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I am a humanist, in every sense of the word.

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I once slapped a piece of bacon on my screen and took a picture of it. The picture then became famous on G+ for a day. Yep, I have peaked.
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#dartlang  community would definitely benefit from this.
 
#googlewebdesigner  is now also available for Linux - YES!
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Nest Available On Play - Is it Worth It?

Ugh! I just love how cool this thing looks, but I have so many questions and online "research" just raises more...

Break Even
I have two thermostat zones in my house, so I would need to buy two nest devices.  I've read that the break even on cost savings can be as much as two years, and is dependent on a number of variables.  I'd have to come out of pocket $500 to Nest-ify my house.  It kind of reminds me of the same pay-back as solar panels, which still aren't attractive for most consumer scenarios.

Forget "break even".  Will I even save money at all?
I work from home.  So basically there is a human being in the house almost 24/7.  I move around the house during the day, as does my wife (who also runs a home-based business).  I'm not sure the Nest can really optimize temperature enough to save money AND keep us comfortable here in the Texas hot/cold extremes.

Plus, if you read the marketing language about Nest, it says "Saving energy is a beautiful thing".  Saving energy does not necessarily mean saving money.

It doesn't have manual temperature hold??
I read an Amazon review that says the Nest doesn't have a manual temperature hold function. What!?  I can't imagine that, even with the best adaptive learning algorithms, there isn't a time when I'd want to manually override all that for some period of time.  If this is true, it's a deal-breaker.

Technology Issues make it a hassle sometimes?
Again by reading purchaser reviews, I've learned that if Nest receives an OTA update, it will sometimes reset the learned behavior and have to start over again.   I also read that it will lose wifi settings.   Even worse, if it can't connect to the back-end servers, it will run down the battery (wait- I have to deal with a battery on this thing?).  I thought the idea with a device like this - and at this cost - is that it's supposed to make life easier around the house. 

So I'd love to hear feedback from G+ Nest users about their own experiences.  $500 (remember, I need two of them) seems like a lot of cheddar just for the "cool" factor.  But damn, it is really cool...
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+Warren Strange great point.

+Tony B. This is the first I've heard of back-plate issues.  What is the problem?

Also a bummer to read about the API yank.  Thanks for highlighting that.  
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At the beginning of last year, we wrote about CS50, Harvard’s Introductory Computer Science course, taught by Professor David Malan. Today, we bring you the updated version of the class, filmed throughout the past semester at Harvard. Why revisit an updated version of the same class a year later?
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Borrowing a page from the recently revised Microsoft playbook, development tools maker Telerik has released as open source the bulk of its Kendo software library of components for building Web and mobile applicationsThe Kendo UI Core is a collection of user interface widgets and framework features, built from JavaScript and HTML5. The collection includes all the features available in its commercial Kendo UI Mobile package.Telerik created the coll...
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Google Dart and #WebStorm teams working together to bring #dartlang to more developers. http://news.dartlang.org/2014/04/dart-plugin-for-intellij.html
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NEW FULL-LENGTH VIDEOS FOR YOU TO STREAM ON PBS.ORG. Here are the programs broadcast recently on PBS, which are now available for free online streaming. (Share with your friends and family!) #FreeOnlineStreamingOnPBS (U.S. only)

Pioneers of Television | Doctors and Nurses
http://video.pbs.org/video/2365218429/

American Masters | PBS | A Fierce Green Fire
http://video.pbs.org/video/2365228305/

FRONTLINE | Solitary Nation
http://video.pbs.org/video/2365229709/
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Dart XML Gets A Makeover And A New Owner

Back in the early-early days of Dart, I wrote an XML library over a weekend.  I mostly wrote it to participate, in spirit, in a Dart hackathon occurring in another part of the world.  I also wrote it because I needed a lightweight XML parser at the time.  Since then the project received numerous contributions from the community - thank you!  

As a consequence of Dart's success, a faster and more stable version of XML is needed.  +Lukas Renggli has now published an entirely rewritten XML parser, based on his excellent PetiteParser project (https://github.com/renggli/PetitParserDart).  

What About Pub?
For simplicity's sake, the new version of XML will publish into the same pub library as the legacy one (https://pub.dartlang.org/packages/xml).  Version 2.0.0 is now available on pub.

Thanks again everyone for the great community support.  Dart is full of win  because of you!
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A new version of StageXL is available on Pub (version 0.9.2). I'm very excited that this release mainly contains features contributed by the community, which is really awesome!

+Alex Gann implemented the SoundSprite feature (aka Audio Sprites) to concatenate small audio files to one bigger audio file. The browser only has to downloads one file (+ one JSON file) but the application is still able to play the original audio samples. He also did a tool which does the concatenation and encoding in different audio formats. (https://github.com/realbluesky/SoundDart)

+Kevin Moore worked on the Point and Rectangle class to make them compatible to the corresponding classes in dart:math. 

+Xavier Hainaux has fixed some bugs and suggested great enhancements. Also thanks to many other users who have reported bugs or just asked questions on the forum.
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Graze

I remember +Christy Ramsey posting about this a while back when the service was in beta.  I figured I would give it a try now that it's open to everyone (in the US), and I tend to do some not-so-healthy grazing around my house throughout the day.

Here's a try-for free link.  Interested to see what other people think about this service.  My first box arrives in a couple weeks.

https://www.graze.com/us/p/JOHNE7T9U
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I still love it! They add new mixes every now and then too. 
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The conservation of energy humor.

I have to imagine that NDT would totally laugh at this.

via +Robert Campbell 

#funny  
#neildegrassetyson  
#cosmosontv  
 
Neal the man. 
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thought of this when watching it this weekend lol
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Food: Very goodDecor: GoodService: Very good
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Raphael's is a good local joint to take the family to once in a while. During good weather they usually have a bounce house setup just outside the restaurant. It's a nice experience to eat on the patio while the kids play nearby.
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If you've never tried Brazilian style dining before, start here. It's expensive (although less so during the lunch hour), but entirely worth it. The salad bar is amazing (rookies will eat too much salad and not save enough room for the main dining experience) and the meats are all cooked to perfection.
Food: ExcellentDecor: Very goodService: Excellent
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