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  • Amazon Prime Now brought me candy in 23 minutes (New ONE HOUR Delivery)

    12/19/2014 12:05:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Engadget ^ | December 18, 2014 | Devindra Hardawar
    Amazon's new one-hour delivery service, Prime Now, works so well it might just inspire entirely new levels of laziness in all of us. After all, why bother going to the store when you just need to shell out $7.99 to get anything brought to your door in an hour? But as anyone who's made Seamless or GrubHub food deliveries an essential part of their diet can tell you, this sort of instant gratification can be dangerously addictive. And eventually, you might end up having no reason to leave your house at all. As the Amazon courier handed me a bag...
  • They're canceling 'The Interview' because North Korea threw a hissy fit?

    12/18/2014 2:18:18 PM PST · by Thistooshallpass9 · 35 replies
    The Matt Walsh Blog ^ | 18 Dec 2014 | Matt Walsh
    Now they're canceling 'The Interview' because North Korea threw a hissy fit? Man, this is such an embarrassment. I have no idea if this movie is any good or not. It sounds pretty stupid and it has Seth Rogen in it, so I doubt we're dealing with Citizen Kane here. Still, that fat little psycho in North Korea deserves to be ruthlessly insulted. Mocking genocidal maniacs is as American as apple pie. I'm all for it. As long as we remember that, as enjoyable as it is to make fun of this puffy dimwit, there really isn't anything funny about...
  • Someone Is Lying: North Korea Almost Certainly Did Not Hack Sony

    12/18/2014 7:54:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12/18/2014 | Tyler Durden
    Yesterday, moments before the North Korea "hacking" tragicomedy escalated into full retard mode with Sony pulling The Interview, or a movie that absent the attention would certainly be a flop, Wired released an article titled: "North Korea Almost Certainly Did Not Hack Sony" (title subsequently changed to the one below as can be seen in the URL alias "http://www.wired.com/2014/12/north-korea-did-not-hack-sony-probs"), which however, and for the better, retains its content as it is quite critical in debunking the latest government "certainty."
  • North Korea Attacks America’s Moral Cowardice

    12/18/2014 3:59:01 AM PST · by lifeofgrace · 5 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 12/18/2014 | Steve Berman
    A rogue nation targeted a multinational corporation and won.  North Korea has almost certainly ordered the massive cyber-attack on Sony Pictures, stealing and publicly dumping enough data to make a dent in the company’s stock price. North Korea cannot challenge the United States militarily, despite what movies have portrayed.  Regardless of their saber-rattling, and America’s reduced presence on the Korean peninsula, a real attack of any substance against our ally South Korea (or Japan for that matter) would bring a suicidal level of retribution on the North, and they know it.  But they’ve found a vein where they can draw...
  • Jeb Bush not so hot on social media

    12/16/2014 9:31:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Politico ^ | December 16, 2014 | Lucy McCalmont
    Jeb Bush may be top dog in the latest 2016 polls, but he’s woefully behind the rest of the GOP field when it comes to friends, likes and retweets. The former Florida governor took to social media Tuesday to announce that he will “actively explore the possibility of running” for president in 2016, tweeting a link to a statement on his Facebook page. Journalists and political junkies leapt at the news, but Facebook fans … not so much. As of early Tuesday afternoon, hours after Bush’s 10 a.m. announcement, his tweet had amassed 5,700 retweets and 2,200 favorites. On Facebook,...
  • exVive3D 3D Printed Human Liver Tissue Now Commercially Available by Organovo

    12/13/2014 8:13:28 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    3D Print ^ | November 18, 2014 | Brian Krassenstein
    New technologies such as 3D bioprinting promise to offer a laundry list of new treatments, drug discovery, and cures within the medical industry. With that said, we have been hearing promises for years that 3D printing will change the face of medicine. Despite these promises, bioprinting has yet to make any major impact within the market. Today things may have just changed! San Diego-based 3D bioprinting company Organovo (NYSE MKT: ONVO) has today announced the full commercial availability of their exVive3D Human Liver Tissue for preclinical drug discovery testing. The tissue, which is created via an in-house 3D printer, could...
  • I need help identifying web-sites on politics, current events, national/international news. (Vanity)

    12/11/2014 9:26:33 PM PST · by txnativegop · 33 replies
    txnativegop
    I am asking all FReepers for their help. Due to health issues I have foolishly allowed myself to fall behind on current events (as some of my recent posts may have indicated). I am not really all that tech- or internet-savvy. I have seen many web-sites listed as sources for the many threads here. Are there any other sites where information about all things politics and current affairs is available? Any help will be greatly appreciated.
  • Graphene-based Fuel Cell Membrane Could Extract Hydrogen Directly from Air

    12/11/2014 3:24:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    IEEE Spectrum ^ | December 2, 2014 | Dexter Johnson
    In research out of the University of Manchester in the UK led by Nobel Laureate Andre Geim, it has been shown that the one-atom-thick materials graphene and hexagonal boron nitride (hBN), once thought to be impermeable, allow protons to pass through them. The result, the Manchester researchers believe, will be more efficient fuel cells and the simplification of the heretofore difficult process of separating hydrogen gas for use as fuel in fuel cells. This latest development alters the understanding of one of the key properties of graphene: that it is impermeable to all gases and liquids. Even an atom as...
  • WordPress users: A cool Christmas "Widget"

    12/11/2014 12:02:00 PM PST · by CharlesOConnell
    WordPress ^ | Dec 22, 2013 | Sacra Pizza Man
    If you use a WordPress website and would like a short, classical music Christmas greeting, this is easy.First see if you like the music.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpRZecQpxuc(Click above.)This widget looks like this:Here's the way to use it:WordPress > Dashboard > Appearance > Widgets > Text<iframe width="285" height="214" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/GpRZecQpxuc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>Just start a new text widget where you want it to appear, then copy in the iFrame above. Or use any little, short music video you'd like.(A "Widget" is a little internet do-dad that's easy to use & powerful.)
  • Editorial: No comments. An experiment in elevating the conversation (Because, racism)

    12/08/2014 1:56:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | December 8, 2014 | Tony Messenger
    For the next two months, we are turning off the comment function on all editorials, columns and letters in the opinion section. Why? Ferguson. READ THE 'LESSONS FROM FERGUSON' Last Sunday, we challenged our region to have the serious discussion on race that it has been avoiding for decades. Such difficult discussions are made more challenging when, just to present a thoughtful point of view, you have to endure vile and racist comments, shouting and personal attacks. If you’ve watched many of the talking heads on cable television try to discuss the killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, you...
  • Eric Garner protesters “shut down capitalism” because… capitalism!

    12/07/2014 9:50:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 6, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    When the protests over the grand jury decision in the case of Eric Garner broke out I was expecting them to take place around police stations. It was also expected that the marchers would take to streets and sidewalks in popular areas where the media could easily film them. But there are new targets in their sights, and as you might expect they shut down business at the Apple Store and Macy’s. I’m sorry… what was that again? Protesters staged a “die in” Friday night in an Apple store on Fifth Avenue and in Macy’s at Herald Square. Hundreds of...
  • Anyone here have experience with PCMATIC?

    12/07/2014 9:30:05 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 55 replies
    me | 12-7-14 | TZ
    I'm not renewing my paid subscription to AVG as it gets more worthless every year. (Windows based PC)
  • Proof that The End of Moore’s Law is Not The End of The Singularity

    12/06/2014 1:48:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Lifeboat News - Safeguarding Humanity The Blog ^ | December 5, 2014 | Eric Klien
    During the last few years, the semiconductor industry has been having a harder and harder time miniaturizing transistors with the latest problem being Intel’s delayed roll-out of its new 14 nm process. The best way to confirm this slowdown in progress of computing power is to try to run your current programs on a 6-year-old computer. You will likely have few problems since computers have not sped up greatly during the past 6 years. If you had tried this experiment a decade ago you would have found a 6-year-old computer to be close to useless as Intel and others were...
  • Why the new 5G network will change your life

    12/04/2014 8:24:14 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    The London Metro's Tech Blog ^ | December 1, 2014 | Rob Waugh
    You might only just have got your head round the idea of 4G, but a new network is just around the corner, and it could be 100s of times faster – and the new technology could lead to a world where everything from your car to your lightbulbs ‘talk to you’ via apps. When David Cameron first mentioned research into 5G, he suggested 5G-equipped devices could download HD films in a second – but the new network might be so fast it can download 800 films per second, according to University of Surrey researchers. ‘Latency’ – that annoying ‘lag’ when...
  • Breitbart.com where are you?

