Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Breathe Easy With This WiFi-Enabled Air Purifier

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Breathe Easy With This WiFi-Enabled Air Purifier

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Your home might be your sanctuary, but the air inside it is probably not that great for you. Especially during the summer, open windows let in exhaust from passing vehicles, on top of dust, and pollen. My dogs shed constantly, putting dander and hair in the air, too. I can usually find my spouse happily…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired This Robot Hand Taught Itself How to Grab Stuff Like a Human

Hexbyte Tech News Wired This Robot Hand Taught Itself How to Grab Stuff Like a Human

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Elon Musk is kinda worried about AI. (“AI is a fundamental existential risk for human civilization and I don’t think people fully appreciate that,” as he put it in 2017.) So he helped found a research nonprofit, OpenAI, to help cut a path to “safe” artificial general intelligence, as opposed to machines that pop our…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Sorry, Nerds: Terraforming Might Not Work on Mars

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Sorry, Nerds: Terraforming Might Not Work on Mars

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NASA/JPL/University of ArizonaNASA/JPL/University of ArizonaListen, I get it. You want to go to Mars. I want to go to Mars. (Sort of.) And the plan—it’s good. A rocket with people. A base on the moon. Then more rockets and more people. Start making fuel on the surface, maybe depot it along the way. An outpost…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Star Wars News: Darth Vader’s House Will Get Spooky This Halloween

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Star Wars News: Darth Vader’s House Will Get Spooky This Halloween

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“Boooooo, I am your faaaaaather…”Lucasfilm”Boooooo, I am your faaaaaather…”LucasfilmFirst off: Bad news, Expanded Universe fans—that Mara Jade cameo in Episode IX looks less likely now that her creator, Timothy Zahn, has seemingly dashed hopes that she’ll show up in the movie, saying that he’s had no heads-up that Lucasfilm plans to use the character. Of…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired ‘Octopath Traveler’ Collapses Under the Weight of Its Influences

Hexbyte Tech News Wired ‘Octopath Traveler’ Collapses Under the Weight of Its Influences

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With too many beginnings and too few reasons, the Japanese role-playing game looks to the past but stumbles in the present.Square Enix/NintendoWith too many beginnings and too few reasons, the Japanese role-playing game looks to the past but stumbles in the present.Square Enix/NintendoI begin Octopath Traveler in snow. Soft-blurred whites cover the screen, surrounding the…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Why Westerners Fear Robots and the Japanese Do Notn

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Why Westerners Fear Robots and the Japanese Do Notn

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Paper Boat Creative/Getty ImagesAs a Japanese, I grew up watching anime like “Neon Genesis Evangelion,” which depicts a future in which machines and humans merge into cyborg ecstasy. Such programs caused many of us kids to become giddy with dreams of becoming bionic superheroes. Robots have always been part of the Japanese psyche—our hero, Astro…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired If Germany Can’t Quit Coal, Can Anyone Else?

Hexbyte Tech News Wired If Germany Can’t Quit Coal, Can Anyone Else?

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Germany’s switch from black to brown (lignite) coal is making it tougher to meet carbon reduction goals.Dusan Bartolovic/Getty ImagesGermany’s switch from black to brown (lignite) coal is making it tougher to meet carbon reduction goals.Dusan Bartolovic/Getty ImagesSometime next month, underground miners will dig Germany’s last ton of black coal, load it onto a conveyor belt,…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers It’s Official: BitTorrent Is Now Part of TRON!

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers It’s Official: BitTorrent Is Now Part of TRON!

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We are excited to announce that TRON has officially closed its acquisition of BitTorrent. BitTorrent has more than 100 million active users worldwide, and has one of the top-rated apps on Google Play and other products, including BitTorrent Play (iOS), uTorrent Web, and desktop clients for PC and Mac. BitTorrent will continue operating from TRON’s…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers How Goodreads offloads Amazon DynamoDB tables to Amazon S3 and queries them using Amazon Athena | Amazon Web Services

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers How Goodreads offloads Amazon DynamoDB tables to Amazon S3 and queries them using Amazon Athena | Amazon Web Services

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At Goodreads, we’re currently in the process of decomposing our monolithic Rails application into microservices. For the vast majority of those services, we’ve decided to use Amazon DynamoDB as the primary data store. We like DynamoDB because it gives us consistent, single-digit-millisecond performance across a variety of our storage and throughput needs. Although DynamoDB excels…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers An Empire of Stars

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers An Empire of Stars

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How Britain beat the odds to independently achieve space flight, and then abandoned it on the very same day.A cold autumn day was dawning as the German soldiers of the Altenwalde Versuchskommando prepared their V-2 rocket for launch. They’d done this a hundred times before, firing the rockets that had terrified Londoners as the Second World…