Man costumed as The Joker arrested and charged with “wearing a mask in public”

The AP reports that Jeremy Putnam, 31, was arrested in Winchester, Virginia, and charged with “wearing a mask in public,” a felony in that state.

He was armed with a “sword” in public, which apparently alarmed residents. But they haven’t charged him with that; they’ve charged him with this, a fascinatingly terrible law:

§ 18.2-422. Prohibition of wearing of masks in certain places; exceptions.

It shall be unlawful for any person over 16 years of age to, with the intent to conceal his identity, wear any mask, hood or other device whereby a substantial portion of the face is hidden or covered so as to conceal the identity of the wearer…

…with specific exceptions for “traditional holiday costumes,” protective or medical masks, or ones for a “bona fide theatrical production or masquerade ball.”

Putnam is being held at the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center.

The AP reports that Jeremy Putnam, 31, was arrested in Winchester, Virginia, and charged with “wearing a mask in public,” a felony in that state.

He was armed with a “sword” in public, which apparently alarmed residents. But they haven’t charged him with that; they’ve charged him with this, a fascinatingly terrible law:

§ 18.2-422. Prohibition of wearing of masks in certain places; exceptions.

It shall be unlawful for any person over 16 years of age to, with the intent to conceal his identity, wear any mask, hood or other device whereby a substantial portion of the face is hidden or covered so as to conceal the identity of the wearer…

…with specific exceptions for “traditional holiday costumes,” protective or medical masks, or ones for a “bona fide theatrical production or masquerade ball.”

Putnam is being held at the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center.

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Are you an urban police force thinking about how to control your fellow humans? Look no farther! Your pals at Bozena have an all-new RIOT system, a crowd-control killdozer for all your protest-suppressing needs! (more…)

Are you an urban police force thinking about how to control your fellow humans? Look no farther! Your pals at Bozena have an all-new RIOT system, a crowd-control killdozer for all your protest-suppressing needs! (more…)

Uber grounds entire self-driving fleet as it probes Arizona crash

 Uber has now grounded its entire autonomous test fleet in the U.S., following an accident in Arizona which left one of its Volvo SUVs flipped on its side earlier today. Read More

 Uber has now grounded its entire autonomous test fleet in the U.S., following an accident in Arizona which left one of its Volvo SUVs flipped on its side earlier today. Read More

Um why is there a teddy bear emoji on these leaked Samsung Galaxy S8 camera photos?

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Okay, now the Samsung Galaxy S8 leaks are just getting ridiculous.

We’re just days away from Samsung’s big reveal, so, naturally, we’ve pretty much seen the entire phone at this point.

Now, thanks to another intrepid leaker, we have a new batch of high-resolution photos to obsess over, but the only part we care about with this current batch is: 

Why the hell is there a teddy bear emoji on the camera interface?

The leak, which comes from AndroidMX, shows various up-close shots of the Galaxy S8+ in use (and, once again, not exploding). You can see a clear look at the home screen, and what looks like just about every settings menu (in Spanish), but the real gem is the shot of the camera interface. Read more…

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Okay, now the Samsung Galaxy S8 leaks are just getting ridiculous.

We’re just days away from Samsung’s big reveal, so, naturally, we’ve pretty much seen the entire phone at this point.

Now, thanks to another intrepid leaker, we have a new batch of high-resolution photos to obsess over, but the only part we care about with this current batch is: 

Why the hell is there a teddy bear emoji on the camera interface?

The leak, which comes from AndroidMX, shows various up-close shots of the Galaxy S8+ in use (and, once again, not exploding). You can see a clear look at the home screen, and what looks like just about every settings menu (in Spanish), but the real gem is the shot of the camera interface. Read more…

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Chance the Rapper sat in on a third grade math class and it looked really fun, TBH

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The verdict is in: Yes, math can, in fact, be fun.

‘Know this might seem controversial, but hear it out: Chance the Rapper sat in on a third-grade math class during a surprise Career Day appearance at a Chicago elementary school this week, and it looked extremely enjoyable.

See for yourself. Addition, multiplication, and subtraction are all on the day’s menu, and none of the students look even a little mad about it. The lesson even got a cool name: “Math Talk.”

Pult up for Career Day and was invited to sit in on Ms. Jackson’s class #supportCPS

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The verdict is in: Yes, math can, in fact, be fun.

‘Know this might seem controversial, but hear it out: Chance the Rapper sat in on a third-grade math class during a surprise Career Day appearance at a Chicago elementary school this week, and it looked extremely enjoyable.

See for yourself. Addition, multiplication, and subtraction are all on the day’s menu, and none of the students look even a little mad about it. The lesson even got a cool name: “Math Talk.”

Pult up for Career Day and was invited to sit in on Ms. Jackson’s class #supportCPS

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Feast your eyes on NASA’s stunning ‘farewell to Pluto’ photo

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NASA just released a new photo of everyone’s favorite dwarf planet, and it’s something to behold.

Taken from 120,000 miles behind Pluto by NASA’s New Horizons, the shot perfectly captures Pluto’s blue haze.

The photo’s the result of six black-and-white photos stitched together, with color added from separate photos taken in July 2015, just hours after the New Horizons spacecraft made its closest approach to Pluto, NASA says.

This allowed scientists to get one of their best shots yet of the dwarf planet’s blue haze. The haze, backlit by the light of the sun, is caused by the same phenomenon that makes haze here on Earth sometimes look blue, scientists say. If you look closely, the haze also illuminates Pluto’s mountains (near the top left side of the image.)  Read more…

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NASA just released a new photo of everyone’s favorite dwarf planet, and it’s something to behold.

