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Bill Nye Explains That the Flooding In Louisiana Is the Result of Climate Change (qz.com) 276

Reader mspohr writes: Our favorite science guy has an interview (and video) in Quartz where he explains how Louisiana flooding is due to climate change:
"As the ocean gets warmer, which it is getting, it expands," Nye explained. "Molecules spread apart, and then as the sea surface is warmer, more water evaporates, and so it's very reasonable that these storms are connected to these big effects."
The article also notes that a National Academy of Sciences issued a report with the same findings: "Scientists from around the world have concurred with Nye that this is exactly what the effects of climate change look like, and that disasters like the Louisiana floods are going to happen more and more. According to a National Academy of Sciences report published earlier this year, extreme flooding can be traced directly to human-induced global warming. As the atmosphere warms, it retains more moisture, leading to bouts of sustained, heavy precipitation that can cause floods."

Comment Re:A news? (Score 2) 184

I should say, defining an ecosystem where users don't feel like they will be left behind makes them comfortable in your ecosystem and more likely to stay in it when they make their next upgrade, and less likely to defect to a competitor.

If my Samsung handset is stuck back in 2013, I might move over to another manufacturer when I upgrade. If I know I'm always going to be safe with Samsung, I'll stay there.

Comment Re:A news? (Score 3, Interesting) 184

There's a salient point here, but it's not the one the author is trying to make.

Apple's strategy includes the fact that they make phones which will take the same updates as later phones - at least, to a point. Why aren't android phone makers doing this?

It's a great tool to keep people in your ecosystem. Every time a person goes out and shops for a new phone, they look at all makes and models. If you have a system that defines an upgrade path for users, where they know they'll never be left behind on an antiquated OS, they're MORE likely to upgrade, not less likely.

If android were more portable, or if carriers made their implementations more portable, they could achieve this. So far, it seems the android phone makers' attitudes are to do only enough to sell the phones, and then move on to selling the next phone.

Democrats

FBI Finds 14,900 More Documents From Hillary Clinton's Email Server (go.com) 516

An anonymous reader quotes a report from ABC News: The FBI uncovered nearly 15,000 more emails and materials sent to or from Hillary Clinton as part of the agency's investigation into her use of private email at the State Department. The documents were not among the 30,000 work-related emails turned over to the State Department by her attorneys in December 2014. The State Department confirmed it has received "tens of thousands" of personal and work-related email materials -- including the 14,900 emails found by the FBI -- that it will review. At a status hearing Monday before federal Judge Emmett Sullivan, who is overseeing that case, the State Department presented a schedule for how it would release the emails found by the FBI. The first group of 14,900 emails was ordered released, and a status hearing on Sept. 23 "will determine the release of the new emails and documents," Sullivan said. "As we have previously explained, the State Department voluntarily agreed to produce to Judicial Watch any emails sent or received by Secretary Clinton in her official capacity during her tenure as secretary of state which are contained within the material turned over by the FBI and which were not already processed for FOIA by the State Department," said State Department spokesman Mark Toner in a statement issued Monday. "We can confirm that the FBI material includes tens of thousands of non-record (meaning personal) and record materials that will have to be carefully appraised at State," it read. "State has not yet had the opportunity to complete a review of the documents to determine whether they are agency records or if they are duplicative of documents State has already produced through the Freedom of Information Act" said Toner, declining further comment.

Comment Re:Fuck It (Score 1) 110

I don't know why they don't just outlaw this.

According to some TFA I read recently that I can't be bothered to go find, there are only a handful of companies responsible for most robocalls. Stamping the nonsense out wouldn't cost anyone anything. They employ few people and probably generate very little economic activity anyway. It's just a way of cheaply carpet-bombing people with unwanted advertising.

Media

Gawker.com To End Operations Next Week (gawker.com) 133

After nearly 14 years of operations, Gawker.com will be shutting down next week, the company's outgoing CEO Nick Denton told the staff Thursday. The decision comes days after Univision said it would buy Gawker Media properties -- Gizmodo, Jezebel, Kotaku etc (but not Gawker.com) -- for a sum of $135 million. The publication is currently in the middle of multiple lawsuits, with billionaire Peter Thiel revealing his clandestine legal campaign against the company. In a blog post, Gawker made the announcement. From the story:Nick Denton, the company's outgoing CEO, informed current staffers of the site's fate on Thursday afternoon, just hours before a bankruptcy court in Manhattan will decide whether to approve Univision's bid for Gawker Media's other assets. Staffers will soon be assigned to other editorial roles, either at one of the other six sites or elsewhere within Univision. Near-term plans for Gawker.com's coverage, as well as the site's archives, have not yet been finalized.

Submission + - Gawker to shut down next week, in wake of $140M Hulk Hogan judgment (startribune.com)

tripleevenfall writes: Gawker is going to shut down.

A Gawker report Thursday said that Nick Denton, Gawker's founder, told staffers that Gawker.com was ending on Thursday afternoon.

Univision, the Spanish-language broadcaster, is buying Gawker Media for $135 million in the aftermath of a $140 million judgment against it in the Hulk Hogan invasion-of-privacy case.

A bankruptcy court judge has to approve the sale at a hearing Thursday.

Gawker Media's other blogs include the women-focused Jezebel, tech-oriented Gizmodo and sports site Deadspin.

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