Chinese smiths forge a large flange on the street [video]

... | Dec 17 @ 09:49

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Apple, Google, and Uber join list of tech companies refusing to build Muslim registry

... | Dec 16 @ 18:21

Update 6PM ET, 12/16: Added statements from Apple and Uber and clarified headline to reflect the companies’ shared stance on the subject of a Muslim registry. Apple, Google, and Uber have all broken their respective silences on whether they would participate in helping build a Muslim registry for the incoming Trump administration, BuzzFeed reports. The company denied to comment when asked by BuzzFeed about a Muslim registry or whether it still works with the NSA. The email compared any statement regarding the building of a Muslim registry to a “straw man” argument and suggested Facebook’s PR strategy should be to remain silent. BuzzFeed published the email, which then forced Facebook to issue a statement saying it had not been asked, nor would it agree, to helping build a Muslim registry.

Wrap Gifts Without Any Tape or Ribbon Using This Japanese Method

... | Dec 16 @ 14:00

If you don’t have any tape or ribbon want to avoid a tacky aesthetic, this Japanese method can keep your presents wrapped sans sticky tape. Japan Gift Wrap Hack [No Tape, No Ribbon] | BeatTheBush The key here is to fold the wrapping paper in such a way that the last bit of paper is able to tuck into itself. It’s quite literally the rough duct tape solution to wrapping presents. There’s something a little inelegant about covering your gifts with odd bits of tape.

Hans Rosling doesn’t consider himself an optimist or pessimist but ‘possibilist’

... | Dec 17 @ 06:39

“Scientists want to do good, but the problem is that they don’t understand the world,” Rosling says. And rather than generating data, Rosling has spent the past two decades communicating data gathered by others. I adore him.”The appreciation extends to the World Health Organization: director-general Margaret Chan says that Rosling provides facts for decision-makers to consider. He has not — like Hotez — put neglected tropical diseases on the world health agenda. Ignorance about ignoranceBack in Sweden, Rosling continued to teach global health, moving to the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm in 1996.

FBI backs CIA claims that Russia hacked the election

... | Dec 16 @ 14:58

This assessment flies in the face of statements made by GOP congressmen as well as the Trump transition team itself. "President Obama also noted the developments in his year-end address. "They hacked into some democratic party emails that contained some pretty routine stuff... Then it just took off. "There are times when the message will be directly received by the Russians and not publicized," he said, noting that publicly shaming Russia is not super effective. "The president also made clear that not all repercussions from this attack will be immediately obvious.

Tesla owners who leave cars at Superchargers after charging will pay $0.40/minute

... | Dec 16 @ 19:55

Tesla will begin charging owners who leave their cars at Supercharger stations after they have completed charging, the company announced today. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 11, 2016Tesla owners have in the past complained about fellow owners leaving cars in Supercharger spots for hours. Tesla CEO Elon Musk originally hinted at the company taking action on Twitter last weekend. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 17, 2016- Source: Tesla Blog After charging is complete, Tesla owners will have five minutes to disconnect and move their cars, or they will be charged $0.40 per minute for as long as the car remains hooked up to the Supercharger.

The creator of Mr. Robot is adapting sci-fi masterpiece Metropolis as a miniseries

... | Dec 16 @ 19:59

Robot, is working to adapt the 1927 Fritz Lang film Metropolis as a miniseries, according to a report from The Hollywood Reporter. Robot is set to debut some time next year. The project is in the very early stages of development, the report says, and it’s unclear what role Esmail will play in the finished project. Sam Esmail, the celebrated auteur behind the cybersecurity drama Mr. That made it an incredibly expensive film at the time, and it in fact was a box office bomb.

SQL Server on Linux public preview

... | Dec 17 @ 04:35

Tooling on LinuxToday, we have released updated versions of our flagship SQL Server tools including SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS), Visual Studio SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) and SQL Server PowerShell with support for the next release of SQL Server on Windows and Linux. Other improvements in the next version of SQL ServerThe next release of SQL Server brings the power of SQL Server to Linux. With the next release of SQL Server, you can develop applications with SQL Server on Linux, Windows, Docker, or macOS (via Docker) and then deploy to Linux, Windows, or Docker, on-premises or in the cloud. Developers can use the SQL Server extension for VS Code on macOS/Linux/Windows with SQL Server running anywhere (on-premises, on Linux and Windows, in any cloud, in virtual machines, Docker, SQL Server 2016 or the next release of SQL Server preview) and with Azure SQL Database and Azure SQL DW. Stay tuned for additional SQL Server Blog posts in the coming weeks, including SQL Server high availability, security, connectors, and developer tools on Linux!

