What not to do in a bear attack? Push your slower friends down in attempts of saving yourself, says the National Park Service
- As people across the country visiting parks and taking trips to the mountains find themselves in terrifying encounters with bears, the National Park Service (NPS) has offered a few tips on what to do if you're face-to-face with the furry beasts.
- Bears are not threatened when you move sideways, but like dogs, they will chase fleeing animals.
- Another tip is to identify yourself by making noise, specifically your voice, so the bear doesn't confuse you for an animal and knows you're human.
- While a curious bear might come closer or stand on its hind legs to examine and smell you, it is not threatening.
- If you are attacked by a brown or grizzly bear, leave your backpack on and play dead by laying flat on your stomach with your hands behind your neck and legs spread.
Remains of Marines, sailor recovered from amphibious vehicle sunk off California coast
- Their remains will soon be transferred to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to be prepared for burial, according to the US Marine Corps.
- As previously reported by CNN, the amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) suffered a mishap off San Clemente Island during a routine training exercise.
- Sixteen personnel were on board the AAV when the crew reported taking on water during a shore-to-ship waterborne operations training.
- Five crew members were rescued from the sinking AAV and returned to their ship, the USS Somerset.
- His remains were transferred on Wednesday to Dover Air Force Base.
- After an extensive two-day search, the 15th MEU concluded its search and rescue effort for the eight missing service members.
- The sunken AAV was located Monday.
- The cause of the incident is still under investigation and similar training has been suspended while officials learn more about the incident.
Daily Crunch: Trump bans transactions with ByteDance and Tencent
- Trump escalates his campaign against Chinese tech companies, Facebook extends work from home until the middle of 2021 and Netflix adds support for Hindi.
- Netflix’s latest effort to make inroads in India: Support for Hindi — Netflix has rolled out support for Hindi, a language spoken by nearly half a billion people in India.
- Judge says Uber, Lyft preliminary injunction ruling to come in ‘a matter of days’ — Lyft argued that reclassifying drivers as employees would cause irreparable harm.
- How to pick the right Series A investors — It’s important for founders to get to know the people coming onto their board, and Jake Saper of Emergence Capital has some thoughts on how to do that.
- Federal judge approves ending consent decrees that prevented movie studios from owning theaters — U.S. District Court Judge Analisa Torres cited the rise of streaming services like Netflix as one of the reasons for her decision.
What’s wrong with the mail
- A more serious and immediate consequence of the Postal Service’s recent problems has led to concern that the delays could interfere with the November election, when a record number of people are expected to vote by mail due to the pandemic.
- It’s tempting to blame all of the Postal Service’s service problems on the new postmaster general, DeJoy, but it wouldn’t be entirely fair.
- And it was after DeJoy got to work that the mail delays began, according to multiple postal service-related union leaders and trade groups interviewed by Recode.
- Currently, 34 states — including swing states like Arizona, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin — require ballots to be received by election authorities by Election Day, so any delay in the mail could lead to untold numbers of votes going uncounted.
Surprising Economics of Load-Balanced Systems
- An unlimited number of clients offer c * 0.8 requests per second to the load balancer on average.
- In other words, we increase the offered load linearly with c to keep the per-server load constant.
- Once a request arrives at a server, it takes one second to process, on average.
- How does the client-observed mean request time vary with c?
- Option A is that the mean latency decreases quickly, asymptotically approaching one second as c increases (in other words, the time spent in queue approaches zero).
- Follow the blue line up to half the saturation point, at 2.5 rps offered load, and see how the probability is around 13%.
- Are the M/M/c assumptions of Poisson arrivals and exponential service time reasonable for typical services?
- Exponential service time is especially wrong: realistic services tend to be something more like log-normal.
On the Performance of User-Mode Threads and Coroutines
- One common assumption is that this has to do with task-switching costs, and that the performance benefit of user-mode threads and coroutines — the two are similar enough in the aspects relevant for this discussion, so I will treat them interchangeably — is due to their low task-switching overheads compared to OS threads.
- But as we’ll see, in their most common, most useful use-case, the performance benefit of user-mode threads (or coroutines) has little to do with task-switching costs.
- We believe that transaction processing is a more important use case, certainly in Java, for user-mode threads or coroutines than the pure-computation one, and so while Loom strives to keep the task-switching costs for virtual threads low, that is not its primary contribution to the performance of the applications we have in mind, and not is main source of its power.
Mashroom raises £4M for its 'end-to-end' lettings and property management service
- Mashroom, the London proptech that offers an “end-to-end” lettings and property management service, has raised £4 million in new funding.
- Pitching itself as going “beyond the tenant-finding service” to include the entire rental journey — from property advertising, arranging viewings, credit history checks, maintenance, to end of tenancy and dispute resolution — the self-service platform lets landlords list their property, which tenants can then rent easily.
- As an example, Mashroom incentivises tenants to help landlords with viewings at the end of their tenancy by offering a week’s worth of rent as a reward.
- Noteworthy, the basic Mashroom service is free for tenants and landlords, with the proptech startup generating revenue via its financial products offering which, along with deposit replacement, includes rent guarantee and other insurance products.
Twitter told iOS and Android users they can limit replies to tweets. They can't
- Yesterday, Twitter announced it’ll let iOS users limit who can reply to their tweets, but the company now says it was all a big misunderstanding.
- While the micro-blogging service has indeed been experimenting with the feature since May, a Twitter spokesperson told The Verge the company accidentally shared the wrong release notes for the update, adding the feature isn’t quite yet ready for a wider rollout.
- Previously, the service launched a feature to let users automatically block eggs and other sketchy accounts, the ability to hide tweets selectively, and a safety net to detect and hide offensive DMs. While many enthusiastically welcomed those features, critics have pointed out the trend to give more control over who can reply and and what replies users can see might end up stifling important conversations on the platform.
Apple's App Store Polices Mean Xbox Game Streaming Not Allowed
- This September, Microsoft plans to launch a major coup in the video game business: The world's first game streaming service with a built-in library, Netflix-style.
- Microsoft's popular subscription service, Xbox Game Pass, started with the ability to download games from a large library directly to your console and PC.
- With Xbox Game Pass "Ultimate" this September, Microsoft says over 100 games can be streamed directly to your smartphone or tablet for $15 per month.
- Moreover, every major Xbox game published by Microsoft, from "Halo" to "Gears of War" to "Forza Motorsport," gets published to the service at launch, alongside a smattering of third-party games like "The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt" and "Grand Theft Auto 5." It's the persistent library, paired with the ability to stream those games to whatever device you've got, that makes Game Pass so similar to something like Netflix.
Covid-19 locked down prisons and limited services: How these CNN Heroes offer a lifeline to those who are behind bars and returning home
- But three CNN Heroes are navigating pandemic barriers to continue their missions, and even launch new programs, to support those in and transitioning out of prison.
- The organization also provides supplies, educational materials, and letters of support to women inside, and it has teamed up with local non-profit partners to donate fabrics and sewing machines to inmates so they can make their masks.
- In Dallas County, where nearly one in 50 people have tested positive for Covid-19 , Richard Miles has not stopped working to provide job training and support services to those returning home from prison.
- Miles of Freedom also offers financial literacy education and internet services and continues to offer employment to participants through its lawn service as well as an expanded food distribution project -- a partnership with Dallas-area non-profits that feeds those in need while providing job training and skills for people coming out of incarceration.