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  • The Math Myth: And Other STEM Delusions

    06/30/2016 2:27:32 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 31 replies
    John Batchelor show ^ | 29 June 2016 | John Batchelor interviews author Andrew Hacker
    audio 19:01 “Hacker's accessible arguments offer plenty to think about and should serve as a clarion call to students, parents, and educators who decry the one-size-fits-all approach to schooling.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review) “A lively argument against the assumption that if the United States is to stay competitive in a global economy, our students require advanced training in mathematics.” —Kirkus Reviews “The Math Myth persuasively and satisfyingly debunks assertions about the practical value of requiring all students to master higher-level mathematics—and also points up the real harm caused by the Common Core standards and college-admission exams, which are constructed on...
  • Man Charged With Recording Girls In Bedford, NH Target Fitting Room

    06/30/2016 1:59:15 PM PDT · by Morgana · 22 replies ^ | June 24, 2016 | cbs
    BEDFORD, N.H. (CBS) – A Raymond, New Hampshire man is accused of filming girls changing in a Target fitting room. Bedford police say they were called to the Target on South River Road in Bedford at about 9:15 p.m. on Wednesday for a report of a man who was recording young women changing clothes in the dressing room. The man in question fled before officers arrived, but after an investigation, an arrest warrant was issued for 22-year-old Zachery Bishop.
  • Chipotle Adding Chorizo to Menu to Win Back Customers

    06/30/2016 10:38:49 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 56 replies
    NBC New York ^ | Jun 29, 2016
    Chipotle is adding chorizo to its menu in yet another move intended to get people back in stores following an E. coli outbreak last year. The chain says the topping will be available in select cities including New York and San Diego starting Wednesday. It expects to introduce the chicken-and-pork sausage option nationally in the fall. Earlier this week, Chipotle also said it plans to launch a loyalty program for the summer that will reward customers with free meals for frequent visits. The moves are part of the chain's push to recover after a series of food scares last year...
  • ABC 2015-16 Season Ratings (updated 6/29/16)

    06/30/2016 7:51:32 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 10 replies ^ | 6/29/16 | Staff
    Only three returning ABC TV shows were up in the ratings last season and many new series were cancelled. How will the alphabet network perform this time around? Stay tuned! There’s lots of data that network execs looks at when deciding whether to renew or cancel a TV series but ratings are the major ingredient. These charts will be updated daily, as new ratings data becomes available. ABC shows (so far): $100,000 Pyramid, 20/20, 20/20: In an Instant, 500 Questions, American Crime, The Bachelor, Bachelor Live, The Bachelorette, BattleBots, Beyond The Tank, Black-ish, Blood & Oil, Castle, The Catch, Celebrity...
  • Brother and sister 'drug dealers' are arrested after police find $24MILLION cash (Miami)

    06/30/2016 7:19:04 AM PDT · by dennisw · 11 replies ^ | 30 June 2016
    Cops say they found the haul of cash hidden away in a secret compartment Siblings, said to be peddling marijuana, divided the cash into $100 bills A brother and sister have been arrested after police seized $24million in cash and drugs from a Miami home. Luis Hernandez-Gonzalez, 44, and Salma Hernandez, 32, were both taken into custody after police found the huge haul of cash in their Florida property. The money, that was believed to have been made peddling marijuana, was divided into $100 bills and stashed in orange heat-sealed buckets with Home Depot labels. The hidden room - where...
  • Microsoft to make saying no to Windows 10 update easier

    06/30/2016 12:15:46 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 18 replies
    ZDNet ^ | June 28, 2016 | Mary Jo Foley
    Microsoft officials said late on June 27 that the new update experience -- with clearer "upgrade now, schedule a time, or decline the free offer" -- will start rolling out this week. Microsoft will also revert to making clicking on the Red X at the corner of the Windows 10 update box dismiss the update, rather than initiate it, as it has done for the past several weeks. Microsoft officials said they are making the change "in response to customer feedback". Update: Here's the full, updated statement from Microsoft about the coming change, attributable to Executive Vice President of Windows...
  • This malware pretends to be WhatsApp, Uber and Google Play

