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  • How to set up the Apple Watch in 16 steps - Including one absolutely necessary cat video

    04/24/2015 8:04:58 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 29 replies
    The Verge ^ | April 24, 2015 | By Dieter Bohn
    So! You have successfully purchased an Apple Watch, or you’re interested in how the setup process works. Either way, you are to be congratulated for your initiative and willingness to take a risk on a brand new platform, one that lives on your wrist and makes your wrist part of how you live. Also, it has a really great Mickey Mouse watch face. We’re here to help. This article explains the major steps you will need to go through to set up and understand your new Apple Watch. It is virtually identical for all versions of the watch, from the...
  • Diet Pepsi dropping aspartame on customer concerns

    04/24/2015 12:06:24 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 79 replies
    apnews.myway.com ^ | Apr 24, 10:56 AM (ET) | By CANDICE CHOI
    NEW YORK (AP) — PepsiCo says it's dropping aspartame from Diet Pepsi in response to customer feedback and replacing it with sucralose, another artificial sweetener commonly known as Splenda. The decision to swap sweeteners comes as Americans keep turning away from popular diet sodas. Competitor Coca-Cola said this week that sales volume for Diet Coke, which also uses aspartame, fell 5 percent in North America in the first three months of the year. Executives at Coke and Pepsi blame the declines on perceptions that aspartame isn't safe. That's even though the Food and Drug Administration says aspartame, best known by...
  • It is a beautiful day. You are wearing an Apple Watch.

    04/24/2015 4:47:36 PM PDT · by amigatec · 47 replies
    The Verge ^ | April 24, 2015 | T.C. Sottek and Adi Robertson
    It's a beautiful day. You just got your Apple Watch™ in the mail! You take it to your living room and unbox it. Wow. It's incredible. You go through the setup process, and link it to your iPhone. You set the charging dock on your nightstand, and set an alarm. You go to sleep, and dream of floating through white clouds in a blue sky as Jony Ive narrates. Your alarm wakes you at 9:30 on Saturday — the alarm on your Apple Watch. You pick the Apple Watch up from its charging dock, and put it on your wrist....
  • (vanity) Big Thunderstorm about to hit Dallas - no Tornado at the moment though

    04/24/2015 4:31:33 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 17 replies
    Weather Channel etc ^ | 4/24/2015 | (si th
    Hi. Just a quick note there is a (serious but no tornado) just now hitting Ft. Worth, heading for Dallas. It is however very fast-moving, so it won't last long. Just a heads-up.
  • What could McDonald's do to fix its business?

    04/24/2015 4:04:32 PM PDT · by G Larry · 77 replies
    My Way via Drudge ^ | Apr 24, 2015 | CANDICE CHOI
    When it comes to McDonald's, everyone seems to have an opinion about what the company needs to do differently. After turning in another quarter of sliding sales and profit, McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook said the chain will unveil initial details on a plan to turn around its fortunes on May 4. Among the challenges it is facing are intensifying competition and an image for serving junk food that it just can't seem to shake.
  • Zillow Ranks Best Real Estate Markets for Buyers, Sellers

    04/24/2015 3:14:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Zillow ^ | 04/24/2015 | BY EMILY HEFFTER
    When it comes to negotiating power, it’s better to be a home seller in the Bay Area and a buyer in Philadelphia. Zillow’s spring analysis of buyers’ and sellers’ markets across the U.S. looked at how long homes spend on the market, how likely they are to have had a price cut and how much they sold for in relation to their listing price.The nation’s top sellers’ markets are the big West Coast tech centers in San Jose, San Francisco and Seattle. Less competitive markets where buyers have time to negotiate are in the East and Midwest, including Philadelphia, Chicago...
  • A Solution to Help Preserve Our State and National Parks

    04/24/2015 2:43:07 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 5 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 4-24-15 | Cara Sullivan
    Every year, millions of Americans frequent our state and national parks. In 2013, tourists, families and outdoor enthusiasts made an estimated 720 million visits to state parks and 726 million visits to national parks. National Park Week is an opportune time to focus on how to best preserve our parks for future generations. Across the country, tight government budgets leave little money for preserving and maintaining public parks. With increasing operational costs, privatizing certain park concessions can help provide a sustainable funding structure for these beloved areas. Funding shortfalls have caused states to close or significantly reduce services in state...
  • State university considers 'college bankruptcy,' liberal arts schools aren't only ones in trouble

