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UN’s World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, that more than 1 billion “young people” (ages 12 to 35 years) are at risk of suffering hearing loss due to loud music.
Most of those at risk are in developed markets, like the United States and Europe, where personal audio devices (like iPods) and smartphones are pervasive enough to present the strongest risk. Around the rest of the world, another 40% are exposed to dangerous volumes through live concert venues and clubs.
Sustained noise exposure over 85 decibels (up to 8 hours), or 100 decibels over shorter periods (15 minutes) is considered unsafe. Young people should be aware that once you lose your hearing, it won’t come back.
To give you a frame of reference, the noise during rush hour in an urban area can reach 85 decibels. However, it is in other areas where the risk of hearing loss presents itself too, like sports stadiums. Vuvuzela ( a plastic horn that gives a loud sound) wind instruments can generate noise over 120 decibels. It takes only 9 seconds for that type of sound intensity to cause hearing damage.
The WHO recommends that you listen to your favorite jams at reduced volumes, and if possible, limit use to an hour per day. The volume recommendation we can get behind, some folks just need their music all the time though. The WHO also advocates governments play an active role in developing and enforcing noise ordinances in public places.
Many can benefit from lower volumes if your audio gear is up to the task of delivering quality sound.

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Twitter also announced recently that it was implementing a new set of procedures when it comes to dealing with rule-breakers, though it declined to go into much detail as to what these procedures would be. They will provide a wider range of options when dealing with accounts that refuse to play nice and also providing extra tools to discourage antisocial, cruel and hateful behavior. One of these methods is rumored to be telephone number tracking of users that have earned a reputation for repeated harassment.

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Thats right, nowadays there’s no need for a locksmith to remake your keys. Because of new key making apps, websites and your phone you dont even have to go to the hardware store. This could also be very dangerous. Someone can snatch your keys and take a picture and send them off to make a copy without you even knowing. So today with new technology most keys can be copied. So now you have to wonder about the mechanic or the valet? Hmmmmmm!

What can you do? Purchase a key that cost several hundred dollars that can’t be duplicated. Don’t leave your keys laying around long enough for someone to take a picture of them.

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Democratic Assemblyman Mike Gatto and Republican Senator Ted Gaines announced today they have a package of bills designed to protect the privacy of consumers. The bills address body cameras, drones and data collection, among other things.

One of the bills Gatto plans to introduce would ban the sale of some TV’s in California that record people’s conversations.

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Google is vastly expanding its popular annual Pwnium hack fest, by allowing security researchers  to vie  for limitless amounts of cash every day of the year.

The contest was previously held once a year at the CanSecWest conference in Canada, with millions in cash on offer to hackers who can take the shine off its Chromium project.

The Choc factory now wants hackers to submit their bad bugs and exploit code as soon as it surfaces, rather than hold it off for the one-day event.

Pwnium will change its scope significantly, from a single-day competition held once a year at a security conference to a year round, worldwide opportunity for security researchers. Logistically, Google will be adding Pwnium-style bug chains on Chrome OS to the Chrome VRP. This will increase their top reward to $50,000, which will be on offer all year-round. Check out their FAQ and the reward eligibility requirements on the Chrome VRP page. for more information.

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The Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to approve strong net neutrality rules this week, setting up an awkward hurdle for court battles

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, is determined to preserve an open online information highway and wants  to govern utilities like phone companies. Wheeler’s proposal is opposed by AT&T Inc., Comcast Corp. and other providers, which want as little government involvement as possible. It’s supported by the likes of video streamer Netflix Inc., which fear that without federal intervention, Internet service providers could pick winners and losers by manipulating how traffic flows over their networks.

Wheeler, a Democrat, is expected to prevail on Feb. 26 at the agency, where his party is in the majority. The vote would move the issue from the political stage, with 4 million people writing to the FCC and President Barack Obama calling for strong rules, to the judicial arena.

Kevin Werbach, an associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and a former FCC official says “Both sides will tell you it’s a legal slam dunk and “I don’t think it’s a slam dunk for either side.”

In 2002, during the administration of President George W. Bush, the FCC concluded that Internet service delivered by cable companies was an information service — a legal description allowing only light regulation. Wheeler wants to reverse that decision by deeming broadband a telecommunications service under Title II of the 1934 Communications Act, which establishes a set of rules for utility telecommunications services.

Wheeler says the FCC isn’t seeking to regulate the prices broadband providers charge, as it does with phone companies. He does want to keep the providers from charging some Web companies extra for so-called fast lanes and to forbid blocking or interfering with subscribers’ Internet traffic.

His strategy of reclassifying the service providers stems from a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington last year that voided FCC open-Internet rules. Judges said the agency improperly treated Verizon Communications Inc. as if it were a utility — something the FCC couldn’t do because of its 2002 ruling. By formally classifying Internet service as a utility now, Wheeler hopes to shore up the legal foundation that the court found to be lacking.

Harold Feld, vice president of the policy group Public Knowledge, which supports Wheeler’s proposal, said he’s optimistic the agency will prevail in court even though it is reversing itself.

The argument revolves around which of two legal terms best describes the Internet.Telecommunications service refers to transmitting data without changing its form or content. An information service has the ability to generate, store and change information. Apps and websites are examples of information services, according to the group Free Press, an advocate of strong net neutrality rules.

Broadband services fall squarely within the definition of information services, just as they did in 2002, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, a trade group, told the FCC in a filing. Broadband providers retrieve and process information, performing functions such as caching content and detecting malware, the group said.

According to Feld, broadband subscribers simply use the providers as conduits to reach independent information providers of their choice. Cable companies, which have sought higher fees from high-volume users such as Netflix, are expected to join a lawsuit seeking to overturn the rules.

“It’s just too dramatic” a change from earlier rules, said Michael Powell, who as Republican FCC chairman led the agency to its 2002 decision. Powell, president of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, spoke in an interview on C-SPAN television.

Werbach, the law professor, said the FCC’s expected action guarantees a strong legal challenge.

Another possible challenge to the FCC action: mobile carriers have said they would sue to overturn rules that subject wireless networks to the utility-style powers. They’ve argued Congress specifically exempted mobile from utility-style regulation. Wireless networks needs to be regulated in part because they carry 55 percent of Internet usage, Wheeler said in a Feb. 9 speech. The FCC takes comfort from a victory before the U.S. Supreme Court, which in 2005 upheld the agency’s decision on cable Internet service.The justices said the FCC has discretion to interpret the law, Gigi Sohn, the FCC’s special counsel for external affairs, said in an interview on the C-SPAN television network.

 

 

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