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  • Gun magazines dominate the supermarket magazine rack

    11/25/2015 1:51:04 PM PST · by dennisw · 26 replies
    self | Nov 25 2015 | self
    I was sent to the supermarket to buy some green beans for Thanksgiving. On the way out I decided to look at the computer magazines in the magazine rack which I have not done in years. This rack is medium size. I figured I would see no computer magazines (computers are passe) but that I would see magazines devoted to smartphones and iphones. But I saw nothing.What I did see surprised me. 12 gun magazines, maybe one or two were buying guides. I also saw a model drone buying guide. On the cover was a photo of a helicopter type...
  • 'Material universe' yields surprising new particle

    11/25/2015 12:22:07 PM PST · by Red Badger · 11 replies
    phys.org ^ | November 25, 2015 | Provided by: Princeton University
    These tungsten ditelluride crystals behave as insulators for current applied in some directions and as conductors for current applied in other directions. The researchers found that this behavior is due to a newly theorized particle, the type-II Weyl fermion. Credit: Wudi Wang and N. Phuan Ong, Princeton University --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- An international team of researchers has predicted the existence of a new type of particle called the type-II Weyl fermion in metallic materials. When subjected to a magnetic field, the materials containing the particle act as insulators for current applied in some directions and as conductors for current applied in other...
  • Apple’s Innovation is Humiliating Wall Street

    11/25/2015 11:55:54 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 7 replies
    CMLCiz.com ^ | November 8, 2015 | by Ophir Gottlieb
    Fundamentals< src="http://www.cmlviz.com/cmld3b/images/five_stars_small.png" width ="20%">Written by Ophir Gottlieb, 11-08-2015Follow @OphirGottlieb Update 11-18-2015 Good for Goldman Scahs, which has now added Apple to its highly coveted "conviction buy list." And why?... Well, basically becasue of the article below. The iPhone is nothing more than a luxury bauble that will appeal to a few gadget freaks. - Matthew Lynn Bloomberg, 2007 That exact ridiculous sentiment is still, today, echoed in today's media to the point of total absurdity. Apple is humiliating Wall Street's analysts and the main stream media because both lack the lexicon to understand what's actually happening in technology, and that...
  • Blue Origin's New Shepard Space Vehicle Makes Historic Landing Back To Launch Site

    11/25/2015 12:10:54 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    Space Coast Daily // ^ | November 25, 2015
    Flying from the company's Van Horn launch site in West Texas, the Blue Origin capsule and propulsion module rocketed more than 100 kilometers into the sky, meaning the capsule reached an altitude considered space. The capsule, designed to eventually carry humans into the realm of microgravity, parachuted safely to the Texas desert area. Just as impressive, the propulsion module that lofted the capsule returned to Earth and fired its BE-3 engine to make a soft-landing on a concrete pad to complete the flight as well as a full recovery of the propulsion module.
  • ‘Woe Be on Them’: Trump Campaign Lawyer Issues Warning to the RNC

    11/24/2015 10:55:43 PM PST · by Cringing Negativism Network · 87 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Nov. 24, 2015 3:22pm | Tré Goins-Phillips
    An aide from the Donald Trump presidential campaign warned the Republican National Committee Tuesday against GOP donors pooling funds to coalesce his rivals against him, suggesting that Trump would reverse his pledge not to launch a third-party candidacy if he felt he was being treated unfairly. Michael Cohen, who serves as special counsel to the billionaire Republican candidate, told CNN’s Chris Cuomo that it would be a "bad, bad decision" for super PACs to unite against Trump’s candidacy. "Donald Trump wants to be treated fairly," Cohen said sternly. "He will demand the GOP treat him fairly." Cohen's comments came a...
  • NASA Awards Contract to Aerojet Rocketdyne to Restart RS-25 Engine Production for SLS Mars Rocket

    11/24/2015 9:18:43 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 1 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | on November 24, 2015 | Ken Kremer
    The contract spans from November 2015 through Sept. 30, 2024. The SLS is the most powerful rocket the world has ever seen and will loft astronauts in the Orion capsule on missions back to the Moon by around 2021, to an asteroid around 2025 and then beyond on a 'Journey to Mars' in the 2030s - NASA's overriding and agency wide goal. The first unmanned SLS test flight is slated for late 2018. The core stage (first stage) of the SLS will initially be powered by four existing RS-25 engines, recycled and upgraded from the shuttle era, and a pair...
  • Windows 10 pilot rollouts will surge in early 2016, says Gartner (Boundless Optimism Everywhere)

