Free Republic 4th Quarter Fundraising Target: $85,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $71,687
84%  
Woo hoo!! And now less than $13.4k to go!! We can do this. Thank you all very much!!

Business/Economy (General/Chat)

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Germany, EU charged with Google-bashing

    11/26/2014 11:18:14 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 26 Nov 2014 12:42 GMT+01:00 | Tom Barfield
    Germany is at the heart of moves to limit the power of US web companies and their involvement in surveillance as American voices cry foul. Günther Oettinger, European Commissioner for the Digital Economy, said on Tuesday evening that the EU is not trying to smash Google apart in response to open letters from US politicians. Although a years-long competition probe into Google’s activities in areas like maps and price comparisons as well as hotel and restaurant reviews might end by imposing restrictions on the search giant, these would be “proportionate and targeted,” Oettinger said. And he told economic journalist Roland...
  • Chuck Schumer: Passing Obamacare Was a Mistake

    11/26/2014 10:00:26 AM PST · by Sons of Union Vets · 44 replies
    NEWSMAX ^ | November 25, 2014 | Mike Theiler
    Democrats made a mistake by passing President Barack Obama’s health-care law in 2010 instead of focusing more directly on helping the middle class, third- ranking U.S. Senate Democrat Charles Schumer said today. “Unfortunately, Democrats blew the opportunity the American people gave them” in electing Obama and a Democratic Congress in 2008 amid a recession, Schumer of New York said in a speech in Washington. “We took their mandate and put all our focus on the wrong problem -- health care reform.” Schumer said Democrats should have addressed issues aiding the middle class to build confidence among voters before turning to...
  • Android tablets at Best Buy, Target, Amazon, Walmart found to with security flaws, malware

    11/26/2014 12:42:15 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 21 replies
    Apple Insider ^ | Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 01:14 pm | By Daniel Eran Dilger
    All of the dozen different "doorbuster" Android tablets Bluebox examined were found to include unpatched Android vulnerabilities including Masterkey, FakeID, Heartbleed and Futex, while more than a quarter were sold with security misconfigurations or active backdoors installed. Bluebox discovered Android's Masterkey "zombie botnet" vulnerability last year and detailed FakeID super malware earlier this summer. While Google has released patches for both flaws—in addition to Android's Heartbleed and Futex bugs—the fact is that major retailers are actively promoting new Android products that still harbor these unpatched vulnerabilities. Several devices also ship with remote exploits wide open, block access to Google Play...
  • Follow The Sand To The Real Fracking Boom

    11/25/2014 5:39:45 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 18 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 11/25/2014 | James Stafford
    When it takes up to four million pounds of sand to frack a single well, it’s no wonder that demand is outpacing supply and frack sand producers are becoming the biggest behind-the-scenes beneficiaries of the American oil and gas boom. Demand is exploding for “frac sand”--a durable, high-purity quartz sand used to help produce petroleum fluids and prop up man-made fractures in shale rock formations through which oil and gas flows—turning this segment into the top driver of value in the shale revolution. “One of the major players in Eagle Ford is saying they’re short 6 million tons of 100...
  • Planned Parenthood Condemns Ferguson Decision, But Targets Black Babies for Abortion

    11/25/2014 2:42:02 PM PST · by Morgana · 9 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | 11/25/14 | Steven Ertelt
    The Planned Parenthood abortion business is aggressively opposing the decision in Ferguson, Missouri by a grand jury to not bring an indictment of a police officer who shot an African-American man. The decision not to bring charges has sparked more racial tensions nationwide, and some black residents of the small Missouri town last night engaged in violence and illegal activities, ranging from arson to burglary to respond to the decision. Though the events in Ferguson have nothing to do with abortion, Planned Parenthood and its pro-abortion CEO Cecile Richards have been very active on Twitter condemning the decision and stoking...
  • 116 S&P 500 stocks just hit record highs

    11/25/2014 10:46:55 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 11/25/2014 | Philip Van Doorn
    <p>A total of 116 stocks in the benchmark S&P 500 Index hit 52-week highs in the past two trading days as the bull market roars to the end of the year.</p> <p>The S&P 500 SPX, +0.07% registered a closing record high on Monday for the third straight session. The index is up 12% this year and has returned 14% with dividends reinvested. That’s an outsized performance when you consider it dropped 7% from Sept. 20 through Oct. 15.</p>
  • Dear Northeast, How’s that solar working out for ya?

