Really interesting to see how Meson has recently been gaining steam in the Open Source world. A bunch of GNOME applications are moving to it for their builds and now Systemd also is going to use it - as an alternative to autoconf / automake. See the blog entry for more info:

Hi All,

Today we are happy to announce the Google I/O 2017 Extended @Google Amsterdam!

This time it is in the Loft of Google Amsterdam

This is a much smaller space than you are used to at Google Amsterdam.
There are about 35 seats!

The ticket sale will start on the 1st of May at 12:00.

This is the official link for registration:

Make sure you set your alarm/calendar :)

Hope to see you there!

Rokesh, Tal, Stefan, Matt, Christiaan, Clara & Shelby
GDG Cloud Netherlands Organizers

Google Developer Groups Netherlands!

NEXT Amsterdam 2017. 21th of June 2017, De Kromhouthal, Amsterdam. Explore new ideas. Learn from industry experts. Engage with peers. Join us for an immersive event that brings together executives, customers, partners, developers, IT decision makers, and Google Engineers to build the future of ...

My review of the LG G6 has been published (in german). tl;dr: I really was looking forward to this. But it just doesn't stand out from the crowd in any respect. The big screen is nice, but Samsung goes further with that design (though I actually prefer LGs approach, but most people will see this differently). The camera is very good but not the best. Internals like SoC, Bluetooth, LTE support are more recent on the Galaxy S8. They removed useful features like the ability to replace the battery, other stuff is only available to certain countries. And the software is still a mess (at least in parts). I guess the verdict would be different if the device would be cheaper but at 749 Euros it's hard to justify to get this instead of - say - a OnePlus 3T.

My guess is the rabbit refused to give up his seat and was forced off the plane, sustaining life threatening injuries. Security more likely than not in an attempt to cover this up started a bonfire near the luggage trucks and ate that thing right up. #unitedairlinessuck

World's Biggest Bunny Dies on UNITED Flight...

Brit bunny riddle as rabbit destined to be world's biggest dies on United Airlines jet to US

SCANDAL-hit United Airlines is facing a new PR disaster — after a valuable giant rabbit died mysteriously on one of its planes. Three-foot Simon, destined to be the world's biggest bunny, died in the cargo section of a Boeing 767 after flying out of Heathrow to a new celebrity owner in the US.

One reliable way to know that Donald Trump has reversed himself on an issue is if he denies having done any such thing. The pattern repeats itself: his Administration is dealt a major setback—the courts blocking his travel bans, the G.O.P. health-care bill dying in the House—and Trump responds by decreeing that “great progress” is being made and the media is neglecting to cover it. It’s easy to become inured to how bizarre this is: America has a President who denies observable reality and uses his social-media accounts to feed his supporters an alternate version of the truth. All politicians spin. Trump lies, regularly and brazenly.

Just stop to think about it for a second. Trump will be in all the history books. His photos will hang in the national museums for as long as this country will stand. There will be a presidential library named after him.

This is one of the darker, if not the darkest, moments in time for American democracy, where a ruthless manipulator who cares only about himself and his family has cast his dark shadow over the entire country, taking everybody down a ruinous path. A path that might take decades to unwind. I have and will have nothing but zero sympathy for any voter who cared to cast their vote for this semblance of a politician, when they start to regret what they have done to themselves, their neighbors and their country.

How Trump Gave Up On His Border Wall

From a policy perspective, Trump’s reversal is welcome. But, from a political perspective, Trump has given Congress another reason not to trust his word.

I spent most of last week in San Jose and these banners were one of the more memorable aspects of that city.

Pizarro: A banner idea for downtown San Jose

Pizarro: A banner idea for downtown San Jose

Big day for Emily Olivia! 🎉 She handled her very first flight (Ryanair FR 15) brilliantly and took a very long day in her stride 👶✈️🇬🇷 Our brave little girl, we gonna have more trips and make lots of memories together.

#emilyolivia #babyfirsts #excitingtimes

Another promise bites the dust. Healthcare not walls!

