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There's An Actual Name And Reason For Those Beeps You Hear In Recordings Of Astronauts In Space

The American space program, I think we’d all agree, has its own very particular set of audiovisual signatures that immediately evoke all ...

The American space program, I think we’d all agree, has its own very particular set of audiovisual signatures that immediately evoke all kinds of images and feelings. There’s a certain NASA look to the objects of space travel—that gold foil stuff, lightweight aluminum frameworks, white panels with American flags on them—that is immediately recognizable. The same goes for the sounds of NASA, a certain type of distorted audio, and, perhaps most evocatively, those beeps you always hear in transmissions between astronauts and ground control. But what the hell are those beeps, anyway? What do they actually do? Relax. I’m going to tell you.

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In order for a software product to be strong and of high quality, we should rely less on conventions and instead automate as many Quality G...

In order for a software product to be strong and of high quality, we should rely less on conventions and instead automate as many Quality Gates as possible.

Microsoft’s quest to go ‘carbon negative’ inspires $1B fund | GreenBiz

Bold new commitment will see the tech giant charge an internal carbon fee not just on emissions from its direct operations, but on those of...

Bold new commitment will see the tech giant charge an internal carbon fee not just on emissions from its direct operations, but on those of its supply chain.

A private equity firm wants to buy ‘.org’ for $1 billion. A Berkeley-based cooperative says, ‘not so fast’ — Berkeleyside

Bill Woodcock talks to Berkeleyside about why a cooperative is trying to interfere with the sale of .org, the digital home to the world's n...

Bill Woodcock talks to Berkeleyside about why a cooperative is trying to interfere with the sale of .org, the digital home to the world's nonprofits.

Incident: Ethiopian B737 at Dire Dawa on Jan 9th 2020, swarm of grasshoppers

Aviation Herald - News, Incidents and Accidents in Aviation

VSCodium - Open Source Binaries of VSCode

Free/Libre Open Source Software Binaries of VSCode

Professors Create Free Research-Backed Games to Train Your Brain

NYU Steinhardt Professor Jan L. Plass and his colleagues have created three digital games to help children and adults improve their cogniti...

NYU Steinhardt Professor Jan L. Plass and his colleagues have created three digital games to help children and adults improve their cognitive skills.

The FCC's Approval of SpaceX's Starlink Mega Constellation May Have Been Unlawful - Scientific American

A new paper suggests that the agency broke U.S. environmental law in its approval of the satellites and that if it were to be sued in court...

A new paper suggests that the agency broke U.S. environmental law in its approval of the satellites and that if it were to be sued in court, it would likely lose

GitHub - riscv/riscv-software-list: The RISC-V software tools list, as seen on riscv.org

The RISC-V software tools list, as seen on riscv.org - riscv/riscv-software-list

Toronto is surveillance capitalism’s new frontier

The city of Toronto now sits in the crosshairs of a uniquely 21st-century economic model that I call surveillance capitalism. Invented at G...

The city of Toronto now sits in the crosshairs of a uniquely 21st-century economic model that I call surveillance capitalism. Invented at Google two

GitHub - forbesmyester/esqlate: Build minimum viable admin panels quickly with just SQL

Build minimum viable admin panels quickly with just SQL - forbesmyester/esqlate

A brand new browsing experience arrives in Firefox for Android Nightly - Future Releases

We tested Firefox Preview, the new Firefox experience for Android, together with our users for 6 months. Now it's coming to Firefox for And...

We tested Firefox Preview, the new Firefox experience for Android, together with our users for 6 months. Now it's coming to Firefox for Android Nightly.

Browser Functions: A new serverless platform using Web Browser execution engines - DEV Community 👩‍💻👨‍💻

Antti Lipponen on Twitter: "Globally year 2019 was the second warmest on record 🌡(2016 is the warmest so far). This animation shows the temperature change by country from year 1880 to 2019. #climate #ClimateChange #GlobalWarming #dataviz #climateviz hi-res/download 🎞: https://t.co/qH5AiwoDj5… https://t.co/OL5XCh2XBf"

Hyundai & Uber Elevate Unveil Autonomous Pods, eVTOL Aircraft, & Hub Ecosystem At CES | CleanTechnica

Hyundai Motor Company and Uber Elevate showed us a fairly complete urban air mobility (UAM) electric vertical takeoff & landing (eVTOL) con...

Hyundai Motor Company and Uber Elevate showed us a fairly complete urban air mobility (UAM) electric vertical takeoff & landing (eVTOL) concept vehicle, autonomous pods, and a hub ecosystem that fits with Uber Elevate’s air taxi model at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES)

EU mulls five-year ban on facial recognition tech in public areas - Reuters

The European Union is considering banning facial recognition technology in public areas for up to five years, to give it time to work out h...

The European Union is considering banning facial recognition technology in public areas for up to five years, to give it time to work out how to prevent abuses, according to proposals seen by Reuters.

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Rich People Don’t Just Live Longer. They Also Get More Healthy Years. - The New York Times

Wealthy men and women generally have eight to nine more years of “disability-free” life after age 50 than poor people do, according to ...

Wealthy men and women generally have eight to nine more years of “disability-free” life after age 50 than poor people do, according to a new study of English and American adults.

Automated Testing and Profiling for Call of Duty - YouTube

In this 2018 GDC talk, Activision's Jan van Valburg outlines how Activision's continuous integration tooling for Call of Duty works under t...

In this 2018 GDC talk, Activision's Jan van Valburg outlines how Activision's continuous integration tooling for Call of Duty works under the hood, and how i...

The 'Spelling Bee Honeycomb' puzzle: efficient computation in R – Variance Explained

Previously in this series:

1001 Ways of Implementing a System Call | A Journey into Obscure x86 Details

Today, we’re going to look at the many ways of implementing user-to-kernel transitions on x86, i.e. system calls. Let’s first quickly r...

Today, we’re going to look at the many ways of implementing user-to-kernel transitions on x86, i.e. system calls. Let’s first quickly review what system calls actually need to accomplish.

KnowledgeNet: A Benchmark for Knowledge Base Population | Diffblog

KnowledgeNet is a benchmark dataset for populating Wikidata with facts expressed in natural language on the web

Why GitLab.com is changing its CDN provider to Cloudflare | GitLab

Get the scoop on our plan to change GitLab.com to Cloudflare.

CDC Confirms Black Markets, not “Vaping,” Caused Outbreak  | Competitive Enterprise Institute

A new CDC report puts the final nail in the coffin of the idea that the spat of lung injuries that occurred beginning last summer were caus...

A new CDC report puts the final nail in the coffin of the idea that the spat of lung injuries that occurred beginning last summer were caused by “vaping.” The CDC admitted this week that the injuries appear to be exclusively linked to marijuana vapes—not nicotine e-cigarettes, most of which were purchased on the black market, a fact that CEI knew nearly six months ago.

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