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Google dangles $70m before new CFO to lure her from Wall Street

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No judgement on Ms. Porat's abilities, but ...

hmmm. I'm having a hard time reconciling the idea that in Capitalist markets a thing or service is worth what others will pay for it and the reality that there are only 24 hours in a day, human meat sacks can only do so much work*, and that there are many many people likely equally as bright and talented who are working for a tiny fraction of that amount, if they are fortunate enough to be employed. Yay for Google that they have the vast stockpiles of lucre to poach talent, but still, this doesn't seem right in the big picture. (Although I am hard-pressed to offer an alternative beyond schemes by which the top of the pyramid may only earn some multiple of what is earned by the broom-pushers at the bottom and if the top dogs want a raise everyone else down the food chain has to get a similar increase. And that scheme is not perfect, either, as top dogs connive to get benefits that are exempt and so on.)

* Except Chuck Norris, of course, in whose presence labor measurement devices tremble.

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Facebook welcomes THINGS to its network with Parse IoT push

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Oh.

So people won't be able to "like" my coffeepot on fecebook? Shame. Or is that in the next iteration?

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Tennessee sues FCC: Giving cities free rein to provide their own broadband is 'unlawful'

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"Don't tread on me" applies to ME, not you.

I love how many 'Merkin states get their panties in a wad about "federal interference" yet happily inflict their own brands of interference on their respective municipalities. Pot, kettle.

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Ford: Our latest car gizmo will CHOKE OFF your FUEL if you're speeding

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visibility -v- illumination [was: My wife's car has automatic headlights.]

re: "If you need to be seen, sidelights.

If you need to see, headlights.

If you "don't notice" for several hundred yards, chances are you don't "need" headlights, as such."

Unless you're on a bicycle, in which case Officer Friendly WILL get on your case if it is dark and you do not have a headlight regardless of how well lit the area is with streetlights. Although in my experience bicyclist can be well in the bike lane and lit up like a bleedin' holiday tree and some driver with a misguided sense of entitlement will still claim "didn't see the bicyclist, shouldn't have been on a road for CARS". If this "see the sign, obey the sign" technology can be tweaked to force drivers to either pass bicyclists with at least 36" clearance, or to slow down behind the cyclist until such passing distance is available, that'd be a step in the right direction. Downvoters from the "I have to be somewhere, I can not be held up behind a bicyclist" camp might consider that not all bicyclists are out spaffing around any more than all drivers are out joyriding. Happy trails, all.

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Can your code survive crappy 2G? This open-source traffic controller will test it

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Back when I was a boy ....

We assumed everyone would be on dialup and built for decent download/ performance at that speed, and those on a fat pipe got our pages screaming fast. Yeah, yeah, the internet's growed up a bit since then but the same principal applies, dunnit? Build lean and mean for the slowest connexion and take the faster-connexion performance as bonus gravy.

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Cops cuff Colorado girl for allegedly poisoning mum after iPhone ban

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Paris Hilton

Her name's not Veruca, is it?

"Don't care how, I want it NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW"

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You – yes, YOU – can now 3D print your very own Paul McCartney

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dashboard tat

I don't care if it rains or freezes, I had me my plastic Jesus

Sitting on the dashboard of my car.

'Til thief broke in and stole him smartly, now I got me Paul McCartney ....

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Watchdog slaps American Apparel's youthful naked arse

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They're just now getting on American Apparel's case?

Rather late to the party, aren't they? AA's "cheeky" adverts have been their trademark since almost Day 1 and their product catalogues similarly push the envelope.

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Bride legs it from wedding after groom proves unable to add up

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Clown was "Pennywise"

If we are going to run this allegory into the dirt, Pennywise would certainly represent the eeevil of short-sighted manglement, er, management ("The Mangler" was another Stephen King story) that insist on going cheap cheap cheap and then wondering why the whole network seems possessed. IIRC only silver (a decent budget) could stop the beast that was Pennywise's alter ego. (Caveat: I read the book many many snows ago, and the made-for-teevee movie was entirely disappointing.)

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Re: Eh?

