Daily Archives: October 7, 2017
A Cub Scout pack’s hike along the San Diego coastline led the children to a nude beach, scout officials confirmed Monday.The scouts, ages 9 and 10, were out for a planned hike on January 24 in the area of Torrey Pines State Beach just north of La Jolla. A few hiking trails in this section of the coastline led down to the beach below the cliffs. One beach in particular, Black’s Beach, is known for its nude sunbathers.So on this Saturday hike, the young scouts saw a little more than parents were expecting.Man Convicted in ‘Revenge Porn’ CaseScout officials say the pack “encountered some individuals who were inappropriately dressed.”
Knocking back a few brews and taking the canoe out for a paddle is still a terrible idea, but it may no longer run you the risk of having your driver’s licence suspended and car impounded.As the federal government moves to tighten impaired driving laws ahead of the legalization of marijuana, it’s also clearing up a grey area in the Criminal Code that has seen police hand out drunk driving charges to tipsy canoeists.Police can still lay other charges for being intoxicated in public, but impaired driving charges trigger harsh provincial penalties such as automatic driver’s licence suspensions, steep fines, demerit points, ignition unlocking devices and vehicle impoundment.There have been numerous such charges against canoeists in Ontario, where police vigorously patrol the waterways throughout the summer and the provincial government has stated that canoes, kayaks and even inflatable rafts all count under impaired driving laws.
To accompany the new Pixel smartphones announced Wednesday, Google debuted new wireless earbuds, dubbed “Pixel Buds.” These are Google’s first wireless earbuds that are built to be used with Pixel smartphones, but they also give users access to Google Translate so they can have conversations with people who speak a different language.FURTHER READINGThe Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are official at $649 and $849Unlike Apple’s AirPods, the Pixel Buds have a wire connecting the two earpieces. However, that wire doesn’t connect to a smartphone or other device. Pixel Buds will pair via Bluetooth to the new Pixel smartphones—and presumably any other devices that accept Bluetooth wireless earbuds.All of the Pixel Buds’ controls are built in to the right earpiece, which is a common hardware solution on wireless earbuds. You can access Google Assistant by tapping or pressing on the right earbud, and the Assistant will be able to read notifications and messages to you through the Buds.But the most intriguing feature of the Pixel Buds is the integrated Google Translate feature. Demoed on stage at Google’s event today, this feature lets two Pixel Bud wearers chat in their native languages by translating conversations in real time. In the demo, a native English speaker and a native Swedish speaker had a conversation with each other, both using their native languages. Google Translate translated the languages for each user. There was barely any lag time in between the speaker saying a phrase and the Buds’ hearing those words and translating them into the appropriate language.
Syncing the clipboard between your Android device and PC is extremely convenient. You’re able to copy text from one device and paste it onto another for easier access.Ads by GoogleBy simply long-pressing (after copying text from your computer) on your Android device, you can paste everything you copied on your computer. This is especially useful when what you need to copy is a lot. The following tools can help you out and are both free.Sync Android’s and PC’s Clipboard with ClipbrdClipbrd, while not very popular on Google Play, does a great job of syncing you Android and PC’s clipboard. The setup is easy and fast, so you’re up and running in no time. You will need to be using Google Chrome on your PC, though.Whether it’s the Chrome extension or the Android app, it doesn’t matter which one you install first. If you start with the Chrome extension, create an account by adding a user name and password.
A commitment to share the biometric data of most Australians – including your driving licence photo – agreed at Thursday’s Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting will result in a further erosion of our privacy.That sharing is not necessary. It will be costly. But will it save us from terrorism? Not all, although it will give people a false sense of comfort.Importantly, it will allow politicians and officials to show that they are doing something, in a climate where a hunt for headlines demands the appearance of action.
