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Today's quotable quote: Jeff Shaw: When I was a boy, my mother wore a mood ring. When she was in a good mood it turned blue. In a bad mood, it left a big red mark on my forehead.

This day in history: 13 December 2018: Council of Trent Convened (1545). The Council of Trent made sweeping reforms to the Catholic Church over 18 years, eliminating many abuses criticized in the Protestant Reformation. Convened by Pope Paul III at Trento, Italy—28 years after Martin Luther issued his 95 Theses—the council fixed the canon of the Old and New Testaments, set the number of sacraments at seven, defined the nature of original sin, and confirmed the doctrine of transubstantiation.


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In the news

New CRISPR technique could prevent obesity without cutting or editing a genome: An exciting new study from researchers at UC San Francisco has demonstrated how a new kind of CRISPR technique can increase the expression of certain genes, instead of the more traditional technique of actively cutting or editing DNA. Posted on 14 December 2018.

No Agreement Made On EU Copyright Directive, As Recording Industry Freaks Out About Safe Harbors Too: Today was the latest set of "Trilogue" negotiations for the EU Copyright Directive, between the EU Council, the EU Commission and the EU Parliament. Posted on 13 December 2018.

To repair DNA damage, plants need good contractors: Researchers at the Salk Institute report which genes are turned on or off, and in which order, to orchestrate the cellular processes required to protect and repair the genome in response to DNA damage. Posted on 13 December 2018.


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News (continued)

Meghan Markle Tops Google's Global Trending Charts For 2018: Meghan Markle, Brett Kavanaugh, Demi Lovato, Stormy Daniels, Khloe Kardashian, Sylvester Stallone, Hailey Baldwin and Cardi B were all in the running. Posted on 12 December 2018.

Tap Strap Wearable Keyboard, Mouse & Controller: With the Tap Strap Wearable Keyboard, Mouse & Controller, you can finally type without using a physical keyboard. Posted on 13 December 2018.

Distinguished VCs back wholesale marketplace Faire with $100M at a $535M valuation: Kirsten Green of Forerunner Ventures, Keith Rabois of Khosla, Alfred Lin of Sequoia and Alex Taussig of Lightspeed are backers of Faire. Posted on 14 December 2018.

Innovative student experience web platform wins tech award: An innovative Cornell platform that connects students with hundreds of opportunities beyond the classroom has won a prestigious tech award. Posted on 13 December 2018.

Space, The Boring Frontier: Suppose you randomly go 1 million miles somewhere away from our Sun. Posted on 30 November 2018.

'They don't care': Facebook factchecking in disarray as journalists push to cut ties: Journalists paid to help fix Facebook’s fake news problem say they have lost trust in the platformJournalists working as factcheckers for Facebook have pushed to end a controversial media partnership with the social network, saying the company has ignored their concerns and failed to use their expertise to combat misinformation. Posted on 14 December 2018.

Neurosurgery could spread protein linked to Alzheimer's, study finds: Doctors should decontaminate tools more thoroughly as a precaution, say researchersSurgical instruments used in brain operations should be treated to ensure they are not contaminated with proteins linked to Alzheimer’s disease, according to scientists who found evidence that they may be spread by certain medical procedures. Posted on 14 December 2018.

NBN says 1.3 percent of FttN lines sit below 25Mbps after co-existence ends: The company has also revealed that it has purchased 27,600 kilometres of copper cable. Posted on 14 December 2018.

Climate change: 'Hell to pay' if COP24 talks fail: Weary delegates enter the last official day of UN climate talks with many critical issues undecided. Posted on 14 December 2018.

Facebook Bug Bounty Program Makes Biggest Reward Payout Yet: Despite Cambridge Analytica and a damaging hack, Facebook's bug bounty program offers a bright spot. Posted on 13 December 2018.

Apple Will Build $1 Billion Campus in Austin, Adding 5,000 Jobs: The tech company says the move is expected to make it Austin's largest private employer. Posted on 13 December 2018.

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NY sues Walmart, Target for selling toys with high lead levels: New York state authorities on Thursday announced a lawsuit against retail giants Walmart and Target for selling Chinese-made toys that had up to 10 times the legal limit of lead. Posted on 13 December 2018.

Chase for Talent Pushes Tech Giants Far Beyond West Coast: The current Apple campus in Austin, Tex. Posted on 13 December 2018.

Move Slow and Make Things: Airtable’s Howie Liu Built A $1B Software Giant Emphasizing Substance Over Speed: By focusing on design and user experience, Airtable’s hot, cloud-based software has taken hold in 80,000 organizations from Netflix to small profits. Posted on 15 November 2018.

GE's digital unit to sell majority stake in ServiceMax: General Electric Co on Thursday said its digital unit would sell a majority stake in ServiceMax, a cloud-based provider of software used in inventory and workforce management, to technology-focused private equity firm Silver Lake. Posted on 14 December 2018.

Extortion emails carrying bomb threats cause panic across the US: Police in New York, Chicago, Detroit, San Francisco, and Washington tell Americans to stay calm. Posted on 14 December 2018.

Matter: Narrower Skulls, Oblong Brains: How Neanderthal DNA Still Shapes Us: A rendering of a Neanderthal skull, left, compared to that of a modern human. Posted on 13 December 2018.

Scientists Say Gene-Edited Babies Claim Is 'Wake-Up Call' For World: U. Posted on 13 December 2018.

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Chirp perp: Finches found in luggage at NY airport: A man was caught at New York's JFK airport last weekend trying to smuggle dozens of South American finches into the country, a bird that Guyanese immigrants covet for chirping but officials fear could spread disease, officials said on Thursday. Posted on 13 December 2018.

Japan Plans For 100ft Tsunami: schwit1 shares a report from The Times: It will shake houses and tall buildings, and unleash a 100ft tsunami on one of the most densely populated and industrialized coastlines in the world. Posted on 01 January 1970.

Congress asks Google CEO tough questions on user privacy, bias: On Dec. Posted on 01 January 1970.

We visited the border wall. Here's what it looks like.: In 2016, our photographer visited the heavily guarded—and completely empty—parts of the 2,000-mile-long U. Posted on 12 December 2018.

Facebook and Google urged to set up independent regulator to avoid internet laws: . Posted on 25 January 2018.

Where DOES Space Begin? Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Flies Right into the Debate: "SpaceShipTwo, welcome to space," reads a triumphant tweet from Virgin Galactic posted during today's successful test flight after the company's vehicle reached 51. Posted on 13 December 2018.

Ethereum thinks it can change the world. It’s running out of time to prove it.: The blockchain system has daunting technical problems to fix. Posted on 14 December 2018.

Dems ask: did Trump 'compromise classified information' with phones?: A veteran of the Bush/Cheney team said Trump's use of unsecured phones "may be the largest, most significant breach of White House communications in history. Posted on 14 December 2018.


Some of the tech in my workday

Best programming language?

The PYPL PopularitY of Programming Language Index is created by analyzing how often language tutorials are searched on Google.

The TIOBE Programming Community index measures popularity based on the number of skilled engineers world-wide, courses, third party vendors and search engine activity.

w3techs analyses page content to determine the technology used, and also uses publicly available information from sources such as Alexa, Google, Microsoft and ipinfo.io.

While Java and Python top the popularity charts, more than 80% of all websites run on PHP.


Longer term weather forecast

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