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  • Conservative Republicans are Today's Biggest Losers

    03/24/2017 8:05:54 PM PDT · by ckinv368 · 125 replies
    Kinvig on Politics ^ | 3-24-17 | Cameron Kinvig
    The Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacareóthe American Health Care Actófinally came up for a final vote in the House. First put forward by Speaker Paul Ryan in 2009, it offered few surprises to Republicans. And the effort itself was very familiar, as Republicans had voted over 60 times to repeal Obamacare since its passage eight years ago. Yet, when the time came to exercise the prerogative of the majority and finally repeal and replace President Obamaís deeply flawed social program, Republicans came up short. Over the past two weeks, moderate Republicans argued that they could not vote for...
  • Who runs CommonSenseEvaluation?

    03/24/2017 4:57:01 PM PDT · by ptsal · 13 replies
    Ownership of
  • My favorite sports board is full of libs

    03/24/2017 2:39:26 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 25 replies
    I can't even go on my favorite sports board without being surrounded by libs. Just look at them all chomping at the bit for single payer. Its sick. So tired of it. Their hate for Trump and everything Republican is amazing. Rent free in their heads.
  • Wales Man Charged With Using Jumper Cables to Steal Power, Again

    03/24/2017 2:39:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | March 23, 2017 | Dawn Gagnon
    A Wales man has been arrested again for allegedly trying to hook up jumper cables to steal electricity from a Central Maine Power pole and transformer. Nicholas Gagne, 36, initially was arrested in January at his 237 Oak Hill Road home after he was accused by Central Maine Power officials of repeatedly climbing a power pole outside his house to connect ďwhat amounted to jumper cable clampsĒ to the transformer and running a power line to his house. On Thursday morning, Gagne was arrested again near his home at 237 Oak Hill Road after state police Trooper Tyler Plourde, acting...
  • 86-Year-Old Raises $400,000 From Recycling, Then Gives it Away to Those Less Fortunate

    03/24/2017 10:31:04 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    KFOR ^ | 3/24
    Thirty-two yearsí worth of recycled newspapers and magazines ó more than nine million pounds of it ó netted 86-year-old Johnny Jennings $400,000, all of which he gave away to those in need. Recycling started off as a lesson to his son, Brent Jennings, about healthy money habits. Back in 1985, the Georgia native began collecting and selling paper with his only child, then put their profits into a savings account. ďThe first memory I have of my Dad is of us recycling,Ē said Brent Jennings. ďWe did that until I was about 17.Ē
  • Target Applies For Liquor License For Downtown Mpls. Location

    03/24/2017 10:14:43 AM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    cbslocal ^ | march 17, 2017 | STAFF
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) ó You may soon be able to buy liquor at Targetís flagship store in downtown Minneapolis. Last week, Target Corporation applied for an off-sale liquor license for its Nicollet Mall location. The liquor store would replace the previous food restaurant.
  • iPad Optics (Appleís iPad has an installed base of over 300 million, far larger than the Macís)

    03/24/2017 10:11:52 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 16 replies
    Asymco ^ | March 24, 2017 | By Horace Dediu
    The iPad has an installed base of over 300 million. This is a far larger audience than that of the Mac (which has somewhere between 100 million and 150 million). And whereas the iPad acquired this audience in about 7 years, the Mac took 33 years.Curiously however, it is the iPad that is seen as the more fragile product. The iPad is considered to be failing, with a presumption of an end of life in the near future. The evidence of this failure the year-on-year decline in units sold. This is illustrated by the following graph.  Note that the iPad decline is paired with...
  • Solar Roadways are on FIRE (No. Really. With Pictures.)

    03/24/2017 9:17:47 AM PDT · by WombatKing · 12 replies
    pv magazine USA ^ | 3/24/2017 | WombatKing
    With its own cult following, Solar Roadways still captures the imaginations of people who live in an alternative universe where these ďroadsĒ will power the worldís future. But first, they will have to stop the infernal thing from catching on fire.
  • Coal Ash: 'Why in The World Would we be Importing It?'

