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Washington Post: Hundreds allege sex harassment, discrimination at Kay and Jared jewelry company. Declarations from roughly 250 women and men who worked at Sterling, filed as part of a private class-action arbitration case, allege that female employees at the company throughout the late 1990s and 2000s were routinely groped, demeaned and urged to sexually cater to their bosses to stay employed. Sterling disputes the allegations. The arbitration, first filed in 2008 and still unresolved, now includes 69,000 women. Not all of the 69,000 class members are alleging sexual impropriety. Many are accusing Sterling of wage violations, arguing women were systematically paid less than men and passed over for promotions given to less experienced male colleagues. ... The case could deeply tarnish a business that sells billions of dollars worth of jewelry a year through romance-centered marketing campaigns such as "Every Kiss Begins with Kay." ... Like other arbitrations, the case is conducted in private and is legally binding. While arbitrator decisions are appealable, there are very limited grounds on which decisions can be overturned.

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is a very friendly machine/animal. but he doesn't like if somebody is unfriendly for animals. Beware of my ROAR! The making of Robot Cat x Gandam Cat x Mecha Cat. (slyt) Simple, right?

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Our house has cove lighting in most areas. The previous owner ran really warm incandescent rope lights through the coves, but they're starting to burn out in spots. I've been searching everywhere but I can't find a good replacement that matches what we have now. Help!This is what we have now. It's a very warm light - much warmer than it seems. In the lower half of that picture, you can see the rope light, and how it's burned out in several places. They need to be replaced. I've been trying to find something to match the warmth, but have been striking out so far. Some of the coves are up to 30 feet/10 meters long, and a few of the possible options I've seen online have length limitations, so we may up having to do something weird to get it to work. So far I've tried two LED rope lights, one in 3000K and one in 2700K, and both were way too warm. The coves ended up looking flat, and the depth was lost. In both cases, the LEDs did not provide a solid light against the wall, but we got flecks of brightness, which didn't look good. The lights up there now have to be way warmer - I'd guess somewhere between 1900K and 2400K. Diode LED is pretty much the only company I've found that makes something that might work. The Fluid View comes in 2000K or 2400K, so either of those might be okay. That stuff is pretty expensive though, and it requires a hardwire into the wall, so I'd have to get an electrician here (the current setup is plain 120V plugs) before I could even see what it looks like. (There's another company called American Lighting that has a 2100K rope light listed on their site and several others, but when I tried to order some, I was told that it's been discontinued by the manufacturer, so that's a nonstarter. The rope lights also tend to be fairly dim, and I wish that it was a little brighter.) So here I am, querying the hive mind for advice. Is there some other solution that I haven't come up with? I feel like I've scoured the internet for anything but have come up with nothing that feels right. Any ideas?

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Please indundate me with classic, feel-good, hands-in-the-air, early-mid-90s, underground deep house music, with pianos and organs and (optional) gospel hollering and shit! (Newer tunes are fine too, but I'm definitely after the classic sound. And I don't think much of it gets made these days.)I used to love that stuff, but I've drifted away from it – and I feel like I need that kind of unabashed positivity in my life now more than ever. Below are examples of the kind of stuff I'm after. (These aren't necessarily the greatest tracks; they're just meant to illustrate the style I'm talking about.) I'm fine with vocals, but I don't like it too poppy. So, like, no Crystal Waters or Black Box or stuff like that, please. I am after those joyful piano chords, soulful organ basslines, and general vibe of love and inclusiveness and celebration. The Foundation feat. Jay Williams – Rejoice (Uplifting Mix) Nightcrawlers – Push the Feeling On (The Dub of Doom) (or anything with that chopped-up vocal-dub style) House of Blue – Soulstice Soul Solution – Love, Peace & Happiness (Reel Club Mix) Hardrive – Deep Inside Peven Everett – Stuck (Phil Asher's Soul Heaven Version) Total Eclips – Come Together (Kord Mix) Romanthony – Trust (Kerri Chandler Dub) Charles Dockins Presents James Howard – We Can Do It (Wake Up) (Original Club Mix) Basically anything featuring the piano and organ sounds of the Korg M1, which graced many an early-90s house track

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Do you have a convection oven? Which foods do you find cook better in convection? Which foods are a bad match for convection cooking?

