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daily 06/30/2015

June 30, 2015 Leave a comment
    • We were defeated by one thing only – by the inferior science of our enemies. I repeat – by the inferior science of our enemies.
    • Malvar’s leadership had been responsible, more than any other single factor, for the efficiency and power of our weapons.
    • “Frankly, gentlemen,” said Norden, “I doubt it. Our existing weapons have practically reached finality. I don’t wish to criticize my predecessor, or the excellent work done by the Research Staff in the last few generations, but do you realize that there has been no basic change in armaments for over a century?
    • And to add insult to injury, the JSF flier discovered he couldn’t even comfortably move his head inside the radar-evading jet’s cramped cockpit. “The helmet was too large for the space inside the canopy to adequately see behind the aircraft.” That allowed the F-16 to sneak up on him.
    • The last time dog fighting was considered obsolete was Vietnam. Many pilots died because of that thinking.
    • Perhaps you have a situation where you only want to produce a report when a set of circumstances arise.
    • If they forgot to submit a batch of orders a manager would want to know this and resolve quickly. The time a batch is submitted is stored in a submitted_date column. A select statement looking for null values in this column would give you one or more rows when this exception occurred.
    • So how could we automate this query and only send an email to the manager when a clerk did not submit their orders? To accomplish this task we are going to use the Row Count variable and If Condition Activity.
    • Of course the real problem with this query is the sales data. All rows of the sales table will be fetched back to Intelligence Central, and then many will simply be discarded because they are excluded by the join to the customer data. Depending upon how many years of sales records are kept, together with the volume of sales annually, this table could potentially contain tens of millions of rows in a real production environment.
    • Therefore, adding filters directly to the sales table will make a huge difference to the performance of this query. This revised edition adds a country name filter directly to the sales table:
    • In a normal RDBMS, adding the same WHERE clause condition to multiple tables is redundant because the relational join will naturally propagate restrictions on one table to each other table in the query.

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daily 06/28/2015

June 28, 2015 Leave a comment
    • But when she excitedly told him that she had found a mosque just five miles from the home she shared with her grandparents in rural Washington State, he suddenly became cold
    • arguing that Muslims are persecuted in the United States. She could be labeled a terrorist, he warned, and for now it was best for her to keep her conversion secret, even from her family.
    • “I felt like I was betraying God and Christianity,” said Alex, who spoke on the condition that she be identified only by a pseudonym she uses online. “But I also felt excited because I had made a lot of new friends.”
    • They sent her money and plied her with gifts of chocolate
    • All of us have a natural firewall in our brain that keeps us from bad ideas,” said Nasser Weddady, a Middle East expert who is preparing a research paper on combating extremist propaganda. “They look for weaknesses in the wall, and then they attack.”
    • The pamphlet advises spending as much time as possible with prospective recruits, keeping in regular touch. The recruiter should “listen to his conversation carefully” and “share his joys and sadness” in order to draw closer.
    • Friendly at first, the pastor ushered her out after 15 minutes, telling her she needed to trust in the mystery of God, she said.
    • was among those who tried to intervene online as Alex drifted toward extremism
    • what you do not know is that i am not inviting you to leave christianity,” Hamad wrote, when she relayed what she had done. “Islam is the correction of christianity.”
    • Each day he had prepared a lesson, starting with the fundamentals of praying. They included the wudu, the ritual washing of the hands, wrists, arms, face and feet before each of the five daily prayers. And he emphasized the need for Muslims to place their heads on the ground while praying, citing a Bible verse in which Jesus did so.
    • Within hours, Alex had doubled her Twitter following. “I actually have brothers and sisters,” she posted before going to bed. “I’m crying.”
    • Starting in January, packages began arriving on the stoop of Alex’s home, bearing the Royal Mail logo and Faisal’s address in England. Inside were pastel-colored hijabs, a green prayer rug, and books that took her into a stricter interpretation of Islam.
    • She said he explained why the brand had special significance: It was inside the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Sydney, Australia, that a man claiming to be acting in the name of ISIS held a group of employees and customers hostage in a 16-hour standoff in December.
    • The only person who knew of her conversion was her cousin, who was starting to flirt with the idea herself. Together they went to the Dollar Store and bought two toilet plungers. In a park, they put on their head scarves and used the handles to spar in an imaginary sword fight.
    • In early February, a number of other Twitter users, including Mr. Shaikh, read Alex’s timeline and recognized the signs of her growing radicalization. They threw lifelines into the digital sea.

