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March 6, 2013 at 6:46 AM

Wednesday Memo: Big Microsoft fine … Fecal Fest! … Knives on planes

Big fine for Microsoft A European commission has hit Microsoft with a $732.2 million fine for not sticking to its promise to give Windows users, and we’re talking millions of them, the opportunity to choose web browsers other than Internet Explorer. IE comes bundled with Windows operating systems. Is a fine that size a drop in a bucket for Microsoft? Will they ever have to pay it?

A rogue taxidermist? The News Tribune has a story about just such a rogue, someone who is a hybrid artist and taxidermist. He makes creatures that never actually existed. Have a look at their story.

Get your poopZoo’s Spring Fecal Fest starts next week. Our community partner blog PhinneyWood.com reminds us that the Woodland Park Zoo’s annual Spring Fecal Fest starts next week. If you’re unfamiliar with the event, it’s a chance for gardeners to enter a lottery to win the opportunity to buy some compost, say a truckload if you want it, lovingly crafted by the zoo’s herbivores. To learn more about the lottery, or about the art of the excretory pun, call the zoo’s poo hotline: 206-625-POOP (7667).

Knives on planes: Now that the TSA says it will be OK to carry some small knives on planes, a lot of folks have reacted with shrugs. What do you think about the government’s decision? Vote in our poll.

Rain, rain, then sun and more sun: Forget the weather today and tomorrow, but the forecast for Friday and Saturday calls for mostly sunny skies. Nice.

Most-read stories on seattletimes.com: 

  1. UN: Colo., Wash. legal pot violates drug treaties
  2. ‘We always start CPR,’ Washington medical official says after Calif. facility refuses
  3. Ex-DEA heads, U.N. panel urge feds to nullify Wash., Colo. pot laws
  4. 3 bodies found in wreckage along Iditarod route
  5. Seattle police seize 40 marijuana plants from park

Memo light: Dilbert | Scott Adams

Nick Provenza: 206-464-2142 or nprovenza@seattletimes.com

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