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Off-Topic / Leap year 2024 February 29
« on: Yesterday at 11:36:41 am »Message ID: 1378211
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Adding a day this month to the calendar, February 29!  Shortest day of the year.

Rule: If the year is divisible by 100 but not 400 we skip Leap year for that year! 

Skipped:

1700
1800
1900
2000 (we did not skip although divisible)


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Off-Topic / Daylight Saving Time 2024 in the United States
« on: February 09, 2024, 10:34:14 am »Message ID: 1378025
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Daylight Saving Time 2024 in the United States -

www.timeanddate.com

Forward 1 hour Mar 10, 2024 -
 Daylight Saving Time Starts When local standard time is about to reach Sunday, March 10, 2024, 2:00:00 am clocks are turned forward 1 hour to Sunday, March 10, 2024, 3:00:00 am local daylight time instead. Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour later on Mar 10, 2024

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Off-Topic / 419 predictions for 2024
« on: January 02, 2024, 12:48:08 pm »Message ID: 1377703
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HomeFuture Timeline2024
Read 419 predictions for 2024, a year that will see the world transform in big and small ways; this includes disruptions throughout our culture, technology, science, health and business sectors. It’s your future, discover what you’re in for.

https://www.quantumrun.com/future-timeline/2024


The aviation industry fully recovers from the COVID-19 downturn. Likelihood: 85 percent.Link
A total solar eclipse event is scheduled from April 3-9, 2024 across North America. Likelihood: 80 percent.Link
The COVID-19 endemic phase begins. Likelihood: 70 percent.Link
Gold prices reach record highs due to decreasing interest rates. Likelihood: 65 percent.Link
Bitcoin gathers bullish momentum at the end of the year. Likelihood: 60 percent.Link
El Niño continues through spring. Likelihood: 80 percent.Link
OPEC expects a global oil demand growth of 2.2 million barrels per day (bpd). Likelihood: 65 percent.Link
IEA anticipates slowing global demand for oil at 900,000 barrels per day (bpd) from 990,000 in 2023. Likelihood: 65 percent.Link
Generative AI growth slows down due to global regulations and high data training costs. Likelihood: 60 percent.Link
Winter in North America experiences below-average snowfall due to El Niño. Likelihood: 75 percent.Link
Up to 110 million people globally need food assistance due to El Niño. Likelihood: 80 percent.Link
The USD $300-million Asia Link Cable (ALC) subsea network begins construction. Likelihood: 65 percent.Link
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a lunar lander is launched to conduct 10 science and technology experiments. Likelihood: 65 percent.Link
NATO conducts its largest military drill since the Cold War across the Baltics, Poland, and Germany. Likelihood: 80 percent.Link
Global production of farmed shrimp grows 4.8 percent. Likelihood: 65 percent.Link
Global computer chip sales rebounds to a 12 percent growth. Likelihood: 70 percent.Link
Volcanic comet 12P/Pons-Brooks makes its closest approach to Earth and may be seen by the naked eye on the sky. Likelihood: 75 percent.Link
R21, the second malaria vaccine approved by the WHO, starts rolling out. Likelihood: 80 percent.Link
Meta releases its celebrity AI chatbot service. Likelihood: 85 percent.Link
People aged 65 and older outnumber the youth in Europe. Likelihood: 80 percent.Link
Half of successful companies in Asia-Pacific meaningfully reports their carbon footprint. Likelihood: 70 percent.Link
NATO finalizes its strategy to collaborate with its "Southern neighborhood," like the Middle East and North Africa. Likelihood: 70 percent.Link
Global imports of LNG increases by 16%. Likelihood: 80 percent.Link
Renewable energy becomes the major global electricity source, surpassing coal. Likelihood: 70 percent.Link
Global solar PV manufacturing capacity doubles, reaching nearly 1 terrawatt. Likelihood: 70 percent.Link
Middle East airlines rebound to pre-pandemic levels. Likelihood: 80 percent.Link
Swedish truck maker Scania and H2 Green Steel start producing trucks with fossil-free steel before moving the entire production to green steel in 2027–2028. Likelihood: 70 percentLink
The H2 Green Steel consortium's fossil-free plant makes its first green steel. Likelihood: 70 percentLink
The global minimum corporate tax rate of 15% takes effect. Likelihood: 60 percentLink
NASA launches the lunar program “Artemis" with a two-person crew spacecraft. Likelihood: 80 percentLink
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration launches the Psyche mission, aiming to study the unique metal-rich asteroid orbiting the Sun between Mars and Jupiter. Likelihood: 50 percentLink
Space Entertainment Enterprise launches a film production studio 250 miles above Earth. Likelihood: 70 percentLink
The first commercial hydrogen-electric flights between London and Rotterdam start operating. Likelihood: 60 percentLink
The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union pass and implement new asylum and migration laws. Likelihood: 75 percentLink
All new devices on the European Union market is required to include a USB-C charging port to reduce electronic waste, affecting Apple devices. Likelihood: 80 percentLink
