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I have been using iOS 6 Beta for several months, and figured Apple must have had plans to significantly increase the quality of their maps before launch, because in the Beta they were terrible. Well, turns out, their philosophy was "Damn the torpedoes, full steam ahead!" and the Maps app in iOS 6 is utter crap. Let me get my popcorn.
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Can someone explain retail banking to me in the US?

Every country I've lived in has seen downsizing of the number of bank branches, a concerted move to electronic banking, and generally people have been reducing the number of times they have to go face-to-face with a person in an actual bank branch.

Meanwhile, in the US, bank branches seem to proliferate like wildfire. My bank, Chase, already has a branch inside my office building — but they've seen fit to recently open another one a block away. Two more branches have sprung up on my commute home. The local gas station that has closed down? Demolished. What's just opened replacing it a couple of weeks ago. Another Chase.

I don't get it. What are the economics for opening new bank branches today. How does that make US banks more money? Does this have anything to do with America's irrational and enduring attachment to writing cheques?
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My hosting company sent this to me. The server that hosts my personal email, website, and various other esoterica is dying practically seconds after it is turned on. I guess I know how my weekend is going to be spent.
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I think it is a either a kernel or libc issue:


# ls
Segmentation fault
# w
Segmentation fault
# shutdown -r now
Segmentation fault
Disk seems OK. Its still in single user mode. I was already thinking to move it from a physical host to a VM anyhow, so I took this as a reason to rebuild it as a VM and moved the data.
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Panic has posted a blog post taking claim to having created the world's first Emoji domain, see http://www.panic.com/blog/2011/07/the-worlds-first-emoji-domain/. Emoji is a set of mappings to icons that are commonly used on Japanese mobile phones but have since migrated into usage on iPhones, etc. With the release of Max OS X Lion, apparently they are baked into Apple's latest operating system too.

The actual domain is 💩.la, or as encoded, http://xn--ls8h.la/

However, it is actually not legal according to the IDN specification. The codepoint is U+1F4A9 which according to RFC 5892 is Disallowed. I know the post gives ICANN all the credit for disallowing it in most registries, but a prudent registry would not be handing out domains that are invalid and only work in some software because they haven't fully implemented the IETF standard.
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A point so minor I'm almost reluctant to make it: according to RFC 5892, U+1F4A9 is unassigned, not disallowed. It doesn't exist in Unicode 5.2, which is the version of Unicode that IDNA is currently based on. (It was added in Unicode 6.0.) The net effect is the same: it should not be permitted in an IDN by any registry that observes IETF standards. Also, by decoding URLs with unassigned codepoints, Safari is ignoring even the basic IDN RFCs, e.g., RFC 5890.
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When Google puts up a doodle on its home page to commemorate a specific date, like today's zipper, it should limit the search results returned to those that were NOT updated in the last day. Otherwise what you get is a page full of hastily written meta-articles that are written precisely to cash in on the Google doodle. I'd far rather learn about the history of the zipper, than learn the news that Google has a zipper on its homepage.
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I stumbled across a search engine called Spokeo today, and found the time it took to search their database a little too... consistent. Turns out the status bar showing the progress of your search is an animated graphic that looks the same no matter what you search for. How convenient!
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