Congress could require a car alarm for kids left inside

In the past 20 years, more than 800 children have died of heatstroke in cars in the US. Now, a group of lawmakers wants to require alerts that would remind parents to check for children in the backseat before exiting the vehicle. Legislation announce…

Source: Engadget – Congress could require a car alarm for kids left inside

Get the Amazing 'Bloons TD 6' for Free on iOS and Android

The very-excellent tower defense game, Bloons TD 6—normally $5 on mobile—is now available for free on iOS and Android for a limited time. Even if tower defense games aren’t your scene, this one is going to suck you in with its combination of cutesy, monkey-themed gameplay and a decent difficulty curve as you get…

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Source: LifeHacker – Get the Amazing ‘Bloons TD 6’ for Free on iOS and Android

How to Protect Yourself From Overdraft Fees

Senators Cory Booker and Sherrod Brown are reintroducing a 2018 bill to put an end to banking overdraft fees, Vox reported this week. The Stop Overdraft Profiteering Act would prohibit banks from imposing overdraft fees on debit transactions and from charging insufficient fund fees at ATMs. Check-based overdraft fees…

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Source: LifeHacker – How to Protect Yourself From Overdraft Fees

GOP, Dem Senators officially introduce loot box, “pay-to-win” legislation

Reproduction of video game boxed filled with candy.

Unlike this ceramic replica, video game loot boxes are not filled with real candy. (credit: ThinkGeek)

Weeks ago, Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) released an outline for the The Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act, aimed at stopping randomized loot boxes and pay-to-win mechanics in the game industry. Today, Hawley was joined by Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) in formally introducing that bill in the Senate, complete with an 18-page draft of its legislative text.

Perhaps the most interesting portion of the bill attempts to define so-called “pay-to-win” mechanics in games. Those are defined broadly here as purchasable content that “assists a user in accomplishing an achievement within the game that can otherwise be accomplished without the purchase of such transaction” or which “permits a user to continue to access content of the game that had previously been accessible to the user but has been made inaccessible after the expiration of a timer or a number of gameplay attempts.”

For multiplayer games, this would also include any purchasable in-game content that “from the perspective of a reasonable user, provides a competitive advantage.”

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Source: Ars Technica – GOP, Dem Senators officially introduce loot box, “pay-to-win” legislation

Mark Zuckerberg Dismisses Calls To Break Up Facebook

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday rebuffed calls for the company to be broken up over competition concerns, disputing claims the firm has grown too dominant. From a report: During a call with reporters, Zuckerberg was pressed to address recent calls from Democratic officials and one Facebook co-founder for federal regulators to force the company to spin off WhatsApp and Instagram, previously acquired in two blockbuster deals. “I think it kind of almost goes without saying that we exist in a very competitive and dynamic environment where new services are constantly coming up,” Zuckerberg said. He later disputed arguments that the company has grown too dominant as an advertising player as “a little stretched,” noting the company controls just around a fifth of the global digital ad market. “I don’t really think that the remedy of breaking up the company is going to address those,” he said. “I actually think it’s going to make it a lot harder.” Further reading: Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg: Chinese Tech Companies Are Also Powerful, and Will Not Be Broken Up.

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Source: Slashdot – Mark Zuckerberg Dismisses Calls To Break Up Facebook

Google Duplex AI Reservation Service Still Relies Heavily On Human Handlers

Google Duplex AI Reservation Service Still Relies Heavily On Human Handlers
Google has been making greats strides to bring its Duplex reservation service to more states. For those not in the know, Google Duplexuses advanced artificial intelligence (AI) to automatically make reservations for you (i.e. dinner for two at a restaurant). You tell the Google Assistant where you want to eat, what day/time, and how many people

Source: Hot Hardware – Google Duplex AI Reservation Service Still Relies Heavily On Human Handlers

Almost Too Big On The Inside: A 64-Ounce TARDIS Coffee Mug

64-oz-tardis-mug-1.jpgMmmm, 7-layer bars.

This is the 64-ounce Doctor Who TARDIS coffee mug available from ThinkGeek. For reference, that’s a half gallon, or my average daily intake of chocolate milk. It weighs a pound empty and costs $25. Although if you really need to slam a half gallon of go-go juice in the morning just to start functioning, I’m fairly certain it’s time to turn away from your coffee mug and turn to butt-chugging. It’s fast, it’s efficient, and it’s– wait, why are you laughing? “Your funnel, it’s still…” Dammit, my girlfriend thinks it’s hysterical to let me leave the house like this.

