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Your TV is Watching You

Smart TVs are great, in that you can watch Netflix directly on your TV, other streaming services (if supported), browse the web, play (crummy) games, all in addition to cable / satellite / OTA.

But Smart TVs are not great, in that they report back to their manufacturer everything you do.  https://mobile.nytimes.com/2018/07/05/business/media/tv-viewer-tracking.html

Also they can essentially shut you down if your firmware is out of date, you haven't agreed to some legal terms, or if the TV just becomes obsolete.  Then you have a big expensive box of e-waste.

First Past the Post

Once again we witness the shortcoming of First-Past-The-Post style of election.  With 40% of the vote, PC's take 60% of the seats in Ontario's 2018 election to form a majority government.  A 7% difference between PC and NDP votes equates to a 30% difference in number of seats.

I really wish Trudeau hadn't dropped the ball on election reform.  While it wouldn't have been in place for the Ontario election, it would have set the wheels in motion for more representative governments in future elections.

Breast Cancer Completely Eradicated in Patient using Immunotherapy

In a world's first, a patient has had their breast cancer completely eradicated by immunotherapy.  https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/jun/04/doctors-hail-world-first-as-womans-advanced-breast-cancer-is-eradicated

Tens of thousands of CIBC and BMO accounts hacked

The personal data of around 90,000 accounts at CIBC and BMO has been stolen through Simplii (formerly PC Financial).  http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/simplii-data-hack-1.4680575

Gibson Guitars Bankrupt

:'( :'( :'(

As a teen, I thought when I get rich I would go to Michigan's Gibson store and get me a Les Paul, ES335, or something else that sounds sweet.

Gibson Guitars declared bankruptcy. An end of an era in music. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-43967923

Cancerous Roasted Goodness

California has ruled that products containing roasted coffee beans have to come with a carcinogen label. The high heat roasting process causes the formation of acrylamides from starches in the beans. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43594645 https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/23/toast-thats-a-bit-too-brown-may-cause-cancer-say-authorities

Door to Door Sales Ban now in Effect

Provincial door to door sales ban came into effect on March 1st 2018. Unfortunately, the ban does not include telecoms.

The door-to-door sales of the following products are now banned:

Air cleaners
Air conditioners
Air purifiers
Duct cleaning services
Water filters
Water heaters
Water purifiers
Water softeners
Water treatment devices
Bundles of these goods and services.

Fines are significant for corporations breaching the ban.


Prostate Cancer Death Rates Overtake Breast Cancer Rates

BBC article revealed that prostate cancer deaths are on the rise and now exceeds breast cancer deaths. Globally, prostate cancer is now the second leading cause of death (by cancer) after lung. But it is # 1 in Canada. Symptoms are not usually noticeable in the early stages and can be similar to UTI infection. It is recommended that men in their 40s get a baseline PSA blood test. Elevated PSA levels can indicate the presence of cancer but also a host of other issues. It just lets the doctor know more testing is required.

Meltdown and Spectre

Meltdown and Spectre are two major computer vulnerabilities in the news these days.  A fairly descriptive article explains that an attacker could gain access to your system through your web browser.

To protect yourself, make sure you are using the latest version of Chrome or Firefox as your browser, and keep your operating system updated with the latest patches.

Meltdown is an even more serious problem, in that it requires a new CPU, and reportedly affects only Intel chips.  So maybe, if you're looking to buy a new intel device, you might want to consider AMD or waiting.  Unfortunately, the "fixed" chips will run 5%-50% slower (although 30% gets most widely reported).

Apparently the CEO of Intel knew of the vulnerability before he started selling off his stock in the company, and this was a factor causing Google Project Zero to reveal the issue.

Leroy Jenkins was Faked

Is anything in this world real anymore?  The Leroy "At least I've got chicken" Jenkins viral video from long ago was apparently meant as satire.  https://kotaku.com/the-makers-of-leeroy-jenkins-didnt-think-anyone-would-b-1821570730

Ironically, the original video was released the same year as Poe's Law - without a clear indicator of the author's intent, it is impossible to create a parody of extreme views so obviously exaggerated that it cannot be mistaken by some readers or viewers as a sincere expression of the parodied views. 

Mozilla thinks all Firefox users watch Mr. Robot

Recently something unexpected was added to your Firefox browser.  Mozilla installed an extension for viewers of Mr. Robot.  Supposedly some sort of game for fans of the show, but I know I didn't ask for it.  To remove it:
[quote]you can remove it by going to your Firefox menu, clicking Add Ons, going to the extensions tab, and removing Looking Glass.[/quote]


HP Laptops found to have keyloggers

I've never liked HP.  This is just one more reason.  Since 2012 HP has shipped more than 460 models of laptops with keyloggers built in.  http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-42309371

The full list is here: https://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c05827409

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