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Ralph Nader: Engineers Often the First To Notice Waste, Fraud and Safety Issues

McGruber writes: In Scientific American, Ralph Nader writes about the decades of struggles by conscientious engineers -- whether employees or consultants -- who strive to balance professional ethics with occupational survival. Nader writes: "[T]oday's engineers are working in an improved environment for taking their conscience to work. Yet much more remains to be done to safeguard the ability of engineers to speak truth to the powers-that-be. For starters, the word whistle-blower -- once popular...
Tags: Tech, Boeing, Ralph Nader, Congressional, Nader, McGruber, Notice Waste Fraud


Bay Area Tech Firms Laying Off 1,200 Workers By Memorial Day

McGruber writes: SAP, Oracle America, PayPal, Instacart, Thin Film Electronics and other technology companies will cut about 1,200 jobs in the Bay Area between now and Memorial Day. According to WARN notices filed with California state labor officials, SAP will eliminate 446 jobs: 179 in Palo Alto, 173 in San Ramon and 94 in South San Francisco; while Oracle intends to cut 352 positions: 255 in Redwood City and 97 in Santa Clara. PayPal plans to reduce staffing levels by 183 jobs: 160 in San Jos...
Tags: California, Tech, Paypal, San Jose, Oakland, Berkeley, Oracle, Sap, Bay Area, San Ramon, Redwood City, San Mateo, South San Francisco, McGruber, Palo Alto 173, Santa Clara PayPal


'You've Won $72 Million and a Mercedes Benz': Phone Scammer Gets 6 Years in Prison After He Made the Mistake of Calling William Webster, Ex-FBI and CIA Director

Reader McGruber writes: The Washington Post has an amusing story about phone scammer Keniel A. Thomas, who made the mistake of calling William H. Webster. Thomas told 90-year-old Webster that he had won $72 million and a new Mercedes Benz in the Mega Millions lottery, but that he needed to send $50,000 in taxes and fees to get his money. Thomas also told Webster he'd done his research on the top winner. "You're a great man," the scammer cajoled. "You was a judge, you was an attorney, you was a b...
Tags: New York, Washington Post, Tech, Fbi, Jamaica, Cia, Thomas, Mercedes Benz, Webster, U S Navy, Howell, McGruber, Beryl Howell, William Webster, Keniel A Thomas, William H Webster Thomas


Radio Reporter Who Lost Voice Returns To Air Using App Built From Archived Audio

McGruber writes: Jamie Dupree had been a radio reporter from 1983 until the Spring of 2016, when he lost his voice. His official diagnosis is a rare neurological condition known as "Tongue Protrusion Dystonia" -- for some unknown reason when he tries to talk, his tongue pushes forward out of his mouth, and his throat clenches, leading to a voice that is strangled and strained, as it is a struggle to string together more than a few words at a time. Dupree's plight attracted the attention of Rep. ...
Tags: Tech, House, DuPree, McGruber, Ileana Ros Lehtinen, Jamie Dupree, Cox Media Group


Senator Makes Amtrak Hire Ticket Agents Because 30 Percent of His State Lacks Internet (slashdot)

McGruber writes: Joe Manchin, the senior Senator from West Virginia, has inserted language in the FY19 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies appropriations bill that will force Amtrak to employ at least one ticketing agent in every state that it serves. His reasoning? "Amtrak has told me that most of their sales are now online, but West Virginians buy far more tickets at the Charleston station than most places around the country. That's not surprising, as nearly 30%...
Tags: News, Senate, West Virginia, House, Amtrak, Charleston, Manchin, Joe Manchin, McGruber, BeauHD, Matt Crouch


Senator Makes Amtrak Hire Ticket Agents Because 30 Percent of His State Lacks Internet

McGruber writes: Joe Manchin, the senior Senator from West Virginia, has inserted language in the FY19 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies appropriations bill that will force Amtrak to employ at least one ticketing agent in every state that it serves. His reasoning? "Amtrak has told me that most of their sales are now online, but West Virginians buy far more tickets at the Charleston station than most places around the country. That's not surprising, as nearly 30%...
Tags: Senate, West Virginia, Tech, House, Amtrak, Charleston, Manchin, Joe Manchin, McGruber, Matt Crouch


Was The Florida Pedestrian Bridge Collapse Triggered By Post-Tensioning?

