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Meat Loaf dead: US singer dies aged 74, official account confirms




US singer Meat Loaf, whose hits included Bat Out of Hell, has died aged 74.

A statement on the artist’s official Facebook page said he died with his wife by his side.

The statement said: “Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight with his wife Deborah by his side. Daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends have been with him throughout the last 24 hours.

“His amazing career spanned six decades that saw him sell over 100 million albums worldwide and star in over 65 movies, including Fight Club, Focus, Rocky Horror Picture Show and Wayne’s World."


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RIP Meat Loaf

Woman Whose Tongue Was Partially Replaced by Thigh Due to Cancer Says It ‘Started Growing Leg Hair’



A bout with cancer left this woman without a tongue — until she got a new one made from her leg.

Surgeons took skin and muscle from the woman’s thigh to re-create the part of her tongue lost to her rare infection of squamous cell carcinoma.

Cameron Newsom, 42, had half her tongue removed in an effort to fight cancer after dealing with excruciating pain post-diagnosis in 2013.

“At the time of my diagnosis, I’d lost over seven pounds because I was unable to eat or drink,” Newsom, from Colorado Springs, Colorado, told Newsflare. “I was 33 at the time and in very good shape, so I couldn’t understand why this was happening to me.”

Peloton to halt production of its Bikes, treadmills as demand wanes

Peloton is temporarily halting production of its connected fitness products as consumer demand wanes and the company looks to control costs, according to internal documents obtained by CNBC.

Peloton plans to pause Bike production for two months, from February to March, the documents show. It already halted production of its more expensive Bike+ in December and will do so until June. It won’t manufacture its Tread treadmill machine for six weeks, beginning next month. And it doesn’t anticipate producing any Tread+ machines in fiscal 2022, according to the documents. Peloton had previously halted Tread+ production after a safety recall last year.

The company said in a confidential presentation dated Jan. 10 that demand for its connected fitness equipment has faced a “significant reduction” around the world due to shoppers’ price sensitivity and amplified competitor activity.

Peloton has essentially guessed wrong about how many people would be buying its products, after so much demand was pulled forward during the coronavirus pandemic. It’s now left with thousands of cycles and treadmills sitting in warehouses or on cargo ships, and it needs to reset its inventory levels.



I personally argue it's because one requires paying for a subscription on top of owning the bikes/treadmill machines, no one is going to purchase a Peloton machine.

IRS Will Require Facial Recognition Scans to Access Your Taxes

Online tax filers will soon be required to submit a selfie to a third-party identity verification company using facial recognition tech in order to file their taxes or make IRS payments online.

Starting this summer, users with an IRS.gov account will no longer be able to log in with a simple username and password. Instead, they will need to provide a government identification document, a selfie, and copies of their bills to Virginian-based identity verification firm ID.me to confirm their identity. That change, first noticed by Krebs on Security, marks a major shift for the IRS which previously allowed users to file their taxes without submitting personal biometric data.

In a statement to Gizmodo, an IRS spokesperson said users can still receive basic information from the IRS website without logging in, but added they would need to sign in through ID.me to make and view payments, access tax records, view or create payment plans, manage communications preference, or view tax professional authorizations.

So here’s how filing taxes will work for most people later this year. Users attempting to log in to their accounts using ID.me will have to create an account with the company by uploading either a driver’s license, passport, or passport card. Users are then told to use a cellphone camera or their computer’s webcam to take a selfie. According to ID.me’s website, the company uses a face match facial recognition system to verify the selfie matches the provided government document. If approved in ID.me’s system, users can then use these credentials to verify their identity across any of ID.me’s partners.

If ID.me’s system fails to verify a selfie or flags other issues that could be considered fraud, the user may then join a recorded video call with an ID.me representative called a “Trusted Referee.” ID.me claims it has verified more than 2.8 million people through these referees and has begun implementing some in-person identity verification options across the country.

“ID.me offers multiple relief valves or escape hatches to ensure there is always a path forward for everyone,” the company said. “We are committed to a policy of ‘No identity left behind.’”

Google Play Games for PC, which brings Android games to Windows, enters beta testing

Google today will begin rolling out a limited beta test of its newly announced Google Play Games for PC product in three overseas markets: Hong Kong, South Korea, and Taiwan. The Google Play Games PC application, which was announced last month during The Game Awards event, allows people to play Google Play games on Windows PCs, in addition to currently supported platforms like mobile, tablet and ChromeOS. The new PC support will include both laptops and desktops, Google said, and players will be able to pick up from where they left off when switching from another device, like their Android phone, over to their computer.

The company had previously announced the first markets to gain access to the PC app, which was expected to arrive in early 2022. However, an exact date had not yet been given.

After gaining access to the beta, testers will be able to try out popular mobile games like “Mobile Legends: Bang Bang,” “Summoners War,” “State of Survival: The Joker Collaboration,” and “Three Kingdoms Tactic,” which already reach hundreds of millions of players worldwide each month. In total, beta testers will have access to more than 25 games, Google says.

The new PC app lets users browse through the catalog, then download and play games on a larger screen, while also taking advantage of their mouse and keyboard inputs. Users’ gameplay progress, meanwhile, swill sync between devices, and they’ll continue to early Play Points when gaming on the PC, Google today noted.

Starlink Satellites Are Photo Bombing Astronomy Images

If you like to take images of the night sky, don’t be surprised by a Starlink photo bomb.

According to a new study, SpaceX's satellite internet system is causing more “satellite streaks” to appear across astronomical photos from at least one observatory. Although no research has been disrupted, the problem is only expected to grow as SpaceX and other companies launch thousands of additional internet satellites in the coming years.

“We find that the number of affected images is increasing with time as SpaceX deploys more satellites,” wrote the authors behind the study, which was published in the American Astronomical Society.

For years now, astronomers have been worrying about Starlink’s effect on their observations. SpaceX’s broadband system currently operates over 1,400 active low-Earth orbiting satellites, which can reflect light through the sky. The effect can create a streak through astronomy photos, and potentially ruin a scientific observation.

The American Astronomical Society analyzed the issue by taking archival images from the Zwicky Transient Facility at the Palomar Observatory in California between November 2019 and September 2021. Data of orbital positions for various Starlink satellites was then used to track whether any of the orbiting objects intruded on the archival photos.

The analysis found 5,301 satellite streaks attributed to Starlink. In addition, the streaks grew in prevalence as SpaceX launched more Starlink satellites into orbit.

SNESticle source code (circa ~2004), is now released



What is the importance of this release?




SNESticle was the much requested, much anticipated, much rumoured, but never released follow-up to NESticle, the legendary NES emulator programmed by Sardu and released by Bloodlust Software in 1997. Sardu instead went on to create the excellent Genecyst and Callus emulators and was eventually hired by Electronic Arts.


Years later, EA released Fight Night Round 2, a boxing game that is supposedly pretty good, but what is way more interesting is that the Gamecube version of it contains an emulated version of Nintendo's Super Punch-Out!! (exclamation marks part of the title, not for effect!!).


Data mining revealed the strings "SNESticle" and "Copyright (c) 1997-2004 Icer Addis" (Addis being Sardu's real name) on the game disc. This raises a lot of questions, perhaps most importantly (and unanswerably): did he really have SNESticle ready to go back in 1997 and then chose to sit on it just to spite the people who were bugging him for it? Or is the 1997 date just a joke, to spite the very same people now? Or is the whole thing a joke? Who knows, but it's clear that there is a working SNES emulator called SNESticle locked up inside Fight Night Round 2 and something has to be done about it!
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