man does, he shall live by them: I am the Lord.
    • But Jesus said to her, “Let the children be filled first, for it is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.”
    • 28 And she answered and said to Him, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs under the table eat from the children’s crumbs.”
    • “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.”
    • 35 Immediately his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was loosed, and he spoke plainly. 36 Then He commanded them that they should tell no one; but the more He commanded them, the more widely they proclaimed it.
    • He makes both the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.”
    • 4 Then His disciples answered Him, “How can one satisfy these people with bread here in the wilderness?”
    • So they ate and were filled, and they took up seven large baskets of leftover fragments. 9 Now those who had eaten were about four thousand. And He sent them away, 10 immediately got into the boat with His disciples, and came to the region of Dalmanutha.
      • Jesus drops the mic
    • 15 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city;
      The destruction of the poor is their poverty.
    • 16 The labor of the righteous leads to life,
      The wages of the wicked to sin.
    • News reports and articles popped up in local, national and international media chiding Harris County voters for not recognizing the significance of the Astrodome as an important piece of modern architecture. Touting the dilemma faced by modernist buildings across the country, these articles elevated the Astrodome as a symbol of the Modern movement and why preservationists need to stand up for these present-day “painted ladies” and protect them for future generations. This is resonating in a city where newer is better and a limited number of buildings make it past the 50-year mark.
    • Surprised? We were. Current conversations about the fate of the Astrodome, from elected leaders to local preservation organizations to ordinary citizens, are broader in scope now and include an element of reverence for the design and construction methods employed just 49 years ago. Currently, the National Trust is encouraging the public to contact Harris County officials and advocate for reuse of the Dome.
  • Henry as Macbeth in ‘Macbeth’ (@ Highland Park Elementary) [pic]: http://t.co/GncwSs0BBd

  • Learning R with one tweet a day: Always look at Stack Overflow! http://t.co/DJwGN0xOOI #learnR

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    • He didn’t; he wanted a bribe. If they were going to get into the country, they’d have to pay it. (They did.) This wasn’t business as usual in California, but then again that was the entire reason they had come to Africa.
    • The first step in that journey was to score a phone. Something cheap. Something you couldn’t get in the US.
    • Stepping back out into the scrum, they elbowed their way through the crowd in the street to another stall where they picked up a few SIM cards with what passes for a high end data plan in Lagos–30MB of data.
    • Meanwhile, in Africa and Asia and South America where Facebook is trying attract another 5 Billion users, that technological sophistication is far from given. Facebook faces massive hurdles there that are just unknown here.
    • As Facebook looked out across the globe it wanted to conquer, it saw a mish-mash of unreliable networks, low resolution screens, and shitty processors. There were all manner of various flavor of Android, problems with local language support, confusion over pricing, and unreliable or non-existent power grids. There’s the question of how you make social connections between people with no address books, no email address, no university affiliation, and who are perhaps the very first person in their village to sign up for Facebook. The challenges weren’t just difficult, they were epic.
    • Snaptu was a tool designed to deliver smartphone-style Internet apps to old-fashioned cell phones. It launched in 2007, before the first iPhone, with the goal of trying to solve application fragmentation issues across a landscape of thousands of feature phones. It did this by essentially offloading all the processing functions to its own servers on the back end, and delivering images or text on demand–you might press the 1 key to view a new shared photo or message, for example. Facebook bought it in 2011, and brought its founder Ran Makavy from Tel Aviv to Menlo Park. Makavy, in turn, brought Snaptu’s immense know-how for working with all kinds of handsets and mobile networks. Today, the service is called Facebook for Everyphone, or FB4E, and it has more than 100 million active users. “What we try to do is to minimize data usage and increase speed,” explains Makavy.
    • As Makavy describes it, not only does FB4E not mind churn, it embraces it. They want the FB4E users to move on to smartphones, where they will have a better experience. “If we do an amazing job, you’re probably going to buy an Android.”
    • But because it wasn’t practical to send every engineer to every market, the company recreated those experiences inside its Menlo Park campus–this is the genesis of the Internet.org innovation lab. In essence, it took one of the most high-tech locations on earth, and turned it into a rural village without 3G service or electricity. It tapped into its deep relationships with handset makers, chip manufacturers, service providers, and network operators to understand the conditions they saw globally, and built a lab called that let its engineers select a setting for, say, Nairobi, and instantly connect to a simulation of an over-the-air network there.
    • They found all sorts of ways to deliver a lower-bandwidth experience in the main app. When possible, Facebook’s mobile app offloads code fetching to WiFi. It began delivering different resolution images based on the device–there’s no point in serving up a high resolution image to a low resolution screen. It went to a different image format as well,
    • To get around this Facebook began making a pitch to carriers to convince them to offer Facebook in more digestible units. In India, for example, Airtel charges 1 rupee per day for Facebook access. You can do whatever you want with that–upload photos, watch your friends videos, go nuts–but just for 24 hours.
    • “When you sign up for Facebook, the single most important thing we can do is connect you with your friends,” says Alex Schultz who runs growth marketing for the company. “If we can just get you a friend’s face in the first few minutes you’re on the site, you’re hooked.”
    • Facebook can’t pay for all those notifications to be delivered via SMS, because it would simply be cost-prohibitive. Which meant it had to go out and do deals with 300 plus different operators to deliver Facebook’s notifications for free,
    • More people equals a bigger social graph, and more knowledge about the people within and how they are connected, where they live, where they’ve been, what they love. It gets to know things about whole world and, presumably, one day down the line serve the world an ad.
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  • tags: TRUEDETECTIVE

