Monday, 25 July

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MIT Developed A Movie Screen That Brings Glasses-Free 3D To All Seats [Slashdot]

An anonymous reader writes from a report via TechCrunch: MIT has developed a glasses-less 3D display for movie theaters. The Nintendo 3DS is one of a handful of devices to feature glasses-less 3D, but it is designed for a single users where the user is looking at the display head-on at a relatively specific angle. It's not something made for a movie theater with hundreds of seats, each of which would have a different viewing angle. What's neat about MIT's 3D display is that it doesn't require glasses and it lets anyone see the 3D effect in a movie theater, no matter where they are sitting. The MIT Computers Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) created the prototype display called 'Cinema 3D' that uses a complex arrangement of lenses and mirrors to create a set number of parallax barriers that can address every viewing angle in the theater based on seat locations. It works in a movie theater because the seats are in fixed locations, and people don't tend to move around, change seats or alter their viewing angle too much. What's also neat about the Cinema 3D is that is preserves resolution, whereas other glasses-less 3D displays carry cots in terms of image resolution. The prototype is about the size of a letter-sized notepad, and it needs 50 sets of mirrors and lenses. It should be ready for market once researchers scale it up to a commercially viable product.

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The Fresh Tank Engine of Sodor [Boing Boing]

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Will Smith's entry in the annals of catchy Thomas the Tank Engine remixes is even better than Biggie the Tank Engine.

Also, "Insane in the Train" is the perfect title, but that mix isn't quite up to the gold standard of the others: https://youtu.be/S5g8WMFpBEE

Here's Back in Coal Black, just madness: https://youtu.be/Ofy-BgRzLQg

Netflix’s cable box deal with Comcast won’t exempt it from data caps [Ars Technica]

(credit: Steven Depolo)

Netflix and Comcast will be available on the same cable box later this year, but Netflix video will still count against Comcast data caps.

Netflix's deal to get its online video on Comcast's X1 set-top boxes alongside traditional cable TV channels was reported earlier this month by Recode, with the companies saying they "have much work to do before the service will be available to consumers later this year." The deal raised questions about whether Netflix would be exempt from Comcast data caps, but it has already been decided. A Comcast spokesperson answered "yes" when asked if Netflix will continue counting against data caps after being integrated into Comcast cable boxes.

"All data that flows over the public Internet (which includes Netflix) counts toward a customer’s monthly data usage," Comcast told Ars today.

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2,000-year-old toilet paper gives us a whiff of life on the Silk Road in China [Ars Technica]

Archaeologists scraped fecal bits off these ancient wipe sticks, discovered in a 2,000-year-old latrine at a pit stop along the Silk Road in Dunhuang, China. (credit: Hui-Yuan Yeh)

For almost 1,500 years, the many trade routes known today as the Silk Road joined eastern China with western China, India, the Middle East, Europe, and the Swahili Coast of Africa. These trade routes created their own culture, uniting empires and connecting distant civilizations through trade goods like books, textiles, and precious substances. But the most important use for the Silk Road was immigration. Now, a new analysis of 2,000-year-old toilet wipes found near Dunhuang in western China has revealed that these immigrants traveled vast distances on roads maintained by the Han in 100 CE. Unfortunately, these wanderers brought their diseases with them.

In a new paper published this week in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, a group of archaeologists in China and England describe how they found preserved fecal matter on wipe sticks used in a latrine at the Silk Road's Xuanquanzhi rest stop. Archaeologists excavated the rest stop roughly 20 years ago and discovered that it was one of many such oases maintained by the Han government during the early centuries of the Silk Road. Weary travelers with the right documents could stop there to refresh themselves and their pack animals. They could also, apparently, use the bathrooms. What made the Xuanquanzhi rest stop special was its location near the deadly hot Taklamakan Desert. The arid region has preserved countless treasures from the heyday of the Silk Road, including a bundle of sticks wrapped in rags near the Xuanquanzhi latrines.