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Fellow Project Managers out there, how are you creating, managing and sharing timelines internally and with customers/clients? I've joined an organization recently that uses basic excel spreadsheets with tasks tied to dates, which is okay but I feel like we can do more. I have previously used Microsoft Project to make large complicated gantt charts with tons of detail, but what are you guys doing these days?We use trello, and I've tried their add-on elegantt and not really been blown away. I've also spent about an hour playing around with smartsheet trying to put together a cohesive timeline but it just seems clunky and doesn't look very modern when it's all said and done. Is there a solution out there that anybody really loves? My gut at this point has us using an excel based tasks tied to dates approach and then load those tasks into trello for tracking, but I would like to be able to share something with the client that isn't just a stripped down version of our internal excel document.

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How do I make the transition to remote work? How do I explain it to potential employers?I work a white-collar 9-5 job in technology. I'm tired of sharing bathrooms, audible chewing, and the inevitable colds people get from their kids and share in the office. I also have a mild but chronic health condition that doesn't affect my work, but makes office work uncomfortable. I've always been a homebody and have a well-situated home office. I'm comfortable communicating with my colleagues via text. I have no experience in an exclusively remote work situation, but I strongly suspect it's the direction I want to go. I don't know how to explain all this to an employer without sounding like a Bitter Betty. Please help me spin my rationale for transitioning to remote work into something more professional. Also, I'm interested in general musings on transitioning to remote work. I've interviewed for remote jobs before, and this question predictably comes up. Anecdotally, and probably illegally: one potential employer segued from a long explanation of their maternity benefits into asking me (!) if I planned to use them. I gave a vague and disdainful answer and didn't get the job. For the record, I'm definitely not having children, which is another fun fact I don't think I can ever mention tactfully.

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I've had a rug in my living room for about a year and, despite never spilling any of the usual suspects on it (red wine, chocolate, etc.) the white sections look dirty and dull, even after I scrub them. I'm getting a new rug this week -- how can I make sure that it looks nice a year from now?Here's my specifics -- -- no pets, but friends bring dogs over occasionally -- no shoes in the house -- hardwood floors elsewhere in my house My new rug says it's "stain-resistant" and "anti-microbial" and doesn't have the bright-white sections that my old rug did, but it's still pretty light colored. Beyond regular vacuuming, and scrubbing the hardwood floors in the rest of my house more regularly, what can I do to keep my rug looking bright and beautiful for a long time, without putting plastic over the top? Is hiring a professional carpet cleaner something people do for just a single area rug? If so, how often and how much will this cost me in the SF Bay area?

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I'm starting a new job with a funded startup as the sole designer of a new iOS app. What approach should I take now (tools, strategies) to make this product a success later?Some notes: I've designed apps and websites for years, but it's been client work with well established branding and best practices already in place. The job I'm starting in a week as employee #1 has no existing product or branding yet—all that will be my responsibility. This will be a highly functional app that could compete with services like Dropbox. It will take some time to get it right. My (admittedly mediocre) approach in the past has been to dive right into polished mockups after meeting with a client, but this is different. I want to do it the right way. I think it will be weeks before I actually design anything. I want to get the order of operations right. In the meantime—what are the best ways to prepare and set myself up for success? I know I want to create a document with personas for 2-3 particular use-cases. I want to create a roadmap for the MVP design and set expectations. I want to look at competing apps and take screenshots and create moodboards. Then eventually some wireframes and user flows, which aren't things I've often done (sadly). What other non-mockup approaches I should take to really research and define this product before getting started with designs? Any other tools or templates that have been helpful to you for making this a smooth process and mapping things out clearly for the founders and investors?

