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Report: iMac Pro may offer server-grade Intel ‘Purley’ processors with ARM coprocessor

9to5Mac - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 17:02

Apple teased its new utlra-powerful iMac Pro earlier this month at WWDC, offering some baseline specs for the machine and saying it would be released in December for $4999. Now, the blog Pike’s Universum claims to have some additional details regarding the iMac Pro’s power…

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President Obama Speaks Out On Trumpcare's 'Fundamental Meanness'

Crooks and Liars - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 16:42
President Obama Speaks Out On Trumpcare's 'Fundamental Meanness'

Former President Barack Obama took to his Facebook page after the release of the Senate version of Trumpcare to call everyone to action on the bill.

He wrote, "The Senate bill, unveiled today, is not a health care bill. It’s a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America. It hands enormous tax cuts to the rich and to the drug and insurance industries, paid for by cutting health care for everybody else. Those with private insurance will experience higher premiums and higher deductibles, with lower tax credits to help working families cover the costs, even as their plans might no longer cover pregnancy, mental health care, or expensive prescriptions. Discrimination based on pre-existing conditions could become the norm again. Millions of families will lose coverage entirely."

"Simply put, if there’s a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family – this bill will do you harm. And small tweaks over the course of the next couple weeks, under the guise of making these bills easier to stomach, cannot change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation."

The former President called upon people to call their Senators, visit their offices, and speak out against this terrible bill. His call was an optimistic one.

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Categories: Politics

BBC Technical Glitch Leaves TV Presenter In Silence

Slashdot - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 16:40
Viewers of BBC's News at Ten were entranced last night when a glitch in its system produced over four minutes of surreal beauty. Two readers share a report: Huw Edwards was left sitting in silence for four minutes at the start of BBC News at Ten on Tuesday night after a technical fault delayed the start of the programme and bemused viewers. Viewers on some devices and channels were left watching the presenter sitting in silence as he waited for his cue to start. The BBC News Channel showed Edwards sitting mute for the entirety of the delay, while BBC1 put up a message apologising for the fault and played saxophone music. On BBC iPlayer an announcer apologised for the glitch and breaking news alerts also appeared during the delay. When the programme started at 22:04, Edwards apologised for what he described as a "few technical problems." The presenter said on Wednesday that nobody had told him he was on air until two minutes into the delay. However, Edwards told Radio 4's The Media Show that he "sensed I might be on" so took "the most conservative approach possible" and sat at his desk reading his notes before the bulletin started. BBC hasn't shared more about those "technical glitches." You can watch the clip here.

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Happy Hour Podcast 125 | Apple’s security leak, Sony exec hires, and Forstall’s return

9to5Mac - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 16:37

This week Benjamin and Zac share brief 10.5-inch iPad Pro impressions, detail a few changes in iOS 11 beta 2, discuss the ironic Apple security leak, Apple’s big Sony exec hires and what it means for TV, and Scott Forstall’s major comeback to the public stage and what he has to say about the history of the iPhone. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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See Ya In Court, Jackass

Balloon Juice - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 16:31

Or probably not, as this will quickly get thrown out:

A Republican coal baron is suing John Oliver, HBO, Time Warner, and the writers for Oliver’s show over the most recent episode of Last Week Tonight.

The suit, filed on June 21 in the circuit court of Marshall County, West Virginia, holds that Oliver and his team “executed a meticulously planned attempt to assassinate the character of and reputation of Mr. Robert E. Murray and his companies” by airing an episode that ripped into him. Murray runs the country’s largest privately owned coal company, Murray Energy Corporation.

“They did this to a man who needs a lung transplant, a man who does not expect to live to see the end of this case,” reads the complaint, which also lists Murray’s companies as plaintiffs.