    03/24/2017 7:47:36 AM PDT · by Rio · 28 replies ^ | 3/23/2017 | SARAH RANKIN (AP)
    Shipping containers full of coal ash from China, Poland and India have come into the U.S. through the Port of Virginia as foreign companies find a market for the same industrial waste that America's utilities are struggling to dispose of.
  • Microsoft will kill some Windows 7 and 8.1 support in April (Apr 10 Patch Tuesday)

    03/23/2017 6:12:51 PM PDT · by dayglored · 96 replies
    InfoWorld ^ | Mar 23, 2017 | Woody Leonhard
    Mark your calendar: Microsoft's promise to cut off Win7 and 8.1 support for the latest PCs will cause howls of pain next month Events of the past week have drawn into sharp focus the likely result of next month's patching cycle. If you have a Windows 7 or 8.1 PC that you bought, built, or upgraded in the past year or so, it would behoove you to understand exactly what Microsoft plans. Many people -- I'll raise my hand here -- thought that Skylake-based computers would continue to receive Windows 7 and 8.1 patches until the respective end-of-life. We are...
  • German Candymaker Haribo to Build Plant in Wisconsin (Gummy Bear Alert!)

    03/23/2017 2:10:15 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 48 replies
    Yahoooo! ^ | March 23, 2017 | Yahoooo!
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) ó German candymaker Haribo, which is known for its brightly colored gummy bears and bow tie-wearing gold bear mascot, plans to build its first North American factory in southeastern Wisconsin not far from Chicago, Gov. Scott Walker announced Thursday. The facility is slated to be operational by 2020 and employ 400 people once fully up and running, Walker and economic development officials said. An exuberant Walker held up two bags of Haribo candy during a Capitol news conference, but declined to actually eat any because he said he gave up sweets for Lent. The $242 million candymaking...
  • Amazon Is Causing Catastrophe By Being the Most Disruptive Force in Retail... (tr)

    03/23/2017 12:49:20 PM PDT · by publius911 · 77 replies ^ | 3/23/2017 | Lindsay Rittenhouse
    "It's no secret that Amazon (AMZN) is upending retail, with a new bankruptcy filing or store closure announcement coming nearly every day since the beginning of March from traffic starved bricks-and-mortar retailers." "And the digital beast is showing no signs of letting up."
  • Apple Responds to Hackerís Threat to Wipe Hundreds of Millions of iPhones

    03/23/2017 12:34:44 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 9 replies
    Fortune ^ | Mar 22, 2017 | By Robert Hackett
    Apple is reassuring customers that its systems have not been breached while a hacker, or hackers, threaten to remotely wipe hundreds of millions iPhones of all their data, including photos, videos, and messages. The hackers are using an alleged cache of stolen email accounts and passwords as leverage in an attempt to extort the world's most valuable company. They claim to have access to as many as 559 million Apple email and iCloud accounts, Vice blog Motherboard reported on Tuesday. The group, calling itself "Turkish Crime Family," said it would delete its alleged list of compromised login credentials only after...
  • Netflixís Big Purge: How Much More Can They Cut Without Losing Subscribers?

    03/22/2017 5:51:09 PM PDT · by markomalley · 66 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | 3/22/17 | Josh Herr
    As March draws to a close, Netflix has again followed its monthly tradition of announcing what will videos be coming to and leaving its streaming service in the following month. Subscribers typically read these announcements with a mix of trepidation and joy, looking to see which films and shows they should race to watch before they disappear while also looking forward to the new content that will soon be available.But the reaction to this monthís announcement was a little more rambunctious than usual, driven by dismay that several beloved television shows that have long been a part of Netflixís library,...
  • Intelís Bold Plan to Reinvent Computer Memory (and Keep It a Secret) (Link Only per copyright)

