FBI file contains evidence of a possible conspiracy behind the Moscone-Milk Assassinations

Despite ample evidence of premeditation, public knowledge of political and personal clashes, and a taped confessionDan White was charged with voluntary manslaughter after he assassinated San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk in 1978.

White was a disgruntled former city supervisor who had previously served as a police officer, then a firefighter. White was angry at the Moscone’s refusal to reappoint him after he left his position claiming the salary was not enough to support his family, and bore a grudge against Milk after he had reportedly lobbied against White’s reappointment.

The charge of voluntary manslaughter was seen by the LGBTQ community as a miscarriage of justice, sparking the White Night Riots.

When elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Milk became one of the first openly gay elected officials in the U.S. He quickly became an advocate for marginalized communities in San Francisco and beyond, fighting not only for LGBTQ rights, but for equality for women, and racial and ethnic minorities. White had a history of disagreeing politically with Moscone, Milk, and other progressive city officials, with White casting the only vote against San Francisco’s landmark gay rights ordinance. The ordinance was eventually passed by the Board and signed by Moscone in that same year.

Source: FBI file contains evidence of a possible conspiracy behind the Moscone-Milk Assassinations

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6-Year-Old Explains How Messed Up It Is That Her Entire Life Has Been Put On Facebook

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Police finally catch ‘serial toilet clogger’ who targeted dozens of bathrooms 

A repeat offender who deliberately clogged dozens of toilets has finally been caught and arrested. The 33-year-old man stuffed empty bottles of soft drinks into the pipes, leaving a blockage and no way for waste to escape. Police posted on Facebook that they arrested a man for a ‘string of vandalism that has been occurring at Deland Park over the past two years.’ They were tipped off by a citizen to find the man. (Picture: tmj4) (Picture: tmj4) Police said he had damaged a women’s bathroom at a Michigan community centre at least 30 times in the past two years. ‘It’s very inconsiderate,’ Chrystal Storck, who brings her son, Grayson, to Deland Park a lot, told ABC. ‘It’s really nice to come out here. We love it.’ The broadcaster said sometimes they can’t be removed and the whole toilet has to be replaced.

Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2018/06/03/police-finally-catch-serial-toilet-clogger-targeted-dozens-bathrooms-7601922/?ito=cbshare

 

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NH distillery has new bourbon flavored by beaver secretions

A New Hampshire distillery has a new bourbon, Eau De Musc, flavored partly by secretions from a beaver’s castor sacs.

Tamworth Distilling says the secretions, called castoreum, has a history of being used as a flavoring and is on a small list of FDA ingredients called “generally recognized as safe.”

The distillery says on its website castoreum “exhibits bright and fruit qualities (raspberry) and rich leathery notes along with creamy vanilla aroma,” common among barrel-aged spirits.

Other ingredients are raspberry, Canadian snakeroot, fir needles, birch bark (tar oil and regular oil), and maple syrup.

Source: NH distillery has new bourbon flavored by beaver secretions

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Chelsea Clinton fires back at critics who compare her to ‘Howdy Doody’

Chelsea Clinton is firing back at “all the people” who say she looks like the Howdy Doody puppet.

The former first daughter on Tuesday singled out a Twitter user named Richard, who on Tuesday shared a graphic with his 20 Twitter followers that showed Howdy Doody photoshopped over Clinton’s face.

“Thanks to Richard & all the people on @Twitter who’ve compared me to Howdy Doody, I now know a bit about him, including that he stood up to bullies & believed in being kind to animals,” Clinton said. “I’m always happy to be on the side of allyship & kindness. Thanks again!”

Source: Chelsea Clinton fires back at critics who compare her to ‘Howdy Doody’

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Venomous Caterpillar Sends Florida Teen To Emergency Room

LAND O’ LAKES (CBS News/CBS Local)- A teen in Land O’Lakes, Florida, experienced what his mom said was “the worst pain he ever felt” after coming in contact with a venomous caterpillar. Fifteen-year-old Logan Pergola was doing volunteer landscaping work with his family on Saturday.

His mom, Andrea Pergola, said Logan was picking up tree branches when his arm brushed up against the caterpillar. It wasn’t the kind of harmless little bug that kids find on playgrounds; it was a southern flannel moth caterpillar, and it was dangerous.

“He instantly felt a sharp, stinging pain and his arm went numb. Within 5 minutes he was dizzy, had lost color, was complaining of the worst pain he had ever felt & his eyes weren’t super focused,” Pergola wrote about her son on Facebook. “We tried to wash it off and I applied some garlic (it pulls venom out usually with bug stings).”

