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  • Chinese Firm’s Headquarters Shaped Like ‘Star Trek’s’ Enterprise

    05/25/2015 11:58:15 PM PDT · by iowamark · 8 replies
    With the help of Google Maps, fans of the science fiction franchise “Star Trek” have boldly gone to China to find a new discovery: the USS Enterprise as a work of architecture. The design of the building has sparked heated discussion online among Trekkies about which ship from the long-running television and movie series it is based on. Now the mysterious owner has come forward. The 260-meter long, 100-meter wide, six-floor building was built by Hong Kong-listed Chinese online game developer NetDragon Websoft, whose founder Liu Dejian — a 43-year-old University of Kansas alumni — is a huge fan. Mr....
  • Millionaire banker forced to sell luxe belongings

    05/25/2015 9:19:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    New York Post ^ | 5/25 | Julia Marsh
    The multi-millionaire banker who chose to expose his illicit affair rather than pay a court-ordered debt has to face the further humiliation of parting with his belongings, including art, antiques, furs and jewelry at public auction. A Manhattan Supreme Court judge told Hugh Levey to hand over $2 million worth of property including artwork by Jasper Johns and Roy Lichtenstein.
  • Bay Area Actress Helps Boy From African Slum Find His Dream

    05/25/2015 8:46:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 5/25 | Joe Rosato Jr.
    "One chance, one goal." It’s a slogan that wafts through Kibera, the three-square-mile urban slum in the city of Nairobi, Kenya. The adage refers to the very few opportunities in Kibera. Sewage runs through the streets, homes resemble rusted houses of cards, and education is a dream very few dare to imagine. But amid the squalor, Yema Khalif Manyanki harbored the loftiest of dreams -- he wanted to be a movie actor and even more far-fetched, he wanted to go to a university. He acted in skits in dirt lots, and got somewhat OK grades in school. But Kibera didn’t...
  • Debunked: Your SSD won't lose data if left unplugged after all

    05/25/2015 8:25:11 PM PDT · by dayglored · 17 replies
    PC World ^ | May 21, 2015 | Gordon Mah Ung
    If you’re in a panic because the Internet told you that your shiny new SSD may lose data in “just a few days” when stored in a hot room, take a chill pill—it’s apparently all a huge misunderstanding, according to the man who wrote the original presentation all the fear is based on. In a conversation with Kent Smith of Seagate and Alvin Cox, the Seagate engineer who wrote the presentation that set the Internet abuzz, PCWorld was told we’re all just reading it wrong. “People have misunderstood the data that they’re looking at,” Smith said. Cox agreed saying there’s...
  • The GOP's debate problem (Mainstream Media's obligatory Trump slam included)

    05/25/2015 11:09:39 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 13 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/24/15 7:00 PM EDT Updated 5/25/15 12:36 PM EDT | By Eli Stokols
    CONCORD, N.H. — For weeks, Rick Santorum has tried to shake every last hand in Iowa and New Hampshire. Lindsey Graham has been shuttling up to New Hampshire almost every other weekend to meet with small groups of voters. Carly Fiorina and Rick Perry have been getting rave reviews from their crowds in a number of the early states. Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/05/the-gops-debate-problem-118259.html#ixzz3bAuRRlK4
  • Reagan- America Is The Last Stand On Earth

    05/25/2015 6:56:49 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 9 replies
    Youtube ^ | 05/25/15
    Ronald Reagan tells it like it is, America is the last stand on earth. If the US is taken over then the planet is lost. A Time for Choosing speech Oct 27, 1964 excerpt
  • Growing underground: the subterranean park in New York

    05/24/2015 4:57:38 PM PDT · by 9thLife · 13 replies
    FT via drudge ^ | May 22, 2015 3:51 pm | Christopher Kompanek
    Long stretches of densely packed tenement buildings still line the concrete streets of the Lower East Side, standing as living artefacts of its 19th- and 20th-century immigrant past. Bathtubs sit in renovated kitchens and floor-to-ceiling windows look out on to brick walls in elegant attempts to mask the neighbourhood’s cramped topography. This tension courses down Clinton Street, where some of the city’s best restaurants now occupy narrow storefronts that once sold pickled herring from barrels. “There’s so much cultural resonance there, but it’s a part of the city that’s bereft of public space, landmarks or any civic attention,” the architect...
  • Pac-Man’s 35th anniversary – Memories and a New Mobile Game

