Jump to Navigation

Nerd News

The Greatest Hot Wheels Track Ever Built Ends With an Explosive Finale

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

Mark Rober, who we last saw engineering a dart board that guaranteed a bullseye with every throw, has just built what every car-loving kid always dreamed of: an epic Hot Wheels track that has tiny vehicles racing between floors, through swimming pools, and jumping over giant explosions.

Read more...

Categories: Nerd News

Most Millennials Have an Unrealistic View of Their Retirement Prospects, Analysts Say

Slashdot - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 15:00
From a blog post on research firm HSBC: HSBC calls for millennials to wake up to living and working longer, as research finds only 1 in 10 expects to work past 65. Most millennials have an unrealistic view of their retirement prospects according to a new report from HSBC. The latest report in The Future of Retirement series, Shifting sands, finds that on average millennials expect to retire younger than other working age generations. Millennials expect to retire at 59, two years younger than the working age average of 61. The survey of over 18,000 people in 16 countries finds that only 10 percent of millennials expect to continue working after 65 -- even as their generation faces unprecedented financial pressures and state retirement ages continue to rise around the world. This is despite 59 percent of millennials agreeing they will live much longer and will need to support themselves for longer than previous generations.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Categories: Nerd News

FCC Chair Ajit Pai Announces Bullshit Plan to Destroy Net Neutrality

Gizmodo - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 14:31

The agonizing wait is finally over. Today, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced his plan to dismantle net neutrality. During a speech in Washington, DC at the conservative nonprofit Freedomworks, Pai outlined his plan to roll back the 2015 Open Internet Order. The order established the principles of the open internet in…

Read more...

Categories: Nerd News

Move Over Chocolate/Vanilla Swirl: Almond Charcoal Black Soft Serve Ice Cream

GeekOlogy - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 14:30
These are a handful of people's attempts at artistic Instagram shots of the almond charcoal flavored black soft serve ice cream available from the Los Angeles based Little Damage ice cream shop. Mmmm, almond charcoal -- I wonder if it tastes like the time I got my stomach pumped. You may recall this post from last year of another ice cream shop in New York City selling scoops of coconut ash flavored ice cream. This is soft serve though. I don't really like soft serve that much, although I have always dreamed of sticking my head under the the spigot of one and seeing how long I can last before my IBS kicks in and I ruin all the carpet of that Sizzler between the taco/pasta bar and emergency exit. Keep going for a couple more shots, including one of Powder holding a cone.
Categories: Nerd News

'Danger Zone' turns the best part of 'Burnout' into a full game

Engadget - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 14:24
It's been nine long years since we had a proper Burnout game. But when Paradise launched back in 2008 it didn't come with the franchise's trademark Crash Mode, the arcadey feature that tasked players with hurtling themselves through an intersection t...
Categories: Nerd News

GE Fixing Bug in Software After Warning About Power Grid Hacks

Slashdot - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 14:20
General Electric said on Wednesday it is fixing a bug in software used to control the flow of electricity in a utility's power systems after researchers found that hackers could shut down parts of an electric grid. From a report: The vulnerability could enable attackers to gain remote control of GE protection relays, enabling them to "disconnect sectors of the power grid at will," according to an abstract posted late last week on the Black Hat security conference website. Protection relays are circuit breakers that utilities program to open and halt power transmission when dangerous conditions surface.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Categories: Nerd News

SOBRO: The smart coffee table for cold beers and chill tunes

Engadget - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 14:03
Coffee tables aren't the most glamorous piece of furniture. If you're anything like me, they inevitably become a repository for loose stuff like keys and remotes. Storebound's SOBRO smart table aims to be a lot more useful. It's not just nice to look...
Categories: Nerd News

Watch Elizabeth Shaw Return in a Short Film Linking Prometheus and Alien: Covenant

Gizmodo - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 14:00

What happened after Prometheus? How does that lead into Alien: Covenant? We won’t know for sure until the new film opens on May 19 but a new short film gives us a pretty good idea.

Read more...

Categories: Nerd News

Isn't It Relevant That the Star of The Handmaid's Tale Belongs to a Secretive, Allegedly Oppressive Religion? 

Gizmodo - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 14:00

The Handmaid’s Tale is one of the finest dystopian novels ever written, and it is, inescapably and fundamentally, about women’s oppression under an ultra-conservative regime. The much-anticipated Hulu series based on the book doesn’t shy away from the original subject matter; it couldn’t, really, and remain the

Read more...

Categories: Nerd News

A Fitbit Flex 2 reportedly exploded on woman's arm

Engadget - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 13:47
Dina Mitchell was reading a book on Tuesday in her Wisconsin home when the Fitbit Flex 2 on her wrist exploded, causing second-degree burns, she told ABC News. Mitchell reportedly tore the device off of her arm as it was still on fire, and doctors ha...
Categories: Nerd News

Adidas Creates Trainers Made From Plastic Ocean Debris in Bid To End Pollution

Slashdot - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 13:40
Adidas is building on its previous commitment to turn plastic pollution into high-performance products. Next month, the German sportswear will begin selling three new editions of its popular UltraBoost shoe, all made from plastic debris found in the ocean. From a report: Helping to achieve its goal of creating one million pairs of the Ultra Boost style, Parley for the Oceans will produce trainers made from recycled ocean waste. Made up of 11 reused plastic bottles in each pair, the Ultra Boost' laces, lining and sock lining covers will be made of other recycled products, making for an environmentally-friendly high-performance product.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Categories: Nerd News

DARPA Wants to Hack Your Brain to Make You Learn Faster

Gizmodo - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 13:35

If the brain is just a bunch of wires and circuits, it stands to reason that those components can simply be re-wired in order to create a better, smarter us. At least, that’s the theory behind a new project from the military’s secretive DARPA research branch announced on Wednesday, which aims to enhance human…

Read more...