Tesla introduces fee for lazy owners who leave their cars at Supercharger stations

... | Dec 16 @ 20:25

“One would never leave a car parked at a gas station right at the pump and the same rule applies with Superchargers,” read Tesla’s announcement. Get that money, Tesla. Tesla shares your anger and will soothe it by giving those drivers a different kind of charge. There’s nothing like driving your nearly-empty Tesla up to a Supercharger station for a top-up and finding every spot taken by other cars — probably all charged up and ready to go. Why, one will get an alert on one’s phone, of course, via the Tesla app.

Germany's New Crowdfunded Train

... | Dec 17 @ 04:41

LocomoreOriginally, Locomore’s train graced Germany’s rails in the 1970s (as part of the Deutsche Bahn fleet, no less). Still, with just one train going each direction per day, Locomore is not going to be displacing Deutsche Bahn any time soon. Deutsche Bahn will not sell Locomore tickets from station ticket booths, making them available only online. This has opened up Germany’s market to some competition between smaller companies such as Transdev and Deutsche Bahn, though the latter still dominates. Serving the 370-mile route between Berlin and Stuttgart since Wednesday, the Locomore company takes about an hour longer to complete its journey than Deutsche Bahn, the main national carrier.

Washington Post automatically inserts Trump fact-checks into Twitter

... | Dec 16 @ 18:35

As of press time, Trump's Twitter account has not yet acknowledged the Post's Chrome plug-in. In an apparent first for any American news outlet, the Washington Post released a Chrome plug-in on Friday designed to fact-check posts from a single Twitter account. Users will need to click a post in The Donald's Twitter feed to see any fact-check information from the Washington Post, which appears as a gray text box beneath the tweet. "In June, Trump announced that his Presidential campaign team had revoked the Washington Post's press credentials. With the extension installed, Trump's Twitter account now includes dozens of fact-check notes on any post with a statement that WaPo's editors deem inaccurate or misleading.

Google Maps now notes if a location is wheelchair accessible

... | Dec 16 @ 19:14

“Wheelchair accessible entrance” will now be noted in a location’s “Amenities” section wherever Google is made aware of the accessibility. In major cities where many of the buildings were built decades ago, wheelchair access is anything but a given. And starting now, it’s one that Google Maps is trying to help answer. “Can I get in the building?”It might not be a question you find yourself asking regularly — but for the 3 million+ wheelchair users in the U.S., it’s a question that has to be considered. “Aren’t all buildings supposed to be wheelchair accessible?”While the Americans with Disabilities Act requires new buildings to account for wheelchair access, the requirements for structures built prior to the act’s signing in 1993 are less strict (Heads up: PDF link).

TechCrunch’s 2016 Gift Guide

... | Dec 16 @ 18:31

Welcome to the 2016 TechCrunch Gift Guide! Coming up with gift ideas for everyone on your list can be tough — but we can help. We see a lot of cool stuff at TechCrunch, so we figured we’d share some of our favorite gift ideas to make your holiday season a little less stressful. We’re working on more gift guides right this second. Who are you buying a gift for?

Tesla's fix for Supercharger squatters is a $0.40 per minute fee

... | Dec 17 @ 02:25

As the number of Teslas on the road continues to increase, owners are running into a growing problem. If they don't move the car within five minutes, it will start racking up a $0.40 per minute idle fee (in the US and Canada), billed at their next visit to a service center. Since its cars aren't quite ready to drive themselves away once they've filled up, Tesla is placing the responsibility on the owners. Once a car's battery is full, the owner receives a push notification via the Tesla app. While there are Superchargers located nationwide for them to plug in and quickly charge up, they can quickly get clogged up if one jerk leaves their car parked there for a few hours.

Venezuela Follows India’s Example and Voids Half of Its Cash

... | Dec 16 @ 23:12

Mr. Maduro said Monday night he was closing the Colombian border until Thursday night to prevent stacks of bolivars from making it back to the country. Photo: marco bello/ReutersCARACAS, Venezuela—Venezuela is taking nearly half the country’s bank notes out of circulation beginning Wednesday, threatening to ruin the holidays season for Venezuelans already suffering from dire cash shortages, hyperinflation and an economic meltdown. Venezuelans have just two days to deposit into banks the more than six billion targeted bills currently in circulation. ENLARGE People lining up to withdraw cash from an automated teller machine in Caracas on Monday, after the government announced it would outlaw the 100-bolivar bill. President Nicolás Maduro said outlawing the notes would destroy what he claims are Colombian smuggling mafias that hoard bolivars to buy price-controlled food and gasoline in Venezuela, which is then resold at a markup.

