“A dystopian vision of the future is already happening in China.”

China's social credit system is making and breaking lives

#GeorgeOrwell

Thu, Sep 20th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

While many Chinese welcome the new Social Credit system being put into place by the government, this article on Australia's ABC looks at how the government can use it to silence those it considers dissidents — and a taste of things to come to the rest of the world.

Liu Hu is just one of them.

In many societies, he would be celebrated. Not in China.

Liu Hu is an investigative journalist who has uncovered corruption at the top levels of the Party and solved serial murder cases.

He says the government considers him an enemy.

Hu lost his social credit when he was charged with a speech crime and now finds himself locked out of society due to his low score.

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“The world’s first hydrogen-powered train.”

Hydrogen-powered trains now making regular service in Germany

#Technology

Wed, Sep 19th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

The Guardian reports that French-made Alstom hydrogen-powered trains have now entered commercial service in Germany. The trains, which are capable of 1,000km on a full tank, have the same range as their diesel counterparts.

Alstom is betting on the technology as a greener, quieter alternative to diesel on non-electrified railway lines – an attractive prospect to many German cities scrambling to combat air pollution.

“Sure, buying a hydrogen train is somewhat more expensive than a diesel train, but it is cheaper to run,” Stefan Schrank, the project’s manager at Alstom, said.

Also, an interesting read: living in a city where cars are banned.

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“Google isn’t liable because it is nothing and nowhere and endless.”

Google is not an American company

#GoogleWorldDomination

Tue, Sep 18th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to Eurasia Review, Google is not an American company. If anything, thanks to some clever accounting, Google is nothing more than a subsidiary of a subsidiary designed to move significant revenue around so that it can pay as little taxes as possible.

It is disgraceful. The tax dodging that has allowed Google, Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and other tech companies to become the largest and most profitable in the world – while the corporate bogeymen of yesteryear, such as Walmart, for all their faults at least put something back into the system that makes their ill-gotten gains possible – is theft on an almost indescribably massive scale. When Trump tweeted that the European Union was “taking advantage” of the United States by fining Google over an antitrust violation involving Android, he was getting things exactly backwards. It is actually…

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“Rubbish waste is now so prolific it will become fossilised.”

Earth has entered the Plastic Age

#Environment

Mon, Sep 17th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Scientists note that just like there are fossilised records of dinosaurs, humans have left their own trail with a layer of plastic found all over the world that will remind future generations of our disposable culture for millenia.

If you fast forward 10-20 million years into the future, we will have left an imprint in the geological record that will have two key characteristics – one being a stream of deposits from nuclear weapons detonations and a set of fossilised plastic remains encapsulated within the rocks of the future,” he told HuffPost UK. “There will be some future geologists scratching their heads and thinking: what were these folks up to?”

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Volvo's cab-less self-driving cloud-controlled electric truck

Vera

#Future

Sun, Sep 16th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Volvo shows off the Vera, a cab-less self-driving vehicle controlled by a cloud-based service capable of working 24/7 in port and logistic settings and with the ability to have an expanded role in transportation in the future.

Vera is an autonomous vehicle that forms part of a larger system. It has the potential to optimise transport in highly-repetitive, short distance flows with large volumes of goods, such as ports, factory areas and logistical mega centres, where it offers better delivery precision and flexibility.

The sophisticated technology enables round-the-clock operations, while the electric drivelines means a significant reduction in CO2 emissions and noise levels. A cloud-based service connects each vehicle to a transport control centre, which continuously monitors and optimises the logistics flow.

In the near future, Vera will be further developed by Volvo Trucks together with…

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Seeing the World from a Boxcar

Riding the Rails

#Travel

Sat, Sep 15th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Old but fascinating video showcasing a man who has travelled the world by riding freight cars.

It's a rough and risky lifestyle -- not to mention -- it's against the law. But this man is seeing the world from a boxcar.

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Toronto Skyline

Random photo of the day

#Photography

Fri, Sep 14th, 2018 10:46 by capnasty NEWS

Last days of summer.

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Backyard Flower

Random photo of the day

#Photography

Thu, Sep 13th, 2018 11:29 by capnasty NEWS

Fun with macros.

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“Do you really need all those features?”

Refurbished phone market is growing

#Telephone

Wed, Sep 12th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Tom's Guide looks at Back Market's argument that you don't need to upgrade your iPhone every time a new comes out. If anything, a refurbished iPhone 6S is still a very good phone and can be obtained at a significantly cheaper price than Apple's latest offerings.

Despite the iPhone X’s commercial success, plenty of people are getting increasingly tired of the yearly upgrade rat race and Apple’s ever-increasing prices for incremental feature upgrades that don’t seem to add a lot of real-world benefits -- with the notable exception of camera quality improvements.

As a result, many are looking for their next phone elsewhere. “Refurbished phones represent the fastest growing segment of the smartphone market,” Vaute claims, “Last year one in ten smartphones sold were not new and the growth rate of this segment is far outpacing that of…

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Build a Portable Car Racing Video Game Out of Cardboard

Complete with collision detection

#Games

Tue, Sep 11th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Mr. Creative shows you how to build a classic portable video game out of cardboard.

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Aug 12“Rejuvenation is Finally an Industry.” #Health
Aug 16“Lifting the electric motors out of Teslas and putting them in the chassis of other, formerly gas guzzling cars.” #Driving
Aug 15“The cost could be so near to zero it will effectively be free.” #Environment
Aug 19“This incredible inconsistency can make English really hard to master for non-native speakers.” #Languages
Aug 13“Put words between buns.” #Art
Aug 21“What if there was a thermostat that allowed you to turn down the temperature of the Earth whenever you wanted.” #Environment
Aug 17“What can we do to make responsible use of plastic a reality? First: reject the lie.” #Environment
Sep 01“These new types of sails, known as 'rotor sails' rely on a physics principle called the Magnus Effect.” #Technology
Aug 14“He portrays these abandoned malls as apocalyptic ruins.” #Photography
Aug 23“I said maybe we need a new force. We'll call it the ‘space force’.” #Politics
Aug 28“A startup that transformed a vacant Las Vegas industrial property into a center for hydroponic farming.” #Food
Aug 26“We need a new literacy for the digital age.” #Health
Jan 11How to Avoid Jury Duty
Sep 18“Google isn’t liable because it is nothing and nowhere and endless.”
Sep 19“The world’s first hydrogen-powered train.”
Mar 13The Growth of Corruption Reporting Websites
Sep 20“A dystopian vision of the future is already happening in China.”
Oct 31The Pirate Supply Store
Aug 29Japanese Robot Serves Ice Cream From Inside a Vending Machine
Jan 15“The first-ever driverless mass transit test program.”
Apr 20"Emotional-processing software has gotten so good that ad companies are looking into 'mood-targeted' advertising."
Jan 04The (Very Scary) People of Public Transit
Aug 12“Rejuvenation is Finally an Industry.”
May 21Hit "Insert Coin" Twice and Play Google Pac Man With Two Players