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V: Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valourous visitation of a bygone vexation stands vivified and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition! The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it's my very good honour to meet you and you may call me V.

What happens to your Facebook account if you pass away?


What happens to your Facebook account if you pass away? by Carlos Paula Simões

Answer by Carlos Paula Simões:

We should prepare ourselves for such.

Regarding Facebook, the best thing to do is to nominate a “legacy contact”. A legacy contact is someone you choose to manage your account after you pass away. They'll be able to do things like pin a post on your Timeline, respond to new friend requests and update your profile picture. They won't post as you or see your messages.

I think this restriction – your messages will remain confidential – is quite appropriate… these are just a handful of the secrets we commonly hear people learning of after a death, some of it revealed by the correspondence with someone else:

The person who died . . .

Was in debt.

Was having or had an affair.

Had a previous marriage they kept secret.

Had other children that were kept a secret.

Was struggling with drugs or alcohol.

Had a problem with gambling.

Had been aware they were sick/dying and not told anyone.

Had not shared their true sexual orientation or gender identity.

But in case you don't want a Facebook account after you pass away, you can request to have your account permanently deleted instead of choosing a legacy contact.

What happens to your Facebook account if you pass away?

How does Twitter use machine learning?


How does Twitter use machine learning? by Arindam Paul

Answer by Arindam Paul:

I do not work on Twitter so I cannot deterministically answer this. I hope someone from Twitter answer this. However, as a person researching in machine learning, I can try to guess. Although I think they do not use it as much as Facebook or Google does as there is not much moderation or ranking going on.

  1. Trending: So twitter has this thing at the right (at least on my chrome desktop browser). You can see that what trends does not depend on what has the highest tweets right. So, I presume they use some machine learning to automatically learn the time-series data (tweets)

2. Moments: This is where there is not much difference between Twitter and a news website like Times. I believe (again I do not work at Twitter) that there is some kind of ML and heuristic algorithm which determines what pops up as Moments. One parameter which is definitely used is location.

3. Who to Follow: Again this uses information about the things you post (textual information, hashtags) , people following you, people recenty followed by you, people whose posts you favorited.

Also, I know for sure lot of people use twitter data for machine learning. I guess most of you knew this already. I had worked on a course project where I looked at "I just bought" tweets when people buy things from Amazon.

One arena where they do not use machine learning is modulate people's feed. So Twitter does not organize the feeds based on who you recently followed, who responds to your tweets etc.

How does Twitter use machine learning?

Bad Idea Fridays: An App for Talking to Myself


Hi. I'm Hilary Mason.

DeepMind’s WaveNet: A Generative Model for Raw Audio paper was one of the most interesting papers last year. It describes a new approach that dramatically increases the accuracy of generating audio, including individual voices. Read more here.

So what are people going to do with this? It’s easy to imagine high-quality voice output from Amazon Echo or Siri, or even scary applications, like scam phone calls that sound like they are coming from your own friends or family members (explored here).

And that brings us to today’s bad idea. Let’s build an app that allows you to have a conversation with yourself… in your own voice. You can share all of your half-baked ideas and arguments, and have your own voice cheering you on and repeating things back to you!


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What is the most valuable programming skill at the moment?


What is the most valuable programming skill at the moment? by Ken Mazaika

Answer by Ken Mazaika:

The most valuable skill is the one you’re probably not thinking of.

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Just the other day, I was talking with a student of mine on a Google Hangout about this very same topic.

At the end of our conversation, here’s what he said to me:

“Ken, that’s the single most boring piece of programing advice I’ve ever received. But I’m so happy you gave it to me.”

Here’s the gist of what I said:

Just like in any other field, everyone in programming likes to talk about the latest stuff. Lots of the conversations that I have right now are about things like:

  • Is AI the future of programming?
  • Should I be learning about VR?
  • Will React/Elixir/Websockets be the biggest technology of the next 5 years?

All of this is fun to talk about. But if you’re only focusing on the cutting edge technologies, you’re completely missing the point.

Programming has always been about one main skill:

You need to be really good at figuring things out on the fly.

Technology will constantly evolve. There are always going to be new programming languages and frameworks coming out all the time. You shouldn’t spend your time chasing the cool trends.

Instead, you should spend your time on becoming a Self-Sufficient Developer, somebody who can learn new things as they arise.


Markets change. Nobody knows for sure what the next big thing in programming will actually be.

The one constant is that the market will always have a demand for people who can:

  • Effectively use Google searches
  • Solve the problems that they’re faced with
  • Figure stuff out quickly

Become exceptional at figuring things out. Then you’ll always be in-demand.

