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(01-07-2014 03:42 AM)EVILYOSHIDA Wrote: [ -> ]he deserves to stay in prison.

he obviously committed those murders. anyone who denies that is a fool

OJ is too stupid to be released from prison.

Kills 2 people, gets away with it.

Deals drugs in Florida, is present during a raid, but gets off because he didn't have anything on him.

Finally, he was caught in NV and is now serving the sentence that he should have been serving all along.
(01-08-2014 10:34 AM)EVILYOSHIDA Wrote: [ -> ]^ that is just sad.

It really is. This nation has truely fallen apart when those who want to work are lumped into the same group as those unwilling to work. Even Lord Bertrand Russell would not approve of this system, and that is saying a lot.
duckduckgo-logoThe Guardian reported yesterday DuckDuckGo, the search engine that keeps user searches private, is now up to four million queries per day, with over a billion queries performed on the anonymous search engine during 2013.

Prior to the PRISM scandal that revealed the NSA was regularly tracking searches on major search engines, DuckDuckGo averaged approximately 1.5 million queries a day says the Guardian. “In the weeks and months following the Guardian’s publication of the NSA files, the number of [DuckDuckGo] users more than doubled,” writes Guardian reporter Alex Hern.

The Guardian claims DuckDuckGo’s activity has continued to increase, with a record 4,452,957 searches performed on January 7 of this year, DuckDuckGo’s “biggest” day so far.

DuckDuckGo sets itself apart from the more popular search engines like Google by making all searches performed on its site private, not tracking searches or collecting IP addresses. Even with its considerable jump in queries during the past year, DuckDuckGo still doesn’t come close to the one billion searches performed daily on Google.

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duck duck go sucks. i tried to use it but the results they returned were not as good as google.
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Quote:Protesting Taxi Drivers Attack Uber Car Near Paris

Taxi drivers attacked an Uber car while protesting near Charles-de-Gaulle Airport earlier today — the protesters smashed a window, damaged the car hood and slashed a tire. Rude Baguette first spotted the attack on Twitter. We also confirmed with the passengers and Uber that the incident is very real. Nobody got hurt, but the attack was very violent.

Eventbrite co-founder and CTO Renaud Visage, and Five by Five co-founder Kat Borlongan were the two passengers.

“We are more shaken up than hurt,” Visage told me. “We are still in shock because of how violent the attack was.”

This morning, hundreds of taxi drivers were protesting near Paris airports against urban transportation services, such as Uber, LeCab, Chauffeur-Privé, Drive, Snapcar and Allocab. They demand a series of laws due to unfair competition — in France, you have to pay a hefty price to get your taxi license. According to them, being a black car driver is much more lucrative than being a taxi driver, and the government should address that.

“We were on a freeway with cabs parked on the left, blocking the roads. And on the right, there were a few cops,” Borlongan told me. “They made roadblocks and only targeted transportation service cars like the Uber car we were in,” Visage said.

When the Uber car came close to the taxi drivers, they started throwing paint at the car and tried to open a door. “Luckily, the driver had locked the doors,” Visage said. Yet, they still smashed a window in order to grab the passengers. Protesters stopped other black cars too, but it is unclear whether the other incidents were as violent.

A couple of miles later, the car had to stop because one tire was slashed in the attack. The driver changed the flat tire so he could safely drive the two passengers to Paris.

Meet The Robot That’s A Minimum Wage Killer

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Small business owners in Southern California have struggled against high taxes and a rising minimum wage for years. But a new robotics startup in San Francisco called Momentum Machines wants to sooth the burdens created by oppressive government by designing a machine that will solve these problems.

According to Momentum Machines, making burgers costs US$9 billion a year in wages in the United States alone. A machine like the burger robot could revolutionize the fast food industry. The company’s website reads: “Our alpha machine replaces all of the hamburger line cooks in a restaurant. It does everything employees can do except better.”

