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The cash grab that is the .sucks TLD.

Talked to my students about this and other problematic TLDs (top-level domains) a few weeks ago. Interestingly, some of the other problematic TLDs can be secured on the basis of trademarks. 
 
Don’t want your customers to think your brand sucks? Well, if you want to avoid that online insult, you may have to pay up to $3,000 to secure the new “.sucks” domain. Already Yahoo, Apple, other major brands and many smaller ones have shelled out a large…
Don’t want your customers to think your brand sucks? Well, if you want to avoid that online insult, you may have to pay up to $3,000 to secure the new “.sucks” domain. Already Yahoo, Apple, other major brands and many smaller ones have shelled out a large fee to ensure no one else can sign…
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Microsoft set to acquire Wunderlist

Seems that Microsoft is about to acquire the company behind the popular task management service. 

http://venturebeat.com/2015/05/21/microsoft-is-almost-certainly-buying-6wunderkinder-the-company-behind-wunderlist-source-says/
A 6wunderkinder acquisition by Microsoft is likely, according to one VentureBeat source.
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Cyber Security Symposium for Vancouver
 
Vancouver to host Cyber Security Symposium

Infosec evangelist @domvogel to speak at Vancouver  Symposium June 15. Vancouver audiences will recognize Dominic from media appearances as the go-to local authority on all things IT-security.

http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/cyber-security-symposium-tickets-16718883631
Our Cyber Security Symposium will focus on 10 things you need to know about cyber security in the 21st century. Our talented group of panelist has experience in corporate, government and military organizations and bring perspectives as academics, consultants, directors and specialist locally and from around the world. Join us on Wednesday June 17</STRONG><STRONG>th at the Vancity Theatre at 1181 Seymour St for this informative and exciting opport...
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Hootsuite down.

Of course it's silly to report that here on Google+!
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Popcorninyourbrowser.net flash in the pan.

After viral growth over the past day or two the torrenting service is no more. 
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+Eric Darby you do. I don't.
The issue is in fact not money but the "hassle" of paying. Just take 99cent-Apps as an example. Nobody would mind giving you a dollar in person if you entertained them for a while, but when it comes to media things go weird.

I don't have any explanation or further data to support my claim, but that's the way it feels. No one says "no, I don't want to pay" but still no one does either
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Shades of PopcornTime? Netflix for the web gets a redesign.

That horizontal scrolling has always been annoying. Come to think of it, the Netflix search functionality has been pretty abysmal as well. Maybe it will get some attention too. Let's see.

http://venturebeat.com/2015/05/20/netflix-is-getting-a-redesign-on-the-web-heres-what-it-looks-like/
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Whoever designed the Roku-2 user interface got it better than the later Web and Roku-3 UI.   The horizontal scrolling on the Roku-2 UI had a counter over the bar so you could see how far along the 50-selection bar you were.   Most of the action for me was always around the first few or last few selections.  (Some programs added new selections to the front, others to the back, so both ends were important, the middle, less so.)

I also hate the auto-continue of the new UI.  If you fall asleep you have no way of knowing now many shows you missed without reviewing each.   On the old UI you simply had to rewind the current show.

The dim show picture as the background is also another misfeature of the new UI.  It makes it harder to read the writing than it needs to be.   Give me a solid background any day.

I wonder if this is another case of New Coke syndrome.   A user exposed to the new UI for only a few minutes likes it more than the old one, but a long term user sees things the other way around.  (I recall reading that the New Coke problem was the same.  Spot user tests always ranked the new sweeter coke higher, but long term use caused more burn-out.)
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Chromebook sales remain strong.

The popular little units continue to carve out a niche in the education sector. Overall however, Chromebook unit sales remain just s small fraction of the overall PC market.

http://www.computerworld.com/article/2925637/chrome-os-pcs/chromebook-craze-wont-abate-this-year.html
Google's effort to add features and push Chromebooks into more hands is working, with shipments of the low-cost laptops expected to jump 27 percent this year.
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Double Lunar Rainbow (or moonbow if you prefer).
 
Double Lunar Moonbow!
António: "This photo shows a double rainbow observed above Terra Chã, Azores Islands, Portugal. What's odd about this bow is that it was captured at night, two days before the full Moon. It's a moonbow: a rainbow with the Moon as the light source rather than the Sun. The colors were surprisingly strong and clear on this occasion, especially considering that the Moon's light, even when full, is feeble compared to the Sun. I used a 20-second exposure on this photo, but the colors were obvious even when viewed with the naked eye. Note that the Moon was approximately 94 percent illuminated. It's behind the camera in a clear part of the sky. Photo taken December 4, 2014 at 8:41pm."
 
Photo details: Canon 5D Mark III camera; Canon 16-35mm lens; f/2.8; f/4; ISO 3200
 
Location: Terra Chã, Portugal Coordinates: 38.685049, -27.254488

Image Credit: Photographer, António Araújo
Caption Credit: António Araújo; Jim Foster
Release Date: May 19, 2015

#Space #Astronomy #Earth #Moon #Moonbow #Rainbow #Lunar
#Science #Stars #Astrophotography #Art #TerraChã #Azores
#Islands #Portugal #Portuguesa  #Açores
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Clever: search for your favourite Chromebook model.

And then buy it on Amazon. Of course the site operator gets some sort of referral kick-back if and when a purchase occurs. 

http://www.productorienter.com/categories
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LHC gets up to 13 TeV.

New physics coming in June.
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More Snowden embarrassment: Five Eyes nations planned hijack of Google and Samsung stores to compromise apps.

Five Eyes is the surveillance sharing group of Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the UK and the USA. 

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/spy-agencies-target-mobile-phones-app-stores-to-implant-spyware-1.3076546
Canada and its spying partners exploited a weakness in one of the world's most popular mobile browsers and planned to hack into smartphones via links to Google and Samsung app stores, a top secret document obtained by CBC News shows.
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What they are trying to do is make sure you can't send encrypted messages either without them getting a copy of the pre-encrypted version of the message.

Good luck to them.  This is a losing game for them.   It only works as long as there are unpatched bugs that they know about but the developers don't.
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Google Classroom and GAFE school?

Seven Google-specific tasks your IT department may want to complete before the next school year. 

http://www.thegooru.com/7-things-every-school-it-department-should-do-before-next-school-year/
Summer is almost here and, along with the enthusiastic sounds of students heading off for summer vacation, you need to prepare your Google Apps domain for the upcoming school year. (…) Read more
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Teacher: Physics, Information and Commmunications Technology; Journalist; Network Administrator; Amateur Radio Operator
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    ICT/Physics/Network Admin/Newspaper columnist, 1980 - present
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Teacher | Network Admin | Journalist | Technology Enthusiast | CERN HST2011
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ICT/Physics teacher, lifelong learner, Internet/tech newspaper columnist, Network administrator, Prime Minister's Award for Science and Technology 1996, Premier's Award for Teaching Excellence 2009, Canadian Association of Physicists Award for BC and Yukon 2011, CERN HST 2011, APEGBC President's Award 2011.

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Prime Minister's Award for Science and Technology Education, BC Premier's Award for Excellence in Education, Inaugural Canadian CERN HST Attendee
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