    11/24/2015 7:17:54 PM PST · by dayglored · 26 replies
    The Register ^ | Nov 23, 2015 | Gavin Clarke
    Takeup will be 'significantly more rapid than seen with Windows 7' The first six months of 2016 will see an upsurge in pilot rollouts of Windows 10, Gartner has predicted. Many enterprises will then broaden their deployments later in the year with Gartner expecting at least half to have started some form of production deployment by the beginning of 2017, and looking to complete migrations in 2019. That will help Windows 10 become Microsoft's most widely deployed operating system, following in the footsteps of Windows 7 and Windows XP, Gartner said. That may, or may not, be what Microsoft wants...
  • Dell: How to kill that web security hole we put in your laptops, PCs (oh goodie it's going away)

    11/24/2015 6:55:10 PM PST · by dayglored · 12 replies
    The Register ^ | Nov 24, 2015 | Chris Williams
    Dell has published a guide on how to remove the web security backdoor it installed in its Windows laptops and desktop PCs. This confirms what we all know by now – that Dell was selling computers with a rather embarrassing hole it in their defenses. New models from the XPS, Precision and Inspiron families include a powerful root CA certificate called eDellRoot, which puts the machines' owners at risk of identity theft and banking fraud. The self-signed certificate is bundled with its private key, which is a boon for man-in-the-middle attackers: for example, if an affected Dell connects to a...
  • Dell computers bundled with backdoor that blurts hardware fingerprint to websites (Mo' Badness)

    11/24/2015 6:50:06 PM PST · by dayglored · 13 replies
    The Register ^ | Nov 25, 2015 | Shaun Nichols
    Analysis Dell ships Windows computers with software that lets websites slurp up the machine's exact specifications, warranty status, and other details without the user knowing. This information can be used to build a fingerprint that potentially identifies a person while she browses across the web. It can be abused by phishers and scammers, who can quote the information to trick victims into thinking they're talking to a legit Dell employee. And, well, it's just plain rude. A website created by a bloke called Slipstream - previously in these pages for exposing security holes in UK school IT software - shows...
  • Trump's Appeal as American as Andrew Jackson

    11/24/2015 2:03:10 PM PST · by freddy005 · 25 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 11/24/15 | Rich Lowry
    Trump's Appeal as American as Andrew Jackson After the Paris attack, conventional wisdom held that Republican voters would finally turn away from political outsiders and reward candidates representing sobriety and experience. No one stopped to consider that, actually, voters might be drawn to the guy who memorably said of ISIS that he would “bomb the [expletive] out of them.” Not only has Donald Trump not been hurt by Paris, he has bumped up in the aftermath (Ben Carson, on the other hand, has indeed dropped). The cliché about Trump is that he’s defying the laws of political gravity. If Trump...
  • MEPs snub regulation of cow methane [European Union]

    11/24/2015 5:55:55 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 23 Nov 2015, 09:27 | Peter Teffer
    It was perhaps not Eric Andrieu's most stately speech in the European Parliament. But when the center-left French MEP tabled a last-minute change to new air pollution rules, he did manage to elicit laughter and applause from several of his colleagues. "At the risk of disappointing you, mister president, the European Parliament does not yet have the power to stop cows from farting or burping," said Andrieu, in Wednesday 28 October's plenary session. The vice-chair of the EP's agriculture committee heard many of his fellow MEPs laugh, and smiled. [...] After Andrieu made his fart joke, MEPs passed his amendment,...
  • Dell security error widens as researchers dig deeper (Earlier problem is worse than was thought)

    11/23/2015 9:56:26 PM PST · by dayglored · 11 replies
    PCWorld ^ | Nov 23, 2015 | Jeremy Kirk
    Duo Security researchers found a second weak digital certificate on a new Dell Inspiron laptop The fallout from a serious security mistake made by Dell is widening, as security experts find more issues of concern. Researchers with Duo Security have found a second weak digital certificate in a new Dell laptop and evidence of another problematic one circulating. The issue started after it was discovered Dell shipped devices with a self-signed root digital certificate, eDellRoot, which is used to encrypt data traffic. But it installed the root certificate with the private encryption key included, a critical error that left many...
  • Neil Young's $1m LincVolt hybrid convertible breaks down on outing with girlfriend Daryl Hannah