Categories: Nerd News

Dammit Mother Nature, Calm Down: An Alligator Biting Another Alligator's Head

GeekOlogy - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 13:30
Seen here looking like some foreplay I want absolutely no part of, this is a video from the 18th hole of a golf course in North Carolina of a 12-foot alligator biting and refusing to let go of an 8-foot alligator's head, despite the second gator clearly using their safe word. Or maybe they're fighting over who gets to eat the ball some golfer sliced into the water hazard. Whatever the case, I would not be standing that close to them. You never know when they could join forces and decide humans don't bite back. Except me -- I'm like Jaws. Not Jaws the shark though, Jaws from the James Bond movies, who actually bites and kills a shark in this scene from The Spy Who Loved Me. Sadly, no spies have ever loved me. They all just pretend to so they can milk me for government secrets, then leave me tied to a hotel bed for housekeeping to find. "Did they at least sex you first?" No, but Natalya did have the decency to rent me an adult movie before stealing my briefcase and leaving, although Uncle Sam footed the bill because the hotel had my government credit card on file. *shrug* Just your hard-earned tax dollars at work. Keep going for the video.
Categories: Nerd News

Police will scan every fan's face at the Champions League final

Engadget - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 13:26
If you're headed to the UEFA Champions League final in Cardiff on June 3rd, you might just be part of a massive experiment in security -- and a privacy uproar. South Wales Police are conducting a face recognition trial that could scan every one of th...
Categories: Nerd News

What Kind of Dog Is This?

Gizmodo - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 13:25

Have you seen this dog? If you’ve been on Reddit lately, where this video by Japanese good boy enthusiast Hirofumi Kawano has been making the rounds, there’s a good chance you have.

Read more...

Categories: Nerd News

We Will Hit Peak Oil By 2030 But It's Not What You Think

Gizmodo - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 13:22

Economists and geologists and everyone and their oilman has been telling us that one day, we will hit Peak Oil. One day, we will keep looking for oil, but we won’t find anymore. One day, the demand would greatly outpace the supply. But now one of the biggest oil companies in the world is saying that’s backwards.

Read more...

Categories: Nerd News

Board Game Sale Redux! Score Great Low Prices On Three Popular Titles.

Gizmodo - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 13:21

If you didn’t get everything you wanted in Monday’s massive board game sale, a few titles are still marked down to low or near-low prices. Zombicide is the most popular of the bunch, but you can never go wrong with a Ticket to Ride game or Agricola.

Read more...

Categories: Nerd News

All the Science Fiction and Fantasy TV to Watch (or Avoid) This Summer

Gizmodo - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 13:00

When summer comes, it brings with it lazy days in the sun and kids free of school. It also brings a slew of TV shows, perfect for watching when it’s too hot to leave the air conditioning (which is most of the time). Here’s the io9 guide to everything our beloved nerdy genres are putting up this year.

Read more...

Categories: Nerd News

Energy Star Program For Homes And Appliances Is On Trump's Chopping Block

Slashdot - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 13:00
Appliance manufacturers and home builders are in Washington, D.C., today to celebrate a popular energy efficiency program, even as it's slated for elimination in President Trump's proposed budget. NPR adds: You probably know the program's little blue label with the star -- the Environmental Protection Agency says 90 percent of U.S. households do. [...] The 25-year-old Energy Star program appears to be targeted simply because it's run by the federal government. It's one of 50 EPA programs that would be axed under Trump's budget plan, which would shrink the agency's funding by more than 30 percent. Critics of Energy Star say the government should get involved in the marketplace only when absolutely necessary. But that argument doesn't hold sway for the program's legions of supporters, which span nonprofits, companies and trade groups.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Categories: Nerd News

The Physics of a Bathroom Fume Extractor Fan Gone Haywire

AdaFruit - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 12:55

Hah! Here’s a great blog by Jason ‘jasmcole’ about his bathroom’s extractor fan gone amok, and some of the plots and graphs generated from studying the noise patterns (or lack thereof) of the fan. This shows just how far you can an ordinary ‘project’ or study something as banal as a fume extractor fan using tools and resources typically reserved to fields of scientific investigation.

Recently the extractor fan in my bathroom has started malfunctioning, occasionally grinding and stalling. The infuriating thing is that the grinding noise isn’t perfectly periodic – it is approximately so, but there are occasionally long gaps and the short gaps vary slightly. This lack of predictability makes the noise incredibly annoying, and hard to tune out. Before getting it fixed, I decided to investigate it a bit further.

Read more.

Categories: Nerd News

Pages

Subscribe to http://dagobah-system.com aggregator - Nerd News


Main menu 2

Dracula