Friday, 24 October

22:00

Pocket-sized travel-laundry gadget [Boing Boing]


The Scrubba is a washtub, washboard, soaker and dry-rack that collapses down and fits in your pocket, and can also serve as a drybag for camping trips. Read the rest

Gisele is right: Mom comes first! [CNN.com - Top Stories]

When did it become a crime to admit that you -- as a parent -- put yourself first?

Who is Jaylen Fryberg? [CNN.com - Top Stories]

One week after being named to his high school's homecoming court, Jaylen Fryberg opened fire in its cafeteria -- shooting five, one fatally, before turning his gun on himself.

Opinion: Question U.S. must face [CNN.com - Top Stories]

Eric Liu says with our family and friends and neighbors, each one of us must decide what kind of civilization we expect in the United States. We the people have the responsibility to set tone and standards, with our laws and norms

Where are Mexico's lost boys? [CNN.com - Top Stories]

Where are the lost boys of Mexico? That's what many people, in that country and around the world, want to know. The answer could say much about the new narrative that has been pushed about the country.

Surprising truth about serial killings [CNN.com - Top Stories]

Despite an alleged confession over a string of killings in Indiana, serial killings are much less common than they used to be, write James Alan Fox and Jack Levin.

Mayor: NYC prepared to handle Ebola [CNN.com - Top Stories]

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio updates the media on the condition of a doctor infected with Ebola in the city.

Reports: Mali's first first Ebola patient dies [CNN.com - Top Stories]

The first confirmed Ebola patient in Mali has died, according to state TV reports, citing government health officials.

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How to Get Free Repairs Without a Valid Warranty [Lifehacker]

How to Get Free Repairs Without a Valid Warranty

Nothing sucks more than having a gadget break down and finding out it'll cost hundreds of dollars to fix. Don't have the cash to spend on a repair? Here are some tricks for fixing it even if your warranty doesn't apply.

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This Video Debunks 10 Popular Misconceptions About Food [Lifehacker]

No matter what you call them—myths, urban legends, old wives' tales, or misconceptions—this video tackles some of the more popular cooking and food related ones you've probably heard at some point.

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Microsoft Now Makes Money From Surface Line, Q1 Sales Reach Almost $1 Billion [Slashdot]

SmartAboutThings writes Microsoft has recently published its Q1 fiscal 2015 earnings report, disclosing that it has made $4.5 billion in net income on $23.20 billion in revenue. According to the report, revenue has increased by $4.67 billion, compared to $18.53 billion from the same period last year. However, net income has decreased 14 percent compared to last year's $5.24 billion mainly because of the $1.14 billion cost associated with the integration and restructuring expenses related to the Nokia acquisition. But what's finally good news for the company is that the Surface gross margin was positive this quarter, which means the company finally starts making money on Surface sales. Microsoft didn't yet reveal Surface sales, but we know that Surface revenue was $908 million this quarter, up a massive 127 percent from the $400 million this time last year. However, if we assume that the average spent amount on the purchase of this year's Surface Pro 3 was around $1000, then we have less than 1 million units sold, which isn't that impressive, but it's a good start.

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20:00

Ketamine helps depressed patients temporarily experience pleasure again [Boing Boing]

Ketamine, a tranquilizer/anesthetic and recreational drug, can relieve symptoms of depression for up to a couple of weeks, writes psychiatrist Emily Deans.

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Weed prohibitionists caught telling lies [Boing Boing]

Carrying on the sleazy tradition of professional liar Harry J. Anslinger (first commissioner of the U.S. Treasury Department's Federal Bureau of Narcotics), weed prohibitionists are stretching the truth and outright fibbing in a desperate attempt to reverse the nationwide trend towards legalization. Read the rest

Facebook’s new app harkens back to the AOL chatroom [Ars Technica]

Entering a Facebook "room" requires a QR-type code, which can come in the form of a screenshot or can be harvested from the phone's camera.

After a clash over Facebook's "real-names" policy, the company released an app Friday that encourages communication between anonymous parties. Dubbed Rooms, the app lets users share content based on themes within different chat threads.

The app is in the spirit of other anonymous-sharing apps like Secret or Yik Yak, which consist of threads of short posts based around one's social network or location, respectively. Because of the way they are organized, both apps have caused their share of controversy. Rooms, by contrast, is organized by subject—for instance "Photography Lovers Unite" or "GIFs" (yes,GIFs)—and consist of threads of photos.

The organization harkens back to sites like reddit or AOL chatrooms, with front-facing account names that are defined on a per-room basis. Other users can comment on posts or endorse them with a "like" button that is customizable by the creator of the room.

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Student: He smirked at me, shot [CNN.com - Top Stories]

CNN's Jake Tapper talks with witness Jordan Luton about a shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Washington.

