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  • Anyone ever read Real Clear Politics "averages" (VANITY)

    02/11/2016 1:52:47 PM PST · by Riflema · 18 replies
    2/11/16 | Self
    Countless News Organizations refer breathlessly to the Real Clear Politics "RCP Poll Average" as the go-to source for the big picture view of the candidates' standings. But did anyone take a look at that source and figure out how they come up with their numbers? With some trepidation, in fear of what I would find, I did. Here's today's RCP Average and the individual polls it summarizes: Poll Date Sample Trump Cruz Rubio Carson Bush Kasich Christie Fiorina Spread RCP Average 1/22 - 2/4 -- 29.5 21 17.8 7.8 4.3 4 2.5 2.5 Trump +8.5 QuinnipiacQuinnipiac 2/2 - 2/4 507...
  • Anyone look at Real Clear Politics "Averages"? (VANITY)

    02/11/2016 1:49:12 PM PST · by Riflema · 15 replies
    Self | 2/11/16 | Self
    Countless News Organizations refer breathlessly to the Real Clear Politics "RCP Poll Average" as the go-to source for the big picture view of the candidates' standings. But did anyone take a look at that source and figure out how they come up with their numbers? With some trepidation, in fear of what I would find, I did. Here's today's RCP Average and the individual polls it summarizes: Poll Date Sample Trump Cruz Rubio Carson Bush Kasich Christie Fiorina Spread RCP Average 1/22 - 2/4 -- 29.5 21 17.8 7.8 4.3 4 2.5 2.5 Trump +8.5 QuinnipiacQuinnipiac 2/2 - 2/4 507...
  • Woman Tries to Shoot Barber Who Cut Her Hair (Gun Jammed)

    02/11/2016 12:48:21 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    CBS8 ^ | Feb 10, 2016
    A woman upset about a haircut she'd gotten at a North Park barber shop on Wednesday returned a few hours later and allegedly tried to gun down the barber, who escaped harm only because the weapon jammed. Adrian Blanche Swain, 29, allegedly tried to open fire on the barber with a pistol at the barber shop in the 3900 block of 30th Street shortly before 12:30 p.m. She allegedly pulled the trigger three times to no avail, according to San Diego police Sgt. Ray Battrick. ``The gun had bullets but malfunctioned,''
  • 'It's Like a Top-Shelf Whiskey': Bay Area Buzzing Over $15 Coffee

    02/11/2016 11:32:48 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 70 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Feb 10, 2016 | Terry McSweeney
    It took eight years to produce the first crop of Finca Sophia, grown in the mountains of Panama. A San Francisco Bay Area coffee shop is charging $15 for a cup of joe — and apparently people can't get enough of it. The not-your-average cup is called Finca Sophia and can be found at Equator Coffee, which has locations in San Francisco and Mill Valley. The beans are from the Gesha variety, grown way up in the mountains of Panama. It took eight years to produce the first crop, which was not much and prompted a spike in price....
  • How bad decisions and poor IT killed Target Canada

    02/11/2016 10:41:34 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 15 replies
    ZDNet ^ | February 11, 2016 | David Gewirtz
    Unmanageable deadlines and disastrous IT wrecked this top US retailer's attempt at international expansion. The moral of the story: IT drives the enterprise. Business school case studies tend to fall into two categories: epic wins and oh-my-gosh-how-could-they-possibly-have-been-so-stupid epic failures. This article discusses a real-world billion dollar story that falls into the second category. As epic failures go, this one is worthy of the history books. . . EVERYTHING WENT TERRIBLY, TERRIBLY WRONG . . .
  • Sen. Durbin: ‘I Paid $1.51 A Gallon’ – ‘We’re Missing An Opportunity’ To Hike Gas Tax

