Colorado to Criminalize Screen Time for Kids

If a Colorado initiative gets its way 49 other states are going to be looking like anarcho-capitalist havens. Initiative 29 or the “Preservation of a Natural childhood” could make selling smartphones, tablets, and any sort of handheld wireless technology to anyone aged 13 and younger illegal which is anything but natural.

The title attempts to conjure up delightful images of a childhood free from responsibility, being driven to hockey practice, playing late into the night, and the parental figures providing all of life’s necessities. Initiative 29 capitalizes on feel good impressions, disregarding thousands of years of personal advancements.

However, this image is very unnatural. Neither electricity or cars are part of a natural childhood, and as comedian Jim Gaffigan puts it neither is using the bathroom indoors. We are surrounded by the unnatural. Colorado Initiative 29 capitalizes on your feel good impressions, disregarding thousands of years of positive advancements.

Expectantly the announcement has raised concern over state paternalism, but there are much more meaningful and deeper issues at play. Advocates are overlooking huge benefits of these technologies and are seeing smartphones as the cause of idleness rather than as the symptom. They are turning families and businesses into criminals overnight.

Full article: Colorado to Criminalize Screen Time for Kids | Intellectual Takeout

This is one of those topics that is going to bring about a lot of strong opinions in both directions. Like, on one hand, this technology is, in fact, the future of our nation and these innovations are moving fast. The kids in this area are going to be terribly behind the times without at least some limited access, and will be behind their peers when they leave for college. On the other hand, these kids may have a leg up in developing personal relationships and handling people face to face instead of forcing people to only communicate with them via text.

We all know, however, how this is actually going to work out, and how this is all going to be a useless mute point. Let’s say the law passes. Great! Now mom goes in and buys a phone, tells the sales person the phone is for her, and when she gets home she passes it off to Little Johnny anyway and tells him not to look at porn, now leave mommy alone while she has some wine.

The same as it is right now. Because when is the last time you saw a 13 year old buy their own $900 iPhone anyway? The only thing that is changing here is that parents just won’t tell the sales people that the phone is for their kid. It isn’t actually going to accomplish anything.

Washington Post retracts story about Russian hack at Vermont utility

Oh, look… more fake news!

The Washington Post has retracted its story about Russian hackers penetrating the nation’s electricity grid with a virus found in a Burlington, Vt., electric company laptop.

“Authorities say there is no indication of that so far [that Russians had penetrated the US electric grid],” according to an editor’s note attached to a corrected version of the story on the paper’s website.

“The computer at Burlington Electric that was hacked was not attached to the grid,” the editor’s note read.

Source: Washington Post retracts story about Russian hack at Vermont utility | New York Post

IBM unveils plan to hire 25,000 in US on eve of Trump meeting

US technology giant IBM said Tuesday it would hire 25,000 people in the country over the next four years, a day before President-elect Donald Trump meets with tech industry leaders.

About 6,000 of those hirings will occur in 2017, IBM chief executive Ginni Rometty said in an opinion article published in the newspaper USA Today.

IBM, which has undertaken in recent years a restructuring of its activities, will invest $1 billion on employee training and development in the next four years, said the IBM president, chairman and CEO.

“We are hiring because the nature of work is evolving — and that is also why so many of these jobs remain hard to fill,” Rometty said, noting that many industries were being reshaped by data science and cloud computing.

“Jobs are being created that demand new skills — which in turn requires new approaches to education, training and recruiting,” she said.

“This is not about white collar vs. blue collar jobs, but about the ‘new collar’ jobs that employers in many industries demand, but which remain largely unfilled.”

Full article: IBM unveils plan to hire 25,000 in US on eve of Trump meeting – Breitbart

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70 arrested in India for targeting Americans in tax scam

Indian police have arrested 70 people and are questioning hundreds more after uncovering a massive scam to cheat thousands of Americans out of millions of dollars by posing as U.S. tax authorities and demanding unpaid taxes, a police officer said Thursday.

According to police in Mumbai, the yearlong scam involved running fake call centers which sent voice mail messages telling U.S. nationals to call back because they owed back taxes.

Those who called back and believed the threats would fork out thousands of dollars to “settle” their case, Mumbai police officer Parag Marere said Thursday.

The scam brought in more than $150,000 a day, Marere said without giving a total sum. If the scam netted that amount daily, it would have made almost $55 million in one year.

