Comic for December 15, 2017

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Hamburger chain Wendy's to reduce antibiotic use in beef supply

Health News (Reuters) - Sat, 12/16/2017 - 00:47
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Hamburger chain Wendy's Co laid out plans on Friday to trim the use of antibiotics that are important to human medicine from its beef supply, the latest step by a food company to fight concerns about resistance to the drugs in people.
Categories: Health

TD Ameritrade to start bitcoin futures trading on Monday

Technology News (Reuters) - Sat, 12/16/2017 - 00:26
(Reuters) - Retail brokerage TD Ameritrade Holding Corp said on Friday it will allow clients to trade bitcoin futures on the newly minted CBOE Futures Exchange from Dec. 18.
Categories: Technology

Embraer sees 2024 commercial launch for Uber flying cabs

Technology News (Reuters) - Sat, 12/16/2017 - 00:15
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - A network of electric aircraft Uber Technologies Inc is developing with Embraer SA is likely to launch commercially in 2024, the Brazilian planemaker's chief executive said on Friday, adding a year to the latest forecast from the ride-hailing company.
Categories: Technology

Over 100,000 people sign petition calling on FCC chairman Ajit Pai to resign

Mashable - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 23:51

We knew it was likely, but that hasn't made it any more popular.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to kill net neutrality Thursday, ushering in an era of new power for internet providers.

Now people are calling for the head of the FCC's head.

SEE ALSO: Dude who ruined the internet with ‘Harlem Shake’ goes after the FCC for making it worse

An online petition demanding the resignation of Ajit Pai, the organization's chairman, pulled in over 100,000 names by Friday, just over 24 hours after the vote. The page at blames Pai for "ignoring millions of complaints about removing net neutrality and for impeding freedom of speech on the internet" and demands he step aside. Read more...

More about Fcc, Net Neutrality, Petition, Ajit Pai, and Business
Categories: IT General, Technology

Google Chrome now lets you mute those annoying autoplay videos

Mashable - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 23:50

Google Chrome just made surfing the web way less annoying. 

Chrome developers announced Thursday that the newest Chrome update, Chrome 64 Beta, will allow you to mute annoying autoplay videos. This is one of several features intended to help users circumvent obnoxious advertisements in the new update, reports Gizmodo

To use the feature (once you've downloaded the new update), click the green lock icon next to the url on the page you're trying to mute. In the drop-down menu next to the sound icon, select "Always block on this site." 

After that, never again will that website blast music or voiced from annoying ads when it's not welcome. Read more...

More about Google, Google Chrome, Tech, and Big Tech Companies
Categories: IT General, Technology

Judge blocks Trump administration rules on contraceptive coverage

Health News (Reuters) - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 23:49
(Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Friday blocked President Donald Trump's administration from moving forward with new rules that undermined an Obamacare requirement for employers to provide health insurance that covers women's birth control.
Categories: Health

Why the 'Last Jedi' Rotten Tomatoes audience score is way below its critics score

Mashable - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 23:44

If you ask the critics, The Last Jedi is an unequivocal win for the Star Wars franchise. It's stunning, it's heartbreaking, it's cute af and clever to boot

If you ask the fans who aren't critics? Well ... that's where things get complicated.

SEE ALSO: Critics swoon over 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'

As of writing, The Last Jedi has a 93% fresh rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes – not quite as high as we predicted, but solid nonetheless, and on a par with its the last chapter in this story, The Force Awakens

Its audience score however, is just 56%. That's in the same ballpark as the prequels, which hover around the 60% mark. Read more...

More about Star Wars The Last Jedi, Entertainment, Star Wars, and Movies Tv Shows
Categories: IT General, Technology

This man rescued a turtle after it got stuck on a fishing hook

Mashable - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 23:44

A man was fishing in Florida when he felt something tug at his line. It turned out to be a giant sea turtle. That's when another guy jumped in the ocean to take action. Watching him save the sea turtle is a beautiful thing.  Read more...

More about Animals, Mashable Video, Animal, Florida, and Social Good
Categories: IT General, Technology

Here's how women in Hollywood want to protest harassment this awards season

Mashable - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 23:41

Actresses are planning to wear black this awards season to protest sexual misconduct in Hollywood. Read more...

More about Celebrities, Fashion, Mashable Video, Red Carpet, and Awards Ceremony
Categories: IT General, Technology

Facebook defends itself against critics of social media

Technology News (Reuters) - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 23:34
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Friday struck back against scientific researchers and tech industry insiders who have criticized the world's biggest social media network and its competitors for transforming how people behave and express emotion.
Categories: Technology

Hillary Clinton has a new role: Cheerleader for teen girls

Mashable - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 23:32

After months of explaining what happened during the 2016 election to stunned supporters on her book tour, Hillary Clinton finally got to talk about the future, one in which women are no longer the minority when it comes to holding office or STEM careers.

