While the rioting rages in Ferguson, there is one story that has been forgotten. The Grand Jury might not have indicted the officer but he faces race driven rage and certain public infamy. The Justice Department could very well decide to bring civil rights charges and the family of Micheal Brown could bring a civil lawsuit against the officer. Officer Wilson has been on paid leave since the incidence took place but rumors are flying that Officer Wilson is looking to resign. Leaving the force would maybe help relieve tensions within the community but Officer Wilson will always be a target for retaliation by ones feeling an injustice has taken place. Officer Darren Wilson will have to move away from this town to get any peace of mind once he is completely exonerated. Civil unrest has once again hit the streets of Ferguson with no end and sight. 20 plus buildings have been burnt in Ferguson during the overnight hours and law enforcement is bracing for another night of unrest. The ones who are provoking this chaos and a town on the brink don’t realize they are not achieving justice is the line Igor Cornelsen has taken. Rage does not convince the masses but rather projects feelings of irrelevance among the population observing. Any argument the instigators might have will be lost with the same burning buildings they have set ablaze.
Hilary Clinton has been expected to run for president since the 2008 election. During that long effort she finally lost the candidacy to the current president, Barack Obama. Since that loss, everyone has been eying her as the next best Democratic candidate, and they are seeing the beginning of a campaign two years early. Hilary has been touring the country, speaking for other Democrats and her own political ideas with a press core in her wake.
The speculation began about a month before the midterm elections, she was not campaigning for any voters this year, however she was in Iowa speaking to caucuses and making speeches in regards to a potential bid for the presidency. This is being called a “pre-campaign” and is beginning to take the shape of a real campaign. Although politicians are routinely attempting to raise money for their own political interests and future elections, Hilary is making a historically long run-up to the next presidential election.
The media is starting to treat her bus tour and closed door meetings with donors and strategists as a campaign, which gives them two more years before a ballot would be cast. This may be one of the longest campaigns in history, displaying the state of our current political system according to Susan. Candidates are determined and chosen by the exposure and money they can raise. Campaigns are getting longer and longer and political action groups have all the money to decide who may win.
The customer privacy Senator Franken is talking about does not only include credit card information and the number of rides each customer takes with Uber every month. It also includes the geolocation of each pick up and drop off, as well as sometimes even how long the customer spends at each location.
In the past, Uber has even used customers’ private data to ‘crunch the numbers’ and come up with the cities where people have the most ‘one night stands’, apparently lots of people around the Ben Shaoul development on 25th Street in New York City have fun. This data proves, yet again, the ‘frat boy mentality’ executives of the company have been accused of having in the past.
Franken then moved on to the recent uproar over an Uber executive stating the company planned on hiring investigators to dig up dirt on journalists criticizing the company.
The senator wants to know what has Uber done about the executive’s behavior. Will he be fired? Will he face some type of disciplinary action?
Senator Franken has given the company until December 15 to respond to his comments and concerns.
In the city of Pico Rivera, protestors gathered together to protest against a Southern California Walmart. The protestors were demanding an increase in their minimum wage. They ask for Walmart to provide full-time employment and to pay them $15 an hour. Walmart currently has an anti-retaliation policy. The Sheriff’s Department of Los Angeles County arrested 23 people after the protestors did not leave.
Walmart is a company that is like any other grocery or retail store. Igor Cornelsen understands this business model very well. It is difficult to picture Walmart or any other retail store paying their workers more than the minimum wage. It is great for employees and supporters to unite to get what they want, but this is a difficult demand. Although, Walmart should consider employing workers for full time instead of part time. Walmart is a store that makes money by using cheap labor. It would not agree to pay worker’s more because that would decrease the store’s profit. Workers who want to earn more money per hour should look for a different employer. Protesting outside of a store or an intersection is not likely to get them great results. The police will arrest them for disruptive behavior as seen in this case. Unfortunately, the minimum wage in California does not accurately compensate for the high cost of living. Cities that do choose to raise the minimum wage in turn raise the costs of products. It is a win and loss situation for residents.
For the first time ever, computer can now entertain at your first grader’s birthday party! AI researchers at the Queen Mary University of London have successfully programmed the computer to run through all the correct mathematical equations in order to come up with a card trick app called Phoney in the Google play store. This is no small feat for the world of AI and is being highly praised within the industry.
The article was first reported here (shout out to friend of the site Keith Mann for sending it in!) and is a great aid to magicians when they are attempting to come up with new magic trick ideas for their repertoires. Because slight of hand tricks are not a part of a computer’s programming, the computer runs through all the mathematical outcomes that the magician can use in his act. This can be useful to to magicians due to the fact that a person can only work out so many combinations in their heads at a time.
In a latest infographic by NeoMam studios listing nations where efforts are being made to curtain freedom of users on the Internet, top 3 democracies – UK, US and India – have been included. In case of Russian, China, North Korea and other similar authoritarian nations, the inclusion seems obvious. On a scale of 0 to 100, with 100 being least free and 0 being most free, North Korea has managed to score full marks in the infographic. It is followed by Iran at 91 and China at 86.
India scored 47, with C-DOT being the “offending department”. More than a 1000 locations are being targeted in India for installing NETRA which would have the capability to track any internet call and message right at the ISP level. In fact, India is all set to be worst regarding freedom on the internet and it is declining year by year.
