Can a tattoo on human flesh be copyrighted? We’ll soon find out 

There’s a tattoo as a design, and then there’s that same tattoo after it’s inked on the human body. Tattoo artists often copyright their tattoos. But does that copyright stick once the image is inked on the human body?So far, no US court has ruled that it does, despite several lawsuits on the topic that have settled out of court or have been dropped. But barring a settlement, we might soon get our first ruling on the topic, and we have video games to thank.Tattoo artists are suing the makers of the highly popular NBA 2K game series for the allegedly unauthorized use of their tattoos as they appear on popular players like LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kenyon Martin, DeAndre Jordan and others. In short, Solid Oak Sketches says that Take-Two Interactive Software is infringing its copyrighted works because the game shows the players with their real-world inked tattoos that Solid Oak Sketches has copyrighted.

Source: Can a tattoo on human flesh be copyrighted? We’ll soon find out | Ars Technica

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Obama Goes From White House to Wall Street in Less Than One Year 

Hillary Clinton says she made a mistake when she gave speeches on Wall Street after leaving government. Taking money from banks, she writes in her new memoir, created the impression she was in their pocket.Her old boss doesn’t seem to share her concern.Last month, just before her book “What Happened” was published, Barack Obama spoke in New York to clients of Northern Trust Corp. for about $400,000, a person familiar with his appearance said. Last week, he reminisced about the White House for Carlyle Group LP, one of the world’s biggest private equity firms, according to two people who were there. Next week, he’ll give a keynote speech at investment bank Cantor Fitzgerald LP’s health-care conference.Obama is coming to Wall Street less than a year after leaving the White House, following a path that’s well trod and well paid. While he can’t run for president, he continues to be an influential voice in a party torn between celebrating and vilifying corporate power. His new work with banks might suggest which side of the debate he’ll be on and disappoint anyone expecting him to avoid a trap that snared Clinton. Or, as some of his executive friends see it, he’s just a private citizen giving a few paid speeches to other successful people while writing his next book.“He was the president of the entire United States — financial services are under that umbrella,” said former UBS Group AG executive Robert Wolf, an early supporter who joined the Obama Foundation board this year. “He doesn’t look at Wall Street like, ‘Oh, these are individuals who don’t want the best for the country.’ He doesn’t stereotype.”

Source: Obama Goes From White House to Wall Street in Less Than One Year – Bloomberg

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Hackers backdoored CCleaner, likely affecting tens of millions of users

Legitimately signed but backdoored versions of the popular CCleaner utility were available for download from the developer’s Web site and servers for nearly a month, Cisco Talos researchers have discovered.It is still unknown how the compromise happened. Piriform – the company that develops CCleaner and which has been recently acquired by AV maker Avast – has confirmed that the 32-bit version of the v5.33.6162 of CCleaner and the v1.07.3191 of CCleaner Cloud were affected.“Piriform CCleaner v5.33.6162 was released on the 15th of August, and a regularly scheduled update to CCleaner, without compromised code, was released on the 12th of September. CCleaner Cloud v1.07.3191 was released on the 24th of August, and updated with a version without compromised code on September 15,” the company stated.

Source: Hackers backdoored CCleaner, likely affecting tens of millions of users – Help Net Security

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Venezuelan plan to encourage rabbit-eating amid food shortages goes awry as people adopt them as pets

Nicolas Maduro has revealed a plan to combat Venezuela’s food crisis by encouraging people to breed rabbits for meat, but acknowledged a “setback” when participants in a pilot project adopted the bunnies as pets.Unveiling “Plan Rabbit”, the Venezuelan president described it as an “extremely good” initiative to provide an alternative source of animal protein, “because rabbits breed like… rabbits.”The scheme – designed to resist the “economic war” Mr Maduro says is being waged by the “empire” – had however suffered teething difficulties.

Source: ‘They put bows on them’: Venezuelan plan to encourage rabbit-eating amid food shortages goes awry as people adopt them as pets

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On Emmys Red Carpet, Shailene Woodley Says She Doesn’t Watch TV 

Shailene Woodley apparently isn’t a big fan of television, despite being on it.The Big Little Lies star, nominated for best supporting actress in a limited series or TV movie, hit the red carpet for the 2017 Emmy Awards on Sunday evening, where she was asked which other nominated shows she watches.”I haven’t had a TV since I moved out of my parents’ house when I was 18,” Woodley answered. “All my friends who watch TV, I just ask them when they have time to.”How does the star spend her down time? With a good book, she says.

