1986’s OutRun a maintenance hassle for arcade operators in 2018

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Running a retroarcade sounds like a lot of fun, and the same games that used to get the kids pumping quarters then are still the most popular. Which means that 32-year old OutRun cabinets tend to break down often.

Out Run is a favorite at the arcade to say the least. It is in almost constant use from our younger Players. One of the reasons of course is that Sega designed this particular model to basically make you feel you were in an actual vehicle. While not quite like the Ferrari Testarossa Spider you drive in the game itself, it’s a nice design. Furthermore there were four different versions of the arcade game produced. Two of them were upright models with two others being sit-down cabinets.

Great fun working around hot CRTs! You can whine about authentic monitors all ya like, if I were running an arcade, I would replace the innards on most of the machines with Raspberry Pis and 4k LCDs and put the original PCBs in a nice glass cases on the wall next to each, with art gallery-style cards.

Learn to Count in Seximal, a Position Above the Rest

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Believe it or not, counting is not special. Quite a few animals have figured it out over the years. Tiny honeybees compare what is less and what is more, and their brains are smaller than a pinky nail. They even understand the concept of zero, which — as anyone who has had to teach a toddler knows — is rather difficult to grasp. No, counting is not special, but how we count is.

I don’t mean to toot our own horn, but humans are remarkable for having created numerous numeral systems, each specialized in their own ways. Ask almost anyone …read more

Build A Boat With Your Buddies

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It’s probably a dream common to many groups of friends among the Hackaday readership: go away together to a sunny island some time in the summer, take a load of beer and maybe a BBQ, and build something. Some of us get close to it at hacker camps such as Toorcamp or EMF, but few do it as well as [KristianKalm] and his friends. Their time on an island resulted in a boat, and what a boat it is!

To be fair, this is not a craft you’d sail the high seas in, its unique hull design rendered in single-skin …read more

Editor’s Choice: LG G7 ThinQ

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My favorite phone released this year doesn’t have the fastest performance, doesn’t have the best camera, and has worse than average battery life. It also has a superfluous button for a virtual assistant that I can’t reprogram to something more useful and has the worst name for a phone I’ve seen in years. It’s not a phone that I recommend most people should buy. But LG’s G7 ThinQ (I told you it has the worst name) is my favorite phone right now because it meets my specific set of wants and needs better than anything else at the moment.

The primary reason why I like the G7 so much is that it’s the Android phone that best mimics the iPhone X’s ability to cram a large screen in a frame that can still be managed in one hand. I love the…

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Does Instagram reveal who’s stalking your feed?

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Instagram knows all of our secrets, particularly the people we love to stalk. Some people think the company outs our habits to other users in their story. These users believe that the people who populate at the top of your story viewers are the ones who stalk you the most. Maybe your crush is always at the top or maybe it’s your nemesis. It doesn’t matter who.

We visited Instagram to speak with Julian Gutman, product lead for Instagram Home, which includes Stories and the Feed to figure out whether there’s any truth to this idea. Also while we were there, Julian and I chatted about the algorithm and the company’s switch to the algorithmic feed. Watch the video above if you want to know how people end up at the top of your viewers list or…

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Vergecast: Roku CEO Anthony Wood, MacBook Pro benchmarks, and Google gets fined

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We’ve got a super stuffed episode of The Vergecast this week.

First, the biggest news in tech right now is the European Commission’s ruling that Google has been unfairly using Android to push Google search on users, giving it an unfair advantage. Nilay, Dieter, and Paul sit down and discuss the implications.

In the second half of the show, Dieter discusses some of the new MacBook Pro benchmarks that claim the processors may throttle performance due to cooling issues.

Nilay got an exclusive interview with Roku CEO Anthony Wood, so we’ve included that in this episode as well.

Also, our culture coverage continues this week with another roundup by Megan Farokhmanesh and Bijan Stephen.

There’s even a whole lot more in between that — like…

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Cyclist ignores warning gates, tries to ride onto lifted drawbridge and fails

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There are three drawbridges within walking distance of my home here in Alameda, California. I have often wondered if anyone has ignored the warning gates and tried to go over the bridge.

In Wisconsin, one cyclist did just that. And it was caught by the state’s Department of Transportation surveillance camera. On the Fourth of July, on the Racine Street Bridge in Menasha, a 37-year-old woman maneuvered around the flashing barriers. She soon fell, bike and all, into the crack where the road and bridge meet. It’s pretty freaky to watch. It made me gasp!

Thankfully, she didn’t get crushed by the bridge. According to reports, she only sustained minor facial injuries. She has been cited for failure to obey a traffic signal, according to KRON.


