In case you haven’t heard, Facebook’s been having a rough time. Misuse of user data in the Cambridge Analytica scandal may have affected as many as 87 million users, so Facebook decided to seriously clamp down on the amount of data developers could use. That little move happened to break Tinder. As spotted by New York Magazine, Facebook’s privacy changes seem to have caused something to go wrong with the way Tinder uses Facebook information. Users were logged out of their accounts, asked to log back in, and the caught in a loop. That’s going to screw up a lot…
When Gawker outed billionaire investor Peter Thiel, he decided to drive it secretly out of business. How? With Hulk Hogan and a sex tape. Ryan Holiday tells the incredible story – and explains why this case shows the need for more conspiracies. WIRED UK
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Google and Amazon aren’t getting any closer to ending their bitter feud. In fact, today the user-hostile fight between them is only getting worse. YouTube briefly appeared to have blocked the Silk web browser on Fire TV from displaying the TV-optimized interface normally shown on large screens. As a result, trying to navigate YouTube and watch videos became a usability nightmare on Amazon’s popular streaming products.
We confirmed the TV interface wasn’t working around 5:00PM ET; by around 6PM, the TV interface had returned. Amazon declined to comment; Google didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
While the TV interface was unavailable, YouTube on the Fire TV was basically a desktop computer experience. To control it, you…
Last year set a grim new heat record for the planet. According to NASA data pulled together by The Guardian, 2017 was the second hottest year ever recorded, and the hottest ever if we don’t consider years when El Niño’s influence drove temperatures up.
Not only was 2017 the hottest year without an El Niño by a margin of 0.17°C (0.306° F) compared to 2014, but it was also hotter than 2015, which is remembered for the disruptive impacts of one of the strongest El Niño ever recorded.
El Niño is part of the earth’s natural cycle, and it’s not a consequence of climate change. These abnormally warm years are part of a climatic oscillation known as the El Niño Southern Oscillation, or ENSO, a cycle that swings between warm El Niño years, neutral, and abnormally cold years called La Niña. Some of the El Niño impacts — for example, the 2015 drought in southern Africa — are dauntingly similar to what we imagine may happen to the most vulnerable areas of the world under exacerbated climate change.
Now, it looks like temperatures in what we call a “neutral year,” one not influenced by the short-term warming caused by El Niño, may be reaching similar highs with unpredictable consequences. The difference is stark when you look at the history of temperature records; Guardian writer Dana Nuccitelli compares the years 2017 and 1972, which had similar levels of solar activity and were both neutral with regards to ENSO. Yet on average, 2017 was 0.9°C (1.62° F) hotter than 1972.
What Can We Do About It?
Halting global warming may seem an impossible feat, but new evidence suggests that humans can play a bigger role than we might think. For the first time, a new study in Nature Climate Change incorporated human behavior in a climate change model. It combined the potential outcomes of human choices — starting from simple actions such as installing solar panels — with the uncertainties of the physical world that determine the planet’s response to higher concentration of greenhouse gases.
The study finds that, by taking into account human response to climate change, global temperatures may vary ranging from 3.4 to 6.2°C (6.1 to 11.2° F) by 2100, compared to a straight 4.9°C (8.8° F) from the climate model alone. The results show how taking action can really make a difference, and crucially that failing to do so will further exacerbate the problem.
Of course, as polar ice caps melt faster than ever, and wildfires devastate our biggest forests with incalculable economic and environmental damages, individual actions are not enough. There is need for better governance and concerted plans that involve the private sector as well as scientific institutions.
Ambitious measures that brought together governments and industry have worked in the past, the Montreal Protocol being the most successful example. Yet we’re still on a path to continue setting and shattering heat records, with scientists expecting that record-breaking temperatures will be normal by 2030. With one of the most powerful heads of state refusing to participate in the effort to curb global warming and confusing weather with climate, it looks like we are taking a step back at the worst possible time.
Twitter made a product decision today to “streamline” its Android app. Twitter wouldn’t know a great, monetizeable, joyful feature if it hit it in the face. And I’ve spent the last couple of years hitting Twitter in the face with this feature in what has turned out to be a vain effort to keep it from being pulled. I’m talking about Highlights, the best part of the Twitter experience on Android.
As part of our continued work to streamline the Twitter for Android app experience, Highlights will now be available via push notifications and within the Notifications tab.https://t.co/9UJMPFPi21
On December 18, Virgin Hyperloop One announced the completion of third phase testing on the DevLoop, the world’s first full-scale hyperloop test site. During these tests, the system clocked a lightning-fast speed of nearly 387 kmh (240 mph), breaking the 355 kmh (220 mph) hyperloop speed record set by Elon Musk’s hyperloop in August.
During this phase of testing, the company experimented with using a new airlock that helps test pods transition between atmospheric and vacuum conditions.
By combining magnetic levitation, extremely low aerodynamic drag, and the level of air pressure experienced at 200,000 feet above sea level, the system proved that it is capable of reaching airline speeds over long distances.
“The recent phase three testing continues to prove the incredible persistence and determination of our DevLoop team — the close to 200 engineers, machinists, welders, and fabricators who collaborated to make hyperloop a reality today,” Josh Giegel, Virgin Hyperloop One’s co-founder and chief technology officer, stated in a press release announcing the new hyperloop speed record.
Alongside breaking previous speed records, Virgin Hyperloop One also announced that they’d raised an additional $ 50 million ahead of their Series C round of funding. “The continued support from our existing investors Caspian Venture Capital and DP World highlight their adamant belief in our ability to execute,” said Giegel.
The company also named Richard Branson their non-executive chairman. “I am excited by the latest developments at Virgin Hyperloop One and delighted to be its new Chairman,” said Branson in the press release.
These positive developments and others confirm that the future of hyperloop transportation is bright. As the repercussions of climate change are realized, many are looking toward the advancement of public transportation to replace personal vehicles.
If proposed hyperloop routes come to fruition, you may soon be able to travel at the speed of a plane but with the convenience of hopping on a train — all with the added bonus of a decreased environmental impact.
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