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Tiny flush-fit dual USB adapter for cars for 9

I‘ve been using Aukey‘s Flush Fit Dual Port USB adapter since early 2016. Once you push it into the car‘s "cigarette lighter" hole, it‘s close to a flush fit. It could be a chore to pull it out, but I‘ve never had a reason to.

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FDA approves a pill that tells your doctor whether you‘ve swallowed it or not

A new pill that tells your doctor whether you‘re swallowing it or not has just been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The pill a new version of Abilify by Otsuka Pharmaceutical will have a digestible sensor in it that will let a patch worn by the patient know when the pill is going down the hatch. The patch will then relay the message to the patient‘s mobile app, and, like a game of telephone, the mobile app will send

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The ethics of upgrading your brain with implants

Computational neuroscientist Anders Sanberg is a senior research fellow at Oxford‘s Future of Humanity Institute where he explores the ethics of future human enhancement through AI, genetic engineering, and brain implants. IEEE Spectrum‘s Eliza Strickland interviewed Sanberg about the ethics of augmenting your wetware with neurotech: Spectrum: Do you worry that neurotech brain enhancements will only be available to the wealthy, a

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A lovely scientific appreciation of trees

Over at The Last Word on Nothing, esteemed science writer Rebecca Boyle wrote a lovely appreciation of trees. "Apart from humans, maybe, trees are the best form of life on this planet," she writes. From Boyle‘s essay, titled "Make Like A Tree and Get Outta Here": Trees remain in one place, but reach elsewhere always. They stretch down into the ground, and they constantly strain toward the sun. They are the embodiment of our shared p

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Cards Against Humanity‘s Xmas Bullshit mystery gifts are once again on sale, will save America

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxMvzK2OQTw Every Cards Against Humanity Christmas surprise box has been amazing, and this year, the company promises to do something that will save America and hints that it will annoy Trump voters. I gave ‘em 15. (via Waxy)

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Dress shoe with secret gadget compartment

The Secret Shoe is a bespoke shoe with a hidden compartment in the sole to hold the likes of "the world‘s smallest phone, a tiny video camera, a mini Swiss army knife, a tracking device, a choice of currency capsule (50; 50; or 50); and the world‘s most advanced contactless payment ring. The shoes can also accommodate a spare house key." A pair will cost you 2000 and unlikely to result in a smooth TSA experience. From Oliver Sweeney

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Why the "Bobby Fischer of Union Square" threw his cell phone into the Hudson River

Ambakisye Osayaba is known to his students as TC ("Teaches Chess"), He can be found sitting at his folding table in New York‘s Union Square every day, even in bad weather. He charges 3 a game. If you think you can beat him, the wager is 5. He charges 20 for a 30 minute lesson. His students love him. From NY Post: ‘People walk by all the time wanting to learn,‘ said Osayaba. ‘I tell them, ‘Take a seat‘ and be

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How realistic are elevator scenes in movies?

Can you really escape a stuck elevator by climbing out the top? Can the doors decapitate you? CineFix asked John Holzer, elevator technician about scenes from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Die Hard, Final Destination, and other flicks.

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Home DNA tests: "Total cost= 1900; Value =0"

Helix is a home DNA testing service. From its website: "Explore products powered by your DNA. With Helix, one saliva sample unlocks a lifetime of insights." Author/Cardiologist Eric Topol begs to differ. He tweeted: "I added up the @my_helix app for things w/o science or any convincing data. Total cost= 1900; Value =0. Gives consumer #genomics a bad name." Consumer #genomics: a mixed bag of very useful and bogus data https://t.co/vMtAbTVff

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Mattel about to launch first Barbie that wears a hijab

Barbie is going to sport a new fashion accessory in 2018 the hijab. As part of Mattel‘s "Shero" line, which includes Barbies inspired by role models such as Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas and director Ava DuVernay, the hijab will be part of the wardrobe for the Barbie based on Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad. Muhammed was the first athlete to wear a hijab while competing in the Olympics, and she‘s proud to have inspired this new add

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The most and least expensive places in the US for renters

Earnest investigated the cost of renting in the United States. It‘s no surprise that California is the most expensive state for renters (median rent: 1,901) or that West Virginia is the least expensive (800). But when you look at the percentage of total income spent on rent, a different picture emerges. South Dakotans spend 24.8% of their income on rent, more than any other state. Californians, ranking 6th, spend 20.4%. People in Arkansas s

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Venezuela just defaulted on its debt

Already facing severe medical and food shortages, Venezuela is out of money and out of credit. The country issued a statement that it was defaulting on its debt, having missed its 30-day grace period on bond payments. This means investors can start seizing Venezuela, including barrels of oil that are being stored out of the country. This will make the already awful conditions there worse. From CNN Money: Venezuela has no other meaningful income

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Stranger Things theme on a harp and cello

Multi-instrumentalist Trench worked up this lovely cover of the Stranger Things theme for harp and cello... while his dog naps.

