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  1. Last 7 days
    1. Denmark’s data protection regulator found that local schools did not really understand what Google was doing with students’ data and as a result blocked around 8,000 students from using the Chromebooks that had become a central part of their daily education.

      Danish data regulator puts a temporary ban on Google education products

  2. Sep 2022
    1. Google Forms and Sheets allow users toannotate using customizable tools. Google Forms offers a graphicorganizer that can prompt student-determined categorical input andthen feeds the information into a Sheets database. Sheetsdatabases are taggable, shareable, and exportable to other software,such as Overleaf (London, UK) for writing and Python for coding.The result is a flexible, dynamic knowledge base with many learningapplications for individual and group work

      Who is using these forms in practice? I'd love to see some examples.

      This sort of set up could be used with some outlining functionality to streamline the content creation end of common note taking practices.


      Is anyone using a spreadsheet program (Excel, Google Sheets) as the basis for their zettelkasten?

      Link to examples of zettelkasten as database (Webb, Seignobos suggestions)

      syndication link


    1. Working backwards, Google isn’t legally compelled to give Mark a hearing about his digital life (Sixth Amendment); they are wrong not to. Google isn’t legally compelled to give Mark due process before permanently deleting his digital life (Fifth Amendment); they are wrong not to. Google isn’t legally compelled to not search all of the photographs uploaded to Google (by default, if you click through all of the EULA’s); they are…well, this is where it gets complicated.

      Ben Thompson makes the case that although Google is acting within legal bounds, morally their behavior is wrong and incompatible with the spirit of the Fifth, Sixth and possibly Fourth Amendments.

    2. Ben Thompson discusses the tradeoffs of Google pre-emptively scanning mobile pictures to combat child pornography with reference to a recent case where a concerned father had his digital life wiped out by Google (and not reinstated after being cleared by law enforcement) after sending a picture of his son's penis to his family doctor.

    3. Even if you grant the arguments that this awesome exercise of surveillance is warranted, given the trade-offs in question, that makes it all the more essential that the utmost care be taken in case the process gets it wrong. Google ought to be terrified it has this power, and be on the highest alert for false positives; instead the company has gone in the opposite direction, setting itself as judge, jury, and executioner, even when the people we have collectively entrusted to lock up criminals ascertain there was no crime. It is beyond arrogant, and gives me great unease about the company generally, and its long-term investments in AI in particular.

      Ben Thompson argues that Google should be incredibly wary in finding themselves in the position where they can lawfully act as the judge, jury and executioner presiding over someone's digital life. And yet they don't seem to be.

  3. Aug 2022
    1. How do I turn off the requirement to have a lock screen?Today, I'm suddenly unable to use any Google related apps on my phone, because I am now REQUIRED to set up a lock screen on my phone. I get that you want to be super-secure for businesses using enterprise devices. I am not a business. I'm some guy who just happens to have a domain name. My only "employee" is me. I have a two email addresses: My real first name, and the shorter version that most people call me. I do NOT want a lock screen on my phone. I don't want to be forced to give myself permission to use apps on my phone. Why am I now required to add all this bull$%^? Nobody is hacking my interwebs. Give me a f#$%^& break! I don't need a lock screen. I've been using this account for everything (gmail, youtube, etc) for over five years now. I'm not interested in deleting it and going back to my gmail.com account. I'm also not interested in being forced to click multiple times just to use my phone. Let me disable it.So, how do I turn this garbage off?
    1. In 1910, Otlet and La Fontaine shifted their attention to the establishment of the Mundaneum in Mons, Belgium. Again with government support, the aim of this institution was to bring together all of the world’s knowledge in a single UDC index. They created the gigantic repository as a service where anyone in the world could submit an inquiry on any topic for a fee.

      Mundaneum as an early prototype of Google Search

    2. As described by Otlet, the ambition of the UBR was to build “an inventory of all that has been written at all times, in all languages, and on all subjects.”

      Paul Otlet attempted to index all the worlds' knowledge years before Goggle was conceived.

    1. Google and Youtube search are heavily censored, for example if you open Youtube and type "JRE alex" then Alex Jones will be the last suggestion despite his episode having the most views, if you type "JRE Robert" then Youtube will suggest Robert Downey Jr and other guests whose name starts with Robert, but it won't show Robert Malone, and if you write "JRE Robert Malon" it still won't suggest it.

      Popular episodes of Joe Rogan are being censored by YouTube. You won't find them with a normal search.

