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02 Oct 18:25

Twitter noob Snowden gets hammered with 47GB of notification emails

by Billy Steele
What happens when one of the most wanted men in the world joins Twitter and forgets to disable email notifications? 47GB of emails. As you might expect, Edward Snowden was immediately inundated with followers, replies, favorites, DMs and retweets -...
02 Oct 21:57

Marilyn Manson Wants to be on Gotham

by Michael Martin

Rock star Marilyn Manson appears to be campaigning for a role on FOX’s Gotham.

Manson took to Twitter to ask fans if they would love the show more if he played a part in it.

Wouldn't you love GOTHAM even more, if I was a part of the show?

— Marilyn Manson (@marilynmanson) October 1, 2015

Given Gotham's focus on villains in Season 2, Manson would be a good fit for the show. He's no stranger to the small screen, and has appeared on a number of other TV shows, including Sons of Anarchy, Eastbound & Down, Californication and Once Upon a Time.

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02 Oct 15:25

UK scientists create quantum cryptology world record with 'unhackable' data

by Chris Merriman
UK scientists create quantum cryptology world record with 'unhackable' data

5,000 encryption keys a second, will that do you?

02 Oct 18:15

Microsoft Buys Havok From Intel

After eight years under Intel, Havok has a new owner in the form of Microsoft. The Windows company wants to use Havok not just for games, but for some of its other programs as well.
02 Oct 19:00

Windows 10 Feature Focus: CompactOS

by Brett Howse

Microsoft took a serious look at how to save space from the operating system files with Windows 8.1 Update. What they came up with at the time was WIMBoot, which used the recovery partition’s compressed WIM image file as the basis for most of the system files needed by Windows. Since the recovery partition is at least 4 GB in size, this is a pretty substantial savings especially on the lower cost devices which WIMBoot was targeted at.

I’ve discussed the changes with Windows 10 a couple of times, but a recent blog post from Michael Niehaus outlines how the new system works, what it is called, and how to manually enable it.

The last bit there is pretty important, since moving to WIMBoot was not something that could be done easily. It had to be done at the time the system image was put onto the computer, and there were a couple of extra steps OEMs could take in order to incorporate their own software into the WIMBoot.

Standard Partition with Windows 8.1

WIMBoot Enabled Windows 8.1

This also lead to some of the first issues with WIMBoot. The actual size of the recovery partition, if it was just Windows, would be around 4 GB, but once an OEM adds in their own software, along with maybe a copy of Microsoft Office, and all of a sudden the recovery partition could bloat to 10 GB or more. This was a major issue because unlike with a standard install of Windows, the recovery partition can not be removed on a WIMBoot system leaving a large chunk of a possibly small drive used up with no way to reclaim that space.

The other issue was that over time the WIMBoot partition would become less and less used, since when there were security updates to the operating system, key system files would be replaced with a full uncompressed version, but the original version would still be part of the WIM which could not be modified. Over time, Windows would grow and grow to fill more and more of the drive, and the WIMBoot concept was clearly not working out as intended.

So with Windows 10, Microsoft has moved away from the recovery partition altogether. When you do a system reset, Windows will be rebuilt from the components in the \Windows\winsxs folder. This means that the system will also be almost fully patched after a reset, unlike with earlier versions of Windows where any restore off of the recovery partition would revert you back to whatever set of files was used to create the WIM. Only the most recent 30 days of patches will be installed, and this was a design decision in case the reset itself is due to something going wrong within the last 30 days.

The other part of the space savings is from a compression tool Microsoft is calling Compact OS. This kind of goes back to WIMBoot in a way, since the system files are compressed into what amounts to a WIM file. The big difference here is that unlike WIMBoot, CompactOS can be enabled and disabled on the fly.

