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While rockfish around 100 feet below the surface live about 12 years, those living closer to 2500 feet down can live for 200 years.But there’s one species that seems to live an especially long time, and could rank up there with the oldest: Escarpia laminata, some dumbass tubeworm.Other people think that tubeworms are cool because of their alien way of living, surviving via an incredible relationship with special bacteria in nooks of the ocean rich with methane and hydrogen sulphide.But somehow this contender for longest-living non-colonial animal (aka, not a bunch of connected animals like coral) is very stupid.“No, it is dumb and I don’t like it,” I would have replied.So, how did we end up in this position, outlived by a tube instead of a cool animal with teeth or fins or something?
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" showrunners David Benioff and D.B.Weiss are moving from one HBO fantasy world to another.When "Thrones" ends, the two will write and executive-produce "Confederate," a series about an alternate-history timeline where the American South's secession was successful."As the brilliant 'Game of Thrones' winds down to its final season, we are thrilled to be able to continue our relationship with Dan and David, knowing that any subject they take on will result in a unique and ambitious series," said HBO programming president Casey Bloys on Wednesday."Their intelligent, wry and visually stunning approach to storytelling has a way of engaging an audience and taking them on an unforgettable journey."In the show, slavery remains legal in the Confederate States of America.
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Qualcomm recorded a hefty 40-percent drop in quarterly profit for its fiscal Q3 2017, with the chip-maker blaming its ongoing legal spat with Apple for biting into revenues.The news comes as four new companies – all closely tied to Apple’s supply chain – have filed new antitrust complaints against Qualcomm, while it itself has expanded its demands for an iPhone import ban to Europe.Still, Qualcomm warned that, until the royalty war is over, the financial horizon is still looking unsettled.For Qualcomm’s fiscal third quarter 2017, it announced revenues of $5.4bn, an 11-percent reduction over the same quarter the previous year.“The third quarter of fiscal 2017 GAAP and Non-GAAP results were negatively impacted as a result of actions taken by Apple’s contract manufacturers,” the chip specialist pointed out, who did not fully report and did not pay royalties due on sales of Apple products, as well as the previously disclosed dispute with another licensee, who did not report or pay royalties due in the third quarter of fiscal 2017.”However, Qualcomm also pointed to a $940m payment to BlackBerry in the three month period, along with a $927m payment for the Korea Free Trade Commission (KFTC) fine.
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Two weeks ago, in an industrial shed in the northern suburbs of Brisbane, a team of engineers installed a large, orange robot arm.The robot’s job would be to carve moulds for the casting of large-scale, metal sculptures.These “robots” found their greatest expression in the incredible feats of mechanised Karakuri puppets in Japan and the clockwork automata of Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries.The polish artist Edward Ihnatowicz created The Senster, an electromechanical sculpture that could move and respond to people around it in a surprisingly lifelike manner.Fast forwarding to our present moment, the Italian artist Quayola last year exhibited a reproduction of an ancient Greek sculpture, Laocoon and his Sons, which had been carved from polystyrene by a robot.In architecture, robots are already used for 3D printing houses, laying bricks, and cutting, shaping and moulding all manner of forms.
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They represent a big upgrade for HDR performance, and less obviously come with a number of new feature ideas, including 360 degree video playback and an OLED still image gallery.An ultra slim silver bezel and crescent stand, with LG OLED branding, set the B7 apart from its brethren.The look is sophisticated, although the silver frame can be distracting when light catches it.The set does a convincing job with skin tones and bright primaries.It combines a good overall average brightness level, with profound dynamics.Ostensibly image quality is great, although a look under the skin reveals a few issues.
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Not only do you have a raft of brand new models to consider, but there are also many older ones that manufacturers typically subject to discounts and cashback offers to hook you into their system.Canon EOS 1300D / Rebel T6Canon EOS 100D / Rebel SL1For example, both the D3300 and D3400 have 24MP sensors and can shoot at 5fps, and each is furnished with an 11-point AF system.Being quite new also means that it doesn't offer quite the same value as its competitors either, but the price has dropped quite a bit since its launch last year.While our review of the D3300 noted that some may prefer a broader range of physical controls, that camera is perhaps the strongest model out of the quartet.