The joke for awhile about the idea of Mexican "Reconquista" of the south and southwest U.S. was sure, you can have Texas back but you have to take George "Mission Accomplished" Bush too.

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"intellectual destitution" -- bravo!

Is it stealing if I let you know aforehand that this phrase may appear above my name in another time and place later?

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LOHAN chap compiles 'tenner a week' cookbook

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Dumpster diving, yes or no?

Is dumpster diving (free!) or other hunting/ gathering/ scavenging/ active procurement (using the dandelion greens from ones yard, picking fallen fruit from neighbors' trees, game hunting) cheating?

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'Just a kid' Zuck's word is his bond ... but NOT in his backyard, lawsuit claims

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mission accomplished

By now Voskerician is quite well-known to "[Zuckerberg's] connections, his friends, clients of Facebook and others that [he] knew to be influential".

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Well.That.Sucks: New rude dot-word sparks outrage

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dibs on 'really.sucks'

and I'll rent out subdomains for a, ahem, reasonable consideration.

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We have no self-control: America's most powerful men explain why they're scared of email

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Re: Luddites?

Somehow I got on Senator McCain's newsletter email list, so someone on his payroll is putting his words to pixels and sending 'em out. I guess if he's gone this many years without using it, and he has staff to field emailed constituent queries, there's pro'ly no point in his taking it up now. This doesn't explain the twaddle usage (because THAT's totally foolproof, oy!) but consistency is for cake batter, not politicians.

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Would YOU touch-type on this chunk-tastic keyboard?

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Re: Cost / Benefit (cons / pros)

Hi, Nigel: Good point. Do we know how this might compare to, as another commentard mentioned above, doing surveys with clipboards and pens? Genuinely curious, since I'm having a difficult time thinking who would use one of these enough to justify the cost aside from survey-takers, nursing staff, and others whose clipboard is part of the uniform. Neat idea, but might be a solution in search of a problem?

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Shove off, ugly folk, says site for people who love themselves

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Re: "polluting the gene pool"

Funny thing, though, is that the work of even the most skilled plastic surgeons does not transmit to offspring. So one could argue that people on this site who owe their beauty to silicone and surgery could be doing a disservice to the "gene pool"; imagine the horror in the delivery room when the product of two "beautiful people" turns out to be very very different and then there's some 'splainin to do (as the attending nurses try to suppress their laughter).

Take or leave my dog's breakfast looks but at least they's honest dog's breakfast looks. :^)

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Re: Three things come to mind here

The old Charles Addams "Is there someone else, Narcissus?" cartoon also leaps to mind -- http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-PHVP8f4nIxM/UCS0n2Yf5vI/AAAAAAAAARU/QdJpkyFVJyI/s980/SH838.jpg

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Storm in a K-Cup: My SHAME over the eco-monster I created, says coffee pod inventor

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Not sure why people do not just use an espresso machine instead.

Similar principal, at least for the "home user" models -- heated water, forced as steam through coffee grounds, one cup at a time. User can control the coffee (brand, amount), the metal filter-cup thingie is reusable (just dump the spent grounds in the compost bin), and for basic home espresso machines, the prices are comparable. Silly rabbits.

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Ikea to start making electrified furniture. What could possibly go wrong?

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15th April is tax day in Amurka, interesting choice of release date.

After spending too many hours (or days) punching an adding machine, breaking pencils, and wading through forms, schedules, attachments, instructions, et cetera, 'Merkins will collectively decide that what they REALLY needed this tax season was a wireless charging station doo-dad thingie affixed to the dining room table that is buried somewhere under a mountain of tax-related papers (I know it's there, I can see the legs between the paper and the floor) and will thus stampede to the mall after dropping the tax returns in the mail in order to spend their anticipated tax refunds on just such a necessity. Not the most unreasonable marketing hypothesis I've heard.

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Watch out hipster nerds – Granny Beskind's behind you!

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Go Granny, go, Granny, go, Granny, go!

Nice to see the Beach Boys' Little Old Lady from Pasadena is alive, well, and raising cane, albeit a little further north of Colorado Boulevard. Curious to know what's replaced her her four speed stick and her four-twenty-six shiny red Super-Stock Dodge.

