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FTC Sends More than $1 Million in Refunds to Victims of Student Loan Debt Relief Scam

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The Federal Trade Commission is mailing checks totaling more than $1 million to individuals who lost money to a student loan debt relief scam.American Student Loan Consolidators and BBND Marketing, which did business under other names including United Processing Center, settled FTC allegations that the companies’ operators pretended to be affiliated with the U.S. Department of Education or with loan servicers to trick consumers into paying hundreds of dollars in illegal upfront fees for help with their student loans. The FTC alleged that the defendants falsely promised to forgive student loans, lower monthly payments, and reduce interest rates. The FTC is mailing 41,048 checks to victims of the scam. The FTC never requires people to pay money or provide account information to cash a refund check. If recipients have questions about the refunds, they should contact the FTC’s refund administrator, Rust Consulting, Inc., at 1-877-251-1450.The FTC’s interactive dashboards for refund data p…

FTC Takes Action against Marketer That Falsely Promised Consumers Next Day Shipping of Facemasks and Other Personal Protective Equipment

SuperGoodDeals capitalized on soaring demand for protective equipment from consumers worried about being exposed to COVID-19, agency allegesThe Federal Trade Commission charged an online marketer with falsely promising consumers next-day shipping of facemasks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.In a federal court complaint against SuperGoodDeals.com, Inc. and its owner, Kevin J. Lipsitz, the FTC alleged the company sought to capitalize on the soaring demand for PPE from consumers worried about being exposed to the coronavirus. Beginning in March, SuperGoodDeals’ website said PPE was “in stock,” and touted “Pay Today, Ships Tomorrow.”But according to the FTC, it frequently it took weeks for SuperGoodDeals to ship the PPE merchandise customers ordered.“Unscrupulous merchants are taking advantage of consumers in their hour of need by not delivering goods—including masks and other personal protective equipment—as promised, and failing to pro…

Naming your containers is a best practice

You can name a container by "Docker --name flag" Naming your containers has the following benefits:


It makes them easy to remember and interact withDocker doesn't allow two containers to have the same name, which prevents mistakes like accidentally starting two identical onesMany common Docker tools (like Docker Compose) use specific container names, so getting used to naming your containers is a good best practice.

Jenkins port 50000

Attaching build executors for Jenkins You can run builds on the master out of the box.

But if you want to attach build slave servers through JNLP (Java Web Start): make sure you map the port: -p 50000:50000 - which will be used when you connect a slave agent.

If you are only using SSH slaves, then you do NOT need to put that port mapping.

Using Docker volumes allows Docker containers to share data without the requirement that the host be configured with a proper mount point.

Users can interact with the containers via Docker commands and never need to touch the host.

Identifying the file system for a EC2 volume

$ sudo file -s /dev/nvme?n*
/dev/nvme0n1:     x86 boot sector; partition 1: ID=0xee, starthead 0, startsector 1, 58720255 sectors, extended partition table (last)\011, code offset 0x63
/dev/nvme0n1p1:   SGI XFS filesystem data (blksz 4096, inosz 512, v2 dirs)
/dev/nvme0n1p128: data

SpotBugs Maven Plugin

Launch the Spotbugs GUIThis will launch the SpotBugs GUI configured for this project and will open the spotbugsXml.xml file if present. It therefore assumes a pom.xml with the minimum as follows.<projectxmlns="http://maven.apache.org/POM/4.0.0"xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"xsi:schemaLocation="http://maven.apache.org/POM/4.0.0 https://maven.apache.org/xsd/maven-4.0.0.xsd"> ... <reporting><plugins><plugin><groupId>com.github.spotbugs</groupId><artifactId>spotbugs-maven-plugin</artifactId><version>4.0.4</version><configuration><!-- Optional directory to put spotbugs xml report --></configuration></plugin></plugins></reporting> ... </project> Then, execute the spotbugs plugin with the gui option.mvn spotbugs:gui