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20 января, 04:43

NEW CIVILITY WATCH: Andrea Mitchell: Dems Must Get Deal ‘Written in Blood’ to Avoid Shutdown. …

NEW CIVILITY WATCH: Andrea Mitchell: Dems Must Get Deal ‘Written in Blood’ to Avoid Shutdown. Earlier today: “CBS This Morning co-host John Dickerson on Friday touted Democratic talking points regarding a government shutdown. Talking to Senator Cory Gardner, Dickerson tried to explain away demanding a DACA fix in return for keeping the government open. He […]

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20 января, 02:48

Android Circuit: Samsung Confirms Galaxy S9 Launch Date, Huawei Vs USA, Radical Galaxy X Cancelled

This week’s Android Circuit includes the FCC confirming Samsung's Galaxy S9, more leaked specs from the Galaxy S9 Plus, the OnePlus 6 is revealed, Sony's big MWC plans and Huawei's latest international expansion.

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20 января, 00:32

NEW CIVILITY WATCH: CBS This Morning co-host John Dickerson on Friday touted Democratic talking poi…

NEW CIVILITY WATCH: CBS This Morning co-host John Dickerson on Friday touted Democratic talking points regarding a government shutdown. Talking to Senator Cory Gardner, Dickerson tried to explain away demanding a DACA fix in return for keeping the government open. He lectured the Republican: “Nothing focuses the mind like a hanging.” Yes, Dickerson is paraphrasing […]

19 января, 22:24

Comcast (CMCSA) Offers Wireless Internet Backup for SMBs

On Aug 17, 2017, Comcast Corp. (CMCSA) completed the nationwide rollout of its wireless services under the Xfinity Mobile brand.

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18 января, 21:02

Net Neutrality And Senate Democrats' Renewed Love For The Congressional Review Act

Democrats loved the Congressional Review Act, then not so much. Now it's back in favor with them again as they seek to reinstate the FCC's rollback of coercive net neutrality mandates.

18 января, 20:42

Top Democratic recruit passes on Mississippi Senate run

Brandon Presley, Democrats’ top recruit for an acknowledged uphill campaign for Senate in Mississippi, announced Thursday that he would not run for the seat held by Republican Sen. Roger Wicker this year. Sources familiar with the decision say that it was driven by a sense that Chris McDaniel — the conservative state senator who nearly knocked off Sen. Thad Cochran in a bitter GOP primary four years ago — would not be able to mount a strong primary challenge against Wicker, especially in the wake of the political collapse of Steve Bannon, who’d been pushing McDaniel to run again.Presley, a distant relative of Elvis and chair of the Northern District of the Mississippi Public Service Commission, had been approached by both Democratic Senate Campaign Committee chair Chris Van Hollen (Md.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (N.Y.). He’d taken a harder look at the race after now-Sen. Doug Jones’ surprise win in Alabama — but in informal conversations around the state, Presley supporters became convinced that McDaniel wouldn’t be strong enough to run, and that Wicker couldn’t be defeated. They also found that people hadn't forgiven McDaniel for running against Cochran in 2014, or for the staffer who went to take pictures of his ailing wife in a care facility.“I’m sincerely grateful for the words of encouragement, pledges of volunteers, financial support and prayers,” Presley said in a statement. “Had I run and been elected, I would have gone to Washington to serve ALL Mississippians, not one political party. We need more of that on all levels of government.”Presley stressed that turning away from the race doesn’t mean he’s turning away from issues that are at play in Washington. “In the coming days, I plan to call on Senator Wicker and Senator Cochran to support the resolution pending in the Senate to stop the FCC’s repeal of Net Neutrality rules. I simply didn’t want my stance on this vitally important issue to Mississippi to be viewed as political grandstanding by someone who is looking to run for the Senate,” he said, adding that he believes the repeal will hurt rural Mississippians while helping big telecommunications companies. Presley’s exit leaves Democrats with Mississippi as the only state without a candidate as they try to go on offense even in deep Republican parts of the country. Attention now turns to David Baria, a lawyer and state House minority leader.Baria said Thursday that he’s “taking a very careful look at it. I feel like Mississippi needs some real leadership right now. This is a critical time in our nation and our state. We just can’t continue to stand still while other states move forward.”Baria said he hasn’t yet heard from Van Hollen or Schumer, but he has been in touch with a staffer from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. He said he feels like he might be the right candidate, and will decide in the next few weeks. The filing deadline is March 1. “It’s certainly encouraging to see the people of Alabama be willing to support a moderate Democrat,” he said.

