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Tuesday June 12, 2018. 11:13 AM
Commodore made the world's most successful 8-bit personal computer, the C64, and its most iconic 16-bit one, the Commodore Amiga. But the latter was a weird, complicated, two-faced beast, dooming a badly-managed company to a dead end of its own making. What if it had instead ...
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Yoyoka Soma (YouTube) is an 8-year-old Japanese drummer. When I was a just small baby, my parents had a home studio and there were various kinds of instruments. My parents were performing music activities as amateur singer-songwriters and they cradled me with their music....
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Nine of thirteen 'landmark' baobab trees across southern Africa abruptly died in recent years, reports Agence Presse-France. Climate change is blamed. “It is definitely shocking and dramatic to experience during our lifetime the demise of so many trees with millennial...
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The attitude towards marijuana has changed a great deal since the days of Nancy Reagan's 'Just Say No' campaign in the 1980s, which was an escalation in Nixon's war on black people. Several states in the US have legalized recreational marijuana and more are considering it. A ...
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I could not be more thrilled that Come Inside My Mind, a documentary about the legendary Robin Williams, will air soon. Look for it on HBO starting on July 16. The film explores his extraordinary life and career, revealing what drove him to give voice to the characters in...
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Monday June 11, 2018. 11:50 PM
This past weekend, a woefully overloaded rescue ship operated by SOS Méditerranée and Médecins Sans Frontières made its way across the Mediterranean Sea from Africa to Europe, looking for a safe port in Italy. Many of the 629 migrants on board of the ship, all of which...
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Håkon Wium Lie has many claims to fame -- he not only created Cascading Style Sheets, an integral part of the web, but he also was the first person to publish the laws of Norway (which are public domain, but were behind a $1/minute paywall at the time) for free, online....
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZjUsfrqYiA John writes, 'My partner, Valery Estabrook, is an artist who has started a Kickstarter for a project of limited edition coins based on actual historic events associated with the Trump administration. The first of these is a coin...
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Spain's got a stiffy for football, or soccer, if you must. When a football match is on, just about everyone in the country loses their minds. TVs are gathered round, siestas are forgone, and team songs, in any bar you chance, will be full of scarf-swinging loons banging on...
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Nestled between two national parks, Sequoia and Death Valley, there is a ghost town for sale. For a little under a million dollars, you could own a piece of the American West: an abandoned silver mining town founded in 1867 called Cerro Gordo. Mental Floss reports: Located...
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It's been a year since the Mueller investigation began and the Trump administration and its goons have been working harder to derail it than they have on pretty much anything else, aside from creating massive divides in the American people. I've gotta say, things are looking ...
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IHOP caused quite a stir last week by claiming they are changing the restaurant chain's name to IHOb. They aren't. It's (duh) a marketing stunt and the 'b' stands for 'burgers.' From the New York Times: Many people said they were distressed, some because they hate the sound ...
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In Portugal, there are two 18th century libraries where colonies of bats are invited to roam free. Why? They eat the insects that would otherwise munch on the pages of the books shelved there. From Smithsonian: In Coimbra, a colony of Common pipistrelle bats makes their...
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The city of Xi'an in Shaanxi province has designated one of the sidewalks on Yanta Road for 'phubbers' -- slow-walking smartphone users who shuffle while they read and text. (more…)
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qc5P2bvfl44 SIGGRAPH is coming, when all the amazeballs graphics research drops, and the previews are terrifying and astonishing by turns (sometimes both!). (more…)
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Here's the fourth and final part of my reading (MP3) of Petard (part one, part two, part three), a story from MIT Tech Review's Twelve Tomorrows, edited by Bruce Sterling; a story inspired by, and dedicated to, Aaron Swartz -- about elves, Net Neutrality, dorms and the...
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The tiny embedded processors in smart gadgets -- including much of the Internet of Shit -- are able to do a lot of sensing without exhausting their batteries, because sensing is cheap in terms of power consumption. (more…)
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Ben Wallach is Theresa May's security minister; he has proposed that the UK follow China's example and require that any place providing internet access use bank-account verification to affirmatively identify all the people who use the internet so they can be punished for...
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Back in 2010, I linked to a superb infographic showing all the ways that official DVDs were worse than their pirate equivalents (unskippable ads and FBI warnings, etc); now Dnd01 has updated the graphic with a version highlighting all the ways that the games industry has...
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Trump is notorious for his 'filing system': when he is finished with a piece of paper, he tears it into tiny pieces and throws it away, which is fine if you're a CEO (maybe), but is radioactively illegal under the Presidential Records Act, because the President works for the ...
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