    Oh my god that tracking shot. #TRUEDETECTIVE

  • I will release my complete notes and spiral doodles on True Detective in the form of a fictional e-book called the Necronomcconaughey

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  • “Bad weather always looks worse through a window.”

  • tags: thegloriousunfoldingtour

    @grace360 great night with some of the most amazing singers ever!!! Thanks for hosting them&letting me volunteer #thegloriousunfoldingtour

  • Be the best you can be right where you are. Life is not about getting to a destination, it’s about how we live along the way.

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  • A Texas broadcaster dropped Audre Lorde in a pro-tolerance tv editorial like it was nothing. Whatever you’re doing, it’s in 2nd place.

    • Peterson said the alleged perps from Italy were so brazen that they even gave him their business cards while telling him to call as soon as he was ready to accept the four-wheeled bribes. One of the card-carrying alleged bribers who approached Peterson was a Fiat marketing official named Angelica di Silvestri.
    • “Army to Employ Slightly Fewer Soldiers Than It Did in the 1990s” would have made a much less exciting headline. Definitely not as compelling, as front-page material, as the story of our impending disarmament and implied back-to-the-1930s vulnerability to some theoretical Hitler 2.0. But true.
    • Oh yeah, that’s the stuff.  If you have neither MOTOR nor HEART, what good are you, really? I should kick you down my draft board like a beach ball down a flight of stairs.
    • But perhaps the silliest thing about the combine is the fact that NFL teams spend days and days trying to quantify to a distant decimal place the talents of every athlete in attendance, only to discard those measurements in an elusive and ultimately idiotic pursuit of MOTOR.
    • . It’s automatically assumed that if you don’t love football, you won’t try as hard, and that the team and the fans won’t be getting their money’s worth out of you. Why don’t you like football, son? Are you soft?  What’s keeping you from skipping out on the team at halftime to go pick daisies? YOU ASSHOLE.
    • Former Chiefs GM Scott Pioli used to boost team captains up his draft board because, well gosh dang it, captains WANT IT MORE, you know? Pioli was run out of town, of course, and yet that insane mentality persists.
    • Enjoyment is not the sole engine of ambition.
    • Those are the times where we get out of comfort zones and learn new shit and accumulate all kinds of annoying bits of wisdom.
    • For many successful people, the job is a need, not necessarily a want—a thing they feel compelled to do for reasons that they sometimes can’t even explain
    • Speculating about Jadeveon Clowney’s MOTOR is a stupid person’s way of discounting every other valuable asset he brings to the table, such as, oh, I dunno, WORLD-CLASS SUPERHUMAN SPEED. OMG guys he might get distracted! I
    • It’s understandable that the Angels might be shy about big-money deals. Josh Hamilton figures to be an albatross by the time he comes off the books, and the less said about Albert Pujols making $30 million in 2021, the better. But if so, all they have to do is nothing. The huge advantage of baseball’s arbitration setup is that it gives the team all the leverage in negotiations. The Angels could use that leverage to demand that Trout allow them to buy out four years of free agency at below-market rates; alternately, they could use it to wait as long as they’d like to make sure he doesn’t get hurt or decline or take up competitive StarCraft.
    • The efforts in the tests of athleticism were needed for Jeffcoat after he performed poorly in the weight-lifting portion of the Combine, posting only 18 reps of 225 pounds, tied for fifth-lowest among all the defensive linemen at the event. The likely culprit? The two off seasons that Jeffcoat missed due to the pectoral tears that he suffered during his sophomore and junior seasons.
    • The consensus three-star prospect decided to end his recruitment two days after receiving his offer from Texas. The 6’5, 220-pound defensive end is rated as the No. 38 weak side defensive end nationally, the No. 114 player in the state of Texas, and the No. 827 prospect in the country. He also held offers from Louisiana Tech, Northwestern, and Tulsa, along with interest from Baylor, Michigan, and Oklahom
    • Xamarin encourages developers to use modern design patterns to separate user interface from application code, so they can use their existing C# skills to build native experiences for each platform, while minimizing the amount of device specific code that needs to be written.

