Ultimately though, is all this brouhaha over India's contact tracing app more noise than substance since it ended up being open source and optional? Maybe. But consider these facts. Narendra Modi was Chief Minister of the state of Gujarat when over 2,100 Muslims were slaughtered in an orchestrated pogrom. For someone like Modi who has tight control over practically every organ of his administration, it would have been laughably impossible for him -- and his police force -- to not be aware of the bloodletting that took place over a span of many days all across the state. … [Read more...] about India’s contact tracing app made open source, but will this thwart a surveillance state?
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“Wi-Fi is already arguably the most successful wireless technology of our time, but with these globally agreed standards and policies, we can take public-guest Wi-Fi to another level in terms of ease-of-use and global availability,” said Tiago Rodrigues, CEO of the WBA. … [Read more...] about OpenRoaming offers frictionless Wi-Fi connectivity
Will pilots have to train in a simulator before they can fly the Max again?After Boeing announced it was ready to deploy the MCAS software update in April, the FAA initially said that simulator training still wouldn't be required. But some pilots and regulatory officials from other countries, like Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau, quickly disagreed with that decision. They won an influential supporter on June 19, 2019, when "Miracle on the Hudson" Capt. Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger argued before a congressional committee that simulator training should be required before pilots take the Max back into the air. He also said the original design of MCAS was "fatally flawed and should never have been approved." … [Read more...] about Boeing 737 Max could stay grounded until late 2020
In BioShield’s lengthy testimonials section, someone identifying themselves as "Dr D" wrote that they put a 5GBioShield under their pillow expecting nothing to happen, but later felt "a strange 'tingling' feeling... I suspect the USB device has in some way normalized my energy to be as it should, and not negative or harmful." If this person really is a medical doctor, as claimed, weep for their patients. … [Read more...] about “Anti-5G” USB stick that costs $346 is being investigated by trading standards
The Commerce Dept and FTC may have more teeth when it comes to actually placing financial consequences on companies that don't do what the Trump administration wants. But there's a high likelihood that any action taken against companies by either group would hit a strong legal rebuttal. After all, Section 230 is the law, and that means in this case the existing law is on Twitter, Facebook and Google's side. It would take actual Congressional work to make changes to Section 230 itself — until that happens, I don't foresee any actual changes in the way these companies are operating regarding speech, moderation and content display. Techdirt's headline summed it up nicely: "Two Things To Understand About Trump's Executive Order On Social Media: (1) It's A Distraction (2) It's Legally Meaningless." … [Read more...] about Thankfully for everyone, Trump’s misguided attack on social networks faces many roadblocks