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And Biden reacts to protests in Cuba.
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Mark Alexander 2021-01-04
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Stuck home or not, it's always a good idea to invest in better sound. Our advice and gear recommendations can help.
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Mark Alexander 2019-08-18
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Welcome to another edition of Bitcoin Today, where I, Satoshi Nakaboto, tell you what’s been going on with Bitcoin in the past 24 hours.

We closed the day, August 17 2019, at a price of $10,231.

That’s a minor 1.22 percent decline in 24 hours, or -$126.97.

We’re still 49 percent below Bitcoin‘s all-time high of $20,089 (December 17 2017).

Bitcoin’s market cap ended the day at $182,966,857,173.

Yesterday’s volume of $13,778,035,685 was the lowest in four days, 9 percent below the year’s average, and 69 percent below the year’s high.

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Mark Alexander 2019-05-28
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Twitch has temporarily suspended live streams from new creators after content that "grossly violates" its terms of service was streamed over the weekend.

Trolls used the game streaming platform to stream footage of Game of Thrones, porn, and the Christchurch terror attack along with hate speech in the comments, according to Vice.

Twitch said a number of accounts targeted the "Artifact" game directory to share the content.

"Our investigations uncovered that the majority of accounts that shared and viewed the content were automated," Twitch said in a tweet Monday.

"We are working with urgency to remove the offending content and suspend all accounts engaged in this behavior."

Twitch added that safety of the community is its "top priority," but it is working to restore access to live streaming as soon as possible.

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Mark Alexander 2021-05-20
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I ordered a dining table from Perigold, Wayfair's luxury furniture retailer. Here's what I thought about the online store's quality and service.
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Mark Alexander 2020-12-26
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"I didn't know what to get him, so I put together our music company's balance sheet to show him that we were making money."
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Mark Alexander 2019-06-28
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The word that the families of Jay Cook and Tanya Van Cuylenborg had been waiting for more than three decades to hear: “guilty.” After a day and a half of deliberations, a Snohomish County jury found William Earl Talbott II guilty on two counts of aggravated murder in the first degree for the deaths of the young Canadian couple.

They disappeared during an overnight trip to Seattle on November 18, 1987—their bodies recovered in rural western Washington a few days later, each bearing the marks of the violent ends they met.

The decision, delivered late Friday morning, is a momentous victory for a new kind of genetic detective work that builds on the spit kit results of genealogy-curious relatives.

But until Talbott’s case went to trial at the beginning of this month, the technique had never been tested in court.

The Talbott verdict is the first 12-person vote of confidence in genetic genealogy’s ability to not just put a name to a drop of blood or skin cells lifted from a fingerprint or a semen-soaked swab, but to help prosecutors prove that the person behind that name also committed the crime they’ve been accused of.

But even more significantly, the image of Talbott gasping in his seat as the jury read out their verdict signals to law enforcement agencies all over the country that genetic genealogy is good for more than just generating leads and making arrests, it’s good for getting convictions too.

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Mark Alexander 2019-05-20
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It was often hard to know what to make of the series as its characters, politics, and themes grew dull, sacrificed on the altar of plot to bring us to this precise moment.

Absent any intention beyond moving the pieces into place for the grand finale, Game of Thrones became a glittering charm bracelet of beautifully directed symbols strung together solely by the thin connective tissue of gravitas: the score soaring in front of a burned city, the dark wings of a dragon opening behind a tyrant, a hero locked in chains.

The horse was a prophecy, a bit of narrative gossip with the gloss of the sacred, something that promised intention and meaning but ultimately delivered something so vague it could have meant anything.

As the finale opens, the victorious forces gathering in front of the Red Keep are every bit the invading nightmare Robert Baratheon had feared so many years ago: the ululating Dothraki hordes rearing up on their horses, the Unsullied standing in their perfect martial lines, an enormous black dragon soaring above the smoking ruins of King's Landing.

Now, finally, we learn what breaking the wheel really meant to her: not destroying tyranny but destroying her enemies, and claiming their lofty edifices of power for her own.

It's a facile analysis of force that conveniently erases all power structures from the equation, that imagines there is no moral difference between Dany rising up to kill slave masters and murdering thousands of innocent children.

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Mark Alexander 2021-02-28
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After Twitter users noted the similarities, the CPAC organizer said the "stage design conspiracies are outrageous and slanderous."
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Mark Alexander 2020-07-22
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Spectators spent much of the time debating who was real and who was fake.
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Mark Alexander 2019-06-26
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It’s no surprise that a cheesy used-car salesman like Howard Kleiner, sporting a man-pony, a Hawaiian shirt and a porn ‘stache, would be into throwback gas guzzlers.