    11/25/2014 6:33:07 AM PST · by rktman · 38 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 11/24/2014 | Marita Noon
    A couple of months ago, effective in November, National Grid, one of Massachusetts’ two dominant utilities, announced rate increases of a “whopping” 37 percent over last year. Other utilities in the region are expected to follow suit. It’s dramatic headlines like these that make rooftop solar sound so attractive to people wanting to save money. In fact, embedded within the online version of the Boston Globe story: “Electric rates in Mass. set to spike this winter,” is a link to another article: “How to install solar power and save.” The solar story points out: “By now everyone knows that solar...
  • Google Scientists Admit Renewable Energy Can't Work

    11/25/2014 5:31:15 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    IBD ^ | 11/25/2014
    Google is literally and figuratively pulling the plug on its investment in renewable energy because the technology doesn't work. Will its flop persuade the feds to stop dumping billions down this rat hole? Back in 2007 Google commanded star-spangled headlines with its new high-tech venture to go all in on the next big thing in technology: green renewable energy. The tech giant was saluted as a good corporate citizen for its initiative to help combat global warming. In launching the project, company executives boasted they would prove that wind and solar power were not just good for the environment, but...
  • Beer Excise Tax Payments

    11/24/2014 8:50:15 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 5 replies
    The Beer Institute ^ | November 24, 2014
    The federal excise tax was first imposed during the Civil War as a temporary measure to support the Union army. Brewers paid a tax for each barrel of beer sold. In 1990, as part of the effort to balance the budget, taxes on beer and luxury items were increased. For large brewers, the beer excise tax doubled, from $9 to $18 a barrel. Each year U.S. brewers, importers and distributors pay over $3.6 billion in federal excise taxes and almost $1.7 billion in state excise taxes. Ultimately these expenses are passed on to consumers. Today, over 40 percent of the...
  • New Mexico abortion facility opened without permit, hoped to stay ‘under the radar’

    11/24/2014 5:35:01 PM PST · by Morgana · 2 replies
    life site news ^ | Mon Nov 24, 2014 | Kirsten Andersen
    A Las Cruces, NM abortion facility opened its doors last month without applying for a business license, submitting proper paperwork only after they asked for increased police presence to deter protesters and city officials cried foul. In an email exchange obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by the Thomas More Society, Project Director Mary Frank of the Whole Woman’s Health abortion clinic requested more frequent patrols from local police upon their opening October 13. “Good morning gentlemen,” begins the note from Mary Frank, “we will be holding our first clinic on Thursday 10/16 and Sat. 10/18.” “We...
  • Microsoft Confirms Windows 10 Kernel Version Update to 10.0 [For the OS Geeks among you]

    11/24/2014 11:07:00 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Softpedia ^ | 11/24/2014
    In addition to several changes in terms of looks and features, Windows 10 will also bring an important improvement under the hood, as Microsoft is working to update the kernel version from 6.4 to 10.0. As we reported to you last week, the kernel update was already spotted in leaked builds of Windows 10, but Microsoft has finally confirmed in some official documents for developers that app makers should start updating as well to make sure that no software compatibilities are found. “Developers preparing for Windows 10 should note that the Windows NT value in the UA string will change...
  • Anaheim's new ARTIC: icon or eyesore?

