Tips For Life


  • Why It's Important to Cancel Dinner Reservations If You Can't Make It
    Between the apps, restaurant websites, and regular old phone calls, it’s easier than ever to make dinner reservations these days. But for whatever reason, people don’t t cancel reservations when they can’t make it. It’s rude, yes, but it also…
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  • The Tiny, Tightly Organized Bag
    Sometimes, a small bag is all you need to accompany you and the rest of your tools. Over on Everyday Carry, user 270Ultimate shares the bag they take along with them as a real estate appraiser.Read more...
    - 6 hours ago, 28 Mar 17, 12:00am -
  • You Think Pineapple and Cinnamon Is a Gross Combo, But You're Wrong
    Pineapple and cinnamon sound like they don’t go together at all, right? One is tropically sweet while the other is spicy. But I was experimenting with leftovers and found this combo to be surprisingly tasty.Read more...
    - 7 hours ago, 27 Mar 17, 11:00pm -
  • This Is What Happens When You Damage Priceless Art
    When I was 16, my French class was fortunate enough to visit France. We immediately went to the Louvre upon arrival in Paris, but I was so wiped out by jet lag, I sat down and fell asleep. The spot I had chosen, however, was actually an ancient work…
    - 8 hours ago, 27 Mar 17, 10:15pm -
  • The Concourse Wait, Let’s Clown These Scrub-Ass Doofuses Some More | The Slot Jeff Sessions Announce
    The Concourse Wait, Let’s Clown These Scrub-Ass Doofuses Some More | The Slot Jeff Sessions Announces Crackdown on Sanctuary Cities | Gizmodo Intel Claims Its Magical New Memory Will Speed Your Computer Up for Cheap | The Root Devin Nunes Is Lo…
    - 8 hours ago, 27 Mar 17, 9:54pm -
  • How to Be Less Stupid About Money 

    - 9 hours ago, 27 Mar 17, 9:00pm -
  • These Prime-Only Kindle Discounts Are Better Than Black Friday
    If you’ve got Prime and enjoy reading, Amazon’s offering some of the best Kindle discounts we’ve ever seen right now, with $30 off the entry level models, and $50 off the rarely discounted Voyage.Read more...
    - 10 hours ago, 27 Mar 17, 8:03pm -
  • This Evil Alarm Clock App Is the Only Reason I’m Awake Right Now
    I believe my dreams. Say I’m dreaming about getting to the airport, or finding the room with the final exam I haven’t studied for. When an alarm goes off, I snooze it: I am on a very important mission and cannot be interrupted. That is why I need…
    - 11 hours ago, 27 Mar 17, 7:30pm -
  • Ask an Expert: The Best Ways to Back Up Your Data
    ‘World Backup Day’ is coming up this Friday on March 31st. I’m not exactly planning a hard drive party but it’s a good reminder to revisit your data storage solutions and consider new tech and best practices. Here to offer some advice are exp…
    - 11 hours ago, 27 Mar 17, 6:45pm -
  • Night Shift, Apple's Automatic Screen Dimming Software, Is Now Available For Your Mac
    If you’re a fan of Night Shift on your iPhone, or F.lux on your Mac, you’ll be happy to know that Apple’s rolling out an update to macOS today that adds the time-based color-shifting feature to your Mac.Read more...
    - 13 hours ago, 27 Mar 17, 5:35pm -
  • iOS 10.3 Introduces a New File System, Adds In-App Reviews, and Find My AirPods
    Apple’s released iOS 10.3 today, which isn’t a particularly interesting update, but it does have a few minor improvements, including a new file system, that are worth mentioning.Read more...
    - 13 hours ago, 27 Mar 17, 5:19pm -
  • What's Your Favorite Everyday Backpack? 
    Plenty of people, myself included, prefer the versatility and ergonomics of backpacks to single-shoulder messenger bags when it comes to lugging laptops and other gear from A to B, so this week, we’re looking to find the best. Check out the rules b…
    - 13 hours ago, 27 Mar 17, 5:05pm -
Wired Top Stories



