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  • New poll shows Trump walloping Hillary and that’s not all

    09/05/2015 4:22:35 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 32 replies
    Biz Pac Review ^ | September 5, 2015 | Carmine Sabia
    The news keeps getting better for Donald Trump with each new poll. In the latest, by SurveylUSA, the Republican presidential front runner is defeating Hillary Clinton and other Democrats in head to head matchups. Read more: http://www.bizpacreview.com/2015/09/05/new-poll-shows-trump-walloping-hillary-and-thats-not-all-247839#ixzz3krWTTErG
  • Baby Delivered in Back of Uber Car (New ACA Maternity Plan)

    09/05/2015 12:12:56 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Wednesday, September 02, 2015
    US Port Authority officer delivers babyOfficials say a baby girl was successfully delivered in the backseat of an Uber car parked at the mouth of the Lincoln Tunnel. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the tunnel, says the birthing process began around 5.15pm on Monday while the baby's 32-year-old mother was riding in the ride-hailing company's car.
  • Don’t check that box! Windows 7 patch KB 3083324 sneaks in (a patch for Windows Update??)

    09/04/2015 7:43:38 PM PDT · by dayglored · 21 replies
    InfoWorld ^ | Sep 4, 2015 | Woody Leonhard
    People all over the world are waking up this morning to a little present in their Windows 7 (and Server 2008 R2) Windows Update boxes: KB 3083324, which describes itself as “Windows Update Client for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2: September 2015.” Here’s what the KB article says: This article describes an update that contains some improvements to Windows Update Client in Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. That’s it. If there’s any further description, I can’t find it. In particular, as of this writing anyway, it isn’t even listed in the...
  • Microsoft is using Bing to discourage Windows 10 users from downloading Chrome and Firefox

    09/04/2015 7:32:45 PM PDT · by dayglored · 19 replies
    VentureBeat ^ | Sep 4, 2015 | Jordian Novet
    Microsoft is using a new tactic to keep Windows 10 users from switching away from its Edge browser. The first time Edge users search for “chrome” or “firefox” using Bing — presumably with the intent of downloading those browsers from Google or Mozilla, respectively — they are shown a serious-looking message at the top of the search results. “Microsoft recommends Microsoft Edge for Windows 10,” it says. A “Learn why” button next to that message brings you to a website showing off Edge’s features... The message only showed up the first time I searched for “chrome” and “firefox” in Edge,...
  • 'Volcano House' that TV's Huell Howser gifted to Chapman University is for sale at $650,000

    09/04/2015 6:40:20 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 7 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | September 4, 2015 | Marilyn Kalfus
    The Volcano House, a flying-saucer shaped home atop a 150-foot cinder cone in the Mojave Desert donated to Chapman University, has hit the market for $650,000. Huell Howser , the producer and host of the TV show "California's Gold," gave the iconic home to the university in 2012. Howser died a year later.
  • Boeing opens commercial spaceship plant in Florida

    09/04/2015 2:41:15 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Sat Sep 5, 2015 1:20am IST | Irene Klotz
    Boeing's newly named CST-100 Starliner spaceships will be prepared for flight in a processing hangar once used by NASA's space shuttles. The capsule's debut test flight is targeted for 2017. Starliners will fly from nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station aboard Atlas 5 rockets, which are built and flown by United Launch Alliance, a partnership of Lockheed Martin and Boeing. NASA is paying up to $4.2 billion for a Starliner test flight and up to six missions to the station. The U.S. space agency has a similar contract with privately owned SpaceX, which intends to accomplish the work for $2.6...
  • Does having a bias actually sell newspapers?

