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DNA Test Shows Subway’s Oven-Roasted Chicken Is Only 50 Percent Chicken

Posted on February 28th, 2017 at 18:42 by John Sinteur in category: News


If you think that chicken sandwich you ordered at Subway did not fully taste like fowl, you may have been right.

According to a Canadian study, a DNA test showed only half of Subway’s oven-roasted patty is made with real chicken.

Subway was among five fast-food restaurants whose chicken the Canadian Broadcast Corporation had tested.

The results showed the Oven Roasted Chicken patties averaged 53.6 percent chicken DNA while the Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki strips came in at 42.8 percent.

The sandwich chain refuted the results of the DNA test in a released statement:

“SUBWAY Canada cannot confirm the veracity of the results of the lab testing you had conducted. However, we are concerned by the alleged findings you cite with respect to the proportion of soy content. Our chicken strips and oven roasted chicken contain 1% or less of soy protein. We use this ingredient in these products as a means to help stabilize the texture and moisture. All of our chicken items are made from 100% white meat chicken which is marinated, oven roasted and grilled. We tested our chicken products recently for nutritional and quality attributes and found it met our food quality standards. We will look into this again with our supplier to ensure that the chicken is meeting the high standard we set for all of our menu items and ingredients.”

In case you wondered what the rest of the patties and chicken strips are made of: It’s soy.


Don’t you just LOVE language? “All of our chicken items are made from 100% white meat chicken…”

It means that the chicken in the product is actual chicken… And the rest of the “meat” is left unspecified… A bit like “Made with 100% juice” as an indication that very little bit of juice in there is, well, juice.

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  1. Why did the subway chicken cross the road?
    To find its better half..

  2. Soy! And all this time I was thinking that white stuff was bread…I mean it’s white and sweet and has a pappy texture just like store-bought bread 🙂

Data from connected CloudPets teddy bears leaked and ransomed, exposing kids’ voice messages

Posted on February 28th, 2017 at 17:15 by John Sinteur in category: News


Now firstly, put yourself in the shoes of the average parent, that is one who’s technically literate enough to know the wifi password but not savvy enough to understand how the “magic” of daddy talking to the kids through the bear (and vice versa) actually works. They don’t necessarily realise that every one of those recordings – those intimate, heartfelt, extremely personal recordings – between a parent and their child is stored as an audio file on the web. They certainly wouldn’t realise that in CloudPets’ case, that data was stored in a MongoDB that was in a publicly facing network segment without any authentication required and had been indexed by Shodan (a popular search engine for finding connected things).

Well, as we all know, the ‘S’ in IoT stands for ‘security’.

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How does this “simple” electric train work?

Posted on February 28th, 2017 at 16:58 by John Sinteur in category: News



If the field lines are exactly parallel a bar magnet will feel no net force. However at the ends of the coil, where the field lines diverge, a bar magnet will be either pulled into the coil or pushed out of the coil depending on which way round you insert it.

The trick in the video is that the magnets are made of a conducting material and they connect the battery terminals to the copper wire, so the battery, magnets and copper wire make a circuit that generates a magnet field just in the vicinity of the battery. The geometry means the two magnets are automatically at the ends of the generated magnetic field, where the field is divergent, so a force is exerted on the magnets.

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Trump: ‘Nobody knew that healthcare could be so complicated’

Posted on February 28th, 2017 at 0:14 by John Sinteur in category: News


President Trump said Monday that “nobody knew that healthcare could be so complicated,” as Republicans have been slow to unite around a replacement plan for ObamaCare.

“I have to tell you, it’s an unbelievably complex subject,” Trump said after a meeting with conservative governors at the White House.


No shit, sherlock. NOW you’re telling us?

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  1. Here’s a hint. Remove the insurance companies and it’s much simpler.

  2. When I read the report I was reminded of the Wizard of Oz song ….”if I only had a brain.” It is a good analogy. Denying health care is heartless, improving it will take both courage and brains. Where’s the wizard when you need one?

Micro SF/F stories on Twitter

Posted on February 27th, 2017 at 22:38 by John Sinteur in category: News


The message from the alien ship was broadcast telepathically: all understood it.

“We have come to save you.”

They took all squids and left.

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  1. In the magic mine, the canary was singing opera in its cage.

    It coughed, and switched to prog rock.

    “Wild magic leak!” miners called. “Out!”

