#climatestrike vs my brain: i am struggling with pessimism and hopelessness

I started writing this post in September, after the global Climate Strike.It was exciting to see that so many people -- millions around the globe -- understand the urgency and are willing to take to the streets. I thought, This is beautiful! This is amazing! ... and This won't change anything. Both at the same time.I hate writing that. I hate feeling this way.Along with Climate Strike, there are other positive developments -- extinction rebellion, for example, and an increasing number of civil ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Activism, Australia, Environment, Canada, Socialism, Allan, Beckett, Gandhi, David Suzuki Foundation

JP Morgan Economists Warn of 'Catastrophic' Climate Change

An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: Human life "as we know it" could be threatened by climate change, economists at JP Morgan have warned. In a hard-hitting report to clients, the economists said that without action being taken there could be "catastrophic outcomes." The bank said the research came from a team that was "wholly independent from the company as a whole." Climate campaigners have previously criticized JP Morgan for its investments in fossil fuels. The firm's stark repo...
Tags: Tech, Bbc, Jp Morgan, David Mackie, Jessica Murray, BBC News While JP Morgan

First Drive: Audi's Electric Torque Vectoring

Torque vectoring - sending more power to specific wheels to improve handling - isn't new, but it's usually done mechanically. For its upcoming e-tron S, Audi's doing it with electric motors. Find out more in my story over at the National Post ( [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Technology, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Audi, National Post, Jil McIntosh

Radical Hydrogen-Boron Reactor Leapfrogs Current Nuclear Fusion Tech

HB11 Energy, a spin-out company originating at the University of New South Wales, claims its hydrogen-boron fusion technology is already working a billion times better than expected. Along with this announcement, the company also announced a swag of patents through Japan, China and the USA protecting its unique approach to fusion energy generation. New Atlas reports: The results of decades of research by Emeritus Professor Heinrich Hora, HB11's approach to fusion does away with rare, radioactive...
Tags: Usa, Tech, University of New South Wales, Japan China, Hora, Heinrich Hora, Warren McKenzie

Canadian Privacy Commissioners to Investigate Creepy Facial Recognition Firm Clearview AI

Canadian authorities are investigating shady face recognition company Clearview AI on the grounds that its scraping of billions of photos from the web might violate privacy laws, Reuters reported on Friday.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Privacy, Surveillance, Canada, Facial Recognition, Biometrics, Mass Surveillance, Reuters, Face Recognition, Clearview AI

US Defense Agency That Secures Trump's Communications Confirms Data Breach

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Forbes: The Department of Defense agency responsible for securing the communications of President Trump has suffered a data breach. Here's what is known so far. The U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) describes itself as a combat support agency of the Department of Defense (DoD) and is tasked with the responsibility for supporting secure White House communications, including those of President Trump. As well as overseeing Trump's secure calls t...
Tags: White House, US, Tech, Department Of Defense, Trump, Reuters, Department of Defense DOD, DISA, U S Defense Information Systems Agency DISA, Roger S Greenwell

A Google manager was arrested, then released, as part of a murder investigation after his wife was found dead in Hawaii

Google product manager Sonam Saxena was arrested and then released as police continue their investigation into the disappearance and death of his wife, Smriti Saxena. Smriti, who was a Microsoft business program manager, was reported missing by Sonam on Tuesday while the Seattle couple was vacationing in Hawaii. Smriti's body was discovered on a beach on Wednesday, and Sonam was arrested on a count of second-degree murder, then released the following day as police said an investigation was ong...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, India, NFL, Trends, Hawaii, Seattle, Hawaii Island, West Hawaii, Sonam, Jiang, West Hawaii Today, Saxena, Smriti, Skykick, Irene Jiang

