Google Hiccups and Normalizing the Vector

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Gmail is having problems. Could it be the network is just getting too big? Google has thousands of servers providing access to Gmail for millions of users. According to Social Media Today:

The issue's description says that while some users received the 502 error when logging in, others had latency in accessing their emails…. 502 errors usually happen due to poor IP communication between servers. There have been a number of previous occasions when Google users have encountered a similar error, but this seems to be the first time when its has affected a multitude of Google services.

Sounds to me like a problem of scaling. Sometimes bigger is not better, it’s just simply bigger. On other fronts, Google Glasses have been in the new a lot lately, but the latest news is not in Google’s favor. This HuffPost article reveals

…software developer Jay Freeman said he found a way for hackers to install malicious software on Google Glass to conduct surveillance on its users. Freeman was one of the early Glass adopters selected by Google to test the device before its release to the general public next year… “They have control over a camera and a microphone that are attached to your head,” he said. “A bugged Glass doesn’t just watch your every move: it watches everything you are looking at … and hears everything you do. The only thing it doesn’t know are your thoughts.”

So, not only is Google taking knocks over complaints from potential users about privacy issues for people who are on the “non-user” side of it (read: people don’t want to be surreptitiously recorded); now the Glasses users themselves are potential victims of clandestine recording. I’m sure it’s easy to solve, but it shows how technology can sneak up on you when you’re not looking and bite you in the ass.

Normalizing the Vector

Masturbation

Huh? So what does that mean? What vector and we normalizing, and why are we normalizing it? Actually, I found it in a list of academic euphemisms for… masturbation. Because May is… National Masturbation Month! Yay! Of course, for most males every month could be considered a masturbation month, but May pays a special tribute to the ritual of “normalizing the vector”. Why, I have no idea. Where and why do the folks involved in these celebratory proclamations get the ideas for dates and times? Who knows. The Manolith blog came up with what they consider the 5 top euphemisms for masturbation. They are

Although I think they are pretty good, I have what I think are slightly better suggestions:

  • Tickling your Elmo
  • Adjusting the Antennae
  • Debugging the Hard Drive
  • Taking a Load Off
  • and of course – Spank the Monkey
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20 Responses to “Google Hiccups and Normalizing the Vector”

  1. Manna Reply

    How Did The Chicago Bears Do In The Draft? And Where Is The Farthest They Are Going This Year? Im looking for a grade score for how they did and a description..
    GRADE SCORE= A+, A, A-, B+, etc.

    & what i mean by how far are they going is.. SUPERBOWL?! =]

    – thank you

    • Keep in mind that the Bears did not have a 1st or 2nd round pick because they acquired Jay Cutler. None of their WR picks are gems that will make a difference. I grade the picks as a D+, but if you factor in Jay Cutler into the mix, then you have a C+ or a B-.

      3 4 68 Jarron Gilbert DT San Jose State
      3 35 99 Juaquin Iglesias WR Oklahoma
      4 5 105 Henry Melton DE Texas
      4 19 119 D.J. Moore CB Vanderbilt
      5 3 139 Colin Brown OT Missouri
      5 4 140 Johnny Knox WR Abilene Christian
      5 18 154 Marcus Freeman LB Ohio State
      6 17 190 Al Afalava S Oregon State
      7 37 246 Lance Louis TE San Diego State
      7 42 251 Derek Kinder WR Pittsburgh

      The Bears are still far away from SB contention but have promise. They might be a playoff team, but that would be determined on how they do at the stretch of the season.

      Thumbs up to those who agree.

  2. Jw22185 Reply

    Who Do You Think Has Been The Biggest Surprise/disappointment In The NFL This Year? The Best surprises in my opinion : The Bengals 7-2; Brett Farves’ Resurrection; Cedric Benson; N.O. Saints 9-0

    The Biggest Disappointments: Jay Cutler; Tennessee Titans; San Francisco 49ers; Baltimore Ravens; Denver Broncos Started off 6-0 now has lost three straight. Can you smell collapse?; N.Y. Jets.

    These just opinion of mine…..Now tell me yours.

    • I like your picks I want to add to disappointments the Packers!Last year the defense blew game after game.In the preseason they went to a 3-4 defense and looked awsome.Now they have a offenseive line that a high school team would be able to go trough and don’t rush the passer enough.Case in point Brett Favre barely ever felt pressure from the Packers D nor did Josh Freeman Tampa’s rookie QB.Players were unhappy because they were not allowed to go after these guys.Just poor coaching.It may have changed as they foun success in going after Tony Romo in last weeks win over the Cowboys.

  3. Lady Cadilaq Reply

    What Is The Illuminati Conspiracy? ……….oh, An Please Dont Use Wikipedia….? I’d like to know what it is a bit better……………. the theory suggests we are being controlled by a group of people or something?

    apparantley lady gaga, beyonce, jay z, tupac… they were/are all in invloved ?

    • The Illuminati is a secret society that has been around since 1776, they want to create a one world government, a “New World Order,” with themselves in charge. The Illuminati are generally powerful and rich people. The Illuminati will kill anyone, anywhere at any time to get what they need.

