Watch A Bridge Buckle After A Charter Bus Ignores The Bridge's 10-Ton Weight Limit

This is a video from the one-lane Beaver Bridge in Beaver, Arkansas of a charter bus ignoring the bridge’s 10-ton weight limit and crossing, despite these buses typically weighing three to four times that. That bridge clearly isn’t thrilled about it, and you can see the whole thing buckling as the bus crosses. When reached for comment about the incident, the bus driver undoubtedly insisted he “was just following the GPS” and “these things should know better.” I assume he also mentioned the secret to good bus driving is the same secret to a successful marriage: never admitting you’ve made a mistake.

Keep going for the video while I try to console my nephew and explain I thought the weight limit for his Power Wheels Jurassic Park Jeep was merely a suggestion.

Source: Geekologie – Watch A Bridge Buckle After A Charter Bus Ignores The Bridge’s 10-Ton Weight Limit

Spotify’s Spooky Haunted Doll Ad Too Creepy for Kids, British Watchdog Rules

The UK’s advertising watchdog chastised Spotify today for releasing an “unduly distressing” ad that, it argues, improperly targeted children. The ad shows young people listening to Camila Cabello’s song “Havana,” which in turn wakes up some scary looking dolls that go on to terrorize them.

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Source: Gizmodo – Spotify’s Spooky Haunted Doll Ad Too Creepy for Kids, British Watchdog Rules

Go Behind the Scenes of the Original Planet of the Apes in This Glorious New Book

The recent Planet of the Apes prequel trilogy boasted some seriously sophisticated special effects. But as a new book marking the 50th anniversary of the original film reminds us, special effects have always been an important part of what makes Planet of the Apes such a compelling saga.

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Source: io9 – Go Behind the Scenes of the Original Planet of the Apes in This Glorious New Book

Jeff Bezos Interview at Wired25 Summit

Jeff Bezos was interviewed at the Wired25 Summit and the discussion touched on a myriad of subjects. He discussed topics such as his space company called Blue Origin, sending civilians into space, Amazon, Montessori schools, working with the Department of Defense, why new technological innovations should always be pursued, the need for humans to think long term and more. The Youtube video below has stops and stutters, but the video in the article doesn’t.



Bezos said he remains optimistic about technology, arguing that the potential for harm should not stop progress because humans are resilient. “The reason that we have pulled ourselves up as a species–by our bootstraps–is because we have continued to make technological progress,” he said. “Technologies always are two-sided. There are ways they can be misused.” As an example, Bezos pointed to the printing press. “The book was invented and people could write really evil books and lead bad revolutions with them and create fascist empires with books,” he said. That “doesn’t mean the book is bad.”

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Source: [H]ardOCP – Jeff Bezos Interview at Wired25 Summit

Haas F1 Team uses Epyc Supercomputers

The Haas Formula 1 team is using the computational power of a Cray CS500 supercomputer with AMD’s EPYC 7000 series processors to run computational fluid dynamics simulations. Beginning in the 2019 season, the team will use those simulations to improve the aerodynamics of their cars, which is critical in a hyper competitive, technologically advanced sport like F1 racing. The F1 regulators actually restrict the amount of time teams can spend performing CFD simulations, and the Haas team seems to think the Epyc Processors will maximize the work they can get done under those restrictions.



The Cray CS500 supercomputer, equipped with a Cray ClusterStor L300 storage system and AMD EPYC processors, is planned for delivery to Haas F1 in December 2018. The combination of the system’s design and ability to handle the most demanding simulation and analytics workloads and the high-performance computing expertise of Cray helps the Haas F1 team optimize aerodynamics and more accurately predict and reduce drag, downforce and flow patterns around its race cars. “Having led the industry in designing the most advanced supercomputing systems in the world over the last four decades, Cray understands the simulation, performance and scale requirements the Haas FI team needs to meet their mission requirements,” said Fred Kohout, senior vice president and CMO at Cray. “We’re proud to provide the Haas F1 team with our best-in-class HPC and storage solutions, so the team can benefit from on-track performance in building winning Formula One race cars.”

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Source: [H]ardOCP – Haas F1 Team uses Epyc Supercomputers

The Results of Your Genetic Test Are Reassuring. But That Can Change.

Laboratories frequently “reclassify” genetic mutations. But there is no reliable system for telling patients or doctors that the results of their genetic tests are no longer valid. From a report: The results of a genetic test may seem final — after all, a gene mutation is present or it is not. That mutation increases the risk of a disease, or it does not. In fact, those findings are not as straightforward as they might seem, and the consequences may have grave implications for patients. While a person’s genome doesn’t change, the research linking particular bits of DNA to disease is very much in flux. Geneticists and testing labs constantly receive new information that leads them to reassess genetic mutations. As a result, a mutation seen as benign today may be found dangerous tomorrow. And vice versa. But there is no good way to get the new information to doctors and patients. The result: The gene test you had a few years ago might yield a startlingly different result now. The problem affects a minority of patients, mostly people with unusual mutations. The more common disease-causing mutations — like those that predispose you to breast or colon cancer — are so well studied that their meaning is not in doubt. In a recent study, researchers at Myriad Genetics, a diagnostic company, reviewed data on 1.45 million patients who had genetic tests from 2006 to 2016 to see if the results originally reported still held true. The lab issued new reports for nearly 60,000 of them, meaning the old results had been superseded by new data. But many patients who carry mutations that have been reclassified remain in the dark.