    11/24/2014 10:36:15 AM PST · by EveningStar · 24 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | November 24, 2014 | Art Marroquin
    ANAHEIM – By day, county Supervisor Shawn Nelson sees a sand crab when he drives past the new transit hub in his district. By night, he thinks “disco roller rink” when colorful lights illuminate the building. “I don’t think this is what the taxpayers had in mind,” said Nelson, who is also board chairman of the Orange County Transportation Authority. Many local architects, however, call the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center, set to open Dec. 6., a modern marvel and the future of transportation.
  • Like I said, Cosa Nostra Government is now in effect.

    11/24/2014 8:21:58 AM PST · by Riflema · 4 replies
    DHS Secretary J Johnson ^ | 11/20/2014 | Self
    As I mentioned in a thread Friday, those of you anxiously awaiting the Executive Order may be disappointed. See the attached PDF. I predicted that what the *resident was doing was just giving a nod to his minions to interpret the law in the most generous way possible. And here you have it, the new directions from Jeh Johnson pretty well cease enforcement of deportations for anyone here already. It's all written to carefully follow the current law, but everything is now conditional on "available resources", which as you can probably predict will be otherwise engaged.Next up: some kind of...
  • Time Magazine’s Top 25 New Inventions Of 2014 Include Apple Watch, Microsoft Surface Pro 3 And More

    11/24/2014 8:21:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 11/24/2014 | Pavithra Rathinavel
    The yet-to-be-released Apple Watch has been making news for quite some time now. Very recently, the smartwatch has made it to the coveted Time magazine's top 25 new inventions of 2014. Based on the Time magazine list, the Apple Watch completely channels the idea of running a computer on the wrist. This is achieved by utilising a novel interface with a combination of touchscreen and physical buttons. Moreover, the Apple Watch is considered to be a fashion accessory, in addition to representing the latest technology in wearable gadgets arena, according to Time Magazine via Phone Arena. The magazine has also...
  • Israeli Firm Says It Can Recharge Your Phone In 30 Seconds

    11/24/2014 7:37:55 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/24/2014 | ORI LEWIS AND RINAT HARASH, REUTERS
    TEL AVIV (Reuters) - An Israeli company says it has developed technology that can charge a mobile phone in a few seconds and an electric car in minutes, advances that could transform two of the world's most dynamic consumer industries. Using nano-technology to synthesize artificial molecules, Tel Aviv-based StoreDot says it has developed a battery that can store a much higher charge more quickly, in effect acting like a super-dense sponge to soak up power and retain it. While the prototype is currently far too bulky for a mobile phone, the company believes it will be ready by 2016 to...
  • Goldman's Entire Outlook For The Markets And Economy for 2015 In One Slide

    11/24/2014 7:35:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/24/2014 | Sam Ro
  • Effects of the Affordable Care Act on Economic Productivity

    11/23/2014 6:40:29 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 6 replies
    "Imprimis" (Hillsdale College) ^ | NOV2014 | Casey Mulligan
    CASEY MULLIGAN, a professor of economics at the University of Chicago, received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago in 1993. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard University and Clemson University, and is affiliated with the National Bureau of Economic Research, the George J. Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State, and the Population Research Center. He has written for the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal, and is the author of three books, including Side Effects: The Economic Consequences of the Health Reform....
  • Gun Talk® Radio, Sunday, November 23rd, 2014.

    11/23/2014 5:04:24 PM PST · by carriage_hill · 37 replies
    The Gun Talk® Network ^ | Sunday, November 23rd, 2014 | Tom Gresham
    ~~ Come on in and shoot the breeze! ~~ Welcome to Tom Gresham's Gun Talk® Radio Network, the only nationally syndicated radio talk show about firearms, shooting and gun rights. Tune in on Sundays, 08:00-11:00pm EST, and give us a call at 1-866-825-5486.
  • Kohler introduces odor-eating toilet seat

