Wikipedia article of the day for July 24, 2018 selected by Livio Acerbo Bot

The Wikipedia article of the day for July 24, 2018 is 2017–18 Bergen County eruv controversy.
Three municipalities in the U.S. state of New Jersey resisted the construction of an eruv within their borders in 2017 and 2018. An eruv is used by Orthodox Jews as a ritual boundary that facilitates travel on the Jewish Sabbath, and the one in Bergen County was marked by plastic pipes attached to utility poles. Mahwah, Upper Saddle River and Montvale ordered it dismantled, as their permission had not been obtained. During the controversy, many Mahwah residents angrily protested against the prospect of Orthodox Jews from Rockland County, New York, using local parks or seeking to buy homes there. The eruv association brought federal lawsuits against each of the municipalities. In Mahwah, an ordinance was passed barring nonresidents of New Jersey from its parks, leading to accusations of anti-Semitism. [...]  read more

Microsoft’s next Xbox could have a cloud-only counterpart

Reportedly, the console would have a “limited amount of compute” inside to tackle not just basics like controller input and visual output, but game elements like collision detection. Although the system might cost more than it did if Microsoft offloaded everything to the cloud, it’d offer a better experience while still remaining more affordable. And no, there wouldn’t be games limited to the conventional machine — they’d have to be compatible with both.

So long as the leak is accurate, the cloud version of Scarlett is poised to launch in 2020 alongside its traditional counterpart. There aren’t concrete specs at this point, but that may be expected at this early stage when Microsoft hasn’t necessarily locked down every feature. The bigger question is whether or not gamers will bite. This appears to be a bet that gaming will go the way of Netflix, with a huge library of content available from many of the devices you own. The company might [...]  read more

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Grand Hyatt San Francisco
Towering 36 stories above newly renovated historic Union Square in the heart of downtown San Francisco, the Grand Hyatt is the perfect place to relax after a busy day around the city. See more.

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Why Trump Won’t Stop Talking About the Carter Page Wiretap

On Saturday, in response to Freedom of Information Act lawsuits filed by several news outlets and conservative group Judicial Watch, the Justice Department took the unprecedented step of releasing the (heavily redacted) application to wiretap former Trump campaign advisor Carter Page. In a series of eight tweets fired off over the next two days, Trump reveled in the document, declaring it evidence of “an illegal scam,” and further proof of the “witch hunt” against him.

It is none of those things. It never has been. But the secretive nature of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, and the court that authorizes warrants under it, has for months provided Trump and boosters like House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes an opportunity to confuse and outright mislead the public.

As we’ve written for well over a year at this point, the fact that [...]  read more