    02/11/2016 10:32:22 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 60 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 9, 2016 | 11:27 AM EST | Eric Scheiner
    Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says, current gas prices have gone down and the government is "missing an opportunity" to increase the gas tax. At a press conference in Chicago on Friday Durbin said, "Two weeks ago I paid $1.51 a gallon for gasoline in downstate Illinois. Clearly, the price of gasoline has gone down dramatically, as has the price of a barrel of oil -- which I think is below $30." "I think we're missing an opportunity here -- a 5-cent increase in the federal gas tax can really fund an infrastructure program that can help create new jobs in...
  • Oil crash taking stocks down ... again

    02/11/2016 9:57:35 AM PST · by Signalman · 18 replies
    cnnmoney ^ | 2/11/2016 | Charles Riley
    U.S. crude futures dropped as much as 5% on Thursday, driving prices below $27 for the second time in recent weeks. Before this year, oil prices hadn't dipped below $27 since 2003. The steady decline is creating a widespread headache for financial markets. It's causing energy companies' profits to plunge, raising worries about the prospect of bankruptcies in the oil sector and spooking investors about global growth. In total, crude oil has plunged an incredible 75% from its June 2014 peak of almost $108. U.S. stock markets followed by declining sharply. The Dow fell as much as 350 points and...
  • Moore’s law really is dead this time (Link Only due to copyright restrictions)

    02/11/2016 9:20:38 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 15 replies
    Ars Technical (link only) | February 11, 2016 | By Peter Bright
    Link only due to copyright restrictions: Moore's law really is dead this time
  • Abortion Activist Laughs About Using Aborted Babies to Grow Rat Parts

    02/10/2016 7:19:23 PM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | February 7, 2016 | Katie Yoder
    News outlets rushed to cover recent charges out of Houston against the Center for Medical Progress. But will they cover the Center’s latest video? Doubtful. On Monday, the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) released a new undercover video in an effort to further expose the abortion industry’s role in harvesting aborted baby parts. The video captured National Abortion Federation (NAF) representatives calling money for tissue a “win-win” and expressed relief that CMP could rid them of aborted baby leftovers after trouble with other “disposal services.” MRC Culture watched both CMP’s shorter video and full footage video for this story. Shorter...
  • China is on a massive gold buying spree

    02/10/2016 6:35:37 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    kspr ^ | 02/10/2016 | heather long
    China's government doesn' share exact figures, but the vast majority of gold heading into mainland China passes through Hong Kong, which does make its records public. Gold imports to China have surged over 700% since 2010, according to the latest data from Hong Kong. Exactly what China is doing with all that gold remains somewhat of a mystery. The increasingly wealthy Chinese are buying, but that doesn'txplain all the jump in demand. The government says its gold reserves have grown only a little in recent years. Experts question whether China is telling the whole truth. "hina has a lot more...
  • In Japan, small shakes presage big quakes

    02/10/2016 10:10:07 AM PST · by JimSEA · 3 replies
    Nature ^ | January 28, 2016 | Alexandra Wietz
    Clusters of tiny earthquakes that happen every three years could help to signal when the next big one will hit Japan, researchers report in Science1. Small, subtle quakes happen in many places where a slab of sea floor dives beneath a continent, such as in the US Pacific Northwest or off the coast of Chile. But the study of seismic activity in Japan is the first to show that they happen in regular episodes, and that those events can precede larger earthquakes. If the same patterns hold in other earthquake-prone regions, they could improve seismic risk estimates there, too. Related...
  • Wall Street jobs are leaving New York

    02/10/2016 7:54:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/10/2016 | Portia Crowe
    For many Goldman Sachs employees, commuting to work does not mean riding the subway down to the firm's waterfront headquarters at 200 West Street in New York City. That's because a quarter of Goldman Sachs' staff work in lower-cost "strategic locations" around the world. About 25% of the global investment bank's headcount is based in cheaper locations in the US and abroad, according to a presentation from CEO Lloyd Blankfein at the Credit Suisse Financial Services Forum on Tuesday. Goldman Sachs had 36,800 staff at the end of 2015, which means 9,200 staff are based in these low-cost locations. By...
  • Kasich getting 15% is proof enough that NH needs to be demoted. (vanity)

