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  • [Reuters: World News] French police fire tear gas, water cannons at anti-G7 protesters: French riot police used water cannons and tear gas on Saturday to disperse anti-capitalism protesters in Bayonne, near the resort of Biarritz where President Emmanuel Macron and G7 nation allies were meeting for a three-day summit.
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    French police use water cannons, tear gas on anti-G7 protesters [Reuters: World News]
  • [Reuters: World News] Britain sends another warship to boost presence in the Gulf: Britain is sending another warship to the Gulf to defend freedom of navigation, the defense minister said on Saturday, after Iran seized a British-flagged tanker in the region.
  • [Reuters: World News] Ethiopia's opposition parties criticize election law changes: Ethiopian lawmakers on Saturday revised election laws to pave the way for polls next year, but some opposition parties said the changes would make it more difficult for them to challenge the ruling coalition.
  • [Reuters: Sports News] LAFC out to show Galaxy who's the city's No. 1: One of the youngest rivalries in MLS also has become one of the league's best with plenty to play for on both sides.
  • [Reuters: Environment] Brazil says thousands of troops available to combat forest fires: Brazil has 44,000 troops stationed in its northern Amazon region that are available to combat forest fires and could send more from elsewhere in the country, the joint chief of staff for the country's military said on Saturday.
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    Brazil says thousands of troops available to combat forest fires [Reuters: World News]
  • [Reuters: World News] Brazil says thousands of troops available to combat forest fires: Brazil has 44,000 troops stationed in its northern Amazon region that are available to combat forest fires and could send more from elsewhere in the country, the joint chief of staff for the country's military said on Saturday.
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    Brazil says thousands of troops available to combat forest fires [Reuters: Environment]
  • [Reuters: World News] Britain joins Germany in criticizing Macron's Mercosur threat: Britain joined Germany on Saturday in criticizing French President Emmanuel Macron's decision to block a trade deal between the European Union and the Mercosur group of southern American countries to pressure Brazil on Amazon forest fires.
  • [Reuters: World News] French police use water cannons, tear gas on anti-G7 protesters: French riot police briefly used water cannons and tear gas on Saturday to disperse anti-capitalism protesters in Bayonne, near the resort of Biarritz where President Emmanuel Macron and G7 nation allies were meeting for a three-day summit.
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    French police fire tear gas, water cannons at anti-G7 protesters [Reuters: World News]
  • [Reuters: World News] France says social media platforms will still sign hate speech pledge: France said it was optimistic that U.S.-based social media platforms including Facebook and Snapchat would still sign a pledge to fight online hate speech despite a last-minute delay.
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    UPDATE 1-France says social media platforms will still sign hate speech pledge [Reuters: Company News]
    France says social media platforms will still sign hate speech pledge [Reuters: Technology News]
  • [Reuters: Technology News] France says social media platforms will still sign hate speech pledge: France said it was optimistic that U.S.-based social media platforms including Facebook and Snapchat would still sign a pledge to fight online hate speech despite a last-minute delay.
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    UPDATE 1-France says social media platforms will still sign hate speech pledge [Reuters: Company News]
    France says social media platforms will still sign hate speech pledge [Reuters: World News]
  • [Reuters: World News] Italy's 5-Star, PD talks on new government hit stumbling block over PM Conte: Talks between Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and the center-left Democratic Party (PD) to form a new government have hit a stumbling block over the PD's opposition to Giuseppe Conte being reinstated as prime minister.
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    Italy's PD raises the bar for possible government with 5-Star [Reuters: World News]
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  • [Reuters: World News] UK PM Johnson to tell Trump to de-escalate trade tensions: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Saturday he would tell President Donald Trump at this weekend's G7 summit to pull back from a trade war that is already destabilizing economic growth around the world.
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    Who would be Brexit's Mr No-Deal? Johnson and Tusk trade barbs [Reuters: World News]
  • [Reuters: Business News] UK PM Johnson to tell Trump to de-escalate trade tensions: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Saturday he would tell President Donald Trump at this weekend's G7 summit to pull back from a trade war that is already destabilizing economic growth around the world.
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    UK PM Johnson to tell Trump to de-escalate trade tensions [Reuters: World News]
    Who would be Brexit's Mr No-Deal? Johnson and Tusk trade barbs [Reuters: World News]
  • [Reuters: U.S.] Measles-stricken New Zealand girl visited Disneyland, other California destinations: A teenage girl from New Zealand sick with measles visited Disneyland and other popular tourist stops across Southern California earlier this month, possibly infecting others, local government health officials warned.
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    Measles-stricken New Zealand girl visited Disneyland, other California destinations [Reuters: Company News]
  • [Reuters: Company News] UPDATE 1-France says social media platforms will still sign hate speech pledge: France said it was optimistic that U.S.-based social media platforms including Facebook and Snapchat would still sign a pledge to fight online hate speech despite a last-minute delay.
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    France says social media platforms will still sign hate speech pledge [Reuters: Technology News]
    France says social media platforms will still sign hate speech pledge [Reuters: World News]
  • [Reuters: Company News] Measles-stricken New Zealand girl visited Disneyland, other California destinations: A teenage girl from New Zealand sick with measles visited Disneyland and other popular tourist stops across Southern California earlier this month, possibly infecting others, local government health officials warned.
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    Officials Just Confirmed Cases of Measles in Las Vegas and Disneyland [The Points Guy]
    Measles-stricken New Zealand girl visited Disneyland, other California destinations [Reuters: U.S.]
  • [Reuters: Sports News] Crew head to Cincy to cap rivalry series: State bragging rights outweigh playoff implications when Columbus travels south on Interstate 71 to face expansion FC Cincinnati in round two of their budding derby at Nippert Stadium on Sunday.
  • [Hacker News] Enabling a permanent revolution in internet architecture: Comments
  • [Reuters: Sports News] Kuzma off final 12-man Team USA roster: An injured left ankle will keep Kyle Kuzma off of Team USA for the upcoming FIBA World Cup in Shanghai, China.
  • [Reuters: Sports News] Mariners RHP Bradford undergoes Tommy John surgery: Seattle Mariners reliever Chasen Bradford, out since June with an elbow strain, underwent Tommy John surgery and is expected to miss the 2020 season.
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Photos

  • Trump?s wild week of tax ideas continues with new promise if GOP sweeps in 2020

    The president said in a tweet that he would pass a ?major" middle-class tax cut, the latest in a string of varying tax pledges that he has made in the past week.

