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  • How to Pretend Apple Watch Is a Failure No Matter What

    04/17/2015 9:27:26 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 26 replies
    Mac Observer ^ | Apr 13th, 2015 7:50 PM EDT | Bryan Chaffin
    Apple Watch. Seems like Apple has a hit on its corporate hands. Or a preorder hit. The company sold a million Apple Watches in the first 24 hours—just in the U.S.—according to one piece of analysis. That would make it the most successful new product category launch in Apple's history—so what do you do if you've been talking smack about it for months? If you're Roger Kay, you stuff a straw man full of nonsensical numbers that will allow you to declare the device a failure no matter what. It's a neat trick so long as no one applies a...
  • Apple cooperation with antitrust monitor down 'sharply' -report

    04/17/2015 7:54:40 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | APRIL 16, 2015 | BY NATE RAYMOND
    (Reuters) - Apple Inc's cooperation with a court-appointed monitor has "sharply declined" as he reviews the iPad maker's antitrust compliance policies, the monitor wrote in a report to a judge. Michael Bromwich, who became Apple's monitor after it was found liable for conspiring to raise e-book prices, said in a report on Thursday that Apple objected to providing information and "inappropriately" attempted to limit his activities. Bromwich, whose relationship with Apple has been testy since the start, had indicated that relations had improved in a report in October to U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan. However, he said in...
  • Magpul Glock Mag Update: We Screwed Up

    04/17/2015 3:38:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    guns.com ^ | 4/16/15 | Max Slowik
    At the top of this year Magpul announced yet another ground-breaking product, the PMAG 17. An inexpensive polymer 17-round Magpul magazine for Glock 17s, the PMAG 17 was guaranteed to succeed even before it hit the market. About the only thing that could go wrong was if some small, but critical step or test was overlooked. A small but critical mistake was made. Just a few days after the public release of the PMAG 17 Magpul has confirmed that some magazines are not feeding correctly when paired with other 9mm Glock pistols, specifically the Glock 19 and Glock 26. Of...
  • Homeless Man Discovers Forgotten Bank Account

    04/17/2015 3:16:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    wfts ^ | Apr 16, 2015 | Carson Chambers
    Tampa police officer, case worker help himJohn Helinski was once homeless, sleeping on a cardboard box by a bus stop. "I just managed on my own, said John Helinski. For three years in downtown Tampa, he said he was invisible. "Sleeping underneath the benches there and no one would see me, Helinski said. Now Helinski's got a locker, a bed and a dedicated case worker at a new 24/7, one-stop-shop housing center for homeless in Hillsborough County off 50th Street. But wait, his story gets way better than that way, way better. "He needed to have an identification, but...
  • Beyond the lithium iona significant step toward a better performing battery

    04/17/2015 2:27:18 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 11 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 04-17-2015 | Provided by University of Illinois at Chicago
    The race is on around the world as scientists strive to develop a new generation of batteries that can perform beyond the limits of the current lithium-ion based battery. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have taken a significant step toward the development of a battery that could outperform the lithium-ion technology used in electric cars such as the Chevy Volt. They have shown they can replace the lithium ions, each of which carries a single positive charge, with magnesium ions, which have a plus-two charge, in battery-like chemical reactions, using an electrode with a structure like those...
  • Engineer improves rechargeable batteries with MoS2 nano 'sandwich'

    04/17/2015 2:21:31 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 7 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 04-17-2015 | Provided by Kansas State University
    Molybdenum disulfide sheets -- which are "sandwiches" of one molybdenum atom between two sulfur atoms -- may improve rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, according to the latest research from Gurpreet Singh, assistant professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering. Credit: Kansas State University The key to better cellphones and other rechargeable electronics may be in tiny "sandwiches" made of nanosheets, according to mechanical engineering research from Kansas State University. Gurpreet Singh, assistant professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering, and his research team are improving rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. The team has focused on the lithium cycling of molybdenum disulfide, or MoS2, sheets, which Singh...
  • Since marijuana legalization, highway fatalities in Colorado are at near-historic lows

