Dropbox Currently Experiencing Widespread Service Outage

Dropbox is undergoing a pretty widespread service outage, according to our own tests and multiple reports from around the world on Twitter. It’s been down for around 3o minutes as of this writing, and the outage appears to affect both Dropbox connected apps as well as the web-based Dropbox services on its own site. Users are greeted with the message above, and Dropbox has yet to comment on the outage via its public channels.

We’ve reached out to discover the nature and extent of the problem, and will update when we hear more from Dropbox.


via TechCrunch http://techcrunch.com/2013/05/30/dropbox-currently-experiencing-widespread-service-outage/


There's a difference between "passing the Senate" and "clearing a Republican filibuster", by @DavidOAtkins

There's a difference between "passing the Senate" and "clearing a Republican filibuster"

by David Atkins

Journalists need to stop saying that bills with at least 51 votes but not 60 votes "don't have the votes to pass the Senate." They do have the votes to pass the Senate. They just don't have the votes to pass a Republican filibuster. Case in point: Immigration reform and The Hill :

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) said Friday that the “Gang of Eight” immigration bill doesn’t have enough votes to pass the Senate.

The bill won approval from the Senate Judiciary Committee in a 13-5 vote, but Menendez said it lacks the 60 votes necessary to clear the Senate — despite the bill's four Republican co-sponsors.

That is simply inaccurate reporting. Accurate reporting would say that immigration reform "lacks the votes to overcome a Republican filibuster in the Senate." Accurate reporting would put the onus on the obstructionist party and on the arcane, anti-democratic rules that allow the obstructionist party to block every piece of legislation it wants to on a whim.

If a bill has 51 votes, it can pass the Senate. It's just that the obstructionist minority is using what should be a desperation tactic as a run-of-the-mill procedure to stop anything positive from getting done. And they're allowed to do it without even having to stand in the well and make speeches laying out their unpopular positions for all the world to see. Journalists covering D.C. shouldn't let the fact that the extreme has become the habitual stop them from reporting the truth.

It's 51 votes to pass. It's 60 votes to clear an obstructionist filibuster.


via Hullabaloo http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2013/05/theres-difference-between-passing.html

Residents Of Chicago Neighborhood Sue To Stop Weekly Plague Of Coupon Circulars

In an uprising reminiscent of backlash against those oft-despised doorstops otherwise known as the Yellow Pages, residents of one Chicago neighborhood are fighting for the right to not be bombarded on a weekly basis with coupon circulars. Despite opting out, the residents claim in a lawsuit that the coupon packages keep showing up, like some sort of plague of paper zombies.

About two dozen residents of the Logan Square neighborhood have filed a lawsuit against the distributors of the circulars, the Chicago Tribune and Valassis Communications, reports, fittingly, the Chicago Tribune . According to the lawsuit, residents keep trying to opt out of the coupon deliveries, but yet there they are, piling up on doorsteps week after week.

The plaintiffs want the coupon barrage to stop, and also are seeking $50,000 in punitive damages for each resident included in the lawsuit.

“Our neighborhood gets flooded with these damn papers every week,” said the Logan Square attorney representing the residents. “It’s ridiculous it had to come to this, but we need to get their attention to stop the distribution of this thing to people who don’t want it.”

The lawsuit claims that sometimes more circulars will show up in a week than there are even units in an apartment building. Extra scrap paper for anyone who has a paper shredder but not enough documents to feed it, perhaps?

In all seriousness, however, some residents feel that the plethora of paper blowing about makes it look like the properties are abandoned, or someone is out of town. One plaintiff claims he was burglarized while out of town and blamed that in part because of how many coupon mailers had piled up on his doorstep.

The Tribune issued a statement saying residents can simply opt ouf of receiving the mailers. Which doesn’t explain why the residents are claiming they’ve tried to opt out and can’t, but anyway:

“While we do not typically comment on lawsuits filed, we are aware of the pending litigation regarding the delivery of weekly ShopLocal packages to select Chicago properties,” Maggie Wartik, a Chicago Tribune spokeswoman, said in a statement Monday. “We understand the frustration felt by some who wish to opt out, and we are revisiting that process in order to improve the customer experience. If a resident wishes to stop delivery, please call 1-800-TRIBUNE or email triblocalvalues@tribune.com.”

Logan Square residents sue Tribune, partner over coupon circulars [Chicago Tribune]

via Consumerist http://consumerist.com/2013/05/21/residents-of-chicago-neighborhood-sue-to-stop-weekly-plague-of-coupon-circulars/

Exemptions in House concealed-carry bill

Following are among the exemptions included in the concealed-carry bill passed by the Illinois House on Friday:

— Any building, property or parking area under the control of a public or private elementary or secondary school.

— Any building, property or parking area under the control of a preschool or child care facility.

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via News-Gazette.com http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2013-05-25/exemptions-house-concealed-carry-bill.html

PACA may have an item you need

The sale of the library reference card file cabinets is complete. But PACA now has a large inventory of grade school furniture for sale, three kinds of bricks that in the past were used for cities' sidewalk beautification programs and the inventory of glass lamp shades just keeps growing.

The sale of the library reference card file cabinets is complete. The Preservation and Conservation Association of Champaign County contacted more than 300 people on its waiting list, and about 40 people who were at the end of the list will not get a call as the cabinets are sold out.

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via News-Gazette.com http://www.news-gazette.com/living/2013-05-25/paca-may-have-item-you-need.html

Graham Norton Show Will Smith treats Series (Original Video) 24th May 2013 by TeenagesLife


Store-Brand Sunscreens From Target, Walmart, Walgreens Outperform Higher-Priced Options In Test

If you think you get what you pay for when you buy sunscreen, you might be in for a surprise. Our less-sunburned cousins at Consumer Reports recently put a dozen sun-protection products to the test and the ones that came out on top were also among the least expensive.

The good news is that eight of the 12 tested products scored Very Good ratings when it came to protecting against UVA and UVB rays. Only one product — All Terrain AquaSport SPF 30 — scored a Fair rating in that category. This product also had the lowest overall score on the Consumer Reports list.

Three of the four top-scoring products in the test were store brands from large national chains. Target’s UP & UP Sport SPF 50 spray had the highest overall score, followed by Walmart’s Equate Ultra Protection Sunscreen SPF 50 lotion. At only $.47/oz., the Walmart lotion was also labeled a “Best Buy” by CR. The Target spray goes for about $1.16/oz.

Coppertone Water Babies 50 lotion was the only non-store brand to crack the top four, and at $1.38/oz. it’s not much more expensive than the others in its range of scores, like the Continuous Spray Sport SPF 50 from Walgreens which had the fourth-highest overall score and sells for around $1.33/oz.

Some of the higher-priced products in the survey, like Badger Unscented SPF 34 lotion ($5.52/oz.) and the aforementioned All Terrain AquaSport SPF 30 lotion ($4.33/oz.) di not do well on tests for protection against UVB rays, says Consumer Reports. The most expensive sunscreen in the test, California Baby SPF 30+ ($6.90/oz.) only received a “Good” rating on tests for protection against UVA rays and a “Poor” rating for staining fabrics.

Since CR could not possibly test every sunscreen there is, it recommends that when you go looking for protection this summer, you seek out a product that claims broad-spectrum protection, is water resistant, and has a stated SPF of at least 40.

For more on sunscreens, including how CR tested the products, go to ConsumerReports.org.

via Consumerist http://consumerist.com/2013/05/23/store-brand-sunscreens-from-target-walmart-walgreens-outperform-higher-priced-options-in-test/


Health board's action taken after apparently illegal closed meeting

WATSEKA — The Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department's administrator is not saying whether he plans to contest action taken this week by the board of health following an apparently illegal closed meeting.

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via News-Gazette.com http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2013-05-21/health-boards-action-taken-after-apparently-illegal-closed-meeting.html


Bicyclist injured in hit-and-run accident

URBANA — Urbana police are investigating a hit-and-run accident Friday afternoon in downtown Urbana.

According to police, a 14-year-old boy was riding his bicycle in the 200 block of North Vine Street, Urbana, when the back tire of his bike was clipped by a car that was leaving a parking lot at 3:58 p.m. Friday.

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via News-Gazette.com http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2013-05-17/bicyclist-injured-hit-and-run-accident.html

Voices: Thanks for trying to honor my culture ... but please stop

My name is Dean Dempsey and I was born for the Towering House Clan and the Bitterwater Clan.

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via News-Gazette.com http://www.news-gazette.com/opinion/guest-commentary/2013-05-19/voices-thanks-trying-honor-my-culture-please-stop.html


Compare the pension plans

* Reboot Illinois has a pretty good side-by-side comparison of House Speaker Michael Madigan’s pension reform bill and Senate President John Cullerton’s bill. Click the pick for a much larger image… Other than the silly boxing gloves, any thoughts?

via Capitol Fax.com - Your Illinois News Radar http://capitolfax.com/2013/05/16/compare-the-pension-plans/


Updated: Peoria tribe leader doesn't back Chief return

CHAMPAIGN — The head of the Peoria tribe says he doesn't support a proposal from former Chief Illiniwek portrayers to bring back the Chief in a limited way, because the idea lacks the University of Illinois' backing. "Without endorsement of the university, the tribe is not willing to participate," said John Froman, chief of the Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma on Tuesday morning.

CHAMPAIGN — The head of the Peoria tribe says he doesn't support a proposal from former Chief Illiniwek portrayers to bring back the Chief in a limited way, because the idea lacks the University of Illinois' backing.

"Without endorsement of the university, the tribe is not willing to participate," said John Froman, chief of the Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma on Tuesday morning.

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via News-Gazette.com http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2013-05-07/updated-peoria-tribe-leader-doesnt-back-chief-return.html

Chicago asked to settle police beating lawsuit

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago aldermen have recommended paying $325,000 to a hemophiliac who was falsely charged with drunken driving and beaten by a Chicago police officer while handcuffed.

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via News-Gazette.com http://www.news-gazette.com/news/state/2013-05-07/chicago-asked-settle-police-beating-lawsuit.html


Art sought for C-U buses

CHAMPAIGN — The 40 North 88 West Champaign County Arts Council invites local artists to submit works to be considered for display on Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District buses.

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via News-Gazette.com http://www.news-gazette.com/arts-entertainment/local/2013-05-06/art-sought-c-u-buses.html