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daily 06/30/2016

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    • Going into just his third season, Strong has turned the roster over almost completely. Only 12 scholarship players remain who were signed by former coach Mack Brown. Only six remain from Texas’ 2013 class, including quarterback Tyrone Swoopes and defensive end Naashon Hughes
    • Approximately 85 percent of the roster is made up of players Strong has signed the last three years. The bulk of that total came in 2015 and 2016, two classes that earned high grades from the recruiting services.
    • By adding Hudson, the Longhorns’ freshman class now sits seventh nationally, according to both 247Sports and Rivals. The Horns’ final ranking also got a boost when offensive lineman J.P. Urquidez and brothers Devin and Donovan Duvernay left Baylor and chose UT.
    • Texas now has seven of the state’s top-20 rated players from the 2016 recruiting cycle, by far the most of any school.
    • Freshman receiver Collin Johnson was listed at 6-6, 212 pounds. Speedster John Burt is listed at 6-3, 189 pounds.
    • Eighteen players weigh 300 pounds or more. Freshman defensive tackle Chris Daniels of Euless Trinity leads the list at 335. Two other freshmen linemen, defensive tackle Gerald Wilbon (329 pounds) and guard Tope Imade (322), are not too far behind.

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daily 06/29/2016

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    • The puzzles in question repeated themes, answers, grids and clues from Times puzzles published years earlier
    • Hundreds more of the puzzles edited by Parker are nearly verbatim copies of previous puzzles that Parker also edited. Most of those have been republished under fake author names.
    • Since the publication of this article, Universal Uclick and USA Today have each said that Timothy Parker will be stepping back from his role creating puzzles for the two publishers while an investigation is conducted. You can read their full statements here.
    • “We don’t look at anybody else’s puzzles or really care about anyone else’s puzzles,” Parker said.
    • Parker has been the editor of the Universal Crossword for over 15 years and began editing the USA Today Crossword in 2003
    • In 2000, Parker earned a Guinness record for “most syndicated puzzle compiler.”
    • . Parker’s crossword ventures, according to a 2003 article in People, made him a “multimillionaire.”
    • The vast majority have a few main parts:
    • The theme
    • The theme answers are usually the longest answers in the grid and are tied together by some clever conceit.
    • The fill: The rest of the answers in the puzzle. Computers nowadays can aid in finding suitable fill
    • The clues: The things the solver reads, and ponders, before scribbling answers into the grid.
    • There’s no rule book or official code of ethics in the urbane world of crossword puzzle construction, but it’s generally understood that copying a puzzle’s theme — using the exact clues and exact answers as another puzzle — infringes upon the original work of a puzzle constructor.
    • Parker has used freelancers but told me that he has an in-house team of 60 at Universal that helps him create the puzzles
    • When I wondered aloud whether these contributors existed at all, Parker said that “even if they didn’t, that has nothing to do with the crosswords.”
    • Crossword themes can be replicated, or close to it, by chance. In 2009, Gaffney wrote about one such instance in which he nearly identically replicated a theme of another creator, without having any prior knowledge that the other puzzle existed
