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July 9, 2020

On Some Planes, Empty Rows While Passengers Crowd Together - The New York Times

Airlines vowed to bring social distancing to the air. In practice, some are and some aren’t.

Free downloads to print and assemble tiny papercraft arcade consoles

French artist Paiheme Studio created these delightful

How to track and display profile views on GitHub

GitHub has introduced READMEs for profiles that allow to display profile views

Trump 'must hand over records to NY prosecutors'

He must pass his financial records to prosecutors but not to lawmakers, the US Supreme Court rules.

Why It Matters That the Consumer Bureau Has Ditched Payday Lending Restrictions

On Tuesday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), a financial watchdog agency, made headlines by rolling back rules for payday lenders. The revised rules say lenders no longer have to assess if borrowers can afford to repay short-term loans.

Police Are Buying Access to Hacked Website Data

The sale is “an end-run around the usual legal processes.”

Will Smith: Police have called me the n-word multiple times

Will Smith opened up about experiences he had with police in Philadelphia as the US continues to grapple with the death of multiple Black Americans at the hands of the police.

CDC director says no revised school guidelines despite Trump's push - CNNPolitics

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will not revise its guidelines for reopening schools despite calls from President Donald Trump and the White House to do so, agency Director Dr. Robert Redfield said Thursday.

How the Trump administration could ‘ban’ TikTok

They don’t need a full ban to get TikTok in trouble.

Trump boasted of falling COVID-19 deaths as a sign of success. Now they're rising again.

As the coronavirus has made its alarming American comeback in recent weeks — with dozens of states across the South and West regularly reporting record numbers of new cases and propelling the nationwide total of new daily infections past 50,000 for the first time — President Trump and others have sought

Fugitive former Mexican governor arrested in Miami

Police in Miami on Wednesday arrested the former governor of the Mexican state of Chihuahua, Cesar Duarte, who is wanted on corruption charges in his homeland, U.S. and Mexican officials said. Duarte, who governed the northern border state from 2010 to 2016, has been accused by Mexican authorities of

Google prepares a fix for Android 11's screen flickering issue

Android 11 betas on the Pixel 4 have introduced a screen flickering bug, but an update will be coming within the next two weeks to resolve that.

Supreme Court says eastern half of Oklahoma is Native American land

In its first of 3 decisions today, SCOTUS gives a nod to tribal sovereignty.

CERN-Particle made of 4 charm quarks could be the first compact tetraquark found

The unique nature of the new particle could help us understand other, more complex mechanisms in physics that are not within our reach today.

Security staff suffering alert fatigue as report volumes increase

According to a new study, 70 percent of security teams have seen more than double the volume of security alerts in the past five years. These high volumes of reports cause problems for IT security teams with 83 percent saying their security staff experience 'alert fatigue'.

The 3D Printed Homes of the Future Are Giant Eggs on Mars

The home’s layout is like a multi-level townhouse, except with some Mars-specific tweaks; there’s a rover docking port attached to the ground floor.

Some of the Scientific Minds Behind the UK's Coronavirus Response Have Helped Fund a New Sci-Fi Pandemic Comic

As the novel coronavirus pandemic has continued to spread around the world, scientists have scrambled to try and find effective ways to impart the risks and needs required of the public to mitigate the impact of covid-19. And now some scientists in the UK have decided to turn to comics to help educate people.

How to Multitask in Gmail on Your iPad

Before you start reading this, pull out your iPad, pull up the App Store, and make sure you’ve updated to the latest version of the Gmail app. If you’re using iPadOS 13 or later, you’ll now be able to multitask—finally—which means you’ll be able to access your many, many emails while having other apps loaded and displayed at the same time (like, say, Calendar.)

With No End in Sight to the Coronavirus, Some Teachers Are Retiring Rather Than Going Back to School

Teachers say they're concerned about staying safe in their classrooms, as President Trump demands that schools reopen

The US military is a bigger polluter than more than 100 countries combined

If the US military were a country, its fuel usage alone would make it the 47th largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world.

The driver has been charged in the death of a Seattle protester who was hit by a car

A man has been charged in the death of Summer Taylor, a 24-year-old protester who was struck by a vehicle during a demonstration early Saturday in Seattle.

The return of the $70 video game has been a long time coming

Top-end game pricing has never been lower when measured in constant dollars.

Art forgery ring targeted by FBI raids near Traverse City

The FBI raids targeted an art scheme involving six-figure deals, wealthy buyers and elegantly faked art that fooled the country's top art experts

Libtorrent Adds WebTorrent Support, Expanding the Reach of Browser Torrenting

Libtorrent has added support for WebTorrent, bridging the gap between traditional torrent clients and web-based tools and services.

Are Minneapolis Crime Increases Evidence of a “Ferguson Effect”? – Reason.com

Recent data from Minneapolis show an increase in shooting crimes but not other crimes, the same pattern as in Chicago in 2016. The likely reason is a reduction in police street stops, just as in Chicago in 2016.