Cher recorded an entire album of ABBA covers

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On Monday’s Today Show, Cher spilled the news that she’s recorded an entire album of ABBA covers. “After I did ‘Fernando,’ I thought it would be really fun to an album of ABBA songs, so I did!” she said in the interview. “It’s not how you think of ABBA songs because I did it my way.”

She recorded “Fernando” for the new film, Mamma Mia! 2 Here We Go Again, in which she has a role:

Patches remove spyware from Civilization VI, other games

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The game Civilization VI contained Red Shell, a spyware application that tracks what ads players are looking at, among other things. It’s now gone after a new patch — and other game publishers have been scrambling to do likewise after being caught with their spyglasses up and their pants down.

Developers and publishers behind games including Conan Exiles, The Elder Scrolls Online, Hunt: Showdown, and Total War have vowed to remove Red Shell – or already removed it.

“Whilst Red Shell is only used to measure the effectiveness of our advertising, we can see that players are clearly concerned about it and it will be difficult for us to entirely reassure every player,” said Total War devs Creative Assembly, for example. “So, from the next update we will remove the implementation of Red Shell from those Total War games that use it.”

Other statements were broadly the same: a defence along the lines of “it’s not spyware as bad as you might think but yeah we get you’re skeezed out and we will remove it.”

11 dead after Missouri duck boat sinks

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11 people drowned Thursday after a duck boat on Table Rock Lake in Missouri sank with 31 aboard.

Rader said an off-duty sheriff’s deputy was working security at the scene and helped rescue survivors. Recovery efforts continued after dark, with some passengers still unaccounted for. A dive team from Western Taney County was in the water and a team from the Missouri State Highway Patrol was on the way, as well.

First responders from multiple agencies responded to the incident, initially reported as a “mass casualty incident” involving a “tourist type boat” on Table Rock Lake near Branson.

Duck boats are WWII-era amphibious trucks still widely used for land-and-water tours, but their age and growing tally of deadly accidents may soon consign them to museums.

Following is video of the boat sinking, taken from a nearby restaurant or vessel by Jennie P. Carr of Joplin, Missouri; the capsizing boat seems to be only yards away.

Here’s footage taken inside another duck boat on the lake that returned safely, showing the conditions and what it’s like inside a duck boat:

Realtor used inflatable T-Rex to jazz up home photos

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We’ve all heard of staging a home for sale but this is outrageous.

Among the lovely shots of hardwood floors, lake views, and a screened-in patio, we see ol’ Tyrannosaurus raiding the fridge, taking a nap, fishing in the lake, and even mowing the grass. That’s pretty impressive for a guy with such tiny arms, no? “We came up with the idea a few years ago and have been waiting for the right client and right house to try it,” explains listing agent Casey Lewis. “It was a great way to get extra exposure to an already great property.”

That exact model of inflatable T-Rex is on Amazon, which I know because it’s my go-to gift for people who are hard to shop for.

The C.H.I.P Returns, Maybe

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Remember the C.H.I.P? The little ARM-based and Linux-capable single board computer that was launched in 2015 at what was then a seemingly impossibly cheap price of $9, then took ages to arrive before fading away and the company behind it going under? Like a zombie, it has returned from the dead!

So, should we be reaching for the staples of zombie movies, and breaking out the long-playing records? Or should we be cautiously welcoming it back into the fold, a prodigal son to the wider family of boards? Before continuing, it’s best to take a closer look.

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Must-see bizarro viewing: Boots Riley’s ‘Sorry to Bother You’

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This isn’t a review, but I’d regret not giving you a heads up about Sorry to Bother You, Boots Riley’s first feature film. It’s an absurd black sci-fi satire shot in Oakland and it’s the off-the-wall dystopian summer indie flick we all deserve.

At the last minute last Friday, I put my hands on some tickets for its sold-out nationwide opening night at the Grand Lake Theatre in Oakland. And wow, am I glad I did.

It was a real happening. People cheered and laughed. Plus, the movie was simply fantastic. After the show, folks with tickets for the late show (which had the bonus of an after-show Q&A with Boots himself) were already lining up. Lots of people posed with the shitty Tercel featured in the film, which was parked right in front of the theatre.

Hilariously, you can buy that shitty Tercel for a mere $23,999.40 on the STBU website:

(I got my eye on that Mr. Bobo collectible plate myself.)

If you want to read what reviewers are saying, here’s a good start:

Review: ‘Sorry to Bother You,’ but Can I Interest You in a Wild Dystopian Satire? by A.O. Scott of The New York Times:

“If Mike Judge’s “Office Space” and Robert Downey Sr.’s “Putney Swope” hooked up after a night of bingeing on hallucinogens, Marxist theory and the novels of Paul Beatty and Colson Whitehead, the offspring might look something like this.”

