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29 Oct 23:30

Teddy Tank

by drew

 

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The Teddy Tank is a toy marketed to children which has a plastic fish-tank in the belly of a teddy bear. The manufacturer claims it’s “two toys in one,” but of course, you can’t do anything with the bear, since it’s full of water, and a fish is not a toy. This bad idea will invariably end with the death of a fish, some dirty fish-water on your carpet, and a crying child.

31 Oct 09:00

1422 – Possíveis acontecimentos

by Carlos Ruas

2429 (Cópia em conflito de carlos ruas 2014-10-27)

29 Oct 11:00

Ever Have a Coworker Who Was Just the Bane of Your Existence?

Ever Have a Coworker Who Was Just the Bane of Your Existence?

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30 Oct 17:00

Writing Warning Labels is Fun

30 Oct 08:23

One of the Horde

by Doug

One of the Horde

My Halloween week continues!

Contest winners to be announced tomorrow, but there’s still time to enter!

30 Oct 08:07

Mentirinhas #721

by Fábio Coala

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Aquele cara que trabalha na loja de INconveniência.

O post Mentirinhas #721 apareceu primeiro em Mentirinhas.

28 Oct 12:35

1420 – Ideologias

by Carlos Ruas

2428

29 Oct 10:00

1421 – Universo paralelo

by Carlos Ruas

2430

30 Oct 03:28

Microsoft Unveils $199 'Microsoft Band' Fitness Wearable

by Husain Sumra
Shortly after apps on the Mac App Store and iOS App Store revealed Microsoft's fitness wearable, the company has revealed its $199 Microsoft Band fitness wearable to Re/code. The device will go on sale tomorrow at Microsoft's online and retail stores.

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The Microsoft Band is designed to last 48 hours on a single charge and can be worn all day and all night, as it tracks both physical activity and sleep. It includes 10 sensors that track standard health statistics like heart rate as well as unique points of data that other fitness bands do not track, like a UV sensor to measure sun exposure and galvanic skin response, which can identify stress. Like smart watches, the Band can also receive notifications from a user's smartphone.

Microsoft is also launching a cloud-based health service called Microsoft Health, which can gather data from both the Microsoft Band and other fitness data gathering devices, like smartphones and other fitness bands. The service spans the web and multiple mobile platforms like iOS, Android and Windows Phone. The Windows Phone app, however, integrates Microsoft's voice assistant Cortana.

The company also says that the feature set of device and services will grow, as users will be able to pay for things at Starbucks with the Band and will be able to see how certain events influence health or sleep.
The company also notes that–if customers want to– Microsoft Health can combine work and personal data and gather insights such as how a big meeting with the boss affects that night’s sleep. Other features include access to Facebook and Twitter feeds, as well as weather and stock data.
The Microsoft Band goes on sale tomorrow for $199.






30 Oct 12:03

Apple CEO Tim Cook Publicly Comes Out as Gay in Letter Declaring Support for Equality

by Richard Padilla
timcook.png In a letter written for Bloomberg Businessweek, Apple CEO Tim Cook has publicly come out as gay while declaring his support for equality.

Cook, who has typically kept a low profile on his personal life, says that his decision to publicly acknowledge his sexuality was done to "bring comfort to anyone who feels alone" and to "inspire people to insist on their equality."
I’ll admit that this wasn’t an easy choice. Privacy remains important to me, and I’d like to hold on to a small amount of it. I’ve made Apple my life’s work, and I will continue to spend virtually all of my waking time focused on being the best CEO I can be. That’s what our employees deserve—and our customers, developers, shareholders, and supplier partners deserve it, too. Part of social progress is understanding that a person is not defined only by one’s sexuality, race, or gender. I’m an engineer, an uncle, a nature lover, a fitness nut, a son of the South, a sports fanatic, and many other things. I hope that people will respect my desire to focus on the things I’m best suited for and the work that brings me joy.
Cook has expressed his thoughts on equality numerous times throughout the past couple of years, which include highlighting the subject in a speech at his alma mater Auburn University and establishing his and Apple's support for the Employment Nondiscrimination Act in an op-ed written for The Wall Street Journal.


Earlier this year, Apple also marched in support of the LGBT community during the 44th annual Pride parade, and issued a statement in support of Supreme Court gay marriage rulings in 2013. The company also has a section about diversity on its website, which goes into detail about its efforts towards improving employee diversity and its commitment towards equality and human rights.