  • Trump?s wild week of tax ideas continues with new promise if GOP sweeps in 2020

    The president said in a tweet that he would pass a ?major" middle-class tax cut, the latest in a string of varying tax pledges that he has made in the past week.

  • Trump?s company could save millions if interest rates fall as he demands

    The Trump Organization could see large savings in payments it is making on roughly $345 million in loans, according to public filings and financial experts. 

  • Trump?s company could save millions if interest rates fall as he demands

    The Trump Organization could see large savings in payments it is making on roughly $345 million in loans, according to public filings and financial experts. 

  • Trump?s company could save millions if interest rates fall as he demands

    The Trump Organization could see large savings in payments it is making on roughly $345 million in loans, according to public filings and financial experts. 

  • Trump?s company could save millions if interest rates fall as he demands

    The Trump Organization could see large savings in payments it is making on roughly $345 million in loans, according to public filings and financial experts. 

  • Trump and Johnson look to use G-7 summit to fortify their relationship amid skepticism of both leaders

    Their first formal meeting marks a chance, officials said, to forge stronger ties between the two nations after years of tense relations and Twitter insults during the tenure of Theresa May.

  • Trump and Johnson look to use G-7 summit to fortify their relationship amid skepticism of both leaders

    Their first formal meeting marks a chance, officials said, to forge stronger ties between the two nations after years of tense relations and Twitter insults during the tenure of Theresa May.

  • Sen. Bernie Sanders pushes free college and student debt forgiveness ? and finds the field crowded

    Since Sanders emphasized the issues in his first presidential run, many Democrats have embraced similar proposals, potentially diluting support for him.

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  • Sen. Bernie Sanders pushes free college and student debt forgiveness ? and finds the field crowded

    Since Sanders emphasized the issues in his first presidential run, many Democrats have embraced similar proposals, potentially diluting support for him.

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    Sen. Bernie Sanders pushes free college and student debt forgiveness — and finds the field crowded [Congress: Congressional News, Schedule, Votes & More - The Washington Post]
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Entries

  • A quick Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 Art vs. Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G lens comparison (626 characters)
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  • Squabbles erupt as G7 leaders arrive for summit in France (256 characters)

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 13:49:00 -0400Squabbles erupt as G7 leaders arrive for summit in FranceReuters: World News

    Squabbles erupted among G7 nations on Saturday even before their leaders had gathered for an annual summit, exposing sharp differences on global trade tensions, Britain's exit from the EU and how to respond to the fires raging in the Amazon rainforest.

  • Facebook Awards $100,000 Prize For New Code Isolation Technique (1024 characters)

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 13:34:00 -0400Facebook Awards $100,000 Prize For New Code Isolation TechniqueSlashdot

    ZDNet reports: Facebook has awarded a $100,000 prize to a team of academics from Germany for developing a new code isolation technique that can be used to safeguard sensitive data while it's being processed inside a computer. The award is named the Internet Defense Prize, and is a $100,000 cash reward that Facebook has been giving out yearly since 2014 to the most innovative research presented at USENIX, a leading security conference that takes place every year in mid-August in the US. An anonymous reader writes: The new technique is called ERIM and leverages Intel's memory protection keys (MPKs) and binary code inspection to achieve both hardware and software-based in-process data isolation. The novelty of ERIM is that it has an near-zero performance overhead (compared to other techniques that induce a big performance dip), can be applied with little effort to new and existing applications, doesn't require compiler changes, and can run on a stock Linux kernel.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Hong Kong protests met with tear gas; China frees UK mission staffer (251 characters)

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 13:04:00 -0400Hong Kong protests met with tear gas; China frees UK mission stafferReuters: World News

    Hong Kong police fired volleys of tear gas to break up anti-government protests in a gritty industrial suburb on Saturday after activists threw petrol bombs and bricks, as China freed a British consulate worker whose detention had fueled tensions.

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  • Nikon Photo Contest 2018-2019 Grand Prize winner announced (3677 characters)

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 13:04:00 -0400Nikon Photo Contest 2018-2019 Grand Prize winner announcedNikon Rumors

    Winner of the Nikon Photo Contest 2018-2019 Grand Prize Award: "Ayimpoka" by Sara De Antonio Feu (Spain)

    Nikon announced the Photo Contest 2018-2019 Grand Prize winner: "Ayimpoka" by Sara De Antonio Feu (Spain). The award-winning works will be exhibited in a worldwide traveling exhibition, which will debut from Tokyo:

    Announcement of the Grand Prize winner of the Nikon Photo Contest 2018-2019

    August 23, 2019

    TOKYO - Nikon Corporation has held the Nikon Photo Contest since 1969, making this year the 50th anniversary of one of the world's largest photo competitions. The winner of the Grand Prize award for the 2018-2019 contest was selected from the five Gold Prize winning works and announced at the awards ceremony held today in Tokyo.

    Winning works from the Contest will form the Nikon Photo Contest 2018-2019 Photo Exhibition, a worldwide traveling exhibition that will make stops in major cities of countries and regions such as Europe and Asia, including Japan and China.

    Winners of the Gold Prize, Silver Prize, and Bronze Prize awards were selected from a record 97,369 entries received from approximately 33,000 people from 170 countries and regions around the world. There was also a Participants' Choice Prize, and the NPC 50th Anniversary Prize, which was selected by Nikon employees.

    The winners of Gold Prize awards were honored at the awards ceremony held today, August 23, at Shibuya Stream in Shibuya, Tokyo. At the ceremony, the photo titled "Ayimpoka", entered by Sara De Antonio Feu (Spain) and winner of the Gold Prize in the Next Generation Single Photo category, was announced as the winner of the Grand Prize award.

    Story

    Ayimpoka lives with her family in a small town in Ghana. Albinism has been a cause of discrimination and persecution over many years, and murders of albino children have been committed because of its popular association with magic and witchcraft. At Ayimpoka's house, everyone gives her love and protection while a local NGO provides her weekly care. On the day this photo was taken, she was recovering from malaria and was suffering from sunburns because she had been in the sun all day.

    Comments from Lead Judge Neville Brody on the selection of the Grand Prize winner

    For me, this picture captures a human story so successfully and succinctly that we can all interpret and sense it directly. The context is clearly one of suffering, yet the subject is tinged with hope and humanity. The positivity and strength of the child showing support is palpable, we want to reach out ourselves and lend our own. The field of ripe crops falling into an infinite background, the blue sky framing the horizon, the warmth of the setting sun and the softness of the image as it drops away from us, all add to the sense of hope and optimism.