    03/22/2017 2:18:07 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 27 replies
    Wired | Mar 22, 2017 | By Cade Metz
    Summary: Intel is introducing a new type of memory it claims is 1000 times faster than previous Flash memory and can store 10 times more data than DRAM. Its newly released product is five times faster than current SSDs. Called 3D XPoint, pronounced "Three D Cross Drive," intel claims its new memory is "truly transformational" for the entire computer industry. This article is from Wired, and is link only due to copyright considerations: Intelís Bold Plan to Reinvent Computer Memory (and Keep It a Secret) Read the article at the link above.
  • Scientists Have Begun Testing Whether MDMA Can Cure Tinnitus

    03/22/2017 2:13:22 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 73 replies ^ | March 15, 2017 | Alexander Iadarola
    Photo of MDMA courtesy of Wikipedia Commons Researchers in New Zealand have started trials to see whether MDMA can treat tinnitus, a condition that causes people to hear irritating sound no one else can hear. The undertaking has taken place over the last two years, and involved a small number of participants who were given a very low dose of MDMA or a placebo and monitored over a four-hour period, reports Stuff. Many of the participants who took the MDMA reported a partial alleviation of tinnitus after three hours, but there was also a large placebo effect among the participants....
  • Libs on Facebook

    03/22/2017 8:57:15 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 30 replies
    The new lib mantra from libs on my facbook page is, "all the people i know who voted for Trump now regret it because he is cutting programs they rely on to live!!! This must be the new talking points. Here is a example for one dummy on facebook i know... "His poll numbers are also starting to dip below 40%. Looks like it's finally hitting some of the dummies that voted for him that he doesn't give a crap about the poor and elderly, many of which voted for him and all he cares about is spending more on...
  • Microsoft forcing Windows 7 and 8.1 users to install Windows 10

    03/22/2017 6:01:17 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 50 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 03/20/17 | Sarmistha Acharya
    Technology giant Microsoft is blocking Windows 7 and 8.1 updates on Intel's seventh generation Core i3, i5 and i7 AMD's seventh generation processor (Bristol Ridge) and Qualcomm's 8996 processors. While trying to scan and download updates through Windows Update, error messages appear saying, "Windows could not search for new updates" and "code 80240037 Windows Update encountered an unknown error." As explained in Microsoft Knowledge based article the errors occur as the new processor generations require the latest Windows version. For those on Windows 7 and 8.1, Microsoft recommends updating the devices to Windows 10. In response to the matter a...
  • TSMC Will Decide To Build U.S. Fab Next Year, According To Spokesman; Plant Estimated At $16 Billion

    03/22/2017 5:43:09 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies ^ | Mar 20, 2017 | Ramish Zafar
    A lot might change for the tech industry in the near future. Donald Trumpís election as U.S. president has left a lot of companies double minded. At one end, theyíre pressured to move manufacturing facilities to the United States†Ė at the other, the decision is simply economically unfeasible. Out of all the companies, itís Apple which has faced the most pressure to move iPhone production back to the States. Today, weíve got more details on the matter.TSMC Will Decide On Whether To Build Plant In The U.S. Or Not Next Year, According To Company Spokesperson Apple and TSMC have had...
  • Mass Effect: Andromedaís Racist Game Designer No Longer Works For BioWare (SJW in flames)

    03/21/2017 11:30:59 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    OneAngryGamer ^ | March 19, 2017
    Mass Effect: Andromedaís Racist Game Designer No Longer Works For BioWare One of the most controversial individuals who worked at BioWare on Mass Effect: Andromeda was Manveer Heir, a game designer on the project. He had mentioned recently on his Twitter profile that Mass Effect: Andromeda was one of his past projects, but now we have confirmation that Manveer Heir is no longer working at BioWare. BioWare general manager Aaryn Flynn responded to a comment on Twitter about Heirís employment at BioWare, stating the followingÖ /snip If you check Manveer Heirís Twitter profile you can see that he does indeed...
  • The Important Algorithms We Know Nothing About ó and Why We Need to Know More

