Japan Wants to Take the Heat Off Data Centers With the Help of Snow
- Erica Yokoyama (Bloomberg) -- Japan’s quest for zero-emission data centers that rely less on air-conditioning is harnessing the world’s oldest cooling system: snow.
- To reduce the amount of energy needed to keep computers cool, companies are building data centers in colder regions where they can be cooled naturally, said Masafumi Nojiri, Deputy Director at the Environment Ministry’s Global Environment Bureau.
- Kyodo News Digital is preparing to launch a “white data center” with a hybrid cooling system that uses natural air and snow in Hokkaido’s Bibai city.
- “The 36,868 square meter facility will cut energy costs related to air conditioning by 54.8% compared to conventional data centers,” said Takahisa Tsuchiya, a director at the city government’s economic bureau.
'Don't end up a real ghost,' South Korean officials warn, fearing Halloween virus surge
- Officials are patrolling nightclubs in the capital Seoul to make sure they adhere to social distancing rules and are advising people to host Halloween parties online, Park Yoo-mi, a general director of the city government, told a briefing on Friday.
- Seoul's government has dispatched officials and police to 153 nightclubs in the city ahead of the weekend to make sure facilities follow strict guidelines and visitors log in names and use quick response (QR) code systems for contract tracing, said city official Park.
- Some 14 nightclubs have already been shut after failing to adhere to social distancing guidelines and for having more people than are allowed at nightclubs, Park said.
- Park urged other businesses to join the 85 night venues in Seoul which have said they would voluntarily shut their doors during Halloween to protect against the spread of the virus.
Mnuchin says he was personally involved in securing nearly $4 million for 9/11 first responders health program
- Washington (CNN) - Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said Thursday he was "personally engaged" in the move to refund nearly $4 million previously withheld from the health care program assisting September 11 first responders who suffer lasting health effects from the attack and ensuing cleanup efforts.
- The reimbursement, which the Uniformed Firefighters Association announced Monday, appears to resolve an ongoing back-and-forth between New York officials and the federal Treasury Department over the funds previously shorted to the FDNY World Trade Center Health Program.
- Earlier this month, Mnuchin had acknowledged that his department withheld $3.92 million since 2004 from the program because of other debts New York City owed the federal government, according to a letter he sent New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
- In the letter, Mnuchin agreed that the city's firefighters shouldn't suffer the consequences of federal debt squabbles, but still said it's on the city to rectify the funding gap.
San Jose is building 880 km of bike lanes — but will they get more people cycling?
- San Jose City Council has approved a plan to install 880 kilometers of new bike lanes, boulevards and trails across the city in an effort to encourage more cycling.
- The San Jose Better Bike Plan 2025 builds on the city’s 2018 Better Bikeways initiative and will add to its current 515-kilometer network of on-street bike lanes.
- Currently only 1-3 percent of San Jose residents use bikes for their daily commute, and in designing the scheme the city carried out extensive surveys on demand and looked at current barriers that exist to biking.
- According to city data, 75 percent of San Jose residents do not feel comfortable using bike lanes without protective barriers, and of the 52 traffic deaths in the city in 2018, 23 were cyclists or pedestrians.
Falsehoods programmers believe about addresses
- Sam pointed me to Menomonee Falls where houses are addressed using Milwaukee County's grid system instead of house numbers - giving addresses like N88 W16541 Foobar St. Andy Monat sent the following address example, from a semester abroad program at Tulane University : CIAPA, 50 meters north of the Hypermas/Walmart of Curridabat, San Jose, Costa Rica.
- Adrien Piérard and Luke Allardyce point out street names are seldom used in Japan - instead, districts and blocks and lot numbers are used (more info on the Wikipedia entry for the Japanese addressing system).
- Peter Kenway points out in America some homes are addressed as Rural Routes, where numbers are allocated to boxes on a route covering multiple roads.
- Yves Daoust reports that in Belgium an address only requires a street, postcode and city; example: Boulevard Frère Orban, 27, 4000 Liège.
