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Infallible Pope endorses evolution. He really is Jesuit plot to ruin perfectly good reactionary institution, isn't he

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The amazing adventures and final toolchain of Pro Git, 2nd Edition Almost exactly six years ago I was approached by Apress to help out on a book that was being…

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 Is it laughter, at the expense of women, that's causing women to flee from software careers.

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Jay Rosen: David Carr's new column on the coming conflict between Facebook and news publishers is excellent. http://t.co/TlvEdMI0cb Ominous feel to it.

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Tony Buffington is a cat expert who wants to help you harmonize your relationship with your favorite feline. The post Why Your Cat Thinks You’re a Huge, Unpredictable Ape appeared first on WIRED.

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Film Crit Hulk Smash: ON DESPAIR, GAMERGATE AND QUITTING THE HULK 1. SIGHT LINES RUEFUL ADMISSION: HULK HAS BEEN THINKING ABOUT QUITTING NOT JUST TWITTER, BUT…

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Many asynchronous programs make use of promises (also known as using light-weight threads or an asynchronous monad) to manage concurrency. I’ve been …

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Highlights for Mac Turns PDF Annotations into Markdown Here's a great Mac app for getting your PDF annotations into usable text. Highlights (Mac App Store Link) takes the native PDF annotation you probably already use and exports them as annotated Markdown. It's a bit of a text editor and a bit of a PDF highlighter. What I really like is that it automatically captures the page number for each annotation. Highlights has a basic image selection tool that automatically drops a Markdown image link right into the text area, which adds an entirely new level to annotating in Markdown. It's nice to write some notes but it's awesome to also get an image of the PDF added instantly. Highlights will also attempt to identify the DOI of a PDF and retirieve the relevant bibliographic data. It also supports the fancy new TextBundle format for extended Markdown based documents, not to mention several convenient export options. It's not an overly complicated app but there are some interesting options for working with meta data and tags. So, while being pretty basic, it has considerable power. This is a 1.0 version and has some quirks but it's surprising good at extracting referenced markdown quickly. It's a pretty clever app. If this is something you need, then Highlights is kind of a game changer. Highlights 1.0 for Mac | $10

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Every year, around about this time, thousands of European robins escape the oncoming harsh Scandinavian winter and head south to the warmer Mediterranean…

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“@sharkbox: This video explaining how a differential works remains an all time favorite… ” This is amazing.

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crazy fun, as usual

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from Daring Fireball Ron Shevlin, writing last month for Snarketing 2.0 on CurrentC: Furthermore, let’s review again the impetus behind the MCX consortium. If merchants simply needed a place to push out more coupons and drive more business, they could have partnered with Google or Apple. But they didn’t. They set up their own payment processing capabilities, because the real impetus here is avoiding interchange fees. Interchange fees vary greatly, of course, but it’s fair to estimate that, at a transaction level, the fee ranges from 1% to 5% of the transaction value. That’s why CurrentC doesn’t work with Visa/Mastercard/Amex. The retailers are trying to create a system that cuts the card networks — and their transaction fees — out of the equation. The problem with that is that, as Tim Cook emphasized in the Apple Pay introduction, people like their credit cards. Credit cards are a lucrative business and a highly competitive market. Retailers want to cut credit cards out of the equation; consumers don’t. For that reason alone, I see CurrentC as doomed. Shevlin closes with this anecdote: At last year’s BAI Retail Delivery conference, I hosted a meeting of CMOs from large FIs, which featured Lee Scott, the former CEO of Walmart (who is a member of MCX). I asked Mr. Scott why, in the face of so many failed consortia before it, would MCX succeed? He said: “I don’t know that it will, and I don’t care. As long as Visa suffers.”  ★ 

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Feast Your Eyes on This Beautiful Linguistic Family Tree —

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Here are the slides of my #softshake session "I � Unicode" 78 slides in exactly 45 minutes #swissaccuracy

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via Network Front | The Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/uk

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PC Resurgent The PC market turnaround is real. ~ Bob O’Donnell (@bobodtech) 10/15/14 Q: IS THE PC MARKET TURNAROUND REAL? A: No. Macs are resurgent. Google Chrome is slowly gaining ground.…

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