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05-01-2017 Politics
Trump opens 100-day rally assailing media gathered for correspondents’ dinner

President Trump marked his 100th day in office with an event touting what he called his administration's “historic progress,” even as his prime focus early in the campaign rally focused on his long-running antagonism with the news media.

Trump wasted no time mentioning the “big gathering” in Washington — the White House Correspondents' Association dinner, which he declined to attend — eliciting boos from the crowd in Harrisburg, Pa., as he dismissed the event as “a large group of Hollywood actors and Washington media” who he said were “consoling each other in a hotel ballroom.”

Pennsylvania Democratic and liberal protest groups turned out for an opposition rally and march in Harrisburg on Saturday to protest Trump, who chose to host his event in the very same city he referred to as “a war zone” during the campaign.

“This rally and march is to send a message to the president that he needs to be more moderate and more inclusive,” said Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse (D). “I hope he will look around and understand that he needs to do more than rally his supporters. He needs to listen to and speak with those who didn’t vote for him.”

Anti-Trump protests and events were planned in other cities across the country as well, including Utica and Syracuse, N.Y., Boston, San Francisco and Chicago. In Washington, crowds gathered for the Peoples Climate March in support of environmental protection efforts, some of which have been rolled back during Trump's first 100 days.

Papenfuse spoke at a rally organized by the state Democratic Party across the street from the Trump event at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. Democratic and liberal activists and grass-roots groups held a march from the center of the city to the rally site, bringing together the two protest events and yielding a combined crowd of hundreds of people.

The president announced last week that he would host a campaign rally to celebrate his 100th day in office. The event — scheduled for 7:30 p.m. — coincided with the annual correspondents' dinner, which Trump elected not to attend in a break from tradition.

“I could not possibly be more thrilled than to be more than 100 miles away from Washington's swamp, spending my evening with all of you, and with a much, much larger crowd and much better people, right?” Trump said at his event, not mentioning that he attended the dinner in 2011 while a reality television star and was repeatedly roasted by then-President Barack Obama.

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Source: The Washington Post

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05-01-2017 Science&Technology
10 things the Samsung Galaxy S8 can do that the iPhone can't

Samsung's latest phone, the Galaxy S8, is packed with a lot of thoughtful features that you won't find on the iPhone.

While the iPhone still has a slight edge over the Galaxy S8, there are plenty of things that set it apart from its biggest rival.

Here are the most important Galaxy S8 features you won't get from the iPhone

1. There's an iris scanner that can be used to unlock the phone and access secure folders.

Samsung says it's more secure than a fingerprint sensor. The iPhone only has a fingerprint sensor.

2. More screen. The S8 has a 5.8-inch screen. The S8+ has a 6.2-inch screen.

Compare that to the iPhone: The iPhone 7 has a 4.7-inch screen and the iPhone 7 Plus has a 5.5-inch screen.

3. You can charge the Galaxy S8 with a wireless charging pad. There's also fast charging, which charges the S8 faster than normal.

The iPhone does not have wireless charging. There's also no fast-charging option.

4. You can plug in standard headphones thanks to the headphone jack.

Apple famously removed the standard headphone jack on the iPhone 7. You have to use a dongle if you want to plug in your regular wired headphones.

5. Samsung Pay can make payments on standard magnetic credit card readers.

You don't need a special NFC pad like you do with Apple Pay.

6. The Galaxy S8 comes with its own virtual reality software, powered by Facebook's Oculus.

The iPhone can work with some VR headsets like Google Cardboard, but it doesn't natively support VR and content is extremely limited.

7. The S8 has a heart rate sensor on the back.

Get your pulse on the go! You'll have to buy an Apple Watch or another accessory if you want to measure your pulse using the iPhone.

8. You can attach the Galaxy S8 to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse with a special dock and run a desktop version of the smartphone's operating system on a normal computer.

While features like this haven't been proven, it could appeal to enterprises. You can only mirror your iPhone screen on an external display.