    02/10/2016 6:22:42 AM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 61 replies
    2/10/2016 | freeAtlanta
    NH is too left wing to represent the GOP. Group them with Iowa and 3 other states on opening day. Put in a couple from deep south and one from the far west. I am sick of the establishment having the NH place of honor.
  • Video: World’s First ‘Oblique’ Icebreaker Breaks Ice Sideways

    02/10/2016 5:46:11 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 23 replies
    gcaptain.com ^ | February 9, 2016 | gcaptain
    Built by Arctech Helsinki for the Russian Ministry of Transport, the Icebreaking Multipurpose Emergency and Rescue Vessel Baltika is a first-of-its-kind icebreaker built with an asymmetrical hull allowing for not only ahead and astern icebreaking, but also “oblique” icebreaking for a greater angle of attack.
  • Warner Music Pays $14 Million to End 'Happy Birthday' Copyright Lawsuit (public domain)

    02/10/2016 3:08:30 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 14 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | February 09, 2016 | Eriq Gardner
    Sing the song, blow out the candles, eat the cake and unwrap the gifts. According to a court filing on Monday, music publisher Warner/Chappell will pay $14 million to end a lawsuit challenging its hold on the English language's most popular song, "Happy Birthday to You." Additionally, the settlement stipulates a proposed final judgment and order that would declare the song to be in the public domain. A memorandum in support of the settlement sings the praises of the deal as "truly, an historic result." U.S. District Judge George H. King will have to sign off on it. The revelation...
  • Chinese Fund Offers $1.2b for Norway's Opera Web Company

    02/10/2016 12:44:40 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    The Local ^ | 10 Feb 2016
    Norway's Opera Software, which makes the popular Opera web browser, said on Wednesday that China's Golden Brick Silk Road investment fund had offered 10.5 billion kroner ($1.2 billion) to buy the company.Norway fund blacklists China's 'corrupt' ZTE (07 Jan 16) The Opera board unanimously recommended the offer, saying that at 71 kroner per share, it represents a 56-percent premium on the average price over the last 30 days. The company had made no secret of its desire to find a buyer and its shares were suspended on the Oslo stock exchange on Friday pending an announcement.
  • Japan's Asahi Offers Billions for Italy's Peroni

    02/10/2016 12:37:39 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    The Local ^ | 10 Feb 2016
    Japan's Asahi Group Holdings has offered €3.1 billion for two top European lager brands from British giant SABMiller, in what would be the biggest-ever overseas acquisition by a Japanese beer company, a report said on Wednesday. Board members finalised the 400 billion yen proposal on Tuesday for Peroni of Italy and the Netherlands' Grolsch, the leading Nikkei business daily said, without citing sources. The company refused to confirm the report but said in a statement it was "studying a variety of possibilities for a capital and business tie-up, including this case". Nothing has been finalised, it added. Acquiring the brands,...
  • Don't touch that PDF or webpage until your Windows PC is patched (Windows Update - Patch Tuesday)

    02/09/2016 7:06:25 PM PST · by dayglored · 23 replies
    The Register ^ | Feb 9, 2016 | Shaun Nichols
    Microsoft blats bugs in super-secure web browser Edge, its OS, the Office suite, and more Microsoft has patched 41 CVE-listed security vulnerabilities in its software this month. The second Patch Tuesday monthly update of the year brings with it fixes for security flaws in both Internet Explorer and Edge that could allow remote-code-execution attacks simply by visiting a webpage. Also fixed are remote-code-execution holes in the Windows PDF Viewer and Microsoft Office. [Full list on the Register article page] After installing the Microsoft updates, users and administrators would be wise to install monthly fixes issued Tuesday by Adobe for Flash...
  • The must have toolkit for designers: iPad Pro and Apple Pencil

    02/09/2016 6:11:56 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 6 replies
    The Next Web ^ | February 9, 2016
    Remember how Siri remote was the perfect spouse of the new Apple TV? The same can be said of the new Apple Pencil and the iPad pro.Apple haters may laugh at the irony that eight years prior to Apple Pencil, Steve Jobs ridiculed the idea of a stylus because it was klutzy.At the time, Jobs believed styluses were clunky and built an unnecessary barrier between the user and the device. Especially since previous generation touchscreen-enabled devices had smaller screens, the idea of stylus as a pointer only made the navigating bothersome.But as time passed, the powers at Apple decided to...
  • ‘Huge’ number of Mac apps vulnerable to hijacking, and a fix is elusive

