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Submission + - Every Month This Year Has Been the Hottest in Recorded History (vice.com)

iONiUM writes: From the article:

On Wednesday, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that July was the hottest month ever recorded on our planet, since modern record-keeping began in 1880. NASA has reached the same conclusion. July smashed all previous records.

“We should be absolutely concerned,” Sanchez-Lugo said. “We need to look at ways to adapt and mitigate. If we don’t, temperatures will continue to increase.”

Next year is expected to be slightly less intense, with the fierce El Niño we’ve been experiencing now abating. But the truth is that record-breaking temperatures, month after month, year after year, are starting to look less like an exception, more like the norm.

Comment I'm in Canada and using an APK file (Score 4, Interesting) 110

I downloaded the APK from apkmirror which I trust: http://www.apkmirror.com/apk/n....

Furthermore, I'm running Android Marshmallow and it allows you to grant or deny specific privileges to each app. This app asked for 4 permissions: contact list, camera, location and storage. This is how you know it's "authentic".

If it's asking for more than that (i.e. microphone), you've got a malware ridden copy.

Comment The community became toxic at the end (Score 2) 92

As a Canadian, I should be more upset about this, but the BlackBerry community had become extremely elitist and and toxic near the end of BlackBerry's success and I have no sympathy.

Sometimes I would post reasonable questions in various places, including BlackBerry's official forums, and I would get ridiculed. I had a Z10 and a Q10 for a short while (testing for my company), and it was even still a problem at that point. I switched to Android (Nexus devices) and haven't looked back.

One very specific example: I had a friend's BB curve and they had forgotten the password. I asked on the forums how they could still login to BlackBerry (they had the account password, just not the phone's) and maybe somehow back it up (maybe via USB). I was accused of stealing the device and laughed at. My friend tried to remember, but after 5 guesses the device wiped itself and there's no way to recover it. Ever.

I get security, but come on, there were photos on there that they really wanted and there was literally no recovery process, and the community was shit. So I'm not upset by this. All those toxic supporters can go fuck themselves.

Comment Re:"Remain" in control? (Score 1) 260

"My computer must answer to me," isn't anyone's priority or requirement, except for "OSS zealots."

I assume you put "OSS zealots." in quotes to try and emphasize that many people view this type of individually somewhat negatively. I'm not against (or even disagreeing) with what you said, but one thing I'd like to point is is the pure bullshit statement that OSS advocates often use of "it's open source so I can see what's in it."

The reason I call bullshit on this is because I doubt you, or any other "normal" OSS supporter has really read every line of source code that their application / OS has in it. There's no way, it would take too long. Instead, you trust that other people have done it for you, and you trust those other people more than a corporation of say Microsoft.

Really the entire OSS movement is about who you trust. For OSS advocates, you trust those in the community more than the "faceless corporations" because in the end, it's all closed source to an individual who can't realistically read it all.

Comment Re:Canada? Energy superpower status (Score 1) 327

That's mostly true, except I'm pretty certain Saudi Arabia is lying about their proven oil reserves. There's a lot of articles on this. Venezuela I don't think is lying, but I also don't think the government can continue to extract and sell oil as the country is currently collapsing into chaos.

Comment Re:Canada? Superpower status? (Score 5, Insightful) 327

I suppose it depends on your definition of "superpower." From the wikipedia article, Canada's GDP is 10th in the world, and 15th per capita (nominal). It's a first world nation with a very high HDI. It's also a member of the G7 nations, which represent 64% of the world's wealth.

I think one thing people overlook is that Canada has a massive treasure trove of natural resources and a very good setup for a modern economy (good income equality, good infrastructure). This combined with a high rate of immigration means the population is growing and companies will flourish (ideally). But, you never know. Resources are 20% of the GDP of Canada (http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/publications/key-facts/16013) so if that all went away at once it'd be a huge problem. I doubt it would go down like that though.

Submission + - Third of Central, Northern Great Barrier Reef Corals Dead (smh.com.au)

iONiUM writes: More than one-third of the coral reefs of the central and northern regions of the Great Barrier Reef have died in the huge bleaching event earlier this year, Queensland researchers said.

Corals to the north of Cairns – covering about two-thirds of the Great Barrier Reef – were found to have an average mortality rate of 35 per cent, rising to more than half in areas around Cooktown.

Bleaching occurs when abnormal conditions, such as warm seas, cause corals to expel tiny photosynthetic algae, called zooxanthellae. Corals turn white without these algae and may die if the zooxanthellae do not recolonise them.

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