Some victims were also told to buy gift vouchers from various companies, and hand over the voucher ID numbers which the impostors then used to make purchases, Marere said.

Full article: 70 arrested in India for targeting Americans in tax scam |

Good to know, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Seriously, there are a ton of these scams, and not just the IRS one. I get business loan ones all the time. My mom got the IRS one a lot, but she also gets several tech support company scams where they are calling telling her there is some error she needs to let them have access to her computer to fix. It’s amazing.


U.S. accuses Russia of hacking attempts on political groups

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government on Friday formally accused Russia of a campaign of recent cyber attacks against Democratic Party organizations.

The condemnation came amid escalating tensions between Washington and Moscow over a range of international disagreements, including U.S. charges that Russian air strikes in support of embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have been hitting hospitals and other civilian targets in rebel-held eastern Aleppo.

(Reporting by Mark Hosenball and Jonathan Landay; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Source: U.S. accuses Russia of hacking attempts on political groups

This is the world’s shortest article. So I don’t know if that above link is going to be updated or what the deal is. There you go!

Hillary BLAMES Colin Powell for email scandal; Powell RESPONDS

Now, it turns out Hillary’s trying to push blame for the whole fiasco on someone else entirely: Colin Powell. As the New York Times writes: Pressed by the F.B.I. about her email practices at the State Department, Hillary Clinton told investigators that former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell had advised her to use a personal email account.

The account is included in the notes the Federal Bureau of Investigation handed over to Congress on Tuesday, relaying in detail the three-and-a-half-hour interview with Mrs. Clinton in early July that led to the decision by James B. Comey, the bureau’s director, not to pursue criminal charges against her.

Separately, in a 2009 email exchange that also emerged during the F.B.I. questioning, Mrs. Clinton, who had already decided to use private email, asked Mr. Powell about his email practices when he was the nation’s top diplomat under George W. Bush, according to a person with direct knowledge of Mr. Powell’s appearance in the documents, who would not speak for attribution.

The journalist Joe Conason first reported the conversation between Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Powell in his coming book about Bill Clinton’s postpresidency, “Man of the World: The Further Endeavors of Bill Clinton,” which The Times received an advanced copy of.

Of course, as PJ Media’s Tyler O’Neil notes, that’s all nonsense. Powell’s office released a statement Friday saying the former secretary “has no recollection of the dinner conversation.” The statement did admit, however, that Powell “did write former Secretary Clinton an email memo describing his use of a personal AOL email account for unclassified messages and how it vastly improved communications within the State Department.”

The statement emphasized, however, that “at the time, there was no equivalent system within the department.” Also, Powell “used a secure state computer on his desk to manage classified information.”

As Townhall’s Guy Benson explained in February, there are two key distinctions: Powell did not set up a “recklessly unsecure private emails server” and conduct all official business on it, and Powell only received two emails which were retroactively classified (at the lowest level of classification!).

Clinton’s email was not through a company like AOL, but on her own private server, which was likely hacked by foreign powers like the Russians and the Chinese, according to former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Even the Times admitted that “Powell did not have a server at his house or rely on outside contractors, as Mrs. Clinton did at her home in Chappaqua, N.Y.”

Source: Unreal: Hillary BLAMES Colin Powell for email scandal; Powell RESPONDS – Allen B. West –

So… she was too stupid to be stupid on her own? She had to have someone else help her be that stupid? Cool, got it.


Why Did Microsoft Just Change Its Toy Gun Emoji To A Real Pistol?

When asked for the reason behind this change, a Microsoft spokesperson told us, ‘Our intent with every glyph is to align with the global Unicode standard, and the previous design did not map to industry designs or our customers’ expectations of the emoji definition. We will continue to work with the Unicode Consortium to refine and update glyphs that reflects customer needs, feedback and supports a consistent system that works across the digital world.’”

While Apple and Microsoft have gone back to edit their symbols, Google continues to use a pistol in Android keyboards and doesn’t appear to have plans to change this. None of the companies in question have adjusted their knife, sword, bomb, poison and coffin emojis, so… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯”

Source: Why Did Microsoft Just Changed Its Toy Gun Emoji To A Real Pistol?

I can’t believe we’re sparring over emojis, but alright. I guess this is a big deal if you don’t know how to use your words or read.

Is Microsoft pro-gun? Hell no! Is Google? Even bigger hell no! Come on, people! This is well known stuff! None of these tech companies are pro-gun! But you’re talking about it, aren’t you?!