For $367,500, This Clockwork Machine Will Save You the Hassle of Writing Your Own Name

Are you a billionaire suffering from wrist cramps brought on by the endless stacks of checks you need to endorse? A two-dollar rubber stamp is one solution, but more befitting of your fiduciary status could be Jaquet Droz’s Signing Machine, which uses sophisticated clockwork mechanisms to flawlessly recreate your…

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Source: Gizmodo – For 7,500, This Clockwork Machine Will Save You the Hassle of Writing Your Own Name

Reminder: Your Oxygen Mask Should Go Over Your Mouth and Nose

If you’ve ever flown in an airplane, you’ve heard the spiel about the oxygen mask. If you looked up from your phone, you’ve even seen a flight attendant demonstrate exactly how to put it on. And yet, people on the recent Southwest flight still got it wrong:

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Source: LifeHacker – Reminder: Your Oxygen Mask Should Go Over Your Mouth and Nose

A Worrying Number of Amazon’s Warehouse Workers Are Reportedly Living Off Food Stamps

Amazon bills itself as a creator of jobs. Look no further than the ludicrous subsidy packages offered by cities in competition to host its second headquarters. But according to public records requests obtained by the Intercept, Amazon can drain public coffers in other ways, with five states listing Bezos’s empire as a

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Source: Gizmodo – A Worrying Number of Amazon’s Warehouse Workers Are Reportedly Living Off Food Stamps

Doctors tried to lower $148K cancer drug cost; makers triple price of pill

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A drug that treats a variety of white blood cell cancers typically costs about $148,000 a year, and doctors can customize and quickly adjust doses by adjusting how many small-dose pills of it patients should take each day—generally up to four pills. At least, that was the case until now.

Last year, doctors presented results from a small pilot trial hinting that smaller doses could work just as well as the larger dose—dropping patients down from three pills a day to just one. Taking just one pill a day could dramatically reduce costs to around $50,000 a year. And it could lessen unpleasant side-effects, such as diarrhea, muscle and bone pain, and tiredness. But just as doctors were gearing up for more trials on the lower dosages, the makers of the drug revealed plans that torpedoed the doctors’ efforts: they were tripling the price of the drug and changing pill dosages.

The drug, ibrutinib (brand name Imbruvica), typically came in 140mg capsules, of which patients took doses from 140mg per day to 560mg per day depending on their cancer and individual medical situation. (There were also 70mg capsules for patients taking certain treatment combinations or having liver complications.) The pills treat a variety of cancers involving a type of white blood cell called B cells. The cancers include mantle cell lymphoma, which was approved for treatment with four 140mg pills per day, and chronic lymphocytic leukemia, approved to be treated with three 140mg pills per day. Each 140mg pill costs somewhere around $133—for now.

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Source: Ars Technica – Doctors tried to lower 8K cancer drug cost; makers triple price of pill

Rare Mutation Among Bajau People Lets Them Stay Underwater Longer

The Bajau people of Malaysia and the Philippines are renowned for their free-diving abilities, often working eight-hour shifts in search of fish and other sea critters. Underwater sessions can last upwards of two minutes, with accumulated daily totals of breath-holding often reaching five hours. New research suggests…

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Source: Gizmodo – Rare Mutation Among Bajau People Lets Them Stay Underwater Longer

Oculus updates privacy controls to comply with GDPR rules

By and large, Facebook has chosen to weasel out of its earlier claims to extend GDPR privacy protections worldwide, even though it really could. Meanwhile, other parts of the company are grappling with the EU’s rules, which go into effect on May 25th…

Source: Engadget – Oculus updates privacy controls to comply with GDPR rules

Turn Right at the Burger King: Google Maps Begins Using Landmarks To Help With Guidance

Most navigation apps give you instructions based on streets or distance. But it’s arguably in contrast to how people usually provide directions — some usually point to landmarks that are easier to spot. Google sees some merit in that. The idea is that Google Maps is highlighting some landmarks and other points of interest (fast food restaurants) to help with guidance. TechCrunch reports that some users are already seeing this on Google Maps. And maybe to Google, this opens door for some business opportunities as well. Only time will tell.

