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How to patch the velveteen side of an air-mattress

Welcome to the holidays!

After many a slumber party, my kid told me the air mattress had developed an annoying slow leak. I used this patch kit.

The guy in the video found his leak a lot faster than I did. A LOT. Sigh. I used a spray bottle of soapy water. I used a safety razor to shave the fuzz off the mattress.


Tear-Aid Repair Type B Vinyl Inflatable Kit via Amazon

from Boing Boing https://boingboing.net/2017/11/23/how-to-patch-the-velveteen-sid.html

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Amazon workers at an Italy distribution hub are planning to strike on Black Friday

Over 500 Amazon workers at the company’s main distribution hub in Italy are planning to go on strike on Black Friday, reports Reuters. Unions said the workers from Amazon’s Piacenza hub in northern Italy had agreed to strike for the first time after they failed to negotiate bonuses with Amazon. The workers also want pay raises to compensate for mandatory night shifts, overtime, or working six days in a row to keep up with logistical demands.

Additionally, starting from Black Friday, the striking workers will refuse overtime during the holiday season — typically the busiest season for the company — until December 31st.

The Piacenza hub has 1,600 permanent employees, and it was the first one built in Italy after Amazon launched a local…

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The BBC is adapting Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys as a radio drama

Last year, the BBC Radio released an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s beloved novel Stardust. Now, the network has announced that it is adapting another of Gaiman’s novels for the radio, Anansi Boys.

The six-part radio drama will premiere on Christmas day on BBC Radio 4, and will run through Friday, December 30th, and it will also be available online for overseas fans. The play will star Lenny Henry as Anansi/Mr Nancy, Jacob Anderson and and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett will voice Charlie and Spider, respectively. Dirk Maggs, who adapted BBC Radio’s adaptations of Stardust, Neverwhere and Good Omens, will helm this adaptation.

Gaiman published the novel in 2005, which follows a character named Charles Nancy, who’s life is upturned when he…

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Twitter is now testing Bookmarks, its save for later feature

Twitter is testing a new feature called Bookmarks, which allows users to privately save tweets for later. Staff product designer Tina Koyama tweeted a sneak peek into what the feature looks like, with a bookmarks option listed on the users’ navigation menu.

“We went through all the designed flows and picked the ones that are the easiest to navigate to test out with our community,” she tweeted. “You told us that you want tweets you’ve bookmarked to be private, so only you can see it. We kept this in mind while creating designs for the feature.” A previous demo shows how the bookmark function might work: users hit on the corner button of a tweet, a menu pops out and an “add to Bookmarks” option appears.

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The Mr. Robot Hack Report: Worst Thanksgiving ever

Mr. Robot is back, and the C Y B E R is back, too. The show takes a special interest in showing off the details that usually get glossed over, often drawing on real hacks and real cybersecurity problems. So after every episode, I’ll be breaking down who got hacked, how, and with what. It turns out, there’s a lot more to each one than you can see on-screen.

Well that was extremely upsetting! There’s no show this week because of Thanksgiving, which is probably just as well because I am FURIOUS. Trenton and Mobley were arguably the coolest characters on the show (more Trenton than Mobley, if we’re being real), and now they’re both gone, sacrificial pawns in the Dark Army’s fiendish game. Leon must have known, right? No good.

In a broader…

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The best Black Friday 2017 games deals on Nintendo, PS4, Xbox, and PC

It’s been more than a year since Sony released its PlayStation 4 Pro, and just one month after the release of Microsoft’s similar (but more powerful) Xbox One X. If you’ve been sitting on the sidelines of this particular mid-generation console race, now might be a good time to jump in.

Not only are there are a bunch of good deals on affordable 4K HDR TVs to take advantage of the visual upgrades, but there’s finally a healthy slate of games optimized for the faster, more powerful hardware.

We’ve rounded up the best deals on standard console hardware and PC parts, games, and accessories so you don’t have to comb through those confusing, anachronistic holiday flier PDF files. With Black Friday starting this Thursday on Thanksgiving and…

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Charles Phoenix’s accidental Astro-weenie ‘Tom Turkey’

Pop culture historian Charles Phoenix, the culinary kitsch king behind the Cherpumple, accidentally created this Astro-Weenie Roast Tom Turkey Dog in his test kitchen a few years back.

His space-agey “bird” is made of “turkey meatloaf skewered and studded with turkey wieners, turkey kielbasa, ‘lil turkey smokies and fresh cranberries.”

He writes, “I didn’t mean to do this, it just happened. I didn’t think about it, I just did it.”