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daily 02/24/2014

February 24, 2014 Leave a comment
  • tags: Adwords

    • The Ultimate Ecommerce Guide for Stores in the Food Industry
  • tags: statistics

    • The gap between data mining and predictive models
  • tags: Adwords

      • In January Google announced that numbers will no longer be rounded in Google Webmaster Tool Search Query reports. With that announcement these reports became 20 to 30 percent more accurate.

         

        Not even available from the API, the Top Pages report is the only place you can find page-level search query data. Does this make it the most valuable report around?

         

        This article walks through how to get keyword to landing page data by using the Top Pages report as a template. Then consolidating analytics conversions and trending over time in a very basic way.

         

        Tools used:

         

           

        • Google Webmaster Tools
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        • Google Analytics
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        • Excel
  • tags: Adwords

    • The Top Movers report debuted in AdWords last June to help advertisers quickly see performance changes in their accounts. It was helpful, but somewhat rudimentary with reporting on just clicks and cost changes. Today, Google announced that conversion data will begin appearing in the Top Movers report as well as device-specific insights.
  • tags: statistics

    • Marty fancies himself a protector, but again and again he is an aggressor.
    • Whatever he does is fine; when women do it without him, it’s disgusting.
    • Maggie was the one with the agency: Rust and Marty both became, however briefly, pawns in her story. (Monaghan, you will note, has yet to be topless on the show. Don’t sign those nudity waivers, ladies!)
    • Marty asked his younger daughter to leave the room, she only did so after Maggie nodded in agreement. (This echoed Beth’s behavior at the bunny ranch: She waited for a nod from Jan before agreeing to show Rust Dora Lange’s diary.) Marty may be the law, but he doesn’t have all the power. There’s an entire female hierarchy he is completely oblivious to.
      • also the preacher’s daughter
    • Atheling tells Blish that he hasn’t shown his wife the text, and Blish understands why. “Female common sense would blow the whole thing sky-high in a minute,” he says.
    • The passport officer gestured for me to take off my baseball cap. Later I would learn of the remarkable ability possessed by all Russians, even the sweetest and gentlest, to make their faces rock hard instantly when they want them to be. The young officer used the rock face on me, and it had its effect. When he looked down to examine my passport and visa, I noticed my reflection in the glass between us. My face had an expression of deep seriousness and fear that the moment did not, in reality, call for.
    • When he looked up again to give me back my documents, he saw that I had relaxed, and he let a sly smile show through the rock. It was a kid’s grin, suggested that we had only been playing a game, and I was now a point down.
    • The U.S. team followed up its semifinal loss with a horrific 5-0 unraveling against Finland in the bronze-medal game. More than 40 percent of the Finnish population was tuned in to watch as national hero Teemu Selanne scored twice. (He was chosen to carry Finland’s flag in the closing ceremonies, but had to miss it to catch the team charter flight.) It was Finland’s fifth hockey medal in the last six Olympics, an utterly impressive record for a country of just more than five million people. On the flip side, the loss was an utter disaster for USA Hockey and its loud gold-medal ambitions. Canada picked up steam throughout the tournament; the Americans slammed hard on the brakes.
    • A lot of people compare the Olympics to summer camp for adults, and they’re right, but I found it more like college: the eye-opening education, the diversity of people and ideas, the all-nighters, and that I’m going to sleep hard as soon as I get home. I’ve always been terrible at good-byes, even in college; I hate leaving places and tend to really, really miss people. I’d also been afflicted by that ol’ “dread Russia-love.”
    • I was like bear,” he said.

       

      I was like bear, too, at that point. Sasha tried to cheer me up with a Russian proverb, but he had trouble translating it into English.

       

      “Basically it means, everything has to end, and that’s just the way,” he said. I told him that was a really Russian thing to say.

       