    05/24/2015 4:24:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    TechnoBuffalo ^ | MAY 23, 2015 | RON DUWELL
    This past week marked the 35th anniversary of gaming’s first international superstar, Pac-Man. The arcade cabinet hit the Japanese gaming scene on May 22, 1980, and it dominated the American market later that year in October. True, Americans had Pong by that point in history, and Japan was overrun by Space Invaders. However, Pac-Man was the first mascot both countries could share, leading to an incredible entertainment alliance which led to 35 years of excellence. Everything from Donkey Kong and Final Fantasy to Monster Hunter and Metal Gear Solid, all because some pizza faced weirdo chomped down on blue ghosts....
  • Trump Takes Aim at Jeb in Florida Speech (Good for Trump)

    05/24/2015 9:24:55 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 11 replies
    News Max ^ | Saturday, 23 May 2015 11:55 PM
    Billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump, who says he is seriously considering a run for the presidency in 2016, blasted former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush for his much-criticized statements on the Iraq War. Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com http://www.newsmax.com/US/trump-jeb-bush-incompetent-iraq/2015/05/23/id/646476/#ixzz3b4eBRRHE Urgent: Rate Obama on His Job Performance. Vote Here Now!
  • Taking Trump Seriously (American Thinker)

    05/24/2015 2:18:23 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 76 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 24 2015 | By Malcolm Unwell
    Are you not eagerly anticipating Donald Trump’s announcement about whether he will run for president? This is a serious question, despite all the mockery that is aimed at the real estate mogul. Skepticism about his potential candidacy is understandable, but the tone towards Trump would likely change dramatically were he to announce his candidacy. Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/05/taking_trump_seriously.html#ixzz3b2uFIVjj Follow us: @AmericanThinker on Twitter | AmericanThinker on Facebook
  • Google Tone Shares Links To Computers Within Earshot Using Beeps And Boops

    05/23/2015 9:46:54 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 21 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 05/22/15 | Jason Cipriani
    A new Chrome extension, called Google Tone, released this week makes it possible to share a URL with another computer in the room using a series of beeps and boops. The concept is dead simple yet instantly instills a sense of disbelief. A computer making seemingly random sounds can transmit the URL for the tab I have open in Chrome across the room? Get out. Full of skepticism, I decided to put it to the test. I installed the Chrome extension on a MacBook Air and a HP laptop running Windows 10. And you know what? It works! Click on...
  • VIDEO: Trump on Rubio and Jeb (Critical of them both, but just on one answer)

    05/23/2015 5:51:29 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 7 replies
    Harald Tribune ^ | Friday, May 22, 2015 | By Jeremy Wallace , Herald-Tribune
    Trump was in Sarasota on Thursday to accept the annual "Statesman of the Year Award" from the Sarasota Republican Party. Check out more of what he had to say here. http://politics.heraldtribune.com/2015/05/22/video-trump-on-rubio-and-jeb/
  • Trump calls Romney a ‘choker,’ says Jeb is ‘total fool’ (hard to argue with Trump on this)

    05/22/2015 4:43:25 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 29 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 22, 2015 | 2:14pm | By Laura Italiano
    Donald Trump hasn’t announced a run for president quite yet, but that isn’t stopping him from hurling stink bombs at fellow Republicans — calling Mitt Romney “a choker,” Marco Rubio “a horror show” and Jeb Bush “a nice person,” who’s still “a total fool.” Not that he can’t stand any of them. http://nypost.com/2015/05/22/trump-calls-romney-a-choker-says-jeb-is-total-fool/
  • Man survives shotgun attack after his iPhone takes brunt of blast

    05/22/2015 4:13:05 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 59 replies
    ITV Reports ^ | May 22, 2015
    Man survives shotgun attack after his iPhone takes brunt of blast A man miraculously survived being shot near his home with a sawn-off shotgun when his iPhone took the brunt of the blast. The victim's iPhone took the majority of the blast from the shotgun The victim's mobile phone took the majority of the blast from the shotgun. Credit: Cheshire Police The 25-year-old victim sustained serious injuries to his abdomen but managed to get up and head back to his block of flats where emergency services were called. Ryan Duggan, 19, has been found guilty of attempted murder at Chester...
  • 12 States Release Proposed Premium Increases

