| submitted by garylee23
[link] [208 comments]
A DJI Phantom 2 drone and a GoPro Hero 3 made the trip into Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano head on — and the GoPro didn't make it.
Gizmodo reports, DJI's Eric Cheng and an Icelandic photographer named Ragnar Th. Sigurdsson "drove as close as they could to the eruption—and when authorities stopped their car."
The bonus of the DJI's Phantom 2 is that it "has a failsafe mechanism that directs the drone to return to the user once it's beyond range."
Check out the video below and more photos of the melted GoPro over on Gizmodo:
the nose knows
The Handie Is the ultimate men's pleasure product, which utilizes your grip and gives you back control of your pleasure through state-of-the-art design and materials. The Handie's glove design and added features are unlike any other product for men. This is the real deal - an all-in-one gadget for guys! We like to call it, our Finishing Tool. The Handie has a chamber located on the back of the glove, which can be filled with any water-based lubricant (Use Water Based Lube Only). Just fill with your favorite water based lube, replace, and push on the cap to dispense lubrication into the palm of The Handie for comfort and pleasure. The Handie comes with a small, removable, vibrating bullet. The vibrator inserts into the pocket located on the pinky finger for a gentle vibration in the perfect sweet spot.The Handie is currently an IndieGoGo project, and $150 will get you a limited first run edition, and $50 will get you one from the second run. Could you imagine anybody walking in on you when you're using this thing? I mean, getting caught masturbating is embarrassing, but getting caught masturbating with some sort of oven mitt from the future? That's plain awesome and I'd even invite my roommates to come watch. No eye contact though, that's my only rule. I don't want anybody getting the wrong idea and falling in love. Keep going for a worthwhile video about the glove.
NAUSEA WARNING: The person who filmed the below video wasn’t too steady of hand, noting in the YouTube description, “my shaky Sony Hi8 HandyCam recording of the 1999 NYC MacWorld Public/ Keynote address” and as such, it feels a bit like watching Jobs present on a ship afloat on the roiling seas of appreciation.
It’s very simple — Jobs opens up the iBook’s web browser, goes on about dimming the lights, makes some noise about adjusting things and then BAM — he picks up the laptop and walks away without any cords attached… and the browser stays connected to the Internet!
The response is deafening — hooting, hollering, so much clapping and what looks like a standing ovation. These. People. Are. Pumped.
And Jobs knows it, grinning ear to ear while the applause crashes over him and everyone gathers for a group hug to celebrate the astounding innovations we have available in these modern times. That last part I made up, but I bet the audience would’ve gone for a big mass embrace at that point.
Behold. WiFi. And also a hula hoop gets involved (H/T to Slate for the video):
Reddit has raised $50 million in funding. It’s now planning to offer “shares” in the company to users, though exactly how that will work is uncertain.
The funding round is designed to raise money for a program of measures to better maintain and establish the site including taking on new staff, targeting mobile devices and improving its ability to sell advertising.
Investors in this round of stock include Jared Leto and Snoop Dogg. As a whole the investors bought the equivalent of a 10 percent stake in the company meaning that, on paper at least, Reddit is “worth” half a billion dollars.
As part of the funding, the new set of investors have agreed in principle to give 10 percent of their shares (equivalent to one percent of the entire company) to the site’s users. Chief executive Yishan Wong says of the idea that “We’re going to need to figure out a bunch of details to make it work, but we’re hopeful.”
Given there’s millions of users involved, it doesn’t seem to be as simple as just handing over shares. Wong has also explained that one plan under consideration is to create a Bitcoin-style cryptocurrency, which could be divided into very small units. The cryptocurrency would be backed by the one percent of company stock, meaning that somebody who accumulated enough of the currency could exchange it for a share or shares in Reddit.
Speaking to VentureBeat, Wong rejected claims that the funding round had any influence on the decision to close a section of the site titled “The Fappening” where users posted links to nude photographs of celebrities that had been retrieved without permission from iCloud backups.
Wong reiterated that the closure was not based on the subject material itself, but rather that the site had been hit with takedown requests based on the images violating copyright; he also said excessive spam and malware posts on the section had influenced the decision.
Unless you have an unlimited data plan, you can probably recall a time or two where you had to change your typical behavior to keep from going over your monthly limit.
Good news: If you use Google's Chrome app as a browser, this one simple trick can save you a ton of data without you having to change your habits.
