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  • Drudge Report News: Ted Cruz to Run for President in 2016? ... (may know by end of 2014)

    10/01/2014 6:35:57 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 24 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | October 1, 2014 | Max Bonto
    Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican senator, could be running for President in the 2016 elections, according to an article featured in The Druge Report. According to the sources, who are reportedly close to Cruz, claim that he will be making the announcement before the end of 2014. http://www.christianpost.com/news/ted-cruz-to-run-for-president-in-2016-foreign-policy-to-be-his-main-focus-127320/
  • Federal Judge Strikes Down ACA Exchange Subsidies

    10/01/2014 10:44:45 AM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 7 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 10-1-14 | Sean Riley
    On Tuesday, Judge Ronald A. White of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma vacated the IRS rule that allows premium subsidies in states that refused to establish an exchange under the Affordable Care Act. The court holds that the IRS Rule is arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion or otherwise not in accordance with law, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. §706(2)(A), in excess of statutory jurisdiction, authority, or limitations, or short of statutory right, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. §706(2)(C), or otherwise is an invalid implementation of the ACA, and is hereby vacated. As has been covered previously,...
  • The Psychology Behind Costco's Free Samples

    10/01/2014 8:49:58 AM PDT · by C19fan · 46 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | October 1, 2014 | Joe Pinsker
    In 2010, a Minnesotan named Erwin Lingitz was arrested in a Supervalu grocery store after spending an excessive amount of time at the deli counter. In the words of a Supervalu spokesperson, Lingitz had violated “societal norms and common customer understanding regarding free-sample practices.” While the charges were later dropped, the evidence remains incriminating: After a search, Lingitz was found to have stored in his pockets about a dozen soy sauce packets and “1.46 pounds of summer sausage and beef stick samples.” Lingitz may have gotten carried away, but his impulse is more or less universal. People love free, people...
  • EDITORIAL: The inhumane society

    10/01/2014 5:50:28 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 10-1-14 | Editorial
    A prominent animal-rights charity is not a friend of the furry kingdom. Americans love animals, even cats. Eight million stray dogs and cats find their way into animal shelters every year, and the lucky ones are adopted into a warm home with a loving family. Shelters are operated by small charities usually called “humane societies,” whose good deeds are funded by private generosity. The Humane Society of the United States trades on the good of others to finance a radical agenda. In May, the Humane Society and a handful of other radical animal-rights groups had to write a $15.8 million...
  • Palin: Obama Betrayed US by Praising Radical Cleric Whose Org. Wants American Soldiers Dead

    10/01/2014 4:54:32 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 5 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 30 Sep 2014 | Tony Lee
    On Monday, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin blasted President Barack Obama for praising a radical Islamic cleric, Sheikh Abdallah Bin Bayyah,who works for an organization that has called for U.S. soldiers and Jews to be killed. http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/09/30/Palin-Obama-Betrayed-US-by-Praising-Radical-Cleric-Whose-Organization-Wants-U-S-Soldiers-Dead
  • Jane Shopping Site Launches Fundraiser for Pro-Abortion Group Girls, Inc

    10/01/2014 3:13:22 AM PDT · by Morgana · 2 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Ellie Saul
    I just received a disturbing e-mail from Jane.com. I used to enjoy shopping on this site because they have reasonably priced boutique-esque items sent in daily e-mails. The e-mail was information about a fundraiser they have started for Girls Inc. If you didn’t already know, Girls Inc. is an unapologetically pro-abortion organization that promotes sexual activity and abortion rights for girls. Douglas Scott, president of Life Decisions International says about Girls Inc., “Actually, Girls Inc. is a nonprofit that indoctrinates girls so they become pro-abortion advocates. Considering its philosophy, one could reasonably predict that many of these ‘strong, smart, and...
  • Gaming ObamaCare's Health Insurance Mandate For Fun And Profit

