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Little Green Footballs - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 23:57

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Final Cut Friday: 10 transition tips for FCP X [Video]

9to5Mac - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 23:56

Transitions are key building blocks for putting together cohesive videos in your NLE of choice. In Final Cut Pro X, there are many shortcuts, tips, and tricks that can be used while inserting or editing transitions. In this week’s episode of Final Cut Friday, I share 10 transition tips to help you master this vital part of the editing process. more…

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WormBase Manet is DOWN, 1550290567

WormBase Manet - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 23:30
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Open thread for night owls: Excerpts from the March edition of Harper's Index

Daily Kos - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 23:30

Here are a few excerpts from the latest Harper’s Index:

  • Number of congressional districts that border Mexico: 9
  • Number that are represented by a Republican: 1
  • Votes by which that district’s congressman won reelection in November: 926
  • Ratio of the number of Democratic House seats held by women in 1989 to the number held today: 16:89
  • Of the number of Republican House seats: 1:1
  • Percentage of Americans who did not vote in the midterm elections who say they wish they had: 61
  • Percentage of the global population who say they would move to a different country if given the opportunity: 15
  • Percentage of Americans who say they would: 16
  • Chances an American has held off seeking health-care treatment in the past year because of costs: 3 in 10
  • Percentage change in the number of annual complaints filed to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau since 2016: +34
  • In the number of publicly announced enforcement actions by the CFPB: –74
  • Percentage decline since 2010 in the number of IRS auditors: 35
  • Year in which the IRS last had so few auditors: 1953
  • Percentage of US police departments since 2014 that have reported relaxing hiring standards for prior drug use: 54
  • Percentage of US parents under 50 who say it’s unlikely they will have more children: 71

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“The American People will take Socialism, but they won’t take the label. I certainly proved it in the case of EPIC. Running on the Socialist ticket I got 60,000 votes, and running on the slogan to ‘End Poverty in California’ I got 879,000. I think we simply have to recognize the fact that our enemies have succeeded in spreading the Big Lie. There is no use attacking it by a front attack, it is much better to out-flank them.” ~~Upton Sinclair in 1951 letter to Norman M. Thomas




On this date at Daily Kos in 2012The death of the Republican dog whistle:

In the idealized version of the GOP primary, establishment Republicans would curry favor with their Wall Street pals while sending coded dog whistles to their foot soldiers—on race, immigration, reproductive freedoms, etc. Those dog whistles would motivate the GOP base without revealing their true radical nature to the American mainstream. It was a genius system while it worked, one that saw no parallel on the progressive side.

But the days of the dog whistle are over. The election of President Barack Obama created an entire cottage industry trying to prove how un-American and Kenyan he supposedly is, while Republicans like Rep. Pete Hoekstra run blatantly anti-Asian ads. Republicans laugh about electrocuting immigrants who will cut off your head in the desert if they're not stopped, while passing laws openly hostile to brown people. Attacks on homosexuals have escalated to new hysterical highs as society becomes more tolerant and open to equality.​​​​​​​

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Samantha Bee Calls Out Medical Fat-Shaming

Crooks and Liars - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 23:30

In case you missed this week's "Full Frontal," Sam Bee took on the medical profession regarding their hatred and shaming of fat people.

Medical bigotry leads to doctor's failure to diagnose other issues unrelated to weight. And it doesn't help anybody.

Open thread below...

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C&L's Late Nite Music Club With Bohemian Vendetta

Crooks and Liars - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 23:01

Ahh, It's Friday. Seems it took forever for it arrive this week. Well, in my case at least. Those seasonal doldrums that come with existing in the rust belt, I guess.

Anyway, time to decamp from all that evening if the weight of the world will do plenty to stay heavy on the mind. It's the sort of the thing that New York's Bohemian Vendetta addresses on this 1966 recording. Tonight's song "Like Stoned" also kicks off my latest podcast too.

What are you listening to tonight?