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Reckon YOU can write better headlines than us? Great – apply within

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You really need a southwest desert bureau,

if only to compare and contrast Silicon Valley with a silicon- dusted valley. Also, it'd give y'all an expense-able reason to be somewhere not snowing in January, gotta' check in with the southwestern flank. :^D

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RIP Leonard Nimoy: He lived long and prospered

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_In Search Of..._ teevee series

Leonard hosted the _In Search Of..._ teevee series during, ahhh, the 1970s here in Amurka and I would watch it religiously. I'm sure that if I were to watch it now with "adult" eyes I'd think it kinda' corny, but watching a discussion of killer bees moving northward, of whether spontaneous human combustion is possible, et cetera was interesting enough to this young 'un. Good works and a good heart; you will be sorely missed, my friend.

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BOFH: The ONE-NINE uptime solution

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Badges?

re: "all the plastic in the badges (with a vendor name no-one can remember any more) have started to discolour"

"Badges? We ain't got no badges. We don' need no badges. I don' have to show you any steenkin' badges!"

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How good a techie are you? Objective about yourself and your skills?

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Asking questions and being concerned about outcomes

puts you light years ahead of most of the herd, as others have noted above. If your skills are lacking in some area or other, I am sure others in the association will let you know and advise on how to correct this deficiency (if they are in fact interested in having quality members and not just on fattening their membership rosters). As the man said, "Swing the bat and run like hell; if it's a foul ball someone will tell you."

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Love rats show sex while drunk will sober you up, say boffins

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No surprise here

re: "they found that the [oxytocin "cuddle chemical"] reduces both consumption and cravings -- not only in rats, but also in humans"

So, if one is getting enough boudoir action to have elevated oxytocin levels, the need to escape into a bottle is reduced. Who'd 'a thought?

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Ready to fill out your US taxes? Cool. Got ObamaCare? Not so fast

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And they wonder why we're not totally on board with this.

For those keeping score at home, we have: healthcare.gov can not find its ass with both hands and a map, insurance companies are losing customer data left and right, and now the tax forms are screwed up. And this was supposed to be BETTER than universal single-payer show-your-ID-at-the-doc's-and-you're-good healthcare? If anyone's lost a B-Ark, I think it's in Washington.

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Yahoo! Boffins! Improve! Face! Search!

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Pass the allswell ....

Am I the only one here who saw this headline + the "Snapchat wants $19 BEEELLION for your selfies" one and thought paranoid thoughts?

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First HSBC, now the ENTIRE PUBLIC SECTOR dodges tax

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Flat tax? [was: Two things]

re: "I say 20% on everything and damn the torpedoes"

Some unsolicited advice from the sunset side of the pond: every so often someone reintroduces the idea of replacing the epic tomes of U.S. tax law with a "flat tax", usually ten percent of income. This certainly sounds good, if only to save folks having to spend so damn much time on tax forms (plus a seemingly unlimited number of schedules, some of which may be applicable but it's not always clear).

However, this idea hits low-income people hardest -- ten percent of poverty-level income could mean the difference between having shelter and homelessness, food or utilities, medical care or ... you get the idea, PLUS there are a handful of credits available to poor, poor with kids, elderly poor, et cetera, and if one starts carving out exceptions ("everyone pays ten percent except those in only these conditions") we all know what happens to the "only these conditions" list and then we're back where we started with forms to prove qualifications and so on. At the other end of the income scale, is ten percent of gargantubucks fair? Perhaps that would ensure more tax actually gets paid than under our current system of credits, exceptions, and whatever else the accountants are paid to gin up, but where exactly the line gets drawn would keep our Congress tied up ... dealing with ... lobbyists for a while. Maybe things are different over there?

Also, a flat tax eliminates the ability for various administrations to encourage/ discourage various behaviours by issuing tax credits (or rescinding them). I am not saying this is good or bad, only pointing it out.

