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Man has heart attack while eating ‘Triple Bypass Burger’

Posted on February 15th, 2012 at 21:46 by Paul Jay in category: News


A restaurant called “The Heart Attack Grilled” finally earned its name on Saturday when a customer eating one of their Triple Bypass Burgers had a cardiac arrest.

“At the time of the incident I was performing bypass procedures on other patients,” restaurant owner Jon Basso told Raw Story. “My ‘head’ nurse informed me that one of our patients was having an actual heart attack.”

Basso comes to work dressed as a “doctor” and his waitresses wear sexy nurse costumes, but on this night they had to call in trained medical professionals.

“The paramedics were immediately contacted and to our grateful surprise were on the scene within minutes. With great professionalism they quickly ushered the man to a nearby Las Vegas hospital.”

Amateur video obtained by KVVU showed EMTs wheeling the man out of the restaurant.

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  1. Their spokesperson — an exceptionally obese person — died last year at a really young age. I want to say he was 24 or something.

  2. Crikey! You don`t get many of those to the pound!

Can you spot the difference on “lawful access” bill?

Posted on February 15th, 2012 at 21:07 by Paul Jay in category: News


So the Conservative government sends off a contentious bill for printing and provides copies to House of Commons staff to distribute and table in Parliament — then withdraws it an hour later and replaces it with a new version?

That’s what happened Tuesday when Public Safety Minister Vic Toews, through the Speaker of the House, tabled the Investigating and Preventing Criminal Electronic Communications Act just after 10:00 am. The short title is listed as “Lawful Access Act.” An hour later, House of Commons staff withdraw it and replace it with the identical bill, save a new short title. It’s now the “Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act.”

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Peter Sellers as Dr. Strangelove covering The Beatle’s “She Loves You”

Posted on February 15th, 2012 at 20:48 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Clear Evidence Republican Party Committing Voter Fraud

Posted on February 15th, 2012 at 20:40 by Paul Jay in category: News

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  1. The whole thing is just a non-binding “straw poll”. As this guy discusses with Rachel, the regular voting doesn’t determine the delegates; it’s the caucusing that happens afterwards. So while it shows little regard for the voters to call it final without having all the results, there’s no “voter fraud” to be had in tossing out some votes in a non-binding straw poll.

    See also Nate Silver (one of the best forecasters/poll-interpreters around).

Sound Painting Photographs with Paint and Speakers

Posted on February 15th, 2012 at 17:59 by Paul Jay in category: News


Photographer Martin Klimas, whose porcelain figurine photos we shared yesterday, has a series of photographs that look like 3D Jackson Pollock paintings. He spent six months photographing portraits of sound by playing music through a speaker that’s crowned with paint. Klimas dials up the volume and then photographs the paint coming alive from vibrations caused by the sound waves.

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  1. Very cool. I hope Apple will include this as a screen saver on the Apple TV. :-p

Elie Wiesel to Mitt Romney: Tell Mormon Church to Stop Baptizing Jews who Died in Holocaust

Posted on February 15th, 2012 at 8:34 by John Sinteur in category: News


Prominent Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel wants Mitt Romney to urge the Mormon church to abandon its practice of posthumously baptizing Jews, some of whom died in concentration camps during World War II.

In an interview with the Huffington Post, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Wiesel said that Romney “should speak to his own church and say they should stop” the practice. “I think it’s scandalous,” he continued. “Not only objectionable, it’s scandalous.”

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints performs the proxy baptisms in order to “save” ancestors and others who weren’t baptized in life or who were baptized “without proper authority.” Mormons can propose a proxy baptism after a person has died.

The practice came to light in 1994 when an Israeli genealogist researching her family found the name of her grandfather, a religious Jew who had been killed in the Holocaust, in the LDS database of posthumously baptized Mormons. With more digging, a whole slew of prominent names came to the surface, including Anne Frank, Albert Einstein and David Ben Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister.

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  1. It’s an election year…

  2. We’re sorry……sorry.

  3. The sad, sad thing is, they think they are doing the deceased a favour. Trying to save them.

Bulgaria Withdraws From ACTA

Posted on February 15th, 2012 at 8:07 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property


Is the tide starting to turn on the European Union’s controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement? First Germany said that they were going to back off ratifying ACTA, following the position taken by Poland earlier. Now Bulgaria is doing the same thing, and won’t be taking any steps toward ratifying the treaty any time soon.

Like Germany, Bulgaria is waiting for a clearer stance from the EU, but Economy and Energy Minister Traicho Traikov also had some interesting things to say on the very premise of what some have argued is an overly harsh application of copyright laws.