    09/04/2015 1:13:12 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 8 replies
    Science Daily ^ | September 4, 2015 | Taylor & Francis
    In recent years, there’s been plenty of discussion about bias in the media. Yet some of the most seemingly biased media and news organizations also have the largest viewership and readership. Can it be that people might complain about media bias, but actually enjoy receiving their news from a source that actually agrees with their own views? This was the question that authors asked in a recent study.
  • Okamoto condoms: objects of desire for Chinese tourists in Japan

    09/04/2015 9:34:02 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    cnbc ^ | Monday, 31 Aug 2015 | 9:24 PM ET | Leo Lewis
    Okamoto share price spike has been driven by China: specifically the 2.8 million Chinese that have visited Japan so far in 2015 and overtaken South Koreans and Taiwanese as the biggest contingent of inbound tourists. Chinese trust in domestic condom brands is low, and foreign brands, of which Okamoto is among the most famous, are faked on an immense scale. Buying the famous Okamoto 0.03 condoms (named for their thickness in millimetres) in Japan, say the Chinese shoppers who throng Tokyo's drug stores, guarantees they are getting the real thing. Chinese spending in Japan has been so lavish that a...
  • Why Donald Trump is gaining momentum

    09/04/2015 4:25:02 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 16 replies
    FayObserver.com ^ | Friday, September 4, 2015
    Last Saturday's editorial cartoon by David Horsey portrayed Donald Trump as a Neanderthal and those who generally support him as fellow ignorant cave dwellers. Also in the cartoon, two members of the elite class stand off to the side explaining how gauche it is for anyone to go against the benevolent leadership of the select few. How dare the great unwashed defy the rising tide of utopian statism? The only thing missing from the cartoon is GOP leadership standing around in an oblivious fog. Horsey is consistent. He remains a clueless liberal. http://www.fayobserver.com/opinion/local_columns/why-donald-trump-is-gaining-momentum/article_99744439-d28e-5e57-8a19-5fbc074d4e4b.html
  • Could mobile devices raise skin cancer risk

    09/03/2015 10:52:01 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 17 replies
    Yahoo! news (Reuters) ^ | September 3, 2015 | By Kathryn Doyle
    (Reuters Health) - Devices like tablets, smartphones and laptops can reflect ultraviolet light from the sun and may indirectly increase users' exposure to the cancer-causing wavelengths, according to a new study. “These devices are generally used for communication or entertainment, so it can be easy to overlook their reflective properties unless you happen to catch the glare off a screen,” said Mary E. Logue of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, who coauthored the research with Dr. Barrett J. Zlotoff. They wondered whether, like those old-fashioned tanning reflectors, personal electronics could also pose skin health risks, Logue told Reuters...
  • Is it Finally the End for Ray's Hell Burger in D.C.?

    09/03/2015 9:54:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Washington Business Journal ^ | Sep 2, 2015 | Rebecca Cooper
    Ray’s Hell Burger and Ray’s The Steaks owner Michael Landrum may finally be coming to the end of his lengthy battle with his landlord over a Hell Burger location that was planned to open at the CityVista building at Fifth and K streets NW. A company called 449 K Street LLC, of which Landrum is listed as the manager, filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition Thursday. The debts listed with the petition total just less than $2.5 million to just two creditors: $900,000 to CityVista LLC and $1.5 million to Landrum, who is listed at the address of Ray’s the...
  • Arby's Fires Manager, Suspends Employee After Police Controversy

    09/03/2015 8:57:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 46 replies
    The CEO of Arby's Restaurant Group has offered free meals to all police officers in the Miami area following a controversial incident in South Florida. The incident involved an Arby's employee and a uniformed Pembroke Pines Police officer. The employee reportedly refused to serve the officer. The head of the chain issued an apology to the Pembroke Pines Police Department after the incident was reported The chain confirmed to NBC 6 the manager involved has been fired and the employee has been suspended indefinitely. According to the incident report, Sgt. Jennifer Martin said she was using the drive-thru when the...
  • Woolly Mammoth: Shearer Saves Hugely Overgrown Sheep

