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  • Vanity. "Ask Donald Trump"

    08/27/2015 5:47:31 PM PDT · by Zeneta · 21 replies
    Me | 08/27/2015 | Zeneta
    Dear "The Donald", I love what you have brought to this election and I wish you well. There is however a few questions that I'd like you to address in your business mind, from your gut. Yes, no, or we need to look deeper into that, are all acceptable answers. I'd like to get a deeper understanding of who I may be supporting in this upcoming election. Best regards.
  • WATCH: Trump Is Teaming Up With Another 2016 Candidate To Fight Obama In A BOLD Way (Ted Cruz)

    08/27/2015 5:38:21 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 31 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | August 27, 2015 at 4:58pm | Randy DeSoto
    They are doing "something very big" within the next two weeks in Washington. -- This could be interesting.
  • Donald Trump: “It’s my hair. I swear” (Yup today we found out that Donald Trump has real hair)

    08/27/2015 4:52:45 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 29 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 8/27/15 | Chris Matthews
    Donald Trump has woman touch his hair to verify that it is real during a campaign stop in South Carolina…this as he tops the polls in the largest lead of his campaign. -- Hey it beats, the real news today. :D
  • Here’s the first thing President Trump will need to do.

    08/27/2015 1:35:38 PM PDT · by Mier · 9 replies
    http://www.michaelsavage.com ^ | August 27, 2015 | Michael Savage
    Dr. Savage explained to his audience that issues such as illegal immigration and the weakening of America’s military were nothing new and not unique to Obama’s administration. He added that the last thing America needed was another Clinton in the White House and offered a suggestion for “President Trump.” “The emasculation of America’s military didn’t begin with Obama,” Savage told his listeners. It started with George W. Bush. The leftist machine has long been embedded in the Defense Department. But through Obama has done more damage to our military than al-Qaida has done. His military evisceration plan has seen hundreds...
  • Believing Failed Industry Analysis

    08/27/2015 12:36:52 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 9 replies
    TechNightOwl ^ | August 27th, 2015 | Gene Steinberg
    If you can believe what some industry analysts have been saying, Apple should now be playing third fiddle in the smartphone wars. Android and Windows Phone would be ahead of iOS. Apple would, I suppose, be destined to fall back into niche status. Have you looked at the Windows Phone and BlackBerry market shares lately? Have you noticed how Microsoft is quickly unraveling the failed Nokia handset division purchase? Have you noticed how thousands of brand new Microsoft employees are being consigned to the unemployment lines? So do you believe those predictions? There’s one more. IDC, part of IDG, which...
  • Apple announces Sept. 9 event for 'iPhone 6s,' updated Apple TV at massive new venue

    08/27/2015 11:57:12 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 40 replies
    Apple Insider ^ | Thursday, August 27, 2015 | By Neil Hughes
    Apple on Thursday sent out invitations to members of the media, making official its anticipated Sept. 9 event at San Francisco's Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. It's expected to showcase not only a next-generation "iPhone 6s" handset, but also a new Siri-enabled Apple TV set-top box. via CNBC. This year's event comes with the tagline "Hey Siri, give us a hint," likely alluding to the voice input expected to be a part of this year's revamped Apple TV. The new set-top box is also widely anticipated to feature a redesigned controller with touchpad, as well as a dedicated App Store for...
  • The top ten most unexpected words added to the online Oxford dictionary

    08/27/2015 4:07:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/27/15 | Lucy Clarke-Billings
    The online Oxford dictionary has added 1,000 new words to its database. The latest additions have been announced, highlighting the things British people have been talking about in the summer of 2015, such as inconsiderate commuters, solidified waste and unacceptable service charges. Here are ten of the most unexpected words on the list: manspreading (noun): the practice whereby a man, especially one travelling on public transport, adopts a sitting position with his legs wide apart, in such a way as to encroach on an adjacent seat or seat awesomesauce (adjective): extremely good; excellent bants (noun): playfully teasing or mocking remarks...
  • Second-Quarter Growth Rate Revised Up to 3.7%