9. Samsung's Bixby digital assistant lets you take photos of real-world objects and brings up relevant information like shopping links and nearby locations to visit.

Siri doesn't have a smart camera feature.

10. Samsung's Galaxy S8 screen is more power-efficient and produces better colors.

That's because Samsung uses a screen technology called OLED. The iPhone still uses LCD, which doesn't look as good as OLED.

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Source: Tech Insider

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05-01-2017 Security
Hacker Leaks Episodes From Netflix Show and Threatens Other Networks

A hacker who claims to have stolen unreleased television shows from several major networks shared the coming season of the Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black” on Saturday after the person said the streaming service failed to meet its ransom requests.

The breach appears to have occurred at the postproduction company Larson Studios, a popular digital-mixing service in Los Angeles for television networks and movie studios. The hacker or hackers, who go by the name “thedarkoverlord,” also claim to have stolen unreleased content from ABC, Fox, National Geographic and IFC. The Federal Bureau of Investigation learned of the episode at Larson Studios in January but did not start notifying the content companies until a month ago.

A message to Larson Studios was not immediately returned.

On Twitter, thedarkoverlord suggested that other networks would have their shows released next. “Oh, what fun we’re all going to have,” the hacker said. “We’re not playing any games anymore.”

Netflix had announced this year that Season 5 of “Orange Is the New Black” would be released June 9, and it was not immediately clear whether it planned to move up the release date.

In a statement, Netflix said: “We are aware of the situation. A production vendor used by several major TV studios had its security compromised and the appropriate law enforcement authorities are involved.”

The thefts are the latest in a long line of ransom and extortion attacks perpetuated by cybercriminals over the past year. Security experts have been responding, with greater frequency, to breaches in which these criminals threaten to expose or delete proprietary information unless companies pay a ransom.

Those threats have increased with the advent of ransomware, malicious software that encrypts victims’ data and prevents them from accessing it until they pay a ransom, often hundreds or thousands of dollars’ worth of Bitcoin, a cryptocurrency. Ransomware attacks have increased in the past five years and were up 50 percent in 2016 compared with 2015, according to a data breach investigations report published last week by Verizon.

This specific breach highlights a risk posed by the weak security practices in the postproduction studios that manage the release of proprietary entertainment content. While companies like Netflix and Fox might invest in state-of-the-art cybersecurity defense technology, they must also rely on an ecosystem of postproduction vendors, ranging from mom-and-pop shops to more sophisticated outfits like Dolby and Technicolor, which may not deploy the same level of cybersecurity and threat intelligence.

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Source: The New York Times

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05-01-2017 Cars
2017 Isuzu MU-X review – Australian launch

Isuzu has been going from strength to strength in Australia in terms of sales, since the 2008 introduction of the D-Max ute and 2013 debut of the MU-X SUV. Since then, the company has enjoyed year on year growth and over 100,000 sales.

Volume is slightly down compared with 2016 and that is due to some earlier supply issues, but the introduction of a revised D-Max earlier and now the MY17 MU-X brings a raft of changes that build on the car’s strengths and address some of its weaknesses.

Starting on the outside, the front-end treatment is new with a new upper and lower grille design, headlights that incorporate Bi-LED projectors on all models, and new alloy wheels. A new colour, Havana Brown adds upmarket lustre to the big truck.

The headline changes are a significantly revised engine and new six-speed automatic transmission. Isuzu’s 3.0-litre turbo diesel engine makes much more torque than before (430Nm versus 380Nm), from 100rpm lower in the rev range (1700-3500rpm), with a 700rpm higher ceiling. Power remains at 130kW.

Fuel consumption is 7.9L/100km, meaning the MU-X is one of the few vehicles in its segment to dip below the 8 mark, despite its 3500kg towing capacity.

A new variable geometry turbocharger is the primary reason for these improvements, with new fuel system, EGR cooler, particulate filter and ceramic glow plugs also contributing to the now Euro 5 compliant engine’s newfound efficiency.