    02/09/2016 2:38:59 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 13 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | February 9, 2016
    “Camtasia, uTorrent, and a large number of other Mac apps are susceptible to man-in-the-middle attacks that install malicious code, thanks to a vulnerability in Sparkle, the third-party software framework the apps use to receive updates,” Dan Goodin reports for Ars Technica. “The vulnerability is the result of apps that use a vulnerable version of Sparkle along with an unencrypted HTTP channel to receive data from update servers. It involves the way Sparkle interacts with functions built into the WebKit rendering engine to allow JavaScript execution.” “As a result, attackers with the ability to manipulate the traffic passing between the end...
  • Woman Says McDonald’s Happy Meal Has Not Rotted in 6 Years

    02/09/2016 10:22:32 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 63 replies
    KFOR ^ | DALLAS FRANKLIN | FEBRUARY 9, 2016
    A woman who bought a Happy Meal from McDonald’s six years ago says the food has not rotted. Jennifer Lovdahl says the meal of chicken nuggets and french fries has been sitting in her office for six years. She bought the meal as an experiment to show her patients how unhealthy the food is. Even after all these years, the food has not decomposed. She posted photos of the food and the box it came in on her Facebook page saying on one of the pictures, “the box will decompose before the food does!” Her Facebook post has gone viral,...
  • 3 arrested for roles in construction of collapsed Taiwan apartment tower

    02/09/2016 9:05:33 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    cnn ^ | 02/09/2016 | Sophia Yan and Greg Botelho,
    Three people were arrested Tuesday, Xiao Bo-ren, the Tainan government's legal affairs secretary, told CNN. All are former executives of the real estate development company that built Tainan's 17-story Weiguan Golden Dragon tower, which collapsed when the magnitude-6.4 tremor hit early Saturday. Lin Ming-hui, former chairman of the now defunct Weiguan company, and two other former executives -- Chang Kui-an and Cheng Chin-kui -- face charges of professional negligence resulting in death. The ruins of the toppled high-rise are the most visible evidence of the massive quake, which killed at least 40 people in the normally quiet city of 1.9...
  • Americans are quitting their jobs like crazy

    02/09/2016 8:07:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/09/2016 | Akin Oyedele
    Americans are quitting their jobs like crazy, and this is good news for wages. The latest monthly "Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey" (JOLTS) showed that in December, the total number of quits was 3.1 million, the highest level in a decade, while the quits rate was 2.1%, the highest since April 2008. This rate, which takes the number of quits divided by the number of employees who worked or were paid for work, is one of the labor-market metrics most closely watched by Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen. If people are quitting their jobs, it suggests that they are...
  • New Hampshire (voting results)

    02/09/2016 5:15:43 AM PST · by Cringing Negativism Network · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | 2/9/2016
    Got this from the Drudgereport site: http://www.cnn.com/election/primaries/states/nh/Rep
  • In final day of campaigning, Trump tries to strike an intimate note

    02/09/2016 4:19:02 AM PST · by Cringing Negativism Network · 72 replies
    CNN ^ | February 9, 2016 | Jeremy Diamond, CNN
    Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN)Donald Trump's final day of campaigning in New Hampshire before the state's first-in-the-nation primary marked a notable departure from the candidate's convention-defying campaign. He fielded voters' questions during three intimate town hall forums on Monday. And in a rally that night, Trump veered clear of controversial, headline-grabbing territory. http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/09/politics/donald-trump-new-hampshire-campaigning/index.html
  • Former Mexican President Calderon Says Trump's Idea for Border Wall Is "Stupid", "Useless"

