Menar att det vare sig är miljömässigt eller ekonomiskt försvarbart."Höghastighetstågen kommer att bli en gökunge som tränger ut lönsamma järnvägsinvesteringar".Det skriver sju professorer i en kritisk artikel på DN debatt och menar att satsningen på höghastighetståg inte tar hänsyn till det faktaunderlag om ekonomi och miljöeffekter som redan finns.I början på veckan förklarade Socialdemokraterna och Miljöpartiet att de var överens om en satsning på höghastighetståg och att de nu bjuder in Alliansen och Vänsterpartiet till samtal om att bygga nya stambanor.Projektet bedöms kosta 205 miljarder kronor och ta runt 25 år att bygga.Men nu riktas starkt kritik mot planerna från sju tunga professorer.
As part of an ongoing series on propaganda and disinformation in the Syria conflict, HuffPost UK has analysed some of the material published by the academics, including an open letter to the Guardian newspaper.— Tim Hayward (@Tim_Hayward_) April 22, 2017but I think many have a mental block against even looking at what the 'evil dictator' says, and that is what we need to unblock— Tim Hayward (@Tim_Hayward_) April 22, 2017The Chemical Attack In DoumaPiers Robinson appeared on Sky News last week to discuss the recent chemical attack in Douma, and claimed: “the Syrian Red Crescent (SRC) and the UN agency in Damascus are reporting that they’re not finding any evidence of a chemical attack”.
Dungeons & Dragons co-creator Gary Gygax died in 2008, but he left behind numerous unpublished works that may become video games.The Gygax Trust has partnered with crowdfunding platform Fig to find developers who are right for the projects, raise the necessary funds to complete them, and share Gygax’s previously unseen creations with the world.The unpublished works in question are more than four decades old, as they are said to have inspired the creation of the beloved tabletop game Dungeons & Dragons.“The worlds and characters to be discovered in my husband’s unpublished intellectual property are an incredibly important part of his legacy,” said Gail Gygax, Gary’s widow, in a press release.“Therefore, it was paramount that we partner with an advanced and innovative platform such as Fig that gave us complete control of his creative vision.”As part of that creative control, Alex Gygax, the youngest son of Gary, will serve as CEO of Gygax Games, which has been dormant in recent years.
Chinese manufacturing giant, Meizu, is set to unveil its new flagship – Meizu 15 on April 22nd.As the launch date draws closer, we get more official details from Meizu.The Senior Vice President of Meizu Technology, Yang Yan, recently stated that the Meizu 15 launch conference also have a very important feature which is the new Flyme 7 OS pre-installed on this smartphone.Recall that the Flyme 7 OS was launched on April 16 and testing of this system has commenced in the Meizu community.To partake in the testing program of Flyme 7, you must download the Flyme community app and your device must be on the latest version of Flyme OS.As of now, we don’t know the depth customization that comes with the Flyme 7 OS.
A plane taking off from Heathrow very nearly achieved the milestone of being the first passenger jet drone casualty, with the UK's air safety watchdog saying that someone's drone came within 20 feet of colliding with the plane.The particular flight and operator has not been revealed, lest people panic in hindsight, with the UK Airprox Board simply saying it was an Airbus 319 and it was nearly struck at a height of 4,800 feet while taking off on the morning of January 7.They say that "providence" – better known as sheer luck – was behind the plane's escape, as at taking off speeds and stresses there would've been no way the pilot could've taken evasive action.The controller of the drone has not been found.Plus it might've just bounced off the fuselage anyway without doing any damage to the plane or its 160 passengers.
UK family holiday brand Butlin's has begun the search for a new agency as it is set to re-invent the British Seaside Break.Butlin's aims to launch a £38m swimming pool complex which is to open in 12 months and wants the agency to work with them throughout their relaunch and new five-year plan of activity.Butlin's in a statement said that it owns three seaside resorts in Bognor Regis (West Sussex), Minehead (Somerset) and Skegness (Lincolnshire) which hosts more than 1.5 million guests each yearHaystack will be managing the agency search and pitch process on behalf of Butlin’s.Butlin's sales and marketing director, Jackie Martin said: “We are on the brink of possibly the most exciting period in our 82-year history.The plans are in place for a five-year journey of defining a new era for Butlin’s, reinventing the British Seaside Break based solidly on the needs and expectations of current, former and prospective guests.
HEALTH PLAN LEADERS ARE MOST CONCERNED ABOUT MEMBER SATISFACTION: As healthcare information and options become increasingly available to consumers, health insurance leaders are reassessing their annual goals to better align with their customers’ needs.The majority of survey participants highlighted the need to modernize technology to achieve the goal of improving customer satisfaction.Online health insurer Oscar Health is a prime example of how payers use modern technology and a customer-centric approach to drive growth and retention.Oscar leans on its virtual services that offer convenience and encourage user engagement.Oscar’s Concierge team was accessed by 46% of Oscar members, its telemedicine service was used by 25% of customers, and the Care Router service — a yellow pages for finding physicians and booking appointments — was accessed by 45% of its members.Regardless, health plan leaders could find that they begin to fall behind the competition, unless they begin to make moves now to modernize their offerings.
