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Thursday December 14, 2017. 01:29 AM
Jonathan Kaiman, the Beijing Bureau chief of The Los Angeles Times, reported on the history of how different flavor Kit Kat bars infiltrated Japan. The country is home to an estimated 300 flavors (sake, cherry blossom, French salt, melon, 'college tater,' wasabi...) that...
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: San Francisco's Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) has been ordered by the city to stop using a robot to patrol the sidewalks outside its office, the San Francisco Business Times reported Dec. 8. The...
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I've now turned my attention to preparation for beta1. Already talk has resumed on the mailing list of a tentative schedule; there still remains too much to do to expect it before the new year, but with the list of blockers now reduced effectively to two (one relating to...
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There are Advent calendars and then there is the Banks's Brewery's Advent calendar. Launched on December 1, the UK beer brand's countdown to Christmas stands over 36 feet tall because it's spray painted on the boarded-up windows of a deserted building in the English city of...
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Remember Android Wear? Google's struggling smartwatch OS is getting updated to Android 8.0 Oreo, just like the rest of the Android lineup. Google announced the update on the "Android Wear Developers" Google Plus group. It seems like the only supported watch right now is the...
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Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have another round of deals to share. Today's list includes a good range of discounts, including a bundle that includes a PlayStation VR headset, its accompanying PlayStation Camera, and a copy of Gran Turismo...
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Ahead of the Vulkan 1.0 debut nearly two years ago, we heard that for AMD's Vulkan Linux driver it was initially going to be closed-source and would then be open-sourced once ready. At the time it sounded like something that would be opened up six months or so, but finally...
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AT&T has started trials to deliver high-speed internet over power lines. The company announced the news on Wednesday and said that trials have started in Georgia state and a non-U.S. location. Reuters reports: AT&T aims to eventually deliver speeds faster than the 1 gigabit...
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Enlarge (credit: UNU/ITU) Opting to handle your bills online keeps a lot of paper out of the bin, but the devices you use to go online eventually die anyway. If this “e-waste” ends up in a landfill, the energy and materials that went into manufacturing and delivering...
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Enlarge / An analysis from New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. (credit: New York Attorney General's office) An analysis of public comments on the FCC's plan to repeal net neutrality rules found that 2 million of them were filed using stolen identities....
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Wednesday December 13, 2017. 11:52 PM
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, who died Monday, was a housing advocate who became a tech ally. His successor likely won't be so business-friendly.
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Patreon has decided to halt its plans to add a service fee to patrons' pledges, a proposed update that angered many users. 'We're going to press pause,' CEO Jack Conte tells The Verge. 'Folks have been adamant about the problems with the new system, and so basically, we have ...
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The MAP_FIXED option to the mmap() system call allows a process to specify that a mapping should be placed at a given virtual address if at all possible. It turns out, though, that 'if at all possible' can involve a bit more collateral damage than some would like, and can...
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Enlarge (credit: BGPMon) Traffic sent to and from Google, Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft was briefly routed through a previously unknown Russian Internet provider Wednesday under circumstances researchers said was suspicious and intentional. The unexplained incident...
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Have you been putting off your holiday shopping? Well, we’re quickly running out of days until Christmas, and if you don’t want to pay a bundle for rush shipping, now’s the time to […] The post Geek Deals Roundup: $200 PlayStation VR Bundle, $600 Samsung 4K HDTV with Bonus...
    Geek - Dec 13, 11:15 PM
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Jha rule-breaker and pals confess IoT gadget hack crimes, now facing the slammer A former New Jersey college student has copped to helping create and run the massive Mirai DDoS botnet.…
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from BBC: Google is deepening its push into artificial intelligence (AI) by opening a research center in China, even though its search services remain blocked in the country. Google said the facility would be the first its kind in Asia and ...
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The clock is ticking, and there's less than two weeks until Christmas arrives. If you still have loved ones left to shop for, now's your best chance to find timely shipping that won't cost a bundle. Online stores are still pushing fairly hard with discounts, so don't fret if ...
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Neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer was recently pushed off the web by domain registrars, but can supposedly still be found as a hidden service. And would you know that it has a 17-page style guide? They pay $14.88 a post. The site’s stylistic decisions, the subjects it...
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My op-ed in New Internationalist, ‘Don’t break the 21st century nervous system’, seeks to cut through the needless complexity in the Net Neutrality debate, which is as clear-cut as climate change or the link between smoking and cancer -- and, like those subjects, the...
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