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The US just had its first measles death since 2003

We started 2015 with one of the worst measles outbreaks in recent history, which originated at Disneyland in California. And today, the US just recorded its first measles death in a dozen years.
The woman contracted the virus while at a health facility in Washington state.
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This is so unnecessary. I recall being glad that my California schools provided vaccinations when I was a kid. Now California is leading the nation in numbers of cases of measles (but has recently become the 3rd state to impose mandatory vaccinations). 
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Guess I'd better go home. :(
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+Jeffry Johnston Shhh! Don't give it away. :-) 
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So... Oracle and friends have successfully managed to get the Federal Circuit to recreate the story of the Tower of Babel in the software industry. There's another little biblical quote they may want to think about:

"Live by sword, die by the sword"

I wonder if their lawyers asked the developers how software is written, because Oracle has plenty of re-implemented APIs in their own software that is now considered possible to own. Thanks to Disney, copyrights can last well over a hundred years, so the earliest APIs of the 1960s and 1970s are now owned by someone. Those someones can now get decades of damages awarded.
U.S. Supreme Court refuses to consider software fight between tech giants Google and Oracle, follows advice of Obama administration
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In light of Apple's recent policy changes, here's a graphical asset iOS developers can use to replace historical flags and symbols!

(Vector available here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9Y3lDl4VYXKejlQVnJoeE5STFE/view)
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Google is doing it now too I think :(
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It's looking like Apple has pulled everything from the App Store that features a Confederate flag, regardless of context. The reasoning Apple is sending developers is "...because it includes images of the confederate flag used in offensive and mean-spirited ways."
[appicon]If you've been watching the news recently, you'll know of the huge debate in the U.S over the role of the Confederate flag in contemporary America. Many see it as a reminder of the many pre-Civil War injustices while others see it simply as a way to honor the soldiers who died fo
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Thanks! Spent way too much time on that for a Friday afternoon.
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Forty-nine percent of entrepreneurs surveyed reported at least one mental health condition. Nearly a third reported having two or more mental health issues, such as ADHD, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety or substance use conditions. And half of the entrepreneurs who reported no mental-health conditions identified themselves as coming from families with a history of mental illness.
New research finds mental illnesses are common among entrepreneurs, and actually help them succeed.
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An earlier study done in England found that artists, writers, and poets were 35 times more likely to seek treatment for serious mental disorders or disturbances in mood. All artists studied were members of the Royal Academy, the highest award that can be bestowed on a painter. All the poets had received the Queen's Gold Medal, and the playwrights had received either the New York or London critics' award. The group was almost 90% male, and overwhelmingly Protestant-- a group very unlikely to seek medical attention for emotional complaints. Seems like they fall broadly into the entrepreneur category. 
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Saying its doors were open to anyone with hate in their heart, sources at non-denominational terrorist group Universal Soldiers of Vengeance told reporters Friday that the organization welcomes radicals of all faiths. “Unlike other terror groups that can be too narrow and dogmatic, we encourage our members to use whichever religious justification they most identify with when indiscriminately slaughtering scores of innocent people,” said USOV spokesman Rahman Hasemian, who noted that the group is open to perpetrating massacres in the name of God, Allah, Buddha, Krishna, or dozens of other deities.
DAMASCUS—Saying its doors were open to anyone with hate in their heart, sources at non-denominational terrorist group Universal Soldiers of Vengeance told reporters Friday that the organization welcomes radicals of all faiths.
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Welcome to the Babelization of the software industry

"Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech." —Genesis 11:7

The effects of this ruling will reach far past Google and Java. This creates an environment where compatibility itself is illegal. WINE uses the Windows APIs, Linux re-implements thousands of APIs. Microsoft has certainly copied many APIs as well, opening them to a raft of lawsuits none have ever considered.
 
Not a good day for Google's legal team. 
Google had hoped the U.S. Supreme Court would appeal its $1 billion case with Oracle over copyrighted Java code. No such luck.
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+Maxx Daymon - Indeed it was. It was the kind of ruling that should have been a Supreme Court ruling, setting a good precedent, and explaining the reasons well enough than a non-programmer could understand it.
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Back in the day, every question mark block, goomba, and mushroom was sketched out by hand.
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What, you might ask, could be more outrageous than the United States Department of Justice issuing a questionable subpoena targeting speech protected by the First Amendment, and then abusing the courts to prohibit journalists from writing about it?
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What's more outrageous? That laws exist that grant them this power.
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"In Boston town, of old renown, the gentle cows the pathways made, which grew the streets that keep the stranger quite dismayed."

In software this is often referred to as "paving the cow path" and is both an admonishment and recommendation. It is also known as a desire path, desire line, social trail, goat track, pig trail or bootleg trail. Anyone with an formal education in architecture or human-computer interaction should be familiar with the concept (formalization around the concept is about a century old, with informal recognition dating back centuries), as well as the advantages and disadvantages of blindly following this design approach.

The overall lesson is that designs created out of short term thinking may have serious long term consequences. For example, in nature, there have been cases of great ecological costs for the sake of convenience and, in software paved paths can result in overly complex or inflexible solutions.

Pay close attention to the cowpaths that emerge, but avoid blindly following them. It could be that the cowpath is an only slightly less horrible design than the one you came up with, and the better answer is entirely different from either.
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I love me my desire paths...
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