Daily Archives: August 24, 2017

Verizon to start throttling all smartphone videos to 480p or 720p 

Verizon Wireless will start throttling video streams to resolutions as low as 480p on smartphones this week. Most data plans will get 720p video on smartphones, but customers won’t have any option to completely un-throttle video.1080p will be the highest resolution provided on tablets, effectively ruling out 4K video on Verizon’s mobile network. Anything identified as a video will not be given more than 10Mbps worth of bandwidth. This limit will affect mobile hotspot usage as well.Verizon started selling unlimited smartphone data plans in February of this year, and the carrier said at the time that it would deliver video to customers at the same resolution used by streaming video companies. “We deliver whatever the content provider gives us. We don’t manipulate the data,” Verizon told Ars in February.That changes beginning on Wednesday, both for existing customers and new ones. The changes were detailed today in an announcement of new unlimited data plans.

Source: Verizon to start throttling all smartphone videos to 480p or 720p | Ars Technica

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 BLM Activist  List of Demands to White People: ‘Give Up the Home You Own’

Chanelle Helms of Black Lives Matters Louisville on things that should change within our community.

1. White people, if you don’t have any descendants, will your property to a black or brown family. Preferably one that lives in generational poverty.

2. White people, if you’re inheriting property you intend to sell upon acceptance, give it to a black or brown family. You’re bound to make that money in some other white privileged way.

3. If you are a developer or realty owner of multi-family housing, build a sustainable complex in a black or brown blighted neighborhood and let black and brown people live in it for free.

4. White people, if you can afford to downsize, give up the home you own to a black or brown family. Preferably a family from generational poverty.

5. White people, if any of the people you intend to leave your property to are racists assholes, change the will, and will your property to a black or brown family. Preferably a family from generational poverty.

6. White people, re-budget your monthly so you can donate to black funds for land purchasing.

7. White people, especially white women (because this is yaw specialty — Nosey Jenny and Meddling Kathy), get a racist fired. Yaw know what the fuck they be saying. You are complicit when you ignore them. Get your boss fired cause they racist too.

8. Backing up No. 7, this should be easy but all those sheetless Klan, Nazi’s and Other lil’ dick-white men will all be returning to work. Get they ass fired. Call the police even: they look suspicious.

9. OK, backing up No. 8, if any white person at your work, or as you enter in spaces and you overhear a white person praising the actions from yesterday, first, get a pic. Get their name and more info. Hell, find out where they work — Get Them Fired. But certainly address them, and, if you need to, you got hands: use them.

10. Commit to two things: Fighting white supremacy where and how you can (this doesn’t mean taking up knitting, unless you’re making scarves for black and brown kids in need), and funding black and brown people and their work.

#RunUsOurLand #Reparations #YouGonLearnToday #RunUsOurMoney •

Chanelle Helm is cofounder and core organizer of Black Lives Matter Louisville.

Source: White people, here are 10 requests from a Black Lives Matter leader – LEO Weekly

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FBI pushes private sector to cut ties with Kaspersky

The FBI has been briefing private sector companies on intelligence claiming to show that the Moscow-based cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab is an unacceptable threat to national security, current and former senior U.S. officials familiar with the matter tell CyberScoop.The briefings are one part of an escalating conflict between the U.S. government and Kaspersky amid long-running suspicions among U.S. intelligence officials that Russian spy agencies use the company as an intelligence-gathering tool of global proportions.The FBI’s goal is to have U.S. firms push Kaspersky out of their systems as soon as possible or refrain from using them in new products or other efforts, the current and former officials say.The FBI’s counterintelligence section has been giving briefings since beginning of the year on a priority basis, prioritizing companies in the energy sector and those that use industrial control (ICS) and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems.

