Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers City Observatory – Housing can’t both be a good investment and be affordable

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers City Observatory – Housing can’t both be a good investment and be affordable

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A fundamental contradiction lies beneath most of our housing policy debates At City Observatory, we’ve frequently made the case that promoting homeownership as an investment strategy is a risky proposition. No financial advisor would recommend going into debt in order to put such a massive part of your savings in any other single financial instrument—and one…

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Cockroaches deliver karate kicks to avoid being turned into “zombies”

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Cockroaches deliver karate kicks to avoid being turned into “zombies”

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Dead roach walking — New ultra-slow-motion footage captures aggressive roach defense mechanisms Jennifer Ouellette – Nov 3, 2018 3:00 pm UTC Enlarge / The jewel wasp administers two stings: one to paralyze the legs, the other to make the roach her zombie slave.If you ever want to witness just how horrifyingly “red in tooth and…

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Floating solar is more than panels on a platform—it’s hydroelectric’s symbiont

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Floating solar is more than panels on a platform—it’s hydroelectric’s symbiont

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water and sun — Floating solar offers a wide range of benefits to hydroelectric dams. Megan Geuss – Nov 3, 2018 1:00 pm UTC Enlarge / A view of the new floating solar farm being grid connected on Godley Reservoir in Hyde, on February 10, 2016 in Manchester, England. Ashley Cooper / Barcroft Media /…

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Essen 2018: The best board games from the biggest board game con

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Essen 2018: The best board games from the biggest board game con

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Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com. This past weekend, tens of thousands of tabletop gaming fanatics made a pilgrimage to the German city of Essen for the annual Internationale Spieltage fair—better known to board gaming fans simply as Spiel (or Essen). It’s…

Hexbyte – News – Science/Nature | How Apollo 8 Survived the Risky Trip to the Far Side of the Moon | Apollo

Hexbyte – News – Science/Nature | How Apollo 8 Survived the Risky Trip to the Far Side of the Moon | Apollo

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Space A last minute shake up in 1968 sent a manned crew outside of Earth’s orbit for the first time. The crew of Apollo 8, in a very short amount of time, would have to learn how to reach our nearest celestial neighbor and then return safely to Earth. How Apollo 8 Survived the Risky…

Hexbyte – News – Science/Nature | RIP the Kilogram, Which Will Never Be the Same Again

Hexbyte – News – Science/Nature | RIP the Kilogram, Which Will Never Be the Same Again

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Most people know how much a pound weighs — 16 ounces. The worldly among us may know that a kilogram is 2.2 pounds — or 1,000 grams. But do we really know these numbers mean? Agreeing on units of measurement is a lot more complicated than it might seem, and the way humans agree on…

Hexbyte – Science and Tech Apple will accept some of your old iPhones, MacBooks, and Macs for repairs

Hexbyte – Science and Tech Apple will accept some of your old iPhones, MacBooks, and Macs for repairs

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Apple will soon accept some old iPhones, MacBooks, and Mac computers for repairs under a new “Repair Vintage Apple Products Pilot” program, 9to5Mac reported, citing sources familiar with the matter. The new program will initially cover the following Apple devices: iPhone 5 (GSM/CDMA), released 2012 11-inch MacBook Air, released mid-2012 13-inch MacBook Air, released mid-2012…

Hexbyte – Science and Tech Plus, Dot, Spot, Show? Which Amazon Echo is the way to go?

Hexbyte – Science and Tech Plus, Dot, Spot, Show? Which Amazon Echo is the way to go?

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Let’s be honest: The sheer number of Amazon Echo devices available is a little overwhelming, and it’s OK if you’re confused about which one to get for yourself or as a holiday gift. While the Alexa voice assistant is the same for all the devices (for the most part), there are some things to consider…

Hexbyte – Science and Tech ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’: Here’s Every Alternate Costume

Hexbyte – Science and Tech ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’: Here’s Every Alternate Costume

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By Tyler Fischer – November 3, 2018 This week, courtesy of a new Nintendo Direct, Nintendo dumped a metric ton of Super Smash. Bros. Ultimate reveals, information, and media that momentarily took the Internet by storm. And if your brain wasn’t already overloaded and flooded with Super Smash. Bros Ultimate, it’s about to be. Spanish…

Hexbyte – Science and Tech ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’ Perk-Stacking Exploit Gets Removed

Hexbyte – Science and Tech ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’ Perk-Stacking Exploit Gets Removed

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By Tanner Dedmon – November 3, 2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 players no longer have access to an exploit that allowed them to stack perks in Multiplayer modes following Treyarch’s most recent update. Treyarch told Black Ops 4 players on Reddit that the exploit had been removed while referring to the various mechanisms…