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  • The biggest barrier to Windows 10 success is still Windows 7

    01/22/2017 6:23:39 PM PST · by dayglored · 58 replies
    ZDNet ^ | Jan 22, 2017 | Steve Ranger
    The fate of Windows 10 lies in the hands of users that are still deeply in love with Windows 7. This year's CES saw plenty of shiny new Windows 10 devices on display, from the acrobat Lenovo Yoga through to HP's all-in-one Sprout Pro. Hardware like this will certainly boost the fortunes of Windows 10. Sleek new designs and form factors, and the rise of two-in-one devices like the Surface Pro that can function both as a PC and a tablet, are giving consumers and businesses a reason to invest in Microsoft's latest operating system. And Windows 10 has made...
  • Trump's victory creates uncertainty for wind and solar power

    01/22/2017 3:27:09 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 72 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 22, 2017 12:27 PM EST | Cathy Bussewitz and Geoff Mulvihill
    President Donald Trump has disputed climate change, pledged a revival of coal and disparaged wind power, and his nominee to head the Energy Department was once highly skeptical of the agency’s value. What this means for states’ efforts to promote renewable energy is an open question. States that are pushing for greater reliance on wind and solar power are not quite sure what to expect as Trump takes over. Many of them depend heavily on federal renewable-energy tax credits, grants and research, much of which comes from the Energy Department. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Trump’s pick to lead the...
  • Raoul Pal Warns The Day Of Reckoning Looms For VIX Shorts

    01/22/2017 6:33:51 AM PST · by John123 · 1 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 1/21/2017 | Tyler Durden
    He compares the VIX contango trade to the portfolio insurance problem that was blamed for the 1987 crash... they don't realize the rate of change of the VIX can be so extraordinary that the losses can mount up massively and super quickly...
  • Fox News signs Brexit leader Nigel Farage as contributor

    01/21/2017 11:06:31 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Jan 20, 2017 | 1:00pm EST | Tim Baysinger
    Nigel Farage, who led the campaign for Britain to leave the European Union, will be a political analyst on Fox News and Fox Business Network, Fox News said on Friday. Farage will appear on both daytime and prime-time programming for the networks, whose parent company is 21st Century Fox Inc. Farage, the former leader of the United Kingdom’s Independence Party, lead the charge for the UK’s “Brexit” vote last year to leave the European Union. …
  • Ralph Lauren shares soar after Melania Trump chooses ensemble by the American.....

    01/21/2017 9:47:10 PM PST · by Morgana · 95 replies
    dailymail.uk ^ | January 21, 2017 | Jennifer Newton for MailOnline
    FULL TITLE: Ralph Lauren shares soar after Melania Trump chooses ensemble by the American designer for her husband's inauguration Supporting her husband as he was sworn in as president, Melania Trump looked a vision in a baby blue custom Ralph Lauren dress and coat. And as she stood by Donald Trump's side as he took the oath of office in the Jackie Kennedy-inspired ensemble, the designer saw their company stock soar. When Ralph Lauren shares closed on Thursday before the inauguration, they were at $88.20 a share in what has been a quiet month for the American firm.
  • Microsoft posts death notices for Windows 7 sysadmin certifications (not as bad as it seems)

    01/19/2017 9:26:02 PM PST · by dayglored · 12 replies
    The Register ^ | Jan 19, 2017 | Simon Sharwood
    They'll go in mid-2018. Does that support the 'too insecure for business' message? In the same week that Microsoft's German tentacle declared Windows 7 a security horror that no business in its right mind would continue to use, the company's also announced it will axe some certification exams for the operating system. Microsoft's educators have announced that certs for Windows 7 configuration, plus the the Enterprise Desktop Support Technician and Enterprise Desktop Administrator qualifications, won't be needed after July 31st 2018. That Redmond is keeping the exams going suggests it has customers a-plenty that will need certified staff. And seeing...
  • Windows 10 networking bug derails Microsoft's own IPv6 rollout (at Redmond HQ)