While analyzing a collection of excavated goods from Xuanquanzhi, a group of archaeologists realized that these were no ordinary sticks. "These have been described in ancient Chinese texts of the period as a personal hygiene tool for wiping the anus after going to the toilet. Some of the cloth had a dark solid material still adhered to it after all this time," Cambridge anthropologist Piers Mitchell wrote.

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Cooperation can help boost your reputation [Ars Technica]

Bicycle racers—even those on different teams—often cooperate to allow the entire group to go faster. (credit: Flickr user Hans905)

Human cooperation is thought to have evolved because it benefits everyone involved. But we also know that cooperation doesn’t always make sense when subjected to a cost-benefit analysis. For example, people will often do favors for others when there is no expectation of a personal reward—or without even bothering to think about whether there might be a reward.

A recent study published in PNAS presents evidence that humans may engage in these types of uncalculating cooperative activities because it helps their reputation. By cooperating in the moment, people signal to others that they can be trusted to cooperate in the future.

The authors of the paper used a two-stage incentivized economic game to study this phenomenon. The first stage of the game asked participants to decide if they wanted to pay to benefit another player. Players could decide to help without looking at the cost, which was considered to be an uncalculating behavior, or they could check the cost before deciding to assist, which was interpreted as a calculating behavior. This calculating behavior was thought to be analogous to the type of cost-benefit analysis people often do before deciding to be cooperative.

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Solar Impulse on last leg of its round-the-world flight [Ars Technica]

Solar Impulse on the ground in New York City. (credit: John Timmer)

Right now the Solar Impulse aircraft is over the Persian Gulf, approaching Abu Dhabi, its final destination. As Abu Dhabi is also the location that the craft started on its round-the-world flight, its extended journey is near an end. The Solar Impulse flight marks the first circumnavigation of the globe by a piloted solar aircraft.

Bertrand Picard is at the controls, having started the flight in Cairo and taken the craft over Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the Persian Gulf. The final flight has taken about a day and a half so far and has suffered a lot of turbulence as the desert below it heated up and cooled off.

At the moment, Solar Impulse is making slow loops back and forth offshore, suggesting that the team is waiting for either traffic or weather conditions to improve at its destination. Since it's currently night, it's also possible that the team wants to bring the aircraft down at a time when it will be possible for everyone to see it.

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Google Maps Debuts a Clean New Look and "Areas of Interest" Feature [Lifehacker]

In their latest update, Google Maps is making it easier for you to find your way around, and spot areas nearby that have fun things to do.

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Disable the Trash Can and Screenshot Sound Effects on Mac [Lifehacker]

For most of us, the little sound effects a Mac makes aren’t particularly useful. The trash can sound and screenshot sound in particular don’t serve much purpose. How-To Geek reminds us that you can disable those sound effects.

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Indochino's Best Shirt Deal Ever, Plus Our Suit Deal Is Back [Exclusive] [Lifehacker]

Indochino is your favorite custom clothing company, and this week they’re offering Kinja Deals readers their best shirt pricing ever. $279 gets you five shirts with promo code KINJA5.

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What to Look For to Tell If a Medical GoFundMe Is a Scam [Lifehacker]

If tragedy hits someone you know, and a friend sets up a crowdfunding page to help them out with medical bills or other expenses, it’s natural to want to donate a few bucks. But some of these pages are scams—even if the tragedy is real, and happened to someone you know.

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Ask an Expert: All About Buying Your First Home [Lifehacker]

For many people buying a home is a life goal, and the proverbial picket fence is also a major financial decision. How do you know if you’re ready to buy? What financial moves should you make in advance? What are housing prices looking like this year, anyway?

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HyperTerm Is a Fully Customizable Terminal Emulator for Mac [Lifehacker]

Mac: You have a ton of excellent Terminal emulators on Mac , but if you’re looking for something that works a little differently than the rest, HyperTerm is worth a look.

