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Jido Maps is building a ‘save button’ for persistent AR worlds

Augmented reality tech is in this incredibly weird position where it has the world’s biggest tech companies cheerleading consumer-facing products highlighting it but there are some very base issues that haven’t been solved yet. Jido Maps, which ju

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Saturday midday open thread: CEO-to-worker compensation hits 312-1; China goes to WTO on solar levy

79 days remain until the November midterms What’s coming up on Sunday Kos … How Daily Kos Elections analyzes and reports on polls, by David Nir The final battle of the Civil Social Justice War will be in the heart, mind and spirit of the
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Saturday midday open thread: CEO-to-worker compensation hits 312-1; China goes to WTO on solar levy

79 days remain until the November midterms What’s coming up on Sunday Kos … How Daily Kos Elections analyzes and reports on polls, by David Nir The final battle of the Civil Social Justice War will be in the heart, mind and spirit of the nation, by Frank Vyan Walton Marijuana, opioids, and alcohol: It is time to change the paradigm, by Egberto Willies Trump tariffs hurting farmers, and GOP could pay a price in midterms, by Sher Watts Spooner 7 questions for Erica Newsome, West Virginia teacher, about the West Virginia teacher’s strike, by David Akadjian Why Donald Trump needs to increase immigration, by Jon Perr Support the troops—by allowing them to be ripped off, by Mark E Andersen ‘Trumpslaining’ the narrative about Puerto Rico’s recovery, by Denise Oliver Velez While obsessing over 'endangered' white people, mainstream media helps normalize white supremacy, by Kelly Macias Trump uses race, culture to divide and distract us. GOP is government by the corrupt for the rich, by Ian Reifowitz • Will machine learning narrow or widen the disparity in maternal deaths of white and black mothers? • Report finds CEO-to-worker compensation at 312-1, not quite the record, but egads. The report used two measures. The first included stock options realized (in addition to salary, bonuses, restricted stock grants, and long-term incentive payouts). Gauged by this, in 2017 the average CEO of the 350 largest firms in the U.S. received $18.9 million in compensation, a 17.6 percent increase over 2016. In the same period, the average worker’s compensation rose just 0.3 percent. The 312-to-1 ratio far exceeded the 20-to-1 ratio in 1965 and the 58-to-1 ratio in 1989. But it was lower than the all-time record of 344-to-1 in 2000. A second measure tracks the value of stock options at the time they are granted. Gauged by this method, average CEO compensation rose to $13.3 million in 2017, up from $13.0 million in 2016. • China challenges U.S. solar tariffs at World Trade Organization: Some experts think Beijing is likely to win its complaint against the tariff on solar cells imported into the U.S. That tariff started at 30 percent this year and will phase down over the next four years. But Chinese solar manufacturers have a bigger issue at home now since Beijing cut the amount of subsidies it is providing to them. It is estimated the impact of that cutback will be that 20 gigawatts less of solar capacity will be installed this ydar than had previously been forecast for China.  MIDDAY TWEET xPolice across the US arrest protesters en masse, publish their names and photos on Twitter, and then drop the cases. Activists endure abuse, doxing, lost jobs, and long-term harassment as a result: https://t.co/aCKU5VIU2a— Sam Levin (@SamTLevin) August 16, 2018 • Federal judge says California cannot dodge a lawsuit regarding allegedly unconstitutional rules to hide aspects of its executions: U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg denied the state’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit challenging rules that bar the public from viewing the preparation and injection of lethal drugs – as well as the aftermath of botched executions. Quoting from the 2002 Ninth Circuit ruling California First Amendment Coalition v. Woodford—which ruled in favor of executions remaining open to the public—Seeborg agreed the public has a First Amendment right to “view executions from the moment the condemned is escorted to the execution chamber, including those ‘initial procedures’ that are inextricably intertwined with the process.” • Evidence shows some of the oldest galaxies in existence orbit around the Milky Way: Astronomers from the Institute for Computational Cosmology at Durham University and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, have found evidence that the faintest satellite galaxies orbiting our own Milky Way galaxy are amongst the very first galaxies that formed in our Universe. Scientists working on this research have described the finding as «hugely exciting» explaining that that finding some of the Universe's earliest galaxies orbiting the Milky Way is «equivalent to finding the remains of the first humans that inhabited the Earth.» • AI is the future, but where are the women? FOR ALL THEIR differences, big tech companies agree on where we’re heading: into a future dominated by smart machines. Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple all say that every aspect of our lives will soon be transformed by artificial intelligence and machine learning, through innovations such as self-driving cars and facial recognition. Yet the people whose work underpins that vision don’t much resemble the society their inventions are supposed to transform. WIRED worked with Montreal startup Element AI to estimate the diversity of leading machine learning researchers, and found that only 12 percent were women. That estimate came from tallying the numbers of men and women who had contributed work at three top machine learning conferences in 2017. It suggests the group supposedly charting society’s future is even less inclusive than the broader tech industry, which has its own well-known diversity problems.   Monday through Friday you can catch the Kagro in the Morning Show 9 AM ET by dropping in here, or you can download the Stitcher app (found in the app stores or at Stitcher.com), and find a live stream there, by searching for "Netroots Radio.” LINK TO DAILY KOS STORE

