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If you don't have AC at home, or are stuck in the heat outdoors, we have tips and gear for you.
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Before you spend $1,000 or more on the new flagship, look for discounts on the old one.
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Samsung’s latest true wireless headphones have noise cancellation, cost $170.
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Need a streaming device on a budget? You can do much worse than the Mi TV Stick.
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(DOE/Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory) Researchers at the DOE's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory have developed a pulsed method for stabilizing magnetic islands that can cause disruptions in fusion plasmas.
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On land that's already been declared suitable. In England.
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Photos from the International Space Station captured the historic landing of SpaceX's first crewed mission from 250 miles above Earth. The photos from space show the boats that swarmed the capsule after splashdown — many of them civilian onlookers. A US Coast Guard statement obtained by CBS said "numerous boaters" ignored instructions to leave the area, "putting themselves and those involved in the operation in potential danger." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, tucked inside SpaceX's Crew Dragon spaceship, survived a fiery plunge through Earth's atmosphere on Sunday. They landed safely in the Gulf of Mexico, a return that marked the completion of the first human space mission in a commercial vehicle. As the toasted capsule bobbed in the water, its parachutes floating around it, it was quickly swarmed by boats. Some of them were recovery boats with professional teams from NASA and SpaceX. But many were just onlookers. The crowd "was not what we were anticipating," NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a briefing shortly after the splashdown. The astronauts' former crewmate on the space station — Russian cosmonaut Ivan Vagner — spotted the landing and the boats from his vantage point 250 miles above Earth. He shared pictures of it in a tweet, below. [email protected] и @Astro_Doug, I congratulate you on your successful return to Earth! A few minutes after landing, the ISS flew over the #CrewDragon splashdown site in the Gulf of Mexico. pic.twitter.com/MZugsCt8tw — Ivan Vagner (@ivan_mks63) August 2, 2020   The US Coast Guard had cleared the area ahead of the landing, Bridenstine explained, but after the capsule splashed down, "the boats just made a beeline for it," he said. Some of the boats passed very close to the capsule, including one with a passenger waving a Trump flag. "Maybe next time we shouldn't announce our landing zone," SpaceX engineer Kate Tice said during NASA's live feed of the landing. In a statement issued to CBS, the Coast Guard said that it warned boaters multiple times ahead of the splashdown with radio alerts and physical warnings, yet lacked an order to legally enforce a hazard zone. "[N]umerous boaters ignored the Coast Guard crews' requests and decided to encroach the area, putting themselves and those involved in the operation in potential danger," the statement read. Bridenstine pledged that NASA would "do a better job" of clearing boats for future water landings. The agency has contracted six round-trip Crew Dragon flights to bring astronauts to and from the space station. Having bystander boats that close to the capsule can be dangerous — both for the astronauts and for people on the boats. That's because the capsule was shrouded in low levels of a poisonous gas called nitrogen tetroxide. "What is not common is having passers-by approach the vehicle close range with nitrogen tetroxide in the atmosphere. That's not something that is good," he said "We need to make sure that we're warning people not to get close to the spacecraft in the future." The recovery teams had to wait for the gas to clear before they removed Behnken and Hurley from the capsule. Bridenstine said NASA and SpaceX will look through the data to figure out why the gas lingered more than expected. In addition to Vagner, NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy is still on the space station, as is cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin.  "We had the luxury of having a just a super crew on board the International Space Station, with Chris Cassidy, with Anatoly and Ivan. They just took wonderful care of us," Behnken said in a briefing after the landing.  The next astronauts slated to fly the Crew Dragon — Victor Glover, Mike Hopkins, Soichi Noguchi, and Shannon Walker — are expected to launch to the ISS in September.  This story has been updated with new information. Dave Mosher contributed reporting.SEE ALSO: NASA astronaut Megan McArthur, whose husband just flew on SpaceX's Crew Dragon, will pilot the spaceship in the spring DON'T MISS: SpaceX just won an epic, high-stakes game of capture the flag that Barack Obama started 9 years ago Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why NASA waited nearly a decade to send astronauts into space from the US
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The 13-inch MacBook Pro received a bigger-than-expected update in May, but there's still more in the works.
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Having a colored pencil set is an easy way to get your creative juices flowing. Perhaps you’re a novice designer who’s just starting to work with or maybe you consider drawing a hobby but want to get some good ones for fun. In these cases, your main concern might be comfort and larger sets, as […] The post The best colored pencils for graphic artists appeared first on Tough Jobs.
