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  • 5 things you should know about poverty in Southern California

    08/21/2014 7:43:11 PM PDT · by Pelham · 35 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | Aug. 20, 2014 | JENNA CHANDLER
    Economists say regional poverty trends are ‘alarming.’ Redlands-based economist John E. Husing issued a dire warning Wednesday, as elected officials from across Southern California pledged to reignite Lyndon Johnson’s war on poverty: “If we do not solve this problem, we are not going to want to live in Southern California. The communities are going to become unhinged.” Husing is one of several economists who looked at findings from the 2012 American Community Survey and state Employment Development Department to find out where poverty is concentrated in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Ventura, San Bernardino and Imperial counties. Some of the results...
  • (Those Were The Days!) PHOTO: Late 1960s: Economy Class Seating on a Pan-Am 747

    08/21/2014 7:19:24 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 97 replies
    Retronaut ^ | Circa 1960's | Retronaut
    Late 1960s: Economy Class Seating on a Pan-Am 747 The 1960's were barely done when Pan Am again set a standard the rest of the world was forced to follow. Pan American's Boeing B-747 Jumbo Jets brought down the cost of long distance air travel once again. Source: Pan Am Historical Foundation
  • Athens, GA mayor attempting to put brakes on proposed resettlement of (more?) refugees

    08/21/2014 12:33:43 PM PDT · by combat_boots · 7 replies
    Refugee Resettlement Watch ^ | Aug 21, 2014 | Ann Corcoran
    Another “pocket of resistance?” LOL! I can see “Welcoming America” scurrying to Athens at this very minute! In July we reported on a plan by US State Department contractor—International Rescue Committee (IRC)—to open an office and begin resettling Congolese refugees to Athens, GA. Now comes news (hat tip: Joanne) that the Democratic mayor, Nancy Denson, is throwing cold water on the scheme by asking the IRC to “present a formal refugee integration plan.” That is exactly what every town or city faced with this crisis (yes, a crisis when a refugee contractor comes to your town!) should do—demand a plan...
  • James Foley Went Looking to Support Terrorists in Syria, Instead They Cut Off His Head

    08/20/2014 3:50:14 PM PDT · by wtd · 124 replies
    FrontPageMag ^ | August 19, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    James Foley was one of a new breed of activists calling themselves journalists. He didn’t travel to report on a story, but to promote an agenda. And the agenda was obvious from his Twitter feed. [snip] Foley came to Syria to support the Sunni Islamist rebels against the Syrian government. He cheered on the Sunni Muslim terrorists fighting to ethnically cleanse the Christians of Aleppo. In the conflict between Israel and Hamas, his tweets and retweets were chock full of pro-terrorist propaganda. link
  • Huntsville waives zoning rules, allows abortion facility to open next to middle school

    08/21/2014 7:57:29 AM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies
    Life Site ^ | Kirsten Andersen
    The city of Huntsville has ruled that an abortion facility will remain open and be able to relocate next door to a middle school, although the waiver it is using to get around city ordinances was granted to another owner for another kind of business 16 years ago. In a controversial 3-2 decision, the Huntsville Board of Zoning Adjustment on Tuesday night voted to uphold a city manager’s previous decision to issue a building permit to a local abortion clinic that wants to relocate to a larger facility across the street from a middle school. In response, local pro-life activists...
  • Why your employer should clean your house and do your laundry

    08/21/2014 6:34:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    The Week ^ | 08/21/2014 | By Colleen Oakley, LearnVest
    Casual Friday. Doughnuts at the staff meeting. Company pens for everyone! While these ubiquitous work perks are nice — and may make going to the office a little easier on some days — they're probably not doing much for your financial life. And that's precisely why some organizations have come to the conclusion that the best and most unique employee benefits don't just keep employees happy — they also put some extra cash into their pockets. Just take a look at what these six savvy companies are offering their workers. Complimentary laundry service, anyone? The perk: house cleaning The company:...
  • Will there be Affirmative Action Quotas of Human Employees, vs Robots 'Having It All'?

    08/21/2014 1:28:02 AM PDT · by lee martell · 21 replies
    Aug. 21, 2014 | lee martell
    We get closer having the ability to implement a fully automated, robotized, dehumanized society every day. Google has been testing self driving cars in select areas of the country for the last six or seven years. Only now, has the driverless car become something more than an engineers fantasy. McDonald's Restaurants and other fast food retailers are preparing themselves to be forced to offer a minimum wage that usually comes only after several skill sets have been mastered by a seasoned employee. The restaurants prepare for this change by wheeling in a few automated order taking machines. Drones may soak...
  • How Much Is $100 Really Worth in Each State?

    08/20/2014 11:58:08 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 27 replies
    Mental Floss ^ | 8/19/14 | Jason English
    How far does $100 go? Today's map, which comes from the Tax Foundation and uses data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, answers that question state by state. In Mississippi, your $100 could buy $115.74 worth of stuff relative to the national average. On the other end of the spectrum is Hawaii, where you'd only get $85.32 worth. Washington, D.C. is even lower, at $84.60. The Tax Foundation offers a little perspective on how to read the map: Tennessee is a low-price state, where $100 will buy what would cost $110.25 in another state that is closer to the national...
  • China Secretly Conducts Second Flight Test Of New Ultra High-Speed Missile

    08/20/2014 6:21:45 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 5 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 19, 2018 | Bill Gertz
    China recently conducted the second flight test of a new, ultra-high-speed missile that is part of what analysts say is Beijing’s global system of attack weapons capable of striking the United States with nuclear warheads. (please see article for full text)
  • Why Employers Are to Blame for the ‘Skills Gap’

    08/19/2014 2:12:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | 08/19/2014 | BY ROB GARVER
    Complaints about a “skills gap” that make it difficult for employers to fill open positions have become commonplace in discussions about the economy and unemployment levels. Workers, the story goes, simply don’t have the educational background or professional training for the kinds of jobs that exist in today’s knowledge economy. The argument certainly feels like it makes sense – things have changed an awful lot in the past decade, and it could be that older workers simply don’t have the necessary skills for employment today. The trouble is that economists have become increasingly skeptical about the skills gap narrative, not...
  • The 3 Dumbest Things About Whole Foods Market

    08/19/2014 10:43:58 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 96 replies
    Forbes ^ | August 18, 2014 | Steven Salzberg
    I have a love-hate relationship with Whole Foods Market. On the one hand, I love their fresh produce, their baked goods, and many other food choices there. On the other hand, they have embraced anti-science positions in the interest of keeping everything "natural."
  • TSA to train officers on recognizing DC licenses

    08/19/2014 10:19:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 19, 2014 11:57 AM EDT
    Transportation Security Administration workers will be getting training on how to recognize District of Columbia driver’s licenses and identification cards. […] The Washington Post reported earlier this year that a District teacher was questioned about the validity of her license while boarding a plane in Phoenix. Many similar stories later surfaced. …
  • Steve Ballmer Explains Why He Paid $2 Billion For An NBA Team

    08/19/2014 9:42:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/19/2014 | Cork Gaines
    Steve Ballmer is fired up about owning the Clippers. When Steve Ballmer agreed to purchase the Los Angeles Clippers for a reported $2 billion, many felt he was overpaying for the franchise simply because the team was a toy he wanted and he was willing to pay whatever it took to make that happen.When comparing the sale price to the team's revenues and EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization), it does appear that Ballmer's bid was completely out of whack with what others have paid for NBA teams in recent years.Ballmer addressed this issue on "The Dan...
  • Why John Oliver is wrong about native advertising

    08/19/2014 6:40:25 AM PDT · by ensignsj · 15 replies
    Strategy Online ^ | 8/18/14 | Scott Ensign
    Comedian John Oliver recently took an admittedly pretty funny shot at the concept of native advertising. His basic point was that the blurring lines between objective content and marketing pieces threatens journalistic integrity and consumer trust in the media. Now, I find Oliver to be a funny and talented guy, and he’s done some spot-on stuff (particularly his most famous piece on net neutrality). However, on this topic, he’s really off-base. Native advertising is everywhere, and all signs point to it becoming even more ubiquitous, particularly as news outlets try to come up with meaningful business models for their online...
  • Streaming use drives Disney’s exit from broadcast radio (selling off 23 of 24 stations)

    08/18/2014 3:02:05 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 24 replies
    Radio and Internet News ^ | August 14, 2014 | Brad Hill
    In what Bloomberg calls a “digital push,” Disney announced that it is closing 23 of its 24 terrestrial stations, laying off nearly 200 people in sales and operations. (See the intra-company memo from GM Phil Guerini below.) Disney is shifting its efforts and resources from terrestrial to the broadly-termed “digital” realm, which in this case means program distribution on SiriusXM and online streaming platforms. The company maintains a Radio Disney mobile app. The strategy shift represents what Disney calls “the habits of the consumers we serve.” Inside Radio reports that only 18% of Disney’s radio audience tune in via AM.FM...
  • SpaceX First Stage Reentry Captured By Chase Plane

    08/18/2014 12:50:51 PM PDT · by Moonman62
    SPACE.com ^ | 08/18/14 | Spacex
    In July 2014, the private space company's Falcon 9 rocket launched six ORBCOMM OG2 satellites. It also tested its reusable first stage technology. A chase plane was on hand to capture some of its fall through the atmosphere and the last few seconds before splashdown.
  • Google's ANDROID CRUSHING smartphone rivals underfoot

    08/18/2014 12:15:21 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 35 replies
    theregister.co.uk ^ | 15 Aug 2014 | By Simon Sharwood,
    Windows Phone cracks, Blackberry's out of juice and even Apple's squeezed The Google spawn's market share is up a third compared to the same quarter in 2013. Every other mobile operating system is not even eating Android's dust – they're so far back on the road they can see the plume of dust Android throws up are falling behind and don't even look to have a chance of choking. We offer that analysis because, as the chart below shows, Android's nearest rival – Apple's iOS – now has just 11.7 per cent market share.Top Five Smartphone Operating Systems, Worldwide Shipments,...
  • Low Income Preppers, Should they get a SNAP/EBT Card? ~ Vanity

    08/18/2014 11:34:16 AM PDT · by GraceG · 77 replies
    GraceG
    Okay, So I know of a few people who are shall we say very Lower middle class who used to be Mid-Middle class until recently due to the wonderful economy as of late. I know they are wanting to prep, but are unable to make ends meet and I have been rotating out my own personal prepping stock to just keep them fed day to day. (don't worry I am not giving them expired food, just food that is nearing expiration). The question recently arose about if they should get an EBT card and use it to buy their own...
  • Kick Washington Out of Your Life

    08/18/2014 7:26:52 AM PDT · by SovereignSociety · 14 replies
    The Sovereign Investor ^ | June 21st, 2014 | JR Crooks
    The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) grades our drinking water a D in their annual report card. Local systems leak an estimated 7 billion gallons of water daily. And more than 850 billion gallons of sewage escape into surface water annually.And I wouldn’t rely too heavily on our electric grid.ASCE gives that a D+ due to outages and disturbances that cost up to $180 billion in annual economic activity. The electric grid is at risk of cascading failures until energy production becomes decentralized.These risks are growing by the day. The government that is supposed to be protecting and serving...
  • Gun Talk Radio, Sunday, August 17th, 2014.

    08/17/2014 5:01:02 PM PDT · by carriage_hill · 27 replies
    Gun Talk Radio Network ^ | Sunday, August 17th, 2014 | Tom Gresham
    ~~ Come on in and shoot the breeze! ~~ Welcome to Tom Gresham's Gun Talk® Radio Network, the only nationally syndicated radio talk show about firearms, shooting and gun rights. Tune in on Sundays, 08:00-11:00pm EST, and give us a call at 1-866-825-5486.
  • Palin endorses Miller in U.S. Senate race; her father-in-law picks Treadwell

    08/17/2014 3:26:42 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 18 replies
    Alaska Dispach News ^ | August 15, 2014 | Nathaniel Herz
    In a written statement to Fox News, Palin, a contributor to the network, was quoted as saying: “We said we’d send the good guys in Washington their reinforcements, so, Alaska, here we go! Vote for Joe Miller on Tuesday and shake off the liberal stronghold so we can get on the right track.”
  • Dallas family turns grandmother's cinnamon roll recipe into delicious business

    08/17/2014 12:51:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 50 replies
    Dallas culturemap ^ | Carolyn Overbeck
    Amy Collins knew a good thing when she tasted one. Her grandmother, Rochelle — known as “RoRo” to the grandkids — baked dinner rolls and cinnamon rolls in her Garland kitchen, which she sold at church and school fundraisers. The cinnamon rolls had also become a Christmastime tradition in their family. “I wanted to find a way to always have her cinnamon rolls around for Christmas for my kids and my grandkids,” says Collins, 29, who lives in East Dallas. To do that, she enlisted her husband, Lauren, to help her start a business using her grandmother’s recipes — which...
  • Ferrari Sells for $38-Million at Auction, Breaking World Record

    08/17/2014 12:29:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 76 replies
    A red 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta, which was once involved in a fatal accident, has set the world record for a car sold at auction, going for $38.1 million at a sale in California, auction house Bonhams said. The price offered on Thursday by a bidder whose identity was not disclosed surpassed the $30 million (all figures U.S.) paid last year for a 1954 Mercedes Benz W196 race car, also sold by Bonhams, the auctioneers said in a press release. “We’ve always maintained that we would exceed the current world record and that the car would bring between $30-$40-million...
  • (Youtube)Dfu Polimerick Minute: Michael Brown, Ferguson, And The Race Baiters

    08/16/2014 8:19:09 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 1 replies
    MICHAEL BROWN, FERGUSON, AND THE RACE BAITERS in graphics and limerick
  • Couple Sues Child Care Website They Blame for Baby daughter’s Death

    08/16/2014 5:23:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    MyFox8 ^ | PAUL CHOATE | AUGUST 8, 2014
    A couple is suing the popular child care website Care.com for the death of their baby girl, according to HLN. Prosecutors say 3-month-old Rylan Koopmeiners died of blunt force trauma on July 27, 2012, while under the care of Sarah Gumm, a nanny the girl’s parents found on Care.com.
  • Humans need not apply.

    08/15/2014 6:46:59 PM PDT · by Twotone · 25 replies
    Wimp.com ^ | NA | NA
    Humans have spent centuries advancing technology to the point where some jobs have been completely taken over by less expensive robots. In the future, technology will take over more and more sectors until there's nothing left. What will humans do then?
  • The Untold Dangers of Ramen Noodles

    08/15/2014 3:53:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 70 replies
    In those moments of late-night cravings, Ramen Noodles seem to be your lifeblood -- the key to survival, exactly what you need to keep going. "Consistent quality and the finest of ingredients." But according to a new study -- they're killing you. OK, not necessarily, or not outright, but the research shows instant noodle products like Ramen can increase the risk of metabolic syndrome for women. And metabolic syndrome can mean increased risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes, according to the Mayo Clinic. The study found women who ate instant noodle products more than twice a week were the...
  • (YouTube)DFU POLIMERICK MINUTE: Al Gore Sues Al Jazeera

    08/15/2014 2:57:17 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 8 replies
    dfu via youtube ^ | 8-15-14 | dfu
    BWAHAHAHAHA - Al Gore Sues Al Jazeera
  • Obama and the Hollywoodification of Everything

    08/15/2014 2:05:51 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 1 replies
    RantRave.com ^ | August 2, 2014 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    What's real and what is a movie set? Can we tell anymore? Can you? If we had an honest media, we wouldn't have Obama. To make him fly, they had to cut off their own wings. The media go through the motions of pretending to deliver news. Their real passion is protecting Obama. What's the best way? Keep facts to a minimum. Report on illusions. Any illusions. So we might have before us a mountain of corruption, fanaticism, and evil. But who notices? Everyone in the media is engaged in a conspiracy to ignore the facts, and then to persuade...
  • Baker on Not Providing Wedding Cake to Lesbians: ‘I Have to Stand True’ to God

    08/15/2014 1:16:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 15, 2014 - 3:30 PM | Penny Starr
    A bakery in Pennsylvania has come under scrutiny after the owner declined to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple who were planning to renew their vows. “It was hard to do,” Lorraine Fleming, the owner of The Cake Pros bakery in Schuylkill Haven, Pa., told WBRE-TV on Tuesday. “We have homosexuality in our family, and it was a hard decision to make, but in the end, when I die and I’m one on one with God I have to stand true to him.” …
  • ‘Pretty’ Gulf Businesswoman Seeks Kuwaiti Husband