  2. Here is what came to my mind…
    So long and thanks for all the fish!

BBC Radio 4 – Friday Night Comedy from BBC Radio 4, FriComedy: The News Quiz 17th Feb 2017

Posted on February 27th, 2017 at 22:27 by John Sinteur in category: News


the people who support Trump do so tribally, like supporters of a sports team. If you hear that your sports team had three players thrown out of the game for breaking the rules and still won, you don’t rail against their cheating, you celebrate their victory in the face of the odds.


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Defense Against the Dark Arts: Networked Propaganda and Counter-Propaganda

Posted on February 27th, 2017 at 22:09 by John Sinteur in category: News


This post is about persuasion. I’m not going to spend much time on the ethics of these techniques, and even less on the question of who is actually right on any particular point. That’s for another conversation. Instead, I want to talk about what works. All of these methods are just tools, and some are more just than others. Think of this as Defense Against the Dark Arts.

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Should Twitter and Facebook be Regulated?

Posted on February 26th, 2017 at 21:32 by John Sinteur in category: News


The Constitution guarantees every citizen the right of free speech. But what happens when the most effective channels for that speech are corporations such as Twitter and Facebook? Does the government have an obligation to make sure those companies are not limiting free speech for some classes of users?

My sketchy understanding of the law is that the government is only responsible for making sure the government itself is not abridging free speech. I think most of us agree that we don’t want the government volunteering for any more work than the constitution says it should be doing.

But shouldn’t the federal government get involved if a few monopoly corporations start to control the national conversation by filtering out voices that disagree with them?

That seems to be the situation right now. For example, Twitter is apparently “shadowbanning” me because of my past Trump tweets, or so I assume. That means my tweets only go out to a subset of my followers. The rest don’t know I tweeted. My followers tell me this is the case. They have to visit my timeline to see my tweets.

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Posted on February 26th, 2017 at 19:50 by John Sinteur in category: News

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  1. Yep. That just about covers it! As an engineer I always said that the impossible we do immediately. Miracles take a bit longer! 🙂

The only actor to have been killed by an Alien, a Predator, AND a Terminator

Posted on February 26th, 2017 at 18:59 by John Sinteur in category: News

Game over man, game over…

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  1. AND he outlived them all! 🙂 RIP Bill.

Pope quietly trims sanctions for paedophile priests

Posted on February 26th, 2017 at 11:14 by John Sinteur in category: News


Pope Francis has quietly reduced sanctions against a handful of paedophile priests, applying his vision of a merciful church even to its worst offenders in ways that survivors of abuse and the Pope’s own advisers question.

One case has come back to haunt him. An Italian priest who received the Pope’s clemency was later convicted by an Italian criminal court for his sex crimes against children as young as 12. The Rev. Mauro Inzoli is now facing a second church trial after new evidence emerged against him.

The Inzoli case is one of several in which Pope Francis overruled the advice of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and reduced a sentence that called for the priest to be defrocked, two canon lawyers and a church official told AP. Instead, the priests were sentenced to penalties, including a lifetime of penance and prayer and removal from public ministry.

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  1. I’ve never understood why parents would continue being catholics after their children were raped by priests.

Judge Rejects Warrant Seeking To Force Everyone At A Searched Location To Unlock Seized Electronic Devices

Posted on February 26th, 2017 at 11:06 by John Sinteur in category: News


Late last year, Thomas Fox-Brewster of Forbes uncovered a strange search warrant among a pile of unsealed documents. The warrant — approved by a magistrate judge — allowed law enforcement officers to demand that everyone present at the searched location provide their fingerprints to unlock devices seized from the same location.

In support of its request, the government cited cases dating back to 1910, as though they had any relevance to the current situation. The most recent case cited was 30 years old — still far from easily applicable to today’s smartphones, which are basically pocket-sized personal data centers.

The judge granted it, stating that demands for fingerprints, passwords, or anything (like encryption keys) that might give law enforcement access to the devices’ content did not implicate the Fourth or Fifth Amendments. While the magistrate was correct that no court has found the application of fingerprints to unlock devices to be a violation of the Fifth Amendment, the other access options (passwords, encryption keys) might pose Fifth Amendment problems down the road.

Riana Pfefferkorn has uncovered a similar warrant request, but this one has been rejected by the magistrate judge. Pretty much across the board, the order is the antithesis of the one revealed last year. The judge finds [PDF] that the broad request to force everyone present at the residence to apply their fingerprints to seized devices to unlock them implicates multiple Constitutional amendments.


