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Israel Attacked Gaza | IDF Tank Entered Gaza Strip

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Soccer Superstar Plays With Very Low Brain Activity

jones_supa (887896) writes | 9 minutes ago

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jones_supa (887896) writes "Brazilian superstar Neymar's (Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior) brain activity while dancing past opponents is less than 10 per cent the level of amateur players, suggesting he plays as if on "auto-pilot", according to Japanese neurologists Eiichi Naito and Satoshi Hirose. The findings were published in the Swiss journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience following a series of motor skills tests carried out on the 22-year-old Neymar and several other athletes in Barcelona in February this year. Three Spanish second-division footballers and two top-level swimmers were also subjected to the same tests. Researcher Naito told Japan's Mainichi Shimbun newspaper: "Reduced brain activity means less burden which allows [the player] to perform many complex movements at once. We believe this gives him the ability to execute his various shimmies." In the research paper Naito concluded that the test results "provide valuable evidence that the football brain of Neymar recruits very limited neural resources in the motor-cortical foot regions during foot movements"."

Woolworths and Coles - Bread, Milk, and Banking?

kaydenkile (3766089) writes | 18 minutes ago

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kaydenkile (3766089) writes "Share Centre Review: Metcash Food & Grocery Supermarkets CEO, Fergus Collins, has warned of the detrimental effects to supermarket competition, and potentially to the Australian economy, should Woolworths and Coles be allowed hold a banking licence and offer drastically discounted financial services, including personal loans, every day banking and mortgages.

Speaking at Metcashs IGA supermarket convention on the Gold Coast, Mr Collins told Fairfax Media "I dont know where you stop these guys. How big do they need to get? How much market power and how many markets can they influence?".

Mr Collins also spoke regarding the inconsistent planning laws that have seen Woolworths and Coles gain favourable treatment when it comes to rezoning, allowing them to establish new stores in areas where locals were already saturated with retailers, pointing out cases throughout Australia, and more specifically in Sydneys north shore.

Share Centre notes that concerns are linked back to the fuel discount shopper docket scheme. After the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission was inundated with complaints from independent retailers who were claiming the scheme was unfairly strengthening their market operations.

These complaints forced the ACCC to review the situation, and impose a 4 cents per litre cap on the scheme. The ACCC warning the food giants that they would be set to face legal action due to the big discounts having a negative effect on the petrol industry and that it could likely drive petrol prices higher over time.

Not unlike the fuel discount debacle, analysts at the Share Centre agree with Mr Collins that the heavily discounted financial services may threaten competition within the sector should the ACCC fail to monitor their actions closely. Mr Collins said "The more competition you have and the more competition there is on a level playing field I think it is better for the country as a whole."

Share Centre reviews that Metcash has an annual turnover of more than $9 billion but due to underperformance at the hands of the Woolworths and Coles price wars, Mr Collins is leading a significant restructure of Metcashs supermarket division, in order to regain the lost market share.

"I think when you have two players in the market place that have such dominance as those two, logic tells you that in the future its going to be detrimental to not just the consumer but supplier base of the country as well".

Analysts at the Share Centre noted a 5 year review of Wesfarmers (WES) and Woolworths (WOW) share price performance showed strong growth for both companies outperforming the market, while shares in Metcash (MTS) have drifted lower over the same period.

Shares in Metcash have almost halved in value over the last 5 years moving from a price of around $4.70 down to current levels of $2.72. For the most part the majority of this decline has happened over the last year.

However the Share Centre also pointed out that annual dividend yields for Metcash have averaged about 6.80% while Wesfarmers have averaged 4.30% and Woolworths have averaged just 3.80%.

Andrew Piper is the Senior Business Editor at the Share Centre in Australia. 15 years of journalism revolving around global financial markets has provided Andrew with a unique understanding of the industry. Andrew specialises in the Australian and U.S. share markets and has thorough knowledge in macroeconomics. For more visit http://sharecentre.com.au/"

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Smith sets 'bigger and stronger' edict for Falcons

bestjerseyselling (3765093) writes | 19 minutes ago

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bestjerseyselling (3765093) writes "Mike Smith didn't like seeing the Atlanta Falcons pushed around in 2013. After the Falcons' first losing season in six years with Smith, the coach set the agenda for the offseason.nfl jerseys cheap ''We want to be a bigger and stronger football team, '' Smith said. The team's offseason additions, including players and assistant coaches, reflected the need to improve both lines. Right tackle Jake Matthews of Texas A&M was selected in the first round of the draft. Veteran guards Jon Asamoah and Gabe Carimi were signed.