    04/24/2015 1:41:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/24/2015 | Abby Jackson
    Proving it's not only small, private, liberal-arts colleges that are susceptible to financial distress, Louisiana State University (LSU) announced that it's in the midst of drawing up a financial exigency plan. Bloomberg News, which reported the development, called the plan "equivalent to a college bankruptcy" and noted that it would let LSU fire tenured faculty and restructure its finances. The Baton Rouge-based university with over 30,000 students is drafting the plan, in part, because the most recently proposed budgetary cuts by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal threaten to severely impact the higher-education system in the state. The governor's plans would cut...
  • Collapse of Time Warner-Comcast merger could extend Dodgers TV impasse indefinitely

    04/24/2015 1:25:36 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 14 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | April 23, 2015 | Michael Lev
    It appears the long, frustrating wait for Dodgers fans hoping to see their team on TV will continue indefinitely. Multiple reports Thursday indicated the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable – distributor of the Dodgers-owned SportsNet LA – was on the verge of collapsing. The merger between the companies had been viewed as a potential solution to the distribution impasse that has prevented about 70 percent of the local market from seeing the majority of Dodgers games since the start of last season. The collapse of that deal means "the status quo remains in place," said sports-media consultant...
  • Cheaper Robots, Fewer Workers (Video and Article)

    04/24/2015 1:13:50 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 14 replies
    NY Times ^ | 4/24/15 | Jonah M. Kessel and Taige Jensen
    China faces rising labor costs and a shortage of workers. But a government project called “replacing humans with robots” is trying to change the face of the work force in Guangdong Province.
  • No Ma: Marijuana's Hardest Sell — the Chinese

    04/24/2015 1:13:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Wednesday, Apr 22 2015 | Chris Roberts
    Want to escape the booming neighborhoods of San Francisco? Head west, where the rows of single-family Mediterranean-style or boxy Doelger homes that make up the Sunset District are virtually unchanged since their construction in the mid-20th century, giving the avenues a timeless feel. There are no towering construction cranes putting up condos, and 21st-century conveniences fail you: My Sidecar ride request to be taken to the Sunset was rejected three times before I settled in for a $40 cab ride. There is also little sign of California's multibillion dollar cannabis industry. The city's west side is entirely bereft of legal...
  • Apple Watch Teardown

    04/24/2015 11:46:02 AM PDT · by Prov1322 · 6 replies
    ifixit.com ^ | 04.24.15 | ifixit tech team
    Time flies: it's been eight months since Apple announced its (digital) crowning achievement, the Apple Watch. Join us as we make time stand still by tearing down the Apple Watch—and see what makes it tick.
  • 3D printing is so last year: We're onto 4D printing now

    04/24/2015 10:39:53 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 6 replies
    Phys.org ^ | 4/24/15
    Another dimension: Professor Marc in het Panhuis and PhD student Shannon Bakarich are building objects using 4-D printing, where time is the fourth dimension. 4D printing is unfolding as technology that takes 3D printing to an entirely new level. The fourth dimension is time, shape shifting in fact, and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) at the University of Wollongong is helping to set the pace in the next revolution in additive manufacturing. Just as the extraordinary capabilities of 3D printing have begun to infiltrate industry and the family home, researchers have started to develop 3D...
  • Apple Watch teardown reveals pulse oximeter, suggesting future measurement of blood oxygen

    04/24/2015 9:20:08 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 19 replies
    9to5Mac ^ | Friday, April 24, 2014 | Ben Lovejoy
    iFixit’s teardown of the Apple Watch has revealed that the sophisticated heart-rate monitor used is actually capable of acting as a pulse oximeter, allowing it to calculate the oxygen content of your blood by measuring how much infrared light is absorbed. This data would be useful for health and fitness monitoring, but the functionality is not currently enabled in the watch. As iFixit notes, there are a couple of possible reasons Apple is not currently allowing to watch to display this data … First, it may simply be that the company hasn’t yet achieved the necessary accuracy and reliability from...
  • ABC's 'Blackish' Featured a Shout-Out to This Conservative Star (Sarah Palin)

