Residents in Sydney are urged to be on high alert as a sweltering 43C is forecast in areas where out of control bushfires are already bearing down on homes. Firefighters had another tough day on Saturday battling blazes including the massive Gospers Mountain mega fire near Sydney's northwestern outskirts, which has merged with neighbouring fires. Conditions eased on Sunday, allowing firefighters a chance to do critical back-burning ahead of Tuesday, when the mercury is tipped to soar into the 40s in parts of the state. NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons told Seven News on Sunday: 'We've got much more benign conditions, particularly a dominant easterly influence which will stretch pretty much right across most of our fire grounds. Residents in areas of Sydney were bushfires are already burning are urged to prepare ahead of Tuesday's forecast, which could reach 42C in some parts. Pictured: Beachgoers at Milk Beach on Saturday 'Which means … [Read more...] about Prepare for hell: Sydneysiders are told to be on high alert amid 43C heatwave in areas where out of control bushfires are already bearing down on homes
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1. BeautyDyson Airwrap (£400) Instead of relying on heat, this innovative device employs the Coanda jet-flow effect (which helps keep planes airborne) to wrap and style hair. It requires relearning how to coax your locks, but you can say goodbye to heat damage and singed foreheads. 2. SmartspeakerSonos One, Hay edition (£229) The first of Sonos’s popular multiroom speakers to come loaded with Amazon’s voice assistant, Alexa. “The best all-round music-focused smart speaker available in the UK,” says the Guardian. This limited-edition version comes in five colours selected by Danish furniture designer Hay. 3. e-bikeVanMoof Electrified X2 (£2,398) The latest models from the Dutch e-bike maker have a range of over 90 miles, travel at 25km/h and feature an array of anti-theft devices. 4. FitnessTangram Smart Rope (£80) No ordinary analogue skipping rope, this tracks your fitness data as you jump. Its 23 LED lights display your workout stats … [Read more...] about The 20 best gadgets of 2018
Technologists have introduced a novel system they hope can help tackle illegal fishing. It meshes satellite and other data to monitor the activities of vessels, automatically triggering alarms when suspicious activity is observed.The project is a joint venture between the Pew Charitable Trusts and the UK Satellite Applications Catapult.It is thought as many as one in five fish are landed outside of national or international regulations. The value of this trade could exceed more than $20bn (£13bn; 17bn euros) a year, according to some estimates.Much of this theft is perpetrated by industrial-scale pirate operations that think the vast expanse of the oceans can hide their behaviour. The new system, known as Project Eyes on the Seas, will be operated initially from a "watchroom" at the Catapult's Harwell, Oxfordshire, HQ.The smart monitoring system does not merely track vessels at sea; it analyses their movements. And by looking at additional inputs like sea conditions and probable … [Read more...] about Satellite watchroom targets illegal fishing
The 2019 incarnation of theguardian.com began life around six years ago, starting out as an m-dot and gradually scaling up both its breakpoints and page views until it rendered the entire site. At the time of writing, it has gone from 0 to 62,783 lines of Sass. That Sass generates tens of thousands of rules that are intended to describe a maintainable set of responses to business and design problems. Individually, they represent half a decade’s considered decisions made by skilful and dedicated engineers. In sum, though, they present a precarious, teetering, maintenance nightmare. In what way? For one, it is significantly easier to add new CSS than to edit or delete it. Secondly, it has become unclear how you should approach making edits. Some of our selectors are utilities that describe presentation (e.g. .hide-on-mobile) and others describe features (e.g. .facia-card). When a new feature is introduced that derives its visual style from an existing feature, there are multiple … [Read more...] about Revisiting the rendering tier
Many countries are in the throes of a debate about the amount of surveillance a government should be allowed to carry out on its own people. But in other countries, where there are few, if any, checks on the state's powers, a potential dictatorship of data is already on the horizon. The grey, drab former headquarters of the Stasi - East Germany's Security Service - is famous for its miles of paper files. Those files recorded the detailed information kept on the citizens of the former Communist state, drawn from a wealth of human informers and bugging devices. Parts of the former office complex are now a museum open to the public, but in one corridor normally closed to the public there is a jumble of dated-looking equipment - a primitive computer looking more like a spin-dryer for clothes and old magnetic discs the size of a football, which held a fraction of what you can now fit on a USB stick. This is all that remains of the Stasi's dreams of what computers could do for them. "I think … [Read more...] about Will Big Data lead to Big Brother?