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White House: Get ACA Insurance Coverage, Launch Start-Ups

mrspoonsi Poor Record on Health (578 comments)

"A study last year found that in many American counties, especially in the deep South, life expectancy is lower than in Algeria, Nicaragua or Bangladesh. The U.S. is the only developed country that does not guarantee health care to its citizens; even after the Affordable Care Act, millions of poor Americans will remain uninsured because governors, mainly Republicans, have refused to expand Medicaid, which provides health insurance for low-income Americans. Although the federal government will pay for the expansion, many governors cited cost, even though the expansion would actually save money. America is unique among developed countries in that tens of thousands of poor Americans die because they lack health insurance, even while we spend more than twice as much of our GDP on healthcare than the average for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), a collection of rich world countries. The U.S. has an infant mortality rate that dwarfs comparable nations, as well as the highest teenage-pregnancy rate in the developed world, largely because of the politically-motivated unavailability of contraception in many areas." Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/po...

about a month ago
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A Dispatch From Outside the Prison Holding Barrett Brown

mrspoonsi Re:A year and a half locked up (95 comments)

Even if his found not guilty, the state have already 'won' by making serve so long in prison.

about a month ago
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A Dispatch From Outside the Prison Holding Barrett Brown

mrspoonsi A year and a half locked up (95 comments)

No trial yet, his free speech (as a journalist) removed, why? does he have the knowledge of a WMD which can wipe out man kind? no, he pasted a link to some credit card data. Good job he not share a few mp3s, it could be much worse.

about a month ago
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How Ireland Got Apple's $9 Billion Australian Profit

mrspoonsi Apple / Google / etc (288 comments)

Your tax time cometh, the world has your eye now.

about a month and a half ago
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Bugatti 100P Rebuilt: The Plane That Could've Turned the Battle of Britain

mrspoonsi Captured (353 comments)

Also consider if a German pilot was shot down, bailed over the UK he became a POW, the same for an allied pilot, he could be back in the air again a few hours later.

about a month and a half ago
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Bitcoin Exchange Flexcoin Wiped Out By Theft

mrspoonsi Re:hmmm.... (704 comments)

It would make theft worthless to the large extent, because it would become risky to pass on this tainted money. If $1M was stolen and passed on to 50,000 unsuspecting people that is 50,000 potential leads for the police when these people find their money is worthless.

about a month and a half ago
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Bitcoin Exchange Flexcoin Wiped Out By Theft

mrspoonsi Re:hmmm.... (704 comments)

The technology is right there to stop large scale theft of bitcoin, as if I am not mistaken the transaction history is kept with each coin, why do the exchanges simply put a block on coins which had passed through hacker addresses? An where is MtGox's list of hacker addresses that made off with all their coinage?

about a month and a half ago
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MtGox Sets Up Call Center For Worried Bitcoiners

mrspoonsi The Conversation (240 comments)

Bla..bla..bla..bla..your monies are safe..bla..bla..bla will just take a bit of time to sort out..bla..bla Who is going to believe whatever they say?

about a month and a half ago
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Apple To Unveil Its 'iOS In the Car' Project Next Week

mrspoonsi "Apple Maps as in-car navigation" (198 comments)

Way to go to kill the product before it begins...

about a month and a half ago
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The Science of Solitary Confinement

mrspoonsi Re:This just goes to show (326 comments)

Consider that these prisons are private companies that actually want prisoners, as prisoners = $$$. Then you can understand why the prison is not about rehabilitation, it wants damaged people who go back out, re-offend and come back to the prison, follow the money.

about 2 months ago
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NSA and GHCQ Employing Shills To Poison Web Forum Discourse

mrspoonsi No they are not (347 comments)

It is all a lie

about 2 months ago
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4K Is For Programmers

mrspoonsi Re:Why not just multiple monitors. (520 comments)

Agree 100%, I have 3x 27" 2560 x 1440 (combined resolution 7680 x 4320), the center one is rotated 90 deg for coding. Right one is main display / web pages, the left screen is free for 3rd IDE, or a Remote desktop to a server, it allows the RDP to run full screen.

about 3 months ago
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OpenSUSE Forums Defaced, Email Addresses Leaked

mrspoonsi 4.2.1 was old (82 comments)

It was patched to 4.2.2 in October, 4.2.1 had serious issues, even with 4.2.2 there have been 2 security announcements to remove vulnerable files (which are not needed to run the forum).