View from the Left: Media shifts from 'But her emails' in 2016 to 'But Pelosi' in 2018

We are in the midst of watching the collective Washington media commit journalistic malpractice all over again this election cycle with Nancy Pelosi taking over Hillary Clinton's starring role as their lead obsession while they give the GOP a virtual pass.
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View from the Left: Media shifts from 'But her emails' in 2016 to 'But Pelosi' in 2018

We are in the midst of watching the collective Washington media commit journalistic malpractice all over again this election cycle with Nancy Pelosi taking over Hillary Clinton's starring role as their lead obsession while they give the GOP a virtual pass. In 2016, Donald Trump broke nearly every norm imaginable from not releasing his taxes to proposing a ban on people of certain religions from entering to the country to never really even bothering to lay out a cohesive platform beyond, «I alone can fix it.» But it was Hillary's emails that captured that imaginations of political journalists and dominated the media scape, according to a meticulous study of press coverage released last year by Columbia Journalism Review. In just six days, The New York Times ran as many cover stories about Hillary Clinton’s emails as they did about all policy issues combined in the 69 days leading up to the election... During that period all the savvy Washington reporters knew Trump would never win, so why devote serious coverage to him? In fact, according to detailed findings by the CJR report, Clinton's email server and the hacking of her campaign and the Democratic National Committee got 25,000 more sentences—65,000 vs. 40,000—than all of Trump's scandals combined, including his bankruptcy, Trump University, Trump Foundation, Gold Star bullying, Access Hollywood tapes, sexual harassment and assault allegations, and his race-baiting nativist statements about Mexicans and Muslims, etc. Fast forward to 2018. The man they said would never win is now president, majority control of the House (and perhaps the future of the republic) hangs in the balance this fall, and the new media fascination on the Democratic side is whether Nancy Pelosi will be the downfall of Democrats this cycle and/or remain leader of the Democratic caucus. It's a narrative Republicans are pushing, partly out of a dearth of midterm messages that can move voters. There's no evidence it will play well in the swing districts Republicans need to defend to keep their majority—a CNN poll this week found Pelosi ranked dead last among 10 issues registered voters said were driving their choices this cycle. But not to be dissuaded, news outlets are hyping her as a liability on the campaign trail along with previewing the power struggle that could ensue should Democrats take back the House this fall. The Washington Post devoted two articles in the past couple weeks to GOP attack ads featuring Pelosi and invoking the word «liberal» as a smear (a Pelosi variation). NBC News is steadily updating a poll of Democratic nominees, candidates, and incumbents who say they will oppose Pelosi for Speaker if Democrats win the majority. The New York Times featured an article this week about a member of her own leadership team, Rep. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, waiting in the wings in case Pelosi «falls short» of the 218 votes she'll need to become speaker.

