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Inside Faraday Future's Financial House of Cards

Slashdot - 3 hours 35 min ago
Sean O'Kane, reporting for The Verge: When Faraday Future emerged from stealth mode in 2015, it promised to transform the car industry with an American-made luxury electric vehicle that would someday be fully autonomous, maybe even sold through a subscription service. As we learned at CES 2017, the company was taking aim at Tesla with a car -- the FF91 -- that was designed to dazzle, with a 0-60 time of 2.4 seconds as jaw-dropping as the proposed $180,000 price tag. Since then, though, Faraday Future has been more focused on survival than speed. The Verge has learned from multiple sources about the nature of the company's financial plight. While Faraday Future posed as the newest California electric car startup that attracted top auto industry talent, 10 former employees and one person close to the company say the behavior and business practices of its chief investor have brought business to a halt. Also read: Everything wrong with Faraday Future's "Tesla killer"

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Comment: iTunes downloads aren’t going anywhere yet, but likely will eventually

9to5Mac - 3 hours 40 min ago

Apple yesterday denied a report that it plans to stop offering music downloads by 2019, offering only the Apple Music streaming service. Digital Music News claimed that plans to do this had been in place since 2016.

The company’s denial to us was unequivocal: Apple said it was ‘simply not true.’ But while that denial may apply to the specific report that plans are already in place with a target date of 2019, I suspect that it will happen at some point …


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Tearful Jimmy Kimmel Holds Billy As He Pleads For Support For CHIP

Crooks and Liars - 4 hours 12 min ago

While holding his son Billy, Jimmy Kimmel made the case for CHIP, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, last night.

Republicans are using CHIP funding as a bargaining chip for their tax cut plan, probably to force Democratic support. (Because there are no moral lines they won't cross, of course.)

“It almost certainly covers children you know. About one in eight children are covered only by CHIP,” Kimmel said.

“Now, CHIP has become a bargaining chip. It’s on the back burner while they work out their new tax plans, which means parents of children with cancer and diabetes and heart problems are about to get letters saying their coverage could be cut off next month.

"Merry Christmas, right? This happened because Congress, about 72 days ago, failed to approve funding for CHIP since the first time it was created about two decades ago.”

He asked people to call Congress and ask them to fund it now. Unfortunately, he put up the wrong number. Here's the right one:


You know what to do. Do it for kids like Billy who don't have millionaire parents!

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Why Google and Amazon Are Hypocrites

Slashdot - 4 hours 13 min ago
Amazon earlier this month responded to Google's decision to remove YouTube from all Fire TV products and the Echo Show. Google says it's taking this extreme step because of Amazon's recent delisting of new Nest products (like Nest Secure and the E Thermostat) and the company's long-running refusal to sell Chromecast or support Google Cast in any capacity. Veteran journalist Om Malik writes: This smacks of so much hypocrisy that I don't even know where to start. The two public proponents of network neutrality and anything but neutral about each other's services on each other's platforms. They can complain about the cable companies from blocking their content and charging for fast lanes. The irony isn't lost on me even a wee bit. They are locked in a battle to collect as much data about us -- what we shop, what we see, what we do online and they do so under the guise of offering us services that are amazing and wonderful. They don't talk about what they won't do with our data, instead, they bicker and distract. So to think that these purveyors of hyper-capitalism will fight for interests of consumers is not only childish, it is foolish. We as end customers need to figure out who is speaking on our behalf when it comes to the rules of the Internet.

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Algoriddim’s djay Pro 2 for Mac brings AI mixing, new audio engine, & improved Spotify audio quality

9to5Mac - 4 hours 23 min ago

Algoriddim has today released the latest successor to their DJ software, now powered by machine learning. djay Pro 2 for Mac is available now and introduces Automix AI, a new photo integration, more in-depth media library management, accessibility features baked-in, and a whole new audio engine.


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OpEditude: Golden Gopher Goofs; Or, Should Have Al Franken Resigned?

Plunderbund - 4 hours 26 min ago

Minnesota U.S. Sen. Al Franken goofed a golden gopher opportunity last Thursday to make a real difference that would have produced lasting effects had he not capitulated to the rush to judgement forced by his Democratic brethren, who saw no distinction between his transgressions compared to those of President Donald Trump or the likely to be elected Senator from Deep South state Alabama, Roy Moore.

In a forced marched to his resignation that took about three weeks, made possible by his Senate colleagues including Ohio U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, calling on him to resign, “Landslide” Al – the nickname he earned after he won his first term by a mere couple hundred votes – sacrificed his vote and his voice in the currently broken U.S. Senate.

Did the former comedian turned politico do the right thing after nearly all members of his conference turned their indignation on him, while simultaneously letting senior New Jersey U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, who was indicted and stood trial on corruption charges, go un-Hectored?

