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  • Research team discovers path to razor-sharp black hole images [RINGS!]

    03/23/2020 7:19:03 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 19 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | March 18, 2020 | by Lee Sandberg, Institute for Advanced Study
    The image of a black hole has a bright ring of emission surrounding a "shadow" cast by the black hole. This ring is composed of a stack of increasingly sharp subrings that correspond to the number of orbits that photons took around the black hole before reaching the observer. Credit: George Wong (UIUC) and Michael Johnson (CfA) _________________________________________________________________________________ Last April, the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) sparked international excitement when it unveiled the first image of a black hole. Today, a team of researchers have published new calculations that predict a striking and intricate substructure within black hole images from extreme...
  • Ring and Nest helped normalize American surveillance and turned us into a nation of voyeurs

    02/18/2020 9:05:10 AM PST · by ransomnote · 41 replies ^ | February 18, 2020 | Drew Harwell
    Margaret Cudia thought her Ring doorbell camera was "the best thing since sliced bread." She loved watching the world pass by through her suburban New Jersey neighborhood, guarding vigilantly for suspicious strangers and porch pirates from the comfort of her phone. She hadn't expected the camera also might capture awkward moments closer to home, like the time it caught her daughter grabbing a beer and talking about how controlling her mother was. "I never told her about that one," she said with a laugh. Amazon's Ring, Google's Nest and other Internet-connected cameras - some selling for as little as $59...
  • Ring doorbell 'gives Facebook and Google user data'

    01/28/2020 1:03:56 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    BBC News ^ | January 28, 2020
    Ring doorbells are providing customer data to companies such as Facebook and Google, an investigation suggests. The Electronic Frontier Foundation found the Ring app was "packed" with third-party tracking, sending out customers' personally identifiable information. Five companies were receiving a range of information, including names, IP addresses and mobile networks, it said. Ring said it limited the amount of data it shared. The company told Gizmodo: "Like many companies, Ring uses third-party service providers to evaluate the use of our mobile app, which helps us improve features, optimise the customer experience and evaluate the effectiveness of our marketing." But the...
  • Ring fires creepy employees for looking in on customers’ videos

    01/09/2020 8:50:58 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 9 replies
    NYP ^ | 01 08 2020 | Vincent Barone
    Home security company Ring has fired employees for watching in on customers’ videos, according to a new letter from parent company Amazon. “Over the last four years, Ring has received four complaints or inquiries regarding a team member’s access to Ring video data,” wrote Brian Huseman, a vice president for public policy at Amazon, in the letter penned earlier this week to five U.S. senators. “Although each of the individuals involved in these incidents was authorized to view video data, the attempted access to that data exceeded what was necessary for their job functions,” Huseman went on. “In each instance,...
  • Killing Soleimani Was the Moral Response to Genocide

    01/06/2020 1:36:56 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies ^ | 01/06/2020 | Shmuley Boteach
    While many Iranian officials have threatened genocide, Qassem Soleimani was actually tasked with it. As an architect of Bashar Assad’s genocidal war against the Syrian people, he was one of the most guilty men on earth. As the Godfather of Iran’s global terror network, he was also one of the most dangerous. His terror world tour was finally cut short last Friday by a precision airstrike, in what was arguably President Trump’s boldest and most presidential move thus far. Soleimani was identified only by his hand, itself identified by a red-stone ring he was known to wear. Soleimani was the...
  • NYC jewelers not impressed by ring that identified Soleimani’s corpse

    01/05/2020 8:18:31 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 64 replies
    NY Post ^ | January 4, 2020 | By Israel Salas-Rodriguez and Vincent Barone
    The gaudy red ring that helped initially identify the corpse of Iran’s Major Gen. Qassem Soleimani is no Hope Diamond, according to local jewelers. Dealers believe the distinctive ring worn by Soleimani is either a red carnelian stone — believed by some Middle East Muslims as able to bestow “blessings”– or possibly an inexpensive ruby that would cost a few hundred bucks. “From the photo, it looks like it’s a carnelian stone — it’s not a ruby; it comes from Africa,” said Maykel Rieth, a professional cutter for R Gems Inc on West 48th Street. “The ring is made out...
  • Great ad for Chevy: No load too large or small, Chevy Trucks!

