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Chrome 43 scaling on high-density displays on Linux

Well, this is a problem. On the left is Chrome 43, running on the left half of a 1080p display. On the right is Firefox 37.01. New in Chrome 43 is automatic scaling for high-density displays; sounds like a decent feature, but unfortunately the current implementation is way too zealous on my Lenovo T440s running Fedora 21/GNOME 3.

I've never seen favicons so huge! And I can't find a chrome://flags entry to disable it.

Happily the issue is being tracked at https://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=477716
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Adding "--force-device-scale-factor=1" to the launch command for Chrome puts things back to workable mode without having to scale every tab. At least it's a workaround for now...
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What's this about the biggest bid for coast-to-coast coverage coming from a previously unknown entrant, Project Fi? With 2500 MHz support on the Nexus 6, hmm, wouldn't that be nice to shake things up in Canada...

#wishfulthinking  
The federal government's auction of 2500 MHz wireless spectrum started at 10 o'clock eastern time today, and some of Canada's wireless companies could be poised to buy the building blocks to expand and improve their networks.
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Hopefully Google I/O is pretty exciting this year!
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+Google Developer Groups get mentioned in +All About Android!

Yesterday I sent an email to the always entertaining +All About Android podcast, suggesting GDGs as a venue for learning how to develop Android apps, with a reference to the recent #devstudyjam  community effort. I threw in a quick recording of me reading the email... and they played it! What fun to make an appearance alongside +Jason Howell, +Ron Richards, and +Ron Amadeo

Ron and Jason also had a good post-email discussion about the value of getting together and learning with other people in real life, which nicely captured the spirit of GDGs (and Linux User Groups and tech meetup culture in general). Thanks AAA!

Here's the email if you're not into seeing my face / listening to my voice :)

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Dear Jason, Ron, and esteemed guests:

I'm a systems librarian in Sudbury, Ontario (Canada!), and I've been a listener since episode one.

One of the show topics that comes up from time to time is "How does somebody learn how to develop Android apps?". As the founder of our local Google Developer Group (GDG), I have a biased answer: you get together with other people and learn with them! In our case, we've been holding monthly meetings for over two years, and while not every meeting focuses on Android development, there's always some hands-on activity or development subject to sink your teeth into. You can find a list of GDGs all around the world at https://developers.google.com -- click on the "Communities" button and we'll be listed at the very top.

For learning Android development specifically, many GDGs ran a "Dev Study Jam" through February and March. This was a group learning exercise where we used the +Udacity *Android Fundamentals* course (http://udacity.com/course/viewer#!/c-ud853), which was created by Googlers such as Reto Maier and Katherine Kuan, as the basis of weekly meetings: one module per week. Each week we would review and discuss the hurdles we ran into in the previous module and prepare for the coming week's work. It was a great way to stay motivated, and while I've contributed patches to open source Android apps in the past, for the first time I feel like I have a complete understanding of how to develop Android apps all the way from the data layer through to the creation of responsive, accessible user interfaces. And all of the materials are available for free!

So, two takeaways: be social and find (or start!) a GDG near you; and consider some of the freely available online courses to get a comprehensive intro to Android development.

Hope this helps, and many thanks for a great show,
Dan Scott

P.S. I've created a video voicemail at http://youtu.be/bNj9KG5rqDc with the content of this email, in case you want a listener's voice and/or face (aargh!) in the show
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Thanks for sending this in! Great advice!
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Resharing the tale of a big Ingress operation in which I (denials, a lowly agent in Sudbury) played a small part.

For posterity, because you know that's what my kids are going to be proud of decades from now. Heh.
 
#TrueNorth
In September, 2014, as two recent Turn Coats to the Resistance Faction, +AxonGlitch and myself, +Garganoff, wanted to show our new team how dedicated we were.  We figured what better than a field.

A quick glance at Intel showed us a small field from Kincardine, to Leamington to Long Point would be quite possible, with little work. However, we’re women, and were unsatisfied with this small plan! As we discussed keys needed and driving times, we realized that we should expand our field. I had dreamed up a large field from Sudbry to Kingston to Windsor in the past but on enlightened was unable to gain support. We began with looking for that support. +AxonGlitch took full reigns of the plans and networking. +Edgeman16 was able to introduce us to our new friends in Lemington. They were very enthusiastic about the field, +CrazyManofDoom,+PintOGuinness, +Tixter, +NeverEnds, +Andromeda07 and +tulkamania worked together to set up the portals we needed and farm keys. After identifying the First anchor we looked towards home to see who had keys for the Sudbury area. Luckily an agent had gone north during the summer and happened to have 4 keys to Hungry Bear. Amazingly only 3 links stood between Hungry bear and Peele Island.