    11/23/2015 9:08:51 PM PST · by dennisw · 82 replies
    dailymail. ^ | 17 November 2015 | Caitlin O'toole For Dailymail.com
    However, on Monday the car refused to co-operate as its battery died. Exiting the 20-foot car, Splash star Daryl bundled up against the chill in a white cardigan fingerless black gloves. She wore green flared corduroy pants and pink, cats-eye sunglasses as she carried her bags. The stranded pair called a group of friends to help, and four men were later seen pushing the car to the side of the parking lot, before the couple climbed into a pal's car and sped off. Earlier this month, Neil posted a photo of his beloved LincVolt to social media with some details...
  • Church of Scientology Moscow branch 'dissolved' by court

    11/23/2015 3:53:20 PM PST · by sparklite2 · 8 replies
    A Russian court has ruled that the Moscow branch of the Church of Scientology should be dissolved. The Moscow city court accepted the arguments of Russia's justice ministry that as the term "Scientology" is a registered US trademark, the Church cannot be considered a religious organisation.
  • It's Official: Allergan, Pfizer To Combine In Biggest Ever Tax-Inversion, Defy Jack Lew

    11/23/2015 9:02:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11/23/2015 | Tyler Durden
    As was extensively reported over the weekend, the Pfizer-Allergan tax-inverting, reverse-merger (in which the far The combinsmaller Allergan would end up "buying" Pfizer, courtesy of fungible debt which doesn't care where it ends up as long as there are cash flows) would be announced this morning, and sure enough, moments ago the long-awaited press release finally hit. Here are the details:Pfizer and Allergan to Combine Creates a new global biopharmaceutical leader with best-in-class innovative and established businessesEnhances revenue and earnings growth profile of innovative and established businessesBroadens innovative pipeline with more than 100 combined mid-to-late stage programs in developmentTransaction...
  • ECONOMIST: 'Jobs market is literally on fire in most states in the union'

    11/23/2015 8:46:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/23/2015 | Andy Kiersz
    The US Bureau of Labor Statistics just released its monthly estimates of unemployment rates in all 50 US states and the District of Columbia, and things are looking pretty good. The bureau noted that unemployment rates fell in 32 states and Washington, DC, went up in just three states, and stayed the same as September in 15 states. Unemployment in every state and DC was below 7%, indicating increasingly healthy labor markets across the nation. The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi's chief financial economist, Chris Rupkey, circulated an email after the report with the title "Jobs market is literally on fire in...
  • Tim Hortons just abruptly shuttered more than 20 locations in the US

    11/23/2015 8:44:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/23/2015 | Kate Taylor
    As Tim Hortons attempts to expand in the US, it is facing the harsh reality that Americans might not be as committed to the coffee chain as cultish Canadian customers. On Wednesday and Thursday, more than 20 Tim Hortons locations abruptly closed in Maine, New York City, and upstate New York. Local news stations reported that employees didn't receive much advance notice, with a one employee telling Syracuse.com that the company showed “no respect” for employees, with the surprise layoffs on the cusp of the holiday season. Employees were further infuriated because they reported that many of the closed locations...
  • Average American has energy equivalent of 450 human slaves working 8 hours shifts every day

    11/23/2015 3:11:25 AM PST · by jmcenanly · 46 replies
    Next Big Future ^ | November 20,2015 | Brian Wang
    1 horsepower approximates the sustained work output of a horse A healthy human can sustain about 0.1 hp indefinitely which is 74.5 watts 1 horsepower is the sustained effort of ten people 1 horse power = 745.6 watts = 33000 ft-lb/min The average american uses 13,250 kWh/year in electricity Which is 36 kwh/day Which is 1512 watts constant US average per person electrical energy is like 20 human slaves 24 hours per day 60 human slaves on 8 hour shifts 7 days a week
  • NASA Orders First Commercial Crew Mission to Space Station from SpaceX