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Timbuk2's Flash Sale Discounts Some Of Your Favorite Bags and Lots More [Lifehacker]

Another huge sale from Timbuk2 brings a ton of their excellent bags down to hard-to-resist levels. Be sure to let us know what you pick up in the comments.

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Facebook Admits Blocking WikiLeaks' DNC Email Links, But Won't Say Why [Slashdot]

An anonymous reader writes: Facebook has admitted it blocked links to WikiLeaks' DNC email dump, but the company has yet to explain why. WikiLeaks has responded to the censorship via Twitter, writing: "For those facing censorship on Facebook etc when trying to post links directly to WikiLeaks #DNCLeak try using archive.is." When SwiftOnSecurity tweeted, "Facebook has an automated system for detecting spam/malicious links, that sometimes have false positives. /cc," Facebook's Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos replied with, "It's been fixed." As for why there was a problem in the first place, we don't know. Nate Swanner from The Next Web writes, "It's possible its algorithm incorrectly identified them as malicious, but it's another negative mark on the company's record nonetheless. WikiLeaks is a known entity, not some torrent dumping ground. The WikiLeaks link issue has reportedly been fixed, which is great -- but also not really the point. The fact links to the archive was blocked at all suggests there's a very tight reign on what's allowed on Facebook across the board, and that's a problem." A Facebook representative provided a statement to Gizmodo: "Like other services, our anti-spam systems briefly flagged links to these documents as unsafe. We quickly corrected this error on Saturday evening."

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Twitter, a 10-Year-Old Company, Is Still Explaining What Twitter Is [Slashdot]

Twitter investors have long expressed their concerns about the rate at which Twitter is growing. The social networking website has seen platforms such as Instagram and Snapchat born into existence and quickly overtake it in terms of user base and engagement level. One of the reasons why Twitter hasn't grown as rapidly is because of a confusion among many -- including what we can say, Twitter itself -- about what exactly is this platform for. The Verge reports: Twitter came into our lives in 2006, and after a decade of existence, most people still have no idea what Twitter even is. Ninety percent of respondents to a Twitter-organized questionnaire say they recognize the brand, but most "didn't know or simply misunderstood" what it was for. Most people also thought having an account meant they had to tweet every day. As Twitter said in a blog post about these findings: "We realized we had some explaining and clarifying to do!" Over the years, Twitter has changed the way it acknowledges itself before people. It was once known as a social networking website, but not long ago the company marketed itself as a "news" service. Vanity Fair adds: The campaign, which launches today, is all about what's happening -- what's trending, what games are going on, what news events are breaking, what are people talking about, live, right now. A video at the center of the campaign cycles through footage of Black Lives Matters protests, athletes competing in the Olympics and a woman playing Pokemon Go, Lin-Manuel Miranda on stage at Hamilton, and Donald Trump stumping at a campaign rally. "We see it as a focus and an emphasis on what Twitter has always been about," Leslie Berland, Twitter's chief marketing officer, told The Hive. "We can see what's happening as it's happening, with all the live commentary that makes Twitter so special."

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The Big Internet Brands Of The '90s — Where Are They Now? [News : NPR]

Verizon's purchase of Yahoo will close the book on one of the oldest Internet companies. What happened to the other famous 90s brands, like GeoCities, Netscape and CompuServe? A nerdy remembrance.

Protests Mark First Day Of Democratic Convention [News : NPR]

Thousands of activists, including many supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders, are joining Democratic National Convention delegates in Philadelphia to protest.

Mourners Gather For Funeral Of Baton Rouge Police Officer Montrell Jackson [News : NPR]

Police officer Montrell Jackson was buried today. He was one of three law enforcement officers killed over a week ago in Baton Rouge, La.

As Democratic Convention Opens, Unity Behind Clinton Is A Key Concern [News : NPR]

A key question for Democrats as their party convention opens is how strongly they'll unite behind their presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton. Her former rival Bernie Sanders speaks Monday night.

Examining Russia's Role In Leaked Democratic Party Emails [News : NPR]

What evidence ties Russia's intelligence services to the theft and release of the internal emails of Democratic Party officials? And how would the public release those messages serve Moscow?