    09/03/2015 8:30:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    NPR ^ | SEPTEMBER 03, 2015 | Laura Wagner
    Among the kangaroos and kookaburras, another creature trundled through the Australian bush. Hooves barely visible, eyes mostly covered, the animal was the size of a refrigerator, the color of dirty snow. A concerned hiker spotted the furry specimen days ago and raised the alarm. It was a matter of life and death — and this sheep needed a haircut. News reports say the merino sheep had likely wandered from his flock five or six years ago and had been on the lam(b) in the wild ever since. While merinos are typically sheared every spring, rescuers think the sheep, named Chris,...
  • Women Associate Money With Love, Men Link it to Freedom

    09/03/2015 7:08:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Science Mag ^ | 28 August 2015 | Hanae Armitage
    Humans aren’t the most reasonable bunch when it comes to cash. Psychologists think a heavy bankroll (or lack thereof) makes us favor our irrational side—think extravagant retail therapy or high-stakes poker tables. Although men and women both seem to succumb to the madness, money tends to seduce genders in different ways, according to a study published in the September issue of Social Indicators Research. Researchers surveyed more than 100,000 individuals in the United Kingdom about their feelings when it comes to the big bucks. Some questions asked if participants buy things when they feel anxious, bored, or upset, whereas others...
  • In-n-Out imitator CaliBurger to open in Columbia, Md.

    09/03/2015 5:59:27 PM PDT · by markomalley · 34 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/3/15 | Maura Judkis
    Homesick Californians love their In-N-Out Burger -- to the point where, last year, they bought out a delivery service's entire stock of nasty frozen Double-Doubles in less than 30 minutes. Come November, they'll have a better alternative. CaliBurger, a company so similar to In-N-Out that they were sued over a trademark dispute, has announced that they have signed a lease in the Metropolitan, a shopping center at 10000 Town Center Ave., in Columbia, Md. The restaurant, which has locations in Asia and the Middle East, will open in November.
  • Total Job Cuts in 2015 To Be Biggest Since 2009: Challenger

    09/03/2015 8:20:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 09/03/2015 | Tyler Durden
    Moments ago Challenger reported August job cuts, which at 41,186 were a 60% drop from the 115,730 reported last month (the highest since September 2011), which however was driven by a one-time mass layoffs last month in military staffing. Putting August in its correct perspective, the number was 2.9% higher than the same month a year ago, when 40,010 planned job cuts were announced. What is troubling is that this marks the seventh month this year that the job-cut total was higher than the comparable month from 2014.What is worse is that for all the euphoria about initial claims...
  • This chart shows how much each state contributes to the US economy

    09/03/2015 8:14:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/03/2015 | Matthew Speiser
    The US is the richest nation in the world, with an annual GDP of $17.3 trillion in 2014. However, some states are greater contributors to the economy than others. To illustrate differences among state economies, the folks at HowMuch.net created a chart that shows the relative economic value of each US state. The states are also color-coded based on which region of the country they're in.HowMuch.net The three regions that contribute the most to the economy are the Far West (18.6%), Southeast (21.3%), and Mideast (18.2%). California (13.3%), Texas (9.5%), and New York (8.1%) have the largest economies in the...
  • Kickbacks and Murder: A day in the life of the #PPSellsBabyParts industry

    09/03/2015 7:30:31 AM PDT · by Morgana
    redstate.com ^ | September 1st, 2015 | streiff (Diary)
    The sickening series of videos from Center for Medical Progress continues apace. Today we get a look at the regime of payments and kickbacks endemic in the baby parts marketplace and troubling questions are raised about outright murder. First off, we get some new characters in this video. Perhaps the most significant one is Perrin Larton, the Procurement Manager for ABR (Advanced Bioscience Resources, which has zero web presence). Kickbacks are part of the game. An interesting sidelight to the videos is that StemExpress complains about the un-level playing field. They try to give money to the clinic (which would...
  • Uber Shows How Free Markets, Not Regulations, Protect Consumers

    09/03/2015 6:18:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    IBD ^ | 09/03/2015 | JOHN MERLINE
    It's no wonder cities like New York have been so hostile to Uber. As economist Mark Perry details in a post on his Carpe Diem site, the introduction of Uber and other app-based ride-sharing services has led to a collapse in the price of New York City's taxi medallions. For those who don't know, a cabbie needs one of these limited-edition medallions to operate in the city. As a result, the price for a New York taxicab medallion has been astronomical — reaching more than $1 million in 2013. There's even a company, Medallion Financial, that handles loans needed to...
  • TO DONALD TRUMP: Do not pledge loyalty to the GOPe today. Not yet.