Source: On Emmys Red Carpet, Shailene Woodley Says She Doesn’t Watch TV | Hollywood Reporter

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Samsung finally lets Galaxy S8 users disable the Bixby button, here’s how

You will need to get the latest version of Bixby and Bixby Home.To get the latest updates, open the Galaxy Apps StoreSelect the settings indicator in the top right corner and choose ‘My Apps’Head to ‘All’; you should see some updates available for Bixby and Bixby Home (and possibly some other Bixby-related widgets)Get the updatesOnce completed, open Bixby and click the ‘Settings’ icon in the top right. You should see an option to toggle the Bixby key off. Do your thing.

Source: Samsung finally lets Galaxy S8 users disable the Bixby button, here’s how

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Linux 4.14 ‘getting very core new functionality’ says Linus Torvalds

Linus Torvalds has unsentimentally loosed release candidate one of Linux 4.14 a day before the 26th anniversary of the Linux-0.01 release, and told penguinistas to expect a few big changes this time around.“This has been an ‘interesting’ merge window,” Torvalds wrote on the Linux Kernel Mailing List. “It’s not actually all that unusual in size – I think it’s shaping to be a pretty regular release after 4.13 that was smallish. But unlike 4.13 it also wasn’t a completely smooth merge window, and honestly, I _really_ didn’t want to wait for any possible straggling pull requests.”

Source: Linux 4.14 ‘getting very core new functionality’ says Linus Torvalds • The Register

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Sign language interpreter used gibberish, warned of bears, monsters during Hurricane Irma update

Officials in Manatee County, Florida are under fire after an interpreter for the deaf warned about pizza and monsters during an emergency briefing related to Hurricane Irma.The interpreter, Marshall Greene, a lifeguard for the county, has a brother who is deaf, according to the DailyMoth, a video news site that provides information via American Sign Language. Greene was used as the interpreter for a Sept. 8 press conference regarding the incoming storm and possible evacuations.Members of the deaf community said Greene mostly signed gibberish, referencing “pizza,” “monsters,” and using the phrase “help you at that time to use bear big,” during the event. Other information signed to viewers was incomplete, experts said.

Source: Sign language interpreter used gibberish, warned of bears, monsters during Hurricane Irma update |

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Sammy Hagar’s influence on the early Clash 

 With a nickname like “the Red Rocker” and a home in the San Francisco Bay Area, could the Clash have mistaken Sammy Hagar for a left-wing militant? No. But by the time David Lee Roth dismissed the Clash as too serious for rock and roll, the man who would succeed him in Van Halen had already left his mark on the punk group, like a time-traveling vandal.Writer Greil Marcus heard some of the Clash’s second album, Give ‘Em Enough Rope, in the studio, and he was disappointed by Sandy Pearlman’s production of the finished record. Not only was it thin, but Pearlman had neutered the best song to cover up its debt to Sammy Hagar, Marcus wrote:

Source: Sammy Hagar’s influence on the early Clash | Dangerous Minds

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Swiss Cocoa Company Creates Naturally Pink Chocolate

Ever since Nestlé introduced white chocolate, 80 years ago, chocolate has been available in only three main varieties – dark, milk and white. Well, it’s apparently time to add a fourth type to the list – Ruby pink chocolate.Zurich-based Barry Callebaut, the world’s largest based cocoa processor, has apparently spent the last 13 years trying to produce naturally pink chocolate out of ruby cocoa beans. This cocoa variety grows in different parts of the world, including Ecuador, Brazil, and the Ivory Coast, but the Swiss company is the first to actually convert it into pink chocolate, through a sophisticated process.Share PinUnveiled in Shanghai, China, this Tuesday, ruby chocolate is reportedly sweet yet slightly sour, with a distinct natural berry taste befitting its color. The treat has already been tested in key markets, including China, and Barry Callebaut claims that it has received great feedback. Sadly, we’ll have to wait at least six more months before feasting on the newest chocolate variety, as the Swiss company announced that it would be put on sale ‘somewhere in the world’ in the next 6 to 18 months.

Source: Swiss Cocoa Company Creates Naturally Pink Chocolate | Oddity Central – Collecting Oddities

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Local Techies Are Building Their Own Internet Service Provider

Fed up with the tyrannical monopolies and shoddy service provided by Time Warner, Comcast, and Optimum, a group of geeks have banded together to make their own citywide, community-owned wi-fi network; an indienet, if you will. The network, called NYC Mesh, links together routers, aka “nodes,” set up in apartments all over the city to create an independent way to connect to the internet that can also survive the big providers’ outages. According to Brooklyn Daily, there are currently 21 nodes in Manhattan and 4 in Brooklyn, with the newest one in Bay Ridge.

