Las Vegas Valley Water District installing new technology to track ‘real-time’ water use

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) – There’s a new way to crack down on water usage and water waste in Las Vegas. The Las Vegas Valley Water District (LVVWD) is rolling out new technology that keeps a closer eye on how much water people are using in their yards.

It’s called advanced metered infrastructure, and a LVVWD spokesperson said it’s becoming an industry standard for different utilities.

Advanced meters are already installed in part of the Las Vegas valley and will be the norm starting next year.

The technology uses a communication network to send and receive signals from the meters remotely.

“It allows customers to get information in almost real-time about their water use to allow them to use water more efficiently,” LVVWD spokesman Corey Enus said.

The water district said it has wastewater investigators that patrol the valley 24 hours seven days a week, and that’s not going away.

Intel tries to regain its lost technology edge

The capital and technology demands of remaining a world leader in the semiconductor business are becoming extreme. Just how extreme was evident from two announcements at Intel this week. They show how profoundly the company is adapting its traditional way of doing business as it tries to regain its lost technology edge and ensure the US is home to at least one world-leading chip manufacturer.

The first announcement was that it is selling a 49 per cent stake in two new manufacturing plants under development in Arizona to private equity firm Brookfield. This is an entirely new way to fund chip fabrication plants (fabs) as the cost of building the most advanced facilities soars. The Brookfield deal covers the first $30bn invested in Arizona, while Intel has put the long-term investment in its new fabs like the one it is building in Germany at more than $100bn each.

The deal

JD Power study explains the technology conundrum faced by automakers

Large variation in the number of problems

In some instances, the study showed a wide variation in the number of problems for a particular technology.

JD Power found a feature that reminds drivers that a person, pet or package is still in the rear of a car when they exit ranged from 1.9 problems per 100 vehicles to 26.2 depending on the manufacturer.

The disparity demonstrates that the technology works and will generate only a small number of complaints when executed correctly, JD Power said.

Since features such as rear-seat reminders have widely varying scores, Rizk said automakers need to benchmark new tech offerings better.

“This could allow them to identify and integrate best practices,” she said.

While automakers routinely benchmark technologies from competitors, Rizk said they typically use an engineering perspective, not a consumer standpoint.

“We often see technologies that are designed to specification but do not meet the

‘I’m afraid’: critics of anti-cheating technology for students hit by lawsuits | US news

In 2020, a Canadian university employee named Ian Linkletter became increasing alarmed by a new kind of technology that was exploding in use with the pandemic. It was meant to detect cheating by college and high-school students taking tests at home, and claimed to work by watching students’ movements and analyzing sounds around them through their webcams and microphones to automatically flag suspicious behavior.

So Linkletter accessed a section of the website of one of the anti-cheating companies, named Proctorio, intended only for instructors and administrators. He shared what he found on social media.

Now Linkletter, who became a prominent critic of the technology, has been sued by the company. But he is not the only one.

Linkletter’s continuing case illustrates how vicious the fight over so called e-proctoring has become. At the height of the pandemic, it was estimated to be in use in nearly 63% of

Tesla CEO’s thoughts on technology and humanity

It’s been a while since Elon Musk published an extensive blog post outlining his stance on a specific topic. On the official Tesla website, his last blog post was on August 24, 2018, when he explained his decision to keep Tesla a publicly-traded company. Fortunately, a new Elon Musk essay has been posted in China, outlining the Tesla CEO’s thoughts on a number of topics — from sustainability, the Tesla Bot’s real-world use, Neuralink’s focus on the disabled, and SpaceX’s exploration aspirations.

The new Elon Musk essay was published in China Cyberspace, the Cyberspace Administration of China’s (CAC) flagship magazine. A translation of the essay was posted by Yang Liu, a journalist from the state-owned news agency Xinhuaon the Beijing Channel blogs. As could be seen in Liu’s post, Musk actually discussed a number of topics in detail.

In a way, the publication of the new Elon Musk