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Feral Peacocks terrorize Canadian neighborhood

Feral Peacocks terrorize Canadian neighborhood
You’ve likely heard of Vancouver, British Columbia. Surrey? Maybe not: it’s a city in its own right and a part of the Greater Vancouver Regional District. Surrey’s got an unfortunate reputation for crime due largely to occasional targeted daytime gang hits and the omnipresent narcotics trade. I lived across the bridge from Surrey for close to a decade....

Voters toss white supremacist candidates to the side on primary night

Voters toss white supremacist candidates to the side on primary night
After analysts predicted 2018 could be a bumper year for white supremacists running for office, there were concerns that these neo-fascists would take their first real step toward power in the Trump era during Tuesday’s primaries. Despite white supremacists’ growing prominence in recent years, however, Tuesday’s results didn’t bring those candidates any closer to power — although some have vowed...

Health secretary lies about what’s really happening to immigrant children at the border

Health secretary lies about what’s really happening to immigrant children at the border
When Trump administration officials talk about their “zero tolerance” policy on the southwest border, they’re often lying about what’s actually going on. Last month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that undocumented immigrant children would be separated from their families at the border. Since then, President Donald Trump has repeatedly blamed his administration’s own policy on Democrats. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen...

Parrot responds to the Mavic Air with its own folding drone

Parrot responds to the Mavic Air with its own folding drone
This morning, Parrot unveiled the Anafi, a new drone clearly targeted at DJI’s Mavic line. According to the French company, the new portable UAV is the product of two years of development and a “wish list of user feedback and a biomimetic design inspired by insects.” Like the Mavic, the 0.7-pound drone is foldable, for maximum portability, so photographers...

No one has details on the UN agreement with Myanmar to repatriate Rohingya

No one has details on the UN agreement with Myanmar to repatriate Rohingya
Two UN agencies on Wednesday signed an agreement with Myanmar to return some of the 700,000 Rohinyga who fled a violent crackdown by the government’s army and settled in neighboring Bangladesh, even as Myanmar continues to reject the Rohingya narratives or admit any wrongdoing. The Rohingya — a Muslim minority in the Buddhist-majority country of roughly 53 million — have...

South Dakota lawmaker apologizes for saying ‘Masterpiece Cakeshop’ allows for racial discrimination

South Dakota lawmaker apologizes for saying ‘Masterpiece Cakeshop’ allows for racial discrimination
South Dakota Rep. Michael Clark (R) has had to apologize for his misinterpretation of this week’s Supreme Court decision in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case. In a Facebook comment, Clark argued that the decision meant that racial discrimination is totally legal now. On his Facebook page, Clark described the decision as a “win for freedom of speech and freedom of religion.” Another...

Why these scientists are teaching robots to give good hugs

Why these scientists are teaching robots to give good hugs
Five years ago, my artist/engineer pal Kal Spelletich drew at crowd at an Institute for the Future conference by demonstrating his "Huggerer," a pneumatic robot that delivers free hugs. Now robot hugs are the subject of new scientific research! At a recent human-robot interaction conference, researchers from Stuttgart, Germany's Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems presented...

Android P Beta 2 brings updated system images and 157 new emojis

Android P Beta 2 brings updated system images and 157 new emojis
A month after releasing the first beta version of Android P at I/O (and right in the middle of Apple’s own developers conference), Google has just released Beta 2 of its upcoming mobile operating system. The update is available to users enrolled in Google’s developer program, who have access to a Pixel device. Those who’ve already download Beta...

Facebook finally monetizes Marketplace with ads for listings

Facebook finally monetizes Marketplace with ads for listings
20 months after launching its Craigslist competitor Marketplace and relentlessly promoting it with placement in the main navigation bar, Facebook will start earning money off its classifieds section. Facebook today begins testing Marketplace ads in the U.S. that let average users pay to “Boost” their listing to more people through the News Feed. While they’re easy for novices,...

Four years after release of Kubernetes 1.0, it has come long way

Four years after release of Kubernetes 1.0, it has come long way
On June 6th, 2014 Kubernetes 1.0 was released. At the time, nobody could have predicted that 4 years later that the project would become a de facto standard for container orchestration or that the biggest tech companies in the world would be backing it. That would come later. If you think back to June 2014, containerization was just...

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