    08/15/2014 10:26:00 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Friday, August 15, 2014
    She published a newspaper advertisementA Gulf Arab businesswoman, describing herself as pretty widow, broke social barriers and published a newspaper advertisement for a husband. The woman, who identified herself as Umm Mohammed, stipulated the groom must be a Kuwaiti aged 33-40 years, has a university degree, enjoys good conduct and is ‘religious’. The advertisement, published in the Kuwaiti Arabic language daily Al Rai, said those interested should contact her through WhatsApp service.
  • Three-wheeled Elio gets closer to going on sale

    08/15/2014 12:57:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 53 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 15, 2014 3:22 AM EDT | Dee-Ann Durbin
    Your next commuter car could have two seats, three wheels and get 84 miles to the gallon. Elio Motors wants to revolutionize U.S. roads with its tiny car, which is the same length as a Honda Fit but half the weight. With a starting price of $6,800, it’s also less than half the cost. Phoenix-based Elio plans to start making the cars next fall at a former General Motors plant in Shreveport, Louisiana. […] Because it has three wheels—two in front and one in the rear—the Elio is actually classified as a motorcycle by the U.S. government. But Elio Motors...
  • GE in talks to sell historic appliance division

    08/14/2014 4:19:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 14, 2014 4:20 PM EDT | Jonathan Fahey
    General Electric confirmed that it is considering the sale of its historic appliance division, part of its effort to focus on selling more complex and profitable industrial equipment. The confirmation came after the Swedish appliance maker Electrolux released a statement Thursday that it was in discussions to buy the business from GE, which is based in Fairfield, Connecticut. …
  • PR Giant Edelman Apologizes for Calling Robin Williams' Death an 'Opportunity'

    08/14/2014 1:24:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    AdWeek ^ | 08/14/2014 | David Griner
    Edeman is usually tapped with helping brands avoid or disentangle themselves from public backlash, but the global PR firm instead found itself in the hot seat this week. At issue was a blog post from media relations strategy evp Lisa Kovitz, who said the suicide of comedian Robin Williams created a PR opportunity for groups advocating for better treatment of mental illness. "As we mourn the loss of Robin Williams to depression, we must recognize it as an opportunity to engage in a national conversation," she wrote. "His death yesterday created a carpe diem moment for mental health professionals and...
  • Shocking FedEx Delivery Fails [Super Cut Compilation] (video)

    08/14/2014 11:02:44 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 13 replies
    YouTube ^ | August 11, 2014 | RSVLTS
    99.99% of the time FedEx does a great job but every now and then they get busted on camera not taking care of your deliveries.
  • From Bellhops to Burger Flippers, Robots Look to Steal Even More Jobs

    08/14/2014 7:32:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | 08/14/2014 | BY ANDREW LUMBY
    Hotel rooms for the introverts among us are an anti-social haven. Nothing beats a hot shower, followed by settling into a freshly made bed in a terrycloth robe to watch mediocre television with a glass of wine. No one bothers you and for an exquisite moment in time, you have nary a care in the world. Then the realization hits. You’ve forgotten your toothbrush at home! You’re going to have to call the snooty concierge. You’re going to have to smile and tip and say thank you. You’ll have to deal with people. The chain of hotels has introduced the...
  • Atlantic City is going bust if it can’t break the gambling habit

    08/14/2014 6:44:12 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 14, 2014 | Max Ehrenfreund
    The winning streak has run cold for Atlantic City, N.J. Earlier this week, the upscale Revel Casino Hotel announced it will close, bringing the total number of casinos in the city expected to close by the end of the year to four. Thousands of workers are confronting unemployment. The state has long guaranteed Atlantic City a monopoly on gambling within New Jersey's borders, but gambling revenues there have been declining due to increased competition from new casinos in neighboring states and the lingering effects of the financial crisis. The monthly report from the state Division of Gaming Enforcement issued Wednesday...
  • Sea World's profits fall $42MILLION below Wall Street's expectations after devastating Blackfish