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18 января, 15:32

More than 20 states are suing the FCC over its net neutrality decision

This is the first major lawsuit over the FCC's decision to repeal the net neutrality rules.

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17 января, 18:57

CHANGE MORE OF THE SAME: Senate Dems at 50-Vote Mark to Block FCC’s Net Neutrality Repeal. This r…

CHANGE MORE OF THE SAME: Senate Dems at 50-Vote Mark to Block FCC’s Net Neutrality Repeal. This report is from Bridget Johnson, whose unexplained and unacknowledged Twitter banishment remains unexplained and unacknowledged by Twitter management.

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17 января, 13:22

В США протестуют против отмены «сетевого нейтралитета» // Иск против решения регуляторов подали власти 21 штата и общественные организации

Генеральные прокуроры 21 штата США подали иск против прошлогоднего решения Федеральной комиссии по связи (FCC) отменить принцип «сетевого нейтралитета». Принцип был введен при Бараке Обаме и запрещал интернет-провайдерам блокировать сайты или применять дискриминационные меры против любого интернет-ресурса. Представители штатов, а также независимые общественные организации считают, что отмена «сетевого нейтралитета» нарушает права потребителей на свободный доступ к интернету и может привести к злоупотреблениям со стороны провайдеров.

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17 января, 08:59

The Republicans had Obamacare. The Democrats have net neutrality.

Democrats' move to undo the FCC's repeal of regulations is likely to fail in the Senate, but it will energize the Democratic base.

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17 января, 05:43

22 States Sue FCC For Axing Net Neutrality

The legal battle against the Federal Communications Commission has just begun.

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17 января, 02:17

21 states sue to keep net neutrality as Senate Democrats reach 50 votes

(Reuters) - A group of 21 U.S. state attorneys general filed suit to challenge the Federal Communications Commission's decision to do away with net neutrality on Tuesday while Democrats said they needed just one more vote in the Senate to repeal the FCC ruling.

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17 января, 01:24

More than 20 states sue to stop FCC's net neutrality repeal

The future of how the internet is regulated could be decided in court.

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16 января, 18:08

The Senate is one vote away from a symbolic victory on net neutrality

Democrats are pushing a vote to restore net neutrality protections the FCC ended in December. The House will also have to pass the bill, and President Trump will have to sign it. Democrats need just one more vote in the Senate to guarantee passage of a bill to restore the net neutrality rules killed by the FCC in December.

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16 января, 09:38

Tuesday assorted links

1. “In fact, Shanika told us that if she had a choice she, ‘would not get rid of [her] voices.’” 2. Will the FCC create an Office of Economics and Analytics? 3. Randall Schweller defends Trump on foreign policy. 4. Can machine learning detect rude conversations?  And on what basis should the Fields Medal be […] The post Tuesday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

15 января, 18:42

Hawaii and the Horror of Human Error

“There are fail safes built into the system, but there aren’t enough fail safes”

15 января, 18:04

How One Employee "Pushed The Wrong Button" And Unleashed Doomsday Panic Across Hawaii

