SOME PEOPLE ARE calling it Mobilegeddon. That’s a bit of a stretch. But for the Google search engine—something that’s such big part of our daily lives—it’s likely the biggest change of the past three years. And it’s reminder of the wonderfully magnanimous yet deeply selfish way that Google uses its market power to accelerate changes across the rest of the internet.
Today, Google is updating its algorithms so that they consider a site’s “mobile-friendliness” in determining whether it should prominently appear in your search results. Basically, this means that some sites will turn up less often if they aren’t as easy to read or use on mobile phones (the change will not apply to tablets and other devices, Google tells us).
The new algorithms could end up demoting sites that are undeniably legitimate, valuable, even important.
“We will be expanding our use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal. This change will affect mobile searches in all languages worldwide and will have a significant impact in our search results,” Googlers Takaki Makino, Chaesang Jung and Doantam Phan said in a blog post announcing the change back in February.
Blue Bell Creameries, which has been beset by concerns about listeria contamination in its ice cream, recalled all its products Monday.
The potentially financially devastating decision came after the iconic Texas brand found the deadly bacteria in yet another product.
Since issuing the first recall in its 108-year history in early March, the Brenham-based company has twice expanded the recall as more items — found on more production lines — tested positive for listeria.
Mr. Soltan, 27, an Ohio State University graduate who volunteered as a translator for foreign journalists covering the turmoil that followed Mr. Morsi’s ouster, was among those arrested and imprisoned. Earlier this month, an Egyptian judge sentenced him to life in prison. Mr. Soltan joined the growing ranks of victims of a judicial dragnet that has branded all suspected Islamists as terrorists. (On Tuesday, Mr. Morsi was sentenced to 20 years over the killing of protesters while he was in power in 2012.)
Mr. Soltan’s father, Salah Soltan, was sentenced to death in the same case. Mohamed Soltan was not a supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood, but he condemned the coup as undemocratic. He has been on hunger strike for more than a year to protest his detention. American officials warned in a letter to his family that the hunger strike “is a significant threat to his life.”
sted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi escaped a death sentence on Tuesday when an Egyptian criminal court handed him a 20-year prison term in connection with a deadly protest episode that took place during his tenure in office.
It was the first in an expected series of verdicts and sentencings of the ex-leader, who was removed in a coup led by the then-defense minister and now President Abdel Fattah Sisi. Morsi, jailed since being deposed amid huge protests against his rule in the summer of 2013, still faces several other capital cases.
In the 22 months since Morsi was ousted, Sisi has led a wide-ranging crackdown against the Muslim Brotherhood, which was once Egypt’s biggest political movement. Thousands of Muslim Brotherhood members of supporters are jailed, and hundreds more, including some of Morsi’s top deputies, have been sentenced to long prison terms or death.
If you’ve ever driven a car in a video game, you’ll almost certainly be familiar with the fact that it’s way easier to avoid running into stuff if you’re using a third person view. That is, viewing the car from outside (slightly above and behind) as opposed to from behind the steering wheel. A third person perspective lets you see not just most of the car itself, but also what’s going on around the car, in areas that would otherwise be blind spots.
A Taiwan company called SPTek has figured out a way to use an array of cameras to generate a 3-D “Around View Monitor” that can show you multiple different views of the outside of your car. Use a top-down view for tight parking spaces, a front view looking backwards for highway lane changes, or a see-through rear view for pulling out into traffic. It’s not a video game, it’s the next step in safety.
SPTek is relying on just four cameras, each with a 190 degree field of view, to cooperatively capture a high resolution 360-degree view of everything that’s going on around your car. A total of 100 megapixels of images are stitched together to form the virtual view that you, the driver, can explore from whatever angle you need to:
A Kansas advocate of the healing powers of medicinal marijuana lost custody of her son Monday after police earlier seized marijuana and drug paraphernalia from her home in March and placed her child in protective custody.
Garden City police said the case of 37-year-old Shona Banda was forwarded Monday to prosecutors for a decision about any charges. Police said in a statement that possible charges include possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and child endangerment. No arrests have been made.
A child in need of care proceeding was held Monday in Finney County District Court, involving an 11-year-old boy taken into protective custody on March 24 by the Department of Children and Families and the Garden City Police Department.
“What we don’t know, and what we need to get to, is how that injury occurred,” Rodriguez said. He noted that “when Mr. Gray was put in that van, he could talk, he was upset, and when he was taken out of that van, he could not talk and he could not breathe.”
Rodriguez added that police had “no evidence” of any use of excessive force at this point, including from the preliminary results of the autopsy.
Gray’s death has prompted authorities to launch a criminal investigation as protesters continued searching for answers and city officials expressed frustration and pleaded for calm.
“We are a community on edge right now,” Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said at the news conference
Monday was another dark day for Kansans hoping to see better state services in the future.
Officials announced that state revenues would come in almost $90 million short of expectations over the next three months of the year — and almost $200 million less than once predicted in the next two budget years.
What’s that mean?
First, the income tax cuts approved by Gov. Sam Brownback and the Legislature in 2012 still aren’t bringing in nearly enough new tax revenue through additional jobs once bravely predicted by Republican lawmakers.
Second, Brownback and the Legislature will have to keep cutting services, borrowing money and/or raising other taxes just to balance the budget.
Will California follow other states and go recreational? I certainly hope so and not necessarily so I can smoke. Let’s take that off my argument. My point is two fold. One is the sheer overlapping hypocrisies of legal alcohol and illegal marijuana for adult consumption. Two-Tobacco is legal and far more harmful by most any practical measure. If relative harm has any merit marijuana should be legal for adults.
Also I’d like to see the waste of law enforcement, court and custodial resources that attach to simple possession or sale of small quantities. Focus on heroin maybe.
Then of course we have newer tech that makes the act of smoking so much less harmful, odious and worrisome by way of secondhand smoke. Ever heard of second hand steam? Me neither.
I’m not here to suggest anyone start that has not. No more than I suggest tobacco or alcohol. Billions manage to have a good time & cope without inebriants. But if you are going to indulge, enjoy responsibly as they say. Support local growers.
Medical Marijuana Program
The California Department of Public Health’s Medical Marijuana Program (MMP) was specifically established to create a State-authorized medical marijuana identification card (MMIC), along with a registry database for verification of qualified patients and their primary caregivers. Participation by patients and primary caregivers in this identification card program is voluntary. The MMP Web-based registry allows law enforcement and the public to verify the validity of a qualified patient or primary caregiver’s MMIC as authorization to possess, grow, transport, and/or use medical marijuana within California. The verification website is available on the internet at mmic.cdph.ca.gov
NOTE: The California Department of Public Health’s MMP does not have jurisdiction over medical marijuana cooperatives, dispensaries, or collectives. For questions related to these areas, please contact your local city or county business licensing office.
Rebecca Watson takes on Sea World, and their attacks on John Hargrove. She takes them to task for attacking him, rather than even trying to refute his allegations, and in the process gives us a lesson in critical thinking.