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Colorado Legalizes Rainwater Collecting & Rain Barrels | Off Grid World

Colorado Legalizes Rainwater Collecting & Rain Barrels | Off Grid World | RELEASE THE RELIEF! | Scoop.it

We’ve all seen states crack down on people collecting rainwater, which really makes no sense to people who support conservation. Well, apparently Colorado has changed their minds and made it legal to collect rainwater now. This is great news considering the grief that has plagued residents before when it was illegal to collect rainwater.


Yes, that’s right… it used to be a crime to collect rainwater in Colorado. Not anymore though. This is a good thing and a step forward in the right direction for both the state and residents. Rain water can be used for gardening, hydroponics, aquaponics, and when filtered and processed can be a source of potable drinking water.


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UK energy from coal hits zero for first time in over 100 years | The Guardian

UK energy from coal hits zero for first time in over 100 years | The Guardian | RELEASE THE RELIEF! | Scoop.it

The amount of electricity generated from coal in the UK has fallen to zero several times in the past week, grid data shows.

In what green energy supporters have described as a “historic turning point” for the UK’s power system, coal-fired electricity first fell to zero late on Monday night and for the early hours of Tuesday morning, according to data from BM Reports.

On Thursday, there was no electricity from coal for more than 12 and a half hours, more than half the day, with it making no contribution to the UK’s power supplies late at night when demand was low and for a period in the day, the data shows.

It is thought to be the first time the UK has been without electricity from coal since the world’s first centralised public coal-fired generator opened at Holborn Viaduct in London, in 1882, according to the Carbon Brief website which reports on climate science and energy policy.


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FBI could force us to turn on iPhone cameras and microphones, says Apple | Samuel Gibbs | The Guardian

FBI could force us to turn on iPhone cameras and microphones, says Apple | Samuel Gibbs | The Guardian | RELEASE THE RELIEF! | Scoop.it

If the FBI wins in its case against Apple to help it unlock the San Bernardino killer’s iPhone 5C, it won’t be long before the government forces Apple to turn on users’ iPhone cameras and microphones to spy on them, according to the company’s head of services Eddy Cue.

The FBI has demanded that Apple creates custom software that bypasses certain security features of the company’s iOS to allow law enforcement to brute force the passcode of the gunman’s iPhone 5C.

But according to Apple, making the modifications necessary in this case would set a dangerous precedent in offering backdoors into users’ smartphones.

Cue said to Univision: “Someday they will want [Apple] to turn on [a user’s] camera or microphone. We can’t do that now, but what if we’re forced to do that?

“Where will this stop? In a divorce case? In an immigration case? In a tax case? Some day, someone will be able to turn on a phone’s microphone. That should not happen in this country.”


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Why Women (and Men Who Think Like Them) Will Rule the Future of Work

Why Women (and Men Who Think Like Them) Will Rule the Future of Work | RELEASE THE RELIEF! | Scoop.it

The way we lead our organizations is changing. We need less command-and-control and more collaboration, community and connection. The shift away from traditional masculine values of leading, like aggression, commanding are giving way to feminine values. And this shift is creating innovative and more relevant businesses.


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Feminine values that has emerged as crucial to leadership success in the 21st century: empathetic, family oriented, humble, articulate, nimble, flexible, and intuitive. 


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Feminine values that has emerged as crucial to leadership success in the 21st century: empathetic, family oriented, humble, articulate, nimble, flexible, and intuitive. 


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horch & kuck

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horch & kuck, by vera bunse: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.
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Keine Vorfahrt für Konzerne im Internet

Keine Vorfahrt für Konzerne im Internet | RELEASE THE RELIEF! | Scoop.it
Die EU-Kommission will Großunternehmen im Netz ein Meinungsmonopol garantieren. Jetzt für Netzneutralität unterzeichnen!
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Vaquita population drops to brink of extinction

Vaquita population drops to brink of extinction | RELEASE THE RELIEF! | Scoop.it
New survey results show as few as 60 remaining vaquita porpoises in the Gulf of California
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The population of vaquita porpoises in the Gulf of California may be down to just 60 individuals, according to conservation advocates, who released the results of recent surveys in a press release last week.
The vaquita is the world’s smallest and most endangered porpoise and could be extinct in less than a decade without stringent conservation measures, especially a complete and well-enforced ban on gill nets in the northern Gulf of California. The new vaquita population estimate is based on observer data and acoustic monitoring conducted during a joint Mexico-U.S. vaquita research cruise last fall.
Despite a two-year ban on gill nets enacted last year, Mexico-based fishermen continue to cast their nets to try and catch another endangered species — totoaba, which are illegally exported to Asia to make soup perceived to have medicinal properties. Demand for the bladders spiked around 2011, and a single bladder can reportedly sell for between $2,500 and $10,000.

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Beyond Flint: Excessive Lead Levels Found in Almost 2,000 Water Systems Across All 50 States

Beyond Flint: Excessive Lead Levels Found in Almost 2,000 Water Systems Across All 50 States | RELEASE THE RELIEF! | Scoop.it
While a harsh national spotlight focuses on the drinking water crisis in Flint, Mich., a USA TODAY NETWORK investigation has identified almost 2,000 additional water systems spanning all 50 states where testing has shown excessive levels of lead contamination over the past four years.
 
The water systems, which reported lead levels exceeding Environmental Protection Agency standards, collectively supply water to 6 million people. About 350 of those systems provide drinking water to schools or day cares. The USA TODAY NETWORK investigation also found at least 180 of the water systems failed to notify consumers about the high lead levels as federal rules require.
 

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Scientists Create a 5-atom Quantum Computer That Could Make Today's Encryption Obsolete | Futurism.com

Scientists Create a 5-atom Quantum Computer That Could Make Today's Encryption Obsolete | Futurism.com | RELEASE THE RELIEF! | Scoop.it

Researchers from MIT say that they have developed the world’s first five-atom quantum computer, and they assert that it is capable of cracking today’s traditional encryption methods—today’s most notable encryption methods.

To break this down a bit, in computing, numbers are traditionally binary (represented by 0 and 1). However, in quantum computing, these units are known as “qubits,” which are in a state of superposition, being simultaneously 0 and 1. This opens a number of doors in relation to computing and encryption.

This is just a very basic overview, the video delves into the workings and purposes a bit deeper.


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THE DAILY STUphEFACTION.

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THE DAILY STUphEFACTION., by Paul Hallaert: Appeal for Honesty, Consideration, & Respect.
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Controversial figure behind push for Australia's first bitcoin ATM

Controversial figure behind push for Australia's first bitcoin ATM | RELEASE THE RELIEF! | Scoop.it
The race to launch Australia's first bitcoin ATM is entering its final stages, with a controversial figurehead behind one of the importers.

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The race to launch Australia's first bitcoin ATM is entering its final stages, with a controversial figurehead behind one of the importers.

A bitcoin ATM can convert the electronic, or virtual, bitcoin currency into real cash. The first one in the world was installed in Vancouver, Canada, in October.



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