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Senate vote puts Green New Deal resolution to bed

Ars - 2 hours 5 min ago

Enlarge / Activists outside the Congress demanding a vote to pass the Green New Deal. (credit: Aurora Samperio/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

On Tuesday afternoon, US Senators voted 0-57 on whether to take a vote on the Green New Deal, according to The Hill. Fifty-three Republicans, three Democrats, and an Independent from Maine voted not to advance the resolution, and 43 Democrats voted "present," essentially taking no official side in the vote.

The Green New Deal is a sweeping but non-binding resolution, unofficially committing the United States to radically update its energy grid with renewable energy in a span of 10 years. The plan would be accomplished through major infrastructure projects akin to those seen during the New Deal of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's time.

The plan, sponsored by Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) in the Senate and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) in the House, has been extraordinarily controversial. It's been panned as "socialism" on the right and tacitly disavowed by more moderate Democrats in Republican-leaning states.

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Lion Air 737 MAX crew had seconds to react, Boeing simulation finds

Ars - 2 hours 14 min ago

Enlarge / A Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashed in October 2018 because of problems with a sensor and a failure of flight control software. The crew had little time to react, data shows. (credit: PK-REN, Jakarta, Indonesia )

In testing performed in a simulator, Boeing test pilots recreated the conditions aboard Lion Air Flight 610 when it went down in the Java Sea in October, killing 189 people. The tests showed that the crew of the 737 MAX 8 would have only had 40 seconds to respond to the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System’s (MCAS’s) attempts to correct a stall that wasn’t happening before the aircraft went into an unrecoverable dive, according to a report by The New York Times. by

While the test pilots were able to correct the issue with the flip of three switches, their training on the systems far exceeded that of the Lion Air crew—and that of the similarly doomed Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, which crashed earlier this month. The Lion Air crew was heard on cockpit voice recorders checking flight manuals in an attempt to diagnose what was going on moments before they died.

One of the controls—the electric stabilizer trim thumbswitch on the pilot’s control yoke—could temporarily reset MCAS’s control over stabilizers. The Lion Air pilots hit this switch over 24 times, buying them some time—but MCAS’ stall prevention software kicked in afterwards each time because of faulty data coming from the aircraft’s primary angle of attack sensor.

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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ With No Gay Scenes? Censored Film Angers Chinese Viewers

NY Times - 2 hours 22 min ago
An altered version of the film, released in China last weekend, is only around three minutes shorter than the original. But it omits crucial scenes.

Trump surprises Republicans — and pleases Democrats — with push to revive health-care battle

Washington Post - 2 hours 22 min ago
In the wake of the Trump administration’s move to strike down Obamacare, neither the White House nor Republicans in Congress have offered new replacement plans.

Emergency declared in NY over measles, unvaccinated barred from public spaces

Ars - 2 hours 26 min ago

Enlarge / HOPKINS, Minn. - APRIL, 27: Abdullahi Mohamud, 5, awaits returning to school after two of his siblings contracted the measles during an current outbreak. (credit: Getty | Courtney Perry)

Plagued by a tenacious outbreak of measles that began last October, New York's Rockland County declared a state of emergency Tuesday and issued a directive barring unvaccinated children from all public spaces.

Effective at midnight Wednesday, March 27, anyone aged 18 or younger who has not been vaccinated against the measles is prohibited from public spaces in Rockland for 30 days or until they get vaccinated. Public spaces are defined broadly in the directive as any places:

[W]here more than 10 persons are intended to congregate for purposes such as civic, governmental, social, or religious functions, or for recreation or shopping, or for food or drink consumption, or awaiting transportation, or for daycare or educational purposes, or for medical treatment. A place of public assembly shall also include public transportation vehicles, including but not limited to, publicly or privately owned buses or trains...

The directive follows an order from the county last December that barred unvaccinated children from schools that did not reach a minimum of 95 percent vaccination rate. That order—and the directive issued today—are intended to thwart the long-standing outbreak, which has sickened 153 people, mostly children.

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Changes coming at FAA after crashes, watchdog says

CNN - 2 hours 31 min ago
The Federal Aviation Administration and an inspector general will signal changes to aviation safety oversight in the wake of two fatal Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashes, according to prepared testimony obtained by CNN for a highly anticipated congressional hearing.

Hands-On With Apple's New Second-Generation AirPods

MacRumors - 2 hours 31 min ago
Apple's second-generation AirPods, announced last week, started showing up on people's doorsteps this morning and also became available for purchase in Apple retail stores. We picked up a set of AirPods 2 to see how they compare to the original AirPods.