    08/27/2015 6:30:16 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    Fox/Reuters ^ | August 27, 2015
    The GDP report, which was released in the wake of a global stock market sell-off, should offer assurance to both investors and cautious Fed officials that the United States was in good shape to weather the growing strains in the world economy. Concerns over slowing economic growth in China sent global equity markets into a tailspin last week, raising doubts that the U.S. central bank would raise its short-term interest rate next month. On Wednesday, New York Fed President William Dudley said that prospects of a September lift-off in the central bank's key lending rate "seems less compelling to me...
  • Trump's flawed policies would threaten the global economy, say analysts (or bring back jobs)

    08/27/2015 4:20:21 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 74 replies
    The Guardian.com ^ | Wednesday, August 26th | Tom McCarthy
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump accused China on Tuesday of “one of the greatest thefts in the history of the world” and said he could fix the problem by drawing on the negotiating skills laid out in his 1987 bestseller The Art of the Deal. “I do great with the Chinese,” Trump told an audience at a campaign rally in Dubuque, Iowa. “And they’re great people. The problem is their leaders are too smart for our leaders. “I’m a big believer in free trade. I like free trade. But it’s not good if we have dummies.” The China lines, which...
  • Who Are You Calling a Honky? Gaffe-Prone Fuji TV Stumbles Again

    08/26/2015 6:38:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, July 29, 2015 | Tomohiro Osaki
    July 29—Internet users were snorting in derision after participants on a Fuji TV entertainment show wore T-shirts with a bizarre English slogan incorporating a word that some Caucasians might find offensive. The shirts read: “No Fun No TV Do Honky.” The overall phrase left viewers baffled, while the word “honky” has racial connotations. The T-shirts were worn by individuals such as comedians and presenters taking part in a marathon entertainment show that aired Saturday through Sunday.
  • Meet the Fast, Tough War Machine That's Replacing the Humvee

    08/26/2015 4:22:41 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    Why go with Oshkosh? Think back to 2006-7 and you'll remember that American Army soldiers and Marines were getting clobbered by improvised explosive devices in Iraq. In fact, IEDs accounted for 60 percent of American casualties. The situation was so dire that units were bolting steel plates to their Humvees for protection. That led to the development of heavy Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles, which worked well in Iraq but not in the mountainous terrain of Afghanistan. There, the Pentagon's solution was the lighter M -ATV or MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle built by Oshkosh Defense. ... The L-ATV differs from...
  • Burger King Wants McDonald’s Help to Make the ‘McWhopper’: All For The Sake Of World Peace

    08/26/2015 2:55:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    TIME ^ | 08/26/2015 | Jon Chew
    Burger King has offered McDonald’s a golden opportunity to come together and make one burger to rule them all — in the name of world peace, of course.In full-page ads running Wednesday in The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune – the hometown paper of the Illinois-based McDonald’s – the fast-food chain is proposing the “McWhopper,” a hybrid of each company’s signature Big Mac and Whopper burgers that will be sold for one day in one pop-up store in one city.That city, Burger King is proposing, would be Atlanta, a meeting point between both company’s headquarters. The marketing...
  • TSMC wins Spy Case against a Former Employee who gave Secrets to Samsung

    08/26/2015 1:36:57 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 1 replies
    Patently Apple ^ | August 26, 2015
    TSMC wins Spy Case against a Former Employee who gave Secrets to Samsung that helped Win Apple's Chip Business (full title) In February we posted a detailed report titled "TSMC Sues Former Employee for Giving Samsung Trade Secrets". The report was about TSMC suing a former employee by the name of Liang Mong-song for giving away their crown jewels to Samsung. With TSMC and Samsung fighting it out for Apple's business every year, this story was an interesting one being that Samsung came out the winner with Apple, of all companies, rewarding Samsung unknowingly. Dick Thurston, former chief counsel for...
  • Congressional Republicans To Keep Organ Harvesting Alive and Babies Dead