  4. Jul 2022
    1. Google 在今年二月宣布了 Chrome OS 的一个新版本 Chrome OS Flex,设计运行在旧的 PC 和 Mac 上。Chrome OS Flex 的外观与运行在 Chromebook 笔记本电脑上的 Chrome OS 相同,基于相同的代码库和发布周期。Google 称,安装 Chrome OS Flex 非常简单,首先是创建一个可引导的 U 盘,然后用几分钟时间在设备上安装替代原操作系统。当时 Chrome OS Flex 处于早期发布阶段(early access)。本周 Google 宣布该操作系统进入到 GA(general availability) 阶段,并认证了逾 400 款设备,可以稳定运行 Chrome OS Flex,其中包括苹果 Mac Mini 7,1、苹果 MacBook 7,1、苹果 MacBook Air 5,1、第一代联想 ThinkPad X1 Carbon 等等。

  5. Jun 2022
    1. Google still uses it for the base ranking. But, the results are then run through a variety of add-on ML pipelines, like Vince (authority/brand power), Panda (inbound link quality), Penguin (content quality), and many others that target other attributes (page layout, ad placement, etc). Then there's also more granular weightings for things like "power within a niche", where a new page might do well for plumbing (because of other existing pages on the site), but wouldn't automatically have any authority for medical topics.
  6. May 2022
    1. It's the feedback that's motivating A-list bloggers like Digg founder Kevin Rose to shut down their blogs and redirect traffic to their Google+ profiles. I have found the same to be true.

      This didn't work out too well for them did it?

  7. Apr 2022
    1. Google Scholar does not disclose the size of its database, but it is widely acknowledged to be the biggest corpus in existence, with close to 400 million articles by one estimate (M. Gusenbauer Scientometrics 118, 177–214; 2019).

      Google Scholar was estimated to cover 400 million articles in 2019. It's acknowledged to be the largest research corpus, but the company doesn't publicly publish the size of its database.

    2. Besides published articles, Google Scholar might also pick up preprints as well as “low-quality theses and dissertations”, Tay says. Even so, “you get some gems you might not have seen”, he says. (Scopus, a competing literature database maintained by the Amsterdam-based publisher Elsevier, began incorporating preprints earlier this year, a spokesperson says. But it does not index theses and dissertations. “There will be titles that do not meet the Scopus standards but are covered by Google Scholar,” he says.)

      Scopus primarily covers regularly published journals with ISSN numbers and began including preprints in 2021, while Google Scholar has a broader net that also includes theses, dissertations, preprints, and books.

    3. Aaron Tay, a librarian at Singapore Management University who studies academic search tools, gets literature recommendations from both Twitter and Google Scholar, and finds that the latter often highlights the same articles as his human colleagues, albeit a few days later. Google Scholar “is almost always on target”, he says.

      Anecdotal evidence indicates that manual human curation as evinced by Twitter front runs Google Scholar by a few days.

    1. We asked them to collect searches they performed in their normal workday, and then evaluate their performance on Google, Bing, Neeva, You.com, Kagi, and DuckDuckGo.Here are more examples of programming queries where Google is lagging behind.

      For example, searching for "python throw exception" will show better results in Neeva or You.com than in Google

  8. Mar 2022
    1. The tech industry's historical amnesia — the inability to learn about, to recognize, to remember what has come before — is deeply intertwined with the idea of "disruption" and its firm belief that new technologies are necessarily innovative and are always "progress." I like to cite, as an example, a New Yorker article from a few years ago, an interview with an Uber engineer who'd pleaded guilty to stealing Google's self-driving car technology. "The only thing that matters is the future," he told the magazine. "I don't even know why we study history. It's entertaining, I guess — the dinosaurs and the Neanderthals and the Industrial Revolution, and stuff like that. But what already happened doesn't really matter. You don't need to know that history to build on what they made. In technology, all that matters is tomorrow." (I could tie this attitude to the Italian Futurists and to fascism, but that’s a presentation for another day.)
  9. Feb 2022
    1. Google survived enormous VC funding because it could legitimately absorb large amounts of money.

      What's an example of a company that can't absorb large amounts of funding? I assume Google used it to improve their infrastructure to support an incredibly large userbase. Uber for example used most of its funding for marketing and kickstarting their marketplace. The general ethos of "hypergrowth" seems to be trying to get to scale as fast as possible.

      So the argument here is not to chase scale by throwing money at it, but only invest when it's required? Does the second case actually exist outside of boostrapped startups?

    1. The cloud advantage was one of the main pillars upon which the Stadia business was built, and there just isn't any evidence that this theoretical benefit is working to Google's benefit in real life.

      Has better latency != can have better latency. If there's demand for Stadia I assume they could use more of those data centers. But not sure the performance of Stadaia is the problem here, it's far far easier to use Stadia than Gefore NOW. Yet, people don't use it.

    2. "The fundamental benefit of our cloud-native infrastructure is that developers will be able to take advantage of hardware and power in ways never before possible, and that includes taking advantage of the power of multiple GPUs at once."

      Notably, this goal has been stated before, I believe by Microsoft for the Xbox 360? Running demanding workloads in the cloud elastically makes a lot more sense than buying hardware you rarely use.