    08/14/2014 5:29:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 11 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 14, 2014 | Alexandra Klausner
    Shares of SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. (SEAS) fell Wednesday after the theme park operator reported second-quarter profit and sales that missed Wall Street expectations and cut its outlook for the year. The Orlando, Florida-based company also said it believes attendance during the period was hurt by negative publicity surrounding its treatment of killer whales, which are trained to perform tricks. A documentary last year called Blackfish suggested that the company's treatment of the killer whales provokes violent behavior from them, which in turn has led to the death of trainers.
  • Bacon-Powered Motorcycle Departs Austin

    08/13/2014 4:39:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    KAAL ^ | Justin Thompson-Gee
    We’ve all heard the phrase, ‘bring home the bacon’, but now Austin based Hormel is bringing home the bacon and turning it into motorcycle fuel. It is the definition of a one of a kind – a diesel motorcycle that runs solely on bacon grease. “We actually had the grease from our Rochelle, IL plant so it is all 100% Black Label,” says Hormel brand manager for Hormel Black Label Bacon, Nick Schweitzer. Scott Schraufnagel who works for BBDO Minneapolis, the advertising agency responsible for the idea of the bike, says the motorcyle, “runs on B-100 bio-diesel so what that...
  • Who's number 1? Really? What country's non-native English-speakers speak the best business English?

    08/13/2014 4:20:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    The Economist ^ | 08/13/2014
    WHAT country's non-native English-speakers speak the best business English in the world?  Try to think of five countries before reading on. Done?  The answer, according to GlobalEnglish, is probably not what you think.  (GlobalEnglish is owned by Pearson, which part-owns The Economist).  Remember that the survey tested non-native speakers, so don't be too distracted by the placement of the Anglophone countries.  Still, Global English's results are very strange. If you thought that the Philippines has the best business English in the world, and that Germany would miss the top 25, you haven't had the same work and travel experiences I...
  • With Profits Slipping, Cisco Announces Job Cuts [6,000 on the chopping block, 8% of workforce]

    08/13/2014 3:45:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    New York Times ^ | 08/13/2014 | By QUENTIN HARDY
    SAN FRANCISCO — Cisco Systems may be doing a little better than Wall Street expects, considering its technology and sales challenges. But that doesn’t mean the company will avoid layoffs in the coming months. On Wednesday, Cisco released fourth-quarter earnings that illustrated its troubles as one of the tech industry’s giants competing in a rapidly changing environment. Fourth-quarter revenues, Cisco said, were $12.36 billion, down from $12.42 billion in the same quarter a year ago. Net income was $2.25 billion, or 43 cents a share, down from $2.27 billion a year ago. Using nonstandard accounting common to many tech companies,...
  • Apple's iOS blocks gov't spying efforts, Gamma's FinSpy useless against iPhone

    08/13/2014 3:41:56 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 7 replies
    ZD Net ^ | August 12, 2014 -- 12:36 GMT | By Charlie Osborne
    While Android phones are constantly targeted by cybercriminals, the iPhone is considered more secure. Now, leaked documents from one of the world's leading surveillance companies have reaffirmed the idea. As spotted by the Washington Post, a leaked document from Gamma Group, a secretive seller of surveillance tools, emerged on the Internet last week. Hosted on Netzpolitik, the document (.PDF) reveals interesting information concerning Gamma Groups' extensive range of surveillance tools, but in particular, notes that the iPhone is notoriously difficult to infiltrate -- the only exception being when a user has jailbroken their device. A particular piece of software is...
  • What's Next For Robin Williams' Family And Estate?

    08/13/2014 1:36:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies
    Forbes ^ | 08/13/2014 | Danielle and Andy Mayoras
    The initial shock of Robin Williams’ tragic death, from an apparent suicide, is giving way to reflections of his legacy and memory. Another question many people are asking is what happens next for his family. He was survived by his third wife, Susan Schneider, to whom he was married for three years, and three adult children from his prior two marriages, whose ages range from 25 to 31. There is a realistic fear that Williams’ death may have left them in financial distress. In an interview with Parade Magazine last year, Williams lamented how he had to change his lifestyle...
  • A Global Consortium to Build New Trans-Pacific Cable System "FASTER"