A new lawsuit claims post-tensioning triggered the collapse of the pedestrian bridge at Florida International University, killing five motorists and one worker. Engineering News Record reports According to the lawsuit, the March 15, 2018 collapse occurred while a crew was post-tensioning bars in a diagonal member at the north end of the concrete truss that was the bridge's main element. The post-tensioning compressed the diagonal so that it overstressed a joint in the top chord, the lawsuit clai...
Tags: Florida, Tech, National Transportation Safety Board, Slashdot, Miami Herald, Coward, Florida International University, McGruber, Engineering News Record, NTSB News Release


'Personal Drone' Crash Causes 335-Acre Wildfire In Coconino National Forest

McGruber writes: A "personal drone" that crashed and burst into flames was the cause of the Kendrick Fire, a 335-acre fire in the Coconino National Forest in northern Arizona. Coconino National Forest spokesman George Jozens said that about 30 firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service and Summit Fire and Medical worked to quell the fire. Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Tags: Tech, U S Forest Service, McGruber, Coconino National Forest, Arizona Coconino National Forest, George Jozens


Coding School 'The Iron Yard' Announces Closure of All 15 Campuses

McGruber writes: The Iron Yard, a South Carolina-based coding school with 15 locations, announced that it plans to close all of its campuses. The four-old company posted a message on its website delivering the news: "In considering the current environment, the board of The Iron Yard has made the difficult decision to cease operations at all campuses after teaching out remaining summer cohorts." The note said the company will finish out its summer classes, including career support. ...
Tags: Tech, South Carolina, McGruber, Iron Yard


Joan Lee, Stan's Wife of 69 Years, Passed Away At Age 95

Reader McGruber writes: The Hollywood Reporter has the sad news that Joan Lee, the wife of Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee, died Thursday in Los Angeles. She was 95. In an earlier story, Stan described meeting Joan: "When I was young, there was one girl I drew; one body and face and hair. It was my idea of what a girl should be. The perfect woman. And when I got out of the Army, somebody, a cousin of mine, knew a model, a hat model at a place called Laden Hats. He said, 'Stan, there's this really ...
Tags: Comics, New York, Hollywood, Los Angeles, Tech, Army, Stan Lee, Marvel Comics, Jack Kirby, Joan, Lee, Stan, Betty, McGruber, Joan Lee, Joan Lee Stan


Police Use Lyft As 'Trojan Horse' To Capture Suspect In Murder of Tech CEO

McGruber writes: On Friday, June 23, 2017, three men broke into the home of Albert Eugene DeMagnus, the CEO of Computer Management Services. The men stabbed DeMangus, who was pronounced dead after he had been taken to a hospital. Police officers chased two of the suspects as they fled in DeMangus' gray Lexus. The Lexus crashed and the two men ran away into the woods. Police then set up a perimeter with road checkpoints. Soon, a Lyft driver approached a checkpoint and told police she was picking ...
Tags: Tech, Babb, McGruber, Fayette County Georgia, Albert Eugene DeMagnus, Computer Management Services, Barry Babb


IT Services Company Wipro Forces 600 Employees To Work In Bed Bug Infested Office

McGruber writes: Information Technology Services CorporationWipro's 600-employee call center in Chamblee, Georgia is in infected with bed bugs according to Atlanta television station 11Alive. The facilities manager admits there is a bed bug problem and it's been an issue since late May. Employees told the tv station that the bugs are all over the three floors -- and they're biting. But employees are being told they still must go to work. Kwanita Holmes sent 11Alive photos of what she said is a b...
Tags: Tech, Atlanta, Wipro, Chamblee Georgia, McGruber, IT Services Company Wipro, Information Technology Services CorporationWipro, Kwanita Holmes


Snowden's Former Employer Under Criminal Investigation For Fraudulent Billing

McGruber writes: Booz Allen Hamilton, the contracting firm that was Edward Snowden's employer when he leaked classified information from the NSA has announced that it is under a federal civil and criminal investigation of its billing practices. The disclosure in a regulatory filing sent shares of parent company Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corp. tumbling $7.33, or 18.6 percent, to $32 in Friday trading. ...
Tags: Snowden, Nsa, Tech, Edward Snowden, Booz Allen Hamilton, McGruber, Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corp


African Airline Reports Drone Collision With Passenger Jet (slashdot)

McGruber writes: Airlive is reporting that a drone collided with a Boeing 737-700 as it was on approach to Tete, Mozambique airport on Thursday. The 737 landed safely, but the right-hand side of the nose dome and fuselage were badly damaged. The plane was carrying 80 passengers and a crew of 6, according to the Aviation Herald, which has more pictures of the damaged nose dome. "The crew heard a loud bang," they report, adding that "no abnormal indications followed. The crew, suspecting a bird...
Tags: News, Usa Today, Boeing, McGruber, Aviation Herald, EditorDavid


