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This Quantum Sense Allows Birds to Navigate Earth’s Magnetic Field.

"Migratory birds have made their thousand-mile flights for millennia, but we are just now learning to map their mesmerizing journeys.”

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People can sense Earth’s magnetic field, brain waves suggest.

"With this first compelling evidence that humans are subconsciously processing magnetic signals. It’s kind of intriguing to think that we have a sense of which we’re not consciously aware."

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At the lake © Holger Nimtz
Müggelsee | Germany | 2019
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Fitzroy Falls, Morton National Park

Detail of lower plunge, from the West Rim trek. The upper plunge was shrouded in mist. Heavy rain left a slight brown stain in some parts of the fall.

More images: www.silenttheory.net

The upper plunge almost looks like a long exposure shot (it is not), probably a combination of the high flow, the speed of the water near the base and misting. The contrast in internal water flow detail in comparison with the second plunge detail is noticeable.

Image: When i originally processed this scene i processed as a HDR. I thought that the lower parts of the image may have benefitted from slight dehazing, but i have left as is to emphasise the drift of the mist. This time i have processed a single image and slightly dehazed it.

Celebrate: Thank you. To celebrate what we all achieved on G+, i am publishing the 50 most viewed posts in this collection (with 450m views) until shutdown. This is an unreprocessed image of this fall (8th most viewed).

#CelebrateCountdown (please feel free to use this hashtag to celebrate your own favorite posts)
This platform has been great for photographers and writers. For more Australian photography, please check out my friend +Chris Sutton. Or check the b&w of
+madelene jeffery , the Scottish rambles of +shonie Hutter or the adventures of +Monique Helfrich.

If you have enjoyed your experience here on G+, please consider joining Chris Sutton and a number of other fine photographers on a new (shortly to be co-operative) social media site Chris is building to replace our beloved G+. Check it out at:

https://www.tipua.com

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Did Microsoft Fake xCloud Video To Leapfrog Google Game Streaming?

Tomorrow, Google will unveil the fruits of its Project Stream test, which began late last year and concluded in January of this year: a video game streaming service positioned as a 'Netflix for games'. This will, in theory, allow people to play graphic intensive games from nearly any modern computing device with a fast enough internet connection. The actual processing of the game is done by cloud servers, thereby freeing up the local device to merely receive a visual gameplay stream and control it through local inputs.

Having participated in Project Stream by playing Assassin's Creed: Odyssey from a cheap ASUS Chromebook (the C201PA), on a fast cable home internet connection, I can attest that the service works well on minimal hardware and with a not-unattainable-for-consumers home internet connection speed. Even with other devices in the house streaming video and connecting to Xbox for multiplayer gaming, the streamed game ran lag free and with no input latency. And this was achieved on a device that can't even stream Sony Playstation games from the Internet Archive, due to its cheap hardware profile.

Google is not alone in trying to disrupt the game market with cloud powered gaming: Microsoft showed off their own xCloud service exactly one week before Google will debut theirs. Given Microsoft's advantage in this market, if they released on the same timeline as Google they would likely win over more users.

However, not only will Microsoft only begin testing the service later this year, well after Google's testing has already concluded, but there's another problem: the video they released teasing the service, which showed Forza being played on a smartphone, appears to have been faked. Specifically, the host button presses in the video don't seem to line up with the on screen gameplay. This may mean that the demonstration was really a simulation, possibly with a prestreamed game imperfectly synced up with the actions of the Live player.

The other possibility, which would be even more damning for Microsoft, is that the mismatch resulted from a significant input lag, which is precisely what a game streaming service can't afford. Even the aforementioned Internet Archive manages a substantially lag-free experience, and their service is free, albeit also highly limited in many ways. And, again, my experience of Project Stream was almost miraculously lag free, so Google is already nailing this point.

In the final analysis, Microsoft still does enjoy a tremendous platform advantage, but they will need to move quickly not to fall behind. This is especially true given that game streaming will potentially appeal to gamers who haven't already committed to a console and don't have a powerful enough PC, especially those who cannot afford either. The economics-of-scale allowed by game streaming will likely result in lower costs-per-game, just as one may stream the equivalent of thousands and thousands of DVD shows and movies for the cost of a Netflix or Hulu account.

Ironically, their Xbox platform may also be hindering Microsoft in ensuring prime placement in game streaming, by requiring them to continue to invest substantial resources in console development for a market that will soon be disrupted, and even to worry about self-cannibalization if they succeed in one at the expense of the other, i.e. a classic Innovator's Dilemma.

Google, on the other hand, has no other gaming platform to worry about unless one generously counts Android as a Google gaming platform, and thus nothing to lose and everything to gain by gaining by getting out ahead on this. This does not guarantee that they will win, of course, but it is positioning them for the best chance they've ever had of a foothold in the largest entertainment market.

#xCloud #ProjectStream #GameStreaming
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It can be wise to secure your Android phone with antivirus software, but which ones can you count on? You can rule out most of them, apparently. AV-Comparatives has tested 250 antivirus apps for Google's platform, and only 80 of them (just under one third) passed the site's basic standards -- that is, they detected more than 30 percent of malicious apps from 2018 and had zero false positives.
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Abbaye aux Hommes - Caen, Normandy

April 2nd will be the last day of G+, I'll be here 'till the end, but if you want to find me elsewhere you can get in touch via my website or follow me on Instagram.

If you're looking for somewhere new, our new lifeboat is afloat:

https://www.tipua.com


https://www.chrissutton.com

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#CelebrateCountdown a hashtag started by +Peter Quinton
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A Rainbow over Chilliwack Lake with Mount Redoubt in the background. Photographed from the beach at Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada.

