Would Human Extinction Be Immoral?

first_img Recommended Michael EgnorSenior Fellow, Center for Natural & Artificial IntelligenceMichael R. Egnor, MD, is a Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics at State University of New York, Stony Brook, has served as the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery, and award-winning brain surgeon. He was named one of New York’s best doctors by the New York Magazine in 2005. He received his medical education at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed his residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital. His research on hydrocephalus has been published in journals including Journal of Neurosurgery, Pediatrics, and Cerebrospinal Fluid Research. He is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Hydrocephalus Association in the United States and has lectured extensively throughout the United States and Europe.Follow MichaelProfile Share Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Culture & Ethics Would Human Extinction Be Immoral?Michael EgnorDecember 19, 2018, 4:21 AM Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man TagsClemson Universityclimate changeDDTearthextinctionFührerGaiaglobal coolinghuman stockhumansjunk sciencemoralitynatureNew York TimesoceanSamuel SchefflerThe Population BombTodd May,Trending Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share As a barometer of the depravity of atheistic modernism and of the Gaia cult it has spawned, this New York Times essay by Clemson University philosophy professor Todd May is hard to beat. May asks the question: Given the hypothetical “increasing predations of climate change,” would human extinction be a tragedy?To get a bead on this question, let me distinguish it from a couple of other related questions. I’m not asking whether the experience of humans coming to an end would be a bad thing. (In these pages, Samuel Scheffler has given us an important reason to think that it would be.) I am also not asking whether human beings as a species deserve to die out. That is an important question, but would involve different considerations. Those questions, and others like them, need to be addressed if we are to come to a full moral assessment of the prospect of our demise. Yet what I am asking here is simply whether it would be a tragedy if the planet no longer contained human beings. And the answer I am going to give might seem puzzling at first. I want to suggest, at least tentatively, both that it would be a tragedy and that it might just be a good thing.How could human extinction be a “good thing”? May bemoans the suffering that man has inflicted on Gaia:Human beings are destroying large parts of the inhabitable earth and causing unimaginable suffering to many of the animals that inhabit it. This is happening through at least three means. First, human contribution to climate change is devastating ecosystems, as the recent article on Yellowstone Park in The Times exemplifies. Second, increasing human population is encroaching on ecosystems that would otherwise be intact. Third, factory farming fosters the creation of millions upon millions of animals for whom it offers nothing but suffering and misery before slaughtering them in often barbaric ways. There is no reason to think that those practices are going to diminish any time soon. Quite the opposite… Humanity, then, is the source of devastation of the lives of conscious animals on a scale that is difficult to comprehend.A Litany of Science Scares The reality and danger of global “climate change” and of overpopulation are matters of contention. It’s noteworthy that May links the two, given the horrendous record of overpopulation hysteria in the later 20th century. If indeed the “science” of climate change and overpopulation are linked, that discredits climate science. The Population Bomb was an architype of junk-science hysteria, and any historically informed consideration of the current “climate change” panic must note the parallels. Science apocalypticism hews to type, and after a few “The science is settled and the world is ending” scares, it doesn’t impress. For completeness, May should have included eugenic deterioration of human stock, DDT frenzy, and global cooling. Fraudulent junk science has given us a litany of science scares, and it doesn’t seem about to stop anytime soon. May does raise important questions about the way that human beings treat animals. There is, no doubt, much cruelty, but extermination of humanity as a solution to animal cruelty seems merely more of the same. We are after all, on some level, animals as well, and we should take with a grain of salt any philosopher who looks approvingly on human extermination as a remedy for animal extermination. Surely there are better ways to protect animals than the elimination of the only species that contemplates morality. May’s invocation of junk science and a final solution to the “problem” of humanity is unconvincing, albeit chilling. That such ideas are promulgated by anyone outside of a locked mental ward and given space in major media should give us pause. A Logical QuestionBut May is a philosopher, and his final solution for human folly raises a logical question as well. In what way would human extinction be moral or immoral? If humanity were wiped from the earth, either by our foolishness or by a Green Führer convinced by May’s diagnosis of the threat to Gaia, whence would come moral values of any kind? After all, if there were no men, who would judge moral outcomes? Surely not animals, who lack the capacity for abstraction inherent to moral reasoning, and surely not inanimate objects, which lack any sort of mental capacity. The oceans might be cleaner without man, but they would neither know nor care nor judge. It seems pointless to contemplate the morality of a world without moral actors. Of course, if God exists, He could judge the morality of the post-human world envisioned so fondly by Professor May. One suspects that while He would prefer that we treat nature as gift of great value entrusted to our stewardship, His judgment would not be sympathetic to a crank philosopher wistfully invoking a human holocaust. Photo credit: Mathew Waters via Unsplash. “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Our Debt to the Scientific Atheists Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to Alllast_img read more