When a woman is accused of sexual misconduct: The strange case of Avital Ronell

A brilliant philosopher is brought down by harassment charges; her defenders make things worse. We have questions
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When a woman is accused of sexual misconduct: The strange case of Avital Ronell

A brilliant philosopher is brought down by harassment charges; her defenders make things worse. We have questions

Death Cab for Cutie blurs the line between truth and fiction on “Thank You For Today”

Death Cab’s Ben Gibbard talks about the new album, the power of maturity and perspective, and 10 years of sobriety
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Death Cab for Cutie blurs the line between truth and fiction on “Thank You For Today”

Death Cab’s Ben Gibbard talks about the new album, the power of maturity and perspective, and 10 years of sobriety

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Nord Stream 2 is purely economic project, doesn’t prevent gas supplies through Ukraine – Putin

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline project is a «purely economic project» and does not mean the transit of gas through Ukraine will stop, Vladimir Putin has stressed during a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Read Full Article at RT.c
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Nord Stream 2 is purely economic project, doesn’t prevent gas supplies through Ukraine – Putin

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline project is a «purely economic project» and does not mean the transit of gas through Ukraine will stop, Vladimir Putin has stressed during a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Read Full Article at RT.com

See Hasbro make its first Power Rangers toy: A highly-detailed White Ranger - CNET

Exclusive: Tommy the White Ranger kicks off Hasbro's Lightning Collection, a premium line of Power Rangers figures.
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Exclusive: Tommy the White Ranger kicks off Hasbro's Lightning Collection, a premium line of Power Rangers figures.

This straight-up audiophile turntable costs less than you'd think - CNET

Looking to step up your vinyl game? The $999 MoFi StudioDeck looks, sounds and feels terrific -- and it’s made in the US.
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This straight-up audiophile turntable costs less than you'd think - CNET

Looking to step up your vinyl game? The $999 MoFi StudioDeck looks, sounds and feels terrific -- and it’s made in the US.

Nord Stream 2 is purely business project, doesn’t prevent gas supplies through Ukraine – Putin

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline project is a «purely economic project» and does not mean the transit of gas through Ukraine will stop, Vladimir Putin has stressed during a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Read Full Article at RT.c
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Nord Stream 2 is purely business project, doesn’t prevent gas supplies through Ukraine – Putin

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline project is a «purely economic project» and does not mean the transit of gas through Ukraine will stop, Vladimir Putin has stressed during a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Read Full Article at RT.com

Nord Stream 2 is purely business project, it doesn’t prevent gas supplies through Ukraine – Putin

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline project is a «purely economic project» and does not mean the transit of gas through Ukraine will stop, Vladimir Putin has stressed during a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Read Full Article at RT.c
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Nord Stream 2 is purely business project, it doesn’t prevent gas supplies through Ukraine – Putin

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline project is a «purely economic project» and does not mean the transit of gas through Ukraine will stop, Vladimir Putin has stressed during a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Read Full Article at RT.com

Listening test: Sennheiser’s iconic headphone comes in for a makeover - CNET

The flagship Sennheiser HD 800S isn’t going away, but now with the HD 820 there’s a closed-back version. I gave it a listen.
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Listening test: Sennheiser’s iconic headphone comes in for a makeover - CNET

The flagship Sennheiser HD 800S isn’t going away, but now with the HD 820 there’s a closed-back version. I gave it a listen.

