MTV reviving Daria and Aeon Flux

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MTV is reviving two of the greatest shows to ever appear on the channel: Daria and Aeon Flux. The latter will be a live action reboot. Daria, a spin-off from Beavis and Butt-head, was a brilliant black comedy cartoon about a misanthropic teen. Aeon Flux was a fantastically strange animated science fiction series created by Peter Chung that aired as part of the seminal Liquid Television animation showcase produced by the pioneering Colossal Pictures for MTV. From Rolling Stone:

For its reboot of Daria, MTV Studios announced that the show would tentatively be titled Daria and Jodie to reflect its new focus not just on the original eponymous heroine, but also her friend Jodie Landon. Per a description of the show, “These two smart young women take on the world, with their signature satirical voice while deconstructing popular culture, social classes, gender and race.”

It’s unclear if Daria and Jodie will be a full reimagining of the original series set at Lawndale High, or if it will catch up with Daria and Jodie in college or young adult life. Daria and Jodie will be helmed by Grace Edwards, who has written for Inside Amy Schumer, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and more.

Meanwhile, Jeff Davis (Teen Wolf, Criminal Minds) and Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead, Fear the Working Dead) will oversee the live-action revival of Aeon Flux. The show will follow the titular assassin as she “teams up with a group of biohacking rebels in the not too distant dystopian future to battle a brutally repressive regime and save humanity.”

VCF East XIII: Another Day in Retro Paradise

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While the weather alternated between mist and monsoon for most of it, the thirteenth annual Vintage Computer Festival East was still a huge success. People came from all over the country, and indeed the world, to show off computers and equipment that was easily older than many of those in attendance. From 1980’s robots to recreations of the very first machines to ever carry the name “computer” as we understand it today, there were a dizzying array of fascinating exhibits to see for those who made the pilgrimage to the InfoAge Science Center in Wall, New Jersey. The people who …read more

Life is Strange 2’s first episode arrives on September 27th

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The first episode of Life is Strange 2, the follow-up to Dontnod Entertainment’s breakout success in 2015, will launch on September 27th. The developer announced the news today with a threadbare teaser that still tells us absolutely nothing about the game.

Although the sequel has been a work in progress for some time, Dontnod has been quiet about the new game. It’s teased a brand-new cast for years, casting the series as a sort of anthology. The original Life is Strange told the story of Max, a teenager with the power to rewind time, and her rebellious friend Chloe. The game was applauded for covering serious topics like online harassment and teenage suicide over the course of its five-episode run. Last year, Square Enix and developer…

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Google Doodle honors legendary science fiction author Octavia Butler

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Today’s Google Doodle honors Octavia Butler, the visionary science fiction author whose work, including novels like Kindred and Parable of the Sower, deeply influenced both current Afrofuturist thought and genre fiction as a whole.

Born on this day in 1947, Butler was incredibly shy and was diagnosed with mild dyslexia as a child, but she nevertheless discovered a passion for reading. Her mother would bring home books that had been discarded at houses where she was cleaning, and she made frequent trips to her local library. Butler eventually found science fiction, with the novels of Robert Heinlein, Arthur C. Clarke, Frank Herbert, and others. As a teenager, after watching a TV show and realizing that she could write a better story than…

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WordPress.com parent company acquires Atavist

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Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, WooCommerce, Longreads, Simplenote and a few other things, is acquiring Brooklyn-based startup Atavist. Atavist has been working on a content management system for independent bloggers and writers. With an Atavist website, you can easily write and publish stories with a ton of media. You might think that this isn’t particularly […]

Celebrities destroy their pie holes with hot sauce while being interviewed

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Hello. My name is Gareth Branwyn and I am a hot food addict. As I type this, I am horking my way through a can of tuna iced with a generous layer of Sriracha sauce. But as my mouth and tongue are ablaze with the beloved rooster sauce, I know this level of heat is kid’s play. Sriracha is a paltry 2,2000 SHU on the Scoville scale (a measure of capsaicin concentration in hot foods).

What might it be like to eat food in the 500,000-600,000 SHU range? And then answer provocative interview questions? That is the premise of the hit YouTube show, Hot Ones, now in its 6th season.

When I first happened upon this show a few years ago, I wanted to hate it. I thought it was a goofy premise and I’m generally not a fan of shows that create fear, pain, or deep embarrassment in other humans for my cheap entertainment. But as Stephen Colbert says below (he’s a fan and had Hot Ones host Sean Evans on as a Late Night guest last year), the whole spicy interview process is fascinating and lends itself to some funny, strange, and sometimes quite insightful interviews.

Anyone who’s ever eaten peppers in this heat range knows how darn-near consciousness-altering it can be. I’m always amazed at how composed and physiologically unaffected many guests of the show are. Colbert’s obvious struggle, as over a million SHUs of capsaicin light up the sensor neurons in his head, is more of how I imagine handling it.

Beats an Extension Cord

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What does your benchtop power supply have that [Pete Marchetto]’s does not? Answer: an extension cord draped across the floor. How often have you said to yourself, “I just need to energize this doodad for a couple seconds,” then you start daisy chaining every battery in the junk drawer to reach the necessary voltage? It is not uncommon to see battery packs with a single voltage output, but [Pete] could not find an adjustable one, so he built his own and put it on Tindie.

