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  • Why is R-22 Refrigerant so Expensive Now?

    05/28/2016 6:59:35 AM PDT · by central_va · 19 replies
    Pippen HVAC ^ | 5/28/16 | Pippen
    I just got charged $200.00 for two pounds of R-22. 2 pounds!!!!
  • Long-Acting Opioid Treatment Could Be Available In A Month

    05/28/2016 1:21:28 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    NPR ^ | May 27, 2016
    Labels for the first long-acting opioid addiction treatment device are rolling off printing machines Friday. Trainings begin Saturday for doctors who want to learn to insert four matchstick-size rods under the skin. They contain the drug buprenorphine, which staves off opioid cravings. The implant, called Probuphine, was approved by the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday, and is expected to be available to patients by the end of June. "This is just the starting point for us to continue to fight for the cause of patients with opioid addiction," said Behshad Sheldon, CEO of Braeburn Pharmaceuticals, which manufactures Probuphine. But...
  • You Don’t Have to Be a Criminal for the IRS to Seize Your Bank Account

    05/27/2016 8:03:54 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 26 May, 2916 | The Editors
    Congress is considering a bill that would prohibit the federal government from punishing people who haven’t committed any crime. This will take some clarification. Like many other police agencies, the IRS has extensive and easily abused civil-forfeiture powers. The idea behind civil forfeiture is that criminals should not be allowed to profit from their crimes, and that their ill-gotten loot — cash, cars, real estate — should find its way to the public fisc. In practice, that does happen, but forfeiture also provides a sweet stream of lightly overseen revenue for police agencies, hence the temptation to abuse.
  • Inside a McDonald’s Kitchen (Gulf Countries)

    05/27/2016 12:45:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Gulf Times ^ | May 26 2016 | Anand Holla
    Entering the McDonald’s kitchen can be strangely relieving. With so much Internet chatter over the food served in the kitchens of the world’s largest fast food chain or how it is prepared or stored, a step-by-step tour of what really goes behind the counters is rather reassuring. Thousands of people have visited McDonald’s kitchens since the fast food company started their Open Door programme in 2006 by inviting its customers to take a look inside and see for themselves how food is sourced, handled, prepared and served. Ten years on, the programme has helped McDonald’s interact with its customers at...
  • New York City can enforce rule on salt warnings in restaurants: court

    05/27/2016 11:37:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu May 26, 2016 4:52pm EDT | Karen Freifeld
    New York City can enforce a rule requiring chain restaurants to post warnings on menu items high in sodium, a New York appeals court ruled on Thursday. In February, a New York state judge upheld the rule, knocking down a challenge by the National Restaurant Association. But the Appellate Division, First Department, temporarily stopped New York City from enforcing it. The court lifted has now lifted that interim order. The rule, believed to be the first of its kind in the United States, requires city restaurants with 15 or more locations nationwide to post a salt shaker encased in a...
  • A Simple Software Update Lets Any Smartphone Detect Squeezes And Forceful Touches

    05/27/2016 10:57:52 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 11 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | May 26, 2016 12:30PM | By ANDREW LISZEWSKI
    Apple made a big deal about the advanced technology it developed to facilitate the 3D Touch feature on the iPhone 6s. But engineers at the University of Michigan have not only recreated the feature such that it can work on any smartphone, they have also improved it by enabling phones to detect when they’re being squeezed, too.A Simple Software Update Lets Any Smartphone Detect Squeezes and Forceful Touches So how can additional interactive features be added to any smartphone without adding sensors or upgrading its hardware in any way? ForcePhone is a piece of software simply relies on two...
  • Google Beats Oracle on Copyright, Defeating $9 Billion Claim (Android's Java — Link Only)

    05/27/2016 10:29:23 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 11 replies
    Bloomberg | May 26, 2016 4:47PM | By Joel Rosenblatt
    A U.S. Federal Court jury finds Google didn’t need a license from Oracle for Android’s Java code, defeating Oracle's $9 billion claim. Oracle vows to appeal. Link Only Due To Copyright Issues From Bloomberg Article.
  • A whole new world: Netflix gets exclusive Disney streaming rights

