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

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 + - Seattle To Remove Massive Spying Network After Public Backlash (seattletimes.com)

schwit1 writes: Following years of resistance from citizens, the city of Seattle has decided to completely remove controversial surveillance equipment – at a cost of $150,000. In November 2013, Seattle residents pushed back against the installation of several mesh network nodes attached to utility poles around the downtown area. The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington and privacy advocates were immediately concerned about the ability of the nodes to gather user information via the Wi-Fi connection.

The Seattle Times reports on the latest developments:

Seattle’s wireless mesh network, a node of controversy about police surveillance and the role of federal funding in city policing, is coming down.

Megan Erb, spokeswoman for Seattle Information Technology, said the city has budgeted $150,000 for contractor Prime Electric and city employees to remove dozens of surveillance cameras and 158 “wireless access points” — little, off-white boxes with antennae mounted on utility poles around the city.


Submission + - The Next Falcon Heavy Will Carry the Most Powerful Atomic Clock Ever Launched (space.com)

schwit1 writes: This isnt your average timekeeper. The so-called Deep Space Atomic Clock (DSAC) is far smaller than Earth-bound atomic clocks, far more precise than the handful of other space-bound atomic clocks, and more resilient against the stresses of space travel than any clock ever made. According to a NASA statement, its expected to lose no more than 2 nanoseconds (2 billionths of a second) over the course of a day. That comes to about 7 millionths of a second over the course of a decade.

Every deep-space mission that makes course corrections needs to send signals to ground stations on Earth. Those ground stations rely on atomic clocks to measure just how long those signals took to arrive, which allows them to locate the spacecrafts position down to the meter in the vast vacuum. They then send signals back, telling the craft where they are and where to go next.

Thats a cumbersome process, and it means any given ground station can support only one spacecraft at a time. The goal of DSAC, according to a NASA fact sheet, is to allow spacecraft to make precise timing measurements onboard a spacecraft, without waiting for information from Earth.

A DSAC-equipped spacecraft, according to NASAs statement, could calculate time without waiting for measurements from Earth — allowing it to make course adjustments or perform precision science experiments without pausing to turn its antennas earthward and waiting for a reply.

Submission + - Check your CPU usage - major websites hacked to secretly cryptomine (theregister.co.uk) 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 (wired.com)

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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