How to Make a Secret Door/Bookcase

How to Make Stuff

#HowTo

Tue, Dec 18th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Bob from the I Like to Make Stuff shows you how to, uh, make stuff. Pretty neat channel that covers a variety of different projects. Below, how to make a secret door/bookcase. Don't ask me why I was looking for this information.

My good friends, Josh and Amy, recently renovated their attic and were able to close off some of the “unusable” space into a secret room. Josh has wanted to have a secret room his entire life, and with their first child on his way soon, the recent renovation was the perfect way to make it happen. The whole idea is for his son, in about four years, to find a secret playroom in his house!

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“If the tech industry gets its way, none of your stuff will be yours anymore.”

Adam ruins everything

#Humour

Mon, Dec 17th, 2018 08:51 by capnasty NEWS

While you may own the device you bought, the software it needs is not yours, allowing companies to enforce their own rules and regulations on how that product is used—preventing you even from repairing it.

We’re in the middle of an Attention War – where big tech battle it out to win over our eyeballs. Our attention spans are considered a precious—and scarce—commodity. So what is the price of your attention? In this mini-series, we'll explore the psychology, design and impact of tech and social media on both ourselves and society. A new episode will be released every Friday for the next six weeks.

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“Google Owns 28% of Your Brain.”

The problem with digital assistants

#Internet

Sun, Dec 16th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

In this episode BrainCraft we learn how the use of digital assistants is causing brain atrophy.

We’re in the middle of an Attention War – where big tech battle it out to win over our eyeballs. Our attention spans are considered a precious—and scarce—commodity. So what is the price of your attention? In this mini-series, we'll explore the psychology, design and impact of tech and social media on both ourselves and society. A new episode will be released every Friday for the next six weeks.

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“The race is on to create lab-grown meat products.”

Lab steak

#Food

Sat, Dec 15th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

In this video the Wall Street Journal looks at the development of lab-grown meat and tries out steak grown from cultured cells. More information on the steak here.

The race is on to create lab-grown meat products. Still, little is known about their safety and potential impact. In this episode of Moving Upstream, WSJ’s Jason Bellini visits entrepreneurs, scientists, and ranchers to understand how it’s made, and gets a first taste of steak grown from cultured cells.

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“A novel experiment by a government to work with journalists and educators to combat the spread of online misinformation.”

French students learn to recognise online misinformation

#Education

Fri, Dec 14th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to the New York Times, students at the Collège Henri Barbusse near Lyon, France, students participated ina workshop that would teach teenagers how to recognise online misinformation.

The class was part of a novel experiment by a government to work with journalists and educators to combat the spread of online misinformation. France is coordinating one of the world’s largest national media and internet literacy efforts to teach students, starting as early as in middle school, how to spot junk information online.

Since 2015, the French government has increased funding for courses about the downsides of the online world. About 30,000 teachers and other educational professionals receive government training on the subject every year. In some places, the local authorities require young adults to complete an internet literacy course to receive welfare benefits, such as a monthly stipend.

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“We’ve received requests to add some artificial noise to the buses so that people can hear them.”

Shenzhen has 16,000 electric busses, taxis are next

#Technology

Thu, Dec 13th, 2018 08:03 by capnasty NEWS

According to The Guardian, the Chinese city of Shenzhen has systematically replaced all its diesel busses with electric ones reducing not just noise but pollution. Taxi cabs are next.

“Typically, more than half of the cost of the bus is subsidised by government,” says Ma. “In terms of operation there is another subsidy: if we run our buses for a distance of more than 60,000km we receive just under 500,000 yuan [£58,000] from local government.” This subsidy is put towards reducing the cost of the bus fares: “The government looks at the public transport very much as social welfare.”

To keep Shenzhen’s electric vehicle fleet running, the city has built around 40,000 charging piles. Shenzhen Bus Company has 180 depots with their own charging facilities installed. One of its major depots in Futian can accommodate around 20 buses at the same time. “Most of the buses we charge…

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"Free apps make money by selling your personal data."

Everyone, not just Facebook, making money from your personal data, often behind your back

#Telephone

Wed, Dec 12th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

While Google's CEO claims that its users know how much they are being tracked, The New York Times explains the scale of location tracking behind Android and Apple phones (Apple may claim to be privacy-centric but they make a pretty penny selling your information to third parties). And with Facebook now wanting to predict your movements Vice has one suggestion: delete all your apps.

Many location companies say that when phone users enable location services, their data is fair game. But, The Times found, the explanations people see when prompted to give permission are often incomplete or misleading. An app may tell users that granting access to their location will help them get traffic information, but not mention that the data will be shared and sold. That disclosure is often buried in a vague privacy policy.

“Location information can reveal some of the most intimate…

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“Both spacecraft are still operational when they reached interstellar space.”

Voyager 2 enters interstellar space

#Space

Tue, Dec 11th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Launched in 1977, NASA reports that Voyager 2 has now officially exited the heliosphere — a bubble-like area of space created by the sun — and is now travelling in interstellar space.

“Voyager has a very special place for us in our heliophysics fleet,” said Nicola Fox, director of the Heliophysics Division at NASA Headquarters. “Our studies start at the Sun and extend out to everything the solar wind touches. To have the Voyagers sending back information about the edge of the Sun’s influence gives us an unprecedented glimpse of truly uncharted territory.”

While the probes have left the heliosphere, Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 have not yet left the solar system, and won’t be leaving anytime soon. The boundary of the solar system is considered to be beyond the outer edge of…

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Stripper Robots

Getting ready for the sexbot revolution

#Robots

Mon, Dec 10th, 2018 08:16 by capnasty NEWS

Mashable speaks to Giles Walker, the man who a decade ago built the first stripper robot.

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Optician Sans

Free typeface inspired by eye charts

#Computers

Sun, Dec 9th, 2018 17:31 by capnasty NEWS

Optician Sans, the brain-child of typographer Fábio Duarte Martins , s a free typeface based on the historical eye charts and optotypes used by opticians world wide.

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