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  • Xbox, PlayStation networks under DOS attack on Christmas Day

    12/26/2014 6:51:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/26/2014 | Rick Moran
    Millions of children and adults who received the latest video games were prevented from playing them on Chirstmas thanks to a DOS attack on Xbox and PlayStation networks. USA Today: Online game networks Xbox Live and PlayStation Network were knocked offline much of Christmas Day in an apparent DDos (distributed denial of service) attack. Taking credit for the takedown: a group called Lizard Squad, which previously claimed credit for August attacks on the PlayStation Network and online games World of Warcraft and League of Legends. Both networks were still having problems Friday morning. The network status Web page for...
  • VIDEO: Look Out Seattle! Chinese Restaurant Replaces Human Waiters With Robots – Coming Soon!

    12/26/2014 5:08:25 AM PST · by lowbridge · 35 replies
    http://viral.buzz ^ | december 4, 2014 | bill chandler
    Robots have replaced human workers in a restaurant in China. Lu Dike, Owner of a family restaurant in the  northeast China provence of Zhejiang said he is opting to save on employee wages by foregoing traditional servers and using robots instead. Sound familiar? Besides the savings Lu has experienced, the robots have become an enormous tourist attraction. The automated bots take orders and speak to customers with their forty phrase Mandarin Chinese vocabulary. Each bot navigates the restaurant by sensing magnetic strips in the floor and using optical sensing systems that keeps them from running into walls or people.
  • Meet Izzy, the Down syndrome toddler who is melting hearts in Target's latest holiday ad

    12/24/2014 4:37:44 PM PST · by Morgana · 17 replies
    MAIL ONLINE ^ | , 24 December 2014 | MailOnline Reporter
    A toddler with Down syndrome is the adorable new star of Target's latest toy ad. Two-year-old Izzy Bradley wears a pink lace dress and leopard tights as she plays with a $49 activity cube in the heartwarming print ad for the retail giant. Izzy was chosen to model for Target after the company reached out to the Down Syndrome Diagnosis Network in search of models. Izzy's mom, Heather Bradley, heads the Stillwater, Minneapolis chapter of the DSDN and told CBS Minnesota that she is grateful that Target is raising awareness for the genetic condition. 'I think it really normalizes Down...
  • Old Christmas Commercials

    12/24/2014 12:30:38 PM PST · by vladimir998 · 27 replies
    The Internet | 12/24/2014 | vladimir998
    Remember the old Christmas commercials? The one that just popped into my head was the old Folger's commercial where college age Peter comes home and makes morning coffee for the family. That commercial made a come back Christmas after Christmas for years years.
  • A Second Passport: Lessons From Steve Wozniak And Albert Einstein

    12/23/2014 9:43:01 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Zero Hedge via Sovereign Man ^ | 12/23/2014 | Simon Black
    In January 1933 Albert Einstein was visiting the US under a research grant from Princeton University.Meanwhile back home in Germany Adolf Hitler had just become elected chancellor and started creating an atmosphere hostile for Jews, intellectuals and pacifists, of which Einstein was three times guilty.Recognizing the danger of continuing to hold a German passport, Einstein traveled to Belgium where he renounced his German citizenship.By that time the Nazis had raided his cottage, confiscated his property and seized his bank accounts.Einstein was heartbroken to see his homeland overrun by fascists, but he didn’t waste any time looking back.As a renowned scientist...
  • 'This toy is sexist': French feminists plant warnings in children's Christmas presents

    12/23/2014 7:34:07 PM PST · by Morgana · 47 replies
    telegraph uk ^ | 23 Dec 2014 | Henry Samuel,
    Feminists in France say they have secretly inserted tracts inside children's toys from Barbie dolls to plastic guns issuing a warning that "this toy is sexist". Hundreds of French girls and boys will open Christmas presents at the foot of the tree to find an unexpected accompanying note resembling those found in Chinese "fortune cookies". Except in this case, the message will neither provide instructions nor predict the future. It will read: "Warning, this toy is sexist:" The operation was launched by feminist group FièrEs, which said that it had inserted "around 500" such tracts into a range of toys...
  • Moving to TX

    12/23/2014 5:22:36 PM PST · by JVB052010 · 105 replies
    12/23/2014 | Jaclyn
    I am moving from Denver to TX but I don't know which town is better: SA or Austin? I am Catholic, but also middle class white. I want racial diversity, active economy and nightlife, safe town and a way to stimulate my life. I need a place Asthma and Allergy friendly.
  • Yes, Virginia, Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 is a hot seller