Before a crowd of more than 10,000 at the Los Angeles Convention Center Friday morning, most of whom were girls and young women from local schools there to celebrate STEM-related accomplishments, Clinton slipped into a new role. She was no longer a candidate; at the Girls Build Leadership Summit, she was a cheerleader. 

SEE ALSO: All-girl engineer team invents solar-powered tent for the homeless Read more...

More about Stem, Hillary Clinton, Jessica Williams, Stem Gender Gap, and Stem Education
Categories: IT General, Technology

Facebook made a game with Porgs and that's really all you need to know

Mashable - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 23:27

If there's one thing we should all be able to agree on about The Last Jedi it's most definitely the Porgs

Now, Facebook is helping you relive all the best Porg moments from The Last Jedi and then some, thanks to the social network's new Porg Invasion game. 

SEE ALSO: Everything You Need to Know About Porgs

Playable on Facebook's app and website, as well as Messenger, the adorable — and spoiler-free — game puts you on board the Millennium Falcon as it's quickly being overrun by Porgs. Switch off between BB-8, who must frantically snatch each critter out of the air, and Chewie, who has to fix the destruction the Porgs leave behind. Read more...

More about Tech, Facebook, Star Wars, Social Media, and Apps And Software
Categories: IT General, Technology

Friday Squid Blogging: Baby Sea Otters Prefer Shrimp to Squid

Schneier on Security - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 23:21
At least, this one does. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered. Read my blog posting guidelines here.... Bruce Schneier
Categories: Security

Whatever you do, don't watch 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' in 3D

Mashable - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 23:17

"Let the past die. Kill it!"

Kylo Ren's calm, yet threatening monologue from Star Wars: Episode VIII — The Last Jedi (this isn't a spoiler — it's in the trailer) couldn't be more apt for the 3D version of the movie. It sucks. It's the worst way to watch Rian Johnson's flick.

3D movies — as a format in movie theaters — need to die. Movie studios should kill them. But they won't unless we, moviegoers, grab Ren's tri-bladed lightsaber and stab this technology in the heart and twist it until 3D's lifeless body falls off the catwalk and into the abyss.

SEE ALSO: Critics swoon over 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Read more...

More about Movies, 3d, Star Wars, The Last Jedi, and Tech Column
Categories: IT General, Technology

AI-powered tool helps domestic violence survivors file restraining orders

Mashable - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 23:13

When a domestic violence survivor files the legal paperwork for a restraining order against an abuser, the process is often complicated, emotional, and time-intensive. 

While there's no shortcut to make that experience less painful or nerve-wracking, Dorna Moini, a lawyer who's represented numerous survivors pro-bono, wants to make it more efficient. That's why she launched HelpSelf Legal, a fee-based site that uses artificial intelligence to enhance the process of filling restraining order paperwork.  

SEE ALSO: Megyn Kelly's interview with Trump's accusers is required viewing

"It would be nice to have everyone have a lawyer to help them through the process," says Moini, "but the reality is that there aren’t enough lawyers."  Read more...

More about Gender, Artificial Intelligence, Social Good, Domestic Violence, and Legal System
Categories: IT General, Technology

Executive function declines long-term after 'transient' brain attacks

Health News (Reuters) - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 23:10
(Reuters Health) - People who have so-called transient neurological attacks, including brief mini-strokes, may develop cognitive problems that linger for months, a recent study suggests.
Categories: Health

This mysterious patent may mean Microsoft is making a sick smartphone

Mashable - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 23:06

The last time Microsoft tried releasing a phone, it didn't go so well. Even so, rumors have been circulating for months about the possibility of a new phone from the company, the Surface Phone, which could actually be awesome. 

Thursday, the World Intellectual Property Organization granted Microsoft a mysterious patent. The patent, filed in June, contains sketches and descriptions of what such a phone might look like. 

SEE ALSO: You can now download Microsoft's Internet Explorer followup for your phone, if you're into that

The patent is for a "self-regulating hinge," a hinge that could grant additional flexibility to a dual-screened device, similar to Lenovo Yoga, but with screens on both parts. Read more...

More about Microsoft, Windows Phone, Foldable Screens, Foldable Displays, and Foldable
Categories: IT General, Technology

Bitcoin hits new record high as warnings grow louder

Technology News (Reuters) - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 22:41
LONDON (Reuters) - Bitcoin blasted to another all-time high of almost $18,000 on the Bitstamp exchange on Friday, up 9 percent on the day, as warnings grew over the risks of investing in the highly volatile and speculative instrument.
Categories: Technology

False paradise? EU is no haven of Net neutrality, say critics

Technology News (Reuters) - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 22:23
LISBON/MILAN (Reuters) - America's decision to scrap rules designed to ensure a free and open internet leaves the European Union as the biggest market where Net neutrality still prevails -- but critics say the EU is not a level playing field.
Categories: Technology
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