    09/03/2015 4:35:28 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 30 replies
    (vanity) ^ | 9/3/2015 | (myself)
    I have been seeing a lot of articles in the last 24 hours, about Donald Trump supposedly signing a pledge to the GOP to not run as an independent. Today. My advice to Donald (I say this as an early, and enthusiastic supporter of yours) is DO NOT TAKE THIS PLEDGE RIGHT NOW. In my opinion the GOPe is still driving the GOP. You do not yet control the agenda, it is controlled by a smaller group of people who are fundamentally hostile to your intentions. Sure I believe at some point it will be important to take a pledge...
  • Are Immigrants Really Freeloaders? New Study Backs Trump’s Attacks (Trump is anti-ILLEGAL)

    09/03/2015 4:20:53 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 14 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | September 3, 2015 | Eric Pianin
    Back in April, a study of the fiscal implications of illegal immigration made the notable finding that millions of undocumented workers were paying billions of dollars in state and local taxes and that considerably more revenue might be generated if President Obama succeeded in protecting many of them from deportation. http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/2015/09/03/Are-Immigrants-Really-Freeloaders-New-Study-Backs-Trump-s-Attacks
  • Taco Bell is Testing Crispy Chicken Taco Shells in California

    09/02/2015 10:15:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 9/2 | Riya Bhattacharjee
    The rumors are true. Taco Bell is testing crispy chicken taco shells. A spokesperson for Yum Brands, Taco Bell's parent company, confirmed the news Wednesday, adding that the shells were being tested exclusively in Bakersfield, California restaurants. The test began Aug. 27 and will end Sept. 23. The company will then evaluate whether to go forward with a wider launch based on the response from consumers, according to the spokesperson. Taco Bell fans seem excited by the new taco shells, as evident from comments on a Reddit thread titled "New Naked Chicken Taco." In the past, Yum, which also owns...
  • Liberal Billionaires and Their Montana Connections

    09/02/2015 9:20:38 PM PDT · by This_far · 11 replies
    Mediatrackers ^ | June 19, 2015 | : Ron Catlett
    Despite a population of just over 1 million people and just 3 electoral votes, Montana continues to be a hot bed of spending for billionaire’s and their political non-profit groups. (cut, jump) Liberal Swiss billionaire and Center for American Progress board member Hansjorg Wyss has received much attention in recent weeks after The Daily Caller revealed that he had paid $1.5 million to a Colorado woman to settle sex abuse allegations. Money from Wyss’ charitable foundation has proven quite important in Montana’s environmental movement.
  • State Orders Water Bottling Company to Stop Tapping Sierra Nevada Spring Water

    09/02/2015 8:50:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Sugar Pine Spring Water in the foothills of Tuolumne County also faces fines of nearly $225,000Armed with evidence captured by surveillance cameras, California regulators have ordered a business to stop tapping Sierra Nevada spring water that is later bottled and sold in stores, officials said Wednesday. It would be the first such action taken this year against a commercial water bottling business under tight drought restrictions, said Kathy Mrowka, enforcement manager of the state Water Resources Control Board. Sugar Pine Spring Water in the foothills of Tuolumne County also faces fines of nearly $225,000 for collecting and trucking the water...
  • Dramatic rise in crime casts a shadow on downtown L.A.'s gentrification

