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    Christine McVie started out her time with Fleetwood Mac the same way the most of us did: as a fan. This was the late ’60s in England, when she was in blues-rock groups like Chicken Shack, who had some modest success with a charting version of Etta James’ “I’d Rather Go Blind,” featuring McVie on vocals. But drummer Mick Fleetwood’s blues-rock group was her favorite in the scene, and she would see them every chance she could. “I dearly remember the old days,” McVie told Cameron Crowe in a 1977 Rolling Stone story. “Fleetwood Mac had this one-of-a-kind charm. They were gregarious, charming and cheeky onstage. Very cheeky. … They had this tremendous, subtle power.”

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  2. Yep, that's what I thought it would look like.

    Enlarge / Yep, that's what I thought it would look like. (credit: OnLeaks and Smartprix)

    The design of the Pixel 7a does not seem like it will contain many surprises. OnLeaks has a fresh render for Google's next mid-range phone, and it looks like a mini Pixel 7. Usually, these renders are based on CAD information passed out to accessory manufacturers, so the sizes and shapes are usually accurate, but things like the colors and materials are up for interpretation.

    If rumors are true, this will be Google's fourth phone to keep the camera-bar design going. The Pixel 6 and 6a camera bar had a clear glass or plastic covering around the camera lenses, while the Pixel 7 switched to an opaque, solid aluminum camera bar. Google likes these phones to look the same, so it's a safe bet the Pixel 7a will also get a solid camera bar. Whether that's aluminum or some other material is still up for interpretation. The front is also predictable and looks just like the Pixel 6a, with a flat screen and what the report calls "thick bezels."

    Elsewhere in the Pixel rumor mill, big upgrades are expected for the Pixel 7a. Android researcher Kuba Wojciechowski has been tracking the Pixel 7a (codenamed "Lynx" and "Pixel 22 Mid-range") via the Android codebase, which reveals additions like (slow) 5 W wireless charging and the same Samsung GN1 main camera as what's in the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro, along with a Sony IMX787 for the wide-angle sensor. The new sensors would be a big camera upgrade. Currently, the Pixel 6a's main camera is the venerable Sony IMX363, a sensor that Google has been using (with one minor revision) since the Pixel 2. A fresh set of sensors would make sense, given that the IMX363 is around six years old now.

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    A biopic about the noxious punk figure GG Allin is in development, per The Hollywood Reporter. The project is being spearheaded by music video director Jonas Åkerlund, who made Lords Of Chaos a couple years ago, which followed the also-controversial early ’90s Norwegian black metal scene. GG Allin: Live. Fast. Die. will depict Allin’s violent live-stage antics and his eventual death from a heroin overdose.

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  4. Alex Lake

    “Look at all the pretty lights,” Thom Yorke sang a few songs into the Smile’s concert on Monday, his feral falsetto repeating the phrase like a mantra against a surging electronic backdrop. He could have been referring to the giant, colorful rig of flickering bars set up onstage behind the band. It was an arena-scale contraption, something Yorke’s main band Radiohead might have brought with them on their most recent tour through the world’s most cavernous sheds. But this show was happening in a much more intimate setting, Detroit’s 4,650-capacity Masonic Temple. (“Intimate” is a relative term when discussing festival headliners.)

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  5. Elon Musk appears to reconcile with Apple after Twitter tirade

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    Elon Musk said he had a “good conversation” with Apple chief executive Tim Cook and “resolved the misunderstanding” about his claim that Twitter could be removed from the App Store, just days after the world’s richest man unleashed a tirade against the most valuable tech company.

    In a tweet on Wednesday, Musk said that “Tim was clear that Apple never considered” potentially removing Twitter from the App Store, describing it as a “misunderstanding.”

    Musk, who bought Twitter for $44 billion last month, also thanked Cook for “taking me round Apple’s beautiful HQ,” and posted a video from Apple Park.

