The Daily Populous

Tuesday January 10th, 2023 evening edition

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My years-long battle to get gigabit internet installed may soon be over, thanks to new rules introduced by the UK government that make it easier to install faster broadband into apartments and flats across the UK.

Additionally, a new law has been introduced that requires new properties in England to be built with gigabit broadband connections, sparing tenants from footing the bill for later upgrades.

Amendments to Building Regulations 2010 were announced by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS) on January 6th that mandate new homes constructed in England to be fitted with infrastructure and connections required to achieve gigabit internet connectivity.

DCMS claims that gigabit broadband is currently available in over 72 percent of UK households and is targeting full nationwide gigabit-capable broadband coverage across the UK by 2030.

Tennants in UK flats previously needed a landlord's permission to allow a broadband operator into the building — even if they own their property.

I can personally attest that getting a fiber optic network — not just gigabit — installed into flats and apartments in the UK is a nightmare.

Luckily for me, the UK also has a competitive market with over 100 internet service providers, so I can expect to find some deals now that these changes are coming into effect. »

‘No amnesty!’: Brazilian protests demand jail for rioters

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The words are a demand for retribution against the supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro who stormed Brazil’s capital Sunday, and those who enabled the rampage.

Brazilian police on Monday had already rounded up roughly 1,500 rioters.

The administration of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva says jailing the rioters is only the start. »

New CA & WA pay transparency laws show Blizzard pays QA way less than Riot & Bungie

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This includes high-profile names in the gaming business, such as Blizzard, Riot Games, and Bungie.

Taking a look at current listings for similar QA jobs at Riot Games (QA Engineer), Bungie (Destiny Test Lead), and Blizzard (Diablo 4 Test Lead), Blizzard is listing the lowest pay of the three.

While this is a pretty wide range, it’s below the ranges listed for Riot ($98,009 – $132,700) and Bungie ($86,000 – $108,000). »

Dems Blast House GOP for Bill Adding $114 Billion to Deficit By Enabling Tax Cheats

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"They all run on reducing the deficit and now the House GOP's first... bill will increase the deficit by $114 billion," tweeted Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.).

"The first bill advanced by the GOP adds $114 billion to the deficit—by allowing the super-wealthy to cheat their taxes while everyone else pays.

Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) lamented that the "first order of business in the GOP House of Representatives" will be to "vote to increase the deficit $114 BILLION by letting tax cheats dodge paying what they owe.". »

6-year-old who shot teacher took the gun from his mother, police say

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The shooting, which police say "was intentional," took place at Richneck Elementary School in Newport News on Friday, Jan. 6.

The teacher, identified as 25-year-old Abigail Zwerner, was teaching a lesson when the child drew the weapon, Police Chief Steve Drew said a a news conference.

The teacher "took a defensive position" and held up her hand, Drew said; the bullet passed through her hand and entered her chest. »