No, the media didn't suddenly change its reporting on coronavirus immunity after Trump got infected
- Washington (CNN) - President Donald Trump has been telling a conspiratorial story about the media and the coronavirus.
- The story goes like this: The media had always said that people who survived a Covid-19 infection would be immune from the virus for life.
- But once he, Trump, got infected and survived, the media started claiming immunity only lasted for months.
- Facts First: Trump's story is false.
- In the months before Trump tested positive for Covid-19 in early October, numerous major media outlets had reported that scientists were not yet sure how long survivors might have immunity.
- While we can't definitively say there was no media report whatsoever from before Trump's infection that had claimed survivors would get lifetime immunity, it was certainly not widely reported that survivors were immune for life.
- Even upbeat media stories about optimistic findings about immunity noted that the facts had not been conclusively settled.
From soaring Covid-19 cases to a hurricane, here's what's happening this week beyond the election
- The Pennsylvania National Guard mobilized "several hundred members" Tuesday night to help the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management and law enforcement amid ongoing civil unrest in the city, spokesman Lt. Col.
- On Tuesday, about 1,000 people were looting businesses in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia, police said.
- A power line may have played a role in igniting the Silverado Fire, which has burned 13,354 acres near Irvine, according to a report filed with California Public Utilities Commission.
- Barret's swearing-in comes just one week before Election Day. Her seat on the bench gives conservatives a 6-3 majority, shifting the makeup of the high court that could affect a range of issues that could come before it, including potential disputes regarding the 2020 election and the future of the Affordable Care Act. Lawyers in Pennsylvania have already filed a petition asking Barrett to recuse herself form the election-related case.
The Self-Driving Car Is a Red Herring
- How well we put these machines to use to ferry goods and people around in clever new ways, and tend to dull, dirty, and dangerous work of municipal upkeep, will mean the difference between keeping our cities humming along or abandoning them altogether.
- Nowhere more so than in Silicon Valley, where the world’s most powerful tech firms have given workers a free pass to work from home indefinitely—while also announcing massive plans for new downtown office quarters.
- Yet all along, the company continued to follow through on a pre-pandemic negotiation, signing a deal to lease the landmark Farley Post Office in New York City—a building whose considerable value comes from its proximity to the Pennsylvania Station commuter rail hub, North America’s busiest.
- Since the start of the pandemic, despite touting work from home arrangements, Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Apple collectively expanded their New York City workforce by over 2,600 employees, more than 10 percent.
These are the world’s most ‘walkable’ cities
- Bogotá, Paris, Hong Kong, and London are ranked among the best cities in the world for key walkability indicators in a new report from the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP).
- Pedestrians First includes practical tools that allow urban planners and city officials to assess the inclusivity of their cities’ transport systems as well as the walkability of their neighborhoods and streets.
- Overall, the researchers conclude that New York City, Boston, San Francisco and Baltimore are the four most walkable major US cities (urban areas with over 500,000 residents).
- The report notes that many US cities are well-positioned to improve their walkability by adopting policies that counter urban sprawl and encourage the mixing of residential and commercial spaces.
- Pedestrians First includes tools to help policymakers assess the walkability of their city’s streets and neighborhoods.
Study: 40% of escooter riders are injured on their first ride
- Researchers from the institute interviewed 103 escooter riders who sought care at Washington, D.C.’s George Washington University Hospital over eight months in 2019, and found 58 percent had been injured riding on the pavement – with 40 percent of those surveyed injured while taking their first ride.
- On Tuesday, Washington’s D.C. Council gave final approval to a bill establishing new rules and restrictions on companies that rent out scooters and other shared electric mobility devices.
- Some US cities, including Denver and San Antonio, have banned escooters from pavements completely, while many others have introduced curbs on their use.
- But many cities cities have struggled to incorporate the devices into their mobility ecosystem, with some implementing outright bans.
- The Danish capital Copenhagen is set to ban rental escooters from its city centre from 1 January 2021, saying the measure is primarily out of consideration for senior citizens using pavements and public spaces.