    04/24/2015 2:16:36 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 20 replies
    Fox News / Newsbusters ^ | Published April 23, 2015 | By Scott Whitlock, Newsbusters
    "Diane," played by Marsai Martin, exclaimed, "I'm my hero, Sarah Palin. I came within a few votes of the vice presidency. I would have won if not for the liberal gotcha media." -- You go girl.
  • iTunes stops working for Windows XP users, Apple security change likely to blame

    04/23/2015 10:13:10 PM PDT · by dayglored · 27 replies
    Venture Beat ^ | April 22, 2015 | Emil Protalinski
    iTunes users who still run Windows XP started to experience connectivity issues this week. As documented in an Apple Support Communities thread, they can’t log into the iTunes store, meaning functions like buying content, watching already purchased movies and TV shows, playing DRM-protected content, backing up, updating, and syncing all do not work. The issue has to do with the secure connection iTunes uses to connect to the iTunes Store, meaning it doesn’t affect users until they try to log in. While the support thread in question only has some 50 replies at the time of publishing, we expect it...
  • Empowering Victims of Crime through Outreach and Involvement

    04/23/2015 2:45:55 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 3 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 4-23-15 | Cara Sullivan
    Crime, at its core, inflicts harm on the victim. As such, one of the primary purposes of the criminal justice system should be to repair the damage done by the crime and prevent further victimization by rehabilitating and holding accountable the offender. Yet, with the criminal justice system and reform dialogue so often focused on offenders and taxpayers, the needs of individual victims frequently go undiscussed. Although it is important to acknowledge the damage crime does to society at large, we must not forget the tremendous and often emotionally paralyzing impact crime has on the affected individuals. America’s criminal justice...
  • The Apple Watch Is Neat, But That Is All

    04/23/2015 1:33:52 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 310 replies
    Business Day Live ^ | April 23 2015, 12:42 UTC | Jeffrey Joslin
    PEOPLE have been raving about the Apple Watch, so it is probably time for a rant from a devil’s advocate. For starters, Apple’s smartwatch is neat, but that might be the only thing it has going for it. If the product’s intended function is providing you with around-the-clock health information, then there are a lot of roadblocks that need to be addressed. Here are five: (...) 1. Battery life is as terrible as you would expect. 2. Too little screen for too much information. 3. It is too big. 4. Even the positive reviews are negative. 5. The Apple Watch...
  • McDonald’s Is Doomed

    04/23/2015 1:22:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 100 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/23/2015 | Stephen Green
    You probably saw the story yesterday that McDonald’s had yet another rough quarter, with sales down globally yet again. I didn’t think it was worth blogging again after reading this part, but please indulge me before we get to the good stuff: Shares of the fast-food company were up almost 5 percent in early trading. At midday, they remained 3 percent higher at $97.70 as investors shrugged off declines in quarterly earnings and sales.McDonald’s global sales at restaurants open at least 13 months fell a worse-than-expected 2.3 percent in the first quarter, and the company warned of another drop in...
  • As First Watches Ship, Apple Opens App Store for New Device

    04/23/2015 12:58:29 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 36 replies
    The Wall Street Journal Blogs ^ | April 23, 2015 | By DAISUKE WAKABAYASHI
    Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg News Apple opened the App Store for its Apple Watch Thursday, just ahead of the first shipments reaching customers who pre-ordered the new device. The store is third branch of the App Store, alongside areas hosting apps for the iPhone and the iPad. Apple says more than 3,000 Watch apps will be available when the store opens later Thursday. The Watch has a smaller screen than the phone or tablet and must work in tandem with an iPhone. That’s forcing developers to decide whether a Watch app should be an extension of an iPhone app, or a...
  • Skirts on Fox News Programming (vanity)

    04/23/2015 10:04:49 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 164 replies
    Vanity | 4-23-15 | self
    Can the skirts get any shorter on Fox news? (the men needn't answer) What happened to the days when a lady crossed her legs discretly at the ankles? Are high stools necessary to report the news? (Fox & Friends First, Megyn Kelly) Is Roger Ailes in charge of skirt check? All of the skirts seem to be the same length. They don't come that way from the store. Today on "Outnumbered" you could see to the bottom of the hips on all of the panelists when they were seated. Note I said "hips", not the other word. Dana Perino from...
  • GM CEO dismisses talk of merger with Fiat Chrysler