African Airline Reports Drone Collision With Passenger Jet

McGruber writes: Airlive is reporting that a drone collided with a Boeing 737-700 as it was on approach to Tete, Mozambique airport on Thursday. The 737 landed safely, but the right-hand side of the nose dome and fuselage were badly damaged. The plane was carrying 80 passengers and a crew of 6, according to the Aviation Herald, which has more pictures of the damaged nose dome. "The crew heard a loud bang," they report, adding that "no abnormal indications followed. The crew, suspecting a bird...
Tags: Tech, Usa Today, Boeing, McGruber, Aviation Herald


Federal Prosecutors Actually Prosecute H1-B Fraud

Slashdot reader McGruber reports that federal prosecutors "have filed conspiracy charges against a part-owner of two information technology firms and an employee for fraudulently using the H-1B program". Both were reportedly recruiting foreign IT workers, according to the AP: Prosecutors said the conspirators falsely represented that the foreign workers had full-time positions and were paid an annual salary [when] the workers were only paid when placed at a third-party client, and the defendant...
Tags: Tech, Slashdot, McGruber


TSA's Precheck Registration Program Causing Longer Security Lines (slashdot)

McGruber writes: The Associated Press is reporting that TSA's PreCheck program is causing maddening long security lines at U.S. airports. TSA's PreCheck security lanes can screen 300 passengers an hour, twice that of its standard security lanes. Based on that and other increased efficiencies, the TSA's front-line screeners were cut from 47,147 three years ago to 42,525 currently. At the same time, the number of annual fliers passing through checkpoints has grown from 643 million to more than 700...
Tags: Congress, Associated Press, Tsa, Precheck, McGruber, BeauHD


TSA's Precheck Registration Program Causing Longer Security Lines

McGruber writes: The Associated Press is reporting that TSA's PreCheck program is causing maddening long security lines at U.S. airports. TSA's PreCheck security lanes can screen 300 passengers an hour, twice that of its standard security lanes. Based on that and other increased efficiencies, the TSA's front-line screeners were cut from 47,147 three years ago to 42,525 currently. At the same time, the number of annual fliers passing through checkpoints has grown from 643 million to more than 700...
Tags: Congress, Associated Press, Tsa, Precheck, McGruber


Comcast Provides Uncapped 1 Gb Service To 1 Customer -- of 22.4 Million (slashdot)

McGruber writes: A month after it suffered a nationwide outage, Comcast announced that a Dunwoody, Georgia resident is the first customer in the nation to get Comcast's new $80/month uncapped 1-gigabit service. The service will only be available in select Atlanta neighborhoods. The company would not say how many people would be chosen for the initial roll out of its 1-gigabit service, but admitted the numbers would be small to 'ensure seamless deployment,' a spokesman said. The company claims th...
Tags: Atlanta, Comcast, Timothy, McGruber, Dunwoody Georgia


DC Metro Closes For Emergency Safety Inspection

McGruber writes with NBC's report that Washington, DC's Metrorail system has been completely shut down for at least 29 hours, so crews can check 600 underground jumper cables: A problem with those jumper cables caused a fire at the McPherson Square station early Monday and was also the cause of a fatal smoke incident in January, 2015, that killed one person and injured others. The safety checks could have been delayed until the weekend or conducted at night over about six days, officials said. ...
Tags: Nbc, Washington Post, Washington Dc, Metro, McGruber, Metrorail, McPherson Square


Comcast Provides Uncapped 1 Gb Service To 1 Customer -- of 22.4 Million

McGruber writes: A month after it suffered a nationwide outage, Comcast announced that a Dunwoody, Georgia resident is the first customer in the nation to get Comcast's new $80/month uncapped 1-gigabit service. The service will only be available in select Atlanta neighborhoods. The company would not say how many people would be chosen for the initial roll out of its 1-gigabit service, but admitted the numbers would be small to 'ensure seamless deployment,' a spokesman said. The company claims th...
Tags: Atlanta, Comcast, McGruber, Dunwoody Georgia


Chicagoan Arrested For Using Cell-phone Jammer To Make Subway Commute Tolerable (slashdot)

McGruber writes with this story from the Chicago Tribune: Last Fall, certified public accountant Dennis Nicholl boarded a Chicago subway train while carrying a plastic bag of Old Style beer. Nicholl popped open a beer and looked around the car, scowling as he saw another rider talking on a cellphone. He pulled out a black device from his pocket and switched it on. Commuters who had been talking on their phones went silent, checking their screens for the source of their dropped calls. On Tuesday,...
Tags: China, Chicago, Timothy, Chicago Tribune, McGruber, Nicholl, Jammer, Dennis Nicholl, Nicholl Cook County


