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Wipe clean with a relaxed hamster

Posted on June 14th, 2014 at 16:50 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ

Beurer Digital Body Analysis Scale with Glass Platform


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  1. Does the hamster come with the scale or do we have to provide our own, in which case can I use a dead hamster, as they are much easier to come by.

Senator to SEC: Stop granting waivers to law-breaking companies

Posted on June 14th, 2014 at 15:42 by John Sinteur in category: Robber Barons

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The main waiver at issue involves “well-known seasoned issuer,” or WKSI, waivers to companies.

A WKSI waiver is a coveted tag that lets companies raise money immediately through securities offerings without waiting for SEC approval.

Companies convicted of crimes or found liable for fraud can lose the status, but the SEC can agree to provide the company a waiver so they retain the WKSI tag.

In April, two SEC commissioners dissented over a waiver granted to the Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc after one of its units struck a criminal plea deal over manipulation of the Libor benchmark interest rate.


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Fast money: the battle against the high frequency traders

Posted on June 14th, 2014 at 15:10 by John Sinteur in category: Robber Barons

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A ‘flash crash’ can knock a trillion dollars off the stock market in minutes as elite traders fleece the little guys. So why aren’t the regulators stepping in? We talk to the legendary lawyer preparing for an epic showdown


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The Past In Collision With The Present

Posted on June 14th, 2014 at 15:08 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The past continues to shoot at the present in Iraq. Yet another day, and yet another public pronouncement from the president, and yet another spasm of outrage from the foreign-policy claque that got us into the Iraq debacle in the first place. It is going to be a terrible couple of months for anyone who opposed the entire clusterfck from jump and now has to listen to the likes of this tripe from the people who have not yet apologized for the worst foreign-policy decision of my lifetime.


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  1. Apart from all the other ones.

‘Breaking Bad’ star Aaron Paul is controlling your Xbox One

Posted on June 14th, 2014 at 14:56 by John Sinteur in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself

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Microsoft released ad earlier this month with Paul showcasing the voice commands available in the Xbox One. At the beginning of the commercial, Paul says “Xbox On,” the command console owners can use to interact with the Kinect sensor and turn on the console. While everything initially seemed just fine about that commercial, it turns out some gamers have discovered that Paul’s command in the ad will get picked up by their Kinect and turn on the Xbox One in their home.


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  1. I saw a great video of a guy who changed his in-game name to “XBoxTurnOff”. Then he got on a Call of Duty server and watched the chaos as people dropped out of the game right and left.

Fine Woodworking

Posted on June 14th, 2014 at 13:39 by John Sinteur in category: News

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And here is where Toshio added something very important: there is something else that is not always being grasped by many woodworkers in the craft: the social responsibility of the craftsperson, be they woodworkers, musicians, photographers, doctors, or writers. Each of these persons practices a craft and in that craft they are expected to produce a result that carries with it a social responsibility. And that responsibility is where the person’s skill and even artistry must be used to serve others. For example, if a joint is used to show off a person’s ability to create a showy piece, but fails when it comes to joining two pieces of wood securely and efficiently, that person has failed at their responsibility to society—even if the joint “looks beautiful.” But the craftsperson who makes a solid joint, that looks “good enough,” does its job and holds for decades or centuries to come—that person has fulfilled the responsibility society asks of them. Even if that joint is hidden, it has the spirit of being a good joint. Odate made a comparison to comfortable and attractive undergarments—they are out of sight, but if they are strong, comfortable, warm, and last, they’ve done their job well, and can even bring a smile to the wearer’s face (I’ll admit that the comparison brought smiles to our faces at the time).

What about hobbyist and enthusiast woodworkers, I asked? If you are a hobbyist or enthusiast, Odate explained, and you are not publicly committing yourself to being a craftsperson for public hire, you don’t have the weight of that social responsibility. But once you commit to making a piece for a client, or a family member, that responsibility is there, to those people. It’s your job to make sure your design and your workmanship serve the needs and desires of your clients, and that the techniques and materials you use serve those ends. Anything else is superfluous, and runs the risk of being dangerous, or at best, ugly.


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Mother, jailed for truant kids, found dead in cell

Posted on June 14th, 2014 at 13:02 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane

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A Pennsylvania mother of seven died in a jail cell where she was serving a two-day sentence for her children’s absence from school, drawing complaints from the judge that sent her there about a broken system that punishes impoverished parents.


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  1. Actually it was debtors’ prison. She there for fines levied for the truancy. God bless America, land of free. …if your rich that is.

Mike Rogers Says Google Is Unpatriotic For Not Wanting NSA To Spy On Its Users

Posted on June 14th, 2014 at 12:07 by John Sinteur in category: Privacy, Security

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This past Wednesday, the CIA held its first ever Conference on National Security at Georgetown University. It included plenty of the usual talking heads spouting nonsense, but I wanted to focus in on one particular talking head spouting particularly ridiculous nonsense. It’s our old friend, Rep. Mike Rogers, who is retiring from Congress to try to become an even bigger blowhard on talk radio (as if that’s possible). Apparently, Rogers is using this conference to practice the classical blowhard strategy of making a variety of absolutely ridiculous claims that directly contradict each other.


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Windmills 5 Don Quixote 1

Posted on June 14th, 2014 at 12:00 by John Sinteur in category: awesome


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Running for President Is Hurting Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Campaign

Posted on June 14th, 2014 at 11:47 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The more obvious Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign becomes, the less people like her. As Bloomberg’s Jonathan Allen notes, Clinton’s approval ratings are at 52 percent, down from 56 percent in March and 70 percent in December 2012, back when her 2016 campaign was in its “what if” think piece stage.

Good. Can we get Elizabeth Warren instead?


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Only Apple

Posted on June 14th, 2014 at 10:36 by John Sinteur in category: Apple

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What we saw last week at WWDC 2014 would not have happened under Steve Jobs


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Twitter / provenquality

Posted on June 14th, 2014 at 10:03 by John Sinteur in category: News

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A Dutch fans files a report with the Policia Turista after being robbed in Salvador.

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  1. At least they didn’t rob him of his dignity.

What would Keynes do?

Posted on June 14th, 2014 at 3:19 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News

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Take a concrete example: iTunes. Technically we could all own every tune ever recorded. We would not need to own them, because they all exist on a server in Cupertino, California. We would just need an equitable means to listen to the ones we like.

Should the price be zero? Probably not, but how many perfectly playable vinyl records can be picked up for a penny? Should it be 99p per track? Did the Beatles make the record so that Apple could charge 99p per download for it long after they were all dead, passing to their estates a maximum of 33p and pocketing two-thirds?

A better question is: would the break-up of Apple and the rise of a music-sharing and renting model deter a modern-day group from writing great music? Every rock band or pop singer you talk to complains that information technology is eating into their revenue, and they have to go on the road to sell merchandise in order to make money. They often say this is because of piracy. But, in a sense, rock bands are just facing the same problem as journalists, magazine writers, literary novelists face. The pricing power of their artistic labour no longer depends on a technological bottleneck: the publishing house, the record label, the printing press. What they don’t lose to pirates they lose to the rentier class – firms such as Apple or Amazon, which demand a hefty distribution payment as the price of selling your wares via the internet.

Long, but interesting article.


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