Aren't those gorgeous blue eyes amazing! Read the rest
Aren't those gorgeous blue eyes amazing! Read the rest
Hans Calmeyer was a left-wing German lawyer -- his law license was temporarily suspended when he was accused of being a Communist -- who was inducted into the German army under the Nazis, who put him in charge of an office that determined which Dutch people would be deported to Auschwitz during the Nazi occupation. Read the rest
The pharma industry spends $2 on marketing for every $1 it spends on R&D: Shahram Ahari was a rep for Eli Lilly, so he knows how the money was spent: in a tell-all op-ed in the Washington Post, Ahari describes how he lavished spending over doctors, everything from dinners at "so many fancy Manhattan restaurants that the maitre d’s greeted me by name" to free ballgames and Broadway musical tickets to offering hundreds of thousands of dollars in speaking fees to top prescribers. Read the rest
Video doorbells are the perfect way to remotely issue instructions for delivery and check on your home from afar. These five smart video doorbells are already discounted, but you can take an extra 20% off the sale price for Cyber Monday using coupon code CMSAVE20.
Sleek and sophisticated, RemoBell has motion detection, night vision, and full-duplex audio. The doorbell runs on AA batteries for four months, and you can view live HD video from your front door via the companion smartphone app.
Sale price: $89.99
Price with CMSAVE20 code: $71.99
A great budget option, Sinji is easy to install and entirely wireless. It has a built-in camera with night vision, and the anti-theft feature will alert you if someone tries to interfere with the doorbell.
Sale price: $25
Price with CMSAVE20 code: $20
Thanks to a 160-degree lens, the RemoBell W covers a wide arc at the front of your property. Along with night vision and motion detection, this doorbell comes with a powerful chime (up to 90dB) that ensures you won’t miss a delivery.
Sale price: $159.99
Price with CMSAVE20 code: $127.99
With a 166-degree camera lens and a PIR motion sensor with an arc of 120 degrees, the LizaTech doorbell provides impressive coverage. It also has six powerful infrared LEDs, two-way audio and an IP65 waterproof outer shell.
MSRP: $199.99 Read the rest
Back in 2016, it looked like the private prison industry would finally die, thanks to an Obama memo directing the DoJ to reduce their use for federal prisoners, but the sector retrenched, doubling down on the slave-labor camps it maintained for US immigration authorities, and aggressively lobbying states to jail their citizens in private prisons. Read the rest
In 2017, Vanity Fair asked then-15-year-old rising star Billie Eilish a series of questions. A year later, they brought her back and asked the same questions. In that year, she had jumped from 257K Instagram followers to 6.3M. That interview revealed how fame had changed her life in just one short year. Well, in this new, much-anticipated interview, Billie is 17, has over 40M followers, has hosted and performed on SNL, and was just nominated for six Grammy awards. Same questions, same surprisingly self-reflective and humble young artist.
As of this writing, she's now 18 and has over 43M IG followers. She's also since won two American Music Awards (New Artist and Alternative Artist).Read the rest
Farmers in the Malnad region in South India are reportedly dying their dogs' fur with tiger stripes to scare off bands of marauding monkeys. Apparently the monkeys are wreaking havoc on their corn crops.
According to the Deccan Herald, "Srikanta Gowda, a resident of Naluru village, Thirthahalli taluk, said he had seen a tiger-like doll used as a scarecrow near Bhatkal in Uttara Kannada district four years ago. He brought it to the village and placed it in his areca plantation. Surprisingly, monkeys were frightened after seeing the doll and did not return to his plantation."
Based on that success, Gowda had the idea to enlist his dog as a kind of roving tiger-scarecrow. Read the rest
You can sell anything on Amazon, until you get noticed, and in the age of computer-generated copycats it can pretend not to even know what's for sale there. So it comes to pass that Amazon has now removed the Auschwitz-themed Christmas ornaments, which have been noticed.
The Christmas merchandise featured images from Auschwitz including the railway line leading to its infamous gates, the barbed wire fences and the buildings where it housed victims - mainly Jews. The memorial and museum later posted an update to say the items had been removed and thanked social media users for their "activity and response" after the post attracted thousands of retweets.
Sadly, Stephen Miller's christmas is not yet ruined. Similar products are still available to those who know what they're looking for.
But later Auschwitz Memorial posted again to say "sadly, it's not over yet".
It said it had found a "disturbing online product" from another seller - a computer mouse-pad bearing the image of a freight train used for deporting people to the concentration camps.
