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Peter Vogel has been at 4 events

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Russell Bateman16,474testing new cameralive moon test2014-06-11 00:00:0012  
Google for Education1,064,797Watch this Hangout On Air to learn more about Chromebooks for Education: simple, secure, and affordable laptops for schools. You can submit your questions at this link: http://goo.gl/uGZ9jHangout On Air: Chromebooks for Education in Canada2013-03-28 19:00:0040  
NASA2,455,892Having trouble watching the event? Try watching directly on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8LI5JiWEfs --------- Have you ever asked a question to someone in space? No? Well now’s your chance. In a first for the agency, NASA will host a Google+ Hangout live with the International Space Station on Feb. 22 from 10:30 a.m EST to 11:30 a.m. EST. Google+ Hangouts allow people to chat face-to-face while thousands more can tune in to watch the conversation live on Google+ or YouTube. This unique opportunity will connect you, our fans, with astronauts living and working on the orbiting laboratory 240 miles above the Earth. During the event, several video questions will be selected and answered by astronauts on the space station and on the ground. Additionally, NASA will ask real-time questions submitted by our followers on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook. Unique and original questions are more likely to be selected. You can view the Hangout live on the NASA Google+ page or the NASA Television YouTube channel to watch the astronauts answer the questions. SUBMITTING REAL-TIME QUESTIONS To ask a real-time question during the event on Google+ or Twitter, please use the hashtag #askAstro. You can also post a comment on a thread on NASA’s Facebook page that will open for questions on the morning of the event. WATCHING THE GOOGLE+ HANGOUT To join the hangout, and for updates and opportunities to participate in upcoming hangouts, visit NASA's Google+ page at http://plus.google.com/+NASA. During the hangout, astronauts Kevin Ford, Chris Hadfield and Tom Marshburn will answer questions and provide insights about life aboard the station. Station crews conduct a variety of science experiments and perform station maintenance during their six-month stay on the outpost. Their life aboard the station in near-weightlessness requires unique approaches to everyday activities such as eating, sleeping and exercising.NASA Long-Distance Google+ Hangout to Connect with Space Station2013-02-22 16:30:008329  
Peter Vogel49,823Canada celebrates its 145th birthday. Events take place in most communities across the land. The time shown is for fireworks shows that will take place in major centres.  (In case you are wondering, this is just a blatant excuse to test Google's new Event feature)Canada Day2012-07-01 22:30:0056  

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2015-07-29 15:32:49 (76 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Windows 10 is available today in some 190 countries. What are your plans regarding the latest (and last) in the venerable Windows operating system line?

Most reshares: 25

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2015-07-27 00:59:04 (2 comments, 25 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Google acquires Launchpad Toys.

And makes apps such as Toontastic free. 

http://launchpadtoys.com

Most plusones: 56

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2015-07-30 02:06:11 (13 comments, 9 reshares, 56 +1s)Open 

Kids, here's how it was in the old days.

When you went to install a Microsoft operating system or application. Those square items are called floppy disks. 

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2015-08-02 02:27:08 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Obama administration prepares to retaliate against China over OPM data breach.

Whether it's a hack or a data breach doesn't much matter. It seems clear though that the American government is determined to exact a price for these sorts of incidents. 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/01/world/asia/us-decides-to-retaliate-against-chinas-hacking.html?_r=0

Obama administration prepares to retaliate against China over OPM data breach.

Whether it's a hack or a data breach doesn't much matter. It seems clear though that the American government is determined to exact a price for these sorts of incidents. 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/01/world/asia/us-decides-to-retaliate-against-chinas-hacking.html?_r=0___

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2015-08-02 00:08:11 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Lockheed Martin's SR-71 Blackbird.

I was fortunate to see this aeronautical wonder, once in flight when it flew especially from its base to the Abbotsford Air Show just outside Vancouver, and once at a static display at the US Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio. An amazing machine.

https://youtu.be/z3N_iQ1fSxc

Lockheed Martin's SR-71 Blackbird.

