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'Confusion and shock'

BBC World News -

Witnesses describe "shocking, confusing and distressing" scenes, after a magnitude 6.2 earthquake strikes central Italy, leaving at least 73 people dead and 150 missing.

Take this vocabulary test

Boing Boing -

I took Ghent University's vocabulary test, and according to the results, I know 83% of the English words.

The Minnesotan took the test and got a 94%. He said:

The test does not require you to define or spell words. Instead you are asked to determine whether an entry ("glyph," "moktam," "macrophage," "wookel" etc) is or is not a word in the English language.

There seemed to be about a hundred words in the test, which you can proceed through at your own pace, and you can retake it if you wish (with a different group of words on the retest). At the end you can review your errors and see the definitions of the words you missed.

Police officer swallowed 40 knives because he "felt like eating" them

Boing Boing -

In Amritsar, India, surgeons removed 40 knives from a police officer complaining of stomach pain.

"Patient's ultrasound revealed a growth in his stomach," Dr. Jatinder Malhotra, managing director of The Corporate Hospital, told the Times of India. "To confirm the diagnosis, an endoscopy was done which showed a few metallic knives inside the stomach. After that a CT Scan of the abdomen was done, which showed multiple knives inside the stomach."

During the last two months, said the 40-year-old patient, "I felt like eating knives and ate them."

The surgery took five hours and the patient is expected to make a full recovery. The news report references that he has a "psychological problem" but does not specify if it is pica, a disorder in which an individual is compelled to eat material that isn't food, such as paper, hair, or rocks.

Learn how to build 14 websites with this Complete Web Developer course

Boing Boing -

If you're looking to earn a top salary in the tech industry, there's no better career than coding. However, sometimes the hardest part of entering this career path is knowing where to begin.

We took the Complete Web Developer Course because it took that decision out of our hands. This course teaches beginner-friendly coding languages that will also help land an immediate position. We didn't want to spend hours studying a language only to realize it isn't even used anymore, and this course avoids that common mistake completely.

Packed with over 28 hours of course content, this course is awesome because it has you building sites yourself the entire time. By the end, you'll have a portfolio of work that will turn heads at companies like Twitter and Facebook. Course material includes:

Getting Started & HTML -  You'll learn to code with HTML, often thought of as the "build blocks" of the Internet.

CSS - You'll use CSS to control the layout and style of sites and apps.

JavaScript - You'll become fluent in JavaScript, the language that is responsible for the front-end of practically every site on the Internet.

You'll need to know all three of these languages to land any major coding position, and we think this course does a great job of laying them out in a digestible manner. For a limited time, you can grab lifetime access to The Complete Web Developer Course for just $14.99.

Deals of the Day (8-24-2016)

Liliputing -

Dell’s XPS 13 line of thin and light laptops tend to have reasonably affordable starting prices of around $800. But if you want a model with a high-resolution touchscreen display, the cheapest option Dell typically offers costs twice as much.

Or you could just buy last year’s model: Adorama is selling an XPS 13 notebook with a 3200 x 1800 pixel display, a Core i5 Broadwell processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage for just $800.

Continue reading Deals of the Day (8-24-2016) at Liliputing.

Over 25 Million Accounts Stolen After Mail.ru Forums Hacked

Slashdot -

An anonymous reader writes: Over 25 million accounts associated with forums hosted by Russian internet giant Mail.ru have been stolen by hackers. Two hackers carried out attacks on three separate game-related forums in July and August. One forum alone accounted for almost half of the breached data -- a little under 13 million records; the other two forums making up over 12 million records. The databases were stolen in early August, according to breach notification site LeakedSource.com, which obtained a copy of the databases. The hackers' names aren't known, but used known SQL injection vulnerabilities found in older vBulletin forum software to get access to the databases. An analysis of the breached data showed that hackers took 12.8 million accounts from cfire.mail.ru; a total of 8.9 million records from parapa.mail.ru, and 3.2 million accounts from tanks.mail.ru. The hackers were able to obtain usernames, email addresses, scrambled passwords, and birthdays.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Take this test to find out if you are a "super recognizer" of faces

Boing Boing -

Josh P. Davis, a psychology professor at the University of Greenwich estimates the 1% of the population are "super-recognizers" of faces.

