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Stefan Zwierlein has been at 2 events

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Google Cloud Platform427,104Join us as we broadcast live from San Francisco. We'll take you behind the scenes of the world's biggest cloud, announce new products and features, and share our vision for the future of the cloud. +Urs Hölzle  will deliver our keynote address, +Jeff Dean will be speaking, and Snapchat CTO Bobby Murphy will discuss building one of the world's most popular web applications on Google Cloud Platform.Visit cloud.google.com/LIVE for more information.Google Cloud Platform Live2014-03-25 17:30:00480G+
GDG Android in Berlin1,762It's that time of the month again!This time we'll have two sessions in the pipeline for you!Alexander Surma, who will talk about "synergy and dystopy - Go on Android DIY"Tobias Heine and Łukasz Wiśniewski will introduce the "Potato Library"After that we'll have an Open Stage and time to chat.-----------Also feel free to sign up as an official member of our GDG at https://developers.google.com/groups/chapter/102464661817600154044(you'll need to be signed in with your Google account to do so)Android Stammtisch Februar 20132013-02-27 19:00:0033G+

Stefan Zwierlein has been shared in 27 public circles

AuthorFollowersDateUsers in CircleCommentsReshares+1Links
Cristian Teodoridis2,715And this is my circle with the top (professional) photographers on Google+. Enjoy!2014-02-18 18:34:27494023CC G+
Oliver Gassner11,546Einer meiner Blogger Circle (Männer aus DACH) (an sich müssen hier die Business-Blogger noch raus)2014-02-10 10:45:50381000CC G+
Rami Saarikorpi15,807World's best Photographers circles (1/5) by Rami Saarikorpi (November update). If I'm missing any one, please notify all the missing persons and when they share this circle they will be add to it (if they are qualified). THIS IS IMPORTANT: if you are in this circle, Share it at your wall also! This is the only way to get in other peoples circles!PS: If you are not in this circle, remember to check the other 4 circles before sending me mail or notification of being not in one!2012-11-02 07:57:20484123CC G+
Rami Saarikorpi14,842The World's Best Photographers circle update is here again! Some modifications, adds and edits done in these circles. This is Circle 1/5. So remember to check the other circles to, if you are looking for your self.IMPORTANT!If you are in one of these circles. Mark + to this update and share it! That's the only way to get more people in these circles and get your self to other circles.2012-10-01 09:37:32486608CC G+
Martin Bailey37,482It's been a while since I shared my Photography circle, so here goes.This circle is the result of a year on Google+ interacting with many, many amazing photographers. It isn't a comprehensive list of the best photogs on G+, and it doesn't contain everyone that I interact with or follow. I have a few other circles for people that share good info but don't interact, and I have some lists of friends that haven't taken the time to upload enough photos to make their profile look pretty. I'll shift them over when their profiles look good. Superficial? Yes, but I like things to look pretty.This isn't a list that I'll add people to on request. If our paths cross and you share good content, I'll add you in due course. If you think you should be in here but aren't, I'm sorry. Let's stay friends and you'll be in their someday if you continue to share original and interesting photography related information.There are also a number of people that write in Japanese in here. If you don't like posts in languages you don't understand, weed those plussers out later, but they are in the list primarily because they're great photographers, so hopefully you'll keep them circled.Enjoy...2012-07-18 12:47:18438501350CC G+
Thomas Hefke140163 deutschsprachige SEOs - mit allem was "Rang und Namen" hat ;) Inklusive der +SEO-united.de  Liste - http://www.seo-united.de/blog/shortcuts/seos-auf-google-plus.htm #seo  2012-07-09 14:04:15163130CC G+
Swapnil Bhartiya2,379My Linux Circle. Add This :-)2012-06-07 10:17:39500402CC G+
Zouhair Aarab0in this Circle I'll share with you the most fascinating pictures of Morocco, besides providing you with the necessary information about traveling to this magical nation2012-05-17 16:43:50500101CC G+
Robert Scoble1,236,665500 Hand Picked Photographers. Unfortunately only 500 people can be shared (I have 617 in this circle). I also am near my maximum of 5,000 circled (Google keeps me from circling more) so it's tough to add more, but I'm always looking to see more great photography, so if you aren't in this circle, leave your URL below so we can all check you out.By the way, I need to go through all my circles and look for inactive people again. It's been a while since I did that. If I were you I'd throw these 500 into a temporary circle, watch it for a while and move the ones you like into a circle of your own.Thank you to those of you who bring beauty into our lives. Everytime I need some inspiration I look to this circle.2012-04-22 18:03:4850014653148CC G+
