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Schwab Announces Zero-Fee Stock Trades; Schwab Dives; TD Ameritrade, E-Trade Crash


https://finance.yahoo.com/m/d1808c5d-f955-3515-af19-6f007c59ed1d/schwab-announces-zero-fee.html

Really? Handing out "free play" at the casino - better the mattress and/or the bulk pantry-stable grocery store.
Posted by Backseat Driver | Tue Oct 1, 2019, 04:48 PM (3 replies)

More regarding Equadorian data breach


https://www.ecuadortimes.net/system-analysis-warns-of-more-ecuadorian-data-leakage/

System analysis warns of more Ecuadorian Data Leakage
Posted On 25 Sep 2019

To the exposed data of millions of Ecuadorians – among them information from the Civil Registry – it appears that more data has been leaked. This is stated by Noam Rotem and Ran Locar, data analysts who led the vpnMentor Team that announced the original leak, on September 16.

The dawn of this Tuesday, September 24, Rotem wrote on his Twitter account that “the serious leak of information that we revealed two weeks ago is just the tip of the iceberg.”

Posted by Backseat Driver | Fri Sep 27, 2019, 03:01 PM (1 replies)

Now this? - In defense of/or better assault targeting accessories

on their way to avoid haphazard sprays via a secondary lens. Maybe we should all get new glasses and a smartPhone app, LOL!

https://www.labroots.com/trending/technology/15613/artificial-compound-eye-improves-3d-object-tracking w/video @ link

Artificial Compound Eye Improves 3D Object Tracking

Flies are fast-reacting creatures and can sense movement quickly. Researchers have now used flies as their inspiration by developing an aThe development can be used with a camera for applications like the creation of 3D location systems for robots, self-driving cars and unmanned aerial vehicles. "Imitating the vision system of insects has led us to believe that they might detect the trajectory of an object based on the light intensity coming from that object rather than using precise images like human vision," said Le Song, a member of the research team from Tianjin University in China. "This motion-detection method requires less information, allowing the insect to quickly react to a threat." [snip]


"This uniform light receiving ability of our bio-inspired compound eye is more similar to biological compound eyes and better imitates the biological mechanism than previous attempts at replicating a compound eye," explained Song.rtificial insect inspired compound eye that can sense a moving object and its trajectory with an astonishing speed. [snip]
Posted by Backseat Driver | Sun Sep 15, 2019, 02:17 PM (2 replies)

Can the World Find Solutions to the Nitrogen Pollution Crisis?

Just like having a carbon footprint, the world needs to consider excess nitrogen.

Norman Borlaug won a Nobel Peace prize for his work in increasing the yields of grains to feed hungry populations but with the use of increasing amounts of fertilizers. Now, as the climate change clock nears doomsday, his methods and hybridizations, the "green revolution" are being seen as a short-term resolution of problematic hungry populations.

https://e360.yale.edu/features/can-the-world-find-solutions-to-the-nitrogen-pollution-crisis

"The world is using nitrogen fertilizer less and less efficiently. A greater proportion than ever before is washing into rivers and oceans. An environmental catastrophe looms, nitrogen scientists say, and the world urgently needs to develop strategies to prevent it.

Post-war physicists fearing nuclear apocalypse came up with the Doomsday Clock. In the 1980s, biologists contemplating ecological meltdown began talking about “biodiversity” loss as a way to tag and measure the crisis. Soon after, climate scientists recast concern over global warming with a warning that within a century it would lead to temperatures greater than any in human history.

Now, it is nitrogen’s turn. [snip]

Posted by Backseat Driver | Sat Sep 14, 2019, 11:21 PM (0 replies)

Borror to buy Ohio Democratic Party's downtown headquarters

The sale of the Fulton Street building will let the party put $2 million in the bank and eliminate about $24,000 of monthly debt service, which could pay for half a dozen field staffers or millions of digital ads.

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/

So here's what's supposedly gonna happen - exciting plans, indeed. More expensive housing and places to spend money. I rarely go downtown, so location is fuzzy but then there's this:

https://www.bizjournals.com/columbus/news/2017/11/14/borror-plans-220-unit-mixed-use-property

Borror is submitting plans for a six-story, mixed-use development site in its first foray into the Discovery District in downtown Columbus.

The plan calls for 220 boutique apartments and 15,000 square feet of commercial space from 229 to 275 E. State St., and would be the largest multifamily project to date for the Columbus developer. [lsnip]

The company has assembled four parcels of land with the intent to build one of the larger buildings in the eastern portion of downtown Columbus, taking a portion of the Schoedinger Funeral Services parking lot and replacing the buildings formerly housing Beery & Spurlock Co. LPA, Ohio Democratic Party offices and O.R. Woodyard Co.

