Red Sox legend Ortiz stable after shooting in DR

From ESPN:

Former Boston Red Sox slugger and Dominican star David Ortiz is out of surgery and doing “fine,” according to his family, after he was shot Sunday at a club in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Some tragic news out of the Dominican Republic. On the upside, it sounds like he’s going to be ok and has been flown back to Boston for additional treatment.

Snapchat Employees Abused Data Access to Spy on Users

From Motherboard (emphasis mine):

Several departments inside social media giant Snap have dedicated tools for accessing user data, and multiple employees have abused their privileged access to spy on Snapchat users, Motherboard has learned.

I am SHOCKED 🙄

Oh wait, no, I’m not. Can we just burn the entire tech industry to the ground now?

Instagram website leaked phone numbers and emails for months, researcher says

From CNET:

Instagram’s website leaked user contact information, including phone numbers and email addresses, over a period of at least four months, a researcher says.

🤦‍♂️

It seems like there’s a similar article every week and every time I consider going back, I’m reminded of why I left.

The ultimate guide to DuckDuckGo

From Brett Terpstra:

If you don’t already have the scoop, it’s the search engine that can serve as a complete replacement for Google (and Bing and whatever else you like), except it respects your privacy and security. And while Google does some cool tricks, DuckDuckGo does some even better ones.

I’ve tried switching to DuckDuckGo a couple of times and always ended up going back to Google. Maybe I’ll try it again and these tips — particularly the “bang” searches — will help me stick with it.

Facebook Users Morbidly Curious What Site Going To Do With Their Personal Data To Recoup $5 Billion Fine

From The Onion:

Wondering how the social media giant will unethically exploit their personal data next, Facebook users conceded Friday they are morbidly curious to see what the company does to them in order to recoup its losses following a $5 billion Federal Trade Commission fine.

I know this is from the Onion, but this sort of shit really is exactly why I left.

Apple Addresses Spotify’s Claims

From Apple:

What Spotify is demanding is something very different. After using the App Store for years to dramatically grow their business, Spotify seeks to keep all the benefits of the App Store ecosystem — including the substantial revenue that they draw from the App Store’s customers — without making any contributions to that marketplace. At the same time, they distribute the music you love while making ever-smaller contributions to the artists, musicians and songwriters who create it — even going so far as to take these creators to court.

Spotify has every right to determine their own business model, but we feel an obligation to respond when Spotify wraps its financial motivations in misleading rhetoric about who we are, what we’ve built and what we do to support independent developers, musicians, songwriters and creators of all stripes.

Yes, hello, authorities? I’d like to report a murder.

Daaaammmmmnnnnn.

Deathclaw Unchained

Fallout 76 "Deathclaw Maze"

From Destructoid:

Fallout 76 might be a mess, but there’s hope on the horizon with several big DLC drops and of course, a ton of user-created content.

That includes this newest video from YouTube user aswiftkickinthejunk, who created their own death maze to trap players in. The mad man lures people in like the Pied Piper with a wave emote, then swiftly locks them in to be mauled by his pet Deathclaw (which you can tame by way of an endgame skill). Naturally he gets to watch from above like Jigsaw and continues to emote/taunt them.

This is so good.

*goes off to build a deathtrap maze*


Fallout 76 – 100 Days, Roadmap For 2019

From Bethesda:

We’ve just passed 100 days since the launch of Fallout 76!

There’s nothing like the start of something new – for you and for us, and having millions of you join us on this new adventure is humbling for our studio. Thank you for sticking with us as we figure this online experience out together, and we do mean “together.”

To that end, we’re excited to announce some of the new free content we’ve been working on for Fallout 76 in 2019.

Thanks again for sticking with us. It’s a privilege to have such passionate and caring fans. We have big plans for 2019 and we’d love to hear your continued feedback on everything we’re doing. We hope you’ll keep sharing your thoughts with us on the forums, Reddit, in videos, and streams. Your voices push us to do better and your support has meant everything to us. We’ll do our best to earn it.

The Fallout series is one of my favorite game series of all time and Fallout 76 is really the only game I’ve been playing lately (sorry for neglecting you, Battlefield V), so I’m super-excited for the new content that’s coming.

The image at the top of this post is me in my C.A.M.P. 🙂

Here’s another one:

I play it on Xbox, and my gamertag is Dr Crankypants. Let’s play!

Sick and struggling in Coal Country

From Binghui Huang at The Morning Call:

The region is a study in contrasts. Cutting across mountains, waterfalls and lakes, it’s as flush with beauty as it is with coal. Houses peek out of the green, tree-lined valleys that spawned famous Americans such as writer John O’Hara, actor Jack Palance, musicians Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, and former Vice President Joe Biden. But violence and disaster also mark the rugged terrain — from the massacre of striking Lattimer miners and the hanging of alleged Molly Maguires in the late 1800s, to the tragic breach of the Knox Creek Mine in 1959.

The industry that once defined and supported the people living there has burned out. In its place are poverty, sickness and addiction.

This is the first article in an absolutely fantastic series of articles about the region of PA that I’m from and where we now live (we’re in Tamaqua, a neighboring town of Lansford, which is mentioned heavily in the article).

Things are really, really bleak for a lot of people out here in the sticks and it’s pretty sad.

Apple officially releases Smart Battery cases for iPhone XS/Max/XR with Qi charging support

From 9to5Mac:

Apple today has officially released Smart Battery cases for the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. This comes after 9to5Mac discovered various pieces of evidence within iOS hinting at the existence of such cases.

The cases are priced at $129 for all three phones. Further, the iPhone XS/Max/XR Smart Battery cases are available in white and black.

You can get the cases here: