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  • Expect no cost-of-living adjustment to Social Security in 2016

    10/10/2015 2:02:00 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 33 replies
    aier ^ | 6 October 2015 | Polina Vlasenko
    The annual cost - of - living adjustment (COLA) to Social Security benefits will likely be zero in January 2016. The COLA will be announced on Oct. 15, when the last data required to compute it becomes available. But the data already suggest that prices have fallen over the past 12 months, removing the need for an adjustment. If prices have fallen but the COLA is zero, the purchasing power of Social Security benefits would increase. The Social Security Administration determines the COLA based on the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) compiled by the...
  • Dot-gay bid fails again: This time because it is too gay (ICANN refuses top-level domain ".GAY")

    10/09/2015 8:22:54 PM PDT · by dayglored · 19 replies
    The Register ^ | Oct 9, 2015 | Kieren McCarthy
    ICANN evaluation takes absurdity to new levels This time last year, the applicants for the internet top-level domain .gay were stunned to find that their application to be recognized as a "community" was rejected because they weren't gay enough. After successfully arguing for re-evaluation and waiting nine months for the result, Dot Gay LLC has now been told the self-same application has been rejected again. But this time because it was too gay. In October 2014, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) gave the application from Dot Gay LLC just 10 out of 16 possible points, missing the 14-point threshold for...
  • Apple pulls apps over security concerns

    10/09/2015 8:51:45 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 21 replies
    Yahoo Finance News ^ | October 9, 2015 | By Arjun Kharpal
    Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) has removed some products from its App Store over concerns they could compromise users' sensitive details, the U.S. technology giant said on Friday. The maker of the iPhone and iPad did not reveal how many apps had been taken down, but the problem appeared to center on products that install "root certificates". Ad blockers in particular use root certificates as a means of blocking ads within apps. But root certificates allow the developers of those apps to view unencrypted traffic from their users such as the web pages you are visiting -- which could include sensitive financial...
  • One Part of the Economy Is Booming: The Underground/Cash-Only Sector

    10/09/2015 7:59:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Of Two Minds ^ | 10/09/2015 | Charles Hugh Smith
    If you make it so burdensome to operate a legit business, then you're basically giving people without big lines of credit and capital few choices but to work in the cash-only underground economy.It won't be much of a surprise to those living outside the Washington D.C. beltway and the Unicorn Herd of start-ups selling for millions of dollars that the underground cash-only economy is one of the few bright spots in the U.S. economy. Correspondent B.U. recently submitted this report from rural America in response to my entry What Happens to our Economy as Millions of People Lose the Habits...
  • IT’S OVER: The 'unicorn' era comes to a screeching halt in Silicon Valley

    10/09/2015 7:46:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/09/2015 | Maya Kosoff
    The number of private tech companies valued at $1 billion or more has surged so much this year that on average 1.3 so-called unicorn companies have been created every week in 2015, according to data from CB Insights. But now it looks like winter is coming to Silicon Valley. Fortune's Dan Primack went to San Francisco this week and met with a number of people involved with unicorn companies with ballooning valuations. He says the mentality of people in Silicon Valley is starting to change, and people are getting scared. "As in the past, they are nearly unanimous in sentiment,"...
  • MSNBC Morning Joe : Joe Scarborough on fire today

    10/09/2015 4:08:22 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 59 replies
    MSNBC ^ | October 9, 2015 | (vanity)
    Sorry for the vanity. But I just stumbled upon MSNBC this morning and for the first time, actually stayed there. It has been quite good. Joe Scarborough is on fire. MSNBC I'm not sure what you changed, but I like it.
  • Beckel on Trump: "People Have Underestimated Him," "He's Going To Be Around For A While"

    10/09/2015 3:40:41 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 5 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | Posted on September 18, 2015
    DON LEMON, CNN: How many people predicted the demise of Donald Trump in the last six, seven months? He is still around as far as I can tell. And it is a phenomenon in politics not seen since Ross Perot. Amazing. BOB BECKEL: You know, you are right. I always say if anybody is running for president, for office I always take them seriously. Always taken Donald Trump seriously. I think people have underestimated him.
  • PC shipments slump in Q3, thanks to free Windows 10 (Upgrade offer is for the old computer, duh)