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Boffins now one step closer to male birth control pill

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Re: Hmm

Um, wow. If the honeymoon is over and "maintenance sex" does not appear to be on the table (or the floor or the desk or ...), certainly some couples counselling is in order? If one partner is no longer interested, there must be a reason (age, hormone fluctuation -- including that induced by birth control pills, stress, medical weirdness, tastes changing, &c), yes? Seattle sex advice dispenser Dan Savage -- http://www.thestranger.com/archive/dan-savage,columns -- wrote about this recently in his "Savage Love" column, if anyone wants to take a peek.

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PENGUINS are just TASTELESS, say boffins

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why "serve well chilled" is a warning

re: "taste receptors required for detecting sweet, umami, and bitter tastes are temperature sensitive. They don't work when they get really cold"

Any spiritous beverage wearing a "Serve well chilled" advisory should thus be seen as "tastes like kerosene but without the fine bouquet".

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Microsoft's patchwork falls apart … AGAIN!

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But there is also the security update 3013455

Reportedly fixes a problem related to rendering of TrueType fonts that is exploitable by embedded fonts in websites (at least that's what I infer from MS's information), which is well and good except that certain fonts -- Arial and Courier New in my observation, Times New Roman also reported -- do not get rendered properly and look like I am seeing the internet through an old 640x480 monitor. No, this is not going to halt users in their tracks, but tracking down what exactly happened, rounding up OpenType fonts, and re-setting my browsers and text editors to use these as defaults (which will work as long as I don't visit any websites with a "font-face=arial" tag -- what's the likelihood of that?) until Microsoft issues a fix with the next update was not how I envisioned spending Saint Val's. Not the worst that could have happened given what other patches and updates have done, though.

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STINKY nerds: Sick of horrifying chums with your terrible BO? Nosey Google wants to help

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But does it detect that "just back from smoke break" aroma?

Or those who, by all evidence, swam through a moat of dollar-a-gallon eau de fuqme on the way to work? Or the wondrous breakroom aroma of microwaved casserole de who-knows-what that inevitably wafts throughout the building? Sorry, I think our culture has gone overboard in expecting people -- biological meatsacks -- to have zero aroma, must be the work of the cosmetics industry. (Not that I'm excusing those whose last meeting with a bar of soap was last week, mind.)

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FACEBOOK even from BEYOND the GRAVE: CHOOSE your Legacy

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Condolences.

re: "this is written through distressing, bitter experience"

I'm sorry, peace be unto the departed and serenity unto you.

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Lashed Saudi blogger Raif: Prince Charles has word with new king

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So Saudi deals with accusations of doing bad stuff by ...

doing bad stuff? Huhm, OK.

I am reminded of a discussion some colleagues had recently in which one of my compadres absolutely railed against someone else. The substance of the accusations was correct, but the rest of us didn't think of that, we were too distracted wondering who pissed in my amigo's cornflakes that morning and those present who were new to the issue only took away that my amigo is an asshat.

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Amazing, cool, wow: Humans naturally use POSITIVE words, and that is GOOD

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Re: Here in Michigan there are two kinds of people

UP'ers -- for Upper Peninsula -- pronounced, as indicated above, "YOO-pers". The state of Michigan has two parts, the main "mitten" and the UP that is to the northwest and looks like an appendage of Wisconsin (which it is NOT, I hasten to add; stand down, esteemed Michigander commentards) separating Lakes Michigan and Superior. UP Michigan and mitten Michigan are separated by a bridge that I had cause to discuss with a colleague recently (can not remember why) but that conversation veered to the extremely tasty pierogies and other Russian/Slavic ethnic yummies in the UP.

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Hmmm.

re: "The researchers sourced the words from books, news outlets, social media, websites, television and movie subtitles, and music lyrics. They even collected 100 billion words in tweets."

That may be true (for some value of "true") for the sources used, since there is a sales aspect to all of the above. Life can be a brutal slog, most people "self-medicate" with occasional (or more) doses of happy patter, and capitalist industry steps up to sell the "medicine" (or snake oil, given what passes for entertainment) via books, teevee, social media, movies, et cetera, i.e., the sources reviewed. (Plus there's the "happy people buy more stuff" angle, giving advert-supported media an incentive to pump out happy twaddle as an incentive to keep the advert dollars coming.) When the researchers cull data from bars, support groups, crisis lines, therapists' offices, and other places where people spill their true guts then maybe we'll have something. Having said that, if we didn't have a predisposition to optimism (gullibility?), our species would have taken a hard look at the cost-to-benefit ratio and thrown in the towel a long time ago. [cue: Eric Idle, "Bright Side of Life"]

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You'll NEVER guess who has bought I Taught Taylor Swift How To Give Head dot-com

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Daaaaaammmn.

