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Michael Snyder
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So you found a miniature unmanned vehicle in your backyard, now what do you do?

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"Gray Brooks had a drone crash land in his backyard in Washington, D.C. last year. He and his girlfriend were a bit freaked out by it but acted rationally. They held a piece of paper with their number on it in front of the drone’s cam… and then covered the drone with a pot so that it 1) wouldn’t fly away, or 2) keep spying on them."

"The dr-owner turned out to be their neighbor. “The first thing he showed us when he knocked on the door was the photo on his smartphone,” says Brooks."
Drone etiquette 101: Do not post "I found your stupid drone" to Craigslist if you take home a 'lost' drone.
If you stumble across a wounded or lost drone, how should you let the dr-owner know that you've found it?
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Only 5% of desktop PC's are running Windows 8.1, and nearly 30% are still running Windows XP! I understand why people are reluctant to upgrade from XP to 8, but why the resistance in upgrading to 8.1 from 8?

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"XP, introduced by Microsoft in 2001, is a tempting target because it remains so prevalent, and it is known to be vulnerable to cyberattacks. "If there's one core reason we're retiring the operating systems, it's security issues," said Microsoft spokesman Tom Murphy."

"Beginning in May, many of the patches Microsoft creates for Windows 7 and Windows 8 still would apply to Windows XP, since the systems have similar code. "We are aware that Microsoft updates are often reverse-engineered to determine the root cause," said Mr. Murphy, who said this is a major reason why the company is encouraging customers to upgrade."
Some 300 million computers running Windows XP, including many that manage water, electric and sewage treatment plants and ATMs, will soon be left unprotected from new security threats.
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It's through the app store. Properties of system which still exists once you get to the control panel. Just type system and you should be able to right click it. I have been using it since launch and I can use it fine but just realized I can't do it from memory yet
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"Do you want to go to school today or Chuck E. Cheese instead?"

#family #dads #hooky
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When children are drowning (or anybody, really), they are too busy instinctively fighting for their lives to yell out, flail their arms, or otherwise signal their desperate situation. This link describes what to look for in the 20 to 60 seconds that precede complete submersion, and it's not what you think. (H/T +Fraser Cain.)

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"The Instinctive Drowning Response – so named by Francesco A. Pia, Ph.D., is what people do to avoid actual or perceived suffocation in the water. And it does not look like most people expect. There is very little splashing, no waving, and no yelling or calls for help of any kind. To get an idea of just how quiet and undramatic from the surface drowning can be, consider this: It is the number two cause of accidental death in children, age 15 and under (just behind vehicle accidents) – of the approximately 750 children who will drown next year, about 375 of them will do so within 25 yards of a parent or other adult. In ten percent of those drownings, the adult will actually watch them do it, having no idea it is happening."
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Mike where are you?
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A video of my family's Christmas Eve gathering, created by Google Auto Awesome. Actually, the Auto Awesome wasn't that great, so I edited it using Google Photos within the Google+ app on my Nexus 7.

As is the norm for new Google and Google+ (hard to tell them apart any more) features, there is a lot of improvements needed, but Auto Awesome Photos and Movies has potential.

#Family   #Google   #AutoAwesome  
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Apparently maps can win awards. In 2010 this map, titled "The Essential Geography of the United States of America," won Best of Show at an annual map competition. A single cartographer spent two years drawing this up. Here is a direct link to his site:
American mapmaking’s most prestigious honor is the “Best of Show” award at the annual competition of the Cartography and Geographic Information Society. The five most recent winners were all maps designed by large, well-known institutions: National Geographic (three times), the Central Intelligence Agency Cartography Center, and the U.S. Census Bureau....
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It really is a good map of the US.
As a lapsed geographer, I approve.
It is very detailed, but thoughtfully laid out.
A good learning aid for kids And adults.
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The USS Constellation is being sold for scrap, saving U.S. taxpayers $100,000 a year in maintenance costs on a ship that was decommissioned in 2003. I have many memories from my time on the Connie, as well as the two other aircraft carriers currently rusting away in Bremerton, WA: the USS Ranger and USS Independence. (I served on all three, when I was a much younger man.)

From the article:
"The “Connie,” [...] will be towed to an as-yet unnamed shipyard, where hundreds of workers will spend at least a couple of years dismantling and recycling the 60,000-ton carrier."

#Navy   #USN
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Saw this earlier.... Was on the Ranger a couple times back in the 90's when it was docked in San Diego at North Island... Don't remember if I was there when the Constellation was in port.
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I replaced my Samsung Chromebook with an HP 11 LTE. (Best Buy is selling them for $249 after a $100 instant rebate.) I had been debating over the Acer 720, the HP 11, or waiting for something better. Having used HP 11 for a day I know now that it is perfect for me and I am wondering why I waited so long.

The benefits of the Acer 720 over the HP 11 are well documented here (ports, power, battery), but those features have little to no significance to me given how I use my Chromebook. They are important, just not to me.

My biggest gripe with the Samsung is its display, and the IPS display on the HP 11 is significantly better. The difference is dramatic when compared to the current Acer and Samsung models.

The display alone was enough for me to choose the HP 11 over the Acer 720, but the micro USB charger is a great feature and solves something of an annoyance for me when traveling. Being able to add the HP 11 to my Verizon share everything plan at $10 a month sealed the deal.

The HP 11 display, charger, build quality, and Verizon LTE option are more important to me than the Acer's ports, power, and battery life.

It's nice to have options within the Chrombook universe, but it still feels like I have to sacrifice when choosing one option over another. Maybe in a few months Asus will offer up a nice mid-range.
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+Michael Snyder I have the 2012 HP 14 . I love it ! I'm glad I made the jump to chromebook family . I'm waiting for the next pixel for my self . in terms of gaming on the HP 11 ? The HP 11 is for my daughter that 13 yr . does it really have lag issues ?
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Does anyone have diffinitive information as to when, if ever, the ability to remote into a Chromebook will be possible? (Apologies if asked and answered recently, I can't figure out how to search a community from the G+ app.)
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+Michael Snyder I am given to understand it is on the readmap but with no ETA, I'm afraid. 
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Google has mastered real world OCR using Google street view photographs and a neural network. It took six days to train the network, and just one hour to transcribe every street number view they have in France.

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"Google Street View has become an essential part of the online mapping experience. It allows users to drop down to street level to see the local area in photographic detail."

"But it’s also a useful resource for Google as well. The company uses the images to read house numbers and match them to their geolocation. This physically locates the position of each building in its database."

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I use Google Maps everyday. Favorite feature: I can select a contact directly from the Google Calendar app's Location field, which auto-populates the address. Then, Google Now notifies me when it is time to leave to get there on time, taking into account current traffic conditions. Flip'n magic.
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My wife Karen and I live in San Diego, California with our little daughter Ella. I am family oriented and I support and rely upon my family first. For work, with regard to software development or regulatory compliance, I help companies do things better.

I am interested in technology, history, and space, or any combination of the three.

What I follow: STEM (mostly technology), cybersecurity, astronomy, Chrome OS, Android, vegetarians, computer science, cloud computing, aviation, news, other things I did not know were interesting but actually are

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