Senate Panel Postpones Defense Bill Markup Milcon Spending Bill to Be Marked

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Senate Armed Services Committee will mark up its version of the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill the week of May 21, two weeks later than previously planned, a committee aide said Monday. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) is expected to lead the markup for Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.), who is recovering from brain cancer and surgery last week to treat an intestinal infection related to diverticulitis, reported CQ. McCain has not been in Washington since late last year. Meanwhile six House Armed Services’ subcommittees will mark up their portions of the annual defense policy bill on Thursday, with the full committee’s daylong markup scheduled for May 9.  … The House Military Construction-Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee will mark up its FY 2019 spending bill Thursday at 9 a.m., the committee announced.last_img read more

Facebook ties employee bonuses to progress on social issues

first_img Share your voice 6 Photos Comments Tags Cambridge Analytica: Everything you need to know about Facebook’s data mining scandal.iHate: CNET looks at how intolerance is taking over the internet. 3center_img Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday announced changes to the company’s formula for determining employee bonuses. Alex Wong/Getty Images Facebook is changing how it determines employee bonuses, tying them to how well the company confronts issues such as misinformation and hate speech on the platform.Facebook’s employee bonuses were previously based on factors such as user growth and product quality. The social-media giant is updating its formula to better reflect the company’s updated priorities for 2019, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Tuesday during an all-hands meeting at the company’s Menlo Park, California, headquarters.Those updated goals, as outlined last month by Zuckerberg during a conference call with analysts, include making progress on the social issues facing the internet and Facebook, building services that improve people’s lives, supporting businesses and being more transparent about the role Facebook plays in the world.”Over the past two years, we’ve fundamentally changed how we run Facebook,” Facebook said in a statement. “This particular change is designed to ensure that we are incentivizing people to keep making progress on the major social issues facing the internet and our company.”Facebook’s move comes as the social media giant faces its toughest stretch in its 15-year history. The company is under pressure to do more to combat election meddling, misinformation and hate speech on the platform. It’s also come under fire for not doing enough to protect the data privacy and security of its 2.3 billion users after the company revealed that UK political consultancy Cambridge Analytica harvested the data of up to 87 million users without their permission. The company’s series of scandals didn’t appear to affect its revenue and profits in the fourth quarter, both of which beat estimates and fueled a rally in its stock last Wednesday.Facebook said there isn’t an easy formula for determining whether the company achieves its goals, but said it will record its progress by tracking how many fake accounts it takes down daily and improvements to safety and security. Internet The great Facebook exodus Mark Zuckerberg Facebooklast_img read more

Democrats will try to save net neutrality with new bill report says

first_img Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $999 Read Google Home Hub review Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Sprint $299 at Amazon I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. See at Amazon Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Tags DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Sarah Tew/CNET Read DJI Osmo Action preview Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Sarah Tew/CNET $999 JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reportedly said Democrats in Congress will try to restore net neutrality rules.  Win McNamee / Getty Images Democrats in the US Congress will introduce a bill Wednesday to bring back net neutrality rules that were repealed in 2017, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reportedly said Monday.House Democrats will work with the Senate to pass the “Save the Internet Act,” Pelosi said in a letter to lawmakers, according to Reuters. The text of the reported bill hasn’t been released. Net neutrality, which lasted from 2015 to 2018, banned broadband providers from slowing or blocking internet access or charging companies more for faster access. In December 2017, the Republican-led Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules.Democrats in Congress have said the repeal allows for large broadband and wireless companies to “control people’s online activities.” Tech companies such as Amazon and Facebook, as well as tech pioneers such as Tim Berners-Lee, have spoken out against net neutrality’s repeal. In August, attorneys general from 22 states, as well as activist groups and companies including Mozilla, filed suit, alleging the FCC arbitrarily rolled back net neutrality rules and overstepped its authority to ban states from passing their own regulations.And in October, California reached an agreement with the US Department of Justice not to enforce its own net neutrality law, saying it’d hold off until questions about the FCC’s authority to pre-empt states from adopting their own net neutrality laws were answered in federal appeals court. The FCC declined to comment. A representative for Pelosi didn’t respond to a request for comment. First published March 4.Update, March 5, 2:41 p.m. PT: Adds background on net neutrality.  Sarah Tew/CNET An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. The Cheapskate Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. See It $59 at eBay $155 at Google Express $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express 12 Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. See at Turo Apple iPhone XS Read the AirPods reviewcenter_img Internet Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Tags Angela Lang/CNET Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $999 Chris Monroe/CNET TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $999 $6 at Tidal Share your voice Read the Rylo camera preview $60 at Best Buy $210 at Best Buy Turo The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Best Buy Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Sarah Tew/CNET See It Comments See it See It Net neutrality,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Share your voice Boost Mobile $520 at HP 7 Comments $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Rylo Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Amazonlast_img read more

