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Joking Aside, Cell Phone Outage Might Have Been A Cyber Attack

When millions found their phones to fall flat when it came to connecting calls on Monday, jokes regarding the 2020 curse, foreign influence, and attacks by aliens flooded social media.

However it was no joke when hours later people still couldn’t still use their cell phones.

In Nevada a power surge occurred the day before leaving some with scattered power and internet capabilities.

Those with internet turned to the platform to find out what was happening and learned this was a nationwide issue.

According to Down Detector, multiple platforms cited outages including:

  • T-mobile
  • Verizon
  • AT&T
  • Cricket
  • Sprint
  • Facebook
  • Chase
  • Cox

and more….

Being that a whole country would experience wireless issues is rare, some are suspicious of an external element.

YC.news reports: “The diversity of the attacks indicates that this is cyber ecosystems attacking U.S. infrastructure,” said a source briefed on the situation. “Federal agencies are currently monitoring the situation very closely.”

They continue, “A security and network engineer stated that a DDOS (Denial of Service Attack) would be unlikely and the broad scope of services down would rule out DNS hijacking. It’s possible the attack method is BGP hijacking which is sophisticated and has occurred in the past although not on this scale. BGP is usually used for data-centers looking for internet redundancy for CDN (Content Delivery Network).”

News.co.au discusses the possibility of a Distributed Denial of Service Attack which is “designed to disrupt a web page or service and deny access to the people who actually want to use it. As opposed to an ordinary, direct denial of service attack, a DDOS attack comes from multiple sources, making them much more difficult to stop.” It floods the server with requests such that it can’t keep up.

From DigitalAttackMap.com

This is a developing story……

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The Twenties: Predictions for the Next Decade

 

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Welcome to the 2020’s!!  Whereas the 1920’s were roaring with music, fashion, cars, speak-easy’s, and prohibition, the 2020’s will be no less dramatic.  Expect a high speed roller coaster with exponential changes across the board in all industries, jobs, housing, schooling, technology and relationships. Whether we like it or not, this is where I believe we’re heading……

  1.  Education – most schools will be online, similar to Ready Player One in which a student logs in from home and enters a “virtual classroom” each morning. Afternoons will be designated for sports, exercise and team projects.
  2. Teacher glut – As schools move more towards online, one teacher can teach to multiple virtual classrooms at the same time.  Chat rooms will be staffed by educators who will answer student’s questions individually.  But teacher to student ratio can be widened, allowing school districts to hire less staff.
  3. Half of all US employees will be working from home.
  4. Commercial real estate glut – as more businesses use online platforms, and employees work from home, less office space will be needed, trimming bottom lines for corporations who don’t want to spend extra for rent, cleaning, utilities and security.
  5. Recession will begin mid-decade
  6. Trump will be reelected in 2020 but Pence will fail to win the Presidency in 2024 resulting in the White House turning Democrat mid decade.
  7. A female President or Vice President will elected
  8. Men’s and Women’s restrooms will be renamed as “Restrooms” allowing any gender to use the facilities
  9. Medicine will become socialized as a Democratic executive branch will implement a public option or buy-in to Medicare/Medicaid, with tight rules to curb healthcare spending.
  10. Telemedicine will be your primary care provider with allowances to see a doctor in person if certain criteria are met.
  11. Drones will be delivering medicine, packages, mail to your door
  12. Anorexia and other eating disorders will rise as “intermittent fasting” becomes more popular
  13. New superbugs, viruses and fungi will be resistant to the best of our medications and non antibiotic/viral/fungal treatments will be perfected.
  14. Less than 1/4 of Generation Z’ers (those born after 2000) will choose to get married
  15. Less than 1/4 of Generation Z’ers will have a car
  16. Apartment and condo living will surpass single family residence homes as there is less upkeep and commitment during a trying economy.
  17. The 4-year college degree will be offered for free, but online and useless due to its ubiquity
  18. Virtual TV show watching, where you can  engage within the scene, will surpass current streaming of shows in popularity
  19. Currency will be obsolete as cards and finger prints will be used for money exchange
  20. Kiosks will replace most salespeople in retail industry
  21. A younger “teen” porn industry will arise as kids outsmart parental controls and demand footage devoid of middle-aged actors but casting those in their young twenties….with companies marketing directly to young adults.
  22. Some seniors may live to 125-130 years old
  23. Marijuana use will become epidemic with people becoming tolerant to common strains resulting in needing more potent leaves.
  24. Vegetarian and Vegan diets will surpass meat and potato saturated meals
  25. “Farting rooms” will be created in buildings to allow those who are eating more vegetables to release their gas.
  26. Smart toilets and do it yourself testing will be in every household
  27. The Supreme Court will weigh in on mandatory vaccines
  28. Baby Yoda will have a Star Wars Movie Series
  29. Radio will be stronger than ever as people want to hear real opinions
  30. TV News programs will begin to fall as demand for non-opinionated factual news rises
  31. The Dallas Cowboys will make it to the Superbowl at least once; the Kansas City Chiefs…multiple times.

