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#1 mr6666

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Posted Yesterday, 03:32 PM

Facebook Won’t Say If They’ll Use Your Brain Activity for Advertisements-

 

"....while the tech may be far off, its privacy implications aren’t far fetched — ignore at your own peril Facebook’s history of experimenting with the thoughts of its users, whether by deliberately manipulating their emotions or by putting their faces on advertisements without consent (“They trust me — dumb ****,” Zuckerberg famously quipped to a friend via IM as he built Facebook in his Harvard dorm).

Facebook’s interest in mental typing was certainly noted by neuroethicists; for them, it helped underline that recent breakthroughs in brain-computer interfaces, or BCIs, really will bring what was once a science fiction scenario into the real world....

 

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Posted 21 May 2017 - 11:14 PM

Thailand's chunky monkey on diet after gorging on junk food

BANGKOK (AP) — A morbidly obese wild monkey who gorged himself on junk food and soda left behind by tourists has been rescued and placed on a strict diet of lean protein, fruits and vegetables.

 

Wildlife officials caught the chunky monkey — nicknamed "Uncle Fat" by locals — after photos of the animal started circulating on social media last month.

 

Wild monkeys roam free in many parts of Thailand, attracting tourists who feed and play with the animals. Most of the monkeys are macaques like Uncle Fat, and they typically weigh around 9 kilograms (20 pounds).

 

Uncle Fat weighs three times that, tipping the scales at around 26 kilograms (60 pounds).

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They violated this monkey's animal rights in Thailand, where are the activists when you need them.


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Posted 21 May 2017 - 11:11 PM

Harvard student submits rap album as his senior thesis

BOSTON (AP) — While other Harvard University students were writing papers for their senior theses, Obasi Shaw was busy rapping his.

 

Shaw is the first student in Harvard's history to submit a rap album as a senior thesis in the English Department, the university said. The album, called "Liminal Minds," has earned the equivalent of an A-minus grade, good enough to guarantee that Shaw will graduate with honors next week.

 

Count Shaw among those most surprised by the success.

 

"I never thought it would be accepted by Harvard," said Shaw, a 20-year-old from Stone Mountain, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. "I didn't think they would respect rap as an art form enough for me to do it."

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Good news, we can all now rap our way to a university degree.


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Posted 20 May 2017 - 09:05 PM

I've read a lot about their distribution centers, as well. They like to build them in economically depressed areas so that there's a desperate workforce more likely to tolerate uncomfortable conditions. I've heard that they are considering building one of the distribution centers in my general area, since the closest is in central Florida. 

 

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It might be me but those little step stools won't do. :lol:


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Posted 20 May 2017 - 09:02 PM

Tesla workers are passing out on the factory floor, according to a report

Workers at Tesla's California car factory have been passing out and requiring rides in ambulances, the Guardian newspaper reported Thursday.

The conditions at the factory suggest the lengths the company is going to in order to meet its extremely ambitious production goals, and the tension employees feel between their pride in being part of the company and the stress and exhaustion the company's goals are causing them, according to the report.

 

Fainting spells, dizziness, seizures and other symptoms have led to more than 100 calls to ambulances since 2014, according to incident reports obtained by the Guardian.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk told the publication in an interview that workers are "having a hard time, working long hours, and on hard jobs," but also said he cared deeply about their health and well-being.

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This isn't exactly a ringing endorsement for workers in California by Elon Musk.

 

 

Tesla has always known to make one dizzy. :P

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Posted 20 May 2017 - 03:01 PM

Tesla workers are passing out on the factory floor, according to a report

 

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This isn't exactly a ringing endorsement for workers in California by Elon Musk.

 

 

It is better than the suicide nets which Foxconn had to install for workers making Apple products.


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Posted 20 May 2017 - 02:29 PM

Sounds about like the Amazon shipping centers.  There was an article a couple years ago which actually wasn't whitewashed, written about an Amazon shipping center in UK.  The workers had only a very short break in their shift, and many of them spent most of that time just walking all the way across the facility to get to the the break center and back.  A very high turnover rate and the survivors are all kinds of old guys with back problems, orthopedic injuries, and too afraid to take time off to go see a doctor.  Also the first floor was unbearably hot in the Summer because they had to keep all the doors and windows locked due to theft.  They have been adding robots and automation though.