    09/30/2014 7:36:59 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 3 replies
    Forbes.com ^ | 8-19-2004 | Merrill Matthews
    No insurance? No money? No want ObamaCare? No worries. You too can game ObamaCare’s mandate to buy health insurance. It’s easy, and it may even be in your financial self-interest.
  • Breaking Russia’s energy stranglehold ( on Europe)

    09/30/2014 2:45:21 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | September 30, 2014 | Guest essay by Paul Driessen
    Europe cannot afford to have its foreign and domestic policies dictated by Putin’s blackmail Guest essay by Paul Driessen European Union nations want to impose tougher economic sanctions on Russia for invading Ukraine and providing the missiles that shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. However, they are worried about biting the hand that feeds them – with the natural gas that fuels much of its economy.Russia is the world’s second-biggest natural gas producer and third-biggest oil producer, so it can inflict tremendous pressure and damage on its neighbors without firing a shot. The 28 EU nations as a whole depend...
  • Student Loan Debt: The Only Debt You Can’t Discharge in Bankruptcy

    09/30/2014 1:59:54 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    San Diego Free Press ^ | 09/30/2014 | John Lawrence
    Today’s students are being crushed with John Bunyan’s proverbial burden on their backs – student loan debt. Until relatively recently this debt could have been discharged in bankruptcy. Then all that changed when Sallie Mae, the Student Loan Marketing Association, was privatized in 2004. Albert Lord, the new CEO, and his lobbyists went to work to change the laws so that student loans could not be discharged in bankruptcy. Today the cumulative student loan debt is more than $1 trillion. While a generation ago a high school diploma was considered sufficient for a decent middle class entry level job, today...
  • School spending by affluent is widening wealth gap

    09/30/2014 1:14:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 30, 2014 1:00 PM EDT | Josh Boak
    Education is supposed to help bridge the gap between the wealthiest people and everyone else. […] Wealthier parents have been stepping up education spending so aggressively that they’re widening the nation’s wealth gap. When the Great Recession struck in late 2007 and squeezed most family budgets, the top 10 percent of earners—with incomes averaging $253,146—went in a different direction: They doubled down on their kids’ futures. Their average education spending per child jumped 35 percent to $5,210 a year during the recession compared with the two preceding years—and they sustained that faster pace through the recovery. For the remaining 90...
  • How Not to Be Poor [What the schools are NOT teaching our kids]

    09/30/2014 11:31:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 09/30/2014 | Helen Smith
    I read over Kathy Shaidle’s piece on the ways in which one can stay out of poverty. While a lot of the poor lifestyle decisions she points out make sense for avoiding poverty, such as finishing high school or not having numerous kids while a teenager, or even avoiding smoking, my experience as a therapist has taught me that education on how not to be poor is an important component for helping people to avoid poverty. Let me explain.Most books like Peter Thiel’s Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future tell one how to get...
  • UMG Partners with Science Fictional Ad Placement Company Mirriad and Havas Agency

    09/30/2014 10:05:11 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 6 replies
    Billboard ^ | September 29, 2014 | Marc Schneider
    Universal Music Group artists have a new way to make money from their music videos following a three-way pact between the label, in-video advertising company Mirriad and global ad agency Havas. With the deal, Mirriad will use its digital product placement technology to offer Havas clients, which include LVMH, Dish Network and Coca-Cola, opportunities to advertise inside UMG-family music videos. The companies announced the partnership, a first in the fledgling in-video advertising market, on Monday morning. Mirriad scans existing videos for surfaces, like bare brick walls, empty billboards and plain drinking mugs, and is able integrate branded assets such as...
  • Solar power is growing so fast that older energy companies are trying to stop it

    09/30/2014 9:23:07 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 67 replies
    vox.com ^ | September 29, 2014, 10:10 a.m. ET | Brad Plumer
    If you ask the people who run America's electric utilities what keeps them up at night, a surprising number will say solar power. Specifically, rooftop solar. That seems bizarre at first. Solar power provides just 0.4 percent of electricity in the United States — a minuscule amount. Why would anyone care? But utilities see things differently. As solar technology gets dramatically cheaper, tens of thousands of Americans are putting photovoltaic panels up on their roofs, generating their own power. At the same time, 43 states and Washington DC have "net metering" laws that allow solar-powered households to sell their excess...
  • Australian Meteorologists Caught Fudging Numbers

