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Latest iPhone 8 dummy images further corroborate glass back, in-screen Touch ID, more

9to5Mac - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 14:35

The iPhone 8 leaks continue this weekend with images emerging of yet another dummy unit. Shared on Twitter by leaker Onleaks, the dummy model corroborates much of what we’ve seen many times in the past related to the iPhone 8’s design, including a glass back, vertical dual-camera design, and more…

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An Awesome New Music Video by Radiohead: "Man of War"

Little Green Footballs - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 14:34

'Man Of War', taken from the forthcoming album OK NOT OK 1997-2017, out June 23rd on XL Recordings. http://oknotok.co.uk/

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Life Hacks (Open Thread)

Balloon Juice - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 14:01

For many years, when I washed produce in the sink prior to consumption, I’d scrape the little stickers off and allow them to get washed down into the drain trap. This habit irritated the mister exceedingly, and one day he asked why I couldn’t just throw the damn things away.

It was a reasonable complaint, but when engaged in the task of washing produce, I didn’t want to stop that activity, open the door where the trash can is and dispose of the sticker. Nor did I think it likely I could retrain myself to scrape the stickers off prior to washing the produce. Who gives stickers advance thought?

However, in the interest of maintaining marital harmony, I hit upon another solution: I started scraping the stickers off and applying them to the bottle of dish soap that sits on the ledge of the sink. Those bottles get tossed in the recycling anyway; who cares if they’re covered with produce stickers? Problem solved!

I realize this isn’t rocket surgery, but little things that make life easier, well, make life easier. Do you have any to share?

If not, feel free to discuss other topics. Open thread!

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View from the Left: Trump's a monster—but that alone won't win elections

Daily Kos - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 14:01

Senate Republicans had just released their heartless plan to strip health care from tens of millions of our nation's most vulnerable citizens—the sick, the old, the disabled. Tension quickly gripped the halls of Congress. GOP senators dodged cameras. Democrats declared the bill "meaner" than the House version, and from the floor Sen. Elizabeth Warren called its tax cuts for the nation's richest "blood money" that would cost "American lives."

Outside the office of the bill's creator—GOP Majority Leader Mitch McConnell—disabled Americans staged a raw and gutsy protest, quite literally fighting for their lives. As the protesters chanted "No cuts to Medicaid!"—Capitol Hill police literally ripped some of them from their wheel chairs in order to clear the hall outside the door of McConnell, who refused to meet with them.

Right then—as Capitol Hill reporters circulated images of disabled persons being dragged away—Donald Trump had a light-bulb moment ...

No time like the present to end this frivolous controversy over the nonexistent Oval Office recordings I claimed to have of James Comey. Ha—can't believe people fell for that! I think I'll tweet about it. Nothing else is really tickling my fancy.

Ah yes, Mr. Center of the Universe strikes again—smothering any smidge of humanity with his bloated, all-consuming sense of self. Never mind all those anguished folks at the Capitol, I've got better things do. And by "better," I mean my things to do.

Just one night earlier, Trump had told a crowd of his Iowa revelers, "I hope we're going to surprise you with a really good plan."

"Surprise," yes. Surprisingly cruel, that is.

Perhaps the truest utterance that escaped from the Windbag in Chief at the Iowa rally came when he complimented himself for thinking outside the box about using solar panels on his precious border wall: "Pretty good imagination, right?"

Indeed—those voices are truly something special, Don.

The synaptic lapse that transpired between Trump's Wednesday night appeal for some hint of humanity on health care and the toxic self-involvement that flooded his brain Thursday and drained out through his thumbs was just another day in the Oval Office.

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Watch This Congressman Dance As He Justifies Medicaid Cuts

Crooks and Liars - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 14:00

The very slick Rep.Tom Reed (R-NY) told Joy Reid the Medicaid cuts are all about "reform" and wanting to save Medicaid from itself.

Reid wasn't having it. She told him he cares more about tax cuts than helping the sick, citing a report that predicts Trumpcare will lead to as many as 27,700 more deaths.

“What I’m saying is we need to make the program sustainable, and what you have to do is change the way we do Medicaid, not expand the service,” Reed said.

Reid said Republicans should just admit they only want to drain Medicaid of its funding.

“The plain fact here is that this is not about Medicaid reform,” Reid said. “You, sir, believe that Medicaid should just receive less money and that it shouldn’t be getting its money from taxpayers.”

Watch this soulless machine evade and obfuscate!


