Second Ontario government computer specialist fired in wake of alleged $11M COVID-19 fraud

A second senior information technology employee has been fired from the Ontario government after the alleged theft of $11 million in pandemic relief funds, the Star has learned.

Shalini Madan was terminated with cause from her $132,513-a-year job as manager of E-Ministries Support at the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services.

She had been suspended with pay since Aug. 11.

Her dismissal came after her husband, Sanjay Madan, was sacked from his $176,608-a-year post as director in the Ministry of Education’s iAccess Solutions Branch in early November.

In documents filed with the Ontario Superior Court, the province alleges that “some or all of” Shalini Madan, Sanjay Madan, their sons Chinmaya Madan and Ujjawal Madan, and associate Vidhan Singh perpetrated “a massive fraud” to siphon COVID-19 aid payments to hundreds of Bank of Montreal and TD accounts.

The government, whose accusations have not been proven in court, alleges “damages for fraud,

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Raspberry Pi made a tiny $5 fan for cooling down your miniature computer

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has been on a roll this year with cool new hardware: there’s the upgraded Raspberry Pi 4; the new Raspberry Pi camera; and my personal favorite: the Raspberry Pi 400, a keyboard that’s actually a fully self-contained computer. Its latest product is a little more humble: a $5 fan and heatsink set that’s designed to keep your Raspberry Pi 4 cool, even for the most demanding overclockers.

Fan cases for a Raspberry Pi aren’t exactly new, but there’s something particularly charming to me about the official model, like the satisfying way it clips onto the existing “official” Raspberry Pi 4 case or the bespoke heatsink that’s perfectly sized for the mini-computer’s processor.

While the idea of adding a fan to a Raspberry Pi may seem a little ridiculous — after all, most people tend to look to cut down on computer fans, not add them —

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Gonzaga vs. West Virginia odds, line: 2020 Jimmy V Classic picks, predictions from proven computer model

The 2020 Jimmy V Classic features four teams ranked in the top 11 of the current AP Top 25 and the action will begin on Wednesday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis when the No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs take on the No. 11 West Virginia Mountaineers. Both teams enter on impressive winning streaks with Gonzaga winning its last six games dating back to last season and West Virginia winning its last five in a row. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET and it should be an intriguing matchup of contrasting styles.

Gonzaga runs an incredibly efficient offense full of capable shot makers and creators, while West Virginia plays typically tough defense under Bob Huggins. The Bulldogs are favored by 8.5-points with the over-under for total points at 153.5 in the latest Gonzaga vs. West Virginia odds from William Hill SportsBook. Before you make any West Virginia vs. Gonzaga

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6 ways to cool down your computer when it overheats

There are several steps you can take when you find your computer is overheating. Diego Cervo / EyeEm/Getty Images

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There are several steps you can take when you find your computer is overheating. Diego Cervo / EyeEm/Getty Images

If you find that your computer tends to run hot these days, don’t worry. There are several ways you can cool down your computer so that it doesn’t burn your lap or damage itself.

How to cool down your computer 

Don’t block your computer’s vents

There are fans located inside your computer to help it cool itself down, and when those fans’ vents are blocked, the air cannot travel properly, making your computer overheat. Make sure your computer’s vents have plenty of unobstructed space around them. This can include the surface on which your computer rests. For example, if you usually use your laptop in bed and rest it on a blanket, the blanket will inhibit the computer’s ventilation. For best results, use your computer

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Save big on computer desks with these Amazon discounts

Let’s face it: You may still be working from home well into 2021. But you can still improve your at-home workstation for the new year with the help of a new desk. Today on Amazon, you can get one on sale with discounts on Halter desks, with pricing ranging from 20 to 40 percent off. You can choose from a variety of desk styles and types, so no matter what your dream setup looks like, you can find a desk to suit your needs. 

On the lowest end price-wise, you can grab a 39-inch folding writing desk for $55.19, down from a $69 list price. Promising easy assembly and a compact, minimalist design, you can set it up in even small home office spaces. If you’re looking for something a bit more feature-rich, you can grab an adjustable sit-or-stand desk converter for $120, down from a list price of $200.