Help also came for the defensive front, which needed more bulk in the middle to accommodate a shift to a 3-4 base scheme. Defensive end Tyson Jackson (6-4, 296) and defensive tackle Paul Soliai (6-4, 340) add size and experience. Second-round pick Ra'Shede Hageman (6-6, 318), a defensive tackle in college at Minnesota, will play end.

The humbling fall to a 4-12 finish also brought changes to Smith's staff. Offensive line coach Mike Tice and defensive line coach Bryan Cox were added after Atlanta finished last in rushing and next to last against the run.nfl jerseys cheap Injuries devastated the team in 2013, when 11 players finished the season on injured reserve. Smith is hoping the offseason work in the weight room will help prevent another wave of injuries."

Why Presentations

kanth.rajni (3766073) writes | about half an hour ago

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kanth.rajni (3766073) writes "Delivering a presentation without any graphics is the worst way you could present.

If you plan on presenting like this, the audience is going to lose interest in what you’re saying. Even the best presenters in the world have trouble keeping the audience’s attention by just talking. Our highly qualified team prepares a colorful and attractive presentation for you that will not let the audience doze off even for a fraction of a second"

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Private Data On iOS Devices, Not So Private

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes | 38 minutes ago

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theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "Personal data including text messages, contact lists and photos can be extracted from iPhones through previously unpublicized techniques by Apple Inc employees, the company acknowledged this week.

The same techniques to circumvent backup encryption could be used by law enforcement or others with access to the "trusted" computers to which the devices have been connected, according to the security expert who prompted Apple's admission.

Users are not notified that the services are running and cannot disable them, Zdziarski said. There is no way for iPhone users to know what computers have previously been granted trusted status via the backup process or block future connections."

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The Gene "STAR TREK" Roddenberry Project

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An anonymous reader writes "The Gene Roddenberry Project, based on found interview footage of Gene Roddenberry, is a half hour documentary exploring the genesis of Star Trek through the personal insight of its creator. A Kickstarter campaign is raising the funds needed to gather interviews from surviving cast members, Gene Roddenberry's family, and to license footage. Any additional funds will go into financing the biggest cost in a documentary of this nature; additional footage and music licensing.

https://www.kickstarter.com/pr..."

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Australian government moving forward with website blocks to fight piracy

angry tapir (1463043) writes | yesterday

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angry tapir (1463043) writes "Australia is moving closer to a regime under which ISPs will be forced to block access to websites whose "dominant purpose" is to facilitate copyright violations. A secret government discussion paper (PDF) has been leaked and proposes a system of website blocking and expanded liability for ISPs when it comes to "reasonable steps that can be taken ... to discourage or reduce online copyright infringement"."
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Alternative Theories on deadly Washington state landslide

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes | 4 hours ago

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Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "/. has carried a piece on the deadly Washington State landslide — http://science.slashdot.org/st... — but now alternative theories on the same landslide have surfaces

The new account from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) differs from the explanation offered by the Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER) Association, which on Tuesday unveiled the first published analysis of the 22 March slide. The accident killed 43 in the little town of Oso at the edge of Washington’s Cascade Mountains

The difference revolves around a critical question:

What caused a hillside with a history of relatively minor landslides to suddenly turn into a tsunami of mud and debris that sped about a kilometer across a valley?

The findings could influence what signs scientists look for when trying to detect other potentially explosive slides"
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Cable companies: We're afraid Netflix will demand payment from ISPs

Dega704 (1454673) writes | 13 hours ago

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Dega704 (1454673) writes "While the network neutrality debate has focused primarily on whether ISPs should be able to charge companies like Netflix for faster access to consumers, cable companies are now arguing that it's really Netflix who holds the market power to charge them. This argument popped up in comments submitted to the FCC by Time Warner Cable and industry groups that represent cable companies. (National Journal writer Brendan Sasso pointed this out.) The National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), which represents many companies including Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Cox, and Charter wrote to the FCC:

"Even if broadband providers had an incentive to degrade their customers’ online experience in some circumstances, they have no practical ability to act on such an incentive. Today’s Internet ecosystem is dominated by a number of “hyper-giants” with growing power over key aspects of the Internet experience—including Google in search, Netflix and Google (YouTube) in online video, Amazon and eBay in e-commerce, and Facebook in social media. If a broadband provider were to approach one of these hyper-giants and threaten to block or degrade access to its site if it refused to pay a significant fee, such a strategy almost certainly would be self-defeating, in light of the immediately hostile reaction of consumers to such conduct. Indeed, it is more likely that these large edge providers would seek to extract payment from ISPs for delivery of video over last-mile networks.""