Source: Venomous Caterpillar Sends Florida Teen To Emergency Room

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Florida man had a ‘bad reaction’ to meth — so he took it to the cops to press charges

A Florida man contacted the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and said he purchased methamphetamine about a week ago and had a “bad reaction” after smoking the illegal narcotic.

Source: Florida man had a ‘bad reaction’ to meth — so he took it to the cops to press charges

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Bullies were shutting down America’s lemonade stands. These lawyers work for big lemonade.

‘Tastes like justice:’ Country Time will reimburse kids fined for their lemonade stands

“When life gives you arcane laws, make lemonade.”

And call Legal-Ade.

That’s the message Kraft Heinz’s lemonade brand Country Time is selling to young entrepreneurs and their summertime businesses.

That would be: children and their lemonade stands.

More specifically: children who get fined for running lemonade stands without a permit.

Take Autumn Thomasson, a 6-year-old California girl with long blonde hair and gold nail polish.

“My lemonade stand got shut down because I didn’t have a permit,” Thomasson said in a Legal-Ade video. “It was unfair.”

Now, Country Time wants to assure Thomasson and all lemon squeezers under 5 feet tall that this summer, things will be different.

“We heard a couple of these stories happening and frankly, didn’t believe that they were real,” said Adam Butler, Kraft Heinz’s general manager for beverages and nuts. “You look into it and, wow, this is actually real. We huddled up and decided we’ve got to do something about this.”

Source: Bullies were shutting down America’s lemonade stands. These lawyers work for big lemonade.

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Couple loses child custody after stuffed lion purportedly transmitting the word of God acted as its lawyer

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A B.C. couple whose religious views are too extreme even for churches and pastors and put them at odds with family, doctors, social workers and anyone else trying to help them with their daughter, have lost their battle for custody of her.

The unusual child custody trial featured the couple speaking in tongues to a stuffed animal they said transmitted the word of God directly to them and refusing legal assistance because Jesus Christ — through the stuffed lion — was their lawyer, witness and judge.

In November, when the girl was one, the Provincial Court of British Columbia formally declared she was in need of protection and placed her in provincial custody, a decision the parents appealed to the B.C. Supreme Court. The parents claimed the judge violated their Charter rights, discriminated against them as Christians and made procedural errors.

Both parents were raised in Christian homes, she in Ontario and he in B.C., but strayed from their roots until reconnecting with their beliefs as adults. They met in 2014 and shared a mutual interest in their own emerging view of the Christian faith and were privately married a year later, court heard.

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Large-scale, sustainable 3D printing with cellulose

Cellulose is one of the most abundant and broadly distributed organic compound and industrial by-product on Earth. Yet, despite decades of extensive research, the bottom-up use of cellulose to fabricate 3D objects is still plagued with problems that restrict its practical applications: derivatives with vast polluting effects, used in combination with plastics, lack of scalability and high production cost. For more information see the IDTechEx report on 3D printing materials 2018-2028.   However, researchers from the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) have recently demonstrated the use of cellulose to sustainably manufacture/fabricate large 3D objects. Their approach diverges from the common association of cellulose with green plants and is inspired by the wall of the fungus-like oomycetes, which is reproduced introducing small amounts of chitin between cellulose fibers. The resulting fungal-like adhesive material(s) (FLAM) are strong, lightweight and inexpensive, and can be molded or processed using woodworking techniques.
Read more at: https://www.3dprintingprogress.com/articles/14490/large-scale-sustainable-3d-printing-with-cellulose?rsst2id=9

Source: Large-scale, sustainable 3D printing with cellulose | 3D Printing Progress

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Char wins sexiest cow in Britain award 

(Picture: RAGT Seeds / SWNS.com) Yes, there is an actual competition where people judge cows on their sexiness. And Char, a Jersey cow living on Gooseform Farm in the Culm Valley, Devon, is the winner, now holding the official title of the sexiest cow in Britain. It takes a lot to win the sexiest cow award – but Char had it in the bag with her swept back hair and the white accents above her eyes. The competition was set up by seed company RAGT Seeds, which aims to find the sexiest cow in the UK.

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AI Nationalism

For the past 9 months I have been presenting versions of this talk to AI researchers, investors, politicians and policy makers. I felt it was time to share these ideas with a wider audience. Thanks to the Ditchley conference on Machine Learning in 2017 for giving me a fantastic platform to get early feedback on my ideas. Thanks also to Nathan BenaichJack ClarkMatt CliffordJeff DingPaul GrahamMichael PageNick SrnicekYancey Strickler and Michelle You for helpful conversations and feedback on this piece.