    10/08/2015 9:52:14 PM PDT · by dayglored · 17 replies
    The Register ^ | Oct 9, 2015 | Simon Sharwood
    The world's personal computer factories could only shove just over 70 million machines out the door during 2015's third quarter, according to box-watchers IDC and Gartner. IDC says sales were down 10.8 per cent year on year, a worse outcome than the 9.2 per cent dip the firm previously predicted. Windows 10 is partly to blame, says Jay Chou, IDC's research manager for its Worldwide PC Tracker, because punters are happy to take Microsoft's free Windows 10 upgrade without buying a new PC. Over time, Chou reckons, “the improved PC experience across user segments should drive longer-term demand for new...
  • Gartner: Apple Mac keeps gaining share as Windows PC sales continue decline

    10/08/2015 9:24:40 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 34 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | October 8, 2015 | Gartner, Inc.
    Worldwide PC shipments totaled 73.7 million units in the third quarter of 2015, a 7.7 percent decline from the third quarter of 2014, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc. “The global PC market has experienced price increases of around 10 percent throughout the year, due to the sharp appreciation of the U.S. dollar against local currencies. In the third quarter of 2015, this continued to be a major cause for weaker demand in those regions,” said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner, in a statement. “These impacted regions, which include EMEA, Japan and Latin America, posted double-digit declines in...
  • Hillary vs. The 2nd Amendment

    10/08/2015 9:58:20 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 8, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    Hillary Clinton, who served an administration that ran thousands of guns to Mexican drug lords under Operation Fast and Furious, is now fast and furiously trying to resurrect a failing campaign by taking aim at so-called gun rights “extremists”. In the wake of the shootings at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, Mrs. Clinton advocated in New Hampshire for a new gun group for “responsible gun owners” apart from the National Rifle Association, which she considers extremist, even though no NRA member has ever been involved in a mass shooting...
  • Tesla Begins Work on the Interior of Its Gigafactory

    10/08/2015 10:35:46 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies ^ | October 08, 2015 | Stephen Lacey
    Reno Gazette-Journal: Tesla Now Working on Gigafactory Interior Plus Data Center For the past year, the exterior facade of Tesla Motors' Gigafactory 1 received most of the attention online, garnering plenty of images and video as it steadily rose in the high desert just east of Reno. Now the facility's innards will start to get some play, too. Work on the $5 billion battery plant's interior architecture is now underway in full force, as well as a data center to be located on the Gigafactory site.
  • iPhone 6s VS Nikon D750 In 4K Video Shootout (with video)

    10/08/2015 10:30:47 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 19 replies
    ÜberGizmo ^ | October 8, 2015 | By Tyler Lee
    Link to video While our smartphones are great camera replacements as far as compact cameras are concerned, we’re not sure if they’re at that point where it could take on a DSLR, especially given how DSLRs have access to a wider range of lenses, different processors, and much bigger sensors.However in a recent YouTube video posted by Lee Morris of Fstoppers, he has compared the new iPhone 6s to the Nikon D750 DSLR which was launched last year. Now in terms of photos we suppose you don’t need to test it to find out who won, however when it comes...
  • Apple, Intel and IBM get on GloFlo's SOI bandwagon

    10/08/2015 10:03:29 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies
    fudzilla ^ | 08 October 2015 | Nick Farrell
    FinFETs and SOI working in different environmentsSoitec's CEO and board chairman has raised an eyebrow or two when he said that the iPhone 6s has multiple RF chips built on silicon-on-insulator (SOI) substrates and that Intel and IBM are using the tech for their silicon photonics push.According to EETimes  Paul Boudre, who claimed that SOI is already being used by Apple and Intel even though neither company is broadcasting it. SOI appears to be on track to major market penetration even while the rest of the industry is talking FinFETs.
  • CPV Hopeful Soitec Exits the Solar Business (Jan 2015)

    10/08/2015 9:40:13 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies ^ | January 25, 2015 | by Eric Wesoff
    The zero-billion-dollar CPV business claims another victim. France's Soitec, one of the last companies with a hope of commercializing concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) technology, has abandoned its solar business. The company will "refocus" its efforts "on its electronics business," according to the firm. The company uses opaque language, but the message is clear: Soitec is exiting this business as quickly as possible. A quarterly earnings letter reads, "Soitec has initiated efforts to realize value of solar energy business combining significant restructuring measures going forward and will assess [the] most appropriate scenario to extract value from its solar-related assets in compliance with...
  • Surface Book vs. MacBook Pro: Here's How They Compare