    11/22/2014 9:58:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 56 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 22, 2014 10:57 PM EST | M.L. Johnson
    Blow out the candle and ditch the aerosol can. Kohler Co. has introduced a deodorizing toilet seat that it says eliminates embarrassing bathroom odors and the need for candles and sprays to cover them up. A fan hidden in the battery-operated seat sucks in air and pushes it through an odor-eating carbon filter, followed by an optional scent pack. Product manager Jerry Bougher said the idea is to attack smells “where the action is.” The $90 seat is one of many high-tech gadgets that Wisconsin-based Kohler and its competitors have introduced in recent years to make time spent in the...
  • Intel to merge struggling mobile chip unit into its PC chip business

    11/22/2014 11:44:17 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    hexus.net ^ | 18 November 2014, 11:05 | by Mark Tyson
    Intel CEO Brain Krzanich has announced, in an email sent to employees on Monday, new company plans to merge its loss-making mobile chip unit with its profitable PC business early next year, writes the Wall Street Journal. "The market continues to evolve rapidly, and we must change even faster to stay ahead," Krzanich asserted in the email. It is well known that Intel has struggled to gain a foothold in mobile computing, but even worse for the business its tablet and smartphone chip-making division has lost billions in the recent months. Intel's mobile communication group posted a $1 billion operating...
  • Deer Hunting 2014: A Message from Governor Scott Walker

    11/22/2014 4:41:37 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 31 replies
    YouTube ^ | This Week | Wisconsin DNR
    A wonderful welcome to the 2014 Deer Hunting Season and information for newbie hunters from Wisconsin's Governor Scott Walker and our DNR Secretary, Cathy Stepp. Video at link.
  • Asteroid Mining: Not as Crazy as it Sounds

    11/21/2014 7:54:43 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    geologyforinvestors.com ^ | Christopher Rawluk
    At first glance it sounds ridiculous. Why would anyone consider mining in space when even the largest Earth-based mining operations seem to have trouble managing costs? After all, mid-grade and marginal deposits seem to have trouble finding any money and the process of moving a project from prospect to mine can take decades and cost hundreds of million of dollars. I’ll be the first to admit that the whole idea of asteroid mining was initially right up there with Star Trek-style transporters and desktop cold fusion, but a few recent events have piqued my curiosity on the subject. ... Asteroid...
  • Rise in Crop Production increasing levels of Carbon Dioxide in Atmosphere

    11/21/2014 7:51:17 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Maine News ^ | 11/21/2014 | Betty Laseter
    Scientists have revealed that levels of carbon dioxide increase in the Northern Hemisphere during summers each year as plants absorb carbon dioxide to convert sunlight into food. The CO2 levels again rise as the plants release CO2 after the growing season. Scientists have found that corn, rice, wheat and soybean are the four leading crops that account for maximum CO2 release in the atmosphere of Northern Hemisphere. Crops act as sponge for CO2 and it could be said that the sponge effect has become bigger because of the advancements in agricultural techniques, leading to more production. There is a sharp...
  • The 20 Most Affordable Colleges with High Four-year Graduation Rates

    11/21/2014 2:00:01 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Best Choice Schools ^ | 11/21/2014 | BCS Staff
    Getting a college education is expensive, which is why more students are taking the time to search for affordable colleges with high four-year graduation rates. In the United States, about two-thirds of students who earn a bachelor’s degree graduate from college in four years, while the remaining 34 percent need a fifth or even sixth year to complete their studies (U.S. Department of Education). Completing an undergraduate degree in four years is not only easier on the budget, but it means getting out into the workforce earlier than students who need more time to graduate. Choosing an affordable college is...
  • Microsoft Windows Turns 29: Happy Birthday to the World's Number 1 OS! [Love it or hate it]

    11/21/2014 1:41:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    Softpedia ^ | 11/21/2014
      Windows 1.0 was launched 29 years ago24 photosVIEW ALL  Windows was, is, and will continue to be the world's number one operating system for the desktop for many years from now, as neither Mac OS X nor Linux have what they need to overtake Microsoft's key player in the PC war. But have you ever wondered how everything actually started? Today is the best moment to ask such a question, because this is the day when Microsoft's Windows celebrates its 29th anniversary. While we're not going to get through the whole Windows history, because both Microsoft's official website...
  • Mexico to charge Americans Entry Fee

