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After a jerk neighbor yelled at me for walking my cat down the sidewalk because his ill-behaved dog was going berzerk (all the while doing nothing to address the dog's behavior), I feel this deserves more positive press.
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A very nimble Border Collie plays a respectable game of ping pong, successfully returning the plastic ball with the game paddle held sideways in his mouth. While not all of the shots made it across...
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A new research paper sheds light on the neuronal basis of social cooperation in primates:
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Signal boost; this is a pretty bad one.

If you have "KeepMyFamilySecure"  or "Superfish" software installed, do not trust any web connections to be secure until the software is removed. The latter was pre-installed on many Lenovo PCs, and both install a security certificate that allows a malicious website to impersonate a secure website and still show as "safe" in the browser.

US-CERT TA15-051A
https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/alerts/TA15-051A

Removal instructions at the following link:
Komodia Redirector with SSL Digestor installs non-unique root CA certificates and private keys, making systems broadly vulnerable to HTTPS spoofing
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Motor burned out on the spacecraft, scientists harness the power of the sun to orient towards its mission and fix the errors in post-processing.
Despite a malfunction that ended its primary mission in May 2013, the Kepler spacecraft is alive and working. The evidence comes from the discovery of a new super-Earth using data collected during Kepler’s “second life.”
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Glasgow School of Art alumnus James Houston created the school’s annual holiday card this year using a symphony of vintage computers, including a Commodore 64, an old iMac and a Sega Mega Drive (kn...
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Someone rang my doorbell today to sell me on the "last day to sign up" for competitive residential electric supply service (from a particular supplier, at a fixed rate, with an auto-renewing contract).

I did my homework:
(Spreadsheet) MA Residential Electric Suppliers, Compared

edit: not sure why Google can't link the title correctly from its own docs :/
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Makes sense to me. I remember a few years ago this was a pretty common sort of swindle in the davis square area.
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Oxytocin, or the love hormone, helps reinforce the bond between a parent and a child. And now, researchers working with man’s best friend reveal that dogs have tapped into—or hijacked, some might say—this same instinctual bonding mechanism. Gazing into those sweet puppy dog eyes increases our oxytocin levels, and theirs too.
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What if you could have an Arduino compatible board, with WiFi, for just $5? Well now you can, because the ESP8266 is now Arduino compatible.
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at AliExpress prices, they're getting really close to "several-thousand-dropped-from-a-balloon" type prices.
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An estimated six to eight million cats and dogs enter shelters each year, and about half of those find new homes. About 2.7 million cats and dogs are euthanized in shelters each year. Shelters across the country are implementing enrichment programs to improve the lives of the animals in their care and increase the chances …
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3D printing prosthetics isn't exactly the newest thing in the world, but this take on it is surprisingly refreshing. This dog named Derby was born with disfigured legs. Running, or even walking, si...
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