On either iOS or Android, you can reduce your data usage from Chrome up to 50% by adjusting your "bandwidth management."
Here's what you need to do:
When you open Chrome, you'll see a vertical line of three dots on the right side. Click them, and then navigate to “Settings” then “Bandwidth management” then “Reduce data usage.”
Simply turn the toggle to “On.” Chrome will automatically remove unnecessary whitespace on pages, as well as metadata and other elements that aren't essential to render it. Images will be switched from JPEG or PNG to a much smaller format. These changes will help Chrome conserve your data.
You’ll also be able to track how much bandwidth you save each month on Chrome (and, as an added bonus, turning on this feature also helps better protect you from malicious webpages).
Here's how it looks:
Limousine liberal loser. Typical do as I say not as I do.
Following a benefit concert for a Seattle group looking to raise the minimum wage, Tom Morello and his party were denied entrance to the 5 Point Cafe. After blasting out his complaints on social media, the owner of 5 Point came back around on Facebook with a burn that some astronomers say you can see from orbit:
Or as some might put it, "** you, I won't do what you tell me."
Submitted by: (via Blabbermouth)
Windows 8 had it rough. It existed for post-desktop world that (still) hasn't quite materialized, met by a sea of people who weren't asking for something that new and strange. That's why even though it feels like a regression, Windows 10 is still such a marvel. It's a step backwards into what Windows 8 was supposed to be.
How many of you, faithful readers, have a closet full of reusable bags that without fail you forget each time you venture to the grocery store? Well if you live in California you might want to put a sticky note on the door reminding you to grab your bags because the state officially became the first in the nation to outlaw single-use plastic bags.
The Sacramento Bee reports that California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law today a bill that will phase out plastic bags at grocery stores and other retailers.
Under the new law, consumers will have to bring their own reusable bag, purchase a reusable bag from the retailer or pay at least ten cents for a paper bag or a multi-use plastic carrier that meets state durability standards.
Retailers that don’t discontinue the use of single-use plastic bags could face local government fines of up to $5,000.
Tuesday’s historic signing by Brown came after years of contentious fighting between lawmakers, retailers as well as consumer and environmental groups. Back in 2010, California lawmakers rejected a bid to ban the bags.
Since then, a number of California cities have enacted their own bans on the bags. The movement to phase out the bags has been sweeping the U.S. with cities such as Portland and Chicago signing their own laws.
While the Governor’s signature probably hasn’t had much time to dry on the new bill, opponents have already began planning their repeal efforts.
Shortly after Tuesday’s bill signing, American Progressive Bag Alliance vowed to begin efforts to overturn the law through a referendum on the 2016 ballot.
“Our research confirms that the vast majority of California voters are opposed to legislation that bans recyclable plastic bags and allows grocers to charge and keep fees on other bags,” a release from the organization said.
The group called the bill “a back room deal between the grocers and union bosses to scam California consumers out of billions of dollars without providing any public benefit – all under the guise of environmentalism.”
Still, officials and retailers who have already begun adhering to the ban said they have had few issues.
The manager at a local grocery store in Davis, which began adopting the ban this summer, tells the Sacramento Bee that the transition has been seamless.
Additionally, officials with the San Francisco Department of the Environment say the city has not levied a single fine against retailers, crediting a campaign to educate and prepare consumers about the ban.
California plastic bag ban signed, setting off sweeping changes [The Sacramento Bee]
PREVIOUSLY IN PLASTIC BAG BAN-WAGON NEWS:
Is Seattle Plastic Bag Ban Actually Leading To More Shoplifting?
L.A. Bans Plastic Supermarket Shopping Bags
Portland (The One In Oregon) Jumps On The Plastic Bag Ban-Wagon
California Decides Not To Ban Plastic Bags
Walmart Testing Plastic Bag-Less Stores In California
Should Plastic Shopping Bags Be Banned?
New details about The Big Lebowski pinball machine has been a long time coming — so long that the weaker-willed among pinball enthusiasts might have started to wonder if this promised officially licensed pin was ever going to happen.
But earlier this week, Dutch Pinball put all of those concerns to rest with a launch party for the game at Cafe Lebowski in the Netherlands, showing off not one, but two prototypes. And what beauties they are.
Everything from the bowling lane lower playfield to the faux life-sized White Russian mounted next to the launcher is meticulously crafted. This is a game created by artists with a love of pinball and not a little adoration of Jeff Bridges' Dude.
There's plenty to see on the playfield too....