The Federal Communications Commission is planning to collect a $51.1 million fine from a phone company accused of using “widespread enrollment fraud” to collect improper payments from a program designed to help poor people. Since 2014, Total Call Mobile (TCM) has requested and received $9.7 million in payments by signing up tens of thousands of duplicate or ineligible consumers “despite repeated and explicit warnings from its own employees, in some cases compliance specialists, that company sales agents were engaged in widespread enrollment fraud,” the FCC said in an announcement yesterday . Further Reading FCC says TracFone and other cell companies defrauded US program for the poor The alleged fraud targeted the Lifeline program, which provides discounted phone service to people with low incomes. Lifeline, part of the Universal Service Fund, is paid for by US residents through surcharges on phone bills. The FCC said its investigation into Total Call found that … [Read more...] about FCC: Carrier pocketed $10M in bogus cell phone subsidies
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The Federal Communications Commission yesterday accused five wireless service providers of obtaining duplicate payments from a federal fund for low-income consumers. The FCC wants the companies to repay the extra money and, in addition, to pay $14.4 million in fines. The wireless providers allegedly violated rules of the Lifeline program, which has helped people afford basic telephone service since 1985. It was expanded to cover pre-paid cell phone service in 2005 under former President George W. Bush. "The violations involve thousands of consumers who had more than one Lifeline subscription from the same provider, resulting in duplicative support requests and payments," the FCC said. "In each case, the carrier knew or should have known, based on its own internal data, that the consumers were ineligible under Lifeline program rules. ... To protect the integrity of the Lifeline program, the Commission’s rules prohibit, among other things, Lifeline service providers from requesting … [Read more...] about FCC says TracFone and other cell companies defrauded US program for the poor
Alors que le cours de l'Ethereum s’effondre, la société chinoise Bitmain vient de révéler sa nouvelle plateforme de minage Antminer E9. Selon l'introduction du produit sur Twitter, l’Antminer E9 pourrait égaler les performances de 25 GeForce RTX 3080. Ces affirmations, aussi impressionnantes soient-elles, semblent exactes car un Antminter est déjà capable de délivrer un taux de hachage de 2 400 MH/s contre 100 MH/s pour une RTX 3080 . #BITMAIN announces #ANTMINERE9, equipped with a hashrate of 2400M, 1920W power consumption, and power efficiency of 0.8J/M, utilizing the Ethash algorithm for ETH/ETC. E9 is equivalent to 25 RTX 3080 graphics cards. Sales start on July 6, 9:00 AM (ET). https://t.co/Cmx6MJQUuP pic.twitter.com/PU9lvtNEEL July 5, 2022 See more Ce n'est pas la première fois que le mineur d'Ethereum Antminer E9 est mentionné, puisque Bitmain en parlait déjà en 2021. Cette machine impressionnante coûte 9 999 $ (environ 9 800 €), ce qui s’avère nettement … [Read more...] about Bitmain lance la plateforme de minage Antminer E9 et c’est une bonne nouvelle pour les joueurs PC… Attendez, quoi ?
Lithium-based batteries are great , with different electrode chemistries allowing them to be slotted into a variety of uses. The problem with them has nothing to do with their performance. The challenge we face is that we want to make a lot of batteries; if all of them use lithium, we're undoubtedly going to face supply crunches. One potential solution to that is to simply replace lithium with a different ion. Alternative batteries may not be as good as lithium variants in all the different places we currently use them. They just have to be good enough at one task to take away some of the need to stick lithium everywhere. That's the reasoning behind some interest in sodium-based batteries. Sodium is very plentiful and correspondingly cheap and can be made to behave a bit like lithium when used in a battery. But sodium batteries always carry risks associated with sodium's tendency to react explosively. But a recently developed solid electrolyte suggests that at least some of the … [Read more...] about Researchers seem to stumble across an electrolyte for a sodium battery
Censoring peaceful protesters isn’t the only reason governments have deliberately shut down the Internet in 2022, but researchers say it is the primary objective and is costing the most to the global economy. According to a report from Top10VPN, the cost of government-ordered Internet shutdowns in 2022 has cost the global economy more than $10 billion. That figure nearly doubles 2021 costs, and it’s only halfway through the year. At a cost of $8.77 billion, the biggest drain on the global economy is Russia. That country’s ongoing social media blackouts began shortly after the Ukraine invasion and are designed to limit peaceful protest and press freedoms by preventing access to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. So far this year, Top10VPN has tracked government shutdowns in 16 countries, measuring costs per day of shutdowns specifically preventing protests that range from hundreds of thousands in Pakistan to hundreds of millions in Russia. Other reasons for government … [Read more...] about Internet shutdowns cost global economy $10B so far in 2022, VPN report says
Nearly a full year has passed since Virgin Galactic last flew its SpaceShipTwo vehicle into space, but the company says it is progressing toward a more rapid cadence of flights. On Wednesday, Virgin Galactic announced a deal with Boeing-owned Aurora Flight Sciences to design and manufacture two next-generation motherships. A mothership carries the Virgin Galactic spaceship to an altitude of about 15 km before releasing it, after which the spaceship fires its rocket engine and flies above 90 km. In a news release , Virgin Galactic said it expects to take delivery of the first of the two new motherships in 2025. The company presently has a single carrier aircraft, VMS Eve , that made its first flight in 2008. Virgin has not said how long this vehicle will be able to fly missions, nor how much refurbishment it will need as it begins flying more frequently. "Our next-generation motherships are integral to scaling our operations," said Virgin Galactic CEO Michael Colglazier in … [Read more...] about Looking to the future, Virgin Galactic purchases 2 more motherships