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 …

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 …

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…

Stunning underwater scenes drawn by hand in an 1860s submersible
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Stunning underwater scenes drawn by hand in an 1860s submersible

In the late 1860s, artist, “amateur” zoologist, and maker Eugen von Ransonnet-Villez built a personal submersible so he could draw the otherworldly scenes he observed under the sea. (Did he actually see that skull on the ocean floor? Or is it, as my brother Bob suggests, a memento mori?) — …

Screenshot of the new social network spacehey
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“spacehey”, a new social network that reboots the design of MySpace

A teenager in Germany — who was only a toddler when MySpace originally launched — has launched spacehey, a social network that reboots MySpace’s aesthetic and design flow. You fill out your interests (inputting links with hand-forged HTML), friend other folks, write blog posts and post pics/videos, chat via messages. …

Hear how Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak's BLUE BOX worked and why 2600 is such an iconic number for hacking.
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Hear how Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak’s BLUE BOX worked and why 2600 is such an iconic number for hacking.

Spoken Word with Electronics is an audio series delivering to you a two side recording of unusual stories paired with vintage modular electronic sounds Hi everyone, welcome back to the show. This week is about loud noises made by computers. — Read the rest Continue Reading…

The real reason Trump is contesting vote counts? To bilk his cult suckers out of $150 million
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The real reason Trump is contesting vote counts? To bilk his cult suckers out of $150 million

Trump filed lawsuits in six states to contest the election results and was laughed out of every court. He never expected to win. It’s all a charade to bilk his foolish followers into maxing out their credit cards “to fund his post-presidency activities.” — Read the rest Continue Reading…