But don’t think that the makers of the burger machine are necessarily anti-worker. Their website reads: “The issue of machines and job displacement has been around for centuries and economists generally accept that technology like ours actually causes an increase in employment. The three factors that contribute to this are 1. the company that makes the robots must hire new employees, 2. the restaurant that uses our robots can expand their frontiers of production which requires hiring more people, and 3. the general public saves money on the reduced cost of our burgers. This saved money can then be spent on the rest of the economy. We take these issues very seriously so please feel free to tell us how we can help with this transition.”

The automatic device will still require some humans to put the ingredients in, but once it’s loaded it can crank out up to 400 burgers per hour. The machine stamps the patties, puts on the toppings (cut fresh to order) and then bags the burger. The company believes the device will pay for itself in just under a year.

(01-13-2014 09:08 AM)Roland Bates Wrote: [ -> ]Presented without comment:

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Wealth redistribution.
burger device looks dumb.

also no one likes the feeling that machines are making the food for them.

not everything is about the end result.
Google to buy Nest for $3.2B in quest for the 'conscious home'

The trendy startup that brought you smart thermostats and smoke detectors jumps into Google's ever-expanding embrace.

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Google said Monday it will acquire Nest Labs for $3.2 billion in cash.

In a statement by Nest, the maker of the Learning Thermostat and the Protect smoke and carbon monoxide detector said that the company will continue to be run by current CEO Tony Fadell. "In other words, Nest will stay Nest," the company said.

"Why did we decide to partner with Google?" Fadell wrote in a blog post. "Google will help us fully realize our vision of the conscious home and allow us to change the world faster than we ever could if we continued to go it alone. We've had great momentum, but this is a rocket ship. Google has the business resources, global scale, and platform reach to accelerate Nest growth across hardware, software, and services for the home globally."

Google had apparently already signaled that it was interested in being involved in the smart-home space. There had been rumors that the search giant was already working on its own smart thermostat. And in his blog post, Fadell said that "Google has been in the mix in some way or another for about three years of our almost four-year history. In fact, my first meeting with Google as a Nester was before we'd launched."

Some might have thought, though, that Apple would be a good suitor for Nest, especially given that Fadell and co-founder Matt Rogers both had deep Apple backgrounds. But Fadell wrote today that Google founder Sergey Brin "instantly got what we were doing and so did the rest of the Google team" when they got a Nest demo at the 2011 TED conference.

In a press release, Google CEO Larry Page said that, "They're already delivering amazing products you can buy right now -- thermostats that save energy and smoke/[carbon monoxide] alarms that can help keep your family safe. We are excited to bring great experiences to more homes in more countries and fulfill their dreams!"

For Nest, having substantial new resources should make it much easier for it to hold off legacy competitors like Honeywell. As well, Google's deep pockets could help Nest in ongoing litigation with Honeywell.

In a blog post Monday, Rogers addressed whether Nest customers' data will be shared with Google: "Our privacy policy clearly limits the use of customer information to providing and improving Nest's products and services. We've always taken privacy seriously and this will not change." Rogers also added that Nest will continue to support iOS devices.

The acquisition, pending regulatory approval, is expected to close in a couple of months.


"Although talks between Germany’s security agencies and their American counterparts are officially still ongoing, the German government has little hope of a bilateral treaty which would stop the US spying on the German government, the Süddeutsche Zeitung and broadcaster NDR reported, quoting a high ranking civil servant.

Documents leaked by US security contractor Edward Snowden revealed a mass surveillance programme being run by the US National Security Agency (NSA).

In October it emerged the NSA had been tapping Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone and allegedly ran a listening station from the US Embassy in Berlin, right in the centre of the German government quarter.

The idea of one its closest allies was apparently spying on it so energetically provoked outrage in Germany - and apologies from the USA.

But talks to reach a “no spy” agreement appear to have stalled.

The Süddeutsche headlined its report: “The Americans have lied to us”.

The report said Washington had not met Berlin’s key demands which included a promise to stop listening to politicians’ phone calls, give German officials access to the alleged listening station in the US Embassy, explain how long Merkel’s phone was monitored, and state whether or not she was the only prominent Germany politician to be targeted.

