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The Microsoft Solitaire Premium Edition is $1.50 a month or $10 per year.
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Some unspeakably dimwitted internal think tank is obviously pushing the whole corp this way - Office 365, the rumours about the "next" version of Windows being an endless subscription model, etc. 
They seem to be oblivious to the fact that this is at best a short-term strategy. People will get sick of this pretty quickly. Pecked to death by ducks.
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A new kind of computer memory that is up to 1,000 times faster than flash storage is to go on sale in 2016, helping scientists and games developers alike.
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Economic interdependence -> fewer wars.

https://twitter.com/MaxCRoser/status/617610964456898560
“Europe's long-term history of war. Worth thinking about when talking about the EU.”
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A homeless man who turned in a suitcase stuffed with money he found on a street in a Victoria-area suburb won't accept the thousands of dollars that has been raised for him.

Police asked the man to sleep on it, but the next day, he confirmed in writing his desire for the funds to be donated, insisting to RCMP officers that all he wants is a job.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/homeless-man-who-turned-in-2k-refuses-fundraising-cash-1.3127636
A homeless man who turned in a suitcase stuffed with money he found on a street in a Victoria area suburb says he won't accept the thousands of dollars raised for him.
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Poutine à la Watson.  (I for one welcome our new robochef overlord.)

http://www.engadget.com/2015/06/20/cooking-with-watson-peruvian-potato-poutine/?ncid=rss_truncated
'Cognitive Cooking with Chef Watson' is a collaboration between IBM and the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City. Once a week, as part of an
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This could become interesting if it offers major performance  improvements over JavaScript.

http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2015/06/the-web-is-getting-its-bytecode-webassembly/
The next step in the evolution of JavaScript and asm.js is to do away with both of them.
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I agree, though I remain skeptical that MS will ultimately want to play ball -- I think they still view the web as competition for desktop apps, and by extension, Windows itself (they are probably correct - if all the apps you want run in a browser, why would you pay more for a Windows license than you could pay for an entire Chromebook?).
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Grandpa brought home a souvenir from WWII.

A contractor working in a Coquitlam home made a potentially explosive discovery earlier this week — a Second World War era bomb sitting loosely in a closet.

An investigation revealed that the home owner's late grandfather was a retired member of the Royal Canadian Air Force.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/world-war-ii-era-bomb-found-in-coquitlam-closet-1.3173124
Coquitlam Mounties called upon after receiving an unusual report of a bomb found in a closet.
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Five drone hobbyists thought it would be a great idea to fly their machines over a California freeway on fire. They ended up hampering responders' firefighting efforts.
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This is the bit that struck me as most on point when I watched the first episode on Sunday night:  More than ever before, college students may be learning skills that are on the verge of being obsoleted by technology.

Their teenage daughter Mattie, meanwhile, wants nothing to do with Anita and seems to be going through an existential crisis about what synths will mean for her future. While today's generation of college graduates are dealing with crippling debt and an unstable financial market, young adults of tomorrow might have to face a world where their skill set will be practically obsolete by the time they enter the work force.

http://www.engadget.com/2015/06/30/amc-humans-review/
Early on in AMC's newest sci-fi show, Humans, a teenager wonders aloud if there's any point in going to college and spending years training to be a neuro
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We have nearly advanced to the point where there is no reason to train any job skill except for technology, as most jobs can be done by machines.  If you don't like technology stick to skills that should be hard for a robot, maybe a plumber or electrician.
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Not cool, Oracle.

Starting this month, users who install or update Oracle’s Java software will be prompted to make Yahoo their browser’s default search engine and home page.

http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2015/06/24/yahoo-tries-to-hook-search-users-via-java-updates/
Yahoo may soon add users to its search engine without their even noticing.
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+David Archer ...but that's a very low bar to clear.  "Yahoo!  Less repugnant than Ask.com."
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Still not quite as bad as windows but may explain the funny calls I've gotten concerning compromised emails on macs. Keychain attack seems the most usable with url a close second. Keychain calls just scare me and my support calls on me sometimes to take escalations for them. Sadly they don't pay me extra for it. 
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The autonomous vehicles have been in a dozen crashes since 2009, but haven’t caused any of them, the company says in a new report.
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