Jun 26, 2015

Race Consciousness Masks Liberal Attacks on Minority GOP

As Republicans, the party of emancipation and desegregation, are busily dismantling the last vestiges of the Confederacy’s legacy from public grounds, the left has embarked on a bizarre victory lap. An uncritical media establishment is certainly aiding liberals in their effort to cast themselves as heroes in this latest racial debate, specifically Hillary Clinton for having the courage to recite road-worn, analgesic slogans peripherally related to racial healing in speeches before friendly audiences. The right’s more abrasive voices are, however, not helping the GOP make the case that it is a party of racial tolerance. Commentators like Ann Coulter, who recently called rebel flag slayer and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley an “immigrant” who “does not understand America’s history” (she was born in Bamburg, South Carolina), provide the left’s self-assured ethnographers with a justified opportunity to attack the movement with which she identifies as being hostile to those of non-European descent. But some on the left have indulged in peculiar and equally offensive bouts of race consciousness of late. Those who have indulged in this manner of naked stereotyping deserve all the censure that Coulter has received.
“[Bobby] Jindal’s status as a conservative of color helped propel his meteoric rise in the Republican Party — from an early post in the George W. Bush administration to two terms in Congress and now a second term as Louisiana governor — and donors from Indian American groups fueled his first forays into politics,” Washington Post report observed earlier this week. “Yet many see him as a man who has spent a lifetime distancing himself from his Indian roots.”
The Post noted that Jindal’s parents stopped visiting their homeland on the Subcontinent in the 1990s after the Louisiana governor’s grandfather died. The report added that he changed his name to “Bobby” from Piyush and converted from Hinduism to Christianity as a teenager. “There’s not much Indian left in Bobby Jindal,” rah University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Pearson Cross told the Post.
Yet there is little evidence that Jindal is ashamed of his ethnic background so much as he is proud of his American heritage and profoundly thankful for the sacrifices his parents made in order to ensure that he could call himself an American.
Jindal, whose boilerplate stump speech focuses extensively on his parents’ backgrounds in India and the trials they endured in order to provide him with the opportunities that he made the best of in the United States, has committed what the left regards as the unforgivable sin of rejecting identity politics altogether. The Pelican State governor called those who preoccupy themselves with prejudging their fellow Americans based on their skin colors “dim-witted” and added that his family has refused to consider themselves “hyphenated Americans.”
“My dad and mom told my brother and me that we came to America to be Americans. Not Indian-Americans, simply Americans,” the governor has said. “If we wanted to be Indians, we would have stayed in India. It’s not that they are embarrassed to be from India, they love India. But they came to America because they were looking for greater opportunity and freedom.”
Throughout his career, Jindal has been subjected to question after question from the press designed to elicit his precise level of race consciousness. In fact, the Post’s expose on Jindal’s racial authenticity is reflective of a longstanding impulse on the left to question Jindal’s devotion to his ethnic background. The Washington Examiner’s T. Becket Adams recalled that MSNBC was compelled to apologize after one of its guest speculated that Jindal was trying to “scrub some of the brown off his skin” in order to seek his party’s presidential nomination. “Is Bobby Jindal’s reputation for intelligence anything other than ethnic stereotyping?” Vox.com editor Matt Yglesias asked in 2013. Jindal is, for the record, a Rhodes Scholar who attended three Ivy League institutions and Oxford University as a student.
“How Dinesh D’Souza and Bobby Jindal advance in the GOP by erasing their ethnic identities,” a tweet promoted by the formerly serious intellectual journal The New Republic shrieked. The article, authored by Jeet Heer in February, spends most of its time attacking D’Souza – a conservative provocateur who hasn’t served in a political role since the Reagan administration – for his denunciation of Barack Obama’s “anti-colonial” worldview. Heer goes on, however, to include Jindal and Gov. Haley in his catchall rebuke of conservative Indian-American political figures.
D’Souza indicates a wider problem, given that one of the Republican Party’s most prominent Islamophobic voices is Louisana [sic] Governor Bobby Jindal, a South Asian. D’Souza’s racism and Jindal’s xenophobia find a more muted parallel in the career of South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, whose advancement includes suppressing public references to her Sikh heritage and being presented by her campaign as a “proud Christian woman.”
“The careers of D’Souza, Jindal, and Haley carry an implicit message: Racial minorities can advance in the GOP by erasing their ethnic identity and/or attacking other minorities,” Heer concluded.
This kind of noxious racial paranoia is toxic to national comity, and it undermines the very virtues associated with the immigrant ethic. The left professes a profound appreciation for America’s immigrant heritage, but it apparently recoils at the notion that the immigrants who come here do so with the intention of assimilating into American society. Jindal and Haley were born in the United States. To presume that they should display a cultural affinity other than towards the country of their birth is precisely the kind of contemptible ethnic stereotyping liberals claim they abhor.
In all likelihood, this manner of disreputable racial agitation on the left is only going to grow coarser over the course of the 2016 cycle. The expansive Republican field includes politicians of a variety of ethnic, gender, and religious backgrounds; it’s probably themost diverse field of presidential candidates any American political party has ever produced. By contrast, the Democratic slate is conspicuously monochromatic. For a party that has branded itself the champion of ethnic diversity over the course of the Obama administration, this will be a jarring transition. One obnoxious coping mechanism is to undermine the authenticity of the GOP slate’s minority candidates. Get ready to see more of its kind soon.

