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People love road trips. Some like 'em more than others. And some like them perhaps a little bit too much. This interactive map from Richard Kreitner and Steven Melendez crams the locations mentioned in twelve road-tripping books including Mark Twain's Roughing It and Jack Kerouac's On the Road. That total's 1,500 entries, paired with the most appropriate coordinates the author could assign. You might take issue with some of the book choices, but we'll only accept complaints after you've tackled the entirety of this cartographic labor of love. You'll find the bibliography after the break. Wild, Cheryl Strayed The Cruise of the Rolling Junk, F. Scott Fitzgerald Rolling Nowhere: Riding the Rails With America's Hoboes, Ted Conover A Walk Across America, Peter Jenkins Cross Country: Fifteen Years and 90,000 Miles on the Roads and Interstates of America with Lewis and Clark, Robert Sullivan The Lost Continent, Bill Bryson Blue Highways: A Journey into America, William Least Heat Moon On the Road, Jack Kerouac Roughing It, Mark Twain Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert Pirsig Travels with Charley, John Steinbeck The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Tom Wolfe

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If you were anywhere near the internet in late July, you probably read the news: Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, two security researchers who specialize in hacking cars, figured out how to remotely take control of a Jeep.

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AT&T is offering the first nationwide bundle of services. CNET/Marguerite Reardon

Well, AT&T didn't waste any time.

Fresh off of closing its acquisition of DirecTV last month, the nation's second-largest wireless carrier unveiled its first bundle of mobile and television services. The company is offering four wireless accounts with 10GB of sharable data and television service with high-definition video and digital video recording capabilities for four televisions for a promotional rate of $200 a month for the first year. The bundle will launch on August 10.

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In life we always have the flip side of a coin. In analogy I mean that one group of well trained individuals with a different mind set will have a different approach in the ways that they do things to achieve certain goals.

Today we have marketing artists vs. marketing scientists.

I am trained in both worlds as I am a artist who deals with various artistic traits such as designing and educated as a information system scientist who utilizes analytics, Google adwords, and Excel. Where both parties think that their effective route of getting the job done is the right way, my feelings are that we need to mix both worlds of thought together to be much more effective in reaching our marketing goals.

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It has come time that you have the opportunity to buy a business. One in which you can still foster your passion and continue to profit wisely and abundantly. The reason that this opportunity has come along is due to the business owner getting older and that they have decided to sell the business to qualified buyers. You want to buy it since you have worked with the business owner for years and you both figure that with your experience the business will grow and command a higher price as the years go on.

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Heading back to school can be stressful, whether you’re worried about your overwhelming course load or simply loading up the car. However, finding the right laptop to use during class or tote to the library for late-night cram sessions can be just as a big a concern, especially when you’re likely devoting the bulk of your cash to housing, books, foods, and other common expenditures associated with pursing a a higher education.

Related: Best TVs under $500 | 25 great laptop bags that add style to function

Thankfully, there’s currently an abundance of solid, budget-based laptops on the market that won’t leave you scrounging around for the nearest pack of ramen. Each of the laptops featured below retails for less than $500,  and while they may not set any speed records, they offer a resounding amount of productivity for the price. Just try to keep Netflix and House of Cards to a minimum!

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Nichelle Nichols, on the set of the original Star Trek series, and at the 2013 Phoenix Comicon in Phoenix, Arizona.

During an IAmA on reddit last week, actor Nichelle Nichols—known to many as Communications Officer Lt. Uhura on the original Star Trek—revealed she's preparing to fly on an official NASA mission at the age of 82. She won't be going into space, however. The television pioneer will instead work with the SOFIA mission, NASA's initiative involving the world's largest airborne observatory.

"SOFIA does not, sadly, fly into space," Nichols told fans during the online Q&A. "It's an airborne observatory, a massive telescope mounted inside a 747 flying as high as is possible. I was on a similar flight, the first airborne observatory, back in 1977. It's an amazing experience, you get a totally different perspective than from Earth. I do hope someone gets some great pictures."

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If there's one thing that I've come to learn that I'm very allergic to, it's systemd. I do hope that as part of this work, they add a symbol that could be used to help warn those of us with systemd allergies that systemd may be present. Like this warning symbol could be shown on the Debian website, or at the very beginning of an installation of Debian 8 (or later). At least if we're alerted to the presence of systemd, we can take steps to protect ourselves, like by installing OpenBSD instead of Debian.

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Inside Derek Zoolander's brain, Einstein's theory of relativity swirls, mocha frappuccinos float, synapses sputter and the word "Eugoogly" is very clearly defined.

The new teaser for the sequel to Zoolander also explains the most pressing question some fans may have: Why isn't the movie called 2oolander. Puns are just too much for Derek to wrap his head around. Actually, the phrase "wrap your head around" probably wouldn't make much sense to him, either.

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Mojibar Is a Keyboard-Driven Emoji Search Engine for Mac

Mac: The emoji search in OS X is just fine, but if you’re looking for something a little smoother, Mojibar is a menubar based emoji app that makes typing in an emoji quick and easy.

