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Russia gives all its gold medalists $120,000, a new Mercedes

Posted on February 28th, 2014 at 17:18 by John Sinteur in category: News

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For comparison’s sake, the United States Olympic Committee pays its winners $25,000 for a gold medal,

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Dario Cologna of Switzerland won two golds in cross-country skiing. His reward from his hometown? A pig, which he named “Sochi.”

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Modern Science Still Only Able To Predict One Upcoming Tetris Block

Posted on February 28th, 2014 at 12:28 by John Sinteur in category: News

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During a press conference Thursday at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, leading members of the scientific community confirmed that despite decades of research, the best available theoretical models still cannot predict more than one upcoming Tetris block.


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White Homosexual Takes Black Woman’s Man – and it is Obama who caused it all!

Posted on February 28th, 2014 at 11:25 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane, Pastafarian News


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  1. I’ll betcha $10 that preacher is gay. Can we let him know somehow that that is ok? Poor guy is really struggling with a lot of guilt and anxiety. Dude, really, it’s ok.

  2. He does very upset. Did someone ask him out?

​Monsanto’s Roundup may be linked to fatal kidney disease, new study suggests

Posted on February 28th, 2014 at 10:42 by John Sinteur in category: News

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A heretofore inexplicable fatal, chronic kidney disease that has affected poor farming regions around the globe may be linked to the use of biochemical giant Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide in areas with hard water, a new study has found.


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  1. Very interesting, thanks for this.

Funiculì, Funiculà

Posted on February 28th, 2014 at 9:25 by John Sinteur in category: News


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  1. Until I saw this I thought it was an Italian railway 🙂

They’re Spying On You Everywhere

Posted on February 28th, 2014 at 8:54 by John Sinteur in category: News

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You are being tracked. Besides comprehensive government spying, there are hundreds of data brokers compiling and selling information about you: Phone records, texts, phone location, computer location, web history, social networking use, background checks, credit history and now even entrance to some retail stores, with facial recognition linking you to your online data.

Julia Angwin, a reporter for ProPublica who was on a Pulitzer-winning team at the Wall Street Journal, spent a year trying to find out if a reasonably consumer tech-savvy person could circumvent the information-collecting dragnets while keeping her friends and her sanity.

Angwin spoke with me about her successes and failures, the FBI tracking Reddit jokers, visiting the Stasi archives in Berlin, how to leak stuff, how to utilize child password labor, the values of a personal Faraday cage, and whether or not a healthy market for privacy could ever exist.


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What happens when you post a link on Twitter?

Posted on February 28th, 2014 at 8:48 by John Sinteur in category: News

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I was tailing the server log in preparation for this and was surprised just how fast the first hits turned up – it was almost simultaneous with hitting the “send” button.


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Why It’s Vital For the Public to Fund Open-Source Encryption Tools

Posted on February 27th, 2014 at 23:19 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Developing tools that are both cryptographically secure and usable is time consuming and expensive, and critically, the people who make them are at a steep disadvantage to both Silicon Valley start-ups and the surveillance industry. Nothing exemplifies this better than a comparison between WhatsApp and TextSecure.


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Samsung Group Reviews in San Jose, CA

Posted on February 27th, 2014 at 23:13 by John Sinteur in category: News

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I worked at Samsung Group full-time for more than a year

Pros – Competitive salary and bonuses (joining and annual)

Cons – I was a project leader for almost two years and i strongly recommend people to stay away from Samsung Research America, specially researchers due to the following reasons.

1. There is no independence and everything needs to be approved by HQ in South Korea. Upper management in South Korea thinks in terms of hardware and they do not understand software. They are old people with poor understanding of technology and all decisions are taken based on what other US companies are publicly doing

2. People from HQ steal many project ideas as they need to approve them. They will say “please do not work on this item idea because we are already working on it at HQ”. Then, they will ran back to HQ and create a project based on your idea or team idea. HQ stole to big projects from my team in just two years.

