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  • Fallout 76 player roleplays Preston Garvey, insists settlements need your help

    11/20/2018 12:26:59 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 39 replies
    pcgamer ^ | By Christopher Livingston
    A Fallout 76 player, RpTheHotrod, is roleplaying Preston, and quite impressively: not only did he use the character creator to design a convincing Preston lookalike, and outfit him with Preston-style clothing, he's playing audio clips from Preston's endless settlement quests over his mic to other players. not sure how much further you can take this Preston cosplay: you can build bases in Fallout 76, but there's no settlement system due to the complete lack of settlers. But just approaching other players as Preston and giving them a good laugh (plus a deep sigh) seems pretty damn rewarding in itself. Hopefully...
  • Who’s Behind That Beard? Historians are using facial recognition software...(trunc)

    11/19/2018 8:38:32 PM PST · by thecodont · 8 replies ^ | Nov 15, 201811:47 AM | By Erica X Eisen
    When Kurt Luther walked into Pittsburgh’s Heinz History Center in 2013 to attend an exhibition about Pennsylvania during the Civil War, he didn’t expect to be greeted by his great-great-great-uncle. A computer scientist and Civil War enthusiast, Luther had been drawn to researching his own family’s connection to the conflict, gradually piecing together information over years and years. But his searches had always failed to turn up a photograph, and Luther was ready to give up on the possibility of ever seeing his ancestors’ faces. It was only through sheer happenstance that, walking through the History Center that day, Luther...
  • Below $5K: Bitcoin Drops $500 to Set New 2018 Low

    11/19/2018 12:43:37 PM PST · by C19fan · 26 replies
    Coin Desk ^ | November 19, 2018 | Sam Ouimet
    Bitcoin dropped below $5,000 for the first time in over 13 months on Monday. CoinDesk price data reveals the world’s largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization fell to $4,981 shortly after 16:30 UTC on Monday, signifying a dollar-decline of more than $500 for the day when the move occurred. That’s the lowest figure since Oct. 12, 2017, and as of press time, the price has recovered somewhat to $5,048 – still signifying a decline of more than 9 percent. The broader cryptocurrency market accompanied BTC in its steep sell-off and has shed more than $15 billion in total market capitalization in...
  • MST3K Season 12 Review - Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Gauntlet is Pretty Nice

    11/19/2018 9:44:53 AM PST · by Morgana · 12 replies
    Den of Geek ^ | November 19, 2018 | Gavin Jasper
    MST3K season 12 scales back in various ways, but delivers a strong set of six episodes on Netflix. When Mystery Science Theater 3000 returned for its eleventh season, they had big shoes to fill. While the series has evolved over the decades, prior change only happened in pieces. When Mike Nelson replaced Joel Hodgson as MST3K host, everything else remained the same. With the jump from Comedy Central to the Sci-Fi Channel, it still just boiled down to losing Trace Beaulieu and having to cover for it. The eleventh season, on the other hand, was a total changeover. New host,...
  • MST3K Clips from K01 K02 K03

    11/19/2018 9:26:28 AM PST · by Morgana · 14 replies
    Mystery Science Theater 3000 Rarities Archive ^ | Published on Jun 12, 2016 | Mystery Science Theater 3000 Rarities Archive
    MST3K Clips from K01 K02 K03 Sadly, if you were expecting to watch the first 3 episodes of mst3k, you can't right now. Understandably, not everyone recorded the first ever mst3k episodes because no one expected it to become this big, but thankfully, we have saved a few clips proving that copies are out there.

