Stroodles, Biodegradable Drinking Straws Made From Pasta

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These are Stroodles: vegan, flavorless, edible biodegradable drinking straws made out of pasta. Simple enough. They’ll allegedly stay rigid for at least an hour in a cold drink, and won’t wind up in the nose of some poor sea turtle. A pack of a hundred costs £13 (~$17). Alternatively, buy a pasta extruder and make your own at home. Or go to the grocery store and buy a box of penne pasta like I just did. “Those are pretty short straws, GW.” It’s cool, I only drink shots anyways.

Thanks to Andrea, who agrees somebody should make hot dog straws.

Source: Geekologie – Stroodles, Biodegradable Drinking Straws Made From Pasta

Argentinian Security Researcher Arrested After Tweeting About Government Hack

Argentinian police briefly detained and raided the home of a well-known security researcher last week on suspicion of hacking and leaking data from government systems. From a report: Following his release, Javier Smaldone, the security researcher, obtained and published court documents pertaining to his arrest on Twitter. The documents showed that authorities arrested and raided the security expert just for tweeting about a recent government hack, with no tangible evidence that he was involved. Smaldone claimed the entire affair was a witch-hunt, describing his arrest and raid as “political persecution.” The researcher is a well-known cyber-security activist, previously testified in front of the Argentinian Senate against the use of electronic voting machines, and regularly publishes blog posts criticizing the government’s plans to use such devices. Smaldone believes this is the government’s revenge for past criticism.

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Source: Slashdot – Argentinian Security Researcher Arrested After Tweeting About Government Hack

Corkscrewing bouncy ion-drive would provide thrust—in different universe

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NASA is renowned for doing really difficult stuff. You want to drop a Mini-sized lander on Mars using a sky crane? Well, NASA will do that for you. There is a view of NASA as staid and conservative but, on the whole, I think the agency is full of innovative problem solvers, albeit sometimes crippled by political oversight.

The side effect of being innovative is that some rather strange and unphysical ideas sometimes escape from NASA. This probably explains the Helical Drive.

Twisting the laws of physics

The basic idea of the helical drive, according to the author of that link, is simple. Imagine that you have a mass in a cylinder that is oscillating back and forth. Every time the mass hits the end of the cylinder, it will impart some momentum, accelerating it. Because the mass sequentially collides with each end of the cylinder, the net force is zero, and the only outcome is that the cylinder gets a massive headache.

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Source: Ars Technica – Corkscrewing bouncy ion-drive would provide thrust—in different universe

Fake-meat fans have beef with Big Meat for trying to cut into plant-based market

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Plant-based meat alternatives are having a moment—from Burger King’s Impossible Whoppers, White Castle’s Impossible sliders, McDonald’s Beyond Meat PLT, and Subway’s Beyond Meatball Marinara, not to mention the growing shelf space for meatless-meat in grocery stores nationwide.

Though veggie burgers have been around for ages, the more meat-like generation of products has clearly piqued the appetite of the public. And that has another group—perhaps a surprising one—salivating over the profit potential: the meat industry.

Big names in meaty-meat products—including Tyson, Perdue, Hormel, Smithfield, and Nestlé—are all trying to get a cut of the fake and alternative-meat products world, according to The New York Times. Following the juicy success of Impossible Foods (with its Impossible Burgers) and Beyond Meat, meat producers have carved out their own plant-based versions of burgers, chicken nuggets, sausages, and more.

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Source: Ars Technica – Fake-meat fans have beef with Big Meat for trying to cut into plant-based market

WoW Classic's First Big Content Update Adds Dire Maul Dungeons

Now that players have had a month and a half to get used to World of Warcraft as it was in late 2004, it’s time to scootch forward to early 2005. Today’s first major update to World of Warcraft Classic adds the three-part Dire Maul dungeon, filed with Ogres, elves, and assorted evil.

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Source: Kotaku – WoW Classic’s First Big Content Update Adds Dire Maul Dungeons

Take Your Kids to Drag Queen Story Time

One of Sparkle Leigh’s favorite stories to read during Drag Queen Story Hour is The Story of Ferdinand. Ferdinand, published in 1936, tells the story of a Spanish bull who’s supposed to be a manly bullfighter, but all he wants to do is go sit in the flowers and take in the beauty.

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Source: LifeHacker – Take Your Kids to Drag Queen Story Time

Logitech unveils its first mouse and keyboard built for Chrome OS

Now that the Pixelbook Go is here, you might want a mouse and keyboard to go with it. Logitech, unsurprisingly, is happy to oblige — the company has unveiled its first Made for Google devices, the M355 Portable Wireless Mouse (not shown to scale) a…

Source: Engadget – Logitech unveils its first mouse and keyboard built for Chrome OS

In New Headache, WeWork Says It Found Cancer-Causing Chemical in Its Phone Booths

Cash-strapped WeWork, the office-sharing company that is trying to negotiate a financial lifeline, has a new problem that may prove costly. From a report: It has closed about 2,300 phone booths at some of its 223 sites in the United States and Canada after it says it discovered elevated levels of formaldehyde. The company, which abandoned plans for an initial public offering last month after investors questioned its mounting losses and the way it was being run, said in an email to its tenants on Monday that the chemical could pose a cancer-risk if there is long-term exposure.

After a tenant complained of odor and eye irritation, WeWork began testing and based on the results took 1,600 phone booths out of service, the company said in the email to tenants, which it calls members. An additional 700 booths are closed while more testing is conducted, it said. All the phone booths closed were installed over the past several months, WeWork said. Bloomberg columnist Matt Levine quips: “I don’t understand what is happening here. Did WeWork founder Adam Neumann disturb a mummy and trigger an ancient curse? Was a WeWork built on a haunted graveyard, unleashing powerful dark energies and also elevated levels of formaldehyde? How do you have such a relentless parade of negative financial news and then find out that your phone booths cause cancer? ‘Our phone booths might cause cancer’ was not an IPO risk factor. Nobody had ‘phone booths cause cancer’ on their WeWork Disaster Bingo cards.”