Chicagoan Arrested For Using Cell-phone Jammer To Make Subway Commute Tolerable

McGruber writes with this story from the Chicago Tribune: Last Fall, certified public accountant Dennis Nicholl boarded a Chicago subway train while carrying a plastic bag of Old Style beer. Nicholl popped open a beer and looked around the car, scowling as he saw another rider talking on a cellphone. He pulled out a black device from his pocket and switched it on. Commuters who had been talking on their phones went silent, checking their screens for the source of their dropped calls. On Tuesday,...
Tags: China, Chicago, Chicago Tribune, McGruber, Nicholl, Jammer, Dennis Nicholl, Nicholl Cook County


The Feds' Freeway Font Flip-Flop

McGruber writes: Citylab has the news that the U.S. Federal Highway Administration is revoking its 2004 approval of the "Clearview" font for road signs. Clearview was made to improve upon its predecessor, a 1940s font called Highway Gothic. Certain letters appeared to pose visibility problems, especially those with tight interstices (or internal spacing)—namely lowercase e, a, and s. At night, any of these reflective letters might appear to be a lowercase o in the glare of headlights. By opening...
Tags: ClearView, McGruber, U S Federal Highway Administration, FHWA, Citylab, Doug Hecox


Arrested Nigerian Email Scammer Facing Up To 30 Years In Prison

McGruber writes: Amechi Colvis Amuegbunam, 28, a Nigerian man living in the U.S. on a student visa, faces federal wire fraud charges in connection with a sophisticated email phishing scam targeting businesses. He was arrested in Baltimore and charged with scamming 17 North Texas companies out of more than $600,000 using the technique. If convicted, Amuegbunam faces up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million. ...
Tags: Texas, Baltimore, McGruber, Amechi Colvis Amuegbunam, Amuegbunam


IT Worker Fired After Massive Georgia Data Breach Speaks Out

McGruber writes: On November 17, two Georgia women filed a class action lawsuit alleging that Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp had released the Social Security numbers, birthdates, Drivers License numbers and other private information of all registered voters in Georgia. After the lawsuit was filed, Secretary Kemp posted an official notice of the breach on his website as required by Georgia state law. Secretary Kemp also sent a private letter to Georgia lawmakers describing how the breach h...
Tags: Georgia, Social Security, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Kemp, Cooley, Brian Kemp, McGruber, Atlanta Journal, Gary Cooley, PCC Technology Group


Museum of Political Corruption Planned For New York

McGruber writes: In Albany, NY, Bruce Roter has secured approval to build the Museum of Political Corruption, dedicated to the state's long history of scandal. In the last decade alone, more than 30 state officeholders have either been accused or convicted of wrongdoing. On Monday, the former Assembly speaker, Sheldon Silver, was found guilty of taking nearly 4 million dollars in bribes and kickbacks. He was convicted on charges of conspiracy, fraud and extortion. The former Senate majority lead...
Tags: New York, Senate, New Jersey, Albany, Sheldon Silver, Assembly, McGruber, Bruce Roter, Roter, Monmouth University Read


Pwned Barbies Spying On Children? Toytalk CEO Downplays Hacking Reports

McGruber writes: Earlier this year Mattel unveiled "Hello Barbie," a $74.99 wi-fi equipped interactive doll. Users press a button on Barbie's belt to start a conversation and the recorded audio is processed over the internet so that the doll can respond appropriately. The doll also remembers the user's likes and dislikes. Now Security Researcher Matt Jakubowski claims that he has managed to hack the Hello Barbie system to extract wi-fi network names, account IDs and MP3 files, which could be use...
Tags: Barbie, Mattel, NBC Chicago, McGruber, Matt Jakubowski, Jakubowski, Oren Jacob, Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood


Georgia Gives Personal Data of 6 Million Voters To Georgia GunOwner Magazine

McGruber writes: A class action lawsuit alleges that Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp's office released the personal identifying information of Georgia voters to twelve organizations, "including statewide political parties, news media organizations and Georgia GunOwner Magazine". According to Kemp, his office shares "voter registration data every month with news media and political parties that have requested it as required by Georgia law. Due to a clerical error where information was put i...
Tags: Georgia, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Kemp, AJC, Brian Kemp, McGruber, Georgia GunOwner Magazine, Georgia GunOwner Magazine According


In France, TGV Test Train Catches Fire, Derails, Killing 10

McGruber writes with the Mirror's report that: Earlier today in Eckwersheim, France, TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse) 2369 Test Train caught fire, derailed and overturned. Two carriages were partially submerged into a river and at least five people were killed. As of now, there are no direct links with the terrorist attacks on Paris and the train crash does not appear to have been caused deliberately. A TGV test train holds the record for the fastest wheeled train, having reached 574.8 km/h (357.2 m...
Tags: France, Nbc News, Paris, McGruber, Eckwersheim France