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Researchers Are Working With NASA To See If Comedians Help Team Cohesion On Long Space Missions

Slashdot - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 22:30
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: [R]esearchers have found that the success of a future mission to the red planet may depend on the ship having a class clown. "These are people that have the ability to pull everyone together, bridge gaps when tensions appear and really boost morale," said Jeffrey Johnson, an anthropologist at the University of Florida. "When you're living with others in a confined space for a long period of time, such as on a mission to Mars, tensions are likely to fray. It's vital you have somebody who can help everyone get along, so they can do their jobs and get there and back safely. It's mission critical." Johnson spent four years studying overwintering crews in Antarctica and identified the importance of clowns, leaders, buddies, storytellers, peacemakers and counsellors for bonding teams together and making them work smoothly. He found the same mixes worked in U.S., Russian, Polish, Chinese and Indian bases. "These roles are informal, they emerge within the group. But the interesting thing is that if you have the right combination the group does very well. And if you don't, the group does very badly," he said. Johnson is now working with Nasa to explore whether clowns and other characters are crucial for the success of long space missions. So far he has monitored four groups of astronauts who spent 30 to 60 days in the agency's mock space habitat, the Human Exploration Research Analog, or Hera, in Houston, Texas. Johnson, who also studied isolated salmon fishers in Alaska, found that clowns were often willing to be the butt of jokes and pranks. In Antarctica, one clown he observed endured a mock funeral and burial in the tundra, but was crucial for building bridges between clusters of overwintering scientists and between contractors and researchers, or "beakers" as the contractors called them.

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WormBase Manet is DOWN, 1550283366

WormBase Manet - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 21:30
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New Drug Rapidly Repairs Age-Related Memory Loss, Improves Mood

Slashdot - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 21:10
A team of Canadian scientists has developed a fascinating new experimental drug that is purported to result in rapid improvements to both mood and memory following extensive animal testing. It's hoped the drug will move to human trials within the next two years. New Atlas reports: Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is a key neurotransmitter, and when altered it can play a role in the development of everything from psychiatric conditions to cognitive degeneration. Benzodiazepines, such as Xanax or Valium, are a class of drugs well known to function by modulating the brain's GABA systems. This new research describes the development of several new molecules that are structurally based on benzodiazepines, but with small tweaks to enhance their ability to specifically target certain brain areas. The goal was to create a new therapeutic agent that can effectively combat age-related mood and memory alterations caused by disruptions in the GABA systems. In animal tests the drug has been found to be remarkably effective, with old mice displaying rapid improvements in memory tests within an hour of administration, resulting in performance similar to that of young mice. Daily administration of the drug over two months was also seen to result in an actual structural regrowth of brain cells, returning their brains to a state that resembles a young animal. The new study was published in the journal Molecular Neuropsychiatry.

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Samsung's New Galaxy Tab S5e Is Its Lightest and Thinnest Tablet Ever

Slashdot - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 20:30
Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy Tab S5e, its lightest and thinnest tablet ever made. "At $399, it's not only far more affordable than the flagship $649 Samsung Galaxy Tab S4, it's arguably surpassed it in some ways," reports The Verge. From the report: For starters, the Tab S5e has the thinnest and lightest metal unibody of any Galaxy Tab, measuring 5.5mm thin and weighing just 400 grams -- even compared to the 11-inch iPad Pro at 5.9mm thick and 468 grams, the Tab S5e is both lighter and thinner. The company also claims they've maximized space with the Tab S5e's massive 81.8 percent screen-to-body ratio, which on paper, is an improvement over the Tab S4's lower 79 percent ratio. It's also right on the heels of the 11-inch iPad Pro's ~82.9 percent screen-to-body ratio. And unlike Samsung's previous attempt to make its 10.5-inch tablet more affordable, this slate doesn't skimp on the screen and not nearly as much on the processor. Samsung's Tab S5e is a 10.5-inch Super AMOLED device with a 16:10 aspect ratio and 2560 x 1600 resolution, while its octa-core Snapdragon 670 processor should provide solid mid-range performance. Samsung's also promising up to 14.5 hours of battery life. The Tab S5e is also the first tablet from the Korean tech giant to ship with Pie, the latest version of Android, along with the new Bixby 2.0 virtual assistant and information tool. Samsung is also carrying features like Dex, a desktop-style Android environment, over from other Galaxy devices, like the Note 9 and Tab S4. It allows users to interact with their device using the screen, a mouse, keyboard, or all three. Other features include AKG-tuned, quad surround sound speakers, 64GB of internal storage (microSD expandable to 512GB), with 4GB RAM (upgradable to 6GB RAM/128GB storage), and 13-megapixel back and 8-megapixel front-facing cameras. Cellular models will follow the Wi-Fi versions later this year.

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Mueller's office says the law indicates Paul Manafort, 69, deserves a sentence of 19.5 to 24.5 years

Daily Kos - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 19:58

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office said in a memo Friday night that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort deserves 19.5 years to 24.5 years in prison for his conviction for eight financial crimes. It also noted that calculations under penalty guidelines suggest a fine range of $50,000 to $24,371,497.74, a term of supervised release of up to five years, restitution in the amount of $24,815,108.74, and forfeiture in the amount of $4,412,500.

