DNC discovers Russian hackers’ yearlong access to data

Gigster Hackers Russian hackers have had access to Democratic National Committee secret files — including opposition research on Donald Trump — for over a year, according to a new report in The Washington Post. The revelation comes a month after the director of national intelligence, James R. Clapper Jr., said that the agency had seen evidence of possible intrusions from foreign hackers into… Read More

Gigster Hackers Russian hackers have had access to Democratic National Committee secret files — including opposition research on Donald Trump — for over a year, according to a new report in The Washington Post. The revelation comes a month after the director of national intelligence, James R. Clapper Jr., said that the agency had seen evidence of possible intrusions from foreign hackers into… Read More

T-Rex tears through American Ninja Warrior course, despite extinction

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“We are disproving evolution, the T-Rex is still alive!”

The crowd at American Ninja Warrior was treated to a prehistoric cinderella story, in the form of someone in a T-Rex costume impressively blazing through the show’s obstacles.

The poor creature made an impressive showing, but it’s only fitting that the small arms ultimately did the T-Rex in. 

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“We are disproving evolution, the T-Rex is still alive!”

The crowd at American Ninja Warrior was treated to a prehistoric cinderella story, in the form of someone in a T-Rex costume impressively blazing through the show’s obstacles.

The poor creature made an impressive showing, but it’s only fitting that the small arms ultimately did the T-Rex in. 

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Juno, NASA’s Jupiter Mission, and My Visit Inside a JPL Cleanroom

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Hey Jupiter, I hope you’re ready for your close-up.

Recently, I was granted the rare privilege of stepping inside one of the largest cleanrooms at NASA‘s Jet Propulsion Laboratories. I was there to learn about this year’s blockbuster space mission, Juno, and chat with some super smart science and engineering people who worked on the project.

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Hey Jupiter, I hope you’re ready for your close-up.

Recently, I was granted the rare privilege of stepping inside one of the largest cleanrooms at NASA‘s Jet Propulsion Laboratories. I was there to learn about this year’s blockbuster space mission, Juno, and chat with some super smart science and engineering people who worked on the project.

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Blueberry Cake

Blueberry Cake

Have an abundance of blueberries? When they are in season you really have to enjoy them while you can, right? Here is a lovely blueberry cake that makes the most of fresh blueberries (though you can use frozen if you want).

In fact, it almost seems like there is more blueberry than cake in this cake; that’s a problem I can live with!

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Blueberry Cake

Have an abundance of blueberries? When they are in season you really have to enjoy them while you can, right? Here is a lovely blueberry cake that makes the most of fresh blueberries (though you can use frozen if you want).

In fact, it almost seems like there is more blueberry than cake in this cake; that’s a problem I can live with!

Continue reading “Blueberry Cake” »

iPhone and iPad apps will be able to shoot RAW photos with iOS 10

Good news, iPhone-toting photo lovers: RAW photo shooting support is coming to iOS 10. (Wondering what the heck a “RAW” photo is? It’s a file format that stores an image in its rawest form, sans compression and pre-processing. The upside: you’ve got a lot more data to work with, allowing for a much greater degree of editing flexibility in post processing — hence… Read More

Good news, iPhone-toting photo lovers: RAW photo shooting support is coming to iOS 10. (Wondering what the heck a “RAW” photo is? It’s a file format that stores an image in its rawest form, sans compression and pre-processing. The upside: you’ve got a lot more data to work with, allowing for a much greater degree of editing flexibility in post processing — hence… Read More

‘Where does this stop?’ Obama blasts proposed Muslim ban following Orlando attack

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“Where does this stop?”

President Barack Obama asked the question during a speech from Washington, D.C. on Thursday that was billed as an update on the fight against ISIS but turned into a speech about the future of the United States. 

Obama forcefully critiqued the heated rhetoric targeting immigrants and Muslims in the wake of the killing of 49 people at a gay nightclub on Sunday by Omar Mateen, an American Muslim of Afghan descent. In particular, presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump has reiterated his calls for a ban on Muslim immigrants coming to the United States and suggested that the American Muslim community has been complicit in the violence.  Read more…

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“Where does this stop?”

President Barack Obama asked the question during a speech from Washington, D.C. on Thursday that was billed as an update on the fight against ISIS but turned into a speech about the future of the United States. 

Obama forcefully critiqued the heated rhetoric targeting immigrants and Muslims in the wake of the killing of 49 people at a gay nightclub on Sunday by Omar Mateen, an American Muslim of Afghan descent. In particular, presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump has reiterated his calls for a ban on Muslim immigrants coming to the United States and suggested that the American Muslim community has been complicit in the violence.  Read more…

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Get a 2-Pack of Two-Meter MFi-Certified Lightning Cables, Now 77% off

We all love our iPhones and iPads. But if there’s one thing about them we don’t like, it’s their dang charging cables. It seems like they’re barely out of the box before they’re peeling, frayed, and ultimately unusable.