    3. Google killed SG&E about one year after Stadia launched, before the studio had released a game or done any public work. In a blog post announcing Stadia's pivot to a "platform technology," Stadia VP Phil Harrison explained the decision to shutter SG&E, saying, "Creating best-in-class games from the ground up takes many years and significant investment, and the cost is going up exponentially."

      I suspect Google wanted faster, more measurable results than is possible with game development. There's a reason why tech companies are vastly more profitable than game companies.

      I don't particularly see the shame in changing a strategy that isn't working. As an early user of Stadia I do see the lost potential though, maybe that's where this is coming from.

    4. With Stadia's consumer model going down the drain, Google announced it would pivot Stadia to become a behind-the-scenes, white-label data center service that the company will reportedly re-brand as "Google Stream."

      I think that makes a lot of sense. Google doesn't want to do the "platform building" Microsoft and Sony excel at, and it doesn't have to.

      Imagine playing or trying out video games simply on the developers website.

    5. One of the many problems the platform faces is that Stadia hardware is only good for Stadia. It can't run anything other than Stadia, so Google is reluctant to invest in this single-use hardware and keep it up to date. The Stadia computer you're renting from Google is pretty outdated.

      I would love some sources on this.

    6. Stadia certainly isn't available in "over 200 countries." It's available in just 22 countries, or about 10 percent of the scale Pichai heavily implied Google could work at.

      Do the other countries have sufficiently fast internet infrastructure to make streaming work well for many people? Is there demand for Stadia there? What's the criticism regarding this exactly?

    1. One source described the Q&A as an ultimately unsuccessful attempt at extracting some kind of accountability from Stadia management.

      There is no accountability to people inside corporations, only to results. Which is working as intended, companies are meant to make money by serving customers, not employees.

      The simple "truth" here is that these Stadia games likely wouldn't have been successful without a lot of additional investments.

    2. We will confirm the SG&E investment envelope shortly, which will, in turn, inform the SG&E strategy

      That's corporate speak for "prepare for budget cuts". If nothing would change, they'd have said so directly.

  10. Jan 2022
    1. at peak flu levels reached 11% of the US public this flu season, almost double the CDC’s estimate of about 6%.

      How is google retaining this data. It seems weird to me that they would just refuse to explain the error. There has to be a reason that Google would come to a conclusion that is double that of the CDC.

    1. Google/gmail calls apps that don't support OAuth2 "less secure". But, that doesn't make them insecure. So what it means is gmail's meaning of LessSecureApp is basically anything that doesn’t use OAuth2.
    1. But Google also uses optical character recognition to produce a second version, for its search engine to use, and this double process has some quirks. In a scriptorium lit by the sun, a scribe could mistakenly transcribe a “u” as an “n,” or vice versa. Curiously, the computer makes the same mistake. If you enter qualitas—an important term in medieval philosophy—into Google Book Search, you’ll find almost two thousand appearances. But if you enter “qnalitas” you’ll be rewarded with more than five hundred references that you wouldn’t necessarily have found.

      I wonder how much Captcha technology may have helped to remedy this in the intervening years?

    1. He said the new AI tutor platform collects “competency skills graphs” made by educators, then uses AI to generate learning activities, such as short-answer or multiple-choice questions, which students can access on an app. The platform also includes applications that can chat with students, provide coaching for reading comprehension and writing, and advise them on academic course plans based on their prior knowledge, career goals and interest

      I saw an AI Tutor demo as ASU+GSV in 2021 and it was still early stage. Today, the features highlighted here are yet to be manifested in powerful ways that are worth utilizing, however, I do believe the aspirations are likely to be realized, and in ways beyond what the product managers are even hyping. (For example, I suspect AI Tutor will one day be able to provide students feedback in the voice/tone of their specific instructor.)

    2. The Google Career Certificates Employer Consortium consists of over 150 U.S. companies like Deloitte, Infosys, Snap Inc., Target, Verizon, and of course, Google. These companies span multiple sectors and are committed to considering Google Career Certificate graduates for entry-level jobs. Upon completion of a Google Career Certificate, you will gain access to an exclusive job platform where you can easily apply to opportunities from employers with open jobs. https://grow.google/certificates/it-support/#?modal_active=none

      The consortium consists of 150 companies in December, 2021. This will increase. Significant community college reaction is (wisely?) sensing an opportunity instead of a threat. They are collaborating and indications are they will benefit across multiple verticals. I'm excited to see how this plays out in 4-year spaces of Higher Ed:

      • Will HE react to a threat or an opportunity?
      • How might domains like interpersonal and intercultural skills be credentialed in a way that fosters an interoperable ecosystem between HE and industry efforts like this?
      • How will HE endeavor to consume credentials issued by non-accredited bodies?
  11. Dec 2021
    1. About 7 in 10 Americans think their phone or other devices are listening in on them in ways they did not agree to.

