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Can tiny electronics help unlock the mystery of tear glucose, in the hopes of someday finding an easier way for people with diabetes to manage their disease? Learn more about the latest project from Google[x], a smart contact lens with chips and sensors so small they look like pieces of glitter: http://goo.gl/F4D06y
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Amazing! I love to see great advances in Medical devices.
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Some photos from my "commute" through Yosemite Valley with +Michael Ortega-Binderberger +Charles Ballowe and +Sándor Sás.  No stopping allowed.
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Hey John,too bad the Park is closed at the moment. Yosemite is amazing.Do visit it when you get a chance later. Sequoia National Park is equally good.
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Game 3 was awesome!  Go Sharks!
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Got to play with the NVIDIA Shield yesterday at IO.  Its fairly large, but the screen looked great, the graphics were good and the controller felt really nice.
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The back is rounded. The boxy edges are where the screen closes into. 
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Chevrolet debuts Corvette Performance Data Recorder: records audio, video and overlays telemetry (hands-on)

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Ever wanted to see what Google (and others, inc redhat) thought of patent abuse? http://www.ftc.gov/os/comments/pae/pae-0047.pdf

I think that I'm going to start stressing our work in this space more. We do a lot in DC and in the courts to try to change how patents are handled in America. I think that if we spread the word a bit more, we can find people, open source people, hackers, non-googlers, who align with us and more importantly, where we align with them and work together to change things in non-geologic time.

Companies like Red Hat have been great, but it's time for citizens of the united states to realize that high costs on civilization that patent trolls, and other bad actors, have levied on american and international progress. I mean, if people really realized how much they pay on a daily basis to service BS patents, I would think they would be able to muster a formidable amount of outrage and would act. 

I'd go so far as to say the average american family pays more on patent service costs on a given day than they do on electricity, but that might be slightly off, I'd need to do the math on that a bit more carefully. Not as much as they do on gas, for sure, but it's non-trivial.

For instance, Depending on which smartphone you carry, there's up to  50$ at acquisition and some monthly carry that you pay through higher costs for your carrier, app purchases and less tangibles effects like less efficient battery charging costs, time spent when your phone 'works around' patented techniques, etc..

Anyhow, like I said, I need to do the math, but I think that patents have become a kind of shadow tax on Americans that needs to be addressed and soon for the drag on the economy that it is. 
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Cookie delivery...with ice cream. They were so good.
 
Fresh baked Cookies?! Whaaatt! Delivery?! Whaaaattt! Till 3 am?! Wait what, they have ice cream too!?!?!!?!?! Holy Mother of! #doomed_to_be_fat_forever   #just_made_my_night  
Local Catering. We will deliver fresh cookies anywhere on the SF peninsula. Note: some same-day orders can be filled, however we need 24 hour notice for guaranteed delivery. Larger orders (75+ cookies), we prefer 48 hour notice.
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I have a tremendous number of thoughts about the various revelations about the NSA's domestic espionage programs revealed this week. But first and foremost, I wanted to share this message from +Larry Page and our Chief Legal Officer +David Drummond. Google had no involvement in the PRISM program and the first we heard of it was when Greenwald's article hit the press.

I'm not sure what the details of this PRISM program are, but I can tell you that the only way in which Google reveals information about users are when we receive lawful, specific orders about individuals -- things like search warrants. And we continue to stand firm against any attempts to do so broadly or without genuine, individualized suspicion, and publicize the results as much as possible in our Transparency Report. Having seen much of the internals of how we do this, I can tell you that it is a point of pride, both for the company and for many of us, personally, that we stand up to governments that demand people's information. 

I can also tell you that the suggestion that PRISM involved anything happening directly inside our datacenters surprised me a great deal; owing to the nature of my work at Google over the past decade, it would have been challenging -- not impossible, but definitely a major surprise -- if something like this could have been done without my ever hearing of it. And I can categorically state that nothing resembling the mass surveillance of individuals by governments within our systems has ever crossed my plate.

If it had, even if I couldn't talk about it, in all likelihood I would no longer be working at Google: the fact that we do stand up for individual users' privacy and protection, for their right to have a personal life which is not ever shared with other people without their consent, even when governments come knocking at our door with guns, is one of the two most important reasons that I am at this company: the other being a chance to build systems which fundamentally change and improve the lives of billions of people by turning the abstract power of computing into something which amplifies and expands their individual, mental life.

Whatever the NSA was doing involving the mass harvesting of information, it did not involve being on the inside of Google. And I, personally, am by now disgusted with their conduct: the national security apparatus has convinced itself and the rest of the government that the only way it can do its job is to know everything about everyone. That's not how you protect a country. We didn't fight the Cold War just so we could rebuild the Stasi ourselves.
Dear Google users— You may be aware of press reports alleging that Internet companies have joined a secret U.S. government program called PRISM to give the National Security Agency direct access to our servers. As Google’s CE...
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Automatic animated gifs of photos are neat.
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Aww, it didn't do it for me. Lame. :-(
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    MBA, 2005 - 2007
  • Baylor University
    BS, Computer Science, 1998 - 2001
  • Westlake High School
    1994 - 1998
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World War II Memorial App
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Land the Eagle
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Mastermind (Code Breaker)
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Making History: Houston Texans Playoff Game Panoramic Photo
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Check out this HUGE panoramic picture from Houston Texans first ever home playoff game at Reliant Stadium! Find the Toro hidden in the crowd

Great Scot! Mini Flying DeLorean Is Best Use Of Quadrotors To Date
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Playing the James Bond theme was a neat parlour trick, but now it's obvious why those quadrotor flying RC vehicles really exist. And it's to

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Google BBS Terminal
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What Google would have looked like in the 80s. A working service after a video by Squirrel-Monkey.com.

Steak Fingers
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Fried battered round steak -- a bit sinful, but awfully tasty.

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Since 1996, the OAC is the only professionally guided adventure club in the Bay Area. We offer hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, rafting,

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