    01/04/2020 5:50:48 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 39 replies
    News | 4 January 2019 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    I'm sure some can come up with better ad lines for Chevy trucks carrying a ring and finger for a funeral.
  • Doorbell Camera Footage of Las Vegas Kidnapping Posted to YouTube

    01/02/2020 8:51:20 AM PST · by Drew68 · 51 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 01/02/2020 | Tom Sykes
    Shortly after midnight on New Year’s Eve, as America’s party city was celebrating the arrival of 2020, a desperate woman on a suburban Las Vegas street leapt out of the back door of a white Hyundai Sonata with a sunroof, and ran toward a front door, chased by the driver of the car. As she charged up the sidewalk, she must have known the chances of anyone being at home at this time, on this night, were vanishingly small. The woman must have felt utterly abandoned as she banged on that door, screaming for help, but no one came to...
  • Police can keep Ring camera video forever and share with whomever they’d like, Amazon tells senator

    11/20/2019 7:01:26 PM PST · by Theoria · 53 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 19 Nov 2019 | Drew Harwell
    Police officers who download videos captured by homeowners’ Ring doorbell cameras can keep them forever and share them with whomever they’d like without providing evidence of a crime, the Amazon-owned firm told a lawmaker this month. More than 600 police forces across the country have entered into partnerships with the camera giant, allowing them to quickly request and download video recorded by Ring’s motion-detecting, Internet-connected cameras inside and around Americans’ homes. The company says that the videos can be a critical tool in helping law enforcement investigate crimes such as trespassing, burglary and package theft, and that homeowners are free...
  • Amazon Is Coaching Cops on How to Obtain Surveillance Footage Without a Warrant

    08/06/2019 4:22:20 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 12 replies ^ | August 5, 2019 | Caroline Haskins
    Ring, Amazon’s home surveillance company, is teaching police how to convince residents to share camera footage with them. When police partner with Ring, Amazon’s home surveillance camera company, they get access to the “Law Enforcement Neighborhood Portal,” an interactive map that allows officers to request footage directly from camera owners. Police don’t need a warrant to request this footage, but they do need permission from camera owners.Emails and documents obtained by Motherboard reveal that people aren’t always willing to provide police with their Ring camera footage. However, Ring works with law enforcement and gives them advice on how to persuade people to...
  • Deal with Amazon requires local police to encourage people to buy Ring products

    07/27/2019 3:46:19 PM PDT · by simpson96 · 15 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | 7/26/2019 | Ayyison Matyrus
    Amazon has struck up deals with local police departments to encourage people to buy its Ring security products in exchange for free Ring video doorbells and access to a special police-focused Ring portal. According to Motherboard, which saw a copy of the agreement between Amazon-owned Ring and the Lakehead, Florida police department, Ring requires police to advertise its products within their communities. In addition to free Ring tech, police departments get access to a portal that allows them to request Ring-recorded footage directly from community members. Motherboard obtained details of a memorandum of understanding and emails between Ring and the...
  • Man ran prostitution ring out of parents' basement, prosecutors say

    04/26/2019 7:01:10 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 52 replies
    nbc ^ | 04/25/2019 | ap
    A Long Island man ran a prostitution ring out of his parents' sprawling suburban home, enticing women with drugs and locking them in the basement where they were forced to use a bucket instead of a bathroom, prosecutors said Thursday. Raymond Rodio III, 47, used social media to recruit women, got them hooked on heroin and crack cocaine, and forced them to have sex with men in the basement of the Sound Beach home or at nearby motels, Suffolk County District Attorney Tim Sini said. Police uncovered the alleged prostitution ring after a routine traffic stop last August. Officers recognized...
  • Pope explains reluctant ring kiss: Fear of spreading germs

    03/28/2019 2:37:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 28, 2019 | Nicole Winfield
    Pope Francis has set the record straight about why he pulled his hand away when throngs of people lined up this week to kiss his ring: for fear of spreading germs. Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti said Thursday that Francis was concerned about hygiene when, after greeting dozens of well-wishers in a lengthy receiving line Monday in Loreto, he began pulling his hand away to discourage people from kissing his ring. Video of the incident went viral, with conservative critics blasting what they said was Francis’ “graceless” disrespect for the tradition and the faithful who wanted to honor it. Gisotti said...
  • Amazon's Ring Security Cameras May Have Let Employees Spy on Customers: Report