    The image is framed tenderly - the camera is at the same eye level as the children, who are positioned centrally in the frame, not raised, lending them a vulnerability, innocence and sincerity.

    This everyday story of superstition, difference and prejudice is shocking. We understand the difference love and protection make. A worthy winner, one that reminds us of our need to engage and open our sense of humanity and optimistic empathy in such a self-centered age.

    See the Nikon Photo Contest 2018-2019 website for further information on winning works and the traveling photo exhibition.

    Nikon Photo Contest 2018-2019 website

    The post Nikon Photo Contest 2018-2019 Grand Prize winner announced appeared first on Nikon Rumors.

  • The Leica L1 and L2 watches are expected to be released by the end of the year (634 characters)

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 12:43:00 -0400The Leica L1 and L2 watches are expected to be released by the end of the yearLeica News & Rumors


    I have a small update on the shipment situation of the new Leica L1 and L2 watches. There has been a delay and the new expected release time frame is by the end of 2019 (the original release date was autumn 2018). Initially, the new Leica L1 and L2 watches will be sold only in 10 selected Leica stores worldwide. Stay tuned for additional updates.

    The post The Leica L1 and L2 watches are expected to be released by the end of the year appeared first on Leica Rumors.

  • India's Chandrayaan-2 Spacecraft Enters the Moon's Orbit (1207 characters)

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 12:34:00 -0400India's Chandrayaan-2 Spacecraft Enters the Moon's OrbitSlashdot

    Long-time Slashdot reader William Robinson writes: An unmanned spacecraft, Chandrayaan 2, India launched last month has begun orbiting the moon before it lands on the far side to search for water. The spacecraft is in orbit of 114 km x 18072 km and will continue circling the moon in a tighter orbit until reaching a distance of about 100 km x 30 km from the moon's surface. "The lander will then separate from the orbiter and use rocket fuel to brake as it attempts to land in the south polar region of the moon on Sept. 7 -- an area where no moon landing has been attempted before," reports CTV News. The mission is carrying a total of 14 payloads -- 13 Indian and one passive payload from NASA -- with special focus of the orbiter on mapping craters in the polar region, besides checking for water again. Space.com shares the first photo of the moon snapped by the spacecraft on Wednesday, noting that "If the lander safely touches down, India will become the fourth country to complete that feat, after the Soviet Union, the U.S. and China. "The lander and rover would operate for one lunar day but are not designed to withstand the frigid lunar nights."

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Do a 52-Week Photo Challenge to Improve Your Skills (5364 characters)

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 12:09:00 -0400Do a 52-Week Photo Challenge to Improve Your SkillsPetaPixel

    You may have heard of the 52-Week Photo Challenge, but have you tried it out before? I committed myself to the challenge in 2014, and my photography skill set has greatly improved since then. Because of that, I want to share this with you.

    What is the 52-Week Photo Challenge?

    The challenge basically requires you to post a photo once a week and continue doing it for a total of 52 weeks, or a whole year.

    How it Compares to the 365 Photo Challenge?

    The 365-Day Photo Challenge (or Project 365) is another type of challenge — one that requires you to post a photo every day. However, I don?t favor that challenge.

    If you are into that type of challenge, you are most likely going to shoot everything and anything accessible to you on that day, e.g. food, street, landscape, portrait, etc. so that you can stick to the challenge.

    I want you to focus only on one type of photography genre, training yourself to the fullest. By doing so, you will experience a vast improvement in your work. You will learn to be familiar with different camera settings for different lighting and subjects. You will have a better idea of how to compose better. You will know how to edit the photo to produce the type of result that you want.

    Besides that, a genre like landscape photography heavily relies on the weather. In the worst weather, you may not be able to return with any photos from a photo shoot. I don?t want you to compromise just for the sake of commitment.

    On the other hand, a 52-Week Photo Challenge is more manageable, giving you more time to plan your shoot, take photos, and process them. Let?s focus on quality instead of quantity.

    One Simple Rule

    If you decide to take up the 52-Week Photo Challenge, I?m going to add a rule on it for you — a single word: variety.

    Like I mentioned above, I want quality work, and I want you to get improved too. If you keep revisiting a single place and submit 52 photos of the same scene, how much do you think you can improve from that? Most likely not as much as you could.

    You need to take photos in different locations, experience different shooting conditions (seascape, cityscape, fireworks, light trails, etc.), and use different shooting techniques. Only then can you greatly improve your photography skills.

    Tip #1: Compile a List of Shooting Locations

    Don?t know where and what to photograph? Easy — follow a few photographers on social media, photographers whose work you like. From their work, you should have a better idea of what to photograph.

    On top of that, you may also get inspiration on how they capture the photo and process them.

    Tip #2: Plan your Shooting and Posting in Advance

    Consider that you may need a few attempts to get a decent photo and take into account the time that is required to process the photo. It is better to plan your shooting and posting at least a week ahead, and if possible, try to get a few photos ready in advance. With that, you able ensure that there?s always a photo posted on every week, even though you are not free for any shooting/processing during that week.

    Tip #3: Same Spot but Different Techniques/Composition

    No plans to make a photography trip and you’ve run out of shooting locations? You can revisit the same places and try to get something different.

    Different shooting techniques

    The left photo is a standard landscape photo during blue hour, and I took the photo a few years ago.

    The right photo was from my recent trip to Penang Island a few weeks ago. This time, I decided to capture a long exposure B&W photo here. With the help of 2 ND filters (ND1000 and ND64), I was able to use a slow shutter speed of 60 seconds, even though it was 9 a.m. morning. The 60-second shutter speed help to smoothen the seawater, adding a sense of calm to the photo, and the sunlight nicely lightened up the bridge.

    Different time of day

    For these two photos, the composition is the same, and it was actually from the same shooting session. The left photo was taken around 15 minutes before the right photo. However, the shooting conditions are different, and the processing of the two photos are different. One is slightly dimmer and focuses on the mood of the colorful sky and the street lights of the city. Another one is focusing on the blazing sunrise, creating a more refreshing look.

    Different compositions

    Again, two photos of the same scene but one of them was taken using a slightly unique composition.

    Tip #4: Be kind to yourself

    If you can?t make it in a particular week, don?t blame yourself. We are just human, and sometimes there may have an unforeseen circumstance that pulls us away from committing to the challenge. Just proceed to focus on the next posting, or you can choose to post two photos next week to fill in the gap. Your choice!

