Millions of Americans will honor a holiday tradition this week: they will squeeze into tiny seats aboard a jet aircraft, fly elsewhere to stuff themselves with food, and then squeeze back inside a jet aircraft feeling as if the seats have gotten even smaller in the meantime.But passengers could soon get relief from the ever-shrinking airline seat, thanks to a recent measure passed by Congress. As airline seats continue to shrink and American waistlines grow, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill, which was passed Oct. 3, included language directing the FAA to set regulatory standards on seat width.The language says the FAA must set minimum seat widths and lengths as "necessary for the safety and health of passengers." Likewise, the measure directs the FAA to set a minimum standard on seat pitch, which is the distance between a point on one seat and the same point on the seat in front of it.Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., issued a statement this … [Read more...] about Don’t blame the ever-shrinking airline seat on Thanksgiving alone. Could this be the year the FAA does something about it?
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Updated 12:08 pm PDT, Tuesday, October 23, 2018 FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2009, file photo, a cloud forms over Mount Hood as seen from Government Camp, Ore. Researchers say active fault lines on Mount Hood could potentially trigger a 7.2 magnitude quake that could reach Portland. less FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2009, file photo, a cloud forms over Mount Hood as seen from Government Camp, Ore. Researchers say active fault lines on Mount Hood could potentially trigger a 7.2 magnitude quake that ... more Photo: Don Ryan, Associated Press FILE-- This panoramic photograph was taken by an astronaut looking north from the International Space Station. The snow-covered Cascade Range of the U.S. northwest in the foreground gives way to the Rocky Mountains and Coast Mountains in Canada, with Vancouver Island just offshore. Several active volcanoes—Mount St. Helens, Mount Rainier and Mount Hood—dot the … [Read more...] about New fault on Oregon stratovolcano could trigger 7.2 quake
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At 10 p.m. on a Saturday night, I found myself scaling a poorly lit, three-story staircase at the back of a Minneapolis apartment building. I had to use the flashlight on my phone to find the lockbox and let myself into the unit, where an 80-pound dog was waiting for me. There’s more to being an app-approved dog walker than picking up poop. To research my story on dog-walking apps, I filled out Wag’s application to be a walker, paid $25 for a background check and took two online quizzes and sent in five recommendations. Within 10 days, Wag approved me and sent me a work agreement as an independent contractor. I uploaded my picture, wrote my profile, and started looking for walk work. Turns out, it wasn’t all that easy to get. When I got my first alert (an owner seeking a 30-minute walk), I took a few seconds to click on the profile to see what kind of dog I’d be walking. By the time I tried to accept the job, someone else had taken it. That happened several … [Read more...] about Could I be an app-approved dog walker? Sure. Was it worth it? Maybe
By Christopher Mims Christopher Mims The Wall Street Journal BiographyChristopher Mims @mims christophermims [email protected] July 12, 2018 12:00 p.m. ET 4 COMMENTS Illustration: PETER ARKLE If every tree falling in every forest might soon be heard by an internet-connected microphone, what hope is there for our privacy? Already when you’re sitting in a room with an iPhone, an Apple Watch and a smart assistant like Amazon Echo or Google Home, you’re surrounded by a dozen microphones. (Newer iPhones have four and the Echo has seven, while the smartwatch has just one, for now.) Add in the latest smart wireless headphones—Apple’s expected next-generation AirPods or competing ones from Bose or Shure—along with talking microwave ovens and TVs from Samsung, LG and others, and anyone at home or in an open-plan office could soon be within earshot of hundreds of microphones. Most of them will be listening for a wake word like … [Read more...] about All Ears: Always-On Listening Devices Could Soon Be Everywhere