Highlights from the dead characters’ panel at Con of Thrones

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Today, at the first-ever Game of Thrones fan convention, Joanna Robinson and David Chen of the A Cast of Kings podcast hosted a panel discussion with actors who have already died on the show. All of the questions were about death!

Called “Ghosts of Westeros,” the panel featured Iwan Rheon (Ramsay Bolton), Kate Dickie (Lisa Arryn), Roger Ashton-Griffiths (Mace Tyrell), Amy Richardson (the original Myrcella Baratheon), Sam Coleman (young Hodor), Kerry Ingram (Shireen Baratheon), and Miltos Yerolemou (Syrio Forel).

The panel started with Robinson teasing Yerolemou about the long-standing fan theory that Arya Stark’s season 1 mentor Syrio is not actually dead, and that he might make a surprise appearance in season 7. “There was a rumor…

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Invisible unicorns: 35 big companies that started with little or no money

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Jar of loose change by Tom Small There’s a widespread belief among founders that venture capital is a precursor to success. VC is a common denominator of the most successful tech startups, but it isn’t a prerequisite. To help illustrate this, here are 35 companies that started with a few thousand dollars, or even just sweat equity, and went on to become exemplars of what I call “efficient… Read More

Everything coming to Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO Now in July

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The Fourth of July weekend is supposed to be a time to go outside, hang out with other humans, and set sparkling things on fire. But why do that when you can safely stay indoors, as video streams over the internet directly into your eyeballs? In case you’re not already convinced, don’t worry: Amazon Prime, Netflix, and HBO Now are adding a bunch of new content to their respective services this month to make your choice even easier.

Netflix starts things off with a bunch of original programming, included its Castlevania series (July 7th), as well as Sundance titles like To the Bone (July 14th) and The Incredible Jessica James (July 28th). Of course, the movies that are leaving Netflix in a given month are often as important as the ones…

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Gaming firm Razer seeks to raise over $600M in Hong Kong IPO

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 Gaming firm Razer has filed to go public through an IPO in Hong Kong as it looks to raise more than $600 million to go after growth opportunities. The U.S.-based company, which traces its origins back to Singapore, filed initial paperwork on Friday. Certain details — such as how much Razer is looking to raise, its valuation and the timing of the IPO — are not disclosed in the… Read More

16 science fiction, fantasy, and horror books to read this July

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It’s July. I’m a little stunned at how fast 2017 has been passing us by. Half the year is gone already! A ton of really fantastic books have come out in those first six months, and if you’ve got vacation planned for this summer, it’ll be a good time to catch up before the back half of the year.

Given that the Fourth of July is in a couple of days, it had me thinking about stories that deal explicitly with patriotism and the founding of the country, and I remembered a graphic novel that I read recently: Rebels: A Well-Regulated Militia by Brian Wood. It’s a really fantastic story set in 1775, just before the colonies declared their independence from Great Britain.

The comic follows a young man named Seth Abbott and his wife Mercy as they…

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New trailers: Jumanji, Marvel’s Inhumans, Insecure, and more

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If you’re on a plane this summer, I can’t recommend an inflight movie any more than Lego Batman. That’s not to say that the movie is only worthy of being watched on a tiny airplane screen, just that you’re almost definitely going to end up watching it. And it will be a very good choice.

I was among the last to board an international flight the other week, and by the time I got on, half of the people around me were already watching Lego Batman. It seemed to be slightly less of a hit on my return flight, but a bunch of screens were broken in my surrounding area, and I assume all of them would have been Lego Batman if given the chance.

I’m pretty amazed at how great these first two Lego movies have been. They have such a distinct…

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Moonlight star Mahershala Ali is in talks to lead a third season of HBO’s True Detective

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House of Cards and Moonlight star Mahershala Ali is in talks to star in a third season of HBO’s beleaguered anthology show, True Detective, according to Deadline. If there were any way to get excited for the show to return, this is it.

Don’t get excited just yet: Deadline says that these are pretty early talks, and that they’re far from any sort of done deal. There isn’t even an order for a third season just yet, but HBO executives have indicated that they’re open to another season of the crime show, and the network signed on creator Nick Pizzolatto through 2018 for some undisclosed projects.

The fact that Ali is in discussions to star is a positive step however. It shows that HBO is actively looking at continuing the franchise, and…

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The Breadboard RF103

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When [ik1xpv] sets out to build a software-defined radio (SDR), he doesn’t fool around. His Breadboard RF103 sports USB 3.0, and 16-bit A/D converter that can sample up to 105 Msps, and can receive from 0 to 1800 MHz. Not bad. Thanks to the USB 3.0 port, all the signal processing occurs in the PC without the limitations of feeding data through a common sound port. You can see the device in action in the video below.

