Because what good is a new movie coming out if you can’t merchandise the hell out of it, this is the $22 Avengers Infinity War: ‘Fine. I’ll Pour It Myself’ Thanos Infinity Gauntlet Mug available from Merchoid. It has all six infinity stones (I can’t tell if they’re just painted or actually glue on, but it would suck if they are glued on and come off in the dishwasher because it’s probably not dishwasher safe and you did it anyways), a gold finish “for that regal look” and holds an undisclosed amount of liquid or loose change. It’s fine enough I suppose, but when you hold it, it looks like you’re holding another hand at the wrist. That’s weird. Because if I’m holding another hand, I want it to be the hand of the girl I like. “Yeah, can we not? Your hand is kinda sweaty.” That’s not sweat, it’s hotdog grease. “We’ve been together this whole time, where did you find a hotdog?” Remember when I went to go throw your coffee cup away in that trash can in the park? “Uh-huh.” Wait — is it too late to say it’s sweat?
Keep going for one more shot of just the mug.
Source: Geekologie – Merchandise Everything!: An Infinity Gauntlet Coffee Mug
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…
Source: Gizmodo – For 7,500, This Clockwork Machine Will Save You the Hassle of Writing Your Own Name
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:
Source: LifeHacker – Reminder: Your Oxygen Mask Should Go Over Your Mouth and Nose
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…
Source: Gizmodo – A Worrying Number of Amazon’s Warehouse Workers Are Reportedly Living Off Food Stamps
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…
Source: Gizmodo – Rare Mutation Among Bajau People Lets Them Stay Underwater Longer
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
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.
Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Source: Slashdot – Turn Right at the Burger King: Google Maps Begins Using Landmarks To Help With Guidance
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
Morning routines are highly personal (and perhaps taken too seriously, as one writer recently found out). However, we can all agree that morning television does not provide the intellectual stimulus we deserve.
Source: LifeHacker – You Should Watch ‘Jeopardy!’ in the Morning
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.
Source: Gizmodo – The Christmas Bullet Was The Worst Plane Ever Made
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
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.
Source: Gizmodo – Woman Who Posted Instagram Pics of Her Fancy Drug-Smuggling Trip Sentenced to Less-Fancy Prison
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
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.
Source: [H]ardOCP – Poorly Configured AWS S3 Bucket Exposes More Personal Data Once Again
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.
Source: [H]ardOCP – Revenge of the Nerds
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.
Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Source: Slashdot – Marissa Mayer is Back
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
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…
Source: Gizmodo – Getting Hunted by Ewoks in Star Wars: Battlefront II Is as Terrifying as Any Horror Movie