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The full piece is worth reading, but this was a tough paragraph to read: "What Hurricane Katrina, the floodwall and levee collapses, and the aftermath taught me is that America, and its institutions, simply don’t work — and that people like it that way. Perhaps this is a boilerplate observation, so obvious in light of what happened there, and all our other disasters and chronic problems — the Iraq war, political gridlock, gun violence, and a thousand other things. But I believe this is an under-appreciated point. America is an optimistic nation. It has a short memory. Our political system and media don’t really learn very obvious lessons that unspool right in front of everyone’s faces. And so we end up repeating our errors — at least, some of them — to great sorrow. And I expect the sorrow is going to get a lot greater in the coming decades."

My recollection is that someone shared a photoset on Flickr, and that was the eye opener for me about how bad things were post-Katrina. It was also an eye opener about the power of what would eventually be called social media: people sharing information, photos, and opinions with each other directly.
As the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approached, I did not plan to write about it. Yes, I thought about doing somethi…
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+Michael Gentile The entirety of the United States has a stake in New Orleans' survival.  I am quite stunned that ten years on we keep having to remind people that New Orleans exists for a reason at the mouth of the Mississippi for the deepwater port all the way to Baton Rouge.  Whether it is the major oil refining capacity or the barge and shipping access, it affects the price of gas and coffee.  Sediment which came down the Mississippi formed the river delta which is home to one of our country's most significant fisheries.  One sixth of that sediment is now sequestered by dams in the Dakotas.  Flood control and navigation projects all across the country are managed by the US Army Corps of Engineers and are all vulnerable to the same effects we experienced.  We are all in this together.
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New Moto Hint? Sounds pretty cool.
So apparently +Motorola Mobility​​ quietly released the second generation of their already awesome somewhat flawed Bluetooth the moto hint. At first glance it looks the same but some welcome additions have been made!!

1. It fits even better which is an area that was already excellent to begin with.
2. 70% more battery life!! Used to be up to 10 hours now it's 17
3. Crystal talk noise and wind-cancelling technology
4. Bluetooth 3.0 + EDR technology
5. It is now only $129.99 as opposed to $149.99
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+Urban Persson it's not only for charging. It carries power like a standalone battery pack. You charge with the ear piece stored inside. The ear piece carries a few hours of charge. The case carries additional charge and it charges the earpiece every time you store it, not just when it's plugged in. It's actually a good size. I carry it in my pocket and take the earpiece out when needed. The earpiece connects instantly and works with all of the voice controls on my Moto X including sending texts. All told, it's an awesome device, especially if you own a moto phone. 
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A fascinating article which includes this wonderful quote: "Political movements are viral, but conspiracies are bacterial. They thrive in dark recesses, fed by self-reinforcement, shielded from the disinfecting light of contrary opinion."
The long read: In December, a handful of middle-aged American immigrants attempted to topple the autocratic ruler of the Gambia. They had few weapons and an amateurish plan. What possessed them to risk everything in a mission that was doomed to fail?
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This looks cool. Found via +Andrew Davison , who you may want to follow if you enjoy hearing about the future before other people.
We are releasing a complete implementation of our latest high-fidelity scene reconstruction pipeline. Code, executables, data, and detailed tutorials can be found here:

The code and executables are released under the permissive MIT license. You can use the system for any purpose, including commercial applications. Have fun!

(with +Sungjoon Choi and +Qianyi Zhou )
Abstract. We present an approach to indoor scene reconstruction from RGB-D video. The key idea is to combine geometric registration of scene fragments with robust global optimization based on line processes. Geometric registration is error-prone due to sensor noise, which leads to aliasing of ...
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A really good piece by +Cade Metz . From the article: "Today, according to Vahdat, one of [Google]’s “Jupiter” cluster switches provides about 40 terabits of bandwidth per second—or the equivalent of 40 million home Internet connections."
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This is some serious hardware stuff!!wonder what else they got.
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Nice to see the Chrome team working on better battery usage, with good results.
One of the big complaints about Chrome currently is that it's a battery hog, especially on Mac where Safari seems to do better.

