The other reason to split up California

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Even when split into three, California is still underrepresented in the Senate compared with most of the US.

The proposal backed by a California billionaire to carve up the nation’s most populous state into three new states is either quixotic or cutting edge, but it seems very likely to find its way before voters in November.

The road from voter approval through Congress, which would have to agree to the new states and increasing the number of US senators by four, would be long and far from guaranteed.
But apart from the arguments of the venture capitalist Tim Draper and other backers of the movement to split up the state, it presents a good opportunity to look at the growing pains the US continues to experience during the 219 years of this American experiment…

“未来のハイエース”に勝機?トヨタと組むウーバーCEOの青写真

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モビリティ革命「MaaS(Mobility as a Service)」の実像に迫る特集の4回目。製造業からサービス業への転身を図るトヨタ自動車が、「ここだけは譲れない」と語気を強めるのが「モビリティサービスプラットフォーム(MSPF)」だ。専用の自動運転EV「e-Palette Concept」も発表し、米ウーバー、米アマゾン、中国・滴滴出行(ディディチューシン)、マツダなどと“同盟”を組んだ。その戦略とサービスの中身は――。ウーバーCEOのダラ・コスロシャヒ氏の言葉や、日産自動車の動きも交えながら …

Struggle to get up in the morning? You’re at risk of early death

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People who prefer to stay up late seem to have a greater risk of dying. A six-year study of nearly half a million people in the UK has found that people who were night owls were 10 per cent more likely to die during that time period.

Kristen Knutson, of Northwestern University in Chicago, and her colleagues found that people who stayed up late had higher rates of diabetes, mental health disorders, and neurological conditions. They were also more likely to experience psychological stress, use drugs or alcohol, and not get enough exercise or sleep.

The problem may be that people who are night owls have a body clock that fails to match their external environment, says Knutson. “They shouldn’t be forced to get up for an 8am shift. Make work shifts match people’s chronotypes – some people may be better suited to night shifts.”

Artist Paints with the Sun Using Magnifying Glass as His Brush

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The word heliography usually refers to a photographic process invented in 1822, but Colorado-based artist Michael Papadakis has given it a new meaning after using it to describe his art of harnessing the sun to burn intricate artworks onto wooden panels with a magnifying glass.

Up until five years ago, Michael Papadakis used to create art the old fashioned way, with painting and drawing supplies, but on a trip along the Silk Road from Asia to Europe, he discovered a new and ingenious tool – the magnifying glass.

“When I was in China my friend had a magnifying glass sitting on his table and I vividly remember the sun shining through the window onto the magnifying glass,” Papadakis told Caters News. “I instantly had a moment of realisation where I thought to myself, ‘I could probably draw with that’.” …

イラク日報435日分、防衛省公表 「戦闘」の記述複数

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防衛省は16日午後、これまで「存在しない」としてきた自衛隊のイラク派遣の際の活動報告(日報)を公表した。同省幹部によると、日報の複数の箇所で「戦闘」という文言が記されているという。「自衛隊の派遣先は非戦闘地域」としてきた当時の政府の説明と、派遣部隊が拠点としたイラク南部サマワ周辺の当時の情勢との「乖離(かいり)」が浮き彫りになる可能性がある。

小泉政権は2004~06年、イラク復興支援特別措置法に基づいてイラク南部のサマワに陸上自衛隊を派遣。派遣部隊が日報を作成し、現地の治安情勢や部隊の活動状況を報告していた。この日公表されたのは、計435日分、約1万5千ページにのぼる …

Apple memo warning employees about leaking gets leaked

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Apple recently sent a lengthy memo warning employees about leaking. As you might have guessed, that memo got leaked.
On Friday, Bloomberg News published what it described as an “internal blog” post in full. The memo warned that Apple “employees, contractors, or suppliers—do get caught, and they’re getting caught faster than ever.”

The post also reportedly noted that, “in some cases,” leakers “face jail time and massive fines for network intrusion and theft of trade secrets both classified as federal crimes,” adding that, in 2017, “Apple caught 29 leakers, and of those, 12 were arrested.”

Facial recognition used to catch suspect in crowd of 60,000 concertgoers

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Police check Ao’s identity before arresting him at a concert in Nanchang, Jiangxi province, on Friday. (WANG JIAN/CHINA DAILY)

Police nabbed a crime suspect at a concert in Nanchang, Jiangxi province, thanks to a facial recognition system. The 31-year-old suspect, surnamed Ao, from Zhangshu, Jiangxi province, was wanted by police in connection with an economic dispute in the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region.

On Friday, Ao and his wife and several friends drove to Nanchang for a concert by Jacky Cheung, a well-known Hong Kong singer, at Nanchang International Sports Center. Shortly after the concert started on Saturday evening, several police officers appeared in front of Ao and took him away…

AV1 beats x264 and libvpx-vp9 in practical use case

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Improved video compression is important for delivering digital video files more quickly and with higher quality, while using less bandwidth and storage. Everything from 4K movie streaming to smartphone video chat to laptop screen sharing can be enhanced by making the video files smaller through better compression codecs.

The Alliance for Open Media — a consortium founded in 2015 and made up of video-on-demand providers including Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Netflix, along with web browser developers and semiconductor firms — has just released AV1 (also known as AOMedia Video 1), a new open, royalty-free video format that promises to be a significant step forward in compression efficiency.

「個人情報を国外に出さず、管理する」IT基本方針から予想する未来 | SciencePortal China

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中国のインターネットの特徴のひとつに強力なネット規制が知られている。よく知られるところではTwitterやFacebookやYouTubeなど、様々な著名サイトにアクセスできないというものだ。これらは中国の管理外で中国に不都合な情報を見せない、出さないというものがある。

もうひとつの特徴として、中国はワールドワイドウェブ、もっというとアメリカ支配、ないしは西側諸国と共有するインターネットからの独立を一貫して考えているという点がある。この意味は、中国国内と中国国外のサイトを見ることは可能であるが、インターネットルールは世界ルールではなく各国が決めるというものだ。これは中国が浙江省の烏鎮という場所で、毎年アメリカのIT企業やアジア・アフリカ諸国のトップを招聘して開催する「世界互聯網大会(世界インターネット大会)」でも毎回主張している。

また国務院が2016年7月に発布した「十三五国家科技創新計画(第13次五か年計画中国国家ハイテククリエイティブ計画)」においても、数ある目標のひとつとして、国家ハイテクプログラム重大特別プロジェクト(国家科技重大専項)において、中国側で全てが把握できるCPUやネットワークやOS製品の開発が指定されている。

This wearable device can respond to your thoughts

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The signals the wearable picks up are given to a system that analyzes the data, associating specific signals with words.

MIT researchers have created a wearable device called AlterEgo that can recognize nonverbal prompts, essentially “reading your mind.” The system is made up of a device that loops around a user’s ear, follows their jawline, and attaches underneath their mouth, and a computer system. The wearable device has electrodes that pick up neuromuscular signals in your jaw and face that are triggered by internal verbalizations (aka saying words in your head) but can’t be seen by the human eye. These signals are then given to a machine learning system that analyzes the data, associating specific signals with words.