    • The dissonance among machines is due to “natural technical variation and we really don’t care,” said MTA spokesman Adam Lisberg. Many New Yorkers are probably completely oblivious to the tones and their meaning.
    • The scene is fine on its own. It’s just that it re-tells us something we already knew—specifically, that Hart is obsessed with female chastity, except on those occasions when he’s the one violating it.
    • : She knows him from his best moment as a cop and reminds him of that better self; she tells him that anyone can see he’s a “good man”; she tosses off some nonsense about how “God gives us these flaws…There’s nothing wrong with the way he made us.” She’s the Rust Cohle of barely legal temptresses.
    • ut no, we just took a much longer route to an all-too-obvious destination, with Cohle finally mowing Hart’s lawn in the metaphorical sense. And why? Because Maggie comes to his apartment and she’s sad, and needy, and—most of all—manipulative.
    • o for those keeping score, that’s two main characters (out of two) having wildly inappropriate sex because the ladies in question all but forced them to do so. So unfair! I mean, one of the guys had just bought tampons, for goodness sake. How could he not bang the first pretty girl who said hello?
    • Hart is technically the superior in the relationship—higher rank, senior partner, etc.—but this episode showed neatly that he’s become little more than Cohle’s go-between with the rest of the force, a glorified secretary.
    • This episode had an unusual number of echoes scattered throughout its scenes as well: both of the women prowling for love in bars (Beth and Maggie) order dirty martinis; not long after Cohle has told Hart “you’re nobody without me, there is no you,” the latter asks Maggie what she’s looking at and she replies “nothing”; and in the course of chewing out Cohle and Hart, their new boss refers to the latter as a “human tampon.”
    • Also, were people really sending one another selfies in 2002? And the Reverend Tuttle’s college must have been an awfully early adopter of the Segway, no? (And related: Is it just a coincidence that an early nickname for the Segway prototype was “Ginger”?)
    •  In a way, Chris, you’ve been too kind on this episode. Because you missed the most laughable part of it: the devil figurine on Beth’s dresser, which the camera cuts to multiple times during that interminable screw scene. Get it? Marty’s sinning!
    • The showrunner has said that he is deliberately using tropes from pulpy cop fiction to foreground a bigger, more cosmic tale. The female objectification, the brutal and hypocritical family-man cop, the burgeoning death-cult conspiracy, the station chief asking an overachieving insubordinate to hand in his badge: Pizzolatto knows we’ve seen these things millions of times before. The real mystery, I think we’re meant to ask, is why we keep seeing them.
    • The developments of the past hour basically amount to a string of recriminations: Marty against the boys who got with his daughter, Maggie against Marty (via Cohle) for cheating on her, and Marty against Cohle for sleeping with Maggie. The vengeance in each case stems from angst over some wrong that just can’t be righted. Seducing your husband’s partner won’t undo the awful things he’s done. Clobbering your partner won’t change the fact that he had sex with your wife. But in all cases, these were emotional responses—a way to gain a momentary sense of control in the face of insurmountable powerlessness. 
    • Those characters are all fighting darkness by inflicting pain on others—“transference of fear and self-loathing,” as Cohle terms the idea of faith in the second episode.
    • But in his loopiness and inability to form relationships, so, too, does Cohle. After all, his harrowing experiences undercover altered his perceptions to the point of hallucinations. To really face the abyss, the show seems to be saying, is court madness.
    • But Maggie Hart might call me a crude man who thinks he’s clever. Marty Hart might say “that last part, pure gibberish.” Your diagnosis?
    • And it can’t be a coincidence that other term-limited series like Top of the Lake and Broadchurch have also told their stories over short timeframes and saved their ambition for other aspects of the show.
    • Hart has issues with sex and fidelity and protecting the virtue of young women. And OH MY GOSH, his daughter makes obscene doodles in elementary school and has grown into a promiscuous teenager! The revival preacher is looking to convert souls and get followers to see the light. But wouldn’t you know it, by 2002, he’s a disillusioned drunk because he can’t handle the fact that religious leaders can also be sinners. (Something he already knew in 1995, by the way.)
    • Running backs competed in afternoon drills at Lucas Oil Stadium. Muema, the fourth leading rusher in Aztecs history, did not participate. He said he was “following God,” who told him if he missed workouts, he’d play for the Seattle Seahawks.
    • Oden’s played 10 games with the Heat this season for an average of 7.8 minutes per game, because the team’s clearly aware that it’s better to use Oden with minor minutes and get a more effective, healthy center out of it. Starting doesn’t necessarily indicate that Oden’s minutes are going to drastically change, though.
    • So Netflix traffic—ostensibly thanks to its abundance rather than any shady dealing by Comcast—started getting throttled.
    • It was reasonable discrimination to scale it back to let other things through instead of paying to fix the problem for its customers.
    • To solve the issue and save itself from cancelations by Comcast-subscribers, Netflix has ponied up the funds to cut out the middlemen, avoid the choke-points where data was getting throttled, and build a pipe to Comcast directly. A big pipe, just for Netflix.
    • In short, the problem is everyone’s but Comcast’s.
    • But in a world where Netflix and Yahoo connect directly to residential ISPs, every Internet company will have its own separate pipe.
    • If there’s a precedent for companies with large amounts of data paying to do direct business with ISPs (which there now is), companies like Comcast—the biggest ISP in the United States—has little reason to spend money beefing up that one main pipe that the whole internet used to come through.
    • In fact, Netflix has a program called OpenConnect where it already offers direct connections to ISPs like Virgin, Cablevision, and Google Fiber, free of charge. And by voluntarily opting for OpenConnect, ISPs get better Netflix service for their customers, at the cost of shouldering the load of more Netflix traffic.