The team has been working on addressing this; here are some cases that have recently been improved on trunk:

Before: Renderers for background tabs had the same priority as for foreground tabs.
Now: Renderers for background tabs get a lower priority, reducing idle wakeups on various perf test, in some cases by significant amounts (e.g. 50% on one test).

Before: On a Google search results page, using Safari's user agent to get the same content that Safari would, Chrome incurs ~390 wakes over 30s and 0.3% CPU usage vs. Safari’s 120 wakes over 30s and 0.1% CPU usage.
Now: 66% reduction in both timer firings and CPU use. Chrome is now incurring ~120 wakes over 30s and 0.1% CPU use, on par with Safari.

Before: On, Chromium incurs ~1010 wakeups over 30s vs. Safari's ~490 wakes.
Now: ~30% reduction in timer firings. Chrome is now incurring ~721 wakeups over 30s.

Before: On, Chromium incurs 768 wakups over 30s and consumes ~0.7% CPU vs. Safari's 312 wakes over 30s and ~0.1% CPU.
Now: ~59% reduction in timer firings and ~70% reduction in CPU use. Chrome is now incurring ~316 wakeups over 30s, and 0.2% CPU use, on par with Safari at 312 wakes, and 0.1% CPU use.

The Chrome team has no intention of sitting idly by (pun intended) when our users are suffering.  You should expect us to continually improve in this area.
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Cant wait for Edge to come out because Chrome became imposible to use on lower end hardware. 
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Project Sunroof is awesome!

I love this new 20% project from Google. They take a bunch of high-resolution Google Earth data and figure out how much sunlight individual houses get. Currently, this is live for the Bay Area and Fresno in California, plus the Boston area. So you can get a pretty good estimate of whether solar panels would save money on your house. Hint: solar makes sense for a lot more people than you'd think!

You can even connect directly with several different solar panel providers if you'd like to start saving money now. I hope that Google expands this even more widely at some point.

Edit: By the way, here's one more reason why this kicks butt. The price of solar is dropping so much that the cost of solar panel modules isn't the primary factor as much anymore. Instead, the overall cost of solar installation, including cost for solar installers to find customers, is one of the larger factors now. If Project Sunroof can help solar customers and solar installers find each other more easily, that just pushes solar to be even cheaper and more widely accessible. If you're interested, see for a little more about this.
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So if you want to put solar panels on your roof, just call up Google Sunroof to get google to install the panels....  :-) 
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Everything in Its Right Place

It’s been a little more than a quarter since I took on leadership of a newly formed team, which we’ve christened SPS: Streams, Photos, and Sharing.

In that short time, I’ve had some time to reflect on the products we’ve built over the last few years, and also the opportunity to oversee the launch of our new Google Photos product. I’ve concluded that it’s time for a “pivot”... or more precisely time to talk more openly about a pivot that’s been underway for some time (and in fact is reflected in the name of the new team). We're going to continue focusing Google+ on helping users connect around the interest they love, and retire it as the mechanism by which people share and engage within other Google products.

Four years ago when we conceived of the “Google+ Project”, we made it clear that our goals were always two-fold: Google+ aspired to be both a “platform layer that unified Google’s sharing models”, and a product / stream / app in its own right.

This was a well-intentioned goal, but as realized it led to some product experiences that users sometimes found confusing. For instance, and perhaps most controversially, integration with YouTube implied that leaving a comment on YouTube (something users had obviously been doing successfully for years) suddenly and unexpectedly required “joining Google+.”

We decided it’s time to fix this, not only in YouTube, but across a user’s entire experience at Google. We want to formally retire the notion that a Google+ membership is required for anything at Google… other than using Google+ itself.  

