Bar Manager Attempts To Remove Adhesive Bra Stuck To Ceiling

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This is a short video of a bar manager at the San Francisco based country music restaurant and bar Westwood attempting to remove an adhesive bra stuck to the ceiling. Personally, I’d rather watch the video of how it got up there in the first place. Some details:

things heat up (literally) in the evenings. A customer must have been feeling the heat and removed her sticky bra, and tossed it into the air in frustration. Our GM is 6’4″. This was not staged.

Well, based on this man’s inability to remove the bra, I’m guessing *putting on cool guy Oakleys with rainbow mirrored lenses* somebody’s never made it to second base. “Are you talking about yourself, GW?” The pitcher just keeps hitting me!

Keep going for the video, complete with a classic double cup stick at the end.

Source: Geekologie – Bar Manager Attempts To Remove Adhesive Bra Stuck To Ceiling

Uber lays off employees from Eats, self-driving cars and other teams

Uber has cut around 350 more employees across several of its divisions. The company said it’s the “last wave of a process” that saw layoffs in marketing, then product and engineering over the last few months. This time around, Uber has laid off membe…

Source: Engadget – Uber lays off employees from Eats, self-driving cars and other teams

Uber lays off another 350 workers amid ongoing losses

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Enlarge / Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi. (credit: George Grinsted)

Uber is laying off another 350 workers, the company announced on Monday. Uber Eats and Uber’s self-driving car team are among the divisions hit by job losses. TechCrunch obtained a copy of an email CEO Dara Khosrowshahi sent to Uber workers. It describes the layoffs as “difficult but necessary changes.”

This is Uber’s third round of layoffs for 2019. The company laid off 400 workers in its marketing department in July and 435 engineering and product workers in September. Some workers have also been asked to relocate.

Uber announced in August that it racked up record losses of $5 billion in the second quarter of 2019. It’s important to note that the bulk of that figure represents one-time charges connected to Uber’s May stock offering. Excluding those charges, Uber’s ongoing burn rate has been around $1 billion in recent quarters. Third-quarter financial results are due out next month.

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Source: Ars Technica – Uber lays off another 350 workers amid ongoing losses

How to Become a Better Driver

Think back to when you first learned how to drive. An adult in your life probably told you that driving is a responsibility and a privilege, and though your daily commute may not exactly sound like a privilege, you still definitely have a responsibility to be safe on the road. Whether you’re an experienced driver or…

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Source: LifeHacker – How to Become a Better Driver

Nubia’s $529 dual-screen phone is now available in the US

While we’ve seen Android phone manufacturers, particularly ones like Oppo and OnePlus, experiment with pop-up cameras to create phones without any display cutouts, China’s Nubia is approaching the challenge in an unusual way. Instead of a pop-up self…

Source: Engadget – Nubia’s 9 dual-screen phone is now available in the US

A New Runaways Season 3 Clip Teases Big Changes for Gert and Old Lace

Runaways is one of the only live-action shows that’s ever been bold enough to feature a CGI (but sometimes practically made) dinosaur that against all odds winds up looking pretty damned good on screen, even when it’s interacting with living actors. The creative team behind the series obviously knows that Old Lace is…

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Source: io9 – A New Runaways Season 3 Clip Teases Big Changes for Gert and Old Lace

Leaked 'Fortnite' Chapter 2 trailer showcases a new map and boats

Fortnite is set to return from the void with a major overhaul, if a leaked trailer is anything to go by. The original, constantly evolving battle royale map was destroyed in spectacular fashion Sunday, leaving only a black hole for players to look at…

Source: Engadget – Leaked ‘Fortnite’ Chapter 2 trailer showcases a new map and boats

Would You Give Up Google For $17,000 a Year? The Federal Reserve Wants To Know

The Federal Reserve wants to know what the internet is worth to you. The answer could help the central bank solve one of the most puzzling paradoxes of the modern economy: The current expansion is the longest in history, yet productivity gains are weak and GDP growth, while steady, is far from stellar. From a report: In a speech last week, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell raised the possibility that the problem is with the data itself. GDP measures the value of products and services that are bought and sold. But many of the greatest technological innovations of the internet age are free. Search engines, e-mail, GPS, even Facebook — the official economic statistics are not designed to capture the benefits they generate for businesses and consumers. “Good decisions require good data, but the data in hand are seldom as good as we would like,” Powell said. Instead, Powell cited recent work by MIT economist Erik Brynjolfsson, one of the leading academics on the intersection of technology and the economy. In a paper with Avinash Collis of the National Bureau of Economic Research and Felix Eggers of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, the authors conducted massive surveys to estimate the monetary value that users place on the tools of modern life.