I was fortunate to see this aeronautical wonder, once in flight when it flew especially from its base to the Abbotsford Air Show just outside Vancouver, and once at a static display at the US Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio. An amazing machine.

https://youtu.be/z3N_iQ1fSxc___

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2015-08-01 17:09:47 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Microbeads finally drawing government attention.

They are to be found in all sorts of consumer products ranging from toothpastes to soaps. They are too small to be filtered by water systems so they end up in waterways and lakes. 

The government of Canada says they have to go. 

http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/ottawa-plans-to-ban-microbeads-over-environmental-concerns-1.2495264

Microbeads finally drawing government attention.

They are to be found in all sorts of consumer products ranging from toothpastes to soaps. They are too small to be filtered by water systems so they end up in waterways and lakes. 

The government of Canada says they have to go. 

http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/ottawa-plans-to-ban-microbeads-over-environmental-concerns-1.2495264___

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2015-08-01 07:21:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Near-full moon shots from this evening.

It's not quite the July blue moon but it's really only a few hours into the waning stage. These are crops from various shots of the moon with different exposure and colour temperature settings. The lens is a relatively cheap kit lens mounted on a Canon 7D camera. 

Near-full moon shots from this evening.

It's not quite the July blue moon but it's really only a few hours into the waning stage. These are crops from various shots of the moon with different exposure and colour temperature settings. The lens is a relatively cheap kit lens mounted on a Canon 7D camera. ___

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2015-08-01 07:10:32 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Gorgeous sculpture at the new McArthur Glen outdoor mall at the Vancouver Airport.

This is a stunning piece of art. Unfortunately I don't know the name of the piece or of the artist. Once I ascertain that I will add it to this post. 

Gorgeous sculpture at the new McArthur Glen outdoor mall at the Vancouver Airport.

This is a stunning piece of art. Unfortunately I don't know the name of the piece or of the artist. Once I ascertain that I will add it to this post. ___

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2015-08-01 06:53:28 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

ISS pass over Vancouver this evening.

Here's a lovely pass of the International Space Station over Vancouver this evening, a six-minute pass starting at 11:08 pm. That put the ISS nearly directly overhead at 11:12 pm. The maximum angle was actually about 65 degrees but believe me anything over 50 degrees feels like it is directly overhead. The pass coincided with a nearly full moon; you'll see an artifact of the moon in one of the shots. 

Each shot is 30 s in duration and at minimum magnification. The ISS is between 300 and 400 km above the Earth and travelling at around 27,000 km/h. 

ISS pass over Vancouver this evening.

Here's a lovely pass of the International Space Station over Vancouver this evening, a six-minute pass starting at 11:08 pm. That put the ISS nearly directly overhead at 11:12 pm. The maximum angle was actually about 65 degrees but believe me anything over 50 degrees feels like it is directly overhead. The pass coincided with a nearly full moon; you'll see an artifact of the moon in one of the shots. 

Each shot is 30 s in duration and at minimum magnification. The ISS is between 300 and 400 km above the Earth and travelling at around 27,000 km/h. ___

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2015-08-01 05:50:16 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

This is disconcerting: Kim Dotcom says we shouldn't trust data on Mega.

Says he' s no longer involved with the company.

http://thenextweb.com/insider/2015/07/31/kim-dotcom-i-dont-think-your-data-is-safe-on-mega-anymore/

This is disconcerting: Kim Dotcom says we shouldn't trust data on Mega.

Says he' s no longer involved with the company.

http://thenextweb.com/insider/2015/07/31/kim-dotcom-i-dont-think-your-data-is-safe-on-mega-anymore/___

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2015-07-31 16:04:21 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Better get on this right away.

Can't they make these scams look a little more appealing. Here's one just received in email for my "ATM Visa card", whatever that is. 

Better get on this right away.

Can't they make these scams look a little more appealing. Here's one just received in email for my "ATM Visa card", whatever that is. ___

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2015-07-31 15:59:45 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

BitDefender sees unencrypted customer data leaked.

