The Daily Populous

Wednesday September 12nd, 2018 day edition

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When the FCC voted 3-2 to roll back net neutrality rules implemented during the previous administration, it also asserted that its regulations—known as the Open Internet Order—"preempt any state or local requirements that are inconsistent" with the rules reversal.

Essentially, the FCC anticipated that states might try to enact their own net neutrality rules.

Following a recent court ruling in Minnesota, however, FCC chairman Ajit Pai reiterated that states must bow to federal law on this issue.

While far from the final word, Pai used the opportunity to hammer home the FCC's stance.

"Federal law for decades has recognized that states may not regulate information services," Pai said (PDF).

The larger implication is that states may have a tough time convincing the court system that they are empowered to issue their own net neutrality regulations.

California is in the process of enacting what are considered the strongest set of net neutrality rules in the nation. »

Designer dog and cat breeding to be 'outlawed' in Scotland under new regulations

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The breeding of designer pets is to be effectively outlawed in Scotland under new licensing regulations.

The Scottish Government plans to tighten the licensing of dog, cat and rabbit breeding activities in Scotland to stop people breeding these animals in poor conditions and then selling them on.

As a condition of licensing, breeding practices likely to cause the offspring suffering in later life will be prohibited. »

Could a DIY ultrasound be in your future? UBC breakthrough opens door to $100 ultrasound machine

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Engineers at the University of British Columbia have developed a new ultrasound transducer, or probe, that could dramatically lower the cost of ultrasound scanners to as little as $100.

Their patent-pending innovation—no bigger than a Band-Aid—is portable, wearable and can be powered by a smartphone.

Conventional ultrasound scanners use piezoelectric crystals to create images of the inside of the body and send them to a computer to create sonograms. »

Wendy's "Chili Finger Lady" Comes Clean

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The scam drew international headlines and made millions of people think twice about ordering a cup of chili from Wendy's.

Now the woman at the center of the "chili finger" case is talking about the infamous finger-food crime.

In 2005, Anna Aayala was dining at a San Jose Wendy's restaurant when she claimed she chomped down on a partially-cooked segment of human finger. »