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Technology is constantly changing and providing the casual user with challenges never dreamed of. Technology in the News is provided in an effort to assist you in getting the most out of your computer, while avoiding some of the pitfalls. Your computer really isn't out to get you. Why not learn to be friends?

      
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Wired.com

by Kyle Wiens

April 21, 2015

IT'S OFFICIAL: JOHN Deere and General Motors want to eviscerate the notion of ownership. Sure, we pay for their vehicles. But we don't own them. Not according to their corporate lawyers, anyway.

In a particularly spectacular display of corporate delusion, John Deere-the world's largest agricultural machinery maker - told the Copyright Office that farmers don't own their tractors. Because computer code snakes through the DNA of modern tractors, farmers receive "an implied license for the life of the vehicle to operate the vehicle." It's John Deere's tractor, folks. You're just driving it. Several manufacturers recently submitted similar comments to the Copyright Office under an inquiry into the Digital Millennium Copyright Act . DMCA is a vast 1998 copyright law that (among other things) governs the blurry line between software and hardware. The Copyright Office, after reading the comments and holding a hearing , will decide in July which high-tech devices we can modify, hack, and repair-and decide whether John Deere's twisted vision of ownership will become a reality.

ageofautism.com

April 20, 2015

Between December 17-20, 2014, measles arrived at the happiest place on earth and all hell broke loose. Anti-vaxxers were shamed and maligned by everyone from Jon Stewart, Jimmy Kimmel to Dr. Richard Pan.

According to the California Department of Public Health's latest measles surveillance report (3/6/15), since December of 2014, there have been 132 confirmed measles cases reported in California residents out of a population of 38.8 million. 40 cases visited Disneyland during the period in question. 81% were not hospitalized. 56% were over the age of twenty. 18% were between the ages of five to nineteen. 19 cases were between the ages of one through four. 15 cases were under the age of one. This affected exactly 34 kids from birth to age four. Since the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in December of 2012, there have been 109 school shootings and no legislation. There is no measles epidemic. There is, however, an epidemic of vaccine legislation.

autoblog.com

by Pete Bigelow

April 20, 2015

Enjoy working on your car or having it repaired by independent mechanics? Car companies are using copyright law to try and prohibit those activities.

In comments filed with a federal agency that will determine whether tinkering with a car constitutes a copyright violation, OEMs and their main lobbying organization say cars have become too complex and dangerous for consumers and third parties to handle.

neonnettle.com

by Neon Nettle

April 17, 2015

Whilst we are being distracted with our favorite sports team, program or the latest celebrity gossip the wall is being pulled over our eyes greatly. Ladies and gentlemen, Agenda 21 is coming and let's not be fooled by the flowery plan.

Agenda 21, everyone, will unknowingly look a little something like this: An end to national sovereignty, State planning and management to all land resources, ecosystems, deserts, forests, mountains, oceans and fresh water; agriculture, rural development, biotechnology and ensuring 'equity'. The state is to define the role of business and financial resources, Abolition of private property (it's not sustainable they say), Restructuring the family unit, Children to be raised by the state, People told what their job will be, Major restrictions on movement, creation of human settlement zones, Mass resettlement as people are forced to vacate land where they live, Dumbing down education Mass global depopulation Obviously these facts are not clear and factual to the public as they are hiding it, well. And how are they hiding it? By setting up Agenda 21 organisations all over the world in local communities by giving the impression that each of them is a independent local community enterprise when it's all being controlled by the big boys.

nrtoday.com

April 17, 2015

Writing on this topic feels like standing before a giant with a thousand voices and opinions. I will be honest and upfront - I won't be able to represent everyone.

In the recent months I have been approached by almost half a dozen parents who are considering homeschooling. My response is "Do it!" Those are the first words that come out. Some ask if my husband and I area worried about their social life. Um, yes we are. Then they try without accusation to look over at our kids and see if they are normal and not hermits.

wnd.com

by Drew Zahn

March 8, 2015

According to an article in New Scientist, the Internet search giant is considering a new algorithm for ranking its search results: one based not on how commonly a site is linked - which is central to its current system - but on how "trustworthy".

In other words, those sites Google says print truth would come up first in user searches, while those sites Google thinks stray too often from the truth would be buried on a later page. New Scientist author Hal Hodson explains: "The Internet is stuffed with garbage. Anti-vaccination websites make the front page of Google, and fact-free 'news' stories spread like wildfire. Google has devised a fix - rank websites according to their truthfulness."

counterpunch.org

by Katherine Paul

March 5, 2015

Tom Vilsack, once again floated the idea of consumers using barcodes to identify foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs), as an alternative to requiring food manufacturers to put a label on products that contain GMOs.

Referring to the ongoing debate over GMO labeling laws, Vilsack (according to the Associated Press) told the House during a hearing on agriculture spending: "We could solve that issue in a heartbeat." Solve the issue for whom? Tot-Toting Moms with busy schedules who would need to take the added step of scanning every item in the grocery store, instead of just glancing at the label? Older people who struggle as it is to keep up with rapidly evolving technologies?

naturalnews.com

by Mike Adams

March 1, 2015

A WhiteHouse.gov petition calling for the prohibition of laws requiring mandatory vaccines has been throttled by the White House, buried from public view and finally frozen for over 36 hours to prevent the petition from achieving 100,000 signatures.

The petition, which was rapidly headed toward the 100,000 signatures needed to trigger a response from the White House, was frozen mid-day Friday and has remained stuck at 56,791 signatures for over 36 hours.

washingtonpost.com

by Lydia Depillis

February 27, 2015

In the wake of Wal-Mart's announcement last week that it would be raising its entry-level wage to $10 an hour by next year, there's been lots of speculation about why the company did it: Is the labor market really tightening?

"With the changing retail landscape, with the different options that customers have, competition on prices is tougher than we've seen it in a long time, and with that comes an increased premium on experience in the store," says Dan Bartlett, the company's executive vice president of corporate affairs. "We felt like if we're going to make structural changes in all or our stores, we needed to link some of those expectations to a clear sign of what the compensation would be."

npr.org

by Krishnadev Calamur

February 4, 2015

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler outlined his proposal in an op-ed in Wired. The plan is backed by President Obama but strongly opposed by some cable companies and their lobbying firms.

Wheeler's plan would pave the way toward regulating the Internet as a public utility, an idea backed by President Obama but strongly opposed by some cable companies and their lobbying firms that say it will hurt investment. [NPR's Joel Rose has reported on this aspect of the story.]

      
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