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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 Monday 26 September 2016 at 07:55, enjoy.

Today's quotable quote

Mark Twain: A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is just putting on its shoes.

This day in history

26 September: The Parthenon Is Partially Destroyed by an Explosion (1687). Built in the 5th century BCE on the Acropolis of Athens, the Parthenon was the chief temple of Athena in ancient Greece and the finest example of Doric architecture. In 1687, during the Venetian attack on Athens, the Turks used it for storing gunpowder. The stores were ignited during the bombardment, causing an explosion that partly destroyed the building. Still, its basic structure remains intact and reconstruction efforts are underway.

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Pouncer drone can be packed to the propellers with... »

Delivering life-saving supplies to victims of natural disasters and war zones often relies on inexact air drops requiring good weather to pull off. The Pouncer, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from Windhorse Aerospace, would land accurately at disaster sites with a design that allows for the utmost utility of its parts. Its hollow wings and body can be packed with food, water and medicine, the pre-formed shell used as shelter, and the frame burned for cooking fuel... Continue Reading Pouncer drone can be packed to the propellers with disaster relief Category: Drones Tags: sustainable design UAV Delivery drones Disasters Related Articles: Ship-to-shore delivery shows real-world potential of disaster relief drones Massive solar storm would pose considerable dangers – are we ready? Disaster by design: Innovative emergency relief shelters Fixed-wing drone rises like a chopper and levels out when it's time to fly Maggie aimed at offering refugees a better shelter Drone attachment scans disaster zones for breathing and heartbeats gizmag: Monday, 26 September at 07:19.

Hacker who leaked US military 'kill list' for ISIS sent... »

The 20-year-old hacker leaked military data belonging to 1,300 US military and government staff in support of the Islamic extremist group. zdnet blogs: Monday, 26 September at 07:08.

Google aims to connect display and TV ads to store visits »

As the mobile phone has become nearly ubiquitous, consumers paradoxically have become harder for marketers to reach, at least in a coherent way. Now consumer attention is split among innumerable apps, websites and devices that still include computers, television and, of course, physical stores. forbes: Monday, 26 September at 05:59.

GOP Lawmaker Matt Gaetz Ripped For Tweet Politicizing... »

Republican lawmaker Matt Gaetz used the death of Miami Marlins’ star pitcher Jose Fernandez as an excuse to criticize other athletes who refuse to stand during the national anthem.  Shortly after tweeting that he was “crushed” by the news, Gaetz fired off this message about Fernandez, who escaped Cuba to live in the United States:  To all who will kneel during the anthem today - just remember how Jose Fernandez risked his life just for the chance to stand for it— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) September 25, 2016 Gaetz, a Trump supporter who serves in Florida’s House of Representatives and is currently a candidate for U.S. Congress, immediately came under fire:  @mattgaetz He didn't come here to stand for it - but because we don't punish people for dissent, unlike Cuba.— EV Now (@EVNow) September 25, 2016 @mattgaetz this guy must really piss you off... pic.twitter.com/OA2p0Gtx4t— Elliott Serrano (@ElliottSerrano) September 25, 2016 @mattgaetz Escaping a country where protest could land you in jail. Are you capable of complex thought?— sAD sACK (@sadsackjetsfan) September 25, 2016 @mattgaetz Do you make everything about you or did you just wake up feeling like the world needed some more inhumanity in it today?— Rick Freeman [...] huffingtonpost: Monday, 26 September at 05:11.

WTF is clickbait? »

 Let’s settle this, once and for all: Clickbaiting is the intentional act of over-promising or otherwise misrepresenting — in a headline, on social media, in an image, or some combination — what you’re going to find when you read a story on the web. Currently, clickbait is often characterized by wording like, “You won’t believe” or “What… Read More techcrunch: Monday, 26 September at 05:00.

​China's 500-metre radio telescope starts search for... »

The world's largest radio telescope in China, which measures 500 meters across and was completed in July, has begun its testing phase. zdnet: Monday, 26 September at 03:56.

Zambia's front line between elephants and humans »

As the Cites conference on endangered species meets in Johannesburg, Matt McGrath travelled to Zambia to hear the voices of people with first-hand experience of conflicts between humans and wildlife. bbc: Monday, 26 September at 02:36.

A Poker Pro’s Debate Strategy for Clinton and Trump »

Daniel Negreanu has some tips for how to take the advantage in a heads-up showdown. The post A Poker Pro's Debate Strategy for Clinton and Trump appeared first on WIRED. wired: Monday, 26 September at 01:00.