Trump And Pence Hit The Campaign Trail [News : NPR]

Donald Trump and Mike Pence make their first joint campaign appearances since accepting the Republican nominations for president and vice president, with events Monday in Virginia and North Carolina.

A Look At Donald Trump's Ties To Russia [News : NPR]

Donald Trump and top advisers have business ties with Russia and its leaders going back many years. Moscow has a distinct point of view about the U.S. presidential election and cause to support Trump.

What's Next For Delegates For Bernie Sanders? [News : NPR]

Delegates for Bernie Sanders reacted with shock and disappointment to leaked emails that suggested Democratic Party officials had favored Hillary Clinton over Sanders in the presidential primary.

Democratic Convention Opens Amid Party Turmoil [News : NPR]

The Democratic National Convention kicks off in Philadelphia with a leadership shakeup after leaked emails suggested party leaders favored Hillary Clinton over rival Bernie Sanders, who speaks Monday.

Some Police Departments Are Rethinking Traffic Stops To Reduce Bias [News : NPR]

In Hamden, Conn., minority drivers were pulled over more often than whites for defective equipment, such as broken tail lights. So the police changed their strategy.

Single Mom's Search For Therapist Hampered By Insurance Companies [News : NPR]

Recent health laws were supposed to give people easier access to mental health care. But some adults who have anxiety or depression and need help are still having a tough time lining up treatment.

Britain's Vote To Leave EU Creates Uncertainty In Ireland [News : NPR]

Britain's decision has repercussions for Ireland and the future of the border between the Irish Republic, an EU member state, and Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom.

From Reluctant Political Spouse To Pop Culture Icon: Michelle Obama [News : NPR]

In eight years, Michelle Obama has gone from obscurity to becoming one of the country's most popular Democrats. The first lady has earned high approval ratings and praise for her authenticity.

American Doctor On Conditions In Besieged Syrian City Of Aleppo [News : NPR]

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Dr. Samer Attar, a Chicago surgeon who recently returned from a volunteer stint at a hospital in Aleppo.

How Does A Tiger Keep Cool In This Heat? One Word: Bloodsicles [News : NPR]

In the sweltering summer heat of Washington, D.C., the National Zoo gets creative to keep its guests and animals happy. That means things like icy treats made of cow blood for the big cats.

Watch 17 LCD monitors lose in a humiliating fight against steamroller [The Verge - All Posts]

A man with a steamroller, a camera, a YouTube account, and 17 LCD monitors did what any person in his situation would do: slowly mashed the displays into a gritty pancake of glass, plastic, and presumably toxic fumes.

The Road Roller video is titled "Road Roller crush 17 LCD SCREENS! Total press!" and I have to assume "total press" is a jubilation shouted by crush enthusiasts whenever an object is squished into oblivion. The YouTube channel, dedicated entirely to a steamroller smashing things people love or need, is home to many total presses.

Soda? Total press!

Rubber ducky? Total press!

... dice? Total press!

I’m totally impressed by Road Roller's commitment to the form.

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New Music Monday: Fea [Latest Articles]

Photo by Ray Tattoo Boy

We highlight new music from female-fronted bands every Monday. This week, we're excited to check out Fea's perfectly punk debut album and theior newest video. 

Fea strums all of the buzzy chords and angry beats that you didn't realize were missing from your LP collection until you hear their riot grrrl anthems. The San Antonio, Texas band recently released their debut self-titled album on Joan Jett's Blackheart Records. The album is relevant and timeless in that it reminds you of Bikini Kill while being unapologetically Chicana. On the album, the band dips in and out of Spanish lyrics—which feels especially significant in a punk music scene with still too many white dudes. "Our inspiration for this record is our personal experience and culture that we grew up surrounded by," said the band, over email. "Our experience of being Latina and Latino in our community, being queer, not being a cookie cutter image in the business of music. Our experience as women." The band dedicates this record for people who feel as though they can't stand up for themselves, to let them know that "we can be anything we wanna be." Fea feels like a classic, which makes sense since some of the people who put out our favorite records were behind the scenes and producing tracks, like Alice Bag, Babes in Toyland’s Lori Barbero, and Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace. 

