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Paul Spoerry

Paul Spoerry 

Paul Spoerry is a father, coder, life-experimenter.A reincarnated disco king searching for his long lost leisure suit. SEO nerd, Wordpress fan, gadget geek, SQL stud, and coder. I also meditate and do

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2017-03-04 17:32:37 (26 comments; 2 reshares; 204 +1s; )Open 

Facebook's fake news solution rolling out
I mean according to them they didn't have a fake news problem but... well... they're implementing a fix for one. the tool identifies links to sites known to produce misinformation. The tool cites third-party fact-checking organizations like Snopes and Politifact—the kind of sites that Trump supporters also like to dispute—and you'll see it indicate the content was disputed by those organizations. 

Most reshares: 16

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2017-03-10 19:45:37 (7 comments; 16 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

New GOP bill would let companies force employees to get genetic tests AND share the results
A new bill that is quietly moving through the House would allow companies to strong-arm their employees into taking genetic tests and then sharing that data with unregulated third parties as well as the employer. Employees that resist could face penalties of thousands of dollars.

On Wednesday, the House Education and the Workforce Committee approved HR 1313 along party lines. At this point it should be no surprise that it was 22 Republicans supporting and 17 Democrats opposing the bill.

Most plusones: 204

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2017-03-04 17:32:37 (26 comments; 2 reshares; 204 +1s; )Open 

Facebook's fake news solution rolling out
I mean according to them they didn't have a fake news problem but... well... they're implementing a fix for one. the tool identifies links to sites known to produce misinformation. The tool cites third-party fact-checking organizations like Snopes and Politifact—the kind of sites that Trump supporters also like to dispute—and you'll see it indicate the content was disputed by those organizations. 

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2017-03-30 13:31:12 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Someone Made a Dancing Skeletor Commercial
"Oh He-Man, how you vex me!"

Well, maybe not after his wicked savings coupled with funky dance moves. #epicskeletor

Someone Made a Dancing Skeletor Commercial
"Oh He-Man, how you vex me!"

Well, maybe not after his wicked savings coupled with funky dance moves. #epicskeletor___

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2017-03-28 22:49:47 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

Congress passes bill allowing ISPs to sell customer Web surfing data
The silver lining... a few Republicans decided not for vote for it... but not enough. Essentially, the GOP just sold everything you do online to whoever wants to buy it (likely even the NSA - I mean what's easier than simply following the law and just BUYING your data?!). Among other things up for sale is that ISPs (Charter, Comcast, AT&T, etc... whatever company you get your Internet from) can discover/sell customers' medical conditions by seeing what illnesses and drugs they search for on the Internet.

But... we have private browsing! First of all pr0n lovers... this does shit to cover that type of thing. Your ISP knows what data and sites you request prior to any level of "private browsing" taking place. And it's not just what kind of goat-porn you might be into... what if you're... more »

Congress passes bill allowing ISPs to sell customer Web surfing data
The silver lining... a few Republicans decided not for vote for it... but not enough. Essentially, the GOP just sold everything you do online to whoever wants to buy it (likely even the NSA - I mean what's easier than simply following the law and just BUYING your data?!). Among other things up for sale is that ISPs (Charter, Comcast, AT&T, etc... whatever company you get your Internet from) can discover/sell customers' medical conditions by seeing what illnesses and drugs they search for on the Internet.

But... we have private browsing! First of all pr0n lovers... this does shit to cover that type of thing. Your ISP knows what data and sites you request prior to any level of "private browsing" taking place. And it's not just what kind of goat-porn you might be into... what if you're against say... the current government administration? Yeah... for sale too. The linked article goes into how the GOP has no idea how the Internet works. On one hand, they voted to side with big business to sell your privacy, but it's not like comprehension is one sided. Many Dems have no fucking clue but at least weren't willing to just sell it off and a few were very vocal about it.

If you think you have options... you likely don't. Few of us know how to setup of servers that we can use VPN solutions (with zero logging) to protect our privacy. Some MAY choose to hire a third party VPN to mask their activities... but that presumes you can trust that they have no logging. To be clear, I'm not talking about child porn lovers hiding - this is what social networks you use, what medical providers you use, what banking institutions you use, where you research firearms you might want to buy, etc... even if behind SSL (aka encrypted) simply knowing WHICH sites you requests, which happens BEFORE SSL can happen, offers what we in the IT world call "a shitton" of information about take place, be collected, and now sold. Ah but if I do it on my cellphone - NOPE... they provide.your.internet. #SOLD

I say it all the time. Democrats are pussies (they are) and Republicans are assholes. And they are. They're fucking assholes and will do anything to simply make a profit - often under the guise of 'free markets' or 'individual liberties' or <insert bullshit here>. And if you think you're one of them... profiting because you're a smarty-pants I have news for you: you're in the tax bracket they target because you think you're like them. You're not. Sorry, but you're not and they know and prey on this (this is not a Dem or Independent-free-pass - if you didn't vote... seriously, fuck you - I hope they find your goat-porn). ___

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2017-03-28 14:16:56 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Rayna meets a "robot"
Start your day with this for all the "awwwwwwww" you can handle. Rayna's day involved her meeting a "robot" for the first time. She even adorably tells the robot she wuv's it. It's totally adorable and I really hope she's not heartbroken when the robot/water-heater gets picked up and hauled away. 

Rayna meets a "robot"
Start your day with this for all the "awwwwwwww" you can handle. Rayna's day involved her meeting a "robot" for the first time. She even adorably tells the robot she wuv's it. It's totally adorable and I really hope she's not heartbroken when the robot/water-heater gets picked up and hauled away. ___

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2017-03-27 19:28:14 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Trump speeches total work as an emo song

Trump speeches total work as an emo song___

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2017-03-24 01:22:07 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Google takes Symantec to the woodshed for mis-issuing 30,000 HTTPS certs
That's like 30% of all certs?!

Google takes Symantec to the woodshed for mis-issuing 30,000 HTTPS certs
That's like 30% of all certs?!___

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2017-03-23 19:25:51 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Republican Senators just voted to let internet providers pimp out your personal data
The vote passed along party lines, 50 (R) for and 48 (D) against. The policy, originally proposed by then acting FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler outlined clear guidelines for how ISPs were to handle your data. In short, they couldn’t use it without your permission and they certainly weren’t able to share sensitive information like browsing history and location data with advertisers.

If the resolution is successful, your internet provider will be able to track where you go online, what you look at, and a host of other things, and then sell that information to other companies — and they won't need to ask for your permission or notify that they are doing this.

