Forget extra cupholders or power windows: the new Renault Zoe comes with a "feature" that absolutely nobody wants. Instead of selling consumers a complete car that they can use, repair, and upgrade as they see fit, Renault has opted to lock purchasers into a rental contract with a battery manufacturer and enforce that contract with digital rights management (DRM) restrictions that can remotely prevent the battery from charging at all.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) had hoped that Syria’s chemical weapons could be shipped out of Syria and destroyed in Albania.
Come on, Albania, just because we want to dump a bunch of chemical weapons in your landfill…
The social security numbers, e-mail addresses, phone numbers, birth dates, and other personal information collected by the site make it a high-value target for financially motivated attackers.
“Do the big banks make money from this advantage? Yes, they do,” he said. “Is it a ton of money? No.”
It is believed that sound waves can "jump the air gap” -- or hack a machine that is not on a network -- to paralyze a ship's control systems. Instead of using a blockade or firing Tomahawk missiles…the United States could use malicious tones.
President Obama announced Thursday an administrative change in one of the bedrock ideas of the new health-care law, allowing insurers to continue offering individual insurance plans for another year even if they do not comply with the law’s rules for minimum benefits.
Speaking with Fox News’ Chris Wallace in front of a crowd for the Atlantic’s Washington Ideas Forum, Ted Cruz claimed he “didn’t want a shutdown” — a comment that was immediately greeted with laughter.
…certain persons of the wooden persuasion, like the little guy who sits patiently on my bookcase and holds my hats, need their bolts tightened, or they will collapse in a heap. For others here in this corner of New England, signing up for classes serves the same purpose, pretty much. Bulletin boards and shop windows blossom with fliers and posters describing classes in everything from feng sui to Microsoft Word. This, presumably, offers another way to avoid collapsing into heaps.
Personally, I am a heap sort of guy, especially if there are lots of warm blankets involved.
Obamacare has taken a sudden and spectacular dive in public opinion, according to a new poll from Gallup.
In previous article about a German Heron drone that crashed into a C-160 at Mazar-i-Sharif in 2010, we reported the harsh comments by Bild newspaper that defined athe German Army experience with drones in Afghanistan “an infinite history of failures, crashes and embarrassment.”
Air Force plans to rigorously evaluate replacement nuke commanders: http://t.co/vFLRkdwSBS
— Talking Points Memo (@TPM) November 13, 2013
Speaking of which, this might be a good time for a visit to…
Supplies In Fallout Shelters
During the Fallout Shelter program the Office of Civil Defense provided
supplies to be stocked in marked community shelters. These supplies were
very minimal survival supplies which would have provide shelterees with
food, water and sanitation needs for an allotted 2 week shelter stay. The
plan was to provide each shelteree with 1 quart of water per day, 700 calories
of food per day, sanitation supplies and radiation detection instruments.
"In June, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg blasted 'outrageous press reports' about the PRISM surveillance program, denying that Facebook was ever 'part of any program to give the U.S. or any other government direct access to our servers.' What Zuckerberg didn't mention, and what the press overlooked, is that the USPTO granted Facebook a patent in May for its Automated Writ Response System. Like the NSA-enabling systems described by the NY Times on the same day Zuckerberg cried foul, the patent covers technical methods to more efficiently share the personal data of users with law enforcement agencies…
Jeff Lautt, CEO of Poet, which operates ethanol refineries across the country, including in South Dakota, said it's up to farmers how to use their land.
"The last I checked, it is still an open market. And farmers that own land are free to farm their land to the extent they think they can make money on it or whatever purpose they need," he said.
Except, of course…
This expansion of the Corn Belt is fueled in part by America's green energy policy, which requires oil companies to blend billions of gallons of corn ethanol into their gasoline. In 2010, fuel became the No. 1 use for corn in America, a title it held in 2011 and 2012 and narrowly lost this year. That helps keep prices high.
…it's actually a government market. So there's that. And not all that "green" after all.
LONDON (AP) -- A spy whose naked, decomposing body was found inside a padlocked gym bag at his apartment likely died in an accident with no one else involved, British police said Wednesday - a tentative conclusion that is unlikely to calm conspiracy theories around the bizarre case.
…well, you know, locked it. Somehow. (Sure.)
Conspiracy theories? Oh, those Brits.
…is sort of like eating a bag of potato chips—this one, Private, co-authored by Maxine Paetro, packs 124 chapters into 335 or so pages. You can't read just one. Private turns out to be the name of a detective agency and the book, Private, the first in a series. Which adds up to a whole lot of chips, maybe more than is entirely healthy. But still it's a way to pass a lazy evening, beats, marginally, staring at the late late show, and so it is on our list.
I once heard someone say there are two things all Americans love: puppies and veterans.
BRATTLEBORO — For the third time in 18 months, inspectors have uncovered missing flood seals at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant…
Inspecting for flood seals has been a Nuclear Regulatory Commission priority since the nuclear disaster in Fukushima…
In last Wednesday’s instance, Entergy Nuclear failed to correct missing and faulty flood seals that were discovered last spring in underground pipes, Sheehan said.
He said Entergy Nuclear had hired a contractor to replace the missing seals, but the contractor had failed to do the job…
Oh well then, contractor's fault, no sweat. Let's crank this sucker up.
Almost never before has a spying scandal — in this case the revelation of the monitoring of the cellphone of Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany — resulted in such a concrete, commercial backlash.
Amost never? Is that like sorta never? Or more like not never? Or probably not often but I'm too lazy to look it up?
Or just seldom?
Tmall.com, one of Alibaba’s shopping sites, said Chinese bought 1.6 million bras, which it helpfully noted would reach three times the height of Mount Everest if folded and stacked, and two million pairs of underpants, which if linked together would stretch 1,800 miles, all before the lunch hour.
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins wants private companies to be able to deny women contraception coverage because he believes that depriving women of basic healthcare is “why the Pilgrims came here.”
Also, who needs Obamacare when we have leaches?
I popped open my favorite snow forecasting app for the first time since maybe March and whoa, just in time. It's supposed to snow tonight. Around 0.4 inches, during the wee hours. Tomorrow will be warm enough to melt it off so nothing to worry about. But at least I know to stay in bed as long as possible in the morning and not look out the window until I've had at least one cup of coffee.
Unless you have a fetish for hazmat suits** and science lab equipment, you probably won’t be too excited for the newest draft of California Bill AB 640, which is meant to protect the pornography industry from the spread of sexually transmitted infections.
Saying that "one toy stretches our gray matter; the other expands our sense of childhood wonder," the National Toy Hall of Fame announced Thursday that its 2013 inductees are the game of chess and the rubber duck.
Also…bonus…the National Toy Hall of Fame looks like a pretty serious work avoidance tool.
WASHINGTON — The federal government paid $11.3 million in taxpayer-funded farm subsidies from 1995 to 2012 to 50 billionaires or businesses in which they have some form of ownership, according to a report released Thursday by the Environmental Working Group, a Washington-based research organization.…
“The irony is that farm subsidies are going to billionaires at the same time that there are proposals to kick three to five million people off of food stamps,” said Scott Faber, vice president for government affairs at the Environmental Working Group. “This clearly highlights the need for reform to our farm programs.”