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Todd Hoff

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Replying to the radio. What makes you think you can get back to Eden? You've had Eden handed to you many times? The garden. Out of Africa.mthe new world and worlds within the new world. And even your own home. Everytime you fuck it up. Consider training failed.
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South Dakota == Hot and Muggy. Oh my.
only in the summer... - Kevin Johnson
And Black Hills, and bison, and big sky. Oh my. :) - Maryam
StackOverflow Update: 560M Pageviews a Month, 25 Servers, and It's All About Performance - http://highscalability.com/blog...
The Airbnb Guests That Just Wouldn't Leave – Skift - http://skift.com/2014...
The Airbnb Guests That Just Wouldn't Leave – Skift
"Once the 44 days were up, Tschogl texted the renter that his reservation contract was over and that the power would be shut off in 24 hours. The guest texted back saying he was legally occupying the condo and that loss of electricity would threaten the work he does at home that brings in $1,000 to $7,000 a day. The texts threatened to press charges for “blackmail and damages caused by your negligence and malicious misconduct, including $3,800 PID Espresso machine as well as medical bills for my brother’s hospital visit after he got sick here drinking unfiltered tap water.” Tschogl realized that she couldn’t legally cut off the electricity, although her SoCal Edison account showed daily usage was triple to quadruple normal. Her father went by the unit several times and photographed it with the sliding glass doors and windows wide open, presumably while the air conditioning was going full blast to combat the 114-degree heat." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Problem with companies just trying to take the profit without responsibility and the expense that comes with it. - Todd Hoff
Has anyone here experimented with Transcranial direct-current stimulation?
Glad you asked. A drinkin buddy of mine brought this up the other night and we're very tempted to. We need a skull map though. Or a neuroscientist consultant. - t-ra: WeirdnessSandwich from Android
No, but I'm interested. Over 10 years ago, Melinda was seeing a psychologist involved with neuro-bio-feedback, who was mapping her brainwaves. Unfortunately, she moved away from the area. - Greg GuitarBuster
I have some friends who have experimented with it -- with interesting and good results, according to them. - Sean McBride
My brain seems quite interested in its own continued survival, so I'm, or should I say my brain, is hesitant to do these kind of things on the off chance it my turn its little grey cells to goo. - Todd Hoff
Do Parkinson's drugs make people more CREATIVE? Pills that increase dopamine levels may improve artistic abilities | Mail Online - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/science...
Do Parkinson's drugs make people more CREATIVE? Pills that increase dopamine levels may improve artistic abilities | Mail Online
"Parkinson's experts have been noticing a remarkable phenomenon – some of their patients have developed impressive creative talents. The link between Parkinson’s and artistic abilities was brought to the attention of the world two years ago by Professor Rivka Inzelberg of Tel Aviv University in Israel. Now she has completed the first empirical study to verify a link between Parkinson’s disease and creativity, which the study suggests may be down to drugs used to treat the disease." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Melinda takes Carbidopa-Levodopa for her cerebral palsy. - Greg GuitarBuster
I recall dopamine being a highly recommended smart drug. Does Melinda notice any increased creativity? - Todd Hoff
I haven't noticed it, but I'll ask her if she thinks it's affected her creativity. It's made a huge difference in her motor reflexes. - Greg GuitarBuster
That's great. - Todd Hoff
Simplicity at the expense of feature richness is not a virtue. Dear google, what kind of "mapping" software doesn't allow you to save a custom route?
In general I think software has gotten worse, not better with this cult of simplicity and A/B testing. There's a drive to release new versions constantly instead of making software better and more reliable. We used to have user stories and some attention to the tasks, even complex tasks, people want to accomplish with software. That seems to have gone away. Simple things on the road, like wanting to interrupt a trip to get coffee (or even find coffee) and then return are not supported. Do PMs actually use their software in situ? - Todd Hoff
I love simplicity, minimalism and exhaustive A/B testing on the one hand, and powerful and sophisticated features on the other -- the trick is to find the optimal balancing point between these two demands. One thing is for certain: you can't please everyone. - Sean McBride
If I have to be displeased I'd rather be displeased with real features. - Todd Hoff
Kingston, Jamaica hybrid project to harness sun and wind - http://techxplore.com/news...