Van Riper10,797GTUG Organizers CircleMy latest and greatest #GTUG Organizers circle. If you are a listed organizer on gtugs.org and you don't see yourself in this circle, then add a comment and include a link to your chapter listing on gtugs.org. Once I verify your listing, I'll add you to this circle for the next time I share it.It is also important to be in my circle of #GTUG Organizers in order to get invites to the GTUG Hangouts On Air that I run from time to time. Like this recent one with +Carol Smith about the Google Summer of Code program:Google Summer of Code Hangout with Carol Smith2012-02-29 01:51:24423311CC G+
Fraser Smith16,417It's been a while since I shared my Photographers Circle. It has grown since the last time, as has my following, so it's worth re-sharing again.2012-02-24 09:24:36405406CC G+
Van Riper10,666GTUG Organizers CircleMy latest and greatest circle of GTUG Organizers after doing all the updates requested yesterday. Limiting membership to organizers of listed chapters. If you think you belong in this circle and are not, then comment and provide link to your chapter listing on http://www.gtugs.org for verification. Thanks!2012-02-22 18:22:013521747CC G+
Nils Hitze9,776My #gtug Circle, also with the 24 i gained by adding +Van Riper's #gtug Circle :)2012-02-22 09:00:44381010CC G+
Van Riper10,646GTUG Organizers' CircleThis is my circle of GTUG organizers that I know of on G+. If you belong in this circle and don't see yourself there, then let me know or simply comment on this share to that effect.Please Note: In order to see the hangout invites from me for the GTUG organizer hangouts, you need to add me to your circles too. If you are expecting a hangout and are not seeing the invite in your stream, you might want to visit mine because you should definitely see it when viewing the posts section of my profile.2012-02-21 21:28:3831050526CC G+
Rami Saarikorpi10,129World's best Photographers in G+ (Circle 1/5)These photographers circles is a collection of world's best photographers. Over 2000 members!If you are not in these circles (and you should), just share it and you will be added. (if you are a photographer)ATTENTION! If you are not in the first circle, check the other 4 circles that are published by me.2012-02-20 08:13:50495137CC G+
Oliver Gassner6,859So, die Version 3.48 (kidding) des Circles. Jetzt mit fast 400 Bloggern.2012-01-19 08:40:4939116510CC G+
Stephanie L Davis19,590I was asked by #SMMCamp attendees to share my "Googlers" circle. These are people who work for Google; community managers, engineers, developers, free-lancers; staff... etc. Cheers!2011-12-08 20:06:303648513CC G+
Jeff Rushton176World Photographers #1 (updated)Jeff Rushton shared a circle with you.2011-10-23 00:59:59500010CC G+
Arnd J. Kästner55Arnd J. Kästner hat einen Kreis mit Ihnen geteilt.2011-10-14 18:09:4098601CC G+
KT designer42PhotographersKT designer shared a circle with you.2011-10-13 16:31:46406301CC G+
Brandon Teer0ART Circle!brandon teer shared a circle with you.2011-10-13 06:25:38331000CC G+
Andreas Fellner1,883Andreas Fellner hat einen Kreis mit Ihnen geteilt.2011-10-11 05:11:06500001CC G+
Robert Scoble160,405Photography Circle, N-ZI'm sharing my entire photography circle tonight for the first time (I had to split it into two parts so you can see it all, because Google only lets me share 500 people in one circle, this is the second part, see my stream for first part). More than 500 photographers. I've tried to keep it to only active photographers and only folks who post high-quality images. As with all my circles, these are a work in progress. If you are missing from them, please let me know. Also, if you see people who aren't active (in other words, who haven't posted in the past month) or who aren't high enough quality to keep in here, feel free to drop me a line at scobleizer@gmail.com or leave a comment here and I'll reevaluate. Thanks!Robert Scoble shared a circle with you.2011-10-10 07:35:402041029593CC G+
Bart Dorsey0My Photography CircleJames Dorsey shared a circle with you.2011-10-01 15:24:28250103CC G+
Thomas Hawk141,162Let's try this again. Earlier this morning I shared my Kick Ass Photographers list. The list only included 250 of the 400+ people on this list and so I felt bad when people that were in this circle were left out. Circles were borked for me for part of this morning, but I think I have them working again and so I split this list into 2 organized by your first name. So if your first name starts with L-Z, you'll be in this list. If your first name starts with A-K you'll be in the other list.NOTE: I'm very unorganized and I just KNOW I've left some really good people off these circles and I'm sorry in advance. Especially if we're friends and know each other, please know it wasn't intentional, I'm just unorganized sometimes. Thanks!Thomas Hawk shared a circle with you.2011-09-27 20:42:18202413262CC G+
Nelson Melo684OK, I'm sharing my GTUG circle. How do we curate one of these things?Nelson Melo shared a circle with you.2011-09-27 05:04:4542301CC G+
Robert Scoble141,470Here's 250 of my Photographers and Videographers circle. Good stuff every day! Unfortunately I have 402 people in this circle, so you are getting just a little more than half a circle.Robert Scoble shared a circle with you.2011-09-27 04:32:082507110095CC G+

