38 Best President's Day Sales on Laptops, TVs, Gear (2019)

38 Best President's Day Sales on Laptops, TVs, Gear (2019)

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How the Brain Keeps Its Memories in the Right Order

How the Brain Keeps Its Memories in the Right Order

Marc Howard , a cognitive neuroscientist now at Boston University, and Karthik Shankar , who was then one of his postdoctoral students, wanted to figure out a mathematical model of time processing: a neurologically computable function for representing the past, like a mental canvas onto which the brain could paint memories and perceptions.

What Is Credential Stuffing?

What Is Credential Stuffing?

Credential stuffing attacks also can't try massive numbers of logins on a site with all the tries coming from the same IP address, because web services have basic rate-limiting protections in place to block floods of activity that could be destabilizing.

The Soothing Promise of Our Own Artisanal Internet

The Soothing Promise of Our Own Artisanal Internet

“I don’t know what the Michael Pollan version would be: Eat independent sites, mostly not Facebook?” says Glitch CEO Anil Dash, who helped create some early social web tools 15 years ago at Six Apart and has long argued that tech needs to reintroduce community and user control.

California's Rain Was a 'Cat 4' Atmospheric River. Wait, What?

California's Rain Was a 'Cat 4' Atmospheric River. Wait, What?

Most of those multiday deluges are the product of atmospheric rivers, high-altitude streams of air that originate near the equator and are packed with water vapor.

How Do I (Safely) Use Dating Apps?

How Do I (Safely) Use Dating Apps?

On the one hand, this is a good thing: Importing information from the social network can give you an extra layer of security, since it allows you to tell which potential matches have Facebook friends in common with you.

Launch an 80,000-Pound Sled off an Aircraft Carrier? Sure!

Launch an 80,000-Pound Sled off an Aircraft Carrier? Sure!

Since the sled is launched horizontally, the starting vertical velocity is zero meters per second. If I had the height of the flight deck, I could use that and the vertical motion to find the time it takes to hit the water.

What Happens When Techno-Utopians Actually Run a Country

What Happens When Techno-Utopians Actually Run a Country

“It’s imperative that this works, because this shows a model for industrial democracies from the US to Asia.” While Bannon gushed, members of Five Star like Nugnes and Fattori reeled at where their movement had ended up: tied to a party led by a man many of them regarded as a fascist.

Strava's New Tool Builds Routes Based on Your Finger Swipes

Strava's New Tool Builds Routes Based on Your Finger Swipes

The straightforwardly named tool, which lives inside the Strava app, is purpose-built for smartphones and makes finding new routes as simple as tracing your finger over a map: Just draw where you want to go and it spits out an ideal path.

Sony's PlayStation Classic is a Great Deal Right Now (Only $40)

Sony's PlayStation Classic is a Great Deal Right Now (Only $40)

Sony After just a couple months on the market, Sony's PlayStation Classic has fallen to a more reasonable price. Retro Fun and Frustration I didn't write a full review of the PlayStation Classic last fall, but I did spend a good amount of time with it.

Forget People, Elroy's Self-Flying Drone Hauls Heavy Cargo

Forget People, Elroy's Self-Flying Drone Hauls Heavy Cargo

“We’re developing a big cargo drone,” says Elroy CEO Dave Merrill. As for what goes inside those pods, Merrill points to the potential for moving humanitarian supplies, like food, water, and blood.

Captain Marvel Has the Best Movie Website Since Space Jam

Captain Marvel Has the Best Movie Website Since Space Jam

“I give them a huge amount of credit,” says Dara-Lynn Weiss, one of the producers who built the Space Jam site in 1996, of the Captain Marvel throwback.

The Green New Deal Is Just the Vague, Audacious Goal We Need

The Green New Deal Is Just the Vague, Audacious Goal We Need

Later calls to the public to rise to the moment include the Marshall Plan to rebuild post-World War II Western Europe; JFK in June of 1963 demanding civil rights legislation, and Lyndon Johnson re-affirming and expanding that a year later, and then articulating a vision for a “great society” that launched a series of government programs ranging from public housing to Medicaid.

The Redditors Who Reclaimed r/FatPussy (and Other Vile Subs)

The Redditors Who Reclaimed r/FatPussy (and Other Vile Subs)

She'd been eyeing the community from a distance for a while, but then there was rumbling among Reddit's moderators: The deposed alt-right troll king Milo Yiannopoulos had just requested control of the sub.

AR Will Spark the Next Big Tech Platform—Call It Mirrorworld

AR Will Spark the Next Big Tech Platform—Call It Mirrorworld

(Unlike the dark, closed goggles of VR, AR glasses use see-through technology to insert virtual apparitions into the real world.) Eventually we’ll be able to search physical space as we might search a text—“find me all the places where a park bench faces sunrise along a river.” We will hyperlink objects into a network of the physical, just as the web hyperlinked words, producing marvelous benefits and new products.

