Netflix’s Plan to Auto-Cancel Subscriptions Is Radically Sane

Netflix’s Plan to Auto-Cancel Subscriptions Is Radically Sane

It’s not like you don’t have other options—including plenty that don't charge anything in the first place .There’s a small caveat here, which is that services that grandfather in pricing for longtime users could use auto-cancelations as a way to get them to resubscribe on more expensive plans.

11 Ways to Upgrade Your Wi-Fi and Make Your Internet Faster

11 Ways to Upgrade Your Wi-Fi and Make Your Internet Faster

For more info, read our guide to where to put your router for the best possible home Wi-Fi .You might need to apply some creative cabling to get your router in a better place, but it's going to be worth the effort for the end results.

I Enrolled in a Coronavirus Contact Tracing Academy

I Enrolled in a Coronavirus Contact Tracing Academy

As people start to slide back into close contact with one another, the nation’s top health officials are worried that the US still doesn’t have systems in place to effectively test, track, and halt the spread of the deadly respiratory disease.

The Flimsy Veneer of Gigantic Advertisements

The Flimsy Veneer of Gigantic Advertisements

“The problem was that it took away the local identity and sense of place, since the images were mostly European or American,” he says.“It’s covering up,” Derksen says.

Covid-19's Toll on Prison Labor Doesn't Just Hurt Inmates

Covid-19's Toll on Prison Labor Doesn't Just Hurt Inmates

In at least 20 states, from Florida to Michigan to Texas to California, incarcerated workers are making hand sanitizer, face masks, and protective gowns at prison manufacturing facilities.Social distancing is hard in prison workplaces, and incarcerated people are unable to self-quarantine to avoid Covid-19 when they’re off the job.

The Office Is Playing Out on Slack—and That's Sad

The Office Is Playing Out on Slack—and That's Sad

Slack , the messaging platform now favored by actual offices around the world, launched almost exactly three months later, effectively rendering the kind of workplace humor The Office traded in—outbursts by coworkers, awkward silences, communal birthday cake—moot.

Fewer Wrecks, Grounded Planes, and More Car News This Week

Fewer Wrecks, Grounded Planes, and More Car News This Week

Oh, and Elon Musk went on a tear this week, calling shelter-in-place orders “facist” even as he celebrated Tesla’s strong first quarter.And this week in Tesla: The electric-car maker posts a surprising profit , Elon Musk agitates for an end to shelter-in-place orders (against public health officials’ recommendations), and then he maybe violates an SEC settlement ?

3 Things to Consider Before Signing Up for a Free Trial

3 Things to Consider Before Signing Up for a Free Trial

But ever since communities around the globe started sheltering in place as part of a widespread effort to curb the spread of Covid-19 , various apps have tweaked their subscriptions and blasted out marketing emails to offer potential customers free trials.

How Space Travel Tries to Kill You and Make You Ugly

How Space Travel Tries to Kill You and Make You Ugly

How Bad Is Bad. The expected radiation exposure for a Mars excursion for an astronaut—a federal worker—far exceeds the levels permitted for terrestrial workplace activities by the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Thanks to Sheltering in Place, Animal Shelters Are Empty

Thanks to Sheltering in Place, Animal Shelters Are Empty

The reason why is no mystery: As people are practicing social distancing to curb the spread of Covid-19 , many have come to the conclusion that now is the perfect time to bring a pet into their homes.

How to Make a CDC-Approved Cloth Face Mask

How to Make a CDC-Approved Cloth Face Mask

As we reported April 3 , the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends all citizens voluntarily wear a cloth face mask for essential trips out of the house to the grocery store, doctor, or other public places where the 6-foot social distancing rules may be difficult to maintain.

How to Care for Your Car While Sheltering in Place

How to Care for Your Car While Sheltering in Place

If you're parking a car for more than a month, and you don't want to worry about running it once a week, you can use a battery tender to trickle-charge it.

The Last of Us Part II Is Being Delayed Indefinitely

The Last of Us Part II Is Being Delayed Indefinitely

But, while some game companies are moving forward with major releases in spite of hurdles presented by the coronavirus, The Last of Us Part II's cancellation stands out because of its subject matter, since it takes place in a brutal postapocalypse ravaged by a pandemic.

Trials of Plasma From Recovered Covid-19 Patients Have Begun

Trials of Plasma From Recovered Covid-19 Patients Have Begun

Part of what the FDA approved was expanded access, so that places with a lot of blood donors could collect that plasma and send it to hospitals around the country—perhaps hundreds—where doctors want to use it on people who are just starting to decline from Covid-19, but before they need a ventilator.

We Can't Tackle Climate Change Without You

We Can't Tackle Climate Change Without You

I had been invited to lead a conversation with a handful of artists about the climate crisis and their place in it.Something remarkable has happened to the climate conversation in the past two years.We Climate People are used to being a small group.