NYC Mesh has no membership fee, and the equipment costs just $22 and NYC Mesh volunteers will set it up. The downside right now is that there only a few users, so the network isn’t very strong or wide. The more users and nodes, the higher the bandwith, which means a faster and more reliable connection.

A mesh network works differently than a traditional service provider, Brooklyn Daily explains:

Source: Local Techies Are Building Their Own Internet Service Provider – StumbleUpon

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Billie the sperm-sniffing police dog recruited to track down rapists

Police in Derbyshire have employed a specially-trained dog, Billie the cocker spaniel, to track down sex offenders by sniffing out their semen.Unlike many police dogs that specialize in identifying drugs, bombs or blood, Billie is trained to find DNA evidence used in sex cases by tracking down traces of human sperm.

His nose is so sharp he can detect as little as a milliliter of semen, which is about a third of the average ejaculation, more than a year after it was deposited indoors.

Billie can even smell eight-week-old sperm outside if it is “protected from the worst of the weather.”

Dogs are believed to have a sense of smell that is about 10,000 times more acute than that of humans. Those well trained can pick up some smells when they are diluted down to a few trillionths of a liter.

Source: Billie the sperm-sniffing police dog recruited to track down rapists — RT UK

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Make a Joule thief.

In the November 1999 issue of EPE (Everyday Practical Electronics), a small and intriguing circuit was published in the Ingenuity Unlimited section by Z. Kaparnik. It was a very small implementation of a typical transformer feedback single transistor invertor. The transformer was a standard ferrite bead with two windings wound on it and the circuit was using the high voltage pulse generated when the transistor turns off to light an LED from a single 1.5V battery.This page has two variations on the original design to use the simple circuit in a useful manner.I originally called this torch the vampire torch because it sucked the last remnants of life from a cell, but then decided to call it a Joule Thief instead because it was a catchy name and played on the fact the unit steals the last bit of energy from a cell. (Joule is a unit of energy) I guess the name has kinda stuck!Here’s the Joule thief. It’s like an open PCB torch that will take either an AA or AAA battery in the holder and use whatever power is left in the battery to light a white LED.The amazing thing about this circuit is that it will run right down to about 0.35V if left running continuously, and will often provide a week of continuous low level light from a battery that would normally be considered dead.The level of light is initially quite high but gradually reduces as the battery voltage goes lower. However, it can still be used for reading in a dark room, even when the battery is almost completely drained.

Source: Make a Joule thief.

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Chamath Palihapitiya on FANG stocks: Amazon is winning, Facebook at risk

Even though he was once an executive at Facebook, Chamath Palihapitiya, CEO of Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings, favors investing in Amazon instead, he told CNBC’s “Fast Money: Halftime Report” on Thursday.President Donald Trump has been a critic of Amazon, tweeting his disdain for coverage from The Washington Post, which is a personal holding of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. But Palihapitiya said he thinks that Facebook and Google face more regulatory risk, given the many retailers that compete with Amazon.”Amazon is a microscopic portion of global consumption today, so ultimately I think it has more room to grow before it invites regulatory overview,” Palihapitiya said. “On the other hand, Facebook and Google effectively are surveillance states. And they have so much personal, private information about so many citizens of so many countries.

Source: Chamath Palihapitiya on FANG stocks: Amazon is winning, Facebook at risk

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Cop Cleans Out Wallet Of Unlicensed Hot Dog Vendor Just Because He Can

No job too small. That’s asset forfeiture for you. But small jobs are the safest jobs when it comes to the government keeping someone else’s property. Keeping the seizures small makes it less likely they’ll be challenged by those whose property was taken.The year-end totals may look impressive, but behind those totals are lots and lots of tiny cash grabs. In the cases where agencies’ forfeitures have been itemized and examined (which is a rarity — there’s a ton of opacity in forfeiture reporting), the largest number of forfeitures are for the smallest amounts, usually well under $1,000.Officers take what they can because they can. A video going viral on Twitter shows a California police officer rummaging through the wallet of an unlicensed street vendor and taking the vendor’s cash and debit card. A citation and a shutdown of the hot dog stand should have been enough. But it wasn’t. Officer Sean Aranas decided — with the only citation handed out during the football game — to take the man’s earnings.