If you want to become an in-demand developer in 2017 but are unsure of what to focus on, check out this blog post: 100 Essential Lessons For Those Who Want To Learn To Code In 2017.

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What is the most valuable programming skill at the moment?

Who is leading in AI research among big players like IBM, Google, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft?


Question on @Quora: Who is leading in AI research among big players like IBM, Google, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft?

IBM Cognative Cloud is a front runner in the AI race to build AI solutions and should be recognized in this article.

Who is leading in AI research among big players like IBM, Google, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft?

Le fake news di Michele Serra

Le fake news di Michele Serra


L’amaca di Michele Serra è finita in cima alla prima pagina di Repubblica, ma questo non ha evidentemente incentivato il giornalista a migliorare la qualità della sua striscia quotidiana, che oggi registra l’ennesimo scivolone figlio d’approssimazione e ignoranza dei temi con i quali il nostro si cimenta. Oggi Serra vuole dirci che il rozzo Trump messo accanto a Obama fa una pessima figura. Conclusione che non è certo una novità o una brillante intuizione originale, così per dare più forza e colore al pezzo s’è avventurato in un assurdo, quanto falso, paragone tra gli avi dei due:

«Si poteva intuire, risalendo per li rami, che il cow-boy trisavolo di Trump, quando entrava nel saloon con lo stuzzicadenti in bocca, non era molto più chic del bisavolo di Obama nei campi di cotone. E almeno gli avi di Obama cantavano il blues e non quel terribile country con la giacca…

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What are some missing features from today’s social networks?


What are some missing features from today's social networks? by Max Hilmer

Answer by Max Hilmer:

Each successful social network explores a certain element of social connection. They have a bouquet of well thought-out features, accompanied with a smart design, marketing strategy, and brand reputation. All this comes into play in order to make a unique user experience that convinces people to sign-up and keeps them coming back. In an interview with Neil Degrass Tyson, Biz Stone describes social networks more as an art form, and focuses on the feeling you get from using one. The Impact of Twitter on Society with Biz Stone – StarTalk Radio Show by Neil deGrasse Tyson"


When I was in High School, if you didn't have a Facebook, you were missing out on an important paradigm of social interaction.  Even still, the majority of young teenagers use Instagram now, even NASA posts exclusives to the app; NASA Teams Up with Instagram To Debut Pluto Surface Photo

These are the 2014 statistics from the Social Networking Fact Sheet of the Pew Research Center.

As of September 2014:

  • 71% of online adults use Facebook
  • 23% of online adults use Twitter
  • 26% use Instagram
  • 28% use Pinterest
  • 28% use LinkedIn

Facebook Features, What's Missing?
  A new feature I'm excited to try is the ability to send and receive money via private messages. There are no fees, and it's as easy as sending a text. In the future, I'd like to see Facebook work on making it easier for people to easily crowdsource projects, kickstarters, and charities.

Facebook's digital assistant, "M", is another new feature that looks promising. Dave Marcus unveiled it as follows;

"Today we're beginning to test a new service called M. M is a personal digital assistant inside of Messenger that completes tasks and finds information on your behalf. It's powered by artificial intelligence that's trained and supervised by people.
Unlike other AI-based services in the market, M can actually complete tasks on your behalf. It can purchase items, get gifts delivered to your loved ones, book restaurants, travel arrangements, appointments and way more."


Tagging on Twitter is pretty incredible. It's helped users raise the public voice, challenge corrupt businesses and officials, and even organize revolutions. Twitter Revolution: How the Arab Spring Was Helped By Social Media

Because of the way Twitter can raise the people's voice, public entities have less autonomy over their brand reputation. Advertising is said to be more democratic, even conversational between buyer and consumer. Twitter Marketing

Twitter, What's Missing?

Everything you need to know about Twitter's missing features, or what it could potentially be, you can find here; Twitter Live — STARTUPS + WANDERLUST + LIFE HACKING

And here – Introducing the Tweetstorm ™ — STARTUPS + WANDERLUST + LIFE HACKING

Or to see what Twitter's working on behind the curtains – Twitter's new 'Project Lightning' could dramatically change how people experience live events


Sometimes, it's not what you can do, but what you can't do that matters, and restricting a user's ability has been a continual source of success in social networks.

  • Snapchat makes everything disappear, mimicking the style of a real-life conversation.
  • Twitter's 140 character limit turns posts into individual thoughts. A Tweet is like a single cell, the collection of which forms a multicellular organism that acts as the people's voice.

What are some missing features from today's social networks?