    05/26/2016 5:28:33 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 21 replies
    WISH TV ^ | 26 MAY 2016 | WISH TV
    INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Netflix is getting exclusive Disney streaming rights. Among lots of new movies coming to Netflix this summer, perhaps one of the biggest announcements was the partnership with Disney. In a release on Tuesday, Netflix announced the partnership saying it will have exclusive streaming rights for Disney movies, Marvel, Pixar and Lucasfilm. The catch? They won’t be available until September.
  • Alleged drug smuggler busted carrying 'meth burritos' over the border

    05/26/2016 5:03:58 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 10 replies
    CBS 5 AZ ^ | 24 MAY 2016 | CBS 5 AZ
    NOGALES, AZ (KPHO/KTVK) - Border officials say a woman was busted for allegedly smuggling more than a pound of meth, disguised as burritos. Officers stopped the 23-year-old Nogales woman this weekend as she crossed the border through a pedestrian gate. A positive alert by a CBP narcotics detection canine help officers find slightly more than a pound of meth, worth more than $3,000. The drugs were disguised as a bag of burritos. Border officials report a number of other drug seizures as well, this weekend.
  • Donald Trump Responds to Obama: ‘When You Rattle Someone, That’s Good’

    05/26/2016 3:09:06 PM PDT · by vekzen · 27 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 5/26/2016 | Alex Swoyer
    Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump is responding to President Barack Obama, who while overseas said foreign leaders are rattled by Trump. “When you rattle someone, that’s good because many of the world, many of the countries in our world…have been absolutely abusing us and taking advantage of us,” Trump responded to Obama’s comment during a press conference in Bismarck, North Dakota. “If they’re rattled in a friendly way…that’s a good thing, not a bad thing.” “He is a man who shouldn’t be really airing his difficulties and he shouldn’t be airing what he’s airing where he is right now,”
  • Patent troll VirnetX asks court to ban FaceTime & iMessage, increase damages award by $190M

    05/26/2016 12:39:43 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 53 replies
    9 to 5 Mac ^ | May 26, 2016 at 11:30 AM | By Zac Hall
    Infamous patent troll VirnetX has formally asked a Texas court this week to order Apple to stop providing its FaceTime and iMessage features to customers. The request follows VirnetX’s victory in court earlier this year to the tune of $625 million, which the firm wants to see increased by $190 million or more, Law360 reports: At a post-trial hearing Wednesday, Texas technology company VirnetX argued that although an injunction blocking Apple’s popular video chatting and messaging features, along with a virtual private network on demand feature, may seem like a harsh remedy, it is necessary because of the irreparable harm Apple’s...
  • All drop-tests should be done this way: iPhone 6s vs Samsung Galaxy S7 to the death (Video)

    05/26/2016 9:24:52 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 45 replies
    9 to 5 Mac ^ | May 26, 2016 | By Ben LoveJoy
    Drop-tests are always fun to watch, but I’ve always felt that the reliability of most of them is suspect simply because there are so many variables.Most involve someone dropping a phone by hand, and the distance is often as imprecisely measured as ‘waist height’ or ‘head height,’ making it hard to be sure both phones experienced exactly the same force. Dropping a phone from a hand can result in differences in initial angles, and releasing one side of the phone a fraction of a second before the other can impart a rotation to the device. In short, most drop-tests are more entertainment than science. But the...
  • Female business leaders earn MORE on average than their male competitors for the second year…[tr]

    05/26/2016 7:27:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 09:19 EST, 26 May 2016 | Darren Boyle
    Female chief executive officers earn more money on average than their male counterparts for the second year in a row according to a new survey. Researchers looked at the pay and benefits packages for male and female business leaders for 2014 and 2015. The data showed that the median pay for a female CEO was almost $18 million last year, while their male counterparts were worth on average a mere $10.5 million. Also, the packages received by women increased in value by around 13 percent last year, compared to a moderate three percent rise for the men. …
  • How getting stomped by Donald Trump saved Ted Cruz's career (sent to me, by a fan of Ted Cruz)