From Science Alert:

In 2009, a team of neuroscientists from Harvard did one of the first studies of super-recognisers. In it, they looked at just four people who claimed to have an unusually good ability to recognise faces.

All four subjects told the researchers about instances when they'd recognised practical strangers: family members they hadn't seen for decades or actors they'd glimpsed once in an ad and then seen again in a movie. They felt like there was something wrong with them.

One of the people in the study told the researchers that she tried to hide her ability and "pretend that I don't remember [people] ... because it seems like I stalk them, or that they mean more to me than they d.".

I've always felt that I'm sometimes a super-recognizer and sometimes nearly face blind. I just took the five-minute online test. I scored 11 out of 14. My results said, "If you scored above 10 you may be a super recogniser, but you would need to do more tests to find this out."

Making a Westfalia's fridge work for you

Boing Boing -

The fridge on my Volkswagen Westfalia can be a wonderful thing that you love having along, or a sour disappointment that plagues your trip. The difference? Circulating some air inside the damn thing.

The odd little fridge in my VW runs off of electricity, or propane. It seems not to care if you are using supplied electricity, its own alternator, or the propane, the cooling fins inside the cold box get cold but didn't cool the box down. Problem is, very little air moves around them and it takes a long time for the cooling element to chill the contents of the box.

Adding this small, and very quiet fan made all the difference in the world. The fan moves air around in the box, and everything gets to a pretty even level of cold. I need to be sure not to over fill the fridge, and to leave room for air to move around. The fan doesn't blow very strong, but it'll keep the air moving enough for the cooling fins to do their job. I suggest removing the charcoal filter packet, as it just seems to restrict flow.

Thanks to this little fan, drinks are now cold. I still keep meats and dairy in a cooler with ice, but this simple fan turned my fridge from storage for dry goods into a refrigerator.

Camco 44123 Fridge Airator via Amazon

Building Fedora Rawhide Images with Imagefactory

LXer -

Introduction ImageFactory is a tool, built on Oz, that is suitable for generating various types of operating system and cloud images. These images can be generated in a variety of different formats. Those include the Docker image format and the qcow2 image... Continue Reading →

A short history of cops telling women what to wear at the beach

Boing Boing -

France has banned women in their country from wearing full-body, head-covering bathing suits. And "burkini police" are patrolling the beaches to catch violators, making them remove their swimwear. People are expressing their opinion on social media. Examples:

Just let this sink in. Men with guns forcing a women to undress, with the weight of the law behind them. pic.twitter.com/4BI16Bbss9

— Abdul-Azim আজিম (@AbdulAzim) August 23, 2016

1925 vs 2016. 90 years later and we're still policing women on what they wear to the beach. #BurkiniBan pic.twitter.com/gOUKM8H8NZ

— Matthew Ruddle (@RuddleMatthew) August 24, 2016

Handing themselves in to the French police. pic.twitter.com/JvOLrRfcHs

— Giles Fraser (@giles_fraser) August 24, 2016

Time for a swimwear quiz: Banned in France or not? 4 photos to highlight the hateful idiocy of the #BurkiniBan pic.twitter.com/ZGaGDbOhmY

— Andrew Stroehlein (@astroehlein) August 18, 2016

Armed french cops force woman to remove clothing on Nice beach. Has it come to this? #BurkiniBan pic.twitter.com/xMg71qC111

— Ian Fraser (@Ian_Fraser) August 24, 2016


ATMs in Thailand Hacked; 12 Million Baht Stolen; 10,000 ATMs Prone to Hackers

The Hacker News -

Thailand has suffered its first ATM Hack! An Eastern European gang of criminals has stolen over 12 Million Baht (approximately US$350,000) from a total of 21 ATMs in Bangkok and other five provinces by hacking a Thai bank's ATM network; police said Wednesday The Central Bank of Thailand (BoT) has issued a warning to all commercial banks about security flaws in roughly 10,000 ATMs that were


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