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mschaffer (97223) writes "When is a mandate not a mandate? When it's the ObamaCare's individual mandate, of course.
Buried deep within an unrelated rule pertaining to the preservation of some health plans that don't comply with ObamaCare, only the WSJ had noticed the mandate suspension.
Now all you need to do is fill out a form attesting that your plan was cancelled and that you "believe that the plan options available in the [ObamaCare] Marketplace in your area are more expensive than your cancelled health insurance policy" or "you consider other available policies unaffordable."
mschaffer (97223) writes "Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, Facebook, and LinkedIn are a bit miffed at the unconstitutional redaction by the US Government's of the FISA court's response to their requests. Hoping that things may change these companies made another attempt today with another filing. Good luck!" Link to Original Source top
mschaffer (97223) writes "The U.S. FDA ruled for the first time that trans fats aren't generally considered safe in foods. So, in the future you may not be able to enjoy that box of HoHo's after smoking that newly-legalized marijuana." Link to Original Source top
Six people were able to signup on healthcare.gov on day 1
mschaffer writes "If a bank "accidentally" forclosed on your house and destroyed your property, that would be a big invasion of privacy. If the same bank did it twice, you have to assume it's simply malicious behavior. I cannot even imagine what that would be like." Link to Original Source top
540-year-old debt. Trillions owed. But will German village get repaid?
mschaffer writes "In 1562 Berlin borrowed 400 guilders from Mittenwalde (approx 30 km SE of Berlin). Apparently, Berlin has since only paid 1 guilder so far and has ignored the annoying calls of debt collectors and eschewed the minimum payments on their Prussia-MasterCard. Well, Mittenwalde wants it paid back, with interest." Link to Original Source top
mschaffer (97223) writes "According to a Twit on Sunday, Apple may be the latest high-profile security attack. The hackers claim to have gained access to private data from an Apple Inc server.
A list of 27 user names and encrypted passwords apparently for an Apple website was posted to the Internet over the weekend along with a warning from hacker group Anonymous that the Cupertino-based computer maker could be a target of its attacks.
mschaffer (97223) writes "Well, it looks like the Judge is already skeptical about Apple's assertions about the "app store" moniker.
US District Judge Phyillis Hamilton has already said she will "probably" reject Apple's request to have exclusive access to the term "app store," During early proceedings, she knocked Apple down a peg, reportedly saying, "I'm troubled by the showing that you've made so far, but that's where you're likely not to prevail at this early juncture."" Link to Original Source top
mschaffer (97223) writes "Apple is famous for going to absurd lengths to enforce its patents and trademarks. It recently sued Amazon for calling its app store Appstore. And it has publicly lectured competitors to “create their own original technology, not steal ours”.
But the company isn't always as fastidious about respecting the ideas of others. Consider the case of UK-based developer Greg Hughes. Last year, his app for wirelessly syncing iPhones with iTunes libraries was unceremoniously rejected from the official App Store. The software developer took the denial in stride, submitting Wi-Fi Sync to the Cydia store for jailbroken iPhones, where the app is a top seller.
Fast forward to Monday, when Apple unveiled a set of new features for the upcoming iOS 5, including the same wireless-syncing functionality. Cupertino wasn't even subtle about the appropriation, using the precise name and a near-identical logo to market the technology." Link to Original Source top
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mschaffer (97223) writes "Looks like Verizon got the FCC's attention: "U.S. regulators said Verizon Communications Inc.’s networks may have dropped a “truly alarming” number of wireless emergency calls during a snow storm last month, and asked the carrier to investigate." Makes you wander what's going to happen when all of those iPhones strain the network." Link to Original Source top
mschaffer (97223) writes "Did you know that AT&T's version of the Dell streak is still being held to Android 1.6? Well, it is. While unofficial updates have been available for months, Dell Streaks in the USA officially only have Donut. (Unlike its European equivalent which has Dell's Android 2.2).
Another announced deadline (today) has come and almost gone, but the promised 2.2 upgrade has yet to be seen.
Of course, AT&T doesn't have any shipping Android 2.2 devices yet, so we know who is to blame. Perhaps they are waiting for the official pre-release of the Verizon iPhone before allowing 2.2 updates." Link to Original Source top
mschaffer (97223) writes "So much for higher education at Cal. State Northridge. Strange puddles of what investigators thought was urine started to appear in front of a math professor's doorway. School officials set up cameras to surveil the area. Well, they caught the little pisher, who turned out to be Tihomir Petrov, another math professor at the school. Investigators say that Petrov was having a dispute with the other math professor. I say he was pissed.
mschaffer (97223) writes "Taco Bell's wares are not made with USDA ground beef. According to their bulk container's labels---"which mere customers can't see---they use "Taco Meat Filling". The list of ingredients is gruesome.
mschaffer (97223) writes "Kyle Vogt and Grant Jordan built this safe cracking robot in 2006. It’s designed to open any safe that uses a Sergent and Greenleaf 8500 series lock. These locks are classified as “manipulation proof” by the manufacturer. Well, I guess this the locks are still "manipulation proof" as they were only able to open the safe with the correct combination." Link to Original Source top
mschaffer (97223) writes "Well, just a short while ago, President Obama pulled the plug on the LORAN navigation system, saving a paltry $35 million a year (after spending $160 million to upgrade it), stating "Now there is GPS." So, what does the DoD decide to do? Yup, you guessed it, they are screwing with the GPS system in the southeastern USA. According to a FAA flight advisory: "The Department of Defense will conduct GPS tests on January 20th through February 22nd, 2011. During testing, the GPS signal may be unreliable or unavailable."" Link to Original Source