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Printer issue - WSD port

At some point in life in the past several weeks something happened to my printer and it started having issues printing. The printer is an HP Deskjet 2600 series. The issue was print jobs would get jammed in the queue and I was unable to delete them. The process was:

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Conveyed Concept

Conveyed concept

concept12 years ago (2007) I wrote this article and placed it on Wikipedia. 10 years later they decide they don't like it and deleted it. 10 years! It went through a peer review and countless other revisions and checks. So, I'm cleaning it up and publishing on my site 2 years after they deleted.

 

ZombieLoad - A new but not so new threat

The latest threat to computers is the Zombieload vulnerability.

So many of the known threats to computer devices are because of how the software or hardware was created. The exploits and vulnerabilities we discover are flaws in how the system or code was constructed. Is it possible that we just didn’t have the tools we needed to test for security flaws?

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What is Server-less

Cloud = server on the Web

I recently completed a project where I successfully moved a company from a server environment to one that is "serverless".

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Memphis Business Journal

Friday, September 20, 2019 - 14:54
David Ajamy
In May, Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) unveiled plans for a new campus in the company's hometown of Bentonville, Arkansas. It was unknown which firm would lead the effort until Walmart recently announced that design firm Gensler had been tapped. Gensler is no stranger to large company campuses that embody the work-live-play mentality. The firm wrapped up on Exxon's Houston campus just a few years ago, and also finished its work on the American Airlines campus in Fort Worth, too. The firm's Dallas,…

Friday, September 20, 2019 - 13:59
Rebecca Cooper
Brand USA, the nation's tourism marketing arm, faces de-funding in 2021 if Congress doesn’t act.  Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. CEO Chris Nassetta, Marriott International Inc. CEO Arne Sorenson, and a host of other travel industry executives on Wednesday called on Congress to reauthorize designated federal funds for the organization. Another hotel company, Choice Hotels International Inc., also signed onto the statement. Brand USA, which focuses on promoting the U.S. globally to bring in more…

Friday, September 20, 2019 - 13:36
Jacob Steimer
“We’ve all enjoyed the experience of visiting art hotels. … [It] complements the park but generates revenue.”

Friday, September 20, 2019 - 13:34
Jacob Steimer
Carvana's new West Memphis facility will create more than 400 jobs, the company announced Friday. The Memphis Business Journal first reported in July that the used-car e-tailer was in advanced negotiations to place an industrial facility in the 217-acre Mid-America Industrial Park. The deal closed recently and will include a $40 million investment, according to a news release sent Sept. 20. Carvana will use the West Memphis property as an inspection and distribution center. Cars will be inspected,…

Friday, September 20, 2019 - 12:04
Corey Davis
Amazon gave locals a rare view inside its new, 104,000-square-foot permanent delivery station in Southeast Memphis Sept. 19. The e-commerce giant showed off the facility, which opened in July at 3347 Pearson Rd., with a tour for elected officials, community members, and children from Getwell Elementary School. The delivery station enables Amazon Logistics to increase its capacity and flexibility in delivering company's customer orders. James Shively, regional operations director for Amazon Logistics,…

Techradar

Sunday, September 22, 2019 - 15:38
Isabel Martins

Ready to discover the TV shows that will go down in history as the best in 2018-19? Then you need to tune into the Primetime Emmy Awards tonight, where all of the greatest shows on US television go head-to-head. TechRadar's guide on how to watch the Emmys 2019 online will tell you everything you need to know to tune in...even if you're outside the US this weekend.

As the Emmy Awards alternate between the four main hosts, this year it's Fox's turn to broadcast the ceremony. Unusually, Fox has decided that there will be no host for this years Emmys. Although this isn't an unheard of occurrence, it is rare for the Emmy's to go host-less. Well they certainly know how to shake things up, leaving everyone extremely curious to see the events of the night unfold.

The annual so-called Oscars of television is set to be flooded with all of TV's familiar and beloved faces: Emilia Clarke, Jason Bateman, Viola Davis, Kit Harrington, Hugh Grant, Sophie Turner and Michael Douglas just to name a few.

As expected Game of Throne's actors have been nominated a few times and similarly to 2018 they are the series with the most nominations. Ozark and Killing Eve are also nominated in Outstanding Drama Series much to their fans' delight - both series have a rating of 8.3 on IMDb and they just keep on getting more and more popular!

Whether you're a loyal fan of one of the series nominated or you're just judging the fashion that stars are wearing, the Emmys is a classic annual award ceremony and one that you cannot miss. We can tell you exactly how live stream it from anywhere, just keep reading to find out how you can watch the 2019 Emmy Awards online.