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Second-generation AirPods actually come in two configurations: with a new Wireless Charging Case and with a Lightning-only charging case, with the former priced at $199 and the latter priced at $159. We purchased the version with the Wireless Charging Case, as the new case is one of the major changes.

Design wise, you're not going to be able to tell the new AirPods from the original AirPods. They're still only available in white and they continue to feature the exact same design - white plastic buds with a stem at the bottom.

All of the changes to the AirPods are actually internal. There's a new H1 chip that replaces the W1 chip and brings quite a few improvements. In our experience, AirPods 2 connect to your devices much more quickly than the original AirPods, and swapping between devices is faster.

Latency has been cut down, and because the AirPods 2 support Bluetooth 5.0, you may see some range and quality improvements. We think the AirPods 2 seem to sound a bit better, especially at higher volumes.

There's a new "Hey Siri" feature that lets you activate Siri hands-free without the need to tap on the AirPods, and when talking on the phone, battery life is now three hours instead of two.

A major difference between AirPods 1 and AirPods 2 is the aforementioned Wireless Charging Case, which comes with AirPods 2 and can be purchased on a standalone basis for AirPods 1 for $79. The Wireless Charging Case lets you use any Qi-based wireless charger to charge up your AirPods, and it will let the AirPods work with the AirPower if Apple ever releases it.

AirPods 1 and AirPods 2 are not interchangeable -- if you try to use an original AirPod with a second-generation AirPod in the AirPods Charging Case, it will flash red to let you know about the incompatibility.

There's no real way to visually tell the two versions apart, but if you connect them to your iPhone, you can see which version you have by opening up the Settings app, choosing General, and scrolling down to the AirPods section. You can tell the Charging Case from the standard case because the LED light that indicates charging is on the outside of the case rather on the inside.

The second-generation AirPods shipped without features many were hoping for such as a new color and health tracking capabilities, but still mark a solid upgrade over the original version. What do you think of Apple's new AirPods? Let us know in the comments.

Related Roundup: AirPods 2Buyer's Guide: AirPods (Buy Now)
This article, "Hands-On With Apple's New Second-Generation AirPods" first appeared on MacRumors.com

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Judge recommends blocking some iPhones from entering the United States

CNN - 2 hours 46 min ago
Apple and Qualcomm are slugging it out over patents around the world. Tuesday brought two more decisions.

Here's what happens if the courts kill Obamacare

CNN - 2 hours 46 min ago
• Analysis: Trump might have just handed Democrats a 2020 gift with health care fight • Opinion: Trump wants to erase Obama by breaking the ACA

Robert Kraft Waives Arraignment and Requests Jury Trial

NY Times - 2 hours 47 min ago
The New England Patriots owner continues his adversarial stance in the face of charges of soliciting prostitution.

Opinion: What Bieber doesn't have to explain

CNN - 2 hours 47 min ago
On Monday, the 25-year-old pop star Justin Bieber — perhaps most famous for the song "Sorry" — announced he would be taking some time away from music to focus on his mental health. In a lengthy Instagram post, Bieber told his fans, "I am now very focused on repairing some of the deep rooted issues that I have as most of us have, so that I don't fall apart, so that I can sustain my marriage and be the father I want to be. Music is very important to me but nothing comes before my family and my health."

Pence Pledges American Astronauts Will Return to Moon by 2024

NY Times - 2 hours 48 min ago
The vice president called for greater urgency at NASA, but how the Trump administration intends to accomplish an ambitious moon landing was not clear.

‘I, Too, Was a Survivor’: Senator McSally Ends Years of Silence

NY Times - 2 hours 51 min ago
Martha McSally became the first American woman to fly in combat. But years before, she had been attacked by one of her own.

Interior Nominee Intervened to Block Report on Endangered Species

NY Times - 2 hours 52 min ago
While serving as deputy secretary, David Bernhardt, President Trump’s choice to lead the Interior Department, adopted a regulatory approach favored by the pesticide industry.

Republicans Really Hate Healthcare

NY Times - 2 hours 52 min ago
They’ve gone beyond cynicism to pathology.

House Fails to Override Trump’s Veto, Preserving National Emergency Order

NY Times - 2 hours 57 min ago
The 248-to-181 vote fell short of the two-thirds majority needed, shifting the fight over the president’s emergency declaration to the courts.

Trump seems to inflate the price tag for Puerto Rico’s recovery to deny funding Puerto Rico’s recovery

Washington Post - 2 hours 58 min ago
It's not the only Puerto-Rico-related figure that the president tries to massage.
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