Source: Cop Cleans Out Wallet Of Unlicensed Hot Dog Vendor Just Because He Can | Techdirt

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Dear white people, wake up: Canada is racist

Approximately 4,000 people gathered at Vancouver’s City Hall on Aug. 19 to protest an anti-immigration and anti-Muslim white nationalist rally. They far out-numbered the white nationalist demonstrators. Later, one counter-protester interviewed by CBC-TV news said:

“I’ve never seen a racist.”Did that counter-protester come to the rally hoping to see a racist? What do racists look like, anyway? Are they easily identifiable? Perhaps he was imagining a stereotypical neo-Nazi?Although his statement was naive and problematic, it actually reflects common misunderstandings of white supremacy and racism in Canada.It also reflects the mythical Canadian narrative of inclusivity and diversity. Canadians widely believe their country to be a peaceful, multicultural country without racism.Yet human rights activists and critical race scholars provide evidence that inequity is woven into the fabric of Canadian institutions and normalized in everyday practices.The absence of racism and racists is one of Canada’s “fable-like” racial stories.

In Racism Without Racists, scholar Eduardo Bonilla-Silva says we tell and retell ourselves the same moral story.The majority of racism “remains hidden beneath a veneer of normality,” says sociologist David Gillborn, “and it is only the more crude and obvious forms of racism that are seen as problematic by most people.”Institutions of higher education are especially prone to reproducing inequalities beneath a “facade of meritocracy and colour blindness.”As a Black feminist and critical researcher of race and education at UBC, it is not uncommon to encounter students and colleagues who deny not only institutional racism in Canada but also the ways in which we are all implicated.This matrix of domination permeates our universities, schools, communities, religious institutions and even our families. That is, intersecting dimensions such as race, class, gender, sexuality, disability and religion affect us all but they can be especially powerful in Canadian institutions.

Suits and ties, a new face of white nationalism

In a recent magazine article, Toronto Black Lives Matter co-founder Janaya Khan credits the lack of critical engagement with race as contributing to the success of white nationalism in Canada.She says Canadians “have a deep investment in seeing themselves as more enlightened than their counterparts to the south, as if racism and bigotry suddenly stop at the U.S./Canada border.”Human rights activist and author Leonard Zeskind recently explained the new face of the movement: “It is not one of an angry Klansman in a robe — it’s a young, educated, well-spoken white American.” He describes white nationalists as “smart, mostly middle class and a democratic slice of America.”To claim to have never seen a racist does not preclude the ubiquity of racism or white supremacy. Today, white supremacists are not white sheet, brown shirt types. But as Zeskind says, “they’re black suits, brown suits, business people.”Engage critically with raceThose who do not experience racism may be unaware of how it functions in Canada — perniciously and insidiously. For example, The Black Experience Project, a six-year study released this July found Blacks, when compared to non-Blacks nationally, “earn lower incomes, experience higher rates of unemployment, and higher rates of incarceration. They also suffer poorer health outcomes, have more housing difficulties and are more likely to be victims of violence.”In Vancouver, we like to tout our inclusivity and diversity without acknowledging racism or the experiences of Indigenous and racialized people. Approximately 4000 protestors were there to demonstrate against a white extremist rally. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)I find many residents not only ignorant of the historical Black British Columbian past but also of Black people currently living in British Columbia.If you’re interested, a few important contributors to British Columbia Black history are: Alice Walker biographer Evelyn C. White, journalist and college professor Crawford Killan, and Wayde Compton, a Vancouver activist and acclaimed writer who is also the program director of creative writing in continuing studies at Simon Fraser University.Challenge ‘normal’How often do those of us who work at universities question who receives awards or who gets admitted to programs? Do we question the the lack of representation of racialized and Indigenous tenure-track and tenured faculty. Do we challenge the predominant whiteness of senior leadership teams and Canada Research Chairs? These examples illustrate how white supremacy surreptitiously and successfully performs its work.In a recent essay, education researcher Michelle Stack gives practical examples of how white educators can work against racism.All of us must do anti-racist and anti-oppressive work.If only Indigenous and racialized instructors are teachi

Source: Dear white people, wake up: Canada is racist

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Teen sends dick pic to 22-year-old woman, now he’s a child pornographer

The Washington Supreme Court has upheld the conviction under state child porn laws of a 17-year-old boy who sent a picture of his own erect penis to a 22-year-old woman. The case illustrates a bizarre situation in which Eric Gray is both the perpetrator and the victim of the crime. Under state law, Gray could face up to 10 years in prison for the conviction.On appeal, Gray’s attorneys had argued that the language of the law was ambiguous—lawmakers did not anticipate a situation like this—and that the law was potentially in violation of the state and the federal constitutions. The court, in a 7-1 ruling, disagreed.

