General

Tesla switches on giant battery to shore up Australia’s grid

HORNSDALE, Australia (Reuters) – Tesla Inc switched on the world’s biggest lithium ion battery on Friday in time to feed Australia’s shaky power grid for the first day of summer, meeting a promise by Elon Musk to build it in 100 days or give it free. An old windmill stands in front of wind turbines in a paddock near the Hornsdale Power Reserve, featuring the world’s largest lithium ion battery made by Tesla, located on the outskirts of the South…

0
Read More

Arduino Saves Gameboy Camera | Hackaday

[Brian Khuu] bought a few Gameboy cameras on the Internet and found that they still had pictures on them from a previous owner. The memory in the camera has a backup battery and if that battery dies, the pictures are history. [Brian] bravely decided to extract the pictures to a PC. He knew the protocol for how the Gameboy talked to the companion pocket printer was available, so he used an Arduino and a Web browser to extract the photos.…

0
Read More

How rolls of turf are made / Boing Boing

Rolls of turf are made exactly how you imagine they would be: a huge truck courses over a well-kept lawn, literally screeds off three inches of grass and soil, then automatically cuts, rolls, and stacks the resulting sheets of turf. The remorseless perfection of the machine, here, reminds me of my first real job out of college, at a newspaper. The break room was peculiarly enormous, a little kitchen tucked into one corner, dominated by a vast expanse the table…

0
Read More

Google to block third-party code injections in Chrome

Google published a schedule for blocking third-party code injections in the company’s Chrome web browser yesterday. Code injections by third-party software affect about two-thirds of all Chrome users on Windows operating system devices so Chris Hamilton, a member of Chrome’s Stability Team. Chrome installations with code injections are 15% more likely to crash according to Google’s statistics, and that is the main reason why Google decided to block third-party code injections in the browser. Two types of applications inject code…

0
Read More

When F2P goes wrong: NCSoft gave latest game five months before pulling plug

Korean game studio NCSoft took an hours-before-Thanksgiving moment to announce bad news for fans of its most recent game, Master X Master: the free-to-play (F2P) game, which only launched five months ago, is already about to go dark. The company’s official announcement, sent to all its players on Wednesday, blamed the online game’s closure on “fail[ing] to connect with players.” (That’s a short way to sum up complaints from avid users about lag, long queues between matches, and issues with…

0
Read More

Porsche CEO admits that Tesla has lured away Porsche’s customers – BGR

Tesla’s Model S may very well go down as one of the most important and impactful cars in history. Not only did it enjoy a seemingly endless number of accolades and awards, it single-handedly kickstarted the EV revolution into high gear. Though EVs have been around for literally decades, the success Tesla enjoyed with the Model S ultimately prompted traditional automakers like Ford and BMW to take EV development much more seriously. Porsche in particular has been heavily influenced by…

0
Read More

Animoji Karaoke How To Guide For iPhone X

If you are on social media and have any interest in Apple or its smartphones, then you will have likely seen a number of people sharing videos which live under the “Animoji Karaoke” phenomenon. They have become so popular that Apple even made them part of its new TV promo campaign for iPhone X. If you have purchased an iPhone X, and want to be included in this new craze, then you are in luck as we are going to…

0
Read More

Want to switch from Apple macOS to Linux because of the ‘root’ security bug? Give deepin 15.5 a try!

Apple’s macOS is a great operating system. Not only is it stable and beautifully designed, but it very secure too. Well, usually it is. Unless you live under a rock, you definitely heard about the macOS High Sierra security bug that made the news over the last couple of days. In case you somehow are unaware, the bug essentially made it so anyone could log into any Mac running the latest version of the operating system. Luckily, Apple has already…

0
Read More

Old Ways Meet New Tech (and New Students) at Meeting of Library and Academic Leaders

With edtech, specialized isn’t always better. Technology designed for educators is pushed “as if our ones and zeroes are special,” keynote speaker Clay Shirky told top librarians, publishers and administrators at the Ithaka Next Wave 2017 conference, held in New York City on Wednesday. “When you look at the way students actually work, they mostly work with tools that are general-purpose,” Shirky said. Those easy-to-hand, widely adopted tools cited by Shirky include the ubiquitous Google Docs, as well as more-unexpected ones like…

0
Read More

Report: Multiple women accuse investor Shervin Pishevar of sexual misconduct

Prominent Silicon Valley venture capitalist and early Uber Technologies Inc. investor Shervin Pishevar has been accused of sexual misconduct by five women, according to a report published by Bloomberg on Thursday. Pishevar, who is managing director of Sherpa Capital, is also co-founder of Hyperloop-one (now Virgin Hyperloop One), and served as board observer at Uber for four years. In 2012 the U.S. government made him a recipient of the “Outstanding American by Choice” in recognition of his achievements as a naturalized American.…

0
Read More