    12/23/2014 3:45:13 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    IBD ^ | 12/23/2014 | PATRICK SEITZ
    Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Surface Pro 3 tablet-notebook convertible computer is selling surprisingly well this holiday season, Pacific Crest Securities reported. Pacific Crest analyst Brendan Barnicle called the Surface Pro 3 "Santa's surprise," saying the device could help Microsoft post revenue upside for the December quarter. Surface Pro 3 sales provided a similar boost to Microsoft's revenue in the September quarter, he said. Barnicle raised his estimates for Microsoft's December quarter, its fiscal Q2. He reiterated his outperform rating on the stock with a price target of 58. Microsoft was up 1.5%, near 48.50, in afternoon trading in the stock market today....
  • Windows 10 getting put through its paces by 450,000 'highly active' testers

    12/23/2014 3:41:29 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Network World ^ | 12/23/2014 | By Andy Patrizio
    Microsoft is enjoying a considerable effort on the part of testers for Windows 10, who are reporting a considerable number of bugs and helping push the new operating system along quickly.Gabe Aul, engineering general manager for the Operating Systems Group at Microsoft, made his December blog update on Windows all about fixes and improvements, and there are a lot. He said that more 1.5 million registered Windows Insiders are banging away at Windows 10, about 450,000 of whom are considered "highly active." This is much higher than any previous public beta for Windows.Microsoft has been receiving feedback from the Windows...
  • NYC takes on 'man spread'

    12/23/2014 11:18:27 AM PST · by Paul46360 · 33 replies
    amNewYork ^ | Kerry Cavanaugh
    ""Manspread" - the habit some male NY subway riders have of spreading their legs beyond the confine of their hips to take up two, or even three, seats - is a source of increasing irritation for polite riders concerned about the comfort of others."
  • U.S. Economy Grew 5% in Third Quarter, Its Fastest Rate in More Than a Decade

    12/23/2014 11:08:21 AM PST · by mikelets456 · 29 replies
    NYT ^ | 12/23/2014 | NYT
    The American economy grew last quarter at its fastest rate in more than a decade, providing the strongest evidence to date that the recovery is finally gaining sustained power more than five years after it began. Bolstered by robust spending among consumers and businesses alike, economic output rose at an annual rate of 5 percent during the summer months, the Commerce Department said Tuesday, a sharp revision from its earlier estimate of 3.9 percent. The advance followed a second quarter where growth reached a rate of 4.6 percent after a decline last winter that was exacerbated by particularly harsh weather.
  • Planned Parenthood sending out a ‘Custom S’more Kit’ to raise funds? [pics] (BARF)

    12/23/2014 8:18:27 AM PST · by Morgana · 2 replies
    Twitchy ^ | December 23, 2014 | Twitchy staff
    Writer Jamilah Lemieux posted this pic to her feed yesterday of what she says was a “cute gift” from her friends at Planned Parenthood: A customized s’more kit with the Planned Parenthood logo on the marshmallow. Ummm … thank you? According to the graphic above, the company who made the s’more kit says it will donate $5 to Planned Parenthood for each “unique hash tagged photo” using #PPsmoresupport, but as of this post, there is only one photo for this hashtag and it’s the one we’ve posted above. Although we were able to find a few more pics on social...
  • The rules and regulations of gifting marijuana this holiday season

    12/23/2014 7:06:54 AM PST · by dware · 17 replies
    KJCT8 ^ | 12.22.2014 | Makenzie O'Keefe
    GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. This is a Christmas season unlike any other in United States history, especially for Colorado, as the marijuana industry is trying to get a piece of the holiday shopping dollar. While it is technically legal for people to gift pot to adults 21 and over for the holidays this year, there are some boundaries you may want to be aware of. Giving marijuana as a Christmas gift is technically legal, as long as it is given to someone over the age of 21. While selling recreational marijuana is still banned in Mesa County, smoke shops selling accessories...
  • Could an Energy Bust Trigger QE4?

