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Comic for October 20, 2019

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Categories: Funny

What the hell did 'The Lighthouse' even mean?

Mashable - 3 hours 28 min ago
This post contains spoilers for The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse is a beautiful, baffling, hypnotizing wild ride. The events that take place defy the confines of plot summary, let alone any clear explanations for what it all means. 

But that doesn't mean there isn't lots to gain from trying.

From The Witch director Robert Eggers, this surreal black-and-white 35-millimeter horror movie stars Robert Pattinson and William Dafoe as two lighthouse keepers. Pattinson's character (who we'll refer to as Ephraim to make things simple, though even that's a question) is the new temporary wickie (or assistant) to Dafoe's more senior Thomas Wake. Read more...

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Categories: IT General, Technology

Hillary Clinton masterfully trolls Trump with a 'letter' from the JFK archives

Mashable - Sun, 10/20/2019 - 23:06

Donald Trump isn't the best at words. And since 2016 is the hell from which we can never escape, his former election opponent Hillary Clinton had some fun with that fact.

Clinton took to Twitter on Sunday afternoon with a letter purportedly "from the archives" of former President John F. Kennedy. The letter, addressed to the former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, overtly references the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, when the world almost ended.

(One respondent pointed out that the letter originated on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and that is true.)

"Dear Premier Khrushchev," it begins. "Don't be a dick, OK? Get your missiles out of Cuba. Everybody will say 'Yay! Khrushchev! You're the best!' But if you don't, everybody will be like 'what an asshole' and call your garbage country 'The Soviet Bunion.'" Read more...

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Categories: IT General, Technology

NASA's Mars InSight is unstuck and officially back to work

Mashable - Sun, 10/20/2019 - 22:03

It was looking grim for NASA's Mars InSight mission back at the beginning of October. But now, things seem to have turned around.

The InSight lander had originally been sent to the Red Planet with the goal of drilling some 16 feet into the Martian terrain, to measure heat beneath the surface. But after only 14 inches of progress, there was a problem: the "mole" (aka drill with a built-in heat probe) would go no further.

It got stuck in Feb. 2019 and remained that way until early October, when NASA came up with a new plan. The idea was to use the InSight lander's metal scoop to refill the 14-inch hole and then act as a support for the mole to press up against as it tunneled down. Read more...

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Categories: IT General, Technology

Facebook open to currency-pegged stablecoins for Libra project

Technology News (Reuters) - Sun, 10/20/2019 - 21:41
Facebook Inc , facing growing skepticism about its digital currency project Libra, on Sunday said the initiative could use cryptocurrencies based on national currencies such as the dollar, instead of the synthetic one it initially proposed.
Categories: Technology

Watch a gorgeous string duet happen across NYC subway tracks

Mashable - Sun, 10/20/2019 - 20:37

New York City subways are always hell. Which is why you should thank buskers for doing god's work and bringing some beauty into your shitty G train commute. 

One Twitter user captured a serendipitous moment between two incredibly talented street performers in the midst of a duet played from across opposite sides of the Metropolitan Avenue station. Like trains going in opposite directions, it appears that never the two shall meet — other than through their sweet, sweet music.

In the comments, another user said she was an attendee at the impromptu concert and uploaded more footage, capturing an even more intense moment of the symphony of two. The violinist gets separated from his cellist by an incoming train and turns around to give his audience a little smile.  Read more...

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Categories: IT General, Technology

Jerry O'Connell tried to teach his kids about Prince and failed big time

Mashable - Sun, 10/20/2019 - 19:15

Kids these days, man. They just don't appreciate the classics. And even when you try to teach them, you risk them reacting like you're literally administering torture. 

Or at least that's what it looks like in a hilarious Twitter video from Jerry O'Connell, who is trying his darndest to get his children to appreciate Prince's 1984 hit "When Doves Cry." The kids, however, have a different idea of what's happening. 

