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Archive for October, 2012

NYC Data Centers Struggle to Recover After Sandy

A number of facilities in lower Manhattan are racing to pump out flooded facilities to keep Internet hosting services up and running. Peer1’s operations at 75 Broad are operating on sheer manpower: a bucket brigade. About 30 customers are lifting buckets (or cans) of diesel fuel up 18 flights of stairs to keep the server’s backup generators running.  More…

How Insurers Can Foil the Next Hurricane Sandy

In the 19th century, insurance companies helped drive municipal adoption of fire codes and sprinklers. In the 20th century, they pushed for seat belt laws. With the recent proliferation of extreme weather events — most recently Hurricane Sandy — some industry watchers say it’s time for insurers to once again lobby for big changes. “Maybe homes shouldn’t be worth $10 million when they’re on the coast and every five years will be destroyed.”  More…

Did NYC rats survive hurricane Sandy?

How many of the NYC rats survived hurricane Sandy? This question has been asked in the wake of Sandy’s flooding of lower and east Manhattan, and Scientific American takes a look at the answers.  More…

Police can install cameras on private property without warrant

A federal judge has ruled that police officers in Wisconsin did not violate the Fourth Amendment when they secretly installed cameras on private property without judicial approval. The officers installed the cameras in an open field where they suspected the defendants were growing marijuana.  More…

Keeping Up With Kim Kardashian’s Fashion Disasters

October wasn’t a good month on the fashion front for Kim Kardashian! The 32-year-old reality star, who has drastically transformed her look since hooking up with Kanye West, experienced one fashion faux pas after the next during the last 31 days, and RadarOnline.com has photos of her 10 worst and most unflattering looks.  More…

Gene Hackman, 82, ‘hits threatening homeless man across face’

Gene Hackman has reportedly hit a homeless man who apparently threatened the actor and his wife Betsy Arakawa on Tuesday. The 82-year-old allegedly slapped a man called Bruce Becker across the face, after he approached the couple outside a Santa Fe restaurant where they had been dining.  More…

Police: Woman jumps into creek to ‘save ducks’

A woman in York County was arrested after she jumped into the swift moving Codorus Creek so she could "save the wild ducks," according to police. Justina Laniewski, 41, whose blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit, went into the creek and her toddler started to follow her, Southern Regional Police said.  More…

Steve Jobs’ Yacht Revealed, Christened ‘Venus’

Steve Jobs‘ yacht was unveiled in a Dutch shipyard on Sunday, where the unusual boat designed by Jobs and famed minimalist designer Philippe Starck was christened “Venus,” after the Roman goddess of love, beauty, sex, fertility, prosperity and victory. The yacht appears to be as it was described in the Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson, which he described as “sleek and minimalist.”  More…

‘Democrat Of The Year’ Convicted Of Felony Theft

The woman named “Democrat of The Year” this year by the Jefferson County Democratic Party has been convicted of felony theft by a jury for stealing from a developmentally disabled 71-year-old woman. Nearly as bothersome as the theft itself is the fact the Jefferson County Democratic Party was made aware of the ongoing criminal investigation and honored 66-year-old felon Estelle Carson anyway.  More…

Mother and son arrested in bank robbery case – at bus stop

Police arrested a mother and son in connection with a bank robbery in University City Friday night. Officers found Carlos Lamonte Simpson, 21, and Pamela Simpson, 48, at a bus stop near the bank.  More…

South Carolina Department Of Revenue Website Hacked, 75 Percent Of State’s Taxpayers May Be Affected

The South Carolina Department of Revenue’s website was hacked by someone in a foreign country. A server that houses all tax payer information was breeched, with an estimated 3.6 million Social Security numbers and 387,000 debit card numbers exposed.  More…

Texas trooper in helicopter fires on vehicle; 2 killed

Two people died Thursday in the Rio Grande Valley after a trooper in a highway patrol helicopter opened fire on a vehicle fleeing law enforcement. A Texas DPS officer confirmed that two people traveling in the vehicle died, one was injured and transported to a hospital, and six others were captured.  More…

Keith Olbermann Still Having Trouble Finding a Job

Think Keith Olbermann has burned his last bridge in the television business? He doesn’t think so. Seven months after he got fired by Al Gore’s Current TV, the temperamental host is aggressively job-shopping, and he’s not being too picky about it.  More…

NYPD officer charged in bizarre kidnapping and cooking plot

An NYPD officer was charged in a bizarre plan to kidnap his girlfriend, and possibly up to 100 other women, and cook them. Officer Gilberto Valle is described as quiet by his neighbors, but investigator say he wanted to be a kidnapper and cannibal.  More…

Parents use Facebook to discipline daughter

Two parents in Wisconsin have come up with a creative retaliation to their daughter’s disrespectful behavior that she won’t soon forget. After their daughter ‘got fresh’ with them, the Midwestern couple confiscated the girl’s cell phone for a week – then twisted the knife by posting mortifying photos of themselves on her Facebook account.  More…