"Feminazi," the first video off the album, is a montage of misogynistic fuckery paired with the poppy anthem letting ya'll know that they are, in fact, feminists. 

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Amy Lam is Bitch Media's associate editor. Find her at @amyadoyzie.

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Infuse: Oil, Spirit, Water demystifies the art of infusing [Boing Boing]

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See sample pages from this book at Wink.

Infuse: Oil, Spirit, Water demystifies the art of infusing

Infuse: Oil, Spirit, Water
by Eric Prum and Josh Williams
Clarkson Potter
2015, 176 pages, 8.5 x 8.6 x 0.6 inches (softcover)
$17 Buy a copy on Amazon

To infuse a liquid is to place a flavoring agent such as herbs in it until it takes on the flavor of the agent. In Infuse: Oil, Spirit, Water, authors Prum and Williams demystify the art of infusing and show us how easy it is to create infusions. Simple prose, simple recipes, clear instructions and gorgeous photographs of the tools, ingredients and finished product will guide beginners in this art and inspire the experienced to experiment.

First make sure you have the tools: a muddler (good excuse to get one, or you can always use a pestle), sieve, cheese cloth and funnel, and of course containers – most any old jam jar will do, but recipes are tuned for mason jars, 8oz (cup), 16oz (pint) and 32oz (quart). Basically tools that most readers will have in their kitchen.

Divided into three sections using different liquids, readers start by learning how easy it is to make vinaigrette salad dressings – four parts oil, one part vinegar – and other infused oils. Prum and Williams also provide a few recipes to use the infused oils. They then move on to spirits and a few cocktail recipes to use them in, and finally to infused waters, which are great flavorful substitutes for sugary sodas and just perfect for warm weather. The book itself is not just beautiful but practical, with the pages actually sewn in so you can open the book and flatten it to the recipe you want. This book will hold up for many years to come. – Carolyn Koh

How vacation photos have changed over the last 130 years [Boing Boing]

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How have travel photos changed over time? Hoppa looks at photos taken from the time people used the Kodak No.1 Box Camera in the 1880s to take staged group pictures up until the time of today's Instagram selfie shots of feet pointing at the beach.

Nintendo shares plummet when investors learn it didn't make Pokémon Go [Boing Boing]

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Pokémon Go became an overnight sensation, and savvy investors bought Nintendo stock, causing the share price to spike. But when Nintendo issued a statement to remind everyone that its stake in the app is just 13 and that revenue from the game was already taken into account in its forecasts, the stock price plummeted 18%, after which the Tokyo stock market halted trading to prevent a further decline.

Via Bloomberg:

The correction comes after Pokemon Go’s release almost doubled Nintendo’s stock through Friday’s close, adding $17.6 billion in market capitalization. Nintendo is a shareholder in the game’s developer Niantic Inc. and Pokemon Co., but has an "effective economic stake" of just 13 percent in the app, according to an estimate by Macquarie Securities analyst David Gibson. “It’s still possible to say that in the short-term it’s overheated,” said Tomoaki Kawasaki, an analyst at Iwai Cosmo Securities Co.

Rock suspended in mid-air? [Boing Boing]

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If a headline ends with a question mark, the answer is no.

This rock is actually in the water

New evidence suggests DNC hackers penetrated deeper than previously thought [Ars Technica]

The suspected hacking of a Democratic National Committee consultant's personal Yahoo Mail account provides new evidence that state-sponsored attackers penetrated deeper than previously thought into the private communications of the political machine attempting to defeat Republican nominee Donald Trump.