A Twitch Streamer Is Exposing Coronavirus Scams Live

A Twitch Streamer Is Exposing Coronavirus Scams Live

Earlier this week, live on Twitch, the streamer Kitboga attempted to place a wholesale order for an essential oil that, according to the woman on the phone with him, cured Covid-19.

Covid-19 Poses a Heightened Threat in Jails and Prisons

Covid-19 Poses a Heightened Threat in Jails and Prisons

Due to extra security measures put in place during the global outbreak of Covid-19, she will have to wait a further 14 days before she can travel from prison to a post-correctional treatment facility, just in case she has been exposed to coronavirus while incarcerated.

You Can See the Coronavirus From Space

You Can See the Coronavirus From Space

Since January, the Colorado-based space technology company Maxar has been taking low Earth orbit satellite photographs of Covid-19 hotspots in places like China, Italy, and America.

Plant Shutdowns, Vital Truckers, and More Car News This Week

Plant Shutdowns, Vital Truckers, and More Car News This Week

Covid-19 is bad news for the automotive industry, and even worse news for the electric vehicle proponents .The Navy will deploy two hospital ships to help with the coronavirus response, but a surgeon who served on one of them doesn’t think it’s a great place to treat infectious disease patients.

What's a ‘Shelter in Place’ Order, and Who’s Affected?

What's a ‘Shelter in Place’ Order, and Who’s Affected?

Blaine County residents are ordered to stay home “unless they need to perform essential activities or go to work to provide essential business and government services.” The county says that individuals may go to grocery stores and gas stations, pick up food to go from restaurants, and recreate outside so long as they follow social distancing.

Hotspot Watch 18 March 2020

Hotspot Watch 18 March 2020

The New Zealand Drought Index (NZDI) shows that severe meteorological drought currently encompasses most of Northland, Auckland, northern Waikato, western Bay of Plenty, East Cape, and small portions of interior Manawatu-Whanganui, with meteorological drought in place from Bay of Plenty through the Central Plateau (see NZDI map).

Despite Coronavirus, Washington Isn't Worried About Its Primary

Despite Coronavirus, Washington Isn't Worried About Its Primary

An election plus a budding epidemic could be an equation for disaster: thousands of people crowded together in polling places, waiting in lines, touching the same door handles and voting machines—or, fearing the prospect of germs, bailing on the whole thing, driving down turnout.

Final Fantasy VII Remake Overwhelms With Spectacle

Final Fantasy VII Remake Overwhelms With Spectacle

This feels like Final Fantasy VII filtered, not just through modern sensibilities, but through the modern aesthetics of Final Fantasy itself, a game series that relied upon a sense of contemporary slickness to build a new identity for itself as its place in the vanguard of Japanese role-playing games fell away in the past two console generations.

The US Has a ‘Plan’ to Fight Coronavirus: You

The US Has a ‘Plan’ to Fight Coronavirus: You

For now, advice from public health officials at places like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still focuses on personal measures—the things you can do, yourself, to try to avoid getting infected.

Scientists to check out ash on New Zealand glaciers

Scientists to check out ash on New Zealand glaciers

Journalists are invited to attend a media conference in Queenstown on Friday, March 6, starting at 10.15am at which scientists from NIWA and Victoria University of Wellington will outline the initial findings of the annual end-of-summer snowline survey taking place on March 5.

A Safety Board Faults Tesla and Regulators in a Fatal 2018 Crash

A Safety Board Faults Tesla and Regulators in a Fatal 2018 Crash

The NTSB also asked the NHTSA to work with industry to create performance standards for driver assistance features, which critics say can lure humans into a sense of complacency even though they’re not intended to take over the driving task.

The Arctic Is Getting Greener. That's Bad News for All of Us

The Arctic Is Getting Greener. That's Bad News for All of Us

Lightning—a phenomenon more suited to places like Florida—is now striking within 100 miles of the North Pole .All the while, researchers are racing to quantify how the plant species of the Arctic are coping with a much, much warmer world.

Wikipedia Is the Last Best Place on the Internet

Wikipedia Is the Last Best Place on the Internet

One challenge in seeing Wikipedia clearly is that the favored point of comparison for the site is still, in 2020, Encyclopedia Britannica.If you encountered the words Encyclopedia Britannica recently, they were likely in a discussion about Wikipedia.

Christina Koch and Jessica Weir: The Stellar Women of the ISS

Christina Koch and Jessica Weir: The Stellar Women of the ISS

Photograph: NASAThis accidental artistic photo shows two astronauts: Weir is working on battery replacement, and Koch, who took the photo, is captured in the shiny reflection on Weir’s visor.

How a Space Engineer Made Her Own Rotary Cell Phone

How a Space Engineer Made Her Own Rotary Cell Phone

Haupt, who works as an astronomy instrumentation engineer at Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York, detailed how she took the rotary mechanism from an old Trimline telephone, paired it with a microcontroller and an Adafruit Fona 3G cell transceiver, put it all into a 3D-printed casing, and built something that could replace her daily flip phone.

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