Latest stories - Rob Beschizza

4 Days Ago   Computer scientist Alan Turing, key to decoding Nazi communications during World War II, is to be the face of the new £50 banknote. The BBC: The work of Alan Turing, who was educated in Sherborne, Dorset, helped accelerate Allied efforts to read German Naval messages enciphered with the Enigma machine.

7 Days Ago   I loved Red Dwarf as a kid, sensed I should "stop immediately" upon seeing the previews for season 7 (or maybe 8?), and had relegated the whole thing to the palace of nostalgia by the end of the last century.

7 Days Ago   The Switch Lite doesn't connect to a TV set, but it's otherwise a slim, pocketable version of Nintendo's popular portable game console. The Switch Lite — the newly unveiled spinoff of the full-sized Switch console — doesn’t actually “switch.” Instead of the detachable controllers and TV dock that allows the standard Switch to shape-shift between a TV console, portable gamepad, and a mobile multiplayer machine, the Switch Lite has a much narrower focus on just one of those experiences — but that’

7 Days Ago   The Procgen Mansion Generator produces large three-dee dwellings to toy with your imagination, offering various architectural styles and other options. Each mansion even comes with floorplans: Read the rest

7 Days Ago   Enjoy this video of drugrunners in a semi-submersible vehicle getting collared by the U.S. Coast Guard. How dangerous that thing must be! U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro (WMSL-755) crew members board a self-propelled semi-submersible drug smuggling vessel (SPSS) June 18, 2019, while operating in international waters in the Pacific Ocean.

7 Days Ago   As Michigan State Police have it, 27-year old Carlos Martinez was at fault when his vehicle and one driven by an officer collided at a Detroit intersection.

8 Days Ago   A woman in a grocery store directed a bigoted rant at another shopper, all captured on video. NBC News reports that the incident occured in Abingdon, Pennsylvania, and kicked off when the woman heard people speaking Spanish.

8 Days Ago   An encyclopedic application will teach the Juche idea to a new generation of North Koreans, reports the BBC, which cites the state's official media organ thus: "People must try harder to learn the teachings of the founder Kim." ...this focus on doctrine seems to be part of a wider effort by the government to counter foreign influences that increasingly penetrate the isolated country through the proliferation of technology.

8 Days Ago   A plane made an emergency landing at Raleigh-Durham International Airport earlier this week after "mechanical issues arose," according to reports. “The flight crew of Delta flight 1425 from Atlanta to Baltimore elected to divert to Raleigh, N.C., out of an abundance of caution after receiving an indication of a possible issue with one of the aircraft’s engines,” a Delta spokesperson said in an email.

8 Days Ago   There are 25 of them in this video -- tricks, that is, not guinea pigs -- but I was happy to lose count. Read the rest

10 Days Ago   Dr. Latisha Rowe, a family-medicine specialist, was on the way to Miami with her 8-year-old son. She says that an American Airlines flight crew publicly humiliated her by demanding she wrap herself in a blanket to conceal her dress, which they deemed "inappropriate".

10 Days Ago   When asked how his school taught The Holocaust, Spanish River High School principal William Latson said that "I can’t say the Holocaust is a factual, historical event" and that “you have your thoughts, but we are a public school and not all of our parents have the same beliefs.” After a year of anger in Boca Raton, Florida, Latson was finally removed from the job, reports CBS News.

10 Days Ago   This bird is smarter than I am. The Independent: In a video posted on social media, titled ‘Fuck the police”, the sulphur-crested cockatoo is seen patiently ripping out sections of metal spikes and dropping them on the pavement outside the Town Centre Arcade on Katoomba Street.

11 Days Ago   It being 2019, you may now buy a portable cassette player with Bluetooth functionality. Meet Its OK, a ~$65 gadget currently firing up Kickstarter. Chaim Gartenberg: the It’s OK does the usual tape things, like playing cassettes or letting you record to tapes, it also bills itself as the world’s first Bluetooth 5.0 portable cassette player (a claim of such niche specificity that it seems to be true).

11 Days Ago   G2A is a website where people can list and sell the codes that activate software, effectively functioning as an online pawn shop for video games. It was accused lately of allowing itself to act as a clearing house for stolen codes.

11 Days Ago   Eurogamer's Will Judd flirts with heresy: "Are mechanical keyboards really good for gaming?" When it comes to PC gaming peripherals, stats and specs drive purchases. Gaming monitors became popular because they offered lower latency or higher refresh rates, while gaming mice boasted higher sensitivities and improved tracking accuracy.

11 Days Ago   The Costa Deliziosa is a 92,700 tonne cruise ship, and holidaymakers along Venice's Giardini della Bienna got an up-close look at all 294 meters of its length on a foggy, sodden weekend.

11 Days Ago   This miniature recreation of a cruel device designed to trap animals is just adorable! BrainfooTV: Despite its looks this miniature pocket bear trap is not dangerous.

11 Days Ago   Something uplifting to start the week with! BONUS: The Simpsons intro as a dimly-remembered VHS nightmare: Read the rest

11 Days Ago   In this photograph, shared by entomologist Charles Ray, is the fate of an alarmingly high number of Alabama gutters, overhangs, soffits and corbels: "super nests" housing as many as 15000 wasps.

14 Days Ago   In the annals of hard-to-replicate works of brilliant, unsettling art, this must surely rank highly: an image created by a human subject sneezing during an X-ray scan.

14 Days Ago   Elfquest, my favorite series of fantasy comics books and graphic novels, is returning for a run featuring popular character Skywise. Elfquest: Stargazer's Hunt is out November: notify your comics retailer and demand it!

14 Days Ago   Now you too can experience the joy and wonder of changing the BIOS configuration of a Lenovo-brand personal computer with the Lenovo BIOS Simulator Center. [via Hacker News] Read the rest

14 Days Ago   Janelle Shane, harbinger of the generative apocalypse, presents mutant fruit flies invented by a neural network: "Nothing to worry about." I knew that fruit flies are a mainstay of research labs, but I had never given them much thought until Prof.

14 Days Ago   Geographer Kate Edwards helps game developers avoid offensive and malignant stereotypes and tropes in their work. There are more than enough mistakes and blunders to keep her in business.

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