Some of the consequences of this shift in thinking have already been deployed. Others we’re rolling out as fast as possible (e.g. the changes to YouTube we referenced today). And many more will roll out over the rest of the year.

What does this mean for Google+ the product? Relieved of the notion of integrating with every other product at Google, Google+ can now focus on doing what it’s already doing quite well: helping millions of users around the world connect around the interest they love. Aspects of the product that don’t serve this agenda have been, or will be, retired. But you’ll also see a slew of improvements that make this use case shine (like the recent launch of Collections -

It’s been incredibly gratifying to see how this strategy has played out as realized in the recent Google Photos launch, a product which in many ways embodies and telegraphs the changes discussed above. Google Photos not only doesn’t require a Google+ account, but as much of the functionality as possible doesn’t even require an account at all. It was important to me that when we launched Google Photos, we stressed the product implements sharing by any means a user prefers… without compromise or agenda. This is the right thing for users and the feedback and usage has been extremely validating.

I’m excited to share this strategy with the world, excited about what it means for Google+, and most of all for all of Google’s users.
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Pictures of a new transpacific fiber optic cable that just landed.
Last week the FASTER cable, a new transpacific network link with a theoretical peak capacity of 60 Tbps (that's 60 million megabits), landed in Japan.  FASTER is a joint project between Google and several ISPs to provide, well, faster Internet speeds between the two regions.  The album (with pictures courtesy of give you a quick overview of how such a cable is installed.

PS: see how this was done in 1956 for TAT-1, the first modern transatlantic telephone cable (with capacity for 36 phone calls, or about 0.2 megabits):
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+Michael Kohlfürst​ Yah, it's like a third world country over here. Connection speeds are only like 2x speeds in the U.S. :-P
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I had a few magical moments with Google Photos yesterday. My nephew is four, and I told him that he had visited us in California before. He's four, so of course he didn't remember. So I searched for my nephew's name in Google Photos and a picture of him visiting us popped up.

At that point, I could click for more info on that photo and see when the nephew visited: August of 2013. So I pinched out to the new month/year view and scrolled quickly to August, 2013. Then I pinched in, and boom there's all the photos I took of the nephew's visit, even though it was from my last phone, not this one.

And since I had a Moto X for the 2013 visit, at the time I would take several snapshots in a row by tapping and holding the screen. Google Photos turned these photos into animated GIFs automatically.

"How did you do that?" my nephew asked, looking at me like I'm a wizard. I looked up and the adults had a similar look. We spent most of lunch sharing and laughing at pictures from the last visit.
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"Look, it's the wizard that saved us"
- Some random fish from Bikini Bottom.
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From the article: "What I think this does," says Megan Smith, the current U.S. chief technology officer, who spent much of her career at Google, "is really provide a third option. In addition to joining a friend’s startup or a big company, there’s now Washington."
President Obama has quietly recruited top tech talent from the likes of Google and Facebook. Their mission: to reboot how government works.
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That is what we want to hear...
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So very good. I recommend the salted butterscotch ice cream. It's really tasty.
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I stayed here for the Folsom Triathlon. The hotel is older, but the staff were very nice--they called the room to check whether everything was fine with the room. They also let me check out an hour late so I could clean up after the triathlon. The location is very convenient for Nimbus Dam Recreation Area.
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Showed up just as they were closing one day and Henry let me in and helped me find the right tool. Good folks here.
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Very good food. Pretty fast for an upscale restaurant. Can get crowded/loud, so consider doing takeout. Especially good: BBQ ribs, the French dip sandwich.
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The staff were very nice. I think this the nicest hotel in Auburn.
Quality: ExcellentFacilities: ExcellentService: Excellent
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The bagels really are delicious.
Quality: ExcellentAppeal: ExcellentService: Excellent
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The lady who runs this bagel shop is fast and competent. If you come in regularly, she'll remember your order and your name. A nice place to grab bagels on the weekend.
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