Peppy Hare Would Be Proud: Fighter Pilot Pours And Drinks Water While Doing Barrel Rolls

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This is ‘Water vs Gravity’, a video of YouTuber and fighter pilot Linkerius demonstrating his ability to pour and drink water out of a cup while doing barrel rolls in a jet. I mean, impressive, sure, but wouldn’t it have been easier to just pack a Capri-Sun? We’ve sent humans to the moon, man, you don’t have to drink out of a regular cup in your fighter jet.

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Source: Geekologie – Peppy Hare Would Be Proud: Fighter Pilot Pours And Drinks Water While Doing Barrel Rolls

Very Smart Brothas How Trump Ruined My Relationship With My White Mother | Deadspin Why Your Team Su

Very Smart Brothas How Trump Ruined My Relationship With My White Mother | Deadspin Why Your Team Sucks 2017: Washington Redskins | Jezebel Tina Fey’s Vexing Self-Parody | Splinter How to Be a Despicable Little Weasel on Racism |

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Source: LifeHacker – Very Smart Brothas How Trump Ruined My Relationship With My White Mother | Deadspin Why Your Team Su

The Verge's Essential Phone Review: An Arcane Artifact From an Unrealized Future

An anonymous reader shares Dieter Bohn’s review of the Essential Phone: Even though it was announced less than three months ago at the Code Conference, there’s already enough mythology surrounding the Essential Phone to fill a book. It comes from a brand-new billion-dollar startup led by the person who helped create Android itself, Andy Rubin. That origin binds it up with the history of all smartphones in a way that doesn’t usually apply to your run-of-the-mill device. The phone was also delayed a bit, a sign that this tiny company hasn’t yet quite figured out how to punch above its weight class — which it’s certainly trying to do. Although it runs standard Android, it’s meant to act as a vanguard for Essential’s new ecosystem of smart home devices and services connected by the mysterious Ambient OS. Even if we trust that Rubin’s futuristic vision for a connected home will come to pass, it’s not going to happen overnight. Instead, all we really have right now is that future’s harbinger, a well-designed Android phone that I’ve been testing for the past week. Available unlocked or at Sprint, the $699 Essential Phone is an ambitious device. It has a unique way to connect modular accessories, starting with a 360-degree camera. It has a bold take on how to make a big, edge-to-edge screen paired with top-flight materials such as ceramic and titanium. And it has a dual camera system that is meant to compete with other flagship devices without adding any thickness to the phone. That would be a lot for even a massive company like Samsung or Apple to try to do with a single phone. For a tiny company like Essential, the question is simply this: is it trying to do too much? In conclusion, Bohn writes: “The Essential Phone is doing so much right: elegant design, big screen, long battery life, and clean software. And on top of all that, it has ambitions to do even more with those modules. If you asked Android users what they wanted in the abstract, I suspect a great many of them would describe this exact device. But while the camera is pretty good, it doesn’t live up to the high bar the rest of the phone market has set. Sometimes artifacts are better to behold than they are to use.”

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Source: Slashdot – The Verge’s Essential Phone Review: An Arcane Artifact From an Unrealized Future

Play as David Beckham in his prime in ‘PES 2018’

Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer franchise always vies with EA Sports’ FIFA series for the year’s best football game. To get an edge over its competitor, Konami packed new features into this year’s edition — along with licensing some celebrity athletes…

Source: Engadget – Play as David Beckham in his prime in ‘PES 2018’

The Evolutionary History Of Pokemon, As A Tree Of Life

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This is the Pokemon Tree Of Life V4.0, which includes all species of pocket monster through the seventh generation. I learned a lot by studying it. Mostly, that it looks like a weed and there are a lot of Pokemon. I’ve very astute. I even used to work for Sherlock Homes. “You mean Holmes?” No I do not. Sherlock Homes, Oklahoma’s largest new & used mobile home dealer.

