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?
Saturday, August 27, 2016
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... Continue Reading Artificial wave-filled lagoon would bring more surf to Perth
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Thursday, August 25, 2016
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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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.
Continue reading Uber is Losing $2 Billion a Year. That’s Not Sustainable....
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...