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Monday December 3, 2018. 09:23 PM
When MP3s conquered music, it depended on three key technologies: CD ripping software, file-sharing software, and MP3 playing software, primarily Winamp. Winamp was infinitely customizable, and there was an exuberant practice of coming up with MP3 player skins (some of...
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Ricky Jay – magician, sleight-of-hand artist extraordinaire, actor, author, scholar of weirdness and oddities, Guinness award winner for throwing playing cards – passed away on November 24th at age 72. Ricky Jay's life and legacy have been dutifully celebrated in the...
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Peter Brown was born in Philly, but he made the mistake of visiting Jamaica for one day, years ago on a cruise. But that gave U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Sheriff of Monroe County, Florida a good enough reason to detain Brown and attempt to deport him to...
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Australia's Paleotronic is celebrating Christmas with twelve posts celebrating the best seasonal computer ads of the years between 1980 and 1992; today is day 1: 1980, in all its Coleco gloriousness. (Thanks, Gnat!)
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The medical world is no stranger to shilling (see, for example, the kickbacks that Purdue Pharma paid doctors who helped hook people on Oxycontin, generating billions in blood-money for the 'philanthropist' Sackler family), and doctors are cashing in on the social media...
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Later this week, China plans to launch its Chang'e-4 spacecraft to the far side of the lunar surface. The aim is to land a rover on the dark side of the moon for the first time. Blocked from direct communication with the Earth, the lander and rover will depend on China's...
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When Rudy Giuliani went to Twitter over the weekend to whine about the Mueller investigation, he somehow, accidentally, created a website link in his post. Mueller filed an indictment just as the President left for https://t.co/8ZNrQ6X29a July he indicted the Russians who...
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Everest isn't the most difficult mountain in the world to climb, but it is one of the most expensive. The individual cost of getting one's athletic ass to the top of the mountain range is between $40,000-$130,000. Most of this cheddar gets thrown at logistics. It takes a lot ...
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When Tod Kurt of ThingM recommended these reversible Micro USB cables, I bought a 3-pack on Amazon. They really do work. Both the USB male plug and the micro plug can be inserted without regard to the orientation, like a USB C plug. There is no 'right side up.' Why aren't...
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Since 1991, Canadian sculptor Gillian Genser has used shells to make her artwork. The mussel shells she grinded released dust filled with heavy metals, which got into her body and poisoned her. Now she is permanently disabled. Let this serve as a warning to people who say...
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Remember the days before beautiful CGI was everywhere? Newtek's Video Toaster was revolutionary, now largely forgotten.
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The supergeniuses at The GI (go ahead and carve out about ten minutes to marvel at their homepage, I'll wait -- you'll thank me) have posted Shrek Retold, a fan remake of Shrek in which 200 different creators each recreate a scene from the movie, using live action, stop...
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Oil and water don't normally mix, unless you emulsify it with something, like soap, egg yolk, or mustard. But there is a way to mix oil and water without using an emulsifier, and in this video, the Action Lab Man shows how to do it. The secret is to remove the dissolved air...
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After traveling two billion miles over more than two years, NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has arrived at asteroid Bennu. The spacecraft will survey the asteroid, collect a sample, and bring it back home in 2023. From NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/University of Arizona: ...
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High ranking German government officials were outed this year for secretly supplying advice and assistance to the xenophobic, violent, far-right extremist Alternative For Germany (AfD) party. Now, information about the party's secret financial backers is emerging:...
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Making your own decisions can be hard work. Often, I turn to my trusty Magic 8 Ball. How have things turned out? 'Ask again later.' My Magic 8 Ball has the same pat 20 answers as every other Magic 8 Ball, so I can not imagine why it is never, ever helpful? Replies are never ...
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A guy set up a camera to figure out how his small dog was escaping its enclosure in the kitchen, and this is what he found. Who knew French Bulldogs were so nimble?
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Raspberry Pi is a line of inexpensive ($5 - $35) single board Linux computers. The latest model is the Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+, which costs $25 and is quite a bit smaller than the 3 Model B+. This episode of ExplainingComputers takes a look at this new edition to family.
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Tumblr, the mainstream web's last redoubt for niche smut in general and queer smut in particular, is going to clean house. The social blogging platform is banning all adult material on December 17. Banned content includes photos, videos, and GIFs of human genitalia,...
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'For God's sake, fund it as a mainline program. Don't put it in yet another competition with science,' Russell 'Rusty' Schweickart insisted. 'This is a public safety program.' While some elements of the US government seek to establish the 'Space Force,' one former Apollo...
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