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Microsoft Warns Users Not to Install Its Latest Windows Update, For Now

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 22:48

With its Creators Update for Windows 10, Microsoft promised that users would have the option to postpone future updates for a limited period of time and many rejoiced. But now that the update has started rolling out, it’s become apparent that there are still some stability issues and performing a manual installation…

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Proposed Human Rights Would Protect Your Mind From the Likes of Facebook

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 20:48

“It sounds impossible but it’s closer than you may realize,” Facebook’s Regina Dugan recently told audience members at the F8 developer conference. Dugan was referring to the social network’s plans to read users’ thoughts. Just in time to inject some practical considerations into that terrifying scenario, researchers…

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Holy Crap, David Fincher Is Directing the World War Z Sequel

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 20:15

Though the first World War Z was a hit, it’s not necessarily a movie I was excited to see a sequel for. But that all changes with two words: David Fincher.

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Of Course Ivanka Trump Tweeted About Juicero

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 17:23

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I love Juicero. I love this dumb, insanely over-engineered, $400 juice squeezing machine that works marginally better than using your own hands. And it turns out I may share that passion with the nation’s First Daughter, Ivanka Trump.

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

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

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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What Is the Difference Between a Man Doctor and a Woman Doctor?

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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Please Help Me Understand This Horrifying and Confusing Cars Theory

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 

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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What Up With All the Tornadoes So Far This Year?

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

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.

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FCC Chair Ajit Pai Announces Bullshit Plan to Destroy Net Neutrality

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…

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

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.

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

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

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DARPA Wants to Hack Your Brain to Make You Learn Faster

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…

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What Kind of Dog Is This?

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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