    05/25/2016 6:55:27 PM PDT · by cba123 · 64 replies
    The Week ^ | May 25, 2016 | Peter Weber
    This article has something with the formatting, which seems to not allow a copy of part of the text. So I will just link to the article, if you would like to click on the ling, that is up to you. I think it is interesting article. I am just writing this, to recognize there are a lot of Cruz supporters here, and to encourage discussion between both side, to rebuild teamwork on our side for November. Please just understand, this was sent to me by a very loyal Ted Cruz supporter. I assure you. Enjoy please. Good job Ted...
  • SpaceX Targets Thursday May 26 for Thai Comsat Launch and Tough Sea Landing – Watch Live

    05/25/2016 5:43:48 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | 05/25/2016
    SpaceX is rapidly picking up the pace of rocket launches for their wide ranging base of commercial, government and military customers that is continuously expanding and reaping contracts and profits for the Hawthorne, Calif. based company. This commercial mission involves lofting Thaicom-8 to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO) for Thaicom PLC, a leading satellite operator in Asia. This also counts as the second straight GTO launch and the second straight attempt to land a rocket on a sea based platform from the highly demanding GTO launch trajectory. Will this mission make for 3 successful Falcon 9 1st stage booster landings...
  • Musicians: "Politician X Can't use My Music" but Bakers/Photogs MUST let their creation be used?

    05/25/2016 2:44:02 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 26 replies
    5/25/16 | sff
    So I just saw little article about leftist 60s guy Neil Young who said Donald Trump couldn't use one of his songs...same thing with Aerosmith.... So, it just kind of struck me: Artist "Y" created something and THEN Trump purchases the CD/Music File/Record, whatever the material is upon which the recording is made...and then uses it for his OWN pleasure. Artist Y hates Trump and says that even though the record can be bought and purchased, Trump cannot play it publicly. And that wish is respected. Baker "J" creates cakes. Or photographer "G" creates stunning pictures. Can THEY not restrict...
  • Rise of the robots: 60,000 workers culled from just one factory in China (truncated title)

    05/25/2016 1:11:52 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 21 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | PUBLISHED : Saturday, 21 May, 2016, 9:50pm UPDATED : Sunday, 22 May, 2016, 9:29am
    Rise of the robots: 60,000 workers culled from just one factory as China’s struggling electronics hub turns to artificial intelligence Kunshan, in Jiangsu province, undergoes makeover as 600 companies look to trim their headcount The manufacturing hub for the electronics industry, Kunshan, in Jiangsu province, is seeking a drastic reduction in labour costs as it undergoes a makeover after an industrial explosion killed 146 people in 2014.The county, one-seventh the size of neighbouring Shanghai and the mainland’s first county to achieve US$4,000 per capita income, was adjudged the best county for its economic performance by Forbes for seven years in...
  • Microsoft is giving up on consumer smartphones, too

    05/25/2016 1:02:24 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 46 replies
    ReCode ^ | MAY 25, 2016, 5:00A | BY INA FRIED
    The company is taking a $950 million charge to unwind the last vestiges of the Nokia deal. div class="c-entry-content"> Microsoft is further scaling back its flagging phone business, exiting the consumer market and cutting another 1,850 jobs.As part of the move announced Wednesday, Microsoft will take a $950 million charge and cut what little remained of its Finland-based phone hardware business, unwinding the last of its disastrous $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia's phone unit. Last week, Microsoft announced separately that it was selling what was left of its low-end "feature phone" business.The company has been scaling back its phone ambitions...
  • Lights out in downtown Seattle!!

