Should city governments play a bigger role in getting faster internet for their citizens? The FCC’s Chair shared some thoughts at a time when the city of Palo Alto and others are doing the same in a public proceeding.
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One of the most common subjects in the history of American photography is the West. It’s a landscape fraught with potential cliche, but Lucas Foglia’s project Frontcountry cuts through popular conceptions and shows the reality of a rapidly transforming area of our country.
There are many familiar tropes at play in Frontcountry; from sweeping landscape views to lone cowboys. Each photo, however, portrays these subjects beyond their traditional pretenses. The day-to-day lives of individuals living in these remote areas may seem foreign to city dwellers, yet are shown in a strikingly unromantic light.
Foglia visited the Western states over seven years, and being from Long Island, approached the region very much as an outsider. You can see this distance in the photographs where people are shot from afar, almost turning them into part of the landscape themselves. When Foglia does move in to capture a portrait close up, you can almost see his subjects thinking "who are you and what are you doing here." Some might prefer a more entrenched approach to documentary photography, but the wide scope and quietness of Frontcountry compliment his subject-matter well.
A key aspect of Foglia’s interest in the West was in the transforming nature of the region due to various uses of the land. In Nevada, you have a gold mining boom going on, and in Wyoming, natural gas is a hot commodity. The industrial takeover of the landscape is evident as a constant presence in people’s lives. It’s an often grim reminder of the West’s fading history as untamed wilderness.
colinneagle (2544914) writes The real question on my mind is whether Windows 10 will finally address a problem that has plagued pretty much every Windows OS since at least 95: the decay of the system over time. As you add and remove apps, as Windows writes more and more temporary and junk files, over time, a system just slows down. I’m sure many of you have had the experience of taking a five-year-old PC, wiping it clean, putting the exact same OS on as it had before, and the PC is reborn, running several times faster than it did before the wipe. It’s the same hardware, same OS, but yet it’s so fast. This slow degeneration is caused by daily use, apps, device drive congestion (one of the tell-tale signs of a device driver problem is a PC that takes forever to shut down) and also hardware failure. If a disk develops bad sectors, it has to work around them. Even if you try aggressively to maintain your system, eventually it will slow, and very few people aggressively maintain their system. So I wonder if Microsoft has found a solution to this. Windows 8 was supposed to have some good features for maintaining the OS and preventing slowdown. I wouldn’t know; like most people, I avoided Windows 8 like the plague. It would be the most welcomed feature of Windows 10 if I never had to do another backup, disk wipe, and reinstall."
After watching its competitors loosen up their data rates, Verizon has decided to get in on the action. Starting tomorrow the carrier will begin offering increased data allowances to customers committed to its More Everything service plans at no additional cost. Subscribers signed up for Big Red’s $110 12GB data plan will be bumped up to 15GB, while the carrier’s […] http://ift.tt/eA8V8J
WIRED is going back to school, and you can come with us. At the first-ever WIRED By Design conference on Wednesday, our editor-in-chief Scott Dadich revealed that WIRED would be realizing a longtime dream to launch a real-world degree program focused on the people and ideas at the center of our universe.
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What we know for sure about the confirmed case of Ebola in Dallas, Texas is that it occurred in a man who travelled here from Liberia to visit his family. And that is about it. We need to know a lot more. Privacy is a crucial value in medicine, but in times of potential panic […]