Dragons, Nuclear Weapons, and Game of Thrones

Slashdot reader Dan Drollette shared this article from the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists where a specialist in nuclear security analyzes Game of Thones, citing dragons "as living, fire-breathing metaphors for nuclear weapons." Despite the fantasy setting, the story teaches a great deal about the inherent dangers that come with managing these game-changing agents, their propensity for accidents, the relative benefits they grant their masters, and the strain these weapons impose upon those wield...
Tags: Tech, United States, George R R Martin, Dan Drollette

Coachella 2019: From augmented reality to food delivery, tech plays increasing role in the festivities

When you’re at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, you know it — art works loom over crowds of people dressed in tie dyes, flower prints and bold patterns; the pulsating beats of electronic music greet you at several of the tents; and there are plenty of people with their phones out ready to take the perfect selfie with their bestie. Those tell-tale signs are indicative that you’ve arrived at the festival, and in Coachella’s 20th year, it’s at it’s Coachella-iest. But there’s also some...
Tags: Google, Amazon, New York, California, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Music Festivals, Coachella, Ferris, Costa Mesa, Donald Glover, Sahara, Trejo, Coachella Valley, Indio

How To Make $4,732 A Day From A Simple Download Giveaway

You’re invited to join me for a live webinar with Marcus Campbell and Kim Dang. During this special live training, you will learn: How Marcus made millions with simple downloads and web tools How Kim made $65,000 in just a few months with a Google Chrome extension that she outsourced Unlike other trainings, you will get to see the sites, the offers, and how the money was made. I think you will get a ton of value from it. The live webinar will held this Thursday April 18 at 6pm Eastern Time (...
Tags: Google, Videos, Blogging, Kim, Make Money Online, Marcus, Marcus Campbell, John Kim, Kim Dang

Nintendo returns to VR with $40 headset 

A quarter-century after its disastrous first foray into virtual reality, Nintendo Co. has returned to the technology with an affordable headset that has potential for bigger things.
Tags: Business, Technology, News, Life, Markets, World, Retail, Nintendo, Nintendo Co, Nation & World

Mutiny at HQ Trivia fails to oust CEO

This week’s banishment of host Scott Rogowsky was merely a symptom of the ongoing struggle to decide who will lead HQ Trivia. According to multiple sources, over half of the startup’s staff signed an internal petition to depose CEO Rus Yusupov who they saw as mismanaging the company. But Yusupov then fired three core supporters of the mutiny, leading to a downward spiral of morale that mirrors HQ’s plummeting App Store rank. TechCrunch spoke to multiple sources familiar with HQ Trivia’s inter...
Tags: Social, Startups, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Twitter, Video, China, Funding, Tech, Vine, Jeremy, Lightspeed Venture Partners, TechCrunch, Lightspeed

Amazon's Oil Addiction, Black Holes, and Tiny Ancient Humans: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Wow, it’s finally here: The last season of HBO’s Game of Thrones premieres tonight. In a matter of mere minutes, viewers will have the chance to re-experience the magical world of Westeros, spending a final few episodes in the company of fan favorites like Dragon Owner, The Explosion Doer, Grizzled Conscience Man, …Read more...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Energy, Facebook, Astronomy, Hbo, Science, Technology, Television, Movies, Review, Video Games, Climate Change, Oil, Marvel, Conservation

Ten steps to prepare for an exponential future

Jamie Metzl Contributor Share on Twitter Jamie Metzl is a futurist and the author of Hacking Darwin: Genetic Enhancement and the Future of Humanity. More posts by this contributor Homo Sapiens 2.0? We need a species-wide conversation about the future of human genetic enhancement If it feels like technological change is happening faster than it used to, that’s because it is. It took around 12,000 y...
Tags: Facebook, Column, Europe, China, India, US, America, Tech, Society, Artificial Intelligence, Fertility, United States, Bank, Gps, Fitbit, Mri

