Thor’s Day’s News

Half the world doesn’t have Internet
— Enter Internet blimps
blimpInstead of building cell towers or digging miles of fiber optic cables to bring internet access to far flung, rural ares, SoftBank-backed startup Altaeros plans to send a blimp up to the sky. Tethered to the ground and floating at around 244 to 259 meters (800 to 850 feet), these so-called SuperTower internet blimps seem like an innovative way to extend web access to those who previously had none.
The idea might just float. Each SuperTower, according to Altaeros, can cover up to 10,000 (3,861 sq.mi) of space, roughly equivalent to the same area 20 to 30 ground-based towers could. Unlike a regular cell site, however, a SuperTower can supposedly be installed faster and at a far lower cost. Each SuperTower is also fully autonomous, making it more reliable and cost-effective than other similar aerial, wireless internet technology.

Photographer captures Trump’s “empathy cue-card”

noteAs President Donald Trump met with survivors and others impacted by the spate of mass school shootings across the US at the White House on Wednesday, he held a cue card with notes on how to appear empathetic while proposing solutions like tightening the federal background check system, raising the age of firearms purchases, having teachers store firearms, or, you know, casually employing roving squads of armed veterans to patrol schools.

But though the president managed to strike a sympathetic tone, it looks an awful lot like someone in the White House wasn’t sure that would happen and thought he needed to be reminded to say basic things to the survivors like “I hear you.

Another one bites the dust
Ford exec out for hanky panky
Ford Motor Co.’s North American President Raj Nair has been forced out over allegations of “inappropriate behavior.” The company didn’t offer many details.

26 top researchers warn on misuse of artificial intelligence
In terms of physical AI threats, the researchers looked at the increasing reliance of the physical world on automated systems. As more smart homes and self-driving cars come online, AI could be used to subvert these systems and cause catastrophic damage. Then there’s the threat of purposefully made malicious AI systems, such as autonomous weapons or micro-drone swarms.

Big Pharma using $50 billion tax windfall to buy back stock

McMaster “they” say, is on the way out of Trumplandia
Cushy landing at Pentagon sought for National Security Adviser. Supposedly.

Alabama keeping dying prisoner alive so they can execute him
Vice News
hamm“What they’re doing is a delicate balance of keeping him alive just long enough that they can be the ones who execute him, and that he doesn’t die of natural causes,”  said Bernard E. Harcourt, a Columbia Law School professor who has been representing Doyle Lee Hamm pro-bono since the early ’90s.

Rising number of EU nationals leaving UK
Nicola White, head of international migration statistics at the ONS, said: “Brexit could well be a factor in people’s decision to move to or from the UK, but people’s decision to migrate is complicated and can be influenced by lots of different reasons.”

Whacked-out church holds “blessing” for AR-15s
Raw Story

About a third of Americans believe in astrology …
And other revelations in National Science Foundation graphs
Popular Science

The myth of what’s driving the opiod crisis
It is NOT physician-prescribed pain killers, psychiatrist argues.



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