Will Smith's Aladdin Genie Is Already a Meme

Will Smith's Aladdin Genie Is Already a Meme

Maybe by the time Disney releases the film on May 24 the blue will be better. Until then, Twitter will be busy turning images of Smith's Genie into everything from Jack Nicholson's character from The Shining to remixes of the Star Is Born meme from last year.

The Wretched, Climate-Killing Truth About American Sprawl

The Wretched, Climate-Killing Truth About American Sprawl

Suggestions of specific policies that would enable a Green New Deal to address land use have already emerged: We could, simply, measure greenhouse gases from our transportation system or build more housing closer to jobs centers.

Clues to Our Unknown Ancestors Are Hiding in Our Genome

Clues to Our Unknown Ancestors Are Hiding in Our Genome

“We could use an infinite amount of data to train the deep learning engine, because we were using simulations.” The researchers generated tens of thousands of simulated evolutionary histories based on differing combinations of demographic details: the number of ancestral human populations, their sizes, when they diverged from one another, their rates of intermixing and so on.

These Soviet-Era Spas Are Still Accepting Guests

These Soviet-Era Spas Are Still Accepting Guests

For his contribution to the book project, Solarski photographed working sanatoriums in the former Soviet provinces of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Crimea.

How One Woman's Digital Life Was Weaponized Against Her

How One Woman's Digital Life Was Weaponized Against Her

He didn’t much care, he says, because he considered the harassment trivial: “My rights were violated and nobody cares, and we’re still talking about what happened to poor Courtney?” After exposing the affair, Steven continued asking for advice from other people on the Marriage Builders site.

Go Update iOS Right Now to Fix That Very Bad FaceTime Bug

Go Update iOS Right Now to Fix That Very Bad FaceTime Bug

When security threatens that, then it becomes a priority, so win-win." "It seems inexcusable that Apple allows this and many other bugs to make it into production code." Patrick Wardle, Digita Security The bug stemmed from a logic issue with FaceTime's group calling feature, which Apple introduced at the end of 2018 as part of launching its new iOS 12 mobile operating system.

It's Not too Late for Social Media to Regulate Itself

It's Not too Late for Social Media to Regulate Itself

To protect the public interest and their own businesses, these companies should set up a robust self-regulatory organization along the lines of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), an SRO that derives its authority from the Securities and Exchange Commission. FINRA provides a valuable blueprint for how a self-regulatory organization for the search and social media industry might work.

What Robert Mueller Knows—and Isn't Telling Us

What Robert Mueller Knows—and Isn't Telling Us

It followed a now familiar pattern: Mueller’s court filing included voluminous detail, including insight into the internal decision-making process of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign—and yet the indictment stopped short of alleging that Stone was part of a larger conspiracy.

What It Takes to Pull Off the Country's First Online Census

What It Takes to Pull Off the Country's First Online Census

And yet, thanks to years of budget cuts and a series of scaled-back field tests, some fear the Census Bureau and the broader US government are ill-equipped to handle any new issues that could arise as a result of the high-tech census, particularly at a time when hackers and propagandists seem to be working overtime to undermine American institutions.

Facebook’s Top PR Exec Is Leaving the Toughest Job in Tech

Facebook’s Top PR Exec Is Leaving the Toughest Job in Tech

Facebook’s Top PR Exec Is Leaving the Toughest Job in Tech Caryn Marooney is the latest in a series of high-profile departures from Facebook's communications department at a time when the company is perpetually under siege.

Facebook Messenger Lets You Unsend Now. Why Doesn't Every App?

Facebook Messenger Lets You Unsend Now. Why Doesn't Every App?

(Also note that Facebook apparently did not bother asking those questions when giving the power to Zuckerberg and other company executives.) “With a feature like Remove Message, we wanted to carefully balance flexibility and control with protecting our users from abuse of the feature,” says a Facebook spokesperson.

Teens Don't Use Facebook, but They Can't Escape It, Either

Teens Don't Use Facebook, but They Can't Escape It, Either

For the families who spoke to WIRED, it’s often the teens asking the parents to limit what they post, or how much time they spend on the site.

Best Super Bowl Ads, From Chance's Doritos to 2 Chainz' Expenses

Best Super Bowl Ads, From Chance's Doritos to 2 Chainz' Expenses

Best Super Bowl Ads, From Chance's Doritos to 2 Chainz' Expenses While some brands have opted out of football's biggest night, plenty of others—from startups to (ahem) Chainz—were willing to pony up for 30 seconds of persuasion.

Google Employees Report Declining Confidence in Leaders

Google Employees Report Declining Confidence in Leaders

The drop in employee sentiment helps explain why internal debate around compensation, pay equity, and trust in executives has heated up in recent weeks—and why an HR presentation from 2016 went viral inside the company three years later.

'Resident Evil 2' Zombie-Hunts Its Way to Massive Success

'Resident Evil 2' Zombie-Hunts Its Way to Massive Success

Capcom This week, the competition between Steam and Epic's new online storefront heats up the frozen tundras of post-apocalyptic Russia, while zombie games hit their stride (for the third or fourth time), and the rumor mill is gearing up for a second version of the Switch hardware, right on schedule.

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