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Hot Topic Buying Parent Company Of Online Retailer ThinkGeek For $122M

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thinkgeekMall staple Hot Topic is taking another chain under its umbrella for a $122 million price tag, announcing that it’s acquiring Geeknet, Inc., parent company of online retailers ThinkGeek and ThinkGeek Solutions, for $122 million. Commemorative T-shirts with cheeky sayings for everyone!

Hot Topic is known for its mall stores as well as its status as an online purveyor of goods you might find at the mall. It announced the acquisition today, noting that the $122 million total equity value includes $37 million of cash and cash equivalents.

Geeknet, as Bloomberg points out, was once part of a company known as the hottest IPO on the block before the dotcom bubble burst. Back then, its customers knew it as VA Linux Systems, one of the first companyies to sell personal computers with the open-source Linux operating system pre-installed. Nowadays, Customers know ThinkGeek for its focus on merchandise tied to video games, comic books and sci-fi franchises.

“We are pleased to have entered into this agreement and look forward to adding Geeknet’s innovative products and services to our portfolio,” said Lisa Harper, Chief Executive Officer of Hot Topic in a press release. “Geeknet’s unique concept and approach to the online retail community is a strong fit with our business strategy, which is focused on delivering great products for avid fans of various licensed properties, and we are excited about the opportunity to help drive profitable growth and further enhance value for Geeknet’s customers.”

One of the Biggest Tech IPOs of All Time Is Getting Bought by a Teen Clothing Store [Bloomberg]

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mkalus
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Guess "Geek" is now an accessory.
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timwoj
1 day ago
RIP Thinkgeek
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teh_g
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Goodbye ThinkGeek :(
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New prints available in store! http://lunarbaboon.bigcartel.com/product/community-pack

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Linty linty

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I have spent the last few days down in the PHP Mines. Those fumes are really toxic. I'm pretty sure I've contracted pleurisy from inhaling Cheetos dust.

So DNA Lounge has an online store, which is an enormous, and ancient, and shitty, pile of PHP code. I have often characterized it as "it's a pile of shit, but it's our pile of shit."

Well, now that I'm opening a new nightclub, I need to make that code be able to function when installed on a domain whose name is not "dnalounge.com". As you can expect, this has been a process of discovering all kinds of hardcoded assumptions lurking in the bowels. It's like moving to a new house after you've been dug in for a decade: look at all this crap stuffed in the back of the closet that you didn't remember was there!

So there has been a lot of global search and replace, and a lot of variables being added and moved around, and that means destabilization, and that's bad, mmkay?

So I wrote a Perl program to do static analysis of PHP. And it parses PHP using regular expressions because fuck you that's why.

For your entertainment -- because I sincerely doubt that anyone who is not me will ever use this without lulz in their heart -- I give you jwz-php-lint.pl.

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jimwise
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Heh...

Gefahr für Gefahrengebiete

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Den berühmt-berüchtigten Hamburger “Gefahrengebieten” geht es an den Kragen. Das Oberverwaltungsgericht Hamburg hält die komplette Regelung für verfassungswidrig. Sie ermöglicht es der Hamburger Polizei, in vorher festgelegten Stadtteilen Personen ohne Anlass zu kontrollieren und ihre mitgeführten Sachen in Augenschein zu nehmen.

Geklagt hat eine Besucherin des Schanzenviertels. Die Polizei hatte während der “Walpurgisnacht” am 30. April 2014 erst ihre Personalien festgestellt, dann ihren Rucksack kontrolliert und sie anschließend für mehrere Stunden in Gewahrsam genommen. Einen konkreten Anlass für die Maßnahmen hatte die Klägerin nicht gegeben. Die Polizei berief sich lediglich darauf, sie dürfe in dem ausgewiesenen Gefahrengebiet beliebig kontrollieren.

Die Gefahrengebiete sind verfassungswidrig, heißt es in dem heute verkündeten Urteil. Der fragliche Paragraf 4 Abs. 2 des Gesetzes über die Datenverarbeitung der Polizei verstoße gegen das rechtsstaatliche Bestimmtheitsgebot und gegen den Grundsatz der Verhältnismäßigkeit.

Die Vorschrift gebe nicht klar genug die Voraussetzungen für die Ausweisung eines Gefahrengebiets vor. Vielmehr bleibe es weitgehend der Polizei überlassen zu entscheiden, ob und für wie lange ein Gefahrengebiet ausgewiesen und dort Personen verdachtsunabhängig überprüft werden könnten.

Das Gesetz erlaube überdies Eingriffe in die Bürgerrechte einzelner von erheblichem Gewicht. Dabei gehe es aber nur um die Abwehr “abstrakter” Gefahren. Die einzelnen hätten jedoch für die gegen sie gerichtete Maßnahmen keinen konkreten Anlass gegeben. Die damit verbundene Belastung sei nicht angemessen (Link zur Entscheidung).

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Mystery of dog found alone on top of England's highest mountain

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An animal welfare charity has launched an appeal to locate the owner of a dog found wandering on the top of the highest mountain in England. The black and tan male collie cross was picked up at the summit of Scafell Pike in the Lake District on Saturday by a couple of Scottish holidaymakers.



Concerned about its well-being, they took it home and handed it to the Scottish SPCA rescue centre in Glasgow. The charity now wants to locate the owner of the dog, nicknamed Scafell. The dog, which had not been microchipped, is believed to be aged between five and eight years old.

Described as "petrified and nervous" when found, it took the couple, from Maybole, South Ayrshire, about half an hour to coax it over to them. Anna O'Donnell, from the Glasgow centre, said: "At this stage it's all a bit of a mystery but we believe Scafell may have been taken up the mountain by his owner and become lost.



"There is also a chance he was abandoned and made his own way up to the top. It would be fantastic if we are able to reunite him with his owner if he has gone missing. If not, we will find him a loving new home in Scotland." At 978m (3,209ft), Scafell Pike is the highest peak in England.
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Twin brothers arrested for throwing bricks at each other

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Twin 52-year-old brothers from Orange City in Florida are facing the same charge after throwing bricks at each other during an argument, police said.

James and Michael Remelius were arguing with each other in the front yard of a home at about 8:45pm on Tuesday when Michael picked up a brick and threatened to throw it at his brother, according to a police report.



James then picked up a brick in a threatening manner. Michael threw his brick and hit his brother in the leg, causing a small cut, according to the report. James then threw his brick and struck Michael in the right eye, causing bleeding and swelling.

The brothers were both charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and taken to Volusia County Branch Jail, where James is being held on $25,000 bail. Michael’s bail is set at $20,000.
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