    10/08/2015 8:01:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Laptop Magazine ^ | 10/08/2015 | Phillip Michaels
    Microsoft may have just personally revived the Mac-vs.-Windows debates of yesteryear with its introduction of the Surface Book, the first-ever laptop to come out of Redmond, Calif. With its silver chassis and 13.5-inch display, the Surface Book invites comparisons to Apple's MacBook Pro. So how does the Surface Book stack up against Apple's 13-inch professional laptop?Design: Surface Book's Display Pulls Double Duty At 12.3 x 9.1 x 0.5-0.90, the tapered Surface Book is just a little bit larger than the 13-inch MacBook Pro (12.35 x 8.6 x 0.7 inches). Of course, that modestly larger size allows the Surface Book...
  • Why Donald Trump is the new Ronald Reagan

    10/08/2015 3:06:17 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 30 replies
    Personal ^ | Posted on October 8, 2015 | Wayne Allyn Root
    Someone finally listened. I’ve been searching for the new Ronald Reagan to make America great again. I’ve argued in my past four books and hundreds of commentaries that taxes are too damn high on America’s risk-takers, job creators and business owners. I’ve pleaded for a dramatic, Reaganesque tax cut to supercharge the economy and create millions of new jobs. I’ve been searching for a president who would reward the economic engine of America (small business) and reward the people who value work ethic, personal responsibility and rugged individualism over cradle-to-grave government dependency. That was how Reagan created the greatest economic...
  • Chinese Hackers Breached LoopPay, Whose Tech Is Central to Samsung Pay

    10/07/2015 11:47:17 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 6 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 7, 2015 | By NICOLE PERLROTH and MIKE ISAACOCT
    WASHINGTON — Months before its technology became the centerpiece of Samsung’s new mobile payment system, LoopPay, a small Massachusetts subsidiary of the South Korean electronics giant, was the target of a sophisticated attack by a group of government-affiliated Chinese hackers. As early as March, the hackers — alternatively known as the Codoso Group or Sunshock Group by those who track them — had breached the computer network of LoopPay, a start-up in Burlington, Mass., that was acquired by Samsung in February for more than $250 million, according to several people briefed on the still-unfolding investigation, as well as Samsung and...
  • Review: 'Steve Jobs' Is An Electrifying Interpretive Dance Of Abstract Biographical Cinema

    10/07/2015 11:19:34 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 10 replies
    Forbes ^ | October 7, 2015 | Scott Mendelson ,CONTRIBUTOR
    The Review: Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs is a lightning bolt of pure cinematic energy. Rather than lay out the complete career and/or life of its protagonist, the three-part film distils an essence, an interpretation from three pivotal moments, offering key snapshots that race along on a quickened pace and a propulsive moment that rarely lets up. Yes, it’s Aaron Sorkin doing Aaron Sorkin to the point of near self-parody, but the cocktail works. Filled with superb performances and lively exchanges with the hindsight of history in a bottle, Steve Jobs is genuinely electrifying entertainment that never lets...
  • Big U.S. firms hold $2.1 trillion overseas to avoid taxes: study (by two LEFTIST ORGANIZATIONS)

    10/07/2015 10:57:44 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Oct 6, 2015 6:37pm
    WASHINGTON—The 500 largest American companies hold more than $2.1 trillion in accumulated profits offshore to avoid U.S. taxes and would collectively owe an estimated $620 billion in U.S. taxes if they repatriated the funds, according to a study released on Tuesday. The study, by two left-leaning non-profit groups, found that nearly three-quarters of the firms on the Fortune 500 list of biggest American companies by gross revenue operate tax haven subsidiaries in countries like Bermuda, Ireland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Citizens for Tax Justice and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund used the companies' own financial filings with...
  • Rookie Dongle warns parents when their kids are driving too fast (Nanny State/Big Brother alert)

    10/07/2015 8:32:00 PM PDT · by dayglored · 12 replies
    The Stack ^ | Oct 7, 2015 | Alice McGregor
    Dongle Apps, a Belgian tech company, has introduced a new system which alerts a car owner if the vehicle’s driver is breaking the speed limit. The ‘Rookie Dongle’, founded by engineer Paul Janssens and automotive expert Christophe Neyt, connects to the vehicle’s on-board diagnostics (OBD II) port, used by garage staff to identify issues and assess speed, mileage and performance in all modern cars. Initially designed for parents and guardians to keep an eye on their young ones behind the wheel, the device employs internal GPS and mobile technologies to push real-time data to the cloud and send notifications to...
  • Microsoft, the VW family sedan of IT, wants to be tech's new Rolls-Royce (Tech Business Analysis)

