There’s a lot more methane in LA’s atmosphere than we thought

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Megacities observing system for Los Angeles In-situ sensors located around the LA basin provide continuous, high accuracy measurements of greenhouse gas (GHG) mixing ratios of CO2, CH4, and CO. A remote-sensing instrument on Mt. Wilson provides multiple scans per day of the basin to measure slant-column mixing ratios. Another remote-sensing instrument at Caltech provides continuous daytime measurements of column mixing ratios. Aircraft and mobile laboratories provide infrequent but intensive measurements of mixing ratios. Satellites are beginning to provide remote-sensing measurements of LA. Other instruments (not shown) measure winds and boundary layer height.

Megacities observing system for Los Angeles. In-situ sensors located around the LA basin provide continuous, high accuracy measurements of greenhouse gas (GHG) mixing ratios of CO2, CH4, and CO. A remote-sensing instrument on Mt. Wilson provides multiple scans per day of the basin to measure slant-column mixing ratios. Another remote-sensing instrument at Caltech provides continuous daytime measurements of column mixing ratios. Aircraft and mobile laboratories provide infrequent but intensive measurements of mixing ratios. Satellites are beginning to provide remote-sensing measurements of LA. Other instruments (not shown) measure winds and boundary layer height.

Los Angeles’ annual emissions of methane, a greenhouse gas, are 18 to 61 percent higher than common estimates. Read the rest

Comcast kept a list of public officials around Washington

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Even though Comcast denied giving special customer service to lawmakers and other Washington elites last month, it appears that Comcast did at least keep track of its elite customers in the past. According to Washingtonian, Comcast previously kept a “VIP” list of customers in Montgomery County, Maryland, which borders DC. The list, made as late as 2005, reportedly included local government officials, business leaders, and a congressional field office — though no actual members of Congress. A separate list was made of the area’s top-paying customers. Both lists were maintained by Comcast’s Potomac office. It’s unclear if the practice extended to other offices or continues today.

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Can You Tell If These 10 Ridiculous App Ideas Are Real Or Fake?

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iNAp An app that measures your sexual performance? An anti-drunk dialer? A set of Rorschach tests that tell you how stoned you are? Watch the video above to see if you can tell which of these absurd startups are fake and which are real…signs the tech industry has lost its mind. I played this “App Or Crap” game on stage in front of a live audience as a guest on The Kinda Late… Read More

A Tarnished Uber Tries To Woo The Press

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uber-smile1 Tonight we might get a glimpse of the kinder, gentler Uber, but we won’t be able to talk about it. The startup has endured months of disastrous press coverage, including Uber exec Emil Michael saying the company should smear journalists that criticize it.
Now the company has emailed reporters saying “The Uber Communications Team invites you to join us for drinks” at a San… Read More

80% Of All Online Adults Now Own A Smartphone, Less Than 10% Use Wearables

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Screen Shot 2015-01-12 at 15.18.19 If people are looking to Apple and its new smartwatch to kickstart wider consumer interest in wearable computing gadgets, the maker of the iPhone will have a lot of work ahead of it. New research out from the GlobalWebIndex indicates that in a survey of 170,000 adult internet users across 32 markets, only 9% report having a smartwatch, and 7% said they owned smart wristbands. In… Read More

AWS Launches New C4 Instances For Compute-Intensive Applications On EC2

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dsc06143 Late last year, at its re:Invent developer conference, Amazon announced that it would soon launch its fastest EC2 instances yet. Starting today, developers on AWS can spin up these new C4 instances to power their highly compute-intensive applications in Amazon’s cloud.

As Amazon notes, these new instances are designed for applications where CPU performance is critical. These include… Read More

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