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  • This Inventor May Have Cured Motion Sickness Without Drugs. And That Could Mean a Lot to US Military

    11/20/2018 1:27:28 PM PST · by Red Badger · 39 replies ^ | 11/20/2018 | By Patrick Tucker
    One manufacturer of virtual-reality trainers has already begun including the devices in its simulators. ________________________________________________________________ Inventor Sam Owen shows of the OtoTech, a device that prevents motion sickness by sending subtle vibrations through the inner ear to the brain. _________________________________________________________________ An inventor may have discovered a non-pharmaceutical cure for car sickness that could revolutionize the way people experience everything from travel to the newest virtual-reality headsets. That, in turn, could affect how the military trains, fights, and navigates. Just like civilians, troops get motion-sick. A 2009 study by the Naval Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory found that more than half of...
  • My Suggested Legislation Agenda to be Passed Before (and After) the Democrats Take Over the House

    11/19/2018 11:50:04 AM PST · by Brian Griffin · 5 replies
    Brian Griffin | 11/19/2018 | Brian Griffin
    I'm pretty sure most of you will find things here to like and things here to truly hate. Border Security 1. Allow Army and Marine personnel to take leave of absences of up to 52 weeks duration, with military command approval, to join the Border Patrol and assist in its operations, with a $800/week Border Patrol salary and their military pay and benefit package. 2. Allow the Director of Homeland Security to specifically designate border security areas as shoot on sight/fire as appropriate zones. 3. Denounce [get out from under] the “Convention and Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees”....
  • Redskins QB Alex Smith breaks two bones in leg against Texans

    11/19/2018 6:30:49 AM PST · by Red Badger · 54 replies
    ESPN ^ | 11/19/2018 8:12 AM CT | John Keim ESPN Staff Writer
    LANDOVER, Md. -- As Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith lay on the ground Sunday, his teammates knew one thing: His season was over. They saw his ankle bent at an awkward angle. They witnessed the pain on his face. So they took a knee and prayed. They waited for him to be loaded onto a cart and then walked over -- every one of them -- to wish him well. Even most of the Houston Texans' bench walked over to the cart. Smith, 34, broke both the fibula and tibia in his right leg on a third-quarter sack and underwent...
  • Microsoft...GDPR mega-fines for 'large scale and covert' gathering of people's info via Office(tr)

    11/18/2018 6:44:03 PM PST · by dayglored · 15 replies
    The Register ^ | Nov 16, 2018 | Kieren McCarthy
    Telemetry data slurp broke the law, Dutch govt eggheads sayMicrosoft broke Euro privacy rules by carrying out the "large scale and covert" gathering of private data through its Office apps.That's according to a report out this month [PDF] that was commissioned by the Dutch government into how information handled by 300,000 of its workers was processed by Microsoft's Office ProPlus suite. This software is installed on PCs and connects to Office 365 servers.The dossier's authors found that the Windows goliath was collecting telemetry and other content from its Office applications, including email titles and sentences where translation or spellchecker was...
  • Lion Air: Some are looking where to place the blame, others wonder if their pilot can fly...

    11/18/2018 1:19:55 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 49 replies
    CNN ^ | November 18, 2018 | Kara Fox,
    One of the Max 8's new features is an anti-stalling device, the maneuvering characteristics augmentation system (MCAS). If the MCAS detects that the plane is flying too slowly or steeply, and at risk of stalling, it can automatically lower the airplane's nose. It's meant to be a safety mechanism. But the problem, according to Lion Air and a growing chorus of international pilots, was that no one knew about that system. … Investigators are currently examining whether an angle of attack (AOA) sensor on the outside of the Lion Air plane transmitted incorrect data that could have triggered the MCAS...
  • This Day in History: Railroad companies create the first time zones

    11/18/2018 7:05:02 AM PST · by iowamark · 18 replies ^ | 11/18/18
    On this day in 1883, railroad companies create the first time zones. Yes, you heard that right. Private individuals saw a problem and solved it without involving the federal government. What a wonderfully American “do it yourself” mindset! Such determination and perseverance is what made our country great. Before time zones, Americans generally relied upon the local time in their communities. That local time was based upon the movement of the sun in the sky, so the time could vary from city to city. Cities would usually designate one clock in the area—perhaps at a certain church or business—as the...
  • High School Bans Expensive Winter Coats to Stop 'Poverty-Shaming'