    10/07/2015 7:54:10 PM PDT · by dayglored · 39 replies
    The Register ^ | Oct 7, 2015 | Iain Thomson
    If there's one message that stands out from Microsoft's big device day launch on Tuesday it's this: stop thinking about Redmond as the cheap option, because it wants to be seen as the premium brand. For years Microsoft has sold itself as the dominant ecosystem for computing that won't cost you too much. The device day focus, however, shows that Microsoft is intent on going after the big spenders in the IT industry. Take the Surface Book, for example. Again and again Microsoft hammered the message that this was the ultimate laptop, with no expense spared. That's reflected in the...
  • Elizabeth Warren’s Wall Street Double Standard

    10/07/2015 2:58:27 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 2 replies
    National Review ^ | Oct 5, 2015 | BRENDAN BORDELON
    While she rails against Wall Street’s influence on Washington, the progressives’ darling may be helping line the pockets of the multi-millionaire hedge-fund manager behind her favorite think tank.
  • Harry Reid Suing Exercise Equipment Firm Over Eye Injury (wants $50,000 in damages)

    10/07/2015 1:32:14 PM PDT · by dennisw · 43 replies
    rollcall ^ | 7 October 2015 | By David Eldridge
    Harry Reid Suing Exercise Equipment Firm Over Eye Injury Reid, D-Nev., conducts his first news conference in the Capitol, January 22, 2015, since injuring himself in a exercise accident. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Reid conducts his first news conference in the Capitol on Jan. 22 after injuring himself in a exercise accident. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and his wife, Landra, are suing the manufacturer of the exercise band that slipped or snapped, leading to the Nevada Democrat’s eye injury. According to court documents filed in Clark County, Nev., Reid alleges that the injury...
  • Greenpeace mulls jump into brown coal biz

    10/07/2015 11:16:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies ^ | 06 Oct 2015 16:06 GMT+02:00 | (AFP/The Local)
    It might sound like one of the environmental group’s protest stunts, but Greenpeace insists it really does want to buy up a series of German brown coal mines and plants offered for sale by Swedish power company Vattenfall. […] Vattenfall had previously said it planned to sell its German lignite plants to make a shift toward renewable energy and reduce its carbon dioxide emissions. Greenpeace said it wants to buy the lignite plants to make sure further production does not take place. …
  • Marina Man Arrested for Armed Robbery, Reveals His Own Identity (Used Medical Pot Card to Rob Pot)

    10/07/2015 10:19:29 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    KSBW ^ | Oct 06, 2015
    On Monday night, Ricardo Antonio Lopez-Campos, 27, of Marina, robbed a medical marijuana vendor and ordered some cannabis. Unfortunately for the robber, the vendor required that the purchaser show a copy of his identification and medical marijuana certification to them before agreeing to the transaction. Lopez-Campos then complied with the request and sent his own identification to the victim. Then, he proceeded with the armed robbery and took marijuana from the victim. Officers were able to quickly identify Lopez-Campos and were able to locate him within a very short time. He was booked into the Monterey County Jail. The stolen...
  • With the Surface Book Laptop/Tablet hybrid, Microsoft is taking the game to Apple

    10/07/2015 7:21:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 10/07/2015
    Microsoft did something shocking last night. It launched something people might actually lust over, something sleek, something powerful, something innovative. The Surface Book. At an event in New York rammed with press and industry types and live-streamed to the world, Microsoft confidently and defiantly unveiled its grand vision of Windows 10 devices. Some of the products the company unveiled were expected: an updated Surface Pro 4 tablet, the second generation of the company’s Microsoft Band fitness tracker and two new Lumia smartphones. But it was the Surface Book, Microsoft’s first laptop and a big bet for the company, that drew...
  • I Love My Guns

    10/07/2015 7:20:35 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 26 replies
    “Folks, we’ve got a problem. I love firearms, I do. I’m trained in their use, I’m skilled in their use, I’m trained in safety, and I’m a responsible firearm owner. And this is a message to responsible firearm owners. People, at some point, we’re going to have to come to the conclusion that we’re going to need to get guns away from people who shouldn’t have them.”
  • Android Marshmallow Rollout