Summary

The central prediction I want to make and defend in this post is that continued rapid progress in machine learning will drive the emergence of a new kind of geopolitics; I have been calling it AI Nationalism. Machine learning is an omni-use technology that will come to touch all sectors and parts of society. The transformation of both the economy and the military by machine learning will create instability at the national and international level forcing governments to act. AI policy will become the single most important area of government policy. An accelerated arms race will emerge between key countries and we will see increased protectionist state action to support national champions, block takeovers by foreign firms and attract talent. I use the example of Google, DeepMind and the UK as a specific example of this issue. This arms race will potentially speed up the pace of AI development and shorten the timescale for getting to AGI. Although there will be many common aspects to this techno-nationalist agenda, there will also be important state specific policies. There is a difference between predicting that something will happen and believing this is a good thing. Nationalism is a dangerous path, particular when the international order and international norms will be in flux as a result and in the concluding section I discuss how a period of AI Nationalism might transition to one of global cooperation where AI is treated as a global public good.

Source: AI Nationalism

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Lawsuit: Woman ‘unable to enjoy life’ after falling on vomit at Bass Pro

A woman filed a lawsuit against Bass Pro Shops after she slipped and fell on vomit.

The incident happened at Bass Pro at the Pyramid on May 14.

The lawsuit states the woman walked into the store and slipped and fell. It states there were no warning signs, towels, mats, or any other warnings in the store.

According to the lawsuit store workers knew about the mess and neglected to clean it or issue any warnings for customers.

The customer said the fall caused her severe left foot pain, left thumb pain, left shoulder pain, back and neck pain, as well as great fright and shock, temporary and permanent disfigurement, great physical pain and suffering, great mental emotional anguish, medical expenses, and “inability to enjoy the normal pleasures of life.”

She is seeking $140,000 in damages as well as medical costs.

Bass Pro Shops said it could not issue a comment on the allegations in the lawsuit because the litigation is still pending.

Source: Lawsuit: Woman ‘unable to enjoy life’ after falling on vomit at Bass Pro

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Tyson Foods introduces snack brand made from food waste

SPRINGDALE, ARK. — The new Yappah protein crisp snack product from Tyson Foods, Inc. is made from such ingredients as chicken breast trim, rescued vegetable puree from juicing and spent grain from beer brewing. The new product is part of the Yappah brand, which is designed to be an umbrella under which future products will be launched that help address social and sustainability challenges related to food, according to the company.

The Yappah protein crisps come in four varieties, two made with vegetable puree and two made with spent grain. The vegetable puree varieties come in chicken carrot curry and chicken celery mojo flavors. The spent grain items are available in chicken I.P.A. white cheddar and chicken shandy beer flavors.

“With the protein crisps we are taking ‘forgotten’ ingredients and crafting them into a delicious protein snack,” said Rizal Hamdallah, head of Tyson Foods’ Innovation Lab. “For the Yappah brand, sustainability is not an add-on, it’s our D.N.A. Fighting food waste is just the beginning.”

The brand is not currently available in retail outlets. It is available on Indiegogo, a crowd-funding platform through the month of May. That launch will be followed by a 90-day pilot at one Chicago-based supermarket.

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Biologists Have Discovered an Underwater Octopus City And They’re Calling It Octlantis

At the end of last year, scientists discovered a small octopus city – dubbed Octlantis – a find that suggests members of the gloomy octopus species (Octopus tetricus) are perhaps not the isolated and solitary creatures we thought they were.

Octlantis features dens made out of piles of sand and shells, and is home to up to 15 of the cephalopods, according to marine biologists. They recorded 10 hours of video footage of the site, which lies 10 to 15 metres (33 to 49 feet) under the water and measures 18 by 4 metres (59 by 13 feet).

The international team of researchers saw the gloomy octopuses meeting up, living together, communicating with each other, chasing unwelcome octopuses away, and even evicting each other from dens – so it seems Octlantis can be quite a rough place to live.

“These behaviours are the product of natural selection, and may be remarkably similar to vertebrate complex social behaviour,” lead researcher David Scheel, from Alaska Pacific University, told Ephrat Livni at Quartz.