Weekend reading: Vanguard is ready to let you SIPP

What caught my eye this week. H ard to make this sound anything like a (not paid for) plug, but I’m sure our many readers who’ve been waiting for it will all want to know that Vanguard is finally ready to take your money into its Personal Pension (SIPP). I covered the main features of Vanguard’s SIPP back in December, so won’t repeat that again. Instead here’s a couple of other articles that have run to mark the launch. From ThisIsMoney: Jeremy Fawcett, head of Platforum, said the Vanguard Per...
Tags: Apple, Google, UK, London, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Marketing, US, Bbc, New York Times, Financial Conduct Authority, Manchester, Jp Morgan, Hargreaves Lansdown, Financial Times, Turner

Company Buying .Org Offers To Sign a Contract Banning Price Hikes

Ethos Capital, the company controversially buying the .org top-level domain, says it will sign legally binding agreements banning steep fee increases for nonprofit domain holders and establishing an independent "stewardship council" that could veto attempts at censorship or inappropriate data use. "The rules would kick in if Ethos successfully acquires Public Interest Registry (PIR), a nonprofit organization that manages .org," reports The Verge. From the report: ICANN, which oversees the intern...
Tags: Tech, Icann, Sullivan, PIR, Goran Marby, Public Interest Registry PIR, Ethos, Marby, Community Enablement Fund

Slickwraps Data Breach Exposing Financial and Customer Info

Slickwraps, a mobile device case retailer, has suffered a major data breach exposing employee resumes, personal customer information, API credentials, and more. Bleeping Computer reports: In a post to Medium, a security researcher named Lynx states that in January 2020 he was able to gain full access to the Slickwraps web site using a path traversal vulnerability in an upload script used for case customizations. Using this access, Lynx stated that they were allegedly able to gain access to the r...
Tags: Tech, Endicott, Lynx, Bleeping Computer, BleepingComputer, Slickwraps Lynx, Jonathan Endicott, Slickwraps on Twitter

Gopher's Rise and Fall Shows How Much We Lost When Monopolists Stole the Net

Science-fiction writer, journalist and longtime Slashdot reader, Cory Doctorow, a.k.a. mouthbeef, writes: The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) just published the latest installment in my case histories of "adversarial interoperability" -- once the main force that kept tech competitive. Today, I tell the story of Gopher, the web's immediate predecessor, which burrowed under the mainframe systems' guardians and created a menu-driven interface to campus resources, then the whole internet. Gophe...
Tags: Facebook, Tech, Cory Doctorow, Slashdot, Electronic Frontier Foundation EFF, Gopher

Google warns users not to transfer Google apps on Huawei phones

Google has published a blog post warning users not to side-load Google apps and services onto Huawei devices.
Tags: Google, Android, Mobile, News, Trends, Huawei

Microsoft Brings Defender Antivirus for Linux, Coming Soon for Android and iOS

Almost within a year after releasing Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) for macOS computers, Microsoft today announced a public preview of its antivirus software for various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, RHEL, CentOS and Debian. If this news hasn't gotten you excited yet... Microsoft is also planning to soon release Defender ATP anti-malware apps for smartphones and [Author: Unknown]
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, Antivirus, Unknown, Windows Defender, Microsoft Antivirus, Antivirus For Macos, Microsoft Defender ATP, Antivirus for linux

AT&T Loses Key Ruling In Class Action Over Unlimited-Data Throttling

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: AT&T's mandatory-arbitration clause is unenforceable in a class-action case over AT&T's throttling of unlimited data, a panel of U.S. appeals court judges ruled this week. The nearly five-year-old case has gone through twists and turns, with AT&T's forced-arbitration clause initially being upheld in March 2016. If that decision had stood, the customers would have been forced to have any complaints heard individually in arbitration. But an Ap...
Tags: California, Tech, California Supreme Court, Mcgill, U S District Court, Blair, U S Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Many private WhatsApp group chat links are searchable on Google

Apparently anyone can find your group chats and join in the fun
Tags: Google, Mobile, Facebook, News, Privacy, Trends, Web, Whatsapp