    01/19/2017 9:06:21 PM PST · by dayglored · 7 replies
    The Register ^ | Jan 19.2017 | Kieren McCarthy
    No pressure, peeps: Techies are awaiting a fix from their Redmond coworkers A bug in Windows 10 is undermining Microsoft's efforts to roll out an IPv6-only network at its Seattle headquarters. According to Redmond's principal network engineer Marcus Keane, the software giant is struggling to move over to the decade-old networking technology due to a DHCPv6 bug in Windows 10, which made it "impossible" to expand its planned corporate network. "We have reported it to the product group, and they are duly working on a fix," he revealed today. The horrible irony of Microsoft waiting on its own team to...
  • JPMorgan Chase agrees to $55 million settle of mortgage discrimination complaint

    01/19/2017 2:27:10 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | 01/19/2017 | Dena Aubin
    JPMorgan Chase & Co has agreed to pay $55 million to settle a U.S. Justice Department lawsuit accusing it of discriminating against minority borrowers by allowing mortgage brokers to charge them more for home loans, a person familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. The U.S. Justice Department complaint, filed in Manhattan federal court on Wednesday, accused the bank of willfully violating the U.S. Fair Housing Act and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act between 2006 and 2009 and showing "reckless disregard" for the rights of at least 53,000 African-American and Hispanic borrowers. "We’ve agreed to settle these legacy allegations that...
  • Mac malware is found targeting biomedical research

    01/19/2017 12:01:51 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 17 replies
    Computerworld ^ | January 19, 2017 | By Michael Kan
    Credit: Michael Kan The malware, which Apple calls Fruitfly, can also run on Linux A Mac malware that’s been spying on biomedical research centers may have been circulating undetected for years, according to new research. Antivirus vendor Malwarebytes uncovered the malicious code, after an IT administrator spotted unusual network traffic coming from an infected Mac. The malware, which Apple calls Fruitfly, is designed to take screen captures, access the Mac’s webcam, and simulate mouse clicks and key presses, allowing for remote control by a hacker, Malwarebytes said in a blog post on Wednesday. The security firm said that neither it...
  • Class action lawsuit demands Apple install texting and driving safeguards

    01/18/2017 2:02:20 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 36 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | Wednesday, January 18, 2017 · 2:34 pm
    Suit seeks to halt all iPhone sales in California MLG Automotive Law has filed a class action lawsuit against Apple Inc., seeking to enjoin the company from selling further iPhones until it installs “texting and driving safeguards.” The lawsuit, Julio Ceja v. Apple Inc. (Case No. BC647057), was filed Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court. The lawsuit alleges that Apple puts profit before consumer safety. According to the filing, the company has had the technology to prevent texting and driving since 2008 – and even received a patent on it in 2014 – but refuses to use it over...
  • "Mainstream Mediasaurus"

    01/18/2017 1:54:55 PM PST · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 15 January 2016 | Ben Garrison
    They once roamed the earth ....
  • Auto insurance question.

    01/18/2017 1:35:44 PM PST · by LouAvul · 61 replies
    I was involved in an accident this past Sunday where a lady pulled out of a side street onto my lane and panicked and stopped. I was able to swerve and avoid t-boning her driver's side door. I clipped her rear fender and damaged my vehicle. She admitted her fault, the police reported such, etc. I got an email from USAA, my insurance company, and they said the total repair bill is ~$5,500. The email also said they paid the auto repair company $4,500 as my deductible is $1,000. Is this SOP? The accident was the other party's fault. Should...
  • China's first direct freight train to UK arrives in London

    01/18/2017 5:48:36 AM PST · by Gamecock · 21 replies
    ITV ^ | 1/18/2016
    The first freight train service from China to the UK arrived in London on Wednesday completing its 18-day trip. Some 34 containers packed with mainly clothes and other high street goods completed the 7,456-mile (11,999km) journey in east London. The train departed east China's Yiwu City in Zhejiang Province on New Year's Day and is scheduled to arrive in Barking just after lunchtime. The 7,400-mile journey passed through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, Belgium and France before entering the UK via the Channel Tunnel. It is hoped the China Railway train will become a cost-efficient and time-saving way of transporting...
  • Target lowers 4Q profit and sales outlook

