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  • Why Your Face Will Soon Be The Key To All Your Devices

    08/21/2017 4:59:13 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 14 replies
    WSJ ^ | 08/20/17 | Christopher Mims
    It was a memorable moment in Pixar’s 2004 classic “The Incredibles,” one that seemed wildly futuristic at the time: Mr. Incredible picks up a wafer-thin tablet computer, and it scans his face to verify his identity before divulging his secret mission. Thirteen years later, many slim phones and tablets unlock with the press of a thumb—and just this sort of mobile facial scanning is on the way. Forget fiddling with passwords or even fingerprints; forget multiple layers of sign-in; forget credit cards and, eventually, even physical keys to our homes and cars. A handful of laptops and mobile devices can...
  • This Squid Ice Cream Cone Is a Lot to Process

    08/20/2017 10:33:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 54 replies
    Eater ^ | Aug 11, 2017 | Greg Morabito
    An impressively weird dessert washes ashore in New ZealandAn ice cream shop in Auckland, New Zealand is taking the burgeoning goth dessert trend to new heights by serving a giant chocolate-dipped cone with a mantle and menacing tentacles protruding from the top of creamy sphere. The chef at Giapo Kitchen thought that this undeniably phallic treat would be a nice way to commemorate the 10th anniversary of The Colossal Squid’s arrival at the Museum of Te Papa Tongarewa. Here’s a clip of the chocolate tentacles being inserted into the cone after it’s dipped: The squid dessert is just as spooky...
  • A Wine Snob Gives Boxed Vino a Try and (Kind of) Likes It

    08/20/2017 10:20:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    It will not surprise you to know that I am a wine snob. I can't help it. It just goes with the territory. But being a snob does not mean that I am not willing to expand my horizons from time to time and try something about which I may have preconceived notions. Lately, I've been hearing a lot of good things about boxed wine - not all boxed wine, mind you. There are certain brands you won't find in my fridge anytime soon. But certain reputable producers are funneling their wine into 3-liter bag-in-box packaging instead of bottles, and...
  • Va. Woman Gets 3.5 Years for Poisoning Her Coworkers' Coffee with Windex, Soap

    08/20/2017 4:56:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    News4San Antonio ^ | Thursday, August 17th 2017
    A Virginia woman has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for poisoning her coworkers' coffee with Windex and dish soap. Loudoun County Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Plowman announced the sentence Thursday for 33-year-old Mayda Rivera Juarez of Sterling. She pleaded guilty in February to adulteration of food with intent to injure.
  • Bed and Breakfast Helps Chickens Cross Street With High Visibility Vests

    08/20/2017 4:39:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    UPI ^ | Aug. 18, 2017 | Daniel Uria
    A bed and breakfast in Scotland fitted a group of chickens with high-visibility vests to help them cross a local road. Glenshieling House shared video Friday of a pair of chickens wearing the bright pink vests as they strolled across the rainy street. Louise Lennox, owner of the Perthsire bed and breakfast, told STV she has 14 hens and a few have a tendency to wander off the property. "They normally stay in the garden but a couple of them like to go for a wee wander down the path and sometimes across the road," she said. "I just thought...
  • Huge number of 18-wheelers on the highways

    08/20/2017 10:30:29 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 67 replies
    The highway | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    Incredible number of big rigs on the highways. It is a sure sign of a booming economy. Where's the media?
  • Rise of Fascism Its Already Entrenched On The Left

    08/20/2017 5:57:54 AM PDT · by fella · 19 replies
    WND ^ | 19 August 2017
    D’Souza explained the current leftist tactic of targeting and removing political dissidents from jobs or positions of influence is simply an old fascist tactic carried over to the present day. “The Nazis called this ‘Gleichschaltung,’ meaning coordination, but it really refers to beating the whole society, using the institutions of culture – media, film, the state – against your opposition to make them cower before you,” he observed.
  • Surveillance Video Captures Walmart Security Guard Allegedly Mow Over Bicyclist