Source: Teen sends dick pic to 22-year-old woman, now he’s a child pornographer | Ars Technica

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Study: 83% of Tap Water Around the Globe Tested Positive for Tiny Plastic Fibers

“Microscopic plastic fibers are flowing out of taps from New York to New Delhi,” according to a recent investigation by Orb Media, which found plastic contamination in 83 percent of drinking water samples gathered from more than a dozen countries on five continents.

For what’s been deemed the “first global tap water survey of plastic pollution,” Orb worked with researchers at the State University of New York and the University of Minnesota to test 159 samples.

Source: Study: 83% of Tap Water Around the Globe Tested Positive for Tiny Plastic Fibers | Common Dreams

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Virginia scraps poke-to-vote machines hackers destroyed at DefCon 

Virginia’s State Board of Elections has decided its current generation of electronic voting machines is potentially vulnerable, and wants them replaced in time for the gubernatorial election due on November 7th, 2017.The decision was announced in the minutes of the Board’s September 8th meeting: “The Department of Elections officially recommends that the State Board of Elections decertify all Direct Recording Electronic (DRE or touchscreen) voting equipment.”In addition to the “current security environment”, the report cites the DefCon demonstration in July that showed how quickly DRE voting systems could be pwned.With the DefCon bods showing some machines shared a single hard-coded password, Virginia directed the Virginia Information Technology Agency (VITA) to audit the machines in use in the state (the Accuvote TSX, the Patriot, and the AVC Advantage).

Source: Virginia scraps poke-to-vote machines hackers destroyed at DefCon • The Register

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Three Planets Will Slide Behind the Moon in an Occultation

At the start of this week, the moon will play a game of planetary peek-a-boo as it momentarily blocks Venus, then Mars and then Mercury in the sky. Although it will be difficult to see this disappearing act in much of the world, it’s a vivid reminder of the cosmic clockwork at play in our solar system.The event is called a lunar occultation, and it occurs whenever the moon passes in front of a faraway celestial object. The duration of a lunar occultation depends on many factors, like what is getting blocked and where on Earth someone is observing it from. Solar eclipses, like the one that mesmerized the nation last month, are examples of the moon occulting the sun (but with far more risk to your eyes).


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Carbon footprints of the Telethon stars

The A-list celebrities who starred in the telethon for those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have clocked up hundreds of thousands of air miles which have fuelled rising temperatures and helped create devastating storms.Tuesday night’s Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief included performances and messages from Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, George Clooney, Cher and Leonardo DiCaprio.They appealed to viewers to donate to help fund relief efforts after the disastrous storms hit the southern US.But a MailOnline investigation has revealed the extent to which stars have contributed to the catastrophic weather phenomenons with their jet-setting lifestyles.Justin Bieber is calculated to have travelled at least 136,000 miles in a plane over the last year, environmentalist DiCaprio is believed to have done more than 87,000 miles while fellow actor Clooney did 61,000 miles.Carbon emissions from plane journeys such as the celebrities’ cause the earth’s temperature to heat and the resulting higher ocean temperatures lead to more powerful hurricanes. The higher temperatures over land and sea mean the storms generate more energy.

Source: Leonardo DiCaprio’s jet setting could have added to Irma | Daily Mail Online

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Feds give top-secret clearances to murderers, rapists

Under a crushing backlog in the issuing or renewing of security clearances, federal authorities have given interim clearances to people they later discovered were murderers and pedophiles, a senior government official said Wednesday.“This is very, very dangerous,” said Daniel E. Payne, head of the Defense Security Service, a federal office that oversees the granting of temporary clearances.Payne said roughly 100,000 people hold interim clearances while working for companies with Defense Department contracts or at 13,000 cleared facilities and plants around the country and as they await a full comprehensive background investigation.“I’ve got murderers who have access to classified information. I have rapists. I have pedophiles. I have people involved in child porn,” Payne said. “This is the risk we are taking.”

Source: Felons are getting security clearances as U.S. struggles to work through backlog | McClatchy Washington Bureau

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RSPCA called to rescue lizard that turns out to be a sock 

The family was left “quite mortified” having called the RSPCA out to rescue some muddy laundry.

Source: RSPCA called to rescue lizard that turns out to be a sock – BBC News

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Google sued by Gab over Play Store booting

A social network that fancies itself a “free speech” competitor to Twitter is suing Google after its app was removed from the Play Store.Gab – a recently launched social network that says it is “focused on free speech that would provide a platform for conservatives in the West and dissidents globally” and has become a favored landing spot for right-wing personalities who were booted from Twitter – accuses the Mountain View advertising giant of violating both the Sherman and Clayton Antitrust Acts by removing its mobile app from the Play store for hate speech violations.Apple, which is not named in the suit, also pulled the Gab app from the iOS App Store, alleging content on the site violated its terms and conditions.The suit [PDF], filed Thursday in the US District Court of Eastern Pennsylvania, claims that when Google suspended the Gab app from the Play Store, it effectively shut out Gab from any access to Android. This, the suit claims, is because the Play Store has become the only trusted source for Android apps on the market.

