When a retired Chinese general with impeccable Communist Party credentials recently wrote a scathing account of North Korea as a recalcitrant ally headed for collapse and unworthy of support, he exposed a roiling debate in China about how to deal with the country’s young leader, Kim Jong-un.
For decades China has stood by North Korea, and though at times the relationship has soured, it has rarely reached such a low point, Chinese analysts say. The fact that the commentary by Lt. Gen. Wang Hongguang, a former deputy commander of an important military region, was published in a state-run newspaper this month and then posted on an official People’s Liberation Army website attested to how much the relationship had deteriorated, the analysts say.
“China has cleaned up the D.P.R.K.’s mess too many times,” General Wang wrote in The Global Times, using the initials of North Korea’s formal name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. “But it doesn’t have to do that in the future.”
Earlier this year, a piece in The Atlantic disclosed the names of the geniuses behind a series of massively-popular Twitter accounts, including Earth Pics and History In Pics — each with over a million followers. Were they former journalists, or staffers at a science magazine? No. They were teenagers. To be specific, 17-year-old Xavier Di Petta from Australia and 19-year-old Kyle Cameron from Hawaii, with the help of an older friend, 30-year-old Eric Damier.
At the time, the three were making close to $1 million a month from advertising on sites that they directed their huge traffic firehoses to. Di Petta and Cameron were both still in school, and their Twitter accounts were less than a year old.
After seeing how much interest — and revenue — they could generate from those accounts and related pages on Facebook and Instagram, Di Petta and Cameron decided to get serious and turn their hobby into a company. That company, which eventually became known as All Day Media, went through the 500 Startups accelerator and last week closed a $2-million seed round of financing, including Mark Suster’s Upfront Ventures.
The United States is not at cyber war with North Korea, President Obama said in an interview broadcast Sunday, and will “respond proportionately” as he accused that nation of the hack attack on Sony Pictures.
“I don’t think it was an act of war,” Obama said on CNN’s State of the Union. “I think it was an act of cyber vandalism that was very costly, very expensive. We take it very seriously. We will respond proportionately, as I said.”
Obama also said the United States will look at returning North Korea to the list of states that sponsor terrorism. The George W. Bush administration removed it from that list in 2008 amid nuclear negotiations.
he suspect identified in the shooting of two New York City police officers shot his ex-girlfriend in the Baltimore area early Saturday before posting on her Instagram account and other social media, New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton said at a news conference.
A gunman killed two New York police officers as they sat in their squad car Saturday and then turned his weapon on himself, the New York Times reported. Justin Mitchell reports. Video provided by Reuters Newslook
The postings indicate Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, had a “very strong bias against” police, and are being investigated as authorities search for a motive, Bratton said.
The two officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, were shot “execution-style” in their parked patrol car Saturday afternoon. Brinsley fled from the scene to a nearby subway station, where he was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Bratton said.
Normally everyone I know in Fairbanks is jumping for joy this time of year because today is Solstice for my remaining friends up there, and that means winter, and the length of the day, has turned a corner. This year hasn’t been so cold however… Happy solstice to all of them anyway on this shortest day, I hope they don’t get burned at the bonfires.
My hazy memories of Solstice parties involve bonfires, beer, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and then sitting on a stump in the wee hours of the mourn watching the embers burn down while Edith Piaf plays in the background and someone slurs some maudlin tale quietly as you sip the last remaining beers.
The official high temperature in Fairbanks failed to hit zero for the first time this winter on Friday, marking an unusually late arrival for that weather milestone.
The high at Fairbanks International Airport was minus 4 degrees, the first subzero high of the season. That occurs on Nov. 18 during an average year, according to National Weather Service statistics.
It’s the third-latest subzero high that Fairbanks has seen in 110 years of temperature records. The record occurred on Dec. 26, 1914.
Sometimes a horse of a different color hardly seems to be a horse at all, as, for example, in this newly released image from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope. The famous Horsehead nebula makes a ghostly appearance on the far right side of the image, but is almost unrecognizable in this infrared view. In visible-light images, the nebula has a distinctively dark and dusty horse-shaped silhouette, but when viewed in infrared light, dust becomes transparent and the nebula appears as a wispy arc.
The Horsehead is only one small feature in the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex, dominated in the center of this view by the brilliant Flame nebula (NGC 2024). The smaller, glowing cavity falling between the Flame nebula and the Horsehead is called NGC 2023. These regions are about 1,200 light-years away.
The two carved-out cavities of the Flame nebula and NGC 2023 were created by the destructive glare of recently formed massive stars within their confines. They can be seen tracing a spine of glowing dust that runs through the image.
It’s undeniable: 2014 was the year when the electronics industry decidedly and collectively moved forward to push the Internet of Things (IoT).
For evidence, look no further than the myriad mergers and acquisitions among chip vendors, system companies, and software vendors this year — many in the IoT space. Beyond the usual reasons for consolidation (economy of scale, eliminating competition, expanding revenue), many companies scrambled to make deals specifically to get IoT technologies and products that were missing from their portfolios.
Google’s acquisition of Nest Labs in January 2014 was an early warning sign to those who’ve resisted the hype of IoT. The deal made it clear that smart homes are no longer about clapping your hands to turn on the lights. Now it’s all about big data and the Internet of Things.
A century ago the best-selling car in the United States, Ford’s Model T, wrung a watt from every 12 grams of its internal-combustion engine. Now, engines in best-selling American cars are getting a watt per gram—a 92 percent improvement. That is the one bit of happy news I am going to impart today.
Now for the bad news: In the past 100 years average engine power has increased more than 11-fold, to about 170 kilowatts. This means that despite a huge drop of mass/power density, today’s typical car engine is hardly lighter than it was a century ago—and the average car itself has become much heavier: Its mass has roughly tripled, reaching more than 1,800 kilograms (the average for all light-duty vehicles, nearly half of which are pickups, SUVs, and minivans).
And because more than three-quarters of U.S. commuters drive alone, you get the worst ratio of vehicle-to-passenger weight since a mahout last rode a bull elephant to work.
The president and first lady gave an interview to People magazine in which they shared some of their experiences with racism, both overt and subtle. Judging from the reaction of the right wing, you’d think they came out dressed as Malcolm X and shouted “death to whitey!” rather than giving a few examples of implicit racism.
“I think people forget that we’ve lived in the White House for six years,” the first lady told PEOPLE, laughing wryly, along with her husband, at the assumption that the first family has been largely insulated from coming face-to-face with racism.
“Before that, Barack Obama was a black man that lived on the South Side of Chicago, who had his share of troubles catching cabs,” Mrs. Obama said in the Dec. 10 interview appearing in the new issue of PEOPLE…
“There’s no black male my age, who’s a professional, who hasn’t come out of a restaurant and is waiting for their car and somebody didn’t hand them their car keys,” said the president, adding that, yes, it had happened to him.
Mrs. Obama recalled another incident: “He was wearing a tuxedo at a black-tie dinner, and somebody asked him to get coffee.”
A Former white supremacist was convicted of murder Thursday in the beating and stabbing death of a black man in the Antelope Valley desert.
According to prosecutors, Ritchie and Kelly Sorrell, 37, drove around in July 1997, searching for a black person to kill so that Sorrell could get a “lightning bolt” tattoo — a symbol among white supremacists for slaying an African American.