Patently-O Bits and Bytes by Juvan Bonni

Recent Headlines in the IP World: Dave Smith: Apple is Exploring an Updated Version of MagSafe, One of Its Best Charging Inventions Ever (Source: Bloomberg) Jim Payne: dynaCERT Patent Granted (Source: Associated Press) Frederic Lardinois: Microsoft Gives 500 Patents to Startups (Source: Tech Crunch) Vlad Savov: LG Patents a Transparent Foldable Phone (Source: The Verge) Source: USPTO Commentary and Journal Articles: Prof. Paul R. Gugliuzza: Rising Confusion About ‘Arising Under’ Juris...
Tags: Apple, Microsoft, Law, Uspto, Rooney, Associated Press, Lg, Christensen, Dave Smith, Klein, Frederic Lardinois, Vlad Savov, Bits and Bytes, Juvan Bonni, Klarquist Sparkman, Bloomberg Jim Payne

China's 'Game of Thrones' Fans Try Torrents, VPNs For Uncensored Episodes

"Winter is coming for fans of the hit television series Game of Thrones, with the final season set to hit screens around the world after a near two-year hiatus," reports the South China Morning Post. There were 96 million views for a discussion about the show on China's Twitter-like platform Weibo. "But those watching inside China are also bracing for the chill of censorship." In recent years, Chinese authorities have ramped up the pressure on the television and film industries to clean up con...
Tags: China, Tech, Tencent Video, Weibo, Logan, South China, Father Tencent

Jeff Bezos just confirmed Amazon’s growth is slowing

This year's edition of the annual Jeff Bezos letter to shareholders was extra revealing, although maybe not in the way he intended.
Tags: Amazon, Business, Technology, News, Markets, Retail, Jeff Bezos

After its first attempt botched the landing, SpaceIL commits to second Beresheet lunar mission

The minds behind Israel’s SpaceIL attempted lunar landing convened today to begin planning for a second lunar mission. In an announcement yesterday, the chairman of SpaceIL, Morris Kahn, said that the leaders of the group behind the Beresheet launch would begin meeting to find a new group of donors for another run at a lunar landing. The dream goes on! Morris Kahn just announced the launching of Beresheet 2.0 #Beresheet2.0 #IsraeltotheMoon — Israel To The Moon (@...
Tags: Google, TC, Israel, Tech, Moon, Xprize, Electricity, Spaceflight, Chairman, Spacecraft, TechCrunch, Founder, Peter Diamandis, Kahn, Moon Landing, Ansari

Minneapolis has the start of a cutting-edge 5G wireless network

Just as tens of thousands of people were descending on Minneapolis for the Final Four this month, the city became one of the first places in the world to have a fifth-generation, or 5G, wireless network.
Tags: Business, Technology, News, Minneapolis

Are Silicon Valley Workers Abandoning Libertarianism For Socialism?

Salon writes that Silicon Valley tech workers are "defying their overlords," arguing that recent unionization attempts by Kickstarter employees may be only the beginning: The workers' Kickstarter campaign is not the first attempt, though, or even the first time rumblings of unionization, have circulated among programmers. In 2018, software engineers at the startup Lanetix announced their intent to unionize -- and were promptly fired by management (It is illegal to fire employees for trying to u...
Tags: Tech, Kickstarter, Silicon Valley, National Labor Relations Board, Valley, Lanetix

Gatwick drone attack could have been inside job, say police

Perpetrator was familiar with airport’s operations, according to BBC PanoramaThe drone attack that brought Gatwick airport to a standstill last December could have been an “inside job”, according to police, who said the perpetrator may have been operating the drone from within the airport.Sussex police told BBC Panorama that the fact an insider may have been behind the attack was “treated as a credible line of enquiry from the earliest stages of the police response”. Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, Technology, Crime, UK News, Bbc, Air transport, Gatwick, Transport, Transport policy, Business Travel, Gatwick Airport, Sussex, BBC Panorama, Drones (non-military

Volkswagen unveils fully-electric SUV for China market

Volkswagen is planning to release a fully-electric SUV in China which could compete with Tesla’s Model X. The German automaker said Sunday the ID. ROOMZZ will be unveiled at the upcoming Shanghai Auto Show and will be available in 2021. Volkswagen says the zero-emission vehicle can go approximately 450 kilometers (280 miles) before the battery […]
Tags: Business, Technology, News, China, Tesla, Nation, Volkswagen, Shanghai Auto Show

