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Comic for February 21, 2020

Dilbert - February 22, 2020 - 12:59am
Categories: Geek

The CIA Won't Admit It Uses Slack

Slashdot - 1 hour 26 min ago
Categories: Geek, Opinion

Trump report bizarrely claims net neutrality repeal raised incomes $50B a year

Ars Technica - 1 hour 44 min ago

Enlarge / President Donald Trump at a "Make America Great Again" rally in Phoenix, Arizona, on August 22, 2017. (credit: Getty Images | AFP Contributor)

A new White House report claims without convincing evidence that eliminating consumer-protection rules in the broadband industry has boosted real incomes by tens of billions of dollars per year. Including a supposed improvement to "consumer welfare," the report claims an annual benefit of more than $100 billion from killing net neutrality and privacy rules.

The February 2020 "Economic Report of the President" claims that "the Trump Administration's 'Restoring Internet Freedom' order will increase real incomes by more than $50 billion per year and consumer welfare by almost $40 billion per year." That's in reference to the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net neutrality rules and its related deregulation of the broadband industry.

The White House report also claims a decision by Congress and President Trump to eliminate broadband privacy rules created "additional real income of about $11 billion per year." That financial benefit will double over the years, the report claims, saying that "After 5 to 10 years when these effects are fully realized, the total impact on real incomes is estimated to be $22 billion."

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It’s the hosts versus the rest of humanity in new trailer for Westworld S3 [Updated]

Ars Technica - 2 hours 43 min ago

The original trailer for HBO’s Westworld S3.

The hidden trailer for forthcoming third season of HBO's Westworld.

It has been a long wait, but HBO just dropped a full trailer for the third season of Westworld, HBO's Emmy-award-winning science fiction series. And it looks like we're in for another wild, mind-bending ride through multiple dystopian timelines.

(Warning: major spoilers for the first two seasons of Westworld below.)

The titular Westworld is one of six immersive theme parks owned and operated by a company called Delos Inc. The park is populated with a "cast" of very human-looking androids, called hosts. The park's well-heeled visitors can pretty much do whatever they like to the hosts and don't generally view the hosts as anything more than unfeeling props in their private dramas. But the hosts' creator/co-founder and park director of Westworld, Dr. Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins), "awakens" a host named Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) to true sentience. S1 concluded with a bloody massacre, as the reprogrammed hosts rise up to take revenge on the guests. 

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