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  • Apple Isn’t Deleting Your iTunes Movies

    09/18/2018 3:29:29 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 1 replies
    MacObserver ^ | September 17, 2018 | By Jeff Gamet
    The internet is flipping out with stories like, “Apple can delete your movies any time it wants.” No, Apple isn’t deleting movies people bought through iTunes, but one man’s heading with mysteriously missing movies underscores how messed up international movie licensing is.Streaming movies from iTunes Here’s the back story: Anders G da Silva shared his experience on Twitter. Some movies he bought through iTunes disappeared from his streaming library. The response from Apple was that the “content provider removed these movies from the Canadian Store. Hence, these movies these movies are not available in the Canada iTunes Store at this...
  • How is Maddow #1 in cable and Emmy's at a new low?

    09/18/2018 10:23:18 AM PDT · by mikelets456 · 21 replies
    Wrap ^ | 9/18/2018 | W
    Rachel Maddow just had her most-watched week of all-time, and the MSNBC anchor can thank Paul Manafort, Hurricane Florence and Michael Cohen for the record. “The Rachel Maddow Show” had its 10-year anniversary on September 8. For the week of September 10, 2018, she celebrated with her biggest audience ever. Covering both literal and political storms and hosting a sit-down with Bob Woodward Tuesday, “Maddow” averaged 3.43 million total viewers each night, per live-plus-same-day ratings from Nielsen, with 667,000 of them coming from the coveted adults 25-54 demographic.
  • New Planned Parenthood Prez: We're ‘Transparent’ with Abortion

    09/18/2018 9:27:35 AM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | September 13, 2018 | katie Yoder
    Planned Parenthood’s new president calls her organization “transparent,” even as she insists abortion consists of only 3% of its services. That’s a number even The Washington Post has debunked. But, according to her, this isn’t “political.” On Sept. 12, the nation’s largest abortion provider announced its incoming president: Dr. Lena Wen. In response, ABC’s The View invited Wen on as a guest the next day. If Planned Parenthood wanted someone just like former president Cecile Richards, it succeeded. Wen simply regurgitated the abortion giant’s regular – and debunked – talking points. Co-host Whoopi Goldberg introduced the “ER doctor and the...
  • New Planned Parenthood President Leana Wen Claims Abortion is “a Fundamental Human Right”

    09/18/2018 9:13:30 AM PDT · by Morgana · 14 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | September 17, 2018 | Micaiah Bilger
    Planned Parenthood’s new leader, Leana Wen, believes women have a “fundamental human right” to abort their unborn babies. Wen, who took over for Cecile Richards as the leader of the billion-dollar abortion chain, is a former emergency room doctor and health commissioner of Baltimore. Planned Parenthood announced her as its new CEO last week. While claiming abortions are only a small part of what Planned Parenthood does, Wen defended the life-destroying practice in an interview with Glamour magazine. “Imagine if we said that we should poll people about whether vasectomies should be legal, and then we restricted access to vasectomies,”...
  • A Weekly Dose of President Trump - Trump Family Train (9/16/18 to 9/23/18) PART B

    09/18/2018 7:17:53 AM PDT · by DollyCali · 146 replies
    FRiends and Deplorables | 9/18/2010 | DollyCali
    PART B OF THIS THREAD Continuation of aforementioned thread. All the same except we are now in CHAT rather than news. Our primary Thrust remains POTUS Donald J Trump Add your keywords if you wish Remain courteous and encouraging to allNO thread copsUse discretion but nothing is prohibited if within Guidelines of FR MAGA/KAG
  • The Environment’s New Clothes: Biodegradable Textiles Grown from Live Organisms

    09/18/2018 7:09:50 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    There are three steps in making alga-based yarn...: First, a sugar called alginate is derived from kelp—a multicellular algal seaweed—and powdered. Next the alginate powder is turned into a water-based gel, to which plant-based color (such as carrot juice) is added. Finally, the gel is extruded into long strands of fiber that can be woven into a fabric. ... Materials scientists in China have noted that alga-based fibers are naturally fire-resistant, potentially reducing the need for adding toxic flame retardants to clothing. Also, alga biodegrades faster than cotton—the most common natural clothing fiber—and growing it does not require pesticides or...
  • Apple posts updates to iOS 12, watchOS 5, tvOS 12, and Safari 12