    • The engineer who created the database also wrote a computer program that identifies similar puzzles and assigns each pair of similar puzzles a similarity score, essentially the percentage of letters and black squares that are shared by two puzzles’ grids.
    • “No way. I’ll tell you why. The New York Times themes are difficult themes — they’re not the kind of themes I usually use.”
    • (In some of these cases, the clues are also replicated or similar, but in some, the clues are different.)
    • . In every such case I saw — roughly 100 cases — the theme answers were in identical locations within the grid, and in many cases, the later puzzle also replicated the earlier puzzle’s grid and some of its clues.
    • On Jan. 8, 2001, The New York Times published a puzzle with three long theme answers (“DRIVEUPTHEWALL,” “GETONONESNERVES” and “RUBTHEWRONGWAY”)
    • The other category of suspicious duplication — the “shoddy” — are puzzles that were published in USA Today or Universal and reappeared later — often with identical theme, grids and fill, or with extremely minor changes — in either USA Today or Universal.
    • Clues and themes are served up fresh daily in this classic puzzle.” But the themes are, in many cases, not fresh at all.
    • Parker wasn’t troubled by this replication of themes. “I would liken it to a sitcom when you hear a joke that might be similar to another sitcom,” he said. “Hey, if it’s a good joke, we did it a little bit differently
    • Tausig told me — and I confirmed with the database – that a puzzle he had authored for Universal in 2004 had been very slightly tweaked and rerun by Universal in 2008 — under the byline “Bruce Manders” — and then rerun again last year with Tausig’s byline back on it.
    • Parker’s duplication of 65 New York Times themes during his tenure “is a gross violation,”
    • Not only did the discovery reveal many examples of themes and theme answers being lifted wholesale, but the flow of these themes is nearly always from the Times to Universal or USA Today — almost never in the other direction
    • He’s an aspiring constructor and wanted to explore how grids and words and phrases tended to come together to form a puzzle using the languages in which he’s fluent — programming and data. But
    • The “shoddy” category of puzzles, those shared and re-published between Universal and USA Today and back again, are almost certainly legal, as Universal Uclick owns the copyrights to both
    • According to Wade, her agent Ray Flynn contacted USATF to inquire about her entry status on Monday. He was told Wade’s appeal would be denied because her qualifying mark of 9:52.62 was run at the American Track League (ATL) meet, where cones were used instead of a rail on the curve of the track. Without a rail, which is required under official IAAF Competition Rules, marks run at ATL could not be considered for Olympic Trials qualifying standards. 
    • Today, Flynn received confirmation that USATF officially accepted Wade into the steeplechase at the Trials. Flynn told FloTrack that Wade appealed three times. She got denied twice, and was approved on the third appeal. 
    • Most saliently, the Times’ sources said Brown is “being examined as part of a continuing investigation by USADA of the prominent Nike coach Alberto Salazar.” 
    • The Wall Street Journal’s Kevin Clark and Sara Germano run a story in which Houston-based endocrinologist Jeffrey Brown brags about his hypothyroidism treatments for athletes including Carl Lewis, Ryan Hall, Bob Kennedy, and Galen Rupp that led to “15 Olympic gold medals.”
    • There’s still time, of course. Spieth has the Bridgestone Invitational this week, and he has yet to win a World Golf Championship. He still has two majors remaining. He might have the Olympics. He has the Ryder Cup.