How to watch the Emmys online from outside your country

Below we'll take you through certain worldwide broadcasters of the 2019 Emmy Awards. But if you try to watch the Emmys online from abroad then you'll soon discover that access is geo-blocked meaning you can't watch.

The solution...? A VPN - or Virtual Private Network - let's you change the IP address very simply back to a server in your home country, thus making your mobile, tablet, laptop or TV streaming device think it's back at home.

How to watch the Emmy Awards: live stream in the US

If you’re in the US and have cable then you need then you are set to go! Just tune into Fox from 5PM PT / 8pm ET to watch the 2019 Emmy Awards for free. 

The show is expected to be around three hours. However, this is the Emmys and as usual there is a significant amount of awards to be handed out. Add in the winners' acceptance speeches and the event could easily overrun.

Don't forget, you can always stream the 2019 Emmy Awards online, from your tablet, laptop or phone. Simply head onto Fox on your selected device and download their free app.

Cable cutter but still want to watch? The following services all offer Fox. What's more the all have free trials, too. So if you haven't used them before, then you could have the opportunity to watch the Emmys absolutely free!

How to watch the Emmy Awards: Canada live stream

Canadian residents are in luck! CTV will show the Emmy Awards live on television. However, if you don’t have a TV, you can still watch the Awards show on the network’s website but you will need a CTV account and then you'll have to choose a TV service provider.

How to get an Emmys live stream in the UK

Sadly, similarly to last year, the 2019 Emmys will not be broadcast to the UK. So you won't have an official way to see how Brits like Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Hugh Grant, Olivia Colman, Maisie Williams and Jodie Comer get on.

That's where a VPN comes in, which will let you get around this and watch another country's stream. A bit fiddly, but worth the effort if the Emmys are an awards show you simply refuse to miss.

How to watch the 2019 Emmy Awards: Australia live stream

Luckily for anyone in Australia, if you have a cable subscription, then you can watch the 2018 Emmy Awards on Foxtel at 10am AEST on Monday, September 23. The network also offers a free trial, so you could sign up for the service just to watch the Awards show.


Sunday, September 22, 2019 - 13:00
Alex Hughes

Don your flat cap and say your goodbyes to the Shelby family - the season 5 finale is finally here. You could think of this as sad news, having to wait for the next season of this loved show. Or you could watch Peaky Blinders online and discover how the compelling plot of season five will finally come to an end.

Episode five left us mourning the death of one of the show's best characters, questioning the cause of a car bomb and wondering like most shows, how can Peaky Blinders answer everything in one more episode?

We're guessing the answer will come in the form of a finale filled to the very brim with action, twists, turns and lots of Thomas Shelby action. Of course, we can only guess, you'll have to watch Peaky Blinders online this weekend to really know how everything will wrap up.

The final episode is very simply titled 'Mr Jones' and not even the promo for the episode is giving anything away. Presumably, the creators of the show are holding their cards close to their chest, ready to drop an absolute bombshell on us to finish.

But what we can tell you for certain is how to watch Peaky Blinders. We've put in the time to research viewing options whether you're watching comfortably from your sofa, or if you're away on holiday missing the end of this season.

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Watch Peaky Blinders online

How to watch Peaky Blinders, episode 6 online for free in the UK:

BBC One is the place to be to watch the Peaky Blinders finale. Episode 6 will air on Sunday, 22 at 9pm BST.

Want to watch Peaky Blinders online instead? If you happen to miss the final episode when it airs live, you can still catch all of the action over on BBC iPlayer on your laptop and the iPlayer app for mobiles, too. 

The very handy BBC iPlayer allows you to catch up on all of the episodes that have gone so far, so ideal if you've missed any episodes or just want to watch the entire season start to finish.

How to watch Peaky Blinders season 5, episode 6 from any other location:  

Unfortunately, the ability to watch Peaky Blinders online is reserved for those people in the UK. But it's not all bad news, if you're from the UK and are on holiday or living abroad, you can still catch all of the action.

All you have to do is invest in a VPN and watch as its IP changing magic kicks in. With the use of a VPN you can change your location to one in the UK and catch every second of the Peaky Blinders finale action as it happens.

Now comes the difficult question: which VPN is the perfect one for you? Our current top pick is ExpressVPN, as the best all-round VPN, in terms of speed, security and the abundant amount of locations to choose from. As you'll see, it's top of the pile in our list of the best VPN providers.

And best of all...it's really easy to use. So, let’s run the steps down for you nice and easy:

When will I be able to watch Peaky Blinders online in my country?

If you are in the US, Canada, Australia, India or, indeed, anywhere else, you can stream seasons 1 to 4 on Netflix.

