'Climate change moving faster than we are,' says UN Secretary General

Found on on Monday, 10 September 2018
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Mr Guterres painted a grim picture of the impacts of climate change that he says have been felt all over the world this year, with heatwaves, wildfires, storms and floods leaving a trail of destruction.

Despite the fact that the world agreed on a plan to tackle climate change in Paris in 2015, Mr Guterres said the world is way off track to achieve the modest goals of the pact.

Mr Guterres says he is committing himself and the UN to the effort of transforming the political landscape to tame the threat of climate change. He pointed to the forthcoming report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on how to keep the world from warming by more that 1.5 degrees C, which he says will be a sobering assessment.

Earth will take care of it all by itself. Simply with a fever that takes care of the parasites which infected the host.

Microsoft to offer paid Windows 7 Extended Security Updates

Found on ZD Net on Sunday, 09 September 2018
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The paid Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESUs) will be sold on a per-device basis, with the price increasing each year.

"We want to encourage people to get off Windows 7, but we want to make it more than something punitive," he said.

Not punitive? After forcing Windows 10 down the throats of users by annoying them with endless upgrade notices?

Google slammed for Chrome change that strips out 'www' from domains

Found on IT Wire on Saturday, 08 September 2018
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Google's move to strip out the www in domains typed into the address bar, beginning with version 69 of its Chrome browser, has drawn an enormous amount of criticism from developers who see the move as a bid to cement the company's dominance of the Web.

When asked about this change in a long discussion thread on a mailing list, a Google staffer wrote: "www is now considered a 'trivial' subdomain, and hiding trivial subdomains can be disabled in flags (will also disable hiding the URL scheme).

There is no reason whatsoever for Google to meddle with the way webmasters decide to build their URLs. The "not not evil" anymore company tries too hard to tell users how the web should operate; and that does not make them friends.

make all relocate... Linux kernel dev summit shifts to Scotland – to fit Torvald's holiday plans

Found on The Register on Friday, 07 September 2018
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After a probably-frenzied weekend discussing the snafu with the invite-only conference committee, Ts'o wrote, “ultimately there were only two choices that were workable” – go ahead without Torvalds, or move the summit.

And so it happens that everybody would rather ask the 30 or so attendees due to attend the summit to change their plans and head for Edinburgh instead of Vancouver, even though Torvalds suggested they go ahead without him.

It's not much different from your average form of religion.

Woman who crashed her Model S and broke her foot sues Tesla

Found on ArsTechnica on Thursday, 06 September 2018
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Attorneys for Heather Lommatzsch, the plaintiff, wrote on Tuesday that she "understood" that the car’s "safety features would ensure the vehicle would stop on its own in the event of an obstacle being present in the path of the Tesla Model S."

In the aftermath of the May 2018 accident, police in South Jordan, Utah, said in a statement that the woman told them that she "was looking at her phone prior to the collision" and that she reportedly "did not brake or take any action to avoid the collision."

She should be sued for being dangerously stupid. Seriously, people like that makes one hope that evolution really separates the wheat from the chaff.

Google Wants to Kill the URL

Found on Wired on Wednesday, 05 September 2018
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"People have a really hard time understanding URLs," says Adrienne Porter Felt, Chrome's engineering manager. "They’re hard to read, it’s hard to know which part of them is supposed to be trusted, and in general I don’t think URLs are working as a good way to convey site identity. So we want to move toward a place where web identity is understandable by everyone—they know who they’re talking to when they’re using a website and they can reason about whether they can trust them. But this will mean big changes in how and when Chrome displays URLs. We want to challenge how URLs should be displayed and question it as we’re figuring out the right way to convey identity."

URLs are a simple concept. Clueless developers however mess it up because they stuff everything into it instead of using cleaner approaches, like ajax or websockets. It's also possibly a safe bet that the URL replacement from Google will allow them to track users even better.

20 years on, Google faces its biggest challenges

Found on CNet News on Tuesday, 04 September 2018
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The company, the world's largest digital advertiser, is being criticized more and more for its vast data-collection practices, which feed its powerful ad targeting. Misinformation runs rampant on YouTube. Employees are raising ethical concerns about the company's work in developing artificial intelligence for the US military and its reported efforts to create a censored search engine in China.

The now removed "Do no evil" mantra had been ignored when the money started to roll in. Money still corrupts.

India Pushes Back Against Tech ‘Colonization’ by Internet Giants

Found on New York Times on Monday, 03 September 2018
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In recent months, regulators and ministers across India’s government have declared their intention to impose tough new rules on the technology industry. Collectively, the regulations would end the free rein that American tech giants have long enjoyed in this country of 1.3 billion people, which is the world’s fastest-growing market for new internet users.

“It’s not about protectionism. It’s about saying if 10 laws apply to me, the 10 laws should also apply to someone else operating in India,” said Rameesh Kailasam, chief executive of IndiaTech.org, a newly formed lobbying group that represents local investors and start-ups, including MakeMyTrip and the ride-hailing company Ola.

That's an idea more countries should embrace to increase competition and fairness.

New J.R.R. Tolkien book may be Lord of the Rings author's last

Found on CNet News on Sunday, 02 September 2018
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The book tells of the founding of the Elven city of Gondolin, and is considered one of Tolkien's Lost Tales. A section in 1977's The Silmarillion was based on the Lost Tales.

At the time, many expected that book to be J.R.R. Tolkien's final published work. Christopher Tolkien even wrote in its preface that it was "(presumptively) my last book in the long series of my father's writings." But now, Entertainment Weekly reports, Christopher Tolkien has written that "The Fall of Gondolin is indubitably the last."

Hopefully it's not as lengthy and exhausting to read as the Silmarillion.

New AI-Driven Find Tab Helps SharePoint Users Locate Information

Found on eWEEK on Saturday, 01 September 2018
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Artificial intelligence capabilities are coming to Microsoft's SharePoint mobile app that will assist users in finding a wide range of information through a new "find" tab that is being added to the app.

"We'll review the updated SharePoint mobile app to show you how you can find and discover the content you care about: sites, people, files, news—all with fewer taps and more AI smarts powering the experience."

So people can't keep their Sharepoint data organized anymore?