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Earth

Global Warming Started 180 Years Ago Near Beginning of Industrial Revolution, Says Study (smh.com.au) 445

New research led by scientists at the Australian National University's Research School of Earth suggests that humans first started to significantly change the climate in the 1830s, near the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. The findings have been published in the journal Nature, and "were based on natural records of climate variation in the world's oceans and continents, including those found in corals, ice cores, tree rings and the changing chemistry of stalagmites in caves." Sydney Morning Herald reports: "Nerilie Abram, another of the lead authors and an associate professor at the Australian National University's Research School of Earth Sciences, said greenhouse gas levels rose from about 280 parts per million in the 1830s to about 295 ppm by the end of that century. They now exceed 400 ppm. Understanding how humans were already altering the composition of the atmosphere through the 19th century means the warming is closer to the 1.5 to 2 degrees target agreed at last year's Paris climate summit than most people realize." "It was one of those moments where science really surprised us," says Abram. "But the results were clear. The climate warming we are witnessing today started about 180 years ago."

Comment Next up... (Score 1) 147

Coming next: Facebook tests out modal popup windows as a means of delivering the content - aka ads - people really want to see, rather than wasting their time taking them directly to things like profiles, pictures, or their wall.

And as a bonus, pop-under porn ads, so you can enjoy one last bit of joy from Facebook while desperately trying to close out of your browser as the boss approaches.
Communications

Facebook Is Testing Autoplaying Video With Sound (thenextweb.com) 147

An anonymous reader writes: Facebook is testing a "feature" that autoplays video clips on your feed with sound. It's not a very big test, but there's a possibility the company could roll it out to a larger group of users. The Next Web reports: "The company is currently trying two methods of getting people to watch video with sound in Australia: the aforementioned autoplaying, and an unmute button on the lower right corner of videos, like Vine videos on a desktop. The latter certainly sounds more reasonable; the last thing you want is to be checking Facebook quickly during a meeting or class, and suddenly have your phone blaring out an advert because you happened to stop on a video. Thankfully, you can disable the 'feature' from your settings, but the point is there's nothing wrong with the current opt-in approach, especially considering how many companies are embracing video captioning, and that Facebook even has its own auto-caption tool for advertisers." "We're running a small test in News Feed where people can choose whether they want to watch videos with sound on from the start," a Facebook spokesperson told Mashable Australia. "For people in this test who do not want sound to play, they can switch it off in Settings or directly on the video itself. This is one of several tests we're running as we work to improve the video experience for people on Facebook."

Comment Re:The game needs more stuff to do (Score 1) 189

That's exactly what would NOT work here as you're supposed to play in a setting that's recognizably your own town/city/island.

Taking things a biiit too literal here, friend. Who says "your own town/country/planet" doesn't belong to "Dainisekai zone"? Or if it offends you that much, call them "leagues" - Up to CP500, you will only see and battle "shojo" league players.

However they frame it, Niantic has a really, really simple way to segregate players by skill, thereby keeping it fun for noobs and old-timers, fun for casuals and hardcore grinders. Hell, under that model, they could even allow "cheaters" (or even rurals) to play in their own league, rather than outright banning them.

Comment Re:The game needs more stuff to do (Score 4, Interesting) 189

A really, really straightforward way around that problem already exists - Segregating players by whatever key stats make them casual-vs-god-like.

In the case of PoGo, that would just mean your highest CP critter, in tiers of around 500-ish. Once you get something over CP1500, you could effectively enter an entirely new world (doesn't need to be explicit, although in keeping with the Pokemon theme, they could call it a new town/island/whatever), with gyms controlled by people in the same ballpark as you.

Comment Re:By some definitions, (Score 1) 346

"Well, I don't use Facebook or Twitter, or even LinkedIn for that matter... But I can give you my handle for Slashdot, Fark, Reddit, Kuro5hin (oh wait, that went down), Metafilter, Digg, Voat, 4chan, Rotten, DeviantArt, Flixter, Diaspora, Stack Exchange, MySpace (never actually used it, but made an account)... Can I have another page to list these? Oh, and should I include game acounts too? This could take a while..."