    05/25/2016 12:27:32 PM PDT · by djf · 35 replies
    5/25/2016 | djf
    Major power outage in downtown Seattle! And it's not even an EMP... ;-)
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook saw an iPhone in a nearly 350-year-old painting

    05/25/2016 10:22:43 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 35 replies
    CNBC Tech Transformers ^ | May 25, 2016 | By Arjun Kharpal
    Apple's Tim Cook saw an iPhone in 350-year-old paintingThe Apple chief executive joked saying he thought he knew when and where the iPhone was invented. Apparently the iPhone was invented nearly 350 years ago, according to Apple boss Tim Cook's interpretation of a painting. During a chat at the Start-up Fest event in Amsterdam on Tuesday, Cook spoke to former European Commissioner Neelie Kroes about topics ranging from health to the future of TV. But the pair shared an anecdote from the night before when Kroes took Cook to Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum. "Do you happen to know Tim, where and when...
  • Official: Paying Off Texas Toll Roads Debt Would Cost $38B

    05/24/2016 10:02:41 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    Construction Equipment Guide ^ | April 29, 2016 | Associated Press
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) A Texas Department of Transportation official said the state would need $38 billion to pay off debt linked to dozens of toll roads and make the highways free to drivers. Executive director James Bass updated a Texas House panel in Austin. The 2015 Legislature ordered TxDOT to report on the status of Texas toll roads. A final report is due in September.
  • Franklin Graham: Target CEO in Denial as Stocks Tank $10B Over Transgender Bathroom Policy

    05/24/2016 9:43:26 PM PDT · by Morgana · 42 replies
    christianpost.com ^ | May 25, 2016 | Stoyan Zaimov
    The Rev. Franklin Graham says Target CEO Brian Cornell is in denial over the reason for the company's plunging stock prices, insisting that the conservative boycott against the retailer's transgender bathroom policies is playing a key role. "Target stock is tumbling after they announced a pro-transgender restroom policy allowing men to use women's bathrooms and changing rooms. Stock value has fallen 20 percent and shareholder value has lost $10 billion since they began promoting this dangerous policy," Graham wrote in a Facebook post on Monday. He then referred to a media statement made by Cornell, where he denied suggestions that...
  • Frisco Target ‘Peeping Tom' identified

    05/24/2016 9:13:41 PM PDT · by Morgana · 18 replies
    fox4news.com ^ | May 25, 2016 | fox4news staff
    Police have identified the ‘Peeping Tom’ who allegedly used his cell phone to record video of an underage girl inside a Frisco Target dressing room earlier this month. Frisco police say Charles Sidney McKissack III, 29, took off after the girl noticed the camera while changing clothes. She told her parent who told an employee, but by that time, McKissack was gone. The 29-year-old is originally from the Corsicanna area and is possibly transient in the DFW area. Police believe he often goes by 'Chad.'
  • Pipeline at Center of Altamont Pass Oil Spill Also Ruptured Last September

    05/24/2016 7:53:55 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    kqed ^ | 05/24/2016
    Shell Pipeline crews are still cleaning up from the most recent spill near Interstate 580 and the border between Alameda and San Joaquin counties four days after the 24-inch diameter line broke. Crews with the oil giant were able to complete repairs on the pipe on Monday, according to a Shell official. The San Pablo Bay Pipeline stretches from Coalinga in Fresno County to Martinez. The rupture on the line was first reported at 3 a.m. on Friday, said Lisa Medina, an environmental specialist at the San Joaquin County Environmental Health Department. Shell discovered a drop in pressure in the...
  • Black students' lives don't matter to Sheriff Clarke, just their obedience

    05/24/2016 6:45:46 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 18 replies
    ON MILWAUKEE ^ | 24 MAY 2016 | JAY BULLOCK
    Not counting the folks at the Public Policy Forum – who, if I weren't an avowed atheist, I would say really and truly do the lord's work – no one ever reads municipal budgets to look for the good things. Nope, if you're poring over a proposed budget, you're almost certainly doing it because you want to know how much of your tax dollars are being wasted on things you hate. This is doubly true if you host a right-wing talk radio program, since bad municipal budgets are great for ratings. So when talk radio read the proposed 2016-17 Milwaukee...
  • Watch ‘Supermodel Spider-Woman’ Climb High-Rise With… Vacuum Cleaners

