Daily Archives: December 23, 2016

Trump backers get ‘revenge gifts’ from relatives: donations to liberal causes

When John Tereska’s Trump-voting family members open their gifts from him on Christmas Day, they will get a shock.Inside pretty boxes they’ll find notes thanking them for making donations to organizations like Planned Parenthood and the Sierra Club that support causes expected to come under attack from the new administration.Trump protesters plan to open ‘movement house’ in Washington DCRead more“With my oldest brother, who I know voted for Trump, I’m going right for the jugular.

I’m donating to the Democratic National Committee on his behalf,” Tereska said.Tereska, an avid Hillary Clinton supporter, is so mad at the relatives who voted for Donald Trump in November that he’s giving money to progressive not-for-profit organizations in their names, in lieu of Christmas presents this year.“It’s revenge giving,” he added, with relish.

Source: Trump backers get ‘revenge gifts’ from relatives: donations to liberal causes | US news | The Guardian

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Carrie Fisher Suffers Massive Heart Attack on Plane

Carrie Fisher suffered a massive heart attack Friday on an airplane … TMZ has learned.Our sources say Carrie was on a United flight from London to LAX when she went into cardiac arrest. People on board were administering CPR. United Airlines says its crew reported Carrie as “unresponsive” when they landed. We’re told the emergency occurred 15 minutes before the plane landed in L.A. A flight attendant asked if there were any medical personnel on board and an EMT who was sitting in the back of the plane came up to first class and administered life-saving measures.The plane landed just after noon in L.A. and paramedics rushed her to a nearby hospital.Fisher, who became famous, of course, as Princess Leia from ‘Star Wars,’ has been on a book tour.Story developing …

Source: Carrie Fisher Suffers Massive Heart Attack on Plane | TMZ.com

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John Kasich blocks Ohio cities from raising their own minimum wages

This week, Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) signed a bill that blocks any city or other local government in the state from raising its own minimum wage above the state’s floor of $8.10 an hour.The legislation, which was passed by state lawmakers earlier in the month, was in direct response to an upcoming vote in Cleveland on whether to raise its wage. While the state’s wage will raise to $8.15 next year, Cleveland residents will vote in May on whether to raise their minimum to $12 by 2018 and $15 by 2021. With the new law in place, however, they won’t actually have any power to raise their minimum wage.Ohio joins a growing number of states that have passed such preemption laws blocking cities from increasing their own minimum wages and implementing paid sick leave requirements. According to a ThinkProgress analysis, 20 states have already passed such laws, including 19 that specifically target minimum wage raises, 11 of which have been enacted since 2013. Fifteen ban local paid sick leave measures.

Source: John Kasich blocks Ohio cities from raising their own minimum wages

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Public Toilet Locator Launched by Google and PM Modi

In a move to further his cause of ‘Swacch Bharat’ and ‘Digital India’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has collaborated with Google to launch a toilet locator service in its Google Maps app.shutterstock_176093684Twin Design / ShutterstockThe Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) collaborated with the tech-giants to ease the pain of finding public toilets in NCR and Madhya Pradesh areas, to begin with.So far, the government agencies working towards developing a full-fledged app for toilet locators in India have been able to locate 2 lakh units and are also going to include public toilets in private building too.Last month, there were rumours that such an app was being developed for India which will allow people to locate clean public toilets, and it’s official now.More Cities Will Get the Service OvertimeCurrently, there are about 4000 toilets that have been displayed on the Google Maps interface which can be searched either from your Android or iOS Maps app or using the desktop.resized-public-toiletAll you need to do is open Google Maps, search for public toilets and the closest ones will be listed alongwith the address, distance from your location, and opening and closing time.

Source: Public Toilet Locator Launched by Google and PM Modi

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5 apt tips and tricks

1) Search for a package name with apt-cache searchCan’t remember the exact package name but you know some of it? Make it easy on yourself and search using apt-cache. For example: apt-cache search FirefoxIt lists all results for your search. Nice and easy!It lists all results for your search. Nice and easy!2) Search for package information with apt-cache showWant details of a package before you install it? Simple just search for it with apt-cache show. apt-cache show firefoxMore details than you probably even wanted!More details than you probably even wanted!3) Upgrade only a specific packageSo you already know that you can upgrade your whole system by running apt-get upgradebut did you know you can upgrade a specific package instead of the whole system? It’s easy, just specify the package name in the upgrade command. For example to upgrade just firefox run: apt-get upgrade firefox4) Install specific package versionNormally when you apt-get install something you get the latest version available but what if that’s not what you wanted? What if you wanted a specific version of the package instead? Again, simple, just specify it when you run the install command. For example run: apt-get install firefox=versionWhere version is the version number you wish to install.5) Free up disk space with cleanWhen you download and install packages apt will automatically cache them on your hard drive. This can be useful for a number of reasons, for example some distributions use delta packages so that only what has changed between versions are re-downloaded. In order to do this it needs to have a base cached file already on your hard drive. However these files can take up a lot of space and often times don’t get a lot of updates anyway. Thankfully there are two quick commands that free up this disk space. apt-get clean apt-get autocleanBoth of these essentially do the same thing but the difference here is autoclean only gets rid of cached files that have a newer version also cached on your hard drive. These older packages won’t be used anymore and so they are an easy way to free up some space.There you have it, you are now officially 5 apt commands smarter. Happy computing!

