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Making Oceans Drinkable

Glass of Water

Earth is 70% water, but only a tiny portion—0.007%—is available to drink.

“As potable water sources dwindle, global population increases every year. One potential solution to quenching the planet’s thirst is through desalinization—the process of removing salt from seawater. While tantalizing, this approach has always been too expensive and energy intensive for large-scale feasibility.”



“Now, researchers from Northeastern have made a discovery that could change that, making desalinization easier, faster and cheaper than ever before. In a paper published Thursday in Science, the group describes how carbon nanotubes of a certain size act as the perfect filter for salt—the smallest and most abundant water contaminant.”

Quote of the Day

Devolution

“A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.”

William James

Movie Review | Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider

Pros: My expectations for this movie were not very high; think Michael Bay/J. J. Abrams emphasis on action sequences with little-to-no character development thus making for a visceral, yet shallow cinematic experience. The experience that I did end up with, however, couldn't have been further from what I just described.

The Tomb Raider reboot is well-acted, its storyline progresses clearly, and its outcome satisfies; this is a Tomb Raider that delivers.

Cons: Although a good story with a few moving scenes—in particular, the heart-felt dynamic between Lara and her father throughout the course of the film—the action and thrills seemed too short-lived.

Overall Impression:

4/5

Removing File Extensions Using htaccess

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In order to remove a file extension from the URI; say, if you wanted to change the address from

            
https://www.example.com/index.html
            
          

to the more compact

            
https://www.example.com/index
            
          

the most common way to do this—assuming that you're on an Apache server—would be to include a file named .htaccess in the site's root directory, and to include the following lines of code:

            
RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME}\ -f
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ $1 [NC,L]
            
          

The following tutorial goes in-depth about the meaning behind the code above:

Microsoft Buys GitHub

Microsoft GitHub

Yesterday, Microsoft announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire GitHub, the leading web-based hosting service for open-source software. There are a number of reasons for such a move by the tech giant.

“The pending acquisition arrives at a time of explosive growth for the cloud industry. Cloud services will account for a staggering $186 billion this year—up more than 21 percent from last year—according to estimates by Gartner, an IT research firm. The industry is expected to continue to grow, crossing the $300 billion mark by 2021. GitHub, analysts say, could help Microsoft seize on that growth by drawing new developers to its cloud platform, Azure. The deal could give Microsoft a more prominent role within the ecosystem of independent cloud developers, who build software that runs on cloud platforms like Azure and Amazon.com’s AWS, said Kirk Materne, an analyst at research firm Evercore ISI, in an investors’ note. That ecosystem has been dominated by Amazon, he said.”

The announcement has since been met with backlash from many developers citing uneasiness over Microsoft's handling of past acquisitions.

“The fear is that Microsoft is hostile to open source and will do something to GitHub (though exactly what isn't clear) to undermine the open-source projects that depend on it. Comments here at Ars, as well as on Slashdot, Reddit and Hacker News, suggest not any specific concerns but a widespread lack of trust, at least among certain developers, of Microsoft's behavior, motives, and future plans for the service.”