Garden with 70 species of aquatic plants

first_imgRaqibul Hasan tends to his aquatic plants in Narayanganj recently. Photo: Prothom AloGardening is a common hobby and rooftop gardens are gaining popularity in Bangladesh. But a garden with aquatic plants is not a common scene.Such a special garden with 70 species of aquatic plants has been traced in Narayanganj’s Fatulla. Raqibul Hasan, 33, has created his garden in the yard and rooftop of his Panchabati residence, collecting floating plants from home and abroad.Asked how it all started, Raqibul said, “It was 2015 and we, my wife and I, were visiting Cox’s Bazar. As my wife loves blue water lilies, I collected one from there. Soon collecting aquatic plants and growing them in containers became a passion for me.”Water bodies are shrinking every day in the concrete jungle of urban life. And so are the aquatic plants. Raqibul built the garden to archive the rare aquatic plants which are facing the danger of extinction.Speaking about his collection, Raqibul said he has a total of 44 species of water lilies including Victoria Amazon Lily and Hardy Water Lily.”Usually, you’ll find three kinds of water lilies in Bangladesh. But in my collection, I have seven local species including Pink Water Lily which is very rare,” he added.Besides the local ones, Raqibul collected the remaining 37 species of water lilies from Thailand, Mexico, Europe, USA and other countries.Raqibul has a collection of six lotus species, too. Local but rare Swarnakumud and Jhanji are also there in his garden.Raqibul Hasan shows his aquatic plants to visitors in Narayanganj recently. Photo: Prothom AloHe started the garden from a kind of passion. But, it is now a source of income for him. He has been selling saplings of aquatic plants for the past few years.Taslim Abed, an official of a pharmaceutical factory in Gazipur, collects aquatic plants from Raqibul.”By gardening and keeping aquatic plants on the rooftop of our factory, we can bring down the temperature from 52 degree Celsius to 38,” Taslim said.Deputy director of Narayanganj agriculture extension department, Kazi Habibur Rahman, also praised Raqibul saying, “It’s a great endeavour. If others follow him, we can leave a better world for our next generation.”After collecting 70 species of floating plants, Raqibul does not want to stop. He has plans to keep 100 species of water lilies and 50 species of lotus by this year.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Imam Hossain.last_img read more