    11/22/2015 12:34:13 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | on November 21, 2015 | Ken Kremer
    Restoring America’s ability to once again launch US astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) from US soil on US rockets took another significant step forward when NASA ordered the first the agency’s first commercial crew rotation mission from the Hawthorne, California based-company SpaceX. NASA and SpaceX hope that the blastoff with a crew of up to four astronauts will take place by late 2017. The new Nov. 20 award from NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP) office to launch the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule follows up on an earlier commercial crew rotation mission award this past May to the Boeing...
  • Al Sharpton gives himself 71% raise thanks to de Blasio, Obama

    11/22/2015 10:58:23 AM PST · by PROCON · 10 replies
    nypost.com ^ | Nov. 22, 2015 | Isabel Vincent and Melissa Klein
    It pays to have friends in high places. Al Sharpton gave himself a 71 percent raise last year after his National Action Network group drew a record $6.9 million in donations — as the controversial cleric’s association with Mayor de Blasio and President Obama lent him a newfound air of legitimacy. De Blasio’s election gave Sharpton a seat at City Hall, as the mayor treated him as an adviser and presented him at a press event next to Police Commissioner Bill Bratton after the death of Eric Garner. Also in 2014, Obama addressed NAN’s annual convention, bringing along five...
  • Yahoo Mail begins blocking users with ad block enabled

    11/21/2015 6:13:33 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 29 replies
    MacWorld.com ^ | November 20, 2015 | by Jared Newman
    AdBlock Plus users in Chrome and Firefox report seeing error messages instead of their inboxes. Yahoo may be hoping that access to your email is more important than freedom from advertisements.Some users of AdBlock Plus have reported that they can't access Yahoo Mail in Chrome or Firefox on the desktop. Instead of seeing their inboxes, the get the following error message: "Uh oh. . . We are unable to display Yahoo Mail. Please disable Ad Blocker to continue using Yahoo Mail." The reports, first spotted by Digiday, surfaced in the AdBlock Plus forums on Thursday. Andrei Herasimchuk, a former Yahoo...
  • Samsung wows investors with futuristic tech that Apple's iPhone is already delivering

    11/21/2015 5:29:56 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 74 replies
    Apple Insider ^ | November 20, 2015 | Daniel Eran Dilger
    Speaking at Samsung Electronics' 2015 Investors Forum, a series of company executives spent hours saying very little, while talking about "innovations" such as phase detection Focus Pixels and camera sensor Deep Trench Isolation that iPhones already have. Source: Samsung Samsung will "lead by following" Apple Watch Samsung LSI marketing team head Kyushu Hong spoke at length about "Innovation for the next mobile experience," outlining plans to introduce a "Bio Processor" chip that packed a series of components related to health related data recording. Source: Samsung Asked when the new chip would be introduced and when Samsung expected it to become...
  • Apple wins DRM patent lawsuit leveled by ContentGuard

    11/21/2015 1:36:19 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 3 replies
    Apple Insider ^ | November 20, 2015 | 3:27pm | By Mikey Campbell
    Apple came out unscathed from a legal battle involving digital rights management IP owned by ContentGuard, a subsidiary of non-practicing entity Pendrell Corp. that sued the iPhone maker for infringing on five patents. The jury handed down its decision in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas on Friday, finding Apple not in infringement of five DRM-related patents owned by ContentGuard, reports Reuters. While not responsible for damages, Apple was not able to prove the patents-in-suit invalid. Apple was accused of illegally applying patented DRM technologies to its digital content distribution services, including music, movies and TV...
  • U.S. Cattle Futures Slide Limit-Down, Sending Hog Prices Sharply Lower

    11/21/2015 11:40:43 AM PST · by jjotto · 32 replies
    NASDAQ ^ | November 16, 2015 | Kelsey Gee
    [Excerpt and link] ...Live-cattle futures for December fell 3 cents, or 2.3%, to $1.27675 a pound, after declining 3.1% over the past week on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Cattle futures for February were also limit-down, dropping 2.3% to $1.2965 a pound. Feeder-cattle futures for November fell 2.775 cents to $1.7230 a pound. Other feeder-cattle futures were limit-down... ...December lean hogs fell 3 cents, or 5.5%, to 51.80 cents a pound, a fresh six-year low...
  • RINO traitors literally killing traditional America (the Deaton study)