The Digital Services Act, which ensures the safety of users online and establishes governance of the protection of fundamental digital rights, takes affect across the European Union. Likelihood: 80 percentLink
Since 2022, about 57% of companies globally have invested more in information communication technology, particularly among the biotechnology, retail, finance, food and beverage, and public administration sectors. Likelihood: 70 percentLink
COVID-19 becomes endemic like the flu or the common cold.  Likelihood: 80 percentLink
The European Space Agency launches an initial satellite, the Lunar Pathfinder, to the moon to study orbits and communication capabilities. Likelihood: 70 percentLink
After India launched the International Solar Alliance (ISA) with France in 2015, India spends $1 billion in solar energy projects across the Asia region. Likelihood: 70%Link
After India and China formed a partnership in 2017 to collaborate on two-dimensional (2D) barcodes, the gateways for linking genuine buyers and sellers, as well as making digital payments by scanning QR codes, China becomes the dominant force in the Asia region for the global digital economy. Likelihood: 50%Link
India partners with France and builds six reactors of a 10,000 MW nuclear power plant project in Maharashtra. Likelihood: 70%Link
The Extremely Large Telescope (ELT), the world's largest optical and infrared telescope, is completed.Link
More than 50 percent of Internet traffic to homes will be from appliances and other home devices.Link
The Fehmarn Belt Fixed Link between Denmark and Germany is expected to open.Link
New prosthetic models convey sensations of feeling.Link
First manned mission to Mars.Link
More than 50% of Internet traffic to homes will be from appliances and other home devices.Link
Artificial muscles used in robots can lift more weight and generate more mechanical power than human musclesLink
New prosthetic models convey sensations of feelingLink
First manned mission to MarsLink
Global reserves of Indium is fully mined and depletedLink
Saudi Arabia's "Jubail II" is fully builtLink
Fast Forecast
The global minimum corporate tax rate of 15% takes effect. Link
NASA launches the lunar program “Artemis" with a two-person crew spacecraft. Link
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration launches the Psyche mission, aiming to study the unique metal-rich asteroid orbiting the Sun between Mars and Jupiter. Link
Space Entertainment Enterprise launches a film production studio 250 miles above Earth. Link
The first commercial hydrogen-electric flights between London and Rotterdam start operating. Link
The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union pass and implement new asylum and migration laws. Link
All new devices on the European Union market is required to include a USB-C charging port to reduce electronic waste, affecting Apple devices. Link
The Digital Services Act, which ensures the safety of users online and establishes governance of the protection of fundamental digital rights, takes affect across the European Union. Link
Since 2022, about 57% of companies globally have invested more in information communication technology, particularly among the biotechnology, retail, finance, food and beverage, and public administration sectors. Link
COVID-19 becomes endemic like the flu or the common cold. Link
The H2 Green Steel consortium's fossil-free plant makes its first green steel. Link
Swedish truck maker Scania and H2 Green Steel start producing trucks with fossil-free steel before moving the entire production to green steel in 2027–2028. Link
More than 50% of Internet traffic to homes will be from appliances and other home devices. Link
Artificial muscles used in robots can lift more weight and generate more mechanical power than human muscles Link
New prosthetic models convey sensations of feeling Link
First manned mission to Mars Link
Cost of solar panels, per watt, equals 0.9 US dollars Link
Global reserves of Indium is fully mined and depleted Link
Saudi Arabia's "Jubail II" is fully built Link
World population forecasted to reach 8,067,008,000 Link
World sales of electric vehicles reaches 9,206,667 Link
Predicted global mobile web traffic equals 84 exabytes Link
Global Internet traffic grows to 348 exabytes

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Off-Topic / Patent ends 2024 for Steamboat *bleep* (Mickey Mouse)
« on: January 02, 2024, 12:39:46 pm »Message ID: 1377702
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(wonder why Wi**y is bleeped above?  Steamboat Wi**y is the characters' name!)


Long time patent (95) years ended Jan 1, 2024

"Almost a century after his big-screen debut, Mickey Mouse enters the public domain on January 1, 2024  opening the floodgates to potential remakes, spin-offs, adaptations " …

Next January, George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue will fall into the public domain. It will be followed by The Great Gatsby in January 2021 and Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises in January 2022.

On January 1, 2024, we'll see the expiration of the copyright for Steamboat Willie—and with it Disney's claim to the film's star, Mickey Mouse. The copyrights to Superman, Batman, Disney's Snow White, and early Looney Tunes characters will all fall into the public domain between 2031 and 2035.

