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  • Worker Responds to Trump While Wielding Sledgehammer: ‘This Is My Drug, You [expletive]’

    07/05/2015 12:45:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Mediaite ^ | July 5, 2015 | Evan McMurry
    In a video uploaded several days ago by YouTube user Rafael Rivero, an unnamed Hispanic construction worker tells celebrity plutocrat Donald Trump to get bent in response to Trump’s comments calling Mexican immigrants rapists and murderers. “Donald Trump? That son of a gun who says we’re all thieves?” the worker said in response to an unidentified interviewer’s question. He then took a sledgehammer and begins work on a house frame. “Look, [expletive], how we rape…these stakes! How we work ourselves to death just to eat. I make $1,100/week and the government takes $350 to feed your lazy, unemployed drug addicts....
  • Sheriff Arpaio Speaks: Got Donald Trump's Back; I’ve Been Working On Obama Birth Certificate

    07/04/2015 4:02:12 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 48 replies
    BirtherReport.com ^ | July 2, 2015 | Joe Arpaio
    Sheriff Joe Arpaio was interviewed by Investigative Radio's Aaron Klein and defended Donald Trump's comments on illegal immigration. Sheriff Arpaio also brought up the Obama identity document fraud issue. The full interview is scheduled to air Sunday night at 7:00 PM ET on AM-970. ( audio excerpt embedded below ) Arpaio added that Trump “did talk about the birth certificate in the past.” “You know I’ve been working on that. So I don’t know. I guess you got to be politically correct when you run for office,” he said.
  • (vanity) Need SCSI controller solution for small-form-factor PC

    07/02/2015 10:16:33 AM PDT · by NewJerseyJoe · 62 replies
    self | 7/2/15 | NewJerseyJoe
    I once again call upon the collective genius of all the FReeper minds, this time to help me solve a computer issue. I recently had no choice but to upgrade from the PC I've been using since -- wait for it -- 2000 (or thereabouts). Why did I wait so long? Well, because I've tweaked and customized it over the years to do exactly what I want it to do. But I had to face the reality that it's too slow to do things properly anymore, and more and more online stuff just doesn't work on the old XP machine....
  • World’s 1st 3D-Printed Supercar Unveiled– 0-60 in 2.2 Seconds, 700 HP, Built from Unique Node System

    06/28/2015 4:11:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    3D Print ^ | June 24, 2015 | Eddie Krassenstein
    The automobile industry has been relatively stagnant for the past several decades. While new car designs are released annually, and computer technology has advanced by leaps and bounds, the manufacturing processes and the effects that these processes have on our environment have remain relatively unchanged. Over the past decade or so, 3D printing has shown some promise in the manufacturing of automobiles, yet it has not quite lived up to its potential, at least according to Kevin Czinger, founder and CEO of a company called Divergent Microfactories (DM). Today, at the OÂ’Reilly Solid Conference in San Francisco, Kevin Czinger...
  • Finnish startup Fimatec unveils concept for ready-built 3D printed walls for modular apartments

    06/26/2015 11:32:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    3Ders.org ^ | June 24, 2015 | "Simon"
    While there are currently many developments being made across the entire additive manufacturing industry, among others that have been standing out as of late have consisted of 3D printing applications that are of either very large scale or very small scale applications. So far, the smaller applications have mainly consisted of research into nanoscale 3D printing for purposes such as biomedical engineering applications including cell scaffolding while the larger applications have been focused on creating architectural structures such as those that can be created in any geographical area using found materials. Needless to say, the developments surrounding these scaled applications...
  • Uber for benefits: An idea that could transform America’s economy

    06/25/2015 8:48:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Fusion ^ | June 24, 2015 | Felix Salmon
    The rise of Uber and other start-ups that deliver services at the tap of an app has been dependent on flexibly-employed workers who have, for the most part, embraced the sharing economy and the freedom that comes with it. The gig economy should, or at least could, be a significant improvement on the world of full-time jobs that last years or decades. Employers can access a dynamic and flexible on-demand workforce; workers can shop their skills to the highest bidder in real time, take as much time as they want for themselves, and never feel locked in to a dysfunctional...
  • Apple Pulls All Civil War Games Over Confederate Flag Controversy