    Good Luck

    If you decide to take up the challenge, congrats on taking a first step in becoming a better photographer!

    About the author: Grey Chow is a photographer based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. You can find more of his work on his website, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram. This article was also published here.

  • Florida man guilty of manslaughter in test of 'stand your ground' law: reports (288 characters)

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 11:39:00 -0400Florida man guilty of manslaughter in test of 'stand your ground' law: reportsReuters: U.S.

    A Florida man has been convicted of manslaughter for a fatal shooting during an argument about a parking spot, local media reported on Saturday, in a case that made headlines when police initially declined to arrest the suspect due to the state's "stand your ground" self-defense law.

  • Three Smart Ovens Turned On Overnight, Then Preheated To 400 Degrees (1030 characters)

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 11:34:00 -0400Three Smart Ovens Turned On Overnight, Then Preheated To 400 DegreesSlashdot

    AmiMoJo quote the Verge: At least three smart June Ovens have turned on in the middle of the night and heated up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. The ovens' owners aren't sure why this happened, and June tells The Verge that user error is at fault... The June Oven debuted in 2015 as a $1,495 countertop oven that uses a camera and computer vision to identify food that's been placed inside. The company raised nearly $30 million in funding and released its second-generation version in 2018 for $599. It's billed as "seven appliances in one": an air fryer, dehydrator, slow cooker, broiler, toaster, warming drawer, and convection countertop oven. It also pairs with an app that allows people to choose their temperature and cooking settings, as well as live stream their food as it cooks thanks to the built-in camera. The company is planning an update that'll hopefully remedy the situation and prevent it from happening again, but that change isn't coming until next month.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • When a Tornado and Flash Flood Crash the Wedding You?re Shooting (2350 characters)

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 11:30:00 -0400When a Tornado and Flash Flood Crash the Wedding You?re ShootingPetaPixel

    Videographer Adam Grumbo was shooting a wedding in Austin, Texas, recently when a flash flood and tornado crashed the festivities and turned things upside down.

    The weather report had been forecasting hints of rain on the big day, but things turned out to be much wetter and windier than anyone had expected.

    “Colin and Kimberly had no idea what they were in for when they arrived at Pecan Springs Ranch in Texas,” Grumbo tells PetaPixel. “Swapping a few items around, made for an unusual timeline of a wedding day. Cocktail hour turned into 3 hours, and dinner soon after.

    “Eventually the ceremony would happen, but not until after a tornado convinced planners to move it to midway through the reception. Everyone worked together to create a memorable and lovely wedding with a little excitement to boot!”

    Here are photos of the venue before and after the flash flood occurred:

    “Thank goodness for good weather sealing,” says Grumbo, who was shooting with a Canon 1DX Mark II and a Panasonic S1. “The cameras used are no worse for wear.

    “They did a great job keeping the water out of the body, and are working great still! Quality equipment goes a long way.”

    “When you start the day with 100 degrees and sunny and it ends with a flash flood and a tornado, you have to get creative to come away with some good images,” Grumbo says. “Luckily the bride and groom were rolling with the punches to create a wedding that no one will soon forget.”

    Here’s the finished wedding day video that resulted:

    “This has got to be the worst wedding, weather-wise, I have ever been to, and I have been to some terrible ones,” Grumbo says. “This is also probably the most amazing wedding I’ve seen, because of how all the vendors, the family and the couple came together to make the most of it.

    “Kimberly and Colin and all the vendors pitched in to help, and the entire wedding party was nothing but smiles. Colin and Kimberly are some of the most pleasant, loving, and beautiful people you could ever hope to have on a day like this.

    “I can’t think of too many people who would be faced with the fury of mother nature, and still be celebrating and laughing the night through. No one is going to forget this one.”

  • TSA Continues Push to Warn Passengers to Get Real ID (2720 characters)

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 11:30:00 -0400TSA Continues Push to Warn Passengers to Get Real IDThe Points Guy

    The TSA has started a public campaign to encourage travelers to get a REAL ID-compliant driver?s license, state-issued enhanced driver?s license, or other acceptable form of identification, to fly within the US by October 1, 2020. Those who try to travel without an approved REAL ID will not be allowed to pass through TSA checkpoints to catch their flights.

    The REAL ID Act was passed by Congress in 2005 after a 9/11 Commission recommendation that the federal government create a set of standards for IDs such as driver?s licenses. But the act was controversial, since opponents said it was tantamount to requiring a national ID card, which they argued was a violation of the 10th Amendment of the Constitution, which notes that powers not delegated to the federal government are reserved to the states or to the people.

     

     

    By 2017, only 25 states had implemented Real ID, with others passing laws to prohibit implementation of the act. The Montana legislature went as far as passing a 2007 law against the Real ID Act over concerns about documents to prove identity and an overreach by the federal government. However, in January 2018, the Department of Homeland Security warned travelers who didn’t have a license from a compliant state or lived in a state that was granted an extension “will be asked to provide alternate acceptable identification.” If they couldn’t provide an alternative ID, they wouldn’t be allowed past airport security checkpoints, which pushed states to implement the program.

    Four states ? Maine, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Oregon ? along with American Samoa have an extension to implement Real ID by the October 2020 date. ?The security requirements of the REAL ID Act are an important step in enhancing commercial aviation security,? said TSA Acting Deputy Administrator Patricia Cogswell in a statement. ?REAL ID implementation is a little more than a year away ? now is the time to prepare.?

    Travelers may have noticed more signs in airports reminding them of the October 1, 2020, date, along with naming other acceptable forms of ID, such as a valid passport, a federal government personal identity verification (PIV) card or a U.S. military ID. In an interview with TSA officials last week, they told TPG that officers at ID-checking podium are also engaging passengers, asking if they realize they don’t have a Real ID. REAL ID-compliant licenses are marked by a star on the top right side of the card. If you’re not sure if your state is compliant, contact your driver?s license agency.

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  • How Much Does It Cost to Fuel up an Airliner? (3957 characters)

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 11:00:00 -0400How Much Does It Cost to Fuel up an Airliner?The Points Guy

    If you think filling up your car is expensive, consider the price tag for fueling an airliner for a trans-Atlantic flight.

    Jet fuel for a flight from New York?s John F. Kennedy Airport to London Heathrow can cost a carrier approximately $27,270, according to data from Airlines for America. The return trip is even more expensive, at approximately $33,411.