    11/21/2015 11:21:50 AM PST · by Javeth · 2 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 2, 2015 | Mike Stobbe
    The U.S. death rate has been falling for decades, but researchers have detected one group in which the rates have been steadily ticking up - middle-aged white people. Suicides and deaths from drug overdose and alcohol abuse are being blamed. Deaths rates for other races have continued to fall, as they have for whites 65 and older. But death rates for whites 35 to 44 have been level recently, they’re beginning to turn up for whites 55 to 64, and - most strikingly - death rates for whites ages 45 to 54 have risen by half a percent per year...
  • Ford workers narrowly approve new contract with UAW

    11/21/2015 9:54:43 AM PST · by Olog-hai
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 21, 2015 8:15 AM EST | Dee-Ann Durbin
    Ford workers narrowly approved a new four-year contract, wrapping up five months of negotiations between the United Auto Workers union and Detroit automakers. The UAW said late Friday that Ford's contract passed with a 51.4-percent vote. The agreement covers 53,000 U.S. hourly workers at 22 plants. ...
  • New detector perfect for asteroid mining, planetary research

    11/21/2015 8:16:42 AM PST · by Red Badger · 9 replies
    phys.org ^ | November 20, 2015 | by David Salisbury & Provided by: Vanderbilt University
    Concept of an asteroid redirect mission. Credit: NASA ==================================================================================================================================== The grizzled asteroid miner is a stock character in science fiction. Now, a couple of recent events - one legal and the other technological - have brought asteroid mining a step closer to reality. The legal step was taken when the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee passed a bill titled H.R. 2262—SPACE Act of 2015. The bill has a number of measures designed to facilitate commercial space development, including a provision that gives individuals or companies ownership of any material that they mine in outer space. According to one estimate,...
  • FBI Director: It’s ‘Impossible’ To Vet Every Single Syrian Refugee (then don't take any)

    11/21/2015 6:40:25 AM PST · by Cringing Negativism Network · 11 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/19/2015 | Christian Datoc
    FBI Director James Comey has expressed serious concerns about pending legislation that would require “national security officials to certify whether an approved refugee to the United States” should be allowed to enter. Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2015/11/19/fbi-director-its-impossible-to-vet-every-single-syrian-refugee-video/#ixzz3s8ZF1P25
  • Cabela's hires 'defender' against activist investors as it reportedly considers selling itself

    11/21/2015 1:34:28 AM PST · by RC one · 29 replies
    Omaha.com ^ | November 20, 2015 | Paige Yowell
    Cabela’s has hired a communications firm that advertises itself as a “defender” of companies against activist investors as the retailer could be looking to put itself up for sale. "No one has defended more companies against the big-name activist shareholders," the firm, Joele Frank, says on its websiteCabela’s hasn’t commented publicly on the activist’s stake, but the hiring of Joele Frank suggests the Sidney-based company isn’t rolling over in the face of the big shareholder agitating for change. Cabela’s is under pressure to make big changes after the New York-based activist investor announced earlier this month a big stake in...
  • Remember Windows 1.0? It's been 30 YEARS (and you're officially old - A Nostalgic Retrospective)

    11/20/2015 6:15:33 PM PST · by dayglored · 95 replies
    The Register ^ | Nov 20, 2015 | Shaun Nichols
    Microsoft's cash cow celebrates three decades of PC dominance On November 20, 1985, Microsoft unveiled its graphical operating system. Windows 1.0 offered a new way to navigate a PC, clicking a cursor on various boxes rather than scrolling through lines of text in order to navigate data and applications. While arguably less efficient than a command line, the graphical user interface (GUI) was more intuitive and easier for novice users to manage. Running Windows 1.0 required a PC running DOS 2.0 as well as two double-sided floppy disk drives, 256K of memory, and a new-fangled device known as a "graphics...
  • The Most Absurd Dominance Ever

    11/20/2015 4:28:00 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 18 replies
    CLMViz,com ^ | November 17, 2015 | by Ophir Gottlieb
    A report was just released from Canaccord Research and in combination with research from IDC, we get these utterly absurd results. * Apple accounted for only 13.5% of total smartphones shipped globally. * Apple takes home 94% of the total smartphone industry profit. Yes, while Apple sells 1 out of every 8 smartphones, it takes essentially all of the profit from the entire industry with just that market share. Huh? For the record, Microsoft (MSFT) accounts for -1% (negative, i.e a loss). Here's an easier way to look at those numbers. MORE CONTEXT There were over 1.2 billion smartphones sold...
  • Lockheed’s airship gets the green light: FAA approves hybrid vehicle...