Source: Biologists Have Discovered an Underwater Octopus City And They’re Calling It Octlantis

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Treasury won’t commit to putting Harriet Tubman on $20 bill: senator

Treasury won't commit to putting Harriet Tubman on $20 bill: senator

The Trump administration hasn’t commited to an Obama-era pledge to put abolitionist and civil rights hero Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, according to a statement from a Senate Democrat.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) told The New York Times that the Treasury Department responded to her letter — which was questioning the status of the change originally announced by the Obama administration in April 2016 — by claiming that no designs for the $20 bill or plans to include Tubman’s image had been finalized.

“The redesign of the next currency series is still in the early stages, and neither the final designs nor all features have been finalized for the new notes,” Treasury Department assistant secretary Drew Maloney wrote to Shaheen.

“For this reason, the department is unable to provide additional information regarding the potential designs at this time.”

Source: Treasury won’t commit to putting Harriet Tubman on $20 bill: senator

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‘Baby daddy’ cards to be removed from Target stores amid accusations of racism

Both Target and American Greetings have apologized to customers and say cards depicting a black couple kissing with the words “baby daddy” in the foreground will be removed from stores following social media uproar.

When Takeisha Saunders found the card, meant for Father’s Day, at her local Target in May, she took to Facebook to express her disappointment.

“You CANNOT be serious Target!!!! Really!!!?!!!!? This was the only Father’s Day card that featured a black couple!!!!!!” she wrote.

Source: ‘Baby daddy’ cards to be removed from Target stores amid accusations of racism

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Counting Bees With A Raspberry Pi

Even if keeping bees sounds about as wise to you as keeping velociraptors (we all know how that movie went), we have to acknowledge that they are a worthwhile thing to have around. We don’t personally want them around us of course, but we respect those who are willing to keep a hive on their property for the good of the environment. But as it turns out, there are more challenges to keeping bees than not getting stung: you’ve got to keep track of the things too.

Keeping an accurate record of how many bees are coming and going, and when, is a rather tricky problem. Apparently bees don’t like electromagnetic fields, and will flee if they detect them. So putting electronic measuring devices inside of the hive can be an issue. [Mat Kelcey] decided to try counting his bees with computer vision, and so far the results are very promising.

Source: Counting Bees With A Raspberry Pi

 

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Academic Group Says FAA is Too Tough on Drones 

National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) said in a report yesterday the FAA is often “overly conservative” and should weigh the overall benefits of drones instead of focusing only on their risk to airplanes and helicopters. (The full report can be purchased for $45.)

Introducing drone operations into the nation’s airspace can provide substantial benefits to society, such as preventing derailments, inspecting cell phone towers, delivering medical devices to patients in cardiac distress, and assisting firefighters, said the NASEM report. The report said the FAA’s tendency to “overestimate the severity and likelihood of risks from many types of drone operations, can be a significant barrier to introduction and development of this emerging and rapidly changing technology.”

The NASEM report cited examples of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs) reducing risks and saving lives. Earlier this year, a drone reportedly saved two swimmers in New South Wales, Australia, who were caught in rough ocean surf.  A lifeguard supervisor spotted the swimmers in trouble and used a drone to drop an inflatable device.

Source: Academic Group Says FAA is Too Tough on Drones – Inside Towers

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Radio Reporter Who Lost Voice Returns To Air Using App Built From Archived Audio

As I sat in my doctor’s office last Friday morning outside of the nation’s capital, President Donald Trump was holding forth on the South Lawn of the White House. Russia should be back in the G-7. He might issue more pardons. He wasn’t backing off on his fight over trade barriers. It was yet another time over the last two years that while the President was making major news, I was visiting yet another medical professional in the pursuit of answers – what happened to my voice, and will it ever come back?

The answer is – I don’t know. And my many doctors don’t know, either.

My voice is in there. From time to time, words fall out of my mouth that sound normal. But for the most part, I can’t speak more than one or two words at a time before it goes haywire.

And that’s a problem for someone who has been doing news on the radio since 1983.

The medical diagnosis is tongue protrusion dystonia – which basically means my tongue isn’t working correctly, as it pops out of my mouth when I talk, causing problems for my speech.

Source: With my voice still gone, time for Jamie Dupree 2.0 | Jamie Dupree – AJC

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Why are Earth’s oldest baobab trees dying?

Baobab trees are ancient, iconic structures with stalky branches that jut out haphazardly from rugged, thick trunks. These odd-looking trees can grow to an enormous size and are found in low-lying areas in Africa and Australia.

Baobabs are sometimes known as upside-down trees because their spindly branches look like roots reaching up to the sky. The iconic trees are also called monkey bread trees because of their plentiful fruit.

