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Minnesota Flickr - 7 hours 55 min ago

Scott_Knight posted a photo:

Love these little guys!

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Best home security camera: Keep an eye on the home front

MacWorld - 7 hours 56 min ago
A boom in wireless security cameras is inspiring a movement in DIY home surveillance. Follow our buying guide and read our reviews to find the best option for you.
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OMG! Trump Aide Met With NATO Partner Hungary During Campaign!

Antiwar.com blog - 7 hours 57 min ago

The media frenzy over “Russiagate” seems to get progressively more stupid as desperation takes hold. To sustain the sense of frenzy – which Russiagate cultists call “drip drip drip” – they need new sensational bombshells every day. Except there aren’t any. So the media makes them up.

Case-in-point this breathless piece from the Capitol Hill rag, The Hill, screeching paranoia over the fact that an advisor to candidate Trump’s presidential campaign MET WITH AN ADVISOR TO HUNGARY’S PRIME MINISTER!!!! OMG!!! Drip Drip Drip!!! GET ME MUELLER, STAT!!!

What makes the latest earth-shattering revelation all the more ridiculous is that reading the article it becomes painfully obvious that the author has no clue that Hungary is actually a strategic ally of the United States as a fellow member of the NATO alliance. Thus a meeting between a representative of the prospective President of the United States and a representative of the Prime Minister of one of the United States’ closest allies, Hungary, is portrayed as some kind of smoking gun while in fact it should be considered the most normal thing on earth.

A smooth transition for an incoming occupant of the White House naturally requires that the new president have established contacts among as many friends and allies overseas as possible and is critical to maintaining normal diplomatic relations. This is nothing new.

And Hungary was not only an early NATO ally of the United States after the Berlin Wall fell: it was a partner trusted enough before its NATO membership to host a major US military base in central Europe.

But The Hill’s modern-day Bob Woodward is having none of it! He’s cracked the code! Hence his headline: “Carter Page held high-level meetings with pro-Putin Hungarian government.”

What the article presents as a smoking gun of the Trump campaign’s collusion with foreign powers is obvious to anyone with more than five minutes experience in international relations to be a positive and encouraging development: then-Hungarian Ambassador Réka Szemerkényi was doing her job – and assisting her US partner – by organizing a meeting between Trump campaign representatives and Hungarian government representatives.

But in the twisted minds of the Russiagate cultists, this normal process is manipulated into some sort of secret Putin infiltration of the Trump campaign.

Writing Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban off as simply “pro-Putin” exposes a level of ignorance that is genuinely breathtaking. Even for a journalist. Orban is head of a three-times democratically-elected government in Hungary that has been a consistent and steadfast partner of the US. Before he was attacked by neocons like Anne Applebaum for objecting to the Brussels-mandated invasion of Hungary by Middle East “refugees,” he was considered a solid Atlanticist. Orban has always looked West for his alliances even as he realizes that there is no harm in looking east for business relationships as well.

On a day when we learn that Google will “de-rank” (hide) RT articles presumably because they are to be considered “fake news,” we are treated to a real piece of fake news by an organization that Google happily promotes in its search engine. How well this Orwell thing is working out…

Daniel McAdams is director of the The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity. Reprinted from The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity.

Saudis Are Hoping Mohammed bin Salman Will Drain the Swamp

ForeignPolicy blog - 7 hours 58 min ago
A road trip among ordinary Saudis revealed high hopes, and hardly any worries, about the country's new political era.
Categories: GlobalWire

The design expert - a classic comedy sketch of corporate meetings

BoingBoing - 8 hours 1 min ago

The assignment: draw seven perpendiculars red lines, some with with green ink and transparent link. A classic comedy sketch of a typical corporate design meeting.

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Robert Mugabe: From war hero to resignation as president

BBC UK Ed. - 8 hours 6 min ago
Zimbabwe's leader Robert Mugabe has resigned as president of Zimbabwe, ending a 37-year rule.
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Fox host Neil Cavuto tells Trump to start acting like a president

BoingBoing - 8 hours 8 min ago

Fox News host Neil Cavuto had a strong message for Trump last night, ending with the line, "Last time I checked, you are the president of the United States. Why don’t you act like it?”

Cavuto was fed up with Trump after this week's twitter tantrums about LaVar Ball and Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ). Cavuto says it's not about players or senators.

"This is about you and respect shown to you. Constant praise shown to you, and gratitude bordering on groveling shown to you. As president of the The United States, doesn't that already come with the territory?"

When Fox News starts to call Trump out for what he really is (or isn't), you know things aren't looking pretty for POTUS.

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Emmerson Mnangagwa: The 'crocodile' who snapped back

BBC UK Ed. - 8 hours 8 min ago
Zimbabwe's former vice-president has had a volatile political career.
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More chocolate = more Nobel Prizes

BoingBoing - 8 hours 10 min ago

Reddit has resurfaced this 2012 paper from the New England Journal of Medicine titled "Chocolate Consumption, Cognitive Function, and Nobel Laureates," by Franz H. Messerli, M.D.

From the abstract:

Chocolate consumption could hypothetically improve cognitive function not only in individuals but in whole populations. Could there be a correlation between a country's level of chocolate consumption and its total number of Nobel laureates per capita?

For other amusing spurious correlations here you go.

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This "book-lined" Beijing subway car is an audiobook library

BoingBoing - 8 hours 11 min ago

Beijing's subway system now includes some experimental cars decorated to look like fanciful, book-lined rooms; scan the QR codes and you get free audiobook downloads for popular Chinese novels. (more…)

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Review: Synology DS718+ Diskstation

BoingBoing - 8 hours 13 min ago

Synology's DS718+ NAS DiskStation (Amazon) is $400 data storage box. For me, it replaces very two annoying things: a monthly subscription to Dropbox, and a drawerful of USB drives used to back up a houseful of computers.