    11/21/2014 12:06:09 PM PST · by WellyP · 34 replies
    AMERICAS FREEDOM FIGHTERS ^ | 21 Nov. 2014 | Dean James
    The National Immigration Institute in Mexico has begun a program where foreigners that enter Mexico for more than seven days or are there work will have to pay 306 pesos which is approximately $28. Who goes to Mexico to work? LMAO this is unbelievable!
  • EXCLUSIVE: Another actress accuses Bill Cosby of sexual assault in Las Vegas hotel [#8 and counting]

    11/21/2014 8:10:12 AM PST · by Red Badger · 37 replies
    www.nydailynews.com ^ | Friday, November 21, 2014, 2:30 AM | BY Nancy Dillon , Brian Niemietz , Chelsia Rose Marcius , Larry Mcshane
    A predatory Bill Cosby, in a freaky Las Vegas hotel scene, allegedly assaulted another actress — who was forced to fondle America’s Dad in his luxury suite. The naked Cosby was lying in wait before the 1992 ambush of model-actress Angela Leslie, a beauty who says she was targeted after sending the comedian a letter and photograph. “The main thing I want is for people to know him for who he really is,” Leslie told the Daily News on Thursday. “He’s not this dad of America.” After a driver delivered her to the hotel, she checked into her room before...
  • The 16 Smartest Things I Ever Bought For Less Than $10

    11/21/2014 7:52:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 75 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/21/2014 | ASHLEY MARCIN, WISEBREAD
    I spend a lot of my time mulling over the large purchases in my life. And for good reason. Still, I tend to forget about the small, everyday things that matter most and have the power to make life a whole lot easier. The following household items are extremely useful and — better yet — each costs less than $10. 1. Chip clips I don't know why it took me so long to purchase a set of inexpensive chip clips for our kitchen. We end up using them for far more than just sealing bags for freshness. Use magnetic clips...
  • Now, No One Wants To Host The 2022 Olympics — Here's The Master Plan To Fix It

    11/21/2014 7:49:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/21/2014 | Tony Manfred
    There's a lot to like in the International Olympic Committee's "Olympic Agenda 2020" — IOC president Thomas Bach's 40-point reform plan designed to make the Olympics more desirable to potential host cities. The plan calls for the use of existing venues, rather than the construction of expensive stadiums that could become white elephants, as we saw with the 2004 Olympics in Athens. It calls for common-sense reforms like promoting gender equality and placing limits on the number of total events in the Olympics. It also calls for a bunch of cost-reduction measures, like letting international federations run events rather than...
  • HE'S GIVING THEM ALL SSNs?????

    11/21/2014 5:55:30 AM PST · by originalbuckeye · 142 replies
    11/21/14 | originalbuckeye
    This will certainly collapse the SS system much more quickly than ever. Adding 5,000,000 people to the SS rolls, who HAVENT PAID INTO THE SYSTEM, is a slap in the face to hard working Americans who have been supporting this system for decades.
  • Consumer Trends: Synthesizing food

    11/20/2014 8:53:32 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    Drovers Cattle Network ^ | November 19, 2014 | Suzanne B. Bopp
    In a way, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not really news anymore, since farmers have had access to that technology for a couple of decades already. So what is the new frontier in food production? The latest step in genetic engineering — at least as it pertains to our food system — is called synthetic biology, which applies the principles of engineering to the fundamental components of biology. Instead of mixing one engineered gene into an existing organism (which is what happens with most of today’s GMOs), these scientists are creating large clusters of genes synthetically. They can essentially design...
  • Apple, GT Advanced Technologies And The Boule Graveyard