    04/17/2015 1:48:22 PM PDT · by Usagi_yo · 109 replies
    WP ^ | August 5, 2014 | Radley Balko
    Since Colorado voters legalized pot in 2012, prohibition supporters have warned that recreational marijuana will lead to a scourge of drugged divers on the states roads. They often point out that when the state legalized medical marijuana in 2001, there was a surge in drivers found to have smoked pot. ...]
  • San Jose 13-Year-Old Invents Device To Help White Canes "See"

    04/17/2015 1:41:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Garvin Thomas
    In 1921, according to the history books, an newly-blind Englishman named James Biggs was feeling threatened by the amount of traffic in his neighborhood. In order to be more visible to motorists, Biggs reportedly painted his cane white. If true, it means the white cane as an aid to the blind is approaching its 100th birthday. Which explains why, in true Silicon Valley fashion, Raghav Ganesh thought the world was overdue for the white cane, 2.0. "There's an old device here that needed an upgrade," Raghav says, "and I thought I could make that better." Raghav Ganesh, a San Jose...
  • Dog Flu Outbreak Gained Foothold at Urban Doggie Day Cares

    04/17/2015 1:17:22 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 25 replies
    ABC News ^ | Apr 17, 2015 | CARLA K. JOHNSON
    Many urbanites use doggie day cares while they work long hours. Paying others to exercise their pets, owners can forgo long walks and enjoy guilt-free pooch snuggling in the evenings. While usually a healthy experience for the dogs, the day care environment, with dozens of pets mingling, contributed to an epidemic of dog flu in Chicago that is spreading in the Midwest, experts say.
  • Driver Suffered "Coughing Attack" Before Fatal Big Rig Crash Off Southern CA Freeway

    04/17/2015 1:14:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 3/17 | Jonathan Lloyd and Vanessa Ruiz
    The crash near the interchange of the 118 and 210 freeways left others hospitalized in critical conditionA big rig driver suffered what authorities described as a "coughing attack" at the wheel before crashing off a Southern California freeway and slamming into a pickup in a fatal collision that involved several other vehicles. The northern San Fernando Valley crash, which left four people hospitalized in critical condition, occurred under the 210 Freeway-118 Freeway interchange near the Paxton Street exit. The big rig crashed off the 210 Freeway freeway and down an embankment before crossing an exit ramp and slamming into the...
  • Future of BIG DATA

    04/17/2015 11:47:03 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 1 replies
    The interesting part is the lower right hand of the pictorial.
  • Are Student Loans the new Sub-Prime Bubble?

    04/17/2015 7:46:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/17/2015 | Chriss Street
    On April 15 Tax Day, Americans paid about the same amount of income tax as total student loans outstanding. The St. Louis Federal Reserve on the same day published a report titled ‘Student Loan Delinquency: A Big Problem Getting Worse?' The Fed has determined that of the $1.3 trillion in non-bankruptcy-dischargeable student loans, the delinquency rate for students in repayment is over 27 percent. With tuition at the University of California and other top schools growing faster than inflation, student loan defaults are skyrocketing. Prior published student loan reports have stated that the “30+ days delinquency rate for all student...
  • Bronx Office Manager Arrested for Acting as Dentist, Performing Root Canals and Pulling Teeth

    04/16/2015 11:13:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    NBC New York ^ | Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 | Pei-Sze Cheng
    A 45-year-old dental office manager has been arrested for allegedly performing procedures on unsuspecting, uninsured patients for a cash discount while the dentist was away, and purposely scheduling procedures for them when she knew the doctor would be out of the office. Authorities said Valbona Yzeiraj, of White Plains, was arrested Thursday following a grand jury indictment earlier this month. The Albanian-born woman pleaded not guilty to charges of assault, unauthorized practice of a profession and reckless endangerment at her arraignment later in the day. Prosecutors allege the woman acted as a dentist at Ultimate Dental Care of Riverdale in...
  • The Apple Watch Launch is a Brand-damaging Botch Job