    06/25/2015 9:16:51 AM PDT · by absentee · 26 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 6/25/15 | Caleb Howe
    In a bold move against reason, Apple has apparently removed all civil war games from their App Store over the display of the Confederate flag within the games. This is just the latest in a series of absurd moves taken by corporations following the national debate and eventual decision by South Carolina to remove the flag from the South Carolina capitol grounds. Apple's Tim Cook Tweeted on Sunday of this week: "My thoughts are with the victim's families in SC. Let us honor their lives by eradicating racism & removing the symbols & words that feed it." Apparently he truly...
  • ‘Saudi Cables release is just one tenth of what we have’ – WikiLeaks to RT

    06/23/2015 9:26:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    RT ^ | June 23, 2015
    Journalists have established the authenticity of the first tranche of the top secret Saudi documents published by WikiLeaks, as Saudi Arabia has warned not to distribute them, spokesperson for the WikiLeaks told RT adding that ‘it’s just the beginning.’ “We are seeing how the oil money is being used to increase influence of Saudi Arabia which is substantial of course - this is ally of the US and the UK. And since this spring it has been waging war in neighboring Yemen,” Icelandic investigative journalist and spokesperson for the WikiLeaks organization Kristinn Hrafnsson told RT. On Friday, the whistleblowing website...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Signs of OPM Hack Turn Up at Another Federal Agency

    06/23/2015 1:07:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    NextGov ^ | June 22, 2015 | Aliya Sternstein
    The National Archives and Records Administration recently detected unauthorized activity on three desktops indicative of the same hack that extracted sensitive details on millions of current and former federal employees, government officials said Monday. The revelation suggests the breadth of one of the most damaging cyber assaults known is wider than officials have disclosed. The National Archives' own intrusion-prevention technology successfully spotted the so-called indicators of compromise during a scan this spring, said a source involved in the investigation, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the incident. The discovery was made soon after the Department of Homeland Security's...
  • Internet hate fuels a killer: How flags and gun laws obscure the Dylann Roof debate

    06/23/2015 7:58:36 AM PDT · by hasb3an · 3 replies
    BetaNews ^ | 6-23-2015 | Derrick Wlodarz
    No less than a week ago, young Dylann Roof, a self-described hardline racist, decided to take nine wonderful lives in Charleston, SC. This was an individual who, through a manifesto since unveiled, had shaped his worldview so narrowly that he irreversibly joined the corrupted fringes of society. But what really killed nine innocent people here? As much as our President wishes to believe it so, a gun wasn't the real cause of Roof's killing spree; it was an accessory to murder. Nor was the Confederate flag; this was merely hijacked window dressing to glorify one man's twisted reality. With as...
  • Will Suncor's driverless trucks put Alberta truck drivers out of work?

    06/21/2015 11:02:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    (AUDIO-AT-LINK)Driverless trucks are coming to Alberta's mining operations. Last week, Suncor Energy Inc. confirmed that it has entered a 5-year agreement with a Japanese manufacturer of autonomous vehicles. The company has already agreed to buy 175 driverless trucks, and a spokesperson says it plans to replace its entire fleet by the end of the decade. Local union members are concerned that the technology could lead to the loss of hundreds of jobs. Day 6 got the reaction of two stakeholders from opposite ends of the automated vehicle debate: Barrie Kirk is is the executive director of the Canadian Automated Vehicles...
  • Movement Grows To Make June 27 ‘National Burn The Confederate Flag Day’

    06/21/2015 7:04:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 107 replies
    Reverb Press ^ | June 20, 2015 | Curtis F.
    The battle flag of Robert E. LeeÂ’s Army of Northern Virginia, which is the flag most commonly referred to as the Confederate flag, has long been a symbol that divides the country. While its display has always been contentious, renewed anger arose after Dylann Roof, a 21-year-old male who posed with the flag several times in his manifesto, went into CharlestonÂ’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church and murdered nine innocent people over their race. The furor over the flag was more pronounced due to the fact that it still flew high over South CarolinaÂ’s capital, less than a two-hour...
  • Dylann "Reddit" Roof

