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Support for ActiveX has been discontinued in Microsoft Edge, and that includes removing support for Silverlight.

http://blogs.windows.com/msedgedev/2015/07/02/moving-to-html5-premium-media/
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What's the emoji code for perplexed on the quality of this study?
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A Lego professor could soon be in post at Cambridge University after funding of £2.5m was provided to further research children's development through play.
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Dear world

About half of emails are read on a smartphone. Please make your emails mobile-friendly and please make the links in these emails reach a mobile-friendly site. 

KTHXBAI.

If you want data:
1. http://www.adestra.com/resources/top-10-email-clients/
2. http://www.emailmonday.com/mobile-email-usage-statistics
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My kid's schools send emails in pdf and doc format. So annoying.

Now, an app that automatically converts doc and pdf in emails into readable email text would be nice, especially if there was an option to do this only for specific problem mailers!
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This is awesome. The Shreddies example is priceless!

http://www.ted.com/talks/rory_sutherland_life_lessons_from_an_ad_man?language=en
Advertising adds value to a product by changing our perception, rather than the product itself. Rory Sutherland makes the daring assertion that a change in perceived value can be just as satisfying as what we consider “real” value — and his conclusion has interesting consequences for how we look at life.
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OMG combo pack! I don't know whether to laugh or cry...
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Is everything we eat associated with cancer?

Turns out the answer is... depends how you do the study, and you'll read too much into your weak data, and the press will overhype it.

Or as the academic put it... Associations with cancer risk or benefits have been claimed for most food ingredients. Many single studies highlight implausibly large effects, even though evidence is weak. Effect sizes shrink in meta-analyses.

Here: http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/97/1/127.long

And if you want a cheeky website about the topic: http://kill-or-cure.herokuapp.com
 Next Section Abstract Background: Nutritional epidemiology is a highly prolific field. Debates on associations of nutrients with disease risk are common in the literature and attract attention in public media. Objective: We aimed to examine the conclusions, statistical significance, and reproducibility in the literature on associations between specific foods and cancer risk. Design: We selected 50 common ingredients from random recipes in a co...
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希望google可以幫我維修管理
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An update on Pierre

Starting next week, I'll be switching jobs at Google. Full details:

https://www.pierrefar.com/blog/wta-pm

And while you're here: thank you all, dear follower and commentators, for the wonderful past few years!
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Nope, but it's a very cool project!
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You mean you connect to a computer you know nothing about, download arbitrary code, over an untrusted network, and then run this code on your machine?

I keep thinking how in the future we'd explain how the internet worked back in 2015. Every time I get stuck because the only sensible response a future audience will have is what I wrote above. Yet this is exactly how the internet works today over HTTP. The only solution really is transport layer security, aka TLS, which is what HTTPS does.

I wrote about this last year [1], and many sites big and small are moving to HTTPS. Some big ones if you want more convincing are the New York Times [2], Reddit [3], and yesterday the Washington Post [4].

[1] https://www.pierrefar.com/blog/https-website-owners

[2] http://open.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/11/13/embracing-https/  
[3] http://www.redditblog.com/2014/09/hell-its-about-time-reddit-now-supports.html

[4] https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2015/06/30/washington-post-starts-to-automatically-encrypt-part-of-web-site-for-visitors/
Visits to homepage, National security section, and the Switch to use https starting Tuesday.
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+Ammon Johns What HTTPS does is ensure that the website is who it claims to be, and that the data cannot be tampered with in transit.

Whether you trust the site or not is another matter. Also, the browser sandbox is the major reason why the web is secure when downloading and executing code.
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I think it's time to call it quits on user-agent sniffing. 

http://blogs.windows.com/msedgedev/2015/06/17/building-a-more-interoperable-web-with-microsoft-edge/

Was never a good idea, and will only become worse as an idea going forward. Test for features on the client, don't guess on the server.

Why? Let's look at what Microsoft needed to do to get the new rendering engine to work on most sites. This is the new UA string:

Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/42.0.2311.135 Safari/537.36 Edge/12.10136

See how many different rendering engines you can count.
Over the past year the Microsoft Edge team has been hard at work on a new browser engine that will be better than ever at correctly, quickly, and reliably rendering the Web. As a user, your favorite web sites will just work, and as a web developer, you will find that Microsoft Edge should just... <a href="http://blogs.windows.com/msedgedev/2015/06/17/building-a-more-interoperable-web-with-microsoft-edge/" class="read-more">Read more</a>
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+Martin Oxby , +Igor Puschner: read up on IE Edge :)

+John Mueller  Client-side capability detection is still the way to go!
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If you're a geek with kids, or if you're just a geek, I'll leave this here....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhn-RzMELhY

It all started by the awesome SMBC: http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3304

Now you know the answer the next time a kid wonders about a little star.
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Well if you put it that way.... 

From the Mission in SF last weekend.
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Mmmmm...bacon.
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This one is epic. Gives you a fever just watching it!

And actually watch it. The acting is funny.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5tNq1_0EEE
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+Ammon Johns Yes. I always look up the singers and the band because they're all so darn good. Great way to find new interesting things to listen to.

Find the ones with Miche Braden. Her voice is awesome.
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