    09/30/2014 8:35:26 AM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 20 replies
    Heartland.org ^ | 9-19-14 | H. Sterling Burnett
    The Australian Bureau of Meteorology (ABM) was recently forced to admit it alters the temperatures recorded at almost all the official weather stations in Australia. The ABM came clean on its temperature fiddling largely because of the fierce scrutiny of Graham Lloyd, environment editor for The Australian and The Weekend Australian, who published a series of articles on the ABM’s number-fudging. Using a process it calls homogenization, ABM has replaced actual temperature measurements with massaged numbers. ABM claims anomalies have arisen in both the historical data and current measurements due to a wide variety of factors unrelated to climate, such...
  • One-fifth of U.S. workers were laid off in past five years, study says

    09/30/2014 6:16:39 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 24 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 24, 2014 | Jim Puzzanghera
    One in five U.S. workers was laid off in the past five years and about 22% of those who lost their jobs still haven't found another one, according to a new survey that showed the extent Americans have struggled in the sluggish labor market since the Great Recession ended. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-layoffs-unemployment-jobs-economy-20140924-story.html
  • Jeb Bush: ‘This Is The Most Pessimistic America Has Ever Been’ (follows Palin)

    09/30/2014 5:08:29 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 46 replies
    CBS DC ^ | September 30, 2014 7:45 AM | Associated Press
    His visit to Kansas comes just days after former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin campaigned with Roberts.
  • Bats lured to deaths at wind farms ‘because they think turbines are trees’

    09/29/2014 9:41:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8:00PM BST 29 Sep 2014 | Emily Gosden, Energy Editor
    Bats may be lured to their deaths at wind farms because they think turbines are trees in which they can find shelter, food and sex, according to new research. The creatures fly towards slow-moving turbines, only to be killed when gusts of wind spin the blades, scientists investigating “unprecedented” numbers of bat deaths at wind farms suggested. Flashing red lights may need to be installed at wind farms to help prevent the animals making the potentially-fatal mistake, they said. […] About 600,000 bats are estimated to have been killed by wind farms in the US in 2012. …
  • Study: Recessions can postpone motherhood forever

    09/29/2014 9:20:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 29, 2014 3:39 PM EDT | Malcolm Ritter
    When the economy tanks, women have fewer babies. But what happens in the following years, when conditions improve? A massive new study suggests that for some U.S. women, living through a recession can mean they will never have children. In fact, the authors project that among women who were in their early 20s in 2008—early in the so-called “Great Recession”—about 151,000 will forgo having any children as a result, at least by age 40. …
  • One-fifth of U.S. workers were laid off in past five years, study says

    09/29/2014 6:02:08 PM PDT · by usconservative · 24 replies
    L.A. Times (Link Only) ^ | 9/29/2014 | Jim Puzzanghera
    Link only. Excellent Article that should spur discussion.
  • Microsoft Indonesia president: Windows 9 will be free to Windows 8 owners

    09/29/2014 2:20:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    PC World ^ | 09/29/2014 | Nick Mediati
    We already know quite a bit about Windows 9 (or whatever Microsoft decides to call it). Thanks to the president of Microsoft Indonesia, we might now know another detail about Microsoft’s upcoming OS—its price. According to Indonesian news site Detik.com (via BGR), Andreas Diantoro, the president of Microsoft Indonesia, confirms that Windows 9 will be a free upgrade for all Windows 8 users. Why it matters: Users are becoming more accustomed to free operating system updates, given the fact that even major iOS, Android, and OS X updates are gratis. And after the negative reception Windows 8 received, Microsoft has...
  • With Windows 9, Microsoft will try to put Windows 8 era behind it

