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20 February

Programmable Web

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  • 06:10
    This recap contains spoilers for Homeland Season 6, episode 5, "Casus Belli." Refresh your memory with our recap of episode 604. After a slow start, the Homeland we know and love is back with Season 6's fifth episode, "Casus Belli," which means "an act or situation provoking or justifying war." The act in question is the bomb in Sekou's (J. Mallory Cree) van, whose detonation in midtown Manhattan miraculously left only two people dead, Sekou being one of them. It seems the bomb went off so early that not very many people were at work yet — though the episode's assertion that the bomb (...) -- Homeland Recap, Homeland, Entertainment, Tv
  • 05:58
    China's top (and pretty much monopolist) taxi app, Didi Chuxing, is quietly trialing an English version. The app, which doesn't even have an English listing in the App Store yet, started showing English translations to some users, according to Shanghai resident, Mathieu Bouchara. SEE ALSO: You can track someone's live location and where they live for just a couple of dollars Bouchara said that not only was his app's interface in English, Chinese addresses were also getting automatically translated. However, this might be more trouble than it's worth for English-speaking users, he (...) -- Uber, China, Taxi Apps, Didi Chuxing, Tech
  • 05:26
    Public transport systems around the world require people to "tap off" their travel cards when exiting a bus or train, and forgetting to do so is a big (and expensive) headache. But public transport investigators in Australia's Sydney were stunned to find that one of 22 passengers escaping a bus fire last September, went back to the flaming bus try and "tap off," according to Fairfax Media.  Guess the unnamed passenger really didn't want to pay that annoying A$4.50 (US$3.45) day rate, which is arguably the bane of all of Sydney's existence. SEE ALSO: An ambitious young photographer (...) -- Watercooler, Sydney, Bus, Public Transport, Public Transportation

NYT > Circuits

TechCrunch

Mashable!

  • 03:15
    Making music you can dance to is so 2017.  But dancing to make music is, potentially, the future. SEE ALSO: The newest Barbie is a smart doll you can't touch That's clearly the perspective of Daigo Kusunoki, an engineer who loves to dance. The twin wristbands he's showing off this week at the New York Toy Fair, called BeatMoovz by Dmet Products, are the product of that dual love affair. Inside each soft-rubber BeatMoovz wristband is a Bluetooth radio and an accelerometer. Every time Kusunoki moved his wrists, a nearby JBL speaker emitted a beat. Each band is connected to the BeatMoovz (...) -- Toys, Toy Fair, Wearables, Music, Tech
  • 03:04
    Somalia is one of the seven countries President Trump placed under a U.S. immigration ban recently. So just imagine the grimaces when the newly-appointed President of Somalia, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, received a "Make Somalia Great Again" hat from the U.S. Ambassador to Somalia, Stephen Schwartz.  SEE ALSO: How Donald Trump's own tweets could be his undoing The hat gifted to the president had a blue and white colourway (as opposed to the usual red), matching the Somalian flag.  Seems kind of inappropriate, what with the travel ban and all. US2SOM Amb Schwartz had a fruitful mtng w (...) -- Ambassador, Donald Trump, Us And World, Diplomatic, Diplomacy
  • 02:53
    It's been less than a month since ride-share company Uber faced a heavy wave of backlash that led to the "#DeleteUber" hashtag and now, after the publication of an employee's allegations of sexual harassment and HR bumbling, the hashtag is burbling back up.  On Sunday, Susan J. Fowler posted about her experiences while at Uber and alleged a long list of institutional sexism, HR incompetence and organizational disorder and the story spread quickly across social media.  Specifically, it gave users a chance to resurrect "#DeleteUber" to take more shots at the tech company.  Goodbye forever (...) -- Uber, Delete Uber, Business, Apps Software
  • 02:15
    Britney Spears deserves better than this. While no one expected Britney Ever After to be anything other than The Room of biopics, it seems the unauthorised Lifetime movie that aired Saturday night was so bad it shocked even the most unshockable viewers with its hilarious inaccuracies. In short, it was a shit show. But just as every cloud has a silver lining, the dedicated Britney fans of Twitter made the most of their two-hour torture fest by commentating on the film's worst moments, for us all to enjoy.  SEE ALSO: The trailer for Lifetime's Britney Spears movie will just make you sad (...) -- Twitter, Biopic, Movie, Lifetime, Britney Spears
  • 01:48
    According to an essay by a former Uber engineer, the company has a big problem with sexism in the workplace. Susan J. Fowler, now an engineer at Stripe, joined the ride-hailing company in 2015, but her experience quickly became "strange, fascinating, and slightly horrifying." In her account, posted Sunday, she alleged a clown car-worth of institutional sexism, HR incompetence and organizational disorder. In response, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said in a statement Sunday evening he had instructed the company's new chief human resources officer to conduct "an urgent investigation" into the (...) -- Workplace Cuture, Sexism, Uber, Business
  • 01:39
    The Umbilical Brothers are a pair of physical comedians, who've been performing live on television (in their homeland of Australia and beyond) for 20 odd years.  Well, they just made their debut appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Friday night. And they didn't mess around. Essentially, they staged an imaginary, cartoonish bunch-up between President Trump and Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Complete with jokes about tiny hands, foreign policy and plenty of cheeky innuendo. 'Overwatch,' but with cats (and a dog) returns for more Daniel Radcliffe embraces fact (...) -- Stephen Colbert, The Umbilical Brothers, Video, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Comedy
  • 00:40
    The Lego Batman Movie is #1 in the U.S. for the second straight weekend, but that's not the big story. Instead, eyes are on The Great Wall — a Zhang Yimou-directed blockbuster starring Matt Damon — which opened at #3 domestically, with an estimated $18.1 million at the box office. It's an underwhelming start for a movie said to be budgeted at $150 million, but U.S. ticket sales present an incomplete picture. SEE ALSO: Twitter trashes 'The Great Wall' with sarcastic #ThankYouMattDamon The Great Wall is already an international hit. It's amassed more than $170 million in China since it (...) -- The Lego Batman Movie, The Great Wall, Film, Entertainment

