Russian parliament certifies free Internet’s death

first_imgThis law also requires search engines to remove all references to sites that are blocked in Russia. RSF_en Organisation to go further RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesOnline freedoms Freedom of expressionInternet June 2, 2021 Find out more Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing Follow the news on Russia Russia’s parliamentarians have given final approval to two laws intended to ban software that bypasses online censorship and tighten government control of search engines and messaging services. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) thinks they certify the death of a free Internet in Russia. RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesOnline freedoms Freedom of expressionInternet News July 22, 2017 Russian parliament certifies free Internet’s death ​Credit: ​Natalia KOLESNIKOVA / AFP Russia is ranked 148th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Help by sharing this information center_img News The first law aims to plug the gaps in Russia’s Internet censorship by obliging services that circumvent website blocking – such as VPNs, proxy servers or the Tor network – to block websites that are banned in Russia. Those that do not comply will be rendered inaccessible in Russia. May 21, 2021 Find out more News The two laws marking a turning-point in Russian Internet censorship were among the torrent of bills that legislators approved in a rush yesterday, the last day of the parliamentary session before the summer break. Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption “The free Internet has just hours to live in Russia,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “As we feared, the Duma has decided to step up censorship and surveillance of Internet users. We again condemn this escalation in draconian legislation, which tramples on the rights of Russian citizens and threatens the digital sector.” News The second law will require the identification of users of messaging services such as WhatsApp and Telegram by means to their telephone numbers and will allow the authorities to block certain subscribers or messages. Receive email alerts The approval of these laws by the upper chamber and their promulgation by President Vladimir Putin are formalities. The anti-VPN law should take effect on 1 November, the law on messaging services on 1 January. Their implementation nonetheless faces major technical challenges. May 5, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Cllr Jimmy Harte well placed to take Seanad seat

first_imgNewsx Adverts RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – April 28, 2011 WhatsApp Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Pinterest The counting of Seanad Election votes for the Industrial and Commercial Panel is underway, with Cllr Jimmy Harte showing strongly after the seventh count.He received 70 first preferences, and with a total of nine seats to be filled, he is currently ranked fourth of 35 candidates with 71 votes, 35 short of the quota.Cllr Harte says he’s taking nothing for granted………….[podcast][/podcast]The other Donegal candidate is Danny Byrne from Bruckless, who came to prominence when a report into the Lost at Sea scheme recommended his family be compensated. he received 15 votes. WhatsApp Cllr Jimmy Harte well placed to take Seanad seat Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic center_img Pinterest Previous articleHotels Federation Chairperson predicts a bumper 2011 for DonegalNext articleHearing Clinic owner shocked at ram raid News Highland Facebook Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twitter Google+ Google+ 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Australian Sailors to Use 3-D Avatars to Train on Ships That are Currently Under Construction

first_img View post tag: sailors Australian Sailors to Use 3-D Avatars to Train on Ships That are Currently Under Construction View post tag: train View post tag: Australian View post tag: that Sailors will be able to use 3-D avatars to train on ships that are currently under construction thanks to cutting edge simulation technology being used in Australia.Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare visited KBR in Canberra to see first hand a demonstration of the virtual Landing Helicopter Dock Ship (LHD), created using CryEngine® 3 — software developed for computer games.KBR have been contracted by Defence to create the interactive, three-dimensional replica of the first LHD scheduled to be delivered in the middle of the decade – HMAS Canberra.Up to 100 personnel at any one time can use this virtual ship to participate in simulated exercises and emergency response scenarios from all over the country without having to be in the same location.“This is like Play Station with a purpose,” Mr Clare said.“KBR have combined gaming technology and the plans of the LHDs to create a state-of-the-art 3-D model of the Navy ship currently under construction.”Mr Clare said innovations like this virtual ship represented the future of military training.“These LHDs are different to any ship the Navy has ever sailed and this simulation gives sailors a head-start on training to operate the ship.“It means our sailors can start learning how to operate these new ships years before they begin operations.“Helicopter pilots can land a virtual helicopter and Navy engineers can train on the ship’s virtual engines.“The level of detail is incredible — sailors can even find the bunk they’ll sleep in on board.“This can save time and money in the training and operation of these ships.”The hull of the first LHD was launched in February in Spain where it is being constructed by Navantia.The hull of the first ship will arrive in Melbourne next year for further work to be completed at the Williamstown Shipyard before it becomes operational in late 2014. Australia’s second LHD will become operational the following year.The LHDs will be the largest ships the Navy has ever operated, eclipsing Australia’s last aircraft carrier, HMAS Melbourne.Each ship is 230 metres long and can carry a combined armed battlegroup of more than 1000 personnel, 100 armoured vehicles and 12 helicopters. They also include a 40-bed hospital.[mappress]Source: navy, June 14, 2011; Back to overview,Home naval-today Australian Sailors to Use 3-D Avatars to Train on Ships That are Currently Under Construction View post tag: 3-D View post tag: construction View post tag: Avatars View post tag: Navalcenter_img View post tag: use View post tag: Navy View post tag: Currently View post tag: ships View post tag: News by topic Equipment & technology View post tag: under June 14, 2011 Share this articlelast_img read more