From an administrative command prompt, simply use the commands:

Compact.exe /CompactOS:query

This will query Windows to see if CompactOS is enabled or not

Compact.exe /CompactOS:always

This will enable CompactOS

Compact.exe /CompactOS:never

This will disable CompactOS

I ran CompactOS on an ASUS TP200S which has 64 GB of eMMC storage. Windows 10 did not enable CompactOS automatically since it was not needed, but manually enabling it saved over 3 GB of space on the C: drive. Luckily ASUS has included enough storage in the TP200S where it’s not really necessary out of the box, but on any system with 32 GB or less this could be a big help.

There is going to be a performance impact of course since the files will need to be decompressed when accessed and the actual differences are something I hope to have a chance to test and document at some point in the not too distant future.

In the end, CompactOS looks to be a nice upgrade over WIMBoot which had a lot of promise, but was not as effective as hoped.

02 Oct 03:39

Not Your Mother’s Apple Martini

by aHeapingCup

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Apple martinis.

They can be so cliché and cloyingly sweet and leave you with regrets the next day.

This drink will probably leave you with regrets as well but it makes up for that by making you feel very classy beforehand.

It’s inspired by my trip to an apple orchard where I went apple picking.

I picked some teeny tiny apples.

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You can’t tell but they are really tiny apples, man.

Like, so cute I cried when I had to cut into them.

This apple martini is slightly sweet and sour but no where near as chemically tasting as a sour apple martini and there is room for adjustment to your liking.

First thing to mention here is the use of shrubs or drinking vinegar in this recipe. For more info you can read this. Otherwise just go with it and trust me you won’t be sorry. It’s waaaaay better than that sour pucker shit.

You can buy or make your own shrub. I decided to buy my first shrub just to have a frame of reference for when I try to make my own.

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I got PokPok’s apple shrub from amazon for like $20 for a 16oz bottle. A little goes a long way and they have loads of flavors to choose from.

It’s perfectly tangy and sweet and it is basically a sweetened vinegar syrup so it hits all over the palate and is good enough to drink simply diluted with sparking water as a refreshing soda.

Next you need a dark liquor, preferably apple flavored.

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You don’t need both of these to be honest. You can use either one alone and just use 2 1/2 oz of it for the recipe below. I just used both to build layers and flavors.

If you had to pick one, I would recommend just using the calvados which is an apple brandy. You could also use applejack if you prefer. I used Hennessy because I already had some and I used the calvados just to reinforce the apple flavor.

Finally, you need a hard cider:

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I found this at BevMo! and chose it because of the packaging (it’s a problem I have and it’s only getting worse) and I ended up really liking it, not to sweet and not too dry.

I made a gingersnap rim because Fall.

All you need is a few gingersnaps and some pent up rage :)

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Once the drink is rimmed, combine the ingredients (recipe below) in a shaker filled with ice.

Shake till very cold and pour.

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I like to garnish with an apple slice and a wedge of cheddar cheese.

Mmmm cheddar cheese

*in Homer Simpson’s voice*

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Mmmm cheddar cheese apple martini with gingersnap rim mmmm

*also in Homer Simpson’s voice*


1 1/2 oz cognac (or your favorite dark liquor)
1 oz calvados (or applejack)
1 1/2 oz apple shrub (a.k.a. drinking vinegar)
4 oz hard cider

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake till cold. Pour into a martini glass.
Garnish with an apple slice in the drink and a wedge of cheddar cheese on the rim, which I have dipped in ground up gingersnaps.

01 Oct 03:10

School Lets Girl Cough Self Into Vomiting Fit, Because Her Inhaler Doesn’t Have Her Name On It

by lskenazy


A 9-year-old girl starts coughing so hard in school that she can barely breathe. You’re the school officials. Do you:

1 – Take bets on how long till she turns blue

2 – Call your lawyer, just in case she dies

3 – Let her use her inhaler

At Columbia Elementary in West Jordan, UT, officials chose “none of the above.”

They certainly didn’t let the girl use her inhaler, for one simple reason: her name wasn’t on it.

