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Itsy Bitsy Spider Shoots Webs Into The Wind That Can Travel Up To 82 Feet, Cross Rivers

GeekOlogy - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 14:30
This is a video narrated by David Attenborough (heck yeah!) detailing the silk-producing capabilities of the Darwin's Bark spider, a teensy thumbnail sized spider that, with the help of the wind, can shoot waves of silk up to 82 feet to cross rivers, search for new territory, and create massive web traps. Clearly this itsy bitsy spider *putting on cool guy shades* has no trouble climbing up the water spout and staying there. *taking off cool guy shades* God, those things give me a headache. "That's because they're prescription." I just took them from the lost and found so they wouldn't feel lost anymore *watches out window as coworker backs into another car in parking lot* but I think I know whose they are. Keep going for the video, which has more than enough close-up spider butt shots.
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John Edmark’s Love of Spirals and Mathematical ‘Precision’

AdaFruit - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 14:25

Great video from the Science Friday team showcasing the work of John Edmark, artist, designer, and Stanford University lecturer.

Please note the correction to the golden ratio formula displayed at the 2:06 time mark.

*Correction May 1, 2017: At 2:06, a graphic in the video incorrectly wrote the formula for the golden ratio. It should be B/A = A/(A+B). We regret the error.

Check out previous blogs on John’s work and videos including BLOOMS and BLOOMS 2.

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More Than 40 ISPs Across the Country Tell Chairman Pai to Not Repeal Network Neutrality

Slashdot - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 14:25
An anonymous reader shares a report: One excuse FCC Chairman Ajit Pai regularly offers to explain his effort to gut net neutrality protections is the claim that open Internet rules have harmed ISPs, especially small ones. During a speech earlier this year, he stressed that 22 small ISPs told him that the 2015 Open Internet Order hurt their ability to invest and deploy. In reality, though, many more ISPs feel very differently. Today, more than 40 ISPs told the FCC that they have had no problem with the Open Internet Order (PDF) and that it hasn't hurt their ability to develop and expand their networks. What is more, that they want the FCC to do its job and address the problem Congress created when it repealed the broadband privacy rules in March.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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US hit by cyberattack that targeted Ukraine and Russia

Engadget - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 14:14
Yesterday, a number of Ukrainian and Russian companies and state agencies reported being hit by a cyberattack, the results of which ranged from flight delays at Boryspil airport to a shutdown of Chernobyl nuclear power plant's automatic radiation mon...
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Revamped Twitch app streams live from your phone

Engadget - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 14:00
As useful as the Twitch mobile app can be, it still falls short of what you're used to on the desktop, especially if you're a broadcaster. Would you believe that you have to switch apps just to stream live? Thankfully, it's shrinking that gap today....
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Google Must Delete Search Results Worldwide, Supreme Court of Canada Rules

Slashdot - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 13:45
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled against Google on Wednesday in a closely-watched intellectual property case over whether judges can apply their own country's laws to all of the internet. From a report: In a 7-2 decision, the court agreed a British Columbia judge had the power to issue an injunction forcing Google to scrub search results about pirated products not just in Canada, but everywhere else in the world too. Those siding with Google, including civil liberties groups, had warned that allowing the injunction would harm free speech, setting a precedent to let any judge anywhere order a global ban on what appears on search engines. The Canadian Supreme Court, however, downplayed this objection and called Google's fears "theoretical." "This is not an order to remove speech that, on its face, engages freedom of expression values, it is an order to de-index websites that are in violation of several court orders. We have not, to date, accepted that freedom of expression requires the facilitation of the unlawful sale of goods," wrote Judge Rosalie Abella.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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California may give EV buyers instant rebates

Engadget - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 13:44
If you're worried about the federal tax credit for electric car purchases phasing out, you may want to pay attention to what California is proposing. The state is concerned about demand for EVs declining as the tax incentives disappear. As a result,...
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I Must Have It: Amazing 1/6 Scale Jack Burton Action Figure From Big Trouble In Little China