I know some of these sound crazy but this is where society is heading.  The 2020’s will be fast paced, and blow right by you, so hold on to your hats….which by the way will also be making a comeback.

 

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SmartPhones Again Linked to Temporary Blindness or “Eye Strokes”

Two new cases of “smartphone blindness” has been described in the last month.   One case was a gentleman in China who was playing games on his phone at night and suffered a retinal artery occlusion or “eye stroke”.
Another case was a woman in China, who was also playing on her phone at night but she sustained a bleed in her left eye.  
Just as those who suffer from cerebral strokes, a “lack of blood flow” to the retina, or layer of the eye that helps create visual images, can be caused by a clot or hemorrhage.  Apparently these can be induced with excessive focusing and eye strain.
This may result in temporary or permanent blindness.
Updated from June 23, 2016
Some people are being evaluated for stroke or transient ischemic attacks when they come to the ER complaining of recurrent “temporary blindness” after checking their smartphone in the dark.  This phenomenon, known as ‘smartphone blindness’, has been experienced by many of us when we have the sensation of dimmed vision or poor visual acuity, feeling punished for peeking at our email when we should be sleeping.

 

In 2016, doctors reviewed the cases of two women who experienced episodes of “temporary blindness”; as the ladies put their cell phone down, one eye could not see the cell phone for 15 minutes.  Their vision restored after this length of time.Doctors investigated the cases thoroughly with a variety of medical tests including MRI’s and couldn’t find the cause.

Finally they conclude these transient episodes of “vision loss” were harmless, in that one eye was being used to look at the phone and the other eye needed time to “catch up”.  When the women, as many of us do, check our phones, one eye is snugly closed and resting on a pillow while the other is available to look at the phone.  When the ladies would turn over, the closed eye didn’t have a chance to catch up to the increased brightness of the phone screen, hence having a dimmed view.

If one uses both eyes to look at the screen, this phenomenon does not happen.

Smartphone Blindness Studies Are Cause For Concern

Studies surfaced a few years ago where great lengths of smartphone use can cause retinal detachment.  In these cases the layer of the retina which focuses images, detaches from the back of the eye, causing serious vision loss.  Though there are treatments, if not treated early can cause permanent blindness in the affected eye since the retina loses its blood and oxygen supply when detached.  A woman from China had been using her smartphone for 2-3 hours in the dark each night when this occurred.

Smartphones have also been linked to myopia, nearsightedness and sleeping disorders as the blue light emitted from the screen can disrupt melatonin production.

A recent study found that 30% of adults spend more than 9 hours a day using their smartphone. Physicians recommend avoiding extended use, adjust settings to black text on white background, and with this recent case study, use both eyes to look at the screen when using the phone at night.

Increasing the size of the font helps your eyes since they don’t need to strain as much to read.  Try to look at your smartphone with a distance of 1 1/2 feet. Blinking often helps rest the eyes as well and keeps them lubricated and moist.

Additionally, avoid using the phone in the dark, but in a lit room.

 

Finally its good to use the 20,20,20 rule.  After every 20 minutes of use, look away at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.  This may help avoid eyestrain from excessive smartphone use.

 

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Skulls May Change Due to Cell Phone Use

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Reports of “horns” growing on the heads of cell phone users is an over-dramatization. However, skull bone growths have been documented on those with “text” or “surf” neck.

A study published in the journal, Scientific Reports, found benign bone growths, known as exostosis, on the skulls of cell phone users.

Study authors looked at 1200 skull xrays (lateral view) and found more prominent bone spurs in younger cell phone users.  Researchers postulate that the growths are adaptive as a result of frequent neck bending when viewing cell phones.

Thus, enthesophyte development may be an adaptive mechanism to further increase the surface area at the tendon/bone interface at sites enduring frequent tensile stress, with bone growth progression taking place in the direction of tensile stress acting on the bone at the point of insertion.

Neck discomfort frequently follows avid cell phone use and many people complain of muscle strain. This study demonstrates how the body tried to adjust for the increase strain on our neck.

These bone spurs should not be confused with “cutaneous horns” which are growths on the face and scalp.

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Doctors recommend avoiding excessive time on a cell phone or position it to avoid excessive flexion of one’s neck.

 

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