    01/18/2017 5:32:53 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 18, 2017 7:30 AM EST | Anne D’Innocenzio
    Target is lowering its fourth-quarter profit and sales outlook after the discounter says it had sluggish holiday sales and traffic in its stores that offset a surging online business. Target says revenue at stores opened at least a year for the November and December period were down 1.3 percent. The company now says that the key barometer for a retailer’s health will decline 1 percent to 1.5 percent in the quarter, compared to guidance of down 1 percent to up 1 percent. …
  • Windows 10 Anniversary Update crushed exploits without need of patches (Good news about Win10!)

    01/17/2017 9:11:01 PM PST · by dayglored · 59 replies
    The Register ^ | jan 16, 2017 | Darren Pauli
    Microsoft security boffins throw fresh CVEs at unpatched OS, emerge smiling Microsoft says its Windows 10 Anniversary Update squashes more exploit delivery chains than ever. The August updates brought in a series of operating system security improvements including boosts to Windows Defender and use of AppContainer, designed to raise the difficulty of having zero day exploits execute on patched systems. Redmond's security team tested its exploit mitigations against two kernel-level then zero-day exploits (CVE-2016-7255, CVE-2016-7256) used by active hacking groups that offer privilege escalation. They find, in a technical analysis designed to stress test the resilience of Windows 10, that...
  • Tesla driver stranded in the desert after smartphone app failure

    01/17/2017 6:23:22 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 70 replies
    The Telegraph UK ^ | January 17, 2017 | By Cara McGoogan
    A Tesla driver was stranded in Red Rock Canyon near Las Vegas after the car's keyless control app suddenly stopped working. Interested in testing a feature that lets Tesla owners unlock and power their car using their smartphone, Ryan Negri decided to leave his keys at home when he went for a drive around the canyon yesterday. The keyless smartphone feature, which is available through Tesla's iPhone and Android apps, lets users remotely monitor and control their Tesla Model S without their key. One of the main features of the app is the ability to "unlock and drive Model S...
  • U.S. Air Force, Lockheed Martin Prepare for Jan. 19 Launch of Next SBIRS Missile Warning Satellite

    01/17/2017 5:52:02 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    prnewswire.com ^ | 01/17/2017 | Lockheed Martin
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Jan. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) will launch the next Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) satellite on Jan. 19 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. The launch window is between 7:46 and 8:26 p.m. EST. SBIRS GEO Flight 3 was designed and built at Lockheed Martin in Sunnyvale, California, as the next in a series of Air Force satellites that provide multi-mission surveillance in the areas of missile warning, missile defense, technical intelligence and battlespace awareness. The data provided by SBIRS can also be applied to a...
  • Survey: US companies in China feel 'less welcome'

    01/17/2017 5:49:54 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 17, 2017 8:32 PM EST | Joe McDonald
    U.S. companies feel less welcome in China and some are shifting operations to other countries, a business group reported Wednesday, amid rising tension between President-elect Donald Trump and Beijing over trade. The report by the American Chamber of Commerce in China reflects frustration among companies that see China as a key market but face growing efforts to block access to technology and other promising industries. […] Communist leaders have promised to make China’s state-dominated economy more productive by opening more industries to private and foreign competitors. Business groups say such initiatives have had little impact. The American chamber said 81...
  • FTC charges Qualcomm with monopolizing key smartphone chip

    01/17/2017 4:57:26 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 3 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | January 17, 2017 | FTC
    FTC alleges extracted exclusivity from Apple in exchange for reduced patent royalties The Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint in federal district court charging Qualcomm Inc. with using anticompetitive tactics to maintain its monopoly in the supply of a key semiconductor device used in cell phones and other consumer products.Qualcomm is the world’s dominant supplier of baseband processors – devices that manage cellular communications in mobile products. The FTC alleges that Qualcomm has used its dominant position as a supplier of certain baseband processors to impose onerous and anticompetitive supply and licensing terms on cell phone manufacturers and to weaken...
  • Looking for Coffee Press Made in the USA