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More high school students in the US are graduating than ever before, in part because of rising grade-point averages.Over the last two decades, high school GPAs have risen considerably while SAT scores have fallen.To the researchers behind the study, the conflicting trends indicate schools are engaging in "grade inflation," or the practice of artificially lifting students grades by lowering standards for awarding As.Sociologists have observed a rise in grade inflation for nearly two decades, particularly in higher education.In 2001, an education policy committee at Harvard called grade inflation "a serious problem."The problem persists today: The median grade at Harvard, one of the most exclusive and rigorous universities in the world, is an A-.
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He's got a box called Sentinel to do the job, but in April he said it was 'vulnerable'Having tilted at the US presidency without success, John McAfee has picked his last next big windmill: Google.Speaking to totally independent Russian media outlet RT, the putative founder of antivirus as an industry and jungle adventurer named The Chocolate Factory as no less than a threat to human dignity and promised his next venture, Sentinel, is coming after Google.“I love Google from one standpoint, that it has opened up the world to information beyond comprehension”, he said in a video he's since published on Mountain View's YouTube without a trace of irony, adding that all this information “has enriched our lives”.“But if you believe that Google is not harmful, then you must believe that the total loss of our privacy and human dignity is not harmful.”What's under Macca's skin is the reduction of humanity to Google profiles: “We are not numbers.
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Among the sticking points has been Chrome's automatic updating mechanism, which some decried for force-feeding unwanted changes, or for delivering those changes at speeds too quickly for customers to absorb.The browser periodically checks for updates; Google's own documentation, which is often left long out of date on the firm's site, says in one place it does so every 23 hours and 20 minutes.When Chrome does detect an available update, it downloads the new code and preps it for installation, although that latter step doesn't begin until the user starts or restarts the browser.But not every copy of Chrome receives an update as soon as Google issues one.Officially, Google recommends that users frequent this blog to track just-issued updates, including the security-only fixes that pop up at irregular intervals between each polished edition's arrival.Removing the responsibility for updates, particularly security updates, from the user has been a decades-long theme in software for a good reason, as it results in a higher percentage of up-to-date devices.
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The iPhone 8 design leaks keep on coming, and a new series of renders was published online.They seemingly “confirm” the iPhone 8’s design.That said, Forbes’ Gordon Kelly worked with case designer Nodus on renders based on CAD files obtained through the iPhone 8’s supply chain.Kelly says that the renders feature “the final design” and he “can confirm that, despite problems, fears Apple would fall back on a less ambitious ‘Plan B’ are unfounded.”That less ambitious Plan B design he refers is the one we hate — an iPhone 8 with a rear-facing Touch ID fingerprint sensor.The renders Kelly posted show a full-screen handset that features a cutout bezel at the top that houses the complex front-facing camera, speaker, and sensors array.
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Iconic science fiction series Doctor Who has named its latest star character, and as has long been rumored there’s now a female Time Lord at the helm of the TARDIS.The BBC has confirmed that actor Jodie Whittaker will be the thirteenth Doctor, replacing Peter Capaldi, who will leave the show after the Christmas special.It’s the first time in the character’s many regenerations that a female actress has taken the role.Whittaker is no stranger to TV dramas in the UK.Her credits include ITV drama Broadchurch and the BBC series Cranford.American audiences, however, may know her first for the Emmy award-winning Black Mirror, which became a smash-hit on Netflix.
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Elon Musk, the ceo behind Tesla and Spacex, has announced via Twitter that he launched x.com.A website that is completely white with a single "x".Excited to announce the launch of https://t.co/J6TuRWIQAA!It's a little verbose right now, but that will be fixed tomorrow.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 14, 2017don't Miss: Tesla to build world's largest battery in Australia.
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Vinyl is big right now and we’re seeing all sorts of things arrive on the medium as a result.One of the latest is the original game soundtrack for Contra, which will be available at the San Diego Comic-Con soon.The vinyl release will include special new artwork and a bright gradient color on the top; joining it will be a fancy new Contra artwork poster, itself also sold at SDCC.We’re a week away from San Diego Comic-Con and the special products are being shown off ahead of time.From Mondo Tees comes a bunch of planned products, one of which is the Contra vinyl you see above; the release will feature special artwork from Eric Powell, according to Mondo.The audio comes from the ARCADE and NES versions of the game.
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Finland's tax revenue grew last year by 3.3% 95,2 billion.find out from Statistics finland's statistics.tax revenue will include taxes and mandatory social security payments.the Tax revenue ratio to gdp describing the tax rate increased by 0.2 percent to 44.1 percent.Tax revenue growth was particularly influenced by the year 2016 implemented unemployment insurance premiums.the state's tax revenue was 45.3 billion and municipalities collected € 22 billion.