Fact-check Trump's next tweetstorm as it happens

... | Dec 16 @ 18:26

It's handy, sure, but at the least you'll have to follow Trump or hit his profile page to actually see the extension in action. After all, why would a Trump supporter follow an account that actively debunks what the President-elect is saying? If someone hasn't been paying attention to the internet over the past few days, they might not know what prompted the remarks. " From there is a summary of why, with a link back to WaPo's story about the situation. In my testing, the fact checking only works on a tweet's permalink, and even then, only if you refresh the link.

Prenda Law “copyright trolls” Steele and Hansmeier arrested

... | Dec 16 @ 13:13

The two lawyers said to be the masterminds behind Prenda Law, Paul Hansmeier and John Steele, have been arrested and charged with a multimillion-dollar extortion scheme. "Prenda Law sued hundreds of people for copyright infringement, accusing them of illegally downloading pornographic movies. Some key documents in Prenda lawsuits were signed by Steele's former housekeeper, Alan Cooper—but Cooper denied it, saying his signature had been forged. Both Hansmeier, 35, and Steele, 45, were arrested earlier today before the indictment was made public. "Perhaps unable to maintain real pornography producers as clients, Hansmeier and Steele started making their own porn in May 2012.

This virtual assistant looks like an anime girl trapped in a coffee pot

... | Dec 16 @ 13:36

The device includes infrared tech, meaning it should be able to talk to not-so-smart home appliances that aren't WiFi-connected. There's a limited run of 300 Gearboxes, on preorder til mid January 2017, with delivery currently penned for December 2017. You'll have to really like the idea of a tiny trapped anime character of your own: preorders cost 298,000 yen -- which is roughly $2500. The company admits there's only limited conversation interactions anyhow, although there's a text message-based Chatbot for Hikari if you're also not much of a talker. You'll be able to text the her, even though she isn't real.

Honor Magic tucks Huawei's latest smarts into a slab of glass

... | Dec 16 @ 15:24

Soon after booking a cab through an app -- Didi Chuxing, in this case -- the lock screen will also retain the driver's details until your ride starts. The Magic's lock screen also automatically brings up relevant information based on your location, messages and purchase history. My favorite one is the lock screen shortcut key that's automatically generated based on one's daily habit. And because of the moderate body size plus the curved back, the Magic feels nice in my hand. When you pick up the phone, the screen will automatically turn on only when you're looking at it.

Trump adviser says science gets “a lot of things wrong”

... | Dec 16 @ 15:20

On Wednesday, Trump transition team advisor Anthony Scaramucci made one of those arguments in a CNN appearance. While science may be an effort to objectively evaluate the workings of the cosmos, human behavior is not. Pressed on the scientific consensus, Scaramucci challenged whether anything in science can be known. Even though people are generally not opposed to the institution of science, most of us will stick to the positions of our cultural team when politics rub up against science. As Oklahoma’s attorney general, Trump’s choice for EPA administrator sued the EPA to oppose a number of air and water pollution regulations.

No Proton Decay Means Grand Unification Must Wait

... | Dec 17 @ 10:43

“So far, we never see this proton decay evidence,” said Makoto Miura of the University of Tokyo, who leads the Super-Kamiokande experiment’s proton decay search team. (Neutrons would similarly decay; experts call it proton decay as shorthand. “By far the most likely way we would ever verify this idea is proton decay,” said Stephen Barr, a physicist at the University of Delaware. “People can construct models with higher symmetries and stand on their nose and try to avoid proton decay,” Nanopoulos said. “Proton decay has been a failure,” he said.

Build Your Own Mobile Digital Library to Share Books From Anywhere With Anyone

... | Dec 16 @ 17:30

Adafruit has a guide to turn a Raspberry Pi Zero into a little digital free library you can take with you anywhere. Digital Free Library | Adafruit Ever wished you could easily share your collection of PDFs, DIY books, or magazines? AdvertisementThis project essentially turns a Raspberry Pi into a Wi-Fi hotspot and small web server that hosts your books or magazines. When you want to share your library collection with someone, just plug the Pi in and they’ll be able to connect to its Wi-Fi network.

