Norway Protects Cod, Coral and Seabirds From the Threat of Oil

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorePutting the value of nature in front of the need for oil, the new government of Norway has decided to protect its valuable coastline from possible impact from petroleum spills.Oil and gas activity there would threaten the world’s largest cod stock, the world’s largest cold water coral reef and mainland Europe’s biggest seabird colony.“This is not just a victory for all of us who have spent countless hours and years fighting for it. It is first and foremost a great victory for nature, including cod, seabirds, the world’s largest coldwater coral reef, and for renewable jobs and the transition to a 100% renewable society,” said Nina Jensen, CEO of WWF-Norway. Earlier this year WWF-Norway ran a campaign to keep the coasts of Lofoten, Vesterålen and Senja free from oil and gas exploration. Uncertainty grew during the Norwegian election campaign on whether a new government would open up areas of Lofoten, temporary protected since 2001, for oil drilling as a reaction to pressure from the industry.But minority parties fought hard to ensure a permanent ban was in place to prevent any oil drilling and ensure these areas remain oil-free.WWF suggests the decision has bigger implications than just nature conservation. Norway is one of the world’s largest oil and gas developers, with an economy largely dependent on the oil sector, yet current conditions have forced the country to consider the threat of carbon energy sources on the world’s climate.Photo credit: Bard Løken – for WWFAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

MCC volleyball team tops Lake Michigan College in straight sets Tuesday

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The 10 Minor Crimes People Are Most Likely to Commit

first_imgWe’re all criminals and apparently NO ONE feels bad about it.A new survey found the minor crimes that people are most likely to commit . . . and you’ll probably have NO PROBLEM admitting you do some of these.  Here are the top 10 . . .1.  Buying something, wearing it once, then returning it.2.  Taking a sick day when you’re not sick.3.  Illegally downloading music or movies.4.  Getting too much change back when you buy something, and keeping it.5.  Logging onto someone else’s WiFi.6.  Eating grapes or other little things at the grocery store.7.  Smuggling food into a movie.8.  Using the bathroom at a store or restaurant without buying something.9.  Driving with an expired registration.10.  Lying to get a discount, like saying it’s your birthday or that there was a problem with your food.last_img read more