    01/17/2017 2:01:25 PM PST · by zeugma · 40 replies
    Self ^ | 01/17/17 | Zeugma
    Is anything made in the USA anymore? I'm looking for a coffee press. Requirements: 10 cup minimumStainless Steel or GlassDouble Walled - to keep the coffee hotMADE IN USA - NOT China! I've been searching all over Amazon/Google/Elsewhere, and I'm not finding anything that matches the above requirements. Plenty match on items 1, 2, and 3, but nothing on number 4. I'm astounded that there is literally nothing out there. Lots of folks make these, and some are pretty darned expensive, but when you look at the fine print, or dig through the comments, they ALL end up being sourced...
  • Russian company minting "In Trump we trust" coins

    01/17/2017 12:52:38 PM PST · by Timpanagos1 · 21 replies
    CBS ^ | 1/17/17
    A Russian metal working company has minted a sterling silver coin to commemorate President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, featuring Mr. Trump’s face and the slogan “In Trump we trust.” The Associated Press Television News interviewed the man in charge of the company, who said the limited edition of 45 coins were designed to express his and other Russian business leaders’ “hopes associated with Trump.” Vladimir Vasyukhin, director of the “Art-Grani” company about 650 miles east of Moscow, in south-central Russia’s Chelyabinsk region, told APTN, “there are more hopes associated with Trump with regards to the lifting of sanctions; maybe the environment...
  • Microsoft tells enterprises that Windows 7 isn't fit for purpose

    01/17/2017 12:24:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 72 replies
    The Inquirer ^ | 17 January 2017 | Chris Merriman
    It’s no huge secret that we don’t hold Microsoft’s methods of selling products in high regard. Updategate was a complete shower, and with that over, we appear to have moved into the scaremongering phase of the operation based on comments from the company’s German operation. In a blog post on Technet, we’re warned that Windows 7 “only” has three years of updates left, and even then it can’t hold a candle to Windows 10 in terms of enterprise features and security. Tell that to the 40+ percent of enterprises still using it. […] Although it would be a foolhardy business...
  • Boom: Trump eyes 10% spending cuts, 20% slash of federal workers

    01/17/2017 7:48:38 AM PST · by Degaston · 17 replies
    Could it be true? Federal Government layoffs? We see businesses doing it all the time while the bureaucrats seem to think they have a right to a job for life.
  • Oslo to temporarily ban diesel vehicles

    01/16/2017 10:36:55 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    TheLocal.no ^ | 16 January 2017 10:13 CET+01:00 | NTB/The Local
    Beginning on Tuesday, diesel vehicles will be banned from driving on Oslo streets because of acute levels of dangerous air pollution. On both Monday and Tuesday, weather forecasts call for cold weather and very little wind, conditions likely to cause high levels of exhaust pollution over large areas of the city. Therefore the City of Oslo will for the first time ever implement a ban on diesel vehicles on municipal roads. On Tuesday, the ban will be in effect from 6am to 10pm. It will remain in effect during those same hours for as long as air pollution levels are...
  • The first fully vegan supermarket chain just went bankrupt [Veganz, Germany]

    01/16/2017 5:18:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 16 January 2017 17:20 CET+01:00
    The first entirely vegan supermarket chain has filed for bankruptcy due to a lack of demand, according to reports on Monday. The chain Veganz, which shuns animal products, will close at least four of its nine of its branches after announcing its bankruptcy in December, Lebensmittelzeitung reported. Jan Bredack, the founder of the chain, told the paper: “The model of the vegan supermarket outstripped itself, because of the growing supply of vegan produce.” …
  • Trump vows to provide ‘insurance for everybody’ in Republican health care replacement plan