    06/29/2016 10:38:17 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 6 replies
    CSO ^ | Jun 29, 2016 4:56 AM PT | Michael Kan
    Hackers are stealing credit card information in Europe with malware that can spoof the user interfaces of Uber, WhatsApp and Google Play. The malware, which has struck Android users in Denmark, Italy and Germany, has been spreading through a phishing campaign over SMS (short message service), security vendor FireEye said on Tuesday. Once downloaded, the malware will create fake user interfaces on the phone as an “overlay” on top of real apps. These interfaces ask for credit card information and then send the entered data to the hacker.

    06/29/2016 10:29:01 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 16 replies ^ | June 29, 2016 | By Graham Cluley
    Apple started selling the Apple iPhone nine years ago today. Here is what Apple's press release had to say: iPhone introduces an entirely new user interface based on a revolutionary multi-touch display and pioneering new software that allows users to control iPhone with just a tap, flick or pinch of their fingers. iPhone combines three products into one small and lightweight handheld device - a revolutionary mobile phone, a widescreen iPod, and the Internet in your pocket with best-ever applications on a mobile phone for email, web browsing and maps. iPhone ushers in an era of software power and sophistication...
  • New wi-fi standard triples connectivity speeds

    06/29/2016 8:32:48 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 11 replies
    iTnews (AUS) ^ | Jun 30 2016 6:57AM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    The Wi-Fi Alliance standards body has added new features to its 802.11ac specification that promise up to three times the speed of existing wi-fi devices and the potential to move data faster than wired, gigabit ethernet local area networks. Named Wi-Fi Certified ac, the new specification add-ons include multi-user multiple input multiple output (MU-MIMO) radio aerial technology. This allows more devices to connect to the wi-fi access point and send and receive simultaneously for better throughput and responsiveness, an important consideration in enterprise and events settings. Older wi-fi access points manage connections in a round-robin fashion, with only one device...
  • Real money keeps its value

    06/29/2016 8:36:31 AM PDT · by 1raider1 · 9 replies
    The World Wide Web | June 29, 2016 | Me
    Case in point, I was able to view a menu board from a Dairy Queen sometime not very long after 1955 (I can tell, because it had the dilly bar on it and Dilly Bars were introduced in '55). Anyway, the price of the next to the largest dipped cone is 25¢. Back then quarters were 90 percent silver. Today the melt value of the silver in one of those quarters will buy you the LARGEST dipped cone DQ sells ($3.29, Indiana) and you'll get change back. Current melt value of pre 1964 quarters is $3.32.
  • Microsoft, Red Hat release open source programming protocol

    06/28/2016 9:41:17 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 17 replies
    iTnews (AUS) ^ | Jun 28 2016 12:30PM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    Microsoft has released a protocol that allows developers to easily add new programming language support for coding tools, in partnership with developer workspaces provider Codenvy and enterprise Linux distributor Red Hat. Whereas traditional coding tools tend to support a single programming language, the Microsoft-led protocol aims to make sure the tools can handle whichever language developers work in. The language server protocol lets developers code in different languages without having to switch editors or development environments. Microsoft engineer Erich Gamma said the protocol came into existence after the company intergrated OmniSharp for C# and TypeScript servvers for its Visual Studio...
  • Interior Secretary: ‘If We Did Not Have Immigration to This Country We Would Not Eat’

    06/28/2016 9:14:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 88 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 28, 2016 | 2:32 PM EDT | Penny Starr
    Interior Secretary Sally Jewell told attendees at an event on Hispanic-American entrepreneurship on Tuesday that if it were not for legal and illegal immigration into the United States “we would not eat.” Jewell said that the country is still trying to address the rights of farm workers, including the role immigration plays. “I’d say the challenges of immigration reform are a good example,” she said. “If we did not have immigration to this country we would not eat. Whether it’s documented or undocumented, we would not eat,” Jewell said at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C. …
  • Microsoft forced to back off tricky Win10 upgrade prompts

