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How Rogue Immune Cells Cross the Blood-Brain Barrier to Cause Multiple Sclerosis

Drug designers working on therapeutics against multiple sclerosis should focus on blocking two distinct ways rogue immune cells attack healthy neurons.

The research is in Cell Reports. (full open access)

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OnePlus Isn't Supporting Android Oreo's Project Treble

I'm honestly sad to have come across this news. Android Oreo was promising faster updates to new versions of Android via Google's Project Treble. Apparently though, only devices running Android 8.0 at launch are required to support Project Treble. Devices that launch with Nougat are not required to do so -- and so the OEM can decide whether or not to support it. Essential and Google are supporting it on Nougat devices...but apparently OnePlus is not taking advantage of this opportunity. This presents a major reason not to purchase the OnePlus 5T...might as well wait for the 6 because the 6 will be forced to comply with Project Treble.

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The longest Star Wars film ever is almost here. Are you ready?

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Trump says he is 'very happy' that sexual misconduct by powerful men is being 'exposed,' but here are 13 times he has been publicly accused of it:

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FCC releases the final draft of its proposal to kill net neutrality http://engt.co/2zY5N3h

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​Dish subscribers may not be able to watch football on CBS this Thanksgiving weekend: Thanksgiving weekend is a wonderful time to watch football, but some Dish subscribers may be shut out of the games on CBS. http://dlvr.it/Q2LlZG

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Apple has reportedly acquired the headset startup Vrvana for $30 million.
Vrvana is the maker of the Totem headset, a device that got good reviews but never shipped. The Totem uses both AR and VR technology, using pass-through cameras to recreate the real world in the display rather than transparent projection displays like the HoloLens. Vrvana CEO Bertrand Nepveu spoke at a conference earlier this year about content that blends VR and AR and the transition between virtual and augmented scenes.

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How Will CBS Replace Charlie Rose? http://nym.ag/2mVNLtg

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Hidden Supercluster Could Solve Milky Way Mystery https://www.quantamagazine.org/hidden-supercluster-could-solve-milky-way-mystery-20171121/

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IG Cites Homeland Security for Abusing Its Power, Blocking Negative Report

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Why Carmella Didn’t Cash In Her MITB Contract On SmackDown Live http://stillrealtous.com/carmella-didnt-cash-money-bank-smackdown-live/

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NSA surveillance chills dissent.

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😂😂😂😂😂😂

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We went inside Microsoft’s hardware lab to see how it developed the Surface Book and to explore this question: why such a big focus on hinges?

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The Federal Communications Commission will vote on December 14 on a new rule that would repeal net-neutrality regulations adopted in 2015
The Federal Communications Commission, led by chairman Ajit Pai, on Wednesday released the final draft of a closely watched plan to reverse a policy of net neutrality, which bars internet service providers from blocking or slowing down web content.

Net neutrality is the concept that all internet traffic should be treated equally, no matter what ISP is carrying it.

Pai's proposal, named the "Restoring Internet Freedom" order, would reverse a 2015 ruling that classifies ISPs as utilities — opposed by ISPs and supported by those who say pro-net-neutrality policies encourage innovation.

The main difference from the current policy is that broadband internet access would be classified under Title I of the Communications Act instead of under Title II — basically, ISPs would be "information services" instead of "public utilities."

This seemingly small change could allow ISPs like Comcast and Verizon to legally experiment with so-called fast lanes for internet traffic, in which some apps and services are prioritized over others. Theoretically, under these rules, ISPs could prioritize their traffic or even block certain apps or services.

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OnePlus 5T now available from $499

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Google Dives Deep Into the New Google Play Services APIs - Version 11.6 of the Google Play services SDK — Google’s development kit for the Play Store — is packed to the brim with new features. In an effort to brace folks for the changes, the search giant published an article on migrating to the new APIs earlier this year. And in a new post on the Android Developers blog, it highlighted the many ways in which the SDK tweaks application behavior. GoogleApi and Task, which replace the GoogleAp...