Top posts in the last 50 posts

Most comments: 2

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2014-02-13 21:04:32 (2 comments, 4 reshares, 17 +1s)

Machine built only to create paper airplanes.

Most reshares: 7

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2014-01-06 12:14:38 (0 comments, 7 reshares, 14 +1s)

Most plusones: 17

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2014-02-13 21:04:32 (2 comments, 4 reshares, 17 +1s)

Machine built only to create paper airplanes.

Latest 50 posts

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2014-05-13 17:43:22 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

500

Immer wieder schön - gerade hat Chrome offenbar ein Problem mit unserem YouTube-Kanal... oder nur mein Chrome... naja, gibt ja noch andere Browser, mit denen es funktioniert.___500

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2014-05-11 15:23:21 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 16 +1s)

Urbanized

Las Vegas urban growth from 1986 to 2012___Urbanized

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2014-04-27 08:13:25 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)

SpyFly

SpyFly___

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2014-02-13 21:04:32 (2 comments, 4 reshares, 17 +1s)

Paper plane machine

Machine built only to create paper airplanes.___Paper plane machine

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2014-02-07 21:55:58 (0 comments, 5 reshares, 7 +1s)

Circles

Gut. Ihr könnt ein Auge zuhalten und mit der Fingerspitze nachfahren (Helvetismus). Oder ausdrucken und mit Farbstiften...

4 sich nicht berührende Kreise!___Circles

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2014-02-07 19:51:41 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 11 +1s)

Are We alone?

We are not___Are We alone?

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2014-01-16 08:27:57 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 1 +1s)

Distribution

The World of 7 Billion: Where & How We Live___Distribution

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2014-01-16 08:21:43 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

Nice results: Machine learning for walking

it seems to be hard to avoid head shaking for some creatures

Thanks to +Ivan DeWolf  et al. for the link to this very impressive work using optimization to discover muscle placement and controllers. Watch the video! My friend +Michiel van de Panne is the middle author. Paper here: http://www.staff.science.uu.nl/~geijt101/papers/SA2013/___Nice results: Machine learning for walking

it seems to be hard to avoid head shaking for some creatures

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2014-01-08 16:14:00 (2 comments, 5 reshares, 12 +1s)

there is a lot of work left

GIF Tuesday This week we've got the rubbish truck, or garbage truck or whatever you want to friggin' call it, of the future. The future's looking grrrrrreat.___there is a lot of work left

2014-01-07 23:35:46 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Google-Schiffe sind schwimmende Windkraftwerke

Google-Schiffe sind schwimmende Windkraftwerke___

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2014-01-07 23:26:13 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Microsoft Disses Watson

Microsoft Has Their Own Poet/Computer Scientist

A look at a patent from Microsoft on how Bing may use natural language processes to:

- Understand Questions
- Formulate Queries About Those Questions
- Gather Evidence (find answers) on the Web
- Extract and Rank Answers

In the patent application, the Microsoft Research Asia team behind it has some unkind words to say about IBMs Watson (which likely also apply to the Star Trek Computer building crew at Google as well).

