I Tried To Defeat Water In Dwarf Fortress And Failed

Dwarf Fortress is full of hidden horrors, like Forgotten Beasts that breathe poison or giant metal Titans with impenetrable skin, or even just the regular old Goblin coming to kidnap one of your children. But these abominations pale in comparison to the challenge I tried to overcome a couple weeks ago, Dwarf Fortress

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Source: Kotaku – I Tried To Defeat Water In Dwarf Fortress And Failed

Nokia 9 Buggy Update Lets Anyone Bypass Fingerprint Scanner With a Pack of Gum

A buggy update for Nokia 9 PureView handsets has apparently impacted the smartphone model’s in-screen fingerprint scanner, which can now be bypassed using unregistered fingerprints or even with something as banal as a pack of gum. From a report: Multiple users have complained about this problem over the weekend, after installing an OS update (v4.22) released on April 18. The update was meant to improve the phone’s in-screen fingerprint scanner module — so that users won’t have to press their fingers too hard on the screen before the phone unlocks — yet it had the exact opposite effect the company hoped for. While initially, the reported issues appeared to be new, a video recorded by another user showed the same problem (unlocking phones with unregistered fingerprints) even before the v4.22 update, meaning that the update just made the unlocking bug worse than it already was.

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Source: Slashdot – Nokia 9 Buggy Update Lets Anyone Bypass Fingerprint Scanner With a Pack of Gum

After the Galaxy Fold breaks in the hands of reviewers, Samsung delays launch

The $2,000 Samsung Galaxy Fold was slated to come out April 26 in the US. It was supposed to be a triumph of Samsung’s display technology—a product years in the making that would redefine the smartphone. Instead, it’s being delayed. A report from The Wall Street Journal says the phone has been delayed until “at least next month.” The report cites “people familiar with the matter” and says that the original launch plans were changed due to “problems with phones being used by reviewers.”

Samsung was suspiciously protective of the Galaxy Fold in the run-up to launch. It was announced alongside the Galaxy S10 in February, but while the S10 was put on display to be touched and tapped, the Galaxy Fold was only shown in a glass box. It wasn’t until last week that people outside of Samsung were finally able to try the Galaxy Fold, when Samsung handed out review units to select members of the press. There were always durability concerns about the folding display, but when devices in the hands of reviewers sometimes lasted a single day before the displays died, the alarm bells started ringing.

The report from the Journal says, “The new rollout is expected in the coming weeks, though a firm date has yet to be determined.” Apparently Samsung has flagged the current hinge design as one of the issues causing an early death. “Though the company’s internal investigation remains ongoing, the Galaxy Fold phone’s reported issues stem from problems affecting the handset’s hinge and extra pressure applied to the internal screen,” the report says.

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Source: Ars Technica – After the Galaxy Fold breaks in the hands of reviewers, Samsung delays launch

How to Make Bay Leaf Gin

I didn’t used to believe in bay leaves. Though I felt contractually obligated to put them in all stews, soups, and (most) rice dishes, it wasn’t until I conducted this very important piece of investigative journalism that I began to truly value and cherish them. When I saw the “bay leaf martini” on the cocktail menu…

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Source: LifeHacker – How to Make Bay Leaf Gin

Bowers & Wilkins' New Alien-Looking Wifi Speakers Aim to Take on Sonos With High-Resolution Ambitions

Bowers & Wilkins got a new Silicon Valley-based parent company three years ago, and now, the classic British audio brand has a new line of premium wireless speakers. The new Formation Suite starts at $900 for a very alien-looking thing called the Wedge and tops out at $4,000 with the even more alien-looking Duo. Based…

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Source: Gizmodo – Bowers & Wilkins’ New Alien-Looking Wifi Speakers Aim to Take on Sonos With High-Resolution Ambitions

Riverdale's Vampire War Isn't Over in This Jughead: The Hunger vs. Vampironica Preview

In the pages of Archie’s Jughead: The Hunger—in which Jughead Jones is a werewolf—werewolves ruled ascendant in their war against in the lords of the night. In Vampironica—in which Veronica Lodge is, you guessed it, a vampire—it was the opposite. But what happens when you smash them together? Well, at first, a bit of…

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Source: io9 – Riverdale’s Vampire War Isn’t Over in This Jughead: The Hunger vs. Vampironica Preview

This Was Supposed to Be a Story About a Bizarre Anti-Vaccine Rally and a Sedated Bear. Then It Got Weird.

