Amazon launching test satellites to bring internet to under served areas

Project Kuiper—our work to provide fast, affordable broadband to unserved and underserved communities around the world—plans to launch and deploy its first two satellites by the end of next year.

The satellites will allow Amazon to test the communications and networking technology that will be used in the last design and procedures for deploying the project’s full constellation of low Earth orbit satellites. The launches, in partnership with ABL Space Systems, will take place at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

Are sea levels rising in the United States as a result of human activity?

Tide gauges measure the movement of sea levels relative to the land surface; a rise in this measurement could mean that either the sea level is rising or that the land in that area is sinking (subsidence) — or some combination of both. One issue of tide gauges is that they tend to sink into the ground on the structure they are attached to. Tides change minute to minute, hour by hour and these changes must be taken into account when studies are done; however often it is not — especially when reporting these measurements in the media with a bias toward seeing sea levels as rising.

Another serious issue with the reporting of sea level rise as it is often reported as a result of human activity is that reports often find one area of the ocean in the United States will be a different measurement than another part of the United States. They will even report differences within a state which does not happen in the actual world as all water seeks to be level and should report the same no matter where it is. The ocean’s level should be the same in Maryland and it is in Florida, yet climate alarmists will try to have you believe otherwise.

Sea levels have been rising for over 20,000 years, long before man could have influenced global warming or the rise of ocean levels.

Based on measurements available to us, sea levels have risen 400 feet over the last 20,000 years, long before humans could have had an effect on global warming or the rise of ocean levels as they relate to land mass. It is important to note, we should question the recording of all this information as even with the tidal gauges, we can see the flaw in them. For example, we have proven that much of the land mass in Louisiana is sinking, especially in the New Orleans area, yet some continue to report how the sea is rising in this area. It is not the sea level that is rising; it is the land sinking. Some areas of Louisiana are sinking by as much as 2 inches a year (at least from 2009-2012), according to NASA radar imaging. According to the NASA study, the primary contributors were found to be groundwater pumping and dewatering (surface water pumping to lower the water table, which prevents standing water and soggy ground). So, while we can see human activity has caused the sinking of New Orleans, it is not because of pollution and emission tax credits would do zero for to keep the city and the surrounding area above water. But often reporters and scientists will conflate human activity and pollution as causing sea level rise, when we know the ground is sinking, not because of human pollution, but humans drilling and pumping, interfering with nature. Perhaps it is time to let nature take over and have humans abandon New Orleans and the surrounding area rather than have U.S. taxpayers continually pump billions into what will eventually become either a floating city or another Atlantis.

We can find another example of how land mass affects sea level measurements in Juneau, Alaska. Juneau, Alaska’s land mass has been rising and we can see by these measurements that one could conclude the sea level is falling, but we know that is not the case, the land is rising.

We continue to know more because of the Jason series of satellites maintained by NASA, the most recent deployed in 2016. The primary instrument on Jason-3 is a radar altimeter. The altimeter measures sea-level variations over the global ocean with very high accuracy (1.3 inches or 3.3 centimeters, with a goal of achieving 1 inch or 2.5 centimeters).

The overwhelming evidence suggests that the sea level is rising naturally in the United States and there is no concrete evidence that is caused by human activated pollution and there is zero evidence the rise of the oceans is accelerating in the United States. If one were to believe the Climate Alarmists, the New York Stock Exchange should be underwater by now and Orlando should be beachfront property. Furthermore, to believe humans can reverse sea level rise is not based on science or reality. While coastal areas are able to put in measures to mitigate the future rise of the oceans and rivers, many believe it is best to let nature take its course and move as necessary. Meanwhile, governments should stop using taxpayer money to “combat climate change” as it will be money foolishly spent.

M1 Finance doubles in growth as app gains popularity with long term investors

 M1 Finance, the Finance Super App offering automated investing, borrowing, and banking products, today announced a $75 million Series D funding round.

The announcement comes during a period of rapid acceleration for one of the top-funded and fastest-growing consumer fintech companies.