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This scientist is quashing a leading theory for liquid water on Mars—but he still thinks life could exist
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/11/scientist-quashing-leading-theory-liquid-water-mars-he-still-thinks-life-could-exist

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Deal: Samsung’s Pre-Black Friday Sale Starts NOW

#android #deals #sale #samsung #blackfriday

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autumn in the vineyard

#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape
#btplandscapepro +BTP Landscape Pro

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Bell flower

My people gallery https://www.paolodalprato.com/personaggi-persone

#macrophotography #hqspmacro #hqspflowers #fotomaniaitalia #ilovephotography

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Water is Life Series

Visiting my Ice collection from Antarctica and came across this one. Ice, water, snow mist and cloud. It's all water and water is life.

#oneoceanexp #iceberg #glacial #water

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As hidden waterfall in the western Colombian mountains

Spending the day trekking in Bosques de Cocora, I went off track a little bit as I heard some water below. I was lucky enough to be greeting with this beautiful scene. A very nice surprise.

This area also happens to be the location of the Quindío wax palm, which are the tallest palms on earth that reach up to heights of a whopping 160 feet! And there are thousands upon thousands of them. Incredible!

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NASA calls the final image "Farewell to Saturn."

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Experience Google’s DeepDream in VR and hallucinate in the name of science https://tnw.to/2mWt2We

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Pixel and Pixel XL getting more of the Pixel 2 software experience if they are on Android 8.1.

#android #pixel #pixel2

https://drd.life/2zXkbZD

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Stupid Story Claiming Google Tracking + USA Healthcare Nightmare

https://lauren.vortex.com/2017/11/22/stupid-google-story-plus-usa-healthcare-nightmare

I’ve been receiving many queries as to why this blog and my lists have been so quiet lately. I would have preferred to say nothing about this, but I don’t want anyone concerned that they’ve been dropped off a list or are otherwise being subjected to technical issues. The lists are OK, the servers are running for now, and there’s nothing associated amiss at your end.

The executive summary of what’s going on is that I’m not well — I’ll spare you the details — and it’s unclear what I can do about it, given the dismal, insane state of health insurance in this country, especially for persons like me who have to deal with the collapsed individual medical insurance market (that is, who don’t have an employer, and so don’t have employer provided medical insurance).

The GOP and Satan’s Sociopath in the Oval Office are working deliberately to destroy health insurance and ruin lives for the sake of enriching their uber-wealthy, vile brethren. But even without those deliberate efforts at sabotage, the healthcare system itself has already utterly collapsed for vast numbers of people without steady incomes and who are too young or don’t qualify for Medicare — which the GOP is also working to decimate. The holes in Obamacare/ACA are big enough to toss the moon through, creating horrific “Catch-22” nightmares for persons with very low income levels and who cannot reasonably see into the future to predict their next year’s income.

The upshot of all this is that I simply cannot physically keep up under these conditions, and these public venues will be very quiet until such a time, if ever, that the overall situation changes. Sorry about that, Chief.

Since I was sending this item out anyway, I wanted to mention one rather crazy tech story going around currently. Obviously there’s been any number of technology issues recently about which I’d ordinarily have said something — most of them depressing as usual.

But there’s one in the news now about Google that is just so stupid that it can make your head explode, a “Google is secretly tracking your phone” scare piece.

And as usual, Google isn’t addressing it in ways that ordinary people can understand, so it’s continuing to spread, the haters are latching on, and folks have started calling me asking about it in panic.

Sometimes I think that Google must have a sort of suicide complex, given the way that they watch again and again how these sorts of stories get out of control without Google providing explanations beyond quotes to the trade press. Newsflash! Most ordinary non-techies don’t read the trade press!

Yeah, I know, Google just hopes that by saying as little as possible that the stories will fade away. But it’s like picking up comic strips with Silly Putty (anyone else remember doing that?) — you can keep folding the images inward but eventually the entire mass of putty is a dark mass of ink.

You’d think that with so many opportunistic regulatory and political knives out to attack Google these days, Google would want to speak to these issues clearly in language that ordinary folks could understand, so that these persons aren’t continuously co-opted by the lies of Google haters. I’ve done what I could to explain these issues in writing and on radio, but as I’ve said before this should be Google’s job — providing authoritative and plain language explanations for these issues. It’s not something that Google should be relying on outsiders to do for them willy-nilly.

