The Anti-Surveillance State: Clothes and Gadgets Block Face Recognition Technology, Confuse Drones and Make You (Digitally) Invisible

A new entry in Bargain-bin Snow Crash.
Submitted by ComradeAdmiral at 2015-04-25 8:52am to the Health & Beauty forum.

Who’s Cyanogen, What’s Cyanogen OS?

This ROM (known as CyanogenMod for obvious reasons) eventually had “Team Douche” behind it, which formed the core of what would become the Cyanogen Team. With the help of many volunteers, the ROM kept getting better and better, and it was ported to more and more devices to the point where it became the popular piece of software that it is today…

Guillaume Lesniak (a.k.a XpLoDWilD) made a heart-wrenching post on Google+ that speaks about the concerns behind the creation of corporate ...
Submitted by Imhotep at 2015-04-25 0:56am to the Video Games forum.

Why we're not running 'Maakies' anymore

A younger generation is coming of age, calling it like it sees it, and getting rid of shit it doesn't like. Maybe that scares Millionaire, I don't know. But if alt weeklies are to survive—and whether or not they will is a very open question—they'll have to stop relying on the same old tired stuff, no matter how great it once was. Times have changed and we can do better.
Submitted by Goofy Gorilla at 2015-04-24 20:27pm to the Arts forum.

'Land of rape and honey': Canada town reconsiders slogan after 55 years

Many residents of tiny Tisdale, an island-like hamlet of 3,200 on the Saskatchewan prairie, are proud to call their town the rape capital of Canada.

Since 1960, Tisdale’s rare visitors have encountered welcome signs promoting the village as the Land of Rape and Honey – and many locals want to keep it that way, according to town official Sean Wallace.

“From what I understand a lot of people feel there’s a tradition involved in that,” Wallace said. “That’s something I can’t ...
Submitted by Terry Taint at 2015-04-24 13:45pm to the The World forum.

Minnesota House passes lower minimum wage for tip workers

A change to the minimum wage that would lead to a pay cut for thousands of tip workers passed the Republican-led Minnesota House Wednesday by a vote of 73-56.

The minimum-wage measure, which sharply divided the two parties, was part of a sprawling jobs and energy bill approved by the House, but its ultimate fate is uncertain given opposition to many provisions by the DFL-controlled Senate and Gov. Mark Dayton.

The bill would create a two-tiered minimum wage, with a lower rate for employees ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2015-04-24 11:59am to the The Economy forum.

Senator Chaps? Stave Jorbs, Colorado's Premier Demon-Hunting Legislator, Announces Bid For State Senate

Just two days ago, Colorado's demon-hunting gay-exorcising state Rep. Gordon "Dr. Chaps" Klingenschmitt had his seat on House Health, Insurance and Environment Committee restored after having been stripped of it last month amid the controversy stemming from his statement that a brutal attack on a pregnant woman in the state was due to the "curse of God upon America" for legal abortion.

Klingenschmitt eventually apologized for his remarks, suspended his daily television program, played the ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2015-04-24 10:46am to the Politics forum.

NASA Unveils Celestial Fireworks as Official Image for Hubble 25th Anniversary

The brilliant tapestry of young stars flaring to life resemble a glittering fireworks display in the 25th anniversary NASA Hubble Space Telescope image, released to commemorate a quarter century of exploring the solar system and beyond since its launch on April 24, 1990.

“Hubble has completely transformed our view of the universe, revealing the true beauty and richness of the cosmos” said John Grunsfeld, astronaut and associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. “This ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2015-04-24 10:35am to the Science forum.

Kansas lawmakers want the poor to pay for tax cuts for the rich

Wealthier Kansans are paying much less in taxes after Republican Gov. Sam Brownback overhauled the state's income tax a few years ago. Brownback and other Republican officials hoped that more generous policies would stimulate the economy, bringing more revenue into the state's coffers and making up the difference on the bottom line.

It didn't work. Kansas's economy has kept expanding at more or less same plodding pace as the rest of the country. And now, according to official estimates ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2015-04-24 12:00pm to the The Economy forum.

Food Crime: U-City cashier throws yogurt on viral video star

Universtiy City, MO -- A heated confrontation at a University City FroYo Frozen Yogurt shop ended with a cashier throwing frozen yogurt on a customer, according to police.

Security video from the business shows a customer throwing money at a cashier. Seconds later you can see the cashier throw a bowl of frozen yogurt at the customer.

The customer, Andrew Caldwell, said he was trying to get a discount on his yogurt, adding that the cashier called him a homosexual slur.

"The bowl hit me all in ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2015-04-24 10:48am to the Food forum.

Billings judge who was censured over rape comments to receive award

A Billings judge who was censured by the state's high court for his comments about a 14-year-old rape victim has been chosen for a lifetime achievement award by his local bar association.

Yellowstone Area Bar Association President Jessica Fehr said Thursday that former state District Judge G. Todd Baugh of Billings was chosen for the award by the group's board of directors.

Baugh, 73, sparked widespread outrage in 2013 over comments suggesting that a 14-year-old girl shared some ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2015-04-24 10:45am to the Crime forum.

