Toxicity in Overwatch is at an all-time low according to Blizzard

Toxicity in Overwatch is at an all-time low according to Blizzard

Despite its charming aesthetic and colourful characters, Overwatch has long been highlighted for its rampant toxicity in the casual and professional scenes alike.
Blizzard has been fighting an uphill battle, but it seems as though its efforts are finally paying off as it claims “disruptive behaviour” has fallen by a staggering 40%.
Most competitive games suffer from trolls, however Overwatch places significant emphasis on its class system and the necessity of a balanced team.
Needless to say, many people became irate when essential roles go unfulfilled, prompting the hurling of abuse and general toxic behaviour.
Blizzard introduced a number of steps last year in order to mitigate misconduct, including its endorsement system and the Looking For Group feature.
The endorsement system lets players rate other people’s conduct within game, rating them on communication, kindness and strategic aptitude.
Looking For Group allows players to search for a game while filtering for players that better compliment their roles and play style.
“It’s a difference between physical and online communities,” explains Blizzard research developer Natasha Miller during the Game Developers Conference.
“If you’re constantly tardy and you only do the bare minimum at work, you’re not going to get promoted.
You have to watch someone else who does the work get the raise… In online communities, there are usually no consequences for bad behavior and no rewards for star players.

Dr. Dre Gloats Over Daughter’s Acceptance Into USC with ‘No Jail Time’

Dr. Dre Gloats Over Daughter’s Acceptance Into USC with ‘No Jail Time’

Trolls College Bribery Scandal Parents … Dr. Dre’s rubbing a little salt in the wounds of Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman and all the other parents involved in the college bribery scandal … while gloating about his USC-bound child.
The music mogul and proud papa just shared a photo with his daughter, Truly Young, holding up her Certificate of Admissions letter from the University of Southern California … and added a savage jab.
Dre wrote … “My daughter got accepted into USC all on her own.
No jail time!!!”
As we’ve reported … Huffman, Loughlin and her husband are facing criminal charges for allegedly paying to get their kids into the prestigious school by fraudulent means.
Loughlin’s daughters have already formally left USC and could be banned from campus forever.
Dr. Dre clearly doesn’t think he has any reason to worry about something like that happening or any legal issues with her attending the college.
Some folks might take umbrage with the rapper’s claim that his daughter got accepted on her own, though — he and Jimmy Iovine founded the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy a few years back … and there’s a hall on campus named after them.
That may have had a little something to do with it … just maybe.

Fraternity expels 4 at University of Georgia chapter after racist video surfaces

Fraternity expels 4 at University of Georgia chapter after racist video surfaces

The Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity said it has expelled four members at a chapter at the University of Georgia after video surfaced appearing to show men using a racial slur about black people and talking about picking cotton. “Tau Kappa Epsilon is disgusted, appalled and angered by the remarks shown in a video of four expelled members,” the national fraternity said in a statement.
The person being hit says, “I am not black.” In the video, when someone else says “you’re not using the right words,” a racial slur can be heard.
A spokesman for Tau Kappa Epsilon said the video shared on social media is the video in question.
The fraternity said it was made aware of the video on Friday, and the event was not a Tau Kappa Epsilon function. “These four individuals acted outside the expectations of our membership and their chapter and therefore were removed from both,” Tau Kappa Epsilon said.
Tau Kappa Epsilon in a memo to the Xi-Lambda chapter dated Friday said it was temporarily suspended effective immediately.
The national fraternity spokesman said temporary suspension is standard procedure while an investigation is under way, and it “ceases all actions of the chapter without prior authorization from our office temporarily.”
Incidents involving racist videos at other fraternities and universities have occurred in recent years.
The University of Oklahoma in 2015 shut down Sigma Alpha Epsilon after video was recorded on a bus showing members chanting a racial slur and referencing lynching.

Fed. Reserve’s Raphael Bostic: I am open to all possibilities

Fed. Reserve’s Raphael Bostic: I am open to all possibilities

OAN Newsroom The Federal Reserve elaborates on claims made earlier this week, adding there is no guarantee they will leave interest rates where they are for the remainder of 2019.
In a conference at the San Francisco Fed on Friday, Raphael Bostic, president of the Atlanta Federal Reserve, said all options are still on the table regarding interest rates.
This comes after the agency announced a stunning turn around on Wednesday, declaring they will not manipulate rates, despite earlier predictions of at least two increases in 2019.
The U.S. economy is in a good place and we will continue to use our monetary policy tools to help keep it there,” said chairman Jerome Powell.
“The data that we’re seeing are not currently sending a signal which suggests moving in either direction for me, which is really why we’re being patient.” Now, Bostic is emphasizing he hasn’t ruled out possible rate hikes later in the year, citing inflation or labor market decline as two data points that could trigger rises.
However, forecasts from the fed show 11 out of 17 policymakers anticipate no rate increases this year, compared to last year’s ratio of only 2 of 17.

