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Refresh Types

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The hardest refresh requires both a Mac keyboard and a Windows keyboard as a security measure, like how missile launch systems require two keys to be turned at once.
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Covarr
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Hard Reset - PC reset button - causes SEGA to fight SOPA.
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The hardest refresh requires both a Mac keyboard and a Windows keyboard as a security measure, like how missile launch systems require two keys to be turned at once.

Once Per Day

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I'm not totally locked into my routine—twice a year, I take a break to change the batteries in my smoke detectors.
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Notably absent: hygiene.
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I'm not totally locked into my routine—twice a year, I take a break to change the batteries in my smoke detectors.
jasonh09
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Living the life!
Lythimus
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The only way to be sure you'll live a statistically long life.

Amazon Buying Whole Foods For $13.7 Billion

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Amazon really, really wants to sell you groceries. But starting a new grocery service — especially online — from scratch is hard. It seems, however, Amazon has found a solution: Just buy a well-known chain that already operates nationwide, instead..

Amazon will acquire Whole Foods Market for $13.7 billion in cash, the companies announced today.

Amazon has been desperately trying to break into the grocery business for some time, but that’s proven a difficult nut for the online mega-company to crack. They’ve tried AmazonFresh, Amazon Prime Pantry, and a bunch of other initiatives to get customers to order groceries online, but it’s been slow going. In May, Amazon opened two grocery-pickup stores for the public to use.

Meanwhile, Whole Foods has been facing pressure from activist shareholders to consider selling the company — which, evidently, it has now done.

Bloomberg reported back in April that Amazon had been considering buying Whole Foods in 2016, but chose not to at that time.

As we noted then, this purchase is absolutely massive for Amazon: Until now, its biggest acquisition was the $1.2 billion it paid for Zappos back in 2009.

The announcement perhaps explains why Whole Foods CEO John Mackey was so irritated with “greedy bastard” investors earlier this week.

However, in his official press statement about the merger, Mackey sang a much calmer, if not entirely enthusiastic, tune.

“This partnership presents an opportunity to maximize value for Whole Foods Market’s shareholders,” says Mackey, “while at the same time extending our mission and bringing the highest quality, experience, convenience and innovation to our customers.”

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos added, “Millions of people love Whole Foods Market because they offer the best natural and organic foods, and they make it fun to eat healthy. Whole Foods Market has been satisfying, delighting and nourishing customers for nearly four decades – they’re doing an amazing job and we want that to continue.”





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Covarr
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Of all the companies that could've bought Whole Foods, I'm glad it's Amazon. They might make it less irritating.
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Magnetohydrodynamics

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Magnetohydrodyanmics combines the intuitive nature of Maxwell's equations with the easy solvability of the Navier-Stokes equations. It's so straightforward physicists add "relativistic" or "quantum" just to keep it from getting boring.
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I would love to attend Hogwarts school of magnetohydrodynamics.
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satadru
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There is a great beauty in seeing how the Navier-Stokes equations explain how some parts of the world work. Part of that great beauty stems from the late late nights trying not to screw up the math in fluid mechanics classes... and let me tell you... nothing makes you respect Chemical Engineers more than taking a fluid mechanics class with a bunch of them.
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rclatterbuck
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So true.
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Magnetohydrodyanmics combines the intuitive nature of Maxwell's equations with the easy solvability of the Navier-Stokes equations. It's so straightforward physicists add "relativistic" or "quantum" just to keep it from getting boring.

Subway Thinks New Ordering Kiosks & App Will Help You Forget The Last Few Years

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The last few years have not been kind to Subway. Jared Fogle, the longtime face of the company is behind bars. Its founder and president Fred DeLuca passed away in 2015, and after years of substantial growth, the total number of Subway franchises recently began to shrink, as did sales. What’s the solution? Technology!

Until now, the high-point of high tech at Subway was the decision to switch from paper loyalty cards to ones with magnetic stripes, but now Bloomberg reports that the chain plans to catch up, especially after competitors like McDonald’s and Chipotle have added in-store kiosks and mobile order and pay through their apps.

The chain’s most sandwich-intensive competitor, Panera Bread, reports that its sales have increased after overhauling its ordering process, adding mobile and online orders, a dedicated pickup area so customers don’t have to talk to anyone, and delivery. The chain’s sales are up, and it credits the upgraded technology.

Rolling out any change across the chain means substantial investment from the owners of actual restaurants, since Subway is a 100% franchised operation. The company will help franchisees, though.

“We are investing heavily,” the company’s chief information and digital officer told Bloomberg. “We’re also asking the franchisees to put some skin in the game. Our franchisees are with us 100%.”

It’s not all about tech: Other chains like Five Guys have spread nationwide with savvy marketing just as Subway lost its spokesman to child pornography charges, and other chains have started to market fresh ingredients and healthy meals, muscling in on Subway’s territory as the sort of healthy fast food option.





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Covarr
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Prices have gone up so much in the last three years it's not even funny. I used to go to Subway all the time, but now I neither can nor want to because of how expensive it's gotten.
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Decades

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In the 90s, our variety radio station used the tagline "the best music of the 70s, 80s, and 90s." After 2000, they switched to "the best music of the 80s, 90s, and today." I figured they'd change again in 2010, but it's 2017 and they're still saying "80s, 90s, and today." I hope radio survives long enough for us to find out how they deal with the 2020s.
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The introduction of recorded audio and video media, with movie theaters and radios and all that, is like a new UNIX epoch for culture. It ended on December 31, 1999, and nobody has patched in a new one yet.
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kleer001
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It's been lovely, I'll miss it
marcrichter
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A popular radio station in the Netherlands now jingles "We like the Zeroes".
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In the 90s, our variety radio station used the tagline "the best music of the 70s, 80s, and 90s." After 2000, they switched to "the best music of the 80s, 90s, and today." I figured they'd change again in 2010, but it's 2017 and they're still saying "80s, 90s, and today." I hope radio survives long enough for us to find out how they deal with the 2020s.
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