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The FBI reports that fiber-optic lines that provide Internet, cable, and phone service in Northern California have been snipped 11 times so far this year.
The latest cut happened Tuesday, on three major Internet cables serving the Sacramento area, causing cable and Internet service disruptions as far north as Seattle. Microsoft said the damage slowed its Azure cloud computing service in the Western United States. And in one Sacramento-area community, a cable provider had to step in to restore 911 service to local residents whose phones had been knocked out.
For folks in my generation—those born in the late 70s or early 80s—the definition of "virtual reality" is informed by decades of popular entertainment and includes at least a few strong Lawnmower Man images. Virtual reality, as it’s been sold to us by the combined forces of Hollywood and consumer electronics companies, is the experience one gets when one straps on a head-mounted display and slips into a computer-created world. And even though most of the world’s images of VR come from the hilariously terrible first wave of VR popularity in the 1990s, mainstream companies like Oculus are close to actually making VR happen in a way that isn’t inconvenient, overly expensive, or dumb.
But VR has a twin: augmented reality. If VR means slapping on a head-mounted display and waving VR-gloved hands around like a crazy person, augmented reality ("AR") is maybe more immediately useful; it’s most easily defined as the overlaying of extra information onto your perception of the world. Think of what the Terminator sees—a view of the world with extra data popping up all over, giving additional context to the things that you see.
Augmented reality isn’t anything new—military pilots (and some commercial pilots), for example, use heads-up displays that project information onto a reflective screen directly in front of them, allowing them to see the horizon even when it’s cloaked by clouds or darkness or bad weather. Similar heads-up display technology is even becoming common in higher-end automobiles, too—automotive HUDs can mirror a speedometer and tachometer onto your windscreen or even show navigation information.
Last Thursday, the firing of a well-respected reddit employee responsible for facilitating the site’s famous "Ask Me Anything" posts proved to be the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back, as dozens of the site’s discussion areas were taken offline by moderators in protest. The first subreddit to go offline was the "Ask Me Anything" subreddit at /r/IAmA, primarily so that moderators could figure out what to do after the firing; they were joined over the course of the next twelve hours by more than 200 other subreddits. The protest wasn’t necessarily about Taylor’s firing, but rather in response to what the unpaid army of volunteer moderators characterized as a long history of neglect and miscommunication by "the admins"—reddit management.
Though reddit CEO Ellen Pao posted several responses to the protest, they were quickly downvoted into invisibility by angry users. Shortly after noon central time today, Pao made a top-level post to the /r/announcements subreddit, which was quickly voted up to the front page. The post’s title: "We apologize."
"We screwed up," the post begins bluntly. "Not just on July 2, but also over the past several years. We haven’t communicated well, and we have surprised moderators and the community with big changes. We have apologized and made promises to you, the moderators, and the community, over many years, but time and again, we haven’t delivered on them. When you’ve had feedback or requests, we haven’t always been responsive. The mods and the community have lost trust in me and in us, the administrators of reddit."
The Senate Intelligence Committee secretly voted on June 24 in favor of legislation requiring e-mail providers and social media sites to report suspected terrorist activities.
The legislation, approved 15-0 in a closed-door hearing, remains "classified." The relevant text is contained in the 2016 intelligence authorization, a committee aide told Ars by telephone early Monday. Its veil of secrecy would be lifted in the coming days as the package heads to the Senate floor, the aide added.
Big, intractable problems like climate change don't have a single easy solution—if they did they wouldn't be intractable, after all. Rather, any successful strategy to reduce climate emissions will involve the additive effects of lots of smaller fixes. Not everyone is going to switch their car to a battery electric vehicle (EV) or even a plug-in hybrid EV, barring a government mandate. But there are applications where new technology can be both cost effective and good for the environment, like Wrightspeed's plug-in EV drivetrains for delivery trucks.
A paper published today in Nature Climate Change examines the effect to greenhouse gas emissions if another automotive niche converted to a more climate-friendly fleet: what might happen if, in 2030, US taxis were all self-driving, battery-powered EVs?