Thanks to Cyndi M, who wants to know which came first, the pocket or the monster.

Source: Geekologie – The Evolutionary History Of Pokemon, As A Tree Of Life

Self-sufficient Eclipse Chasers Hit the Road To 'Totality'

An anonymous reader shares a report: Michael Zeiler packed his portable toilet then headed out on a 10-hour drive from New Mexico to Wyoming where, on Monday, he intends to mark the ninth time he has seen the moon pass in front of the sun in a total solar eclipse. Zeiler is a self-described “eclipse chaser,” part of a group of avid astronomy buffs, telescope hobbyists and amateur photographers whose passion for such celestial events takes them to the far corners of the earth. For the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in the United States in almost a century, and the first visible anywhere in the Lower 48 states since 1979, Zeiler had only to drive some 650 miles (1,046 km) from the desert Southwest to the Rockies. He showed up prepared and early on Wednesday at his destination in Casper, Wyoming, within the “path of totality,” the corridor over which the moon’s 70-mile-wide shadow will be cast as it crosses the United States over 93 minutes. Along that path at the height of the eclipse on Aug. 21, the sun will be completely blotted out except for its outer atmosphere, known as the corona.

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Source: Slashdot – Self-sufficient Eclipse Chasers Hit the Road To ‘Totality’

Rise of Nations on Windows Store Will Have Cross-Play With Steam

Good news for Windows Store fans, Microsoft is bringing over Rise of the Nations: Extended Edition to the Windows Store with cross-play between players on Steam. A welcome addition as it’s been a pain before when customers who bought the recent Call of Duty titles and were confined to only playing with a small pool of players. I believe this will be a first between the two platforms. The game will be released on Sept. 14th on the Windows Store for only $5 before increasing to $15.



When Rise of Nations: Extended Edition arrives on the Windows Store in September, it will pack the game’s full lineup of 24 nations, allowing you to control one on its journey through 6,000 years of history. The expansion, Thrones and Patriots, will also be included. Xbox Live integration is here, including achievements and cloud saves, as well.

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Source: [H]ardOCP – Rise of Nations on Windows Store Will Have Cross-Play With Steam

Wild Theory Suggests Heavy Metals Came From Parasitic Black Holes

If you were to rank the wildest things in the universe, there are a few obvious contenders: gamma rays, fast radio bursts, and quasars, for example. But no list would be complete without black holes and the black hole’s less-dense cousins, the neutron star. These hyper-compressed things can do some mind-boggling…

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Source: Gizmodo – Wild Theory Suggests Heavy Metals Came From Parasitic Black Holes

Info on 1.8M Chicago Voters Was Publicly Accessible, But Now Removed From Cloud Service

A file containing the names, addresses, dates of birth and other information about Chicago’s 1.8 million registered voters was published online and publicly accessible for an unknown period of time, the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners said this week. From a report: The acknowledgment came days after a data security researcher alerted officials to the existence of the unsecured files. The researcher found the files while conducting a search of items uploaded to Amazon Web Services, a cloud system that allows users to rent storage space and share files with certain people or the general public. The files had been uploaded by Election Systems & Software, a contractor that helps maintain Chicago’s electronic poll books. Election Systems said in a statement that the files “did not include any ballot information or vote totals and were not in any way connected to Chicago’s voting or tabulation systems.” The company said it had “promptly secured” the files on Saturday evening and had launched “a full investigation, with the assistance of a third-party firm, to perform thorough forensic analyses of the AWS server.” State and local officials were notified of the existence of the files Saturday by cybersecurity expert Chris Vickery, who works at the Mountain View, Calif. firm UpGuard.