    05/24/2016 4:27:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, May 24, 2016 | Vicky Kapur
    Professional rock climber scales 460ft-tall building with the suction power of cordless vacuum cleaners By Vicky Kapur Published Tuesday, May 24, 2016 In a cool marketing stunt, LG hired professional rock climber Sierra Blair-Coyle to scale a 140-metre (about 460 feet) high-rise building using the suction power of its CordZero canister vacuum cleaners. LG says it teamed up with Blair-Coyle to create a unique climbing device using the firm’s vacuum cleaner, and the project to scale the skyscraper nicely showed off some of the vacuum cleaner’s features (besides the great suction power) – lightweight and long-lasting lithium-ion battery. LG CordZero...
  • Knife Check at NRA Meeting in Louisville, 2016

    05/24/2016 1:34:41 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 22 replies
    Ammoland ^ | May 20, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Arizona – -(Ammoland.com)- Open carry is unrestricted at the NRA annual meeting in Louisville, Ky, this year. But with presidential candidate Donald Trump speaking at the Leadership Forum, the Secret Service set up a system to stop the entrance of people with guns and knives. Doug Ritter of Knife Rights realized that the carry of pocket knives is common with people across the United States, and that it is a major inconvenience to trudge a half mile back to a parked car to deposit a pocket knife after walking through a quarter mile line to hear the speakers.
  • Apple Sued Over iPhones Making Calls and Sending Email

    05/23/2016 7:39:45 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 11 replies
    Fortune ^ | May 23, 2016, 11:29 A.M. ET | by Don Reisinger
    Apple has been hit by one of the more shocking patent lawsuits in recent memory.A company that seemingly does nothing but license patents or, if necessary, sue other companies to get royalties, has taken aim at Apple But here’s the kicker: the lawsuit alleges that Apple’s last several iPhones and iPads violate a slew of patents related to seemingly standard features, including the ability to place calls as well as sending and receiving emails. A total of six patent infringement claims were brought against Apple by Corydoras Technologies on May 20, according to Apple-tracking site Patently Apple, which obtained...
  • Restaurant owner found guilty of death by chicken tikka masala

    05/23/2016 6:23:23 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 15 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 23, 2016 | Sophia Rosenbaum
    The owner of an Indian restaurant was found guilty Monday of killing one of his customers — after he cut corners whipping up an order of chicken tikka masala. A jury in Teesside Crown Court in North Yorkshire, England, found 52-year-old Mohammed Zaman guilty of manslaughter and gross negligence because he switched out almond powder for a cheaper ground nut mix containing peanuts, according to the BBC.
  • Apple Asks Suppliers To Produce 72-78 Million iPhone7s This Year, A 2-Year High

    05/23/2016 6:59:56 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 31 replies
    Barron's Asia ^ | May 23, 2016, 3:26 A.M. ET | By Shuli Ren
    Taiwan’s Apple (AAPL) supply chain manufacturers soared, with the TAIEX Index closing 2.6% higher after media reports that Apple is asking its suppliers to prepare for much higher-than-expected iPhone 7 production for 2016. Taiwan’s Economic Daily said Apple had asked its suppliers to produce 72 to 78 million new iPhones by the end of the year, the highest production target in about two years. The street had expected only 65 million iPhone 7s to be produced this year. According to the Taiwan newspaper, Hon Hai Precision Technology (2317.Taiwan) will remain the key assembler for iPhone 7 and Pegatron Corp. (4938.Taiwan)...
  • Banker Plunges to His Death After Eating Magic Mushrooms

    05/23/2016 2:14:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 23, 2016 | Tina Moore
    A Merrill Lynch analyst ate a handful of magic mushrooms in his Manhattan apartment Sunday morning — and then plunged to his death out of his 26th-floor window, police sources said. Alex Lagowitz, 23, was found dead on a third-floor, outdoor patio around 10 a.m. — directly below his bedroom window at Windsor Court on East 31st Street and Lexington Avenue in Murray Hill, the sources said.
  • Mohammed Inaugurates World’s First 3D-Printed Office in Dubai

