America is still under dire threat of an electromagnetic pulse sending it back to the dark ages, according to Chris Currie of the US Government Accountability Office.In testimony given to the House of Representatives' Homeland Security Committee's subcommittee on oversight and management efficiency, Currie reckons there's not enough effort going into protecting the electricity grid from a catastrophic attack.To bring down cities currently needs an air-burst nuke-scale attack, something that would probably draw a catastrophic response against the perpetrator.The thrust of Currie's testimony is that with no single federal program or entity in charge of EMP risks, the US is still unprepared for either event.While the Department of a Homeland Security has been working on the question, Currie feels there's still confusion about who is responsible for EMP risks: DHS had not clearly identified internal roles and responsibilities for addressing electromagnetic risks to the electric grid or communicated these to external federal and industry partners , his testimony states.Existing DHS programs can be used to collect electromagnetic risk information: better collection of threat, vulnerability, and consequence information through existing DHS programs and strengthened collaboration with federal partners could help DHS better assess the relative risk ranking of electromagnetic events versus other risks and help inform asset protection priorities , his testimony says.
Now, six years later, the company has unveiled the fruits of that labor: a brand-new website for their global online presence at global.canon.The move will likely confuse some people, given that the .com TLD remains the most popular and commonly used TLD, and the fact that consumers will likely still default to canon.com when trying to navigate to the corporation s online presence.But the move sets Canon apart, being one of only a few corporations with one of these new branded TLDs others include Barclays bank and automaker BMW , as well as allowing them an SEO and security benefit to sites they host on it.Canon s old .com address will redirect to the global.canon address, which will either limit the number of consumers thrown off by the new URL, or cause greater confusion.It will be interesting to see if more corporations follow suit and move their websites over to branded TLDs.It could also make the process of finding the company website you are looking for that much more complicated, so the jury is still out on whether this is a good direction.
However, the study finds the controversial technology has not, as proponents have claimed, increased the rate of crop yields and has resulted in insect and weed resistance that has become a major agricultural problem.There are people who are saying that without genetically engineered crops, we re never going to be able to feed the world in 2050 and there are people who say that eating a genetically engineered crop will cause sterility or will cause cancer, he said.He also expressed U.S. Department of Agriculture s willingness to work with Congress to prevent further confusion and develop a nationwide system for informing the public about what s in their food products, without increasing costs or giving a false impression about safety.The report concludes that while GE crops have generally had favorable economic outcomes for producers, they ve also resulted in weeds evolving a resistance to herbicides, including glyphosate, a commonly used herbicide which the World Health Organization found likely causes cancer in humans.The report quickly drew criticism from anti-GMO groups, including Food & Water Watch, which USA Today reports accused the committee of arriving at watered-down scientific conclusions due to agricultural industry influence.Jim Thomas, a spokesman for ETC Group, told The Washington Post that the report is inconsistent on the crucially important question of whether or not to regulate the new techniques such as genome editing and synthetic biology.
Facebook is accused of leaving staff members 'angry, depressed and voiceless'A former Facebook contractor has labelled her employment at the company as "the most toxic working experience of my life" and described "debilitating problems" at Facebook's Trending desk caused by sexism, intimidation and aggressive working conditions.In an article published by the Guardian the former employee, who worked on Facebook's news curation platform, claimed that women were routinely ignored and encouraged against speaking up for themselves, while reports of sexism were met with a blind eye by supervisors.Those numbers are telling when you consider that curators are paid well starting salaries are between $55,000-$65,000 £37,860-£44,740 , at least by most media industry standards, and are provided free meals while at work."Facebook has found itself at the centre of controversy following reports that the company routinely suppresses right-wing news from its trending topics news feed.Our review team writes the topic descriptions with the aim of accurately describing the real-world event.If the event is being reported on or discussed across multiple media sites, the team tries to accurately reflect the breadth of the conversation.