HTML5’s “Dirty Little Secret”: It’s Already Everywhere, Even In Mobile

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Matt Asay Tags:#Apple#EmberJS#Google#HTML5#JavaScript#mobile app developer#mobile apps#mobile developers#Tom Dale#web applications Related Posts HTML5 has never really lived up to its potential. As VisionMobile posits, this is partly a problem with performance and partly a question of tooling. But it’s also a problem with marketing, as EmberJS co-founder and JavaScript evangelist Tom Dale (@tomdale) tells it. As he informed me in a far-ranging interview, “The dirty little secret of native [app] development is that huge swaths of the UIs we interact with every day are powered by Web technologies under the hood.”JavaScript Hipster Tom DaleSo who is to blame for the HTML5 community twiddling its collective thumbs while native mobile development gets all the glory? I sat down with Dale to get the skinny on mobile development.HTML5 Is Already In The AppReadWrite: Browser development lags native development, perhaps in part because Apple and Google have invested so much in their SDKs. Why hasn’t the world rallied around the Web for mobile in the same way it has for Linux (OS), analytics (Hadoop), etc.? In fact, Firefox excepted, it seems that the Web breeds plenty of innovation, but not necessarily the concentrated innovation that’s needed right now to make HTML5 a real force in mobile. Tom Dale: I disagree with the premise that the Web lacks concentrated innovation. In fact, if you look at the majority of “native” mobile apps written in 2014, how many of them contain significant portions authored using HTML and JavaScript? The dirty little secret of native development is that huge swaths of the UIs we interact with every day are powered by Web technologies under the hood.See also: Congrats, HTML5—You’re All Grown Up NowWhen people say Web technology lags behind native development, what they’re really talking about is the distribution model. Let’s be clear about what the Web is: an open, standardized platform, accessible to everyone, that allows users to run completely untrusted code from multiple vendors, where applications are “installed” on demand just by visiting a URL. You’ll forgive me for thinking that app stores are an easy problem to solve in comparison. (This XKCD comic comes to mind.)It’s not that the pace of innovation on the Web is slower, it’s just solving a problem that is an order of magnitude more challenging than how to build and distribute trusted apps for a single platform. As we saw on the desktop, it may take a few years to catch up to all of the capabilities of a native, proprietary platform, but in terms of the impact it will have on humanity, forgive me for not losing sleep if we have to wait a few years for it to arrive.RW: Tim Bray recently said that JavaScript isn’t good enough; that it’s a crappy language. Are there viable alternatives out there that just need a touch of luck and corporate (or community) involvement to get them to a point that they can reasonably compete with the closed alternatives?TD: Tim is just wrong. There’s no other language runtime as widely distributed as JavaScript’s. Getting a runtime installed pervasively is the high-order bit, and I don’t see anything on the horizon that will supplant JavaScript in that sense for at least the next decade.See also: Google Needs To Double Down On HTML5—And SoonFurthermore, the pioneering work by Mozilla Research on asm.js opens the door to JavaScript becoming not just a language but also a substrate for other languages to build upon. Already we see projects like Emscripten taking advantage of this work, allowing developers to compile any language with an LLVM frontend (and there are many!) to run with adequate performance inside the browser.Again, adoption is the critical aspect. JavaScript is everywhere. Anyone who tries to replace JavaScript without treating adoption as priority #1 is fooling themselves. In my opinion, that’s why Mozilla’s let’s-improve-JavaScript strategy has been so much more successful than Google’s myriad efforts to replace it (both with Dart and NaCl).Google, Apple And The WebRW: Why hasn’t Google been a stronger advocate for HTML5? Yes, it has much to gain from Android, but it arguably has even more to gain from a common platform that makes the web the center of the mobile experience. And yet Apple has been a stronger advocate of HTML5 than Google has, at least in my estimation. TD: Google is a strong advocate for HTML5, or at least particular teams within Google are. But the Google of 2014 is an adolescent behemoth, with accompanying growing pains and identity crises. It’s not surprising the signals out of it have been so mixed.See also: HTML5 Has A New Best Friend—And It’s Apple, Not GoogleMy theory is that there was an internal battle inside Google: Fight against Apple on its own turf, with an app store and a proprietary SDK, or go all in on the Web?With Andy Rubin out and Sundar Pichai taking over both Chrome and Android, I think it’s obvious wiser heads have prevailed. Expect to see a much tighter integration of Chrome (and, therefore, Web technologies) into Android over the coming years.Google’s only significant source of revenue continues to be search ads; anything that drives users away from the Web as the starting point of every interaction is the wrong decision, in my opinion. All indications are that, after some political battles, the executives at Google have realized the same thing. I’m excited for what the newly-rejuvenated Google can do for the mobile Web.As for Apple, it’s definitely a different company under Tim Cook. I’m cautiously optimistic about the future of Safari on iOS. In particular, the work they’ve been doing on JavaScript performance is just stunning. Many people still think of V8 as the fastest JavaScript engine, but in our benchmarks, Apple’s JavaScript engine Nitro is smoking them.Working with Apple can still be frustrating at times, as a culture of secrecy still pervades the work. We recently had a very difficult time tracking down a bug in iOS 8 that Apple engineers refused to work with us on. But hopefully the higher-ups will eventually realize that working closely with the Web community leads to a better experience for their users.Making HTML5 A First-Class Citizen In MobileRW: What will make the Web a first-class citizen on mobile devices? What needs to happen, and who is most likely to make it happen?TD: I think the competition between Google and Apple will make it happen. As I mentioned before, Google has a very strong incentive to keep users on the Web, as search ads continue to be their lifeblood. I expect to see Google integrate the Web more tightly into the Android experience, and Apple wants to remain competitive.Of course, there are still huge missing gaps in the web platform before it can truly compete with native. Efforts like the Extensible Web Manifesto have been largely successful at overhauling the historically glacial pace of standardization. Instead of trying to standardize high-level features with large API surface areas, browser vendors and standards bodies have shifted their focus to small APIs that expose just the capability primitives.See also: How HTML5 Crashed, Burned And Rose AgainThese small primitives allow the larger community to build libraries and ecosystems on top, rapidly increasing the pace of innovation. The Service Workers API is the most recent success. Service Workers allow web apps to add functionality people assume are only possible in native apps—push notifications, offline support, background syncing, and more.Perhaps surprisingly, Service Workers support is already starting to land in browsers. And because all modern browsers auto-update without user prompting, the era where you have to wait years to take advantage of new features in the Web platform is coming to an end.Take these auto-updating “evergreen” browsers and pair them with newly reinvigorated and competent standards bodies, and new technologies like asm.js that squeeze every ounce of performance out of JavaScript, and it’s not hard to see that the future of the Web on mobile is a happy one.What HTML5 Has Already AchievedRW: What are the best app experiences you’ve seen built with HTML5/EmberJS? In other words, what is the state of the art?TD: There are a ton of great examples. Vine is a great example of a modern JavaScript app. It’s lightning fast on desktop and on mobile, and shares the same codebase for ease of maintenance. It has great URL support and feels like a web app; users have no idea it’s pure JavaScript, it just feels really fast.It’s a mistake to think the end game is Web apps that look and feel the same as native apps. While it will be possible, I think we’ll see a convergence: the interaction patterns of the Web, with a sprinkling of native where it makes sense.For sheer impressiveness, there are few programs more demanding than games, and Mozilla is really pushing the envelope here. For example, Unity and Epic both recently announced that developers who build games on their platform will be able to export to the Web, thanks to asm.js and WebGL. Imagine a world where you never have to install games; you just visit a website and, boom, you’re playing a AAA first-person shooter.Angry Bots is a game authored using Unity that you can play on the web. I’ve shown this demo to many people by now, and I still can’t get over how cool it is.Lead image courtesy of Shutterstockcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Big stars at WC opener; none brighter than Mandela