3. Similarly HQ will also steal the patents generated by you or your team and i have known some instances in which patents submitted from usa to south korea for approval come back with different author names.

4. Finally, since all funding comes from HQ your managers at Samsung research america (usa) will be powerless after all the abuses you suffer.

In summary, Samsung is a follower company, following the work of leading companies such as apple and this is so embedded in their culture that they even follow and steal ideas from each other within the company.


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  1. I’ve always been amazed at how bad South Korea treats it’s people. I think we lose perspective when we see North Korea on the news. The South Korean companies treat people like dirt.

IT Threat Evolution: Q1 2013

Posted on February 27th, 2014 at 23:12 by John Sinteur in category: Google

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A total of 99.9% of new mobile threat detections target the Android platform.


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News anchor Brian Williams unwittingly performs “Rapper’s Delight”

Posted on February 27th, 2014 at 21:08 by Paul Jay in category: News


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  1. Sounds auto tuned to me.

Yahoo webcam images from millions of users intercepted by GCHQ

Posted on February 27th, 2014 at 17:23 by John Sinteur in category: Do you feel safer yet?

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Britain’s surveillance agency GCHQ, with aid from the US National Security Agency, intercepted and stored the webcam images of millions of internet users not suspected of wrongdoing, secret documents reveal.

GCHQ files dating between 2008 and 2010 explicitly state that a surveillance program codenamed Optic Nerve collected still images of Yahoo webcam chats in bulk and saved them to agency databases, regardless of whether individual users were an intelligence target or not.

In one six-month period in 2008 alone, the agency collected webcam imagery – including substantial quantities of sexually explicit communications – from more than 1.8 million Yahoo user accounts globally.

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The document estimates that between 3% and 11% of the Yahoo webcam imagery harvested by GCHQ contains “undesirable nudity”. Discussing efforts to make the interface “safer to use”, it noted that current “naïve” pornography detectors assessed the amount of flesh in any given shot, and so attracted lots of false positives by incorrectly tagging shots of people’s faces as pornography.


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Cartoons

Posted on February 27th, 2014 at 12:50 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon


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U.S. bank profits hit all-time high

Posted on February 26th, 2014 at 21:52 by John Sinteur in category: Robber Barons

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Not only have the nation’s banks fully recovered from the financial crisis, their bottom lines are now healthier than ever.

On Wednesday, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said profits at U.S. lenders hit an all-time high in 2013. For the year, the nation’s banks made a collective $155 billion. That’s up 10% from a year ago, and it was more than the $148 billion the banks made back in 2006, the last time profits peaked.

For the last three months of 2013, banks made $40.3 billion. That was also an all-time high, and a rebound. Bank profits were down in the second and third quarters of the year.

The FDIC noted a large portion of the bottom line boost, though, came from an accounting maneuver that other regulators have cautioned about.


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  1. I’m not sure that they need to have any reserves to cover future bad loans. I mean, aren’t they highly-regulated state-supported institutions?

    That’s a bit unfair of me, though. Banks are being criticized for not lending out enough of their depositers’ money (hence the profit), but the financial crisis 6-7 years ago was partly caused by too many bad loans. So they presumably conclude that their present loans are less likely to go bad and don’t need to be offset by bad loan provisions.

Citing Joke, Annapolis Police Chief Testifies That Pot Killed 37 People on the First Day of Legalization in Colorado

Posted on February 26th, 2014 at 18:09 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Testifying against marijuana legalization before the Maryland legislature today, Annapolis Police Chief Michael Pristoop warned of the potentially lethal consequences. “The first day of legalization, that’s when Colorado experienced 37 deaths that day from overdose on marijuana,” Pristoop told the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. “I remember the first day it was decriminalized there were 37 deaths.”