So of course they had to grab it away. I mean, just because SHE brought it in and SHE needed it — thanks to the fact that SHE gets coughing fits — there was really no way to ascertain whether the inhaler was really hers. It could be anyone’s!

And besides, it’s a drug, and all drugs are evil.  Inhaler. Crack pipe. What’s the diff? 

According to Fox4KC,  the girl, Emma Gonzalez, had:

obtained an inhaler over the weekend after a coughing fit landed her in the emergency room. On Monday, the fourth grader was hit with another coughing spell in class at Columbia Elementary.

When Emma took her inhaler out to use it, her teacher sent her to the office, where staff took the inhaler.

Emma said she started coughing so hard she threw up on her pants.

What’s a little vomit compared to the real problem: Parents who simply WON’T fill out forms right after a trip to the emergency room? Let this be a lesson to them! (Boldface mine.) 

District officials say the staff did everything right by taking the medication to make sure it was for that specific student.

The inhaler doesn’t have Emma’s name on it and the school had not been notified that she was taking the medication.

“There could be all sorts of problems if children were just allowed to take any medication and we didn’t have that verification. Again, this is for the student’s safety,” said district spokeswoman Sandy Riesgraf.

I’m sure Emma feels safer already, knowing that she will be prevented from accessing life-saving drugs if all the paperwork is not in order. Phew! – L. 


Why should we give this to you just because you appear to be gasping for breath?

Why should we give this to you, just because you appear to be gasping for breath?


01 Oct 12:15

1905 Queen Victoria 214A Brougham sold at auction

by Staff Writer

It's electric :)

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1905 Queen Victoria 214A Brougham sold at auction Photo credit: Bonhams Photo credit: Bonhams Electric cars are often seen as a modern phenomenon, with the success of the Tesla Model S and BMW i8 hybrid at the forefront of people's minds. However, this is emphatically not the case, as the Woods Brougham demonstrates. Recently sold at auction in Ebeltoft, Denmark, this 1905 Queen Victoria 214A Brougham was made by... continue reading

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01 Oct 16:49

Self-driving taxis will begin trials in Japan next year

by Daniel Cooper
Self-driving cars are a few years away from becoming a thing, right? Not in Japan, where the company Robot Taxi has announced that it'll start testing robotic taxis in 2016. A report by the Wall Street Journal reveals that the firm will begin by of...
01 Oct 17:11

Skype Translator is rolling out to all desktop users

by Billy Steele
After a preview offered access to Skype's live translation tool on the desktop earlier this summer, the feature is rolling out to all users. If you're in need of a quick refresher, Skype Translator converts video calls in English, French, German, I...
01 Oct 18:36

Stagefright bug now spreads through malicious audio files

by Andrew Tarantola
Cripes, how many times is Google going to have to patch before the Stagefright exploit bug stays fixed? The company has already patched its code three times but on Thursday, security research firm Ziperium (the guys that initially discovered the fl...
01 Oct 21:15

Experian leaks info from 15 million T-Mobile credit applications

by Nathan Ingraham
T-Mobile has just revealed that it has been the victim of a major hack that has exposed the personal details, including social security numbers, for approximately 15 million of its customers. CEO John Legere has just posted a letter regarding the h...
01 Oct 22:46

Humble Bundle will send you indie games every month for $12

by Andrew Tarantola
There's yet another interesting roundup of products hitting Humble Bundle's digital shelves tomorrow. The charitable gaming distributor announced on Thursday that it is rolling out a new monthly subscription bundle of online indie games. The subscr...
01 Oct 07:44

F1's Max Verstappen passes driving test on 18th birthday

by Staff Writer

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F1's Max Verstappen passes driving test on 18th birthday Photo credit: Newspress Newspress Formula One hotshot Max Verstappen passed his driving test yesterday. The test, which took place on Max's 18th birthday, means that F1's youngest star can finally drive himself to the races, rather than relying on taxis, or even his father, Jos. continue reading