hack a day

  • 04:00
    One of the miracle technological gadgets of the 1950s and 1960s was the transistor radio. Something that can be had for a few dollars today, but which in its day represented the last word in futuristic sophistication. Of course, it’s worth remembering that portable radios were nothing new when the transistor appeared. There had been tube radios in small attaché cases, but they had never really caught the imagination in the same way. They were bulky, like all tube radios they had to warm up, and they required a pair of hefty batteries to work. If you have a portable tube radio today, the (...) --
  • 01:00
    The ESP-32 is the Next Big Chip. This tiny microcontroller with WiFi and Bluetooth is the brains of the GameBoy on your keychain, emulates an NES, and does Arduino. There are ESP32 modules that are somewhat easy to acquire, but so far the bare chips have been unobtanium. Now you can buy them. One supplier has them for $3.60 USD/piece. That’s a lot of computational power, WiFi, and Bluetooth for not much money. What are you going to build? What is the power of artisanal product videos? The argument for this trend cites [Claude C. Hopkins] and how he told consumers what no one else would (...) --

Engadget

Mashable!

  • 04:32
    This review contains spoilers for The Walking Dead Season 7, episode 10, titled "New Best Friends." To refresh your memory of where we left off, check out our recap of episode 9. At last: Daryl and Carol are reunited, and it feels so good. Even if "New Best Friends" had been a terrible episode (which it wasn't — it was arguably one of the season's strongest to date), it still would've scored bonus points for bringing our two favorite lone wolves back together after way too many episodes apart.  And what made their reunion even better was how Daryl found out about Carol's safehouse in the (...) -- Amc, The Walking Dead Recap, The Walking Dead, Entertainment, Tv

Lifehacker

Techmeme

Boing Boing

Techmeme

Boing Boing

  • 01:28
    Get the Recomendo weekly newsletter (written by Kevin Kelly, Claudia Dawson, and me) a week early by email. Enjoyment: If the Found Footage Festival tour ever comes your way, I highly recommend you check it out. The two guys who host the events scour thrift stores and yard sales for the most obscure and awkward infomercials, public access shows, training tapes and home videos to showcase. I’ve been to four of their shows and I always laugh so hard it hurts. They currently have 8 volumes available on DVD. You can watch videos of some of their findings on the website. — CD Culture: The US (...) -- Post, cool stuff

Techmeme

Daring Fireball

  • 00:04
    David Wondrich, writing for The Daily Beast: I hate barstools. OK, let me amend that. I like them well enough at 2:15 on a Tuesday afternoon, when you can pull one up, lay a stack of bills on the bar and let the afternoon pad away on quiet cat feet of jukebox C&W and Crown Royal. But when 6:30 p.m. rolls around and you’re trying to get a drink and the bar is palisaded with a Trumpian wall of backs; when putting in a simple drink order means you have to stick your head into someone’s side eye-patrolled personal space and yell past their ear; when reaching over the tight-packed (...)