Lori Steiner, president and chief operating officer of Borror, called the area a "new, exciting and growing part of our city."

With interest in urban living fueling growth downtown, attention has turned from the Capitol Square area of western downtown to the east, where Discovery District officials say they want a $2 million facelift for the neighborhood that is anchored by Columbus Museum of Art, the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus State Community College and other cultural hubs. [snip]...
Posted by Backseat Driver | Wed Aug 28, 2019, 02:24 PM (1 replies)

Carding site operator sentenced to 90 months in prison


Not sure this would be the place for this, but it does concern justice for consumers victimized by hacked information.

https://techqoon.net/2019/04/22/carding-site-operator-sentenced-to-90-months-in-prison/

A Macedonian accused of selling over 181,000 stolen credit card details on an underground website he operated between August 2010 and January 2014 has been sentenced to 90 months in prison after previously pleading guilty to access device fraud and aggravated identity theft.

He was also ordered to forfeit $250,000 and pay restitution, the exact sum to be determined at a later stage.

The accused – Djevair Ametovski, aka ‘codeshop,’ ‘sindrom’ and ‘sindromx,’
was arrested by Slovenian authorities in January 2014 and extradited to the United States in May 2016 for crimes linked to a site he https://www.justice.gov/usao-edny/pr/operator-global-cybercrime-marketplace-sentenced-90-months-imprisonmentcreated for the sale of card data and other personal information. [snip]

https://www.justice.gov/usao-edny/pr/operator-global-cybercrime-marketplace-sentenced-90-months-imprisonment


Don't remember hearing about this case any earlier, but it could have been "in the news" at an earlier date.
Posted by Backseat Driver | Thu Aug 15, 2019, 08:19 PM (1 replies)

Under the heading: Deciding on Taking One's Own Advice

Perhaps immigrating to the Faroe Islands ??? What - become what I detest, an immigrant? Wait, I got bigly skills and lots of wealth.

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/faroe-islands-aim-to-avoid-europe-s-mistakes-on-immigration-1.3661921 Hmmm?

What it doesn't say - very homogenous population to start (can you guess?) with a language all their own. Let's hear it for white diversity. Only 50K opinions to contend with and lots of guys but so few gals they had to import - Asian? - brides. Hey, the wife and daughter would likely be very real, the rarest, of eye candy. Looks like they may have somewhat similar embedded worldviews anyway? They seem not to need to prevent others' freedoms, especially mine? No competitive spirit? We'll see about that.

(Note to self: Have to see about those banking/currency concerns).

Lots of pastoral sheep, hehehe; no problem, I can easily import my Angus steaks...bet they got the best chocolate cakes though.

Everyone has WiFi - can I still reach out on Twitter?

Majestic views for the new mansion.

Tourist friendly - great spot for a new vertical resort(s) with in-door amenities and secret conference rooms/patios.

Perhaps only one little jail: https://www.forbes.com/sites/ericrosen/2017/09/15/is-this-the-coolest-prison-in-the-world/

Problems: 1)Better love Burger King; it's perhaps the only FF; 2)No place for an 18-hole golf course and windy, but pleasant. all year (Hey, at my age, I give myself a big handicap anyway).

Apparently, they've embraced alternative energy systems; now that's a problem. Gotta have a coal and coke plant, right? Then there's no trophy "wild" animals for the boys to hunt (find out about "rats"; in fact, there's also few trees that might require maintenance and none native to protect.

Awwww...forget it - having the time of my life right here!



Posted by Backseat Driver | Sun Aug 11, 2019, 02:21 PM (0 replies)

Bye-bye forever, little blue birdie!

And its Supreme Twit!
Posted by Backseat Driver | Sun Aug 11, 2019, 10:32 AM (5 replies)

USAMRID CD3/4 Lab temporarily shut down for inspection failures


http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/database/?pageid=event_desc&edis_id=BH-20190806-69066-USA

The U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases has begun a major re-set of its biological safety program and research is currently on hold. The move results from several actions recently taken by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in response to concerns about USAMRIID's past management of its Biological Select Agents and Toxins research program. [snip]
Posted by Backseat Driver | Sat Aug 10, 2019, 06:22 PM (1 replies)

Please join me!

it certainly couldn't hurt:

http://www.facebook.com/unify

for the lecture and then a meditation for unity and coherence of energy around the globe.
Posted by Backseat Driver | Thu Aug 1, 2019, 12:44 PM (0 replies)
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