HERE, automakers team up to share data on traffic... »

LONDON (Reuters) - German digital map maker HERE will introduce a new set of traffic services this week that allows drivers to see for themselves what live road conditions are like miles ahead using data from competing automakers, an industry first. reuters: Monday, 26 September at 00:07.

Which Programming Language Is Most Popular - The Final... »

An anonymous Slashdot reader writes: Following a common technique among political pollsters, a technology columnist combined the results from various measures of programming language popularity for a more definitive answer about the most important languages to study. He used IEEE Spectrum's interactive list of the top programming languages, which lets you adjust the weight given to the number of job listings and number or open source projects, then combined it with the TIOBE Index (which is based on search engine results), and the PYPL Index, which checks the number of tutorials for each programming language on Google. The results? "The top cluster contains Java, C, Python, and C++. Without a doubt, you should attain familiarity with these four languages." He points out they're not tied to a specific programming platform, unlike languages in the second cluster -- JavaScript, C#, PHP, and Swift -- while the last two languages in the top 10 were Objective-C and R. "The C-family of languages still dominates. Java, C++, C, C#, and even Objective-C are all C-based languages. If you're only going to learn one language, you should pick one of those." But his ultimate advice is to "learn multiple languages and multiple frameworks... Programming [...] slashdot: Monday, 26 September.

Why is Twitter suffering while other social media thrives? »

Twitter revolutionized social media with the advent of 140-character messages. But a decade later, the platform’s growth has stagnated while competing media services dominate the market, leading the company to consider selling the service. csmonitor: Monday, 26 September.

The Internet Is No Place for Public Elections »

It’s not safe to connect our voting infrastructure to the Internet, but some election boards are doing it anyway. technology review: Monday, 26 September.

If The FCC Gets It Way, This App Could Change The Way You... »

Michel Martin chats with NPR's Washington correspondent Brian Naylor about the FCC's scheduled vote this week on a proposal that could one day save cable subscribers money. npr: Sunday, 25 September at 23:46.

MIT's flea market specializes in rare, obscure electronics »

Once a month in the summer, a small parking lot on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's campus transforms into a high-tech flea market known for its outlandish offerings. Tables overflow with antique radio equipment, some of it a century old. Visitors can buy a telescope that's the size of a cannon. One man has hauled in a NASA space capsule he owns. physorg: Sunday, 25 September at 20:54.

Swooping, gliding over the Alps at free-flight festival »

SAINT HILAIRE DU TOUVET, France (AP) -- In wild costumes, wingsuits and even home-made flying machines, thousands of people are gliding through the French Alps in the world's oldest free-flight festival.... ap: Sunday, 25 September at 16:03.

Inspiron Laptops & 2-in-1 PCs »

Here is a comparison of three incredible laptops. Each are high performers equipped with revolutionary processors, dynamic display and DVD drives. Some models feature Intel processors and optional touch displays on select system. dailytech: Sunday, 25 September at 15:00.

What's Your Sign? Look Again, Says NASA »

If you rely on an insight from your daily horoscopes, you may have been looking at the wrong sign this whole time. npr: Sunday, 25 September at 14:35.

European Space Agency accused of 'having a problem with... »

Rita Schulz says she was ‘shafted’ by management when she was dropped as lead scientist on Rosetta mission six months before its culmination A leading space scientist has accused the European Space Agency of having a “problem with promoting women” that has led to men holding almost every top job at the agency. Continue reading... guardian: Sunday, 25 September at 13:00.

Snapchat, Known for Ephemera, Proves Its Staying Power... »

With a growing slate of highly edited video content, the app is catching advertisers’ attention and competing with television for viewers. nyt: Saturday, 24 September at 22:30.

Hurry Up: We're Taking Down Our Takedown Gear In A Week »

Support Techdirt and get Takedown gear! Last chance this year! » Of all the t-shirts and other gear available in our super-early holiday sale, the popular Takedown design has the longest history: it was one of the first t-shirts we produced years ago as part of an early "reason to buy" project, it was later revamped with an improved graphical design for our Insider Shop, and then this year it was revamped once again with a slightly modified look for our sales via Teespring. And now it's your last chance to get one in 2016! The current run ends on Monday, October 3rd — and after that we won't be taking reservations and can't promise when it will return, but it won't be until next year at the earliest. So don't miss out and order yours today! Plus, consider picking it up now for the holidays and getting an early start on your gift-buying list — the reason we're holding this sale so early is to give lots and lots of time before Christmas for Teespring's sometimes-slow fulfillment. And don't forget to check out the other gear in our super-early holiday sale. Permalink | Comments | Email This Story techdirt: Saturday, 24 September at 18:00.