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Staff members can also no longer trade stocks without approval
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In four recent cases, one of a 737's two engines has shut down unexpectedly.
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The transition could go live as soon as early as next year
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Bloatbox is a new open source tool that gives users the ability to uninstall every app on their Windows 10 machines.
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Abusers can use shared accounts to stalk and harass victims, and plans aren’t always easy to escape.
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Handling sensitive data and workloads in the public cloud requires a rigorous risk analysis
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Chrome 84 stops websites spamming you with notifications, or tricking you into signing up for them.
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It has slim bezels, 5G, and a 16:10 aspect ratio to battle the king of laptops
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As I sat down to write this, news came of a Hong Kong government official’s warning that the pro-democracy primaries, intended to select and send the most popular candidates the the Legislative Council in September, might violate the new National Security Law.I want to scream.Perhaps I should have gotten used to it by now. After all, the Chinese and Hong Kong governments have shown they will use any means to clamp down on all dissenting voices.I still remember the elation when a fresh-faced pro-democracy candidate won in my constituency during the District Council elections last September. As I watched one constituency after another flip from pro-government blue to pro-democracy yellow that night, I cried tears of joy. I’d voted in other elections, in Hong Kong and elsewhere, before – but I have never felt that so much was at stake. We had already been protesting for six months by that point, and yet the demands of millions were repeatedly ignored, police brutality remained unaccounted for, large swathes of protestors had been arrested, and a prominent activist was banned from running one month prior to the elections. Voting seemed to be the only way to make our voices heard. Yet, there was also the fear it might be the last election we were allowed to vote in. That night was a rare moment of victory for the millions who have marched and held sit-downs to demand for greater accountability and freedoms. I have stopped reading dystopian novels. No fiction could match the mix of anger, disgust and gloom I’m experiencing right now.Hong Kong is still in a very different place than nine months ago. Press freedom is getting worse by the day, protests are banned, a rising number of pro-democracy legislators are arrested, restaurant owners are ordered to remove ‘Lennon walls’ – likely the most peaceful acts of resistance one can think of – from their own properties. I have stopped reading dystopian novels. No fiction could match the mix of anger, disgust and gloom I’m experiencing right now.Hong Kong protestors have been touted for their creativity and agility in the past year. At the same time, I’m not sure what else we could do. When the one-million and two-million peaceful marches in early June didn’t work, Hongkongers kept marching in almost every district of the city. When the government used the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse to ban the 4 June vigil (while doing little to prevent people from gathering in the city’s bar district), participants flooded into Victoria Park anyway – but made sure to sit 1.5metres apart. When the government absurdly declared that an eight-word protest slogan might violate the National Security Law earlier this month, graphic designs displaying the eight characters in abstracted form started to circulate on the internet.Hong Kong is, as 60% of people say in the latest PORI poll, no longer free. I’m surprised that number is not higher. I’ve never felt less free. Sometimes, I find myself wondering if a word I utter in public, or a phrase I write, will get me arrested.I appreciate the lifeboat policies extended by western democracies, including the one by Britain, which grants the three million Hong Kongers who hold a BNO passport or are eligible for one the right to work in the UK and an eventual path to full citizenship. The reality is, our parents and grandparents came to Hong Kong with the expressed intention of escaping from Chinese Communist rule. The current ruling party of China loves to claim the city as part of China, but the reality is much more complicated than that. For the descendants of those who ran away from CCP rule decades ago, is it time to run again? This intergenerational trauma is now being played out in different corners of the city. For the millions living in the city, Hong Kong isn’t simply a ‘window’ into China, a low-tax zone or a place caught between two superpowers. It is home.Yet, among those I talked to, nobody is ready to leave. I admit I’m one of the privileged ones but I count myself among those who don’t want to leave. I’ve lived in Hong Kong for most of my life, I built my career here, my family and friends are here. Everywhere I go, I’m reminded of what we went through in the past year: flattened cardboard boxes lying on the sidewalk, a lone umbrella hanging on a barbed wire, the absence of steel barricades on the streets. The cry for freedom is inked deep into our urban landscape, our lives, our nightmares and dreams. There is no ‘switching off’. When it