first_imgSouth Africa’s legendary trumpeter Hugh Masekela will jazz up the World Cup opening ceremony with American R-and-B star R Kelly, but all eyes will be on the stands for a glimpse of Nelson Mandela.Mandela’s family confirmed that the 91-year-old icon of the anti-apartheid struggle would attend the opening match, if only for a while, but no details have emerged about how or when he will arrive.Organiser Derek Carstens promises a “big surprise” during the first seven minutes of the ceremony, but said the secret would not involve South Africa’s first black president, who is increasingly frail but still beloved.On the ground, more than 1,500 performers will showcase music and dance from the “six-pack” of African countries participating in the continent’s first World Cup, Culture Minister Lulu Xingwana said.”We’re very happy that we have the best from South Africa and the best from the African continent,” she said.R Kelly will perform with the Soweto Spiritual Singers.Nigerian Afro-funk star Femi Kuti will also perform, while South Africa will pay tribute to the late opera tenor Siphiwo Ntshebe.The 34-year-old rising star had been asked by Mandela to sing at the opening ceremony, but he died suddenly last month of bacterial meningitis.Details about the ceremony, which is being masterminded by South African producer Lebo M, famous for his work on “The Lion King” on Broadway, had been closely guarded in the months before the event.Carstens promised there would be one more “big surprise” during the ceremony’s first seven minutes.advertisementHe said it would not involve Nobel Peace Prize-winner Mandela, whose family said Tuesday that he would make a brief appearance at the ceremony, ending weeks of uncertainty over whether the increasingly frail former president would attend.Mandela’s involvement proved critical at key moments in the campaign to bring the tournament to Africa for the first time, and FIFA president Sepp Blatter has called him “the person who got the World Cup for South Africa”.The 40-minute opening ceremony starts at 2:00pm (1200 GMT) Friday ahead of the kick-off match between South Africa and Mexico.Organisers expect hundreds of millions of viewers to watch on television, making it one of the world’s most-watched events.last_img read more