Source: FBI pushes private sector to cut ties with Kaspersky

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A Thorium-Salt Reactor Has Fired Up for the First Time in Four Decades

The road to cleaner, meltdown-proof nuclear power has taken a big step forward. Researchers at NRG, a Dutch nuclear materials firm, have begun the first tests of nuclear fission using thorium salts since experiments ended at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the early 1970s. Thorium has several advantages over uranium, the fuel that powers most nuclear reactors in service today. First, it’s much harder to weaponize. Second, as we pointed out last year in a long read on thorium-salt reactors, designs that call for using it in a liquid form are, essentially, self-regulating and fail-safe. The team at NRG is testing several reactor designs on a small scale at first. The first experiment is on a setup called a molten-salt fast reactor, which burns thorium salt and in theory should also be able to consume spent nuclear fuel from typical uranium fission reactions.The tests come amid renewed global interest in thorium. While updated models of uranium-fueled power plants are struggling mightily to get off the ground in the U.S., several startup companies are exploring molten-salt reactors. China, meanwhile, is charging ahead with big plans for its nuclear industry, including a heavy bet on thorium-based reactors. The country plans to have the first such power plants hooked up to the grid inside 15 years. If they pull it off, it might just help usher in a safer future for nuclear power.

Source: A Thorium-Salt Reactor Has Fired Up for the First Time in Four Decades – MIT Technology Review

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Memories of fear could be permanently erased, study shows

Research in mice reveals a new approach to wiping memories from the brain, demonstrating that specific memories can be weakened or strengthened

Source: Memories of fear could be permanently erased, study shows | Science | The Guardian

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These Vegetables Lower Glaucoma Risk

By Dr. Mercola

One of the best parts of leading a healthy lifestyle is that it doesn’t only affect one or two aspects of your health; it makes you healthier overall. Take eating vegetables, which is arguably one of the most important aspects of living healthy.Vegetables contain many different antioxidants and other disease-fighting compounds that are very difficult to get anywhere else.Plant chemicals called phytochemicals may reduce inflammation and eliminate carcinogens, while others regulate the rate at which your cells reproduce, get rid of old cells and maintain DNA.Vegetables are also a primary dietary source of naturally occurring nitrates, which have multiple health benefits, including for your vision health.

Eating More Leafy Greens May Lower Your Glaucoma RiskGlaucoma is a leading cause of blindness for people over 60. It’s estimated that 3 million Americans suffer from it, but only about half of them know it. In the early stages, glaucoma has no symptoms, but it progresses slowly until vision loss becomes noticeable.At this point, it may be too late, but if glaucoma is caught early your vision loss may be slowed or prevented. Even with treatment, however, about 10 percent of people with glaucoma will still lose their sight.1 Prevention is therefore the best strategy.

Glaucoma is caused by damage to your optic nerve, often due to abnormally high eye pressure. Impaired blood flow is also known to play a role, and this is where eating your veggies come in.Green leafy vegetables are an excellent source of nitrates, which are converted into nitric oxide in your body. Nitric oxide, in turn, helps to relax and dilate your blood vessels, improving blood flow and lowering blood pressure (high blood pressure is a risk factor for glaucoma).There’s also some evidence that nitric oxide signaling may be involved in maintaining low eye pressure. Adding more nitrate-rich veggies to your diet may therefore be a simple way to lower your risk of glaucoma.

Source: These Vegetables Lower Glaucoma Risk – REALfarmacy.com

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Lawsuit Claims Poland Spring Water Doesn’t Come From A Spring 

A lawsuit is claiming that Poland Spring Water has deceived its customers by advertising that it is “100 percent natural spring water” from Maine. The class-action lawsuit, filed on Aug. 15, alleges that the product being bottled and sold is actually regular groundwater.The complaint was filed in federal court in Connecticut against Poland Spring’s parent company Nestle Waters North America. The suit argues that the alleged groundwater being sold doesn’t meet the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s definition of spring water.“The famous Poland Spring in Poland Spring, Maine, which defendant’s labels claim is a source of Poland Spring Water, ran dry nearly 50 years ago,” the lawsuit states.According to the FDA, spring water is defined as coming from a source that is underground and must naturally flow to the earth’s surface. The water doesn’t have to be collected directly from the spring however, it can reportedly be pumped from its source in the ground.

Source: Lawsuit Claims Poland Spring Water Doesn’t Come From A Spring « CBS Miami

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Fruitopia commercials scored by Kate Bush and the Cocteau Twins

If I say the word “Fruitopia” to you, there’s a decent chance you’ll respond with some comment about the 1990s—the savviest among you might even say “1994” specifically. Fruitopia was the brainchild of a marketing head at Coca-Cola named Sergio Zyman—he also brought the world the overt GenX pandering elixir OK Cola right around the same time. The fruit-flavored tea concoction was a clear attempt to move in on the territory staked out by Snapple, and while Fruitopia had its day in the sun, as is often the case the first product to define a niche gets to own that niche.Fruitopia is remembered today for its neo-hippie trappings. The flavors had names like The Grape Beyond, Tangerine Wavelength, Citrus Consciousness, and Raspberry Psychic Lemonade, and the marketing consisted mainly of trippy and “deep” kaleidoscope commercials featuring cosmic music scored and performed by Kate Bush and the Cocteau Twins and the Muffs, among others.