      I'm enough of a tinfoil hat wearer to this this might be true. Especially since my google home talks to me entirely too much when I'm not talking to it.

  12. Nov 2021
    1. Here are the impressive detailed statistics from their repository as of 2015, for which more recent data is challenging to obtain.

      Interesting statistics (mostly inside diagrams) from 2015 on Google's big [[monorepo]] (which is NOT git).

  13. tabmaker.withgoogle.com tabmaker.withgoogle.com
    1. Tab Maker有些类似 Google 早年的产品「iGoogle」服务,该服务可以让用户按照个人的喜好来方便地定制和整合不同来源的信息在 Google 主页上,使其成为一个个性化的门户。

  14. Oct 2021
    1. We will also show you how to de-link your Chrome profile from your Google account(s) by stopping Chrome from syncing with Google in the first place. This will help keep your Chrome profile separate from your Google account and enhance your online privacy.
    2. To do that, Chrome automatically links your Chrome profile to a Google account when you sign in to any Google service on the web. That helps Google deliver a ‘seamless experience’ across all devices by letting you sync your history, bookmarks, passwords, etc., across multiple devices. Meanwhile, privacy-conscious users see this as a major threat to their online privacy and advise users to remove their Google account from Chrome.
    3. As mentioned already, Chrome automatically signs you in to your Google account every time you sign into a Google service, like Gmail, YouTube, Google Photos, etc. It also links your current Chrome profile to that account. While Google says that it does so to offer a ‘seamless experience’, it is a privacy nightmare for many users.
    1. Some Chrome users may like the new functionality as it makes it easier for them to sign in or out of Chrome and Google on the Web. Others may dislike it for privacy and user-choice reasons. Think about it, if you sign in to Chrome you are automatically recognized by any Google property on the web as that Google user.
    1. I have all my bookmarks and settings attached to an account which is part of a Gsuite i'm not part of anymore, so i want to resync my chrome with my personal account, but I don't know how to import all the bookmarks and settings from the old Gsuite account to my personal one

      I can relate...

    1. Material is a design system – backed by open-source code – that helps teams build high-quality digital experiences.
    1. We did most of the heavy lifting for you to provide a default stylings that incorporate our custom components.

      (The English here sounds awkward.)

      Gyuri Lajos, in the Stop Reset Go team, recommended using Materialize CSS.

      If it is based on Google’s Material Design, there are a lot of resources available to explore the possibilities. If I was building a Progressive Web App, this might be the place to start.

      The project appears to be at an early stage of development, with a 1.0.0 release.

    1. Created and designed by Google, Material Design is a design language that combines the classic principles of successful design along with innovation and technology.
  15. Sep 2021
    1. 在 Search On 活动中,Google 引入了几项新功能,综合看来这些新功能是该公司迄今为止最强有力的尝试,让用户不只是在搜索框里简单输入几个单词。通过在一些细节之处应用新的多任务统一模型(Multitask Unified Model,MUM)机器学习技术,该公司希望开启一个良性循环:它将提供更多的细节和语境更为丰富的答案,希望用户会因此询问更为详细、语境更为丰富的问题,最终结果是提供更丰富更深入的搜索体验。Google 负责搜索的高级副总裁 Prabhakar Raghavan 也负责 Assistan、广告和其他产品。他喜欢说——而且他在上周日的一次采访中也重申——“搜索可不是一个已经解决掉了的问题。”这可能是真的,但是他和他的团队现在试图解决的问题与网络上的争吵并没什么关系,而是更多地为了给找到的内容添加语境。 对 Google 而言,该公司将利用机器学习技术,发挥自身识别相关主题关联内容的能力,并且以一种有组织的方式将这些关联内容呈现给用户。即将重新设计的 Google 搜索将开始显示“该知道的事(Things to know)”框,将你送到不同的子主题。当视频中的某个部分与这个主题相关时——即使整个视频与此并无关联——它也会将你送到那里。购物结果将开始显示附近商店的库存,甚至还会显示与你的搜索相关的、不同款式的服装。对你而言,Google 正在提供一种超越文本框的、新的搜索方式。该公司正在积极推动旗下图像识别软件 Google Lens 进入更多地方。它将被内置于 iOS 上的 Google 应用程序以及桌面上的 Chrome 网络浏览器中。Google 希望,通过 MUM,能让用户不仅仅识别鲜花或者地标,而是能够直接使用 Lens 提问和购物。

    1. I have always rooted for Mozilla in preventing Google from obtaining unequivocal control of what has become the most critical software platform in the modern era, one that holds relevance in nearly everyone's life: the web.
    1. For me, using Google Keep has become an Edwardsian notebook of its own right.

