Foot-Tall Posable LEGO Minifigs Carved From Wood

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These are the posable wooden LEGO minifigs crafted by Etsy shop MoreCowsThanPeople, which is exactly how cannibals hate their burgers. The not-so-minifigs each measure about a foot tall and are carved from solid maple or cherry. Unfortunately for someone like me who wants one, they cost $495 apiece, which is a little out of my wooden minifig budget right now. “How much do you have?” I’m watching the bank tow my car even as I type this. “So….nothing?” Less than nothing, I’m actually thinking about harvesting and selling my own organs. But not before I sell my roommate’s first to make sure the buyer can be trusted. Is a kidney still worth something even if you accidentally poked a couple holes in it?

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Source: Geekologie – Foot-Tall Posable LEGO Minifigs Carved From Wood

Mozilla Employee Denied Entry to the United States

In the wake of President Trump’s travel ban earlier this year, tech companies scrambled to return their employees who were traveling to the United States. But most major tech firms have offices around the globe, which means their employees are going to keep getting caught up in the country’s ever-evolving travel…

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Source: Gizmodo – Mozilla Employee Denied Entry to the United States

New Star Trek series will abandon Gene Roddenberry’s cardinal rule

Enlarge / Sonequa Martin-Green plays protagonist Michael Burnham, first officer of the U.S.S. Shenzhou, on new CBS All Access series Star Trek: Discovery. (credit: CBS)

Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry had a lot of strict rules for writers on his shows. Some, like the requirement that both female and male officers be called “sir,” were thrown out a while ago (Kate Mulgrew, who played Captain Kathryn Janeway, wanted to be called “ma’am”). Now, with forthcoming series Star Trek: Discovery, we’re about to see one of Roddenberry’s most cherished rules bite the dust.

When Roddenberry first framed his ideas for the Star Trek universe, he wanted to be sure that writers would emphasize the Utopian aspects of future life in the Federation. Some of that Utopianism was hardwired into the show’s basic premise, in which money, war, and racial discrimination are things of the distant past. But Roddenberry wasn’t satisfied with that—he wanted characters whose behavior was exemplary, too.

So he made a rule, which endured long after his death, that main characters were not allowed to mistreat each other or have conflicts that weren’t quickly resolved. Writers for the various series also weren’t allowed to show characters being malevolent or cruel. Of course, there were exceptions. Aliens or non-crew members could be as awful as the writers wanted, as could protagonists whose minds were being controlled by outside forces. (This helps explain why our heroes are always being possessed or hopping over to the Mirror Universe.)

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Source: Ars Technica – New Star Trek series will abandon Gene Roddenberry’s cardinal rule

Edgar Wright Hasn't Seen, and Won't Be Watching, Ant-Man

Popular director Edgar Wright is someone who prides himself on a broad, diverse knowledge of film. He’s the kind of person that tries to see every movie that comes out. Unless, of course, you’re talking about the film he was supposed to make and didn’t.

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Source: Gizmodo – Edgar Wright Hasn’t Seen, and Won’t Be Watching, Ant-Man

NVIDIA To Launch Graphics Cards Specifically Designed For Digital Currency Mining

Digital currency mining is in high demand, causing GPU prices to skyrocket. Nvidia is planning to capitalize on this trend by releasing graphics cards specifically designed for cryptocurrency. From a product listing on ASUS’ website: “ASUS Mining P106 is designed for coin mining with high-efficiency components —
delivering maximum hash-rate production at minimum cost. ASUS Mining P106 enhances the megahash rate by up to 36% compared cards in the same segment that are not tailored for mining. The new card is also engineered to be seriously durable, enabling 24/7 operation for uninterrupted coin production.” The ASUS Mining P106 uses an Nvidia chip, according to the specifications page on the website. CNBC reports: Nvidia, AMD and ASUS have not officially announced the digital currency mining cards, according to their website press pages. It is not certain when the cards will be available for sale. Nvidia is likely making the cards designed for this use so that the surging digital currency demand doesn’t affect its ability to serve the lucrative PC gaming market.

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Source: Slashdot – NVIDIA To Launch Graphics Cards Specifically Designed For Digital Currency Mining

'Dishonored' studio co-founder steps down after 18 years

Today the founder of Arkane Studios, Raf Colantonio, announced that after 18 years with the company, he is now stepping down. In a statement Colantonio said, “It is time for me to step out to spend some time with my son and reflect on what is importa…

Source: Engadget – ‘Dishonored’ studio co-founder steps down after 18 years

Adequate Man Late Lunch Is Horseshit | The Muse Pretty Little Liars Changed the Face of Schlocky Tee