    05/23/2016 11:41:25 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, May 23, 2016
    UAE is an incubator of innovation and future technology: MohammedHis Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, stated that the UAE has emerged as one of the major incubators of innovation and future technology in the world today, and its focused initiatives to shape the future have become global models that can be emulated in all sectors. "We implement what we plan, and we pursue actions not theories. The rapidly changing world requires us to accelerate our pace of development, for history does not recognize our plans but...
  • Discovery could open the door to cellphone and car batteries that last five times longer

    05/23/2016 10:51:48 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 40 replies
    phys.org ^ | 23 MAY 2016 | Provided by: University of Texas at Dallas
    A University of Texas at Dallas researcher has made a discovery that could open the door to cellphone and car batteries that last five times longer than current ones. Dr. Kyeongjae Cho, professor of materials science and engineering in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, has discovered new catalyst materials for lithium-air batteries that jumpstart efforts at expanding battery capacity. The research was published in Nature Energy. "There's huge promise in lithium-air batteries. However, despite the aggressive research being done by groups all over the world, those promises are not being delivered in real life," Cho said....
  • Big win for Bank of America as court overturns $1.3 billion penalty in 'Hustle' fraud case

    05/23/2016 10:23:58 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 4 replies
    biz journals ^ | 23 May 2016 | Jen Wilson
    Bank of America Corp. (NYSE: BAC) on Monday notched a major legal win when a U.S. appeals court overturned a $1.27 billion penalty handed down in a high-profile fraud case tied to mortgages sold by its Countrywide unit prior to the financial crisis of 2008.
  • Swarms of Octopus Are Taking Over the Oceans

    05/23/2016 9:39:02 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 59 replies
    gizmodo ^ | Maddie Stone
    Something strange is happening to the oceans. As coral reefs wither and fisheries collapse, octopuses are multiplying like mad... cephalopods—squids, octopuses, cuttlefish—are booming, and scientists don’t know why. An analysis published today in Current Biology indicates that numerous species across the world’s oceans have increased in numbers since the 1950s. “The consistency was the biggest surprise,” said lead study author Zoë Doubleday of the University of Adelaide. “Cephalopods are notoriously variable, and population abundance can fluctuate wildly, both within and among species.”
  • India's Mini-Shuttle Blasts Into Elon Musk's Race For Space

    05/23/2016 6:14:59 AM PDT · by Republic_Venom · 21 replies
    www.ndtv.com ^ | May 23, 2016 | Anurag Kotoky, Ganesh Nagarajan, Bloomberg
    India successfully launched a scale model of a reusable spacecraft on Monday, a project that in time could pit the nation against billionaires Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk in the race to make access to space cheaper and easier. The winged vessel -- one-fifth of full size -- blasted off on a rocket from Sriharikota base on the southeastern coast, the Indian Space Research Organisation said. The spacecraft reached an altitude of 65 kilometers (40 miles) and glided back at supersonic speeds for a splashdown in the Bay of Bengal. The test took about 13 minutes.
  • Tax Havens: A Legitimate Defense against Greedy Politicos

    05/22/2016 8:10:45 AM PDT · by fella · 5 replies
    Panam Post ^ | 21 May 2016 | Luis Guillermo Vélez
    Officials, Intellectuals, Workers Hypocritically Denounce Strategies They Practice Themselves; Why can’t tax evasion be a legitimate form of self defense? In some countries and circumstances, it is. Despite what politicians want us to believe, tax havens exist because some countries have been turned into tax hellholes by officials bent on “social justice” and “income redistribution.” Sometimes, those same politicians top the list of “offshore” account holders trying to evade taxes. “The Wealth of Nations” by Adam Smith had something to say about this kind of government revenue, namely that taxes are a lesser evil overall than other forms of paying...
  • Portland begins sending homeless people to other cities, including Seattle