The Cypress FX3 USB device is an ARM processor, but it is only streaming data, not processing it. You can find the slightly …read more

Best tech sales of the July Fourth weekend: HP laptops, Apple Watch Series 2, and more

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With Memorial Day behind us, July Fourth is the next holiday to get big sales, and we’ve rounded up a number of tech deals worth checking out during the long weekend. Highlights include early Prime Day deals, $50 off the Nest Learning Thermostat, Microsoft’s Ultimate Game Sale, big discounts on Lenovo laptops, and so much more.

Without further ado, here are our favorite Independence Day sales:

Amazon

Amazon is already busy promoting Prime Day which we mentioned earlier this week. The event takes place on July 11th, and there are already deals to take advantage of.

Prime Day deals:

  • Get four months of Amazon Music Unlimited with access to tens of millions of songs for just $0.99.
  • Get $10 to spend by Prime Day when you stream a Prime…

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Launch Pad for Air-Water Rockets is Good Clean Fun for STEM Students

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We have fond memories of air-water rockets, which were always a dime store purchase for summertime fun in the pool. Despite strict guidance from mom to shoot them only straight up, the first target was invariably a brother or friend on the other side of the pool. No eyes were lost, and it was good clean fun that was mercifully free of educational value during summer break.

But now a teacher has gone and ruined all that by making an air-water rocket launching pad for his STEM students. Just kidding — [Robert Hart] must be the coolest teacher in Australia …read more

Custom Aluminum Wheels Teach a Thing or Two about Casting

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For some mobile projects like small carts or rolling cabinets, your standard casters from Harbor Freight will do just fine. But some projects need big, beefy wheels, and these custom cast aluminum wheels certainly make a statement. Mostly, “Watch your toes!”

To be honest, [Brian Oltrogge]’s wheels are an accessory in search of a project, and won’t be crushing feet anytime soon. He made them just to make them, but we have no beef with that. They’ve got a great look that hearkens back to a time when heavy metal meant something else entirely, and things were made to last. …read more

The Breadboard RF103

See the original posting on Hackaday

When [ik1xpv] sets out to build a software-defined radio (SDR), he doesn’t fool around. His Breadboard RF103 sports USB 3.0, and 16-bit A/D converter that can sample up to 105 Msps, and can receive from 0 to 1800 MHz. Not bad. Thanks to the USB 3.0 port, all the signal processing occurs in the PC without the limitations of feeding data through a common sound port. You can see the device in action in the video below.

The Cypress FX3 USB device is an ARM processor, but it is only streaming data, not processing it. You can find the slightly …read more

The QFX Elite Series is like Sonos without the price tag

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If there’s such a thing as a household name for networked home audio systems, Sonos is definitely at the top of the list. And for good reason—their products provide dead-simple wireless setup, with hi-fi speakers designed for a wide variety of interior spaces. But for anyone who doesn’t care about brand-name prestige, the QFX Elite Series offers a comparable experience for a smaller price. They’re available in the Boing Boing Store, with the entry-level Bach variant going for almost a quarter of the cost of its Sonos counterpart at $59.99.

Like the Sonos Play:1, the QFX Bach puts out surprisingly loud, transparent sound via Bluetooth, or over your wireless network. Aside from significantly increasing range, its WiFi capabilities allow it to steal Sonos’ main party trick: the ability to connect multiple units together for synchronized music playback in multiple rooms. Each speaker in your network can be EQ’d separately for DIY surround sound, or work standalone with a physical analog connection for older gear.

For a versatile home wireless speaker with nearly unlimited expandability, it’s hard to beat the QFX Elite Series for the price, starting at $59.99

Custom Aluminum Wheels Teach a Thing or Two about Casting

See the original posting on Hackaday

For some mobile projects like small carts or rolling cabinets, your standard casters from Harbor Freight will do just fine. But some projects need big, beefy wheels, and these custom cast aluminum wheels certainly make a statement. Mostly, “Watch your toes!”

To be honest, [Brian Oltrogge]’s wheels are an accessory in search of a project, and won’t be crushing feet anytime soon. He made them just to make them, but we have no beef with that. They’ve got a great look that hearkens back to a time when heavy metal meant something else entirely, and things were made to last. …read more

Launch Pad for Air-Water Rockets is Good Clean Fun for STEM Students

See the original posting on Hackaday

We have fond memories of air-water rockets, which were always a dime store purchase for summertime fun in the pool. Despite strict guidance from mom to shoot them only straight up, the first target was invariably a brother or friend on the other side of the pool. No eyes were lost, and it was good clean fun that was mercifully free of educational value during summer break.

But now a teacher has gone and ruined all that by making an air-water rocket launching pad for his STEM students. Just kidding — [Robert Hart] must be the coolest teacher in Australia …read more

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