    02/09/2016 3:34:48 AM PST · by Cringing Negativism Network · 51 replies
    Short News ^ | 2/9/16
    Former Mexican leader Felipe Calderon says he does not understand why Americans would vote for Donald Trump, calling the Republican presidential candidate "completely crazy" and "not very well-informed". He further explained in the interview with CNBC that the border wall Trump plans to erect if elected is "stupid" and "completely useless". http://www.shortnews.com/start.cfm?id=102632
  • DLL Hijacking Issue Plagues Products like Firefox, Chrome, iTunes, OpenOffice

    02/08/2016 6:41:43 PM PST · by Utilizer · 25 replies
    SOFTPEDIA ^ | Feb 8, 2016 12:00 GMT | Catalin Cimpanu
    Oracle has released new Java installers to fix a well-known security issue (CVE-2016-0603) that also affects a plethora of other applications, from Web browsers to antivirus products, and from file compressors to home cinema software. The problem is called DLL hijacking (or DLL side-loading) and refers to the fact that malware authors can place DLLs of the same name in specific locations on the target's filesystem and have it inadvertently load the malicious DLL instead of the safe one. DLL hijacking is a very well-known issue This type of attack is very old and has been known to many software...
  • Roll up, roll up to the Malware Museum! Run classic DOS viruses in your web browser!

    02/08/2016 2:33:58 PM PST · by dayglored · 12 replies
    The Register ^ | Feb 5, 2016 | Chris Williams
    The Internet Archive has opened a new collection dubbed the Malware Museum that lets you run old DOS-era viruses in your web browser. There are 78 samples to play with, all uploaded earlier today and collated by Mikko Hypponen and Jason Scott. The cheesy old code is executed in your browser using a JavaScript version of emulator DOSbox. Much to our delight, there some classics in the museum, particularly Casino. Running these cyber-fossils will take you back to the bad old days when code could do anything it liked on machines -- security wasn't a consideration at all. As such,...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! (week of 2-8-16)

    02/08/2016 2:00:15 PM PST · by dynachrome · 25 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com/ ^ | 2-8-16 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Are Electric Cars Really Green? (Video)

    02/08/2016 12:30:59 PM PST · by servo1969 · 25 replies
    Prager University ^ | 2-8-2016 | Bjorn Lomborg
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17xh_VRrnMU Do electric cars really help the environment? President Obama thinks so. So does Leonardo DiCaprio. And many others. The argument goes like this: Regular cars run on gasoline, a fossil fuel that pumps CO2 straight out of the tailpipe and into the atmosphere. Electric cars run on electricity. They don't burn any gasoline at all. No gas; no CO2. In fact, electric cars are often advertised as creating "zero emissions." But do they really? Let's take a closer look. First, there's the energy needed to produce the car. More than a third of the lifetime carbon-dioxide emissions from an...
  • Why fuel prices will stay low for the next decade

    02/08/2016 12:22:58 PM PST · by nascarnation · 29 replies
    Autoblog ^ | 2/8/16 | Chris Bruce
    The top exec at an oil trading company thinks the era of crude trading at over $100 a barrel might never return, and the stuff could remain between $40 and $60 for as long as the next 10 years. "You have to believe that there is a possibility that you will not necessarily go back above $100, you know, ever," Ian Taylor, Chief Executive Officer of Vitol Group BV, told Bloomberg. His company is the world's largest independent oil trader. Instead of any significant increase or decrease, the exec believes crude could hit $45 to $50 a barrel in the...
  • South Bay Businesses Disappointed with Super Bowl Profits

    02/08/2016 11:57:47 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Feb 7, 2016
    When Santa Clara business owners heard the Super Bowl was headed to the Bay Area, they were understandably excited: With tens of thousands of people swarming Levi’s Stadium for the big game, surely big profits would follow, they assumed. As it turns out, however, sales in the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl has been lackluster at some locations that were counting on a customer uptick. Nga Huynh, the owner of Butter and Zeus, says that the foot traffic has slowed at her location. 'Businesses is a little bit down because of all the road closures,' she said. 'We...
  • Remember Netbooks? Windows 10 makes them good again!

