Daily Archives: March 27, 2017

Dogs use deception to get what they want from humans (a sausage) 

Dogs are all honest, loyal and obedient, right? Well, not always. Our pets can be sneaky and manipulative when they want to maximise the number of tasty treats they get to eat.Marianne Heberlein, who studies dog cognition at the University of Zurich in Switzerland, wanted to test the animals’ ability to use deception to get what they want from humans.She got the idea to study doggie deception from watching her own dogs. One occasionally pretends to see something interesting in the backyard to trick the other into giving up the prime sleeping spot. “This sort of thing happens quite often, but it is not well studied,” she says.To see if dogs would deceive humans too, Heberlein and her colleagues paired various pooches with two partners – one who always gave the dog treats and another who always kept the treats.

Source: Dogs use deception to get what they want from humans (a sausage) | New Scientist

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How To Add A Password To An Existing Archive

You can password protect an archive or zipped file. WinRAR, the go-to compression app for Windows users supports password protection. You can add a password to an archive when you create it. When you extract the archive, you will have to enter the password before you can get to the files inside. If you want to add a password to an existing WinRAR archive, you might think it’s impossible. The obvious way to add a password to an existing archive is extract and compress it again. You can add the password when you compress it. There is however a much easier way to add a password to an existing archive using WinRAR. You don’t need to extract it or anything. Here’s what you need to do.You need WinRAR installed on your system. Right-click an archive and select ‘Open with WinRAR’ from the context menu. Go to Tools>Convert archives. Alternatively, you can just tap Ctrl+Q.

Source: How To Add A Password To An Existing Archive

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What are the “natural flavors” in your food? Biotech is making the answer more complicated.

A company in the United Kingdom can transform chemicals found in oranges into the coveted flavor of grapefruit. By mixing the orange compounds with molecules made by living organisms, Oxford Biotrans creates natural flavors without having to ever crack open a grapefruit.And they’re not the only people using biology to make one natural ingredient out of another. Other companies are using microbes to forge scents and flavors normally found in roses and other plants or animals.“There’s a growing consumer preference for natural-labeled products,” says Jason King, CEO of Oxford Biotrans. “Companies want to be able to put goods on a shelf saying this product uses all natural flavorings.”Using biotechnology can meet some of this demand. But how does it work, and when can scientists do it? And what are natural flavors, anyway?

Source: What are the “natural flavors” in your food? Biotech is making the answer more complicated. | Popular Science

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Converting An Easy Bake Oven To USB

Easy Bake Ovens have changed a lot since you burnt down your house by installing a 100 Watt light bulb inside one. Now, Easy Bake Ovens are [bigclive] material. It’s a piece of nichrome wire connected through a switch across mains power. Part of the nichrome wire is a resistor divider used to power a light. This light assembly is just a LED, some resistors, and a diode wired anti-parallel to the LED.

This is a device designed for 120 V, but [Jason] wanted it to run on USB-C. While there are USB-C chargers that will supply enough power for an Easy Bake Oven, the voltage is limited to 20V. Rather than step up the USB-C voltage, [Jason] added some nichrome wires to divide it into six equal segments, then wired all the segments in parallel. This lowers the voltage by one sixth and increases the current by a factor of six. Good enough.

The power supply used for this hack is the official Apple 87W deal, with a USB-C breakout board (available on Tindie, buy some stuff on Tindie. Superliminial advertising) an Arduino Uno connected to the I2C pins. A few bits of code later, and [Jason] had a lot of power coming over a USB cable.

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Mike Rowe: What New “Monopoly” Pieces Show About Pop Culture And Work 

As TFPP covered over the weekend, future iterations of the classic board game Monopoly will replace the iconic thimble, boot, and wheelbarrow playing pieces with a T-rex, rubber ducky, and penguin, following a vote for what the new pieces should be. Now, Mike Rowe has weighed in on the news.Responding to a fan question on Facebook, the TV personality and common sense advocate said what a lot of Americans are thinking about toy company Hasbro’s decision to “eliminate three iconic tokens of work” and replace them with “a baby’s toy, an over-dressed bird, and a dead lizard,” noting that this trend actually started in 2013 when “the noble iron was replaced by a cat.”To be clear, I’m fine if Hasbro wants to swap out their classic tokens for rainbows and emoji’s and golden hashtags or whatever else suits them – it’s their sandbox, and every business should be free to roll out the next can of New Coke. (Now there’s a token!) But this recent change is not a reflection of what the company wants – this is a reflection of what real people actually voted for. And the people have spoken. The wheelbarrow is out. The rubber ducky is in. And the real question, John, is why are you shocked? Why is anyone?

