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10 Very Annoying Things Wed, 02 Jul 2014 12:33:05 +0000 admin 1. People who point at their wrist asking for the time… I know where my watch is pal, where the hell is yours? Do I point at my crotch when I ask where the toilet is?

2. People who are willing to get off their a** to search the entire room for the TV remote because they refuse to walk to the TV and change the channel manually.

3. When people say “it’s always the last place you look”. Of course it is. Why the hell would you keep looking after you’ve found it? Do people do this? Who and where are they?

4. When people say while watching a film, “did you see that?” No Loser, I paid £15 to come to the cinema and stare at the floor.

5. People who ask “Can I ask you a question?”… Didn’t give me a choice there, did you, sunshine?

6.  When you are waiting for the bus and someone asks “Has the bus come yet?” If the bus came, would I be standing here???

7. When people start getting on the train as others are still getting off. Savages.

8. When cyclists don’t stop for red lights or obey signs on the road. Buy a car or ride in the bus.

9. When dining companions are rude to waiters / serving staff. Get up and speak to the chef or the restaurant owner. Ill-mannered fools.

10.  When street preachers tell you that by walking by you’re not going to go to heaven like them. Why would I want to go to your heaven if it’s full of detritus like you?

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Schumacher Sedation Reduced Thu, 30 Jan 2014 15:26:24 +0000 admin Doctors treating injured Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher are reducing his sedation to prepare to bring him out of a coma, his manager says.

This step will allow the “waking up process” to start, Sabine Kehm said in a statement.

But bringing the seven-times champion out of the coma “could take a long time”, she added.

Schumacher suffered a severe head injury in a skiing accident in the French Alps on 29 December.

He was put into a medically induced coma by his doctors at a clinic in Grenoble following operations to remove blood clots from his brain.

Doctors have kept the 45-year-old German asleep to help reduce the swelling.

Ms Kehm was approached by the media for comment on Schumacher’s condition on Wednesday – exactly a month after his crash. She said then that his condition remained “stable”.

In her statement on Thursday, she said it had been agreed to communicate details of his sedation “only once this process was consolidated”.

The statement again included an appeal by Schumacher’s family for privacy for them and for his doctors, while at the same time expressing “sincere appreciation for the worldwide sympathy”.

At his bedside since the accident, the family have received hundreds of letters and gifts from around the world.

Earlier this month, investigators probing the accident said Schumacher had been going at the speed of “a very good skier” at the time of his crash in the resort of Meribel.

He had been skiing 8m off-piste when he fell and hit a rock, investigators said.

Experts reconstructed events leading up to the crash after examining Schumacher’s skiing equipment and viewing footage filmed on a camera attached to his helmet.

Schumacher retired from racing in 2012 after a 19-year career.

He won two titles with Benetton, in 1994 and 1995, before switching to Ferrari in 1996 and going on to win five straight titles from 2000.

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Muslim Brotherhood HQ Stormed Mon, 01 Jul 2013 10:05:48 +0000 admin Massive protests have rocked Cairo, Egypt’s capital as demonstrators have taken to the streets demanding that Egypt’s ruling Islamist President Morsi, resign.

Written by Chris White

The protests which continued throughout most of the night and which saw some scattered outbreaks of violence between demonstrators, Morsi supporters and riot police, have been described by President Morsi as “undemocratic”.

The main areas of up-flare were in central Cairo, where 10,000’s massed in Tahrir Square which faces Egypt’s presidential palace. They were the largest demonstrations seen in the country since the popular uprising against Egypt’s former President Honzi Mubarak, in 2011 who had been in office since 1981.

Meanwhile the headquarters of the country’s ruling Islamist Party known as ‘The Muslim Brotherhood’, were attacked, stormed and occupied by the demonstrators, demanding an end to President Morsi’s rule.

Reports claim that at least one person was shot dead during the seizure of the Brotherhood’s headquarters.

Many of the demonstrators say they are demonstrating because they believe that the Muslim Brotherhood is Western-backed “controlled opposition”, because of the Muslim Brotherhood’s failure to tackle unemployment and because of the perception that Morsi’s government intends build a strict, sharia-law based society.

In response to the country’s disturbances Morsi has claimed that the riots undermine the nation’s democracy, but protesters insist that Morsi is himself guilty of undermining Egypt’s new constitution, by supporting corruption and Islamism.

