Which is Worse, Window’s 10 Updates or the Cold? Story By: Alistair King
Headaches, fatigue, and boredom, a cold also exhibits these symptoms. Do you experience any of these symptoms along with a computer screen in your face? Well, you might have Windows Updates. This is an incurable disease as long as you are connected to the internet. But if you are observant enough you can keep this disease from spreading forward.
Microsoft has an obsession with delivering the latest in Windows technology to all of its customers. Whether this is a user interface update or simply just a bug fix, it all still takes nearly an entire class period. In some rare cases, it may even take a whole day. What do these updates entail?
In February, there were 2 updates. The first was applying many fixes to Microsoft’s pre-installed apps, and some “security” updates. The second update was making all the future updates faster and more “security updates.”
However, not all things are bad with Windows 10 and these updates. Windows 10 has improved functionality, it goes back to some of the good things of Windows 7, and finally, it’s not Windows 8. Given that this is a free update what’s the reason not to download it?
Windows 10 is the ultimate system for people who want to spend hours trying to figure out what is happening with any single feature. For some people, these come as not being able to connect to the internet, not being able to change the volume, and other weird things. Also, it is a bit suspicious why they offered a free update to the system. However, most system data comes over with the update so there is no worry of losing your essays.
Many people have found this change to be a welcome improvement fixing many of the issues in Windows 8 while others have found this a bad update that invades their privacy and can give it out to other websites. Decide for yourself if you dare.
One of the privileges of being an upperclassman is that we get to go off of campus for lunch. But where we can go in 30 minutes is quite restrictive. Some choose to go to Subway or Burger Express, while others risk Dominoes or going to a grocery store. Junior Emily Hieronymus shares some of her strategies.
“There are two different ways that we can look at lunch, either bringing your own or going out to eat. Eating here is easy if you bring your own lunch, but waiting in catering lines can be the same as going out to eat time wise. Going out is great if you think that you can make it in time. I often order ahead of time at dominoes and have it be ready by the time that ill be there.” The places that are close enough are: Safeway, Super 1, Dominoes, Both Starbucks, the Express Lane, Dubs, Jack-in-the-box, Subway, and Winter Ridge.
Another Junior Wyatt Huckaby says that the “Ultimate Strategy” is to; if you are able to, leave the class period before. Trying to get to Subway at 11:35 creates a huge mess and it takes them forever to make your sandwich. Making food here is sketchy at best as Wyatt describes, “I’d be a little afraid to use the microwaves; some students blew up a cup of noodles by using no precautions whatsoever. Some of the places that he thinks are greatest for the lunchtime half hour are Babs, Subway, Catering, and Burger Express if your willing to take a shot. If you are able to leave early Jack in the box would be a good location.
Some of the main places to go are nigh inaccessible without a car. But the best places to reach would be running to Subway or Babs. If you don’t want to spend all the time waiting for your subway sandwich you can go to www.subway.com and order online 15 minutes early. Babs often has order by slice pizza’s that you can get right off the rack. This is a great option if you don’t mind regular slices and only a few pieces.
Finally, if you’re thinking of any of these strategies make sure that you able to get back to class in time. Quite a few students drive cars around here and are willing to take you just about anywhere for a couple dollars. Ask around before going blindly running to Super 1 only to make it back halfway through third period.
Windows 10; A shiny, modern operating system, or an NSA plot in disguise….? By Mack Jastle
There’s no doubt that Windows 10 is a wildly popular operating system, and with 2.5 billion questions asked of Cortana since launch, over 82 billion photos viewed within the Windows 10 photo app, and over 4 billion hours spent playing PC games on the operating system, that fact is undeniable.
Those stats are pretty impressive, but the fact that they exist at all is very troubling to a lot of people.
Since the launch of Windows 10, programmers and normal PC users alike have noted the invasive default privacy settings on machines running Windows 10. Isn’t it a little strange the OS would automatically track how many photos you viewed, how many times you asked Cortana a question, or even how long you spend using Microsoft Edge, the new operating system.
These are very personal statistics to collect, and the fact that they are sent to Microsoft by default is strange, considering Microsoft’s past policy. In the past, Microsoft has had an ‘opt-out’ feature, but this is nowhere to be seen in Windows 10.