19 February

Mashable!

  • 17:52
    President Donald Trump left many people — including former first daughter Chelsea Clinton — confused Saturday night when he suggested that something terrible had happened in Sweden the previous evening. No tragedy occurred that day in Sweden, which the internet had fun pointing out. On Sunday, Clinton made sure to highlight the Trump administration's penchant for inventing terrorist attacks. What happened in Sweden Friday night? Did they catch the Bowling Green Massacre perpetrators? — Chelsea Clinton (ⓐChelseaClinton) February 19, 2017 Solid burn, Chelsea. SEE ALSO: Internet turns to (...) -- Sweden, Donald Trump, Chelsea Clinton, Politics, Watercooler
  • 03:02
    President Donald Trump may have the nuclear codes, but when it comes to things to be scared about, think biggerAccording to Bill Gates, bioterrorism could be even more deadly. The Microsoft cofounder warned the world is not paying enough attention to "health security and international security" in some decidedly grim remarks at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday, the Guardian reported. SEE ALSO: The biodegradable paper airplane that could revolutionize humanitarian aid Gates suggested that a virus, engineered by terrorists to be extra-contagious and deadly, could be (...) -- Epidemics, Bio Terrorism, Bill Gates, Bill Melinda Gates Foundation, World
  • 22:00
    The internet can't get enough of President Donald Trump's "last night in Sweden" remarks, including, of course, J.K. Rowling. Never one to shy from a little fun at the expense of the U.S. president, the author joined in on Twitter's response to Trump's confusing reference to a terrorist attack that didn't actually happen. SEE ALSO: Internet turns to ⓐSweden on Twitter after Trump appears to invent terror attack Literally the biggest incident of Sweden last night was a horse called Biscuit being rescued from a wellhttps://t.co/CAYsHhpt6z — Grapey (ⓐGrapeykins) February 19, 2017 (...) -- Sweden, Donald Trump, J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter, Watercooler
  • 18:08
    SpaceX did it again, and this time, with a whole lot of style.  Elon Musk's private spaceflight company managed to land yet another Falcon 9 first stage back at Cape Canaveral after launching a mission to orbit for NASA. SEE ALSO: SpaceX sticks daytime rocket landing back on Earth after launch to space The daytime landing marks the third time the company has landed a rocket back on land and the eighth time overall that it has recovered a rocket stage after launch.  pic.twitter.com/6Ve3YJoStm — Elon Musk (ⓐelonmusk) February 19, 2017 This Falcon 9 mission was the first SpaceX launch (...) -- Private Spaceflight, Spaceflight, Elon Musk, Spacex Video, Space Video
  • 16:00
    'KeyBolt' can turn your bulky and jingly keys into a neat stack. You can quickly select the key you need with one hand.  Read more...More about Sleek, Compact, Swiss Army Knife, Keybolt, and Keyholder -- Sleek, Compact, Swiss Army Knife, Keybolt, Keyholder
  • 15:53
    There may come a time when SpaceX landing a rocket stage back on Earth after flying to space isn't news — when we can simply take these science-fiction looking landings for granted and brush them off as no big deal. But today is not that day.  The Elon Musk-founded spaceflight company stuck yet another beautiful landing of the first stage of a Falcon 9 rocket after launching an uncrewed Dragon spacecraft toward the International Space Station from a historic launch pad. The Dragon spacecraft was loaded down with thousands of supplies for NASA.  SEE ALSO: Sorry, y'all. SpaceX isn't going to (...) -- International Space Station, Private Spaceflight, Spaceflight, Commercial Spaceflight, Falcon 9

NYT > Circuits

TechCrunch

  • 15:30
    The concept of measuring and responding to human eye motion, or eye tracking, isn’t new, but the past year saw a rising interest in the technology. There have been a slew of acquisitions of eye tracking startups by large firms and the rollout of several devices and software that support eye tracking. “Eye tracking sensors provide two main benefits,” says Oscar Werner,… Read More -- Column

Mashable!

