Re: Stuff & Nonsense
« Reply #12391 on: Mar 11th, 2015, 1:47pm »
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by Angela Watercutter
The $200K Star Wars Painting No One Will Ever Buy
For years, Star Wars fans have wanted desperately for Jar Jar Binks to disappear. I’ve been spending the last five minutes trying to find him. The area I’m searching isn’t that big—15 feet by 8 feet, much smaller than Naboo—but eventually I locate him.
“Once you see him, you’ll never be able to not see him again,” says Robert Xavier Burden, the man who spent 2,000 hours hand painting Jar Jar and dozens of other Star Wars characters onto his latest masterpiece, The 20th Century Space Opera.
He’s right. Now I can’t unsee Jar Jar. Then I spend another half hour or so searching the world where he was hiding. I’m talking to Burden the entire time, but it’s hard to divert my eyes from his garden of galactic delights. It’s like walking away from the destruction of Sodom—almost impossible not to keep looking back. That’s what he wants people to do. He tells me that most people at museums look at a work for about six seconds (other estimates put that number at 15 to 30 seconds) and that he’d like to make paintings “that someone could stare at for 10 minutes.”
Ten minutes isn’t a lot to ask—he’s packed his painting with a Huttload of illustrations of Star Wars toys, as well as images of George Lucas’ influences (hello, Gandalf!)—but the asking price may be. It’s $200,000. That’s not a huge price tag for someone usually in the market for a Jeff Koons or an Andy Warhol, but this isn’t a Koons or a Warhol—it’s a Burden.
And it’s not just the price tag, it’s also the fact that anyone who buys it will need an incredible amount of wall space for it.
“Most people aren’t going to buy that Star Wars painting, regardless,” Burden says, shuffling around his San Francisco studio. “If that Star Wars painting was $5,000 most people wouldn’t buy it.”
Re: Stuff & Nonsense
« Reply #12393 on: Mar 11th, 2015, 8:28pm »
You gotta be kidding!
'Twixed' and 'Munchy'? Candylike Marijuana Could Endanger Kids
by Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer March 11, 2015
New foods that look like candy but contain marijuana can now be bought legally in some U.S. states, but these products pose health concerns for children, researchers argue.
In the United States, candylike marijuana products first emerged in medical marijuana dispensaries, and have become popular since the legalization of marijuana in several states, said Robert MacCoun, a professor at Stanford Law School. The products, which have names like Twixed and Munchy Way, can be bought legally in Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Oregon.
Because many of these products are packaged to mimic popular candies, they may be attractive to kids, MacCoun said. "There's the concern that young children will find these products and eat them, thinking they are ordinary sweets," MacCoun told Live Science. "This can be a very traumatic experience, and there are even some indications it can be physically dangerous for young children," he said.
A 2013 study found that after restrictions on medical marijuana possession in Colorado were eased, there was an increase in the number visits related to ingestion of marijuana that kids made to emergency departments. Most of those visits involved marijuana food products.
In addition, some edible marijuana products contain four or more times the amount of THC (the active ingredient of marijuana) that is considered safe to consume in a single serving, MacCoun said.
"At high doses, THC can produce serious anxiety attacks and psychoticlike symptoms," MacCoun said. Marijuana is also metabolized differently when it is ingested as opposed to smoked, with ingested marijuana taking longer to have an effect, and producing possibly more severe effects, MacCoun said.
Finally, there is a concern that the availability of these more child-friendly marijuana products could make it more likely that young people try the drug, or try it at younger ages, although there is little direct evidence of this yet, MacCoun said
To reduce these potential health hazards, there should be strong restrictions on the formulation and packaging of the products, and such restrictions should be implemented when states legalize medicinal or recreational use of marijuana, MacCoun and his colleague Michelle Mello, also a professor at Stanford Law School, wrote in the March 12 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
Colorado and Washington state both require child-resistant packaging for edible marijuana products, and also require that the products be labeled with the serving size and a warning to "keep out of reach of children." These are common-sense measures, but aren't enough to fully protect children, MacCoun and Mello said.
More needs to be done to reduce the likelihood that people will confuse the products with nonmarijuana products, and to ensure that the products' dosing is consistent, they said.
"A package should have a predictable standard dose [and] adequate warning labels, and it should not look like candy or a cola drink," MacCoun said. "Adults who wish to use these products are capable of dealing with packaging that doesn't resemble ordinary edible sweets."
MacCoun added, "We are not arguing for prohibition, but for regulation." He noted that an advantage to having legalized marijuana is that it allows for regulations that wouldn't be possible if the drug were outlawed.
The Blurred Lines Copyright Verdict is Bad News for Music
Yesterday, a jury found that the 2013 song "Blurred Lines" was an infringement of Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up" composition from 1977. Following the 7-million-dollar verdict, professional musicians are waking up to a fact that ordinary Internet users have long known: our overbearing copyright laws are a threat to creativity.
Numerous musicians are expressing disbelief at the verdict, seeing little similarity between the two songs aside from a general "feel" or "vibe." According to the LA Times:
Los Angeles composer and producer Gregory Butler said Tuesday afternoon that his friends and colleagues in the industry were stunned by the verdict.
"You've made it illegal to reference previous material," said Butler, also a managing director at music startup WholeWorldBand. "I'm never going to come up with something so radically different that it doesn't contain references to something else."