Donald Trump turned long-standing traditional politics on its head in 2016, doing all the wrong things, outrageously and purposely so, then being rewarded with winning the White House. Trump’s outlandish, flagrant, and often times buffoonish behavior that included unwanted sexual attacks on women, 16 of whom  came forward to relate their misgivings about the braggadocio real estate mogul, remained in tact. Like a flower fed too much Miracle Grown over the years, Trump’s popular NBC TV show, “The Apprentice,” bloomed the rich kid from Queens so much that Republicans controlling the House and Senate in Washington have chosen to see no evil when it comes to his personal and professional violations, failings, and transgressions.

Franken should have called Trump’s hand, then raised him. The former Saturday Night Live skit performer should have fought political fire with political fire, first by apologizing personally and profusely to all the women who accused him of behavior he takes fault for. After pillaring himself, he should have shocked the the White House and media by standing his ground, like Roy Moore is doing in Alabama. Franken should have stayed in the Senate, where he could have publically rehabilitated himself by actions that include doing his legislative best to introduce or co-sponsor bills that would bring bad behavior transgressors in and out of Congress to meet their appropriate penalty.

Media that divides America more than it brings it together loved Franken taking a “parting shot” at President Trump and Roy Moore, the disgraced Alabama judge who has denied even knowing most of the women who have come forward to tell their tale of their unfortunate encounters with him when they were underage girls. Meanwhile, Moore is running Trump’s playbook from last year in the former slave state, and is expected by many to win a close vote next Tuesday to fill the seat vacated by long-time ‘Bama U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, Trump’s pick for Attorney General.

Franken won his first term in 2008, along with Barack Obama, then won a second six-year term in 2014. He had another four years left to make up for stories that entailed unwanted contact with a handful of women who were okay enough with him, either for reasons related to his former career in show business or as a sitting senator from Minnesota, to get close enough to him that they could accuse him of touching them in appropriate ways. Franken said he welcomed and would contribute to any investigation into his behavior by the Senate Ethics Committee. But when Franken resigned, he foreclosed on that due process exonerating him on incidents he remembered differently or flat out disagreed with.

Media would have been beside itself had Franken said he would wait to see whether Alabama voters would elect or reject Moore before making his decision to stay or go. Media would have been verklempt had Franken said he wouldn’t step down unless Trump was impeached for sexual behavior that made what former Democratic President Bill Clinton did with Monica Lewinsky look like the sex between two consenting adults it was. Lewinsky wasn’t underage, as many of Moore’s targets were when he abused them. Franken could have thrown a monkey wrench into the pushed-for outcome by putting the burden of his trial on Alabama voters.

With his resignation this week, Franken’s seat is up for grabs. Republicans could re-take it if a candidate like former popular Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty sees his opportunity to get back into office. With Democratic senators up against an electorate that could winnow their numbers down further next year because so many of them are running for reelection in states Trump won,

Franken sacrificing his vote so Democrats can say they’ve claimed the moral high ground, when media like Fox News will misconstrue or dismiss it, could become a lost opportunity to have made all the right moves. It’s clear that an alt-right senator like Moore, or a center right Republican like Pawlenty, would make all the wrong moves once seated in the Senate.

Franken could have added to his resignation speech the promise to not go quietly into the night of disgraceful wrong doing. He could have fought to become a turnaround hero instead of the comedian villain history that will become part of his obituary. Media mogul Harvey Weinstein, renowned journalist Charlie Rose, morning show honcho Matt Lauer, and serial abuser Bill O’Reilly dwarf Franken with their behavior. Franken could have said he will become an outspoken advocate for women’s rights, which he has been throughout his entertainment and political life already, notwithstanding the violations he has been accused of of late.

The bigger they are, the harder they fall, the saying goes. Trump is as big as they get, but him falling hard anytime soon seems a dream Democrats dream when they dream Republicans will come to their senses and professed moral values.

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djay Pro 2 for Mac is out: AI auto mixes, single-deck mode, PhotoBeat, unified library & more

iDownloadBlog - 4 hours 30 min ago

German developer Algoriddim on Tuesday released djay Pro 2 for macOS on Mac App Store, a major new version of its award-winning app aimed at aspiring and professional DJs alike.... Read the rest of this post here

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This tweak brings Slide Over and Split View features to your iPhone

iDownloadBlog - 4 hours 34 min ago

One of the significant distinctions separating the iOS experience on the iPad from the iPhone is the inclusion of various multitasking features like Slide Over and Split View.

Apple typically bars iPhone users from accessing these features out of the box because of their limited screen real estate. On the other hand, a new free jailbreak tweak dubbed Medusafied by iOS developer Sniper_GER can change that.... Read the rest of this post here

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A Furious Mika Tears Into Trump Over This Morning's Tweet

Crooks and Liars - 4 hours 35 min ago

This tweet really pissed off Mika Brzezinski this morning as Morning Joe broadcast live from Alabama, and she called out Sarah Huckabee Sanders for her inevitable defense:

(While implying that Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand would have sex for money, Trump was acknowledging that no one would have sex with him for any reason other than money. But I don't think he realizes that. Poor pathetic thing!)