— Auschwitz Memorial (@AuschwitzMuseum) December 1, 2019
Johan Scheffer has posted designs for Lego microscale versions of the Mandalorian's Razor Crest and a few other Star Wars vehicles.
For more Mandalorian, Redditor Crybug created a Christmas card:
And enjoy a few gifs:
Baby Yoda and his soup is the new sipping tea meme. I’ve said it. pic.twitter.com/pxPTd8kxEw
— Mando the Bounty Hunter (@AdoptedBabyYoda) November 29, 2019
— Joel, ᵃ ᶠʳⁱᵉⁿᵈ (@joeljohnson) November 30, 2019
Them: The Internet probably has enough Baby Yoda GIFs.
— Neil+ (@rejects) December 1, 2019
We all know the game Operation in which the player must conduct surgery on a curious character named Cavity Sam. As the commercial goes, "It takes a very steady hand." But as sci-tech historian Allison Marsh writes in IEEE Spectrum, Operation evolved from a very different electrified game called Death Valley that was invented in the early 1960s by a University of Illinois industrial design student named John Spinello. From IEEE Spectrum:
Spinello’s game, called Death Valley, didn’t feature a patient, but rather a character lost in the desert. His canteen drained by a bullet hole, he wanders through ridiculous hazards in search of water. Players moved around the board, inserting their game piece—a metal probe—into holes of various sizes. The probe had to go in cleanly without touching the sides; otherwise it would complete a circuit and sound a buzzer. Spinello’s professor gave him an A....
Spinello sold the idea to Marvin Glass and Associates, a Chicago-based toy design company, for US $500, his name on the U.S. patent (3,333,846), and the promise of a job, which never materialized.
Mel Taft, a game designer at Milton Bradley, saw a prototype of Death Valley and thought it had potential. His team tinkered with the idea but decided it would be more interesting if the players had to remove an object rather than insert a probe. They created a surgery-themed game, and Operation was born.
Vote totals in a Northampton County judge’s race showed one candidate, Abe Kassis, a Democrat, had just 164 votes out of 55,000 ballots across more than 100 precincts. Some machines reported zero votes for him. In a county with the ability to vote for a straight-party ticket, one candidate’s zero votes was a near statistical impossibility. Something had gone quite wrong.
The worse news:
The machines that broke in Northampton County are called the ExpressVoteXL and are made by Election Systems & Software, a major manufacturer of election machines used across the country. The ExpressVoteXL is among their newest and most high-end machines, a luxury “one-stop” voting system that combines a 32-inch touch screen and a paper ballot printer.
The good news was that the chairwoman of the county Republicans realized the numbers made no sense and promptly initiated an investigation. When officials counted the paper backup ballots generated by the same machines, they realized Kassis had narrowly won.
It is still unknown what caused the problem since the machines "are locked away for 20 days after an election according to state law." However, suspicions include a bug in the software, as well as a fundamentally flawed design. Read the rest
Inspired by XKCD's classic diceware strip, a programmer named Alice created an open-source algorithm to randomly generate secure passphrases in Welsh. As difficult as it would be for any human or computer to figure out a nonsense phrase like, "correct horse battery staple," it would be even more difficult to guess, "stwffwl batri ceffyl cywir," especially when there are only about 700,000 Welsh speakers to begin with.
While I'm no cryptologist, I did run a few of the passwords through HowSecureIsMyPassword.net and My1Login.net and they seemed to work out all right. According to those sites, it would take 11 quattuordecillion years or 1 trillion trillion trillion years for a computer to crack "DrefnasidRhyd-y-meirchSefydlogiad6*." Similarly, "GlaeruchdyrauGymreigeiddiaiBarcdir0**" would take 429 tredecillion years, or 94 billion trillion trillion years, respectively.
However, as Alice the programmer warns: "It's probably not a good idea to actually use this, since the wordlist is freely available along with the algorithm being used."
So it might not stop a really clever hacker from getting into your email. But it will almost certainly stop a mythic Welsh dragon from stealing your identity. Probably. I'm assuming their claws are pretty clumsy on the keyboard.
Welsh Password Generator [WheresAlice.info]
Image via Lewis Ogden/Flickr (altered)
*Google Translate tells me this means, "The ford of the horses was arranged." I don't know that I trust it—Google Translate is famously sloppy with the grammar of some Celtic languages—but it certainly sounds epic.
**Similarly, this became "Parkland was a Welsh occupation" which sounds like something you would hear on the Breton version of InfoWars. Read the rest
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