    11/20/2014 6:32:04 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 10 replies
    SeekingAlpha ^ | Nov. 20, 2014 2:33 PM ET | Mark Hibben
    A recent Wall Street Journal report confirms my working hypothesis about what went wrong at GTAT's Mesa Plant. The 2000 sapphire furnaces GTAT constructed produced defective sapphire about half the time. The high risk inherent in the furnace approach justified Apple's decision not to purchase the furnaces. However, questions remain as to why Apple embarked on such a risky venture, and what might be done to salvage it. A recent report by The Wall Street Journal makes clear that GT Advanced Technologies' Mesa plant was incapable of economically producing sapphire for Apple. The report also makes clear exactly what...
  • CBS news chairman stepping down

    11/20/2014 3:06:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 20, 2014 4:27 PM EST | David Bauder
    CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager, who has been running the network’s news division along with “60 Minutes” for the past four years, said Thursday that he’s stepping down from the chief executive role to concentrate on the newsmagazine. […] While Fager didn’t succeed in lifting the “CBS Evening News” and “CBS This Morning” out of third place in the ratings, he set each program in a clear thematic direction with a harder, more traditional news broadcast than its rivals. Fager installed Scott Pelley as the evening news anchor and recently hired former NBC News President Steve Capus to run the...
  • New EPA Regulations Will Raise Electricity Rates by 27 to 50 Percent

    11/20/2014 1:58:01 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 25 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 11-20-14 | John Eick
    Ever since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its Clean Power Plan proposal this past June, a number of analyses have been conducted to try and determine the total cost of the regulation to electricity consumers. A report released this morning by Energy Ventures Analysis (EVA), however, goes a step further. In addition to the Clean Power Plan, EPA has recently finalized, proposed, or will soon propose a slew of environmental regulations affecting the electric power sector. These include new National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone and particulate matter, the Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) to...
  • Energy PR Wars: Greenpeace sees ‘dirty tricks’ in PR firm’s TransCanada plan

    11/20/2014 12:57:14 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Globe and Mail ^ | 11/20/2014 | SHAWN MCCARTHY
    TransCanada Corp. is dramatically expanding its effort to win public support for its proposed $12-billion Energy East project, including an effort to target opposition groups that are gearing up to fight the project in central and eastern Canada. Documents obtained by Greenpeace and released late Monday show the embattled pipeline company has hired the world’s largest public relations firm, Edelman, which has a reputation for aggressive tactics in the United States and proposed a similar approach in Canada in a strategic plan completed in August. TransCanada spokesman James Millar said Monday the company learned valuable lessons in its battle over...
  • Nielsen SoundScan to Integrate Streams, Downloads into Album Sales Chart

    11/20/2014 11:42:23 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 8 replies
    Variety ^ | November 19, 2014 | 05:14PM PT | Christopher Morris
    In what the music biz sees as a long overdue move, Nielsen SoundScan and its client Billboard will soon implement radical changes in the way album sales are calculated for the weekly chart that remains a key metric of an artist’s popularity. Beginning with the album chart that will be published Dec. 3 (covering sales for the week ending Nov. 30, which climaxes with retail’s Black Friday), music streams from services like Spotify and Beats Music will be tabulated as part of the data employed to rank the nation’s most popular albums. SoundScan will equate 1,500 song streams as the...
  • Senate Dems Push $2 Trillion Carbon Tax Bill After Voting Down Keystone XL

    11/20/2014 9:51:14 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 32 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/19/2014 | Michael Bastasch
    Fresh off their legislative victory against the Keystone XL pipeline, Democratic senators are pushing a bill that would tax carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels that would rise every year. Democrats argue it would raise $2 trillion, which could be used for things like paying down the national debt or funding green energy production. The tax would be levied on fossil fuels produced domestically or imported in the U.S. and cover large emitting facilities, possibly power plants or refineries. “Right now we are subsidizing big polluters to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars annually by allowing them to...
  • The 10 Best Jobs For 2015

    11/20/2014 9:08:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/20/2014 | Jacquelin Smith
    If your New Year's resolution is to land a new gig, you may want to consider one of CareerBuilder's top 10 jobs for 2015. CareerBuilder partnered with Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) to compile its new list of the hottest jobs, which is based on supply and demand. It features professions for which the number of jobs companies post each month significantly outpaces the number of people they actually hire — showing where companies are most hungry for talent and how much the positions pay. "Whether you're a seasoned worker or a college student deciding on a career path, this...
  • Best Buy tells Amazon: Take that!