First Kaspersky, now Romanian firm BitDefender. It's a small leak at the moment but there could be more on the way.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2015/07/31/bitdefender-hacked/

#compsec

BitDefender sees unencrypted customer data leaked.

First Kaspersky, now Romanian firm BitDefender. It's a small leak at the moment but there could be more on the way.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2015/07/31/bitdefender-hacked/

#compsec___

2015-07-31 15:54:54 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Collection numbers.

What exactly do follower numbers mean for Google+ Collections? I just took a look at mine and notice they all say 49,800 plus or minus a few tens. Shouldn't they all be the same if all they are is the number of people who follow me (have me in circles) here on G+. 

Collection numbers.

What exactly do follower numbers mean for Google+ Collections? I just took a look at mine and notice they all say 49,800 plus or minus a few tens. Shouldn't they all be the same if all they are is the number of people who follow me (have me in circles) here on G+. ___

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2015-07-31 15:52:15 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Casting with your Chromecast

___Casting with your Chromecast

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2015-07-31 06:28:47 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

How to hack that GM vehicle through OnStar vulnerability.

It takes about $100 worth of electronics. 

http://www.techinsider.io/gm-onstar-hacker-reveals-just-how-easy-it-was-to-attack-car-2015-7

How to hack that GM vehicle through OnStar vulnerability.

It takes about $100 worth of electronics. 

http://www.techinsider.io/gm-onstar-hacker-reveals-just-how-easy-it-was-to-attack-car-2015-7___

2015-07-31 04:35:06 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Photo uploading to Google+.

Why are photos I upload to Google+ converted to some low-res format with sizes around the 100 k mark? What is the reason for this? I have lots of storage. I've been uploading photos since 2011. Only recently have I had this nonsense. Note that this is direct uploading of photos from a desktop, not from mobile. 

Photo uploading to Google+.

Why are photos I upload to Google+ converted to some low-res format with sizes around the 100 k mark? What is the reason for this? I have lots of storage. I've been uploading photos since 2011. Only recently have I had this nonsense. Note that this is direct uploading of photos from a desktop, not from mobile. ___

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2015-07-31 04:30:08 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Photos of the "blue" moon for July.

Here we have the second full moon of the month pictured with Washington State's beautiful Mount Baker and the pink-coloured band known as the Belt of Venus. 

Photos of the "blue" moon for July.

Here we have the second full moon of the month pictured with Washington State's beautiful Mount Baker and the pink-coloured band known as the Belt of Venus. ___

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2015-07-30 22:33:30 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Solid security tips here.

Click-to-play for Flash content is a new one for me. Then again I seldom see or use any Flash content. 

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ygrauer/2015/07/30/online-security-best-practices/

Solid security tips here.

Click-to-play for Flash content is a new one for me. Then again I seldom see or use any Flash content. 

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ygrauer/2015/07/30/online-security-best-practices/___

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2015-07-30 21:31:04 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Nearly 40% adoption rate for Windows 10 on day 1 of wide release.

At least going by this informal poll here on Google+. That's with 150 votes cast so far. Add yours if you like. Lots of options to choose from in the poll.

https://plus.google.com/u/0/105201176373156907412/posts/SBiirMkBAiZ

Nearly 40% adoption rate for Windows 10 on day 1 of wide release.

At least going by this informal poll here on Google+. That's with 150 votes cast so far. Add yours if you like. Lots of options to choose from in the poll.

https://plus.google.com/u/0/105201176373156907412/posts/SBiirMkBAiZ___

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2015-07-30 20:12:25 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Keeping the ISS and its valuable cargo safe.

___Keeping the ISS and its valuable cargo safe.

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2015-07-30 20:09:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

New Horizon's chief scientist Alan Stern on Pluto's demotion: it's bull--.