    12/23/2014 6:11:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Euro Pacific Capital ^ | 12/23/2014 | Peter Schiff
    In a normal economic times falling energy costs would be considered unadulterated good news. The facts are simple. No one buys a barrel of oil to display above the mantle. No one derives happiness from a lump of coal. Energy is simply a means to do or get the things that we want. We use it to stay warm, to move from Point A to Point B, to transport our goods, to cook our food, and to power our homes, factories, theaters, offices, and stadiums. If we could do all these things without energy, we would happily never drill a...
  • Apple releases OS X NTP Security Update; Mac users advised to install ASAP

    12/23/2014 12:29:16 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 23 replies
    Apple Inc. ^ | December 22, 2014
    Apple today released OS X NTP Security Update for Yosemite, Mavericks, and Mountain Lion. Install this update as soon as possible. This update addresses a critical security issue with the software that provides the Network Time Protocol service on OS X, and is recommended for all users. Apple digitally signs its software updates to ensure the authenticity of update packages. Software Update automatically verifies a package’s signature prior to installing the update. If you manually download an update package, you can verify the signature yourself to confirm that the package is authentic and complete. See < HREF="http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202369">this article for details...
  • Why abortion clinic workers quit – in their own words

    12/22/2014 9:15:22 PM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies
    LIVE ACTION NEWS ^ | Apr 17, 2014 | Kristi Burton Brown
    Ever wondered what compels abortion clinic workers to quit? What makes the nurses begin to reconsider their career choice? What turns the doctors from performing abortions and compels them to never be involved again? What convinces other staff to just walk out and not return? Here are excerpts from the stories of just a few. March 30, 2014: 40 Days for Life While people prayed in the rain at the 40 Days for Life vigil in Sacramento, Wynette – the local coordinator – watched a scene unfold outside the abortion center. “Several abortion business employees huddled together, holding their umbrellas,...
  • Five Christmas ads in which ... "Guns are Great!"

    12/22/2014 10:43:50 AM PST · by pabianice · 11 replies
    ADWEEK ^ | 12/20/10
    Ah, yesteryear, when Mom was pleased as punch to see each of her three strapping young lads brandishing a gun he got for Christmas. After the jump, check out five such vintage Christmas ads for guns, including one that offers advice to men whose wives worry that little Ralphie will shoot his eye out—and not just with a BB gun... "Suppose you want to give a Winchester 22 to your 12-year-old. But the wife says, "It's too dangerous now. Wait till he's older." What do you tell her? First, tell her exactly why you think a boy should learn to...
  • BlackBerry works with Boeing on phone that self-destructs

    12/22/2014 7:34:41 AM PST · by McGruff · 15 replies
    REUTERS ^ | Dec 19, 2014
    BlackBerry Ltd (BB.TO) is working with Boeing Co (BA.N) on Boeing's high-security Android-based smartphone, the Canadian mobile technology company's chief executive said on Friday. The Boeing Black phone being developed by the Chicago-based aerospace and defense contractor, which is best known for jetliners and fighter planes, can self-destruct if it is tampered with.
  • Box Office: 'Hobbit: Five Armies' Crushes 'Museum,' 'Annie' With $90.6M

    12/22/2014 3:59:00 AM PST · by Perdogg · 23 replies
    Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opened to a massive $90.6 million in North America, while Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and Annie both suffered soft starts as the crucial year-end holidays got underway. Overseas, the final Hobbit entry also dominated, grossing another $105.5 million for a 12-day international total of $265 million and early world haul of $355.6 million. Five Armies soared in its five-day domestic debut after earning an A- CinemaScore, including a weekend tally of $56.2 million. Box-office comparisons to the previous Hobbit films aren't exactly parallel as the first...
  • Another blackout for Dish customers, this time Fox News

    12/21/2014 11:45:49 AM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 37 replies
    CNN ^ | Dec. 21, 2014 | Brian Stelter
    For the third time in a month, Dish Network customers are missing out on popular programming due to a dispute with a channel owner. This time it's Fox News, one of the most popular cable channels in the United States. The channel disappeared from Dish (DISH)'s lineup shortly after midnight Eastern time because Dish's contract to carry Fox News expired before it could be renewed.
  • Fox and Dish TV contract ends today.

