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The newly discovered solar system resembles a scaled-down version of our own. The star at its center, an ultracool dwarf called TRAPPIST-1, is less than a tenth the size of the sun and about a quarter as warm.
Most of us would never leave Rick’s Café Américain. We’d go behind the bar with Sascha, hover by Emil the croupier at the roulette table, hang out with Sam as he played “As Time Goes By” again. Me, I’d be following Peter Lorre’s sniveling Ugarte. But the central drama of Rick’s rekindled love and sacrifice for Ilsa Lund? We’d probably never get that far. Director Michael Curtiz and the Warner Brothers elves did such a brilliant job imagining the world of Casablanca that we’d be content to explore it until we bumped up against the walls, like Jim Carrey in The Truman Show.
Similarly, a virtual-reality Citizen Kane might be a survey of the title character’s infinite basement, each talisman sparking its own flashback in no particular order. The Godfather VR Edition might allow us to prowl the haunted house of Don Corleone’s extended family, with the drama of Michael’s slow rise and rot only one small thread amid the warp and weft.
The world's richest person is to the *left* of the EU on this matter. WAT?! 🤖💸
In a recent interview with Quartz, Gates said that a robot tax could finance jobs taking care of elderly people or working with kids in schools, for which needs are unmet and to which humans are particularly well suited. He argues that governments must oversee such programs rather than relying on businesses, in order to redirect the jobs to help people with lower incomes. The idea is not totally theoretical: EU lawmakers considered a proposal to tax robot owners to pay for training for workers who lose their jobs, though on Feb. 16 the legislators ultimately rejected it.
Succinct. Apt. Very likely correct.
And nowhere does this apply more obviously than in cities. This is the first urban century in human history, the first time more people live in cities than don’t, with predictions that three-quarters of the global population will be urban by 2050. By that time, according to another study, there may be more than 700 million climate refugees on the move.
we had figured out how to cluster balloons in teams, dancing in small loops on the stratospheric winds, over a particular region.
The man would send "dozens and dozens" of emails to colleagues. What a monster. 📧📧📧
“We are going through this period of time right here where unfortunately some of the people that are winning are the people that spend their time trying to get the most clicks, not tell the most truth,” he said. “It’s killing people’s minds in a way.”
The cell phones from Pechanga, combined with intelligence from investigations in Missouri and Europe, revealed key details. According to Willy Allison, a Las Vegas–based casino security consultant who has been tracking the Russian scam for years, the operatives use their phones to record about two dozen spins on a game they aim to cheat. They upload that footage to a technical staff in St. Petersburg, who analyze the video and calculate the machine’s pattern based on what they know about the model’s pseudorandom number generator. Finally, the St. Petersburg team transmits a list of timing markers to a custom app on the operative’s phone; those markers cause the handset to vibrate roughly 0.25 seconds before the operative should press the spin button.
“The normal reaction time for a human is about a quarter of a second, which is why they do that,” says Allison, who is also the founder of the annual World Game Protection Conference. The timed spins are not always successful, but they result in far more payouts than a machine normally awards: Individual scammers typically win more than $10,000 per day. (Allison notes that those operatives try to keep their winnings on each machine to less than $1,000, to avoid arousing suspicion.) A four-person team working multiple casinos can earn upwards of $250,000 in a single week.
And yet, Ms. Warner said, when Carrie Fisher first saw her image in “Rogue One,” she believed it was archival footage. “It was the biggest compliment I could receive,” she said. Ms. Warner will receive another compliment this month when she accepts a technical achievement award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
the idea of seeing Jar Jar Binks in 3D was like being invited to bend down and get a better whiff of an old turd by sticking your nose right up to it
Since the team re-formed in 1999, the Browns have started 26 quarterbacks, including two McCowns and someone named Spergon Wynn.
Kraft’s story is about the value of an owner letting go and leaving the football decisions to the experts.
“They have never even gone out to lunch or dinner,” according to Brady’s father. “That’s not what they do.”
Next up: Make the NFL great again. 🏈🏈🏈
The commissioner is a dope. He’s a stupid guy.”
Jersey sales are a loss leader (and logistics headache) for Nike -- a right for which they pay hundreds of millions.
"They came back and said that was the one they wanted to go with, and what did I call it," she said. "I had no idea. So I had to come up with a name for it, so we just called it jazz."
The design was similar to something she had designed in college, Ekiss said, rejecting the idea that she ripped off another cup company's design. Teal and purple were her two favorite colors.
What I Would Have Done Differently
Given the way things turned out, nothing.
It took discipline not to be waylaid by the striking (though short-lived) success of Xiaomi’s hype-fuelled internet strategy. Many other companies tried to copy it. From 2011 to 2013, insiders say, OPPO looked hard at expanding its online sales channels, but decided against it. Sky Li, managing director of OPPO’s international mobile business, says the reason lies in her firm’s long-held adherence to the philosophy of ben fen—loosely translated, sticking to one’s knitting.