    05/22/2015 10:55:38 AM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 14 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 5-22-15 | Sean Riley
    While premium filings aren’t expected from the federal government until next month, a report from The Wall Street Journal released Thursday provides a snapshot of preliminary 2016 rate filings from health insurance market leaders in 11 states. The figures represent average increases in premiums proposed by the largest carriers in each state that has made requests public. A separate report from the Associated Press notes that the largest carrier in South Dakota has proposed a 42.9 percent increase in premiums in the individual market. Increases are subject to review by the states and will be finalized in the fall.
  • Josh Duggar apologizes amid molestation allegations, quits Family Research Council

    05/22/2015 4:45:51 AM PDT · by MadIsh32 · 99 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 22nd 2015 | Elahe Izadi
    In the wake of a tabloid report alleging that he molested several underage girls while he was a teenager, reality-television star Josh Duggar said Thursday that he “acted inexcusably” and was “deeply sorry” for what he called “my wrongdoing.” The 27-year-old Duggar, a high-profile member of the evangelical Christian family that stars on TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting,” also resigned his post with the Family Research Council, a conservative lobbying organization. “Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret,” Duggar said in a statement posted on Facebook on Thursday....
  • Oakland Cat Town Cafe Lowers Feline Euthanasia Rate

    05/21/2015 11:58:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Tuesday, May 19, 2015 | Tamara Palmer
    Oakland's Cat Town Cafe and Adoption Center is purring along nicely. According to Inside Scoop SF, the combination coffee spot and kitty fostering hangout has succeeded in adopting out 184 cats since it opened in October, which has brought the euthanasia rate at partner organization Oakland Animal Services down from 41 to 21 percent. Those statistics may or may not take into account the most recent foster animal, Griffin, an orange and white cat who was one of the cafe's longest residents; he got fostered on Monday. Cat Town Cafe's Saving Pets crowdfunding campaign has currently raised $29,232 to continue...
  • Farmer Delays Harvesting Crops to Save Baby Blackbirds, Earning Flock of Praise

    05/21/2015 9:38:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    A central California farmer is holding off on harvesting his fields until thousands of imperiled tricolored baby blackbirds can fly from their nests. The Fresno Bee reports Thursday that Frank Mendonsa, owner of a dairy farm south of Tulare, California, was recognized Wednesday by Audubon California and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service. About 15,000 tricolored blackbirds are temporarily nesting in fields of triticale silage that Mendonsa is growing for cow feed, the newspaper reported.
  • Flawed Android factory reset leaves crypto and login keys ripe for picking - LINK ONLY

    05/21/2015 7:46:40 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 17 replies
    Ars Technica — LINK ONLY | May 21, 2015 | by Dan Goodin
    An estimated 630 million phones fail to purge contacts, e-mails, images, and more. LINK ONLY DUE TO COPYRIGHT LIMITATIONS: Ars Technica — Flawed Android factory reset leaves crypto and login keys ripe for picking
  • USDA Inspections Offer Glimpse into the Supply Chain for Whole Foods' New Rabbit Meat Pilot Program

    05/21/2015 5:10:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Vicky Nguyen, Liza Meak and Felipe Escamilla
    Consumer demand for rabbit meat and the welfare of the rabbits may not be what Whole Foods has suggested.Whole Foods Market is known for its high quality and high prices, but now some critics question whether the grocery chain is living up to its own high standards in its rabbit meat pilot program. In the summer of 2014, the grocery chain started to offer rabbit meat in select markets across the country, including the Bay area. The Investigative Unit obtained USDA inspection reports for Iowa Rabbit, the farm that supplies Whole Foods Market with its rabbit meat. An analysis of...
  • Donald Trump: 'I want to make the country great again'

    05/21/2015 4:33:58 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 131 replies
    Fox News Channel ^ | Published May 21, 2015 | FoxNews.com
    Vido Interview between Megyn Kelly and Donald Trump. Then the interview is printed below. Not too shabby.
  • New Windows 10 Build 10122 aims to fix file association hijacking

    05/21/2015 2:59:47 PM PDT · by dayglored · 23 replies
    The Register ^ | May 21, 2015 | Tim Anderson
    Smoother and more stable, but Start menu and tablet issues remain Microsoft has released a new build of Windows 10, named 10122, which includes an effort to fix file association hijacking, where a newly installed application becomes the default for opening documents with a particular extension, such as PDF, docx, jpg or MP3. In Windows 10, neither desktop nor Universal (UAP) apps will be able to show a dialog prompting the user to change default file associations. Instead, users get a prompt when they next open a document of a type handled by a newly installed app. The prompt defaults...
  • Is the White House Big Enough for Donald Trump? (actually a pretty good article)

    05/21/2015 3:40:15 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 5 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | By Rebecca Berg - May 21, 2015 | By Rebecca Berg - May 21, 2015
    Donald Trump will announce next month whether he will run for president, with an event most likely at Trump Tower in New York City. But, in Washington on Tuesday, the businessman and television personality was preoccupied with another project in the works. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2015/05/21/the_donalds_presidential_ambitions_126673.html
  • Donald Trump's answer to America's immigration crisis involves a really big fence

    05/21/2015 2:56:58 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 17 replies
    AL.com ^ | May 20 2015 | By Leada Gore | lgore@al.com
    Real estate mogul and reality television personality – and possible 2016 presidential contender Donald Trump – has an answer for at least some of America's immigration issues. http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2015/05/donald_trumps_answer_to_americ.html
  • Apple releases Watch OS 1.0.1

    05/21/2015 1:53:39 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 9 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | Tuesday, May 20, 2015
    Apple has just released Watch OS 1.0.1 which includes performance improvements and bug fixes including the following: Improved performance for: • Siri • Measuring stand activity • Calculating calories for indoor cycling and rowing workouts • Distance and pace during outdoor walk and run workouts • Accessibility • Third party appsDisplay support for new Emoji charactersAdditional language support for: • Brazilian Portuguese • Danish • Dutch • Swedish • Russian • Thai • TurkishFor information on the security content of this update, please visit this website: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222To Update, launch the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. In My Watch > General, go to Software Update.Make sure your Apple Watch is: • In range...
  • Safari (Apple browser) URL-spoofing vuln reveals how fanbois can be led astray

    05/20/2015 8:05:38 PM PDT · by dayglored · 13 replies
    The Register ^ | May 20, 2015 | Alexander J Martin
    A recently published exploit for the Safari browser demonstrates a URL spoofing mechanism which might convince users they are visiting a legitimate website, when they are actually visiting another site which may be phishing their details. Deusen researchers have disclosed a vulnerability which may be exploited by hackers to hijack user accounts on a range of websites, from social media to banking. The proof-of-concept invites users to visit what appears to be the Daily Mail website – however, a script will execute the loading of another URL before the page users are directed to can be displayed. Tested using Safari...
  • Donald Trump Has a Major Pledge for Christians Across the Globe if He Becomes President

    05/20/2015 4:45:48 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 21 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May. 20, 2015 1:42pm | Billy Hallowell
    Business mogul Donald Trump made a notable pledge to Bible-believers across the globe over the weekend, vowing that if he runs for president and wins, he will be the “greatest representative of the Christians they’ve had in a long time.” Includes a 1 minute, 26 second video.
  • U.S.-China Dispute Heats Up in South China Sea

    05/20/2015 4:31:43 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 7 replies
    Yahoo . com ^ | 2:48 minutes | WSJ Live
    China has condemned a U.S. military plan to send aircraft and Navy vessels to the South China Sea in light of China’s territorial claims. WSJ’s Julian Barnes explains. Photo: Getty Images https://screen.yahoo.com/u-china-dispute-heats-south-132704933.html
  • 10 Most Expensive Cities in the World

    The Knight Frank Wealth Report has just published the top 40 cities in the world which work out to be the most expensive for property prices in its Global Cities Survey........ Here are the top ten places (reverse order) if you have a spare million dollars laying around to get rid of somewhere in the world: Top-Ten Cities 10. Los Angeles, where it would take $1 million to get 57 square meters of property in the city center. 9. Paris would set you back $1 million and get you just 50 square meters of some chic place to crash in....
  • Texas Legislature Preempts Denton Fracking Ban