Previous criticism of the old model were limited to NVH and interior, with its harder plastics than some rivals. Both of these have come in for attention, with three layers added to the firewall, softer dash materials and a new 8.0-inch touchscreen on LS-U and LS-T.

Prices have risen slightly, starting at $42,800 for the 4×2 LS-M, rising all the way to $56,100 for the flagship LS-T 4×4. All come with seven seats as standard, with a manual transmission available on the 4×4 LS-M and LS-U. Isuzu expects the manual transmission to account for only five per cent of sales.

Two major strengths of the MU-X that may have contributed to its success are the Service Plus 555 initiative and the I-Venture Club program. Service Plus 555 is the combination of a five-year/130,000km warranty, five-year roadside assistance and five years/50,000 capped-price servicing.

The I-Venture Club is exclusive to Isuzu D-Max and MU-X customers and is an off-roading events program that allows owners to get the most out of their vehicles. Locations such as Fraser Island and Margaret River are included in the drive program.

PerformanceDrive was invited to the official Australian launch of the 2017 MU-X, which incorporated road testing on and off road on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

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05-01-2017 Science&Technology
New Nintendo 2DS XL FAQ: Everything you need to know

Nintendo Switch has been a massive success – but that doesn’t mean that the company will abandon the development of handheld consoles anytime soon.

In a quest to attract the young crowd and teenagers, Nintendo has announced the 2DS XL, a new version of 2DS. Featuring a clamshell design, the new handheld boasts every feature found on the 3DS XL – minus the 3D tech. Here’s everything you need to know about the new 2DS XL.

What is 2DS XL?

The new 2DS XL is designed to fit between the 2DS and 3DS XL handheld consoles. The new console is lighter than the 3DS XL but has the same dimensions, featuring a 4.88-inch primary display and 4.18-inch secondary display. Unlike the 2DS – which has a flat, tablet shape – the new 2DS XL has a clamshell design.

Even though the handheld console lacks the 3DS’s stereoscopic capabilities, meaning visuals will be displayed only in 2D, but it can still be able to play thousands of games made for the 3DS. The new handheld console also includes a C-stick and Z-buttons.

What’s included in the box?

Included in the box are an AC adapter, a stylus, six AR cards and a 4GB microSDHC memory card.

How powerful will be the 2DS XL compared to the 3DS XL?

The internals of the new 2DS XL are exactly the same as the 3DS XL. “The system is lighter but still packs the same power as new Nintendo 3DS XL”, Nintendo said in a press statement.

Will the 2DS XL feature NFC amiibo support?

Like the 3DS, the new 2DS XL will feature NFC support for amiibo cards and figures

Will the 2DS XL support each and every 3DS game on the market?

Yes, the new 2DS XL will support each and every 3DS game on the market. Of course, it won’t be able to display any game in 3D. As Nintendo points out in a release, there are over a thousand games in the 3DS game library, but the new console will launch with Hey! Pikmin and Miitopia.

When will be Nintendo 2DS XL releasing? Nintendo 2DS XL will be launching in the US and Europe on July 28 in two different colour variants: Black + Turquoise and White + Orange.

How much the console will cost?

The console will cost you around $149 ( or approx Rs. 9,577). Since Nintendo is not officially present in India, gamers have no option but to import the device as and when the console hits the international markets.

Source: Indian Express

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05-01-2017 Science&Technology
Google Leak Reveals Google Pixel 2 XXL & Three More Android Fish Codenamed Pixel Devices

A leak revealed what Google is cooking for its fans. Google Pixel 2 XXL and three more pixel devices are coming.

A leak almost confirmed the coming of Google Pixel and Pixel XL successor, the Google Pixel 2 XXL. The variety of leaks revealed that the company is silently working on three new models of Android Pixel devices with the codenames of fishes, Forbes reported.

Three Pixel 2 codenamed devices that are referenced with Android Open Source Platform or AOSP is reportedly coming via leaks from a German site WinFuture. The three Pixel 2 devices use codenames such as "muskie," "walleye," and "taimen."

