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Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

This week, we covered the disturbing story of a cop whose huge number of impaired driving arrests turned out to stem from his arbitrary decisions about who was impaired as though it was some sort of magical ability. Roger Strong took a firm line on responding to this, and enough people agreed to make it the first place winner for insightful : Officer T.T. Carroll is a known serial liar. The Cobb County police department supports and encoura...
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Apple nixes video glitch repair program for 2011 MacBook Pros

  By Roger Fingas Sunday, May 21, 2017, 09:52 am PT (12:52 pm ET) Apple is no longer supporting 2011 MacBook Pros as a part of its Repair Extension Program for Video Issues, according to updated support documents. The company is still covering 15-inch Retina models of the Pro from 2012 and 2013, as long as they were bought less than four years ago, Apple said. Officially the program ended on Dec. 31, 2016, but it continues to be in effect f...
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Moon Express chairman believes his team’s “ready to go for the end of this year”

reader comments 27 Chatting up MoonExpress co-founder and chairman Naveen Jain Nathan Mattise / Jennifer Hahn NEW ORLEANS—The day before we talked with Moon Express co-founder and chairman Naveen Jain, he sat on the Collision Conference mainstage next to a HoloLens -clad Robert Scoble. The successful investor Jain and the enthusiastic tech-evangelist Scoble chatted about “Startups as a Superpower,” exploring what it means if a private busin...
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The Search for a Second Earth Just Got A Bit More Interesting

So, you’ve probably seen tons and tons of new stories about Earth-like planets around nearby stars. That’s mostly because over the past few years we’ve launched powerful new telescopes like Kepler that are just sharp enough to find the tiny (in galactic terms, anyway) planets. We’ll have to wait for the launch of James Webb next year to know for sure, but as scientists refine their models and hone their studies of these exo-Earths, we’re a ...
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UK switches on the world's largest wind turbines

Dong Energy built the 32 turbines as an extension of the Burbo Bank wind farm built over a decade ago. They have over twice the capacity of the farm's original structures. The Danish energy firm is building turbines in the UK due to its friendly regulations and subsidies. However, the UK government told wind energy corporations to find more ways to cut costs if they want continued support. That's why the company decided on building fewer en...
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'SNL' says goodbye to Bobby Moynihan with one more Drunk Uncle for the road

Only one SNL character could possibly be interested in Making America Drunk Again. After nine seasons on SNL , Bobby Moynihan did his last show on Saturday, and of course Drunk Uncle stopped by "Weekend Update" to talk about Donald Trump. He said some stuff but ... pfffffthbbllltlbt. Moynihan took on many roles during his long SNL tenure — he was Chris Christie during the campaign — but his rambling, blubbering take on everyone's least inte...
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Someone Knows Something - CBC Radio

Someone Knows Something CBC Radio Genre: News & Politics Release Date: February 12, 2017 On December 31, 1997, at a New Year's Eve party broadcast on live TV, Sheryl Sheppard accepted a marriage proposal from her boyfriend, Michael Lavoie. Two days later, she disappeared. In Season 2 of SKS, documentarian David Ridgen joins Sheppard’s mother Odette on her search for answers. © Copyright © CBC 2017 Original link
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HP Pavilion dv7-4087cl laptop

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Attackers DDoS WannaCry Kill Switch

An anonymous reader quotes VentureBeat:As of late Friday, after many of the deadlines threatening data deletion had passed, few victims had paid ransoms. According to Elliptic Enterprises, only about $94,000 worth of ransoms had been paid via Bitcoin , which works out to less than one in a thousand of the 300,000 victims who were reportedly affected by WannaCry... While not as bad as feared, ransomware (not to mention cybersecurity threats ...
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Aunt Myrtle's Coconut Oat Cookies

These cookies are the stuff of happy memories. Coconut and oatmeal give them rich flavor and texture. Store them in your best cookie jar. —Catherine Cassidy, Taste of Home Editor-in-Chief Original link
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Five shows and movies to stream this week: ‘Riverdale,’ ‘Batman & Bill,’ and more

Online streaming is bigger than ever, and with so many streaming services adding new shows and movies every week, it can be nearly impossible to sort through the good and the bad. If you need something to watch and don’t want to wade through the digital muck that washes up on the internet’s shores, follow our picks below for the best new shows and movies worth a watch. On the list this week: Two documentaries, the return of Unbreakable Kimm...
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Reader Discussion – What Game Would You Like To See Come To PC?

