If I was a smart Republican running for office, I'd scour that website every day, compiling info, reaching out to those that have posted, and finding out how many voted for Obama/Obamacare, and getting them in front of a camera to ask if this is what they thought they were voting for.
But here's the wow part: The clear circles in the video are what the Toronto defenders should have done. Not tracking—analyzing. Predicting. Evaluating. It uses a combination of data analysis and scouting reports for the opposing players, and knowledge of the team's defensive scheme and personnel to spit out exactly how a play is supposed to look, if it's optimized and run correctly. The values for each decision are calculated based on the expected value of a play, which is calculated multiple times per second. So, what is the value of giving up a 3? How about of going under a screen while guarding a good jump shooter? The ghost players make the right decision every time. That's next level, robots-replacing-humans stuff.
The scarier part? It's not even running at optimal efficiency. The computer model still uses the basic Toronto scheme, instead of trying to just come up with some platonic ideal of NBA defense. That's because coaches still aren't sold on computers knowing best, so the data is being offered up in the friendliest version. Sometimes. In other situations they remain at odds, like with 3-pointers, where the data says even below average shooters should jack them up, while coach Dwane Casey has a heart attack every time a sub-par shooter fires a seemingly idiotic 3.
The series finale of Breaking Badwas on tonight, and the fetching Mrs. P and I both loved it. We felt it was perfect in tying up the remaining lose ends without being "too Hollywood", and wouldn't have changed a thing. It was a great show, we looked forward to Sunday nights in ABQ, and will miss the characters and storylines.
Season 5 of Breaking Bad opened a few months back with a look one year into the future. We see Walter White, head full of hair (or perhaps a wig?) enjoying a free breakfast meal at Denny's, before going out to a car, and seeing a large rifle in the trunk. Last night's episode showed Future Walt going back to his home (now abandoned), and retrieving a capsule of ricin from its hiding place behind a switch cover.
Lost in the shuffle of the Hank-Walt fight , and then Walt issuing the "tread lightly" threat at the end of the episode, was the beginning of the episode, and the beginning of the season: Who is Walt coming back for?
Clearly, the family is gone from ABQ. House is empty, appears to have been that way fro some time, so it can't be them.
Perhaps it is Jesse? He sure is despondent in the last few episodes, last night showed him driving around the 'hood, tossing stacks of cash wherever they may land. My guess is that he winds up either ODing, or takes his own life before the show ends.
Saul? He is the only one that truly knows "all", that is still alive. Could he be a lose end that Walt is coming to tidy up?
Maybe it's Lydia, the gal from Madrigal. She worked out a Czech pipeline for Walt's meth (which we have learned last night has some quality issues). Maybe she is threatening to expose him, unless he comes out of retirement to "fix" the cook.
Could it be Todd? I'm assuming he is now the master "chef", now that Walt has quit the business. His lack of attention to detail (see quality issues above) has caused the quality of the cyrstal to drop significantly. Walt has always been especially proud of his "brand". Maybe he's coming to take back control of his empire?
"The Postal Service contract with Tailwind required the team to enter cycling races, wear the Postal Service logo and follow the rules banning performance-enhancing substances - rules that Lance Armstrong has now admitted he violated," Stuart Delery, an acting assistant attorney general at the Justice Department, said in February.
Armstrong's lawyers wrote that despite intense international attention on doping and a French investigation, the US government never suspended the cycling team. Instead, the government renewed its sponsorship.
"It is now far too late for the government to revisit its choice to reap the benefits of sponsorship rather than investigate allegations of doping," they wrote.
In other words, You should have known I was cheating, because of all those media reports about how I was cheating*.
*But ignore how adament I was in defending myself to those charges of cheating in the Media.
Even a good teacher may not always be able to tell, at a glance, which students are quietly struggling and which need more of a challenge. Fortunately, laptops may soon come with enough emotional intelligence built in to do the job for them.
A recent study from North Carolina State University shows how this might work. Researchers there used video cameras to monitor the faces of college students participating in computer tutoring sessions. Using software that had been trained to match facial expressions with different levels of engagement or frustration, the researchers were able to recognize when students were experiencing difficulty and when they were finding the work too easy.
The project suggests a way for technology to help teachers keep track of students’ performance in real time. Perhaps it could even help massively open online courses (or MOOCs), which can involve many thousands of students working remotely, to be more attuned to students’ needs (see “The Crisis in Higher Education”).
It also hints at what could prove to be a broader revolution in the application of emotion-sensing technology. Computers and other devices that identify and respond to emotion—a field of research known as “affective computing”—are starting to emerge from academia. They sense emotion in various ways; some measure skin conductance, while others assess voice tone or facial expressions (see “Wearable Sensor Knows What Overwhelms You” and “Technology that Knows When to Hand You a Hankie”).
The ultimate goal is to develop a tutoring system that helps students who are having difficulty and “bolster their confidence and keep them motivated,” says Joseph Grafsgaard, a PhD student at NC State who coauthored a paper on the work.
Get it in the early classes, and you won't need it for the kids in junior high and high school.