about 3 months ago
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USA Today Names Edward Snowden Tech Person of the Year

mrspoonsi Re:USA Today (228 comments)

and Time are the biggest cowards going...naming the Pope (I have nothing against the Pope, just that I see Snowden has done so much more last year).

about 4 months ago
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Have a Privacy-Invasion Wishlist? Peruse NSA's Top Secret Catalog

mrspoonsi And Ultimately (259 comments)

The NSA will achieve the opposite for the USA, not more security but less, with the rest of the world now keen to do their own thing, the NSA are a loose cannon on a rolling ship.

about 4 months ago
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Italy Approves 'Google Tax' On Internet Companies

mrspoonsi Re:Internet megacorps not on level playing field (236 comments)

Perhaps tax avoidance is not illegal, however these companies are so efficient at gaming the system, there is a tidal wave of public opinion forming against them, and regulation like this Italian one is going to hit these big companies hard, serves them right (that the final outcome will be much worse for them than if they have not tried so hard).

about 4 months ago
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Billion Star Surveyor 'Gaia' Lifts Off

mrspoonsi Total map size (77 comments)

The article states it will map 1% of our Milky Way, and there are 170 billion Galaxies in the universe, so that is: 0.0000000000005% mapping of the known universe (if my figures are correct).

about 4 months ago

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Secret US Senate report details CIA abuse

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about two weeks ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Washington Times Reports: The CIA repeatedly misled the US government over the severity and effectiveness of its interrogation methods, A long-awaited US Senate report said that the CIA used secret "black sites" to interrogate prisoners using techniques not previously acknowledged. These included dunking suspects in icy water and smashing a prisoner's head against a wall. The findings stem from the time of former President George W Bush. Officials familiar with the secret document said that the CIA's interrogation program yielded little useful intelligence. They also said that this intelligence had then been exaggerated so that the interrogation program looked more effective than it actually was. The report is the result of a wide-ranging investigation by the Senate intelligence committee into CIA activities which began in 2009."
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Google Android Wear

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about a month ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Business insider reports: Google today announced that it plans to officially bring Android to smartwatches through its new project entitled Android Wear. The project will enable developers to bring features such as Google Now to wristwatches, and Google notes that Android Wear will also bring health-focused apps and the ability to interact with your phone to the wrist."
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Six Ways America Is Worse Than A Third-World Country

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about a month ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Business Insider writes "Although the U.S. is one of the richest societies in history, it still lags behind other developed nations in many important indicators: 1. Criminal Justice. America imprisons 716 people per 100,000 citizens (of any age). That's significantly worse than Russia (484 prisoners per 100,000 citizens), China (121) and Iran (284). The only country that incarcerates a higher percentage of its population than we do is North Korea. 2. Gun Violence. The U.S. leads the developed world in firearm-related murders, and the difference isn't a slight gap – more like a chasm. According to United Nations data, the U.S. has 20 times more murders than the developed world average. Our murder rate also dwarfs many developing nations, like Iraq, which has a murder rate less than half ours. 3. Healthcare. A study last year found that in many American counties, especially in the deep South, life expectancy is lower than in Algeria, Nicaragua or Bangladesh. The U.S. is the only developed country that does not guarantee health care to its citizens. 4. Education. The U.S. is among only three nations in the world that does not guarantee paid maternal leave (the other two are Papua New Guinea and Swaziland). This means many poor American mothers must choose between raising their children and keeping their jobs. 5. Inequality. By almost every measure, the U.S. tops out OECD countries in terms of income inequality, largely because America has the stingiest welfare state of any developed country. This inequality has deep and profound effects on American society. 6. Infrastructure. The United States infrastructure is slowly crumbling apart and is in desperate need for repair. One study estimates that our infrastructure system needs a $3.6 trillion investment over the next six years."
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Apple Refuses to Unlock Bequeathed iPad

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about a month and a half ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "BBC reports: A man whose mother bequeathed her iPad to her family in her will says Apple's security rules are too restrictive. Since her death, they have been unable to unlock the device, despite providing Apple with copies of her will, death certificate and solicitor's letter. After her death, they discovered they did not know her Apple ID and password, but were asked to provide written consent for the device to be unlocked. Mr Grant said: "We obviously couldn't get written permission because mum had died. So my brother has been back and forth with Apple, they're asking for some kind of proof that he can have the iPad. "We've provided the death certificate, will and solicitor's letter but it wasn't enough. They've now asked for a court order to prove that mum was the owner of the iPad and the iTunes account."
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Steve Ballmer in Shouting Match with Microsoft Board