    12/03/2014 9:53:35 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 15 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/03/14 | Judi McLeod
    Notice how websites who are Big Government advocates never go offline Update: Breitbart is back online! Courtesy of a heads up from Canada Free Press (CFP) tipster Budd G., Breitbart is offline this morning. Or at least it is offline at the time of this writing. This is the message people going to Breitbart are getting: Error 503 Service Unavailable Service Unavailable XID: 682556712 O: (null) GN: ch-sc-bb-shield1 The web server is responding too slowly to service your request. Please try again later. Breitbart.com, one of the most reliable news sites available on the World Wide Web, is surfed by...
  • Facebook blocks me for exposing the pro-abortion,pro-sodomy CNC

    12/03/2014 8:36:47 AM PST · by cleghornboy · 8 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | December 3, 2014 | Paul Melanson
    Cary Bogue, owner of the Facebook page entitled "Catholics and Protestants United Against Christian Discrimination, has said, "We all know Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is an avowed atheist, pro-abortion and a strong advocate for the LGBT." See here. Apparently so. Back in 2012, on the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, an exercise in judicial fabrication, I posted a photograph of an aborted [murdered] baby on Facebook. The photograph was immediately removed by Facebook and I received this notice: "One of Your Photos Was Removed. One of your photos was recently removed because it was found to violate Facebook policies....
  • Make Your Own 3D Printer for Under $60 Using Recycled Electronic Components

    12/02/2014 8:26:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    3D Print ^ | November 6, 2014 | Debra Thimmesch ·
    One of the obstacles to jumping headlong into the additive manufacturing milieu for many people is often the expense of the 3D printer itself. Further, for those intrepid, budding engineers, designers, makers, and artists, an initial foray might more reasonably and affordably involve logo-instructables-01using a less expensive and complex machine. Enter one Instructables contributor, “mikelllc,” who has designed a make-it-yourself 3D printer that is constructed largely from recycled electronic components. Currently, only about 12.5% of all electronic waste, or “e-waste,” is recycled. Instead, the majority of cast-off electronic products — around 20 to 50 million metric tons per year worldwide...
  • Holiday Greeting Videos still online after scrub social media warning

    12/02/2014 9:01:48 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/02/14 | Judi McLeod
    Are the DHS and FBI trying to protect troops or only to depress and demoralize them? Is this how the DHS can keep active duty soldiers from sending messages of Christmas hope to their families? A Marine Mom asks Canada Free Press (CFP) this vital question: “Does it make any sense that the DHS and FBI are telling veterans, their families and active duty troops to scrub their social media sites, while Holiday Greeting YouTubes posted by the military itself are still online online after Sunday night’s warning was issued?” “The FBI on Sunday issued the strongest warning to date...
  • DRUDGEREPORT and Worldnetdaily both down?

    12/02/2014 1:41:38 AM PST · by iowamark · 16 replies
    12/2/2014
    DRUDGEREPORT.com and Worldnetdaily.com both have been down for some time.
  • Three Reasons Why Black Men Should Openly Carry a Gun after Trayvon, Ferguson, and John Crawford