    06/28/2016 7:39:11 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 77 replies
    iTnews ( ^ | Jun 29 2016 10:45AM (AUS) | Staff Writer
    Microsoft has been forced to change the red "x" notification on its Windows 10 upgrade prompts after users reacted angrily to the misleading button. Microsoft dispensed with the historical function of the red "x" in the upgrade prompts to instead use it as authorisation for the upgrade process; clicking the button meant users gave their consent for the upgrade to take place. But backlash from users over the perceived trickery has pushed Microsoft to pledge to modify the button back to its original function. Now, clicking the "x" will dismiss the upgrade prompt and won't initiate the Windows 10 download,...
  • American Muscle Car Documentary - Quest For The Need For Speed - Films

    06/28/2016 6:00:29 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 5 replies
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    American Muscle Car Documentary - Quest For The Need For Speed - Films
  • People Leave a Scary Amount of Data on Hard Drives Before Selling Them

    06/28/2016 3:39:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 48 replies
    Fortune ^ | JUNE 28, 2016 | Madeline Farber
    A new study from technology firm Blancco Technology Group found that 78%— more than three quarters—of used, resold, or refurbished hard disk drives still contained personal or confidential information, despite supposedly being “wiped.” In the first quarter of 2016, the group purchased a total of 200 used hard disk drives and solid state drives sold in the United States from eBay and Craigslist. Out of the 200, the Blancco’s digital forensics team was able to recover left-over data from 78% of the drives, according to the study. 5% of the residual data were spreadsheets, which included sales projections and inventories...
  • Florida Man Sues Apple for $10+ Billion, Says iOS Devices Copy His 1992 Drawings

    06/28/2016 2:35:40 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 52 replies
    MacRumors ^ | June 28, 2016
    Florida resident Thomas S. Ross has filed a lawsuit against Apple this week, claiming that the iPhone, iPad, and iPod infringe upon his 1992 invention of a hand-drawn "Electronic Reading Device" (ERD). The court filing claims the plaintiff was "first to file a device so designed and aggregated," nearly 15 years before the first iPhone. ​ Between May 23, 1992 and September 10, 1992, Ross designed three hand-drawn technical drawings of the device, primarily consisting of flat rectangular panels with rounded corners that "embodied a fusion of design and function in a way that never existed prior to 1992." Quote...
  • Welcome to Yosemite, Sponsored by Nike?

    06/28/2016 1:20:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Columbia Missourian ^ | Jun 27, 2016 | JILL RICHARDSON
    Imagine painstakingly making up your way up the cables of Yosemite National Park’s famous Half Dome peak — only to see swooshes and slogans encouraging you to “Just Do It.” “Welcome to Half Dome,” a gleaming banner greets you, “sponsored by Nike.” Unfortunately, it’s a possibility. As the coverage swells over Barack and Michelle Obama’s recent visit to Yosemite and Carlsbad Caverns, Americans are learning that national parks will now start selling naming rights. advertisement The parks are facing a hefty budget shortfall, so they’re turning to corporations — who are apparently more generous with cash than the current Congress....
  • Hillary Clinton Will Do It Again

    06/28/2016 11:21:15 AM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 17 replies
    blueunicorn6 | 6/28/2016 | blueunicorn6
    Hillary Clinton will behave in the future like she behaved handling the attack at Benghazi. I have taught Leadership and Management to college students and Soldiers. I am aware of almost all theories and "laws" concerning Leadership and Management. I have found that there are two theories or "laws" that hold up every time in the real world. 1. The best predictor of future behavior from someone is their past behavior. 2. The Law Of Effect - You will generally receive more of the behavior that is rewarded and less of the behavior that is punished. Take a look at...
  • Abortionist Complains More Women are Not Able to Abort Their Babies