Comment Re:Chicago - Democrat run since 1931 (Score 1) 191

I love how you leave out cities like San Fran, NYC, Portland...liberal as hell, safest cities in the land, low debt, low crime, long life expectancies, ranked among best places to live.

Oh and you also left out Republican "success stories" like Kansas City, Oklahoma City, Bakersfield....or hell, just the entire states of KS and OK, dumpster fires of debt and poor planning cause they keep cutting taxes regardless of annual consecutive budget failures.

And especially love the way you also want to ignore that many of the cities you list are in GOP controlled states, where the state legislature has enacted state laws to block those cities frm doing certain things....like enact gun control or higher minimum wages.

go peddle your bullmanure else where AC.

also:
Cities with higher homicide rates than Chicago in 2014
All numbers represent homicides per 100,000 people.

St. Louis, MO 49.9
Detroit, MI 43.5
New Orleans, LA 38.7
Jackson, MS 35.4
Baltimore City, MD 33.8
Newark, NJ 33.3
Birmingham , AL 24.5
Buffalo, NY 23.2
Baton Rouge, LA 23.1
Pittsburgh, PA 22.4
North Charleston, SC 21.8
Little Rock, AR 21.7
Memphis, TN 21.4
Atlanta, GA 20.5
Cincinnati, OH 20.2
San Bernardino, CA 20.0
Oakland, CA 19.5
Miami, FL 19.2
Richmond, VA 18.9
Dayton, OH 18.9
Inglewood, CA 17.9
Montgomery, AL 17.5
South Bend, IN 16.9
Kansas City, KS 16.8
Kansas City, MO 16.7
Paterson, NJ 16.4
Stockton, CA 16.4
Cleveland, OH 16.2
Washington, DC 15.9
Philadelphia, PA 15.9
Wilmington, NC 15.9
Indianapolis, IN 15.8
Chattanooga, TN 15.5
Hartford, CT 15.2
Chicago, IL 15.1

Comment Re:perhaps a buyback program? (Score 1) 191

Bull.
Chicago does not have one of the worst crime problems in the country, regardless of you idiots constantly trying to push that myth.
Most years it not even the top 20 let alone top 10.

Cities with higher homicide rates than Chicago in 2014
All numbers represent homicides per 100,000 people.

St. Louis, MO 49.9
Detroit, MI 43.5
New Orleans, LA 38.7
Jackson, MS 35.4
Baltimore City, MD 33.8
Newark, NJ 33.3
Birmingham , AL 24.5
Buffalo, NY 23.2
Baton Rouge, LA 23.1
Pittsburgh, PA 22.4
North Charleston, SC 21.8
Little Rock, AR 21.7
Memphis, TN 21.4
Atlanta, GA 20.5
Cincinnati, OH 20.2
San Bernardino, CA 20.0
Oakland, CA 19.5
Miami, FL 19.2
Richmond, VA 18.9
Dayton, OH 18.9
Inglewood, CA 17.9
Montgomery, AL 17.5
South Bend, IN 16.9
Kansas City, KS 16.8
Kansas City, MO 16.7
Paterson, NJ 16.4
Stockton, CA 16.4
Cleveland, OH 16.2
Washington, DC 15.9
Philadelphia, PA 15.9
Wilmington, NC 15.9
Indianapolis, IN 15.8
Chattanooga, TN 15.5
Hartford, CT 15.2
Chicago, IL 15.1

Television

North Korea Unveils Netflix-Like Streaming Service Called 'Manbang' (bbc.com) 160

North Korea has unveiled a set-top box that offers video-on demand services similar to Netflix. The service is called Manbang, which translates to "everywhere" in Korean, and allows consumers to stream documentaries about Kim Jong Un and other "educational" programs, as well as five live TV channels. "If a viewer wants to watch, for instance, an animal movie and sends a request to the equipment, it will show the relevant video to the viewer [...] this is two-way communications," according to NK News. It reportedly works by plugging the set-top box into an internet modem, then connecting an HDMI cable from the cable box to the TV. A very small number of North Koreans will actually be able to use the device as "only a few thousand [...] have access to the state-sanctioned internet, in a nation of 25 million people," reports New York Daily News.

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