Arizona Governor and AG at odds over gay adoptions

Gov. Doug Ducey’s order that a state agency allow same-sex couples to adopt or become foster parents notwithstanding, Attorney General Mark Brnovich says Arizona law does not allow that practice.

But Brnovich said he won’t challenge Ducey’s Wednesday order to the Department of Child Safety revoking an agency policy of not allowing gay married couples to adopt or foster children.

The department started allowing gay couples to adopt after a federal court overturned Arizona’s gay ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2015-04-24 10:38am to the Politics forum.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio Admits Hiring PI To Investigate Wife Of Federal Judge

Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio dropped a bombshell in court Thursday when he said his former lawyer had hired a private investigator to look into the wife of the federal judge presiding over a contempt of court case against the sheriff.

The hearing took the strange turn after Arpaio had finished his testimony and Judge Murray Snow began asking him questions, including whether the sheriff was investigating his family.

Arpaio said he believed his former lawyer, Tim Casey, had hired a private ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2015-04-24 10:43am to the Crime forum.

University of South Florida President Denies Hiring Homosexuals: 1963.

Dr. John Allen, who became University of South Florida’s first president when it was established in 1957, strongly denied charges that the school “harbored homosexuals” on its faculty. He also denied that the Tampa-based school was “soft on communism,” was anti-religious, or that controversial writings by “‘beatnik” authors were typical of the literature found in the school’s reading program.
Submitted by Xiphias at 2015-04-24 10:36am to the Education forum.

Comcast abandoning plan to merge with Time Warner Cable

Comcast is planning to walk away from its $45 billion merger with Time Warner Cable after pursuing it for more than a year.

The decision comes amid intense, possibly insurmountable scrutiny of the deal by government regulators.

Comcast's plan is being finalized on Thursday, and it may be announced on Friday, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter.

It is an extraordinary turnabout for a cable giant not accustomed to losing. The deal would have reshaped American media and ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2015-04-24 10:35am to the The Economy forum.

‘De-extinction’ of the woolly mammoth: A step closer

By comparing DNA recovered from two long-dead individuals, a team of researchers have sequenced the species’s entire genome — effectively providing a gene-by-gene instruction manual on how to build a mammoth.

“This basically gives you the changes that account for a mammoth being a mammoth — the changes that allowed them to have hair, tremendous amounts of fat, large tusks,” co-author Hendrik Poinar, who directs the Ancient DNA Center at McMaster University, told CBS News. “This ...
Submitted by katheudo at 2015-04-24 9:46am to the Science forum.

Sex club seeks Nashville blessing by vowing to be a church

The story began last fall, when a fixture in downtown Nashville called The Social Club sold its building and purchased a new one in a run-down office park several miles to the east.

It might have been years before school officials and parents learned what was going on inside The Social Club — its website says it is “a private club for the enjoyment of both men and women … to engage in any sexual activity” — if someone had not sent anonymous letters to the school president and the ...
Submitted by katheudo at 2015-04-24 9:45am to the Off Topic News forum.

The Many Dangers of Television

That piece of talking furniture over there; you think it is a passive, entertaining friend. But is it really as innocent as it looks?

Today we bring you five cautionary tales to help prepare you for the horrors and mind-bending strangeness that could issue from your television at any time, and not the ones coming from your satellite hookup. No, that thing has come unplugged, what you are seeing is issuing from somewhere else, perhaps even from your own mind. But who can tell?
Submitted by the late ba at 2015-04-24 9:23am to the Television forum.

Waffle considered dangerous weapon in Lowell assault case

LOWELL -- Breakfast for dinner can have its hazards. Just ask Patrick Manjong who is charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon -- a waffle with syrup.

Lowell police say they responded to 417 Beacon St. at 5 p.m. on Monday for a report of a domestic assault in progress. The victim, Manjong's wife of eight years, told police that while she was making waffles for dinner, she and her husband began arguing about how waffles dripping with syrup is unhealthy to eat.
Submitted by Enki Don't at 2015-04-24 9:04am to the Crime forum.

The Scarlet Lesbian

I kissed a woman for the first time when I was 20 years old. I attended a college in Boston where it was very hip to be an activist; we had a term for it: social justice-y. Whoever had the greatest number of safety pins holding their backpack together was king, that kind of place.

It was a Catholic school, and I was studying Theology with vague aspirations of becoming a priest. Of course, women cannot be priests in the Catholic Church, so the vagueness of these aspirations cannot be stressed ...
Submitted by the late ba at 2015-04-24 8:48am to the Off Topic News forum.

'Pro-Russia' Chechen leader threatens to kill Russian cops on his turf

Ramzan Kadyrov, the strongman placed in control of Chechnya to maintain Moscow's rule after two bloody conflicts to quell separatism, has thrown down a gauntlet – and in doing so, hinted Russia may have really lost those wars after all.

In televised comments to Chechen law enforcement officers, Mr. Kadyrov said that any federal officers who appear on Chechen territory without permission should be shot.
Submitted by the late ba at 2015-04-24 8:01am to the The World forum.