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Income Tax 2015 (for FY 2014)


Get ready!

For Income Tax 2015 (FY 2014)

If you do your own taxes, or maybe if you do not, scanning the advice and tips pages seems like a worthwhile thing to do. Here are a few sites that can help.

For the official bottom line, here's the place:

Of course, the IRS HOME PAGE, the place to get forms, instructions, etc., is: IRS.gov




Hey, Domino!

All fall down. Hey, Domino!

Fun in the Library.

Have you ever seen a really long domino chain fall over? How about a 2,131-book chain that goes down and around, and up (yes, vertically) and down and around, over bridges, and up and around and around—ever so many times in a library?

If you click on the following link, you get to see this world record event that occurred in the Seattle Public Library in 2013. (And you get to see the amazing SPL building as well.)

What's not to like about this!? (Show it to your kids.)



"Why I Don't Like to Read" (What? Library Heresy!)

"Why I Don't Like to Read" (What? Library Heresy!)


A confessed former reading addict, life coach, counsellor, workshop leader, and sometimes commedian, J.P. Sears explains his current viewpoints about reading. And he presents some questions for us to think about, questions about how we approach the content of a book and reading in general.

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Turing, The Imitation Game


The Imitation Game

Movie about the life of Alan Turing, centering on his invention of the first computer during World War II. Its purpose was to defeat the German Enigma encryption machine, which appeared to be winning the war for the Nazis. Turing, his machine, and his team were successful, immensely so. Turing was a war hero, but to say that he was not treated as one is a deep understatement. Moreover, his efforts were a British state secret for 50 years.

The movie stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing and Keira Knightley as his loyal colleague and best friend. The acting, directing, screenplay, and technical aspects are A++. Highly Recommended.

Showing at Pinnacle at Turkey Creek, Downtown West, and Carmike 10 on Millertown Pike.

Official trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5CjKEFb-sM




"I Can Hear Wi-Fi"

"Frank Swain has been going deaf since his 20s. Now he has hacked his hearing so that he can hear the sounds of our digital infrastructure."

"Running on a hacked iPhone, the software exploits the inbuilt Wi-Fi sensor to pick up details about nearby fields: router name, signal strength, encryption and distance." Sorting this out was a process of trial and error on a test router, figuring out the meaning of large numbers of variables.

In a large city, any busy street may display "over a hundred independent wireless access points within signal range."

"[D]istant points click and pop like hits on a Geiger counter, while the strongest bleat their network ID in a looped melody. This audio is streamed constantly to a pair of hearing aids…."

Programming hearing aids is difficult in itself. Sorting out background noise from the desirable components makes it a large task. The latest hearing aid models allow the wearer to adjust parameters in real time with a smartphone interface.

The software Frank Swain is using is named Phantom Terrains. Exploring the terrains, they have found what we might expect: low-security routers in residential areas and "highly encrypted routers and a higher bandwidth" in commercial areas.

The author projects: "Headphones that whisper into our ear like discreet advisers may catch on ahead of Google Glass."


The complete article can be found in New Science, in the issue dated November 15-21, 2014, page 19.

This issue is located in the Student Break Room in the white magazine bins. The issue has a blue cover.

You may also be interested in these other articles in this issue:

"Past Notes" – on recreating prehistoric music

"World War R" or "Killing Machines" -- Should we let robots fight in our wars?


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Free Online Tutoring

Owl Photo-sm

FREE ONLINE TUTORING is available for Knox County residents via the KC Public Library. All you need is a library card.

Residents of other counties can get a Knox County Library card for $40 per year. 

The tutoring is available for college students, K-12 students, and non students.

To learn more about this program, go to www.tutor.com/TutorTN . The page includes a brief film showing how the service looks to the user. Also see http://tnsos.org/Press/story.php?item=583 at the Tennessee Secretary of State site.

If you already have a library card, you can go any time to the above page, enter the card number, then select the subject (including math, science, writing and history) and level. There is also tutoring for resumes, GED, attaining citizenship, and more. This may be something for you, your school-aged children, and other relatives.

To apply for a new card, go to Knox County Library card number. The direct URL is http://knoxrooms.sirsi.net/rooms/documents/2010-KCPL-Application.pdf .

Tutors are available 3:00 to 10:00 daily. It can be accessed via computers, mobile devices, and at the library.

*This pilot program ends June 30, 2014. However, if considered successful, it will be expanded to all Tennessee students beginning fall term 2014. 

See also the brochure on the library double doors.


FCT Library Blog 


China Hacks U.S. Weapons

PBS NewsHour (video 8:43). Published on May 28, 2013. A new report shows Chinese hackers accessed designs for more than two dozen U.S. weapons systems. To learn what this breach means for U.S. security, Jeffrey Brown talks with Dmitri Alperovitch of CrowdStrike, a cyber security company, and James Lewis, a director at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Reuters photo of F-35 JSF assembly at Lockheed Martin's factory in Texas.

 aircraft construction





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