The practice of gathering user data isn’t at all uncommon. Google and other search engines have known to sell information to government agencies, or third parties. Cell phones companies have also done the same in recent years. After Edward Snowden leaked the NSA’s PRISM program, multiple cell phone carriers and internet corporations (including Microsoft), were shown to have been sending users’ personal data to the NSA. The NSA had used top secret court orders to force these companies to hand over user data. Microsoft since campaigned publicly to combat these orders, becoming one of 140 companies to send an open letter to President Obama asking him to impede intelligence agencies’, such as the NSA, ability to collect user data.
Considering this righteous campaign against government data mining, one would think that Microsoft would greatly value the privacy of its users. But these default settings paint a very different picture.
Coming back to Windows 10 in particular, the absence of an opt-out button means that all of that data is sent by default…and the user is never notified or asked for consent.
This default setting means that most users of the OS will have no idea just how much personal information they are giving up to Microsoft. According to programmers, this data grab can include anything said into a microphone, every keystroke on a keyboard, and it can even use excessive amounts of bandwidth to transmit raw files if left unattended.
We seem to be getting closer and closer to a 1984 style world where everything we say or do is monitored and analyzed. Hopefully Window’s 10 isn’t indicative of a larger problem.
Mysterious “Planet X” suspected to orbit beyond Pluto… Story By: Mack Jastle
On Wednesday, January 20, 2016, two scientists presented evidence that a large planet with the mass of around ten Earths is orbiting in our solar system past Pluto.
The scientists responsible for these new findings, Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown, are respected planetary scientists, and they believe they’ve found Planet X. After examining the orbits of multiple distant objects and running countless computer simulations, the pair are convinced that Planet X exists.
Notably, Mike Brown was one of the scientists who got Pluto demoted to the status of dwarf planet.
“Killing Pluto was fun, but this is head and shoulders above everything else,” Brown stated.
Other scientists outside the project verified the calculations, and many are experiencing an odd mix of skepticism and cautious excitement over the discovery.
You may be asking, how is it that we haven’t discovered this planet sooner? After all, if it’s as massive as ten Earths put together, a planet of that size would be pretty easy to spot, right?
Well, not exactly.
There isn’t actually any photographic evidence of the new planet. Brown and Batygin inferred it’s presence from the unusual orbits of six objects clustered beyond Neptune. Their theory is that a large planet brought the six objects into where they orbit now. The pair say that there’s only a one in 15,000, or 0.007% chance that the orbits of these objects are a coincidence.
If Planet X truly does exist, it would shatter preconceived notions of our solar system. The closest possible approach for this planet to the Sun would be 200 astronomical units (AU). (An AU is the distance from the Earth to the Sun, so 150 million kilometers.) This is seven times further than the orbit of Neptune, and calculations show that it could roam as far out as 600-1200 AU, far beyond the Kuiper Belt.
As of yet there is no concrete evidence that Planet X actually exists, just a theory.
“Until there’s a direct detection, it’s a hypothesis-even a potentially very good hypothesis,” Brown stated. The team has secured a large telescope in Hawaii to search for the hypothetical planet, and their hope is that other astronomers will be inspired to join in the search.
Now, with this discovery of a possible ninth planet, (ninth due to Pluto’s unfortunate demotion) the doomsday rumor mill has gone into overdrive.
Theories of an unknown planet (named Planet X or Nibiru), crashing into the Earth have been a popular topic of conversation for internet conspiracy theorists for a long time.
Originally, Planet X was supposed to deal the killing blow in 2003, but that date was amended to December 21, 2012, the end of the Mayan calendar and the date of the winter solstice. However, the world kept on spinning, and general awareness of Planet X died off.
However, this new discovery has people convinced that the planet is real, and that it’s heading our way. There has been rampant speculation that NASA has been hiding the truth about Planet X from the public for years.
NASA has gone on record to completely deny these rumors.
Regardless of whether or not it will end up causing our extinction, the discovery of a possible ninth planet in our solar system (Sorry Pluto), is a huge deal.
Math: Defense against the Dark Arts… Story By: Dave Dowel
Is the Math teachers of (Forrest Bird Charter School) FBCS the new defense against the dark arts the new position? Well it just might be. The school has had 15 different math teacher in six year and 9 of those have taught high school math. Why does this happen? Well the FBCS is different. We are mostly a technology based school. Every student has a Computer that they carry around and most of the work is done on canvas. Teachers put most of assignment on canvas (Canvas only been around for 3 years so some of the teacher did not use Canvas). This can be hard for a new teacher because it could make them mad or they could not get how to use canvas for anything that is important for the FBCS. Mrs. Goodwin said about “I think that the teacher just need to get use to the school and the way it works and the town of Sandpoint”, Mrs. Holland said this about the same topic “I am not able to comment on that. I am very happy to be part of the math department now that I am a teacher at FBCS”.