    06/28/2016 10:53:04 AM PDT · by Morgana · 3 replies ^ | June 28, 2016 | Micaiah Bilger
    Erin King lives in Missouri, but she travels across the border to Illinois every day to work as an abortionist. King wrote a column for the Riverfront Times this week criticizing the Missouri legislature for passing laws to protect women and babies from abuses in the abortion industry. She laments how Missouri is not like Illinois, which has very few restrictions on abortion. King criticizes the pro-life laws in Missouri, and even blasts Missouri’s parental consent requirement, which mandates that girls under age 18 receive at least one parent’s permission to have an abortion. The common sense law has wide...
  • Same-Sex Couple Say Uber Driver Used Gay Slur, Discriminated

    06/28/2016 9:43:40 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Jun 28, 2016
    A same-sex couple say they were victims of discrimination by an Uber driver during SF Pride weekend. Matt Tongi and Sumeet Chadha said they called Uber on Saturday night to go the Castro district in San Francisco for a Pride event. Tongi said after they got into the car, he kissed his boyfriend on the cheek. The Uber driver then told them he couldn't drive them anymore because he was out of gas. But Tongi said he could see the fuel gauge on the dash, and it indicated the vehicle had plenty of gas. The conversation then got heated, and...
  • Waldof Astoria Closer To Converting 75% Of Hotel Rooms To Luxury Condos

    06/27/2016 5:02:05 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    Chinese conglomerate Anbang Insurance Group bought the Midtown property for $1.95 billion in 2014—which then prompted President Obama to ditch the hotel as presidential lodgings. As many as 1,100 of the current 1,413 rooms will be turned into condos; the WSJ also reports, "The vast reduction in Waldorf hotel rooms will lead to the elimination of many room-service, housekeeping and other hospitality jobs. The Waldorf has about 1,500 hotel employees. The new owners and Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc., which will continue to manage the property when it reopens, have reached severance agreements with hundreds of these workers at a cost...
  • Greenspan Warns A Crisis Is Imminent, Urges A Return To The Gold Standard

    06/27/2016 1:50:10 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 98 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 06/27/2016 | Tyler Durden
    On Friday afternoon, after the shocking Brexit referendum, while being interviewed by CNBC Alan Greenspan stunned his hosts when he said that things are about as bad as he has ever seen. "This is the worst period, I recall since I've been in public service. There's nothing like it, including the crisis — remember October 19th, 1987, when the Dow went down by a record amount 23 percent? That I thought was the bottom of all potential problems. This has a corrosive effect that will not go away. I'd love to find something positive to say." Strangely enough, he was...
  • Woman Wins $10,000 Lawsuit Against Microsoft Over Windows 10 Upgrades

    06/27/2016 9:47:33 AM PDT · by dayglored · 68 replies
    SlashDot ^ | Jun 27, 2016 | Anon
    A few days after Microsoft released Windows 10 to the public last year, Teri Goldstein's computer started trying to download and install the new operating system. The update, which she says she didn't authorize, failed. Instead, the computer she uses to run her Sausalito, California, travel-agency business slowed to a crawl. It would crash, she says, and be unusable for days at a time. "I had never heard of Windows 10," Goldstein said. "Nobody ever asked me if I wanted to update." When outreach to Microsoft's customer support didn't fix the issue, Goldstein took the software giant to court, seeking...
  • Could repeal of Second Amendment be a breach of contract?

    06/27/2016 3:06:31 AM PDT · by Jonty30 · 82 replies
    If, under a Hilary government, the Second Amendment was read out of the Constitution or Amended to be null and void, could the South leave? Those who joined the Union did so with the Constitution as it was written at the time, so those were agreed upon terms. However, it seems to me that a repeal of the Second Amendment represents a change to the contract, needing all parties to agree to the change or it becomes a breach and allows parties to decide to stay or not. Am I wrong?