As Sen. Jamie Raskin (D-Montgomery) quickly pointed out, what Pristoop actually remembered was a joke story at The Daily Currant headlined “Marijuana Overdoses Kill 37 in Colorado on First Day of Legalization.” The article included a quote from “Peter Swindon, president and CEO of local brewer MolsonCoors,” who supposedly said: “We told everyone this would happen. Marijuana is a deadly hardcore drug that causes addiction and destroys lives. When was the last time you heard of someone overdosing on beer? All these pro-marijuana groups should be ashamed of themselves. The victims’ blood is on their hands.”

Pristoop seemed taken aback that something he had seen in print might not be the literal truth. “If it was a misquote,” he told Raskin, “then I’ll stand behind the mistake. But I’m holding on to information I was provided.”


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  1. The Wikipedia entry on The Daily Currant already contains an impressive list of articles mistaken for the truth.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daily_Currant

  2. Just trying to protect his job.

Thunderstruck

Posted on February 26th, 2014 at 15:52 by John Sinteur in category: News


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  1. Saw this last week. Quite awesome. AC/DC has to be flattered. 🙂

Welcome to the Chicago Precrime Department

Posted on February 26th, 2014 at 15:46 by John Sinteur in category: News

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When the Chicago Police Department sent one of its commanders to Robert McDaniel’s home last summer, the 22-year-old high school dropout was surprised. Though he lived in a neighborhood well-known for bloodshed on its streets, he hadn’t committed a crime or interacted with a police officer recently. And he didn’t have a violent criminal record, nor any gun violations. In August, he incredulously told the Chicago Tribune, “I haven’t done nothing that the next kid growing up hadn’t done.” Yet, there stood the female police commander at his front door with a stern message: if you commit any crimes, there will be major consequences. We’re watching you.


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Life is not a marathon

Posted on February 26th, 2014 at 14:58 by John Sinteur in category: News


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Stephen Wolfram’s Introduction to the Wolfram Language

Posted on February 26th, 2014 at 14:42 by John Sinteur in category: awesome, Software


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Working Backwards to the Technology

Posted on February 26th, 2014 at 14:17 by John Sinteur in category: Apple

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At WWDC in 1997, Steve Jobs, having just returned to Apple, held a wide-open Q&A session. There’s video — albeit low-quality VHS transfer? — on YouTube. It’s a remarkable session, showing Jobs at his improvisational best. But more importantly, the philosophies and strategies Jobs expressed correctly forecast everything Apple went on to do under his leadership, and how the company continues to work today. In short, he’s remarkably open and honest — and prescient.


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Exxon CEO troubled by fracking-related water tank in his neighbourhood

Posted on February 26th, 2014 at 0:42 by Paul Jay in category: News

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Tillerson fights tower
Rex Tillerson’s company may be a big player in fracking, but the chief executive of Exxon Mobil Corp. has a problem with what the related issues could mean to the value of his ranch.

The chief executive officer of Exxon Mobil Corp., a major player where the controversial technique is concerned, is among a group of citizens in Bartonville, near Dallas, who are opposing a massive tower that would supply water for fracking.

Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, pumps water and chemicals underground to break up rock and push gas or oil to the surface, and there are huge environmental concerns surrounding the practice.

Citizens of Bartonville, described as a wealthy community, which you’d expect given that it houses the chief of Exxon, have sued to try to stop the tower.

Some have issues with what promises to be traffic and noise, according to what lawyer Michael Whitten told The Wall Street Journal, but Mr. Tillerson’s big beef is how it could affect the value of his spread.

The suit filed in the District Court of Denton County lists Bar RR Ranches and its owners, the Tillersons, as among the plaintiffs, along with others with high-value properties, against Bartonville Water Supply Corp., which is now Cross Timbers Water Supply Corp., and officials at the non-profit utility.


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Man shoots himself in the head and dies while demonstrating gun safety

Posted on February 26th, 2014 at 0:28 by Paul Jay in category: News

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A man in the US accidentally shot himself in the head and died on Monday as he was trying to persuade his girlfriend that guns are safe.