    05/20/2015 1:39:35 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 6 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 5-20-15 | John Eick
    Last November, citizens of Denton, TX voted via referendum to ban the oil and gas well stimulation technique commonly known as hydraulic fracturing or “fracking.” The outcome was significant since the city sits on top of the Barnett shale play, the third largest onshore natural gas producing field in the U.S. Although a handful of municipalities and counties across the country have banned fracking or related activities, Denton is the first city with significant oil or natural gas deposits to do so. Last year, ALEC briefly wrote about the lawsuits filed in Texas challenging the legality of the ban and...
  • Shedding new light on 175-year-old principle: New class of swelling magnets ... energize the world

    05/20/2015 11:06:44 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 21 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 05-20-2015 | Provided by Temple University
    A new class of magnets that expand their volume when placed in a magnetic field and generate negligible amounts of wasteful heat during energy harvesting, has been discovered by researchers at Temple University and the University of Maryland. The researchers, Harsh Deep Chopra, professor and chair of mechanical engineering at Temple, and Manfred Wuttig, professor of materials science and engineering at Maryland, published their findings, "Non-Joulian Magnetostriction," in the May 21st issue of the journal, Nature. This transformative breakthrough has the potential to not only displace existing technologies but create altogether new applications due to the unusual combination of magnetic...
  • Ultrasonic production of skimmed milk [Faster Cheese!]

    05/20/2015 8:37:15 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 6 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 05-20-2015 | Provided by Acoustical Society of America
    Recently, scientists from Swinburne University of Technology in Australia and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) have jointly demonstrated cream separation from natural whole milk at liter-scales for the first time using ultrasonic standing waves—a novel, fast and nondestructive separation technique typically used only in small-scale settings. At the 169th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), being held May 18-22 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the researchers will report the key design and effective operating parameters for milk fat separation in batch and continuous systems. The project, co-funded by the Geoffrey-Gardiner Dairy Foundation and the Australian Research...
  • The 25 best cities for job seekers right now

    05/20/2015 8:29:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/20/2015 | JACQUELYN SMITH
    If you've been unsuccessful in your job search, it might be time to start looking in other parts of the country. But before you pack up and go, you'll want to consider which cities have the best career opportunities, the happiest workers, and the lowest cost of living. To help, online careers community Glassdoor just released its latest report on the 25 best cities for jobs right now. These metro areas stand out for having the highest Glassdoor "Job Score," which was determined by weighting three factors equally: how easy it is to get a job (hiring opportunity), how affordable...
  • Clever fish around the coast of Mallorca Island

    05/20/2015 8:19:56 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 27 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 05-20-2015 | Provided by Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. (FVB)
    To avoid overfishing and aid in sustainable exploitation, the status of the fish stocks has to be monitored regularly. In many cases stock assessment is based on fishery-dependent data generated from fish markets or creel surveys. The assumption is: the lower the catches in a certain unit of time, the smaller the stock of fish should be. The scientists Dr. Josep Alós and Prof. Dr. Robert Arlinghaus from the German Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries and the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin have now shown that some fish species show enhanced gear-avoidance behaviour in regions with high angling intensity compared...
  • New York City vs. London: Which is the better city?

    05/20/2015 8:07:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/20/2015 | SARAH SCHMALBRUCH
    The debate over which is the better city — New York City or London — has been raging for a long time. The cities are alike in that they're both densely populated cosmopolitan capitals of their respective countries, but they also have their differences. We rounded up the factors that are important for both inhabitants and visitors to take into consideration and used them to help settle the debate. As a side note: Even though I currently live in NYC, I'm a native Chicagoan, so I'm an impartial judge in the matter. COST Both London and NYC are notorious for...
  • How Government Inaction Ended the Depression of 1921

    05/20/2015 7:42:14 AM PDT · by all the best · 4 replies
    Mises Institute ^ | May 20, 2015 | Llewellyn Rockwell
    As the financial crisis of 2008 took shape, the policy recommendations were not slow in coming: why, economic stability and American prosperity demand fiscal and monetary stimulus to jump-start the sick economy back to life. And so we got fiscal stimulus, as well as a program of monetary expansion without precedent in US history. David Stockman recently noted that we have in effect had fifteen solid years of stimulus — not just the high-profile programs like the $700 billion TARP and the $800 billion in fiscal stimulus, but also $4 trillion of money printing and 165 out of 180 months...
  • A man holding a Donald Trump domain hostage has been forced to hand over the web address

