Some things can be too big to notice, as our flat-Earth-believing ancestors can attest, having failed to work out that the surface of the Earth curves around a sphere. Or, as the saying goes, you can focus on the details of some fascinating trees and miss interesting facts about the forest as a whole. In southwest Utah, geologists had noticed some pretty cool “trees.” The area had been volcanically active between 21 and 31 million years ago, building up a host of steep, volcanic peaks. A number of huge blocks of rock from these peaks, up to 2.5 square kilometers in area and 200 meters thick, are obviously out of place—they've been interpreted by geologists as the result of many landslides around the volcanoes. In a recent paper in Geology , David Hacker , Robert Biek , and Peter Rowley show that rather than being the result of many individual landslides, these are actually all part of one jaw-droppingly large event. The deposit, called the Markagunt gravity slide, covers an … [Read more...] about One of world’s largest landslide deposits discovered in Utah
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Just stop. Stop telling us why your 5G network is the very best and fastest and most reliable. Stop running commercials about how life-changing your 5G network is. Definitely stop telling us why your 5G network is better than the other guy’s 5G network because can you even imagine building a 5G network the way they have? Please stop with all of this, it’s been a very long year and we’re tired. It would be one thing to make all of these fantastical claims like you do if any of them reflected any real person’s experience. They don’t. Your 5G networks are just not that good yet. They’ll get better, and that’s nice! But please stop pretending like the 5G train has pulled into the station and all we have to do is get on board to be whisked away to the low-latency, Gigabit future when you’re still building the tracks. And the train station. We’re tired of false starts. First there was 5G Evolution, which sounds exciting. It rhymes with revolution! But then it turned out to be just … [Read more...] about Dear wireless carriers: the 5G hype needs to stop
If you stumble across across one of Khoa's reality-defying stop-motion vines, the first thing you'll ask is, "How in the world did he do that?" Twitter launched Vine on Jan. 24. The next day, 23-year-old Khoa Phan created his first Vine, a simple five-shot video of a Keurig machine brewing a cup of coffee. This was the kind of thing most people were filming when Vine first launched — mundane videos of everyday occurrences. As is the case with Instagram , if users don't think creatively, posts quickly run humdrum. SEE ALSO: Vine User Khoa Phan Inks Deal With 'Peanuts' Gang Khoa, however, was not satisfied with the status quo of bland vines. It was his second vine that launched him into the spotlight. In it, he brings whimsical construction paper bubbles to life using stop motion, which gives the illusion that the bubbles are floating across the dark wood table. The bubbles pop to reveal a message: "Have a good day!" (a simple recurring message in his vines). The … [Read more...] about Meet Vine’s Most Creative Stop-Motion Animator
This Q&A is part of a weekly series of posts highlighting common questions encountered by technophiles and answered by users at Stack Exchange , a free, community-powered network of 100+ Q&A sites . Telastyn asks: I have been tasked with teaching other teams a new codebase, but I keep running into an issue. Whenever I go to actually walk through the code with people, we don't get very far before the entire exercise devolves into a bikeshedding exercise. Since they don't know the codebase, but think they need to help improve it, they focus on the things they can understand. Common questions include: Why is that named that? (Then we spend two minutes to explain why it's named that, and 10+ minutes debating a new name.) Why is that an abstract base class rather than an interface? (WE take another two minutes to explain, and spend 10+ minutes debating the relative merits of this decision.) ...and so on. Now, don't get me wrong—good names and good, … [Read more...] about How can I get colleagues to stop bickering about trivialities?
For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website . Around a year ago, I wrote about the dangers of the term "Chinese virus." A term espoused by former President Donald Trump and repeated ad nauseam on social media as a loaded alternative to coronavirus . I argued the phrase wasn't only divisive in a moment when we needed unity but would lead to further violence against the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. While I expected the usual trolls to come out and tell me to "stick to tech," I was still shocked by the flood of comments thrashing my commentary, with some offering up their own, more offensive take on the term. Others told me to stop trying to impose my political views on the matter. Most refused to recognize the loaded racial implications of those words and the risks they carry. The reactions to my YouTube video were particularly heinous. A year later, nonprofit Stop AAPI Hate tallied nearly 3,800 … [Read more...] about The ‘Chinese virus’ label has led to violence and death. It needs to stop