According to HotHardware, muskie, walleye, and taimen are three large species of fish. Moreover, the three new Pixel 2 devices are said to be aligned with the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 SoC processor, the newest processor that runs on the latest high-end devices like the Samsung galaxy 8 and Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus smartphones.

Meanwhile, this new Google Pixel 2 XXL devices are expected not to be budget phones for it uses such expensive but full performance processor. Also, ever since, Google has been using its own codenames for its devices which are most of the time fish or even aquatic mammals giving the buyers hints on its size.

Specifically, before the coming of Google Pixel 2 XXL, in 2012, Google has released its Mako, the 4.7-inches Nexus 4. This was followed by the Hammerhead codename in 2013, the 5-inches Nexus 5. Next is the Shamu in 2014, the 6-inches Nexus 6.

Afterward, Google released its Bullhead and Angler in 2015 wherein the Bullhead is a 5.2-inches Nexus 5X, while the Angler is a 5.7inches Nexus 6P. And last 2016, Google released the Sailfish, the 5.1-inch Pixel and the 5.5-inch Pixel XL codenamed Marlin.

And this 2017, Google Pixel will surely join the party of the latest phones with its Google Pixel 2 XXL. However, Google already warned that the phone will be expensive.

Source: The Science Times

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05-01-2017 Society
Horrors of North Korea’s death camps exposed by former guard

A former guard at North Korea’s hellish death camps has spoken out about the torture, rape and execution that takes place on a daily basis.

Prisoners are treated like ‘animals’ by brainwashed guards in Kim Jong-un’s regime and are subjected to horrific conditions in concentration camps – though the regime denies they exist.

Lim Hye-jin, who started working as a guard at Camp 12 aged 17, has told the Mail on Sunday about what really happens inside Kim’s camps.

She recalled a time where two brothers escaped from the camp – seven members of their family were murdered in revenge, and after being caught, they were subjected to torture.

She said: ‘The two brothers were beheaded in front of everyone. They called everyone to watch as a warning not to flee. The other prisoners then had to throw stones at them.’

That barbaric scene is just one of many that happened at the horrendous camp in the mountains, Lim claimed.

The first female guard to speak out about what happened behind closed doors, Lim managed to flee after she was caught illegally trading in China.

In prison, she was forced to parade naked in front of male guards – but managed to escape to Seoul, South Korea, where she currently lives.

She said: ‘I feel so betrayed by leaders who lied to us. We were told not to see these people as humans. Now I feel traumatised.’

Political prisoners labelled enemies of the state were held at the camps, but most inmates at the two camps where Lim worked were women and children.

She revealed how guards raped women – forcing them to have abortions or even killing them by lethal injection, corpses were thrown into a large pile, and people were starved.

Inmates worked seven days a week for 16 hours a day and were woken up at 5am. Lim added: ‘We were manipulated not to feel any sympathy for prisoners. We were told they had committed terrible crimes. Now I know they were normal people so I feel very guilty.’

Source: Metro

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05-01-2017 Health
‘Stealthing’: Victims Describe Partners Removing Condoms During Sex Without Consent

The calls to the crisis lines have a familiar beginning: "I'm not sure this is rape, but …"

That's according to a new report, in which victims go on to describe the disturbing practice of "stealthing" — when their sexual partners remove condoms without their knowledge or consent.

"I think that when you don't have the vocabulary you struggle with — is it even real?" Brian Pinero, vice president of victim services for Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), told NBC News.

Pinero made clear that this behavior isn't isolated to just heterosexual relationships but happens in the gay community as well.

"This affects everyone. Just so we're not putting this into [the context of] one kind of relationship," Pinero said. "We need to talk about everybody, not just one group because sexual assault affects everybody."

Stealthing was recently defined in a report by Alexandra Brodsky for the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law.

Brodsky interviews victims and delves into their fears of sexually transmitted infections or unwanted pregnancies. The report also looks at possible legal repercussions for those who carry out the practice.

It's unclear where this act got its start, but websites listed in the report — many of which are now disabled — give instructions to men seeking to perform the act.