And he doesn't mind being quoted. He says astronomers shouldn't have made the decision to demote the status of Pluto. He says they aren't qualified. Talk to a planetary scientist he says. 

http://www.techinsider.io/new-horizons-alan-stern-says-pluto-dwarf-planet-bullshit-2015-7

New Horizon's chief scientist Alan Stern on Pluto's demotion: it's bull--.

And he doesn't mind being quoted. He says astronomers shouldn't have made the decision to demote the status of Pluto. He says they aren't qualified. Talk to a planetary scientist he says. 

http://www.techinsider.io/new-horizons-alan-stern-says-pluto-dwarf-planet-bullshit-2015-7___

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2015-07-30 20:05:33 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Thinking about the cable TV cord?

You won't be alone. Here's a guide to some other gear you may need. 

http://www.techinsider.io/cutting-the-cord-guide-2015-7

Thinking about the cable TV cord?

You won't be alone. Here's a guide to some other gear you may need. 

http://www.techinsider.io/cutting-the-cord-guide-2015-7___

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2015-07-30 18:46:38 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Microsoft launches Groove Music service with web player.

Now that Grooveshark is no more there is no need to shy away from the name "Groove". And that's just the name Microsoft has picked. Test it out with a 30-day free trial. $10/month thereafter.

http://music.microsoft.com

Microsoft launches Groove Music service with web player.

Now that Grooveshark is no more there is no need to shy away from the name "Groove". And that's just the name Microsoft has picked. Test it out with a 30-day free trial. $10/month thereafter.

http://music.microsoft.com___

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2015-07-30 18:40:28 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Humorous Windows 10 update tweets.

http://www.winbuzzer.com/2015/07/29/windows10-pokes-fun-on-twitter-the-best-tweets-about-the-launch-xcxwbb/

Humorous Windows 10 update tweets.

http://www.winbuzzer.com/2015/07/29/windows10-pokes-fun-on-twitter-the-best-tweets-about-the-launch-xcxwbb/___

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2015-07-30 15:34:41 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

More car hacking stories ... this time via OnStar.

How to hack, track and unlock a GM car via OnStar

https://grahamcluley.com/2015/07/hack-track-unlock-car-onstar/___More car hacking stories ... this time via OnStar.

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2015-07-30 15:33:46 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Amazon Prime signs Clarkson, May, Hammond for Top Gear rival.

Quite a coup for the video/TV startup. 

http://venturebeat.com/2015/07/30/amazon-nabs-former-top-gear-presenters-for-a-new-car-show-exclusive-to-amazon-prime/

Amazon Prime signs Clarkson, May, Hammond for Top Gear rival.

Quite a coup for the video/TV startup. 

http://venturebeat.com/2015/07/30/amazon-nabs-former-top-gear-presenters-for-a-new-car-show-exclusive-to-amazon-prime/___

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2015-07-30 04:44:59 (2 comments, 4 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

OK, ten of you buy a Tesla and I'll get one for free.

Well, something like that. 

Want a free Tesla Model X? If you're the first to refer 10 other people to buy a Tesla, Tesla will give you one for free. ___OK, ten of you buy a Tesla and I'll get one for free.

Well, something like that. 

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2015-07-30 02:06:11 (13 comments, 9 reshares, 56 +1s)Open 

Kids, here's how it was in the old days.

When you went to install a Microsoft operating system or application. Those square items are called floppy disks. 

Kids, here's how it was in the old days.

When you went to install a Microsoft operating system or application. Those square items are called floppy disks. ___

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2015-07-30 01:31:33 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Is this a break in the #MH370  case?

Several pieces of debris, tentatively identified as being from a Boeing 777, have come ashore on the French territory of Reunion, in the western Indian Ocean.

https://twitter.com/AC360/status/626560608658399232/photo/1

Is this a break in the #MH370  case?

