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daily 09/30/2016

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daily 09/29/2016

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daily 09/28/2016

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    • As rumored, the Mars vehicle will be reusable and the spaceship will refuel in orbit. This is key, according to Musk, because refueling in orbit makes the trip much cheaper and hence more doable. Similarly, it’s inefficient to bring propellant for the return trip. Ideally, a team would build a propellant plant on Mars and send the ships back that way. (This is supposedly possible given the natural resources on the Red Planet.)
    • Back on Earth, the booster lands on a launch mount and a propellant tanker is loaded onto the booster. The entire unit — now filled with fuel — lifts off again. It joins with the spaceship, which is then refueled in orbit. The propellant tankers will go up anywhere from three to five times to fill the tanks of the spaceship.
    • At the rate of 20 to 50 total Mars trips, it will take anywhere from 40 to 100 years to achieve a fully self-sustaining civilization with one million people on Mars, says Musk.
    • This will not be a one-way trip: it’s important to give people the option of returning, even if they decide not to go. And, in any case, “we need the spaceship back.”
    • Being close to the equator allows rockets to snag a bigger velocity boost from the rotation of the Earth.

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daily 09/26/2016

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    • No one who can be trusted will ever ask another person to disengage their critical thinking or swallow their impulse to tell the truth.
    • Lies are supposed to be interrupted. You’re supposed to interrupt them.

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    • Desks had started to disappear from hotel rooms partly due to a perception that they were unnecessary in the era of laptops and cellphones, and that younger travelers weren’t using them. Rooms without desks also seemed to fit into a larger trend in the hotel industry toward minimalist decor.

    • “A Call to Arms for my fellow desk-loving Marriott patrons.
    • A Call to Arms for my fellow desk-loving Marriott patrons.” Other travelers shared similar stories, with one tweeting back that when he complained to the hotel about a deskless room, “They encouraged me to ‘work in the lobby.'”
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    • Over 35,000 people completed yesterday’s Berlin Marathon. You can see how every one of those competitors fared in an animated map of the race, created by the Berliner Morgenpost.
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    • Burger, a computer chip researcher who had joined the company four years earlier, was pitching a new idea to the execs. He called it Project Catapult.
    • He said the world’s hardware makers wouldn’t provide what Microsoft needed to run its online services
    • As in, 23 milliseconds instead of four seconds of nothing on your s
    • From Amazon in the US to Baidu in China, all the Internet giants are supplementing their standard server chips—central processing units, or CPUs—with alternative silicon that can keep pace with the rapid changes in
    • Burger was going to meet with Bing execs right after the holiday, and he needed a design for hardware that could run Bing’s machine learning algorithms on FPGAs.
    • Burger spent nine years as a professor of computer science at the University of Texas, Austin, where he specialized in microprocessors and designed a new kind of chip called EDGE
    • But on the other hand, it’s generally too expensive to create specialized, purpose-built chips for every new problem. FPGAs bridge the gap. They let engineers build chips that are faster
    • Bing dominated Microsoft’s online ambitions in the early part of the decade, but by 2015 the company had two other massive online services: the business productivity suite Office 365 and the cloud

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daily 09/25/2016

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daily 09/24/2016

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    • His speech in Moscow’s New Economic School was a similar construction of empty spaces held together with repetition, tautologies, and abuses of the word “ironically.” “For the last 15 years, I’ve been researching, teaching, and writing about fundamental trends in the world economy, which have really continued to evolve in this period and in the years immediately preceding it,” he
    • Which is troubling for two reasons: that the advisor of a presidential candidate of a major party is criticizing America abroad by citing Putin, and that the comment implied that he seemed to not know anything about anything going on in, say, Syria or Ukraine.
    • “He had a guilty-seeming style in making these arguments, making it seem like he didn’t really want to engage,” one person from the Council says. His columns made the rounds and raised eyebrows. “That blog post about the slaves. That’s just…strange,” says the Council member.