Keep going for a shot of the mug with no additional decor.

Source: Geekologie – Almost Too Big On The Inside: A 64-Ounce TARDIS Coffee Mug

Fund Your Favorite Open-Source Projects Using Github's New Sponsorship Program

We’re big fans of open source software and the ethos of freedom, security, and transparency that often drives such projects. But software development and upkeep are not cheap, and even the most capable open source developers need help now and again. Luckily, Github just made it a lot easier to directly support…

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Source: LifeHacker – Fund Your Favorite Open-Source Projects Using Github’s New Sponsorship Program

Mortal Kombat 11, One Month Later

It’s been one month since the release of Mortal Kombat 11. One month of arguing over microtransactions. One month of nightmare-inducing violence. One month of cringing every time Sonya Blade opens her mouth. The first month of what’s sure to be years of very good fighting. Here’s what happened in that month.

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Source: Kotaku – Mortal Kombat 11, One Month Later

US charges Julian Assange with violating the Espionage Act

Federal prosecutors have charged WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange with 17 more criminal counts, including accusations that he violated the Espionage Act. The US charged him last month with conspiracy to commit computer hacking following his arrest…

Source: Engadget – US charges Julian Assange with violating the Espionage Act

Julian Assange Charged in 18-Count Indictment For WikiLeaks Disclosures

Julian Assange was charged Thursday in an 18-count superseding indictment for his role in orchestrating the 2010 WikiLeaks disclosures, described by the U.S. government as “one of the largest compromises of classified information in the history of the United States.” From a report: According to the Justice Department, the new charges from a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia allege that “Assange’s actions risked serious harm to United States national security to the benefit of our adversaries.” According to the DOJ announcement, Assange faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison on each charge with the exception of one charge related to conspiracy to commit computer intrusion. Assange was previously indicted in April on a single-count conspiracy to commit computer intrusion charge for his role in Chelsea Manning’s disclosure of classified materials made public by WikiLeaks in 2010, which the government has called “one of the largest compromises of classified information in the history of the United States.”

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Source: Slashdot – Julian Assange Charged in 18-Count Indictment For WikiLeaks Disclosures

Purdue infiltrated WHO, manipulated opioid policies to boost sales, report finds

Purdue sign outside a large glass building.

Enlarge / Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, and its owners, the Sackler family, are facing hundreds of lawsuits across the country for the company’s alleged role in the opioid epidemic. (credit: Getty | Drew Angerer)

Infamous OxyContin-maker Purdue Pharma used front organizations and sponsored research to deceive the World Health Organization and corrupt global public health policies with the goal of boosting international opioid sales and profits, according to a Congressional report(PDF) released Thursday, May 22.

The investigation identified two WHO guidance documents that appear to parrot some of Purdue’s misleading and outright false marketing claims about the safety and efficacy of their highly addictive opioids.

The findings, released by Reps. Katherine Clark (D-Mass.) and Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), land as the country is still grappling with an epidemic of opioid abuse and overdoses. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, opioid overdoses kill an average of 130 Americans every day.

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Source: Ars Technica – Purdue infiltrated WHO, manipulated opioid policies to boost sales, report finds

The Very Best Xbox Controller Now Has Swappable Paddles, Thumbsticks, and Even Faceplates

Microsoft or Sony don’t make the best controllers for your Xbox or PlayStation. Instead, they’re made by Scuf, a company that produces high-end customizable controllers intended for competitive gaming and people who want the best experience. So when the company announces a new super customizable Xbox One controller,…

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Source: Gizmodo – The Very Best Xbox Controller Now Has Swappable Paddles, Thumbsticks, and Even Faceplates

Ubuntu 19.10 To Bundle NVIDIA's Proprietary Driver Packages As Part Of Its ISO

For Ubuntu 19.10 the developers are adding the NVIDIA driver packages onto the ISO. The NVIDIA binary drivers won’t be activated by default, but will be present on the install media to make it easier to enable post-install…

Source: Phoronix – Ubuntu 19.10 To Bundle NVIDIA’s Proprietary Driver Packages As Part Of Its ISO