Several pieces of debris, tentatively identified as being from a Boeing 777, have come ashore on the French territory of Reunion, in the western Indian Ocean.

https://twitter.com/AC360/status/626560608658399232/photo/1___

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2015-07-30 01:22:48 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Check out (and take) this Windows 10 adoption (or not) poll.

https://plus.google.com/u/0/105201176373156907412/posts/SBiirMkBAiZ

Check out (and take) this Windows 10 adoption (or not) poll.

https://plus.google.com/u/0/105201176373156907412/posts/SBiirMkBAiZ___

2015-07-29 15:32:49 (76 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Windows 10 is available today in some 190 countries. What are your plans regarding the latest (and last) in the venerable Windows operating system line?

Windows 10 is available today in some 190 countries. What are your plans regarding the latest (and last) in the venerable Windows operating system line?___

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2015-07-29 14:58:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Deserts are carbon sinks

Who'd have thought it? Actually it's the aquifers under deserts and human activity plays an important role. 

https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn27971-humans-accidentally-created-hidden-carbon-sink-in-the-desert/

Deserts are carbon sinks

Who'd have thought it? Actually it's the aquifers under deserts and human activity plays an important role. 

https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn27971-humans-accidentally-created-hidden-carbon-sink-in-the-desert/___

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2015-07-29 14:46:26 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

White lasers...

Researchers demonstrate the world's first white lasers - More luminous and energy efficient than LEDs, white lasers look to be the future in lighting and light-based wireless communication.___White lasers...

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2015-07-29 02:35:29 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Excellent follow up to the NTSB report on the Virgin Galactic catastrophic break up in flight. 

A fundamental principle of good engineering is that you design the whole system to function well, not just the part you're concentrating on. Most systems include humans as components -- as operators, maintainers, passengers, or even obstacles. And when you fail to take that seriously into account in your design, you make a fundamental design error which can have lethal consequences.

It appears that the cause of the SpaceShipTwo crash was precisely of this sort: the designers never considered the possibility that a particular switch might be flipped at an incorrect time. In this case, it was flipped only a few seconds too soon, at a speed of Mach 0.8 instead of Mach 1.4. (This under rocket power, where acceleration is fast) That caused the tail system to unlock too soon, be ripped free by acceleration, and destroy the spacecraft, killing the co-pilot and severely injuring the pilot.

Scaled Composites' design philosophy of "relying on human skill instead of computers" here reeks of test pilots' overconfidence: the pilots are so good that they would never make a mistake. But at these speeds, under these g-forces, under these stresses, and tested repeatedly, it's never hard for an error to happen.

There are a few design principles which apply here.

(1) It should not be easy to do something catastrophic. There are only a few circumstances under which it is safe for the feathers to unlock, for example, and those are easy to detect based on the flight profile; at any other time, the system should refuse to unlock them unless the operator gives a confirmatory "yes, I really mean that" signal.

(2) Mechanical tasks that can lead to disaster are a bad idea. Humans have limited bandwidth to process things: while our brain's vision center is enormously powerful, our conscious mind's ability to think through things works at language speed, a few ideas per second. Here, time was wasted with a human having to perform a basically mechanical task of unlocking a switch at a particular, precise time. This requires the human to pay attention, time something accurately, and flip a switch, at a time that they should be simply watching out for emergencies. Since the time of unlock is already known long before takeoff, a better design would be for the unlock to happen automatically at the right time -- unless the risks from having an automatic unlocker (perhaps due to a reliability issue, or having a complex part prone to failure) exceed the benefits of removing it.

What's important to learn from this accident is that this error isn't specific to that one mechanism: this is an approach which needs to be taken across the entire design of the system. Every single potential or scheduled human action needs to be reviewed in this way.

An excellent perspective on this comes from James Mahaffey's book Atomic Accidents, a catalogue of things that have gone horribly wrong. In the analysis, you see repeatedly that once designs progressed beyond the initial experimental "you're doing WHAT?!" stage, almost all accidents come from humans pushing the wrong button at the wrong time. 

Generally, good practice looks like:

(A) Have clear status indicators so that a human can tell, at a glance, the current status of the system, and if anything is in an anomalous state.