Presumably, the internals are not going to surprise anyone: an 18650 battery, charging circuit, a …read more

Google Chrome on Android can now cache news articles on Wi-Fi for offline reading

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For emerging markets that often have to purchase data through prepaid SIM cards or others with limited data plans, viewing news articles can be a slow process full of constant interruptions. Google Chrome on Android is getting a new feature that will automatically download relevant news articles when connected to Wi-Fi, which should help cache articles for offline reading, the company announced yesterday.

You could already download articles through third-party apps or by saving a page offline, but those methods often require users to manually pick which articles to save. Today’s update automatically downloads articles that are recommended to you based on interests and location.

Since the cache articles are ones that Google personalizes…

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Caught up on Westworld? Here’s why you should watch Humans

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There are so many streaming options available these days, and so many conflicting recommendations, that it’s hard to see through all the crap you could be watching. Each Friday, The Verge’s Cut the Crap column simplifies the choice by sorting through the overwhelming multitude of movies and TV shows on subscription services, and recommending a single perfect thing to watch this weekend.

What to watch

“Episode 1,” from the science fiction series Humans. A co-production of the UK’s Channel 4 and the US cable channel AMC, Humans is set in a near future where strikingly realistic-looking androids called synths are increasingly being called on to perform menial or degrading work, from home care to housekeeping to prostitution. The series’s…

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Facebook prototypes tool to show how many minutes you spend on it

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Are you ready for some scary numbers? After months of Mark Zuckerberg talking about how “Protecting our community is more important than maximizing our profits”, Facebook is preparing to turn that commitment into a Time Well Spent product. Buried in Facebook’s Android app is an unreleased “Your Time On Facebook” feature. It shows the tally […]

The GIGABYTE X399 DESIGNARE EX Motherboard Review

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In this review we are having a look at GIGABYTE’s currently best AMD X399 motherboard, the Designare EX. The specifications of the motherboard are impressive, and the design of the board certainly makes it stand out from the rest. The X399 Designare EX is slightly more competitively priced compared to its competition as well. We closely examine its features and capabilities in this review.

There’s RC2014 Life In The TMS9918A Display Chip Yet

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One of the outliers in the home computer wars of the early 1980s was the Texas Instruments TI99/4A. It may not have had the games library of its rivals and its TMS9900 processor may not have set the world on fire with its registers-in-RAM architecture, but its range of support chips included one whose derivatives would go on to delight subsequent generations. If you had an MSX or one of the 8 or 16-bit Sega consoles, the TMS9918A graphics chip provided the architecture that sat behind Sonic in his adventures.

A few decades later, there is still significant interest in …read more

QuickLook for Windows 10 brings a useful Mac feature to PCs

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If you’re a Mac user you’re probably used to just hitting the space bar to see a quick preview of a file. It’s a useful feature that Microsoft hasn’t brought to Windows 10 yet, but a new app in the Microsoft Store now offers the best way to get this macOS feature on a PC. QuickLook does exactly what its name suggests, allowing you to preview most file types from within File Explorer.

It works just like the macOS Quick Look feature, and you can hit enter to open in the default app, or choose a different app to open the file in. Unfortunately there’s not many options to customize the app, but it does also support ctrl+ mouse wheel to zoom in on documents and PDFs and you can always quickly close the preview by hitting escape or move to the…

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Google’s augmented reality Measure app now works with the Pixel 2, Galaxy S9, and more

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Google has updated its augmented reality Measure app to support the company’s ARCore standard. The update opens up the app to more devices, including the Pixel 2, Galaxy S9, and the G7 ThinQ, as noted by 9to5Google. (Check Google’s full list here.)

Unlike the original version of Measure, which was limited to only work with the few Project Tango phones out there, version 2.0 of the app is far more open. The updated app also comes with improved visuals and controls to make it easier to measure whatever you point your phone at.

The news comes on the heels of Apple announcing its own Measure app earlier this month at WWDC, which is set to launch with iOS 12. It will similarly grant users the ability to measure objects simply by pointing…

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How Timelinr’s project roadmaps keep your team on task

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Projects big and small always go smoother when the whole team is collaborating, but members tend to get lost once the conference call ends. Timelinr is a project management solution that helps keep your stakeholders, team, and clients in the loop with high-level project roadmaps and granular task boards. Subscriptions are available today for $49.99.

As its name suggests, Timelinr lets you create a timeline to plan your project’s tasks and resources, so you and your team know what to expect at every step of the process. You can forecast future tasks with a blend of sprint and roadmap planning tools, and thanks to Timelinr’s SimulCollab™ feature, you can easily make sure your collaborators are privy to every change and update you make to your project.

You can streamline your next project with Timelinr’s Personal Plan, available in the Boing Boing Store for $49.99.

Running an ASP.NET Core Application as a Windows Service

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ASP.NET Core 2.1 introduces a new application host for Windows services. We can now run ASP.NET Core applications as Windows services with minimal effort. This blog post introduces how it is done and how to build and run Windows services on ASP.NET Core without any need for dirty hacks.

Creating a Default Web Application

We start with new default ASP.NET Core 2.1 web application.

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