Google says Android 10 adoption was "faster than any previous version"

Google laid out the efforts that led to Android 10's adoption being the fastest ever. it began with Project Treble in Android Oreo. The firm also provided a few future plans for Android 11.

Symposium: A better way to limit Congress’ subpoena power

Ilya Somin is a law professor at George Mason University, and author of “Free to Move: Foot Voting, Migration, and Political Freedom.” Some parts of this post have been adapted from a previous piece on the Volokh Conspiracy blog, hosted by Reason. Today’s Supreme Court decision in Trump v. Mazars

[Eugene Volokh] FIRE Letter About the UCLA Letter from Birmingham Jail Controversy

From the FIRE letter: We are concerned that UCLA may have departed from its commitment to academic freedom and its

Six arrested after 'Dutch torture chambers' found - BBC News

The suspects were located following the hack of a Europe-wide phone system.

In first, US punishes senior Chinese officials over Uighur rights

The United States on Thursday took its first major action to stop "horrific" abuses against China's Uighurs and other Turkic Muslims, slapping sanctions on several senior officials. Three officials will be refused US visas and see any US-based assets frozen including Chen Quanguo, the

How to See the NEOWISE Comet, Now Visible to the Naked Eye

Comet NEOWISE has completed its close approach to the Sun and is now returning from whence it came. Visible comets like this don’t come around often, so you’re going to want to see this celestial wonder with your own eyes before it’s too late. Here’s how.

Any COVID-19 'Cure' Is a Scam

This is your periodic reminder that there is still no known cure, nor specific pharmaceutical preventative or treatment, for COVID-19. So if anybody is selling one, it’s a scam.

[Ilya Somin] Preliminary Thoughts on the Mazars and Vance Cases

Vance strikes me as compelling and correct. Mazars creates a complex and unwieldy balancing test.

Feds: Top Ohio State Immunologist Lied About Chinese Funding and Ties to Research Groups

Federal prosecutors allege that a top immunologist at Ohio State University illegally concealed Chinese funding for his research and attempted to flee the country before his arrest in Alaska in May.In a criminal complaint unsealed on Thursday, the Justice Department accuses Song Guo Zheng, the Ronald

Defense Secretary Esper, In Careful Exchange, Denies Being Briefed On 'Bounties'

The defense secretary and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs respond to careful prompts from Republicans on Thursday aimed at defending the Trump administration on the Russian bounty allegations.

Chicago Police Department shuts down its arrest API

Blocking access to key law enforcement data hinders critical accountability efforts by journalists and researchers and ultimately limits discourse on public safety.

Aerosols are a bigger coronavirus threat than WHO guidelines suggest – here's what you need to know

When someone coughs, talks or even breathes, they send tiny respiratory droplets into the surrounding air. The smallest of these droplets can float for hours, and there is strong evidence that they can carry live coronavirus if the person is infected.The risk from these aerosols isn’t currently incorporated

DeSantis Is Said to Quietly Hinder Fund-Raising for Trump Convention - The New York Times

A personal dispute has prompted Ron DeSantis, the Florida governor, to discourage donors from contributing, people familiar with the discussions said. His top fund-raiser denies any attempt to undercut the convention.

Harper’s Magazine’s ‘Cancel Culture’ Letter Kicks Off Circular Firing Squad in Media

The magazine’s “free speech” open letter has ignited some very public intra-newsroom feuds and caused several of its signers to scramble to back away from it.

Americans Disagree On What Content Should Be Moderated, But They All Agree Social Media Companies Suck At Moderation

No one agrees on how tech companies should perform the impossible job of moderating their platforms. But almost everyone agrees platforms are doing it wrong.

Conservatives complain too many of their fellow social media users are being silenced by...

Mobile Strike Force: ready!

LEGO builder Douglas Hughes @douglas.j.hughes has made an absolute unit of a military transport, so his troops can strike from anywhere!

Video: Emergent storytelling techniques in The Sims

In this GDC 2018 session game dev Matt Brown examines the various techniques employed across all four generations of The Sims  to empower player-driven and emergent storytelling.

“I’m Disturbed.” African Tech Workers Push Back on US Startup Built to Help Them

Serena Williams, Al Gore, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan invested millions, but life inside the company can be less than ideal.

UK has opted out of EU coronavirus vaccine programme, sources say

EU to invest €2bn on vaccines now being tested but UK officials say scheme benefits are ‘limited’

Activision Is Quietly Reversing Unfair Call Of Duty Bans

A recent wave of bans of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone accounts swept up a number of players who said they were perfectly innocent. Now, Activision seems to be quietly cleaning up the mess.

The Bourne collection: online search is older than you think

Charlie Bourne was an expert in computerized search for 40 years before Google. CHM has recently finished cataloging his unique collection of materials documenting the history of online search and information systems from the 1950s onward, supported by a generous grant from the National Archives.