    08/26/2015 12:46:20 PM PDT · by Morgana · 21 replies
    redstate.com ^ | August 25th, 2015 | Erick Erickson (Diary)
    Congressional Republicans are coming up with every excuse imaginable to avoid having to defund Planned Parenthood. Right now they’re going with the “let’s investigate” card. They think that if they just probe deeply enough they’ll have enough ammunition to attack the Democrats. Yes, that would be the exact same Democrats who have seen the same videos everyone else has seen and decided it is no big deal. Conservatives in Congress are gearing up for a fight on this issue against their own leadership. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) 58% in the Senate is convinced that a government shutdown by President Obama...
  • Burger King asks McDonald's to make 'McWhopper' for peace

    08/26/2015 11:24:31 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 32 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | August 26, 2015 | AP
    NEW YORK -- This probably isn't what the United Nations had in mind when it established the International Day of Peace: Burger King is asking McDonald's to join forces to create a "McWhopper." In full-page newspaper ads Wednesday, Burger King says it's calling for a truce with McDonald's so that they can create a mashup of their most famous burgers -- the Big Mac and the Whopper. Burger King says it wants to serve the concoction for a single day at a popup location in Atlanta, a midway point between the headquarters of the two chains. Burger King is tying...
  • Donald Trump: It takes a radical to defeat a radical

    08/26/2015 5:34:01 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 11 replies
    Communities for Digitical News ^ | Aug 25, 2015 | by CS Bennett
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 24, 2015 –Is it any wonder why people flock to Donald Trump? He is a fighter, and right now that is what America is looking for. Americans want to feel as though someone is out there representing “We the people.” The United States of America, in its creation, was a unique and radical experiment. The form of government chosen by our Founding Fathers was itself a radical concept. The liberties and freedoms our citizens enjoyed were unique and unparalleled compared to what others enjoyed in faraway places throughout the annals of history and man’s rule over other men....
  • Which Smartphone Charges the Fastest? [Chart]

    08/26/2015 3:54:21 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 31 replies
    Iclarified ^ | August 25, 2015
    An analysis of smartphone charging times comparing the Apple iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy S6, LG G4, Motorola Droid Turbo, Google Nexus 6, Asus Zenfone 2, and HTC OnePlus 2 has been published by Tom's Guide. Here's how the tests were performed: To test each handset, we ran it down until it was powered off. Then, we charged each device back up to 5 percent. This put all of the phones on an even playing field, as some don't power down until the battery is completely dead and others cut out when there's still 3 percent or more battery remaining. Once...
  • Starkist Tuna Class Action Settlement Means Customers Get $25 In Cash Or $50 In Tuna

    08/25/2015 10:36:05 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 82 replies
    consumerist ^ | August 25, 2015 | Laura Northrup
    Two and a half years ago, a man who eats tuna filed a class action lawsuit against Starkist, a tuna company. His allegation was that the company was deliberately under-filling each can by a few tenths of an ounce. That might not make a difference to one consumer making one tuna salad, but would add up over millions of cans. While Starkist doesn’t admit fault, the case has been settled. If you’re a resident of the United States and bought at least one five-ounce can of any of these tunas from Starkist between February 19, 2009 and October 31, 2014,...
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 5 faces stylus issue

    08/25/2015 8:29:18 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 66 replies
    BBC News ^ | August 25, 2015
    The Note 5 stylus has been causing problems for some users Some early adopters of a new Samsung phone have said the device's stylus suffers from a design flaw.The S-Pen stylus for Galaxy Note 5 models can be stored within the body of the phone, but when inserted upside down it appears to snag on an internal mechanism.Users have reported that when the stylus is then forcibly removed it can damage the S-Pen, the Note 5, or both. Samsung said users should follow the instruction manual.The stylus should be inserted by the pointed end first and is designed to fit...
  • Global Finance Grades The World’s Best and Worst Central Bankers 2015

    08/25/2015 7:48:21 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Global Finance ^ | 08/24/2015
    NEW YORK, August 24, 2015 — Global Finance magazine has named the heads of the Central Banks of the Czech Republic, the European Union, India, Israel, Malaysia, Paraguay, Peru, the Philippines, and Taiwan as the World’s Best Central Bankers over the past year, in recognition of their achievement of a prestigious “A” grade on Global Finance’s Central Banker Report Cards. August 24, 2015 In addition, the Central Bankers of Colombia, Saudi Arabia and the United States earned “A-” grades. The Central Banker Report Cards, published annually by Global Finance since 1994, grade the central bank governors of nearly 75 key...
  • Has Apple Found The Holy Grail Of Electric Vehicles?