    04/23/2015 9:36:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 23, 2015 11:11 AM EDT
    General Motors CEO Mary Barra is dismissing any talk of a possible merger with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. […] Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne recently floated the idea of merging with GM or another global automaker. He is a proponent of industry consolidation and says only the biggest automakers will survive. …
  • USDA app aims to stop Americans from wasting 36 lbs. food a month

    04/23/2015 9:19:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 69 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 22, 2015 | 9:23 PM | Paul Bedard
    The Agriculture Department has determined that 36 pounds of food per person is wasted every month, about 21 percent of the available food in the United States. And one big reason: those expiration dates are wrong or overly cautious. The solution: Hold your nose and just eat it. Even if it is 18 months past the expiration date. It sounds yucky, but officials think they’ve got the trick to get moms to feed expired but safe food to kids and adults alike—they’ve even got an app. It’s called FoodKeeper and it is supposed to have a more accurate calculation of...
  • Truck, SUV profits push GM 1Q profit 8 times above year ago

    04/23/2015 6:28:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 23, 2015 8:35 AM EDT | Tom Krisher
    First-quarter profit at General Motors rose nearly eight times above a year ago as U.S. consumers spent big on pickups and SUVs and the company didn’t have to set aside a huge stack of money to pay for recalls. The Detroit automaker said it made $945 million, as consumers got used to lower gasoline prices and decided to buy bigger vehicles. That’s right in GM’s sweet spot, with trucks such as the Chevrolet Silverado pickup and Cadillac Escalade large SUV. Profit margins on the trucks are sizable, with analysts estimating that GM makes more than $10,000 per vehicle. In the...
  • iOS 8 vulnerability can send iPhones, iPads into reboot loop

    04/23/2015 2:23:16 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 17 replies
    Beta News ^ | April 22, 2015 | By Mihaita Bamburic
    At the 2015 RSA Conference, security researchers from Skycure showcased a new iOS 8 vulnerability which, if properly exploited, can send iPhones and iPads connected to a malicious hotspot into a reboot loop. The vulnerability affects both the operating system as well as apps which use SSL to communicate. All that an attacker has to do to exploit the vulnerability is to set up a router in a "specific configuration", and allow anyone to connect (basically make it an open hotspot). The iOS 8 devices that connect will be affected, without the attacker having to have access to them. Based...
  • American Airlines CEO to be paid entirely in company stock

    04/23/2015 1:05:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 22, 2015 7:33 PM EDT | David Koenig
    The CEO of American Airlines received compensation valued at $12.3 million last year and will stop drawing a salary and instead be paid entirely in company stock. CEO Doug Parker said Wednesday that the change started immediately and would make his compensation more in line with shareholder interests. American Airlines Group Inc. disclosed his compensation and the other changes in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. […] Parker’s deal seems to cut against a trend in CEO pay. Stock grants were attractive just after the financial crisis of 2008 but are less appealing now after a long rally in...
  • US to announce plans to reduce agricultural carbon emissions

    04/23/2015 12:41:59 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 23, 2015 1:26 AM EDT | Jeff Karoub
    Federal agricultural officials are planning to announce voluntary programs and initiatives for farmers, ranchers and foresters meant to build on President Barack Obama’s efforts to combat global warming—and don’t require congressional approval.Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is expected to unveil plans Thursday at Michigan State University, where Obama signed the sweeping farm bill into law last year. The efforts, many of which have their roots in that law, aim to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions, boost carbon capture and storage and come with various enticements, including grants, low-interest loans and technical assistance. […] Obama administration aides have said the issue of...
  • Rev.Graham:Gay Iceman ComicBook Made To Indoctrinate Our Young People to Accept This Destructive Lif

    04/22/2015 5:54:57 PM PDT · by markomalley · 42 replies
    CNS News ^ | 4/22/15 | Michael W. Chapman
    Marvel Comics outed its X-Men character "Iceman" as gay in its latest issue, a cultural step that is designed "to indoctrinate our young people to accept this destructive lifestyle," said Reverend Franklin Graham, who added that God Himself in the Bible says that "homosexuality is a sin" and we are to be on guard against all sin."An April 22, 2015 Facebook post by Rev. Franklin Graham."Today the Marvel comic character Ice Man, from the 'X-Men' series, is coming out as gay," said Rev. Graham in a post on Facebook. "This is another attempt to indoctrinate our young people to accept...
  • Microsoft Announces Windows 10 Device Guard, a New Feature That Could Kill Malware Forever

