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Archivo del Autor: Belen De Leon

Vuelo sin motor para descubrir los mayores secretos de Marte

Los róvers que circulan por la superficie van muy despacio y no recorren grandes distancias. Y los satélites no son capaces de captar imágenes detalladas del planeta. Este planeador que aprovecha las corrientes de aire caliente podría solucionar ambos problemas de golpe
Source: MIT

Viaje al futuro (cercano) de la carne sana y buena para el planeta

La industria cárnica es una de las peores enemigas del medio ambiente. Por eso cada vez más empresas apuestan por alternativas de origen vegetal o creadas en laboratorio, libres de sufrimiento animal, con menos emisiones de efecto invernadero, consumo de agua y tierra, y mejores para la salud
Source: MIT

The mighty TP-Link AC5400 wireless router just went on sale at Walmart

If you’re in need of an upgrade to your Wi-Fi, you might as well go big with this Walmart sale on the powerful TP-Link Archer AC5400 Tri-Band wireless router. This is one of the most powerful routers you can buy.

The post The mighty TP-Link AC5400 wireless router just went on sale at Walmart appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Microsoft continues open-source effort, releases Windows Calculator code

Microsoft is showing its continued goodwill to the open-source community. With the company’s latest decision, Windows Calculator code has been made available, but that might not be the most important news coming from the company.

The post Microsoft continues open-source effort, releases Windows Calculator code appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Mark Zuckerberg discovers privacy

With the swelling confidence of a colonial power happening upon a long-settled distant land, today Mark Zuckerberg discovered the concept of privacy.

In a ballooning 3,225 words — a roughly average word count for the terminally verbose Facebook founder — Zuckerberg informed his miserably loyal 2.3 billion plus subjects that his company has happened upon a concept known as privacy, and, in doing so, it sees an opportunity. But can Facebook reform its 15-year legacy as devourer of all things private with a single sweeping, underedited screed from its copycat visionary and dark-pattern technocrat?

Fuck no, of course it can’t.

In articulating his vision, all 3,225 words’ worth, Zuckerberg predictably failed to own the fact that his company singlehandedly created the modern concept of social media as a cash-printing machine that mines our innermost thoughts, desires and connections. The whole thing is a self-parody so on the nose it’s almost boring. And it’s a bummer, because “A Privacy-Focused Vision for Social Networking” could be a compelling declaration (please deliver us!) from nearly any company that isn’t Facebook.

“I believe there’s an opportunity to set a new standard for private communication platforms — where content automatically expires or is archived over time,” Zuckerberg wrote, thinking about privacy for the third time. “…This philosophy could be extended to all private content.”

Unfortunately, no company can build anything interesting in the social media space because Facebook’s well-established wildly aggressive stance toward competitors means that the game is over before the game even begins. If the big blue acquirer doesn’t capture, it kills.

Regulation looms

Surely it’s pure coincidence that Facebook’s sudden interest in privacy comes as the company faces an ever-cresting tidal wave of public backlash and heavy breathing from thirsty regulators in Congress. Sated after sopping up all of the ad dollars drifting around the wreckage of a soul-crushingly monetized social web, Facebook realizes it’s probably time to chart a different path forward. Luckily, it picked up some brands people hate less along the way.

Milking Facebook’s stewardship of WhatsApp for all it’s worth, Zuckerberg was intentional about pitching his new centralized yet private future for Facebook around the model of the encrypted messaging app, a platform so antithetical to Facebook’s broad mission that its founders left in disgust after cashing their checks.

In recent years, the company realized that it’s easier to just to let someone else innovate, build a product and attract users than doing anything very interesting itself. Facebook’s contemporary role in the tech landscape is to either build a functional facsimile of it or swoop in and buy that innovation and keep it at arm’s length from the core Facebook brand for long enough for users to get sort of complacent (users are very good at this).

It’s different with privacy. Privacy is about philosophy. It’s about how you handle things from the start. Facebook effectively stole a whole bunch of shit over a long period of time, relying on intentional obfuscation, legal muscle and user ignorance to pull off the heist. Now, the company is trying to make it out of the store with all that contraband stuffed under its shirt before the security guard ambles back. Unfortunately for Facebook, its hands are stained with a decade and a half of data wrung out of a now cumulative 2.3 billion users.

That’s a lot of exploded fucking ink tags.

This is a company that can barely give us a straight answer about what happens when someone wants their data deleted. One that waited 15 years to introduce something that lets users clear traces of their history, except by most accounts that tool won’t even wipe those records from its servers.

