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SpaceX to launch prototype Mars 'Spacehopper' starship on August 21.

(FAA gives go ahead for up to 650 feet)

Space.com August 17

Big Leap by SpaceX's Starship Prototype Pushed to Next Week

It looks like we'll have to wait a little longer to see Starhopper make its biggest leap yet.

SpaceX had been hoping to launch Starhopper, an early test prototype of the company's Mars-colonizing Starship vehicle, to an altitude of about 650 feet (200 meters) this weekend from its facility in Boca Chica, Texas, near the border city of Brownsville.

SpaceX just needed to secure permission for the flight from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), company founder and CEO Elon Musk said via Twitter earlier this week.

On Thursday (Aug. 15), the billionaire entrepreneur tweeted another update: "Good conversation with head of FAA Space. Need a bit more hazard analysis & should be clear to fly soon."

But "soon" apparently means the middle of next week at the earliest. Officials in Cameron County, where Boca Chica lies, announced Friday (Aug. 16) that Boca Chica Beach and part of State Highway 4 will be closed on Aug. 21 from 2 p.m. to midnight local time to accommodate SpaceX activities.

SpaceX Martian Colony (Artist's rendition)

Implanting Elon Musk's chip in your brain could make you lose your mind

The Next Web, August 16, 2019

Implanting AI chips in your mind could cause you to lose yourself, says scientist

Last month, Elon Musk’s Neuralink, a neurotechnology company, revealed its plans to develop brain-reading technology over the next few years. One of the goals for Musk’s firm is to eventually implant microchip-devices into the brains of paralyzed people, allowing them to control smartphones and computers.

Although this Black Mirror-esque technology could hold potentially life-changing powers for those living with disabilities, according to Cognitive Psychologist Susan Schneider, it’s not such a great idea, and I can’t help but feel relieved, I’m with Schneider on this.

Musk, who’s also the Chief Executive of both Tesla and SpaceX, aims to make implanting AI in the brain as safe and commonplace as laser eye surgery. But, how would this work? In a video presented unveiled at the California Academy of Science, Musk said the implant would record information emitted by neurons in the brain.

The tiny processors will connect to your brain via tiny threads significantly thinner than a human hair (about 4 to 6 μm in width). These sensors will fit on the surface of your skull and then relay information to a wearable computer that sits behind your ear, called The Link. With this all in place, your brain can then connect to your iPhone via an app — we are truly living in the future and it’s terrifying.

In an op-ed for the Financial Times, Schneider argues that the project could amount to “suicide for the human mind.” Although Schneider says brain intelligence could be augmented with chips, “there will be a point at which you end your life. I call this horrific ‘brain drain.’”

From MAGAts to KAGs

I don't know about you, but I think Keep America Great is a more ominous slogan than MAGA. What are the ICE doing at the border? Keeping America White.

Elizabeth Warren on John Hickenlooper's withdrawal


Elizabeth Warren
It was inspiring to see @Hickenlooper’s commitment to bettering our country during his campaign. I’m looking forward to fighting alongside him as we work to elect Democrats up and down the ballot in 2020.

Suggest a new name for Greenland if Trump buys it.

Trump to sell Alaska to buy Greenland

'I said, That's a Joke, Son'

A Weather Station above the Arctic Circle hit 94.6F in July

Gizmodo, August 15, 2019

A Weather Station Above the Arctic Circle hit 94.6 Degrees Fahrenheit

Amid the hottest month in recorded history, some records still stand out as absolutely jaw dropping. That’s definitely true of a measurement made in the Arctic this July.

According to data released in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) monthly climate analysis, a weather station in Sweden north of the Arctic Circle hit a stunning 94.6 Fahrenheit (34.8 degrees Celsius) last month. As an isolated data point, it would be shocking. But coupled with a host of other maladies, from no sea ice within 125 miles of Alaska to the unruly fires ravaging Siberia, it’s an exclamation point on the climate crisis.

The steamy temperature was recorded on July 26 in the small Swedish outpost of Markusvinsa, which sits on the southern edge of the Arctic Circle. Deke Arndt, a NOAA climate scientist, said on a call with reporters that the data was analyzed and quality controlled by the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute and that “they have established that as highest temperature north of the Arctic Circle” for the country. For comparison, the hottest temperature recorded in New York City last month was 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 degrees Celsius).

The heat wave that enveloped the Arctic spread a lot farther than Markusvinsa, though. Alaska recorded its hottest month ever amid extremely weird weather for the state. The heat has driven massive wildfire, and smoke from those fires enveloped Anchorage and Fairbanks, the former of which has had its smokiest summer on record, according to Alaska weather expert Rick Thoman. Salmon dieoffs, the earliest walrus haul out ever recorded, and emaciated animals have also been reported around the state.

DJT is a monster.

The only thing that holds him back from extra judicial killing, and worse, is what remains of the rule of law. A monster. It hit me today.

EDIT: “You’ve got to give him credit. How many young guys - he was like 26 or 25 when his father died - take over these tough generals, and all of a sudden... he goes in, he takes over, he’s the boss. It’s incredible. He wiped out the uncle, he wiped out this one, that one. This guy doesn’t play games.”

Trump on Kim Jong-un, impressed by psychopathic murder.

5 reasons why doubts about the electability of the Women Candidates are misguided

Vox, August 15, 2019

Women candidates are constantly asked about their electability. Here are 5 reasons that’s misguided.


1) Women candidates have a proven track record of winning, flipping the lion’s share of districts Democrats retook in 2018

2) The top 2020 women Democrats have never lost an election

3) There is no data to suggest a woman can’t win the Midwest — or other critical states

4) Voters are more excited about electing a woman

5) Electability is a misleading construct

Detailed argument in the OP.

Apple: Break Safari's privacy rules and we'll treat you like malware

CNet, August 15, 2019

Apple: Break Safari's privacy rules and we'll treat you like malware

(snip) Apple on Wednesday published a policy governing how its Safari browser will block advertisers and websites from tracking you online -- and it's got strong words for anyone who tries to thwart its approach.

Safari started blocking all such cross-site tracking two years ago, Brave has done so since its launch more than three years ago, Firefox started doing it in June, Microsoft is working on similar technology with Edge, and Google has begun something of a crackdown in Chrome. But websites can use sneaky methods like fingerprinting and supercookies to try to evade those privacy protections, and Apple doesn't like that one bit.

"We treat circumvention of shipping anti-tracking measures with the same seriousness as exploitation of security vulnerabilities. If a party attempts to circumvent our tracking prevention methods, we may add additional restrictions without prior notice," Apple's anti-tracking policy states. In other words, it's a data leakage hole Apple will try to close, and Safari might punish websites in different ways if they try to bypass Apple's approach.

(snip) "Good to have a bigco flexing that way," Brave Chief Executive and former Firefox leader Brendan Eich tweeted about Apple's move. Adapting web browsing to block privacy-invading tracking will be clash of the titans, he predicted. "The fight will come down to big vs. big, no doubt. Only a matter of time," Eich said.
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