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Tuesday February 5, 2019. 06:41 PM
Not much detail on this patented houseplant and its terrifying license 'agreement': redditor GooberMcNutly posted it a few hours ago and hasn't said anything else about it. Plants are patentable, and in theory patents reach into private conduct. Whatever the story, this is...
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Last month, it seemed like Europe had been saved from a dangerous attempt by corporate lobbyists to hijack copyright legislation in order to add a few points to their balance sheets, at the cost of a free, fair, open internet. Now, thanks to Germany's decision to turn its...
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Smart toilets that analyze urine and poop in the bowl have been demonstrated for years, but now Rochester Institute of Technology engineers have integrated multiple kinds of biosensors into the toilet's seat. The WiFi-enable systems tracks EEG, blood oxygen levels, and the...
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Metrolinx, the provincial agency that supplies the Presto cards used to pay for public transit rides in Toronto, has continued to hand over riders' travel history to Toronto-area cops without asking for a warrant. Law enforcement requests to Metrolinx have mounted...
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Following on Willie Nelson's 'Willie's Reserve' cannabis brand, the music icon and weed enthusiast has launched the new Willie’s Remedy line of CBD-infused health and wellness products, starting with coffee. From Rolling Stone: According to a release, Nelson’s coffee...
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If you believe in the sanctity of property rights, you believe that the law should entitle you to compensation if someone damages your property; the energy sector has knowingly, willfully destroyed some of the most valuable property on earth, in large coastal cities, and if...
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Yes, as seen below, somehow Ross with Nicolas Cage's face makes him look even more like Ross. But now comes the discovery of this lost Friends episode above, 'The One Where They Are ALL Nicolas Cage.' (TheAngryStag via r/funny) Here's the original weirdness: Ross from...
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Wendell Primus is one of Nancy Pelosi's top health aides. Leaked slides from a closed-door meeting with Blue Cross execs reveal that he has been quietly advising the health insurance industry that there is no danger of Democrats pursuing a 'Medicare for All' strategy, and...
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Starting in the early 1990s with a Democratic Congress (and continued by other congresses, Republican and Democrat, since), the rate of tax on 'passive, unearned income' has been in decline, but someone has to pay to keep Uncle Sam's lights on, so the tax on workers' wages...
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Jamelle Bouie (previously), has proposed an alternate Black Batman, with an accompanying background story that goes beyond race-switching Bruce Wayne and instead looks at the cultural and racial politics of America and finds exactly the right niche where a Black vigilante in ...
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The EU's on-again/off-again Copyright Directive keeps sinking under its own weight: on the one side, you have German politicians who felt that it was politically impossible to force every online platform to spend hundreds of millions of euros to buy copyright filters to...
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Yahoo News' Adriana Belmonte reports on the fastest-growing jobs in America. Construction and extraction jobs are in high demand in the U.S., along with installation, maintenance, and repair services. Production jobs are also quickly developing, as are mathematical and...
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The Takeout methodically calculated the amount of time fresh McDonalds fries last before they become 'inedible.' The answer is 18 minutes, but in science, the journey is the destination. [via MeFi]
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Happy Safer Internet Day! Not so much a holiday as a day to look over our shoulder and remember that more than ever, the anonymity and freedom the internet once took for granted is under attack. Whether you're worried about hackers, malware, or just the steadily increasing...
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In 1955, aliens from the planet Clarion contacted a Chicago housewife to warn her that the end of the world was imminent. Psychologist Leon Festinger saw this as a unique opportunity to test a new theory about human cognition. In this week's episode of the Futility Closet...
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Monday February 4, 2019. 11:07 PM
Said former White House aide Cliff Sims on the leak of Trump's personal schedules -- loaded with “executive time,” lmao, which is a euphemism for sitting around watching Fox News: 'There are leaks, and then there are leaks. If most are involuntary manslaughter, this was...
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Amazon is offering an unusually low price on the Anker's PowerCore II 10000 Ultra Slim Power Bank. I have a number of different Anker chargers and they have performed well for years. This one is 1000 mAh, which is enough to recharge most smartphones about 3 times.
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They're just gonna drill everything they can while Trump's in power, aren't they. Donald Trump tweeted on Monday, “David has done a fantastic job from the day he arrived, and we look forward to having his nomination officially confirmed!” David Bernhardt, a former oil...
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The attorney for detained performing artist 21 Savage blasts ICE in a statement the day after his client was arrested: 'This is a civil law violation, and the continued detention of Mr. Abraham-Joseph serves no other purpose than to unnecessarily punish him and try to...
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Wolfdog is not ready for you to stop scratching. No human, keep scratching. [via]
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