"Online writers who practice or promote nonconsensual condom removal root their actions in misogyny and investment in male sexual supremacy. While one can imagine a range of motivations for 'stealthers'—increased physical pleasure, a thrill from degradation — online discussions suggest offenders and their defenders justify their actions as a natural male instinct — and natural male right," Brodsky writes.

Suzanne D. Goldberg, Columbia Law School professor and director of the Center for Gender and Sexuality at Columbia Law School, said she believes stealthing has been going on for a long time, but the aspect of internet promotion among men is new.

"I do think that it is the group of people — the group of men, who seem to celebrate and promote stealthing online, that seems to be a new phenomenon," Goldberg told NBC News.

Brodsky, in her report, details several women who have experienced stealthing with their partners.

One woman, an unidentified political staffer in New York, described how the act was a violation of her boundaries and her trust in her partner.

"We'd been sort of dating and we were hooking up at his house and he was like, 'oh, I wanna have sex without a condom.' And I was like, 'I'm really not ok with that, I'm currently not on birth control.' My exact words were 'that's not negotiable,'" the woman told Brodsky.

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04-29-2017 Politics
Trump warns of 'major, major conflict' with North Korea

President Trump warned a "major, major conflict" with North Korea could result from the ongoing standoff over its nuclear and missile programs, but he said he hoped diplomacy would prevail.

In an exclusive Oval Office interview with Reuters ahead of the 100-day benchmark in his administration, Trump candidly acknowledged that the international situation could go off the rails.

"There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely," Trump said.

"We'd love to solve things diplomatically, but it's very difficult," he added.

Trump also said South Korea should pay for the $1 billion U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile defense system in place to protect it from an attack from the north.

The wide-ranging interview also included Trump's plan to defeat the Islamic State terror network.

"I have to say, there is an end. And it has to be humiliation," he said, when asked about what the endgame was for defeating Islamist violent extremism.

But talk was dominated by the North Korea situation, which has vexed past presidents, but seems to have reached a fever pitch amid repeated threats and new tests of missiles by Kim Jong-un.

"He's 27 years old. His father dies, took over a regime. So say what you want, but that is not easy, especially at that age," Trump said. "I'm not giving him credit or not giving him credit, I'm just saying that's a very hard thing to do. As to whether or not he's rational, I have no opinion on it. I hope he's rational," he said.

Trump said Chinese President Xi Jinping is helping to mitigate the issue.

"I believe he is trying very hard. He certainly doesn’t want to see turmoil and death. He doesn’t want to see it. He is a good man. He is a very good man, and I got to know him very well."

Trump spoke just a day after he and his top national security advisers briefed U.S. lawmakers on the North Korean threat and one day before Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will press the United Nations Security Council on sanctions to further isolate Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile programs.

The Trump administration on Wednesday declared North Korea "an urgent national security threat and top foreign policy priority." It said it was focusing on economic and diplomatic pressure, including Chinese cooperation in containing its defiant neighbor and ally, and would remain open to negotiations.

U.S. officials said military strikes remained an option, but played down the prospect, though the administration has sent an aircraft carrier and a nuclear-powered submarine to the region in a show of force.

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04-29-2017 Cars
Apple’s self-driving test Lexus SUV photographed on Silicon Valley roads

Apple’s using a Lexus RX450h SUV for its autonomous vehicle testing program, as revealed by documents filed with the California DMV in accordance with licensing requirements for self-driving tests in the state.

Now, Bloomberg has images of the vehicle in action, captured by a chance observer who saw the vehicle pull out of an Apple facility in Silicon Valley.

The SUV looks pretty much like similar test cars used by Waymo, the former Google self-driving car company whose headquarters are pretty much just down the road from Apple’s Cupertino HQ. The equipment adorning the SUV include optical cameras, LiDAR, and radar, all of which appear to be off-the-shelf components, including Velodyne’s top-of-the-line LiDAR unit atop a frame that extends a few feet out from the roof of the vehicle.

