Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: the architects behind plans to create a cluster of freshwater swimming pools on the River Thames have unveiled a proposal for a floating pool on the Yarra River in the Australian city of Melbourne. (more…)
Friday, May 27, 2016
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Courtrooms across the country are increasingly using a defendant's "risk assessment score" to help make decisions about bond, parole and sentencing. The companies behind these scores say they help predict whether a defendant will commit more crimes in the future. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Julia Angwin of ProPublica about a new investigation into risk assessment scores.
Monday, May 23, 2016
Red light cameras increase safety at intersections at no cost to taxpayers, but over the last several years, the number of communities using red light cameras has fallen. Community outrage is one of the main reasons there are fewer cameras. Meanwhile, safety advocates are trying to increase the number of cameras by better educating local governments on how to use them.
Friday, May 20, 2016
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Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Despite the somewhat ironic tone of the title, this is exactly what's happening. People have predicted the inevitable collapse of Flash ever since Apple kicked it off the iOS platform, but now Google is hammering the final nail into the coffin. That's right, Flash is being phased out of Chrome, apparently later this year, some time in the fourth quarter.
All roads have been leading to this point for years, but this may be the first time that anyone's made a solid step toward killing Flash on the desktop entirely. Mind you, there will be temporary reprieve for the top ten sites that still depend on Flash, including Youtube, Amazon, and Twitch. Those sites will still have Flash enabled automatically, but Google wants to remove those sites from the list as fast as they can.
So that's it, guys. Linux fans, rejoice! That's one less non-free package for you to worry about. Everyone else, revel in the increased speed, security, and laptop battery life. Ding, dong, Flash is dead, or it will be soon enough.
While that's undoubtedly great for us all as web users, it does mean that a number of developers and designers will have to get cracking. There are a large number of older websites and platforms that use Flash. However, it's mostly used for displaying media, so the conversion shouldn't take too long.
The tools have been around for a while.
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