    • Pitchers are hard to come by in a game that lasts 15 innings, and so Maddon did something that a guy whose team is lousy with great hitters can do: he sacrificed a bat for another pitcher. In the bottom of the 13th inning, Maddon replaced pitcher Trevor Cahill with Joel Peralta, and simultaneously put pitcher Travis Wood in left field in place of Chris Coghlan.
    • Wood came up in the top of the 14th and returned to left field in the bottom half of the inning. Peralta was replaced by right-handed reliever Spencer Patton, who retired righty Brandon Phillips for the first out of the inning. Maddon then swapped Patton and Wood to get a lefty-on-lefty matchup with Jay Bruce. After getting Bruce to ground out, Wood went back to left field, and Patton returned to the mound to retire the right-handed Adam Duvall.
    • But in addition to deciding his new destination, he also has a decision to make about the type of maximum contract he signs. That decision should not be taken lightly because it will have a tremendous effect on his long-term earning potential.
    • Furthermore, 2016-17 will be Durant’s 10th year in the league, making him eligible for a max contract worth roughly 35 percent of the cap in 2017. Since he just finished his ninth season, he’s currently only eligible for one worth 30 percent of the cap. Add it all up, and Durant stands to make a lot more money if he signs the “1+1.”


    • Some folks have tried to talk to things like HR accuracy, but many of their tests are flawed or silly-easy to pass.  Walking on a treadmill doesn’t count.
    • Now that we’ve got it unboxed, let’s start by talking about the daily activity tracking.  This is one area that the Apple Watch does a suburb job at,
    • What isn’t commodity however is the quality of the sensor, which varies heavily from unit to unit.  But more on that in a moment.
    • However, the Apple Watch also has a secondary method for capturing HR, which is using infrared. 
    • That’s an area where the other companies just leverage LED sensors 24×7 instead (i.e. Fitbit).
    • Some companies will add in secondary LED colors to add more breadth to their optical HR measurements.
    • What is FAR more important than skin tone, is really just how you wear it: Snug, and away from the wrist bone.  If you do that, you’re rather likely to at least have a starting point for good results.
    • So how about optical HR accuracy? 
    • The goal of the tests should be to validate optical HR accuracy over numerous workout types
    • An example of a slowly-shifting workout is a long run, or just an easy run. 
    • Whereas shifting intensities quickly is an interval workout (or fartleks), where you’re dramatically changing your HR quickly.  Aft
    • Ensure data is captured at the highest rate as possible – ideally once per second.  Apple does that, and then I use 3rd party tools to export those to compare.
    • This is much like most other watches have been doing for years now.  Accuracy will vary quite a bit, but I’ll cover that in a moment.


    • Now if you want the short story here, it’s this: The Apple Watch ranges between good tracking and downright horrible tracking.
    • 3. Trend in sales pipeline ‘As-At’ the 1st of each month

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daily 06/28/2016

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    • Parameters are the solution to several of the handiest tricks in Tableau because of their flexibility. Other than filters, parameters are also one of the most powerful tactics in Tableau for transferring control from the author to the end user.
    • Slope graphs, or essentially line graphs between two points, are one of my favorite Tableau charts when my analysis requires a comparison between two data points. They work so well, in fact, that they are the one chart I will use to connect lines between discrete categorical variables. In almost every scenario, lines should only be used to connect points in time, but with slope graphs, I am okay drawing a line between ‘Thing 1’ and ‘Thing 2’, as well as ‘Time 1’ and ‘Time 2’.

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daily 06/27/2016

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    • clients of Scott Dean Boras forgo free agency about as often as Neil Patrick Harris forgoes an opportunity to appear on an awards show.
    • Don’t get me wrong — when healthy, Strasburg, who this year became the first NL starter in more than three decades to begin a season 10-0, is one of the game’s most dominant hurlers.
    • The veteran righty missed almost all of 2011 after undergoing Tommy John surgery
    • After coming back in 2012, he was shut down in the middle of a pennant race for precautionary measures and didn’t pitch in the Nationals’ first-ever postseason appearance
    • He’s made three separate trips to the DL over the past three years (lat, neck, oblique), has had only one season where he didn’t miss a start (2014), and is coming off a campaign in which he took the hill just 23 times, his lowest total since the Tommy John season.
    • As for Boras, he reminded everyone that he works “at the privilege of Stephen and Rachel Strasburg
    • The country’s problems seem so profound, complex, and unpredictable that something, it seems, has to give. But precisely because of the convoluted nature of the deepening crisis, the most likely scenario is continued stalemate between offsetting forces. Anything else may not yet be possible.