Judging by these spy shots and the information found in the DMV documents made public by a public records request, Apple is very early in its autonomous technology program compared to companies like Waymo (which has been developing its tech for nearly a decade), and even Uber. The test vehicle’s lack of any obvious custom parts suggest that, at least at this stage, the company’s emphasis is on software development first and foremost.

We already knew that Apple had some kind of self-driving test program in place, and we already knew what vehicles it was using, but seeing images of the SUV on the road is still a bit like getting a glimpse of an elusive and previously mythical white whale.

Source: Tech Crunch

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04-29-2017 Cars
Volvo S40, V40, XC40 confirmed for 2018 rollout

Volvo S40, V40, XC40 confirmed for 2018 rollout Revealed in May last year, the Concept 40.1 (above) and 40.2 preview the future design direction for Volvo small-car offerings.

Volvo has confirmed the launch of an all-new small-size 40-series model, which will come months after the fourth quarter Australian debut of its second-generation XC60 mid-size SUV.

These vehicles are part of the Swedish car-maker’s ambitious new-product rollout that will see every offering in its line-up replaced by the turn of the decade, as well as the addition of first-time model lines.

This plan was kicked off two years ago by the seven-seat XC90 SUV, which introduced the company's Scalable Product Architecture (SPA).

Three models have since been spun off this platform, including the forthcoming XC60, S90 large sedan and V90 Cross Country off-road wagon – which quietly went on-sale locally two months ago.

First launched in 2010, the S60/V60 mid–size sedan and wagon twins are seemingly next in line to adopt the SPA underpinnings and be superseded, but the new compact 40-series vehicles appear to have leapfrogged them to get a release first.

Volvo Australia PR boss Greg Bosnich revealed that the first of the new models – which will replace the current V40 and V40 Cross Country hatchbacks – will lob as early as the first quarter of 2018.

“The first new 40-series car is expected to go into production in 2017 and, depending on exact timing, we will see the first 40-series vehicle in Australia some six months later,” he said.

When Volvo unveiled the Concept 40.1 and 40.2 in May last year, the company provided a glimpse into the design direction of its future compact offerings.

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Source: CarsGuide

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04-29-2017 Politics
100 Days of President Trump: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Judging a four-year presidency at the 100-day mark is akin to watching a baseball game and declaring the home team a success or failure at the bottom of the first inning. But, if America must be governed by absurdist metrics, why not this one?

The first 100 days of the Trump Era recall that old Western: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly.

President Donald J. Trump’s biggest accomplishment: He has stopped and reversed Obama’s eight-year slouch toward socialism. “Imagine the economic devastation we’d be talking about today if Hillary Clinton had been elected: higher taxes, more job-crushing government regulations, an expansion of government-run health care, and massive government overreach into the private sector,” said Club for Growth president David McIntosh. “In less than 100 days,President Trump and his administration have not only prevented that nightmare, but they have halted the economic destruction caused by eight years of Obama-administration policies, and have restored consumer and business confidence with strong and effective pro-growth policies.” Trump has secured a slew of achievements, of which conservatives merely have fantasized — sometimes for decades:

  • The Keystone Pipeline is alive.
  • The War on Coal is dead.
  • Trump has signed eleven Congressional Review Act bills to vacate much of Obama’s late-term regulatory spree.
  • Trump ordered that the imposition of any new regulation requires that two old ones be dropped headfirst into the Potomac.
  • Because of the withdrawal of Obama’s welcome mat, illegal-alien infiltration of the southern frontier dropped 64 percent in March, compared with a year earlier.
  • As an alternative to the VA health system, veterans will enjoy extended access to private-sector medicine.
  • States now are free from Obama’s rule that forced them to send federal Title X family-planning funds to Planned Parenthood and other clinics that perform abortions.
  • The proposed 2018 budgets for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities: $0.00.
  • A review of Obama’s massive federal land grab under the Antiquities Act may open some acreage to uses other than stasis.
  • Reconsideration of Obama’s calamitous $993 billion Clean Power Plan may prompt its revocation.
  • Trump’s just-unveiled tax-reform proposal promises 15 percent tax rates for corporations and small businesses, a doubling of the standard deduction, death for the Death Tax and the Alternative Minimum Tax, and many more gorgeous things.