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about a month and a half ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Business Insider: Ballmer decided to announce his retirement a few years before anyone expected him to. It all came to a head in one board meeting with Ballmer in June 2013. According to Businessweek, Ballmer got into a shouting match with Microsoft's board when directors said they didn't want to buy Nokia and start making smartphones. Ballmer told the board last June that if he didn't get what he wanted, he wouldn't be CEO any more. Businessweek said Ballmer's shouts could be heard in the hall outside the conference room. In the end, the board compromised with Ballmer. Ballmer wanted to buy both Nokia's handset business and its mapping platform called HERE. Instead, Microsoft ended up buying just the handset business for $7.2 billion and licensed HERE maps from Nokia."
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Rich getting Richer, Poor Getting Poorer

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about a month and a half ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Business Insider Ponders: Why is the Economic Recovery so Weak?, the answer lies with the growing inequality, since 1960 the top 5% have jumped from 20% of the national income to nearly double (36%) today. Previously the remaining 95% were only able to keep their buying power up by taking on more debt. Lately that hasn't been an option. While household debt dynamics appear to have stabilized and deleveraging is largely complete, income inequality can continue to rise in the U.S. and consumption remain depressed because wealthier households typically save a greater share of income and have a lower propensity to spend per dollar of income. In addition, permanently tighter lending standards have left many households unable to access credit or unwilling to do so."
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Second Bitcoin 'bank' is Wiped Out

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about a month and a half ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Joining MtGox, Flexcoin today announce they have had their vault wiped out, some 896 BTC (about $615,000) by hackers. "On March 2nd 2014 Flexcoin was attacked and robbed of all coins in the hot wallet. The attacker made off with 896 BTC, dividing them into these two addresses: 1NDkevapt4SWYFEmquCDBSf7DLMTNVggdu 1QFcC5JitGwpFKqRDd9QNH3eGN56dCNgy6 As Flexcoin does not have the resources, assets, or otherwise to come back from this loss, we are closing our doors immediately"."
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No Bags Allowed At The Boston Marathon This Year Read more: http://www.business

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about 2 months ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Business Insider reports: A "no-bags" policy is among tightened security measures being introduced for this year's Boston Marathon, organizers said, as the emotional first race since last year's bombings looms in April. This year, not even runners will be allowed to bring bags to keep personal items, the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) said on Wednesday. "Bags will not be allowed in certain areas at or near the start in Hopkinton, at or near the finish in Boston, or along the course,", "Please arrive early for the event and be prepared for security screening." the BAA said. Other banned items include glass containers, bottles with more than one liter of liquid, vests with pockets and bulky costumes or face coverings."
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US War Machine Downsizing?

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about 2 months ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "BBC Reports: Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has unveiled plans to shrink the US Army to its smallest size since before World War Two. Outlining his budget plan, the Pentagon chief proposed trimming the active-duty Army to between 440,000 and 450,000 personnel — from 520,000 currently. The US currently spends more on defense than the combined total of the next 12 countries, as ranked by defense spending."
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Airport security is "all bullshit, TSA couldn't protect you from a 6-year-old"

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about 4 months ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "...so says Rafi Sela Airport Head of Security at an Israel airport. Sela has seven major issues with the TSA. First, the TSA "essentially makes its own rules," according to Sela, the TSA is a regulatory agency and a security agency. They essentially make their own rules. No one else — not the FBI, not the CIA, not anyone but a loose-cannon New York cop — gets to do that. I call the TSA the biggest train system in the world, because it's common for much of the floor force to be replaced on a yearly basis. So if the TSA only drills once or twice a year, you've got a ton of screeners who go their entire (short) careers without ever being tested. People need to realize that security can't be treated like a fast food company. These people are tasked with finding bombs, not flipping burgers. Full-body scanners: these scanners were useless. I could strap a bomb capable of taking down a 747 to my body and walk right through a body scanner. Nobody would catch me. Most people pose no threat to anyone, and there's no point in even checking them. The very few terrorists that exist are like needles in a haystack. But the TSA's approach is to check every single piece of hay, in case it might actually be a needle. But if you only check luggage and you don't check the person behind the luggage, how do you know he hasn't camouflaged something into the luggage that you can't find? Trust me: Hiding things is so easy to do, it isn't even funny. At Ben Gurion Airport, we get travelers from their car to their gate in 25 minutes. When was the last time that happened to you in an American airport? Probably never, because a dozen 747s worth of cranky travelers can't take their shoes and coats off, pull their laptops out of their luggage, and queue up for pat downs without chaos."
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NSA Spied Upon: 60 Countries, Unicef, EU Competition Commissioner & Israeli

