Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Friday’s Comcast Outage Was Caused by Cut Fiber Cables

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Friday’s Comcast Outage Was Caused by Cut Fiber Cables

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Widespread internet outages around the United States on Friday afternoon quelled productivity and sent irate customers to Twitter to complain. Comcast and Xfinity suffered the biggest service interruptions across its internet, cable, and landline products. The company, which has more than 29 million business and individual customers, said on Friday that the outages stemmed from…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired The Entire History of ‘World of Warcraft’ in One (Long) Video

Hexbyte Tech News Wired The Entire History of ‘World of Warcraft’ in One (Long) Video

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With August 14 approaching fast, fans of World of Warcraft are eagerly awaiting the release of Battle for Azeroth, the seventh expansion in the mega-hit MMORPG. WoW was first released in 2004, and in the fourteen years since, expansions and patches have introduced iconic features like flight (Burning Crusade), the dungeon finder (Wrath of the…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired ‘Kiss Me First’ and ‘Reverie’: Virtual Reality Is Back in Pop Culture—As a Warning

Hexbyte Tech News Wired ‘Kiss Me First’ and ‘Reverie’: Virtual Reality Is Back in Pop Culture—As a Warning

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Virtual reality has never been a subtle technology—and the same goes for its treatment in popular culture. When VR jumped its sci-fi firewall to sweep through Hollywood in the 1990s, it was a thing of maximalist, fantastic promise: brushed steel headsets and space-age gloves on the outside, swirly colors and stylized hacker dreams on the…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Wikimedia v. NSA Highlights the ACLU’s Challenges in Fighting Mass Surveillance

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Wikimedia v. NSA Highlights the ACLU’s Challenges in Fighting Mass Surveillance

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In March 2015, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a type of National Security Agency bulk monitoring known as “upstream” surveillance. More than three years after the ACLU originally filed the suit, the case is still mired in procedural and bureaucratic limbo. But on Friday, a hearing over one…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired The Physics of a Spinning Spacecraft in The Expanse

Hexbyte Tech News Wired The Physics of a Spinning Spacecraft in The Expanse

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The Expanse should just change their post credits for each episode to include a list of homework questions. Seriously—there are so many great things to explore in this hard science fiction show. In a recent episode, one of the large spaceships (the Navoo) rotates in order to create artificial gravity (that’s not really a spoiler).…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Amazon’s Echo for Kids Is Cute but Unnecessary

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Amazon’s Echo for Kids Is Cute but Unnecessary

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This may seem obvious given my profession, but I think technology is…fine? Even for kids? It’s hard to believe that it’s safe for your kid to get anywhere near a Wi-Fi-enabled device when you read stories about tech addiction, hacked toys and horrible YouTube videos. It’s also possible that my opinion might change as my…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers Announcing an Easier Way to Build Alexa Skills Using Python

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers Announcing an Easier Way to Build Alexa Skills Using Python

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We are excited to announce the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) Software Development Kit (SDK) for Python (beta). The SDK includes the same features available in our Java and Node.js SDKs, and allows you to reduce the amount of boilerplate code you have to write to process Alexa responses and requests. If you code using Python, you…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers The Evolutionary Origin of Descending Testicles

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers The Evolutionary Origin of Descending Testicles

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Descending testicles were likely present in the earliest mammals, then subsequently disappeared in elephants, manatees and their relatives, according to a new study. Image Bull elephants in Addo Elephant Park in South Africa. They belong to a diverse group called afrotherians — mammals that live in or originated in Africa — that include manatees and…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers Apple is rebuilding Maps from the ground up

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers Apple is rebuilding Maps from the ground up

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I’m not sure if you’re aware, but the launch of Apple Maps went poorly. After a rough first impression, an apology from the CEO, several years of patching holes with data partnerships and some glimmers of light with long-awaited transit directions and improvements in business, parking and place data, Apple Maps is still not where it…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers The Fireworks King: How one Chinese businessman became the largest supplier of pyrotechnics in the United States

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers The Fireworks King: How one Chinese businessman became the largest supplier of pyrotechnics in the United States

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Roughly 70 percent of all Chinese fireworks entering the United States come here under the control of a Chinese businessman who has used his influence to raise prices and block competitors, leaving many U.S. executives fearful of losing access to their most important Fourth of July inventories. Ding Yan Zhong — known to industry insiders…