    06/26/2016 9:18:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 47 replies
    ABC13 ^ | Sunday, June 26, 2016 | Vic Lee
    A San Francisco man is fighting to stay in his apartment, after his landlord suddenly hiked his rent from $1,800 a month to $8,000. The tenant has appealed this incredible rent hike to the city, but it may be too late. He may find himself out of his apartment before the city's rent board decides if it's legal or not. One thing is certain -- it's one of the highest rent increases in recent history in San Francisco. The apartment building sits in the heart of North Beach, on the corner of Columbus and Scotland streets.
  • Peru: Letter Reveals Hugo Chávez Funded President Humala

    06/26/2016 9:14:24 PM PDT · by fella · 3 replies ^ | 17 June 2016 | Sabrina Martin
    Former First Lady Nadine Heredia Blocked From Travel While Trial Takes Place A hearing involving first lady to former Peruvian President Ollanta Humala, Nadine Heredia took place Thursday, June 16, about money laundering allegations that resulted in her receiving a four-month international travel ban. During the hearing, the prosecutor Germán Juárez Atoche revealed he had a letter from former President Hugo Chávez Frías mentioning donations to Humala’s 2006 campaign of USD $600,000 and USD $2,000,000. The local media outlet RPP summarized the prosecutor’s recent revelations: According to attorney Juárez Atoche, the letter was drafted on red ink by President Hugo...
  • Cuba Struggles as Venezuela Oil Subsidies Dwindle

    06/26/2016 9:07:07 PM PDT · by fella · 19 replies ^ | 21 June 2016 | Sabrina Martin
    Blackouts on the Island Have Lasted Between Four and Eight Hours Raúl Castro has decided to implement austerity measures in Cuba as the oil the Venezuelan government has been sending over the past years has decreased and is no longer sufficient to cover for public sector expenses. According to news outlet Cubanet, island officials are trying to fight the fuel deficit by reducing consumption of oil and electricity by 20 percent, which means a partial paralyzing of production. “ The measure has starting to circulate this week in the ministeries and companies linked to production. The measures have included …...
  • Microsoft to kill off Surface 3 in December

    06/26/2016 8:06:32 PM PDT · by dayglored · 18 replies
    BetaNews ^ | Jun 26, 2016 | Mark Wilson
    If you're in the market for a Surface 3, now is the time to buy one. Microsoft says that production of the Surface 3 will come to an end in December this year, and warns that stocks are already starting to run low. It's not yet clear whether the end of production for the cheapest Surface device signals the end of Microsoft's Atom-based devices. But it certainly seems as though the company is keen to focus its attention on the Pro range as well as the Surface Book. Microsoft confirmed the end of Surface 3 production to ZDNet. Mary Jo...
  • Intel x86s hide another CPU that can take over your machine (you can't audit it)

    06/25/2016 9:26:23 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 15 replies
    Bing Bong ^ | 06/15/16 | Damien Zammit
    Recent Intel x86 processors implement a secret, powerful control mechanism that runs on a separate chip that no one is allowed to audit or examine. When these are eventually compromised, they'll expose all affected systems to nearly unkillable, undetectable rootkit attacks. I've made it my mission to open up this system and make free, open replacements, before it's too late. The Intel Management Engine (ME) is a subsystem composed of a special 32-bit ARC microprocessor that's physically located inside the chipset. It is an extra general purpose computer running a firmware blob that is sold as a management system for...
  • I have stopped using American Express for the month...they went "Pride"...

    06/25/2016 12:08:05 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 74 replies
    6/25/16 | sff
    I meant to post this a couple days ago but have been busy. I noticed on twitter that Amex is now using the symbol stolen from the Scripture by the homosexual community--the rainbow--to symbolize the company's avatar. the company American Express says it is commemorating homosexual behaviour throughout the month. in return, for the month I will be using one of my Visa cards--even though I use Amex regularly because of a decent return I've enjoyed via its "points" program. I urge any FREEPers who use credit responsibly to do the same.
  • Stock Market manipulation

