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Essex property: The Essex seaside town where homes are selling fast

This Is Total Essex - Fri, 03/12/2021 - 15:09
Houses are being sold far faster than the national average
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Mid and South Essex Hospitals Trust told to improve after staff report concerns with CQC

This Is Total Essex - Fri, 03/12/2021 - 15:04
The trust said that it the report also showed 'extremely positive findings'
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One white cat and a volcano short of a Bond villain: Rocket Lab's Peter Beck shows off the 'Hungry Hippo'

The Register - Fri, 03/12/2021 - 14:44
Neutron updated, but the Spectre of SpaceX looms

Rocket Lab showed off progress on its Neutron rocket yesterday, with a "Hungry Hippo" fairing design more reminiscent of a '60s spy flick than a'70s table-top kid amuser.…

Categories: Technology

US Indicts Two Men for Running a $20 Million YouTube Content ID Scam

Slashdot - Fri, 03/12/2021 - 14:40
Two men have been indicted by a grand jury for running a massive YouTube Content ID scam that netted the pair more than $20m. TorrentFreak: Webster Batista Fernandez and Jose Teran managed to convince a YouTube partner that the pair owned the rights to 50,000+ tracks and then illegally monetized user uploads over a period of four years.

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James Gibbons murder: Fiancée of murdered dad says half of her died on day he was killed

This Is Total Essex - Fri, 03/12/2021 - 14:29
His partner said "half of her has been taken away"
Categories: Local News

Hanukkah 2021: The special event happening in an Essex town for the first time

This Is Total Essex - Fri, 03/12/2021 - 14:19
The day's celebrations will be close to people's hearts
Categories: Local News

New Blockchain Tech Promises To Ease Ethereum's Growing Pains

Slashdot - Fri, 03/12/2021 - 14:06
New technology promising to solve Ethereum's growing pains is gaining traction, increasing bets that some day most of the network's transactions might not actually take place on its own blockchain. From a report: For years slow speeds and high transaction fees have plagued the network underpinning the $550 billion cryptocurrency Ether -- home to the most popular blockchain applications. Its weaknesses have allowed new competitors such as Solana and Avalanche to gain ground. However, help from so-called Layer 2 technologies, or rollups, could be a solution. Digital ledgers like Ethereum are designed to slow down and become more expensive as their popularity increases. But these Layer 2 projects, many of which have only recently debuted, can effectively take transaction data off Ethereum, compress it and post it back onto the original chain for a fraction of the time and cost. So far the the user base is relatively small. But rapid growth is raising expectations that Ethereum will not only be able to ward off competition but that other blockchains might adopt similar scaling solutions. If the technology takes off, networks like Ethereum might only be directly used for very large transactions in the future, with the bulk of activity happening on Layer 2 networks.

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Categories: Technology

When it comes to renting tech kit, things can get personal, very quickly

The Register - Fri, 03/12/2021 - 14:02
Is hardware by subscription bad for customers? Readers have their say

Register Debate  There's a reason why it's called a personal computer, and boy did this week's debate remind us all of the fact. We'd thrown open the motion that Renting Hardware on a Subscription Basis is Bad for Customers.…

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Essex crime: Essex residents say they don't feel safe walking in county at night

This Is Total Essex - Fri, 03/12/2021 - 14:02
Essex Police insist the county is safe and crimes are going down
Categories: Local News

Thurrock council's car parks to be free 1 day a week in run-up to Christmas

This Is Total Essex - Fri, 03/12/2021 - 13:54
It's hoped the free parking can helo boost the local economy
Categories: Local News

Braintree Lions Santa is back collecting for Christmas

Braintree and Witham Times - Fri, 03/12/2021 - 13:53
SANTA is back collecting donations as the schedule for the Braintree Lions Group Collection has been revealed.
Categories: Local News

Dev loses copyright appeal over forensic software after judges rule suite was owned by his employer

The Register - Fri, 03/12/2021 - 13:15
Did it during work time and got paid for it, affirms Court of Appeal

A Briton has lost an appeal bid to claim copyright over software he wrote for his employer while being handsomely paid for doing so – despite saying he wrote parts of it in his spare time.…