    • Fancy Bear, who was probably a Russian hacker, broke into the DNC emails, seemingly handed them over to Julian Assange, who continues to leak the information in a way that is clearly designed to help one campaign and hurt the other.
    • Was Page, like Manafort, followed by a long train of sordid dealings with dark and powerful players with deep pockets and deep resentments toward the West?
    • But it was hard to see that man when I actually talked to people who knew him.
    • “No one let him into Gazprom,” Aleksashenko says. “He didn’t go shake [Gazprom chief Alexei] Miller’s hand. He made sure there were cars, hotels, and meetings for investors in London.”
    • Another of Page’s colleagues from Merrill Lynch confirmed that Page’s role was simply arranging meetings between Gazprom and Western investors, something normally done by analysts, the lowest rank on the totem pole.
    • You just send out an email to 20 people saying Gazprom agreed to dinner at this place at 8 p.m., do you want to come?
    • “Gazprom didn’t need money at the time,” says the former colleague. “They were the most profitable company at the time. Their net profit was something like $36 billion a year. Their problem was not getting investors, but figuring out how to spend money in a non-efficient way if you read between the lines.
    • Page became an investor in the company, and has, according to filings, advised other companies he’s worked for to invest in them.
    • He also maintained a website and handed out business cards that listed a fancy Madison Avenue address—that’s the one “around the corner from Trump Tower”— which was actually the address of a coworking space.
    • He’s always been operating at a level far beneath that at which business in Russia is done. I admire that, it takes a lot of gumption.”
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    • “I give them money, I don’t know how they spend it, who they invite, when they invite them, I have no idea,” he said of the New Economic School, which hosted Page and of which Aven is the main benefactor.
    • Who is Carter Page?


      “Who?” said Miller, and then went off the record to expound on his lack of involvement in the campaign.

    • One source suggested to me that Richard Burt, former U.S. ambassador to Germany, START treaty negotiator, and longtime lobbyist for Alfa Bank, was the nexus.
    • neither Dearborn nor Burt, but campaign co-chair Sam Clovis who recruited Page.
    • “I’m not answering your questions,” Sam Clovis told me.
    • “Carter is a red herring, not a Rasputin. He’s never met Trump, never briefed him. He has zero influence, none.”


    • Was Page the shadowy messenger between the Kremlin and Trump Tower, or was he the nebbishy, not-very-successful man trying to profit from the arbitrage between what Trump said—he’s my advisor—and what his associates said—“Who?”
    • There are usually issues with traction and execution capabilities.” He went on. “I couldn’t name a project that I could connect Carter’s name to, any project that actually happened.”
    • “He’s just a guy on a list. Trump looked at the list and said, ‘He’s an advisor.’ And now he’s milking it for all it’s worth.”
    • He saw Page at a Washington roundtable in June for Narendra Modi, and what he saw was a strange kind of person: one who was very differential to everyone there “in a way that someone who is junior would use it to network,” but who was dropping hints full of meaning to anyone who would listen—and be impressed.
    • This seems to be vintage Carter Page, a man whose story never quite adds up, as much as he tries to make the numbers work. But he’s also mastered the art of manipulating the distance between his story as it is and his story as he wants it to be, playing on the uncertainty in between to make himself more successful, more connected, even more evil than he really is—and to try to turn a profit off of that.
    • After all, meeting Russia’s energy czar is an impossible dream for a would-be investor struggling to make it in the world of Russian energy—but the dream entered the realm of the possible when Trump said three words in March: “Carter Page, PhD.”
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    • Also, you can use regular expressions to pull out a subsection of text, which you can then use to … launch a function, fire a custom tag, rewrite a URL, etc…
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    • This will help you understand how to modify a website and track events. Start with HTML, CSS, and Javascript. Free online classes like codecademy, w3schools are great starting points.
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    • Use regular expressions to filter reports in GA. Here’s a post explaining how and when to use them in depth.
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    • ab·ste·mi·ous. Use abstemious in a sentence. adjective. The definition of abstemious is someone who abstains or is moderate, often specifically in their consumption of food and beverage. An person who suffers from anorexia is an example of someone who is abstemious.
    • “Yeah,” he allows. “But that’s OK. I can get along with good old boys – as long as we don’t talk about politics or religion.”


