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SpaceX's 'UFO on a stick' may turn Starlink customers into key assets - Business Insider
SpaceX is racing to launch about 1,400 satellites this year and boot up Starlink, a planet-wide, ultra-high-speed internet service. The rocket company, founded by Elon Musk, may ultimately send up 12,000 or even 42,000 in the coming decade.
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12 weeks ago
Psychiatrist calls proposal for Trump mental health more than “ineffective”: “It’s very damaging” | Salon.com
Bandy X. Lee, a psychiatrist at the Yale University School of Medicine, told Salon last month that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., should submit Trump to an “involuntary evaluation.” Lee told Salon in a subsequent interview that citizens could also draw up a petition.
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12 weeks ago
William Gibson: ‘I was losing a sense of how weird the real world was' | Books | The Guardian
In 2016, William Gibson was a third of the way through his new novel when Donald Trump was elected president of the United States.
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12 weeks ago
Quanta Magazine
“Hey — I’ve got holes in some of my jeans. Can you patch them for me?” Your friend, who knows of your legendary skill with a needle and thread, is texting you for help. You go to your sewing kit and pull out some circular patches, each 1 inch in diameter.
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12 weeks ago
Locke and Key is finally coming to Netflix with an appropriately spooky trailer | Ars Technica
Three siblings who have lost their father discover a collection of magical keys at their ancestral home and must keep them from falling into the hands of a demonic figure in the spookily atmospheric official trailer for Locke and Key, a Netflix adaptation of Joe Hill's award-winning graphic novel se
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12 weeks ago
The Whisperer in Darkness Podcast - Z-Machine Matter
The BBC has followed up their brilliant adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's Case of Charles Dexter Ward with a new podcast The Whisperer in Darkness. They've combined a somewhat obscure novella, brought it to modern day and mashed it up with a 1980 UFO sighting in rural England.
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12 weeks ago
Test Your Trivia Knowledge Using This Database of 'Jeopardy!' Questions
Jeopardy!’s “Greatest of All Time” tournament is in full swing. And if you haven’t gotten your chance to compete on the show just yet, now you can do the next best thing.
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12 weeks ago
The voice of sadness is censored as sick. What if it’s sane? | Aeon Essays
I remember being depressed. It was a frightening state of mind that seemed to go on indefinitely. The very idea of waking up was riddled with dread. A state of internal turbulence, apprehension and negativity about the future propelled the total collapse of a positive and optimistic attitude.
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12 weeks ago
Documentation Gathering, Sanitization, and Storage: an excerpt from "A Public Service" / Boing Boing
[Yesterday, we published my review of Tim Schwartz's new guide for whistleblowers, A Public Service: Whistleblowing, Disclosure and Anonymity; today, I'm delighted to include this generous excerpt from Schwartz's book.
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12 weeks ago
How to Actually #DeleteFacebook
At this point, it almost feels like tradition. Every couple of months, Facebook will find itself embroiled in one scandal or another. Inevitably, #DeleteFacebook will start trending across various social media.
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12 weeks ago
Paul Krugman’s no good, very bad Internet day | Ars Technica
Paul Krugman, the Nobel Prize-winning economist, professor at the City University of New York, and New York Times columnist, experienced a chain of what appear to be Internet scam mishaps based on posts to Twitter that he later deleted.
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12 weeks ago
Quanta Magazine
Computers can now drive cars, beat world champions at board games like chess and Go, and even write prose.
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12 weeks ago
Must-have travel gear - inexpensive zipper bags / Boing Boing
Ever since I started using these nylon mesh zipper bags, my travel experience has improved. I have one bag for paper stuff and pens, one for medicine and first aid, one for tools and gear, one for cords and portable power, and one for snacks.
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12 weeks ago
To Start Waking Up Early, Acknowledge That it Sucks
If you’re having a hard time waking up early, it may help to embrace one simple fact: getting out of bed on that first early morning is like ripping off a band-aid. You can try to make things easier on yourself with our many sleep and morning related hacks.
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12 weeks ago
Cliff Mass Weather Blog: Snow Update
Some flakes are falling over the western Washington lowlands right now--but this is not a serious issue. Roads are still quite warm and there is some minor accumulations on grass for some higher elevation locations (see the picture below at the intersection of I-90 and SR 18 east of Issaquah.
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12 weeks ago
The Liberal Paradox - Futility Closet
If we’re committed to individual rights, then we want a society in which freedoms are not arbitrarily restricted; you should get to exercise your preferences so long as this doesn’t harm someone else.
