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Monday June 4, 2018. 07:37 PM
Jonathan Zittrain (previously) writes, 'There’s reason to worry about security for the ever-growing Internet of Things, and it’ll be tempting to encourage vendors to solely control their devices that much more, limiting interoperability or user tinkering. There are...
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Bavaria's far-right, Islamophobic government enacted its Kreuzpflicht ('cross obligation') law, which mandates that every government building must display a Christian cross, and finessed this violation of Germany's legally enforced separation of church and state by claiming...
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Since everyone's doing posts about their favorite cover of Toto's 'Africa,' here's my frontrunner, because it's very Norwegian: metal and ironic and funny all at once. (more…)
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No big deal, just a short video of just some dude sliding down the side of a mountain, hydroplaning over glacial waters and then backflipping onto a chunk of ice. Please, continue with your day.
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Ugears makes gorgeous wooden puzzle toys made from laser-cut plywood that snap-fits to create beautiful, retro machines and sculptures with meshing, working geared mechanisms. (more…)
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Researchers have developed a generative neural network to make fake videos of talking heads. It's getting a lot harder to tell the difference between real and deep fakes. We present a novel approach that enables photo-realistic re-animation of portrait videos using only an...
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This summer, San Francisco's Exploratorium is hosting an exhibit called Inflatable, featuring air-filled works by several artists. (more…)
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Hey gang, let's talk Ebola: Everyone's favorite viral boogeyman. Over the weekend, the AFP News Agency reported that health professionals in the Democratic Republic of Congo have uncovered five new confirmed cases of Ebola: three cases in the Bikoro area and two in Wangata....
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Jordan is broke, thanks to falling tax revenues due to tax avoidance and low taxes on the super-rich, and the country is seeking to bridge the gap in its finances by borrowing from the International Monetary Fund, which backed a bill that imposed crushing cuts on public...
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PancakeBot 3D prints (somewhat) edible griddlecakes from your own design, or from a library of present options like the Eiffel Tower or a T. rex. (more…)
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Every crappy thing in the world is beta-tested on people who have little or no power, perfected, and brought to the rest of us -- CCTV starts with prisoners, moves to mental institutions, then to schools, then to blue-collar workplaces, then airports, then white-collar...
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What do you think -- was this a staged incident involving three douchebags, or a real incident involving two douchebags and one asshole with a bat? UPDATE: Jalopnik says it was faked: How do we know? Coby Persin, first of all, is the sort of contrived ass who makes YouTube...
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An FBI agent was showing off his dance moves at a Denver bar on Saturday, but when he did a backflip, his gun flew out of his holster. When he grabbed it off the ground, it fired into the crowd that was watching him and hit a patron in the leg. According to CNN: One person...
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDk4HrEtGrM&feature=youtu.be 'Saccades' are the phenomenon where your eyes flick momentarily from one place to another; during saccades, you don't consciously register visual input, creating tiny moments of blindness (AKA 'saccadic...
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https://youtu.be/i1pdQjdAndc MIT 9.11, 'The Human Brain,' is taught by Nancy Kanwisher, the Walther A. Rosenblith Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences, MIT; Kanwisher is an engaging and lively science communicator and has...
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This Canary Resuscitator was manufactured in the 1920s by Siebe Gorman and Co.; it was carried by miners to revive the canaries that were used from the late 19th century until 1987(!) as early-warning signals for potentially lethal gas leaks. (more…)
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In 2014, the Economist described a 'Cambrian explosion' of tech startups trying every conceivable idea in every conceivable variation, competing to find better ways to deliver better services at lower costs; today it laments the 'kill-zone' of business ideas that are...
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Government Attic used the Freedom of Information Act to force the NSA to cough up its 'old security posters from the 1950s and 1960s'; after two years' delay, the NSA finally delivered 139 pages' worth of gorgeous, weird, revealingly paranoid internal materials, produced by...
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Just in time for Father's Day, here's a sweet animated film Tend, about a father who becomes too focused on tending a fire, at the expense of his young daughter. (more…)
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Česko Slovensko Má Talent is the Czech-Slovak version of the popular talent show franchise, and they had a family of mirror-clad dancers compete. Note: their dancing is really more like gingerly swaying about, for understandable reasons. (more…)
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