    12/01/2014 2:05:23 AM PST · by Dallas59 · 56 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 12/01/2014 | H. A. Goodman
    I never thought I'd be an open carry advocate. However, I'm a firm believer in working within the American political system in order to change the status quo. If the 2nd Amendment is cherished by millions of Americans, then why not use it to further certain liberal ideals? Protecting African-American lives and alleviating tensions between the black community and law enforcement should be a top priority of all Americans and especially Congress, however this is not the case. It speaks volumes that African-Americans vote over 90% Democrat during national elections, yet our future nominee in 2016 still hasn't addressed an...
  • UPS Store’s 3D Printing Service Rules Say ‘Make Love, Not War’ – Sex Toys Permitted, Guns Not

    11/29/2014 8:53:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    3D Print ^ | November 29, 2014 | Michelle Matisons
    “Makers, make love, not war.” This appears to be the best way to summarize UPS’s 3D printing service guidelines. UPS has been offering 3D printing services for a little while, but of course, these services come with a strict set of guidelines about what they will and won’t print for you. Naturally, just like going through airport security, weapons are at the top of the list of no-no’s. Anything gun or gun part related and anything that can be used in the “design, development, manufacture, testing, construction, operation, or maintenance” of nuclear weapons, missile or rocket systems, unmanned air vehicles,...
  • Dan Aykroyd endorses UFO Kickstarter campaign

    11/29/2014 8:44:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Open Minds ^ | November 28, 2014 | Alejandro Rojas
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Dan Aykroyd, longtime paranormal and UFO enthusiast, has made an endorsement video for the Mutual UFO Network’s (MUFON) Kickstarter campaign. Aykroyd’s work in TV and film is legendary, and he is a major UFO buff. The extent of his interested was demonstrated in the 2012 documentary Dan Aykroyd Unplugged on UFOs. It is 2 hours of Aykroyd talking about UFOs, which may sound boring to some, but I loved it. His level of knowledge on the history of the phenomena is remarkable. He shows he is at par with some of the top researchers in the field. A video released...
  • Conservative Bloggers PHYSICALLY TOSSED OUT of Sharpton Presser (Video)

    11/25/2014 4:59:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | November 25, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Conservative blogger Adam Sharp and an associate were PHYSICALLY TOSSED OUT of Al Sharpton’s presser today. The bloggers were physically pushed out of St. Mark’s Church in Ferguson after one was overheard saying, “That ought to stir the pot,” during Sharpton’s divisive speech. The bloggers said the group physically pushed them from the room and followed them to their car and took photos of their plates. Sharpton lashed out at the conservatives and continued his contentious speech. (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Progressives Today @ProgsToday Prayers for @SharpElbowsNet's safety after he was assaulted by angry race mob at @TheRevAl #Ferguson presser. 1:41 PM -...
  • 3D printing technique will put electronics into just about everything

    11/24/2014 9:14:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Engadget ^ | November 23, 2014 | Jon Fingas
    You can use 3D printing to make a handful of electronics, such as antennas and batteries, but LEDs and semiconductors have been elusive; you usually need some other manufacturing technique to make them work, which limits what they can do and where they'll fit. A team of Princeton researchers recently solved this problem, however. They've found a way to make quantum dot LEDs (and thus semiconductors) using only a 3D printer. The scientists choose printable electrodes, polymers and semiconductors, which are dissolved in solvents to keep them from damaging underlying layers during the printing process; after that, the team uses...
  • Drudge does a Minute By Minute Headline countdown

    11/24/2014 5:42:14 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 34 replies
    MeshugeMikey ^ | November 24, 2014 | MeshugeMikey
    Drudge does a Minute By Minute Headline countdown
  • The Obama Plan for Executive Action on Foreign Tech Workers

    11/22/2014 10:56:21 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 17 replies
    Upon Closer Inspection ^ | November 21, 2014 | Dr. Norm Matloff
    Though the main attention on Obama’s speech on immigration last night will be on his plans for the unauthorized immigrants, he definitely included provisions regarding foreign tech workers, specifically regarding H-1B, employer-sponsored green cards and the F-1 foreign student visa. His proposals have something for the employers, something for the foreign workers, but nothing to help American workers. In this post, I’ll explain the proposed changes and their likely impact, and also discuss what executive action a labor-friendly president could have taken. From my point of view, the President’s plan has three major elements: Granting work rights to spouses of...
  • Ted Cruz’s Plan for Internet Freedom? A Permanent Internet Tax Ban

