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22 Feb 00:29

Self-Driving Issues

If most people turn into muderers all of a sudden, we'll need to push out a firmware update or something.
20 Feb 03:05

The Ships Buried Under San Francisco’s Streets

by Kaushik

Beneath the streets of San Francisco’s financial district lie the remains of dozens of sailing ships that once brought people to San Francisco during the gold rush of the mid-19th century. These ships were beached near what was then a small Mexican village called Yerba Buena. In those early days, the waters of San Francisco Bay came all the way up to where is now Montgomery Street—the site of the iconic Transamerica Pyramid. Once the city started to grow, the cove was filled in and the downtown of the city built over it. Many of the ships that dropped anchor there never moved.


The Buried Ships of Yerba Buena Cove by Michael Warner et al. (San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, National Park Service)

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19 Feb 22:57

Chrome 64 now trims messy links when you share them

by Dani Deahl

Google’s latest consumer version of Chrome, version number 64, just started cleaning up messy referral links for you. Now, when you go to share an item, you’ll no longer see a long tracking string after a link, just the primary link itself, as spotted by Android Police.

This feature now happens automatically when sharing links in Chrome, either by the Share menu or by copying the link and pasting it elsewhere. Even though it slices off the extra bit of the URL, this doesn’t affect referral information. If you choose, you can copy and paste directly from the URL bar to grab the link in entirety.

Image: Android Police

As Android Police points out, while this is a useful feature, it does have a couple downsides, albeit...

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18 Feb 20:40

Garfield - 2018-02-18

15 Feb 22:01

#1684 – Microwave

by Chris
14 Feb 19:43

Robot Emotion

by Reza

13 Feb 21:33

Listen but don’t hear

by CommitStrip

08 Feb 15:10

#1678 – Breakfast

by Chris
08 Feb 10:52

IT Project Estimates

by CommitStrip

07 Feb 11:13

#1677 – Ouch

by Chris
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by Reza

31 Jan 18:48

Fruit Collider

The most delicious exotic fruit discovered this way is the strawberry banana. Sadly, it's only stable in puree form, so it's currently limited to yogurt and smoothies, but they're building a massive collider in Europe to search for a strawberry banana that can be eaten whole.
30 Jan 19:43

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Symbols


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Also, cave painting was invented as a way to save on wallpaper.

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29 Jan 22:02

Feeding The Birds

by John martinez

27 Jan 20:42

Rainbow Colored Mountains

by Kaushik

Soil is typically brown, but when mixed with the right minerals in right quantities, it can yield a fascinating range of colors. You can see such coloring in the walls of the Great Canyon in Arizona and the desert in Utah, but in some places the colors are such extreme and varied that it’s almost surreal.

Danxia landform

One of the best examples of colorful landform is on Mount Danxia, in Guangdong Province, in China. The Danxia landforms are made of strips of red sandstone alternating with chalk and other sediments that were deposited over millions of years, like slices of a layered cake. Over 700 individual locations have been identified in China, mostly in southeast and southwest China, where this type of colors and layers can be seen—all of these are referred to as Danxia landforms.


Photo credit: Evgeni Zotov/Flickr

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26 Jan 11:54

Hate No More

by Doug
26 Jan 11:54

Update and Restart

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26 Jan 02:00

Compression ignition engines are a big breakthrough—we got to try one

by Jonathan M. Gitlin


IRVINE, Calif.—Despite rumors to the contrary, the internal combustion engine is far from dead. Recently we've seen several technological advances that will significantly boost the efficiency of gasoline-powered engines. One of these, first reported back in August 2017, is Mazda's breakthrough with compression ignition. On Tuesday, Mazda invited us to its R&D facility in California to learn more about this clever new Skyactiv-X engine, but more importantly we actually got to drive it on the road.

What's so special about this engine then?

(credit: Mazda)

The idea behind Skyactiv-X is to be able to run the engine with as lean a fuel-air mixture (known as λ) as possible. Because very lean combustion is cooler than a stoichiometric reaction (where λ=1 and there is exactly enough air to completely burn each molecule of fuel but no more), less energy is wasted as heat. What's more, the exhaust gases contain fewer nasty nitrogen oxides, and the unused air gets put to work. It absorbs the combustion heat and then expands and pushes down on the piston. The result is a cleaner, more efficient, and more powerful engine. And Skyactiv-X uses a very lean mix: a λ up to 2.5.

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24 Jan 11:48

Ball and Sweater

by Doug
23 Jan 21:09

Excellence in Management 16

by Doug
22 Jan 21:27


by Doug
22 Jan 21:24

#1669 – Keep out

by Chris
19 Jan 02:25


by Ryan

Today’s shout goes to my buddy Paul Westover! His stuff is all over the web. Check out his home page.

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17 Jan 21:22

#1666 – Seeds

by Chris
17 Jan 21:21

What’s this big button?

by CommitStrip

15 Jan 23:07

The Nissan Xmotion SUV is more screen than car

by Andrew J. Hawkins

The Nissan Xmotion may look like an SUV on the surface, but to take step inside is to enter a dense forest of technology. The concept car, revealed today at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, has a total of seven digital touchscreens inside, making it one of the more aggressive attempts by an automaker in recent memory to sweep aside the manual controls of the past and fully embrace a pixelated future.

Is it overkill? Sure. We’re already hearing complaints about the Tesla Model 3’s hyper-minimal all-in-one touchscreen approach to the traditional instrument cluster. It’s not clear that what consumers want in their cars is more screens. But you have to hand it to Nissan for not shying away from this trend.

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14 Jan 00:12

Keeping Spectre secret

by Russell Brandom

How an industry-breaking bug stayed secret for seven months — and then leaked out

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11 Jan 21:26

Imaginary Friend

by Doug