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I'm all for the environment, really, but this seems draconian.

The EPA is officially clarifying existing regulations to state that ANY modification to a vehicle which originally was emissions regulated, whether or not it is street legal or is used only on the race track, must NOT tamper with or defeat the emissions system of the vehicle.

This is insane. This rule says that buying an emissions-regulated vehicle and converting it to track-only use involving deletion of emissions controls or modification of the powertrain / exhaust meeting the "tampering" definition for emissions is illegal.

The EPA says the purpose of the regulation is targeting street vehicles running track-only parts, but it's hard to see how this doesn't collapse a huge portion of the aftermarket performance parts industry. Everything from core engine component modifications to ECU flashes to exhaust systems could become illegal overnight.

Of note, this regulation does not apply to purpose-built competition vehicles, only road cars that have been modified for track or competitive use. 

There is an open comment period from the EPA, and it's hard to see this getting passed into formal regulation without a huge uproar.

For example, this new interpretation would mean that your straight-piped, fully built-engine '05 Mustang that you trailer to the drag strip and wears drag radials, a roll cage, and harness bucket seats, is illegal because when it was sold in 2005 it was emissions-equipped. Doesn't matter that it never sees the road, isn't registered for the road, and couldn't even be driven on the road easily. It would now be illegal based on these new rules.
Will a proposed rule from the Environmental Protection Agency really hinder your plans to turn your daily driver into a badass track-only machine? It will, officials from aftermarket trade association SEMA and the EPA itself confirmed to Jalopnik today. Here’s what all of this means.
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Interesting. Wonder how Mangrove is feeling about their bailout of APR now. 
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Holy shit this is awesome. Drone racing is about 1000x cooler than any RC vehicle racing I've ever seen. I could totally get into this.
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Insane controlling skills
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Me, at least once a week.

"I write about phones, you know, Android."

"Oh, my phone is an Android."

my phone is An Android

is An Android

An Android

<head explodes>
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+Kojiro Kamex my phone is a black. 
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Local planning: Los Angeles edition

I live near a growing street with many popular small businesses, mostly restaurants, offering a rich and unique array of cultural food experiences. Lots of foot traffic in the neighborhood (for LA), street parking sucks at night, but isn't impossible. Business strip is around 7 blocks long, flanked on the west by around 5 blocks of mixed residential before the next major cross-street.

Parking on the business-laden street is all but impossible, it's almost all parking meters with very few lots. Some valet is available, but it's prohibitively expensive. As such, residential street parking is crowded on busy nights. Not New York crowded, but busy.

A group of residents in a roughly 5x3 block of mostly private homes and condos decide they don't like people parking in their neighborhood. Get city to approve nighttime parking ban for non-residents, essentially stripping businesses of 1/3 of free street parking in the area during peak business hours.

Our neighborhood has no bike lanes, let alone bike rentals, and is serviced by one bus line. Sure, you can walk from further parking, but most people generally don't like to have to drive somewhere 15-45 minutes then take another 15-20 minutes walking to their final destination.

We have a train station being built around a 20 minute walk from the business center right now that will go online in May with its own adjacent bicycle path, but the bike path doesn't link up to our neighborhood (... at all), and the walk is across a fairly dilapidated section of commercial zone on a loud six-lane street that is far from reassuringly friendly at night.

So, instead of fixing the problem (easing access for alternate transport, making public transport or walking more appealing), local homeowners' solution is... ban street parking, making it the problem of everyone not in the new ban zone, all so they don't have to park their third car half a block from their front door, heaven forbid.

LA is such a clusterfuck on transportation / public development.
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+David Ruddock Let me put it like this: My city, pop under 200k, has 340 miles bike lanes: http://subsites.odense.dk/subsites6/internationalcommunity/topmenu/living/transportation/biking -- and somewhere around a fourth of all transport in the city center is done via bikes.
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Just arrived in the AP tip box! Strike one: $10,000 flex funding goal for a hardware project.

Strike two: Stock images of a NEXUS ONE.... RUNNING IOS <head explodes.>

Oh hey, that watch looks suspiciously generic, I wonder. Oh wait, it's definitely not their fucking watch:
http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Smart-Watch-Clock-Sync-Notifier-With-Sim-Card-Bluetooth-Connectivity-Apple-iphone-Android-Phone-Smartwatch-Watch/32507619095.html

You're outta here, assholes. Reported for IP infringement and general douchenozzlery. God I hate crowdfunding.
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I also love how they don't explain how this thing will be able to work 24/7 without being charged, nor do they explain how this will work without a smartphone, which many elderly do NOT have and don't carry with them.

Sadly, +Indiegogo probably won't do anything about this. Remember the blatantly non-existent ShiftWear? They didn't do a damn thing about that. Either way, IGG gets paid, and that's all they care about. 
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The New Serf Times, Tuesday, February 2nd

Overgrown Dirt Gerbil Doesn't See Shadow, Peasants Prepare For Early Spring; Man Says Unmarried Woman "Almost Definitely A Witch."
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We use gerbil here in Ukraine to predict currency exchange rate.

http://m.kp.ua/kiev/kharkov/528174-surok-tymka-predskazal-vesnu-y-kurs-dollara
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Whichever side you're on, this is hilarious.
HUMBOLDT, IA—After making sure to douse every home, farm, and business located in the municipality with gasoline, retreating Clinton campaign staffers reportedly set the central Iowa town of Humboldt ablaze Friday to stem the advance of Bernie Sanders volunteers.
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Boobie traps also
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From the article:

"The Touch ID sensor is uniquely tied to the iOS device so that a thief couldn’t do something like snag your phone, replace the sensor, and then have access to all the credit cards you’ve linked to Apple Pay."