    04/16/2015 10:39:55 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 94 replies
    BetaNews ^ | April 16, 2015 15:20 UTC | Wayne Williams
    It really is amateur hour at Apple. The tech giants first major product line launch in years has gone badly wrong, with the original in-store sales date scrapped, and no word of when the Apple Watch will actually go on sale for people to, you know, buy. Sales predictions, and online pre-order numbers look great, but thats about the only thing thats good about the launch of the first new product line to come from Apple under Tim Cooks stewardship. Frankly, everything else associated with the launch has been a balls up from start to finish. Heres a product that...
  • DHS Ranked Worst Place To Work In Federal Government

    04/16/2015 5:55:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 16, 2015 - 3:57 PM | Brittany M. Hughes
    According to a 2014 survey by the Office of Personnel Management, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was ranked by its employees as the worst place to work among the governments 37 large departments or agencies, Congress was told Thursday. The department, which includes agencies such as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), received an index score of 48 on global satisfaction in 2014, compared to a score of 62 in 2010. Last years score marks the lowest ranking of any government department that year.
  • The Apple Watch is Already Wiping the Floor with the Entire Smartwatch Market

    04/16/2015 5:29:23 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 296 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Thursday, April 16, 2015 | Rob Price
    The Apple Watch is on fire: KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo estimates that Apple's debut smartwatch has sold more than 2.3 million units since preorders opened, MacRumors reports. Apple hasn't released any sales data on Apple Watch sales, and it most likely won't until the company's quarterly earnings report. But this 2.3 million figure echoes what others have estimated the research company Slice believes there were about 1 million US preorders on launch day, for example. Ming-Chi Kuo has a good track record on Apple: He was spot on with his predictions about the iPhone 5S, for example. If...
  • For Techies: Windows 10 finally gets drag-and-drop support for virtual desktops

    04/16/2015 3:27:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    PC World ^ | 04/16/2015 | Mark Hachman, Senior Editor
    Microsofts virtual desktops are one of the of the more unique features of Windows 10a quick way to organize screens of apps that you can switch to back and forth. Rearranging them has always been a pain, but a new drag-and-drop feature, hopefully that problem will go away. Microsoft said it's expedited the ability to drag and drop windows between virtual desktops, eliminating the clunky keyboard shortcuts that Windows 10 currently forces one to use. Why this matters: Virtual desktops are handy tools for those with just a single monitor. If you have more than one monitor, you might have...
  • Congress Considering Repeal of Death Tax

    04/16/2015 2:25:22 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 17 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 4-16-15 | Will Freeland
    For the first time in just over a decade, the U.S. House of Representatives today will vote on a bill to abolish the death tax, otherwise known the federal estate tax. H.R. 1105—the “Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015″—has bipartisan support, which is evident by its co-sponsors: Congressmen Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and Sanford Bishop (D-Georgia). Attempts to repeal the federal death tax acknowledge what the 32 states without a death tax already understand: a tax on an individual’s personal property, business assets and investments, even with a $5 million exemption, results in high compliance costs, little revenue and bad incentives....
  • EPA Clean Power Plan Litigation Begins

    04/16/2015 12:49:39 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 2 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 4-16-15 | John Eick
    The first major step in what will likely be a long, drawn-out legal process will begin today, April 16. Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will hear oral arguments from 16 states and a handful of energy companies. The two consolidated cases led by the state of West Virginia and the Ohio-based Murray Energy Corporation seek to prevent EPA from finalizing the already proposed Clean Power Plan (CPP). The two lawsuits contend that EPA cannot legally regulate greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants under Section 111 of the Clean Air Act since ...
  • Finally! Saudi Arabia opening stock market to foreigners on June 15