is the air you breathe, when it is something so essential to life, is it worth fighting for? Most days, I oscillate between a determination to do more and a wrecking guilt at not doing enough. Nobody knows what the ‘right strategy’ is; but those who are staying are doing their best to hold onto hope. The hope that more will join our ranks. The hope that international companies will take a stronger stance and say ‘we won’t sacrifice the basic rights of Hongkongers for our bottom lines’. The hope that we’d get to freely express our opinion – on the internet, in the streets – again. It is as humble as that. For the millions living in the city, Hong Kong isn’t simply a ‘window’ into China, a low-tax zone or a place caught between two superpowers. It is home. And it is where we want to, one day, have the freedom to envision our own future.Moira Kong is a journalist in Hong Kong, writing under a pseudonymHave a compelling personal story you want to tell? Find out what we’re looking for here, and pitch us on [email protected] from HuffPost UK Personal Black Teens Like Me Have The Future In Our Hands. Here’s What We Must Do With It Black Athletes Like Me Are Shaken. Now We Need Support, And We Need Representation I Survived The Srebrenica Massacre. 25 Years Later, I'm Still Hurting
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At this point, it feels like we know everything about the Pixel 4a, except an actual release date. As if we weren’t already confident enough in what the device is supposed to look like, Google today leaked the Pixel 4a in its own online store by accident (or was it?). For some mysterious reason, the device showed up on the company’s Canadian page for the Google Nest Wifi. Mistakes happen, but at least when Samsung made a similar mistake with the Note 20, it was on the page for its predecessor. Conspiracy theories aside, the leak all but confirms what we… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google
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Which is to say, it's basically a video of the existing Z Flip. Because you can't see 5G.
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“But, MUM!! You can’t say that!”If you’ve never had to say that phrase, either your mum is an angel… or she’s not on Twitter. The language we use in our day to day life is consistently evolving and adapting to the social constructs we tend to – or hope to – abide by. Terms are coined for actions previously deemed insignificant, or not possible, like “selfie” or “manspreading”. Equally, terms now considered offensive or abusive are thrown out, like “insane” or “crazy”.This is why certain words and phrases your dad and his mates said in 1982 might not be as readily accepted in 2020. This isn’t new information, but for some reason, each time someone is called out for using discriminatory or non-inclusive language, the term political correctness appears just about everywhere. This time? It was J.K. Rowling’s dismissal of the phrase “people who menstruate”, as well as the Black Lives Matter movement gaining another wave of momentum during lockdown, following the tragic death of George Floyd. Related... Here Are Concrete Actions White People Can Take To Fight Racial Injustice The Cancel Culture Phenomenon – And How It Started Self-Care Is Vital When Fighting For Social Change. Here's Why. Opinion: J.K. Rowling Doesn't Speak For Abuse Survivors “Politically correct” has become something of a buzzword over the last few decades. Mostly, it is used to dismiss the left’s push for more inclusive, less discriminatory language. Associated with trends such as “no platforming” and, lest we forget, “cancel culture”, critics of the “political correctness movement” dismiss it as an infringement on their human rights; their freedom of speech. These critics have been out in full force of late, with comedians, journalists, fans of old, British sitcoms and those against the removal of statues desperately denouncing a restriction on their language and actions.“It’s PC gone mad!” they cry, as a decades-old sitcom gets cancelled for using blackface as a comedic tool and perpetuating destructive stereotypes of the working class (Little Britain, in this instance). “We’re just not allowed to be funny anymore,” the male comedian sighs, after finding out that jokes about sexual assault don’t land quite as well in a post Me Too era. “They’re taking away my freedom of speech. It’s just not fair!” sulks the multimillionaire writer, after being told that gender-neutral language is a means to acceptance, and that publicly rejecting it is transphobic in nature. It’s easy to get lost in the so-called culture war, most of which, by the way, is either fabricated or an attempt to get out of jail free, without having to face up to one’s past actions.  But political correctness is not about infringing on anyone’s rights. In fact, it’s the opposite. And framing it as otherwise is extremely short sighted and ignorant. That we, in this country, are able to even debate language to begin with is a blatant example of our freedom of speech.  