India’s eighth largest state is seeking to build a blockchain-based DNA database of all 50 million of its citizens.The government of Andhra Pradesh, or AP, announced a partnership to build the database with the German genomics and precision medicine company Shivom late last month.As with other recent efforts in places such as Dubai and Estonia, the government hopes to use the database to improve medical treatment, helping prevent disease by spotting a person’s risk for it early on, Quartz reported.This could be particularly important given that South Asian communities are generally underrepresented in DNA databases, and things like disease risk are often ancestry-specific.A lack of genetic information about South Asian people means a lack of research that could wind up say, identifying a person’s risk for cancer or even leading to cures for genetic disease.But the announcement also comes at a time when India’s massive, nationwide biometric data collection programme is under scrutiny.
However, a recent flurry of tweets, including – ahem, those from an Amazon account and people who worked on the project – beg to differ.It’s been a fun project to work on.” Before we could screengrab the tweet, it was gone.But when we shared the tweets, the spokesperson clarified That Amazon’s Fashion team has now extended the program to more Prime customers.Customers can “shop from our great selection of brands for women, men, kids and baby,” the spokesperson said.Just pick three grey market bits of clothing, in Korean sizes, all made from synthetic fibres that shrink / expand / fade after the first wash and…etc— Ponce of Darkness (@Dandy_and_a_Fop) April 11, 2018
Nowadays when people think of Warcraft, they think of World of Warcraft, the most successful MMO of all-time.But it seems Blizzard doesn’t want fans to forget about its fantasy world’s original identity as a real-time strategy (RTS) game.Blizzard has just released the largest Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos patch in years, one that finally adds widescreen support to the classic RTS.While widescreen support may not sound like a big deal, for a game as old as Warcraft III, it’s pretty darn neat.To mitigate screen stretching when in widescreen, Blizzard placed bookends in the in-game interface and pillars in the menu systems.Sadly, the game retained the quickly dated 4:3 screen ratio all these years.
Since it launched in 2016, AT's DirecTV Now streaming service has offered HBO as an add-on for $5 per month.This is still a great deal for cord-cutters, as the service's total base package includes 60-plus channels.Buying HBO a la carte — through HBO Now or as an add-on to Amazon Prime — will cost you $14.99 per month.This $5 add-on remains a great deal for prospective cord-cutters since buying HBO a la carte, through HBO Now, would cost you $14.99.Buying an HBO add-on to Amazon Prime would also cost you $14.99 per month.To get the offer, however, you have to subscribe to the base DirecTV Now package, which costs $35 dollars per month for 60-plus channels.
Warns "six major companies", refuses to name namesThe Federal Trade Commission has told "six major companies" in the US to cut it out when it comes to trying to force consumers to only use their replacement parts for repairs.One of them is almost certainly Apple, which has come under fire recently for trying to insist that customers only use (over-priced) Apple screens on their iPhones.The FTC scoured the websites of an unknown number of companies for their warranties and reported that its staff "saw language that raised concerns that some businesses were telling consumers that their warranty would be void if they used unauthorized parts or service."Unless a company provides the part or service for free, or specifically applies to the FTC for an exemption, then it is not allowed to tie a warranty to its parts, no matter how much it wants to.Most recently, the company came under fire when, in October, it included a warning with its latest operating system update that customers shouldn't use anyone but Apple and Apple parts to fix their phone.
Ahead of Mark Zuckerberg’s Senate testimony today, Facebook has rolled out a number of product updates — including a bounty hunting program of up to $40,000 for user data violations — meant to address (and blunt) the criticism he’s likely to face.The bounties start at $500, according to a report by CNBC, and will be awarded if certain conditions are met.First announced amid a slew of updates Zuckerberg offered up in March as the scandal around abuse of user data by the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica was first coming to light, the new bounty program is modeled off of Facebook’s attempts to combat hackers with a $1 million bounty.It’s the second product announcement today, following news that Facebook would stop apps from accessing user data if they haven’t been launched within 90 days.To be eligible for the bounty, the offending app must impact more than 10,000 Facebook users and show a clear pattern of abuse and not “collection” (in this case, I’m assuming abuse would qualify as transferring the data to a third party without permission).Facebook also stipulated that it should be a case that the company isn’t already actively investigating.
