Daily Archives: February 4, 2017

Raven rips up parking ticket in Yellowknifec North 

A raven was caught on video plucking a parking ticket off the windshield of a car in downtown Yellowknife on Thursday, and the videographer says she saw the bird “shred it.”It’s unclear if the raven was disputing the ticket or just hungry.Annemieke Mulders posted the video on Facebook.”I watched the little monster take the ticket from under the windshield wiper and shred it, and (I think) eat some of it,” Mulders told CBC News in an email.The City of Yellowknife said the ticket, despite being shredded, still needs to be paid.”We haven’t heard ‘the dog or raven ate my parking ticket’ excuse,” said Dennis Marchiori, the city’s director of public safety.”In most cases, once we place the ticket on the vehicle for the violation, it is their responsibility.”

Source: Raven rips up parking ticket in Yellowknife – North – CBC News

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Food for Space Travelers 1966 Documentary on NASA Astronaut Cuisine

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65 Countries and Their Walls | The Federalist Papers

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65 countries are building or have already built border security walls, while American liberals adamantly oppose President Trump’s efforts to increase the effectiveness of U.S. efforts to block illegal immigration.President Trump believes that immigrants must enter this country legally. Failure to recognize this allows easy access for criminals, gangs, and drugs.Undocumented, illegal immigrants have no right to sneak into the U.S., and tighter security can accomplished through a U.S./Mexico border wall.Leftists think these beliefs are racist and threaten American values.Meanwhile, 65 other countries have taken similar measures to enhance border security.

Source: 65 Countries and Their Walls | The Federalist Papers

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Pornhub launches sex ed portal to teach you how to love responsibly

Pornhub is already the go-to adult content supplier for millions of horny netizens across the globe, but now it wants to become your number one source of guidance on how to lead a happy and healthy sex life on and off the internet.This Wednesday the industry titan made its foray into sex ed with the launch of the newly founded Pornhub Sexual Wellness Center. Headed by renowned sex therapist Dr. Laurie Betito, the website will offer tips from experts on a variety of sex-related topics like basic sexual anatomy, STIs and STDs, as well as relationship advice.

Source: Pornhub launches sex ed portal to teach you how to love responsibly

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‘Webroot made my PCs s*** the bed’ – AV update borks biz machines hard 

Anti-malware firm Webroot has apologized after an update pushed out this week borked computers at unlucky companies, leaving the PCs unbootable.El Reg learned of the issue through reader Andrew, who reported that the Webroot 9.0.15.43 update for enterprises has “shit the bed,” creating all sorts of problems on corporate networks. Windows systems crash with the following memory access error:0x50: PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA”It causes boxes to BSOD [Blue Screen of Death] in an unrecoverable state,” Andrew explained. “Webroot have acknowledged the issue and are currently investigating it.”We’re told affected machines struggle to boot up properly. There are workarounds described here, which involves disabling antivirus protection. Webroot confirmed to The Reg that there was an issue but said that only a minority of its customers are hit:

Source: ‘Webroot made my PCs s*** the bed’ – AV update borks biz machines hard • The Register

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Spanish nun sparks outrage with suggestion that Virgin Mary may have had sex

She has 180,000 followers on Twitter, became a daytime TV star with a cooking show sharing traditional convent recipes and waded into local politics speaking out in support of Catalan independence.

But the latest public declarations from the 51-year-old Dominican nun have provoked a stern telling off by the Catholic Church.

Her unlikely appearance on a chat show at the weekend to talk about sex led to her revealing that she didn’t really believe in one of the tenets of the Roman Catholic faith – that Mary, mother of Jesus, was a virgin.

“I think that Mary was in love with Joseph and that they were a normal couple, and the normal thing is to have sex,” the nun who was born in Argentina before moving to a Catalan convent 26 years ago told Risto Mejideon on the Cuatro show Chester in Love.

Source: Spanish nun sparks outrage with suggestion that Virgin Mary may have had sex – The Local

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Snapchat Faked Growth Numbers, Former Employee Alleges

A former Snapchat employee alleges that the company has been faking its growth numbers in order to boost its value in an IPO, according to a lawsuit filed in L.A. Superior Court.Anthony Pompliano, who was the company’s growth lead, alleges that he was fired after just three weeks with the company because he refused to go along with Snapchat’s plans.Pompliano was hired away from a similar job at Facebook, Snapchat’s arch-rival. According to the lawsuit, Pompliano came to understand that he was only hired because Snapchat wished to obtain confidential and proprietary information from Facebook.He said he was fired after blowing the whistle on the company’s misrepresentations with several higher-ups.