Antwon Rose’s mother: ‘It isn’t what I hoped for, but it’s what I expected’

Antwon Rose’s mother: ‘It isn’t what I hoped for, but it’s what I expected’

Barely an hour after a verdict acquitting the former police officer who killed her son, Michelle Kenney spoke with defiant frustration in her living room in the Hawkins Village housing project in Rankin.
“It isn’t what I hoped for, but it’s what I expected,” she said, surrounded by a somber group of friends and relatives, their heads lowered as Ms. Kenney gave an interview to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Ms. Kenney, whose son, Antwon Rose II, was shot in the back June 19 while running from East Pittsburgh police Officer Michael Rosfeld, said she had been quiet for months in compliance with a judge’s gag order in the resulting homicide case.
She had hoped that patient restraint would assist in justice for her son, but that time for her has ended.
She felt her son ended up dead due to his race, and that the defense case at the trial made Mr. Rosfeld out to be the victim.
“I hope that man never sleeps at night,” she said of Mr. Rosfeld.
“I hope he gets as much sleep as I do, which is none.” Ms. Kenney alluded to the Tree of Life massacre and how the heavily armed suspect accused of 11 killings in that case was able to survive his arrest by police, while her unarmed son’s life ended in his teens.
“I cried for Antwon.
I don’t ever cry about Michael Rosfeld,” she said.
Andrew Goldstein: agoldstein@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1352.

False Alarm Caused By Loud Escalator

False Alarm Caused By Loud Escalator

Ahora mismo posible atentado en #Disneylandparis pic.twitter.com/Qyq8tnUmPR — kemalEsMio (@kemalesmio) March 23, 2019 Footage of the incident shows panic spreading as visitors at the amusement park scream and run for cover Saturday night after hearing loud noises.
Turns out, the sounds came from a faulty escalator and there’s no threat to the public … but it still caused chaos.
Police reportedly say people mistook the sounds for gunfire or detonations, and there was a brief stampede before Disneyland officials and law enforcement got things under control.
France: Disneyland Paris, Firefighters evacuate the visitors.
23-03-2019 pic.twitter.com/P4P8lU6ILU — Rowan Van Dijk (@Lastkombo) March 23, 2019 Disneyland Paris says … “There has been no explosions, no shootings, no injuries.
It a false alarm.”
The panic’s understandable, considering Paris was the scene of a coordinated series of terrorist attacks in November 2015 that killed 130 people and included bombs and mass shootings.
Fortunately, this is not another attack … but Disney better fix that escalator pronto.

How to Play Flamenco Guitar

How to Play Flamenco Guitar

Flamenco is more than a guitar playing style.
[3] To play a hammer-on, play a note on one string and then add a finger to the same string so that you’re playing a higher note.
Practicing chords and moving between chords without strumming is a good way to increase speed in and strength in the fingers of your left hand.
If you’re just starting out, placing your middle finger over top of your index finger can help you understand the pressure required to press down the strings cleanly.
4 Use the picado technique to play scales.
If you already know single-line scales, you can use them to practice this flamenco technique.
Most flamenco guitarists specialize in 1 or 2 styles rather than trying to learn them all.
2 Start with the Rumba style.
Once you’ve mastered the rhythm and meter of the flamenco style you want to play, you’re ready to start building melodies based on common flamenco scales.
Tap your fingers on the body of the guitar as you play, either above or below the strings.

Portland, Oregon Now Generates Energy from Its City Water Pipes

Portland, Oregon Now Generates Energy from Its City Water Pipes

The people tasked with running American cities need to give Portland, Oregon a long, hard look cause they’ve launched a new, brilliant method for generating electricity.
Portland has partnered with a company called Lucid Energy to generate clean electricity for the city by utilizing the water already flowing beneath the city.
A section of Portland’s water system was replaced by pipes designed by Lucid Energy that contain four 42″ turbines.
As the water flows through the pipes under the city’s streets, the turbines spin and provide energy that is put into the city’s electrical grid.
Lucid Energy says this will be “first project in the U.S. to secure a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for renewable energy produced by in-pipe hydropower in a municipal water pipeline.” One big advantage that this type of energy-generating system has is that it isn’t affected by the weather, like solar and wind power are.
Hopefully, city planners and civic leaders around the country are paying attention to what’s going on in Portland.

The Octobasse Is an Enormous Stringed Instrument That Creates Sounds Too Low for Humans to Hear

The Octobasse Is an Enormous Stringed Instrument That Creates Sounds Too Low for Humans to Hear

You probably think you know the taxonomy of stringed instruments.
Violins are the tiniest ones, followed by violas, cellos, and basses.
But there is another, way huger instrument, appropriately named the octobasse, which sounds like a mythical monster.
The octobasse is a string instrument that can create sounds so low, humans can’t hear them.
What is the point of that, you ask?
Maybe to feel the vibrations?
Unclear, but it’s pretty metal.
But there is a playable replica at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona.
The octobass is in use by exactly one (1) orchestra in the world: the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.
Is it amazing or is it terrifying?