Making the health system better about more than funding | The Australian

When our leaders sit down next month at their Council of Australian Governments special retreat to discuss Australia’s health system, they need to consider more than just funding and a division of responsibilities. They need to develop a framework that collects and uses evidence to make our health system better.
The recent Intergenerational Report projects that our health expenditure per person will more than double across the next 40 years. People are expected to live up to five years longer than they presently do, and the proportion of the community over the age of 65 will double. In addition to ageing, the main drivers of rising expenditure include new tech­nologies and the desire of people to seek more healthcare to treat and cure an ever-widening range of conditions.
Musculoskeletal disease, often caused by osteoarthritis, is a prime example as it is the second most common cause of life years lost through disability and accounts for at least 10 per cent of the health budget in most developed world countries.
Although joint replacement surgery has been shown to be a highly successful and cost effective solution to end-staged osteoarthritis, the Australian Ortho­paedic Association National Joint Replacement Registry shows that patients do not always receive prostheses that are known to work for the longest time.
In recent years there also has been a surge in the use of injectable products (for example viscosupplements, platelet-rich plas­ma) for controlling pain, improving joint function, healing injuries and retarding arthritis. However the evidence for their long-term benefit is lacking. Despite this, patients have sought and are being advised that such costly treatments are appropriate and justified for their conditions.
While the Intergenerational Report projects most types of healthcare to rise steadily in real terms, it contains the assumption that hospital funding will increase only at the rate of inflation, reflecting the policy stance contained in the most recent budget.
If this comes to pass, it will make most state health ministers fall off their chairs. The lion’s share of hospital expenditure is devoted to funding wages and salaries, which generally rise faster than inflation. Hence state governments are being expected to do more with less.
Putting the level of funding to one side, there is no question we need to increase the efficiency of the hospital system, but do it in a way that ensures we deliver the right care at the right time, to the right patient at the right price.
A key element here is to use evidence to improve care. Sometimes this evidence will come from the literature, but it also needs to come from studying what is happening in our own hospital system.
For example, using the ­AOANJRR, Australia was the first to alert the world to how a certain type of hip replacement was inferior to the alternatives, leading to a worldwide withdrawal of the product.
We need to expand registries and conduct clinical trials to understand how alternative methods of care affect patient outcomes and costs. At a commonwealth level, expert committees advise which pharmaceuticals are cost effective and there will be a review of ser­vices covered by Medicare.
Surprisingly, there is no equivalent committee to systematically assess technologies and procedures in public hospitals to determine which should be funded by the states.
While each state could develop its own structure, it would be better to assess hospital care technologies at a national level to avoid duplication and ensure access to care does not depend on the state in which you live.
A national hospital care technology assessment institute could commission research to find the most cost-effective ways to improve care.
It also could be tasked with looking for ways to save money by disinvesting in procedures where there is no evidence of benefit to patients; improving the efficiency of delivery of care; and promote practices that reduce adverse event. It should also advise on what new technologies make best use of public money and work out guidelines for which patients will benefit most from these newer technologies.
The present practice of managing the health budget is not sustainable, whether it be indis­criminately cutting funding that will deprive many of much needed care or allowing the indiscriminate rise of expensive ineffective treatments that will drain the public coffers for little health benefit.
Evidence is the sieve that separates good ideas from bad ones.
Philip Clarke is professor of health economics at the Centre for Health Policy at the school of population and global health at the University of Melbourne. Peter Choong is head of the University of Melbourne department of surgery at St Vincent’s Hospital