Egypt has been a relatively secular society since the British took over Egypt from the Ottoman Empire in 1882 however, recently Egyptian society has become increasingly Islamocentric, with record numbers of women now donning headscarves in Egypt’s streets and calls for sharia law featuring prominently, among Egypt’s traditionally conservative population.

So far Egypt’s army generals, who are relatively autonomous from government, have not deployed the Egyptian Army, but have warned that they might do so if the unrest continues to paralyse the country’s infrastructure.

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Something Big Already Begun? Mon, 14 Jan 2013 11:51:08 +0000 admin “This Could Be the Start of Something Big” a song written by Steve Allen could have been written about the decade of the sixties.

Fifty years ago Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream which was a pivotal chapter in the civil rights movement.  Betty Friedan wrote the controversial bestselling book, Feminine Mystique, which held revolutionary ideas regarding women’s liberation and equality with men.  Democrat Alabama Governor George Wallace gave fiery pro segregation speeches, while peaceful marchers came from across the country to Birmingham demonstrating solidarity with the reforms MLK wanted in prelude to the Equal Rights Act. 

Written by Darlene Casella

Liberals evoke warnings that Republicans want to turn the hands of time back to the years before President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, the years before President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act, and the years before the Supreme Court legalized national abortion in Roe v Wade.

Equal Pay   In 1963 President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act requiring equal pay for women and men performing equal work.    In 2009 President Obama amended the Act which only changed the statute of limitations and called it the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.  Mythology asserts that Obama was the force behind equal pay for women, rather than the reality that it has been the law since JFK.  Liberals parrot the fallacy.

Women’s Rights   Leaders of women’s rights issues in the 1960’s were -   Betty Friedan, who  wrote The Feminine Mystique;   Shirley Chisholm  the first black woman to run for president of the United States, and then elected to Congress; and  Pauli Murray  the first black female Episcopal priest.  They founded the National Organization for Women (NOW), with goals of political and economic equality; 300 women and men members challenged the assumption that a woman must choose between marriage, motherhood and a career; and advocated legal equality of women and men.   In the 2012 presidential election a law school student was put on the Democrat platform to tout taxpayer funded birth control and tax payer funded abortion, claiming these were women’s rights.

Roe v Wade   Prior to 1973 each state determined whether abortion was legal.  In Texas it was not, except to save the life of the mother.  In 1971 a pregnant unmarried women, who was given the pseudonym of Jane Roe, challenged the Dallas District Attorney, Henry Wade.  She claimed that the Texas law violated her rights because she could not afford to leave the state for an abortion.   The Supreme Court ruled that Texas abortion policy was unconstitutional, and that abortions must be performed during the first trimester; it became federal law.  Abortion advocates have evolved this from first trimester to partial birth abortion.

The Democrat Presidential Campaign of 2012 introduced a theoretical theme:  A world where Roe v Wade would be overturned by Republicans.   Women carried signs saying “Republicans, stay out of my womb”, as they demanded taxpayer funded abortions and birth control.  The inconsistency of that message escaped them.  Single women voted 68% for Obama.

I Had a Dream   Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Judge not by the color of one’s skin, but by the content of their character.” Liberals do the opposite, wanting decisions based on skin color.   It cannot be documented what MLK’s party affiliation might have been.  He maintained a policy of not endorsing any political party.   An inconvenient truth is that the pro segregation, anti civil rights, Governor Wallace of his state was a Democrat. Democrats claim MLK, but his relative Alveda King says that he was a Republican.

Prominent black conservatives such as Justice Clarence Thomas, Herman Cain, Ward Connerly, Larry Elder, Ken Hamblin, Kenneth Hobbs, Alan Keyes, Mia Love, Condoleezza Rice, Thomas Sowell, J.C. Watts, Allen West, and Walter E. Williams are recipients of personal affronts and name calling such as Oreos – black on the outside, white on the inside; because they do not ascribe to liberal policies.  Liberal dogma maintains that black citizens are obligated to be Democrats.   93% of the black vote went for Obama.

Also during the sixties:

  • President John F. Kennedy was shot on November 22, 1963.  Every American living that day remembers where they were when the tragic news broke.
  • Martin Luther King Jr., a Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Baptist Minister, civil rights peace activist, and founder of the Southern Conference Leadership Council, was assassinated on April 4, 1968.  Unprecedented donations flooded the Council as people mourned his death.
  • The Berlin Wall (Antifascistisher Schutzwall) went up, East Germans were imprisoned until 1989.
  • The Beatles, Elvis Presley, the Supremes, Fats Domino, and the Muppets all got their big break on the Ed Sullivan Show.  The Fantastic’s and Oliver Twist were on Broadway.  Motown brought soul music to the big time.
  • John Glen was the first man to orbit the earth.