    • With this new deal, Comcast gets paid twice for delivering Netflix. First from you, the subscriber, and then from Netflix itself, for the privilege of being delivered.
    • Comcast didn’t bother to try and fix its Netflix problem. It didn’t even just sit back and let someone else fix it. It held out until Netflix had no choice but to pay for the privilege of fixing it.
    • Comcast’s move is to do what the middleman does, for less than the middleman is doing it…they get money from Netflix, Netflix saves money, and there’s less traffic on the main pipe so that problem is solved too.
    • The Elfstedentocht—Dutch for “Eleven Cities Tour”—is a 200-kilometer outdoor speedskating race over the frozen canals of Friesland, a northern province of the Netherlands
    • There’s no set schedule for the Elfstedentocht; it only happens when the ice is sufficiently thick—at least 15 centimeters in depth throughout.
    • Once the organizers decide that the conditions are right for an Elfstedentocht, plans are made, and the race is held within 48 hours of the official announcement.
    • The race kicks off at 5:30 in the morning, and must be completed before midnight that same day. The skaters pass through 11 cities, collecting a stamp in each one, cheered by millions of spectators.
    • The most memorable Elfstedentocht happened in 1963, when temperatures were so low and conditions so snowy and windy that fewer than 200 out of approximately 10,000 participants actually finished the race.
    • There hasn’t been an Elfstedentocht since 1997, when the race was won by Henk Angenent, a speedskater and Brussels sprout farmer, who finished in 6 hours and 49 minutes.
    • Speedskaters declared that they would skip the upcoming world championships to skate the Elfstedentocht.
    • With global temperatures trending upward, some wonder whether conditions will ever again be right for the Elfstedentocht.
    • AUSTIN, Texas — In the midst of the January recruiting frenzy, a process far more hectic than usual for Texas’ brand new coaching staff, defensive coordinator Vance Bedford submitted a plea on his Twitter account to the class of 2015: Be patient
    • Based on the standards his predecessor established, Strong’s first Texas junior day wasn’t filled with fireworks or countless rapid-fire commitments. But the first step in a long year of recruiting was a successful one. 
    • Offensive tackle Ronnie Major switched his commitment from Baylor to the Longhorns midway through the day. The Huntsville, Texas, lineman landed his offer during the visit and committed on the spot.
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      • to the complete disinterest of his teammates, the media, and the American public. The event is parallel slalom snowboarding.
      • Reiter should be followed around everywhere he goes in Sochi by a guy playing a sad trombone. During the opening ceremony, most of the other skiers and snowboarders apparently thought Reiter was a coach.
      • “Everyone’s talking about stray dogs in Sochi,” Reiter recently told Al-Jazeera. “I feel like one of those stray dogs.” This is a sad, sad man.
      • But the crisis in Ukraine is far from over. The day’s events mark not its resolution but the start of its political phase. And what’s going on isn’t a clash of democracy versus dictatorship—or, it’s not only that. It is, fundamentally, a struggle for power—not only within Ukraine but also between Russia and the West.
      • Yanukovych fled, and politicians in the eastern, more pro-Russia region of Ukraine declared parliament’s measures to be illegal. These developments throw Friday’s settlement—as well as the future of the country and its relation to Russia and Europe—into grave uncertainty.
      • Take a closer look at the genesis of this crisis. It was Yanukovych’s decision in November to back out of a thickening association with the European Union and instead get back in bed with Russia, lured by Vladimir Putin’s offer of a $15 billion bailout. The first protesters came to Independence Square because they wanted to become Europeans, and not just economically; they were protesting their president’s retreat from the Western future to the Eastern past.
      • This point is sharpened by the fact that the protesters who occupied the presidential palace Saturday morning are from one of these radical nationalist groups. It’s clear that, to them, Friday’s accord did not go far enough—or change things quickly enough.
      • The initial protesters live mainly in the western part of the country, which does have European leanings as well as borders. But the eastern and southern parts of the country have deep roots in Russia, dating back not just to Soviet times but to Peter the Great. Their land borders Russia, their factories and farms are intertwined with Russian markets.
      • has announced plans to create a Eurasian Union (as a fanciful counterweight to the European Union), consisting of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and Kazakhstan: the heart of the old USSR.
      • Putin may nonetheless have felt some pressure to abide by Friday’s transitional accord, but now that the radical protesters have upended the agreement, with parliament’s consent, he may feel no such restraints—and the European Union leaders are placed in an awkward spot themselves: If Putin intervenes with force, on what basis can they resist him?
      • “not to see this as some Cold War chessboard in which we are in competition with Russia” but rather to ensure that the Ukrainian people can “make decisions for themselves about their future.”
      • Ukraine is a basket case: If Russia backs off, perhaps to penalize the surrendering Yanukovych (and Russia has halted the next $2 billion progress payment on its bailout), then someone has to step in. Are the EU and the United States up to it? If
      • No doubt pro-Russian parties will run in the upcoming elections. Maybe one of them will win; if not, their party or parties will surely have a strong voice in the revived parliament.
      • “Ukraine should again be a halfway functioning state” that “should have signed an association agreement with the EU but also have close ties with Russia.”
      • One reporter brought up the subject of the Cleveland Browns drafting Manziel, an idea that first received significant national attention last September. “Any circumstances, any situations thrown my way, that’s part of being a quarterback. You have to handle what’s thrown your way, whether it’s cold weather, rain…it’s football. It’s a man’s game,” Manziel said with a slight smile on his face.
      • No one knows how many people work for Sinaloa, and the range of  estimates is comically broad. Malcolm Beith, the author of a recent book  about Chapo, posits that at any given moment, the drug lord may have  150,000 people working for him.