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Why is my computer fan so loud? 5 ways to troubleshoot a noisy computer

a man sitting at a table using a laptop computer: There are severals ways you can troubleshoot a computer fan if it's loud. Bloom Productions/Getty Images

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There are severals ways you can troubleshoot a computer fan if it’s loud. Bloom Productions/Getty Images

As a computer endures use, its fans may begin to work overtime and produce a loud noise. This can be caused by anything from overworking the computer’s CPU, to its specific settings adjustment, to the type of computer itself. (Some computer brands run their fans much louder than others — HP is one example.)


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How to fix a loud computer fan

As with anything, the best cure for a loud computer fan is to prevent it from getting loud in the first place, but that isn’t always possible. For every other situation, give these tips a try to quiet your computer’s fan.

Clean the fan

This might sound obvious, but the more you use your computer, the more dust and other debris become trapped inside. A few sprays

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 is an AI and computer vision powerhouse

Although Apple’s latest A14 Bionic chip enabled the iPhone 12 family and iPad Air tablets to deliver impressive performance improvements, Qualcomm is making clear that the next generation of Android devices will rely heavily on advanced AI and computer vision processors to retake the performance lead. Teased yesterday at Qualcomm’s virtual Tech Summit, the Snapdragon 888 is getting a full reveal today, and the year-over-year gains are impressive, notably including the largest jump in AI performance in Snapdragon history.

The Snapdragon 888’s debut is significant for technical decision makers because the chip will power most if not all of 2021’s flagship Android phones, which collectively represent a large share of the over two billion computers sold globally each year. Moreover, the 888’s increasing reliance on AI processing demonstrates how machine learning’s role is now critical in advancing all areas of computing, ranging from how devices work when they’re fully on

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Baylor vs. Illinois odds, line: 2020 Jimmy V Classic picks, predictions from proven computer model

The No. 2 Baylor Bears take on the No. 5 Illinois Fighting Illini in a battle between ranked teams on Wednesday evening. The matchup takes place as part of the Jimmy V Classic, with a national television audience for the contest. Baylor is projected as a national title contender, and the Bears are 2-0 this season. Illinois is also undefeated at 3-0, with the Illini knocking off Ohio in their last contest. 

Tip-off is at 10 p.m. ET in Indianapolis. William Hill Sportsbook lists the Bears as 5.5-point favorites, up from the opener, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 144.5 in the latest Baylor vs. Illinois odds. Before you make any Illinois vs. Baylor picks, check out the college basketball predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every college basketball game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years,

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Norton antivirus displaying error after upgrade

Eyal Goldshmid, Special to TCPalm
Published 9:00 a.m. ET Dec. 2, 2020


Having more than one antivirus installed on a device can cause various issues. (Photo: Getty Images)

Q:  In February, I upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10. Ever since I have been receiving the following error message daily: “Norton Security Scan cannot launch because %CCROOT% failed in initialization.” Despite the message, Norton seems to be working correctly, though I should also say it’s strange in that I’ve received no notification of any kind from it since the upgrade either. I contacted Norton Support, and they suggested I uninstall and reinstall Norton, which I did three times, but despite doing this the problem has remained. Any ideas how to fix this issue?  

— Al S., Vero Beach

A: This doesn’t appear to have anything to do with your upgrade to Windows 10.

Research on this error

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Amazon Pushing to Develop an In-House Quantum Computer

As a company built and maintained on a deep foundation of technology, (NASDAQ: AMZN) is always looking to hone its competitive edge. Its latest attempt in this regard is, apparently, the development of proprietary quantum computing.

a man standing in front of a truck: Report: Amazon Pushing to Develop an In-House Quantum Computer

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Report: Amazon Pushing to Develop an In-House Quantum Computer

According to a report from Bloomberg published on Tuesday, internal job postings the media company had gained access to and information on LinkedIn strongly suggest that Amazon aims to build a quantum computer. The company is seeking to hire experts for a quantum hardware team, which will be housed inside its Amazon Web Services Center, said the report.

a man standing in front of a car posing for the camera: Amazon delivery driver with package.

Amazon delivery driver with package.

Additionally, the LinkedIn page of a current company employee named Marc Runyan describes him as “Quantum Research Scientist at the Amazon Center for Quantum Computing.”


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Today’s standard computers store information in

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