    04/16/2015 12:05:17 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    cnn money ^ | 4-16-2015
    The oil-rich nation is opening its stock market -- the largest in the Middle East -- to foreign investors on June 15, the government announced Thursday. The Saudi market -- worth an estimated $530 billion -- is more than double the size of the Tel Aviv stock exchange in Israel. Previously, only Saudi-based investors could buy stocks there. By mid-June, international firms will be able to buy stocks in the country's exchange, the Tadawul All Share Index. This will likely encourage mutual funds and ETFs to add some Saudi stocks to their holdings, especially in emerging market funds. The move...
  • Americas 15 Highest Paying Companies [And the industries they represent]

    04/16/2015 9:40:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Glassdoor ^ | 04/15/2015 | Glassdoor Team
    Do you dream of earning a six figure paycheck? If so, Glassdoor has compiled its newest report identifying Americas 15 Highest Paying Companies, in which the median annual total compensation starts at more than $140,000. This report evaluates salary and compensation information shared by employees over the past year on Glassdoor. The ranking of companies by median total compensation takes into account annual base salary, cash and stock bonuses, commissions and other forms of financial income. Check out the top 15 companies below, along with insights from Glassdoor Chief Economist Dr. Andrew Chamberlain explaining why these companies pay so well....
  • 16% of retired NFL players go bankrupt, a report says

    04/16/2015 5:20:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Fortune ^ | 04/15/2015 | Daniel Roberts
    The stat comes from a new paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research. It may be hard to believe that professional athletes, who earn so much money at such a young age, could possibly end up bankrupt. But nearly 16% of those in the National Football League dojust not right away. According to a new working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), 15.7% of NFL players have filed for bankruptcy 12 years after they retired. The paper, entitled Bankruptcy Rates Among NFL Players with Short-Lived Income Spikes, examines the traditional model of consumption smoothing (save money...
  • Letters to the Editor: Build desalination plants, not a high-speed rail

    04/15/2015 6:30:43 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 43 replies
    Long Beach Press Telegram ^ | 4-15-2015 | Edna Jones, Pasadena & Richard Morrison, Lakewood
    Instead of spending money on a bullet train, California should build desalination plants. We cannot live without water or food. California supplies 70 percent of the food for the country and we have cut off water to the farmers to save the smelt fish. The legislatures are more interested in catering to their money backers than doing what is right for the citizens of California. Which sounds better, water or rain? Anyone with an ounce of common sense and a firm grasp on reality would say water is the only answer. We dont need a bullet train that starts in...
  • iPhone plunges to ground from 40 stories up, survives without a scratch, video all the way

    04/15/2015 5:32:57 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 62 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | Wednesday, April 15, 2015
    Photographer Catalin Marin was taking photos of Dubais sunrise from the top of a building when he accidentally dropped his iPhone from the roofand the device captured its entire 40 story plunge on video, Reem Nasr reports for CNBC. Amazingly the phone was without a scratch and on top of everything it captured the whole fall on video as I was filming at the moment I dropped it, Marin wrote in a blog post, Nasr reports. Read more in the full article here. Catalin Marin writes, Unfortunately the shoot was cut unexpectedly short when I managed to drop my phone...
  • How colleges misspend your tuition money

    04/15/2015 2:28:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    The Week ^ | 04/15/2015 | Ted Scheinman
    I am on the phone with a humanities professor at a small, nationally revered liberal-arts college, and she is telling me about the seltzer situation in the faculty lounge. "You know, the dean said we need to get the beverages out of there." "And that's, like, a hygiene thing?" "No, it's because they're worried we're spending too much on Diet Coke and those aluminum cans of seltzer." "Oh." "And the president just replaced his hood ornament with a Faberg egg. Our Manhattan consulting firm said it was the only way to upstage Dartmouth." OK, I made up the egg thing,...
  • What LeBron Can Teach You about Economics