Note: Due to the controversial nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Politics, Religion, Social Issues forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts.






29 Oct 14:37

manicpixiescreamnewt: sickfuture: cd in a microwave it looks...



manicpixiescreamnewt:

sickfuture:

cd in a microwave

it looks like an ancient rune activating its magic

29 Oct 18:20

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29 Oct 11:01

Why? Cos it’s Cat Day and I own the internet. #CatDay...



Why? Cos it’s Cat Day and I own the internet. #CatDay #InternetDay

30 Oct 12:49

Scientists find traces of sea plankton on ISS surface

KOROLEV (Moscow region), August 19. /ITAR-TASS/. An experiment of taking samples from illuminators and the ISS surface has brought unique results, as scientists had found traces of sea plankton there, the chief of an orbital mission on Russia’s ISS segment told reporters.

Results of the scope of scientific experiments which had been conducted for a quite long time were summed up in the previous year, confirming that some organisms can live on the surface of the International Space Station (ISS) for years amid factors of a space flight, such as zero gravity, temperature conditions and hard cosmic radiation. Several surveys proved that these organisms can even develop.

Microorganisms could be found on the ISS surface thanks to high-precision equipment. “Results of the experiment are absolutely unique. We have found traces of sea plankton and microscopic particles on the illuminator surface. This should be studied further,” chief of the Russian ISS orbital mission Vladimir Solovyev said.

He noted that it was not quite clear how these microscopic particles could have appeared on the surface of the space station.

In reply to a question on how the ISS surface is contaminated now, the space specialist said that the ISS surface was polluted very strongly due to operation of space engines and other factors. “We are conducting special works to polish somehow and put illuminators in order. This is particularly needed during long space flights,” Solovyev added.

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28 Oct 23:00

That's Exactly How Easy College Is

28 Oct 10:00

I Sprayed My Heart Out to You!

28 Oct 13:00

Dr. Seuss Had it Right

29 Oct 20:30

A Transformer That is More Than Meets the Eye

29 Oct 21:00

The Cycle of Consumption That Drives This Economy

28 Oct 04:09

Tim Cook on Apple Watch: 'You're Going to Wind Up Charging It Daily'

by Juli Clover
Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage today at the WSJ.D conference in Laguna Beach, California, where he commented on an array of topics including the Apple Watch, Apple Pay, Apple TV, and more.

Unsurprisingly, Cook said that Apple is "excited" about the upcoming launch of the Apple Watch, and he's impressed that Jony Ive and his team had the foresight to understand that "something you wear has to be personal" and that it can't be "geeky."

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Cook divulged some new information on the Apple Watch's battery, which has previously gone unmentioned by Apple. Cook says that people will use it so much that it will need to be charged on a daily basis. "You're going to wind up charging it daily," he said, declining to provide a specific battery life for the device as Apple is still examining how people use it.

Battery life on the Apple Watch has been in question since long before the device launched, with early reports suggesting Apple was having trouble getting the device to last longer than a day. While the company was originally aiming to have the Apple Watch last three to four days, it appears that battery life may be closer to the iPhone's battery life, requiring a charge on a nightly basis. Apple employees have also suggested that the device may only last for a full day of usage, which is why Apple designed an easy charging system.

The Apple Watch connects to a magnetic charger that's much like the MagSafe chargers supplied with the Mac, snapping easily to the back of the device. High-end versions of the Apple Watch even ship in a luxury box that doubles as a charging stand. Apple likely has not commented officially on the Apple Watch battery as it is continuing to finalize the software for the device ahead of its early 2015 launch.


An official rough transcript of Cook's comments during the interview, which also covered the Mac, the iPhone, Apple's taxes in Ireland, plans for a low cost iPhone, and Cook's thoughts on Carl Icahn, can be found over at The Wall Street Journal, and a second comprehensive live blog from Fast Company's Harry McCracken also has details on exactly what Cook shared during the conversation.






28 Oct 04:12

Tim Cook on iPod Classic: 'We Couldn't Get the Parts Anymore' [iOS Blog]

by Eric Slivka
ipod_classic_handDuring the Q&A portion of his interview at the WSJ.D conference tonight, Tim Cook was asked about the iPod classic, which was finally discontinued last month five years after its last update.