(B) Have "deep status" indicators that let a human understand the full state of some part of the system, so that if something is registering an anomaly, they can figure out what it is.

(C) Have a system of manual controls for the components. Then look at the flows of operation, and when there is a sequence which can be automated, build an automation system on top of those manual controls. (So that if automation fails or is incorrect for any reason, you can switch back to manual behavior) 

(D) The system's general behavior should be "run yourself on an autonomous schedule. When it looks like the situation may be going beyond the system's abilities to deal with on its own -- e.g., an anomaly whose mitigation isn't something that's been automated -- alert a human."

The job of humans is then to sit there and pay attention, both for any time when the system calls for help, and for any sign that the system may need to call for help and not realize it.

This wasn't about a lack of a backup system: this was about a fundamentally improper view of humans as a component of a crtiical system.___Excellent follow up to the NTSB report on the Virgin Galactic catastrophic break up in flight. 

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2015-07-29 01:03:16 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Walt Mossberg rather tepid about Microsoft's Windows 10 release.

Here's his review of the operating system that will be the last in a venerable line as Windows becomes a service. He says "10" is pretty good but still, at least in the version he tested, buggy. 

http://recode.net/2015/07/28/windows-10-review-microsoft-takes-a-step-back-to-move-forward/

Walt Mossberg rather tepid about Microsoft's Windows 10 release.

Here's his review of the operating system that will be the last in a venerable line as Windows becomes a service. He says "10" is pretty good but still, at least in the version he tested, buggy. 

http://recode.net/2015/07/28/windows-10-review-microsoft-takes-a-step-back-to-move-forward/___

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2015-07-28 22:24:59 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Massive building in Vancouver area to be Amazon Fulfillment Center?

This massive building has been largely empty for years. Today I heard a rumor that it is on the verge of becoming an Amazon distribution center. The building is located just off the main Trans Canada freeway in the suburb of New Westminster. The building represents the last vestiges of the Woodwards Department Store empire that shut down a generation ago. 

Massive building in Vancouver area to be Amazon Fulfillment Center?

This massive building has been largely empty for years. Today I heard a rumor that it is on the verge of becoming an Amazon distribution center. The building is located just off the main Trans Canada freeway in the suburb of New Westminster. The building represents the last vestiges of the Woodwards Department Store empire that shut down a generation ago. ___

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2015-07-28 16:00:18 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Enough Pluto-New Horizons to make your head spin.

Wired's Rhett Allain loves to post physics "homework" from current news stories. Here he poses some problems related to the New Horizons probe and its journey to (and now beyond) Pluto. 

http://www.wired.com/2015/07/lets-analyze-physics-new-horizons-mission-pluto

Enough Pluto-New Horizons to make your head spin.

Wired's Rhett Allain loves to post physics "homework" from current news stories. Here he poses some problems related to the New Horizons probe and its journey to (and now beyond) Pluto. 

http://www.wired.com/2015/07/lets-analyze-physics-new-horizons-mission-pluto___

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2015-07-28 15:46:22 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Henry Blodget et al create Business Insider spinoff Tech Insider.

Here's the launch announcement suggesting the new site will focus on tech innovation, science and space. 

http://www.techinsider.io/welcome-to-tech-insider-2015-7

Henry Blodget et al create Business Insider spinoff Tech Insider.

Here's the launch announcement suggesting the new site will focus on tech innovation, science and space. 

http://www.techinsider.io/welcome-to-tech-insider-2015-7___

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2015-07-28 15:17:39 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

The Stagefright bug in Android: and what you should do about it.

This one is pretty big, although the chances of you being hit are relatively slim, unless you are an active user of MMS. So far it appears that only the Nexus lineup of Android phones has been patched. 

via +Dominic Vogel 

https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2015/07/28/the-stagefright-hole-in-android-what-you-need-to-know/

The Stagefright bug in Android: and what you should do about it.