This world is full of surprises, some of them involving anti-vaccine activists, sedated bears, and the small-scale production of literal fake news. A couple of weeks ago, I thought I was working on a quick, weird story about an anti-vaccine activist in Florida who was attempting to hold a rally in her hometown…

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Source: Gizmodo – This Was Supposed to Be a Story About a Bizarre Anti-Vaccine Rally and a Sedated Bear. Then It Got Weird.

Spectator Throws Dead Crab At Super Smash Bros. Tournament Winner

“Sorry for losing my temper,” top Super Smash Bros. Melee pro Juan “Hungrybox” Debiedma wrote on Twitter after the weekend’s Pound 2019 tournament in Maryland. He had just fought his way out of the loser’s bracket and ultimately took it all in the grand finals. Debiedma had every reason to be happy—except in the…

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Source: Kotaku – Spectator Throws Dead Crab At Super Smash Bros. Tournament Winner

Scientific Linux 6/7 Will Remain Supported But The Distribution Is Ending

For those wanting a community-supported, free version in effect of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, the two options have been CentOS with its close relation (and employment) by Red Hat or Scientific Linux that has been maintained Fermilab, CERN, and other research labs. Moving forward, however, these labs are going to be adopting CentOS 8 and they will not be developing a new version of Scientific Linux based on the upcoming RHEL8…

Source: Phoronix – Scientific Linux 6/7 Will Remain Supported But The Distribution Is Ending

'Avengers: Endgame' event is coming to 'Fortnite' this week

Epic Games is again linking up with the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the developer has teased a Fortnite and Avengers: Endgame crossover. We don’t know many details yet, other than a start date of April 25th, the same day the movie hits theaters, and…

Source: Engadget – ‘Avengers: Endgame’ event is coming to ‘Fortnite’ this week

Cyberpunk 2077 Vastly Different Now Than Its Debut, An Elder Scrolls Deus Ex Style Mashup

Cyberpunk 2077 Vastly Different Now Than Its Debut, An Elder Scrolls Deus Ex Style Mashup
As we approach E3, one thing we are looking forward to is what kind of development CD Projekt RED, the development studio behind The Witcher series, has made on Cyberpunk 2077. Set nearly six decades into the future, Cyberpunk 2077 will thrust players into an open world that is very different from what life is like today, in 2019. But what

Source: Hot Hardware – Cyberpunk 2077 Vastly Different Now Than Its Debut, An Elder Scrolls Deus Ex Style Mashup

Samsung's Galaxy Fold Smartphone Release Delayed

Samsung Electronics is delaying the expected Friday rollout of its Galaxy Fold smartphone [Editor’s note: the link may be paywalled; alternative source] until at least next month, WSJ reported Monday citing people familiar with the matter, the latest fallout from a product headache that began with tech reviewers reporting their test devices had malfunctioned. From the report: The Galaxy Fold phone — priced at nearly $2,000 and the industry’s first mainstream foldable-screen device — was slated to hit shelves this week in the U.S. But problems with phones being used by reviewers have changed those plans, the people said. The new rollout is expected in the coming weeks, though a firm date has yet to be determined, they said. Though the company’s internal investigation remains ongoing, the Galaxy Fold phone’s reported issues stem from problems affecting the handset’s hinge and extra pressure applied to the internal screen, the people said. A Samsung spokeswoman didn’t have immediate comment. The company had previously said it would adhere to its plans for the Galaxy Fold phones to hit shelves on April 26 in the U.S. The delayed launch came hours after Samsung abruptly scrapped prerelease media events planned for Hong Kong on Tuesday and Shanghai on Wednesday.

