I have been a pilot for 30 years, a software developer for more than 40. I have written extensively about both aviation and software engineering. Now it’s time for me to write about both together.
The company says it “unintentionally” uploaded the email contacts of users without their permission when they signed up to the social media site.
Truly Tall Grass
I realized this morning that Donald Trump’s behaviour reminds me of Mao in his later years: Arbitrary even capricious actions, attacks on “intellectuals”, attempts to muzzle the press, xenophobia and promoting a fear of outsiders, etc.
Constructing new wind and solar projects would be less expensive than continuing to run 74 percent of existing U.S. coal plants, according to a new study. (86% of plants by 2025)
The Drafts iOS app has morphed into a database of links for me!
All I need now is an easy way to aggregate them at the end of the day and I will consider it complete! (For a little while.)
*The only thing holding me back from going to the Pro version is my demonstrated inability to deal with negative option marketing in time.
A new analysis found that for each additional 300 milligrams a day of cholesterol in the diet — and the more eggs you ate — the greater the risk for cardiovascular disease.
…pre-election budget expected to include subsidies for… electric cars as part of Ottawa’s long-promised commitment to adopt a zero-emission vehicle strategy to reduce [carbon] emissions.
Now listening to The Frontline Dispatch podcast, s2e1. It starts with quite the twist.
Reuters: [Evidence for man-made global warming hits 'gold standard': scientists](https://www.reuters.com/article/us-climatechange-temperatures/evidence-for-man-made-global-warming-hits-gold-standard-scientists-idUSKCN1QE1ZU)
> “Humanity cannot afford to ignore such clear signals,” the U.S.-led team wrote in the journal *Nature Climate Change* of satellite measurements of rising temperatures over the past 40 years.
Before it’s too late, happy birthday to Steve Jobs.
I bought his daughter Lisa Brennan-Jobs’ book Small Fry last night. I’m about ¼ of the way through and so far I’d give it a thumbs up.
📚 📖 #books
I finished listening to the S•Town podcast series the other night.
I’m still thinking about the how different the worldviews of the major participants were. It’s not for everyone, but it certainly is thought-provoking!
A new report reveals 42% of global coal capacity is currently unprofitable, and the US could save $78 billion by closing coal-fired power plants…
Xcel Energy, one of the biggest utilities in the US, committed to going completely carbon-free by 2050 (and 80 percent carbon-free by 2030).
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has announced that the LA Dept of Water and Power (LADWP) will not repower 3 coastal natural gas power plants, representing a movement toward more renewable energy.
NYT: The Tiny Swiss Company That Thinks It Can Help Stop Climate Change (long)
Two European entrepreneurs want to remove carbon from the air at prices cheap enough to matter.
Such a species in our evolutionary past would look a lot like the fossil of a 90,000-year-old teenage girl from Siberia’s Denisova cave.
Winsomely captured in poems and song, the birds are yielding new secrets about their astounding beaks and penchant for violence.
Albert Finney has died. He was in many well-known films, but my favourite is the lesser-known Shoot the Moon (1982)
“A fifteen year marriage dissolves, leaving both the husband and wife, and their four children, devastated…”
🎞 🎥 🍿
Interesting new direction.
MIT Technology Review: DeepMind wants to teach AI to play a card game that’s harder than Go
Hanabi is a card game that relies on theory of mind and a higher level of reasoning than either Go or chess—no wonder DeepMind’s researchers want to tackle it next.
This week, Tesla announced that it will spend $218 million in an all-stock deal to acquire battery company Maxwell Technologies.
Boeing’s strategy set off a…series of engineering, business and regulatory decisions that…would leave them facing difficult questions about the crash…of a Lion Air 737 Max off Indonesia.