Film Review: ‘Sorry to Bother You’ by Peter Debruge of Variety:

“Nearly as deranged as it is politically engaged, Boots Riley’s sui generis “Sorry to Bother You” is the kind of debut feature that knocks your socks off, tickles your bare tootsies with goose feathers for a while, then goes all Kathy Bates in the final stretch, ultimately taking a sledgehammer to your kneecaps.”

This one might make more sense AFTER you’ve seen the movie:

In ‘Sorry To Bother You,’ an Alternate-Universe Oakland Rings True by Janelle Hessig of KQED Arts:

“The “don’t sell out” moral of the story is delivered with all of the subtlety of a circus clown with an erection, but appropriately so—there’s nothing subtle in being a person of color fighting to survive capitalism.”

Go see it. It’s probably playing near you now.

photos by Rusty Blazenhoff

Reactive Forms in Angular

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As we saw in the last article, there are two types of form development approaches that we can use in Angular. The first one is template-driven development and the other is the reactive forms approach. Let’s explore what reactive forms are and how to validate reactive forms in Angular.

What Are Reactive Forms?

This approach uses the reactive form of developing the forms that favor the explicit management of data between the UI and the model. With this approach, we create a tree of Angular form controls and bind them in the native form controls. As we can create the forms control directly in the component, it makes it a bit easier to push the data between the data models and the UI elements.

Sharpies and Glue Sticks Fight the Gummy Metal Machining Blues

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“Gummy” might not be an adjective that springs to mind when describing metals, but anyone who has had the flutes of a drill bit or end mill jammed with aluminum will tell you that certain metals do indeed behave in unhelpful ways. But a new research paper seeks to shed light on the gummy metal phenomenon, and may just have machinists stocking up on office supplies.

It’s a bit counterintuitive that harder metals like steel are often easier to cut than softer metals; especially aluminum but also copper, nickel alloys, and some stainless steel alloys. But it happens, and [Srinivasan …read more

A Super Simple ESP8266 IOT Motion Sensor

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It’s really hard to overstate how awesome ESP8266 development boards like the Wemos D1 Mini really are. For literally a couple of dollars you can get a decently powerful Wi-Fi enabled microcontroller that has enough free digital pins to do some useful work. Like the Arduino and Raspberry Pi before it, the ESP8266 is a device that’s opening up whole new areas of hacking and development that simply weren’t as practical or cost-effective as previously.

As a perfect example, take a look at this stupendously simple Internet-connected motion detector that [Eric William] has come up with. With just a Wemos …read more

What Is React?

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React is an extremely powerful library created by Facebook for front-end development, which allows the developer to build user interfaces.

React is a JavaScript library and an extremely powerful, flexible, high-speed tool for working with dynamic UIs, especially when the UI is related to data state.

Group art show at Corry Helford Gallery in LA: “The New Romantics”

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If you are in LA later this month through September, I recommend checking out “The New Romantics” group show at Corey Helford Gallery opening July 28. There’s a great line up of artists.

Over a year in the making, Corey Helford Gallery is premiering “The New Romantics” group show on July 28, its largest exhibition of 2018 so far. Curated by Caro Buermann, the show will celebrate the new romantic visions of over 30 artists from around the world, including Camilla d’Errico, Adrian Cox, Relm, Pruch SintunavaI and Marie Larkin.

“There are many shows that celebrate beautiful imagery, but there aren’t many shows that tackle the implications of neo-romance and our growing attraction to the paradisiacal, the beautiful, and the magic that these images inspire,” says Caro. “In today’s world, we are instantaneously exposed to a flood of bad news and images of terror which makes people long for safe places and redemptive perspectives.”

The Neo-Romanticism movement, which inspired The New Romantics, is not a new concept. Just as Early Romantic masters’ work was characterized by its emphasis on emotion and individualism, as well as glorification of all the past and nature, this new generation of romantics reflect on the current state of their world. “They are artists who are sensitive to the current state of things and reinterpret the world through their figures, characters, or landscapes,” says Caro. “Not necessarily as it objectively exists, but rather as they are seeing and feeling it.”

Above: Marie Larkin

Above: Kate Zambrano

Above: Relm

Above: Iva Troj

Above: Joanne Nam


July 28, 2018 | 7pm – 11pm


July 28 – September 1, 2018


571 S. Anderson St. Los Angeles, CA 90033

Open Tuesday-Saturday, 12pm – 6pm

(310) 287-2340

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