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The Sunday Times is reporting that Russia and China have cracked the encryption of the [Snowden] computer files.

UK intelligence agents have been moved because Russia and China can read files stolen by a US whistleblower, a senior government source has told the BBC.
UK agents have been moved because Russia and China have information from files stolen by whistleblower Edward Snowden, a government source says.
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Pronunciation of "homage": It seems that for a long time Americans pronounced the "h" in the word "homage". Then in the 1960s the trend quickly changed and by the 1980s Americans were more likely than not to drop the "h". I wonder if anything notable caused the shift, or whether it was just due to the random modification and evolution of language.
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Here is Georg Pencz's painting "Portrait of a young man", 1544. Codpiece aside, the most striking thing to me is how much the subject resembles Mark Zuckerberg.
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I took this photo yesterday. That circular rainbow around the sun is not a camera artifact. It is actually a pretty spectacular halo that filled a large part of the sky yesterday afternoon in Mountain View. I had not seen this type of atmospheric phenomenon before.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/22%C2%B0_halo
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I like this pic. Spectacular!
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Is the dress blue-and-black or white-and-gold?

Interestingly, when I first saw the photo it was clearly white-and-gold. However, looking at it again 30 mins later it appeared blue-and-black.

I suspect it has to do with how we internally white balance the photo. We quickly interpret the light area of the dress as either "blue" or "white" and everything else then follows (the dark area will either be black or gold respectively). It's hard to change that choice at will, so we're convinced of our interpretation.

And, for what it's worth, in reality the dress is likely blue and black, but I don't think that matters since we could have set up an identical shot using a white-and-gold dress and a different light bulb instead. www.amazon.co.uk/Roman-Womens-Detail-Bodycon-Dress/dp/B00SJEUIME

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IS it wierd that I think that the dress is most definitely blue and gold??
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Fun to see an Amiga still put to good use. 1MB RAM, 7.16Mhz Motorola 68000 CPU, 1200 baud modem. It has been running 19 schools HVAC system for the past few decades.
Think the Windows XP workstation you use at the office is ancient? It doesn't hold a candle next to what the Grand Rapids Public School district is using
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Someone should replace that computer with a Linux PC. That'll save them the costs.
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Unlike most other universities, Oxford and Cambridge allows the purchase of an MA without needing to take any additional courses or exams. To qualify you need:

1) A BA from either university
2) To live 6 or 7 years beyond the date of enrollment in the BA

It is then just a matter of paying the nominal (~$20) administration fee to receive the Masters of Arts title.
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You are also required not to be sent to prison in the intervening period.
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"Chinese fortune cookies" were invented in California in the early 1900s. They were later sold as "genuine American fortune cookies" in China.

I wonder if there are other dishes with similar symmetric name changes.
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I don't think "French fries" is an example. We call them "French fries" but I don't think the French call them "American fries".
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"Pennsylvania circa 1896, passed a bill through both houses of the state legislature, requiring all motorists piloting their horseless carriages, upon chance encounters with cattle or livestock to [...] immediately and as rapidly as possible disassemble the automobile, and conceal the various components out of sight, behind nearby bushes until equestrian or livestock is sufficiently pacified.

The bill did not become law, as Pennsylvania's governor used an executive veto.

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In United Kingdom, the [law] required self-propelled vehicles to be led by a pedestrian waving a red flag or carrying a lantern to warn bystanders of the vehicle's approach. In the United States, the state of Vermont passed a similar flurry of Red Flag Laws in 1894."
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Some updated estimates of a major earthquake hitting the Bay Area in the next 30 years.
Newly revised estimates show a 72 percent chance that a magnitude 6.7 or larger earthquake -- almost the size of the 1989 Loma Prieta temblor -- will strike the Bay Area before the year 2044. The Hayward Fault seems the most primed to break, posing more than twice the risk of the northern San Andreas.
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TIL: The dollar symbol $ is most likely derived from the word "Peso":
Peso -> Ps -> $.

The word "dollar" itself was adopted by English colonists in North America to describe a coin used in the Spanish American colonies. It only was later used to describe the US currency.

www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/words/what-is-the-origin-of-the-dollar-sign
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dollar_sign
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=dollar
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If you're interested in this kind of thing, I recommend you read "Shady Characters: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols, and Other Typographical Marks" by Keith Houston.
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