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DJI Mysteriously Turned Vast Swaths of Iraq and Syria Into Drone No-Fly Zones

Gizmodo - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 17:07

DJI, the world’s largest consumer drone manufacturer, has a problem. ISIS, the terrorist organization, has been turning off-the-shelf drones into flying bombs and making headlines in the process. So what’s DJI doing about this? The company very quietly created no-fly zones over large parts of Iraq and Syria.


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FCC Chairman outlines his plan to gut net neutrality

Engadget - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 17:03
The future of net neutrality has been uncertain since the November election of Donald Trump. His FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, has made it clear he intends to scale back some of the regulations surrounding ISPs, but details have been scarce. Now we have an...
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Pirate Site Blockades Violate Free Speech, Mexico's Supreme Court Rules

Slashdot - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 17:00
New submitter happyfeet2000 quotes a report from TorrentFreak: Broad pirate sites blockades are disproportional, Mexico's Supreme Court of Justice has ruled. The government can't order ISPs to block websites that link to copyright-infringing material because that would also restrict access to legitimate content and violate the public's freedom of expression. The ruling is a win for local ISP Alestra, which successfully protested the government's blocking efforts. Alestra was ordered to block access to the website mymusiic.com by the government's Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI). The website targeted a Mexican audience and offered music downloads, some of which were shared without permission. "The ISP was not pleased with the order and appealed it in court," reports TorrentFreak. "Among other things, the defense argued that the order was too broad, as it also restricted access to music that might not be infringing." The Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation heard the case and ruled that the government's order is indeed disproportional.

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Google Trips is now more helpful for anyone afraid to fly

Engadget - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 16:32
Last year, Google released Trips, an app for iOS and Android that helps you keep track of your itinerary while traveling. It automatically collects information from your Gmail inbox, organizes it and makes it available offline. It even offers suggest...
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Thanks, Internet: Kermit The Frog Performs R. Kelly's 'Ignition (Remix)'

GeekOlogy - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 16:30
Seen here about to get a mouthful of snout, this is a video of Kermit The Frog performing R. Kelly's 'Ignition (Remix)', courtesy of editing by Mylo The Cat (previously). You know I actually catch myself singing that song in the shower from time to time. But more often than that I catch myself laying on the floor of the tub with the shower running trying to figure out just where my life took a wrong turn. Did you know if you snort food coloring you can cry different colored tears? "That's probably a good place to start looking." No, I only got into that recently. I'm thinking maybe when I learned out how to get the microwave to run without the door closed. Keep going for the video, as well as the original. Toot toot, beep beep!
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FCC Announces Plan To Reverse Title II Net Neutrality

Slashdot - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 16:20
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: The Federal Communications Commission is cracking open the net neutrality debate again with a proposal to undo the 2015 rules that implemented net neutrality with Title II classification. FCC chairman Ajit Pai called the rules "heavy handed" and said their implementation was "all about politics." He argued that they hurt investment and said that small internet providers don't have "the means or the margins" to withstand the regulatory onslaught. "Earlier today I shared with my fellow commissioners a proposal to reverse the mistake of Title II and return to the light touch framework that served us so well during the Clinton administration, Bush administration, and first six years of the Obama administration," Pai said today. His proposal will do three things: first, it'll reclassify internet providers as Title I information services; second, it'll prevent the FCC from adapting any net neutrality rules to practices that internet providers haven't thought up yet; and third, it'll open questions about what to do with several key net neutrality rules -- like no blocking or throttling of apps and websites -- that were implemented in 2015. Pai will publish the full text of his proposal tomorrow, and it will be voted on by the FCC on May 18th.

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A New Approach to 3D Printing Removes the Limitations of Gravity

Gizmodo - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 16:15

The potential for 3D printing to revolutionize manufacturing is astounding—if the technology can overcome a few limitations. Researchers at MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab have come up with a novel way to both speed up the 3D printing process, and free it from the restrictions imposed by gravity.


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You're not too old to play with Hot Wheels in 'Forza Horizon 3'

Engadget - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 16:12
The second Forza Horizon 3 expansion is coming out soon and it's bringing a big dose of childhood nostalgia along with it. Hot Wheels and their iconic bright orange tracks arrive on May 9th as part of the Forza Horizon 3 Expansion Pass or as standalo...
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Custom Laser-Cut Power Supply Controller Enclosure

AdaFruit - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 16:04

Andy Brown gives a thorough walkthrough of the unboxing and assembly of the parts ordered (built around the MakerCase template) for a custom laser-cut power supply enclosure. The dark but semi-transparent perspex (just enough for internal LEDs and 7-segments to shine through) is a really nice choice:

Read the full story here on Andy Brown’s blog and watch the video below for more of the assembly:

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See a Life-Size Rogue One K-2SO Puppet Come to Life

AdaFruit - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 16:00

As soon as I saw K-2SO in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, I couldn’t wait to see someone tackle a costume of the character. Given his spindly build, it’s not a costume that can easily be worn and look like it has the right proportions, so Darren Moser made a puppet version — he operates the droid from behind. He’s a member of The Replica Prop Forum (RPF) and figured out how to make the seven foot tall droid. It involves a complex frame that has many articulated points.