Once it’s installed, you can load up the app with Ctrl+Shift+Space. From there, you can quickly search through emoji, then drop emojis into text with either the unicode or the emoji code.

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It was an eventful week in tech news, beyond the usual quarterly-earnings hubbub. Uber, Stripe and other big-name startups inked major deals, and Google began winding down its one-time would-be Facebook killer. Here are the details:

Uber raised another $1 billion (giving it $5 billion total) round that set the company’s value at more than $50 billion, the investors reportedly including Microsoft and Times of India owner Bennett Coleman and Co. Uber is planning to invest $1 billion in India, whose startup market is heating up as Alibaba, Foxconn and SoftBank just plunked down $1 billion to invest in Indian Amazon competitor Snapdeal. Microsoft may be scaling back its smartphone hardware ambitions, but the company is making a big bet on its operating system with Windows 10. The new software is much more competitive with Mac OS X, and Re/code’s Walt Mossberg likes it, but whether Microsoft will get developer love for its non-desktop devices is far from certain. Google may have Internet balloons, but Facebook built an unmanned aircraft that it aims to use for connecting people to the Internet. Speaking of sky-high, the company beat Wall Street expectations this week with  a surge in mobile ad revenue. Oh, and Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are expecting a baby girl. Google Express delivery workers are trying to unionize, Google Glass is relaunching with a focus on enterprise applications, and Google+ isn’t dying quietly so much as it’s being shoved out the door. The company is making its push for home services after acquiring Homejoy earlier this month. Visa is investing in Stripe, in a deal that values the digital payments startup at $5 billion (there are other investors, none of whom are putting in more than $100 million each); the two are also signing an agreement that further wrap up the companies’ businesses in one another. Interim CEO Jack Dorsey was brutal and unsparing when talking about Twitter’s disappointing growth numbers on the earnings call this week, which sent Wall Street into a tizzy. The exit of three major product executives probably won’t calm the Street’s nerves. NBCUniversal plans to invest $250 million in BuzzFeed at a $1.5 billion valuation, and it’s also putting an undisclosed amount into Vox Media (the owner of Re/code), which puts the company’s value at $850 million. Yelp’s stock plummeted earlier this week, and the company says a “unicorn bubble” is sapping it of revenue and talent. Don’t expect Yelp to be the only major tech company to blame the rise of privately backed startups. This week on the Re/code Decode podcast with Kara Swisher, Andreessen Horowitz partner Chris Dixon talked about startups, the tech bubble, and niche fields like virtual reality and bitcoin. Walt Mossberg talked about Windows 10, and Ina Fried explained the recent car-hacking drama. Snapchat is a secretive company, and the lack of publicly available information makes it tough to figure out the innards of its business. Here’s a number: Revenue could reach $50 million this year (the startup was last valued at $16 billion), and it’s ramping up its CFO search as it looks to grow the dollars-and-cents end of its business.
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Last year, the Obama Administration unveiled its plan to curb climate change with some of the stiffest environmental regulations yet. Tomorrow, President Obama will reveal the final rules, with targets that are even more aggressive than the draft regulations.

The new regulations focus on limiting carbon pollution from power plants across America. Specifically, the 600-plus coal-fired power plants across the country are targeted by the regulations — it's said that the new policies will shut down hundreds of such plants, which are among the largest producers of greenhouse gases. The regulations are also designed to halt the production of new coal power plants, and will encourage the development power plants based on renewable sources.

The White House published a video on Facebook to announce the news and, Obama hopes, spread the word. In it, Obama calls the new rules "the biggest, most important step we've ever taken to combat climate change," and he proclaims that "Climate change is not a problem for another generation, not anymore." Obama will make an official announcement tomorrow from the White House.

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Enjoy This Gorgeous Image of the Lagoon Nebula

At this very instant, five thousand light years from Earth, near the center of our galaxy, new stars are forming in a region of interstellar gas and dust called the Lagoon Nebula.

Bright, hot young stars blaze amid dark clouds of dust and bright streaks of glowing gas. Remember that some of those stars are several times larger than the Sun, yet they’re dwarfed by these streaks of gas and dust. For a more precise sense of scale, the whole image is about 40 light years across.

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Cyber-attacks are ten a penny now, and the FBI and other authorities that investigate these crimes around the world have many hurdles to cross if they want to catch a hacker. Police forces can often be hindered by the dark web and anonymizing tools used by cyber-criminals to cover their tracks, but there are also political barriers in arresting cyber-criminals in other countries as well as lengthy trials and investigations into home-grown perpetrators. A couple of high profile cases from recent years have shined a light on how cyber-crime cases are carried out.

There is now a growing underground economy for cyber-crime. It is no longer the preserve of just the hacker elite. The market is thriving, said Symantec in one of its most recent threat reports. More cyber-criminals, whether sophisticated or glorified script kiddies, means more work for authorities as they try desperately to keep up with a flood of international attacks.