    10/07/2015 5:52:25 AM PDT · by ThunderSleeps · 7 replies
    Tech Radar ^ | 10/6/2015 | James Rogerson
    Who is getting what, and when — ANDROID PING!Android Ping! If you want on or off the Android Ping List, Freepmail me.
  • Why Towns Are Falling In Love With Golf Carts

    10/06/2015 8:27:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | October 5, 2015 | Henry Grabar
    One of the promotional videos for The Villages, Central Florida’s city of the old, is all about golf carts. Picture a Boomer’s take on Pimp My Ride: Some carts are souped up to look like Model Ts, fire trucks, or Thunderbirds, or colored to rep a hometown sports team. In a city with no native sons, the carts are expressions of identity. They’re also a central mode of transportation. In The Villages, according to the book Young-Old: Urban Utopias of an Aging Society by architect Deane Simpson, there are 50,000 golf carts and 90 miles of dedicated golf-cart infrastructure. Autocentric...
  • What's with those new Fox Extra insets on Fox News? They are paid advertisements!

    10/06/2015 4:42:20 PM PDT · by dennisw · 21 replies
    FoxNews | Oct 6th | moi
    They are very irritating! Maybe Fox can get Apple to pay for one. Fox advertisements was formerly dominated by drug company advertisements. Pills for your ills to match the older FoxNews demographic
  • The National Debt

    10/06/2015 3:30:44 PM PDT · by originalbuckeye · 18 replies
    10/6/15 | Originalbuckeye
    On July 7, 2015, at 9:07AM(PDT) I recorded the National Debt (from the US National Debt Clock) at $18,321,893,100,000.00 (Approx., as it goes up so fast it is difficult to get a completely accurate number). Right now, as I write this, the Clock says (approx.)$18,398,400,100,000.00.
  • Tech firm is building $1billion city in New Mexico

    10/06/2015 2:47:50 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 41 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/6/15
    Telecommunications and tech firm Pegasus Global Holdings is planning to build a full-scale American town in the New Mexico desert, a place which they hope to open to researchers developing technologies for modern living. Pegasus plans to spend $1billion creating the 15-square-mile town, called CITE, with construction to begin sometime next year and opening as early as 2018. CITE will include a town big enough for 35,000 people, with a business district downtown surrounded by terraced housing suburbs - but no one will ever live there. Instead, companies will have the opportunity to test such innovations as driverless vehicles and...
  • Microsoft just unveiled its first laptop — and claims it's twice as fast as a Macbook Pro

    10/06/2015 1:59:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/06/2015 | Lisa Eadicicco and Matt Weinberger
    Microsoft on Tuesday unveiled its first laptop: the Microsoft Surface Book, a 13-inch touch-screen device that also comes apart to become a tablet. "This is the ultimate laptop," Microsoft's Panos Panay said. It has two processors and a dedicated graphics-card system. Microsoft says the laptop is twice as fast as a Macbook Pro. Pricing starts at $1,499, and the laptop will be available on October 26. As with many devices in the Surface line, the Surface Book can detach from its keyboard to become a tablet. The keyboard can then dock on the back of the tablet to keep it...
  • Surface Book: Microsoft steers first LAPTOP into Apple's MacBook Pro

    10/06/2015 1:43:33 PM PDT · by dayglored · 8 replies
    The Register ^ | Oct 6, 2015 | Iain Thomson
    Redmond's shoving its chips all in on this $1,500 PC As expected, Microsoft has updated its Surface Pro fondleslab with a new model powered by Intel's latest silicon. But unexpectedly, it has also produced a laptop version of the platform that is going to make Apple sick. "The Surface Book is the ultimate laptop," gushed Panos Panay, Microsoft's veep of Surface computing. "Ounce for ounce, it's the fastest laptop ever made – twice as fast as the MacBook Pro." The laptop's 13.5-inch screen is detachable, and on its own acts as a tablet. The machine has two batteries and twin...
  • Windows 10 officially hits 110 million installations

    10/06/2015 1:26:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Winbeta ^ | 10/06/2015 | Sean Michael
    Today is one of the biggest days of the year for Microsoft and to start out the event they rattled off some impressive numbers. The most impressive is 110 million installations of Windows 10. This lines up well with the reports we had already heard but this 110 million number is officially from Microsoft on the biggest stage. Here are some other impressive stats mentioned by Terry Myerson. * 1 billion visits to Windows 10 app store * Developer revenue has increased four times since Windows 10’s launch * 650 billion web pages viewed with Microsoft Edge * 1 billion...
  • 90 Day T-Bill Rate 0

