PSA: If you’ve got a Dell computer, you might want to fix this now

PSA: If you’ve got a Dell computer, you might want to fix this now

Your new Windows laptop typically ships with an awful lot of bloatware you don’t need. Often, it’ll just slow down your computer a tad. But occasionally, a pre-installed piece of manufacturer cruft can pose a serious security risk — and that’s why you should probably update or uninstall Dell’s SupportAssist right away. The app, which Dell’s support page states is preinstalled on “most of all new Dell devices running Windows” and billed as “the industry’s…

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Americans are working harder these days. Their paychecks don’t show it.

Americans are working harder these days. Their paychecks don’t show it.

Productivity is up and unemployment is low. So why aren’t workers benefiting yet? Americans are working harder these days, but it’s not paying off like it used to. In the first three months of 2019, employees got so much more work done that they smashed productivity forecasts. Labor productivity in the non-farm business sector (the biggest part of the US economy) grew 2.4 percent compared to the same period last year, according to new estimates…

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See bits of Halley’s comet burn up in the sky this weekend

See bits of Halley’s comet burn up in the sky this weekend

The Eta Aquarid meteor shower peaks this weekend.  Halley’s comet won’t return to the skies until the 2060s. But this weekend, you can catch a glimpse of it in the Eta Aquarid meteor shower. Earth is currently passing through a patch of debris created in the wake of the comet’s tail. When that debris hits our atmosphere, it will burn up and burnish the night sky in the form of meteors in the predawn hours…

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Electric racing series Formula E lost $29 million in its fourth season

Electric racing series Formula E lost $29 million in its fourth season

Electric racing series Formula E posted a €26.4 million (about $29 million) loss during its fiscal year ending July 31st, 2018, despite generating a record €133.4 million (about $149 million) of revenue, according to a new financial statement filed with the United Kingdom’s Companies House registry. The results for the fiscal year Formula E reported in this filing cover the racing series’ fourth season, which began in late 2017 and ended with a pair of…

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Pentagon report shows sharp rise in military sexual assaults

Pentagon report shows sharp rise in military sexual assaults

The troubling statistics also show that the majority — about 70 percent — still do not officially report such incidents. The US military is reporting a disturbing spike in the number of active-duty service members who said they’d experienced sexual assault last year, raising questions once again about the military’s handling of misconduct. The Pentagon estimates that about 20,500 service members across the military branches — about 13,000 women and 7,500 men — were sexually…

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Florida Legislature approves bill requiring former felons to pay fines and fees before voting

Florida Legislature approves bill requiring former felons to pay fines and fees before voting

The bill now heads to Gov. Ron DeSantis’s desk. After weeks of debate and over the objection of several voting and civil rights groups, the Florida Legislature has passed a measure requiring people with felony records to pay all financial obligations from their sentencing or get these obligations excused by a judge before they can have their voting rights restored. On Friday, in the closing hours of the legislative session, the Florida House voted to…

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Twitter is disturbingly right and alarmingly wrong about what you’re interested in

Twitter is disturbingly right and alarmingly wrong about what you’re interested in

Twitter’s “inferred interests” tell you — and advertisers — what you’re supposedly into. Vox Slack on Friday is probably like a lot of office Slacks on Fridays: The chatter there can get a bit … unproductive. But this week, it entailed a discussion of what Twitter thinks we’re into. A colleague on Thursday night stumbled upon Twitter’s list of her “inferred interests” — basically, the things it believes she likes and who she is. Twitter…

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An Alabama Democrat’s attempt to defend abortion rights backfired. It could have serious consequences.

An Alabama Democrat’s attempt to defend abortion rights backfired. It could have serious consequences.

State Rep. John Rogers’s inflammatory comments could hijack the abortion debate. A Democratic state representative from Alabama shocked listeners nationwide this week when he argued against an abortion ban by saying “some kids are unwanted, so you kill them now or kill them later.” “You bring them into the world unwanted, unloved, then you send them to the electric chair. So you kill them now or you kill them later,” state Rep. John Rogers said…

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