    09/02/2015 7:30:00 PM PDT · by jeannineinsd · 13 replies
    LA Times ^ | 9/2/2015 | Ben Poston and Kate Mather
    As Lauren Mishkind was walking along 7th Street this summer in downtown Los Angeles, a man pulled a handgun and pointed it at another person standing behind her. Terrified, she hid behind a car while the assailant tackled the victim. "I was just shaking for the rest of the day," said Mishkind, who lives downtown and works at an architectural firm in the area. "You kind of assume it's par for the course living down here, which is kind of more shocking." Crime has jumped across the city this year, but nowhere has the increase been as large as in...
  • NASA taps hoverboard company Arx Pax to build space ‘tractor beam’

    09/02/2015 6:38:15 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | James Rogers
    The company that made Marty McFly’s hoverboard a reality is reaching for the stars, or more precisely, satellites. Los Gatos, Calif.-based Arx Pax has entered into a Space Act Agreement with NASA, the company announced Wednesday. The partnership involves Arx Pax’s Magnetic Field Architecture (MFA) technology, which will be used to build micro-satellite capture devices that can manipulate and couple satellites from a distance. The technology inevitably conjures up images of the tractor beam used on “Star Trek.” “Likely uses for this technology include manipulating various types of objects at a distance without touching them or colliding with them,” explained...
  • Millennials moving their support to Trump in 2016?

    09/02/2015 5:11:59 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 20 replies
    Fox Business ^ | September 2, 2015 | (Video)
    Alright, I'm no longer watching Fox Business, of Fox News, but I noticed this in the headlines I watch, and it seems pretty fair in fact. So let's say. Fox Business still seems to be on Trump's side. At least by the standpoint of this video. This seems like it's worth watching. http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/4459835966001/millennials-moving-their-support-to-trump-in-2016/
  • Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, er America

    09/02/2015 3:35:18 PM PDT · by Chode · 7 replies
    youtube ^ | Aug 5, 2015 | Jerry Rye
    And they say it can't happen here... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33i_BAhuiE0
  • Android loss continues in Europe as 27% of smartphone users dump Android for Apple iPhone

    09/02/2015 1:21:02 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 29 replies
    Kantar Worldpanel ComTech via Mac Daily News ^ | September 2, 2015 | Kantar Worldpanel ComTech
    The latest smartphone sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech for the three months ending July 2015 shows continued market share losses for the Android OS across Europe’s five largest markets. Europe’s big five markets are Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain.“Android market share in Europe was negatively impacted by challenging market dynamics in Germany, France, and Great Britain,” reported Carolina Milanesi, chief of research at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, in a statement. “In the U.S., performance was more of a level field between the two leading operating systems, as the iOS market share decline and Android share gain both decelerated.”“The...
  • Three trillion trees: Study finds there are 7.5 times more trees than previously believed

    09/02/2015 10:56:17 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 112 replies
    http://phys.org ^ | September 2, 2015 | Provided by: Yale University
    The global map of tree density at the square-kilometer pixel scale. Credit: Crowther, et al A new Yale-led study estimates that there are more than 3 trillion trees on Earth, about seven and a half times more than some previous estimates. But the total number of trees has plummeted by roughly 46 percent since the start of human civilization, the study estimates. Using a combination of satellite imagery, forest inventories, and supercomputer technologies, the international team of researchers was able to map tree populations worldwide at the square-kilometer level. Their results, published in the journal Nature, provide the most comprehensive...
  • McDonald's launches all-day breakfast on Oct. 6

    09/02/2015 7:00:07 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 60 replies
    AP ^ | September 2, 2015
    If you're one of those people who hates missing the end of breakfast hours at McDonald's, hang on just a little longer: the chain says its breakfast menu will be available all day starting Oct. 6. Items like Egg McMuffins, hotcakes, sausage burritos, fruit 'n yogurt parfaits, hash browns and biscuits will be available anytime, although the exact menu will vary in different markets. The company said core items like the Big Mac, McNuggets and fries will still be available at all of its locations.
  • How Airbnb actually makes New York City affordable

