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Sprint, under the Virgin Mobile flag, now offers limited data plans that, for $12, give users access to either Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest. Reportedly, wireless carriers are attempting to find the right recipe to provide affordable Internet access to the poorest of consumers.
Sprint isn’t being paid by any of the apps, but Mr. Draper didn’t rule it out in the future. “It’s definitely possible,” he said. “But we have not gone down that path yet.”
The new plan is only available at Wal-Mart and the base offering covers just 20 minutes of talk time and 20 texts. Subscribers can customize the plan by buying up to unlimited talk or text or both, and by choosing among data packages.
Each line starts at $6.98 a month. Unlimited service on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest costs another $5, or another $15 for all four. http://dlvr.it/6V9zJZ
"As you wish."
Women can now hire a Man Servant, a gentlemen performer “who feel comfortable keeping their penis, and hands, to themselves.” Each Man Servant comes equipped with a plethora of skills — from bartending to photography — and will do exactly what a woman wants him to do. You can even pick what to call him.
A startup in San Francisco called ManServants aims to give every woman exactly what she wants: a man who does exactly what she wants. The company, founded by two advertising copywriters, wants to unleash your inner lady of leisure by providing you with a gentlemanly tailored-to-order mashup of butler, bodyguard and cabana boy.
But this is not –- repeat, not -– an escort service.
“It’s completely PG,” said co-founder Dalal Khajah, who works at ad agency AKQA. “We have a very strict code of conduct and a very rigorous training process.” http://dlvr.it/6V3YbK
According to the BBC, the UK government has announced that as of January 2015, driverless cars will be allowed on public roads, ordering “a review of the UK’s road regulations to provide appropriate guidelines.”
"Today’s announcement will see driverless cars take to our streets in less than six months, putting us at the forefront of this transformational technology and opening up new opportunities for our economy and society," he said.
UK engineers, including a group at the University of Oxford, have been experimenting with driverless cars. But, concerns about legal and insurance issues have so far restricted the machines to private roads.
Other countries have, however, been swifter to provide access to public routes. http://dlvr.it/6V1H4l
Microwave thrusters seem to work
The EmDrive, a spacecraft propulsion system which works by using “microwave technology to convert electrical energy directly into thrust,” appears to actually work, according to NASA. If the results are confirmed, this would be “a major breakthrough in space propulsion.”
According to good scientific practice, an independent third party needed to replicate Shawyer’s results. As Wired.co.uk reported, this happened last year when a Chinese team built its own EmDrive and confirmed that it produced 720 mN (about 72 grams) of thrust, enough for a practical satellite thruster. Such a thruster could be powered by solar electricity, eliminating the need for the supply of propellant that occupies up to half the launch mass of many satellites. The Chinese work attracted little attention; it seems that nobody in the West believed in it.
However, a US scientist, Guido Fetta, has built his own propellant-less microwave thruster, and managed to persuade Nasa to test it out. The test results were presented on July 30 at the 50th Joint Propulsion Conference in Cleveland, Ohio. Astonishingly enough, they are positive. http://dlvr.it/6Tzz4x
I wanted to create a business card that people would remember. I ended up with not so much a card, but more a business army knife. Each tool pulls out and lists my skill and contact details. http://dlvr.it/6Thjgm
If Jewish women publicly profess support for Palestinians, especially after Israel’s powerful army killing hundreds of civilians from the Gaza strip, they are “often ‘slut-shamed’ and persistently targeted by ultra-nationalists with threats of various forms of sexual assault, including gang rape.”
On July 21, Israeli media reported that Dov Lior, Chief Rabbi of the West Bank settlement Kiryat Arba, issued a religious edict on the rules of engagement during wartime, which he sent to the country’s Defense Minister. The edict stated that according to Jewish religious law, it is permissible to bomb innocent Palestinian civilians and “to exterminate the enemy.”
[…] In the last month, Palestinian women have not been the only ones to be threatened with sexual violence from Israel’s public figures. On the same day Kedar gave his odious interview, Rabbi Noam Perel, the global leader of Bnei Akiva, the largest religious Jewish youth group in the world, authored a Facebook post calling for the mass-murder of Palestinians and the taking of their foreskins as trophies. Perel received no censure for his horrific comments. http://dlvr.it/6TW1x9
"We are bearing witness to the unfurling of the Anthropocene Extinction event—the planet’s sixth great mass extinction"
According to Motherboard, it won’t be the cockroaches that will inherit the earth since, if anything, “their invertebrate ilk are actually suffering a fairly rapid decline.” The specie that will thrive and survive as a result of human activity will be the rats.
“The bubonic plague, a disease still present in some areas of the world, is now known to have spread via fleas living on rats,” Mark Ormrod, a professor of history at the University of York, wrote for the BBC.
Our hygiene and health-care are much improved from Medieval times, but we are headed towards a future marked by shared, maybe cramped, living spaces: More than half the world’s population currently lives in cities, billions are slated to join them, and so, the megacities are growing. More urban living, paired with more rats, could beget similar, if not as deadly, health woes.
And Dirzo and his crew aren’t the only ones who worry about the rise of the rats. In fact, just earlier this year, another group of scientists determined that rodents would be the species most likely to outlast all others. http://dlvr.it/6TTnv0
Commercial for the Salvo 12, a new shotgun suppressor line from Utah-based SilencerCo
Motherboard brings to attention this commercial for the Salvo 12, a new shotgun suppressor line from Utah-based SilencerCo, which plays on the fears Americans have on the “implications of widespread aerial surveillance from public and private drone operators.”
“We wanted to use this video to energize the ongoing discourse about privacy in a creative way,” he said. “We created Johnny Dronehunter and intend to continue a series of videos in this vein with him as the main character to represent the Americans who feel they don’t have an appropriate voice in this privacy debate.”
Fair enough. But surely there are far more citizens living in populated areas, not the desert, who are wringing their hands over the thought of being watched by small-fry drones, right? Besides our guy with the rifle and the aviator shades, it’s not like the small swarm of (what appear to be DJI Phantom) drones in the trailer are spying on anything other than scrub brush, lizards, and snakes. What gives?
Waldron said that while they do plan for future Johnny Dronehunter videos to be set in both urban and suburban settings, SilencerCo must make sure it adheres to “the appropriate local ordinances when filming.” Given the production timeline and locations the company was working with, the sparse desert milieu just made sense, logistically. Also, it’s way easier to blow up shit in the desert, compared to, say, Brooklyn. http://dlvr.it/6TBlpF
The Leatherdos Mini Tools Clip gives you a handy little hair clip that also acts as a screw driver, wrench, trolley coin, ruler and even has a cutting edge. The tool, which was designed by Yaacov Goldberg, only costs $9. http://dlvr.it/6T98nv
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