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My team at Google has been very big proponents and innovators of USB Type-C. I've worked on two Pixel products now that use the connector and its related technologies (Power Delivery, Alternate Mode, USB 3.1). It really is an amazing little connector.

However, now that there are more and more Type C products rolling out from Nexus, One+, Nokia, and more, this I have found painfully true : USB Type-C will only be as good as its ecosystem, and more specifically, the worst of its ecosystem.

I have started reviewing USB cables on Amazon because I have gotten fed up with the early cables from 3rd party vendors that so blatantly flaunt the specification and I want to hold them to task.

You may not just get weird behavior from your devices with these bad cables... What some these vendors are doing is downright dangerous.

I've been contemplating setting up a blog where I document bad cables and perhaps give some insights into USB Type C as well.

#USB   #TypeC ,
#Nexus   #ChromebookPixel   #PixelC  

 
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Red Dwarf XI & XII
Yesterday I spent the day with a lovely bunch of old blokes.
I first met them in 1989, which is a mere 26 years ago and we went into deep space in the Jupiter Mining Vessel Red Dwarf.
As of next month we go back into deep space for 5 months to make 2 new series of this classic, iconic, very long running sci-fi-sit-com.
It was Danny's idea to swap the name tags, we like to keep him happy.
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Just finished reading The Martian by Andy Weir. Great book, looking forward to seeing how it's portrayed in the movie.

https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=gdxlAQAAQBAJ
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Hope you enjoy it +Gordon McIntosh!
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Samantha back on Earth: View 1 | European Space Agency
ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, NASA astronaut Terry Virts and Russian commander Anton Shkaplerov landed safely on June 11, 2015 in the Kazakh steppe after a three-hour ride in their Soyuz spacecraft. They left the International Space Station at 10:20 GMT at the end of their six-month stay on the research complex.

Terry Virts, Anton Shkaplerov, and Samantha Cristoforetti are returning after more than six months aboard the International Space Station where they served as members of the Expedition 42 and 43 crews.

Credit & Copyright: ESA–S. Corvaja, 2015
Released Date: 12/06/2015

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+European Space Agency, ESA 

#NASA #ESA #Space #ISS #Soyuz #Astronaut
#SamanthaCristoforetti #Spacecraft #Roscosmos #Technology #Expedition43 #Futura42 #Italy #ASI #Europe #Photography #Art #Science #International #Россия #Союз #Zhezkazgan #Kazakhstan #Expedition42 
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In celebration of Towel Day  reads excerpts from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy from the International Space Station.  

And of course she has a towel with her!
 
“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy has a few things to say on the subject of towels…”  ESA astronaut +Samantha Cristoforetti marks #TowelDay on the International Space Station #TheAnswerIs42

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpQfWLkKbhw
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+SmarterEveryDay featuring +Samantha Cristoforetti discussing the manual mechanism for opening / closing the Cupola shutters on the International Space Station.
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Great Scott! Hope everyone enjoys Back to the Future day!
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The six-strong team will live in close quarters under the dome, without fresh air, fresh food or privacy http://bbc.in/1hnd7bh
A team of Nasa recruits begins a year-long isolation in a dome near a barren volcano in Hawaii, to simulate life on Mars.
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An animation that combines various observations of Pluto over the course of several decades. 

The first frame is a digital zoom-in on Pluto as it appeared upon its discovery by Clyde Tombaugh in 1930 (image courtesy Lowell Observatory Archives). The other images show various views of Pluto as seen by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope beginning in the 1990s and NASA's New Horizons spacecraft in 2015. The final sequence zooms in to a close-up frame of Pluto released on July 15, 2015.

Watch the complete source list in order with image credits>>
http://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/goddard/views-of-pluto-through-the-years

#pluto #space_exploration #NewHorizons #NASA #Astronomy
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Don't pour water on an oil fire.  Explosive Oil Fire at 2500fps.
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Red Dwarf Skit on Fully Charged
The Red Dwarf skit is at the end of the video and features Chris Barrie (Arnold Judas Rimmer Bsc Ssc),  Danny John-Jules (The Cat) and Robert Llewellyn (Kryten).  Bring on the eleventh and twelfth series'!

Fully Charged is hosted by +Robert Llewellyn (Kryten from Red Dwarf) and covers renewable energy topics, mainly electric or hybrid cars. In this video he covers the BMW i8 after driving it 1,000 miles.

Skip straight to https://youtu.be/ukZfEhLYCCE?t=8m26s for the skit. Although I'd suggest watching the whole thing.
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A tech loving chap from Kent in South East England
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I enjoy keeping up on science, tech and other random goings on.

Reading
I mainly read science fiction, fantasy and crime books.  All my recent reading has been done on my much loved Kindle and can be seen on my Kindle profile http://goo.gl/73xDx.

A few of my favourites
  • Discworld Series by Sir Terry Pratchett
  • Hitchhikers Series and other books by Douglas Adams
  • Ender's Game Series by Orson Scott Card
  • Dune Series by Frank Herbert
Code
I've worked and experimented with various languages and environments through work and play.  A few highlights are:
  • Java
  • VBA and Visual Basic .NET
  • BASH, AWK
  • Oracle PL/SQL
  • HTML5 and Javascript
TV & Film
I don't often sit down and watch TV / Films but a few of the things I do watch are:
  • Doctor Who
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Top Gear
  • Marvel Universe
Education
  • University of Sussex
    Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, 2001 - 2004
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