Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Google-Funded Study Finds Cash Beats Typical Development Aid

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Google-Funded Study Finds Cash Beats Typical Development Aid

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Traditional international aid programs typically offer some combination of clean water, livestock, textbooks, and nutritional supplements. A new study funded by Google.org and the US Agency for International Development asks whether the poor would benefit more if they were given cash and free to spend the money as they see fit.A number of studies on…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired How Bots Ruined ‘Clicktivism’

Hexbyte Tech News Wired How Bots Ruined ‘Clicktivism’

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Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Getty ImagesBill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Getty ImagesI recently came across two tweets—or rather, thousands of tweets sharing the same two ideas over and over again.The first batch targeted elected officials and read: “SNAP has helped lift millions out of poverty, but millions of Americans living in poverty today still depend on it. Help…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Video: How Elvis Introduced Paul McCartney to the Remote Control

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Video: How Elvis Introduced Paul McCartney to the Remote Control

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The Beatles met Elvis Presley only once, at his home in Los Angeles while they were on their second US Tour in August 1965.”It was just like a dream, really, meeting Elvis. We’d fantasized about him since we were kind of young teenagers and here he was in the flesh. So it was great. It…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired A Decade-Old Attack Can Break the Encryption of Most PCs

Hexbyte Tech News Wired A Decade-Old Attack Can Break the Encryption of Most PCs

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If you want to secure the data on your computer, one of the most important steps you can take is encrypting its hard drive. That way, if your laptop gets lost or stolen—or someone can get to it when you’re not around—everything remains protected and inaccessible. But researchers at the security firm F-Secure have uncovered…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Give Sandra Oh the Emmy, but ‘Killing Eve’ Deserved More Nominations

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Give Sandra Oh the Emmy, but ‘Killing Eve’ Deserved More Nominations

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Sandra Oh is long overdue for an Emmy.BBCSandra Oh is long overdue for an Emmy.BBCAll week, WIRED’s Culture team will be writing endorsement letters for various Emmy nominees in advance of next Monday’s awards ceremony. Next up: senior associate editor and aspiring assassin Angela Watercutter.In the spring of 2018, nearly three decades and some 75…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Why Big Tech and the Government Need to Work Together

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Why Big Tech and the Government Need to Work Together

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Zach Gibson/Getty ImagesThe arc of innovation has reached an inflection point: technological change now threatens to overwhelm us. Discovery is unstoppable, but it must be shaped for good. We ourselves—not just market forces—must manage it.WIRED OPINIONABOUTAsh Carter, former US Secretary of Defense, is the Director of Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Spider-Man Story: There Are Two Sides to Every Memetic Breakup

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Spider-Man Story: There Are Two Sides to Every Memetic Breakup

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Insomniac GamesThis isn’t a gossip column, but that doesn’t mean we don’t occasionally dabble in whispers from time to time. As such, this week we’ve got a (sort of) breakup, hot news about yet another videogame making its way to TV, and some dirt on Nintendo’s long-awaited online service. Well, kinda. Bottom line: Some stories…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers Brain’s Dumped DNA May Lead to Stress, Depression

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers Brain’s Dumped DNA May Lead to Stress, Depression

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Humans and other mammals react to stressful situations through a series of well-orchestrated evolutionary adaptations. When faced with a predator looking for its next meal, or with worry of losing a job, our bodies release a cascade of stress hormones. Our heart rate spikes, breath quickens, muscles tense up and beads of sweat appear. This…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers A South Vietnamese Air Force Officer Was Responsible for One of the Craziest Carrier Landings of All Time

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers A South Vietnamese Air Force Officer Was Responsible for One of the Craziest Carrier Landings of All Time

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Major Buang Lee comes to a halt aboard the USS Midway in a Cessna O-1 Bird Dog. (US Navy/released) The early weeks of April, 1975 found the USS Midway steaming towards the coast of South Vietnam to link up with a number of other warships including the USS Coral Sea and the USS Enterprise of Task…

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Scythe on Steam—The hit boardgame goes digital

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Scythe on Steam—The hit boardgame goes digital

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Mechariffic — The new standard for complex digital boardgames… but it costs $20. Keith Law – Sep 15, 2018 12:00 pm UTC Asmodee DigitalScythe is a heavy German-style board game that combines worker placement, area control, resource management, a little combat, and a point salad scoring with a setup so ornate that Alice Waters wanted to…