Protester hugs a Nazi and asks 'Why do you hate me?'

Mashable - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 23:34

The age-old debate: Should you punch a Nazi? 

Here's a new one: Should you hug one? Probably not, but a protester outside white supremacist Richard Spencer's failed speech in Gainesville, Florida this week tried the tactic. 

SEE ALSO: A handful of racists snuck back to Charlottesville under the cover of night for another 'protest'

High school football coach Aaron Courtney approached Randy Furniss, who was wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with swastikas and had been punched earlier. 

A man wearing swastikas is punched at a protest against white nationalist #RichardSpencer #SpenceratUF📷:Brian Blanco

— Getty Images News (@GettyImagesNews) October 19, 2017

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The cutest photos from the annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade

Mashable - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 23:21

Now in its 27th year, the annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York City continued its reign as October's cutest event on Saturday, bringing together New York's fluffiest pets and their ever-creative owners. 

This year's crop of dog models – dressed in costumes that ranged from the Pope to the Devil to Kellyanne Conway – put on a delightful show for spectators. 

SEE ALSO: Dennis Quaid and dogs: a delightful combination

We've collected the resulting photos for you here, because really, no one should have to miss this:

The annual Tompkins square park Halloween dog parade is the best thing ever@CBSNewYork

— Reena Roy (@reenaroy) October 21, 2017

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U.S. warns public about attacks on energy, industrial firms

Technology News (Reuters) - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 23:18
(Reuters) - The U.S government issued a rare public warning that sophisticated hackers are targeting energy and industrial firms, the latest sign that cyber attacks present an increasing threat to the power industry and other public infrastructure.
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Bille Lourd posts a touching tribute on Carrie Fisher's birthday

Mashable - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 21:32

Saturday marks Carrie Fisher's first birthday since her death last December. The Star Wars star would have turned 61 on Oct. 21. 

It's a sad day, but Fisher's family, friends, and fans are making the milestone a little less bittersweet with tributes to the actor and author. 

SEE ALSO: Carrie Fisher once sent a cow tongue to a sexually inappropriate Hollywood producer

"You can be sure that Billie and I will have a moment in reflection on Carrie's day," Fisher's brother, Todd Fisher, told E! News about his plans with Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd. 

Lourd posted a touching tribute to her mom on Instagram.  Read more...

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This clip of animals eating pumpkins is a delightful palate cleanser

Mashable - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 21:17

For those feeling particularly world weary this week, consider this palate cleanser: the animal residents of Brookfield Zoo in Illinois devouring pumpkins ahead of Halloween. This clip from the Associated Press shows some of the zoo's cutest residents chomping down on enormous helpings of squash. 

May the delightful image of a python making its home inside a jack-o'-lantern carry you through whatever comes next week. Read more...

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Kit Harington clarifies his 2016 comments about sexism 'towards men': 'I was wrong'

Mashable - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 20:24

Kit Harington has clarified comments he made in 2016 about his experience with "sexism" as a male actor, in a new interview with The Guardian 

The Game of Thrones star said he "was wrong" to conflate his experiences as a man with that of the very real sexism women face in the film industry. 

SEE ALSO: Rose Leslie forced Kit Harington to wear a spectacularly embarrassing Halloween costume

As Harington told The Sunday Times in May of last year:

Harington's comments drew criticism for framing his experience and the experiences of women working in show business today as equal. It's a deeply unfair comparison, considering women in the industry, in addition to being under hired and underpaid, are routinely subjected to horrific sexual harassment and assault by powerful industry men.  Read more...

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Elon Musk's Boring Company gets permission to dig a 10-mile tunnel in Maryland

Mashable - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 19:23

The hyperloop is moving ahead. 

Elon Musk got permission from Maryland officials for his Boring Company to build a 10-mile tunnel in the state, the Baltimore Sun reported. The tunnel would be the first part of Musk's envisioned hyperloop to transport people underground between New York and Washington, D.C. 

“This thing is real. It’s exciting to see,” Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn told the Sun. “The word ‘transformational’ may be overused, but this is a technology that leapfrogs any technology that is out there today. And it’s going to be here.”