Cook said Apple primarily stopped making the device because it was no longer possible to source the necessary parts from anywhere in the world. Apple does not have plans to reintroduce the iPod classic due to a shrinking audience and the engineering costs that would be needed for a new version, but Cook pointed towards the iPod touch, which has almost the same amount of storage space, as a viable option.

Observers had speculated Apple was waiting for a 128 GB iPod touch before discontinuing the iPod classic, but while the iPhone and iPad have gained 128 GB options, the iPod touch has yet to do so. Still, with Apple unable to source parts for the iPod classic, the company was left with no choice but to end sales of the descendent of the original iPod.

The iPod classic's 1.8-inch hard drives were typically supplied by Toshiba, with the last generation using a 160 GB drive. Toshiba launched a 220 GB version in early 2011 that gave some hope the iPod classic might receive an update, but one never came to pass and Toshiba has long since discontinued its entire line of 1.8-inch hard drives.






28 Oct 17:36

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Apple Over 2011 MacBook Pro Graphics Issues

by Eric Slivka
Back in January, we highlighted graphics issues being experienced by a number of owners of 2011 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro models, with many users needing to pay for (sometimes multiple) expensive logic board replacements due to the issue. The apparent widespread nature of the issue has led to claims that it is a manufacturing defect that should be covered by Apple, with a change.org petition seeking relief from Apple now exceeding 20,000 signatures and affected users organizing in a Facebook group of over 5,000 members.

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We noted in August that law firm Whitfield Bryson & Mason LLP had begun researching the issue, soliciting feedback from affected users to determine whether a class action lawsuit against Apple might be warranted. The firm apparently found sufficient reason to proceed as it has announced today that it has indeed filed suit against Apple on behalf of affected consumers.
Our firm recently filed a class-action lawsuit in a California federal court against Apple, Inc. on behalf of residents in the States of California and Florida who purchased 2011 MacBook Pro Laptops with AMD GPUs who experienced graphical distortions and system failures.
The firm is continuing to solicit feedback from affected users and is considering filing actions in other jurisdictions around the country.

The lawsuit lays out the plaintiffs' argument that the issues stem from hardware defects related to the lead-free solder used on the AMD graphics chips in the 2011 MacBook Pro models.
When the lead-free solder cracks it degrades the data flow between the GPU and the logic board. A small crack can cause the laptop’s graphics to become distorted on occasion. But as cracks in the lead-free solder propagate over time, the graphics issues worsen and system stability decreases, until eventually the computer is completely unusable. This defect related to the lead-free solder connecting the GPU to the logic board (the “Graphics Defect”) limits all computers at the point of sale forward from performing as advertised and warranted.
The suit goes on to note that Apple's only solution offered for the issue is complete logic board replacement, but that the remedy is ineffective as replacement parts use the same solder and fail in the same way, sometimes within days. Apple has also in many cases charged consumers for the repairs and has refused requests to reimburse consumers for repairs paid for out of pocket.

Drawing parallels to similar graphics issues in the 2008 MacBook Pro that ultimately resulted in a recall by Apple, the plaintiffs in this case request that Apple acknowledge a defect in the 2011 MacBook Pro models, notify owners of the issue, bear the costs of inspection of affected machines, and pay the full costs of repairs and damages. The suit also requests that users who have paid out of pocket for repairs be reimbursed for their expenses.






29 Oct 18:58

AT&T, Verizon Using 'Perma-Cookies' to Track Customer Web Activity

by Juli Clover
Both Verizon and AT&T appear to be engaging in some unsavory customer tracking techniques, using unique identifying numbers to deliver targeted advertisements to customers in what's called "Relevant Advertising." As outlined by Wired, Verizon is altering the web traffic of its customers by inserting a Unique Identifier Header or UIDH, a temporary serial number that lets advertisers identify Verizon users on the web.

According to Jacob Hoffman-Andrews of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the UIDH serves as a "perma-cookie" that can be read by any web server to "build a profile" of internet habits. Verizon users cannot turn off the UIDH, but opting out of the Relevant Mobile Advertising Program prevents the information from being used to create targeted ads.

Verizon has been using Relevant Advertising techniques for two years, but the tracking has gone largely unnoticed until recently, when extra data from Verizon customers was noticed. AT&T appears to be engaging in similar tracking activities, and is testing its own Relevant Advertising system.

