Dennis Breen

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Get Involved, Internet: Join the fight to save The Expanse 

A lot of TV shows have been canceled over the past week or so, but <i>Brooklyn Nine-Nine</i> and (to a lesser extent) <i>Last Man Standing</i> have recently proven …

TV

The Truth Behind This Amazing Video from the Surface of a Comet

Look at this amazing GIF. That snowy-looking scene wasn't captured on Mount Everest, or in some canyon in Antarctica. That's the view from a lander …

Space

SelectTV could be the best cord-cutting service you've never heard of

Everyone seems to be cutting the cord and ditching cable. We’re still watching an obsessive amount of TV – we’re just watching it on other platforms. …

Unicorns of the Intellectual Right

The hiring-then-firing of Kevin Williamson followed a familiar script. A mainstream media organization hires a conservative in the name of intellectual diversity, then is shocked, shocked to discover that he’s dishonest and/or holds truly reprehensible views – something that the organization could …

Mainstream Media

The right’s Parkland problem: A symptom of authoritarian parenting

Conservatives see the Parkland students as disrespectful and dangerous — and those feelings stem from primal fears<p>The health of a society is measured in large part by how it treats its children.<p>Republicans and other members of the right wing have reacted with a wide range of emotions to the …

Don’t Just Delete Facebook, Poison Your Data First

If you're savvy with code, you can employ a script that repeatedly alters your Facebook posts with nonsense, making it more difficult for the social media site to collect user data.<p>In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, there’s a widespread movement for people to #DeleteFacebook. But even …

#DeleteFacebook : How to poison, obfuscate and purge your facebook data before deleting your account - Toronto Web Design | Web Design Toronto

A middle school tween’s real-world meme inspires epic Twitter thread

Anyone who’s ever wondered what it’s like to push a meme from the world of online social media into the world of middle school hijinks is in luck, …

The Subatomic Discovery That Physicists Considered Keeping Secret

A pair of physicists announced the discovery of a subatomic event so powerful that the researchers wondered if it was too dangerous to make …

Confession Of A Planetary Scientist: 'I Do Not Want To Live On Mars'

I am a planetary scientist and once astronaut candidate finalist (read: space nerd).<p>But I have something to confess: I do not want to live on Mars.<p>While certainly interesting scientifically (e.g., seasonally-varying polar caps; transient methane plumes; permafrost), Mars is not particularly …

Astronomy

We’re all Equif*cked

Every company is a tech company, and that’s a big problem. Or rather, either every company is a tech company but most suck at it, or most aren’t tech companies but should be. Either way, we’re gonna have a bad time. Stock photo companies oughta be making more images of hackers because that cat …

Why the Equifax breach is very possibly the worst leak of personal info ever

Consumers' most sensitive data is now in the open and will remain so for years to come.<p>It's a sad reality in 2017 that a data breach affecting 143 …

Security

How Americanisms are killing the English language

A book released this year claims that Americanisms will have completely absorbed the English language by 2120. Hephzibah Anderson takes a look.<p>So it turns out I can no longer speak English. This was the alarming realisation foisted upon me by Matthew Engel’s witty, cantankerous yet nonetheless …

Language

Hookworm, a disease of extreme poverty, is thriving in the US south. Why?

Children playing feet away from open pools of raw sewage; drinking water pumped beside cracked pipes of untreated waste; human faeces flushed back …

To Understand Rising Inequality, Consider the Janitors at Two Top Companies, Then and Now

ROCHESTER — Gail Evans and Marta Ramos have one thing in common: They have each cleaned offices for one of the most innovative, profitable and all-around successful companies in the United States.<p>For Ms. Evans, that meant being a janitor in Building 326 at Eastman Kodak’s campus in Rochester in the …

Income Inequality

Jobs aren’t the solution to America’s problems—they’re the cause

Work means everything to us Americans. For centuries—since, say, 1650—we’ve believed that it builds character (punctuality, initiative, honesty, self-discipline, and so forth). We’ve also believed that the market in labor, where we go to find work, has been relatively efficient in allocating …