    11/20/2015 1:57:39 PM PST · by SatinDoll · 56 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | Nov. 19, 2015 | Ellie Zolfagharifard and Hugo Gye
    Lockheed Martin has been given the green light to build its radical hybrid airship that will launch in 2018. The US Federal Aviation Administration has this week approved a certification plan developed by the company, taking it one step closer to starting commercial deliveries. Lockheed says the airships can transport heavy cargo to remote locations, burn significantly less fuel than conventional aircraft and land on any flat surface, including sand, snow and water.
  • CIRP: Over 100 million iPhones now in use in U.S.A.

    11/20/2015 12:39:28 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 22 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | November 19, 2015
    Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, LLC (CIRP), today released research on the installed based of iPhones in the USA. CIRP finds that as of the end of the September 2015 quarter, 101 million iPhones were in use in the USA, including 58 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and 4 million iPhone 6s and 6s Plus models (Chart 1).“The analysis shows the continued strength of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, now one year old,” said Mike Levin, Partner and Co-Founder of CIRP, in the statement. “We estimate a combined 60 million of these flagship phones sold in the US from...
  • Micro-Prepping -- Final Call

    11/20/2015 10:28:09 AM PST · by William of Barsoom · 126 replies
    Common Sense (mine) | Nov 20, 2015 | William of Barsoom
    Micro-Prepping: Final Call. If you're reading these pages, you know it's coming. You probably also think it's close -- very close.
  • The Baltic Dry Shipping Index Just Collapsed To An All-Time Record Low [Ominous for Global Trade]

    11/20/2015 9:07:55 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    TEC ^ | 11/20/2015 | Michael Snyder
    I was absolutely stunned to learn that the Baltic Dry Shipping Index had plummeted to a new all-time record low of 504 at one point on Thursday. I have written a number of articles lately about the dramatic slowdown in global trade, but I didn’t realize that things had gotten quite this bad already. Not even during the darkest moments of the last financial crisis did the Baltic Dry Shipping Index drop this low. Something doesn’t seem to be adding up, because the mainstream media keeps telling us that the global economy is doing just fine. In fact, the Federal...
  • This is why the Fed has waited to hike, says Ken Griffin

    11/20/2015 7:33:23 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    marketwatch.com ^ | Wallace Witkowski
    The Federal Reserve has lost some of its credibility this year after months of promising to raise interest rates and not pulling the trigger — but hedge fund king Ken Griffin thinks the central bank has waited to hike because it didn’t want to paint itself into a corner. In an interview with CNBC, the founder of Citadel LLC said the Fed can raise rates any time it wants given the low inflation environment. While employment is "robust" for college-educated workers, that’s not the case for workers without a college degree, he said, so that could be giving the Fed...
  • The Roots of American Prosperity

    11/20/2015 7:11:31 AM PST · by DWW1990 · 14 replies
    Trevor Grant Thomas.com ^ | 11/20/15 | Trevor Grant Thomas
    Ask most Americans what was the most important document produced in 1776 and almost no one would answer with Adam Smith’s An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (more commonly known as The Wealth of Nations). However, some would argue that Smith’s work had more of a global impact than even the Declaration of Independence. The first edition of The Wealth of Nations sold out in six months. It would have an almost immediate impact on government financial policy, and is considered by many to be the most important treatise on economics ever written. Adam...
  • Why some economists say 2016 will be America’s best year in a decade

    11/20/2015 6:39:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/20/2015 | Jim Tankersley
    Gloom and doom is back in fashion for the American economy. A growing number of economists predict it is heading for another recession sometime soon, and only 1 in 5 Americans believes it's getting better, Bloomberg reports. The Commerce Department estimates the economy grew a disappointing 1.5 percent in the third quarter. To which economists at the University of Michigan say: Cheer up! Forecasters at Michigan's Research Center in Quantitative Economics said on Thursday that they expect real gross domestic product to grow 2.6 percent next year and 2.9 percent in 2017. That wouldn't be white-hot growth by any means,...
  • Culture Police Target Bloomingdale's Holiday Catalog

