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International / Asteroids coming towards Earth
« on: January 04, 2022, 01:04:24 PM »
The JPL or better known as the Jet Propulsion Laboratory is a research development lab that is federally funded by NASA and managed by the California Institute of Technology. They monitors threats regularly and while they don't see anything colliding with Earth in the next thousand years they still do a very important job. Here are the next five to keep a look out for.


United States / ClinicalTrials.gov Website
« on: April 06, 2021, 02:12:47 PM »
You can look up official clinical trials by going to https://clinicaltrials.gov and searching the study.

General Discussion (Public) / The .gov TLD is moving to CISA
« on: March 09, 2021, 10:46:40 AM »
“Using .gov and increasing trust that government communications are authentic will improve our collective cybersecurity,” said Eric Goldstein, Executive Assistant Director for CISA’s Cybersecurity Division. “People see a .gov website or email address and know they are interacting with an official, U.S.-based government organization. Using .gov also provides security benefits, like two-factor authentication on the .gov registrar and notifications of DNS changes to administrators, over other TLDs. We’ll endeavor to make the TLD more secure for the American public and harder for malicious actors to impersonate.”

Other sources:

Ordering a .gov (if eligible):

General Discussion (Public) / NJ caps food delivery app fees
« on: January 27, 2021, 02:11:43 PM »

Furthering efforts to provide relief to small businesses during the COVID-19 shutdown, the governor signed a law on Friday that caps the fees charged by food delivery apps, such as Grubhub,  DoorDash and Seamless.

The law caps service fees from delivery companies at 20% of the total bill. However, on orders delivered by the restaurant's own delivery person, the cap lowers to 10% of the order's cost.

The bill was passed by the state Assembly earlier this month, 75-1, and signed by Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday.

General Discussion (Public) / Facebook criticizes Apple [over DMA]
« on: December 16, 2020, 03:27:17 PM »
"Facebook criticizes Apple as it welcomes Europe's new tech rules [DMA]"


When the feature was announced, Facebook, which makes money from selling ads, claimed it would hurt developers. Apple responded saying: "When invasive tracking is your business model, you tend not to welcome transparency and customer choice."

United States / Identifying "Fake News" on the Internet
« on: December 10, 2020, 11:27:58 AM »
Identifying "Fake News" on the internet can be frustrating. Best practices can be to first focused on how to know what is definitely real source. On the internet some websites can ONLY be registered by a Government or a registered educational institution. Look for domain names that end in .GOV or .EDU because those can be traced back to a verified source. There are .COM domains that are trusted sources but to verify them you would need to see it advertised by the publisher by either TV, radio, or another known trusted website.

Sites that can help you confirm a news story...aside from Google.
AP Fact Check (https://apnews.com/APFactCheck)
-Fact-checked current news stories from the Associate Press (AP), one of the oldest news organizations in the United States.
FactCheck.org (https://www.factcheck.org/)
-A Project of The Annenberg Public Policy Center. Monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, speeches, interviews, and press releases.
Hoaxy (https://hoaxy.iuni.iu.edu/)
-Hoaxy® visualizes the spread of claims and related fact checking online. A claim may be a fake news article, hoax, rumor, conspiracy theory, satire, or even an accurate report. Track's the social sharing of links to stories published by two types of websites: (1) Independent fact-checking organizations, such as snopes.com, politifact.com, and factcheck.org, that routinely fact check unverified claims. (2) Sources that often publish inaccurate, unverified, or satirical claims according to lists compiled and published by reputable news and fact-checking organizations.
OpenSecrets.org (https://www.opensecrets.org/)
-Nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit, the Center for Responsive Politics is the nation's premier research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy.
Politifact.com (https://www.politifact.com/)
-PolitiFact is a fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics. PolitiFact is run by editors and reporters from the Tampa Bay Times, an independent newspaper in Florida.
Pundifact (https://www.politifact.com/punditfact/)
-Part of Politifact, features statements by politicians and other experts in the press.
SciCheck.org (https://www.factcheck.org/scicheck/)
-A Project of The Annenberg Public Policy Center. Focuses exclusively on false and misleading scientific claims that are made by partisans to influence public policy.
Snopes.com (https://www.snopes.com/)
-Award-winning fact-checking site. The snopes.com website was founded by David Mikkelson in 1995, and has grown into what is widely regarded by folklorists, journalists, and laypersons alike as one of the World Wide Web's essential resources.

