Japanese site ask-corp.jp has pictures and specs. The little computer looks a lot like other members of the Zotac ZBOX Nano family, but it’s what’s inside that’s different.
Instead of an Intel or AMD processor, this model has Freescale’s ARM Cortex-A9 quad-core processor. And instead of shipping with no operating system (or Windows), the ZBOX Nano D518 features 1GB of RAM, 8GB of eMMC solid state storage, and Google Android 4.3 software.
George Dvorsky at Io9 has some really bad news for us. If only all those people out there denying that our actions are effecting the climate, had stopped and actually helped us solve the problem instead. Maybe than we wouldn’t be facing this terrifying prospect in the future.
During the 1930s, America’s High Plains were ravaged by an 8-year long drought, resulting in the dreaded Dust Bowl. Scientists now warn that, owing to global warming, this could happen again — and that by next century many parts of the world could experience “megadroughts” lasting for several decades.
The new study, which was conducted by Cornell University, the University of Arizona, and U.S. Geological Survey researchers, used climate model simulations and paleoclimate data to predict that the chances of the southwestern United States experiencing a decade-long drought is at least 50%. The analysis suggests that the risk is at least 80%, and possibly as high as 90%, in certain areas.
I’m sensing a trend here….
The police say that during an “investigative stop,” a struggle ensued in which Ford “turned, grabbed one of the officers.” After that, “they fell to the ground,” and Ford allegedly attempted to pull an officer’s handgun from its holster. The “partner officer then fired his handgun and the officer on the ground fired his backup weapon” at Ford.
In other news:
Jeter says he was scared he’d be shot if he exited the car. Instead, he says — and the video supports this claim — he sat where he was with his hands in the air as the officers broke the window, unlocked his door and worked to get his seatbelt off to arrest him.
“The next thing I know, as he’s coming around the car, the glass gets busted and all the glass goes in my face,” Jeter told WABC. “My hands are up. As soon as he opens the door, one of the officers just reached in and punched me in the face. As he’s trying to take my seatbelt off, he’s elbowing me in my jaw. And I’m like ‘Ahhh!’ and he’s like ‘Stop trying to take my gun! Stop resisting arrest!’”
A video from the dash cam of a second police vehicle on the scene showed that Jeter had his hands up and was not resisting or trying to take the officer’s gun. The officer was out of view from his own vehicle’s dash cam, but he was playacting for the audio that he hoped would justify his brutality! It seems like “he reached for my gun” is the go to excuse cops have learned to exploit.
And then there is the “Wilson” (Josie) version of events in Ferguson where Brown allegedly “reached for the gun”. It all reminds me of that song from “Chicago”.
Here’s a clip with some of the lyrics underneath. Enjoy! (The song starts at about 1:05.)
He had strength and she had none
And yet we both reached for the gun
Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes, we both, oh yes we both
Oh yes, we both reached for the gun
The gun, the gun, the gun
Oh yes, we both reached for the gun, for the gun
Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes, they both, oh yes, they both
Oh yes, they both reached for the gun
The gun, the gun, the gun
Oh yes, they both reached for the gun, for the gun
Yes, it’s perfectly understandable
Not a bit reprehensible, it’s so defensible
The Jack in the Box shooting looms large for the black community in North County, the largely black municipalities of St. Louis County that lie north of St. Louis. Black residents there feel they are routinely abused by largely white police forces. The shooting of Murray and Beasley eroded any confidence they had in McCulloch, the county prosecutor some in Ferguson call a cop’s best friend.
This week, McCulloch’s office began to present evidence to a grand jury in the case of Brown, the black, unarmed 18-year-old whose shooting death by white police officer Darren Wilson on August 9 sparked nearly two weeks of riots.
The black community in Ferguson is bracing for McCulloch to let the officer who shot Brown go free, just as it believes he did with the two officers 14 years ago . “I don’t believe that Bob McCulloch’s office is going to issue any charges,” said Jerryl Christmas, a local criminal defense lawyer. “It’s not going to happen.”
Do it, and you’re gone for a minimum of six games. Do it again, and your career is all but over.
“These steps are based on a clear, simple principle: domestic violence and sexual assault are wrong,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote Thursday in a letter to owners that was obtained by USA TODAY Sports. “They are illegal. They have no place in the NFL and are unacceptable in any way, under any circumstances.”
