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Winter Olympics 2018: Temperatures are TOO cold as freezing conditions unleash chaos

Events have been unable to run, hosts have seen make up freeze on their faces as equipment seizes up in what could be the coldest Winter Games in 20 years.  Conditions for the women’s slopestyle Olympic final were described as “too dangerous” because of the gusts. Of the 50 runs, 41 ended with a fall or a rider essentially giving up. Britain’s Aimee Fuller came 17th and had a heavy crash on her second run. Temperatures have plummeted towards -20C with unforgiving gusts whipping at 45 mph (70 kph) making…

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Singing Furbys power this musical instrument from hell – CNET

Welcome to a 1990s kid’s nightmare. YouTuber Sam of Look Mum No Computer spent years acquiring 44 Furbys, the cult favorite electronic talking toy from the 1990s, and then hooked them up to an electronic organ. If you thought the squawky wails of one Furby was bad, jam in some earplugs, stat. The resulting Furbish cacophony, posted to YouTube on Sunday, is probably what Sid the toy-torturer from “Toy Story” has to listen to in hell. Sam’s put a scary amount of thought into this creation (extra points for the…

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Dad who lunged at Larry Nassar won’t be prosecuted

Randall Margraves, the angry father who tried to attack former gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar at his sentencing hearing, is off the hook. A Michigan prosecutors announced Monday that they will not bring charges against Margraves, who went ballistic after his two daughters told the court that Nassar had abused them. Margraves had first asked the judge to give him a minute alone with Nassar, and when his request was turned down, he suddenly lunged at the defendant. Sheriff’s deputies tackled him to the floor as he yelled, “Let me have…

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Headless robot skiers tackle slopes beyond the Olympics – CNET

TaekwonV takes a practice run down the slopes. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET The wild windy weather at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, may have forced some alpine skiing races to be postponed, but there are some very different competitors out on the slopes that aren’t fazed by the chill.  The Welli Hilli Park ski resort in South Korea hosted the Edge of Robot: Ski Robot Challenge this week, not too far from where the humans are doing their thing during the Winter Games.  Eight teams competed to…

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Why GOP is largely silent over Trump's deficit-heavy budget

The Trump administration’s budget proposal for the next fiscal year, released Monday, reflects a stark new reality of the Republican Party: Balancing the federal budget just isn’t a priority. Even projected 10 years out, President Trump’s fiscal 2019 budget does not lead to elimination of the deficit. On the contrary, it would produce massive annual deficits and add $7 trillion to the debt. Combined with last year’s tax reform, which cut taxes by $1.5 trillion over 10 years, and last week’s two-year budget deal, which increased federal spending by $300…

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No One Knows How the Senate's Immigration Free-for-All Will End

A rare open debate where any senator can put forth an idea More With three weeks to go until protections for certain undocumented immigrants expire, Congress is preparing this week to launch into frenetic debate on immigration reform. What the result will look like, however, is anyone’s guess. The issue at hand is the fate of Dreamers, the several million individuals who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. Roughly 700,000 of them are protected under the Obama-era executive program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA,…

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John Simm net worth: Trauma actor has THIS considerable sum

John Simm, 47, is a British actor who has starred in Collateral, Trauma and Life on Mars on television. In the ITV show Trauma, John plays grieving father Dan Bowker, and stars alongside Adrian Lester.  In Collateral, a BBC Two series, John stars alongside Carey Mulligan and Billie Piper. Born in Leeds, Yorkshire on July 10 1970, John has also starred in films. He was in films such as Sex Traffic, 24 Hour Party People and Human Traffic. He has also appeared on stage, playing Hamlet at the Crucible Theatre.…

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Iceland to use more energy mining BITCOIN than powering homes following ‘exponential’ rise

Almost all of Iceland’s energy comes from renewable sources and a number of large virtual currency companies have started establishing bases for the energy-sapping task of mining cryptocurrencies. But the demand for mining bases has sparked a dire warning with one firm insisting Iceland will not have enough energy for upcoming crypto mining projects.  Johann Snorri Sigurbergsson, a spokesman for Icelandic energy firm HS Orka, said there were a number of potential customers keen to join the country’s growing ranks of cryptocurrency miners. He said: “If all these projects are…

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Apple’s HomePod gets a teardown: Two key takeaways – CNET

Yes, it took an actual hacksaw for the iFixit team to get into Apple’s HomePod smart speaker. iFixit You know something is durable when it takes a hacksaw for the iFixit team to tear it down. Such was the case for the dissection of Apple’s newly released HomePod, a voice-activated wireless speaker and a whole new product category for the gadget giant. iFixit found all sorts of interesting little tidbits inside, once it finally got in: tweeters and conductive screw posts and a beefy subwoofer, oh my! You can click…

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Maine dairy company settles Oxford comma suit for $5 million

An absent “Oxford comma” will cost a Maine dairy company $5 million. The suit, brought against Oakhurst Dairy by the company’s drivers in 2014, sought $10 million in a dispute about overtime payment. A federal appeals court decided to keep the drivers’ lawsuit, concerning an exemption from Maine’s overtime law, alive last year. Court documents filed Thursday show that the company and the drivers settled for $5 million. Related: Oxford Comma defenders, rejoice! Judge bases ruling on punctuation “For want of a comma, we have this case,” U.S. Court of…

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