Trump backs down on border wall funding - BBC News

If cash for a wall is left out of the budget bill, a government shutdown can be averted this week.

I hope he changes the world again!

Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales creates news service Wikitribune - BBC News

Wikitribune will be written by professional journalists and edited by volunteers.

Not good

Turkey air strikes on Kurds in Syria and Iraq spark US concern - BBC News

Air strikes in Syria and Iraq kill about two dozen fighters from two Kurdish groups.

Most in depth interview I have listened to and its insane...

Ex-Illuminati Member 'Svali' Reveals All

ϟ√αʟi ➚DL Link: Laptop/PC Users can right-click and save as (link below) ***Discretion Advised*** Svali ...

I wonder if the Trump hotels have enough workers. "Now, the short supply of foreign workers is adding to employers’ difficulty as they try to fill openings in an increasingly tight labor market."

From Cape Cod to Aspen, Visa Cap Hits Popular U.S. Holiday Spots

Stone masons in Colorado, thoroughbred caretakers in Kentucky and waiters in Cape Cod are in shorter supply after Congress allowed a temporary migrant worker program to shrink.

Judge Blocks Trump Effort to Withhold Money From Sanctuary Cities

A federal judge in California temporarily halted the administration’s efforts to withhold funding from cities that limit their cooperation with federal immigration enforcement.

Today is World Malaria Day. Here's what folks I work with are doing to help eliminate this awful scourge.

How maps and machine learning are helping to eliminate malaria

DiSARM uses Google Earth Engine to help malaria control programs identify where they should direct resources for prevention and treatment.

Trump stokes a fire on the northern border over Canadian lumber practices.

Google’s and Intertrust’s new PatentShield helps startups fight patent litigation in return for equity

Google and Intertrust today announced the launch of PatentShield, a new program that aims to help defend startups from patent litigation — in return for a stake in those companies. The basic …

It's really impressive what kind of photos you can take with a smartphone camera (in this case Nexus 6P and Pixel) if you have enough time. Great post from Google's Research Blog.

Nice. Autocomplete and info snippets finally get a feedback button so you can report wrong / hateful answers. Much needed :)

Our latest quality improvements for Search

Today we’re introducing improvements in search ranking, easier ways for people to provide direct feedback, and greater transparency around how Search works.

9 Tips to Take your Photography to the Next Level

9 Tips to Take your Photography to the Next Level

In this AYP episode, Marc Silber gives (at least) nine photography tips from his new book Advancing Your Photography. He shows his work and tell stories behi...

Same video....It should start around the 52 min mark....if not, go to the 52 min mark...Should start with Sean Penn......But this is where it really sheds light to what America is TRULY all about!!! To my fellow brothers and sisters, black, white, muslim ALL OF YOU....WE HAVE to wake up...Take a stand.....

A History of the Reptilian Agenda

ประวัติของวาระ Reptilian История повестки дня рептилий saga af Reptilian Dagskrá 历史的爬行动物议程 파충류의 의제의 역사 una storia del Reptilian Agenda en historie av Reptili...

Do you know anyone forgetful enough to need this? Most of us probably do!

Technology That Won’t Let You Forget Your Wallet Ever Again!

This tiny electronic tag, or the “Mu” tag, can be attached to anything and everything that you don’t want to forget on your way out the door or when you leave to go home. The smar…

Ignore the title.....Listen to the message.... #wakethehellup

A History of the Reptilian Agenda

ประวัติของวาระ Reptilian История повестки дня рептилий saga af Reptilian Dagskrá 历史的爬行动物议程 파충류의 의제의 역사 una storia del Reptilian Agenda en historie av Reptili...

Smart TV hack embeds attack code into broadcast signal—no access required

Demo exploit is inexpensive, remote, scalable—and opens door to more advanced hacks.

Another business trip, another dinosaur drawing. This one is from the Aloft in Brooklyn.

Aloft Brooklyn - Dino drawings

Making the most of the comments box on shopping cart pages everywhere.