      The people that are “Anti-New World Order” and speak out against the Illuminati will be murdered like Tupac and Michael Jackson. Tupac and Michael Jackson were going to warn the entire world about what the Illuminati are planning. If you look at the title of Tupac's album “The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory” for example; Tupac was referring to the Illuminati in this title, Kill + Illuminati. In the song “They Don’t Care About Us” by Michael Jackson, “they” is the Illuminati. The Illuminati have killed Tupac, Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, Marilyn Monroe, Jon Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, John F. Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln, Princess Diana, Martin Luther King, the list goes on.

      The Illuminati control everything, the music industry, film industry, pharmaceutical (legal industry), medical industry, colleges, banking institutions, Wall Street and the Political System. Their symbol is even on our money.

      The Illuminati control our Presidential Elections. Usually the president, who gets the most sponsorship, in the form of money and media coverage, wins the election. The Illuminati control the media, so whoever the Illuminati choose as a presidential candidate will win the election. They will also sponsor the other candidate too, to have entertainment for the public. Sometimes this does not always go according to plan, for example, in the election between George W. Bush and Al Gore. In Florida George W. Bush “won” over Al Gore. The Illuminati cheated so that their pre-elected candidate would win presidency. The Illuminati choose the presidential candidate with the closest blood lines to the Illuminati.

      These are the thirteen families in the Illuminati:
      1. Astor
      2. Bundy
      3. Collins
      4. DuPont
      5. Freeman
      6. Kennedy
      7. Li (Chinese)
      8. Onassis
      9. Rockefeller
      10. Rothschild
      11. Russell
      12. van Duyn
      13. Merovingian (European Royal Families)
      These families have “ties” with the Illuminati:
      1. Reynolds
      2. Disney
      3. Krupp
      4. McDonald

      Most of the major wars and economic depressions/recessions of the past 100 years were carefully planned out by the Illuminati. Some of these include: The Spanish-American War, WWI, WWII, The Great Depression, the Rise of Nazi Germany, Korean War, Vietnam War, 1991 Gulf War, French Revolution, and wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

      Do you remember all of the unnecessary hype about the New Millennium, or the alleged Y2K crisis? This hype was created by the Illuminati. This had people selling their homes, building shelters, stocking up on survival kits, etc. The Illuminati are also building hype for a 2012 phenomenon. I do not think that anything major is going to happen in 2012. When 2012 comes and goes, it will be shown to be the biggest hoax since the Y2K phenomenon. The Illuminati are only using the year 2012 to distract us from the actual year of the “New World Order.”

      Lady Gaga, Beyonc? and Jay-Z are not members of the Illuminati, they are used by the Illuminati. You can be used by the Illuminati and not actually be a member.

  4. Gaurav Sethi Reply

    How To Look Into Future Without Using Google Glasses ? I was reading about new Invention “Google Glasses” that can see into future. Is there any alternate technology available.. As far as google glasses are concerned you can read it here
    http://scienceandprojects.blogspot.in/2012/02/google-inventing-glasses-that-see.html

    • The technology giant is close to launching a pair of futuristic glasses that would deliver all the services of a smartphone straight to the wearer's eye.

      Featuring a miniature display on one lens, the hi-tech specs allow users to surf the internet or deal with text messages and emails without lifting a finger.

      The screen is controlled with a 'mouse' which is moved simply by tilting your head. And should you still wish to actually talk to someone, it is believed the glasses will let you make calls using an in-built microphone.

  5. Ryan June Reply

    Where Can I Buy Google Glass In Philippines? Where the hell can i buy google glass in philippines
    Location: Philippines, National Capital Region (NCR)

    • You can’t, not unless someone you know already has Glass and invites you to the program.

  6. Nick Reply

    What Do I Need To Know To Make An Application For Google Glass? I have an amazing application idea for the new google glass coming out. I watched the API video on youtube, I know a good deal on Html and Css (<- really basic), and I am currently learning more on javascript. I started to learn XML but i didn’t know if it would help me. I would just like a set list to go off to learn.

    • You probably need to add JavaScript to your skill set. HTML, CSS, and JavaScript are the trifecta of client side development. I read that Google glass wouldn’t require entirely new technology like Android did but would be accessible to web developers using their traditional technologies.

      XML? Maybe. I think that the way that Google does things you should have your choice of either XML or JSON.

      I’m guessing that your JavaScript on the client side would be talking to a web service on the server side using AJAX. AJAX is really just JavaScript sending a message to a URL on the server and then reading the text that comes back (in either XML or JSON format).

      You could probably find out more by googling for “google glass app development”

  7. Kevin Reply

    How Much Are Google Glasses? Im planning on buying google glasses and i just wanted to know how much do they cost and where are they available

    • Google glasses don’t exist for sale yet. It was just a video by google showing what could be.

  8. Avery Reply

    What Is ‘jailbreaking’ ? I have an ipod touch. how do you do it? what is it? is it illegal?