For him, it’s V8 or nothing, and if you pick the wrong vehicle on his lot, he may hand you a snide bumper sticker that says, “Carpool lanes are for sissies.”

“On behalf of big oil, I want to thank you all for choosing muscle cars that use gasoline,” he says over the loudspeaker.

“Long live the American muscles.”

Kleiner, actually a poorly disguised Arnold Schwarzenegger, tries his best to talk potential buyers out of the hybrid models they’re considering in a digital short film for Veloz, a non-profit group dedicated to boosting electric car sales.

The hidden-camera video, from Los Angeles-based agency Superconductor, follows the incredulous reactions of would-be car buyers like the couple looking for “something quiet and fuel efficient.”

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Mark Alexander 2019-05-17
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Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

We live in the Golden Age of the luxury crossover SUV.

But don't forget about Acura, which has been selling a pair of superb SUVs, the MDX and the RDX, for some time.

Obviously, there are some segmentation questions that arise from such a matchup: the RDX covers both the compact and midsize segments, while the XT5 is intended to be Caddy's midsize warrior (the XT4 covers the compact/subcompact space, and the XT6 handles three-row midsize duties).

Read on to find out how it went down:

We checked out the all-wheel-drive Cadillac XT5 back in 2017, not long after the SUV was rolled out in 2016.

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Mark Alexander 2021-01-25
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Trump announced in 2017 that he was reversing an Obama era policy that allowed open military service to transgender people.
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Mark Alexander 2019-10-02
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Last week Google released several thousand deepfake videos to help researchers build tools that use artificial intelligence to spot altered videos that could spawn political misinformation, corporate sabotage, or cyberbullying.

Google’s videos could be used to create technology that offers hope of catching deepfakes in much the way spam filters catch email spam.

That’s because deepfakes will most likely improve faster than detection methods, and because human intelligence and expertise will be needed to identify deceptive videos for the foreseeable future.

Deepfakes have captured the imagination of politicians, the media, and the public.

Video manipulation and deception have long been possible, but advances in machine learning have made it easy to automatically capture a person’s likeness and stitch it onto someone else.

There is growing concern that deepfakes could be used to sway voters in the 2020 presidential election.

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Mark Alexander 2019-06-11
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After some middling but ultimately exciting press conferences from Microsoft and Square Enix, and some complete whiffs from Bethesda and Ubisoft, I have been wondering – with many others – “Is E3 a tired event?” Well, after seeing Nintendo’s online-only Nintendo Direct E3 2019 keynote address, my faith in E3 has been restored.

Of course, that leftover 3% belongs primarily the teased sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which has been announced to be in development alongside a flashy trailer.

Finally for 2020, Square Enix will be bringing a 3D remake of its cult classic role-playing game (RPG), Seiken Densetsu 3, the third game in the Mana series of RPGs, as Trials of Mana in early 2020 exclusively for Nintendo Switch.

Mining that sweet, sweet nostalgia

Nintendo spent much of its 45-minute address announcing games that are lush remakes and entirely new entries in storied franchises – like a remake of Panzer Dragoon, a remaster of the Sypro trilogy, a brand-new Contra game, Rogue Corps, and a strategy game based on The Dark Crystal franchise: Age of Resistance Tactics.

The latter game collection brings the original Seiken Densetsu 3, first released in Japan way back in 1995 for the Super Famicom, to the west for the first time as – you guessed it – Trials of Mana.

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Mark Alexander 2019-02-13
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The latest "Nintendo Direct" announcement video came packed with surprises, and none shattered more earth than the big Mario and Zelda games at the video's beginning and end.

The revealed footage sticks primarily to the four games that the original build-your-own-platformer game supported (SMB1, SMB3, SMW, NSMB), but it adds tools like auto-scrolling paths, clear tubes, piranha plant pathing, more platforms, and the cat-suit power-up.

Though Nintendo issued only a vague release window of "2019," the company had a lot to showcase for its upcoming, surprise-announced remake of The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening.

The weirdest additional surprise announcement came in the form of Tetris 99.

Yes, Tetris joins the battle royale craze in this free-to-play game launching exclusively for paying Nintendo Switch Online customers later today.

Meaning: you'll join an online Tetris instance in which 99 players manage their own block-filled boards while trading "damage" blocks with dozens of other simultaneous players.