Until recently, these trees seemed nearly indestructible. People have used their cavernous trunks for homes, shops, storage and even a cocktail bar.

But then they began to topple. In early 2016, the Sunland baobab in Modjadjiskloof, South Africa — which had grown to an impressive 62 feet tall and nearly 112 feet in girth — began to split. By late 2017, it had collapsed completely.

The Sunland baobab, also called the Platland tree, had been functioning as a cocktail bar. Some thought perhaps all those people visiting the tree’s innards may have been the reason for its demise. But it wasn’t the only baobab that crumbled.

Source: Why are Earth’s oldest baobab trees dying?

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Media Slow to Notice Awful New Bill Clinton Comments on Groping

Journalists have been unsurprisingly slow to notice the latest appalling comments from Bill Clinton in which he appears to insist that times have changed and you can no longer grope people. On Thursday’s PBS NewsHour,he talked to Judy Woodruff about Al Franken and the senator’s abrupt exit from the Senate in 2017.

Clinton responded with this jaw-dropping answer: “I think the norms have really changed in terms of, what you can do to somebody against their will, how much you can crowd their space, make them miserable at work.” (Franken resigned last year after eight women accused him of inappropriate touching and a 2006 picture surfaced of him groping a sleeping woman.)

 

 

Since then, the network newscasts on ABC, CBS and NBC have ignored the comments in which Clinton went on to defend Franken with this assertion of how he’s “old fashioned”:

I will be honest, the Franken case, for me, was a difficult case, a hard case. There may be things I don’t know, but I —  maybe I’m just an old-fashioned person, but it seemed to me that there were 29 women on Saturday Night Live that put out a statement for him, that the first and most fantastic story was called, I believe, into question.

Just for comparison, here is the picture of Franken groping TV personality Leeaan Tweeden in 2006:

Source: Media Slow to Notice Awful New Bill Clinton Comments on Groping

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Garden Hermits: When Lawn Gnomes Were Actual People

The ceramic garden gnomes we see today have a very human — and very solemn — past.

Before the days of the ceramic garden gnome, a human being often played the role of stern, robe-wearing guardian of flora and fauna — and that person was preferably a grizzled old man who didn’t mind living in seclusion and forgoing even basic personal hygiene.

Two trends in Georgian England created a moment in history for the phenomenon of ornamental hermitage: solitude and overt displays of material wealth.

Wealthy landowners desired expansive and often ornate gardens on their property, and would use these expanses to reflect not just financial riches, but existing social mores such as melancholy.

Elite circles viewed this deeper, more introspective form of sadness as a mark of intelligence, and thus sought to associate themselves with the sentiment whenever possible. Physical property presented an easy, obvious avenue to bring this social virtue of melancholy to life.

Soon enough, wealthy landowners began placing want ads in newspapers to fill this very aim. Ad writers often sought men who would agree to live in a garden for a span of time (usually about seven years, it seems) and devote themselves to a silent, forlorn — if not also wise and mysterious — existence. One such ad placed by Charles Hamilton outlined the expectations for a hermit-in-residence as follows:

Source: Garden Hermits: When Lawn Gnomes Were Actual People

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Google Disables Chrome Extension Installation From Websites, Only Chrome Store

Apart from its own feature set, tons of browser extensions are what make Google Chrome stand different from other web browsers. Just like it has for Android, Google maintains a dedicated storefront for Chrome users to find and install their favorite extensions.

The extension developers can also make users install Chrome extensions from their websites as well – a method called inline installation. This is to save users’ time and efforts of visiting the Chrome Store and installing the extension from there. But Google says inline installation could be used for abusing and deceiving users.

In an attempt to improve transparency and security, Google will be removing the ability for developers to provide inline installation for their extensions. Instead, they’ll have to link to the Chrome Web Store page of their extension.

Source: Google Disables Chrome Extension Installation From Websites, Only Chrome Store

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Woman Gets Eyeliner Pencil Stuck in Her Eye While Doing Makeup in a Taxi

A Thai woman recently got an eyeliner pencil jammed deep in her eye when her cab crashed into another car while she was doing her makeup.

Source: Woman Gets Eyeliner Pencil Stuck in Her Eye While Doing Makeup in a Taxi

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Uber applies for patent to spot drunks

Taxi app company Uber has applied for a patent to use artificial intelligence to determine how drunk potential passengers might be.

The app used to summon rides could also feed other information to the driver, including a passenger’s location, how accurately they are typing and even the angle they are holding their phone at.

It could help drivers who do not want to pick up inebriated riders.

