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Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Nikki Haley resigns as US Ambassador to the UN

quote [ Mr Trump announced the departure from the Oval Office, where he said Ms Haley “has been very special to me” and “is a fantastic person”. ]

I nominated Haley as the poster in the NY Times, about administration officials reining in certain Trump orders. Amazing how much speculation there is for her motives.
[SFW] [politics] [+2]
[by yunnaf@9:53pmGMT] [8 comments]

Microsoft halts distribution of Windows 10 update

quote [ Microsoft pumped the brakes on the rollout of the latest version of its Windows 10 operating system, after users reported the recent update deleted files on their computers. ]

Google+, Will Be No More

Google+, a social network that we can certainly say existed and not much more, is slated for a long-overdue trip down the memory hole.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+3 Informative]
[by yunnaf@9:37pmGMT] [2 comments]

how much water is needed to produce electricity

quote [ In the US and Europe, more than half of the water drawn from nature is used for power generation. This year’s heatwave has forced some of those power plants to shut down. The amount of water needed to produce electricity varies by a huge range: between 0 gallons (for sources like solar and wind) to 60,000 gallons for each megawatt-hour (MWh) of electricity produced (for sources like nuclear and coal).Concentrated solar and geothermal contribute less than 1% of the world’s electricity, whereas coal, natural gas, and nuclear contribute more than 75%. Hydropower uses a lot of water, too: 4,500 gallons per MWh ]

Surprised so many nuclear power plants had to shut down during a heat wave.
[SFW] [environment & nature] [+2]
[by yunnaf@12:22amGMT] [1 comment]

Saturday, 4 August 2018

Ever learn something from your summer job?

quote [ While I commuted from my parents’ house, the largely Mexican kitchen staff I worked with traveled vast distances to get to this job, and worked far longer and harder than I did. The memory of performing not only physical work, but the emotional labor of cheerful customer service for $8 an hour and very little in tips, is something that I’ve never since forgotten. ]

I played word games one summer. You're given a name and have to name someone whose name started with the last letter of a name. I won $15 on Yvette Mimieux.
[SFW] [ask SE] [+2 Interesting]
[by yunnaf@2:29amGMT] [9 comments]

Sunday, 29 July 2018

History of the Frisbee

quote [ Somewhere, right now, at a picnic or on a playing field, someone is pulling out a plate-sized plastic disc to toss around.

Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator of Architecture & Design at the Museum of Modern Art, tells us about how the Frisbee came about and how it has endured. ]

Click on white triangle in red box to listen.
[SFW] [sports] [+2 Informative]
[by yunnaf@3:06pmGMT] [4 comments]

Saturday, 28 July 2018

A solar-powered night school for Pakistan’s children

quote [ In December 2016, [an] educationist set up two branches of Slum School in Faisalabad offering night classes to children.
The school does not accept cash donations. Instead, it seeks food, stationary, and laptops.
One other thing on the donations list is solar power-related equipment, there is no electricity so I considered solar energy the best alternative,” ]

Wonder if Betsy DeVos will steal this idea.
[SFW] [people] [+4 Good]
[by yunnaf@7:50pmGMT] [2 comments]

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Poll: Americans Don't Think Trump Is Tough Enough On Russia

quote [ Americans don't think President Trump has been tough enough on Russia, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll conducted after Trump's summit in Helsinki last week with Russian President Vladimir Putin. A majority (57 percent) also believes that Russia is likely to try to interfere in November's midterm elections. Most Republicans, however, side with Trump here, with 58 percent saying it's not very likely or not likely at all. Trump's favorability rating has improved over the past three months, up 4 points to 41 percent. That's largely due to the 88 percent of Republicans who are still firmly in his court — something the GOP hopes translates to enthusiasm at the ballot box come November. ]

85% of Republicans have confidence in Trump.
[SFW] [politics] [+1 Informative]
[by yunnaf@3:43pmGMT] [1 comment]

Sunday, 22 July 2018

A 19th-century solution helps cut carbon emissions

quote [ The world spends about 15% of its energy on heat. Most of that comes from burning fossil fuels in homes and businesses. A solution to the problem is the heat pump, powered by electricity, A heat pump is a refrigerator, but in reverse. Physics dictates that when gases are compressed, they release heat. The heat from the condenser is directed into the house and the evaporator absorbs heat from the outside. It produces three units of heat for every unit of electricity consumed. (Electric heaters can, at best, produce one unit of heat for every unit of electricity.) The use of these devices has helped the EU cut its carbon emissions by 30 million metric tons annually (about 1% of the total), ]

Mankind continuing to try to survive.
[SFW] [environment & nature] [+2]
[by yunnaf@1:12pmGMT] [9 comments]

Saturday, 21 July 2018

Poll: Huge GOP majority backs Trump's Putin performance

quote [ Every piece of data, and virtually every public action of elected Republican officials, shows Trump will have overwhelming and probably unbreakable party support, regardless of what Robert Mueller finds with his Russia probe. ]

Russian interference in US politics, separation of families at border, tariffs, women's rights don't matter
[SFW] [politics] [+5 WTF]
[by yunnaf@10:56amGMT] [30 comments]

Thursday, 19 July 2018

URBAN GEYSER steam pipes that power NYC. And one just exploded

quote [ A steam pipe exploded as the work day began in New York City July 19, opening a hole in the busy Flatiron District of Manhattan and sending steam spewing several stories into the sky...New York City is home to the largest steam-power system in the world, first set up in the 1880s. Beneath the streets, 105 miles of pipes snake from five steam generating plants to 2,000 of the city’s buildings, providing heating and cooling. Restaurants and hospitals use that same steam to disinfect things. In the winter, when demand for steam heat is highest, 10 million pounds of steam move through the system per hour, according to Con Edison, the city’s electricity and steam utility. ]

From the 1880's to 2018.
[SFW] [environment & nature] [+1 Interesting]
[by yunnaf@9:50pmGMT] [1 comment]

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