Trump stokes a fire on the northern border over Canadian lumber practices.

Another #grainofsalt video as I can't stand the computerized voice over, but some of the information being discussed correlates with information disclosed from more prominent individuals.....Needless to say, I firmly believe we aren't the only species on this planet, and that are past is mostly manufactured.....

Interview with Reptilian female Lacerta (With Clear Audio and Subtitles)

Lacerta File 1 and 2. Link to written interview: Used IVONA Text to Speech voices: Englis...

Our latest quality improvements for Search

Today we’re introducing improvements in search ranking, easier ways for people to provide direct feedback, and greater transparency around how Search works.

Let's not facts get in the way of prejudices. "But research shows that public safety may in fact be undermined when police act as immigration enforcers, especially among those whose only crime is the lack of proper paperwork."

“I don’t watch things that are unpleasant. I just don’t watch them...” he continues. “I don’t watch CNN anymore. I don’t watch MSNBC anymore. I don’t watch things, and I never thought I had that ability. I always thought I’d watch.”

Lawmakers: Flynn did not disclose Russia payments in security clearance application

Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn did not disclose payments for a 2015 speech in Moscow in his security clearance application for 2016, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee told reporters Tuesday.

Look at Petraeus run!

The Globalists Exposed In Trumps Admin

Visit our MAIN SITE for more breaking news PATREON SNAPCHAT: LukeWeAreChange FACEBOO...

#MyToughestShot: +Darren Huski explains the dangers and delicacy of capturing a geyser at Yellowstone

"Photographing around geothermal features is tough. You have to stay on boardwalks. There is no wandering around as the ground is often a thin crust and you literally could fall through into boiling water." 😳

Yellowstone by Night

A nightscape of the Milky Way, Northern Lights and Erupting Geyser in Yellowstone. This may be #MyToughestShot

I planned a trip to Yellowstone last fall timed with the new moon to see if I could photograph some of the geothermal features of park with the Milky Way. Because it was the end of the season and many campgrounds were closed I was staying in an area I had only driven through once. Looking at Maps, Google Earth and using Stellaium, I picked out a few locations and features I thought I could photograph the Milky Way from such as Grand Prismatic Spring. I also looked for some different areas especially a geyser. Many people will be drawn to see Old Faithful and when it erupts there are hundreds of people there. I wanted no people and no lights.

Photographing around geothermal features is tough. You have to stay on boardwalks. There is no wandering around as the ground is often a thin crust and you literally could fall through into boiling water. Always stay on the boardwalks!

That was what led me to the White Dome Geyser. It is a large cone that you can get close to on a boardwalk. It is off the main drive on a side road away from the Old Faithful area.

I saw the geyser was erupting every 30-40 minutes. I got there for sunset and had the whole place to myself. I set up my tripods and cameras and waited for it to get dark. While waiting for the stars to show up I saw the geyser erupt a couple of times. I heard coyotes howling too.

Finally it was dark enough, I could see the arc of the Milky Way had the Geyser framed for the shot. Then it was just a question of waiting for the eruption. When it happened I would just long enough for about 3 images out of each camera. When it happened I rapidly took the images. One one set I turned on my red LED on my headlamp to light the plume of steam.

It was only after reviewing the images did I realize that I had also picked up a faint aurora to the north!

A little planning and a little luck made it an image you could hope for but not always get. I guess you make your own luck.

Sony A7R with Samyang 24mm lens

If you want to see more of my nightscape images check out my Nightscape Collection here on G+

#wildernessphotographer #wyoming #yellowstone #nightscape #milkyway #create #sonya7r #samyang #milkyway #aurora #geyser #nationalpark #mytoughestshot

Kingsman: The Golden Circle | Official Trailer [HD] | 20th Century FOX

“Kingsman: The Secret Service" introduced the world to Kingsman - an independent, international intelligence agency operating at the highest level of discret...