In closing, upon presentation of the warrant application to this Court, the government identified for this Court that the warrant application was seeking the forced fingerprinting discussed herein. The government further noted “[t]his is the language that we are making standard in all of our search warrants.” This declaration of standardization is perhaps the crux of the problem. As the Court hopes it is plain from the above, the issues presented here require a fact-intensive inquiry both for purposes of the Fourth Amendment and the Fifth Amendment.

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This Nerd Is Rewriting ’50 Shades Of Grey’ And It’s Better Than The Original

Posted on February 25th, 2017 at 20:37 by John Sinteur in category: News


Few contemporary novels have been parodied quite as much as 50 Shades of Grey. But of all the variations that we’ve come across so far (no pun intended), none come close to being as funny as 50 Nerds of Grey.

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The Shallow State

Posted on February 25th, 2017 at 16:23 by John Sinteur in category: News


Life is once again imitating art. Actually, it’s worse than that. Now this president has decided that if he is shallow and his followers are shallow, he shall do what he can to make our society shallower. Perhaps that’s his most ambitious goal given the level to which we have sunk. But he is doing so nonetheless, now offering up a budget that would eliminate those small pockets within the U.S. government that promote depth or real knowledge. Scientific and economic data that undercuts his theories is being suppressed. Dissent, even from within his own ranks, is being met with firings. And he is seeking to defund the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. These are small programs by government standards – the NEA’s annual budget is smaller than that required to provide protection for Melania Trump to live in her New York City penthouse each year. But they celebrate those things that add depth to our collective lives, the exploration and contemplation of the human experience, of the nature of our society. And they deliver work that forces audiences and citizens to think.

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  1. During this week’s ultra rightwing shindig, CPAC, the evil Steve Bannon stepped out from the shadows and said the following.”The deconstruction of the administrative state” is what they are proceeding to achieve. Now that is a phrase for the ages. The entire basis of civilised society is to be dismantled and utterly destroyed. Leaving what?

    I suppose it’s OK if you can afford your own defibrillator or your own fire department. This is certifiable madness.

  2. @porpentine: You know those silly books by Ayn Rand that these guys all got so excited about? They actually think they can make them happen. They’ll be the masters of the universe and everyone else will be slaves.

    Here’s a prescient little number from 2007: https://youtu.be/LZkAoosVLkA

  3. @Sue. Thanks for the link. Prescient indeed. Tom Russell is a great songwriter, Gallo del Cielo and Blue Wing being firm favourites.

    The difference between the inadequates fantasising Ayn Randily in the 50s and 60s and the inadequates currently running the US government is that this lot has power, real power. It is not reined in by the famous ‘Checks and Balances’ of the Constitution, not so far and I see no sign of a brake being applied. Quite the contrary.

    So, yes, they do actually think they can make their racist, homophobic, fascist agenda happen. For the first time in America’s history such an outcome is possible. This is profoundly worrying.

Add a test verifying cache deduplication is not sensitive to SHA1 collision attack

Posted on February 25th, 2017 at 8:57 by John Sinteur in category: News

But don’t do so if you’re using svn

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The previous owners of used “smart” cars can still control them via the cars’ apps (not just cars!)

Posted on February 21st, 2017 at 23:57 by John Sinteur in category: News


It’s not just that smart cars’ Android apps are sloppily designed and thus horribly insecure; they are also deliberately designed with extremely poor security choices: even if you factory-reset a car after it is sold as used, the original owner can still locate it, honk its horn, and unlock its doors.

Again, this is by design: because auto-makers are worried about lockout and hacks (for example, a valet resetting your car to lock out your app), only the original dealer can sever the car’s connection with the cloud accounts of the original owner.

Charles Henderson, the leader of IBM’s X-Force Red security division presented on this risk at last week’s RSA conference in San Francisco (you can read his essay on the subject here). His ultimate recommendation is this counsel of despair: unless you are very technologically savvy, you should only buy new cars, not used ones.

Ehm, nope – you should actually only buy used cars – old enough that they have no network connection at all.

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  1. Wouldn’t a “new owner” command at time of resell be programmed somewhere along the sw path to lock out previous owners be something to consider?

