Daily Archives: July 23, 2017

Trump Says He is ‘Not Joking’ About Covering Border Wall With Solar Panels

President Trump told reporters in remarks released late Thursday that he is “not joking” about a plan to cover the planned wall on the southern border with solar panels — a plan floated by the president as part of a way to pay for the infrastructure project.Trump was asked about the project Wednesday night by reporters aboard Air Force One on the way to Paris. When asked if he was joking about plans to cover the wall in panels, Trump said: “No, not joking, no.”“There is a chance that we can do a solar wall. We have major companies looking at that. Look, there’s no better place for solar than the Mexico border — the southern border,” he said. “And there is a very good chance we can do a solar wall, which would actually look good.”Trump has floated the idea before, an idea that appears to have the support of some congressional lawmakers and, as Trump noted, has been proposed by some businesses. In June, Trump reportedly mentioned the idea to Republican lawmakers as a way to potentially help pay for the wall, and it appeared to be welcomed favorably by some of the fiscal hawks in the Republican caucus.

Source: Trump Says He is ‘Not Joking’ About Covering Border Wall With Solar Panels

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Self-Service Food Kiosk Vendor Avanti Hacked 

Avanti Markets, a company whose self-service payment kiosks sit beside shelves of snacks and drinks in thousands of corporate breakrooms across America, has suffered of breach of its internal networks in which hackers were able to push malicious software out to those payment devices, the company has acknowledged. The breach may have jeopardized customer credit card accounts as well as biometric data, Avanti warned.According to Tukwila, Wash.-based Avanti’s marketing literature, some 1.6 million customers use the company’s break room self-checkout devices — which allow customers to pay for drinks, snacks and other food items with a credit card, fingerprint scan or cash.An Avanti Markets kiosk. Image: AvantiSometime in the last few hours, Avanti published a “notice of data breach” on its Web site.“On July 4, 2017, we discovered a sophisticated malware attack which affected kiosks at some Avanti Markets. Based on our investigation thus far, and although we have not yet confirmed the root cause of the intrusion, it appears the attackers utilized the malware to gain unauthorized access to customer personal information from some kiosks. Because not all of our kiosks are configured or used the same way, personal information on some kiosks may have been adversely affected, while other kiosks may not have been affected.”Avanti said it appears the malware was designed to gather certain payment card information including the cardholder’s first and last name, credit/debit card number and expiration date.

Source: Self-Service Food Kiosk Vendor Avanti Hacked — Krebs on Security

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Rock64 Mini PC Is The Linux-running Raspberry Pi Killer You’ve Been Waiting For

You might be knowing that Raspberry Pi is a small palm sized computer that lets you perform certain tasks and it even has the capability to replace a basic computer. Recently, a developer even took up the task to use a Raspberry Pi 3 as his primary computer after losing his MacBook Pro at a laptop. Just in case you wish to get started with Pi, follow our getting started with Raspberry Pi guide.Coming back to Rock64, sold by Pine64, it’s a new Raspberry Pi competitor that lets you run 4K videos by spending $25 only; that’s cheaper that a Pi 3. Apart from the 4K playback at 60Hz, Rock64 also beats Raspberry Pi when it comes to supporting HDR10, via HDMI 2.0.Talking about the ports and connectivity, PINE64’s Rock64 board has eMMC module socket, Pi-2 Bus, Pi-P5+ Bus, one USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports, and a microSD card slot.

Source: Rock64 Mini PC Is The Linux-running Raspberry Pi Killer You’ve Been Waiting For

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The Blaze Host Lawrence Jones Says, ‘Black Folks Have Never Wanted a Handout’

Fox Insider interviewed The Blaze host Lawrence Jones and he explained his idea about the swift changes being made in our society. Lawrence says that the “tides are changing” as he explains that he does not believe victimhood will work in winning elections for Democrats anymore.He said, “This has been a formula where they win, when they do this race-baiting tactic, when they make people feel like a victim,” Jones continued,  “Until Donald Trump they did win elections.”Jones added, “Black folks have never wanted a handout. They have always been go-getters.”He continues, “The Republican party has always led the way,” Jones said, noting that Harriet Tubman and Martin Luther King Jr. were Republicans, while the Democrats were the party of the KKK.”“We should be capturing people in different communities,” Jones concluded, along with the idea that small policy changes such as school choice and pro-capitalism will be attractive to the black community.Donald Trump preached a similar lesson when he ran. I remember him stating something along the lines of, “You should vote for him because you have nothing to lose,” after being screwed over by Democrats for so long.I agree. Democrats keep the black community oppressed and then offer them “free” stuff to keep them voting Democrat. It’s sad really.Victimhood isn’t going to work anymore.