After you view the above video, take in the entire build thread at The RPF — and I recommend doing so because it’s impressive to watch how it comes together. And keep in mind it’s not 100% finished just yet.

An early sketch to remind you that many projects start small:

via Fashionably Geek

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Samsung's auto-reply app fights distracted driving

Engadget - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 15:51
Let's be honest: too many of us are using our phones while driving. It's a problem and it's dangerous, but we do it anyway. Samsung knows this and has come up with a new app cleverly named In-Traffic Reply to help. The app, currently in beta, aims to...
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What Is the Difference Between a Man Doctor and a Woman Doctor?

Gizmodo - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 15:45

They both look freaking hot in a nerd way, but you only respect one of them.


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Facebook's live video problem is only getting worse

Engadget - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 15:43
Facebook's struggle with livestreams of terrible crimes is still very real, and appears to be worsening. Local media report that a young Thai man used Facebook Live to broadcast a murder-suicide where he hung his baby daughter before taking his own l...
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Adjustable Ear Plugs With Four Levels Of Noise Control

GeekOlogy - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 15:30
This is the Kickstarter for Knops, a pair of ear plugs that allow you to adjust the amount of noise you hear. The plugs' outer rim can be turned to allow for four different levels of use: clear sound (no dampening), city noise, live music, and total isolation. Obviously, I'm a total isolation guy myself, but that's just me, and, like they say: no noise is good noise. "It's news, not noise." Whatever, I had my earbuds in. You can get a pair of the already-funded Knops for $62, which should ship this November. Alternatively, just cover your ears with your hands all the time like a normal person. "That's not what normal people do." I CAN'T HEAR YOU. "Take your hands off your ears." I can't, I glued them there. "Then how did you just hear me?" I read your lips. Now I'm reading your mind. "What am I thinking?" GW can't read minds! "Impressive." Thanks, it's a gift. Just kidding it's a curse everybody hates me and thinks I'm ugly and I know it. Keep going for their Kickstarter video.
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Collin’s Lab: Pulse Room

AdaFruit - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 15:23

Technology connects us to the outer world, but have we lost touch with our inner selves?

Join Collin at home, as he attempts to remedy this modern condition by controlling room lighting & sound with the beating of his own heart.

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Please Help Me Understand This Horrifying and Confusing Cars Theory

Gizmodo - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 15:15

I’m so sorry, but I’m a Cars truther now.


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This Sick Video Drone Is the Future of Inescapable Advertising 

Gizmodo - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 15:10

Advertisers have found ways to bombard us with promotions no matter what we’re doing: watching TV, checking social media, and even when streaming music. But the future of advertising could be even more invasive when the next public event you attend is full of flying video drones projecting inescapable video…


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Spotify's latest move shows it's trying to get royalties right

Engadget - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 15:08
Spotify has struggled with unpaid royalties recently, though it's promised to fix things to help support frustrated artists. The company recently limited its free streaming option to build trust with music creators. In addition, Spotify just acquired...
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What Up With All the Tornadoes So Far This Year?

Gizmodo - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 15:05

As of mid April, at least 570 tornadoes have been reported in the United States this year. That’s nearly a hundred more than the typical tally for mid-spring. So what’s going on there, America?


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Brainding – Circuit Bending Using an EEG

AdaFruit - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 15:00

Pablo Guerra has produced a super fun mashup of a brain based EEG (Backyard Brains) and circuit bent musical feedback (DjckO).

When Pablo Closes his eyes, alpha power increases, which causes the digital potentiometer to drop from95 kilohms to 70 kilohms. This then modulates a sound generation circuit in Pablo’s Musical Instrument

If you would like to build this, you must

  1. Remove LEDs 3,4, and 6 from the Heart and Brain SpikerShield (two yellow LEDs, and last red LED). This is because we are using those pins now to talk to the Digital Potentiometer.
  2. Upload this new code to your Arduino that allows the SpikeRecorder software to talk to the Digital Potential
  3.  Run our new SpikeRecorder Software Prototype

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