    11/19/2015 3:32:46 PM PST · by sparklite2 · 25 replies
    Reason ^ | November 18, 2015 | Tracy Quan
    Last week, the concerned citizens of Twitter strong-armed a nationwide chain, Bloomingdale's, into issuing a public apology.The chain's offense was a troublesome layout in its holiday catalog, featuring a carefree blonde in a party-skirt and jacket ensemble. The irreverent caption, "Spike your best friend's eggnog when they're not looking," triggered feminist outrage, snarky allusions to Bill Cosby,and unkind commentsabout the ad's "creepy" male model.
  • UnitedHealth Group May Leave Obamacare Exchanges By 2017

    11/19/2015 9:29:12 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Forbes ^ | Nov 19, 2015 @ 06:28 AM | Bruce Japsen
    UnitedHealth Group, in a surprising announcement, said this morning it has revised its profit expectations for the rest of the year due to what it called a "deterioration" of its individual commercial insurance offerings on government-run exchanges under the Affordable Care Act and offered no commitment it would stay in the business beyond next year. The nation's largest health insurer said it was "evaluating the viability of the insurance exchange product segment," pulling back on its marketing efforts for individual exchange products for next year and "will determine during the first half of 2016 to what extent it can continue...
  • Less than half of the world's population can answer this incredibly simple financial question

    11/19/2015 8:18:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 71 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/19/2015 | Mike Bird
    A major survey on financial literacy has just been published, and the results are terrible. McGraw Hill Financial (which owns S&P), the World Bank, and Gallup have produced the S&P Global Financial Literacy Survey, which attempted to get an idea of how financially literate the world is by polling 150,000 adults in more than 140 countries. The group defined financial literacy as the ability to answer three of four really simple questions about inflation, risk, and interest. Take a look. One of the easiest questions on the test is about interest. There is no compounding involved, and the numbers themselves...
  • Microsoft gets Edge on blocking ad injectors (browser now blocks devious ads, toolbars, crapware)

    11/19/2015 8:04:44 AM PST · by dayglored · 24 replies
    The Register ^ | Nov 19, 2015 | Darren Pauli
    Web scum foiled in Win 10 net ship. Microsoft has nixed the ability for its Edge browser to run unsigned dynamic link libraries (DLLs) in a move that will make life hard for dodgy extensions and ad injector merchants. Edge senior program manager Crispin Cowan says the update was dropped last week in the latest Windows 10 update and follows Redmond's plan to harden its web browsing asset. Last May Microsoft killed ActiveX and Browser Helper Objects making Edge faster and more stable, Cowan says. "Web browsers are an attractive target, because in-browser advertisements can be a significant source of...
  • The future of the automobile is being reshaped in California

    11/19/2015 6:51:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/19/2015 | Jerry Hirsch
    Within walking distance of Tesla Motors' Palo Alto headquarters and across the street from Hewlett-Packard, Ford Motor Co. has set up a new Silicon Valley outpost. With a team of 100 reporting to a former Apple engineer, the Detroit giant is researching how humans experience machines, running autonomous-vehicle driving simulations and testing software that examines how bicycles and cars interact. "For 100 years, automobiles have been a mechanical engineering industry," said the center's director, Dragos Maciuca, who on his morning commute drives past a nearby research center of German automotive electronics and parts supplier Bosch. "Now, there is the shift...
  • Coast to Coast AM - Gerald Celente is right, about America first

    11/19/2015 1:02:27 AM PST · by Cringing Negativism Network · 6 replies
    (radio) ^ | November 19, 2015 | (me)
    I was just listening to Gerald Celente on Coast to Coast AM with George Norry. And I have to say, he is completely right. He is right. He's saying, that America needs to bring back businesses and jobs, back to Americans. (well that wasn't exactly what he said, but that was what I heard and I completely agree) Globalists are the biggest problem these days.
  • Update: Windows smartphone shipments nose-dive after strategic retreat (down 35% from 2014)