According to an article published Monday by Yahoo News, the suspicion was raised shortly after DNC consultant Alexandra Chalupa started preparing opposition research on Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort. Upon logging in to her Yahoo Mail account, she received a pop-up notification warning that members of Yahoo's security team "strongly suspect that your account has been the target of state-sponsored actors." After Chalupa started digging into Manafort's political and business dealings in Ukraine and Russia, the warnings had become a "daily occurrence," Yahoo News reported, citing a May 3 e-mail sent to a DNC communications director.

(credit: Yahoo News)

It was one of more than 19,000 private DNC messages posted to WikiLeaks on Friday. The massive e-mail dump came five weeks after DNC officials said hackers with backing from the Russian government had breached its network and made off with opposition research into Trump and almost a year's worth of private e-mail. The airing on WikiLeaks, which included messages in which DNC officials derided Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, has already led to the resignation of Chair Debra Wasserman Schultz. Now, the revelations about Chalupa's Yahoo account suggest the hack may have gone deeper than previously reported.

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Queen of the Road: The 2016 Range Rover HSE Td6 has kingdom-crossing range [Ars Technica]

A fuel-sipping uber-luxo SUV? Not quite. A technological marvel? Not exactly. If one definition of luxury is the lack of worry, then this Land Rover Range Rover Td6 achieves it, but for an unexpected reason.

Range Rovers have long been the manifold destiny of the modest-yet-moneyed equine set—those who want to slog through unpaved slop to reach the perfect lake or meadow. And nobody driving one has failed to make it anywhere due to shortcomings off-road; Land Rovers and Range Rovers are the virtual poster dogs for exploring the wooded backlands. But until now, no Land Rover has beached itself onto American shores with diesel power, even though diesel has been an option in Europe for more than 30 years. It's been all-gasoline Range Rovering in the US, be it with a V8 or a supercharged V6.

However, the upper-crustiest party segment of SUVing has been crashed recently with Bentley's splash into the vat of beluga caviar with the Bentayga. It's another leather-lined and hyper-coiffed dreadnought SUV that won't get out of bed for less than $231,825—the base Range Rover tips the finance scale at just $85,945. The HSE Td6 diesel logs a comparative pittance at a base price of just $94,445, even though the two Brits don’t really compete directly for the same demographic. The uppermost Range Rover—aside from the Holland & Holland Edition, with its outdoor picnic seating and ability to do your taxes—is the V8 Supercharged SV Autobiography long wheelbase model at $200,490.

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Democratic National Committee chief resigns after hacked e-mails show anti-Sanders tone [Ars Technica]

Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) addresses a campaign rally for Hillary Clinton on Saturday. Wasserman Schultz has said she'll resign after the Democratic convention. (credit: GASTON DE CARDENAS/AFP/Getty Images)

Late Friday, WikiLeaks published 20,000 internal e-mails from the Democratic National Committee acquired in a hacking attack last month. The dumped messages, including some that had a derisive tone toward primary candidate Bernie Sanders, roiled the Democratic Party on the eve of its convention and led to the resignation yesterday of DNC chief Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

The DNC hack was discovered on June 14, and soon after, some evidence of a Russian connection was found. Now, the belief that the hack was sponsored by the Russian government on some level has been explicitly endorsed by Hillary Clinton's campaign. Yesterday on CNN's "State of the Union," Clinton's campaign manager, Robby Mook, said Russian hackers are explicitly trying to get Clinton's opponent, Donald Trump, elected in November.

"I don't think it's coincidental that these e-mails were released on the eve of our convention here, and I think that's disturbing," Mook told program host Jake Tapper. The leak took place just after the Republican Party changed its platform "to make it more pro-Russian," Mook added.

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Xbox One drops to $249, now half of its launch-day price [Ars Technica]

If you're not interested in the upcoming Xbox One S and its 4K and HDR color capabilities, now might be the perfect time to pull the trigger on the standard, bulkier edition of the Xbox One. As part of a limited time "Summer Sale," Microsoft is now offering the console at $249 with a 500GB hard drive and your choice of one of a number of games, including Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, Quantum Break, Forza Motorsport 6, Rise of the Tomb Raider, or Rare Replay.