    • Almost one-third of ministries are controlled by current or former military officers.
    • At present, the opposition has put its hopes on a painstaking recall referendum process to remove Maduro from office. It has collected almost 2 million signatures, the first of several steps.
    • Moreover, while voters want Maduro out, the Chávez legacy will not be easy to overcome. Chavismo remains a powerful political force in the country. Even with the turmoil and terrible conditions, a quarter of the country still supports Maduro,
    • This paralysis even extends to the opposition, itself deeply fractured between moderate and radical factions
    • More than a dozen opposition parties came together during the congressional elections in December and won as a unified slate for the first time in years, but the coalition was built on little more than opposition to chavismo
    • As a result, the opposition has been largely unable to put forward a coherent alternative plan for government and the economy.
    • Of course, developing viable economic alternatives is challenging precisely because the crisis is so severe
    • The crisis stems from utter mismanagement and massive corruption, resulting in a wide variety of economic distortions.
    • But as the crisis has evolved, many Venezuelans have adapted to these distortions and rely on them, at least in part, to survive
    • And defaulting on the country’s massive debt, which the government has desperately tried to avoid but most experts consider “highly likely,” would only tighten imports further—a dangerous prospect as much of domestic production is in disrepair.
    • The international community has only limited leverage in Venezuela
    • Kerry dispatched Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Tom Shannon to Caracas to meet with Maduro and open a new round of bilateral talks, although with few tangible goals
    • Many in Latin America, particularly on the left, would prefer to avoid criticisms of Venezuela and of Chávez’s legacy.
    • Since heated rhetoric in the past by the U.S. toward Chávez generally backfired—strengthening him at home and fueling his anti-imperialist narrative—diplomats are right to be cautious.
    • But it is unclear whether Venezuela has reached rock bottom.
    • even though you can go for hours and hours exercising with your own adipose tissue as a fuel source, for long, sustained and relatively difficult exercise efforts that exceed 2-3 hours in duration, you still should use a quick and convenient source of extra energy if you want to minimize central nervous system fatigue and maximize activation of ATP production via fatty acids and amino acids pouring into the Krebs cycle
    • There are three reasons why liquids sometimes simply don’t work or need to be accompanied by other fuel sources:
    • Anytime you see “cane sugar”, this means that a gel contains a disaccharide sugar comprised of fructose and glucose mixed in a 1:1 ratio
    • Two different sugars means that you’re using two different sugar transporters in your gut, which may help absorption of the sugars. But ultimately, with only 9g of carbs – compared to 30-60g of carbs in a standard sugar-based gel serving with this many calories – this is kind of a moot point.
    • Chia seeds have a long history as an endurance fuel. Ancient Aztec tradition held that an ounce of chia seeds could sustain a warrior for 24 hours. Today, chia is considered a superfood because it has more Omega-3’s than any other crop in the world, it has more antioxidants than blueberries, it is a complete protein, providing you with all 9 Essential Amino Acids (important for preventing muscle breakdown when exercising longer than 2 hours), and it has 25% soluble fiber. A chia seed can absorb 9-12x its bodyweight in water – and this helps regulate absorption, which can prevent sugar spikes and crashes. So despite the issue with having to pick it out of your teeth, I’m a fan of chia.
    • I have to admit that this gel tastes awesome, the calorie count (100kcal) is about perfect, the chamomile and ginger are an excellent touch for soothing your stomach, and the Branched Chain Amino Acids are a good addition for staving off central nervous system fatigue – but I’d personally rather go with a nut such as almond (e.g. Justin’s Nut Butter, Pocketfuel, etc.)
    • Since much of the sugar has been boiled out, the thick blackstrap molasses has a high concentration of the minerals sugarcane roots absorb from the soil, making it the most nutrient dense fuel on this list. It’s especially high in magnesium, which aids calcium absorption and nervous-system function, and can help prevent muscle spasms. It also contains potassium, iron, vitamin B and manganese.
    • ompared to gels, honey has a low glycemic index, so sugar is released more slowly into the blood stream, maintaining more even blood-glucose levels, which some athletes may find optimal for slow-burn endurance activities. Honey also contains antioxidants that help reduce muscle inflammation and oxidative damage; the concentration depends on the flowers from which the bees removed the pollen.
    • Generally, the darker the honey, the higher the antioxidant content. Many honeys found in grocery stores are processed to remove pollen, which diminishes the health benefits. Choose organic raw honey which comes straight out of the comb.
    • Or, just make your own gels using resealable snack bags. Per 30 ml (about two tablespoons), honey contains about 130 calories.
    • aple syrup is quite nutrient dense for a substance mainly composed of sugar; far surpassing honey, it is high in iron, important for carrying oxygen to muscles through the blood stream; manganese, which aids nutrient absorption and the neutralization of free radicals; and sodium and potassium, both key electrolytes for staying hydrated. Maple syrup may also have anti-inflammatory properties, according to a 2014 study in the Journal of Functional Foods. As with honey, maple syrup has a moderately low glycemic index.
    • Maple candy is another portable, mess-free option. Two tablespoons of maple syrup has about 108 calories.


