The Solar Eclipse Is Coming—Here’s Exactly When It’ll Happen

On August 21, 2017, there’s going to be a total eclipse of the Sun visible on a line across the US. But when exactly will the solar eclipse occur at a given location? Being able to predict astronomical events has historically been one of the great triumphs of exact science. But in 2017, how well can it actually be done?

Stephen Wolfram is a computer scientist, physicist, and businessman.

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The answer, I think, is well enough that even though the edge of totality moves at just over 1000 miles per hour it should be possible to predict when it will arrive at a given location to within perhaps a second. And as a demonstration of this, we’ve created a website to let anyone enter their geo location (or address) and then immediately compute when the eclipse will reach them—as well as generate many pages of other information.

It’s an Old Business

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Slashdot: ‘Surkus’ App Pays Users To Line Up Outside New Restaurants

‘Surkus’ App Pays Users To Line Up Outside New Restaurants
Published on August 17, 2017 at 02:45AM
A new app called Surkus allows restaurants to manufacture their ideal crowd and pay people to stand in place like extras on a movie set. The app reportedly uses “an algorithmic casting agent of sorts” to hand-pick people according to age, location, style and Facebook “likes.” All of this is done to create the illusion that a restaurant is busy and worthy of your hard-earned money. Chicago Tribune reports: They may look excited, but that could also be part of the production. Acting disengaged while they idle in line could tarnish their “reputation score,” an identifier that influences whether they’ll be “cast” again. Nobody is forcing the participants to stay, of course, but if they leave, they won’t be paid — their movements are being tracked with geolocation. Welcome [...]  read more

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