Bill Gates sorry about control-alt-delete

Bill Gates is sorry that he made it so annoying to log in to your computer.

The billionaire Microsoft co-founder admitted Wednesday that the Control-Alt-Delete function used to start up Windows computers is an awkward maneuver.

“If I could make one small edit, I’d make that a single key,” Gates said Wednesday on a panel at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum in New York City.

It’s a confession Gates has made before. In 2013, he blamed IBM for the issue.

“We could have had a single button. But the guy who did the IBM keyboard design didn’t want to give us our single button,” Gates said at a Harvard University event at the time.

Users can press a single key to log in — not three — on Apple’s Mac computers.

The tech luminary, along with his wife, is the co-chair of the world’s largest private charitable foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The couple teamed up with dignitaries like President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in New York on Wednesday to promote their new Goalkeepers report, which tracks progress on the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

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South Florida state senator used FPL connections to have power restored to family

A day after the outskirts of Hurricane Irma pounded South Florida, causing hundreds of thousands to lose power, one local politician attempted to use her Florida Power & Light connections to restore electricity to the homes of her family.

A series of text messages to an FPL lobbyist beginning on Monday, Sept. 11 shows Florida Sen. Daphne Campbell, D-North Miami Beach, sent company Vice President John Holley the addresses for her mother and sister, requesting help with power restoration.

“I am helping people, helping constituents with some of their lights,” Campbell told Local 10 News. “I have done nothing wrong for all this news, news, news, news.”

Rise News was first to report the story and Campbell confirmed to them that the texts were real.

Campbell, who represents District 38, which includes Miami Beach, North Miami, and other parts of northeastern Miami-Dade County, confirmed the texts at an event Saturday night.

The first text to Holley came at 1:55 p.m. on Monday, with Campbell requesting help as she had a sick person in her house on oxygen.

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After Holley replied that he would work on the matter, Campbell immediately texted back that it was her sister’s house, not her own.

A day later, Campbell texted again saying the power was still not on at her sister’s house, and then asked for help at her mother’s house.

Holley wrote back “I will def let them know,” referring to FPL.

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FPL confirms the text exchanges took place, but denied any wrongdoing on Holley’s part.

“I am positive that she did not receive special treatment,” FPL spokesperson Mark Bubriski told Rise News. 

Campbell told Local 10 that her mother is a constituent and her medical condition made her a priority.

“My mother is on oxygen,” Campbell said.

Power was eventually restored to her mother’s address and that of her immediate neighbors on Sunday evening, but much of the neighborhood remains without power.

“I did ask for other constituents,” Campbell said.

One week after Irma struck the South Florida area, almost 53,000 homes remain without power in Miami-Dade County, with an additional 13,400 in Broward County.

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How new £10 note is helping the blind

British cash just became much more accessible.

The new £10 note, which entered circulation on Thursday, features special design elements that will help the blind and partially sighted.

The Bank of England note includes clusters of raised dots in the top left corner that will help people with poor vision to identify its denomination.

It also features bold numbers and raised print.

The central bank said it introduced the Braille-like raised dots following a consultation with the Royal National Institute for Blind People.

“These new characteristics should help people living with sight loss distinguish between denominations,” said Steve Tyler, an official at the RNIB.

People with poor vision previously relied on variations in size and color to tell notes apart.

The new note is different in other ways: It features the image of a woman who is not the Queen.

Celebrated author Jane Austen has replaced Charles Darwin as the face of the £10 note following a public campaign that pressured the Bank of England to put a woman on the country’s money.

Men remain on the other notes: Former Prime Minister Winston Churchill is on the £5, economist Adam Smith is on the £20 and steam engine pioneers Matthew Boulton and James Watt feature on the £50.

(The Queen is pictured on the front of all notes by virtue of her being the current monarch.)

This is the second British bill to be made out of plastic instead of traditional paper materials. The £5 plastic bill launched in September 2016.

The plastic bills are considered by the central bank to be “safer, stronger and cleaner.”

But the new bills are controversial because trace amounts of animal fat are used in their production. The bank considered switching to a different material, but ultimately decided to stick with the current formula.

The bank plans to distribute just over 1 billion of the new £10 notes across the country. The old £10 bills will be taken out of circulation.

The U.K. launched a new £1 coin earlier this year. It is made of two metals: an outer ring of nickel-brass and an inner ring of nickel-plated alloy.

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Internet crazy over good-looking Gainesville officers

Gainesville is home to some ridiculously good-looking first responders – and they’re totally self-aware of this fact.