The patent breaks down the kinds of information that it might look for during each of those 4 phases, and provides an example of question answering with a question that could have been taken straight from Jeopardy.

I suspect the Microsoft Research Asia team would like to have Bing (or a future Bing with this natural language question answering engine installed) take on Watson in a game or two of Jeopardy.

The "question" from the patent:

“Shortly after this `Gretchen am Spinnrade` composer met Beethoven, he was a torchbearer at his funeral.”___Microsoft Disses Watson

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2014-01-07 23:22:06 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)

Strategische Popcorn Reserven

#30C3 

Strategische Popcorn Reserven

#30C3 ___

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2014-01-07 23:21:17 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

30c3 Fotos

Meine Eindrücke als Teilnehmer vom 30C3 - mit gutem Vorsatz für 2014 :)___30c3 Fotos

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2014-01-07 23:15:12 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

Good night

Good night___

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2014-01-07 00:11:18 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)

Time & the sun

Fascinating Map: World map of difference between solar time and clock time ___Time & the sun

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2014-01-06 12:24:22 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)

What does really matter?

What does really matter?___

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2014-01-06 12:14:38 (0 comments, 7 reshares, 14 +1s)

geek productivity

___geek productivity

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2014-01-06 12:08:45 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 2 +1s)

Openstreetmap edits during 2013

https://vimeo.com/83164362#at=4

amazing as always___Openstreetmap edits during 2013

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2014-01-06 12:03:19 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

#sciencesunday  Love this!
ESPL: Dances of the Planets
The planets in the heavens move in exquisite orbital patterns, dancing to the Music of the Cosmos.  There is more mathematical and geometric harmony than we realize.   The idea for this article is from a book Larry Pesavento shared with me.  The book, 'A Little Book of Coincidence' by John Martineau, illustrates the orbital patterns and several of their geometrical relationships.  .

Take the orbits of any two planets and draw a line between the two planet positions every few days.  Because the inner planet orbits faster than the outer planet, interesting patterns evolve.  Each planetary pairing has its own unique dance rhythm.  For example, the Earth-Venus dance returns to the original starting position after eight Earth years.  Eight Earth years equals thirteen Venus years.  Note that 8 and 13 are membersof the Fi... more »

#sciencesunday  Love this!
ESPL: Dances of the Planets
The planets in the heavens move in exquisite orbital patterns, dancing to the Music of the Cosmos.  There is more mathematical and geometric harmony than we realize.   The idea for this article is from a book Larry Pesavento shared with me.  The book, 'A Little Book of Coincidence' by John Martineau, illustrates the orbital patterns and several of their geometrical relationships.  .

Take the orbits of any two planets and draw a line between the two planet positions every few days.  Because the inner planet orbits faster than the outer planet, interesting patterns evolve.  Each planetary pairing has its own unique dance rhythm.  For example, the Earth-Venus dance returns to the original starting position after eight Earth years.  Eight Earth years equals thirteen Venus years.  Note that 8 and 13 are members of the Fibonacci number series.

