The Precise Science Of Whacking A Wine Glass

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It’s common knowledge that tapping a wine glass produces a pitch which can be altered by adjusting the level of the tipple of choice inside. By filling twelve glasses with different amounts of liquid and tuning them to the twelve notes of the scale, it’s possible to make a one-octave instrument – though the speed and polyphony are bottle-necked by the human operator. If you think it sounds like a ripe project for automation, you’re correct: [Bitluni’s lab] has done what needed to be done, and created a MIDI instrument which plays the glasses using mallets.

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Watch a mouthy Venom call someone a turd in the latest trailer

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Sony has released a fresh trailer for its upcoming Venom movie, a cautionary tale about what happens when you fail to treat your parasites. Venom stars Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, the anti-hero to Riz Ahmed’s Dr. Carlton Drake, a sort of mad genius-slash-corporate villain trying to cheat nature and achieve self-guided human evolution via biological upgrades rather than technological ones.

This trailer is packed with footage of the curious relationship between Eddie and his new symbiote pal, a sort of slimy parasite that gives him superpowers — provided he succumb to the whims of the bloodthirsty, anarchic thing inside him. While Eddie seems at first reluctant to go around smashing things and threatening to bite people’s limbs off, the two…

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Get 15 percent off of any purchase today at Rakuten

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Rakuten is hosting a site-wide sale that ends later today at 11:59PM PT. The promotion knocks 15 percent off of any purchase with offer code SAVE15, allowing up to $50 to be knocked off of your final shopping cart cost.

We’ve successfully applied the coupon to expensive products, like the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, point-and-shoot cameras, video games, noise-canceling headphones, as well as some cheaper necessities, like printer cartridges. The coupon also appears to work with non-tech items, which is somewhat of a given since it’s a site-wide offer.

Based out of Japan, Rakuten is an online shop that has recently gained broader visibility, thanks to sales like these.

This is a good opportunity to stock up on some back to school items or…

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Meet the world’s smallest camera drone

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Don’t let its appearance fool you. The SKEYE Mini Camera Drone is one of the most nimble drones out there. Engineered with adjustable gyro sensitivity and a 6-axis flight control system, this palm-sized drone is a dream for both novice and veteran pilots to fly, and it’s available in the Boing Boing Store for $29.

Despite its small stature, the SKEYE Nano 2 still has room for a built-in HD camera, which you can use to record footage in real-time. The drone can be operated via controller, making it friendly to pilots of all calibers. It can take off, land, and hover easily with built-in auto-functions, and the SKEYE Mini Nano Drone is even capable of nighttime flight thanks to its built-in LED lights.

Whether you’re looking to pick up a new hobby or just a new way to take more creative selfies, the SKEYE Nano 2 Camera Drone is a solid choice. It’s on sale today for $59, 40% off its usual price.

The paradox of good government: the best stuff works well and is thus unnoticeable (and therefore easy to sell off)

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Susan Crawford (previously) identifies one of the great and deadly paradoxes of late-stage capitalism, where predatory oligarchs prowl for state assets that can be sold off to them on the cheap, and target vulnerable regulators that can be dismantled so that industry can run amok: the best-functioning, most vital, best-run state systems are invisible, because they do their jobs so well we never hear about them.
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JavaScript Menus for Native-Looking Applications

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Using web technologies for the GUI of a desktop application makes a lot of sense: they’re portable, familiar, and powerful. A popular option is to use a comprehensive framework such as Electron. However, you might want the option of using a regular desktop browser —maybe you want to be able to access your application remotely, or you might prefer a lighter-weight embedded browser such as webview.

For a native-looking application you probably want menus: a top menubar as well as a pop-up (context) menu. While the various embedded platforms (such as Electron) each have their own APIs for menus, there is no standard JavaScript API. The DomTerm terminal emulator can be run with a small Electron wrapper (in which case it uses Electron menus), but it can also run in a plain browser like Firefox or Chrome. So I looked around for a lightweight menu library that would work in a desktop browser, but I didn’t find anything I liked: They were unmaintained, or too big, or depended on some other library (such as jQuery), or were incomplete (popup menus but no menubar support, or missing keyboard navigation), or had an API too different from Electron’s relatively simple one.

The Chuwi HiGame PC is a cheaper, noisier mini gaming rig

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Earlier this year, Intel released its eighth-generation NUC, an incredibly compact PC that still managed to pack enough power to run AAA and VR gaming titles at playable frame rates. But the downside to the NUC is largely its cost — for the price of the NUC, which could run more than $1,500 with the necessary RAM and storage you’d need, you can get a much more powerful traditional gaming PC.

Chuwi’s HiGame PC is a new compact PC that aims to pick up where Intel’s leaves off. It runs the same platform as the NUC, but Chuwi is selling the HiGame as a complete PC (as opposed to the barebones way Intel offers the NUC) for hundreds of dollars less. The company is running an Indiegogo campaign where orders for the HiGame can be placed for the…

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Nintendo got it right again

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I worked Circuit City when the PlayStation 2 launched. For weeks, we were sold out, and there was always a crowd around the blue demo unit in the gaming department. It’s easy to see why the PlayStation 2 was a hit looking back. It was powerful, inventive and excelled at local gaming. It was the […]

All those Bigfoot erotica jokes are helping normalize white supremacy

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The internet has long been a place where we’re free to indulge our seediest desires, a playground where letting your freak flag fly isn’t just acceptable, but practically expected. But as that space has become a more and more integral part of our daily lives, it’s also become increasingly common for some of those private explorations and enjoyments to wind up in the public eye. There was the time Newsweek reporter Kurt Eichenwald tweeted out a photo that revealed he’d been browsing tentacle porn, for example, or the time Talking Points Memo’s Josh Marshall accidentally shared a link from Pornhub, or the time Ted Cruz’s Twitter account liked a tweet containing incest porn.

And now, in the most direct instance of explicit content taking…

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