Ferguson: behind police lines helmet-cam video of tactical team teargassing protesters

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The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has published GoPro video footage by staff photographer David Carson “during his embed with the St. Louis County Police tactical team on Monday night.” At about 2:45 in, police “come under fire and respond with tear gas.”

It’s really weird to see the term “embed,” which we often use to describe reporters accompanying soldiers in Iraq or Afghanistan war zones, being used in the context of local police action within the United States.

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Unscaling The Trillion-Dollar Power Industry

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shutterstock_103274513 Throughout the history of the power industry, the answer to all of our problems has been to “get bigger”. Due to economies of scale, utilities have concentrated on building larger and larger power plants to increase efficiency and improve profitability. That’s why we still receive the vast majority of our power the way we have for decades — from massive plants based… Read More

Movie Theaters May Be Getting More Interactive, Thanks To Audience Entertainment’s SDK

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audience entertainment You may soon be doing more twisting, turning, and jumping around when you go to the movies, if startup Audience Entertainment succeeds in launching a new type of in-theater interactivity. The company’s technology basically allows audiences to play together, usually as part of an ad campaign. Imagine standing up with everyone else in the room, then waving your arms left and right in unison… Read More

Google is testing its autonomous cars in a ‘Matrix-style’ version of California

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Google has created what it calls a “Matrix-style,” virtual version of California’s road system that it’s been using to test self-driving cars before sending them out onto the actual road, according to the Guardian. Google is apparently so thrilled with its simulation that it petitioned California’s government earlier this year, in a letter obtained by the Guardian, to allow it to use these virtual simulations in place of actual driving tests when certifying a vehicle for use. “Computer simulations are actually more valuable, as they allow manufacturers to test their software under far more conditions and stresses than could possibly be achieved on a test track,” Google safety director Ron Medford wrote.

“Computer simulations are…

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Autoboxing, Unboxing, and NoSuchMethodError

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J2SE 5 introduced numerous features to the Java programming language. One of these features is autoboxing and unboxing, a feature that I use almost daily without even thinking about it. It is often convenient (especially when used with collections), but every once in a while it leads to some nasty surprises, “weirdness,” and “madness.” In this blog post, I look at a rare (but interesting to me) case of  NoSuchMethodError resulting from mixing classes compiled with Java versions before autoboxing/unboxing with classes compiled with Java versions that include autoboxing/unboxing.

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Salesforce Beats In Its Fiscal Q2 With Revenue Of $1.32B, EPS OF $0.13

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screen-shot-2014-05-20-at-1-39-07-pm After the bell, Salesforce reported its fiscal second quarter financial results, including revenue of $1.32 billion and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.13. The company beat estimates in the fiscal 2015 quarter, as investors had expected it to earn $0.12 per share — excluding certain costs — on revenue of $1.29 billion. In its sequentially preceding quarter, Salesforce’s… Read More

Five ways Docker is taking over the world

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In a little more than a year, Docker has gone from being a new kid on the block to a widely used and respected technology. For any project to become that big a draw in so short a time is an eye-opener, but evidence suggests Docker’s growth is the real thing — the creation of a standardized software platform for delivering apps at scale. Here are five signs of how Docker’s rise is not likely to be mere faddism.

1. Docker usage
The most direct and obvious sign of Docker’s success is where and how widely it’s being used. Multiple cloud providers support it directly, and Google is one of the most visible and active. Rackspace is in the game as well, using it internally for a plethora of functions. Even Microsoft’s Azure is now Docker-friendly, which has provoked speculation over whether Docker will someday run on Windows itself.

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