Kingston, Jamaica hybrid project to harness sun and wind
"The SolarMill is a new distributed energy technology which involves Vertical Axis Wind Turbines (VAWT), solar panels and proprietary "smart" electronics. The on-board electronics have temperature sensors that prevent the system from over voltage. The system is designed to be a solution for more consistent energy generation than would be possible with a wind-only or solar-only design. Daily and seasonal trends of wind and solar resources are all mitigated, said the company, by capturing both at any time of the day or year. The SolarMill incorporates three vertical axis wind turbines with P.V. technology within a compact footprint." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Given how fast hotels are booking up it looks like the economy is doing better and people are taking vacations.
" It's still efficient, just with a dash of humanity." - like
Been listening to a course on mart twain. His language is beautiful. We've lost that. Perhaps because direct rapid communication males not only unnecessary but a hindrance?
I concede that "direct rapid communication males" are unnecessary and may be a hindrance. - NOT THE CRICKET
On the devolution of the human race -- as we march boldly forward towards the vision of global superintelligence. - Sean McBride
It would not surprise me to learn more people have died slipping on shower floors than in all wars put together.
More die in wars, but the comparison of common household accidents with terrorism definitely puts the latter in perspective. - Jean-Marc Liotier
Are churches part of airbnb? Seems like a perfect match of unused space and ubiquity and revenue generation
That is a good idea. - Joe
The amount of work actually happening on a construction project is inverse to the number of warning cones
Stuff The Internet Says On Scalability For July 18th, 2014 - http://highscalability.com/blog...
Clark Little Photographs Hawaii's Shorebreak Waves : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR - http://www.npr.org/blogs...
Clark Little Photographs Hawaii's Shorebreak Waves : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR
The world’s largest domed city | KurzweilAI - http://www.kurzweilai.net/the-wor...
The world’s largest domed city | KurzweilAI
"Dubai Holding plans to build the world’s largest domed city: Mall of the World, in Dubai. The temperature-controlled city (also a first) will occupy a total area of 48 million square feet — the largest indoor theme park in the world. It will be covered by a glass dome that will be open during the winter months." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Harvesting energy from humidity: Free, green energy from leaping water droplets | ExtremeTech - http://www.extremetech.com/extreme...
Harvesting energy from humidity: Free, green energy from leaping water droplets | ExtremeTech
"It’s time to get rid of that dehumidifier — you are just throwing away free energy by sucking all the moisture out of the air, according to some new research published by a team from MIT. Postdoc researchers Nenad Miljkovic and engineering professor Evelyn Wang figured out last year that water droplets jumping off a hydrophobic surface could gain an electric charge, but now they’re worked out how to capture that energy, essentially pulling power out of thin air." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Hard to find a hotel in Ohio. It appears they are full of workers working in oil and gas industry. They stay in the hotel 11 days on and then go home for 4 days. Strange because they treat the hotel like home. They are out in the street playing and the back BBQ'ing. I recall reading about people in every era that would travel far to find work.
frackers, :( - chaz2b
Some states say you should wear seatbelts because "it's our law", like Iowa and Ohio and Washington, and others say "it's the law", like Utah, Montana, and California. There's an interesting psychological game being played with either choice. One appeals to authority and the other to community. Does it say something about the individual states?
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I dunno, but I say wearing seat belts is as dumb as wearing helmets on motorcycles. - Professor A.I.
10 Program Busting Caching Mistakes - http://highscalability.com/blog...
The average price for campfire wood in Nova Scotia + NY is about $3. A high of $5 and low of $2.50. Plan accordingly. Be aware that I have no way to normalize by quantity or types of wood. At a camp in California I was robbed, er, payed $7.
