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Hangouts for Chrome, Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and 10. Happens every time PC goes to sleep or gets locked. Any chance you guys are looking at this already, +Google Chrome
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Happens to me on both my win8.1 laptop/Desktop, its annoying...
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Thank you, +Vic Gundotra, for these amazing #AutoAwesome  creations

I finally made it out to Citi Field for the first time last night. Weather was perfect, the Mets beat the Marlins decisively (Colon & Familia were on point,) and I took a ton of photos & videos that allowed +Google+ to work its magic. The resulting Panos, Story, and video came out perfect and managed to highlight all the great memories made with my family last night. I know you're not at Google anymore, Vic, but I wanted to thank you directly and personally for all your hard work to give us these great tools to help get the most out of our photos and videos.
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Stop Trying to Make Other People Meet YOUR Defenition of Family

Once again, Connecticut has managed to surprise me. I thought we were past trying to tell other people how to live their lives; apparently I was mistaken.

Hartford's zoning board of appeals is upholding a ridiculous zoning law, apparently from 1901 (I can't be assed to look it up, the article has the pertinent deets,) defining who can, and can't, live in a single family, privately owned home. It does allow for an unlimited number of servants to live in the house. I'm sure you can tell the intent of this zoning law, but if you can't let me spell it out for you: "Ok, how do we keep the poor people out of our neighborhood?"

It's hard not to come to the conclusion that this family is being targeted because:

 a. The Poors are living in our neighborhood
 b. Mike McGarry has a friend who wants the house for his traditional family (his wife and their 2 prize winning Pomeranians)
 c. John Kennelly, who likely still has the word "coloreds" in his daily vocabulary, doesn't want the fourteen servants in his West End mansion getting any bright ideas.

Ok, look, snark aside, it is incredibly fucked up that in 2015 we still have busybodies who insist on telling other people how to live their lives. These folks have something exceedingly rare here; a family based, not on blood, but the iron-clad bond of true friendship. They are trusting each other with finances, with childrearing, with everything that it takes to be a family and run a household. How many friends do you have that you could trust like that? No, not them, stop, think, real hard. Not very many, eh?

I'm sure there's plenty of rich, single child couples that could have used all the leftover square footage for a playroom for Skylar, and a man cave for Daddy next to his office so he can take a break from his long hours working from home, and a gym for Mommy so she can train for her mid-life crisis marathons even in the winter. Those aren't the people who bought the house. The people who bought the house are an 11 member tribe who wanted to live under the same roof because they all love each other that much. And the neighbors, and the zoning board members, well, they don't feel that's a real family and they will, by god, be put out on the street in order to uphold the standards of this fine West End neighborhood.
HARTFORD — The city's Zoning Board of Appeals Tuesday unanimously upheld a cease and desist order that could force a nontraditional family to dissolve or sell its West End home.
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Finding out the hard way +Motorola Mobility​ didn't plan on anyone keeping their #MotoX more than a year.

Last Saturday morning, conveniently after a great $158 refurb sale I didn't need to take advantage of at the time, my 2013 #MotoMaker Moto X caught on my pocket as I pulled it out and fell face down on my kitchen floor. The resulting sound was unmistakeable and I knew exactly what I would see when I picked it up. My screen had finally shattered, after several close calls throughout the year plus I've owned it.

That Monday, I got on Motorola's support chat and they were super helpful. I gave the IMEI and was told I could send it in and pay $100 for a swap and to wait for a call. Well the call never came. I got an email saying, and I paraphrase, sorry, you're phone is out of warranty (yes, I know, I told you that in chat) and you have no recourse through Motorola. As a followup I reached out to +Matt Jones​ via a Plus post, gave him the particulars and asked if he could help. Doing a stellar job as always, he got me in touch with the right people. They were attentive and thorough and kept me updated while they worked on my request and today a resolution seemed in sight.

No.

According to support, and White Glove support, if you need repairs on a 2013 Motorola X, you are completely out of luck. There are no parts, there is no way for Motorola to fix a completely functional phone (one that I raved about here and elsewhere quite often) with a cracked screen. There is no way to repair any part of the phone, because, as it turns out, the best and most successful handset Motorola has had since the original Razor reached end of life less than 15 months after its release. So sorry Mr. Velázquez, we didn't plan for anyone to keep this phone more than a year.

The icing on the cake, however, is the associate at White Glove who said "I happen to have a white and a black at&t model here I can send you, new in box, but with no warranty." I don't even know what to follow that up with.

Listen, I get what end of life is, and I get what happens when you're out of warranty, but this phone was touted as lasting through the next 2 major Android releases. One would assume that claim would be backed by Motorola ensuring our phones can be serviced through those releases.

Bear in mind that this SKU is still live at Best Buy http://www.bestbuy.com/site/motorola-moto-x-4g-with-16gb-memory-cell-phone-black/1511754.p?id=1219053212752&skuId=1511754. What is anyone buying this phone today supposed to do if they need warranty work? What will Motorola do when the inevitable happens?

