Reviewers: Nvidia's RTX 3060 Ti video card a good deal
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Reviewers: Nvidia’s RTX 3060 Ti video card a good deal

High-end video cards are hard to find right now, underproduced and overpriced as the pandemic grinds on. Though NVidia’s GeForce RTX 3060 Ti lacks the power of the higher-numbered models, it’s about as powerful as the last-gen 2080 (and twice as powerful as the 1070) and a relatively affordable $399. …

Following swingers convention, 41 attendees test positive
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Following swingers convention, 41 attendees test positive

Last month, around 250 people checked in at a New Orleans hotel for the Naughty in N’awlins swingers festival. At least 41 of those attendees (participants?) have now tested positive for COVID-19. “If I could go back in time, I would not produce this event again,” organizer Bob Hannaford wrote. …

RIP Sylvia Novak, virtual mortal
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RIP Sylvia Novak, virtual mortal

Instagram account @myfriendsylvia was a computer-generated mortal who lived five decades of life in just 21 weeks. She died on November 20, according to a family member who made a final post on her account. Below are a few highlights from the curated and sometimes candid life Sylvia shared with …

A glimpse of Super Nintendo World opening in February
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A glimpse of Super Nintendo World opening in February

Super Nintendo World is slated to open at Universal Studios Japan on February 4, 2021. The centerpiece of the $578 million endeavor is an augmented reality Mario Kart ride inside of Bowser’s Castle. With a little modification, the AR headset design could make for a great souvenir face shield to …

Verifying your humanity is harder every day
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Verifying your humanity is harder every day

Every once in a while, you hear that a ridiculous percentage of internet users are merely algorithms. We design tests to exclude bots from making new accounts, leaving comments, or even consuming content. The bots are subsequently taught to pass the tests. — Read the rest Continue Reading…

Win a PS5 AND an Xbox Series X… AND a whole bunch of more cool gaming gear
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Win a PS5 AND an Xbox Series X… AND a whole bunch of more cool gaming gear

This is it. The console wars are back – and this year might be the most blistering, savagely-fought engagement ever between bitter rivals, Sony and Microsoft. Sony’s PlayStation 5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X consoles have been slowly dribbling their way into players’ hands the past several days, triggering massive …

Watch Sheryl Crow and her clones cover Tom Petty
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Watch Sheryl Crow and her clones cover Tom Petty

Sheryl Crow and “friends” perform a lovely cover of Tom Petty’s “You Don’t Know How It Feels.” Petty’s original version appears on Wildflowers, his 1994 album that was just celebrated with a lavish 7 LP (or 9 LP super-deluxe) box set packed with alternate takes and unreleased tracks. — Read …

Short documentary about Jonathan Coulton
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Short documentary about Jonathan Coulton

SindrElf (previously) celebrates the fiftieth birthday of Jonathan Coulton (previously) by creating a 30-minute biographical documentary about his work and career. An enjoyable tour of the classics! I’ve been a fan of JoCo since I was 16 in 2007. — Read the rest Continue Reading…

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Republican Congressional group opposing “The Squad” names themselves after X-Men villains

From The Guardian: A group of incoming Republican congresspeople intends to counter the “radical agenda” of the Democratic party, with the self-professed goal of becoming the Republican party’s alternative to “the Squad” – a group of progressive congresswomen of color including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar. — Read the rest Continue Reading…

Amazing handheld inverted fire tornado bubble
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Amazing handheld inverted fire tornado bubble

Dustin Skye’s mesmerizing bubble creations combine dexterity, patience, and precision. Here are step-by-step instructions of you want to make your own: Image: YouTube / Dustin Skye Continue Reading…