This weeks links (2016-02-01)

In brief:

* Tasmania fires: First images of World Heritage Area devastation emerge, show signs of ‘system collapse’ (2016-Jan-31) [ABC News]
Wilderness photographer and bushwalker Dan Broun has just returned from the Central Plateau. Vision he filmed shows how the fires have raced through the area, which is home to unique alpine flora including pencil pines, king billy pines and cushion plants, some more than 1,000 years old.

* Apple recalls more than a decade of power adapters due to risk of electric shock (2016-01-29) [The Age]
Tech giant Apple has instigated a massive international recall of power point adapters across its range of portable devices after a small number were found to have broken, causing risk of electric shock.
Apple Inc.—Apple AC Wall Plug Adapter (2016-Jan-29) [Product Safety Recalls Australia]

* Microsoft recalls 285,000 Surface tablet power cord sets (2016-01-22) [The Age]
Microsoft has recalled 285,000 power cord sets sold with its Surface branded tablets, with users warned to stop using them immediately because of the risk of electric shock or fire. The recall applies to power cords sold with Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2 and Surface Pro 3 tablets between 2013 and July 15 last year.
Microsoft Corporation—Microsoft AC Power Cordset for Surface Pro, Pro 2 & Selected Pro 3 Models (2016-Jan-22) [Product Safety Recalls Australia]
** Note: a standard IEC-C7 power cable should be usable until the MS unit is replaced

* Java browser plugin to be sent to death row in September (2016-Jan-28) [ZDNet]
Come September 2016, the perennial threat vector otherwise known as the Java plugin will be deprecated and well on its way to being dead, decreased, and thankfully, an ex-plugin.

* There is no perfect way to adapt books to TV. These two Syfy shows display why. (2016-Feb-04) [Vox]
The Expanse and The Magicians take completely different, but equally successful, approaches.


* Tips To Start Trail Running For The Older Athlete (2016-Feb-03) [Women’s Running]


* More details emerge about motorised doping at cyclocross worlds (2016-01-31) [Cycling Tips]
Following the earlier news that Belgian under-23 rider Femke Van den Driessche is under investigation over what the UCI has described as technological fraud, further details have emerged about what appears to have been a motor in her bike. The European champion has been plunged into the scandal after a bike belonging to her was screened in the pits at the race and found to be in violation of the rules. …

* Elite Men’s Race | 2016 Cyclo-cross World Championships | Heusden-Zolder, Belgium

* Elite Women’s Race | 2016 Cyclo-cross World Championships | Heusden-Zolder, Belgium

Some reading/listening:


Something from Bandcamp:
Wake Up Slow by Atlas Lab

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