  • Reached over $3.5 billion in client assets just five months after doubling to $2 billion.
  • 3X increase in new sign-ups in January 2021 versus December 2020.
  • 2.5X growth in new sign-ups between January 26 and February 8 compared to the previous two weeks.
  • Reached #10 in the App Store’s finance category and #84 overall on February 8.

The announcement also comes at a time of intensified interest and funding that’s recently poured into fintech.

“Wealth is built through long-term ownership, not gambling on short-term price movements,” said M1 Finance founder and CEO Brian Barnes. “Our mission at M1 is to empower people to improve their financial well-being. We do this through free automated investing in a customizable portfolio, lower cost and accessible borrowing, and flexible spending with great rewards. While our product is a joy to use, our focus is on improving our clients’ finances, as opposed to their financial entertainment. Our Series D will allow M1 to continue innovating to better empower our customers.”

M1 Finance will use the funding to continue building the investor experience, with tools and services that automate lifelong, positive financial habits. The company expects to double employee headcount to nearly 300 by the end of 2021, up from just 40 employees at the beginning of 2020.

“We seek out, and invest in, companies that we think are innovative, impactful and built for the long term,” said Michael B. Gilroy, General Partner at Coatue. “We think that M1 Finance has all of these hallmarks, and we are excited to see its impact on the future of personal finance.  We are proud to partner with their team both now and into the future as M1 continues to build out its platform.”

Feds finally catch up to John McAfee, arrested and charged with tax evasion

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An indictment was unsealed yesterday, October 5, 2020, has charged John David McAfee with tax evasion and failure to file tax returns, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant for the Western District of Tennessee. The June 15, 2020 indictment was unsealed following McAfee’s arrest in Spain, where he is pending extradition. You may recall our recent story on McAfee in trouble with the law in Germany for wearing an underwear thong as a face mask.

According to the indictment, John McAfee earned several million dollars in income from promoting cryptocurrencies, consulting work, speaking engagements, and selling the rights to his life story for a documentary. From 2014 to 2018, McAfee allegedly failed to file tax returns, despite receiving income from these sources. The indictment does not allege that during these years McAfee received any income or had any connection with the anti-virus company bearing his name.

According to the indictment, McAfee allegedly evaded his tax liability by directing his income to be paid into bank accounts and cryptocurrency exchange accounts in the names of nominees. The indictment further alleges McAfee attempted to evade the IRS by concealing assets, including real property, a vehicle, and a yacht, in the names of others.

If convicted, McAfee faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison on each count of tax evasion and a maximum sentence of one year in prison on each count of willful failure to file a tax return. McAfee also faces a period of supervised release, restitution, and monetary penalties.

An indictment merely alleges that crimes have been committed. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Unpacking the new Android 11 update

The latest version of the Android operating system, version 11, has been rolling out this week and depending upon your phone and carrier, you may have already received the update or it is soon on its way. With Android 11, you get even more security and privacy fixes sent to your phone from Google Play, the same way all your other apps update, so you get peace of mind. And your device stays armed with the most recent defense.

With Android 11, Voice Access is faster and easier to use. Intuitive labels on apps help you control and navigate your phone, all by speaking out loud. Even use Voice Access offline, for more support whenever you need it.

Many Android phone users engage with different messaging apps and Android 11 will move the messages with those you message most often in one place on your phone, prioritizing conversations from key people in your life. In addition, the Bubble feature allows you to respond to important conversations without having to switch back and forth between your messaging app and what you are working on. Also included in the update, users are now able to share what is happening on their phone with others via the built-in screen recording feature. This feature allows users to record with sound from their microphone, device, or both.

Android 11 has stepped up security for Android users offering onetime permissions allowing users to grant single use access to your most sensitive permissions: microphone, camera and location. The next time the app needs access to the sensors, it must ask the user for permission again.  

If you haven’t used an app you installed on your device in a while, you may not want it to keep accessing your data. Android will now “auto-reset” permissions for your unused apps and notify you accordingly. You can always decide to re-grant the app permissions the next time you use the app. 

