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Thursday February 15, 2018. 06:47 PM
The creation of 'public ledgers' -- like blockchain, popularized by Bitcoin -- requires 'consensus algorithms' that allow mutually untrusted, uncoordinated parties to agree on a world-readable, distributed list of things (domain names, transactions, title deeds, etc),...
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Trump FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's tenure has been marked by a disregard for the rules under which his agency is legally bound to operate: his Net Neutrality killing order was made without satisfying the evidentiary burden required by law, on the basis of laughable lies...
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I gave my daughter a spirograph for Valentine's Day. https://youtu.be/5lwXwPxcLaU I spent hours doodling with a spirograph as a kid. My set came in a tin pretty much just like this one. It is tempting to wallpaper her room with individual spirograph doodles. Spirograph...
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McDonald's is to cut a certain high-calorie item of junk food from the Happy Menu marketed to kids: cheeseburgers. “We hope these actions will bring more choices to consumers and uniquely benefit millions of families, which are important steps as we build a better...
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Like something out of an old Laurel and Hardy film, these two bumblers are more like clowns than burglars. They attempt to break into a building by throwing bricks through the window. But when one of the inept idiots throws a brick, the other runs in front of it, getting...
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'The most feared weapon of any dictatorship is satire,' says Howard, the Australian who impersonated Kim Jong-un waving a United Korea flag in front of North Korean cheerleaders at the Olympics yesterday. He was rewarded with a none-too-happy response. According to the...
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Here's a clever, artistic hack: Taking a dot-matrix printer and using its mechanism to tap a pencil against paper -- slowly drawing out a picture as a series of tiny graphite dots. As Hackaday notes: The software converts the image into an array, with 0 representing white...
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At r/DataIsBeautiful, academiaadvice posted this map of U.S. gun homicides per 100,000 residents between 2007-2016. Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - https://wonder.cdc.gov/ucd-icd10.html - Tools: Excel, Datawrapper. Rates are expressed on an annual...
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You probably missed out when Nike auctioned off 89 modern-day replicas of Marty McFly's self-lacing sneakers, but that shouldn't stop you from having a pair. While they don't tie themselves, these handcrafted slippers inspired by Marty's futuristic Back to the Future II Air...
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It would be gauche of me to explain this wonderful moment of web video, but I feel obliged to protect you from any potential disappointment with respect to the interactions of rubber chickens and ceiling fans. It's a sample from this performance by Vitas, Russia's answer to...
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To make their truly unique Cinematiq collection, Budapest-based eyewear designer Zachary Tipton and his team looked to vintage films for inspiration. Using 16 and 35mm film sourced from 'old movie theaters, TV stations and private collections,' they wedged short,...
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Officials in Tulsa, Oklahoma constructed this incinerator building in 1939 to burn the city's trash. A short year later, according to Tulsa World, an ordinance was passed that prohibited trash from being burnt within city limits. The property sat dormant for years until...
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If you're a child of the seventies, you'll probably remember that while the sitcom Happy Days aired from 1974 to 1984, it was set in Milwaukee in the late fifties. Ok, so in 1980, an animated spin-off series called The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang hit the Saturday morning...
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In 1929, from Maine to California, and spots in-between, some spry senior citizens were interviewed for Movietone newsreels. This video is a compilation of those interviews. Keep in mind when watching that everyone featured was born before the mid-1800s. In the reels, you'll ...
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The Origami Simulator depicts prefolded paper on screen, all ready to go: to fold it into a beautiful bird, crane or geometric monstrosity, all you have to do is manipulate a slider. There are plenty of preferences to explore, too, including a VR mode and the option of...
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The Environmental Protection Agency's mission is in its name. But it's hard to tell whether or not the EPA is doing its job if the government refuses to release any records of its doing so. In the summer of 2017, the Center for Biological Diversity – an organization that...
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You may have noticed of late that things in America are becoming less, well, American. A cruel misogynist with dangerously racist beliefs is running the show. Nazis and bigots of all stripes no long fear giving voice to their hatred in public. The nation's journalists and...
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Wednesday February 14, 2018. 09:32 PM
The European Journal of Internal Medicine published a study that found 93.7% of seniors benefited from cannabis treatment. During the study period, 2736 patients above 65 years of age began cannabis treatment and answered the initial questionnaire. The mean age was...
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Details have emerged about Karen Smith, the teacher who allegedly assaulted a boy who did not stand for the pledge of allegiance. The BBC reports that she was charged with 'child abuse - recklessly and with injury' and with third-degree assault after picking him up by the...
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When Facebook rolled out 'Messenger Kids,' an IM product aimed at the 6-and-up set, it trumpeted that during the product's 18-month development cycle, it had been evaluated by child development experts in order to 'safeguard' the young children it was targeting from harm....
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