Worse, the ruling could put the FCC in danger of not being able to create similar ones in the future. According to the CongressionalRevie... more »

Republican Senators just voted to let internet providers pimp out your personal data
The vote passed along party lines, 50 (R) for and 48 (D) against. The policy, originally proposed by then acting FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler outlined clear guidelines for how ISPs were to handle your data. In short, they couldn’t use it without your permission and they certainly weren’t able to share sensitive information like browsing history and location data with advertisers.

If the resolution is successful, your internet provider will be able to track where you go online, what you look at, and a host of other things, and then sell that information to other companies — and they won't need to ask for your permission or notify that they are doing this.

Worse, the ruling could put the FCC in danger of not being able to create similar ones in the future. According to the Congressional Review Act:

"Once a rule is thus repealed, the CRA also prohibits the reissuing of the rule in substantially the same form or the issuing of a new rule that is substantially the same, “unless the reissued or new rule is specifically authorized by a law enacted after the date of the joint resolution disapproving the original rule."

If you’re wondering how we got here, follow the money: the 22 Republican senators behind the push to strike down the original ruling have pocketed more than $1.7 million from telecom companies since the 2012 election.

Up next is the House of Representatives, where it’s expected to get the needed number of votes thanks to a Republican-controlled House voting along party lines, and finally Trump’s desk. He’s expected to sign the bill.

CALL, FAX, WRITE your reps and demand that they oppose letting this happen.
* Find your Representative: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
* Use the EFF's https://democracy.io/ site to find them and email them for you
* Use https://resistbot.io/ to turn text messages into fax's to your representatives___

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2017-03-23 14:02:09 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Japanese Robots Rap About Their Artificial Intelligence
“Robot’s Delight – A Lyrical Exposition on Learning by Imitation from Human-Human Interaction”

Japanese Robots Rap About Their Artificial Intelligence
“Robot’s Delight – A Lyrical Exposition on Learning by Imitation from Human-Human Interaction”___

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2017-03-21 19:42:24 (2 comments; 15 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 

Trump Tower was wiretapped!
It turns out there was an FBI wiretap at Trump Tower... from 2011-2013. The FBI had a court-approved warrant to eavesdrop on a sophisticated organized crime money laundering network that operated out of unit 63A in Trump Tower. That's three floors below Trump's penthouse and 30 people were arrested.
Guess who they were? ‬

‪Russians.‬

Trump Tower was wiretapped!
It turns out there was an FBI wiretap at Trump Tower... from 2011-2013. The FBI had a court-approved warrant to eavesdrop on a sophisticated organized crime money laundering network that operated out of unit 63A in Trump Tower. That's three floors below Trump's penthouse and 30 people were arrested.
Guess who they were? ‬

‪Russians.‬___

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2017-03-21 17:54:04 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Donald: The Musical (w/ Tim Minchin, Ben Platt & Abigail Spencer)
OK if this James Corden 'Donald Trump musical' isn't on Broadway by the end of the year then there's something seriously wrong with the world.

Donald: The Musical (w/ Tim Minchin, Ben Platt & Abigail Spencer)
OK if this James Corden 'Donald Trump musical' isn't on Broadway by the end of the year then there's something seriously wrong with the world.___

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2017-03-21 15:29:51 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

RuPaul, JJ Abrams, and Gary Lennon are making a dramedy series
You know this'll werk and sashay right onto screens. RuPaul's rise to fame is going to be a TV show produced by J.J. Abrams and written by Lennon (Orange is the New Black). 

RuPaul, JJ Abrams, and Gary Lennon are making a dramedy series
You know this'll werk and sashay right onto screens. RuPaul's rise to fame is going to be a TV show produced by J.J. Abrams and written by Lennon (Orange is the New Black). ___

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2017-03-21 15:05:13 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Gollum Singing "Time After Time" by Cyndi Lauper
Ian Walters has a spot-on Gollum impersonations. He's been away for a while but just popped back up to drop a perfect Gollum cover of Cyndi Lauper's 'Time After Time'.

(srsly... just close your eyes when you start and it's hard not to picture Gollum)

Gollum Singing "Time After Time" by Cyndi Lauper
Ian Walters has a spot-on Gollum impersonations. He's been away for a while but just popped back up to drop a perfect Gollum cover of Cyndi Lauper's 'Time After Time'.

(srsly... just close your eyes when you start and it's hard not to picture Gollum)___

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2017-03-20 13:19:36 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Neil deGrasse Tyson unloads on Trump in angry tweetstorm
They're called "science" and "facts," Mr. President.

Neil deGrasse Tyson unloads on Trump in angry tweetstorm
They're called "science" and "facts," Mr. President.___

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2017-03-19 01:50:40 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Can Math Prove God's Existence?
hint: it does the opposite

Can Math Prove God's Existence?
hint: it does the opposite___

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2017-03-18 01:00:57 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

WikiLeaks shows us, once again, just how shady it is
Last week Assange promised to work with tech companies to fix their security vulnerabilities in light of the CIA leaks in the interest of protecting users. "We have decided to work with them, to give them some exclusive access to some of the technical details we have, so that fixes can be pushed out."

Yeah well... that may come with a few strings attached. WikiLeaks has reportedly told Apple, Microsoft and Google that it won't share details related to the CIA's hacking techniques until the companies agree to a "a series of conditions." What those conditions are is is unclear at this point but it's hard to claim you're the white knight when protecting users comes with strings attached. 

WikiLeaks shows us, once again, just how shady it is
Last week Assange promised to work with tech companies to fix their security vulnerabilities in light of the CIA leaks in the interest of protecting users. "We have decided to work with them, to give them some exclusive access to some of the technical details we have, so that fixes can be pushed out."

Yeah well... that may come with a few strings attached. WikiLeaks has reportedly told Apple, Microsoft and Google that it won't share details related to the CIA's hacking techniques until the companies agree to a "a series of conditions." What those conditions are is is unclear at this point but it's hard to claim you're the white knight when protecting users comes with strings attached. ___

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2017-03-17 18:15:10 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Trump's Budget Explained
I don't really know what this budget is meant to do aside from raise military spending dramatically while keeping spending almost exactly the same as it is now. It's remarkable how close they kept the actual dollar amount spent. The Bloomberg article below has the best look at some of the individual programs that are being cut.

When looking through sources you might see that different organizations have different numbers for how much has been cut. Different organizations have counted differently. Some don't include the mandatory spending in the number (mandatory spending can increase, but there's no way to stop it from increasing.)

