The Daily Populous

Monday January 29th, 2018 evening edition

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If you answer the phone and hear a recorded message instead of a live person, it's a robocall.

We’ve seen a significant increase in the number of illegal robocalls because internet-powered phone systems have made it cheap and easy for scammers to make illegal calls from anywhere in the world, and to hide from law enforcement by displaying fake caller ID information.

To date, the FTC has brought more than a hundred lawsuits against over 600 companies and individuals responsible for billions of illegal robocalls and other Do Not Call violations.

The FTC also is leading several initiatives to develop technology-based solutions.

Those initiatives include a series of robocall contests that challenge tech gurus to design tools that block robocalls and help investigators track down and stop robocallers.

We’re also encouraging industry efforts to combat caller ID spoofing.

Here’s the FTC’s game plan to combat robocalls:. »

The Deadliest Female Sniper in History

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One was the wife of a former US president while the other was a heroine of the Soviet Union.

She took pleasure in competing with boys still struggling with women’s equality in a new Soviet system.

By the end of the month, she had achieved 100 confirmed kills and was promoted to the rank of Senior Sergeant. »

Fitness tracking app Strava gives away location of secret US army bases

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GPS Fitness tracking app Strava gives away location of secret US army bases Data about exercise routes shared online by soldiers can be used to pinpoint overseas facilities Latest: Strava suggests military users ‘opt out’ of heatmap as row deepens.

Sensitive information about the location and staffing of military bases and spy outposts around the world has been revealed by a fitness tracking company.

In Helmand province, Afghanistan, for instance, the locations of forward operating bases can be clearly seen, glowing white against the black map. »

The global crackdown on parents who refuse vaccines for their kids has begun

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Now it seems Australia and a number of countries in Europe are fed up enough with vaccine-refusing parents that they’re experimenting with punitive measures.

, the government recently adopted a draft bill that requires parents prove their children are vaccinated before kids can go to school.

These figures are much higher than the national averages (85 percent for diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis and 92 percent for the measles-mumps-rubella vaccines). »