    12/20/2014 9:01:39 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 26 replies
    WBOC ^ | 12-20-2014
    DISH FAQS Posted: Dec 19, 2014 1:50 PM CST 1. What is happening? By law, WBOC and FOX21 must negotiate carriage agreements with satellite companies like DISH. Usually, these deals are reached without any disruption to your service. In fact, our company has negotiated dozens of agreements. Unfortunately, so far, DISH has refused to reach a fair, market-based deal to carry WBOC and FOX21. Our existing agreement with DISH expires at midnight on Dec. 31, 2014. If no deal is reached before that date, you will lose live access to the shows, sports and local news on WBOC and FOX21,...
  • Fox - Just lost it via DISH

    12/20/2014 8:58:35 PM PST · by Qwackertoo · 47 replies
    Looks like DISH just axed the FOX News Channel. Liberals everywhere are probably ecstatic. I saw the logo and hear the crazy annoying music. They've been threatening on the air for days .. . so I guess it happened tonight at close to 11:00 p.m. Central Time.
  • NASA’s First Orion Crew Module Arrives Safely back at Kennedy Space Center

    “All of Orion’s system performed very well,” Schneider told me in an interview beside Orion. “And the capsule used only about 90 pounds of its about 300 pounds of hydrazine propellant stored on board.” “All of the separation events went beautifully and basically required virtually no maneuvering fuel to control the attitude of the capsule. The expected usage was perhaps about 150 pounds.” “Therefore there is a lot more hydrazine fuel on board than we expected. And we had to be cautious in transporting Orion across the country.”
  • Lawsuit shows resistance to legalization of pot

    12/20/2014 10:37:16 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 19, 2014 6:36 PM EST | Nicholas Riccardi
    Despite growing public support for legalizing marijuana, a lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma shows that at least two segments of American society are prepared to fight the idea before the nation’s highest court—social conservatives and law enforcement. The lawsuit seeks to overturn Colorado’s experiment in legalized recreational pot, alleging that the two conservative states are being overrun with Colorado marijuana that is making it harder for them to enforce their own drug laws. …
  • Russia’s Central Bank Purchases 600,000 Troy Ounces of Gold in November

    12/20/2014 7:53:44 AM PST · by dennisw · 25 replies
    caseyresearch ^ | Dec 19 | Ed Steer
    Russia Busts "Gold-Selling" Rumors, Reports It Bought Another 600,000 Ounces Taking Gold Holdings To New Record High Yesterday, when we reported the latest rumor of Russian gold selling, this time out of SocGen, we said that "it should be noted that SocGen and its "sources" have a conflict: in an indirect way, none other than SocGen is suddenly very interested in Russia stabilizing its economy because as we wrote before, "Russia Contagion Spreads To European Banks : French SocGen, Austrian Raiffeisen Plummet" which also sent SocGen's default risk higher in recent days. So if all it will take to stabilize...
  • Why Apple shouldn't be blamed for exploitation in China and Indonesia

    12/19/2014 10:10:13 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 28 replies
    Macworld UK ^ | 19 Dec 2014 | by Karen Haslam
    BBC Panorama programme noted that Apple has gone to some lengths to moderate the practices within the factories of its suppliers, and to try and trace the origin of the soldering tin that it uses, but it was very much a programme about “Apple’s factories” and “Apple’s use of illegally mined tin”. The BBC last night aired a Panorama programme highlighting violations at the factories where iPhones are manufactured, as well as the dangers involved in mining some of the tin that ends up as solder inside Apple products. While the Panorama programme did make note of the fact that...
  • Dangerous 'Misfortune Cookie' flaw discovered in 12 million home routers

    12/19/2014 9:29:02 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 23 replies
    PCWorld ^ | December 19, 2014 | By John E. Dunn
    Researchers at Check Point have discovered a serious security vulnerability affecting at least 12 million leading-brand home and SME routers that appears to have gone unnoticed for over a decade. Dubbed the ’Misfortune Cookie’ flaw, the firm plans to give a detailed account of the issue at a forthcoming security conference but in the meantime it’s important to stress that no real-world attacks using it have yet been detected. That said, an attacker exploiting the flaw would be able to monitor all data travelling through a gateway such as files, emails and logins and have the power to infect connected...
  • Researchers discover flaw that could let anyone listen to your cell calls, intercept text messages

    12/19/2014 7:11:31 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 17 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Friday, December 19, 2014 · 10:26 am
    “German researchers have discovered security flaws that could let hackers, spies and criminals listen to private phone calls and intercept text messages on a potentially massive scale – even when cellular networks are using the most advanced encryption now available,” Craig Timberg reports for The Washington Post. “The flaws, to be reported at a hacker conference in Hamburg this month, are the latest evidence of widespread insecurity on SS7, the global network that allows the world’s cellular carriers to route calls, texts and other services to each other,” Timberg reports. “Experts say it’s increasingly clear that SS7, first designed in...
  • As new CEO of SONY my response to the NORKS is

