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Machine Learning Baby Photos

I’m lucky. I was here a long time before Instagram, so all the photos of me as a child have vanished into time. Or been lost in someone’s attic. Today, however, there are plenty of babies whose histories are slavishly recorded online by their parents, and I often wonder how these kids, when they become teenagers and adults, are going to feel about this indelible photographic history, which includes a high proportion of diaper pooping.

That’s one thing I love about the computer industry; its technology is still in its infancy, the baby photo stage. Okay, maybe it’s toddling. But the point is that while hardware and software have both evolved incredibly over the decades I’ve been in the industry, there’s still so much potential for growth in both areas.

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Protect Your Domain Registrations and Privacy

When you register a domain name, you may expose personal information about yourself: your address, phone number email address. Let’s take a look at domain name registration and privacy.

I was a domain name hoarder: uvjobs.com… uvfood.com… uvweather.com… thermonster.com… pdxlead.org… wattsense.com… shouldisellitnow.com… buyr.biz… trackr.biz… recovr.org… wstlk.us… wowstalker.com… 23meals.com… stuffthatshouldnthavesugarinit.com… unwishlist.com… thingsijustlearned.com… These are just a few from the collection.

Whenever I bought domains like this I also picked up all the .org and .net versions. Because while you think that the .org/.net forms of your domain names don’t matter, they do. If, for example, you’re a presidential candidate, it might be embarrassing for someone who’s opposed to your policies to get ahold of them. And it’s definitely embarrassing to let the .com version of your domain slip through your fingers, especially if it ends up in the hands of Donald Trump and he redirects all your traffic to his site.

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How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Apple Pay

You get a call from an unknown number. You ignore it. But they call again, and again, and again, and sometimes they leave you a silent voicemail. Spooked, you google the phone number. There are several reports saying the callers are credit card scammers, but there are also comments saying that the callers really are your credit card company.

Unsure, you decide to check your credit card statement online. You see strange charges: a subscription to a Latvian gaming site, a deluxe membership on a porn site, five subscriptions to Christian Mingle. And if you’re really unlucky, a motorhome.

If you actually use your credit card, a variant of the above scenario has likely happened to you. Possibly several times. It occurs because a business you used the card with didn’t protect their data and got broken into, and in the process, your personal details and card information were stolen.

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Publishing to WordPress from Google Docs

Google Docs is great for collaboratively editing. You can share files, make comments, have conversations around specific areas, and make suggestions, all in real time. But it’s not so great for posting to WordPress. Yes, you can just copy and paste a post from Docs into WordPress, but in the process, you lose images and the formatting and spacing goes all weird. It’s definitely not plug and play; there’s a lot more fuss than I’d like.

I recently changed my workflow to collaboratively write in Google Docs and then publish in WordPress. I tried three different Google Docs add-ons, all of which claimed that they’d transfer articles to WordPress: none worked. So naturally, I was happy to see that the WordPress team have picked up on the problem and offered a solution: I can now draft using Docs and port my work right into WordPress. This means that I can spend more time writing and less time tinkering (procrastinating) with image and format settings.

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Science Is Happening All Around You

What do you imagine when you think of “science”? White coats, test tubes, beakers? Crazy hair and bowties? Musty books of facts?

How about a rainbow? Or the blue of the sky? Under it, grass, green, absorbing energy from the sun. And the sun, its fires lasting hundreds of millions of lifetimes, its planets rotating on their axes, revolving around it, as it describes its own arc in its galaxy of a hundred billion other stars.

We often think of science as a body of knowledge or set of rules, when “science” refers to a process of discovery: observe the world, develop theories about how it works, test them.

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