I'm bummed about a lot of this budget. A ton of NASA's Earth Science (which is both efficient and valuable) is being scrapped. So many programs that help people who need it, especially the... more »

Trump's Budget Explained
I don't really know what this budget is meant to do aside from raise military spending dramatically while keeping spending almost exactly the same as it is now. It's remarkable how close they kept the actual dollar amount spent. The Bloomberg article below has the best look at some of the individual programs that are being cut.

When looking through sources you might see that different organizations have different numbers for how much has been cut. Different organizations have counted differently. Some don't include the mandatory spending in the number (mandatory spending can increase, but there's no way to stop it from increasing.)

I'm bummed about a lot of this budget. A ton of NASA's Earth Science (which is both efficient and valuable) is being scrapped. So many programs that help people who need it, especially the after-school and educational assistance programs. It will be interesting to see how the fight goes in congress.

(all sources are in the doobleydoo on the video)___

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2017-03-17 14:04:25 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Try not to cry watching a young Mr. Rogers support the newly formed non-profit Corporation for Public Broadcasting
On May 1, 1969, Fred Rogers, host of the (then) recently nationally syndicated children's television series, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (named Misterogers' Neighborhood at the time), testified before the Senate Committee on Commerce Subcommittee on Communications to defend $20 million in federal funding proposed for the newly formed non-profit Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which was at risk of being reduced to $10 million. Subcommittee chairman, Senator John Pastore (D-RI), unfamiliar with Fred Rogers, is initially abrasive toward him. Over the course of Rogers' 6 minutes of testimony, Pastore's demeanor gradually transitions to one of awe and admiration as Rogers speaks.

Of course, all this talk about public TV feels more important than ever,... more »

Try not to cry watching a young Mr. Rogers support the newly formed non-profit Corporation for Public Broadcasting
On May 1, 1969, Fred Rogers, host of the (then) recently nationally syndicated children's television series, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (named Misterogers' Neighborhood at the time), testified before the Senate Committee on Commerce Subcommittee on Communications to defend $20 million in federal funding proposed for the newly formed non-profit Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which was at risk of being reduced to $10 million. Subcommittee chairman, Senator John Pastore (D-RI), unfamiliar with Fred Rogers, is initially abrasive toward him. Over the course of Rogers' 6 minutes of testimony, Pastore's demeanor gradually transitions to one of awe and admiration as Rogers speaks.

Of course, all this talk about public TV feels more important than ever, given the Trump Administration's plans to eliminate the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (which funds PBS, where Sesame Street still airs, despite the show being sold to HBO) as well as three other independent agencies for culture and the arts.

In Mr. Roger's speech from the late 1960s, he touches on the importance of his own programs, which deal with the "inner dramas" of childhood in a way that can't be done with privately funded cartoons airing elsewhere, he said.

"We don't need to bop someone over the head to make drama on the screen," he told the committee. "We deal with such things as getting a haircut or the feelings about brothers and sisters or the kind of anger that arises in simple family situations. And we speak to it constructively."

The beloved TV host seems ahead of his time, explaining exactly why the physical health of children isn't the only thing to be worried about.

"I feel that if we, in public television, can only make it clear that feelings are mentionable and manageable," he said. "We will have done a great service for mental health."

The song he later recites will literally melt your heart. We still miss you, Mr. Rogers.

src: http://mashable.com/2017/03/16/mr-rogers-defends-public-tv-trump/
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2017-03-17 02:05:17 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Oxford comma decides court case
So rejoice, grammar nerds, and know that the law is on our side.

Oxford comma decides court case
So rejoice, grammar nerds, and know that the law is on our side.___

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2017-03-16 14:07:35 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

How long does it take to read Amazon Kindle's terms and conditions?
It turns out that it will take you 8 hours and 59 minutes to read the whole set of terms and conditions. 

How long does it take to read Amazon Kindle's terms and conditions?
It turns out that it will take you 8 hours and 59 minutes to read the whole set of terms and conditions. ___

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2017-03-16 13:46:52 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Interactive map shows which states protect against LGBT discrimination
The map comes from Reuters and you can hover over each state for more information. If you’d like to see more about how your state fares, head over to the MAP website for more maps and charts that can help you decide on your next vacation—or where to move if you want to live in a less bigoted place.

http://www.lgbtmap.org/equality-maps

Interactive map shows which states protect against LGBT discrimination
The map comes from Reuters and you can hover over each state for more information. If you’d like to see more about how your state fares, head over to the MAP website for more maps and charts that can help you decide on your next vacation—or where to move if you want to live in a less bigoted place.

http://www.lgbtmap.org/equality-maps___

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2017-03-16 13:43:36 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Scientists want to make a telescope out of the Sun
A team of researchers from the NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab have proposed using the biggest object in our solar system, the Sun, as a cosmic magnifying glass. There's the catch of getting the telescope in position with the sun and how long that would take. However, if it were done then instead of capturing an image a that's a couple of pixels we'd be able to capture 1000x1000 pixel images -- enough to see a 10km square of a planet's surface -- from 100 light years away. The Hubble can't even manage that when looking at Mars. 

Scientists want to make a telescope out of the Sun
A team of researchers from the NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab have proposed using the biggest object in our solar system, the Sun, as a cosmic magnifying glass. There's the catch of getting the telescope in position with the sun and how long that would take. However, if it were done then instead of capturing an image a that's a couple of pixels we'd be able to capture 1000x1000 pixel images -- enough to see a 10km square of a planet's surface -- from 100 light years away. The Hubble can't even manage that when looking at Mars. ___

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2017-03-16 01:57:41 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

AG Jeff Sessions just contrasted marijuana use with opioid use
"I realize this may be an unfashionable belief in a time of growing tolerance of drug use. But too many lives are at stake to worry about being fashionable. I reject the idea that America will be a better place if marijuana is sold in every corner store. And I am astonished to hear people suggest that we can solve our heroin crisis by legalizing marijuana – so people can trade one life-wrecking dependency for another that’s only slightly less awful. Our nation needs to say clearly once again that using drugs will destroy your life."

NOT.THE.SAME. I'll hear every single argument as to why pot shouldn't be legal. I think there are valid discussions to be had. I'll probably agree, at least in some part, to some of what would be brought up. However, any attempt to equate using pot to the opioidcri... more »

AG Jeff Sessions just contrasted marijuana use with opioid use
"I realize this may be an unfashionable belief in a time of growing tolerance of drug use. But too many lives are at stake to worry about being fashionable. I reject the idea that America will be a better place if marijuana is sold in every corner store. And I am astonished to hear people suggest that we can solve our heroin crisis by legalizing marijuana – so people can trade one life-wrecking dependency for another that’s only slightly less awful. Our nation needs to say clearly once again that using drugs will destroy your life."