    Pricing Popular Routes

    The amount of fuel an airliner needs ? and thus the cost ? depends on many factors, including aircraft type, weight and direction of travel. Here are some price estimates provided to TPG based on data compiled by Airlines for America. The prices are averages collected from January to May 2019.

    Los Angeles International to Tokyo Narita: This trans-Pacific hop uses an estimated 9,500 gallons of jet fuel at an estimated price of $19,190.

    New York JFK to Los Angeles International: This popular transcon flight uses an estimated 5,325 gallons of jet fuel at an estimated price tag of $10,757. The return to New York uses slightly less fuel at 5,075 gallons with an estimated price of $10,252.

    Chicago O?Hare to Miami International: Heading southbound, this flight operates using an estimated 2,350 gallons, with an estimated cost of $4,747. On the northbound return, the cost estimate soars to $7,201, using an estimated 3,565 gallons.

    Denver International to San Francisco International Airport: This particular route can see significant variances in fuel quantity and pricing because of the variety of aircraft operating between the two cities. On average, aircraft fill up with an estimated 3,500 gallons of jet fuel, costing an estimated $7,070. However, price can vary from $4,040 on the low end to $14,140 on the high end.

    How Airlines Purchase Fuel

    Many of us drive around in search of the cheapest gas prices, but for the nation?s airlines, filling up aircraft isn?t so simple.

    ?It?s not like you can pull up to the Costco pump,? said Helane Becker, an airline analyst and managing director of Cowen & Co, an investment firm. Whoever has the contract to supply an airport with fuel is going to be supplying the aircraft there, she said.

    Collectively, United States air carriers burn through 17 billion gallons of jet fuel annually, a number that has remained consistent over the years as aircraft and engine makers devise more fuel-efficient equipment even as they fly more miles.

    Over the last few years, oil prices have fluctuated. They averaged $66 per barrel in the first half of 2019 but saw a low of approximately $30 in January 2016.

    Fuel Prices and Ticket Prices

    From natural disasters to political upheaval, disruptions in oil supply can alter the fuel costs incurred by airlines. The ?same things that affect gasoline will affect jet fuel prices,? said Becker.

    The fluctuations in jet fuel prices can have an impact on ticket prices, but it?s not necessarily immediate. And there is not a direct link between a single change in the price of oil and a specific change in the cost of an airline ticket, according to Becker.

    If there is a spike in fuel prices, it takes two to four months for airlines to raise their ticket prices, said Becker. She adds that there is a six-month lag between a decline in fuel prices and a drop in ticket prices.

    While US airlines cannot impose fuel surcharges on domestic flights, fuel surcharges are imposed on international flights as prices go up or down, she said.

    Finding a Good Deal

    In an effort to offset price fluctuations, many airlines will use “call options” (options to buy an asset at an agreed price on or before a particular date) as an insurance policy of sorts by signing a nonbinding agreement with a seller, in case the price of fuel were to spike.

    In the past, some carriers, such as Southwest, hedged fuel purchases, securing a long-term rate when prices are low. However, that strategy can backfire if costs drop instead and the airline is stuck with a higher price.

  • A Timelapse of Earth Rotating Around the Milky Way (584 characters)

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 10:53:00 -0400A Timelapse of Earth Rotating Around the Milky WayPetaPixel

    Photographer Aryeh Nirenberg made this 55-second time-lapse video that visualizes Earth’s rotation by fixing the Milky Way as the point of reference and having the landscape spin instead.

    Nirenberg shot the photos a couple of years ago over a span of a few hours using a Sony a7S II and a Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 on an equatorial tracking mount. He shot 1,100 separate 10-second exposures (at f/2.8 and ISO 1600) with 12 seconds between each shot.

    You can find more of Nirenberg’s work on his website, Instagram, YouTube, and 500px.

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  • A Look at ?Migrant Mother?, An Iconic Photo of the Great Depression (5709 characters)

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 10:39:00 -0400A Look at ?Migrant Mother?, An Iconic Photo of the Great DepressionPetaPixel

    I’m Martin from the All About Street Photography channel and today I want to analyze an iconic image by photographer Dorothea Lange of a woman named Florence Owens Thompson. It’s known as Migrant Mother.

    I am going to take a closer look at the composition as well as at the story behind the photograph.

    The picture we’re looking at today is a portrait of Thompson with three kids taken in March of 1936 by Dorothea Lange with her 4×5 Graflex camera. One of the key factors that made the photograph so iconic is when it was taken. Lange had been making portraits in San Francisco since 1919 but the Great Depression in the 1930s made her leave her job to document the effects of the crisis such as homeless and unemployed people standing in the lines for bread.

    Because of that, she was hired by the Resettlement Administration (later called the Farm Security Administration) that was created to relocate families that were struggling during the time of Great Depression to government land and to try to help people who were hit hardest by the crisis.

    Lange was hired by the government to document the workers and conditions they worked in. The project was supposed to bring the political support for government aid.

    Lange just finished her work and was on her way back home when she drove by the ?Pea-Pickers Camp?. After going another 20 miles, she decided she had to turn back to check out the camp. There she saw a tent, women, and children.

    ?I saw and approached the hungry and desperate mother in the sparse lean-to tent, as if drawn by a magnet,? she said.

    According to Lange, the woman was supposed to be with seven hungry children. Their father was Californian and they were stuck in the camp as they had been forced to sell their tires to buy food.

    The identity of the woman wasn?t known for almost 40 years. Thompson was born in 1903 in Oklahoma, an Indian territory at that time. At the age of 17, she married Cleo Owens and when his family moved to California, she followed him. In 1931, her husband died from tuberculosis. She was pregnant with her sixth child at that time. Later she met Jim Hill and lived a life of traveling migrant workers in California.

    When Dorothea Lange photographed Thompson, they were actually not living at the Pea-Pickers Camp. They just stopped for two days to fix their car. Her son Troy Owens said, ?I don?t believe Dorothea Lange was lying, I just think she had one story mixed up with another. Or she was borrowing to fill in what she didn?t have.?

    Or we can probably guess she used the story that was more appealing to the public and to the goal she wanted to accomplish.

    Lange took 6 pictures and when we look at them the first one that she took is probably the only one that was not staged. After that, she probably talked to them and posed them to make a much better composition.

