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Neat writeup about the new Google Maps Roads API
Google has announced its new Google Maps Roads API that allows developers to create better route visualizations in their apps from raw GPS data by following actual roads. The new ...
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This should make a lot of my Geo and open source friends very happy! Honestly, using Debian has been fine, but full Ubuntu support makes a lot of really cool PPAs and platform specific packages super easy to use on Cloud Platform 
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Disappointing how Esri treats 20 year partners and a really good firm...

We're very happy to work with them!
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"If an officer stops you, promise me you'll always be polite
And that you'll never ever run away
Promise Mama you'll keep your hands in sight"

This has always (well, since 2000 anyway) been one of my favorite Boss songs. It is moving because while it was based on the Amadou Diallo shooting, to me it speaks to me about our country's history from Independence, to Emancipation, to Kent State, the Civl Rights movement, the LA Riots, and today, in 2014, where Governor Jay Nixon has deployed the Missouri National Guard to respond to the looting and riots in Ferguson, Missouri. 

The balance between overthrowing the yoke of tyranny and oppression, and defending against a police state might be the most confusing and fragile aspects of freedom. 

In my life, I've been honored to be friends with heroic law enforcement officers, and, forced to personally exert my constitutional rights against less than honorable ones who knowingly tried to to force or "trick" me into surrendering them.

Through it all, the boss' words "always be polite"  permeate.

When I've been pulled over, I've turned on my dome light, rolled down my window, and put my wrists on my steering wheel. I don't do this because I'm subjugated, I do it because I want to erase all doubt as the officer approaches my vehicle that I intend to polite and hear what they have to say about my driving.  And, that I respect their duty to ensure safe driving on the roads in our communities.  This hasn't happened often, but, when it has, there hasn't been a single time that an officer hasn't commented that they appreciated the gesture.

The "gesture"??I have to put myself in their shoes here.

 They pull a vehicle over, they get out of theirs and approach it. They've been trained. They've seen the videos where the driver has the sawed-off shotgun in their lap just waiting for the officer to approach. 

If I had to worry about being blasted with buckshot unexpectedly at any given point in my job, I don't know that I could do it.

I am a Libertarian; but I am not one of the folks that love to flaunt their rights with law enforcement.  It costs me nothing in terms of pride or my rights to be polite with law enforcement officers on the assumption that they are trustworthy agents in our society.

But, as I previously stated, I've been in situations where I was well within my rights and some extremely overzealous, over-armed and under-educated law enforcement officers crossed the line. No amount of etiquette or constitutional principal made any difference.

I can't stop that.

We can't stop the outliers in law enforcement that are trigger happy, emotionally unstable, and looking for a reason to bring deadly force. No more than we can stop the outliers in the civilian world who act erratically, who aren't polite, and who make gestures to antagonize a response from law enforcement. 

That said, Law Enforcement also can no longer escape the social media realities of the modern world. I applaud Chief Dotson's transparency in releasing the extremely graphic video of a police-involved shooting I'm going to share below.

Yes,  While Ferguson is under fire and in the world news just miles away, there was a police-involved shooting in St. Louis yesterday. There is a good chance this would have made it to LiveLeak anyway, but it is extremely important that this, and the Michael Brown videos are being released by official channels to the internet where the main stream media doesn't control the narrative, and the populous are able to draw their own conclusions.

GRAPHIC: This video shows what I would classify as a "suicide by cop" but also shows a situation that escalated due to disrespect and fear, and brought 2 officers to draw their weapons and take the life of an American Citizen.

I hope every law enforcement officer is watching this and understands that their actions, in their duties which the citizenry have entrusted you, are going to be recorded and shared with the world. Your power, YOUR POWER, stems from this most important line in the Declaration of Independence: "That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed." 

I also hope that every father and mother in the United States takes the time to explain to their children that while they are free, they need to be coherent and intelligent in their actions, and that they should not fear interactions with the police, and, that when they do have those interactions, that they should always be polite.

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+Sean Wohltman you sait correctly,im a cop those cops that shot him were dtstraught
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Have to say, I'd never go back to fixing bad data by hand after using FME! Very cute, Tiana.
 
So, this happened.

Read The Ultimate Geospatial Data Validation Checklist at http://fme.ly/rlv
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Yes actually, I do want to share my cloud with a hamster... 

I want my cloud to be prepared for insane levels of traffic for anything that gets thrown at them, even if it is as inane as an unexpected viral hamster video. 