David Leyonhjelm declares war on nanny state | The Australian

Libertarian senator David Leyonhjelm has launched a broad-ranging parliamentary inquiry into the burgeoning “nanny state”, declaring war on laws and regulations that prevent Australians having fun at their own risk.
The Senate inquiry, which was yesterday unopposed by other senators, will examine any laws that restrict personal choice “for the individual’s own good” including the sale and use of alcohol, ­tobacco and pornography.
The economics committee inquiry, to be chaired by the Liberal Democrats senator, will also test the claims of public health experts about bicycle helmets, alcohol laws and violent video games.
Senator Leyonhjelm, a staunch defender of “the right to make bad choices”, anticipated the one-year inquiry would focus on the rise of “nanny state” laws.
“It’s not the government’s business unless you are likely to harm another person. Harming yourself is your business, but it’s not the government’s business,” he said.
“So bicycle helmets, for example, it’s not a threat to other people if you don’t wear a helmet; you’re not going to bang your bare head into someone else.
“I’m expecting the people who think we should all have our personal choices regulated will find this uncomfortable. These are the people who think they know better than we do what’s best for us.”
The terms of reference include power to inquire into any other measures introduced to ­restrict personal choice, which would allow the inquiry to look at other areas including seatbelt laws.
Senator Leyonhjelm said the inquiry would not focus on firearms or “drugs of addiction”, such as ice and heroin, as those laws were designed to suppress crime and protect innocents. He is pursuing those issues through other parliamentary inquiries.
Sydney University public health professor Simon Chapman said Australians should be grateful for nanny-state interventions which save lives, such as enforceable safety glass in showers.
“Many years ago, before they had enforceable safety glass in showers, people were being regularly shredded in the shower and people set the standard for it,” Dr Chapman said.
“Laws requiring seat belts and bicycle helmets are ... such a trivial intrusion on liberty that only ­people who are as obsessed by this stuff as David Leyonhjelm would make it their life mission to ­increase road deaths so they can philosophically tick a box.’’
Public Health Association of Australia chief executive Michael Moore said restrictions on alcohol and tobacco advertising were needed to ensure freedom of choice and prevent consumers being “dominated” by industry ­influence.
“Spending on positive messages … costs a lot of money, so the alternative to prevent domination is to restrict what industry can do and level the playing field,” he said.
Institute of Public Affairs senior fellow Chris Berg hoped the ­inquiry would prompt a “fundamental rethink” of Australia’s “paternalist democracy”.
“This is an important inquiry because it’s important to understand the relationship between citizen and state. What Senator Leyonhjelm is doing is to clarify that relationship,” Mr Berg said.
“I think all major parties in Australian politics support the idea that governments know better than the people they govern. I disagree.”