Coloured by Regional Grammar

Posted on February 20th, 2017 at 23:06 by John Sinteur in category: News


Because of where the structurally unemployed live, what they’ve done, or the skills they lack, employers can’t or won’t hire them. The problems that keep today’s jobless stuck on the sidelines are different than those of past recoveries: a complex web of often interrelated issues from disability and drug use to criminal records.

Jeanna Smialek and Patricia Laya, The New Face of American Unemployment, Bloomberg (7 February 2017).

Further commentary on the story from Naked Capitalism:

When you read the stories carefully, they actually depict two overarching problems: discrimination and the far-ranging impact of the opioid epidemic.

The bigger point is that neoliberalism treats individuals as able to make their own way, when people are products of their families and communities. And we have entire sections of the country being laid waste by the combination of economic distress, poor education, weak social safety nets, and despair. And regulatory neglect made a bad situation vastly worse.


The richest newcomer to Forbes 2015 list of America’s Richest Families comes in at a stunning $14 billion. The Sackler family, which owns Stamford, Conn.-based Purdue Pharma, flew under the radar when Forbes launched its initial list of wealthiest families in July 2014, but this year they crack the top-20, edging out storied families like the Busches, Mellons and Rockefellers. How did the Sacklers build the 16th-largest fortune in the country? The short answer: making the most popular and controversial opioid of the 21st century — OxyContin.

Alex Morrell, The OxyContin Clan: The $14 Billion Newcomer to Forbes 2015 List of Richest U.S. Families, Forbes Magazine (1 July 2015).

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The man who dresses up as his ancestors – BBC News

Posted on February 20th, 2017 at 22:54 by John Sinteur in category: News



It’s an unusual way to get close to your forefathers, but it works for Christian Fuchs.

The walls of his elegant apartment overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Lima’s bohemian Barranco district are covered with paintings of his aristocratic European and Latin American ancestors.

But if you look closer, you soon realise that many of the portraits are, in fact, photographs of the 37-year-old himself, dressed up as his relatives.

It all started when Fuchs was 10 years old.

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Trump compares himself to Lincoln. But Lincoln warned us about demagogues like him.

Posted on February 20th, 2017 at 20:27 by John Sinteur in category: News


On Saturday, President Donald Trump compared himself to “Abraham Lincoln and many of our greatest presidents”. On his inauguration, Trump chose to be sworn in on the so-called “Lincoln bible” – the same one Honest Abe was sworn in on – because he was “inspired by Lincoln’s words”,Quartz reported.
On Presidents Day, though, it’s worth remembering that Trump is the anti-Lincoln (and anti-Washington). Indeed, he is not just the demagogue Founding Fathers like Alexander Hamilton warned us about. He is exactly the demagogue Lincoln himself warned us about.

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Fokke & Sukke

Posted on February 20th, 2017 at 20:03 by John Sinteur in category: News


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  1. …slechts het begin van de gekte

Trump comment about immigration ‘problems’ baffles Sweden

Posted on February 19th, 2017 at 22:55 by John Sinteur in category: News


“You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden,” Trump said. “Sweden. Who would believe this? Sweden. They took in large numbers. They’re having problems like they never thought possible.”

That appeared to confuse the Swedish government, which asked the U.S. State Department to explain what the new president meant.

“We are trying to get clarity,” Swedish Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Catarina Axelsson said.


Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom appeared to respond to Trump’s latest statement by posting on Twitter an excerpt of a recent speech in which she said democracy and diplomacy “require us to respect science, facts and the media.”

Her predecessor was less circumspect.

“Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound,” former Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt wrote on Twitter.

Other Swedes mocked Trump’s remark on Twitter using the hashtag #LastNightInSweden, posting pictures of reindeer, Swedish meatballs and people assembling the country’s famous IKEA furniture.

“#lastnightinsweden my son dropped his hotdog in the campfire. So sad!” Twitter user Adam Bergsveen wrote.


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  1. What? No comments since the riot?

Trump cited a nonexistent incident in Sweden during his rally on Saturday

Posted on February 19th, 2017 at 10:33 by John Sinteur in category: News


President Donald Trump cited a nonexistent incident in Sweden while talking about the relationship between terror attacks and refugees around the world during a rally in Melbourne, Florida, on Saturday.

“You look at what’s happening in Germany. You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden … Sweden … who would believe this? Sweden, they took in large numbers, they are having problems like they never thought possible. You look at what’s happening Brussels, you look at what’s happening all over the world,” Trump said.