Personally, this shortsightedness is enough for me to turn my back on Motorola, and enough for me to tell everyone I know and everyone who asks to avoid Motorola hardware at all costs, as spending $600 on a device that can't be repaired after a year is a fool's errand. Hell, I might even tell em to buy an iPhone. At least those can be repaired at Apple after a year.
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You guys! Imagine Dragons is free this week on Google Play!!
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I think I have something by them on heavy rotation in one of my Pandora stations.
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Because Ad Hom Just Isn't My Style
Likely you've seen this gem from our possible new Chairman of the Senate Science & Space subcommittee: "Net Neutrality" is Obamacare for the Internet; the Internet should not operate at the speed of government. — Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) November 10, ...
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The morning of Johan's No-No, I was on a train to NYC when my Middle Sis called and asked if I wanted tix for that night's +New York Mets​ game. Long story short, no one could meet me at Citi Field to take advantage of the tix and I missed the most historic game I could have witnessed personally. Middle Sis looked out for me though, and brought back a couple souvenirs. Today I'm wearing that shirt so my boys from Queens can take two out of three in the Bronx and prove to everyone they're #TakingBackNewYork.

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On repeat. All day. I regret nothing.
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Raise your hand if you've ever had regular operational training with a service pistol to engage a target with rapid fire at 30 yards.
 
I'll wait.

90 feet away. With the sun to his back. Yet not a single muzzle flash against that silhouette. But they kept firing until their mags were empty. I can guarantee you not one was aiming down his sight; that's how you get 4 out of 15 on target at 30 yards. By simply pointing your weapon in a general direction and snapping that trigger until nothing comes out.

At 30 yards, with nothing more than fire discipline and being aimed in, the two officers on station would have hit their mark, guaranteed with 2, maybe 3 rounds. With fire discipline, the other two officers late to the party would not have been confused by the sound of 30 rounds going downrange and decided to also empty their mags in the general direction of a man silhouetted against the setting sun, supposedly shooting without a single muzzle flash. Most importantly, with fire discipline, the increased distance and the lack of a backstop would keep you from firing indiscriminately in a general direction.

So, these officers either lacked or ignored training and emptied 4 magazines at a distance I can guaran-goddam-tee you not a one was trained to engage a target with more than 1 or 2 well aimed shots; yet the DA, after reading the report of the investigation conducted by the immediately predecessor to the sitting Chief of Police, decided no charges should be filed.

Wake the fuck up America. Your police departments are using brown people for target practice, and to appease you, should you disapprove, these murders are being investigated by the very departments that commit them, if at all, before the Hero Officer is exonerated. It's time for real oversight. It's time for every single police shooting to immediately go to a state panel convened by a cabinet level official for impartial review. It's time to review and revamp every single law enforcement firearms training program in this country. Its time police departments started acting like the civil servants that they are, rather than the paramilitary security force above the law they've been led to believe they are.

For the record, it takes just over two seconds to wildly yank a trigger 15 times; the same amount of time, incidentally, it takes to put a single well aimed shot downrange that won't miss its target at 30 yards.
On Friday, the San Francisco District Attorney's office announced that the four police officers--Nathan Chew, Richard Schiff, Roger Morse and Jason Sawyer--who killed 28-year-old Alex Nieto last March in Bernal Heights Park will not face charges. Although they fired 59 shots at Nieto, they did so "to protect themselves and other officers," says the DA office.
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Hey +Matt Jones , I got disappointing news yesterday from +Motorola Mobility support chat regarding screen repairs for my 2013 #MotoX  . After a 45 minute chat in which I clearly identified my phone as 1st gen and being told I could return repair for $100, I got an email telling me no. Can you clarify? Is Motorola not repairing phones?
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Will do +Matt Jones , thanks.
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While other "civilazations" were hard at work writing fairy tales to explain natural events and keep you from touching yourself, Greek engineers were predicting eclipses and scheduling the Olympic games with a computer.
More than 100 years after it was found, and more than 2,000 years after it was believed to have been built, the Antikythera Mechanism continues to raise questions and provide answers.
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I've been using Crucials for quite some time, and other than Samsung EVO there hasn't been a single drive that gets you more bang for your buck at regular price. Given the chance to buy an M500 at this kind of savings however, criminal if you don't go get one right the eff now. Seriously, go.
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Price is never just about what's on the plate. I had the Barnum Burger medium rare and let me tell you, ladies and gentlemen, when you eat one of these you'll wonder how other places are able to pass off what they serve as "hamburger". With nothing but two fresh slices of tomato and shredded iceberg, served on a very a lightly toasted English muffin, this sandwich easily outshines any place you can think of that's trying to spruce up ground beef for you. The fresh cut fries were a bit oversalted here and there, but not so much that it ruined it. Add the understated decor and the kraft paper with the logo rubber stamped in the middle and the $10 burger is a bargain. And the chocolate mousse is bonkers.
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The sushi & sashimi for two is an incredible value and chock full of a good variety of fresh fish, expertly prepared and beautifully presented. I highly recommend it. Sadly we forgot to try the Victoria's Secret; maybe next time.
Food: ExcellentDecor: GoodService: Excellent
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Of all the pizza places in Naugatuck I've tried, Adrianna's is best by an order of magnitude. Bottom of the pie is bone dry and perfectly cooked; very little oil or grease, even on the meat lover I usually order. Cheerful service and prompt delivery, along with quite fair prices make this a must have when in Naugatuck. Scored Decor a 3 because this is not a sit down restaurant and I find that the decor is largely irrelevant in this instance.
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
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