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Source: Slashdot – The Results of Your Genetic Test Are Reassuring. But That Can Change.

Ars on your lunch break: Getting high and breaking faith

Let's go on a journey. A journey with drugs!

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Today we’re presenting the second installment of my wide-ranging interview with outspoken author, podcaster, philosopher, and recovering neuroscientist Sam Harris. Part one ran yesterday. If you missed it, click right here. Otherwise, you can press play on the embedded audio player or pull up the transcript—both of which are below.

In today’s installment, we discuss some of the experiences that shaped Sam’s perspectives and interests. His father was raised Quaker, and his mother was Jewish—but neither were at all religious, and Sam had a wholly secular upbringing. As a freshman at Stanford (where he and I happened to overlap as undergraduates), he recalls being irked by the special treatment he felt the Bible received in a required course on Western culture. However, he didn’t label himself an “atheist” at the time—although in retrospect, he essentially was one.

Everything changed when he tried the drug MDMA (which is more commonly known to its friends as “Molly” or “Ecstasy”). This wasn’t at a party or rave but part of a quiet exploration of the mind’s capabilities (more of a Timothy Leary experience than a Ken Kesey one, for those versed in the history of psychedelics).

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Source: Ars Technica – Ars on your lunch break: Getting high and breaking faith

Call of Duty Blackout Players Are Now Thanking The Bus Driver, Too

Call of Duty’s hardboiled new battle royale mode isn’t a lot like its candy-colored cousin Fortnite except for one thing: players’ gratitude for public transportation. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 players have taken to “thanking the bus driver,” a custom in Fortnite, for transporting them to an island of near-inevitable…

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Source: Kotaku – Call of Duty Blackout Players Are Now Thanking The Bus Driver, Too

Corsair Delivers Speedy And Value-Priced Force MP510 NVMe SSDs In Capacities Up To 1.92TB

Corsair Delivers Speedy And Value-Priced Force MP510 NVMe SSDs In Capacities Up To 1.92TB
If you’re looking for a serious upgrade to your storage subsystem, Corsair is hoping that you give its new Force Series MP510 SSD family a closer look. The MP510 family is the successor to the MP500 and is available in an M.2 2280 PCIe NVMe form-factor in sizes ranging from as little as 240GB to as much as 1.92TB.
According to Corsair, the

Source: Hot Hardware – Corsair Delivers Speedy And Value-Priced Force MP510 NVMe SSDs In Capacities Up To 1.92TB

Facebook Admits Camera-Equipped Portal Smart Displays Can Be Used For Targeted Ads

Facebook Admits Camera-Equipped Portal Smart Displays Can Be Used For Targeted Ads
Facebook has faced scrutiny for its lapses in privacy protections, such as the Cambridge Analytica scandal that prompted the US Congress to question Mark Zuckerberg about all aspects of the social network, along with Facebook’s history of screwing up and later apologizing. So, some users may find it concerning that Facebook’s new Portal and

Source: Hot Hardware – Facebook Admits Camera-Equipped Portal Smart Displays Can Be Used For Targeted Ads

GTA Online Players Are Using Drones To Stop Trolls

Every few months or so new vehicles and weapons are added to GTA Online via free updates. These new toys, like the deadly orbital cannon or the powerful flying jet bike, are often used to troll other players or to cause general chaos and destruction. But a recently added gadget is being used by some players to try to…

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Source: Kotaku – GTA Online Players Are Using Drones To Stop Trolls

Thanks, Internet!: A 46-Minute Compilation Of Every Time Bob Ross Cleaned A Paintbrush

This is ‘Beat The Devil Out Of It’, a 46-minute compilation that allegedly includes footage of every time Bob Ross cleaned a paintbrush on The Joy Of Painting. I’m not at all ashamed to admit I just watched it all the way through twice and I feel like it was missing a couple of my favorite brush whackings, but I could just be remembering wrong. My memory is, how do I put this– “Complete garbage.” Honey! What makes you say that? Is it your birthday? Shit, it’s your birthday, isn’t it? “AND our anniversary.” The ol’ double whammy — how do I always forget that?! I knew it was sometime in September. “October.” I’m sorry honey, I swear I’ll make it up to you next year. “You said that last year.” And I believe I really meant it at the time!

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Source: Geekologie – Thanks, Internet!: A 46-Minute Compilation Of Every Time Bob Ross Cleaned A Paintbrush

Fortnite, GTA V hackers face legal action for online cheating

Fortnite, GTA V hackers face legal action for online cheating

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It’s pretty standard for game developers to use a variety of technical and community management methods to try to stop cheaters from ruining the online experience for legitimate players. But some game makers are increasingly using the courts to try to stop the spread of mods that give players an unfair advantage, as highlighted by a pair of stories this week.