Reddin Coaches from Muff fined £400 for being driven in dangerous state

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Reddin Coaches from Muff fined £400 for being driven in dangerous state Previous articleThree of the counties six civic amenitie sites to go out to contractNext articleCampaign for Medical Education and Research Centre at LGH intensifies News Highland A Donegal based bus company has been fined £400 for letting one of his vehicles to be driven in a dangerous state in County Derry.The 53-seater bus belonging to Reddin Coaches was stopped by police on the Limavady road on 26 February.When police examined the bus on February 26th, they found the windscreen was cracked, the indicator and the reverse lights were defective, and two back seats were secured with cables only.The officers also found that the bus did not have a first aid box.Defence solicitor Paddy McDermott told Derry Magistrates Court that 42 year old Don Patrick Reddin of Kilderry, Muff, County Donegal had been operating a school bus service in the north west for 20 years without any similar convictions.He said since this incident the defendant has introduced a daily safely check on all of his school buses. Google+ Google+ News Facebook Gardai investigate deaths of two horses on the N56 WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsAppcenter_img Pinterest Lárionad Acmhainní Nádúrtha CTR to take part in new research project By News Highland – September 15, 2011 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Pregnant women can receive Covid vaccine at LYIT’s vaccination centre Facebook Twitter LUH still not ready to restore IT systems last_img read more

Zuckerberg: ‘Muslims always welcome on Facebook’

first_imgMark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, said Muslim Facebook users are “always welcome” on the social network.“I want you to know that you are always welcome here and that we will fight to protect your rights and create a peaceful and safe environment for you,” Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post that was shared more than 118,00 times.On Monday, U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump stirred up controversy by saying Muslims should be banned from entering the U.S., following a shooting in San Bernardino, California, carried out by a young Muslim couple. Fourteen people died before the couple, who had no known links to radical Islamist groups, were killed in a shootout with police. “We need a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States while we figure out what the hell is going on. We are out of control,” Trump said.Zuckerberg said “he can only imagine the fear Muslims feel that they will be persecuted for the actions of others,” after the Paris attacks and the “week of fear” in the U.S..“As a Jew, my parents taught me that we must stand up against attacks on all communities. Even if an attack isn’t against you today, in time attacks on freedom for anyone will hurt everyone,” Zuckerberg wrote.The Facebook CEO joins politicians who have spoken out against Trump. U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron said his comments were “divisive, unhelpful and quite simply wrong.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement that he “rejects” Trump’s remarks about Muslims.last_img read more