With additional Google Play system update modules, they can send even more security and privacy fixes to your phone from Google Play, in the same way your apps update. So you’ll get these fixes as soon as they’re available, without having to wait for a full OS update. 

For Android Enterprise users, Android 11 brings the privacy protections you get on a personally owned device to your company-owned device. The work profile gives your IT department tools to manage a device for monitoring your personal profile data or activity on your phone. 

Suddenly that Faraday cage your neighbor created in his garage may not be as crazy as you thought

Do you have a neighbor or friend that is a “prepper” and has gone the lengths of creating a Faraday cage in their garage or one room in their home to protect him and his family from an EMP attack? Well, such a scenario is looking more and more of a possibility as it could happen via drone technology and the U.S. Army just revealed their plans for such an attack on a potential enemy and there is little reason to believe adversaries could not easily do the same here in the United States.

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So, let’s back up to what we are talking about as most people have never heard the terms “EMP attack” or “Faraday cage.” An electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack can shut down any electronic device connected to an outlet or charging and permanently disable the device. This includes computers, cars, televisions, radios, etc. A Faraday cage can be as small as a shoe box or an entire room, which is protected by a mesh of conductible materials such as copper, for example. It would protect everything inside the mesh from an EMP so long as they do not connect it to an outside outlet. Amazon even sells Faraday cage style bags some use for their car keys or cell phones and also protects against RFID theft of your electronic information.

The U.S. Army has plans to use drones for various defensive and offensive Air-Launch Effects (ALE) which include acting as decoys for other attack helicopters, following individuals, jamming enemy signals, spoofing GPS location indicators, launching an EMP attack, and launching weapons. This technology is also available to our adversaries, and it is becoming more conceivable that have a formation of drones launched in a major U.S. city or other strategic areas, is becoming more probable as technology and drones become more sophisticated. Besides an EMP interrupting communications, such an attack could affect our energy grid which would shut down electricity for the attacked area for a very long time. Besides these local drone attacks, the U.S. military is concerned there could be a high altitude electromagnetic pulse attack which could affect a much wider area. In the worst case scenario, it would send the entire U.S. back to the dark ages, though such an attack is unlikely.

Last year, President Donald Trump issued the “Executive Order on Coordinating National Resilience to Electromagnetic Pulses.” While our electric grid is somewhat protected from Solar storms there is concern of localized and wide-spread EMP attacks. Trump’s order will unshackle government and private organizations to perform more research and development to defend the nation from such an attack.

Anthony Levandowski sentenced to 18 months in prison, as new $4B lawsuit against Uber is filed

Anthony Levandowski, the former Google engineer and serial entrepreneur who was at the center of a lawsuit between Uber and Waymo, has been sentenced to 18 months on one count of stealing trade secrets. Judge Alsup said that home confinement would “[give] a green light to every future brilliant engineer to steal trade secrets. Prison…

Anthony Levandowski, the former Google engineer and serial entrepreneur who was at the center of a lawsuit between Uber and Waymo, has been sentenced to 18 months on one count of stealing trade secrets. Judge Alsup said that home confinement would “[give] a green light to every future brilliant engineer to steal trade secrets. Prison…

Anthony Levandowski sentenced to 18 months in prison, as new $4B lawsuit against Uber is filed — TechCrunch

Daily Crunch: Florida teen arrested in Twitter hack

Three arrests are made following this month’s celebrity Twitter hack, Microsoft may be working to acquire TikTok’s U.S. business and Facebook launches licensed music videos. Here’s your Daily Crunch for July 31, 2020.

Three arrests are made following this month’s celebrity Twitter hack, Microsoft may be working to acquire TikTok’s U.S. business and Facebook launches licensed music videos. Here’s your Daily Crunch for July 31, 2020. The big story: Florida teen arrested in Twitter hack In a hack earlier this month, high-profile Twitter accounts like Apple, Elon Musk,…

Daily Crunch: Florida teen arrested in Twitter hack — TechCrunch

Tesla’s Autopilot proving safer than human driving

According to the latest data available for Tesla’s autopilot feature, the company has registered one accident for every 4.53 miles driven in autopilot mode in the United States. For those driving a Tesla without Autopilot and without the active safety features, the company registered one accident for every 1.56 million miles driven. By comparison, NHTSA’s most recent data shows that in the United States there is one automobile crash every 479,000 miles.

