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Kim Jong-Un Found To Be Mac User

Slashdot - 6 hours 10 min ago
jones_supa writes: He might hate the United States, but he sure digs those designed-in-California computers. You probably wouldn't take Kim Jong-un as a Mac user. Usually, in photos of him checking out military computers, we see the North Korean dictator in front of a PC with a Dell monitor. However, a handful of photos of the supreme leader at his own desk show him with Macs, leading to the assumption that while the military may use PCs, his personal preference is Mac. Reuters correspondent James Pearson, who covers both Koreas, tweeted out a fresh image of little Kim using a MacBook Pro inside an aircraft. There are other images, including a 2013 image of Kim Jong-un at his desk with an iMac. That same year, the South Korean newspaper Chosun published a photo from North Korean Central News Agency, which features an Apple iMac. This might also explain why the country's home-grown Linux distribution Red Star imitates OS X.

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Make Your Own Tonic Syrup for Better Tasting Cocktails

Lifehacker.com - 6 hours 31 min ago

If you’re looking to up your cocktail game, this tonic syrup is easy to make, and can be customized by adding your own special ingredients.

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Time Inc. Buys MySpace Parent Company Viant

Slashdot - 6 hours 45 min ago
Today, in a surprising turn of events, Time Inc. went back in time 10 years and bought MySpace. Just kidding - there was no time travel. But Time did announce today that they acquired Viant, a company that has a large ad tech business, but also owns other properties, including the old networking site MySpace. Terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed, but Time described the acquisition as "game changing," most likely in regards to Viant's ad-tech business. It remains to be seen what this will do for the future of MySpace ...

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Buy Your Valentine's Day Flowers Early to Save Money

Lifehacker.com - 7 hours 1 min ago

Buying a bouquet of roses for your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day guarantees they’re freshness, but they might also cost you almost double the usual price. You might want to consider buying them early—like now.

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How to Stream PBS' Democratic Debate Tonight Online, No Cable Required

Lifehacker.com - 7 hours 16 min ago

Things are heating up in the Democratic presidential campaign, and so are the debates. There’s another one tonight, this time hosted by PBS. It’ll be live on PBS stations, but if you want to watch online or on the go, here’s how to tune in.

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Our Hidden Neanderthal DNA May Increase Risk of Allergies, Depression

Slashdot - 7 hours 28 min ago
sciencehabit writes: Depressed? Your inner Neanderthal may be to blame. Modern humans met and mated with these archaic people in Europe or Asia about 50,000 years ago, and researchers have long suspected that genes picked up in these trysts might be shaping health and well-being today. Now, a study in the current issue of Science details their impact. It uses a powerful new method for scanning the electronic health records of 28,000 Americans to show that some Neanderthal gene variants today can raise the risk of depression, skin lesions, blood clots, and other disorders.

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The Challenge of Getting Rid of Stuff

Lifehacker.com - 7 hours 31 min ago

I have more things than I need. Over the last several years, I’ve made a conscious effort to pare down my possessions. Yet when faced with throwing out an old board game, I naturally can’t help but think I might need it some day. Why is it so difficult to get rid of stuff?

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A 12V USB Charger Probably Won't Ever Kill Your Car's Battery

Lifehacker.com - 8 hours 1 min ago

The 12V jack in a car (once the cigarette lighter) is a pretty common place for many of us to put a USB charger these days. In a lot of car models, that 12V jack doesn’t stop getting power, which means it’s technically draining your battery even when the car’s off. How much? Big Mess O’ Wire decided to figure that out.

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Qualcomm Promises Gigabit LTE Speeds and New Chips to Power Smartwatches

Slashdot - 8 hours 8 min ago
Qualcomm may have been losing steam (and jobs and sales), but it looks like the major telecommunications corporation is back in the lead when it comes to pushing out new LTE technologies. Qualcomm announced today the new Snapdragon X16 modem, which together with the WTR5975 transceiver, boasts Category 16 LTE download speeds of up to 1Gbps. Qualcomm also announced new chips that will power the next generation of wearables. Although you shouldn't hold your breath just yet, the implications could be huge!

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AppRecs Filters Out BS iTunes App Store Reviews

Lifehacker.com - 8 hours 31 min ago

The iTunes App Store is filled with tons of reviews written by people just like you or me. Except the ones that aren’t, and are either paid for, spammed, or aggressively requested. AppRecs seeks to filter out those junk reviews.