The 1897 Ellis Island Fire

The 1897 Ellis Island Fire

The first immigration station built on Ellis Island in New York in 1892 was a firetrap from the beginning.
The main building was made of over four million feet of resin-soaked lumber, with no effort put into fireproofing.
When the inevitable happened just after midnight on June 15, 1897, there were between 180 and 250 immigrants asleep on the island, plus the staff.
The fire apparently began in the kitchen, and spread to all the buildings on the island.
While all this chaos was going on, one attendant who was not on duty that night slept right through the alarm and continued sleeping in an upstairs room.
According to Samuel Peterson, he was sleeping in a room over the restaurant when he was awakened by Dr. Senner’s Newfoundland dog, Jack, who was trying to drag him out of bed.
Jack had reportedly run up the stairs and through the flames and smoke to wake Samuel, who had become overcome by the smoke.
The dog also came to the rescue of one of the firemen who worked in the restaurant and slept in a room above Samuel’s room (again, news reports differ on the number of men who were rescued from the rooms above the restaurant).
Jack wasn’t the only hero of the fire, and astonishingly, no one died.
Read the story of the Ellis Island fire and the history of New York City’s role in US immigration at The Hatching Cat.

10 Vintage Photos That Prove Mark Twain Was a Crazy Cat Lady

10 Vintage Photos That Prove Mark Twain Was a Crazy Cat Lady

Writers everywhere are going to want to fist bump masters like Ernest Hemingway, T.S Eliot, Patricia Highsmith, and yes, Mark Twain, and not just for their literary prowess.
It’s because they, like us, really loved cats.
It’s a fun tidbit about Twain – real name Samuel Clemons – and the truth is that he wasn’t just a cat lover.
The man was truly nuts about felines.
The proof, in his own words: “If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat.” He owned around 19 cats during his life and gave them super fun names like Buffalo Bill, Sour Mash, Zoroaster, Soapy Sal, and Pestilence.
He clearly had has favorites.
Twain wrote about cats, with kitties making appearances in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and in a lesser-known work called Concerning Cats: Two Tales by Mark Twain that he used to read to his daughters to help them fall asleep.
When Clemons traveled sans cats, he would ask to rent them wherever he was staying so he wouldn’t have to go without – one such event was documented in New England Today.
It occurred in Dublin, New Hampshire, in 1906 when Clemons rented three kittens for the summer.
One was called Sackcloth and the other two, being identical, both came to the name Ashes.

Advocacy of Stunning Lands Pays Off: New Zealand Approves Largest National Park Expansion in History

Advocacy of Stunning Lands Pays Off: New Zealand Approves Largest National Park Expansion in History

The borders of this beautiful New Zealand park have been expanded by 158,000 acres (64,000 hectares), making it the largest addition of land to a national park in the nation’s history.
Kahurangi National Park is located on the northwestern coast of New Zealand and is known for its diverse landscapes of high plateaus, freshwater swamps, and coastal forests.
The news of the national park’s expansion, which now includes an area known as the Mōkihinui lands, was praised by national conservation groups who have been advocating for the national park to include the Mōkikinui River catchment.
Due to a large opposition campaign led by the conservation organization Forest & Bird, the development project was cancelled in 2012.
SEE MORE GOOD NEWS FROM NEW ZEALAND on GNN Here The cancellation of the dam was a huge win for the organization, but they knew that their fight to protect the river was not over; the organization felt it was essential to advocate for the reclassification of the Mōkihinui River to conserve land as part of the Kahurangi national park.
“Keeping our wild rivers free from major development is important to New Zealanders,” says Forest & Bird regional manager Debs Martin.
The reclassification of the area will prevent another company from applying for permits for other projects.
LOOK: 700 Acres of Massive 1,000-Year-old Redwoods Are Being Turned into a Public Park The inclusion of Mōkihinui lands to Kahurangi National Park will be made official on April 11th, 2019, and will increase the size of the park by 14%.
Conservation Minster Eugenie Sage announced the addition to Kahurangi National Park and stressed the importance of advocacy.
RELATED: Swiss Businessman is Contributing $1 Billion Towards Protecting 30% of the Planet “A big thanks to the many New Zealanders and the Department of Conservation who spoke up for the river,” said Sage.

WOODY: Despite disappointing ending, VCU now has mindset to improve on a very good season

WOODY: Despite disappointing ending, VCU now has mindset to improve on a very good season

The Rams deserved it, not just for the effort they gave against the University of Central Florida in the first round of the NCAA tournament, but for what they gave each other, their coaches and their fans, beginning almost as soon as the 2017-18 season ended, continuing through the off-season in the dog days of summer, into the preseason, the non-conference games and the grind of an Atlantic-10 Conference season.
Progess, the head coach knew, depended on the players buying into the effort required to win championships and advance to the NCAA tournament.
To be where we are right now says a lot about the guys’ commitment to building the culture of the program.
We’re proud of the year we had.
Without that regular season title, VCU would not have been in the NCAA tournament.
There were no easy baskets on follow shots around the rim.
That gave the Knights’ license to run out on shooters with more abandon than most teams can afford.
Rhoades pushed hard, and when the players saw there was no room for compromise in his stance, they had no choice but to accept his mandate.
I’m so impressed with the season we had.
But I’m think I’m most proud of their growth as young men, of being coachable, of accepting our being demanding of their effort and approach, of saying you’re more than just a player You’re a great communicator.