    03/21/2017 10:13:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    ABC News ^ | 3/20 | Simon Elvery
    Your life is dominated by algorithms and you know next-to-nothing about how they work or what consequences they have.With Facebook's news feed controlling the (fake!) news we see and the algorithmic robo-debt debacle engulfing Centrelink, it's time we knew more about the algorithms having a growing impact on our lives. Has an algorithm affected your life? Do you work with any algorithms we should investigate? Tell us about it. Key points: We're looking into how algorithms are changing our lives It's more interesting, important and complicated than you might imagine We've collected some interesting reporting on how algorithms are influencing...
  • Sexual-Harassment Claims Against a ĎShe-E.O.í (Feminist CEO)

    03/21/2017 8:52:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | March 20, 2017 | Noreen Malone
    Thinx boss Miki Agrawal wanted to break taboos about the female body. According to some employees, she went too far.Miki Agrawal, the co-founder of Thinx ¬ó a company that makes ¬ďperiod underwear¬Ē ¬ó doesn¬ít think much of boundaries. ¬ďI just love the taboo space,¬Ē she told New York last year, of her mission to (profitably) destigmatize menstruation. And in a promotional video for the product, she said, ¬ďMy favorite thing to talk about are the things you¬íre not supposed to talk about.¬Ē According to a complaint filed late last week by a former employee (and echoed in interviews with multiple...
  • Ask a Boss: How Do I Shut Up a Mansplainer?

    03/21/2017 8:40:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | March 21, 2017 | Alison Green
    Dear Boss, Iíve been at my company for five years, in various roles with increasing responsibility. A few months ago, I was promoted to train the rest of a team that I was formerly a member of, with responsibility for both onboarding and continuing education (weíre in a medical field where there is a steady stream of new information we need to be well-versed in). Iím a woman in my mid-30s and my team has been fantastic about supporting me as I enter this new managerial role (I do not have direct reports, but I manage the function). The person...
  • What Happens if a Company Doesnít Pay You for Work? (The Unpaid Consultantís Dilemma)

    03/21/2017 8:31:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | March 20, 2017 | SCOTT HERHOLD
    ďI actually thought we would get paid,íí said Dinesh Khurana. ďBut this has lasted so long. To be very frank, Iíve lost hope.ííWhen Dinesh Khurana came to California from India as a tech worker in 1995, he assumed the American system of employment had a basic underpinning of fairness. It went this way: You did the work. You were paid for the job. Sure, there might be an occasional hiccup. But generally the check arrived. America was the land of the free, not a corruption-ridden place. Even when he became a consultant ó and had to fend for himself rather...
  • Electric vehicle fee proposed for Minnesota

    03/21/2017 7:31:30 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 21 replies ^ | 3/21/17 | Mike Hughlett
    Electric vehicle owners in Minnesota would have to pay a $75 to $85 annual "surcharge" under proposed legislation since they do not pay the state's gasoline tax. State governments across the country are increasingly seeking to slap such fees on electric vehicles, some exceeding $150 per year. The Minnesota fee would cover vehicles that are all-electric and plug-in hybrids based on electric motors, but exclude gasoline-electric hybrids. The fee is aimed at making electric vehicle drivers pay their fair share of road maintenance costs, which are partly funded by gasoline taxes, said Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, the author of the...
  • Professor Defends Sex-Selection Abortions: If a Woman Doesnít Want a Girl Baby Thatís Her Decision