    04/15/2015 1:54:18 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 10 replies
    The Freeman ^ | April 14, 2015 | George Leef
    In Popular Economics, John Tamny, editor of RealClearMarkets, sets out to refute bad economic ideas and replace them with sound ones. Many books have tried to do that, but what sets Tamnys apart is how he goes about making the dismal science, well, popular. His subtitle is revealing: What the Rolling Stones, Downton Abbey, and LeBron James can teach you about economics. Quite a bit, as it turns out. To educate is to build a bridge from what a person knows to things he doesnt yet understand. Tamny does that brilliantly by using sports and popular culture to convey key...
  • 7 Things Every American Needs To Know About Taxes

    04/15/2015 1:13:16 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 12 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 4-15-15 | Will Freeland
    Today is tax day in America. As always, it features a lot of confusion with tax forms, some rushed trips to the post office and a whole lot of heartburn as taxpayers are reminded just how much they paid in taxes over the previous year. Despite the fact that every American constantly is affected by local, state and federal taxes, there is still a large number of Americans who dont know about taxes. Here are seven things many every American should know about taxes. 1. Taxes Cost a Whole Lot Taxes on all levels consume over a quarter of gross...
  • The battery powered rocket powerful enough to blast satellites into orbit

    04/15/2015 12:55:30 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    Dailymail.com ^ | Mark Prigg
    Chief Executive Peter Beck said the company founded in 2008 to help commercialize the space business, expected to carry out the first flight of its all-composite Electron launch vehicle and the new Rutherford engine before the end of the year. Beck said the engine was also the first to use 3D printing for all primary components, including its engine chamber, injector, pumps and main propellant valves, all mostly made of titanium and other alloys. The lightweight engine can be 'printed' in three days, compared to about a month if it were built using traditional manufacturing. Rocket Lab, which is based...
  • What the Medicare Doc Fix Means for States

    04/15/2015 11:45:30 AM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 1 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 4-15-15 | Sean Riley
    The U.S. Senate late Tuesday evening passed legislation containing a permanent doc fix for calculating physician reimbursements under Medicare. By doing away with a decades old formula, the bill staves off an automatic 21 percent cut in payments that would have gone into effect at midnight. While much of the focus has been on Congress and the impact of the legislation on the federal Medicare program, the measure raises three important issues for the states. First, the measure also includes a two year extension of the State Childrens Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the federal-state program extending coverage to low-income children...
  • Rare jungle nut becomes anti-aging rage

    04/15/2015 11:18:09 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 14 replies
    WND ^ | 04-14-2015 | Staff
    'It's going to be the new little wave' For decades, if not centuries, the Amazon dwellers of southern Colombia didnt make too much of the cacay nut. They fed it to their livestock, used it to treat wounds and chopped down its trees for firewood. But then, a few years ago, the global jet-setting crowd found out what the yellow-ish oil from the protein-rich nut could do for their skin. And suddenly, the cacay (pronounced kahk-ai) has become a red-hot commodity, providing the key ingredient to anti-aging facial creams that can fetch $200 an ounce in beauty shops in Los...
  • "I'm Disgusted:" Thief Steals $7K From Hayward Little League

    04/15/2015 10:12:46 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Its one thing to steal bases in baseball. Its another to steal a safe containing $7,000. Hayward Muralist Paints a "Field of Dreams" for Hayward Little League Players But thats what happened to the Tennyson American Little League in Hayward over the weekend. Treasurer Jody Perry said the youth baseball clubhouse an icon in town because of its brightly painted murals - was broken into on Sunday about 9:45 p.m. and a safe was taken containing the leagues rent money. Im disgusted to say that neither us, nor the police think it is a coincidence that it was the...
  • Gravity Payments Owner Drastically Cuts $1M Salary and Sets $70,000 Minimum Wage for All Staff

