Sean Walker

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China to Make RFID Chips Mandatory in Cars So the Government Can Track Citizens on the Road

The Chinese government, in its ongoing pursuit to create the dystopian police state dreamed up in many a science fiction tale, is reportedly readying …

Privacy

How Enterprise determines if you damaged a rental

Enterprise has been accused of running a ding-and-dent scam so often by readers of this site, I’ve lost count.But something interesting has happened …

Consumer Protection

Initiative to break California into 3 states to go on November ballot

<b>(CNN) —</b> An initiative that would divide California into three separate states qualified Tuesday to appear on the ballot in November's general election.<p>Californians will vote whether to separate into three states: California, Northern California and Southern California -- subject to approval by US …

California

11 Beautiful Baby Names With 5 Syllables That Sound Like Music To Your Ears

Growing up, there were two other girls named Katie in my class, and I hated that my name wasn't more original. So when it came time to name my own …

Marlon Brando

Underpaid and exhausted: the human cost of your Kindle

Five o’clock in the morning and the young woman’s eyelids are drooping. All night she has been removing spots of dust from Amazon smartspeakers with a toothbrush. Time seems to crawl. Now she is overwhelmed with exhaustion.<p>She works on, more and more slowly, until she can do no more. She looks …

Codes of Conduct

Amazon Sellers Say The Tech Giant Is Crushing Them With Competitive Pricing

“It’s like trying to open up a convenience store next to Walmart and trying to do business against them."<p>Amazon’s third-party marketplace and its millions of sellers across the world have grown into a billion-dollar sales stream for the company since the marketplace first launched in 2000. But as …

eCommerce

Stubborn inventor reels in unruly MacBook cords

Logan Bailey’s first commercial invention is the Side Winder, a reel that neatly coils a MacBook charging cord to keep it tangle-free.<p>But the Side Winder isn’t his first <i>Eureka!</i> moment. That came in the fourth grade when he built a better toenail clipper.<p>All inventors start somewhere and the toenail …

MacBook Pro

Tennessee hardware store puts up 'No Gays Allowed' sign

<i>This story was originally published in 2015. USA TODAY has not shared or updated it since then (except to add this note). Claims suggesting that this story is a reaction to the June 2018 Supreme Court ruling are inaccurate.</i><p>An East Tennessee hardware store owner decided to express his beliefs …

LGBTQI

The White House Was Going to Pay Boeing $24 Million for 2 Refrigerators on Air Force One. Not Anymore

The Air Force and the White House Military Office have cancelled a $24 million order for two refrigerators made by Boeing and intended for Air Force …

Military

3DFS’s technology for electricity could double the efficiency of the power grid - Vox

An “operating system” for power could double the efficiency of the grid.<p>A great deal of the electricity in the United States goes to waste.<p>Much is lost in the initial generation of electricity. And much is lost through the use of inefficient devices, like incandescent light bulbs that heat up a …

Engineering

75 Types of Wood Ranked by Hardness

Ever wondered about the hardest and softest woods in the world? As architects, we're all pretty familiar with the softest: Balsa. Its material …

Woodworking

They're Coming For 'Em: Illinois Suburb's Gun Confiscation Law Set To Go Into Effect

Guns

Your Phone Is Listening and it's Not Paranoia

Here's how I got to bottom of the ads-coinciding-with-conversations mystery.<p><i>Note: this article was updated on June 13 to clarify that apps like Facebook don't automatically have access to your data.</i><p>A couple years ago, something strange happened. A friend and I were sitting at a bar, iPhones in …

Privacy

Private equity bosses took $200m out of Toys R Us and crashed the company, lifetime employees got $0 in severance

Private equity's favorite shell game is to take over profitable businesses, sell off their assets, con banks into loaning them hundreds of millions …

Employment

Shirtless, knife-wielding man with snake fatally shot by police at strip mall

A shirtless, knife-wielding man with a snake was fatally shot Friday in a tense confrontation with police at a Southern California strip mall.<p>Officers performed life-saving measures on the unidentified suspect, but he was pronounced dead at the scene, Torrance Police said in a release.<p>“I saw him …