    06/21/2015 9:08:09 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 26 replies
    Captain Capitalism ^ | 6/19/15 | Aaron Clarey
    Dylann "Reddit" Roof Turns out Dylann Roof was an active member and contributor to Reddit.  Not that that means anything or somehow means Reddit is a "bad" thing.  But it does provide an additional little bit of evidence to a theory I've been unintentionally developing over time - that various discussion forums and social media outlets are serving not just as safe havens, but accelerants to cultists and psychopaths to form. Imagine back in the day you were just your ordinary psychopath.  You were a loser, a loner, and aside from your job that barely kept you alive, you had...
  • US manufacturing: What's it like to work in a factory?

    06/20/2015 8:59:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The British Broadcasting Corporation ^ | June 19, 2015 | Emily Young
    Over the past few weeks, the BBC has been reporting on the trends in US manufacturing - the challenges of the digital age, running factories in the city and why young start-up entrepreneurs are attracted to the industry. But what's it like to actually work in manufacturing, making the goods we use on a daily basis? And how has it changed - from Henry Ford's assembly lines to today's cutting edge factory floor? As of May 2015, there were over 12.3 million people - nearly 9% of the total US workforce - engaged in manufacturing everything from Ford Mustangs to...
  • Question: is it worth is ($) to get a technical certification?

    06/20/2015 2:22:39 AM PDT · by Cronos · 36 replies
    Cronos ^ | 20 June 2015 | Cronos
    Hi. I've been in the business intelligence/analytics business for 15 years now and I've got certifications for Oracle, Teradata, DB2, SQLServer, Business Objects, PMP but I've not really found these certifications to bring any more to my career -- neither in terms of getting a different job (though I move company only, on average 4 years), nor in terms of more money. what's my fellow freepers' experience? Have any certifications been really useful to you, more than experience?Oh, and I'm not talking about the learning/reading -- THAT I've always found useful, but those can be done pretty much for free,...
  • Opinion: 3D printing could fundamentally change our relationship with food

    06/19/2015 5:38:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Montreal Gazette ^ | June 18, 2015 | Sylvain Charlebois, Special to Montreal Gazette
    A few weeks ago, Londoners were able to eat at the world’s first 3D printed, pop-up restaurant. In early June, a German-based company introduced the word’s first plug-and-play food printer, which may be ready for shipping as early as 2016. With the lowering cost to produce this technology, making it increasingly accessible, 3D printing could fundamentally change our relationship with food. Simply put, the process uses ingredients to generate three-dimensional meals by placing layers of compounded food on top of each other. Since 2012, the food industry has used this technology to produce ubiquitous products like candy, chocolate, pizza, noodles...
  • Lightning blew out my computer! Need to replace. Laptop this time?

    06/19/2015 2:43:57 PM PDT · by onyx · 159 replies
    Free Republic | Friday, June 19, 2015 | Onyx
    A huge thunderstorm ripped through here four days ago. It blew out my TV and my computer. My small town only has a Walmart and an Office Depot. I would prefer to go buy a new computer at Walmart. I'm thinking a laptop would be a better purchase. I have no idea how to install it on my own. I'm thinking of asking a clerk to come home with me to install it and I will pay him $50. I need this new computer installed before the start of our FReepathon on July 1 I will also need one that...
  • Hopeful Right Winger Says Race War Sign of the Times

    06/19/2015 11:56:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Charleston shooting is a national tragedy, and like with all national tragedies, the crazies coming pouring out of the woodwork. Crazed conspiracy theorist Alex Jones recently joined the conversation, reported Addicting Info.“And we just barrel towards the summer, with every historical analyst, financial analyst, cultural analyst saying this summer is going to be explosive, probably going to have a race war,” said Jones. “Matt Drudge said we could see the fall of America. American is being set up for a fall, and out of that the new socialist nightmare.” According to Jones, George Soros, progressive millionaire, will take advantage...
  • FCC votes to subsidize broadband connections for low-income households