    11/20/2014 4:29:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    NextGov ^ | November 20, 2014 | Dustin Volz
    Sen. Ted Cruz is lobbying hard to prevent government regulation of the Internet, but one measure the Texas Republican supports is expected to create a sizeable budget hole for his state. Cruz, a likely presidential candidate in 2016, spent ample time last week promoting a permanent extension to an expiring ban on federal, state, and local taxation of Internet access that is currently being considered in Congress. The measure, which passed the House earlier this year, is popular in both parties and considered a lame-duck "must pass," as the ban is set to lift on Dec. 11. But a lesser-known...
  • Dark matter could be seen in GPS time glitches

    11/19/2014 4:56:35 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    New Scientist ^ | November 17, 2014 | Hal Hodson
    GPS has a new job. It does a great job of telling us our location, but the network of hyper-accurate clocks in space could get a fix on something far more elusive: dark matter. Dark matter makes up 80 per cent of the universe's matter but scarcely interacts with ordinary matter. A novel particle is the most popular candidate, but Andrei Derevianko at the University of Nevada, Reno, and Maxim Pospelov at the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada propose that kinks or cracks in the quantum fields that permeate the universe could be the culprit. If they are right,...
  • Cruz Continues Fight for Internet Freedom

    11/18/2014 5:55:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Amy Ridenour's National Center Blog ^ | November 17, 2014 | Amy Ridenour
    Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is continuing his fight to limit government interference into (and taxation of) the Internet, today releasing a compilation of comments he has received since his Washington Post op-ed and short video were released last week (you can watch the video here). Here's a few of many (emphases were added by me): "Sen. Ted Cruz got it right last week when he tweeted that Title II would be ObamaCare for the Internet." -- L. Gordon Crovitz, former Wall Street Journal publisher and author of the Wall Street Journal's Information Age column "Private Internet providers already compete with...
  • Marine Corps veteran says criticism of Islam made him homeless

    11/18/2014 2:21:56 PM PST · by Morgana · 7 replies
    Exaniner.com ^ | November 18, 2014 | Joe Newby
    Like so many Americans, Jarrad Winter didn't pay much attention to Islam. Now, it's foremost on his mind. In an exclusive interview with Examiner.com Sunday evening, Winter, a Marine Corps veteran, single father of two boys and a computer programming specialist who runs FatwahonIslam.com, says he is now homeless because he openly criticizes Islam. It wasn't until the South Park creators were threatened by a Muslim that he felt the need to study Islam, he told Examiner. In 2010, Jesse Curtis Morton -- a Muslim convert also known as Younus Abdullah Mohammad -- plead guilty to communicating threats to South...
  • Nothing much to ‘like’ about political tool Facebook

    11/18/2014 10:04:16 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/18/14 | Judi McLeod
    Facebook is now reported to be slamming the door on Barack Hussein Obama With the proverbial horse long out of the barn, the ubiquitous Facebook is now reported to be slamming the door on Barack Hussein Obama. “An upcoming code change means Obama’s groundbreaking 2012 outreach on the site won’t happen again.” (Yahoo, Nov. 17, 2014) Thanks a lot for nothing, Mark Zuckerberg. The fix is already in and you, now advertising for an Executive Amnesty on an unwilling America, have already handed the potential collapse of Western society to the O Man on a silver Facebook platter. Not much...
  • Obama Says FCC Needs to Control Internet [satire]

    11/18/2014 9:37:48 AM PST · by John Semmens · 4 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 14 Nov 2014 | John Semmens
    President Obama is urging the Federal Communications Commission to exert more control over the Internet. “As it stands now, the whole web environment is chaotic and anarchic,” Obama observed. “Anyone can pretty much do whatever he wants. There is no perceived obligation to serve society’s broader needs.” For the time being, Obama disavowed his authority “to command this independent agency to extend its power over this medium. I am patiently waiting for them to do what they should. However, my patience is not infinite. I will act unilaterally if it becomes necessary that I do so to implement the change...
  • How the left recruits trolls to make website comments

