AP uploads historical videos on YouTube

This is totally welcomed:

The Associated Press and British Movietone, one of the world’s most comprehensive newsreel archives, are together bringing more than 1 million minutes of digitized film footage to YouTube. Showcasing the moments, people and events that shape the world, it will be the largest upload of historical news content on the video-sharing platform to date.

The two channels will act as a view-on-demand visual encyclopedia, offering a unique perspective on the most significant moments of modern history. Available for all to explore, the channels will also be powerful educational tools and a source of inspiration for history enthusiasts and documentary filmmakers.

The YouTube channels will include more than 550,000 video stories dating from 1895 to the present day. For example, viewers can see video from the San Francisco earthquake in 1906, exclusive footage of the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, Marilyn Monroe captured on film in London in the 1950s and Twiggy modeling the fashions of the 1960s.

Source: AP makes one million minutes of historical footage available on YouTube

We look into books and pictures to tell stories of the 20th century when you have many videos which quality is just insulting sometimes.

Singapore must plan for 10M population: Ex-HDB chief

More people? Yes, says ex-HDB chief. I can’t imagine how we can have more people in Singapore but if it is coming we definitely need to plan ahead.

Singapore must start planning for a population that could possibly hit 10 million, Liu Thai Ker, the man often credited as the architect of modern Singapore, told CNBC.

“One fundamental thing about urban planning is, don’t try to stop or control or curb population growth,” Liu, who is now chairman at the Centre for Liveable Cities and senior director at RSP Architects Planners and Engineering, said.

“We should allow Singapore to grow and plan for a much bigger population… like 10 million people. We should ask ourselves: How long do we want Singapore to remain as a sovereign country? Even at 10 million people and assuming a population growth rate of 1 percent, we will only last slightly over 100 years and that’s not a long time,” he added.

Source: Singapore must plan for 10M population: Ex-HDB chief

New Horizons survives Pluto encounter

This is really exciting:

Data in its first call home since Tuesday’s flyby suggest the spacecraft experienced no upsets as it hurtled past the icy world at 14km/s,The signal came through a giant dish in Madrid, Spain – part of a Nasa network of communications antennas.The message took four hours and 25 minutes to traverse 4.7 billion km of space.

Source: New Horizons: Spacecraft survives Pluto encounter – BBC News

Flash blocked by Firefox

In an interesting turn of events, Firefox has blocked Flash until Adobe plug the securities vulnerabilities. This means most advertisements wouldn’t be able to run in Firefox.

The mob is turning against Flash. Mozilla has blocked every version of Adobe’s Flash plugin from running within its Firefox browser, while Facebook’s head of security has called for Adobe to kill it off.The moves come following a series of vulnerabilities in Flash being actively exploited, including those exposed by the Hacking Team compromise.Firefox users seeking to view Flash-based content, such as videos, adverts or more complex web tools for uploading images and other actions, will need to click again and accept a warning that “Flash is known to be vulnerable. Use with caution”.That means users of Firefox cannot use Flash by default and will not be able to until Adobe patches the security bugs and updates the plugin. Adobe has struggled to keep up with the number of bugs and vulnerabilities being exposed within Flash.

Source: Facebook calls for end to Flash as Firefox blocks it over hacking holes | Technology | The Guardian