      However, this depends on Google "keeping" your notes for the long-haul. Given their propensity to discontinue projects, that seems hazardous. At least Hypothesis provides a mechanism that's more open: i'm not sure whether it can be considered stable and secure for the long-term.

    1. Personalized ASR models. For each of the 432 participants with disordered speech, we create a personalized ASR model (SI-2) from their own recordings. Our fine-tuning procedure was optimized for our adaptation process, where we only have between ¼ and 2 h of data per speaker. We found that updating only the first five encoder layers (versus the complete model) worked best and successfully prevented overfitting [10]
    1. The researchers found that the model, when it is still confused by a given phoneme (that’s an individual speech sound like an “e” or “f”), has two kinds of errors. First, there’s the fact that it doesn’t recognize the phoneme for what was intended, and thus is not recognizing the word. And second, the model has to guess which phoneme the speaker did intend, and might choose the wrong one in cases where two or more words sound roughly similar.
    1. https://www.sheet-posting.me/

      <small><cite class='h-cite via'> <span class='p-author h-card'>Kevin Marks </span> in #indieweb 2021-09-06 (<time class='dt-published'>09/06/2021 16:14:19</time>)</cite></small>

  16. Aug 2021
    1. 作为 Google 旗下第一款即时通讯平台,Google Talk 于 2005 年 8 月 24 日推出。这意味着 Google 开发通讯客户端的时间比某些竞争对手诞生的时间点还要早。但随着过去十五年间持续不断的战略变化、竞争产品的发布以及内部冲突,Google 至今也拿不出一款占据主导地位、甚至真正称得上稳定的即时通讯平台。这十余年间的反复折腾,还给了其他更为专注的厂商们壮大的机会。令人尴尬的是,目前市面上的几乎所有拳头产品都比 Google 的同类方案更年轻。WhatsApp 只有 12 岁,Facebook Messenger 9 岁,iMessage 9 岁,Slack 8岁——而曾经的老大哥 Google Talk 甚至在 Zoom 诞生的四年之前就已经在提供视频聊天功能。 很明显,Google 的通讯产品比不上之前提到的任何一款重量级竞品。事实上,Google 内部一直缺乏一种占据主导的消息应用,白白浪费掉了十几年宝贵光阴。如今的 Google 既无法彻底克服这个问题,也无法集全力构建单一产品。Facebook 与 Salesforce 等厂商都在单一通讯应用上投入了数百亿美元,但 Google 却似乎仅仅满足于一个个由跳槽项目经理负责的,资金不足、人员不稳的小项目。曾经有一段时间,Google 也开发出过一款不错的消息收发解决方案,但随时关停、发展重心的反复转移以及因此对产品成熟度造成的严重破坏,导致 Google 无法将那一点点客户好感留存至今。或者说 Google 的表现有一种特殊性,我们很少看到哪家公司会在同一个坑里挣扎这么长时间、尝试开发这么多不同的产品(Google Chat 才刚刚推出不到一个月)。

    1. i was supposed to mention your "nest" a hallowed thing, hallowed beyond the apparent missing fountain of saint augustine

      Google, and you? Mountain View and the image of a little chick with no wings falling towards the stork's magical encumberance--the ostrich, ostensibly, of the peacock and NBC

      the land where wings sprout upon need, and "were you going to fly?" the answer to the waxy waning of an icarushian delve into the vacuum above the world's firmament and even above the "oh" zone. @google

  17. Jul 2021
    1. Live Caption

      I went to Google Accessibility and played with the Live Caption feature it has. I didn't even know this was a thing. It may be another option for captioning videos. Technology is such a beautiful thing!

    1. Create an account or session

      This is the process of using social login. Google/FB does the authentication part. Once the token has been confirmed, create a new access_token and refresh_token for the user like a normal user who logged in via email/password.

    1. Finding these kinds of sites can be tough, especially if you’re looking for authentic 1990s sites and not retro callbacks, since Google seems to refuse to show you pages from over 10 years ago.

      I think I've read this bit about Google forgetting from Tim Bray(?) before. Would be useful to have additional back up for it.

      Not being able to rely on Google means that one's on personal repositories of data in their commonplace book becomes far more valuable in the search proposition. This means that Google search is more of a discovery mechanism rather than having the value of the sort of personalized search people may be looking for.