    05/21/2016 2:59:51 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 47 replies
    KIRO7.COM ^ | 20 MAY 2016 | NATASHA CHEN
    SEATTLE, Wash. — The city of Portland began a pilot program Thursday, to buy one-way bus tickets for homeless people who approach agency staff to say that they have family to stay with in another city. The pilot is set to be completed at the end of June. On Thursday, the city paid for the first two bus tickets, with destinations of Seattle and Spokane. Susan Salisbury, a spokesperson for Portland’s 211 program, which is handling the pilot, said the agency staff members need to call the homeless person’s family or friends in that other city, to verify that there...
  • Alameda Distillers Release ‘San Francisco In A Bottle’ – A Vodka Made With Local Fog

    05/21/2016 2:46:10 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 22 replies
    5KPIX ^ | 21 MAY 2016 | Cate Cauguiran
    ALAMEDA (KPIX) — San Francisco fog. It’s as iconic as the Golden Gate Bridge. So, when the distillers at Alameda-based Hangar 1 Vodka decided to transform an essential vodka ingredient, all they had to do was look across the bay. “Sixty percent of vodka is water,” explains Caley Shoemaker, Hangar One’s head distiller. “We started thinking ‘what’s a way that we can make something that’s fun and creative and different but that is gonna have a positive impact on this drought in California’.”
  • This is the Netflix hack the world has been waiting for (Smartflix)

    05/21/2016 11:49:44 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 13 replies
    BGR ^ | May 21, 2016 | Yoni Heisler
    Because Netflix doesn’t own the global licensing rights to all of the movies and TV shows it carries, a good deal of its programming remains completely unavailable to subscribers outside of certain geographic regions. Indeed, one of the reasons why Netflix is so intent on developing its own original programming is precisely because they don’t have to deal with thorny licensing issues. Now if you find yourself in the frustrating position of wanting to watch something on Netflix that is otherwise geographically restricted, there’s a new desktop app that can help turn that dream into a reality.
  • SpaceX Calls In The Lawyers For 2018 Mars Shot

    05/21/2016 5:40:05 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | 20 May , 2016 | Evan Gough
    Though it’s not widely known or talked about, there are legal implications to launching things into space. In the US, each and every launch by a private company has to have clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). That’s because the US signed the Outer Space Treaty in 1969, a treaty that sets out the obligations and limitations to activities in space. The FAA has routinely given their ascent to commercial launches, but things may be starting to get a little tricky in space. ... The Outer Space Treaty was signed in 1967, and has some sway over space exploration...
  • San Francisco Woman's Honda Stolen Four Times Keeps Coming Back

    05/20/2016 8:51:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 5/20 | LiLi Tan
    The Bay Area has one of the nation’s highest rates of car thefts, according to the FBI.Her friends jokingly call it “Boomerang.” Maika Nicholson’s car has been stolen four times, but has also returned four times. “I always come out to make sure it’s there because often times it’s not,” Nicholson said, about her ’97 Honda Civic. “It’s been stolen in San Francisco three times and probably been broken into three or four times, I would say – I can’t even keep count anymore.” This week, her car came back for the fourth time. San Francisco Police found it less...
  • You Can Now Get LA’s Most Famous French Dip Delivered Right to Your Door

    05/20/2016 7:06:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    Eater ^ | May 19, 2016 | Farley Elliott
    The restaurant world in Los Angeles is rapidly changing, and it seems that no matter how old the eatery there’s always something new to try. Case in point: Philippe The Original’s plan, as of today, to start offering delivery. The plan, says popular delivery app Caviar, is to bring Philippe’s in as a full-time partner, which means customers will be able to enjoy their own French dip sandwiches without leaving the office. The new delivery option kicks off today , with Philippe’s also turning out soups. sides, salads, and desserts to help complement the iconic sandwich. It’s just the latest...
  • Valedictorian denied walk across stage due to beard

