Saturday, October 13, 2018

Tech News

Go ahead. Have a second piece of (belated) birthday cake. IRC Turns 30. Ars Technia:
For Ars staffers, IRC led to love, marriage, and trolling.

Internet Relay Chat (IRC) turned 30 this August.
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C|Net - Inside the You Tube House:
Living in a mansion playing video games with your best friends all day. But inside, it’s a slightly different story.
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Tech Crunch - Tesla Tequila coming soon?
Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed Friday in a tweet that the Tesla-branded tequila called “Teslaquilla”... is “coming soon.”
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Disastrous is the best word to describe Microsoft's release of Windows 10 version 1809. A data deletion bug forced the company to take the unprecedented step of halting the roll-out of its October 2018 feature update.
Shorter answer to fixing Win-anything: Switch to Linux
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Geek - Barn doorstop actually a meteorite:
...a 22-plus pound meteorite—the sixth-largest recorded find in Michigan, and potentially worth $100,000.
But I bet it did a good job as a doorstop, too.
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PC World - Alienware's impressive laptop:
Alienware's m15 is significantly smaller, thinner, and lighter than its 15-inch cousins[.]
Check out the video at the link.
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Trust in Google wanes, search engine DuckDuckGo Soars! BetaNews:
The privacy-focused search engine has enjoyed a 50 percent surge in usage over the last year, and it can now boast a new record of 30 million daily searches.
"Trust in Google wanes..." ... will the person who trusted in Google admit it?
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Ever been sun-burned? Blame Trump Dinosaurs for it Extreme Tech
...dinosaurs were sauntering around all day, looking for small morsels to eat. This may have caused a “nocturnal bottleneck” as mammals survived for generations by hiding underground during the day and only coming out at night.
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Establishing Biometric Databases.  Technocracy:
Does anyone remember that it used to be considered a conspiracy theory to warn people about biometric databases? Well, now that it is an accepted reality, we should be looking even farther down the slippery slope for new signposts indicating even greater plans to track, trace and database all human beings.
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TechDirt: The continuing battle between the FCC and net neutrality.
The FCC's claims that its rules embrace transparency are equally hollow, given the agency's replacement transparency provisions are entirely voluntary. And the idea that "market forces" can fix the broken and uncompetitive broadband industry should be laughable to anybody that's experienced Comcast customer service.

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