    1. 2003 年 Google 成立名为“Search by Location”的内部项目,输入邮政编码或者地址,Google 给出一系列基于这个位置的搜索结果。这本质上还是搜索,只不过是搜索经过认证的黄页信息,组织形式还是一个个网页。

      “实事求是的说,这就是一个毫无用处的项目。”当时的产品经理 Bret Taylor 回忆说,Search by Location 甚至一整天都没有一个用户。Taylor 后来任职 Facebook 的 CTO,现在是协作工具 Quip 的 CEO。

      2004 年,Google 收购了三家地图数据服务商 Keyhole、Where2 和 Zipdash。其中 Keyhole 的核心技术,就是把无数个碎片化的卫星图组合,对应到地图之上。

      2005 年 2 月 8 号,第一版 Google 地图被分享到技术社区 Slashdot 上。“用鼠标拖动显示出来的地图,Cool!”、“这是我见过最棒的网页应用了。”Google 地图一开始得到的评价还不错。

      现在看其实非常简陋。地图的地点信息不可点击、不会打开任何网页——就是一张放在网上的地图纸。覆盖的最大范围是美洲大陆,有地理信息的也只有美国本土,隔壁的加拿大和墨西哥只是轮廓。

  18. Jun 2021
    1. Google Chat is the name fans have affectionately used to refer to Google’s original messaging service, Google Talk, for many years.

      would have liked to have seen a mention of XMPP interoperability somewhere in this article.

    1. Is Google Making Us Stupid?: What the Internet is doing to our Brains by Nicholas Carr July/August 2008 in The Atlantic

    2. Last year, Page told a convention of scientists that Google is “really trying to build artificial intelligence and to do it on a large scale.”

      What if they're not? What if they're building an advertising machine to manipulate us into giving them all our money?

      From an investor perspective, the artificial answer certainly seems sexy while using some clever legerdemain to keep the public from seeing what's really going on behind the curtain?

  19. May 2021
    1. Google Authenticator

      I've heard that Google Authenticator now allows data to be exported, but I'm not sure about how easy it is.

      The Verge posted this about the matter in late 2020.

    1. Method 1: We can grab the PDF Versions of Google’s TotT episodes or create our own posters that are more relevant to the company and put them in places where both developers and testers can’t be ignored.Method 2 : We can initiate something called ‘Tip of the day’ Mailing System from Quality Engineering Department.

      Ways to implement Google's Testing on the Toilet concept

    2. They started to write flyers about everything from dependency injection to code coverage and then regularly plaster the bathrooms in all over Google with each episode, almost 500 stalls worldwide.

      Testing on the Toilet (TotT) concept

    3. Dogfooding → Internal adoption of software that is not yet released. The phrase “eating your own dogfood” is meant to convey the idea that if you make a product to sell to someone else, you should be willing to use it yourself to find out if it is any good.

      Dogfooding testing method at Google

    1. So the proper unit for this kind of exploratory, semantic search is not the file, but rather something else, something I don't quite have a word for: a chunk or cluster of text, something close to those little quotes that I've assembled in DevonThink. If I have an eBook of Manual DeLanda's on my hard drive, and I search for "urban ecosystem" I don't want the software to tell me that an entire book is related to my query. I want the software to tell me that these five separate paragraphs from this book are relevant. Until the tools can break out those smaller units on their own, I'll still be assembling my research library by hand in DevonThink.

      Search on documents returning something in the neighborhood of 500 words or so seems to be the right amount of information. One wants a few paragraphs related to an idea and not an entire book which takes longer to scan.

      Google search does this type of search and it's also what Google Books attempts to do as well when searching specifically there.

    1. But in response there has been no serious attempt by digital media developers to engage in a constructive public dialogue with historians of information and leading librarians. There is, perhaps, a reason for this. As Geoffrey Nunberg starkly revealed in 2009 in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Google cannot celebrate the history of indexing and cataloguing because it would draw attention to its matrix of errors. As of yet, Google Books does not work as an accurate system of cataloguing and searching for books. Nunberg showed that the seemingly clunky nineteenth-century Library of Congress Classification system is still more accurate. So intellectual history can still offer practical models and lessons to the titans of the Web.

      The Information emperor has no clothes.

  20. Apr 2021
  21. Mar 2021
    1. I'd done that and even did a stand alone view of just that calendar without any luck. I'd even tried deleting and re-adding last night.

      I just deleted the calendar and tried it again from scratch. It seems to be working now, so perhaps it was a cache issue somewhere between the site software and Google Calendar? Maybe a glitch on the edge of having no events in the subscribed calendar and several events in there now?

  22. Feb 2021
    1. In the world of pay-per-click advertising, there are many different targeting options available, each designed to create a unique way for advertisers to reach their target audience.Through platforms like Google Ads, Microsoft Ads, and others, we’re able to serve targeted messages to users based on:Their search behavior.Content they’re viewing.Behaviors they’ve exhibited.And more.

      This chapter mentions Google Ads and Microsoft, do these same suggestions also relate to Bing or Yahoo closely?

    1. For us, technology is not about the devices or the products we build. Those aren’t the end-goals. Technology is a democratizing force, empowering people through information. Google is an information company. It was when it was founded, and it is today. And it’s what people do with that information that amazes and inspires me every day.