Coachella 2019: Space out, literally, at the festival’s Sahara Tent with an augmented reality-equipped stage

The idea of space exploration seems to be playing a big role at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and not only because of “Overview Effect,” the roving astronaut from Poetic Kinetics, or the space-bound hippos in Dedo Vabo’s “H.I.P.O – Hazardus Interstellar Perfessional Operations”. Festival goers may also find themselves captivated by space-themed augmented reality at the Sahara Tent both weekends of the festival, which returns April 19-21 for an encore at the Empire Polo Club in Ind...
Tags: Google, Facebook, California, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Music Festivals, Coachella, Weezer, Sahara, Coachella Valley, UC Riverside, Indio, Billie Eilish, Schoonover, Empire Polo Club

Report: Apple May Spend Over Half a Billion on Its Subscription Game Service

Sources say Apple is spending hundreds of millions of dollars, and may exceed half a billion dollars in total funding, for its upcoming Arcade game subscription service, the Financial Times reported this weekend.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Gaming, Science, Video Games, Subscriptions, Financial Times, Apple Arcade

Internet Explorer Exploit Steals Data From Windows Users-- Even If They Never Use Internet Explorer

Security researcher John Page has revealed a new zero-day exploit that allows remote attackers to exfiltrate Local files using Internet Explorer. "The craziest part: Windows users don't ever even have to open the now-obsolete web browser for malicious actors to use the exploit," reports Mashable. "It just needs to exist on their computer..." [H]ackers are taking advantage of a vulnerability using .MHT files, which is the file format used by Internet Explorer for its web archives. Current web br...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, John Page

Fake Mouse On Twitter Mocks Overgeneralized Scientific Research

DevNull127 writes: Research scientist James Heathers is a postdoctoral research associate working on bio-signals and meta-science research at Northeastern University, with a PhD from the University of Sydney. He's also pretending to be a mouse on Twitter. And every tweet consists of the exact same two words... Heathers retweets articles about scientific studies — usually articles with glossy photos and enticing headlines like "Exercise during pregnancy protects children from obesity, study fin...
Tags: Tech, Northeastern University, University of Sydney, Washington State University, James Heathers

China Wins Allies for Web Vision in Ideological Battle With U.S.

Vietnam and Thailand are among the Southeast Asian nations warming to a governance model that twins sweeping content curbs with uncompromising data controls -- because it helps preserve the regime in power. A growing number of the region’s increasingly autocratic governments watched enviously the emergence of Chinese corporate titans from Tencent Holdings Ltd. to Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. -- in spite of draconian online curbs. The more free-wheeling Silicon Valley model once seemed unquestion...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Science, China, Thailand, Silicon Valley, Vietnam, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, Tencent Holdings Ltd

$12K bail for stealing $1?; Twin Peaks prosecutions petered out; Harris justice system still digging out after Harvey, and other stories

Here are a few odds and ends that merit Grits readers' attention while mine is focused elsewhere: Hurricane Harvey aftermath still affecting Harris County The Houston Chronicle reports on long delays and an uncertain future for Harris County criminal courts. Commenters are blaming the new county judge, but this is a crisis she inherited. Meanwhile, terms of the county's bail settlement proffer has been announced; more on that development once your correspondent has time to digest it and talk to ...
Tags: Google, New York, Texas, Law, Austin, New York Times, Houston Chronicle, HARRIS, Moore, Harvey, Harris County, York Times, Austin Police Department, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Gritsforbreakfast, Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee

#55 - Baum on the Long-Term Future of Human Civilisation

In this episode I talk to Seth Baum. Seth is an interdisciplinary researcher working across a wide range of fields in natural and social science, engineering, philosophy, and policy. His primary research focus is global catastrophic risk. He also works in astrobiology. He is the Co-Founder (with Tony Barrett) and Executive Director of the Global Catastrophic Risk Institute. He is also a Research Affiliate of the University of Cambridge Centre for the Study of Existential Risk. We talk about the ...
Tags: Future, Baum, Tony Barrett, Seth Baum Seth