Jun 25, 2015

The rise of SSDs over hard drives, debunked | Computerworld

In spite of a recent report to the contrary, solid-state drives (SSDs) will not surpass hard disk drives (HDDs) in either price or capacity any time soon, according to industry analysts.
In fact, hard drives will remain the dominant mass storage device in laptops and desktops for years to come.
SSDs are expected to eventually dominate HDDs in laptops and desktops, but that isn't expected to happen for years. At the end of last year, SSDs were only in about 15% of new notebooks.
And, prices for SSDs are many times higher than that of HDDs.
For example, a data center-class HDD with 6TB of capacity sells for $185 today and will drop to about $165 by the end of the year -- about 3 cents per gigabyte, according to market research firm Gartner. A 4TB HDD for a laptop sells for $95 to computer manufacturers or about 2 cents per gigabyte.
Today, even computer manufacturers who buy SSDs en masse are paying on average about $50 for a 128GB SSD. If a consumer were to spend $50 on an internal hard disk drive today, they'd walk away with 1TB of capacity.
Using Helium instead of air, HGST is able to pack more platters into a hard drive.
And HDD prices are expected to continue to drop as areal platter density increases. Gartner predicts that over the next five years, HDD prices will drop to as low as 1 of a cent per gigabyte of capacity.
A variety of technologies are allowing HDD prices to continue their steady decline, including perpendicular magnetic recording that stands data bits in an upright, skinnier orientation and helium-filled drives that reduce friction and allow more platters to be squeezed more tightly together.
HDD technologies such as Bit Patterned Media Recording (BPMR) and Heat-Assisted Magnetic Recording (HAMR) will result in up to 10-terabit-per-square-inch (Tbpsi) areal densities by 2025, compared with today's .86 Tbpsi areal densities. Industry roadmaps reveal HDD drives with up to 100TB capacity coming in the next decade.
"SSDs of any grade will still be in the 14 to 17 cent [per gigabyte] range in 2019," said Joseph Unsworth, Gartner's vice president of SSD research, adding that prices for SSDs won't likely match those of HDDs, even by 2025.
As technology allowing more dense NAND flash chips has advanced, SSD prices have plummeted. Today, consumers can pick up SSDs for as little as 38 cents per gigabyte, but that's nowhere near the 9 cents per gigabyte that hard drives generally cost consumers today, according to Gartner.
But price isn't the only consideration when purchasing an SSD. Flash memory is more than twice as fast as spinning disks and it's far more reliable for mobile purposes because there are no moving parts.
If there's one upgrade a consumer can make to a desktop or laptop computer that will make the greatest difference in performance, it's swapping in an SSD.
NAND flash manufacturers such as Samsung, Toshiba, Micron, and Intel, have continued to shrink the lithography technology for making flash transistors. Last fall, at the Flash Memory Summit, Toshiba revealed its smallest lithography process for NAND flash with a 15-nanometer, 16GB MLC NAND wafer. The 15nm wafer was developed in partnership with SanDisk.
Flash makers have also increased the number of bits -- from one to three -- that can be stored per NAND flash cell, all of which has increased density and reduced manufacturing costs.
Today, multi-level cell (MLC, or two bits per cell) and triple-level cell (TLC, or three bits per cell) NAND flash dominates the market.
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Samsung's 850EVO SSD uses triple-level cell (TLC) NAND. TLC memory reduces the cost to produce SSDs, one reason flash drives have dropped dramatically in price.
More recently, the same flash makers have introduced three-dimensional architectures that allow layers of NAND flash to be stacked atop each other like a microscopic skyscraper. Samsung started the trend with a 32-layer chip it called V-NAND. Toshiba then followed with a 48-layer 3D flash memory called BiCS (Bit Cost Scaling).
The result of the technological advances is a 16GB chip that can be used to produce high capacity SSDs that today offer 4TB of capacity for consumers and will likely be knocking on 8TB and 10TB in the near future -- perhaps even by the end of the year.
For example, SanDisk hopes to release an 8TB SSD this year. Manuel Martull, SanDisk's product and solutions marketing director, has said the company hopes to continue doubling SSD capacity every one to two years, vastly outpacing traditional HDD capacity growth.
The advances in NAND flash density that have some writing that SSDs will reach price parity with HDDs, however, is a claim that experts balk at.
Of all the NAND flash makers, only Micron and Intel have publicly discussed a 32GB (3D MLC) and 48GB (3D TLC) chip, both of which are 32 layers deep. But even that memory would not be 32 or 64 times the capacity todays NAND flash dies. Even a 128GB single die (1Tbit) chip would only be eight times the density increase over today's chips, according to Gartner.
3D NAND flashIntel
Earlier this year, Micron and Intel began shipping 3D NAND flash drives with up to 3.5TB of capacity in M.2 expansion sticks
"There's a stupefying quantity of hogwash out there," said John Monroe, vice president of research for data center systems at Gartner. "HDD makers are forecasting a 20TB HDD...in 2020; my guess is the [manufacturer] cost would be around $175 per drive.
"In 2020, let's assume a cost of $0.11/GB for a 25TB SSD, that would be $2,750 manufacturer cost per drive," Monroe added.
3D NAND flashToshiba
Toshiba's 48-layer 3D NAND flash chips
And, when it comes to data center class SSDs, on average the price per gigabyte of capacity is still nine times higher than HDDs, according to Fang Zhang, a senior storage analyst at IHS research.
"I would agree that SSD vendors will eventually be able to cram more capacity per form factor [than hard disk drives] but this is not the same as price per gigabyte," Zhang wrote in an email reply to Computerworld.
SSDs are, however, expected to dominate HDDs in laptops and desktops, but that isn't expected to happen for years. At the end of last year, SSDs were only in about 15% of new notebooks. By 2019, SSDs are expected to be in about 56% of notebooks and desktops. Around that same time, SSDs will cost computer makers about $45 for a 256GB drive, according to Unsworth.
"That's when the market will see some major shifts," Unsworth said in an email reply to Computerworld.