"JavaScript is lighter weight and easier to pick up than Java, so it's a better fit for an introductory course, particularly when a lot of the students won't go any farther than building websites anyway. If you don't intend to pursue a career in computer science, which a lot of introductory students won't, JavaScript is more useful to know than Java."

Stanford Uni's intro to CompSci course adopts JavaScript, bins Java

Java's days are numbered – but it's a very large number

Telling it like it is--or was--in my career.

My latest serious comedy talk. This one was to an audience in Paris at the excellent Android Makers conference a couple of weeks ago.

I hope you learn exactly as much watching it as I did presenting it.

The Business of Technology Business Technology by Chet Haase, Google EN

This session was given at Paris Android Makers 2017 by Chet Haase, Google. More info: Technology is really impor...

Candace, Ted and their four kids are some of the first people in the world to take part in Waymo’s early rider program—the first public trial of our self-driving vehicles. This family has been using our self-driving cars for their everyday travel. Now, you can, too.

If you live in the Phoenix area, apply to be an early rider and use our self-driving cars to go to places you frequent every day: from work, to the grocery store, to the movies, and more. You’ll play an important role in shaping self-driving technology. Learn more at

Meet Waymo's Early Riders

Help shape the future of self-driving cars. Join the first public trial of Waymo’s self-driving vehicles—our early rider program—located in Phoenix, AZ: www....

Waymo is set to test an autonomous ride service in Phoenix, AZ
Lucky bastard's, Waymo has been testing the system with a handful of local families, but is introducing 500 Chrysler minivans so it can expand the program; vehicles are monitored by a human driver, who will also take user feedback.

New Today: Join Waymo's Early Rider Program

Starting today, you can sign up to help shape the future of self-driving cars by joining their early rider program—a public trial of Waymo’s self-driving vehicles.

As an early rider, you’ll be able to use our self-driving cars to go places you frequent every day, from work, to school, to the movies and more. Then, you’ll be able to share your thoughts and experiences with their team to help shape the future of how self-driving cars will work.

Waymo is looking for early riders in parts of the Phoenix metropolitan area, including Chandler, Tempe, Mesa and Gilbert.

Early Rider Program – Waymo

Help shape the future of self-driving cars. Join our early rider program—a public trial of Waymo’s self-driving vehicles.

After an unfortunate 8-1 card, this makes me happy. I just need a devil ghost at 100% now, lol.

Eurosceptics in Finland Call for Referendum on European Union and Euro

An up-and-coming leader of Finland’s Eurosceptic party has proposed a national referendum on leaving the EU and on abandoning the euro.

Slight change from the norm, but this was a good read
"(Obama) restored American institutions rather than restructuring them. Obama’s stimulus helped the recovery (along with the trillions in virtually free money pumped out by the Federal Reserve to the banks, something somehow ignored by Chait), but it didn’t dislodge our austerity politics. His financial reforms rescued the banks but left them more concentrated than ever. His health-care reforms were built on the private-insurance companies, pharmaceutical corporations, and hospital complexes that continue to drive up costs. His energy reforms didn’t come close to meeting the minimal standards that scientists say are necessary to avoid catastrophic climate change."

"Obama arguably accomplished more than Reagan did, but he failed to consolidate a new progressive consensus on the political economy. He embraced austerity over jobs. He described himself as being the only thing standing between the bankers and the pitchforks, then failed to break up their power or even hold any of them accountable for massive fraud. He peddled the same corporate-defined global strategies that Reagan had. While Obama called inequality “the defining issue of our time” in the run-up to his reelection campaign, he never mounted a serious campaign to address it. Disappointed, the young people that had propelled him into office moved to protest—Occupy Wall Street, Black Lives Matter, the Dreamers—and 2016 was the result. Obama’s chosen successor, Hillary Clinton, ran on continuity and lost to an opponent whom a majority of Americans considered unfit to be president."

Obama From the Rearview Mirror - LA Progressive

His presidency was largely a competent, no-drama, scandal-free administration, and it will only gain in esteem as we gag on a presidency rotting, like a fish, from the head down.


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