After years of campaigning from elected officials, the media, the technology industry and the public, the Federal Aviation Administration is almost completely relaxing its restrictions on the use of electronic devices “during all phases of flight,” the agency announced today.
The news comes a month after an FAA advisory panel recommended that the organization lift its de facto ban on using electronics such as smartphones, tablets, e-readers and handheld gaming systems in the sky, including Wi-Fi use during takeoff and landing.
Finally, freedom in the skies. After you’ve been fondled to get on the plane of course.
Today is the internet’s 44th birthday, an anniversary of the first transmission sent between two computers on the internet.
The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project has been fielding surveys about the role of the internet and technology in people’s lives since 2000, and we have a wealth of data for your exploration. See our research on the internet and:
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These were part of a series of Klein bottles created for the Science Museum in London by Alan Bennett.
About the Klein bottles:
A Klein bottle is a surface which has no edges, no outside or inside and cannot properly be constructed in three dimensions. In the series Alan Bennett made Klein bottles analogous to Mobius strips with odd numbers of twists greater than one.
The trite explanation for that is, when you see Earth from space, the borders disappear. You’ll be looking at Africa or Europe, and thinking back to what happened there 60 or 70 years ago, and you’ll be wondering: How could that little line right there have meant anything to anybody? You can’t even see it from a million feet away. But more important is that you can see that people all around the planet live more or less the same way. One of the guys on the crew put it best. He said we look like bacteria in a kitchen—we’re living in these sheltered little warm spots that have a nice supply of moisture. You can look down on a city and think, hey, I know that place. But then you wait half an hour, and you’re on the other side of the world, looking at a place you’ve never even heard of and, wow, it looks exactly the same.
So you make this link. You realize, “Those people are the same. They’re trying to solve the same problems the same way. They just have their own particular set of barriers and circumstances.” So it affects your response, when you hear about some idiot doing something stupid that has a negative effect on it all. You have to accept it; there are good dogs and bad dogs in life. You just wish that people could get a little more of that million-feet-away perspective.
I Almost Died Traveling from Somalia to Lampedusa
Hassan Ali is a 23-year-old Somali who survived gun battles and poverty in his youth in his native country before deciding in 2009 to embark on Tahrib, the perilous journey from Africa to the Italian island of Lampedusa. Thousands of Somalis make this trip every year, and this month it made headlines after a boat caught fire and capsized on October 3, killing over 300 would-be immigrants. Eight days later, a different vessel capsized in an accident that claimed at least 34 lives. Here, Hassan speaks about his troubled life before the trip and the horrors he experienced en route to Europe.
The cannibalism didn’t start until our second boat journey, from Libya to Lampedusa. We had already been traveling for ten days; people were dying and there was no food. I actually saw one guy cutting a piece of flesh from another man’s body.
I’m still one of the lucky ones.
I grew up in Beled Hawo, near the Kenyan border. I love my city but life there wasn’t very happy for me. I lived in a flat with my parents, a younger sister, and two older brothers. When I was ten years old the inter-clan fighting began. One afternoon while I was in the mosque, a fierce gunfight erupted outside. There were bullets flying everywhere. I was all alone in there and I didn’t know what to do, I was just looking around trying to find a way out and all the while bullets were echoing off every side of the mosque. I eventually found a way out and ran towards my home, but just before I got in the door two guys with AK-47s started firing at me. I ducked, ran inside, and fell into my parents’ arms. After five hours the fighting finally stopped. But I knew then that my future wasn’t in Beled Hawo.
Scale, a first-person puzzle game for Windows, Mac and Linux from indie developer Cube Heart, has turned to Kickstarter to seek $87,000 in funding in order to complete development on the title.
"You wield a device that can make any item any size," the game’s Kickstarter description reads. "A tree, a wall, an enemy, a passing cloud, even the levels themselves are all ‘Scaleable.’ Space is relative in the game so progress is as much conceptual as it is physical. The unique mechanic of Scaling is inspired by games like Portal and The Swapper. Progression through the game is freeform and open like Mario 64 or early Zelda overworlds. It’s all about exploring and discovering secrets!"