Every year, 1.3 million women are victims of domestic abuse, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Almost a third of women who are murdered are killed by what the NCADV calls “an intimate partner.”
It’s not just women who suffer the consequences, either. According to the NCADV, boys who witness domestic violence are twice as likely to become abusers as adults.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell admits he was wrong on the Ray Rice decision, and Goodell took an important step Thursday towards showing the league is serious about cracking down on domestic violence as well as sexual assault.
In a lengthy letter sent to every NFL owner on Thursday, Goodell announced enhanced policies and discipline under the personal conduct policy that will result in a six-game suspension for a first offense related to domestic violence or sexual assault and an indefinite ban for a second offense committed by any NFL personnel.
Goodell has drawn harsh criticism since the announcement last month that Rice, the Baltimore Ravens running back, would be suspended just two games for striking his then-fiancee at a New Jersey casino and being caught on camera dragging her unconscious body out of an elevator.
These steps are based on a clear, simple principle: domestic violence and sexual assault are wrong. They are illegal. They have no place in the NFL and are unacceptable in any way, under any circumstances. That has been and remains our policy.
As a September 1 deadline looms, nearly all of Texas’s 41 clinics have shut their doors—and a few are still fighting to stay open.
come next week, abortions can no longer legally be performed at that old facility thanks to HB 2, the omnibus abortion bill that made national headlines last summer after Texas Sen. Wendy Davis’ 11-hour filibuster. The law requires that abortions—though not vasectomies—be performed in ambulatory surgical centers, hospital-like facilities that specialize in outpatient surgery. This provision goes into effect on September 1.
Ahead of this deadline, women’s health care providers have raced to meet HB 2’s burdensome requirements, spending millions of dollars and countless hours of fundraising and construction labor. Converting a medical facility into a full-blown ambulatory surgical facility can be very expensive. Texas has 114 pages of regulations governing ASCs, which mandate wide, gurney-accommodating hallways, larger operating rooms, and sterile ventilation. According to one Texas provider, it will cost them about $40,000 more each month to operate an ASC than it would a regular clinic.
In the face of the law’s requirements, all but eight abortion clinics in the state will close by September 1. Many were forced to lock their doors earlier this year as other HB 2 provisions went into effect, including a rule that required doctors to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of where they perform abortions by the end of October 2013.
When Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) defeated a pesky tea party challenger earlier this month, it looked like the longtime senator extinguished the only real threat standing between him and a fourth term.
But with less than ten weeks until the election, Roberts, who endured a bruising primary, finds himself in an unexpectedly competitive race against a Democratic challenger and an independent who has emerged as a wild card. The close contest has presented Democrats with an intriguing, if delicate, opportunity to shift the race in their favor, and help themselves in the battle for the Senate majority.
Roberts’s Democratic challenger is Chad Taylor, a little-known Shawnee County district attorney who has waved off help from national Democrats, despite raising little money on his own. Independent candidate Greg Orman, a former Democrat who says he is open to aligning himself with either party in the Senate, has raised more money and has the potential to tap his personal wealth for further reinforcements. One recent automated survey from Democratic firm Public Policy Polling showed Orman leading Roberts in a head to head race. In a two-man race against Taylor, Roberts led.
IEEE, the world’s largest professional organization advancing technology for humanity, announced today that the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) will host an Internet of Things Workshop, 18-19 September 2014 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. This two-day event will provide an open, engaging platform to discuss opportunities, impacts and challenges around the convergence of technologies known as Internet of Things (IoT), with a special focus on the need for more interdisciplinary approaches to the design of products and services for IoT markets.
“The IEEE-SA IoT Workshop is a great venue for this collaboration. Here experts will gather to discuss technical and business challenges and opportunities, and how standards development will help shaping the future of IoT.”
Google VP Megan Smith could be about to join the Obama administration as the US chief technology officer.
Smith has been at Google for over 10 years and is currently the VP of special projects facility Google X. She is the favourite to replace outgoing Todd Park, sources have told Bloomberg.
Having joined Google in 2003, Smith helped to boost Google Earth and Google Maps by leading acquisitions of Keyhole and Where2Tech.
The Google VP’s CV lists a variety of roles and accomplishments from working at Apple Japan in Tokyo, to designing an award-winning bike lock and being involved in a space station construction research project.