Building a Better Kerbal Space Program Controller

If you have even the most passing interest in space and what it takes to get there, you’ve probably already played Kerbal Space Program (KSP). If you haven’t, then you should set aside about ten hours today to go check that out real quick. Don’t worry, Hackaday will still be here when you get back. Right now you need to focus on getting those rockets built and establishing a network of communication satellites so you can get out of low…

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Waiter collects 8,000 tiny artworks made from chopstick sleeves / Boing Boing

Artist Yuki Tatsumi created Japanese Tip, an installation of the 8,000 origami “tips” left by customers at restaurants. Tatsumi was working as a waiter when he first noticed the trend. Via Spoon & Tamago: Since 2012 Tatsumi has not only been collecting his own tips but he’s reached out to restaurants and eateries all across Japan communicating his concept and asking them to send him their tips. The response has been enormous. He’s collected over 13,000 paper sculptures that range…

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Test your web browser’s cryptojacking protection

Cryptojacking is a relatively new threat on the Internet. It refers to websites abusing computing resources of visitors to mine cryptocurrency. Internet users notice that something is wrong when the computer they use slows down to a crawl suddenly and when fans speed up in an attempt to cool down components of the device that get hammered. The main issue with cryptojacking is that it is done behind the backs of users. Sites load cryptomining scripts on load to mine…

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Instagram reveals new GIF stickers feature for Stories

We’re sure most people look better with their eyeballs on stalks, a big red mouth and burgers whirling around their head (Picture: Instagram) Instagram has launched a new ‘gif stickers’ feature which will let users add ‘vibrant, animated’ images to their photos. When you install the new updated Instagram app, it will show a new gif option whenever you tap to add a sticker to snaps. Just click it and you’ll be able to search Giphy and add as many looping…

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Manage your email with Mailbird Pro for just $14.99

Even in this age of Facebook posts, Twitter DMs and text messaging, there’s still plenty of people who use a Windows PC Windows who also use plain, old-fashioned email. However, you might want to combine the old with the new, and Mailbird Pro allows you to do just that. In this special offer, you can sign up for a lifetime subscription to Mailbird Pro for just $14.99. That’s a huge discount from its normal price of $79.99. This email client,…

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BMW is Turning Apple CarPlay Into a Subscription Service

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. BMW, the embattled budget car manufacturer that has no choice but to turn to less-savory methods of earning income as its market share fades thanks to stiff competition from the Kia Rio and Nissan Versa, has a new idea for earning revenue. Going forward, instead of charging a onetime fee to enable Apple CarPlay, the luxury auto company will instead charge customers $80 per year.…

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T-Mobile and Layer3 TV Close Acquisition and are Ready to “Disrupt” the TV World

This morning, T-Mobile announced that it had closed its Layer3 TV acquisition, which means they can officially move forward with their plans to “disrupt” the TV industry. No specific plans were announced, in terms of how this TV service will work or what its pricing scheme will entail, but T-Mobile did say that they will have exclusive offers for those who sign-up to be notified of the service’s launch. For those not familiar, Layer3 TV is a small Denver-based TV…

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4 Ways to Truly Expand #CSforAll

Despite continued debate over what “computer science” encompasses, politicians, corporations, non-profits, school leaders, teachers and families have all been pushing to teach more of it in U.S. schools. Unfortunately, supply hasn’t kept up with demand. According to a 2016 poll by Gallup and Google, more than 90 percent of parents think computer science is a good use of school resources, but less than half of schools offer even a single class. Although an improvement from previous years, this still pales in…

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Sumo Logic snaps up low-key threat forensics startup FactorChain

Sumo Logic Inc. is using the $75 million that it raised last year to establish a stronger presence in the fast-growing cybersecurity market. The company, which helps enterprises track down issues in their technology infrastructure, today announced the acquisition of a low-key breach analysis provider called FactorChain Inc. The startup was founded in 2015 and hasn’t yet released a product. This would normally suggest the deal was an acquihire, but Sumo Logic said that’s not the case. FactorChain has spent…

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Reporting alien sightings, greener blue jeans, fiddling with balls, RIP Spike TV

A list of people you might want to call — or not — in case you find an alien. Scientists are working on a greener way to make blue jeans. Deflate, inflate and other things athletes (or people they paid) have done to balls to try to gain an edge. And Spike TV, the “unapologetically male” network that was there for the people who had been “PC’d to death,” fades to black. Photo: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. (Tom…

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