The 2015 US Disaster That Revolutionized Ship Crash Investigations

The police in Mauritius investigating the grounding of the oil spill ship, the Wakashio, revealed late last week that they were unable to obtain sound from the ship’s black box. 

That is not surprising, given how ship black boxes are configured, often with multiple microphones plugged in, recording to several audio tracks simultaneously. However, this only makes the case stronger

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The new Ring Always Home Camera is a security disaster in the making

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Image: Ring

I have two Ring doorbells at my house and they are far from perfect. The delay and the poor excuse for a mobile app has caused me to actually miss deliveries, but they do a pretty good job of making sure we see who’s visited and can (most of the time) answer the door before the visitor or delivery person shrugs and walks away. The batteries last a good while and the cloud subscription price isn’t so much that our bottom line really feels it.

Other than the network delay between the Ring doorbell, the mobile app, and the Ring Chime, my biggest complaint is the speed at which Ring deploys updates. In fact, the Ring app doesn’t even tell you which version of the firmware it uses. Instead, it just says Up To Date. 

You’d think a company focused on security would make it more apparent. Given

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The Debate Was a Disaster. But Hey, Climate Change Came Up

Near the end of last night’s catastrophic “presidential” debate, moderator Chris Wallace lobbed a surprising question at Donald Trump: “What do you believe about the science of climate change? And what will you do in the next four years to confront it?”

It was surprising because, for one thing, it wasn’t on the list of questions Wallace told the campaigns he’d be asking. For another, climate change typically rests out of view at the very bottom of the dumpster fire that is modern American politics. And more significantly, after an hour and a half of nearly constant interruptions and insults, mostly from Trump, what followed was a discussion that inched toward civility.

“It was kind of interesting that that was the most watchable part of the entire debate, I think,” says University of California, Los Angeles climate scientist Daniel Swain. “And that seems to be something that other people have

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