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HBO will spoil Westworld’s second season—if it can score 1,000 Reddit upvotes
executive producers and co-creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy continued beating the hype drum for the TV series' second season with a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) thread on Monday. Ahead of the season's April 22 premiere on HBO, however, Nolan isn't just dropping hints of what to expect. He's suggesting that HBO is fully prepared to spoil the season…

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Gaming-history study on the cheap: MIT joins forces with Humble Bundle
You'd be forgiven for letting a Humble Bundle pay-what-you-want sale whiz by without thinking about it. The shop has been bundling software and ebooks for eight years at this point, so while the discounts are still quite solid, the novelty has worn off. But Monday's sale stands out for what appears to be a first for Humble: an entire ebook…

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Relive the 1990s on Windows 10 with the newly open sourced File Manager
Back in the early prehistory of desktop computing, we didn't have Explorer for managing our files in Windows. We had File Manager. Explorer scatters windows liberally across our desktops—we're still waiting for the tabs to organize the clutter—but File Manager never had that problem. File Manager came from an older time, the era of the Multiple Document Interface (MDI) wherein…

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Faster than an F1 car: Porsche is breaking records with the 919 Hybrid
For a few glorious years, the "P1" prototype class in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) was the coolest thing in racing. Audi, Toyota, and Porsche built all-wheel drive hybrid racecars, each with more than 1,000 horsepower, each capable of running flat-out for 24 hours or longer over distances it would take an F1 car an entire season of races to…

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Saudi Arabian fossil find puts finger on the story of human dispersal
Paleontologist Iyad Zalmout of the Saudi Geological Survey was walking through the Al-Wusta dig site in 2016 when he spotted a tiny bone eroding out of a layer of sediment. The 87,000-year-old fossil turned out to be a human intermediate phalanx—the middle section of your finger—from what was probably a middle finger.

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Oregon finalizes net neutrality law despite likelihood that ISPs will sue
Oregon Governor Kate Brown today will sign a net neutrality bill into law, making Oregon the second state to pass a net neutrality law since the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal nationwide rules. Brown announced on Friday that she would sign the bill Monday during an event at a middle school.

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The Galaxy S9’s Dex Pad launches May 13 for $99.99
Hot off the launch of the Galaxy S9 last month, Samsung is about to release one of the device's main accessories, the Samsung Dex Pad. Plug your flagship Samsung smartphone into this little dock, then plug in a monitor, mouse, and keyboard, and you'll have a full-blown desktop OS interface powered just by your phone.

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Steve Wozniak drops Facebook: “The profits are all based on the user’s info”
Steve Wozniak, the cofounder of Apple, has formally deactivated his Facebook account. Wozniak, who has not been involved with day-to-day operations at Apple in decades, nonetheless has a legendary status in Silicon Valley. He is an active user of social media: his Twitter account regularly sends out automated messages of where he is traveling and what he is eating.

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Elon Musk shows off a new tooling for the BFR spaceship
Elon Musk has been talking about SpaceX's large BFR rocket for a few years, but so far we've seen precious little hardware. In 2016, Musk showed off a large, composite fuel tank that will contain pressurized liquid oxygen. The company has also shared limited video of the rocket's Raptor engines. Now, as SpaceX moves forward with a facility to manufacture…