        I use honey as a cheap alternative to energy gels on longer runs: I mix it 2:1 parts water (easier to drink!) and put it in my small gel bottle. I find it gives me a psychological boost as well as more physical energy. I’m too tight to buy energy gels…
    • am addicted to Manuka honey!

      My additive energy / hydration drink before I run is:

      I make a drink of 600ml water, desertspoonful of chia seeds, one of honey, juice of a lime and a pinch of salt .

      This keeps me going over 10k’s

    • On long runs I mash Half a Banana with 3-4 teaspoons of honey & spoon into a small sandwich bag. Tie the bag with a knot, pushing the mixture into a corner. When you are ready for the boost, just bite the corner to pierce, then squeeze out. Make enough “Bombs” for 1 every 45-60 mins.
      Spray a measuring cup with oil, then add honey. It will pour out of the cup without making a sticky mess.
    • Runners need between 30-60g of carbohydrate per hr. A tablespoon of honey is 17g. So try: 2 tablespoons of honey 30 mins, or one tablespoon every 15 mins. That’s the most you should need.
    • Recently published an article that discusses how to make your own energy gel in an effort to save money (read article). Unfortunately the author has over-simplified the problem and in the process designed a product that most sports nutritionists would strongly recommend against using. If you really want to make your own energy gel you certainly can, but the process is a bit more complicated and the cost of ingredients is going to be much higher than the formula recommended by
    • One of the problems with honey is that it is 100% simple sugar. If you look at all of the leading energy gels (e-Gel, GU, PowerBar Gel, Hammer Gel, etc.) you will notice that the primary ingredient is maltodextrin which is a COMPLEX carbohydrate derived from corn.
      • omebrew Power Goop

        • 7 and 1/3 tablespoons of honey
        • 3/4 teaspoons of blackstrap molasses
        • 1/10 teaspoons (just shy of 1/8 tsp) of table salt
    • My experiment did not end at just plain ol’ goop. It was still raining out, so I thought back to something I read somewhere about a 4-1 ratio of carbohydrates to protein. I guess that is supposed to be a good thing, so I made a recipe for it too.
      • Honey Goop With a Protein Kick

        • 6 tablespoons of honey
        • 5/8 teaspoons of blackstrap molasses
        • 6 and 3/8 teaspoons of soy protein isolate
        • 1/16 teaspoons of salt
        • 1-3 tablespoons of water
    • So one rainy day later I was taking apart my PowerBar Gel. The packages are labeled with a wealth of information. Listed are the ingredients on the pack and the “Nutrition Facts” charts. In general, the important stuff in PowerBar Gel are the 25 grams of carbs, 45 milligrams of sodium, 35 milligrams of potassium, and the vitamins C and E.