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FBI studied how much drones impact your privacy, & then marked it secret

v3rgEz (125380) writes | yesterday

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v3rgEz (125380) writes "When federal agencies adopt new technology, they're required by law to do Privacy Impact Assessments, which is exactly what the FBI did regarding its secretive drone program. The PIAs are created to help the public and federal government assess what they're risking through the adoption of new technology. That part is a little trickier, since the FBI is refusing to release any of the PIA on its drone project, stating it needs to be kept, er, private to protect national security."

The Amazon Fire Is the Dirtiest Smartphone

Jason Koebler (3528235) writes | 8 hours ago

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Jason Koebler (3528235) writes "The biggest thing that sets the Amazon Fire Phone apart from its Android and Apple competitors probably isn't the clean interface or the unlimited photo storage—it's the dirty power behind it. When Fire users upload their photos and data to Amazon's cloud, they'll be creating a lot more pollution than iPhone owners, Greenpeace says.
Apple has made a commitment to running its iCloud on 100 percent clean energy. Amazon, meanwhile, operates the dirtiest servers of any major tech giant that operates its own servers—only 15 percent of its energy comes from clean sources, which is about the default national average."

Compromise struck on cellphone unlocking bill

NotSanguine (1917456) writes | 9 hours ago

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NotSanguine (1917456) writes "The US Senate has passed a bill (S.517) today allowing users to unlock their phones when moving to another provider.

From a recent article at thehill.com:

“Consumers should be able to use their existing cell phones when they move their service to a new wireless provider,” Leahy said in a statement. “Our laws should not prohibit consumers from carrying their cell phones to a new network, and we should promote and protect competition in the wireless marketplace,” he said. Grassley called the bipartisan compromise “an important step forward in ensuring that there is competition in the industry and in safeguarding options for consumers as they look at new cell phone contracts.” “Empowering people with the freedom to use the carrier of their choice after complying with their original terms of service is the right thing to do,” he said. The House in February passed a companion bill sponsored on cellphone unlocking from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.).

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Congressman Mistakes U.S. Officials For Indian Ones

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) writes | 8 hours ago

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PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) writes "Rep. Curt Clawson, a freshman Republican congressman from Florida, mistook two senior U.S. officials for representatives of the Indian government during a House hearing on Friday.

“I am familiar with your country, I love your country,” Clawson said to Nisha Biswal and Arun Kumar, addressing fellow U.S. citizens who hold high-ranking positions in the State Department and Commerce Department, respectively.

After a lingering silence, Clawson smiles slowly. Kumar appears to grin, while Biswal echoes Clawson’s sentiment, informing him it should probably be directed to the Indian government. It’s unclear whether Clawson realized his error."

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Mark Zuckerberg now richer than Google co-founders and Jeff Bezos

Anonymous Coward writes | 9 hours ago

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An anonymous reader writes "Facebook's Chairman Mark Zuckerberg is now richer than Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin; not letting Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos out of the picture.

The 30-year old Facebook founder is now worth $33 billion after he earns $1.6 billion on Thursday(today) after his company went up from $71 per share on Wednesday to $73 per share on Thursday. Facebook, on the other hand, is now valued at $205.57 billion"

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The Army Is 3D Printing Warheads

Jason Koebler (3528235) writes | 10 hours ago

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Jason Koebler (3528235) writes "In its latest bid to kill more people, more efficiently, and at less cost, the army is planning to print warhead components, according to the latest issue of Army Technology.
“3D printing of warheads will allow us to have better design control and utilize geometries and patterns that previously could not be produced or manufactured,” James Zunino, a researcher at the Armament Research, Engineering and Design Center said."

The NSA's New Partner in Spying: Saudi Arabia's Brutal State Police

Advocatus Diaboli (1627651) writes | 10 hours ago

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Advocatus Diaboli (1627651) writes "The National Security Agency last year significantly expanded its cooperative relationship with the Saudi Ministry of Interior, one of the world’s most repressive and abusive government agencies. An April 2013 top secret memo provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden details the agency’s plans “to provide direct analytic and technical support” to the Saudis on “internal security” matters. The Saudi Ministry of Interior—referred to in the document as MOI— has been condemned for years as one of the most brutal human rights violators in the world. In 2013, the U.S. State Department reported that “Ministry of Interior officials sometimes subjected prisoners and detainees to torture and other physical abuse,” specifically mentioning a 2011 episode in which MOI agents allegedly “poured an antiseptic cleaning liquid down [the] throat” of one human rights activist. The report also notes the MOI’s use of invasive surveillance targeted at political and religious dissidents."
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