    03/21/2017 5:46:56 PM PDT · by Morgana · 18 replies
    life news ^ | march 20, 2017 | Micaiah Bilger
    A top British medical leader is facing public backlash this week after saying women should be allowed to abort an unborn baby simply because of the babyís sex. In an interview with the Daily Mail, Professor Wendy Savage, a member of the British Medical Association ethics committee, argued that sex-selection abortions are not happening in Britain. A retired OB-GYN and abortion practitioner, Savage said she performed about 10,000 abortions during her career and only once was asked to abort an unborn child because of its sex. But Savageís claims about rarity basically are meaningless, given that she believes women should...
  • Ellen Page, Jennifer Garner Use Pro-Life Film to Benefit Abortion Giant

    03/21/2017 5:11:29 PM PDT · by Morgana · 14 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | march 21, 2017 | Katie Yoder
    Hollywood is using a film with pro-life themes to fund abortion giant Planned Parenthood. On April 8, the makers of Juno are hosting a live read of the movieís script as a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood. The Los Angeles reading will feature an all-female cast, including original Juno stars Ellen Page and Jennifer Garner. The hit 2007 movie followed the story of a teenager who gives up her baby for adoption following an unplanned pregnancy. However, Juno director Jason Reitman denies that the movie promoted a culture of life. According to Entertainment Weekly, Reitman wanted the reading to ďresolve one...
  • Houston man rides horse through Walmart to buy a candy bar, Facebook video goes viral

    03/21/2017 2:39:09 PM PDT · by Morgana · 15 replies
    chron ^ | march 21, 2017 | Heather Leighton,
    KTRK reported that Walmart issued a response following the incident: "We in no way condone yesterday's reckless stunt inside our store and are thankful no one was hurt by these actions." The Facebook video has gone viral with over 31,500 shares and 8,300 comments as of time of publication. The Oklahoma native said on Facebook that the post has reached people across the country and many people have commented in different languages.
  • Why Apple announced its new, low-priced iPad with such little fanfare

    03/21/2017 1:58:01 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 130 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | March 21, 2017 -- 3:30PM
    Apple just dropped a new iPad with all the excitement of an IRS audit,‚ÄĚ Daniel Howley writes for Yahoo Finance. ‚ÄúThat is to say, there was none. It feels like the company just woke up Tuesday morning and decided, ‚ÄėHey, let¬ís announce a new iPad.‚Äô Instead of a flashy event like Apple usually holds when it debuts a new product, we simply got a press release. I¬íve had dentist appointments that were more thrilling than Apple¬ís latest announcement.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúSo why did Apple, the company that basically owns the tablet market, debut a new iPad without making a big show of...
  • The Supreme Court is Not a Super-Legislature

    03/21/2017 12:45:09 PM PDT · by ckinv368 · 14 replies
    Kinvig on Politics ^ | 3-21-2017 | Cameron Kinvig
    Due to the unfortunate passing of Justice Scalia in February of 2016, the United States Senate recently began confirmation hearings for President Trumpís pick to take his seat on the Supreme CourtóJudge Neil Gorsuch of the 10th Circuit. Judge Gorsuch has received almost universal acclamation from those on the Right. He is admired for his even temperament, his common sense, his dedication to originalism and textualism, and his belief that judges shouldnít employ an ďoutcome basedĒ judicial activism. Despite being unanimously confirmed to his post on the 10th Circuit by the Senate in 2006, the Left is now opposing his...
  • Classical architecture makes us happy. So why not build more of it?

    03/21/2017 12:39:14 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 67 replies
    Spectator (UK) ^ | 15 March 2017 | Ed West
    The key to a happy life, itís been discovered, is living near to Georgian architecture and a Waitrose. Bath, York, Chichester, Stamford, Skipton, Harrogate, Oxford and Cambridge are among the towns listed in the Sunday Times 20 nicest places to live in Britain survey. Almost all these areas have one thing in common: they all feature a great deal of Georgian housing. And theyíre all mostly unaffordable. There is a fair amount of research suggesting that traditional architecture, such as Georgian and Victorian terraces and mansion blocks, contributes to our wellbeing. Beauty makes people happy. ĖĖ ADVERTISEMENT ĖĖ This can...
  • Did you know the Beauty and the Beast costumes were crafted in India?

