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We made it to Friday! And while some may argue that every day is a dad day, many are observing and celebrating Father's Day this weekend. Community member Join in on the fun!wanted to start the festivities a little early and began a topic about some of the best (or worst) dad jokes. Here's a small sampling: Why are dad jokes the best way to get into a locked house? Because they are a little door-key.
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Microsoft: June Windows updates may break Wi-Fi hotspots
I know we have many IT professionals who support Windows in our Community so this is definitely an issue you want to know about.
According to BleepingComputer:
"Microsoft is investigating a newly acknowledged issue causing connectivity issues when using Wi-Fi hotspots after deploying Windows updates released during the June 2022 Patch Tuesday.
The Wi-Fi hotspot feature allows users to share their Wi-Fi, Ethernet, or cellular data Internet connection with other devices on their network.
According to a new entry on the Windows release health dashboard, Windows devices where one of the June updates has been installed might be unable to use the Wi-Fi hotspot feature.
"When attempting to use the hotspot feature, the host device might lose the connection to the internet after a client device connects," Microsoft explains."
Europe cracks down on data cap exemptions in update to net neutrality rules
The Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications, or BEREC for short, is an agency that polices the telecommunications market. Recently, BEREC updated its net neutrality rules and it now imposed a strict ban on zero-rating practices, which exempts specific applications from internet providers’ data caps.
According to Ars Technica:
"The new BEREC guidelines came in response to a September 2021 Court of Justice ruling that "zero tariff" options that distinguish between types of Internet traffic "on the basis of commercial considerations" violate Europe's Open Internet rules requiring "equal treatment of traffic, without discrimination or interference."
In the new guidelines, BEREC said it "considers any differentiated pricing practices which are not application-agnostic to be inadmissible for IAS [Internet access service] offers, such as applying a zero price to ISPs' own applications or CAPs [content, applications, and services] subsidizing their own data." Additionally, a "price-differentiated offer where all applications are blocked (or slowed down) once the data cap is reached except for the application(s) for which zero price or a different price than all other traffic is applied would infringe" European rules, BEREC said. The rules apply to both mobile and fixed Internet service."
Password recovery from beyond the grave
I really can't set up this latest On Call story better than The Register did so let's just dive into it.
According to The Register:
"Every disaster recovery plan needs to contain the "hit by a bus" scenario. But have you ever retrieved a password from beyond the grave? One Register reader has. Welcome to On Call.
Today's tale, told by a reader Regomized as "Mark" takes us back some 15 years when he was handling the IT needs for a doctor's office. The job was relatively simple and involved keeping the systems up and running as well as taking the odd call when things went wrong and he wasn't on-site."
But there's more going on in the
world galaxy than that.
China's moon sample-return mission finds water evidence twice over
China's first lunar sample-return mission, Chang'e 5, collected over 60 oz. of lunar samples from a core about 3 feet deep at its landing site on Oceanus Procellarum. Oceanus Procellarum translates in Latin to “Ocean of Storms.”
According to Space.com:
"But the results certainly don't point to vast reservoirs on the lunar surface. Rather, the results show that, on average the rocks and soil of the moon's surface contain about 30 hydroxyl parts per million; hydroxyl, with one oxygen atom and one hydrogen atom, is the main ingredient of water.
The team also assessed the water source to be mainly indigenous to the moon, contained in a crystalline mineral called apatite. Less hydroxyl than expected appears to have come from the solar wind, the constant stream of charged particles flowing off the sun and across the solar system, which barrages the moon and implants its surface with particles. "
Antarctica: Southern Ocean floor mapped in greatest ever detail
Researchers have published the most detailed map of Antarctica's frigid Southern Ocean to date, including the ocean's new deepest point, the "Factorian Deep," which sits nearly 24,400 feet (7,437 meters) below the sea surface.
According to BBC:
"The new map was made possible by financing from Japan's Nippon Foundation and the support from Seabed2030, the international effort to properly chart Earth's ocean floor by the end of the decade.
At the moment, our knowledge of four-fifths of the planet's underwater terrain comes only from low-resolution satellite measurements that have inferred the presence of tall seamounts and deep valleys from the gravitational influence these features have on the sea surface. Water piles up over the mass of a large submarine mountain and dips slightly where there is a trench.
One key finding in the years between the first and second versions of IBCSO is the recognition of the Southern Ocean's deepest point. It's a depression called Factorian Deep at the far southern end of the South Sandwich Trench. It lies 7,432m down. It was measured and visited by the Texan adventurer Victor Vescovo in his submarine Limiting Factor in 2019."
While space may be the final frontier, it looks like we still have a lot to learn about our own backyard.
And you can't not know this.
Dragon's Dogma 2 Officially In Development and Its Being Built on the RE Engine
I am a huge fan of Dragon's Dogma and when there wasn't a bigger announcement during the Capcom Showcase earlier this week, I thought we'd go through yet another year of speculation about Dragon's Dogma 2. Luckily, Dragon's Dogma's 10th Anniversary stream brought up some great news!
According to IGN:
"Capcom has officially announced Dragon's Dogma 2, a sequel to the studio's 2012 action RPG.
Hideaki Itsuno, the director of the original Dragon's Dogma, announced the sequel at the end of the 10 Years of Dragon's Dogma livestream today. Besides learning that it the new game is being developed on the RE Engine, we received no further information about the game besides a logo on a shirt worn by Itsuno."
I watched the 10 Years of Dragon's Dogma video and it was great to see developers so passionate about the games they make.
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I believe I was talking tothe other day and we were brainstorming about how we'd love to have a little mini-game on the site that people could enjoy. And while it's not on our site, it did remind me of the Dinosaur T-Rex Game.
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