Day: December 22, 2018

What Happens After Surprising DNA Test Results?

schwit1 shared an interesting article from Bloomberg: Though genetic tests are frequently marketed as family-friendly entertainment, they sometimes wind up surfacing life-altering surprises. And when those surprises show up in someone’s test results, the first move is often a call to customer service…. At 23andMe, those types of calls are so frequent that preparing for…

Refurbishing A Classic Electrostatic Speaker PSU

Sometimes a project takes longer than it should to land in the Hackaday in-tray, but when we read about it there’s such gold to be found that it’s worth sharing with you our readers despite its slight lack of freshness. So it is with [Andrew Back]’s refurbishment of his Quad electrostatic speaker system power supply,…

Rare Amiga Bought on eBay For $2,500

Long-time Slashdot reader Mike Bouma shared Eurogamer’s report about a rare Amiga 3000 auctioned on eBay: Mike Clarke, who worked at legendary UK game company Psygnosis from 1992 to 1999 doing audio work, rescued this particular Amiga 3000 from destruction after it had been placed down in a corridor, ready to be thrown out. Over…

Gatwick airport drones incident leads to arrests – CNET

Police take two people into custody after drones fly too close to the London airport, causing flight cancellations and a nightmare for holiday travelers. …read more Source:: CNet

Self-Driving Car Company Zoox Is Now Allowed to Carry Passengers

The AP reports that self-driving cars have reached a new milestone in California: The Public Utilities Commission granted Zoox the first permit to ferry riders in autonomous vehicles under a pilot program. But Zoox can’t charge for the service and a backup driver must be in the car. Under the program, Zoox will submit information…

A Delivery Robot Spontaneously Burst Into Flames

Long-time Slashdot reader AmiMoJo shares this article from the Verge: An autonomous food delivery robot burst into flames on a Berkeley, California walkway, as first reported by The Daily Californian. Kiwi, the startup that makes and manages the one hundred-strong fleet of robots, issued a statement to say that the fire was quickly extinguished by…

The new Aquaman movie converted me from Marvel to DC – CNET

Commentary: Move over, Marvel. CNET’s Bonnie Burton explains why Jason Momoa replaced her love for all things Avengers. …read more Source:: CNet

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse post-credits scene, explained – CNET

Marvel adds more Spider-people and meme moments to the mix. Warning: spoilers incoming! …read more Source:: CNet

Get Your Tweets Without Looking

Head-mounted displays range from cumbersome to glass-hole-ish. Smart watches have their niche, but they still take your eyes away from whatever you are doing, like driving. Voice assistants can read to you, but they require a speaker that everyone else in the car has to listen to, or a headset that blocks out important sound….

Price Of Bitcoin Rises 27%, While Price of Bitcoin Cash Triples

A Bloomberg columnist asks whether this week’s rise in bitcoin’s price is a turning point — or just a “dead cat bounce”? After hitting a year’s low of about $3,143, down about 80 percent from January highs, Bitcoin has risen 27 percent this week. Short-sellers are closing their positions, while fans smell fresh opportunity. Even…