Source: Mike Rowe: What New “Monopoly” Pieces Show About Pop Culture And Work | The Federalist Papers

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Rock Hill man used toy light saber for protection in knife fight, police say

Police in Rock Hill charged a teen with assault after she used tried to slash her stepfather, who defended himself with a toy light saber, a police report states.

In the incident late Thursday at apartment on Celanese Road, officers were called to secure the scene for emergency medical officials.

In interviewing people there, officers found that there was a physical altercation between a 17-year-old female, Kayla Knapp, and her stepfather, the Rock Hill police report shows.

Witnesses told officers there was an argument, and that Knapp used two kitchen knives from a knife stand in an attempt to slash the stepfather, the report says.

The stepfather picked up a plastic toy light saber, hitting Knapp with it several times to protect himself before the altercation ended, the report says.

Knapp was charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, the report states. No other charges were filed.

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Burger King says it will stop serving abused chickens


The company said Tuesday that it plans to stop buying chickens from farms that grossly mistreat them.

By 2024, the chain plans to purchase only chickens raised according to welfare standards established by the animal advocacy group Global Animal Partnership. The company says it will reduce the suffering of millions of chickens.

“Chickens raised for meat, also known as ‘broilers,’ are among the most abused animals on the planet,” GAP said in a joint statement.

“They are bred to grow so unnaturally fast that they are often crippled under their own weight. Many suffer from constant leg pain so severe they cannot stand, and so spend nearly all their time sitting in their own waste,” GAP said.

continue http://money.cnn.com/2017/03/21/news/companies/burger-king-chicken-welfare/index.html

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David Rockefeller, Banker, Philanthropist, Heir, Dies at 101


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This Guy Built A Job-Application Machine And Applied For 1000+ Jobs At Once

You recently left your job. Now, you start applying for jobs, and you might go follow-up 10 or maybe 20 companies at once. But what if you ended up with more than 1,000 job applications, that too made accidently.

Robert Coombs, who works at a national non-profit since 2012, started seeking jobs at major tech companies when he realized the teams which were trained under his supervision got better than him. While applying, Coombs discerned that most of such big firms deploy applicant tracking systems (ATS) designed to filter recruits by different keywords such as the previous workplace, schooling, academics, etc.

Coombs says he is not from an engineering background but he is known for somehow automating things for data processing, web content, etc. He devised a similar tool, which he modestly calls a robot, to automate the process of his job application. Basically, his system is a digital implementation of the Rube Goldbergian contraption, composed of crawlers, spreadsheets, and scripts.

continue https://fossbytes.com/automated-job-application-system/

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Make Your Ringtone Awesome With Retro Video Game Sounds

Is your text notification the same generic sound that came as the default on your phone? Do you hear iPhone ringtones in public and wonder if it’s yours?

If you’re a video game fan, you can fix this problem in style. Video game music makes for awesome ringtones and notification sounds. Plus, nobody else will have the same tones as you. Whether you’re an Android or iPhone user, we’ll show you the best places to download retro video game music and sound effects. Once you’ve chosen some tracks, we’ll review setting them up on your phone.

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Sex Pistols’ Johnny Rotten Backs Trump, Says Presidency is a ‘Joy to Behold’

Punk legend Johnny Rotten has expressed his support for President Trump and described the chaos surrounding his presidency as a “joy to behold”.

The singer and former frontman of The Sex Pistols attacked liberal media outlets in the United States for trying to “smear” Trump by accusing him of racism and said he believes his leadership of the nation will be a force for good.

Rotten (real name John Lydon) spoke out during an appearance on the Good Morning Britain talk show on Monday:
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