GeekOlogy - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 13:30
This is the absolutely stunning Jack Burton collectible action figure available exclusively from Sideshow Toys. The 1/6 scale figure stands 12-inches tall, comes with David Lopan's eyeball guardian (golden dragon dogs not included), plus four differently molded hands and a knife. Jack Burton is limited to 1,500 pieces, will ship early next year, and costs, dammit, $240. Why does everything so cool have to be so expensive? Thankfully, they also offer a payment plan for as little as $54/month, which is still a little steep for me. I did just add one to my birthday list though with the hopes a rich relative I've never heard of before hooks me up. You know I've actually wanted to be Jack Burton on Halloween for several years now, I just don't have the-- "Muscular build or rugged good looks?" What? No -- I was going to say that tank top, but thanks. Keep going for a bunch of worthwhile closeups while I pray for a Porkchop Express playset.
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Bonaverde wants to be the Keurig of raw coffee

Engadget - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 13:30
Many people take their coffee drinking seriously, but even those with a proper espresso machine at home won't roast their own beans. This delicate step is typically done on an industrial scale using specialist equipment, far from the end consumer. No...
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“Is Arduino project hijacked and turned on closed source?” @Olimex @arduinoorg #FreeArduino

AdaFruit - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 13:25

What happens with Arduino project? | olimex.

All hardware projects listed on arduino.org are announced to be open source hardware, but none of them comply with OSHW definition. The sources are with status “coming soon” years after their release, or where these sources are available there are hidden black boxes which actually spoil the whole idea to allow other people to study, modify, improve and reproduce the design.

So many people now ask themselves the question: Is Arduino project hijacked and turn in to Closed Source Project and how this will affect the Arduino community in future?

The problem is that in this Foundation some not so decent people come just for the money and do not carry about open source spirit which made this project possible and it seems they now have the majority shares and votes – OLIMEX Ltd.

Read more.

Limor and I have asked for comment from arduino.org regarding the open-source status of their products, they have not replied.

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Adidas' All Day fitness app hits iOS and Android devices

Engadget - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 13:14
Exactly three months after announcing its All Day fitness app, Adidas is finally launching it in the US. The application, which is available for iOS and Android, focuses on serving up insights about different health aspects, such as mindset, movement...
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A New Kind of Tech Job Emphasizes Skills, Not a College Degree

Slashdot - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 13:05
Steve Lohr, writing for the New York Times: A few years ago, Sean Bridges lived with his mother, Linda, in Wiley Ford, W.Va. Their only income was her monthly Social Security disability check. He applied for work at Walmart and Burger King, but they were not hiring. Yet while Mr. Bridges had no work history, he had certain skills. He had built and sold some stripped-down personal computers, and he had studied information technology at a community college. When Mr. Bridges heard IBM was hiring at a nearby operations center in 2013, he applied and demonstrated those skills. Now Mr. Bridges, 25, is a computer security analyst, making $45,000 a year. In a struggling Appalachian economy, that is enough to provide him with his own apartment, a car, spending money -- and career ambitions. "I got one big break," he said. "That's what I needed." Mr. Bridges represents a new but promising category in the American labor market: people working in so-called new-collar or middle-skill jobs. As the United States struggles with how to match good jobs to the two-thirds of adults who do not have a four-year college degree, his experience shows how a worker's skills can be emphasized over traditional hiring filters like college degrees, work history and personal references. [...] On Wednesday, the approach received a strong corporate endorsement from Microsoft, which announced a grant of more than $25 million to help Skillful, a program to foster skills-oriented hiring, training and education. The initiative, led by the Markle Foundation, began last year in Colorado, and Microsoft's grant will be used to expand it there and move it into other states. "We need new approaches, or we're going to leave more and more people behind in our economy," said Brad Smith, president of Microsoft.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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A lizard-inspired robot gripper may solve our space-junk problems