    06/25/2016 6:53:23 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 38 replies
    Financial News | 25 June 2016 | MeneMeneTekelUpharsin
    The stock market dropped 611 points Fridy SUPPOSEDLY because of the British exit vote on the European Union. Also, European and Asian markets dropped. Was there a reason for the markets to react that way? No. That vote did not change anything consequential. Big money boys behind the scenes already knew what was going to happen (it was no suprise to them - they have accurate research teams) and shorted what they needed to short. The fact that someone behind the scenes is pulling the trigger on nothing events means someone needs to go to prison for causing peoples' stock...
  • Leaked Documents Show Some Uber Drivers Barely Making Ends Meet

    06/25/2016 5:52:59 AM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 63 replies ^ | June 23, 2016 | Devin Fehely
    Uber is coming under increased scrutiny after leaked documents indicated their drivers really don’t make all that much money. “I’ve been saying this for a while, it’s an Uber disappointment,” explained driver Kelsey Tilander
  • Godless Apps Seem in Google Play, 90% of Android Phones at Risk

    06/24/2016 9:26:33 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 4 replies
    OppTrends ^ | June 24, 2016 | Ali Raza
    A new family of malicious apps, most of which were available on the Google Play Store, all containing malicious codes have been detected by a group of security researchers. The Godless apps are believed to be able secretly to root 90 percent of all Android phones. AntiVirus provider, Trend Micro wrote in a recent blog post that they had discovered a new family of malicious apps. The apps called, Godless, contains a collection of the rooting exploits that can work on any device which is running the Android version 5.1 and below. This means that close to 90 percent of...
  • Chrome Bug Makes It Easy to Download Movies From Netflix and Amazon Prime

    06/24/2016 7:39:32 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 30 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | Today 10:51am (24 June 2016) | Michael Nunez
    For the past decade, Hollywood’s battle against online pirates has been mainly been focused on leaked DVD screeners and illegal streaming sites. Now a pair of security researchers say they’ve discovered a vulnerability in the Google Chrome browser that allows people to save illegal copies of movies from streaming sites like Netflix and Amazon Prime. The vulnerability, first reported by Wired, takes advantage of the Widevine EME/CDM technology that Chrome uses to stream encrypted video from content providers. Researchers David Livshits from the Cyber Security Research Center at Ben-Gurion University and Alexandra Mikityuk of Telekom Innovation Laboratories discovered a way...
  • New Hampshire Woman Drops Defamation Suit Against Bill Cosby

    06/24/2016 6:40:23 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 11 replies
    KSTP.COM ^ | 24 JUNE 2016 | KTSP.COM
    A 72-year-old New Hampshire woman who says Bill Cosby raped her in 1965 has withdrawn her civil defamation lawsuit against the comedian. Kristina Ruehli filed a notice to voluntarily dismiss the suit Friday. It came after a federal judge in Springfield, near where Cosby has a home, rejected the comedian's bid to dismiss the case Thursday. Ruehli's lawyer, Megan Deluhery, tells The Associated Press her client has decided not to pursue the lawsuit because the legal landscape has changed.
  • Can Texas legally secede from the United States?

    06/24/2016 6:15:44 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 225 replies
    Hey, Texplainer: Britain voted to leave the European Union. Can Texas secede from the United States? In the wake of Britain’s historic vote to leave the European Union - nicknamed "Brexit" - speculation of a Texit on the horizon have cropped up once again. The secessionist movement has a long history in the Lone Star state. Delegates for the Texas Republican Party even recently debated adding secessionist language to the party's platform. But is it actually legal for Texas to leave the United States? Simply put, the answer is no. Historical and legal precedents make it clear that Texas could...
  • Reaction to Brexit (i.e. Khan in London, etc.) = obvious that control attempts IS because of islam

    06/24/2016 4:00:29 PM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 10 replies
    Thought | 24 June 2016 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    It looks like muslim money is the driving force behind getting everyone on the same team controlled by the leaders who have been bought off with islamic money. It is becoming pretty obvious.
  • Port Canaveral Considers Charging SpaceX 14 Times Normal Fee For Booster Return

