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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 23 January 2017 at 10:45, enjoy.

Today's quotable quote

Sinclair Lewis: There are two insults no human being will endure: that he has no sense of humor, and that the has never known trouble.

This day in history

23 January: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inducts Its First Members (1986). The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a museum dedicated to archiving the history of rock music. It was created in 1983 but did not have a home until 1995, when it opened its Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, after civic leaders pledged $65 million in public money to fund its construction. The first group of inductees included Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, and James Brown, to name a few.

Live on the net

Brimming toxic pit nears critical level after bird deaths »

It was an unusual and unfortunate confluence of events: A larger-than-normal number of geese was making a later-than-normal migration over Montana when a snowstorm blew in at the wrong time and sent them soaring to the wrong place. physorg: Monday, 23 January at 10:20.

Lavabit relaunches secure email service, encrypted mail... »

The service shut down in 2013 after refusing to hand over encryption keys which would compromise user privacy. zdnet blogs: Monday, 23 January at 09:56.

Symantec revokes faulty security certificates »

The cybersecurity firm has once again been left red-faced after issuing insecure certificates. zdnet: Monday, 23 January at 09:09.

Really Big Data At Walmart: Real-Time Insights From Their... »

Walmart, the world's biggest retailer, has big ambitions for big data. The company is developing a 40+ petabytes data cloud together with a state-of-the-art analytics hub to deliver better and more real-time insights from their data. forbes: Monday, 23 January at 09:06.

Hugo Barra is leaving his position as head of... »

 Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is losing its head of international and primary English-language spokesperson Hugo Barra after he announced his exit from the company. Read More techcrunch: Monday, 23 January at 08:18.

How the Volkswagen Kombi became a family heirloom »

Volkswagen's Kombi van has appreciated in value so quickly that many owners may not know the value of their car could soon eclipse the value of their home... Continue Reading How the Volkswagen Kombi became a family heirloom Category: Automotive Tags: Barrett-jackson Volkswagen RM-Sothebys Bonhams Collecting Gooding & Co Related Articles: 10 celebrity cars heading to auction: Lennon, Bieber, Tyler ... and Magnum P.I.'s Ferrari Scottsdale Collector Car Auction Preview - star cars and viewing schedules Wild 1955 turbine-powered Chrysler show car set for auction 70 vintage pedal cars lead to record sale of automobilia collectibles 90 million dollar cars go to auction in the next few weeks Scottsdale Rare Car Auctions – 41 cars that sold for more than US$1 million in January gizmag: Monday, 23 January at 08:09.

What mackerel and a volcano can tell us about climate... »

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- What could an Indonesian volcanic eruption, a 200-year-old climate disaster and a surge in the consumption of mackerel tell us about today's era of global warming?... ap: Monday, 23 January at 07:31.

Cambridge scientists consider fake news 'vaccine' »

Concern at fabricated stories on websites prompts a psychological study to help people spot fake news. bbc: Monday, 23 January at 07:10.

Evaluation of the use of human umbilical cord for in-utero... »

In a study to be presented Saturday, Jan. 28, in the oral concurrent session at 8:45 a.m. PST, at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting™, researchers evaluated a possible regenerative patch by using human umbilical cord in two studies. eurekalert: Monday, 23 January at 07:00.

SEC probing Yahoo over previously disclosed cyber breach:... »

(Reuters) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating a previously disclosed data breach at Yahoo Inc, the company said in a filing. reuters: Monday, 23 January at 05:07.

Samsung blames two separate battery faults for Galaxy Note... »

Tests on tens of thousands of devices found that both original and replacement batteries were responsible for the phones bursting into flames Samsung has blamed lithium-ion batteries for causing its Galaxy Note 7 mobile phones to overheat and catch fire, a fault that led to the global recall of millions of devices and damaged consumer confidence in the world’s biggest maker of smartphones. At a press conference on Monday, Samsung officials said exhaustive tests on tens of thousands of devices and batteries had ruled out any problems with the device’s hardware or software. Continue reading... guardian: Monday, 23 January at 05:04.