Bitly: Lessons Learned Building a Distributed System that Handles 6 Billion Clicks a Month - http://highscalability.com/blog...
Platform Monopolies – AVC - http://avc.com/2014...
What we didn't predict was the evolution of platforms into entities that instead of making markets where information was more perfectly disseminated, information instead became hidden and manipulated by the market makers to their own benefit. Google does this with ads, nobody knows what is really happening. Facebook with their algorithm controls absolutely what content is shown to users to the extent the content may even be ordered to increase ad conversions. Amazon controls ordering, delivery, and almost arbitrarily sets prices, even competing with vendors by sourcing products themselves. Etsy is a good example of a straightforward market place that simply brings people together to mutual benefit. But will that last if they take a more dominate position? - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
The Master Switch, On Theodore Vail, who built AT&T. Vail’s dream of a perfected, centralized industry was predicated on another contemporary notion as well. It may sound strange to our ears, but Vail, a full-throated capitalist, rejected the whole idea of “competition.”
He had professional experience of both monopoly and competition at different times, and he judged monopoly, when held in the right hands, to be the superior arrangement. “Competition,” Vail had written, “means strife, industrial warfare; it means contention; it oftentime means taking advantage of or resorting to any means that the conscience of the contestants … will permit.” His reasoning was moralistic: competition was giving American business a bad name. “The vicious acts associated with aggressive competition are responsible for much, if not all, of the present antagonism in the public mind to business , particularly to large business.” - Todd Hoff
In his heterodox vision of capitalism, shared by men like John D. Rockfeller, the right corporate titans, monopolists in each industry, could, and should, be trusted to do what was best for the nation. With the security of monopoly, Vail believed, the dark side of human nature would shrink, and natural virtue might emerge - Todd Hoff
Again, the power of rationalization trumps all. - Todd Hoff
Ever notice how toilet seats get flipped from up to down and down to up between visits, even though you know nobody has been in the bathroom? After much research I've found that toiled seats are entangled. So when one seat even half way across the universe is flipped the entangled seat follows. Spooky. I plan to make a supercomputer from these.
I would posit that either a) You don't know that nobody has been in the bathroom or b) Your memories of visits to the bathroom are getting out of sync. Because otherwise, screw the supercomputer, you could make a teleporter out of these, and I don't think we're far enough into the future for that yet. - Slippy: Potato Croquette
Does SETI know about this? - Ken Morley
As usual ken they are keeping a lid on it. - Todd Hoff
Sloppy, the way to teleport would be through the toilet and that shit ain't gonna fly. - Todd Hoff
We'd hope it wouldn't fly, otherwise it might hit the fan. - April Russo
The full range of human ingenuity and perversity is fully exposed by the infinite variety of shower controls. They all have basically the same function and they all manage to do it differently with an equal lack of clarity.
An interesting user interface issue. - Sean McBride
I don't know that they all lack clarity. Ours is a single nob and a channel pin. The nob has a regular hot-cold layout, pull out for pressure, turn for temp. control. And then you can pull the channel pin to block the tub spout. - NOT THE CRICKET
How far do you move a dial to get what temperature? Which way is cold? Which way is hot? Which way is off? How do you control pressure? And can you control it without looking? How long does it take to warm up? - Todd Hoff
Half-inch to the left, is warm, inch or further is hot to scalding, dial centered, about room temperature, half-inch to the right water-temp is about 50F, I don't know if it gets colder. Both lines stay under pressure to the control valve, so if you turn left you're cutting off the cold water intake, if you turn right you're cutting off hot water intake, so it's super smooth temperature... more... - NOT THE CRICKET
My favorite shower, that I've only seen once (at a camp ground) had a single knob. Turn left for hot, right for cold, pull for water, push to shut off. It's amazing how many showers tie pressure into temperature, they should all be logical enough to have them separate! - Heather
Stuff The Internet Says On Scalability For July 11th, 2014 - http://highscalability.com/blog...
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