Proposed wildlife rule changes include bear baiting and trapping policies

first_imgA public hearing seeking input on this year’s round of proposals from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will be held 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the Haywood Community College auditorium, with written comments accepted through Feb. 1. Proposed changes include:• Allowing bear baiting with unprocessed food — on private lands only — during the first half of bear season in the mountains and during the entire bear season in the coastal plains. Adopting the proposal would make permanent a temporary rule that was adopted last year. The goal is to increase bear harvest and to “reduce the inequity” between hunters who use dogs and hunters who don’t use dogs.• Allowing trappers to use unused tags purchased in one season during the following season. The rule change aims to reduce the regulatory burden on trappers.• Establishing the 1,925-acre William H. Silver Game Land in Haywood County as a six-day-per-week game land with an introductory either-sex deer season.• Creating a third archery season segment in the Western deer season for antlered bucks only, to open the Sunday immediately after the last day of gun season and closing Jan. 1. The measure was requested by local hunters and implementation will have negligible impacts on the deer population, according to the Wildlife Commission.• Allowing bank angling on Lake Calderwood in Graham County under a reciprocal agreement between North Carolina and Tennessee, which manage the state line lake jointly. The rule change, requested by Tennessee, would mean that anglers with North Carolina licenses could fish the Tennessee side of the lake and visa versa. The agreement is already in place for anglers fishing from a boat but not for anglers fishing from the shore.• Redefining “youth” as anyone under 18 years old and allowing youth to participate in youth either-sex deer hunts, Youth Deer Hunting Day, Spring Youth-only Wild Turkey Season, Youth-only Delayed Harvest Trout Water Season and any youth hunts on game lands.• Eliminating the use of paper big game harvest record sheets. Instead, hunters would report big game harvest by phone or online. Adoption of the proposal would complete the conversion from paper to electronic harvest data, a process that began with wild turkey harvest reporting in 2003.The full proposal is available at ncpaws.org/PAWS/WRC/PublicComments/PublicEntry/ProposedRegulations.aspx.Written comments can be submitted online at ncpaws.org/PAWS/WRC/PublicComments/ PublicEntry/ProposedRegulations.aspx, at the public hearing, through email to [email protected] or by mailing to Rules Coordinator, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, 1701 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699.The 19 wildlife commissioners will vote on the proposals at their Feb. 16 meeting. Approved proposals would take effect Aug. 1.last_img read more

5 Takeaways from Facebook Best Practices for Business

first_imgIf you missed yesterday’s Hootsuite Facebook Best Practices for Business webinar with Facebook marketing expert Mari Smith and Adam Reader, senior strategist from LIDA (M&C Saatchi Group), here’s five tips and best practices they shared. Facebook is no longer a social channel. Think of Facebook as an advertising platform; it requires a budget.We need to shift our mindset for Facebook, organic reach is less than 4%. Reach is the goal, with fewer, better posts. Facebook has the most targeted ads business can buy, and it costs money to use it. Mari Smith suggested businesses start out at $5/day; it costs about $1,500 (one-time cost) to experiment successfully.Give your content the best chance to be read. Post at the right time and make sure content fits your audience interests.Use the six STEPPS principles (Social currency, Triggers, Emotions, Public, Practical Value, and Stories) to make your content sharable. Americans spend more daily time on Facebook than any other social media channel. According to SproutSocial, Facebook users are online 40 minutes a day, compared to Tumblr users who are online 34 minutes daily, Instagram and Pinterest users at 21 minutes daily, and Twitter users at 17 minutes daily.The average Facebook user checks Facebook 14 times a day.Interesting stats on daily #SocialMedia usage from @MariSmith #HootEssentials pic.twitter.com/XF3eFybGBO— Digitally Squared (@Digi_Squared) February 24, 2016 Best time to post to Facebook? When people are on it! And that typically means outside of business hours. Sundays are the best day to post, followed by Saturday, evenings, and 9pm to 11pm (during the timezone of your fans). On mobile, Facebook is a visual language. It’s about photographs, videos, emoticons, and imagery to communicate what words would have conveyed in the past. Did you attend the webinar? Have any other tips to share? Post them in the comments.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…Related5 Takeaways from Attract and Retain Members with a Great Content StrategyHow can content strategy be used by associations to improve their success in attracting and retaining members? At last week’s RealMatch webinar for associations, Hilary Marsh shared her insights as she described what content strategy is, explained how it can solve problems for associations, and shared tips on how associations…In “User experience”4 Questions to Ask When Facebook Displays the Wrong Image for Your PostLast weekend, my friend Virginia shared her latest blog post on Facebook, about excellent Ada Lovelace Day posters for women in STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math). Go ahead, download them! She apologized for the image that displayed with the post: I can’t find the place to make Facebook stop inserting…In “Social media”6 Easy Ways to Repurpose Your Content [Infographic]We all know that one of the most time-consuming aspects of blogging is coming up with the idea for the post. The idea of a blank screen staring back at you is enough to turn off anyone who is creating content. But did you consider some of the best ideas…In “Writing”last_img read more