John Arnold Made a Fortune at Enron. Now He’s... »

After making millions for Enron, launching his own hedge fund, and becoming a billionaire, John Arnold retired at 38. His next act? Fix terrible science. The post John Arnold Made a Fortune at Enron. Now He's Declared War on Bad Science appeared first on WIRED. wired: Monday, 23 January at 03:00.

'IT Issue' Grounded All United Airlines Flights In The US »

For two and a half hours -- no take-offs. An anonymous reader quotes NBC News: All of United Airlines' domestic flights were grounded Sunday night because of a computer outage, the Federal Aviation Administration said as scores of angry travelers sounded off on social media... U.S. officials told NBC News that the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System, or ACARS, had issues with low bandwidth. No further explanation was immediately available for what United described only as "an IT issue." An hour ago United tweeted that they'd finally lifted the stop and were "working to get flights on their way." 66 flights were cancelled just at Chicago's O'Hare Airport, the Chicago Department of Aviation told the Associated Press, and though the article doesn't identify the total number of flights affected, "Chicago-based United Airlines and United Express operate more than 4,500 flights a day to 339 airports across five continents." Read more of this story at Slashdot. slashdot: Monday, 23 January.

Lost Dark Ages Fort Found in Scotland »

A fort destroyed in a deliberate conflagration in the seventh century may have been the seat of the lost kingdom of Rheged. live science: Sunday, 22 January at 15:48.

Vivo V5 Plus – China’s New Selfie Smartphone »

Mahesh Telecomm has announced via Twitter, that the Vivo V5 Plus is now available for pre-order. This selfie smartphone will debut in India on January 23. dailytech: Sunday, 22 January at 14:15.

In search of the stroke detector »

Up to 50% of stroke diagnoses are inaccurate. What if a small biosensor could do the job precisely? Robert McCrum, who survived a ‘brain attack’ 22 years ago, traces one team’s long journey to a breakthrough Stroke, or “brain attack”, is the third biggest killer in the western world, after cancer and heart failure. The life-changing effects associated with this simple, Anglo-Saxon word are readily explained: a stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is disrupted by a blood vessel either bursting or blocking, so that the part of the brain supplied by this blood vessel dies. The brain is a much more complex organ than the heart. While strokes are a common feature of everyday life, precisely how and why they occur is far from straightforward. Continue reading... guardian: Sunday, 22 January at 10:30.

Net neutrality: A top target for Trump's FCC? »

The Obama administration barred internet-service providers from discriminating between different types of content, earning cheers from consumers and Silicon Valley, but not Trump's likely new FCC chair.   csmonitor: Sunday, 22 January.

Tesla Autopilot Slashes Accident Rates »

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) finds Tesla's Autopilot cuts crashes by 40%. How cool is that? Autonomous vehicles are going to cause a huge decline in accidents and deaths. Even short of autonomous vehicles, when you get your next car try to get one that supports automatic braking on imminent collision detection. You could get a large fraction of the collision avoidance benefit at a much lower cost today. Check out Insurance Institute for Highway Safety ratings of collision avoidance systems in current cars. Watch a Tesla react to a crash in front of it: Watch a Tesla avoid hitting a reckless driver: A recent analysis finds that autonomous vehicles will allow 2 million disabled people to get... future pundit: Sunday, 22 January.

Trucker loses trailer of 38,000 pounds of marbles on I-465 »

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- A trucker has lost his marbles in the Indianapolis area.... ap: Saturday, 21 January at 23:24.

Survey Finds Lyft Drivers Happier Than Uber, Though Pay... »

A survey of 1,150 drivers found that those working for Lyft made more on average than those at Uber. It also illustrates demographics of participants in the ride-hailing industry. npr: Saturday, 21 January at 15:10.

