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Google is adding special health-related information to its search results. Given that 5% of Google searches are health related, this should benefit a huge number of people.
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A great initiative by google but just to bring to your notice, a software company has developed an application specifically for doctor's and patient's instant communication i.e. tell the application about the symptoms you have and the relevant doctor calls you up within few minutes. 

It's a United Kingdom based company and is launching the application initially for the US & UK markets i.e. where internet connectivity is not an issue.

The above mentioned company is trying to get in touch with the decision makers of technical leaders like Google, Yahoo, Apple etc as this application can be easily spread by any one of the above.

Now the question is that who out of all the big names will get the opportunity to spread the application?
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Pop history quiz: who uttered these words?

"We think that when someone dear to us dies,
we think that when we lose an election,
we think that when we suffer a defeat,
that all is ended.
We think, as T.R. said, that the light had left his life forever.
Not true.

It's only a beginning, always.
The young must know it.
The old must know it.
It must always sustain us.
Because the greatness comes,
not when things go always good for you,
but the greatness comes -- and you're really tested --
when you take some knocks,
some disappointments,
when sadness comes.
Because only if you've been in the deepest valley
can you ever know how magnificent it is
to be on the highest mountain.

And so I say to you on this occasion:
we leave,
we leave proud of the people have who stood by us
and worked for us and served this country.
We want you to be proud of what you've done.
We want you to continue to serve in government
if that is your wish.

Always give your best.
Never get discouraged.
Never be petty.

Always remember: others may hate you.
But those who hate you don't win unless you hate them.
And then, you destroy yourself.

And so, we leave with high hopes,
in good spirit,
and with deep humility,
and with very much gratefulness in our hearts."
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Ben Bradlee was a legend who exemplified the power of a free press!
Ben Bradlee’s gift for leadership and zest for journalism — and life — made him the most celebrated editor of his era. He directed The Post’s coverage of Watergate, which resulted in the only resignation of a president in U.S. history.
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This is an amazing concept and the folks at thingCHARGER are going the extra mile to do it right. I can't wait to get mine once they start production! They announced today that they're launching a second Indiegogo funding campaign. Check it out!
"A clever, beautiful design unlike anything we've seen before. Use a smartphone/tablet? Must Have!"
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Brilliant!

"You finished second grade
I hope you can tell
If you're 'doing good'
or 'doing well'"!

The graphic design and animation by Jarrett Heather is quite impressive. I like the graphic that goes with the line "Irony is not coincidence".
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Agreed.  It's the video that makes Word Crimes a pure delight.
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Wow, X Windows is turning 30!
 
The X.Org Foundation is proud to announce a special birthday: 30 years ago, on 19 June 1984, Bob Scheifler announced the X Window System.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X11#Introduction

Over these 30 years, X has come to be the base for Unix desktops everywhere. With desktop environments such as GNOME, KDE, XFCE, Unity, Enlightenment, millions of users are using X as the underlying technology today.

The X developers have pushed the boundaries and moved X from a system originally written to run on the CPU of a VAX VS100 to one that runs the GUI on today's laptops with 3D rendering capabilities. Indeed, X predates the concept of a Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) as we currently know it, and even the company that popularized this term in 1999, Nvidia.

X continues to see improvements and despite its long service record, it will stay with us for a while longer.

And in case you're wondering, X predates:
* Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Solaris, Microsoft Windows
* POSIX, C89, C99, C++, Java
* the World Wide Web
* the GPL and the FSF

X was one of the first major open source software projects, years before the terms Free Software and Open Source Software were commonplace. Celebrate with us, for without X, the desktop would not be what it is today.

- The X.Org Board of Directors
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#TIL  that Aimee Mann has teamed up with Ted Leo to form a new musical group called "The Both". They are apparently selling an album of the same name. And it's even on Google Play Music All Access!
The official website of The Both (Aimee Mann + Ted Leo) pre-order their album NOW!
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This is incredible! Congratulations to all those responsible for this remarkable achievement! From the news story:

"12 November 2014
ESA’s Rosetta mission has soft-landed its Philae probe on a comet, the first time in history that such an extraordinary feat has been achieved.

Rosetta was launched on 2 March 2004 and travelled 6.4 billion kilometres through the Solar System before arriving at the comet on 6 August 2014.

Deployment was confirmed at 09:03 GMT (10:03 CET) at a distance of 22.5km from the centre of the comet. During the seven-hour descent, which was made without propulsion or guidance, Philae took images and recorded information about the comet’s environment."

It's going to be exciting to start getting the science back from the Philae probe now that it has landed on the comet's surface! Note that the comet is currently a distance of 510 million kilometers from Earth -- that's ~28 light minutes.
ESA’s Rosetta mission has soft-landed its Philae probe on a comet, the first time in history that such an extraordinary feat has been achieved.
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Is it just a coincidence that "V" and "B" are located next to each other on the standard QWERTY keyboard? The letters sound very similar, and when exchanged for each other in some words produce near-homonyms. Consider:

jibe vs. jive
curb vs. curve

Any others?
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A fascinating article on Russia's "mortality crisis", which until reading this I had not been aware even existed.
 
Hope springs eternal.
Sometime in 1993, after several trips to Russia, I noticed something bizarre and disturbing: people kept dying.
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Anyone who thinks racism is no longer an issue in America really needs to read this article. The evidence of economic and other disparities based on race alone are overwhelming!

NOT YET OVERCOME - http://huff.to/1qxqhVq
On July 2, 1964, the Civil Rights Act was signed into law, officially banning discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. It also ended racial segregation in schools, at the workplace and in general public facilities. ...
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Richard Thompson is releasing a new CD, "Acoustic Classics", sometime this July (the WSJ piece says July 8th, but I've seen July 22nd elsewhere). The new album will contain acoustic versions of some of Thompson's own classic songs. Here's the version of "I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight". This reminds me somewhat of the live version recorded on his album "The Chrono Show" (released in 2004).
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I'm a computer scientist and software engineer living in San Francisco.
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    Computer Science, 1985 - 1991
  • Princeton University
    Computer Science, 1981 - 1985
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My wife and I really enjoyed our lunch here. She especially liked the spicy Emerald Ramen noodle soup. The decor is nothing fancy, but the wait staff were very friendly, and the process are quite reasonable. We'll definitely be back!
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