    08/25/2015 2:10:54 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 38 replies
    Seeking Alpha ^ | Aug. 25, 2015 11:17 AM ET
    Summary Apple's much rumored electric vehicle may use fuel cell technology from U.K. startup Intelligent Energy. Intelligent Energy's technology doesn't require high pressure hydrogen storage and can be refueled by swapping out self-contained modules. Apple may already have exclusive rights to the technology, and use this as leverage to partner with an auto manufacturer such as BMW. By now, the weight of the evidence that Apple is working on a car has become overwhelming, but an announcement out of the UK of a hydrogen fuel cell powered iPhone may shed the most light yet on Apple's automobile project. The technology...
  • Best Buy deepens links to Apple, says watch has been a smash hit

    08/25/2015 1:49:15 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 24 replies
    Fortune ^ | August 25, 2015 | by Phil Wahba
    Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly said Apple Watch is off to a strong start and announced steps to deepen the tech giant’s presence in the retailer’s stores. Best Buy continued its remarkable turnaround last quarter, with a big assist from Apple. The largest U.S. electronics retailer reported a rise in domestic comparable sales of 3.8% for the second quarter, well ahead of Wall Street’s expectations, and posted a better than expected profit. While Best Buy has helped its cause by cutting costs and adding floor space to growing categories like smart homes, home theaters, and shops-within-a-shop for top brands, it...
  • The Second Arrow Hits The Target – Trump Hits Bush Deep Inside The Wall Street Fortress…

    08/25/2015 4:24:13 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 33 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | Posted on August 24, 2015 | by sundance
    Much like the battle at Thermopylae Donald Trump chose the political landscape which removes the Jeb Bush numerical advantage. And today he just hit the lead general right where it hurts: (link to an external post, then) As we shared yesterday, Trump has three audiences. In this example he just nailed Jeb in his most exposed vulnerability. […] Donald Trump is talking to Wall Street. Like the RNC, Trump knows full well the preferred candidate for Wall Street is Jeb Bush. He needs to make their support for Bush a losing proposition; no-one on Wall Street likes to lose. In...
  • ‘Bimbo back in town': Trump mercilessly trolls Megyn Kelly on her return from vacation

    08/25/2015 4:14:48 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 202 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | August 25, 2015 | Steve Berman
    Donald Trump isn’t letting up on Megyn Kelly for an instant. Kelly returned Monday night from an 11-day vacation, and Trump mercilessly trolled her throughout her show “The Kelly File” on Fox News. Trump jabbed at Kelly, suggesting she take another “unscheduled” vacation, implying that her absence may have resulted from the controversy following Kelly’s confrontation with Trump at the GOP debate. Fox News vehemently denied that the break was related to Trump. Read more: http://www.bizpacreview.com/2015/08/25/bimbo-back-in-town-trump-mercilessly-trolls-megyn-kelly-on-her-return-from-vacation-242780#ixzz3jpB4zf2H
  • Microsoft's Cortana virtual assistant officially launches for Android (Beta release)

    08/24/2015 8:14:05 PM PDT · by dayglored · 26 replies
    IBN Live ^ | Aug 25, 2015 | (none)
    Android users will now be able to use Microsoft’s digital assistant on their devices. After announcing in May, software giant Microsoft has officially rolled out the beta version of its voice-based assistant Cortana to Google’s popular platform. The Cortana app on Android will basically extend the digital assistant’s functionality across any device you carry and will do most of the things it does on your PC or Windows Phone. It will now allow Android users to easily search the web on-the-go, track flight details, set reminders, and also complete tasks across all the devices. You can now change the home...
  • China's stock markets opens sharply lower as rout shows no sign of let-up