International cyber arrests

Many of the world’s most active hackers are dotted across the globe, from Russia to China, from the UK to Australia. The FBI’s most wanted cyber-crime list includes numerous foreign nationals. The most recent hacker snagged from across the pond was British man Lauri Love, who is charged with infiltrating US government computers and now faces extradition.

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Baymax from 'Big Hero 6'

Have you watched 3D-animated Disney flicks like Big Hero 6 and wondered how some of its scenes manage to look surprisingly realistic? Today's your lucky day: Disney has posted a top-level explanation of how its image rendering engine, Hyperion, works its movie magic. The software revolves around "path tracing," an advanced ray tracing technique that calculates light's path as it bounces off objects in a scene. It takes into account materials (like Baymax's translucent skin), and saves valuable time by bundling light rays that are headed in the same direction -- important when Hyperion is tracking millions of rays at once. The technology is efficient enough that animators don't have to 'cheat' when drawing very large scenes, like BH6's picturesque views of San Fransokyo. Although Disney's tech still isn't perfectly true to life, it's close enough that the studio might just fool you in those moments when it strives for absolute accuracy.

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This week, we got a lot of reactions to the huge (but not necessarily surprising) discovery of evidence showing that Happy Birthday has been in the public domain for nearly a century. There was a general agreement that this whole situation is insane, but one specific suggestion that it was "petty" and "a waste of taxpayers money" garnered a push-back from PaulT that won most insightful comment of the week:

A sign that the system is broken? Yes. A petty dispute? I don't call the fact that a private company is hoarding rights to a song that should have been in the public domain decades ago to the tune of $2 million/year petty. If the song is public domain, they are making huge levels of income based on a lie. A waste of taxpayer money? Again, I don't see how returning the public's property to its rightful owners under the original contract is a waste, especially if this results in a wider discussion of how broken and one-sided the copyright system is. Especially if as a result of this, Warner are found to have been misleading enough to be forced to return its ill-gotten gains and other companies are forced to return public domain properties to their rightful owners. OK, that's unlikely, but I can dream. It's a silly dispute in that it should never have been allowed to come to this, but since we're here it's a good fight to have.

Meanwhile, we were quite disturbed by one veteran's story of being on the receiving end of a police raid, and discovering that quite unlike his military training, it is "standard procedure to point guns at suspects in many cases to protect the lives of police officers". That One Guy took second place for insightful by expanding on this extremely worrying contrast:

And they wonder why people don't, and should never, trust them... The military are taught that guns are dangerous weapons, only to be brought out when you plan on using them, and are willing to accept the consequences of doing so. The police on the other hand are apparently taught to draw guns at the first possible opportunity, and treat them not as deadly tools fully capable of killing someone with a single twitch of a finger, but simply a method of intimidation. Also, gotta love(or is that 'loathe')that double standard in play. Police point guns at someone else to 'protect' themselves, even when it's not needed? Perfectly acceptable, and in fact outright desirable. If someone pointed a gun at a cop in order to 'protect' themselves from a them? Attempted murder, assaulting an officer, whatever charges they can cook up, and assume they aren't gunned down on the spot(not likely), they're almost certain to spend several years in jail for 'attempted murder of an officer'.

For editor's choice on the insightful side, we start out with one more nod to That One Guy for a thematically related comment on a partially-related post about asset forfeiture, this time taking on the pervasive and dangerous idea that "criminals don't deserve the protection of the law":

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How well is the Apple Watch selling? Apple isn’t saying much, but that hasn’t kept Bernstein Research anaylist Mark Li from trying to find out. 

According to the Wall Street Journal, a subsidiary of Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) and one of Apple’s suppliers for the Watch told investors that it fell short of a “break-even” number of shipments of its Apple Watch components during the second quarter, and it expects to fall short again in the third quarter. According to Li, it’s very rare for a company to fall short of “break-even” shipments in the third quarter, given the looming holiday rush, and Li says that ASE’s shortfall indicates that Apple Watch sales are lower than expected.

ASE’s subsidiary said its “break-even” point is two million units per month.

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Danny Benedettelli continues to push the possibilities of Lego (with some electrical know-how). His latest creation involves a humanoid robot and a telemetry suit—a wearable exoskeleton that allows him to control the bot from afar.

Behind any great DIY project is an Arduino board, and this one is no different. The board reads Benedettelli’s actions from the exoskeleton, and translates them into commands the bot can understand and then sends the instructions over Bluetooth. So ,when Benedettelli flexes his forearm, the bot does the same.

The robot used in the video is from a previous project Benedettelli created back in 2011, which utilizes the Lego Mindstorms NXT robotic system. Combine that with an Android smartphone integrated into the body of the robot that’s running a custom Android app and you get a robot that can not only walk, but talk and detect faces. Benedettelli must have decided it was the perfect tester for his telemetry suit, as he updated the project page just a few months ago with a video showing off this latest addition.

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