    08/13/2014 1:22:32 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    nec.com press release ^ | August 11, 2014 | NEC Press Re;ease
    Contract has been awarded to NEC to build new 60Tb/s system expected to be ready-for-service during the second quarter of 2016 Trans-Pacific route of FASTER August 11, 2014 – A consortium of six global companies announced that they have signed commercial agreements to build and operate a new Trans-Pacific cable system to be called “FASTER” with NEC Corporation as the system supplier. The FASTER cable network will connect the United States to two landing locations in Japan. The total amount of investment for the FASTER system is estimated to be approximately USD $300 million. In order to address the intense traffic...
  • Switzerland, a country that works: Not perfect, but as countries go, it's hard to find one better

    08/13/2014 11:34:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 08/13/2014 | Richard Rahn
    Switzerland is not perfect, but as countries go, it is hard to find one that is much better. The more people know about Switzerland, the higher regard they tend to have for it. By almost any measure of human accomplishment, and particularly in creating a most successful country governance model, the Swiss are clearly No. 1 in the world. Switzerland is a small, landlocked nation without much in the way of natural resources. It has managed to stay out of wars for two centuries and developed a long-term multilingual and multireligious democracy without strife. There is a rule of law...
  • Kellogg Wants Suppliers To Report Carbon Emissions

    08/13/2014 8:16:15 AM PDT · by palmer · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Wed, 08/13/2014 - 7:29am | John Flesher - AP Environmental Writer - Associated Press
    Kellogg said Wednesday it will step up efforts to reduce planet-warming emissions in its supply chain as part of a broader initiative designed to be more environmentally friendly. Under the plan, the Battle Creek-based food products manufacturer will require key suppliers such as farms and mills to measure and publicly disclose their greenhouse gas outputs and targets for reducing them...
  • ADF files complaint against Planned Parenthood for sex abuse reporting failure

    08/13/2014 8:11:30 AM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    Live Action ^ | Nancy Flanders
    On August 7, Alliance Defending Freedom sent a letter of complaint to the Arizona Department of Health Services against Planned Parenthood AZ, Inc. The letter states that the Planned Parenthood at 1250 E. Apache Blvd in Tempe, AZ violated Arizona’s mandatory law to report sex abuse of a minor when a counselor failed to report the sexual assault of an underage girl. The girl and her mother went to Planned Parenthood on December 31, 2013 and again on January 4, 2014. They informed Planned Parenthood of the rape, however, the counselor intentionally miscoded it as consensual sex and told the...
  • The copy of the U.S. Constitution that's installed on every Mac

    08/13/2014 1:30:56 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 28 replies
    TUAW ^ | Aug 12th 2014 at 9:00AM Share: 447841 | by Steven Sande
    Sometimes when I see just how ignorant many American politicians are of the Constitution of the United States, I get the urge to send them a copy along with some annotations. Perhaps now that more of those in the federal government are using Macs, we might begin to see them paying more attention to this document that outlines the supreme law of the land. Why? Well, there's a copy of the U.S. Constitution on each and every Mac in the Dictionary app. To see this information from The New Oxford American Dictionary, just launch the Dictionary app from your Applications...
  • Consumer Reports: Tesla Model S has ‘more than its share of problems’

    08/12/2014 11:51:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Aug 11, 2014 6:51pm EDT | Bernie Woodall
    Consumer Reports, which last year gave top marks to electric carmaker Tesla Motors Inc.’s Model S sedan, now says the car it owns has had “more than its share of problems.” While the car has impressed staff at the influential U.S. consumer magazine with its “smoothness, effortless glide and clever, elegant simplicity,” there have been many quirks that might dampen consumers’ experiences, Consumer Reports said in a statement on Monday. […] “Just before the car went in for its annual service, at a little over 12,000 miles, the center screen went blank, eliminating access to just about every function of...
  • (YouTube)DFU POLIMERICK MINUTE: Sketchy Neighborhood APP

    08/12/2014 12:03:02 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 3 replies
    dfu via youtube ^ | 8-12-14 | dfu
    IF SKETCHY APP KEEPS YOU OUT OF BAD NEIGHBORHOODS, IT MUST BE RACIST - enjoy the graphics and limerick