That Android Wear smartwatch sat on your wrist is about to do a whole lot more than show your emails and skip music tracks.Gmail looks red, and Hangouts looks green, so there's no confusion.They'll show up the next time you bring your watch up to your eyeline, popping into view and then disappearing so you can still tell the time without having to swipe anything away.The watch reads your message and suggests possible replies for you to tap on, using the same smarts Google pulled out to help AlphaGo win its AI vs human challenge a few months ago.That means no more heading to your phone to install new apps, too - you'll be able to do it straight from the watch.You'll have to wait before you'll be able to get your hands on version 2.0, though.
valérie kukiThis week brought confusion for General Motors and its German subsidiary Opel.In Germany, GM's Opel has been denying allegations of illegal emissions-system-killing software in its diesel Zafira compact vans and its Insignia sedans, according to Bloomberg.In the early '70s, the EPA reprimanded GM, Ford, Chrysler, American Motors, Nissan, and Toyota for building cars with devices that would "defeat the effectiveness of emission control systems under conditions not experienced during EPA s certification testing."However, Opel doesn't currently sell cars in the US, and according to the Wall Street Journal, Under European law, auto makers are allowed to use so-called defeat devices to suppress emissions control under certain conditions to protect the engine, such as in colder temperatures to limit soot emissions to protect the particulate filter in the catalytic converter.The company's CEO, Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann, wrote earlier this week that the recent accusations against his company are misleading oversimplifications and misinterpretations of the complicated interrelationships of a modern emissions control system of a diesel engine.Recently, the German government tested 53 car models for software similar to what was found in Volkswagen's now-infamous diesels.
Selfies used to be so simple.Point a camera at yourself, pout and then shoot.Think groupies, belfies, drelfies and even shelfies.With a rise in terms comes confusion, prompting British cosmetic company MyBreast to break them down in this handy infographic:MyBreast.orgThe company said it had explored the evolution of the selfie with the same vigor and intrigue as Darwin did with species.We are interested in the ways in which people present themselves and so decided to delve into the different types of selfies that have evolved and how popular each one is on Instagram, a MyBreast spokesman told The Huffington Post via email.What we found was both intriguing and very amusing, having never come across some of the more niche forms, he added, saying it was also a good opportunity to warn of some of the risks that can come with trying to take a dangerous selfie to impress friends.
Firefox OS4K detailHD & SD sourcesFile handlingFreeview Play appHDR lacks sparkleTight viewing angleSome light leakageToo small for 4KThere's no doubt about it, 4K looks its best on a 60-inch TV.No, that distinction goes to the inclusion of high dynamic range HDR .That question has obviously been asked, and answered, by Panasonic's TV designers because they've fenced-off what they consider the unpopular ones.Gravity upscaled from a regular Blu-ray disc looks sharp and clean with both True Cinema and Cinema presets engaged, while 720p fare from HD channels on Freeview HD are highly watchable.The latter is extensive: a USB stick hosting all kinds of digital files, from 4K video files in the TS, MP4 and MKV formats to a load of AVI, WMV and other video files all played without a hiccup.Indeed, with its sleek design carrying it through despite the HDR confusion.
In order to feel better about the end results of my work in marketing I recently decided to take on a new part time gig.In addition to some other work for big corporate clients I'm now spending significant time at a non-profit on a mission to save the world.It shows.From the outside in its a chaotic mess full of inconsistent vague messaging, lots of word salad, a lot of detailed information about what they do but little about why they do it or how they benefit their 2 main target groups.How would you tell a bunch of people educated in top business schools that the way they've been running their show makes them look amateur?And then get them focused on doing less marketing better, all while dealing with high expectations, limited budget, time and resources?