NOT.THE.SAME. I'll hear every single argument as to why pot shouldn't be legal. I think there are valid discussions to be had. I'll probably agree, at least in some part, to some of what would be brought up. However, any attempt to equate using pot to the opioid crisis is ignorant of facts and disrespectful of those who have, or currently are, suffering under the opioid epidemic - much of which is LEGAL right now BTW (and intentional or not as AG he should know the difference - kinda like if he DID or DID NOT talk with Russia).

I've lost people to one. I've never lost anyone to the other. Fuck.this.guy. ___

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2017-03-14 18:35:26 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Signal's encrypted video calling is now available to all
As with texts and calls, video is encrypted end-to-end, so nobody, including spy agencies, can eavesdrop on your business.

"You can now place peer-to-peer (P2P) calls rather than going through Signal's server like before, reducing call latency. To make sure that your privacy is preserved, however, it'll only do that if you initiate the call or receive one from a known contact. That way, your IP address and location won't be exposed, as can happen in a P2P situation.

If desired, you can also change a setting to make calls through Signal's service and avoid P2P altogether. To improve privacy, the company recently added a "domain fronting" option, routing all messages through Google's domain to stop governments in nations like Egypt from blocking them."

Despite the... more »

Signal's encrypted video calling is now available to all
As with texts and calls, video is encrypted end-to-end, so nobody, including spy agencies, can eavesdrop on your business.

"You can now place peer-to-peer (P2P) calls rather than going through Signal's server like before, reducing call latency. To make sure that your privacy is preserved, however, it'll only do that if you initiate the call or receive one from a known contact. That way, your IP address and location won't be exposed, as can happen in a P2P situation.

If desired, you can also change a setting to make calls through Signal's service and avoid P2P altogether. To improve privacy, the company recently added a "domain fronting" option, routing all messages through Google's domain to stop governments in nations like Egypt from blocking them."

Despite the crappy messaging by Wikileaks government agencies can only intercept communications if they gain complete access to your phone. Signal is still secure.

src: https://whispersystems.org/blog/signal-video-calls/
src: https://www.engadget.com/2017/03/14/signals-encrypted-video-calling-is-now-available-to-all/
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2017-03-14 18:22:11 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

A new executive order empowers the White House to dismantle federal agencies it doesn't like
Called the 'Presidential Executive Order on a Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch' the directive's stated goal is to improve the "efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability" of federal agencies. That all sounds innocuous enough until you realize it allows the head of every agency of the government to submit a plan within the next six months to eliminate part OR ALL of any executive branch agency.

Read that last part again and then consider what the executive branch includes:
* Dept. of Energy - headed by Rick Perry who said he wanted to shut it down during his campaign for president
* EPA - headed by Scott Pruitt who has been battling the EPA for years
* State - headed by friend-of-Putin, Rex Tillerson, who it was also just... more »

A new executive order empowers the White House to dismantle federal agencies it doesn't like
Called the 'Presidential Executive Order on a Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch' the directive's stated goal is to improve the "efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability" of federal agencies. That all sounds innocuous enough until you realize it allows the head of every agency of the government to submit a plan within the next six months to eliminate part OR ALL of any executive branch agency.

Read that last part again and then consider what the executive branch includes:
* Dept. of Energy - headed by Rick Perry who said he wanted to shut it down during his campaign for president
* EPA - headed by Scott Pruitt who has been battling the EPA for years
* State - headed by friend-of-Putin, Rex Tillerson, who it was also just revealed used an alias email account while Exxon CEO to discuss climate change
* Dep. of Education - headed by Betsy DeVos who does not believe in public education
* Treasury - headed by Goldman Sachs exec. Steve Mnuchin, who has every reason to gut every aspect of financial regulation
* Justice - headed by Jeff Sessions, who basically doesn't believe in justice for anyone but white men and who lied under oath about talking with Russians (and used Trump campaign funds for the travel, rather than official Senate Armed Services Committee funds)

And on and on and on and on it goes. I suppose on the plus side this order doesn't attempt to ban a religious group from the United States?

Read the full thing here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/03/13/presidential-executive-order-comprehensive-plan-reorganizing-executive___

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2017-03-14 17:36:33 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

The secretary of state used an alias email to talk climate change
His alias... Rex Tillerson. Sounds like maybe he and Carlos Danger should do a flick together. Two sleazy liars. 

The secretary of state used an alias email to talk climate change
His alias... Rex Tillerson. Sounds like maybe he and Carlos Danger should do a flick together. Two sleazy liars. ___

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2017-03-14 16:51:15 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

YO-YO... you've never seen Freebird performed this way
Evan Nagao was a US finalist in the European Yo-Yo Championship and man is this guy amazing. So amazing that at times you can't even hear the music because the crowd is going insane at the tricks this guy is pulling off. If you've got three minutes to spare... this is something worth your time. 

YO-YO... you've never seen Freebird performed this way
Evan Nagao was a US finalist in the European Yo-Yo Championship and man is this guy amazing. So amazing that at times you can't even hear the music because the crowd is going insane at the tricks this guy is pulling off. If you've got three minutes to spare... this is something worth your time. ___

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2017-03-13 17:25:49 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Secular parents are doing a better job
Sociologist Phil Zuckerman discusses how studies show what 'nones' have always known - not believing in something supernatural isn't synonymous with being amoral. Parents who raise their kids without religion are doing just fine and possibly even better than their religious peers. Overall, not believing in God seems to make people and their offspring more tolerant, less racist, less sexist, Enviro-friendly, and their kids care less about what's cool.

A few stand out items:
"So how does the raising of upstanding, moral children work without prayers at mealtimes and morality lessons at Sunday school? Quite well, it seems.

Far from being dysfunctional, nihilistic and rudderless without the security and rectitude of religion, secular households provide a sound and solid foundation for children, according to Vern... more »

Secular parents are doing a better job
Sociologist Phil Zuckerman discusses how studies show what 'nones' have always known - not believing in something supernatural isn't synonymous with being amoral. Parents who raise their kids without religion are doing just fine and possibly even better than their religious peers. Overall, not believing in God seems to make people and their offspring more tolerant, less racist, less sexist, Enviro-friendly, and their kids care less about what's cool.

