Video of a cop jamming to 'Shake it Off' is just perfect
The "Shake It Off" craze still shows no signs of ending, and as it turns out, even police officers aren't immune to the perfectly hummable Taylor Swift tune
How to mod any toaster to control pc games in 3 easy steps
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FOX Considering a New 24 Season Without Kiefer Sutherland / Jack Bauer - IGN
The 24 franchise may indeed continue on FOX... but without the man who's always been at the center of it, at least for now. At the TCA (Television Critics Association) press tour today, recently appointed FOX CEOs/Chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman were asked about the possibility of more 24, following 2014's limited series 24: Live Another Day. Said Newman, "We have no current plans although we're in discussions with the creative team there. We would love nothing more than to do another 24."
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Take your stacks of wax to the air with this Bluetooth turntable
At CES 2015 in Las Vegas last week, we stumbled upon an unexpected treat: Ion’s Air LP Turntable with Bluetooth technology. Now you can take your stacks of wax to the air and stream to any Bluetooth speaker or pair of Bluetooth headphones. Check out the video above to get a load of all the Air LP’s other features (of which there are many, including an auto-stop feature we wish our Audio-Technica LP120-USB had on board).
FAIR open sources deep-learning modules for Torch
The most significant part of this release involves the FFT-based convolutional layer code because convolutions take up the majority of the compute time in training ConvNets. Since improving training time of these models translates to faster research and development, we've spent considerable engineering effort to improve the GPU convolution layers. The work has produced notable results, achieving speedups of up to 23.5x compared to the fastest publicly available code. As far as we can tell, our code is faster than any other publicly available code when used to train popular architectures such as a typical deep ConvNets for object recognition on the ImageNet data set.
This Year, Think Reinventions - Not Resolutions
It’s that time of year again. We all do it. We write a list of resolutions and 99.9 percent of us fail miserably at sticking to them. Trust me, I’m as guilty as the next person. But it’s time to shift our thinking.
You Can Buy Art Made by Legend of Zelda Enemies
Of course, the chances are slim that the 29-year-old, 8-bit enemies in The Legend of Zelda will ever ‘evolve’ to become sentient and able to spend their ‘nest egg’. Still, even if the human behind the project waits for Bitcoin’s price to rise and then spends all the money on a speedboat, it’s an interesting point well made.
To pick a zero point, let's choose the enter key on the keyboard hitting the
bottom of its range. At this point, an electrical circuit specific to the enter
key is closed (either directly or capacitively). This allows a small amount of
current to flow into the logic circuitry of the keyboard, which scans the state
of each key switch, debounces the electrical noise of the rapid intermittent
closure of the switch, and converts it to a keycode integer, in this case 13.
The keyboard controller then encodes the keycode for transport to the computer.
This is now almost universally over a Universal Serial Bus (USB) or Bluetooth
connection, but historically has been over PS/2 or ADB connections.
World War I soldier’s room untouched for almost 100 years
His torn military jacket still hangs by his desk and his shoes are still tucked neatly by his bed — relics of a life lost long ago. In the small village of Bélâbre in central France sits the room of Hubert Rochereau, untouched for nearly a century as a memorial to the fallen solider, who died during World War I. It’s “an unforgettable journey back in time,” reported la Noveulle Republique, which described it as a “mummified room.”
The new GT is the sickest car Ford has ever made
The successor to Ford's famed line of GT models — most recently produced in the mid-aughts — the latest GT uses a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 making over 600 horsepower. Designed to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the car will go into production late next year for sale in "select global markets" — and needless to say, it won't be cheap.
31 Rolls of Undeveloped Film from a Soldier in WWII Discovered and Processed
Can’t help but notice that it seems the undeveloped film is sitting on a light table – a major no-no. Film must always be kept away from light sources, especially sunlight, strobe and…light tables! There are serious light leaks on the edges of several of the images here and I would put money on it that it is due to such handling, if the rolls in the photo are actually the rolls the story is about.
Marvel celebrates Run the Jewels with amazing comic book covers
The idea reportedly came from Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso, who reached out to artists Mahmud Asrar (Howard the Duck) and Skottie Young (Deadpool), according to Rolling Stone (which is showcasing both high-res versions of both covers). According to Killer Mike, the group's management had a conversation with Marvel early on, but they weren't otherwise involved with the final product. Both Killer Mike and his Run the Jewels cohort El-P are big comic book fans.