"I just want to -- I just want to say something beyond the fact that is reprehensible that the president of the United states would say something so derogatory and disgusting about a woman -- we're not surprised, Mr. President," an angry Brzezinski said.

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The Physics of Projectile Motion With a Clicky Pen

Wired Science - 4 hours 35 min ago
The spring inside a clicky pen is a perfect way to learn about projectile motion.
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Let It Snow

Plunderbund - 4 hours 39 min ago

’Tis the  season:

When a reporter asked Donald Trump about all of the vacancies at the Department of State he batted away any notion that it would harm the U.S. in an increasingly troubled world, asserting:

“I’m the only one who matters.”

That earned him, without challenge, my Grumpy Abe  Linguistic Lunacy (GALL) Award of the year.

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After igniting grave protests around the globe with his insufferably dangerous decision to move the U.S. embassy  to  Jerusalem, Trump headed south to campaign for Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for the Senate who is so disreputable that you couldn’t make him up. No problem for Trump, who roams the earth like a pool hustler with a warped cue stick (and mind!).

Under Herr Trump, racism, white supremacy, dishonesty, and avarice have become fashionable at the highest levels of the oval office.  If Moore wins on Tuesday he will become the Republicans’ gift that keeps on giving to Democrats.

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Although medieval historians tell us that the merciless plagues (Black Death) of the 14th Century were documented  by hundreds of texts, they could become marginal in the wake of the current plague of the Trump Era.

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iMac Pro comes with a special black Apple Lightning cable

9to5Mac - 4 hours 51 min ago

Apple has just announced that the iMac Pro will be available to order from Thursday, December 14. The company gave a unit to Marques Brownlee for some pre-release impressions and it includes a couple new tidbits. MKBHD says that Apple is including a black Lightning cable with the iMac Pro, something that you can’t (yet?) buy separately.


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Well the bar rooms and smelly bordellos

Balloon Juice - 4 hours 54 min ago

Some very strange stuff went on at last night’s Roy Moore rally. Here’s one of his friends talking about a visit they made to a Vietnamese brothel where there were lots of underage girls. The fact that Moore left without sampling the wares is supposed to prove he’s not a pedophile.

Here’s Roy Moore’s wife talking about how one of her attorneys is a Jew. It looks like some Amy Schumer skit gone horribly wrong.

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Apple iMac Pro Goes on Sale December 14th

Slashdot - 4 hours 55 min ago
Apple vowed to ship the iMac Pro in December, and it's making good on that promise. From a report: The company has confirmed that its workstation-grade all-in-one will be available on December 14th. It has yet to reveal the exact configuration options, but the $4,999 'starter' model ships with an 8-core Xeon processor, 32GB of RAM, 1TB of solid-state storage and a Radeon Vega graphics chipset with 8GB of RAM. You can option it with up to an 18-core Xeon, 128GB of RAM, a 4TB SSD and a 16GB Vega chipset, although video creator Marques Brownlee notes that you'll have to wait until the new year for that 18-core beast.

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AGR Manet is DOWN, 1513088586

AGR Manet - 5 hours 1 min ago
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Apple’s $4,999 iMac Pro is officially launching this Thursday, December 14

iDownloadBlog - 5 hours 6 min ago

iMac Pro, the most-powerful Mac ever created, is officially going on sale this Thursday, December 14, Apple announced on Tuesday.... Read the rest of this post here

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Patriots win streak ends with 27-20 loss at Dolphins

Medina Gazette - 5 hours 17 min ago

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — New England coach Bill Belichick was asked if the Patriots’ eight-game winning streak ended because they looked past the Miami Dolphins to Sunday's showdown between division leaders at Pittsburgh.

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'Alternative facts' remark tops 2017 list of notable quotes

Medina Gazette - 5 hours 17 min ago

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The use of the term “alternative facts” by Kellyanne Conway, an adviser to President Donald Trump, tops a Yale Law School librarian's list of the most notable quotes of 2017.

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Iceland closes gender gap but violence against women remains

Medina Gazette - 5 hours 17 min ago

REYKJAVIK, Iceland — For nine years in a row, the World Economic Forum has ranked Iceland as having the world's smallest gender-equality gap, and for about as long gender studies professor Gyda Margret Petursdottir has been asked how the Nordic island nation became such a paradise for women.

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Turbulent Senate race now in hands of Alabama voters

Medina Gazette - 5 hours 17 min ago

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Depending on who is making the case, Alabama's special Senate election Tuesday is about either continuing the “Trump miracle” in Washington or allowing “decency” to prevail back home.

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