 

I've read a lot about their distribution centers, as well. They like to build them in economically depressed areas so that there's a desperate workforce more likely to tolerate uncomfortable conditions. I've heard that they are considering building one of the distribution centers in my general area, since the closest is in central Florida. 

 

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Posted 20 May 2017 - 02:10 PM

Tesla workers are passing out on the factory floor, according to a report

Workers at Tesla's California car factory have been passing out and requiring rides in ambulances, the Guardian newspaper reported Thursday.

The conditions at the factory suggest the lengths the company is going to in order to meet its extremely ambitious production goals, and the tension employees feel between their pride in being part of the company and the stress and exhaustion the company's goals are causing them, according to the report.

 

Fainting spells, dizziness, seizures and other symptoms have led to more than 100 calls to ambulances since 2014, according to incident reports obtained by the Guardian.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk told the publication in an interview that workers are "having a hard time, working long hours, and on hard jobs," but also said he cared deeply about their health and well-being.

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This isn't exactly a ringing endorsement for workers in California by Elon Musk.

 

 

Sounds about like the Amazon shipping centers.  There was an article a couple years ago which actually wasn't whitewashed, written about an Amazon shipping center in UK.  The workers had only a very short break in their shift, and many of them spent most of that time just walking all the way across the facility to get to the the break center and back.  A very high turnover rate and the survivors are all kinds of old guys with back problems, orthopedic injuries, and too afraid to take time off to go see a doctor.  Also the first floor was unbearably hot in the Summer because they had to keep all the doors and windows locked due to theft.  They have been adding robots and automation though.


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Posted 20 May 2017 - 01:07 PM

Tesla workers are passing out on the factory floor, according to a report

Workers at Tesla's California car factory have been passing out and requiring rides in ambulances, the Guardian newspaper reported Thursday.

The conditions at the factory suggest the lengths the company is going to in order to meet its extremely ambitious production goals, and the tension employees feel between their pride in being part of the company and the stress and exhaustion the company's goals are causing them, according to the report.

 

Fainting spells, dizziness, seizures and other symptoms have led to more than 100 calls to ambulances since 2014, according to incident reports obtained by the Guardian.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk told the publication in an interview that workers are "having a hard time, working long hours, and on hard jobs," but also said he cared deeply about their health and well-being.

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This isn't exactly a ringing endorsement for workers in California by Elon Musk.


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Posted 20 May 2017 - 12:47 PM

‘Doomsday’ seed vault meant to survive global disasters breached by climate change

The seed bank designed to preserve the world’s crops and plants in the event of global disaster isn’t prepared to withstand the greatest global disaster facing our planet: global warming. Melting permafrost on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, where the Svalbard Global Seed Vault is located, has seeped into the seed bank, raising questions of how the structure will be able to survive in the future as the Earth keeps warming.

The seed vault is built in an abandoned Arctic coal mine, deep inside a mountain. It contains about a million packets of seeds from almost every country in the world, representing “the most diverse collection of food crop seeds.” In 2015, the ongoing civil war in Syria prompted researchers in the Middle East to withdraw some seeds to replace those previously stored in a gene bank in war-torn Aleppo.

The structure was built underneath the permafrost so it could be “a fail-safe seed storage facility, built to stand the test of time — and the challenge of natural or man-made disasters,” as the seed bank’s website says.

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So this is suppose to be a doomsday seed vault and it can't even take a tiny amount of water by the door? These designers need to be promoted to work at NASA.


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Posted 19 May 2017 - 09:31 PM

You can send your loved one's ashes into space on Elon Musk's SpaceX rocket for $2,500

A company planning to send the ashes of dead people into orbit said on Tuesday that it will hitch a flight on one of Elon Musk's SpaceX rockets.

San Francisco-based Elysium Space describes itself as a "memorial spaceflight" company made of ex-NASA personnel and funeral experts. The business aims to "change the vision of death from the underground to the celestial."