Apple Arcade reportedly supported by investments of more than $500 million

Apple Arcade will reportedly be supported by investments worth more than $500 million. Apple is also said to be offering incentives to developers if they decide to release their games as mobile exclusives for Apple Arcade. The post Apple Arcade reportedly supported by investments of more than $500 million appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Gaming, News, Trends, Mobile Games, Apple Arcade

How Google Stadia and game streaming services will hurt game creators

Google Stadia promises a world where gaming is more convenient than ever, but it’s a future that will damage the way people make games. The post How Google Stadia and game streaming services will hurt game creators appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Google, Gaming, Trends, Google Stadia, Games Streaming Services

Privately-Funded Moon Mission Will Try Again. 'Lunar Library' May Be On The Moon

NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine has congratulated the team which sent the first privately-funded mission into lunar orbit -- even though it crashed into the surface of the moon. Its final photo was taken Thursday just 7.5 kilometers above the surface of the moon. But reports that's not the end of the story: On Saturday Morris Kahn, the billionaire businessman, pilanthropist and SpaceIL president, confirmed that the SpaceIL team is meeting this weekend to begin planning the Beresh...
Tags: Tech, Nasa, Falcon, Kahn, Jim Bridenstine, Morris Kahn, Beresheet

Gary Stewart, Who Turned Rhino Records Into An Essential Label, Has Died At 63

Stewart did a lot more than run Rhino and help get playlists onto iTunes as an Apple exec. He “advocated for lesser known, unjustly dismissed or overlooked music by artists including the Monkees, Love, Dionne Warwick, the Neville Brothers and hundreds of others, and in doing so helped reframe cultural conversations by bringing into the present recordings considered to be long past their expiration date.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Apple, Art, People, Rhino, Stewart, Neville Brothers, 04.12.19, Monkees Love Dionne Warwick

Scammers Are Buying Thousands Of Fake 5-Star Amazon Reviews -- on Facebook

Why are there so many five-star reviews for an iPhone charger on Amazon with a voltage irregularity that can cause permanent damage? "It's sad to imagine how many shoppers spotted this $13.99 charger pack on Amazon's first-page results and fell for the thousands of positive reviews and the algorithmically-generated endorsement from a platform that people trust more than religion," reports The Hustle. A spot-check confirmed that "10 of the 22 first-page results on Amazon for 'iPhone charger' we...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Kentucky, US, Los Angeles, Tech, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Facebook In, Steve Lee, Though Amazon, Fahim Naim, ReviewMeta, Star Amazon Reviews on Facebook, Mary Engel, ReviewMeta Amazon

Sunday-Morning Outage Strikes Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp

"We were all free of Facebook's iron grip on the internet for a few hours," writes Gizmodo. An anonymous reader quotes their report. Facebook and its subsidiaries Instagram and WhatsApp experienced widespread outages on Sunday for the second time in the past month (and the third time this year), with issues reported starting at around 6:30 a.m. ET and extending until around 9:00 a.m. ET. Per Bloomberg, Facebook and Instagram domains ceased to be accessible by users during that time period, wh...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Israel, Tech, Bloomberg, Thailand, Facebook Instagram, Gizmodo An, ET Per Bloomberg Facebook

Facebook restores services after users report outages

Thousands had difficulty accessing social networks including Instagram and messaging service WhatsApp, says tracking siteFacebook has said it has restored services on Sunday after some users were unable to access its social networking site, photo-sharing network Instagram and messaging app WhatsApp. However, Facebook did not specify the cause or scope of the outages. Related: Facebook to use AI to stop telling users to say hi to dead friends Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, Internet, Social Media, World news, Whatsapp, Digital Media

'[email protected]' Will Use Your PC For DIY Gravitational Wave Analysis

West Virginia University assistant professor Zachariah Etienne is launching "a global volunteer computing effort" analyzing gravitational waves from colliding black holes, reports "As our gravitational wave detectors become more sensitive, we're going to need to greatly expand our efforts to understand all of the information encoded in gravitational waves from colliding binary black holes," Etienne said. "We are turning to the general public to help with these efforts, which involve ge...
Tags: West Virginia, Tech, West Virginia University, Etienne, DIY Gravitational Wave Analysis, Zachariah Etienne, Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing

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