Income Inequality

Trump's Media Pals Are Busy Creating a Left-Wing 'Threat' to Balance Out the Awful Racist Right-Wing Hordes That Threaten Civil Society

In these dark days, an intergenerational warning is in order: Antifa folks, be wary. They are coming for you.<p>Some of us have seen this movie before. …

Why the Scariest Nuclear Threat May Be Coming from Inside the White House

Donald Trump’s secretary of energy, Rick Perry, once campaigned to abolish the $30 billion agency that he now runs, which oversees everything from our nuclear arsenal to the electrical grid. The department’s budget is now on the chopping block. But does anyone in the White House really understand …

Nuclear Energy

Raspberry Pi TOR Access Point

Raspberry Pi enthusiasts interested in making their very own TOR Access Point powered by the excellent mini PC may be interested in the new tutorial …

Greg Palast: Trump’s tax cuts are more evidence America’s greedy billionaires have staged a political coup

The investigative journalist warns that “voodoo economics” is coming back<p>Investigative journalist and filmmaker Greg Palast has spent decades covering two intertwined topics fueling the demise of American democracy: stolen elections and greedy billionaires. Trump's call for massive corporate tax …

Using fetch() and reduce() to grab and format data from an external API - A practical guide

Today we’re going to learn how to get and manipulate data from an external API. We’ll use a practical example from one of my current projects that …

ZTE announces 6-inch Android Nougat phone for $130

ZTE announced its new Max XL phone today, a Boost Mobile exclusive that features a 6-inch Full HD display and Android Nougat 7.1.1. The phone will cost only $129.99. It’s nice to see ZTE launching even its budget phones with updated Android software as well as a rear fingerprint sensor. But while …

A display of unbelievable ignorance: In a real country with a real president, Trump’s AP interview would destroy him

Our president thinks the Pentagon is a company, terrorism was a recent invention and 9/11 was a ratings coup<p>A new poll revealed that 98 percent of Donald Trump voters said they don’t regret their choice for president. It’s a number that’s simultaneously too difficult to believe and infuriating. By …

The Snake

Donald Trump’s favorite story perfectly describes his first 10 days in office.<p>There is a story Donald Trump liked to tell on the campaign trail. The story of the snake.<p>The fable goes like this. A “tender-hearted” woman finds a wounded snake on the road. She takes it in and nurses it back to health. …

10 Best Popular Password Cracking Tools Of 2016 | Windows, Linux, OS X

10 Best Popular Password Cracking Tools Of 2016 | Windows, Linux, OS X<p>Here we make a list of the best top 10 password cracking tools that are widely …

Scientists claim breakthrough in hunt for Planet Nine

Scientists working with data captured by Nasa's Cassini spacecraft have identified a region of the Solar System that they say is most likely to …

Why Martian Concrete Might Be The Best Building Material In The Solar System

To colonize Mars, researchers are developing a new kind of concrete that doesn’t require water and is more than twice as strong.<p>Concrete has been critical to the colonization of our own planet. The Romans and Egyptians built their empires upon it, and when their formula for concrete was lost, …

Goldman Sachs wants to create its own version of bitcoin

Goldman Sachs has developed its own cryptocurrency for a settlement system for trading stocks, bonds and other assets, according to a recently published patent filing.<p>The New York-based financial giant made a patent application last year for a new virtual currency called SETLCoin, which makes it …

Goldman Sachs

Jeff Bezos beats Elon Musk's SpaceX in the reusable rocket race

Blue Origin, the private space firm owned by Amazon's Jeff Bezos, has just dropped a huge gauntlet in the race to develop a reusable rocket. It just launched its New Shepard space vehicle (video, below), consisting of a BE-3 rocket and crew capsule, to the edge of space at a suborbital altitude of …

Cassini gets cozy with Saturn's moon, flies 30 miles above its surface

Cassini has just finished the second of three planned Enceladus flybys on October 28th, going as close at 30 miles above the surface of the icy moon's south polar region. The photo above was taken after the flyby, showing both the moon and Saturn's rings, but rest assured the probe took a lot of …