The water filter inside a household refrigerator is a simple device: a plastic tube packed with activated carbon. Nonetheless, replacement filters for certain GE refrigerators cost a stiff $55. And they need to be replaced every six months. So it’s no surprise that many GE fridge owners seek cheaper generic filters. These fit just fine. But when the owner presses the button to dispense water or ice, nothing comes out.
The culprit is a bit of engineering almost as in-genious as it is infuriating. It seems that official GE replacement filters include a small RFID chip whose only purpose is to tell the refrigerator that an up-to-date GE-brand filter has been installed. If a customer installs a generic filter, the water system shuts off. As tech writer Jack Bush puts it, the fridge echoes the computer in 2001: “’I’m sorry, Dave, I’m afraid I can’t dispense any water for you right now.’”
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department will seek to reinstate a death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the man who was convicted of carrying out the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, Attorney General William Barr said Thursday.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Barr said the Justice Department would appeal the court’s ruling last month that tossed Tsarnaev’s death sentence and ordered a trial to determine whether he should be executed for the attack that killed three people and wounded more than 260 others. Barr said the Justice Department would take the matter to the U.S. Supreme Court.
In years to come, this summer will be remembered either as the summer we barely escaped revolution or as the summer Western civilization died.
On 25 May 2020, a black American, George Floyd, died beneath the knee of a white Minneapolis police officer. Cell phone video taken by passersby recorded what seemed to be a revolting crime, the casual application of wanton cruelty to a helpless human being unto death. The natural and proper — the just — reaction to blatant injustice is anger. And rage immediately swept through the cities of the United States, and even crossed over to Europe and Australia. Many compared this near-revolutionary social unrest to the events of May 1968 in France.
Amidst this whirlwind, it has often felt as though history was accelerating. Therefore, it is important to slow things down and distinguish the various elements in what has been unfolding.
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U.S.—Asteroid 2018 VP1 is making a splash in the polls, having immediately eclipsed both incumbent President Donald Trump and challenger Joe Biden.
While some campaigns get off to a rocky start, the asteroid is seeing a meteoric rise in the polls. Trump and Biden have struggled with their plans to end coronavirus and restart the economy, but the asteroid says it can end all racism, economic problems, and all of our struggles forever.
“I’ll take the asteroid,” said one man in Delaware. “I was leaning Biden, but he kept saying dumb and racist things. The asteroid has never done anything like that. No gaffes of any kind.”
“I’m a Trump man, through and through,” said an Iowa farmer. “But I think this election, I’m going to switch over to Asteroid 2018 VP1. Don’t get me wrong, I like Trump, but he’s no asteroid.”
“Come, sweet death.”
Some have criticized the asteroid, saying it is much too small to make any difference. But many say the asteroid could have a big impact, even if it just squishes Washington, D.C. and leaves the rest of us alone.