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Winnipeg Man Has Vanity Plate Referencing Star Trek Recalled Over Complaints Of How Racist It Is

Here in North America, because 2016 just had to become the most infuriatingly stupid and polarizing year in the history of the multiverse, far too much oxygen was spent on debates over both how much racism was okay on one side and exactly what qualified as racist on the other. It's one of those frustrating contests with nobody to root for, as half of the population proclaimed that racism was dead and everyone was too stuck up about it while...
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US Energy Secretary takes 22-minute prank call from “Ukrainian Prime Minister”

Enlarge / WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 19: Former Texas Governor Rick Perry, President-elect Donald Trump's choice as Secretary of Energy, testifies during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on Capitol Hill January 19, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images) Getty Images reader comments 16 Last week, US Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry took a phone call from t...
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Niantic CEO blames cellular data congestion for Pokémon Go Fest issues

Niantic CEO John Hanke, the man in charge of the mobile app maker behind Pokémon Go, reflected on the company’s rather disastrous real-world meet-up this past weekend, writing in a blog post published today that he and his team are sorry for the issues and taking the time to detail exactly what went wrong. According to Hanke, it was not so much the lack of preparation on Niantic’s part that plagued the very first Pokémon Go Fest in Chicago ...
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USB 3.2 standard promises 20Gbps speeds over existing Type-C cables

  By Roger Fingas Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 02:19 pm PT (05:19 pm ET) An upcoming revision of the USB standard, USB 3.2, should in some cases dramatically boost transfer speeds over Type-C cables — hinting at a likely upgrade path for Apple's future Macs. USB 3.2 connections will offer two lanes operating up to 10 gigabits per second, the USB 3.0 Promoter Group said on Tuesday. Both the originating and target devices must be 3.2-compatible, b...
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300 Jedi Knights Fight 60,000 Medieval Knights. Who Wins?

300 Jedi vs. 60,000 Footmen (Photo: Screenshot via YouTube/SergiuHellDragoonHQ) “No one can kill a Jedi,” said Anakin Skywalker some years before he helped kill off the Jedi. It turned out not to be that hard. All you needed was to manipulate a trade dispute to incite a war, convince one side to commission an army of clone soldiers, and have the factory secretly put a chip in said soldiers heads (unbeknownst even to them) that forces them t...
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Microsoft Releases Long-Awaited Security Tool, Sets Linux Preview

Microsoft has released its long-awaited cloud-based bug detection tool, previously code-named "Project Springfield." The Windows version became generally available, and a new Linux version became available as a preview last week. The tool, Microsoft Security Risk Detection, uses artificial intelligence to hunt down security vulnerabilities in software that is about to be released. Microsoft Security Risk Detection will help developers do fu...
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4 Ways AI Can Help SMBs

Emerging AI technologies and new service offerings mean that small and mid-sized businesses can join big companies in taking advantage of AI. Every day we inch closer to what science fiction from decades ago speculated the world will one day become. Artificial intelligence (AI) now allows us to do some pretty interesting stuff. We still don’t have flying cars or robot butlers but we do have some self-driving cars and virtual assistants. We ...
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Awaken the Giant Within - Anthony Robbins

Description "I know that no matter where you are in your life, you want more! No matter how well you're already doing or how challenged you now may be, deep inside you there lies a belief that your experience of life can and will be much greater than it already is. You are destined for your own unique form of greatness."Anthony Robbins has already unlocked the personal power inside millions of people worldwide. Now, in this revolutionary ne...
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DevOps Fundamentals, Part 3: Continuous Delivery and Deployment

We’re back with another installment in our preview of the DevOps Fundamentals: Implementing Continuous Delivery (LFS261) course from The Linux Foundation. In the previous articles, we looked at high-performing organizations and then discussed the value stream . In this article, we move along to Continuous Delivery and Deployment. Continuous Delivery basically includes Continuous Integration. It is mandatory to have Continuous Integration to...
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Huawei's Watch 2 costs $550 more with a Porsche Design logo

So what does that extra dose of cash get you? Apart from a snazzy ad with a less-than-enthusiastic looking Lionel Messi (below), you get red accents on the buttons, a hybrid strap with red stripes, and the Porsche Design logo. There's also a different metal bezel with the logo and what looks like a speedometer readout instead of minutes and seconds, because cars, I guess. Suffice to say, buyers of this model are probably looking for the Por...
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Roomba maker wants to flog maps of users' homes with Apple, Amazon and Google

Your lazy vacuum option may be a data nightmare soon VACUUM CLEANER COMPANY iRobot, responsible for the 'smart' Roomba vacuum, is considering doing something really dumb - selling user mapping data to companies that would hand over how your house is laid out. The latest Roomba models have a mapping feature. This makes it easier for the thing to make its way around the home sucking up crap and dust and probably anything that you have left on...
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Dad of the year made a D.Va mecha cosplay suit for his daughter