No incident occurred in Sweden on Friday night.

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Watch This Lawyer Fall Apart When Asked About Religious Discrimination Against Interracial Couples

Posted on February 18th, 2017 at 22:19 by John Sinteur in category: News


Yesterday, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee held a hearing all about “religious liberty.” At one point, however, a representative from conservative legal group Becket couldn’t answer a simple question about whether someone’s faith gave them the right to refuse service to an interracial couple.

Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen asked Becket’s Senior Counsel Hannah Smith if faith-based discrimination against interracial couples was ever permissible. The correct answer was “No.” Instead, she went on multiple lengthy monologues to avoid saying that one word.

The exchange takes place at the 1:08:44 mark.


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German Officials Tell Parents To Destroy Doll That Records Conversations

Posted on February 18th, 2017 at 21:01 by John Sinteur in category: News


Late last year, research indicated that certain toys may be collecting audio recording and personal information from children and sending that data to a company that used the information to improve the voice-recognition tools it sells to the military and law enforcement agencies. While consumer advocates quickly filed complaints with federal regulators in the U.S., across the pond, authorities in Germany are now directing parents to get rid of the “My Friend Cayla” doll.

Could Amazon’s Echo and Apple’s Siri be next in the Bundesnetzagentur crosshairs?

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How Many Combinations Are Possible Using 6 LEGO Bricks?

Posted on February 18th, 2017 at 20:48 by John Sinteur in category: News


Mathematician Søren Eilers was intrigued by a LEGO-related math problem. Let’s say you have six “standard LEGO bricks” (the rectangular 4×2 bricks seen in the original LEGO patent). If you fit them together, how many possible structures can you make?

This question was first officially “answered” in 1974, and LEGO mathematicians arrived at the number 102,981,500. Eilers was curious about the mathematical methodology behind that number, and soon discovered that it only covered one kind of stacking—thus, it was dramatically low. So he wrote a computer program that modeled all the possible brick combinations. After running the program for a week, he ended up with a massive number: 915,103,765 combinations.

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“Weird Al” Yankovic – Another One Rides the Bus

Posted on February 18th, 2017 at 20:45 by John Sinteur in category: News

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  1. Haha…reminds me of a joke I heard at a concert last night:

    What’s the best pitch for an accordion?

    The one that launches it into a burning dumpster where it lands on a banjo.

  2. Oh Sue! Does this means I cannot ask you to go Polka dancing with me on Fridays anymore? Boohoo Boohoo

TinyTrumps – Home of the Internet’s pictures of Tiny Trump

Posted on February 18th, 2017 at 19:57 by John Sinteur in category: News


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Secret Service Adds Emotional Protection Division To Safeguard Trump’s Psyche

Posted on February 18th, 2017 at 19:55 by John Sinteur in category: News


WASHINGTON—In an effort to respond to the vast and ever-changing dangers faced by the nation’s commander-in-chief, Secret Service administrators announced Wednesday the creation of an Emotional Protection Division to safeguard President Donald Trump’s psyche.

The new unit’s three dozen agents, who have undergone rigorous training to prepare for their challenging role, will be charged with defending the 45th president’s psychological well-being around the clock, investigating foreign and domestic threats to his self-esteem and quickly intercepting any spoken or written criticisms before they can harm his pride.

“After conducting a full review of the operational procedures available to us, it became clear that adding this new division was the only way to meet President Trump’s emotional security needs,” said Secret Service director Joseph Clancy, noting that the president’s detail is specially trained in assessing risks and minimizing any opportunity for him to feel insecure or belittled. “His psyche could be put in grave danger from unfavorable poll numbers or suddenly come under attack from a White House press corps heavily armed with uncomfortable questions.”

“All of our agents stand ready to lay down their lives to ensure nothing can hurt President Trump’s feelings,” he added.

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  1. What???!!! Does this mean trump won’t be reading Twitter, fb, newspapers, magazines, news shows anymore ???

  2. This is a joke right?

Inexplicably missing is a Flappy Bird clone.

Posted on February 17th, 2017 at 19:00 by John Sinteur in category: News

But other than that,  nice games

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  1. Is that a Trailer Park Boys reference, John? I am in awe…

Posted on February 17th, 2017 at 14:48 by John Sinteur in category: News

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  1. Dick was such a nice man. We will miss him. RIP Dick Bruna.

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