I’m just going to leave these links here.

WhatsApp and encryption are still good

But what about WhatsApp, you (Facebook PR) might gasp, mawkishly. What about that? WhatsApp is the world’s largest encrypted messaging platform — and that’s great. More encryption is good, no matter who owns the wiring. Even Facebook!

Facebook hasn’t killed WhatsApp or hamstrung its encryption and that’s been good too. Still, we don’t owe Facebook anything, least of all our faith that the patron saint of personal data strip-mining does anything good for reasons beyond simply buying up goodwill or getting caught red handed.

In declaring that “people increasingly also want to connect privately in the digital equivalent of the living room,” Zuckerberg senses no irony in the idea that people might not want more privacy within Facebook — they want more privacy because Facebook. Namely, because the company laid waste to the concept of user privacy so thoroughly before apparently flitting off just now to refashion itself into “a privacy-focused messaging and social networking platform” and stuffing users into the WhatsApp-branded life rafts.

Thus, Zuckerberg stumbles out of his great boat, awful blue flag limp on a breezeless shore. All of this is ours, he mutters, gesturing to all of it.


Source: TechCrunch

Facebook aims to repair reputation with focus on encrypted messaging

Facebook’s latest play on privacy appears to be in the right direction. The company vision starts with encrypted messaging and users are given the option to have shared content expire after a set time, similar to rival Snapchat.

The post Facebook aims to repair reputation with focus on encrypted messaging appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Net Neutrality Gets a Power-Up from Democrats

House Democrats introduced a bill to restore Obama-era regulations, but it’ll have a hard time finding bipartisan support.
Source: Wired

'Devil May Cry 5' Is a Bitchin' Throwback to a Goofier Time

The game feels like a relic, the way a band trying to sound like hair metal in 2019 might sound like a relic. But it still rocks.
Source: Wired

Elon Musk’s Boring Company wants to move people beneath Vegas

Elon Musk’s Boring Company could land a deal to construct and operate a “people mover” for the Las Vegas Convention Center that will theoretically shuttle people in autonomous electric vehicles at high speeds in a loop of underground tunnels.

It’s not a done deal quite yet. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority has recommended that the Boring Company be selected. The LVCVA board will vote March 12 whether to approve the recommendation.

The initial design would focus on the Las Vegas Convention Center, which is currently in the midst of an expansion that is expected to be complete in time for CES 2021. The newly expanded Las Vegas Convention Center will span about 200 acres once completed. The LVCVA estimates that people walking the facility would travel two miles from one end to the other, a distance that prompted officials to find a transportation solution.

Potential LVCC Loop Station Locations-Final configuration to be determined by the LVCVA Board

The initial phase of the Boring Company system could be in use by Las Vegas Convention Center guests within one year, company president Steve Davis said.

The project could someday connect downtown, the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Las Vegas Boulevard Resort Corridor and McCarran International Airport.

LVCVA began the process in 2018 with a request for information and an official request for proposal.  Interviews with the qualified respondents were conducted by an evaluation team, which determined the recommended company, according to LVCVA. The evaluation team consisted of representatives from the LVCVA, private organizations (including a Las Vegas resort property and consultants in transportation systems) and automated people-mover construction and operations industries, the agency said.

In December, The Boring Company showcased a 1.14-mile test tunnel in the city of Hawthorne to demonstrate Musk’s vision for a network of low-cost tunnels that could be used for transportation, utilities or water and built for millions of dollars, or even billions, less than those constructed for subways or trains.

The test tunnel was built for $10 million using a modified boring machine called Godot. (That $10 million figure includes the cost of building the tunnel, all internal infrastructure, lighting, communication and video, safety systems, ventilation and track, according to the company.)

Some cities, including Chicago and now Las Vegas, have taken an interest in The Boring Company . In Los Angeles, however, there’s been resistance. The Boring Company announced in November that it would abandon plans to dig a massive tunnel beneath Los Angeles’ 405 freeway and Sepulveda Boulevard after local lawsuits threatened to hamstring the project.

The Boring Company had sought to fast-track the proposed 2.7-mile tunnel, and a pair of city council members agreed.


Source: TechCrunch

Facebook's Pivot to Privacy Is Missing Something Crucial

Mark Zuckerberg is laying out a vision of Facebook’s privacy-focused future. But what about its business model?
Source: Wired

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