The expiration of copyrights for characters like Mickey Mouse and Batman will raise tricky new legal questions. After 2024, Disney won't have any copyright protection for Mickey's original incarnation. But Disney will still own copyrights for later incarnations of the character—and it will also own Mickey-related trademarks.

James Grimmelmann, a copyright scholar at Cornell Law School, tells Ars that this is an uncharted area of law because licensing practices for modern characters are "so much more intensive and so much more comprehensive now" than in the 1920s and 1930s. "We never had megacharacters in the same way" prior to the 1920s, he says.

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/01/a-whole-years-worth-of-works-just-fell-into-the-public-domain/

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Off-Topic / Microsoft ending support for Win10 240 million PCs to landfills
« on: December 21, 2023, 02:40:48 pm »Message ID: 1377627
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Merry Christmas!
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Microsoft aims to discontinue support for Windows 10 by October 2025. The next generation of the OS, anticipated to bring advanced artificial intelligence technology to PCs, could potentially boost the sluggish PC market.

(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp's plan to end support for Windows 10 operating system could result in about 240 million personal computers (PCs) being disposed, potentially adding to landfill waste, Canalys Research said.

The electronic waste from these PCs could weigh an estimated 480 million kilograms, equivalent to 320,000 cars.
Microsoft announced a plan to provide security updates for Windows 10 devices until October 2028 for an undisclosed annual price.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/microsoft-ending-support-for-windows-10-could-send-240-million-pcs-to-landfills-report/ar-AA1lRpM4?OCID=ansmsnnews11

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Debate & Discuss / US Fish&Wildlife Service to shoot more than 500,000 barred owls
« on: December 07, 2023, 09:52:47 am »Message ID: 1377552
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Feds Propose Shooting One Owl to Save Another in Pacific Northwest
https://hamodia.com/2023/12/07/feds-propose-shooting-one-owl-to-save-another-in...
(The Seattle Times/TNS) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to enlist shooters to kill more than 500,000 barred owls over the next 30 years in the Pacific Northwest to preserve ...

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/us-government-wants-hunters-to-shoot-500000-owls/ar-AA1l959m

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants hunters to shoot more than 500,000 barred owls

As part of a draft management plan, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) wants to cull these invasive owls, and hopes to enlist hunters to shoot half a million of them over the next 30 years.

Barred owls have been in the Pacific Northwest since the 1950s, and they now outnumber northern spotted owls across Washington, Oregon and California. They pose such a threat to northern spotted owls as they are more aggressive and have a more varied diet, eating anything from insects and amphibians to fish and other birds. They are also larger and more territorial than the native owls, meaning that they displace the northern spotted owls, disrupting their nesting, competing with them for food, and even attacking them when they come too close.

Experts are confident that this program will successfully protect the spotted owls, however, as studies have found that killing barred owls stabilized spotted owl populations. The management plan hopes to only eradicate around 30 percent of the total barred owl population, which should be enough to take the pressure off the spotted owls.

"We know we can't fully eradicate them, but we know we can create [refuge] areas with much lower barred owl density that allows spotted owls to survive and thrive," Kessina Lee, state supervisor for the Oregon office of FWS, told the Seattle Times.

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Off-Topic / Dec 6 to celebrate Saint Nicholas Day
« on: December 06, 2023, 01:03:30 pm »Message ID: 1377547
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From Tellwut:

6th of December is the day when some people celebrate Saint Nicholas. Originally a Greek bishop in Myra (now Demre, Turkey) around 4th century AD, he was known for performing miracles and acts of kindness. Some myths also tie him to the origin of Santa Clause

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FusionCash / Glad your back FusionCash! Merry Christmas
« on: December 03, 2023, 03:53:08 pm »Message ID: 1377508
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Missed you!  No email or fun surveys!  Welcome back! :in-love: :snowflake: :santa: :santa: :santa: :santa: :santa:

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Off-Topic / Daylight Saving Time is officially coming to an end for 2023 DST
« on: November 05, 2023, 09:37:21 am »Message ID: 1377327
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Daylight Saving Time 2023

began Sunday, March 12

ends Sunday, November 5

When does Daylight Saving Time end permanently?
Despite the Sunshine Protection Act being unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate in 2022, there is no permanent end in sight.


https://www.pjstar.com/story/news/2023/11/04/daylight-savings-2023-time-chnage-fall-back-hour-dst-end-permanently-daylight-saving/71452446007/

Daylight Saving Time is officially coming to an end for 2023.

But when do the clocks change? Do people gain an hour or lose an hour when DST ends? And is Daylight Saving Time ending permanently?

These all are good questions. Readers can find these answers and more below when we take a closer look at falling back for Daylight Saving Time.

When does time change in 2023 for Daylight Saving Time in U.S.?
Participating states turn their clocks back in the fall when Daylight Saving Time ends on the first Sunday of November each year. In the spring, clocks are turned forward an hour on the second Sunday in March.