2 deputies die in shooting rampage [CNN.com - Top Stories]

A California sheriff's deputy was fatally shot in the forehead when he and a partner confronted a motorist parked in a suspicious vehicle in a motel parking lot, Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones said Friday.

Days After Shooting, Canada Proposes New Restrictions On and Offline [Slashdot]

New submitter o_ferguson writes As Slashdot reported earlier this week, a lone shooter attacked the war memorial and parliament buildings in Ottawa, Canada on Wednesday. As many comments predicted, the national government has seized this as an opportunity to roll out considerable new regressive legislation, including measures designed to* increase data access for domestic intelligence services, institute a new form of extra-judicial detention, and, perhaps most troubling, criminalize some forms of religious and political speech online. As an example of the type of speech that could, in future, be grounds for prosecution, the article mentions that the killer's website featured "a black ISIS flag and rejoiced that 'disbelievers' will be consigned to the fires of Hell for eternity." A government MP offers the scant assurance that this legislation is not "trauma tainted," as it was drafted well prior to this week's instigating incidents. Needless to say, some internet observes remain, as always, highly skeptical of the manner in which events are being portrayed. (Please note that some articles may be partially paywalled unless opened in a private/incognito browser window.)

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AT&T Locks Apple SIM Cards On New iPads [Slashdot]

As reported by MacRumors, the unlocked, carrier-switchable SIM cards built into the newest iPads aren't necessarily so -- at least if you buy them from an AT&T store. Though the card comes from Apple with the ability to support (and be switched among with software, if a change is necessary) all major carriers, "AT&T is not supporting this interchangeability and is locking the SIM included with cellular models of the iPad Air 2 and Retina iPad mini 3 after it is used with an AT&T plan. ... AT&T appears to be the only participating carrier that is locking the Apple SIM to its network. T-Mobile's John Legere has indicated that T-Mobile's process does not lock a customer in to T-Mobile, which appears to be confirmed by Apple's support document, and Sprint's process also seems to leave the Apple SIM unlocked and able to be used with other carrier plans. Verizon, the fourth major carrier in the United States, did not opt to allow the Apple SIM to work with its network." The iPad itself can still be activated and used on other networks, but only after the installation of a new SIM.

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No Quick Fixes For Drivers Affected By Air Bag Recall [News]

The massive auto recall announced this week is different from most. It affects more than one-third of air bags on the road and there are no simple fixes, short of a full air bag replacement.

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New York, New Jersey Will Quarantine All Travelers With Ebola Contact [News]

The announcement follows the positive Ebola test that came back Thursday night for Dr. Craig Spencer, who recently had returned to New York City after a stint with Doctors Without Borders in Guinea.

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For The Midterm Elections, A Book On 'What It Takes' To Win [News]

The midterm elections are less than two weeks away. Writer Michael Schaub recommends a book that explores what it's like to run for office and live through all the dramatic ups and downs.

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Google CEO Larry Page just put Sundar Pichai in charge of almost everything [The Verge - All Posts]

Google's Sundar Pichai, who's already responsible for overseeing Android and Chrome, is about to have even more on his plate. According to Recode, CEO Larry Page has sent a memo to employees revealing that Pichai will now lead nearly every major product division at the company. That includes search, maps, Google+, commerce, research, plus ads and infrastructure. The senior executives previously tasked with heading up those efforts at Google (including new world record holder Alan Eustace) will now report to Pichai instead of Page. Since YouTube is in many ways a standalone operation at this point, Pichai won't be a middleman between CEO Susan Wojcicki and Page; she'll still report directly to Google's top boss.

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19:00

WATCH: Bug spray for calm masked robber [Boing Boing]

A woman working at a convenience store calmly sprayed aerosol insecticide at a masked robber who, in turn, calmly walked away.

1955 Chevy Nomad emerges from 40-year hibernation [Boing Boing]

Ben Marks of Collectors Weekly says: "Justin Pinchot just sent us a video of his new pride and joy, a 1955 Chevy Nomad wagon. Read the rest

Wouldn't it be great if a billboard could actually read your mind? [Boing Boing]

Said no one, ever. Except, apparently not: the "data scientists" of Posterscope are excited that EE -- a joint venture of T-Mobile and Orange -- will spy on all their users' mobile data to "give profound insights...that were never possible before" (more…)

Here's a List of More Than 30 Free Image Sites That Don't Look Stock-y [Lifehacker]

Here's a List of More Than 30 Free Image Sites That Don't Look Stock-y

Finding decent, non-stock-y images that are free to use can sometimes be a frustrating search. This collection of over 30 image web sites contains a mountain of photos that would look just as good in your project as they would as your computer's wallpaper.

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