On Sunday, left-wing activist and filmmaker Michael Moore pushed for defense spending to address things such as the “climate catastrophe,” white supremacy and the coronavirus. Last week, the House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act, which directed $768 billion in spending for national defense. MSNBC’s “The Mehdi Hasan Show” host Mehdi Hasan lamented to Moore that the United States can afford $768 billion for defense but can’t afford money for child care, universal pre-k or expanding Medicaid. Moore argued that “when we think defense,” we should be thinking about climate because it is “creating an extinction event,” white supremacists trying to “destroy our democracy” and getting everyone vaccinated against COVID-19. “A defense bill — when we think defense, we should be thinking defending ourselves against the climate catastrophe that’s creating an extinction event on this planet,” Moore emphasized. “That’s what defense should mean. It should be … [Read more...] about Michael Moore: Defense Spending Should Address ‘Climate Catastrophe,’ ‘White Supremacists, Coronavirus
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The leaked data from web hosting company Epik has started unraveling the double-life of many of its customers, according to reports. Hacktivist group Anonymous recently claimed to have obtained and leaked 180GB of data on Epik's business and customers, for its position of providing web hosting services to many prominent right-wing and controversial platforms, such as the Gab social media platform, Bitchute video sharing, and the pro-Trump Patriots.win messaging board. Aubrey “Kirtaner” Cottle, a security researcher and co-founder of Anonymous, told The Washington Post that the group’s actions were fueled by their frustrations over Epik serving as a refuge for far-right extremists. Here’s our list of the best VPN services We've put together a list of the best endpoint protection software Check our list of the best firewall apps and services “Everyone is tired of hate. There hasn’t been enough pushback, and these far-right players, they play dirty. … [Read more...] about Most people affected by Epik breach really won’t want their web activity published online
WTF?! To readers of this site, the idea that some students on courses ranging from engineering to physics don’t know what files and folders are might seem strange, but it’s true. According to a new report, the fault lies with popular modern operating systems and devices that include all-encompassing search functions or hide file structures from plain view. Those of us of a certain age will be familiar with maintaining a nested hierarchy of files, having grown up with the likes of Windows 3.1 and relying on MS-DOS. But as highlighted in a new report by The Verge , the advent of smartphones, tablets, search functions, and cloud storage made the need to understand what a directory is less critical. “The first internet search engines were used around 1990, but features like Windows Search and Spotlight on macOS are both products of the early 2000s. Most of 2017’s college freshmen were born in the very late ‘90s,” writes the publication. “While many of today’s professors grew up … [Read more...] about Some students don’t understand the concept of computer files and folders
The popularity of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference has seen a steep upward slope since the introduction of the App Store in 2008. While the number of attendees previous to 2008 varied between roughly 2,000 and 4,000, Apple ended up putting a cap of 5,000 on its ticket sales starting in 2008 in order to control the flood of developers who were suddenly interested in learning more about Apple's ecosystem. That year was the first year Apple sold out of WWDC tickets in the history of the conference. Since then, the WWDC ticket situation has only intensified. In 2009, those 5,000 tickets sold out within a month of going on sale. In 2010, the conference sold out in less than two weeks (roughly 10 days, to be exact), despite the huge ticket price bump to $1,599 for everyone. In 2011, WWDC sold out in 12 hours —again at $1,599 per ticket. And in 2012—Wednesday morning— those tickets sold out in two hours . They went on sale at 8:30am Eastern Time and were gone by 10:30am. … [Read more...] about Can Apple revamp the WWDC ticket system? Does it want to?