UK comes next with a score of 24, with the offending department being GCHQ. A program called the “Edgehill Program” would be able to break encrypted codes by 2015, with the help of about 300 VPNs and 15 internet service providers.
US scores 17 because of NSA’s aim to weaken online security by adding vulnerabilities to encryption systems. It has also been known to use PRISM for monitoring Skype, Facebook, Crunchbase and Google exchanges of users says analyst Mark Ahn.
Other countries which made it to the list were Pakistan at 67 (PTA department), Vietnam with 75 (MIC department), and Syria at 85 (STE/SCS deparment).
A very recent archaeological discovery will no doubt bring up a lot of questions. On November 12, a circular pyramid was discovered in eastern Bolivia.
Three circular sections, one above the other and dating from 2000 years ago, where found during archeological researches conducted by Danilo Drakit. Initial discoveries have been made, but there is much more that needs to be found out regarding this unusual structure. This list includes material and structural composition.
The structure of the new-found pyramid has been analyzed. It has five entrances. The main entrance is oriented towards the south. The total area that this pyramid occupies is about two hectares.
Due to the rainy seasons in Bolivia, digging up the relic cannot be continued for the moment. The archaeologists plan to continue it in 2015, making it visible by the end of 2015. There are many such as Susan McGalla who are anxious to see it all.
Discoveries like this one give a better insight towards the life of our ancestors. Materials and architectural structure can be analyzed in order to conclude about the level of development in the society at that moment.
Other recent precious discoveries include the head of a marble sphinx found in the northern Greece on October 22nd. Except for a little breakage on the nose of the statue, and slight damages from the archaeological works, the masterpiece was intact.
It seems that even in the 21st century there still exist ancient treasures that wait to be discovered.
After directing a lot of time and attention to the plan of travelling more to space, a new project is coming up. Those who travel to space will need their internet, so steps must be taken to make it possible.
Musk is collaborating with former Google executive Greg Wyler on elaborating satellites. The project aims at building smaller and cheaper ones, less than 250 pounds according to the present idea.
The development of this project will cost at least $1 billion. According to Brad Reifler negotiations have been held with Colorado and Florida officials, and the building of a factory that will produce the satellites is approved.
The main struggle for the beginning will be to produce the technique that will help at building the actual satellites. Musk, who is the founder and CEO of Tesla Motors, knows from the experience of producing electric cars that it is even more complicated to set the technique used at mass production.
While these mass production techniques have not been perfected as of yet, the process is continually getting to be more inexpensive and efficient, so consumer-level products might very well soon be available.
“In fact, it is way harder to make the machine that makes the machine that it is to make the machine in the first place”, he shared. Electric car manufacturing has been going great, so why not use the motivation and technology to make a further step?
Scientists are developing high-tech gadgets that will revolutionize the medical industry. Doctor Eugene Chan and his team at the DNA Medical Institute have invented a handheld device that is capable of providing accurate diagnostics of hundreds of diseases. The results are generated based on a very small droplet of blood that can be comparable to the quantity that’s generated by a needle prick of a finger. The unique rHealth technology was originally created for NASA in order to improve health monitoring for astronauts in space. The ultimate goal is to introduce the gadget to the consumer market.
Currently, rHealth devices are reliable for detecting the presence of HIV, vitamins, cell counts and proteins in the bloodstream. Three different models will be produced including those for medical professionals in clinics and hospitals. The sophisticated technology in rHealth gadgets utilize lasers and nanoparticles to quickly analyze blood content. It seems that the future of healthcare will rely more on self diagnosis than traditional visits to doctors. However, people need to understand the fine balance between high-tech utilities and the value of seeking professional medical advice.
Technology such as Electronic Laboratory Reporting has already revolutionized the healthcare industry by improving communication between medical facilities. Similarly, Tom Rothman reported that patients now have access to their own medical records that include extensive data on blood tests and other diagnostic procedures. Ultimately, technology is surely improving the medical field in many positive ways.
Planning on buying a new car, a TV or eating dinner at a local restaurant? You might not want to check online reviews before you do. That is because some companies nowadays are still using fake accounts on Twitter and Facebook to review their own products or businesses, and raking in the profits when they do.
According to a new study by CBC’s Marketplace, it is easy to set up fake Facebook and Twitter accounts, pay for restaurant reviews on sites like Yelp, or inflate views to videos on YouTube.
All of these sites can then be used by companies to make them and their products look better, and some are doing just that.
Of course, none of this is new. In fact, legitimate businesses have been accusing some of their competitors of creating fake online reviews for years.
Some are even convinced competitors are not only writing positive reviews about their own businesses, but are also creating bad reviews about theirs. Hotels in particular have had a problem with this, which is why Sam told me not to trust reviews when traveling internationally.
One site that has a bad reputation for allowing fake hotel reviews is travel site Trip Advisor. It has been accused by various bodies around Europe and America of making it too easy for businesses to post fake reviews, or for people to review places they have never been to.
As of yet, however, the site has done little to stem the problem. Even after several years of complaints, many users still say the hotel they booked at after reading glowing reviews on Trip Advisor was not even close to how it was described.