A performance of "Mathemagic"
In a lively show, mathemagician Arthur Benjamin races a team of calculators to figure out 3-digit squares, solves another massive mental equation and guesses a few birthdays. How does he do it? He’ll tell you.
The magic of mining
A HUGE aircraft hangar in Boden, in northern Sweden, big enough to hold a dozen helicopters, is now packed with computers—45,000 of them, each with a whirring fan to stop it overheating. The machines (pictured) work ceaselessly, trying to solve fiendishly difficult mathematical puzzles. The solutions are, in themselves, unimportant. Yet by solving the puzzles, the computers earn their owners a reward in bitcoin, a digital “crypto-currency”.
We need to talk about an injustice
In an engaging and personal talk — with cameo appearances from his grandmother and Rosa Parks — human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America's justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines: a third of the country's black male population has been incarcerated at some point in their lives. These issues, which are wrapped up in America's unexamined history, are rarely talked about with this level of candor, insight and persuasiveness.
The Three Breakthroughs That Have Finally Unleashed AI on the World | WIRED
Amid all this activity, a picture of our AI future is coming into view, and it is not the HAL 9000—a discrete machine animated by a charismatic (yet potentially homicidal) humanlike consciousness—or a Singularitan rapture of superintelligence. The AI on the horizon looks more like Amazon Web Services—cheap, reliable, industrial-grade digital smartness running behind everything, and almost invisible except when it blinks off. This common utility will serve you as much IQ as you want but no more than you need. Like all utilities, AI will be supremely boring, even as it transforms the Internet, the global economy, and civilization. It will enliven inert objects, much as electricity did more than a century ago. Everything that we formerly electrified we will now cognitize. This new utilitarian AI will also augment us individually as people (deepening our memory, speeding our recognition) and collectively as a species. There is almost nothing we can think of that cannot be made new, different, or interesting by infusing it with some extra IQ. In fact, the business plans of the next 10,000 startups are easy to forecast: Take X and add AI .
Talks to watch when every conceivable bad thing has just happened to you
Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.
Can prejudice ever be a good thing?
We often think of bias and prejudice as rooted in ignorance. But as psychologist Paul Bloom seeks to show, prejudice is often natural, rational ... even moral. The key, says Bloom, is to understand how our own biases work — so we can take control when they go wrong.
The art of meaningful conversation
You talk to people everyday. But do you really feel like you’re communicating? These talks will help you go beyond small talk, to the conversations that nudge along understanding.
A Poor Imitation of Alan Turing by Christian Caryl
Now, one might easily dismiss such distortions as trivial. But actually they point to a much broader and deeply regrettable pattern. Tyldum and Moore are determined to suggest maximum dramatic tension between their tragic outsider and a blinkered society. (“You will never understand the importance of what I am creating here,” he wails when Denniston’s minions try to destroy his machine.) But this not only fatally miscasts Turing as a character—it also completely destroys any coherent telling of what he and his colleagues were trying to do.
This USB wall charger secretly logs keystrokes from Microsoft wireless keyboards nearby
This is no toy. KeySweeper includes a web-based tool for live keystroke monitoring, can send SMS alerts for trigger words, usernames, or URLs (in case you want to steal a PIN number or password), and even continues to work after it is unplugged thanks to a rechargeable internal battery. That’s an impressive list of features, especially given that Kamkar told VentureBeat the whole process “took a few days” including a few over Christmas break and this past weekend when he decided “to properly document it.”
Facebook Unveils Facebook At Work, Lets Businesses Create Their Own Social Networks
About six months ago, we reported that Facebook was working on a new product aimed squarely at the enterprise market under the working title, “FB@Work.” Now that product is officially coming to light: today the company is launching new iOS and Android apps called “Facebook At Work,” along with a version of Facebook at Work accessible via its main website, which will let businesses create their own social networks amongst their employees that are built to look and act like Facebook itself.
Be suspicious of stories
Like all of us, economist Tyler Cowen loves a good story. But in this intriguing talk, he asks us to step away from thinking of our lives — and our messy, complicated irrational world — in terms of a simple narrative.
(Filmed at TEDxMidAtlantic.)
Homeless cat saves baby from freezing by snuggling to keep it warm
According to Central European News , Masha stumbled across the baby, a boy no more than 12 weeks old, in a cardboard box left in the streets of Obninsk, Russia and climbed in to warm and protect him. The cat also meowed to get the attention of passersby.
