Veteran’s Day

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

Samsung is having bad luck now with the S7 Edge

Galaxy S7 Edge Apparently Catches Fire In Canada
October 24, 2016 – Written By Kishalaya Kundu
With the Galaxy Note 7 now discontinued because of reasons that have been well-documented over the past few weeks, Samsung Electronics has been putting its formidable marketing muscle behind the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, both of which were launched earlier this year by the South Korean consumer electronics giant. Although still very capable, the two latest Galaxy S-series devices have started to lose their sheen a little, with new flagship smartphones being launched by Apple, LG and even Google in recent weeks. Meanwhile, Galaxy S8 rumors have already started doing the rounds, with some reports even suggesting that Samsung is considering bringing the launch-day forward to compensate for the massive losses the company is expected to suffer because of the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco. Unfortunately for Samsung and worryingly for its customers, the company’s recent smartphones continue to remain a ‘hot’ topic for all the wrong reasons. According to new report coming out of Canada over the weekend, a Galaxy S7 Edge apparently caught fire while its owner was driving home from work. The incident was reported by Mr. Elisha Loewen, who says he smelt something burning and saw smoke coming out of the console under the car radio, which is where he normally keeps his mobile phone. On realizing his phone was on fire, he threw it out the window and covered it with snow to extinguish the flames. Unfortunately for him though, his harrowing ordeal was only just beginning.
– read it all here: |

This Is Probably Why Half the Internet Shut Down Today [Updating] Friday October 21, 2016

Click here for the official update

Twitter, Spotify and Reddit, and a huge swath of other websites were down or screwed up this morning. This was happening as hackers unleashed a large distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on the servers of Dyn, a major DNS host. It’s probably safe to assume that the two situations are related.

Domain Name Servers (DNS) act as the Internet’s phone book. Basically, they facilitate your request to go to a certain webpage and make sure you are taken to the right place. If the DNS provider that handles requests for Twitter is down, well, good luck getting to Twitter. Some websites are coming back for some users, but it doesn’t look like the problem is fully resolved.

Dyn posted this update on its website: “Starting at 11:10 UTC on October 21th-Friday 2016 we began monitoring and mitigating a DDoS attack against our Dyn Managed DNS infrastructure. Some customers may experience increased DNS query latency and delayed zone propagation during this time. Updates will be posted as information becomes available.”
– read it all here Gizmodo



DOT Bans All Samsung Galaxy Note7 Phones from Airplanes


WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), today announced it is issuing an emergency order to ban all Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphone devices from air transportation in the United States. Individuals who own or possess a Samsung Galaxy Note7 device may not transport the device on their person, in carry-on baggage, or in checked baggage on flights to, from, or within the United States. This prohibition includes all Samsung Galaxy Note7 devices. The phones also cannot be shipped as air cargo.  The ban will be effective on Saturday, October 15, 2016, at noon ET. “We recognize that banning these phones from airlines will inconvenience some passengers, but the safety of all those aboard an aircraft must take priority,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “We are taking this additional step because even one fire incident inflight poses a high risk of severe personal injury and puts many lives at risk.” Device owners have experienced documented incidents of dangerous evolution of heat with both recalled and replacement Samsung Galaxy Note7 devices. Samsung and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) acknowledged this imminent safety hazard with the company’s September 15, 2016 and October 13, 2016 recalls.  Additionally, on October 11, 2016, Samsung suspended the manufacture and sale of the Samsung Galaxy Note7 device.
– via Department of Transportation

Overheating Samsung Tablet Blamed For Delta Flight Diversion


A Delta Air Lines flight was diverted over the weekend when a Samsung device overheated after being jammed between seats. But the device wasn’t the recently recalled Samsung Note 7 smartphone, it was an unspecified tablet from the device maker.

ABC News reports that the incident occurred late Saturday night on a flight from Detroit to Amsterdam, forcing the plan to divert to Manchester, England for several hours.

According to a Delta official, the tablet fell inside a seat and became jammed when the seat was either reclined or returned to the upright position.

– read all about it here: Consumerist





A grandmother from Brighton, East Sussex, claims she was held hostage in her home by a flock of seagulls for three whole days. The woman attempted to contact the police for help, but they refused to assist. According to the Daily Mail, 80-year-old Barbara Cox went outside to hang her laundry on the clothes line in her garden. As she attempted to pin the clothes to the line, two seagulls swooped down and attacked her. One of the seagulls grasped her leg and gouged into her flesh. With a bleeding injury on her leg, Cox rushed back inside and hid from the vicious seagulls, until the pain in her leg became too much to handle.
– read the whole story here: The Inquisitr News


When Cox realized the birds would not allow her to leave the house, she decided to call the police for assistance. The individual that answered the call stated that the police could not visit her since the attacker was not a person. The reason for the inability to send an officer was due to the lack of funding for such frivolous calls.
– via The Inquisitr News

The Boneyard is a reservoir of airpower in the Arizona desert


Thousands of aircraft are lined up efficiently in the desert. Seen from above, their bright surfaces gleam like the skeletons of U.S. Air Power Past.

They call it The Boneyard, but people at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group have mixed feelings about the name and its connotation as a wasteland where tumbleweeds pinball between rotting aircraft.

To them, it’s more reservoir than desert.
– via Stars and Stripes

Read the whole article here — very informative.