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Make an audiophile’s holiday with these wireless headphones

For the true audio enthusiast, there’s a lot of difference between putting on some songs “for background music” and a true listening experience. For the latter, there’s nothing like a pair of sturdy headphones and the powerful speakers that come with them. And the wireless variety doesn’t get much more powerful than the TREBLAB Z2 Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones.

If you know TREBLAB’s series of wireless earbuds, you’ve got the same 4.2 Bluetooth technology here. But these sturdier pieces of tech deliver the same connection with a thicker sound, thanks to the neodymium-backed 40mm speakers and Sound 2.0 tech. AptX and active noise cancellation ensure an immersive listening experience, and the impressive 35 hours of battery life make sure the beat doesn’t stop from the first track on your playlist to the last.

Thanks to a price drop, the TREBLAB Z2 Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones are $78.99. That’s a markdown from the previous sale price of $149.99.

from Boing Boing https://boingboing.net/2018/12/16/make-an-audiophiles-holiday.html

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RIP, legendary cypherpunk Tim May

Tim May was one of the founders of the cypherpunk movement, whose seminal Crypto Anarchist Manifesto is still startling relevant today, a quarter century after it was written.


May’s work was critical to the fight to legalize civilian access to strong cryptography, and to resist the Clinton administration’s doomed and absurd attempt to ban working cryptography (this campaign is still alive and well, and gaining ground in Australia).


May was featured in Steven Levey’s Wired cover story Crypto Rebels, which was the issue I picked up a couple of weeks before dropping out of university to work in the tech industry (these are not unrelated facts).


May has died of natural causes, at the age of 67. The famous cryptographer Lucky Green has written quite a remembrance of May that gives a very good sense of the man and his life.

from Boing Boing https://boingboing.net/2018/12/15/cryto-rights-now.html

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Following criticism, Robinhood backtracks on checking and savings feature

Earlier this week, stock-trading app Robinhood announced that it would offer a new feature to users in early 2019: a checking and savings account that didn’t have any fees attached to it. But after the feature received intense criticism, the company appears to have backtracked, saying that it plans “to work closely with regulators as we prepare to launch our cash management program.”

Launched in 2014, the company allowed users to trade stocks on companies listed on the US stock exchanges for free. A year later, its userbase had grown to “hundreds of thousands” of customers who had “transferred $1 billion” on the platform. Earlier this year, it launched a new feature that allowed users to trade cryptocurrencies, and reportedly began…

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from The Verge – All Posts https://www.theverge.com/2018/12/15/18142319/robinhood-finance-startup-checking-savings-product-backtrack-criticism-cash-management-sipc

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Watching a Breath of the Wild speedrunner collect Koroks is mesmerizing

Hundreds of Koroks, the child-sized forest spirits that can increase your storage capacity, are hidden throughout Hyrule in Breath of the Wild. Everyone knows that the map is full Koroks, but you don’t really get a sense of how flush the map is with these critters until you watch an expert Zelda player collect as many Koroks possible, as quickly as possible.

Known as speedrunners, these savant players compete in a variety of different formats that stipulate the rules for their play through. Some runners, for example, try to blaze through the game as fast as possible, completion rates be damned, while others try to finish every single part of the game. The latter is referred to as 100% speedrun, and one Zelda player in particular, Swiffy,…

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from The Verge – All Posts https://www.theverge.com/2018/12/15/18141443/breath-of-the-wild-zelda-speedrun-korok-rush

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Watching a Breath of the Wild speedrunner collect Koroks is mesmerizing

Hundreds of Koroks, the child-sized forest spirits that can increase your storage capacity, are hidden throughout Hyrule in Breath of the Wild. Everyone knows that the map is full Koroks, but you don’t really get a sense of how flush the map is with these critters until you watch an expert Zelda player collect as many Koroks possible, as quickly as possible.

Known as speedrunners, these savant players compete in a variety of different formats that stipulate the rules for their play through. Some runners, for example, try to blaze through the game as fast as possible, completion rates be damned, while others try to finish every single part of the game. The latter is referred to as 100% speedrun, and one Zelda player in particular, Swiffy,…

Continue reading…

from The Verge – All Posts https://www.theverge.com/2018/12/15/18141443/breath-of-the-wild-zelda-speedrun-korok-rush

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Watching a Breath of the Wild speedrunner collect Koroks is mesmerizing

Hundreds of Koroks, the child-sized forest spirits that can increase your storage capacity, are hidden throughout Hyrule in Breath of the Wild. Everyone knows that the map is full Koroks, but you don’t really get a sense of how flush the map is with these critters until you watch an expert Zelda player collect as many Koroks possible, as quickly as possible.