A few stand out items:
"So how does the raising of upstanding, moral children work without prayers at mealtimes and morality lessons at Sunday school? Quite well, it seems.

Far from being dysfunctional, nihilistic and rudderless without the security and rectitude of religion, secular households provide a sound and solid foundation for children, according to Vern Bengston, a USC professor of gerontology and sociology."

Bengston (mentioned above) supervised a 40-year study of religion and family life across generations—the largest ever coordinated—called the Longitudinal Study of Generations. He recently added atheist or agnostic families to the mix alongside the rise in their self-reported numbers. And rather than discovering families unbound by the glue of God, performing nightly Satanic rituals in lieu of a nutritious dinner, he found… functional families with actual ethics and values and shit.

"He was surprised by what he found: High levels of family solidarity and emotional closeness between parents and nonreligious youth, and strong ethical standards and moral values that had been clearly articulated as they were imparted to the next generation.

"Many nonreligious parents were more coherent and passionate about their ethical principles than some of the 'religious' parents in our study," Bengston told me. "The vast majority appeared to live goal-filled lives characterized by moral direction and sense of life having a purpose."

Chief among those: rational problem solving, personal autonomy, independence of thought, avoidance of corporal punishment, a spirit of "questioning everything" and, far above all, empathy."

It turns out that the Golden Rule thing... doing unto others as you would have them do unto you, is, Zuckerman writes, "an ancient, universal ethical imperative. And it requires no supernatural beliefs."

"Studies have found that secular teenagers are far less likely to care what the "cool kids" think, or express a need to fit in with them, than their religious peers. When these teens mature into "godless" adults, they exhibit less racism than their religious counterparts, according to a 2010 Duke University study. Many psychological studies show that secular grownups tend to be less vengeful, less nationalistic, less militaristic, less authoritarian and more tolerant, on average, than religious adults.

Secular adults are more likely to understand and accept the science concerning global warming, and to support women's equality and gay rights. One telling fact from the criminology field: Atheists were almost absent from our prison population as of the late 1990s, comprising less than half of 1% of those behind bars, according to Federal Bureau of Prisons statistics. This echoes what the criminology field has documented for more than a century — the unaffiliated and the nonreligious engage in far fewer crimes."

This just goes to show that raising a child in religion simply isn't requiring when raising a child. ___

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2017-03-13 17:13:06 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

The Teletubbies Perform 'Get Ur Freak On'
The footage has been so perfectly cut that you might start to believe the Teletubbies are the ones flawlessly dropping Miss Elliott's lyrics.

The Teletubbies Perform 'Get Ur Freak On'
The footage has been so perfectly cut that you might start to believe the Teletubbies are the ones flawlessly dropping Miss Elliott's lyrics.___

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2017-03-10 19:45:37 (7 comments; 16 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

New GOP bill would let companies force employees to get genetic tests AND share the results
A new bill that is quietly moving through the House would allow companies to strong-arm their employees into taking genetic tests and then sharing that data with unregulated third parties as well as the employer. Employees that resist could face penalties of thousands of dollars.

On Wednesday, the House Education and the Workforce Committee approved HR 1313 along party lines. At this point it should be no surprise that it was 22 Republicans supporting and 17 Democrats opposing the bill.

New GOP bill would let companies force employees to get genetic tests AND share the results
A new bill that is quietly moving through the House would allow companies to strong-arm their employees into taking genetic tests and then sharing that data with unregulated third parties as well as the employer. Employees that resist could face penalties of thousands of dollars.

On Wednesday, the House Education and the Workforce Committee approved HR 1313 along party lines. At this point it should be no surprise that it was 22 Republicans supporting and 17 Democrats opposing the bill.___

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2017-03-10 19:40:55 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

White Evangelical Republicans think they have it worse than everyone else
PRRI released a new survey today focused on transgender bathrooms and religious liberty, a few results show just how much white evangelical Christians reject reality. And boy do they reject reality... for instance:
* They think they are more discriminated against then Muslims
* By a margin of 2-1 they believe business owners SHOULD be allowed to discriminate against LGBT customers
* A majority (57%) of Republicans do not believe gay and lesbian people face a lot of discrimination

So Republicans think Christians have it as bad, if not worse, as black people, LGBT people, immigrants, and Muslims. That... is freaking delusional. 

White Evangelical Republicans think they have it worse than everyone else
PRRI released a new survey today focused on transgender bathrooms and religious liberty, a few results show just how much white evangelical Christians reject reality. And boy do they reject reality... for instance:
* They think they are more discriminated against then Muslims
* By a margin of 2-1 they believe business owners SHOULD be allowed to discriminate against LGBT customers
* A majority (57%) of Republicans do not believe gay and lesbian people face a lot of discrimination

So Republicans think Christians have it as bad, if not worse, as black people, LGBT people, immigrants, and Muslims. That... is freaking delusional. ___

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2017-03-10 19:28:03 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

The Origins of Various Superstitions
You should not fear "bad signs" or superstitious mumbo jumbo. We should all know better than to fear certain numbers (like the number thirteen here in the US) or actions (walking under a ladder) that are nothing more than silly superstitions. But it’s fascinating to learn where those superstitions came from - hint a lot of them come from religion (like the number thirteen!). Knowing where these myths come from makes it easier to dismiss them, see them as illogical beliefs, and know that they are not worth taking seriously.

You can see a full lesson on the topic here: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/where-do-superstitions-come-from-stuart-vyse

The Origins of Various Superstitions
You should not fear "bad signs" or superstitious mumbo jumbo. We should all know better than to fear certain numbers (like the number thirteen here in the US) or actions (walking under a ladder) that are nothing more than silly superstitions. But it’s fascinating to learn where those superstitions came from - hint a lot of them come from religion (like the number thirteen!). Knowing where these myths come from makes it easier to dismiss them, see them as illogical beliefs, and know that they are not worth taking seriously.

You can see a full lesson on the topic here: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/where-do-superstitions-come-from-stuart-vyse___

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2017-03-09 00:53:23 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

The White House’s favorite ‘secure’ messaging app is riddled with bugs
Security researchers from Seattle-based cybersecurity firm IOActive have discovered numerous critical flaws in Confide, the "secure" messaging app that Republicans in D.C., including members of the Trump administration, have reportedly been using underwent an audit by cybersecurity firm IOActive. Turns out... not so secure.