    11/20/2014 7:46:16 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 81 replies
    CNN ^ | November 20, 2014: 9:48 AM ET | Jesse Solomon
    Best Buy's results are particularly poignant for a company that has fallen victim in recent years to the so-called "showroom effect," in which customers visit stores to check out products in-person, and then go home and buy online somewhere else like Amazon. Shares of Best Buy jumped 8% in morning trading. The stock took a beating early in the year as investors soured on its turnaround plans, but its since clawed back dramatically, and is now only a few percentage points away from breaking even. Compare that to Amazon's stock, which has fallen almost 20% this year as quarterly losses...
  • Tuition Showdown: What is the true cost of a college degree?

    11/20/2014 7:38:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/20/2014 | Kevin D. Williamson
    As head of the Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano followed the U.S. government’s official practice of refusing to negotiate with hostage-takers. As head of the University of California system, she has become the hostage-taker. Napolitano is demanding that the cash-strapped state of California pony up an additional $100 million for the UC system, and she threatens to inflict a 5 percent tuition hike on students for each of the next five years in retaliation if Sacramento does not comply. This puts her on the wrong side of Governor Jerry Brown, who by being eternally fixed in anno Domini 1978...
  • More details of Apple’s GT Advanced sapphire deal make it crystal clear how things fell apart

    11/20/2014 2:47:17 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 19 replies
    9to5Mac ^ | November 19, 2014 | MIKE BEASLEY
    The Wall Street Journal has revealed key details of the failed deal between Apple and sapphire supplier GT Advanced Technologies that show why the agreement collapsed and how GT managed to run itself into bankruptcy while trying to meet Apple’s standards. A previous report from the Journal revealed that GTAT had been unable to provide the iPhone 6 displays it had promised Apple, but now we have even more information on why that demand was so hard to meet. Originally Apple intended to buy the massive new sapphire furnaces GTAT had designed, but eventually Apple decided to simply ask GTAT...
  • DOJ warns Apple: iPhone encryption will lead to a child dying

    11/20/2014 12:57:41 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 60 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Wednesday, November 19, 2014 · 5:23 pm
    “The No. 2 official at the Justice Department recently warned top Apple executives that stronger encryption protections added to iPhones would lead to a horrific tragedy, such as a child dying, because police couldn’t access a suspect’s device, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday,” Dan Goodin reports for Ars Technica. “The beefed up protections, Apple recently disclosed, mean that even when company officials are served with a court order, they will be unable to retrieve potentially crucial evidence such as photos, messages, or contacts stored on iPhones and iPads,” Goodin reports. “Instead, the data can be accessed only by people...
  • What’s education for? Let’s have a national debate on this issue

    11/19/2014 4:31:31 PM PST · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 12 replies
    FreeRepublic Original content | Nov. 19, 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    An interesting theoretical issue in education from the beginning has been, who needs this stuff and how much of it do they need? Let's imagine a farmer sitting behind a mule plowing his field. Does he need an education? Is it wasted on him? Would life be better or worse if he knew some history, could sing some opera, or do puzzles in his head. What if he knows some Shakespeare and, as he’s going around the fields, regales the mule with speeches from Hamlet? Would this make life a little more interesting? Or would having such knowledge be a...
  • Nokia re-enters consumer electronics with 7.9-inch iPad mini knockoff

    11/19/2014 11:35:22 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 75 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Tuesday, November 18, 2014 · 12:54 pm
    “Just months after selling its ailing handsets business to Microsoft, the Finnish company is planning to go back into the consumer market with a new tablet,” Matti Huuhtanen reports for The Associated Press. “It will launch a 7.9-inch device early next year in China, the world’s biggest market, before selling it elsewhere.” “The device will be manufactured by Foxconn, which makes Apple’s handsets. And it will operate Android instead of the Windows software Nokia used on its cellphones when it began a partnership with Microsoft in 2011. That partnership ended unsuccessfully — in April, Nokia sold its cellphones unit to...
  • I can't believe an old man like John Boehner is in charge of the Republicans at a time like this

