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Backups

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Maybe you should keep FEWER backups; it sounds like throwing away everything you've done and starting from scratch might not be the worst idea.
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Lythimus
18 days ago
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"Maybe you should keep fewer backups" is my safe word during sex, because I know I would never say it in context.
BLueSS
18 days ago
I would have enjoyed this being the actual hover text.
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kimmo
18 days ago
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No more nice things!
Espoo, Finland
wreichard
18 days ago
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I need backups of my descriptions of my backups.
Earth
Covarr
18 days ago
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It seems the winning backup plan is no backup at all.
Moses Lake, WA

Soylent Coffee: Nootropics, fat, carbs, protein—but will it give you the toots?

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It’s been two years since we took our first sip of Soylent (which means it’s been two years since a few thousand people started following me on Twitter because I talked about farts). The liquid food product has been through a bunch of iterations since, including a premixed variant, but it’s remained essentially the same product: a beige liquid of indeterminate taste that purports to give your body everything it needs to survive. But today, Soylent founder Rob Rhinehart announced that the company is moving in a new direction: breakfast.

This morning’s announcement marks the release of Coffiest, Soylent’s first spin-off product. The new offering has the same ingredient makeup, nutritional mix, and 47/33/20 percent fat/carb/protein calorie distribution as the 2.0 premixed version, but it also adds coffee flavoring, 150mg of caffeine per serving, and 75mg of the nootropic L-theanine. According to Rhinehart, a bottle of Coffiest supplies the drinker with about 400 kilocalories and about 20 percent of the daily recommended values for "all essential vitamins and minerals." Soylent provided us with a copy of the drink's nutritional information sheet for folks who want to take a peek.

"A lot of people are skipping breakfast," Rhinehart told Ars in a phone interview. "We wanted to provide a convenient and also really tasty option for them to enjoy in the morning."

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Lythimus
19 days ago
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Nice, I've been adding L-theanine to my coffee. Too bad I've basically cut back to nothing recently.
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Facebook continues its war on clickbait

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Facebook thinks headlines need to sober up. (credit: Jon S)

In 2014, Facebook said it was going to take steps to favor clear headlines over so-called clickbait, which it defines as headlines that try to cultivate interest in a story by omitting key pieces of information, or by misrepresenting what’s in the actual post. Now, the social media giant has revised its clickbait-tackling scheme, which for the past two years has been downgrading posts based on the amount of time Facebook users spend on the article after they click the headline.

In a post today, Facebook said that its current plan of attack involved cataloging “tens of thousands” of headlines, which were then analyzed by a team of employees that decided if the headlines withheld pertinent information or were misleading about the accompanying article. The team apparently double-checked its work, and “from there, we built a system that looks at the set of clickbait headlines to determine what phrases are commonly used in clickbait headlines that are not used in other headlines,” Facebook wrote in a press release today. “This is similar to how many e-mail spam filters work.”

Facebook added that its new system, instructed by the categorizations of human employees, would continue to actively learn which sites and Facebook Pages produce clickbait.

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Lythimus
23 days ago
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3 Easy Steps for Facebook to Simplify Your Life
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Bitcoin value falls off cliff after $77M stolen in Hong Kong exchange hack

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The value of bitcoins plummeted 20 percent after almost 120,000 units of the digital currency were stolen from Bitfinex, a major Bitcoin exchange.

The Hong Kong-based exchange said it had discovered a security breach late Tuesday, and has suspended all transactions.

“We are investigating the breach to determine what happened, but we know that some of our users have had their Bitcoins stolen. We are undertaking a review to determine which users have been affected by the breach. While we conduct this initial investigation and secure our environment, bitfinex.com will be taken down and the maintenance page will be left up,” said the company on its website.

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Lythimus
25 days ago
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That explains that. Does anyone know when stuff like this happens if the price is dropping because the thieves are exchanging all their BTC to fiat?
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It’s now or never: Free Windows 10 upgrade ends in just a few hours

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It's better, we promise.

If you use Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 and want to upgrade to Windows 10 for free, there are just a few more hours left to grab your copy. The offer expires today, July 29. At the time of writing, less than 19 hours still remain.

If you're eligible, you should upgrade. In almost every regard, Windows 10 is a better operating system than Windows 7 or 8.1 (unless you use Media Center, in which case you're trapped on old operating systems forever). If you want to get the free upgrade but can't upgrade right now because of timing or compatibility concerns, your best option is to install Windows 10 onto an empty hard drive using your existing Windows 7 or 8.1 key. Activate that installation and magic will occur: your key will become Windows 10 "enabled," and you should be able to use it to perform the upgrade at a later date. Similar results can likely be achieved by installing into a virtual machine rather than an empty hard disk.

The cut-off doesn't apply to those who use assistive technology such as screen-readers; those Windows users will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 whenever they feel like it, though Microsoft apparently has yet to fully explain how this will work.

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Lythimus
30 days ago
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I did it yesterday on a rarely used machine.
kazriko
30 days ago
I was going to do this, until the most recent news about them disabling features from the non-enterprise version of windows came out. You can't disable the ads built in to windows 10 as of their next upgrade.
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Full-Width Justification

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Gonna start bugging the Unicode consortium to add snake segment characters that can be combined into an arbitrary-length non-breaking snake.
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Lythimus
117 days ago
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Someone should write a LaTeX package to randomly insert an xkcd comic to commemorate the few dozen comics he's written about typography.
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Brentwahn
111 days ago
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Who said they're little things?
Sydney, Australia
hansolosays
115 days ago
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going straight on the cube wall...
Norfolk, Virginia
jimwise
116 days ago
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No, this is clearly a breaking snake.
reconbot
117 days ago
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I hope we get Unicode snakes
New York City
Cthulhux
117 days ago
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I wonder if there is an NPM package for that.
Fledermausland
KTamas
117 days ago
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&nbsnake;
Budapest, Hungary
Fidtz
117 days ago
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Ragged4ever
emdot
109 days ago
A to the MEN!
tdarby
117 days ago
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Hmm--a non-breaking snake part.

Feel like we should be able to repurpose an old HTML entity for this one.
Baltimore, MD
kyounger
117 days ago
marquee?
denubis
117 days ago
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Me. Today.
Sydney, Australia
kazriko
117 days ago
Snaaaakes.
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