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Guys, please stop sharing that rumor that Ted Cruz ate a baby once in Canada. There's very little evidence to support it. You're only making things worse.

Although I often see Ted Cruz without a baby, so where IS that baby? SOMEONE must have eaten it, I suppose.

I guess if someone ate a baby in Canada, like Ted Cruz didn't, they'd probably have to leave the country and renounce their citizenship.
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This wins the internet for me today.
““You can use the Apple Watch to pay for groceries at Whole Foods. Simply exchange the watch for up to four items from the salad bar.””
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I love that NonJudgmentalNinja is slowly becoming a thing.
Earlier this week, uber nerd and geek royalty Wil Wheaton posted a link to his blog which introduced the interwebs to Non-Judgmental Ninja. What happened next was magical.
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1. Send people money for even more money
2. Profit!
Super-convenient. Laundry pickup services are expensive and often have long turnaround times. For many folks, the biggest pain point is simply finding enough quarters. Banks have long lines and close early. Grocery and convenience stores aren't always willing to give out more than a few dollars ...
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And this is NOT a piece of performance art?
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I've had mixed feeling about Objective-C .  After writing GUIs in C++ for the better part of two decades I can honestly say that my life probably would have been much better if those GUIs had been done in Objective-C.  I think the thing that makes it superior in this respect was that it promotes more loosely coupled frameworks than C++ or Java.  But in that past decade newer languages have learned all it tricks without the syntactic cruft and yes syntax does matter.  

So I'm somewhat glad to see Swift.  Apple made a number of language design choices that I like.  It would have been nice to see them promote an existing  language but I guess I understand wanting to design something that worked well with the existing Obj-C frameworks.  I just hope we see an open standard so that others can build compilers for it.  
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Of course in typical Apple fashion they walked all over and existing language. http://swift-lang.org/ 
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So I have this new toy.  I'm still learning how to use it.  
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I might do the chess pieces but I have some other projects I working on first.
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Ooooh, this is my new favorite website. It's a list of all the currently active space-robots that we have exploring the solar system (and beyond).
Current information on the scientific probes sent into deep space by human beings of planet Earth
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Test results indicate that the RF resonant cavity thruster design, which is unique as an electric propulsion device, is producing a force that is not attributable to any classical electromagnetic phenomenon and therefore is potentially demonstrating an interaction with the quantum vacuum virtual plasma. 
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Yes, if it does not turn out to be some sort of measurement error like the faster than light neutrinos.
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John produces some good games.  Give his new one a try.
 
Please share! PLEEEEEEEASE!
All the great time-wasting fun of Tappy Tank, but free!At first it seems qu...
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These guys http://polar3d.com/ I saw them at the Cinci maker fair last year and got on their mailing list so I got one of the Beta models.  The nice thing for me is that they are local. The couple of times I've had a question or issue I've been able to go by their office.  They have been very helpful.  

The thing that I like about is that it's mechanically simpler than the XY axis printers.
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Random Google Street View - teleport to a random place in the world.

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A federal appeals court nullified key provisions of the FCC's net neutrality rules, opening the door today to a Wild West-style of internet

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Video: Fly Over Mars Without Leaving Home - D-brief | DiscoverMagazine.com
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The Mars Express orbiter, run by the European Space Agency, has released an amazing flyover animation of the Red Planet.

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Missed opportunities and gaps in data will have consequences for years to come

OSM: Spatial Manipulation Toy
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John le Carré: the spies who lost it - Telegraph
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30 abandoned places that look truly beautiful.
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WikiHouse's DIY kits are the open-source way to build a house (Wired UK)
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Finally, an electric bike that doesn't look like a failed high school science experiment. But at what cost?

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