Engadget - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 13:00
Space junk is a huge problem in orbit. Over 500,000 pieces of debris are currently orbiting the Earth at up to 17,500 miles per hour, and we haven't yet figured out how to clean it up. But engineers at Stanford may have made a breakthrough: They've d...
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Apply now for Engadget’s $500,000 immersive art program

Engadget - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 12:38
We're just two days away from the official deadline to apply for Engadget's unreal arts program for unreal times. But what is time, really? In the spirit of breaking with convention, we've extended the deadline to apply for Engadget's Alternate Real...
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4 Quick Tips for Cleaner Git History

AdaFruit - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 12:37

Thanks to Ryan Abel from Atomic Object for these Four Steps to Maintaining a Clean Git History – the rebase tip is especially useful, and while I’m *always* a little hesitant to press ‘delete’ on most things, there are times when it’s a-ok!

Git is a very important tool. Not only does it keep a history of a project, but Git also makes it easy for a team to collaborate in a codebase. Although it’s such an important tool, it’s often under-utilized and on occasion, even neglected.

A clean Git history is easy to understand and tells a story about the project. It’s evident when features were added and how they were implemented. I’ve come to cherish a clean Git history on a project. The good news is, it’s not very difficult to keep this history clean.

The tips headings are:

  1. Always Work on a Branch
  2. Avoid Merge Commits with Rebase
  3. Merge and Squash
  4. Delete the Branch (Locally and Remotely)

Read more here.

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Porsche Spins Out Trying To Keep Up With Tesla S's Acceleration

GeekOlogy - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 12:30
This is a video from the rear window of a Tesla Model S of a Porsche that spins out while trying to keep up with the Tesla Model S's 0-60MPH in 2.5 seconds Ludicrous Mode out of a turn. The guy in the Tesla just cackles. Me? I didn't think it was funny, mostly because these two shouldn't be speeding around on those streets to begin with. Does that look like a race track to you? You could cause an accident driving like that. You could also cause an accident driving like this. "Like how?" Like I'm driving right now. "Wait -- are you driving and writing this?" No, I'm just topless. "And why would that cause an accident?" What if I told you my nipples look like red lights? Keep going for the video.
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Apple Music's latest personalized playlist helps you chill

Engadget - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 12:22
Ever since Apple Music got its big redesign last year, you've had access to just two personalized playlists: a favorites mix and a new releases mix. Suffice it to say that this won't cover the bases if you want tunes that suit a specific mood. Howe...
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FBI Interviews Employees of Russia-Linked Cyber Security Firm Kaspersky Lab

Slashdot - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 12:20
FBI agents on Tuesday paid visits to at least a dozen employees of Kaspersky Lab, a Russia-based cyber-security company, asking questions about that company's operations as part of a counter-intelligence inquiry, multiple sources familiar with the matter told NBC News. From a report: In a classic FBI investigative tactic, agents visited the homes of the employees at the end of the work day at multiple locations on both the east and west coasts, the sources said. There is no indication at this time that the inquiry is part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election meddling and possible collusion. Kaspersky has long been of interest to the U.S. government. Its cyber-security software is widely used in the United States, and its billionaire owner, Eugene Kaspersky, has close ties to some Russian intelligence figures, according to U.S. officials.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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Faces of Open Source by Peter Adams @peteradamsphoto @facesopensource @adafruit

AdaFruit - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 12:07

Faces of Open Source / Peter Adams

Faces of Open Source. Limor is here and here!

Faces of Open Source is an on-going photographic documentation of the people behind the open source revolution. The project is comprised of portraits of notable and unsung heroes who dedicate themselves to the creation and advancement of our open source technologies.

Read more, about, Twitter, Facebook and RESERVE A COPY OF THE BOOK!

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LG's 77-inch Wallpaper TV is selling for the low, low price of $20k

Engadget - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 12:01
LG's W-series "Picture-on-Wall" TVs wowed us at CES, but we knew the massive 65-inch and 77-inch hyperthin screens would cost a mint. Especially since last year's top-of-the-line G-series started at $5,000. Wonder no longer, screen aficionados: The l...
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