The authors, Jeffery Greenblatt and Samveg Saxena at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, focus on autonomous taxis as having a viable business model. Many users and frequent trips make up for higher purchasing costs; indeed they point to Uber and Lyft as an analogous car-on-demand approach. While their paper looks at autonomous taxis, the calculations are mostly comparing current vehicle efficiencies with predictions for 2030. The benefits of being autonomous (as opposed to human-driven) are assumed to come through more efficient allocation of vehicles—sending the right-sized vehicle to the right customer, balancing use across the fleet optimally, traveling in packs, and so on.
Billy Joel had quite the holiday weekend, marrying his longtime girlfriend, Alexis Roderick, in a surprise ceremony at Joel's annual Fourth of July party at his Long Island, New York, estate. Roderick is the fourth in a long line of very beautiful, and younger, wives -- 34, this time, to the rocker's 66.
New submitter TheHawke writes with this story from ZDNet about the exodus of software developers from Greece. "In the last three years, almost 80 percent of my friends, mostly developers, left Greece," software developer Panagiotis Kefalidis told ZDNet. "When I left for North America, my mother was not happy, but... it is what it is." It's not just the software developers quitting either. The Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis also resigned. A portion of his resignation announcement reads: "Soon after the announcement of the referendum results, I was made aware of a certain preference by some Eurogroup participants, and assorted ‘partners’, for my ‘absence’ from its meetings; an idea that the Prime Minister judged to be potentially helpful to him in reaching an agreement. For this reason I am leaving the Ministry of Finance today."
Read more of this story at Slashdot.
The last thing the GOP wants is to be seen as an anti-immigrant, anti-gay and anti-science. The party has vowed to reform since President Obama's re-election, but change is proving hard.
A company is introducing mechanized rice farming to the interior of Malaysian Borneo for the first time. Scientists say the change may damage the bonds between the local people and their environment.
Yanis Varoufakis railed against the terms imposed on Greece by its creditors and his negotiating partners. In his resignation letter, he said he "shall wear the creditors' loathing with pride."
The chances are now practically nil. How did Cuba do it? And how are other countries faring by comparison?
The widely publicized measles outbreak linked to California theme parks appears to have made parents more confident about vaccine safety and benefits, a national poll finds.
From the very start, community has been at the heart of The Verge — we are unique among almost every major media brand of our size in having a vocal, engaged audience that cares deeply about what we cover, why we cover it, and how we do it. The Verge audience knows our staff and genuinely cares about us. They write us long posts about ways to improve the site and what they like, and when they leave we get heartfelt breakup letters. It's terrific, and intense.
And sometimes it gets too intense. What we've found lately is that the tone of our comments (and some of our commenters) is getting a little too aggressive and negative — a change that feels like it started with GamerGate and has steadily gotten worse ever since. It's hard for us...
What would you imagine if someone asked you to picture the front page of the internet? It would, in all honesty, probably look a lot like Reddit — that is to say, it would look like popular content from everywhere else on the web. And yet, many have strained trying to figure out what the hell Reddit is. Is Reddit a forceful expression of democracy on the internet? Is it a weak feudal system run by warlords? Or is it merely "a global platform for online communities to connect and share?" Maybe. Or maybe it's just like every other media platform: an algorithm that's been endlessly gamed.
Yes, Reddit has an algorithm. It's seldom discussed, yet it fundamentally structures everything that happens there. And it's incredibly biased.
While Google Maps remains the gold standard for online mapping, Microsoft is getting ready to push out a huge update to its Bing Maps service that looks like it'll compete well with Google's offering. The Bing Maps preview is available today, and it's a much-needed update that brings in far more contextual information than the service previously offered. When you search for a destination or landmark, Bing Maps now pulls up a "card" on the left side of the screen that contains info like open hours, Trip Advisor or Yelp reviews, Wikipedia info, and much more. It's far more useful than the bare-bones details that Bing Maps previously offered.
There's also a set of buttons to bring up nearby attractions and destinations like restaurants,...
The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) today released their plans for the High Definition Space Telescope, a futuristic high-definition space observatory the group wants to succeed NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). The proposed telescope has a primary mirror that’s nearly 40 feet across — nearly twice the size of JWST. The new proposed telescope should be situated at the second Earth-Sun Lagrange point (L2), an area of space nearly 1 million miles from Earth. Its main goal is to directly image dozens of Earth-like exoplanets throughout our Universe. AURA presented the concept at the American Museum of Natural History this afternoon, through a panel discussion led by Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Stephen Colbert didn't just take David Letterman's time slot — he also took Ed Sullivan Theater. The Late Show marquee, which has adorned the front of the theater for decades now, was taken down soon after Letterman vacated.
