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A wildfire burns outside Clearlake Oaks, California on August 5th, 2018.Photo: Josh Edelson (AP) Donald Trump’s administration has moved to have the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration take control of California water management under the official rationale of fighting the state’s rampaging fires, saying that the water “should be prioritized for wildfire response instead of
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An analyst at the DHS’ cyber defense facility in Idaho Falls, Idaho who is supposedly staring at a DHS emblem superimposed on a circuit board graphic for some reason.Photo: Mark J. Terrill (AP) Department of Homeland Security-funded research by Virginia-based security firm Kryptowire has allegedly discovered major security flaws in numerous phones, according to a
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Analysis of open source information carried out by the investigative website Bellingcat suggests drones that had been repurposed as flying bombs were indeed used in an attack on the president of Venezuela this weekend. The Venezuelan government claimed three days ago that an attempt had been made to assassinate President Nicolás Maduro using two drones loaded with
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Photo: Amy Sancetta (AP) Trade group the Rural Wireless Association (RWA) has filed a request that the Federal Communications Commission investigate whether Verizon is lying about the extent of its 4G LTE network, Ars Technica reported on Tuesday. According to Ars Technica, the request comes as the FCC prepares to determine how to distribute $4.5 billion in
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White supremacists, including one carrying a shield with the label of the now-defunct Traditionalist Workers Party, at Charlottesville in 2017.Photo: Chip Somodevilla (Getty Images) A subpoena against chat service Discord could reveal the identities of many of the neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other far-right organizers involved in the planning of the disastrous 2017 Unite the
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A small sampling of Juan Ortiz’s work dedicated to Lost in Space.Image: All Images: Lost in Space® is © Legend Pictures, LLC. Licensed by Synthesis Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. Lost in Space® and its indicia, characters and designs, are registered trademarks of Legend Pictures, LLC, Licensed by Synthesis Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. The Fantasy Worlds
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Photo: Ashley Steel (Flickr) Given their current popularity, you might assume that probiotics—capsules containing a mix of “good” bacteria that are said to rebalance our gut’s bacterial content—would be perfectly harmless. But a team of gastroenterologists from Augusta University in Georgia is challenging that assumption. Their recent study is the latest to suggest some people
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Photo: AP As the sun passed over Gizmodo’s New York office on Monday and staffers shook off the muggy torpor of the mid-afternoon, they found themselves drawn into a (seemingly simple, yet surprisingly contentious) debate: Is Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder and CEO of Facebook, a dry man? Or is he a wet one? The question
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Some numbers published in a report from The Information reveal that very few owners of Alexa-powered devices use them for shopping. Of about 50 million Alexa users, only about 100,000 reportedly bought something via voice interface more than once. It’s not exactly surprising, but it may still harm the narrative of conversational commerce that Amazon
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Alex Jones is no longer welcome at Apple. The trillion dollar company has removed five of the six podcasts produced by InfoWars, the conspiracy theory empire that Jones founded to spread misinformation. Podcasts like “The Alex Jones Show” and “War Room” have been pulled from all of Apple’s directories, but the company has left up
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The heroes and pigs of Minecraft. Image: Mojang The adaptation of the juggernaut videogame is having some problems. Since 2015, Rob McElhenney (It’s Always Sunny in Philidalpheia) was attached to both write and direct the project, which has been in various stages of development hell since at least 2014. Now, according to The Wrap, he’s
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Photo: Eric Risberg (AP) Starbucks wants to be crystal clear: Despite recent stories about their involvement in some sort of blockchain project, they are not going to be accepting bitcoin as a form of payment for coffee. On Friday, Starbucks and a number of other companies including the Intercontinental Stock Exchange, Microsoft, and BCG announced
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Y: The Last Man. Image: DC Comics I have two vivid memories of my time reading Y: The Last Man, the epochal comics series by Brian K Vaughn and artist Pia Guerra. The first is the basic premise. The second is that monkey, Ampersand. Ampersand is a great monkey. He’s Yorick’s constant companion, one of
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Nicolas Maduro, shortly before the explosions on Saturday.Photo: Miraflores Presidential Palace (AP) Venezuelan government officials say that two explosions at a military assemblage in Caracas on Saturday were in fact an attempt on President Nicolas Maduro’s life using bomb-carrying drones—and though the exact nature of just what happened is still being disputed, the idea that
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Chirrut Imwe, played by Donnie Yen. Image: Disney/Lucasfilm China is an increasingly essential part of the global film market, and cracking into success there is a venture that any Hollywood film franchise needs to take seriously. Star Wars has not done exceptionally well, and Donnie Yen, who was in Star Wars himself, has some thoughts
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