Each customer who signs up will receive a kit containing a custom ash capsule to collect the cremated remains of their loved one. This is then sent back to Elysium Space and is placed in the company's spacecraft. This will be launched into orbit on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

"For about 2 years, our memorial spacecraft will respectfully and peacefully orbit the Earth," Elysium Space CEO Thomas Civeit, told CNBC by email on Tuesday.

"Eventually, in a last poetic moment, the spacecraft will harmlessly re-enter the Earth's atmosphere, blazing as a shooting star."

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A San Francisco based company wants to send human remains into space, which is already cluttered with space junk. Then it burns up in our atmosphere and comes back down on us.

 

If I'm buried in space, I expect it to be done properly.

 

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 06:19 PM

I've heard of the old adage "If you love something set it free. If it comes back to you its yours," but this seems a bit extreme.

 

 

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 03:57 PM

You can send your loved one's ashes into space on Elon Musk's SpaceX rocket for $2,500


Each customer who signs up will receive a kit containing a custom ash capsule to collect the cremated remains of their loved one. This is then sent back to Elysium Space and is placed in the company's spacecraft. This will be launched into orbit on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

"For about 2 years, our memorial spacecraft will respectfully and peacefully orbit the Earth," Elysium Space CEO Thomas Civeit, told CNBC by email on Tuesday.

"Eventually, in a last poetic moment, the spacecraft will harmlessly re-enter the Earth's atmosphere, blazing as a shooting star."

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I've heard of the old adage "If you love something set it free. If it comes back to you its yours," but this seems a bit extreme.


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Posted 19 May 2017 - 02:38 PM

Who is doing what, exactly? What's a "useless eater"? Someone who eats (most do) but isn't of any use...to you? Other people? Who's the judge on that? And they call you a r-neck for "calling out follies"? When did you do this? At work? At home? Not on here, that's I've noticed. "R-neck" seems like a misnomer for that kind of behavior, anyway, unless you're throwing in some racist epithets with your "calling out", and that doesn't seem like your character, from what can be gleaned from your posts. And "elitist gasbags"? Those would be people who bloviate about their perceived superiority? Kind of like what you did? Or is it different when you do it?

 

Or was your whole post a quote from something that I don't recall?  :lol:

 

Just trying to regurgitate the latest memes I have read in one synthesized blurb..  Not to worry though, I haven't quit my day job.


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Posted 19 May 2017 - 02:28 PM

...and the useless eaters call me a redneck for calling out the elitist gasbags for their follies.

 

Who is doing what, exactly? What's a "useless eater"? Someone who eats (most do) but isn't of any use...to you? Other people? Who's the judge on that? And they call you a r-neck for "calling out follies"? When did you do this? At work? At home? Not on here, that I've noticed. "R-neck" seems like a misnomer for that kind of behavior, anyway, unless you're throwing in some racist epithets with your "calling out", and that doesn't seem like your character, from what can be gleaned from your posts. And "elitist gasbags"? Those would be people who bloviate about their perceived superiority? Kind of like what you did? Or is it different when you do it?

 

Or was your whole post a quote from something that I don't recall?  :lol:



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Posted 19 May 2017 - 02:12 PM

You can send your loved one's ashes into space on Elon Musk's SpaceX rocket for $2,500

A company planning to send the ashes of dead people into orbit said on Tuesday that it will hitch a flight on one of Elon Musk's SpaceX rockets.

San Francisco-based Elysium Space describes itself as a "memorial spaceflight" company made of ex-NASA personnel and funeral experts. The business aims to "change the vision of death from the underground to the celestial."

Each customer who signs up will receive a kit containing a custom ash capsule to collect the cremated remains of their loved one. This is then sent back to Elysium Space and is placed in the company's spacecraft. This will be launched into orbit on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

"For about 2 years, our memorial spacecraft will respectfully and peacefully orbit the Earth," Elysium Space CEO Thomas Civeit, told CNBC by email on Tuesday.

