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 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.
Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Source: Slashdot – Argentinian Security Researcher Arrested After Tweeting About Government Hack
A young Toronto-based woman is working to build a school in the Kenyan village near where she grew up.
Source: TreeHugger – Help build an eco-friendly secondary school in Kenya
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.
Source: Kotaku – WoW Classic’s First Big Content Update Adds Dire Maul Dungeons
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.
Source: LifeHacker – Take Your Kids to Drag Queen Story Time
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
KDE launches the new version of its acclaimed desktop environment, Plasma 5.17. Plasma 5.17 is the version where the desktop anticipates your needs. Among many new features and improvements……….
Source: LXer – Plasma 5.17 is out!
JoAnna Wendel is a science cartoonist and writer in Washington, DC. She loves space, planets, rocks, and her cat, Pancake. You can find her work at joannawendelcomics.com and follow her on Twitter at @JoAnnaScience.
Source: Gizmodo – What Are We Going to Do With All This Space Junk?
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.”
Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Source: Slashdot – In New Headache, WeWork Says It Found Cancer-Causing Chemical in Its Phone Booths
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
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
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.
Source: Kotaku – The Brilliant Outer Wilds Breaks Many Of Gaming’s Unwritten Rules
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
On November 12, Disney will officially launch its streaming service, Disney+, as a competitor against other major platforms like Netflix and Hulu.
Source: LifeHacker – The Best Movies Coming to Disney+
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…
Source: Gizmodo – Climate Rage Is Working
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.
Source: Kotaku – The Witcher 3 On Switch Gives Us What We Always Needed: A Portable Geralt