We weren t overly impressed with Tinder for threesomes app 3nder when it first arrived more than two years ago, and now Tinder itself is apparently taking umbrage too.Apparently because there could be significant confusion between the respective services, especially as 3nder is pronounced thrinder, which sounds a lot like Tinder.According to a statement issued by the folks at 3nder, which was sent alongside a link to an interactive site called Tinder wants to kill 3nder, Tinder has ordered it to cease operations, though 3nder has formally responded by highlighting their significant differences, including its mission, user-base, and emphasis on beautiful user experiences.But Grindr actually predates Tinder by several months, while you could also argue that it doesn t sound like Tinder.Though 3nder s target market may be more niche than Tinder or Grindr, it recently managed to secure $500,000 in seed funding after running what it called a shitty MVP minimal viable product that didn t work all that well for a year.The company says it almost went bankrupt back in February 2015.Match Group, the parent company of Tinder, filed to go public on the NASDAQ last November, and it has dozens of other online dating brands under its wing, including Match.com and OK Cupid.Our mission and our values could not be more distinct from those of Tinder, said London-based founder Dimo Trifonov.It will shortly be adding an Android app to its existing iOS incarnation, and it says there are 70,000 people on that waiting list globally.VentureBeat has reached out to Tinder for comment on 3nder s claims, but have yet to hear back from anyone at the company.
- It is realized today in Finland quite well, but yes, we also have a small problem. Employees are not monitored, for example by means of cameras. Is corrected to give, for example, safeguards that are necessary in the workplace, which the person has a different perception of the employer. - Biometric control becomes more common with us. Talking about an individual's physical or behavioral characteristics based on automatic identification. - In Finland, the topic is timely, but there is sadly little discussion of what effect this will have.
AT Next, the wireless carrier s installment plan / early upgrade path, is a bit of a mess, to say the least.The nation s second largest wireless provider currently offers options to trade in and upgrade to a new device every 12, 18 or 24 months via traditional AT Next 12, 18 and 24 plans, respectively.AT is well aware of the confusion and soon, they ll be streamlining offerings from four to just two options.As the name suggests, AT Next Every Year allows customers to upgrade to a new device each year after 12 monthly payments or 50 percent of retail device cost paid off with a 24-month financing term.As an example, a phone that sells for $749.99 could be purchased with AT Next for $0 down and $25 per month or $225 down and $17.50 per month.AT s new streamlined plans go into effect June 9, 2016.
Navigating AT's payment schemes is about to get easier as the telecom company is cutting its Next plans by half.AT will simplify its program from four different payment schedules to two - one that enables quicker upgrades and another that favors a lower monthly cost - beginning June 9.Eligible customers looking to cut costs even further can purchase a portion of their new phone up front or trade-in their old phone and take the value off their bill.AT Next's old structure may have had twice the options, but 20-, 24-, 28-, and 30-installment systems were too similar and yet not the same, leading to indecision, confusion and eventual frustration when you signed onto a plan that didn't really work for you.Who would have thought less options would actually be a good thing?Check out our best cheap phones round up!
AT is making its phone financing plans a little easier to understand, reducing the number of plans from four to two.AT has been criticized for its confusing plans — the Next 24 plan, for example, actually lasts 30 months.The new plans eliminate the ability of customers to pay in fewer installments, but they should help clear up some confusion.The way that the two plans work is pretty simple — the Next plan is basically a renamed version of the old Next 24 plan, allowing customers to pay for their device over 30 months in equal payments.On Next you ll also be able to get a new phone after 24 months.According to AT, a $750 phone such as the 16GB iPhone 6S Plus will cost $25 per month on the Next plan, and $31.25 per month in the Next Every Year plan.
It wants its smaller competitor to shut down and erase its presence from the web entirely to avoid confusion between the two apps, claiming the alleged similarity gives 3nder an unfair advantage .Founder Dimo Trifonov vowed to fight Tinder, which he accused of loading a nuclear weapon against his firm, which employs just eight people.Tinder s lawyers pointed to an interview with the New York Post in which they allege that Trifonov confirms this pronunciation.The whole thing is unfair ... can I trademark the word coffee and then sue every coffee shop in the world?The web designer, who developed the app after his girlfriend wrote him a love letter about a French woman, said Tinder s legal assault could force him to lay off his eight-strong team.On the outside Tinder is cute and friendly but if you look below the surface you will see it is one piece of a gigantic corporation hungry for more.