    03/21/2017 6:55:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Elle ^ | 03/21/2017 | BY HASINA KHATIB
    While Disney was creating magic onscreen with their live-action retelling of the Beauty and the Beast tale, Indian artisans were weaving their own form of magic offscreen through Belleís wardrobe. Sinťad OíSullivan, assistant costume designer of the movie, will have you know that doing justice to the eighteenth century aesthetic is no small feat. When it came to commissioning exquisite French floral designs for Belleís costumes, she spread her web wide and of course, caught on to the good artisans of Bhuj, Gujarat. As part of her commitment to the ĎWho made my clothesí initiative, OíSullivan shared the story of...
  • On Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs

    03/20/2017 6:52:34 PM PDT · by Osage Orange · 13 replies
    Dave Grossman ^ | 1-11-33 | Dave Grossman
    On Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs - Dave Grossman By LTC (RET) Dave Grossman, author of "On Killing." Honor never grows old, and honor rejoices the heart of age. It does so because honor is, finally, about defending those noble and worthy things that deserve defending, even if it comes at a high cost. In our time, that may mean social disapproval, public scorn, hardship, persecution, or as always,even death itself. The question remains: What is worth defending? What is worth dying for? What is worth living for? - William J. Bennett - in a lecture to the United States Naval...
  • Wife thought he was attacked after he suffered burns on his chest, arm and hand

    03/20/2017 11:59:13 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 87 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 17 March 2017 | UPDATED: 21:23 EDT | By Amie Gordon
    Coroner to warn Apple over potentially lethal iPhone chargers after man electrocuted himself while charging his phone in the bath 32-year-old Richard Bull plugged his iPhone charger into an extension cord He rested the phone on his chest while in the bath and electrocuted himself Coroner warned the devices can be as dangerous as a hairdryer in a bathroom For Mailonline A coroner is to warn Apple that iPhone chargers can be potentially lethal after a man was electrocuted in the bath. Richard Bull from Ealing in west London was pronounced dead by paramedics in his home on December...
  • New York's Liberals Make Themselves Look Dumb When Asked About FLOTUS...

    03/20/2017 5:55:24 AM PDT · by muktar96 · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | March 19, 2017 | Joey jewasacky
    You have to watch this, New York liberals become victims of a major double standard on Trump and Trump-Haters. When asked about Designers refusing to Dress Trump They Say YES! THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO! But when asked about The Christian Bakery Refusing To Bake a Cake, it's RACIST! DISCRIMINATORY! .... Ultimately showing the fallacy they get involved in
  • Waiter fired after asking customer for proof of residency

    03/19/2017 11:42:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 57 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 19, 2017 2:43 PM EDT
    A waiter was fired from a Southern California restaurant after asking customers to prove they had legal residency before serving them. The Los Angeles Times reports Sunday that 23-year-old Brenda Carrillo says she and a friend got the question at Saint Marc in Huntington Beach. Carrillo says the waiter later asked her sister and another friend to see their proof of residency. Ö
  • Minimum-wage hikes could deepen shortage of health aides [NY]

    03/19/2017 11:36:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 20, 2017 12:20 AM EDT | Anna Gronewold
    Advocates for the disabled, elderly and chronically ill in New York are concerned the stateís move to a $15 minimum wage could deepen a shortage of home health aides. More than 180,000 Medicaid patients in New York are authorized to receive long-term, in-home care, the most in the stateís history. But there are increasingly too few aides to go around, especially in the stateís remote, rural areas. Ö
  • Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz to Step Down in April