    08/19/2017 11:25:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    KRQE ^ | August 17, 2017 | Madeline Schmitt
    Caught on camera, a Walmart security guard used her work car to allegedly run down a bicyclist in the store parking lot. KRQE News 13 has obtained the surveillance video and police lapel video from the incident. It happened around 6:30 p.m. on July 21 at the Walmart near Coors and I-40. Surveillance cameras were on and rolling in the store’s back lot when a Walmart security guard car appeared traveling north. A few seconds later, a bicyclist entered the frame headed south. Immediately, the security car turned around and beelined for the man on the bike at a clearly...
  • Surgeries to Remove Weight-Loss Devices on the Rise

    08/19/2017 10:05:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | AUGUST 18, 2017 | Lisa Rapaport
    Doctors are doing fewer weight-loss procedures to implant adjustable bands around the stomach and more operations to remove the devices or alter them, a U.S. study suggests. Researchers focused on a type of weight-loss surgery known as laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, a minimally invasive procedure that involves placing an inflatable belt around the upper portion of the stomach that reduces the amount of food it can hold. People are advised to eat portions about the size of a shot glass post-surgery. Nationwide, a total of 28,202 patients underwent procedures to implant laparoscopic adjustable gastric bands (LAGB) from 2007 to 2015,...
  • Anyone Else Having Problems Using Samsung Pay at Publix stores?

    08/19/2017 8:59:24 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 29 replies
    Self | August 19, 2017 | PJ-Comix
    I've been using Samsung Pay on my Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and I really like it. No real issues until just a couple of days ago when I tried to use it at a Publix store. It didn't work even though I held the phone right over the same spot of the card reader that I normally do. I tried it again and again it didn't work so I ended up pulling out my Debit card and used that. Okay, I figured that maybe there was something wrong with that particular card reader. However, this morning I went to a...
  • Public Enemy: Transcript from Martin Shkreli's jury selection (HILARIOUS)

    08/18/2017 7:44:35 PM PDT · by Auntie Mame · 6 replies
    Harper's Magazine ^ | Sept 2017 issue | Not listed
    THE COURT: The purpose of jury selection is to ensure fairness and impartiality in this case. If you think that you could not be fair and impartial, it is your duty to tell me. All right. Juror Number 1. JUROR NO. 1: I’m aware of the defendant and I hate him. BENJAMIN BRAFMAN [lawyer representing Shkreli]: I’m sorry. JUROR NO. 1: I think he’s a greedy little man. THE COURT: Jurors are obligated to decide the case based only on the evidence. Do you agree? JUROR NO. 1: I don’t know if I could. I wouldn’t want me on this...
  • Why Gun Sales Have Declined Under Trump

    08/18/2017 4:32:29 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 48 replies ^ | 8-18-17 | SAM BOCETTA
    Many of us welcomed Trump to the Presidency with a sense of pride. However, there is one group for whom the new (ish) president has brought some bad news – gun store owners, and gun manufacturers. This is because gun sales have seen a significant drop since the election of Trump. But don’t worry – this does not indicate waning enthusiasm for people to own guns. Quite the opposite. It appears that demand has dropped because people feel that their rights to own guns will be protected under the new administration. The extent to which this is true remains to...
  • Your Corner: Turning Old Cupcakes and Bread Into Vodka

    08/18/2017 3:07:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Greg Bledsoe
    Distillers are fighting food waste and saving doughWhat’s old is new again. It’s a saying that applies perfectly for an idea by the owners of one of San Diego’s newest distilleries. “When we first came up with the idea, no one thought it was a good one,” said Sam Chereskin, co-owner of Misadventure and Company. His idea was to take old bread products and use them to make vodka. Once a week Chereskin takes a van to the Jacobs and Cushman San Diego food bank and picks up a load of more than a thousand pounds of bread products the...
  • We regret to inform you that your vegan cheese is now problematic

    08/18/2017 2:18:23 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 7 replies ^ | 18 August 2017 | Tim Donnelly
    The Daiya brand of vegan cheese was acquired by a corporation that tests on animals. What are vegans to do? heese has, improbably, been a pretty big success story for vegans in the past few years. Vegan pizza, thanks to the evolution of non-dairy cheeses, entered a golden age; a gourmet vegan cheese shop opened in Brooklyn, bringing a snobbishness once only employed by meat-craving omnivores to the borough. Vegan cheese used to mean slimy soy products, but it has significantly evolved thanks to products made from cashews, the high fat content of which makes for a good cheese-like texture,...
  • Why would a Chinese civilian flight go out of its way to fly directly over US base in Guam?

