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TikTok halts talks on London HQ amid UK-China tensions | Technology | The Guardian

Video-sharing app suspends building plans, with British ban on Huawei 5G kit seen as factor


How ‘Sustainable’ Web Design Can Help Fight Climate Change | WIRED

So van Kooten decided to slim things down. He “refactored” his plug-in, making it more efficient, so now it sends 20 KB less data. Overall, the site would use a little less energy every day.Of course, 20 KB is a teensy reduction. But since 2 million websites use his plug-in, it adds up. By his crude estimate, trimming the code reduced the world’s monthly CO2 output by 59,000 kilograms, roughly the equivalent to flying from New York to Amsterdam and back 85 times.

Source: How ‘Sustainable’ Web Design Can Help Fight Climate Change | WIRED

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Quibi versus the world – The Verge

Whitman says Katzenberg told her that, up until launch, Quibi runs on “instinct, judgement, and experience about what we launch, how we launch it, how many shows we launch, [and] the publishing schedule.” Hollywood stuff. But then, Whitman’s world takes the spotlight. “On April 7th, the day after we launch, it’s all about the data.”“We’ve designed the production and creative enterprise to turn on a dime,” says Katzenberg. “Believe me, in 60 days, we will be able to turn our creative enterprise to what’s working.”

Source: Quibi versus the world – The Verge

If anything, this will make it work.


We’re going back to Vanilla!

And they didn’t lie. I could be cheeky and refer to the queue’s but that doesn’t matter so much if you’re in a Guild Chat on Teamspeak. Because we’re all there, waiting and bringing up memories of all those years.

First of all the ad is perfect. High production, captures the atmosphere perfectly and enough winks in it to get you to watch it frame by frame (There’s another GOT reference in there besides Hodor for instance). And the song is on repeat.

But the game… Classic pulls you back in time. No, I didn’t play Vanilla, but even starting just before Wrath, it had the same feeling as now. I didn’t know about addons so I had to look for everything myself. And there were a lot of other players helping each other out because they were all starting too. This is in sharp contrast with the main game where every move you do wrong comes with someone calling you a noob. In Classic, everyone starts from zero again and has to do everything on foot with just a couple of silver in their backpack.

So thanks, Blizzard, for taking the time and resources to rebuild this game from the ground up and putting it out there as an extra for subscribers. I hope the feeling lasts at least for some months.


Tesla could be the only automaker that doesn’t survive the Great Auto Disruption

But here’s the kicker: to Musk, that wouldn’t entirely matter. His overarching goal has always been to replace the fossil-fuel-powered car with an electric one. In that sense, Tesla has always been a means to an end, and ultimately, the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. Or the one.