Stephen Colbert's Late Show will premiere September 8th
That's a lot time for fans of Colbert to see him off the air, but it's widely expected that he'll come into the Late Show refreshed and ready to take advantage of the broader comedy palette that it'll afford him. For the past nine years, he's been focused on political satire of a very specific, exaggerated type. That character won't come with him over to CBS, giving him much more room as a comedian and host. There's no word yet on what Colbert's incarnation of the Late Show will be like, but it'll be interesting to see what he does with it to compete with Jimmy Fallon's eccentric incarnation of The Tonight Show .
Monument Valley Team Reveals The Cost And Reward Of Making A Hit iOS Game
Games and the formula that leads to their success can be a bit of a mystery, perhaps more so on mobile. One of 2014’s big hits, both in terms of critical and audience success, was Monument Valley by ustwogames.
Now is the time for my curved iMac dream to come true
Of course, what I really want is to have one 34-inch iMac flanked by a 34-inch monitor of equal resolution. Hell, as long as I’m making wishes, let’s toss in a second monitor for a continuous curve of three displays in total! At that size (and at my age) I want those pixels wrapped around me where I can see them, not way off in the distance along a continuous straight line.
Finally, A Chariot For Barbie That Straps To A Cat
Rodda said he has no affiliation with the Barbie brand or its creator, Mattel. By day, he works as a creative director for an independent video game studio, but with this campaign he's just looking to harness the viral power of cats to get attention for his 3-D printed side projects. His own cat, Coco, served as inspiration.
The new Acura NSX is finally here
To say that the new NSX has had a long, fraught journey to production would be an understatement: the on-again, off-again supercar was first introduced as a concept car back in 2007. Now, in 2015, we finally know what the production model will look like.
7 TED Talks on the complexity of memory
The mind is a diligent recorder, taking note of all that happens and storing data on it for retrieval later, right? Well actually, no. Enjoy these 7 illuminating talks on the science—and oddities—of our memory.
Media coverage of Charlie Hebdo and the Baga massacre: a study in contrasts
Consider two tragic events that took place last week. A small cell of Islamic terrorists attacked cartoonists at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and shoppers in a Paris supermarket, killing 17 people…
2016 Acura NSX Preview - CNET
Wayne Cunningham reviews cars and writes about automotive technology for CNET. Prior to the Car Tech beat, he covered spyware, Web building technologies, and computer hardware. He began covering technology and the Web in 1994 as an editor of The Net magazine. He's also the author of "Vaporware," a novel that's available as a Nook e-book.
2015 GT350R Mustang Preview - CNET
As for the interior, there literally isn't much to talk about. As part of the weight reduction of the car, Ford says, "If a part did not make the car faster around a road course, it was considered for deletion." That means no rear seat, no air conditioning, no radio and no rear-view camera.
7 TED Talks that just might save your relationship
Have you ever felt like you're talking, but nobody is listening? Here's Julian Treasure to help. In this useful talk, the sound expert demonstrates the how-to's of powerful speaking — from some handy vocal exercises to tips on how to speak with empathy. A talk that might help the world sound more beautiful.
Pitt, Bale, and Gosling will star in the story of the global financial collapse
Variety reports that Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, and Ryan Gosling will star in The Big Short , a dramatic retelling of the collapse of the housing and credit markets that led to the global financial crisis of 2007. The movie is based on Michael Lewis' best-seller, The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine . Lewis' book focuses on several key figures who profited from or inadvertently helped bring out global financial disaster, including hedge fund manager Steve Eisman and Howie Hubler, the latter of whom lost $9 billion in one trade.
5 Metrics Every Marketer Should be Watching
You can always rely on Einstein to give good quote. One of his most famous quotes accurately sums up the biggest challenge of digital marketing measurement: “Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.”
Smuggler caught with 94 iPhones strapped to body heading into China
However, now that the newest iPhones are now available in China, smuggling has not stopped. According to a report published by the Huffington Post , and citing a series of photos that were posted to a local social media network , a smuggler has been caught while passing through Futian Port in China with a total of 94 iPhones strapped to his body. As the images depict, the iPhones were taped to the frame of the smuggler at several different spots, including around the thighs and chest.
