Senator Bernie Sanders says he’d be interested in exploring a tax on robots. Opponents of the robot tax says it would harm productivity and actually negatively impact human employment. Bernie Sanders thinks so. The idea is that taxes on robots would help support retraining programs for human employees while creating shorter work weeks and increasing worker satisfaction. Some economists have called the idea “ profoundly misguided ” and the European Union had a chance to implement a robot tax and declined the opportunity .
The pilots are being used to help Chinese pilots hone their skills against Western air forces. Experienced military pilots, veterans of the British military, are in China working to train Chinese armed forces. The pilots were hired for their knowledge of Western air combat techniques and are helping Chinese pilots train to beat Western air forces. According to a Sky News report, there are around thirty British ex-military pilots currently working in China. Instead, the foreigners train Chinese pilots in Western air combat techniques, offering firsthand knowledge of how the Royal Air Force and other air forces fight.5 months ago Popular Mechanics
The United States and NATO have commenced a two-week exercise designed to train crews to handle thermonuclear bombs. Fighters like these would deliver NATO nuclear bombs if their use was authorized. NATO states that fifth generation fighters, including the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter will also take part. Russia still has hundreds of tactical nuclear weapons in its arsenal, weapons designated for battlefield use. If Russia were to attack NATO with tactical nuclear weapons, the alliance would need the ability to swiftly respond in kind.5 months ago Popular Mechanics
The pilots are allegedly paid hefty contracts to train active-duty Chinese Air Force pilots in Western tactics. China’s pilots and flight deck crews probably need all the help they can get. Insights into how Western pilots fight is another area of interest. China’s carrier force might glean some benefit from working with Western ex-carrier pilots, as new techniques—particularly safety techniques—are worked into China’s procedures. If anything, it might demonstrate to Chinese pilots how inferior their system of aerial combat is.5 months ago Popular Mechanics
We’ve rounded up the best last-minute holiday gifts across all categories, so you’ll find something for everyone on your list. Best earbuds: Apple AirPods Pro 2Let’s not beat around the bush here: Apple’s AirPods Pro 2 are arguably the hottest holiday gift this season. With this watch, almost nothing is left unchecked, making it one of the best gifts for runners. Best smart mug: Ember Travel MugEmber’s 12-ounce Travel Mug can keep beverages between 120 and 145 degrees Fahrenheit for up to three hours thanks to a seven-sensor heating system and built-in battery pack. Internet video streaming is incredible, but sometimes you want to watch the latest episode of your favorite show or sports match as it airs.3 months ago Popular Science
Third-party tracking cookies, on the other hand, are the kind of cookies that privacy experts are most concerned about. Combined with other kinds of tracking, they allow companies and data brokers to create incredibly detailed profiles of your online activities. To counter this, Kim suggests using Firefox which has Total Cookie Protection—a special browser mode that silos cookies to prevent third-party tracking cookies following you around the web—enabled by default. Safari blocks all cross-site tracking, including cookies, by default with a feature called Intelligent Tracking Prevention. Brave, Opera, and the new DuckDuckGo browser all use similar strategies to block third-party cookies while still allowing websites to function normally.5 months ago Popular Science
Note: This story is developing…Elon Musk has completed his multibillion dollar purchase of Twitter, reports The New York Times. Musk addressed the sale by posting to the social media platform late last night. Bloomberg reports that Musk has appointed himself Twitter’s CEO, although the role may be temporary. It is currently unclear what other changes are soon to come, and as CNBC notes, how Musk will fully finance the deal. “That said, Twitter obviously cannot become a free-for-all hellscape, where anything can be said with no consequences!” he said in the same note posted yesterday via his Twitter account.5 months ago Popular Science
My fiancé and I collect Star Wars action figures, mainly Hasbro’s 6-inch Black Series line, but I’ve snuck in some of Hasbro’s 3.75-inch Vintage Collection line, as well. And the other thing that they did is they wanted to collect action figures. Here’s how getting your face on an action figure actually happens. That’s not ideal for an action figure that has to withstand being thrown around by kids (and adults) of all ages. There’s really nothing like seeing yourself immortalized in action figure form.5 months ago Popular Science