    05/20/2016 5:58:35 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 147 replies
    KHOU.COM ^ | 20 MAY 2016 | Ashley Rodrigue
    AMITE, La. - Decked out in full cap and gown, complete with a valedictorian cord, Andrew Jones showed up to his graduation from Amite High School ready to experience his hard work paying off. He didn't get the chance because of what he was wearing on his face. "Eventually they took my gown," he recalled, "They told me they had to take my gown from me."
  • Deerfield Man Loses Big at Casino; Loses Bigger After Rendezvous With woman

    05/20/2016 2:51:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 71 replies
    Sun-Sentinel ^ | May 20, 2016 | Tonya Alanez
    Double doozy: Deerfield man lost $25,000 gambling & had $30,000 cash stolen by woman he picked up at casino After a night of gambling and a rendezvous with a sexy young woman he took home from the casino, a Deerfield Beach welder suffered a $55,000 double-doozy loss, according to a sheriff's office incident report. Guy Paul, 52, was gambling in the High Limit Room at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood when an orange-haired woman wearing a leopard-print dress caught his eye, the report said. She went by "Dana" and together they spent about 90 minutes drinking...
  • Tech support locker scam poses as failed Microsoft Update (malware wants $250 ransom)

    05/20/2016 12:14:54 PM PDT · by dayglored · 19 replies
    The Register ^ | May 20, 2016 | John Leyden
    Cybercrooks have put together a new scam that falls halfway between ransomware and old school browser lockup ruses. The new class of “tech support lockers” rely on tricking users into installing either a fake PC optimiser or bogus Adobe Flash update. Once loaded the malware mimicks ransomware and locks users out of their computers. Unlike Locky, CryptoWall and their ilk it doesn’t actually encrypt files on compromised Windows PCs, however. Jérôme Segura, a senior security researcher at Malwarebytes, said “tech support lockers" represent a class of malware more advanced than browser locks and fake anti-virus alerts of the pre-ransomware past....
  • Why Are Tech Companies So Liberal?

    05/20/2016 9:34:37 AM PDT · by ChinaGotTheGoodsOnClinton · 37 replies
    Richochet ^ | May 2016 | Ulysses768
    Good article by tech worker suggesting his theory of demographics, artistic license and college indoctrination.
  • Target’s stance on bathroom debate drives business to Walmart

    05/19/2016 4:58:56 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 47 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 18, 2016 | Lisa Fickenscher
    A number of conservative groups started an anti-Target protest in the wake of the chain’s April 19 statement that transgender customers in its North Carolina stores could use restrooms and fitting rooms of the gender they identify with. “We observed a noticeable fall off in traffic at Target during the last week in April and a meaningful pickup at Walmart during that same time,” said Richard Chmiel, chief executive of RS Metrics, which uses satellites to monitor thousands of retail parking lots across the country in order to identify changing business trends. “We suspect the bathroom boycott which was gaining...
  • The Socialist Paradise Of Venezuela

    05/19/2016 4:04:30 PM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 21 replies
    blueunicorn6 | 5/19/2016 | blueunicorn6
    They have a socialist paradise in Venezuela! People there receive "according to their needs". But you'd better not need much in Venezuela Lest you find your self buried under weeds. Oooooooooohhhhh! They're cooking cats on every corner in Caracas. In Maracaibo they make a meal of mud. Palmasolans put pepper on their pooches. Hugo Chavez sure turned out to be a dud! The professors in their classes in the US Tell their students that socialism is great. But I don't think they'd be asking for seconds If Spot and Mittens were cooked and on their plate! Oooooooooohhhhh! They're cooking cats...
  • gasoline - ingenious marketing

    05/19/2016 3:30:52 PM PDT · by littlebird · 83 replies
    May 18, 2016 | littlebird
    every time I fill up my car, I suspect all the different octane gasoline are exactly the same, 91 octane. The only difference is what it is called (eg. gold) and the price. Gas company puts in the same octane gas, with a little advertising, gets more money by calling it gold or premium plus. It is all marketing. Unsuspecting driver feels better buying higher price gas for their beloved car. Any one likes to comment.