To take this stance now, as China enforces draconian measures allowing Hong Kong to censor, block and erase online content, is ruthlessly ignorant. The law, which came into effect this month, is seen to be targeting and imprisoning anti-government demonstrators. At least nine people in china were arrested on suspicion of breaching the new law, after thousands of protesters defied a police-ban to take part in an annual pro-democracy march on Wednesday. Anyone, engaging in anti-communism, or anti-government discourse can, and likely will, be punished.In light of this, it’s inconceivable that anyone could consider an attempt to shift away from discriminatory uses of language to be anything other than what it is: compassionate. Actually, I’d go as far as to say that these people don’t really believe their human rights are being snatched away from them. What they’re really afraid of isn’t censorship at all. What they don’t like – and listen closely – is that they feel like their character is being attacked. But I’ll let you in to a little secret: using a term you didn’t know was offensive does not make you a bigot, it’s what comes next that matters.It’s okay to admit to your wrongdoings. No one will judge you for genuinely apologising and committing to change – look at Jenna Marbles, for instance, who apologised for her past discriminatory content and deleted her channel. Political correctness is not something to shy away from. Without it, the working class would still be openly demonised, words like slut and bitch would still be used to deny women’s right to sexual pleasure and racial and homophobic slurs would still contribute to the oppression of those they denote. Language reform is a huge step in changing attitudes, which leads to basic rights and privileges for those marginalised in society.Political correctness is not censorship; it’s human rights.Ella Glover is a freelance journalist.Related... Labour Boycotts Facebook In Solidarity With Black Lives Matter Movement Here Are Concrete Actions White People Can Take To Fight Racial Injustice I May Destroy You's Paapa Essiedu On The Many Different Faces Of Kwame Black Teens Like Me Have The Future In Our Hands. 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As a colossal commit count crashes into Linux 5.8-rc5 Linux overlord overseer principal developer Linus Torvalds has signed off on a new policy to adopt inclusive language across the project.…
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Providing production support to an application is one of the most challenging aspects of software development. Developers are assigned to the maintenance team and work on patching bugs on the application. They are, however, also available on-call in case a production outage happens, in which case they work to get the application back on track as quickly as possible. This article aims at providing a set of curated recommendations so that you can prevent bugs in production, and find issues much quicker. Handling these applications in production is a complicated task: Often, there is no documentation available, the application has been written… This story continues at The Next Web
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The proposed VERITAS mission would explore their evolutionary rift
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(Medical University of South Carolina) In Current Biology, Medical University of South Carolina researchers report the results of a study using artificial intelligence and human brain studies to compare brain areas involved in mental imagery and vision. Their findings suggest that mental imagery and vision are similar, but that low-level visual areas are activated in a less precise manner with mental imagery. This suggests that the brain is more tuned and sensitive to what it sees than what it imagines.
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What is the ‘Heartbleed’ vulnerability? The heartbleed vulnerability was discovered in April 2014 and sent a wave of panic through the internet, especially large web servers with millions of users, as it left personal data of those users unprotencted and vulnerable to attack. The reason for the vulnerability was a weakness in the OpenSSL open […] The post What has been done to prevent another ‘heartbleed’ vulnerability? appeared first on Tech Reviews Weekly [Europe].
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En serie av modeller i Volkswagens ID-familj ska säkerställa bolagets framtida dominans i elbilssegmentet, med en uttalad ambition att ta sig förbi Tesla.Det första exemplaret av den förmodade storsäljaren ID.3 rullade ut från fabriken i Zwickau den 4 november.Nu presenterar biltillverkaren ID Space Vizzion.Elbilskonceptet är förvisso en framtidsstudie, men ger en fingervisning om formspråket för kommande kombimodeller – men en produktionsklar version ska presenteras i slutet av 2021, för att sedan lanseras i flera versioner i Europa, Nordamerika och Kina.ID Space Vizzion sägs erbjuda samma rymlighet som en suv.Kombin är byggt på VW:s modulära MEB-plattform och har en räckvidd på upp till 59 mil enligt WLTP.
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Apple Card is facing a formal investigation by Wall Street regulators over gender discrimination allegations made in a viral tweet.Web programmer and author David Heinemeier Hansson shared on Twitter that he was offered 20 times the credit limit of his wife, and when he confronted customer service representatives, they were dismissive of the issue.According to Recode, Bezos asked Bloomberg the question after the collapse of Amazon's plans to build a second headquarters in New York City earlier this year.Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said Jamal Khashoggi's murder was 'a mistake' by the Saudi government, and defended his firm's ties to the regime.Khosrowshahi later clarified to Axios in an email that Khashoggi's murder was "reprehensible and should not be forgotten or excused."A dozen current and former employees said car-leasing firm Fair's unconstrained growth was its undoing, after the SoftBank-backed company burned through nearly $400 million in 10 months.
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