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      • Sax’s strange methods cast him as an outsider within the rest of the Bureau, but his methods prove effective. The main thrust of The Courtyard details Sax’s attempts to investigate three seemingly unrelated murders across the US. This eventually leads him to a young man who deals a drug called “Aklo”, the after-effects of which are shockingly similar to the reported actions of the three different murderers. After Sax meets with this dealer, he quickly learns that “Aklo” isn’t a drug at all, but a language. When the dealer speaks it to him, it drives him mad, thrusting him on a crash-course tour of the various realms of Lovecraftian mythos. These visions eventually drive Sax to murder his neighbor in the exact same fashion as the crimes he was investigating.
      • While we don’t still know why Cohle appears so disheveled now. We also don’t know how he transformed from a skeptic to a seeming believer in the more esoteric ideas that his suspects were spouting off. It’s hard to argue that Pizzolatto’s tale is going to head in the same direction as Moore’s story.
      • Another tie-in worth mentioning: The drug dealer who ends up driving Sax mad is named Johnny Carcosa. This tidbit is relevant, as Carcosa is the name of an ancient and cursed place that appears in Robert W. Chambers’ book The King in Yellow. This is the very same text that inspired consistent mentions throughout the show about The Yellow King, which Reggie LeDoux and his cohorts were obsessed with, along with the story of Carcosa itself. Did I mention that Johnny Carcosa also wears a yellow veil? io9 recently detailed the connections between True Detective and Chambers’ text, but Moore, much like Pizzalatto, imbued these mythos with procedural elements and may have provided a pathway for True Detective to follow.
      •  A central focal point of the series is that time, like in M-theory, exists all at once.
      • Oh, and just to hammer it home even more, in episode 3, Hart is shaking down a strip club barman for information. Bemoaning the fact that the barman’s recalcitrance is forcing him into making threats, Hart says “why you gotta make me say this shit?”

