Saturday, September 30, 2017

Not a breach, but it was software related… I wonder how much they thought the cheating software was going to save them?
Volkswagen diesel emissions fixing bill hits $30bn
The diesel emissions cheating scandal will cost Volkswagen an extra $3bn (€2.5bn), because engines are proving "far more technically complex and time consuming" to adapt the company said.
The additional cost, for fixing engines in the United States, takes the total bill to $30bn.
… Shares in the German carmaker initially fell sharply on Friday although they later recovered most of the lost ground.
"This is yet another unexpected and unwelcome announcement from VW, not only from an earnings and cash flow perspective but also with respect to the credibility of management," said Arndt Ellinghorst, analyst at Evercore ISI.
VW first admitted in September 2015 that it had used illegal software to cheat US emissions tests.

Is Russia saying the US is already doing this? Are they worried that we might? Perhaps it isn’t fake news after all?
Russia warns US not to take action against its media outlets
Russia is warning the U.S. not to take action against its government-backed media outlets, such as RT and Sputnik, threatening retaliation, CNN reports.
"When it comes down to a fight with no rules, when the law is twisted and turned into an instrument for the destruction of a TV company, every step against a Russian media outlet will be met with a corresponding response," said Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on Thursday.
"And whom this response will be aimed at, that is what Washington needs to figure out as well," she added. "The clock is ticking."

For my Statistics class. (And for my amusement)
Got the munchies? These are the best fast food joints, ranked by pot smokers
McDonald’s just received a big nod from what is becoming an influential consumers group -- weed smokers.
In a study conducted by the industry site Green Market Research, McDonald’s was the fast food of choice for legal cannabis consumers -- and by a wide margin.
Over the four week study period, 43 percent of legal marijuana customers said they had eaten at McDonald’s.
By contrast, Taco Bell came in second at just 18 percent and Wendy’s was in third place with 17.8 percent. Burger King and Subway round out the top five.

It might be fun to have my students do this as a project. Marketing themselves.
Top Tips to Create Facebook Videos to Market Your Business (Infographic)

For the student toolkit. My students often take pictures of the whiteboard (esp. in Math classes). These might be better tools.
Gone are the days of taking documents to the library to scan or spending a bunch of money on a scanner for your home. You can find many applications for Android, iOS, and Windows that put scanning at your fingertips no matter where you go.
These seven awesome apps provide more than just scanning. They are smart enough to adjust and correct items for you, let you save them where you need to, and are perfect for both business and personal use.

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