It's not recent news, but Destiny marks the first time the series comes to PC, complete with Blizzard online integration . Destiny has long been a game many have wanted to have playable on their PC, especially considering how Bungie nails the visual design of the thing and how that could greatly benefit from the beauty of 60 frames per second. But there are still quite a few other titles that need to be on the system. So what games would li...
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Softbank-Saudi tech fund becomes world's biggest with $93 billion of capital

RIYADH The world's largest private equity fund, backed by Japan's Softbank Group and Saudi Arabia's main sovereign wealth fund, said on Saturday it had raised over $93 billion to invest in technology sectors such as artificial intelligence and robotics. "The next stage of the Information Revolution is under way, and building the businesses that will make this possible will require unprecedented large-scale, long-term investment," the Softba...
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Download of the day: qBittorrent

qBittorrent Some torrent apps offer every conceivable function. Others keep things as simple as possible. qBittorrent sits right in the middle, aiming to “meet the needs of most users while using as little CPU and memory as possible”. That means while it isn’t too frightening it still packs in a lot of features. It boasts an integrated torrent search engine, media player, encryption, prioritisation of torrents and the files within those tor...
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Android at the Wheel: Google Aims for One Vehicle Ecosystem

Google showcased the next phase of its automotive strategy at its I/O conference earlier this week, and announced partnerships with Volvo and Audi, which unveiled concept vehicles running its new automotive operating system. Embedded Android for Automotive is an entirely new system rather than an update to the Android Auto that Google launched three years ago. Both Volvo and Audi announced plans to support Embedded Android for Automotive in...
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Controll a Stepper Motor With the DRV8825

In this step, I'll describe to modes for this stepper motor. The first one is very simple and the second one is when you want to do more complicated stuff ( micro stepping). MODE 1: Connect the parts as shown in the picture. please ignore the SLEEP and the RESET pin. You can use any Digital pins on the Arduino. be sure to change them in your code too. MODE 2: DIR - D8STEP - D9SLEEP - HIGH (Vdd)GND - Arduino GNDGND - Motor power GNDVMOT - Mo...
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Google, A.I. and the rise of the super-sensor

Google dazzled developers this week with a new feature called Google Lens. Appearing first in Google Assistant and Google Photos, Google Lens uses artificial intelligence (A.I.) to specifically identify things in the frame of a smartphone camera. In Google's demo, not only did Google Lens identify a flower, but the species of flower. The demo also showed the automatic login to a wireless router when Google Lens was pointed at the router bar...
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Senate Given The Go-Ahead To Use Encrypted Messaging App Signal

Certain senators have repeatedly pushed for encryption bans or encryption backdoors, sacrificing personal security for national security in a move that will definitively result in less of both. Former FBI Director James Comey's incessant beating of his " Going Dark " drum didn't help. Several legislators always managed to get sucked in by his narrative of thousands of unsearched phones presumably being tied to thousands of unsolved crimes a...
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​Uber to engineer: Comply with court in Waymo suit ... or else - CNET

Anthony Levandowski speaks to the press during last September's launch of Uber's self-driving cars. Angelo Merendino/Getty Images Uber appears to be distancing itself from Anthony Levandowski, its star self-driving car engineer , who's at the center of a lawsuit filed against the company by Waymo. In the suit, Waymo, the self-driving car unit of Google parent company Alphabet, accuses Levandowski of stealing 14,000 "highly confidential" fil...
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Execs from Apple, other tech firms to talk immigration and government modernization at White House meeting

  By Mikey Campbell Friday, May 19, 2017, 05:13 pm PT (08:13 pm ET) Immigration policies, government services modernization and integration with cutting edge Silicon Valley initiatives like machine learning are on the docket for next month's meeting of President Donald Trump's American Technology Council, according to a report. Candid photo from President-elect Donald Trump's tech summit last week. | Source: Quartz On Friday, Recode obtaine...
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Apple may face backlash in China over demanding App Store cut on tips

Chinese app makers are reportedly upset with Apple after it issued a new policy that recognizes tips as in-app purchases, according to The Wall Street Journal . This means small donations made from inside popular social networks in China will soon be made eligible for Apple’s 30 percent revenue cut. Unlike in the US and other Western markets, in-app tipping is a more common display of gratitude in China toward writers, developers, and other...
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Project recreates cities in rich 3D from images harvested online

People are taking photos and videos all over major cities, all the time, from every angle. Theoretically, with enough of them, you could map every street and building — wait, did I say theoretically? I meant in practice, as the VarCity project has demonstrated with Zurich, Switzerland. This multi-year effort has taken images from numerous online sources — social media, public webcams, transit cameras, aerial shots — and analyzed them to cre...
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Project recreates cities in rich 3D from images harvested online

People are taking photos and videos all over major cities, all the time, from every angle. Theoretically, with enough of them, you could map every street and building — wait, did I say theoretically? I meant in practice, as the VarCity project has demonstrated with Zurich, Switzerland. This multi-year effort has taken images from numerous online sources — social media, public webcams, transit cameras, aerial shots — and analyzed them to cre...
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Facebook is delaying the launch of its original videos until the end of summer

Facebook’s big push into original video is taking longer than expected. The social network’s plans to release a slate of made-for-Facebook original video shows has been pushed back and may not arrive until the end of summer, according to multiple sources. Facebook has been in talks with video publishers for months to create these TV-style videos, which will live in a redesigned video tab inside the app. The company initially wanted to have ...
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The Arctic seed vault had to deal with melting permafrost last winter

reader comments 31 In Arctic Svalbard, there is a vault that might sound like a sci-fi plot device. Completed in 2008, the Global Seed Vault is a remote archive for safeguarding seeds for thousands of crop varieties. If anything dramatic should happen elsewhere around the world, we want these seeds to be there. The vault consists of a giant freezer room bored into a mountain, protected by the bedrock around it and the permafrost above it. B...
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