Source: Fruitopia commercials scored by Kate Bush and the Cocteau Twins | Dangerous Minds

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Man cops $450 fine for pouring coffee on ground

A BYRON Shire resident was outraged to receive a $450 fine after his friends allegedly poured a flask of coffee out beside his vehicle.Matthew Remapped was at home on Sunday August 6 recovering from a knee reconstruction when rangers came and left the ticket on his van which was parked at Fawcett Street in Brunswick Heads.Mr Remapped said the fine was “beyond a joke” and Byron Shire Council was “out of control”.”I rang the ranger that gave me that ticket and had a massive argument with him, I said I can’t believe it I’m recovering from surgery and a friend of mine just popped down there to have a coffee,” Mr Remapped said.”I don’t litter, I pick up cigarette butts, I’m a good member of the community, I’m an environmentalist, I know about sustainability and I recycle everything.”The NSW Environment Protection Authority states under the Protection of Environment Operations Act 1997, a $450 fine is incurred for littering in dangerous circumstances, such as depositing of a syringe or lit cigarette ($900 for corporations).Other fine tiers include: $80 for littering small items, such as bottle tops and cigarette butts, $250 for general littering and $250 for an individual littering from a vehicle ($500 for corporations).Byron Shire Council’s Legal Services Coordinator, Ralph James, said a person who has received an infringement notice can ask council for a review.

Source: Man cops $450 fine for pouring coffee on ground | Byron Shire News

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Drag queen bashing, Darlinghurst: How three performers became unlikely saviours

A MAN who was decked by a coward punch while on a night out in Sydney, and said he feared for his life, was rescued by a trio of unlikely saviours.Ivan Flinn, 34, from Surry Hills, said that during the attack earlier this month he hoped someone would come to his rescue. Help did arrive but not in the form he expected.“I am a bit religious and I really thought I was going to die, I was praying for a hero and I got three angels,” he told news.com.au.Those “angels” were three drag queens by the names of Coco Jumbo, Ivy League and Vybe. They stepped in after a night performing on the stages in Sydney’s neighbourhood of Darlinghurst, known for its large gay population and venues.Luke Karakia, who performs under the name Ivy League, ended up getting injured scuffling in the middle of the road with one of the alleged attackers. Nevertheless, his frocked-up alter ego didn’t think twice before stepping in.“Those boys sh*t themselves, they weren’t ready for some drag queens on top of them”.

Source: Drag queen bashing, Darlinghurst: How three performers became unlikely saviours

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GIRL SCOUTS ACCUSE BOY SCOUTS OF COVERTLY RECRUITING GIRLS

Inflaming a century-old and mostly cordial rivalry, the president of the Girl Scouts of the USA is accusing the Boy Scouts of seeking to covertly recruit girls into their programs while disparaging the Girl Scouts’ operations.”I formally request that your organization stay focused on serving the 90 percent of American boys not currently participating in Boy Scouts … and not consider expanding to recruit girls,” wrote GSUSA President Kathy Hopinkah Hannan in a letter sent this week to the president of the Boy Scouts of America, Randall Stephenson.Top leaders of the two youth organizations, both struggling to stem membership declines, conferred this month about possibilities for coordination. But Hopinkah Hannan, in her letter, said she came away from that discussion feeling the Boy Scouts had already committed to an expansion of coed programs that would damage the Girl Scouts.The tough tone of her letter dismayed Boy Scout leaders, said BSA spokeswoman Effie Delimarkos.”We are disheartened to see the Girl Scouts pull away from the possibility of cooperation to help address the needs of today’s busy families,” she said Wednesday.The Boy Scouts have some coed programs dating back nearly 50 years, but this year there has been extensive discussion within the BSA community about expanding opportunities for girls beyond existing coed programs, such as Venturing and Sea Scouts.

Source: News from The Associated Press

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