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What it takes to actually stop a determined, vengeful cyberstalker

In 2012, Courtney Allen was having a difficult time in her marriage and she struck up an online affair with a gamer in her alliance named Todd Zonis; when her husband Steven found out about it and she refused to break it off, he emailed her family, his family, and Zonis‘s family. (more)

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Step-by-step guide to locking down your Facebook account

If you‘re still using Facebook (I don‘t), your data is being used to profile you in seriously creepy ways; the best thing you can do is delete your Facebook account, but second-best is locking down your account, using the deliberately confusing, overly complexified privacy dashboard. (more)

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Verizon is finally killing Compuserve Forums

Compuserve‘s sprawling, paleolithic forums were acquired along with Compuserve itself by AOL in 1998, and their fossil remains were augmented, year after year, decade after decade, by die-hard users who continued to participate there. (more)

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Check out some great gift ideas for techies

Believe it or not, the holiday season is just about here, and to help ease your gifting anxiety, we‘ve selected some of our favorite tech products from the Boing Boing Store. And to sweeten the deal, you can take an extra 15% off any of these items when you use coupon code GIFTSHOP15 at checkout. Mighty: The First On-The-Go Spotify Music Player This portable music player is like an iPod shuffle for Spotify. You can load it with up to 8GB o

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Congressional Republican candor: everyone hates our tax plan except the CEOs we depend on for campaign millions

The Republican Party has done the impossible: they‘ve produced an unpopular suite of tax cuts, by designing a system that lards more than a trillion dollars onto America‘s debt while raising taxes on disabled people, students, middle class households, people who hire veterans, and pharma companies that do basic research on horrific rare diseases. (more)

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A quantitative analysis of doxing: who gets doxed, and how can we detect doxing automatically?

A group of NYU and University of Illinois at Chicago computer scientists have presented a paper at the 2017 ACM Internet Measurement Conference in London presenting their findings in a large-scale study of online doxings, with statistics on who gets doxed (the largest cohort being Americann, male, gamers, and in their early 20s), why they get doxed ("revenge" and "justice") and whether software can detect doxing automatically, so that human mode

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More Gadsden residents recall Roy "Banned from the Mall" Moore‘s reputation for troubling teen girls

Yesterday, The New Yorker reported that conservative Republican Roy Moore was once banned from the mall in his hometown of Gadsden, Alabama, such was his predilection for badgering teens there. But it‘s local media that has the full story, with named sources, exposing the full extent of Moore‘s reputation for hitting on little girls. From The Birmingham News: Roy Moore‘s penchant for flirting with teen girls was "common knowle

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Find out what‘s going on in Maine

New Maine News [via Cat Valente] is that rare thing online: a local Onion-style satirical news site that is good. It‘s great! I feel almost like I live there. From the front page alone: Over 80% of Maine Fathers‘ Affection Is Directed at Their Wood Piles Heroic Man Saved Dying Pit Party by Cranking Some AC/DC This Innovative Chef Took the Traditional Maine Baked Bean Supper and Made it Cost 85 Expert Panel Concludes Maine Didn

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Should you sign that NDA? This AI law-bot has an answer

Upload the text of a nondisclosure agreement to NDA Lynn, and it will warn you if it spots common traps used to harm signatories. How can a robot review an NDA? As it turns out, NDAs are in essence very limited in their scope: certain information is to be exchanged for a given business purpose, and this information is to be kept confidential for a certain period. This limited scope makes them well-suited to automated analysis. There are after al

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America‘s most gender-differentiated jobs

Drawn from U.S. census data, this chart [via] organizes the 50 most commonly-held jobs by gender. Auto mechanics, electricians and carpenters are mostly men, whereas secretaries, childcare and nursing are mostly women. Close to evenly split are secondary school teachers, retail clerks and marketing managers. Did you know most accountants are women?

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SpotMini, the latest robot dog from Boston Dynamics

This elegant pup from Boston Dynamics triggered in me, for just a moment, the uncanny recognition of computer graphics. But it isn‘t rendered: it‘s a real machine, meeting a new threshold of fluid movement that turns my skepticism in on itself. Instead of being almost fooled into thinking something fake is real, I‘m almost fooled into thinking something real is fake.

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