News Index

“Bringing back the 'Don't' in 'Don't be evil'”

ungoogled-chromium

#GoogleWorldDomination
Mon, September 24th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

I like Chromium, but Google's sweaty hands on it makes me nervous in using it. I'm not alone, it turns out: on github you will…

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Fall is Coming

Random photo of the day

#Photography
Sun, September 23rd, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Last rainstorm before the fall.

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Flying into Pape station. #ttc

Random photo of the day

#Photography
Sat, September 22nd, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

With the new trains this view of the tracks will soon be a thing of the past.

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“When Life Gives You Lemons.”

Make lemonade with a Rube Goldberg machine

#Video
Fri, September 21st, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Sprice Machines shows this extremely elaborate Rube Goldberg machine that, after a lengthy and insanely complex chain reactions throughout a house in order to make…

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“A dystopian vision of the future is already happening in China.”

China's social credit system is making and breaking lives

#GeorgeOrwell
Thu, September 20th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

While many Chinese welcome the new Social Credit system being put into place by the government, this article on Australia's ABC looks at how the…

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“The world’s first hydrogen-powered train.”

Hydrogen-powered trains now making regular service in Germany

#Technology
Wed, September 19th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

The Guardian reports that French-made Alstom hydrogen-powered trains have now entered commercial service in Germany. The trains, which are capable of 1,000km on a full…

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“Google isn’t liable because it is nothing and nowhere and endless.”

Google is not an American company

#GoogleWorldDomination
Tue, September 18th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

According to Eurasia Review, Google is not an American company. If anything, thanks to some clever accounting, Google is nothing more than a subsidiary of…

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“Rubbish waste is now so prolific it will become fossilised.”

Earth has entered the Plastic Age

#Environment
Mon, September 17th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Scientists note that just like there are fossilised records of dinosaurs, humans have left their own trail with a layer of plastic found all over…

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Volvo's cab-less self-driving cloud-controlled electric truck

Vera

#Future
Sun, September 16th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Volvo shows off the Vera, a cab-less self-driving vehicle controlled by a cloud-based service capable of working 24/7 in port and logistic settings and with…

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Seeing the World from a Boxcar

Riding the Rails

#Travel
Sat, September 15th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Old but fascinating video showcasing a man who has travelled the world by riding freight cars. It's a rough and risky lifestyle -- not to…

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Toronto Skyline

Random photo of the day

#Photography
Fri, September 14th, 2018 10:46 by capnasty

Last days of summer.

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Backyard Flower

Random photo of the day

#Photography
Thu, September 13th, 2018 11:29 by capnasty

Fun with macros.

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“Do you really need all those features?”

Refurbished phone market is growing

#Telephone
Wed, September 12th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Tom's Guide looks at Back Market's argument that you don't need to upgrade your iPhone every time a new comes out. If anything, a refurbished…

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Build a Portable Car Racing Video Game Out of Cardboard

Complete with collision detection

#Games
Tue, September 11th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Mr. Creative shows you how to build a classic portable video game out of cardboard.

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“People talk about bankers being amoral. They are starting to talk about tech people in similar language.”

Much like banks in 2008, tech giants are losing people's trust

#Internet
Mon, September 10th, 2018 10:29 by capnasty

Nathaniel Popper of The New York Times looks at the similarities between Wall Street in 2008 and tech giants in 2018. Much like banks a…

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“If the dinosaurs had a space program, they’d still be here and we wouldn’t.”

Neil deGrasse Tyson wants Space Force to defend Earth

#Science
Sun, September 9th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Neil deGrasse Tyson hopes that the Space Force, the sixth branch of the U.S. military reportedly proposed by Donald Trump, should be used to defend…

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“It’s an early sign of the unfolding disruption that will eventually shatter the auto industry.”

Uh, hello? Self-driving cars are already here

#Driving
Sat, September 8th, 2018 09:50 by capnasty

According to Forbes' Stephen McBride, self-driving cars are here right now and will be an existential threat to the car industry. He cites Waymo as…

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“What if aging didn’t have to suck?”

Anti-aging startup gets funding even with controversial therapy

#Health
Fri, September 7th, 2018 09:00 by capnasty

According to MIT Technology Review, San Francisco-based startup Elevian, which is looking on whether daily injections of a protein called GDF11 can rejuvenate the body,…

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Wearable Collaborative Robot

Fusion by Embodied Media

#Robots
Thu, September 6th, 2018 09:41 by capnasty

Called Fusion, this is a wearable robot that sports an extra set of arms allowing a remote operator to collaborate with the user. They should…

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“For one reason or another, they couldn’t pluck up the courage to quit.”

Start-up EXIT will quit your job for you

#Workplace
Wed, September 5th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Japan Times reports on a new start-up called EXIT that will help you quit your job in a country where quitting is frowned upon. Niino…

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