Previously: ‘Addicted to Americana,’ Charles Phoenix’s new book on ‘classic & kitschy American life & style’

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Stranger Things cast answers web’s most-searched ‘autocomplete’ questions

What do people most want to know about Stranger Things? Google’s search engine’s autocomplete will tell us. Here’s Stranger Things stars Joe Keery and Gaten Matarazzo to answer those most-commonly asked questions about their hit show and themselves.

It’s called the WIRED Autocomplete Interview: Stranger Things is based on a true story, kinda

from Boing Boing https://boingboing.net/2017/11/23/stranger-things-cast-answers-w.html

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The unfortunate side effect of LED lighting

Light pollution has increased worldwide because of the prevalence of energy saving LED lights. However, the problem isn’t with the lights themselves — but the fact that the world is getting brighter because LEDs are illuminating places we didn’t bother to light before. And that has its own environmental cost. The findings were published in the journal Science Advances, and found that artificially lit outdoor surfaces grew at a pace of 2.2 percent each year between 2012 and 2016.

“With few exceptions, growth in lighting occurred throughout South America, Africa, and Asia,” said the report, which analyzed nighttime lights using a specially designed radiometer mounted on a satellite. “We’ll light something that we didn’t light before, like…

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The US net neutrality fight affects the whole world

The United States is a nation quarreling with itself right now. Most of the country’s population wants to keep the internet an equitable and free place, embracing net neutrality rules as a necessary guardian against corporate overreach. But the current political administration seems hellbent on dismantling net neutrality and handing internet service providers the freedom to mold, shape, manipulate, and price internet access in whatever fashion they like. The downsides to this regulatory repeal are too numerous and appalling to list, but you don’t have to agree that it’s a bad idea to see something else important about it: whatever the American authorities do with respect to the internet will have major repercussions for the rest of the…

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Amazon’s Black Friday deals have big discounts on Echo devices and TV sales

‘Tis the season for Black Friday deal announcements, and Amazon is finally lifting the curtain for a sneak peek at some of its Black Friday sales. While Amazon will have many, many more deals than what we’ve got here, the company is kicking things off with some details on a few discounts, which will begin on November 17th and run through Black Friday on November 24th.

As a note, Amazon’s deals are on a rolling basis — meaning that various deals will go live at different points throughout that window of time, and there’s no great way of knowing when a deal should go live. We’ll do our best to keep this page updated with deals as they come in, so stay tuned. The full chaos of Amazon’s Black Friday deals can be found on the company’s…

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Hillary Clinton says America is ‘totally unprepared’ for the impact of AI

Hillary Clinton has warned that the US is “totally unprepared” for the economic and societal effects of artificial intelligence. Speaking to radio host Hugh Hewitt this week in an interview promoting her recent book, the former Secretary of State said the world was “racing headfirst into a new era of artificial intelligence” that would affect “how we live, how we think, [and] how we relate to each other.”

In a short segment near the end of the interview, Clinton told Hewitt: “A lot of really smart people, you know, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking, a lot of really smart people are sounding an alarm that we’re not hearing. And their alarm is artificial intelligence is not our friend.” Clinton then mentioned two specific areas of…

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Elon Musk has finished building the world’s biggest battery in less than 100 days

Elon Musk looks to have delivered on his promise to build the biggest lithium ion battery in the world in an effort to help South Australia with its crippling energy problems. “100 days from contract signature or it’s free,” Musk tweeted at the time, in a deal initially negotiated over Twitter. Musk is well ahead of schedule (a rarity for Tesla!), with the 100MW battery set to be energised and tested in the coming days, according to a press release from the local state government.

Tesla Powerpacks have been installed and connected at Neoen’s Hornsdale windfarm, north of Adelaide, and battery tests will be run to ensure local regulatory requirements are met before it begins operating on December 1st. South Australia suffered a state wide…

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Amazon’s Echo Buttons available to order in time for holiday trivia games

Amazon unveiled its Echo Buttons at a big hardware event earlier this year, promising that the hockey puck-shaped buzzers would be ready in time for trivia games at Christmas. Amazon is now opening preorders for the Echo Buttons, available in the US in a two-pack for $19.99. The buttons will ship around December 19th, just in time for the holidays.

Each Echo Button will connect to an Echo device via Bluetooth to play single-player or multiplayer trivia games. Amazon is providing a number of games at launch, including music trivia, sound effect games, basketball trivia, and a football quiz. The Echo Buttons illuminate and can be used as buzzers to answer the questions that Alexa reads aloud. Amazon’s Echo Buttons are the first “Alexa…

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