        The barman is played by Pizzolato himself. Presumably wearing a fiction suit

      • It’s definitely inspired by a lot of Lovecraftian themes of nihilism and cosmic alienation, but the jury is still out on whether the show is going to make the leap to outright supernatural horror.
      • DVD theory and quite of few others pointed out Morrison in combination with m-theory and higher dimensionals looking in on a piece of fiction. And then there’s the recurring-time, self referential texts as in metatexts, the oroboros, the hole in things… This whole show is a Otto Netz trap.. Borromean ring, orobouros, spyral..spiral tattoo ..Doctor Dedalus and the redneck rapist with the tattoos always going on about THE LAST TIME THIS HAPPENED. The spiral-cult and spyral/leviathan .. this whole show is a puzzlebox, an omega sanction a netz-trap, my brain is stuck.
      • Construction on the $40 billion canal is scheduled to begin in December. It’s being built by a Chinese company called the Hong Kong Nicaragua Canal Development Investment Company (HKND). The Nicaraguan government and the HKND say it’ll boost the country’s GDP by 11% annually and provide up to a million new jobs in the years following the canal’s construction. They also claim that it’ll expedite global trade — but some experts say there’s no justification for a new canal and that the Panama Canal “works pretty well.
      • For starters, it’ll cut a swath through Lake Nicaragua, which is where most of the country’s drinking water comes from. The new channel will be lined with industrial centers, airports, new railways, oil pipelines — and the rights to any natural resources in the area.
      • Do you want to know who else had secret powers they kept hidden? Superman, Batman, Cinderella, just about every mythical character ever. And you do realize how many Disney characters have parents who are dead? About 75% of them. You’re reading into things that aren’t there. At all. And this coming from someone who got her Masters degree from BYU in musical/theatrical history and critique.
      • Sessions, they say, has become complicit. Voter after voter says that the Benghazi attacks of 2012 should disqualify him from re-election. He runs the rules committee; he has not moved a bill that would create a special investigative committee. Pierson wants that committee yesterday, and doesn’t believe Sessions’ reasons for spiking it. Can Republicans wait two years and use Benghazi against Hillary Clinton? No. They can’t risk it. “Do the Clintons ever let a witness survive?
      • After he tweeted, “If babies had guns, they wouldn’t be aborted,” and it caught on, he started selling the recycled quip as a bumper sticker. Reporters don’t know where he’s campaigning, or whether he’s campaigning at all—when I asked a spokesman, he said, “We’re not interested.” On Tuesday, as Cornyn campaigned in Houston, Stockman’s campaign Twitter account claimed—five times—that Cornyn had declared Ted Cruz a “threat” to the nation.
      • Two days earlier, in the East Texas town of Longview, Cornyn had joined Karl Rove and country singer Neal McCoy for a two-hour fundraiser and jamboree. Mickie Hand, a local Republican parliamentarian, danced in the aisles as McCoy’s band played a cover of “Billie Jean.” Her necklace, a cross built with nails, swayed as she moved. She paused just long enough to condemn Cornyn’s debt limit vote.
      • Over a long afternoon, I heard many, many iterations of that sentiment. Cornyn was tolerable at best; his opponents weren’t worth looking at. One Longview donor who’d shelled out to attend a pre-jamboree fundraiser with Cornyn and Rove started to tell me that her party needed to recapture the center, or else it couldn’t win in Texas. Realizing what she’d said, she asked me not to use her name.
      • Stovall had not raised $5 million. He was running $4,975,000 short of that. He was driving around Texas, trying to sync up campaign events with the schedule of his emissions-testing business. “You’re looking at a guy who puts 100,000 miles on his car every year,” said Stovall. He’d showed up at Tea Party meetings and candidate forums, winning endorsements after nine of them.
      • You hate hurry-up no-huddle (HUNH) offenses because you run a conventional big boy offense and defense that gets winded and run out of the building by teams that practice any form of this offense. You are a big man who want to see big players play slow games.
      • Because you can’t stop teams on the field, you want to change the rules off of them so you can get the type of football you’d like to see played. Like a lobbyist, you care about the cause so much that it doesn’t matter how you get the rule change through, just that it passes. So every fallacious argument that can be used, should be used. Appeals to fear and emotion run rampant here.
      • He said: “The biggest worry I had was re-entry. Nasa has lost about 3% of everyone who’s gone into space, and re-entry has been their biggest problem.
      • or a government-owned company, you can just about get away with losing 3% of your clients. For a private company you can’t really lose anybody. Nobody we met had anything but the conventional risky re-entry mechanism that Nasa had. We were waiting for someone to come up with one that was foolproof.
      • Maryland reimbursed Media Rights Capital $11 million for season one of House of Cards; season two saw the state up that figure to $15 million.
      • , “I am sure you can understand that we would not be responsible financiers and a successful production company if we did not have viable options available.”
      • The show has thus far generated 6,000 local jobs and aided Maryland’s economy to the tune of $250 million, the Post says.
      • Lem’s point: space exploration is not about fathoming the universe, but imposing our own all-too-human will upon it.
      • And so it is written in the The Jewish Daily Forward that WhatsApp is the latest scourge among ultra-orthodox Jews, picking up on a story in Der Blatt, a Yiddish-language newspaper with the headline, “The rabbis overseeing divorces say WhatsApp is the No. 1 cause of destruction of Jewish homes and business.”
      • That’s not what companies call it, exactly. Hershey’s is hiring a “Senior Manager” in “Foresight Activation,” someone with experience converting “existing foresight (trends, forecasts, scenarios) into strategic opportunities (SOs).”
      • In the ongoing he said/she said saga surrounding Netflix streaming potentially being throttled, we’ve got a new, potentially volatile piece of information: the CEO of the company that provides Netflix’s bandwidth (Cogent) straight up says that Verizon, Comcast and Time Warner are causing the issues. “Every Internet user is suffering today in their ability to access all the applications, content, and other users across the Internet,” Cogent CEO Dave Schaeffer told Ars Technica in a recent interview.