      对我们而言:技术,绝不仅仅是我们创造的设备或产品,因为那并不是终极目标。技术,是一种民主的力量,它所提供的信息,便是力量之源。而Google正是这样一家信息公司,成立至今,始终坚守初衷,从未改变。同时,人们对信息的运用,也不断给我带来惊喜与启迪。

    2. As we look to our long-term investments in our productivity tools supported by our machine learning and artificial intelligence efforts, we see huge opportunities to dramatically improve how people work. Your phone should proactively bring up the right documents, schedule and map your meetings, let people know if you are late, suggest responses to messages, handle your payments and expenses, etc.

      我们长期投入于开发以机器学习及人工智能为支持的产品,并以此明显改善人们的工作方式。在未来,你的手机将能够自动提取正确文件、规划会议日程并追踪会议进展、通知别人你能否按时到达、草拟短信回复,并能够处理你的开销等等。

    3. Looking to the future, the next big step will be for the very concept of the “device” to fade away. Over time, the computer itself—whatever its form factor—will be an intelligent assistant helping you through your day. We will move from mobile first to an AI first world.

      放眼未来,“设备”的概念将与我们渐行渐远。有朝一日,各种外形的计算机将会在我们生活的各个方面,扮演智能助手的角色。这个世界将从“移动设备优先”变为“人工智能优先”。

    4. In many ways, the founding mission of Google back in ’98—“to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful”—is even truer and more important to tackle today, in a world where people look to their devices to help organize their day, get them from one place to another, and keep in touch. The mobile phone really has become the remote control for our daily lives, and we’re communicating, consuming, educating, and entertaining ourselves, on our phones, in ways unimaginable just a few years ago. 

      多年来,Google一直坚持着自1998年创立以来就立下的使命:“整合全球信息,使人人都能访问并从中受益。”这一使命也在如今变得更加切实且至关重要。因为,在当今世界,人们已经习惯于使用设备来帮助他们安排每天的生活、来往于各地并与彼此保持联系。手机也已成为管理我们日常生活的远程控制器。人们正在手机上,以许多过去无法想象的方式,进行沟通、消费、教育以及娱乐。

    5. This year’s Founders' Letter Copy link
  23. aiyprojects.withgoogle.com aiyprojects.withgoogle.com
    1. AIY全称是Artificial Intelligence Yourself,即动手创作你的人工智能。它是一个由Google在2017年启动的项目,目的就是让每个创客(Maker)都可以DIY自己的人工智能产品。

      在该项目的网站上,主要为孩子们提供了视觉套件和语音套件,协助他们去完成简单的智能产品。

    1. Artificial intelligence has already changed the world in some pretty dramatic ways and will certainly do even more so in the future. But it’s a component technology. The transistor has changed the world. But saying, “How are transistors going to change the world?” is almost the wrong layer of abstraction—it’s like trying to understand a river by talking about H20. So artificial intelligence will participate meaningfully in causing technologies to become more intelligent and will shift how we try to deliver value to people. Less and less will technologies need to do what we want them to do through straightforward mechanical and structural solutions and more and more they’ll solve the problems through the increment of intelligence.

      人工智能已经以一些非常引人注目的方式改变了世界,在未来肯定会做的更好。但他是一种组件技术。晶体管已经改变了世界,但是说“晶体管会如何改变世界”几乎是错误的抽象层面,这就好比通过讨论H2O来理解一条河。所以AI将对科技智能化的提升起到重要的作用,同时也会改变我们给人们传递价值的方式。科技将越来越少地直接依靠机械化结构化的解决方式来完成我们交代的任务,而是越来越依靠智能的提升来解决问题。

    2. We do keep track of projects, especially after we’ve killed them. For two reasons: No. 1, we don’t want to reinvent the wheel. We don’t want someone who gets hired two years after we kill a project to come up with the same idea and then spend three months rediscovering it. Reason No. 2 is we want to keep track of the ideas that we’ve had—and we do have a database—because sometimes there are presumptions [that could be revisited]. Say we’re going to not work on this project because one of the necessary constituent ingredients is a battery with 10 times the energy density of lithium-ion; it doesn’t exist, we don’t consider that a safe bet that it will appear in the next five years, so let’s not start this project. But then if that battery appeared, we would want to be able to go back and say, “Hey, wait a second, now we can reconsider this as a potential moonshot because that was the reason we killed it and that technology has now appeared.”