Source: Google sued by Gab over Play Store booting • The Register

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Man Named to Lead Canadian Women’s Advisory Board — Again

For the second time in a row, a man was named as chairman of a Canadian organization that aims to promote women at work.Victor Dodig Source: CIBCCatalyst, a global nonprofit organization that aims to promote progress for women through “workplace inclusion,” appointed Victor Dodig chairman of the advisory board for its Canadian operations. Dodig, chief executive officer of Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, replaces Bank of Montreal CEO Bill Downe, who retires from the bank this year.Dodig is “a vocal advocate for gender diversity in the workplace and actively supports the advancement of talented women to executive roles and on boards,” according to a Catalyst statement Thursday.

Source: Man Named to Lead Canadian Women’s Advisory Board — Again – Bloomberg

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Drunk Briton fined after surviving Hoover Dam swim

A British man has been fined for swimming across the Colorado river at the Hoover Dam while drunk on a stag do.Aaron Hughes is thought to be the first person to survive the swim across the reservoir at the 221m-tall (726ft) structure, which is on the border of Arizona and Nevada.The 28-year-old was told he escaped being dragged under only because nine of the 10 hydroelectric turbines were not in operation at the time.Hughes, a forklift truck driver from Denbighshire, north Wales, was arrested immediately after getting out of the water and fined $330 (£250).He told the Daily Post: “It was around 45-50 degrees outside and we were on a stag do in Vegas. You go to Vegas to have fun, don’t you? We made the Hangover movie look tame.

Source: Drunk Briton fined after surviving Hoover Dam swim | UK news | The Guardian

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Facebook accused of fake audience numbers 

Facebook Inc. claims its ads have the potential to reach more people than recent U.S. census data shows exist, and that’s troublesome for one analyst, who thinks third-party measurement services stand to benefit.Recently, Pivotal Research Group analyst Brian Wieser was intrigued by a trade publication study in Australia that said Facebook FB, -1.30%  was claiming to reach 1.7 million more 16- to 39-year olds than actually existed in the country, according to Australian census data.In reproducing the study for the U.S., Wieser said Facebook’s Ads Manager claims it can potentially reach 41 million 18- to 24-year-olds, 60 million 25- to 34-year-olds, and 61 million 35- to 49-year-olds. The problem arises when Wieser pulls up U.S. Census data from a year ago, showing 31 million 18- to 24-year-olds, 45 million 25- to 34-year-olds, and 61 million 35- to 49-year-olds.The upshot: Where is Facebook getting the extra 25 million 18- to 34-year-olds that the U.S. census did not count?

Source: Facebook accused of fake audience numbers – MarketWatch

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‘How to burn Jews’ Facebook group suggested to advertisers by algorithm

The groups are created by an algorithm. © Dado Ruvic / ReutersFacebook users interested in topics including ‘How to burn Jews’ and ‘Hitler did nothing wrong’ were reportedly promoted to advertisers under an algorithm used by the social network.An investigation by ProPublica exposed the algorithm, when they paid $30 to promote posts. Facebook suggested groups they target, including 2,300 people interested in the topics ‘Jew hater,’ ‘How to burn jews’ and ‘History of why jews ruin the world.’ProPublica selected the groups and within 15 minutes the ads were approved.

Source: ‘How to burn Jews’ Facebook group suggested to advertisers by algorithm — RT News

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15 Plants and Herbs That Help Lungs, Heal Respiratory Infections, Repair Pulmonary Damage

A wave of viral and bacterial infections is sweeping across the Northern Hemisphere and people are taking longer to heal from an array of symptoms within the respiratory system. If you are resorting to conventional medicine to address these infections with antibiotics, you are not only adding to the problems associated with antibiotic resistance, but you’re also doing little to address the healing mechanisms within your body to address the cause. Herbal remedies not only boost lung health, but they can heal infections and even repair lung damage. Here are 15 of the best herbs to boost lung health.