United Nations to inspect North Korean weapons ship

first_imgBy Dialogo July 19, 2013 NEW YORK CITY, U.S.A. – United Nations sanctions experts will go to Panama soon to investigate a North Korean ship that was intercepted carrying weapons, officials said on July 18. Numerous countries have said the discovery of the weapons on the Chong Chon Gang freighter probably is a breach of UN sanctions against North Korea. North Korean and Cuba officials said the shipment consists only of obsolete missiles and other weapons parts from the mid-20th century being sent to North Korea for repairs. The vessel set out from Cuba and was trying to enter the Panama Canal when it was stopped by a counter-narcotics patrol, which found the weapons concealed beneath several tons of sugar. North Korea faces several rounds of sanctions over its nuclear weapons program, which is monitored by a UN Security Council committee currently chaired by Luxembourg. “The United States commends the actions of Panama in bringing this swiftly to the committee,” Jeffrey Delaurentis, a deputy U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, told reporters. “Efforts are ongoing to determine the contents of the vessel.” [AFP (United States), 18/07/2013; La Prensa (Panama), 10/07/2013]last_img read more

Colin Kaepernick’s NFL workout brings out protesters: ‘Get out of my town’

first_imgWhen asked about the sign by NBC reporter Blayne Alexander, a protestor responded, “I don’t want him in my town. He disrespected the anthem and the flag.”Sign outside of the entrance to the facility.— The Undefeated (@TheUndefeated) November 16, 2019MORE: Everything to know about Colin Kaepernick’s workoutAnother sign, appearing to be part of the protest, was also visible outside of the facility. The sign reads “stand up for the flag” and is surrounded by several small American flags.When asked by ESPN’s The Undefeated about why he’s there, another protestor said he wants to make sure people respect the flag.”I’m not here to disparage anybody, or anything or any organization,” he said. “I’m here for one reason, and that’s to lift up the big, beautiful flag of the country. I’m not negative at all. There has been some tearing down of the flag, and it’s easy to tear things down. It’s hard to build something up, so I’m here to lift up the flag today.” Additional signs, and flags at the entrance of the facility.— The Undefeated (@TheUndefeated) November 16, 2019Of course the area wasn’t full of just negativity.There were other people who showed up in support of the free agent quarterback. Kaepernick also received support on Twitter as the hashtag #StillWithKap became the top trending topic on the social media platform. A few people at the Falcons’ facility could be seen wearing Kaepernick jerseys.This man told me he drove two hours to sit outside and support Kaepernick.His message is pretty clear:— Blayne Alexander (@ReporterBlayne) November 16, 2019Expect more people to protest or show their support as the start time for the workout approaches. Colin Kaepernick’s scheduled workout for NFL teams takes place Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. ET, and people are already standing outside to make their voices heard.Several hours before Kaepernick’s workout, people were seen outside of the Falcons’ facility (where the workout is scheduled to take place) with signs. One sign reads, “Colin Kaepernick un-American loser get out of my town.”last_img read more

Airplane trouble temporarily grounds A’s

first_imgST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — An already exhausting road trip got worse for the A’s when damage to their charter aircraft out of Texas caused about a four-hour travel delay late Sunday.The A’s bided their time in the Texas visiting clubhouse after playing four games in a 48-hour span. They reached their St. Petersburg hotel about 4 a.m. Monday — some 15 hours before beginning a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.“We’ve having a tough trip,’’ said A’s manager Bob Melvin, …last_img read more