    12/19/2014 2:00:10 PM PST · by LS · 38 replies
    self | 12/19/2014 | LS
    Ladies and Gentlemen, as the new CEO of SONY Corporation, I am hereby announcing our strategy for the challenges presented by the North Korean hacking incident. I have: 1) Contacted via our representatives all our participating theaters, urging them to show "The Interview" at a special late night showing as the only film offered in that time slot. We don't want any innocent byestanders hurt and therefore all who attend will understand the risk they are taking. 2) Assembled our legal team to indemnify all said theater owners who screen the movie, both against physical/property loss and against lawsuits, should...
  • George Clooney: Kim Jong-un can’t tell me what to watch

    12/19/2014 10:11:46 AM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 29 replies
    pagesix.com ^ | 12/19/14 | By Derrick Bryson Taylor
    George Clooney: Kim Jong-un can’t tell me what to watch By Derrick Bryson Taylor George Clooney won’t be told what to watch, especially by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. “Sony didn’t pull [The Interview] because they were scared,” the 53-year-old actor told Deadline. “They pulled the movie because of all the theaters said they were not going to run it. And they said they were not going to run it because they talked to their lawyers and those lawyers said, if somebody dies in one of these, then you’re going to be responsible.” Clooney also shared that he had been...
  • OCD: You Won’t Believe How Much Coin This MAN Dropped To Look Like Kim Kardashian

    12/19/2014 9:10:33 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 36 replies
    CLASH DAILY ^ | Dec 18,2014 | CLASH DAILY
    Do you think this guy is gay? :P Quickly, someone buy him my book, Raising Boys Feminists Will Hate before it is too late! She graces several magazine covers a month, has her own reality show clothing and make-up brand, and has millions in the bank So perhaps it’s no surprise that 23-year-old Jordan James Parke wants to be just like Kim Kardashian.
  • George Clooney reveals top Hollywood names refused to sign petition supporting Kim Jong-un

    12/19/2014 6:23:29 AM PST · by C19fan · 37 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 19, 2014 | Darren Boyle
    Hollywood star George Clooney said fellow celebrities and industry figures did not want to sign a petition supporting 'The Interview' film featuring the assassination of Kim Jong-un as they were afraid of the consequences. Clooney said he wanted to see the film released on-line to undermine the threats of the hacking gang, who are believed to be supported by North Korean agents. Sony's computer systems were breached following a major hacking attack last month, which saw highly confidential material released as well as a string of embarrassing emails.
  • 'You are a white lady telling me what is racist!': Whoopi Goldberg loses it with Rosie O'Donnell

    12/19/2014 5:06:07 AM PST · by Zakeet · 90 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | December 18, 2014 | Topper Toussaint
    Complete headline: 'You are a white lady telling me what is racist!': Whoopi Goldberg loses it with Rosie O'Donnell on The View in heated debate about Barack Obama being mistaken for a valet Co-hosts were discussing Barack Obama being mistaken for a valet Whoopi Goldberg said it was stupid people not knowing their president O'Donnell brought up racism, Goldberg became infuriated A screaming match over racism erupted between Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O'Donnell on Thursday's episode of The View. The show's co-hosts were discussing the news that Barack Obama was mistaken for a valet. Goldberg dismissed the confusion as one...
  • Shakedown? Al Sharpton meets with Sony’s Amy Pascal to discuss race in Hollywood

    12/18/2014 11:24:38 AM PST · by C19fan · 17 replies
    Twitchy ^ | December 18, 2014 | Staff
    Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal, who last week apologized over racially insensitive comments she made in leaked emails posted online, just finished a 90-minute meeting with Rev. Al Sharpton in NYC where the two discussed diversity in Hollywood. Here is Sharpton’s take:
  • When There Is No Price to be Paid the Hackers Win

    12/19/2014 12:55:45 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 8 replies
    Technology and Security New Technologies ^ | Dec 18 2014 | Stephen Bryen
    If there is one salient fact that emerges from the now infamous Sony hack it is that the bad guys won.  The bad guys won because there they paid no price for the damage inflicted.  In the Sony case the hackers are outside and beyond the law, so their backers and sponsors are encouraged to cause even more damage in future. To stop cyber attacks, particularly those sponsored by foreign governments, we need to respond to attacks now. Sony is a movie company, a major cog in the entertainment industry.  Whether Sony rises or falls has little or nothing to...
  • Yet Another #TOLDYA: Commodities Giant Ceases ALL Gold Trading

