How Much Snow It Takes to Cancel School Across the US

How Much Snow It Takes to Cancel School Across the US

There's been quite a bit of debate recently about the Southern states' inability to handle what (at least to the North) might barely even qualify as a light dusting. Now, Reddit user atrubetskoy has taken the opportunity to create a fantastic map detailing just how much snow it typically takes to keep kids home.

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The browser and spaces after periods

A great thread on Facebook started by my friend Elisa Camahort Page.

She pointed to a Slate piece by Farhad Manjoo (another friend!) that says you should never put two spaces after a period that ends a sentence. I certainly agree, and while I was taught by my typing teacher in 7th grade, Mr Corwin, to type two spaces, I learned later in life this was a mistake.

Anyway, I pointed out that the web agrees. You can type as many spaces after periods as you like, the browser will only show one.

I demo'd this with a comment, and added four spaces after each period. The browser only showed one space, even though Facebook dutifully sent four.

I love it when technology gets something right. ;-)

I suggested giving Tim Berners-Lee a big hug next time you see him. Or it might have been Marc Andreessen who made this call.

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17 Supermarket Tricks, Tips And Insider Secrets You’re Probably Clueless About

We’ve always known the supermarket is a veritable jungle, set with snares and traps designed to lure even the most observant shopper into buying whatever that heavenly smelling thing is, or lulling us into a contented stupor so we linger longer in the aisles. And now thanks to the combined effort of experts, analysts and […]

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Vin Diesel announces a fourth Riddick movie is coming

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Remains of 55 bodies found near former Florida reform school

TALLAHASSEE (Reuters) - Excavations at a makeshift graveyard near a now-closed reform school in the Florida Panhandle have yielded remains of 55 bodies, almost twice the number official records say are there, the University of South Florida announced on Tuesday.

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World's First Multi-Color, Multi-Polymer 3D Printer Unveiled

Lucas123 writes "Stratysis today announced it will be shipping this year a printer that can use hundreds of colors and polymers to create production-grade or prototype objects without the need for assembly. Previously, manufacturers could print multi-colored parts using many different materials and assemble them after completion. Stratasis' Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer features a triple-jet printer head that combines droplets of three base materials to produce parts with virtually unlimited combinations of rigid, flexible and transparent color materials in a single print run."

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Man Wearing Google Glass Claims Movie Theater Called FBI To Arrest Him For Piracy

UPDATE: A spokesman for AMC Theatres responded to Consumerist’s request for comment, saying the company takes movie theft “very seriously,” which is why the feds got involved. An AMC rep tells Consumerist: Movie theft is something we take very seriously, and our theater managers contact the Motion Picture Association of America anytime it’s suspected that […]

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It's Your Business: Crossroads expanding

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Male Teacher Punishes Six-Year-Old Girl by Making Her Remove Her Shirt

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Elderly man beaten bloody by police during New York City jaywalking arrest

An elderly man was hospitalized Sunday evening after he was beaten by police who stopped him for jaywalking. The New York Post reported that 84-year-old Kang Wong crossed 96th Street against the light about 5 p.m. as he walked north on Broadway, and an officer ordered him to stop. But Wong, who lives a block away, didn’t seem to understand the officer, according to witnesses. “The guy didn’t seem to speak English,” said witness Ian […]

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Don’t sleep on K Theory

With all the buzz around town about the endless possibilities at the upcoming Cover Up shows, another weekend show that might not be on the radar — but absolutely should be — is the Sunday night K Theory show at Canopy Club with ### and DJs Belly and Krucial adding local support. Most of these acts play a mix of hip hop and electronic music that are exceptionally complementary. Whoever put this lineup together did an amazing job at finding acts that all contain similar elements but still have a sound of their own.

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Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?

An anonymous reader writes "This article discusses the ethics and the mechanics of ad-blocking software. Toward the end, it goes into some of the tech that's been built to circumvent ad blockers. Quoting: 'PageFair offers a free JavaScript program that, when inserted into a Web page, monitors ad blocking activity. CEO Sean Blanchfield says he developed the monitoring tool after he noticed a problem on his own multiplayer gaming site. PageFair collects statistics on ad blocking activity, identifies which users are blocking ads and can display an appeal to users to add the publisher's website to their ad-blocking tool's personal whitelist. But Blanchfield acknowledges that the user appeal approach hasn't been very effective. ClarityRay takes a more active role. Like PageFair, it provides a tool that lets publishers monitor blocking activity to show them that they have a problem — and then sells them a remedy. ClarityRay offers a service that CEO Ido Yablonka says fools ad blockers into allowing ads through. "Ad blockers try to make a distinction between content elements and advertorial elements. We make that distinction impossible," he says.' Is this arms race winnable? By which side?"