    06/18/2015 9:55:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    BetaNews ^ | June 18, 2015 | Mark Wilson
    Today the FCC voted in favor of updating its Lifeline program to include broadband. This would mean that households surviving on low incomes would be able to receive help paying for a broadband connection. It might not be as important as electricity or water, but having a broadband connection is seen as being all but essential these days. From helping with education and job hunting, to allowing for home working, the ability to get online is seen as so vital by some that there have been calls for it to be classed as a utility. The Lifeline program has been...
  • There’s Something Odd About Donald Trump’s Facebook Page

    06/17/2015 5:24:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Voactiv ^ | June 17, 2015 | Author Jennings Brown and Verne Analyst Adi Cohen
    Donald Trump has more followers on Facebook than any other candidate, but most are from developing countries.Donald Trump is running for president and whatever you think of his chances of picking up votes, on Facebook no candidate trumps The Donald. Yet, there’s something strange about a lot of the fans. Only 42 percent of Trump’s 1,694,561 followers on Facebook are American, while most come from developing nations like the Philippines, Malaysia, India, South Africa, Indonesia and Colombia, a Vocativ analysis shows. (GRAPH-AT-LINK)It’s not entirely unusual for Trump to have followers in developing countries given that he’s an internationally renowned business...
  • Hemp nanosheets could be better than graphene for making the ideal supercapacitor

    06/17/2015 2:21:57 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    As hemp makes a comeback in the U.S. after a decades-long ban on its cultivation, scientists are reporting that fibers from the plant can pack as much energy and power as graphene, long-touted as the model material for supercapacitors, according to David Mitlin, Ph.D. Supercapacitors are energy storage devices that have huge potential to transform the way future electronics are powered. Unlike today’s rechargeable batteries, which sip up energy over several hours, supercapacitors can charge and discharge within seconds. But they normally can’t store nearly as much energy as batteries, an important property known as energy density. One approach researchers...
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake Coming To PlayStation 4, Directed By Tetsuya Nomura

    06/15/2015 8:09:25 PM PDT · by the_individual2014 · 17 replies
    As Siliconera reported earlier today, a Final Fantasy VII remake is coming to PlayStation 4. Sony announced the game at their E3 press conference, specifying that the Final Fantasy VII remake is coming “first” to PlayStation 4. The game will be directed by Tetsuya Nomura, with a scenario written by Kazushige Nojima. Read more at http://www.siliconera.com/2015/06/15/final-fantasy-vii-remake-coming-first-to-playstation-4-directed-by-tetsuya-nomura/#LZ1azphQgAVsbpPj.99
  • Help Apple Mail Overload Help Needed

    06/15/2015 5:25:47 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 36 replies
    MeshugeMikey ^ | June 15, 2015 | Self
    Ive got what Apple Mail is telling me are 67K unread messages in my mail box! Ive worked emptying stuff semi selective for a half an hour already...and am making very slow progress. I'm hoping that one of my fellow freepers has a great method of shortening what now appears to be a project that could take me the next week to finish! Thank You!
  • InssTek Called to South Korea to Use Grand Teton 3D Printer to Repair Fighter Jets

    06/15/2015 2:34:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    3D Print ^ | June 15, 2015 | Bridget Butler Millsaps
    Strength. That’s the first word that comes to mind when most of us think about 3D printing in metal. And expense is usually the second–but when it comes to fixing up a nation’s fighter jet, thrift is most likely not an issue. And if you were up against a constant adversary like North Korea, you’d want the best, most secure repairs possible for the main fleet’s F-15K fighter jet–especially if you were the one flying it. When it came to the attention of the South Korean Air Force powers that they needed to modify and repair two high-powered turbine components...
  • Fallout 4, DOOM, Dishonored 2 E3 Trailers and More!

