Glacier melt on Everest exposes dead bodies

Mount Everest expedition operators are finding increasing numbers of climbers' dead bodies on the world's highest peak as high temperatures melt glaciers and snow.

More than 200 mountaineers have died on the peak since 1922, when the first climbers' deaths on Everest were recorded. The majority of bodies are believed to have remained buried under glaciers or snow.
"Due to the impact of climate change and global warming, snow and glaciers are fast melting and dead bodies are increasingly being ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-03-21 20:27pm to the The World forum.

Trump’s new executive order on campus free speech is more symbolism than substance

President Donald Trump will sign an executive order Thursday on a cause célèbre for conservative activists: upholding free speech on college campuses.

But the executive order won’t do much more than reiterate the Trump administration wants schools to follow existing laws on free inquiry and direct the federal agencies that fund research to make sure that they’re doing so. It’s a largely a symbolic move meant to satisfy a key demand of Trump’s conservative base.

Trump first promised ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-03-21 20:26pm to the Education forum.

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump Use Private Accounts for Official Business, Their Lawyer Says

The chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee revealed information on Thursday that he said showed that Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner used private email accounts and a publicly available messaging service for official White House business in a way that possibly violated federal records laws.

A lawyer for Ms. Trump, President Trump’s daughter, and Mr. Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, told the committee late last year that in addition to a private email ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-03-21 20:25pm to the Politics forum.

Facebook Stored Hundreds of Millions of User Passwords in Plain Text for Years

Hundreds of millions of Facebook users had their account passwords stored in plain text and searchable by thousands of Facebook employees — in some cases going back to 2012, KrebsOnSecurity has learned. Facebook says an ongoing investigation has so far found no indication that employees have abused access to this data.
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-03-21 20:00pm to the Off Topic News forum.

Epic Games Responds to Privacy Concerns About its Store

Releasing a new game launcher might be harder than Epic Games thought. People have complained about the Epic Games Store since its launch, and on March 14, a Reddit post about various privacy concerns got enough attention to warrant a response from Epic.

The post's main complaint involved the Epic Games Store copying Steam's localconfig.vdf file, regularly accessing root certificates, and tracking its users' activity in several ways. Some of those concerns could be explained away by the Epic ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-03-21 20:01pm to the Video Games forum.

Fuck The Vessel

Designed by Thomas Heatherwick, one of architecture’s premier grifters, a man who should be banned internationally from using the term “parti,” the Vessel is composed of 154 flights of stairs, 2,500 steps, and 80 landings. Apparently the architect drew inspiration from an early experience with, to nobody’s surprise, an old staircase. The depth of architectural thinking at work here makes a kiddie-pool seem oceanic.
Submitted by somedongus at 2019-03-21 19:58pm to the The Economy forum.

After backlash, Mark Bittman agrees to change the Salty name of his new food site

When cookbook author and former New York Times columnist Mark Bittman announced Tuesday that he was launching a new online food publication with Medium, people were intrigued by the name: Salty. It’s a food name, sure, but it’s also slang for feisty or irritated. It fits the publication’s scope, which Bittman outlined in an introductory post: to cover the world of food with an eye for politics and inequality, in addition to recipes and personal essays.

Salty launched with an ...
Submitted by crote at 2019-03-21 17:37pm to the Food forum.

Doomed Boeing Jets Lacked 2 Safety Features That Company Sold Only as Extras

As the pilots of the doomed Boeing jets in Ethiopia and Indonesia fought to control their planes, they lacked two notable safety features in their cockpits.

One reason: Boeing charged extra for them.

For Boeing and other aircraft manufacturers, the practice of charging to upgrade a standard plane can be lucrative. Top airlines around the world must pay handsomely to have the jets they order fitted with customized add-ons.

Sometimes these optional features involve aesthetics or comfort, like ...
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2019-03-21 18:27pm to the The Economy forum.

Nihilist in Chief

In the midst of this January’s historic, senselessly protracted government shutdown, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell decided it was time to put forward his vision of how government should properly function. So he took to the Washington Post op-ed section to deride a modest set of Democratic proposals to institute election and voting rights reform. Instead of doing the right thing and bowing to President Donald Trump’s demand for the partial funding for a wall along the country’s ...
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2019-03-21 17:35pm to the Politics forum.

Beto and Friends

What passes for much “campaign-finance” reporting in America typically follows the flow of cash from big bundlers to particular candidates, treating the whole thing like a competition over who “got” what rich person to invest in them. Rarely is the central question asked of how that rich person earned their money, and what effect that will have on the candidate’s outlook. In other words, it’s not just the power of Big Money, but what specific kind of Big Money, that often gets ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2019-03-21 16:36pm to the Politics forum.

Microsoft Says the FCC 'Overstates' Broadband Availability in the US

Similar criticism has long plagued the agency. The FCC’s broadband data is received via the form 477 data collected from ISPs. But ISPs have a vested interest in over-stating broadband availability to obscure the sector’s competition problems, and the FCC historically hasn’t worked very hard to independently verify whether this data is truly accurate. The FCC’s methodology has long been criticized as well. As it currently stands, the agency declares an entire ZIP code as “served” ...
Submitted by SharoKham at 2019-03-21 16:28pm to the Science forum.