The White House’s favorite ‘secure’ messaging app is riddled with bugs
Security researchers from Seattle-based cybersecurity firm IOActive have discovered numerous critical flaws in Confide, the "secure" messaging app that Republicans in D.C., including members of the Trump administration, have reportedly been using underwent an audit by cybersecurity firm IOActive. Turns out... not so secure.___

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2017-03-09 00:48:35 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

GOP senators’ new bill would let ISPs sell your Web browsing data
Republican senators yesterday introduced legislation that would overturn new privacy rules for Internet service providers. If the Federal Communications Commission rules are eliminated, ISPs would not have to get consumers' explicit consent before selling or sharing Web browsing data and other private information with advertisers and other third parties.

The requirement to get the opt-in consent of consumers before sharing information covered geo-location data, financial and health information, children’s information, Social Security numbers, Web browsing history, app usage history, and the content of communications. 

GOP senators’ new bill would let ISPs sell your Web browsing data
Republican senators yesterday introduced legislation that would overturn new privacy rules for Internet service providers. If the Federal Communications Commission rules are eliminated, ISPs would not have to get consumers' explicit consent before selling or sharing Web browsing data and other private information with advertisers and other third parties.

The requirement to get the opt-in consent of consumers before sharing information covered geo-location data, financial and health information, children’s information, Social Security numbers, Web browsing history, app usage history, and the content of communications. ___

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2017-03-08 14:18:23 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Girls Just Want To Have Fun(damental Rights)
The Oxford Belles, an all-female a cappella group from Oxford University, just dropped an awesome version of Cindy Lauper's song for International Women's Day 2017.

The video not only features the a cappella group's mellifluous singing, it also shows leading Oxford academics holding signs with feminist messages for International Women's Day. "Why does the term career woman exist when the term career man never has?" reads a sign by lecturer Mary McMenamin.

Happy International Women's Day!

And before it's asked... yes there is an International Men's Day. An official one, rather than the regular days where we get more pay and power and privilege. It's Nov 19th so STFU. 

Girls Just Want To Have Fun(damental Rights)
The Oxford Belles, an all-female a cappella group from Oxford University, just dropped an awesome version of Cindy Lauper's song for International Women's Day 2017.

The video not only features the a cappella group's mellifluous singing, it also shows leading Oxford academics holding signs with feminist messages for International Women's Day. "Why does the term career woman exist when the term career man never has?" reads a sign by lecturer Mary McMenamin.

Happy International Women's Day!

And before it's asked... yes there is an International Men's Day. An official one, rather than the regular days where we get more pay and power and privilege. It's Nov 19th so STFU. ___

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2017-03-07 19:36:30 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Arkansas bill wants to let teachers promote creationism and Intelligent Design in science class
Creationism and Intelligent Design should not be taught in science classes. It's not science. It's fine if you'd like to have them in a world religion class but these concepts have no scientific evidence backing the claims they make.

This is preaching and not teaching. Also, I'd bet $10 that they're only wanting to preach the creationism myth of Christianity and not the myths of the: Cherokee, Sumeria, Greek, Maya, Islam, Buddhism, etc.

If you're interested in other creation myths check out the +CrashCourse Mythology videos that just started up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeX6CX5LEj0

Arkansas bill wants to let teachers promote creationism and Intelligent Design in science class
Creationism and Intelligent Design should not be taught in science classes. It's not science. It's fine if you'd like to have them in a world religion class but these concepts have no scientific evidence backing the claims they make.

This is preaching and not teaching. Also, I'd bet $10 that they're only wanting to preach the creationism myth of Christianity and not the myths of the: Cherokee, Sumeria, Greek, Maya, Islam, Buddhism, etc.

If you're interested in other creation myths check out the +CrashCourse Mythology videos that just started up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeX6CX5LEj0___

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2017-03-07 15:17:25 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Wikileaks dump alleges the CIA can hack pretty much all the things
Wikileaks claims this document dump is the first in a series it's calling "Vault 7." The group says it's the largest release of documents pertaining to the CIA in the agency's history.

"To give you a better idea of the sheer volume of leaked documents, the total number of pages published in Vault 7 already surpasses the first three years of the Edward Snowden NSA leaks."

Wikileaks dump alleges the CIA can hack pretty much all the things
Wikileaks claims this document dump is the first in a series it's calling "Vault 7." The group says it's the largest release of documents pertaining to the CIA in the agency's history.

"To give you a better idea of the sheer volume of leaked documents, the total number of pages published in Vault 7 already surpasses the first three years of the Edward Snowden NSA leaks."___

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2017-03-04 18:30:32 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Breakdancing with Smoke Grenades
OK World Wide show off their spinning talents, with the added bonus of colorful trails of smoke being emitted from their feet. The drone shots from above are pretty wicked. 

Breakdancing with Smoke Grenades
OK World Wide show off their spinning talents, with the added bonus of colorful trails of smoke being emitted from their feet. The drone shots from above are pretty wicked. ___

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2017-03-04 18:10:04 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Deadpool 2 teaser trailer
Wait for it.... wait for iiiiit.... 

Deadpool 2 teaser trailer
Wait for it.... wait for iiiiit.... ___

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2017-03-04 17:59:31 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Lady Gaga, Metallica Grammy's dress rehearsal performance
AKA... this is what you should have heard had there not been an issue with Hetfield’s mic. Pretty beast. 

Lady Gaga, Metallica Grammy's dress rehearsal performance
AKA... this is what you should have heard had there not been an issue with Hetfield’s mic. Pretty beast. ___

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2017-03-04 17:32:37 (26 comments; 2 reshares; 204 +1s; )Open 

Facebook's fake news solution rolling out
I mean according to them they didn't have a fake news problem but... well... they're implementing a fix for one. the tool identifies links to sites known to produce misinformation. The tool cites third-party fact-checking organizations like Snopes and Politifact—the kind of sites that Trump supporters also like to dispute—and you'll see it indicate the content was disputed by those organizations. 

Facebook's fake news solution rolling out
I mean according to them they didn't have a fake news problem but... well... they're implementing a fix for one. the tool identifies links to sites known to produce misinformation. The tool cites third-party fact-checking organizations like Snopes and Politifact—the kind of sites that Trump supporters also like to dispute—and you'll see it indicate the content was disputed by those organizations. ___

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2017-03-03 19:42:25 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

The mythic rationale of Wall Street's usefulness to Main Street is mostly a myth
"...less than one-fifth of Wall Street’s capital goes to “main street.” They take the rest... now shuttup with that invisible hand bullshit. 