And luckily, you won’t have to wait long to watch the latest Peaky Blinders episodes online as season 5 will be internationally available on Netflix on October 4


Sunday, September 22, 2019 - 10:18
Anthony Spadafora

It already feels like NFL Sundays never went away and this weekend we’ll get to see the Miami Dolphins face off against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in week 3 of the 2019-2020 season. We’re here to make sure you catch every minute of today’s game - see how to get a Dolphins vs Cowboys live stream regardless of where in the world you are.

The Dolphins are going into today’s game after an epic 43-0 loss against the New England Patriots last Sunday. In addition to not scoring a single touchdown during the game, Miami only managed 184 yards of total offense. The Dolphins will likely aim to redeem themselves during today’s game but how will they fare against the Cowboys?

Dallas is already off to a great start this season after defeating the New York Giants 35-17 during week 1 and the team was able to keep the momentum going last Sunday with a 31-21 win against the Washington Redskins. While the Redskins scored the first touchdown during the second quarter, it was the 51-yard touchdown from Dak Prescott to Devin Smith that ultimately turned the game in the Cowboys favor.

The Cowboys are currently the favorite in today’s game but could the Dolphins turn things around and earn their first win of the season?

Whether you’re a Dolphins fan in Florida, a Cowboys fan in Texas or just want to tune in to catch all the action at today’s game, we’ll show you how to live stream the Dolphins vs Cowboys from anywhere in the world so you don’t miss a single play.

Watch the Dolphins vs Cowboys game online from outside your country (or in a blackout)

Watching this game from the US, UK, Canada or Australia? We'll tell you how to catch the NFL game further down in the article.

But if you're somewhere else in the world - or if a coverage blackout is stopping you from watching in the US - then there's still a way you can live stream Dolphins vs Cowboys online (and you don't even have to slum it with a grainy, illegal feed you've found on Reddit). Instead you could use a VPN - or Virtual Private Network - to change the IP address to one in a different state or country which does have a stream. And it's not even hard to do.

How to watch the Dolphins vs Cowboys in the US Can I watch with the NFL Game Pass?

Well it's a no and a yes. The NFL Game Pass in the US will only let you watch a replay of the game, but not the live action.

Interestingly, it's a different story with an International NFL Game Pass where all 256 regular season games are being shown absolutely live...shame you can't officially get access to that if you and your laptop's IP address is in the US.

Other ways cord cutters can stream NFL live online

Sling TV $40 per month - Sling TV splits its live NFL options across its $25 a month Blue plan and $25 a month Orange plan. By combining the two, you get a $10 dollar discount and access to Fox, NBC, ESPN and the NFL Network.  

Hulu with Live TV $40 per month - Hulu with Live TV includes CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN but does not come with NFL Network.

FuboTV $35 for the first month - FuboTV gives you the first month at a discounted rate but after that the price increases to $45 a month. The service includes CBS, Fox, NBC and the NFL Network but does not come with ESPN.

DirecTV Now $50 per month - DirecTV Now includes CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN and for $5 extra you can add the NFL Network. However, with this service you can only watch football on local TV stations live.

YouTubeTV $40 per month - YouTubeTV gives you access to CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN but just like with Hulu with Live TV, there is no NFL Network.

How to stream the Cowboys vs Dolphins in the UK

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Sunday, September 22, 2019 - 10:00
Olivia Tambini

If you have a smart speaker in your home, you probably interact with an AI-enabled voice assistant fairly regularly – and chances are you’re speaking to what sounds like a woman. 

Your voice assistant may have even been given a woman’s or feminine-sounding name, like Alexa, Cortana, or Siri, depending on which brand you bought your smart speaker from. Sure, some of these voice assistants can be configured to have a male-sounding speaking voice, including Google Assistant and Siri, but most smart speaker users are interacting with virtual women. 

At face value that may not sound like a problem – but society’s equating of women with voice assistants could have some worrying societal implications. 

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A female voice is the default choice for smart assistants, including Alexa on the Amazon Echo

In May 2019, a groundbreaking report by UNESCO suggested that the default use of female-sounding voice assistants in our smart home gadgets and smartphones perpetuates sexist attitudes towards women.

The report, titled I'd Blush if I Could, takes its name from Siri's former default response to being called a ‘bitch’ by users – and criticizes the fact that Apple's Siri, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Microsoft's Cortana, are "exclusively female or female by default, both in name and in sound of voice".

Sympathetic and agreeable

So, why do voice assistants sound like women? Julia Kanouse, CEO of the Illinois Technology Association, explains that the companies behind these voice assistants based their choices on consumer feedback. 