Why it matters to you Mike Carambat shows that with ingenuity, foam, and a lot of time investment, crafting amazing cosplay outfits can be a lot of fun. Cosplay is often considered a labor of love, given the effort and time investment required, and it’s even more so if you’re building an outfit for someone else. In the case of Mike Carambat, he poured his familial affections into a fully functioning mecha suit for his daughter, inspired by ...
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We got a peek at the world's best airport's newest terminal

You don't get to be the world's best airport for five years running by resting on your laurels. Singapore's Changi airport just upped its game with its newest terminal, and we got a peek inside ahead of the opening later this year. Terminal 4's 225,000 square metre space is decked with high ceilings, allowing natural light to spill in. Image: yvette tan/mashable Image: yvette tan/mashable That kinetic ceiling sculpture moves and rotates. It...
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iOS 11 Will Prevent Your iPhone From Automatically Connecting To Unreliable Wi-Fi Networks

A new feature spotted in iOS 11 beta 2 intelligently manages wireless networks based on their reliability , learning to ignore those that are too far away to provide a consistent experience. TrustedReviews reports: It follows the company's Wi-Fi Assist feature which meant handsets would switch to a data connection when Wi-Fi networks became too slow. Naturally, users weren't thrilled with the resulting data usage issues, and it seems Apple ...
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Constitutional - The Washington Post

Constitutional The Washington Post Genre: History Release Date: July 24, 2017 With the writing of the Constitution in 1787, the framers set out a young nation’s highest ideals. And ever since, we’ve been fighting over it — what is in it and what was left out. At the heart of these arguments is the story of America. As a follow-up to the popular Washington Post podcast “Presidential,” reporter Lillian Cunningham returns with this series expl...
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Mexican Bubble Pizza

This tasty pizza offers a new way to experience Mexican cuisine. Serve it at your next party and watch it disappear before your eyes. —Jackie Hannahs, Cedar Springs, Michigan Original link
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Toyota set to sell long-range, fast-charging electric cars in 2022: paper

TOKYO (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp is working on an electric car powered by a new type of battery that significantly increases driving range and reduces charging time, aiming to begin sales in 2022, the Chunichi Shimbun daily reported on Tuesday. Toyota's new electric car, to be built on an all-new platform, will use all-solid-state batteries, allowing it to be recharged in just a few minutes, the newspaper said, without citing sources. By...
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Telltale's Next Guardians Of The Galaxy Episode To Release In August

During San Diego Comic Con, Telltale Games revealed the release date of the latest episode. The episode, entitled "More Than A Feeling" (A reference to the Boston song) will be out on August 22. "More Than Feeling" will be the third episode of five in the series. For more on Telltale's Guardians Of The Galaxy, you can read Miller's reviews of episode one and episode two . Original link
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The makers of Roomba could one day sell maps of your home

Roomba maker iRobot has big plans for its automated vacuum bots, but it could involve gathering up something a little more personal than dust and crumbs. iRobot CEO Colin Angle thinks that the future of the company's floor cleaning hockey pucks may lie in using them to map the layout of customers' homes, according Reuters . In the report, Angle claims that while the internet of things boom has resulted in everything from smart thermometers ...
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Tweaking Internet Explorer to only use TLS 1.2

I rarely write about Internet Explorer. In part, its because I don't use it, but also, on the assumption that no one that reads a Defensive Computing blog uses it either. Nonetheless, I included it in this series on limiting web browsers to TLS 1.2, because, frankly, it does such a good job of it. To recap, there are six versions of the security protocol that underlies secure websites, those transmitted with HTTPS rather than HTTP. The two ...
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Create FlipCover for Dual Screen Phone/ Uncommon Phone From Other Phone's Flipcover (No Sew)

Dual-screen phones are not exactly common in the market (there are currently less than 5 of them), and the market itself is not big enough, so it's understandable that the choice for accessories are rather limited. I'm always a big fan of flipcovers (all my gadgets are inside their own flipcovers). Other than its ability to protect my phone and my phone screen, leather or faux-leather flipcover are usually waterproof, and sleek in appearanc...
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Ubuntu 3364-1: Linux kernel vulnerabilities

LinuxSecurity.com: Several security issues were fixed in the Linux kernel. Original link
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Google leads the world in digital and mobile ad revenue

Advertising is the lifeblood of the internet. Ahead of Google’s second-quarter earnings today, here’s a look at the state of the company’s ad revenue and how it has grown over the years. Google parent company Alphabet makes more money from digital ads than any company on the planet — it’s expected to make $73.8 billion dollars in net digital ad sales in 2017 after subtracting for traffic acquisition costs, according to internet research fir...
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Zuckerberg fires up the Zuckergrill live on Facebook - CNET

At home with the Zuckerbergs. Screenshot/Facebook Oh, those summer nights. What to do when you're at a loose end? If you're anything like Mark Zuckerberg, you butcher yourself some brisket and stick it on the smoker, then fire up a Facebook live video so the whole world can see. Facebook's CEO spent an hour and 25 minutes broadcasting live from his back yard on Sunday evening while he was waiting for his meat to cook. Zuckerberg's wife, Pri...
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