      我们会记录一些项目,特别是被淘汰了的项目。有两个原因:第一,我们不想做无用功。我们不希望有人在我们毙掉一个项目两年后又提出同样的想法,然后花三个月再研究它。

      第二个原因:我们要记下我们已经有的想法 。我们有一个数据库, 因为有时有的假设可能会被再次考虑。假设我们因为一个必要的组成成分是锂离子能量密度的10倍的电池,而废掉了某个项目。因为这种电池根本不存在,并且没有可靠的证据表明在未来五年它会出现。但是如果这个电池问世了,我们还是可以回去说:“嘿,等一下,现在我们可以重新考虑这个项目,因为这是我们当时否定它的原因,现在必要的技术可以实现了。”

    3. So our process is first you have to say what the huge problem is you’re trying to solve. You have to be able to describe it in order for it to have any chance of taking root at X. And there has to be some articulatable, hard but potentially solvable, technology problem at the middle of it. Once that’s true, we go down a path where instead of saying, “What’s most fun to do about this or what’s easiest to do first?” we say, “What is the most likely reason this project won’t make it?”

      所以我们的方法的第一步就是首先明确你想解决的最大的问题是什么。你必须能够描述它,以便它能抓住机会在X生根。其中有一些是可以解释,很难但可能解决的技术问题。一旦这问题确实存在,我们就得依序解决。这个时候,我们不是说,“最有趣的是做什么或第一步最容易做的是什么?”而是说,“这个项目不能成功的最大原因是什么?”

    1. “In Google Wave you create a wave and add people to it. Everyone on your wave can use richly formatted text, photos, gadgets, and even feeds from other sources on the web. They can insert a reply or edit the wave directly. It’s concurrent rich-text editing, where you see on your screen nearly instantly what your fellow collaborators are typing in your wave. That means Google Wave is just as well suited for quick messages as for persistent content—it allows for both collaboration and communication. You can also use ‘playback’ to rewind the wave and see how it evolved.”

      “在Google Wave中,你可以创建wave,并添加人员。Google Wave中的每个人都可以使用富文本、照片、小工具,以及网络上其他来源的文件。他们可以插入回复或直接编辑wave。这是一款富文本编辑工具,可供多人同时编辑,你可以通过屏幕实时地看到其他协作者在wave中输入的内容。Google Wave既适用于持久性内容,也支持快速消息,可用作协作和交流。你还可以使用回放的功能,重新查看wave的发展经过。”

    2. Wave’s story started in October 2004 when Google bought a mapping startup called Where 2 Tech. That acquisition came bundled with a fledgling technology that would eventually become commuters’ favorite, Google Maps. The responsibility for the new project was given to brothers Lars and Jens Rasmussen who became its lead developers. As they worked toward an initial Maps release, the brothers started to think about what might be next for them at Google.

      Wave的故事始于2004年10月,当时Google收购了一家名为Where 2 Tech的创业公司。这项收购与新兴技术的结合,最终诞生了人们出行时最喜爱的Google地图。

      新项目由主力开发人员的Lars和Jens Rasmussen兄弟负责。当初他们二人合力发布了第一版的Google地图,后来这俩兄弟开始思考下一步在Google干什么。

    1. What: Perhaps the single most famous studio-house, Giverny was not just an inspiration for Claude Monet’s famous paintings; it offers the spectacle of the landscape itself made over to look like an Impressionist painting. With a few clicks, you can stroll its pathways, go inside the house, and see vistas like the one at the top of this article, taken from the property’s Japanese-style bridge.

      吉维尼也许是世界上最著名的艺术家工作室/住所了。这个花园不仅仅是莫奈著名画作的灵感来源;花园本身的景观看起来就像一幅印象派绘画。只需点击几下鼠标,你就可以漫步在花园小径,走进屋内,还能观赏到本文首图中那样的景观——该照片是从花园的日本桥上拍摄的。

    2. Want to Visit Monet’s Giverny Gardens From Your Desk? Here Are 11 Historic Artists’ Homes You Can See on Google Street View
    1. we picked out a selection of famous photographs from the last 100 years and revisited them through Google. A lot has changed. Formerly gritty New York streets are today lined with chain stores and pharmacies, and the Las Vegas Strip, once covered in neon signage, is today home to marijuana dispensaries and shooting ranges catering to bachelorette parties.

      我们挑选了过去100年里的一些著名照片,并通过谷歌对它们进行了重新访问。变化还真挺大的。如今布满砂砾的纽约街道两旁已经焕然一新,成了连锁商店和药店;曾经被霓虹灯招牌覆盖的拉斯维加斯大道如今成了为满足单身女郎派对需要的大麻药房和射击场的所在地。但也不是所有的地方都“面目全非”

    2. We Revisited the Scenes of 8 Iconic Photographs on Google Street View to Capture What Has—and Hasn’t—Changed
    1. A synopsis of some of what Twitter has been doing wrong, opportunities squandered, and what it could be doing. Reasonable analysis of what some new competitors are doing to generate value in tangential spaces.

    1. Facebook wanting to make clothes like real in games, Microsoft trying to make sports more inclusive and Google wanting to make it easier to spy on your parents.

      Facebook想让服装在游戏中看起来像真的一样,微软想让体育更具包容性,而谷歌则想让你更容易监视父母。