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Noe Montes' parents were migrant farm workers. He was, too, as a kid. Now he's a photographer, and he went to the Coachella Valley, east of LA, to meet the kind of folks he grew up knowing. He found himself astonished at the heroes he met - folks who held the poor, immigrant community together through sheer force of will. Organizers, grandmothers, kids who decided to stay. His photographs and profiles, like Montes, exude a quiet dignity. Beyonce it ain't, but it is a remarkable American story.

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I have a 15" Macbook running OSX Sierra v10.12.1. After updating to Sierra, I've been having intermittent (but frequent) issues with the dock temporarily freezing and command+tab not switching applications. Details within.What happens is that I can't open any applications or folders from the dock for 60-90 seconds. The dock is completely unresponsive. It sometimes freezes mid-animation. During this time, I cannot minimize windows, and I'm unable to switch applications using command+tab. I can switch applications if, say, I'm able to click on the edge of an open browser window or Word document, but all other methods of switching to a window that is not literally visible are out until the thing unfreezes. It seems to be triggered by specific events, but I can't quite figure out what they all are. Printing is a definite trigger. Also, downloading documents in a web browser and opening them in their native application. Other things, too, because although it seems random, I know it isn't. It's a serious inconvenience, I'm tired of it, and Googling hasn't led me to a solution. Help? (One thing I've tried that has NOT worked is forcing Finder to quit and reopening it.)

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In the market for a used hatchback car, any year from ~2003 up until now. Where are the sweet spots of reliability & low price?I really like the layout of hatchback cars (where you can use the full extent of the backseat & trunk, rather than a separate trunk). However, I am definitely a budget shopper and want to get the best value I can. What makes & models consistently score high marks for safety, gas mileage, cost, and looks? My priorities for my new car are: - automatic transmission is a must - good gas mileage - reliable and sound mechanics - not-too-cramped interior - easy to drive and park - good in the snow and ice I don't have kids so no need for backseat features or safety locks or anything. I live in Pittsburgh and this car is going to be used 95% of the time for short trips of 5 miles or less. Happy to hear your own personal recommendations of cars you've loved over the years or more structured, official lists.

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Timeless Vie is a parody-MLM turned blog aimed at exposing the issue within the MLM industry, and particularly in how it targets women. Starting out as a thread on Mumsnet, it aims to debunk claims and share stories.

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A few hours after applying makeup, my lower eyelid started itching and swelled up slightly, taking approximately two days to go back to normal. I'm suspecting a stye and wondering how to sanitize my make up effectively- will 95% non denatured ethyl alcohol/ethanol work? It is difficult to come by pure isopropyl alcohol where I am now.Last Wednesday I went by my make up routine as usual- using no new products I could be allergic to; by mid afternoon, I realized my left lower eyelid was itching and looked in the mirror to find it slight swelled. It itched very sporadically the following day and by Friday night my eyelid was back to normal. Because of how shortlived it was, I'm not persuaded this was necessarily a stye {they usually last longer on me}, but, knowing myself, I want to err on the side of caution and sanitize my make up or I know I'll be unable to bring myself to use it again. I'm prepared to throw away my mascara, but I'd like to salvage my powder eyeshadows, cream concealer in a pot, eyeliner brush, pencils and sponge tip applicator of my liquid concealer {I know the liquid inside can't be safe anymore, but I like that particular applicator and would use it with a brand new product}. I'm assuming eyebrow stuff is safe here; needless to say, brushes would all get throughly washed with mild detergent as well. Most make up blogs suggest using 'rubbing alcohol' which should be isopropyl alcohol, but I have no easy access to it where I live- I have 95% ethyl alcohol/ethanol {the pure/non denatured one} readily available though. I read contrasting opinions all over the internet- some stating that alcohol in general does not kill bacteria all that well, some saying isopropyl only does, some saying that denatured isopropyl is bad for the skin and not to use it on anything you'd put near your face/eyes, some stating even ethanol is effective against bacteria but needs to be at 70% {not more or less} in order for it to work. In short: who would win the fight, 95% ethyl alcohol or staphylococcus aureus? Is there ANY way I can avoid spending about 100 dollars worth of make up replacing the perfectly good one I already have while still being safe? Thank you. {{Links to articles and research is appreciated too, if you happen to have any}}