Palo Alto Networks Introduces Private Cloud Based Laptop Security Solution

first_imgTags:#enterprise#mobile#news#Products IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img GlobalProtect is a new VPN-like solution from Palo Alto Networks for managing network access on enterprise laptops. Unlike a traditional VPN client, GlobalProtect locates and connects through an organization’s geographically closest firewall.For instance, someone from your Cincinnati office working from a hotel in Seattle could route traffic through a secure tunnel to the San Francisco office’s firewall – without changing any configuration settings. This would reduce latency for the end-user and the network load of individual firewalls while still maintaining enterprise security policies.As we wrote earlier this month, Palo Alto Networks offers firewalls that protect from threats at the application level rather than the port or protocol level. The company’s firewalls are able to detect over 1,000 specific apps regardless of what port they use, even if they’re tunneling through SSL, and assign permissions at the user or group level.According to Chris King, Palo Alto Networks director of product marketing, the company doesn’t have plans at this time to offer a hosted firewall solution. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… klint finleylast_img read more

The Pros and Cons of Running a Dehumidifier

first_imgSuperinsulation is the most effective weapon we have against wintertime heat losses. R-values of 60 or more in the roof and 40 in exterior walls can slow the movement of heat to a crawl, keeping energy costs far below what they’d be in a conventionally built house.Yet Harry Seidel puts his finger on a potential problem. During the summer, any heat generated inside the house will have just as much trouble getting out of the house.In a Q&A post at GreenBuildingAdvisor, Seidel wonders about the impact of running a Therma-Stor dehumidifier in a basement utility room of a superinsulated house in New Hampshire. The dehumidifier solves one problem but may create another.“My question is in regard to the potential for the slab assembly in the house mentioned above to absorb and mitigate the heat generated?” he writes. “Given the sub-slab insulation [R-19], will this cause the basement to heat up? I could be wrong, but was told that 1 pint of water removed equates to 1,000 BTU of heat.”“In N.H. and much of [New England] we have relatively high humidity in the summer months (trust me, it’s a problem) and a fresh-air delivery system (Renewaire ERV), although able to reduce moisture somewhat, achieves this by simply exchanging ambient exterior air for interior air,” he adds. “In our summers this will be useless and the house’s design is tight enough that moisture will prevail. It will build up and be a menace.” RELATED ARTICLES Your concerns are validDick Russell thinks Seidel has a point. “The concern about where the dehumidification heat will go is valid,” Russell writes. “It won’t leave the superinsulated structure too easily in the summer, and thus the temperature must rise, however slowly, due to the thermal mass of the slab and foundation walls.”Russell also lives in New Hampshire and did some calculations for his own superinsulated house, leading him to believe that a dehumidifier extracting a couple of pints of moisture per hour would not make a substantial difference on interior temperatures. “At least no more than what a handful of light bulbs and a TV would do,” he says.Russell’s house has a ground-source heat pump, which can both heat and cool. But the system is “grossly oversized” for summer air conditioning, so there are times when the house is comfortably cool but uncomfortably humid.He tells Seidel that leaving the door to the basement open while the dehumidifier is running will have the effect of lowering humidity levels throughout the house. Circulating air mechanically would help. Don’t get rid of the insulationPhilipp Gross, another cold-climate inhabitant, advises Seidel not to get rid of the insulation below the slab in the utility room. He estimates heat losses in winter through an uninsulated 4-inch concrete slab would be considerable — 10,000 BTUH. “That is definitely more energy and money than the potential cooling demand caused by your dehumidifier,” he writes.If summer heat gains from the dehumidifier are a concern, he adds, why not go with a minisplit air conditioner? “I do know that under some circumstances ‘only dehumidification’ is necessary and may be so in your climate,” he writes. “If you are worried about this look into products that can do both. The Daikin Quaternity is one example. I have never used it but it sure looks promising. (No idea about the costs.)” Our expert’s opinionWe asked Peter Yost, GBA’s techical director, for his thoughts. Good timing, too, since he’s been delving into this very problem of late. Here’s his take:There are a bunch of questions wrapped up in this very interesting discussion on dehumidification.1. What’s the difference between dehumidifiers and air conditioners?Dehumidifiers have both sets of coils inside the conditioned space; air conditioners have the evaporative coil inside, the condensing coil outside. The latter has to be outside to dump the heat. There are other differences between the two, with one of the most important being the speed with which air passes over the coils: typically, air moves much more slowly over dehumidifier coils, giving the air more time to drop its latent load as condensed water.2. How much heat does a dehumidifier generate as it removes water from the air?There is a metric for this: the Energy Factor or how many liters of water are removed per kilowatt-hour (kWh) of energy spent. Energy Star labels dehumidifiers based on Energy Factors and the