    In the next shot, she decided not to include the older girl as the goal with the photographs was to elicit emotions and sympathy, and having too many children in the frame could be interpreted as poor family planning rather than an unfortunate situation. In the next shot, she also included an empty plate but it was probably too straightforward for expressing the situation. In the last frame, she finally got the image she wanted.

    She figured that the mother?s expression is the key to the picture. She even let her point her hand to her face as she also did in her other portraits bring the attention there.

    The look on her face can be interpreted in many ways, such as thinking about her uncertain future, but what makes this picture stand out when we compare it to the rest from the series is not what is included in the frame but rather what isn?t. We don?t know where the mother or children are looking or what is or isn?t there. All we see is the expression and the rest of the story is created in our imagination.

    Lange even removed the thumb in lower right to ?improve? the composition.

    The photograph was immediately published in newspapers both locally and nationally in stories about thousands of starving migrants. 20,000 pounds of food was sent to the camp from the federal government, but by then, Thompson and her family already left.

    The negatives were almost destroyed when someone at the San Jose Chamber of Commerce threw them in the dumpster, but they were saved and stored for 30 years. They were then were sold at auction for $296,000.

    Neither Lange nor Thompson made any money from the piece. As Lange was working for the government, the photos became the property of the government. Nevertheless, the photo still helped them both.

    For Dorothea Lange, the picture was very good for her reputation and helped her with her photography career. In 1983, Thompson had a stroke and when her children didn?t have money to cover the medical bills, they used her identity to raise $15,000 in donations. The donations helped with the bills but unfortunately soon after that, Florence Owens Thompson died at the age of 79 in 1983.

    In 2006, an elementary school was named for her in Nipomo, California. Migrant Mother became the most iconic image of the 160,000 Dorothea Lange took to document the Great Depression.

    About the author: Martin Kaninsky is a photographer, reviewer, and YouTuber based in Prague, Czech Republic. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. Kaninsky runs the channel All About Street Photography. You can find more of his work on his website, Instagram, and YouTube channel.

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  • Why Are 'Supply Chain Attacks' on Open Source Libraries Getting Worse? (1942 characters)

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 10:34:00 -0400Why Are 'Supply Chain Attacks' on Open Source Libraries Getting Worse?Slashdot

    "A rash of supply chain attacks hitting open source software over the past year shows few signs of abating, following the discovery this week of two separate backdoors slipped into a dozen libraries downloaded by hundreds of thousands of server administrators," reports Ars Technica: The compromises of Webmin and the RubyGems libraries are only the latest supply chain attacks to hit open source software. Most people don't think twice about installing software or updates from the official site of a known developer. As developers continue to make software and websites harder to exploit, black hats over the past few years have increasingly exploited this trust to spread malicious wares by poisoning code at its source... To be fair, closed-source software also falls prey to supply-side attacks -- as evidenced by those that hit computer maker ASUS on two occasions, the malicious update to tax-accounting software M.E.Doc that seeded the NotPetya outbreak of 2017, and another backdoor that infected users of the CCleaner hard drive utility that same year. But the low-hanging fruit for supply chain attacks seems to be open source projects, in part because many don't make multi-factor authentication and code signing mandatory among its large base of contributors. "The recent discoveries make it clear that these issues are becoming more frequent and that the security ecosystem around package publication and management isn't improving fast enough," Atredis Partners Vice President of Research and Development HD Moore told Ars. "The scary part is that each of these instances likely resulted in even more developer accounts being compromised (through captured passwords, authorization tokens, API keys, and SSH keys). The attackers likely have enough credentials at hand to do this again, repeatedly, until all credentials are reset and appropriate MFA and signing is put in place."

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  • Your Guide to the Amex Platinum Saks Fifth Avenue Credit (5496 characters)

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 10:00:00 -0400Your Guide to the Amex Platinum Saks Fifth Avenue CreditThe Points Guy

    Of all the rewards-earning credit cards we have, the one that offers us the most perks and access is unquestionably The Platinum Card® from American Express. It may also be the one we have with the highest annual fee, at $550 (see rates and fees) — but we get our money?s worth with lounge access, up to $200 in annual Uber credits, up to $200 airline incidental fee credits and a statement credit of up to $100 per year at Saks Fifth Avenue.

    If you’re like me and spend more than $100 a year at Saks Fifth Avenue, this is like money in the bank. But even those who don’t typically shop at Saks can find value in this credit. If you associate Saks Fifth Avenue with $4,000 Prada dresses you aren?t wrong, but you might be surprised to find that they also offer much more reasonable and affordable items.

    How the Saks Fifth Avenue Credit Works

    The Amex Platinum added this benefit back in July 2018, and it’s been a popular perk ever since. The credit is available in the form of two $50 statement credits per year. Your first $50 statement credit is available from July 1 ? December 31 and your second $50 statement credit is available from January 1 ? June 30. You need to enroll your Amex Platinum Card for this benefit to take effect, which you can do through your Amex account online.

    There is no minimum purchase required to trigger these new statement credits, so you could make a purchase of $50 (or less) once every six months and not owe anything out of pocket once the credit posts to your Amex Platinum account. Believe it or not, Saks really does offer items at $50 and less. Their frequent sales drop the prices of all sorts of items to palatable levels, but there are some items that are always below that price point.

    There are some limits to the credit. The terms state that this Amex Platinum statement credit is valid at Saks Fifth Avenue online or at locations in the US and US Territories. It is not valid on Saks Fifth Avenue Gift Cards or purchases at outlet locations (in stores and online), and it excludes purchases at restaurants located within the store and online bill pay for Saks credit. The credit also is not valid on online purchases shipped outside of the US.  You may have to wait anywhere from two to four weeks after an eligible purchase is charged to your card for a statement credit to be posted.

    Maximizing Your Saks Fifth Avenue Credit

    If you’re not an avid Saks Fifth Avenue shopper, you might wonder how you can best take advantage of this credit each year ? especially since many items they sell are in the “outrageously expensive” category. I’m going to walk you through a few tips on how to find the sweet spots and get the most out of this Amex Platinum benefit.

    Know What to Buy

    Yes, Saks is home to $2,950 Gianvito Rossi knee-high boots and an Alexander McQueen houndstooth wool coat for $13,200 (both a bit out of most people’s price range). But you can also find plenty of great finds for under $50. For example, one of my favorite sunscreen primers, Unseen Sunscreen from Supergoop (which is an amazing travel primer if you’re headed to somewhere where you’ll be getting a lot of sun) is only $32 at Saks. You can also find products from popular makeup brands like MAC and Benefit for well under $50. If you have kids, you can use your Saks credit on back-to-school items like a Herschel backpack ($49.99) or adorable dresses, raincoats and shoes.