She explains: “Research shows that women women’s voices tend to be better received by consumers, and that from an early age we prefer listening to female voices”. 

Indeed, in an interview with Business Insider, the head of Amazon’s Smart Home division, Daniel Rausch, explained that his team “carried out research and found that a woman’s voice is more sympathetic”. 

So far, so plausible – and as Kanouse concedes, the use of female-sounding voice assistants is clearly grounded in research. 

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Research has shown that from an early age we find female voices more sympathetic than male ones

However, the choices made by voice assistant creators could have far-reaching consequences for women at home, and in the workplace.

“The use of female voice assistants may reinforce the stereotype that we prefer to tell a woman what to do, rather than a man,” says Kanouse.

“Only recently have we started to see men move into what were traditionally viewed as female roles, and, conversely, see women fight to ensure these roles (such as flight attendants, nurses, paralegals, executive administrators) are seen as more than ‘just an assistant’.”

This progress could potentially be undone by the proliferation of female voice assistants, according to UNESCO. Its report claims that the default use of female-sounding voice assistants sends a signal to users that women are "obliging, docile and eager-to-please helpers, available at the touch of a button or with a blunt voice command like ‘hey’ or ‘OK’". 

It’s also worrying that these voice assistants have "no power of agency beyond what the commander asks of it" and respond to queries "regardless of [the user's] tone or hostility". These may be desirable traits in an AI voice assistant, but what if the way we talk to Alexa and Siri ends up influencing the way we talk to women in our everyday lives?

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Researchers say the use of predominantly female voices in smart speakers can feed into subconscious biases

One of UNESCO’s main criticisms of companies like Amazon, Google, Apple and Microsoft is that the docile nature of our voice assistants has the unintended effect of reinforcing "commonly held gender biases that women are subservient and tolerant of poor treatment". 

This subservience is particularly worrying when these female-sounding voice assistants give "deflecting, lackluster or apologetic responses to verbal sexual harassment". 

While Kanouse doesn’t think this has led to overt cases of sexual discrimination, she does believe it creates “a level of unconscious bias”, adding that “the prevalence of female voice assistants may feed into subconscious biases against women in the workplace and home, making it more difficult for women to overcome these obstacles”. 

Should voice assistants be gender-neutral?

One solution could be to make voice assistants sound gender-neutral – and it's something that’s entirely possible, as demonstrated by the makers of Q, the world’s first gender-neutral voice assistant

Speaking to NPR, Julia Carpenter, an expert on human behavior and emerging technologies who worked on the project, explained that one of the team’s goals was to “contribute to a global conversation about gender, and about gender, technology, and ethics, and how to be inclusive for people that identify in all sorts of different ways”. 

To create the voice of Q, the team recorded “dozens of people”, including those who identify as male, female, transgender, and nonbinary, although in the end they chose just one voice, and pitch-altered it until it sounded neither male nor female.

You can hear what Q sounds like in the video below.

The result, while perhaps a little more synthetic-sounding than Alexa or Siri, is a truly inclusive voice assistant for everyone – and the goal is to convince tech giants to adopt Q as a third option for their assistants.

Sadly, this isn’t likely – after all, brands like Apple, Google and Amazon are notoriously rigid when it comes to the design of their products, and we can’t see them agreeing to use the same voice as their rivals.

Diversity is key

So, instead of making voice assistants sound homogenous, could the answer lie in making them super-diverse?

This diversity doesn’t have to be focused on gender either; why can’t our voice assistants have regional accents? Why couldn’t they sound young or old, use slang, or pidgin-English?

The news that the BBC is working on a voice assistant called Beeb, which will understand all the diverse regional accents of the UK, has stoked hopes that it will also speak with some of these accents. 

Dr Matthew Aylett, Chief Scientific Officer at speech technology company Cereproc, thinks this could set Beeb apart from the other voice assistants on the market. 

“No other organization could boast of the resonance and importance of voice compared to the BBC,” he says, explaining that choosing a synthetic voice to represent the organization is “a big challenge”.

The relatively low number of women working in tech fields means they have less input into the design of voice assistants

Discussing brands like Apple, Google, and Amazon he explains that, “in many cases decision-makers are choosing a default, neutral, well-spoken female voice without even considering that this is a major design decision”.

And the BBC could be in the perfect position to challenge this. With its encouragement of participation from its vast audience, Aylett believes that the use of a diverse voice for Beeb “could lead to some ground-breaking new perspectives on voice interaction”.

Aylett thinks the BBC could even call on this audience to select well-loved BBC presenters and create an amalgamated voice from the results – imagine how soothing a David Attenborough / Joanna Lumley hybrid could be.

