Daily Archives: February 14, 2018

Beware the looming Google Chrome HTTPS certificate apocalypse! 

Tens of thousands of websites are going to find themselves labeled as unsafe unless they switch out their HTTPS certificate in the next two months.Thanks to a decision in September by Google to stop trusting Symantec-issued SSL/TLS certs, from mid-April Chrome browser users visiting websites using a certificate from the security biz issued before June 1, 2016 or after December 1, 2017 will be warned that their connection is not private and someone may be trying to steal their information.

They will have to click past the warning to get to the website.This will also affect certs that use Symantec as their root of trust even if they were issued by an intermediate organization. For example, certificates handed out by Thawte, GeoTrust, and RapidSSL that rely on Symantec will be hit by Google’s crackdown. If in doubt, check your cert’s root certificate authority to see if it’s Symantec or not.The change will come in build 66 of Chrome – due for public release on April 17 – and the problem will get even bigger on October 23 when build 70 is released and all Symantec certificates will be listed as not being trustworthy.

Source: Beware the looming Google Chrome HTTPS certificate apocalypse! • The Register

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Best Elbow Pads Wrist Rest Carpal Tunnel Treatment 2017

After spending 40 days straight sitting at the desk in my home office in a frantic attempt to finish the way-overdue manuscript for my second book, I can tell you that my favorite office supply is no longer a Sharpie or a binder clip, but a soft-yet-supportive gel pad (or, rather, two of them) that has saved me from near-constant, searing elbow pain.Resting my arms on a hard desk surface for 12 hours every day was murder on my elbow joints.

I slowly but surely developed a version of the classic tennis-elbow injury, called “computer elbow” (yes, it’s a real modern ailment). My elbows were tender, sore, burning, and throbbing, even when I was lying in bed or relaxing on the couch. At one point, I was typing with bags of ice strapped to them in a desperate attempt to relieve the pain. After resorting to using travel packs of tissues to cushion my elbows as I typed, I decided to consult the internet and mercifully found these (hilarious) gel pads called Jelbows, made to be placed under your arms while you’re working at your desk.

Source: Best Elbow Pads Wrist Rest Carpal Tunnel Treatment 2017

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Kratom: Why the FDA Just Warned the Herb is an ‘Opioid’ 

The herbal drug kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) has become something of a household name in the United States over the past decade, lining the shelves of convenience stores and smoke shops and arriving in mailboxes in inconspicuous packages from online retailers. Kratom, which has natural pain-killing qualities when smoked or ingested, offers reasonably affordable benefits for people who live with chronic pain or physical opioid dependencies, but federal drug regulators have serious concerns about its safety.In a statement released Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration outlined its case for categorizing kratom as an opioid, which could bring it closer to the same legal status as prescription opioid drugs like hydrocodone, oxycodone, fentanyl, and morphine.

The FDA’s argument rests on several pieces of evidence, one of the most significant of which is a somewhat damning computer analysis of the chemicals contained in kratom.Kratom is an evergreen shrub, a member of the coffee family, whose leaves can be made into a tea, ground up and encapsulated as pills, or reduced into a potent extract.Using computer models that created 3-D images of the active compounds in the drug, FDA scientists were able to compare their structures to known opioid compounds to predict how the chemicals in question will affect the human body.“The model predicted that 22 (including mitragynine) of the 25 compounds in kratom bind to mu-opioid receptors,” reads the statement. This means that, if the computer model is correct, many of the chemicals in the leaves of kratom will fit into the same molecules in a person’s brain as opioid drug molecules fit into.

Source: Kratom: Why the FDA Just Warned the Herb is an ‘Opioid’ | Inverse

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Tiny Michigan town in water fight with Nestle

Global food conglomerate Nestle is in a battle with critics in tiny Osceola Township, Michigan where residents complain the Swiss company’s water extraction techniques are ruining the environment.

Maryann Borden, a retired teacher who has lived in the western Michigan town since 1953, has photos documenting changes in the Twin Creek river since Nestle began pumping water in the region in the early 2000s for its “Ice Mountain” brand of bottled water.

“It’s not the same creek,” Borden, 73, told AFP. “It’s narrower and deeper and therefore warmer,” compared with the “biting cold” water of her youth.

“The trout can’t survive in it because the water is warmer,” she added.

Located about four hours north of Detroit and with a population of just 900, Osceola Township is a sleepy rural community whose biggest employer is SpringHill Camp, a Christian-oriented program for kids.

The town opposes granting Nestle a permit to build a pumping booster station along a water pipeline that feeds a tanker load dock in Evart, another small town nearby.

The booster station would help the company pump more water from a controversial Osceola County wellhead if the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality approves the project. Nestle wants to pump 400 gallons of water a minute, up from the 250 a minute currently.

Town officials voted in January to appeal a county court’s ruling in Nestle’s favor, portending a judicial saga.

“If you look at the culverts, they provide an historic landmark,” said Tim Ladd, manager of Osceola Township.

Source: Tiny Michigan town in water fight with Nestle

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