Daily Archives: March 5, 2017

Gmail now lets you receive 50MB attachments

If you need to send a file from point A to point B, it’s email – not DropBox or Google Drive – that you tend to use. But this isn’t great for large files. As Senator Ted Stevens once pointed out, the Internet is a series of tubes, and most providers have rules to stop you from them clogging up.But today, Google announced it doubled the size of attachments you can receive through Gmail, with the maximum size raised from 25MB to 50MB. Annoyingly, the maximum size for an outbound attachment is still 25MB.

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Semi-Permanent Freckle Face Tattoos Are Apparently a Beauty Trend Now

While some women cover their faces with thick layers of foundation to cover up natural freckles, others are apparently getting them tattooed. Yup, freckles are in, and some people would even go under the needle to get them.Freckle tattooing is reportedly one of the fastest growing beauty treatments available today. Similar to microblading, an eyebrow enhancing procedure, freckle tattooing involves the use of pigments to ink freckle-like dots onto a person’s face that eventually blend in with the client’s skin tone. As with any tattoo, there is some inevitable swelling, but it subsides after a few months, and the initial dark coloring of the freckles fades to a light brown.Photo: Juliane RaposoIt’s unclear when exactly freckle tattooing started, but Montreal-based cosmetic tattoo artist Gabrielle Rainbow is considered one of the pioneers who spearheaded the beauty trend. She says she was inspired by a friend who had become tired of constantly having to paint them on her face with makeup. Rainbow first experimented on herself, although she doesn’t recommend tattooing your own face, and after seeing that the effect was very realistic, she decided to tattoo her friend as well.

Source: Semi-Permanent Freckle Face Tattoos Are Apparently a Beauty Trend Now | Oddity Central – Collecting Oddities

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Scientists Find Unignited Explosive Residues in WTC Dust

Berkeley, CA, April 23, 2009— A team of scientists that includes 9/11 luminaries Steven Jones, Kevin Ryan, and seven other authors from three countries announced this month the long-awaited publication of their 25-page article “Active Thermitic Material Discovered in Dust from the 9/11 World Trade Center Catastrophe.”The team analyzed dust samples that were collected from four locations near Ground Zero. One sample was collected ten minutes after the North Tower exploded, so it could not have been contaminated with particles from the cleanup efforts. All four samples contained the same unusual, tiny red/gray chips, which turned out to consist not only of the ingredients of conventional thermite but also carbon, silicon, and other elements.

Source: Scientists Find Unignited Explosive Residues in WTC Dust

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U.S. marijuana jobs set to outpace manufacturing 

DENVER – The White House hinted, last week, that it may crack down on states that have legalized recreational marijuana.Marijuana industry experts hope a new jobs prediction report might take the target off of the legal pot business.According to a report from Frontier Data, marijuana-related jobs are set to outpace manufacturing jobs in the United States by 2020.The report estimates over the next three years, legalized marijuana will create 300,000 jobs.Colorado was the first state to legalize recreational marijuana in the United States, and the booming business there has created 20,000 jobs as well as providing a boost to ancillary businesses.

Source: U.S. marijuana jobs set to outpace manufacturing – Fox 4 Now WFTX Fort Myers/Cape Coral

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Terminal cancer patients in complete remission after one gene therapy treatment 

A groundbreaking gene therapy treatment which boosts a patient’s own immune cells has been shown to clear disease from one third of terminal patients.US pharmaceutical company Kite Pharma released results from the first six months of its trial of the new treatment, called CAR-T cell therapy. Some 36 per cent of the 101 patients on the trial were still in complete remission at six months, and eight in 10 saw their cancer shrink by at least half during the study.

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The Soviet web: the tale of how the USSR almost invented the internet — The Calvert Journal

When brilliant Soviet cyberneticist Viktor Glushkov designed a blueprint for a computerised planning system, the Soviet Union looked on track to become web pioneers. In the end, however, there was to be no digital network. Justin Reynolds tells the story of how the Soviets nearly created the internetTEXTJustin ReynoldsShare on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share via EmailStill from Soviet sci-fi film, A Dream Come True (Mechte Navstrechu) (1963)Visions of an advanced postcapitalist economy run by digital networks have long haunted the socialist imagination. Alexander Bogdanov’s 1909 Bolshevik sci-fi fantasy novel Red Star imagined the achievement of communist utopia on Mars, an abundance of wealth and leisure made possible by a sophisticated command economy planned and automated by prototype computers. Cerebral Martian engineers, their “delicate brains” connected to the machines through “subtle and invisible” threads, fine-tune economic inputs and outputs from a control room tracking production gluts and shortfalls.

Source: The Soviet web: the tale of how the USSR almost invented the internet — The Calvert Journal

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Facebook accepts ‘blood money’ from terrorist activities: lawsuits

A lawyer behind a pair of lawsuits alleging Facebook allows terrorist groups to use the social network as a recruiting platform called on the company Wednesday to stop profiting from advertiser “blood money” while turning a blind eye to the influx of the ill-intentioned users.

While Facebook maintains it has employees scrubbing terror-related content from the site around the clock, attorney Robert Tolchin and his client questioned their methods — and their motives — following a hearing in Brooklyn federal court where lawyers for Facebook urged a judge to dismiss the case.“

When Facebook decided they wanted to address the issue of child pornography, they created a database,” said Micha Lakin Avni, whose father was murdered by Hamas in an Oct. 2015 bus attack. “If someone puts up a picture, not only will it be taken down, but it will be added to a database, and every picture that’s put up will be compared to that database automatically.

Source: Facebook accepts ‘blood money’ from terrorist activities: lawsuits | New York Post

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