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Video shows huge illegal car meet as police hand out dozens of fines

This Is Total Essex - Mon, 18/01/2021 - 09:37
Met police fined nearly 50 people at the illegal car meet
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The hour grows late, the enemy are at the gates... but could Intel's exiled heir apparent ride to the rescue?

The Register - Mon, 18/01/2021 - 09:30
Pat Gelsinger returning to Chipzilla as CEO is another extraordinary stroke of luck for the company

Column  Intel has been many things. It has been a struggling startup, surfing the sudden successes and near-death experiences of 1970s Silicon Valley. It's been a relentless powerhouse, ruthlessly exploiting its dominance as personal computing rode Moore's Law to commercial and social revolution. Now it's in danger of seeing its supremacy crumble as rivals grab markets and mindshare with better manufacturing and marketing as Moore's Law itself turns to sand.…

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Fire leaves 3 families homeless after building erupts in flames

This Is Total Essex - Mon, 18/01/2021 - 08:49
The building erupted into flames yesterday afternoon
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Ask Slashdot: How Should User-Generated Content Be Moderated?

Slashdot - Mon, 18/01/2021 - 08:34
"I increasingly suspect that the days of large-scale public distribution of unmoderated user generated content on the Internet may shortly begin drawing to a close in significant ways..." writes long-time Slashdot reader Lauren Weinstein. And then he shares "a bit of history": Back in 1985 when I launched my "Stargate" experiment to broadcast Usenet Netnews over the broadcast television vertical blanking interval of national "Superstation WTBS," I decided that the project would only carry moderated Usenet newsgroups. Even more than 35 years ago, I was concerned about some of the behavior and content already beginning to become common on Usenet... My determination for Stargate to only carry moderated groups triggered cries of "censorship," but I did not feel that responsible moderation equated with censorship — and that is still my view today. And now, all these many years later, it's clear that we've made no real progress in these regards... But as it stands now, Weinstein believes were probably headed to "a combination of steps taken independently by social media firms and future legislative mandates." [M]y extremely strong preference is that we deal with these issues together as firms, organizations, customers, and users — rather than depend on government actions that, if history is any guide, will likely do enormous negative collateral damage. Time is of the essence. Weinstein suggests one possibility: that moderation at scale "may follow the model of AI-based first-level filtering, followed by layers of human moderators." But what's the alternative? Throngs of human moderators? Leaving it all to individual users? Limiting the amount of user-generated content? No moderation whatsoever? Share your own thoughts and ideas in the comments. How should user-generated content be moderated?

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Coronavirus: Lockdown 'won't be eased until at least March'

Braintree and Witham Times - Mon, 18/01/2021 - 08:24
NATIONAL lockdown restrictions are unlikely to start to be eased before early March, the vaccines Minister has said.
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Two clichés, one headline: 'No good deed goes unpunished' and 'It's always DNS'

The Register - Mon, 18/01/2021 - 08:15
Oh good, you fixed it. Now, if you could just put your head on that plate...

Who, Me?  Beware the perils of being too helpful as we kick the working week off with a Who, Me? starring both DNS and the need of management to put someone's – anyone's – head on a spike.…

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Over-70s next in line to receive Covid-19 vaccine

This Is Total Essex - Mon, 18/01/2021 - 08:00
It comes as a mass vaccination centre opens in Wickford, Essex today
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Furry friends prove great companions while working from home

Braintree and Witham Times - Mon, 18/01/2021 - 08:00
ARE you working from home at the moment?
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Hallowed Buqtraq infosec list killed then resurrected over the weekend: We heard your feedback, says Accenture

The Register - Mon, 18/01/2021 - 07:05
Plus: Watch out for NTFS-corrupting folder, Mimecast hack, and more

In brief  Last week ended with news that the venerable infosec mailing list Bugtraq was being shutdown at the end of the month.…

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New major mass vaccination centre to open in Essex today

This Is Total Essex - Mon, 18/01/2021 - 07:00
10 new vaccination centres will offer vaccines from today
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Lionel Toms raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital

