Bad Ideas: Snorkeler Gives Shark Butterfly Kisses

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This is a short video of a snorkeler (who presumably considers himself a shark whisperer while everyone else considers him a poor decision maker who should probably watch Grizzly Man) giving a relatively large shark some butterfly kisses. I mean, sure, the cleaner fish above the shark’s eye does make it look like it has cartoon eyebrows and thus much friendlier, but there’s still no reason for this. You can even see the shark’s eyelid close like it was about to attack. But what do I know? I’m just a man who doesn’t believe in taking unnecessary risks with his own life. “Says the guy who makes his own ‘extra-extra-extra strength’ boner pills at home.” I said unnecessary, and they’re not for sale if that’s what you’re getting at.

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Source: Geekologie – Bad Ideas: Snorkeler Gives Shark Butterfly Kisses

The Chug N' Plug Beer Shotgunning Tool

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In Spring Break news, this is the Chug N’ Plug beer shotgunning tool from Greenlife Technologies. You just punch the sharp plastic point through a can of cheap domestic beer all the way to the hilt, AND LET THE PARTY BEGIN. The $5 plugs come in black, red, yellow, and green, and include a keychain and rubber cover so you don’t accidentally puncture yourself when the device is not in use. “I veesh vey hadn’t done vat.” Dracula, ladies and gentlemen! He wants to chug n’ plug you dry.

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Source: Geekologie – The Chug N’ Plug Beer Shotgunning Tool

UPS launches a drone 'airline' to deliver medical samples

Autonomous delivery drone networks are coming to the US in earnest. UPS and Matternet are launching a drone “airline” that will use the robotic aircraft to carry medical samples between WakeMed’s health care facilities in Raleigh, North Carolina. T…

Source: Engadget – UPS launches a drone ‘airline’ to deliver medical samples

Google Launches Global Council To Advise on AI and Tech Ethics

Google announced today that it has formed an external advisory group — dubbed the Advanced Technology External Advisory Council (ATEAC) — that is tasked with “considering some of the most complex challenges in AI,” including facial recognition and fairness in machine learning. From a report: The council, which is slated to publish a report at the end of 2019, includes technology experts, digital ethicists, and people with public policy backgrounds, Kent Walker, Google’s senior vice president for global affairs, said at a Massachusetts Institute of Technology conference. The group is meant to provide recommendations for Google and other companies and researchers working in areas such as facial recognition software, a form of automation that has prompted concerns about racial bias and other limitations. “We want to have the most informed and thoughtful conversations we can,” Walker said on stage at the MIT Technology Review event in San Francisco. “We want to sit down with the council and see what agenda they want to set.”

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Source: Slashdot – Google Launches Global Council To Advise on AI and Tech Ethics

Your Library's Free Digital Magazines Are a Great Alternative to Apple's News+

I know. I can’t recall the last time I set foot in a public library, either—no matter how much I love that “stacks of books” smell. But if you don’t have a library card, you don’t even know what your nearest local public library is, or you are contemplating paying Apple $10 each month to read magazines, you owe it to…

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Source: LifeHacker – Your Library’s Free Digital Magazines Are a Great Alternative to Apple’s News+

Google wants to bring local news back to underserved cities

Google and newspaper publishing company McClatchy announced a new partnership that will aim to develop sustainable business models for local news publications. As part of the ongoing Google News Initiative, the companies will be teaming up to create…

Source: Engadget – Google wants to bring local news back to underserved cities

Why Increased Pot Use in Colorado Is Sending More People to the Hospital

Reefer madness isn’t a thing. But a new study out Tuesday is the latest to show that pot use, especially with edibles, can sometimes cause health problems serious enough to prompt a trip to the hospital. It found that people in Colorado have increasingly sought emergency care for cannabis-related symptoms like…

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Source: Gizmodo – Why Increased Pot Use in Colorado Is Sending More People to the Hospital

Nintendo Switch Rumored For 3DS-Style Redesign With Rugged Exterior

Nintendo Switch Rumored For 3DS-Style Redesign With Rugged Exterior
We reported early yesterday that Nintendo is preparing to unleash two new variants of its hugely popular Switch gaming console this summer. The original Nintendo Switch is unique in the fact that it features a hybrid design that allows it to be used as a portable console, or docked for use with a large-screen television.