    02/08/2016 9:47:10 AM PST · by dayglored · 26 replies
    The Register ^ | Feb 8, 2016 | Simon Sharwood
    And rather better than a US$35 tablet, if you need a Windows 10 machine lurking around Among the many bizarre and stupid mistakes Microsoft made with Windows 8.x was the decision to require screens to have resolution of at least 1024 x 768. That decision meant that hordes of Netbooks, the very small laptops popular in the late noughties, had no obvious upgrade path from Windows XP to Windows 8.x. Back in November 2013 I therefore tried to figure out how to extend the life of my own Netbook. Along the way I confirmed that Windows 8 was indeed a...
  • Under Sanders, income and jobs would soar, economist says (not satire)

    02/08/2016 9:03:04 AM PST · by Signalman · 100 replies
    cnnmoney ^ | 2/8/2106 | Tami Luhby
    Median income would soar by more than $22,000. Nearly 26 million jobs would be created. The unemployment rate would fall to 3.8%. Those are just a few of the things that would happen if Bernie Sanders became president and his ambitious economic program were put into effect, according to an analysis given exclusively to CNNMoney. The first comprehensive look at the impact of all of Sanders' spending and tax proposals on the economy was done by Gerald Friedman, a University of Massachusetts Amherst economics professor. Friedman found that if Sanders became president -- and was able to push his plan...
  • Dot-Com Bubble 2.0 Is Bursting: Tech Stocks Are Already Down Half A Trillion Dollars Since Mid-2015

    02/07/2016 8:06:36 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    TEC ^ | 02/07/2016 | Michael Snyder
    Do you remember how much stocks went down when the first dot-com bubble burst? Well, it is happening again, and tech stocks are already down more than half a trillion dollars since the middle of 2015. On Friday, the tech-heavy Nasdaq dropped to its lowest level in more than 15 months, and it has now fallen more than 16 percent from the peak of the market. But of course some of the biggest names have fallen much more than that. Netflix is down 37 percent, Yahoo is down 39 percent, LinkedIn is down 60 percent, and Twitter is down more...
  • Will a Robotized Workplace = Set Quotas for Hiring People?

    02/07/2016 5:08:16 PM PST · by lee martell · 38 replies
    February 7, 2016 | Lee Martell
    We are at the threshold of a society deeply impacted by industrialized robots and AI systems. In a few years, driverless cars may become quite common in America, cutting into the business of human drivers, as with Uber or any Check Cab. Long distance Truck Drivers may be replaced by driverless trucks that never get tired and rarely become confused. Many wealthy people are already obtaining financial planning advice from robotized systems. Our children may be taught by instructional robots that memorize the child's name, face and study habits. My question is where will all these people find work? Will...
  • Europe’s shift to dark green forests stokes global warming—study

    02/07/2016 8:09:47 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Feb 4, 2016 2:25pm EST | Alister Doyle
    An expansion of Europe's forests towards dark green conifers has stoked global warming, according to a study on Thursday at odds with a widespread view that planting more trees helps human efforts to slow rising temperatures. Forest changes have nudged Europe's summer temperatures up by 0.12 degree Celsius (0.2 Fahrenheit) since 1750, largely because many nations have planted conifers such as pines and spruce whose dark color traps the sun's heat, the scientists said. Lighter-colored broad-leafed trees, such as oak or birch, reflect more sunlight back into space, but have lost ground to fast-growing conifers, used for everything from building...
  • Helicopter Money Arrives: Switzerland Referendum to Hand Out $2500 Monthly To All Citizens

    01/30/2016 10:12:20 AM PST · by ak267 · 32 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 1-29-2016 | Tyler Durden
    With Citi's chief economist proclaiming "only helicopter money can save the world now," and the Bank of England pre-empting paradropping money concerns, it appears that Australia's largest investment bank's forecast that money-drops were 12-18 months away was too conservative. While The Finns consider a "basic monthly income" for the entire population, Swiss residents are to vote on a countrywide referendum about a radical plan to pay every single adult a guaranteed income of around $2500 per month, with authorities insisting that people will still want to find a job.
  • Hillary: Halt all fossil fuel extraction on federal lands