The best Samsung Galaxy Fold cases and covers

Folding smartphones are new and shiny. Keep yours that way with some great protective cases and covers.
Tags: Android, Mobile, Samsung, Trends, Buying Guides, Accessory of the Week, Galaxy Fold, Samsung Galaxy Fold

The Lawyer’s Greatest Contribution To Modern Society

As they say, annoyance is the mother of invention.
Tags: Technology, Law, Trivia Question of the Day

Meet The Founders Of Black Women Talk Tech — Where They’re Building The Next Billion-Dollar Business

When Esosa Ighodaro, Lauren Washington, and Regina Gwynn met, they were navigating the challenges of growing and scaling their own businesses, on top of the fact that they were often the only women of color in the room. So in 2017, they banded together to create Black Women Talk Tech — a platform for Black women founders to support one another and help grow each other’s companies into the next billion-dollar businesses. The organization, which has 10 chapters in cities across the country a...
Tags: Google, Fashion, Music, London, New York City, America, Black, Nexstar, Gwynn, Julia, Lauren, Julia Collins, Esosa Ighodaro, Lauren Washington, Esosa Ighodaro Lauren Washington, Regina Gwynn

Spaghetti Monster Pasta Servers

Creative pasta servers designed to look like the eyes of Spaghetti Monster. From the depths of your kitchen, Pasta Monsters serve Spaghetti dinner.  Also check out: Pasta Hair Packaging
Tags: Design, Tech

A recent college grad living in New York says she makes a 6-figure income as a YouTube influencer. She broke down how she does it.

Ruby Asabor is a 22-year-old YouTube creator and entrepreneur. She has 140,000 subscribers on her YouTube channel, Lavish Ruby, which she started three years ago, and today she has established several revenue streams around her digital business.  Asabor shared how switching up her YouTube content helped her earn more money. "People that have 500,000 subscribers can still be making less than somebody that has 50,000," she said. She said on average she earns around $2,500 for a single YouTube vi...
Tags: Google, New York, Youtube, Trends, Linkedin, Paypal, Ken Burns, Adsense, UConn, Nyu, GPA, CPM, Instagram YouTube, Roberto Blake, Natalie Barbu, Ruby Asabor

Finnish City Espoo Pioneers Civic AI With Education and Explainability

While civic leaders believe AI could help reinvent government services, they are also aware of citizens' profound privacy concerns. To navigate this challenge, the Finnish city of Espoo is conducting experiments that mix consultations, transparency, and limited use cases to demonstrate the potential of civic AI. From a report: Espoo has already conducted AI trials that initially required overcoming technical hurdles but ultimately improved city services. Over the long-term, the city is crafting ...
Tags: Europe, Tech, Espoo, City Espoo Pioneers Civic AI With Education, Tomas Lehtinen, Espoo We

Dropbox's luck could be changing as its revamped platform and new executives could bring more opportunities for growth, analysts say (DBX)

Dropbox shares are back above its IPO price for the first time since September on the heels of better-than-expected earnings results.  Dropbox revamped its product in 2019 and hired four new executives, which analysts say could be a sign that the file storage company is experiencing a turnaround and there are happier days ahead. Analysts will now be looking to see how Dropbox maintains the growth that comes with its revamped product, and how a new slate of executives help the company achieve t...
Tags: Google, Drew Houston, Trends, CMO, Dropbox, Goldman Sachs, Martin Luther King Jr, Cto, Rbc, Georgetown, JMP Securities, William Blair, Zukin, Quentin Clark, Heather Bellini, Google Cloud

More Bosses Give 4-Day Workweek A Try

Companies around the world are embracing what might seem like a radical idea: a four-day workweek. From a report: The concept is gaining ground in places as varied as New Zealand and Russia, and it's making inroads among some American companies. Employers are seeing surprising benefits, including higher sales and profits. The idea of a four-day workweek might sound crazy, especially in America, where the number of hours worked has been climbing and where cellphones and email remind us of our job...
Tags: Washington, Russia, America, Tech, Britain, New Zealand, Finland, Dmitry Medvedev, Shake Shack, U S Shake Shack, Tara Comonte