"Turn it down!" his twin daughters cry as their merciless father sings along to a song 14 years older than they are. O'Connell continues unfazed, even as one daughter flops sideways in the backseat, having lost her will to live in the face of her dad's music theory lesson.  Read more...

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Categories: IT General, Technology

Erdogan says he will never allow vaping, will block e-cigarettes in Turkey

Health News (Reuters) - Sun, 10/20/2019 - 19:09
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday he will never allow electronic cigarette companies to produce their products in Turkey, urging Turks to drink tea instead.
Categories: Health

The Mercedes-Benz app accidentally gave people access to strangers' personal info

Mashable - Sun, 10/20/2019 - 17:52

Car-connected phone apps are a convenient and high tech way for drivers to locate and access their vehicles, but a glitch in the Mercedes-Benz app may have extended that convenience to locating someone else's car entirely. 

TechCrunch spoke to two Mercedes-Benz drivers who claim that their apps displayed account information for complete strangers' cars, allowing them to access phone numbers and location data for people entire cities away. 

The security lapse, which was discovered on Friday, occurred shortly before the Mercedes-Benz app was taken offline for maintenance. Before the shutdown, though, one of TechCrunch's sources was able to call and alert the owner of the car whose information was displayed on his phone.   Read more...

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Categories: IT General, Technology

An Aussie airline successfully tested the world's first nonstop NYC–Sydney flight

Mashable - Sun, 10/20/2019 - 16:15

Quantas airlines has completed the world's first nonstop flight from New York to Sydney in a 19-hour, 16-minute journey that, if implemented, could change the way many world cities connect to the east coast of Australia. 

The flight's passengers and flight crew were monitored by scientists at Sydney University, Monash University, and the Alertness Safety and Productivity Cooperative Research Centre, who hope to examine the effects of the world's longest flight on sleep and health.

SEE ALSO: Airline's baby map could help some passengers strategically pick seats

CNN reports that factors such as the cabin lighting, in-flight entertainment options, and a mid-flight exercise class were studied during the journey, as well as a close monitoring of the pilots' brain waves. Now that the flight has landed, the passengers and crew will keep sleep journals for two weeks to study jet lag and other potential disturbances.  Read more...

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Categories: IT General, Technology

China's propaganda chief says Cold War mentality hindering mutual trust in cyberspace

Technology News (Reuters) - Sun, 10/20/2019 - 14:50
A "Cold War mentality" and "bully behavior" are hindering mutual trust in cyberspace, China's propaganda chief said on Sunday at the start of the World Internet Conference in the eastern Chinese town of Wuzhen.
Categories: Technology

HBO's 'Watchmen' is off to a brilliant start

Mashable - Sun, 10/20/2019 - 14:00

"Why isn't everybody petrified?"

It's a question posed by a character, who will remain nameless, a little more than halfway through the first season of Watchmen. The context for that question is the stuff of spoilers, but the scene and episode it's a part of directly address one of the prevailing themes in the cable network's latest prestige series: trauma.

Watchmen, the HBO spin on that title, is a story about trauma: the kinds we share and the kinds we suffer alone. It explores the sources of our emotional wounds, and the various ways that living with the burden of psychological scar tissue can shape reality at every level of life and society. Read more...

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Categories: IT General, Technology

How video game development has changed over the last decade

Mashable - Sun, 10/20/2019 - 13:00

When it comes to video games, 10 years feels like an eternity.

In the past decade, we’ve watched independent game development grow from a niche, smoldering corner of the market to a raging wildfire spreading ceaselessly across the world. We’ve seen retail releases dwindle in favor of digital downloads. We’ve looked on as gaming demographics have shifted wildly to include almost everyone we know.

Technological advancements have given us 4K resolutions and smoother performance, opening a door to allow more and more to be packed into a single game. In 2010, Call of Duty: Black Ops took up about 12GB of hard drive space. In 2019, the remake of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will clock in at an astounding 175GB. Read more...