But critics said it could also be used to identify vulnerable passengers.

According to the application to the US patent office, the system would spot “uncharacteristic user activity”.

Uber does not have the best track record when it comes to collecting data.

Source: Uber applies for patent to spot drunks

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How to set up 2FA on eBay – go do it now!

  • Log in to your account.
  • Go to your account settings by clicking on your name in the upper left (where it says “Hi [your name]!”) and clicking Account settings in the dropdown.
  • In the My Account menu on the left that now appears, click Personal information.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the Personal Information screen, and you’ll now see a field that says Security Information, with the 2 step verification option underneath it. If it is switched to “off”, click the Edit option on the right.

Source: How to set up 2FA on eBay – go do it now!

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Internet security: Slaying the botnet beast and the DDoS dragon

Improving device security, better coordination between infrastructure companies, and smarter procurement by businesses are all part of tackling the botnet menace, according to a US government report.

The snappily titled Enhancing the Resilience of the Internet and Communications Ecosystem Against Botnets and Other Automated, Distributed Threats report is the result of an executive order signed by President Donald Trump last May aimed at strengthening the cyber security of federal networks and critical infrastructure.

Botnets and the distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks they deliver are a growing menace.

Source: Internet security: Slaying the botnet beast and the DDoS dragon | ZDNet

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Netherlands Will Welcome Its First Community of 3D-Printed Homes

The Netherlands’ first functional 3D-printed home will be ready to welcome occupants as early as next year.

According to The Guardian’s Daniel Boffey, the one-story, two-bedroom house is the first and smallest of five 3D-printed concrete homes set for construction in the Dutch city of Eindhoven. The five-year initiative, known as Project Milestone, aims to combat the country’s shortage of skilled bricklayers and revitalize the architectural industry.

Project Milestone emerged as a collaboration between the Eindhoven University of Technology, a global leader in 3D printing, and Dutch construction company Van Wijnen. Real estate manager Vesteda, materials company Saint Gobain-Weber Beamix and engineering firm Witteveen+Bos also contributed to the project.

As ArchDaily’s Niall Patrick Walsh reports, construction will follow a phased approach in order to allow innovations gleaned from building the initial houses to influence the development of later models. The first house will be relatively small, measuring just 1,000 square feet, while the other four will be multi-story buildings. Although the interior and exterior walls of the first home will be printed at the Eindhoven University campus, architects hope to move printing onto the construction site by the end of the project.

Source: Netherlands Will Welcome Its First Community of 3D-Printed Homes

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Maybe we can afford to suck CO2 out of the sky after all

While avoiding the worst dangers of climate change will likely require sucking carbon dioxide out of the sky, prominent scientists have long dismissed such technologies as far too expensive.

But a detailed new analysis published today in the journal Joule finds that direct air capture may be practical after all. The study concludes it would cost between $94 and $232 per ton of captured carbon dioxide, if existing technologies were implemented on a commercial scale. One earlier estimate, published in Proceedings of the National Academies,put that figure at more than $1,000 (though the calculations were made on what’s known as an avoided-cost basis, which would add about 10 percent to the new study’s figures).

Crucially, the lowest-cost design, optimized to produce and sell alternative fuels made from the captured carbon dioxide, could already be profitable with existing public policies in certain markets (see “The carbon-capture era may finally be starting”). The higher cost estimates are for plants that would deliver compressed carbon dioxide for permanent underground storage.

Source: Maybe we can afford to suck CO2 out of the sky after all

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World’s biggest orgy moved ahead of record attempt in Las Vegas

Another day, another new location for the potential world’s largest orgy. Just hours before today’s record attempt in Las Vegas, organizers announced that the climactic event of the Sin City 8 weekender—initially to be held at an Embassy Suites near the Strip—was being bumped from the most recent host spot, the Erotic Heritage Museum, to an undisclosed location in the valley.

TheBlast.com later reported sex club Green Door as the new venue. The event was scheduled to begin at 4 p.m., end by 6 p.m. and include roughly 1,200 registrants, which would beat an unofficial 2006 record in Tokyo by 700 people.

Publicist Kristy Auli, who represents Menage Life, the Denver-based organizer of Sin City 8, said at a press conference earlier Saturday at the Erotic Heritage Museum that the move to a secret location was due to “unforeseen events,” and done to protect the “security and privacy of our guests,” the latter a concern to some registrants after news of the orgy attempt went viral.