Source: 5 apt tips and tricks | The Linux Experiment

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US State Police Have Spent Millions on Israeli Phone Cracking Tech

This is part of a Motherboard mini-series on the proliferation of phone cracking technology, the people behind it, and who is buying it. Follow along here.When cops have a phone to break into, they just might pull a small, laptop-sized device out of a rugged briefcase. After plugging the phone in with a cable, and a few taps of a touch-screen, the cops have now bypassed the phone’s passcode. Almost like magic, they now have access to call logs, text messages, and in some cases even deleted data.State police forces and highway patrols in the US have collectively spent millions of dollars on this sort of technology to break into and extract data from mobile phones, according to documents obtained by Motherboard. Over 2,000 pages of invoices, purchase orders, communications, and other documents lay out in unprecedented detail how one company in particular has cornered the trade in mobile phone forensics equipment across the United States.Cellebrite, an Israel-based firm, sells tools that can pull data from most mobile phones on the market, such as contact lists, emails, and wiped messages. Cellebrite’s products can also circumvent the passcode locks or other security protections on many current mobile phones. The gear is typically used to gather evidence from a criminal suspect’s device after it has been seized, and although not many public examples of abuse are available, Cellebrite’s tools have been used by non-US authorities to prosecute dissidents.

Source: US State Police Have Spent Millions on Israeli Phone Cracking Tech | Motherboard

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Twitter will hand over data on the user who sent a seizure-inducing tweet to a journalist

Four days ago, an unidentified Twitter user tweeted a seizure-inducing animation at Newsweek and Vanity Fair writer Kurt Eichenwald, who has epilepsy. Now, Eichenwald has taken the first step toward identifying the user. In response to a civil suit filed by Eichenwald this week in Dallas district court, Twitter has agreed to hand over all relevant subscriber data for the user in question. The attack came in apparent retaliation for Eichenwald’s aggressive coverage of President-elect Trump.While Eichenwald has yet to file criminal charges, the civil suit was sufficient for an ex parte order from the district judge. Twitter subsequently agreed to expedited relief, declining to challenge the order or demand further evidence from Eichenwald. The next step is likely to be a lawsuit against wireless carriers or service providers implicated by Twitter’s records, who will have records linking IP addresses and other metadata to the attacker’s legal name.

Source: Twitter will hand over data on the user who sent a seizure-inducing tweet to a journalist – The Verge

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World’s first solar road opens in France

The roughly half-mile stretch of road in the small village of Tourouvre-au-Perche is designed to provide power for streetlights.

Source: World’s first solar road opens in France – CNET

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The LAPD Is Doing the Taxi Cartel’s Dirty Work

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has recently become the target of negative backlash, after its decade-long initiative to bust unlicensed cab drivers has been pushed into the spotlight. Thankfully, due to the current popularity of ridesharing services, the residents of Los Angeles are asking the LAPD to put an end to this outdated program.

Source: The LAPD Is Doing the Taxi Cartel’s Dirty Work | Foundation for Economic Education

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Meet the Chinese Billionaire Who’s Moving Manufacturing to the U.S. to Cut Costs

While it has been said for a long time that the U.S. is bleeding manufacturing jobs overseas, particularly to China, some businesses have been moving operations the other way round.

And now, the head of a leading Chinese glass maker making the same move has openly questioned if his country really is such a lucrative destination for offshore factories, reports Hong Kong newspaper the South China Morning Post.

Overall speaking, the tax burden for manufacturers in China is 35% higher than in the U.S., Cao Dewang told China Business Networkin an interview. He added that a combination of cheap land, reasonable energy prices and other incentives means that, despite higher manufacturing costs, he can still make more money by making glass in the U.S. than by exporting Chinese-made panes to the U.S. market.