    11/18/2015 6:25:50 PM PST · by dayglored · 29 replies
    ComputerWorld ^ | Nov 18, 2015 | Gregg Keizer
    ...And 80% of Windows phone owners desert the ecosystem for Android or iOS. Windows phone shipments took a nose-dive in the third quarter, plummeting 35% from the same period in 2014, researcher Gartner said today. By comparison, total global smartphone shipments climbed 15% in the third quarter. Of the 353 million smartphones shipped in the September quarter worldwide, less than 6 million were powered by Microsoft's Windows, making Windows' share 1.7%, Gartner estimated, down from 3% in the same quarter of 2014. Windows phones shipments tumbled in some of the historic strongholds for the OS, said Roberta Cozza, a Gartner...
  • FDA clears new, easy-to-use version of heroin antidote (naloxone)

    11/18/2015 3:59:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 18, 2015 6:34 PM EST | Matthew Perrone
    The Food and Drug Administration has approved an easy-to-use version of the life-saving drug that reverses heroin and prescription painkiller overdoses, as communities across the country grapple with a wave of drug abuse. The reformulated drug, sold as Narcan, comes as a nasal spray and should help first responders, police and others deliver the antidote in emergency situations. Known generically as naloxone, the drug reverses the effects of opioids, drugs that include legal painkillers such as oxycodone and illegal narcotics such as heroin. ...
  • LG Elec seeks U.S. prime time for next-gen TV

    11/18/2015 2:03:15 PM PST · by sparklite2 · 6 replies
    One America News Network ^ | November 18, 2015 | Se Young Lee
    OLED screens deliver better picture quality, consume less electricity and promise wider profit margins than LCDs. But many rivals including leader Samsung Electronics Co Ltd have said production was still too costly for the mass market. In an indication of rapid OLED development, LG Electronics said production improvements allowed it to cut prices of six models in the world's biggest TV market by as much as 45 percent from last month, without crimping margins. Two are now below $2,000, a fraction of the $14,999 of LG's first OLED TV in 2013.
  • 450 illegal pork tamales seized at LAX

    11/18/2015 9:57:33 AM PST · by EveningStar · 50 replies
    San Bernardino Sun ^ | November 18, 2015 | Beatriz Valenzuela
    LOS ANGELES >> U.S. Customs officials seized 450 illegal pork tamales from a passenger coming through LAX from Mexico earlier this month. "Although tamales are a popular holiday tradition, foreign meat products can carry serious animal diseases from countries affected by outbreaks of Avian Influenza, Mad Cow and Swine Fever," said Anne Maricich, CBP Acting Director of Field Operations in Los Angeles in a written statement. "Every day CBP agriculture specialists prevent the intentional and unintentional introduction of harmful pests and foreign animal diseases into the U.S."
  • Microsoft to world: We've got open source Machine Learning too (Artificial Intelligence)

    11/17/2015 10:35:27 PM PST · by dayglored · 6 replies
    The Register ^ | Nov 17, 2015 | Richard Chirgwin
    Help teach Cortana to say 'Sorry, Dave' Microsoft's decided that it, too, wants to open source some of its machine learning space, publishing its Distributed Machine Learning Toolkit (DMTK) on Github. Google released some of its code last week. Redmond's (co-incidental?) response is pretty basic: there's a framework, and two algorithms, but Microsoft Research promises it will get extended in the future. The DMTK Framework is front-and-centre, since that's where both extensions will happen. It's a two-piece critter, consisting of a parameter server and a client SDK. The parameter server has "separate data structures for high- and low-frequency parameters", Microsoft...
  • How to eliminate pain tied to tooth decay [Grow 'new' teeth]

    11/17/2015 10:29:18 AM PST · by Red Badger · 26 replies
    medicalxpress.com ^ | November 17, 2015 | by Zen Vuong & Provided by: University of Southern California
    A scanning electron microscope image of newly-grown enamel using amelogenin-chitosan hydrogel. Credit: Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC ==================================================================================================== Dual discoveries at USC propose a promising method to regrow nonliving hard tissue, lessening or even eliminating pain associated with tooth decay, which the National Institutes of Health calls the most prevalent chronic disease. Janet Moradian-Oldak, a professor at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, has investigated methods to regrow tooth enamel for the past two decades. The process is especially tricky because unlike bone, mature enamel cannot rejuvenate. Tooth enamel is a nonliving tissue. The a-ha moment...