    Am I reading this wrong or is the T-Bill rate for 13 weeks a negative? I went here when reading the 90 day T-Bill rate is zero. This is news that affects everyone yet no one covers.
  • Microsoft's Surface Book is the sleek, MacBook-beating laptop

    10/06/2015 9:55:16 AM PDT · by prisoner6 · 57 replies
    pcworld ^ | 10/06/2015 | Brad Chacos
    Well this came out of nowhere. After years of pleading from PC enthusiasts, Microsoft finally revealed an ultra-premium Surface laptop, dubbed Surface Book, at its hardware event on Tuesday—a portable PC designed to embrace Windows 10’s most cutting-edge features, and one that’s just oozing style. If the Surface Pro is a tablet that can replace your laptop, as Microsoft’s marketing crowed last year, does that make the Surface laptop a laptop that can replace your tablet that replaces your laptop? Not quite. Both aim for different targets. While the Surface tablets were initially introduced to highlight the sort of mobile...
  • Wall Street pay just hit a record high

    10/06/2015 7:54:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/06/2015 | Portia Crowe
    Wall Street pay exploded last year to a record high. Average salaries, including bonuses, grew by 14% in 2014 to $404,800, according to a new report from New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. After inflation, pay in 2014 was the third highest on record. The average Wall Street salary was nearly six times that of the rest of New York City's private sector, where the average salary was $72,300 last year. Bonuses were similar to their levels before the 2008 financial crisis. The average bonus, up more than 50% over the past three years, was $172,900 last year, according to...
  • Trump wins bean poll at Cullman County Fair

    10/06/2015 4:11:30 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 12 replies
    The Cullman Times ^ | Posted: Tuesday, October 6, 2015 5:15 am
    Cullman County residents took to the fair this month to cast their support for Republican candidates for president, and billionaire Donald Trump won by a landslide. The Cullman County Republican Party conducted an unofficial poll of candidates; visitors stopped by the booth and dropped a bean in each respective candidates bowl. Trump came away with around 49 percent of the total beans cast, followed by pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson with 27 percent. (full article)
  • Russia Proposes Superhighway Linking New York And London

    10/05/2015 9:32:11 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 63 replies
    MotorAuthority ^ | March 30, 2015 | Stephen Edelstein
    What if U.S. citizens could Asia? A new proposal from Russia would see the country connected to the U.S. by highway bridge as part of a massive superhighway crossing the length of Russia, ultimately linking New York and London. Called the Trans-Eurasian Belt Development (TEPR). the ambitious project was proposed by Russian Railways head Vladimir Yakunin earlier this month, according to CNN. The route would include some pre-existing roads to reach London and New York, but would still require thousands of miles of tarmac across the width of Russia. This would be laid alongside the existing Trans-Siberian Railway—the longest...
  • If you wanted Windows 10, it looks like you've already installed it

    10/05/2015 9:17:17 PM PDT · by dayglored · 56 replies
    The Register ^ | Oct 6, 2015 | Simon Sharwood
    Windows 10 looks to have won about seven per cent of the world's desktop operating system market. That's The Reg's back-of-the-spreadsheet calculation after running our eye over September’s data from Netmarketshare and StatCounter, the two services we regularly eyeball to see what's going down on the desktop. Remember that Windows 10 launched on July 29th. With that in mind we can see that August saw plenty of growth, but things slowed rather markedly in September. The losers are Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, as the graphs below show both have dipped markedly since Windows 10's debut. When we crunch the...
  • Trump Just Blasted Hillary With A 2-Sentence Uppercut So Hard Bill Probably Felt It

    10/05/2015 6:24:35 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 44 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | October 5, 2015 | Jack Davis
    As Hillary Clinton seeks to find a new defense in her ongoing email scandal, Donald Trump cut to the core of the issue. “Clinton may go to jail but is still running for president? 99% of people would be in jail for what she did,” Trump tweeted Sunday.
  • Apple Acquires Artificial Intelligence Startup Perceptio