Source: 15 Plants and Herbs That Help Lungs, Heal Respiratory Infections, Repair Pulmonary Damage : Conscious Life News

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Martin Shkreli’s $2 Million Wu-Tang Album Might Not Be a Wu-Tang Album

The rapper Killa Sin didn’t think he was contributing verses to a Wu-Tang Clan record a few years ago when he stood before a microphone in a hotel room in Staten Island, N.Y. A Moroccan producer known as Cilvaringz had flown in for the sessions because Killa Sin, whose real name is Jeryl Grant, was barred from travel by the terms of his parole.Like any good clan, Wu-Tang is a network that extends from core members to bit players; it can be hard for outsiders to say with complete confidence who’s in or out at any time. Killa Sin is a gifted lyricist with a different crew, Killarmy, which is part of the Wu-Tang’s extended “family,” but as he understood it, the work he was doing with Cilvaringz wasn’t an official Wu-Tang project.“The way he presented it,” Killa Sin says of his recording with Cilvaringz, “was it was going to be basically his album, and he wanted me to do some work for him.” He later learned his verses ended up on the Wu-Tang Clan’s Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, the most expensive record ever sold. Virtually nobody has heard the entire recording, perhaps not even the jailed executive who owns the only copy in existence.

Source: Martin Shkreli’s $2 Million Wu-Tang Album Might Not Be a Wu-Tang Album – Bloomberg

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Crayola’s new color name Bluetiful draws criticism – CNN

Color no one surprised: These days, even a new crayon name draws criticism.Crayola announced the name of a new blue crayon this week: “Bluetiful,” which beat out four other names with 40% of the vote in an online naming contest launched in July.But critics say the name will teach children a nonword. It prompted a hue and cry (pun intended) on Twitter.

Source: Crayola’s new color name Bluetiful draws criticism – CNN

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Hollywood Fighting Back Against the Tomatometer

Hollywood isn’t blaming Netflix or Amazon or even its own product for its terrible summer but rather the film-review aggregation Web site Rotten Tomatoes. Per the New York Times, the box office brought in $3.8 billion between the first weekend in May and Labor Day this year, down 15 percent during the same period last year, making it the worst summer in 20 years. Some studio executives point to Rotten Tomatoes, which has seen a 32-percent increase in unique visitors over last year, for their troubles, claiming that a bad Tomatometer score on ticket-selling site Fandango (which purchased Rotten Tomatoes last year) can doom a movie’s chances. “I think it’s the destruction of our business,” says Brett Ratner, who directed Hercules starring the Rock.Some Hollywood studios are trying to figure out a way to deal with the Rotten Tomatoes phenomenon, per the Hollywood Reporter. They recently commissioned a study that found seven out of 10 people are less likely to see a movie if its Rotten Tomato score is below 25 percent. One studio may have found a way around the problem. This July Sony wouldn’t allow critics to post reviews of The Emoji Movie until just hours before the film began screening in previews. As a result, the movie made $24.5 million in its opening weekend, despite getting beaten up in the press and earning an abysmal 8% Tomatometer score.

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Two-Headed Rattlesnake Found In Arkansas [Photos]

An electrical worker found more than he bargained for during a routine home inspection on Wednesday.Rodney Kelso was inspecting a home in Jonesboro, Arkansas when he noticed a snake sunning itself outside. Upon closer inspection, he realized that the snake had two heads.Young donned a pair of gloves before he put the two-headed timber rattlesnake, nicknamed “Deuce,” in a box and took it to Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center in Jonesboro. Kelso said he had never seen anything like the snake in his more than 50 years in the area.

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Extremely Rare White Giraffe Caught On Video 

Park rangers at the Ishaqbini Hirola Conservancy in eastern Kenya happened upon two extremely rare white giraffes, and caught the encounter on video.The footage features two white reticulated giraffes, a mother and her calf walking together through the trees. The giraffes appear to have the pigmentation-inhibiting genetic condition of leucism. Leucism differs from albinism in that it doesn’t necessarily result in full loss of pigmentation.The Hirola Conservation program shared the video on their blog.

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Feds Spend $138,000 Asking Four-Year-Olds About Their ‘Internal Sense of Gender Identity’

The National Science Foundation is spending over $130,000 on a study that asks four-year-olds about their “internal sense of gender identity.”A grant for a two-year study was awarded to the University of Washington this summer. The project will interview 250 children aged four to six, and their parents, asking a series of questions about “gendered behavior.””Prominent theories of gender development have discussed the degree to which gender identity results from an internal sense of gender and socialization processes,” according to the grant. “However, tests of these theories have been limited because, for most children, internal gender identity and environmental socialization substantially overlap, rendering it impossible to distinguish the relative impact of each factor on gender development.”The study will investigate whether gender theories, such as Gender Schema Theory that blames society on differences between genders, are sufficient for today’s “wider range of human gender experiences,” where there can be anywhere between 3, 37, and 58 genders.