    11/18/2018 6:25:32 AM PST · by bgill · 115 replies
    USNEWS ^ | Nov. 16, 2018 | Alexa Lardieri
    A HIGH SCHOOL IN England has banned students from wearing expensive winter coats in an attempt to stop the shaming of those less fortunate or struggling financially. Woodchurch High School in Birkenhead, located in northwestern England, sent a letter to parents earlier this month announcing that the restriction would be enforced after Christmas. Rebekah Phillips, the head teacher at the school for students 11 to 16 years old, told CNN that she was "mindful that some young people put pressure on their parents to purchase expensive items of clothing," but that these jackets "cause a lot of inequality" between the...
  • How Your “Customer Lifetime Value” Affects How the Airline Treats You

    11/17/2018 11:38:41 AM PST · by Simon Green · 11 replies
    Flyer Talk ^ | 11/17/18 | Jackie Reddy
    Individual passengers may like to think that they are more than numbers to the airlines they patronize, but it turns out that this may not be the case, The Economist reports. As with many other businesses, carriers give individuals a “customer lifetime value” or CLV score. This metric is used to essentially predict how profitable a customer could be to an operator throughout the length of an individual’s relationship with a particular company. Airlines and carriers then utilize these scores to help inform their future interactions with their customers. “When it comes to flying, a CLV score takes into account...
  • Breaking Down Brexit: Views From Across Europe

    11/17/2018 10:55:46 AM PST · by Steve1999 · 2 replies
    Forbes ^ | 2018-11-17 21:00 | Alex Wood
    Barely moments after the ink had dried on the draft agreement, Prime Minister Theresa May’s vision for Brexit Britain had already started to fall apart.
  • Kirsten Gillibrand: Interstate 81 grid would help revitalize Syracuse

    11/16/2018 11:56:33 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 43 replies
    The Syracuse Post-Standard ^ | October 22, 2018 | Mark Weiner
    U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Monday said she will support the construction of a street-level community grid to replace the elevated portion of Interstate 81 in Syracuse.Until now, Gillibrand declined to take a position on the issue, saying it was up to Central New Yorkers to choose the best option for replacing the 1.4-mile viaduct that cuts through the heart of Syracuse.Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said during a visit to Syracuse on Monday that she decided to speak out after discussions with community stakeholders who favor the grid over a tunnel or new elevated highway."Given where the stakeholders are -- and given what...
  • UPDATE: Four injured in I-84 crash near Burley (work zone mayhem)

    11/16/2018 8:16:10 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    The Magic Valley Times-News ^ | November 1, 2018 | Times-News
    BURLEY — A multiple-vehicle crash sent four people to Idaho hospitals Oct. 30 east of Burley. Idaho State Police investigated the crash just before 3 p.m. on westbound Interstate 84 near the Interstate 86 junction. The crash included a truck and two semi-trailers, blocking eastbound and westbound lanes for two-and-a-half hours. John Greigg, 31, of Sonoma, Calif., was driving a 2018 Ford F250 east on I-84 near milepost 221.5. Kolton King, 49, of Layton, Utah, was driving west on I-84 in a 2017 Freightliner commercial vehicle pulling two trailers. Greigg attempted to make a U-turn from the eastbound lane of...
  • What does right of free press mean exactly?

    11/16/2018 6:20:07 PM PST · by Jonty30 · 22 replies
    My essential understanding is that every right in the Constitution was for everybody. In the case of the free press, we are the free press. It was not just to a select group of people, who publish articles on the various media. But I need better proof than this from references. Can you help me?
  • Diesel driving bans 'self-destructive': German transit minister

    11/16/2018 4:14:54 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies ^ | 16 November 2018 13:32 CET+01:00 | AFP
    Efforts by courts to impose diesel driving bans are “self-destructive” and put German prosperity at risk, the transport minister warned Friday, as tempers flared in the battle against urban air pollution. Speaking a day after a court in Essen became the first to order that sections of a major western highway be closed to older diesel vehicles, Andreas Scheuer lashed out at the “disproportionate” ruling. “Judgments like these endanger the mobility of hundreds of thousands of citizens. Nobody understands this self-destructive debate,” Scheuer told Bild daily, adding that such bans “were unheard of in the rest of the world”. The...
  • Baseball Memorabilia Collectors Gather At Democrat Hqs

    11/16/2018 3:18:04 PM PST · by blueunicorn6 · 13 replies
    Numerous Secret Agents | 11/16/2018 | blueunicorn6
    Hundreds of baseball memorabilia collectors gathered today at Democrat Headquarters in an attempt to purchase some old artifacts. “We heard that the Democrats had a collection of old bats”, said collector Bill de Baseballio. “Some of them may have pine tar on them because they are kind of slippery, but they’ll clean right up if you take a belt sander to them.” One of the old bats sought after was a Hillary Hickory. It never came close to any balls, but was handy for destroying computer memories. Another old bat that many searched for was the Mad Maxine Waters. There...
  • A Weekly Dose of President Trump - Trump Family Train (11/16/18 to 11/25/18)