    06/24/2016 7:53:08 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies ^ | 06/22/2016 | Evan Gough
    Port Canaveral is the facility that SpaceX relies on in its operations. Spent boosters are recovered aboard their drone ship, which docks at the Port. They are then offloaded from the drone ship with SpaceX’s special crane, loaded onto a truck and delivered to Kennedy Space Center. All of this activity puts a special strain on the Port’s facilities, according to Rodger Rees, the port’s deputy executive director and chief financial officer. In a memo to port commissioners, he said “Due to the heavy weight and the effect of this weight on the port’s berths, staff is recommending that the...
  • Merrill Lynch to Pay $415 Million

    06/24/2016 4:45:54 AM PDT · by ConservativeWarrior · 10 replies
    Washington D.C., June 23, 2016 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that Merrill Lynch has agreed to pay $415 million and admit wrongdoing to settle charges that it misused customer cash to generate profits for the firm and failed to safeguard customer securities from the claims of its creditors.
  • Synchronicity? ATM machines...

    06/24/2016 1:29:13 AM PDT · by djf · 13 replies
    I just left a large place I go to once in a while. They have a large number of ATM machines there, well, OK, it's a casino. I left because I was out of cash and couldn't get any money from a certain machine. Well, as I was leaving, I figured I'd try another machine, because I know I have cash in my account. It had a MACHINE TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE card on it. So I checked other machines, and they ALL by this time had a MACHINE TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE card on them! Now a fiber outage is possible... but so...
  • HTML5 Ads Aren't That Safe Compared To Flash, Experts Say

    06/23/2016 10:08:42 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 8 replies
    SOFTPEDIA® ^ | Jun 23, 2016 21:05 GMT | Catalin Cimpanu
    A study from GeoEdge, an ad scanning vendor, reveals that Flash has been wrongly accused as the root cause of today's malvertising campaigns, but in reality, switching to HTML5 ads won't safeguard users from attacks because the vulnerabilities are in the ad platforms and advertising standards themselves. The evidence exists to proclaim Flash as one of today's most vulnerable and insecure software applications. Targeted in cyber-espionage and malvertising campaigns, Flash has gotten a bad reputation, and for a good reason. HTML5 ads are replacing Flash ads in the industry Security researchers have discovered vulnerabilities in Flash almost every month, and...
  • Rash Of Peeping Incidents Follows Target’s New Bathroom Policy

    06/23/2016 7:11:18 PM PDT · by Morgana · 20 replies ^ | June 17, 2016 | Jack Davis
    Now that men have access to women’s bathrooms and fitting rooms at every Target store in America, many are using that opportunity to secretly film women and teenage girls. For example, a 16-year-old girl told station WDAY-TV in Fargo, N.D., that when she went into a dressing room, a man put his phone under the door with the camera facing toward her. “When she walked out, the man entered a different dressing room,” the station reported. Target declined to comment, but police are seeking a white male, age 30 to 50, possible around 6 feet tall, with a muscular build...
  • Boy, 9, says man touched him in Houston-area Target bathroom

    06/23/2016 3:08:59 PM PDT · by Morgana · 26 replies
    click2houston ^ | June 22, 2016 | Erica Young
    HOUSTON - The Houston Police Department is asking the public for help in its investigation into a child indecency case at a Target store. The incident happened inside the men's bathroom at the store in the 6800 block of West F.M. 1960 on May 13. A 9-year-old boy told police a man entered his bathroom stall and touched him inappropriately. The boy ran out of the restroom and hid under a water fountain near the restrooms until his mother came out of the women's restroom. He then told her what happened.
  • Police seek help identifying man snooping in Walgreens women's bathroom

    06/23/2016 3:00:37 PM PDT · by Morgana · 14 replies ^ | June 22, 2016 | Gazette Staff
    Billings Police are asking for the public’s assistance to identify a man who was prowling inside a women’s bathroom in the Walgreens at 3333 Grand Ave. A BPD news release described the suspect as a white man in his late teens. He is about 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighs about 155 pounds and has dark shaggy hair. The man was seen driving a dark blue 1980s Ford Tempo with Montana license plates.
  • Geneva to get 'café fellatio' by end of year (Switzerland)