George W. Bush's Poncho Struggle Sparks The Photoshop... »

It was only a matter of time. Redditors were quick to mock former President George W. Bush after he was captured battling with his poncho at President Donald Trump’s inauguration. Via an intense Photoshop battle, they hilariously reimagined Bush wearing his poncho on a theme park ride and modeling it for a clothes catalog. Check out some of the best posts we’ve seen so far below:  View post on imgur.com View post on imgur.com View post on imgur.com View post on imgur.com View post on imgur.com View post on imgur.com View post on imgur.com View post on imgur.com View post on imgur.com View post on imgur.com Hey Paul! type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related Coverage + articlesList=588329eee4b070d8cad2acb8,588322e5e4b0e3a735692c72,58831406e4b096b4a231e862,587f1736e4b01cdc64c879bd -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. huffingtonpost: Saturday, 21 January at 13:40.

CBS & Paramount Finally Settle With Fan Film Axanar »

A little over a year ago, we first wrote about the unfortunate situation in which CBS & Paramount had sued a group of people trying to make a fan film in the Star Trek universe, called Axanar. Beyond the basic legal questions, there was a bigger issue here. Paramount has actually been pretty good about allowing fan films. The difference with Axanar was that it was shaping up to be a really good fan film, with professional level actors, sets and staff. And that was what set off Paramount and CBS, who jointly hold the copyrights on Star Trek. The big question then is what's the line between a fan film... and an unauthorized derivative work? This wasn't necessarily a question in the past, but today with the ease of making films (and funding them through platforms like Kickstarter), it becomes a much bigger question. Something of a wrench was thrown into the proceedings last May, when JJ Abrams and Justin Lin -- who are involved in the official new Star Trek films -- claimed on stage that they were quite upset with Paramount for going after Axanar, and claimed that they'd gotten word from the company that it was [...] techdirt: Saturday, 21 January at 05:39.

British police use stun-gun on their own black race... »

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's police watchdog is to hold an investigation after officers were filmed firing a stun-gun at their own local black race relations adviser who they apparently mistook for a wanted suspect, the force involved said on Friday. reuters: Friday, 20 January at 13:40.

Tesla’s Self-Driving System Cleared in Deadly Crash »

The highway agency found that while Tesla’s Autopilot feature didn’t prevent a crash in Florida, the system performed as it was intended. nyt: Friday, 20 January at 03:34.

Are There More Than Five Basic Tastes? »

Scientists have long believed we have just five tastes - salty, sweet, bitter, sour and umami (or savory). Geneticist Nicole Garneau argues we might be able to taste a sixth — fat. npr: Friday, 20 January at 01:24.

New host-microbe institute connects campus researchers »

The university launched the Cornell Institute of Host-Microbe Interactions and Disease, an organization that connects the community of Cornell researchers studying host-microbe biology and disease. cornell: Thursday, 19 January at 20:01.

Trilobites: Fishing for Clues to Solve Namibia’s... »

The new study suggests that both termites and plants may be jointly responsible for forming fairy circle landscapes in Namibia. nyt: Thursday, 19 January at 17:59.

Microsoft CEO: We Are Not Anywhere Close To Achieving... »

Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, recently was interviewed by Ludwig Siegele of The Economist about the future of AI (artificial intelligence) at the DLD in Munich, Germany where he spoke about the need to democratize the technology so that it ... Read More The post Microsoft CEO: We Are Not Anywhere Close To Achieving Artificial General Intelligence appeared first on WebProNews. webpronews (insider report): Thursday, 19 January at 02:42.

Julian Assange under pressure to hand himself in for... »

Last week, Mr Assange said on that he would give up his sanctuary in the  Ecuadorian Embassy in London for more than four years, if Barack Obama showed "clemency" to whistleblower Chelsea Manning. . . . On Tuesday night, there was no immediate word from Mr Assange. H … newsvine: Wednesday, 18 January at 01:53.

The Man Selling Virtual Reality to China »

How an American animator became a guiding force in China’s bubbling VR scene. technology review: Thursday, 05 January.

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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