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According to Forbes, AT&T is testing a similar code insertion program that will allow websites to track AT&T customers. Like Verizon, AT&T has plans to make the tracking codes temporary as a "privacy-protective measure," but according to one of the researchers that discovered the tracking, Kenneth White, the codes that AT&T is sending to some customers are persistent.
AT&T does not currently have a mobile Relevant Advertising program. We are considering such a program, and any program we would offer would maintain our fundamental commitment to customer privacy," read a statement from AT&T. "For instance, we are testing a numeric code that changes every 24 hours on mobile devices to use in programs where we serve ads to the mobile device. This daily rotation on the numeric code would help protect the privacy of our customers. Customers also could opt out of any future AT&T program that might use this numeric code."
Unlike Verizon, AT&T will not include the unique identifier code in the IP packets of customers who have opted out of the company's Relevant Advertising program.

Both Verizon and AT&T customers can check whether their devices are sending identifying codes by visiting a website created by aforementioned security researcher Kenneth White. Verizon customers appear to be unable to opt out entirely, but AT&T customers can visit the following website on their mobile devices (while connected to the AT&T network) to turn off Relevant Advertising: http://205.234.28.93/mobileoptout/.






21 Jul 20:49

Alemanha 70 X 1 Brasil

by Alexandre Versignassi

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O porto de Santos é a cafeteira do mundo: um terço do café tomado na Terra passa por ali, numa jornada que começa nas fazendas do Brasil e termina nas xícaras de Madrid, Milão, Moscou, Kiev… Não só nas xícaras. O maior comprador do nosso estimulante preto, ao lado dos EUA, é a Alemanha. Mas eles não tomam tudo. Revendem uma parte razoável, porque é um negocião: os alemães pagam mais ou menos R$ 400 em cada saca de 60 quilos e reexportam para o resto da Europa por R$ 800. Sem industrializar nada, só revendendo café “cru” mesmo, do jeito que ele sai das roças daqui.

Não é malandragem, é logística: eles podem fazer isso graças à sua malha ferroviária cheia de tentáculos, veias e artérias. Reexportar dali para o resto da Europa é fácil. Num ano típico, os caras importam 18 milhões de sacas e revendem 12 milhões. Isso faz da Alemanha o terceiro maior exportador de café do mundo, atrás apenas do Brasil e do Vietnã. Tudo sem nunca ter plantado um pé de café. 

Tem mais. Das 6 milhões de sacas que ficam dentro da Alemanha, uma parte vai para Schwerin, uma cidadezinha de conto de fadas perto da fronteira com a Dinamarca. Por lá, os grãos brasileiros reencarnam na forma de cápsulas de Nespresso. E ganham preços que até outro dia só eram praticados no mercado de outro estimulante – branco. Um quilo dessas cápsulas acaba saindo por R$ 400 no varejo, quase setenta vezes o quilo do café cru. 70 X 1 para a Alemanha.   

03 Jul 10:00

Predator Riding an Alien? Star Wars Samurai? Now, This Is Cool.

by Brian Ashcraft

Predator Riding an Alien? Star Wars Samurai? Now, This Is Cool.

Takayuki Takeya is one of Japan's most talented—and unusual figure sculptors. His work is sometimes dark and even disturbing, but it's always interesting and often very cool.

Recently in Tokyo, Takeya's work was on display at 3331 Arts Chiyoda. This was his first exhibit in over a decade. Have a look:

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Takeya might be best known for his work on Bandai's Super Imaginative Chogokin line of figurines. That, or his Revoltech Takeya series of Buddhist statues. Takeya has also done video game work, such as overseeing the Yoshimitsu design on Tekken Tag Tournament 2.

Photos: ohiko2000 , yamane02, jigokuRider, yokotamamoru, motomemodayo, オタクな一口馬主, Chiyoda, f_lisp, Ahiru Douraku

To contact the author of this post, write to bashcraftATkotaku.com or find him on Twitter @Brian_Ashcraft.

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29 Oct 12:00

Say No to Drugs Kids

Say No to Drugs Kids

Submitted by: (via jeanrobertnino)

Tagged: drugs , funny , meth , pumpkins , after 12 , g rated
28 Oct 00:51

Now this is the chocolate I’ve been looking for. #9gag



Now this is the chocolate I’ve been looking for. #9gag

27 Oct 20:30

Half Priced Car

Half Priced Car

Submitted by: catophile

Tagged: gifs , cars , half priced
28 Oct 09:00

M'kitty

M'kitty

Submitted by:

Tagged: Cats , fedoras , gifs
28 Oct 10:00

It's Probably the Onions