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Source: Slashdot – Info on 1.8M Chicago Voters Was Publicly Accessible, But Now Removed From Cloud Service

Why Kids Shouldn't Specialize in One Sport Too Early 

It happens with parents all the time. They sign little Everett up for kids’ soccer, and he’s good. Really good. So they put him in soccer summer camps, goalkeeper clinics, and spend every weekend lugging coolers and lawn chairs to his soccer games all over the state. They start daydreaming about college scholarships…

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Source: LifeHacker – Why Kids Shouldn’t Specialize in One Sport Too Early 

Code chunk in Kronos malware used long before MalwareTech published it

Enlarge / Marcus Hutchins, security researcher for Kryptos Logic. In May, he registered a domain name that neutralized the WCry ransomware worm. In August, he was charged with developing malware called Kronos. (credit: Bloomberg via Getty Images)

A chunk of code found in the Kronos bank-fraud malware originated more than six years before security researcher Marcus Hutchins is accused of developing the underlying code, a fellow security researcher said Friday.

The conclusion, reached in an analysis of Kronos published by security firm Malwarebytes, by no means proves or disproves federal prosecutors’ allegations that Hutchins wrote Kronos code and played a role in the sale of the malware. It does, however, clarify speculation over a Tweet from January 2015, in which MalwareTech—the online handle Hutchins used—complained that a complex piece of code he had published a month earlier had been added to an unnamed malware sample without his permission.

Shortly after his arrest in Las Vegas two weeks ago, the Tweet resurfaced, and almost immediately it generated speculation that the malware Hutchins was referring to was Kronos. An analysis of Kronos soon showed that one portion used an instruction that was identical to one included in the code Hutchins published in January 2015.

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Source: Ars Technica – Code chunk in Kronos malware used long before MalwareTech published it

Facebook opens up its Craigslist-like section to retailers

Facebook is trying to figure out what people want from Marketplace, so it’s going to add a bunch of new products from real vendors in order to suss that out. “We’ll kind of look and see what’s popular, what people want to engage with,” Deb Liu, Faceb…

Source: Engadget – Facebook opens up its Craigslist-like section to retailers

Tor Project blasts hate sites, but defends principle of free speech

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The Tor Project has reiterated its absolutist commitment to free speech, saying that even though Daily Stormer recently moved to a Tor onion service, the organization won’t do anything to stop the “hate-spewing website.”

Various online services have begun to re-evaluate their willingness to do business with sites that publish obviously vile content in the wake of last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Earlier in the week, Google removed the Gab app on the Google Play store, and Squarespace said it would disable some of the offensive sites that it hosts as identified as hateful by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Most famously within the tech world, Daily Stormer itself was recently booted from CloudFlare’s CDN service after the company had initially said it would not do so.

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Source: Ars Technica – Tor Project blasts hate sites, but defends principle of free speech

Two Year Old Mistakes Batman Statue For Her Dad

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This is a short video of Youtuber Emills01’s 2-year old daughter (technically 22-month old daughter but I don’t like counting in months unless I’m counting down to my birthday or Christmas) mistaking a Batman statue at the mall for her “dada,” and trying to get his attention. So, if you were ever wondering the secret identity of Batman, it’s this girl’s father.

“Dada” here.

I’ve never dressed up as Batman. I don’t even have Batman stuff around the house.

The only thing I can think of is the huge muscles that resemble mine.

Man, that has got to be one of the laziest coverups I’ve ever heard. “I don’t even have Batman stuff around the house.” Well of course you don’t, BECAUSE IT’S ALL IN THE BATCAVE. Don’t worry though, Batman, your secret’s safe with me. *immediately calls Joker asking for a reward*

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Source: Geekologie – Two Year Old Mistakes Batman Statue For Her Dad

Energy Drinks Won’t Make You a Coke Addict: Cocaine Will Make You A Coke Addict

Science doesn’t give answers. Instead, it’s a tool that humans have created to make meaningful conclusions from data. So, if someone tells you that science says energy drinks will turn you into a cocaine user, well, science won’t ever do that.

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Source: Gizmodo – Energy Drinks Won’t Make You a Coke Addict: Cocaine Will Make You A Coke Addict