    Earth:     8 years * 365.256 days/year  =  2,922.05 days                   
    Venus:  13 years * 224.701 days/year  =  2,921.11 days (ie. 99.9%)

Watching the Earth-Venus dance for eight years creates this beautiful five-petal flower with the Sun at the center.  (5 is another Fibonacci number.)
source/via http://ensign.editme.com/t43dances
video: http://youtu.be/4cgQNUhtmHM___

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2014-01-06 12:02:53 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

Im Kontext der aktuellen Ereignisse bekommen die ersten Sätze ja eine ganz neue Semantik. btw. der Teleprompter spiegelt sich im Hintergrund

Ach ja, und Gute Besserung

Im Kontext der aktuellen Ereignisse bekommen die ersten Sätze ja eine ganz neue Semantik. btw. der Teleprompter spiegelt sich im Hintergrund

Ach ja, und Gute Besserung___

2014-01-04 17:02:34 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

Wer sich mal gefragt hat, warum Google Schiffe baut. Die Antwort ist: Wind

Wer sich mal gefragt hat, warum Google Schiffe baut. Die Antwort ist: Wind___

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2014-01-04 14:07:28 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)

Schön

The beauty of mathematics

http://vimeo.com/77330591#at=0___Schön

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2014-01-01 18:05:09 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)

Happy new Android

i lol'd___Happy new Android

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2014-01-01 18:02:51 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

checkin cbase :) 

checkin cbase :) ___

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2014-01-01 18:00:41 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

Happy New Year !

Gplus Users

Happy New Year !

Gplus Users___

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2013-12-28 22:09:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

Amazed by Seidenstrasse assembled at the 30c3 in Hamburg:
https://events.ccc.de/congress/2013/wiki/Projects:Seidenstrasse

The name is an analogy to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silk_Road

There is help needed to produce statistics
for the SOC (Seidenstrasse operating centre): 
https://github.com/LongHairedHacker/zaehlrohr

This video has been produced at transmediale
( http://telekommunisten.net/octo/ )

Amazed by Seidenstrasse assembled at the 30c3 in Hamburg:
https://events.ccc.de/congress/2013/wiki/Projects:Seidenstrasse

The name is an analogy to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silk_Road

There is help needed to produce statistics
for the SOC (Seidenstrasse operating centre): 
https://github.com/LongHairedHacker/zaehlrohr

This video has been produced at transmediale
( http://telekommunisten.net/octo/ )___

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2013-12-27 05:26:52 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)

Ruhe vor dem Sturm @ 30c3

And so it begins #30c3___Ruhe vor dem Sturm @ 30c3

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2013-12-27 05:23:12 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)

Öffi @ 30c3

Öffi auf dem #30c3 :-)___Öffi @ 30c3

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2013-12-23 01:35:27 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

Google baut 600 Meter hohe Windkraftwerke: techwatchblog.de 

Google X acquires Makani Power for kite-like airborne wind turbines

Google baut 600 Meter hohe Windkraftwerke: techwatchblog.de 

Google X acquires Makani Power for kite-like airborne wind turbines___

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2013-12-17 19:17:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

nice downtunes for Christmas

nice downtunes for Christmas___

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2013-12-09 19:26:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

fractal food

Hobbits, Fractals, and Jellyfish Become Ridiculously Detailed Pancakes

“If breakfast is really the most important meal of the day, Nathan Shields has a leg up. For the last two years, he’s been preparing amazing art pancakes for his kids — shaped like everything from fractals to highly detailed characters from The Hobbit– and documenting his efforts online.”

See more images at +WIRED: http://goo.gl/Plqhhv___fractal food

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2013-12-07 16:03:16 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Gibt es so etwas eigentlich bereits auch schon auf deutsch?

Wenn man mal von DBPedia und Wikidata absieht, die zum Aufbau der Datenbank primär bereits strukturierte Quellen vorsehen.

http://rtw.ml.cmu.edu/rtw/

Gibt es so etwas eigentlich bereits auch schon auf deutsch?

Wenn man mal von DBPedia und Wikidata absieht, die zum Aufbau der Datenbank primär bereits strukturierte Quellen vorsehen.

http://rtw.ml.cmu.edu/rtw/___

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2013-11-29 07:23:36 (2 comments, 7 reshares, 12 +1s)

e-volo Volocopter: http://vimeo.com/80050676
jetzt im Crowdfunding bei Seedmatch

Platz für zwei Personen
Batteriebetrieb bis zu einer Stunde Flug bei 100 km/h

Ein deutsches Tesla für die Lüfte.

e-volo Volocopter: http://vimeo.com/80050676
jetzt im Crowdfunding bei Seedmatch

Platz für zwei Personen
Batteriebetrieb bis zu einer Stunde Flug bei 100 km/h

Ein deutsches Tesla für die Lüfte.___

2013-11-22 13:12:23 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s)

Mal was sinnvolles... In Phython: Quepy

http://quepy.machinalis.com

Die Entwickler kommen aus Argentinien.