capacity of the unit, as follows:≦ 25 pints: 1.2 liters/kWh through to≧ 75 to ≦ 185 pints: ≧ 2.50 l/kWhNOTE: the larger the capacity, the larger the coil; larger coils are generally more efficient than smaller coils. See the Energy Star DEH Product List and Criteria.Since there are about 3,413 BTUs per kWh and about 2.11 pints to a liter, yes, quite a bit of heat is added to the space as the dehumidifier does its work.As it turns out, I am right in the middle of trying to figure out how efficient my own 6-year-old 50-pint Energy Star Whirlpool dehumidifier in my basement is (mainly because it has seemed to be running less efficiently this summer). I can share that last week, my basement dehumidifier ran for about 6 hours using about 5 kWh, pulling the interior relative humidity down to 66% from about 76%, and raising the interior temperature of our basement about 1 to 1.5 degrees F (from about 71 to about 72 degrees F). Note that my basement is about 1,000 square feet, with about R-10 on the walls and NO insulation under the slab.I calculated the current actual Energy Factor (using a Kill-a-Watt meter to measure the electricity used and just measuring the volume of water) at about 1.0 l/kWh. That is not very energy-efficient at all (more on this in a later blog), but I think all this adds up to this conclusion: if you have a superinsulated house and a really efficient dehumidifier, the temperature rise in your basement as you dehumidify won’t be all that noticeable.There are a lot of variables (the size of your basement, how much you want to pull the interior RH down, the actual Energy Factor of your dehumidifier, etc.) that will affect this exchange, not surprisingly, but I recommend that you don’t change your slab or wall insulation package based on your dehumidification needs.In our own home (also in New England), we only run the dehumidifier when high humidity forces us to close all the basement windows. So if the basement air temperature sneaks up a bit, it won’t be long before we, and you, can be popping open all those windows, keeping your basement cool and dry au naturel.3. What about ducting the stand-alone dehumidifier to keep the heat in the utility room?It goes without saying that you never want to confine the dehumidifier’s operation — you keep the heat in, but you also limit the volume of air being dehumidified. Most stand-alone dehumidifiers are NOT set up to be ducted — their fans are not designed for this sort of pressure resistance or constrained air flow (although Therma-Stor does make some very high efficiency DEH units that can be ducted).4. Don’t ERVs dehumidify in the summer?No. While ERVs can help to maintain relative humidity differentials between outside and inside air, they cannot actually actively lower interior relative humidity. (For more on this topic, see Martin’s blog on ERVs and HRVs.)The bottom line: Taking the edge off the humidity levels in the basement of superinsulated home with a high-efficiency dehumidifier will not raise the interior air temperature significantly. Don’t change your slab insulation details to try and heat sink that slight temperature increase out of your basement. GREEN PRODUCT GUIDE center_img All About Dehumidifiers The Difference Between Air Conditioners and DehumidifiersDehumidifiersDesigning a Good Ventilation SystemHRV or ERV?Using Ceiling Fans to Keep Cool Without AC Does insulating the slab in climates where cooling dominates over heating make sense? Actually, it’s not that importantTim O’Brien has a different point of view. If the slab is more than a couple of feet below ground level (which it is), the sub-slab temperature should be “nearly constant” no matter what the season, he says — a plus in summer and a drawback in winter.But he adds this: “Insulating sub-slab will provide a lower return on investment than insulating your basement walls and your above-ground enclosure. I definitely recommend insulating under your slab if you are placing hydronic [tubing] in the slab, as the energy loss from a heated slab is considerable.“Insulating below the slab will slightly raise the slab temperature which will reduce concerns from condensation during the cooling season; in other words, an insulated slab can handle slightly higher dew point air above it than an uninsulated slab without forming condensation on top of the slab. The insulated slab will also provide more comfort if the floor surface is finished. This is my way of saying that the insulated slab decision is likely one of the least important decisions you will make regarding your building enclosure.”The specific dehumidifier Seidel is considering are highly efficient, he says, so the additional heat it generates should be less than would be the case with most other models.That said, predicting inside humidity and temperature conditions is complex, to say the least. “Over the long term, your basement air will be warmer with a dehumidifier than without,” he says. “How much warmer will depend on a number of variables — your desired indoor humidity (dew point), the outdoor dew point, the rate at which outdoor air enters your house, and the amount of moisture created by the house occupants. All of these variables will affect the required running time of a dehumidifier — the dehumidifier is only adding heat when it runs.”O’Brien suggests planning for both a dehumidifier and a ductless minisplit even if they aren’t installed right away. Santa Fe, Ultra-Aire, and Hi-E DehumidifiersAmong the options he’s considering is the elimination of insulation below the utility-room slab to create a more effective heat sink for the dehumidifier.Is there another approach that would be more effective? Or is Seidel anticipating more trouble than he’ll actually have? That’s the topic of this week’s Q&A Spotlight.last_img read more