Why does time change at 2 a.m. for Daylight Saving Time?
Author Michael Downing cited his book, "Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving Time," in an interview with Time Magazine, explaining Amtrak and the railroads were the main reason clocks change at 2 a.m. for DST.


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FusionCash / FusionCash email missing
« on: November 03, 2023, 05:06:44 pm »Message ID: 1377313
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 Sure missed the site today, kept checking until after three  o'clock -  missed the email too!  >:(

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Off-Topic / HappyHalloween
« on: October 31, 2023, 02:33:46 pm »Message ID: 1377287
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Off-Topic / Weigh in on The Ukraine conflict and USA flag desecration
« on: October 21, 2023, 03:48:21 pm »Message ID: 1377212
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 ???

What are we doing here?  Why are they doing this to our flag? 

Please weigh in and help me understand ..

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Off-Topic / Make new Memories
« on: October 13, 2023, 02:55:43 pm »Message ID: 1377151
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insider@insider.com
byline:  Nandini Maharaj

"Here's how to savor the Moment"

When you are five, a year is one fifth of your life.  When you are sixty, a year is a 60th of your life.

This article is

"Adults tend to have more routines and fewer new experiences, making time feel like it flies by"


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Off-Topic / Wed 10/4 FEMA Broadcast cell test emergency
« on: October 02, 2023, 02:24:37 pm »Message ID: 1377046
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Beginning at approximately 2:20 p.m. ET, cell towers will broadcast the test for approximately 30 minutes. During this time, WEA-compatible wireless phones that are switched on, within range of an active cell tower, and whose wireless provider participates in WEA, should be capable of receiving the test message.



The national test will consist of two portions, testing WEA and EAS capabilities. Both tests are scheduled to begin at approximately 2:20 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Oct. 4.

The WEA portion of the test will be directed to all consumer cell phones. This will be the third nationwide test, but the second test to all cellular devices. The test message will display in either English or in Spanish, depending on the language settings of the wireless handset.

The EAS portion of the test will be sent to radios and televisions. This will be the seventh nationwide EAS test.

FEMA and the FCC are coordinating with EAS participants, wireless providers, emergency managers and other stakeholders in preparation for this national test to minimize confusion and to maximize the public safety value of the test.

The purpose of the Oct. 4 test is to ensure that the systems continue to be effective means of warning the public about emergencies, particularly those on the national level. In case the Oct. 4 test is postponed due to widespread severe weather or other significant events, the back-up testing date is Oct. 11.

https://www.fema.gov/press-release/20230803/fema-and-fcc-plan-nationwide-emergency-alert-test-oct-4-2023

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Off-Topic / Grandparents Day September 10
« on: September 10, 2023, 11:59:04 am »Message ID: 1376808
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History of Grandparents Day:

In the United States, Russell Capper (age 9 in 1969) sent a letter to President Nixon suggesting a special day be set aside as Grandparents' Day. On June 12, 1969, he received a letter back from Rose Mary Woods (Personal Secretary to the President) reading, "Dear Russell, Thank you for your letter to President Nixon. Your suggestion regarding a Grandparent’s Day is appreciated, but the President ordinarily issues proclamations designating periods for special observance only when a Congressional resolution authorizes him to do so. With best wishes, Sincerely, Rose Mary Woods Personal Secretary to the President".

Since the aforementioned letter, Marian McQuade was recognized nationally by the United States Senate – in particular by Senators Jennings Randolph and Robert Byrd – and by President Jimmy Carter, as the founder of National Grandparents Day. McQuade made it her goal to educate the youth in the community about the important contributions seniors have made throughout history. She also urged the youth to "adopt" a grandparent, not just for one day a year, but rather for a lifetime. Co-founder Cynthia Bennett, who worked for Marian's husband, contributed by writing letters of verification.

In 1973, Senator Jennings Randolph introduced a resolution to the senate to make Grandparents' Day a national holiday. West Virginia's Governor Arch Moore had proclaimed an annual Grandparents' Day for the state, at the urging of Marian McQuade. When Senator Randolph's resolution in the U.S. Senate died in committee, Marian McQuade organized supporters and began contacting governors, senators, and congressmen in all fifty states. She urged each state to proclaim their own Grandparents' Day. Within three years, she had received Grandparents' Day proclamations from forty-three states. She sent copies of the proclamations to Senator Randolph.

In February 1977, Senator Randolph, with the concurrence of many other senators, introduced a joint resolution to the senate requesting the president to "issue annually a proclamation designating the first Sunday of September after Labor Day of each year as 'National Grandparents' Day'." Congress passed the legislation proclaiming the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents' Day and, on August 3, 1978, then-President Jimmy Carter signed the proclamation. The statute cites the day's purpose: "...to honor grandparents, to give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children's children, and to help children become aware of strength, information, and guidance older people can offer".

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