Known as speedrunners, these savant players compete in a variety of different formats that stipulate the rules for their play through. Some runners, for example, try to blaze through the game as fast as possible, completion rates be damned, while others try to finish every single part of the game. The latter is referred to as 100% speedrun, and one Zelda player in particular, Swiffy,…

Continue reading…

from The Verge – All Posts https://www.theverge.com/2018/12/15/18141443/breath-of-the-wild-zelda-speedrun-korok-rush

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Watching a Breath of the Wild speedrunner collect Koroks is mesmerizing

Hundreds of Koroks, the child-sized forest spirits that can increase your storage capacity, are hidden throughout Hyrule in Breath of the Wild. Everyone knows that the map is full Koroks, but you don’t really get a sense of how flush the map is with these critters until you watch an expert Zelda player collect as many Koroks possible, as quickly as possible.

Known as speedrunners, these savant players compete in a variety of different formats that stipulate the rules for their play through. Some runners, for example, try to blaze through the game as fast as possible, completion rates be damned, while others try to finish every single part of the game. The latter is referred to as 100% speedrun, and one Zelda player in particular, Swiffy,…

Continue reading…

from The Verge – All Posts https://www.theverge.com/2018/12/15/18141443/breath-of-the-wild-zelda-speedrun-korok-rush

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Watch Blue Planet II this weekend along with scientists on Twitter

If you’re looking for a nature documentary to watch this weekend, and you’d like some expert company, you’re in luck. The first season of the BBC Natural History Unit’s stunning documentary Blue Planet II is now streaming on Netflix. And, starting this weekend, fans have the chance to sync up their favorite episodes with a live Twitter commentary from ocean experts.

The documentary explores the oceans from the coasts to kelp to the creatures that live in the sea. The first season premiered in the US on BBC America earlier this year, and it’s now available to cord-cutting Netflix subscribers in the US and Canada. “It’s supposed to be one of the most amazing wildlife documentary series ever filmed,” says David Shiffman, a postdoctoral…

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from The Verge – All Posts https://www.theverge.com/2018/12/15/18141419/blue-planet-twitter-viewing-party-bbc-earth-sharks

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Cheap Old Houses Instagram becomes too popular, creates home-buying wars

Cheap Old Houses is one of my favorite Instagram accounts. The folks behind it scour real estate listings around the U.S. to find and showcase cool old homes being sold at ridiculously inexpensive prices, i.e. real estate pR0n. Sure, most of the houses are in places I’d never move to or they are “major fixers” but they’re all under $100K. Well, it seems that the feed is becoming too popular, as evidenced by this PSA they released on Friday:

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Here are some examples of these cheap old homes:

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screenshot via Instagram

(Super Punch)

from Boing Boing https://boingboing.net/2018/12/15/cheap-old-houses-instagram-bec.html

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Cheap Old Houses Instagram becomes too popular, creates home-buying wars

Cheap Old Houses is one of my favorite Instagram accounts. The folks behind it scour real estate listings around the U.S. to find and showcase cool old homes being sold at ridiculously inexpensive prices, i.e. real estate pR0n. Sure, most of the houses are in places I’d never move to or they are “major fixers” but they’re all under $100K. Well, it seems that the feed is becoming too popular, as evidenced by this PSA they released on Friday:

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Here are some examples of these cheap old homes:

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screenshot via Instagram

(Super Punch)

from Boing Boing https://boingboing.net/2018/12/15/cheap-old-houses-instagram-bec.html

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Talking dystopia, utopia, science fiction and theories of change on the Netzpolitik podcast

When I was in Berlin last month, I stopped into the offices of Netzpolitik (previously), the outstanding German digital rights activist group, where I recorded an interview for their podcast (MP3), talking about science fiction, utopianism, dystopianism, how we can change the world, and why my kid has so many names.

from Boing Boing https://boingboing.net/2018/12/15/first-days-better-nations.html

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Talking dystopia, utopia, science fiction and theories of change on the Netzpolitik podcast

