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Telescope Hobbyist Gets 2 Years in Prison for DDoS Attack on Astronomy Website

It’s disorienting enough to have you seeing stars. David Chesley Goodyear, a 44-year-old man from the US state of California, has been sentenced to 26 months in prison for a cyberattack against the world’s largest astronomy forum, Cloudy Nights. Goodyear was apparently angry about getting banned from the website. Read More >>

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Amazon Promised Drone Delivery in Five Years… Five Years Ago

On 1 December 2013, Americans watched a segment on the current affairs programme 60 Minutes about Amazon’s plans to deliver packages by drone in just “four or five years.” Well, it’s officially been five years. And Amazon’s failure to make drone delivery a reality is a great reminder that PR promises from big tech companies are often not worth very much. And frankly, it’s also an opportunity to be thankful that Amazon isn’t yet buzzing drones over our heads like it owns the skies. Read More >>

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These Were the Jobs of the Future, According to Experts in 1988

Making predictions is hard, we all know that. But there’s one field where prediction can be even more difficult than prognostication about the houses we’ll be living in and the cars we’ll drive – the kinds of jobs we’ll have. Experts are always trying to figure out where society is heading and trying to determine what kind of new jobs people will be doing in the future. And those kinds of predictions always seem to bring out some of the nuttiest ideas when society doesn’t necessarily follow the path that people were expecting. Read More >>

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Nigerian President Says He’s Not a Clone Which Is Probably Something a Clone Would Say

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is not a clone. At least he says he’s not a clone. Buhari made the assertion in a Facebook post on Sunday to counter rumours that he actually died and was secretly replaced by a lookalike. Which is exactly what a clone would say, right? I mean, come on. That’s textbook clone behaviour. Read More >>

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The Police of the Future Were Going to Soar Over Traffic to Save Lives

In the 1950s and 60s, people were fascinated by the idea of flying cars and jetpacks that would let people soar above the traffic. But it wasn’t just the average commuter who was supposed to benefit from these space-age technologies. Emergency responders like police and ambulances were going to take to the skies to help save lives, like in this illustration from legendary retro-future artist Frank Tinsley. Read More >>

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North Korea Brags About New ‘Ultramodern’ Weapons Test

North Korean state media announced recently that the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, recently oversaw tests of a “newly developed ultramodern tactical weapon.” The new report is extremely light on details, but it’s a reminder that very little has actually changed in the US-North Korea relationship since President Donald Trump took power. Both countries have nuclear weapons and both are on a hair trigger as they develop new capabilities. Read More >>

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Detective Pikachu Got Remixed With the Voice of Alex Jones and It Just Feels Right Somehow

The trailer for the new Detective Pikachu movie caused a lot of controversy when it first hit the internet on Monday. Ryan Reynolds voices the yellow pocket monster and people are having feelings about that choice. But one Twitter user has now fixed the movie by adding exactly what this film needs: The voice of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. Read More >>

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This Deep-Sea Fisherman Is Still Posting His Discoveries and OH GOD THE TEETH WHY DOES IT HAVE TEETH

Back in 2016, we introduced you to the photos of Roman Fedortsov, a deep-sea fisherman who posts his discoveries to Twitter and Instagram. The monsters he pulls from the deep are horrifying, to say the least. So it seems like a good time to check back in with Fedorstov’s social media. Read More >>

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Japan’s New Head of Cybersecurity Has Never Used a Computer

Yoshitaka Sakurada, Japan’s new cybersecurity minister, has never used a computer. Not even once. But he insists that his lack of real-world experience doesn’t have a negative impact on his job. Seriously. Read More >>

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Douglas Rain, Voice of HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey, Dies at 90

Douglas Rain, voice of the computer HAL 9000 in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, died on Sunday morning. He was 90 years old. Read More >>

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Paramount Ranch, Location For HBO’s Westworld and Countless Movies, Burns to the Ground

Paramount Ranch has been the location of countless movies and TV shows over the past 90 years, including the HBO sci-fi western Westworld. But that history has sadly turned to ash over the past 24 hours, engulfed by the flames of the Woolsey wildfire that’s devastating Southern California right now. Read More >>

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Video Shows the Terrifying Drive to Escape Massive Fire in America

The so-called Camp Fire has essentially destroyed an entire town in the US state of California, forcing well over 50,000 people to evacuate. But the fire has moved so quickly that some people have barely escaped—like Brynn Parrott Chatfield from the town of Paradise, who posted this video to social media showing her family’s terrifying drive through the flames yesterday. Read More >>

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Twilight Zone Mask From ‘The Eye of the Beholder’ Goes Up For Auction

The Twilight Zone episode “The Eye of the Beholder” is one of the greatest TV episodes of all time. And now you can own a piece of sci-fi TV history from this legendary show, provided you’ve got $10,000 (£7,667) burning a hole in your pocket. An original pig-nose mask from the episode is going up for auction next month. Read More >>

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A Browser Extension Apparently Stole the Private Facebook Messages of at Least 81,000 Accounts

A new report might make you think twice before installing that next Chrome extension. The private Facebook messages of at least 81,000 people have reportedly been stolen, probably due to an exploit in a browser extension, and compromised accounts are now apparently up for sale for just $0.10 (£0.08) apiece. Read More >>

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The House of the Future in 1945 Included a Rotisserie and Built-In Waffle Maker

“What’s tomorrow going to be like?” the opening of this 1945 newsreel asked. For many Americans who were watching, the answer was “a better life than my parents had.” World War II was winding down, the postwar boom was just around the corner, and planners were promising incredible things ahead – incredible things like affordable and efficient housing, a sci-fi dream for many of us living in the year 2018. Read More >>