Warmer waters might prevent baby lobsters from surviving »

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Baby lobsters might not be able to survive in the ocean's waters if the ocean continues to warm at the expected rate.... ap: Saturday, 24 September at 17:08.

The U.S. Army Is Designing Its First New Grenade in 40... »

For the first time in more than four decades years, the U.S. Army is working to field a new hand grenade. Designed for both offensive and defensive use, the new Enhanced Tactical Multi-Purpose (ET-MP) hand grenade is meant to be a safer and more versatile handheld bomb for clos … newsvine: Friday, 23 September at 16:37.

Deal Of The Day: 50% Off On Universal Smartphone Shadow... »

You’re not supposed to have your phone in your hand while inside your car. You’re aware, we’re sure. So instead of tossing it in that little compartment between the seats, ohgizmo: Friday, 23 September at 13:51.

America's Opioid-Use Epidemic: 5 Startling Facts »

America is in the midst of an opioid-abuse epidemic, which has caused a startling rise in overdoses and deaths from these highly addictive drugs. Here’s a look at the epidemic by the numbers. live science: Friday, 23 September at 13:25.

Yahoo faces questions after hack of half a billion... »

The company has confirmed that the breach took place in 2014 but its statement left pressing questions unanswered Yahoo’s admission that the personal data of half a billion users has been stolen by “state-sponsored” hackers leaves pressing questions unanswered, according to security researchers. Details, including names, email addresses, phone numbers and security questions were taken from the company’s network in late 2014. Passwords were also taken, but in a “hashed” form, which prevents them from being immediately re-used, and the company believes that financial information held with it remains safe. Continue reading... guardian: Friday, 23 September at 12:33.

$1M expands food safety capabilities at Geneva campus »

Cornell’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva is poised to expand its food development and technology commercialization capabilities with $1 million in new state funding. cornell: Thursday, 22 September at 21:09.

Matter: A Single Migration From Africa Populated the... »

Unprecedented DNA analyses of people in indigenous populations suggest that almost all non-Africans trace their roots to one migration from the continent. nyt: Wednesday, 21 September at 19:05.

City issues subpoena over sinking San Francisco luxury... »

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - San Francisco's city attorney on Tuesday issued a subpoena to the developers of a luxury condominium high-rise that is tilting and has sunk more than a foot (30 cm), to determine if structural issues were appropriately conveyed to purchasers. reuters: Wednesday, 21 September at 17:52.

CRM MATCHING: What Advertisers Aren’t Being Told... »

Given the “who’s who” list of platforms offering it, CRM matching has truly arrived. And why not? CRM matching is arguably the most advanced way for brands to connect the dots to their target audiences, and then help them deliver ... Read More The post CRM MATCHING: What Advertisers Aren’t Being Told About Scale appeared first on WebProNews. webpronews (insider report): Wednesday, 21 September at 15:13.

Expanding Miami Zika Zone: Time To Wipe Out Invasive... »

The Miami Beach danger zone for mosquitoes carrying Zika virus is expanding. This isn't just about microcephaly in developing fetuses. Since Zika attacks neural progenitor cells it might cause lasting damage in adults too. A case of acute sensory polyneuropathy in an adult caused symptoms that lasted for months. It is suspected that Zika causes inflammation of sensory nerves and possibly an auto-immune response. So Zika is bad. What should we do about it? Wipe out the mosquitoes that carry it. Totally drive them to extinction. These mosquitoes are invasive in the Western Hemisphere. If a mosquito causes major health problems for the human species we should just wipe it out. Wiping out a mosquito species could be done with... future pundit: Sunday, 18 September.

Novel heart valve replacement offers hope for thousands... »

A novel heart valve replacement method is revealed today that offers hope for the thousands of patients with rheumatic heart disease who need the procedure each year. The research is being presented at the SA Heart Congress 2016. eurekalert: Friday, 09 September at 06:00.

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.

Why You Should Consider Hiring a Dog Walker »

If you're looking to hire a dog walker, there are several resources available. Your vet can most likely recommend a reliable walker. Your local shelter or pet store may know of walkers they can recommend as well; some pet stores or vets may even offer walking as a service themselves. You can also find one on a directory website like DogWalker.com. With a little shopping around, you can provide your dog with the quality exercise routine it deserves. Read more... | Original story | Votes so far: 30 / 2 corank: Monday, 31 December.

The Most Embarrassing Moments in the History of Science »

What? Scientists get things wrong? We know. It’s shocking to hear, but science isn’t always an exact science. Mistakes do happen -- and they often lead to great scientific discoveries. So, grab your safety glasses and see if you can identify the most embarrassing scientific moments ever. howstuffworks: Wednesday, 07 November at 20:00.

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