The latest story is a lot of ranting and gnashing of teeth over the fact that Android phones have apparently been sending mobile phone network cell IDs to Google. Not that Google did anything with them — they’ve been tossing them and are making changes so that they don’t get sent at all. The complaint seems to be that these were sent even if users opt-ed out of Google’s location services.

But the whole point is that the cell IDs had nothing to do with Google location geo services, but are related to the basic network infrastructures required to get notifications to the phones. It’s basically the same situation as standard mobile text messages — you need to know where the phone is connected to the network at the moment to effectively contact the phone to send the user a text message or other notifications, or even an ordinary phone call!

In a response apparently aimed at the trade press, Google talked about MCC and MNC codes and related tech lingo that all mean pretty much NOTHING to most people who are hearing this “tracking” story.

Let me put this into plain English.

If your cell phone is turned on, the cellular networks know where you are — usually to a good degree of accuracy these days even without GPS. That’s how they work. That’s how you receive calls and text messages. It’s a core functionality that has nothing to do with Google per se.

You know all those news stories you see about crooks who get caught through tracking of their cell phones via location info that authorities get from the cellular carriers?

Have you ever thought to yourself, “Why don’t those morons just turn off their phones when they don’t want to be tracked?”

It’s not Google that you need to be worried about. They have powerful protections for user data, and are extremely, exceptionally strict about when authorities can obtain any of it. On the other hand, the cellular carriers have traditionally been glad to hand over largely any user data that authorities might request for virtually any reason, often on a “nod and a wink” basis. You want something to worry about? Don’t worry about Google, worry about those cellular carriers.

Nor do you need to be a crook to turn off your phone when you don’t even want the carriers to know where you are. You want to use local apps? Fine, instead of turning the phone off, disable the phone’s radios by activating the “Airplane Mode” that all smartphones have available.

This is all of the writing that I can manage right now and will probably be all that I have to say here for an indeterminate period. I can’t guarantee timely or even any responses to queries, but I’ll try to keep this machinery running the best that I can under the circumstances.

The best to you and yours for the holiday weekend and for the entire holiday season.

Please take care.

–Lauren–

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Windows 10 : Brilliant Tips You Must Know
The hidden Windows 10 settings will make your windows 10 experience amazingly smooth.
#Windows10 #TopTrix

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The predictable LaVar Ball-Lakers war is coming http://nyp.st/2zZ73Di

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A new holiday version of the Broadway smash #Hamilton just in time for Thanksgiving... #Yamilton

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Cam Newton posts his mug shot to prove point http://nyp.st/2zZqYSo

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Donald Trump: Congress Should Release Names of Members Who Settle Harassment Cases
by CHARLIE SPIERING | 21 Nov 2017 | Breitbart

President Donald Trump believes that Congress should release the names of every lawmaker who settled harassment cases quietly with taxpayer money.

“I do. I really do, I think they should,” Trump said when asked about his opinion on proposed transparency for the congressional Office of Compliance.

Trump also reacted to several reports of prominent men in media, entertainment, and politics accused of unwanted advances, harassment, sexual misconduct, and abuse toward women.

When asked by reporters to respond to the “pivotal moment in our nation’s history” for women, Trump appeared pleased that improper behavior was getting exposed.

“Women are very special,” he said. “I think it’s a very special time because a lot of things are coming out, and I think that’s good for our society, and I think it’s very, very good for women.”

Read More:
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/11/21/donald-trump-congress-should-release-names-of-members-who-settle-harassment-cases/

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High Intensity Exercise Boosts Memory

The health advantages of high-intensity exercise are widely known but new research from McMaster University points to another major benefit: better memory.

The research is in Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. (full access paywall)

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Do Birdsong and Human Speech Share Biological Roots?

Scientists who study birdsong have been intrigued for some time by the possibility that human speech and music may be rooted in biological processes shared across a variety of animals. Now, research by McGill University biologists provides new evidence to support this idea.

The research is in Current Biology. (full access paywall)

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A man is about to launch himself in his homemade rocket to prove the Earth is flat

Seeking to prove that a conspiracy of astronauts fabricated the shape of the Earth, a California man intends to launch himself 1,800 feet high on Saturday in a rocket he built from scrap metal.

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Google Lens preview comes to the Google Assistant on OG Pixel and Pixel 2
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