Unprecedented security ahead of Biden inauguration: photos - Business Insider
- Local and federal officials in Washington, DC, are taking unprecedented security measures ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on Wednesday.
- While much of the ceremony was already planned to be virtual due to the continued COVID-19 pandemic, the armed and deadly insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6 has prompted increased measures, including the deployment of more than 20,000 members of the National Guard to the nation's capital.
- DC Mayor Muriel Bowser bluntly requested that people stay out of the city during the inauguration.
- At least five people died as a result of the January 6 insurrection, which was led by supporters of President Donald Trump who believed his baseless conspiracy theory that his loss in the election was the result of widespread voter fraud.
- There is no evidence to support such a theory.
When will Americans see the aid from Biden's relief proposal? It's up to Congress
- They must decide whether they want to use a special legislative process called reconciliation, which would require only a simple majority of votes to pass the Senate -- eliminating the need for Republican support -- but would limit the provisions that could be included.
- Whatever leaders decide, the effort is expected to have an easier time passing in the House -- which approved a $3 trillion relief package last May that contained measures similar to those in Biden's plan -- even though Democrats now hold a slimmer majority there.
- Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York told The Washington Post on Thursday that people should get an additional $2,000 in stimulus checks on top of the $600 they received as part of the $900 billion relief package lawmakers passed last month -- more than the $1,400 top-off payment Biden is suggesting.
Quixotic Californian crusade to officially recognize the hellabyte
- In 2010, Austin Sendek, then a physics student at UC Davis, created a petition seeking recognition for prefix "hella-" as an official International System of Units (SI) measurement representing 1027.
- If you enter a search like "bytes to hellabytes" in the Google Search box, the results page will present a unit conversion widget.
- In a phone interview with The Register, Sendek, now a Stanford visiting scholar and CEO of a software company called Aionics, said he had a friend interning at Google at the time who managed to get the conversion widget implemented.
- Sendek said "hellabyte" initially started as a joke with some college friends but became a more genuine concern as he looked into how measurements get defined and as his proposal garnered support.
Biden aides told congressional allies to expect Covid relief package with roughly $2 trillion price tag
- The Biden team is taking a "shoot for the moon" approach with this package, one lawmaker in close contact with them told CNN, though they added that the price tag could still change.
- The proposal will include sizable direct payments to American families, significant state and local funding -- including for coronavirus vaccine distribution and other emergency spending measures -- to help those struggling during the pandemic.
- Democrats hold only the slimmest of majorities in the House and the Senate, and Republicans have recently resisted efforts to pass Covid-19 relief on a multi-trillion dollar scale.
- But Biden's party believes it may have only a brief window to pass sweeping relief legislation and the President-elect has faced significant pressure from some Democrats to go big.
- Brian Deese, Biden's pick to lead the National Economic Council, said Wednesday at a conference that the package will include $2,000 stimulus checks, and address other relief measures like unemployment insurance.
- A web based heart rate monitor that measures pulse from the fingertip using the phone camera.
- It works the same way as many camera based heart rate monitor apps, but it works entirely in the browser so nothing needs to be installed on your phone.
- At the moment it's recomended to use it on Chrome since other browsers don't yet support turning on the torch.
- The flash should turn on during the measurement but currently that only works in Chrome.
- Try to keep your finger as stable as possible because even small movements will disrupt the measurement.
- I want to use the service worker for caching so that the entire app will work in offline mode indefinitely after it's been installed.
- Currently it uses simple zero crossing detection, meaning that it finds the points where the measured value falls below the average and measures the time duration between those points.
Why lasers are so brilliantly useful
- When the inventor of the first working laser, Theodore Maiman, described to a press conference in 1960 the properties of its wondrous light—its extraordinary capacity for brightness, its purity of wavelength, its production of light independent of heat—he stressed its potential for all sorts of applications: communications first and foremost, but also chemistry, medicine and remote sensing.
- The medium containing the electrons that are to be pumped up with energy can be a crystal (Maiman’s original device used a synthetic ruby), a gas (carbon-dioxide lasers have long been popular for industrial uses), glass or a semiconductor such as gallium arsenide.
- The latest military lasers, designed for last-ditch defence against incoming anti-ship and anti-tank missiles, use this sort of laser-on-laser action to produce continuous beams with powers in the tens of kilowatts.
Japan expands state of emergency over coronavirus as infections climb
- Tokyo (CNN) - Japan will expand its state of emergency to seven more prefectures, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Wednesday.
- Tokyo, previously among the worst hit areas, reported 970 new cases Tuesday, the first time the Japanese capital's daily tally has dropped below 1,000 in over a week.
- A state of emergency was previously declared for Tokyo and the three neighboring prefectures of Chiba, Saitama and Kanagawa last week, to be in place until February 7.
- However, unlike a number of other countries which have introduced lockdowns and social distancing measures, Japan lacks much in the way of legal powers to force compliance with the government's orders.
- Speaking to CNN, former top International Olympic Committee official Dick Pound said that it was unlikely the Games could be postponed again, and so any additional delay would likely mean their cancellation.