As Steve discusses in the post just below, students affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement shut down a presentation at the College of William & Mary. They rushed the stage and prevented the invited guest from speaking.The invited guest was Claire Gastañaga of the American Civil Liberties Union. Gastañaga, a William & Mary alum, had intended to speak about “Students and the First Amendment.”She never got that chance. The protesters drowned her out with chants of “ACLU, you protect Hitler, too,” “the oppressed are not impressed,” and “shame, shame, shame, shame.”Tellingly they also chanted: “The revolution will not uphold the Constitution,” (we know) and “Liberalism is white supremacy” (that, I didn’t know).After 20 minutes of this, a co-organizer of the event rewarded the Brownshirts by handing one of them a microphone. The protester read a prepared statement that apparently attacked the ACLU for its principled defense of the civil liberties of the alt-right Charlottesville protesters.Then came what Steve calls the most chilling part. Having given the BLM mob a platform without having secured one for the ACLU, the organizers declared the event cancelled. Some members of the audience approached the podium in an attempt to speak with Gastañaga, but the BLM thugs would not permit it. They surrounded Gastañaga, raised their voices even louder, and drove everybody else away.William & Mary responded to this assault on free expression with the following statement:
A Massachusetts museum dedicated to Dr. Seuss says it will replace a mural featuring a Chinese character from one of his books after three authors said they would boycott an event due to the “jarring racial stereotype.”The mural features illustrations from the author’s first children’s book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street.The museum, which is located in the author’s hometown of Springfield, said Thursday that the mural will be replaced by images from later books.Three children’s authors declined an invitation to the museum’s inaugural Children’s Literature Festival, which was set for Oct. 14 before being canceled. After the museum offered to take down the mural, the authors said they would attend, but the museum has not said if the festival is back on.
Security researchers have figured out how to locate and exploit smart adult toys.Various shenanigans are possible because of the easy discoverability and exploitability of internet-connected butt plugs and the like running Bluetooth’s baby brother, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), a wireless personal area network technology. The tech has support for security but it’s rarely implemented in practice, as El Reg has noted before.The shortcoming allowed boffins at Pen Test Partners to hunt for Bluetooth adult toys, a practice it dubbed screwdriving, in research that builds on its earlier investigation into Wi-Fi camera dildo hacking earlier this year.BLE devices also advertise themselves for discovery. The Lovense Hush, an IoT-enabled butt plug, calls itself LVS-Z001. Other Hush devices use the same identifier.
The Food and Drug Administration showed no fondness for a bakery that listed love as an ingredient on its granola label. Love is not an ingredient, according to the agency.Dozens of news headlines appeared today and late yesterday reporting the fact, citing a warning letter released yesterday that the agency sent late last month to the Massachusetts bakery, Nashoba Brook Bakery, LLC.The media seemed to savor the ostensibly heartless move by the stony federal agency. But chuckles aside, the FDA’s quibble over the ingredient list is a minor point in the letter. The rest of the warning lays out a disturbing and extensive list of sanitation violations by Nashoba. Together the violations paint a picture of a filthy, neglected facility—not a place where one would imagine things are lovingly baked.During a recent bakery inspection, FDA agents discovered: dirt and filth caked onto ceiling vents and sprinklers directly above ready-to-eat foods; parts of the floor and ceiling that were missing for some reason; equipment, including bowls and cooling racks, that wasn’t cleaned or maintained; and counters, shelves, and food production surfaces that were coated with an unknown residue.
People forced to avoid gluten could soon have their bread (and cake) and eat it. Now there are strains of wheat that do not produce the forms of gluten that trigger a dangerous immune reaction in as many as 1 in 100 people.Because the new strains still contain some kinds of gluten, though, the wheat can still be used to bake bread. “It’s regarded as being pretty good, certainly better than anything on the gluten-free shelves,” says Jan Chojecki of PBL-Ventures in the UK, who is working with investors in North America to market products made with this wheat.Gluten is the general term for all the proteins in wheat and related cereals. During baking, these proteins link up to form elastic chains, which is what holds breads and cakes together as they rise.But some people have an autoimmune condition called coeliac disease. Their immune systems respond incorrectly to gluten, which damages the gut lining and can lead to diarrhoea, vomiting, malnutrition, brain damage and even gut cancers.Not all gluten proteins trigger this response, though: the main culprit is a group called gliadins. So Francisco Barro’s team at the Institute for Sustainable Agriculture in Cordoba, Spain, set about getting rid of them.
Violent left-wing anarchists have announced a nationwide campaign to deface Christopher Columbus statues this coming Monday.Five Christopher Columbus statues have already been vandalized in New York City in recent weeks, according to Far Left Watch. In one case last month, vandals defaced a “larger-than-life” statue of Columbus in Central Park, leaving blood-red paint on his hands, and scrawled, “Hate will not be tolerated” and “#SomethingsComing” on its pedestal.What is coming appears to be a coordinated campaign to destroy monuments all across the country on Columbus Day.The NYC-based antifa group Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement (RAM) made the announcement on Thursday, September 21, calling on antifa groups nationwide to “decorate” their neighborhoods.According to Far Left Watch, RAM is “an extremely militant group that advocates for the violent redistribution of property” and for “the abolition of gender.”