    06/15/2015 1:35:50 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 22 replies
    comingsoon.net ^ | June 15, 2015 | cs
    Bethesda Softworks hosted their first-ever E3 Showcase at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 14th and it was filled with some great surprises. The presentation included new looks at DOOM, Battlecry, Dishonored 2, The Elder Scrolls Online, Fallout 4, and more. You can view the full presentation using the player below and read on for more on each title and individual reveals.
  • A Different Kind of Plastic Shredder for 3D Filament Making

    06/14/2015 1:59:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Hackaday ^ | June 14, 2015 | James Hobson
    Haven’t you heard? You can make your own 3D filament nowadays from plastic granules (10X cheaper than filament), or even by recycling old plastic! Except if you’re recycling plastic you will have to shred it first… [David Watkins] came up with a different way of shredding plastic. Typically we’ve seen shrunken versions of giant metal shredders used to dice up plastic into granules that can be melted down and then extruded back into filament. These work with a series of sharp toothed gears that kind of look like a stack of circular saw blades put together inside of a housing....
  • Silk Road Creator Sentenced to Life Without Parole for Doing What We Pay the Russians to Do

    06/12/2015 7:06:58 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 21 replies
    sgberman.com ^ | 6/12/15 | Steve Berman
    [caption id="attachment_1512" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Image source: Wired.com[/caption] See that over-the-top, anti-Obama comment on Facebook or your favorite blog?  It could be a paid Russian troll.  See the picture above?  He's serving a life sentence without parole because he started an illegal website.  He claims to be a Libertarian, but he certainly made a ton of money (the Feds claim over $100 million) selling--well, everything, sort of like Amazon, but much smaller and very much in the shadows of the "dark web." What do Russian trolls have to do with a guy in prison for life?  One of them was caught...
  • That troll posting those fake news stories could be . . . Vladimir Putin?

    06/11/2015 5:19:02 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/11/15 | Dan Calabrese
    So be aware when you see troll activity that those non-sensical posts might be influenced by a little Vodka or a lot of money. It's almost as bad as believing the propaganda emanating from the Obama Admin Last September 11, residents of Louisiana experienced a brief and minor panic when a news story started going around that a major explosion had occurred in the city of Centerville, at the site of a facility run by Columbian Chemicals. It was quite the story. Links on social media included stories that appeared to have been reported by CNN, and there was even...
  • Scammers target Section 8 applicants

    06/10/2015 5:23:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    KPLC-TV ^ | June 9, 2015 | Theresa Schmidt
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The Federal Trade Commission warns those looking for Section 8 housing help, that scammers have made websites that look like registration sites for Section 8 waiting list lotteries. "If you pay a fee or give your personal information, the scammers will take it. And you still won't be on a real Section 8 waiting list. In fact, there is no fee to register for a Section 8 waiting list," explains Lisa Lake, FTC Consumer Education specialist. Section 8 housing is government subsidized rent assistance for low income families who qualify. Section 8 is a program so much in demand that...
  • Help With Virus/Malware (Vanity)

    06/10/2015 5:10:39 PM PDT · by Portcall24 · 57 replies
    My wife got a new computer and somehow she has picked up 7769domain virus. I ran Malwarebytes to no avail. It's still there. Searching a couple of places like Spyhunter and others offer help but I'm not sure if they are legit. Sure could use some help.
  • Clearing your browser history can be deemed 'obstruction of justice' in the U.S.

    06/09/2015 4:34:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    CBC News ^ | June 9, 2015 | Lauren O'Neil
    Next week, a 24-year-old man who knew Boston Marathon bombers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev is scheduled to appear in U.S. Federal Court for sentencing on obstruction of justice charges related to the 2013 attacks. Khairullozhon Matanov, a former taxi driver, did not participate in or have any prior knowledge of the bombings, according to U.S. authorities. What could land him 20 more years in prison — where he has been since his arrest — are the charges that he deleted video files from his computer and cleared his browser history in the days following the attacks. A Grand Jury indictment...
  • Homebuilt laser shotgun is every bit as dangerous as it sounds