The unnamed 36-year-old from Independence Township, Michigan, was demonstrating how his three handguns are safe when they are not loaded by holding them to his head and pulling the trigger,Detroit Free Press reported.

But when the third gun went off, the man was struck in the head with a bullet. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities say three children not related to the man, aged 7,10, and 12, were in the home at the time of the shooting, but did not witness it.

The man’s girlfriend told police that he had been drinking most of the day before he died, and sheriff’s officials said alcohol appears to have been a factor in the incident, according to CBS Detroit.

An autopsy will be performed by the Oakland County Medical Examiner as an investigation into the man’s death continues.

A man in St Petersburg, Florida died in similar circumstances in January last year, when he too tried to show that guns are safe and shot himself in the head.


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  1. There’s got to be a joke in here about the perils of using a gun while loaded.

  2. He qualifies for a Darwin Award.

  3. What about a Darwin Award category. John?

  4. A new Darwin Award category?

    I second that.

  5. Perhaps it should be an “Irrelevant Award” category.

    I mean, these are stories about simple folk. The real people. The common clay of the new world.

Veto over Prince Charles letters based on value judgment, court told

Posted on February 25th, 2014 at 15:40 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News

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Government lawyers have defended a decision by the attorney general, Dominic Grieve, to block the publication of letters written by Prince Charles to politicians…

The government has spent nine years resisting the disclosure of the letters, which it concedes contain the prince’s “most deeply held personal views and beliefs”…

Grieve’s veto banned the disclosure of 27 pieces of correspondence between the prince and ministers in seven government departments between September 2004 and April 2005…

He said: “This risk will arise if, through these letters, the Prince of Wales was viewed by others as disagreeing with government policy. Any such perception would be seriously damaging to his role as future monarch because if he forfeits his position of political neutrality as heir to the throne he cannot easily recover it when he is king.”

That’s the trouble with a kingdom. If the heir to the throne is a barking-mad loony, and the government is run by mendacious bar-stewards, it gets complicated.

Should we import another Dutch candidate?


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  1. I wouldn’t worry, Sue. I believe Elizabeth is determined to outlive her twit son.

  2. @Rob: I’m not actually sure that she wasn’t replaced years ago. (Something like the plot of Bubba Ho-tep.)

Arizona State Senator Al Melvin cannot honestly answer Anderson Cooper’s simple question!

Posted on February 25th, 2014 at 10:39 by John Sinteur in category: News


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Flappy Bird for Commodore 64

Posted on February 25th, 2014 at 9:13 by John Sinteur in category: News

Download here:
http://sos.gd/flappy64


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The Banks that Ate the Economy

Posted on February 24th, 2014 at 20:57 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News

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Bank of England Governor Mark Carney surprised his audience at a conference late last year by speculating that banking assets in London could grow to more than nine times Britain’s GDP by 2050. His forecast represented a simple extrapolation of two trends: continued financial deepening worldwide (that is, faster growth of financial assets than of the real economy), and London’s maintenance of its share of the global financial business.

The present figure is much smaller (I’ve read figures from 5-10%) so this is not a reasonable extrapolation, but what will stop the trend?


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Uganda politicians celebrate passing of anti-gay laws

Posted on February 24th, 2014 at 19:11 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News

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Defying international disapproval from western donor nations, Uganda‘s president has signed a controversial law allowing those convicted of homosexuality to be imprisoned for life.

At a public ceremony in a packed room at the State House in Entebbe, Yoweri Museveni formally initialled the anti-homosexuality act, which also outlaws the promotion of homosexuality and requires citizens to denounce to the police anyone suspected of being gay.

“Outsiders cannot dictate to us. This is our country. I advise friends from the west not to make this an issue, because if they make it an issue the more they will lose. If the west does not want to work with us because of homosexuals, then we have enough space to ourselves here.”