    01/16/2017 6:29:08 AM PST · by mikelets456 · 130 replies
    Blaze ^ | 1/16/2017 | Blaze
    Speaking with the Washington Post over the weekend, President-elect Donald Trump promised that every American will have health insurance under his Obamacare replacement plan, which is set to be introduced in the openings months of his presidency. Though he didn’t provide the Post with many details about his plan, Trump said the plan will provide “less expensive and much better” coverage to Americans that Obamacare has “in a much simplified form.” “We’re going to have insurance for everybody,” Trump told the Post. “There was a philosophy in some circles that if you can’t pay for it, you don’t get it....
  • “Pizza Business Has Always Been Called a Disaster Business,” OK Pizza RestS. Prepare for Weather

    01/15/2017 5:31:59 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    KFOR ^ | JANUARY 13, 2017 | KRISTEN SHANAHAN
    “Pizza business has always been called a disaster business,” Oklahoma pizza restaurants prepare for winter weatherResidents across the metro aren't the only ones preparing for the upcoming winter weather. Pizza delivery restaurants are also gearing up for the icy forecast this weekend. As temperatures grow colder, business at local pizza joints heats up. When inclement weather strikes local pizzerias are likely to see double the calls. Friday, a metro Papa Murphy’s had to close its doors for about an hour. A sign posted on the door said the store was temporarily closed until new dough could be made due to...
  • Is Your Car Made in America? Its Growing More Difficult To Tell

    01/15/2017 3:20:00 PM PST · by RC one · 63 replies
    Auto Blog ^ | Dec 7th 2016 at 2:40PM | Craig Howie
    It used to be pretty obvious which cars, trucks and SUVs were built in the U.S. (Detroit's Big Three of Ford, GM and Chrysler, although Chrysler has since merged with Fiat) and which weren't (everything else). Then in the 1980's the Japanese started building cars here, which made for some interesting arguments about what constituted an 'American' car. But in today's global economy, it's even harder to answer the question: Is your car made in America?Many consumers looking to buy an American-built vehicle have a difficult time identifying one that's assembled here with 100-percent American-built components. That's because it's impossible,...
  • Man Loses ‘Pride & Joy’ On The Job Delivering Pizza

    01/15/2017 2:03:26 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    CBS Denver ^ | January 14, 2017 | Dillon Thomas
    A man in Golden is out a car, and possibly a job, after a pizza delivery gone wrong last Thursday. College student Tyler Warren, 21, said his 1998 white Honda Civic was stolen as he delivered a pizza for Domino’s Pizza in Golden. “It is just kind of a traumatic experience. I never thought it would happen,” Warren said. (credit: CBS) (credit: CBS) Warren was at the door of a home along Ford Street delivering a pizza when he noticed someone was driving away in his car. “I ran after it, and chased down a (passing) car. They helped me,”...
  • Skateboard Pizza Delivery Gets Around Gridlock

    01/15/2017 1:42:22 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | January 14, 2017 | Sal Pizzaro
    Snow, rain, heat and gloom of night may not deter a postal carrier, but Highway 17 mudslides and Los Gatos traffic proved to be no match for Pizza My Heart delivery dude Daniel Javier Christjansen. Quenneville-Brown and her 11-year-old son, Blaze, were on their way home to the Santa Cruz Mountains and got caught in gridlock in Los Gatos after mudslides Wednesday partially closed Highway 17. After three hours barely moving, she and her son were very hungry – and did I mention that Laura’s nine months pregnant, too? “I never thought in a million years it would take 5½...
  • DONALD TRUMP BAILED OUT SON’S FAILING COMPANY, STICKING BURDEN FOR POLLUTION CLEANUP ON TAXPAYERS