    06/09/2015 8:00:07 AM PDT · by Dr. Prepper · 30 replies
    Engadget ^ | 6/8/2015 | Jon Fingas
    If you thought building your own laser weapon at home was hot stuff, you haven't seen anything yet. Do-it-yourself fan Styropyro has built a laser "shotgun" whose eight 5W beams are adjustable with lenses, much like you'd adjust the choke on a conventional shotgun to narrow or widen its buckshot spread. As you might gather, 40W of combined laser power is pretty powerful -- and unbelievably dangerous. The gun can destroy everything from balloons to ping pong balls, and there are reflected beams that could easily smack someone's eye. Don't try this at home, folks. It's still an impressive feat...
  • Hot Air Primary Survey: June Results

    06/08/2015 1:09:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 8, 2015 | Patrick Ishmael
    The most interesting news from this month’s survey is in the consensus category, so be sure to get that far into the post. That said, your first choice leader is once again Ted Cruz, followed by Scott Walker, Rick Perry, Marco Rubio and Carly Fiorina. Over 1800 votes were cast. Your second choice leader? Scott Walker, followed by Rick Perry, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Carly Fiorina.Your consensus choice leader? Scott Walker again, followed by Ted Cruz, Rick Perry, Carly Fiorina, Bobby Jindal and Marco Rubio. After Rubio, there is a 20 point drop off, making everyone named above what...
  • South Koreans win DARPA robotics challenge

    06/07/2015 2:02:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The British Broadcasting Corporation ^ | June 7, 2015 | Regan Morris
    The contest is a battle of robots on an obstacle course meant to simulate conditions similar to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant disaster. Team Kaist's DRC-Hubo humanoid robot defeated 22 others to win the top $2m prize from the US Department of Defense's Darpa research unit. The robots had an hour to complete a series of tasks, such as a driving a car and walking up steps. The challenge involved a series of tasks for the robots to complete, somewhat autonomously, with intermittent connectivity with their operators to simulate real disaster conditions. The challenge was the first where robots performed...
  • Video: China OPM hack breached clearance files back to 1985

    06/07/2015 12:46:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 6, 2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Those of us who have had security clearances in the past endured plenty of lectures on the need to secure sensitive material. The Office of Personnel Management in the Obama administration apparently needed to listen a little more carefully. A hack by China’s intelligence service not only exposed four million current federal employees, but also thirty years of data from security clearances, with the most personally sensitive information possible now exposed to foreign spies:(VIDEO-AT-LINK) Data stolen from U.S. government computers by suspected Chinese hackers included security clearance information and background checks dating back three decades, U.S. officials said on Friday,...
  • Media Executives Are Salivating Over Big Money Flooding the 2016 Election Cycle

    06/07/2015 12:19:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    At least one small slice of the American public looks forward to the non-stop, sleazy political advertisements set to inundate viewers during the 2016 elections: media executives and their investors. Peter Liguori, the chief executive of Tribune Company, said earlier this month that the next presidential campaign presents “enormous opportunity” for advertising sales. Speaking at a conference hosted by J.P. Morgan Chase, Liguori, whose company owns television stations, referenced Super PAC spending as a key factor for why he thinks Tribune Co. political advertising revenue will rocket from $115 million in 2012 to about $200 million for the 2016 campaign...
  • Cruz May Require Background Check Before Letting Supporter Shoot With Him

    06/06/2015 4:33:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Talking Points Memo's TPM DC ^ | June 6, 2015 | Brendan James
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) plans to take one lucky supporter with him on an upcoming "shooting excursion" as part of a recently launched fundraiser and sweepstakes for his presidential campaign. But there's a catch: the winner may have to endure a background check first. The caveat is an interesting one given that Cruz helped lead the effort to defeat a 2013 bill that would have expanded background checks for gun sales nationwide. The bill, which was championed by President Obama in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, ultimately went down after an intense lobbying effort from pro-gun...
  • The Highest-Paying Jobs Of The Future Will Eat Your Life

