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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 http://rameznaam.com/2015/08/10/how-cheap-can-solar-get-very-cheap-indeed/ for a little more about this.
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The creative benefits of sarcasm. Oh really?
Despite sarcasm’s nasty reputation, new research finds that it can boost creativity and problem-solving in the workplace.
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We are thinking less like citizens….more like sides in a war.
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Death to the 24-hour news cycle.
The network reported that a London gay pride rally was waving an ISIS flag. Guess what was really on the banner?
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The genius of Google Play Services: Tackling Android fragmentation, malware and forking in one fell swoop http://www.androidcentral.com/genius-google-play-services
In Play Services, Google has a silver bullet with which to combat some of Android's greatest weaknesses. If you pay close enough attention to these things, you've probably seen Google Play Services updating from time to time on your Android devices. If you follow the more technical side of Android, you'll know it was announced a couple of years ago to introduce new APIs and features in...
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The Patriot Act Expired Last Night?!? New Google Security Tool, TSA Security Fails 67 of 70 Tests!
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The NSA is trying to blame privacy advocates for its continued storage of telephone records. You read that right.
USA Freedom requires the NSA to stop collecting our telephone records.  An open question when the law passed was what should happen to the mountain of records the NSA has already collected. Will the records be destroyed? Will the NSA keep them? Will it be able to keep using them?
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The key point here is not the one pushed by law enforcement or by its civil libertarian opponents, both of whom suffer from technological myopia and “tradeoff disease” – a mental ailment that causes sincere people to make statements like “we must sacrifice a little privacy for public safety” or – alternatively – “we must be brave enough to endure some danger in order to preserve freedom.”  It is the noxious notion of the zero-sum game. That we must choose between freedom and safety for our children.  A choice that I absolutely refuse to make. A choice put forward by simplistic morons.
 
Proof: No people in all of human history have ever been safer than we are right now… and no people have ever been as free. 
 
The tech-myopia comes in when federal agents act as if tools like Stingray can be kept secret over an extended period.  My Gosh, what kind of society do they think they are living in?  All they accomplish with blanket and frantic gag orders is to increase the frisson of suspicion aimed toward them by citizens who know that they must be aware of what civil servants are doing, lest freedom vanish.
 
Temporary and tactical secrecy are useful tools for the Professional Protector Caste (PPC).  But technology and society keep moving forward and gag orders will not prevent it. 
 
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-is-the-big-secret-surrounding-stingray-surveillance/?WT.mc_id=SA_WR_20150701
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The Supreme Court in June allowed to stand the independent redistricting commission that the voters in Arizona established, to take rabid partisanship out of the drawing of state and federal districts.  But Republicans who control the legislature say the Constitution gives them the right to draw congressional districts, and they cannot be cut out of the power.  California is the only other state that has diminished the legislature’s role similar to Arizona, but 11 other states have created commissions that have some sort of say about reapportionment.
 
http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/justices-rule-5-4-that-independent-panels-can-draw-election-district-lines/2015/06/29/c91269aa-1ae6-11e5-ab92-c75ae6ab94b5_story.html
 
I have long railed against gerrymandering, which is only the most blatant of a dozen ways that modern political parties have found to cheat the voters.  Nothing more spectacularly proved the stunning dogmatic partisanship of justices Scalia, Thomas and Alito more than they way they have blocked (till now) any serious judicial review of these hijackings of sovereign citizen will.
 
The cheating is not balanced and equally distributed.  While yes, there a blue states where gerrymandering creates contorted, illogical and nasty district boundaries – Maryland and Illinois rise almost to the level of creativity of Texas and Georgia – it should be noted that it is in blue states that mostly democratic-leaning populations have rebelled against the practice. Of the 13 states where voters have pushed back against gerrymandering, twelve are blue.
 
“The Supreme Court has largely stayed out of partisan gerrymandering cases, unable to agree on a test that would allow the court to discern when expected political maneuvering rises to the level of being unconstitutional.”
 
But it does not have to get embroiled!  Nor is there even a need for impartial redistricting commissions!  All that is needed is one simple rule, that can be expressed in a single sentence. This one rule would not completely end gerrymandering… but it would render it moot and useless as a rampant method for stealing sovereignty and choice from American voters.
 
http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-simple-trick-allowing-citizens-to.html
 
THE RULE: District boundaries shall be drawn in such a way that (1) minimizes the ratio of perimeter to area and (2) minimizes OVERLAP between the districts for the state assembly, the state senate and the U.S. Congress.   
 
What this means is that the state legislature can Gerry assembly districts to benefit the majority party… but all this will do is ensure that the boundaries for state senate and Congress are not optimized for partisanship.  Your state senator will have to consider different sets of neighborhoods and needs and alliances than the assemblywoman, making democracy more thoughtful and prone to negotiation.
 
Above all, this reform does not require a grinding process of establishing one “commission” after another, or “agreeing on a test that would allow the court to discern when expected political maneuvering rises to the level of being unconstitutional.” 
 
Above all, though.  NOTICE which party cheats far more than the other.  Ask yourselves why it’s been arranged that all the companies that make VOTING machines are controlled by rabid GOP partisans.  And why is it that – in red states – there usually is no provision for those voting machines to leave an independent record that can be precinct-audited.  Sure, there are corrupt democrats.  But they have not turned cheating into a passionately-dedicated matter of party principle, policy and disciplined practice.
 
The case arose after Arizona voters opposed to congressional gerrymandering had taken the power away from state legislators.
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PSA: That chip on your battery is not for government surveillance http://www.androidcentral.com/psa-chip-your-battery-not-government-surveillance
No one is using a little sticker hidden on your battery to spy on you, no matter what Facebook tells you. It's easy to get confused by the inside of a smartphone, even if you're reasonably familiar with a lot of the technology that goes in to these devices. NFC chips are particularly curious, as their size makes it easy to sneak them in just about anywhere, and most folks outside of...
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For some people like me: Father's Day sucks!
Same for Mother's Day!

For those who are enjoying Father's Day, you're lucky.  The same isn't true for me.
The fact it is just a commercial holiday aside, there are sometimes real reasons why Father's Day and Mother's Day really suck for some.

I don't get along with my family.  I left home the day after I finished high school to get away from my parents.
My parents are the type who never realized you can't treat an adult the same way you treat a child.
They know what should happen even if they really don't, so why listen to their kid.

Because they're my parents, they think it's fine to take advantage of my blindness, lie to me, and search my stuff!
Because they "know better than me", they won't listen when I tell them what they are doing is wrong!

When I tell people how they behave, everyone says I don't have to put up with it.  Because they are family, I kept giving them chances for over 30 years.  I finally decided I should listen to the people who are telling me to get them out of my life.
Unfortunately, my sister disagrees.  She will constantly nag me to contact them especially on Father's Day and Mother's Day.  No matter how many times I tell her my reasons, she just won't listen.  Guess she picked that up from our parents.

What this means for me is commercial holidays dedicated to family as well as birthdays really suck! Either I'm forced to deal with my parents bad behavior or I get into a fight with my sister.

Sorry to everyone for the rant.  Today is Father's Day, and my birthday is coming up, so things really suck!
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Ladies and gentlemen, the your United States House of Representatives.

If I understand the history correctly, in the late 1990s, the President was impeached for lying about a sexual affair by a House of Representatives led by a man who was also then hiding a sexual affair, who was supposed to be replaced by another Congressman who stepped down when forced to reveal that he too was having a sexual affair, which led to the election of a new Speaker of the House who now has been indicted for lying about payments covering up his sexual contact with a boy.
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