    I can't believe an old man like John Boehner is in charge of the Republicans at a time like this. "When I hear John Boehner speak, I can't believe a man like that is in charge of the opposition party at a time like this," Savage said to his listeners. We're fighting for everything that's sacred to us as Americans, and this is the leader we have right now? This weak, sad sack of an old man who has one foot in retirement and the other one someplace else? Meanwhile we have Obama, a vigorous young man, running interference, decimating...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Food poisoning, 'hopeless' lack of regulation cited at NYC's street carts

    11/19/2014 6:00:10 AM PST · by dennisw · 37 replies
    nydailynews ^ | November 17, 2014 | Nolan Hicks , Larry Mcshane
    EXCLUSIVE: Food poisoning, 'hopeless' lack of regulation cited at NYC's street carts The city’s 311 line received 359 calls of food poisoning or unsanitary conditions at street carts and trucks in three years — including tainted food, workers without gloves, roaches on carts and other stomach-churning complaints. Critics say the vendors operate under a lack of oversight. Funky fruit. Icky ice cream. Putrid pretzels. Toxic tacos. Those are among hundreds of complaints made by nauseous New York street diners who pulled their heads from the toilet long enough to dial the city’s 311 line. More than half of the 359...
  • Michelin Putting Tweel Airless Tire Into Production

    11/18/2014 12:17:51 PM PST · by Idaho_Cowboy · 51 replies
    Yahoo Autos ^ | November 18, 2014 | Stephen Edelstein
    Combining a tire and wheel into a single airless 'tweel' has proven to be a popular concept, although it still hasn't gone mainstream. Michelin is the latest company to announce a production tweel, but not for any automotive applications—just yet. It will open a dedicated tweel-producing factory in Piedmont, South Carolina, this week. However these airless tires will be used on skid-steer loaders and certain models of John Deere lawnmower, not cars.
  • 87% of top Apple iOS apps have been cracked

    11/18/2014 11:44:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Attacks on Apple iOS devices are rising sharply, with 87 percent of the top 100 paid-for iOS apps now having been cracked and cloned - up from just 53 percent in 2013, according to a new report.87% of top Apple iOS apps have been cracked Arxan's 2014 ‘State of Mobile App Security' study also highlights the widespread targeting of Android apps. It finds 97 percent of the top 100 paid-for Android apps have been cloned, similar to previous years.The report, which was released on Monday, also reveals widespread copying of financial services, healthcare/medical and retail/merchant apps: 95 percent of Android-based...
  • 18 Treats To Try Before The World Runs Out Of Chocolate

    11/18/2014 8:55:11 AM PST · by upbeat5 · 16 replies
    Play Buzz via Yahoo.com ^ | November 18, 2014 | Staff
    1. A giant chocolate cupcake topped with whoppers. 2. This multi-layered chocolate on chocolate beauty. 3. The wonder that is this frozen chocolate pudding cake. 4. Chocolate doughnuts smothered in delectable chocolate glaze (and sprinkles!).
  • How much did you pay Jonathan Gruber to lie to you? Millions. The money is piling up.

    11/18/2014 8:03:35 AM PST · by rktman · 25 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 11/17/2014 | Robert Laurie
    If you’ve been paying attention to the story about the myriad Jonathan Gruber videos, you’ve probably heard the sum of $400,000.00 bandied about. That’s how much the Department of Health and Human Services paid him to trick the CBO, lie to the American people, and help pass a bill that was reliant on “the stupidity of the American voter.” Since HHS has no real money of its own, that’s actually how much you, the taxpayer, paid him to con you. Unfortunately, it’s also just the beginning. In fact, $400K is only a drop in the Gruber ObamaCare money vault. So,...