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The 2015 Pikes Peak Hill Climb In Photos And Why It Matters

You know what’s great? America. America is a great place, not because we are a nation of freedom, capitalism, and sports fans who enjoy watching football that requires the use of your hands. It’s a great place because each year, a few very talented and dedicated people decide to drive up a mountain with about as much protection as Clinton had with Monica Lewinsky — as fast as they can.

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VPNs may not protect your information as well as you think

VPNs (virtual private networks) are a popular choice for sidestepping censorship and geographic restrictions on services like Netflix with more than 20 percent of Europeans using them. However, researchers at the Queen Mary, University of London rece…

Houston’s New Spaceport Will Launch Spacecraft Horizontally

After being turned down for one of NASA’s three surviving space shuttles (that actually flew in space) and enduring a two-year review and approval process, Houston, Texas just became the tenth space launch site in America to win an operator’s license from the FAA. And those launches can happen horizontally, a key element in the future of commercial space travel.…

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Appeals court says Apple is liable for e-book price fixing

The Second Court of Appeals has affirmed (PDF) that Apple is liable for engaging in e-book price fixing, holding up the 2013 judgment of a district court that ruled in favor of the Department of Justice (DoJ) and 33 states.

The DoJ sued Apple as well as publishers Penguin, HarperCollins, Hachette, Simon & Schuster, and Macmillan back in 2012. The publishers agreed to settle for $164 million. Apple fought the charges and lost, and it appealed the decision in February 2014.

When it appealed last year, Apple argued that at the time of its entry into the e-book business, Amazon was its only real competitor, and Amazon was selling e-books for $9.99, which Apple said was well below a competitive range. Instead, Apple said that it worked with publishers to hit a price point that would help Apple be profitable enough to enter the e-book market.

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Report: In test dogfight, F-35 gets waxed by F-16

A test pilot report obtained by defense journalist David Axe of War is Boring detailed the performance of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in a mock air battle against a two-seat F-16D in January. The F-16D—based on a design developed 40 years ago and from a production run in the mid-1990s—bested the F-35 in close-range combat maneuvers.

In the report, which Axe had obtained but did not publish in full, the F-35 pilot reported that his aircraft was in a “clean” configuration for the test, carrying nothing under its wings or in its internal weapons bays. The F-16, on the other hand, was flying with under-wing external fuel drop-tanks, which in theory would have put the aircraft at an aerodynamic disadvantage.

Apparently, it didn’t. “Even with the limited F-16 target configuration, the F-35A remained at a distinct energy disadvantage for every engagement,” the F-35 pilot reported. That means the F-35 constantly found itself flying slower and more sluggishly, unable to effectively maneuver to get the F-16 in its sights.

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Waste Less of Your Time in Meetings with the 10-30-50-90 Method

Waste Less of Your Time in Meetings with the 10-30-50-90 Method

If you’re someone that automatically schedules your meetings to be an hour long, this method of timing meetings could net you more time to get other things done.

A lot of scheduling software will default to an hour-long block of time, but not all meetings have the same goals. Different goals take different amounts of time. Because of that, Alison Davis at Inc. suggests you break your meetings down with the 10-30-50-90 rule:

  • 10 minutes for check ins and quick questions.
  • 30 minutes for status updates and one-on-ones.
  • 50 minutes for addressing multiple issues or topics.
  • 90 minutes for brainstorming and problem-solving.

This method keeps you from blocking off your valuable time for things that can be handled quickly. Even if you only decide to shorten your hour long meetings to 50 minutes, you can keep things focused and give yourself transition time if you have another meeting. Remember, more meeting time doesn’t necessarily mean more progress. To learn more about this method, check out the link below.

Why Changing the Length of Your Next Meeting Will Make It Dramatically Better | Inc.

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Acer rolls out a curved, super-wide display with AMD’s gaming tech

You can get desktop PC displays that are curved, super-wide and gaming-friendly, but all three at once? That’s tricky. Thankfully, Acer thinks it has an answer. The company has just launched the 34-inch XR341CK in the US, giving you a curvy, 21:9 asp…

Rogue System’s early access alpha puts the “sim” in “space sim”

I’ve spent the past four nights sitting in the darkened cockpit of a fictional but mostly plausible spaceship. For an hour or two at a time, I busily turn knobs, flip switches, and watch gauges. Every once in a great while, I’ll very slowly fly a few hundred meters out from the station where the ship spends most of its time moored, then turn around and very slowly fly back—and then I’ll stop and go back to the switches and gauges.

Welcome to Rogue System. It’s a little different from the kinds of combat-focused space sims we’ve had our hands on lately, like Elite: Dangerous—this is much more a module for the realism-oriented DCS World simulation package, crossed with a bit of Kerbal Space Program just for grits and shins. It’s also not actually much of a game yet—there are six tutorial missions you can “play” through, and you can also kind-of-sort-of fly around in free flight mode (by selecting one of the tutorial missions and turning the “tutorial” part off), but the actual game itself is still in early development.

The semi-official “how to undock your ship in Rogue System” video by Youtuber Deephack.

Well—sort of. Rogue System has actually been busy being born for more than two years, and developer Michael Juliano ran an unsuccessful crowdfunding campaign in 2013 to try to assist in funding development of the game. After that didn’t work out, Juliano put development on hold and returned to his day job; now, after a considerable hiatus, Juliano has brought on publisher Image Space Inc and has released a completely redone version of the game as an early access title.

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Gawker White Men Wave Their Butts in the Air for the Confederacy | Gizmodo Ikea’s Wireless Charging

Gawker White Men Wave Their Butts in the Air for the Confederacy | Gizmodo Ikea’s Wireless Charging Is Almost Like Having Magic Furniture | Jezebel California’s Vaccination Bill Is Law, Now Here Comes the Freakout | Kotaku Assassin’s Creed Creator Plans A Most Ambitious Comeback | Kinja Popular Posts

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Daily builds? Microsoft bangs out two public Windows 10 builds in two days

Daily Windows 10 builds? OK, not really. Or at least not yet. But Microsoft will today be releasing a new Windows 10 Insider Preview build, version 10159, to its fast track testers just a day after releasing build 10158 to the fast track.

Yesterday’s build was the first to sport the new Microsoft Edge branding in the browser—prior builds had used the “Project Spartan” codename—along with many bug fixes and other minor improvements. Today’s build includes a further 300 fixed bugs, along with another piece of branding: it includes the new default wallpaper, a Windows logo made with lasers.

As we discussed a couple of weeks ago, both yesterday’s build and today’s build are on the final path toward creating the release-to-manufacturing (RTM) build. While early builds didn’t have Windows Activation and preinstalled the Insider Hub for getting news about the previews, the latest builds are set up for the general public. As such, they include the activation system and only preinstall the apps that will ship when Windows 10 goes live.

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