General Discussion (Public) / Winamp Music Player (HTML Based)
« on: August 12, 2020, 01:03:21 PM »
So I was on a Facebook thread today (shocking...) and saw a link for https://webamp.org from https://winamp.com which was a big blast form the past. I loved this thing so much clearly because the skins mode was insane.

I found a list of all the Federal Government's open-source projects.


United States / Tipping
« on: July 03, 2020, 02:07:16 PM »
So this is a VERY passionate topic of mine that I feel most people don't truly understand why or when is the right time or way to tip. Some people say you should tip only in some situation based on performance and some say you should all the time and every time. I started a website (howtotip.org) to start a survey study but I don't think I'm getting enough or the right data. So I figured the best way for me to collect information would yet again be this forum since we can quickly post articles on it and report data.

My biggest issue is not having a system to go by. If there's one thing I can't stand is trying to do the right thing then having someone get mad at me for still doing something wrong. This all stemmed from when I got hair cut in my teens. I was just starting to drive and I never really have had to tip anyone besides a waiter before. So After my haircut I paid then went to leave. The cashier made a nasty comment about a tip and I immediately felt bad and started to reach for my wallet. I felt like shamed and started to do the math in my head but before I could grab anything the lady at the register made a second comment REALLY loud and I thought pushed it too far so I left without tipping at that point. In this particular situation I don't feel bad after being yelled at but rule one with tipping is voluntary based on performance and treating me like that just lost any tip I was going to give. Needless to say I ALWAYS tip and feel great about it. I always usually tip above the average because to me it just makes sense.

So what is the right thing to do? I'm going to post my survey and update this thread with links that I find. This should be tipping based on the area and the type of service. I don't want to see opinions outside of the survey and just use articles we find.

There IS actually a regulated system "on the books" for this but before I go into that I want to collect the information I'd mentioned. I also just want this to be based on within the United States since I know in other places in the world it can be drastically different.

How to Tip Surveys:


International / Media Bias
« on: May 27, 2020, 12:53:02 PM »
One of the hardest things to understand is how to scale someone or a company's bias. We can feel it and think we see it but to truly be unbias to data. I'm going to compose a list of known sources that's sole job is to check sourcing I guess you can say.


General Discussion (Public) / Twitter Transparency with Government
« on: April 18, 2020, 05:05:08 PM »
So apparently Twitter is open about all the information they share with government. If you go to https://transparency.twitter.com/ you can see it all. However the government apparently wants to block this now.


International / Corona Virus 2019-2020
« on: March 15, 2020, 03:07:50 PM »
So this has made national news and we're being overwhelmed with information. Anything worth posting please put in here regarding this subject. CodeBrosForums is mostly about technology but we do allow some other topics within their own subforums.

What is Corona Virus (also known as COVID-19)?:
According to the CDC, COVID-19 is known as a "novel coronavirus." On their website it reads, "A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold."

This virus is thought to be spread from person-to-person contact. So avoid crowds and make sure to avoid touching places like your face. Washing your hands properly is very important.

Even though chances of getting bad sick are low (as of this post) it's still good to keep the spreading of this as low as possible.

General Discussion (Public) / IoT Inspector - by Princeton
« on: November 29, 2019, 09:57:04 AM »
Wasn't exactly sure which section to post in. Princeton university students made a tool to see what's "spying" on you.


Hope fully they make it for other OS soon. Honestly, not sure why it was made for macOS first but my guess was for the smaller audience or the team that made it just liked that OS and want to see if people even caught on.

United States / Random text messages sent overnight 11072019
« on: November 08, 2019, 09:01:28 AM »
So I was hearing a few people had a bunch of random texts from people they have in their contacts randomly texting them overnight. I received one too from a buddy (aka Anthony lol). When I sent him a screen shot, he said it wasn't him. Anyone hear anything out there? It was all SMS texts and between 2:30a-4a EST.

This is all over the news now... something fishy was definitely going on.


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