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Data from connected CloudPets teddy bears leaked and ransomed, exposing kids' voice messages [Parents] don't necessarily realise that every one of those recordings – those intimate, heartfelt, extremely personal recordings – between a parent and their child is stored as an audio file on the web. They certainly wouldn't realise that in CloudPets' case, that data was stored in a MongoDB that was in a publicly facing network segment without any authentication required and had been indexed by Shodan (a popular search engine for finding connected things). Unfortunately, things only went downhill from there.

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Or something close to it. Specifically, the version pictured here, used in the title of the book: clickbait. Bonus if it's a font available on Google Docs. Thank you in advance.

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SpaceX have announced the first space tourism mission to the Moon, launching next year. The two private citizens will be flying in the new Dragon 2 spacecraft and launched by the Falcon Heavy, which will undergo testing this summer. With the launch of a Falcon Heavy priced at $90 million, the mission as a whole will likely cost in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

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Used to a laptop, i'm on my first smartphone, a Windows-running antique. Is the internet always this bad on smart phones, or is it worth buying a better one? Or is Kindle as good?Used to a laptop (Ubuntu and Windows) with multiple browsers & thunderbird, i'm on my first smartphone, a Windows-running antique. Oh it is foul. Everything stops loading immediately as soon as you select another app/task. Opera Mini was working fine but now isn't, so i go to the 'store' to get other browsers but you while you can see their star rating you can't read the reviews by clicking on this, unlike on the normal internet. (Example of typical limited webpages via apps.) Is the internet always this bad on smart phones, or is it worth buying a better one? One of my main needs is rural bus timetables, only available as pdfs online, yet i had to google extensively to find a complex method that actually worked just to get a pdf to store on my phone, no simply clicking and downloading on a smartphone like on a computer. Finding documents means opening browser, going to 'downloads', selecting solely by scrolling through history. Are other mobile phones like laptops, you can just install whatever programes you want, use Thunderbird, download pdfs and find them using a file directory like 'downloads' in windows explorer, use whatever browser you like keeping all tabs open etc? I tried downloading stuff like imitation Kommander type 2-screen file explorer, but these apps don't work, most don't. Maybe it's just Windows has hardly any? Is it a problem caused by having 'apps' for everything, but there is a phone option that resembles a laptop? Is it just as good to buy an expensive ereader / Kindle and use that for the internet? Sorry for long dumb question, thanks.

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I recently bought some table legs and now need a table top. This will be a kitchen/dining table. The size requirements are flexible. Ideally it would be pretty close to 1 1/2" thick, and 36x48ish. Basically, I want a 3' by 4' by 1.5" piece of wood, ideally finished, that I can clamp the legs onto. And it is proving very difficult to find anything like this that doesn't fail some criterion. Where should I look, and what can I reasonably expect to pay? Happy to buy online or locally (Chicago). I'd love something with a kind of light, gold look--like the color of maple/pine/etc.

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Do you know of any UPOE splitter devices that are thin and doesn't get too hot? What kind of tradespeople / engineers would know about this niche topic?Best I've found is (WS-UPOE-12VPSPL=) UPoE 12V Passthrough Splitter from Cisco with dimensions: (L x W x H) •4.2 x 3.0 x 1.0 (106.7 x 76.2 x 25.4 mm) (without tabs) •5.0 x 3.0 x 1.0 (127 x 76.2 x 25.4 mm) (with tabs) However they stopped making it, with no planned replacement: http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/collateral/switches/catalyst-4500-series-switches/eos-eol-notice-c51-737203.html Open to other branded models if the hive can make some suggestions?