The 10.3-mile tunnel will be situated beneath the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. Even though the tunnel is part of Musk's futuristic vision, this first step only required the usual utility permits—just like any electric company getting state permission to dig underground.  Read more...

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Japan's Mitsubishi, U.S. partner to invest $1.8 billion in data centers: media

Technology News (Reuters) - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 18:30
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese trading house Mitsubishi Corp plans to set up a joint venture with U.S. data center operator Digital Realty Trust and build around 10 data centers in Japan by 2022 for 200 billion yen ($1.8 billion), the Nikkei said on Saturday.
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Actor known for 'Twin Peaks' and 'Parks and Recreation' dead at 56

Mashable - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 18:18

Actor Brent Briscoe – known best for his role as JJ of JJ's Diner fame on Parks and Recreation – died at 56 on Wednesday. Per Variety, the cause of death is internal bleeding and heart complications sustained after "a serious fall" that put him in the hospital. 

SEE ALSO: Ben Wyatt and Jean-Ralphio respond to 'Parks and Rec' fan theories

Mashable has reached out to a represenative for confirmation.

On Friday, Parks and Recreation creator Michael Schur shared a sweet statement on Twitter, thanking Briscoe for "serving Leslie all those waffles" in his role as the owner of Pawnee's local diner.


Thanks for serving Leslie all those waffles

— Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) October 20, 2017

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5 super spooky Halloween sex toys

Mashable - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 18:00

What better way to get into the Halloween spirit than by getting freaky?

There’s already a glut of sexy halloween costumes —  have you seen Sexy Jon Snow and Sexy Fake News? But if that's not kinky enough for you, here are a few seasonally appropriate sex toys that will help you bring the spooky times between the sheets. 

Dracula Fleshlight

Image: fleshlight

Have you always wanted to plunge your most delicate body part into the darkness? Then the Fleshlight Freaks series is for you. There’s the Drac — but why stop there? Try the Zombie or even the Frankenstein. They’ll run you $73 a pop, but it doesn’t get any freakier than this.  Read more...

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The woman who took down Uber gives her first interview since speaking up

Mashable - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 17:52

Eight months ago, engineer Susan Fowler published a blog post describing a culture of sexism and sexual harassment throughout Uber. 

Her words set off a firestorm at Uber that led to the ouster of founder Travis Kalanick as CEO, predated widespread allegations of sexual harassment against venture capitalists in Silicon Valley this summer, and even seems to draw a trail through this month's Harvey Weinstein news

SEE ALSO: Uber is in trouble after yet another sexist promo

Throughout it all, Fowler has remained quiet in public, save for some light commentary on Twitter. The former Uber engineer, who now edits a technical publication for the payments company Stripe, gave her first interview since hitting publish on Feb. 19 to Maureen Dowd at the New York TimesRead more...

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'Stranger Things' star fires agent accused of sexual assault after he Facebook 'poked' his victim

Mashable - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 17:07

Stranger Things actor Finn Wolfhard has fired his agent after allegations of sexual assault surfaced, Entertainment Weekly reported

Tyler Grasham, who was also fired from his job as a talent agent at APA, was accused of sexual assault by a former teen actor. 

SEE ALSO: Jennifer Lawrence, Reese Witherspoon speak out about sexual harassment in Hollywood

Blaise Godbe Lipman, who appeared on the shows Weeds and Hawaii Five-O, wrote a Facebook post describing "a prominent talent agent from the firm APA" who assaulted him a decade ago, when he was 17. 

That original post seems to have been removed or set to private, but Lipman later named Grasham in a follow-up Facebook post, spurred — incredibly — by Grasham himself. The disgraced talent agent "poked" the former child actor after his initial post, as Lipman wrote. Read more...

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All measuring cups are wrong

Mashable - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 17:00

A former software engineer for Google and Facebook has combined his love of cooking and mathematics to make this innovative kitchen product. Read more...

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Now's not the time to politicize the roving gangs of giant spiders slowly taking over America

Mashable - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 17:00

First and foremost, let me say that what’s happening in this country right now is simply tragic. Families have lost loved ones, and this nation mourns with them. 