You can read the entire 120-page sentencing memo at this link:

Manafort was the lead perpetrator and a direct beneficiary of each offense. And while some of these offenses are commonly prosecuted, there was nothing ordinary about the millions of dollars involved in the defendant’s crimes, the duration of his criminal conduct, or the sophistication of his schemes.

His criminal decisions were not momentary or limited in time; they were routine. And Manafort’s repeated misrepresentations to financial institutions were brazen, at least some of which were made at a time when he was the subject of significant national attention. Neither the Probation Department nor the government is aware of any mitigating factors. Manafort did not commit these crimes out of necessity or hardship. He was well educated, professionally successful, and financially well off. He nonetheless cheated the United States Treasury and the public out of more than $6 million in taxes at a time when he had substantial resources. Manafort committed bank fraud to supplement his liquidity because his lavish spending exhausted his substantial cash resources when his overseas income dwindled.

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18,000 Android Apps Track Users By Violating Advertising ID Policies

Slashdot - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 19:50
18,000 Android apps with tens or hundreds of millions of installs on the Google Play Store have been found to violate Google's Play Store Advertising ID policy guidance by collecting persistent device identifiers such as serial numbers, IMEI, WiFi MAC addresses, SIM card serial numbers, and sending them to mobile advertising related domains alongside ad IDs. Bleeping Computer reports: AppCensus is an organization based in Berkeley, California, and created by researchers from all over the world with expertise in a wide range of fields, ranging from networking and privacy to security and usability. The project is supported by "grants from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Data Transparency Lab." By highlighting this behavior, AppCensus shows that while users are being offered the option to reset the advertising ID, doing so will not immediately translate into getting a new "identity" because app developers can also use a multitude of other identifiers to keep their tracking and targeting going. Google did not yet respond to a report sent by AppCensus in September 2018 containing a list of 17,000 Android apps that send persistent identifiers together with ad IDs to various advertising networks, also attaching a list of 30 recipient mobile advertising related domains where the various IDs were being sent. While looking at the network packets sent between the apps and these 30 domains, AppCensus observed that "they are either being used to place ads in apps, or track user engagement with ads." In a statement to CNET, a Google spokesperson said: "We take these issues very seriously. Combining Ad ID with device identifiers for the purpose of ads personalization is strictly forbidden. We're constantly reviewing apps -- including those listed in the researcher's report -- and will take action when they do not comply with our policies." Some of the most popular applications found to be violating Google's Usage of Android Adverting ID policies include Clean Master, Subway Surfers, Fliboard, My Talking Tom, Temple Run 2, and Angry Birds Classic. The list goes on and on, and the last app in the "Top 20" list still has over 100 million installations.

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Bombshell: Texts Between Roger Stone And Wikileaks Found In Russian Files

Crooks and Liars - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 19:46
 Texts Between Roger Stone And Wikileaks Found In Russian Files

As Robert Mueller likes to do, Friday night brings us a HUGE news dump of breaking news. Here it is: The Special Counsel stated in a filing that they have *proof* that Roger Stone communicated with Wikileaks, and they found it in the files of indicted Russians.

CNN reports that while investigating the Russian hacking of the Democrats, they "obtained and executed dozens of search warrants on various accounts used to facilitate the transfer of stolen documents for release, as well as to discuss the timing and promotion of their release."

In layman's terms: They have proof of coordination of timing and promotion of release of certain emails.

The Special Counsel went on: "Several of those search warrants were executed on accounts that contained Stone's communications with Guccifer 2.0 and with Organization 1" (Organization 1 is Wikileaks)

This means they have actual proof that Stone coordinated with not only Guccifer 2.0, but Wikileaks...on everything. Release, timing of the releases and how to promote them. THIS IS HUGE.

To be clear, the filing does not give any examples of communications outside of what was explained above. We do not know what exact emails were discussed, if anyone else was mentioned, if any other coordination or hacking was discussed, etc. But the one thing we do know, and this is a biggie, is that there WAS collusion. This cannot be disputed anymore.

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Cheers and Jeers: Rum and Resistance FRIDAY!