    03/19/2017 9:00:24 PM PDT · by Morgana · 36 replies
    Breitbart ^ | march 19, 2017 | Lucas Nolan
    Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz will step down from his position at the company within the next month. This decision comes after the companyís pledge to hire 10,000 refugees to protest President Trumpís temporary travel halt. The Daily Mail reports that Howard Schultz will step down from his position as CEO of Starbucks next month. He will continue as executive chairman of the company. Schultz will be replaced as CEO by Starbucks President and Chief Operating Officer Kevin Johnson, who will assume the position of CEO on April 3rd. In the announcement of his decision to step down as CEO, Schultz...
  • Rare Emeralds Discovered in 400-Year-Old Shipwreck Set to Fetch Millions

    03/19/2017 5:23:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    Cleopatra wore them. Elizabeth Taylor loved them. Egyptians believed they could bring eternal life. Though diamonds enjoy the reputation of being a girlís best friend, emeralds in fact are more rare Ė and more valuable. ďSought after for their rich color, regal history and identifiable look, emeralds are one of the most iconic gemstones in the jewelry industry,Ē said Amanda Gizzi, a spokesperson for Jewelers of America, a New York-based trade association, in an email. On April 25, the public will have the opportunity to own some of the most magnificent and valuable emeralds in the world, when they go...
  • This laptop-bricking USB stick just got even more dangerous (video at source site)

    03/18/2017 6:54:27 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 52 replies
    ZDNet ^ | March 16, 2017 -- 19:42 GMT (12:42 PDT) | By Zack Whittaker
    When plugged in, this weaponized USB stick can destroy laptops, kiosks, ATMs, cars, and more. (Image: USBKill) Remember that USB stick that would destroy almost anything in its path, from laptops, photo booths, kiosks, to even cars? Now there's a new version, and it's even more dangerous than before. In case you missed it the first time around, a Hong Kong-based company built a weaponized pocket-sized USB stick, which when plugged into a device, will rapidly charge its capacitors from the USB power supply and then discharge, frying the affected device's circuits. Dubbed the USB Kill stick, it fries almost...
  • EU authorities demand changes from Facebook, Google, Twitter

    03/18/2017 8:22:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Mar 17, 2017 | 10:09am EDT | Julia Fioretti
    Social media companies Facebook Inc., Alphabet Inc. and Twitter Inc. will have to amend their terms of service for European users within a month or face the risk of fines, a European Commission official said on Friday. U.S. technology companies have faced tight scrutiny in Europe for the way they do business, from privacy to how quickly they remove illegal or threatening content. The Commission and European consumer protection authorities will ďtake action to make sure social media companies comply with EU consumer rules,Ē the official said. The comments confirmed a Reuters report from Thursday. Germany, the most populous EU...
  • Microsoft blocks Ryzen and Kaby Lake users from updates on Windows 7 and 8.1

    03/18/2017 8:08:40 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 44 replies ^ | 17 March 2017 | Nick Farrell
    Upgrade or die Software king of the world Microsoft is locking down system updates for those using AMDís Ryzen and Intelís Kaby Lake processors on Windows 7 and 8.1. Users are now starting to encounter the following error message: ďYour PC uses a processor that isnít supported on this version of Windows.Ē This message appears when a user attempts to update their OS and a quick look at Microsoftís support page reveals upgrading to Windows 10 is the only way to fix the problem. Microsoftís support page on the matter says that Windows 10 is the Ďonlyí OS to...
  • Free Enterprise vs Socialist Redistribution (Vanity)

    03/18/2017 7:26:11 AM PDT · by A Navy Vet · 13 replies
    It is long past due to educate the low information voters and our indoctrinated students about the benefits of a free enterprise system vs the failings of a socialist system. I suggest below:
  • Infamous patent troll Soverain Software targets Apple products and services in new lawsuit

    03/17/2017 8:05:54 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 6 replies
    Appleinsider ^ | March 17, 2017, 8:08 PM PST | By Mikey Campbell
    Soverain Software, a non-practicing entity that gained media attention for suing Newegg and other online retailers over "shopping cart" patents, on Thursday filed a complaint against Apple for alleged infringement of IP relating to internet-based services. Screenshot of Soverain's webpage. Public access to the site was removed sometime last year. In its lawsuit, filed with the patent holder friendly Eastern District Court of Texas, Soverain leverages four patents developed by e-commerce startup OpenMarket, including the now-bankrupt firm's Transact product. Transact, along with other technologies describing basic digital shopping carts, were at the heart of Soverain's attack on major online companies...
  • Melania Trump Buys Clothes, Doesn't Get Designer Freebies