Viel Spaß :) 

Mal was sinnvolles... In Phython: Quepy

http://quepy.machinalis.com

Die Entwickler kommen aus Argentinien.

Viel Spaß :) ___

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2013-09-30 05:17:22 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)

[Ben] Piraten-Philosophie am Morgen vertreibt Kummer und Sorgen!

[Ben] Piraten-Philosophie am Morgen vertreibt Kummer und Sorgen!___

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2013-07-15 19:29:52 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 16 +1s)

mass storage

Parking System 4 Bike.. Brilliant !!!___mass storage

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2013-06-14 07:57:05 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)

Can't innovate my ass

___Can't innovate my ass

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2013-06-10 20:19:29 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)

trash ?

#scnr   #macpro  ___trash ?

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2013-06-04 18:25:18 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

Drag & Drop

Dominos pizza delivery by drone. But will it get FAA approval?___Drag & Drop

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2013-05-31 20:39:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

Chatting with google

You can now start to have a conversation with search on all your devices—including your desktop or laptop. We’re rolling out the new conversational search functionality over the next few days in +Google Chrome, so you can ask Google about “Italian restaurants in San Francisco” and continue the conversation with “how about Chinese." Or find out “who is the prime minister of Australia” then ask “how old is she”—and Google will give you a spoken answer. Just click the mic in the Google search bar and speak up.  Also, be sure to have the volume up on your computer to hear your answer loud and clear.

#googlesearch   #searchtips  ___Chatting with google

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2013-05-21 14:36:15 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)

food will be printed, rechange food cartridge soon...

NASA is funding a 3D food printer, and it'll start with pizza http://bit.ly/11UNuGm___food will be printed, rechange food cartridge soon...

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2013-05-17 07:25:30 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 6 +1s)

crawling

Grinder Skating in the park___crawling

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2013-05-17 06:57:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Also the Schedule is nicely designed. Alternative transportation modes are suggested to compare times, prices etc.

They really thought about the directions of presenting the results. times on top and the selected option with details on the left near the map.A good basis toward hybrid route computation: walk there, take the car to the station, take the train to the airport, take a taxi to the hotel...  


upload final selection to my calendar? No, unfortunately not, yet.

My idea would be: dynamically show options in my calendar while time goes on. Already have seen such application as android apps. Hopefully this dynamic paradigma spreads.

Also the Schedule is nicely designed. Alternative transportation modes are suggested to compare times, prices etc.

They really thought about the directions of presenting the results. times on top and the selected option with details on the left near the map.A good basis toward hybrid route computation: walk there, take the car to the station, take the train to the airport, take a taxi to the hotel...  


upload final selection to my calendar? No, unfortunately not, yet.

My idea would be: dynamically show options in my calendar while time goes on. Already have seen such application as android apps. Hopefully this dynamic paradigma spreads.___

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2013-05-17 06:46:03 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)

Beautiful new design of the Google Maps Preview

Cards hide nicely when the mouse flips around the map.

Beautiful new design of the Google Maps Preview

Cards hide nicely when the mouse flips around the map.___

2013-05-16 21:23:09 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

happy experiencing the new Google Maps in 3D

happy experiencing the new Google Maps in 3D___

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2013-05-16 20:42:31 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)

WebGL perspectives, everything as expected since years.
There will be no Google Earth. The world is now in the browser.

This is the story, from my perspective, of how Google Maps went from a flat map where Greenland looks bigger than Africa to the beautifully realistic 3D globe we launched today.

