Pawel Hynek's 2006 image "Obsolete" depicts a homeless robot begging for electrical power; it's striking and funny as well as a little uncomfortable-making. It reminds me of one of the most demented scenes in science fiction history: the moment in Ian McDonald's stupendous novel The Broken Land in which a re-animated severed head is reduced to performing sexual favors on a street-corner in exchange for nutrient bath to fill the shallow dish in which its neck-stump rests.
In this highly satisfying video, Jim Browning received a fake invoice for a $3800 laptop. He ended up getting a lot of personal information about the scammer and was able to scare the hell of him.
Magic: The Gathering is Turing complete. In a new scientific paper, researchers “present a methodology for embedding an arbitrary Turing machine into a game of Magic such that the first player is guaranteed to win the game if and only if the Turing machine halts.” From Ars Technica: Furthermore, (software engineer Alex Churchill) and his […]
They ruled unanimously on one element and 6-3 on another, with liberals and conservatives on either side. The justices ruled in favor of a company called “FUCT” whose trademark was earlier found to have violated the provision. The court found that the statute can’t stand because it “disfavors certain ideas.” Justices Elena Kagan, Clarence Thomas, […]
Looking for a new tablet? If you haven’t upgraded in a while, it might be time to check out the latest iPad Pro for two very good reasons. First, the 2018 model is a real workhorse. The 12X Bionic chip processor means it can handle any task you set out for it, and still have […]
You want wireless earbuds to make an impact on your mood and workout, not the environment. If that’s the case, we’ve got a new contender for AirPod market share: Brio Phantom X7 True Wireless Earbuds. The features on these tiny, comfortable buds are impressive even without the environmental angle. Their Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity is good […]
We don’t ask for much out of our charging cables: Juice up our phone, do it fast and don’t break. It’s supposed to be simple, but keeping your phone plugged in for the night – as most of us do – can actually degrade the life of your battery by overheating it. That’s why one […]