    05/20/2015 4:50:46 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 8 replies
    Perthnow.com ^ | May 20, 2015 5:00PM | JULIA MARSH New York Post
    A SALESMAN who was allegedly holding a Donald Trump domain hostage in exchange for an appearance on The Apprentice, now has to give up the Web address for nothing. http://www.perthnow.com.au/technology/techknow/a-man-holding-a-donald-trump-domain-hostage-has-been-forced-to-hand-over-the-web-address/story-fnjwujbv-1227361871915
  • Matt Saincome Investigates the Airline Industry's Woeful Record of Protecting Pets in Flight

    05/19/2015 11:04:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Matt Saincome
    It's 11:45 a.m. and a dog is falling from the sky. Moments earlier Nala, a rescue animal, was taking care of her five puppies who were on their way by small aircraft from Lexington, Ky., to Canada to be trained as service animals. Now the helpless pooch is in total freefall, quickly spiraling toward the earth. Nala was being transported with her five puppies in a private four-seat plane on Friday, May 1, when the cargo door burst open at about 200 feet, ejecting the canine from the aircraft. Within seconds, the fall — and Nala's life — is over....
  • Benton Family Finds Racial Slurs in Pizza Box

    05/19/2015 10:59:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 45 replies
    THV11 ^ | May 19, 2015
    Benton Family Finds Racial Slurs in Pizza Box (Only link can be posted)
  • Even with free annual upgrades, Apple faces stubborn OS X fragmentation

    05/19/2015 7:50:57 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 27 replies
    Computerworld ^ | May 19, 2015 | By Gregg Keizer
    Mac laggards signal difficulty of matching PC upgrade results with mobile's homogenization Although Apple has done a better job of moving its Mac users along with each new operating system than has rival Microsoft, the Cupertino, Calif. company has been unable to eradicate fragmentation as it accelerated upgrades to an annual cadence. According to data from analytics firm Net Applications, three OS X editions that were three years or older retained five or more percentage points of user share last month. Those three editions -- 2009's Snow Leopard, 2011's Lion and 2012's Mountain Lion -- powered 20% of all...
  • Planned Parenthood Abortion Activists Hate Ted Cruz and Scott Walker the Most

    05/19/2015 7:47:46 PM PDT · by Morgana · 26 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | May 19, 2015 | Steven Ertelt
    The Planned Parenthood abortion business is running a new poll for its abortion activists to determine which of the pro-life Republican presidential candidates and potential candidates they hate the most. Apparently the pro-abortion stalwarts at Planned Parenthood are not fans of Ted Cruz and Scott Walker. The abortion business couches the poll in it’s typical “pro-woman” phraseology, designed to shield itself from abortion and make it appear pro-life candidates hate women, never mind that Planned Parenthood aborts hundreds of thousands of baby girls every year and kills and injures their mothers in abortions. Here’s how it asks the question: IMAGE...
  • Louisiana Abortion Activists Vandalize Billboards Exposing Planned Parenthood’s Abortion Business

    05/19/2015 7:42:52 PM PDT · by Morgana · 3 replies
    life news ^ | May 19, 2015 | Sarah Zagorski
    In Louisiana, abortion activists are doing everything they can to ensure that the citizens of New Orleans don’t find out about Planned Parenthood’s abortion business. In fact, some are resorting to vandalism and recently destroyed a billboard that exposed the organizations number one priority. The Nola Needs Peace Coalition, a group of churches and community organizations committed to building a peaceful New Orleans without abortion, placed one of their billboards directly next to the Planned Parenthood site that is slated to open early next year. The billboard reads: “Planned Parenthood Sells Abortion And They Plan to Sell More Here.” Benjamin...
  • Trojanized, info-stealing PuTTY version lurking online (SSH Secure Shell program for Windows)

    05/19/2015 5:17:01 PM PDT · by dayglored · 15 replies
    Help Net Security ^ | May 19, 2015 | Zeljka Zorz
    A malicious version of the popular open source Secure Shell (SSH) client PuTTY has been spotted and analyzed by Symantec researchers, and found to have information-stealing capabilities. PuTTY, which is written and maintained primarily by Simon Tatham and can be freely downloaded from the project's official site, is a popular software with admins and developers looking to connect to remote servers through encrypted means. Compiled from source, this malicious version is apparently capable of stealing the credentials needed to connect to those servers. "Data that is sent through SSH connections may be sensitive and is often considered a gold mine...
  • Donald Trump: Why wait to announce? Why wait?

