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Holding in your snot rockets could blast a hole in your throat, doctors warn

Ars Technica - 1 hour 21 min ago

Enlarge / Picture shows a woman about to sneeze holding a handkerchief in her hand. (credit: Getty | Bettmann)

Ah… AHHH… Choose wisely when it comes to handling that impending sneeze. Holding one in can lead to some serious damage, British doctors report Monday in a new BMJ Case Reports.

In their rare-disease case report, they relay the tale of an otherwise healthy 34-year-old male who managed to tear a hole the back of his throat trying to extinguish a snot explosion.

The man showed up in an emergency room with an alarming popping sensation and swelling in his throat. He was also in terrible pain and could barely talk. Subsequent X-rays and CT scans revealed that he had bubbles of air throughout his neck, including along his spine. The doctors also noted a crackling, grating sound coming from both sides of his throat down to his chest, which is a sign of gas trapped inside tissue.

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Xiaomi the money: China's latest IPO star tastes of bubble tea

The Register - 1 hour 26 min ago

Analysis Xiaomi's rush to go public is as much a sign of a speculative bubble as Bitcoin mania. Will it have a happy ending?…

iPhone 7 Plus was almost China's top-selling phone in 2017 - CNET - News - 1 hour 37 min ago
Apple, the only foreign phone maker to hit China's top 10 list, was beaten to the top spot by Oppo's R9S.

Most Americans say social media is making the news worse - CNET - News - 1 hour 50 min ago
A survey reveals that the majority of Americans polled aren't happy with the impact of social media on the news.

Tesla, Apple aren't self-driving leaders, study argues - Roadshow - News - 2 hours 9 min ago
The 2018 Navigant Autonomous Driving Leaderboard shows a major gap between public perception and capability when it comes to autonomous-drive research.

In 2018, voice assistants will make the leap out of your home - CNET - News - 2 hours 23 min ago
Alexa and Google Assistant want to be on the go with you, plugging into smart glasses, smart earbuds and even smart toilets.

DXC execs: Here's ANOTHER deadline for skills profiling

The Register - 2 hours 25 min ago
Staff got until 26 January to load bullets on employment gun

DXC Technologies' employees still reluctant to upload their "skill profile" onto a company database they fear will be used in the next big redundancy rounds yesterday got a ticking off from top brass.…

An appreciation of games that click back and change the gamers who love them

Ars Technica - 2 hours 53 min ago

Don't worry, no Ouya games snuck into this discussion. (It just happens to have a timeless, sleek controller because famous designer Yves Béhar came up with the concept.)

Warning: This piece contains mild spoilers by referencing plot points for The Dig, Mass Effect, and Pillars of Eternity.

Anybody with a passing familiarity with video games or those who play them knows that games are more than technology. But classifying games as simply some pop culture ephemera that typifies trends and norms also doesn’t perfectly describe them. To really get to the essence of games and the narratives they create, you need to find folks like me—or, more precisely, me sitting at a computer at age eight. That kid, to poach unnecessarily from Deep Space Nine, is both “the dreamer and the dream.”

To be less abstract, academic Walter Ong once wrote an essay titled “Writing is a Technology That Restructures Thought,” in which he argued that literacy was not a measure of intelligence, savvy, or know-how. Rather, Ong saw technology as something that restructures the brains of those who think with it, feel with it, and use it.

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Frenchman comes eye to eye with horror toilet python

The Register - 2 hours 56 min ago
'I could very well have been bitten in a sensitive place, if you know what I mean'

A lucky Frenchman has narrowly avoided having his todger bitten by a python that crawled up his U-bend.…

Destiny 2 keeps on failing to bring me back

Ars Technica - 3 hours 7 min ago

Enlarge / I'm sorry, it's just not doing it for me anymore guys. I don't know what to tell ya... (credit: Activision)

It’s the second week of January and I’m playing Suikoden II, which turns 20 this year. That’s not completely absurd in the lull between the holiday season and the next glut of big new releases that demand my immediate attention. If there was ever a time for me to play a game from 1998, it’s now.

But then I remember that Destiny 2 came out last September—and its first expansion just a few weeks ago. And then some old, familiar jaws are chewing at the back of my mind, reminding me that, by all rights, I should be filling my temporarily free hours by tooling around Mercury and The Leviathan. I want to give myself over to the same satisfying, mechanical repetition that Destiny gave me for hundreds of hours over two years—more time than just about any other game I’ve played.

But I can’t.

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OnePlus phone company investigates card fraud claims

BBC Technology News - 3 hours 10 min ago
Almost 200 people report seeing fraudulent charges following a purchase via the OnePlus site.

Flaw in VR porn app leaves 20,000 names exposed

BBC Technology News - 3 hours 18 min ago
SinVR app says it has fixed an issue which left 20,000 names and email addresses exposed.

Artist transforms herself into a virtual assistant and obeys your commands

Ars Technica - 3 hours 23 min ago

Courtesy of Lauren McCarthy

We love to talk about how our virtual assistants fail us. They allow parrots to order fire on Amazon and play porn channels to kids. Obviously, it's going to be quite some time before these machines will be as good as human assistants. That's why the quest to create personalities for assistive technology is a serious business. Google has a “personality team” working on providing Assistant with a more human-like personality. Now artists are testing the limits of these technologies too, asking what would happen if humans actually behaved the way our virtual assistants do.

Artist and UCLA professor Lauren McCarthy’s project, LAUREN, is a performance piece that examines how home automation affects social interactions within a home. The artist installs customized software and hardware in a willing participant’s home.

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New Mirai botnet species 'Okiru' hunts for ARC-based kit

The Register - 3 hours 27 min ago
Researchers: Code designed to hit Linux devices

A new variant of the notorious Mirai malware is exploiting kit with ARC processors.…

Ford teases new Shelby Mustang GT500 with more than 700 horsepower - Roadshow - News - 3 hours 59 min ago
New range-topping model will arrive in 2019.

Amount of pixels needed to make VR less crap may set your PC on fire

The Register - 4 hours 21 min ago
Wow, this is incredib- BLEEUUURGHGHGH

Put on a virtual reality headset and it's hard to believe that your visual system is being stretched beyond its limit. Individual pixels are still visible and the narrow field of view makes it feel like you're wearing ski googles.…

Causes of software development woes

The Register - 4 hours 57 min ago
Reg readers point the finger at ambiguous requirements

Research "Agile development" can mean different things to different people. To some it's about easing up on traditional rigour, and even legitimising a quick-and-dirty approach to getting stuff out of the door. To others it's about implementing a different kind of rigour, in order to bust project backlogs in a more robust manner, and generally keep up with constantly changing business demands.…

Hey Europe, your apathetic IT spending is ruining it for everyone

The Register - 5 hours 28 min ago
Gartner predicts buyers ready to splash 4.5% more cash globally in 2018

Listless IT spend in Europe is dragging down the pace of global recovery, according to the latest prediction from entrail-prodders Gartner.…

Capita's UK military recruiting system has 'glitches' admits minister

The Register - 5 hours 54 min ago
DRS still letting the armed forces down big time

A defence minister has told Parliament that Capita’s pisspoor Defence Recruiting System (DRS) has “glitches”, following reports from The Register giving a glimpse inside the shambolic system.…

AI beats humans in Stanford reading comprehension test - CNET - News - 6 hours 2 min ago
Alibaba and Microsoft put their AI to the test this month, literally. And their scores bested ours, but barely.

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