    09/29/2014 2:16:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    PC World ^ | 09/29/2014 | Juan Carlos Perez
    After spending the past two years in damage control mode over Windows 8, Microsoft will officially begin a new era for its OS on Tuesday, when it’s expected to unveil a preview of Windows’ next major version during an event focused on enterprise customers. After the success of Windows 7, Microsoft misread the market with Windows 8 and botched the product’s user interface, leaving a trail of many unhappy customers, especially in the consumer market. Among businesses, Microsoft encountered much resistance to upgrade, as many CIOs clung to the very stable Windows 7, and took a pass on Windows 8...
  • S.N.A.P Benefits to Increase In October

    09/29/2014 12:53:07 PM PDT · by mrsmith · 21 replies
    It's about a 4 per cent increase between the benefit increase and the increased expense deduction. Heard about this increase and searched 'Bing News' and Google News' and found nothing. Finally found this Pa. state welfare site that mentions it.
  • How Transcendental Meditation Makes Ray Dalio Feel 'Like A Ninja In A Fight'

    09/29/2014 10:02:38 AM PDT · by dennisw · 22 replies
    businessinsider ^ | Feb. 12, 2014 | Julia La Roche
    Billionaire Ray Dalio, the founder of hedge fund behemoth Bridgewater Associates, has been practicing Transcendental Meditation (TM) for 42 years. "Meditation, more than any other factor, has been the reason for what success I've had." Dalio spoke at a Transcendental Meditation Town Hall last night at the AXA Equitable Building in Midtown Manhattan along with other leaders and celebrities. Money from the event, which was hosted by the David Lynch Foundation, will go toward teaching at-risk youth and veterans meditation. Dalio said he got into the Transcendental Meditation because of The Beatles. "The Beatles were doing it and so it...
  • Police test gunfire detection system in Detroit

    09/29/2014 9:52:46 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 32 replies
    Associated Press via foxnews ^ | September 29, 2014 | unidentified reporter
    DETROIT – A Detroit police pilot project is using a gunfire detection system to help officers pinpoint where shots are being fired in the city. Police Chief James Craig tells The Detroit News that since the program began Sept. 22 the ShotSpotter system detected what appeared to be 24 shootings. Craig says testing is being done on the system and "tweaking" needs to be done. Craig didn't specify where the system is being tested, how many sensors are employed or how long the pilot program will last.
  • Condoms for a Cause

    09/29/2014 9:47:27 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 3 replies
    The Grommet ^ | 9-29-14
    "Lack of condoms is a global problem, and Sir Richard's was founded by a team of socially conscious entrepreneurs and designers who are committed to combatting the spread of sexually transmitted infections. They’re vegan-certified, and the silicone-based lubricant doesn’t contain any spermicide, parabens, or glycerin."
  • Assembly Completed on Powerful Delta IV Rocket Boosting Maiden Orion Capsule Test Flight

    09/29/2014 7:55:51 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | September 28, 2014 | Ken Kremer on
    The first stage is comprised of a trio of three Delta IV Common Booster Cores (CBCs). Each CBC measures 134 feet in length and 17 feet in diameter. They are equipped with an RS-68 engine powered by liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen propellants producing 656,000 pounds of thrust. Together they generate 1.96 million pounds of thrust. ... The first CBC booster was attached to the center booster in June. The second one was attached in early August, according to ULA. “After the three core stages went through their initial inspections and processing, the struts were attached, connecting the booster stages...
  • 'Wacko Birds' Author: Liberals, Media Hate Palin for Embracing Faith, Family, Career

    09/29/2014 5:33:57 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 28 Sep 2014 | Tony Lee
    In a book that thoroughly examines the successes and failures of the Tea Party in the age of Obama, Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large Joel Pollak's chapter on former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin shows why Palin unmasked the media's biases against conservatives just like Barack Obama exposed the media's biases for liberals, especially those Obama's mold. (Link) http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/09/28/Wacko-Birds-Author-Liberals-Media-Hate-Palin-for-Embracing-Faith-Family-Career
  • European Commission accuses Apple of prospering from illegal Irish tax deals