Braintree and Witham Times - Mon, 18/01/2021 - 06:00
A DAD and his son are pounding the streets to raise money for the hospital that saved his two youngest boys' lives.
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Thousands of laptops handed out to pupils in Essex

Braintree and Witham Times - Mon, 18/01/2021 - 06:00
THOUSANDS of laptops are being distributed across Essex to help children in lockdown with their lessons.
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East of England has administered least Covid-19 vaccines in country

Braintree and Witham Times - Mon, 18/01/2021 - 06:00
FIGURES have revealed the East of England has administered the least coronavirus vaccines out of any other region in the country.
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Kirby Cross family's appeal to help pay for dad’s funeral

Braintree and Witham Times - Mon, 18/01/2021 - 06:00
THE heartbroken family of a man who was tragically killed on a motorway are appealing to the generosity of the community to help them fund his funeral.
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7% of Americans Have Had Covid-19

Slashdot - Mon, 18/01/2021 - 04:59
CNN reports: According to Johns Hopkins University's tally of cases in the United States, there have been at least 23,754,315 cases of coronavirus in the U.S., and at least 395,785 deaths. On Saturday, Johns Hopkins reported 198,218 new cases and 3,286 new deaths... On Friday, the CDC said new more contagious variants of the coronavirus will likely accelerate the spread of the virus and that means the US must double down on efforts to protect people. The U.S. Census Bureau calculates the country's entire population is 330,827,996 people. These figures suggest 7.18% of the American population has now experienced the disease — more than 1 out of every 14 Americans.

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Virgin Orbit Just Successfully Launched a 70-Foot Rocket From Its 747

Slashdot - Mon, 18/01/2021 - 02:59
CNN reports: A 70-foot rocket, riding beneath the wing of a retrofitted Boeing 747 aircraft, detached from the plane and fired itself into Earth's orbit on Sunday — marking the first successful launch for the California-based rocket startup Virgin Orbit. Virgin Orbit's 747, nicknamed Cosmic Girl, took off from California around 10:30 am PT with the rocket, called LauncherOne, nestled beneath the plane's left wing. The aircraft flew out over the Pacific Ocean before the rocket was released, freeing LauncherOne and allowing it to power up its rocket motor and propel itself to more than 17,000 miles per hour, fast enough to begin orbiting the Earth... The rocket flew a group of tiny satellites on behalf of NASA's Educational Launch of Nanosatellites, or ELaNa, program, which allows high school and college students to design and assemble small satellites that NASA then pays to launch into space... About four hours after takeoff on Saturday, Virgin Orbit confirmed in a tweet that all the satellites were "successfully deployed into our target orbit." The successful mission makes Virgin Orbit only the third so-called "New Space" company — startups hoping to overhaul the traditional industry with innovative technologies — to reach orbit, after SpaceX and Rocket Lab. The success also paves the way for Virgin Orbit to begin launching satellites for a host of customers that it already has lined up, including NASA, the military and private-sector companies that use satellites for commercial purposes. Virgin Orbit shared a 57-second video on Twitter showing the moment their rocket was released and then launched, saying the event went exactly as planned. "To say we're thrilled would be a massive understatement, but 240 characters couldn't do it justice anyway."

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Amazon Begins Removing QAnon Goods For Sale

Slashdot - Mon, 18/01/2021 - 01:59
Long-time Slashdot reader AmiMoJo quotes the Washington Post: Amazon said it will remove merchandise related to QAnon, a discredited conspiracy theory that the FBI has identified as a potential domestic terrorist threat, just a day after the e-commerce giant suspended the pro-Trump social media site Parler from using its cloud computing technology. Amazon is beginning to remove QAnon products from its site, a process that could take a few days, spokeswoman Cecilia Fan said Monday afternoon following inquiries from The Washington Post and other media outlets. Third-party merchants that attempt to evade Amazon's systems to list QAnon goods may find their selling privileges revoked, Fan added.