How to Speed Up Windows Vista

first_imgApril 1, 2008 Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. 5 min read Get flashy: If you have an extra USB flash drive that you don’t use for much else, Vista can cache disk reads on it, thereby boosting performance beyond what you’d get from your hard disk alone. Simply insert your flash drive into a USB 2.0 slot. If the drive is fast enough, a prompt will appear, asking whether you want to open the folder for the drive or use it to ‘Speed up my system using Windows ReadyBoost’ (see the screen shot at left). Choose the latter option, and follow the remaining prompts. When you’re calculating how much space to set aside for ReadyBoost to use, Microsoft recommends that you let ReadyBoost use one to three times the amount of RAM on your system.Play your cards right: USB thumb drives aren’t the only way to boost system performance–fortunately, since USB memory sticks protruding from a computer (particularly a laptop) are easy to dislodge, and they can be a pain to remove and stow for traveling. If your PC has a reader for SD (Secure Digital) or CompactFlash cards, you can use those media in place of a USB stick to handle your ReadyBoost needs.Seize control: Speeding up Vista isn’t enough; you need to prevent the OS from slowing you down. The annoying Vista pop-ups that ask you to ‘Allow’ or ‘Deny’ many actions are examples of Vista’s User Account Control at work. The process makes you safer, but your productivity may suffer if you must constantly respond to UAC’s demands. For ways to reduce the intrusiveness of this feature, see “Annoyance Buster: Make Vista’s User Account Control Work for You.”See if your hardware is slowing you down: In Explorer, right-click Computer and choose Properties. Next to ‘Rating’, click Windows Experience Index. The item with the lowest score is the biggest drain on your getting a better Vista experience. For example, if the lowest score is attributed to Graphics, it may be time to invest in a new graphics card.Sideline sidebar: If you don’t need the little “gadget” doo-dads in the Vista sidebar, get rid of them. Right-click the Windows Sidebar icon in the taskbar tray and choose Exit. Open the Control Panel and launch Windows Sidebar Properties in the ‘Appearance and Personalization’ category. Uncheck Start sidebar when Windows starts and click OK (see the screen shot at left).What would Windows do? If you have an older or less capable video card, click Start, type systempropertiesperformance, and press Enter. Click Continue if prompted by User Account Control. Select Adjust for best performance. Or cherry-pick the options you can’t live without. (Fewer checkmarks mean better performance.) Click OK.More Ways to Accelerate VistaDis-Service yourself: Don’t let unneeded software components waste memory or put a ball-and-chain on your Windows startup. Click Start, type msconfig, and press Enter. Confirm if prompted by User Account Control. But be careful! Click the Services tab, and uncheck only the services you’re certain you don’t need. To be safe, uncheck one, reboot, and see if everything still works fine before moving on to another. Do your homework via Online help or a Web search before experimenting!Here are some services that you might be able to do without: If you don’t work interactively with a remote computer, don’t run programs from a server, and don’t need Remote Desktop, uncheck Terminal Services. If you can live without Windows diagnostic and troubleshooting services, uncheck Diagnostic Policy Service, Diagnostic Service Host, and Diagnostic System Host. If you don’t want Windows to index your files for searching, uncheck Windows Search. Other Services options to consider disabling include ‘Fax’, ‘Offline Files’, ‘Smart Card’, ‘Smart Card Removal Policy’, ‘Themes’, and ‘Windows Error Reporting Service’.Keep your disk in shape: The same advice you’ve heard for years is true for Vista, too: Delete the useless clutter on your hard disk and defragment it. To do the former, click Start, type Cleanup, and press Enter. Specify the drive and files to clean and click OK. You may need to repeat the steps for multiple drives. To defrag your drives, click Start, type Defragmenter, and press Enter. Use this dialog box to set up a time to defrag your disk regularly at a time when you are away from your system. Vista has an automatic defragmenting feature that may kick in at inopportune times; scheduling your defrags will help ensure that these operations don’t occur while you’re working.Be a power pig: If you don’t mind spending more, you can boost your system’s performance by adjusting its power options. In the Control Panel, launch Power Options in the ‘System and Maintenance’ category. Select High Performance, close the dialog box (see the screen shot at left), and prepare yourself for a higher electric bill.Keep on tweaking: For still more performance tweaks, check out my article, “Shift Any Version of Windows Into High Gear.”Want to squeeze even more out of Vista? We can help you out with 20 great downloads that make Vista work better, tips on how to stream video and music from your Vista PC to your HDTV and solutions to Vista’s defrag mysteries. Meanwhile, Contributing Editor Steve Bass has assembled a treasure trove of Windows tips of his own. And in case reading isn’t your thing, we have videos, too: Learn how to speed up Vista’s boot-up time, improve Vista’s performance, or install Vista from scratch. Or just watch a bunch of PC World editors complain about Vista. Listen Now Brought to you by PCWorld Problem Solvers with Jason Feiferlast_img read more