Joe Escalante, an early member of the Vandals punk rock band and an entertainment law attorney, said he was concerned that the jury's decision had been driven by emotion rather than what's protected under copyright law. "This may put a smile on the Gaye family's face, but it's a dark day for creativity, and in the end, this will be a net loss for music fans," he said.
Artists evoke elements of common culture all the time, to make their point or simply to entertain by putting their own twist on what has come before. This is what makes culture a conversation and not a series of disjointed soliloquies. Copyright law, though, is dangerously disconnected with the way culture gets made, and as a result it pushes entire genres and communities to the margins, such as those that involve sampling, remix, and other adaptations. A staggering amount of such work is generated noncommercially and available online, but the broad sweep of copyright exclusivity, the risk of disproportionate statutory damages, and the uneven application of the fair use doctrine mean that such authors are typically excluded from commercial opportunities. Far from being incentivized by copyright, such authors typically create in spite of the threats posed by copyright law.
The creators of “Blurred Lines” are likely to challenge yesterday's verdict, but if it is upheld then many more artists could be marginalized or discouraged. Musicians will have to think twice before creating any new songs that evoke the feel of the music that inspired them in their youth. And with the length of copyright we have these days, artists who want to feel confident that their musical influences are in the public domain are going to have to go all the way back to ragtime.
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Johan Stangmark Ill settle for the original 1972 Sun watch I use this only on rare occasions as it is a very special watch. It is the first solar powered watch and claimed by its creator to be the first LED-watch too, thus making it the first digital electronic watch. Sliders on the sides are used to show and set both time and date. Originally gel filled, this watch would manage 200 m water resistance and a battery life longer than expected by the watch itself. The bracelet is an unmarked brushed stainless steel bracelet.
I am sure that appreciates in value while the apple or its knockoffs don't.
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Auto Sales default Department of Justice Deutsche Bank ETC recovery Securities and Exchange Commission Structured Finance Wells Fargo
Santander Consumer — a unit of one of only two banks to receive the dubious honor of failing the Fed’s stress tests yesterday and the market leader in subprime auto lending — allegedly ignored a law that requires lenders to obtain a court order before repossessing cars from members of the military and will now pay $9.35 million to settle the issue with the government. Apparently, Santander illegally repoed nearly 800 vehicles from active service members over the course of 5 years and then attempted to extract fees from some 350 additional soldiers in connection with repossessions the bank didn’t even execute.
This is the same Santander Consumer that was subpoenaed last year by the Justice Department in connection with its packaging of subprime auto loans into ABS and whose lending practices also got the attention of the New York Dept. of Consumer Affairs.
Don’t think for a second that any of this is slowing down the Santander Consumer subprime auto securitization machine though. The company, which leads all other lenders when it comes to the total amount of subprime auto loan debt outstanding, has already done a deal this year worth $1.2 billion which accounts for nearly 25% of all subprime auto ABS issuance YTD. The details of that deal are below — note the average FICO score of 595, the average term of 70 months, the average APR of nearly 17%, and the breakdown which shows that more than two thirds of the loans were for used cars.
The law, called the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, recognizes that military members have to upend their lives, often at a moment’s notice, sometimes leaving their finances in peril. By requiring lenders to first obtain a court order, the law provides service members with a chance to delay or contest repossessions.
But Santander Consumer, prosecutors said, failed to get those court orders, leaving service members, including some who were deployed thousands of miles away, to fight at home and abroad. Prosecutors said that the lender’s repossessions stretched over roughly five years, from January 2008 until February 2013. Santander, prosecutors said, completed 760 repossessions against service members protected under the relief act.
The case, filed in Federal District Court in Dallas, also accused Santander of going after an additional 352 service members for fees that stemmed from illegal repossessions started by other lenders. Santander Consumer is the market leader…
My question is where do the fines go..secondly if not to the soldiers then as one commenter put it..is just another case of pay the cop go on to the next heist
Re: Stuff & Nonsense
« Reply #12403 on: Mar 13th, 2015, 10:20am »
Halifax uses heartbeat sensor to secure online banking
13 March 15 by James Temperton
ECG signals could replace online banking passwords following a successful trial by Halifax.
A proof of concept experiment used an ECG band to record a person's cardiac rhythm, which could then be used to login to an online banking service. An electrocardiogram or ECG is the unique rhythm of a heartbeat and, unlike a text password or fingerprint, it is incredibly difficult to fake.
The technology, known as a Nymi Band, uses Bluetooth to pair with a companion app for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android. In order to work it first has to record a person's ECG to the band and link itself to the app. ECG data is captured when the customer wears the band on one wrist and touches a sensor on the top of the band with their opposite finger.
Halifax said the technology would only work if the band was on the account holder's wrist, with the band also only detectable by device it was originally paired with.
The technology is the work of Toronto-based firm Nymi and has already been tested by the Royal Bank of Canada. In the test 250 bank staff and customers used the wristband to login to their online banking. Halifax's experiment with the technology is the first time it has been used by a bank in the UK.
Re: Stuff & Nonsense
« Reply #12404 on: Mar 13th, 2015, 11:01am »
Wow Crystal Amazing that there was a time no one would think of wearing a leg band to let the police track them and now it has become a fashion statement. The convenience syndrome has reached a fever pitch. Entities have all of ones health data, pace makers can be hacked.entire financial systems cracked....billions of dollars and millions of ID data stolen..NEVER to be recovered...thats a fact..everything is already in place to make this device a failure and another burglar tool for common criminals as well as the states potential for abuse.
Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face...Mike Tyson
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