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daily 06/27/2015

June 27, 2015 Leave a comment
    • It pushed the industry into the future, but even today they’re only operating at about half the size that they were at the peak of compact discs in 2000. Still, it’s not clear if they’re ever gonna recover. They actually shrunk last year, even with Spotify.
    • Ahlborn bristles at the idea that these people, who donate their time in exchange for stock options, do so only for a bounty further down the road. Instead, Ahlborn points to other open-source projects like Firefox and Android as examples where like-minded individuals come together to build something that they believe in. He also cites companies like Lego and GE that he feels were heading for obscurity until they, too, started to cooperate with the wider community.
    • Ahlborn tells me that, in the US, it’s rare that a public transportation project turns a profit — they frequently need a subsidy from the government. For the public company that HTT will become, it’s a requirement, so there’s a determination to ensure that the business is run properly. Since he will have a captive audience for the better part of 40 minutes, it’s likely that there will be at least one screen displaying adverts inside each pod.
    • What is being fired at 750 miles per hour through a windowless tube going to be like for those of us who feel travel sickness at the start of an engine?
    • The current thinking is that there’ll be a forward-facing screen that projects a virtual image that’ll convince your brain that the motion your body is feeling is genuine.
    • Ahlborn was surprisingly candid about the risks and dangers that could face a system that’s promised to be un-crashable
    • In order for the system to be cost-effective, pods need to be launched every 30 seconds, so you’ll get into a pod ahead of time and be lowered, wholesale, into the tube.
    • So what would happen if someone set off a bomb inside one of the pods? It turns out that the damage would be, comparatively, less extreme than current subway attacks.
    • DJI has cornered the consumer drone market by making its products accessible and easy to use. Despite the “Professional” name, the Phantom 3 is a 4K video drone that’s perfect for the masses. Hobbyist video makers and amateur fliers have an easy choice in the Phantom 3, but we’d love to see it get a facelift and some smarter features.
    • The Phantom 3 streams video direct to your device in 720p/HD from a distance of up to 1.2 miles.
    • After a couple of flights, something interesting becomes apparent. Most people know DJI as a drone company, but it’s also in the camera game (via stabilizers and other rigs, as well as flying cameras)
    • Flying is fairly easy, and fun in and of itself, but getting a great photo or video is so much more rewarding.

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daily 06/25/2015

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daily 06/24/2015

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daily 06/23/2015

June 23, 2015 Leave a comment
    • Google uses this kind of private-but-shareable URL across a number of services, along with Facebook and other companies.
    • Photos URLs are typically around 40 characters long, so if you wanted to scan all the possible combinations, you’d be have to work through 10^70 different combinations to get the right one, a problem on an astronomical scale.
    • but when a user right-clicks on one of their own images, Photos generates a public URL and places the image there. Essentially, Google has reverse-engineered the right-click.
    • Chartbuilder is the user and export interface. D4 is the default charting framework. Chartbuilder powers all chart creation on Atlas, a charting platform developed by Quartz.
      • What Chartbuilder is not

          

           

        • A replacement for Excel
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        • A replacement for Google Spreadsheet
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        • A data analysis tool
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        • A data transformation tool
    • One of the first questions that IT managers ask me when I start to talk to them about improving their ability to tell stories is “why?” This question is actually fairly simple to answer. Storytelling is a skill that allows the teller to explain themselves to others. By doing this, they will also develop a deeper understanding of themselves.
    • When you tell someone a story, you are sharing with them a journey that starts in one place and ends up in another place.
    • The person that you are telling the story to has the ability to see both the beginning and the end of your story. How you get from the start to the finish is the key – you don’t always have to take the most efficient path.
    • Instead, you can take the route that will allow you to cause your audience to change. It is that change that will have meaning the most for your audience.
    • Before you start to share a story with your team, you are going to have to be clear about what your goals are. Goals can range from what the company is trying to accomplish to trying to get your team to work more closely with other departments.
    • What we all need realize is that at the heart of any story that you want your team to remember is going to have to be a human flaw. A mistake that you made, a judgment call that someone made that was wrong, etc. When your team hears this, they’ll start to respond to your story.
  • congratulations to US Open winner Jordan Spieth. First two majors of the year. Catch and release parlayed with a long view. jklivin.

  • tags: HappyFathersDay

    My dad might not know much about running, but he has without a doubt been my best coach! #HappyFathersDay http://t.co/lCXNKCNAlD

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daily 06/22/2015

June 22, 2015 Leave a comment
    • Because VLOOKUP is not the only lookup formula available in Excel, and its numerous limitations might prevent you from getting the desired result in many situations. On the other hand, Excel’s INDEX MATCH is more flexible and has certain features that make it superior to VLOOKUP in many respects.
    • The Excel INDEX function returns a value in an array based on the row and column numbers you specify. The syntax of the INDEX function is straightforward:
    • If both row_num and column_num parameters are used, the INDEX function returns the value in the cell at the intersection of the specified row and column.
    • The Excel MATCH function searches for a lookup value in a range of cells, and returns the relative position of that value in the range.
    • Let me remind you that the relative position of the lookup value (i.e. a row or/and column number) is exactly what you need to supply to the row_num or/and column_num argument of the INDEX function. As you remember, the INDEX function can return the value at the juncture of a given row and column, but it cannot determine which exactly row and column you want.
    • When deciding which formula to use for vertical lookups, the majority of Excel gurus agree that INDEX / MATCH is far better than VLOOKUP.
    • And then there’s the previously unknown “super henge,” a monument located just two miles from Stonehenge. Scans suggest that each buried stone is about three meters (10 feet) long and 1.5 meters (5 feet) wide. The stones are positioned horizontally, not vertically, but it’s conceivable that they originally stood upright like other standing stones. The archaeologists suspect they were brought to the site shortly before 2,500 BC.
    • I’m going to go off on a little tangent here. Because I’m sick of everyone who havent been staying in there own lane recently.

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