    09/02/2015 6:45:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    New York Post ^ | 09/02/2015 | By Steve DelBianco
    The sharing economy is changing the way we work, live and play. But nowhere have we better seen the benefits of this change than in our transportation and travel. In just a few years, we’ve added Lyft, Uber and SideCar to our zeitgeist for rides and turned to Airbnb for housing when visiting a city. We’ve lovingly termed this change “disruption.” It’s a disruption of industries that have remained relatively unchanged for decades and a disruption craved by us all. We’re turning our cars and homes into valuable assets and facilitating the type of customer experience we all want. Of...
  • Google’s Driverless Cars Run Into Problem: Cars With Drivers

    09/02/2015 6:32:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    New York Times ^ | 09/02/2015 | By MATT RICHTEL and CONOR DOUGHERTY
    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google, a leader in efforts to create driverless cars, has run into an odd safety conundrum: humans. Last month, as one of Google’s self-driving cars approached a crosswalk, it did what it was supposed to do when it slowed to allow a pedestrian to cross, prompting its “safety driver” to apply the brakes. The pedestrian was fine, but not so much Google’s car, which was hit from behind by a human-driven sedan. Google’s fleet of autonomous test cars is programmed to follow the letter of the law. But it can be tough to get around if...
  • Hackers Steal 225,000 Apple Account Logins From Jailbroken iPhones

    09/02/2015 5:12:09 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 2 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | 08/31/15 | Jonathan Zhou, Epoch Times
    A recently discovered group of malware that infects jailbroken iPhones has gathered the login information for more than 225,000 Apple accounts, and is believed to be one of the largest breaches of Apple accounts ever. The malware, dubbed KeyRaider by its discoverer, found its way to victims via websites that hosted repositories of Cydia software. Cydia is an app that allows users of jailbroken iOS devices to access software and apps locked phones can’t normally access. The malware then steals Apple account information by intercepting iTunes traffic from the device. Palo Alto Networks (PAN) and WeipTech, which found the vulnerability,...
  • Comcast Users Now Need To Pay A $30 Premium If They Want To Avoid Usage Caps

    09/02/2015 5:03:36 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 47 replies
    Tech Dirt ^ | 09/01/15 | Karl Bode
    Comcast has slowly but surely been expanding the company's usage cap trials since around 2012, largely focusing them on less competitive markets where annoyed users can't vote with their wallets. In these seventeen (and counting) trial markets, Comcast broadband customers face a monthly usage cap of 300 gigabytes. After that, users need to shell out $10 for each additional 50 gigabytes of data consumed. The trials have expanded slowly but surely in the hopes of minimizing user backlash. Basically, Comcast is the hot water slowly coming to a boil, and you're the frog. It appears that Comcast has now added...
  • Many of Donald Trump’s supporters also think Obama is a Muslim born outside the U.S., poll finds

    09/02/2015 4:07:12 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 45 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | September 2, 2015 | Celeste Katz
    Donald Trump is hitting a home run with Republican voters whose views are way out of right field. The celebrity presidential hopeful is increasing his lead over the rest of the GOP pack — and he’s doing it with the support of his party’s most extreme members, a new national survey released Tuesday shows. Fully 61% of self-identified supporters of Trump, who famously demanded to see Obama’s birth certificate as proof he was born in Hawaii, said they believed the President was not born in the U.S. Only 21% in the Public Policy Polling study said Obama was born in...
  • Car Wash For Change

    09/01/2015 11:56:00 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    Go to original link to watch a heartwarming video -- how one brother has stepped up to help autistic young adults find dignity. The Rising Tide Car Wash in Parkland, Florida, has a very unique set of employees that will provide you with a clean car you’ll feel great about. It is wonderful to see individuals with life long challenges find a meaningful way to participate in the everyday activities of life and get paid for it. If I had a car wash like this in my area I would definitely make it my go-to place for a clean car....
  • Quantum computer that 'computes without running' sets efficiency record

