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Producing mutant, shapeshifting worms

2 hours agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

In the annals of weird science: one team has figured out how to reshape the heads of worms. Specifically, "worms with the heads and brains of other species." Normally, G. dorotocephala sports a pointy head with two elongated, earlike projections...

Two More Top Lobbyists to Leave Squire Patton Boggs

Lobbyist Kevin O'Neill, one of the highest ranking legacy Patton Boggs partners at Squire Patton Boggs, will leave the firm along with another lobbyist. The departures, like dozens over the past three years, highlight how few of the old Patton Boggs has stuck with the global firm as it attempts to rebuild its lobbying capabilities.       

#openupTRU – Simpler WordPress Writing POC

I’ve had a number of requests to simplify WordPress, to make it more Tumblr like. I get that. It was mentioned again while I was at Thompson Rivers University and that inspired me to get it done. WordPress has a lot more complexity than Tumblr and that allows you to do a lot more. Show More Summary

Christian Science Monitor: We’ll cover fewer topics, but do so with authority and insight

At an all-hands meeting last Friday, Christian Science Monitor staffers were told that the paper is restructuring and will cut about two dozen jobs over the next 18 months. “We will retain the capacity to cover the most important stories of the day,” says a memo to staff, “but a significant share of our resources … Read More

Stupid Patent Of The Month: Infamous Prison Telco Patents Asking Third-Parties For Money

2 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Plenty of businesses rely on third-party payers: parents often pay for college; insurance companies pay most health care bills. Reaching out to potential third-party payers is hardly a new or revolutionary business practice. But someone should tell the Patent Office. Show More Summary

Be My Guest And Just Leave

(Retail | San Francisco, CA, USA) Retail | San Francisco, CA, USA Categories: At The Checkout Bad Behavior Tags: Retail Retail | San Francisco, CA, USA(I work at a national chain store that sometimes offers promotional gift cards for certain purchases. Show More Summary

Paul Walker’s Father Sues Porsche For ‘Fast And Furious’ Actor’s Death

Almost two years after his son’s death in a fiery car crash, the father of Fast & Furious star Paul Walker has followed his granddaughter’s lead and filed a wrongful death suit against Porsche. Seeking unspecific damages, the lawsuit...Show More Summary

Sixth Circuit Appeals Court Prepares To Consider The Privacy Implications Of Mugshots

4 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals is preparing for an en banc hearing on whether there is a privacy interest inherent in mugshots, or whether they are simply public records that can be obtained with an FOIA request. For the most part, mugshots have been considered public records. Show More Summary

All Cisco certs add cloud, IoT, ‘business transformation’

Cisco has announced a major refresh of its certification programs, all of which will henceforth include material on cloud, the internet of things, cloud, “network programmability” and “business transformation”.Cloud and IoT are self-explanatory while “network programmability” is software-defined networking by another name. Show More Summary

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Gets PG-13 Rating

Brace yourselves: the MPAA has divined the will of the force, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens has received a PG-13 rating. This is the second time, after Revenge of the Sith, that a Star Wars film has received the rating. Despite the opaque process under which the MPAA works, we know there are a few reasons why a film might be PG-13 instead of PG. Show More Summary

How ‘Room’ Mates Larson, Abrahamson & Tremblay Architected Book-To-Film Alchemy – Awardsline

"You can imagine the crass studio executive reaction to the pitch for Room: 'Forget it,' " says director Lenny Abrahamson of his film that has commanded so much Oscar buzz since its September unveiling at the Telluride Film Festival. Yes,...Show More Summary

Just Stats from November 9th – November 25th & Commute Notes

So far out of the last two weeks and three days, I’ve commuted to the Orchards office north of Vancouver, Washington for a total of 6 days. Two trips occurred before that, and were both entirely transit and Lyft. So here’s the stats so far. Day 1 To: Yellow Line MAX / Ctran 4 Route […]

Lawyers for Jack Dunn and ‘Spotlight’ engage in war of words

The dispute between Boston College spokesman Jack Dunn and the makers of “Spotlight” is escalating. “Spotlight,” as you no doubt know, is a movie about The Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting on the pedophile-priest scandal in the Catholic Church. For the past few days, starting with a Kevin Cullen column in Sunday’s Globe, Dunn has been making […]

Casey Kasem's Widow Sued for Wrongful Death

The wrongful death lawsuit filed Wednesday accuses Jean Kasem of elder abuse. read more

DailyDirt: Who Wants To Go To Space?

5 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Reusable rocket technology has been a 'holy grail' of sorts for space exploration. Building reusable components is supposed to make space travel more affordable, but the Space Shuttle is the prime example of how that's not necessarily true, as it cost over an order of magnitude more than originally planned. Show More Summary

Oscar-Winning ‘Sicario’ Editor Joe Walker On Editing For Tension & ‘Story Of Your Life’: “It’s Amy Adams & Aliens”

Throughout his career, editor Joe Walker has worked with some of the most critically lauded and commercially successful directors in the business—among them, Michael Mann and Steve McQueen. Walker won an Oscar for his editing of 12 Years...Show More Summary

Gunning For A Sale

(Home Improvement | PA, USA) Home Improvement | PA, USA Categories: Bizarre Crazy Requests Home Improvement Tags: home improvement Home Improvement | PA, USAMe: “Thank you for calling [Store]. How may I direct your call?” Customer: “Yeah,...Show More Summary

‘Second Chance’ Trailer: Basically The Six Million Dollar Scrooge

A teaser trailer for Fox’s upcoming thriller series Second Chance dropped a couple of weeks back, and it utterly failed to give you the most important information about the basic premise. Fox has wisely given itself another opportunity, with a brand new trailer that makes it much more clear. Show More Summary

Pete Hammond’s Notes On The Season: Eddie Redmayne Dines Out, Sly Stallone Trusts In Youth, And Leonardo Di Caprio Deserves The Medal Of Honor

A new weekly column talking up the season with bits and pieces from the awards circuit.  20th Century Fox and New Regency took the veil off one of the season’s most anticipated movies,  reigning Oscar winner Alejandro G. Inarritu’s brutally...Show More Summary

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