The lawsuit isn’t a surprise to Oliver. In fact, the British comic said on the episode of his show that aired on June 18 that he expected it, noting that Murray has sued several other media outlets in the past (including, in May, the New York Times). In the episode, Oliver criticized Murray’s business practices, saying he doesn’t do enough to protect his miners’ safety. Oliver also noted that his team contacted Murray’s company before the episode aired, and that the company sent a cease-and-desist letter––the first time that had ever happened to his show.

In the interest of full disclosure so Mr. Murray will not sue me and because I am a big fan of the Streisand effect, here is the entire Last Week Tonight piece:

Screw Murray.

Categories: Politics

Clarence R. Johnson

Medina Gazette - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 16:30
Clarence R. Johnson, 93, of Brunswick, passed away peacefully at his home to be with the Lord, Monday, June 19, 2017, surrounded by his loving daughters. Clarence was born in Sweetwater, Tennessee, February 1, 1924, to the late Fred and Elizabeth (Nee Hensley) Johnson.
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JoAnne M. Hrubey

Medina Gazette - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 16:30
JoAnne M. Hrubey, 93, of Strongsville, passed away Monday, June 19, 2017. She was born January 31, 1924 in Cleveland, to the late Walter and Lillian (nee Caprun) Butwinski.
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Wanda Sue Watts

Medina Gazette - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 16:30
Wanda Sue Watts, 73, of Wadsworth, was reunited with her mother and sister in Heaven Monday, June 19, 2017. She was surrounded by her loving family, listening to her Elvis music. She was born January 31, 1944 in Houston, Texas, to the late Carl and Nanny Evelyn Moore.
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Violet G. Todia

Medina Gazette - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 16:30
Violet G. Todia (nee Haller), 95, passed away Tuesday, June 20, 2017.
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Clarence R. Johnson

Medina Gazette - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 16:30
Clarence R. Johnson, 93, of Brunswick, passed away peacefully at his home to be with the Lord, Monday, June 19, 2017, surrounded by his loving daughters. Clarence was born in Sweetwater, Tennessee, February 1, 1924, to the late Fred and Elizabeth (Nee Hensley) Johnson.
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JoAnne M. Hrubey

Medina Gazette - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 16:30
JoAnne M. Hrubey, 93, of Strongsville, passed away Monday, June 19, 2017. She was born January 31, 1924 in Cleveland, to the late Walter and Lillian (nee Caprun) Butwinski.
Categories: Misc

Wanda Sue Watts

Medina Gazette - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 16:30
Wanda Sue Watts, 73, of Wadsworth, was reunited with her mother and sister in Heaven Monday, June 19, 2017. She was surrounded by her loving family, listening to her Elvis music. She was born January 31, 1944 in Houston, Texas, to the late Carl and Nanny Evelyn Moore.
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Violet G. Todia

Medina Gazette - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 16:30
Violet G. Todia (nee Haller), 95, passed away Tuesday, June 20, 2017.
Categories: Misc

With VR180, YouTube Steps Gingerly Toward Virtual Reality

Wired Science - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 16:15
VR180 isn't VR, but it’s way more accessible.
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Obama rips the 'fundamental meanness' of the GOP's healthcare repeal bill

Daily Kos - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 16:04

President Obama took the gloves off Thursday after getting a look at the Senate version of health care repeal.

“The Senate bill, unveiled today, is not a health care bill,” the former president wrote in a Facebook post. “It’s a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America.  It hands enormous tax cuts to the rich and to the drug and insurance industries, paid for by cutting health care for everybody else.  Those with private insurance will experience higher premiums and higher deductibles, with lower tax credits to help working families cover the costs, even as their plans might no longer cover pregnancy, mental health care, or expensive prescriptions.  Discrimination based on pre-existing conditions could become the norm again.  Millions of families will lose coverage entirely.”

“Simply put, if there’s a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family – this bill will do you harm,” he added. “And small tweaks over the course of the next couple weeks, under the guise of making these bills easier to stomach, cannot change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation.”