The 9 of the 15 teacher that work in the High School were/are Stephen Finicle, Hemu Achanja, Gloria Hanson, Vicki Downing, Darlene QuirinMai, Jess Logan, Angie Goodwin, Lyndsay Holland, and Krysten Harrison. Four of those people still work here, Mrs. QuirinMai, Mrs. Goodwin, Mrs. Holland and Krysten Harrison. This trimester Mrs. QuirinMai is doing online Personal Finance, Mrs. Goodwin is at the school every day, Krysten Harrison has gone back to teaching 8th grade math and Mrs. Holland is here only on Monday, Wednesday and half of Friday. This is like Harry Potter books. Hogwarts School went through 7 teacher in 7 years. Hogwarts went through several be Quirinus Quirrell, Gilderoy Lockhart, Remus Lupin, Bartemius Crouch Jr., Dolores Umbridge, Severus Snape, Amycus Carrow. There is only one person that as not died in these books that is Carrow and everyone else died or run off.
Does this mean anything the teachers of FBCS, well it could mean anything, they could stay or they could leave, but Mrs. Goodwin could said “Forrest Bird Charter School is a positive, Friendly environment to in and I think that we have a strong math department and I’m happy to be part of it”. So is the FBCS Math Department the new Defense against the Dark Art of Harry Potter, well it looks like it.
The presidential election is going to be close this year, maybe too close. The selection for this year’s democratic candidates really comes down to two, Hilary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Hilary
Clinton is currently leading in the polls, but not by much, Sanders is close behind and rising. Many believe that Hillary Clinton changes her perspective to in turn be more favorable in the eyes of the voter, but Bernie Sanders has had the same political views for over 50 years and now it is finally paying off. Sanders got an immense amount of support when he explained what democratic socialism really is, many people think of labor camps when they think of socialism, but Sanders idea of socialism is quite different. Analyzing data in recent polls, the majority of Americans think that Hilary Clinton is not a trustworthy candidate for president, yet data shows that many people think that she is going to win the election. If you are interested in the two top democratic candidates and their campaigns, political past, and their stance on the issues, then I recommend that you on.
There are many fundamental differences between Bernie Sanders and Hilary Clinton, the first being that Hilary has plans to raise money from the big banks and Wall Street, while Bernie plans to tear them down. Bernie Sanders believes that an imbalance of wealth as severe as it is now in America is a fundamental flaw in our society. Equal rights for all is a very big issue at the moment, especially concerning gay rights for all citizens and the legalizing gay marriage. In 2002 in an MSNBC interview Hilary said that she didn’t think that New York should recognize gay marriage. Also in 2002 she went on the O’Reilly factor and said that she is against gay marriage. Ever since Bernie Sanders began his political career, he has been consistently in favor of gay rights for all and legalizing gay marriage. In Sander’s 2016 presidential race, he has refused to accept money from large corporations, big banks, wealthy individuals, and any money through super PACs, unlike Sanders, Hilary Clinton has raised a lot money through super PACs and accepted millions through donations from corporations and wealthy individuals. Bernie believes that when you have candidates that accept these enormous amount of money from extremely large companies and billionaire donors, it limits the influence that every American citizen has on choosing the next president of the United States. Clinton has raised the most so far with $76 million and has already spent $43 million. Sanders has raised the second most with $40 million and is the only candidate that has spent less than half of his campaign finances.