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04-25-2017 Politics
France urged to reject Le Pen in presidential vote run-off

France's defeated political establishment has begun to rally against the far-right leader Marine Le Pen as she goes head-to-head against political novice Emmanuel Macron in the final race for the French presidency.

As Le Pen celebrated the highest-ever voting tally for her Front National party, candidates knocked out in the first round began to endorse Macron, who ended his insurgent campaign with a result that confounded expectations.

Macron, a pro-European centrist, took first place with 23.9%, while the anti-immigrant, anti-EU Le Pen came second on 21.4%, with 97% of polling stations declared on Monday. Both go through to a runoff on May 7 after emerging top of a fractured field of 11 candidates in the first round.

The result amounted to a comprehensive rejection of traditional politics in France. It is the first time since the establishment of the fifth French Republic in 1958 that no candidate from the two main political parties of the left and right have failed to make it into the second round of the presidential vote.

Macron goes through to the second round as the clear frontrunner, with most voters expected to switch to him from mainstream defeated candidates. Le Pen, meanwhile, faces an uphill struggle.

The French stock markets rose on Monday morning, and the euro jumped to its highest level since November against the dollar as investors bet against the chances of Le Pen winning.

There was relief in Europe, too: Michel Barnier, the European Union's chief Brexit negotiator, described Macron as a "patriot".

The chief of staff for German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the result showed France and Europe could "win together" and added: "The centre is stronger than the populists think."

Francois Fillon, the mainstream Republican candidate whose campaign foundered amid corruption allegations, emerged swiftly from his defeat with words of support for Macron.

"I promise you, extremism can only bring unhappiness and division to France," he said, describing the National Front as a party of "violence" and "intolerance."

"We have to choose what is preferable for our country, and I am not going to rejoice. Abstention is not in my genes, especially when an extremist party is close to power," he said. "There is no other choice but to vote against the far right."

He argued that Le Pen's economic and social programs would bankrupt the country, particularly if France dropped the euro as its currency, as the far-right leader has threatened.

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04-25-2017 Cars
2017 Honda Civic Type R sets Nurburgring record

Honda's upcoming Civic Type R hot hatch has snatched back the fastest front-wheel drive crown at the infamous Nurburgring Nordschleife after clocking a lap time of 7:43.80 – 5.41 seconds faster than the previous Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S title holder.

Although Honda completed the lap in a pre-production vehicle, it says the lap time is indicative of the finished Civic Type R as it was "achieved during the final phase of the model's testing regime" on a dry track with perfect conditions.

Like the production version, the car employs a turbocharged 2.0-litre VTEC four-cylinder engine producing 235kW of power and 400Nm of torque, and was run using undisclosed road regal, track-focused tyres.

However, changes to the record-holding car include a floating roll cage which "did not provide any additional rigidity to the body frame" with the weight disadvantage offset by the removal of the multimedia system and rear seats.

Almost seven seconds faster around the same track than the previous-generation Civic Type R – which utilises the same (K20C1) engine rated at 228kW and held the record in 2014 – Honda has fitted the new car with lower gear ratios for improved acceleration, a new aerodynamic package to reduce lift and drag, a stiffer body frame to improve torsional rigidity (by 38 per cent), and shaved 16kg from overall weight.

Honda has also installed a new multi-link rear suspension which, according the Japanese brand, "enhances stability under braking and reduces the total roll movement of the car, enabling later braking into corners and helping to achieve higher cornering speeds during the lap."

Honda Civic Type R lead chassis engineer Ryuichi Kijima also cited the wider track and tyres and longer wheelbase as reasons to the Civic Type R's new-found quicker pace.

"The cornering speed achieved in the new Type R is higher because the car features a wider track and tyres, a longer wheelbase, new multi-link suspension in the rear and optimised aerodynamics that improves stability," he said.

