Daily Archives: August 1, 2015

Woman Sues Credit Agencies: I’m Not Dead

A 40-year-old St. Louis woman isn’t dead, but she said she spent months trying to convince credit reporting agencies that she’s alive. Alexandria Goree is suing Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax over the glitch, contending that it was difficult to get loans or a new home, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Her suit, filed last week in federal court, says Goree found a “deceased” notation on her credit files in the summer of 2013. Such a notice can appear when a creditor informs a reporting agency that one of its customers has died.

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Nintendo Wants To Turn Sleep Into A Game

And just filed a patent for a device that will monitor you while you rest

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Drawing filed with Nintendo’s patent for Quality of Life

From the first narrative videogame to those that move games into 3D space, Nintendo has had a prescient, uncanny ability to understand our relationship with technology. Its most recent initiative is called Quality of Life, but no one has quite known what to expect. This week, Nintendo fans have unearthed a patent that the company filed for its newest device used to monitor sleep, according to Forbes.

There aren’t a lot of details about this Quality of Life initiative, but based on the information that has trickled out over the past year, it’s seems to be centered on humans and their sleep. “Fatigue and sleep are themes that are rather hard to visualize in more objective ways,” the company’s late president, Saturo Iwata, said at a press conference in October last year. “At Nintendo, we believe that if we could visualize them, there would be great potential for many people regardless of age, gender, language, or culture.”

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WNBA Star Wears Sneaker Created for People with Disabilities

And now this – Three years ago, a 19 year old man with cerebral palsy named Matthew Walzer, wrote a letter to Nike about how he has so much trouble putting on their sneakers as he has limited mobility in his feet. Nike didn’t ignore the letter. After countless prototypes, Nike just announced the Nike LeBron Zoom Solider VIII FlyEase which can slip on and off feet through a rear entry with no laces.

WNBA star Elena Delle Donne heard about Walzer’s letter and Nike’s response and actually wore the new sneaker at the WNBA All Star game. “My mom is going to be like, ‘Thank the lord for Matthew,'” Delle Donne reportedly said. “Getting [Liz’s] shoes on is a struggle. When we put her foot in it gets really stiff.”

Delle Donne’s support of folks with special needs has been great. I love stories like this one. Let’s face it, there’s lots of things going wrong in the world right now. But this story and many like it out there remind us there’s lots of good news out there.

originally posted at http://www.creativeminorityreport.com/2015/07/wnba-star-wears-sneaker-created-for.html

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Tiny Blue Butterfly Flutters Back From Brink

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — More than 20 years of habitat restoration and breeding programs have helped the endangered Karner blue butterfly make a comeback in the pine barrens of upstate New York where it was discovered by Russian author Vladimir Nabokov decades ago.

“This project has been unbelievably rewarding,” said Neil Gifford, conservation director for the 3,200-acre Albany Pine Bush Preserve. “Getting to see an animal that was on the brink of extinction locally, now have a robust and healthy population, is just incredible.”

The silvery blue, postage stamp-sized butterfly that was among the first species on the federal endangered list in 1973 is also making a comeback in parts of Ohio and New Hampshire where it was thought to have been wiped out before 2000. Populations have persisted in Wisconsin and Michigan.

The outlook is less sunny in some other parts of the butterfly’s former range from Minnesota to New England. At Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in Indiana, extensive work to restore and expand the butterfly’s sandy, savannah-like habitat has come to naught.

“The population over the last 15 years has declined to the point where we’re pretty concerned that it’s been lost from this area,” said Ralph Grundel, a biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Porter, Indiana. The reasons are elusive.

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Karner blue has declined by 99 percent over the past 100 years, with 90 percent of the decline occurring in the last 15. Among the reasons are habitat loss from land development and suppression of the wildfires that are a necessary part of the ecology of the pine barren and black oak savanna where the insects live.

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“Racist” Killer Robots Could Conduct Ethnic Cleansing Campaigns

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Come again…?

Thousands of experts, including Professor Steven Hawking, have signed a letter urging a ban on killer robots that could one day be used by dictators to carry out racist ethnic cleansing campaigns.