Microsoft’s new Lumia Camera app features some impressive tricks
Microsoft has also enabled a new video capture mode where you can press and hold on the shutter button to record 4K video quickly and then save still 8.3-megapixel images from a slider view afterwards. It’s a better way of surfacing an old "Lumia Moments" feature that lets you choose the best frame and action shots, but it’s clear Microsoft is thinking about better ways to integrate these separate and often confusing novelty apps into the main camera interface. The result is a much better approach with a camera app that feels a lot more complete and functional, with basic and quick settings for those who don’t want to dig into the powerful manual controls. I don’t say this often, but I’m genuinely impressed with what Microsoft is doing to improve its camera software. Apple and Google could certainly do with learning a few tricks from this new Lumia Camera app.
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Haunting photography series explores many versions of the self
Maybe somewhere else in the universe, there's another version of you — someone completely different yet almost the same exists. Among all of us, alternative versions of the self could be lurking with a different past or future.
Dog travels the country, poses for majestic portraits
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Watch a considerable chunk of A Clockwork Orange recreated in Grand Theft Auto V
It isn't too difficult to recreate the general feel of A Clockwork Orange in Grand Theft Auto V . Give your character a haircut, some freshly bleached white threads, a bowler cap, and a baseball bat, and you're halfway there. The other half — the cinematography, the blocking, that evil gaze into camera — is the tough part. It took over a dozen people to create this video, hosted by GTA Series Videos on YouTube. I've watched it twice and still can't quite figure out how certain shots, like the car driving towards camera with a green screen-like background rolling behind it, were created in the game. Perhaps they're layers done in post-production. Either way, it looks great.
5 Common Mistakes Guaranteed to Screw Up Your PR Strategy
As silly as it may sound, social media is one of the first places journalists will look to gauge you and your company. Maintaining an engaged professional network and keeping up with the latest is one way to convey seriousness. It also tells a journalist that any story they write on you can count on reaching a certain guaranteed audience.
TED Talks to inspire you to go to bed and get a good night's sleep
In this short talk, Arianna Huffington shares a small idea that can awaken much bigger ones: the power of a good night's sleep. Instead of bragging about our sleep deficits, she urges us to shut our eyes and see the big picture: We can sleep our way to increased productivity and happiness — and smarter decision-making.
Be My Eyes ~ Lend Your Eyes to the Blind
“It's my hope that by helping each other as an online community, Be My Eyes will make a big difference in the everyday lives of blind people all over the world” – Hans Jørgen Wiberg, Founder of Be My Eyes
Facebook is opening up some of its AI research for public use
Artificial Intelligence research has become something of a tech arms race in recent years, with Google, Microsoft, and Facebook each running their own expensive cutting-edge labs. But today, Facebook's AI research lab (FAIR for short) is releasing new code for optimizing a certain kind of machine learning software . The new process can speed up machine learning algorithms as much as 23 times, according to Facebook's research, and as of this morning, it will be available for anyone who wants to use it. This probably won’t matter much for large labs at Google or Microsoft — but it may boost smaller apps or database projects that lack the resources or a larger company.
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8 easy feng shui changes to make right now
“The energy that is emitted from the electronics upsets your physical energy,” Chan says. “You want to make sure that your bedroom is just a place for rest.” That means no workout gear, no work and, sorry, no Netflix.
Best of 2014: Games, By Platform - IGN
Reviewed on November 11 In the modern age of gaming, a question has been on the minds of many RPG players and developers: can the old, traditional tenets of the genre be upheld in today’s triple-A market? Dragon Age: Inquisition does more than just answer that question with a resounding “yes;” it raises the bar of design excellence for all large, open-world games. It would be difficult to go back to the fruitless waypoint-hunting, and tedious collect-a-thons that many other open worlds offer after spending over 100 rewarding hours getting lost in the realms of Ferelden and Orlais.Breathtaking vistas, excellent design, and deep RPG systems would mean little if they existed in a hollow world filled with one-dimensional characters, but Inquisition’s are anything but; the level of care that’s gone into fully-realizing its people and places is beyond impressive. Nuanced issues of race, faith, gender, and sexuality are woven skillfully and tastefully into one of the most elaborate tapestries of fictional history gaming has ever seen.Yet, for as deep as it mines, Dragon Age: Inquisition manages to be pleasingly approachable, and eminently playable.
7 Simple Things We Should All Say Every Day
I’m not saying you should throw this one around too much at work, but you catch my drift. Loving others gives us courage. Being loved gives us strength. The opposite of love is not hate; it’s indifference. And you don't have to wait for the four days of the year that are officially okay for you to say, "I love you" to significant people in your life via ready-made cards. Use the other 360 days! Surprise them.