Twitter asserts that it won’t ban Trump because he’s a world leader

Just days after President Trump’s tweets antagonized a foreign adversary over who would be first to start nuclear war, Twitter has addressed calls for the company to ban the chatty, often bellicose U.S. president.

In a vague post called “World Leaders on Twitter,” Twitter awkwardly sidestepped the controversy over whether Trump’s Twitter account violates its terms of service altogether, instead asserting that it doesn’t matter if a world leader violates its terms of service  — they should have a home on the platform nonetheless. The post never names Trump.

Their words:

There’s been a lot of discussion about political figures and read more

Pensioni, Fi con Salvini: abolizione Fornero entro 100 giorni, le novità

In vista delle elezioni politiche del 4 marzo 2018 sembrano avvicinarsi in materia di riforma #Pensioni e non solo le posizioni tra la Lega di #Matteo Salvini e Forza Italia di Silvio Berlusconi. Forza Italia sembra fare alcuni passi avanti in direzione del Carroccio. Il leader leghista, come si ricorderà, ha più …
by Livio Acerbo #greengroundit

NASA Launches a Mission To Study the Border of Earth and Space

NASA Launches a Mission To Study the Border of Earth and Space
Published on January 05, 2018 at 10:40PM
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A new NASA mission, the first to hitch a ride on a commercial communications satellite, will examine Earth’s upper atmosphere to see how the boundary between Earth and space changes over time. GOLD stands for Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk, and the mission will focus on the temperature and makeup of Earth’s highest atmospheric layers. Along with another upcoming satellite, called ICON, GOLD will examine how weather on Earth — and space weather caused by the sun — affects those uppermost layers. GOLD, which will inspect the ultraviolet radiation that the upper atmosphere releases, will also be the first to take comprehensive records of that atmospheric layer’s temperature. The satellite carrying GOLD will orbit 22,000 miles (35,400 kilometers) read more

Amazon is making it easier to bring Alexa to devices like headphones and smartwatches

Amazon is determined to get its Alexa voice assistant onto as many devices as possible. 

Only one day after it announced that it had released tools for developers who want to add Alexa support to ovens and microwaves, Amazon has today announced that’s it’s working on a development kit aimed at bringing Alexa to “mobile accessories.”

Sound familiar? We’ve already seen Alexa-powered wearables in the form of devices like the CoWatch, but this effort marks the first time that Amazon itself is handling the bulk of the code necessary for bringing the voice service to smaller devices. As such (or so we should hope), the service should be more stable than what we’d see from a third-party developer.

In some ways, though, Amazon’s kit isn’t quite as ambitious as what we saw in the CoWatch, considering that you’ll need to have your device tethered to a smartphone in order for Alexa to work. The idea behind the kit is thus a little like what we read more

NASA Launches a Mission To Study the Border of Earth and Space

NASA Launches a Mission To Study the Border of Earth and Space
Published on January 05, 2018 at 10:40PM
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A new NASA mission, the first to hitch a ride on a commercial communications satellite, will examine Earth’s upper atmosphere to see how the boundary between Earth and space changes over time. GOLD stands for Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk, and the mission will focus on the temperature and makeup of Earth’s highest atmospheric layers. Along with another upcoming satellite, called ICON, GOLD will examine how weather on Earth — and space weather caused by the sun — affects those uppermost layers. GOLD, which will inspect the ultraviolet radiation that the upper atmosphere releases, will also be the first to take comprehensive records of that atmospheric layer’s temperature. The satellite carrying GOLD will orbit 22,000 miles (35,400 kilometers) read more

The quantum computing apocalypse is imminent

The elements of quantum computing have been around for decades, but it’s only in the past few years that a commercial computer that could be called “quantum” has been built by a company called D-Wave. Announced in January, the D-Wave 2000Q can “solve larger problems than was previously possible, with faster performance, providing a big step toward production applications in optimization, cybersecurity, machine learning and sampling.”

IBM recently announced that it had gone even further — and that it expected that by the end of 2017 it would be able to commercialize quantum computing with a 50-qubit processor prototype, as well as provide online access to 20-qubit processors. IBM’s announcement followed the September Microsoft announcement of a new quantum computing programming language and stable topological qubit technology that can be used to scale up the number of qubits.

Taking advantage read more

Net neutrality suit gains support from tech’s biggest companies

“The final version of Chairman Pai’s rule, as expected, dismantles popular net neutrality protections for consumers,” said the group’s CEO Michael Beckerman in a statement. This rule defies the will of a bipartisan majority of Americans and fails to preserve a free and open internet. IA intends to act as an intervenor in judicial action against this order and, along with our member companies, will continue our push to restore strong, enforceable net neutrality protections through a legislative solution.”

This won’t be happening very soon, unfortunately. As Recode notes, any lawsuit must wait until the order is published in the Federal Register.

social experiment by Livio Acerbo #greengroundit #engadget https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/05/net-neutrality-suit-support-biggest-tech-companies/

Previsioni meteo a Pisa, ancora instabilità: nuvole e piogge

Nuvolosità irregolare su gran parte del Nord Italia già dal mattino con possibilità di qualche nebbia nelle zone di pianura. Pioviggini sull'alta Toscana e sui versanti Tirrenici di Calabria e in Campania. Dalla sera precipitazioni anche sulla Liguria
by Livio Acerbo #greengroundit #thisisnews

NASA Launches a Mission To Study the Border of Earth and Space

NASA Launches a Mission To Study the Border of Earth and Space
Published on January 05, 2018 at 10:40PM
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A new NASA mission, the first to hitch a ride on a commercial communications satellite, will examine Earth’s upper atmosphere to see how the boundary between Earth and space changes over time. GOLD stands for Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk, and the mission will focus on the temperature and makeup of Earth’s highest atmospheric layers. Along with another upcoming satellite, called ICON, GOLD will examine how weather on Earth — and space weather caused by the sun — affects those uppermost layers. GOLD, which will inspect the ultraviolet radiation that the upper atmosphere releases, will also be the first to take comprehensive records of that atmospheric layer’s temperature. The satellite carrying GOLD will orbit 22,000 miles (35,400 kilometers) read more