    11/16/2018 12:46:43 PM PST · by DollyCali · 1,374 replies
    FRiends and Deplorables | 11/16/18 | dollyCali
    THE WEEK THAT WAS THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE UGLY GOOD ~ Trump and Melania at WW1 remembrance VERY, VERY GOOD ~ Trump hardens border EXELLENT ~ Bombs(?) linked to left BAD ~ Fires in CaliforniaUGLY ~ The invasion mob continues unchecked (and helped by mexico) as it approaches our borders VERY UGLY ~ Election fraud getting a pass & Jim Acosta Below rallies in many cities this past week!. more graphics on all at post #1 Welcome all you deplorables to this week's edition of the Dose! This is EVERYTHING TRUMP. Administration, family, frustrations, joys, winning! We welcome...
  • Does not compute: Japan cyber security minister admits shunning PCs

    11/16/2018 10:59:55 AM PST · by dennisw · 27 replies ^ | 16 Nov 2018 - 19:17
    Tokyo: A Japanese minister in charge of cyber security has provoked astonishment by admitting he has never used a computer in his professional life, and appearing confused by the concept of a USB drive. Yoshitaka Sakurada, 68, is the deputy chief of the government's cyber security strategy office and also the minister in charge of the Olympic and Paralympic Games that Tokyo will host in 2020. In parliament on Wednesday however, he admitted he doesn't use computers. "Since the age of 25, I have instructed my employees and secretaries, so I don't use computers myself," he said in a response...
  • NASA, Northrop Grumman Postpone Space Station Cargo Ship Launch to Saturday

    11/16/2018 7:26:24 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies ^ | November 15, 2018 02:52pm ET | Tariq Malik,
    NASA and Northrop Grumman have postponed the launch of an Antares rocket carrying fresh supplies for the International Space Station for 24 hours due to bad weather. The launch will now lift off early Saturday, Nov. 17, NASA officials said. The Antares rocket and its payload, an uncrewed Cygnus cargo ship also built by Northrop Grumman, were originally scheduled to launch to the station today (Nov. 14) from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia, but severe weather from storms along the U.S. East Coast prompted a delay to Friday. That same dismal weather forecast led mission managers to...
  • Comcast fires ten-year employee in Philadelphia after petition 'exposes him as a Proud Boy...

    11/15/2018 12:43:04 PM PST · by Morgana · 94 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | November 15, 2018 | Marlene Lenthang For
    FULL TITLE: Comcast fires ten-year employee in Philadelphia after petition 'exposes him as a Proud Boy who flashed a white power sign while in his work uniform' Comcast has fired a long-time employee after he was outed as an alleged member of far-right group the Proud Boys. Andrew Kovalic was terminated on Wednesday from the cable company in Philadelphia following a petition, featuring a photo of him flashing the white power sign, demanding his removal. The petition, which collected more than 400 signatures, was created by Philadelphia-based nonprofit Media Mobilizing Project and addressed Comcast CEO Brian Roberts saying 'Comcast: Fire...
  • Additional Cuba Travel Sanctions Dampen Tourism Interest

    11/15/2018 12:43:00 PM PST · by Simon Green · 11 replies
    The Points Guy ^ | 11/15/18 | Katherine Fan
    The Trump Administration added 26 new names to a blacklist of Cuban tourist attractions that Americans no longer are allowed to visit. The sanctions are designed to direct “economic activity away from the Cuban military,” according to a statement by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin last November. All 26 of the newly banned tourist attractions are owned by Cuba’s military business conglomerate, GAESA, ranging from the new five-star Iberostar Grand Packard and Paseo del Prado hotels in Old Havana, to small beachfront shopping centers far away from the island nation’s capital. American travelers are still allowed to visit Cuba, and the...
  • NFL moves Chiefs-Rams game from Mexico City to Los Angeles due to poor field conditions

    11/14/2018 1:59:19 PM PST · by Red Badger · 24 replies ^ | 11/13/2018 | by Sean Wagner-McGough
    The Chiefs and Rams will no longer meet in Mexico City. Due to concerns over the field conditions in Mexico City, the NFL has moved Monday night's game -- arguably the best game of the season -- from Estadio Azteca in Mexico City to the Coliseum in Los Angeles. In a statement, the league announced that the decision was made "in consultation with the NFLPA" after an inspection found that the field "does not meet NFL standards for playability and consistency and will not meet those standards by next Monday." "We have worked extensively with our partners at Estadio Azteca...