Shots fired into Rosfeld defense attorney’s law office

Shots fired into Rosfeld defense attorney’s law office

Shots were fired overnight into the Monroeville law office of Patrick J. Thomassey — the defense attorney for acquitted former East Pittsburgh police Officer Michael Rosfeld.
“I got a call last night, about 12:30 this morning,” Mr. Thomassey said Saturday morning.
“They don’t know what happened, just that some bullets were shot into my office.” A jury found Mr. Rosfeld not guilty Friday night in the fatal shooting of Antwon Rose II.
Shortly before midnight, Monroeville police received reports of shots fired in the area of Monroeville Boulevard and James Street, Monroeville police Chief Doug Cole said Saturday.
“We found several bullet holes in the building itself, including one in the front window, and there was damage to his office,” Chief Cole said.
“Five to eight shots [were fired] based on some of the damage to the building.” No one was in the law office, in the 1900 block of James Street, at the time of the shooting, but there are homes within 25 to 50 feet of the law office, police said. “As was stated last night, our office disagreed with the verdict and we understand the frustration of everyone who was hoping for and expecting a different outcome,” wrote a spokesman for Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. in a release Saturday afternoon. “However, the community needs to realize that when such frustration becomes hateful and violent, there will be ramifications for those involved in that behavior.”
#BREAKING: At least 2 gunshots fired into law office of #MichaelRosfeld ‘s defense attorney Pat Thomassey.
@KDKA pic.twitter.com/5hRnPPDSeh — MEGHAN SCHILLER (@MeghanKDKA) March 23, 2019

Northern US and Canada will have rare chance to see Northern Lights, forecast says

Northern US and Canada will have rare chance to see Northern Lights, forecast says

The Northern Lights, or the Aurora Borealis.
The Vikings thought it was a road to the Gods, but we now know exactly what those beautiful lights actually are.
Buzz60 If you are lucky, the Northern Lights may be coming to a sky near you this weekend.
At least it might if you live in Canada, parts of Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Michigan, Maine, New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire, according to The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF)’s Geophysical Institute’s aurora forecast.
Normally, such particles simply collide with gas particles in Earth’s atmosphere and put on their colorful display, much like the glow of a neon light.
Oxygen molecules give off a familiar, ghostly green aurora, while nitrogen produces blue or red.
While no cause of alarm for personal safety, or even the sensitive North American power grids, the arrival of this potent burst of energy can trigger a geomagnetic storm and disrupt the delicate balance around the poles.
To get the best view, look to the east Saturday night before midnight, as the aurora rises, or to the west after midnight.
Another warning: Don’t expect aurora borealis to put on a dazzling show farther south, where it might appear as only a glow on the horizon in places like Detroit and Chicago.
Keep up to date at NOAA’s aurora 30-minute forecast and UAF’s aurora forecast sites.

Man Asks for Advice on How to Handle His Wife “Doing Nothing” with the House and Kids – Instantly Regrets It

Man Asks for Advice on How to Handle His Wife “Doing Nothing” with the House and Kids – Instantly Regrets It

This is one time when reading the comments on the internet is not only okay, but will make you feel as if everything is right with the world instead of the other way around.
It all started when a man posted this question on a Facebook page called Man Who Has It All.
His wife doesn’t clean the house or take responsibility for the kids, and he wants to know what he should do about it?
As you probably can guess, the women of the internet had a good belly laugh about how the men in their lives don’t do much to clean the house and also, even if they play with the kids, don’t take much responsibility when it comes to the heavy lifting of parenting.
Imagine a world where gender roles were reversed.
Where it was acceptable for women to behave as men do when it comes to cohabiting or parenting.
That’s all we’re saying, Ben.
Just stop and think about your question and why it seems acceptable to you to ask it and what that says about the world we live in.
For his part, Ben did have regrets about posting his question… Which honestly just delighted everyone more.

Eating Magic Mushrooms Really Can Boost Your Creativity…for a Little While

Eating Magic Mushrooms Really Can Boost Your Creativity…for a Little While

Researchers have found that people who drank a tea made from hallucinatory mushrooms showed improvement, empathy, and creative thinking – and while they didn’t last forever, these effects could be seen long after the intense, mind-altering mushroom trip wore off.
The study, published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, asked participants to submit to a wide range of psychological tests the day before and the day after consuming shroom tea, then again one week later.
The tests were designed to evaluate both convergent and divergent thinking – the first refers to the process of scanning lots of information in order to come up with a single solution to a complex challenge while the latter involves inventing a bunch of possible solutions based on a tiny amount of information.
The results showed a significant increase in divergent thinking the day immediately following the mushroom experiment and increased improvement in convergent thinking for the following week.
Empathy levels were also enhanced through the entire period, an outcome that correlated with an increase in general life satisfaction.
The results of this and other studies are limited in scope, so more research on more people is needed for the ideas to move forward.
That said, the use of psychedelics by physicians and therapists may well be the way of the future when it comes to treating mental health.