While we still don't have an official Colbert replacement — the new show doesn't premiere until September 8th — we do have Colbert's face adorning a new temporary wrapper reminding people that, yes, Angelo's Pizza is still open during renovations.
Volkswagen plans to release a foldable, three-wheel electric scooter according to CEO Martin Winterkorn. He revealed the news during an interview with German publication Bild, most of which focused largely on VW's battery advancements. It'll weigh around 24 pounds and offer an electric range of 12 miles, so Volkswagen is positioning this scooter — which will apparently be priced significantly lower than Segway — as the perfect thing to take you that "last mile" after parking your car in the city or getting off the train each morning.
Dragon Ball Super is the first new anime in the Dragon Ball series in almost 20 years, and it premiered yesterday morning in Japan. The series doesn't have a North American release date yet, but a fan has uploaded its intro sequence to Dailymotion. With a ton of familiar faces and that signature Dragon Ball visual style, The Verge's scouter is reading the nostalgia level on this one as over 9000.
The gang's all here — Goku, Vegeta, Gohan, Piccolo, Trunks, and a few villainous faces you might recognize. From the looks of it, everyone is enjoying a brief bit of domestic bliss in the wake of Majin Boo's defeat before getting ready to take on new challenges. Series creator Akira Toriyama is handling story duties on Super, which was first a...
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After an unexpected rush of adrenaline on a regular Friday afternoon, I dropped work (it was Friday anyway, thus a short day :P) and started on a mountain trail that lead to Caraiman (Saua Mica a Caraimanului). After a pretty exhausting trail, I managed to finish it just in time for sunset, when the light was beautifully highlighting the mighty peak of Jepii Mici (translates to Small Pines).
Interestingly, this peak, although its name suggests it is smaller than its "bigger" brother - Jepii Mari peak (Big Pines) - it is in fact sitting at a higher altitude (~70 meters higher).
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“Intact Families, Continued: The Red-County Advantage” is a July 1, 2015 New York Times article about the tendency of people who are living the 1950s American lifestyle (children living in a home with both parents) to vote Republican.
When interviewing legislators for realworlddivorce.com we never could get a clear answer for their rationale in making quick marriages and divorces, or one-night encounters leading to childbirth, potentially so much more lucrative than going to college and working. Why offer $40,000 per year tax-free for 23 years (Massachusetts) for having a child with a $250,000 (pre-tax) per year earner? Why would collecting child support in about half of U.S. states potentially pay 10-30X more than providing a home to a foster child? Researchers Brinig and Allen (see “These Boots are Made for Walking” and their follow-on papers) found that these incentives encourage the filing of divorce lawsuits. Aside from divorce litigators, judges, and psychologists who are paid witnesses in court, who could have an interest in encouraging that?
This Times article explains that it is in fact rational for one political party to encourage divorces and out-of-wedlock childbirth.
Anyone who grew up around Sailor Moon is probably familiar with the concept of magical girls: a team of young women—often in junior high or high school—who transform into superheroines with fantastical powers to fight evil. But what happens to a magical girl team after they defeat the bad guy, go back to their normal lives in high school, and start growing apart?
That's the premise of Zodiac Starforce, an upcoming comic created by artist Paulina Ganucheau and writer Kevin Panetta. All of the heroines are 16-year-old girls, each with her own astrological codename: Emma (Gemini), Savanna (Pisces), Kim (Taurus) and Molly (Aries). Rather than telling the story about how the team got together or introducing the great evil they have to defeat, Zodiac Starforce begins after they've already won.
It's been two years since the girls received their power from an goddess named Astra and destroyed the villain Cimmeria; the team has since disbanded, and like a lot of friends do over the course of high school, they're starting to find themselves drawn to different interests and heading in different directions. "All my best friends now are people I've met in the last five years. And I think it's that way for a lot of people, so it's great to show it in a story you usually don't see it in," says Ganucheau. "It's based in a more real reality than, say, the 'friends forever' mentality that is all of Sailor Moon.