A Virginia Slims cigarette ad said

 “You’ve come a long way baby.”   They had no idea!

 Author Bio

Darlene Casella is a former English teacher, stockbroker, and president/owner of a small corporation.  She lives with her husband in La Quinta, California and can be reached at

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Google Street View adds 250,000 miles of roadways Fri, 12 Oct 2012 14:33:54 +0000 admin With fallout still swirling from Apple’s decision to replace Google Maps with its own mobile mapping, Google on Thursday announced the biggest upgrade ever to its Street View tool.

The update adds more than 250,000 miles of roadways in 17 countries, said Ulf Spitzer, Google’s Street View program manager, in a blog post Thursday.

The Street View feature on Google Maps lets users see a real-world, 360-degree view of locations. Showcasing Google’s global reach, the new coverage areas include parts of Macau, Singapore, Sweden, Thailand, Taiwan, Italy, Great Britain, Denmark, Norway, Canada and the United States.

Since launching in 2007, Google Street View had captured 20 petabytes of data in 48 countries. The company uses cars, trikes, snowmobiles and people outfitted with custom cameras to capture 360-degree images around the world.

In the new update, Google also added a spate of “special collections” to the feature, providing virtual tours of attractions around the globe.

“Street View, as you know, is a useful resource when you’re planning a route or looking for a destination, but it can also magically transport you to some of the world’s picturesque and culturally significant landmarks,” Spitzer said.

The new spots include Catherine Palace and Ferapontov Monastery in Russia, Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taiwan and Stanley Park in Vancouver.

Google Maps has been on the minds of many since Apple decided to replace it as the default mapping system on iOS 6, the latest version of its mobile operating system. The update coincided roughly with the release of the iPhone 5, meaning millions saw the new product for the first time after getting their new phones.

Early reviews have not been kind. Apple’s mapping software has been a spotty mess, missing huge chunks of the globe and, at times, placing notable landmarks in the wrong place, sometimes humorously so.

The release was bad enough that Apple CEO Tim Cook issued a rare apology, saying in an open letter that Apple is “extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused” and promising to improve the feature.

Google has been officially silent on whether it plans to release a new Google Maps app for iOS 6, which runs on iPhones, iPads and iPods. Reports suggest that it’s doing so, but there’s no guarantee Apple would approve it. In the past, the company has turned down apps that it deemed compete with its own features.

That’s a fact Google CEO Eric Schmidt acknowledged Wednesday, speaking at an All Things Digital conference, where he declined to confirm that a new version of maps is in the works for Apple mobile devices.

“Apple should have kept our maps,” Schmidt said, according to GigaOM

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Two games in one in ‘XCOM: Enemy Unknown Fri, 12 Oct 2012 14:32:31 +0000 admin

(CNN) — It is hard enough to make one good video game. Trying to make two at the same time is a challenge not many developers try to tackle. But the creators of a recently released, turn-based strategy game hope that by blending two differing styles of play in one title they will find a pot of gold at the end of the double rainbow.

“XCOM: Enemy Unknown” is a science fiction, strategy game pitting Earth against an invading alien force. An elite group of soldiers, scientists and engineers from all over the globe is tasked with repelling the aliens and restoring peace to our planet.

While most games take two to three years before hitting the shelf, lead designer Jake Solomon said his split-personality labor of love has taken more than four years to come to fruition.

“I’ve been trying to make this game for as long as I’ve been in the industry,” he said. “The original ‘XCOM’ game is my favorite game.”

The resource management game mainly takes place in the XCOM headquarters. It is where you find out about each new mission, but also where you tell scientists to start exploring new technology or have engineers build a containment area so you can interrogate alien captives. You’ll also have to manage finances, deal with demands from different countries and develop your military force.

Building out the “ant farm,” as Solomon calls it, takes some planning by the player, but can result in bonuses if done well.

“Some things are tied into the narrative and you only get one base,” he said. “But we wanted players to have an emotional connection to their base. In the (on-base) bar, soldiers who are killed during combat will have their names on a plaque to show you what your victories cost in human lives.”

The field squad portion of the game is more about combat tactics, maximizing your weaponry and out-thinking (and out-shooting) the enemy. Squads consist of four to six soldiers, each with their own names, backgrounds and expertise. Use them wisely (i.e., keep them alive) to complete the missions and they get stronger.

