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The Sensible Math of Knocking Over Absurdly Large Dominoes

Using a small domino to topple a taller one, you could in theory take down a domino the size of a skyscraper. Here’s how it would work.
Source: Wired

‘Flexgate’ is the latest controversy plaguing some MacBook Pro owners

iFixit recently uncovered a new “Flexgate” issue with MacBook Pros after some consumers reported a “stage light” effect, where the backlighting on the device would fail and cause the bottom of the display to become slightly distorted.

The post ‘Flexgate’ is the latest controversy plaguing some MacBook Pro owners appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

The Water in Your Toilet Could Fight Climate Change One Day

Researchers are beginning to explore how we might tweak wastewater treatment to capture CO2 instead of emitting it, slowing the ravages of climate change.
Source: Wired

Want to Boost LA's Transit Ridership? Try Making Women Feel Safer

Way more men than women are taking LA’s Expo line, and new research helps explain why.
Source: Wired

Sonos Beam, Playbar, and Subs Are $200 Off Right Now

Thanks to the Super Bowl, every Sonos TV speaker for your home theater is discounted right now, including the Playbar, Playbase, Beam, and Sub.
Source: Wired

Foldable Galaxy F, Galaxy X phone could fail if it doesn't get these things right – CNET

Samsung may be the 800-pound gorilla, but it’s not immune to colossal risk.
Source: CNET

Is Big Tech Merging With Big Brother? Kinda Looks Like It

The all-seeing Amazon, Google, and Facebook have every incentive to help the national security state undermine privacy, free speech, and democracy. We’ve read this book before.
Source: Wired

Have Phones Become Boring? Well, They’re About to Get Weird

Pop-out cameras! Foldable displays! Hole-punched notches! This year, phone-makers are swinging for the fences.
Source: Wired

Huawei CFO may face formal extradition to the US, says report – CNET

Canada’s ambassador to the US tells the Globe and Mail about the upcoming request.
Source: CNET

Steemit, crypto’s answer to Reddit, gets a new boss to rebuild after widespread layoffs

Steemit, an early blockchain startup that’s developing an alternative to Reddit, has a new chief less than two months after laying off most of its staff as part of cost-cutting measures.

Celebrated as an early success story in the crypto world, the company shed 70 percent of its employees back in November on account of the ‘crypto winter’ which has seen the price of Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies plummet by 90 percent or so. Steemit is far from the only blockchain startup forced to restructure, and now its rebuilding plans rest in the hands of newly-appointed managing director Elizabeth Powell.

Formerly the company’s head of communications and advocacy, Powell has replaced former CEO Ned Scott — who is now executive chairman — at the helm of the business, which has 12 full-time staff.

“We recently published our updated Mission, Vision and Values, as well as its roadmap focusing on increasing ad revenues, protecting Steem assets’ value and cost reductions. My job is to execute the roadmap,” Powell said in a post introducing her to the community.

Founded in July 2016, Steemit was an early blockchain project that showed promise and, with over a million registered users, it has been one of the most successful in terms of adoption. The premise is a Reddit-like space that is supposedly decentralized — so not subject to removals — and where users are compensated in tokens for creating or curating popular content.

However, like many blockchain startups, it has so far failed to compete with existing services on the internet and offer a truly differentiated experience that appeals to users outside of the crypto community. 

Its ‘Steem’ token, meanwhile, has suffered as the market has crashed. Valued at $7.31 during its peak in January 2018, it is currently priced at $0.41, according to CoinMarketCap.com. Unlike others, the company didn’t hold an ICO, instead it opted to mine tokens, but still those falling prices mean loyalists and the company have lost the paper value of their investments.

One major positive to adopting tokens is that, when used to raise capital, they can alleviate financial concerns and allow companies and services to focus entirely on the user experience without prioritizing monetize. But, following its financial wobbles, Steemit is testing advertising “as part of our strategy for improving the economic sustainability and decentralization of Steem.” That’s certainly controversial but, as Powell wrote, it is now very much part of the roadmap.

Powell is a relative newcomer to Steemit, having only joined the company last year. In response to her appointment, some users raised concern at her relative inexperience on the site — she has published just one original post and shared a further two  — but others suggested that the appointment of an ‘outsider’ brings a new perspective that can help wider Steemit’s audience.

Either way, Powell certainly has a challenge on her hands if Steemit is to fulfill its early promise.

Note: The author owns a small amount of cryptocurrency. Enough to gain an understanding, not enough to change a life.


Source: TechCrunch

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