    11/17/2014 12:20:08 PM PST · by PROCON · 66 replies
    americanthinker ^ | Nov. 17, 2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Earlier today I wrote about the way the official Obamacare website has apparently recruited people to post thousands of comments each, creating the appearance of mass support, a variant on the traditional astroturfing strategy of creating bogus grassroots organizations. Big Fur Hat of iOTW Report has spotted what looks very much like a Craigslist ad recruiting trolls to post positive or negative comments on left-wing or conservative websites, respectively. The text in full, as well as a screen capture (in case the ad is removed), follow: We are a large social activism organization that advocates on behalf of issues including...
  • Existence of U. of Oregon Student Senator Miles Sisk Confirms Failure Of American Experiment

    11/17/2014 4:39:01 AM PST · by servo1969 · 8 replies
    Popehat.com ^ | 11-5-2014 | Ken White
    <p>"Pack it in, we're done here," snapped University of California Professor Emeritus James Clyden, who helped announce the scientists' findings at a grim press conference. "It's all on Canada's shoulders now," added Clyden, shuddering.</p> <p>"What is happening on these blogs is cyber-bullying and I believe that this is a crime. The people running these blogs are criminals,” Sisk said. “Frankly, I’m done with it.”</p>
  • Anonymous seizes Ku Klux Klan Twitter account over Ferguson threats

    11/16/2014 10:11:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    ZDNet ^ | November 16, 2014 | Violet Blue for Zero Day
    Two Twitter accounts belonging to American racial segregation org Ku Klux Klan, @KuKluxKlanUSA and @YourKKKCentral, have been seized by Anonymous as part of the hacker-activist entity's new campaign, #OpKKK. At 6:31pm PST Anonymous said it has knocked the website belonging to "Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan" -- the group responsible for the Ferguson threats -- offline....
  • Self-publishing vs. traditional publishing: How to choose?

    11/16/2014 9:21:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Miami Herald's Business Monday blog ^ | November 16, 2014 | Siobhan Morrissey, Special to the Miami Herald
    By the time John Kennedy Toole won the Pulitzer Prize for his great American novel, A Confederacy of Dunces, he had been dead for 12 years. Toole reportedly killed himself in part due to years of frustration over unsuccessful attempts to get his outrageously funny book about New Orleans published. It was only after his mother browbeat author Walker Percy into taking up the cause that Louisiana State University Press published the book in 1980. The following year, it won the Pulitzer for fiction. It went from being considered a cult classic to a must-read: More than 1.5 million copies...
  • Our Lawless Government

    11/15/2014 3:51:27 PM PST · by SatinDoll · 22 replies
    The Market-Ticker ^ | Nov. 15, 2014 | Karl Denninger
    Of course the real story is being overlooked here... WASHINGTON – A Justice Department official on Friday defended the legality of a program to scoop up data from thousands of mobile phones as the secret operation came under scrutiny from lawmakers and caught the federal agency that regulates the nation’s airwaves by surprise. The Justice Department, without formally acknowledging the existence of the program, defended the legality of the operation by the U.S. Marshals Service, saying the agency doesn’t maintain a database of everyday Americans’ cellphones. Whether they maintain such a database is immaterial to the underlying issue, which is...
  • Ferguson Tweet Cost Texas Teacher Her Job; #VinitaHegwood Trends on Twitter

    11/15/2014 1:18:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    China Topix ^ | November 14, 2014 | Vittorio Hernandez
    It's official. A racially offensive tweet cost Dallas English high school teacher Vinita Hegwood her job. The trustees of the Duncanville Independent School District, in a special meeting on Friday morning, confirmed her discharge over a comment she made on her personal Twitter account about the Ferguson shooting that resulted in the death of Michael Brown. The trustees stressed that it gave Hegwood, a teacher for 20 years, an opportunity to explain her side, but they nevertheless decided to fire her. Hegwood actually resigned from Duncanville High School, although she was suspended without pay first following her tweet. Hegwood told...
  • Truthy: The Tax-Funded Speech Monitoring and Suppression Project

