Scientifically speaking, 2016 has been a trash fire inside a dumpster fire of a limp-wristed excuse for a year. But we’ve still got another month to go. You could take this opportunity to prepare for the unexpected ice age that will probably strike with no warning over Christmas; or, as some upbeat internet users are doing, you could work your ass off to make “puppies” the word of the year, and give historians one happy footnote in the chapter of badness.
It’s basically impossible to find a NES Classic Edition for $60 right now, unless you or someone you’ve recently bribed works in inventory management at Target. Walmart, Best Buy and anyone else you’d think of as selling the games console are out of stock online, and the limited stock that trickles into physical retails stores is being gobbled up before they even make it to the shelves.
But at the eleventh hour before Christmas, one highly unlikely retailer might save your day/holiday gifting plans: Urban Outfitters.
February 2016 might seem like a long-ago date, before the dark times really began. But if you cast your mind back that far, you’ll remember that the news was dominated with a fight between the FBI and Apple over iPhone encryption.
It pitted vast teams of lawyers, politicians and bloggers against each other in an impassionated argument (which all eventually fizzled out). So rather than going down the same path, the UK’s Metropolitan Police worked out that they could just mug unsuspecting criminals and search their iPhones before they ever had a chance to lock them.
A few weeks ago we wrote about the B.S. Detector plugin. It’s a handy little tool that automatically produces a hard-to-miss pop-up tooltip whenever you’re about to click on a site from a questionable news source. It arose due to the flood of fake news stories that seem to breed on Facebook, and now, rather than rolling out steps to prevent its fake news epidemic, Facebook took the extraordinary step of banning links to the plugin. Then they unbanned it.
Dr. Michael Farzam was calm and collected as he spoke to a 911 dispatcher in late November from inside Kanye West’s home. Recently released audio of the 911 call suggests that his demeanor was in stark contrast to that of his patient shortly ahead of his hospitalization. While the exact reason for West’s hospitalization last month remains unknown, Dr. Farzam can be heard expressing concerns for West’s mental health. The doctor even went as far as to request police backup for the paramedics, seemingly out of fear that emergency medical personnel would be ill-equipped to handle West in his state at the time. More →
Trailblazing astronaut Buzz Aldrin is being treated for fluid in his lungs at a hospital in Christchurch, New Zealand following his evacuation from the South Pole, according to a statement published on his website.
Aldrin, who made history with Neil Armstrong in 1969 when they became the first men to walk on the moon, was evacuated from the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station to another Antarctic station by the National Science Foundation on Thursday, local time, and then on to New Zealand.
The year 2016 is, objectively speaking, a temporal pile of crap that will probably be a flashback in the third Mad Max reboot. Beacons of hope are few and far between, but at 4:03 PM on the 1st of December, we caught a tiny glimpse of good.
Former presidential hopeful and current troll-baiter Bernie Sanders has been sitting on the outskirts of the new Trump administration taking potshots for the last few weeks. But when the official Twitter account of the House Science, Space Committee decided to tweet out a climate-denying article from Breitbart (there’s a sentence that adequately sums up this year!), Sanders unleashed the Bern.
What could possibly go wrong?
As part of a resort, a full-size replica of the Titanic is reportedly under construction in China’s Sichuan province— and not only that, guests will even get the chance to experience a simulation of its sinking.
The simulacrum of the world’s most famous ship will measure about 885 feet long and 92 feet across (the same size as the original), according to the South China Morning Post, which reported that a keel-laying ceremony occured this week. The cost is reported to be about $145 million dollars.
Any conversation about the alt-right and the internet always seems to spiral back to Reddit and /r/the_donald, a the unofficial water cooler for Trump supporters during the election and after it.
Users and mods of /r/the_donald have tread a fine line between enthusiastic support for a political candidate and online abuse, which has caused all sorts of problems within Reddit. Following some serious internal drama that you probably don’t care about, Reddit is now “taking a more proactive approach to policing behavior that is detrimental to Reddit:” removing stickied /r/the_donald posts from Reddit’s main page.
As the results of the 2016 presidential election became clear, Canada’s immigration website crashed under the weight of citizens planning their exodus. But as it turns out, it’s not just Bernie supporters and the state of California making moves: the Internet Archive, the world’s biggest digital library and the online keeper of the record, is fundraising to set up a backup outside of the USA.
The U.S. Navy’s latest flight simulator technology will be found among the exhibits at this year’s Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) taking place in Orlando this week, according to an announcement by NVIDIA.
Together with virtual reality (VR) creator Mass Virtual, NVIDIA said the technology runs its Quadro graphics processing unit (GPU) and uses Mass Virtual’s Virtual Attain platform. The end result is a VR simulation that puts pilots in the cockpit of a F-18 fighter jet. Pilots are put through paces and have to determine whether or not an aggressor aircraft is nearby using sounds coming from the cockpit’s radar.
Apple has been building its new “spaceship” campus for years now, and it’s still not done. Apple employees will have to keep slumming it in Infinite Loop until move-ins start next year, but even so, very visible progress is being made.
In the latest drone-shot update of Apple’s spaceship (there’s a sentence I never thought I would type!), we’re treated to a look over the outer spaceship in its nearly-finished form, a shot of the massive glass front for the Atrium, and a look at where Apple employees are going to park all those secretive Apple Cars.
Facebook Messenger is continuing it daring quest to be more useful than Facebook itself by adding games that you might actually want to play. Pac-Man, Galaga, Space Invaders, and several other titles old and new are headed to the messaging app in the very near future.
Facebook calls the new feature Instant Games, and it works just like you’d imagine. A click brings up a list of games, and another click launches the game, either from within Facebook Messenger or on your News Feed, depending on whether you’re on desktop or mobile.
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