Arlo Pro 3 and Apple HomeKit join forces

Arlo and Apple HomeKit have joined forces, and the result is making whole-home smart security that much easier.
Tags: Apple, News, Trends, Smart Home, Arlo, Apple HomeKit, Arlo Pro, Arlo Pro 3

Investors in LatAm get bitten by the hotel investment bug as Ayenda raises $8.7 million

Some of Latin America’s leading venture capital investors are now backing hotel chains. In fact, Ayenda, the largest hotel chain in Colombia, has raised $8.7 million in a new round of funding, according to the company. Led by Kaszek Ventures, the round will support the continued expansion of Ayenda’s chain of hotels in Colombia and beyond. The hotel operator already has 150 hotels operating under its flag in Colombia and has recently expanded to Peru, according to a statement. Financi...
Tags: Startups, TC, India, Tech, Colombia, New York Times, Tencent, Peru, Nyt, Goldman Sachs, WeWork, North America, Latin America, Kaszek Ventures, Oyo Rooms, Sequoia China

SpaceX said to be seeking around $250 million in funding, boosting valuation to roughly $36 billion

SpaceX is looking to raise around $250 million in new funding according to a new report from CNBC’s Michael Sheetz. The additional cash would bring SpaceX’s total valuation to around $36 billion, according to CNBC’s sources – an increase of more than $2.5 billion vs its most recently reported valuation. The rocket launch company founded and run by Elon Musk is no stranger to raising large sums of money – it added $1.33 billion during 2019, from three separate rounds. In total, the company ...
Tags: TC, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Tech, Nasa, Falcon 9, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Cnbc, Spacecraft, Falcon Heavy, Falcon, Outer Space, Starship, Bfr

What Internet Speeds Should You Really Be Paying For? Here’s How to Decide

If the new year brought some new gadgets — like a 4K TV, new streaming device, or even a new video game — into your life, you’re probably itching to get them hooked up and online. Just one problem, though: That 4K-quality stream you’re looking to extract from your Netflix subscription isn’t exactly in 4K, thanks to your less-than-stellar Internet connection. When it comes to Internet speeds, the jargon can get a bit confusing. In short, speeds are usually measured in megabits per second...
Tags: News, Microsoft, Internet, Uncategorized, Tech, Netflix, How To, Fortnite, Onetime

Android 11 lets you assign shortcuts to a double-tap on the back of your phone

When I moved from a Pixel 3 to 4, I found myself missing the fingerprint sensor much more than expected. Not because of the fingerprint reader itself – Google’s Face ID works surprisingly well – but because I used the fingerprint reader to pull down the notification shade all the time. It turns out Google is working on an alternative in Android 11. As spotted by XDA Developers, Android 11 includes a hidden double-tap-on-the-back-of-your-phone gesture for Pixel devices. Codenamed ‘columbus’ in an...
Tags: Google, Startups, Pixel, Insider

FBI Recommends Passphrases Over Password Complexity

An anonymous reader shares a report: For more than a decade now, security experts have had discussions about what's the best way of choosing passwords for online accounts. There's one camp that argues for password complexity by adding numbers, uppercase letters, and special characters, and then there's the other camp, arguing for password length by making passwords longer. This week, in its weekly tech advice column known as Tech Tuesday, the FBI Portland office leaned on the side of longer pass...
Tags: Tech, Fbi, Portland

PSA: Your WhatsApp groups may not be as private as you think

Don’t count on your private WhatsApp group being as private as you think. An important PSA has been making the rounds today after DW journalist Jordan Wildon noted that using Whatsapp’s “Invite to Group via Link” feature lets groups be indexed by search engines. Your WhatsApp groups may not be as secure as you think they are. The "Invite to Group via Link" feature allows groups to be indexed by Google and they are generally available across the internet. With some wildcard search terms you can e...
Tags: Google, Startups, Insider, Jordan Wildon

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