Cao Dewang, center, Chairman of Fuyao Group and Chairman of Fuyao Glass Industry Group Co., is interviewed as he arrives at the Great Hall of the People to attend the opening session for the Fourth Session of the 12th National Committee of the CPPCC (Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference) in Beijing, China, 3 March 2016.© Wang Zhou-Imaginechina Cao Dewang, center, Chairman of Fuyao Group and Chairman of Fuyao Glass Industry Group Co., is interviewed as he arrives at the Great Hall of the People to attend the opening session for the Fourth Session of the…

His company, Fuyao Glass, has invested over $1 billion stateside, according to the Post, the most significant move of which is opening its U.S. factory in the Ohio town of Moraine, a suburb of Dayton, back in October. The glass maker is re-purposing the town’s former General Motors assembly that had been standing empty since late 2008, as the Dayton Daily News reports.

Source: Meet the Chinese Billionaire Who’s Moving Manufacturing to the U.S. to Cut Costs

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Ubuntu 17.04 Now Powered by Linux Kernel 4.9 and Mesa 13.0, to Track Linux 4.10

Canonical’s Joseph Salisbury informed the Ubuntu Linux community about the latest news regarding the development of the upcoming Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) operating system.We told you that we’d be constantly monitoring the development cycle of Ubuntu 17.04, and today we have some exciting things to tell you all about as the Ubuntu Kernel Team has published this week’s newsletter with information about the arrival of the Linux 4.9 kernel packages in the Zesty Zapus repositories.”We uploaded a newer v4.9 based Zesty kernel to the archive: https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/4.9.0-11.12,” reads the newsletter. “This has been promoted to the release pocket. Please test and let us know your results. We anticipate we’ll eventually converge on a v4.10 based kernel for Zesty.”

Source: Ubuntu 17.04 Now Powered by Linux Kernel 4.9 and Mesa 13.0, to Track Linux 4.10

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Man Who Robbed Bank In Santa Mask Handed Out Candy Canes First – Interesting News Now!

WMC Action News 5 – Memphis, TennesseeThe popular Christmas song “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” warns kids not to cry or pout, but it doesn’t say anything about not robbing banks.Now police in Memphis, Tennessee, are trying to find a man who robbed a bank on Wednesday while wearing a Santa mask.The criminal Kris Kringle walked into the Memphis City Employees Credit Union on Elvis Presley Boulevard around 10 a.m. sporting the trademark white beard, red coat and red hat with fluffy white trim, according to WMC TV.He handed out candy canes to people in the bank and even wished them a merry Christmas.Then the thieving Santa handed the bank teller a note demanding cash, the Commercial Appeal newspaper reports.

Source: Man Who Robbed Bank In Santa Mask Handed Out Candy Canes First – Interesting News Now!

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Engineering rice to waste less fertilizer | Ars Technica

One of the interesting things about working at Ars is that I occasionally discover that scientists are working to solve problems I didn’t even know existed. That was the case this week when I came across a paper about efforts to cut down on the amount of phosphorus that plants put into rice grains.On the surface, cutting down phosphorous seems absurd. Phosphorus, in the form of the phosphate molecule, is central to life on Earth. It’s part of the backbone of DNA and takes part in countless signaling pathways. Phosphate bonds power pretty much everything our cells do. Why would we want less of it in our food?It turns out that much of the phosphorus in plant seeds is utterly useless to us. It’s stored in a compact form, the chemical phytate, which is a six-carbon ring with phosphates hanging off each of the carbons. And, despite having been exposed to phytate for countless years, most mammals have never evolved a means of digesting it. Phytate passes through our digestive systems as if it weren’t there. So most of it ends up in sewage or, if the crops are fed to livestock, agricultural waste. Both of which contribute to environmental upsets in our waterways.So the phosphate in rice is largely wasted from a nutritional standpoint. Understanding why this is a problem requires understanding how the phosphate gets there. Which, for most crops, is a chemical fertilizer. A lot of this gets wasted before reaching the plant, as the phosphate we apply tends to react with elements like iron and aluminum in the soil. Most of the phosphate that does reach the plant ends up in the seeds, which we harvest.

Source: Engineering rice to waste less fertilizer | Ars Technica

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Mouthwash Shows Promise in Preventing Gonorrhea

(Newser) – Listerine claimed way back in 1879 that its mouthwash could “cure” gonorrhea, Live Science reports. Now a new study published Tuesday in Sexually Transmitted Infections gives credence to that claim. Or at least that’s what the overly excitable media would have you believe. “A good gargle before engaging in oral sex may reduce the risk of transmitting the infection to the recipient,” states Forbes (which notes more research is needed to get rid of that pesky “may”). Researchers had 58 men with gonorrhea in their throats gargle with Listerine or saltwater. The men who gargled with mouthwash for a minute were 80% less likely to test positive for gonorrhea-causing bacteria afterward.

Source: Mouthwash Shows Promise in Preventing Gonorrhea

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Snowsuits For Dogs Are Officially A Thing

Who needs a coat when you can have a full snowsuit?

Source: Snowsuits For Dogs Are Officially A Thing

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