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Insight into development of lung cancer

Lung cancer results from effects of smoking along with multiple genetic components. A new study identifies two main pathways for the role of chromosome 15q25.1 -- a leader in increasing susceptibility to lung cancer -- in modifying disease risk. One pathway i
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Insight into development of lung cancer

Lung cancer results from effects of smoking along with multiple genetic components. A new study identifies two main pathways for the role of chromosome 15q25.1 -- a leader in increasing susceptibility to lung cancer -- in modifying disease risk. One pathway is implicated in nicotine dependence. The other plays a part in biological processes such as nutrient transfer and immune system function. The findings increase our understanding of lung cancer cause and development.

Making aquafeed more sustainable: Scientists develop feeds using a marine microalga co-product

Scientists have created a more sustainable feed for aquaculture by using a marine microalga co-product as a feed ingredient. The study is the first of its kind to evaluate replacing fishmeal with a co-product in feed designed specifically for Nile tilapia.
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Making aquafeed more sustainable: Scientists develop feeds using a marine microalga co-product

Scientists have created a more sustainable feed for aquaculture by using a marine microalga co-product as a feed ingredient. The study is the first of its kind to evaluate replacing fishmeal with a co-product in feed designed specifically for Nile tilapia.

Water-worlds are common: Exoplanets may contain vast amounts of water

Scientists have shown that water is likely to be a major component of those exoplanets (planets orbiting other stars) which are between two to four times the size of Earth. It will have implications for the search of life in our Galaxy.
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Water-worlds are common: Exoplanets may contain vast amounts of water

Scientists have shown that water is likely to be a major component of those exoplanets (planets orbiting other stars) which are between two to four times the size of Earth. It will have implications for the search of life in our Galaxy.

World's first-ever 4D printing for ceramics

A ground-breaking advancement in materials research by successfully developing the world's first-ever 4D printing for ceramics, which are mechanically robust and can have complex shapes. This could turn a new page in the structural application of ceramics.
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World's first-ever 4D printing for ceramics

A ground-breaking advancement in materials research by successfully developing the world's first-ever 4D printing for ceramics, which are mechanically robust and can have complex shapes. This could turn a new page in the structural application of ceramics.

Acid coastal seas off US putting common fish species at risk

Scientists have shown that coastal waters and river estuaries can exhibit unique vulnerabilities to acidification than offshore waters. This acidification, detected in waters off the United States West Coast and the Gulf of Mexico, can lead to disorientation
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Acid coastal seas off US putting common fish species at risk

Scientists have shown that coastal waters and river estuaries can exhibit unique vulnerabilities to acidification than offshore waters. This acidification, detected in waters off the United States West Coast and the Gulf of Mexico, can lead to disorientation and cognitive problems in some marine fish species, such as salmon, sharks, and cod.

Gaming in Asia may be crypto’s killer dApp

As money and talent flows into the crypto and blockchain worlds, a persistent question keeps coming up: what is going to be the “killer app” that drives adoption for these nascent technologies? The answer may well be quite simple: gaming in Asia.
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Gaming in Asia may be crypto’s killer dApp

As money and talent flows into the crypto and blockchain worlds, a persistent question keeps coming up: what is going to be the “killer app” that drives adoption for these nascent technologies? The answer may well be quite simple: gaming in Asia. That’s the theory for Cryptokitties, the notable purveyor of cute cats. The company has […]

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Scenic railroad in Ohio buys historic Zephyr railcars

PENINSULA, Ohio (AP) - A tourist excursion railroad that operates in partnership with the Cuyahoga Valley National Park has acquired four railcars dating back to the 1940s. The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad says it purchased the four Zephyr railcars for $1.
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Scenic railroad in Ohio buys historic Zephyr railcars

PENINSULA, Ohio (AP) - A tourist excursion railroad that operates in partnership with the Cuyahoga Valley National Park has acquired four railcars dating back to the 1940s. The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad says it purchased the four Zephyr railcars for $1.5 million. They include two passenger railcars offering scenic 360-degree ...

