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Welcome to truter.org, a collection of news articles and stuff of personal interest. Some of my Internet projects are hosted on this site, and otherwise you're looking at the latest effort to improve my web design skills. This page was last updated on Wednesday 31 August 2016 at 11:20, enjoy.

Today's quotable quote

Jack Handey: I believe in making the world safe for our children, but not our children's children, because I don't think children should be having sex.

This day in history

31 August: Death of Diana, Princess of Wales (1997). Diana's beauty and unprecedented popularity as a member of the royal family attracted intense press attention, and she became one of the most photographed women in the world. After her divorce from Prince Charles in 1996, she remained highly visible and continued her activities on behalf of numerous charities. In 1997, she was killed in a car crash in Paris, along with her companion, Dodi al-Fayed, and their driver.

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Only a few more weeks to save £400 on Disrupt London... »

San Francisco may be up next, but we at TechCrunch are already getting ready for Europe. Disrupt London 2016 is only a few short months away, and one deadline you definitely won’t want to miss is already fast approaching. September 16th is the final day to get extra early-bird tickets to Disrupt London for just £800 apiece, a full £400 off the final price of £1,200. Or, you can sign… Read More techcrunch: Wednesday, 31 August at 11:00.

Subatomic microscopy key to building new classes of... »

Researchers at Penn State and the Molecular Foundry at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are pushing the limits of electron microscopy into the tens of picometer scale, a fraction of the size of a hydrogen atom. physorg: Wednesday, 31 August at 11:00.

Obama to open conservation tour in Lake Tahoe and Hawaii »

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is opening a two-day environmental tour aimed at showcasing conservation efforts before traveling to Asia, where climate change is high on the agenda for his final trip to the region.... ap: Wednesday, 31 August at 10:12.

Eight-story LED screens provide epic digital art canvas »

Fresh from kitting out a building with motion-sensing digital walls, experiential design firm ESI Design has unveiled a towering digital installation at the Wells Fargo Building in the US city of Denver that's made up of five 86-ft (26 m) tall, high-res LED displays... Continue Reading Eight-story LED screens provide epic digital art canvas Category: Architecture Tags: Art Display LED Screens Related Articles: MisTable lets teams collaborate through the fog Pic3D sheet transforms any screen into a glasses-free 3D display Studio FRST multiple aspect ratio TV concept Opinion: Still drooling over this LG HD monitor a month after CES Tactus Technology display brings physical buttons to the touchscreen Another massive Diamond Vision display from Mitsubishi, this time in Japan gizmag: Wednesday, 31 August at 10:01.

NBN eyes gigabit speeds on all network technologies »

The CTO of NBN has pointed towards GPON, DOCSIS 3.1, XG-FAST, Carrier Channel Aggregation, and QAM to attain gigabit speeds across most network technologies in the future. zdnet: Wednesday, 31 August at 09:35.

Can Startups Conquer The Hotly Anticipated AR/VR Market? »

It may seem like the game is already over for VR manufacturing startups with big corporations having already flagged down their own territory, but what startups need to understand is that they are vital in developing these apps and software content. forbes: Wednesday, 31 August at 09:00.

Kim Dotcom's extradition hearing live stream makes legal... »

Technical hitches, legalese and tedium bedevil first live broadcast from a New Zealand court as Dotcom fights US extradition bid on online piracy charges The live streaming of Kim Dotcom’s extradition hearing in a New Zealand high court kicked off on Wednesday with warped pictures, delayed audio and dwindling viewership as the day wore on. Megaupload founder Dotcom is fighting an extradition order to the United States, where he is wanted on online piracy charges. Continue reading... guardian: Wednesday, 31 August at 08:28.

Star Trek TOS Communicator is Now Real; Trekkies Rejoice. »

It’s a Trekkie’s dream come true. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first Star Trek TV episode, CBS has commissioned the creation of the first fully-functional, museum replica quality ohgizmo: Wednesday, 31 August at 07:43.

Why Dropbox's data breach response is still wrong »

When it comes to telling your users about security incidents, fess up, speak directly, and assume things are worse than they appear. zdnet blogs: Wednesday, 31 August at 07:18.

What Hasbro’s New Rogue One Toys Reveal About the... »

We've got the exclusive debut of eight figures and vehicles from the upcoming film, and there are hints of what they're doing in scenes from the trailers. The post What Hasbro’s New Rogue One Toys Reveal About the Movie appeared first on WIRED. wired: Wednesday, 31 August at 06:02.