According to the latest data available for Tesla’s autopilot feature, the company has registered one accident for every 4.53 million miles driven in autopilot mode in the United States. For those driving a Tesla without Autopilot and without the active safety features, the company registered one accident for every 1.56 million miles driven. By comparison, NHTSA’s most recent data shows that in the United States there is one automobile crash every 479,000 miles.

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Tesla engineers their vehicles to be the safest cars in the world. The company’s use of passive safety, active safety, and automated driver assistance is crucial for keeping not just Tesla drivers and passengers safe, but all drivers on the road safe.

Tesla’s Model S, Model X and Model 3 have achieved the lowest overall probability of injury of any vehicle ever tested by the U.S. government’s New Car Assessment Program. Much of this has to do with the rigid, fortified structure of the battery pack that is mounted to a car’s floor, which provides a vehicle with exceptional strength, large crumple zones, and a uniquely low center of gravity. Because of their strength, Tesla’s battery packs rarely incur serious damage in accidents. And, in the unlikely event that a fire occurs, the state-of-the-art design of our battery packs ensures that its safety system works as intended and isolates a fire to select areas within the battery while simultaneously venting heat away from the passenger cabin and the vehicle.

Active safety features come standard on all Tesla vehicles made after September 2014 for an added layer of safety beyond the physical structure of each car. Because every Tesla is connected, the company can use the billions of miles of real-world data from their global fleet – of which over 1 billion have been driven with Autopilot engaged – to understand the unique ways accidents happen. Through this data, the company then develops features that can help Tesla drivers mitigate or avoid accidents. Through over-the-air software updates, Tesla can introduce safety features and enhancements long after a car has been delivered, and release updated versions of existing safety features that take into account the most up-to-date real-world data collected by all the Teslas on the road.

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In October 2018, Tesla began voluntarily releasing quarterly safety data to provide critical safety information about our vehicles to the public, and in July 2019 they began voluntarily releasing annually updated data about vehicle fires. Accident rates among all vehicles on the road can vary from quarter to quarter and can be affected by seasonality, like reduced daylight and inclement weather conditions.

Elon Musk is going to get into your head

In the summer of 2019, Elon Musk held his Neuralink project’s launch event and on August 28, 2020, he will reveal more of what the company has been working on. Neuralink was formed in 2016 with the ambition of directly linking a human brain to an AI-enabled computer – basically a brain-machine interface (BMI).

So, what is happening in August 2020? Elon Musk is happening, and it will be a trip, a mind-blowing trip at that.

In the summer of 2019, Elon Musk held his Neuralink project’s launch event and on August 28, 2020, he will reveal more of what the company has been working on. Neuralink was formed in 2016 with the ambition of directly linking a human brain to an AI-enabled computer – basically a brain-machine interface (BMI).

As much fun as some have had at poking fun at the project, it has some serious real-world health benefits if Musk can accomplish his goal. The idea is to help people with Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injuries, epilepsy, paraplegics and other neurological diseases. We expect the Neuralink platform to go beyond Deep Brain Stimulators, which has been used with some success for Parkinson’s patients.

Neuralink N1 Sensor

In addition, it will enable those seeking an intelligence enhancement to get a computer implanted in their brain instead of constantly looking things up on their phone or computer, the information would be available inside their skull.

Brain implants are nothing new; however, Neuralink plans to go inside the skull rather than what they have done in the past, outside the skull with much “dumber” technology. If Musk can do as he plans, then such a device would be revolutionary for human advancement.

From what we know now and we hope to get an update on August 28, 2020, is that a robotic surgeon would install an N1 electrode inside the skull of the brain. The N1 prototype is about 8mm in diameter and 4mm in height. The N1 would wirelessly connect to an outer unit, called Link, behind the ear, which is removable. This Link unit will house the processer, battery, and software.

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