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Christmas light recycling is serious business in China

20 million pounds of unwanted Christmas lights end up in the hands of the Christmas tree light capital of the world, Shijao, China, each year.

 

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Their industry built on old lights follows the age-old saying "one man's trash is another man's treasure," seeing this large quantity of unwanted lighting melted down and separated into brass copper and plastic materials for carious implementations ranging from clothing to electronic goods.

 

This information was first published by Adam Minter in his book titles "Junkyard Planet," seeing him travel to this utopia of trash and research the process of churning 2200-pound bales of lights into re-usable raw materials. Thanks to China's cheap labor and goods exports, it's claimed that the ships transporting goods to the U.S. and other Western Nations often come back empty-handed, with no cargo on-board. This is where they can utilize their light-load for good, often carrying back waste paper to be churned into toilet paper or in this case - discarded Christmas lights for a new lease on life.

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Tesla Roadster 3.0 package announced with a claimed 400+ mile range

The latest Tesla model upgrade has been announced, with the Roaster 3.0 package boasting an impressive 400 mile range - seeing a 31 percent increase in battery capacity when compared to it's older brothers 52 kWh lithium-ion offering.

 

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This 70 kWh battery package takes up the same amount of room as the older model, providing "more potent" lithium-ion cells for use. This improved and extended battery also includes an improved aero body-kit, enabling this futuristic vehicle to travel along at a more efficient rate and reducing its drag coefficient from 0.36 to 0.31, meaning a 15 percent improvement has been made.

 

The last improvement following this massive 40 to 50 percent increase in driving range is a 20 percent decrease in rolling resistance, to further help drive in efficiency.

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Chinese Government announce settlement for Qualcomm anti-trust case

The Chinese Government has recently announced that they will be reaching a settlement on the anti-trust case against large-scale manufacturer Qualcomm as soon as this Friday.

 

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Chinese regulators announced previously that they suspected this company of abusing and overcharging its market in wireless communication standards. Due to this, the Government launched a probe of this US manufacturer 13 months ago, investigating their claims. The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) claims that this investigation is to be settled lawfully before the close of the current working week.

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North Korea threatens the White House with retaliation

If the US sanctions North Korea for an alleged hacking attack, they have been told by the North's National Defense Commission that a retaliation shall be expected on the White House and other high-profile US targets.

 

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US President Barrack Obama stated on Friday that "we will respond proportionately and we'll respond in a place and time and manner that we choose," once again mentioning that he believes North Korea is at fault for the large-scale Sony hacking controversy that has been happening over the last few weeks.

 

North Korea's NDC replied that they "are fully ready to stand in confrontation with the US in all war spaces including cyber warfare space to blow up those citadels," further commenting that "our toughest counteraction will be boldly taken against the White House, the Pentagon and the whole US mainland, the cesspool of terrorism, by far surpassing the 'symmetric counteraction' declared by Obama."

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Poiltitian claims Twitter hack after 'following' pornstar Belle Knox

Steve Bellone jumped quickly to his own defense after his Twitter account was seen 'following' pornstar Belle Knox - claiming the account was hacked. This County Executive claimed that Mrs. Knox made his shortlist of only 267 people 'followed' through a hijack of his professional account, not by his own means.

 

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Possibly worried about his election campaign Bellone, a father of three, is up for re-election in 2015 and has made clear that this news is solely due to a Twitter hijack of the controversial Knox - who has been seen in headlines recently due to being exposed thanks to a fellow Duke University student shedding some light some extra-curricular activities relating to her employment.

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Genetic code utilization for passwords is a real thing

"Your genetic code is the correspondence between the 20 types of amino acids and the 61 types of messenger RNA triplets (codons, representing DNA) that specify them," explains Gizmodo in a recently published article.

 

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If you're not sure what to set for your next password and your general spiel of letters, numbers and symbols aren't doing it for you - maybe it's time you tried genetic code. These codes are said to give you nearly infinite password outputs, helping ensure hackers steer clear from your precious Farmville and Candy Crush trophies.

 

These genetic condons spell the same amino acids to all organisms. "The RNAs of humans, hydras, hippos, hydrangeas,Haemophilus influenzae, and even viruses follow the same rules," explains Gizmodo, further mentioning that the reason human proteins are manufactured in bacterial cells is because everything follows the same rules.

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Australian Tax Office lists Bitcoin as liable for GST

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has just implemented a ruling that transactions completed in the digital crypto-currency Bitcoin are liable for the Goods and Services Tax (GST), however it's still not classified as 'real money'.

 

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This ruling reads "a transfer of Bitcoin from one entity to another is a 'supply' for GST purposes" with further research into the release commenting that anything involving Bitcoin "will be treated as a barter transaction," still rendering it as not 'real' money. This follows previous reports of this Australian organization claiming Bitcoin to be used for 'barter' only and not classified as a legitimate currency.

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North Korea manufacturing crystal meth on an industrial scale

Poor economy got you down? Well, you can always just cook up some crystal meth. Reality is stranger than fiction, and that trend continues with the news that North Korea is manufacturing crystal meth in industrial facilities. This isn't your garden variety crystal meth either, according to the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea. US officials have verified that the meth, which landed in the US cities of New York and Boston, tests at 96-98% purity. That's a benchmark even the characters on Breaking Bad would consider impressive.

 

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North Korea is no stranger to resorting to illegal activities to cover budgetary shortfalls. Kim Jong-un inherited this illicit lineage from his forefathers, who began dabbling in international crime in the 1970's. During the 1990's a famine engulfed the reclusive country, and over a million people died. During the famine North Korea turned their attention to growing opium, instead of the staples that might have saved innumerable lives. The rationale was that opium could generate far more money for the beleaguered regime, which at the time had just began a round of tough sanctions.

 

The transition to crystal meth began as the popularity of the drug increased in the international market in the 2000's . North Korean crystal meth has been found in China, Japan, and the US. The drugs are distributed through organized crime syndicates, but apparently North Korean officials have no issue with delivering the goods themselves. Several of their ambassadors have been expelled from host countries due to smuggling activities.

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The Australian government pushes for mandatory coding in schools

The Australian government have proposed curriculum changes to the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority - making computer coding and computational thinking a mandatory part of the countries Year 10 curriculum.

 

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This news is well received by the Australian Computer Society as this positive information comes to light after the ACS and StartupAus joined forces with either other industry bodies fighting against a the proposed recommendation to only allow a dedicated technology subject in Year 9 Australian Schools - now it looks like the children may be learning more and over a longer period of time.

 

As we've recently reported on President Obama writing his own little bit of code, it helps signify the global 'new-age' of technology that we're currently experiencing. This is where basic and intermediate computer skills are becoming a necessity in this day and age with many professional and unskilled 'real-world' jobs and workplaces requiring you to have some form of computer knowledge - this bill helps solidify the improvement in education working toward preparing the children for the workforce.

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Massive 25% saving on any book from Amazon - today only

Limited to a maximum of $10 savings, Amazon are offering 25% off any book sale for today only - this is a followup to their massive 30% off as seen during the popular Black Friday sales.

 

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This special offer online includes physical book copies - rendering Kindle and audiobook editions of your favorite titles out of the realm of discounts. Added to this, you can only use the discount code once per user account, meaning that if you make one order for a $5 saving and then go to choose another book - you're out of luck.

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