The story in brief: Over the weekend, the MSC Melody, a vessel owned by Italian cruise line MSC Cruises, repelled an attack by pirates some 500 miles off the coast of Somalia. According to a news release from the European anti-piracy task force operating in the Gulf of Aden, the vessel “successfully took evasive action” to prevent the pirates from boarding. In subsequent news reports, it emerged that the vessel’s security team used firearms and hoses to drive off the attackers, who had surrounded the cruise ship with small boats and were attempting climb on board.
For buyers who are interested in an electric vehicle but don’t want to wait around for the Model 3, several great alternatives are available now at a similar price point. Some have shorter ranges while others lack the latest driver assistance features, but if you’re interested in an electric car that won’t take as long to arrive, these EVs are worth a look.
During the original Cold War, the US relied on companies like Lockheed, Northrop, and Raytheon to develop cutting-edge strategic technology. Technically, these companies were privately owned. In practice, their vital defense mission made them quasipublic entities. (Indeed, long before the phrase “too big to fail” was ever used to describe a bank, it was applied to Lockheed.)
Pitney Bowes makes cuts: Postage meter maker Pitney Bowes (PBI) said it will cut 700 to 800 jobs as part of a planned restructuring.
Consumer Reports is pulling its recommendation of four Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) laptops after one of its surveys found that users were complaining about problems with the devices.
The software was developed after an in-depth study of website designers working in the real world. The study found that almost all designers used paper and pencil in the early stages, and were often loath to move on to computer tools because of their relative inflexibility.
The overlap with diet pills is what most worries Cohen about the trend of memory supplements. He and his research team have long studied the illegal inclusion of amphetamines or methamphetamines in diet pills. (You thought caffeine made you feel sped up?) Though he hasn’t tested nootropics, he sees no reason to believe companies won’t try to sneak the same tweaked amphetamines into them, compounds which are both incredibly addictive and very hard to test and find.
Then there was Gil Greengross, an evolutionary psychologist and anthropologist at the University of New Mexico who is investigating the effect of ovulatory cycles on humor appreciation. Research is ongoing, but Greengross postulates that women are more sensitive to comedy during peak fertility.
Hodgman: Yeah, but don’t you know that we’re getting more important every day?
Even the very medium of videogames itself is now significantly worse off for the loss of such a talented creator and passionate advocate. Iwata’s untimely absence will be sorely felt.
There are five types of quests, which indicate what types of adventurers it will favor. The secret scoring bonus for each Lord is based on these quest types. For instance, Khelben Arunsun will receive bonus victory points if he completes Arcana and Warfare quests. This means that this player should focus on acquiring those types of quests from the inn, as well as Wizards and Fighters from other buildings.