  • 23:22
    Meet Zarnya, Felinehardt, KI.T, Woofston, and Streetcat, the adorable kitty-cat versions of Overwatch tank heroes Zarya, Reinhardt, D.Va, Winston, and Roadhog. OK fine, Woofston is technically a dog. But Winston is technically a knockoff of Beast from the X-Men movies and comics. Much like the last "Katsuwatch" video from YouTuber dillongoo, this video runs through each cat-ified hero's various "highlight intros" — the bit that plays when said hero wins Play of the Game. But where the last one focused on offense heroes, this one is all about the tanks. If you're curious to see how (...) -- Overwatch, Blizzard Entertainment, Esports, Gaming, Entertainment
  • 21:31
    Daniel Radcliffe is perfectly comfortable with the fact that he resembles bespectacled women of the past.  During an appearance on The Graham Norton Show, he joked with Norton about his past-life doppelgängers, and the one trait they all share.  "These are all my past lives— I was, like, a slightly depressed lady."  [H/T: Vulture] Watch a clever comedy duo imagine what fighting Trump IRL might be like 'Overwatch,' but with cats (and a dog) returns for more Relive SpaceX's incredible daytime rocket landing with this video Get your tissues 'cos Steve Irwin's son is basically a mini-Steve (...) -- Graham Norton Show, Daniel Radcliffe, Watercooler, Video
  • 21:25
    At a rally full of scientists, things were bound to get a bit geeky. On Sunday, thousands scientists and supporters gathered in Boston's Copley Square to "stand up for science" under the Trump administration.  Their signs were, predictably, quite clever.  My favorite sign so far#standupforscience pic.twitter.com/2pSlU5UPdz — Tomas Green (ⓐTomasWGreen) February 19, 2017 I can't tell you how many older people have come up to me today to say, "I remember polio. Thank you." #standupforscience #AAASmtg pic.twitter.com/hrkIY3d5wh — Kathleen Bachynski (ⓐbachyns) February 19, 2017 (...) -- Climate Change, Epa, Climate Change Deniers, Anti Science, Scott Pruitt
  • 20:33
    Chris Wallace from Fox News isn't happy Donald Trump called the media an "enemy of the American people," and on Sunday, he let the president's chief of staff know it.  Talking on Fox News Sunday, the veteran news reporter — himself a former White House correspondent — pushed back against Trump's comments (made on Twitter, of course) to Reince Priebus. SEE ALSO: Donald Trump just called the media 'the enemy of the American people' "But you don't get to tell us what to do, Reince," Wallace said. "You don't get to tell us what to do any more than Barack Obama did.  Barack Obama whined about (...) -- Shep Smith, Fox News, Chris Wallace, Reince Preibus, Media
  • 20:00
    The 'Dim Dim' bubble is a chair, swing and bed for your cat. Read more...More about Real Time Video, Real Time Video, Bowl, Invention, and Kickstarter -- Real Time Video, Bowl, Invention, Kickstarter
  • 19:00
    Elon Musk isn't the only person who wants to build a city on Mars. Now the United Arab Emirates has announced that it wants to establish a "mini-city" on the red planet by 2117.  UAE prime minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum explained the monarchy's Mars plans in a series of tweets on Feb. 14. SEE ALSO: Dubai is bringing the world its first rotating skyscraper "The project, to be named 'Mars 2117,' integrates a vision to create a mini-city and community on Mars involving international cooperation," Sheikh Mohammed said. "Mars 2117" is a seed we are sowing today to reap the (...) -- Space, Mars City, Elon Musk, Spacex, Nasa
  • 18:49
    Californians this weekend captured harrowing scenes of cars stuck in sinkholes, trucks toppling off a crumbling highway and muddy waters rushing through the streets of Los Angeles.  The Golden State is grappling with yet another punishing wave of atmospheric river storms, which dump vast amounts of rain in narrow corridors over a short period of time.  SEE ALSO: Insane drone footage shows massive damage and flooding at California's Oroville Dam Drought-busting storms slammed Southern California cities on Friday and Saturday, killing at least two people and knocking out power for tens of (...) -- Storyful, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Flooding, Rain
  • 16:24
    President Donald Trump has unintentionally turned the internet into one big celebration of Swedish pop culture. The U.S. president on Saturday alluded to a terrorist-related event in Sweden that, as far as Swedes can tell, didn't actually happen. SEE ALSO: Internet turns to ⓐSweden on Twitter after Trump appears to invent terror attack "We've got to keep our country safe," he said Saturday during a campaign-style rally in Melbourne, Florida. Trump was defending his now-suspended travel ban and criticizing Europe's refugee policies. "You look at what's happening in Germany, you look at (...) -- Swedish Chef, Swedish Meatballs, Ikea, Swedish, Sweden
  • 15:00
    Firefighters disperse protestors and onlookers with fire hoses. Image: Chattanooga History Center/Picnooga In February 1960, black activists kicked off a wave of protests against segregation across the South, beginning with sit-ins at a Woolworth's in Greensboro, North Carolina. The sit-ins spread to Nashville and then to Chattanooga, Tennessee, where they were organized not by experienced or professional activists, but by the teenage students of Howard High School. Beginning on Feb. 19, Class President Paul Walker, Lehman Pierce and as many as 200 other black students organized peaceful (...) -- Protest, Sit In, Black History Month, Civil Rights Movement, History
  • 10:30
    From the moment you set foot on British soil, your personal data could easily be accessed, or even hacked, by the government.  New invasive legislation has been dubbed by critics as one of the most extreme surveillance laws ever passed in a democracy.  SEE ALSO: Keep your texts private in Trump's America (and everywhere else, too) The Snoopers' Charter — aka the Investigatory Powers Act — was passed into law at the end of last year. It arguably removes your right to online privacy.  In short, it forces internet companies to keep bulk records of all the websites you visit for up to a year (...) -- Security, Law, Data Collection, Data, Privacy
  • 08:10
    Um, does the Irwin family have access to some kind of underground cloning technology? Because Robert Irwin, the late Steve Irwin's son, is the spitting image of his dad down to the khaki shorts and endless enthusiasm. A conservationist and TV personality, Steve died in 2006 after being struck by a stingray barb, but he clearly passed his media chops onto his son. The 13-year-old appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Thursday, and Fallon couldn't get over the similarity. "It's so cool to see you like this, you're actually your Dad," he said. Of course, the Irwins have not (...) -- The Crocodile Hunter, Robert Irwin, Jimmy Fallon, The Tonight Show, Steve Irwin
  • 06:03
    Emma Johansson is a school librarian from Borås, Sweden, and on Saturday, she found herself fact-checking the President of the United States. The cross-border saga started at a rally in Melbourne, Florida that day, where Donald Trump defended his "Muslim immigration ban" before a crowd of thousands. "We've got to keep our country safe," he said. Trump, discussing terror, seamlessly mentions incident "last night in Sweden". There was NO "incident" in Sweden last nightpic.twitter.com/XtcC4PRiNU — Steve Kopack (ⓐSteveKopack) February 19, 2017 Promoting the controversial policy, he pointed (...) -- Twitter, Sweden, Donald Trump, Watercooler
  • 01:11
    Lightseekers, the role-playing game from Play Fusion and TOMY that seeks to bring video game action into the real world, has made the transition from Kickstarter to store shelves.  On Saturday, at the New York Toy Fair, the makers announced that the game will get Toys "R" Us distribution, with pre-sales starting in April. SEE ALSO: Please let 'Justice League' be as awesome as this RC Batmobile The game has come a long way since Play Fusion first showed it to us in October. Back then, the action figures were so unfinished, they wouldn't let us photograph them. Now, this (...) -- Video Games, Tomy, Lightseekers, Tech, Gadgets