Adequate Man Late Lunch Is Horseshit | The Muse Pretty Little Liars Changed the Face of Schlocky Teen TV for Good | Fusion StoryCorps, Of All Places, Is Running an Anti-Union Campaign | The Root Marilyn Mosby Treated Baltimore Cops Like Cops Treat Everyone Else; Now They’re Coming for Her |

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Source: Gizmodo – Adequate Man Late Lunch Is Horseshit | The Muse Pretty Little Liars Changed the Face of Schlocky Tee

Guy Spends Five Years Landing All These Crazy Scooter Tricks, Making This Video

This is a five minute compilation of hardcore scooterer Ryan Williams performing his most daring tricks. Apparently the video was five years in the making, because that’s how long it took Ryan to learn and perfect all these moves. There are all sorts of flips, rotations, barrel rolls — you name it. It almost made want to get into extreme scootering myself, before my mom reminded me that I’ve already broken my arm twice and the doctor said the next time he’ll have to amputate it after-hours because “this isn’t proof of insurance, it’s an old Blockbuster card” and “I’m only doing this because you’re a friend of the family.” Full disclosure: Not his family — just the family that promised not to sue after he almost killed them all reading their charts upside-down.

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Source: Geekologie – Guy Spends Five Years Landing All These Crazy Scooter Tricks, Making This Video

Microsoft Bringing EMET Back As a Built-In Part of Windows 10

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will include EMET-like capabilities managed through a new feature called Windows Defender Exploit Guard. Microsoft’s EMET, the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit, was a useful tool for hardening Windows systems. It used a range of techniques — some built in to Windows, some part of EMET itself — to make exploitable security flaws harder to reliably exploit. The idea being that, even if coding bugs should occur, turning those bugs into actual security issues should be made as difficult as possible. With Windows 10, however, EMET’s development was essentially cancelled. But as more mitigation capabilities have been put into Windows, the need for a system for managing and controlling them has not gone away. Some of the mitigations introduce application compatibility issues — a few even require applications to be deliberately written with the mitigation in mind — which means that Windows does not simply turn on every mitigation for every application. It’s here that Exploit Guard comes in.

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Source: Slashdot – Microsoft Bringing EMET Back As a Built-In Part of Windows 10

Future Pixel Smartphones May Come with Rear Touchpad

New patents reveal that someone on the Pixel engineering team is a fan of the PlayStation Vita: it is a real possibility that future iterations of the device may include a touchpad on the backside, just like the Sony handheld. This could be pretty neat, if you think about it: imagine being able to scroll up and down a site with your pointer finger instead of your thumb during one-handed usage, or being able to take a photo just by making a flicking motion.



…in one embodiment, the touch sensitive surface is disposed along a rear major face of a device housing. This configuration permits the front major face of the device to accommodate a display. The user can control the device, and data presented on the display, by interfacing with the touch sensitive surface disposed on the backside of the device. Placing the touch sensitive surface on the rear of the device both provides for simpler user operation in one embodiment and leaves the entire front side of the device available for the display so that a finger does not need to occlude the touch sensitive display to interact with the images on the display.

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Microsoft’s machine learning can predict injuries in sports

Microsoft is bringing its big-data knowledge to sports. Today, the company introduced its new Sports Performance Platform, an analytics system that aims to help teams track, improve and predict their players performance using machine learning and Sur…

Source: Engadget – Microsoft’s machine learning can predict injuries in sports

Valkyria Revolution trades in cult-classic status for wasted promise

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Source: Ars Technica – Valkyria Revolution trades in cult-classic status for wasted promise

Why Putting Regular Gas Into A Car That Needs Premium Won't Save You Any Money

The question of whether or not you can damage a car that asks for premium gas by using regular gas is one that never seems to die. I’ve seen this question tear families apart, with sobbing and recriminations—it’s not pretty. That’s why I reached out to an actual fuel systems engineer to get to the bottom of this…

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Source: LifeHacker – Why Putting Regular Gas Into A Car That Needs Premium Won’t Save You Any Money

Soak Your Summer Fruits in Booze Because Life Is Short 

There’s no arguing that pie is the most noble form any summer fruit can assume, but there are times I want a fruity dessert that doesn’t require the heating of my oven (or kitchen). In such moments, I turn (once again) to booze, and make some stupid-easy but still sophisticated-tasting wine-soaked fruit.

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Source: LifeHacker – Soak Your Summer Fruits in Booze Because Life Is Short 

Sarah Huckabee Sanders Tells Press to Watch CNN 'Expose' She Knows Might be Bogus

Sarah Huckabee Sanders is slowly taking over Sean Spicer’s duties as the public face of the Trump administration and she’s already inheriting his penchant for using the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room’s lectern as a bully pulpit against the media. Today she went so far as to encourage the gathered reporters, and…

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Source: Gizmodo – Sarah Huckabee Sanders Tells Press to Watch CNN ‘Expose’ She Knows Might be Bogus