    02/07/2016 5:40:33 AM PST · by rktman · 32 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 2/7/2016 | Dan Calabrese
    If you enjoyed paying $1.59 a gallon for gas this past weekend, understand a few things. To the extent domestic production affects this, the oil industry is mostly gettings its resources on private lands. That's because Obama, while he's happy to take credit for the increased productivity and lower prices, is fighting new leases on federal lands wherever he can. That's how he can reassure his left-wing base he's an enemy of the oil industry while also taking credit for the low prices. But there is some oil being extracted on federal lands, and if that stopped all at once,...
  • Windows 10 Nabs Number 2 Spot Behind Windows 7 among desktop environments

    02/06/2016 5:40:06 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Sci-Tech Today ^ | 02/06/2016 | Jeff Cozza
    It may have taken awhile, but the market is finally showing Windows 10 some love. Six months after its debut, the latest Microsoft operating system has climbed its way up to the number two spot among desktop environments, according to data from Net Market Share. With 11.85 percent of the market, Windows 10 has finally surpassed third place Windows XP, which still holds 11.42 percent of the desktop market. Neither Windows 10 nor XP comes close to the most popular operating system in the world, which remains Windows 7 with a whopping 52.47 percent of the desktop market. Microsoft ended...
  • Massive Waves at Mavericks, But Titans Surf Contest on Hold Due to Super Bowl 50 Blackout

    02/06/2016 2:18:39 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 2/6 | Robert Handa
    Despite 20-foot waves with 40-foot faces, this weekend is being treated like a holiday, with blackout dates surrounding the big game in Santa Clara. The huge events surrounding the Super Bowl, as well as the resources needed to accommodate the big game, will leave the Titans of Mavericks Surf contest on the sidelines this week. The Pillar Point Harbor patrol continues to monitor the El Niño-powered waves pounding the Mavericks surf area in Half Moon Bay. Deputy Harbormaster Cary Smith says the 20-foot waves with 40-foot faces would be ideal for the contest. But Thursday is the first day of...
  • Auto Shop 'Cover-Up': Family Left With Thousands of Dollars in Damage After SUV Falls Off Lift

    02/06/2016 1:58:43 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 2/5 | Bigad Shaban, Kevin Nious and Jeremy Carroll
    An NBC Bay Area Investigation reveals thousands of consumer complaints against auto repair shops are kept secret each year by a California agency created to protect consumers.Albert and Michelle Delao noticed some bizarre changes to their 2002 GMC Yukon after the couple hired an auto shop in San Jose to make a few repairs to the SUV. "When you turn the wheel [there were] cracking noises." Michelle Delao said. "Squeaking noises." The family would later discover that employees at their auto repair shop went to considerable lengths to hide serious damage that was done to the vehicle – more than...
  • Stock Market in 2016 compared to 2008

    02/06/2016 1:38:37 PM PST · by entropy12 · 13 replies
    Feb 06, 2016 | Self
    Chart comparing 2008 market behavior with 2016. But it is still too early in the year and 2016 may not repeat the stock market of 2008.
  • DEVIOUS OBAMACARE LIES FROM MIT ECONOMIST UNRAVELED IN JUST TWO MINUTES (GruberGate in Two Minutes)

    02/06/2016 1:01:39 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 8 replies
    Wedio ^ | 02/06/2016 | SANJAY TOKAS
    MIT economic scientist Jonathan Gruber is a devious liar who got paid millions of taxpayer dollars to help engineer key Obamacare deceptions that got the law passed. The now infamous Gruber helped Obamacare architects exploit "the stupidity of the American voter" to get Obamacare passed, a law which is now causing health insurance rates to skyrocket across the nation. --SNIP-- Up until the day Gruber was caught on video explaining how stupid the American voters were, democrats all but fell over each other in a race to heap praise upon Gruber as an economic genius. This is all part of...
  • Saudi Chemist Invents New Medical Technique