    • Lmao! My uncle jailbroke his ipod touch. umm he said he learned from this video on YOUTUBE…. DEFINTION OF JAILBREAKING:Jailbreaking is a process that allows iPhone and iPod Touch users to run unofficial code on their devices bypassing Apple’s official distribution mechanism, the App Store. Once jailbroken, iPhone users are able to download many applications previously unavailable through the App Store via unofficial installers such as Cydia and Icy. Cydia app store founder Jay Freeman estimates that 4 million (out of 40 million) iPods and iPhones are jailbroken.
      Jailbreaking is distinct from unlocking, which is the process by which a mobile device is made compatible with telephone networks with which it was not specifically licensed to be used.

      THIS PAGE WILL HELP YOU. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jailbreaking

      Is it illegal. I would think it is. :p

  9. Anonymous Reply

    Thoughts About Google Glass? I saw some articles online about it, Just wondering the overall opinion here?
    Its basically these glasses that have a HUD and can do things like take pictures, HD video, Text via voice, translate languages, give you a gps etc, If you don’t know Id probly say to look it up.

  10. Lonnie C Reply

    Freemon/Freeman Cooper Married Sarah Charlotte Buck, Michigan, Gggrandparents, Searching For His Ancestry? His is buried in the Lindsy Cemetery in Van Beuran Michigan, Allegan county. If anyone can help that would be great, maybe we are related. All of us are related, just a matter of relationship, genealogically speaking. thanks much cousins
    He had three sons, Edward Payton Cooper, born 1872. Olin Cooper, born unknown, John Orrin Cooper, born 12 april, 1863, died, feb 5, 1958

    • http://www.familysearch.org
      FREEMAN COOPER (Parents: John Cooper & Martha Isles ?? )
      B: Jul 15 ,1831; New York State
      D: 4 May 1875 ; Cheshire, Allegan, Michigan
      Marriage: 21 SEP 1862 , Van Buren, Michigan to
      SARAH C. BUCK
      B. 1841in NY
      D: 1916
      (Her Father: Orrin BUCK b: ABT 1811 in NY ; Occupation: farmer AUG 1850 Antwerp Township, Van Buren, MI; Married: BEF 1834 in NY to
      Mother: Azubah LINSLEY b: ABT 1812; Their Children
      1.Orrin J. BUCK b: ABT 1834 in NY
      2.Lovica BUCK b: ABT 1836 in NY
      3.Emma A. BUCK b: ABT 1838 in NY
      4.Sarah Charlotte BUCK b: ABT 1841 in NY
      5.Cyrus John BUCK b: ABT 1843 in NY
      6. Alanson BUCK b: ABT MAR 1850 in Antwerp Twp., Van Buren, MI
      7. Mary BUCK b: ABT 1856 in Antwerp Twp. Van Buren, MI)

      Freeman & Sarah’s Children
      1.John Orrin Cooper b: 12 Apr 1863 in Van Buren Co., Michigan; d.5 FEB 1958 in Van Buren Co., MI ; married Flora J. Aurand b: 21 JUN 1863 in Findlay, OH ; d. 3 NOV 1923 in Kalamazoo, MI
      2.Jay Cooper b: 1867
      3. Edward Cooper b: 1872
      4. Hattie May Cooper b: 2 April 1874, Cheshire township,Allegan Co

      Freeman’s PARENTS:
      John Cooper
      Birth: 1819 (or possibly 1809 instead. With 1819 date, he’d have been only 12 when Freeman born)
      Death: 1887

      http://genforum.genealogy.com–Cooper family page
      “Charlotte Buck Cooper remarried 25 Oct. 1882 to Daniel Conant. [Allegan Co. marriage records Vol. 5, pg. 40,Record # 592 ]

      http://genforum.genealogy.com/cgi-bin/pageload.cgi?Freeman,Cooper::cooper::13106.html
      Federal census 1880: MI, Allegan County,Cheshire Township,ED22, Sheet 11, Line 5
      COOPER: Charlotte F 38yr widow Born: NY
      John M 17yr farm laborer BoRN: MI
      Orrin M 15yr farm laborer ” : MI
      Jay M 13yr at school ” : MI
      Edward M 8yr at school ” : MI
      May F 6yr at school ” : MI

      http://genforum.genealogy.com/cgi-bin/pageload.cgi?Freeman,Cooper::cooper::3803.html (whoever had these dates on ancestry.com didn’t do the math very well: 1831-1819 = 12 years old for his father??)
      John Cooper
      B: 1819
      D: 1887
      Married:
      Martha Isles
      B: not stated** (at least ones that would fit the time frame. Saw one that said something like 1730 or 1750)
      D: not stated
      SON: Freeman –b. 1831, NY; d. 4 May 1875, Cheshire, Allegan, Michigan

      http://files.usgwarchives.net/mi/vanburen/vitals/marriages/dbn-dec-cool-coop-2007.txt (Please refer to the county clerk for a copy of the full
      marriage record )
      COOPER,BUCK,FREEMAN – COOPER,SARAH C BUCK,VAN BUREN,–,,21 SEP 1862,–,–
      (reads as each spouse’s surname; groom’s name, bride’s name; location of event; marriage date.)

      Another marriage listing: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mivanbur/MarrB12.htm
      BUCK: SARAH C BUCK; COOPER: FREEMAN COOPER; VAN BUREN County; date 21 SEP 1862

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