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Source: Slashdot – Turn Right at the Burger King: Google Maps Begins Using Landmarks To Help With Guidance

Two Dudes Demonstrating Authentic Longsword Attacks

This is a video of two dudes going medieval on each other’s asses while demonstrating a variety of authentic middle-age longsword attacks based on old illustrations (including both one-handed and two-handed sword attacks). They really go at each other too. I liked that. I’m half tempted to text and see if any of my friends want to get together this weekend for some cold ones and a little light swordplay. They won’t though, because they’re no fun. “Plus they don’t exist.” You’re all I have and you hate me. Just think about that.

Keep going for the video while I talk like a knight and swing a roll of wrapping paper around the office.

Source: Geekologie – Two Dudes Demonstrating Authentic Longsword Attacks

The Christmas Bullet Was The Worst Plane Ever Made

It was the worst military aircraft of all time. Developed by a man described as “the greatest charlatan ever to see his name associated with an airplane,” the Christmas Bullet was the rare kind of fighter which had a perfect kill ratio: it killed everyone who ever tried to fly it.

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Source: Gizmodo – The Christmas Bullet Was The Worst Plane Ever Made

Amazon will make Gillian Flynn's 'Utopia' adaptation, not HBO

Thanks to collective feet-dragging and pre-production hell, Amazon has scored a win over HBO. The US adaptation of Utopia will live on under Jeff Bezos’ roof, retaining novelist (and former Entertainment Weekly writer) Gillian Flynn as executive prod…

Source: Engadget – Amazon will make Gillian Flynn’s ‘Utopia’ adaptation, not HBO

Better than reality: New emulation tech lags less than original consoles

This video comparison shows how RetroArch emulation can actually react to button inputs more quickly than original NES hardware.

Here at Ars, we’ve previously written about how difficult it is to perfectly emulate classic video game consoles even with powerful modern computer hardware. Now, the coders behind the popular RetroArch multi-emulator frontend are working to make their emulation better than perfect, in a way, by removing some of the input latency that was inherent in original retro gaming hardware.

While early game consoles like the Atari 2600 sample and process user inputs between frames, consoles since the NES usually run that game logic while a frame is rendering. That means the game doesn’t output its reaction to a new input until the next frame after the button is pressed at earliest. In some games, the actual delay can be two to four frames (or more), which can start to be a noticeable lag at the usual 60 frames per second (or about 17 ms per frame).

An experimental Input Lag Compensation mode being rolled out in new versions of RetroArch fixes this issue by basically fast-forwarding a few hidden frames behind the scenes before displaying that first “reaction” frame in the expected spot. So in a game like Sonic the Hedgehog, which has two frames of input lag, the game will quickly emulate two additional, hidden frames after every new input. Then, the emulator actually shows the third post-input frame (where Sonic first shows a visible reaction) timed for when the first post-input frame would naturally appear, cutting out the delay a player would usually see.

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Source: Ars Technica – Better than reality: New emulation tech lags less than original consoles

Woman Who Posted Instagram Pics of Her Fancy Drug-Smuggling Trip Sentenced to Less-Fancy Prison

A Canadian woman who was caught smuggling a fuck-ton of cocaine after posting ritzy photos of herself on Instagram was just sentenced to minimum four years and nine months in prison.

