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New Death Stranding Trailer Raises More Questions, Causes More Excitement
Yeah, the story will probably be silly, but who cares? It looks AWESOME.

Let's face it, just like everything Kojima has made, the end result of this work will be borderline silly, but that doesn't take away from the immense vision, craft, and scale that he brings to his projects. Metal Gear, being in the hands of an apparently incompetent Konami, will be missed, but Kojima won't be. He's back in black.

#konami #hideokojima #deathstranding #videogames
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Can Evan Spiegel Become More Than A Bro?
I'm not entirely sold, but almost anything is better than Facebook, so I wish him well.

In many ways, Spiegel’s background conforms to the stereotype of the modern startup founder. Born and raised in Pacific Palisades, a ritzy neighbourhood just north of Snap’s Los Angeles headquarters, the son of two lawyers, he had a comfortable upbringing. An expensive private school led to Stanford University, where he majored in product design and acted as the social chair of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. (When some compromising emails from his time in that role surfaced in 2014, Spiegel apologised, saying: “I’m sorry I wrote them at the time and I was a jerk to have written them. They in no way reflect who I am today or my views towards women.”

#snapchat #facebook #startups #siliconvalley
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Jony Ive Is Retaking Control of Apple Design
I wonder what this means

I can only assume that this does not portend anything bad, since the iPhone X has received utterly rave reviews, and aside from being fragile is a fantastic combination of the iPhone's past design details. I mean, seriously. It's sexy AF.

#apple #jonyive #design
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Bitcoin Is Consuming A Nation's-Worth of Energy
Even if it does get better, this is still a significant issue.

A third option would be to change the Bitcoin mining process altogether. Bitcoin's current mining algorithm is based on computing a supermassive number of cryptographic hash functions. But other cryptocurrencies have been exploring alternatives. Bitcoin Gold is a recently created variant of Bitcoin that uses a "memory-hard" mining algorithm that might prove to be less power hungry—though it would still consume huge amounts of juice. More exotic mining algorithms exist that could dramatically reduce power consumption.

#bitcoin #economics
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Confessions of a Semi-Reformed Video Game Completionist
There are healthy ways to deal with stress and unhealthy ways to deal with stress. When backed into a corner, I tend to go with the unhealthy options. Which is how video games helped destroy my first marriage.

In the sewers of Fallout 3, pawing through another set of clothing that’d sell for a pittance, I stopped and looked around my apartment. I had no idea where my wife was, I was stoned out of my mind, and I had a full shift the next day at a retail job I hated. Yet here I was, in front of a glowing screen, not dealing with my problems. I’d settled for the small dopamine—the brain’s reward neurotransmitter—kick that comes from accomplishing quick repetitive tasks in a video game.

#videogames #psychology #health
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Republicans Are Looting the Treasury While They Still Can
They know a backlash is coming, and they’re making the most of their power while they have it.

The tax bill Senate Republicans rushed to pass in the dark of night, unread by most senators, was a Hail Mary pass by a party that expects to lose seats in the coming midterms, and knows that its historically unpopular president has a good chance of serving only one term. It was an act of legislative looting by a party that’s behind by an average of 8 points in generic congressional ballot polls, doesn’t think it will enjoy unified control of government again in the immediate future, and is grabbing whatever benefits it can for its donors while teeing up deep, damaging cuts to the safety net in the future.

#gop #trump #taxes
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Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google Should Be Broken Up.
They love the celebrity, the influence, and the margins of a media company, but they are allergic to the responsibility.

That line is borderline poetry. He nails the problem on the head in one sentence. Bravo.

#facebook #google #amazon #apple #monopoly #antitrust
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The Robots? Perhaps It's The Cyborgs Coming For Your Job.

Exoskeletons are not new technology; journals and research papers point to the development of exoskeleton’s back in the 1960s, mostly for military purposes. In Japan, companies like Panasonic, Honda, and Cyberdyne have marketed exoskeletons as a way to help ease the burdens of a shrinking and aging population. And exosuits have certainly lived a life of their own in pop culture and science fiction. (Insert obligatory Tony Stark reference here.)

But when major companies like Ford, Siemens, and Lowe’s start to take interest in exosuits, it raises the question as to whether they’re becoming less of a concept and more of a reality.

#robotics #manufacturing #ai
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Poor Nest May Be Folded Back Into Google
Nest, once high-flying design darling, has struggled post Google.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Nest, makers of the Nest Thermostat, may become part of Google again.

Again, You may ask? Yes. Nest was purchased by Google back in 2014 and became part of its various lesser projects. Then when Google became Alphabet, Nest again became its own division.

While Nest has spent much of its post-acquisition time struggling to find its mojo, it has recently stabilized. It's security cameras are selling well and their recently-released "affordable" thermostat has received rave reviews. Unfortunately for Nest, Google's line of home devices is in direct competition with Amazon's Alexa, which means that what Google is actively developing is what Nest is actively developing. There is a huge amount of development crossover.

This is also problematic from a business plan structure. Nearly all of Alphabet's profit is being generated by Google, and nearly all of Google's revenue is being generated by boring, old advertising. If Nest gets folded back into Google and possibly dissolved entirely, Alphabet's non-Google divisions would all be money-burning moonshots. And of those, Alphabet seems uneasy about investing the necessary money to turn those moonshots into pukka, profit-making divisions, as can be seen in their retreat with Google Fiber.

For Google's sake, I hope the reorganization works well. They need to generate money somewhere else.

#google #nest #alphabet
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