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Off-Topic / Harvey Weinstein had to wear special handcuffs
« on: May 27, 2018, 06:51:14 am »Message ID: 1217693
Sure that has nothing to do with him looking at female jurors and putting his hands in his pants ?

Off-Topic / Morgan Freeman Will No Longer Be the Voice of Vancouver Public Transit
« on: May 27, 2018, 06:47:51 am »Message ID: 1217692
It has begun  !!!!!   Morgan Combat !!!!!

Off-Topic / Stacy Keibler Expecting Baby No. 2
« on: May 27, 2018, 03:03:08 am »Message ID: 1217670
The Cookie elf community is ecstatic.

Off-Topic / Have you ever eaten a Baby
« on: May 26, 2018, 11:02:06 am »Message ID: 1217572
Ruth candy bar ?

Off-Topic / Amazon's Alexa Eavesdropped and Shared the Chat, Report Says
« on: May 25, 2018, 12:35:54 am »Message ID: 1217370
(Bloomberg) — A couple’s private conversation was mysteriously recorded by their Amazon Echo device and sent to one of their contacts, igniting privacy concerns about the voice-activated gadgets the online retailer wants to make as commonplace in homes as televisions.

The two found about it when they received a phone call two weeks ago from one of the husband’s employees telling them to "Unplug your Alexa devices right now. You’re being hacked," news station KIRO 7 reported. Inc. said in a statement to the station that it was an "extremely rare occurrence."

The Portland, Oregon, couple used Amazon’s voice-activated devices throughout their home to control heat, lights and the security system, according to the news report. Amazon in 2014 introduced the new line of devices, which can also stream music and order goods from Amazon via voice command. It has been busy introducing updated versions and adding features to sell more devices than rivals like Alphabet Inc. and Apple Inc., which offer their own versions.

Voice-activated assistants like the Echo and Google Home have gone mainstream. More than 60 million U.S. consumers will use a smart speaker at least once a month this year, with more than 40 million of them using Amazon’s devices, according to eMarketer Inc.

But Amazon’s lead in the market is slipping. The company shipped 2.5 million Echo devices globally in the first quarter compared with 3.2 million Google devices shipped in the same period, according to research firm Canalys.

People have been willing to overlook glitches in the Echo, like it turning on accidentally or without the wake word being uttered, said Ryan Calo, an associate law professor at the University of Washington who researches how law applies to technology. This incident is more alarming since a private conversation was recorded and sent to a third party, he said.

"Think about how uncomfortable the millions of people who own these things now feel," Calo said. "The real harm is the invasion into solitude people now experience in their homes."

It’s difficult to determine based on Amazon’s limited response if the Oregon couple’s device was hacked or if the incident was a software bug, said Daniel Kahn Gillmor, a technologist with the American Civil Liberties Union. Some manufacturers are responding to heightened consumer sensitivities about privacy by building devices that have physical switches to turn off sensors such as cameras and microphones, he said.

"We’ve invited these systems into our lives in ways that we are only beginning to see the negative consequences for," Gillmor said. "There are situations where we don’t need to have these things. A lot of people got the Echo because they feel like it’s this magic thing. Maybe the magic isn’t worth it."

Off-Topic / Sacramento's animal shelter asked for $100,000. It got much more
« on: May 24, 2018, 08:44:31 am »Message ID: 1217244
Good for them

Off-Topic / Security troops on US nuclear missile base took LSD
« on: May 24, 2018, 08:40:10 am »Message ID: 1217243
Makes sense

Off-Topic / Feds: Uber self-driving SUV saw pedestrian; did not brake
« on: May 24, 2018, 08:38:59 am »Message ID: 1217241
Really looking forward to Total Recall's " Johnny Cab"

Off-Topic / real eyes surveys are great
« on: May 23, 2018, 05:36:58 am »Message ID: 1217055
Some are 1.10 for 2 mins

Off-Topic / Cubans mourn plane crash dead, officials ID 20 bodies
« on: May 20, 2018, 03:02:36 pm »Message ID: 1216595
Cuba needs your help iding 90 more deceased

Off-Topic / A Noah's Ark of animals rescued from Hawaii lava
« on: May 20, 2018, 02:50:22 pm »Message ID: 1216594
When hundreds of residents of Hawaii's Big Island fled their homes after the Kilauea volcano erupted, some left behind not only most of their belongings, but also their beloved pets.
In the two weeks since fountains of lava and poisonous gas spewed from the volcano, volunteers have made heroic efforts to retrieve a veritable Noah's Ark of dogs and cats, geese and ducks, cows and goats, horses, cattle and exotic birds. Many were reuniting with their owners at evacuation shelters.

The animal-friendly Red Cross shelter in Pahoa, a town about 25 miles (40 km) east of the volcano, has about 100 dogs and 30 cats, along with bunnies, birds and pigs, said Burgandy Singleton, a Hawaii Island Humane Society volunteer.

"Quite the crazy farm right now," Singleton said. "We are housing everything from wee little creatures to ginormous beasts and no trouble. With that many personalities mixing it up, it’s been amazing.”

Some of the owners are camping outside with dogs who are not socialized, she said. "It gives them a sense of home and keeps them as peaceful as possible. This is definitely stressful on the pets as well as the people."