When I was in Berlin last month, I stopped into the offices of Netzpolitik (previously), the outstanding German digital rights activist group, where I recorded an interview for their podcast (MP3), talking about science fiction, utopianism, dystopianism, how we can change the world, and why my kid has so many names.

from Boing Boing https://boingboing.net/2018/12/15/first-days-better-nations.html

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Parents pull the plug on kids playing Fortnite in latest Jimmy Kimmel prank

Jimmy Kimmel can be kind of a dick. You may remember that he’s had parents lie to their kids, saying that they stole and ate all their Halloween candy — all caught on camera, of course. That gag’s been running for a few years now. Well, he’s got a new prank. This time he’s got parents unplugging the TV when their kids are playing the video game Fortnite. As you’ll see, like with the “missing” candy bit, the kids don’t take too kindly to it.

from Boing Boing https://boingboing.net/2018/12/15/parents-pull-the-plug-on-kids.html

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Trump’s scandal-haunted Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is out

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke (previously) is leaving the cabinet at the end of the month.


Zinke was one of Trump’s most deplorable swamp-monsters: a man so loathed that even Scott Priutt couldn’t stand him, and for good reason: this is the guy who handed a $300m government contract to fix power lines in hurricane-wracked Puerto Rico to a two-man shop run by old buddies; defrauded the taxpayer with bogus travel-expenses, removed endangered bears from the endangered species list, let oil companies drill in national parks and blanked out his whole calendar.

It’s not clear whether he was fired for being a gross liability, or quit ahead of the sinking of the Trump ship. Doubtless he will parachute into a sweet industry job to collect a payout from the corporations he benefited while suckling on the public’s teat.

Ryan Zinke: US interior secretary to leave administration [BBC]

from Boing Boing https://boingboing.net/2018/12/15/only-the-best-people.html

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Trump’s acting Chief of Staff in 2016: Trump is a “terrible human being”

Mick Mulvaney (previously) is a terrible human being — as Trump’s head for the financial watchdog, he’s gutted the agency and allowed crooked lenders and dirty banks to get away with ripping off Americans — so he knows one when he sees one.


Back when Mulvaney was running for a South Carolina Congressional seat in 2016, Mulvaney explained why he was supporting Trump: “Yes, I am supporting Donald Trump, but I’m doing so despite the fact that I think he’s a terrible human being.”


Mulvaney is Trump’s acting Chief of Staff, standing in for Mike Flynn, who might be going to prison.

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Mulvaney is far from the first person in the administration to openly criticize Trump before signing on for a job in his administration, but he is certainly one of the most high-ranking.

During the 2016 Republican presidential primary, Trump opponent Rick Perry called the future president’s campaign a “cancer on conservatism.” Perry now serves as President Trump’s Secretary of Energy. Before Kellyanne Conway became Trump’s 2016 campaign manager during the homestretch of the race, Conway had publicly criticized candidate Trump for refusing to release his tax returns and for his “vulgar” rhetoric. Conway currently serves as one of Trump’s most ardent defenders and as his White House counselor.

Even if Mulvaney had never uttered a critical word about Trump, the chances he would last long in a chief of staff post would have likely been slim regardless. Two knowledgeable sources told The Daily Beast on Friday that Mulvaney has indicated in recent weeks that he definitely would not want the chief of staff position beyond a temporary, interim assignment.


Trump’s Next Chief of Staff Called Him ‘A Terrible Human Being’ Just Before He Was Elected President [Jackie Kucinich and Asawin Suebsaeng/The Daily Beast]

(Image: Ssawka, Anomie, CC-BY-SA; Rasta Imposta)

from Boing Boing https://boingboing.net/2018/12/15/shithole-country.html

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Racist: Prada called out for blackface monkey products

What the hell were they thinking?

Luxury brand Prada is accused of selling $550 “blackface” figurines. They have charms in their Pradamalia line that are monkeys with dark faces and big red lips, i.e. blackface. The merchandise has now been removed for purchase, though the site still shows it.

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Here’s Prada’s response to the accusation:

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On Friday morning, Gothamist‘s Jennifer Hsu got this video of the Prada store in NYC’s SOHO district shuttering its blinds, as a way of hiding the offensive window display:

screenshot via Gothamist/YouTube

from Boing Boing https://boingboing.net/2018/12/15/racist-prada-called-out-for-b.html