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A beautiful timeline of a future in which the climate crisis is met and overcome / Boing Boing
Eric Holthaus is a meteorologist who has grown weary of the inadequacy of scientific discourse as a means of conveying the urgency of the climate crisis; instead, he's written an inspiring future history in which he traces the year-by-year steps that lead to a just climate transition: "a vision of w
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12 weeks ago
How to read long, difficult books / Boing Boing
Berkeley economics prof (and former Clinton deputy Treasury secretary) J Bradford DeLong (previously) has written a guide for reading "long, difficult books," in response to Andy Matuschak's "rant" Why Books Don't Work.
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12 weeks ago
How to talk to a loved one about the dangers of naturopathy - Naturopathic Diaries
I frequently receive emails asking for advice on how to speak with a loved one receiving naturopathic treatments. Discussing the pitfalls of alternative medicine with someone who is a believer is challenging.
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12 weeks ago
New ereader devices: wishes and openness
Ran across a couple of stories lately about new ebook reader devices. Actually, only one of them was about real devices, but the other one was just as interesting. On his Medium blog, writer Sumit Garg wishes for a new kind of ereader device in 2020.
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12 weeks ago
The Best 18th-Century Toilets Were Designed to Look Like Books - Atlas Obscura
Reading material and toilets have a special relationship. Stacks of magazines are as common a fixture of many washrooms as toilet paper, toothpaste, or towels.
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12 weeks ago
Twitch's Non-Gamers Are Finally Having Their Moment | WIRED
Nine years after the launch of the game streaming platform Twitch, the content hardcore gamers most vocally reviled has officially become its most watched: just talking.
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12 weeks ago
Who’s In — Steyer! — And Who’s Out Of The January Debate | FiveThirtyEight
Although there have been six debates in the 2020 Democratic primary already, next Tuesday’s clash in Iowa is the first to actually take place in 2020.
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12 weeks ago
HiFi Audio On The Commodore 64 – 48KHz, Yo! | Hackaday
Prior to the development of CD-quality audio hardware in the mid-1990s, home computers and consoles typically made do with synthesized music. Due to the storage and RAM limitations of the time, there weren’t a whole lot of other practical options.
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12 weeks ago
Enjoy "iCthulhu," a free Lovecraftian cyberpunk webcomic / Boing Boing
I assumed this was meant to be deliberately absurd. But I'm never one to back down from a challenge. So we pitched the idea to Grayhaven Comics for one of their sci-fi anthology collections — and much to our surprise, they gave us the greenlight.
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12 weeks ago
School Daze — Star Trek’s “Children of Mars” | Tor.com
Star Trek has never provided a particularly imaginative future. This isn’t really a problem, as such. Science fiction isn’t always—or even often—in the business of accurately predicting the future.
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12 weeks ago
U.S. Plagued By Widespread Website Crashes After Mouse Gets Into Internet
SAN JOSE, CA—Constantly evading frustrated domain hosts’ attempts to trap and remove the pest, many of the nation’s websites began crashing Friday after a mouse got into the internet.
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12 weeks ago
Traveller: A Classic Science Fiction Simulator | Tor.com
Howard: So, I recently pointed Todd to a nifty-looking Kickstarter for a deep space exploration expansion for Traveller, and it got the two of us talking about what is arguably the best-known science fiction role-playing game, and one of the first. Todd: “Arguably” is right.
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12 weeks ago
Just How Many Star Trek Movies Are in Development Now? | Tor.com
Director Noah Hawley (Legion, Fargo) has given fans an update on Star Trek 4, and if you read between the lines it sounds like his idea for the film could be a sharp departure from anything else we’ve seen in the franchise by, ironically, hewing closer to Star Trek’s roots.
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12 weeks ago
Finnegans Wake Pages | dnsguard.net
01/08/2018 · Let's make reading Finnegans Wake fun, not daunting. ^.^ Music is Finnegans Wake by the Irish Rovers No review for FW yet, but here's my Ulysses one.
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12 weeks ago
Our Favorite Laptop Tote Bags for 2020: Reviews by Wirecutter
No professional wardrobe is complete without a great-looking bag to carry all your gear. For people who have to lug around a work computer, laptop tote bags are more grown-up than a backpack and offer more storage space than a briefcase.
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12 weeks ago
Why Marianne Williamson’s Unconventional Presidential Bid Didn’t Catch On | FiveThirtyEight
Marianne Williamson’s run is over. On Friday — just over a week after laying off her entire campaign staff — the self-help author and motivational speaker announced she was dropping out of the presidential race. We can’t say this result was a shock.