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Source: Slashdot – Samsung’s Galaxy Fold Smartphone Release Delayed

Microplastics can travel on the wind, polluting pristine regions

The Pyrenees mountains, now with microplastics.

Enlarge / The Pyrenees mountains, now with microplastics. (credit: flickr user: Paula Funnell)

Microplastics may be having a moment in the spotlight, as the public is increasingly aware of their presence in the environment around us. But as more evidence of their presence comes to light, it’s becoming clearer that we don’t yet have a handle on how big or bad the problem is. A huge amount of small plastic particles end up in the sea, but recent research has also found them in in lakes and mountain river floodplains, and even as airborne pollution in megacities.

A new paper in Nature Geoscience reports finding microplastics in a region that should be pristine: the French Pyrenees mountains. The researchers estimated that the particles could have traveled from as far as 95 km away, but they suggest that it could be possible for microplastics to travel even further on the wind—meaning that even places relatively untouched by humans are now being polluted by our plastics.

The mystery of the disappearing plastic

Every year, millions of tonnes of plastic are produced. In 2016, this figure was estimated to be around 335 million tonnes. We have no idea where most of this ends up. The amounts that are recovered in recycling plants and landfill don’t match the amount being produced. Some of it stays in use, sometimes for decades, which explains part of the discrepancy. An estimated 10 percent ends up in the oceans. Although these numbers could change with further research, there’s still a gap.

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Source: Ars Technica – Microplastics can travel on the wind, polluting pristine regions

Intel Optane Memory H10 Review: Hybrid SSD Storage Acceleration

Intel Optane Memory H10 Review: Hybrid SSD Storage Acceleration
Intel announced its Optane Memory H10 back during the Consumer Electronics Show, early this year. Just in case you missed the initial announcement, the Optane Memory H10 is a new class of products from Intel that combines 3D Xpoint memory technology and QLC (quad-level cell) 3D NAND flash on a single M.2 device. The goal for the product is…

Source: Hot Hardware – Intel Optane Memory H10 Review: Hybrid SSD Storage Acceleration

Huawei Launches 5G Hardware For Cars With Stellar 39% Q1 Growth Despite US Barbs

Huawei Launches 5G Hardware For Cars With Stellar 39% Q1 Growth Despite US Barbs
Huawei is off to a good start in 2019, in terms of its overall business. The Chinese telecommunications company generated 179.7 billion Chinese Yuan (around $26.7 billion in US currency) in revenue during the first quarter, which represents a 39 percent year-over-year increase, resulting in an 8 percent jump in profits (slightly higher than

Source: Hot Hardware – Huawei Launches 5G Hardware For Cars With Stellar 39% Q1 Growth Despite US Barbs

Dropped Linux Kernel Drivers Occasionally See Revival – FDOMAIN Gets Second Chance

When drivers get dropped from the Linux kernel it’s generally due to hardware being no one cares about anymore that hasn’t been produced in many years and the code often falls into disrepair to the point that the only logical way forward is dropping the driver. That happened last year to the “FDOMAIN” driver but as does happen every so often (albeit rare) thanks to the code being still obtainable through Git and the nature of open-source, interested parties can step up and revive the code…

Source: Phoronix – Dropped Linux Kernel Drivers Occasionally See Revival – FDOMAIN Gets Second Chance

Get Ready to Not See a Fucking Thing on the Next Episode of Game of Thrones

Much has been said about the distinct lack of lighting in Game of Thrones’ final season. And I’m sad to say, if you were hoping to make out anything happening in next week’s enormous Battle of Winterfell…good luck with that.

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Source: io9 – Get Ready to Not See a Fucking Thing on the Next Episode of Game of Thrones