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UK Parliament Emails Closed After 'Sustained And Determined' Cyber-Attack

Slashdot - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 13:38
An anonymous reader quotes the Guardian: Parliament has been hit by a "sustained and determined" cyber-attack by hackers attempting to gain access to MPs' and their staffers' email accounts. Both houses of parliament were targeted on Friday in an attack that sought to gain access to accounts protected by weak passwords... The estate's digital services team said they had made changes to accounts to block out the hackers, and that the changes could mean staff were unable to access their emails... The international trade secretary, Liam Fox, told ITV News the attack was a "warning to everyone we need more security and better passwords. You wouldn't leave your door open at night." In an interview with the BBC, he added: "We know that there are regular attacks by hackers attempting to get passwords. We have seen reports in the last few days of even Cabinet ministers' passwords being for sale online. We know that our public services are attacked, so it is not at all surprising that there should be an attempt to hack into parliamentary emails." One member of Parliament posted on Twitter "Sorry, no parliamentary email access today â" we're under cyber-attack from Kim Jong-un, Putin or a kid in his mom's basement or something." He added later, "I'm off to the pub."

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If those lips are moving ... a catalog of lies from the man who wants to make reality irrelevant

Daily Kos - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 13:02

Donald Trump lied. That’s a headline guaranteed not to rise above the din these days. If Al Franken rewrote Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them with Trump as target, it would require publishing a set of encyclopedias. 

The shocker headline would come from an instance of unvarnished truth-telling by our Grifter in Chief, the Commander in Tweet, the shyster, charlatan, and four-flusher squatting in the White House. While all presidents have told whoppers on occasion, built major policies on lies and, yes, founded or extended wars based on lies, Donald Trump is in a category all by himself. Brazen lying is more deeply embedded in his DNA than eye color.

He lies about big stuff, and little stuff, and stuff it just makes no damn sense to lie about. So many of his lies are just stupid, unnecessary and easily fact-checked with 30 seconds plugged into the Google or YouTube. If Trump stuck to telling only disguised lies, clever lies, the kind of big lies that are buried so deeply inside small truths that many smart people aren’t woke to them as lies, he wouldn’t be getting scoured for it even at The Wall Street Journal

As a consequence of the lies, David Leonhardt and Stuart A. Thompson at The New York Times have compiled a linked catalog of what they say is “nearly every outright lie he has told publicly since taking the oath of office.”

They found that Trump lied in public every day for the first 40 days of his presidency and has told at least one lie on “at least 74 of 113 days” in office. “On days without an untrue statement, he is often absent from Twitter, vacationing at Mar-a-Lago in Florida, or busy golfing.” Of course, he cheats at golf, another form of lying.

Trump built his real estate empire on lies. He’s lied under oath. He ran his presidential campaign on lies. His first words as a toddler were probably lies. 

He revels in lies and repeats the most thoroughly debunked ones because he knows that some people will believe him no matter how outrageously far from the truth what he says actually is. In short, he knows from experience that lying works. He has probably never read Edward Bernays or Joseph Goebbels, nor is as polished as they, but he nevertheless practices what they preached. If he were to give free rein to his narcissism in a tweet describing his own behavior, he’d call his lying “tremendous,” the “best”: “I know more about lying than anybody.” Even though he has never indulged himself on that score, he gleefully adopted the term “truthful hyperbole” invented by his ghostwriter to describe his approach to closing deals. 

What’s worst about Trump’s tsunami of lies, however, is what Leonhardt and Thompson note in the introduction to their list. Donald Trump “is trying to create an atmosphere in which reality is irrelevant.” That is a very dangerous world. Because no matter how many lies are told, the contents of reality cannot be disappeared like the government websites Trump has ordered scrubbed. The trouble is that by the time reality trumps lies, it can often be too late to do anything about it.

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Canadian leaders have given up on Trump—so now they're going around him

Daily Kos - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 13:00

Donald Trump is not fit for office. He's not stable, he has little to no interest in the nation itself, and is so self-absorbed as to judge every international interaction solely through the lens of his own momentary needs. This has turned our relationships with our allies immediately sour as each leader Trump meets with, dictators aside, finds it impossible to hold a coherent conversation with the man. When German leader Angela Merkel came to the public conclusion that the world could no longer count on a United States led by Trump, it was a dramatic policy shift by a key ally.

After only a few interactions with Trump, the Canadian government likewise decided that attempting to communicate substantively with Team Trump was a lost cause. Their workaround is now to largely ignore him, instead focusing on working with individual states and cities. It's been more effective, and is a preview of what our nation's relationship with the rest of its closest allies might soon look like.

