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  • Another Obama Legacy Down the Tubes: FCC Rolls Back Internet Regulations

    12/14/2017 12:59:57 PM PST · by davikkm · 19 replies
    IWB ^ | Chris Black
    The FCC (Federal Communications Commission ) voted (3-2 vote) on Thursday to roll back Obama era legislation that established far reaching rules regarding how ISPs (internet service providers) should treat traffic on their networks. The 2015 net neutrality legislation was one of the most important regulatory action of Barack Obama’s administration, and it required ISPs to treat all internet traffic the same, i.e. without slowing/blocking content, nor providing “discriminatory broadband” for favored services or websites. According to the GOP, the rolling back of net-neutrality legislation is a good thing, as they seem to favor a “deregulated” internet if you like,...
  • The case against Net Neutrality: An IT pro's perspective

    12/14/2017 7:41:20 AM PST · by hasb3an · 12 replies ^ | 12/14/2017 | Derrick Wlodarz
    As the vote to determine the fate of Net Neutrality regulations looms in the FCC, I've been taking a harder look at where I stand on the issue. Personally, I've got vested interests as a consumer that relies on many net-connected services in my daily life. And professionally, I own an IT business that lives and dies by the availability of countless net-centric ecosystems. But every angle from which I examine the issue upon, I keep coming back to a common conclusion: Net Neutrality just isn't needed.
  • Surreal: Silicon Valley is Out Censoring former Communist Eastern European Countries

    12/06/2017 8:54:44 AM PST · by davikkm · 8 replies
    IWB ^ | Chris Black
    Eastern Europeans have a saying: we’ve just got out communism, after 45 years of Hell, only to discover that the West is marching (this time benevolently) into the same hellhole we’ve just managed to escape from. And this is not a joke either. The West’s essential institutions are pathologically corrupted by cultural Marxism, which is just another word for communist infiltration. The Church, the higher learning institutions, the mass media, the corporate culture, the body politics, everything leans heavily on the left nowadays both in the United States and in Western Europe. And anyone who’s to the right of Mao...
  • Facebook Suspends Feminists for “Men are Scum” Posts, Drama Ensues

    12/05/2017 2:15:46 PM PST · by davikkm · 11 replies
    IWB ^ | Chris Black
    If you’re not up to date with the politically correct lingo, you should know that the concept of protected classes was created by leftists and it’s pretty much similar with the notion of identity politics. Basically, a protected class, whether we’re talking about minorities (blacks, Hispanics, “people of color”) or women/transgenders/gays/lesbians/whatever sexual so-called oppressed minority by the “patriarchy” (it all relates to Marx’s class war with a twist, now it’s a gender/sex/ethnicity war but the scope is the same, divide and conquer) has immunity/protection from  “hate crime laws” which are destroying conservative movements on the Internet (Facebook, YouTube are cracking...
  • World net daily down?

    12/03/2017 5:49:15 PM PST · by Fhios · 14 replies
    World net daily is down, according to google.and according to the "Is world net daily down" place that said yup. My real question is this, why is google reporting to my browser? -Anybody have the IP address for WND? -How and who can I change my DNS services to somebody other than google?
  • How A North Korean EMP Attack Could Kill Millions, Turn America Into A Post-Apocalyptic Wasteland

    11/30/2017 8:37:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 132 replies
    TEC ^ | 11/30/2017 | Michael Snyder
    This is why North Korea’s test of an intercontinental ballistic missile is so important. North Korea had test fired a total of 22 missiles so far this year, but this latest one showed that nobody on the globe is out of their reach. In fact, General Mattis is now admitting that “North Korea can basically threaten everywhere in the world”, and that includes the entire continental United States. In addition to hitting individual cities with nukes, there is also the possibility that someday North Korea could try to take down the entire country with an EMP attack. If the North...
  • YouTube Moderators: Company Allowed Thousands Of Child Predator Accounts To Flourish

