Federal judge: Trump violates the Constitution when blocking Twitter users

May 23, 2018 Editor 0

New York federal judge Naomi Reice Buchwald ruled that president Donald Trump is violating the Constitution when he blocks people on Twitter. “We hold that portions of the @realDonaldTrump account — the ‘interactive space’ where Twitter users may directly engage with the content of the President’s tweets — are properly analyzed under the ‘public forum’ doctrines set forth by the Supreme Court, that such space is a designated public forum, and that the blocking of the plaintiffs based on their […]

NASA photographer’s camera cooked by last week’s SpaceX rocket launch

May 23, 2018 Editor 0

Senior NASA photographer Bill Ingalls apparently set up his Canon EOS 5DS at an unlucky spot near yesterday’s SpaceX rocket launch. The camera was outside the pad perimeter and the launch sparked a small brush fire that cooked the camera. “I had many other cameras much closer to the pad than this and all are safe,” Ingalls wrote. Fortunately, the SD cards didn’t melt and he was able to access the final photos taken by the camera before its untimely […]

The Democratic candidate for the Georgia governorship is a Black woman running on an “unapologetic progressive” platform

May 23, 2018 Editor 0

Stacey Abrams has won a bitterly contested primary for the Democratic candidate in Georgia’s upcoming gubernatorial race; Abrams aims to be the first Black, woman governor in US history, and she plans on taking that office with an “unapologetic progressive” platform of gun control, financial aid for low-income families, and marijuana decriminalization. (more…)

Neuron necklace

May 23, 2018 Editor 0

For €105, the delightful and enchanting silver Neuron Necklace is yours. Its just one of a number of clever items offered by science-inspired jewelry, which include brains, fetuses, spines and thyroid hormones. [Thanks, Heather!]

Pomera heads to English-speaking world with new e-ink folding pocket typewriter

May 23, 2018 Editor 0

The first Pomera designed for English use looks like the e-ink typewriter I’ve always wanted, and even has a cleverly-folding full-size keyboard so the whole thing fits in a pocket. Two AA batteries will power it for 20 hours of continuous use, the simple operating system also has a calender and spreadsheet, and there’ll be an SD card slot (and QR-code reading app) for transferring files. A Kickstarter project is underway, seeking $90k to get production rolling. pomera : Pocket […]

Epic Bill Gates e-mail rant from 2003

May 23, 2018 Editor 0

In 2003 Bill Gates tried to download Microsoft Movie Maker from Microsoft.com. His confusing, frustrating, futile experience prompted him to write a terrifically scorching email to the managers in charge of the project. It starts off pretty mild, with just a hint of the brutally funny sarcasm to come. (“I typed in movie maker. Nothing. So I gave up and sent mail to Amir saying – where is this Moviemaker download? Does it exist? So they told me that using […]

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How do pinball machine solenoids work?

May 23, 2018 Editor 0

Solenoids are common electromechanical devices. They’re used in pinball machines to make the ball shoot away when they hit a bumper. If you’ve ever have the opportunity to touch an energized pinball bumper, you will immediately gain an appreciation for its explosive power. In this video, famous hardware hacker Jeri Ellsworth takes apart a pinball machine solenoid to show how it works. [via Hackaday] Image: Youtube screenshot