Last month, the Internet Archive added a Commodore 64 emulator to its ever-growing library of historical software, effectively bringing the retro computer/game console to the public domain. Like the Internet Archive’s libraries of MS-DOS and Apple II programs, every program they’ve archived is now available on the…
This is Jerome Robinson, the 13th pick in the 2018 NBA draft. Or, as he’ll now forever be known, “Brock from Pokémon.”
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On October 26, the agency will single out one of the 4 big proposals it’s been pondering for the Texas coast as the chosen one, reports the Texas Tribune’s Kiah Collier. One of them “calls for the construction of a 17-foot-high levee along the entirety of Galveston Island,” as well as Bolivar Peninsula. Ring any bells? It’s the so-called Ike Dike (also known as the “coastal spine”) that A&M scientists dreamed up about a decade ago in response to the disaster and hypothetically-even-worse disaster that could’ve occurred if Ike had struck 30 miles further west. Another defense against that doomsday scenario that could make it into the proposal: a giant gate structure adapted from Rice’s Jim Blackburn and Philip Bedient’s 2011 idea for a mechanism that’d close before storms to block surge. (They wanted to put it just upstream from the Fred Hartman Bridge; the Corps has number of different spots in mind.) All the plans in the running include a so-called ring levee around Galveston’s bay side to protect it from reverse storm surge, a helping of smaller levees and gates, upgrades to existing flood control structures, and ecosystem restoration projects geared toward creating natural floodwater-fighting barriers. [Texas Tribune; previously on Swamplot] Map indicating proposed Alternative A plan: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers … Read More
Downtown’s Upcoming Rental Park Should Be Around as Long as the Auto Shop Building It’s Replacing, But No Guarantees
Nancy Sarnoff has a few more details today on what the Downtown Redevelopment Authority will be paying the private owner of the area shown shaded at top — which wouldn’t give up its one-acre parcel there for a new park but will grant the Authority a 30-year lease for: “$355,992 in annual rent,” during the first 5 years, a spokeswoman says, with a 10 percent hike every 5 years thereafter. With that agreement in place — and the Goodyear Auto Service Center that currently occupies the block’s Fannin-St.-side slated for demo next April — the Authority is now seeking plans from landscape architects that’d be responsible for designing the space, though it notes that whatever the chosen firm comes up with “will have a potentially short life, between 30 and 50 years, per the lease agreement currently in place and options to extend.” (The parking lot shown without shading belongs to the South Texas College of Law and is there to stay.) But that hasn’t stopped those involved from dreaming big while they can. A conceptual map of the park drawn up Project for Public Spaces — a New York planning firm hired to brainstormed some preliminary ideas for the Authority — shows it divvied up among a pair of buildings and a variety of different green spaces including a dog park: The “Front Yard,” would be an entrance area with seating and decorative touches to lure people in; the “Flex Lawn,” a bigger space suitable for events; the “Garden,” a landscaped area for nature-watching; “Game Room” for tabletop games and communal seating; and “Backyard” an extra hangout space to accommodate customers of near the adjacent 2-story cafe. That’s just one proposal for the layout. Other designs put the cafe up close to Fannin St. in place of Goodyear’s garages viewed below from the north — where it’d be more visible to passers-by: Or the 2 buildings could abut each other and wrap the the law school parking lot, walling it off more formidably from the park than a fence would. New downtown park in the works [Houston Chronicle] Photos and map: Project for Public Spaces … Read More
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Now that the city’s banned sex doll businesses that let customers get it on with the merchandise right there in the store, what about the rest of the county? “That activity is already not allowed,” Judge Ed Emmett says at the Commissioners’ meeting on Tuesday. County attorney Vince Ryan added that there are currently laws on the books that “would prohibit those kinds of acts.” But as to what the laws are: Emmett says Ryan “will seek clarification before the next Commissioners meeting on Oct. 23,” reports Community Impact‘s Vanessa Holt. In both the city and the county, there’s nothing illegal about selling human-like sex devices for take-home use, officials tell Holt. [Community Impact; previously on Swamplot] Photo of 5615 Richmond, planned location of thwarted sex doll brothel: LoopNet … Read More
Submitter: Here’s one that I recently found and weeded in our collection—2 copies, no less (and both had circulated recently)!! Mainly, the photos are so dated and all in black and white—the information isn’t bad, just dry. The seed company on the last page—Joseph Harris Company—is still in business as Harris Seeds!
Holly: The pictures definitely scream 1974. That was the year I was born, and I’m 43 years old. The kids in that picture are pushing 50 now. Cute idea, and a totally reasonable choice for a public library in 1974, but it really is dated and kind of boring. In my public library, books like this fly off the shelf every October. We want to offer the most interesting and appealing pumpkin/jack-o-lantern books we can!