Police Officer Praised for Answering 911 Call to Save Missing Teddy Bear for Boy With Autism

Police Officer Praised for Answering 911 Call to Save Missing Teddy Bear for Boy With Autism

Losing a teddy bear may not be the kind of emergency that is typically handled by the police – but when an anxious boy with autism dialed 911 for help finding his missing stuffed animal, this compassionate police officer didn’t hesitate to respond.
Earlier this week, 12-year-old Ryan Paul was frantically searching through his home in Woodbridge, New Jersey in hopes of finding his teddy bear.
When he couldn’t find the toy, he remembered how his parents had told him that he should dial 911 in case of emergencies.
Ryan then called the police dispatcher and said: “The teddy bear fell down again.
Don’t worry, I’ll rescue you.
As it turns out, Manzini was just the man for the job.
Using the specialized training that he received from the POAC Autism Services on dealing with special needs citizens, he was able to work with Ryan and figure out the motivation behind his call.
RELATED: Watch the Sweet Moment When a Police Officer Soothes Frightened Student With Muppet Song Manzini then joined the search for the teddy bear until he finally managed to uncover the missing teddy bear – and Ryan was delighted.
“Ryan was very happy to see me,” Manzini told News 12 New Jersey.
“And I was actually happy to see him happy and that we had gotten the teddy bear back.” Though Ryan’s parents say that they now plan on teaching their son about which emergencies necessitate calling 911, they expressed their overwhelming appreciation for Manzini’s kindness and professionalism.

The Adidas Test to Sell Shoes Made of Ocean Plastic was So Successful, They’re Going Even Further

The Adidas Test to Sell Shoes Made of Ocean Plastic was So Successful, They’re Going Even Further

Adidas has spent the last four years curbing ocean pollution by recycling plastic beach waste into shoes – and because their customers have been so eager for the product, the company is kicking it up a notch.
Adidas produced more than five million pairs of recycled plastic waste shoes in 2018, and they plan to incorporate the waste into at least 11 million this year.
In addition to shoes, the company has also used it to make the first ever football jerseys made from recycled materials.
The sporting goods manufacturer first started making the shoes in collaboration with environmental group Parley for the Oceans back in 2015.
And, in 2016, Adidas stores stopped using plastic bags.
“This includes the use of sustainable materials, the reduction of CO2 emissions and waste prevention.
“In 2018 alone, we saved more than 40 tons of plastic waste in our offices, retail stores, warehouses and distribution centers worldwide and replaced it with more sustainable solutions.” Additionally, Adidas is committed to using only recycled polyester in every product and application where a solution exists by 2024.
As a founding member of the Better Cotton Initiative, Adidas meanwhile sources only sustainably produced cotton.
MORE: Historic Pacific Cleanup Vessel Has Been Successful With Trials at Sea And Will Soon Hit the Patch Recently, Adidas signed the Climate Protection Charter for the Fashion Industry at the UN Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland—and agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% before 2030.
Inform Your Friends for Their Next Shoe Purchase—Share To Social Media – Photo by Adidas

Defying Allies, Italy Signs On to New Silk Road With China

Defying Allies, Italy Signs On to New Silk Road With China

Riccardo Antimiani/EPA, via Shutterstock ROME — Italy resisted the entreaties and warnings of its European Union and American allies on Saturday by officially joining China’s vast new Silk Road at a signing ceremony with President Xi Jinping of China, a move that crystallized shifting geopolitical balances and the populist Italian government’s willingness to break with its traditional partners.
Italy became the first of the Group of 7 nations that once dominated the global economy to take part in China’s “One Belt One Road” project, which makes enormous infrastructure investments to move Chinese goods and resources throughout Asia, Africa and Europe.
The Trump administration, which tried and failed to stop the deal, focused in the days leading up to Mr. Xi’s visit on blocking any Italian use of 5G wireless networks developed by the Chinese electronics giant Huawei, which Washington warned could be used by Beijing to spy on communications networks.
Against the backdrop of Italian, Chinese and European flags, a host of Chinese and Italian ministers and business leaders signed 29 separate agreements at the Villa Madama, marking the culmination of Mr. Xi’s visit to Rome, where he was welcomed as a prized ally and, critics said, conqueror.
Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, Italy’s most powerful politician, was notably absent from the signing ceremony.
“Like someone in the United States said ‘America first,’” Mr. Di Maio said, “I continue to repeat ‘Italy first’ in commercial relations.” The Chinese leader punctuated the signings by shaking the hand of Mr. Conte before flying off to the Sicilian capital, Palermo, a port city that hopes to benefit from Chinese investment, tourism and orange exports to China.
But opponents of the project in the Trump administration and in the European Union worry that Italy has turned itself into a Trojan Horse, allowing China’s economic — and potentially military and political — expansion to reach into the heart of Europe.
He also argued that Italy’s European partners, who do billions of dollars more business every year with China, had already let them in.
“We are the country in Europe and probably the world that would least fear a Trojan effect,” said Mr. Geraci, adding that because he had lived in China for a decade, “I know China very well, and we are more able than others to spot any risks.” Even critics of the government argued that the agreement gave Italy a chance to catch up to Germany and France, which had much more business with China than Italy did.
“It’s a positive thing,” said former Prime Minister Romano Prodi, who attended the state dinner for Mr. Xi on Friday night.

