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Dilbert - November 22, 2018 - 12:59am
Categories: Geek

Facebook appeals against Cambridge Analytica fine

BBC Technology News - 45 min 37 sec ago
The social network says the UK's data watchdog £500,000 penalty was unjustified.

In China, replacing coal and biomass stoves has saved lives

Ars Technica - 45 min 45 sec ago

Enlarge / A vendor delivers coal briquettes which are mostly used to fuel small coal burners for heating and cooking for low-income homes and restaurants, in an old hutong neighborhood in Beijing, 26 December 2007. (credit: Teh Eng Koon/AFP/Getty Images)

In China, coal and biomass like wood chips and sawdust are burned for cooking and heating. The resulting household pollution has contributed significantly to China's poor air quality. But between 2005 and 2015, China's population moved to urban centers and grew wealthier. More and more people were able to switch their cooking and heating to natural gas- and electricity-powered appliances. Now, researchers from Tsinghua University in Beijing and the University of California Berkeley say that the shift likely saves about 400,000 lives annually.

Research published this week showed that population-weighted exposure to fine-particle pollution in Chinese households decreased by nearly half between 2005 and 2015. Ninety percent of that decrease came from changes in cookstove and heating technology. These changes avoided 400,000 premature deaths from particulate exposure annually, because fine-particle pollution is strongly linked to premature death in people with lung or heart disease, and it causes a host of other lung and heart problems.

Invisible hand of health

What's interesting is that these positive changes happened without any government intervention; they were unintended consequences of a booming economy. That means there's a lot of room left for further improvements. As of 2015, household fuels still accounted for 43 percent of the fine-particulate-related mortality in China, as solid fuels like coal and biomass haven't been completely eliminated. They're especially prevalent in low-income households and in rural areas where natural gas and electricity service is nonexistent.

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Sage CEO: £60m says we can convert more folk to Business Cloud

The Register - 47 min 54 sec ago
FY18 dogged by execution woes but, er, all sorted now

The latest CEO to take the controls at Brit accountancy software maker Sage is intending to convert the laggards in its customer base to the cloud by spending £60m on R&D and product improvements.…

It’s a fight against bubblegum pastels in trailer for The Lego Movie 2

Ars Technica - 57 min 44 sec ago

Enlarge / Elizabeth Banks as Lucy (aka Wyldstyle) and Chris Pratt as Emmett are back to take on LEGO DUPLO invaders from outer space in The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part. (credit: Warner Bros. Picture)

It has been five years in the making, but the defenders of the LEGO universe are back to fend off alien invaders in The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part. If you liked the smartly zany goofiness of the original, there's much to recommend in the sequel, judging by this latest trailer.

(Spoilers for first The LEGO Movie below.)

In the first LEGO movie, we met Emmet Brickowski (voiced by Chris Pratt), a lowly worker in the town of Bricksburg who cheerfully fulfills his role as a cog in Lord Business' (Will Ferrell) corporate machine. That includes merrily singing the corporate theme song, "Everything is Awesome." (It's a bona fide ear worm. Just try to get that tune out of your head.) Lord Business has discovered a super-weapon, the "Kragle"—basically a giant tube of Krazy Glue—that will freeze the LEGO world permanently in its present form.

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