Black History Month: NCAA Gymnasts

February 8- Kennedy Baker 

Kennedy Baker is a former senior international elite gymnast who competed for USA and is now a sophomore at the University of Florida majoring in telecommunications. 

Pre-collegiate Achievements:

  • Team USA National Team Member 2010-2014 
  • 2009 Visa Championships junior bars champion
  • Competed at 2012 US Olympic Trials finishing eighth in the all-around
  • 2013 P&G Championships bronze medal winner on the balance beam

Collegiate Bests:

  • Vault: 9.950
  • Bars: 9.85
  • Beam: 9.925
  • Floor: 10.000

Collegiate Achievements (to date):

  • Earned her first 10.000 of her college career on floor against Alabama on 2016-01-29
  • All-American on floor
  • SEC Freshman of the Year (2015)
  • Four-time SEC freshman of the week recipient
Libraries celebrate 20th anniversary of telecom act
Please help celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Telecom Act (hashtag #96x20) and share how your #librariestransform with high-speed broadband all week.

Powered by the Telecom Act, #librariestransform communities across the country. We went from 28% of all public libraries providing public internet, to nearly all of public libraries wired with wifi today!


Socialist Korea: DPRK National Aerospace Development Administration Releases Report on Satellite Launch

The DPRK National Aerospace Development Administration on Sunday issued a report on the successful launch of earth observation satellite Kwangmyongsong-4.

The report said:

Scientists and technicians of the DPRK National Aerospace Development Administration succeeded in putting the newly developed earth observation satellite Kwangmyongsong-4 into its orbit according to the 2016 plan of the 5-year program for national aerospace development.

Carrier rocket Kwangmyongsong blasted off from the Sohae Space Center in Cholsan County, North Phyongan Province at 09:00 on February 7, Juche 105(2016). The satellite entered its preset orbit at 09:09:46, 9 minutes and 46 seconds after the lift-off.

The satellite is going round the polar orbit at 494.6 km perigee altitude and 500 km apogee altitude at the angle of inclination of 97.4 degrees. Its cycle is 94 minutes and 24 seconds.

Installed in Kwangmyongsong-4 are measuring apparatuses and telecommunications apparatuses needed for observing the earth.

The complete success made in the Kwangmyongsong-4 lift-off is the proud fruition of the great Workers’ Party of Korea’s policy on attaching importance to science and technology and an epochal event in developing the country’s science, technology, economy and defense capability by legitimately exercising the right to use space for independent and peaceful purposes.

The fascinating vapor of Juche satellite trailing in the clear and blue sky in spring of February on the threshold of the Day of the Shining Star, the greatest national holiday of Kim Il Sung’s Korea, is a gift of most intense loyalty presented by our space scientists and technicians to the great Comrade Kim Jong Un, our dignified party, state and people.

The National Aerospace Development Administration of the DPRK will in the future, too, launch more satellites of Juche into the space, true to the great Workers’ Party of Korea’s policy of attaching importance to science and technology.
The F.C.C. Gets Ready to Unlock the Cable Box
Cable companies have made it incredibly hard for customers to buy and use their own devices.
By The Editorial Board

Every year, American cable-TV subscribers spend $231 on average to rent cable boxes that they should be able to buy outright, potentially saving them hundreds of dollars over several years. Consumers could soon have that option under an excellent proposal by the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.

Even as computers, wireless phones and other electronic devices have become cheaper, the cost of renting cable boxes has been increasing. That’s because cable companies have made it incredibly hard for customers to buy and use their own machines. Rental fees bring in nearly $20 billion in annual revenue for cable, satellite and telephone companies, according to an analysis by two Democratic senators, Edward Markey of Massachusetts and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut.

Last month, the chairman of the F.C.C., Tom Wheeler, proposed new regulations based on a provision of a 1996 telecommunications law that requires cable companies to accommodate competing devices. The commission tried to do this before, but the solution presented to consumers has been impossibly cumbersome. It relies on electronic cards that consumers get from their cable companies and insert into boxes they buy from companies like TiVo. Cable companies often charge a monthly fee for the use of the cards, and getting and using them can be a hassle. It’s no surprise that 99 percent of customers still rent cable boxes.

Mr. Wheeler wants the cable businesses like Comcast and Time Warner Cable and technology companies like Google and Amazon to jointly develop technical standards for cable devices. That would allow consumers to watch cable television on any device that meets those standards. Some manufacturers could build televisions that already incorporate a cable box. Or companies like Apple could refine software that will let people watch all cable TV on their phones and computers. Much of the technology needed to do this exists, and companies like Comcast and HBO are already using it to make some TV shows and movies available online.

Regardless of what device people use, it would have to comply with the privacy and copyright protections that apply currently to cable boxes. This approach should make it easier for consumers to choose how they watch television, provided that the telecom and technology companies, which have had a testy relationship, can work together.

Not surprisingly, the telecommunications industry is opposing Mr. Wheeler, arguing that his proposal amounts to needless government meddling that will stifle innovation. These are self-serving arguments by an industry that is, understandably, afraid of losing billions in revenue. It is important to remember that Mr. Wheeler’s proposal doesn’t require consumers to make any changes. Anybody who is happy renting a cable box, can keep doing so.

If the industry had its way, we would still be renting phones from the old Ma Bell. Allowing consumers to buy their own phones was one of the first steps the F.C.C. took in promoting new telecommunications technologies. Requiring cable-TV systems to make room for competing devices should similarly lead to a boom in new types of services and technologies.

Consider this: The monthly cost of renting cable boxes has gone up 185 percent since 1994, according to data collected by Consumer Federation of America and Public Knowledge. By comparison, the Consumer Price Index, which measures overall inflation in the economy, was up about 60 percent in that time.

The F.C.C. is expected to vote on Feb. 18 to start taking public comments on Mr. Wheeler’s proposal. A final rule could be adopted by the end of the year. The F.C.C. should move as quickly as possible. Americans have waited long enough for more and better choices than the cable box.



New descriptions for the Ghostbusters team!

Kristen Wiig is Erin Gilbert: Particle physicist, academic firebrand, spectral warrior

Melissa McCarthy is Abby Yates: Paranormal researcher, supernatural scientist, entity trapper

Kate McKinnon is Jillian Holtzmann: Nuclear engineer, munitions expert, proton wrangler

Leslie Jones is Patty Tolan: Ghost tracker, municipal historian, metaphysical commando

Chris Hemsworth is Kevin: Telecommunications expert, reception services technician, unemployed actor

For advanced Finnish learners: Elisa (a Finnish telecommunications company) has made an impressive number of e-books available for free through its own website. The list of books includes Finnish literary classics, as well as famous international works translated into Finnish. In my opinion, reading Finnish literature is a great way to improve language skills, so what are you waiting for? ;)

You can access the books here: