Lisa Vanderpump Addresses Fans After Missing Camille Grammer’s Wedding

Camille Grammer, Lisa Vanderpump, GiggyCamille Grammer married beau David C. Meyer on Saturday in Hawaii in front of family and friends, including her Real Housewives of Beverly Hills co-stars. Well, at least most of…

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Slack engineer figures out way to load messages into a 1995 SNES game

Slack is a relatively simple chat application with a powerfully complex set of capabilities. Case in point: Bertrand Fan’s “Slack on a SNES” project, in which the Slack engineer figured out how to load messages from a custom channel into a 1995 Nintendo game by way of a spoofed satellite transmission.

BS-X: The Story of The Town Whose Name Was Stolen was a SNES game that shipped with an accessory called the Satellaview, which was a modem peripheral for the Super Famicom (the Japanese SNES) that allowed it to receive data transmissions much in the way games are now frequently updated over the internet. Back then, however, you had to wait for Nintendo to beam some data to you. Also, the set up looked wildly complicated:

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The NYPD is pulling thousands of body cameras after one ‘burst into flames’

The New York City Police Department has been working for years to test and outfit its entire force with body cameras, with a goal of having one for every officer by next year. That plan appears to have hit a snag: a camera worn by an officer in Staten Island last night began smoking and “burst into flames,” prompting the NYPD to pull them from use while it investigates.

According to The Daily Beast, the incident occurred around midnight in Staten Island, and involved a Vievu model LE-5 camera. An official told the publication that “It unexpectedly began to smoke and fell from his shirt to the ground,” where “it then caught fire and was damaged.” In a statement, the NYPD says that it’s been made “aware of a possible product defect,” and…

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A new Kickstarter project will publish the unpublished novel that inspired The Thing

John Carpenter’s The Thing is a classic science fiction horror film that has scared audiences for decades. But the film was inspired by an earlier story published in the 1930s, “Who Goes There?” by noted editor John W. Campbell Jr., and it turns out that that there’s more to that story. A researcher recently discovered an unpublished, novel-length manuscript of the story, and a small press is using Kickstarter to publish it.

Campbell is best known as the long-time editor of Astounding Science Fiction (now Analog Science Fact and Fiction), one of the most influential science fiction magazines of all time. But before he took over the publication in 1937, he worked for years as an author, often writing under the name Don A. Stuart. In his…

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