    04/15/2015 9:20:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/15/2015 | Leonardo Blair
    In a jaw-dropping move Monday afternoon, Dan Price, the 30-year-old founder of Gravity Payments, a credit card processing company in Seattle, Washington, announced to his 120-person staff that over the next three years, every single employee even the lowest paid clerk will be paid a minimum annual salary of $70,000. And he wasn't joking. "My jaw just dropped," Phillip Akhavan, 29, who earns $43,000 working on the company's merchant relations team, said in an interview with The New York Times. "This is going to make a difference to everyone around me." The announcement stunned the staff and triggered...
  • Lots of Apple Watch Listings on eBay Are Attracting Zero Bids

    04/14/2015 9:01:08 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 68 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | April 14th, 2015 | Brad Tuttle
    Sellers are asking extremely high "Buy It Now" prices at eBay to take advantage of strong demand for Apple Watches. But in many cases, consumers aren't biting. By most accounts, the Apple Watch did a terrific business on the first day customers could place preorders. Apple reportedly received roughly one million orders last Friday, and demand has been so high that orders placed now wont be delivered until June or even later in the summer. The first customers who preordered Apple Watches, however, will have their shiny gadgets in hand starting on April 24 or soon thereafter. Part of the...
  • Adobe Patches Flash Flaw Targeted by Exploit in the Wild

    04/14/2015 8:34:23 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 45 replies
    Intego.com ^ | April 14th, 2015 | by Derek Erwin
    Adobe Systems has released a patch for22 vulnerabilities in Flash Player, one of which is reportedlyunder attack by an exploit that exists in the wild. The most critical vulnerability, CVE-2015-3043, could lead to code execution. Adobe's Flash Player security updates are available for Macintosh, Windows and Linux."Adobe is aware of a report that an exploit for CVE-2015-3043 exists in the wild, and recommends users update their product installations," saidAdobe. If you reached this page because you're unsure if a popup alert from Adobe is real, take a look at our helpful guide for best practices how to safely install and...
  • Tax Day 2015: Why Is April 15 The Deadline To Pay Taxes?

    04/14/2015 8:30:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies
    Tech Times ^ | April 14, 2015 | Laura Rosenfeld
    Though they may seem like it, the dates that holidays fall on aren't usually random. They typically commemorate a significant event that happened on or around that day. Obviously, this makes sense. However, it's hard to guess why April 15 was chosen as Tax Day, the deadline for filing and paying your taxes. The 16th Amendment, which instituted a national income tax, was passed by Congress on July 2, 1909 and ratified on Feb. 3, 1913, but neither of these days made the cut to be the Tax Day. What gives? If the April 15 deadline to file and pay...
  • Microsoft begins rollout of Skype for Business

    04/14/2015 6:58:18 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 14 replies
    iTnews (AUS) ^ | on Apr 15, 2015 9:26 AM (AUS) | Russell Brown
    Lync to be retired. Microsoft's April update for Office 2013 is more than just a Patch Tuesday: for some users, it includes the new Skype for Business. A relatively low-key announcement from Microsoft today signals the beginning of the end for Lync, the Office collaboration tool that has run in parallel with Skype in the three years since Microsoft bought Skype. Office 365 customers using Lync Online are the first to receive Skype for Business Online in a rollout that will continue through into May. Skype for Business is also now available as a standalone plan.
  • Kaspersky releases tools to decrypt files encrypted with CoinVault Ransomware

    04/14/2015 6:46:32 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 20 replies
    TechWorm ^ | on April 14, 2015 | Abhishek Kumar Jha
    Software security group Kaspesky labs in collaboration with the Dutch police has released a tool which helps to decrypt files locked by Ransomware. Kaspersky Labs has released a decryption tool for files encrypted with CoinVault ransomware. The tool was developed by the Kaspersky lab after the The National High Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) of the Dutch police handed over the information obtained from a database of CoinVault command-and-control server containing the decryption keys.
  • New Mexico Abolishes Civil Asset Forfeiture