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Dump And Run! Freedom Industries Files For Bankruptcy


Fitbit Force Is An Amazing Device, Except For My Contact Dermatitis

Between Christmas and the New Year, lots of Americans strapped on a shiny new Fitbit Force and started to scamper around. It’s the newest iteration of the motion-tracking device, a wristband that records steps, altitude, and how much you move around while you sleep. Now many of them have taken off their wristbands, reporting a […]

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95% of ATMs Worldwide Are Still Using Windows XP

BUL2294 writes "95% of the world's ATM machines are still running Windows XP and banks are already purchasing extended support agreements from Microsoft. (some of the affected ATMs are running XP Embedded, which has a support lifecycle until January, 2016). 'Microsoft is selling custom tech support agreements that extend the life of Windows XP, although the cost can soar quickly—multiplying by a factor of five in the second year, says Korala. JPMorgan is buying a one-year extension and will start converting its machines to Windows 7 in July; about 3,000 of its 19,000 ATMs need enhancements before the process can begin...'"

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Adobe Brings 3D Printing Support To Photoshop

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Photoshop Is Getting Support For 3D Printing

Photoshop Is Getting Support For 3D Printing

Adobe is updating Photoshop to let you create 3D-printable files within the program. Hooray!

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County board finalizes dissolution of Southwest MTD

The Champaign Southwest Mass Transit District is no more. With a unanimous vote of the Champaign County Board, the nearly 8-year-old mass transit district — which never provided bus service in its history — was dissolved.

URBANA — The Champaign Southwest Mass Transit District is no more.

With a unanimous vote of the Champaign County Board Tuesday night, the nearly 8-year-old mass transit district — which never provided bus service in its history — was dissolved.

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How QuarkXPress became a mere afterthought in publishing | Ars Technica

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Cops 'Not Guilty' in Beating, Tasering Death of Mentally Ill Homeless Man

No Twerking Required


Reading really is fundamental. At least, that’s the message Juicy J is sending now that he’s handed out his $50,000 “twerking” scholarship.

We told you late last year that Juicy J had announced on social media that he was going to give a scholarship away to “the best chick that can twerk.”

There was backlash, even a boycott of his latest album, something Juicy J just really didn’t understand: “Why? I’m giving back to the community…I’m giving money away.”

And while he claimed the scholarship was inspired by twerking, according to the complete rules he allegedly had, you DID NOT have to twerk in order to win the money. But of course, many women sent him videos of themselves twerking in the house, twerking on the ground, even twerking on trees–except for Zaire Holmes. The mother of one and biology major at the State College of Florida read the complete rules, saw that you weren’t required to twerk to win, and sent in everything but a booty-bouncing video in order to enter the giveaway. The 19-year-old ended up winning. As Juicy said in the video where he awarded her the huge check, “It’s not always about shaking your a**.”

“Next time I send out a tweet about a scholarship, make sure you take it seriously. Read the words.”

Holmes says that as a biology major, the money will be able to cover all of her lab expenses, and she cried when she was given the check. “A lot of people thought that you had to twerk, but you actually had to read the rules.”

How crazy is that!? Congratulations to Holmes on getting the money she needs to get her education. The joke was on us!


Basically you didn't have to twerk according to the rules. I lol'd but I feel bad for the other girls.

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Cicada 3301: I tried the hardest puzzle on the internet and failed spectacularly

No one knows who sets it or what the prize is at the end, but Cicada 3301 is back for its third year, and the internet has gone wild. By Alex Hern

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Any Google+ User Can Now Email You Without Your Address


Google+ is hoping to expand your digital address book

An update to the social network now allows Google+ users to send and receive emails from other Google+ connections even if they have never exchanged email addresses

A new setting lets users specify whether they would like to receive emails from people in their circles, extended circles, or anyone on Google+. (They can also choose not to participate in this feature.) Any resulting messages will appear in the recipient's Gmail inbox alongside a note that the message was received "via your Google+ profile," according to Google's blog post. Read more...

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N.Y. court allows 'close friends' to adopt child

NEW YORK (Reuters) - In a decision that could make it easier for a broader category of people to adopt in New York state, a Manhattan judge has allowed the adoption of a child by two "close personal friends."

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