This one is pretty big, although the chances of you being hit are relatively slim, unless you are an active user of MMS. So far it appears that only the Nexus lineup of Android phones has been patched. 

via +Dominic Vogel 

https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2015/07/28/the-stagefright-hole-in-android-what-you-need-to-know/___

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2015-07-28 15:05:42 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

So much for the security of an air gapped computer in a secure environment.

Smartphones are pretty good at picking up low-level electromagnetic radiation. After all that's part of their design. Some corporate and government environments don't allow smartphones, but they do permit older phones which have only basic calling and texting capabilities. 

In this case researchers have demonstrated they could use such older phones to grab key data from air gapped (i.e. not connected to the Internet) computers running various versions of Microsoft Windows, Linux and Ubuntu.

http://www.wired.com/2015/07/researchers-hack-air-gapped-computer-simple-cell-phone/

So much for the security of an air gapped computer in a secure environment.

Smartphones are pretty good at picking up low-level electromagnetic radiation. After all that's part of their design. Some corporate and government environments don't allow smartphones, but they do permit older phones which have only basic calling and texting capabilities. 

In this case researchers have demonstrated they could use such older phones to grab key data from air gapped (i.e. not connected to the Internet) computers running various versions of Microsoft Windows, Linux and Ubuntu.

http://www.wired.com/2015/07/researchers-hack-air-gapped-computer-simple-cell-phone/___

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2015-07-28 03:01:52 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Government of Canada says working to bring high speed Internet to many more parts of the country.

As you can see below, Saskatchewan seems to be a dominant part of this program. The small "dots" across the north represent satellite service. 

http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/028.nsf/eng/h_00587.html

Government of Canada says working to bring high speed Internet to many more parts of the country.

As you can see below, Saskatchewan seems to be a dominant part of this program. The small "dots" across the north represent satellite service. 

http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/028.nsf/eng/h_00587.html___

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2015-07-28 02:54:20 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

DYK that pendulum clocks can synchronize to other pendulum clocks?

Well, the inventor of such clocks, Christian Huygens, noticed this unusual phenomenon but he didn't know how it came about. Here we have an explanation. 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3176193/Clocks-SPEAK-Mystery-pendulum-clocks-synchronise-ticks-tocks-solved-350-years.html

DYK that pendulum clocks can synchronize to other pendulum clocks?

Well, the inventor of such clocks, Christian Huygens, noticed this unusual phenomenon but he didn't know how it came about. Here we have an explanation. 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3176193/Clocks-SPEAK-Mystery-pendulum-clocks-synchronise-ticks-tocks-solved-350-years.html___

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2015-07-28 02:28:11 (10 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Don't bother reading posts suggesting Google+ is dead.

If you read anything on G+ today let it be the release from Google itself or the post from G+ chief Bradley Horowitz. And to save you the trouble, this is the only paragraph you need. 

>>>
What does this mean for Google+ the product? Relieved of the notion of integrating with every other product at Google, Google+ can now focus on doing what it’s already doing quite well: helping millions of users around the world connect around the interest they love. Aspects of the product that don’t serve this agenda have been, or will be, retired. But you’ll also see a slew of improvements that make this use case shine (like the recent launch of Collections - https://plus.google.com/collections/featured).

<<<

There you go. 

http://plus.google.com 

Don't bother reading posts suggesting Google+ is dead.

If you read anything on G+ today let it be the release from Google itself or the post from G+ chief Bradley Horowitz. And to save you the trouble, this is the only paragraph you need. 

>>>
What does this mean for Google+ the product? Relieved of the notion of integrating with every other product at Google, Google+ can now focus on doing what it’s already doing quite well: helping millions of users around the world connect around the interest they love. Aspects of the product that don’t serve this agenda have been, or will be, retired. But you’ll also see a slew of improvements that make this use case shine (like the recent launch of Collections - https://plus.google.com/collections/featured).

<<<

There you go. 

http://plus.google.com ___

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2015-07-27 16:16:59 (1 comments, 6 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Google drops its Google+ requirement across all products.