How to Keep Bleached Hair Healthy

How to Keep Bleached Hair Healthy

Bleaching your hair dries it out which can lead to dull, damaged locks.
You can find purple shampoo formulated for bleached hair at your salon as well as beauty supply stores.
[2] You can use the purple shampoo each time you wash your hair.
If you plan to be outside, you can apply a UV-protectant product to your tresses to limit the damage from the sun’s rays.
1 Shampoo your hair every 3 days to keep it from drying out.
If you skip the shampoo in the shower but still wet your hair, be sure to apply conditioner.
Apply it from the mid-lengths of your hair to the ends and rinse it out with cool, not warm, water to close the cuticle and lock in the moisture.
Sprinkle a small amount of powder on the roots, or spray the dry shampoo 6 inches (15 cm) from your roots.
A leave-in conditioner can provide your hair with much-needed moisture and prevent it from drying out during the day.
[8] You can use a leave-in conditioner every day if you want, or only once or twice per week.

Imitating Art in Life with a Reverse-Engineered Tattoo

Imitating Art in Life with a Reverse-Engineered Tattoo

That’s fine; the world needs both professions.
But when you need a circuit designed, you’re better off turning to an EE rather than a tattoo artist.
Disaster lies that way.
Surprisingly, [Missa]’s tattoo of a heart-shaped circuit turned out at least to be plausible design, even if it’s not clear what it’s supposed to do.
So her friend [Jeremy Elson] took up the challenge to create a circuit that looked like the tattoo while actually doing something useful.
He had to work around the results of tattoo artistic license, like sending traces off to the board’s edge and stranding surface-mount components without any traces.
The artist had rendered an 8-pin DIP device, albeit somewhat proportionally challenged, so [Jeremy] went with an ATtiny85, threw on a couple of SMD resistors and a cap, and placed two LEDs for the necessary blinkenlights.
Most of the SMDs are fed from traces on the back of the board that resurface through vias, and a small coin cell hidden on the back powers it.
There’s a surprising amount of crossover between the worlds of electronics and tattooing.
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This Delta Flight Was Piloted By A Mother And Daughter Flight Crew

This Delta Flight Was Piloted By A Mother And Daughter Flight Crew

A passenger on a Delta Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Atlanta shared a photo of a mother-daughter pilot team — and the internet can’t get enough of it.
Wendy Rexon and her first-officer daughter, Kelly Rexon. “Just flew from LAX to ATL on Delta piloted by this mother daughter flight crew.
Great Flight.
Inspiring for young women,” he wrote.
Watret — who is chancellor of the Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida — learned about the crew’s relationship after a woman boarding the aircraft asked a flight attendant if her two kids could visit the pilots. “I thought that was amazing.
I was in awe. “It’s good for aviation and inspiring for all of us.”
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Dyson’s V11 vacuum automatically changes its suction power to last longer

Dyson’s V11 vacuum automatically changes its suction power to last longer

When I reviewed the V10 last year, I had to constantly think about which power setting to use – do I want more suction or longer runtime?
Dyson’s stuck a 20 percent more powerful motor and bigger battery in the vacuum, but the biggest change is the V11’s Dynamic Load Sensor.
The DLS is able to detect the resistance on the motorized brush head and adjust suction power accordingly.
Unfortunately, this feature only works with the Torque Drive Cleaning head, so you’ll still have to switch power modes manually for the other attachments.
The V11 comes in two variants.
The cheaper model ($599.99) will still feature automatic suction adjustment, just without the LCD.
The company also introduced a new task light dubbed the Lightcycle.
Its main claim to fame is the ability to adjust its brightness and color temperature based both on the time of day and the user’s age.
The Dyson Pure Cool Me is a personal fan and air purifier, meant to be placed on a desk or table and aimed at your face rather than providing the whole-house circulation the company’s other fans are known for.
The V11 and Pure Cool Me are available from Dyson’s site now, while the Lightcycle is up for pre-order – it’ll ship in a few week’s time.

Safety-Obsessed Volvo Goes After Distracted, Speedy Drivers

Safety-Obsessed Volvo Goes After Distracted, Speedy Drivers

After announcing a few weeks ago that it will limit the top speed of all its new cars to 112 mph, Volvo will roll out efforts to eliminate impaired driving, keep young drivers in check, and help its competitors benefit from its years of safety research.
Improving driver behavior hinges on knowing how the driver is behaving, so Volvo—at an event also marking 60 years since it introduced the three-point safety belt—will start putting inward-facing cameras in all its cars.
These will point at the driver, running their images through algorithms that consider eye movement, posture, steering and braking reaction times, and long term patterns.
The challenge here is to design systems that properly interpret how people are driving, and that owners won’t use as a backstop for their own distraction or inebriation.
But it’s the built-in 112 mph cap that’s more likely to rile up freedom-minded drivers.
If you’re going to cap any driving population’s speed, Volvo owners are a pretty safe bet.
“Limiting it to 112 mph would of course discourage the boy-racers from taking up the brand, and I think that’s rather good.
That said, Gustafsson doesn’t expect to sacrifice performance.
But Samuelsson doesn’t think Volvo will stand alone for long.
“I will be very surprised if all cars didn’t have speed limiters in five years’ time,” he said.