Customer publishes performance evaluation of first... »

A team from the Technical University Munich (TUM) recently reported an independent analysis of the operation of the Munich Compact Light Source (MuCLS) in the Sept. 2016 issue of the Journal of Synchrotron Radiation. The MuCLS is the first commercial installation of a miniature synchrotron developed and manufactured by Lyncean Technologies, Inc. of Fremont, CA. It is designed to fill the gap in X-ray performance between conventional X-ray sources and stadium-sized synchrotron radiation X-ray facilities. eurekalert: Wednesday, 31 August at 06:00.

EU hits Apple with $14.5 billion Irish tax demand »

BRUSSELS/DUBLIN (Reuters) - The European Commission ordered Apple Inc to pay Ireland unpaid taxes of up to 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) on Tuesday as it ruled the firm had received illegal state aid. reuters: Wednesday, 31 August at 02:43.

Slow birth rate found in African forest elephants »

African forest elephants have an extremely slow birth rate, putting them under greater pressure from poaching, a study suggests. bbc: Wednesday, 31 August at 02:27.

Court: Okay For Trial To Move Forward Against ESPN For... »

The Fourth of July is long in our rearview mirrors, but for some folks the holiday haunts them still. Such is the case with NFL football player Jason Pierre-Paul, who quite famously managed to celebrate our nation's independence by blowing apart a good chunk of his hand a year and a half ago. So too does the holiday likely remain top of mind for ESPN and its reporter, Adam Schefter, who found themselves in a bit of controversy after reporting on Pierre-Paul's condition and tweeting out a copy of the player's medical chart, revealing that he had no digits where there previously had been fingers. Pierre-Paul sued Schefter and ESPN for invading his privacy, arguing that he'd suffered great harm as a result and suggesting that, though Schefter had received the medical chart from a source, the publication of such information might make it less likely for other famous persons to seek medical treatment in the future. ESPN, meanwhile, attempted to spike the lawsuit on First Amendment grounds under an anti-SLAPP statute, arguing that journalists have always been free to provide evidence for stories gained from sources. Well, the court has ruled against ESPN's attempt to have the suit dismissed, [...] techdirt: Wednesday, 31 August at 01:00.

Alphabet Expands Car-Pooling Project, Casting Shadow on... »

Waze Carpool’s move into San Francisco is just the latest volley as Google and Uber encroach on each other’s territory. nyt: Wednesday, 31 August at 00:46.

Sonos turns up the music with Amazon's Alexa partnership »

Sonos and Amazon announced owners will be able to control their speakers with their voice. csmonitor: Wednesday, 31 August.

Revived Lawsuit Says Twitter DMs Are Like Handing ISIS a... »

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: A long-standing lawsuit holding Twitter responsible for the rise of ISIS got new life today, as plaintiffs filed a revised version of the complaint (PDF) that was struck down earlier this month. In the new complaint, the plaintiffs argue Twitter's Direct Message service is akin to providing ISIS with physical communications equipment like a radio or a satellite phone. The latest complaint is largely the same as the one filed in January, but a few crucial differences will be at the center of the court's response. The plaintiffs also offer new arguments for why Twitter might be held responsible for the attack. In the dismissal earlier this month (PDF), District Judge William Orrick faulted the plaintiffs for not articulating a case for why providing access to Twitter's services constituted material aid to ISIS. "Apart from the private nature of Direct Messaging, plaintiffs identify no other way in which their Direct Messaging theory seeks to treat Twitter as anything other than a publisher of information provided by another information content provider," the ruling reads. At the same time, the judge found that the privacy of those direct messages "does not remove the [...] slashdot: Wednesday, 31 August.

Google Says Its "Mission Impossible" Cloud... »

Neal Mueller, Security and Networking lead for Google Cloud, recently was interviewed about security and other important aspects of using the Google Cloud Platform to host websites, online retailers and other data intensive applications. Should I move our online applications ... Read More The post Google Says Its "Mission Impossible" Cloud Platform is the Most Secure appeared first on WebProNews. webpronews (insider report): Tuesday, 30 August at 23:22.

Facebook Faces Trending News Problems After Firing... »

On Friday, news site Quartz reported that Facebook fired its "news curators" and replaced them with algorithms to compile the news that ends up on Facebook's "Trending" news section. Many users took note when a fake article about Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly was trending. npr: Tuesday, 30 August at 22:28.

BTI's Joyce Van Eck accelerates tomato engineering »

Tomatoes are an ideal model species for plant research, but researchers at the Cornell-affiliated Boyce Thompson Institute made them more useful by cutting the time to modify tomato genes by a third. cornell: Tuesday, 30 August at 21:08.

Vladimir Putin _ not THAT Vladimir Putin _ nabbed in... »

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Vladimir Putin has been arrested at a Florida supermarket. No, not THAT Vladimir Putin.... ap: Tuesday, 30 August at 19:39.

