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PostPosted: Mon, 8. Jan 18, 19:44    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

Oprah Winfrey actively thinking about running for U.S. President

Does Canada have beaches?

With sand on them?

Without polar bears?

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PostPosted: Mon, 8. Jan 18, 23:16    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

She can't do a worse job than the current incumbent, surely?

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PostPosted: Tue, 9. Jan 18, 00:13    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

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Oprah Winfrey actively thinking about running for U.S. President...


Just what we need, another celebrity with absolutely zero government service experience thinking they can run the country. Rolling Eyes


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PostPosted: Tue, 9. Jan 18, 00:20    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

TBF I think its a case of peopel projecting than her being actually up for it. Still its ironic that people instead of learning from past mistakes, decided to double down on it. Maybe THIS time it will be good. Rolling Eyes

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PostPosted: Tue, 9. Jan 18, 09:31    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

pjknibbs wrote:
She can't do a worse job than the current incumbent, surely?


Uh... Wasn't that the reason people gave for electing the current incumbent?

Isn't that always the reason? Smile

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PostPosted: Tue, 9. Jan 18, 13:13    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

No, she can't do a worse job than the incumbent. However, I suspect that this is setting the bar incredibly low . . .


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PostPosted: Tue, 9. Jan 18, 22:13    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

Usenko wrote:
No, she can't do a worse job than the incumbent. However, I suspect that this is setting the bar incredibly low . . .


Th-th-there's a "bar?"

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This just in: Kodak moves into the blockchain realm.

This is a bigger deal than one might think. No, I don't think Kodak is going to be issuing Kodakoins.

What they are going to do, however, is to apply blockchain technology to help manage image rights.

You create a funny post and decide you're going to embed an image. You rush out and find a funny picture using Google's image search and embed the link and post your funny junk. The forum software dutifully loads up that image, everyone laughs, and you make Internetz History.

It's free, you're not making any money from it, nobody is paying Egosoft to visit the forums to gander at pics and the picture was just sitting there, in the net, so you used it. That's fine, really.

BUT, then there's the people who make money from other people's work without paying them for that work. They grab a pic off the net and slap it on their website, not thinking that the photographer or creator created that product for sale and consumption, not for free use.

Image searchers have recently incorporated search standards which specifically differentiate between free and commercial pictures. But, they suck. They're unreliable and, to be honest, you never know if the person who is selling the picture actually has the rights to do so.

I use a lot of "textures" in my little 3D hobby. If I make something for someone else, I pay very close attention to usage rights. Strict attention. Why? Those creators deserve to get paid if they wanted to get paid for their work. I do create my own textures and materials, but there are times when I need something quickly. Thank you internetz...

This technology could be used to help manage usage rights for any picture. Or, perhaps, any digital product... Anyone think of that? (I just did... Maybe Kodak did, too?)

Images for sale commonly have watermarks or are presented in a preview version that isn't suitable for professional use. They can also use embedded "watermark" tech, like a digital signature. They can have meta-information and all sorts of crap "inside" them. In fact, digital standards allow for a wide variety of invisible information to be included in digital pictures. The sky is literally only limited by how big you want that image file to be. (Though, there can be "out of range" errors for certain functions. You won't be embedding an entire game in a standard jpg without problems.)

But NONE of it helps to manage usage rights if the person looking at it doesn't care. And, it can all be changed with the appropriate software.

But this... This could be the beginning of the "face of tomorrow" when it comes down to commercial images. Seriously, it's A Big Deal ™ and it has a company with a well-respected name taking up its cause.

Smart people have seen the advantages of this and the stock has shot up 40%. Granted, it probably had some headroom to begin with, but now? Forty-percent is forty-percent and you can spend that. If they handle this smartly, which I think they just might, you could end up seeing Kodak Digital Rights Management symbols on every professional, commercial, digital image.

PS - For the curious, this is a perfect example of how innovation and technology can be used to create new products, even those that lie outside of the original intent of the technology.