    01/10/2019 8:03:06 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    gizmodo ^ | 01/10/2019 | Catie Keck
    An investigation from the Intercept’s Sam Biddle published Thursday alleged that owners of Ring security cameras may have been spied on by employees of the company, an allegation Ring denies. However, citing sources familiar with Ring’s privacy practices, the Intercept reported that employees who were reportedly granted “highly privileged access” were able to gain access to video recordings as well as to Ring cameras in- or outside an individual’s home, depending on where the devices were positioned, using only that person’s email address. Per the Intercept: "Despite its mission to keep people and their property secure, the company’s treatment of...
  • Ancient ring found by TV-inspired metal detector

    12/20/2018 2:52:45 AM PST · by csvset · 28 replies
    A silver medieval ring thought to be up to 600 years old has been unearthed by a man who took up metal detecting after watching a TV sitcom. The gold-gilded ring was found by Gordon Graham in a field in the north of the Isle of Man. Archaeologists believe the piece, which is engraved with geometric shapes, dates from between 1400 and 1500 AD. An inquest hearing at Douglas Courthouse declared the ring can be officially classed as treasure. Allison Fox, a curator of archaeology at Manx National Heritage, said it may date back to the time when the first...
  • Opinions: Climate-change deniers are a danger to our security

    12/19/2018 7:26:03 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 56 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 18, 2018 | by Jennifer Rubin
    Imagine during the Cold War that one political party, in the face of overwhelming evidence that the Soviet Union was engaged in espionage against the United States, had a nuclear arsenal pointed at the United States, kept Eastern Europe under its thumb and imprisoned dissenters, refused to consider the Soviet Union a danger - of any sort - to the United States or other Western democracies. And they would offer no credible evidence to the contrary, but rather assert that it was all a hoax. Besides, they’d insist (with no evidence) that it was too expensive to address the challenge...
  • Pontius Pilate’s ring discovered from site near Bethlehem

    11/29/2018 7:28:32 PM PST · by bkopto · 97 replies
    World Israel News ^ | 11/29/2018 | staff
    The Israeli daily Ha’aretz is reporting that a bronze ring found 50 years ago at the Herodion excavation near Bethlehem has been discovered to bear the name of Pontius Pilate, Roman governor of Jerusalem and the man who ordered the crucifixion of Jesus, according to the New Testament. Ha’aretz reports that the name was discovered on the ring with the use of a special camera at the Israel Antiquities Authority labs. The letters on the ring spelled out in Greek writing “Pilatus.” The words surrounded a picture of a wine vessel. Hebrew University Professor Danny Schwartz told Ha’aretz that Pilatus...
  • Dem chief of staff tried to expose suspected theft ring on Capitol Hill, but since it was... (Awan)

    07/01/2018 5:18:55 PM PDT · by Libloather · 42 replies
    Biz Pac Review ^ | 6/25/18 | Luke Rosiak
    Rep. Yvette Clarke’s deputy chief of staff came into the office on a Saturday in December 2015 and caught the New York Democrat’s part-time IT aide, Abid Awan, rummaging through the congresswoman’s work area with new iPods and other equipment strewn around the room, according to a House document and interviews with Hill staff. Wendy Anderson told Abid to get out of the office, the document said. She told Capitol Hill investigators that she soon suspected Clarke’s chief of staff, Shelley Davis, was working with Abid on a theft scheme, multiple House staffers with knowledge of the situation told The...
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    02/18/2018 8:46:11 AM PST · by John S Mosby · 19 replies
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  • Congressional candidate busted trying to hawk stolen ring

    02/14/2018 8:43:42 AM PST · by conservative98 · 50 replies
    NY Post ^ | February 14, 2018 | Stephanie Pagones
    A congressional candidate from Wisconsin was busted by the NYPD in her home state when she tried to hawk a ring she ripped off from a Manhattan jewelry store, police said. Juliet Germanotta — who in campaign literature vowed to keep the state “fiscally responsible by questioning expenses ” — ordered a $4,800 ring from Mikaelians Jewelry on West 47th Street in Midtown on September 19. But Germanotta, 36, who describes herself as a “proud transgender woman,” claimed the ring she received was not to her liking, and requested her money back, police said. Instead of sending the real ring...