Jun 24, 2015

20 Google Search Shortcuts to Hone Your Google-Fu

Hidden behind Google's search box are a slew of shortcuts leading to so-called "OneBox" results that provide awesome tools and display helpful information quickly and directly. You might think you know them all, but a few are more hidden than others.
Update: Thanks to your comments, we've found even more great shortcuts, which we've added to another article. So check our our other list when you're done with this one!
Google's OneBox is the result you get when Google magically knows the answer to a search you perform. Above the normal search results, Google gives your the definitive answer to your search—or a miniature, interactive tool to continue your search. These are different from search operators that help you narrow your search. With the OneBox results you can quickly find the weather, learn what a medication is, peek at a musicians discography, and even find release dates for movies. With this power you can find the information you're looking for almost instantly, and you'll look like the smartest person in the room for knowing the results before anyone else.

Get Instant Artist Discographies and Filmographies

20 Google Search Shortcuts to Hone Your Google-Fu
Want to take a quick look at a musician's discography? Or maybe just a list of all the films from a director or actor? Just type "[artist] [movies or albums]" into the search box and you get an instant list of what they've done. For musicians, you can also search "[artist] songs" to get a list of their popular songs.

Find Release Dates for Movies, Games, and More

20 Google Search Shortcuts to Hone Your Google-Fu
Want to know when a game or movie is getting released? Type "[name of movie or game] release date" and you get the result. Movies automatically show the theatrical release date, but you can add "dvd" to get the DVD or Blu-Ray release. This search works for both upcoming and past releases.

Find Current Movie Showtimes

20 Google Search Shortcuts to Hone Your Google-Fu
To quickly find movie showtimes in your area, type "[name of movie] [zip code]" into the search box and you get results for theaters close to you. If you don't have a particular movie in mind, you can also just type "movie [zip code]" and get a list of everything playing in your area (if Google knows your location you can just type "movie").

Instantly Find Simple Factual Information

20 Google Search Shortcuts to Hone Your Google-Fu
For any search you might want to do that includes a definitive fact you can often search for the answer directly. These include dates like "[name of famous person] death," certain stats like, "[mountain] elevation," or even population with, "[city] population." Essentially, if you're searching for anything that has a number attached to it, you can often search for it directly.

Find the Score of Any Current Sports Game

20 Google Search Shortcuts to Hone Your Google-Fu
Whether you're a sports nut or you just want to know the best time to avoid going near a stadium, you can search nearly any sports team name to get the current score, and upcoming games. You only need to type in the name. For instance, "colorado rockies" gets you the recent scores, record, standings, win percentage, and upcoming games.

Get a Five Day Forecast of the Weather in Any City

20 Google Search Shortcuts to Hone Your Google-Fu
Need to get a quick weather report before you head out for vacation? Search "weather [city name]" and you get a five day forecast for the city you search for.

Find the Current Time in Any City

20 Google Search Shortcuts to Hone Your Google-Fu
Time zone conversions are a pain, but thankfully Google does them for you. Search "time [city name]," and you get current time in any city. If you're looking for more results, type in "time [country name]" to get a full list of the timezones in any given country. While you're at it, you can also get the time of the sunrise or sunset by typing "sunrise [city name]," or "sunset [city name]."

Find Upcoming Dates for Holidays and Events

20 Google Search Shortcuts to Hone Your Google-Fu
When you need to quickly see what day of the week a holiday lands on, or when a big event starts (like the Presidential Election, the Super BowlOlympics, etc), search for "[year] [holiday name or event title]."

Calculate Almost Anything

20 Google Search Shortcuts to Hone Your Google-Fu
Google's calculator is surprisingly robust, and all you need to do is enter a calculation into the search box. "5+2" works just fine, but you can also use advanced phrases like "cos(pi) + 4." If you want a graph, simply add "graph" before the equation. You can also search for "calculator"to bring up the calculator directly.

Convert Units of Measure

20 Google Search Shortcuts to Hone Your Google-Fu
Unit conversions are handy when you're cooking or building just about anything. The search in Google is easy. Type "[number] [unit] into [unit]." For instance, you can convert knots into miles per hour like this, "6 ounces into cups." It works with any type of measurement, including digital storage ("5 mb into kb"). If you need to bring up the unit converter directly, you can do so by searching unit converter.

Convert Currency

20 Google Search Shortcuts to Hone Your Google-Fu
Need to get an up-to-date currency conversion? Google's one of your best choices, and it's as simple as typing "[number] [currency] to [currency]." For instance, to get the conversion rate of US dollars into Yen, type, "1 usd to yen."