Source: World’s biggest orgy moved ahead of record attempt in Las Vegas

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Meet the ‘hero rats’ clearing Cambodia’s landmines

The sun is barely up when Thoeun Theap pulls into a clearing in the thick Cambodian bush with a giant African rat on the seat beside him.

In a few minutes the two will be out there beyond the treeline, scouring the earth for the remnants of a war Mr Theap fled almost 40 years ago.

He spends most mornings out here in no man’s land with his team of pouched rat handlers from APOPO and de-miners from the Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC). A step in the wrong direction could see them lose a leg.

It takes humans with metal detectors three to four days to clear explosives from a tennis court-sized area, but for APOPO’s “hero rats”, it’s just 30 minutes.

As a Khmer Rouge survivor, Mr Theap got lucky. It’s what gets him up before dawn every morning: the drive to clear his country of the explosives that make it hard for Cambodians to access roads, infrastructure and even their own backyards.

Source: Meet the ‘hero rats’ clearing Cambodia’s landmines

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Chile: Man buys cell phone with 58 kilos of avocados

A man in Chile this week bought a cell phone from one of the country’s biggest department stores using an unconventional means of currency – avocados.

The major production country is currently facing a supply shortage of the fruit that is widely consumed domestically, and prices over recent weeks have been sent sky-high, reaching more than 5,000 pesos (US$8.00) per kilo in street markets.

The situation has received much attention in the local media, with chain store Ripley even displaying the “equivalent price in avocados” alongside monetary prices for certain items as part of its recent CyberDay promotions.

On its website the promotional price of a Motorola smartphone was listed as either 189,990 pesos (US$300) or 58 kilograms of avocados.

It is unclear whether Ripley was actually expecting anyone to show up with such a large amount of avocados, but for Camilo Briceño – known on social media as “El Weon de las Paltas” (The Avocado Guy) – the offer was seemingly too good to pass up.

Briceño turned up at the store with several sacks of avocados and successfully used them to purchase a Moto X4.

Supplies have been low over recent months due to various reasons including production issues to drought conditions in the central-northern regions and increasing exports.

The country is also outside of its avocado season, which typically runs from around September through January.

Source: Chile: Man buys cell phone with 58 kilos of avocados – FreshFruitPortal.com

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Uncle Sam wants you to join the United States Digital Service

—On the sidelines of the recent Code for America summit held at a downtown Marriott, Matt Cutts has a pitch to the legions of coders and other tech workers of America: your country needs you.

Cutts is the current acting administrator of the United States Digital Service—a federal agency that is basically the federal government’s friendly IT staff. It works with everyone from the Department of Defense to the Department of Agriculture to make government websites and online services work better.

Remember the disastrous rollout of healthcare.gov? This Obama-era agency was created in order to fix it. Cutts has been in the job since the first day of the Trump administration, as he was the deputy left in the big chair when his boss’ term ran out.

The president has yet to appoint a new administrator, which means that Cutts is in charge of this 180-person agency.

Nearly all USDS positions are temporary by design—100 of the staff started after the election, with 25 starting since January 2018. But, Cutts says, there are 50 slots left to fill. He’s proud to note that 60 percent of USDS’ leadership team are women.

Source: Uncle Sam wants you to join the United States Digital Service

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Accused rapist shows penis to jury to prove innocence

Now that’s junk justice. A Connecticut man on trial for sexual assault was allowed to drop trou and expose his penis to a stunned New Haven jury this week — to prove that it doesn’t match his

Source: Accused rapist shows penis to jury to prove innocence

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How much fart is in the air on your plane at any given time? We do the maths

THERE are many unpleasant aspects of air travel, but one of the most disgusting has to be the thought of all the farts wafting about the cabin.

It doesn’t help that flying makes you fart more – it’s all down to the cabin pressure dropping.

Jacob Rosenberg, a clinical professor at the University of Copenhagen, made the discovery after noticing that his stomach had bloated on a long-haul flight to New Zealand.

After clocking that his empty water bottle had expanded during the flight, then crumpled when it came back down to earth, he realised that the same could apply to his stomach.

He told the BBC: “The pressure drops and the air must expand into more space.”

According to Jacob, the gas sitting inside the stomach then expands by 30 per cent… and it needs to go somewhere.

The gas sitting inside the stomach expands by 30 per cent on a plane… and it needs to go somewhere

With everyone strapped into their seats and around one loo per 80 passengers, is unlikely that anyone will be polite enough to head to the toilets to let one out.

So it’s safe to assume that most people are just letting rip where they sit.

But have you ever thought how much fart that actually means is floating in the air?