    06/23/2016 2:56:50 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 52 replies
    The Local ^ | 6-23-16 | The Local
    The idea for the sex café has been brewing for several months, Bradley Charvet of the Geneva firm Facegirl told Geneva’s Le Matin newspaper recently. Modelled on similar establishments in Thailand, the proposed Geneva café would add a new dimension to the sex trade in the city of the protestant reformer Calvin. Put simply, the business model would see men ordering a coffee and using an iPad to select a prostitute they want to perform oral sex on them. They would then sit at the bar.
  • Target’s Still Feeling Impact Of Transgender Bathroom Policy

    06/23/2016 2:53:59 PM PDT · by Morgana · 24 replies ^ | June 21, 2016 | Ted Marzilli
    For the past three weeks, Target’s purchase consideration levels have been moving around the three-year low mark, coinciding with its April 19th announcement regarding transgender use of bathrooms and fitting rooms. This may indicate rough sales waters ahead for the retailer. The drop in purchase consideration is not as steep as the one Target took after its late 2013 data breach. The retailer’s new low was likely made easier that according to YouGov BrandIndex’s consumer metrics, it never fully recovered to pre-breach levels in the first place. Looking back to the first month after the late 2013 data breach, Target...
  • After Orlando, some businesses stress LGBT inclusivity moves

    06/23/2016 9:28:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 23, 2016 11:10 AM EDT | Joyce M. Rosenberg
    Some small business owners already working to make their companies more welcoming to LGBT employees say the massacre at a gay dance club in Orlando gives them an impetus to make more changes. “I’ve committed to myself and within our executive team to redouble our efforts to create a safer, kinder, more accepting workplace,” says Frank Maylett, CEO of RizePoint, a company that makes software to help restaurant owners, hotel operators and retailers manage multiple locations. RizePoint had already taken steps like providing health and other benefits to employees’ domestic partners and removing gender references in its handbook so that...
  • Robots To Pay "Social Security" Under EU Tax Proposal

    06/23/2016 6:14:13 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 31 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 06/23/2016 | Tyler Durden
    Submitted by Michael Shedlock via, The EU is studying a proposal that would count robots as people for tax purposes. Although the proposal is deemed “too early” to implement just yet, rest assured once nannycrats get a bad idea in their heads, it never leaves. This provides yet another reason to vote in favor of Brexit. Please consider Europe’s Robots to Become ‘Electronic Persons’ Under Draft Plan. Europe’s growing army of robot workers could be classed as “electronic persons” and their owners liable to paying social security for them if the European Union adopts a draft plan to address...
  • This Dirt Cheap Stock Could be Investors' Best Way to Bet on Virtual Reality

    06/22/2016 7:50:45 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    Demand for virtual reality is expected to surge in the years ahead. Research firm IDC expects that more than 110 million VR headsets will be sold in 2020, up from 9.6 million headsets in 2016. Investors looking to add exposure to the trend have a number of stocks to choose from, including both NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA) and Facebook (NASDAQ:FB). But while those companies may offer attractive upside, their shares certainly aren't cheap, trading for about 40- and 69-times trailing earnings, respectively. Those investors looking for more of a bargain might consider AMD (NASDAQ: AMD). The computing giant seems likely to play...
  • Italy wants new law to protect the art of pizza-making

    06/22/2016 1:10:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 139 replies ^ | 22 Jun 2016 11:36 GMT+02:00
    An Italian senator presented a “pizza makers’ bill” Tuesday, which aims to create a professional registry of all Italian pizza chefs. If successful, the bill will establish a nationally regulated pizza-making qualification, which will be recognized in all European countries. The proposals would force aspiring pizzaioli to complete a 120-hour course made up of 20 hours of food science, 20 hours of pizza-making workshops, 30 hours of food hygiene and 40 hours of foreign languages. […] According to the Forza Italia senator who presented the bill, Bartolomeo Amidei, the registry will protect the country’s culinary traditions and stop consumers from...