    09/28/2014 6:54:49 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 26 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Sunday, September 28, 2014 · 7:20 pm
    “Apple will be accused of prospering from illegal tax deals with the Irish government for more than two decades when Brussels this week unveils details of a probe that could leave the iPhone maker with a record fine of as much as several billions of euros,” Tim Bradshaw, Alex Barker and Vanessa Houlder report for The Financial Times. “Preliminary findings from the European Commission’s investigation into Apple’s tax affairs in Ireland, where it has had a rate of less than 2 per cent, claim the Silicon Valley company benefited from illicit state aid after striking backroom deals with Ireland’s authorities,...
  • Gun Talk Radio, Sunday, September 28th, 2014.

    09/28/2014 5:03:40 PM PDT · by carriage_hill · 80 replies
    Gun Talk Radio Network ^ | Sunday, September 28th, 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.
  • Brian Howard vs Chicago Airport. System Vulnerability, Face Pic, as yet Unseen.

    09/28/2014 4:40:06 PM PDT · by lee martell · 6 replies
    Sept. 28 2014 | lee martell
    By all appearances, Brian Howard acted alone, and brought both of Chicago's Airports to a stand still. The information is sketchy and still coming in. Brian Howard was an eight year independent contracting employee working at the Federal Aviation Administration Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, Ill. He started a fire which resulted in over 2000 flights being grounded. This actually does look like the work of one deranged individual and not terrorism, although we have not been told very much about this man. In fact, as of now, I have not even seen his photo posted. Makes you...
  • Chevrolet Corvette: GM Warns That Spy Feature May Be Against the Law

    09/28/2014 10:43:53 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    .latinpost.com ^ | Olivia Demarinis
    The "Valet Mode" in the Performance Data Recorder in the 2015 Corvette allows owners to secretly record conversations in their cars among other data while they are not present, such as when it is being parked by valet or worked on by mechanics. However, state laws in some areas find secret recordings to be illegal, and GM is working to correct the problem. ... Valet Mode also allows the driver to see how the car was driven while the owner was gone. It has capabilities to lock storage compartments and disable the entertainment system until the owner returns. The Performance...
  • Turns out 2014 trade with China so far, is just as big as disaster as 2013 was

    09/28/2014 9:42:06 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 57 replies
    US Census ^ | 9/28/2014 | (original post)
    People we are sleeping in America. Every single month now, we buy 30 or 40 billion dollars more from China, than we sell to China. This year, is every bit the disaster, that it was last year. And the year before. Except it is worse, because we CONTINUE TO INCREASE OUR DEBT. Just saying. Bring back American businesses, and bring back American JOBS. Jobs.
  • Rosneft, Exxon (NYSE:XOM) Arctic Well Strikes Oil

    09/28/2014 2:08:02 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    Live Trading News ^ | Sep 28, 2014 | Paul Ebeling
    Russia has discovered what may prove to be a vast deposit of Crude Oil in 1 of the world’s most remote places with the help of America’s largest energy company, Exxon (NYSE:XOM). Russia’s state-run OAO Rosneft (PINK:RNFTF) said a well drilled in the Kara Sea region of the Arctic Ocean with Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE:XOM) struck oil, showing the region has the potential to become one of the world’s most important crude-producing areas. The announcement was made by Rosneft’s CEO Igor Sechin, who spent 2 days sailing on a Russian research ship to the drilling rig where the find was...
  • Fired Muslim who beheaded female colleague after losing his job in argument over stoning women

    09/27/2014 2:34:20 PM PDT · by bgill · 72 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Sept. 27, 2014 | Lydia Warren et al
    The Muslim convert who allegedly beheaded a female co-worker was arguing with his colleagues about whether it is acceptable to stone women to death the day he launched his attack, it has been claimed. Alton Alexander Nolen, 30, was trying to convince workers that Islam teaches that the punishment is acceptable on Thursday, shortly before he was fired from his job at Vaughan Foods in Moore, Oklahoma, according to local media.
  • Consumer Reports test results find iPhone 6 and 6 Plus not as bendy as believed