“I’m a pessimist when it comes to regulating an industry, which hasn’t adapted to the digital age, through sanctions rather than market means,” he told reporters in Sofia today, according to Bloomberg. “Authors’ copyrights should not be placed above human rights.”

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Private prison company offers to buy 48 states’ prisons

Posted on February 15th, 2012 at 8:05 by John Sinteur in category: News


In exchange for keeping at least a 90 percent occupancy rate, the private prison company Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) has sent a letter to 48 states offering to manage their prisons for the low price of $250 million per year, according to a letter obtained by the Huffington Post.

Putting a profit incentive into incarceration is about the stupidest and self-destructive thing a society can do.

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Top Executive Recruiters Agree There Are Only Three True Job Interview Questions

Posted on February 15th, 2012 at 7:54 by John Sinteur in category: News


1. Can you do the job?

2. Will you love the job?

3. Can we tolerate working with you?

And no smart questions about manhole covers, please.

And, feel free to restate the questions as follows:

1. Can you take the cock.
2. Will you love the cock.
3. Can we stand your shit.

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  1. Sounds like you’re still happy to be an independent entrepreneur.

  2. Quite.

  3. Actually, for some of us, your restatement of the questions makes employment sound a lot more fun than it actually is.

  4. For some of us, there’s only in for the payoff.


Posted on February 15th, 2012 at 7:46 by John Sinteur in category: News


In a Vanity Fair article on Germany and the euro crisis, Michael Lewis played with the idea that many Teutonic peculiarities could be traced to a scatological bent in the national psyche. To illustrate the point he argued that the German language was unusually well furnished with references to excrement.But there was apparently one important word the Germans lacked, and had to import from English: “shitstorm.”The word has proved so popular, a jury of German academics has named it 2011’s best English loanword.

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Guesswork about AppleTV

Posted on February 15th, 2012 at 0:51 by Desiato in category: Apple, Commentary

That Samsung bravado about a possible Apple iTV got me thinking. Obviously if Apple is going to release a TV, it’s going to be much more than just a screen. It won’t be about display quality like the Samsung exec seems to think.

What would differentiate an Apple TV? I can think of a few possibilities:

1. Content access

The obvious scenario is a TV with a built-in iTunes store that lets you buy/rent TV shows and movies without having to have a cable TV subscription. This would be an extension of the current iTunes and AppleTV, maybe with better selection of content and integration with iCloud to store your media, à la Amazon’s cloud storage for media.

2. App-TV

This is #1 plus “iOS apps come to the Apple TV”. (Maybe even Siri.)

So far, both of these can be done with a cheap separate device like the current Apple TV. What makes it compelling for Apple to sell you the display as well? So far, nothing other than skipping a bit of wiring set-up.

3. New input/interaction model

The simplest way to describe this is as “Apple’s response to Kinect”. If Apple has developed a remote-control-free interaction technique that requires new hardware like the Kinect box, maybe that’s compelling enough that if it were integrated into a display, you’d be willing to buy the entire display device. But Kinect isn’t tied to a specific TV. Can Apple come up with something so much more compelling that people will be willing to toss out their existing TVs?

I’m not sure which way to bet. I’m still skeptical about Apple going into the TV-display market.

Any other guesses on what’s coming?

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  1. Here are my thoughts:

    Something comparable to the Retina Display, like what’s in the iPhone today. Current rumors estimate that the next iPad will have something akin to a retina display, thereby giving the next iPad better resolution than a good LCD TV. This, then, will enable the placement of true HD video quality on the iTunes store.

    Many existing networks already have apps on the App Store, including premium channels like HBO, Showtime, and Cinemax. I suspect a direct subscription model through Apple, not unlike what’s currently in the offing for Newsstand on other iOS devices, will likely be the order of the day for those networks. Throw in a novel advertising method and the standard networks will get on board too.

    As far as controlling the TV, I envision Siri and dedicated apps on the different iOS devices.

    The big wild card is convincing movie studios to allow for a model like what already exists for music with iTunes in the Cloud and iTunes Match.

  2. CEO Cook at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference this week:

    “We should only go into markets where we can make a significant contribution to society, not just sell a lot of products.”

    Since the Apple TV box already does a lot of the things mentioned above, it will be at least a new input/interaction model. Just slapping a screen to the Apple TV would be counter to Apple culture.

  3. MacRumors says that Cook also said:

    – Apple TV: Cook reported that Apple still considers the Apple TV to be a “hobby”, in the sense that it shouldn’t be thought of as a major pillar of Apple’s business. That said, Apple has always felt that if it kept “pulling the string”, there would be something there. Consumer satisfaction is reportedly off the charts and sales are growing quickly.

    That seems to downplay the likelyhood that something is coming soon.

  4. Or that they will soon cancel the hobby because of the release of an iTV…