The action is still turn-based, so planning and strategy are important at this level as well. Set up your soldiers, hope the aliens walk into your kill zone and cut them down. Guess wrong and players can only watch helplessly as their soldiers get outflanked and end up on the board in the bar.

Solomon said developing the combat portion of the game was fun from the very beginning, but that, for the longest time, the resource part wasn’t.

It created a lot of tension and sleepless nights for Solomon and his crew, but they hit on a revelation that helped them find the sweet spot for “XCOM: Enemy Unknown.”

“The way it has to work — they have to feed off each other in a symbiotic relationship. They give each other meaning,” he said. “You research lasers and now my favorite soldier has a laser rifle. When I shoot, I see a laser coming out. (The connection between the modes) feels more real because there are all these concrete things behind it.”

There was initially a lingering fear with how the game was being developed, he said. Developers ran the risk of alienating players who might like one part of the game, but not the other.

“(Firaxis creative director and ‘Civilization’ creator) Sid Meier “has a quote — ‘One good game is better than two great games,’ ” Solomon said, jokingly referring to Meier as “my lord and master.” “The danger of having two games in one game is that people are going to enjoy one of them more than the other.”

But he said his team tried developing a resource strategy-only game and a combat-only game, and both felt like they were missing something.

The soldiers really had no personal connection to the player in the resource portion and the mission rewards didn’t mean as much in the combat game.

“There are some games that have these multiple modes to them, but nothing like this. In ‘Starcraft,’ you go back to the ship or in ‘Diablo,’ you go back to the town. Those aren’t really games; they are just breaks. In ‘XCOM,’ you have a game, then you go on to another game.”

Trying to find the middle ground took a lot of trial and error. The pendulum kept swinging from overly complicated to overly simplified, Solomon said.

In the end, decisions were made based on how well they worked with both aspects of the game.

“It just came down to stripping out a lot of things that weren’t working and getting a flow in there,” Solomon said. “You come back to the base and say these things have meaning for me. On the soldier side, deepening the class system and customization became important.”

“It was pretty organic. It was a process that I didn’t have a road map for.”

Solomon was very careful not to tread on the memories of fans of the original “XCOM.”

“They have a very large ownership in the game, so it is important to honor the name,” he said. “I can’t tell you how many nights I’ve lost sleep worrying about whether I’ve made the game fun.”

Now, players can decide. The game was released Tuesday in North America and comes out Friday in Australia and Europe. The game will be released on both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles as well as for PCs.

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Google awards $60,000 prize for Chrome hack Fri, 12 Oct 2012 14:30:29 +0000 admin

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Google is one of a growing number of companies to offer a “bug bounty” to hackers who can find security issues in its products — and on Wednesday, a teenager scored the top $60,000 prize for uncovering a vulnerability in the Chrome browser.

It’s the second time that the hacker, a teenage male who goes by the handle “Pinkie Pie,” has taken home Google’s money. Google fixed the problem with a software update about 10 hours after the bug was exposed, congratulating Pinkie Pie on “another beautiful piece of work.”

Google (GOOG, Fortune 500) first announced its “Chromium Security Rewards Program” in 2010, offering small monetary rewards to researchers who found potential security holes in its Chrome Web browser. The company upped the ante in February 2012, sponsoring a “Pwnium” contest that sought “fully functional exploits” — and awarded big sums to those who found them. Pinkie Pie was one of two hackers to score a $60,000 prize at that event.

Google’s Pwnium 2 competition took place on Tuesday at a conference called Hack in the Box, held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Pinkie Pie again took home $60,000 for his fresh exploit, which relied entirely on bugs within Chrome itself. He appears to be the only top-prize winner, as Google’s Chromium blog announcement didn’t mention any other hackers.

Facebook (FB) launched its own “bug bounty” security initiative last year, through which it pays out a reward of least $500 to users who spot vulnerabilities.

Those bug-spotting programs can be quite lucrative for skilled security researchers — and they offer bragging rights.

This week’s exploit is another feather in the cap of Pinkie Pie, who told Wired in March that he applied for a job at Google in 2011. He wrote in his cover letter that he could crack Google Chrome on Apple’s (AAPL, Fortune 500) OSX operating system for Mac.

Pinkie Pie never received a reply, but a Google rep told Wired at the time that they’d be taking a second look at his resume.

At this rate, though, continuing to hack his potential employer might be a better gig than a full-time job.

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