My background is in 3D graphics.  Computer games are what got me into computers in the first place, and I ended up getting a masters in computer graphics.  When I started working at Google in 2004 I sat near +Bret Taylor and +Lars Rasmussen and got to watch them develop and then then launch Google Maps.  Later that same year when Google bought Keyhole (which later became Google Earth) I was wowed by Keyhole's beautiful 3D rendering of the Earth.  So when I moved to the Google Maps team under +Brian M in 2006, one of the big things I wanted to do was to bring Google Maps and Google Earth closer together and make Google Maps 3D and bring that WOW factor to every Google Maps user.  The challenge was that Google Maps was 2D and written in JavaScript and HTML while Google Earth was 3D and written in C++, so bringing the two together would be really difficult.  In retrospect, it ended up taking ~7 years :)

The first 3D-related project I worked on in Maps was the initial launch of Street View in 2007, working with +Stéphane Lafon, +Daniel Filip, and +Chip Chapin.   Also in 2007 I helped +Keith Ito a bit (mostly just approving a couple of his CLs) in the launch of terrain maps with nice psuedo-3D shading and elevation contour lines (http://google-latlong.blogspot.com/2007/11/explore-new-terrain.html).

That same year (2007) I got really excited when I saw +Paul Rademacher's Google Earth Plugin because I realized it would be a way for us to integrate Google Earth into Google Maps, and so I started hacking up a demo integrating the Google Earth Plugin into the Google Maps API.  Everyone agreed this was pretty cool, so we put more work into it and launched both the Google Earth API and the integration into the Earth integration into the Google Maps API at Google I/O in 2008: http://google-latlong.blogspot.com/2008/05/google-earth-meet-browser.html.  I remember driving up to SF with +Paul Rademacher to attend Google I/O and talk to excited developers about the new APIs.  It was a great experience.

Next I wanted to bring this same integration of Google Earth to the consumer version of maps.google.com.  This ended up taking a couple years (I got sidetracked for a while working on improving the performance of maps.google.com), but after lots of hard work with +Mihai Mudure, +Paul Yang, +Paul Rademacher, and +Thatcher Ulrich we launched the Earth button in maps.google.com in mid 2010: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/04/earthly-pleasures-come-to-maps.html.  While we were very proud of this feature and had big hopes for it, we quickly found that not many people used it.  When we looked into why, we found two main obstacles: the need to install a plugin discouraged most people from even trying the feature; and even with the plugin installed it took 10+ seconds to start the Earth view and people just aren't willing to wait that long.  Disappointing, but a good learning experience that reinforced my earlier work on performance: speed is always the #1 feature.

After this experience I took a break from 3D to focus instead of mobile.  With +Alireza Ali and others we took the existing maps.google.com JavaScript code and got it running on mobile web browsers.  Over a year or so we went from prototype to launch in 2011: http://googlemobile.blogspot.com/2011/05/google-maps-on-your-mobile-browser.html.  Even though this wasn't really a 3D-related project, I still found a way to utilize my graphics expertise by focusing on making the touch pan/zoom experience feel really smooth.

After this I was itching to get back into 3D.   +Brian M asked me to help out on a project to render the map and Street View and 45 degree imagery using a new web technology called WebGL, so I worked on this project with +Jonathan Siegel, +Ryan Overbeck, +Janne Kontkanen, +Bradley Bossard, +Travis Heppe, +Steven Grafton, +Jennifer Maurer, +Brian Cornell, +Bill Baxter, +Ryan Sturgell, +Steve Seitz, and many others.  This new technology was really exciting because it made it possible to render 3D images in a web browser without using a plugin!  We launched the result as MapsGL in 2011 (http://google-latlong.blogspot.com/2011/10/step-inside-map-with-google-mapsgl.html, https://plus.google.com/u/0/104261567553968048744/posts/EPwmfWfxUcB).  I had the honor of demoing MapsGL with +Brian M on-stage at the Web2.0 Expo in New York.