    09/17/2018 9:43:00 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 18 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | September 17, 2018
    Apple Releases iOS 12 Apple today released iOS 12 which brings performance improvements and exciting new features to iPhone and iPad. Photos introduces new features to help you rediscover and share the photos in your library, Memoji—a new, more customizable Animoji—make Messages more expressive and fun, Screen Time helps you and your family understand and make the most of the time spent on devices, Siri Shortcuts deliver a faster way to get things done with the ability for any app to work with Siri, augmented reality becomes even more engaging with the ability for developers to create shared AR...
  • Scientists receive $1.3 million to study new propulsion idea for spacecraft

    09/17/2018 4:44:12 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 28 replies
    Univ. of Plymouth ^ | 9/17/18 | Alan Williams
    Spacecraft and satellites could in future be launched into space without the need for fuel, thanks to a revolutionary new theory. Dr Mike McCulloch, from the University of Plymouth, first put forward the idea of quantised inertia (QI) – through which he believes light can be converted into thrust – in 2007. He has now received $1.3million from the United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for a four-year study which aims to make the concept a reality. The QI theory predicts that objects can be pushed by differences in the intensity of so-called Unruh radiation in space, similar...
  • Nasty piece of CSS code crashes and restarts iPhones

    09/17/2018 8:27:13 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 25 replies
    ZDNet ^ | September 15, 2018 | By Catalin Cimpanu
    A security researcher has discovered a vulnerability in the WebKit rendering engine used by Safari that crashes and restarts the iOS operating system used by iPhones and iPads. The vulnerability can be exploited by loading an HTML page that uses specially crafted CSS code. The CSS code isn't very complex and tries to apply a CSS effect known as backdrop-filter to a series of nested page segments (DIVs). Backdrop-filter is a relative new CSS property and works by blurring or color shifting to the area behind an element. This is a heavy processing task, and some software engineers and web...
  • Stealing From a Cashierless Store (Without You, or the Cameras, Knowing It)

    09/16/2018 7:21:21 PM PDT · by Theoria · 74 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 13 September 2018 | Nellie Bowles
    A start-up uses visual tracking and behavioral data to operate a new San Francisco market, which lets shoppers walk out unimpeded. And sometimes mischarged. One recent afternoon, the city’s newest grocery market was trying to figure out whether I would buy, steal or leave behind a bag of white Cheddar popcorn — and so was I. On its side: 27 cameras along the ceiling and a wealth of behavioral data. On my side: crippling indecision. Last week, San Francisco got its first completely automated cashierless store, Standard Market. Shoppers who have downloaded the store’s app can go into the 1,900-square-foot...
  • 76 Year Old Macca Knocks Out Eminem From #1 USA Album Charts

    09/16/2018 5:02:52 PM PDT · by CaliforniaCraftBeer · 37 replies
    Billboard.com ^ | September 16, 2018 | Keith Caulfield
    Paul McCartney achieves his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart in over 36 years, as his new studio effort, Egypt Station, bows atop the list. The set, which was released on Sept. 7 via MPL/Capitol Records, launches with a larger-than-expected 153,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Sept. 13 according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 147,000 were in traditional album sales. The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units are comprised of traditional album sales, track...
  • Are Waffle Houses In North Carolina Open? The FEMA Metric Indicates They Are

    09/16/2018 10:53:56 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    Elite Daily ^ | 09/15/2018 | Lizzy Rosenberg
    On the Waffle House Index, if a "...store is open and offering a full menu, the index is green. If it is open but serving from a limited menu, it’s yellow. When the location has been forced to close, the index is red," per comments from Panos Kouvelis, Ph.D., the Emerson Distinguished Professor of Operations and Manufacturing Management and director of the Olin's Boeing Center for Technology, Information and Manufacturing, in a 2011 EHS Today article about the Waffle House Index. According to the tweet from Mike Seidel, a "Meteorologist/Field Reporter for The Weather Channel", per his Twitter bio, on...
  • Huge squirrel population chomps crops, driving farmers nuts [New England]

    09/16/2018 10:36:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 63 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 15, 2018 10:48 AM EDT | David Sharp
    There’s a bumper crop of squirrels in New England, and the frenetic critters are frustrating farmers by chomping their way through apple orchards, pumpkin patches and corn fields. The varmints are fattening themselves for winter while destroying the crops with bite marks. Robert Randall, who has a 60-acre orchard in Standish, Maine, said he’s never seen anything like it. “They’re eating the pumpkins. They’re eating the apples. They’re raising some hell this year. It’s the worst I’ve ever seen,” he said. Evidence of the squirrel population explosion is plain to see along New England’s highways, where the critters are becoming...
  • Taco Bell employee fired for refusing to serve English-speaking customer