The civil servant told the paper: “We’re getting nothing.”

The Süddeutsche also said that the head of Germany’s foreign intelligence agency (BND) Gerhard Schindler had told colleagues that he would rather not the sign the deal in its current form. “There is great bitterness," the paper added."
People are waking up...

Quote:Most of Nest's Facebook Fans Dislike the Google Deal
Concerned about the prospect of data sharing, ad targeting

Digital appliance brand Nest may have racked up a cool $3.2 billion with its announced purchase by Google, but the brand is also feeling the heat from its fans.

Adweek analyzed more than 440 responses to Nest's announcement on its Facebook page through noon today and found that 78% of the comments were negative toward the purchase.

"What a sad sad day," wrote Nest fan Craig Steiger, who captured the sentiment of many who have responded since Monday afternoon's announcement. "Nest was such a great company. Google will destroy the Nest culture and sell the data they collect to the highest bidder. I'm taking my Nest out of service this week and replace it with one from my security company."

Specifically, several concerned commenters cited the Nest thermostat's ability to detect motion in the owner's home, which it uses to determine whether you're home or away.

"I don't want my thermostat reporting back to Google when I'm home and away and other data so they can combine it with information to serve up ads for products I don't want," wrote customer Edwin Thaves.

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google is just out of control. was about to post the nest story.

they are getting nearly ALL TYPES OF DATA ON PEOPLE

they seem to be an arm of govt.
Circuit Court Of Appeals Strikes Down FCC’s Open Internet Order, Net Neutrality Threatened

In a decision that could have far-reaching consequences, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals today struck down the FCC’s Open Internet Order. That Order, put into force in 2010 by then-chairman Julius Genachowski, was designed to make it so that broadband service providers couldn’t meddle with specific kinds of internet traffic – in other words, they couldn’t block certain kinds of online data transmission just because it didn’t align with their own goals and financial strategy.

Media watchdog and advocacy agency Free Press released the following statement about the decision via President and CEO Craig Aaron, condemning it while also acknowledging that the Open Internet Order probably wasn’t the best possible solution for enforcing net neutrality:

We’re disappointed that the court came to this conclusion. Its ruling means that Internet users will be pitted against the biggest phone and cable companies — and in the absence of any oversight, these companies can now block and discriminate against their customers’ communications at will.

The compromised Open Internet Order struck down today left much to be desired, but it was a step toward maintaining Internet users’ freedom to go where they wanted, when they wanted, and communicate freely online. Now, just as Verizon promised it would in court, the biggest broadband providers will race to turn the open and vibrant Web into something that looks like cable TV. They’ll establish fast lanes for the few giant companies that can afford to pay exorbitant tolls and reserve the slow lanes for everyone else.

The FCC — under the leadership of former Chairman Julius Genachowski — made a grave mistake when it failed to ground its open Internet rules on solid legal footing. Internet users will pay dearly for the previous chairman’s lack of political will. That’s why we need to fix the problems the agency could have avoided in the first place.

New FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler recently stated that the FCC must have the ability to protect broadband users and preserve the Internet’s fundamental open architecture. In order to do that, he must act quickly to restore reassert the FCC’s clear authority over our nation’s communications infrastructure. The agency must follow its statutory mandate to make broadband communications networks open, accessible, reliable and affordable for everyone.

We look forward to working with Chairman Wheeler and the rest of the Commission to protect and preserve real Net Neutrality.

Basically, the key takeaway for the above is that while the Open Internet Order was far from perfect, it was pretty much the only tattered barrier standing in the way of providers like Verizon decided what can and can’t be transmitted across its broadband data network, and now Free Press foresees providers moving to a model more like that they favor with cable TV, where content types are parcelled out and monetized piecemeal.

Asked what’s next in terms of ensuring net neutrality doesn’t erode away forever, Free Press provided the following to TechCrunch:

First and foremost the FCC must reassert and restore its authority over broadband. Then, we need to make Net Neutrality rules that aren’t riddled with loopholes. With the authority resolved, new rules would be enforceable.

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