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Submission + - SPAM: Blogging Systems Why using a Blogging System

aloadai46141 writes: The digital world has truly veered away from the telegraph and bookstores. Now, people can setup a blog or post their comments about their insights, photos, videos and a bulk of other subjects of interest. Some of these could anything planetary or about All-Star columns that can prop a typical Michelle or an ordinary James to comment and read through. Blog sites have broken through user copyright by penetrating the internet cloud and people's privacy to their delight and satisfaction. Recommendations in Amazon, Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter can make all the difference, especially as it presents a different approach to writing.

Welcome to my YouTube Channel on Blogging and VideoBlogging from Blogs

It is essential to contact all weblogs that you are considering to add to that directory you are creating. Marketers who use electronic mail can give you weblog owner details. Bloggers usually don't leave contact details as much as they leave insights. Topics usually covered in writings include marketing, retail, revolution, privacy, newsroom, membership, Mayo, Cisco, NASA, America, estate, medal, planetary places, Nuxeo, employment, consumer code, investors, memorial reporting, VA services, CDT, payments, climate change, shopping, sale, buzz trend, smart computing, auto issues, initiative, ocean, colt, and many others. Your weblog directory should have them all — just write the owners first — may they be a John, Eric, David, James, Robert, or Michelle.

To be able to monetize a blogging platform, what a blogger needs is exposure. Indeed, their articles wont be profitable in the least if there are no readers interested in the content and that subscribe to them. For this reason, on-line marketing is essential for them to succeed. Be it for a WordPress information platform based on celebrity news, gaming, the Madrid soccer, the pyramids of Egypt, the monuments of France or even on how to make money on-line, internet advertising is the best way to captivate a large audience. The best way to go about this is through link promotion. Simply place your URL on other relevant sources to obtain targeted traffic.

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Submission + - Harnett farmers use innovation to help environment, save money 1

maximscovah writes: BP Holdings: Harnett farmers use innovation to help environment, save money


BUNNLEVEL, N.C. — Without fail, farmers in the Triangle use a lot of energy – to power tractors, heat greenhouses, process waste and pump water to growing crops.

Thanks to technology, however, a trio of farmers in Harnett County is proving that using energy doesn't have to hurt their wallets or the environment. They're all using cutting edge technology, methods that help them avoid using fossil fuels and save money all at once.

Ryan Patterson, of Broadway, uses a wood-fired boiler to generate heat in several places on his farm. In the summer, the heat generated by the boiler helps cure tobacco.

When it's cold, Patterson said he hauls his boiler – which burns scrap wood at a tenth of the cost of natural gas – to his greenhouses to keep his tomatoes warm.

"The wood chips come from local sawmills, mainly waste product from them," Patterson said.

Down the road, Tom Butler has started converting hog waste into electricity on his farm.

Using a system of tarps, Butler traps methane from hog waste and then burns it to generate electricity. The method also keeps the greenhouse gas from escaping into the atmosphere and contains about 85 percent of the odor.

"It feels great," Butler said of going green. "We think we're doing the right thing."

At Little River Trails Aquaculture in Bunnlevel, fish eat and swim in water heated and cooled by the temperatures of the earth. A geothermal heat pump pushes heated or cooled water back into the tanks at the farm's own sewage treatment plant.

Stan Crisp, of Geothermal Strategies, said the methods being employed by Patterson, Butler and Little River Trails are groundbreaking.

"Very few places in North Carolina and around the world are doing this," he said.

Gary Pierce, a cooperative extension agent, agrees. He said the methods are worth using all over the state.

"It can serve as an example so we can replicate it in other areas," he said. "Even if they're not in agriculture."

Submission + - How to set up non-obnoxious outdoor lighting?

An anonymous reader writes: My neighbor recently complained about my outdoor floodlight shining in her window. While trying to address this problem, I read an essay about the tragedy of light pollution, and started to think that this is a much broader issue. With all the new lighting technologies out there, this may be the right time to rethink lighting — both indoor and outdoor; public and private. I solved my problem by replacing the floodlight with a spotlight, but I also considered installing a colored light. What are some strategies for illuminating what we need to without casting excess light everywhere and inadvertently blinding our neighbors or keeping them awake?

Submission + - 'Pink Mass' Has Made Westboro Baptist Church Founder's Mom Gay (huffingtonpost.com)

PolygamousRanchKid writes: On Sunday, July 14, the Satanic Temple, a New York-based organization that seeks to foster "benevolence and empathy among all people" through Satan, performed a ritual called a "pink mass" at the Mississippi gravesite of Catherine Idalette Johnston, mother of WBC founder Fred Phelps Jr. The aim? To "turn" the WBC founder's mom gay for all eternity.

"Upon completion of the pink mass ceremony, Catherine Johnston is now gay in the afterlife," notes the Satanic Temple website, which has the cheeky URL www.westboro-baptist.com. "Fred Phelps is obligated to believe that his mother is now gay ... [and] if beliefs are inviolable rights, nobody has the right to challenge our right to believe that Fred Phelps believes that his mother is now gay." The latter assertion appears to be a play on the WBC's own stance that their beliefs are totally infallible.

Vice reports that the idea for the pink mass came about in April, after the WBC threatened to protest the funerals of the Boston Marathon bombing victims. The website compared the the pink mass to "the Mormon practice of baptizing the dead, only much gayer."

Comment Re:I remember being puzzled by that chapter (Score 5, Insightful) 423

Do all the people replying here not realize that Gandhi_2 was joking? Let me spell it out. Gandhi_2 is making fun of our western tendency to be so hyper-sensitive to cultural issues that mentioning, or even noticing, that someone is from another culture or genetic group is likely to elicit a charge of racism from someone. The fact that that many people didn't even get it shows how accustomed we have become to hearing these charges.