The other direction was much more complicated. We were going to pass through the town of Simcoe that had links going everywhere and the city of Hamilton. We felt that this area would be our biggest challenge. +Simrmebel was able to put together a good group of agents, +dmlookere, +allhat and +BrerSteve who over the week cleared out the Simcoe area, although in true ingress style +Allhat relinked it before the op began giving his team some more link busting opportunities. Being new to the resistance and having few contacts I reached out to +Mclass, who was able to put together a team of agents to help with the Lake Ontario Shoreline. +Ceemoe, +Mcsinned, +sonofreemus, +Reemus, +jonesdaddy and +bluetycoon were able to clear a path from Belleville to Hamilton, just over 300 kms of shoreline. 

Our field date was set for September 27, 2014.  This gave us just over two weeks to plan. Mid-week we ,through our Lemington contacts, we were contacted by +Adelphia with the Lake Erie Shore Ops, and were informed they too, had been planning fields.  Very large fields.  From that point on we worked with them to make sure we did not have any conflicting issues and plans as well as we tried to coordinate the timing so that both fields would stand at the same time   

Our last field being 600kms away we began looking north. In the isolated city of Sudbury we connected with a fellow resistance member, +Denials. During the transfer of keys the task of recharging the portal had been neglected and our anchor had gone grey. +Denials made the drive out to power up the Portal so that we could use it. In the search for our Northern agent 3 other agents stepped up to help out with blockers. +Dreambox, +CymonStLouisand +Dreeds. +Dreeds would prove to be our MVP of the night, racing against the clock to take out a last minute blocker put up by +Dreiger.  Unknown to him, his casual link set off a panic and last minute dash to flip the portal. As he sat having a beer with his friends +Dreeds rushed to clear the path for +PintOGuiness to make the last link in the first set of fields. Myself and +Axon Glitch sat on a stoop in the middle of Yarker, a town of a dozen houses and only 1 square foot where 4G was available and waited for the signal to go. Then the word was go. We raced to get the fields up with only 4 minutes to spare we got 2 of the 3 fields in place. The field stood for an amazing hour and 20 minutes. Being taken out by Kingston Enligtened player, +Gizzmojr.

The team work put into this Op was phenomenal.  Right up to the last minute before the field went up. Overall Operation #TrueNorth was an outstanding success, adding 13.5M to the global MU, putting the resistance ahead in almost every city in our province.  

A super special thanks to +Ecaftuls for being our "eye in the sky" and making sure everything was done, and everyone was where they needed to be.!


#Ingress   #IngressReport   #nianticproject   #IngressResistance   #OperationYankee  
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I just started looking at ingress. Rather confusing at first. Looking forward to playing more in the near future.
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Exciting news for all the #devstudyjam peeps in +GDG Sudbury​ who were looking forward to another Android Studio update just last night!
 
We've just released Android Studio 1.2 Beta to the beta update channel. The big change in 1.2 relative to version 1.1 is that we've updated the core IDE from IntelliJ 13.x to IntelliJ 14.1.1, which brings a lot of new features - improved debugging, improved editing, refactoring, version control and more. 

For more details, see the release announcement:
http://tools.android.com/recent/androidstudio12betaavailable
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Interested in making your Android app run on Chrome using ARC?

Here's a list of all the issues related to the very recently released ARC Platform: https://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/list?q=label:Cr-Platform-ARC - lots to dig into!

h/t +Dan Baran for noticing the CR-Platform-ARC tag
An open-source project to help move the web forward.
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The Physical Web -- okay, I get it a bit more now.

Thanks to +Pearl Chen's pointer to https://github.com/google/physical-web I now know one potential use case: adding beacons to physical items that tend to be hard to use (like printers, scanners, or photocopiers with integrated payment systems at the university) that link to appropriate web pages to provide help. Rather than the usually out-of-date, tattered photocopies that are taped to the machines--or nothing at all, as is frequently the case.

The challenge becomes more of a technical writing + mobile web-appropriate design exercise. In an ideal world, all of that documentation would already exist on your institution's web site in the appropriate responsive, usable format. In reality, that's often not the case... but this becomes one more reason to revise stale or user-hostile content.

Also, along with her idea of including NFC as a complement to the Bluetooth beacon, one could perhaps integrate a (tasteful / subtle) QR code in the shape of a question mark.

Belt and suspenders and staples. #physicalweb  
physical-web - The Physical Web: walk up and use anything
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sigh

Totally agree with "it's Big Hero 6, not Big Hero 4!"

/via @onealexharms

#marketing #stereotypes
Veronica, a mom of two from Washington State, was shopping recently in search of Big Hero 6-themed fabric in order to make her two young movie fans some throw pillows. For those familiar with child...
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#towatch

Because if +G. Hussain Chinoy​ and +Dan Baran​ both share something about the Physical Web with me on the same day, it has to be A Thing.
 
Three Patterns for The Physical Web

The Physical Web, an open community project started by Google, provides a discovery layer for IoT - broadcasting an URL.