    09/27/2014 11:06:55 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 75 replies
    Consumers Reports ^ | September 26, 2014 | CU Staff
    We stress test Apple's new phones, plus comparable models from Samsung, LG, and HTCCell phones Two days ago, the Internet erupted with photos of bent iPhone 6s, and a very-viral video of a guy creasing an iPhone 6 Plus with his bare hands. It seemed like a serious concern, yet everything about the uproar was highly unscientific. We don’t like unscientific, so we promised then that we would use our lab equipment to find out just how delicate the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus really are. We also promised to run the same tests on comparable smart phones. We’ve done...
  • USDA: Genetically modified wheat found in Montana

    09/27/2014 10:38:21 AM PDT · by LucyT · 78 replies
    AP ^ | Sep 26, 2013 | MARY CLARE JALONICK
    Unregulated genetically modified wheat... in a second location in the United States... in Montana, the Agriculture Department said Friday. The department said it is investigating the discovery of the Montana wheat, which is a different variety than the genetically modified wheat found in Oregon.
  • Palin: Media's Favorite President Just Can't Stop Telling Lies

    09/27/2014 6:35:36 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 26 Sep 2014 | Pam Key
    Friday in Washington D.C. at the Family Research Council's 2014 Values Voter Summit, former Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) called on conservatives to "get back to work," and "to save our country." Link: http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2014/09/26/Palin-The-Medias-Favorite-President-Just-Cant-Stop-Telling-Lies
  • Sarah Palin: Obama Is ‘The Media’s Favorite President’

    09/27/2014 6:02:38 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 7 replies
    Inquistr ^ | September 27, 2014
    Speaking at the Value Voters Summit in Washington, D.C. on Friday, former vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin slammed what she called “the lamestream media” on a number of issues, according to ABC News. Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/1502693/sarah-palin-obama-is-the-medias-favorite-president/#l04ehzqZO1IAFpoL.99
  • Earthquakes reported near Mammoth Mountain volcano

    09/27/2014 5:34:42 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | 9-27-14 | Amanda Watts
    A flurry of small earthquakes rumbling near the Mammoth Mountain Volcano, have been categorized as "volcanic unrest" by the United States Geological Survey. Nearly three dozen earthquakes ranging from magnitude 2.6 to 3.8 have swarmed the area, northeast of Fresno, California, over the last two days. Earthquake swarms in this region are not uncommon. David Shelly, a seismologist with California Volcano Observatory, said this swarm is "bigger than we've seen recently, but normal in the area." He adds they are keeping a close eye on the movement, "but in the larger scheme of things, it's within in the range of...
  • No, you probably can’t bend the iPhone 6 Plus. Unless you’re a bodybuilder

    09/27/2014 12:04:20 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 48 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 25, 2014 | By Hayley Tsukayama
    The verdict is in: You can bend an iPhone 6 Plus. But unless you are really trying to do it, it probably will be fine. That's the conclusion coming out of phone warranty provider and durability testerSquareTrade, which ran some basic bending "tests" this week on the iPhone 6 Plus at The Washington Post's request after reports circulated that the 5.5-inch phone is warping from the strain of being in people's pockets. Apple itself on Thursday acknowledged acknowledged that it has received reports of the phone bending. But cases are "extremely rare." Out of the millions of phones sold, Apple...
  • Yahoo Directory -- once the firm's cornerstone -- to shut down

    09/26/2014 11:48:39 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 14 replies
    CNET ^ | 09/26/14 | Richard Nieva
    The service will shut down on December 31 -- just one of more than 60 products that the company has discontinued over the past two years. But the real significance, if only sentimentally, is the shutting down of Yahoo's Directory -- once the cornerstone of the company.
  • “Alinsky-loving, Orwellian, elitist”: Sarah Palin’s shtick, 2014 edition