    Take Advantage of Sales

    If you keep an eye out for sales, you can score a great deal on Saks items that would normally cost well over the $50 semi-annual credit. The Saks website has an entire section dedicated to sale items ? for example, they were having a 75% off sale on designer selections as I wrote this guide. Like any department store, sale items can be hit-or-miss, but if you’re patient you can find excellent deals. Even if you have your eye on a sale item that costs more than $50, think of your Saks credit as an additional $50 discount.

    Always Use a Shopping Portal

    Any time you are shopping online, start through a shopping portal to earn points, miles or cash back on your purchase on top of your Saks credit. You can check a site like Evreward (which compares rewards comparisons for online shopping portals) to see which portal makes the most sense for you to use. Now through the end of August, British Airways is offering 6x Avios when you shop Saks through the Avios eStore. As an Amex cardholder, you also have access to ShopRunner, which offers free two-day shipping and returns at a ton of retailers ? including Saks.

    Related: Check out our list of shopping portals offered by travel brands here. 

    Bottom Line

    Whether you’re obsessed with Saks Fifth Avenue or have rarely shopped there, you should take advantage of the $100 annual Saks credit offered by your Amex Platinum. If you’re not familiar with the brand, it can be overwhelming to know how to best maximize the credit (especially since it’s broken into two $50 credits each year), but hopefully, these tips will help you find the best options for you.

    Not a current Amex Platinum Cardholder? Read our full review to see if it should be the next card in your wallet.

    Prices accurate as of publication date. 

    Additional reporting by Jennifer Yellin, Samantha Rosen and Summer Hull.

    For rates and fees of the Amex Platinum, click here.

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  • WRAPUP 5-Hong Kong protests met with tear gas; China frees UK mission staffer (252 characters)

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 09:24:00 -0400WRAPUP 5-Hong Kong protests met with tear gas; China frees UK mission stafferReuters: Company News

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  • Preparing for the Worst-Case Scenario: What Pilots Are Thinking During a Dual Engine Failure (12616 characters)

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 09:00:00 -0400Preparing for the Worst-Case Scenario: What Pilots Are Thinking During a Dual Engine FailureThe Points Guy

    As a pilot, a dual engine failure is something that you will probably never experience in your entire career. Yet, last week in Moscow, the day which we never expect to occur happened to the two pilots operating Ural Airlines Flight 178 to Simferopol. As they rotated their Airbus A321 into the air, the aircraft hit a flock of seagulls. Even though engines are designed to continue running after impacting a flock of birds, the size of the seagulls was too much for the engines to take. The aircraft started to climb away from the ground but with both engines stricken, the aircraft wouldn’t be able to climb for much longer. Less than a minute later, the aircraft would come to rest in a corn field. All 233 passengers and crew evacuated safely via the emergency exit slides with nothing more than a few bumps and bruises. Almost before the one-in-a-million event had started, it was over. For the passengers left standing among the corn sheaths, it was a miracle. For the pilots who brought them safely through this incredible event, it was a combination of great skill and a little bit of luck. So what was going through the pilots minds when this happened? How did they react? And how did they know what to do in order to save all 231 lives on board?

    Just Another Day

    The day would have started like any other for Captain Damir Yusupov and First Officer Georgy Murzin. Like most of us, I’m sure that on their way to the airport, their planning for the flight would have already begun. On the drive to work, we’ll take note of the cloud and wind conditions and whether there’s rain around. Are there any thunderstorms building? Situational awareness is a critical part of being a good airline pilot. The fact that there were birds reported on the airfield would have been of little concern to them. Many airfields around the world are located by the water and are home to wildlife. The hazard of birds is just another item on the list of which we expect each time we take to the skies. The preflight briefing would have been straightforward. The weather in both Moscow and Simferopol was forecast to be fine. It was a lovely summer’s day for flying. On board the aircraft, before every flight, the pilots carry out a departure briefing. This not only covers what the crew plan to do and how they will do it, but it also covers any threats pertinent to that specific flight. For example, in Paris Charles de Gaulle, aircraft are often cleared by ATC in French to cross the runway ahead of you. As a non-French speaker, there’s a threat that you may not be aware that this is happening. If ATC have inadvertently cleared you for takeoff at the same time, there is a clear and obvious danger ahead. These specific threat-based briefings focus the crew’s mind as to what is important for that particular flight. The departure briefing will also cover what the crew will do in the event of an emergency. Statistically speaking, the most critical ‘likely’ event is a single engine failure on takeoff. In the event of this happening, each pilot has defined tasks to perform. To ensure that this ballet is performed correctly, they both run through the exact actions they would take as part of this briefing. This way, their actions are fresh in their minds and any ambiguity they may have has been ironed out in advance. However, even with the best of briefings, nothing could have prepared Captain Yusupov and First Officer Murzin for what was about to happen.

    The Natural Reaction

    January 15, 2009 marked one of the most remarkable days in aviation history. Shortly after taking off from New York’s LaGuardia Airport, US Airways Flight 1549 suffered a dual engine failure after hitting a flock of geese. Captain Chesley Sullenberger and Senior First Officer Jeffrey Skiles were hailed as heroes for landing the aircraft safely on the Hudson River just a few minutes later. It became known as the Miracle on the Hudson. After the event, Captain Sullenberger spoke of the moment that they realized that they had lost power from both engines. “I remember vividly my first three thoughts. ‘This can’t be happening!’ Having read about accident flights before, I know a very common, a very typical thought rooted in disbelief. Followed immediately by ‘This doesn’t happen to me!’ And the third thought was more of a realization that unlike all the other flights, this one probably would not end on a runway with the aircraft undamaged.” This brief but raw insight to the human reaction in this scenario is incredibly telling. When the unthinkable and unexpected happens, as humans, we all react the same way. Disbelief, panic and a refusal to accept what our eyes, ears and other senses are telling us. Our inner chimp is well and truly loose and causing absolute chaos in our brains.

    The Chimp Paradox

    Situated in the center of the brain, the limbic system is a raw and primal system engineered to keep us safe. When our bodies sense danger, it is the limbic system that reacts first and what Dr. Steve Peters refers to as our ‘chimp’ in his widely acclaimed book, The Chimp Paradox.