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An oral history of Rickrolling / Boing Boing
In 2006, Erik Helwig created the Rickroll. Maybe. Over at MEL Magazine, Brian VanHooker's "An Oral History of Rickrolling" takes us back to a time when the worst of the weaponized Internet memes were those created by advertising agencies, not corrupt politicians and warmongers.
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We have completed the set! Conpletely balanced...unlike this game. : Cosmic_Encounter
Nice! What do you mean by “unlike this game”? The designers of the game are famous for saying things like "Fair isn't fun," you can see this in the game in how drastically more powerful Virus is than something like Claw. Both can be a lot of fun, though.
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12 weeks ago
Hack Your Pets Into Microsoft's New 'Dogs and Cats' Windows Theme
Microsoft just released an adorable “Dogs and Cats” pack of desktop backgrounds, if you’ve been looking for a way to make your Windows 10 PC’s wallpaper a little cuter to look at. There are fifteen images in total, all of which are available for download from the Microsoft store.
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12 weeks ago
New Jersey mom and dad open Amazon diaper order and discover poopy diapers / Boing Boing
In New Jersey, a mom and dad were unpleasantly surprised to discover that a box of diapers delivered by Amazon for changing their 19-month-old daughter.... was full of poopy diapers.
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12 weeks ago
The Crummy.com Review Of Things 2019, Part Two: Film
: Well-covered throughout the year as always; what you're here for (assuming you're here at all) is the top ten! Most of the movies in this year's top ten come from the 1980s, due in large part to Bill Forsyth's dominance of the scoreboard.
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Review: Cowboy Bebop becomes a boardgame | Ars Technica
Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com. It’s been years since I watched Cowboy Bebop. I remember borrowing imported VHS tapes and flying through the series (“bingeing,” as the kids today call it).
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12 weeks ago
Laminate Score Sheets For Your Favorite Games So You Can Reuse Them
A few years ago my friend group discovered the dice game Quixx. If you haven’t played it, I highly recommend it. Essentially, you roll a collection of differently-colored dice and then try to mark off numbers on a score sheet based on the totals.
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12 weeks ago
This Lifehack Will Change Your Life—If You Can Stand It
There is no app or device that will influence your life like this annoyingly simple guidance. The secret to achieving excellence is disarmingly simple. You might not like it, though.
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12 weeks ago
5 Tricks to Never Run Out of Ideas Again
Put these in your back pocket for a rainy day. Human beings are naturally creative. But sometimes we struggle with getting started. Whether you are going to write a novel or starting to learn a musical instrument, here are five methods to be more creative: 1.
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The History of the Dog Park |History | Smithsonian Magazine
Birthed from the counterculture of the ’60s, the pet playground has witnessed a major shift in how Americans relate to their canines A Friday afternoon at Ohlone Dog Park in Berkeley, California, is a riot of canine joy.
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My Favorite Beverage Is a 2,000-Year-Old Energy Drink From Ancient Rome
The Romans sure knew how to quench their thirst. We all know it’s good to hydrate. Water can be so blah though. So when I’m trying to rehydrate after a long run in the summer heat, I tend to reach for an old-timey solution: The energy drink of ancient Rome.
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12 weeks ago
Against History – Fake Nous
In my previous two posts, I attacked Continental philosophy and Analytic philosophy, respectively. But some philosophers remain unoffended, so now it’s time for me to attack the third main thing that people do in philosophy departments: the history of philosophy.
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12 weeks ago
Star Trek: Picard gets a huge backstory twist with a new Short Treks Easter egg
Pardon the hyperbole, but mark this down in your captain's log: Everything you thought you knew about Star Trek: Picard is suddenly different and Trek canon will never be the same.
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12 weeks ago
How to Discard Your Old Cables and Cords
Over at the Wall Street Journal, writer Katharine Bindley asked us to admit one thing to ourselves: Somewhere, in the back of a closet or an attic, we all have a box of unused cords and cables.
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12 weeks ago
Trump has a rare public moment of self-awareness - The Washington Post
President Trump is a man who practically begs you to caricature him. His devotion to his shtick is either so complete that he rarely breaks character, or the character has simply become him over many decades. But there are moments in which he lifts the veil, and one such moment came Thursday night.