More photos here: https://www.mrussellphotography.com/blog/rainbow-chilliwack-lake-provincial-park/

For #mountainmonday (+Mountain Monday) by +Michael Russell

Sadly, G+ is almost gone. After it leaves you can find me here:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrussellphoto
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MichaelRussellPhotography/
Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mrussell33/
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This video will show you how to flip the layout of an android phone from ltr to rtl

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I am very sad to hear +Uwe Duwe passed away. He was one of my inspirations with his wonderful self portraits, his bokehlicios still lifes, his #ohrwurmmondays and his generous and humorous nature. You will be missed!
(And in a way I still hope this is a big misunderstanding and he will show up with a selfie, holding a smoking a cigarette between his fingers, just shaking his head.)
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Reality and Perception: The Philosophy of The Matrix.

"Simulation is the imitation of the operation of the real world, process, or system over time. The growth of simulacra - copies indistinguishable from reality - drifts us into this new reality."

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Eustoma

This poto is part of a new blog on my website: Flowers in my house
https://anjawessels.photography/en/flowers-in-my-house/

CAMERA: Canon EOS 80D/650D
LENS: Canon EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II

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#photography #flowers #floral #Spring #Eustoma
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Rain at Last

This was a from a while back when had some significant rain. Finally, after 3 months without any rain, the heavens have finally opened and it's turning green here again. Sadly, just a few kilometres from here and it's still bone dry, the drought isn't giving up yet.


April 2nd will be the last day of G+, I'll be here 'till the end, but if you want to find me elsewhere you can get in touch via my website or follow me on Instagram.

If you're looking for somewhere new, our new lifeboat is afloat:

https://www.tipua.com


https://www.chrissutton.com

https://www.instagram.com/oldshakey/

#CelebrateCountdown a hashtag started by +Peter Quinton

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Some #GalaxyS10 users are complaining of unintended display activations, which can lead to battery drain.

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Something is Pushing the Milky Way Through the Universe at 1.2 million mph

You can’t feel it, but our planet is orbiting the Sun at speeds of roughly 100,000 km/h (62,000 mph), and something is making our Milky Way galaxy move through the Universe at more than 2 million km/h (1.2 million mph).

Read here: https://www.sciencealert.com/an-unexplained-void-is-pushing-the-milky-way-through-the-universe-at-2-million-km-h

The research has been published in Nature Astronomy.
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41550-016-0036

Clips, images credit: Yehuda Hoffman, et. al. ESA/HUBBLE, NASA Goddard space flight center & ESO

Music credit: YouTube Audio Library
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"Fits of rudeness or lack of gratitude may violate the Golden Rule, but that doesn't make them illegal or for that matter punishable," the judge wrote.
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Great Salt Lake

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Jenolan Cascade Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve
Celebration: countdown 9

I will tell you our story again, one last time, as you lay on this old bed. Stay with me. Stop it twisting away from me.

My Great Grandparents rode down the cliffs on horse. My grandparents followed a decade later. After exploring the caves, they left the horses behind and trekked to the Blue Lake and then to these cascades to swim under the waterfall.

More images: www.silenttheory.net

The remote Cave House back at the caves has not entered either of the last two centuries with any enthusiasm. If you visit and stay (and you should) you will enjoy all the spartan comforts of cold war era tourism under paintings of the wives of bygone Governors of the Colony. In the smoking lounge you will sit in the company of the ghosts of those who dined here before leaving for the Great War. The food will be wholesome and you will fall in love and when you leave here, your life will never be the same.

Image: A panorama of 5 shots, hand focused, and toned for structure (the underlying rock has interesting tones and patterns, showing some signs of tool sharpening, patterned so as to evoke a hexagonal pattern in water spray from certain view points).

Celebrate: Thank you. To celebrate what we all achieved on G+, i am publishing the 50 most viewed posts in this collection (with 450 million views) until shutdown. This is an unreprocessed image of this fall (9th most viewed).

#CelebrateCountdown (please feel free to use this hashtag to celebrate your own favorite posts)
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MeWe Google+ Importer is live (but it's not clear how exactly it works)

I read through their instructions for exporting your Google+ data and importing into MeWe and the good news is that it seems very easy to do. However, I have a few questions about how it works exactly which I'd like to see answered before trying it.

1. The instructions say to include your Google+ Circles data in your Google Takeout archive. It's not clear what MeWe uses this data for.

2. The instructions say to include our Google+ Communities data in your archive. Since the Google+ Communities Takeout archive now includes all posts in the public Communities you own or moderate by default (unless you de-select them), it's not clear to me what MeWe does with those. Do they all get imported as posts on your own MeWe profile? I hope not.

3. The process looks like it happens in two steps. The first step is that you upload the Google Takeout archive zip files to MeWe, and then from those MeWe imports your public posts. But I'd like to know what happens then to the zip files you uploaded that may include private posts as well (I know mine does).

4. Free MeWe accounts offer 8GB storage. If your images use more storage space than that, you will need to pay $4.99/month for 50GB storage. So what happens if your Google+ archive has more than 8GB of photos? Does it only work to import if you have already paid for more storage?

I'd be happy to hear from anyone who knows the answers or can share their own experience.

Announcement on Twitter (since MeWe posts aren't public):
https://twitter.com/mewe/status/1106226305131909121

My questions to MeWe on Twitter:
https://twitter.com/PeggyKTC/status/1106791867285274624

And I do have a MeWe profile, but I haven't posted anything yet and I'm not sure how much I'll use it:
https://mewe.com/i/peggyk

#plusonly
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misty morning © Holger Nimtz
North Sea | Denmark | 2014
https://www.holge.de/galerie

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