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Categories: IT General, Technology

China's Xiaomi says plans to launch more than 10 5G phones next year

Technology News (Reuters) - Sun, 10/20/2019 - 12:18
Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Corp plans to launch more than 10 5G phones in 2020, CEO Lei Jun said on Sunday, speaking at the World Internet conference in the eastern Chinese town of Wuzhen.
Categories: Technology

The secret behind building your own apps? It's not as hard at you think.

Mashable - Sun, 10/20/2019 - 11:00

TL;DR: This beginner-friendly JavaScript class is on sale for just $9.99 in the PCMag Shop. It's normally $199.99, so you'll be saving a whopping 95%.

Thanks to the rise of big data and machine learning, Python has become the fastest-growing major programming language in the world *and* the one today's developers want to learn the most, according to Stack Overflow's 2019 Developer Survey of nearly 90,000 coding professionals around the globe. You go, Python.

Given this, it would make sense for wannabe programmers to kick off their education with a crash course in Python, if only just to get a sense of where the industry is heading. But you'd be doing yourself and your career a disservice if you didn't acquaint yourself first with JavaScript, the most popular programming language for seven years straight. Read more...

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Categories: IT General, Technology

Debunking Blockchain once and for all

Mashable - Sun, 10/20/2019 - 11:00

TL;DR: The in-depth Complete Blockchain and Ethereum Programmer bundle is on sale for just $24 with the code 20LEARN20.

When it comes to Bitcoin, you get the gist: Cryptocurrency is on the rise right now, it's a worthy investment, and it when it comes to top buzzwords of 2019, it's on top. But what about blockchain? That concept may have you drawing blanks. 

But if you're looking to learn more about Bitcoin and how it works, blockchain is your answer. This advanced technology is what makes cryptocurrency transactions secure and safe, and as cryptocurrency continues to gain popularity, so does the need to understand how to create blockchain applications. In fact, all signs point to blockchain being a keystone technology of the future — beyond cryptocurrency use cases. Read more...

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These refurbished iMac deals are so good, you can get two monitors for the price of one

Mashable - Sun, 10/20/2019 - 11:00

Apple sales are few and very far between, so if you're looking to score brand name gadgets at a steal of a price, you'll need to add "refurbished" to your vocabulary. 

Refurbished Apple products (such as iMacs, iPhones, and iPads) have been restored to their original factory settings. While these are second-hand devices, each has been vetted by authorized technicians for overall functionality and feature only minor blemishes, so you can expect it to operate as good as new. So long as you're okay forgoing vanity for vanity's sake, buying refurbished also means that you'd be saving hundreds of dollars off otherwise full-priced goods.  Read more...

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23 everyday items for under $20 that you shouldn't live without

Mashable - Sun, 10/20/2019 - 11:00

We're all guilty of buying things we don't need. Do you really need finger puppets? Absolutely, and they're only $9, so why wouldn't you smash that "add to cart" button?

Knowing how much useless crap you've likely already splurged on, we decided to round up some products you'll actually use in your everyday life. 

From charging cables of every variety and multifunctional kitchen utensils to organizers for stress-free travel and random home goods, we've found 23 of the best deals this weekend that are as practical as they are affordable. Like, actually affordable — everything on this list is under $20. Go nuts. Read more...

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Kindle Paperwhite on sale for £30 off on Amazon

Mashable - Sun, 10/20/2019 - 10:00

TL;DR: The sleek Kindle Paperwhite is on sale for £89.99 on Amazon, saving you 25% on list price.

Sundays are for sleeping, eating, and settling down with a good book. We've got absolutely nothing against the humble paperback, but e-readers do make lazy Sundays even easier. 

There's none of that annoying page turning or heavy lifting involved with real books. E-readers allow you to flick through pages with the touch of your finger, and take up much less space in your bag. Nowadays, most of these clever devices also have the capacity to store thousands of books, with a battery that lasts for weeks. Read more...

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