Privacy and Security Issues

Recently, the Republican lawmakers of Congress moved to get rid of current privacy rules and won 50 to 48 votes. This would directly impact consumers because companies like Verizon and Comcast are able to continue “tracking and sharing people’s browsing and app activity without asking their permission”. The Federal Communications Commission created rules that would not allow companies that access, however it never went into effect because it was going to at the end of this year. Allowing companies to access consumer information will create a more efficient gateway for hackers.

All of this is pretty ridiculous because it seems so obviously dangerous to allow access to consumer’s personal information, and then on top of that capitalize on it just seems like it should be illegal. I wish that I could understand the purpose of this debate and see the other side’s views, however, I know that when I am scrolling through the internet or putting in my information to a website, I would hope that information is secure and won’t cost me anything later.

 

Kang, C. (2017, March 23). Congress Moves to Strike Internet Privacy Rules From Obama Era. Retrieved March 23, 2017, from https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/23/technology/congress-moves-to-strike-internet-privacy-rules-from-obama-era.html
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New Technology

Stone Brewing in Southern California created the Full Circle Pale Ale which is created using recycled wastewater. The company made the new brew to save water mostly because of the drought cycle of SoCal. The opportunity to use the recycled toilet water came from the local San Diego Pure Water project who asked Stone Brewing if they would like to partake in this experiment while raising awareness of the project and their goals. The company was the perfect fit as they are environment conscious in all aspects and use solar energy for 20 percent of the building’s power.

I think this is a great example of reusing and is a much needed innovation. It might not be appealing to the public to broadcast that the water energy used to create the beer is from the toilet, but if it something that can limit the amount of resources we are using and in addition create a tasty beer, that sounds great. The article says the Full Circle Pale Ale is a one-time creation, however I hope other breweries are able to find alternative resources that are better for the environment as well.

 

Deamer, K. (2017, March 22). Toilet to Tap: Brewery Creates Beer from Recycled Wastewater. Retrieved March 23, 2017, from http://www.livescience.com/58371-california-brewery-makes-beer-from-wastewater.html

Loan Comparison

In this post I will compare a 15-year loan to a 30-year loan.

I found a nice house for $160,000 and I’m trying to decide if I should choose a 15 year loan or a 30 year loan. I managed to get a 4.9% interest rate.

15 Year Loan: A monthly payment breaks down to just over $1,250.00 and I’d pay exactly $66,251.13 in total interest after 15 years.

30 Year Loan: A monthly payment breaks down to just under $850.00 and I’d pay exactly $145,698.59 in total interest after 30 years.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1AMEI2HKIj8zskO1MmJiXiBNJL-TR7gLNis_nR_t9YAk/edit?usp=sharing

Some pros and cons for a 15 year loan include

pros

  • buying your house faster
  • paying less in the long run (especially interest!)

cons

  • monthly payment is higher

 

Some pros and cons for a 30 year loan include

pros

  • affordable monthly payment
  • job security for the bank employees

cons

  • locked into a loan for a longer period of time
  • often paying for the cost of the home in total interest

 

five AMAZING facts about Gresham, OR

  • Between 1960 and 1970, Gresham’s population grew from 4,000 to 10,000 citizens.
  • Now, Gresham’s population is over 105,000 citizens. (As of the 2010 US census.) This makes it the fourth largest city in Oregon!
  • Gresham was named after the American Civil War general, and Postmaster General, Walter Quinton Gresham.
  • Gresham has a Carnegie library that was built from a grant in 1913.
  • My Grandpa was on Gresham’s city council for 10 years in the ’70s. One of which he was the mayor!

 

sources

 

Here’s where I got all my info I didn’t already know!

 

Three of my favorite books

  1. The Stranger, Albert Camus, 1942
    I’ll always remember this book because it opened my mind when I was questioning what I had always thought of the world. A lot of what surrounds this book is that we don’t have a predetermined destiny and that hardly anything we do matters. It’s a very easy read but at the same time it has some heavy ideas.
  2. Cujo, Stephen King, 1981
    There is an insane amount of material to choose from this author. Cujo sticks out to me because it paints such a vivid and intimate picture of the characters and how they are all related. It’s a cool mix of dramatic sub-plot between a very small cast of characters, and a somewhat absurd main plot of a murderous St. Bernard.
  3. Lord of the Flies, William Golding, 1954
    I think that this book illustrates not only how a group of children would act on a deserted island, but how any group of people would. It’s a short read with suspense, humor, and conflict. A love-hate relationship develops with almost every character. Through out the book there is a complimentary innocent nature of the book to the dramatic and dire situation that is the plot.