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Hey, it's not as bad as the one of you reading Mein Kampf on the beach.
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Dammit. Is the votey panel funnier than the whole comic?
Trump: 'I like Taylor’s music about 25% less now,' after reporters tell him Taylor Swift supports Democrats
Speaking informally to reporters today, President Donald Trump said he liked Taylor Swift's music “25% less” after she came out in favor of Democratic candidates in America's midterm elections next month.
“Let’s just say I like Taylor’s music about 25% less now,” he said, after reporters told him Taylor Swift has come out in support of Democrats.
Trump tells us upon arriving back at the White House he likes Taylor Swift’s music but maybe about “25 percent” less now that she has endorsed Bredesen
— Kathryn Watson (@kathrynw5) October 8, 2018
Below, Tay-Tay's instagram post that's making all the commotion.
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I’m writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I’ll be voting in the state of Tennessee. In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now. I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country. I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent. I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love. Running for Senate in the state of Tennessee is a woman named Marsha Blackburn. As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me. She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values. I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives. Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway. So many intelligent, thoughtful, self-possessed people have turned 18 in the past two years and now have the right and privilege to make their vote count. But first you need to register, which is quick and easy to do. October 9th is the LAST DAY to register to vote in the state of TN. Go to vote.org and you can find all the info. Happy Voting!
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There was a time when you could get the smartest people at Google to do the stupidest things you could imagine by getting Yahoo to do them first; thankfully that era ended -- only to be replaced by an era in which every stupid thing Facebook did became a bucket-list item for Google management.
The peak of this was when Google set out to create a social network and tasked every googler with making it a success. The company decided to call this network Google+, and decided that the longstanding, widely used plus-sign (which historically was used in search queries to mean "must have" as in +cory +doctorow) would be unilaterally repurposed for use in its social network.
Googlers' bonuses were tied to their ability to integrate Google+ into every product Google offered, creating an ever-tightening noose around Google users who had no interest in using G+.
To make matters worse, Google decided to ape Facebook's privacy-invading, nonsensical "real names" policy, insisting that every user use their legal name and putting Google in the unenviable position of deciding (for example) when a trans person could stop using their deadname, or when an indigenous person's name was "real" enough for use, or when people fleeing domestic violence could use an alias.
By the time Google+ rolled out, there was already nascent discontent with Facebook. Google+ offered all the downsides of Facebook, but with fewer of the people you wanted to connect with.
Years later, G+ is a sad also-ran. What's more, the company just discovered an extremely grave bug in the system - -- that would have allowed for serious privacy violations. Though the company says it has fixed the bug, it's taken the opportunity to simply shut down G+ for "consumers" (the service will persist for enterprise users, who apparently use it).
In the product's obituary, Google wrote that Google+ "has not achieved broad consumer or developer adoption, and has seen limited user interaction with apps."
One bright spot in all this: the defect in Google+ was discovered through "Project Strobe," a serious privacy and security audit of every Google product.
Our review showed that our Google+ APIs, and the associated controls for consumers, are challenging to develop and maintain. Underlining this, as part of our Project Strobe audit, we discovered a bug in one of the Google+ People APIs:
* Users can grant access to their Profile data, and the public Profile information of their friends, to Google+ apps, via the API.
* The bug meant that apps also had access to Profile fields that were shared with the user, but not marked as public.
* This data is limited to static, optional Google+ Profile fields including name, email address, occupation, gender and age. (See the full list on our developer site.) It does not include any other data you may have posted or connected to Google+ or any other service, like Google+ posts, messages, Google account data, phone numbers or G Suite content.
Submitter: I’m autistic, and this book (which I found in the public library where I work), contains some of the most sexist and shallow advice for teenage girls, autistic or not, I have ever encountered. The essay by Lisa Iland is particularly horrid. Her rigid hierarchy of popularity puts “unique and unusual groups” squarely at the bottom. She tells girls that unless they “mainstream their image” they will have few friends. In addition, she tells girls to avoid talking about science or science fiction because to her, those things aren’t acceptable topics “for girls”. Instead, she says to gossip about boys, fashion, and celebrity, even if you have no interest in these things. This book will only encourage autistic girls to hide who they are, which will lead to fleeting, shallow popularity rather than true friendship. Eventually, faking “normal” can cause anxiety and depression. Time to weed this one.
Holly: Foreward Magazine’s Book of the Year Award Winner? Temple Grandin is a featured expert? Both of those facts give this book credibility. However…the images Submitter has provided tell another story. I’m a bit shocked by this for all the reasons Submitter states.