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A massive, fast-moving lava flow consumes everything in its path, as the flames from the remnants of one home burns on the left, while it approaches another on the right. Pahoa, Hawaii on May 19.
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Pauline McLaren and her husband Eddie are among those camping out at the Red Cross Shelter with their five dogs, all of whom they have rescued over the years at their ranch in the village of Kapoho. They evacuated on May 12, when lava fissures tore open the ground near their home.

Pauline McLaren said they would have stayed with friends but for the dogs. “It’s such a hassle. It’s just so hard with five,” said McLaren who is sleeping in a tent while her husband sleeps in the car.

The rescues begin with volunteers taking down addresses and pet names from owners at the shelters. They then go into the abandoned neighborhoods with owners looking for the pets and setting out food and water, hoping to lure in hungry animals.

"Ideally, we take the owner back in so they can hear a familiar voice and we can hand-trap them,” rather than luring them into cages, Singleton said. "We are trying every trick from every book."

She said she helped rescue four sheep and two goats stranded out in a pasture last week. "The lava was running right behind them and they were trapped inside their fence."

The rescuers had to evacuate before they could catch the last sheep, but left the gate open so she could escape danger.

At another animal shelter at the county parks and recreation gym in Pahao, tents have been set up inside to give families some privacy and keep dogs away from each other, Singleton said. A donation table at the entrance was piled high with bags of dry dog and cat litter.

“This is the reason I live in this community," Singleton said. "The offerings and the help has been unbelievable."

Some of the larger livestock are being housed at the Hawaii County-funded Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens, which has taken in 30 to 35 cattle and horses. The close-knit community is helping to feed them.

“We have three pallets of alfalfa for the horses being donated today," said Pam Mizuno at the zoo. "That’s helpful. The outpouring of generosity really helps.”

Rescue groups have moved more than 1,300 head of cattle and three dozen horses, some of which have been herded to a ranch to the north, out of danger. Some horses are being sheltered at the Panaewa Equestrian Center, also to the north.

The livestock are even more jittery than the house pets, Singleton said. "From the earthquakes to the smoke and lava to the helicopters overhead, they are just spooked."

Singleton, who lives about 20 miles away from the lava zone, said it is important for pets to stay with their families.

"They both get something from it. Sometimes they have lost every single thing they own other than that dog or cat. It’s the one piece of home they still have, the one piece holding them together. And the pets feel the same way.”

Off-Topic / 66.66 is my new monthly cashout quota
« on: May 17, 2018, 05:55:03 pm »Message ID: 1216084
Sign of respect for  The Fusion Cash Gods for June 2oth 👺

Off-Topic / Double Amputee Conquers Everest on Fifth Attempt
« on: May 16, 2018, 03:08:58 am »Message ID: 1215806
A Chinese double-amputee who lost his feet to frostbite in a previous effort to scale Mount Everest is among the first group of climbers to summit the world’s tallest mountain this year.

Xia Boyu, 69, conquered Everest early Monday on his fifth attempt, ending a 43-year battle with the 29,029-foot giant, AFP reported.

Xia was almost not even allowed to take on the mountain again. The Nepali government recently introduced a ban on double amputee and blind climbers from summiting its mountains. The move was overturned by Nepal’s supreme court in March on the basis that it discriminated against disabled people, leaving Xia free to once again pursue his dream.

a view of a snow covered mountain© Provided by IBT Media
The Chinese climber is only the second double amputee to reach the highest point on Earth, following New Zealander Mark Inglis, who summited in 2006. Xia is the first double-amputee to summit from the Nepalese side of the mountain.

Xia’s first attempt was in 1975 as part of a Chinese government-supported expedition. However, bad weather stranded him close to the top of the mountain where oxygen levels are low and unexpected storms can be deadly. Though he made it down alive, he suffered severe frostbite and lost both feet. He was later diagnosed with blood cancer, requiring both legs to be amputated below the knee.

He returned to Everest in 2014 and 2015, but was unable to attempt a climb after the season was canceled due to natural disasters. In 2016, he made it within 700 feet of the summit before being forced to abandon the climb.

Before this year’s expedition, Xia told AFP, “Climbing Mount Everest is my dream. I have to realize it. It also represents a personal challenge, a challenge of fate.”

a person standing on top of a mountain© Provided by IBT Media
Xia is among the first of the climbers expected to summit Mount Everest this year. The Nepali government has issued 346 climbing permits for the spring climbing season, running from mid-April to the end of May. Most of these climbers will be accompanied by a local guide, meaning around 700 people will be trying to reach the peak from Nepal during the course of the six-week season.

Last year, 634 people summited Everest and seven people died while attempting to climb the mountain. More than 300 people are known to have died attempting to conquer Everest.

The Nepalese government has been battling to reduce the number of climbers on the mountain, citing safety and environmental issues that such large numbers bring. With such a small climbing window, the top of Everest can become extremely congested. Expeditions have been forced to wait in line for hours near the top of the mountain, putting climbers at risk of exposure injuries and sudden weather changes.

Off-Topic / Sichuan Airlines co-pilot 'sucked halfway' out of cockpit, captain says
« on: May 16, 2018, 03:03:25 am »Message ID: 1215805
That's right out of Flash Gordon

Off-Topic / Great toy survey available
« on: May 15, 2018, 12:31:15 pm »Message ID: 1215675
It's  a 1.50 one for archtech labs for lego collectors

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