Way back when I was a young nerd, the first electronic gadget I owned was a digital LED watch. These were the first digital watches from before the rise of LCD displays. You had to press a button to make the time light up in the form of menacingly red digits—having the time displayed continuously would have taken too much power. Several LCD watches followed during the 1980s, but my watch-wearing days came to an abrupt end when I got my first cell phone. However, with the advent of the Pebble smart watch and all the iWatch rumors , I can see myself wearing a watch again in the near future. Maybe not all day every day, but certainly when on the go, so I can keep my iPhone tucked away safely but still interact with my digital life. But what would a smart watch built by Apple be like? Time to put on our speculation spectacles. Radios First of all, the iWatch is unlikely to have 4G support. Or 3G. Or any G. Why? An iPhone 5 with its 1434 milliampere-hours (mAh) battery can … [Read more...] about What the rumored Apple iWatch might look like, inside and out
Table of Contents What to Look For in a Linux Laptop in 2021 Best Linux Laptop Overall: Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition Best Budget Linux Laptop: Acer Chromebook Spin 713 Best Premium Linux Laptop: ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9 With Linux Best Open Source Linux Laptop: Purism Librem 14 Best Linux Laptop for Gaming: System76 Oryx Pro What to Look For in a Linux Laptop in 2021 You can buy nearly any laptop and install Linux on it . However, there’s no guarantee that the laptop’s hardware will work properly with Linux. If the right hardware drivers aren’t available for the Linux OS you pick, some of the laptop’s features won’t work, or the laptop may just get worse battery life due to poor optimization. You don’t have to settle for this kind of experience. Some manufacturers release laptops that come with Linux pre-installed. These manufacturers officially support Linux on their hardware, so you know that everything will work properly and that the laptop will keep … [Read more...] about The Best Linux Laptops of 2021 for Developers and Enthusiasts
Throughout history, technology has continued to augment what people can do. We’re perfectly capable of travelling from one place to another, or calculating in our heads, but cars and spreadsheets make us undeniably better at it. Technologies take care of the tasks that humans find boring, difficult or even impossible to do. They can free us to spend time where we bring the most value: creativity, problem-solving, compassion, and personal interaction. About the author Harold de Neef is Group Director of Cloud and Innovation at Civica . However, there’s often resistance to disruptive technologies when they’re first introduced. People initially fear the impact on their lives and livelihoods, but soon these new technologies become part of everyday life, just like cars or computers. Today’s latest disruptive technologies, such as chatbots and artificial intelligence (AI), are proving valuable for public services - complementing what people can do at a time when demand is … [Read more...] about Why your next co-worker could be a bot
On Thursday this week, the Wall Street Journal published information claiming that Apple is working on a Pandora-like music service to allow iOS users to create custom radio stations to stream wherever they go. The New York Times soon followed up with its own report on the story—citing its own sources—claiming the service would likely come as a preinstalled app on iOS devices that could determine a user's tastes based on what was purchased from their iTunes accounts. The WSJ indicated the service would also be available on Macs and PCs, but probably not on Android devices. For those who have followed Apple news and rumors for years, this one sounds familiar. That's because rumblings about Apple's alleged plans to launch a streaming/subscription music service date back to (at least) 2007 , when Apple apparently indicated to INTENT MediaWorks CEO Les Ottolenghi that a subscription music service—as opposed to iTunes' current download model—was imminent. The rumor popped up … [Read more...] about Op-ed: Why it makes sense for Apple to plan a Pandora rival
It’s often posited that a major factor in the tablet market’s recent decline is a lack of reason to upgrade; most people use these devices for little more than content consumption, and the one they bought years ago will often do that job for years to come. I don’t quite embody this myself, as I work on my iPad Pro almost every day, but it’s not surprising to me either — I also still use my Amazon Fire HDX from 2013 all the time. The weird thing with Amazon tablets in particular, though, is that if I did decide to buy a new one today it’d actually be a downgrade. Amazon’s Fire tablets aren’t for everyone. If you care about app selection or productivity, there are far better options out there. But if all you want from your tablet is a simple device that’s bigger than your phone, easier to hold than your laptop, and better for watching videos and reading books than both — and I think that applies to a lot of people — it’s hard to beat the 2013 Fire HDX. My 7-inch model has a great … [Read more...] about How is Amazon’s 2013 tablet still the best one it ever released?
Amazon is holding its annual fall hardware event on Tuesday, September 28th starting at 12PM ET / 9AM PT. It’s invite-only, and while Amazon said it would share news about “devices, features and services,” it’s not elaborating on which product lines might get updates or what new devices could be revealed. If last year was any indication, expect to see a massive amount of hardware. Last year, Amazon unveiled a new spherical Echo with Zigbee support and “premium, adaptive sound” from Dolby, spherical Echo Dots (one which came with a clock), and the Echo Show 10 got a motorized base that turns its screen to face you while you’re interacting with it. It also added Netflix support . Plus, Amazon unveiled its AWS-powered gaming service Luna along with a special Luna Controller. And Amazon’s Ring launched its Always Home Cam , a security drone for your house (which has yet to be released as of this writing). The Fire Stick and its Eero routers both got refreshes as well. … [Read more...] about A new Echo, a drone, and everything else to expect from Amazon’s big hardware event