    06/05/2015 12:18:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Fast Company ^ | May 20, 2015 | Jay L. Zagorsky
    In the future, highly skilled people will be bringing home fatter paychecks, but they'll rarely be home long enough to spend them.For a glimpse of the future of work, especially the high-paying kind, look at finance and high-tech companies. Some of the biggest offer high employee salaries combined with lavish perks like free meals at work, luxury shuttle buses for commuters, and extras such as dry cleaning picked up and dropped off at people’s desks. This might look like the fruits of corporate beneficence. In fact, alongside email and other digital technologies, perks like these aim to maximize efficiency and...
  • How Virtual Reality May Change Medical Education And Save Lives

    06/04/2015 11:32:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 22, 2015 | Robert Glatter, MD
    Practice makes perfect.The old adage applies to many aspects of our life in a variety of ways. Practicing your backhand, learning a dance move, or rehearsing your speech. But where it may matter the most is for medical professionals who perform lifesaving interventions or procedures for patients in emergency departments or in the operating room. The reality is that there are some lifesaving procedures in emergency medicine that you rarely perform–but must always be ready to perform in a split second. One such a procedure–known as cricothyrotomy–which involves making an incision into a specific area of patient’s neck and inserting...
  • Wikileaks uncovers important chapter of the TPP

    06/03/2015 8:14:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    AnonGalactic ^ | June 4, 2015
    WikiLeaks releases today the “Investment Chapter” from the secret negotiations of the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) agreement. The document adds to the previous WikiLeaks publications of the chapters for Intellectual Property Rights (November 2013) and the Environment (January 2014). The TPP Investment Chapter, published today, is dated 20 January 2015. The document is classified and supposed to be kept secret for four years after the entry into force of the TPP agreement or, if no agreement is reached, for four years from the close of the negotiations. Julian Assange, WikiLeaks editor said: “The TPP has developed in secret an unaccountable supranational...
  • Fallout 4 Countdown Clock Appears, Runs Out Today

    06/03/2015 4:37:35 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 45 replies
    ign.com ^ | June 2, 2015 | Luke Karmali
    Bethesda has launched a new website almost certainly confirming Fallout 4 will be announced today. The site bears a countdown timer that currently looks like it'll run out today, June 3 at 7am PT / 10am ET / 3pm GMT.
  • ‘Beautiful Mind’ Mathematician John Nash Replaced Einstein’s Theory Of Relativity Days Before Death

    06/01/2015 12:19:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 104 replies
    The Inquisitr News ^ | May 30, 2015 | Tara West
    John Forbes Nash Jr. was a mathematical genius who had his life chronicled in the movie A Beautiful Mind. One of Nash’s colleagues says that just days before he died in a New York taxi cab accident, he had discussed his latest and possibly most brilliant discovery to date. Mathematician Cédric Villan says that Nash told him that he had replaced Einstein’s Theory of Relativity and that the new equation would further explain quantum gravity. The Daily Mail reports that on May 20, 2015, just three days before the tax cab accident that would take his life, Nash spoke to...
  • Senate Advances Patriot Act Overhaul, but Too Late to Foil Rand Paul (Updated)

    05/31/2015 6:53:13 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 10 replies
    Roll Call ^ | Steven Dennis
    The Senate voted overwhelmingly to advance the USA Freedom Act Sunday evening, but too late to prevent Sen. Rand Paul from being able to force a short-term expiration of Patriot Act surveillance authorities at midnight. The overwhelming vote Sunday came after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., threw in the towel on advancing any short-term extensions of the Patriot Act authorities under the continuing objections of Paul, the fellow Kentuckian he has endorsed for the presidency. The Senate voted 77-17, far above the 60-vote threshold to advance the bill. Several more steps are required, however, before a vote on final passage,...
  • More From Feminist Tumblr

    05/29/2015 5:37:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Other McCain ^ | May 28, 2015 | Robert Stacy McCain
    Autumn is a 24-year-old cisgender queer Muslim, who posted this: “Hands up if large groups of aggressively loud white boys in your vicinity freak you out.”To which spyderqueen (“mental health stuff, feminist rantings”) added: “One of the things that bonds women, POC, and LGBTQA+ together: The fear of white men in numbers.”That comment got more than 300,000 likes and reblogs in nine months. This is what feminism is really about: The promotion of completely irrational (but politically useful) fear. My advice to “white boys” is: Always travel in large groups and be aggressively loud, because it makes feminists freak out....
  • Ted Cruz Comes Clean: He’s a Secret Video Game Addict

