That's not how websites work

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walmart.com's affiliate program signup form.

Terms agreements suck

Society is going to have to come up with a better way of handling terms agreements and other legalese you have to click through when signing up for a service or installing software or whatever.

I'm quite the DIY'er. In this context, by DIY'er I mean, I do my own taxes, I figure out legal stuff on my own. I'm just an all around competent person.

And even I don't read terms of service agreements for even fairly important products.

On the one hand, you have the slight chance that something will go legally wrong. On the other hand, you have the literal hours and days I'd waste reading every agreement and doing the research to understand the implications of what they said along with just a bare understanding of the legalese used within.

I understand the point of terms of service. They're necessary. But I also don't think the structure or paradigm of a legal system that makes a document necessary that no one is going to read is very useful.

For some reason I get a lot of glee out of replication failures

Forcing a smile doesn't make a person actually happier.

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The new FDA regulations on e-cigarettes are literally worse than 9/11?

The new FDA regulations on e-cigarettes are literally worse than 9/11?

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Excessively Wavy — prophecyformula: Say it loud: FUCK THE FDA …
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FUCK THE FDA

for those who don’t want to click through to a forbes link, the FDA imposed a bunch of e-cigarette regulations, including forbidding them to make true…

Machine-Vision Algorithm Learns to Transform Hand-Drawn Sketches Into Photorealistic…

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Machine-Vision Algorithm Learns to Transform Hand-Drawn Sketches Into Photorealistic Images.

> A more promising approach is to use machine-vision algorithms that rely on neural networks to extract features from an image and use these to produce a sketch. In this area, machines have begun to rival and even outperform humans in producing accurate sketches.

> But what of the inverse problem? This starts with a sketch and aims to produce an accurate color photograph of the original face. That’s clearly a much harder task, so much so that humans rarely even try.

> Now the machines have cracked this problem. Today, Yagmur Gucluturk, Umut Guclu, and pals at Radboud University in Denmark have taught a neural network to turn hand-drawn sketches of faces into photorealistic portraits. The work is yet another demonstration of the way intelligent machines, and neural networks in particular, are beginning to outperform humans in an increasingly wide variety of tasks.

Article: https://www.technologyreview.com/s/601684/machine-vision-algorithm-learns-to-transform-hand-drawn-sketches-into-photorealistic-images/

Several years ago I got to the point where I actively avoid open source projects…

Several years ago I got to the point where I actively avoid open source projects hosted on SourceForge. The whole SF enterprise feels scuzzy and like it is stuck circa-2001.

There's a couple of things (mainly KeePass) I use that are still hosted on SF but every time I have to download them I've got this undercurrent of resentment that I'm sure these projects don't want me feeling towards them.

Just move to GitHub already!

(on the other hand I get theoretically nervous about GitHub being so dominant…in 10 years everyone will be on GitHub and it will be the new SourceForge)

Why housing is about to take over the US economy…again



Why Housing is About to Eat the US Economy
One of the most influential business op-eds of the decade was Marc Andreessen’s August 20th, 2011 piece in the Wall Street Journal entitled, “Why Software is Eating the World.” It was written during a…

Oh, snap.

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Oh, snap.

From the Tangible Media Group at MIT:

The surface responds to touch input as if it was a simulated liquid with varying viscosities.