    04/22/2015 5:53:04 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Softpedia ^ | 04/22/2015
    Microsoft is making big efforts to increase the security of Windows 10 and turn the new operating system into a fully secure working environment, so several new features will be available in this regard when it comes out. In addition to Microsoft Passport and Windows Hello, both of which were announced a few months ago, Redmond will also introduce a feature called Device Guard that would give organizations full control over the apps that are allowed to be launched on a device running Windows 10. According to Microsoft, the new feature should provide advanced malware protection against new and even...
  • This newly declared microcountry wants to become the world's foremost tax haven

    04/22/2015 2:54:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/22/2015 | Ryan Gorman
    The world’s newest microcountry wants to become its foremost tax haven. Liberland, which sits on 2.7 square-miles of land along the Danube River between Serbia and Croatia, was founded earlier this month and plans to have only voluntary taxes. "We don’t want the state to take money from the people," Vít Jedlička, a native of Prague and Liberland's new president, told Business Insider in a phone interview. "We want to have voluntary taxes." Elected into office by a three-person committee, Jedlička says he started Liberland to “turn the concept of a state upside down.” After working as a financial analyst...
  • Is There a Need for Legislative Updates to Electronic Privacy Protection Laws?

    04/22/2015 2:34:20 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 12 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 4-22-15 | Jonathon Hauenschild
    Long gone are the days when law enforcement surveillance meant officers with cameras standing on corners wearing trench coats, hats and sunglasses. Now law enforcement can use thermal imaging cameras from drones, intercept cell phone calls and even track personal information through cell phones. Advances in technology, perceptions that law enforcement officials may operate on the boundaries of the law and new community privacy expectations seem to beg for legislative updates to outdated interpretations of the Fourth and Fifth Amendments. There is a need to balance an individual’s constitutional rights with law enforcement’s goal to prevent and investigate crimes. Perhaps...
  • Celebrating Earth Day: Environment Getting Better All the Time

    04/22/2015 1:54:53 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 10 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 4-22-15 | John Eick
    Earth Day was first observed on April 22, 1970 as the brainchild of former Sen. Gaylord Nelson (D-WI). One of the leading proponents of environmentalism and conservation at the time, Sen. Nelson envisioned Earth Day as an “environmental teach-in” that would generate popular support for an environmental agenda. Modeled on the anti-war teach-ins of the gloomy Vietnam era, over 20 million people participated in the inaugural Earth Day. Ever since, Earth Day has been a largely somber event sounding the alarm on impending environmental doom. Instead of merely generating awareness of the environmental problems we face, Earth Day should be...
  • Great news! Law school applications down 50%!

    04/22/2015 1:49:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/22/2014 | NewsMachete
    It is actually good to have germs in small amounts.  They help inoculate us from bigger sicknesses.  But having too many germs is bad for us. That philosophy applies equally well to lawyers.  Some lawyers are useful, even necessary, such as lawyers who draft wills or contracts between companies or stock offerings (my former profession), federal prosecutors, and those who represent plaintiffs and defendants in legitimate civil lawsuits. But a lot of lawyers do things that are not so good.  In my opinion, the government has too many lawyers.  The lawyers at the EPA and the so-called "civil rights"...
  • UK trader in fraud arrest over US 'flash crash'

    04/22/2015 12:45:28 PM PDT · by Zeneta · 16 replies
    UK trader in fraud arrest over US 'flash crash' A financial trader has been arrested in the UK after US authorities accused him of contributing to the 2010 Wall Street "flash crash". The US Department of Justice wants to extradite Navinder Singh Sarao, 36, on charges of wire fraud, commodities fraud and market manipulation. The crash wiped billions of dollars off the value of US shares in minutes.
  • TEACHER'S PENSIONS

    04/22/2015 7:22:46 AM PDT · by knarf · 39 replies
    self ^ | April 22, 2015 | knarf
    I've done a lot of thinking about this and I'd like feed back
  • Google pulls plug on YouTube for older iPads, iPhones, smart TVs