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Drivers Need To Forget Their GPS

Slashdot - 8 hours 50 min ago
HughPickens.com writes: Greg Milner writes in the NYT that an American tourist in Iceland directed the GPS unit in his rental car to guide him from Keflavik International Airport to a hotel in nearby Reykjavik, and ended up 250 icy miles away in Siglufjordur, a fishing village on the outskirts of the Arctic Circle. Mr. Santillan apparently explained that he was very tired after his flight and had "put his faith in the GPS." In another incident, a woman in Belgium asked GPS to take her to a destination less than two hours away and two days later, she turned up in Croatia. Finally disastrous incidents involving drivers following disused roads and disappearing into remote areas of Death Valley in California have became so common that park rangers gave them a name: "death by GPS." "If we're being honest, it's not that hard to imagine doing something similar ourselves" says Milner. "Most of us use GPS as a crutch while driving through unfamiliar terrain, tuning out and letting that soothing voice do the dirty work of navigating." Could society's embrace of GPS be eroding our cognitive maps? Julia Frankenstein, a psychologist at the University of Freiburg's Center for Cognitive Science, says the danger of GPS is that "we are not forced to remember or process the information — as it is permanently 'at hand,' we need not think or decide for ourselves." "Next time you're in a new place, forget the GPS device. Study a map to get your bearings, then try to focus on your memory of it to find your way around. City maps do not tell you each step, but they provide a wealth of abstract survey knowledge. Fill in these memories with your own navigational experience, and give your brain the chance to live up to its abilities."

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Bound for iOS Plays All Your Audiobooks Out of Dropbox

Lifehacker.com - 9 hours 1 min ago

iPhone: The DRM-free audiobook business isn’t exactly booming (though sites like Downpour and LibriVox are out there to help you find some), but that doesn’t mean you might not have audiobook files sitting in your Dropbox account. If you do, Bound is a great player.

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Htop 2.0 Released, Runs Natively On BSDs and Mac OSX

Slashdot - 9 hours 16 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: The popular Linux process viewer htop got a new major revision, and now runs natively on FreeBSD, OpenBSD and Mac OS X. The author discussed the process of making the tool cross-platform earlier this year at FOSDEM. Htop also got some new features, including mouse wheel support via ncurses 6 and listing process environment variables.

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Your Favorite Travel Mug Is Priced to Move Today

Lifehacker.com - 9 hours 23 min ago

If you hurry, Amazon’s selling your undisputed favorite travel mug , the Contigo Autoseal West Loop, for as little as $14, one of the best prices we’ve ever seen, and a solid discount from its usual $18-$20. Just be sure to grab one before the deal cools off. [ Contigo Autoseal West Loop, Stainless Steel, $14 . Black model available for $16]

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Interviews: Ask Author and Programmer Andy Nicholls About R

Slashdot - 9 hours 38 min ago
Andy Nicholls has been an R programmer and consultant for Mango Solutions since 2011 (where he currently manages the R consultancy team), after a long stint as a statistician in the pharmaceutical industry. He has a serious background in mathematics, too, with a Masters in math and another in Statistics with Applications in Medicine. Andy has taught more than 50 on-site R training courses and has been involved in the development of more than 30 R packages; he's also a regular contributor to events at LondonR, the largest R user group in the UK. But since not everyone can get to London for a user group meeting, you can get some of the insights he's gained as an R expert in Sams Teach Yourself R In 24 Hours (available in print or at Safari), of which he is the lead author. Today, though, you can ask Andy about the much-lauded statistics-oriented free software (GPL) language directly -- Why to use it, how to get started, how to get things done, and where those intriguing release names come from. (The about page is helpful, too.) As usual, please ask as many questions as you'd like, but one question at a time, please.

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Always Buy the Men's Version of Products to Avoid the Gender Tax

Lifehacker.com - 10 hours 1 min ago

Products and services marketed towards girls and women are substantially marked up compared to similar men’s products. This gender tax (aka “pink tax”) ends up costing us females thousands of dollars, a study by the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs reveals.

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New Air Force Satellites Launched To Improve GPS

Slashdot - 10 hours 20 min ago
AmiMoJo writes: This morning, the United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully launched a Boeing-built satellite into orbit as part of the U.S. Air Force's Global Positioning System (GPS). This $131 million satellite was the final addition to the Air Force's most recent 12-satellite GPS series, known as the Block IIF satellites. The GPS Block IIF satellites were launched to improve the accuracy of GPS. Before the Block IIF series, the accuracy of GPS could be off by 1 meter. With the new Block IIF satellites in place that error is down to 42 centimeters.

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Steam Eggs in a Rice Cooker for the Easiest-to-Peel Eggs Ever

Lifehacker.com - 10 hours 31 min ago

Steaming may be the best way to make perfect soft-boiled eggs that are dead simple to peel . Do it in the rice cooker for consistent results each time.

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Why Sarcasm Is Such a Problem In Artificial Intelligence

Slashdot - 10 hours 59 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: A new paper from researchers in India and Australia, "Automatic Sarcasm Detection: A Survey," highlights one of the strangest and ironically most humorous facets of the problems in machine learning and humour. The paper outlines ten years of research efforts from groups interested in detecting sarcasm in online sources. It details the ways that academia has approached the sarcasm problem, including flagging authors and ring-fencing sarcastic data. However, the report concludes that the solution to the problem is not necessarily one of pattern recognition [PDF], but rather a more sophisticated matrix that has some ability to understand context.

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