UX Win: Get Together Signup Form

first_imgImagine you’re signing up for a new online service and their signup form is asking for your username and password.Seems pretty straightforward, right? You enter your preferred username and use an online password generator to add your secure password with letters, numbers, and symbols. And select their Signup button.You wait a few seconds, only to receive a warning message that your password doesn’t fit their requirements. You can’t use the backslash or ampersand symbol in your password.What in the world? Couldn’t the signup form provided info about what was required? Before you entered your password?Argh! That sense of frustration and annoyance is something we often experience whenever we sign up for an online service.And we shouldn’t have to, if the designers kept the user in mind when they designed the signup form.Thankfully, that sense of frustration didn’t happen to me this week when I signed up for Get Together event management for local communities. Which is why I’m giving them a shoutout as my UX Win for this month. Get Together Event ManagementAs an open source alternative to Meetup.com, Get Together event manager offers event registration and promotion features for meetup groups looking for a cost-effective way to manage their events. I only discovered Get Together Event Management this week, when I was chatting on Twitter about my frustrations with Meetup.com for our local meetup event management. After chatting with Michael Hall, one of the Get Together developers, I learned their online event manager offers Markdown for team and event descriptions, which makes it easy to add headings and other formatting.Nice to have an option to format content for our events! It’s something I used all the time for the multiple meetup groups I help organize, before Meetup.com removed it two years ago with their redesign. I’ll be exploring Get Together in the future for our Refresh Detroit and West Metro Detroit WordPress groups. Don’t Make Users ThinkI think we can all agree nobody likes to fill out signup forms. They can be time-consuming and get in the way of what we want to do. What can designers do to create an easy-to-use signup form? Focus on the user. Create a form that is quick and easy for users to complete, without requiring users to waste time trying to figure out how the form works. First challenge: how can you design a form that encourages people to signup for your service, without overwhelming them by asking for too much information? Only ask for the information you need. With Get Together, they’ve accomplished that goal with a short signup form that only asks for the essential information:UsernamePasswordPassword confirmationI could argue that the password confirmation field isn’t needed. Rather, I would allow users to unmask the password field using a “Show password” option that could turn masking on or off as needed.Why hide the password someone is typing in for the first time? Let the user see it so they won’t forget what their password is.Second challenge: what can designers do to provide username and password requirements?Provide the information to users upfront, with information for each field that has specific requirements.Get Together shines with their clear, easy to find patterns for both username and passwords. Usernames need to be 150 characters or less. Only letters, digits, and @/./+/-/_ are allowed. Passwords can’t be too similar to your other personal info, must contain at least eight characters, can’t be a commonly used passwords, and can’t be entirely numeric. SummaryFilling out signup forms doesn’t need to be a frustrating task for users, if designers keep the user in mind.From my experience signing up, I give high fives to Get Together for:Designing a short form, only asking for essential infoProviding info on the username and password requirements upfrontThank you, Get Together for creating an easy-to-use signup process.I’ve signed up and I’ll be exploring the features of their event manager. Expect to see a post in the near future on my findings. Taking the time to pay attention to the details made for a user-friendly Get Together signup process.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…Relatedlast_img read more

SA’s dollar millionaires on the rise

first_img10 July 2006South Africa’s number of dollar millionaires rose by nearly 16% last year, joining three other countries with the fastest-growing population of the super-rich in the world.According to the 10th annual World Wealth Report released by US-based investment groups Merrill Lynch and Capgemini last month, global millionaire numbers totalled 8.7-million in 2005, an increase of 6.5% on the previous year.“South Africa’s 15.9% growth of dollar millionaires in 2005 was phenomenal … well above the global rate of 6.5,” Capgemini spokesperson Patrick McLaughlin told the Sunday Times. According to the report, the country now has a total of 42 883 millionaires.The report defines millionaires – “high net worth individuals”, or HNWIs – as those holding more than US$1-million in financial assets, excluding their primary residence.“The HNWI population grew most dramatically in South Korea, rising 21.3%; India rising 19.3%; Russia, where it rose 17.4%; and South Africa, where it grew by 15.9%,” the report says.“Overall HNWI wealth during the period grew by 8.5%, to US$33.3-trillion in financial holdings. These financial gains were particularly strong in Latin America, Eastern Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Middle East, where emerging markets continue to play a moderate game of ‘catch up’ with major markets.”The top-performing countries in terms of increased numbers of millionaires from 2004 to 2005 (Image: Merrill Lynch)The report attributes South Africa’s gain in part to the phenomenal growth on the JSE, Johannesburg’s stock exchange.“Emerging and developing capital markets outpaced most mature stock markets,” the report says. “Markets such as India, South Korea, Poland and South Africa all returned better than 40%.”The JSE All Share Index was the third-best performing in the world, with a 43% return in 2005, slightly under the 43.1% recorded by Poland’s WIG20. The top performer was the South Korean Kospi, with a 54% return, while other emerging market exchanges lagged behind, with India at 42.3%, Mexico at 37.8% and Brazil 27.7%.In terms of general market value, the report says, “South Korea, Denmark, South Africa and Japan were among the best-performing markets in 2005, providing green pastures for HNWIs to cultivate their wealth”.Africa as a whole saw the highest growth in HNWI numbers, at 11.7%, reflecting growing prosperity across the continent. The Middle East had 9.8% new millionaires, Latin America 9.7%, the Asia-Pacific region 7.3%, North America 6.9% and Europe 4.5%. The actual wealth of Africa’s high net worth individuals rose by 14.5%, the second-highest increase, after the Middle East, in the world.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