"For example, drivers typically enter the corner after Metzgesfeld at around 150km/h. Even at this medium-speed corner, the speed is around 10km/h higher due to the new Type R's excellent stability. So, with improved cornering performance, we can increase the speed throughout the lap, helping the new Type R achieve a much quicker lap time."

The lap record makes the new Civic Type R faster than the BMW M4 (7:52), Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano (7:47), Pagani Zonda S (7:44) and almost as quick as the Porsche Cayman GT4 (7:42).

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04-25-2017 Science&Technology
Key iPhone 8 feature could be disastrous

A LEAKED image of the iPhone 8 has highlighted one key feature - and the fury from some customers is spilling over.

APPLE seems certain to announce three iPhones later this year, with a premium model having a 5.8-inch, curved OLED display.

The premium model, dubbed the iPhone Edition, is also tipped to have a full-glass body.

Similar to the Samsung S8, Apple is tipped to remove the physical home button from the phone to allow for an edge-to-edge display with little to no bezels.

Last week, a leaker with a proven record of getting accurate information about Apple products shared a schematic of the forthcoming device, which showed the fingerprint scanner had been moved to the rear of the phone — a necessity given the removal of the home button.

While Android phones have used this feature for years, Apple users have been outraged about the relocated fingerprint scanner.

And they have very good reason to be, if the schematic is indeed accurate.

After the picture was leaked last week, iPhone users were fast to point out just how ridiculously impractical the positioning of the new fingerprint scanner was.

With most Android devices, the scanner is located at the rear of the device, but at the top where it is natural for your finger to sit.

Even though the S8 has been criticised for placing it next to the camera, at least it is located in a comfortable position.

One Reddit user explained why the button’s new position would be a terrible move from Apple.

“Just try holding your iPhone now and reaching your index finger that far below the Apple logo. If this is true, it is a disastrous placement of touch ID, even worse than the S8 in my opinion,” they wrote.

Other Reddit users saw the negatives in the placement, but remained optimistic. “I have faith that if Apple were to use the non-optimal solution of placing touch on the back, they’d put it in a more ergonomically friendly location than so far below the Apple logo. So I think that, if this render is legit, the hole is for something else,” one wrote.

“It isn’t the end of the world, but as far as that specific functionality is a downgrade. However, the trade-off is worth it. A much bigger screen for the same dimensions,” added another.

A common theme on the thread was users questioning why Apple would not make its logo double as the fingerprint scanner. “The Apple logo should be Touch ID. That would look badass,” wrote one user.

“The logo is in almost the perfect location for one handed use. If it was in the middle of the screen that would be pretty awkward,” added another.


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04-24-2017 Security
Report: Young Adults Drawn to Life of Cyber Crime

Technologically-savvy young adults are drawn to hacking by the perceived glories of cybercrime, according to a new report from the UK's National Crime Agency.

Based on discussions with convicted criminals, the report concludes that people who otherwise wouldn't be attracted to a life of crime feel a sense of accomplishment when they engage in hacking: by creating a pièce de résistance like a trojan or distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, they're seeking recognition from their online community.

The report includes interviews from some of the cybercriminals who the NCA arrested. One suspect, who was detained for obtaining unauthorized access to a US government website, told NCA investigators that "I did it to impress the people in the hacking community, to show them I had the skills to pull it off…I wanted to prove myself…that was my main motivation."

They're doing it all at a very young age, too, at least compared to other criminals. In 2015, the average age of suspects in NCA cyber crime investigations was 17 years old, according to the report, compared to 37 in drug cases and 39 economic crime cases.

"That means there is great value in reaching young people before they ever become involved in cyber crime, when their skills can still be a force for good," Richard Jones, Head of the National Cyber Crime Unit's Prevent team, said in a statement.

The UK has increasingly taken a tough stance on cybercrime, with 57 suspected hackers arrested in coordinated raids across the country in a single day in 2015.

Source: PCMAG

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