Day: September 3, 2020

Kitchen ceiling collapses as two large pythons fight over mate in Australia

Canberra: An Australian returned home and was surprised to discover that his kitchen ceiling had collapsed under the weight of two large pythons apparently fighting over a mate.

David Tait entered his home in Laceys Creek in Queensland state on Monday and found a large chunk of his ceiling lying on his kitchen table.


“I knew we hadn’t had rain, so I looked around to find what had caused it,” Tait told Nine Network television on Tuesday.

He soon found two culprits non-venomous carpet pythons 2.8 meters (9 foot, 2 inches) and 2.5 meters (8 foot, 2 inches) long that had slithered into a bedroom and living room. The snakes have an estimated combined weight of 45 kilograms (100 pounds).

Steven Brown handles 2 python snakes at a home in Laceys Creek, Australia, Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. The homeowner, David Tait, returned home and was surprised to discover that

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Obsolescence by design, defect, or corporate decree

Ever since I started intentionally writing about “obsolescence by design” way back in 2011, it’s been a regularly-revisited theme in my writeups. The reason why has a lot to do with my predominant editorial beat, consumer electronics. After all, as I’ve seemingly mentioned innumerable times since launching this blog in 2005, consumer-electronics manufacturers as a rule make scant (if any) profit on each unit sold, especially after subtracting the “percentage” taken by retailer intermediaries. Revenue tangibly accrues only as a function of unit volume, not from per-unit profit margin.

Initial-sale revenue is sometimes supplemented by after-sale firmware-unlocked feature set updates, services, and other add-ons. But more often than not, a manufacturer’s path to ongoing fiscal stability involves straightforwardly selling you a brand new replacement/upgrade unit down the road; cue obsolescence by design for the unit currently in your possession. However catchy that phrase may be, however, I realized in sitting

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Home Bargains has started selling Christmas decorations early and shoppers are going mad for them

CHRISTMAS might be a few months off, but it’s never too early to get a head start on your festive decorations, right? Especially after the year we’ve had.

Home Bargains already has a wide range of decorations available in store, and shoppers are going wild, desperate to snap some up.

The shopper filmed the endless selection of festive items already available in store


The shopper filmed the endless selection of festive items already available in storeCredit: Facebook/Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK group
There's already a huge range of Christmas crackers and other decorations


There’s already a huge range of Christmas crackers and other decorationsCredit: Facebook/Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK group

During a recent shopping trip, an eagle-eyed shopper filmed the range of festive items already available – although they weren’t exactly hard to miss.

We’re not talking a couple of shelves filled with table dressings and Christmas baubles, but rows upon rows of glittery goodness – and it’s SO magical.

She shared the video in the Extreme Couponing and Bargains

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Libyan interior minister suspended after gunmen fire on protesters

Libya’s UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) on Friday said the interior minister had been suspended after militia gunmen fired on peaceful protesters last week.

“Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha has been temporarily suspended” and will face an inquiry “on his statements about the protests and incidents in Tripoli and other cities”, the GNA said.

He will be questioned on the authorisations and permits granted to the demonstrators, the security arrangements in place and the “violations committed”, it said.

Demonstrations began on Sunday in Tripoli, the seat of the GNA, against poor public services and living conditions, and gunmen fired on the crowd. Similar shootings occurred on Monday and Wednesday.

Gunmen on Wednesday attacked a peaceful demonstration by “firing live ammunition indiscriminately,” Mr Bashagha had said.

The gunmen also kidnapped demonstrators, “sowing panic among the population and threatening security and public order”, he said, promising to “protect unarmed civilians from the

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Deals We Love: Exterior Security

As temperatures cool and the sun sticks around for less and less time, people are going to need additional lighting in their outdoor spaces. This week on Deals We Love we’re highlighting two great pieces of technology designed to provide unparalleled illumination to those darkened corners of any homeowner’s yard. Whether it’s needed for security, family entertainment or simply to pick up where the street lights leave off, you won’t be disappointed with either of these options.


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Ring Floodlight and Motion-Activated Security Cam

The folks from Ring have upped their game again with this combo floodlight/security camera/speaker/alarm. It’s a backyard security workhorse that allows users to see, hear and speak to visitors from their phones, tablets or PCs. Homeowners can toggle between infrared night vision or Live View as they enjoy the 1080HD video that Ring has made customary on all its devices.

The unit also includes

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