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about 4 months ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "BBC Reports: More details of people and institutions targeted by UK and US surveillance have been published by The Guardian, The New York Times and Der Spiegel. The papers say that the list of around 1,000 targets includes a European Union commissioner, humanitarian organisations and an Israeli PM. They suggest over 60 countries were targets of the NSA and Britain's GCHQ. GCHQ monitored the communications of foreign leaders — including African heads of state and sometimes their family members — and directors of United Nations and other relief programmes. The paper reports that the emails of Israeli officials were monitored, including one listed as "Israeli prime minister". The PM at the time, 2009, was Ehud Olmert. The Dutch Liberal MEP Sophia in 't Veld described the latest claims as "shocking". "The UK spying on its fellow EU member states in order to get an economic advantage is simply unacceptable""
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Scientists Crack Major Aids Mystery

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about 4 months ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Business Insider Reports: The difference between HIV infection and full-blown AIDS is, in large part, the massive die-off of the immune system's CD4 T-cells. But researchers have only observed the virus killing a small portion of those cells, leading to a longstanding question: What makes the other cells disappear? New research shows that the body is killing its own cells in a little-known process. What's more, an existing, safe drug could interrupt that self-destruction, thereby offering a way to treat AIDS. The destructive process has caught scientists by surprise. "We thought HIV infects a cell, sets up a virus production factory and then the cell dies as a consequence of being overwhelmed by virus. But there are not enough factories to explain the massive losses," says Warner Greene, director of virology and immunology at the Gladstone Institutes, whose team published two papers today in Science and Nature describing the work. Greene estimates 95 percent of the cells that die in HIV infections are killed through pyroptosis, so the findings raise hope for a new type of treatment that could prevent HIV from progressing into AIDS. "Inhibiting activation of the immune system is not a new concept, but this gives us a new pathway to target," says Robert Gallo. And in fact, a drug already exists that can block pyroptosis. Known as VX-765, it was tested years ago by Vertex Pharmaceuticals as a treatment for chronic seizure disorder. A trial showed that it wasn't effective enough against seizures, but it was safe for humans. "Now it's just sitting on a shelf waiting for a disease to cure," says Greene, who is trying to arrange a phase II trial to test the drug in HIV patients.""
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Mark Zuckerberg Gives $990 Million to Charity

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about 4 months ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "BusinessInsider Reports: This morning, Mark Zuckerberg announced plans to give 18 million Facebook shares to charity by the end of the month. Facebook is currently trading at $55 per share, so Zuckerberg's gift is worth just under $1 billion. The money will go toward Zuckerberg's foundation, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and The Breakthrough Prize In Life Science, a Noble Prize-like award. Zuckereberg is giving his shares away as part of a secondary stock offering from Facebook. Reuters says Zuckerberg will sell 41.4 million shares, reducing his voting power in the company from 58.8% to 56.1%. Other insiders selling include board member Marc Andreessen, who will sell 1.65 million shares. Facebook is selling 27 million."
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Billion Star Surveyor 'Gaia' Lifts Off

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about 4 months ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "BBC Reports: Europe has launched the Gaia satellite — one of the most ambitious space missions in history. The 740m-euro (£620m) observatory lifted off from the Sinnamary complex in French Guiana at 06:12 local time (09:12 GMT). Gaia is going to map the precise positions and distances to more than a billion stars. This should give us the first realistic picture of how our Milky Way galaxy is constructed. Gaia's remarkable sensitivity will lead also to the detection of many thousands of previously unseen objects, including new planets and asteroids. Gaia will use this ultra-stable and supersensitive optical equipment to pinpoint its sample of stars with extraordinary confidence. By repeatedly viewing its targets over five years, it should get to know the brightest stars' coordinates down to an error of just seven micro-arcseconds. "This angle is equivalent to the size of a euro coin on the Moon as seen from Earth," explained Prof Alvaro Gimenez, Esa's director of science."
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US Federal Reserve reduces economy stimulation by $10 billion a month

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about 3 months ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "BBC Reports: The US Federal Reserve has announced a slowdown in its effort to boost the US economy. The central bank said it planned to scale back its $85bn (£51.8bn) a month bond buying programme by $10bn a month. Stimulus of this kind is designed to lower interest rates and boost economic activity. The Fed's governing committee cited stronger job growth as a reason for the decision to pullback its programme of bond buying. The Fed's decision to begin to ease its extraordinary stimulus efforts also indicates that the central bank believes that the US economy has finally strengthened enough that it no longer needs as much support."
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NSA Says It Foiled Plot To Destroy Our Economy By Bricking Computers