Giant Military Contract Has a Hitch: A Little-Known Entrepreneur

Giant Military Contract Has a Hitch: A Little-Known Entrepreneur

At 26, he quit his job in private equity in Northern California, where he had grown up and gone to college, and then moved to India to found Burrp!, a local search site similar to Yelp.
Before the case was filed last year, the Pentagon found that Mr. Ubhi had no improper influence, and it continued evaluating the proposals despite Oracle’s lawsuit.
But Ms. Smith declined to identify the officials who would be involved with choosing the winner.
Adopting technologies widely used in the private sector is key to the mission of the defense digital service, the Pentagon tech team Mr. Ubhi joined in 2016.
In court documents, Oracle argues that Mr. Ubhi worked on JEDI when the Pentagon decided to take the approach of hiring a single cloud provider.
When the Air Force awarded a different cloud project to multiple vendors, Mr. Ubhi wrote that the contract “makes me weep.” Oracle says Mr. Ubhi clearly favored Amazon over other tech companies.
At the end of October 2017, Mr. Ubhi recused himself from JEDI, saying Amazon and his restaurant start-up, Tablehero, “may soon engage in further partnership discussions.” Two weeks later, he resigned and then rejoined Amazon, where he still works on the commercial, not government, side of the business, the company said.
Both Oracle and IBM filed protests with the Government Accountability Office, which adjudicates federal contract challenges.
The delays from the Oracle lawsuit could help Microsoft.
When he was working on the project, Mr. Ubhi said that bolstering national security was the point.

Robot Telephone Operator Handles Social Media For You

Robot Telephone Operator Handles Social Media For You

Social media has become pervasive in modern life.
It can be impossible to get so much as an invite to a party without offering up your personal data at the altar of the various tech companies.
Naturally, automation was the answer.
[David] aptly named his robot Telephone Operator, and that’s precisely what it does.
Stepper motors and a servo allow the robot’s capacitive appendage to interact with the touch screen on [David]’s iPhone.
A camera is fitted, and combined with OpenCV, the robot is capable of a great many important tasks.
Reposting inane tweets?
Easy.
Asking your pal Mike what’s up?
Of course, if you’re too in love with social media to trust an automaton, you might instead prefer to wear your likes on your sleeve.

Machine learning academics are flocking to tech giants and that might be a problem

Machine learning academics are flocking to tech giants and that might be a problem

With the expansion of tech companies like Google, Amazon and Uber, artificial intelligence-based research and products is a growth industry that’s only just getting started.
“It’s five times the salary I can offer,” Paja said.
A respected machine learning academic, she will join the Stanford faculty in 2019, and has also worked at Google Brain.
“I think that the benefits are that academics can build better connections with industry labs and this can mean that there is better access for some academics to industry-level compute and industry-level data resources, but I also think that there are certainly downsides.
“Many schools have faculty that are spending more time in industry and less time in academia.
It also leads to faculty potentially having more conflicts of interest and they’re not necessarily an independent academic entity that’s trying to conduct research independently of any companies’ interests, and now have an affiliation with a company.” A Rising Tide Raises All Ships That being said, Chelsea is quick to note that she does see the benefit of working with companies on a part-time basis.
There are certain situations in machine learning research where, to effectively make progress, you need the large-scale computing and robotic hardware that are only really available in larger tech companies’ R&D labs.
“I hope to make a positive change and a positive impact on the diversity of the community through various outreach efforts.” In 2017, Chelsea co-organised the first BAIR Camp – a week-long program in partnership with AI for All that invited underprivileged high school students from the Bay Area to learn more about the fields of machine learning and artificial intelligence.
An Issue of Demand and Supply Clearly, the scope for and demand for machine learning expertise is only going to continue increasing.
The issue is that, as an area of research and resulting careers, machine learning has to reach a wider set of demographics who are then able to participate in it.

Why Netflix Won’t Be Part of Apple TV

Why Netflix Won’t Be Part of Apple TV

In a second sign of frayed relations between the two companies, Netflix has decided to opt out of the Apple bundle, which will upsell subscriptions to HBO and CBS in addition to its original programming.
We want to have people watch our service — or our content on our service.
The main draw is the bundle, the one-stop service for all kinds of media.
They can also go through Comcast to purchase an HBO or a Netflix subscription.
Hulu has 25 million.
It also explains why HBO (owned by AT&T), Showtime, CBS and Starz could show up on Apple’s service Monday.
Even HBO’s own streaming service, HBO Now, had a slow start until Amazon Prime started marketing it.
Now, it’s a $40 billion business.
CBS, $14 billion.
Netflix, $16 billion.