Canadian officials have fanned out across the United States, meeting with mayors, governors, members of Congress and business leaders on matters from trade to the environment.

Ministers’ schedules resemble those of rock bands on summer tours. They travel armed with data on the precise dollar amount and number of jobs supported by Canadian firms and trade in that area. [...]

“Something snapped in the last few weeks,” said Roland Paris, a former foreign policy adviser to Mr. Trudeau. With trade threats looming, Mr. Trump’s break on climate convinced Canadian leaders of the need for drastic steps.

Since then, Mr. Paris said, “the approach has been to maintain cordial relations with the White House while going to extraordinary lengths to activate American decision makers at all levels of the political system.”

The irony of Trump's bullying is that it threatens to make him impotent. If international allies decide there's simply no point in negotiating with Trump—given that he both lies during the interactions and can't be counted on to uphold whatever he agrees to in those conversations anyway—they will certainly ignore him. That which can be negotiated with individual states will be negotiated with individual states, and that which can't be will simply be placed on hold in the hopes that the United States will at some future point have a leader who is not mentally ill.

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'Stack Clash' Linux Flaw Enables Root Access. Patch Now

Slashdot - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 12:34
msm1267 writes: Linux, BSD, Solaris and other open source systems are vulnerable to a local privilege escalation vulnerability known as Stack Clash that allows an attacker to execute code at root. Major Linux and open source distributors made patches available Monday, and systems running Linux, OpenBSD, NetBSD, FreeBSD or Solaris on i386 or amd64 hardware should be updated soon. The risk presented by this flaw, CVE-2017-1000364, becomes elevated especially if attackers are already present on a vulnerable system. They would now be able to chain this vulnerability with other critical issues, including the recently addressed Sudo vulnerability, and then run arbitrary code with the highest privileges, said researchers at Qualys who discovered the vulnerability.

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Logic Pros: What’s new in iOS & Mac music production this week

9to5Mac - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 12:31

This is the place to catch up on all the biggest product announcements, hardware, apps, synths, Logic/GarageBand instruments and so much more in the world of iOS/Mac music production. This week, Roland and Studio Electronics unveil a brand new mono analog synth, Native Instruments drops a toy box full of quirky sounds and Output introduces us to its new studio desk Platform… more…

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Apple has removed 58k apps from the Chinese App Store over the last two weeks, 10x more than normal

9to5Mac - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 12:04

A report earlier this week detailed Apple’s efforts to remove spam and copy-cat apps from the App Store, and one area the company specifically seems to be targeting is China. As noted in a new report from People.cn, Apple has removed around 58,000 Chinese apps from the App Store over the last two weeks, a drastic increase compared to normal.

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Former Slashdot Contributor Jon Katz Believes He Can Talk To Animals

Slashdot - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 11:34
Long-time Slashdot reader destinyland got a surprise when he visited his local bookstore: Jon Katz turns 70 this August, and he's published a new book called Talking to Animals: How You Can Understand Animals and They Can Understand You. Katz was a former newspaper reporter (and a contributing editor to Rolling Stone) who wrote for HotWired, the first online presence for Wired magazine in the mid-1990s, before becoming a controversial contributor to Slashdot during the site's early days. Katz left Manhattan in the 1990s to live on a farm "surrounded by dogs, cats, sheep, horses, cows, goats, and chickens," according to the book's description, an experience he writes about on his blog. His new book promises that Katz now "marshals his experience to offer us a deeper insight into animals and the tools needed for effectively communicating with them."

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Apple hires Stanford digital health leader as it continues to ramp up medical efforts

9to5Mac - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 11:17

As it continues to expand its health efforts, Apple has hired Stanford’s digital health leader, Dr. Sumbul Desai. As noted by Internet Health Management, Desai was the head of Stanford’s Center for Digital Health and will join Apple’s ever-growing health team…

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This week’s top stories: iPhone 8 dummy unit leaks, iOS 11 beta 2, iPad Pro, Apple Watch, HomePod & more

9to5Mac - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 11:05

In this week’s top stories: iPhone 8 dummy unit leaks, iOS 11 beta 2, iPad Pro, Apple Watch, HomePod, and much more.

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Joy Reid: Trump Seems 'Significantly Concerned' About Russia Probe

Crooks and Liars - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 11:00

On AM Joy, Joy Reid talked to cybersecurity expert Malcolm Nance about Donald Trump's reaction to the Russia probe.