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Mark Alexander 2021-07-13
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And Biden reacts to protests in Cuba.
Mark Alexander 2021-02-28
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After Twitter users noted the similarities, the CPAC organizer said the "stage design conspiracies are outrageous and slanderous."
Mark Alexander 2021-01-04
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Stuck home or not, it's always a good idea to invest in better sound. Our advice and gear recommendations can help.
Mark Alexander 2020-07-22
img
Spectators spent much of the time debating who was real and who was fake.
Mark Alexander 2019-08-18
img

Welcome to another edition of Bitcoin Today, where I, Satoshi Nakaboto, tell you what’s been going on with Bitcoin in the past 24 hours.

We closed the day, August 17 2019, at a price of $10,231.

That’s a minor 1.22 percent decline in 24 hours, or -$126.97.

We’re still 49 percent below Bitcoin‘s all-time high of $20,089 (December 17 2017).

Bitcoin’s market cap ended the day at $182,966,857,173.

Yesterday’s volume of $13,778,035,685 was the lowest in four days, 9 percent below the year’s average, and 69 percent below the year’s high.

Mark Alexander 2019-06-26
img

It’s no surprise that a cheesy used-car salesman like Howard Kleiner, sporting a man-pony, a Hawaiian shirt and a porn ‘stache, would be into throwback gas guzzlers.

For him, it’s V8 or nothing, and if you pick the wrong vehicle on his lot, he may hand you a snide bumper sticker that says, “Carpool lanes are for sissies.”

“On behalf of big oil, I want to thank you all for choosing muscle cars that use gasoline,” he says over the loudspeaker.

“Long live the American muscles.”

Kleiner, actually a poorly disguised Arnold Schwarzenegger, tries his best to talk potential buyers out of the hybrid models they’re considering in a digital short film for Veloz, a non-profit group dedicated to boosting electric car sales.

The hidden-camera video, from Los Angeles-based agency Superconductor, follows the incredulous reactions of would-be car buyers like the couple looking for “something quiet and fuel efficient.”

Mark Alexander 2019-05-28
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Twitch has temporarily suspended live streams from new creators after content that "grossly violates" its terms of service was streamed over the weekend.

Trolls used the game streaming platform to stream footage of Game of Thrones, porn, and the Christchurch terror attack along with hate speech in the comments, according to Vice.

Twitch said a number of accounts targeted the "Artifact" game directory to share the content.

"Our investigations uncovered that the majority of accounts that shared and viewed the content were automated," Twitch said in a tweet Monday.

"We are working with urgency to remove the offending content and suspend all accounts engaged in this behavior."

Twitch added that safety of the community is its "top priority," but it is working to restore access to live streaming as soon as possible.

Mark Alexander 2019-05-17
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Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

We live in the Golden Age of the luxury crossover SUV.

But don't forget about Acura, which has been selling a pair of superb SUVs, the MDX and the RDX, for some time.

Obviously, there are some segmentation questions that arise from such a matchup: the RDX covers both the compact and midsize segments, while the XT5 is intended to be Caddy's midsize warrior (the XT4 covers the compact/subcompact space, and the XT6 handles three-row midsize duties).

Read on to find out how it went down:

We checked out the all-wheel-drive Cadillac XT5 back in 2017, not long after the SUV was rolled out in 2016.

Mark Alexander 2021-05-20
img
I ordered a dining table from Perigold, Wayfair's luxury furniture retailer. Here's what I thought about the online store's quality and service.
Mark Alexander 2021-01-25
img
Trump announced in 2017 that he was reversing an Obama era policy that allowed open military service to transgender people.
Mark Alexander 2020-12-26
img
"I didn't know what to get him, so I put together our music company's balance sheet to show him that we were making money."
Mark Alexander 2019-10-02
img

Last week Google released several thousand deepfake videos to help researchers build tools that use artificial intelligence to spot altered videos that could spawn political misinformation, corporate sabotage, or cyberbullying.

Google’s videos could be used to create technology that offers hope of catching deepfakes in much the way spam filters catch email spam.

That’s because deepfakes will most likely improve faster than detection methods, and because human intelligence and expertise will be needed to identify deceptive videos for the foreseeable future.

Deepfakes have captured the imagination of politicians, the media, and the public.

Video manipulation and deception have long been possible, but advances in machine learning have made it easy to automatically capture a person’s likeness and stitch it onto someone else.

There is growing concern that deepfakes could be used to sway voters in the 2020 presidential election.

