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Colchester residents react in shock following 'serious incident'

Braintree and Witham Times - Sun, 17/01/2021 - 18:00
RESIDENTS have reacted in shock after a crime scene police cordon was put in place at a property in Colchester and forensic officers were spotted at the scene.
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Photos show thick clouds of smoke as firefighters battle blaze

This Is Total Essex - Sun, 17/01/2021 - 17:57
Firefighters are at the scene
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Estimated Cost of Poor Software Quality in the U.S. in 2020: $2.1 Trillion

Slashdot - Sun, 17/01/2021 - 17:40
TechRepublic shares a remarkable calculation by the not-for-profit IT leadership group the Consortium for Information and Software Security: CISQ's 2020 report, The Cost of Poor Software Quality in the U.S., looked at the financial impact of software projects that went awry or otherwise ended up leaving companies with a larger bill by creating additional headaches for them. According to the consortium, unsuccessful IT projects alone cost U.S. companies $260 billion in 2020, while software problems in legacy systems cost businesses $520 billion and software failures in operational systems left a dent of $1.56 trillion in corporate coffers. As a result, the total cost of poor software quality in the U.S. amounted to approximately $2.08 trillion in 2020, CISQ said. Comparing this to the total U.S. IT and software wage base of $1.4 trillion, the company said the figures "underscored the magnitude of the negative economic impact of poor software quality."

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Fire shuts road as residents told to close windows and stay away

This Is Total Essex - Sun, 17/01/2021 - 17:30
Firefighters are at the scene
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Police confirm they are investigating 'serious incident' in Colchester

Braintree and Witham Times - Sun, 17/01/2021 - 17:24
POLICE officers have confirmed they are investigating a 'serious incident' in Colchester but will not be issuing an official statement at this time.
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Online Misinformation Dropped Dramatically After Twitter Banned Trump

Slashdot - Sun, 17/01/2021 - 17:04
The Washington Post reports: Online misinformation about election fraud plunged 73 percent after several social media sites suspended President Trump and key allies last week, research firm Zignal Labs has found, underscoring the power of tech companies to limit the falsehoods poisoning public debate when they act aggressively. The new research by the San Francisco-based analytics firm reported that conversations about election fraud dropped from 2.5 million mentions to 688,000 mentions across several social media sites in the week after Trump was banned from Twitter... The findings, from Jan. 9 through Friday, highlight how falsehoods flow across social media sites — reinforcing and amplifying each other — and offer an early indication of how concerted actions against misinformation can make a difference. Kate Starbird, disinformation researcher at the University of Washington, also warned the Post that "What happens in the long term is still up in the air."

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Stickers found in Essex spreading 'dangerous misinformation' on Covid

This Is Total Essex - Sun, 17/01/2021 - 16:55
The stickers displaying""untrue" information have appeared around Southend.
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Are Tech Companies Ducking Responsibility For The Need to De-Platform?

Slashdot - Sun, 17/01/2021 - 16:34
Long-time technology reporter/commentator Kara Swisher weighs in on the de-platforming of U.S. president Trump, arguing Trump "was only following the rules set for him and it was entirely the fault of the tech companies for giving him the kind of latitude that allowed him to go that far." Like a parent who gives a child endless bowls of sugar and then wonders why their kid is batshit crazy, tech has pretended to be obtuse to the consequences of their products and the choices that have been made about them. For years I have written that these companies have turned themselves into the digital arms dealers of the Internet age, amplifying and weaponizing everything. They might have cleaned up the Trump mess, but they also made the Trump mess possible by architecting systems that thrive on enragement. Most of all, they have tried to duck responsibility. I have always been amazed by Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg's statement that he did not want to be an "arbiter of the truth." My question for him: Why then did he build a platform that requires it? Even more importantly, we must examine the power that these companies wield and how to deal with that going forward... [W]hile justifiably putting a sock in Trump's toxic pie-hole, they also showed how swiftly they could end whole businesses, as was the case with the right-fave social media platform Parler.... [T]here is nothing that Parler was doing that companies like Facebook were not guilty of too and in larger measure and for a very long time. While I would not go as far as calling the company a scapegoat, as it did allow its system to be used in dangerous ways, it certainly got a lion's share of the hurt that rained down on tech and that others probably deserved even more. This brings us to the issue at hand: Power. Tech companies have too much of it, but it should be looked at through the lens of market concentration that results in the dampening of innovation needed to inevitably upend the leaders. Such a situation demands substantive and bipartisan action to deal with each company differently and with different remedies, which include fines, enforcement of existing laws, new regulation and, yes, antitrust action. That has already started, which is good, as has a series of dopey attempts to repeal Section 230, which provides broad immunity to digital platforms. What it needs is reform...

