There are 53 of you out there that Netflix is concerned enough with to Tweet at you. Given that I am pretty sure Netflix knows exactly who you are and what you are watching, this surely does not seem like a positive PR move.
The comments are hilarious. Maybe even up to a HardForum standard.
Source: [H]ardOCP – Netflix is Watching You Watching
President Donald Trump has signed a directive that authorizes NASA to return American astronauts to the Moon—a mission that would lay the foundation for a possible mission to Mars. The renewed emphasis on space exploration, said Trump, is to ensure America’s primacy in space, to protect its citizens, and to create…
Source: Gizmodo – American Astronauts Are Going Back to the Moon
It’s not just video games — virtual reality has lots of potential to change the way we experience information. You can experience what its like to walk in space with the BBC’s ISS app for Oculus, watch every NBA game this season with your VR headset…
Source: Engadget – Samsung and NYX want to sell you makeup with VR tutorials
Saturn’s rings do more than just look pretty. New data from the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft orbiting the planet shows their shadow can actually change the planet’s atmosphere.
Source: Gizmodo – Shadows From Saturn’s Rings Affect the Planet’s Weather
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission put out its annual reminder that holiday decorations can turn your home into a deathtrap. So as we’ve told you before, remember to water your Christmas tree, don’t leave open flames unattended, and check that your lights were tested for safety (and that they haven’t gotten…
Source: LifeHacker – Good GIFs of the Holidays on Fire, From the Government
There are more words out there to describe how you feel besides sad, mad, and glad—in fact, there’s a whole world of words that can describe your emotions in incredibly specific ways.
Source: LifeHacker – Boost Your Emotional Vocabulary With These Precise Terms From Around the World
An anonymous reader writes: A column on the Wall Street Journal argues that sexism in the tech industry is as old as the tech industry itself. At its genesis, computer programming faced a double stigma — it was thought of as menial labor, like factory work, and it was feminized, a kind of “women’s work” that wasn’t considered intellectual (Editor’s note: the link could be paywalled; alternative source). In the U.K., women in the government’s low-paid “Machine Operator Class” performed knowledge work including programming systems for everything from tax collection and social services to code-breaking and scientific research. Later, they would be pushed out of the field, as government leaders in the postwar era held a then-common belief that women shouldn’t be allowed into higher-paid professions with long-term prospects because they would leave as soon as they were married. Today, in the U.S., about a quarter of computing and mathematics jobs are held by women, and that proportion has been declining over the past 20 years. A string of recent events suggest the steps currently being taken by tech firms to address these issues are inadequate.
Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Source: Slashdot – The First Women in Tech Didn’t Leave — Men Pushed Them Out
As video enthusiasts will tell you, just saying a display is capable of high dynamic range doesn’t say much — you need to know how well it handles HDR. And that’s crucial for PC monitors, where the accuracy and intensity of the picture can make all…
Source: Engadget – New standard sets baseline for HDR on PC displays
It was December 11, 1972, 45n years ago to the day. Astronauts Gene Cernan and Jack Schmitt had just stepped out of the lunar lander. And thus began one of humanity’s greatest road trips.
Source: Gizmodo – Here’s How Far The Apollo 17 Astronauts Drove On The Moon
Smart devices are becoming more and more ubiquitous. Whether you’re the owner of a smart lightbulb, smart outlet, security camera, or all of the above, managing your devices can get tricky, especially if you’re amassing a collection. If you’re using a Google voice assistant, though, they’re making it easy to add new…
Source: LifeHacker – Google Home Syncs Your Smart Home Gadgets With One Phrase
Imgur began as a way for Redditors to share images quickly and easily, but has grown into a pretty robust site and accompanying mobile app. Last week, the company announced two new features that should help you find more time-wasting goodness: a tag-…
Source: Engadget – Imgur’s Snacks is a Story-like collection of curated GIFs
Not to be left out of the rush to cool AMD’s HEDT Threadripper CPU, Koolance joins the fray. We just got in our “CPU-400A-S” water block and we give you an upfront and personal look as we back the curtain to see what is inside of this soon-to-come cooler.
Source: [H]ardOCP – Koolance Threadripper Water Block Breakdown
The NFL and Verizon announced today that they have entered into an agreement where Verizon will now be offering their NFL streaming plan to all mobile customers. This means that no matter what company you are using for mobile service you will now be able to get the games you missed before. Not a bad deal if the price is right. I know some don’t care about the NFL anymore, but there are still plenty that do and this is a good step forward for those that like to watch the games on the go.
In addition to the expanded availability of live games, the new agreement will provide fans mobile access to NFL highlights, coverage of NFL throughout the week and year, and a robust set of jointly-developed original content. With Verizon and Oath’s lead in U.S. monthly mobile millennial reach and more than 200 million U.S. monthly unique mobile digital views, NFL content will reach a massive digital audience.
Source: [H]ardOCP – Verizon to Start Streaming NFL Games to All Mobile Phones Regardless of Carrier
Today marked the first day of bitcoin futures trading and it was a wild one. Futures surged as high as $18K which means the value has tripled in the past month. Trading was so heavy that automatic halts were triggered to cool off volatility. All eyes are going to be on this cryptocurrency going forward to see if it will maintain the gains, cool off, or even crash. Be careful out there in this new market.
The surge in bitcoin futures, the first of which expire in January, adds to the frenzy for the digital currency that was introduced in 2009 and has seen its value skyrocket in recent months.
But it has also contributed to concern that bitcoin, which is not backed by any country’s central bank, is a speculative bubble that could burst if investors get nervous and begin selling.
Source: [H]ardOCP – Bitcoin Futures Surge In First Day Of Trading
A Phoronix reader recently inquired about whether power-saving utilities like Intel PowerTop and TLP are still useful for conserving power on modern Linux distributions and modern hardware. The short answer is, yes, and here are some numbers.
Source: Phoronix – Is PowerTop / TLP Still Useful To Save Power On Linux Laptops?