ReHacked #149: conference Devs For Ukraine, The Manhattan Project in St. Louis, TeamViewer is withdrawing from Russia / Belarus and more

ReHacked #149: conference Devs For Ukraine, The Manhattan Project in St. Louis, TeamViewer is withdrawing from Russia / Belarus and more
Workers on one of three shifts at Mallinckrodt’s uranium division in the 1950s. Photo by Charles Grauer and published in the Post-Dispatch, 13 February 1989.  Image via Unseen St. Louis

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Devs For Ukraine #standwithUkraine

Devs For Ukraine was a free, online engineering conference with the goal to raise funds and provide support to Ukraine. 🇺🇦 (Talks links inside).

The Manhattan Project in St. Louis - by Jackie Dana #history #longread

The ‘Manhattan Project’ was the code name for the research into nuclear weapons that began in the 1940s and culminated in the United States dropping two atomic bombs on Japan, ending World War II. Nearly all of the uranium that went into those bombs was refined in St. Louis for use by the Manhattan Project scientists.

TeamViewer stands with Ukraine and is withdrawing from Russia / Belarus #software

We are deeply shocked by Russia’s horrific attack on Ukraine. As a global company, TeamViewer upholds the universal values of freedom and democracy, and we condemn any form of violence and aggression.

As this war is continuously aggravating and strongly violating our values, we have decided to completely phase out any remaining business activity in Russia and Belarus. On top of compliance with all international sanctions and immediately having stopped new business, we also do not prolong any contracts with customers from Russia or Belarus. Existing subscriptions outside the scope of sanctions which are not affiliated with an unrightful usage of our products will be honored until contract-end but will not be renewed afterwards. Moreover, TeamViewer has blocked all unlicensed connections to and from Russia and Belarus to avoid any further usage of our software.

In an effort to support Ukraine, TeamViewer is currently offering its products to all organizations within the country free of charge. In addition, TeamViewer donated more than 750,000 EUR to Red Cross organizations for humanitarian help on the ground.

How Crossrail was affected by the curvature of the earth #engineering

Crossrail’s tunnels under London are long, so long that when they were being planned, they were affected by something you might not expect — the curvature of the earth.

Knowing how the curvature of the earth is going to affect your new tunnels is quite important, otherwise, the tunnels don’t line up when they meet. Worse, in some of the really tight spaces between older tunnels, you can end up drilling right into them. That would be embarrassing.

The 5 Secrets for Getting Hired After 50 #career

1. Age-Proof Your Résumé

2. Showcase Your Job Skills

3. Use Your Younger Network, Too

4. Market Your Mentoring Skills

5. Polish Up Your Appearance

The UK's First Autonomous Passenger Bus Started Road Tests This Week #technology #futurism

Driverless buses may beat driverless cars in becoming a commonplace mode of transportation. It would make sense; buses run on fixed routes, always stop in the same places, don’t need to go too fast, and since they’re bigger and heavier, could feel like a safer venue for passengers to get used to the lack of a human driver.

Self-driving buses or shuttles have been tested in Spain, China, Norway, Paris, and elsewhere. The newest addition to this list is Scotland, where technology company Fusion Processing, in partnership with bus company Stagecoach, started testing driverless buses this week. The 14-mile route runs between a park & ride lot and a train/tram interchange near Edinburgh.

Scientists Discover Method to Break Down Plastic in Days, Not Centuries #science

A group of scientists at the University of Texas at Austin have created a modified enzyme that can break down plastics that would otherwise take centuries to degrade in a matter of days.

The researchers, who published their findings in the peer-reviewed journal Nature last week, used machine learning to land on mutations to create a fast-acting protein that can break down building blocks of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), a synthetic resin used in fibers for clothing and plastic that, per the study, accounts for 12 percent of global waste.

UK is over the edge: blocked at the telecom level | Fun with virtualization #internet #censorship

Where Do Space, Time and Gravity Come From? | Quanta Magazine #nature #science #physics

General relativity and quantum mechanics are the two most successful conceptual breakthroughs of modern physics, but Einstein’s description of gravity as a curvature in space-time doesn’t easily mesh with a universe made up of quantum wavefunctions. Recent work that tries to bring those theories together is revealing some mind-bending truths. In this episode, the physicist and author Sean Carroll talks with host Steven Strogatz about how space and time might be emergent properties of quantum reality, not fundamental parts of it.

Master’s Degree in Computer Science – Evan Prodromou's Blog #learning #cs #se

How to choose MSc in ComputerScience online.

If you rise, I fall: Equality is prevented by the misperception that it harms advantaged groups #career #psychology

Nine preregistered studies (n = 4197) demonstrate that advantaged group members misperceive equality as necessarily harming their access to resources and inequality as necessarily benefitting them. Only when equality is increased within their ingroup, instead of between groups, do advantaged group members accurately perceive it as unharmful. Misperceptions persist when equality-enhancing policies offer broad benefits to society or when resources, and resource access, are unlimited. A longitudinal survey of the 2020 U.S. voters reveals that harm perceptions predict voting against actual equality-enhancing policies, more so than voters’ political and egalitarian beliefs. Finally two novel-groups experiments experiments reveal that advantaged participants’ harm misperceptions predict voting for inequality-enhancing policies that financially hurt them and against equality-enhancing policies that financially benefit them. Misperceptions persist even after an intervention to improve decision-making. This misperception that equality is necessarily zero-sum may explain why inequality prevails even as it incurs societal costs that harm everyone.

American Billionaires Buy Second Passports As 'Plan B' #politics #economy

Two of the firms interviewed by Insider said Portugal's five-year residence permit — which allows visa-free travel to 26 countries in the European Union — is the most in-demand program among American investors.

Portugal's "golden visa" requires a minimum investment of slightly over $200,000 and an average stay of seven days a year in Portugal. When the permit expires, residents can then apply for full-time citizenship, which can take an additional three years.

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