    02/06/2016 11:12:47 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    Arab News ^ | Tuesday 2 February 2016
    A Saudi woman has used her expertise in chemistry to develop a new device that can carry drugs to points of inflammation in the body. Ghada Mutlaq Al-Mutairi, 39, who currently lives in the United States and holds a doctorate in chemical engineering, works at the University of California. She received a $3 million global innovation award from HIN, the largest organization supporting scientific research in the United States. Her device, which was recognized as one of the four most important inventions by the United States Congress in 2012, provides a way to penetrate the body, detect inflammation, and provide...
  • Can slow creep along thrust faults help forecast megaquakes?

    02/06/2016 10:36:54 AM PST · by JimSEA · 9 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 2/4/2016 | University of California
    In Japan and areas like the Pacific Northwest where megathrust earthquakes are common, scientists may be able to better forecast large quakes based on periodic increases and decreases in the rate of slow, quiet slipping along the fault. This hope comes from a new study by Japanese and UC Berkeley seismologists, looking at the more than 1,000-kilimeter-long fault off northeast Japan where the devastating 2011 Tohoku-oki earthquake originated, generating a tsunami that killed thousands. There, the Pacific Plate is trundling under the Japan plate, not only causing megaquakes like the magnitude 9 in 2011, but giving rise to a chain...
  • World's tallest skyscraper will be a MILE HIGH and twice as tall as the Burj

    02/06/2016 8:00:44 AM PST · by upchuck · 66 replies
    The Sun ^ | circa Feb 5, 2016 | Hanna Alberts
    Plans are underway to build a MILE-HIGH skyscraper in Japan. If approved the huge tower would be the tallest building in the world, dwarfing the current record-holder, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai which is half as tall at 2,717ft (828m). Located in Tokyo Bay, an inlet southeast of the city proper, the plan - dubbed Next Tokyo - wouldn't just be a single massive building, but if approved would emerge as a mini city designed to combat climate change. Envisioned as part of Tokyo's effort to protect itself from rising tides, Next Tokyo would feature a chain of man-made,...
  • Canalsys: Apple shipped over 12 million Apple Watches in 2015:

    02/05/2016 7:42:26 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 34 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | February 5, 2016 | Canalys
    Canalys: Apple shipped over 12 million Apple Watches in 2015: Two-thirds of all smart watches sold in 2015 Apple dominated the smart watch market in 2015, accounting for over 12 million units and two-thirds of all shipments according to Canalys estimates. Samsung placed a distant second in Q4. Pebble trailed in third and Huawei came fourth. Basic bands exceeded 37 million shipments for the year. Fitbit set a quarterly shipments record as it comfortably led the category. Xiaomi held second place, shipping 12 million Mi Bands during 2015. “Cashing in on holiday sales, Apple managed to rack up over five...
  • Brett Favre a shoo-in for Pro Football Hall of Fame

    02/05/2016 7:01:34 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 14 replies
    WBAY.COM ^ | 05 FEBRUARY 2016 | WBAY.COM
    It's the definition of a "sure thing." The next class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame will be announced Saturday, and former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre is sure to be inducted. It's #4's first time on the Pro Football Hall of Fame ballot, but his stats and stature make him a shoo-in. "Nothing is ever a lock, but I am honored to be here," Favre told NFL Network. "I never dreamed of MVP, I never dreamed of the Hall of Fame, I dreamed of playing. And running out with my helmet off, like I did in the...
  • Starbucks 'Gender Wall' Collapses; Women Barred

    02/05/2016 2:58:32 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Sunday, January 31, 2016
    Women told to send in their drivers insteadSaudi Arabia’s religious police barred women from entering a Starbucks coffee shop after a gender-separating wooden wall collapsed many times under customer stampedes, a newspaper reported on Sunday. Women going to the café in the capital Riyadh were surprised to find a board placed at the door, telling them to keep out of the place. The Arabic language daily 'Al Weaam' said the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, the most influential law enforcing authority in the conservative Gulf Kingdom, ordered the café’s management not to admit women....