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Looking to the future, hashtag inventor sees the ‘arc of computing’ realised

In fact, it was these digital limitations which made the pound sign an obvious choice. Or, rather, the only choice. “It was a lot of constraints on the problem space that led to that decision,” Messina says. “In other words, it almost wasn’t possible to choose anything else.” The first …

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Supreme Court blocks Trump’s census citizenship question, for now

Agencies must offer “genuine justifications for important decisions, reasons that can be scrutinised by courts and the interested public”, Roberts wrote. “Accepting contrived reasons would defeat the purpose of the enterprise. If judicial review is to be more than an empty ritual, it must demand something better than the explanation …

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After marathon hearing, judges rule on legal bid to overturn Indonesian election result

Speaking shortly after the verdict, Joko said the Indonesian people had voted at the April 17 election and “their voice has been heard”. “Thank God the Constitutional Court has issued its ruling. It is a final and binding decision. Thank you to the Supreme Court, thank you to the military …

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Target and superquiz, Friday, June 28

Today’s Target: 13 words, good; 20 words, very good; 27 words, excellent. Yesterday’s solution: cert cider cite cited city code coir cord cordite core cored corer corrie cote cred credit creditor credo cried crier cyder decor decoy decry dice dicey direct director DIRECTORY edict erotic iced otic record recto rector …

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Property stylist mad about dog sitting

Dog sitter with Mad Paws The timeframe: I’ve been dog sitting for two years. The reason:I started Mad Paws sitting to pat more dogs! I am always travelling for work and wanted a dog of my own but couldn’t commit. Now I get to see my favourite little doggos regularly …

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Poor ranking on paternity leave highlights need for a rethink

DaPP enables fathers and same-sex partners to receive two weeks of parental leave pay at thenational minimum wage, if they take two of their 52 weeks of unpaid parental leave. It’s not the most generous scheme in the world, but it is available and compares to schemes in the UK …

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Savvy consumers switching electricity retailers in record numbers

“Increased competition has led to price cuts and large reductions in market concentration,” AEMC chairman John Pierce said. Of the people who switched electricity retailers, most ditched the ‘big three’ and joined smaller second tier competitors. As a result, Origin Energy, AGL and Energy Australia saw their share of the …

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Netball World Cup can be a downer for those left behind

Every coach I have spoken to about this admits a level of anxiety around what sort of condition they will get their biggest stars back in. In this situation coaches have to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. In which case a lot of time in this …

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Cladding: Pity the owners trapped in cladding nightmare

Financial compensation – but not from taxpayers I am sympathetic to the plight of people in buildings affected by flammable cladding. But why talk of taxpayer-funded support? An individual home owner, in similar circumstances, would not expect a bailout from the government. There are industry and government requirements involved in …

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