    08/24/2015 6:54:40 PM PDT · by Pete from Shawnee Mission · 24 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Tuesday, 25 August, 2015, 9:18 pm EST | Enoch Yiu
    Shanghai shares crumbled from fresh selling on Tuesday as a rout shows no sign of slowing down in the market as investors flee the market. The Shanghai Composite Index opened at 3,004.13 point, down 6.41 per cent, or 205.87 points. The CSI300 index of Shanghai-Shenzhen large cap stocks opens at 3,070.01 , down 6.27 per cent or 205.52points. The Shenzhen Composite Index opens at 1,751.28, down 6.97 per cent or 131.18 points. The NASDAQ-style ChiNext Price Index dropped 6.94 per cent, or 149.30 points to open at 1,996.04..
  • Here's the salary you have to earn to buy a home in 17 major US cities

    08/24/2015 5:55:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/24/2015 | Libby Kane
    Buying a home is only getting more expensive.Mortgage website HSH.com has updated its estimate of how much annual income a household would need to buy a home in major metro areas in the US, according to second-quarter 2015 data.Prices have increased across the board.The site looked at median home prices from the National Association of Realtors, along with interest rates for common 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages and property taxes, and insurance costs, to figure out how much money it would take to pay a median-priced home's mortgage, taxes, and insurance in each city — and how much you would have to...
  • Computer Security Company Founder John McAfee: Ashley Madison hack was an 'inside job'

    08/24/2015 5:23:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/24/2015 | Matt Smith, Digital Trends
    John McAfee may no longer be associated with the famous security company he founded, but he still writes about and consults on the topic, and he now claims to know the Ashley Madison “hack” was, in fact, data stolen by a “lone female who worked for Avid Life Media.” His argument relies on two separate bits of evidence. First, McAfee says the files found in the leaked database contain some peculiarities that he wouldn’t expect a hacker to normally access. “The data contains actual MySQL database dumps,” he says, adding “this is not just someone copying a table and making...
  • Most Apple devices lack proper security for the enterprise

    08/24/2015 5:05:14 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 49 replies
    CIO Magazine ^ | Aug 24, 2015 7:00 AM PT | By Matt Kapko
    Apple's Macs, iPhones and iPads are common in the modern workplace, but relatively few of these devices comply with standard security requirements, according to a new survey. Nearly half of all U.S. employees use at least one Apple device at work, but most of those gadgets lack common security protocols required by many enterprises, according to a new survey commissioned by Centrify, a company that sells enterprise security and management software for Apple products.Last month, Centrify asked 1,004 business professionals about how they use computers and smartphones in the workplace. Respondents used a total of 1,309 Apple devices at work,...
  • Guy Gets Locked In L.A. Fitness When It Closes For The Night… At 5 P.M.

    08/24/2015 2:10:00 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 23 replies
    Consumerist ^ | August 24, 2015
    While you might have certain expectations about when a business should and shouldn’t be open, it’s always good to double check those hours, lest you accidentally get stuck inside when everyone locks up and goes home for the day. One gymgoer learned that the hard way last week, when he was locked in an L.A. Fitness location at closing time — 5 p.m., when you might expect people to be getting off work and well, heading to the gym. A Florida man posted a video on Facebook and YouTube (h/t Mashable) about his ordeal, where he came out of the...
  • John McAfee: Ashley Madison Database Stolen by Lone Female Who Worked for Avid Life Media

    08/24/2015 1:34:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    International Business Times ^ | August 24, 2015 | John McAfee
    Yes, it is true. Ashley Madison was not hacked - the data was stolen by a woman operating on her own who worked for Avid Life Media. The reason that I am so late to the second act of the Ashley Madison affair is that, without a supercomputer, it has taken over a week to finish the analysis of the massive data dumps that the perpetrator has so generously provided us with. A hacker is someone who uses a combination of high-tech cybertools and social engineering to gain illicit access to someone else's data. But this job was done by...
  • Apple announces iSight Camera Replacement Program for iPhone 6 Plus

