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Contact lens (1954)

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This film demonstrates a patient being fitted with contact lenses at Moorfields Eye Hospital. There is footage of a female patient in a consultation room with her records being updated and then undergoing eye test. Find out more: http://catalogue.wellcomelibrary.org/record=b2878218~S3

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What Things Cost in an American Country Store in 1836

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Bookseller and blogger John Ptak recently featured this page, from a pocket-sized arithmetic book published in Connecticut in 1836. The list gives sample prices for the stock that a clerk in a country store might buy in order to flesh out a typical inventory.

In setting up this hypothetical store, the author of Practical and Mental Arithmetic on a New Plan ... left us some insight into the kinds of goods an establishment like this might have offered in the fourth decade of the 19th century. The list also shows us how much money an entrepreneur going into business as a store owner might have been expected to front in order to stock up a new store. At a time when farm laborers in Indiana were paid $9 a month, with board, the cost of entry to this business seems rather steep.

Many varieties of food and drink in this imaginary store's stock would have come in barrels (abbreviated "bbl"): gin, vinegar, brandy, pork, and beef (probably salted). Rum and molasses were tallied in hogsheads ("hhd"), a standard measure of volume usually used for alcoholic beverages.

This hypothetical clerk also stocked cloth, hats, shoes, axes, kettles, textbooks, and knives—all the items a 19th-century country clientele might have relied upon such a store to provide, in a time before widespread availability of mail-order goods.



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I’m back, baby! My 3rd science flyby of #Jupiter is Dec 11. Closest approach = 2,580 miles above the cloud tops… https://t.co/bZvBbGNWOy

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I’m back, baby! My 3rd science flyby of #Jupiter is Dec 11. Closest approach = 2,580 miles above the cloud tops… https://t.co/bZvBbGNWOy


Posted by NASAJuno on Fri Dec 9 17:11:44 2016.


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Movie Pirate Sites Disappear From Google’s Search Results

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google-waterIn recent years various copyright holder groups have said that Google isn’t doing enough to limit piracy, demanding more stringent measures.

One of the suggestions often made is to remove “known” copyright-infringing sites from search results.

While Google has categorically rejected these requests, several prominent pirate sites have mysteriously vanished from Google’s index over the past several days.

This includes Fmovies.to, which is a popular streaming portal that allows users to stream the latest movies and TV-shows for free. A search for fmovies.to shows that the site’s URLs are no longer indexed.

A search for the keyword Fmovies now puts the unrelated site Fmovies.io at the top of the results.

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The same has happened to Fmovies’ competitor 123movies, whose oficial 123movies.is and 123movies.cz domains are no longer listed. The top result for 123movies now points to 123movies.net instead, which is operated by different people.

Adding to the trouble, the site’s official Facebook page was completely removed as well recently.

At the moment we have no information to indicate that the removals are copyright related. In fact, considering Google’s previous stance it seems unlikely that it would start removing pirates site from its indexes voluntarily.

However, it’s clear that something’s going on.

In addition to the two streaming sites, the popular YouTube MP3 conversion tool YouTube-MP3.org has also vanished from Google’s search results.

This site has previously been warned by Google for violating YouTube’s TOS. It is currently being sued by the major record labels, but hasn’t been found guilty by a court of law yet.

For several years, YouTube-MP3 has been the top result for many YouTube MP3 related searches but as of this week it’s no longer indexed by Google at all.

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We reached out to Google for a comment on our findings but we hadn’t received a response at the time of publication.

The most likely explanation is that Google found the sites guilty of some sort of violation and were removed as some kind of penalty. What type of violation that might be remains a mystery for now.

Alternatively, there may have been a court order we haven’t heard about, but there is no evidence in that direction.

While all affected sites are still indexed by other search engines such as Bing and DuckDuckGo, the removal is likely to hurt their traffic quite a bit, at least in the short term.

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Ikea Makes Sure They Have What You Need by Changing the Names of Their Products to the Most Common Google Searches

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Ein paar tausend Vermutungen

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Rund 4.500 Ermittlungsverfahren hat die Staatsanwaltschaft Leipzig eingeleitet, nachdem sie letztes Jahr einen mutmaßlichen Drogendealer hochgenommen hat. Der Beschuldigte soll diverse Betäbungsmittel im Internet angeboten und per Brief geliefert haben. Bezahlt wurde in fast allen Fällen mit Bitcoins.

Auch mein Mandant hat einen Anhörungsbogen bekommen, nachdem die Leipziger Staatsanwaltschaft das Verfahren an die Staatsanwaltschaft seines Wohnsitzes abgegeben hat. Der zuständige Staatsanwalt hat sich bestimmt überlegt, ob der Vorwurf für eine Hausdurchsuchung reicht. Und sich, aus guten Gründen wie ich finde, dagegen entschieden. Immerhin kann jeder in fremdem Namen was bestellen und anonym bezahlen.

In meiner Verteidigungsschrift habe ich das auf den konkreten Fall meines Mandanten wie folgt runtergebrochen:

Herr N. kennt den fraglichen Internetshop nicht. Mein Mandant hat im Internet noch nie Betäubungsmittel bestellt. Er hat auch im echten Leben noch keine Betäubungsmittel erworben.

Vermutlich hat jemand den Briefkasten meines Mandanten missbraucht, um sich Bestellungen liefern zu lassen.

Die Wohnung meines Mandanten liegt in Millionenstadt unweit des Polizeipräsidiums. Es handelt sich um eine sehr zentrale, außerordentlich belebte Gegend. Im Wohnhaus meines Mandanten leben 10 Parteien. Besonders ist hier, dass sich die Briefkastenanlage vor dem Haus befindet. Die Briefkästen sind also von außen frei zugänglich. Die Einwurfschlitze sind groß und praktisch nicht gesichert.

Selbst wenn eine Sendung in den Briefkasten komplett eingeworfen wurde, kann man sie von außen herausfingern. In dieser belebten Wohnstraße gibt es faktisch keine soziale Kontrolle. Es fällt also überhaupt nicht auf, wenn sich jemand an einem Briefkasten zu schaffen macht.

Mein Mandant ist ganztägig berufstätig. Er verlässt jeden Morgen das Haus und kehrt erst abends zurück. Dieser Rhythmus ist von einem Beobachter einfach festzustellen. Dieser Beobachter hat dann problemlos die Möglichkeit, sich am Briefkasten meines Mandanten zu bedienen, sobald am Vormittag die Post ausgeliefert wurde.

Ich beantrage, das Ermittlungsverfahren gegen meinen Mandanten mangels Tatverdachts nach § 170 Abs. 2 StPO einzustellen.

Genau das ist dann auch geschehen.

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