Check Stock Prices

20 Google Search Shortcuts to Hone Your Google-Fu
When you need to check the status of your stocks, search Google for the shortened stock name. For example, to find Facebook's current price, search "FB." If you're not sure of the stock's name, you can also use "[name of company] stock."

Find Word Definitions and Synonyms

20 Google Search Shortcuts to Hone Your Google-Fu
If you want to quickly find the definition, synonyms, or pronunciation of a word, all you do istype the word into the search box. For many words, Google will automatically pull up a quick definition, pronunciation, and a list of common synonyms. If it doesn't, type "define" before the word.

Translate Words Instantly

20 Google Search Shortcuts to Hone Your Google-Fu
Google Translate is great for translating large chunks of text. You can translate single words right from the search bar by typing "translate [word] into [language]." For instance, to translate "monster" from English to Spanish, type, "translate monster into spanish." You can also translate simple sentences. For instance, "translate the monster ate my neighbor into spanish," will result in "el monstruo se comiĆ³ mi vecino."

Search Basic Health Conditions

20 Google Search Shortcuts to Hone Your Google-Fu
When you type in any health condition (like asthmapsoriasis, etc) into Google, you get a quick synopsis of the condition from the U.S. National Library of Medicine. If you don't know the condition, you can also type in symptoms. For instance, "abdominal pain on right side" pulls up a list of possible conditions, including appendicitis, ectopic pregnancy, and kidney stones.

Find Information on Medications

20 Google Search Shortcuts to Hone Your Google-Fu
Search for any medication name (like AmbienLipitor, etc) and Google will pull up a quick description with links to side effects, directions, precautions, and more.

Hunt Down Information on Local Restaurants and Businesses

20 Google Search Shortcuts to Hone Your Google-Fu
Looking for a new restaurant to check out in your area? Type in "[type of restaurant] [your zip code]" and you get a list of every place close to you, including review scores. You'll also see a map on the right side so you can quickly flip through places not in the top results.

Get Instant Drive Times (and Directions) Between Addresses

20 Google Search Shortcuts to Hone Your Google-Fu
Google Maps is great, but you don't actually have to navigate to the main page to get directions. If you need to get a quick time estimate or overview of the drive, type "[current address] to [new address]" and Google will give you a quick look at the directions and drive time.

Track the Status of Any Flight

20 Google Search Shortcuts to Hone Your Google-Fu
You don't have to dig around on an airline's web site to track the status of a flight. All you have to do is type "[airline] [flight number]" into Google and you get instant results from Flight Stats. If you want a quick estimate on flight cost, you can also search, "flights from [city] to [city]" for a search of available flights and prices.

Track Your Packages

20 Google Search Shortcuts to Hone Your Google-Fu
Paste the tracking number of a shipment from USPS, UPS, FedEx, or On-Trac into your Google Search bar and Google automatically figures out which service has it and links you directly to the tracking page.

Google seems to add more and more of these quick OneBox search tricks to its search engine all the time, so count on more popping up in the future. Google also introduces new tricks for specific events, like the medal count during the Olympics, or the election hub during the elections. With these tricks you'll be the fastest Googler around, and will certainly impress everyone with how quickly you can acquire all types of knowledge.
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    • wakers01Thorin Klosowski
      So, does the sports scores trick only work for baseball or something? I typed in New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys and got nothing but the standard search results, news, etc. I type in just Giants, and I get stats for the San Francisco Giants. No football, what!?
          • It seems pretty new, and only works consistently with bigger names. Smaller bands will often get a list instead of the fancy image on the top. I think that's one they're still tinkering with it.
                • Yeah, I think that's an experimental one—it gave me thumbnails yesterday and this morning, and just a list now. It's kind of random.
                  • B!Thorin Klosowski
                    Wow that is one sweet google background. I just defaulted to something that wasn't glaring white for my late night googling. Can you tell me the name of that background, I can't seem to find it no matter what I type in the search box!
                    • That was something our designer worked up—but based on the little easter egg in the search box, I'm guessing if you dig around for Dr. Who images it might turn up.
                      • So, are there keywords for searching Google directions by bicycle, walking, and transit as well? I've tried every combination I can think of, but none are working without directly using google maps.
                        • I actually tried that too, but with no luck. It would be nice to get automatic biking/walking/bus directions though.