    12/19/2014 12:53:11 PM PST · by VRW Conspirator · 33 replies
    Barnhardt ^ | December 17, ARSH 2014 | Ann Barnhardt
    Yet Another #TOLDYA: Commodities Giant Ceases ALL Gold Trading There are actually TWO Barnhardt Axioms. The second Barnhardt Axiom is: Seeking and/or holding office, especially national-level office, is today, in and of itself, proof that a given person is psychologically and morally unfit to hold public office. The first, older Barnhardt Axiom is: If you can’t stand in front of something and physically defend it with a firearm, then you don’t own it, and probably never did. The fifth largest Commodity trading company (not a brokerage firm per se, but specializing in trading commodities in both the physical and on...
  • Bank of America Offline

    12/19/2014 11:21:44 AM PST · by Crusher138 · 31 replies
    Vanity | 12/19/14 | Paul Howell
    Sorry if this doesn't follow some arcane rule of proper Freeper-ism, but does anyone else have a Bank of America account and can they log onto it? We just discovered here at work that we cannot access the company account on line and several employees cannot access the web site or mobile site. With all of the Sony crap going on, I am a little sensitive to stuff like this.
  • Get Ready for The Next Wave of Tech Disruptions

    12/19/2014 10:36:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    33rd Square ^ | 12/17/2014
    According to technology expert Vivek Wadhwa, "One of the things that has begun to worry me is the fact that I'm seeing change happening at a scale which is unimaginable before and that it's impacting industry after industry after industry." "Every industry I've looked at I've seen a trend of major disruption happening," says Wadhwa in a new piece for Big Think. Wadhwa is a fellow at Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University, director of research at Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization at Duke, and Distinguished Fellow at Singularity University.  Wadhwa tells how manufacturing will be dramatically...
  • Instant Translation – No Longer Sci-Fi

    12/19/2014 9:45:37 AM PST · by goldstategop · 20 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12/19/2014 | Rory Cellan-Jones
    In any case, Skype's Translator and its rivals have some way to go before they can match the abilities of a skilled human linguist. You would not want them involved in vital negotiations between world leaders for example. But over the next decade, you can expect to chat to friends whose language you don't share without stopping to flick through a dictionary.
  • Rocket Issues force SpaceX and NASA to Postpone Falcon 9 Rocket Launch to January 2015

    12/18/2014 10:57:40 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | on December 18, 2014 | Ken Kremer
    “While the recent static fire test accomplished nearly all of our goals, the test did not run the full duration. The data suggests we could push forward without a second attempt, but out of an abundance of caution, we are opting to execute a second static fire test prior to launch.” “The ISS orbits through a high beta angle period a few times a year. This is where the angle between the ISS orbital plane and the sun is high, resulting in the ISS being in almost constant sunlight for a 10 day period. “During this time, there are thermal...
  • Hellmann’s maker Unilever drops suit over ‘Just Mayo’

    12/18/2014 4:22:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 18, 2014 6:52 PM EST
    Hellmann’s mayonnaise maker Unilever says that it has withdrawn its lawsuit against the maker of “Just Mayo.” […] Unilever argued that “Just Mayo” has no eggs and therefore doesn’t meet the definition of mayonnaise. Unilever had said that the word mayo implies that the product is mayonnaise, and that Just Mayo was stealing market share from Hellmann’s. …
  • Caption Obozo and his first legal Cuban cigar

    12/18/2014 3:08:13 PM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 28 replies
    imgur ^ | 12/18/2014 | unknown
  • An iPad app can land your plane if the engine quits

    12/18/2014 2:33:38 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    EndGadget ^ | 12/18/2014 | Steve Dent
    If the engine quits in a small plane, it's not the end of the world -- just glide to the nearest airport and make a dead-stick landing. Simple, right? Sure, if the pilot makes perfect, lightning-quick decisions. Since we're only human, there's now an iPad app called Xavion that can connect with a small-plane's autopilot, find the nearest airport and, if possible, fly you to the runway's threshold by itself. It'll even tell you if you can't make it, so that you can find a nearby farmer's field instead. According to Popular Science, the autopilot update will arrive in a...
  • Windows 10 Preview Was Installed by 1.5 Million Users

