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Politicians do not understand the Internet. It is not so much that the politicians in power today in their 60s weren’t born with it, even if that’s also true. It’s more that politicians as a profession are institutionally incapable of understanding it, just because it functions without – even despite – political interference.
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Tens of thousands of Americans die prematurely each year from air pollution-related diseases associated with burning coal. By transitioning to solar photovoltaics (PV) in the US, up to 51,999 American lives would be saved at $1.1 million invested per life. "Unlike other public health investments, you get more than lives saved," says Joshua Pearce, a professor of materials science and electrical engineering at Michigan Tech. "In addition to saving lives, solar is producing electricity, which has economic value."
Submitted on June 3rd 2017 by TNY
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May 29 European Union institutions agreed on Monday to set aside 120 million euros to provide free wireless internet connections by 2020 to up to 8,000 municipalities in the EU in areas with no internet coverage. The initiative will be funded from the current 1 trillion-euro EU budget, which runs from 2014 to 2020. Towns will have to apply to get the funds.
Submitted on May 31st 2017 by jedlicka
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The Global Wind Energy Council recently released its latest report, excitedly boasting that ‘the proliferation of wind energy into the global power market continues at a furious pace, after it was revealed that more than 54 gigawatts of clean renewable wind power was installed across the global market last year’. You may have the impression from announcements like that, and from the obligatory pictures of wind turbines in any New York Times story, that wind power is making a big contribution to world energy today.
1. How the Republican Party turned against climate science [Video] Added by AdelleChattre on June 5th 2017.
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If you work in technology there’s often a joke about someone tripping over the power cord whenever a server goes down. It appears that joke became reality for British Airways last weekend. British Airways flights were disrupted worldwide due to a power supply issue in the company’s main datacenter, with 75,000 passengers affected by canceled flights.
Submitted on June 2nd 2017 by sasky
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There are days in this profession in which I am surprised. The longer I stay in the technology industry, they become further and further apart. There are several reasons to be surprised: someone comes out of the blue with a revolutionary product and the ecosystem/infrastructure to back it up, or a company goes above and beyond a recent mediocre pace to take on the incumbents (with or without significant financial backing). One reason is confusion, as to why such a product would ever be thought of, and another is seeing how one company reacts to another.
Submitted on June 1st 2017 by bkool
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The FBI has arrested members of a motorcycle gang accused to have hacked and stolen over 150 Jeep Wranglers from Southern California, which they later crossed the border into Mexico to have stripped down for parts. By Catalin Cimpanu. (May 31, 2017)
Submitted on June 4th 2017 by AdelleChattre
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NOW THAT THE generalized Pokémon Go craze has subsided, the more captivating effort to catch ‘em all may be game developer Niantic’s ongoing battle against cheaters. Its latest evolution: Not banning bad actors, but banishing them to poké-purgatory. As detailed by Pokémon Go enthusiast subreddit The Silph Road, a recent Pokémon Go update targets players who use bots to trawl the globe for valuable Pokémon...
Submitted on May 31st 2017 by doodlegirl
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Singapore Underwater users virtual reality to show how Singapore might look in the future if global warming leads to rising sea levels. Singapore Underwater explains the reasons why sea levels are rising around the world. The visualization also looks at how Singapore might try to mitigate against rising seas and the possible impact of land loss and saltwater contamination of the country's farmland & reservoirs. Singapore Underwater is best viewed with a VR headset but can be viewed on a desktop, tablet or mobile device.
Submitted on June 1st 2017 by gladsdotter
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In sharp and deliberate contrast to America’s bullheaded rush into destroying net neutrality protections, net neutrality in France is alive and well. French internet service providers (ISPs) and telecoms have 9 months to comply with ARCEP’s new pro-net neutrality position – which includes explicit directions not to block or throttle p2p or VPN traffic.
Submitted on June 3rd 2017 by TNY
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Despite its problems with scalability, which has led some to now complain of fees in the $13 range or $26, bitcoin’s price continues to increase, rising above $2,500 today after what appears to have been a a downwards correction from an all-time high of $2,800.
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Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile effort could be very well declared dead and outdated with no update on the software and no roadmap for future. However, a new report claims that Microsoft may be working on its mobile reboot with all-new software and hardware.
Submitted on June 1st 2017 by socialiguana
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Google is increasing payouts for its Android bug bounty program, with rewards up to $200,000 for finding a critical vulnerability, quadrupling the top payout of $50.000 from 2016. Google launched its ‘Android Security Rewards’ program in 2015 as a means to rewarding ethical hackers for spotting bugs in the world’s most widely used mobile operating system.
Submitted on June 3rd 2017 by geoleo
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While debates over the relationship between technology and protest have often degenerated into praise of Facebook revolutions or anti-slacktivism diatribes, this book offers a more productive tension: The technology that helps modern movements organize high-profile protests, Zeynep Tufekci concludes, can also keep them from developing the staying power to achieve their long-term goals. And the leadership principles of contemporary movements aren’t helping much, either.
Submitted on June 5th 2017 by gladsdotter
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