I want to be on a cloud that is proven to handle those levels of traffic and scales without me having to think about it...

IBM is throwing quite a bit of FUD here. 
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My wife dropped her phone and shattered the screen. It was a Moto X that I chose as my Google Christmas gift last year so we didn't have insurance on it. We went on Motorola's site and requested a repair. $100 to repair the screen and we could chose to send in the old phone, or put a hold on a credit card and cross-ship.

We chose to cross-ship and were told it would take a max of 4 days.

On the third night I got an email saying that the phone was being sent priority overnight and I said; "Ha, what a bunch of slackers...they couldnt get this out any earlier and now they're paying for overnight shipping?"

Today we got the package; early this morning actually. I opened the box expecting to pick up a generic Moto X, probably some refurbished number.

Nope. I opened up an exact replica of the customized phone with Virginia Tech colors that I designed for my wife on Christmas last year, WITH the exact same custom inscription on the back..

I was floored.

Thank you, +Motorola Mobility​ you guys really get customer service!
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At Google we say, "Focus on the user and everything else will follow." Virgin product lines do just that and I will always be a Virgin airline fan. from Virgin Blue to Virgin America I've been continually impressed with their ability to offer a great customer experience over their competition.
 
Success comes to the underdog who doesn’t let sleeping dogs lie, and instead shakes up the market by doing things differently. virg.in/bnc

#thevirginway   #business   #tips  
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Hmmmm "Unilateral", eh?? 
IDF says it’s in final 24 hours of destroying tunnels; thousands protest in Galilee town; Israel won’t attempt new ceasefire after soldier seized, two killed in Hamas attack during truce; IDF toll at 63; Gaza toll said over 1,600
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I don't know about the climate change stuff, but, anything that can make Staten Island smell better and help stop wasting good fuel seems like a good idea. Also, a great additional bonus that Street View cars can provide.
EDF teamed up with Google Earth Outreach to assess methane leaks under our streets and sidewalks. By sharing this data, our goal is to help prioritize repairs.
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Took about 15 minutes to get a to go order and there was only one other customer im the whole place. We got a chicken salad sandwich which had good taste but was served on rye bread that wasn't toasted and was a total mess, and a grilled chicken salad. This cost $22.
Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
Really hard to get an appointment, and to get a commitment that someone is actually going to show up once you do. We have spent a lot with this company over several years and had highly recommended them to others but things have unfortunately changed. Very courteous and friendly office on the phone, but not impressed with the techs that recently worked on our house. We recently had a very expensive bill for very questionable service. The company did remove 2 hours of labor for the job but still was very pricey for the amount and quality of the work performed. Would have spent a lot more with them because they wanted to replace a component in our HVAC system which would have been $200 + labor, but had a another company check the system and told me that part was fine and didn't need replacing. I can not currently recommend using RCS.
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Federici's Award winning Pizza and Italian Cuisine you've grown up loving now right in Belmar??? Awesome!! A wonderful staff and management pouring love into everything they do, you can't find a better meal than Federici's on 10th! The thin crust pizza is out of this world, and dishes like Pene Vodka and Chicken or Veal Marsala are phenomenal! If you're stepping off the train for the weekend - make sure you stop in and grab a pie or two for the evening or for late night!
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reviewed 11 months ago
Fantastic location, good food, good live music, and cold beer. Service was a bit slow...that is a good thing, relax, you're in Kona!
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Great spot within quick walk from Newark Penn Station train station. Friendly and classy staff! If you're waiting for a ride, stop in and tell them to pick you up here!
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reviewed 8 months ago
Fairly cheap hotel in a very run down part of Freeport. Staff was extremely kind and pleasant and food and drinks were reasonably priced and pretty good. No shampoo is provided so bring your own and good luck with the showers, not much water pressure and definitely not luxurious. Rooms are clean but dated, Cable TV and Internet were nice amenities.
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reviewed 11 months ago
Great beach access and amenities for the family, extremely friendly and helpful staff. Definitely an older crowd during our stay, and felt at times that we were being judged for having a 2 year old with us. Great spot for access to local attractions and restaurants in Kona, and if you never leave the beach - pretty nice snorkeling right near the hotel. Not the best, the reef is a bit torn up, but I saw tons of reef fish and a sea turtle within the first 10 minutes within 50 yards of the beach!
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