Friday, August 17, 2018

"Nvidia . . . surprised investors . . . with an even more downbeat forecast for crypto-mining sales"


“Our revenue outlook had anticipated cryptocurrency-specific products declining to approximately $100 million, while actual crypto-specific product revenue was $18 million,” Kress said in prepared remarks. “Whereas we had previously anticipated cryptocurrency to be meaningful for the year, we are now projecting no contributions going forward.”

The time hall-of-famer Richie Ashburn fouled two balls off the same woman

"During an August 17, 1957 game Ashburn hit a foul ball into the stands that struck spectator Alice Roth, wife of Philadelphia Bulletin sports editor Earl Roth, breaking her nose. When play resumed Ashburn fouled off another ball that struck her while she was being carried off in a stretcher"

Concept art for the Tim Miller version of Deadpool 2

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"U. of Akron Will Phase Out 80 Degree Programs and Open New Esports Facilities"


As the university ends what it deems unpopular degrees, it is leaning into a current trend on college campuses: competitive video gaming, known as esports. On Thursday, Akron announced that it would open three facilities to accommodate varsity, club, and recreational gamers. The university said the centers would represent “the largest amount of dedicated esports space of any university in the world to date.”

Five inaugural varsity teams will compete this fall in the video games Overwatch, League of Legends, Hearthstone, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Rocket League.

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

"Democratic officials in North Jersey have long relied on a little noticed source of revenue to keep taxes under control and public workers employed: jailing immigrants"


The $120 daily fee for each detained immigrant translates into enough revenue to save county taxpayers more than $11 million, officials said. If the contract was scrapped, they said about 100 corrections officers at the jail would lose their jobs.


Trump's expanded approach to immigration enforcement is coinciding with another seismic change in local criminal justice operations in New Jersey: bail reform, including a law signed by former Gov. Chris Christie diverting low-level drug offenders away from jail and into treatment. Bail reform has resulted in a dramatic drop in inmates throughout the state. The pre-trial jail population plummeted 24 percent between January 2017, when the state's law went into effect, and April 2018, according to the ACLU of New Jersey.

"Are Cities Making Animals Smarter?"


Panicked, the landlord installed four security cameras to catch the thief. The pond rested at the end of a narrow driveway surrounded by tall concrete walls, so whoever was swiping the carp had either a key or the superhuman ability to bound up nearby roofs and drop in undetected. The landlord couldn’t imagine what kind of person would steal a fish, but he was eager to find out.


Ratnayaka immediately recognized the animal: a fishing cat. Unlike almost every other species in the feline family, fishing cats love water. They live in swamps—specifically, the reedy wetlands that dot Asian nations from India to Malaysia. And they swim. With partially webbed feet and short, rudder-like tails, they coast along the waterways of their riparian homes, making grumbly chirps that sound like duck quacks. True to their name, they dive like Olympians from riverbanks to snag unsuspecting fish.


Some scientists speculate that only the most intelligent members of a species can survive in a hazardous and ever-changing urban world. If so, cities may be making animals smarter than their rural counterparts.

New line of coasters at Last Exit to Nowhere

Westworld, Star Wars, Kubrick and more themes.

"The New York University School of Medicine announced on Thursday that it would cover the tuition of all its students, regardless of merit or need"

"According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, in 2017, the median debt for graduating medical students was $192,000."


Math majors at Goucher College will soon be a thing of the past. Gone, too, will be physics majors, music majors and students in a range of subjects the school is eliminating from its offerings as part of a cost-cutting “academic revitalization” announced Wednesday.

“A small college can’t just keep adding majors,” president Jose Bowen said in a statement to The Baltimore Sun. “Sometimes we need to move resources from one to another and subtract too.”

The liberal arts school in Towson joins a growing number of institutions removing majors such as math and physics to save money. Seven Texas universities began eliminating their physics programs in 2010. The University of the District of Columbia cut 17 degree programs, including physics, five years ago.

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