Comment An incredible piece of software (Score 1) 276

The first time I used Lotus 1-2-3, I recall thinking "It's a good thing I'm sitting down." I'd toyed with Visicalc and Supercalc on Apple IIs, but they were crude toys. 1-2-3 left me breathless. The scope of the product, the ease of use (remember the "/" as the command introducer, so much easier to hit than Excel's "Alt" key?), the almost unlimited potential for mathematical, financial, geographical, statistical, and you-name-it-or-even-imagine-it modelling ... a beautifully conceived and developed product. As another poster put it, "goodbye, old friend."

Submission + - Is it up to us cure cancer? (youtube.com)

Stolzy writes: I've learned a lot from the Open Source and Creative Commons movements. I also approve of the message of the Libertarian movement teaching self reliance (do no harm to others, take care of yourself and those around you).

For those of us who believe in freedom of information, should we be asking ourselves if we are really the ones responsible for our own welfare?

There's evidence which shows that the drugs Cannabidiol (CBD) and Dichloroacetic Acid (DCA) "can" reduce some cancerous growths. And given that big pharma won't support either of these drugs due to issues with low profit, then isn't it up to us to take the next step?

Yesterday I learned that one of my friends has terminal cancer. It frustrated me no end that I couldn't tell her about CBD or DCA because of the fear of raising false hope. She's on Chemotherapy but only to prolong her life, and has no hope of being cured.

If tumorous growths can be controlled and consequently stopped from spreading by cheap drugs such as CBD or DCA, then should we be moving on to "anecdotally evidenced trials" for anyone who has terminal cancer and is willing to give these drugs a go? Patients could keep a diary, written, audial, or visual, and provide the rest of us with evidence of their results.

I'm not suggesting anyone ignore the advice of their Doctor(s), in any way. Either of these drugs can be taken in conjunction with any other treatment(s) being given. But if we continue to ignore the evidence being given to us by our scientific community, then who's the real loser in all of this?

Us, of course. .:DCA: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftnNU70dSPs .:CBD: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQc4iJedmfc

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Submission + - Confidential Police Confetti at Macy's Parade (upi.com)

cstacy writes: The Nassau County (New York) Police Department is "very concerned" about reports that shreds of police documents (with social security numbers, phone numbers, addresses, license plate numbers, incident reports, and more) rained down as confetti in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The documents also unveiled the identities of undercover officers, including their SSNs and bank information, according to WPIX-TV. Macy's has no idea how this happened, as they use commercial, colored confetti, not shredded paper.

Submission + - Canada's Supreme Court Tosses Viagra Patent For Vagueness

Freshly Exhumed writes: In a 7-to-0 decision, the Supreme Court Of Canada has ruled that Pfizer Canada Inc.'s patent on well-known erectile dysfunction remedy Viagra is now invalid due to insufficient information in Pfizer's patent application. The upshot is that competitors can now manufacture cheaper, generic versions of Viagra for sale in Canada. A problem with spreading this news item is that many email filters will not allow the topic, so cheers to /.

Submission + - Serious Flaws Detected in Oracle Database, May Lead to Data Leaks (siliconangle.com)

KristenNicole writes: "Some serious flaws have been identified in older Oracle databases that could lead to data and security breach. As discovered in Oracle Database 11g Releases 1 and 2, the flaw leaves databases open by sending the session key to the client before authentication is fully completed, this leaves the session open to enabling an attacker to guess the password. The Register has reported on this issue and it looks like a bit of a doozy.

Read full article here: http://siliconangle.com/blog/2012/09/26/serious-flaws-detected-in-oracle-database-may-lead-to-data-leaks/#"


Submission + - Drone duel outwits FAA, but not hackers (suasnews.com)

garymortimer writes: "What began as a think tank stunt with a do-it-yourself drone turned into a lesson for researchers on the inadequacy of Federal Aviation Administration unmanned aircraft zoning.

Benjamin Wittes, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, challenged friends to a duel in the sky last weekend with smartphone-controlled toy helicopters purchased from Brookstone. Congress this year mandated that FAA open the U.S. airspace to privately owned drones in 2015. On Sunday, two children younger than 15 helped Wittes win the Drone Smackdown by disabling their opponents’ control panel, or iPhone in this case."


Submission + - Statistical tools for detecting electoral fraud (pnas.org)

RockDoctor writes: A recent paper published in PNAS describes statistical techniques for clearly displaying the presence of two types of electoral fraud — "incremental fraud" (stuffing of ballot boxes containing genuine votes with ballots for the winning party) and "extreme fraud" (reporting completely contrived numbers, typically 100% turnout for a vote-counting region, with 100% voting for the winning party). While the techniques would require skill with statistical software to apply in real time, the graphs produced in the paper provide tools for the interested non-statistician to monitor an election "live".

Examples are discussed with both "normal" elections, fraud by the techniques mentioned, and cases of genuine voter inhomogeneity.

Other types of fraud, such as gerrymandering and inhibiting the registration of minority voters, are not considered.

The paper is open access, so anyone with the technology to access it can read it.

Comment Naturally - they don't bite while the nets are up (Score 1) 1

In WWI, the British Army had a problem with their soldiers dying from snipers' head shots. So they switched to metal helmets, and the proportion of head wounds went up. Counter-intuitive, until you realize that most of those head wounds would have been head-deaths before. Same thing here, I suspect: with the mosquito nets up, naturally you get a higher proportion of bites after 5am, when the villagers leave the nets and get up to work in their fields. Maybe there's more to this than meets the eye, but at first glance it's just the result I'd expect.

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