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Lord Alan Sugar targeted with threatening antisemitic letters sent by pensioner

This Is Total Essex - Fri, 03/12/2021 - 13:11
The letters contained abusive, threatening and offensive language
Categories: Local News

Another Porn Site Says Banks Forced It To Stop Paying Sex Workers

Slashdot - Fri, 03/12/2021 - 13:00
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: AVN Stars, a platform where sex workers can sell porn clips, announced on Wednesday that it will no longer allow creators to monetize their content on the site beginning January 1. In a press release, Adult Video News wrote that discrimination from banks forced the decision. "Unfortunately, AVN and GayVN Stars has not been immune to the banking discrimination that so many of our industry friends have also encountered recently," AVN Media Network CEO Tony Rios said in the press release. "We have had numerous corporate accounts shuttered in the past year alone." Throughout December, models can keep selling content as usual. On January 1, however, all content on the site will be free. "We lost probably 16 bank accounts this year. It's just exhausting," Rios told me in a phone call. "The adult industry has always had banking problems. I can think back to losing my first bank account in like, 1996. It's just par for the course. But I think that at this point, the stakes are so much higher, when you're talking 10's of 1000's of creators that really rely on this," he said. "You have these people that sit in these offices that are really disconnected from the banking relationships, that are just looking at patterns of transactions. They see, 'oh you sent $50,000 from here to Europe or whatever, what is this about?' And then they start Googling around and then they figure out it's the adult industry. Depending on that one person's judgment call, [platforms have to] start to tighten things down, and ultimately [banks] shut the account down. And then we just get a letter that says, 'We're sorry, we've made the decision to close your account.'" Some creators who use AVN Stars are angry over how the company went about notifying them of these changes. Nikki Kit, a dominatrix who uses AVN Stars, told Motherboard that the platform sent a direct message to creators on the platform, but only some creators received that message before the announcement was public. Kit said that learning about it this way infuriated her. She said that this is a symptom of a larger problem in the industry. "People outside of the industry don't feel comfortable saying 'hey, what you're doing to these people is wrong,'" she said. "We're hidden away from society because the public is so uncomfortable talking about sex as a whole. Let alone discuss the porn they are viewing, or the health and happiness of the performers they enjoy seeing... I hope that people can get more comfortable discussing sex and sexuality openly, and quickly. Because if people can't even discuss sex or sexuality, how can we discuss the rights of the workers within the sex industry? How many people that watch porn are willing to not only admit that they watch or pay for their porn, but that they believe porn people deserve to be paid for their work?"

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Essex crime: Teen killer who murdered dad of 4 James Gibbons in Laindon named for the first time

This Is Total Essex - Fri, 03/12/2021 - 12:45
Joshuah Sparks stabbed James Gibbons outside his twin daughters' birthday party
Categories: Local News

Essex landmarks to turn green for suicide awareness

Braintree and Witham Times - Fri, 03/12/2021 - 12:42
A host of landmarks in Essex will be lit up in green next week as part of a suicide awareness campaign.
Categories: Local News

Two Chinese companies leave US: China Telecom told it can't stay, DiDi gets out of Dodge

The Register - Fri, 03/12/2021 - 12:26
Just being practical here, but maybe they can share a cab?

Two Chinese tech companies, China Telecom and DiDi Global, are packing their bags and moving out of the US, one under the ruling of Washington, the other under the thumb of Beijing.…

Categories: Technology

Harlow council homes to get £320,000 makeover after fire safety concerns

This Is Total Essex - Fri, 03/12/2021 - 12:21
Councillors said Potters Field Estate was run down and in need of refurbishment
Categories: Local News

Essex woman 'traumatised by holiday from hell' after gunmen stormed Mexico beach

This Is Total Essex - Fri, 03/12/2021 - 11:56
It wasn't the luxurious hotel the mother and daughter were expecting
Categories: Local News

Down's syndrome and cerebral palsy falsely recorded as causes of deaths in Essex

This Is Total Essex - Fri, 03/12/2021 - 11:53
The Learning Disability Mortality Review programme has recommended a review
Categories: Local News

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