Supporters clapped and laughed during the press conference. One MP sitting at a white table in the front row, said: “I hope the Obamas are receiving it live, Desmond Tutu, Cameron … [Museveni] has resisted them.”

The ethics and integrity minister, Simon Lokodo, said: “I feel very fulfilled, very elated, because at last my head of state has pronounced it on behalf of the entire nation, Uganda, that this is a bill that was worth putting in place.”

Pity Uganda. Religion and patriotism working together to make bad people feel good about themselves.


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  1. The Netherlands has already frozen all aid.

  2. It’s one thing to tolerate this injustice and quite another to finance it. They you’re an accessory to the crime.

  3. Based on the quotes, it sounds like Uganda is almost daring other countries to cut foreign aid.

Apple’s failure to pay for favorable media coverage flies in the face of Samsung’s payola

Posted on February 24th, 2014 at 18:12 by John Sinteur in category: Apple

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It would appear that if Apple wants to rein in the targeted negativity the tech media loves to dish out, it will need to begin spending billions like Samsung to promote tweets, push favorable reviews, pay spiffs as incentives to retail sale promotion and generously ply journalists with free products.


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Health Care Horror Hooey

Posted on February 24th, 2014 at 18:00 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Remember the “death tax”? The estate tax is quite literally a millionaire’s tax — a tax that affects only a tiny minority of the population, and is mostly paid by a handful of very wealthy heirs. Nonetheless, right-wingers have successfully convinced many voters that the tax is a cruel burden on ordinary Americans — that all across the nation small businesses and family farms are being broken up to pay crushing estate tax liabilities.

You might think that such heart-wrenching cases are actually quite rare, but you’d be wrong: they aren’t rare; they’re nonexistent. In particular, nobody has ever come up with a real modern example of a family farm sold to meet estate taxes. The whole “death tax” campaign has rested on eliciting human sympathy for purely imaginary victims.

And now they’re trying a similar campaign against health reform.

I’m not sure whether conservatives realize yet that their Plan A on health reform — wait for Obamacare’s inevitable collapse, and reap the political rewards — isn’t working. But it isn’t. Enrollments have recovered strongly from the law’s disastrous start-up; in California, which had a working website from the beginning, enrollment has already exceeded first-year projections. The mix of people signed up so far is older than planners had hoped, but not enough so to cause big premium hikes, let alone the often-predicted “death spiral.”

And conservatives don’t really have a Plan B — in their world, nobody even dares mention the possibility that health reform might actually prove workable. Still, you can already see some on the right groping toward a new strategy, one that relies on highlighting examples of the terrible harm Obamacare does. There’s only one problem: they haven’t managed to come up with any real examples.


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  1. There are few current examples of assets sold off to meet estate taxes…because the people subject to this have professional estate planners.

    “He who dies with the fewest (taxable) assets, wins.”

American Sues Ethiopian Government for Spyware Infection

Posted on February 24th, 2014 at 17:55 by John Sinteur in category: News

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An American citizen living in Maryland sued the Ethiopian government today for infecting his computer with secret spyware, wiretapping his private Skype calls, and monitoring his entire family’s every use of the computer for a period of months. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is representing the plaintiff in this case, who has asked the court to allow him to use the pseudonym Mr. Kidane – which he uses within the Ethiopian community – in order to protect the safety and wellbeing of his family both in the United States and in Ethiopia.

“We have clear evidence of a foreign government secretly infiltrating an American’s computer in America, listening to his calls, and obtaining access to a wide swath of his private life,” said EFF Staff Attorney Nate Cardozo. “The current Ethiopian government has a well-documented history of human rights violations against anyone it sees as political opponents. Here, it wiretapped a United States citizen on United States soil in an apparent attempt to obtain information about members of the Ethiopian diaspora who have been critical of their former government. U.S. laws protect Americans from this type of unauthorized electronic spying, regardless of who is responsible.”

Well I’m glad other countries don’t have laws like this. Otherwise the US would be in big trouble!


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