These strangely shaped dunes are known as barchan dunes and are common on both Earth and Mars. The form where winds blow mostly in one direction. In the area shown above, the winds were blowing from the top right to the bottom left of the image. Sand is blown up the gentle slopes and falls down the steep lee side of the dunes.
NIST’s Toth said in the next two years, you’ll see government agencies begin to publish rules for accessing supply chain systems. In the meantime, she said SMBs need to have a plan in place.
BlueTrip is the brainchild of a designer/blogger by the name of Mike who runs Capsize Designs. Although you can grab a copy from his site, BlueTrip recently moved to a more permanent home at bluetrip.org, which is alredy up and running in limited form.
One CDC ad relies on anecdotal evidence to make its point. It features a story from an e-cigarette user, a 35-year-old wife and mother named Kristy from Tennessee who says she started smoking e-cigarettes hoping to quit combustible cigarettes. Instead, she began to smoke both, until her lung collapsed. The American Vaping Association reportedly called the ad “patently dishonest,” saying that it implies vaping led to lung disease, when in reality Kristy had gone back to smoking cigarettes alone in the months before her lung collapsed. California’s anti-vaping campaign lists toxins that humans once thought were safe—arsenic-laced powdered wigs, radium therapy, and of course cigarettes—and compares them to e-cigs, using a deceptive associative tactic that we’ve called out before.
Hackers try to build the best services over the long term by quickly releasing and learning from smaller iterations rather than trying to get everything right all at once. To support this, we have built a testing framework that at any given time can try out thousands of versions of Facebook. We have the words “Done is better than perfect” painted on our walls to remind ourselves to always keep shipping.
Hometown affiliations notwithstanding, football fans can agree on this: The Super Bowl party is an American institution.
In related news, it’s the 27th of January, which means that 3DS is launching in less than a month and getting basic information about it is still like pulling teeth.
Not that Silicon Valley hasn’t leapt to try, this election in particular. In the battle between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, more than just party politics is at stake: A cluster of votes could be the difference between Trump accepting a concession and a several-year blowout over the presidency. And thus, this year has borne a slew of start-ups designed to kickstart civic engagement—from Sam Altman’s slang-savvy voting guide, VotePlz, to Brigade, a social network for politicos that allows its users to “pledge” (and encourage friends to pledge) to vote. But the techies who argue that fixing America’s flawed voting system should be as simple as shifting a Facebook algorithm to direct the correct message to the correct feed—well, Cleaver thinks they’re full of crap.
Last weekend saw me squeezing through the crowded aisles of the Mandarake comic store in Tokyo’s Higashi-Ikebukuro neighborhood on a quest for a Star Wars comic. Specifically, I was looking for fan-created manga revealing the untold love story between C-3P0 and R2-D2.
On the afternoon of June 19, Gomez phoned Fortino at his office in Metairie and informed him that she knew he had aided Ryan Mullen in the scam involving Morning Star. Fortino had brokered the purchase of the yacht for the $115,000 asking price, but—in a trick reminiscent of the Alice C real estate deal—the sales documents showed that the Morning Star was bought for $182,000. That was the price United Leasing had paid to buy the boat from Mullen under the terms of a “leaseback” agreement. (It was United Leasing that had eventually enlisted ACS to track down the yacht.) Fortino insisted that he didn’t set up the financing for the boat and had only received a $10,000 broker’s fee; Mullen had pocketed the remaining $57,000 himself.
Eventually OpenID will likely disappear from the web, not because it was a failure, but because identity will be managed in other ways. Mozilla is hard at work putting identity in the browser. It’s not hard to envision Firefox managing your OpenID credentials for you, just as it does today with your passwords. In that sense OpenID may end up like RSS (another tool routinely declared dead), invisibly powering features behind the scenes, essential, but unnoticed. Eventually online identity may even come full circle and move back into the real world – chips in your phone, tokens that generate random codes or biometric devices.
I’ve also got a thousand or so people who want to do something with The Revolution, the political party I started in the context of the election. I want to hand it over to them, and see what they can do with local chapters. I’ll just be a participant, although I also want to update the website to reflect what I hope are my slightly more sophisticated and mature political ideas, but without losing the adolescent sense of rebellious humor.
But the game that’ll wind up as the most common geeky stocking stuffer will probably be the endlessly addictive world-building simulation Civilization III, which ground at least one reporter’s writing work down to a slack-jawed halt, after an advance copy found its way onto his hard drive.