"Behind the scenes, he seems to be significantly concerned about this probe," she said.

"There was a piece, NBC News did this reporting that Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, told House investigators even though he wouldn't say it in the open hearing -- he said his feelings, he didn't want to talk about conversations -- but behind closed doors, he told the House committee that Trump did seem obsessed with the Russia probe."

"Sure, absolutely," Nance said.

"Why is Donald Trump obsessed with covering up this probe? It's a national counter-espionage investigation that now appears that it looks, based on the lawyers that director Mueller has hired, is now going into a massive financial fraud and RICO investigation.

"One of those two things is going to happen or both: espionage tied to dirty money, or a massive dirty money thing. Trump has to be concerned about that, and he thinks as a big New York real estate developer, he get away with it," he said.

"He's not going to get away with it. Mueller is playing a reality show called "Presidential Apprentice" and only one contestant and one result that comes from the end of it. You're either fired or not fired. I think Trump is terrified of that."

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Take a look inside Steve Jobs Theater with the latest Apple Park drone tour [Video]

9to5Mac - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 10:51

Earlier this week, satellite footage highlighted the progress Apple has made in construction on Apple Park, showing the new campus go from skeleton form to near completion. Now, Duncan Sinfield is back with his newest drone footage, offering our clearest look yet at Steve Jobs Theater.

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Phoronix Announces '2017 Linux Laptop Survey'

Slashdot - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 10:34
Phoronix is hosting a 2017 Linux Laptop Survey. From their site: While Linux laptop compatibility is much better than where it was years ago, it's still not too uncommon to run into display/hybrid issues, shorter battery life under Linux than Windows or macOS, touchpad problems, and other occasional compatibility/performance shortcomings. So we've established this Linux Laptop Survey in conjunction with Linux stakeholders to hopefully gather more feedback that will be useful to many different parties... The survey will be online until July 6th, after which the results will be publicly available, and will determine the most popular brands, distros, screen sizes, and GPUs, as well as common pain points and popular price points. And one particularly interestng question asks respondents what they'd like to see in a "dream Linux laptop."

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Stephen Colbert Declares Run For President In 2020 On Russian TV

Crooks and Liars - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 09:25
Stephen Colbert Declares Run For President In 2020 On Russian TV

And after a few shots of vodka-roulette (with pickle), Colbert was ready to declare in a unifying toast to 'A strong America! A strong Russia!'. Assuring the Russia people that, if elected, they'd continue to have a friend in the White House.

Source: The Daily Beast

As he revealed on Twitter in a trolltastic message to President Donald Trump on Thursday, Stephen Colbert is currently “on assignment” in Russia for an upcoming broadcast of The Late Show. While there, he also made an appearance on the Russian late-night talk show Evening Urgant, where he decided to make a very big announcement—under the assumption no one in the United States would hear about it.

Colbert joined host Ivan Urgant for a game of “Russian roulette” that included vodka shots and pickles, and made a series of toasts—in English—with each drink. “To the beautiful and friendly Russian people,” he said before downing the first shot, “I don’t understand why no members of the Trump administration can remember meeting you.”


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'Prisoners of Gravity': Hey, TV Sci-Fi Can Have Ideas After All

Wired Science - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 09:00
On this week's episode of the 'Geek's Guide to the Galaxy' podcast the creators of the science fiction show look back on its legacy.
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The People GoFundMe Leaves Behind

Slashdot - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 09:00
citadrianne shares a report from The Outline: President Donald Trump's proposed budget seeks to slash $54 billion from social services including programs like Medicaid and Meals on Wheels. As these resources dry up, crowdfunding websites will further entrench themselves as extra-governmental welfare providers in order to fill the gap. For a lucky few, these sites are a lifeline. For most people, they are worthless. Crowdfunding's fatal flaw is that not every campaign ends up getting the money it needs. A recent study published in the journal Social Science & Medicine found that more than 90 percent of GoFundMe campaigns never meet their goal. For every crowdfunding success story, there are hundreds of failures. "As many happy stories as there are in charitable crowdfunding, there are a lot of really worthy causes when you browse these platforms that nobody has given a cent to," Rob Gleasure, professor at the business school of the National University of Ireland, Cork told The Outline. "People haven't come across them." Feller and Gleasure's report highlighted how fickle crowdfunding can be. Of all the Razoo campaigns started in 2013, they found, more than a third didn't receive any funding at all. According to their report, donors are more likely to give to campaigns that feature lots of pictures and accompanying text.

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