Law Enforcement

The 56 Most Brilliant PVC Hacks You’ve Ever Seen

What can’t you do with PVC pipe? Here are 56 incredibly smart (and cheap!) ways to use this do-it-all material around your home and workshop.<p>Keep …

DIY

THX Just Shared the Original Sheet Music for its 'Deep Note' for the First Time

The Deep Note, the distinctive synthesized crescendo that is THX’s audio trademark, is one of the most iconic sounds in all of film. For the effects …

Sheet Music

Obama’s spying scandal is starting to look a lot like Watergate

“F.B.I. Used Informant to Investigate Russia Ties to Campaign, Not to Spy, as Trump Claims,” read the headline on a lengthy New York Times story May …

Donald Trump

United Airlines Just Gave First Class Passengers Something Truly Outlandish (Economy Passengers Won't Be Happy)

You'd like to talk about inequality? This may be your chance.<p><i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>I want the whole world to be happy.<p>But we're not all made happy by the same things, even though Silicon Valley would rather prefer it …

United Airlines

F.B.I.’s Urgent Request: Reboot Your Router to Stop Russia-Linked Malware

Hoping to thwart a sophisticated malware system linked to Russia that has infected hundreds of thousands of internet routers, the F.B.I. has made an urgent request to anybody with one of the devices: Turn it off, and then turn it back on.<p>The malware is capable of blocking web traffic, collecting …

Cybersecurity

China is taking digital control of its people to chilling lengths

Watching Donald Trump trying to deal with China is like watching a clown dancing in front of an elephant. The US president’s entire approach is transactional – the methodology he employed in his allegedly successful career as a property developer. It’s all sticks and carrots, bluff and …

China

Why Infrared Images Look the Way They Do

Infrared photos and videos have an instantly recognizable look to them that you’re probably familiar with. But do you know the reasons things look …

Nikon D-series

Bonnie and Clyde's getaway car has hidden lessons for cops in the self-driving vehicle era

U.S. National Archives and Records Administration/Wikimedia<p>Cars<p>The outlaw duo died May 23, 1934. Their stolen Ford V8 could be relevant once more.<p>Mr. and Mrs. Warren of 2107 S.E. Gabler Street were in search of a new car. In early 1934, the Topeka, Kansas couple went to the Mosby-Mack Motor Company …

Crime

Humans of Late Capitalism reveals the dystopia we all live in

The year is 2018. The world’s richest man, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, eats an iguana. He builds a home with 25 bathrooms. He says in an interview that he …

Globalization

High school students who will not smile in the hallways are sent to mandatory counselling, while bullying is rampant

High school students in Pennsylvania's Northern Lebanon School District report that they are not allowed to walk through their schools' hallways …

Education

German police fine parents at airport for taking children out of school early

Police at a German airport have fined parents for going on vacation before the official start of school holidays. School attendance is compulsory in …

It's 3 p.m., let's watch the Beastie Boys annihilate "Sabotage" on Letterman

<b>It’s 3 p.m.! Let The A.V. Club briefly make use of the waning hours of your productivity with some pop culture ephemera pulled from the depths of</b> …

My Failed Quest to Get Rich by Being a Notary Public

Or, My Attempt to Disrupt a Part of the Gig Economy That Needs No Disruption.<p>I am California’s only luxury notary. I own and maintain the website to prove it: luxurynotary.com.<p>I did not become a luxury notary on purpose. I began my journey in the hopes of becoming a regular notary public, an …

FBI Releases Pro-2nd Amendment Statement, States the Importance of Armed Citizens in America

Active shooter incidents are defined as any incident involving one or more individuals who are actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill …

Cops have a secret, unaccountable system for tracking you by your cellphone, and they abuse it like crazy

Securus Technologies markets a product to law enforcement that taps into realtime cell-tower data from mobile carriers to produce fine-grained …