Saturday, August 27, 2016

Why the Heck Do Some Countries Have Weird Panhandles?

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If you look closely at a map, you’re bound to find some really weird shit. Countries you never knew existed pop up, bodies of water reveal themselves, and the borders of countries look totally random. What’s more random about those borders is when they have weird panhandles or salients, basically appendages of land that have been hastily slapped onto the main body of a country. How did these tiny stretches of land get added?

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Artificial wave-filled lagoon would bring more surf to Perth

The lagoon itself will cover an area of 2.4 ha (5.7 ac) and its waves will ...

There are a number of places you might choose if you want to go surfing in Perth, Australia, but Alfred Cove, on the Swan River, probably isn't one of them. It might be soon, though, courtesy of plans for an artificial surfing lagoon aimed at improving the options for catching waves around the city.

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Baidu's all-electric self-driving car is a modified Chery EQ

baidu%2Bcar-ed.jpgBaidu's plan to make self-driving cars a consumer reality by 2018 just changed gears, so to speak. According to Business Insider, the company has swapped out its modified BMW 3-series test vehicles for an all-electric car designed for the Chinese mar...
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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Exploits patched by Apple today hint at years of surreptitious government hacks

219233_ahmed_mansoor-1 You’ll want to be updating your iOS devices to 9.3.5, the version released today by Apple — especially if you’re a prominent human rights activist. A recently thwarted attack on just such a person employed not one but three zero-day exploits. And that’s just the beginning of the story. Read More
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Unique 'Celebration' Apple-1 Sells for $815,000

A rare "Celebration" Apple-1 computer has fetched $815,000 in an auction hosted by charity auction site CharityBuzz, one of the highest prices an Apple-1 has sold for at auction. During the final minutes of the auction, bids reached $1.2 million, but it appears the last bid was pulled just seconds before the auction ended.

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The "Celebration" Apple-1, so named by computer historian Corey Cohen, features a blank "green" PCB board that was never sold to the public and was not a part of a known production run.

The auction included an original Apple-1 ACI cassette board, pre-NTI, with Robinson Nugent sockets, a period correct power supply, an early Apple-1 BASIC cassette labeled and authenticated by original Apple employee Daniel Kottke, Apple-1 manuals, marketing materials, and Cassette Board schematics.

Unlike other Apple-1 computers that have fetched lower prices, the Celebration Apple-1 is not in working condition but could be restored to full functionality with minor tweaks. Cohen recommended against such restoration to preserve the board's uniqueness. "The Apple-1 board is a not just a piece of history, but a piece of art," he said.

Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak originally created and sold 175 Apple-1 computers during the summer of 1976, marking the launch of Apple computer, a company that's grown to be one of the largest and most influential in the world. Of those 175 machines, only 60 or so are still in existence, making them quite valuable to collectors.

Several Apple-1 computers have surfaced at auction over the past few years, selling for prices between and $365,000 and $905,000.

10 percent of the proceeds from the CharityBuzz auction will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.


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Uber is Losing $2 Billion a Year. That’s Not Sustainable.

This morning both Point Me to the Plane and One Mile at a Time expressed some shock that Uber lost $1.2 billion in the first half of the year.

They’re spending a lot to subsidize drivers as they grow aggressively into markets. They keep prices low, but guarantee income. They want to onboard drivers so there’s always a car available when customers pull up the Uber app — otherwise customers in a new city will get frustrated, and not use them again.

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Hydraulic press vs. carbon fiber yields interesting results

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Hydraulic Press Channel shows why carbon fiber and variants like carbon nanotubes have so many uses: depending on the configuration, they can hold up against the hydraulic press. (more…)

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You should update your iPhone right now

Earlier today Apple issued an urgent iPhone and iPad software update (iOS 9.3.5) that included a patch for a serious security vulnerability. And while the vast majority of iPhone owners are probably on iOS 9 right now — and should install that version right away — the sudden release left some uncertainty around iOS 10. Are developers and public beta testers running the preview version of Apple's next big software release at risk?

Not at all, according to the company, so long as you've got the latest beta installed. "The exploits are addressed in the latest iOS 10 seed," an Apple spokesperson told The Verge. That's either beta 7 if you're a developer or beta 6 if you're in the public test. Definitely update to that if you're running a...

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DJI's new Osmo+ camera adds a zoom lens

OSMO%2B+rear+-+with+phone.pngDJI's Osmo is already one of the better action camera / stabilizer (or gimbal) combos out there, but a new model is already on its way. Less than a year after the Osmo was released, DJI is introducing the Osmo+, a $649 camera and gimbal combo that im...
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Apple zero-days mark a new era of mobile hacking

cyber-security-data-phone Krstic announced that Apple was launching a bug bounty program, offering $50,000 for zero-day vulnerabilities that allow malicious code exploits in the kernel, among other rewards. The thinking behind the bug bounty, according to Apple, is that discovering zero-day vulnerabilities — security problems that are unknown by a company but exploited by an attacker — has become more… Read More
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