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daily 06/26/2016

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daily 06/25/2016

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    • For the purposes of this illustration, let’s pretend that we are a manager with three employees and we are plotting out their schedules across twelve projects for the year.
    • Gantt charts are created with one date, one or more dimensions, and zero to two measures
    • The date provides the axis; the dimensions provide the breakdowns we want to visualize and/or the encoding of the Gantt bars; the measures create the length of the Gantt bars and/or their encoding.
    • What Tableau has done is place a Gantt mark at the start date of each combination of Project and Person. To extend the Gantt bars to illustrate task duration, we need to size each mark by the number of days in each respective project / person combination. You may have a field for duration in the underlying data set, but it can also be created in Tableau with a calculated field. In this case, duration simply equals [End Date] – [Start Date]
    • Placing the duration on the Size Marks Card will extend the Gantt marks so that project / person combinations with longer durations will be longer bars and project / person combinations with shorter durations will be shorter bars.
    • Colored the bars by employee by adding the Person dimension to the Color Marks Card. One of my goals was to provide a visual schedule to my team and by doing this, they can quickly view their own schedule and even highlight themselves in Tableau by clicking their name on the color legend.
    • dded a reference line for “Today” (pretending it’s June 20, 2018) to show each project in context of today’s date.
    • Hillary Clinton has been on the air for several weeks in swing states, with a devastating ad series aimed straight at the soft underbelly of Trump’s support: Republicans who don’t subsist on a fad diet of lead paint chips, cheap plastic-bottle vodka and talk-radio rage
    • The revelations in the May FEC report that Donald Trump’s campaign is broke put the lie to the assertion that he can afford to self-fund and that he doesn’t require the trappings of a modern campaign.
    • He’ll never change. He’ll never be Presidential. His lurid, random drunk-uncle crazytalk won’t stop.
    • Second, Trump is now and will remain broke, particularly relative to Clinton. For all his bluster, campaign finance expert and superlawyer Charlie Spies notes that Trump has to cut a check of between $100 and $200 million to become even vaguely credible with deeply skeptical donors. Absent that, Hillary Clinton will continue raising and spending money in swing states, opening up wider and wider leads, making it harder and harder for Trump to convince even the most credulous GOP money people to take the bait.
    • Another reason donors are going to stay far back from the blast radius: Trump’s FEC report shows that fully 20% of his campaign spending goes to members of his family or businesses he owns, not at a cost to him, but a profit. After an FEC report that looks like it could be an exhibit in a RICO case, the idea of subsidizing Trump’s campaign and his various enterprises is repellent to donors. He spent more money buying hats for resale than he spent on polling. He spent more money on his private jet than he did for field operations.


    • Trump will try to paper over his failure to build a real campaign by rushing for the 437th time into Sean Hannity’s soft embrace while he bellows about deporting Muslims. As Trump has been learning in the last month, earned media is necessary but not necessarily sufficient.
    • Duncan’s status for the 2016-17 season remains uncertain, but persuading Durant to join the Spurs could coax the 40-year-old into one last title chase. He has until June 29 to opt in to the final season of his contract with the Spurs, valued at $5.64 million.
    • Even if Duncan follows Ginobili’s path, they will still count against the Spurs’ books via cap holds, which remain until a player’s rights are officially renounced by the team.
    • Thunder are still considered frontrunners to retain Durant’s services, likely as a one-and-one contract (one guaranteed year at the max plus a player option) that will leave him eligible to take an even higher pay raise next summer when the increasing salary cap jumps again.



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daily 06/24/2016

June 24, 2016 Leave a comment
    • Describe the different Wave  assets like app, dashboard, lens, and dataset.
    • Move datasets  from one app to  another.
    • The home page of the app shows all assets: apps, dashboards, lenses, and datasets. When you enable  Wave, you get  the two default apps, with no  datasets, lenses, or dashboards.
    • Apps


      A fancy word for folder. An app  contains a group of datasets, lenses, and dashboards that you can  share with your colleagues. Why call it an app? When you see the cool functionality an app can offer, it’ll make more sense!
    • Although it’s accessible by everyone, you can still ensure stricter security on  datasets  through row-level security, wh
    • If a user has access to an app, the user can see all the  datasets, lenses, and dashboards within  that app
    • Because you set  sharing at the app level,  this best practice ensures that users have access to the datasets that  support lenses and dashboards.
    • 1What’s another word for ‘folder’?
    • which app should you store an asset if you want to hide it from everyone els
    • view only dashboards, which tab do you click?
    • can I import data into Wave Analytics
  • step 2

