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Internet users will continue to see plenty of targeted ads from individual websites, but FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has argued that ISPs are uniquely capable of inspecting a customer’s entire Web browsing history. “Your ISP handles all of your network traffic,” Wheeler wrote in March, when introducing his proposed rules. “That means it has a broad view of all of your unencrypted online activity—when you are online, the websites you visit, and the apps you use. If you have a mobile device, your provider can track your physical location throughout the day in real time. Even when data is encrypted, your broadband provider can piece together significant amounts of information about you—including private information such as a chronic medical condition or financial problems—based on your online activity.”
How Elon Musk Plans to Go to Mars (jdargis)
“I don’t have an immediate doomsday prophecy,” said Musk, but he noted that he saw only two possible paths forward. “One path is to stay on Earth forever, and there will be some extinction event. The alternative is to become a multi-planetary species, which I hope you will agree is the right way to go.”
Is New York Ready For Solar Power? (jdargis)
Most of the city’s existing solar projects are on single-family houses on Staten Island, but townhouse owners in Brooklyn are getting on board, and owners of apartment buildings in the Bronx and Queens are also starting to consider ways to harness the sun’s power.
Welcome to the Internet of Things (IoT) Revolution (Tiffany D.)
According to researchers, the global market for IoT in 2020 is going to be worth $373 billion in terms of sales. Hardware will account for 52% of sales — devices ranging from personal wearable technology to smart homes to connected cars.
The remaining 48% will pour in from the software and analytics required to turn the copious amounts of data generated by hardware into usable information.
A Growth-Friendly Climate Change Proposal (CleanEnergyFan)
In November, Washington state will vote on the country’s first revenue-neutral carbon tax. By embedding the cost of carbon dioxide emissions in the price consumers and businesses pay for energy, such a tax automatically encourages conservation and makes renewable energy more appealing, without regulations and subsidies that distort investment and undercut growth. Because the revenue is used to cut other taxes, it doesn’t crimp incomes or undermine business competitiveness.
Many pickers, says Green, lead semi-nomadic lives, sleeping in cars or camping in the woods, because they’re unable to hold down normal jobs due to substance abuse, mental illness, or legal trouble with the IRS or INS. Some have been hiding out here since returning from the Vietnam War with the kind of deep psychological scars that stunt social reintegration. “This profession offers a sense of freedom. We’re an odd, spread-out family,” she explains of the vets, burned-out hippies, disaffected loggers, Mexican immigrants, and Cambodian and Laotian refugees who comprise the underground industry.
Dreamy Dream Job In Hawaii (jdargis)
For those of you whom have fantasized about growing on an organic biodynamic farm IN HAWAII, we feel like it is our solemn duty to inform you that Pu’u O Haku Ranch on Molokai is hiring for a ground manager position.
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