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The Start menu may return to Windows

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Microsoft appears to be readying some significant changes to its next version of Windows.Paul Thurrott reports that Microsoft is planning to make the Start menu available as an option in the next major Windows release,currently codenamed "Threshold." The Start menu change will follow a recent reversal that Microsoft made in Windows 8.1,bringing back the Start button UI. It’s not clear if the Start menu will be made available for all versions of Windows Threshold, and Thurrott speculates it may appear as an option for those that only support desktop apps.

Further Threshold changes appear to include an option to run Windows 8-style ("Metro") apps on the desktop. Currently, the new Windows 8-style apps can run alongside the...

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henrypootel
2962 days ago
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ugh - why? if you have a keyboard, use that, if you have touch, the 'metro' start thing is better anyway. why bring back the horrible menu?
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joshpennington
2962 days ago
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Well they need to do something to move more units of Windows.
Saint Joseph, MI
cbenard
2962 days ago
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This would cause me to think Windows 8.x is an acceptable migration path.
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Death Metal English

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Adjectives: In Death Metal English, they're like guitar solos. You aren't using enough. Add more.

My favorite thing about Death Metal English is that it isn't subject matter-specific. Of course, it works best when you're talking about Satan, or Lovecraft, or murder or whatever. But you can turn pretty much any phrase or sentence into fodder for a sick death metal song using the same tropes:

Normal English: "Commuting to work"
Death Metal English: "TRANSPORTATION OF THE WAGEBOUND UNTO THE NEXUS OF PERPETUAL QUOTIDIAN ENSLAVEMENT"

Normal English: "This bok choy isn't very good"
Death Metal English: "CASTIGATING THE VERDANT ISSUANCE OF THE SOILS OF JIANGNAN"

Normal English: "I need to take a nap"
Death Metal English: "RIPPED INTO THE UTTER EXHAUSTION OF THE MIDDLE DAY"

Normal English: "Thanks for explaining the train schedule"
Death Metal English: "PROFFERING GRATITUDE UPON THE CHRONOCRATION OF THE JUGGERNAUTS OF RETICULATED METALS AND FIRE"

Normal English: "You have to mow the lawn"
Death Metal English: "BRING DOWN THE SCYTHE OF GODS UPON THE NECKS OF THE GREEN-RIBBED LEGIONS AND SWEEP AWAY THEIR WRETCHED BODIES; THOU ART IMPLORED BY ME"

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synapsecracklepop
2968 days ago
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Is anybody tweeting these yet, in the vein of @jennyholzermom? I'd pay to read them.
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steingart
2968 days ago
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The gif alone makes it
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cinebot
2968 days ago
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okay i laughed, pretty hard.
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Japanese animation legend Hayao Miyazaki to retire, says Studio Ghibli

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Hayao Miyazaki, the legendary Oscar-winning Japanese animator known for directing Studio Ghibli movies such as Spirited Away, My Neighbour Totoro, and Kiki's Delivery Service, is retiring from feature-length film production. set to retire. Studio Ghibli president Koji Hoshino made the announcement at the Venice Film Festival, where Miyazaki, 72, was not in attendance. Hoshino gave no details except to say that a press conference will be held in Tokyo later this week where Miyazaki himself will speak about the decision.

Miyazaki's latest — and apparently final — film is currently playing in Japanese theaters, and is in competition at Venice. Kaze Tachinu ("The Wind Rises") is a fictionalized biography of Jiro Horikoshi, Hirokoshi, who designed the Mitsubishi...

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NewsBlur, flush with Google Reader refugees, rolls out redesign

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The independent RSS reader NewsBlur, popular with power users, is getting a major facelift two months after the announcement of the Google Reader shutdown. While NewsBlur is one of the most powerful RSS readers available, it’s not known for being the prettiest — and its hefty feature set made for some tradeoff in usability.

The redesign has been available for beta testers to try out, but today it will roll out to all users. The new NewsBlur is faster and includes a number of user interface tweaks such as a unified notifications popover and a new list view for brisk scanning. The iOS and Android apps also got a refresh.

While the redesign looks slightly better, the reasons for using NewsBlur are the same. It fetches feeds quickly,...

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henrypootel
3163 days ago
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the new newsblur update thingy is rather lovely
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synapsecracklepop
3164 days ago
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I've been really, really happy with NewsBlur. The redesign is icing on the cake.
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Zaphod717
3164 days ago
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Redesign looks nice
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MotherHydra
3165 days ago
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How about that new iOS update? Very slick and very quick!
Space City, USA
DMack
3165 days ago
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erm, ahem, this article is very well written. I like your hair, Adrianne~
Victoria, BC
jackwiplock
3165 days ago
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I love the changes. It just keeps getting better and better.
emrikol
3165 days ago
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My reader of choice just got better.
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jdgonzalez
3165 days ago
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This may make me want to come back.
Cedar Park, Texas
BiG_E_DuB
3165 days ago
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Congrats. Love the service but please keep adding features (searching, custom keyboard shortcuts, on/off preview pane permanently, etc)
Charlotte, NC, USA
joshuapoehls
3165 days ago
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The redesign is definitely a visual +1. The performance feels like it dropped significantly though. Clicking between feeds typically takes 1sec or more before the feed I clicked is even highlighted as 'selected'. I'm sure more improvements are in the pipeline though.
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samuel
3165 days ago
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Big story of the day!
Cambridge, Massachusetts
mgeraci
3165 days ago
Congrats! Glad to see it live, and glad to see a great publication cover it.
MotherHydra
3165 days ago
This is great coverage! Woo!
rgsunico
3164 days ago
Been enjoying this in the dev channel but glad to see it live! So pretty! So much reading space!
hansolosays
3165 days ago
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<3 newsblur
Norfolk, Virginia
tedders
3165 days ago
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Newsblur redesign is out. I am still trying to use it and Feedly.
Morgantown, WV, USA
irunfrombears
3165 days ago
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The redesign is pretty awesome and I've noticed it's a lot easier to use, and less frustrating, since the redesign. NewsBlur just went up in the "Who will replace Google Reader?" standings by A LOT.
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autocorrelation
3165 days ago
Still needs a mark all as read option at the bottom of a feed's item list (so you don't have to scroll back up to clear a feed)
irunfrombears
3165 days ago
Still needs a lot of things but I'm pretty impressed with it.
autocorrelation
3165 days ago
Oh, don't get me wrong, I think it is a very good redesign overall. I am pretty impressed as well. It was just one of those things that I thought they would have caught.
Courtney
3165 days ago
@autocorrelation you can mark-as-read right from the folder/feed list -- hover over a feed, click the arrow, kaboom.
WorldMaker
3165 days ago
@{autocorrect,Courtney} or double click the unread counter in the folder pane.
samuel
3164 days ago
or hit shift+a
autocorrelation
3164 days ago
You guys are blowing my mind. So glad I went for premium.Thanks for the suggestions.