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Alex Jones Loses Sandy Hook Defamation Lawsuits for Refusing to Do the Bare Minimum

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InfoWars blowhard Alex Jones has lost another set of defamation lawsuits brought by the targets of his bogus conspiracy theories about the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, this time in Connecticut.

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rraszews
13 days ago
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"Refusing to do the bare minimum" under-sells it. His defense was using the tools that are meant for defending their client to instead harass and attack his accusers.
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The Top 10 Disney Animated Songs, Ranked

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Sometimes you wake up and say, “I’d love to do an article that’ll get me destroyed on the internet.” Well, today is one of those days, and what better topic than Disney—a company and fandom that’s totally cool, normal, and not at all completely terrifying?

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jepler
24 days ago
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if you thought the title said "top 10 disney animated *dogs*" the teaser image may surprise you
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rraszews
24 days ago
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There are good and all, but the best Disney songs are "Show Yourself" and "he Lives in You", and any list that omits them is objectively wrong.
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Inexpensive Digital Calipers

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I don’t know how I went so long without digital calipers, but I finally got them a few years ago. This cheap set of digital calipers can measure inside diameters, outside diameters, and depths of things up to 6 inches. The display is digital and you can choose between inches and millimeters.

This tool was recommended by John Park on the Cool Tools podcast. Listen to the full podcast here.

-- John Edgar Park

Electronix Express 0604CAL6++ LCD Digital Caliper with Extra Battery and Case, 6″

Available from Amazon

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rraszews
56 days ago
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Got a pair of these. Their only drawback is that there's no auto-off so I often take them out and find that I bumped the button putting them away and now the battery is dead.
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A Matrix Resurrections Star Confirms Who They're Really Playing

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Teddy Ruxpin wants to claw his way back to movie and TV stardom. Keira Knightley is hosting a Christmas party at the end of the world in a new look at Silent Night. Disney’s Willow show finds itself a composer. Plus, what’s to come on American Horror Story, Evil, What We Do in the Shadows, and more. Spoilers, away!

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rraszews
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There is an AMAZING third-act twist in the original Teddy Ruxpin animated series where about 5 episodes before the end, the main antagonist decides to just give up evil and become a surfer.
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Boeing 747-400 planes use floppy disks for major software updates #VintageComputing #Aviation

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Interesting Engineering reported last year that the 747 uses floppy drives as a navigation database loader and planes require an update every 28 days, according to Gizmodo. This means there exists an engineer who makes monthly visits to every 747-400 — flopping floppy disk in hand — and manually deliver every update, personally.

Additionally, the majority of Boeing 737’s are also updated with floppy disks, reports The Verge. Operators of these planes carry binders stuffed with floppy disks for “all the avionics that they may need,” according to a 2014 Aviation Today report. This means important information about runways, flight paths, airports, and waypoints pilots need to write flight plans.

This has been widely-known since 2014, which raises the question: why hasn’t anyone brought the aviation industry up to speed with the 21st century? An Aviation Today report noted that even now a “significant number of airlines are still using floppy disks for software parts loading.”

Of course, we should say that the 747-400 is an aging plane — its first flight happened 32 years ago, when floppy disks were cutting-edge, in 1988. Now they simply maintain commercial and industrial legacy systems — economic sectors built to last and not adapt to changing standards of computing technology.

You can see the article here and a DefCon video tour of the aircraft

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rraszews
84 days ago
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I assume the answer is "Because no one wants to be the guy who introduced a serious bug by messing with a system that has been working for decades"
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Body Language

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hey cool body

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rraszews
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This seems like the perfect moment for a "Homoeroticism, yay" joke.
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