The first such story comes from Rockstar and Take-Two, which have convinced an Australian court to freeze the assets of five people believed to be behind Grand Theft Auto V cheating software known as “Infamous.” The full court order, as reported by TorrentFreak, also allows authorities to search the homes and computers of Christopher Anderson, Cycus Lesser, Sfinktah, Koroush Anderson, and Koroush Jeddian. Authorities are looking for evidence of the creation or distribution of “any software that provides a player of Grand Theft Auto V access to unauthorized features…”

The Infamous “mod menu” gives users pretty much full control over the world of Grand Theft Auto universe, online or off, granting abilities that include teleportation, flying, and full environmental manipulation. Perhaps most distressingly for Rockstar and Take-Two, the mod also let players generate arbitrary amounts of virtual currency for themselves or other players online, which could have a direct effect on the game’s microtransaction-driven bottom line.

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Source: Ars Technica – Fortnite, GTA V hackers face legal action for online cheating

Actors Are Digitally Preserving Themselves To Continue Their Careers Beyond the Grave

Improvements in CGI mean neither age nor death need stop some performers from working. From a report: From Carrie Fisher in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to Paul Walker in the Fast & Furious movies, dead and magically “de-aged” actors are appearing more frequently on movie screens. Sometimes they even appear on stage: next year, an Amy Winehouse hologram will be going on tour to raise money for a charity established in the late singer’s memory. Some actors and movie studios are buckling down and preparing for an inevitable future when using scanning technology to preserve 3-D digital replicas of performers is routine. Just because your star is inconveniently dead doesn’t mean your generation-spanning blockbuster franchise can’t continue to rake in the dough. Get the tech right and you can cash in on superstars and iconic characters forever. […] For celebrities, these scans are a chance to make money for their families post mortem, extend their legacy — and even, in some strange way, preserve their youth. Visual-effects company Digital Domain — which has worked on major pictures like Avengers: Infinity War and Ready Player One — has also taken on individual celebrities as clients, though it hasn’t publicized the service. “We haven’t, you know, taken out any ads in newspapers to ‘Save your likeness,'” says Darren Hendler, director of the firm’s Digital Humans Group. The suite of services that the company offers actors includes a range of different scans to capture their famous faces from every conceivable angle — making it simpler to re-create them in the future. Using hundreds of custom LED lights arranged in a sphere, numerous images can be recorded in seconds capturing what the person’s face looks like lit from every angle — and right down to the pores.

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Source: Slashdot – Actors Are Digitally Preserving Themselves To Continue Their Careers Beyond the Grave

Intel to Split Manufacturing Group into Three Segments

News today from OregonLive, a reputable source on news out of Intel, has posted that Intel is set to reorganize its manufacturing group. Spurred by the retirement of Sohail Ahmed next month, who has led the group since 2016, the Technology and Manufacturing Group will be split between the Technology Development, Manufacturing and Operations, and the Supply Chain.


Intel’s delays in its 10nm process technology have been extensively discussed, although the reasons behind it have rarely been aired in public. The process technology was originally set to have been in producion in 2016, and although Intel officially ‘shipped for revenue’ an obscure 10nm part in 2017, we are still waiting on the 10nm process to hit the primetime. Normally we expect to see a new major manufacturing process every 18-36 months, however the difficulties Intel has faced by attempting to implement a raft of new features down at the 10nm level have proved bigger than expected.


After the retirement of Ahmed, the full three groups will be headed up by different managers already at Intel:


  • Technology Development, to be led by CTO Mike Mayberry*
  • Manufacturing and Operations, led by Ann Kelleher
  • Supply Chain, led by Randhir Thakur

*Mike Mayberry was the head of Intel Labs. Rich Uhlig will be the new interim manager for Intel Labs.


How the three groups will work together has not yet been determined. As this is still during the transition to 10nm, there could be additional challenges in splitting the groups. This is also on the back of Intel still not having a CEO, after Krzanich was removed earlier this year. Given Intel’s predicted six-month search for a new CEO, we should be hearing about it soon.



Source: AnandTech – Intel to Split Manufacturing Group into Three Segments

Sean Bean's Penchant for Dying on Film Has Him Starring as Hitman 2's First Elusive Target

Sean Bean is known for many things, thanks to his long career in film and TV—but mostly from that, he’s known for his characters often getting bumped off in dramatic fashion. So much, in fact, that the next Hitman game has hired him to be Agent 47’s next big target, in a very silly manner.

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Source: io9 – Sean Bean’s Penchant for Dying on Film Has Him Starring as Hitman 2’s First Elusive Target

How to Stop Annoying Apps from Loading When Windows Boots

When’s the last time you sat down and thought about how many apps automatically launch whenever you fire up Windows 10 on your desktop or laptop? You probably can’t remember, because it’s not really a thing most people do. But you should, because you don’t need a bunch of unnecessary apps eating up your system’s…

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Source: LifeHacker – How to Stop Annoying Apps from Loading When Windows Boots