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Very interesting research on using Winogradsky columns as a model microbial ecosystem to advance our understanding of viral ecology in soils needs only a bit more money - $119 as of right this minute - to move forward! Please consider donating - TODAY!  here's the link 

The Dirt on Viruses: Discovering the Role of Viruses in Soil
https://experiment.com/projects/the-dirt-on-viruses-discovering-the-role-of-viruses-in-soil
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Bay Area Maker Faire starts today: I'd say our booth was ready to go but I'd be lying through my teeth ;-) But! it will be before showtime!

If you're at Maker Faire in San Mateo this weekend, please come by the Google Making Science tent and say hello. Based on the number of people I saw that I know during setup, it's going to be a party!
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That was SO MUCH FUN!  I'm exhausted and cut, bruised and generally sore after opening box after box, pallet after pallet of safety glasses to give away - but giving away safety gear all weekend makes it worth it. We estimate we gave away 105,000 pairs. And science related Doodle stickers!  I did not see many people I knew but that's what happens with 100k+ people in one place :) I hope everyone had as much fun as I did!
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Altiscale is hosting a Hadoop Bug Bash on Friday May 8th, cosponsored by Apache at their offices in Palo Alto, plus sites in Seattle and Bangalore. 

They are expecting 30-50 - maybe more - Hadoop developers to come help out. They are hoping some Googlers will be among them. 

Visit https://wiki.apache.org/hadoop/2015MayBugBash to learn more, and https://www.eventbrite.com/e/apache-hadoop-global-bug-bash-tickets-16507188445 to register

Please help spread the word!

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IMPORTANT NOTE: Apache has limited QA capabilities. It is extremely important that everyone avoids submitting patches to Jenkins for testing unless they are absolutely certain that all relevant tests will pass. HDFS unit tests, for example, will tie up a test slot for over two hours.
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Cloud!!!!!
 
Now the decade of work we put into NoSQL is available to everyone using GCP.  One way it shows that we've been working on this longer than anyone else: 99% read latency is 6ms vs ~300ms for other systems.
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Humanitarian Free and Open Source Software - or HFOSS - in my book one of FOSS's finest use. Thanks +Dave Neary  for spotlighting a few including two of my personal favorites; Open Street Maps and the Sahana Foundation.
A few months ago, we profiled open source projects working to make the world a better place. In this new installment, we present some more humanitarian open source projects to inspire you.
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The Adler Planetarium is hiring a new Director of Citizen Science to lead in the creation and deployment of projects for the Zooniverse (
zooniverse.org). Could it be you, or someone you know? We are looking for someone who is creative, technically capable and motivated to empower people through enabling them to participate in scientific research:
http://bit.ly/1DPRWbY

Plus you get to work in the planetarium, which is awesome. 
Director of Citizen Science The Citizen Science Department at the Adler Planetarium seeks to engage everyone with real science, whether online or in person. The department at the Adler Planetarium is home to the Zooniverse, including a development team who design and build novel citizen science projects and, with colleagues, the infrastructure that supports them. They have played a leading role in making Zooniverse the world’s largest and most su...
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Love +Adler Planetarium​. Sounds like a great job!
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The Annotated Build-It-Yourself Science Laboratory has arrived! We've got them in stock and are now offering signed copies at our store, too! “Would you like to know more?” I'll be speaking about the book at Maker Faire this weekend, on the DIY stage. Scheduled times are Friday at 2:30pm, ...
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We've posted our first in a series of blog posts with stats for #gsoc2015. Take a look!
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We've posted our first in a series of blog posts with stats for #gsoc2015. 'Cus who doesn't love metrics ;-)

GSoC 2015 stats part 1: All about the countries
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Altiscale is hosting a Hadoop Bug Bash on Friday May 8th, cosponsored by Apache at their offices in Palo Alto, plus sites in Seattle and Bangalore. 

They are expecting 30-50 - maybe more - Hadoop developers to come help out. They are hoping some Googlers will be among them. 

Visit https://wiki.apache.org/hadoop/2015MayBugBash to learn more, and https://www.eventbrite.com/e/apache-hadoop-global-bug-bash-tickets-16507188445 to register

Please help spread the word!

Cat
IMPORTANT NOTE: Apache has limited QA capabilities. It is extremely important that everyone avoids submitting patches to Jenkins for testing unless they are absolutely certain that all relevant tests will pass. HDFS unit tests, for example, will tie up a test slot for over two hours.
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Welcoming 25 new developers, and many many users, after 10 years ;-)
The latest feature release Git v2.4.0 is now available at the usual places. It is comprised of 426 non-merge commits since v2.3.0, contributed by 76 people, 25 of which are new faces. The tarballs are found at: https://www.kernel.org/pub/software/scm/git/ The following public repositories all ...
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If you work as a sysadmin or SRE, please consider contributing to this survey!

LISA SIG 2014 Survey is now live at https://www.usenix.org/lisasig/2014survey (which redirects to https://cloud.delosent.com/salsur )
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Great place to stay near the EICC When all the "official" hotels for the conference I was attending were either booked or over my company' travel cap, I choose the Bonham because it was walking distance to the EICC and had good reviews. Very glad I did. When I first arrived and was walking to my room the narrow hallways did not prepare me for the enormous room with a lovely view of the Forth through big, operable windows that I found behind the door to #208. Big comfy bed, stall shower AND deep bathtub - all spotless. Breakfast was plentiful and delicious. My room was so quiet at night I assumed the hotel was mostly empty only to find the breakfast room quite full in the mornings. Plus the neighborhood is pleasant to walk through to my workday, and easy to find a cab in if it's really pouring. I hope I get to come back!
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