    11/14/2014 8:34:32 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/14/14 | Arnold Ahlert
    One professor’s million-dollar campaign against conservatives, courtesy of the taxpayer Leftist speech suppressors are at it again, but this time they’re apparently being subsidized by the American taxpayer. On Monday, House Committee on Science, Space and Technology Chairman Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) sent a letter to the head of the National Science Foundation (NSF), demanding information about the nearly $1 million spent on the “Truthy” data-mining project that monitors political speech on Twitter. “The committee and taxpayers deserve to know how NSF decided to award a large grant for a project that proposed to develop standards for online political speech...
  • Naming my daughter thank you freepers

    11/14/2014 5:10:41 AM PST · by The Friend · 62 replies
    None ^ | 14 Nov 2014 | The Friend
    Dear Freerepublicans, I came across your great Free Republic website about four years ago when I was googling the internet looking for information that can help us deciding on a formal name for our newly born daughter. Fourteenth November is celebrated as children’s day in India. 150 years ago, India’s first prime minister was born this day. Today, let me extend a long overdue ‘Thank You’ to this useful website and its inspiring members for the help that I received without you not even knowing about it. In the West, every formal name has an associated predictable child hood name....
  • How to Select a Region By-The-Numbers in Audacity (Free Sound Processor)

    11/13/2014 6:46:28 AM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 4 replies
    Self ^ | 11/12/2014 | Charles O'Connell
     The worst rub is the learning curve. There needs to be a hierarchy of the most common tasks.  Audacity is free, open source, cross-platform software for recording and editing sounds.   "Audacity is available for Windows, Mac, Linux; and other operating systems. Check their feature list, wiki, and forum."  Audacity is a great success, a user-community produced and managed application program that does what it's supposed to. Years ago you used to have to pay for this software, now it's free, but you have to invest your time in learning how to use it. The worst rub is the learning curve. So many...
  • A German Cloud Company Is Offering Free Heat If You Have Room for Some of Its Servers

    11/13/2014 1:21:04 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Slate's Future Tense ^ | November 11, 2014 | Lily Hay Newman, lead blogger
    Another polar vortex may or may not be on its way, but winter means heat bills no matter what. Unless, of course, you get your heat for free from a cabinet full of servers that's sitting in your living room. If you live in Germany, it’s possible! Cloud&Heat is a cloud infrastructure company that has started distributing its servers to people who want to store them in exchange for free heat in their homes or offices. Since servers generate so much excess heat and cloud companies have to spend a lot to cool them, the idea to repurpose the waste...
  • US business process, IT firms urged to seriously mull outsourcing in PH (Philippines)

    11/12/2014 2:39:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Inquirer ^ | October 28, 2014 | US Bureau
    American information technology and business process management (IT-BPM) companies should take a serious look at the Philippines, which continues to be an “ideal location for customer service and technical support outsourcing,” the Philippine ambassador to the US advised. Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. made this pitch to business executives and decision makers from Wall Street and Fortune 500 firms who attended a networking event hosted recently by the Philippine Consulate General in New York and the Seven Seven Corporate Group. “The IT-BPM industry has been the fastest growing industry in the Philippines in the last 10 years,” Cuisia said as...
  • Why the US Sent a C-17 to a Chinese Air Show Despite Concerns Inside the Pentagon

    11/12/2014 7:12:43 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 21 replies
    The D Brief [ at Defense One ] ^ | November 11, 2014 | Gordon Lubold and Marcus Weisgerber
    The U.S. military sent a giant C-17 cargo plane to an air show in China this week as a way to strengthen its relationship with the People’s Liberation Army there, despite fears among security and policy experts that doing so puts American technology secrets in jeopardy and also risks angering an important Asia ally. The decision to send a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III to the China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition at the Zhuhai Jinwan airport starting Tuesday is fraught for a number of reasons, defense and security officials told Defense One, noting that President Barack Obama’s arrival in the...
  • Alibaba reports record $9 billion Singles' Day sales