Why the 'Forrest Gump' sequel was halted: The film 'felt meaningless' following 9/11 attacks

“People wouldn’t go to class with (Forrest Jr.) in Florida," said Roth. "We had a funny [sic] sequence where they were (desegregation) busing in Florida at the same time, so people were angry about either the bussing or (their) kids having to go to school with the kid who had AIDS. So there was a big conflict.”...“I had (Forrest) in the back of (O.J. Simpson's) Bronco,”...Princess Diana...bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building...Katrina...
Submitted by SharoKham at 2019-03-21 15:24pm to the Movies forum.

'It hurt so bad': Indiana teachers shot with plastic pellets during active shooter training

An active-shooter training exercise at an Indiana elementary school in January left teachers with welts, bruises and abrasions after they were shot with plastic pellets by the local sheriff’s office conducting the session.

The event, acknowledged in testimony this week before state lawmakers, was confirmed by two elementary school teachers in Monticello, who described an exercise in which teachers were asked by local law enforcement to kneel down against a classroom wall before being sprayed ...
Submitted by Bourdieu's Secret Admirer in the Caucasus at 2019-03-21 15:13pm to the Education forum.

My Stepdad's Huge Dataset

Over the course of these experiences, I learned about a major new force reshaping the industry: data. That day on set, the director’s instructions came directly from the production company, which decided on the topic and vetted the script. And the company based its creative direction on specific fantasies proposed by paying customers on an online forum that it owned. (“The stepsister should catch her stepbrother masturbating and she should humiliate him for being a dork,” one commenter ...
Submitted by elitist horde at 2019-03-21 15:01pm to the The Economy forum.

NASA issues space herpes warning as virus reactivates in astronauts

NASA has issued a warning about space herpes after a study found the virus was reactivating in crew aboard Space Shuttle and International Space Station missions.

According to the agency, while only a small proportion of the astronauts develop symptoms as a result of the dormant virus awakening, it could spell danger for longer spaceflight missions - for instance to Mars.

"NASA astronauts endure weeks or even months exposed to microgravity and cosmic radiation - not to mention the extreme G ...
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2019-03-21 14:52pm to the Health & Beauty forum.

Upload filters and one-hour takedowns: the EU’s latest fight against terrorism online, explained

The new laws require platforms to take down any terrorism-related content within an hour of a notice being issued, force them to use a filter to ensure it’s not reuploaded, and, if they fail in either of these duties, allow governments to fine companies up to 4 percent of their global annual revenue. For a company like Facebook, which earned close to $17 billion in revenue last year, that could mean fines of as much as $680 million (around €600 million)...Critics say that the upload filter ...
Submitted by SharoKham at 2019-03-21 14:04pm to the Crime forum.

The One Ingredient Missing From This Disgusting Hot Dog Is Sports Illustrated's Integrity

The article is stuffed with verbose passages that would be bad but unremarkable in the best of circumstances, but which become even more unforgivable when attached to an article about a once-proud institution shilling a baseball team’s weird hot dogs. After a lede containing the type of aimless scene-setting that plagues so much modern feature writing, Wilder explains what gross stunt food is, and what it means in relation to How We Live Today:

Submitted by Bourdieu's Secret Admirer in the Caucasus at 2019-03-21 13:37pm to the Sports forum.

Stadia is about the future of YouTube, not gaming: Google’s starting a revolution just to keep things as they are

Yes, it’s cute that Google printed the Konami code on the underside of its Stadia controller, but look at the unique buttons the company has put on the top: one is for Google Assistant and the other is for screen capture. Those are your Google priorities printed in crisp white iconography atop a smooth black surface. The capture button is there to make sharing to YouTube as effortless and frictionless as possible, while the Assistant’s inclusion is there to help gamers stuck on a level find ...
Submitted by SharoKham at 2019-03-21 13:53pm to the Video Games forum.

Either the CEO of AT&T Staged a Robocall During a Live Interview or No One Is Immune to This Plague

The robocalling problem just keeps getting worse and worse—last year, the Federal Communications Commission ordered telecommunications executives to start doing something about the problem, which one report in January 2019 estimated had exploded to the tune of 26.3 billion robocalls placed to U.S. numbers annually...In the clip below posted by C-SPAN, Stephenson paused to glance at his Apple Watch, telling the audience: “I’m getting a robocall, too... It’s literally a robocall.”
Submitted by SharoKham at 2019-03-21 13:37pm to the Crime forum.

European Wikipedias have been turned off for the day to protest dangerous copyright laws

Ahead of a final vote on the legislation next Tuesday, March 26th, a number of European Wikipedia sites are going dark for the day, blocking all access and directing users to contact their local EU representative to protest the laws. Other major sites, such as Twitch and PornHub, are showing protest banners on their homepages and social media...Article 13 is particularly dangerous, say critics. It will make all platforms hosting user-generated content (everything from Imgur to Tumblr to ...
Submitted by SharoKham at 2019-03-21 13:47pm to the Podcasts, Etc forum.