Submission + - Google's New "AMP" Plan for "Interactive and Engaging" Email is Awful (

Lauren Weinstein writes: AMP in the mobile space has been highly controversial since the word go, mainly due to the increased power and leverage that it gives Google over the display of websites and ads.

But the incorporation of AMP concepts into email, to provide what Google is calling “a more interactive and engaging” email experience, is nothing short of awful. It seriously sucks. It sucks so much that it takes your breath away.

Submission + - Don't believe in climate change? Energy companies do

pyroclast writes: The Houston Chronicle https://www.houstonchronicle.c... outlines energy companies recent efforts to combat climate change.

While some conservative political leaders still deny that the Earth is heating up due to humans burning fossil fuels and releasing greenhouse gases, the people who produce those fuels and chemicals have recognized the imperative to limit global warming to a rise of 2 degrees Celsius.

BP CEO Bob Dudley:

"We anticipated governments would adopt policies that would make low-carbon energy more competitive. Unfortunately, policy changes didn't happen at the pace we expected," he explained. "This time the global commitment to action feels different, and the national pledges are a good start. But frankly we need even stronger and clearer signals to create the confidence to invest in and grow low-carbon businesses at scale".

American Electric Power:

[...]pledged last week to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from generating facilities by 60 percent from 2000 levels by 2030, and then cut 80 percent from 2000 levels by 2050.

"Our position on climate change has always been that it should be addressed at the federal level in the United States and that it must be economywide. We also have always expressed the need for an international approach," the company said in its annual report. "The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's action to repeal the Clean Power Plan creates uncertainty for near-term regulatory action on climate change."

Submission + - Check your CPU usage - major websites hacked to secretly cryptomine ( 1

Wolfrider writes: I noticed palemoon browser using 200% CPU on my Linux system at home today and saw this headline from El Reg. Tried using ' iptraf-ng ' in realtime and searching/following my Squid proxy logs, and no indicators of where it was coming from.

FIX: Installing the browser plugin "noscript" and bouncing Palemoon appears to have solved the issue.

Submission + - Amino Apps is a new social network for teens that doubles down on anonymity (

gooddogsgotoheaven writes: The mobile-first platform aimed at teens is organized similarly to Reddit—which also doesn’t require real names—but has the emotional, nerdy attitude of Tumblr. Amino Apps CEO and co-founder Ben Anderson believes anonymity is integral to self-expression—and the way the platform engineered identity has uniquely shaped how it functions.

Submission + - "Island Time" is real: even Atomic Clocks move slower

bbsguru writes: Those beach vacations seem to slow time itself? While the theory has been around for years, there has now been a real-world demonstration of the effect of altitude on time. The Los Angeles Times has an article about the first successful use of an optical lattice atomic clock outside of a laboratory. Researchers at at Germany's National Metrology Institute were able to "break the optical lattice clock into pieces that would fit in a temperature-stabilized, vibration-dampened car trailer big enough to hold two horses."

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