    04/21/2015 11:55:15 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 28 replies
    The Register ^ | 21 Apr 2015 | Neil McAllister
    'Try the built-in browser – that might work' Pulling the plug Some aging smart TVs, Blu-Ray players, iPhones and iPads are headed for early dotage, thanks to a decision by Google to shut down the older version of its YouTube API. According to a revised product support page, the YouTube apps built into certain devices manufactured in 2012 or earlier will soon stop functioning, beginning this week. The cutoff will apparently happen regardless of whether the manufacturers advertised their devices as supporting YouTube at the time customers bought them. Google, characteristically, has tried to cast the end of service in...
  • Microsoft's Windows 10 Build 10052 solves phone-bricking problems

    04/21/2015 8:57:55 PM PDT · by dayglored · 14 replies
    PC World ^ | Apr 21 2015 | Mark Hachman
    Microsoft released Build 10052 of Windows 10 for phones on Tuesday, along with a revised rollback tool that should help solve the bricking problems that Lumia 520 users and other unlucky souls experienced. The major problem that the new build solves is an issue where some users—including owners of the most popular Windows phone, the Lumia 520—suffered catastrophic failures that “bricked” the phones when they tried to roll them back to Windows 8.1. Microsoft said it has solved the bug on Lumia 520 phones, with an update to the Windows Phone Reset Tool.
  • Hillary Decimated by Palin in Today’s Poll

    04/21/2015 7:12:28 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 80 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | April 20, 2015 7:22 PM MST | Town Crier Poll
    Hillary Decimated by Palin in Today’s Poll Palin Wins Hands Down The results of today’s poll are: 1. Palin 79% 2. Neither 14% 3. Clinton 7%
  • Is This Where Investors Should Be Looking When Oil Recovers

    04/21/2015 3:17:19 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 19 replies
    oilprice.com ^ | 04/21/2015 | James stafford
    When oil prices recover—and plenty of analysts think the climb back up will start soon—Canada’s western frontier of Saskatchewan and neighboring Alberta will ‘still have the edge’, according to a report from TD Economics. Depressed oil prices may have skewed the view from Canada’s oil-producing west, but this will be one of the better places to bet on the oil rebound. Saskatchewan remains the last highly accessible onshore North American oil frontier and it is home to part of the prolific Williston Basin. And as the industry gears up for the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference (WBPC) on 28 April, the...
  • Are smartwatches dangerous? Lawyer wants $1 billion campaign to warn drivers

    04/21/2015 2:37:22 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 49 replies
    LA Times ^ | April 21, 2015 | By PARESH DAVE
    An attorney is seeking a court order that four tech giants fund a $1-billion smartwatch warning campaign After the Apple Watch ships to initial customers Friday, thousands of motorists might be sneaking a glance at the smartwatch to read text messages and other alerts. That has at least one person concerned. On Monday, an attorney filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court against Apple, Samsung, Microsoft and Google that seeks a court order for the technology companies to fund a $1-billion public education campaign about the dangers of using a smartwatch while driving. In his lawsuit, Stephen Joseph...
  • VANITY: Name of Company / Founder

    04/21/2015 2:36:13 PM PDT · by who_would_fardels_bear · 52 replies
    Me | 4/21/2015 | Me
    Does anyone remember the name of the company and its founder that was famous (I believe back in the 50's) for having a very progressive view of its employees? I believe they were the first in America to provide lots of benefits including health, child care, wellness programs, etc. They started out well, but ultimately went bankrupt. I'm asking because it seems as if Google and other companies are following in the same footsteps, and if history is any guide, will end up becoming bankrupt as well.
  • Even Supreme Court Justices Show Up for Jury Duty

    04/21/2015 2:24:03 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 5 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 4-21-15 | Amy Kjose Anderson
    Last week, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Roberts showed up for jury duty in Montgomery County to serve his patriotic duty. He may not have been assigned to a case, but he still showed up. While there’s probably a good argument for exempting Supreme Court Justices from serving jury duty, there are plenty of states that have been overzealous in offering exemptions. Many states exempt elected officials, police officers and doctors, but some states take it much further. Hawaii and a handful of other states even exempt dentists and clergy members. Dentists and clergy members don’t quite fit...
  • Apple's climate change efforts might be based on misguided idealism

