African leaders launch 55-nation trade zone
7 months, 2 weeks ago by john | 9 facts | 1 comments | 27 votes

  • Amaka Anku, Africa analyst at Eurasia group, said the deal was a positive step but AfCFTA was still "a long way from taking off." -
  • The trade zone will unite 1.3 billion people and create a $3.4 trillion economic bloc -
  • It took African leaders four years to reach an agreement on the continental free-trade zone -
  • Members have committed to eliminate tariffs on most goods, which will increase trade in the region by 15-25%. -
  • Free trade to start in July 2020; lift 90% of tariffs by 2030 -
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john - 7 months, 2 weeks ago
A while back I was looking for a cheap laptop to take while on vacation. Historically, I've purchased a cheap Chromebook for the task, but I think this might also work well.
U.S. Army releases training manuals as Audiobooks
7 months, 2 weeks ago by john | 4 facts | 0 comments | 3 votes

  • The United States Army has released two training manuals as audiobooks that are freely accessible to the public. -
  • CADD has released audiobook versions of a pair of training manuals as part of an experiment to see if it’s an effective medium to spread information to soldiers -
  • US Army’s first two audiobooks are free to the public -
  • CADD is responsible for developing and distributing Army doctrine. -

john - 7 months, 2 weeks ago
To be honest, I'm really surprised that they've made it this far. I don't see this working out well for MoviePass in the end. Especially since, movie theater chains have started creating their own competing apps like AMC A-List.
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kyle - 7 months, 2 weeks ago
Yeah, and this outage doesn't exactly inspire confidence.
MoviePass temporarily shuts down
7 months, 2 weeks ago by john | 3 facts | 1 comments | 6 votes

  • The service shut down on July 4th at 5AM ET, and MoviePass has not announced when it will come back online. -
  • MovePass ran out of money and had to borrow $5 million to keep running. -
  • Subscribers will also be automatically credited for the downtime once the service is back online. -

Stranger Things season 3 released
7 months, 2 weeks ago by john | 2 facts | 0 comments | 1 votes

  • While these plot dynamics aren’t especially original, they’re done extremely well because of the twists provided by the show’s supernatural horror. -
  • Throughout the season, the Duffers make it clear that they aren’t trying to run away from the show’s roots. -

Mitchell Feigenbaum has died
7 months, 2 weeks ago by john | 5 facts | 0 comments | 8 votes

  • Mitchell J. Feigenbaum died in New York City on June 30, 2019 at the age of 74. -
  • He was a member of the Board of Scientific Governors at The Scripps Research Institute. -
  • He was was an American mathematical physicist whose pioneering studies in chaos theory led to the discovery of the Feigenbaum constants. -
  • Feigenbaum was the Toyota Professor and director of the Center for Studies in Physics and Biology at Rockefeller University. -
  • In 1983, he was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship, and in 1986, he was awarded the Wolf Prize in Physics -

Southern California hit by earthquake
7 months, 2 weeks ago by john | 6 facts | 0 comments | 62 votes

  • A second 7.1 magnitude earthquake occured on July 6th, 2019. -
  • A 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck Southern California on July 4th, 2019. -
  • LA Mayor Eric Garcetti said the city experienced "no significant damage." -
  • Los Angeles International Airport released a statement saying all runways were inspected with no reported damage to the airfield or the Sepulveda tunnel. -
  • Centered in a remote desert area some 150 miles northeast of Los Angeles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. -
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john - 7 months, 2 weeks ago
This is great news. I know a lot of people hated the new keyboards (especially some MacBook Pro users). I do wonder how much this announcement has to do with Jony Ive leaving recently. It's quite the coincidence.
Amazon can be held liable for third-party seller products
7 months, 2 weeks ago by john | 3 facts | 1 comments | 4 votes

  • Amazon may be liable under products liability laws for defective products sold by third-party vendors, a federal appeals court has ruled. -
  • Numerous other courts, including two federal appeals courts, have held that Amazon cannot be held liable as a seller of products from third-party vendors. -
  • The ruling arrived via the 3rd U.S. City Court of Appeals in Philadelphia, running counter to a past lower court ruling that had come out in Amazon’s favor. -

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