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Thursday, January 04, 2018

The health trend for drinking 'raw' water has been branded potentially deadly by experts. The demand for untreated, unsterilized spring water has skyrocketed in parts of the US, but authorities say it can contain E. coli bacteria, viruses, and parasites as well as cancer-causing compounds. Firms are selling unfiltered water across the United States and the craze is particularly popular in Silicon Valley with some charging $60.99 for a 2.5 gallon jug. The New York Times reports that one company selling it in San Diego has seen its sales double every year since launching three years ago as the 'water consciousness movement' grows. Advocates of the trend are 'looking to get off the water grid' to avoid the added fluoride, which they brand as 'toxic', and because of the lead pipes used in treatments. They say the process removes beneficial minerals and healthy bacteria. One described public provisions as 'drinking toilet water with birth control drugs in them'.

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

A serious flaw in the design of Intel's chips will require Microsoft, Linux and Apple to update operating systems for computers around the world. It is believed to affect chips in millions of computers from the last decade. The UK's National Cyber Security Center said it was aware of the issue and that patches were being produced. In response, Intel said the issue was not limited to its processors and that it was working on a fix. "Based on analysis to date, many types of computing devices -- with many different vendors' processors and operating systems -- are susceptible to these exploits," it said in a statement. It said it was working to "develop an industry-wide approach to resolve this issue promptly and constructively". "Intel has begun providing software and firmware updates to mitigate these exploits," it said.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

The San Francisco 49ers have their quarterback of the future, and he's about to become one of the richest men in professional sports. That was already apparent when San Francisco traded a second-round pick for Jimmy Garoppolo in October. There were clues that the 2014 second-round pick was quickly becoming a franchise quarterback when he threw a sweet touchdown pass on his third snap as a member of the 49ers, and more hints came when he followed that up by leading San Francisco to three consecutive victories over the Chicago Bears, Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans in December. But Sunday's performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars clinched it. read more

Friday, December 01, 2017

On his way home after a few drinks with friends early Thursday morning, [Alex] Bowen, 36, stopped by his local Waffle House. "It was around 3 a.m. I was pretty inebriated," admitted Bowen. ... He stood at the register for 10 minutes, waiting for someone to take his order. Bowen even went outside to look for an employee, and then went back in. "That's when I got hot on the grill with a Texas bacon cheesesteak melt," said Bowen. He cooked his go-to meal and even cleaned up when he was done. While he was cooking, he saw the one employee who was fast asleep. "[The employee] didn't wake up the entire time. And no one came inside the restaurant," said Bowen.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Tesla's aren't easy to steal, but thieves in Utah allegedly made off with three $80,000 models by breaking into a dealership and stealing the fobs. After that, however, their master plan fell comically apart. "One guy claimed a family member had died and left them all this stuff, but two of them actually said (it was given to them) by (a man named) Tesla," South Salt Lake police detective Gary Keller told Fox 13.

Investigating a break-in at the dealership, police tracked down a suspect in one of the stolen Teslas and found him to be in possession of keys, the dealership's business license and a check for $49,500 made out to Tesla. In a burst of what may have been alcohol-fueled inspiration, he claimed his name was Telsa and that someone he barely knew gave him the car and keys. read more


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