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Google Accused of Trying to Patent Public Domain Technology

A Polish academic is accusing Google of trying to patent technology he invented and that he purposely released into the public domain so companies like Google couldn’t trap it inside restrictive licenses.The technology’s name is Asymmetric Numeral Systems (ANS) [1, 2], a family of entropy coding methods that Polish assistant professor Jarosław (Jarek) Duda developed between 2006 and 2013.ANS is a game changer for data compressionOver the years, due to its many advantages, variations of Duda’s ANS technology — tANS and rANS — have been adopted in several data compression systems, such as Apple’s LZFSE compressor, Facebook’s Zstandard compressor, and Google’s Draco 3D compressor.Further, ANS is also currently considered for the coding phase of AV1, an upcoming open video coding format.

Tech companies are choosing Duda’s ANS technology because it provides faster compression and decompression speeds with minimal data loss, without the downside of a huge computational cost. Rough estimations show that Duda’s ANS is between 3 to 30 times faster when compared to classic Huffman and arithmetic coding techniques used in the past.It is no wonder that whoever holds an ANS-related patent could be in line for some pretty big royalty fees in the upcoming future.

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Dems Not Backing Medicare for All Get Twice as Much Industry Cash as Co-Sponsors

A close look at the finances of 31 members of the Senate Democratic caucus who have yet to publicly back Sen. Bernie Sanders’s Medicare for All bill shows they have received significantly more financial contributions from the health insurance industry than those who did sign on as co-sponsors ahead of its introduction on Wednesday.An analysis by the government watchdog MapLight, released Thursday, found that senators who didn’t back the bill received an average of $55,000 in industry donations since 2010, more than twice the average amount received by the bill’s 16 co-sponsors. Sanders is the only senator who’s received $0 in donations from the health insurance industry, which would eventually become obsolete under the senator’s plan to make government the single payer of the nation’s healthcare costs—the same kind of system that exists in other high-income nations, with better health outcomes and lower costs according to the independent foundation The Commonwealth Fund.Out of all the Senate Democrats,  Sens. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) have received the most donations from health insurance companies, each gathering more than $130,000 in contributions from the industry since 2010. None have supported Sanders’s plan, even though a spokesperson for Schumer said this week, “Democrats believe that healthcare is a right for all.”

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Should authors’ unfinished works be completed?

The scene: a field in southwest England. The sun is shining for a quintessentially British event, the Great Dorset Steam Fair. A six-and-a-half tonne steamroller takes centre stage. This, the Lord Jericho, goes head-to-head with a computer hard drive, and in a battle of old and new technologies, rolls over it several times. Then, just to be on the safe side, the hard drive is placed in a steam-powered stone crusher.A scene from a fantasy novel? No. The hard drive was from the late author Sir Terry Pratchett’s computer, and it contained the files of, it is thought, 10 unfinished novels.Pratchett, author of the much-loved Discworld series, wrote more than 60 books in his lifetime. But it was his wish that any unfinished works remained unpublished, and so he instructed that the hard drive containing his remaining works be crushed by a steamroller.

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The Insane-Sounding But Totally Real World War II Plot to Bomb Japan With Bats – All That Is Interesting

When one thinks of military strategy, they think of terms like guerrilla warfare or snipers. You know, weapons that cause maximum damage and mass destruction.They don’t usually assume bats.However, it may shock you to believe that that’s exactly what the White House signed off on in World War II.The ridiculous plan, in which bombs full of bats, which were in turn full of smaller bombs, were dropped on Japanese cities, was invented by a dentist. Naturally, because who else could come up with something so nightmarish?Dr. Lytle S. Adams, like most Americans at the time, was enraged by the attack on Pearl Harbor and had begun looking into what he could do to lend his support to the war efforts.

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‘Is truth overrated?’ What the experts say

Seek the truth and minimize harm. That’s how we instruct young journalists to prepare for the profession. Until recently, factual, objective reporting has been the mantra of modern journalism. But is objectivity a relevant concept in the era of fake news, filter bubbles and alternative facts?In dealing with a less-than-truthful presidential administration, mainstream media has become more adversarial. News articles and broadcasts sound like editorials, with journalists labeling President Trump a “liar” and warning citizens about what they describe as dangerous tilt toward fascism. The masthead of the venerable Washington Post now says, “Democracy Dies in Darkness,” a strongly worded statement reflected in its sharply critical coverage of the Trump presidency.

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