Let’s talk about Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s most divisive part: porgs

Porgs. When fans spotted the diminutive creatures of Star Wars: The Last Jedi in the first behind-the-scenes reel , they were immediately divided. Some fell utterly in love with them, creating fan art, buttons, and shirts right off the bat, while others dismissed them as a cheap marketing gimmick for the inevitable batch of toys that would hit stores.

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I didn’t think these guys were too bad. They were not integral to the plot and they didn’t appear much in the film. When they did appear they didn’t take away from anything. In fact, I found them to be cute and funny.

Compositor: WYSIWYG LaTeX for Mac

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I occasionally work with LaTeX and it is a pain. In a lot of ways it is like working in a code editor with a compiler. This is the first implementation where you get WYSIWYG in the editor. Looks promising.

Karl Traunmüller ( tweet ) introduces Compositor : In a traditional LaTeX workflow, you would edit the LaTeX source in a text editor, compile the document every now and then, and check the effects of your changes in the DVI viewer.

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‘The Last Night’ is a stunning take on 16-bit games for the 4K generation

The graphics in this game remind me of the games of my youth. The Sierra games from the 1990’s were so cool.

Indie darling The Last Night stepped onto the big stage this week at E3. The game was announced as an Xbox exclusive during the same event that Microsoft officially revealed its powerful new 4K console: the Xbox One X. After those proceedings, we sat…

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Jupiter is the oldest planet in the Solar System

Jupiter’s ancient name really is well-deserved: according to a new study, the king of the planets isn’t just the largest in the Solar System, it’s also the oldest. A team of researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California and th…

This Jupiter stuff is so cool. The photos that Juno has taken of Jupiter is mind-blowingly beautiful.

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Monsanto bets on AI to protect crops against disease

We are just seeing AI all over the place these days.

Monsanto has drawn plenty of criticism for its technology-driven (and heavily litigious) approach to agriculture, but its latest effort might just hint at the future of farming. It’s partnering with Atomwise on the use of AI to quickly discover molec…

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Easily share your WiFi with friends on iOS 11, automatically sends passwords to nearby devices

This is really cool!

iOS 11 includes many automatic features regarding first-time setup and account login. This extends to WiFi networks too. If a friend comes over with an iPhone running iOS 11, you can automatically log them in to your WiFi in one tap.

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