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Source: Slashdot – In New Headache, WeWork Says It Found Cancer-Causing Chemical in Its Phone Booths

'Control' will let you photograph its beautiful Brutalist setting

Remedy Entertainment’s Control quickly found a fanbase thanks in part to its strikingly eerie design. One of the most-requested features from players is a photo mode to help them capture the Oldest House’s shifting Brutalist architecture in their own…

Source: Engadget – ‘Control’ will let you photograph its beautiful Brutalist setting

Blizzard calls off public event to promote Switch Overwatch launch

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Blizzard has canceled a planned event to promote tomorrow’s launch of Overwatch on the Nintendo Switch at Nintendo World’s New York City retail location. Nintendo announced the cancellation in a Twitter post late last night, attributing the decision to Blizzard and apologizing for “any inconvenience this may cause.”

Blizzard has not responded to a request for comment from Ars Technica (Nintendo simply referred our request back to Blizzard). But the abrupt decision to abandon the long-planned event comes a week after the company briefly banned pro Hearthstone player Ng “Blitzchung” Wai Chung and stripped him of his tournament winnings. That move came after Blitzchung offered support for the ongoing and long-running Hong Kong protests during an official Hearthstone Grandmasters online broadcast.

The backlash continues

Blizzard later reinstated Blitzchung’s winnings and reduced his ban to a six-month suspension, but the damage among many fans seems to have already been done. The replies to Nintendo World’s announcement tweet are already filled with hundreds of angry responses, most suggesting Blizzard is kowtowing to Chinese political interests to maintain access to the country’s lucrative gaming market.

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Source: Ars Technica – Blizzard calls off public event to promote Switch Overwatch launch

To Infinity And Beyond!: Surprise 2-Liter Soda Bottle Rocket

Note: Language, and loud.

This is a super short video from a group of bros with complete disregard for anyone’s car hanging around a dorm room window and tossing a 2-liter soda bottle out to the parking lot below. I’m not sure if they were hoping it would explode or what, but it takes a bounce before lifting off like a rocket. Man, it’s weird to think this is hands-down the best thing that’s going to happen to them all semester. Now go pick that bottle up before the Planeteers come fly that solar-powered jet of theirs up all your asses.

Keep going for the video. Also, listening to it at 1/4 speed is funny, particularly the first two guys (it sounds like the beginning of a adult video!).

Source: Geekologie – To Infinity And Beyond!: Surprise 2-Liter Soda Bottle Rocket

The Brilliant Outer Wilds Breaks Many Of Gaming's Unwritten Rules

In the indie sci-fi exploration game Outer Wilds, you play as a four-eyed alien setting off in a rinky-dink rocket on an outer space mission. That’s all very exciting, at least until the sun explodes and demolishes your galaxy.

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Source: Kotaku – The Brilliant Outer Wilds Breaks Many Of Gaming’s Unwritten Rules

Highly Threaded Linux Software Running Under CFS Quotas See Big Performance Fix

Thanks to a Linux kernel fix that is likely to be back-ported to the various stable series, highly threaded software running under CFS quotas for enforcing CPU limits are about to be much faster. At least in a synthetic test case, the kernel fix yields a 30x improvement in performance…

Source: Phoronix – Highly Threaded Linux Software Running Under CFS Quotas See Big Performance Fix

Dealmaster: Get a $25 gift card when you buy the latest Nintendo Switch

Dealmaster: Get a $25 gift card when you buy the latest Nintendo Switch

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Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is back with another round of deals to share. Today’s list is headlined by a modest but notable deal on the Nintendo Switch, as Target is throwing a $25 store gift card in with the purchase of the console at its standard $300 MSRP. The deal applies to the full-fat Switch, not the more portable Switch Lite, but it covers the latest model of the larger console, which has significantly improved battery life compared to the original system that launched in 2017. Similar $25 gift card bundles were available at Amazon and Best Buy earlier this month, but those have since expired.

This isn’t a massive discount, and we wouldn’t blame you if you held off until Black Friday before pulling the trigger on a new console. That can be said about almost everything tech-related, though, and straight discounts on the Switch have been relatively rare from major retailers. On Prime Day, for instance, Nintendo’s main Switch deal kept the console at full price but bundled it with a $35 Nintendo eShop gift card. So if you were really eager to pick up the console today, and you plan to shop at Target again, there are worse offers out there.

If you’re all good on the Switch front, though, we also have a truckload of deals on PS4 and Xbox One video games, $20 off one of our favorite portable Bluetooth speakers, discounts on Apple Watches and Roku TVs, and more. Have a look for yourself below.

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Source: Ars Technica – Dealmaster: Get a gift card when you buy the latest Nintendo Switch

Climate Rage Is Working

On Monday, Reuters scored an exclusive interview with Ben van Beurden, the CEO of the Shell Oil Company. During the sitdown, he decried people demonizing oil and said it’s “entirely legitimate to invest in oil and gas because the world demands it” and that “we have no choice” but to keep investing in dirty fossil fuel…

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Source: Gizmodo – Climate Rage Is Working

The Witcher 3 On Switch Gives Us What We Always Needed: A Portable Geralt

The Witcher 3 is on Nintendo Switch today. I am a person who loves both The Witcher 3 and going places, so you’d think this would be the greatest day of my life. After a few hours with The Switcher, I have some hesitations, but ultimately, it’s a fine port, and if that gets more people playing this game, I’m happy.

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Source: Kotaku – The Witcher 3 On Switch Gives Us What We Always Needed: A Portable Geralt