    08/24/2015 1:24:53 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 11 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | August 24, 2015
    Apple has determined that, in a small percentage of iPhone 6 Plus devices, the iSight camera located on the back of your iPhone 6 Plus has a component that may fail causing your photos to look blurry. The affected units fall into a limited serial number range and were sold primarily between September 2014 and January 2015. If your iPhone 6 Plus is producing blurry photos and falls into the eligible serial number range, Apple will replace your device’s iSight camera, free of charge. If your iPhone 6 Plus is in working order and exhibits the symptom described above, use...
  • WUTV Takes Over The Weather Channel Beginning 6 pm EDT Today (not sure, just posting what it says)

    08/24/2015 6:12:49 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 31 replies
    Weather Underground ^ | 12:40 PM GMT on August 24, 2015 | By: Jeff Masters
    The Weather Underground hits live TV today, when the inaugural episode of the Weather Underground live cable TV show airs from 6-8 p.m. EDT Monday, August 24 on The Weather Channel (TWC). I’m in Atlanta today to help launch this unique effort, which aims appeal to everyone’s inner weather geek by focusing on the science behind weather and forecasting. TWC is really making an impressive effort on this, complete with a custom set built to look like an underground bar, an original theme song of Seattle-grunge type music, and state-of-the art 3D visual presentations. Hosted by Emmy-award winning TWC meteorologist...
  • Gold stands tall as China fears fuel safe-haven draw

    08/23/2015 10:46:28 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Sun Aug 23, 2015 10:57pm EDT | Manolo Serapio Jr
    Asian equities tumbled, the U.S. dollar retreated and industrial commodities from copper to oil slid to their weakest since 2009. "Gold is rising on market fears," said Howie Lee, analyst at Phillip Futures in Singapore. Lee said gold looks on track to rally to $1,200 an ounce, a level last seen in June. Gold rose to as much as $1,168.40 on Friday, its highest since July 7. It gained more than 4 percent last week, the most since mid-January. Fears of a China-led global economic slowdown drove Wall Street to its steepest one-day drop in nearly four years on Friday,...
  • What does a world without full-time jobs look like?

    08/23/2015 1:29:05 PM PDT · by PROCON · 23 replies
    CNN ^ | Aug. 22, 2015 | Jeanne Sahadi
    The most common occupation among American men is driving. But the advent of the driverless car could put lots of cab drivers, truck drivers and limo drivers out of work in the not-so-distant future. Automation may also replace the jobs of many retail salespeople, cashiers, office clerks and food and beverage workers, said Derek Thompson, senior editor of The Atlantic, in an interview with CNN's Fareed Zakaria that will air Sunday. "You look at the fleet of automated technologies, of software that exists right now, and it's rather frightening to me to think about how many jobs can be replaced...
  • Wiz Khalifa Handcuffed for Using ‘Hoverboard’ at LAX

    08/23/2015 11:05:04 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    Time ^ | Tanya Basu
    The first video show Khalifa surrounded by cops. “This? I didn’t do nothing, anyway,” he says in the video showing a time stamp of 3:55 pm. “What you want to do? Put me in jail because I didn’t listen to what you say? We can have all the conversations you want to, you can end up on TMZ, destined to become as famous as you wanna be.” ... Khalifa went to Twitter regarding the incident, mentioning in multiple tweets that hoverboards were the way of the future.
  • Did this week matter to Subway, Ashley Madison and Coca-Cola brands?

    08/23/2015 10:08:26 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 20 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | August 22, 2015 | Tony Chapman
    Three separate but related stories exploded in mainstream and social media this week. Ashley Madison’s membership list of 30 million-plus customers likely, as well as their personal details, was released by hackers to the world. Jared Fogle, the former poster boy for Subway who filmed over 300 commercials after losing 200 pounds on a Subway diet, is likely heading to jail after the courts found his appetite extended to sex with minors and collecting child pornography. The CEO of Coca Cola’s was forced to defend their funding of “scientific” research where they had asked us to swallow conclusions suggesting obesity...
  • A question concerning state's power.

