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Publisher Gets Carte Blanche to Seize New Sci-Hub Domains

 East Palo Alto last edited: Wed, 11 Apr 2018 15:19:42 +0200  
Go, sci-hub!  Soon, the onionland will be the place to go for drugs, sex workers, and science.  

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"Frustrated by Sci-Hub’s resilience, ACS recently went back to court asking for an amended injunction. The publisher requested the authority to seize any and all Sci-Hub domain names, also those that will be registered in the future.
Soon after the request was submitted, US District Court Judge Leonie Brinkema agreed to the amended language.

The amended injunction now requires search engines, hosting companies, domain registrars, and other service or software providers, to cease facilitating access to Sci-Hub.
Several service providers are not receptive to US Court orders. One example is Iceland’s domain registry ISNIC and indeed, at the time of writing, is still widely available.

Seizing .onion domain names, which are used on the Tor network, may also prove to be a challenge. After all, there is no central registration organization involved.

For now, Sci-Hub founder and operator Alexandra Elbakyan appears determined to keep the site online, whatever it takes. While it may be a hassle for users to find the latest working domain names, the new court order is not the end of the “whac-a-mole” just yet."

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Portage Doctor Doesn’t Accept Insurance, Charges Patients A Monthly Subscription Fee For Unlimited Visits

 East Palo Alto 
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"PORTAGE — Dr. Timothy Ames had a traditional primary care practice for a quarter of a century, starting in 1987. He grew increasingly incensed by the bureaucratic obstacles being put in the way of doctors caring for patients.

So he went nontraditional.

At his new practice, he doesn’t accept insurance of any kind. He charges patients a monthly subscription fee for unlimited visits. He is available by phone, by text, after hours.

He explained the difference between the two approaches:

“Physicians have become accustomed to a system that leads to harsh and impersonal care.”

“In fee-for-service medicine, paid by insurance companies, there is a lot of emphasis on recordkeeping and billing codes. If all the bookkeeping is not done precisely right, insurance companies can deny or delay payment. That really just distorts the physician-patient relationship.

“In fee-for-service medicine, paid by insurance companies, there is a lot of emphasis on recordkeeping and billing codes. If all the bookkeeping is not done precisely right, insurance companies can deny or delay payment. That really just distorts the physician-patient relationship.

“In this practice, if it does good to talk to a patient for an hour, I will. If the very best thing is to see them today, I have the flexibility to do that. If a telephone call is helpful, I don’t have to worry about how to bill and code for a telephone call. It really allows me to think creatively about how I deliver care to my patients without worrying about how to document my appointments to meet the requirements of the insurance companies.”
Heirloom potatoes

  last edited: Tue, 03 Apr 2018 01:28:25 +0200  

"Varieties of Andean potato (Solanum tuberosum Andigena) in Huancavelica, Perú.

There are about 5,000 potato varieties worldwide. Over 3000 of them are found in the Andes alone, mainly in Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile, and Colombia.

There are two major subspecies of Solanum tuberosum: andigena, or Andean; and tuberosum, or Chilean. The Andean potato is adapted to the short-day conditions prevalent in the mountainous equatorial and tropical regions where it originated; the Chilean potato, however, native to the Chiloé Archipelago, is adapted to the long-day conditions prevalent in the higher latitude region of southern Chile.

Over 99% of the presently cultivated potatoes worldwide descended from varieties that originated in the lowlands of south-central Chile, which have displaced formerly popular varieties from the Andean highlands.

The potato was originally believed to have been domesticated independently in multiple locations, but later genetic testing of the wide variety of cultivars and wild species proved a single origin for potatoes in the area of present-day southern Peru and extreme northwestern Bolivia, where they were domesticated approximately 7,000–10,000 years ago.
Photo: Märtin Märtïn‎"

Rental car companies are trying to use state power to squish car sharing apps.

 East Palo Alto last edited: Mon, 02 Apr 2018 15:03:04 +0200  
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Airbnb for cars is here. And the rental car giants are not happy.

Turo allows its 200,000 members who are car owners to post vehicles online and rent them out for as little as $10 a day. Turo officials say their company is a technology platform that allows car owners to earn extra cash, not a rental car company.
Instead of waiting for the competition to comply, the rental industry has introduced bills replete with new regulations for car-sharing companies in more than a dozen state legislatures across the United States — including a bill under debate in Maryland’s General Assembly. If turned into law, those regulations would treat car-sharing companies like traditional rental car companies.
“The advantage peer-to-peer has over traditional rental companies is they don’t own the fleet and they’re more lean and adaptable and have a better understanding of the local market,” said Alexandre Marian, a director in the automotive and industrial practice at consultant AlixPartners. “The rental car companies see it as a potential threat. And they should if they want to remain in business.”

#turo #getaround #carsharing
Rise of the DIY Death Machines

 East Palo Alto last edited: Thu, 05 Apr 2018 08:00:59 +0200  
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Rise of the DIY Death Machines

In 1996, Philip Nitschke used a computer to facilitate the first legal euthanasia in history. Today, he is teaching elderly people how to buy Bitcoin, use encrypted messaging, and navigate the dark web to end their lives on their own terms.
Mother arrested for letting her kid go to the park

  last edited: Tue, 03 Apr 2018 01:30:41 +0200

The case of a South Carolina mother arrested for allegedly leaving her 9-year-old daughter at a park for hours while she worked at a nearby McDonald's has sparked a robust debate online, first about whether this mother should ever have been arrested, and second about how young is too young to leave a child on his or her own.
Let's start with the arrest, shall we.
Place me solidly in the outraged camp about the arrest of the North Augusta mother, Debra Harrell, who was charged with unlawful conduct toward a child, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in jail.
Harrell's attorney, Robert Verner Phillips, said he took the case pro bono because it "struck a nerve" with him.
He said when Harrell worked, she would sometimes leave her daughter at a friend's house, let her go with a group of friends to the park or take her to McDonald's and let her play on a laptop inside the restaurant.
But, after the laptop was stolen from their home and Harrell's daughter was "bored to death" being at McDonald's with nothing to do, Harrell ended up taking her to the park on a few occasions -- a park that was about a six-minute walk from their home and about a seven-minute drive from where Harrell worked, said Phillips.
"She could have gone home at any time. She has a key," he said, adding that she also had a cell phone.
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