This training collection can make you a Six Sigma project management black-belt

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Anybody can be on the receiving end of a good idea or a lightning bolt revelation. It might be about a software project. It could be a method for reorganizing your business operations. It could be a new product idea or a major initiative that could have a huge impact on a business and everyone that works there. — Read the rest

If your Cyberpunk 2077 save file becomes too big, it might get corrupted

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Image: CD Projekt Red

I can barely go anywhere on the internet without seeing yet another wild, hilarious, or downright odd bug from Cyberpunk 2077. It’s a buggy game, and developer CD Projekt Red has already released two hotfixes to try and shore up some of the problems. One issue that’s starting to pop up, though, isn’t funny at all: some players are reporting that their Cyberpunk 2077 save files are becoming corrupted if they exceed a certain file size (via Eurogamer).

If your Cyberpunk 2077 save is corrupted, you’ll apparently see this prompt when you try and load up the game: “saved data is damaged and cannot be loaded.” Here’s what it looks like:

Image: GOG.com support document

The prompt shown for corrupted saves in Cyberpunk…

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New trailers: Bridgerton, Palmer, and more

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Hi, I’m Jay! I’m subbing in for your usual trailers guide Kim Lyons while she takes a well-deserved holiday break. I’ve really been looking forward to writing this post. Trailers are fun! They’re like bite-sized movies.

Unfortunately, there weren’t a ton of trailers to choose from this week. I suppose studios don’t want to launch big trailers for upcoming blockbusters shortly before everyone takes off for the holidays. But there were still a few good ones to watch, including a trailer for a series launching on Netflix later this week. Enjoy.

Bridgerton

Bridgerton is Shona Rhimes’ upcoming British period drama for Netflix, the first series resulting from her mega-deal with Netflix. It looks like it should hit a lot of the expected high…

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The Icebreaker Nordic Pop is the ice cube tray you’ve waited your whole life for

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For all its basicness, it’s surprising how many people have amazingly strong opinions about their ice. And after reading that sentence, you probably had a visceral reaction to the right ways and wrong ways for using ice too. Because, for something as fundamental as hardened water, we’ve all got a position. — Read the rest

22 very last minute board game gift ideas

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The team at Shut Up & Sit Down have assembled a list of 22 board games, card games, and solo RPGs that they recommend as great games and great holiday gift ideas.

It might be getting a little late for this Christmas, but there’s always overnight shipping ,and then there’s you shopping for yourself with the money you get back from returning all of those bright, flowery shirts your family always gets you. — Read the rest

The best movies of 2020

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A24

We didn’t go to the movies much this year, but the movies still came to us. While the convenience of home viewing can’t match the experience of watching a spectacle in the dark with others, the other joy of movies — talking about them — is easier than ever, thanks to our connected world. And 2020’s pandemic sidelined a lot of big blockbusters, leaving smaller, more interesting movies to take center stage. As silver linings go, this one isn’t that bad.

Here, in no particular order, are ten incredible movies from a year where movies still rallied to offer experiences that were provocative, compelling, and fun.

The Assistant

One of the best films made in response to the crimes of Harvey Weinstein and the subsequent #MeToo movement, The…

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This was a good year to listen to ambient music, whatever that is

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The cover art for KMRU’s 2020 ambient record Peel
The cover art for KMRU’s 2020 ambient record Peel | Courtesy of Editions Mego

In the early days of despair, I looked at Spotify and decided that everything sounded bad. All songs were boring, and I was sick of everything. What that really meant was I was sick of myself. But by the summer, I’d found the solve: ambient music. The best music I heard this year was barely music at all.

The notion of “ambient music” is pretentious, sure, but the concept is simple. If most music is centered around some alchemy of melody and rhythm, ambient music eschews that for whatever else: tones, moods, atmosphere.

I’ve listened to Peel by Nairobi-based artist KMRU roughly once a day since I first heard it in July. Like most music in the genre, the album is concerned with timbre and texture — a lot of shapeless, ambiguous noise that…

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Here’s the smart desktop warmer that safely keeps your coffee or tea at the perfect temperature

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Simple solutions are almost always the best solutions. If you’re cold, put on a jacket. If your car engine light clicks on, take it into the shop. And, if your coffee loses its piping hot bite…well, heat that baby up.

Most of us are fans of the bold, burly sting of a fresh-off-the-brewer coffee at its face-scalding hottest, but when work or life intrudes, it doesn’t take long for science to turn your cup of blistering hot goodness into a tepid room temperature mug of meh. — Read the rest

Starting Sunday, cable companies can no longer ‘rent’ you the router you already own

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Asus’s arachnid router

Is your internet service provider charging you every month for the cable modem or router that you purchased with your own money? Or, perhaps, have you never bothered to buy those items because you couldn’t escape the fee? That fee will be illegal starting Sunday, December 20th, and you should tell your ISP that you’ll no longer tolerate it, threaten to sue, and/or take advantage of any binding arbitration clause it may have with you.

Last year, Congress passed a law that should have fixed this ridiculous loophole as of June 20th, 2020 — and though the FCC managed to extend the deadline six months by spinning up some bullshit about how cable companies didn’t have the resources to stop charging you money, the law should take full effect…

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Trump weirdly defensive of Russia in his first comments on Russian hack of U.S. government

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So, this two-part Trump tweet today was weird.

The Cyber Hack is far greater in the Fake News Media than in actuality. I have been fully briefed and everything is well under control. Russia, Russia, Russia is the priority chant when anything happens because Lamestream is, for mostly financial reasons, petrified of….

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