At the end of last year, POLITICO Magazine asked historians if 2017 had been the craziest year in American politics. That was before 2018, when several of President Donald Trump’s onetime cronies were indicted for financial crimes, when rapper Kanye West delivered a soliloquy in the Oval Office and when an accidental alert had Hawaii residents convinced nuclear missiles were inbound for a full 38 minutes. That was before one midterm election and three government shutdowns, before the Trump administration ordered migrant children be separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border and before the president’s historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. It was before the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, and before 13 federal agencies issued a dire report on climate change that the White House attempted to bury. How will history remember this wild year? Which events were significant and which were distractions? POLITICO Magazine asked the smartest historians we know … [Read more...] about What Will History Books Say About 2018?
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GDPR has already been in place for nearly six months and, despite a number of domesday predictions made in the lead-up to the implementation date on 25th May, most have not come to pass. This is of course welcome news for UK businesses, many of which were insufficiently prepared for the regulation when it launched.The Information Commissioners’ Office (ICO) - the regulator responsible for GDPR - has largely taken the view that its role is to support businesses through the transition into the post-GDPR world. While its first enforcement notice has been served to AIQ - the Canadian data firm with links to Cambridge Analytica – it is yet to levy any fines under the new regime. But this doesn’t mean that companies shouldn’t be taking the regulation seriously.The ICO’s initial hands-off approach will no doubt come to an end as soon as it works through the backlog of complaints and breach notifications that have been built up; the amount of which has shot up … [Read more...] about Don’t panic: what to do if you’ve been left behind by GDPR
Help! I’ve been mugged/burgled/scammed/attacked. What should I do first? Being the victim of a crime can be distressing, frightening and infuriating all at once, especially if you’re somewhere unfamiliar and you’re not sure who to turn to. Your first priority should be your safety. Is the situation dangerous? Call the police emergency line on 17. Do you need medical treatment? Have someone call the SAMU (dial 15) for emergencies or the fire service (pompiers) (dial 18) for first aid and to be taken to hospital emergency ward. Alternatively, call the Europe-wide emergency line on 112. READ ALSO: What to do if you have a medical emergency in France If you’re uninjured take some deep breaths while you think through what you want to do next. Who can I ask for advice? Your embassy or consulate can give you information and practical assistance, including explaining the French justice process, helping you find an interpreter or English-speaking lawyer or … [Read more...] about What to do if you’re the victim of a crime in France
Here’s how to cheat at the Apple Watch Stand goal: dangle your wrist by your side while you sit in a chair. I discovered this by accident — I dangle my arm during meetings — but once I found it out, I did it on purpose. I cheated while watching Thor: Ragnarok, in meetings, at brunch. Cheating the calorie-based Move goal is harder, but doing restorative yoga while also turning the “yoga” setting on did the trick. I wasn’t doing the hard work I do during my Ashtanga classes, but it still “counted” as exercise, as far as the Watch was concerned. (Restorative yoga is mainly very nice stretching. There are pillows.) The idea of failing at my goal was so abhorrent, I’d devised ways to cheat. So yes, I’d say the Apple Watch changed my behavior. I just don’t know if Apple intended for it to happen this way. If you are in the US, as I am, you are probably aware of the ongoing obesity crisis. Here’s the overview: as of the … [Read more...] about What the Apple Watch gets wrong about human motivation
Editor's note, November 27th, 10:30AM ET: When we originally tested the Surface Book 2, we noticed extreme power drain issues. Microsoft replaced the power supply, and we haven't experienced the same issues with the replacement part. This review and score have been updated to reflect this. I always wanted Microsoft to build a laptop, and it finally went ahead and built one without any tricks earlier this year. The Surface Laptop has no gimmicks, no kickstand, and no detachable screen. It’s simply the best laptop you can buy right now. So that begs the question: why has Microsoft created another heavy, gimmicky, yet powerful Surface Book? The answer lies in who the Surface Book is for, and it’s certainly not for everybody. The best match for Microsoft’s new Surface Book 2 is Apple’s MacBook Pro. Providing an answer to Apple’s option, but with Windows-specific strengths like a touchscreen and detachable display, is really why the Surface Book 2 exists. The … [Read more...] about Microsoft Surface Book 2 review: beauty and brawn, but with limits