  • Climate Change Is Altering Global Air Currents
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Independent: One of the scientists who demonstrated conclusively that global warming was an unnatural event with the famous "hockey stick" graph is now warning that giant jetstreams which circle the planet…
    - 3 hours ago, 28 Mar 17, 3:30am -
  • New AI Algorithm Beats Even the World's Worst Traffic
    "Computer scientists at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have developed a new intelligent routing algorithm that attempts to minimize the occurrence of spontaneous traffic jams -- those sudden snarls caused by greedy merges and other iso…
    - 5 hours ago, 28 Mar 17, 1:30am -
  • Facebook Launches 'Town Hall' For Contacting Government Reps, Adds Local Election Reminders
    Facebook has officially launched their "Town Hall" feature that allows users to locate, follow and contact their local, state and federal government representatives. The social media company also announced that they will be launching local election r…
    - 5 hours ago, 28 Mar 17, 12:50am -
  • Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Working Environment For a Developer?
    New submitter Dorgendubal writes: I work for a company with more than a thousand developers and I'm participating in activities aimed at improving the work experience of developers. Our developers receive an ultrabook that is rather powerful but not…
    - 6 hours ago, 28 Mar 17, 12:10am -
  • Facial Recognition Database Used By FBI Is Out of Control, House Committee Hears
    The House oversight committee claims the FBI's facial recognition database is out of control, noting that "no federal law controls this technology" and "no court decision limits it." At last week's House oversight committee hearing, politicians and p…
    - 7 hours ago, 27 Mar 17, 11:30pm -
  • Prominent Drupal, PHP Developer Kicked From the Drupal Project Over Unconventional Sex Life
    An anonymous Slashdot reader writes: Last week the Drupal community erupted in anger after its leader, Dries Buytaert, asked Larry Garfield, a prominent Drupal contributor and long-time member of the Drupal and PHP communities, "to leave the Drupal p…
    - 7 hours ago, 27 Mar 17, 10:50pm -
  • Stylebooks Finally Embrace the Single 'They'
    Two major style manuals are now allowing the singular use of "they" in certain circumstances. While this is a victory for common sense, the paths taken are unusual in the evolution of usage. From a report on Columbia Journal Review: Both manuals, the…
    - 8 hours ago, 27 Mar 17, 10:10pm -
  • Interviews: Ask Lithium-Ion Battery Inventor John Goodenough a Question
    John B. Goodenough is a solid-state physicist and professor of mechanical engineering and materials science at The University of Texas at Austin. While he is most famous for identifying and developing the lithium-ion battery, which can be found in ju…
    - 9 hours ago, 27 Mar 17, 9:30pm -
  • Four Years Later, Xbox Exec Admits How Microsoft Screwed Up Disc Resale Plan
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: We're now approaching the four-year anniversary of Microsoft's rollout (and subsequent reversal) of a controversial plan to let game publishers limit resale of used, disc-based games. Looking bac…
    - 9 hours ago, 27 Mar 17, 8:50pm -
  • Elon Musk Launches Neuralink To Connect Brains With Computers
    At Recode's conference last year, Elon Musk said he would love to see someone do something about linking human brains with computers. With no other human being volunteering, Mr. Musk -- who founded PayPal and OpenAI, thought of Hyperloop, is working…
    - 10 hours ago, 27 Mar 17, 8:05pm -
  • No One Knows What To Do With the International Space Station
    An anonymous reader shares a report: In 2024 the clock will run out on the International Space Station. Maybe. That's the arbitrary deadline that Congress imposed back in 2014, at which point they'll have to decide whether or not to keep funding the…
    - 11 hours ago, 27 Mar 17, 7:40pm -
  • US Top Court Considers Changing Where Patent Cases May Be Filed
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday grappled over whether to upend a quarter-century of practice and limit where patent-infringement lawsuits can be filed. From a report on Reuters: The U.S. Supreme Court struggled over whether to upend nearly 30 years…
    - 11 hours ago, 27 Mar 17, 7:20pm -


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  • SpaceX prepares to reuse the first rocket it landed on a barge
    We might be days away from witnessing SpaceX make history. The private space corporation has conducted a static test fire (yet again) of the first rocket it landed on an ocean platform. SpaceX wants to make sure it's in tip-top shape for lift off, be…
    - 3 hours ago, 28 Mar 17, 3:14am -
  • What's on TV: 'Planet Earth II,' 'Review,' 'Legion' and 'Walking Dead' finale
    This week it's time to pick up some new demo material for your Ultra HD television, since Planet Earth II is available in 4K and HDR. Other than that it's a big week for finales, with Legion and The Walking Dead wrapping up their most recent seasons.…
    - 4 hours ago, 28 Mar 17, 1:48am -
  • The Apple TV Remote app is finally optimized for iPads
    No, we still don't have an iPad version of the Instagram app, but another longtime holdout has gotten some big(ger) screen love. Apple has finally given its Apple TV Remote app a refresh tailored for the slate's display. The iTunes listing says that.…
    - 6 hours ago, 28 Mar 17, 12:18am -
  • Gigantic drones may be the key to low-cost air shipping
    Wonder why some companies still ship products on boats instead of speedy aircraft? It's because air freight is much more expensive -- the costs of the crew and fuel quickly add up. Natilus, however, thinks drones might offer a solution. The startup i…
    - 7 hours ago, 27 Mar 17, 11:31pm -
  • Dell's 8K monitor is available for $5,000
    Dell introduced its 31.5-inch 8K monitor at CES, which the company claims is the world's first consumer screen to meet such a ridiculous resolution. While it took a backseat to the artist-aimed Canvas at the tech show, the Ultrasharp 32 is finally av…
    - 7 hours ago, 27 Mar 17, 10:44pm -
  • Scientists turn spinach into a farm for human heart cells
    In the future, you might not have to resort to exotic materials to create heart cells -- you could just raid your grocery store's produce section. Scientists have invented a process that turns spinach leaves into farms for functioning human heart cel…
    - 8 hours ago, 27 Mar 17, 9:53pm -
  • Elon Musk's Neuralink will plug AI into your brain
    Somewhere between rolling out new Teslas, launching re-usable rockets and digging a tunnel under Los Angeles, Elon Musk managed to start yet another new company. According to a Wall Street Journal report, Musk's latest project is called Neuralink and…
    - 9 hours ago, 27 Mar 17, 9:22pm -
  • Verizon plans to test 4K TV for its FiOS customers
    Verizon has been relatively late to 4K TV (its competitors hopped aboard a while back), but it's at least making up for lost time. The carrier and its partner SES have confirmed that they'll soon test 4K delivery to FiOS TV customers. There's no ment…
    - 9 hours ago, 27 Mar 17, 8:56pm -