    01/15/2017 8:27:13 AM PST · by mikelets456 · 96 replies
    Msnbc ^ | 1/16 | Msnbc
    President-Elect Donald Trump bought his son’s failed company, foreclosed on the property, and now South Carolina taxpayers are left to clean up the mess he left behind. President-Elect Trump won South Carolina by a little more than 14 points. In early 2014, a company in Charleston, South Carolina was promising to “revolutionize” home construction, by manufacturing and selling “home construction kits.” First it was called Titan Atlas Manufacturing, later being in reorganized into Titan Atlas Global before shutting down for good in the spring of 2015. Part of this doomed venture was none other than Donald Trump, Jr., who faced...
  • Peter Thiel considering bid for California governor (Pro-Trump, multi-billions, for CA independence)

    01/15/2017 7:35:51 AM PST · by cba123 · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | 01/14/17 06:25 PM EST | By Alex Isenstadt
    Peter Thiel, the Silicon Valley billionaire and outspoken Donald Trump supporter, is considering a 2018 bid for California governor, according to three Republicans familiar with his thinking. Thiel, who co-founded PayPal and was an early investor in Facebook, has been discussing a prospective bid with a small circle of advisers, including Rob Morrow, who has emerged as his political consigliere. (please see link for full article)
  • Replacing Kalashnikov Rifles Hits a Snag in Ukraine

    01/15/2017 7:04:00 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 24 replies
    Newsweak ^ | January 15, 2017 | Nolan Peterson
    Kalashnikov assault rifles are among the most iconic symbols of the Soviet military. Weapons such as the AK-47, the AKM, the AK-74 and the AK-103 are ubiquitous reminders of the Red Army’s legacy among the modern militaries of former Warsaw Pact countries and Soviet client states.Also, the contemporary use of Kalashnikovs by worldwide terrorists and insurgent groups offers grim evidence of the widespread proliferation of Soviet weapons during and after the Cold War. On January 3, as part of a long-term plan to adopt NATO military standards, Ukraine took a step toward ditching this Soviet military carryover.
  • APNewsBreak: Ringling Bros. circus to close after 146 years

    01/14/2017 7:44:36 PM PST · by Hillarys Gate Cult · 121 replies
    AP ^ | 14 Jan 2017 | AP
    Posting limits due to source.
  • THE THORIUM PROBLEM - Manufacturing & energy sector hobbled by thorium

    John Kutsch of Thorium Energy Alliance and Jim Kennedy of ThREE Consulting review the hazards maintaining U.S. current thorium policy. Heavy Rare Earth Element mining is impeded. Energy sector innovation is stifled. Thorium is less dangerous, less radioactive, and less easily metabolized than many elements we are exposed to on a daily basis. Current regulation assists China's capture of high-tech manufacturing sector. Current regulation protects incumbent U.S. [light] rare earth producers who DISPOSE of thorium and valuable heavy rare earths in tailing ponds. Current regulation does NOT facilitate growth of U.S. economy. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle recognize...
  • Fish and Chirps? Crickets Make Leap in Demand as a Protein

    01/14/2017 5:05:41 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | Jan 13, 2017
    At Tomorrow's Harvest farm, you won't find acres of land on which animals graze, or rows of corn, or bales of hay. Just stacks of boxes in a basement and the summery song of thousands of chirping crickets. It's one of a growing number of operations raising crickets for human consumption that these farmers say is more ecologically sound than meat but acknowledge is sure to bug some people out. Once consumers get beyond the ick factor, they say, there are a lot of benefits to consuming bugs.
  • Dozens of Dogs Rescued From Illegal Meat Trade in Thailand

    01/14/2017 3:55:33 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Jan 13, 2017 | Jaspreet Kaur and Omari Fleming
    Dozens of dogs greeted visitors at a local brewery Friday after they were rescued from an illegal meat trade in Thailand. The event, called Suds for Soi Dogs was held at Mission Brewery featuring 17 of 30 dogs recently rescued and brought to the United States. It was a fundraiser to raise money by El Cajon-based The Barking Lot and the Soi Dog Foundation to help care for the dogs and rescue others. Another 1,200 dogs are still at a shelter in Thailand. It costs $250 to bring each dog to the U.S., which doesn't include the cost associated with...
  • Fun Fact: That Drawer Underneath Your Stove Isn't for Storage