Source: Snapchat Faked Growth Numbers, Former Employee Alleges | Variety

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Tamron Hall Exit Bashed as ‘Whitewashing,’ Black Journalist Group Tells NBC

The National Association of Black Journalists has requested a meeting with NBC News to discuss the exit of Tamron Hall and what it called the “whitewashing” of the network’s “Today” morning show with plans to replace Hall and Al Roker as co-hosts of the 9 a.m. hour with former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly.

In a statement to TheWrap, the network refuted the charge but did not indicate whether execs would meet with the NABJ. “NBC News has a long and proven history as an industry leader in newsroom diversity,” the statement read. “We will continue to engage in the running dialogue we’ve had for many years with the National Association of Black Journalists and other advocacy groups to advance those goals.”

In its own statement, the NABJ noted that “NBC has been a leader for diversity in broadcasting” but expressed concerns that the optics of replacing two African American broadcast veterans with a white woman “are being seen by industry professionals as whitewashing.”

showSource: Tamron Hall Exit Bashed as ‘Whitewashing,’ Black Journalist Group Tells NBC

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Another Travel Ban: IRS Moves To Revoke Passports For Unpaid Taxes

President Trump’s executive order on travel may be generating big protests, but an IRS missive on travel and passports may not go down too well either. More than a year ago, in H.R.22, Congress gave the IRS a new weapon to collect taxes. Tax code Section 7345 is labeled, “Revocation or Denial of Passport in Case of Certain Tax Delinquencies.” The law isn’t limited to criminal tax cases, or even cases where the IRS thinks you are trying to flee. The idea of the law is to use travel as a way to enforce tax collections. It was proposed and rejected in 2012. But by late 2015, Congress passed it and President Obama signed it.

Now, over a year later, the IRS has finally released new details on its website. If you have seriously delinquent tax debt, IRS can notify the State Department. The State Department generally will not issue or renew a passport after receiving certification from the IRS. The IRS has not yet started certifying tax debt to the State Department. The IRS says certifications will begin in early 2017, and the IRS website will be updated to indicate when this process has been implemented.

Source: Another Travel Ban: IRS Moves To Revoke Passports For Unpaid Taxes

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Mixed Martial Arts Star Responds to Meryl Streep Golden Globes Insult With Smackdown Event

When Meryl Streep took to the stage to accept her Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes on Jan. 8, she took a not-so-subtle jab at two sports: “So Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners, and if we kick them all out you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts.” In a surprising coincidence, a new MMA event has been added to Oscar week, one that best actress contender Streep surely won’t be attending.

The Hollywood Reporter has learned that that Smash Global — a producer of luxury events that feature professional MMA fighters — will be hosting a pre-Oscar MMA Fight Gala on Feb. 23. The private, black-tie charity gala will benefit anti-bullying while featuring a cocktail reception and a four-course dinner with guests seated around a fight cage in the Taglyan Complex on Vine Street in Hollywood.Founder Steve “Hulk Smash” Orosco will honor a yet-to-be-announced “high-profile individual” for their contribution to the sport of mixed martial arts before the night’s centerpiece entertainment: five sanctioned MMA fights live in the cage.

Source: Mixed Martial Arts Star Responds to Meryl Streep Golden Globes Insult With Smackdown Event | Hollywood Reporter

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Swarms of Disposable Drones Will Make Critical Deliveries and Then Vanish – IEEE Spectrum

Photo: OtherlabSan Francisco R&D firm Otherlab is developing a low-cost, precision air-delivery system using paper drones. The drones have no propellers and use an autopilot and servos to glide and steer themselves.Delivery drones still face an uncertain future, but there’s at least one scenario where they make a lot of sense: Flying robots can be ideal for bringing small, high value, time-sensitive goods to people in low-infrastructure areas. As specific a situation as that sounds like, it’s an enormous opportunity, and has the potential to make a huge difference in rural areas and disaster relief missions with deliveries of food and medical supplies, for example.

One challenge with that, however, is that while drones are cheap to operate, the up-front investment is significant, especially if you need to make a lot of deliveries quickly, like right after an earthquake. With this sort of thing in mind, DARPA has funded several companies under its ICARUS (Inbound, Controlled, Air-Releasable, Unrecoverable Systems) program to create cheap, disposable drones that are designed to deliver a thing to a place and then be forgotten about. One of the companies receiving DARPA funding is San Francisco research firm Otherlab, which does weird robotics-y stuff with creative materials, among other things, and they’ve come up with a design for a drone they’re calling APSARA: Aerial Platform Supporting Autonomous Resupply/ Actions.

Source: Swarms of Disposable Drones Will Make Critical Deliveries and Then Vanish – IEEE Spectrum

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