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Name: Steve
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Still colder in Chicago than in Alaska....

What's up with that ?

Anchorage = 33 F

Chicago = 24 F

Buffalo's $1 homes aren't as cheap as they seem

http://money.cnn.com/2015/03/03/real_estate/buffalo-1-homes/index.html?sr=fbmoney030315dollarhomes1215story



Paying $1 for a house may seem too good to be true -- and, in many cases, it is.

In Buffalo, New York, the city is selling vacant properties for a buck to those willing to fix them up and live in them for a few years.

Buffalo's Urban Homesteading Program, which has been around for almost four decades now, requires buyers to fix any code violations within 18 months and live in the home for at least three years. In return, the owner can live off just a few hundred dollars in property taxes, insurance and other costs each year.

Yet, as a attractive as it may seem, fewer than 10 buyers close $1 sales each year, according to city officials.

more at link

Guess where the random images are (website game)

https://geoguessr.com/

You click the small map in the lower right hand corner in the area where you think the image is, then click "Make Guess". My first guess was only off by 6000 miles LOL

Apple Pay a haven for 'rampant' credit card fraud, say experts

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/03/apple_pay_plastic_fraud/

Apple and its banker pals may have inadvertently lowered the barrier to credit card fraud by adding pay-by-wave technology to iPhones, security experts fear.

Payment cards can be added to Apple Pay by taking a photo of the card, and allowing a device to run optical character recognition over the image to fill out the long card number, expiry dates and other details. These numbers can be entered manually, so physical access to a card is not needed.

After a credit or debit card is added to an iPhone's Apple Pay, the details are encrypted and sent to banks along with records on the user's iTunes account activity, transaction history and physical whereabouts, as explained in its Apple Pay support page here.

These records are used by banks to decided whether to approve adding a card to Apple Pay or to request further checks over a followup phone call. The aim is to weed out people adding stolen cards to Apple Pay.

more at link above

-38 F: All-time low temperature for Anchorage, AK

Bravenak, I thought you might find that interesting!

http://pafc.arh.noaa.gov/climate/pdf/Temperature%20Records%20for%20Anchorage%20Alaska.pdf

House Oversight Committee to 'Explore' Clinton's E-Mail Use, Chairman Says

http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-03-03/house-oversight-committee-to-explore-clinton-s-e-mail-use-chairman-says

The Republican chairman of the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform Committee said Tuesday his panel will look into the revelation that Hillary Clinton used a personal e-mail account, not a government account, to conduct business as secretary of state.

“Violations of the Federal Records Act within federal agencies is something we take very seriously,” Representative Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican, said in a statement. His panel will work with the House Select Committee on Benghazi and its chairman, Representative Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, “to further explore Hillary Clinton’s use of personal emails while at the State Department.”

The department recently gave the Benghazi panel, whose leaders have said they want to interview Clinton about the attacks, about 300 of her messages.

The New York Times first reported Monday on Clinton's e-mail practices as President Obama's top diplomat from 2009 to 2013, raising transparency questions ahead of a likely presidential campaign. Experts told Bloomberg that Clinton's practices may not have broken the law but did expose her to hacking risks.

Justice Department Finds Pattern of Police Bias and Excessive Force in Ferguson

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/04/us/justice-department-finds-pattern-of-police-bias-and-excessive-force-in-ferguson.html


WASHINGTON — Police officers in Ferguson, Mo., have routinely violated the constitutional rights of the city’s black residents, the Justice Department has concluded in a scathing report that accuses the officers of using excessive force and making unjustified traffic stops for years.

The Justice Department, which opened its investigation after a white Ferguson police officer shot and killed a black teenager last summer, says the discrimination was fueled in part by racial stereotypes held by city officials. Investigators say the officials made racist jokes about blacks on their city email accounts.

Ferguson is a largely black city with a government and a police force that are mostly white. After the shooting of the teenager, Michael Brown, the city erupted in angry, sometimes violent protests and looting. Since then, Ferguson has been at the center of a national debate over race and policing that has drawn in President Obama, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey.

The report’s findings were summarized by a federal law enforcement official. The full report is expected to be released on Wednesday. A separate report is expected to clear the officer, Darren Wilson, of any civil rights violations in the shooting of Mr. Brown.

W*nkers of the world unite to SAVE THE PLANET one jerk-off at a time

(yes that's the actual headline)

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/01/p0rnhub_band_power_generation/

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A standout smut peddler wants its customers to take a shot at saving the planet with a kinetic power generator, tastefully dubbed the Wankband, which uses the wrist action favoured by onanists.

"This is how we came up with Wankband, a wearable technology that enables users to create and harvest energy from their 'daily routines' to power, for example, a smartphone – or depending on how long one's routine, a smartphone and a tablet. This could have a major impact on power consumption and give much pleasure to Mother Nature."

The firm's bold thrust into power generation uses some pretty simple technology; an up-and-down movement rocks a small ball in its tube with the trickle of juice generated being stored in the wristband. Phones or tablets can then access the hard stuff via a micro-USB slot.

A representative from Pornhub told The Register that "a single session" with the Wankband should generate enough power for a 15 minute smartphone conversation or an hour's worth of standby time – which suggest its testers are either really good at it or really, really bad at it.

probably NSFW video at link

First day of Spring is March 20th, at 6:45 PM EDT

http://www.almanac.com/content/first-day-spring-vernal-equinox

Spring is coming, hang in there everyone! Snow will be melting (not fun or good in some situations), warmer weather, leaves on trees, birds chirping!

Happy upcoming spring, DU'ers!

I have to hand it to Madonna...

She is my age, and I don't think I could have gotten up from the fall and head-smack-on-floor she took, and kept performing. That's what I call a real TROUPER!

You may not like her music (if you ever did, I liked it), her personality, or her latest statement about "Nazi Germany", but you have to give the lady a lot of credit for being a trouper. I have a newfound respect for her.

This article about her and Yoko Ono (who's 82 and still performing) made me think of her: http://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2015/feb/27/yoko-ono-and-madonna-both-fight-ageism-in-radically-different-ways
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