The importance of learning to read

first_imgMusa Mkalipi Some 123- million youths are illiterate and only 87% of females have basic literacy skills compared to 92% of males. Literacy gives individuals knowledge of the world they reside in. It is a key factor for career opportunities.(Images: MediaClub South Africa)MEDIA CONTACTS• Phakama MatotiCentre for the book: Project co-ordinator+27 21 423 2669RELATED ARTICLES• Education in South Africa• Why we need a literate nation• Digital drum boosts computer literacy• Storybook sparks love of readingThe ability to read and write affects our daily lives; it affects the way we think, our income and how we fit into society. Being able to communicate through reading and writing is so important that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) has set aside a day each year to draw attention to the status of literacy around the world.“Literacy is much more than an educational priority – it is the ultimate investment in the future and the first step towards all the new forms of literacy required in the 21st century. We wish to see a century where every child is able to read and to use this skill to gain autonomy,” says Unesco director-general Irina Bokova.The statistics are sobering: globally, 774-million adults do not know how to read or write, of whom 493-million are women. The Unesco Institute for Statistics estimates that some 123-million youths are illiterate and that only 87% of females have basic literacy skills compared to 92% of males. In South Africa, between 7.4-million and 8.5-million adults are functionally illiterate, according to UNESCO’s data. Local records show that between 2.9-million and 4.2-million people have never attended school. But there is some glimmer of hope: the South Africa government states that 160 300 students graduated in 2011, up from 144 852 in 2009 and a low 95 940 in 2001.International Literacy Day falls on 8 September each year, and has been marked in the Unesco calendar since 1966. The intention of the day is to raise awareness and voice concerns regarding literacy around the world. This year, the theme was dedicated to literacies for the 21st century, highlighting the need to provide people with skills and lifelong learning. Literacy is a fundamental tool for the success of individuals as it opens more career opportunities, which will, in essence, improve quality of life. South African interventionsMuch is happening to improve literacy in South Africa. To celebrate International Literacy Day, the Centre for the Book, a unit of the National Library of South Africa, hosted 50 children who are members of book clubs from primary schools in Cape Town townships to an afternoon of fun and education. “The book clubs from around Cape Town held a number of activities, such as taking part in spelling bees as well as reading,” said Phakama Matoti, a project co-ordinator of the Children’s Literacy Programme at the Centre for the Book. All of the activities were taken out of the children’s book, Desert December, by Dorian Haarhoff.International Literacy Day this year coincided with South African National Book Week, which took place from 2 to 7 September. The main events took place at Red Location Museum in New Brighton, Nelson Mandela Bay, in Eastern Cape, but there were satellite events around the country on the programme as well. Also an annual event, National Book Week emphasises the importance of reading, and urges South Africans – particularly young South Africans – to read more.Literacy is also crucial in social and economic development. It expands knowledge and a literate person is more likely to understand and adjust in society. The Unesco Institute for Lifelong Learning runs the Family Literacy Project in southern KwaZulu-Natal. It is aimed at families as a means of addressing the low literacy achievement of many pre- and primary school children, and the parents’ lack of confidence in their ability to support these children. As the parents, or those who take on the role of parents, are the first and most important educators of children, the family literacy approach supports both adults and children.To promote reading among young South Africans, the Fundza Literacy Trust, a non-profit organisation that provides South African reading content to get young people to read, uses the Mxit social mobile app. It publishes short stories on Mxit, which is a social messaging tool on mobile phones, reaching an average of 350 000 readers as well as a million page views each month. Fundza edits and publishes the work on its Fanz section on Mxit. The collaboration has been running since 2011 and according to Mxit, the Fundza stories are not just fun but also talk about crucial issues such as HIV/Aids, cyber bullying and more.Another organisation that works to encourage people to read is the Readers Society of South Africa. Initiatives such as The Nalêdi Initiative focus on children, providing them with lifelong learning and creating a love and appreciation for reading, as well teaching them to be analytical and critical thinkers. There is a plethora of other initiatives around the country, both local and national. Defining literacyLiteracy is not simply the ability to read and write, but it is the ability to use these skills. In the globalised world, literacy has become more diverse than simply being able to pick up a book and read, and understand what is being read. Today, for example, digital literacy is the ability to understand and use information in multiple formats using a computer. It is also the ability to use new media such as the internet to access information.Media literacy is the ability to access, analyse, evaluate, and create media in a variety of forms, as defined by the Center for Media Literacy, an educational organisation devoted to promoting and supporting media literacy education. The Media Development and Diversity Agency also promotes this type of literacy. It aims to give South Africans access to diversified media as well as to create an environment for media development that caters to the needs and aspirations of all South Africans.And then there is culture, which also plays an important role in moulding human beings. Cultural literacy is the ability to understand and appreciate other cultures. It requires a person to examine and understand the different beliefs, values and traditions of others. To be truly literate, an individual must be fluent in all these aspects of literacy.last_img read more