Trivago closes up 8% in public debut

... | Dec 16 @ 17:01

Hotel search site Trivago went public on Friday, after separating from Expedia. The company raised $287 million in the offering and plans to use the capital to focus on growth and potentially make strategic acquisitions. “We don’t have to go to a vertical to solve another problem,” until the hotel search is perfected, Schromgens explained. Trivago saw substantial revenue growth, bringing in $425.6 million in the nine months ending in September 2016. Founded in 2005, Trivago previously raised funding from London-based HOWZAT Media.

‘Rogue One’ transports viewers to a bigger Star Wars universe

... | Dec 16 @ 17:30

So last night, despite my protests, I found myself watching another Star Wars movie. So ultimately, I left the theater resigned to the fact that I’ll be seeing more Star Wars movies in the future. )But despite the underdeveloped characters, this is an exciting start to Disney’s “anthology” films, which will explore stories outside the main Star Wars narrative. It’s a beautiful, thrilling sequence, leading into my favorite ending of any Star Wars film. You might not think that this kind of fatalism belongs in a Star Wars movie, but if anything, it makes Rogue One feel more grandly heroic than its predecessors.

Tsunami warning issued after magnitude 7.9 quake hits east of Papua New Guinea

... | Dec 17 @ 06:42

A couple of hours after the quake, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) said the threat had largely passed, although it said government agencies should continue to monitor coastal tides. New Zealand also canceled an earlier tsunami warning. "Based on all available data ... the tsunami threat from this earthquake has now passed," the PTWC said in an updated and final alert after the quake, which struck 157 km (98 miles) east of Rabaul. Many residents in the northern parts of the autonomous region of Bougainville sought higher ground amid warnings that tsunami waves were possible. "The small Pacific nation of Nauru, where one of Australia’s offshore immigration detention centers is located, had a tsunami warning in place, according to the official government Twitter account.

Dwarf planet Ceres is 'oozing' with water

... | Dec 16 @ 13:11

Our planet has about 15 quintillion tons of ocean water, but is over 10 times larger in diameter than Ceres. Scientists have theorized that liquid water once flowed inside Ceres during the early years of our solar system. However, in the colder, high-latitude areas, "water can survive within a meter of the surface over Ceres' 4.5 billion year lifetime," according to the paper. Once it got colder, surface ice sublimated (passed straight from a solid to a gas) at the equators of Ceres, either dissipating into space or forming a very thin atmosphere. That makes around 0.2-0.3 quintillion tons of water at the high end of the scale, which is not a lot less than the Earth, relatively speaking.

Uber continues self-driving vehicle testing in SF in defiance of DMV

... | Dec 16 @ 19:04

The DMV says Uber needs a permit to test its autonomous vehicles, but Uber argues that its vehicles aren’t autonomous at all and therefore it doesn’t need a permit. Levandowski repeatedly compared Uber’s self-driving cars, which have been on the road in Pittsburgh since mid-September and in San Francisco this week, to Tesla’s self-driving technology. Despite the DMV’s order, Levandowski said Uber’s self-driving cars will remain on San Francisco streets, picking up passengers. Uber won’t stop operating self-driving vehicles in San Francisco, despite an order from the California Department of Motor Vehicles to do just that. The agency ordered Uber to stop operating its self-driving cars in San Francisco after a dashcam video captured an autonomous Uber speeding through a red light.

This psychedelic NASA video shows how CO2 spreads in the atmosphere

... | Dec 16 @ 17:51

NASA used satellite measurements of carbon dioxide to create a startling new 3D video that shows how the greenhouse gas moves through Earth’s atmosphere. “There's still a long way to go, but this is a really important and necessary step in that chain of discoveries about carbon dioxide. The observations — which cover one year, from September 2014 to September 2015 — were then combined with a high-resolution weather model to give an unprecedented 3D view. What they’re still trying to figure out is things like which ecosystems absorb what amount of CO2, according to NASA. An unprecedented 3D viewCarbon dioxide, which is produced in high quantities by the burning of fossil fuels for energy, is rapidly warming up our planet.

Woody Harrelson will livestream a movie into theaters next year

... | Dec 16 @ 19:28

We've seen plays livestreamed to movie theaters and homes before, but what Woody Harrelson has planned for January 19th is a little different. His Lost in London Live movie will be streamed in movie theaters as it is shot, across 14 locations with a 30 person cast -- all on one camera in a single continuous take. According to Harrelson, he wants to "truly blend the excitement of live theater with the scale and scope of film.

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