Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Everyone Wants to Go to the Moon Again—Logic Be Damned

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Everyone Wants to Go to the Moon Again—Logic Be Damned

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The Moon is a pretty barren place. Sure, there are a few buggies, some golf balls, a flag, urine bags, a family photo. But it’s mostly empty. If a company called ispace has its way, though, Earth’s closest space neighbor will soon(ish) be the site of a bustling, industrial city full of workers and tourists.…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Sculpture or Human Organ? These Photos Make It Hard to Tell

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Sculpture or Human Organ? These Photos Make It Hard to Tell

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Founded in 1887 by the London Missionary Society, the Medical Faculty of The University of Hong Kong is among the oldest Western-style medical schools in the Far East. It was there that anatomy professor Francis Chang and a team of students began assembling a collection of human anatomical specimens—bones, muscles, brain tissue, hearts, and other…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired How the Internet Gave All of Us Superpowers

Hexbyte Tech News Wired How the Internet Gave All of Us Superpowers

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Somewhere around 1997 I was filling my car with gas, and I spotted a web address on a small orange sticker on the pump. It was an ad of some kind; I don’t remember what for, but I do remember having a realization: The mass adoption of the internet was real. Against all odds, a…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers Bizarre Particles Keep Flying Out of Antarctica’s Ice, and They Might Shatter Modern Physics

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers Bizarre Particles Keep Flying Out of Antarctica’s Ice, and They Might Shatter Modern Physics

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There’s something mysterious coming up from the frozen ground in Antarctica, and it could break physics as we know it. Physicists don’t know what it is exactly. But they do know it’s some sort of cosmic ray — a high-energy particle that’s blasted its way through space, into the Earth, and back out again. But…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers Facebook Is Giving Advertisers Access to Your Shadow Contact Information

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers Facebook Is Giving Advertisers Access to Your Shadow Contact Information

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Illustration: Angelica Alzona (Gizmodo Media Group)Last week, I ran an ad on Facebook that was targeted at a computer science professor named Alan Mislove. Mislove studies how privacy works on social networks and had a theory that Facebook is letting advertisers reach users with contact information collected in surprising ways. I was helping him test…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers Crypto mining giant Bitmain reveals heady growth as it files for IPO

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers Crypto mining giant Bitmain reveals heady growth as it files for IPO

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After months of speculation, Bitmain — the world’s largest provider of crypto miners — has opened the inner details of its business after it submitted its IPO prospectus with the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong. And some of the growth numbers are insane. The document doesn’t specify how much five-year-old Bitmain is aiming to raise from…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers The Militant Miners Who Exposed the Horrors of Black Lung | JSTOR Daily

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers The Militant Miners Who Exposed the Horrors of Black Lung | JSTOR Daily

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From the Mine Wars to Bloody Harlan, the coal miners of Appalachia have a long and storied history of fighting for the rights and protections often denied to them while mining the region’s rich bituminous coal. So when men who had worked their whole lives underground began dying in increasing numbers from a chronic respiratory…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers Profiling CPython at Instagram

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers Profiling CPython at Instagram

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Instagram employs Python in one of the world’s largest settings, using it to implement the “business logic” needed to serve 800 million monthly active users. We use the reference implementation of Python, known as CPython, as the runtime used to execute our code. As we’ve grown, the number of machines required toserve our users has…

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Amazon’s newest brick-and-mortar store sells only top-rated products

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Amazon’s newest brick-and-mortar store sells only top-rated products

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It’s all about the ratings — Prime members pay the online price in-store, while everyone else pays more. Valentina Palladino – Sep 27, 2018 1:49 pm UTC Another brick-and-mortar Amazon store opens its doors today: Amazon 4-star, at a new location in New York City’s Soho district. The retail giant’s new store only sells products…

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Vote results: Construction will continue on Vogtle nuclear power plant

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Vote results: Construction will continue on Vogtle nuclear power plant

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all in favor — No new cap on costs; Southern Company would have to cover additional cost overruns. Megan Geuss – Sep 27, 2018 12:31 pm UTC Construction at the Vogtle nuclear power plant. The four owners of the new additions to the Vogtle nuclear power plant in Georgia agreed on Thursday that construction on…