    04/14/2015 1:52:03 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 22 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 4-14-15 | Cara Sullivan
    Every year, law enforcement agencies seize millions of dollars simply by suspecting the property is connected to criminal activity. Friday, April 10, after being unanimously passed through the legislature, HB 560 was signed into law by New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez. Read her Executive Message here. Among other improvements, HB 560 reforms the current law on forfeiture procedures by requiring a criminal conviction for seizure and proper reporting. Civil asset forfeiture is a practice in which assets suspected of being associated with crime may be seized and subsequently forfeited, often without the owner being charged with a crime. Law enforcement...
  • SpaceX Falcon 9 and Dragon set for Blastoff and Bold Landing Effort Today Watch Live

    04/14/2015 12:24:16 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | Ken Kremer
    The first attempt to launch the rocket and CRS-6 Dragon cargo capsule on Monday, April 13, was scrubbed just about three minutes before the scheduled blastoff at approximately 4:33 p.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, due to a violation of the launch weather constraints. Todays second liftoff attempt 24 hours later, is slated for approximately 4:10 p.m. from SLC-41. NASA Television plans live launch coverage starting at 3:00 p.m EDT: You can watch the launch live on NASA TV here: http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv
  • Patch Tuesday Windows Updates! Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for April 2015

    04/14/2015 10:36:38 AM PDT · by dayglored · 14 replies
    Microsoft Technet ^ | Apr 14, 2015 | Microsoft
    This bulletin summary lists security bulletins released for April 2015. For information about how to receive automatic notifications whenever Microsoft security bulletins are issued, visit Microsoft Technical Security Notifications. Microsoft also provides information to help customers prioritize monthly security updates with any non-security updates that are being released on the same day as the monthly security updates. Please see the section, Other Information. Executive Summaries The following table summarizes the security bulletins for this month in order of severity....
  • You'll be able to rent an Apple Watch -- but should you?

    04/14/2015 10:27:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 04/14/2015
    <p>Everything from jewelry and watches, to toys and clothing can now be rented.</p> <p>It's a growing service model catered to people who want to keep up with trends, and those who love an automated buy-and-return shopping process.</p> <p>Come June or July, these consumers will be able to add another just-want-it-for-a-little-while product to their lists -- the Apple (AAPL, Tech30) Watch.</p>
  • No One Knows What to Do With This 76-Foot-Deep Hole in Chicago

    04/14/2015 9:04:37 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 37 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 04/14/2015 | Kelsey Dollaghan
      If you didn’t know what to look for, you might miss it completely. But from the air—or from Google Earth—it’s impossible to overlook: A gaping, 76-foot-deep hole that has sat abandoned since the 2008 financial crisis. This was the spot where, as the real estate bubble peaked in 2007, a developer planned a 2,000 foot supertall skyscraper called the Spire. Envisioned as the tallest building in the US and the second tallest in the world, it would have cost at least $1 billion to build the twisting tower, designed by architect Santiago Calatrava of One World Trade Transit Hub...
  • Is $30,000 a year worth it?

    04/14/2015 2:29:17 AM PDT · by newnhdad · 63 replies
    Just recently started a new job and I feel very lucky but I really despise it. I am starting at a pretty descent salary but it's not as important as the miracle of finding any employment in Obama's economy. I have to drive a long way to and fro and mostly through idiot filled DC traffic and I swear nobody actually watches the road anymore, they just tap on the smart phones. It takes about three hours a day to commute (1.5hr each way) so I'm no longer seeing my kids and eating meals with my family six days a...
  • iPhone, iPad and Mac bug could allow hackers to remotely launch DoS attack

    04/14/2015 12:41:44 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 5 replies
    The inquirer ^ | Mon Apr 13 2015, 11:14 | By Lee Bell
    Kaspersky urges users to update to latest operating systems iPhone, iPad and Mac bug could allow hackers to remotely launch DoS attack, A VULNERABILITY affecting iPhones, iPads and Macs that could allow an attacker to remotely activate a denial of service (DoS) attack has been found by researchers at security firm Kaspersky Lab. The threat was discovered in the kernel of Darwin, an open source component of OS X and iOS, and affects devices with 64-bit processors and iOS 8. These are the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 2 and iPad...
  • Green Jackfruit: is Pulled Pork for Vegetarians the Next Big Food Craze?

