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09Sep/19

Alaska officials show no strong response to US leaving the Paris accords

first_imgAlaska Gov. Bill Walker (File photo by Skip Gray/360 North)President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord drew muted reactions from Alaska officials on Thursday.Listen nowU.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski told reporters she’s “agnostic” on the Paris accord itself. But, she said she hopes the U.S. won’t “fall back” in its efforts to address climate change, adding that Alaskans are already seeing impacts.Governor Bill Walker released a statement highlighting the effects of climate change across the state. But he stopped short of criticizing President Trump’s decision.In his statement, Walker said shrinking sea ice and coastal erosion are causing “social and economic upheaval,” adding that the communities of Shishmaref, Kivalina and Newtok are “literally washing into the ocean.” And he noted that erosion and thawing permafrost will affect military installations across the state.Alaska hasn’t seen any official statewide policy initiatives on climate change since an effort under former Governor Sarah Palin, nearly a decade ago.The state was exempted from the Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration’s hallmark climate policy under the Paris agreement.But the Walker administration has indicated it hopes to advance some kind of state climate policy this year.Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz also released a statement following the news, saying the city will continue adapting and mitigating climate change. The mayor went on to write that the municipality “stands with business leaders and other mayors from across the country.”Alaska Public Media’s Zachariah Hughes and KTOO’s Jacob Resneck contributed to this story.last_img read more

01Sep/19

PlayStation VR Torn Down by IFixit Gets High Marks for Repairability

first_img Sony Patents New PSVR Motion ControllerHands-On: Firewall: Zero Hour is the Best VR Game I’ve Ever Played The market for consumer virtual reality is exploding right now, but it’s mostly been a battle between the Vive and the Rift at the high end. Now, a new competitor enters the market; PlayStation VR. This $400 VR headset plugs into the PlayStation 4 to deliver VR gaming with a minimum of fussing around. As is the custom, iFixit has gotten their hands on the PlayStation VR to see how it works by tearing it down. It turns out to be a surprisingly easy device to take apart.The PlayStation VR is heavier than most headsets at 610g, but it has a much larger headband to keep it stable. There’s also a big rubber cowling around the lenses to keep light out. That pulls off without any tools, and the plastic casing can be opened up with a simple JIS screws, and it’s not glued together. With the front panel liberated from the case, the entire rig of position tracking LEDs comes off with flex cables. The PS VR uses Sony’s PlayStation Eye camera for position tracking rather than invisible IR used by the competition. Upshot: the LEDs make it look futuristic.AdChoices广告After disconnecting a simple power cable and HDMI connector, the iFixit team was able to liberate the headband from the main VR unit. With that done, the motherboard could be freed. It’s a fairly modest affair, as most of the hard work is done by the game console. The board has chips for the power supply, HMDI interface, LEDs, and a low-power ARM Cortex-M0 microcontroller. With the board out, the display is finally freed. This is a 5.7-inch 1080p OLED panel with an interesting hexagonal sub-pixel matrix. Unlike the Rift and Vive, the PS VR uses a single display panel. With everything else out of the case, the PS VR’s 14mm conventional lenses pop right out.iFixit gives the PlayStation VR a very solid repairability score of 8 out of 10. There’s very little glue used to hold it together, and most parts are secured with standard JIS screws and snap-on cables. The only negative is that it does have a lot of parts, so you’ll need to be very careful to get everything back in place correctly after a repair. Stay on targetlast_img read more