    11/19/2018 8:00:51 AM PST · by Morgana · 6 replies
    The Viewers View ^ | Published on Nov 19, 2018 | Diamond and Silk
    ACOSTA GOT SCHOOLED BY DIAMOND AND SILK Diamond and Silk wasted no time schooling Acosta. He didn't see this coming!
  • Microsoft...GDPR mega-fines for 'large scale and covert' gathering of people's info via Office(tr)

    11/18/2018 6:44:03 PM PST · by dayglored · 15 replies
    The Register ^ | Nov 16, 2018 | Kieren McCarthy
    Telemetry data slurp broke the law, Dutch govt eggheads sayMicrosoft broke Euro privacy rules by carrying out the "large scale and covert" gathering of private data through its Office apps.That's according to a report out this month [PDF] that was commissioned by the Dutch government into how information handled by 300,000 of its workers was processed by Microsoft's Office ProPlus suite. This software is installed on PCs and connects to Office 365 servers.The dossier's authors found that the Windows goliath was collecting telemetry and other content from its Office applications, including email titles and sentences where translation or spellchecker was...
  • The MST3K Turkey Day Marathon 2018 LIVE NOW

    11/18/2018 1:05:15 PM PST · by Morgana · 18 replies
    MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 ^ | Started streaming 5 hours ago | MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000
    The MST3K Turkey Day Marathon 2018 LIVE NOW It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without turkey—cinematic turkey, that is! With the new season of Mystery Science Theater 3000 premiering on Thanksgiving Day exclusively on Netflix, Shout! Factory TV is helping MSTies whet their appetite for cheesy movies with a brand-new Mystery Science Theater 3000 “Turkey Day” Marathon four days earlier than usual, on Sunday, November 18th. Join series creator Joel Hodgson and Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Gauntlet host Jonah Ray starting at 12 pm ET / 9 am PT on Sunday, November 18th, as they celebrate thirty years of the iconic...
  • Looking for advice on an upgrade (user poll)

    11/18/2018 12:43:35 PM PST · by paladinkc · 41 replies
    I'm sick of the current tv we have, it was a cheap off brand, and I'm looking for a good quality replacement, but there are so many different suppliers out there it is hard to find one at a decent cost. I'm looking for 40" preferably NOT a smart tv but it wont be hooked up to internet anyway, but I would like to find one that is under $300 and I could use some advice as to what to choose.
  • How to Watch the MST3K Turkey Day 2018 Marathon Details

    11/17/2018 8:24:50 PM PST · by Morgana · 18 replies
    Den of Geek ^ | November 8, 2018 | Gavin Jasper
    With the new Mystery Science Theater 3000 season hitting Netflix on Thanksgiving, the MST3K Turkey Day marathon comes early this year. Thanksgiving Day is always a big deal for Mystery Science Theater 3000. It’s when the show debuted way back in 1988, it’s when the upcoming MST3K season 12 will debut on Netflix, and it’s when they regularly do their annual Thanksgiving marathon. The fact that it’s going to be the 30 year anniversary of the show helps make it seem like an even bigger deal this year. There’s been an elephant in the room, though. There’s a little too...
  • Does not compute: Japan cyber security minister admits shunning PCs

    11/16/2018 10:59:55 AM PST · by dennisw · 27 replies ^ | 16 Nov 2018 - 19:17
    Tokyo: A Japanese minister in charge of cyber security has provoked astonishment by admitting he has never used a computer in his professional life, and appearing confused by the concept of a USB drive. Yoshitaka Sakurada, 68, is the deputy chief of the government's cyber security strategy office and also the minister in charge of the Olympic and Paralympic Games that Tokyo will host in 2020. In parliament on Wednesday however, he admitted he doesn't use computers. "Since the age of 25, I have instructed my employees and secretaries, so I don't use computers myself," he said in a response...
  • Facebook blurring Presidential seal on Trump page postings

    11/15/2018 4:56:38 PM PST · by glorgau · 20 replies | Nov 15, 2018 | @DonaldTrump
    The video of Trump giving gratitude to veterans has the Presidential Seal obscured. Pretty straightforward to do, like what Google does for faces and license plates on Streetview, but requires dedicated compute resources - it doesn't happen by accident. Probably somebody inside the company thinking they're doing something cheeky. This kind of stuff should bounce back on them legally and civilly in a big way.
  • Buying Used Voting Machines on eBay