There are many issues where Hilary Clinton and Bernie Sanders agree, they both support the nuclear deal with Iran and have similar
views as president Obama. Clinton and Sanders are both against the Iran war and as a senator, Bernie voted against the war. Both of these top democratic candidates also have similar views on climate change, just different ways of approaching it. Sanders wants to put a tax on carbon and methane emissions so that companies will go green, but Clinton wants to have the country producing 33% of its electricity through renewable energy by the year 2027. Both of them have very similar views on immigration reform as to lead millions of undocumented workers to a path of citizenship. Sanders has a strong stance on income inequality and he wants to tax the rich and make corporations pay their fair share of taxes and of course raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, while Hilary wants to approach it in a manner that is less intense and only raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour and not tax the corporations and the wealthy as heavily. On health care both democrats believe that universal health care is the way to go, Bernie believes that a single payer health care system is the right thing for this country (every majorly developed country has single payer health care), but Hilary thinks that expanding on Obamacare and improving the Affordable Care Act is what this country needs. When it comes to social security they are both interested in protecting it from the republican attacks, but Bernie wants to take it a little farther by making it so the people who make over $250,000 a year pay the same percentage of their income to social security as everyone else. When it comes to making jobs for the country, Sanders speaks loud and clear when he says that he is serious about investing 1 trillion dollars over the course of 5 years into creating and maintaining 13 million jobs, but Hilary wants to create a national infrastructure banks so that money can be made to increase funding for scientific research and grow small businesses. Both candidates strongly support equal gender pay, Clinton embraces the fact that she will be the country’s first female president and makes women’s issues a large part of her campaign, but Sanders is also very progressive on the issue and as president guarantees affordable child care and paid family leave. Criminal justice reform is also a big priority for both candidates, and sole heartedly agree that taking down the private prison industry, ending the war on drugs, and enforcing smart decisions with our police officers. When it comes to gun violence it is Hilary who dominates by making it one of the main pillars of her campaign, Sanders struggles on this issue but plans to make some little changes, like increased background checks. Unlike gun violence, when it comes to College, Sanders rules the stage, because he plans on making all public college tuition free and paying for it through a tax on all Wall Street trades, and Hilary just wants to lower interest rates on student loans and make some community colleges tuition free. When it comes to international trade there is a difference in opinion, Clinton supported the passing of NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) and TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) but just recently she reversed her position on both agreements and is now against them, but Sanders has always been against trade agreements because it hurts US workers and farmers in the US, central America, and Mexico. Finally, when it comes to campaign finance reform, Bernie and Hilary have very similar views, both of them believe that making elections publically financed will be beneficial because it would reduce the high influence the wealthy has over the political arena, and also this would make the honest and good hearted more inclined to run for office because they don’t have competition from dirty and influenced candidates that can overpower them with money.
If you enjoyed learning about the candidates, and what they stand for, then I recommend that you answer the poll at the end of the article and choose which political candidate you think should win the presidential election, if any.
North Korea Hydrogen Bomb: Hoax or Not? Story By: Andrew Van Helsing
“This H-bomb test brings us to a higher level of nuclear power.” Declared North Korean State News Agency. Recently, there was a small earthquake reported near a well-known nuclear test site in North Korea, and the Korean media reports that it was a successful test of a small hydrogen bomb. And now, China, one of North Korea’s closest allies, is outraged because of this claim.
It is hard to believe North Korea actually tested a successful H-bomb because of their previous false claims to have successfully tested nuclear weapons. Which, included a “ballistic missile” that was shot from a submarine through some waters not far from North Korea. It turned out this was actually just an ejection test, and the “ballistic missile” fell into the ocean, after traveling about 100 yards.
So, what should we believe? Is there the possibility that North Korea actually tested a successful H-bomb? Well, to find that out, let’s take a look at the type of bomb we are dealing with.
Now, there are two kinds of nuclear bombs, atom bombs and hydrogen bombs (Atom-bombs & Hydrogen-bombs). An A-bomb, also known as a fission bomb, works by breaking up the largest atoms, which mainly comprise of Uranium or Plutonium, causing a huge chain reaction that releases and explosion of up to tens or hundreds of thousands of kilotons of TNT.
The H-bomb, also called the fusion bomb, uses various types of hydrogen isotopes, hence the name hydrogen bomb. It works by taking two of the smallest atoms and smashes them together, with an incredibly large force, causing them to fuse and create a larger atom. Then, that larger atom throws off the neutrons and energy causing more atoms to fuse together. This, when looking at a typical H-bomb, yields an explosive range that reaches up to tens of millions of megatons of TNT.
North Korea’s claimed H-bomb, in particular, is smaller than most, so the bomb’s explosive range is not as large as the typical H-bomb. That doesn’t mean they aren’t a force to be reckoned with. Remember, a normal H-bomb is much larger than an A-bomb, so a smaller H-bomb can be just as dangerous as an A-bomb, maybe even more powerful.
These claimed tests are what causes North Korea’s ally, China, to become so outraged, and causes us to turn our attention to what is happening there. A scary fact, is the test was conducted underground, so we don’t know whether the experiment was a success or not. And even if the experiment did fail, it still means that they have come farther in research with nuclear warfare and technology. If it didn’t, then it looks like we may have to deal with a new powerful force on the rise.