    04/13/2015 9:43:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    Late last year, after 18 years of litigation, a senior government official in Kerala, south-west India was given a prison sentence after being convicted of theft. The object he stole was government property, and it was so large he had to have it cut up to get it home. A piece of art, perhaps? A precious metal? Actually, it was a 40-year-old jackfruit tree, and, once youve tasted its fruit, you begin to understand why he did it. To say the jackfruit is big is an understatement. It is the largest tree-borne fruit on the planet it isnt unusual...
  • Apple Watch: Understanding Early Sales Data

    04/13/2015 8:05:13 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 56 replies
    Seeking Alpha ^ | April 13, 2015 | J.M. Manness
    Last Friday, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) opened its online store for preorders of the new Apple Watch. This article will clear up some of the misinformation that has resulted from inaccurate reporting.There have been several articles with conflicting headlines with almost all referring to the same resource data, a posting by Slice.The USA Today headline reads Apple Watch first-day pre-orders estimated near 1M, and illustrates the misleading information presented. I am not sure what country the author comes from, but in the U.S., if we are given a count of preorders of a product, we usually expect the number of units sold...
  • Longtime San Jose Preschool St. Elizabeth's Day Home to Shut Down, Make Way For New Condos

    04/13/2015 7:41:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 4/13 | Michelle Roberts
    A longtime South Bay preschool may shut down to make way for a condominium complex. St. Elizabeth's Day Home in South San Jose plans to close its doors this summer due to rising costs and a lack of funding. In the meantime, school officials are moving forward on a proposal to change the zoning on the property to allow for a possible sale to a housing developer. St. Elizabeth's Day Home opened in 1907 and is considered to be a local landmark. The school closure would mean 120 preschoolers will have to find new teachers next year. "To know it's...
  • New Redirect to SMB Flaw in all Windows versions including Windows 10 (shortened)

    04/13/2015 6:45:42 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 17 replies
    TechWorm ^ | on April 13, 2015 | Vijay
    Security researchers at Cylance have discovered a serious vulnerability in all supported versions of Windows that can allow a potential hacker who has control of some portion of a victims network traffic to steal users credentials for valuable services. Cylance researchers disclosed the vulnerability today on their website in which they said that their study is an extension to a similar research done by Aaron Spangler in 1997.
  • Apple Watch set to beat iPhone launch with 1 million-order (US) weekend

    04/13/2015 3:12:42 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 22 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | Apr 13, 2015 9:30 a.m. ET | BARBARA KOLLMEYERMARKETS REPORTER
    <p>Apple CEO Tim Cook eyeballs Apple Watches in Palo Alto, California April 10, 2015.</p> <p>An estimated 957,000 American shoppers ordered Apple Watches on Friday a sign the tech giants newest gadget is already seeing more initial success than its first iPhone or the iPod.</p>
  • Vanity,,I need help setting up an e-mail host

    04/13/2015 12:59:47 PM PDT · by Zeneta · 18 replies
    04/13/15 | Zeneta
    I have recently secured a Domain address. I'm trying to set up a "Free Email" with Zoho. My domain host has indicated that I have or can create two email addresses, Which I did. When I log into Zoho and go through their "set-up" protocols to "verify" my domain they are asking for stuff that makes no sense to me. I can log into my domain "portal" but can't seem to figure out what ZOHO is looking for. My Domain host is Verio. I would be happy to run a "Join me" session. Please reply with the standard FR jokes....