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We have discovered what the word “Covfefe” means, and it’s slightly tech related…

On May 31, 2017, Trump sent out a tweet that read, in its entirety, “Despite the constant negative press covfefe”. It immediately went viral, becoming a staple of trump jokes.  The tweet was retweeted over 127,000 times, and liked more than 162,000 times, making it one of Trump’s most popular tweets in months, as people speculated on the meaning of covfefe. Six hours later, Trump deleted the tweet and posted an alternative one, asking people what they thought covfefe could mean.

 

Ladies and gentlemen, we now have an answer for you.

The Communications Over Various Feeds Electronically for Engagement Act (COVFEFE Act) is a bill introduced into the United States House of Representatives in 2017 (on June 12), during the 115th United States Congress.The bill would amend the Presidential Records Act to preserve Twitter posts and other social media interactions of the President of the United States, and to require the National Archives to store such items. U.S. Representative Mike Quigley, Democrat of Illinois, introduced the legislation in the wake of Donald Trump’s routine use of Twitter. If the bill were enacted, it would see US law treat US presidents’ personal social media accounts (such as Trump’s “@realDonaldTrumpTwitter account) the same as “official” social media accounts (such as the “@POTUS” Twitter account).

 

So, there you have it, it relates to a law that was never passed that the president tweeted about.

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Stay safe during the hurricane

Due to hurricane florence and the need to prepare on our end and the end of our clients, readers, and providers across the East Coast; there will be no articles until we are certain the storm has ended.

We don’t want the last bit of your battery or data to be used on us, so please save it for an emergency and please charge your devices now before landfall.

Make sure you store all electronics high up and in ziploc bags. Be ready to go at a moments notice and have every bit of data backed up to the cloud.

After the storm passes, be wary of any online donations and stick to reputable charities like churches or the Red Cross.

We will not be providing disaster relief as the last time we did the site went down. Discounts on support or other products are limited to current offerings for now.

Stay safe.

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We’ll never win the war on internet toxicity

Since the dawn of the internet, commenting has expanded beyond a box under web articles and videos and turned into a space where people have a megaphone in the form of Facebook and other social media sites. That has opened the door to extreme trolling, harassment and the ability to spread falsehoods.  Most of these internet trolls are those who use the internet to hide and also act out their deepest, darkest selves without fear or reprisal.

Other people who are toxic online are those looking to quickly and without fear of harm damage the real world reputation of others.  In many cases, this leads to unemployment, depression, and suffering for the people attacked, and the attacker often times suffers no consequences.

People have a natural need to get their wants and needs filled, and some people are unwilling to wait for their needs and wants.  In a world of always on wireless internet, it can be easy to become frustrated with delays in the real world.  This can hurt everyone as a whole and lead to a breakdown in interpersonal interactions in real life, with very real consequences like crime and unrest.

Bendy Computers will not tolerate trolling or harassment on our platform, and reserves the right to at our discretion refuse to service people or organizations who do not respect the rights of others to feel comfortable online. If you go online, please be kind.

 

Works Cited

Chen, B. X. (2018, August 08). The Internet Trolls Have Won. Sorry, There’s Not Much You Can Do. Retrieved August 9, 2018, from https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/08/technology/personaltech/internet-trolls-comments.html

 

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Podcast request for environmental science

 

4 VIP Parts to a Plant Cell

  • Golgi Apparatus
    • Intracellular Transport
  • Nucleus
    • Stores DNA and in charge of reproduction
  • Chloroplast
    • Makes chlorophyll and does photosynthesis
  • Cell wall
    • Up to 3 layers in some plants
    • 35 to 50% cellulose

Did you know that cellulose is found in many consumer products, and the Ancient Egyptians used papyrus reeds containing it to make some of the first paper documents?

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Bangladesh cellular shutdown

 

Bangladesh has shut down mobile internet across swathes of the country.

For the last week students in the capital Dhaka have protested against poor road safety after two teenagers were killed by a speeding bus.

On Saturday the protests took a violent turn in Dhaka’s with more than 100 people injured.

Witnesses said police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at demonstrators.

The country’s highest circulated newspaper Prothom Alo said 3G and 4G internet services have been shut down for 24 hours since late Saturday, shortly after the violence broke out.

Social media has been filled with comments from Bangladeshis unable to access the internet via their phones, although wireless and wired networks appear to be unhindered.

Jahirul Haq, chairman of the Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC), told AFP they received a “decision” from the government. But he did not clarify what was the government order was. He said he would comment further on the situation later Sunday.

A senior telecom official who asked for anonymity said: “The BTRC has slowed down the internet at the order of the government.”

France-Presse, A. (2018, August 05). Bangladesh Snaps Mobile Internet After Students’ Protest Turns Violent. Retrieved August 5, 2018, from https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/bangladesh-shuts-down-mobile-internet-to-tackle-teen-protests-1895408
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Happy Fourth, And Be Safe

!!!Recommended Safety Tips For Fourth Of July!!!

Disclaimer: Bendy Computers is a computer organization, not a fireworks safety organization, and assumes no liability for misuse of fireworks, sparklers, or any other such devices.  We just want you to have theses safety tips handy.

 

  • Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks.
  • Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting.
  • A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities.  Never give fireworks to children.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.  Save your alcohol for after the show.
  • Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
  • Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
  • Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework.  Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
  • Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.
  • Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
  • Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
  • FAA regulations PROHIBIT the possession and transportation of fireworks in your checked baggage or carry-on luggage.
  • Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.

And let’s not forget the safety of our pets!

  • Don’t bring your pets to a fireworks display, even a small one.
  • If fireworks are being used near your home, put your pet in a safe, interior room to avoid exposure to the sound.
  • Make sure your pet has an identification tag, in case it runs off during a fireworks display.
  • Never shoot fireworks of any kind (consumer fireworks, sparklers, fountains, etc.) near pets.

 

“Safety Tips.” The National Council on Fireworks Safety, www.fireworkssafety.org/safety-tips/.

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Bendy Projects

You’re a busy person. You’ve got school, a job, a significant other, friends, and family that all take time out of your day. But in all the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it’s important to take care of yourself too. Pick whatever you please, but tech people like me often just like to tinker with various side projects. Here are a few of mine.

  • Watch repair – I’ve got an old watch laying around that employs a cool concept: using LED arrays to represent hours and minutes when lit. I broke it while playing a pickup rugby match at my old college, and I kind of missed the WOW factor of the watch. I cracked it open last night to try to figure out why the LED arrays were not lighting up and ended up having to resolder the power circuit. The watch works now, but I still have to repair the band.
  • Headset repair – A few months ago, my headset went kaput. One of the cans just wasn’t functioning right. So I took the earpiece apart, desoldered the speaker connections, then resoldered them with a more solid connection. This fixed the issue, but occasionally, I hear random static noises for a split second. I suspect that there’s a short somewhere that charges a capacitor on the circuit and the static I hear is the interference caused by the capacitor discharging, but I’ll investigate later.
  • Mining rig – I’ve got a dumpster of a PC hanging around. It’s running a collection of old hardware that I somehow hacked together to get it working, and I use it for all my testing. It has an older AMD GPU in it, so I decided to mess around and see if I could get it running as a mining rig. So far, I’m unsuccessful, but this will hopefully change in the future.

So that’s what I’ve got going on. Hopefully you all have some projects going on; the world is better when people do things for themselves and gain experience through messing around (in a safe, controlled manner, of course). Keep tinkering, folks!