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New data shows how many people in our region have had Covid vaccine

This Is Total Essex - Sun, 17/01/2021 - 16:28
In England as a whole, 2.3 million doses have been given out
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Essex's Instagram famous 3-year-old with thousands of followers

This Is Total Essex - Sun, 17/01/2021 - 16:18
Polly's most popular Instagram photo has 1,483 likes
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Check out this weeks Mid Essex Camera Club

Braintree and Witham Times - Sun, 17/01/2021 - 16:00
Take a look at this weeks Mis Essex Camera Club.
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Incredible train crash survivors explain what really happened

This Is Total Essex - Sun, 17/01/2021 - 15:58
Two of the men helped pull the severely injured driver to safety
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Hilarious Essex place names that sound made up but are real

This Is Total Essex - Sun, 17/01/2021 - 15:40
There are some hilarious place names in the county
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A 'Debilitating' Shortage of Computer Chips is Closing Auto Factories Worldwide

Slashdot - Sun, 17/01/2021 - 15:34
"American automakers are asking the U.S. government to help solve a debilitating shortage of computer chips that is closing auto factories worldwide and could restrict production until the fall," reports Bloomberg: The American Automotive Policy Council — a lobbying organization for General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. and the U.S. operations of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV — is agitating with the U.S. Commerce Department and the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden to press Asian semiconductor makers to reallocate output away from consumer electronics and build essential chips for cars. "We have requested that the U.S. government help us find a solution to the problem because it will diminish our production and have a negative impact on the U.S. economy until it's resolved," Matt Blunt, president of the AAPC, said in an interview Friday. "We are not primarily concerned with where blame may lie for this global shortage, if it lies anywhere, but we just want a solution. And the solution is more automobile-sector semiconductors." The shortage forced Ford to shut a sport-utility vehicle factory in Kentucky this week, and it is closing a small-car plant in Germany for a month. Fiat Chrysler has had to temporarily stop output at plants in Mexico and Canada. More production is expected to be idled in the coming weeks.

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LIVE BLOG: Crime scene cordon put in place in Colchester

Braintree and Witham Times - Sun, 17/01/2021 - 15:33
SPECULATION is mounting in Colchester after a crime scene cordon was put in place and forensic officers were seen entering a home. Eyewitnesses claim police officers have been searching bins and drains and speaking to residents in Laing Road since roughly 4am today. One local reported seeing scene of crime officers and as many as eight police cars in the area. Stay with us for updates.
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Essex village set to be the fictional home of an exciting new TV show

This Is Total Essex - Sun, 17/01/2021 - 15:26
The series will follow the novel written by Essex-born author Sarah Perry
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Colchester: Speculation mounts after crime scene cordon is put in place

Braintree and Witham Times - Sun, 17/01/2021 - 15:20
SPECULATION is mounting in Colchester after a crime scene cordon was put in place and forensic officers were seen entering a home.
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Covid Hospital deaths see highest Sunday rise since April

This Is Total Essex - Sun, 17/01/2021 - 15:14
It's the largest death toll since April
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Pub on Essex border set to be renamed over 'links to racism'

This Is Total Essex - Sun, 17/01/2021 - 13:47
4 pubs are set to be 'rebranded' after links to racism
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Essex road shut by police after huge water main burst

This Is Total Essex - Sun, 17/01/2021 - 12:04
A huge amount of water erupted from the water main
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