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Det är en implementation av företagets molnplattform Azure som är avsedd att köras i kundernas egna datacenter.Inom de närmaste månaderna ska det komma mer kompletta varianter.I nuläget kan den som vill bygga plattformslösningar för privat drift sy ihop dem själv, med hjälp av infrastrukturfunktioner och det stöd som finns för till exempel devopsplattformar som Chef, Docker, and Mesos.Microsofts avsikt med Azure Stack är i första hand att den ska användas i hybridlösningar, alltså att företag använder både Azure Stack på egna servar och publika Azure.Det ligger i linje med den strategi som Microsoft, och även andra leverantörer som till exempel Dell, satsar helhjärtat på.Ett scenario är att kunna flytta körningar mellan privat och publik drift, beroende på belastning och tillgängliga resurser.
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This is what dawn on Saturn looks like, from afar.The ringed planet is partly hidden in darkness and partly illuminated by the faint light of a distant sun in a gorgeous photo taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft."The light has traveled around 80 minutes since it left the sun's surface by the time it reaches Saturn," NASA officials wrote in a description of the image, which was released yesterday (July 10)."The illumination it provides is feeble; Earth gets 100 times the intensity, since it's roughly 10 times closer to the sun.Yet compared to the deep blackness of space, everything at Saturn still shines bright in the sunlight, be it direct or reflected."[Cassini's Saturn 'Grand Finale' Plan in Pictures]
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'It might be increasing our audience,' said radio boss as hacker takes over broadcasts.A rogue radio prankster is being hunted by UK communications regulator Ofcom after hijacking the airwaves of a Nottinghamshire-based broadcaster to sing and play an expletive-ridden comedy song featuring multiple references to masturbation "at least eight times" in a month.The station, Mansfield 103.2, was forced to lodge a complaint after its transmissions were repeatedly interrupted by unauthorised renditions of 1970's tune The Winker's Song, which features the word "wanker" more than 30 times, over the past three months.Investigators believe the culprit is likely using his or her own transmitter to override the station's frequency - and there's little they can do to stop it."I was 25 years old before I was kissed, then I found that I preferred a swift one off the wrist," the lyrics go.Bosses from the radio station, which broadcasts to more than 200,000 people, believe the suspect to be "between 35 and 45-years-old" based on the voice interruptions.
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The Ordnance Survey has launched a free online map of Britain's green spaces with an open dataset for developers to get their hands on.The mapping agency's latest offering pulls together geospatial data to create a map of concrete-free areas across the country – everything from your local park to an allotment.The work builds on the Scottish greenspace map, which the Ordnance Survey says was the first of its kind in the world when it was released in 2011.The latest map covers all of England and Wales, too.Using data from the Ordnance Survey as well as NGOs and other government agencies, the map pinpoints the location and extent of recreational areas and leisure facilities, colour coding them based on their use (bright green for public parks, brown for allotments).For the bigger sites, it lists the location of access points to the green spaces as a helpful green dot.
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There are big laptops, and then there’s MSI’s Titan series.Weighing in at 9.7 pounds and featuring a dozen cooling pipes, an Nvidia GTX 1080, and a full mechanical keyboard, the GT75VR Titan can’t quite match the $9,000 decadence of Acer’s Predator 21 X, but it’s still one of the largest and most feature-packed laptops around.HDR is still a rarity in desktop displays, let alone in laptops—we’ve only seen one or two announced with the capability so far.MSI actually dropped from an 18-inch Titan down to a 17-inch Titan because of the greater availability of displays at the smaller size.The upgrade in screen technology immediately puts the GT75VR in an elite group.Don’t discount the keyboard, either.
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OnboardIQ wants to make applying for hourly work less of a hassle, with a mobile-first platform that businesses can use to reduce the time they spend finding and hiring qualified workers.Now, three years in the company has raised $9.1 million to expand their product and customer reach.When we last wrote about OnboardIQ, back in 2015, the company was positioning itself as a way for on-demand startups to automate their hiring and onboarding processes.Well, I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but since then a lot of on-demand startups have gone kablooey.In retrospect, that’s probably a good thing, since the whole U.S. labor market seems to be moving toward hourly work, and hiring for hourly jobs is notoriously difficult.It turns out, the same factors that caused hiring to be difficult and margins to be thin at on-demand businesses were also affecting sectors like retail, logistics, restaurant, grocery, warehouse and staffing.
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