Thought for the day

"Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it." -- George Orwell, 1984

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Microsoft is warning Windows users about a fast-approaching end-of-life date for one of its former flagship operating systems. The Redmond-based tech giant is once again reminding users that support for Windows 8.1 is ending soon, with this big cut-off date pencilled in for January 10, 2023. After this date, Windows 8.1 users won't receive any technical support as well as software updates and security fixes - with the latter crucial for when bugs or hacks emerge.

Posted on: Dec 04 06:29

Express.co.uk readers have unleashed fury over their "very annoying" smart meters which are proving to be a massive headache for many customers who had hoped to get real-time information about their energy usage at a time when bills are soaring to record highs amid a crisis. With energy bills set to increase in April to a price cap of £3,000 when the energy price guarantee changes, customers with smart meters are generally led to believe that these devices can help them use their energy more wisely and help to limit bills. 

But large swathes of Express.co.uk readers are furious with their various energy companies over their faulty devices, which for many is having the opposite effect and seeing them forced to fork out even more to pay their bills. 

While a lot of their issues are slightly different, the overriding similarity is that there may a downside to having a smart meter after all. 

Janet Harris was shocked when she saw that her smart smeter was saying that she was using up far more energy than was actually the case. 

Posted on: Dec 03 19:04

The COP27 climate change conference wrapped up last month. World leaders flew in private jets to Egypt to discuss how fossil fuels were quickly heating the planet to the point of no return, as humanity was doomed if crucial climate change policies weren't implemented. But while the climate alarmist leaders met in the desert, November's snowfall across the Northern Hemisphere was running at rates exceeding a half-a-century average. 

Posted on: Dec 03 17:04

An exam board has removed the word 'blacklist' from its computer science GCSE due to concerns that the term could be considered racist.

AQA told the Times it would be removing the term from its specification for 2024 exams onwards following advice from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), a branch of GCHQ dedicated to cyber security.

Blacklist is a commonly used cyber security term used to describe a list of suspicious or malicious entities such as viruses, spyware and other kinds of malware. A whitelist is the opposite- containing everything that is allowed.

The NCSC said this equates white with good and safe and black with bad, dangerous and forbidden. It has instead opted to use deny-list and allow-list.

Posted on: Dec 03 14:56

Russia has successfully test-launched a monster of a weapon system, identified as a new anti-missile defense platform under the national Aerospace Forces, at its Sary Shagan firing range in Kazakhstan.

"The anti-missile defense system is in service with the Aerospace Forces and is designed to protect against air and space attacks," the defense ministry said in a statement. However, the statement didn't specifically name the missile that was tested.

Posted on: Dec 03 12:37

In the event of a massive power outage, Austria will hand out emergency food rations to the public. The plan comes as food prices soar and the energy crisis spreads worldwide.

The plan, which was published on the country’s Ministry of Agriculture, Regions, and Tourism website, decrees that all grocery stores are to remain closed on the first day of a potential blackout. On the second day of the same blackout, stores are to remain closed but act as centers from which bags of fresh produce will be given to residents, between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm.

From day three, only products from the dry range will be offered, for safety reasons, according to a report by RT.  Additionally, the stores will offer prepared bags with water, long-life bread, canned goods, convenience products, and candles to be sold for cash. Baby items and hygiene products will be made available on request only.

Posted on: Dec 03 12:14

The United Kingdom is expected to release a report featuring some proposed steps for a central bank digital currency (CBDC) by the end of the year.

According to Tom Parker of Reclaim the Net, the Bank of England and the UK Treasury will be issuing the report. Sir Jon Cunliffe, the Bank of England’s Deputy Governor of Financial Stability, announced the release of the report at a recent speech titled “Reflections on DeFi, digital currencies and regulation.”

In the speech, Cunliffe stated that the Bank of England and other UK government agencies have plans on imposing more regulations on cryptocurrencies as they proceed to establish a CBDC.

Additionally, Cunliffe called attention to how the Bank of England is “actively exploring the issuance of a digitally native Pound sterling” and alluded to the notorious collapse of the cryptocurrency exchange FTX as one of the reasons why the UK must pursue stronger cryptocurrency regulations.

Posted on: Dec 03 11:49

 The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has quietly confirmed that at least 1.1 million Americans have “died suddenly” ever since Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) “vaccines” were introduced under Operation Warp Speed.

Since the time when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted emergency use authorization (EUA) for the jabs, more than six million Americans total have died. Of this, 1,106,079 deaths are considered to be “excess,” based on the five-year average from 2015 to 2019.

Posted on: Dec 03 10:12

Ben Shapiro and his employee Matt Walsh are being accused of "setting up the narrative" for Kanye "Ye" West to be suicided.

Posted on: Dec 02 17:22

California Rep Maxine Waters, the Democratic Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, heaped praise on crypto scammer Sam Bankman-Fried for his "candidness" and "willingness" to "help" his company's customers and investors.

Posted on: Dec 02 16:33