The Daily Populous

Thursday December 20th, 2018 evening edition

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On Wednesday, French officials met with police trade union leaders to work out a deal to soothe anger in law enforcement ranks regarding overwork, unpaid overtime and difficult working conditions, Le Monde reported.

Related: What Trump got wrong about the riots in France.

But some activists are calling on police to walk out on government negotiations, close down police stations and join the “gilets jaunes”—or yellow vest—protesters with whom they have been facing off since November 17.

Negotiations between three unions—Alliance, UNSA-Police and Unity-SGP-FO—and Interior Minister Christophe Castaner on Tuesday failed to reach a settlement.

According to The Local France, police union leader Frédéric Lagache explained, “Faced with this irresponsibility [of the government], we are forced to be irresponsible in our actions.”.

Such a blow would further degrade conditions for police amid their most pressing deployments for years.

Denis Jacob, a spokesperson for the Alternative Police union, said the police are already “at breaking point.”. »

Nintendo is going to court over its refund policy

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"According to the right of withdrawal laid down in the Consumer Rights Directive, such terms are illegal.

Until the game can be downloaded and launched, the seller cannot prohibit the consumer from cancelling their pre-order.".

Meanwhile, Nintendo's e-shop doesn't even allow you to pre-order a title unless you waive your right to get your money back. »

Watch This NASA Engineer Beat Porch Pirates With a Glitter Bomb

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If you have ever had a package stolen off your front porch, you probably wanted to exact a bit of revenge on the thief.

That was the feeling that former NASA engineer and current YouTube DIY extraordinaire Mark Rober had when someone swiped a box from his door earlier this year.

The police wouldn’t help, so Rober put his engineering background to work and crafted the perfect porch pirate deterrent: A glitter bomb. »

Apple confirms some iPad Pros ship slightly bent, but says it’s normal

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The bend is the result of a cooling process involving the iPad Pro’s metal and plastic components during manufacturing, according to Apple.

And I can personally vouch for that: my 11-inch iPad Pro showed a bit of a curve after two weeks.

Apple says that concerns over the iPad Pro’s structural rigidity are unfounded and that it stands by the product. »

Trump admin to lift sanctions on firms owned by Russian oligarch Deripaska

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The Trump administration plans to lift sanctions on companies owned by Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska after he significantly reduced his ownership stake in them.

Deripaska, a billionaire aluminum magnate with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, will remain sanctioned and his property blocked.

“Treasury sanctioned these companies because of their ownership and control by sanctioned Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, not for the conduct of the companies themselves,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Steven Terner MnuchinTrump admin to lift sanctions on firms owned by Russian oligarch Deripaska Treasury sanctions Russians over alleged election interference, nerve-agent attack The Hill's Morning Report — Trump blinks first in shutdown showdown MORE said in a statement. »