    11/11/2014 9:07:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Yahoo! News Canada / Reuters ^ | November 11, 2014 | Adam Jourdan
    HANGZHOU China (Reuters) - E-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd reported more than $9 billion in sales on China's Singles' Day on Tuesday, illustrating the buying power of the Chinese consumer and the importance of the event in the retail calendar. Real-time figures on a giant screen at Alibaba's sprawling Hangzhou campus surged past 2013's record to 57.1 billion yuan ($9.3 billion) just after midnight after Chinese and overseas shoppers snapped up heavily discounted goods online. The shopping day, similar to Cyber Monday and Black Friday in the United States, comes less than eight weeks after Alibaba's record $25 billion...
  • Obamacare’s Real Existential Threat

    11/10/2014 5:24:20 AM PST · by lifeofgrace · 14 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 11/10/2014 | Steve Berman
    Image courtesy of gatewaypundit.com While the media and pundits focus on the legal threats to Obamacare (which may not really be threats), there’s really a more mundane existential threat to its ever becoming a major part of our society.  It doesn’t work.  I don’t mean that it’s unworkable in a political or economic sense (although it is in both senses).  I mean that it’s flat-out not working to use it—that the crown jewel of Obamacare, healthcare.gov, is a steaming pile of web-based horse manure. Leave it to the federal government to mismanage any sizable project.  I mean they’ve had...
  • This bullet makes 3D printed guns genuinely dangerous weapons (but don't panic just yet)

    11/08/2014 12:02:43 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Tech Times ^ | November 6, 2014 | Nicole Arce
    One of the things that have prevented 3D printed guns from gaining popularity with the mainstream is the fact that they can't fire more than several rounds without wearing out. The plastic used to make the body of the gun is simply too fragile to accommodate the force of firing. A 25-year-old machinist has found an easy, although time-consuming, way to solve this problem. Michael Crumling has developed ammunition he calls .314 Atlas, after the .314-inch caliber and the Atlas lathe he used to make his bullets. Each bullet designed by Crumling is buried deep inside and reinforced with a...
  • Energy Storage of the Future: Researchers Find Promising Properties in Lightest Materials

    11/07/2014 10:01:27 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Virtual-Strategy Magazine ^ | October 20, 2014
    Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory recently found that properties of graphene aerogel could be used to enhance energy storage for electric vehicles and other high-power energy storage applications. The research will appear as the cover article in the Nov. 14 issue of the Journal of Materials Chemistry A. Personal electronics such as cell phones and laptops could get a boost from some of the lightest materials in the world. Lawrence Livermore researchers have turned to graphene aerogel for enhanced electrical energy storage that eventually could be used to smooth out power fluctuations in the energy grid. The team found...
  • This 3D Printer Is Made Out of a Floppy Disk Drive and Other E-Waste

    11/06/2014 12:57:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Kinja's Gizmodo ^ | November 5, 2014 | Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan
    When was the last time you used your computer's disc drive? What about your DVD player? E-waste is all around us, but as the brilliant Instructables user behind this $60 3D printer proves, there's plenty to be done with it—if you've got some engineering chops. Last week we wrote about the world's smallest 3D printer, which costs less than $300 and prints resin. But an Instructables user named Mikelllc has gone way further, uploading his designs for a 3D printer made from 80 percent recycled e-waste and costing roughly $60. Part of the idea, he writes, is to "help us...
  • Malls Fill Vacant Stores With Server Rooms: Empty Department Stores Converted Into Data Centers

    11/03/2014 7:35:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 3, 2014 | Drew Fitzgerald and Paul Ziobro
    The Internet is moving to a shopping center near you. In Fort Wayne, Ind., a vacated Target store is about to be home to rows of computer servers, network routers and Ethernet cables courtesy of a local data-center operator. In Jackson, Miss., a former McRae’s department store will get the same treatment next year. And one quadrant of the Marley Station Mall south of Baltimore is already occupied by a data-center company that last year offered to buy out the rest of the building. As America’s retailers struggle to keep up with online shopping, the Internet is starting to settle...