Source: The Blaze Host Lawrence Jones Says, ‘Black Folks Have Never Wanted a Handout’ – Godfather Politics

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Democrats in Maine Block Vote Making Female Genital Mutilation a Crime

In theory, cultural diversity is a beautiful thing — nobody has a problem with welcoming the variety of language, art, attire, food, music, and benign traditions to be found around the world. In practice, though, it’s become a nightmare.The Portland Press Herald reports that on Thursday, the Maine House of Representatives voted against creating a new crime of “female genital mutilation.” Instead, there will be an “education and outreach” program to discourage the barbaric act in immigrant communities.Yes, really:“I do not believe that it is happening in the state of Maine. I truly do not believe that,” said Rep. Lois Galgay Reckitt, D-South Portland.

\“And I believe if it was happening, it would be prosecuted vigorously by the federal (laws) or by the abuse statutes in this state.”But Rep. Heather Sirocki, R-Scarborough, said that since introducing the bill she has heard from numerous people in Maine – including some in the medical field – with personal stories about seeing female genital mutilation.The Maine DHHS recently issued guidelines clarifying that all “mandatory reporters” of child abuse – such as doctors, child care providers or teachers –must report suspected incidents of the practice, which is often called FGM. Yet Sirocki pointed out that the Maine Prosecutors Association, representing district attorneys in the state, supported elevating the practice to its own felony crime because some prosecutors question whether it is “aggravated assault when the parents and the children consent.”“I think this illustrates clearly that we need to have clear law in Maine on this issue,” Sirocki said.

Source: Democrats in Maine Block Vote Making Female Genital Mutilation a Crime

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Con artists took me for a ride. Here’s how to protect yourself

Record numbers of people are falling prey to fraudsters. Snake oil salesmen have adapted well to the 21st century; con artists abound. They still run scams in the street, but they also exploit cellphones and the internet to reach victims more readily.They are also drawn to online dating, where fraud has hit a high in the UK. MPs called this week for a ban on “catfishing”, the growing use of fake profiles, often to dupe those seeking romance out of money.While we get a lot of advice about how to avoid financial scammers online, less is said about how to handle an exchange with one in the office, in the marketplace or on the street. That’s partly because victims fail to report unethical behaviour and crime for fear of people thinking they are reckless or daft. Without their stories, we can’t learn how to avoid being victims ourselves.I’m happy to discuss what I have learned, having been conned numerous times. These include having been talked into buying useless stuff out of the back of a van and unwittingly funding a drug habit.

Source: Con artists took me for a ride. Here’s how to protect yourself | New Scientist

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Meet Ohio’s ‘Frankenpines’

Efforts to turn two looming cell towers in Toledo, Ohio, into faux pine trees to help them blend in with their surroundings are getting mixed reviews from residents, reports the AP. Some residents in Springfield Township have derisively dubbed the towers “frankenpines,” the Toledo Blade reports. Adding branches to the towers in the Toledo suburb wasn’t purely an aesthetic decision. It’s a zoning requirement for cell towers erected in Springfield Township residential districts.Springfield Township zoning officer Jacob Barnes says “the township is happy with how it turned out,” and told the Blade that he expects “the residents are as well.” A resident of a nearby subdivision who opposed construction of the 120-foot structure from the start says he remains concerned about potential health risks from living near a cell tower. Another resident says he’s just happy to have better cellphone service, and “I like how they disguised it. … My wife drives by it all the time and she didn’t even notice it.”

Source: Meet Ohio’s ‘Frankenpines’

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Interpol circulates list of 173 suspected members of Isis suicide brigade 

Interpol has circulated a list of 173 Islamic State fighters it believes could have been trained to mount suicide attacks in Europe in revenge for the group’s military defeats in the Middle East.The global crime fighting agency’s list was drawn up by US intelligence from information captured during the assault on Isis territories in Syria and Iraq.

European counter-terror networks are concerned that as the Isis “caliphate” collapses, there is an increasing risk of determined suicide bombers seeking to come to Europe, probably operating alone.

There is no evidence that any of the people on the list, whose names the Guardian has obtained, have yet entered Europe, but the Interpol circulation, designed to see if EU intelligence sources have any details on the individuals, underlines the scale of the challenge facing Europe.

Source: Interpol circulates list of 173 suspected members of Isis suicide brigade | World news | The Guardian

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