The scientists warned that the world is heading for a robot arms race where artificial killers will be so cheap to build that they will become the “Kalashnikovs of tomorrow,” with the technology being abused by terrorists and warlords to “perpetrate ethnic cleansing” by by carrying out tasks such as, “Assassinations, destabilizing nations, subduing populations and selectively killing a particular ethnic group.”

The development of killer robots will reduce the need for humans to physically go to war, but they will also serve to lower the threshold for war since troops won’t need to be put in harms way.

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Embedded Tweets can be Easily Faked

You can easily embed tweets in your website by adding a little HTML snippet to your site’s template. The embedded tweets are interactive in the sense that they’ve a follow button, they show live retweet counts, and you also use CSS to change the formatting of tweets.

Now CSS does help you control the tweet’s appearance but you may be surprised to know that it is also possible to change the other elements of an embedded tweet. For instance, you may modify the actual text of the tweet. The favorite & retweet counts can be altered as well. Let me illustrate that with an example:

How to Alter an Embedded Tweet

Twitter allows you embed tweets with JavaScript and when you take this route, you not only gain control over how the tweets are rendered but also over what’s rendered inside the tweet.

Here’s the complete JavaScript snippet that allows use to modify most of the elements of an embedded tweet.

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Yes, you can resist government tyranny

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There is government and there is us, and it seems that never the twain shall meet.

Government makes laws out of thin air. But those laws are meaningless without the consent of the people.

All too often people accept the laws even if they don’t like them, especially if government tells us they are for our own good. More often than not, laws passed “for our own good” are not good for us at all, but are good for government. They increase government power or they enrich the system, but they reduce our liberties.

Last week, I mentioned in “You are guilty!” that an unelected bureaucrat working for the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) had taken it upon himself to write a “law” ostensibly making it illegal to carry a weapon in rest areas along Alabama’s highways and interstates. Signs then went up at all Alabama rest areas proclaiming that carrying a weapon into the rest area was unlawful and any “offender” would face fines and imprisonment.

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Kentucky man faces felony charges for protecting privacy by shooting drone hovering over his backyard

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A Kentucky homeowner is facing two felony charges after he shot down a drone that he says was hovering above his property.

William H. Merideth, 47, told local media that he was worried the unmanned aircraft was photographing his daughters or scouting his property for things to steal.

“Sunday afternoon, the kids — my girls — were out on the back deck, and the neighbors were out in their yard,” Merideth told Louiville-based WDRB. “And they come in and said, ‘Dad, there’s a drone out here, flying over everybody’s yard.’”

According to Merideth, there would have been no problem if the drone had simply been passing over his property. But when it hovered overhead for more than a few seconds, he decided to take action and shoot it down with his shotgun.

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KDE Announces Plasma Mobile, An Open Linux OS For Phones

The KDE community recently introduced a free and open-source mobile operating system named the Plasma Mobile. The community had planned for such an initiative even before Ubuntu Touch was announced. Users can reportedly switch from one interface to another, as Plasma 5 on the desktop comes with a converged shell. If the reports are to be believed, KDE wanted to launch tablets integrated with Plasma software. However, this was never executed. KDE Announces Plasma Mobile, An Open Linux OS For Phones

Plasma Mobile was unveiled at KDE’s Annual Akademy World Summit, where it stated that Plasma is different from other operating systems. As Plasma Mobile happens to be a free open-source operating system, it can be distributed, modified as well as re-used without any restrictions.

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Windows 10 and the privacy nightmare that it is. (a collection of links)

Windows 10 and the privacy nightmare that it is: click on article titles.

