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Go home US Patent and Trade Office, you are drubk. Although just to be persnickety, I'd like to know how Amazon's lawyers define "white." RGB 255, 255, 255? Pantone 11-0601 TCX Bright White?

http://qz.com/207512/taking-a-photo-against-a-white-background-amazon-owns-the-patent-on-that/#/h/67361,1/
Today a photography blog unearthed another strange development in America's ongoing patent train wreck: Amazon was recently awarded the intellectual rights to taking pictures of people in front of seamless white backgrounds. Critics of the deal from the tech and photography worlds are split on what they see as the bigger affront: the gullibility of the US Patent...
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It's interesting to learn what goes on behind the scenes of the websites we frequent and apps we use, how they're powered, how that power usage affects the planet, and what's being done to minimize their footprint.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/04/21/305666363/searching-the-planet-to-find-power-for-the-cloud
The quest for cheap, reliable electricity to power enormous cloud computing facilities is sending tech companies to the ends of the earth.
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Rumors are going around that Google Voice will either cease to exist or merge with Hangouts or something around May 15th. I've been a happy Voice user for many years, and in case things go tits-up in a few weeks, I've been researching options. 

What I like about Voice is I have all my texts forwarded to me at my email (preferable) and even though the voice-to-text transcription has humorous results, it is still useful to a deaf person. Also, being able to text US friends while I'm overseas is a bonus. 

So far I've found Talkatone and Mighty Text. Do any of you have experience with these? Any feedback to offer? Any other apps I should look into?
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Waiting with bated breath. For now, I can answer on iPad via Talkatone. Also seems to activate Hangouts app on iPad.  What will become of Google Voice in two weeks? #GoogleVoice   #hangouts   #talkatone  
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Well, duh.

"Don't put your Amazon credentials into source code and then share that source code in a public place like GitHub!"

http://readwrite.com/2014/04/15/amazon-web-services-hack-bitcoin-miners-github#awesm=~oBHXB8zCUpgXgU
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Gives new meaning to the word "Open Source"...  :-)
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What a great resource, and it has a wonderful animated .gif that really drives the point home. You should click on this!

List of scientifically controlled double blind studies which have conclusively demonstrated the efficacy of homeopathy: http://bit.ly/1grT4Vn
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I made an interesting realization today. I love animated GIFs, which bridge the gap between video and still photo on the web. Since GIFs can’t load sound, many people add subtitles to them if they’re captured from a video that contains spoken dialogue.…
I made an interesting realization today. I love animated GIFs, which bridge the gap between video and still photo on the web. Since GIFs can't load sound, many people add subtitles to them if they’...
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I just recently pushed a bunch of photos up to G+.  I have a tendency to snap pics in rapid succession to improve my chances of getting a good shot.  I found G+ automatically detects rapid shots and automatically animates them.  I'll share a couple.
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I thought this was one of the most rational and well-read things I've read in a while.  I'm always happy to see objectivity and critical thinking.

www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/04/a-palestinian-student-defends-her-visit-to-auschwitz/361311/
“It is impossible for me to make believe that there was no human tragedy perpetrated against millions of Jews and non-Jews.”
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The recent update to Android's default Camera app on KitKat 4.4 added a simulated lens blur effect, bringing depth of field/bokeh effects previously only achieved by D/SLR's.

The explanation of how algorithms are used to create this effect is quite interesting: http://googleresearch.blogspot.sg/2014/04/lens-blur-in-new-google-camera-app.html

(and no, you cannot have my avocado toast.)

Also, there are two fun apps that allow you to view the 3D effects of photos taken in the new Lens Blur mode:

http://www.clicktorelease.com/tmp/depth-player/

http://depthy.stamina.pl/
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Today from my desk I looked out the window and watched cherry blossom petals blowing around in the wind like pink snow.  It occurred to me that there must be a Japanese word that describes the phen...
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Bruce Schneier, who does not have a track record for being an alarmist, has declared the Heartbleed bug "catastrophic ... On the scale of 1 to 10, this is an 11."

https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2014/04/heartbleed.html
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Chronic expatriate, technocrat, bon vivant.

I also write about deaf-related assistive technology here.

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"Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." ― Dr. Seuss

“The key question to keep asking is, Are you spending your time on the right things? Because time is all you have. ” ― Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

"Nothing good gets away." ― John Steinbeck

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