First to go: YouTube. 

http://venturebeat.com/2015/07/27/google-is-dropping-its-google-requirement-across-all-products-starting-with-youtube/

Google drops its Google+ requirement across all products.

First to go: YouTube. 

http://venturebeat.com/2015/07/27/google-is-dropping-its-google-requirement-across-all-products-starting-with-youtube/___

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2015-07-27 05:07:35 (5 comments, 3 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Now this looks useful.

For when you simply just need to stick shit to the floor.___Now this looks useful.

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2015-07-27 03:18:56 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Apple Watch to hit Best Buy stores in August.

No need to go to one of those Apple stores. 

http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2015/07/26/draft-apple-watch-to-start-selling-at-best-buy/

Apple Watch to hit Best Buy stores in August.

No need to go to one of those Apple stores. 

http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2015/07/26/draft-apple-watch-to-start-selling-at-best-buy/___

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2015-07-27 00:59:04 (2 comments, 25 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Google acquires Launchpad Toys.

And makes apps such as Toontastic free. 

http://launchpadtoys.com

Google acquires Launchpad Toys.

And makes apps such as Toontastic free. 

http://launchpadtoys.com___

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2015-07-26 20:50:55 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Hands up if you were a Napster user?

Well, maybe you should keep your hands down. Who knows if the RIAA is watching!

The name lives on in the branding of the Rhapsody streaming music service and the company has had a good year, showing around 50% growth in paying subscribers. 

http://musically.com/2015/07/22/napster-subscribers-taylor-swift-apple-music/

Hands up if you were a Napster user?

Well, maybe you should keep your hands down. Who knows if the RIAA is watching!

The name lives on in the branding of the Rhapsody streaming music service and the company has had a good year, showing around 50% growth in paying subscribers. 

http://musically.com/2015/07/22/napster-subscribers-taylor-swift-apple-music/___

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2015-07-26 20:30:40 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

In which column do you place yourself?

Here are the top online safety practices of security experts.

http://lifehacker.com/how-the-experts-protect-themselves-online-compared-to-1720047084

In which column do you place yourself?

Here are the top online safety practices of security experts.

http://lifehacker.com/how-the-experts-protect-themselves-online-compared-to-1720047084___

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2015-07-26 19:10:07 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Playing with Hot Wheels cars and setting a new loop-the-loop record.

Even real engineers need to play with toys. 

http://makezine.com/2015/07/26/physics-latest-record-breaking-hot-wheels-loop/

Playing with Hot Wheels cars and setting a new loop-the-loop record.

Even real engineers need to play with toys. 

http://makezine.com/2015/07/26/physics-latest-record-breaking-hot-wheels-loop/___

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2015-07-25 16:06:54 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Here comes air traffic control for low altitude drones.

If you are going to deliver pizza, ice cream and what-have-you by drone you are going to need some form of air traffic control. Google wants to be part of that picture. Mind you, so do a lot of other groups. 

Here's what we have so far. 

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-07-24/google-has-way-to-unclog-drone-filled-skies-like-it-did-the-web

Here comes air traffic control for low altitude drones.

If you are going to deliver pizza, ice cream and what-have-you by drone you are going to need some form of air traffic control. Google wants to be part of that picture. Mind you, so do a lot of other groups. 

Here's what we have so far. 

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-07-24/google-has-way-to-unclog-drone-filled-skies-like-it-did-the-web___

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2015-07-24 22:28:48 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Provocative story: Bitcoin to surpass the US dollar as reserve currency within 15 y?

Certainly food for thought here as the French bank BNP Paribas contemplates incorporating Bitcoin into its currency funds.

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/coinbase-ceo-bitcoin-surpass-dollar-reserve-currency-within-15-years-1512429

Provocative story: Bitcoin to surpass the US dollar as reserve currency within 15 y?

Certainly food for thought here as the French bank BNP Paribas contemplates incorporating Bitcoin into its currency funds.

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/coinbase-ceo-bitcoin-surpass-dollar-reserve-currency-within-15-years-1512429___

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