Replacing any Apple product – even charging cables – usually comes at a premium price. Thankfully, we’re looking out for your wallet: you can pick up a pair of two-meter MFi-certified Lightning cables for only $12.99, or 77% off MSRP.

These cables look and feel just like the official Apple versions, but without the price tag. These cables stand ready to handle all your syncing and charging needs, while their two meter length offers extra reach for handling those critical functions.

At $12.99 for a pair, it’s worth stocking up on these Lightning cables for emergencies. Jump on this deal now, while supplies last!

We all love our iPhones and iPads. But if there’s one thing about them we don’t like, it’s their dang charging cables. It seems like they’re barely out of the box before they’re peeling, frayed, and ultimately unusable.

Replacing any Apple product – even charging cables – usually comes at a premium price. Thankfully, we’re looking out for your wallet: you can pick up a pair of two-meter MFi-certified Lightning cables for only $12.99, or 77% off MSRP.

These cables look and feel just like the official Apple versions, but without the price tag. These cables stand ready to handle all your syncing and charging needs, while their two meter length offers extra reach for handling those critical functions.

At $12.99 for a pair, it’s worth stocking up on these Lightning cables for emergencies. Jump on this deal now, while supplies last!

DIY ding repair for surf and stand-up paddle boards

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I have dinged the rails of every surfboard I’ve ever owned. Generally, I crack the rails when I make stupid mistakes in the parking lot, or my driveway, though I understand some folks actually bump into things in the water. For small bumps and bruises, I keep a tube of sun curing resin around.

Repairs to your rails (the edges of the board that cut into the water) are not difficult at all! Simply clean up the cracked spot, sand it down a bit to give the resin something to adhere to, and quirt out a glob. Use some plastic wrap to mold the resin, and hold it in place, while the board cures in the sun.

Of course you can also put a plastic bumper sticker over the crack and hope it holds. I’ve done that too.

Be certain you know if your board is polyester or epoxy! Using the wrong resin will destroy your board, as the two do not react well. Most manufacturers will label the boards, so check the stickers and logo information under the glass.

When chunks are missing from your board, or you really gouge into the foam, there are putties and other fillers you can use, which you then cover with the correct resin. Even more sanding is involved!

I like these SolaRez kits as they come with some sand paper, which is never there when you need it.

Solarez UV Cure Epoxy Ding Resin – SUP Paddleboard & Surfboard Repair Kit via Amazon

Solarez UV Cure Polyester Ding Resin – Surfboard Repair Kit (2 Oz) via Amazon

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I have dinged the rails of every surfboard I’ve ever owned. Generally, I crack the rails when I make stupid mistakes in the parking lot, or my driveway, though I understand some folks actually bump into things in the water. For small bumps and bruises, I keep a tube of sun curing resin around.

Repairs to your rails (the edges of the board that cut into the water) are not difficult at all! Simply clean up the cracked spot, sand it down a bit to give the resin something to adhere to, and quirt out a glob. Use some plastic wrap to mold the resin, and hold it in place, while the board cures in the sun.

Of course you can also put a plastic bumper sticker over the crack and hope it holds. I’ve done that too.

Be certain you know if your board is polyester or epoxy! Using the wrong resin will destroy your board, as the two do not react well. Most manufacturers will label the boards, so check the stickers and logo information under the glass.

When chunks are missing from your board, or you really gouge into the foam, there are putties and other fillers you can use, which you then cover with the correct resin. Even more sanding is involved!

I like these SolaRez kits as they come with some sand paper, which is never there when you need it.

Solarez UV Cure Epoxy Ding Resin – SUP Paddleboard & Surfboard Repair Kit via Amazon

Solarez UV Cure Polyester Ding Resin – Surfboard Repair Kit (2 Oz) via Amazon

Apple kills the Game Center app, but the service will continue

game-center-ios With the introduction of iOS 10, Apple will finally allow users to delete the pre-installed apps – like Compass, Stocks, Tips, Maps, Watch, and more – from their smartphones and tablets. But there’s one app that you won’t need to remove: Game Center. Apple confirms that Game Center will continue as a service, but it will no longer be available as a standalone… Read More

game-center-ios With the introduction of iOS 10, Apple will finally allow users to delete the pre-installed apps – like Compass, Stocks, Tips, Maps, Watch, and more – from their smartphones and tablets. But there’s one app that you won’t need to remove: Game Center. Apple confirms that Game Center will continue as a service, but it will no longer be available as a standalone… Read More