    04/21/2015 1:53:58 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 27 replies
    CIO ^ | Apr 21, 2015 6:03 AM | By Jim Lynch
    Apple has made it clear that it believes in global warming, and that it wants to fix what it regards as a problem. But should the company tone down its rhetoric on the issue? Under the leadership of Tim Cook, Apple has been a vocal advocate for certain policies, including what the company calls "climate change." While some have applauded Apple's commitment to battle global warming, I'm forced to wonder if the company's efforts aren't simply misguided. Don't get me wrong, I think it's great that Apple is paying attention to the environment and that it's aware of its own...
  • Apparently No One Noticed What This Woman Was Staring at When They Chose Her for Their Label

  • The big banks on Wall Street have fired 80,000 people in the past 5 years

    04/21/2015 9:53:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/21/2015 | Portia Crowe
    Wall Street's six biggest banks have cut nearly 80,000 jobs over the past 5 years, according to Bloomberg. The majority of the cuts have come from Bank of America. That's over both the past 5 years and the past 12 months, as well as in the first quarter of 2015. Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley added jobs in the first quarter of 2015, but 4,000 jobs were still cut across Wall Street last quarter. Bloomberg looked at data from JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, and Bank of America. Over the past 5 years, JPMorgan has...
  • FREDERICK’S OF HOLLYWOOD LINGERIE CHAIN FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY

    04/21/2015 9:51:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 20, 2015 | Staff
    Racy lingerie retailer Frederick’s of Hollywood is seeking bankruptcy protection in federal court after closing all of its stores and switching to an online-only business, which it intends to sell to the highest bidder. The privately held company says competition, decreased mall foot traffic and onerous leases helped push it into a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.
  • Schlumberger slashes 11,000 jobs in latest round of cuts

    04/21/2015 9:47:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    The Times Picayune ^ | 04/21/2015 | By Jennifer Larino
    Schlumberger, the world's largest oilfield service provider, said it plans to cut its global workforce by another 11,000 jobs over coming months. Schlumberger has slashed its worldwide workforce by 15 percent total. The company, which has headquarters in Houston, Paris and Hague, announced its plans last week, part of sweeping layoffs across the oilfield service industry as drilling rig counts in North American plummet amid low oil prices. Competitors Halliburton and Baker Hughes have also announced layoffs. Schlumberger, which employed 126,000 worldwide at the height of oil prices last summer, did not provide specifics as to where layoffs would occur...
  • Halliburton Announces 9,000 Layoffs

    04/21/2015 9:46:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind
    Houston Press ^ | 04/21/2015 | By Dianna Wray
    In a move that once again isn't exactly shocking, Halliburton Co. has been engaging in much more serious layoffs than they initially planned on back in February. Back in the early part of the year -- when energy analysts were confidently predicting oil prices would rebound in no time at all -- Halliburton still battened down the hatches, announcing plans for about 6,500 layoffs. Since then the analysts have for the most part gotten increasingly dour with their predictions, oil prices have stayed around $50 a barrel and Halliburton has actually laid off about 10 percent of its workforce in...
  • Oil and Gas Company Baker Hughes ramps up layoffs to 10,500 worldwide

    04/21/2015 9:43:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind
    The Times Picayune ^ | 04/21/2015 | By Jennifer Larino
    Baker Hughes Inc., one of the world's largest oil and gas service companies, said it will increase job cuts worldwide to 10,500, or about 17 percent of its total workforce. The Houston-based company said the cuts are necessary in order to weather a crash in North American drilling prompted by low oil prices. Baker Hughes announced the additional cuts Tuesday (April 21) after reporting a $32 million loss for the first quarter this year. The company's first-quarter revenue was down 20 percent compared to the same period a year ago. Earlier this year, Baker Hughes said it planned to cut...
  • Wal-Mart layoffs about retaliation, not repairs, union claims

    04/21/2015 9:41:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    CSM ^ | 04/21/2015 | By Anne D'Innocenzio
    Wal-Mart faces a potential labor injunction from a union group asking the company to rehire all 2,200 employees affected by the abrupt temporary closing of five stores a week ago. One affected store, in Pico Rivera, California, has been a hotbed for worker protests against Wal-Mart. A union is asking labor regulators to go to court to force Wal-Mart to rehire all 2,200 employees affected by the abrupt temporary closing of five stores a week ago. The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union filed the charge on behalf of OUR Walmart with the National Labor Relations Board on Monday,...