Friday, January 19, 2018

"Drought-stricken Cape Town, South Africa, could run out of water by April" 21

"The debilitating water shortage has forced city government to implement an online water consumption map, which will allow residents to check up on their neighbors’ water habits based on households’ municipal bills."

The Scarlet Witch


Thulsa Doom


Thursday, January 18, 2018

Suspected serial killer arrested in Toronto

CTV:

"We believe he is responsible for the deaths of Mr. Esen and Mr. Kinsmen, and we believe he is responsible for the deaths of other men who have yet to be identified,"

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The announcement comes after police previously dismissed fears that a serial killer was targeting members of Toronto’s gay community.

Esen and Kinsman’s bodies have not been found, but Idsinga said investigators have “a pretty good idea” of how they died.
Related:
Police and sheriff's investigators were poised Wednesday afternoon to announce the arrest of a man suspected in the abduction and sexual assaults of at least a dozen women and teenage girls working in the sex trade in the South Los Angeles area

Concept art for The Grandmaster's ship in Thor Ragnarok


The Beast unfiltered


"I Took Jake Paul’s [$54] 74-Video Educational Series"

BF:

Over the course of 12 chapters, each chapter containing four to eight videos, Paul puts aside his pro wrestler–style barking at the camera and comes across as thoughtful and competent, with deep insight about social media and an astonishing bird’s eye view of the landscape he occupies.

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Paul has all sorts of tips on how to make the smallest tweaks in video editing, profile, search engine optimization (“YouTube is, at the end of the day, a search engine…that’s why Google bought it,” he says), and what time of day to post (after school west coast time during the week, as early as possible on weekends), to game the algorithm.

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Another sneaky trick Paul uses on Snapchat is to make his account look verified (even though it isn’t) by making his username have a ton of spaces after it and then an emoji. On Snapchat, only verified accounts have emojis associated with them that appear in the right-hand column of your friends list. By using the space bar and an emoji, you can trick people into thinking you’re verified, and this makes you stand out in their friends list so they’re more likely to tap into your stories.

Tattooed tree souls


When you're a fast walker


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

"California bullet train cost surges by $2.8 billion: 'Worst-case scenario has happened'"

LAT:

Hill said the cost increases were mainly driven by problems including higher costs for land acquisition, issues in relocating utility systems, the need for safety barriers where the bullet trains would operate near freight lines and demands by stakeholders for the mitigation of myriad issues.

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The challenges will apply to the next governor, though in the current campaign the leading candidates are doing their best to avoid talking about the project. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has declined requests for an interview on the subject for more than two years, for example.
Related: True Detective Season 2.

"The state can't agree on what the missile alert interface actually looks like"

HNN:

On Monday night, the governor's office released an image of what it said was the interface used to send a false missile alert to Hawaii smart phones.

The confusing and seemingly rudimentary design quickly grabbed headlines nationally.

But a day later, the state's emergency management agency is disputing that image — and has released a different one.

Officials from the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency said the first image was sent in error, but declined to provide an actual photo of the interface.

Instead, they gave Hawaii News Now something they said was similar,

"Walking into the windowless office where payroll is processed for the state of Hawaii is like stepping back in time"

From 2013:

Clerks scour thousands of pages marked with red pen to calculate overtime and other changes to paychecks. They pencil down department totals in a paper ledger.

In most places such work is done on computers, but in Hawaii decades of putting technology funding on the backburner has led to an environment where state workers process payroll the same way they did 40 years ago, when offices were commonly equipped with rotary phones.