While we were developing MapsGL, +Thatcher Ulrich and +Chris Co spent 6+ months using JavaScript and WebGL to build a prototype of Google Earth that ran in the browser without a plugin.  I remember seeing that prototype run in my browser for the first time and being so excited that I ran around the office showing it to everyone telling them that this was the future of Google Maps!  Also around the time of the MapsGL launch,
+Tilman Reinhardt was starting a project to automatically create 3D models of whole cities from aerial pictures (this data launched in Google Earth in mid 2012: http://google-latlong.blogspot.com/2012/06/take-flight-through-new-3d-cities-on.html).  Finally, in the wake of the MapsGL launch there was a new project being started by +Yatin Chawathe, +Bernhard Seefeld, +Chris Harrelson, and +Jonah Jones to rebuild Google Maps from the ground up.

Seeing an opportunity at the intersection of these 3 efforts to achieve what I'd dreamed of for so many years, I proposed a project to launch a 3D globe with 3D cities as the satellite view in the new Google Maps.  The day I got approval for the project (thank you +Brian M!) was one of the most exciting days of my life.

We've spent the last 1.5 years building this thing and it has been an amazing journey.  I'm really proud of what we built, and I'm really excited to be able to share it with the world today.

Far too many people have contributed for me to name them all here - in some sense this is a culmination of everything the Google Geo team has been working on since the beginning of Keyhole and Google Maps - but I would like to call out some of the key individuals:

+Janne Kontkanen, +Ryan Overbeck, +Andrew Gove, Scott Dillard, +Joshua Schpok, James Pasko, +Travis Heppe, +Daniel Filip - the core engineering team that implemented the JavaScript and WebGL globe rendering engine behind Earth view.

Eric Bruneton - for his awesome work to render clouds, atmosphere, water, sun, moon, stars, and city lights, all with beautiful realism...and all in his 20% time!  See some of his prior work at https://www.youtube.com/user/ebruneton.

+Thatcher Ulrich and +Chris Co - for the WebGL Earth prototype that inspired me and for a ton of work massaging all the 3D data you see in Earth view today.

+Tilman Reinhardt and +Aleksey Golovinskiy - for the magic that automatically reconstructs 3D buildings, trees, etc from aerial photos.

+Daniel Coming, Rick Buskowki, and +Wayne Thai  - for working nights, weekends, and holidays to get all the 3D data ready in time for launch.

+Jennifer Maurer, +Brian Cornell, +Bill Baxter - for their help getting beautiful vector rendering working well in Earth view.

+Ryan Sturgell, +Ben Vanik - performance gurus.  Seriously, we couldn't have made Earth view perform as well as it does without their work.  Check out http://google.github.io/tracing-framework/ for one of the amazing performance debugging tools they've built.

+Matt Simpson, +Jonah Jones, +Mark Limber, +Bernhard Seefeld, +Chris Harrelson, and +Yatin Chawathe - for the UX, product, and engineering leadership and vision behind Earth view and the new Google Maps.

+Peter Birch, Jayant Kolhe, and +John Rohlf - for their many years of leadership of Google Earth and lots of advice in the early stages of this project.

+Brian M - for his great leadership of Google Maps and Google Earth, for his unwavering commitment to 3D, and for believing in me.

+Larry Page - for reminding us that often it can be easier to do big things than small things because it is easier to motivate people to work on big things.  I really took this to heart in this project and it worked!

And remember...this is only the beginning :)___WebGL perspectives, everything as expected since years.
There will be no Google Earth. The world is now in the browser.

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spacy history

Amazing that you can still see the divide between East and West Berlin.___spacy history

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2013-05-09 12:03:02 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)

global timelapse

Exclusive timelapse: See climate change, deforestation and urban sprawl unfold as Earth evolves over 30 years. http://ti.me/1467QZG

(Image: Google)___global timelapse

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2013-05-03 10:34:02 (1 comments, 6 reshares, 2 +1s)

Apple Store Berlin opening Speech

Apple Store Berlin opening Speech___

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2013-04-29 22:07:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

Google now on iOS

Google Now is now available on iPhone and iPad as part of the updated Google Search app. Google Now is about giving you just the right information at just the right time—the day’s weather as you get dressed in the morning, news updates on a story you’ve been following, a reminder to leave your house to make it to a date on time and more—no digging required. Get the app here: http://goo.gl/D9e1A___Google now on iOS

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