Shortly before panicked Hawaiians stuffed children into storm drains and said their goodbyes on the morning of January 13, an unnamed employee at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (H-EMA) accidentally selected the wrong dropdown menu choice, resulting in a live broadcast to the cell phones of Hawaii residents and tourists which read “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL," according to officials.  Here is what happened, according to the Washington Post:  Around 8:05 a.m., the Hawaii emergency employee initiated the internal test, according to a timeline released by the state. From a drop-down menu on a computer program, he saw two options: “Test missile alert” and “Missile alert.” He was supposed to choose the former; as much of the world now knows, he chose the latter, an initiation of a real-life missile alert. At 8:07, the alert went out, with a more detailed message scrolling across television screens, reading:  "Civil authority has issued A CIVIL DANGER WARNING for the following counties or areas: Hawaii: At 8:07 AM on Jan 13, 2018... Message from IPAWSCAP. The U.S. Pacific Command has detected a missile threat to Hawaii. A missile may impact on land or sea within minutes. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. If you are indoors, stay indoors. If you are outdoors, seek immediate shelter in a building. Remain indoors well away from windows. If you are driving, pull safely to the side of the road and seek shelter in a building or lay on the floor." Of note, US PACOM was not involved whatsoever. The missile launch warning also went out over TV in Hawaii. Note how it directly states “US PACOM has detected a missile threat to Hawaii”. US PACOM never detected a missile threat to Hawaii nor did PACOM ever issue that statement. Yet it went out on TV.pic.twitter.com/RV9OsFE7RX — Nick Short 🇺🇸 (@PoliticalShort) January 13, 2018 38 minutes later, a wireless alert went out letting people know "There is no missile threat or danger to the State of Hawaii. Repeat. False Alarm."     By then it was too late: the fake warning had ignited mass panic among residents - many of whom thought they had minutes to live. One resident had a little girl get into a manhole during the threat.  The botched missile alert sent panic throughout the islands. One family took shelter in a street manhole. More on how Hawaii reacted: https://t.co/vSN8HJrFfX SLIDESHOW: https://t.co/reNf3gmXUr#HINews #HNN pic.twitter.com/tMlpl23RPf — Hawaii News Now (@HawaiiNewsNow) January 13, 2018 Panic in Hawaii as Civil Defense issues alert for 'inbound ballistic missile threat' which told residents to 'urgently seek shelter' https://t.co/HLb1g3FFF4 pic.twitter.com/AMNTVDa6Kp — Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) January 13, 2018   Authorities were apologetic, with Governor David Ige (D) apologizing for the "pain and confusion" caused by accidentally telling millions of people death was imminent, saying in a press conference "a mistake made during a standard procedure at the changeover of a shift and an employee pushed the wrong button." "We made a mistake," officials said after a missile alert that caused panic in Hawaii. According to officials, here's what happened: https://t.co/SZjrRMoh8E PHOTOS: https://t.co/WIBeQbqtEt #HINews #HNN pic.twitter.com/iP3qHUCsPe — Hawaii News Now (@HawaiiNewsNow) January 14, 2018 The following day, there were far more questions than answers. Brand new FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said the alert was "absolutely unacceptable," and that a full investigation was underway. Pai seemed to initially lay blame at state officials for the mistake.  “Based on the information we have collected so far, it appears that the government of Hawaii did not have reasonable safeguards or process controls in place to prevent the transmission of a false alert,” said Pai, adding “Federal, state, and local officials throughout the country need to work together to identify any vulnerabilities to false alerts and do what’s necessary to fix them. We also must ensure that corrections are issued immediately in the event that a false alert does go out.” Technical Difficulties A major factor in the 38 minute gap between the erroneous warning and the subsequent "false alarm" alert was the fact that while the state has permission from FEMA to issue the emergency broadcast, there is no system in place to send out a subsequent "false alarm" alert.  “We had to double back and work with FEMA [to craft and approve the false alarm alert] and that’s what took time,” said HEMA spokesman Richard Rapoza. Rapoza says that has now been remedied with a cancellation option that can be selected within seconds of a mistake. “In the past there was no cancellation button. There was no false alarm button at all,” Rapoza said. “Now there is a command to issue a message immediately that goes over on the same system saying ‘It’s a false alarm. Please disregard.’ as soon as the mistake is identified.” The Emergency Management Agency also said it suspended all drills until the completion of their investigation, as well as a "two-person activation/verification rule" to initiate tests and missile launch notifications.  According to the Washington Post, "The agency said it would issue a preliminary report of findings and corrective actions next week. The employee in question has been temporarily reassigned, Rapoza said, but there are no plans to fire him. “Part of the problem was it was too easy — for anyone — to make such a big mistake,” Rapoza said. “We have to make sure that we’re not looking for retribution, but we should be fixing the problems in the system. . . . I know that it’s a very, very difficult situation for him.” Poor guy. Doesn't he know he accidentally wiped a perfectly good Uranium One related indictment off the headlines? Oops! 

15 января, 17:43

Company News For Jan 15, 2018

Companies In The News are: WFC,SBGI,TRCO,NXPI,QCOM,CSIQ