Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Bizarre urinal cake heist under investigation in Germany

Police in Germany are searching for thieves who now possess enough cleaning products to have sparkling clean urinals for life. A truck driver parked his vehicle in a lot and went to catch some sleep. When he checked his truck early the next morning he found that the back door to the cargo area was open. Someone stole six pallets of urinal cakes — 500 cases in all — worth thousands of dollars. (RT)


Which of the nations drivers rank among the rudest?

According to a new survey conducted as part of a Kars4Kids summer driving awareness campaign, Drive Human, which promotes better driving habits on the road, evaluated courtesy among drivers across America. 

These states have the most courteous drivers:
1. Idaho
2. New Mexico
3. Oregon
4. Montana
5. Alaska
6. Hawaii
7. Colorado
8. Washington
9. Vermont
10. New Hampshire

These states have the least courteous drivers:
41. Iowa
42. Pennsylvania
43. Oklahoma
44. Georgia
45. Maine
46. Wisconsin
47. Louisiana
48. Arkansas
49. South Carolina
50. New York

The survey found the most courteous drivers are in the West and tend to be women. (Kars4Kids)


IBM said it’s found a breakthrough way to give hackers the middle finger

IBM has launched a new mainframe system capable of running more than 12 billion encrypted transactions per day, in a bid to wade further into the financial cybersecurity market. The mainframe, called IBM Z, seeks to address cyberattacks which have compromised financial data. It also aims to help firms automate financial regulatory compliance, in line with confidentiality and data protection laws. IBM said that the mainframe system is set to be the global tech giant’s most significant system overhaul in more than 15 years. In recent years, data breaches have become the new black. Hacks on everyone from Target to Anthem have exposed millions of customers’ personal info. In many cases, the hackers are able to get their hands on all the data because it’s not encrypted. Encryption’s a way of scrambling data so that it’s unreadable. But it’s really hard and expensive to encrypt loads of data in large batches. But companies have to cough up half a million dollars to upgrade to this new system. This could be a game changer for digital security. And give customers a reason to breathe easy when forking over personal and financial data to places like banks, retailers, and health companies. (CNBC)


Swiss glacier reveals couple lost in 1942

A shrinking glacier in Switzerland has revealed two frozen bodies believed to be of a couple who went missing 75 years ago, Swiss media report. Marcelin and Francine Dumoulin disappeared at a height of 8,530ft after going to tend to their cows in the Alps in August 1942. They were farmers whose seven children never gave up hope of finding them. Their youngest daughter, 79, said she was now planning to give her parents the funeral they deserved. Mr and Mrs Dumoulin were never found despite extensive searches. “We spent our whole lives looking for them,” Marceline Udry-Dumoulin told reporters. “I can say that after 75 years of waiting this news gives me a deep sense of calm.” A DNA test will be conducted in several days’ time, police say. Local police said the bodies were discovered last week on Tsanfleuron glacier, above the Les Diablerets resort, by a worker from ski-lift company, Glacier 3000. (BBC)


Saudi woman arrested after wearing miniskirt in video

Police in Saudi Arabia have arrested a young woman who wore a miniskirt in public and posted the video online, sparking backlash from people who say she flagrantly violated the kingdom’s conservative Islamic dress code. The woman was detained by police in the capital for wearing immodest clothes” that contradicted the country’s conservative Islamic dress code. Police referred her case to the public prosecutor. The young Saudi woman drew attention over the weekend when she shared on Snapchat a video of herself walking in a historic village north of the capital wearing a miniskirt and crop top, and showing her hair. In the now-viral video, the woman is filmed walking around the desert region of Najd, where many of Saudi Arabia’s most conservative tribes and families are from. Social media is wildly popular in Saudi Arabia as a space to vent frustrations and gauge public opinion. The outcry against the video and the woman’s subsequent arrest reveal how powerful and widespread conservative views are in the kingdom, despite recent moves by Saudi Arabia to modernize and loosen some rules. (CBS News)


Daimler to Modify 3 Million Mercedes Cars Over Diesel Concerns

Daimler, the German automaker, said that it would update three million Mercedes cars in Europe to reduce their diesel emissions, an apparent effort to combat a widening inquiry and a public backlash over allegations that it evaded rules controlling vehicle pollutants. The move, which Daimler declined to call a recall, is being made as the company faces investigations on both sides of the Atlantic over the diesel deception accusations. Daimler has been under increasing pressure in Germany since media reports last week suggesting the scale of the emissions problem was greater than previously known. While the company denies doing anything illegal, last week its managers were summoned to Berlin for talks with officials about emissions. (NY Times)


It’s the middle of the work week. Almost over that hill toward the weekend. Today offers:

*Flitch Day  
*National Hot Dog Day

*Take Your Poet To Work Week  (3rd Wednesday)

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