    • Wave dashboards, lenses, and   datasets can contain sensitive information, so spend some time thinking about which   sets of users need what levels of access.
    • Describe the purpose of Wave  permission set licenses and how to assign them.
    • To access   the app, each user must be assigned at least one Wave user permission
    • Assign a Wave  permission set license to the user. Without it, the user can’t be assigned Wave user  permissions.
    • As the adjacent description indicates, this is a view-only permission, so all is as it should be. Laura does not have admin rights.
    • r. A PSL is like a  passport. It grants you the right to travel, but you can’t visit the great land of Wave without  the right visa. A permission set is like a visa. You can get a three-day tourist visa, a work  visa, and so on, each of which allows you to do certain things. To do everything you want to do,  you need both a passport and a visa, which is why you need to assign each user at least one PSL  and a permission set.
    • Analytics Cloud – Wave Analytics Platform PSL enables you to assign any of these  Wave user permissions to a user:
    • If you will be using Wave apps (such as Sales Wave), those will have their own PSL and associated user permissions too.
    • In this trail, you perform tasks that require user permissions that are available only  in the Analytics Cloud – Wave Analytics Platform PSL. Given that, let’s makes sure  that license is assigned to you.
    • The combination of a PSL and associated permission sets gives very granular control over a user’s access to Wave. It’s all about security, security, security!
    • By default, preview thumbnails aren’t shown for lenses and dashboards based on datasets with row-level  security.
    • Just note that row-level security  restrictions take effect after users click through to the lens or dashboard.
    • In the next   unit, you’ll prepare for your exploration journey. You’ll create datasets based   on DTC Electronics opportunity data and then move the datasets to a shareable app   that you create. You’ll also learn important concepts along the way!
    • Wave Analytics







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    • Use Wave Analytics
    • Sign up for a special Wave Developer Edition org.
    • Wave Analytics is a self-service analytics application that enables you to make sense of  large amounts of data. You can explore your data to discover new, unexpected insights. You can  also create dashboards to continually monitor key business metrics based on the latest  data.
    • Salesforce or external  data
    • Because there’s no point analyzing data without a goal, we’ll walk you through explorations  based on concrete business use cases, all in the context of a story.
    • You’ve just joined as the admin/analyst for DTC Electronics, a leading provider of  tablets, phones, and other hardware devices. Welcome to the team—you’re destined to become  the Wave Analytics guru!
    • For this trail, you can’t use an existing Developer Edition org. You must   sign up for this special Developer Edition because it comes with a limited Analytics Cloud Wave   Platform license and contains sample data required for this Wave trail.
    • So, are you ready to start surfing the Wave? To complete these  explorations and earn the trail badges, we’ll provide you with a special Developer Edition org  that comes with Wave Analytics and  contains sample data from your new company. We’ll cover how to get the special org next.
    • Jump into the next unit to set up Wave Analytics so you can determine who has access to specific features in Wave.







    • Customizations that don’t affect data are safe to do in a production organization, such  as developing new dashboards, reports, and email templates.
    • A workflow rule or trigger accidentally creates an infinite processing  loop.
    • A logic error in a validation rule that means you can never save a record.
    • Page layout changes confuse people instead of improving their experience.
    • Use change sets to send customizations from one Salesforce org to another.
    • Change sets can only contain modifications you can make  through the Setup menu.
    • Change sets allow you to validate changes before you send them to the target  organization, providing another layer of safety
    • Because you can control  which components are in a change set, you have fine-grained control over the  deployment.
    • lso, the target organization (in this scenario, the production  organization) can choose when to deploy the change set it has received.
    • change sets make the overall release process easier, because you can  easily deploy the same change set to more than one environment.
    • IHS pointed to extensive early adoption of autonomous vehicles in the US as another factor. The report cited increased popularity of car sharing programs in America that will result in more than 4 million autonomous vehicles on US streets by 2035.