    05/28/2015 7:30:21 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 119 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | May 28, 2015 | Tim Mak
    The senator is known as a Tea Party firebrand. What he’s not known as is a hidden geek who can’t get enough of ‘Candy Crush.’ He tells The Daily Beast why he can’t have a console.Long before Ted Cruz became a senator from Texas, he was a gamer. He’s known for being pugilistic on the Senate floor, but sometimes he’d rather be fighting cartoon zombies on his iPhone. It’s an uncommon lens through which to view Cruz, a controversial conservative figure who is now running for the highest political office in the country. Cruz’s video game habit fits into a...
  • The LGBT Community is Eating Our Own

    05/26/2015 3:18:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Frontiers Media ^ | May 26, 2015 | Karen Ocamb
    How will we win an LGBT civil rights bill if we can’t even talk to Ted Cruz? The latest shaming and shunning LGBT morality play involves Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass —two rich gay hotel owners known mostly to the LGBT donor class—who co-hosted a dinner at their swanky Central Park penthouse last month for Tea Party darling Ted Cruz, the anti-gay senator from Texas and Republican presidential candidate. It was not a fundraiser, nor an endorsement, Weiderpass later insisted, but an opportunity to have a “dialogue” with one of the nation’s most powerful politicians about a range of issues,...
  • Kerry Calls for Stricter Government Regulation of Internet [semi-satire]

    05/26/2015 10:58:45 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 23 May 2015 | John Semmens
    In a speech in South Korea US Secretary of State John Kerry called for government to play a bigger role in what goes on the Internet. Kerry advised that “we take a lesson from what’s going on in North Korea. Sure, there are a lot of things wrong with the way Kim is governing his country, but that doesn’t mean everything he’s doing is a mistake.” “A key positive in Kim’s policies is the government’s larger role in filtering what the citizens of North Korea can see and hear from the Internet,” the Secretary maintained. “Antisocial content that could undermine...
  • Extreme Networks Cuts 18 Percent Of Workforce; Plans To 'Rely More On Channel Partners' (285 jobs)

    05/23/2015 9:13:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    CRN ^ | May 21, 2015 | Mark Haranas
    Extreme Networks on Thursday disclosed plans to restructure by cutting 18 percent of its global workforce -- 285 jobs -- and investing in software and cloud services for the channel. Some sales positions were included in the job cuts, and Extreme plans to fill those gaps by working more closely with solution providers, said Ed Meyercord, president and CEO of Extreme, during a conference call. "In certain markets, rather than have the fixed costs of a direct sales team or people in place, we'll cover that through the channel and channel partners," Meyercord said. "We're going to rely more heavily...
  • A $77 3D Printer is Unveiled! Say Hello to the Lewihe Play

    05/22/2015 8:37:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    3DPrint ^ | May 21, 2015 | Eddie Krassenstein
    With all technology, prices tend to come down as time goes on. This was seen within the personal computer market and the 2-dimensional printer market, and now we are starting to really see this happen within the 3D printing space as well. Whether you are a consumer and you love the fact that prices continue to drop, or if you are a manufacturer and you hate it, we can probably expect this trend to continue at least a little bit longer. Just 2 years ago, if you wanted a desktop 3D printer, you were looking at spending four figures. There...
  • Adult dating site hack exposes millions of users (Adult Friend Finder)

    05/22/2015 4:07:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Belfast's News Channel 4 ^ | May 21, 2015 | Geoff White
    Hackers have struck one of the world's largest internet dating websites, leaking the highly sensitive sexual information of almost four million users onto the web. The stolen data reveals the sexual preferences of users, whether they're gay or straight, and even indicates which ones might be seeking extramarital affairs. In addition, the hackers have revealed email addresses, usernames, dates of birth, postal codes and unique internet addresses of users' computers. Channel 4 News has been investigating the cyber underworld, discovering which websites have been hacked and exposing the trade in personal information of millions of people through so-called "dark web"...