Ever since Hurricane Irma hit the Gainesville Police Department has been posting seemingly innocent photos on Facebook of officers tending to the needs of the city.

But comments on these photos – well those aren’t so innocent.

“Irma brings all the boys to the yard,” one person wrote.

“I’m convinced this police department is fake and this is actually an ad for “Magic Mike 3,” someone wrote. 

“Sooooo, (SIC) looks like I’m moving to Gainesville to begin my life of crime,” said another commenter.

One person requested to see an entire lineup of the department for “research purposes.” 

And those are just the more tame comments that we can share.  

The department has read some of the comments and even responded to some, even the more racy ones with gifs, and an update that one of their officers has been placed in “Cougar Prey Protective Care, similar to the witness protection program, for his own safety.”

They also announced the names of officers who are married (bummer), named officers who are single (yay) and told people not to call 9-1-1 and request an officer —  judging by the photos you really can’t go wrong no matter who shows up.

All the fun is for a good cause.

The department is planning on putting out a calendar and he funds raised will go to Irma relief.

In the meanwhile, the department continues to share photos their officers and the Sarasota Police Department even got in on the fun, announcing on Facebook that Gainesville officers have nothing on them.

And the internet is all about this friendly competition.

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Internet crazy over good-looking Gainesville officers

Gainesville is home to some ridiculously good-looking first responders – and they’re totally self-aware of this fact.

Ever since Hurricane Irma hit the Gainesville Police Department has been posting seemingly innocent photos on Facebook of officers tending to the needs of the city.

But comments on these photos – well those aren’t so innocent.

“Irma brings all the boys to the yard,” one person wrote.

“I’m convinced this police department is fake and this is actually an ad for “Magic Mike 3,” someone wrote. 

“Sooooo, (SIC) looks like I’m moving to Gainesville to begin my life of crime,” said another commenter.

One person requested to see an entire lineup of the department for “research purposes.” 

And those are just the more tame comments that we can share.  

The department has read some of the comments and even responded to some, even the more racy ones with gifs, and an update that one of their officers has been placed in “Cougar Prey Protective Care, similar to the witness protection program, for his own safety.”

They also announced the names of officers who are married (bummer), named officers who are single (yay) and told people not to call 9-1-1 and request an officer —  judging by the photos you really can’t go wrong no matter who shows up.

All the fun is for a good cause.

The department is planning on putting out a calendar and he funds raised will go to Irma relief.

In the meanwhile, the department continues to share photos their officers and the Sarasota Police Department even got in on the fun, announcing on Facebook that Gainesville officers have nothing on them.

And the internet is all about this friendly competition.

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Golfers finish round as massive Oregon wildfire rages behind them

Everybody knows golfers just hate to stop a good round.

So, when the Eagle Creek fire, a 31,000-acre blaze burning near Portland, Oregon, encroached on the nearby Beacon Rock Golf Course, things didn’t exactly grind to a halt.

Staff at the golf course — located in Washington state, just across the Columbia River from the fire — posted pictures on Wednesday to Facebook of golfers carrying on as the massive wildfire raged through trees on a nearby hillside.

“Our golfers are committed to finishing the round!” read one post, which features three golfers pushing ahead with their game as two other people on the course look at the fire.

As it heralded its golfers, Beacon Rock also took stock of the gravity of the situation. In another post, showing a view of the course and the fire from the clubhouse, the staff said it’s “thinking of how many people will be affected” by the blaze, which has forced hundreds of residents to evacuate.

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River provides a buffer

Taken Monday evening, the photos’ and captions’ apparent lack of panic owes to the fact that the Columbia River provides a buffer between the fire and the golf course, Mark Mayfield, Beacon Rock’s operations manager, told CNN.

“The fire was a mile and a half away,” he said.

Local reaction to the fire photos has been a mix of wonder and confusion, he said.

“Some people said, ‘Wow, it’s awesome,’ while others wondered, ‘How could they keep playing golf?'” Mayfield said.

By Thursday, no one was playing the course because of all the smoke from the fires, though Beacon Rock’s restaurant was still open, he said.

Fire not yet contained

The fast-moving fire, which started Saturday and merged with the nearby Indian Creek fire, has not been contained, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said.

It’s burning east of Portland, at the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, according to an online update by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group.

Oregon State Police say a teenager from Vancouver, Washington, is believed to have started the fire while he and some friends may have been using fireworks. The 15-year-old hasn’t been arrested or publicly identified, state police said.

The golf course photos are reminiscent of the photo out of Canada that went viral earlier this summer of a man cutting his grass while a tornado churned away in the background.

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