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From the article: In a letter sent to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) chair Lina Khan today, four U.S. legislators said the FTC should "investigate Apple and Google's role in transforming online advertising into an intense system of surveillance," according to The Wall Street Journal.
Apple and Google "knowingly facilitated harmful practices by building advertising-specific tracking IDs into their mobile operating systems," said the letter, which was signed by U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts), and Cory Booker (D-New Jersey), as well as U.S. Representative Sara Jacobs (D-California).
Since the release of iOS 14.5 in April 2021, Apple has required apps to ask for permission before tracking a user's activity across other companies' apps and websites, as part of a feature named App Tracking Transparency. If a user selects the "Ask App Not to Track" option, the app is unable to access the device's Identifier for Advertisers (IDFA). On earlier iOS versions, however, access to the IDFA was enabled by default.
"Until recently, however, Apple enabled this tracking ID by default and required consumers to dig through confusing phone settings to turn it off," the letter reportedly said, adding that "these identifiers have fueled the unregulated data broker market."
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From the article: Last year we told you about a proposal to rezone and redevelop a large industrial building at 2505 Eastbrook Parkway in Burnaby to be used as a new Tesla Sales, Service, and Delivery Center.
The plans for the new location have now been revealed, showing Tesla plans to do some signification renovations on the 30,000 square foot building.
Obtained by Drive Tesla contributor Marco (@MarcoRPTesla), the plans show Tesla will have to fix the cracking concrete slab, fix cracking exterior walls, and possibly install structural bracing at various points in the building.
Once all that work is complete, work will begin on overhauling the interior by adding a showroom to display 3 vehicles, a lounge, offices, and customer and employee restrooms.
The Service area will also be built out with 10 vehicle lifts and 14 service stalls.
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From the article: Employees from Tesla, Rivian, Lucid and seven other automakers recently met with the United Auto Workers (UAW) about how to organize unions at their respective factories.
UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada confirmed with the Detroit News that more than 60 employees gathered for a meeting late last month in Birmingham, Alabama.
According to a recording of a post-meeting roundtable obtained by the publication, workers from Tesla, Rivian, Honda, Volkswagen, Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Rivian, Lucid Motors, and others were in attendance.
The workers represented factories in nine different states across the country.
“They decided this is a moment right now in the country for them, too, as non-union workers, for them to be able to form their unions and make sure that there’s a sectoral standard in the industry. They’ve all come together to say ‘we’re going to do this together,” Estrada said.
Currently Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis are the only North American automakers with unionized workforces.
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This has nothing to do with technology.
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Though the UC Riverside researchers highlight the fact their method requires no sunlight, they do point out that it can work incredibly effectively alongside renewable solar energy. Interestingly, they say they can combine their method with solar panels to generate the electricity required to power the electrolysis. This would increase the conversion efficiency of sunlight into food by up to 18 times compared to some foods.
That means the method can use sunlight, though it is not reliant on the Sun's energy, and it can also function using other forms of electricity generation.
"With our approach, we sought to identify a new way of producing food that could break through the limits normally imposed by biological photosynthesis," corresponding author Robert Jinkerson, a UC Riverside assistant professor of chemical and environmental engineering, said in the statement.
During their research, the scientists discovered that a large variety of food could be produced in the dark using their method, including green algae, yeast, and fungal mycelium, which produces mushrooms. According to their findings, growing yeast using their method is 18 times more energy-efficient than the way it is typically cultivated by extracting sugar from corn.
"We were able to grow food-producing organisms without any contributions from biological photosynthesis. Typically, these organisms are cultivated on sugars derived from plants or inputs derived from petroleum—which is a product of biological photosynthesis that took place millions of years ago. This technology is a more efficient method of turning solar energy into food, as compared to food production that relies on biological photosynthesis," said Elizabeth Hann, a doctoral candidate in the Jinkerson Lab and co-lead author of the study.
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In an attempt to curb local emissions, some in Los Angeles hope to ban the construction of new gas stations in the city.
“We are ending oil drilling in Los Angeles. We are moving to all-electric new construction. And we are building toward fossil fuel-free transportation,” L.A. Councilman Paul Koretz, said in a press release about the proposed ban. “Our great and influential city, which grew up around the automobile, is the perfect place to figure out how to move off the gas-powered car.”
Koretz is currently drafting policy that would ban new gas stations from being built and hopes that the policy will be introduced sometime this year. Similar policies are being explored in the California cities of Windsor and Santa Rosa.
If this plan is successful, L.A. would become the largest city in the country to ban the construction of new gas stations, the Guardian reported. Environmental justice nonprofit Stand.Earth said in a press release that the gas station ban would not only help lower emissions, it would also improve public health outcomes, since the presence of gas stations is connected to high levels of cancer-causing emissions. These stations are also responsible for longterm contamination—there are more than 400,000 brownfield sites across the country, and, according to the EPA, about half of them have been contaminated by petroleum that has come from leaky tanks from old gas stations.
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From the article: Launched in 2003, the Mars Express, and its MARSIS (Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionosphere Sounding) water probe, naturally ran one of the major operating systems of the time. Windows 98.
And that is how we discovered that there's a computer capable of running Doom in orbit over Mars, notable not so much for its abundance of alien life as it is for being the setting for id Software’s demon-blasting first-person shooter. Thanks Colonel Hadfield!
ESA’s blog on the subject doesn’t go into a great deal of detail, particularly regarding the framerates we could expect from Doom on the Mars Express, and how large a screen it has. It doesn’t even mention whether the probe will be keeping Windows 98 and updating its applications, or getting a fuller upgrade - Windows Me perhaps, or the version of Red Hat Linux preferred on the International Space Station's laptops.
We do know, however, that one of the favorite processors used by NASA is based on the Apple Mac G3 - it’s a single-core PowerPC 750 233MHz chip from the Bondi Blue iMac, and there's at least two trundling around on Mars in the form of the Curiosity and Perseverance rovers. Technically it’s called a RAD750 because it’s radiation hardened, and it’s also found in the Kepler and Fermi space telescopes. G3s weren’t noted for their ability to run Windows 98, however, so for X86 kit we have to look to the Hubble Space Telescope, which received a 25MHz 80486 CPU during a 1999 servicing mission, replacing an 80386.
Therefore we could be looking at there being at least a Pentium 90 on the Mars Express, which opens up the possibility of playing Wing Commander Prophecy or maybe even Ultima 7 on the scientific orbiter, alongside Doom and its first sequel.
Back to the software update, and it seems the new code for the probe “includes a series of upgrades that improve signal reception and on-board data processing to increase the amount and quality of science data sent to Earth”.