When you look at fur, the light has taken an extended journey before hitting your eye, bouncing around lots of fur fibers and their microscopic structures. You can imagine that it’s quite difficult for filmmakers to render these structures in CGI.
Source: Gizmodo – Just Look At This Freakin’ CGI Fur
Early today, a Falcon 9 rocket delivered the PAZ radio communications satellite, along with a pair of SpaceX-owned internet satellites, to low-Earth orbit. It was an otherwise routine launch and deployment, save for the attempt to recover the rocket’s payload fairing—a feat that’s never been tried before.
Source: Gizmodo – SpaceX Payload Fairing Survives Despite Missing Recovery Net by ‘a Few Hundred Meters’
Last night, CNN held a town hall discussion with those affected by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, Florida officials, and an NRA rep. In attendance was Senator Marco Rubio, who had some things to say about the recently proposed and rejected assault weapons ban. He specifically mentioned “plastic…
Source: LifeHacker – What Are the Assault Weapon Ban Loopholes Senator Marco Rubio Was Talking About?
Snapchat has long positioned itself as the place for advertisers to reach millennials while its closest competitor, Facebook, is stuck with the olds. But on Thursday, Snap executives got a lesson in the terrifying, fickle nature of its young influencers, to the tune of a $1.3 billion loss.
Source: Gizmodo – Stock Price Tumble Teaches Snapchat What Happens When You Disappoint Kylie Jenner
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Source: Slashdot – Botched npm Update Crashes Linux Systems, Forces Users to Reinstall
Out of nowhere, Blizzard introduced a public test realm (PTR) last fall for its 15-year-old game Warcraft III. PC fans of its current best-sellers like Overwatch play on PTRs to try out new features before they’re released to everyone, so creating on…
Source: Engadget – Blizzard will host a tournament for the 15-year-old ‘Warcraft III’
Augmented reality promises to deliver us a future in which we can simply look through our screens to magically transform the world around us. It also has the potential to really fuck your day up.
Source: Gizmodo – Watching That Girl From The Ring Crawl Out of a TV in AR Just Ruined My Day
The Phoenix Lander detected water on Mars during its three-month mission in 2008, and now it is being swallowed by the planet’s dust. The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter snapped the above two images, one in 2008 and the other in December of 2017.
Source: Gizmodo – Martian Sand Is Swallowing the Phoenix Lander and Nothing Beside Remains
This is a video of people from 70 different countries demonstrating how they sneeze (I thought we all sneezed the same — and pick our noses in our cars pretending our windows are privacy screens) and how to say the ‘bless you’ equivalent afterwards. Me? I’ve always sneezed the exact same way since middle school — using my fingers to hold my eyes open and praying to time travel. “How’s that working out for you?” I’ve been creeping into the future a millisecond at a time. Also, no word what the protocol for an international fart is, but my guess is the universal ‘point at somebody with their back turned’ and blame it on them.
Keep going for the video.
Source: Geekologie – Sneezing In 70 Different Countries, And How To Say The ‘Bless You’ Equivalent Afterwards
While all of us here at Lifehacker are excited about Work From Home Week, it really hits home (ha) for four of us. Here’s a peek at workspaces and routines from Claire, Michelle, Patrick, and myself.
Source: LifeHacker – How Lifehacker’s Remote Staffers Work
It’s been three years since Snowman, a tiny independent studio based in Toronto, launched Alto’s Adventure on iOS devices. Back then, Snowman was three people — Ryan Cash, Harry Nesbitt and Jordan Rosenberg — and Alto’s Adventure was their first re…
Source: Engadget – ‘Alto’s Odyssey’ took three years to make, and that’s all right
Yesterday, survivors of the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School met their senator, Marco Rubio, at a CNN town hall meeting. It didn’t go well (for Rubio). In fact, he and NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch were “jeered and lectured” at the forum, which was attended by survivors of the shooting and the father of a…
Source: LifeHacker – How to Handle an Angry Crowd a Lot Better Than Marco Rubio
An anonymous reader shares a report: Taiwan is planning a blanket ban on single-use plastic items including straws, cups and shopping bags by 2030, officials said Thursday, with restaurants facing new restrictions from next year. It is the latest push by Taiwan to cut waste and pollution after introducing a recycling programme and charges for plastic bags. The island’s eco-drive has also extended to limiting the use of incense at temples and festivals to protect public health. Its new plan will force major chain restaurants to stop providing plastic straws for in-store use from 2019, a requirement that will expand to all dining outlets in 2020. Consumers will have to pay extra for all straws, plastic shopping bags, disposable utensils and beverage cups from 2025, ahead of a full ban on the single-use items five years later, according to the road map from the government’s Environmental Protection Administration (EPA).
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Source: Slashdot – Taiwan To Ban Plastic Straws, Cups and Shopping Bags By 2030
Vulnerabilities in Tinder and in Facebook’s Account Kit tool could have allowed a hacker to take over a user’s Tinder account—gaining access to their private messages—using only the victim’s phone number.
Source: Gizmodo – Bug Made It Possible to Take Over Tinder Accounts with Just a Phone Number
UPS has already committed to purchasing 125 Tesla semi trucks and now they are looking into deploying 50 custom made electric delivery vans as well. They’re working with Workhorse to make this happen and the goal is to be able to match the cost of existing conventional-fuel vehicles. Testing will occur in cities for the most part and if it works well they will end up replacing the majority of their delivery fleet with electric-powered vehicles.
“Electric vehicle technology is rapidly improving with battery, charging and smart grid advances that allow us to specify our delivery vehicles to eliminate emissions, noise and dependence on diesel and gasoline,” said Carlton Rose, president of global fleet maintenance and engineering for UPS. “With our scale and real-world duty cycles, these new electric trucks will be a quantum leap forward for the purpose-built UPS delivery fleet.
Source: [H]ardOCP – UPS Teaming Up With Workhorse to Deploy 50 Electric Delivery Vans
We had the opportunity to reshoot this Watercool HEATKILLER IV PRO flow video. The first time I did it, it was not focused perfectly on the flow channels so I corrected that, and I slowed it down a bit more in parts. (Getting used to a new camera.) This time the flow itself was not as dramatic in terms of visuals, but you can see the exact flow much better. Enjoy.
Source: [H]ardOCP – Watercool HEATKILLER IV Pro Water Block Flow Redux