Computing & Technology

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The Infinite Reach of Joel Kaplan, Facebook’s Man in Washington

How one man came to rule political speech on Facebook, command one of the largest lobbies in DC, and guide Zuck through disaster—and straight into it.

The metaverse is a new word for an old idea

To understand what we are—and should be—building, we need to look beyond Snow Crash.

Covid Will Become Endemic. The World Must Decide What That Means

The task of 2022 will be figuring out how much action we’re willing to take and how much disease and death we’ll tolerate.

The Best Way to Learn Online? Be a Lurker

The internet has made me immune to a coherent narrative. In order to truly understand anything, I’ve taught myself to read networks.

What Went Wrong?

For well over a decade, I have been arguing that governments should create IT accident investigation boards for the exact same reasons they have done so for ships, railroads, planes, and in many cases, automobiles.

CyberSecurity

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The hacker-for-hire industry is now too big to fail

This is a big moment of turbulence and change for the hacking business. But the demand is here to stay.

About Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Cybersecurity Awareness Month – observed every October – was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online.

The Long Road Ahead to Transition to Post-Quantum Cryptography

Much of the post-quantum transition work that needs to be done can start now, even while we wait for algorithm and protocol standards to be updated.

Even If Users Do Not Read Security Directives, Their Behavior Is Not So Catastrophic

When we eventually started to analyze the obtained data after the third survey round, we discovered surprising results that led to heated discussions among the research team members.

Dune Foresaw—and Influenced—Half a Century of Global Conflict

From Afghanistan to cyberattacks, Frank Herbert’s novel anticipated and shaped warfare as we know it.

Cyber Reconnaissance Techniques

The evolution of and countermeasures for existing reconnaissance techniques.

Climate

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California’s Heat Wave Is a Big Moment for Batteries

Scorching temperatures in the Golden State are a test case for a more flexible energy grid.

The US agency in charge of developing fossil fuels has a new job: cleaning them up

The Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management has a new name, new leaders, and a new mandate to meet Joe Biden’s climate goals.

A River Runs Through It

Unearthing streams breathes life back into local communities.

Good, Better, Best: How Sustainable Should Computing Be?

As financial pressures on climate risk and reputation grow, computing industry executives have made new commitments to reduce carbon emissions and impact.

The architect making friends with flooding

One Chinese landscape designer has pioneered a new approach—working with water instead of trying to bend it to our will.

The Quest to Trap Carbon in Stone—and Beat Climate Change

On a barren lava plateau in Iceland, a new facility is sucking in air and stashing the carbon dioxide in rock. The next step: Build 10,000 more.

Weather | Snow | Utah

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A History of Avalanche Mitigation in the Cottonwood Canyons

Big and Little Cottonwood Canyon roads carve between steep mountains that are prone to avalanches in the winter. In fact, 57% of the 9-mile Little Cottonwood Canyon Road is in an avalanche runout zone. Still, recreationalists, residents, and canyon employees need to transport themselves up and down these canyons regularly and as safely as possible.

#Avalanche: In a world obsessed with social media, avalanche centers are relying more and more on the attention-grabbing platforms to better equip backcountry skiers

“Originally, we looked at social media very much as another way of disseminating the forecast,” said Ethan Greene, director of the CAIC. “We still do that, but have been using it more to engage people and try to get out information about current conditions as well as broader education out to people. It’s been a good way for people to ask questions, and we’ve done our best to address those questions.”

Avalanche Busters: A Historical Memoir of the Snowbird and Alta Ski Patrols

This historical memoir gives the reader a mesmerizing, behind-the-scenes view of the founding of Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort and discloses how the ski patrol worked on the avalanche-ridden mountain.

Colorado Avalanches – Cement Fill Avalanche on Highway 550

Cement Fill Avalanche on Highway 550 between Ouray and Silverton, Colorado on March 10, 2019. Stop-motion images from Silverton Avalanche School video on Facebook.

Avalanche Problems Toolbox

Use the nine “Avalanche Problems” to understand avalanche types. Learn to approach the mountain with an eye toward current avalanche conditions and avalanche problems to assist in making wise terrain choices.

Wasatch Backcountry Skiing Guide & Map

The Wasatch Backcountry Skiing Map is a three-dimensional map that, along with the companion Wasatch Backcountry Skiing Guide, provides a wealth of backcountry information. Cottonwood Canyons Weather Dashboard provides all you need to know weather-wise for the Cottonwood Canyons.

Web Resources

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The anatomy of a WordPress theme

Yoast’s WordPress theme infographic.

Flexbox Tutorial by Sean Fioritto

This is an interactive video intro to flexbox and is comprised of 5 sections that walk through various parts of flexbox.

F.B. Purity – Clean Up and Customize Facebook

F.B. Purity is a browser extension / add-on that lets you clean up and customise Facebook. It filters out the junk you don’t want to see, leaving behind the stories and page elements you do wish to see. The list of story types that FBP hides is customizable to your taste.

WPBeginner – Beginner’s Guide for WordPress

At WPBeginner, our main goal is to provide cutting-edge helpful WordPress tutorials that are easy to understand for small businesses, bloggers, and non-techy WordPress website owners.

Auditing For Accessibility Problems With Firefox Developer Tools

The Firefox 70 Accessibility Inspector is an auditing facility to help identify and fix many common mistakes and practices to help improve site accessibility.

Internet Archive Wayback Machine

The Wayback Machine is a digital archive of the World Wide Web and other information on the Internet. It was launched in 2001 by the Internet Archive, a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, California, United States.