Staffordshire Police said it was "a concept" that could become significant.Dr Sturdy Colls said: "What we want to do is to come up with the best solution that helps the criminal justice system - help the police in their detection and recording of crime and then to help jurors in court to understand those crimes better that they ever did before."If a barrister could do this, he or she could easily show the jury the scene of the crime without any confusion.Simon Tweats, head of justice services at Staffordshire Police, said it could make a significant difference with regard to how evidence was presented and "bring to life" complex scenes.But Jason Holt, a barrister at Steven Solicitors, said he was "sceptical" about the technology and whether it would make a real impact on cases."We've recently gone on to a digital system within the Crown court and it's causing significant delays; the systems we're using break down, the technology isn't sufficient and we go back to pen and paper.
Sometimes, however, they also represent some wishful thinking.In this latest batch from two different sources, we see some confirmation of the camera placements for both iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, as well as a noticeable lack of smart connectors.The dual camera setup, however, is exclusive to the Plus version of the iPhone 7.Apple has not yet made a convincing argument for Smart Connectors beyond the Smart Keyboards on the iPad Pro, and the feature makes less sense on an iPhone anyway.There are no dual cameras or smart connectors expected for this model, but the latest alleged "actual" rear casing seems to indicate the presence of four speakers and a vertically stacked camera and LED flash.In fact, it looks even bigger, and seems to bulge out even more.
The refresh of the 12-inch MacBook last month, and the noticeable lack of new MacBook models, has had some scratching their heads over Apple's vision for the notebook line.That confusion may soon give way to clarity in the next two quarters of the year.At the top of the list is an OLED display "touch bar" strip above the keyboard which could offer more, and programmable, functionality beyond what conventional keys can give.The MacBook will also welcome a new member of the family, a 13-inch model to be precise.Of course, the new 13-inch MacBook would bear the design hallmarks of its smaller 12-inch sibling.If so, Apple is drawing the lines hard once again, keeping the MacBook Pro as its performance selection, the MacBook as its jack-of-all-trades, and the MacBook Air as its budget and aging offering.
For many years, the Federal Trade Commission has protected Americans on the internet with clear standards and strong enforcement against any unfair or deceptive practices online.And this is particularly dangerous for people of color who must be vigilant to ensure that the discrimination and redlining so common in the brick and mortar world does not infect the internet or deny our communities of equal opportunities online.Yet dangerously, the proposed FCC rules appear cavalierly unconcerned with these risks, and in fact would make them worse.Mass consumer confusion created by government bureaucrats won t protect privacy; it will make consumers simply give up — another damning case of the law of unintended consequences where rules intended to give more protection gum up the works so badly that they end up offering less.By the end of this year 70 percent of internet data will be encrypted and completely unreadable by broadband companies that carry it.Websites and applications like Facebook, Google, and Amazon on the other hand have free rein because they are inside the encryption wall and want to know what you are doing and saying to answer your searches or sell you the right products.
Image copyrightMicrosoft has faced criticism for changing the pop-up box encouraging Windows users to upgrade to Windows 10.Clicking the red cross on the right hand corner of the pop-up box now activates the upgrade instead of closing the box.And this has caused confusion as typically clicking a red cross closes a pop-up notificationThe upgrade could still be cancelled, when the scheduled time for it to begin appeared, Microsoft saidThe change occurred because the update is now labelled "recommended" and many people have their PCs configured to accept recommended updates for security reasons."Deploying these dirty tricks only frustrates long-time Windows users who have very valid reasons to stick with operating systems they already know and love," he wrote.Microsoft said: "With the free Windows 10 upgrade offer ending on 29 July, we want to help people upgrade to the best version of Windows."As we shared in October, Windows 10 will be offered as a 'recommended' update for Windows 7 and 8.1 customers whose Windows Update settings are configured to accept 'recommended' updates.
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