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about 4 months ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Business Insider Reports: The National Security Agency described for the first time a cataclysmic cyber threat it claims to have stopped On Sunday's "60 Minutes." Called a BIOS attack, the exploit would have ruined, or "bricked," computers across the country, causing untold damage to the national and even global economy. Even more shocking, CBS goes as far as to point a finger directly at China for the plot — "While the NSA would not name the country behind it, cyber security experts briefed on the operation told us it was China." The NSA says it closed this vulnerability by working with computer manufacturers. Debora Plunkett, director of cyber defense for the NSA: One of our analysts actually saw that the nation state had the intention to develop and to deliver — to actually use this capability — to destroy computers."
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Are California's prison isolation units torture?

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about 4 months ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "BBC Reports: California, the largest state in the US, holds some inmates of its overcrowded prisons in isolation for years, even decades. While officials defend the use of the "security housing units", inmates and their lawyers say they turn their occupants mad. The US has more criminals locked up than any other country. And tens of thousands of those prisoners nationwide are confined on their own in small cells for an average of 22 hours a day. Ten hours a week of exercise is done in a small, individual yard. United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan Mendez, wants to visit California's SHUs. "My main concern has been solitary confinement — not just because it is used very pervasively," he said. "No-one knows for sure but I've seen estimates of 4,000-12,000 people in solitary confinement in California alone on any given day." UN officials use the word "torture" when talking about solitary confinement for more than 15 days. In a country lacking adequate public mental health care, many mentally ill individuals end up in jail. "This is a dangerous place for prisoners with mental illness," says Lawyer Mr Bien, videos show disturbing images of prisoners being sprayed with large quantities of pepper gas before being pulled out of their cells naked. Two-thirds of ex-convicts in California re-offend, and suicide levels are higher among those who have served time in the SHUs."
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Child 'training' book triggers backlash

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about 4 months ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "BBC Reports: A child-raising book that advocates whipping with branches and belts has sold hundreds of thousands of copies to evangelical Christians. But the deaths of three children whose parents appear to have been influenced by the authors' teachings have provoked a growing backlash. The implements can vary. For a child under one year old, a willowy branch or a 1ft (30cm) ruler is recommended. For older children, a larger branch or a belt. But the objective of the "spanking" described in Michael and Debi Pearl's To Train Up a Child is the same — making children surrender completely to their parents' will. Like other people who have witnessed Michael Pearl's advice being put into practice, Hannah says her parents were seduced by the idea of a simple formula that would make their children compliant. "The problem is that [Pearl] tells you you have to break your children," she says. "And to get there you have to be completely ruthless." To Train Up a Child is widely seen as the most extreme of the publications produced by conservative Christians in the US who advocate corporal punishment."
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Apple Rejecting Bitcoin Apps

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about 4 months ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Techcrunch: Over the past couple of months, there have been a few Bitcoin app rejections by Apple that have made some waves. First, the venture-backed startup Coinbase had its app removed entirely from the App Store. Rob Banagale, writes in a blog post about the rejection for Gliph, a peer-to-peer messaging and payments app. The rejection, Banagale notes, was based largely off of section 22.1 of Apple’s App Store review guidelines. The rule states that “apps must comply with all legal requirements in any location where they are made available to users. It is the developer’s obligation to understand and conform to all local laws.” Bitcoin is not illegal, but it is also not legally recognized by governments as a currency. This gray area is what is leading Apple to reject Bitcoin-transaction apps."
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4Chan Advice Will Brick Your XBox

mrspoonsi mrspoonsi writes  |  about 4 months ago

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "BBC Reports: Xbox One owners are being warned about an internet prank message that could wreck their console. The prank message, originated on the 4Chan website, falsely claims to enable the new console to play games made for its predecessor — the XBox 360. The Xbox One cannot play those older games and those following the bogus advice could "brick" their console, rendering it inoperable. A message posted to one of its forums adapted a series of button presses, menu choices and ID details required to turn an Xbox One into a device that can be used by developers who need to test games for the console. Unfortunately, anyone following this advice who was not an actual Xbox game developer and who did not have a real ID would put their console into an endless start-up loop. Worse, there is no way to undo the damage once the console has been "bricked"."

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