That URL could be used to (tl;dw of Matthew's talk):

- Simple Web: redirect the user to a webpage with more info about the Thing
- Cloud Passthrough: redirect the user to a webpage, where they do some sort of transaction, and the Thing acknowledges the web-based transaction (vending machine pops out a soda, post web transaction)
- Direct Connect: redirect the user to a locally-Thing-served webpage that allows interaction with the Thing

More here: https://google.github.io/physical-web/

#physicalweb   #bluetooth   #mdns   #ssdp  

I'm wondering if the Cast discovery methodologies might be useful here, too, considering Cast uses mDNS and SSDP, too.
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Create an audio podcast from video sources using the huffduff-video bookmarklet (mentioned by +Kevin Marks on This Week in Google episode 169).
huffduff-video, my latest side project, lets you send Huffduffer the audio from videos on YouTube, Vimeo, and more. Just grab the bookmarklet, click it next time you find a video that you want to listen to, and it should show up in your podcast app automatically! It's pretty bare bones, ...
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The dissolution of DERI as an organization (which i had not heard about before now) and the corresponding loss of responsibility over linked data vocabularies that had seen adoption in some circles undoubtedly holds lessons for the sustainability of our efforts as a community.
 
What's happening to http://vocab.deri.ie/http://vocab.deri.ie/void for example cannot be accessed for at least a couple of days.
+Richard Cyganiak +Michael Hausenblas 
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Open government plan moves forward for Sudbury: http://www.northernlife.ca/mobile/displayarticle.aspx?id=92942 #opendata
The city's plan to make public information more readily available to the public took another step forward this week, when city council formally adopted an open government model.City clerk Caroline Hallsworth said in broad terms, open government is a process by which information is “proactively” made...
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  • Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto
    Information Studies, 1996 - 1998
  • Laurentian University
    English & Philosophy, 1992 - 1996
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I'm a systems librarian who cares about software freedom and open source. Since 2007 my core contributions have been to the Evergreen library system project.  I'm also the founder and lead for the Google Developer Group Sudbury.
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I can (and do) hit some awesome mountain biking trails right out of my backyard. Sudbury rocks!
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Systems Librarian
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Structured data (schema.org, RDFa, microdata); Perl; PHP; Python; PostgreSQL; HTML5 (yes, JavaScript and CSS too); obscure library standards and protocols like MARC21 and Z39.50; can code Java when necessary, which Android gets me to do.
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  • Laurentian University
    Systems Librarian, 2006 - present
    I make it possible for people to connect with information they need in the form of articles, books, and data, while overcoming the hurdles that publishers and "solution providers" put in the way.
  • IBM Canada
    1998 - 2006
    Product planner for DB2 on Linux; Information Architect for DB2 / IBM Software Group (System House); Technical Writer focused on DB2 application development
  • Xerox Canada
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A go-to place for sushi when I'm downtown.
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Great vegetarian Indian cuisine. I'm a repeat visitor over the past ten years; it's always been good. Service is variable, but that's too be expected from any restaurant. Prices are in line with the norms for the quality and quantity of food served up per dish.
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Casual atmosphere (a dress shirt is way over the top for this place), excellent Thai food. I had a bowl of tom yum soup; the portion size was small but it was packed with flavour. By far the best tom yum I've had (and I've tried a lot). Also had the green curry, which more than met expectations in flavour, presentation, and serving size. Highly recommended.
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I've been to Ripe many times since moving from Toronto; it's like one of the Yonge & Eglinton pasta & wine bars was transported to Sudbury. It benefits from a creative menu, nice woodfired pizza oven, generally great service, and an owner (Marc) who genuinely cares for his clientele. For example, last night we presented a coupon for a free kid's pizza at the start of our order and enjoyed a great meal. When the bill came, we paid and took off quickly because said child was very tired, and didn't notice that the coupon hadn't been applied. Marc (somehow) remembered my name, tracked down my email address, and sent me an email apologizing for the oversight and promising to make it up to us... completely unprompted. How awesome is that?
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I've been multiple times over the past twenty years; first as a student for my first Ethiopian experience, most recently as a parent with two overtired children in tow. I've never failed to have great, attentive service (especially impressive patience with said children!) and wonderful food. One of my favourite places to visit in Toronto.
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Perhaps the best Indian cuisine I've had, including the ten years I lived in Toronto. The dishes, rice, and naan are freshly prepared when you order, and the portions are generous; two main dishes are more than enough for three people. They don't hold back on the spice; if you order "hot" you will get very hot, and I love that :)
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The conference rooms and general facilities are fine, but the distance from anything else means that you're limited to whatever food they have to offer--which means high prices and no guarantees of quality. I made the mistake of grabbing an English muffin with egg and some meat slices from a heat rack on a cart in the morning, and once I opened it discovered that the sauce had soaked through the bottom of the sandwich and bonded with the wrapper. Seems likely that the sandwich had been there since the day before. I tried a few bites anyway but ended up tossing the $5.50 monstrosity; luckily my stomach didn't seem too affected by the experience.
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