Windows 10: The first 5 things you need to do immediately after you install it

Windows 10 Is Spying On You: Here’s How To Stop It

Mozilla CEO: Windows 10 Strips User Choice For Browsers and Other Software

Familiar Utilities in Windows 10 via hidden Quick Access Menu

The hassles after the install

The actual install procedure is as simple as it gets. You just have to click a few buttons and Windows 10 will be installed on your machine. But that doesn’t mean you’re done setting up your computer. In fact, there are plenty of things you still have to consider after you log into Windows 10 for the first time:

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I’m Furious About You Being Furious About The Thing You’re Furious About

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Watching social media more or less incessantly as I have been over the last few days – instead of working or feeding my children or acknowledging brief but important everyday moments of physical affection from my partner – I’ve seen, as you surely have, that everyone is furious about a thing.  This thing really has got goats and stuck in craws in every corner of the globe. It’s been trending for days and hardly anyone’s feed is free of comment on the subject.  Politicians and celebrities have weighed in with their opinions, and seventy-four badly-realised parody accounts based on this thing were registered by midnight Pacific Time last night.

But ask yourself this: why? Why are they furious about this thing when there is another thing that I believe they should be much more furious about?  The thing that I believe they should be furious about is so much more…

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Lawmakers Vote to Let Obama Take Your Passport Without Trial

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Originally posted on Christian Patriots:

In a radical attack on the due-process rights of Americans that received virtually no media attention, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted to give the Obama administration the unilateral power to strip you of your passport and right to travel without a trial or even criminal charges. The scheme does not even include a way to challenge your status as a non-person involuntarily trapped inside U.S. borders on orders from the secretary of state. Lawmakers, some of whom could themselves be caught in the dragnet along with myriad administration officials, praised the effort as a way to stop alleged terrorists from traveling. But critics said it was yet another attack on the fundamental rights of Americans, such as due-process protections, and that it must be resisted.

As if to illustrate how out of touch with the U.S. Constitution most members of Congress have…

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The future is here: New face recognition technology can work in the dark

Facial Recognition ThermalImage Source: PetaPixel

It’s kind of crazy how quickly face detection and recognition technology managed to push its way into the mainstream. Over the past few years we’ve seen face recognition technology reach desktop photo software like iPhoto and even mass market smartphones from the likes of Samsung. And of course, there are no shortage of stories centering on government agencies who use face recognition technology for identification and surveillance purposes.

Setting the bar even higher, researchers from Germany have reportedly developed a new technology that allows facial recognition software to identify faces even in the dark. Whereas traditional facial recognition software involves the comparison of two photos, both of which must be taken in well-lit environments, the approach German computer scientists came up with involves using a person’s thermal signature.

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72 Types Of Americans That Are Considered “Potential Terrorists” In Official Government Documents

Are you a conservative, a libertarian, a Christian or a gun owner?  Are you opposed to abortion, globalism, Communism, illegal immigration, the United Nations or the New World Order?  Do you believe in conspiracy theories, do you believe that we are living in the “end times” or do you ever visit alternative news websites (such as this one)?  If you answered yes to any of those questions, you are a “potential terrorist” according to official U.S. government documents.  At one time, the term “terrorist” was used very narrowly.  The government applied that label to people like Osama bin Laden and other Islamic jihadists.  But now the Obama administration is removing all references to Islam from terror training materials, and instead the term “terrorist” is being applied to large groups of American citizens.  And if you are a “terrorist”, that means that you have no rights and the government can treat you just like it treats the terrorists that are being held at Guantanamo Bay.  So if you belong to a group of people that is now being referred to as “potential terrorists”, please don’t take it as a joke.  The first step to persecuting any group of people is to demonize them.  And right now large groups of peaceful, law-abiding citizens are being ruthlessly demonized.

here are just a few:

1. Those that talk about “individual liberties”

2. Those that advocate for states’ rights

3. Those that want “to make the world a better place”

9. Those that “take action to fight against the exploitation of the environment and/or animals”

13. “The Patriot Movement”

16. Members of the American Family Association

23. Anyone that is engaged in “conspiracy theorizing”

24. Anyone that is opposed to Agenda 21

25. Anyone that is concerned about FEMA camps

30. Anyone that “complains about bias”

59. “Returning veterans”

65. Those that are against illegal immigration

70. Those that display the Gadsden Flag (“Don’t Tread On Me”)

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