    01/14/2017 2:24:48 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 89 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | January 13, 2017 | Travel + Leisure staff
    Perhaps, like me, you use that drawer located underneath your stove for storing pans, cookie sheets, and muffin tins. Unfortunately, we've all been doing it wrong, according to the good people who manufacture stoves. While it does serve as a great spot for all of your back-up cooking tools, it's actually meant to be a warming drawer. You may notice a message printed on the inside of the drawer or in some sort of owner's manual that says something like this: "The warming drawer is designed to keep hot foods at serving temperature. Always start with hot food. Cold or...
  • Right Side Broadcast Network (RSBN) Heads To Washington DC…

    01/14/2017 1:35:30 PM PST · by HarleyLady27 · 10 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | Jan. 14, 2017 | Sundance
    Interesting, albeit snarkily constructed, article in Politico today highlighting the ‘rag tag bunch of media outsiders’ within Right Side Broadcast Network (RSBN) and their endeavors toward covering the Trump administration. RSBN is able to continue operating due to viewer donations and contributions toward the business objective of raw, direct and full coverage, and they were intensely valuable in the 18 month long presidential campaign. A solid group of people.
  • Researchers Warn of Fingerprint Theft From ‘Peace’

    01/14/2017 12:02:39 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Japan Times ^ | JAN 11, 2017
    Could flashing the “peace” sign in photos lead to fingerprint data being stolen? Research by a team at Japan’s National Institute of Informatics (NII) says so, raising alarm bells over the popular two-fingered pose. Fingerprint recognition technology is becoming widely available to verify identities, such as when logging on to smartphones, tablets and laptop computers.
  • U.S. appeals court revives antitrust lawsuit against Apple

    01/14/2017 2:40:26 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thursday, January 12, 2017 | By Stephen Nellis and Dan Levine
    iPhone app purchasers may sue Apple Inc over allegations that the company monopolized the market for iPhone apps by not allowing users to purchase them outside the App Store, leading to higher prices, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Thursday. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling revives a long-simmering legal challenge originally filed in 2012 taking aim at Apple’s practice of only allowing iPhones to run apps purchased from its own App Store. A group of iPhone users sued saying the Cupertino, California, company's practice was anticompetitive. Apple had argued that users did not have standing to sue...
  • Workers on Porn Detail Sue Microsoft for Injuries

    01/13/2017 11:37:15 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 45 replies
    Courthouse News ^ | January 10, 2017 | By JUNE WILLIAMS
    SEATTLE (CN) — Two Microsoft employees who had to watch “horrific images” of murder, child pornography and bestiality as part of their “online safety” job have sued the company after developing post-traumatic stress disorder. Henry Soto and Greg Blauert say Microsoft failed to warn them about the dangers of the job and failed to provide psychological support. They sued the company in King County Court on Dec. 30, alleging negligence, disability discrimination and violations of the Consumer Protection Act. The men were customer service workers assigned to Microsoft’s online safety program, responsible for deciding whether content should be removed or...
  • The Bet: Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon and Our Gamble over Earth’s Future

    01/13/2017 8:49:33 PM PST · by iowamark · 31 replies
    CSPAN ^ | 8/13/2013
    After Words with Paul Sabin Paul Sabin talked about his book, The Bet: Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon and Our Gamble over Earth’s Future, in which he analyzes a bet made between economist Julian Simon and biologist Paul Ehrlich. More than 30 years ago, Mr. Simon made a bet with Mr. Ehrlich on the future prices of five metals, asserting that technological change and a booming market would keep the country prosperous. But Mr. Ehrlich predicted that rising populations would lead to overconsumption, taxed resources, and famine. Mr. Sabin argued that the opposing perspectives of the bettors - faith in free...
  • 2 Postal Workers Indicted in Marijuana Distribution Ring in West Philadelphia

    01/13/2017 4:40:36 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 14 replies
    WPVI.COM ^ | 13 JANUARY 2017 | 6ABC.COM
    WEST PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Two U.S. postal workers were among nine people indicted as part of a widespread marijuana distribution ring running out of West Philadelphia. Forty-two-year-old postal carrier Steven Williams and another carrier are facing several charges. Federal authorities say they used their positions at the West Market Post Office to funnel more than 100 kilos of marijuana to three separate drug organizations.
  • Mayhem scheduled for Trump inauguration.