Although they cite inspirations like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Legend of Korra and Sailor Moon, Ganucheau and Panetta say Zodiac Starforce started out as something very different: a science fiction tale called Cadets about young adults training to fight aliens at a military school in space. The duo originally imagined Zodiac Starforce as the anime series that the characters in Cadets liked to watch, and while Cadets never ultimately went anywhere, the idea for the magical girl meta-show endured.
We learn about the girls not through traditional origin stories, but through how they react when a monster appears for the first time in years. Kim can't wait to get Zodiac Starforce back together—and rekindle their close-knit friendship—while Molly is convinced that she's just clinging desperately to the past. Emma, the team's former leader, has her own uncertainties about returning to a life of astral battles, especially since she's still reeling from the death of her mother.
In the grand tradition of so many high school stories, everything comes to a head at a house party. "It's the most high school thing in the world to me," says Panetta. "So much happens when you get a bunch of people together at a house. It seemed like the perfect location for our first issue. And of course your mortal enemy is always going to be at the party too.
And magical metaphors for the trials of the teenage years abound. Their mortal enemies are, of course, the mean girls, lead by queen bee Diana who arrives wearing a halter and what I assume are evil ombre highlights. And she's got an unexpected new recruit in tow: Alice, the girl who went missing a day earlier. Turns out she's not missing at all; she's just joined another more popular (and more evil) clique, and left her old friends in the dust.
The first issue also teases several romances for the girls, including a charming guy named Luke who Emma meets at the house party. Not all the girls are that lucky, however; Savanna's side-eye provoking boyfriend Darren, who can't even be bothered to look up from his smartphone while demanding that his girlfriend bring him a drink. When the other girls suggest that maybe Darren is a jerk, Savanna explains that you know, he just acts like that sometimes.
"I've dated that asshole," notes Gancheau. "It's not a good time. Savanna, run!"
The debut issue of Zodiac Starforce debuts on August 26th in both digital and print, although you can preorder it now. For a sample of the magic girldom to come, check out the six-page preview below, including an all-new variant cover from Lumberjanes creator Noelle Stevenson:
While Cadets may never become a comic book itself, Ganucheau also says we haven't heard the last of it, and that perhaps the roles may reverse, and it might find some sort of cameo role in Zodiac Starforce.
This helped: Three Things To Read About Greece .
• “For the record, my sophisticated hard-working elite European interlocutors, the term moral hazard traditionally applies to creditors. It describes the hazard to the real economy that might result if investors fail to discriminate between valuable and not-so-valuable projects when they allocate society’s scarce resources as proxied by money claims. Lending to a corrupt, clientelist Greek state that squanders resources on activities unlikely to yield growth from which the debt could be serviced? That is precisely, exactly, what the term ‘moral hazard’ exists to discourage. You did that. Yes, the Greek state was an unworthy and sometimes unscrupulous debtor. Newsflash: The world is full of unworthy and unscrupulous entities willing to take your money and call the transaction a ‘loan’. It always will be. That is why responsibility for, and the consequences of, extending credit badly must fall upon creditors, not debtors. There is one morality tale that says the debtor must repay, or she has sinned and must be punished. There is another morality tale that says the creditor must invest wisely, or she has stewarded resources poorly and must be punished. We get to choose which morality tale we most use to make sense of the world. We do, and surely should, use both to some degree. But if we emphasize the first story, we end up in a world full of bad loans, wasted resources, and people trapped in debtors’ prison, metaphorical or literal. If we emphasize the second story, we end up in a world where dumb expenditures are never financed in the first place.”
Three Things To Read About Greece [Alex Balk/The Awl]
From the Daily Grail:
An artist --whose identity has been lost-- was administered two 50-microgram doses of LSD, each separated by a lapse of one hour, and was then asked to draw portraits while under its influence, using the doctor who administered the drugs as a model. ..."9 Portraits on LSD, For Science!"
It is believed these artworks are part of a study conducted by Oscar Janiger, a University of California-Irvine psychiatrist known for his work on LSD, which started in 1954 and continued on for the next seven years.
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