As more and more Americans continue to turn to technology to file their taxes, there is — as with virtually all of today’s connectivity-driven convenience tools — an undercurrent of risk. But — as with other convenience tools — that risk is doing nothing to deter the use of e-filing methods. According to eFile, of the more than 135 million tax returns filed for the 2016 tax year, 92% were filed electronically. The IRS website notes a slight uptick over that rate so far this year; through March 16, more than 93% of the nearly 78 million returns received for the 2017 tax year were filed electronically by either individuals or tax preparers (an increase over the same time last year).
The UK’s age verification overlord has issued guidance for checking whether citizens should be able to access online smut, emphasising data protection and its plan to take a “proportionate regulatory approach”.
Many people still live in old industrial regions, but it’s not clear what effects of that heritage linger. Given that these historical industries had dominated the economic and social life of these regions for such a long time, there’s a question about whether they also influenced residents’ personality traits – particularly those seen in the current populations living there. New research suggests that the massive industrialization of the 19th and 20th centuries had long-term psychosocial effects that continue to negatively influence the well-being, health, and behaviors of millions of people in these regions today. The study, an interdisciplinary collaboration between psychologists, historians, and economic geographers, examined whether people in former industrial regions in the U.K. and the U.S. demonstrated more markers of “psychological adversity” (i.e., higher neuroticism, lower conscientiousness, lower aspects of extraversion, lower life satisfaction, and lower life expectancy) than people in other regions. The findings show that a region’s historical industries leave a lasting imprint on the local psychology, which remains even when those industries are no longer dominant or have almost completely disappeared.
N-days — or known vulnerabilities — are a goldmine for attackers of industrial control systems. It’s time for a new defense strategy.
Facebook and other social networks are having a negative impact on democracy
WELLINGTON (Reuters) – Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom won one battle with New Zealand authorities on Monday when a Wellington court ruled the attorney general broke the law by refusing his request to be given all information about him held by public agencies.
It’s an interesting moment for wireless carriers. For the first time in years, unlimited data plans are available on all four major U.S. carriers (T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, AT&T), and provide shoppers with a lot of choice. Lead by T-Mobile, many of the new plans include new perks, like international roaming or access to streaming content gratis.
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An emotional Grayson Allen reflected on his collegiate career Sunday following Duke’s 85-81 overtime loss to Kansas in the Elite Eight.