    01/13/2017 12:43:38 PM PST · by mikelets456 · 30 replies
    LI ^ | 1/12 | LI
    Yesterday we pointed out the massive security being planned for Trump’s inauguration. There’s a very good reason for that. In addition to fears of terrorist actions, the radical left is planning a number of different actions for inauguration day. No one on the right tried to ruin Obama’s inauguration but that favor will not be repaid. Reuters reports, via Yahoo News: Protests will aim to disrupt Trump inauguration: organizers Thousands of demonstrators are expected to turn out in Washington next week for protests aiming to “shut down” the inauguration of Donald Trump as the next U.S. president, organizers said on...
  • Could French men soon be forced to take paternity leave?

    01/13/2017 10:26:25 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 13 January 2017 17:46 CET+01:00
    A think tank in France has urged the government to force dads to take paternity leave even if they don’t want to. It’s all in the name of equality in the workplace. The economic think-tank OFCE proposed the changes in a report as a solution to ongoing problem of inequality between men and women when it comes to careers. […] Forcing men to take their 11 days of paternity leave would reduce the impact on a woman’s career from taking a long maternity leave, the report said, as well as encouraging men to do more household and child-rearing work. …
  • Germany urges EU to grill Italy over Fiat Chrysler emissions

    01/13/2017 9:40:28 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 13, 2017 8:29 AM EST
    Germany wants the European Union’s executive branch to question Italy over software that regulates emissions in Fiat Chrysler diesel cars. A Transport Ministry spokeswoman says German authorities believe the software constitutes an unauthorized “defeat device.” […] Transport Ministry spokeswoman Svenja Friedrich noted that Fiat Chrysler had refused to meet German authorities, and Italy had canceled a “mediation” meeting with the European Commission scheduled for the end of the month. …
  • Washington is behind India's cash ban. Is this the first step to a global ban on cash?

    01/13/2017 7:04:16 AM PST · by Weeble · 28 replies
    In early November, without warning, the Indian government declared the two largest denomination bills invalid, abolishing over 80 percent of circulating cash by value. Amidst all the commotion and outrage this caused, nobody seems to have taken note of the decisive role that Washington played in this. U.S. President Barack Obama has declared the strategic partnership with India a priority of his foreign policy. In the context of this partnership, the US government’s development agency USAID has negotiated cooperation agreements with the Indian ministry of finance to push back the use of cash in favor of digital payments in India...
  • Consumer Reports Now Recommends MacBook Pros

    01/12/2017 10:10:30 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 20 replies
    Consumer Reports ^ | January 12, 2017 | By Consumer Reports
    New Apple software fixes a battery issue found in CR tests. The software, now in beta, will be part of a broad update soon. Consumer Reports has now finished retesting the battery life on Apple's new MacBook Pro laptops, and our results show that a software update released by Apple on January 9 fixed problems we’d encountered in earlier testing. With the updated software, the three MacBook Pros in our labs all performed well, with one model running 18.75 hours on a charge. We tested each model multiple times using the new software, following the same protocol we apply to...
  • Nutella Pushes Back Against Cancer-Scare Study

    01/12/2017 5:41:10 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 12, 2017 | Sophia Rosenbaum
    The makers of Nutella aren’t sweet on a recent study that claims a key ingredient of their chocolatey hazelnut spread could cause cancer. Ferrero, the Italian confectionery company that makes Nutella, slammed the European Food Safety Authority’s claims that palm oil — the second ingredient of the decadent spread — is more carcinogenic than other vegetable oils when it’s heated above 392 degrees Fahrenheit. The agency’s report, released in May, caused ripples in the European food community and even led some to boycott the ingredient.