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01 Oct 13:00

Nest gets more smart home devices talking to each other

by Roberto Baldwin
Getting your connected-home gear to actually connect with one another can be a pain. Nest is trying to alleviate at least some of that hassle by adding Weave, its ad-hoc networking system to Works with Nest, it's third party development platform. W...
29 Sep 08:18

No pain, no gain! £24m-worth of cars written off in Spectre

by Sophie Williamson-Stothert

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No pain, no gain! £24m-worth of cars written off in Spectre Atlaspix / Alamy 007 will return to big screens across the UK on 26 October, but car enthusiasts will cringe to hear that the making of the new title claimed millions of pounds-worth of metal. According to the Daily Mail, stunt co-ordinators for the new Bond movie, Spectre, destroyed seven specifically designed Aston Martin DB10 sports cars,... continue reading

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29 Sep 08:08

Paul Walker's daughter files wrongful death lawsuit against Porsche

by Sophie Williamson-Stothert

Lawyer is probably an ambulance chaser

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Paul Walker's daughter files wrongful death lawsuit against Porsche Two years after his untimely death, Paul Walker's daughter has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Porsche, claiming that the vehicle he was riding in had design flaws that prevented him from escaping from the wreck. The Fast and Furious movie star was travelling as a passenger in a 2005 Carrera GT when it was involved in the fatal crash in... continue reading

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30 Sep 09:44

This Is Tesla's Model X, and It Has a Bioweapon Defense Mode

by Jenna Pitcher

Tesla Motors officially launched its latest electric vehicle, the Model X, during a keynote presentation in California today given by CEO Elon Musk.

The all-wheel drive sport utility vehicle partially trades the souped up performance of the Model S for functionality.

The P90D with Ludicrous mode enabled accelerates to 60 miles per hour in 3.2 seconds, has 250 miles of range and a top speed 155 “of miles per hour. The 90D model travels up to 257 miles on its 90 kWh battery, accelerates from zero to 60 MPH in 4.8 seconds and has a top speed of 155 MPH.

Tesla Model X_____

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29 Sep 12:42

9 More Blindspot Scripts Ordered

by Matt Porter

NBC has ordered nine additional scripts for their new series Blindspot.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Blindspot, starring Jaimie Alexander, reached 10.6 million viewers after debuting a week ago, which then grew to 15.2 million after three days of delayed viewing, making a notably strong showing among the fall's new series.

The nine additional scripts order does not guarantee that the show will get what's referred to as a full "back-nine" order, expanding Blindspot from it initial 13 episode pick up to a full 22-episode season. However, it's clear NBC is optimistic about the series and wants those scripts ready for the likely scenario that they do order a full season.

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29 Sep 23:16

The first official 'X-Files' trailer is out there

by Andrew Tarantola
The wait is nearly over, X-Files fans! We're just a few short months from the debut of the new X-Files. Like the original series, this six episode mini-season is being produced by Chris Carter. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprise their lead...
30 Sep 01:04

Security firm discovers Linux botnet that hits with 150 Gbps DDoS attacks

by Andrew Tarantola
Akamai announced on Tuesday that its Security Intelligence Response Team has discovered a massive Linux-based botnet that's reportedly capable of downing websites under a torrent of DDoS traffic exceeding 150 Gbps. The botnet spreads via a Trojan v...
30 Sep 04:02

Tesla's first Model X electric SUVs sell for $132k

by Mat Smith
Now that Tesla's Model S has the world warmed up to the idea of classy-looking electric cars, it's ready to do it all again with a different form factor. After delays (and more delays), CEO Elon Musk announced the Model X in full specific detail --...
21 Sep 08:43

US border control release photo of man sewn into car seat

by Jack Evans

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US border control release photo of man sewn into car seat Photo credit: Business Insider Photos have been released of a Mexican man who disguised himself as a car seat in order to cross over the American border undetected. Back in June 2001, Enrique Aguilar Canchola was found sewn into the passenger seat of a car that was attempting to enter the US. continue reading