This is actually the third time that the Xbox One has seen its price drop in the last two months. Microsoft lowered the asking price to $299 in late May, just weeks before E3 (though that price had been offered a few times before). Then, during E3, the company announced a new "promotional" price of $279 that was supposed to last through October 1.

This weekend's additional price drop, coming so soon after E3, could be seen as an indication that the "legacy" consoles aren't selling so well now that the redesigned and slightly more powerful Xbox One S is about to hit stores. That redesigned system will launch August 2 in a $399 edition sporting a 2TB hard drive. Versions with 1TB and 500GB hard drives will be available for $349 and $299, respectively, at a later date.

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Bay Area: Join us on 7/27 to talk about science fiction and future tech [Ars Technica]

If you're in the San Francisco Bay Area this Wednesday, July 27, join Ars editor Annalee Newitz and writer Tiffany Kelly for the filming of our fourth episode of Ars Technica Live, a monthly interview series with fascinating people who work at the intersection of tech, science, and culture. Our guest next week is science fiction author Hannu Rajaniemi, who will discuss how we imagine the future of technology. Doors open at 7pm, and the discussion starts at 7:30.

Filmed before a live audience at Oakland's legendary Longitude tiki bar, each episode of Ars Live is a speculative, informal conversation between Ars Technica hosts and an invited guest. The audience, drawn from Ars Technica’s readers, is also invited to join the conversation and ask questions. These aren’t soundbyte setups; they are deep cuts from the frontiers of research and creativity.

Doors open at 7pm, and the live filming is from 7:30 to 8:00pm (be sure to get there early if you want a seat). Then you can stick around for informal discussion at the bar, along with delicious tiki drinks and snacks. Can't make it out to Oakland? Never fear! Episodes will be posted to Ars Technica the week after the live events.

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The wisdom of crowds of doctors [Ars Technica]

Preventable medical error leads to an estimated 200,000 deaths per year in the US, and many of these deaths are caused by mistaken diagnoses. Clearly, making it easier for doctors to avoid errors should be a priority.

One promising avenue could be collective decision-making: pooling the diagnoses of various doctors and using their joint wisdom to hit on the most likely answer. According to a paper in this week’s PNAS, though, this method is only likely to work if all the doctors in the group have the same level of skill.

Obviously, ethics committees are unlikely to allow a team of researchers to toy with patients’ potentially life-or-death diagnoses. So in order to figure out whether collective decision-making would help with the problem, the team combined real-world data with a computer simulation.

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Quartz ran an article over the weekend which captures a growing trend among millennials: to have a side job -- or as many of them call it, the "side-hustle." One of the reasons that people need this other gig is obviously money, but there are other factors at play as well. From the article: The side hustle offers something worth much more than money: A hedge against feeling stuck and dull and cheated by life. This psychological benefit is the real reason for the Millennial obsession, I'd argue, and why you might want to consider finding your own side hustle, no matter how old you are. Now one might say that this "side-hustle" is not a new phenomenon at all. People have since forever have had multiple jobs to make the ends meet. But the author argues that in the post 2008-crisis, we have witnessed a whole generation where one gig would simply not cut it all for many. The article adds: Previous generations have also coped with such semi-tragedy; probably every human ever has been a sort of actor-waiter at some point. In any case, those of us who are employed generally understand ourselves to be lucky. Working as a benefits administrator, an ad-sales rep or even a Facebook engineer might not be the dream job. But your side hustle can keep you from feeling pigeonholed. It's the distraction from your disappointment, a bridge between crass realities and your compelling inner life. In the best-case scenario, your side hustle can be like a lottery ticket, offering the possibility -- however remote -- that you just might hit the jackpot and discover that holy grail of gigs. The one that perfectly blends money and love. The one that's coming along any day now.

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For decades, New Zealand has tried to reduce the populations of destructive, non-native predators. Now the country has a more ambitious goal: eliminating invasive rats, stoats and possums by 2050.

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