Microsoft’s New Photo Sharing Service: Live Photos

first_imgMicrosoft today announced a new photo sharing product, Microsoft Live Photos, which integrates very nicely with Microsoft’s Windows Live Photo Gallery desktop photo application, and is yet another product in the long list of Windows Live services that Microsoft introduced today. In many respects, Live Photos clearly competes directly with Yahoo’s Flickr, though while it has a lot of Flickr’s features, its focus is more on sharing pictures with a small group of friends or family than with the whole Internet. We have been using Live Photos for about two months now, and our overall impression is extremely positive.IntegrationAs one would expect, Live Photos integrates directly with Microsoft’s Photo Gallery. This integration is similar to Google’s combination of Picasa Web Albums and the Picasa desktop application. You can upload photos, manage your galleries, and keep albums in sync. Live Photos will also be directly integrated into the new Live Toolbar, which will display previews of pictures that you and your friends have shared on the service. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Microsoft#NYT#Photo Sharing Services#web frederic lardinois Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… FeaturesThe web interface lets you see your photos as thumbnails, thumbnails with additional information, or as very small icons. The overall interface is similar to Flickr’s, with a photo-strip for navigating your album at the top right of the screen. Underneath the strip is the general information about the photo you are currently looking at, as well as the individual web address for this photo. One of the niftier features of Live Photos is the Slideshow function, which changes its background color depending on the dominant color of the current photo. This is a subtle effect, but it shows that Microsoft spent a lot of time on getting the details of this new product right.You can share your albums with very granular permissions, and also share individual photos. Every photo can be tagged and your visitors can also leave comments.Very Few NegativesOverall, the Live Photos team did a great job in developing a product that would appeal to most mainstream users. We did not run into any real problems during our tests, but we came across a few functions that were still missing from the product. It would, for example, be nice if you could choose the picture to represent your album on the front page. Currently, the first picture in every album is automatically set to represent this album across Windows Live.Also, it would be nice to see how much space you have left on your SkyDrive account while uploading your pictures. VerdictThese negatives, however, are indeed minor and the combination of the Windows Live Photo Gallery with the Live Photo service looks like a winner to us, especially in combination with SkyDrive, which now features 25GB of online storage.In combination with the new Live Profiles and Live Groups, Microsoft has created a very comprehensive suite of social online sharing tools and matching desktop applications.last_img read more

California SALT Deduction Cap Workaround Bill Fails to Pass

first_imgThe California Legislature failed to pass a bill aimed to help taxpayers get around the federal cap on state and local tax (SALT) deductions. The bill would have allowed personal income tax credits for contributions to the California Excellence Fund.S.B. 227, failed to pass California Legislature on August 31, 2018Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img