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25 Sep 13:48

Netflix's next original is Charlie Brooker's 'Black Mirror'

by Matt Brian
The rumors were true: Charlie Brooker's renowned Black Mirror is headed to Netflix as its next original. The company confirmed today that it has commissioned 12 new episodes of the dystopian drama series, with Brooker and Annabel Jones, who produce...
25 Sep 11:50

BlackBerry confirms 'Priv' Android phone will launch this year

by Steve Dent
BlackBerry confirmed that rumors of its first Android device, called Priv, are accurate. In the company's latest earnings report, CEO John Chen said that the smartphone "combines the best of BlackBerry security and productivity with the expansive m...
24 Sep 14:22

For the first time, a paraplegic has walked without a robotic suit

by Steve Dent
A paraplegic has walked without robotics using his own brain waves, thanks to research done at Southern California's UC Irvine. Scientists used a computer to "link" 28-year-old Adam Fritz's brain to his legs over a Bluetooth connection, bypassing t...
24 Sep 02:24

CatFi Box is the Google Cardboard of smart cat feeders

by Nicole Lee
Last year, Zillians launched a high-tech cat feeder called Bistro that'll monitor how much food and water your little feline is eating thanks to a smart built-in facial recognition camera. Since then, the company has renamed the product to the CatF...
20 Sep 15:15

Limitless: Series Premiere Review

by Max Nicholson

The myth that we only use 10 percent of our brains is pretty worn out at this point, but 2011's Limitless was a fun and entertaining movie to come out of that myth, especially because Bradley Cooper's character Eddie Morra was so relatable and charismatic. Now, CBS has brought Limitless to TV, and they've made the interesting choice to keep it in the same continuity as the feature film. Not only does Cooper reprise his role in the premiere (and will recur in future episodes), but he's also an executive producer, alongside Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Fringe, Sleepy Hollow), as well as the film's director, Neil Burger.

Set four years after the events of the movie, the series follows Brian Finch (Greek's Jake McDorman, who previously worked with Cooper in American Sniper), who discovers a mysterious brain-boosting pill called NZT that allows him to do extraordinary things. Of course, these new abilities come at a cost, and soon Brian finds himself caught in the middle of a dangerous drug conspiracy. Meanwhile, FBI Agent Rebecca Harris (Dexter's Jennifer Carpenter) is hot on Brian's tail, but she suspects he may not be the criminal everyone suspects he is. It isn't long before all this catches the attention of Eddie, who is now a successful senator and throws Brian a lifeline.

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20 Sep 17:13

Minority Report: Series Premiere Review

by Amber Dowling

Dust off those ethics books because the official follow-up to Tom Cruise’s 2002 flick, Minority Report, picks up on many of the same themes of morals and justice as the original. And that’s not the only thing the incoming FOX TV series borrows from the original film.

For fans of the now 13-year-old project, there will be plenty of Easter eggs, including a familiar face in Daniel London’s “Wally the Caretaker” character and new fly-like contraptions resembling the film’s original spiders. The way the characters use the new technology in regards to breaking down culprits and the victims is visually similar too, as are the rooms in which they work.

For those who never quite caught onto the film, there’s enough exposition within the first few scenes to catch them up, too. Via a flashback to the year 2040 we meet the three children (or Precognitives) who eventually became the basis of the Precrime unit in Washington, where Cruise’s character worked. The opening quickly whips through the premise of the film before extending beyond, brining everyone to the year 2065—10 years following the end of the experiment.

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22 Sep 22:55

White House says broadband is a 'Core Utility' just like power and water

by Andrew Tarantola
Think you could survive in this day and age without access to a broadband connection? The White House has its doubts. A recent report from the Broadband Opportunity Council (under the auspices of the Oval Office) described broadband connectivity as...