    03/17/2017 6:01:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Much like Hollywood actresses making the rounds for awards season (roughly 20 major public appearances for an Oscar nominee in a mere 3.5 months), being FLOTUS, means countless state dinners, charity engagements and trips to be chicly attired for. First Lady Melania Trump has already stepped out in a series of designer looks for her first 56 days in the role, from Ralph Lauren to custom Herve Pierre and most recently a black beaded $9,590 Michael Kors suit for Donald Trumpís first joint address to Congress. However, unlike an A-list actress, Trump is reportedly footing the bill. "Why do rich...
  • Chelsea Clinton joins Expedia's board of directors

    03/17/2017 2:58:58 PM PDT · by Wisconsinlady · 87 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 03/17/2017 | Daniel Chaitin
    A filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission this week shows the travel firm expanded the number of members on its board up from 13 to 14 members and voted for the former first daughter to take the new position.
  • Boot, wheelbarrow, thimble ousted from Monopoly board game

    03/17/2017 7:52:31 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 64 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 17, 2017 10:01 AM EDT | Wayne Parry
    Monopoly is making changes: The boot has been booted, the wheelbarrow has been wheeled out, and the thimble got the thumbs down in the latest version of the board game. In their place this fall will be a Tyrannosaurus rex, a penguin and a rubber ducky. Ö
  • Microsoft Blocks Windows 7 & 8.1 Updates On Current Generation AMD & Intel Processors

    03/16/2017 5:59:49 PM PDT · by dayglored · 65 replies
    TechGage ^ | Mar 16, 2017 | Rob Williams
    Have you upgraded to Intelís Kaby Lake or AMDís Ryzen, but still refuse to give up on Windows 7? Going forward, thatís going to become a bit of a problem, as Microsoft has said that itís cutting off Windows Update support for such a configuration Ė one that also includes Windows 8.1. In effect, this means that if you are running one of the newest CPUs and either Windows 7 or 8.1, Windows Update will refuse to update. You should still be able to upgrade straight to Windows 10, but as for those minor updates that get pushed through on...
  • TIME Article Demands Brands Publicly Declare Political Loyalties

    03/16/2017 2:20:52 PM PDT · by heterosupremacist · 34 replies ^ | 03/16/2017 | Kemberley Kaye
    Consider that for taking a quiet stand against hate speech by pulling its ads from the alt-right site Breitbart, Kelloggís is targeted with #DumpKelloggs by readers who saw the brandís actions as an attack on their values. Target removes gender-based signage from its toy aisle, and outraged customers insist theyíll never set foot in the store again. Audi champions equal pay for women in its Super Bowl ad, and while the carmaker was applauded by some, others pilloried the brand across social media for suggesting things arenít as they should be . And Starbucksí stand for refugees and against the...
  • Sierra Leone pastor unearths one of the largest diamonds ever found [709 kt]

    03/16/2017 10:15:39 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 9 replies ^ | 16 March 2017 ē 4:06pm | Adrian Blomfield, Nairobi
    An African church minister who supplements his meagre stipend by scrabbling for minerals in the artisanal mines of eastern Sierra Leone has discovered one of the largest diamonds ever found. The 709-carat stone was extracted this week by Emmanuel Momoh, a pastor in one of the myriad churches that ministers to the mining communities of Kono district, the diamond centre that became the crucible of Sierra Leoneís blood-soaked civil war. It is believed to be the 13th largest uncut diamond ever to be pulled from the ground, industry analysts said. The stone is to be auctioned, the Sierra Leonean government...