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Senate Confirms Non-Scientist Jim Bridenstine As NASA Head

Senate Confirms Non-Scientist Jim Bridenstine As NASA Head

The US Senate voted to confirm Jim Bridenstine as the NASA administrator in a 50-49 vote, it has been confirmed. The position has been vacant since January 2017. President Trump first nominated Bridenstine this past September.The Senate went months without confirming Bridenstine after Republican senators Jeff Flake and Marco Rubio opposed the nomination. Rubio had said that he'd prefer a space professional leading the agency, though some suggested the objection was based on Bridenstine's during the 2016 election. Rubio switched his vote, citing acting administrator ,Flake initially opposed...

April 23, 2018
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An E Ink Monitor Promises To Make Your Work Day Spent Staring At A Screen Easier On Your Eyes

An E Ink Monitor Promises To Make Your Work Day Spent Staring At A Screen Easier On Your Eyes

Even with tablets featuring full-colour high-res LCD screens available for less than $150, ereaders, with their black and white electronic paper displays, are more popular than ever because they’re as easy on the eyes as real printed paper. So if you stare at a computer all day, maybe it’s time to consider an for at least one of your displays.That’s how the Waveshare EINK-DISP-103 is designed to be used: as a 10.3-inch desktop display that forgoes LCD or OLED technologies for a black and white (16 shades of grey) E Ink display with a resolution of 1872 x 1404 pixels. It’s larger than the...

March 10, 2020
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George Christensen Wants To Outlaw Tech Platforms Fact-Checking Or Deleting ‘Lawful’ Posts

George Christensen Wants To Outlaw Tech Platforms Fact-Checking Or Deleting ‘Lawful’ Posts

Getty ImagesWe regret to you inform you that Australian politician George Christensen is back on his bullshit, this time suggesting a non-sensical law that would prohibit social media platforms from moderating their services at all.After Christensen posted and following Trump’s suspension from Twitter, the Far North Queensland MP launched a campaign that he hoped would solve this.On his website, Christensen is running a petition (see: harvesting contact details to build email lists) to tell his own party room member, Communications Minister Paul Fletcher, to take away tech platforms’...

Jan 11
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A ‘Right To Repair’ Law Would Put Australians Back In Control Of Their Tech

A ‘Right To Repair’ Law Would Put Australians Back In Control Of Their Tech

Getty ImagesBuying a phone or smart device these days means accepting that you will need to replace it sooner rather than later. New features entice users to buy new devices, whereas old devices stop being supported and, in some cases, are difficult to maintain in the medium to long term. There is, however, a push to ensure that manufacturers should accommodate a ‘right to repair’ for Australian consumers.Late last year, Australia’s Productivity Commission called for submissions about for goods ranging from smartphones to cars.“In recent years, concerns have been raised around the world...

Feb 11
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Facebook Could Turn The News Back On But They Don’t Care

Facebook Could Turn The News Back On But They Don’t Care

Getty ImagesBy now everyone’s seen the news (somehow): Facebook has pulled news in Australia.But as much as the company wants to paint it as unavoidable, this decision, the timing and the method is all Facebook’s choice. They could reverse it whenever they want — they just don’t want to.Facebook’s decision to stop showing news content to Australian users is their response to the .The code is meant to address the power imbalance between Facebook, Google and Australian news publishers.It essentially sets the guardrails for a forced negotiation if the tech giants and publishers can’t come up...

Feb 18
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