    08/23/2015 8:55:06 AM PDT · by LouAvul · 25 replies
    An Arizona sheriff took Dr. Carson for a helicopter ride to point out large areas controlled by armed illegals who smuggle drugs. My question is, why does the governor not mobilize armed personnel to take back the state? It's hard to believe that the law enforcement of the state is content to just let them (crimigrants) stay there.
  • Windows 95 turns 20 (Tomorrow Aug 24)

    08/23/2015 8:32:43 AM PDT · by dayglored · 35 replies
    Tech Central ^ | Aug 23, 2015 | Jonathan Roberts
    The arrival of Microsoft Windows 95 on 24 August 1995 brought about a desktop PC boom. With an easier and more intuitive graphical user interface than previous versions, it appealed to more than just business, and Bill Gates’s stated aim of one PC per person per desk was set in motion. This was a time of 320MB hard drives, 8MB of RAM and 15-inch CRT monitors. For most home users, the Internet had only just arrived. Windows 95 introduced the Start menu, powered by a button in the bottom-left corner of the desktop. This gives a central point of entry...
  • Caitlyn Jenner Halloween Costume Coming To Retailers Near You

    08/23/2015 12:39:33 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    Spirit Halloween has confirmed that they will be offering a Caitlyn Jenner Halloween costume this year at their pop-up stores across America. However, not everyone likes the idea of the costume noting that it is disrespectful to the real-life struggles faced by the transgender community. Despite concerns from transgender equality groups, the Halloween retailer says that they will be releasing the controversial costume to “celebrate” Caitlyn Jenner’s accomplishments as a “real life superhero.” The Huffington Post reports that Spirit Halloween will be stocking their shelves with a new item this year that has many shaking their heads. The store has...
  • Apple is sued over their 2-Step Apple ID Verification System

    08/23/2015 12:09:08 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 12 replies
    Patently Apple ^ | August 22, 2015 | Patently Apple Staff
    A Nevada based company is suing Apple for patent infringement. The company alleges that Apple's 2-step Apple ID verification system/process violates their patent. Verify Smart Corp. alleges that Apple makes, uses, tests, markets and sells or otherwise provides a system and method for enabling a user to authenticate their identity when initiating an electronic transaction, using a one-time pass-code sent to the user's mobile phone (hereinafter "Apple two-step verification"). They further claim that Apple's two-step verification system is designed to enable secure transactions for their customers. Verify alleges, that Apple's two-step verification infringes claims 2 and 5 of their...
  • Don't Be Apple

    08/22/2015 10:43:19 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 54 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | August 22, 2015 | Jon Evans
    There is so much to admire about Apple. They make superb, beautiful products. Their amazing comeback story is unparalleled in corporate history. Steve Jobs has become something akin to a modern-day patron saint of the tech industry. Tim Cook is, rightly, enormously respected.So why do I think they represent so much of what’s wrong with the tech world?It’s because they have, I think, an almost Shakespearean tragic flaw: their obsession with centralized corporate control of the devices they sell. Apple sells fantastic hardware, and excellent software … and tries to maintain an iron-fisted grip on both, throughout their lifespan. Even...
  • New book argues that social sciences are critical to climate conversation

    08/22/2015 3:43:33 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    themarketbusiness.com ^ | Richard Irwin
    “Though additional work always remains, the physical sciences have completed their core task when it comes to climate change,” says Bill McKibben... "What we don’t know is how to stop ourselves from harming the climate, which is why this book and the social sciences are so important.” Edited by environmental sociologists Robert J. Brulle, PhD, a professor in Drexel University’s College of Arts and Sciences, and Riley E. Dunlap, a professor at Oklahoma State University, the book highlights new things by presenting climate change as a completely social phenomenon, implanted in behaviors, institutions and cultural practices. “We need to develop...
  • Why Trump Says He’ll Never Eat Oreos Again (I am also swearing off them, and I ate them often)

    08/22/2015 3:03:31 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 88 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Aug. 22, 2015 10:15am | Kaitlyn Schallhorn
    Speaking to a crowd of more than 20,000 in Mobile, Alabama, Donald Trump had a confession to make: he may never eat Oreos again. Trump, during his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, has been outspoken about his displeasure of American companies moving overseas to China and Mexico, and his sentiments were expressed in full once again during his campaign stop in Alabama Friday night. “You know, Mexico is the new China,” Trump told the crowd, referencing the recent decision by Nabisco to move its factories there.
  • Jim Chanos on China: 'It's Worse Than You Think'