Mark Alexander 2019-06-28
img

The word that the families of Jay Cook and Tanya Van Cuylenborg had been waiting for more than three decades to hear: “guilty.” After a day and a half of deliberations, a Snohomish County jury found William Earl Talbott II guilty on two counts of aggravated murder in the first degree for the deaths of the young Canadian couple.

They disappeared during an overnight trip to Seattle on November 18, 1987—their bodies recovered in rural western Washington a few days later, each bearing the marks of the violent ends they met.

The decision, delivered late Friday morning, is a momentous victory for a new kind of genetic detective work that builds on the spit kit results of genealogy-curious relatives.

But until Talbott’s case went to trial at the beginning of this month, the technique had never been tested in court.

The Talbott verdict is the first 12-person vote of confidence in genetic genealogy’s ability to not just put a name to a drop of blood or skin cells lifted from a fingerprint or a semen-soaked swab, but to help prosecutors prove that the person behind that name also committed the crime they’ve been accused of.

But even more significantly, the image of Talbott gasping in his seat as the jury read out their verdict signals to law enforcement agencies all over the country that genetic genealogy is good for more than just generating leads and making arrests, it’s good for getting convictions too.

Mark Alexander 2019-06-11
img

After some middling but ultimately exciting press conferences from Microsoft and Square Enix, and some complete whiffs from Bethesda and Ubisoft, I have been wondering – with many others – “Is E3 a tired event?” Well, after seeing Nintendo’s online-only Nintendo Direct E3 2019 keynote address, my faith in E3 has been restored.

Of course, that leftover 3% belongs primarily the teased sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which has been announced to be in development alongside a flashy trailer.

Finally for 2020, Square Enix will be bringing a 3D remake of its cult classic role-playing game (RPG), Seiken Densetsu 3, the third game in the Mana series of RPGs, as Trials of Mana in early 2020 exclusively for Nintendo Switch.

Mining that sweet, sweet nostalgia

Nintendo spent much of its 45-minute address announcing games that are lush remakes and entirely new entries in storied franchises – like a remake of Panzer Dragoon, a remaster of the Sypro trilogy, a brand-new Contra game, Rogue Corps, and a strategy game based on The Dark Crystal franchise: Age of Resistance Tactics.

The latter game collection brings the original Seiken Densetsu 3, first released in Japan way back in 1995 for the Super Famicom, to the west for the first time as – you guessed it – Trials of Mana.

Mark Alexander 2019-05-20
img

It was often hard to know what to make of the series as its characters, politics, and themes grew dull, sacrificed on the altar of plot to bring us to this precise moment.

Absent any intention beyond moving the pieces into place for the grand finale, Game of Thrones became a glittering charm bracelet of beautifully directed symbols strung together solely by the thin connective tissue of gravitas: the score soaring in front of a burned city, the dark wings of a dragon opening behind a tyrant, a hero locked in chains.

The horse was a prophecy, a bit of narrative gossip with the gloss of the sacred, something that promised intention and meaning but ultimately delivered something so vague it could have meant anything.

As the finale opens, the victorious forces gathering in front of the Red Keep are every bit the invading nightmare Robert Baratheon had feared so many years ago: the ululating Dothraki hordes rearing up on their horses, the Unsullied standing in their perfect martial lines, an enormous black dragon soaring above the smoking ruins of King's Landing.

Now, finally, we learn what breaking the wheel really meant to her: not destroying tyranny but destroying her enemies, and claiming their lofty edifices of power for her own.

It's a facile analysis of force that conveniently erases all power structures from the equation, that imagines there is no moral difference between Dany rising up to kill slave masters and murdering thousands of innocent children.

Mark Alexander 2019-02-13
img

The latest "Nintendo Direct" announcement video came packed with surprises, and none shattered more earth than the big Mario and Zelda games at the video's beginning and end.

The revealed footage sticks primarily to the four games that the original build-your-own-platformer game supported (SMB1, SMB3, SMW, NSMB), but it adds tools like auto-scrolling paths, clear tubes, piranha plant pathing, more platforms, and the cat-suit power-up.

Though Nintendo issued only a vague release window of "2019," the company had a lot to showcase for its upcoming, surprise-announced remake of The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening.

The weirdest additional surprise announcement came in the form of Tetris 99.

Yes, Tetris joins the battle royale craze in this free-to-play game launching exclusively for paying Nintendo Switch Online customers later today.

Meaning: you'll join an online Tetris instance in which 99 players manage their own block-filled boards while trading "damage" blocks with dozens of other simultaneous players.