Daily Kos - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 19:31


In Case You Missed It

There were some microphone issues last week during the State of the Union. For the sake of a more reliable transcript, here’s the actual audio. The House recorder regrets the inconvenience: 

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Oh, and this little nugget posted two years ago today is worth a moment of reflection:


Sentencing of the Trump crime family traitor on the left: March 13th. Sentencing of the Trump crime family traitor on the right: TBA. Won’t it be a kick chanting “Lock them up” as they’re actually getting locked up. Hillary, meanwhile, continues to roam the forests and glens, unfettered and fancy free, as one of the most admired women on the face of the earth 4evuh.

Your west-coast-friendly edition of Cheers and Jeers starts below the fold...[Swoosh!!] RIGHTNOW! [Gong!!]

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WormBase Manet is DOWN, 1550276166

WormBase Manet - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 19:30
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Even Years Later, Twitter Doesn't Delete Your Direct Messages

Slashdot - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 19:10
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Twitter retains direct messages for years, including messages you and others have deleted, but also data sent to and from accounts that have been deactivated and suspended, according to security researcher Karan Saini. Saini found years-old messages in a file from an archive of his data obtained through the website from accounts that were no longer on Twitter. He also reported a similar bug, found a year earlier but not disclosed until now, that allowed him to use a since-deprecated API to retrieve direct messages even after a message was deleted from both the sender and the recipient -- though, the bug wasn't able to retrieve messages from suspended accounts. Direct messages once let users "unsend" messages from someone else's inbox, simply by deleting it from their own. Twitter changed this years ago, and now only allows a user to delete messages from their account. "Others in the conversation will still be able to see direct messages or conversations that you have deleted," Twitter says in a help page. Twitter also says in its privacy policy that anyone wanting to leave the service can have their account "deactivated and then deleted." After a 30-day grace period, the account disappears, along with its data. But, in our tests, we could recover direct messages from years ago -- including old messages that had since been lost to suspended or deleted accounts. By downloading your account's data, it's possible to download all of the data Twitter stores on you. A Twitter spokesperson said the company was "looking into this further to ensure we have considered the entire scope of the issue."

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LIVE SCORES: Friday night high school basketball

Medina Gazette - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 19:00
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New report says next-gen AirPods coming in the spring

iDownloadBlog - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 18:57

A new report from Taiwanese publication Economic Daily News claims that the oft-rumored, next-gen AirPods will be ready to launch in the spring, with an all-new black colorway and wireless charging.
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Apple acquires voice app startup Pullstring

iDownloadBlog - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 18:36

Apple has agreed to purchase voice app startup Pullstring, according to a report from Axios. The San Francisco-based company was founded by a group of former Pixar executives in 2011 and its technology has been used in everything from interactive voice apps for toys, to Amazon Echo and Google Assistant products.
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Huge Study Finds Professors' Attitudes Affect Students' Grades

Slashdot - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 18:30
A huge study at Indiana University, led by Elizabeth Canning, finds that the attitudes of instructors affect the grades their students earned in classes. The researchers conducted their study by sending out a simple survey to all the instructors of STEM courses at Indiana University, asking whether professors felt that a student's intelligence is fixed and unchanging or whether they thought it could be developed. Then, the researchers were given access to two years' worth of students' grades in those instructors' classes, covering a total of 15,000 students. Ars Technica reports: The results showed a surprising difference between the professors who agreed that intelligence is fixed and those who disagreed (referred to as "fixed mindset" and "growth mindset" professors). In classes taught by fixed mindset instructors, Latino, African-American, and Native American students averaged grades 0.19 grade points (out of four) lower than white and Asian-American students. But in classes taught by "growth mindset" instructors, the gap dropped to just 0.10 grade points. No other factor the researchers analyzed showed a statistically significant difference among classes -- not the instructors' experience, tenure status, gender, specific department, or even ethnicity. Yet their belief about whether a students' intelligence is fixed seems to have had a sizable effect. The students' course evaluations contain possible clues. Students reported less "motivation to do their best work" in the classes taught by fixed mindset professors, and they also gave lower ratings for a question about whether their professor "emphasize[d] learning and development." Students were less likely to say they'd recommend the professor to others, as well. Is it possible that the fixed mindset professors just happen to teach the hardest classes? The student evaluations also include a question about how much time the course required -- the average answer was slightly higher for fixed mindset professors, but the difference was not statistically significant. Instead, the researchers think the data suggests that -- in any number of small ways -- instructors who think their students' intelligence is fixed don't keep their students as motivated, and perhaps don't focus as much on teaching techniques that can encourage growth. And while this affects all students, it seems to have an extra impact on underrepresented minority students.

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