But file syncing and backups are just two things a modern NAS can do.

In fact, the first thing you'll notice after setting it up is that it's really a fully-featured computer that happens to be set up with storage in mind. The web-based control panel replicates a desktop user environment, complete with windows, folders, icons and drop-down menus.

There are pros and cons to this. One one hand, you'll not only get rid of cloud subscriptions, recover your data privacy and have less gear lying around, but find yourself with a hundred other interesting applications to fool around with. Want a basic web-development box? There's one-click setups for Apache, nginx, common databases and popular platforms such as Wordpress, Discourse and Node. Want to use it as a 4K media player? It's small and inconspicuous enough to sit right by the TV set and has a HDMI port. Want a fancy-pants router? It has dual gigabit ethernet. On the other hand, it's more complicated than the things it replaces. I just wanted to get out of the cloud and get rid of all these damned backup drives, but now I'm a sysadmin. (There are less fancy options such as WD's My Cloud devices, but they're almost as expensive (Amazon) when the cost of drives is factored in)

And I'll admit that I enjoyed experimenting with Synology's add-ons. If you live in the future, you can automate your house with it. If you live in the past, you can serve your own e-mail. See the full list. Setup was easy, about as hard as a networked printer. Adding app packages worked without fail—I've never had such an easy time getting a basic LAMP stack up and running.

For computers and phones, Synology puts out a panoply of single-purpose applications that each hooks into a specific NAS feature. There's the drop-in Dropbox client replacement, Cloud Station Drive. There's an incrementing file backup app (though I just used Time Machine and File History). There's a media player app. There are so many Synology apps that it can be hard to tell exactly which one you need for any given purpose, but I prefer this discrete approach to the thought of there being one giant bloated "Synology iTunes", especially on mobiles.

You can set up an account with Synology to access a NAS remotely; the alternative is configuring port forwarding rules in your router. Synology's service trades privacy and speed (transfers are routed via their own servers) for user-friendliness. Not my cup of tea, but if you're getting grandma a NAS for Christmas, likely essential.

My biggest problem was something I'm sure wasn't its fault: initial full-system backups are excruciatingly slow over WiFi, and it's multiplied by the number of laptops you're hooking up to it. After that's done, though, the regular incremental backups (using Time Machine) roll by fast enough not to be noticed and have never failed.

The model tested has two bays for redundancy, 2GB of RAM and 1.5 Ghz CPU. Single-drive Synology models start at about $200, if you like living dangerously and slowly.

For dumb consumers like me, servers and services should be unseen things that you never get bothered by or even have to think about after initial setup. And that's exactly what I got with the perfectly boring and capable Synology NAS — at least so long as I don't think about all those features and that remote desktop thinger and the notifications bar in it bleating about updates. Bye bye Dropbox! Bye bye dangling backup drives! Hello modicum of privacy in the fading light of civilization's dusk before the annihilation begins!

DS718+ NAS DiskStation [Amazon]

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Cycling brand criticised over ageist and sexist ads

BBC UK Ed. - 8 hours 13 min ago
Bike manufacturer finds itself on the wrong side of the track over controversial Instagram posts.
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Graduate with 2:1 sues Oxford for £1m

BBC UK Ed. - 8 hours 15 min ago
Faiz Siddiqui wants £1m in damages from the university because of "inadequate" teaching.
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The FCC will move to kill net neutrality over Thanksgiving and it thinks that we'll all be too busy eating and shopping to notice

BoingBoing - 8 hours 22 min ago

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai (previously) is planning to make good on his promise to kill net neutrality this weekend, under cover of the holidays, ushering in an era in which the largest telcoms corporations can extract bribes from the largest internet corporations to shut small, innovative and competitive internet services from connecting to you. (more…)

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Look at these cars sliding on the snowy streets of Vladivostok on Friday

BoingBoing - 8 hours 24 min ago

Friction took a holiday in Vladivostok on Friday as cars slid and collided on the ice-covered streets. Vl.ru news has a collection of 19 videos highlighting the hazardous conditions.

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Third Avenue Bridge

Minnesota Flickr - 8 hours 31 min ago
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Stolen John Lennon items recovered in Berlin

BBC UK Ed. - 8 hours 33 min ago
More than 100 items stolen from Yoko Ono in 2006 in New York have been found by German police.
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This is the first observed object from outside our solar system

BoingBoing - 8 hours 33 min ago

Oumuamua is the first observed interstellar asteroid. It was discovered on October 19 and is about 800 meters long. Oumuamua is simply paying our solar system a visit as it continues its journey across the Milky Way.

From CNN

There are most likely between one and 10 of these types of "visitors" per year in our solar system -- but they move so fast that we've never been able to see or study them.

'Oumuamua came from the direction of Vega, a bright star in the Lyra constellation. But even at 85,700 miles per hour, it took so long to reach our solar system that Vega wasn't in the same position 300,000 years ago.

The astronomers believe that instead, the object could have been traveling through our home galaxy, the Milky Way, for hundreds of millions of years, without being attached to any star system, before reaching us.

Because of its speed, if this type of interstellar object were to crash into Earth, it would have a much greater impact and create more energy than an object from our solar system.

Image: Screenshot of SciNews video - artist's rendering.

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Emotional moment for Zimbabwe activist: 'I've no words'

BBC UK Ed. - 8 hours 41 min ago
Activist and political candidate Vimbaishe Musvaburi cries as she describes her emotions following Robert Mugabe's resignation.
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