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I'm looking around for tattoo ideas and ran across this bison. I love the style of the design but have no idea what it's called.Unfortunately, I'm not looking to get a bison tattoo (I totally would because this is a magnificent bison). I'm trying to search for more examples (I'm getting a wolf) but coming up empty. I tried "totem," but that doesn't seem to be quite right. Any ideas? It seems to have an Indian influence, I've seen some henna art similar too. This bison is pretty stunning. (Additionally, there is a bison constellation going on in there, which I will be substituting with my wolfie.) Thanks!

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Middle-earth: Shadow of War [Trailer] [YouTube] A new ring is forged in this sequel to Shadow of Mordor. • Shadow of Mordor Sequel Shadow of War Leaked [PC Gamer] "A sequel to Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor has been leaked by US retail chain Target, via an online booboo that, at the time of writing, hasn't yet been fixed. Titled Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, the sequel will see Talion and his ghost buddy Celebrimbor teaming up once again to have another crack at Mordor. According to the Target description, you'll "go behind enemy lines to forge your army, conquer Fortresses and dominate Mordor from within". And in case there was any doubt, the Nemesis system will return, creating "unique personal stories with every enemy and follower"." • Here's the First Middle Earth: Shadow of War Trailer and 5 Things You Should Know [Games Radar+] 1. Shadow of War is focused on a new Ring of Power forged by Talion/Celebrimbor, the ranger possessed by a wraith. 2. Sauron is in Shadow of War. 3. The Nemesis system is back but this time will encompass "the entire world," with mention of characters and now environments being affected in Shadow of War. 4. The new Nemesis system also adds Nemesis Fortresses. These will apparently allow players to "utilize different strategies to conquer dynamic strongholds." 5. Shadow Of War will visit more film locations.

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Outfitting our new kitchen - should we get a steam oven instead of a countertop microwave?We just moved and are almost done fitting out our new kitchen. We have a nice new oven, a decent toaster oven, and a plastic plug-in steamer we use mostly for making rice and hard-boiling eggs. All we need is a microwave to fit in the currently empty 17x12x24 space in our kitchen island...or do we? People rave about steam ovens. They seem to do certain things better, like roasting meats and baking bread - you know, actually cooking. But we used our microwave mostly for reheating leftovers and hot drinks, heating up soups, sometimes (carefully) defrosting frozen things. So we're wondering which makes more sense, given a limited budget and what we already have. Steam ovens seem to be more flexible (metal/plastic is ok!) but take longer and cost more. For quick-and-dirty reheating/defrosting, is a microwave fine? Or would we be missing out on a useful new appliance?

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I have a small child in my life (between 4 and 5 years old) who is struggling to keep up with his peers.He's smart but struggles with self control issues, such as being unable to sit still for any length of time. He is generally unable to remain focused on a given task (preschool classwork, staying seated while eating dinner, getting dressed on his own, and putting away toys without stopping to play with them again are all good examples). He is also more volatile than his peers, tending to break down into tears for very slight cause. At preschool, he tends to gravitate toward and play with younger rather older or same-age children. When he does play with children who are his age, they call all the shots (he doesn't interact with them as a peer). He may also have a small amount of sensory issues -- an intense disliking of certain textures on his hands, for example, and covering his ears if he encounters a sound he doesn't like. These sensory issues are very mild, at least in the sense that were they to exist in isolation, they would not be causing any difficulty in his life. To be absolutely clear, the instances above are being judged as difficult for him in the context of the performance of his peers (preschool classmates and same-age children in my network of friends and family). His teacher has noticed this and is encouraging an extra year of preschool to help him develop further. So please don't think I'm coming at it from a place of unreasonable expectations. All of the above examples are things every child struggles with, but his struggles are greater than his peers' and have a larger relative impact on his life at school and in the home. I am coming at it from a place of relative ignorance, but I'm in a position where I can devote time and resources to help the child (and the parents welcome this help). Are there personal experiences that you could share that are relevant, or research-based interventions that have been shown to help increase emotional intelligence, self control, and related behaviors?

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Scott Conary is an oil painter in Portland, Oregon. He paints eggs. Gorgeous, glowing eggs. Also other things, sure. Meat sometimes. But also eggs.

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