"Eventually, in a last poetic moment, the spacecraft will harmlessly re-enter the Earth's atmosphere, blazing as a shooting star."

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A San Francisco based company wants to send human remains into space, which is already cluttered with space junk. Then it burns up in our atmosphere and comes back down on us.

 

...and the useless eaters call me a redneck for calling out the elitist gasbags for their follies.



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Posted 19 May 2017 - 01:05 PM

You can send your loved one's ashes into space on Elon Musk's SpaceX rocket for $2,500

A company planning to send the ashes of dead people into orbit said on Tuesday that it will hitch a flight on one of Elon Musk's SpaceX rockets.

San Francisco-based Elysium Space describes itself as a "memorial spaceflight" company made of ex-NASA personnel and funeral experts. The business aims to "change the vision of death from the underground to the celestial."

Each customer who signs up will receive a kit containing a custom ash capsule to collect the cremated remains of their loved one. This is then sent back to Elysium Space and is placed in the company's spacecraft. This will be launched into orbit on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

"For about 2 years, our memorial spacecraft will respectfully and peacefully orbit the Earth," Elysium Space CEO Thomas Civeit, told CNBC by email on Tuesday.

"Eventually, in a last poetic moment, the spacecraft will harmlessly re-enter the Earth's atmosphere, blazing as a shooting star."

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A San Francisco based company wants to send human remains into space, which is already cluttered with space junk. Then it burns up in our atmosphere and comes back down on us.


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Posted 19 May 2017 - 12:58 PM

Trees in Eastern U.S. Head West as Climate Changes

Ecologists have long predicted that climate change will send plants and animals uphill and towards the poles in search of familiar temperatures. Such movements have increasingly been documented around the world. But a study now shows that changing rainfall patterns may be driving some tree species in the eastern United States west, not north.

 

Songlin Fei, a forest ecologist at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, and his colleagues tracked the shifting distributions of 86 types of trees using data collected by the US Forest Service’s Forest Inventory and Analysis Program during two periods: from 1980 to 1995 and between 2013 and 2015 for all states. They found more species heading west than north, probably partly because of changing precipitation patterns, the team reported on May 17 in Science Advances. “That was a huge surprise for us,” says Fei.

 

“If you think of these species as members of a family, the question is, will some families break apart, or will they travel together?” says Fei. “We might be talking about these families breaking apart.”

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It is amazing how dumb some of these global warming studies are, here is one claiming trees are already moving out West. I hope they are packing suitcases.


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Posted 18 May 2017 - 01:22 PM

U.S. flower sellers rush to destroy illegal GE petunias

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that U.S. flower distributors have begun to destroy countless petunia plants after federal scientists confirmed that they were genetically engineered (GE) to produce vivid orange, red, and purple blooms. The agency says the flowers pose no risk to the environment or to human health, but GE organisms need special permits to be sold in the United States.

 

Distributors apparently imported or bred the flowers without realizing the plants had been GE. On 2 May, the Germany-based horticultural firm Selecta Klemm informed USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) that it had moved a GE orange petunia into the United States, according to a statement issued by USDA.

 

“This led to testing by USDA of numerous petunia varieties, which confirmed this particular variety and several others are indeed GE and meet our regulatory definition of a regulated article under APHIS regulations,”

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The USDA is saving us from vivid orange, red and purple petunias, what a country we have. Next we will be going back to hand mowing lawns.

 

Yea right....USDA requires special permits for a damned genetically engineered Petunia,but it's A-OK to grow distribute AND SELL genetically engineered frankenfoods w/o the need for any pesky permits,even going so far as to make it illegal to mark such crops as genetically engineered so as to protect Monsanto(via the Monsanto Protection Act) and the Bio-Tech industry,and to fool an unsuspecting public who,by-and-large aren't even aware of the existence of GM foods nor are aware of the possible(probable) health dangers from eating Monsanto's crap.What a corrupt gov't we have!! :wacko:


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Posted 18 May 2017 - 01:09 PM

U.S. flower sellers rush to destroy illegal GE petunias

 

 


 

So much for the slogan "GE, we bring good things to life!"


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