Taken from 120,000 miles behind Pluto by NASA’s New Horizons, the shot perfectly captures Pluto’s blue haze.

The photo’s the result of six black-and-white photos stitched together, with color added from separate photos taken in July 2015, just hours after the New Horizons spacecraft made its closest approach to Pluto, NASA says.

This allowed scientists to get one of their best shots yet of the dwarf planet’s blue haze. The haze, backlit by the light of the sun, is caused by the same phenomenon that makes haze here on Earth sometimes look blue, scientists say. If you look closely, the haze also illuminates Pluto’s mountains (near the top left side of the image.)  Read more…

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Hey, Future: Please hire this badass flute player immediately

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Flute samples in rap music are having a moment, so here’s your next big star.

The internet is currently smitten with a flautist from Dallas, who goes by @BonafideTye on Twitter. On Thursday, she tweeted videos of herself playing along to Future’s “Mask Off” and Migos’ “Get Right Witcha.”

Spoiler: the videos are amazing. She is amazing. Like … 🔥 🔥 🔥 . Plus, she knows the bathroom has the best acoustics, so she is clearly an expert.

On Twitter, people are obsessed, of course. @BonafideTye even got a shoutout from singer-rapper Lizzo, who plays the flute herself. Read more…

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Flute samples in rap music are having a moment, so here’s your next big star.

The internet is currently smitten with a flautist from Dallas, who goes by @BonafideTye on Twitter. On Thursday, she tweeted videos of herself playing along to Future’s “Mask Off” and Migos’ “Get Right Witcha.”

Spoiler: the videos are amazing. She is amazing. Like … 🔥 🔥 🔥 . Plus, she knows the bathroom has the best acoustics, so she is clearly an expert.

On Twitter, people are obsessed, of course. @BonafideTye even got a shoutout from singer-rapper Lizzo, who plays the flute herself. Read more…

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Yes, the ‘Game of Thrones’ showrunners hated HBO’s stupid melting ice stunt as much as you did

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If you care about that which is best in life, or if you’re (somehow) out of TV to catch up on or binge, then you’re probably anxiously anticipating the new season of Game of Thrones like the rest of us. 

But now one of the show’s lead actors, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (a.k.a. Jaime Lannister) revealed that the people behind the show’s ice melting debacle considered the Season 7 date reveal a cringeworthy moment in TV history (of course, the internet agreed).

“I spoke to [showrunners] Dan [Weiss] and David [Benioff] about that and they were like, ‘Oh god… That’s embarrassing,'” Coster-Waldau told The Daily BeastRead more…

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If you care about that which is best in life, or if you’re (somehow) out of TV to catch up on or binge, then you’re probably anxiously anticipating the new season of Game of Thrones like the rest of us. 

But now one of the show’s lead actors, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (a.k.a. Jaime Lannister) revealed that the people behind the show’s ice melting debacle considered the Season 7 date reveal a cringeworthy moment in TV history (of course, the internet agreed).

“I spoke to [showrunners] Dan [Weiss] and David [Benioff] about that and they were like, ‘Oh god… That’s embarrassing,'” Coster-Waldau told The Daily BeastRead more…

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Alex Jones apologized for stoking the Pizzagate conspiracy theory, but all these protesters don’t care

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Conspiracy theory peddling InfoWars host Alex Jones apologized on Friday for spreading the unfounded conspiracy theory that a D.C. pizza restaurant was at the center of a child sex-abuse ring run by Hillary Clinton. 

But outside the White House on Saturday, the theoretical audience for InfoWars and all matters of PizzaGate conspiracy news didn’t seem to care much. A small group of protesters who believe that the White House must investigate claims of sex trafficking at a local pizza place gathered to convince people that the issue is real. 

As The Hill editor Will Sommer pointed out on Twitter, many of the protesters had their hearts in the right place: stopping child sex trafficking. They were just badly misinformed, thanks to conspiracy theorists like Jones.  Read more…

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Conspiracy theory peddling InfoWars host Alex Jones apologized on Friday for spreading the unfounded conspiracy theory that a D.C. pizza restaurant was at the center of a child sex-abuse ring run by Hillary Clinton. 

But outside the White House on Saturday, the theoretical audience for InfoWars and all matters of PizzaGate conspiracy news didn’t seem to care much. A small group of protesters who believe that the White House must investigate claims of sex trafficking at a local pizza place gathered to convince people that the issue is real. 

As The Hill editor Will Sommer pointed out on Twitter, many of the protesters had their hearts in the right place: stopping child sex trafficking. They were just badly misinformed, thanks to conspiracy theorists like Jones.  Read more…

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Everything we think we know about the Samsung Galaxy S8

 Next week in New York, Samsung will finally reveal the Galaxy S8. The handset has a lot riding on it — not simply because it’s a brand-defining flagship or because it’s seemingly been pushed back at least once. Next week’s Unpacked event will have even wider ranging implications for Samsung as its first major phone announcement since last year’s Galaxy Note debacle. Read More

 Next week in New York, Samsung will finally reveal the Galaxy S8. The handset has a lot riding on it — not simply because it’s a brand-defining flagship or because it’s seemingly been pushed back at least once. Next week’s Unpacked event will have even wider ranging implications for Samsung as its first major phone announcement since last year’s Galaxy Note debacle. Read More