    10/05/2015 4:35:40 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 5 replies
    Mac Rumors ^ | october 5, 2015 | by Juli Clover
    Apple has purchased Perceptio, a small startup focused on artificial intelligence, reports Bloomberg. Founded by Nicolas Pinto and Zak Stone, Perceptio was developing technology that would let smartphone companies create advanced artificial intelligence systems "without needing to share as much user data" in the cloud. Perceptio's goals were to develop techniques to run AI image-classification systems on smartphones, without having to draw from large external repositories of data. That fits Apple's strategy of trying to minimize its usage of customer data and do as much processing as possible on the device.According to Bloomberg, both Stone and Pinto are established artificial...
  • iOS malware YiSpecter: NO iPHONE IS SAFE

    10/05/2015 11:30:57 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 43 replies
    The Register (UK) ^ | October 5, 2015 | by John Leyden
    World where only jailbroken iThings were vulnerable is 'thing of the past' The first iOS malware capable of attacking both non-jailbroken and jailbroken devices has surfaced online.The mobile malware nasty - YiSpecter - hooks into private APIs in the iOS system to implement malicious actions has been in the wild for at least 10 months, mostly in China and Taiwan, since November 2014 if not earlier. YiSpecter uses a battery of unusual tricks to spread itself. Distribution tactics include hijacking of traffic from nationwide ISPs, a worm on Windows, and an offline app installation and a community promotion. Initially the...
  • Zip line popularity soars along with injuries, study finds

    10/04/2015 11:52:39 PM PDT · by Vision Thing · 20 replies
    AP via CNS News ^ | October 5, 2015 | LINDSEY TANNER
    <p>CHICAGO (AP) — Injuries from zip line accidents have soared along with the popularity of an activity that hurtles riders through the air, sometimes at dizzying heights above ground, a study of U.S. emergency room data shows.</p> <p>Over 16 years, nearly 17,000 people were treated for zip line-related injuries including broken bones, cuts and sprains; most occurred in the last four years of the 1997-2012 study. It's the first national look at zip line injuries and highlights a need for better regulation and uniform safety standards, the researchers say.</p>
  • Tim Cook: A back door for the good guys is a back door for the bad guys

    10/04/2015 9:42:18 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 26 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | October 3, 2015 2:05 AM | By Chris Matyszczyk
    Photo credit—CNet: Josh Miller I get the sense that the FBI doesn't entirely appreciate Apple CEO Tim Cook.I get that sense from an interview he gave to NPR on Thursday. In it, he cogently explained Apple's attitude toward security in general and national security in particular.Cook repeated his view that Apple isn't interested in tracking its customers as infinitum from app to app."If you buy something from the App Store, we do know what you bought from the App Store, obviously," he said. "We think customers are fine with that. Many customers want us to recommend an app. But what...
  • Xbox One won’t really get Cortana until 2016

    10/04/2015 8:19:20 PM PDT · by dayglored · 9 replies
    SlashGear ^ | Oct 4, 2015 | JC Torres
    Xbox's Major Nelson has just revealed another slew of features for the New Xbox One Experience, a.k.a. the NXOE, but this time around not all of them are good news. Well, to be fair, only one isn't. Despite having hyped about how Cortana will help gamers stay on top of things even in the middle of gaming, it seems that such gamers will have to wait a bit longer to experience that. When Microsoft releases NXOE later this year, Cortana will only be available as a preview, with a full rollout happening only next year. Delays are a fact of...
  • Microsoft acknowledges Office 2016-OS X El Capitan crashes but lacks ETA for fix

    10/04/2015 8:03:25 PM PDT · by dayglored · 10 replies
    PC World ^ | Oct 4, 2015 | Gregg Keizer
    Microsoft admits that users of its Office for Mac 2016 suite are encountering frequent crashes and is working with Apple on a fix. 'We are working closely with Apple to resolve this issue,' says company manager. Microsoft has acknowledged that users of its Office for Mac 2016 application suite are encountering frequent crashes and implied that it's working on a fix, but offered no timeline for delivering an update. In an emailed statement, a Microsoft spokeswoman said the company is looking into the problem. "We know that some users may be experiencing issues with Office 2016 for Mac running on...
  • California governor signs bill closing ivory sales loophole

    10/04/2015 4:49:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 4, 2015 5:13 PM EDT
    Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill to close a loophole in the state’s ban on importing, buying or selling elephant ivory or rhinoceros horns. Supporters said California is a major market for ivory, and the ban would help dry up demand. …
  • Silver jumped a dollar an ounce since yesterday. Anything up?

    10/04/2015 4:30:36 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 83 replies
    Kitco ^ | 10/4/2015 | misc
    Just thought this seems possibly important. Gold also jumped.