    The Chimp

    The chimp is an incredibly powerful force within our minds. As it is built for survival, it senses danger everywhere. It quickly assesses situations and jumps to decisions. It thinks very much in the short-term with very little regard to the long-term results. It’s the same force that may give you sudden anxiety when faced with making a speech in front of a large group of people or stop you from setting off on a steep ski run. It is the chimp that caused Captain Sullenberger to have his initial two thoughts: “This can’t be happening!” and “This doesn’t happen to me!” It disrupts the structured pattern of thought in even the most well-trained and experienced people. However, it’s important to realize that the reaction from the chimp is just a suggestion. We do not have to do what the chimp wants us to do. What we need to do is engage another part of the brain to bring in some balanced thinking.

    The Human

    The frontal lobe is the ‘human’ in our brains. A more recent evolutionary development, it’s what gives us rational thought based on evidence. The human takes in facts from all our senses and evaluates them against our knowledge. This is the part that calls on any previous training and experience to decide on the best course of action for not only the short-term but also the long-term outcome. It is the human brain that enabled Captain Sullenberger and SFO Skiles to react and fly the aircraft safely onto the surface of the Hudson River. The problem is that the human is much slower than the chimp. Before the human has come up with a plan, the chimp may well have acted and made what may end up being rash decisions that may be irreversible. Whilst we are unable to free ourselves from the chimp, we are able to manage it.

    The Computer

    The other influencing aspect of the brain is what Dr. Peters refers to as the ‘computer’. This stores information on our thoughts and belief and also preprogrammed responses on how to handle certain situations. Both the chimp and the human use the computer as points of reference. As pilots, we regularly undergo training in flight simulators. This enables us to practice normal and emergency scenarios and update those preprogrammed responses in our computers. For more on how exactly these training sessions are run, check out my previous article, Practice Makes Perfect ? How Pilots Train for Every Situation.

    Managing the Chimp

    Dr. Peters suggests that there are fours way in which we can manage our chimp. Two of these are more relevant to the dual engine failure case than the other two. Firstly, you can box the chimp. This means engaging your human brain and using it to talk to the chimp with logic and reason. By giving the chimp an alternative in a situation, you can diffuse his sudden urges to act irrationally and allow the more reasoned human to take over. With repeated practice at this, over time you can train your chimp to accept your human rules. This may take some time, but the more you practice it, the more it becomes ingrained in your computer. This is why, as airline pilots, we regularly practice for emergency events in the simulator. Not only does it gives us the experience of running though the checklists and procedures, it trains our chimp to accept the fact that the human knows what it is doing. Secondly, you can distract your chimp. In a situation of sudden high stress, there may not be time to effectively box the chimp. What you need to do is temporarily distract it by taking a deep breathe and counting to 10. This gives your human time to catch up and be able to have an effect. It is the combined effect of these two approaches that enables us to think clearly and act appropriately.

    Birdstrike

    Initial reports from the Ural Airlines flight suggest that they suffered complete loss of power from the left engine in the few seconds after takeoff. At this stage, the chimp would have been in control. Initially, the crew declared an emergency and requested to return to the airfield. ?The height was not significant. Initially, there was a decision to turn around, land the plane,” Captain Yusupov told journalists just after the event. However, the aircraft then experienced another birdstrike ? this time to the right engine. Whilst the right engine did not fail completely, the remaining power was insufficient to continue climbing. In the brains of the pilots, the chimp was in full meltdown mode. Let’s freeze the situation here for a moment and put ourselves in the minds of Captain Yusupov and First Officer Murzin. You’ve taken off on what was going to be just another normal flight. A few seconds later, you’ve lost effective power from both engines and you are just 750 feet above the ground. A situation no pilot wants to be in. We can’t be sure exactly what they were thinking. But that day for which they’d put all that hard work into practicing for had arrived. They knew they had the training hidden away in their human and computer, they just needed to sort the chimp out to allow them to access it. This is a great example where distracting the chimp is the first action that needs to be done. Deep breath. Count to 10. With the chimp distracted, you’ve given your human time to catch up. Time to allow it to start reasoning with the chimp and usher him toward his box. With the chimp boxed, the human can start to talk. The part that is thinking of the longer-term outcome: How to come up with a plan to get the aircraft safely back on the ground. ?There was little time,” Captain Yusupov continued. “But when they (sic) saw that the second engine was also failing, I had a decision ? to land the plane just in front of me.”

    Bottom Line

    As humans, we are all susceptible to our biology ? no matter how well trained or experienced we are. However, by having an understanding of how our bodies work, we can optimize how we perform in any situation. When faced with a situation of sudden stress, the pilots of Ural Airlines 178 were able to box their chimp and allow their minds to think clearly. It was the ability to do this which resulted in them saving the lives of all those on board. In my experience, the professional pilot community tends to attract those who are more able to manage the chimp effectively. The intense selection processes and regular training that we undergo are all designed to enable us to not only learn how to manage non-normal situations, but also learn how we as humans react when faced with adversity. Featured photo by Sergei Bobylev / Getty Images.
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  • Quantum Radar Has Been Demonstrated For the First Time (1798 characters)

    Sat, 24 Aug 2019 09:00:00 -0400Quantum Radar Has Been Demonstrated For the First TimeSlashdot

    An anonymous reader quotes a report from MIT Technology Review: Shabir Barzanjeh at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria and a few colleagues have used entangled microwaves to create the world's first quantum radar. Their device, which can detect objects at a distance using only a few photons, raises the prospect of stealthy radar systems that emit little detectable electromagnetic radiation. The device is simple in essence. The researchers create pairs of entangled microwave photons using a superconducting device called a Josephson parametric converter. They beam the first photon, called the signal photon, toward the object of interest and listen for the reflection. In the meantime, they store the second photon, called the idler photon. When the reflection arrives, it interferes with this idler photon, creating a signature that reveals how far the signal photon has traveled. Voila -- quantum radar! The researchers go on to compare their quantum radar with conventional systems operating with similarly low numbers of photons and say it significantly outperforms them, albeit only over relatively short distances. That's interesting work revealing the significant potential of quantum radar and a first application of microwave-based entanglement. But it also shows the potential application of quantum illumination more generally. A big advantage is the low levels of electromagnetic radiation required. Then there is the obvious application as a stealthy radar that is difficult for adversaries to detect over background noise. The researchers say it could be useful for short-range low-power radar for security applications in closed and populated environments. The researchers detail their findings in a paper on arXiv.org.

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