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  6. Izzie Austin

    Julia Jacklin loves Céline Dion. A few months ago, when the Melbourne-based singer-songwriter was getting ready to release her new album Pre-Pleasure, she repeatedly named Céline as an influence on the record — not aesthetically, necessarily, but spiritually. Jacklin wanted to embrace the sheer comforting pleasure of music, and Céline, along with Robyn and Luther Vandross, became one of her avatars. Talking to Consequence Of Sound, Jacklin explained it:

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    The pop-punk-ish Chicago indie rock artist Snow Ellet is back with their first new music since this year’s Glory Days EP. New single “Playing Dead” is the first song to be released from sessions produced by Illuminati Hotties’ Sarah Tudzin. Here’s Ellet with the background on the track: “I recently went to a house party where we suspected the host called the cops on their own party and it went down in flames. I just wanted to stay out all night. The song is mostly about the feeling that the sun isn’t going to come up, feeling that the night won’t end.” Listen below.

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    It’s pretty amazing to watch the duo of DOMi & JD Beck performing together. DOMi, a French keyboardist, and Beck, a Texan drummer, were both child prodigies at their instruments, and they both have an astral sense of jazz. Together, they’ve performed with people like Thundercat, Ariana Grande, and Herbie Hancock. Earlier this year, Anderson .Paak signed the two of them, making them the first artists on his Blue Note imprint Apeshit. DOMi and Beck released their star-studded debut album Not Tight this past summer, and they’re now up for the Best New Artist Grammy. Last night, the two of them played The Tonight Show, and they brought their friend Mac DeMarco.

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  9. Benj Edwards' BBS computer running The Cave in 1994.

    Enlarge / Benj Edwards' computer running The Cave BBS in 1994. (credit: Benj Edwards)

    Thirty years ago last week—on November 25, 1992—my BBS came online for the first time. I was only 11 years old, working from my dad's Tandy 1800HD laptop and a 2400 baud modem. The Cave BBS soon grew into a bustling 24-hour system with over 1,000 users. After a seven-year pause between 1998 and 2005, I've been running it again ever since. Here's the story of how it started and the challenges I faced along the way.

    Enter the modem

    In January 1992, my dad brought home a gateway to a parallel world: a small black plexiglass box labeled "ZOOM" that hooked to a PC's serial port. This modem granted the power to connect to other computers and share data over the dial-up telephone network.

    While commercial online services like CompuServe and Prodigy existed then, many hobbyists ran their own miniature online services called bulletin board systems, or BBSes for short. The Internet existed, but it was not yet widely known outside academic circles.

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    Enlarge / The 2021 16-inch MacBook Pro. (credit: Samuel Axon)

    It looks like the first benchmarks of Apple's upcoming M2 Max chip have leaked in Geekbench's database.

    When users run the over-the-shelf version of the Geekbench 5 benchmarking tool, the scores are logged to a public database of results and are tied to entries for specific hardware. In this case, the result (which was discovered by a Twitter user) is listed under a product labeled "Mac14,6" running the as-yet-unreleased operating system "macOS 13.2 (Build 22D21)." The entry also noted that the chip had 12 cores.

    The chip in question is likely destined for MacBook Pro and Mac Studio models that will launch sometime next year. As for the results: The overall single-core score is 1,853, and the multicore score is 13,855. The more granular scores like crypto, integer, and floating point generally track along the same lines when compared to this chip's predecessor, the M1 Max.

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  11. A Talon robot, one of the models in the SFPD robot lineup.

    Enlarge / A Talon robot, one of the models in the SFPD robot lineup. (credit: QinetiQ)

    The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has voted to allow the San Francisco Police Department to use lethal robots against suspects, ushering the sci-fi dystopia trope into reality. As the AP reports, the robots would be remote-controlled—not autonomous—and would use explosives to kill or incapacitate suspects when lives are at stake.

    The police have had bomb disposal robots forever, but the Pandora's box of weaponizing them was originally opened by the Dallas Police Department. In 2016, after failed negotiations with a holed-up active shooter, the DPD wired up a disposal robot with explosives, drove it up to the suspect, and detonated it, killing the shooter. The SFPD now has the authority to make this a tactic.

    The police equipment policy being drafted details the SFPD's current robot lineup. The SFPD has 17 robots in total, 12 of which are currently functioning. The AP says that the police department doesn't have any "pre-armed" robots yet and "has no plans to arm robots with guns" but that it could rig up explosives to a robot. Some bomb disposal robots do their "disposal" work by firing a shotgun shell at the bomb, so in essence, they are already rolling guns. Like most police gear, these robots have close ties to the military, and some of the bomb disposal robots owned by the SFPD, like the Talon robot, are also sold to the military configured as remote-controlled machine-gun platforms.

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