    08/18/2017 12:59:53 PM PDT · by cba123 · 17 replies
    OK folks, here is a website I have been following recently. It is a youtube website, but it is a live channel version, broadcasting a live feed. In short, it is sort of, a live news feed. That said, they run with stories from other sources. Some sources are very good. I'm not sure, whether this one is. I find it slightly fascinating to follow, when they are up to date. They seem to be working through the process of what they are providing, as they develop. That said, I am not certain this is an actual news story. But...
  • My Proposal for Near Medicare-scope, Lower Cost Coverage Policies for Long-Term Uninsured Americans

    08/18/2017 11:29:21 AM PDT · by Brian Griffin · 56 replies
    08/18/2017 | Brian Griffin
    The US government should allow insurers to sell Pretty Good Quality (PGQ), Medicare-like policies with the federal government generally paying the percentages listed in parentheses of a person's maximum silver plan subsidy amount as premium subsidies. The monthly basic drug coverage subsidy would be computed without adjusting for household income, so young, healthy and affluent people would want to buy drug coverage too. The monthly basic drug coverage subsidy amount for coverage on a US citizen might be: $1 for each year of age less 20% if no recombinant auto-immune drug is covered less 10% if no standard anti-HIV regimen...
  • McDonald's Drive-Thru Passenger Pulls Out Replica AR-15 Rifle After Ice Cream Dispute

    08/18/2017 9:26:34 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    Local10 ^ | August 16, 2017
    Jerry Henry fetches gun from trunk after driver gets angry about no ice creamA Delray Beach man wasn't happy that a nearby McDonald's didn't have any ice cream, so he pulled out a replica AR-15 rifle while he waited in the drive-thru line, police said. Jerry Henry was arrested Monday after the incident at the McDonald's on Linton Boulevard. More Crime Headlines South Florida man confesses to accidentally shooting wife 30 years after… Riviera Beach man accused of setting apartment on fire with children inside Boynton Beach man accused of raping girlfriends' daughters Delray Beach police said Henry was a...
  • No winner in trade war between US & China - Beijing (347 Billion Dollar Trade Deficit, last year)

    08/18/2017 3:15:13 AM PDT · by cba123 · 8 replies
    RT News ^ | 17 August, 2017, 18 August, 2017
    The Chinese government has warned Washington against starting a trade war with China, saying “there is no winner” in conflicts of that kind. "There is no winner in a trade war. We hope the relevant people can refrain from dealing with a problem in the 21st century with a zero-sum mentality from the 19th or the 20th century," said China’s foreign ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying. The warning came in reply to a stinging comment, made by Steve Bannon, the US President’s political adviser earlier this week. Bannon said Washington was losing the struggle with Beijing but was due to hit...
  • Some Apple Employees May Quit Over New ‘Open’ Office Plan

    08/17/2017 9:38:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 63 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | August 17, 2017 | Gene Marks
    Construction at Apple Park, the tech giant’s new “spaceship” headquarters in Cupertino, is projected to be completed by the end of this year. The $5 billion campus is to be a state-of-the-art facility, boasting the latest in energy efficiencies, green technologies, a 100,000 square foot fitness center,an orchard, a meadow and a pond. Some 12,000 Apple employees are moving into the 175-acre campus over the next six months. But unfortunately some of them aren’t as excited as you’d think they’d be. Why? Blame the new open office floor plan design. If you’re an Apple employee this is a big change....
  • US-South Korea war games start Monday as Pyongyang warns of 'catastrophe'

    08/17/2017 8:27:32 PM PDT · by cba123 · 10 replies
    McClatchy ^ | August 17, 2017 | Stuart Leavenworth
    WASHINGTON — Are tensions cooling in the Korean Peninsula? The United States and South Korea will find out Monday, when the two allies are scheduled to start joint military exercises that are known to anger North Korea, sometimes triggering a show of force. This year's war games come at a particularly delicate moment. There have been exchanges of war rhetoric between President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un. Trump's chief strategist, Steve Bannon, has further complicated the situation, by stating in an interview there's "no military option" in North Korea while floating a possible deal with Pyongyang that...