    12/18/2014 2:29:23 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Softpedia ^ | 12/18/2014
    Microsoft launched the Windows Insider Program in early October to provide users with access to the newest technical previews of Windows 10, and until now, this particular campaign has proven to be quite a successful effort. New statistics provided by Gabriel Aul, head of the Windows Insider Program, reveal that no less than 1.5 million people have actually installed Windows 10 through this program, but the number of those who have actually given the technical preview a try could be even bigger if we take into consideration the number of ISO downloads as well. Out of the 1.5 million users...
  • Exxon Mobil Shows Rising U.S. Output as Prices Fall

    12/18/2014 1:16:24 PM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 29 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | December 18, 2014 14:15 GMT | Joe Carroll (Bloomberg News)
    Crude oil production from U.S. wells is poised to approach a 42-year record next year as drillers ignore the recent decline in price pointing them in the opposite direction. U.S. energy producers plan to pump more crude in 2015 as declining equipment costs and enhanced drilling techniques more than offset the collapse in oil markets, said Troy Eckard, whose Eckard Global owns stakes in more than 260 North Dakota shale wells. Oil companies, while trimming 2015 budgets to cope with the lowest crude prices in five years, are also shifting their focus to their most-prolific, lowest-cost fields, which means extracting...
  • Remarkable: Republicans standing strong for liberal Democrat Hollywood; Obama wimpy response

    12/18/2014 8:17:42 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 25 replies
    12/18/14 | soflofreeper
    National Review's editorial board, Mitt Romney, and other Republicans seem to be MORE willing to stand for freedom of speech than the Obama administration. Getting pushed around by third world tin pot dictators is modus operandi for Demon Rats.
  • The Top 10 Skills That Got People Hired This Year, According To LinkedIn

    12/18/2014 7:46:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 80 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/18/2014 | JILLIAN D'ONFRO
    >With more than 330 million people using the service to list their resumes, find jobs, or find new hires, LinkedIn has a lot of data about the job market. To close out 2014, the company released a list of the top skills people who got hired this year had listed on their profiles and that recruiters searched for the most. These are the 10 skills that got people jobs this year:
  • Bright outlook: Business confidence rises in Germany for 2nd straight month

    12/18/2014 1:38:20 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 2 replies
    ctv news ^ | December 18, 2014 | Associated Press
    BERLIN -- A closely watched survey shows that business confidence in Germany, Europe's biggest economy, has risen for the second month in a row as managers' outlook for the next six months brightens. The Ifo institute said Thursday its monthly confidence index rose to 105.5 points from 104.7 in November. The increase was in line with economists' expectations.
  • Fox News finds new way to scare its viewers, warns of Dish blackout

    12/17/2014 8:48:51 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 39 replies
    FireceCable ^ | 12-15-2014 | Daniel Frankel
    Fox News finds new way to scare its viewers, warns of Dish blackout December 15, 2014 | By Daniel Frankel Already adept at scaring its rapt audience, Fox News has begun warning Dish Network (NASDAQ: DISH) subscribers that the channel, along with Fox Business News, could disappear from their program guides "any day now." The campaign features the usual TV spots, directing viewers to visit the "protest the operator" website, in this case KeepFoxNews.com. Fox News versus Dish Fox's post urged Dish subscribers to call the satellite operator. (Source: KeepFoxNews.com) A Fox News blog post notes, "Despite the undeniable demand...
  • Polish retailer....pro-life protests after Christmas ads feature Satanist and pro-abort

    12/17/2014 7:12:35 PM PST · by Morgana · 2 replies
    LIFE SITE NEWS ^ | Wed Dec 17, 2014 | Natalia Dueholm
    FULL TITLE: Polish retailer caught off guard by pro-life protests after Christmas ads feature Satanist and pro-abort The slogan for retail giant Empik claims the company “inspires everybody differently.” The ads inspired one pro-life group to boycott its stores. Polish pro-lifers organized a boycott of Empik, whose 200 stores sell books, magazines, DVDs, video games and other products. Empik’s Christmas ad campaign seems a better fit for Halloween, featuring a famous Satanist and an author who has boasted of her own abortions. Empik’s controversial campaign consisted of TV spots and posters with famous entertainers advertising various Christmas gifts. Among the...