“3D-printed toothbrush scrubs chompers in 6 seconds”

Here’s a 3D-printing application I really didn’t foresee. It looks interesting, but at those prices, it’s going to be a long time before it catches on. Now, when someone invents a machine that scans your mouth and produces one of these in a few minutes for $10 or less, and puts it in Wal-Mart stores …

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“I, for one, welcome our robotic communist jobless future”

I’ve often wondered what the future would look like if someone did create a true artificial intelligence, and it was simple enough that anyone could do it once they knew how. I’ve often thought that most of today’s intellectual jobs would just vanish, the way that so many blue-collar jobs did when automation started replacing …

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“NSA Prism: Why I’m boycotting US cloud tech – and you should too”

It is with great sadness that I have to agree with this article. When I was growing up, we were taught that the US was the greatest nation on Earth. There was even some evidence that objectively supported it — the Manhattan project (and the fact that we were so collectively horrified at the fates …

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“Up With Grups: The Ascendant Breed of Grown-Ups Who Are Redefining Adulthood”

What are “grups,” you might ask? It’s from the original Star Trek: “Grups” is a nerdy reference to an old Star Trek episode in which Kirk and crew land on a planet run entirely by kids, who call grown-ups “grups.” All the adults have been killed off by a terrible virus, which also slows the …

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“The healing hands of guru Dabbs”

I’ve mentioned a couple times before that machines just seem to like me. Apparently I’m not alone: The one thing I do have in my favour is fairy dust: I have the innate ability to correct computer problems, especially software issues, by magic. Allow me to explain. Have you read in the more fantastical papers …

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Scammers, Chapter IV

In which the villains finally get their come-uppance. Remember the scammers I talked about several times last year? They didn’t stop, I just stopped reporting on them. We’ve been averaging a call from them every couple weeks since then, all from the “Windows Support Department” or “Windows Technical Service Department” (of what company, they never …

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