    09/01/2015 10:33:43 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 29 replies
    PhysOrg ^ | 8/31/15 | Lisa Zyga
    (Phys.org)—Due to quantum effects, it's possible to build a quantum computer that computes without running—or as the scientists explain, "the result of a computation may be learned without actually running the computer." So far, however, the efficiency of this process, which is called counterfactual computation (CFC), has had an upper limit of 50%, limiting its practical applications. Now in a new paper, scientists have experimentally demonstrated a slightly different version called a "generalized CFC" that has an efficiency of 85% with the potential to reach 100%. This improvement opens the doors to realizing a much greater variety of applications, such...
  • Microsoft backports data slurp to Windows 7 and 8 via patches (Win 10 spyware comes to 7, 8.1)

    09/01/2015 9:49:09 PM PDT · by dayglored · 45 replies
    The Register ^ | Sep 1, 2015 | Andrew Orlowski
    We recently mused, half seriously, whether the entire point of the Windows 10 upgrade was to harvest your personal information. With Microsoft suffering from a serious case of Google envy, perhaps it felt it had some catching up to do. Now Microsoft is revamping the user-tracking tools in Windows 7 and 8 to harvest more data, via some new patches. All the updates can be removed post-installation – but all ensure the OS reports data to Microsoft even when asked not to, bypassing the hosts file and (hence) third-party privacy tools. This data can include how long you use apps,...
  • Vanity: This Prepper Movie Needs Our Support

    09/01/2015 6:51:19 PM PDT · by TheTimeOfMan · 13 replies
    YouTube ^ | Dec 8, 2014 | Savannah River Armory
    ***Episode 002 of Uncertain Tomorrow is now in motion. Our goal for Episode 002 is to expand on this storyline, but with several enhancements!
  • At Purdue, Mitch Daniels attempts to disrupt college loan system with private investing

    09/01/2015 7:05:11 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/01/2015 | Mary Katherine Ham
    Former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, upon passing on a run for the Republican nomination in 2012, took an interesting career turn. The famously fiscally conservative executive, who devised savings for the Hoosier state on everything from ??? to paper clips, became the head of Purdue University. Since then, Daniels has endured the predictable run-ins with his liberal faculty—over criticism of Howard Zinn’s American history— but also made real progress in the fight against rising college costs by harnessing some free-market incentives for academia.The university is now in its fourth year of a tuition freeze after more than 30 yearly...
  • One Reason Apple (AAPL) Stock is Retreating

    09/01/2015 5:06:01 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 18 replies
    The Street ^ | 08/31/15 - 10:50 AM EDT | By U-Jin Lee
    NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Apple's (AAPL - Get Report) next generation of Apple TV set-top box could nearly double its current sale price, Fortune reports. The tech giant first introduced the product in 2012 when it priced Apple TV at $99, however, the cost was reduced to $69 in the spring of this year. The upcoming fourth-generation Apple TV however, could cost anywhere from $149 to $199, Fortune noted. STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks with serious upside potential in the next 12-months. Learn more. The Apple TV is also expected to be much...
  • Apple Inc To Focus On Creating Original Content Of Movies And TV Shows

    09/01/2015 4:56:56 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 26 replies
    InvestCorrectly.com ^ | SEPTEMBER 1, 2015 04:30 AM PDT | BY VIRAJ SHAH
    As the countdown for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) launching its iPhone 6S and 6S Plus began, the expectations of an announcement on other key matters is also growing. There are already expectations that the company might disclose something on Apple TV. Things could even go a step further to suggest that the tech firm will also produce the original video content. The company has scheduled an event on September 9 and more news about the possible announcement will keep growing. Meeting Hollywood Executives The news about Apple Inc. producing original contents gain grounds because it held meetings with the executives of...
  • Apple Inc Partners With Cisco As Latest Effort To Take On The Enterprise Market