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Source: Hot Hardware – Nintendo Switch Rumored For 3DS-Style Redesign With Rugged Exterior

Trump Administration Dims Rule On Energy Efficient Lightbulbs

An anonymous reader shares a report: If it’s been a few years since you shopped for a lightbulb, you might find yourself confused. Those controversial curly-cue ones that were cutting edge not that long ago? Gone. (Or harder to find.) Thanks to a 2007 law signed by President George W. Bush, shelves these days are largely stocked with LED bulbs that look more like the traditional pear-shaped incandescent version but use just one-fifth the energy. A second wave of lightbulb changes was set to happen. But now the Trump administration wants to undo an Obama-era regulation designed to make a wide array of specialty lightbulbs more energy efficient.

At issue here are bulbs such as decorative globes used in bathrooms, reflectors in recessed lighting, candle-shaped lights and three-way lightbulbs. The Natural Resources Defense Council says that, collectively, these account for about 2.7 billion light sockets, nearly half the conventional sockets in use in the U.S. At the very end of the Obama administration, the Department of Energy decided these specialty bulbs should also be subject to efficiency requirements under the 2007 law. The lighting industry objected and sued to overturn the decision. […] NEMA argued that Congress never intended for the law to apply to all these other lightbulbs. After President Trump took office the Energy Department agreed and proposed to reverse the agency’s previous decision. Critics say if the reversal is finalized it will mean higher energy bills for consumers and more pollution.

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Source: Slashdot – Trump Administration Dims Rule On Energy Efficient Lightbulbs

Australia 'Absolutely Considering' Jail Time for Tech Execs Who Can't Scrub Hate Off Their Platforms

In the immediate aftermath of a horrific act of violence, it’s disturbingly easy to watch the gruesomeness unfold on social media—even if you don’t want to. We witnessed this inevitability during the Christchurch attack this month, as videos of a gunman opening fire in two mosques were uploaded at breakneck speed to…

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Source: Gizmodo – Australia ‘Absolutely Considering’ Jail Time for Tech Execs Who Can’t Scrub Hate Off Their Platforms

Hold My Beer — Jk jk I'll Hang On To It: Idiots Purposefully Drive ATV Right Into Pond

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This is a clip of some intrepid beer-guzzling adventurers driving their Polaris ATV into a pond (complete with daredevil hanging onto the roof), presumably because enough cold ones made them think that was a good idea. As is evidenced in the video, it was not, and they didn’t even make it halfway across. Still, I thought the real craziest thing about the whole ordeal is how a group of guys who were convinced this was going to be a good idea even have the money for a sweet-ass ATV like that. And here I am making smart, well informed life decisions and I can’t even afford to fix a flat on my electric scooter. “The electric scooter you modded with a Tesla motor to go 600MPH?” Haha, yeah….hey have you seen my face anywhere?

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Source: Geekologie – Hold My Beer — Jk jk I’ll Hang On To It: Idiots Purposefully Drive ATV Right Into Pond

Mega SG Is An Amazing HDMI Sega Genesis For The Hardcore Retro Nerd

The Sega Genesis has had by far the longest shelf life of any of the 16-bit systems. You could buy Sega’s final “Genesis 3" model in stores until the early 2000s, and just a few years later, the AtGames released licensed plug-and-play machines, some with Genesis cartridge slots. For the last 30 years, you’d likely be…

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Source: Kotaku – Mega SG Is An Amazing HDMI Sega Genesis For The Hardcore Retro Nerd

New Mutants' Reshoots Haven't Happened, and Its Stars Are Now Unsure About Its Release

To say that Josh Boone’s New Mutants X-Men spinoff movie has been plagued by production woes is something of an understatement. Some new information about the delayed project doesn’t help.

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Source: io9 – New Mutants’ Reshoots Haven’t Happened, and Its Stars Are Now Unsure About Its Release

'Moons of Madness' blends Lovecraft with 'Dead Space'

There aren’t many great H.P. Lovecraft-inspired games, let alone ones that venture outside of Lovecraft’s time period, but Rock Pocket Games and Funcom think can do both at once. They’ve announced Moons of Madness, a “cosmic horror” game that blends…

Source: Engadget – ‘Moons of Madness’ blends Lovecraft with ‘Dead Space’

Apple's Powerbeats Pro Leaked As Sporty AirPods Alternative

Apple's Powerbeats Pro Leaked As Sporty AirPods Alternative
Apple’s AirPods wireless earbuds have proven popular with the company’s fans. However, some very active people find that the AirPods might not be ideal for strenuous activity. A new report claims that Apple is planning to launch new wireless, and AirPods-like, Beats-branded headphones next month. The product is reportedly called the Powerbeats

Source: Hot Hardware – Apple’s Powerbeats Pro Leaked As Sporty AirPods Alternative