    08/22/2015 3:10:52 AM PDT · by dennisw · 54 replies
    newsmax ^ | 21 Aug 2015
    Short-seller Jim Chanos, who has been bearish on China's economy for several years, has a disturbing insight on China: “It’s worse than you think.” “Whatever you might think, it's worse," he told CNBC. He spoke as worries of a deepening China economic slowdown intensified Friday after a private survey showed the factory sector shrank at its fastest rate in almost 6-1/2-years in August, hammering global stocks and commodity prices. U.S. stocks dropped sharply for a second day following a sell-off in major indexes around the world on the growing evidence that China's economy is slowing. The Dow Jones industrial average...
  • Contrarian Investor James S. Chanos Sees Economic Crash in China (2010)

    08/22/2015 2:50:43 AM PDT · by dennisw · 8 replies
    NY TIMES ^ | JAN. 7, 2010 | DAVID BARBOZA
    SHANGHAI — James S. Chanos built one of the largest fortunes on Wall Street by foreseeing the collapse of Enron and other highflying companies whose stories were too good to be true. Now Mr. Chanos, a wealthy hedge fund investor, is working to bust the myth of the biggest conglomerate of all: China Inc. As most of the world bets on China to help lift the global economy out of recession, Mr. Chanos is warning that China’s hyperstimulated economy is headed for a crash, rather than the sustained boom that most economists predict. Its surging real estate sector, buoyed by...
  • Windows 10 churning through data, blowing up usage caps

    08/22/2015 2:30:01 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 67 replies
    ZD-Net ^ | August 21, 2015 | By Zack Whittaker
    Data caps on internet bandwidth might make some users think twice about downloading patches, which often include security updates. For some Windows 10 users, the problems keep coming. Just shy of a month since Windows 10 was released to millions of users through a staggered upgrade, many have found they've run out of bandwidth already. That's because their internet provider sets the amount its customers can download in a monthly billing cycle. In many parts of the US, the "cap" is in the low hundreds of gigabytes, like for AT&T and Comcast customers, as well as those using mid-sized providers....
  • Ellen Page (actress) confronts Ted Cruz on LGBT issues

    08/21/2015 8:14:45 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 67 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/21/2015 | KATIE GLUECK
    DES MOINES — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and actress Ellen Page, of “Juno” fame, got into a testy and free-wheeling discussion Friday over gay rights here at the Iowa State Fair. “I’m happy to answer your question but not to have a back-and-forth debate,” Cruz told Page, as she pressed him about discrimination against LGBT citizens, approaching him as he flipped pork chops over an open grill. But the two then proceeded to have a spirited exchange over gay rights and whether private businesses — florist companies, for example —can refuse to cater gay weddings in the name of their...
  • De Blasio’s Proposal to Destroy Pedestrian Times Square Is the Opposite of Progressive

    08/21/2015 7:33:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 8/20 | Justin Davidson
    Frustrated by a Times Square clogged with aggressive street performers, renegade Elmos, and women in body paint who offer to pose with tourists for authentic New York City selfies, Mayor Bill de Blasio has drifted back to a solution he floated during the campaign season — rip out the pedestrian plazas. His plan — one of several being considered by a new Times Square livability task force — would clear out the undesirables by also evicting everyone who happens to be lounging or strolling or snapping photos. Instead, it would return the bow tie to its old denizens: cars. Because...
  • It’s Finally Happening: The Crash Season Is Upon Us

    08/21/2015 3:05:07 PM PDT · by Signalman · 15 replies
    economyandmarkets.com ^ | 8/21/2015 | Harry Dent
    It’s finally happening. The crash season is upon us. We’ve seen the early signs this week with leading stocks getting the carpet swept out right from underneath them. China’s stocks are right where they were when its bubble burst 35% into July. UK stocks are in a correction. The DAX is in a correction. And the S&P 500 hasn’t busted quite as much – yet – but it’s dipped below that important level of 2,000 at the bottom of the S&P 500 Channel going back to late 2011. That strongly suggests the market has topped and the great crash is...