However, Aylett doesn't think that global voice assistant developers will support third-party diversity from the likes of the BBC, or be “courageous enough to offer much diversity themselves”. 

Why? Well, the teams behind our most popular voice assistants just aren’t that diverse themselves. 

Women to the front

According to UNESCO, Alexa’s sexism problem is largely down to the lack of women in the room when tech companies are designing their voice assistants. 

This is an issue that affects the entire industry, with just 7% of ICT (Information and Communication Technology) patents generated by women across G20 countries; UNESCO says the overuse of female-sounding voice assistants is “a powerful illustration of gender biases coded into technology products, pervasive in the technology sector and apparent in digital skills education”. 

The solution? We need more women in the STEM (Science Technology, Engineering, and Maths) industries, and that, says UNESCO, requires “recruiting, retaining, and promoting women in the technology sector” – after all, how can our voice assistants effectively represent their users if a huge percentage of those users have no say in their development?

Whatever the answer is, it’s clear that we need more choice when it comes to the voices in our smart speakers. As Kanouse says, “whether it’s a male voice, or gender-neutral, or a mimicked recording of someone famous like Morgan Freeman for example, there are creative solutions that these companies could implement that would ensure we aren’t reinforcing gender stereotypes”. 

She adds: “Making that switch could be a very powerful statement from these influential companies”. 

“And wouldn’t it be fun to tell Morgan Freeman what to do every day?”


Sunday, September 22, 2019 - 09:41
Anthony Spadafora

Week 3 of the 2019-2020 NFL season is here and this weekend we’ll get to see the New York Jets take on the defending NFL champions, the New England Patriots. We’re here to make sure you catch every minute of today’s game - see how to get a Jets vs Patriots live stream regardless of where in the world you are.

The Patriots have done an excellent job defending their position as last season’s NFL champions and so far, New England has yet to lose a game. During week 1, the Patriots defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 33-3 and last Sunday the team devastated the Miami Dolphins 43-0. Will the Patriots be able to keep up the momentum and defeat the New York Jets today?

While the Jets did manage to walk away with two wins, one against the Falcons and one against the Eagles, during the NFL Preseason, the team has yet to accomplish a similar feat during this year’s regular season. So far they’ve lost by one point in a 17-16 game against the Buffalo Bills last Sunday and during Monday Night Football this week, they suffered a 23-3 loss against the Cleveland Browns. The Patriots may be the favorite to win today’s game but could the Jets possibly turn things around and defeat their AFC East rival?

Whether you’re a Jets fan in New York, a Patriots fan in New England or just want to tune in to see one of the biggest rivalries in the AFC East, we’ll show you how to live stream the Jets vs Patriots from anywhere in the world so you don’t miss a single touchdown.

Watch the Jets vs Patriots game online from outside your country (or in a blackout)

Watching this game from the US, UK, Canada or Australia? We'll tell you how to catch the NFL game further down in the article.

But if you're somewhere else in the world - or if a coverage blackout is stopping you from watching in the US - then there's still a way you can live stream Jets vs Patriots online (and you don't even have to slum it with a grainy, illegal feed you've found on Reddit). Instead you could use a VPN - or Virtual Private Network - to change the IP address to one in a different state or country which does have a stream. And it's not even hard to do.

How to watch the Jets vs Patriots in the US Can I watch with the NFL Game Pass?

Well it's a no and a yes. The NFL Game Pass in the US will only let you watch a replay of the game, but not the live action.

Interestingly, it's a different story with an International NFL Game Pass where all 256 regular season games are being shown absolutely live...shame you can't officially get access to that if you and your laptop's IP address is in the US.

Other ways cord cutters can stream NFL live online

Sling TV $40 per month - Sling TV splits its live NFL options across its $25 a month Blue plan and $25 a month Orange plan. By combining the two, you get a $10 dollar discount and access to Fox, NBC, ESPN and the NFL Network.  

Hulu with Live TV $40 per month - Hulu with Live TV includes CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN but does not come with NFL Network.

FuboTV $35 for the first month - FuboTV gives you the first month at a discounted rate but after that the price increases to $45 a month. The service includes CBS, Fox, NBC and the NFL Network but does not come with ESPN.

DirecTV Now $50 per month - DirecTV Now includes CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN and for $5 extra you can add the NFL Network. However, with this service you can only watch football on local TV stations live.

YouTubeTV $40 per month - YouTubeTV gives you access to CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN but just like with Hulu with Live TV, there is no NFL Network.

How to stream Patriots vs Jets live in the UK

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