En av de största utelämnanden på HomePods lista av funktioner är dess möjlighet att ansluta sig trådlöst till andra HomePods.Särskilt eftersom det var en av de största anledningarna att köpa högtalaren, vilket stod både i Apples lansering och på HomePods hemsida.Nu ser det ut som om funktionen kan vara på väg, om den offentliga beta-versionen av iOS 11.4 är någon vägvisare.Apple har lanserat offentliga beta-versioner för båda iOS och TVOS, operativsystemen för mobiler och TV-enheter.Inkluderat i dessa beta-versioner är grunderna för multiroom audio (att lyssna på ljudet i flera rum) och stereo HomePods, genom att använda AirPlay 2.Inte riktigt där än ...
If you’ve been waiting to buy Samsung’s Dex Pad – the gadget that turns the Galaxy S9 into a desktop – you’ll have to wait a bit longer.Samsung today announced the DeX Pad goes on sale on May 13 for $99.Pre-order, however, begin today, and those who buy an S9 or S9+ from Samsung will recieve a free DeX Pad for a limited time.For those not familiar, the DeX Pad is a small dock that you can connect your S9 to provide a desktop environment on a monitor or TV.You can run windowed apps, play games on a large screen, multi-task more easily, etc.It’s all powered by your phone – turns out those things are pretty powerful these days.
A new update to Samsung's Gear S3 smartwatch aims to improve its battery life on a day-to-day basis when you're wearing the watch.Rolling out now in the US, Canada and South Korea (with more markets to follow, but we don't know when) the latest update doesn't bring any specific features but aims to improve how long the watch will last from a single charge.The update is called R760XXU2CRC3 and you'll be able to see if it's available on your watch within the Samsung Gear app on your phone.You'll have to head to the Settings section, press About Gear and then find the button that says Update Gear to see whether the update is waiting.Samsung's change log for the update also notes there will be a 'Bluetooth Connection Stability improvement', but exactly what that will offer those who own the watch remains to be seen.Making a good thing better
Facebook user data gathered by Cambridge Analytica could come from more users than revealed and be being stored in Russia, according to the former employee who blew the whistle on the scandal.Former Cambridge Analytica data analyst Christopher Wylie said during Sunday's episode of NBC's Meet the Press that the number Facebook users whose personal information was accessed by the digital consultancy "could be higher" than the 87 million users already acknowledged by the social network."There is a genuine risk that this data has been accessed by quite a few people," Wylie said on the program, "and that it could be stored in various parts of the world, including Russia, given the fact that the professor who was managing the data harvesting process was going back and forth between the UK and to Russia."Wylie was referring to a Cambridge lecturer named Aleksandr Kogan, who collected the data legitimately through a personality quiz app but then violated Facebook's terms by sharing the information with Cambridge Analytica, a firm hired by the Trump presidential campaign during the 2016 US election.Facebook learned of the infraction in 2015 but didn't inform the public.Instead, the company demanded that all the parties involved destroy the information.
Apple would be far from the first to use such a curve, but since the tech has fallen out of favor in smartphones, it’s a good time to bring it back.Curved screens are more durableA curved screen is less likely to scratch and more likely to survive a bad drop than a flat screen.If you set a flat screen on a table, the entire glass surface thing is at the mercy of any material that could scratch it.Even if it’s just a mild curve, only the top and bottom edges would be in contact with a flat surface.The same goes for drops; while any bad drop could shatter glass, a curved phone would be less likely to crack due to landing on some small protrusion on the ground.
Every week, we put together a podcast that lets you know what's been added to services like Netflix, Hulu and (sometimes) Amazon Prime.The audio is about a minute or two long.The weekend is packed if you've got the WWE Network with live specials airing on April 7 and 8.Sunday, April 8, is the day when you can see how Ronda Rousey adjusts to her new life as a professional wrestler.Pre-show begins at 5 p.m.The main show starts at 7 p.m. Oh yeah, Daniel Bryan is back, too.
But scientists would like more than intuition, more than a history of 18th-century river level gauges and discharge stations, more than written and folkloric memory.Which is why Samuel Muñoz, a geoscientist from Northeastern University, found himself balancing on a pontoon boat with a hole in the middle, trying to jam 30 feet of aluminum irrigation pipe into the muddy bottom of a 500-year-old oxbow lake.Muñoz and his team thought that if they could just pull up good cores of that mud, the layers would be a chronology of forgotten floods—a fossil record of the river’s inconstancy made not through petrification but implication.So Muñoz's team humped their pontoon boat all the way from Woods Hole, Massachusetts to three oxbows whose birthdates they knew—one from about 1500, one from 1722, and one from 1776—and jammed pipe into the lakebed with a concrete mixer.Using technique called optically stimulated luminescence to date, roughly, when a layer was last exposed to sunlight, they spotted classic floods, like 2011, which caused $3.2 billion in damages, and 1937, which required the largest rescue deployment the US Coast Guard had ever undertaken.The important part, though, was that the characteristics of the layers for floods they had numbers on could tell them about the magnitude of floods they didn’t.