Retrotechtacular: Nellie The School Computer

Retrotechtacular: Nellie The School Computer

That’s certainly the case for the majority of schools, but not all of them.
In early 1969 the BBC’s Tomorrow’s World visited a school with a computer, and in both technology and culture it was a world away from those schools a decade later that would have received those BBC Micros.
The school in question was The Forrest Grammar School, Winnersh, about 35 miles west of London, and the computer in question was a by-then-obsolete National Elliott 405 mainframe that had been donated four years earlier by the British arm of the food giant Nestlé.
The school referred to it as “Nellie” — a concatenation of the two brand names.
We get a brief look at some of their software too — no operating systems here, everything’s machine code on paper tape — as a teacher plays a reaction timer game and the computer wins at noughts and crosses (tic-tac-toe).
One of them has even written a high-level language interpreter on which younger children solve maths problems.
Of course, a 1950s mainframe with hundreds or thousands of tubes was never a particularly reliable machine, and we see them enacting their failure routine, before finally replacing a faulty delay line.
This is a fascinating watch on so many levels, not least because of its squeaky-clean portrayal of adolescent boys.
This is what teenagers were supposed to be like, but by the late 1960s they must in reality have been anything but that away from the cameras.
In 1974 the Government abolished the grammar school system to create new one-size-fits-all comprehensive schools, one of which the Forrest school duly became.

Hacker Abroad: Visiting Espressif and Surprising Subway Ads

Hacker Abroad: Visiting Espressif and Surprising Subway Ads

Thursday was my final day in Shanghai.
The backstory on how he found his way to the company is truly interesting, as are the stories he shared on some of the legend and lore surrounding the WiFi capable chips the company makes — and the new one whose existence just leaked out this week.
They’ve come a long way since the early days of AT-commands and very limited GPIO on the original ESP8266 offerings.
That said, it was the low cost to adding WiFi to any project made the chip revolutionary.
This explains the AT command firmware that originally shipped with the modules.
That led to the desire for more GPIO, which we saw with the release of the ESP32.
I am fascinated by the story of how Ivan came to be at Espressif.
Seems the company is hiring hardware hackers doing interesting things with their chips (Jeroen Domburg — Sprite_TM — has a similar path to the company) and I like that philosophy!
POV LED Billboard for Your Commute After my visit so Espressif I set out for the subway to make my way back to the airport and happened upon some unique advertising.
The display uses persistence of vision so that to your eye the video ads are moving along with the train, rather than whizzing by it.

Kid Rover Is Six Wheels Of Awesome

Kid Rover Is Six Wheels Of Awesome

[Kris Temmerman] decided to go a little bit farther, however.
The result is a kid rover that’s sure to be the envy of every neighbourhood child for a few zipcodes around.
The chassis is an all-aluminium affair, making TIG welding the perfect choice for the job.
Of course, [Kris] wasn’t content to simply build a basic go-kart or buggy.
This sweet ride is inspired by the rocker-bogie designs of NASA’s Mars rovers, giving it the ride height and flexibility to roam over serious obstacles.
Naturally, there’s six-wheel drive and four-wheel steering to complete the dynamic package.
It’s a beautifully crafted vehicle, and a testament to [Kris]’s machining and design skills.
We can’t wait to see it given a shakedown run on the muddy fields of Belgium.
If you’re eager to start your own rocker-bogie build, NASA’s got the open source designs to get you started.
Video after the break.

Should You Use Hubitat to Automate Your Smarthome?

Should You Use Hubitat to Automate Your Smarthome?

The first step in building a smarthome is often choosing a hub, and there are many options.
Hubitat Is a Powerful Hub for Your Smarthome One thing is still true; there are too many smarthome hubs from which to choose.
What makes it different from most smarthome hubs is its emphasis on local control and incredibly advanced automations.
Most Hubs Are Cloud-Based, But Hubitat Is Local Other major smarthome hubs, like Wink and SmartThings, are cloud-first devices with perhaps some local control added afterward.
Without some support for local control, this doesn’t work when your internet goes down.
Hubitat handles most of the work locally, which offers several benefits.
Because your command doesn’t have to go over the internet and back, you’ll see your lights turn on and off more quickly compared to Wink or Smartthings.
Simply put, Wink and SmartThings aren’t capable of this detailed level of automation.
You’ll also need to learn how those apps and rules work.
Should You Get Hubitat?

Found: York’s First Railway Station

Found: York’s First Railway Station

During construction work on a new housing development in the historic English city of York, crews unearthed the remains of the city’s very first railroad station.
According to Minster FM, a team from LS Archaeology, along with workers from Squibb Demolition, oversaw excavation of a layer of the site containing remnants of the historic structure, including platforms, train turntables, auxiliary buildings, and drainage systems.
The station was built in the 1840s, mostly from wood.
Although the structure represented the vision of the 19th-century architect George Townsend Andrews, a man named George Hudson was the primary force behind the establishment of the station.
Known as “The Railway King,” Hudson was pivotal in framing and developing York as a transportation hub.
With this influence, he was able to route the line heading from Newcastle to London so that it passed through York.
Passengers would no longer simply bypass the walled city—a boon for its economic prospects.
By 1837, Hudson had become the chairman of the York & North Midland Railway Company, and within seven years, he controlled more than 1,000 miles of tracks.
The station eventually became obsolete; a new station was built around 1877.
One of the more pristine artifacts unearthed at the site, a train turntable, used to rotate entire locomotives and cars to go back the way they came or shuffle them off in another direction, will be included in the final landscaping of the new development.

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