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Twitter Temporarily Suspends Account of US Representative

Slashdot - Mon, 18/01/2021 - 00:59
CNN reports: Twitter on Sunday temporarily suspended the account of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for repeated violations of new rules the social media platform put in place following the violent U.S. Capitol riot earlier this month, a company spokesperson told CNN. "The account referenced has been temporarily locked out for multiple violations of our civic integrity policy," the spokesperson said. As a result, the congresswoman will be locked out of her account for 12 hours. CNN also notes that Greene is a QAnon supporter, and that during her 12-hour suspension she'd complained that conservative Americans "shouldn't have to fear being cancelled by American corporations where they work, do business, and use services. "They shouldn't be scared into submission by Socialists who want to end their way of life."

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Report: US Halts Huawei's Suppliers, Including Intel, in Last Blow to China's 5G

Slashdot - Sun, 17/01/2021 - 23:59
"The Trump administration notified Huawei suppliers, including chipmaker Intel, that it is revoking certain licenses to sell to the Chinese company and intends to reject dozens of other applications," Reuters reports, citing sources familiar with the matter: One of the sources said eight licenses were yanked from four companies. Japanese flash memory chip maker Kioxia Corp had at least one license revoked, two of the sources said. The company, formerly known as Toshiba Memory Corp, could not immediately be reached for comment... Companies that received the "intent to deny" notices have 20 days to respond, and the Commerce Department has 45 days to advise the companies of any change in a decision or it then becomes final. Companies would then have another 45 days to appeal... Before the latest action, some 150 licenses were pending for $120 billion worth of goods and technology, which had been held up because various U.S. agencies could not agree on whether they should be granted, a person familiar with the matter said. Another $280 billion of licenses for goods and technology for Huawei still have not been dealt with, the source said, but now face a higher likelihood of denial... The United States made the latest decisions during a half dozen meetings starting on Jan. 4 with senior officials from the departments of Commerce, State, Defense and Energy, the source said. The officials developed detailed guidance with regard to which technologies were capable of 5G, and then applied that standard, the person said. By doing that, the officials denied the vast majority of the roughly 150 disputed applications, and revoked the eight licenses to make those consistent with the new denials, the source said.

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Florida's Whistleblower Covid-19 Data Manager Arrested Today

Slashdot - Sun, 17/01/2021 - 22:59
The state of Florida's former Covid-19 data manager was apparently arrested today. After her firing in May of 2020, Rebekah Jones had become a critic of the state's publicly-available information, even setting up her own online dashboard of Covid-19 case data. The state suspected her of being the person who'd illegally accessed the state's emergency alert health system in December to urge Health Department employees to speak up about the coronavirus, and state police obtained a warrant for a raid on her home during which they'd seized her computers and cellphones. Jones later called the raid a "sham" to retaliate against her for not altering the state's COVID-19 data. This weekend on Twitter, Jones emphasized that the police found zero evidence during their raid to connect her to that message. She also argues that the newer allegation "was issued the day after a Tallahassee judge told police that if they're not investigating a crime, they had to return my equipment." During that raid "police did find documents I received/downloaded from sources in the state, or something of that nature..." Jones posted Saturday. "[I]t isn't clear at this point what exactly they're saying I had that I shouldn't have had, but an agent confirmed it has nothing to do with the subject of the warrant." The Tampa Bay Times reports: Jones announced Saturday on Twitter that she learned of the warrant and plans to turn herself in on Sunday. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement confirmed there is a warrant for Jones' arrest but said it cannot disclose what charges she faces until she is in custody. Agency spokesman Gretl Plessinger said in an email to the Tampa Bay Times that "agents have been working with her attorney to have her turn herself in..." Jones said she and her attorney were not told what she's being prosecuted for, just that she faces one criminal charge... "The agent told my lawyer there would be only one charge," Jones tweeted on Saturday, "but emphasized that speaking out or going to the media may result in police 'stacking' additional charges."

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