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12 weeks ago
Noah Hawley's STAR TREK Film Sets A New Stardate for the Franchise - Nerdist
It appears that Noah Hawley’s Star Trek 4 won’t really be a fourth feature film featuring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto as Kirk and Spock after all. Rather, Paramount seems interested in another “new beginning” for the franchise.
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12 weeks ago
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In the world of professional snooker — a game similar to pool, played throughout the U.K. — there is confusion about the word “tactic.” Loosely put, there are two kinds of shots in snooker.
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12 weeks ago
Hackers Are Abusing a Bug in Firefox to Take Over Computers | News & Opinion | PCMag.com
It's time to patch, Firefox users. Hackers are exploiting a serious bug in the browser to take over computers. The vulnerability deals with a Javascript compiler in the browser, which can be used to run malware or crash a computer.
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12 weeks ago
Elon Musk revealed some details of how customers will receive Starlink
On Monday, January 6, SpaceX successfully deployed a new batch of 60 Starlink broadband internet satellites into low Earth orbit. SpaceX became the company with the world's largest constellation with a total of 180 satellites in orbit -out of the 12,000 that they plan to deploy.
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Why SpaceX's Starlink Satellites Caught Astronomers Off Guard | Space
Astronomers have had five years to brace for the impact of SpaceX's Starlink internet-satellite megaconstellation, but the first few batches of the spacecraft still managed to catch the community off guard.
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12 weeks ago
Press Watch: When Trump just makes stuff up, mainstream media still plays along | Salon.com
Donald Trump can still rely on a remarkable amount of credulousness from top news organizations, particularly in their headlines and initial tweets.
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Opinion | Why Do People Believe in Hell? - The New York Times
The idea of eternal damnation is neither biblically, philosophically nor morally justified. But for many it retains a psychological allure. Dr. Hart is a philosopher, scholar of religion and cultural critic.
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12 weeks ago
Can constant acceleration be used to produce artificial gravity in space? - MIT Technology Review
Every week, the readers of our space newsletter, The Airlock, send in their questions for space reporter Neel V. Patel to answer. This week: how to produce artificial Earth-like gravity through acceleration in space.
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12 weeks ago
A wave of super-earnest card games want you to bare your soul on game night - The Washington Post
When Sandra Mary Mathoslah suggested playing a card game with her in-laws on a Sunday afternoon, she didn’t know it would result in tears. Mathoslah, a 33-year-old pharmacist, had suggested they play the game, called Uncurated, over Turkish coffee and fruit tarts in her Bethesda studio apartment.
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12 weeks ago
Satellite constellations harvest energy for near-total global coverage
Credit: CC0 Public DomainThink of it as a celestial parlor game: What is the minimum number of satellites needed to see every point on Earth? And how might those satellites stay in orbit and maintain continuous 24/7 coverage while contending with Earth's gravity field, its lumpy mass, the pull of th
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12 weeks ago
SpaceX's Elon Musk says Starlink user antennas will be like "UFOs on a stick"
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has teased the first detailed description of the Starlink antennas (“user terminals”) customers will need to connect to the massive satellite internet constellation, revealing a few new and unexpected details about the critical hardware.
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12 weeks ago
New Star Trek Movie Might Be Another Reboot
Precious little is known about the next Star Trek movie in development from Paramount Pictures but we know that TV auteur Noah Hawley (Legion, Fargo) has come on board to serve as both writer and director of the film.
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12 weeks ago
Boeing Employees Mocked FAA In Internal Messages Before 737 Max Disasters : NPR
Updated at 9:58 p.m. ET The latest documents Boeing has released related to the design and certification of the 737 Max paint a dark picture of employee reactions to problems that came up during the development of the now-grounded airliners.
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12 weeks ago
The 8 Best Fact-Checking Sites for Finding Unbiased Truth
With deliberate misinformation campaigns and the continued prevalence of fake news, fact-checking sites are now more important than ever.
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12 weeks ago
Boeing Employees Mocked F.A.A. and ‘Clowns’ Who Designed 737 Max - The New York Times
The company expressed regret at the embarrassing communications it sent to investigators on Thursday, which included a comment that “this airplane is designed by clowns, who are in turn supervised by monkeys.
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12 weeks ago
Cuttlefish 3D glasses study finds the species' brains use stereopsis to perceive depth, scientists say - CBS News
Cuttlefish aren't wearing 3D glasses to enjoy state-of-the-art movie theater technology, but rather to help scientists better understand how they see the world. It turns out that when it comes to depth perception, these little squid-like sea creatures are extremely skilled.
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