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  • 6 days ago
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    Consumer protection websites are down due to the government shutdown

    As the government shutdown stretches into the record for longest shutdown ever, key websites run by the Federal Trade Commission and Federal Communications Commission are still down, leaving consumers more vulnerable. On December 28th, the FTC announced that, while ftc.gov continues to operate, several sites will remain unavailable throughout the shutdown. Among those is donotcall.gov, the website for the agency’s National Do Not Call Registry.

  • 2 weeks ago
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    3 people dead in shooting at a bowling alley in Southern California

    A shooting at a bowling alley late Friday left three men dead and four people injured in Southern California, authorities said. Police said they were called to the Gable House Bowl in Torrance shortly before midnight. A witness said that gunshots rang out after a fight inside the building.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Cell signal puts Cohen outside Prague around time of purported Russian meeting

    A mobile phone traced to President Donald Trump’s former lawyer and “fixer” Michael Cohen briefly sent signals ricocheting off cell towers in the Prague area in late summer 2016, at the height of the presidential campaign, leaving an electronic record to support claims that Cohen met secretly there with Russian officials, four people with knowledge of the matter say.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Watch a Homemade Robot Crack a Safe in Just 15 Minutes

    LAST CHRISTMAS, NATHAN Seidle's wife gave him a second-hand safe she'd found on Craigslist. It was, at first glance, a strange gift. The couple already owned the same model, a $120 SentrySafe combination fire safe they'd bought from Home Depot. But this one, his wife explained, had a particular feature: The original owner had locked it and forgotten the combination. Her challenge to Seidle: Open it.

  • 1 month ago
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    Yes, Virginia, Atheists Do Want Christmas Presents

    A wish list of changes from education funding to health care to property taxes for Premier John Horgan. Many atheists celebrate Christmas. We don’t believe Jesus was humanity’s saviour, so celebrating his birthday would be a bit bizarre. Yet for many atheists like me who grew up in a predominantly Christian culture, Christmas really is all around us.

  • 1 month ago
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    Nvidia’s Scary AI Generates Humans That Look 100% Real

    Believe it or not, all these faces are fake. They have been synthesized by Nvidia’s new AI algorithm, a generative adversarial network capable of automagically creating humans, cats, and even cars. The technology works so well that we can expect synthetic image search engines soon — just like Google’s, but generating new fake images on the fly that look real. Yes, you know where that is going — and sure, it can be a lot of fun, but also scary. Check out the video.

  • 1 month ago
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    The Arctic is in even worse shape than you realize

    Over the past three decades of global warming, the oldest and thickest ice in the Arctic has declined by a stunning 95 percent, according the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s annual Arctic Report Card. The finding suggests that the sea at the top of the world has already morphed into a new and very different state, with major implications not only for creatures such as walruses...

  • 1 month ago
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    Four charged in US Panama Papers probe

    Four men have been charged in the US with fraud and tax evasion in connection with investigations prompted by the leaked Panama Papers. Justice officials said the four were involved in a "decades-long criminal scheme perpetrated by Mossack Fonseca". Mossack Fonseca was the Panama-based law firm subjected to a massive leak of papers in 2016 that lifted the lid on hidden tax activities of the wealthy.

  • 1 month ago
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    Nintendo to End Its Creators Program in December

    Nintendo will be ending its Nintendo Creators Program (NCP) next month, so it can "make it easier for content creators to make and monetize videos that contain Nintendo game content." Announced on Twitter, Nintendo will no longer require content creators to submit their videos to the NCP and the creators will be able to monetize any video, as long as they follow Nintendo's guidelines.

  • 2 months ago
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    How small robots may kill the tractor and make farming efficient

    Agriculture has a reputation of being stuck in the past. In reality, for farmers, their workplaces are a fertile testbed for innovative technology – they were among the first to embrace commercial drone use, and autonomous vehicles that could work effectively (and safely) in confined areas of farmland. Among the latest developments in agri-tech are small, farming robots that can improve crop yield and reduce farming’s impact on the environment.

  • 2 months ago
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    Red Dead Online Beta to Arrive 'Towards the End' of November

    We knew it would come at some point this month, but Rockstar owner Take-Two Interactive has confirmed that the beta for Red Dead Online will arrive at the end of November. On an earnings call, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick explained that "it will launch in public beta towards the end of the month – Rockstar will have a lot more to say about it".

  • 2 months ago
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    Humanity has wiped out 60% of animals since 1970, major report finds

    The huge loss is a tragedy in itself but also threatens the survival of civilisation, say the world’s leading scientists

  • 2 months ago
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    Cars and traffic signals are talking to each other

    Cars and traffic signals are talking to each other, leaving the driver — if there even is one — out. Top automakers including Volkswagen, Honda (HMC), Ford (F) and BMW (BMWYY) are experimenting with technology that allows cars and traffic lights to communicate and work together to ease congestion, cut emissions and increase safety.

  • 2 months ago
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    Toddler goes through baggage X-ray at train station

    Security cameras were rolling at a Chinese train station when a curious toddler climbed onto a baggage belt and went through the X-ray scanner. The video, filmed at the Xiaolan railway station in Zhongshan City, Guangdong Province, shows the man going through security when his young son disappears from view. The man gets to the other side of the checkpoint and notices his son is missing. He turns to find the boy, who then crawls out of the luggage X-ray machine.