Commissioners agreed with Energy Transfer's argument that they could consider a permit application only for the pump site. Commissioners said the state would not impose conditions beyond those required by the federal government, which has jurisdiction on the pipeline. … [Read more...] about North Dakota regulators approve Dakota Access Pipeline expansion despite pushback
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Mark Hanson, director of a project that is building 8,000 residences in eastern Sacramento County, said allowing a utility to build a massive solar program would be more efficient than putting a panel on every home. His project, Cordova Hills, is planning a 100-acre solar farm onsite but also would like to tap into Sacramento utility's program as a fallback, he said. … [Read more...] about California’s solar mandate may not require one on every roof
Using the Quest makes the first-generation Rift seem like a prototype, like when you go to a museum and see an early PC prototype and it’s like six computer chips duct-taped to a piece of wood. For those unfamiliar, this is how the Rift’s setup process works: You need the headset itself and the external sensors all hooked up to a PC powerful enough to run the VR software. Altogether, a PC and the headset together will cost you north of a thousand dollars. You also need 36 square feet of floor space to move around in. After clearing out the floor space, setting up the tangled nest of cables, and calibrating the sensors (which need the user’s height, so God help you if you were planning to take turns with someone of a different stature), you’re read to play a slate of VR games or “experiences” that I’d describe as … fine. … [Read more...] about The Oculus Quest Is the Nintendo Switch of VR
It’s difficult to game out exactly what this will lead to in the future but it gives Apple a lot of potential avenues. It makes it even harder for developers to abandon Apple’s storefront. Maybe Apple starts charging developers for the ability to use its sign-in services, or maybe the company does an about face and decides it will start collecting more types of user data for monetization. Apple isn’t in dire straits financially, so these are all far-fetched ideas, but at the same time, altruism is not Apple’s primary guiding principle. The company scaling up another large platform that it demands developers proliferate and which it could easily leverage later on should be eyed with some skepticism. … [Read more...] about Is Apple’s New Privacy Feature Anti-Competitive, Hyper-Competitive, or Somehow Both?
Speechwriters Dan Schwerin and Megan Rooney realized that they were going to have to produce a concession speech. Rooney had drafted one and stuck it in a drawer. As the evening wore on, they started working on it. By the time the results were certain, Clinton and her advisers felt that it was too late to make a speech; she wanted to consider carefully what she had to say, and went back and forth with her team about the stance to take toward Trump. When Schwerin and Rooney came to her suite at the Peninsula Hotel the next morning to go over the draft, Clinton was sitting in her bathrobe at the table. She had slept only briefly, but she was clear: She wanted to take a slightly more aggressive approach, focusing on the protection of democratic norms, and she wanted to emphasize the message to young girls, the passage that would become the heart of her speech. As the pair of writers left her room and walked down the hall, Rooney turned to Schwerin and said, “That’s a … [Read more...] about Inside Hillary Clinton’s Surreal Post-Election Life