    09/01/2015 4:49:18 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 5 replies
    International Business Times ^ | August 31 2015 4:07 PM EDT | By Salvador Rodriguez
    Apple and Cisco Monday announced a partnership that will optimize the way iPhones and iPads work in business environments. Above, Apple CEO Tim Cook delivers his keynote address at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco in June. Robert Galbraith/Reuters Apple on Monday announced a partnership with Cisco to help create improved experiences for professionals who use iPhones and iPads for business purposes. It's part of Apple's broader strategy to go after the enterprise market and revive iPad sales. The partnership, announced in Las Vegas at Cisco's employee Global Sales Experience conference, will create a so-called fast lane for Apple...
  • Apple and Pentagon in a $171 Million Wearable Tech Venture

    09/01/2015 4:32:43 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 24 replies
    Money.com ^ | August 28, 2015 | By TARA CLARKE
    The Pentagon has partnered with Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL), Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA), Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ), and 159 other private companies and universities to develop wearable tech for military use. "I've been pushing the Pentagon to think outside our five-sided box and invest in innovation here in Silicon Valley and in tech communities across the country," U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said at Moffett Airfield near Mountain View, Calif. on Friday. "Now we're taking another step forward." Carter announced the creation of a new institute in San Jose called "Flexible Hybrid Electronic Institute." The institute will work to develop...
  • Haggen accuses Albertsons of sabotaging store takeover, sues for $1 billion

    09/01/2015 3:43:47 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    L A Times ^ | Shan Li
    According to the lawsuit, filed Tuesday in federal court in Delaware, Haggen said Albertsons started engaging in these competitive efforts after it sold 146 grocery stores to Haggen. Albertsons and Safeway were forced by the Federal Trade Commission to sell the stores as part of a merger. Among the stores are 83 in California, mostly in the south. ... "Albertsons' illegal campaign includes premeditated acts of unfair and anti-competitive conduct that were calculated to circumvent Albertsons' obligations under federal antitrust laws, Federal Trade Commission orders and contractual commitments to Haggen," the lawsuit said. That campaign includes illegally accessing Haggen's confidential...
  • Conservative "Crowd Fund" TV Campaign Ads?

    09/01/2015 2:35:27 PM PDT · by Be Careful · 4 replies
    9/1/15 | self
    Can "We The People" create and fund our own TV campaign ads via a "Crowd Fund" model? It would be great to state on TV how egregious the GOP-e and MSM messages are, especially those coming down the pike by way of Jeb and Co. eg: "Jeb.....We don't buy your line"
  • SEPTEMBER STOCKS START SOUR DOW -470

    09/01/2015 1:02:51 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 34 replies
    Drudge Report ^ | 1 Sep 15 | Matt Drudge
    http://drudgereport.com/ Here we go again......
  • Windows 10 EULA Questions

    09/01/2015 10:29:46 AM PDT · by econjack · 45 replies
    email ^ | August 31, 2015 | N/A
    According to a email today: The End User License Agreement (EULA) for Windows 10...is problematic and the opt-out does not ever allow you to fully opt-out. If I understand correctly, they explicitly tell you that they will take your:contacts, WIFI passwords, and content of your files and sell them, at their discretion to others, and will use the info for targeted marketing on your computer. Or any other use they may feel is appropriate as the future unfolds. I have not downloaded Win 10, so I don't know. Has anyone else read the EULA closely to render an opinion?
  • Dow falls 300 points on more China fears

    09/01/2015 8:13:42 AM PDT · by Signalman · 11 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 9/1/2015 | Paul R. LaMonica
    Here we go again. Stocks took another nosedive in early trading Tuesday following more fears about a slowdown in China's economy. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 300 points, or about 2%, and is 12% below the all-time high it set in May. The S&P 500 also fell 2% and is once again close to entering a so-called correction. It's down almost 10% from the record that it hit in May. The tech-heavy Nasdaq fell more than 1.8% as well and is 10% below its July peak. The Nasdaq also lost its gains for the year Tuesday and is now...