From the comments:

"This explanation makes no sense.

If I turn my phone off (which one can figure is a necessary step in taking it apart and replacing a button) then when it turns back on the touch id DOES NOT WORK! It first asks for my PIN. It tells me it’s asking for the PIN to enable the touch sensor.

So if a malicious party could enable their hacked sensor.... they’d first need your PIN, and then they wouldn’t need to hack the sensor!

Apple claims to be bricking a phone to protect against a sequence of events their own code doesn’t allow in the first place.

I’m not buying that excuse."

Technology, how does it work.
Earlier today the Guardian reported on mounting “fury” over a mysterious “Error 53” appearing on iPhones repaired by unauthorized repair providers. The report includes a quote from an unnamed “specialist” journalist (whatever the hell that is) who claimed that Error 53 will “will kill your iPhone.”
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Hmmm. That point about just requiring a PIN code, after replacing a touch sensor, actually makes a lot of sense. A lot less radical than completely bricking the phone. Someone at Apple didn't think this through. Not like them.
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Seeing The Revenant tonight at Dolby's Hollywood screening theater. On the outside, the place basically looks abandoned. On the inside, Dolby's latest incarnations of Dolby Atmos audio and Dolby Vision HDR.
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+Artem Russakovskii The freaky part is because they don't have to have exit signs, the whole theater is PITCH BLACK when there's nothing or just black on the screen. The HDR projection has such good black levels that total blackness projected emits almost no light.
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Total War fans FYI - deal on Attila: Total War

If you're a fan of the Total War series but have hated Sega's DLC-laced stewardship of the brand as publisher, Steam has the newest title in the series, Attila: Total War, on mega-sale today for the Lunar New Year Sale. All in (in the US), it's about $33 for the core game and all currently-available DLC, which is by far the cheapest it has ever been (previous low would have been over $60 for all the content).

Attila supposedly addresses a lot of problems with Rome: Total War II (which admittedly I still like regardless - patches fixed the worst bugs). Given that Attila itself is basically a glorified expansion back for R:TW2, $33 seems perfectly reasonable for what is quite a lot of content and, hopefully, a more engaging campaign management system and better combat AI.
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Does R:TW2 have the cultural ancient Rome feel like Ryse or is it more gameplay oriented
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I've confirmed with Jolla that they have a licensing partnership (or will) with Turing for Sailfish OS on the Turing Phone. Two things.

One, Jolla is in the midst of major financial problems and general existential issues. The company had to cancel most orders of its last consumer product, a tablet, and the future of Jolla and Sailfish as a whole seems uncertain at best. Straight from the company's blog:

"However, Jolla is still very tight financially and is currently negotiating with its creditors for extended payment terms so that all the available financial resources could be efficiently used to secure the needed OS development."

Two, given those circumstances, it seems plausible Jolla would pursue any potential licensing partnerships with minimal due diligence in order to assure investors and creditors that interest in Sailfish OS is still very real. Jolla is likely far less interested in the viability of Turing's product than it is in the fact that Turing can get Sailfish OS back into headlines, regardless of whether or not the end product delivers.

Our investigation is ongoing. I have come into some new information recently which continues to paint the company's founder, Steve Chao, in a less than positive light, but I am still uncomfortable publishing what we have at this time. Additionally, I have come into possession of a Facebook post shared with what I assume are prospective corporate customers, in which Turing's CEO claims the company has bought a manufacturing facility ("ex-Microsoft ex-Nokia") in Finland to produce its devices.

It also claims the Turing Phone will be the first "Future Networks" phone based on guidelines laid out by the ITU SG-13 Future Networks group, which sounds like a huge load of horseshit (broadly, FN is about switching from circuit-switched to fully packet-based networking). The ITU's own website claims the first Future Networks implementations will not see "early realization' until 2020.

I look forward to seeing how this plays out.
It's that time again: broken promises from a hardware startup of questionable competence! The Turing phone was announced in 2015, but its launch was delaye... by David Ruddock in Android OS, News
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+Tim Reeb+Roderick Gadellaa​​
You're welcome.
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If you're seeing any stories out there today about Xiaomi "entering the US market" with some no-name prepaid carrier, please kindly ignore them.

https://www.reddit.com/r/Android/comments/43p0km/us_mobile_is_the_first_legit_xiaomi_meizu_carrier/czk37uj

Xiaomi has no affiliation with this company, who are using gray market imported phones with no US LTE bands. I'm not sure how such a reputable publication as PC Mag got duped so easily here, but it's kind of bad.

If Xiaomi was officially going to sell devices in America, you'd know, because Xiaomi would be the one announcing it. This is some scumbag trolling for PR.
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As soon I got baited and clicked an article, I realized this very thing.
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Good coffee. But, frankly, expensive. Never tried the pretzels but a lot of people order them! Good cold brew coffee.
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Substantially larger than the Marina Del Rey location. No beer at this location as of mid-January '16, but it does look like taps are set up. Same great sandwiches as always!
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I like the library theme, it's not too loud, and they have a large wine selection. Knowledgeable staff. Prices are not outrageous, but it's not exactly cheap, either.
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