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World Futures: Education Revisited Part Four

By ANDY ANDREWS
Los Alamos World Futures Institute

In this series of columns we have looked at the education system populated by a vast array of people performing many functions. Two groups, however, have not been examined: parents and students. Both have responsibilities in the system.

Starting with students, one can argue that they are responsible to be the best they can be, to gain knowledge and acquire the skills to contribute to society and take care of themselves. But how many five year olds do you know who can embrace this philosophical concept much less even know what philosophical means?


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McQuiston: Four Common And Potentially Costly Homeowners Mistakes

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency

Owning a home is usually a great experience. But it can also be a hassle, especially when unexpected issues pop up—whether you have a minor breakdown or a major catastrophe, it’s almost certainly going to require time and money to fix.

In many instances, however, those “unexpected” issues shouldn’t really be a surprise at all, because they’re often caused by a lack of maintenance or other oversights by homeowners. And not just new homeowners, either: It’s common for people who have been in a home for years to neglect even some of the most basic tasks that can prevent


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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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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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