The results? The median user would need about $48 to give up Facebook for one month. The median price of giving up video streaming services like YouTube for a year is $1,173. To stop using search engines, consumers would need a median $17,530, making it the most valuable digital service. The authors also conducted more limited surveys with students in Europe on other popular platforms. One month of Snapchat was valued at about 2.17 euros. LinkedIn was just 1.52 euros. But giving up WhatsApp? That would require a whopping 536 euros. Twitter, however, was valued at zero euros.

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Microsoft Teams: The good, the bad, and the ugly

Why Teams is a key product despite its frustrations – and yes, a Linux client is on the way. Analysis Microsoft continues to plug Teams as the “fastest growing application” in the company’s history, though it is not sold separately, only as a feature of Office 365 (there is also a free version). At the same time, there are major feature gaps that are only now being plugged, and it is not easy to manage. What is the attraction?…

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Microsoft starts inviting people to try Project xCloud

Microsoft is starting to invite players to test out its Project xCloud game streaming service. It said last month it would open up a public preview of the platform in October, allowing players to stream games to their Android devices. Now, it’s start…

Source: Engadget – Microsoft starts inviting people to try Project xCloud

Veteran astronauts endorse NASA’s program for a return to the Moon

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Source: Ars Technica – Veteran astronauts endorse NASA’s program for a return to the Moon

Single Parents: What Are Your Best Solo Parenting Tips?

It’s hard for any parent to manage tantrums and picky eating, to enforce screen time limits and get through bedtime with our sanity intact, all while raising kids who will hopefully grow up to be good humans. But for single parents, there is an extra layer of challenge wrapped around each day: Two hands when four…

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Source: LifeHacker – Single Parents: What Are Your Best Solo Parenting Tips?

Delete These 15 Android Apps Containing Adware From Your Device Right Now

Delete These 15 Android Apps Containing Adware From Your Device Right Now
The number of malicious Android apps that make it to the Google Play store continues to grow at an alarming rate. Sophos has issued a new report regarding 15 apps on Google Play that are abusive and designed to do nothing but serve ads to smartphone users. On top of spamming users with ads on their mobile devices, they hide their app icons

Source: Hot Hardware – Delete These 15 Android Apps Containing Adware From Your Device Right Now

Titans Turned Superboy Into Frankenstein's Manchild, and It Was Awesome

Titans’ cast of superheroes and villains has gotten so large that the series has largely shifted away from dedicating entire episodes to single characters, but this week’s straightforwardly named “Conner” focused on nothing but the latest live-action incarnation of Superman and Lex Luthor’s genetically-engineered…

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Source: io9 – Titans Turned Superboy Into Frankenstein’s Manchild, and It Was Awesome

Twitter temporarily banned pro-Trump meme creator Carpe Donktum

This afternoon, Twitter caused a stir when it suspended the prolific pro-Trump meme creator, Carpe Donktum. People were quick to speculate that Carpe Donktum was suspended for his alleged connection to the violent video shown at Trump’s Miami resort…

Source: Engadget – Twitter temporarily banned pro-Trump meme creator Carpe Donktum

Is iOS 13 Sharing Your Browsing Data With China's Tencent?

iOS 13’s “Fraudulent Website Warning” feature for Safari mobile shares some of your browsing data by default. That’s normally a good thing, since Google takes this data, hashes what you’re attempting to access, and is only able to sort-of match what you were looking for with your IP address. However, Apple is also…

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Source: LifeHacker – Is iOS 13 Sharing Your Browsing Data With China’s Tencent?

Microsoft wants to use AI to bleep out bad words in Xbox Live party chat

"I'm so happy that I didn't hear whatever curse word you just screamed at me during our friendly game of <em>Uno</em> on Xbox Live!"

Enlarge / “I’m so happy that I didn’t hear whatever curse word you just screamed at me during our friendly game of Uno on Xbox Live!” (credit: Future Publishing / Getty Images)

Today, Microsoft announced it’s rolling out filters that will let Xbox Live players automatically limit the text-based messages they receive to four maturiy tiers: “Friendly, Medium, Mature, and Unfiltered.” That’s a long-overdue feature for a major communication platform that’s well over a decade old now, but not really anything new in terms of online content moderation writ large.

What’s more interesting is a “looking ahead” promise Microsoft made at the end of the announcement (emphasis added):

Ultimately our vision is to supplement our existing efforts and leverage our company efforts in AI and machine learning technology to provide filtration across all types of content on Xbox Live, delivering control to each and every individual player. Your feedback is more important than ever as we continue to evolve this experience and make Xbox a safe, welcome and inclusive place to game.

That’s all a bit vague, but The Verge reports on the real thrust of that passage: an effort by the company to “tackle the challenge of voice chat toxicity on Xbox Live.” That means leveraging Microsoft’s existing efforts in speech-to-text machine-learning algorithms to automatically filter out swear words that might come up in an Xbox Live party chat.

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Source: Ars Technica – Microsoft wants to use AI to bleep out bad words in Xbox Live party chat