    09/26/2014 6:55:16 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 14 replies
    Salon (I know, but hey) ^ | September 26 2014 | Luke Brinker
    In a meandering speech before the Family Research Council’s Values Voters Summit on Friday, former Alaska Governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin hailed attendees as “the Americans that the media loves to hate.”
  • A Wearable Camera That Turns Into a Drone and Flies Off Your Wrist

    09/26/2014 5:32:58 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 9 replies
    Digitalwack ^ | 9/26/2014 | Digitalwack
    Meet Nixie, a wearable camera that flies off your wrist and turns into a remote-controlled quadcopter. It's the bizarre-yet-appealing wearable camera drone nobody asked for... and now we kind of want it. Intel is holding a competition to encourage new wearable technology ideas, and the Nixie is one of the finalists. So far, it's still in development, so the flying wristlet camera is rough around the edges. Team captain Christoph Kohstall eventually wants you to be able to send the the Nixie flying with a gesture. It would recognize where you're standing, snap a picture, then return to the wrist,...
  • Microsoft event to talk about fresh-start Windows 9

    09/26/2014 1:20:14 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 81 replies
    PHYS.ORG ^ | 09-26-2014 | by Nancy Owano
    Microsoft is about to introduce Windows 9 next week at an event, ahead of its widespread release in 2015. The project for the next Windows operating system has been given the internal code name as Threshold. Microsoft watchers have noted that the next OS could indeed be a needed threshold move to win back business users who were put off by Windows 8 because of its tiles-based interface instead of the start menu they had relied on in Windows 7 and older Windows versions. The frustration was palpable last year, and one example was a posting in Micro Doctor, a...
  • First TSMC 16nm FinFET product announced ( 32 core ARMv8 networking processor )

    09/26/2014 10:22:13 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Friday, 26 September 2014 08:15 | Peter Scott
    ARMv8 networking processor from HiSilicon TSMC and HiSilicon have announced the successful manufacture of the first fully functional 16nm FinFET chip.It is an ARM-based networking processor, which means it is substantially smaller than SoC or a GPU, but it is by no means a small and simple chip to produce. Twice the gate density, half the power TSMC said the new process has twice the gate density of the company’s old 28nm HPM process. It operates about 40 percent faster in the same power envelope and reduces total power consumption by 60 percent."Our FinFET R&D goes back over a...
  • IBM increases the power of the sun ( 60% ...This could change things)

    09/26/2014 9:00:56 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 38 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Friday, 26 September 2014 08:55 | Nick Farrell
    Because you can never have too much tan Biggish Blue boffins have come up with a way of increasing the sun's radiation by 2,000 times while also producing fresh water and air conditioning. IBM and Switzerland-based Airlight Energy today announced a new parabolic dish uses a dense array of water-cooled solar chips that can convert 80 per cent of the sun's radiation into useful energy.Dubbed the “Concentrator PhotoVoltaics (CPV) system the gear which looks like a 33-foot-high sunflower, can generate 12 kilowatts of electrical power and 20 kilowatts of heat on a sunny day — enough to power several average...
  • Pimco Founder and Bond Guru, Bill Gross Quits Firm for Janus Capital

    09/26/2014 6:13:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    TIME ^ | 09/26/2014 | Laura Lorenzetti
    Bill Gross, who co-founded Pacific Investment Management, or Pimco, in 1971, will leave his own firm to join competitor Janus Capital. Gross served as the firm’s chief investment officer and managed the Pimco Total Return fund — one of the world’s largest bond funds with more than $1.9 trillion in securities, according to the company’s website. The fund has not done well for years, though, and has been plagued by huge outflows. “I look forward to returning my full focus to the fixed income markets and investing, giving up many of the complexities that go with managing a large, complicated...
  • Microsoft offers first look at new Windows - and gives it a name

    09/26/2014 5:36:33 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 80 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Sep 26, 2014 7:07am EDT | Bill Rigby
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