The mythic rationale of Wall Street's usefulness to Main Street is mostly a myth
"...less than one-fifth of Wall Street’s capital goes to “main street.” They take the rest... now shuttup with that invisible hand bullshit. ___

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2017-03-01 13:52:24 (26 comments; 1 reshares; 78 +1s; )Open 

OSX Facebook app makes your friends wait for your messages… forever
Available for Mac, Godotify is a hilarious tool for Facebook that lets you master-troll your friends by making them wait for your messages… forever. The amusing app essentially shows the typing indicator to anyone that opens a chat box with you, making it seem as if you’re typing a response – even though you’re not.

As long as you keep it running in the background, Godotify will keep a count on how long you’re friends have been waiting for your responses. It will also send you notifications anytime a new friends gets on the queue.

src: https://thenextweb.com/facebook/2017/03/01/facebook-app-keeps-friends-waiting/

OSX Facebook app makes your friends wait for your messages… forever
Available for Mac, Godotify is a hilarious tool for Facebook that lets you master-troll your friends by making them wait for your messages… forever. The amusing app essentially shows the typing indicator to anyone that opens a chat box with you, making it seem as if you’re typing a response – even though you’re not.

As long as you keep it running in the background, Godotify will keep a count on how long you’re friends have been waiting for your responses. It will also send you notifications anytime a new friends gets on the queue.

src: https://thenextweb.com/facebook/2017/03/01/facebook-app-keeps-friends-waiting/___

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2017-03-01 13:50:20 (2 comments; 3 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

Congresswomen in white troll Trump to his face during joint address
'Not the white power Trump intended.#JointSession' -The Daily Show

"Dozens dressed in white and filled the rows of seats right in Trump's line of vision to call out for women's rights.

Their color choice dates back to the suffragettes of the early 1900s, who were known for wearing white while campaigning to bring voting rights to women."

src: https://goo.gl/7DWL0a

Congresswomen in white troll Trump to his face during joint address
'Not the white power Trump intended.#JointSession' -The Daily Show

"Dozens dressed in white and filled the rows of seats right in Trump's line of vision to call out for women's rights.

Their color choice dates back to the suffragettes of the early 1900s, who were known for wearing white while campaigning to bring voting rights to women."

src: https://goo.gl/7DWL0a___

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2017-02-28 21:27:29 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Google is gunning for Cable TV
Google just announced YouTube TV. At a cost of $35/month you can access live and recorded content on 40 networks including CBS, Fox, NBC CBS, USA, FX, a bunch of sports programming (and you can add ShowTime for an extra fee). Local networks for your area, up to six users, AND unlimited cloud DVR storage will be included so you can add any TV series or sports broadcast to your favorites and it'll save all of them for you. 

Google is gunning for Cable TV
Google just announced YouTube TV. At a cost of $35/month you can access live and recorded content on 40 networks including CBS, Fox, NBC CBS, USA, FX, a bunch of sports programming (and you can add ShowTime for an extra fee). Local networks for your area, up to six users, AND unlimited cloud DVR storage will be included so you can add any TV series or sports broadcast to your favorites and it'll save all of them for you. ___

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2017-02-28 18:54:50 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

FCC head incorrectly thinks he's responsible for unlimited plans and that they're good for consumers
For one... T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T were already offering unlimited plans before Pai became head of the FCC. So Verizon has started offering it. Verizons decision likely has more to do with feeling the pressure of competition. It's revenue was in decline and new subscribers were stalling... contrast that with T-Mobile who saw 30% net income AND subscriber growth.

Unlimited plans aren't necessarily a good thing WHEN the FCC allows what's called “zero-rating." A better way to phrase this is "sponsored data". In other words, your data is free for certain services (YouTube, Spotify, whatever). That sounds great until you realize it's doing the exact opposite of what the notion of Net Neutrality was supposed to be. It allows specific contentp... more »

FCC head incorrectly thinks he's responsible for unlimited plans and that they're good for consumers
For one... T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T were already offering unlimited plans before Pai became head of the FCC. So Verizon has started offering it. Verizons decision likely has more to do with feeling the pressure of competition. It's revenue was in decline and new subscribers were stalling... contrast that with T-Mobile who saw 30% net income AND subscriber growth.

Unlimited plans aren't necessarily a good thing WHEN the FCC allows what's called “zero-rating." A better way to phrase this is "sponsored data". In other words, your data is free for certain services (YouTube, Spotify, whatever). That sounds great until you realize it's doing the exact opposite of what the notion of Net Neutrality was supposed to be. It allows specific content priority access at no cost to the consumer. But who pays for that? Either the carrier or the company wanting it to be free. This limits competition. The NEXT YouTube or Spotify cannot compete when the giant and already established company pays to keep the little guy out. ___

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2017-02-27 14:30:10 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Microsoft will soon let you block desktop apps from installing on Windows 10
It looks like the Redmond giant really wants people using their Windows Store to get their apps. The plus side is that this is opt-in (it's off by default) and you have to enable it... for now.

You will have the option to allow or block the installation of Win32 apps altogether, as well as the alternative to give priority to Windows Store apps without blocking standard desktop software – this will likely prompt you to approve installation any time you try running non-store apps.

The move might make it less likely for people like my mom to infect her computer, but I can see many thinking it's Microsoft forcing out competitors. I certainly want to be able to install apps from anywhere I want. However, it would be nice if more of the apps I want are in the Windows Store... if for no otherr... more »

Microsoft will soon let you block desktop apps from installing on Windows 10
It looks like the Redmond giant really wants people using their Windows Store to get their apps. The plus side is that this is opt-in (it's off by default) and you have to enable it... for now.

You will have the option to allow or block the installation of Win32 apps altogether, as well as the alternative to give priority to Windows Store apps without blocking standard desktop software – this will likely prompt you to approve installation any time you try running non-store apps.

The move might make it less likely for people like my mom to infect her computer, but I can see many thinking it's Microsoft forcing out competitors. I certainly want to be able to install apps from anywhere I want. However, it would be nice if more of the apps I want are in the Windows Store... if for no other reason than that it could help keep all apps up to date without the need for things like Ninite and PatchMyPC. ___

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2017-02-23 23:07:02 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Republican led FCC will lets “billion-dollar” ISPs hide fees and data caps*
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai argued that requiring ISPs to "devote scarce resources" to filling out paperwork instead of deploying broadband is "not in the interest of the consumer."

Except that the White House's Office of Management and Budget found that complying with the transparency rule enhancements "would take each broadband provider 6.8 hours annually."