    • Plenty of Baylor grads are horrified by what’s gone down, plenty are still in denial, some are pointing out that while they’ve been hypocritical and wrong, it’s also BS to contend that football recruits don’t want to go to Baylor because of an unsafe campus environment. These players want out because Briles is gone and Baylor is a sinking ship. That’s generally not been sufficient pretext to grant releases in the past.
    • Avoiding a toxic environment is a good reason to flee Baylor. But that has traditionally not been an acceptable pretext for LOI releases.
    • I’m guessing that the decision maker will be the same one that has not released the players from their NLIs for the last four weeks…and so won’t release them tomorrow.
    • Wealthy alums who don’t give a darn about a blowback. We’ll see. I’m starting to think we may see full release. But these kids and their parents better be prepared to play hardball.
    • Military family from the area who actually thought BU was a safe place with a good value system. Events that had been reported by the time the son sent in his LOI had been depicted as isolated – the cover up was still covering up, so to speak.
    • I could be giving his family too much credit but his father did say he could afford to send him elsewhere without a schollie if that proved necessary. That could also have been a negotiating ploy, I understand. It would be one many of the parents would not be willing or able to try, as well.




    • There’s credible buzz going around that 2016 Baylor recruits have been informed that Baylor will let them know the nature of their binding LOI status as early as tomorrow.  How will Baylor play this delicate situation?


    • .  Baylor’s answer could be: “You committed to Baylor, not Briles.  Pound sand.
    • Given several prominent tone deaf Baylor alums trying to bring back Briles and a school administration that has behaved rather cynically at times, this is not absolutely out of the question.
    • Baylor has to grant full releases or none at all.  Whoa. No compromise.  It’s possible that early enrollees could be conditionals, but if a 2016er hasn’t registered for classes yet, Baylor has no conditional say on the release.
    • Baylor can grant unconditional releases.
    • Briles didn’t create a troubling athletic culture in Waco.  He fulfilled it.  His mistake was kicking the hell out of enough people on the football field such that he earned media scrutiny outside of Waco’s parochial press corps.
    • If this happens, you could see a lot of their 2016 class find their way to Oklahoma, TCU, Texas, LSU and Texas A&M. It’ll win pats on the head from the media for integrity, but it’s effectively program suicide.  Several prominent Baylor alums will turn off the spigot and they’ll create a depth hole that will look like a late era Mack Brown recruiting class.


    • As the race to master self-driving car technology accelerates, some investors say Tesla Motors partner NVIDIA Corp. may have the edge over competitors Apple and Google.

    • The firm’s technology, which uses graphics processing unit (GPU) technology, launched its Drive PX 2 system for autonomous driving this winter. The company stated that it expects consumers will begin purchasing cars equipped with Drive PX 2 within a year.

    • On the automation scale for self-driving cars, autopilot is seen as “Level 2,” which allows feet-off and hands-off driving. Google is reportedly working on “Level 4” automation, which allows driving with no human assistance.

    • For example NXP Semiconductors launched its BlueBox self-driving engine last month. The firm has said it is targeting 2020 as the year it develops complete vehicular autonomy.

    • GPUs can better handle “homogeneous and repetitive computing” which autonomous vehicles will likely demand in great quantity. This type of computing has previously been used by Nvidia processors to rapidly render images for PC gaming.

    • If you create a simple link to a cell, e.g. =A4, then insert   a row above row 4, your formula will automatically change to =A5.   To prevent this change, you can use the INDIRECT function.
    • To create the ref_text argument, you can also refer to a cell, and   use its contents. This makes the formula more flexible, as its results   will change, if the cell contents change.
    • If I have a   tough one to enter, I go to Tools>Wizards>Conditional Sum wizard and walk through the dialog boxes.   The output of the conditional sum wizard is a CSE formula, so this usually can give me enough hints   on how to enter what I really need.

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