    05/19/2015 5:16:51 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 38 replies
    Vanity Post ^ | (today) | (basic rant)
    OK this is a rant basically. Why is Donald Trump playing with the "will he, or won't he" crowd? Donald I am very much in favor of you, if you run. But I am very much NOT in favor of playing any games, and this seems like it might be one. What are you waiting for? Why are you waiting? Why not just announce. Right now.
  • EPA accused of improper lobbying for water rule

    05/19/2015 1:46:32 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 6 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 5-19-15 | John Eick
    The New York Times has an article worth reading discussing EPA’s efforts to influence comments submitted to them by the public regarding the agency’s and Army Corps of Engineers’ proposal to redefine “Waters of the United States (WOTUS).” Notably, Gina McCarthy, administrator of EPA, went before a Senate committee earlier this year touting the fact that almost 90 percent of all comments submitted expressed support for the rule as proposed. It turns out that many of these comments were submitted as a result of an unprecedented outreach initiative, which is being led by a former Obama campaign staffer. Thunderclap (a...
  • To fight bee decline, Obama proposes more land to feed bees

    05/19/2015 11:15:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 19, 2015 1:29 PM EDT | Seth Borenstein
    The Obama administration hopes to save the bees by feeding them better. A new federal plan aims to reverse America’s declining honeybee and monarch butterfly populations by making millions of acres of federal land more bee-friendly, spending millions of dollars more on research and considering the use of fewer pesticides. While putting different type of landscapes along highways, federal housing projects and elsewhere may not sound like much in terms of action, several bee scientists told The Associated Press that this a huge move. They say it may help pollinators that are starving because so much of the American landscape...
  • The Gathering Bond Storm in Chicago

    05/19/2015 11:00:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Economy and Markets ^ | 05/19/2015 | Rodney Johnson
    Recently the bond rating company Moody’s Investor Service cut their ranking of Chicago to junk status. The move ticked off a lot of people in the Windy City who think Moody’s overstated the case. I agree that Moody’s is wrong… not because they went too far, but because they didn’t go far enough. Chicago is not close to bankrupt. It’s completely bankrupt. People are just afraid to say this out loud. The city’s pensions are underfunded by $20 billion. Moody’s gave a rating that reflects how the city is performing. City officials are just angry Moody’s called them out. The...
  • Unions urge Amtrak to put 2nd engineer in every locomotive

    05/19/2015 10:28:05 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 19, 2015 1:23 PM EDT | Michael R. Sisak
    The union for Amtrak’s locomotive engineers on Tuesday urged the railroad to put a second engineer at the controls of trains on the busy Northeast Corridor, where a derailment killed eight people and injured more than 200 others. “The public would never accept an airline operation with a single person in the cockpit,” the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen said in a statement. “There is no reason that rail employees and rail passengers’ lives should be viewed any differently.” Brandon Bostian, 32, was alone in the locomotive of Train 188 when it derailed May 12, about 10 minutes after...
  • Analyst's Prediction: Microsoft Windows 10 To Be On 410 Million PCs Within 18 Months

    05/19/2015 10:17:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Bidness ^ | 05/19/2015 | Larry Darrel
    Microsoft Corporation’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows 10, is possibly the last version of Windows the company will ever make. Tech enthusiasts are looking forward to use Windows 10 so much so that analysts expect that 410 million PCs will be running Windows 10 within the first 18 months of its release. Windows 10 is expected to release for PCs “this summer” possibly in late July, with a mobile version of the operating system to come shortly after it. According to Net Applications, an analytics vendor, more than 75% of all PCs currently running Windows 8 or 8.1 will switch to Windows 10...
  • Secret space plane, solar sail and CubeSats launching Wednesday

    05/19/2015 10:08:53 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    CNN ^ | Amanda Barnett
    How much can you pack on top of one rocket? A United Launch Alliance Atlas V is carrying up the U.S. Air Force's so-called secret space plane, The Planetary Society's solar sail, and several CubeSats, or tiny satellites. The launch window is Wednesday from 10:45 a.m. ET and 2:45 p.m. ET at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. You can watch it on a webcast starting at 10:45 a.m. ET. The Air Force space plane is actually called the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle. This is the fourth mission for the plane. It looks like a small space shuttle, but...