    11/29/2017 5:55:14 AM PST · by ReformedMedia · 2 replies
    The Washington Standard ^ | 11-28-2017 | Tim Brown
    While social media outlets like YouTube, along with Google (its parent company), Facebook and Twitter, think it's their job to sanitize, censor and state-control your news, whistleblowers at YouTube are coming forward to express their concern that the company has allowed hundreds of thousands of child predator accounts to flourish even as they censor and demonetize political commentary they disagree with. In a report by Elizabeth Cassin at the BBC, she writes: Part of YouTube's system for reporting sexualised comments left on children's videos has not been functioning correctly for more than a year, say volunteer moderators. They say there could be...
  • Huge security flaw lets anyone log into a High Sierra Mac

    11/28/2017 2:59:34 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 102 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | Nov 28 2017 | Kevin Coldewey
    Update: Apple has acknowledged the issue and is working on it. Statement and workaround below. Wow, this is a bad one. On Macs running the latest version of High Sierra — 10.13.1 (17B48) — it appears that anyone can log in just by putting “root” in the user name field. This is a huge, huge problem. Apple will fix it probably within hours, but holy moly. Do not leave your Mac unattended until this is resolved. The bug is most easily accessed by going to Preferences and then entering one of the panels that has a lock in the lower...
  • Self-driving robots will keep Walmart store floors squeaky-clean

    11/27/2017 7:28:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | November 22, 2017 | Lulu Chang
    Cleaning the floors at Walmart isn’t exactly an enviable job — and now it’s one humans no longer have to do. As originally reported by LinkedIn, the retail giant is currently applying some high-tech to a generally low-paying task. Walmart now has self-driving machines of its own, but you won’t see any of them on highways. Rather, these bristle-wielding devices designed by Brain Corp. are autonomously rolling themselves around Walmart stores, cleaning up after customers and employees. The autonomous floor cleaner is currently being tested in five stores in the vicinity of company headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas. With its sensors,...
  • Meet The World’s Most Powerful Bitcoin Backers

    11/27/2017 3:02:12 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 30 replies ^ | 27-11-2017 | Cryptoking
    Cryptocurrency may be one of the biggest threats to governments, security and the entire financial system that we’ve ever seen. It can help fund terrorism and its anonymity makes it almost impossible to track. Most importantly, it is poised to revolutionize global finance and banking. But our new Enemy No. 1 can’t be fought; it can perhaps be controlled. Banks have figured that out and are bringing crypto currency into the fold. The superpowers—U.S., China and Russia--will have to face the new reality. They love to hate it and hate to love it. Regardless, if they don’t embrace it, they...
  • Robots — once thought to be a killer of e-commerce jobs — may actually be saving them

    11/25/2017 8:52:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | November 10, 2017
    When the robots came to online retailer Boxed, dread came, too: The familiar fear that the machines would take over, leaving a trail of unemployed humans in their wake. "I had a lot of people asking me, 'What is going to happen to us?'" says Veronica Mena, a trainer for the e-commerce startup, recalling the anxiety that rippled through her co-workers after company executives announced plans to open an automated warehouse in nearby Union, N. J. Yet their fears didn't come to pass. When the new warehouse opened this spring, workers found that their jobs were less physically demanding than...
  • What Does Tesla's Automated Truck Mean for Truckers?

    11/25/2017 8:27:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Wired | November 17, 2017 | Aarian Marshal
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  • question for Microsoft software activation experts

    11/25/2017 8:37:39 AM PST · by NewJerseyJoe · 40 replies
    self | 11/25/17 | NewJerseyJoe
    Howdy FReepers. I found a vendor (a legitimate one) in the UK that sells the license for MS Office 2016. The way it works is that they send you the download link at the MS web site and download the installation sofware (I've seen the download page before, so I know it's real). Then, when you purchase, they send you the product key. My question: is there any reason why a UK-generated product key would *not* work on software installed on a US computer?
  • Six Entry-Level Tech Jobs That Pay More Than $90,000

    11/23/2017 6:47:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 22, 2017 | Jeff Kauflin
    As college students and recent grads head home for the holidays, first on their minds are friends and family. But the end-of-year downtime is also a good opportunity for career reflection. And while salary should never be the only factor in a career decision, it often ranks high in our consideration set. Careers site Comparably released a list of six entry-level jobs that pay more than $90,000. Entry-level was defined as workers with up to three years’ experience. To create the ranking, Comparably analyzed more than 19,000 anonymous salary reports submitted between March 2016 and October 2017 by employees of...
  • Fusion GPS Paid Journalists Known for Russia Collusion Stories, Court Filings Show