MarkMonitor has the best job ever: grab some beer, get your buddies around a table, put today's "name that needs protection" on the whiteboard, open said beers, and watch the number of potential "harmful" domain names grow. Multiply by latest number of dot-whatever TLDs. Register the fruit of this brainstorm. Invoice client, while also submitting regretful news that, alas, InsertNameHereLikesItLargeWithVatsOfButterAndOrangeGlitter.com has already been taken, should we summon the lawyers? I am SOOOOO jealous.

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Boy, 16, cuffed after posting selfie with body of kid he allegedly killed

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Re: parents...

Hi, Phil: I read this as the cops were called by the mum of the friend who received the piccie, not by the perp's mum.

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Official: Single people need to LOWER their EXPECTATIONS

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Well, yeah, if the group is small enough that I know everyone in it

(or know of most everyone in it) then I know what my options are and what is realistic to expect (or not). "I can't lie to you about your chances, but... you have my sympathies" -- Ash, _Alien_

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Robot vacuum cleaner EATS WOMAN

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"I DID wash my hair!"

I have no idea how that dust and cat hair got in it, just get the damn vacuum offa' me!

Looking for pocket comb -->

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The Paper Cinema's breathtaking Odyssey comes to London

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Wheeeee!

With too many movie makers defining "good cinema" in terms of explosions per hour, it is wicked cool that such creativity and persistence is still out there. I hope they sell out enough performances that they don't have to have "day jobs" getting in the way of their work.

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Bluetooth-enabled miracle washing orbs? Are you kidding?

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Duuuuuude! I can TALK TO MY SOCKS

when they're in the washing machine!!!

Jeebus, all we need are tiny cameras and lights in their own waterproof spheres for hours of "laundry cam" entertainment.

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Hey kids! If you vote Facebook will give you EXTRA LIKES*

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But do we WANT fecebookers to vote?

Quantity over quality issue, we have a similar discussion at some community meetings.

Q: "How do we get more people to attend?"

A: "Free beer and lap dances. Now, if you want people to actually do something useful ...."

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Plane crash blamed on in-flight SELFIES

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Wasn't that a "Far Side" cartoon?

The film from the deceased's camera showing the pictures taken to be of an annoyed bear from increasingly close distance? Alas, I think some people hold a camera and the brain misinterprets it as a shield of invincibility.

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Four senators call for federal probes into Verizon 'supercookies'

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A colleague on Verizon claims to get phone calls

from people who say "you were just on our website, would you like to take a survey?" They must like abuse, they keep calling despite his responses that can not be printed where children might see.

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LICKED: Behold my TOAD-PROOF ERECTION, boasts Aussie boffin

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So that princess-kissing-a-frog thing

was really a princess kissing a cane toad and hallucinating the transmogrification into a charming prince? Glad that's sorted.

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Japan's death threat hacker collared ... BY A CAT

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No one escapes the long arm of the paw.

Betrayed by double agent Cata Hari.

Sorry, couldn't resist.

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Get off Twitter – and onto Google if you want to find TWITS and tweets

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exclude (source=twitter.com) option?

Twaddle (and the rest of the blithersphere) is not of value for 99% of my work, but could theoretically be useful on occasion (for example, if someone had posted live from a courtroom trial that was closed to on-camera media coverage). For the vast bulk of most of our search efforts, though, there IS a way to exclude results from twaddle, right? Like site!:twitter.com?

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DARPA: We KNOW WHO YOU ARE... by the WAY you MOVE your MOUSE

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Re: How a user handles the mouse could be distinctive and difficult to mimic

And typos -- a former colleague worked for a magazine and could often tell who wrote what by the typos in the text.

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