Obama staked his presidency on signing a bill into law that ultimately expanded healthcare coverage to tens of millions of Americans. He won a second term despite the GOP’s vicious and misleading attacks on the legislation, but congressional Democrats suffered consecutive losses at the polls in the wake enacting the Affordable Care Act. But as Obama noted Thursday, providing basic healthcare coverage to more Americans should never be subject to callous political calculations:

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William Shakespeare

Quote of the day - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 16:03
"It is a wise father that knows his own child."
Categories: Misc

Mother Teresa

Love quote of the day - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 16:03
"Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand."
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Fireball Browser Hijack Impact Revised After Microsoft Analysis

Slashdot - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 16:01
Sean Michael Kerner, writing for eWeek: A browser hijacking operation initially reported to have 250 million victims by security firm Check Point isn't quite that large, according to a new analysis by Microsoft. On June 1, security firm Check Point reported that a browser hijacking operation called "Fireball" had already claimed 250 million victims. According to a Microsoft analysis published June 22, Check Point's estimate of the number of victims was "overblown" and the attack is not nearly as widespread as initially reported. The Fireball attack is a browser hijacking that is potentially able to download malware onto victims' systems, as well as manipulate pageviews and redirect search requests. Check Point's initial analysis claimed that Fireball was being bundled as part of free software downloads to unsuspecting users. "Indeed, we have been working with Microsoft on their analysis, feeding them with some additional data," Maya Horowitz, group manager of threat intelligence at Check Point, said in a statement sent to eWEEK. "We tried to reassess the number of infections, and from recent data we know for sure that numbers are at least 40 million, but could be much more."

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Months after Trump's hype, Carrier announces 600 layoffs

Daily Kos - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 15:58

Remember how, back before the media caught on to Donald Trump’s habit of announcing he’d “created” jobs that had been long planned or “saved” jobs that either didn’t need saving or weren’t actually saved, his Carrier deal was major headline news? Trump supposedly saved 1,000 jobs from being sent to Mexico, and we were supposed to ignore the fact that many of the jobs being “saved” were never planned to be cut, and the giant tax subsidies he doled out to make that happen, and all the jobs that were still going to Mexico, and the fact that the deal was going to help the company eliminate jobs through automation.

Well, Carrier isn’t in the headlines so much these days, which makes it about time for the asterisks on Trump’s big deal to kick in with a vengeance. Layoffs are officially coming for more than 600 workers at the plant:

"The jobs are still leaving," said Robert James, president of United Steelworkers Local 1999. "Nothing has stopped." [...]

[The CEO of Carrier’s parent company] said the laid-off workers would be offered jobs at other factories across the country.

"We're going to be hiring something like 5,000 people this year," he said.

But union officials say they have heard nothing from the company about any job offers elsewhere within the company. All they have received is the official notice, as required by federal law, that the first round of cuts — 338 jobs — will take place on July 20, with an additional 290 employees terminated on Dec. 22, three days before Christmas.

But of course this reality won’t get nearly as many headlines as Trump’s hype did. 

Categories: Politics

Apple’s free app of the week: Telepaint

iDownloadBlog - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 15:52

Apple on Thursday updated its App of the Week promotion with the game Telepaint. For the next 7 days, you can snag the paint-themed puzzler for free on both iPhone and iPad—a solid savings of $3.

From the App Store Editors’ Notes:

You’ll need to think through all the steps—and fast—if you want to help a friendly bucket splash his way through Telepaint’s obstacle-filled conundrums. By linking the right portals, you can pick up keys, unlock rooms, and send the bucket jogging in the right direction. But beware: the friendly bucket is always on the move—even when that means a long drop into a sharp spike pit. Telepaint is dripping with style: traversing each portal results in a delightful splatter of paint, and the picture waves and flickers like an old analog TV.

And here’s a clip of the game in action:

Telepaint is available in the App Store for free.

"Apple’s free app of the week: Telepaint" is an article by iDownloadBlog.com.
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