Here at Sun Online Travel, we’ve been crunching the numbers to work out what you might be breathing in on any given flight.

The average person lets out between 0.5 and 1.5 litres of fart a day according to Kyle Staller, M.D., a gastroenterologist at Massachusetts General Hospital.

So we’ve worked out how much that would be per hour over a range of flights – then added 30 per cent for the extra volume that professor Rosenberg said comes out when cabin pressure drops.

Source: How much fart is in the air on your plane at any given time? We do the maths

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‘Don’t Google Google, Googling Google is wrong’, says Google

If you want to write developer documentation like a Google hotshot, you’d better kill “kill”, junk “jank” and unlearn “learnings”.

Those are just a few rules from the company’s newly open-sourced (oops, two sins there, verbing and hyphenation) developer documentation guide.

Even though any Linux user knows “kill” is a command, Google would rather you not use it as a verb – “stop,” “exit,” “cancel,” or “end” are preferred. “Jank” (Wiktionary says “blocking of a software application’s user interface due to slow operations or poor interface design”) should be used with care; and thankfully, “learnings” get a simple “don’t use”.

And yes, what we said in the headline is correct. Google’s style gurus have ridden out in a crusade against verbing the corporate noun: “Don’t use as a verb or gerund. Instead, use ‘search with Google’” (we consider it admirable that Mountain View expects “gerund” to get by without a developer Googling it – sorry, “searching it with Google”).

Source: ‘Don’t Google Google, Googling Google is wrong’, says Google

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Your Recycling Gets Recycled, Right? Maybe, or Maybe Not

Oregon is serious about recycling. Its residents are accustomed to dutifully separating milk cartons, yogurt containers, cereal boxes and kombucha bottles from their trash to divert them from the landfill. But this year, because of a far-reaching rule change in China, some of the recyclables are ending up in the local dump anyway.

In recent months, in fact, thousands of tons of material left curbside for recycling in dozens of U.S. cities and towns — including several in Oregon — have gone to landfills.

In the past, the municipalities would have shipped much of their used paper, plastics and other scrap materials to China for processing. But as part of a broad antipollution campaign, China announced last summer that it no longer wanted to import “foreign garbage.” Since Jan. 1 it has banned imports of various types of plastic and paper, and tightened standards for materials it does accept.

While some waste managers already send their recyclable materials to be processed domestically, or are shipping more to other countries, others have been unable to find a substitute for the Chinese market. “All of a sudden, material being collected on the street doesn’t have a place to go,” said Pete Keller, vice president of recycling and sustainability at Republic Services, one of the largest waste managers in the country.

Source: Your Recycling Gets Recycled, Right? Maybe, or Maybe Not

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Hackers Increasingly Targeting Gas Stations & Credit Cards at the Pump

Automatic tank gauges (ATGs) provide information on gasoline inventory and protect groundwater from gasoline leaks. Three years ago it was revealed that ATGs at approximately 5,000 US gas stations were exposed on the Internet, without password protection.  Currently, according to a recent scan, 5,635 gas stations with the same vulnerability have been found.

The initial research in 2015, led by HD Moore, then the chief research officer at Rapid7, was based on internet scans for devices with an open TCP port 10001. Trend Micro also conducted gas tank research during the same year and found examples of hacker hijinks in the Guardian AST gas tank monitoring systems in various locations across the US. The Trend Micro researchers reported detection of an internet-facing tank monitoring system at a gas station in Holden, Maine with the name “Diesel” which had mysteriously been changed to “We_Are_Legion.” So, it was believed to either have been the work of Anonymous or someone using the hacking collective’s slogan.

Source: Hackers Increasingly Targeting Gas Stations & Credit Cards at the Pump

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This tiny, laser-powered RoboFly could sniff out forest fires and gas leaks

This is one flying insect you don’t want to swat. It doesn’t bite, sting, or spread disease and someday it could be a life- and climate-saver. In time, it could survey crops, detect wildfires, poke around in disaster rubble searching for survivors and sniff out gas leaks, especially global warming-fueling methane, a powerful greenhouse gas many times more potent than carbon dioxide.

Introducing…RoboFly!

It’s the first robotic flying insect that lifts off without being tethered to a power source on the ground, weighs just a bit more than a toothpick, and takes off using tiny beating wings — not propellers, as drones do — driven by a laser beam. A minuscule onboard circuit turns the laser energy into electricity, which causes its wings to flap.

Source: This tiny, laser-powered RoboFly could sniff out forest fires and gas leaks

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