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iOS 11 Will Strip AMP Garbage From Shared URLs

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Nice discovery by Federico Viticci: when you share an AMP URL (or copy it), iOS 11 will strip the AMP garbage so you get the URL that points to the original article. Great feature.

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DaftDoki
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fuck AMP
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toddgrotenhuis
27 days ago
Can we strip "utm_source" et. al. too?
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Nine Minutes of Doubt

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At 8:55am, Donald Trump tweeted the following:

After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow......

Six trailing periods, sic.

Nine minutes later, he finished the sentence:

....Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming.....

There are all sorts of reasons to be furious about these tweets. But one that’s been largely overlooked is that 9-minute gap.

BuzzFeed reports:

At the Pentagon, the first of the three tweets raised fears that the president was getting ready to announce strikes on North Korea or some other military action. Many said they were left in suspense for nine minutes, the time between the first and second tweet. Only after the second tweet did military officials receive the news the president was announcing a personnel change on Twitter.

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis is on vacation this week, and defense officials said Mattis knew that Trump was considering the policy change. It is unclear if he approved it.

Suspecting that Trump was using Twitter to announce military action against North Korea was a perfectly reasonable conclusion by the Pentagon. It also would have been a perfectly reasonable conclusion by North Korea. The policy decision is terrible, the lack of any consultation with the Pentagon is terrible, but the way that it was made, starting with a belligerent tweet without follow-up for nearly 10 minutes, is jaw-droppingly dangerous.

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codesujal
50 days ago
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I missed this detail about Trump's transgender tweets. 9 minutes is a long time...
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Jeet Heer: ‘We Are Living in the Coen Brothers’ Darkest Comedy’

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Jeet Heer, writing for The New Republic:

Imagine a group of dunderheaded Americans who think they would benefit from a covert alliance with the Russian government. They make overtures to that country’s ambassador, blithely ignorant that they’ll be monitored by U.S. intelligence. A series of cascading mistakes ultimately brings disaster crashing down on their heads.

That might sound like a summary of the latest news about the White House, but it is also the plot of Burn After Reading, the 2008 film that stands as singularly prophetic of the Trump era. The Coen Brothers’ black comedy echoes this unique period in history not only because of the Trump campaign’s collusion with Russian operatives, but the wider culture of deceit that made Donald Trump’s rise possible. More than just a satire on espionage, the movie is a scathing critique of modern America as a superficial, post-political society where cheating of all sorts comes all too easily.

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Sony’s 4K Android TVs will soon work with Amazon Echo devices

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Sony’s latest 4K, HDR-equipped TVs, those powered by Google’s Android TV software, will soon be compatible with some Amazon Echo devices, Sony announced today. The feature should roll out as part of a firmware update sometime this month, and it will give users of the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot devices the ability to turn Sony TVs on and off, adjust the channel and volume, change inputs, and control minor playback features for DVR and streaming services.

The feature will be restricted to the US at first, and it should automatically install on a supported TV’s home screen as the “TV Control Setup with Amazon Alexa” app, so long as you have the automatic updates option turned on. Sony says compatible TVs include 15 2017 XBR models and 8 2016...

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DaftDoki
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Just bought one of these. Yiiissss...
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Prepare for the SNES Classic with an explanation of how the Super Nintendo works

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The upcoming SNES Classic Edition will be the first official video game console to emulate a number of the Super Nintendo’s most beloved games. This exhaustive breakdown by Digital Foundry of the Super Nintendo hardware explains why a handful of technically impressive games — like the original Star Fox — never appeared on Nintendo’s Virtual Console services, and the role supplemental cartridge chips played in the life cycle of the 16-bit hardware.

Hosted by John Linneman, the 25-minute video explains, in detail, how SNES developers would include specialty chips inside game cartridges to build upon the console’s capabilities, allowing for improved sound and graphics. While many of the chips have arcane names and functions, the Super FX,...

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StarCraft’s 4K remastered version launches on August 14th

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Blizzard Entertainment announced today that StarCraft: Remastered, the 4K resolution version of its iconic real-time strategy game, will be launching for Windows and Mac on August 14th. The package, originally announced back in March, contains both the original StarCraft and the StarCraft: Brood of War expansion. The game will cost $14.99 and will arrive fully localized for more than 10 languages.

Beyond 4K visuals, the remastered version will also come with remastered audio and dialogue, better illustrations for campaign missions, cloud saving, new matchmaking and leaderboard systems, and syncing with Blizzard’s cloud service (formerly known as Battle.net). You’ll also be able to switch between the 4K version and the 1998 original with...

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yesssssss

Although what I'm more excited about is warcraft.
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