MobileCrunch

Techmeme

MacRumors

  • 14:31
    Apple has bought Israeli startup RealFace, a cybersecurity and machine learning firm specializing in facial recognition technology. The Times of Israel reported on Sunday that the Tel Aviv-based company, founded in 2014, was snapped up by Apple for an estimated $2 million, while Hebrew-language Calcalist said the deal was worth "several million dollars". RealFace's website is currently offline, but according to promotional material, the startup had developed a unique facial recognition technology that integrates artificial intelligence and "brings back human perception to digital (...) -- iPhone 8

Techmeme

The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

NYT > Circuits

TechCrunch

NYT > Circuits

Lifehacker

Scripting News

  • 19:34
    Suppose you were trying to turn JavaScript into a nice system-level script tool, something more powerful and cleaner than a shell language, but for code that runs once an hour, or every minute, or overnight, so scaling is not an issue as it is for server software. Which would be preferable syntax...twitter.getMyName (function (name) console.log (name))console.log (twitter.getMyName ()) Hopefully this makes the case for synchronous verbs in the "third place" as explained in my previous post on this topic. (...)

hack a day

  • 22:00
    Nespresso fans rejoice! If you like coffee (of course you do) and are a Nespresso fan, chances are you are one of two types of persons: the ones that chosen one type of capsule and stick to it or the ones that have a jar full of mixed capsules and lost track which coffee is which. Of course, there is a third, rarer, OCDish, kind. The ones that have every capsule organized neatly by color in a proper holder, full of style. In any case, if you forgot which color is which coffee because you threw the case away and forgot about it here’s an interesting weekend project for you: the Nespresso (...) --