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Source: Gizmodo – Woman Who Posted Instagram Pics of Her Fancy Drug-Smuggling Trip Sentenced to Less-Fancy Prison

Motorola Announces Moto G6 Family And Moto E5 Plus With Massive 5000 mAh Battery

Motorola Announces Moto G6 Family And Moto E5 Plus With Massive 5000 mAh Battery
While we’ve seen plenty of action at the flagship level when it comes to the 2018 class of smartphones, we haven’t seen much activity in the entry-level and mid-range sectors. Thankfully, Motorola hasn’t forgotten about consumers that don’t want to spend $700+ on a new smartphone. With that in mind, Motorola has unleashed a number of new smartphones

Source: Hot Hardware – Motorola Announces Moto G6 Family And Moto E5 Plus With Massive 5000 mAh Battery

Poorly Configured AWS S3 Bucket Exposes More Personal Data Once Again

Once again a poorly configured AWS S3 bucket has exposed millions of users personal data. The culprit this time is social network data aggregator LocalBlox and they left their bucket of 48 million records open for anyone to take a look at. The information contained names, addresses, DOB, Twitter handles, and Zillow real estate data. All of this data was linked by IP addresses. Who knows if or when anyone will be notified if their data was exposed?



Poorly configured AWS S3 buckets have been an source of shame for Amazon Web Services and its users. Last year, the cloud platform giant introduced a tool to warn customers about insecure storage setups and earlier this year made the business version of the tool free, to avoid embarrassment by association.

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Source: [H]ardOCP – Poorly Configured AWS S3 Bucket Exposes More Personal Data Once Again

Revenge of the Nerds

PlayVS is teaming up with the National Federation of State High Schools Associations to bring eSports to high school. This will allow all of the nerds to finally get that sweet letterman jacket and woo all of the hot girls away from those Neanderthal jocks. Before you know it l337 is going to be better than buff. Now go and get your game on, nerds!



Like traditional sports, PlayVS isn’t free. To participate, each student must pay $16 per month — which ends up being cheaper on average than the hundreds to thousands of dollars they pay for each traditional sport every year. For that price, students can participate in two 3-month seasons per academic year, with playoffs in the last month culminating in offline regional and state championships, which PlayVS will pay for. Finally, there will be summer competition to bide players’ time until the first season starts in fall.

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Source: [H]ardOCP – Revenge of the Nerds

Marissa Mayer is Back

Former Yahoo Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer is starting a technology business incubator, Lumi Labs, with longtime colleague Enrique Munoz Torres, she revealed in an interview with The New York Times. Bloomberg: The venture will focus on consumer media and artificial intelligence, according to the company’s website, which is set against a backdrop of snow-covered peaks. Lumi means snow in Finnish, Mayer told the New York Times, which reported the news earlier Wednesday. The next project for Mayer, who was an early employee at Google and worked there until leaving to run Yahoo in 2012, had been a matter of considerable speculation in Silicon Valley. She left Yahoo, once a leading search engine and web destination, after it was sold to Verizon Communications last year.

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Source: Slashdot – Marissa Mayer is Back

‘Football Manager 2018’ ads promote mental health awareness

Football Manager 2018, like previous games in the long-running franchise, is known for being the digital equivalent of crack. But in addition to providing endless hours of entertainment, its loyal UK playerbase may well get something more important o…

Source: Engadget – ‘Football Manager 2018’ ads promote mental health awareness

Getting Hunted by Ewoks in Star Wars: Battlefront II Is as Terrifying as Any Horror Movie

Despite the fact they are flesh-eating guerilla warriors capable of thoroughly thrashing a vastly technologically superior foe, everyone’s takeaway about the Ewoks is that they’re cute, stress-lowering, fuzzy teddy bears. But Star Wars: Battlefront II has added a new mode that reminds us that these teddies can be…

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Source: Gizmodo – Getting Hunted by Ewoks in Star Wars: Battlefront II Is as Terrifying as Any Horror Movie

Flies Love to Ejaculate, Experiment Finds

If there’s one thing I know about human males, it’s that they love ejaculating. It can sometimes seem like their entire existence is motivated by a need to shoot sperm and seminal fluid from their genitalia. But have you ever wondered from where they acquired such a desire?

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Source: Gizmodo – Flies Love to Ejaculate, Experiment Finds