    09/15/2018 5:03:08 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 52 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 15, 2018 | Louis Casiano
    A Spanish-speaking Taco Bell employee in Florida was let go by the fast food chain after a video circulating on social media this week showed her refusing to serve an English-speaking customer. The video shows the employee at the restaurantÂ’s Hialeah location appearing to become annoyed when customer Alexandria Montgomery tried placing her order in English, the Miami Herald reported. WSVN 7 News âś” @wsvn "No habla ingles!" Hialeah Taco Bell employee fired for refusing to take order from customer who doesn't speak Spanish. Watch full video here: After getting nowhere, Montgomery asks to speak with a manager. The employee,...
  • It’s a Car Bloodbath Out There, but a Few Large Sedans Can Claim They’re Having a Good Year

    09/15/2018 2:41:55 PM PDT · by jjotto · 50 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | September 14, 2018 | Steph Willems
    [excerpted]...passenger car market share dropped to 30.6 percent in the month of August as a tide of crossovers, trucks, and SUVs continued swamping the automotive landscape. Few automakers can say their traditional passenger cars are making headway against the current... ...The Ford Taurus is not among this crowd of holdouts. Scheduled for death and talked about only by fleet managers, its sales dropped 16.8 percent over the first eight months of 2018. Its Lincoln Continental stablemate? Down 29.2 percent. At General Motors, where sales reporting is a quarterly phenomenon, Chevrolet Impala sales fell 11.7 percent at the end of the...
  • Obama: 'I Built This Economy, Not Trump!'

    09/15/2018 12:23:07 PM PDT · by ZeroToHero · 105 replies
    NN ^ | 09/14/18 | Jay Greenberg
    Former President Barack Obama is back out on the road, but now he's attempting to claim credit for President Trump's booming economy.
  • Germany and Russia's secret war against America

    09/14/2018 12:08:05 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 12 replies
    The Trumpet ^ | Aug 2018 | Gerald Flurry
    President Donald Trump publicly rebuked German Chancellor Angela Merkel on July 11 for Germany’s decision to buy a massive amount of gas from Russia. “I think it’s very sad,” he said. "Germany is totally controlled by Russia,” he later said, “I think it’s a very bad thing for nato and I don’t think it should have happened.” Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2 are key components of Putin’s plan to tighten his grip on nations in Eastern Europe that used to be part of the Soviet Empire. Since these pipelines travel directly from Russia to Germany, they enable Putin to...
  • Sen. Feinstein's Husband Cashes In on Crisis(Crooked DiFi - Flashback!)

    09/14/2018 11:47:09 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 11 replies
    Fox News via Washington Times ^ | 04/21/2009 | staff
    On the day the new Congress convened this year, Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced legislation to route $25 billion in taxpayer money to a government agency that had just awarded her husband's real estate firm a lucrative contract to sell foreclosed properties at compensation rates higher than the industry norms, the Washington Times reported on Tuesday. Mrs. Feinstein's intervention on behalf of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. was unusual:
  • Americans bullish on economy toward end of summer, consumer sentiment shows

    09/14/2018 8:26:34 AM PDT · by Tell It Right · 2 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 9/14/2018 | Jeffrey Bartash
    The numbers: The confidence of Americans in the U.S. economy and their own well-being rose toward the end of summer and stood near a 14-year high, according to a survey of consumer sentiment. The University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment index rose to 100.8 in September from 96.2, based on a preliminary reading. It’s the second highest mark since 2004, trailing only the results in March. What happened: Consumers were more optimistic about getting a job or keeping the one they have. They even think they’ll earn more pay and were less worried about inflation.
  • Homeowners ain't mortgagin' as much

    09/14/2018 8:12:30 AM PDT · by Tell It Right · 22 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 9/14/2018 | Andrea Requier
    American homeowners have amassed a record $6 trillion in equity in their properties, a figure boosted by surging home prices and a trend of owners staying put longer. But rising interest rates and caution resulting from the housing troubles of a decade ago are limiting how much of that equity is getting tapped.