Resort postpones reopening after closure due to storm damage

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - A Scottsdale-area resort closed Aug. 11 because of storm flooding and damage is postponing its reopening. The Talking Stick Resort and Casino on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community had planned to reopen Sunday but now says i
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Resort postpones reopening after closure due to storm damage

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - A Scottsdale-area resort closed Aug. 11 because of storm flooding and damage is postponing its reopening. The Talking Stick Resort and Casino on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community had planned to reopen Sunday but now says it needs more time to complete repairs and replace ...

Gas prices drop as end of summer driving season approaches

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Gas prices in New Jersey are dropping as the Labor Day weekend and the end of the summer driving season approaches. AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas Friday in New Jersey was $2.88, down two cents from las
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Gas prices drop as end of summer driving season approaches

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Gas prices in New Jersey are dropping as the Labor Day weekend and the end of the summer driving season approaches. AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas Friday in New Jersey was $2.88, down two cents from last week. Motorists ...

Seattle police look for man cutting rental bike brake lines

SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle police say they're looking for a man caught on surveillance video cutting brake lines on bike-share bicycles in an act that could endanger riders. Police issued a warning Friday and released the video showing a man with a backpack clipp
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Seattle police look for man cutting rental bike brake lines

SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle police say they're looking for a man caught on surveillance video cutting brake lines on bike-share bicycles in an act that could endanger riders. Police issued a warning Friday and released the video showing a man with a backpack clipping the brake wires on two rental ...

Alabama county has eighth rabid fox attack

LOXLEY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's most popular county for tourism is facing a problem with attacks by rabid foxes. Officials say they've confirmed eight attacks by foxes infected with rabies in coastal Baldwin County since May. The fast-growing county includes th
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Alabama county has eighth rabid fox attack

LOXLEY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's most popular county for tourism is facing a problem with attacks by rabid foxes. Officials say they've confirmed eight attacks by foxes infected with rabies in coastal Baldwin County since May. The fast-growing county includes the state's prime beach areas, although no tourists have reportedly ...

Yellowstone continues effort to restore native fish

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) - Wildlife managers are undertaking a project to eliminate nonnative fish from the upper Gibbon River drainage in Yellowstone National Park. Beginning Monday and continuing through the week, biologists will remove nonnativ
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Yellowstone continues effort to restore native fish

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) - Wildlife managers are undertaking a project to eliminate nonnative fish from the upper Gibbon River drainage in Yellowstone National Park. Beginning Monday and continuing through the week, biologists will remove nonnative rainbow trout and brook trout using the fish toxin rotenone. To ensure the ...

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Pocono IndyCar: Power grabs 53rd pole position, matches Foyt

Power’s third pole of the year was earned with the only two-lap average over 219mph around the 2.5-mile tri-oval, setting a remarkable 219.942 on his first lap, and a 219.080 on his second. Power will be aiming for his third straight win at Pocono tomorrow
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Pocono IndyCar: Power grabs 53rd pole position, matches Foyt

Power’s third pole of the year was earned with the only two-lap average over 219mph around the 2.5-mile tri-oval, setting a remarkable 219.942 on his first lap, and a 219.080 on his second. Power will be aiming for his third straight win at Pocono tomorrow. With qualifying order decided by car entrant points, Dale Coyne Racing rookie Pietro Fittipaldi opened the session by setting a ... ... Keep reading

Alonso tips Le Mans Esports Series to be a “huge success” 

Alonso, who won the Le Mans 24 Hours at his first attempt in June, was present for the launch at Silverstone for the unique Forza Motorsport 7 championship. Registration is now open, and the first of six qualifying events is underway. Gamers can qualify from
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Alonso tips Le Mans Esports Series to be a “huge success” 

Alonso, who won the Le Mans 24 Hours at his first attempt in June, was present for the launch at Silverstone for the unique Forza Motorsport 7 championship. Registration is now open, and the first of six qualifying events is underway. Gamers can qualify from home or visit one of three on-site events before the Super Final at the 2019 Le Mans 24 Hours.  The ground-breaking series is a ... ... Keep reading

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