Henri Bergius

Daily Linklog. Technology, Space, History, Adventure.

If you want to see the future of New York, Tokyo, or Mumbai, look no further than West Antarctica, where a warmer sea is turning ice into water that may be headed to your doorstep. The bottom of the world has drawn increased scrutiny from scientists over the last few years, as West Antarctic ice loss in some places shows signs of becoming " unstoppable."
Eric Roston / Bloomberg.com
The company's scientists think its new AI-based factotum will be the biggest thing since search. Welcome to The Transition. It is the day after Google's big hardware event in San Francisco, when the company formally unveiled a new phone (a jab to the iPhone) and a voice-activated speaker (a gut punch to Amazon's Echo).
This AMA is meant to be supplemental to my IAC talk: spacex.com/mars
Elon Musk / reddit
A large part of the internet became inaccessible today after a botnet made up of IP cameras and digital video recorders was used to DoS a major DNS provider. This highlighted a bunch of things including how maybe having all your DNS handled by a single provider is not the best of plans, but in the long run there's no real amount of diversification that can fix this - malicious actors have control of a sufficiently large number of hosts that they could easily take out multiple providers simultaneously.
Matthew Garrett / Dreamwidth
global DNS ddos is the grownup version of a snow day. ☃️
Fully-autonomous Teslas are getting closer to reality. Yesterday, the electric carmaker announced that all new vehicles will come with extra hardware to support "full self-driving capabilities,"...
James Vincent / The Verge
A quick scan of online message boards will tell you that worldwide awareness of African history - aside from ancient Egypt - is seriously limited, to say the least. But this knowledge gap is a fairly new phenomenon. The Pharaohs of ancient Egypt actively exchanged goods and ideas with the southern kings of Kush, who were " proud of their black faces."
For the first time in more than 80 years, the Maud is floating above the sea surface. The sturdy oak ship, made to withstand Arctic winters stuck in pack ice, was originally built for the Norwegian polar explorer Roald Amundsen, the first human to arrive at the South Pole.
Megan Gannon / Scientific American
I like to say that I write about media generally and journalism specifically because the industry is a canary in the coal mine when it comes to the impact of the Internet: text shifted from newsprint to the web seamlessly, completely upending the industry's business model along the way.
In the Autumn of 1983, Steven K. Roberts pedaled off on a recumbent bicycle and pioneered a new revolution in the way people worked.