Who Will Be the Republican Candidate? Story By: John Holmes
Our country is on the verge of a new term, but the question remains – who will be our next president? This daunting question vexes the minds of all voting United States citizens, and grows ever more puzzling as the elections draw closer. Here are some of the platforms of the top Republican candidates.
According to a poll on the Huffington Post, Donald Trump is the foremost candidate – with a 38.1% poll. Trump’s platform focuses on reforming U.S and China trade, Veterans Administration, and the U.S tax system.
The goals for Trump’s tax plan include growing the American economy, less tax on middle-class Americans, and a simpler tax code.
According to Trump’s tax plan, if you are single and earn an income less than $25,000, or you and your spouse jointly earn less than $50,000 for a household income, you owe no income tax. There would be only four tax brackets – 0%, 10%, 20%, and 25% – rather than the current seven. No business would pay above 15% of their profit in taxes.
Ben Carson – another potential Republican Party runner – has a different tax plan. Carson’s plan includes a simple flat tax, or a tax with a constant rate. Under Carson’s tax plan, income would be taxed at a uniform 14.9%, without tax shelters or loopholes. The tax would only apply to those who are 150% above the Federal Poverty Level, to protect individuals who are in proximity of the poverty level. Under this plan, a family would not be taxed on their first $36,375.
Ted Cruz promotes a similar flat tax plan. Personal income will be taxed at a fixed 10%. A family of four would have the first $36,000 tax-free. Payroll tax would be eliminated, as well as corporate income tax. A business flat tax will be placed on corporation with a fixed rate of 16% of revenues.
Jeb Bush has also given some input on a new tax plan. Bush’s idea consists of creating three tax brackets – 28%, 25%, and 10%. The loopholes in the current tax code would be eliminated, reducing the deductions that special interest groups can make. Lastly, corporate income tax will be cut from 35% to 20%.
A tax plan akin to Bush’s is being proposed by Marco Rubio. The tax brackets will be reduced to three – 15%, 25%, 35%. The first bracket applies to individuals with an income up to $75,000, and increases as income increases. Rubio’s tax plan promises to simplify the tax code by eliminating itemized tax deductions, and a universal $2,500 tax credit will be awarded to those who attend post-secondary school or another qualified career skill training curriculum.
Education is another focus on these candidates’ agendas.
According to Rubio’s platform, decisions about education must be returned to the local level. His plan includes giving control of education back to the local levels – states, local communities, and individuals – while preventing federal interaction.
Bush, on the other hand, has several different changes to make to the current education system. One idea is to take 529 College Savings Accounts into Education Savings Accounts. These accounts would allow for individuals to save, tax-free, for education.
For early childhood education, Bush’s platform would give parents a say in their child’s schooling. Parents would be given money to use to further their child’s learning.
Carson’s educational plan includes five principles – school choice, empower local districts and parents, encourage innovation, reward good teaching, and support a simpler student loan process.
The parents, teachers, districts, and states will have the power to make decisions. Carson states he will actively support charter and private school, and innovation will be greatly promoted.
Cruz and Trump did not show any information on education, as of yet.
As for foreign affairs, Cruz has a plan that includes three elements. The first is border security, which includes increased border security, eliminating sanctuary cities, and halting any increase in illegal immigration. Cruz also promises to defend that nation, which includes rebuilding our military, defeating ISIS, and eliminating the Iran nuclear deal. Lastly, Cruz’s foreign affairs policy will strengthen our relations with Israel.
Carson’s policy includes rearming and strengthening the U.S military, reinvigorating our international relations, reforming the national security establishment, and evaluating when it is necessary to put our troops in harm’s way.
Bush’s plan consists largely of defeating ISIS. This includes supporting Iraqi military forces, and conquering ISIS and Assad in Syria.
Rubio promotes a very basic foreign policy – a doctrine of three “pillars.” The first one is redevelop American strength by modernizing our military and empowering our intelligence agencies. Second, promote American prosperity through solidifying the Trans-Pacific and Trans-Atlantic partnerships and oppose violations of international waters, airspace, and cyberspace. Lastly, Rubio’s plan will support American values, such as demanding true freedom for Chinese citizens and defeating radical Islamic states.
Only two parts exist in Trump’s foreign policy – reforming our trade with China, and immigration. For Chinese trade reform, Trump proposes that we need to strengthen our leadership and negotiations at the table – increasing our global economic negotiations. For immigration, Trump’s plan includes: 1) building a wall around our borders, 2) passing only border laws that coincide with the Constitution, 3) support immigration plans that improves jobs, wages, and security for all Americans.