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PostPosted: Wed, 10. Jan 18, 14:42    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

It looks like certain roller coasters can be used to pass kidney stones.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Thunder_Mountain_Railroad#Kidney_stones

In the October 2016 Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, a paper entitled "Validation of a Functional Pyelocalyceal Renal Model for the Evaluation of Renal Calculi Passage While Riding a Roller Coaster" was published.[3] The paper's author, Dr. Wartinger, found that patients of his had passed kidney stones after riding Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Walt Disney World on vacation, including one who passed three stones on three separate occasions. The doctor then tested this result, with the permission of Disney, with a 3D model of a kidney by riding the ride over 20 times. The study found nearly 70% of the time, the kidney stone was passed, with results varying depending on which row they were in.[3][4] The study also found that the Space Mountain and Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith failed to cause this result.[5]

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PostPosted: Wed, 10. Jan 18, 19:43    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

burger1 wrote:
It looks like certain roller coasters can be used to pass kidney stones.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Thunder_Mountain_Railroad#Kidney_stones ...


I remember reading about this. It's pretty darn cool, considering that some people can have a really hard time with these things. I keep forgetting to tell a friend of mine that has had some issues, from time to time. Thanks for the reminder!

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PostPosted: Thu, 11. Jan 18, 17:53    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

The new Us ambassador to the Netherlands claimed in 2015 that there are No-Go zones in the Netherlands where Islamists burn dutch politicians alive. When asked about it by the dutch media he refused to answer.....only problem was that the dutch media didn't stop asking. What followed was odd and somewhat funny.

https://twitter.com/RGjournalist/status/951102206325002240 (you may need to turn on the sound, bottom right corner of the video player.)


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PostPosted: Sat, 13. Jan 18, 05:52    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

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What happens when you get an atheist and a christian together to discuss the teachers of Jesus Christ, where they agree and where they disagree? Stefan Molyneux and Dr Duke Pesta discuss why Christianity promotes free will, compulsion in matters of virtue, the politicization of modern religion, why atheism trends towards collectivism and much much more!

Stefan Molyneux : Stefan Molyneux (born 1966) is an Irish-Canadian political activist, amateur philosopher and and YouTube personality. Since 2005, he is the host of Freedomain Radio, a bastardization of FDR's initials podcast where he discusses philosophy, libertarianism, anarcho-capitalism, atheism, science and relationships.

Dr. Duke Pesta : received his M.A. in Renaissance literature from John Carroll University and his Ph.D. in Shakespeare and Renaissance literature from Purdue University. He is a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh and the Academic Director of Freedom Education Project.


What Jesus Christ Said | Duke Pesta and Stefan Molyneux <>Conversation

Interesting Hour and a quarter .


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PostPosted: Sat, 13. Jan 18, 21:06    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

The people of Hawaii in the United States just got warned of an "Incoming Ballistic Missile Threat" through the State's Civil Defense system and its social media, cellphone, network. Every cellphone in Hawaii received the text warning, advising them to immediately seek shelter and that "This is not a test."

It was a false alarm, a mistake in the system during a test. Or, something like that. Events still unfolding.

Edit:Update

It appears it was a false alarm generated during a shift change. According to statements, there is a procedure that takes place at shift change involving instructions on how to activate the system for the arriving shift. Instead of being a test, it was actually "live." It took over half-an-hour for official statements to be made informing the public it was a false alarm. There are around 1.5 million people living in Hawaii and the message was transmitted to all cell-phones capable of receiving a text message...

This will significantly impact public opinion regarding North Korea and its nuclear program, no doubt about it. What that opinion will be as to what course should be taken is anyone's guess, though.

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PostPosted: Sun, 14. Jan 18, 00:01    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

... or to put it another way - the unannounced test of the warning system was very successful.


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PostPosted: Sun, 14. Jan 18, 07:22    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

Morkonan wrote:

This will significantly impact public opinion regarding North Korea and its nuclear program, no doubt about it. What that opinion will be as to what course should be taken is anyone's guess, though.


Er, why would it do that when it was a false alarm? Was it North Korean interference that caused the false alarm in the first place?

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PostPosted: Sun, 14. Jan 18, 12:50    Post subject: Reply with quote Print

Not news but:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAb8KIhgVAI

For your enjoyment, i found it hilarious!


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