But it is both premature and reprehensible to inject politics into this sudden, aggressive infestation of roving gangs of giant, six-foot-tall spiders, the likes of which have never been witnessed by mankind in all of existence, until the formal investigation of this horrific nightmare is complete and while families are still mourning.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the many cities that have now bravely fallen to the pack of huge violent spiders, as they slowly make their way eastward across our great country, killing everything in their path. Read more...

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A Brooklyn chemist's 1800s photos capture New York in motion

Mashable - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 16:00

June 26, 1886

Jamie Swan jumps off a short stone wall at Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn.

Image: Wallace G. Levison/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

Wallace G. Levison was a chemist, inventor, and lecturer who founded the Departments of Mineralogy and Astronomy at the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences in the latter half of the 19th century.

He was also an avid photographer, using the new technology both as a scientific tool and a recreational activity.

As the dawn of the 20th century approached, newer, more sensitive film emulsions were developed that allowed pictures to be taken with faster and faster shutter speeds. Read more...

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What can a 24-megapixel selfie camera do for you? We reviewed the Vivo 7+ to find out

Mashable - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 15:22

My wife recently decided to print out a hundred or so of the best photographs we've taken with our smartphones over the years. Looking at them, I've noticed something interesting: More than half of them were selfies.

It's hardly surprising. Rear cameras are great for taking photos of sunsets, but for those family moments you really want to remember, a selfie makes more sense. So why are rear cameras on phones vastly better than the selfie cameras?

China's Vivo, a top five smartphone manufacturer but not very well known outside of its home market, reverses this situation completely with its Vivo 7+ phone. This smartphone has a 16-megapixel shooter on the back, and a vastly better, 24-megapixel camera on the front.  Read more...

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This full-size travel bag fits in a shoe box

Mashable - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 15:00

Freitag has completely changed the way your travel bag is made. Instead of a heavy metal frame, the bag uses compressed air for support, making the Zippelin bag the inflatable gear you never knew you needed. Read more...

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The origins of trick-or-treating begins and ends with honoring the dead on Halloween

Mashable - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 14:00

The best part of Halloween by far is the candy. 

If you're young and hungry for those sweets, obviously the best way to get them is to go trick-or-treating 

But, have you ever wondered who created this prestigious celebration (still not a federal holiday, but whatever) and who decided to add trick-or-treating to the mix. 

One spooky night...

Image: giphy

Halloween derives from the three-day Celtic festival Samhain. The Celts believed the dead would return on Earth at the end of the harvest season (Oct. 31) and decided to honor them. The "villagers disguised themselves in costumes made of animal skins to drive away phantom visitors; banquet tables were prepared and edible offerings were out to placate unwelcome spirits," states The History Channel. Celts knew how to throw the ultimate Halloween bash.  Read more...

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Become fluent in Arduino for less than $30

Mashable - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 12:00

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Today's aspiring robot inventors have an advantage over droid-loving Anakin Skywalker and it comes in the form of the Ultimate DIY Arduino Robotics Bundle. Over the course of 22 hours of expert training, you'll get familiarized with the world's most popular open-source electronics platform so you can break into the fields of robotics and coding and start building the next C-3PO or HAL 9000* in the comfort of your home. (*Results may vary.)

SEE ALSO: Want to know how to increase your LSAT score? This online course could help. Read more...

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Pay $25 for these Bluetooth earbuds that are usually $90

Mashable - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 12:00

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Choosing a new pair of workout headphones is more complicated than it should be. Beats are too expensive, Bose are way too expensive (the dream), and the internet is full of knockoff pairs that were potentially built with Elmer's Glue. And all you want is a reliable stream of your favorite track playing during your daily jog. Is that so much to ask?!

SEE ALSO: Pre-order Samsung's Gear IconX headphones and the Gear Sport watch

The FRESHeBUDS Air Bluetooth 4.1 Earbuds are a popular choice and for good reason. They cover the basics: water-resistance, Bluetooth technology, comfort, and battery life. Let's break it down: Read more...

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