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1. Airport Noise Grants: FAA Needs to Better Ensure Project Eligibility and Improve Strategic Goal and Performance Measures. GAO-12-890, September 12.
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2. Asset Forfeiture Programs: Justice and Treasury Should Determine Costs and Benefits of Potential Consolidation. GAO-12-972, September 12.
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3. Aviation Safety: Additional FAA Efforts Could Enhance Safety Risk Management. GAO-12-898, September 12.
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4. Bureau of Prisons: Growing Inmate Crowding Negatively Affects Inmates, Staff, and Infrastructure. GAO-12-743, September 12.
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5. Critical Infrastructure: DHS Needs to Refocus Its Efforts to Lead the Government Facilities Sector. GAO-12-852, August 20.
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6. Department of Homeland Security: Oversight and Coordination of Research and Development Should Be Strengthened. GAO-12-837, September 12.
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7. Federal Disaster Assistance: Improved Criteria Needed to Assess a…

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Atviri duomenys – ūkio ministerijos idėja, kuri turėtų virsti projektu

Ūkio ministerijoj pradėjo atvirų duomenų iniciatyvą: renka iš institucijų jų renkamus duomenis, ir skelbia. Stadija dar labai pradinė, bet šiandien Viktorija Trubačiūtė jau sudėjo pirmus tikrus duomenis.

Idėjos aprašymas ir duomenys guli čia:

lietuvis per metus išgeria 70 butelių degtinės


Lietuva tiesiogiai: Šokiruojanti statistika – lietuvis per metus išgeria 70 butelių degtinės


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Google Desktop APIs Tip: Build a quality gadget

Tip: Build a quality gadget

Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 3:48 PM

What makes a quality gadget?

Platform specification:
If you create a gadget only for Windows, make sure that the gadget is not installable on Mac or Linux: For more information, check the gadget.gmanifest documentation.

Good performance:
The gadget should make optimum use of the hardware and operating system services. The efficiency of software can usually be greatly improved by an intelligent choice of high-level algorithms, rather than using local “tricks” or optimizations that can lead to maintenance problems. Factors that may be of interest are response time and memory requirements.

The gadget should continue to function in non-standard conditions such as incorrect user input. For example, when the user types something wrong, you can warn the user with a basic message box.

Appropriate interface:
The gadget should be friendly and inviting to users. The design and choice of the interface should take into account the needs and capabilities of the users. Many times, gadget features are not utilized because the interface is difficult.

The gadget must link to a website that provides support and information about the gadget. On the website, you can write detailed descriptions about what the gadget can do. And don’t forget to display your email address so the users can easily provide feedback about your gadget, offer to translate it, or report a bug. Try to always include a page with frequently asked questions. One good idea is to add a YouTube video about your gadget on the website to show what it can do.

Posted by Stefan Van Damme, Gadget Developer

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File-Finding in Google Docs: Advanced Search Operators

Some advanced search operators for Google Docs

Type of document – type:{spreadsheet,presentation,document}

Phrase (use quotes) – e.g. “drive the car”

Exclusion of an item (use the minus sign) – e.g. white socks -baseball

Time of item editing – before:YYYY-MM-DD, after:YYYY-MM-DD

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Hidden or starred items – is:starred, is:hidden

Items shared with others or shared with you –,

By subject (or word in subject) – subject:INSERTSUBJECTHERE

By title (or word in title) – title: INSERTITLEHERE

Either-or function – e.g. bison OR buffalo

These operators are entered into the search box on your Google Docs page. You can sometimes string these functions together. For example, if you wanted to find a file you have that was made last year, shared with your boss, and was about sports, you could enter: before:2010-01-01 subject:sports.

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Google Docs Gets a New Research Tool

Google Docs Gets a New Research Tool

Written by: Abhijeet Mukherjee on Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

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If you are creating a report or composing a document on a particular topic using Google Docs, chances are that you switch to Google search often in the search of material like images, blog posts and quotes. Google Docs has now introduced a new Research tool that’ll aid you in fetching these material without the need to leave Google Docs’ interface.

The Research Tool appears in the form of a sidebar whenever you open a new document in Google Docs. It can also be accessed via the Tool menu in the nav bar.


There’s a Google search bar right on top that gives you 3 search options:





When you hover the mouse pointer over any search result, it shows 3 options: Preview, Insert Link and Cite, each of these being self-explanatory.


The following screenshot shows how it quickly pulls up the web page in a concise format when you click on the preview link.


Overall, a helpful tool for Google Docs users.

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Google Launches Knowledge Graph, a Significant Change in SERPs

Google Launches Knowledge Graph, a Significant Change in SERPsWritten by: Abhijeet Mukherjee on Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012Posted to: GoogleAdd a comment…Google has been drawing a lot of flak in the past few months for cluttering its search result pages SERPs with results from Google+ and also for not being able to provide quality results on the first page of the results which is where the best results should be. Google was never silent and it kept rolling out all kinds of updates and algorithm changes.If you remember, sometime back I wrote an article on Google’s upcoming search changes which hinted that Google would be providing more information and direct answers on its SERPs. Google has now announced that change officially and it’s called Knowledge Graph.knowledge-graph1First things first, the change currently applies to search queries that are about things, people and places, which in Google’s words could be “landmarks, celebrities, cities, sports teams, buildings, geographical features, movies, celestial objects, works of art and more.” As you see in the screenshot above, Google will try to figure out the exact person, thing or place you want to know about and displays more information about that on its sidebar.Google will also display summaries on the sidebar that instantly inform about important facts. The suggestions of similar searches are included in the summaries too.knowledge-graph2knowledge-graph3Overall, as the name ‘Knowledge Graph’ suggests, the change intends to present a deeper insight into a search query, other than just presenting the links to other websites which is what Google had been doing all these years. So Google has finally made its move to a ‘knowledge engine’ from a search engine, and it’ll be interesting to see where it goes from here. What do you say?

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