February, 2014

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Sounds like Texas needs to be dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century….

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
Sounds like Texas needs to be dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century. So be it.

U.S. Judge Strikes Down Texas Ban on Same-Sex Marriage
Although significant, the ruling will have no immediate effect, since the judge issued a stay on his decision pending a likely appeal.

Building your own phone: it's not (or won't be) just slapping a bamboo cover…

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
Building your own phone: it's not (or won't be) just slapping a bamboo cover on the back…

Reshared post from +Google ATAP

Dave from Phonebloks came and visited the Project Ara team. He made this nifty video about the story behind Ara and the possibilities for functional and aesthetic customization using the platform. Enjoy! 

Sounds like the "anti-social behavior" we need to worry about is on the…

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
Sounds like the "anti-social behavior" we need to worry about is on the other side of the Google Glass… 

Woman: I was attacked in S.F. over Google Glass
In what may be the latest backlash against San Francisco’s tech industry, a woman was reportedly taunted and robbed this weekend in the city’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood for donning Google Glass —…

Thought for the day, on belief and confirmation bias

Monday, February 24th, 2014

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Can You Solve This?
Can you figure out the rule? Did you see the exponents pattern? http://youtu.be/AVB8vRC6HIY Why do you make people look stupid? http://bit.ly/12Fmlpl How do …

Another amazing project that makes me happy and proud to be part of Google

Friday, February 21st, 2014
The implications for vision-impaired users alone (indoors navigation, etc.) could be nothing short of world-changing.

Reshared post from +Google ATAP

We are excited to announce a new project from ATAP, something that we have been working quietly on over the past year.

As we walk through our daily lives, we use visual cues to navigate and understand the world around us. We use our eyes to observe the size and shape of objects and rooms, and we learn their position and layout over time almost effortlessly . This awareness of space and motion is fundamental to the way we interact with our environment and each other.  We are physical beings that live in a 3D world. Yet, our mobile devices assume that physical world ends at the boundaries of the screen.

The goal of Project Tango is to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion.

Our team has been working with universities, research labs, and industrial partners spanning nine countries around the world to harvest research from the last decade of work in robotics and computer vision, concentrating that technology into a unique mobile phone.  Now, we’re ready to put early prototypes into the hands of developers that can imagine the possibilities and help pull those ideas into reality. 

What if you never found yourself lost in a new building again?  What if directions to a new location didn’t stop at the street address? Imagine playing hide-and-seek in your house with your favorite game character. Imagine competing against a friend for control over physical space with your own miniature army.

We hope you will take this journey with us. We believe it will be one worth traveling.  To find out more, and apply for a development kit visit  http://g.co/ProjectTango.

The future is awesome. Let’s build it together.

— Johnny Lee, and the ATAP Project Tango team

Dozens of dead protesters in the past two days

Thursday, February 20th, 2014
WTF? You wouldn't think this kind of thing could happen in a modern EU-candidate country, but there you have it. It's not Syria… yet… but things are going from bad to worse in a hurry over in Ukraine.

When desire for retribution meets profit motive…

Thursday, February 20th, 2014
When desire for retribution meets profit motive…

We Are Not Nice People | RHDefense: The Law Office of Rick Horowitz
America’s penchant for prisons says something about YOU. It’s no accident Abu Ghraib’s guards came from American prisons. An eye for an eye leaves us all blind.

While I'm "plugged in" to Google Fiber updates internally, I still…

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
While I'm "plugged in" to Google Fiber updates internally, I still looked up my address at https://fiber.google.com/other/ just to register my interest. #GFiber   #SanJose  

Reshared post from +Google Fiber

We're excited to start discussions with the South Bay to bring Google Fiber there. Share this graphic to let your neighbors know the news. Learn more and sign up for updates: http://goo.gl/AqL6me

Quasi-truth is the most hilarious truth…

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
Quasi-truth is the most hilarious truth…

Reshared post from +Randal L. Schwartz

Hilarious anti-history about the history of programming languages. #perl   #php   #python   #ruby   #haskell   #fortran   #lisp   #cobol   #basic   #scheme   #pascal   #prolog   #smalltalk   #ada   #javascript   #java   #scala  

James Iry’s history of programming languages (illustrated with pictures and large fonts)
–This post is a tribute to James Iry’s fantastic One Div Zero blog.

+Google Fiber in San Jose?

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014