Their Masters' Voices: Dogs Understand Tone And Meaning Of... »

When humans talk to dogs, the canine brains seem to separate the meaning of the words from the intonation used and to analyze each aspect independently. npr: Tuesday, 30 August at 18:08.

Oklahoma mother charged with using crucifix to kill... »

(Reuters) - A 49-year-old Oklahoma woman has been charged with first-degree murder on suspicion of killing her daughter whom she thought was possessed by the devil by jamming a crucifix down her throat and beating her, court records released on Tuesday showed. reuters: Tuesday, 30 August at 17:46.

Buttermilk: Nutrition Facts and Benefits »

Buttermilk is the liquid left over when making butter from milk. live science: Tuesday, 30 August at 17:04.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 - Battery Issue Fixed »

If you are a Microsoft Surface 3 owner, you may or may not have experienced a problem with your tablet’s battery. dailytech: Tuesday, 30 August at 12:30.

6 Ways Social Media Can Tank A Marriage, According To... »

It’s known that social media contributes to divorce; in a 2010 survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 81 percent of lawyers said they’d seen an increase in the number of divorce cases using evidence found on social media. But how exactly does that play out in lawyer’s offices? We asked divorce lawyers to share the ways they’ve seen social media interfere with clients’ marriages. See what they had to say below. 1. Screentime got in the way of face time. “Instead of getting into bed and discussing how each other’s day was, couples instead often opt to be on social media. Instead of intimate moments and sweet or even romantic conversation (or behavior), one partner is often fully engaged with friends, acquaintances or even followers during times that they would otherwise be growing and improving their marital relationship. Yes, affairs can be ignited via Facebook and emotional attachments and relationships can occur on social media and harm marriages, but we shouldn’t overlook the obvious. Put down your device, ask your spouse how their day was and listen. It might make a world of difference.” ― Randall M. Kessler 2. Spouses weren’t honest about who they were talking to online. [...] huffingtonpost: Tuesday, 30 August at 02:18.

Japan’s $320 Million Gamble at Fukushima: An... »

The project is designed to keep water out of the damaged reactor buildings at the nuclear power plant, and radioactive water from reaching the Pacific. Critics say it may not work. nyt: Monday, 29 August at 23:24.

Kuwait's new DNA collection law is scarier than we ever... »

But after an ISIS-linked man ignited a bomb in a Shiite mosque in Kuwait last year, killing 27, the mother of all troubling laws was rushed through the country’s Parliament. The law requires that all citizens, residents and visitors to the country submit DNA samples to en … newsvine: Monday, 29 August at 20:38.

The Anthropocene epoch: scientists declare dawn of... »

Experts say human impact on Earth so profound that Holocene must give way to epoch defined by nuclear tests, plastic pollution and domesticated chicken Humanity’s impact on the Earth is now so profound that a new geological epoch – the Anthropocene – needs to be declared, according to an official expert group who presented the recommendation to the International Geological Congress in Cape Town on Monday. The new epoch should begin about 1950, the experts said, and was likely to be defined by the radioactive elements dispersed across the planet by nuclear bomb tests, although an array of other signals, including plastic pollution, soot from power stations, concrete, and even the bones left by the global proliferation of the domestic chicken were now under consideration. Continue reading... guardian: Monday, 29 August at 14:00.

Innovator Under 35: Nora Ayanian »

To build better machines, a roboticist goes far outside her field for guidance. technology review: Tuesday, 23 August.

High Minimum Wage And The Decline Of Stores »

The incentive to automate will be enormous for $15 per hour minimum wage. Of America�s nearly 16 million retail workers, the biggest group � 4.6 million � are salespeople. Their average wage is $10.47 an hour. After that, the country has another 3.4 million cashiers, and their average wage is $9.28 an hour. Only a quarter of salespeople earn more than $14 � and only 10 percent earn more than $19. The figures are worse for cashiers. But in the race to automate there will be a clear winner: Amazon. Why: Amazon can automate more easily than can physical stores. It is analogous to why long haul trucking can be automated before taxis: Just as highways are simpler places than... future pundit: Monday, 08 August.

Speaking at Rutgers Today - »

A lot of stuff is happening (keep promising to write here more and  then, don’t) – but this year I’ll post more AND put in a decent theme for a change. Anyway – the latest presentation is on scaling online courses – and you can see it here.   More soon. Scaling online and hybrid […] web metrics guru: Wednesday, 14 January at 10:22.

10 Completely False ‘Facts’ Everyone Knows »

The blood in your veins is blue. Glass is a slow-moving liquid. If you touch a baby bird, its mother will abandon it. Not so fast –- if you learned any of those "facts" in school, what you learned was wrong. howstuffworks: Wednesday, 07 November at 20:00.

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