TechCrunch

  • 19:06
    Flying from SF to LA every week sucks, and so Sriram Krishnan is leaving a big financial opportunity at Snap to ditch the commute. The former Facebook Audience Network executive spent the last year running Snap’s Ads API and platform, and now he’s leaving. The move was reported in Recode today, saying “The timing here isn’t great for Snap”. But that immediately… Read More -- Advertising Tech, Apps, Mobile, Social, TC
  • 19:00
    Money doesn’t necessarily mean freedom. Yet the ability to maneuver in response to business challenges is the one thing a startup founder needs most. Some of these decisions are minor; others are existential. As grueling as it can be to make a call on the hard decisions, it’s much worse to be unable to make a key decision at all. Read More -- Column, Startups, TC, Venture Capital, capital efficiency, overfunding
  • 17:27
    While the iPhone 8 isn’t going to be announced until September, this week has been packed with rumors on the upcoming device. And it looks like the display is going to be the main star of the show. Rumor has it that Apple is going to announce three new devices — two new versions of the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, and a new high-end device that could cost more than $1,000. And… Read More -- Gadgets, TC, Apple, iPhone, iPhone 8, rumors
  • 16:07
    Success all around for today’s SpaceX mission. The company successfully launched a Dragon spacecraft that is on its way to the International Space Station. SpaceX also successfully landed the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket at Cape Canaveral. The weather was cloudy but it looks like it wasn’t enough to stop SpaceX from launching a rocket. At 9:39 ET, the Falcon 9 took off from… Read More -- Science, Space, TC, SpaceX, Falcon 9, CRS-10
  • 15:00
    About twice a year, I get involved in a project that requires me to do some Android development; so, about twice a year, I re-launch Google’s so-called integrated development environment, Android Studio, with fingers crossed; …and twice a year I find myself wincing with bitter disappointment, as I rediscover that it still has all the elegant, intuitive simplicity of a Rube… Read More -- Opinion, TC
  • 14:57
    Update: Success all around for today’s SpaceX mission! Sunday seems like a fine day to launch a rocket into space. Yesterday, SpaceX rescheduled the CRS-10 mission. There was an issue with the the positioning of an engine nozzle that’s responsible for steering the rocket. At 9:39 AM ET (6:30 AM PT), SpaceX is set to launch its Falcon 9 rocket for good this time. The company just… Read More -- Science, Space, TC, SpaceX, Falcon 9, CRS-10

Cool Tools

  • 17:00
    Enjoyment: If the Found Footage Festival tour ever comes your way, I highly recommend you check it out. The two guys who host the events scour thrift stores and yard sales for the most obscure and awkward infomercials, public access shows, training tapes and home videos to showcase. I’ve been to four of their shows and I always laugh so hard it hurts. They currently have 8 volumes available on DVD. You can watch videos of some of their findings on the website. — CD Culture: The US is basically the only country in the world not using metric. It’s not that hard to learn a rough sense of how (...) -- Recomendo

hack a day

  • 19:00
    A few years ago, [Dark Purple] built the USB equivalent of an RJ45 connector wired into mains power. The USB Killer is a simple device with just a FET, a few high voltage caps, a DC/DC converter, and a USB connector. Plug this device into your computer and -220V is dumped directly into the USB signal wires. This kills your laptop dead. Over the years we’ve seen the USB Killer evolve from a hand-etched PCB to something less discrete but more discreet. It was a crowdfunding campaign run by a company in Hong Kong, and a few months ago this new commercial version was released. Now, the USB (...) --
  • 17:30
    If you’re at all like us, or like [Vadim], you’ve got a stash of development boards in a shoebox on a shelf in your closet. If you’re better organized that we are, it might even be labeled “dev boards”. (Ah well, that’s a project for another day.) Anyway, reach into your box and pull one out, and put it to use. Do something trivial if you need to, but a dev board that’s driving a silly blinker is better than a dev board sitting in the dark. [Vadim]’s good example to us all is going to serve as the brains for an automated plant watering system. That’s a low-demand application where the (...) --
  • 16:00
    Are you already comfortable working with Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) parts and looking for a challenge? We suspect many of you have cut your teeth on 8-bit through 32-bit microcontrollers but how much time have you spent playing with hardware interfaces on embedded Linux? Here a new quest, should you choose to accept it. [Matt Porter] spoke in detail about the Linux SPI Subsystem during his presentation at FOSDEM 2017. Why not grab an embedded Linux board and try your hand at connecting some extra hardware to one of the SPI buses? The hardware side of this is exactly what you’d (...) --

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