So now 9.7 million subscribers will be deprived of information such as:
* Price—the full monthly service charge. Any promotional rates should be clearly noted as such, specify the duration of the promotional period, and note the full monthly service charge the consumer will incur after the expiration of the promotional period.

* Other fees—all additional one-time and/or recurring fees and/orsurchar... more »

Republican led FCC will lets “billion-dollar” ISPs hide fees and data caps*
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai argued that requiring ISPs to "devote scarce resources" to filling out paperwork instead of deploying broadband is "not in the interest of the consumer."

Except that the White House's Office of Management and Budget found that complying with the transparency rule enhancements "would take each broadband provider 6.8 hours annually."

So now 9.7 million subscribers will be deprived of information such as:
* Price—the full monthly service charge. Any promotional rates should be clearly noted as such, specify the duration of the promotional period, and note the full monthly service charge the consumer will incur after the expiration of the promotional period.

* Other fees—all additional one-time and/or recurring fees and/or surcharges the consumer may incur either to initiate, maintain, or discontinue service, including the name, definition, and cost of each additional fee. These may include modem rental fees, installation fees, service charges, and early termination fees, among others.

* Data caps and allowances—any data caps or allowances that are a part of the plan the consumer is purchasing, as well as the consequences of exceeding the cap or allowance (e.g., additional charges, loss of service for the remainder of the billing cycle).___

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2017-02-23 00:43:39 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) has a panel discussion called “If Heaven Has a Gate, A Wall, and Extreme Vetting, Why Can’t America?”
Shouldn't they maybe shy away from using the term Heaven's Gate? Also, Heaven doesn’t have extreme vetting. If that were the case then why is it so often touted that If you accept the divinity of Jesus then you’re in.

http://cpac.conservative.org/agenda/

Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) has a panel discussion called “If Heaven Has a Gate, A Wall, and Extreme Vetting, Why Can’t America?”
Shouldn't they maybe shy away from using the term Heaven's Gate? Also, Heaven doesn’t have extreme vetting. If that were the case then why is it so often touted that If you accept the divinity of Jesus then you’re in.

http://cpac.conservative.org/agenda/___

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2017-02-23 00:31:41 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Congressional leaders take a stand against idiot anti-vaxxers
Finally a little good news from the government. Recall that Trump has not only met with leaders of this anti-vax movement, but also considered appointing an anti-vaxxer to a committee charged with investigating ‘vaccine safety.’

In response, a bipartisan group of House and Senate health committee leaders is sending their colleagues in Washington a clear message: vaccines save lives.

A letter released Tuesday and signed by six key legislative voices on public health issues (including Republican Senator Lamar Alexander, and Democratic Senator Patty Murray) states, “As Members of Congress, we have a critical role to play in supporting the availability and use of vaccines to protect Americans from deadly diseases.

Already this year, states and communities around the country have reported outbreaksof me... more »

Congressional leaders take a stand against idiot anti-vaxxers
Finally a little good news from the government. Recall that Trump has not only met with leaders of this anti-vax movement, but also considered appointing an anti-vaxxer to a committee charged with investigating ‘vaccine safety.’

In response, a bipartisan group of House and Senate health committee leaders is sending their colleagues in Washington a clear message: vaccines save lives.

A letter released Tuesday and signed by six key legislative voices on public health issues (including Republican Senator Lamar Alexander, and Democratic Senator Patty Murray) states, “As Members of Congress, we have a critical role to play in supporting the availability and use of vaccines to protect Americans from deadly diseases.

Already this year, states and communities around the country have reported outbreaks of measles, mumps and whooping cough,” they wrote. “The reason for these outbreaks vary, but we know there are increasing trends around the country that have led to lower vaccination rates in some communities, allowing outbreaks of infectious diseases to take hold with increasing frequency.”

You can find it online here: http://www.help.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/Vaccine%20Dear%20Colleague%202.21.17.pdf
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2017-02-23 00:25:27 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Emails of Trumps EPA pick while Oklahoma attorney general released
Any surprised that they contain things that might make you raise an eyebrow? The Oklahoma attorney general’s office has been ordered to release even more e-mails pertaining to later records requests made by CMD by February 27.

To be fair... I wasn't so sure about Wheeler when he took charge of the FCC. In my opinion he did a great job serving the people and did so in the spirit of the organization. We'll see about Pruitt. 

Emails of Trumps EPA pick while Oklahoma attorney general released
Any surprised that they contain things that might make you raise an eyebrow? The Oklahoma attorney general’s office has been ordered to release even more e-mails pertaining to later records requests made by CMD by February 27.

To be fair... I wasn't so sure about Wheeler when he took charge of the FCC. In my opinion he did a great job serving the people and did so in the spirit of the organization. We'll see about Pruitt. ___

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2017-02-23 00:18:43 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Check out which bridges in your area are structurally deficient
If you’re wondering how safe the bridges in your area are, this web tool can tell you.

The tool, from Denise Lu and Dan Keating at The Washington Post, covers every single bridge-covered county in the United States. Mouse over the map to find your county, then give it a click. You’ll be given some quick stats about the county overall, but you can click “See county details” to get an in-depth look at all the bridges in your neighborhood. You’ll see a map with all the bridges in your area, each with their own rating of either “good,” “functionally obsolete,” or “structurally deficient.” Bridges considered “functionally obsolete” or “structurally deficient” aren’t necessarily about to collapse, but they could be unsafe, and bridges in those categories are in need of repair and may have postedload limits.

h/t: h... more »

Check out which bridges in your area are structurally deficient
If you’re wondering how safe the bridges in your area are, this web tool can tell you.

The tool, from Denise Lu and Dan Keating at The Washington Post, covers every single bridge-covered county in the United States. Mouse over the map to find your county, then give it a click. You’ll be given some quick stats about the county overall, but you can click “See county details” to get an in-depth look at all the bridges in your neighborhood. You’ll see a map with all the bridges in your area, each with their own rating of either “good,” “functionally obsolete,” or “structurally deficient.” Bridges considered “functionally obsolete” or “structurally deficient” aren’t necessarily about to collapse, but they could be unsafe, and bridges in those categories are in need of repair and may have posted load limits.

h/t: https://goo.gl/xfsl7A___

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A special service of CircleCount.com is the following button.

The button shows the number of followers you have directly on a small button. You can add this button to your website, like the +1-Button of Google or the Like-Button of Facebook.



You can add this button directly in your website. For more information about the CircleCount Buttons and the description how to add them to another page click here.

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