Daily Archives: March 2, 2018

Free news gets scarcer as paywalls tighten

For those looking for free news online, the search is becoming harder.Tougher restrictions on online content have boosted digital paid subscriptions at many news organizations, amid a growing trend keeping content behind a “paywall.”Free news has by no means disappeared, but recent moves by media groups and Facebook and Google supporting paid subscriptions is forcing free-riders to scramble.For some analysts, the trend reflects a normalization of a situation that has existed since the early internet days that enabled consumers to get accustomed to the notion of free online content.

Source: Free news gets scarcer as paywalls tighten

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Prime-Age Men May Never Return to U.S. Workforce, Fed Paper Says

Men in their prime working years have left the labor force at an astonishing rate and they may never return if the state of the U.S. job market holds, according to a new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.A decline in demand for middle-skilled work — a phenomenon dubbed “job polarization,” because more positions are concentrated at the higher and lower ends — has played a role in keeping prime-age men out of the job market, Didem Tuzemen, an economist at the Kansas City Fed, wrote in the paper released this week. Without job polarization, Tuzemen estimated that 1.9 million more prime-age men would have been employed in 2016.

Source: Prime-Age Men May Never Return to U.S. Workforce, Fed Paper Says – Bloomberg

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Mechanical Clocks that Never Need Winding

What is it about mechanical clocks? Maybe it’s the gears, or the soft tick-tocking that they make? Or maybe it’s the pursuit of implausible mechanical perfection. Combine mechanical clocks with “free” energy harvested from daily temperature and pressure variation, and we’re hooked.Both the Beverly Clock, built by Arthur Beverly in 1864, and the Atmos series of clocks built between 1929 and 1939, run exclusively on the expansion and contraction of a volume of air (Beverly) or ethyl chloride (Atmos) over the day to wind up the clock via a ratchet. The Beverly Clock was apparently a one-off, and it’s still running today. And with over 500,000 Atmos clocks produced, there must be some out there.

Source: Mechanical Clocks that Never Need Winding | Hackaday

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Automated Cars Are Not Able to Use the Automated Car Wash

We’ve been cautiously optimistic about the progress of autonomous driving. The miraculous technology is there, but implementing it effectively is an arduous task of the highest order. A prime example of this is how easy it is to “blind” a self-driving vehicle’s sensors.TTAC’s staff has had its share of minor misadventures with semi-autonomous driving aids, be it during encounters with thick fog or heavy snow, but truly self-driving cars have even more sensitive equipment on board — and all of it needs to function properly.That makes even the simple task of washing a self-driving car far more complicated than one might expect, as anything other than meticulous hand washing a big no-no. Automated car washes could potentially dislodge expensive sensors, scratch them up, or leave behind soap residue or water spots that would affect a camera’s ability to see. According to CNN, automakers and tech firms have come up with a myriad of solutions to this problem — though a man with a rag and some water appears to be the most popular. Toyota, Aptiv, Drive.AI, May Mobility, and Uber have all said they use rubbing alcohol, water, or glass cleaner to manually wash the sensors, before carefully finishing the job with a microfiber cloth.

Source: Automated Cars Are Not Able to Use the Automated Car Wash – The Truth About Cars

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Transgender model who claimed ‘all white people are racist’ is Labour’s new equality adviser

A transgender model who branded white people “racist” has been chosen as Labour’s new equalities adviser. The party, led by Jeremy Corbyn, has selected Munroe Bergdorf to work with its LGBT+ advisory group.The 30-year-old model, from east London, revealed the news on Twitter. Posing next to Corbyn, she wrote: “Thrilled to announce that I’ve been asked to be part of an LGBT+ advisory board for The Labour Party – To advise Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, Dawn Butler MP, on issues affecting the LGBT+ community, to help form and push through fairer and more effective policy change.”Bergdorf came to prominence when she became L’Oréal’s first trans model. Her stint for the cosmetics company was short lived, however, as she was fired only days after joining when critics unearthed comments she made in response to the far-right march in Charlottesville, US.

She had previously written about race issues, with one post positing her belief that white people are “drenched” in racism. At the time, she said: “When I stated that ‘all white people are racist’, I was addressing that fact that western society as a whole, is a SYSTEM rooted in white supremacy – designed to benefit, prioritise and protect white people before anyone of any other race. Unknowingly, white people are SOCIALISED to be racist from birth onwards. It is not something genetic. No one is born racist.”Bergdorf has since said her words were misconstrued. Following the incident, some of her supporters said they would boycott L’Oréal over the issue.

Source: Transgender model who claimed ‘all white people are racist’ is Labour’s new equality adviser — RT UK News

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Man fakes illness to trick ambulance into giving him lift to hospital

A man called an ambulance claiming to be sick – so he could get a lift to hospital.The ‘patient’ rang North West Ambulance Service last night claiming he had reduced sensation in his legs and his mobility was poor.An ambulance was sent out and the man was taken to hospital – only to admit on arrival he had faked the whole thing to go and visit his friend.North West Ambulance Service covers a large area, including Cheshire, with this incident understood to have taken place in Greater Manchester.Shaun Gerrard, an EMT with North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) said: “A patient rang for an ambulance last night as he had reduced sensation in his legs and mobility was poor.”We took him to hospital for him to then get up and walk off on arrival.

Source: Man fakes illness to trick ambulance into giving him lift to hospital – so he can visit friend – Stoke Sentinel

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