    11/22/2017 9:35:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    People's Pundit Daily ^ | November 22, 2017 | Staff
    Newly filed court documents reveal Fusion GPS, the shadowy firm behind the debunked Steele dossier, paid at least three journalists between June 2016 until February 2017. According to the filing, the three journalists who were paid by Fusion GPS are known for reporting on “Russia issues relevant to [the committee’s] investigation.” The dates are noteworthy, considering that’s when Big Media began pushing the unsubstantiated “collusion” narrative between Russia and people close to now President Donald Trump. Further, a filing by lawyers for the House Intelligence Committee claims Fusion GPS “brokered meetings for dossier author Christopher Steele with at least five...
  • 9 facts about Amazon's unprecedented warehouse empire

    11/22/2017 4:08:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    Curbed ^ | November 21, 2017 | Patrick Sisson
    The holiday season will be a busy one for Amazon, and as 2017 draw to a close, it could be said this entire year has been a big one for the e-commerce giant, from its acquisition of Whole Foods to the HQ2 race and its expansion in its hometown, Seattle. But behind the company’s growth and expansion, and future plans, lies an immense, intricate logistics network that enables it to offer incredible delivery times to every corner of the country. The company’s footprint is pretty wild. According to Amazon, the company now operates more than 75 fulfillment centers and 25...
  • 'We are totally unprepared': Hillary Clinton issues stern warning on artificial intelligence

    11/22/2017 12:40:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 90 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | November 22, 2017 | Staff
    Hillary Clinton spoke about the dangers of artificial intelligence in a radio interview with Hugh Hewitt on Wednesday. The failed presidential candidate was on Hewitt's show to promote her book, but the conversation steered towards recent advances in technology. Something that concerns Clinton is the potential for our society to become inundated with artificial intelligence - computers that mimic the human brain to complete tasks for us - such as home office assistants or even robot drones. Clinton says that AI can be a good thing, but she's worried that our society is rushing into a brave new world without...
  • WhenHub SAFT (Simple Agreement for Future Tokens)

    11/21/2017 12:14:10 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Dilbert Blog ^ | October 27, 2017 | Scott Adams
    Today might be one of the biggest days of my life, and it will be impossible to explain why that is so unless you know at least a little bit about blockchain, dAPPS, cryptocurrencies, Ethereum, and the legal distinction between a Simple Agreement for Future Tokens (SAFT) and an ICO. If those words look unfamiliar, one of the biggest technical revolutions the world has ever known is sneaking up on you. The folks in Silicon Valley — who live about three years in the future compared to the rest of the country — can’t stop talking about this topic. The...
  • 21 weird tech job titles of the future

    11/20/2017 2:22:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Tech Republic ^ | November 20, 2017 | Alison DeNisco Rayome
    While many human workers fear that they will ultimately be replaced by artificial intelligence (AI), it's more likely that our current workforce will shift into new types of roles for people, according to a new report from professional services company Cognizant. "In the future, work will change but won't go away," the report stated. "Work will continue to be core to our identities, our nature, our dreams and our realities. But it won't necessarily be the work we know or do now." Work has always changed as technology advances, the report noted, with positions such as switchboard operators, lamplighters, and...
  • The Digital Ruins of a Forgotten Future (Second Life)

    11/20/2017 12:06:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | The December 2017 Issue | Leslie Jamison
    Second Life was supposed to be the future of the internet, but then Facebook came along. Yet many people still spend hours each day inhabiting this virtual realm. Their stories—and the world they’ve built—illuminate the promise and limitations of online life. Gidge Uriza lives in an elegant wooden house with large glass windows overlooking a glittering creek, fringed by weeping willows and meadows twinkling with fireflies. She keeps buying new swimming pools because she keeps falling in love with different ones. The current specimen is a teal lozenge with a waterfall cascading from its archway of stones. Gidge spends her...