    • Felder rejoined for the Hell Freezes Over reunion tour in 1994 and their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but was sacked in 2001.
    • Felder’s just bitter because he got kicked out of the group so he decided to write a nasty little tell-all, which I think is a really low, cheap shot. I mean, I could write some stuff about him that would make your moustache curl.”
    • “You can’t rewrite the lyrics to somebody else’s songs, record it and put it on the internet,” he said at the time. He hasn’t changed his mind.
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    • Check out the Analyze URL source code here.
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    • Analyze URL works as a simple API endpoint that’s always on and available.

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daily 09/23/2016

September 23, 2016 Leave a comment
    • Exceptional communication and organizational skills, as well as the ability to distill complex, data-driven concepts into a structured framework
    • First, many are fed up with the price of tournament packets, booklets of rosters that college coaches receive upon paying their entry fee.
    • One Power Five coach said her staff crunched the numbers, and found that in just two years, they’ve spent more than $4,000 more than they did in 2014 on packets alone.
    • Second, coaches are concerned the September calendar in general is out of control.
    • One female coach said that young coaches especially and “absolutely” feel pressure to go on the road every day that they can, often wearing themselves and their staffs down before games have even started in November.
    • There was some, but not total, consensus: The Pac-12, which had two teams in the 2016 Final Four (Oregon State and Washington) voted in solidarity to not go out this weekend. Close praised her conference’s willingness to come together on the issue, noting the sacrifice made by programs like Arizona and Colorado, both of which have new coaches and are trying to put together viable rosters for the immediate future.
    • One reason to not get too detailed: Coaches are worried about potential backlash from event operators and AAU coaches.   


    • Syracuse confirmed that its coaches will also skip the evaluation period. That means that none of the 2016 Final Four teams will be represented in gyms this weekend.
    • “By the time it came up, I had already committed to recruits, and told them they’re going to see me in the stands,” she said.
    • Is it over the price of the packets, or that we don’t want the evaluation period? … I don’t know what the answer is, but I know that I’m going out recruiting.”
    • Then there’s the chatter that some event operators and club coaches are in it for themselves—and to stuff their own pockets.
    • Clay has fallen under fire from coaches across the country for what many feel are overpriced Peach State events, where play on the court often doesn’t match the value of the college coaches’ entry fee.
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    • identifying companies that visit, based on their IP address.
    • When you contact them, you want to contact the person who’s responsible for digital marketing, regardless of who visited your website.
    • Network report in Google Analytics
    • Service Providers”. What Google Analytics means by “Service Provider” is the network where the visitor has been when they visited your website. Networks are always owned and registered by someone; typically a company, Internet Service Provider or some other organization.
    • you should filter out ISPs from the list
    • use the advanced search button and select to exclude Service Providers that match the following RegExp (just copy/paste this to the filter):
    • (not set|customer|internet|broadband|isp|cable com|network|tele|dsl|subscriber|pool|telecom|cable|addresses|telefonica|routed|leased line|communication|comcast|verizon|road runner|service provider|unknown|provider|t-mobile|wifi|telkom|sprint|at-t|residential|province|vodafone|clients|china|dial-up|netblock|wimax|wireless|elisa|sonera|dna oy|at&t|assigned|sl-cgn|block|consumers|kpn|telia|bredband|google|hosting|zscaler|city of|tdc|hubspot) 
    • select “Page Title” or “Page” as secondary dimension to know which pages the company has visited.
    • If you would really like to know what each company and their employees have done on your website, you can go to the brand new User Explorer report under the Audience section in Google Analytics. This report was introduced in Google Analytics in April 2016 and in the report you can dive into individual visitors and their behavior.
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