It’s not just the powerful | The Economist

The misogynist banter that facilitates so much assault and harassment is unlikely to be swept away by formal measures. But what is acceptable in private conversations can be shifted, says Ms Cameron. The sort of racist remarks that would once have been commonplace have become much rarer, as fewer listeners let them go by unchallenged. Homophobic remarks also seem to be on their way out. For misogynist ones to follow, the many men who have publicly declared themselves disgusted by Mr Trump’s words need to start making that clear in private, too.

via It’s not just the powerful | The Economist

Two Words Would Make Our Cities More Livable: Pedestrians First | Co.Exist | ideas + impact

I am really tired of having to fight for my space on streets and sidewalks with cars and bicycles. The ideas expressed in here are a start.

!!!Pedestrians First!!!

via Two Words Would Make Our Cities More Livable: Pedestrians First | Co.Exist | ideas + impact

All UWA regions to remain in Second Life through mid-2017

an excellent collection of digital art scattered through these sims.

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

UWA: Winthrop Clocktower and the Reflection Pond, with the SLeducate area on the right, which you can read about hereUniversity of WA: Winthrop Clocktower and the Reflecting Pond

On September 13th, I relayed the news that the University of Western Australia would be scaling back its presence in Second Life to just one region; with three others being retired and the fourth to be transferred to the San Jose State University. Well, things have now changed for the better.

In a blog post issued on Monday, October 10th, the day after two of the regions had been scheduled to close, FreeWee Ling gave the news that all three originally slated to vanish from Second Life will now remain in place through until July 2017, while UWA Virtlantis has now changed hands as originally planned.

UWA campus UWA campus

This means that through until July 2017, the regions will comprise:

  • University of WA: the “main” region, this is home to the iconic Winthrop Hall clock tower, Sunken Gardens, and Somerville…

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Mercedes-Benz self-driving cars will be programmed to save the driver – Business Insider

I disagree than running down the child to guarantee the safety of the driver is the desired outcome. The issues with road safety simply are that pedestrians have nothing protecting them. If hit they are injured and potentially die. Cars have built in safety systems. If they crash into a tree the impact is moderated by these systems and the outcome in terms of injury and death is situational.

In effect from a road safety perspective this algorithm will preserve no pedestrian lives at all.

Shameful!

 

via Mercedes-Benz self-driving cars will be programmed to save the driver – Business Insider

Mont Saint Michel now gone from Second Life

Second Life grid constantly evolves… we need a museum of builds.

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Mont Saint Michel - now departed Second Life Mont Saint Michel – now departed Second Life

Several people have contacted me over the last couple of days concerning Mont Saint Michel, Second Life.

In September 2015, and following Ciaran Laval’s lead, I reported the region would apparently be closing at the start of October, the news of the closure having been given by Moeka Kohime via her Flickr stream.

It seemed the news was premature; come November 2015, Petr Hastings-Vanbeeck dropped me a line to say the region was still alive and kicking. It continued to be that way through early 2016 and on through the year.

However, at the start of September 2016, Tyche Sepherd listed the region as one of 55 removed from the grid at the end of August, 2016 – almost a year after notice was first posted of its departure from SL. It’s not clear why the region remained so long…

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