      • Once a port hits about 85 percent throughput, you’re going to begin to start to drop packets. Clearly when a port is at 120 or 130 percent, the packet loss is material,” he told Ars, in reference to the existing ports being overused.
      • The argument is three-fold, and it’s a little bit confusing. Here’s what’s up: Cogent is the company Netflix buys bandwidth from. They are the middle man, responsible for ferrying the movie from Netflix to, in this case, Verizon, who delivers the movie to your TV or computer or what-have-you.
      • But now the connections at the Cogent/Verizon drop-off point are full up, and Cogent and Verizon are fighting about who should pay to beef them up.
      • What’s happening is in a show of defiance, Verizon is just nerfing all the Netflix traffic and giving other non-Netflix things (Redbox Instant, Verizon’s very own streaming service) priority. So that’s why your House of Cards binge may not have happened in the full HD you would had you liked. Meanwhile they can fall back on the thin excuse that they aren’t just nerfing it for their own interests, there’s just not enough room! Very convenient
      • Meanwhile, Time Warner Cable and Comcast are waging a similar war with a company called Level 3. And there doesn’t seem to be much of an end to either fight. Cogent, for one, seems ready for a long battle, and isn’t budging on its stance that it shouldn’t have to pay. The only hope comes by way of the FCC, and in light of the
      • FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has supported the idea of “two-sided networks” in which ISPs like Verizon can charge both Netflix and their home customers. Wheeler wants to impose some type of net neutrality rules on Internet access, but that would apply only to the “last mile” of connectivity from consumer ISPs to homes, and not the interconnection agreements at issue here.
      • Bitcoin has no need to trust any central authority; every aspect of the currency is confirmed and secured through the use of strong cryptography.
      • With a current estimated market capitalization of about $100 million, Bitcoin has recently graduated from a theoretical techno-anarchic project patronized by libertarians and hackers to a full-fledged currency prompting comment from technologists and economists. At the time of this writing, one Bitcoin (BTC) is worth about US$15.
      • The problem with purely digital currencies is that of double-spending. Economists in the audience will note that digital products like a movie or a text file are
      • The idea was to use cryptography to create verifiable transaction records without the need to trust anyone but your own calculations.
      • As soon as a transaction takes place, the recipient (who has a very strong incentive to ensure that you don’t spend the coin twice) publishes the transaction to the global Bitcoin network. Now every Bitcoin user has incontrovertible evidence that the coin has been spent, and users won’t accept that coin from anyone but the new owner.
      • Coins are essentially agreements between all the Bitcoin nodes to accept a particular coin as currency. They are created gradually according to a precise protocol in order to reward those who contribute and maintain the network, control the rate of creation of the currency, and maintain the integrity of the transaction list.
      • By finding the newest solution to the proof-of-work problem, a Bitcoin client confirms the history of previous transactions and moved the transaction register forward, allowing new debits and credits to form part of the next block that can be mined to earn more coins. Future coins can’t be mined in advance, because the computation to find the new block (and hence create new Bitcoins) relies on the the chain of previous blocks and the history of transactions since the most recent block.
      • The number of new coins generated per block gradually decreases over time. It started out at 50 BTC, but will dwindle to zero sometime in future when all 21 million coins have been generated. Fortunately, coins can be divided down to the eighth decimal place, which may prove increasingly useful if their value grows.
      • Like most of them, the code that powers Dogecoin’s blockchain and network is forked from Litecoin, which was originally billed as a lighter-weight alternative to Bitcoin.
      • Is 20 Mhash/sec a lot? Well—yes, but it’s also not ludicrous. You’d get the same performance out of 13 AMD 7990 video cards, and without using a whole data center full of electricity and cooling, too. The not-yet-shipping Acor ASICS A1 miner promises to deliver 30 Mhash/sec in a single small box—though buying cryptocurrency mining hardware sight-unseen is not without its problems.
      • This rules change is being made to enhance student-athlete safety by guaranteeing a small window for both teams to substitute,” Air Force coach Troy Calhoun, chair of the rules committee, recently said. “As the average number of plays per game has increased, this issue has been discussed with greater frequency by the committee in recent years and we felt like it was time to act in the interests of protecting our student-athletes.”
      • A faster game that keys on endurance would take away a lot of the incentive for Alabama to carry four 300-pound underclassmen on its defensive line, or an offensive lineman coming in over 380 pounds.
      • These are college kids, and incentivizing them to become morbidly obese to play football seems like it would be a “health risk” that outweighs whatever comes along with a hurry-up offense.
      • it’s just that the health of college players is being used to smuggle in rules changes that a few disgruntled coaches don’t like.
      • What we have here are coaches like Nick Saban, who has openly discussed the difficulty of playing against a hurry-up offense, seeking a tactical advantage under the cloak of player safety.
      • During the same year, Google reportedly picked up $17 billion in advertising spend on nearly $60 billion of revenue, while Facebook grabbed $3.2 billion as part of its nearly $8 billion take. If I read these numbers, they tell me one thing: Google and Facebook rely heavily on advertising spend — so who is their real customer? You? The end user? No way. Their key customers are advertisers.
      • Because Apple doesn’t track its users and ads with cookies, ad agencies can’t do “automated buys via their cookie-centric trading desks, which allow them to mesh lots of data from different sources,” Kaye observed.

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