Opinion & Columns

Catch Of The Week: Update Windows 10 Now

By BECKY RUTHERFORD

Los Alamos

This week both the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) Cybersecurity Directorate and the DHS’s (Department of Homeland Security) Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released warnings to Windows 10 users to apply the latest software update released from Microsoft immediately. 

You might wonder what could be so horrible that both of these agencies would urge users to update with such urgency… the answer is a vulnerability called CVE-2020-0601, Windows CryptoAPI Spoofing vulnerability.

This vulnerability affects all systems running


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World Futures: Education Revisited – Part Three

By ANDY ANDREWS

Los Alamos World Futures Institute

Welcome to 2020 and part three of this series. Since the year is 2020, we should all have perfect vision of education, be able to optimize it and ensure happiness for the 55 million students enrolled in the United States primary and secondary school systems.

Yet from performance figures gathered about our schools, we know our vision is not 2020.

In part one of this series it was stated that the education system is populated by school administration, classroom teachers, on-line teachers, class and lesson creators, students, parents, politicians,


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Seet: Solar Works – So Why Not?

A Solar Works installer carries solar panel mounts up to the roof of the Nicholas Seet residence in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

The completed 15 Panel Solar Array installed at the Nicholas Seet residence in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

By NICHOLAS SEET

Los Alamos

Last year I installed a 15 panel, 1300W, solar array to replace my home’s electrical load. The reason was not because I was upset with my $50-$100/month electrical meter charge from the Los Alamos DPU, but because I was running out of “green” things I could do in the face of relentless global warming

And in my fantasy-land I was imagining plugging


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Fr. Glenn: ‘Take The Wheel!’

By Fr. Glenn Jones

What a world. Is this politician/celebrity/person being truthful or not? Or rather … is he simply seeking to further his own interests at the expense of others? It’s anyone’s guess. After all, we are deluged daily by the deceitful—scamming phone calls (“Let that warranty run out already!”), e-mails (“Boy, those foreign princes sure are generous!”), faked pictures and documents on unsocial media, etc. Sigh.

Now, we Catholics remember John the Baptist especially this weekend as we close the Christmas season on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. The Gospels tells us that John


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Cultivating Vitality With Michelle: Easing Into The Water

By MICHELLE HARKEY-WILDE

Los Alamos

Okay, so last week we touched on why it is wise to ease into changes instead of making a whole bunch of New Year’s Resolutions which are likely to fade away into nothingness, leaving only the dreary sense of failure once again.

Last week I encouraged you to track your water intake for the week – don’t change it. Track it.

Got it? Good.

Now’s the moment to decide what to do with your information. Will you opt into changing something a little bit, or are you good where you’re at?

Confused about what to do? You’re not alone. Even the experts have differing opinions, yet each


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Catch Of The Week: Windows 7 End Of Life

By BECKY RUTHERFORD

Los Alamos

Now is the time to check what version of Windows you are running, because Windows 7 goes out of support Jan. 14. What does this mean, and why should you care?

When a Windows operating system (OS) goes out of support, this means it will no longer receive security updates to the operating system free of charge. You will be able to continue to run Windows 7 after Jan. 14, but you will be more susceptible to security issues. Starting Jan. 15, Microsoft will deliver a new pop up reminder to Windows 7 users, letting them know they are out of support. Users have been receiving notifications


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Ledoux: Exploring Mysteries Of Living … Dogs And Neighbors

By STEPHEN F. LEDOUX
A Los Alamos member of The International Behaviorology Institute

 

Why these columns? Because human behavior causes global problems and solving these problems requires changes in human behavior. So everyone needs to know something about the natural science of human behavior.

Have you ever heard, or said, “Is there no end to the bothersome behaviors of others?” Since examples abound, we will let a short list stand for them all. For instance, does your mate fail to treat the toothpaste tube the way you prefer? Does a neighbor’s lawn left unattended for weeks or months


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