    11/15/2018 3:58:54 PM PST · by hadit2here · 7 replies
    Schneier on Security ^ | 11/1/2018 | Bruce Schneier
    Buying Used Voting Machines on eBay This is not surprising: This year, I bought two more machines to see if security had improved. To my dismay, I discovered that the newer model machines -- those that were used in the 2016 election -- are running Windows CE and have USB ports, along with other components, that make them even easier to exploit than the older ones. Our voting machines, billed as "next generation," and still in use today, are worse than they were before­ -- dispersed, disorganized, and susceptible to manipulation. Cory Doctorow's comment is correct:
  • The Linux desktop: With great success comes great failure

    11/15/2018 9:30:47 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 28 replies
    ComputerWorld ^ | 13 November 2018 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: <yyyy> will be the year of the Linux desktop. Even in Linux circles this is greeted with eye-rolling. Here’s the funny thing, though: Linux long ago won the hearts and minds of end users, even while the Linux desktop continues to spin its wheels.How can that be?The paradox is easily explained. But as for Linux’s failure to capture desktop hearts and minds, that’s a complicated story. I’ll lay it out for you.First, the paradox: According to the latest Annenberg Surveying the Digital Future report, the average American now spends 24 hours a...
  • Help. My hotmail account disappeared.

    11/14/2018 9:41:24 PM PST · by firebrand · 25 replies
    Nov. 15, 2018 | me
    Can't get back on. All I get is offers for new account.
  • The best tablets you can buy

    11/14/2018 12:08:02 PM PST · by Red Badger · 48 replies ^ | Nov. 14, 2018, 02:41 PM | Kyle Schurman,Malarie Gokey
    Tablets are ideal for kids, travelers, and professionals - it just depends on which one you buy. The best tablet for most people is Apple's 2018 9.7-inch iPad, but we've also included a number of other excellent tablets that are best for different uses. When I was a kid, and our family went on a long car ride, my parents would keep us entertained by making us play games like I Spy, Don't Hit Your Brother, and Who Can Stay Quietest the Longest. These days, though, kids are just as likely to have a tablet screen in the backseat, watching...
  • U.S Supercomputers Lead Top500 Performance Ranking

    11/13/2018 3:25:08 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 25 replies
    ServerWatch ^ | 12 November 2018 | Sean Michael Kerner
    The semi-annual Top500 list of the world's most powerful supercomputers was released on Nov. 12, with the U.S holding down the top two spots overall.The IBM POWER9 based Summit system has retained its crown that it first achieved in the June 2018 ranking. Summit is installed at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and now has performance of 143.5 petaflops per second, up from the 122.3 petaflops the system had when it first came online.The IBM POWER9 Sierra system also improved over the last six months and is now the second most powerful system on the plant...
  • WATCH: Horrible Pro-Abortion Ad Shows Beautiful Newborn Baby, Says It’s OK to Abort Her

    11/12/2018 12:34:53 PM PST · by Morgana · 35 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | November 12, 2018 | Micaiah Bilger
    A horrible new ad created for the abortion giant Planned Parenthood uses an adorable baby girl with big eyes and precious smile to advocate for abortion on demand. The 40-second video, “The Chosen,” was created by the Agenda Project, a pro-abortion advocacy group, to promote the abortion giant Planned Parenthood. In the video, the baby girl smiles and coos among soft, white blankets while a lullaby plays in the background. “She deserves to be loved,” the ad says, between clips of the smiling infant. “She deserves to be wanted. She deserves to be a choice.” It ends by urging people...
  • Facebook having problems? (vanity)

    11/12/2018 10:17:19 AM PST · by loucon · 47 replies
    getting this from facebook via cox south. Sorry, something went wrong. We're working on it and we'll get it fixed as soon as we can.
  • 50 countries vow to fight cybercrime — US and Russia don’t

    11/12/2018 6:49:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 12, 2018
    Fifty nations and over 150 tech companies are pledging to do more to fight criminal activity on the internet, including interference in elections and hate speech. But the United States, Russia and China are not among them. […] The declaration released Monday is supported by EU countries, Japan and Canada as well as tech giants Facebook, Google and Microsoft, among others. …