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John McAfee is in a Spanish prison awaiting possible extradition to the U.S. on charges of tax evasion, but that hasn’t stopped the one-time cybersecurity expert from pumping some sketchy altcoin.Â
McAfee, known for his love of bath salts and allegedly being secretly paid to promote questionable cryptocurrencies to his unsuspecting acolytes, has long sung the praises of dubious investments. In a rambling Q&A-style statement tweeted Monday, the 75-year-old made clear that his fundamental nature remains unchanged.Â
That’s right, even behind bars McAfee is trying to convince the world to invest in some random shitcoin.Â
After several paragraphs claiming the charges against him are politically motivated and the result of his principled stand against the Sixteenth Amendment to the U.S. constitution (that’s income tax one), McAfee gets down to business. You see, he really wants you to know about the $GHOST stablecoin that you just have to believe is the next big thing.Â
“My only remaining project is $GHOST,” writes McAfee. “When our private stablecoin is released, it will revolutionize crypto transactions.”
I have answered questions from the European press.
McAfee, of course, is no stranger to grand, cryptocurrency-adjacent claims. In early October the Securities and Exchange Commission accused the self-styled penile Nostradamus of hyping initial coin offerings in exchange for a share of the profits. Prison, it would seem, has not deterred the man.Â
“I am concentrating fully on $GHOST,” he writes. “We will see very soon a new movement into using cryptocurrencies as transactions rather than as get rich quick schemes. This is why I developed the private $GHOST stablecoin.”
Notably, McAfee has not always been so bullish on $GHOST. In a now-deleted tweet from August, McAfee claimed that “It will, without a doubt fail.”
That all changed in October, when McAfee announced he was once again “controlling” the project. At the time of that announcement, he had already been arrested in Spain.Â
I have returned to controlling the $GHOST development.
My feud with management has ended.
With the announcement that we will soon release a private stable coin, will mark a new era in transacting crypto business.
Transaction fees will be shared amongst all $GHOST holders.
WaveMotion technology that mimics fingers for acute g-spot stimulation â¢ Eight settings for different clit/g-spot stimulation combos â¢ Sleek look
The manual doesn’t detail exactly what the settings are â¢ High price point
The Soraya Wave is perfect for sex toy users who love simultaneous clit and g-spot stimulation â but its price may be a deterrent.
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As archaic as it looks now, the changed the game for the sex toy industry. Vibratex, the company behind the toy that was featured, told Forbes that average annual in the years following the episode.
The rabbit has since been replicated by many a sex toy company, including the glossy, millennial-chic ones. Case in point, . They now have a couple rabbit-like offerings including the Soraya Wave, a reengineered product that debuted this month.Â
The Soraya Wave was adapted from the Soraya 2 model, a spokesman from LELO told Mashable. “The thinking behind reengineering the product with our WaveMotion technology was to appeal to a wider audience of users by offering a similar product that provided a different sensation,” they said. “The main USP [unique selling point] of Soraya Wave is that it provides enhanced G-spot stimulation by simulating the come-hither motion of a lover’s finger tips (in contrast to G-spot stimulation via vibration alone).”Â
The Soraya 2 vs. Soraya Wave
The Soraya 2, which the company sent me a while back, was my first rabbit toy. It was never my ride-or-die, but I did enjoy using it. While LELO told me the main difference between that and the Soraya Wave is the WaveMotion technology, the 2 will run you $219 and the Wave costs $249. Both models are made of body-safe silicone, have a gold-color finish, and come in three colors: black, “deep rose” magenta, and a shade of blue (aqua for the 2, “midnight blue” for the Wave).Â
Like the 2, the Wave has three buttons: the on/off button and +/- intensity controls. The former doubles as the mode selection button. Press and hold to turn the toy on and off, but just press to cycle through the different modes. While the 2 has 12 vibration modes to choose from, the Wave has eight.Â
What’s more is that while the “come hither” motion is the main difference between the two, I did notice minor differences. Both the major and minor differences led me to prefer the Soraya Wave over the Soraya 2.Â
Why was the 2 never my ride-or-die? Well, the primary reason was personal preference: A lot of the time I just wanted clitoral stimulation, not simultaneous with penetration. Another factor, though, was that it was difficult to clean. Discharge and lube would get wedged where the body-safe silicone met the gold accents; unlike cleaning other toys that are just a quick 20-second wash, I would need to dig through the “crannies” of the 2, so to speak, in order to get it completely clean.Â
So far, I haven’t experienced this with the Wave. For one, the accent is smaller so there’s no risk of discharge/lube/what have you getting stuck throughout the base of the toy. But it also seems like the silicone has less “give” around the accent â but that could also be because I’ve had the 2 longer and it’s gotten more use.
The easier cleanup, however, is a secondary concern. The real game changer between the 2 and the Wave is, indeed, the WaveMotion technology, and that’s why the reengineered toy is superior for me. While the penetrating base of the 2 does vibrate when the toy is on, I had much more substantial g-spot stimulation with the Wave. Combine that with the vibrating tip for the clit and…well, chef’s kiss. Here’s how the 2 and the Wave look side-by-side when you turn them on (without changing modes):
I preferred the Wave on either the first or second modes (the first mode being how the toy operates as soon as you turn it on). While the Wave has eight different patterns, the â while online, which is a plus â doesn’t go into detail as to what they are or what order they’re in. I had the same problem with the Soraya 2, which also has a user guide that’s available online.Â
The game changer is, indeed, the WaveMotion technology
The first setting is how the Wave is advertised: The classic “come hither” motion for the g-spot with the vibrating base as well as the vibrating tip to stimulate the clit. The second setting includes the come hither motion and vibrating tip, but the base doesn’t vibrate.Â
It’s easier to tell what exactly the toy is doing when you’re holding it as opposed to when it’s inside you. So I suggest a user tests out the settings before a session to see what they may be interested in. The eight modes provide a range of vibrations from both the base and the tip. One setting, for instance, stops the base entirely and the only motion comes from the vibrating tip.Â
The Soraya Wave vs. Ina Wave?
Those who know LELO may make the connection between the Soraya Wave and the cheaper , which my colleague Jess Joho said was . The Ina is $199 at full price â compared to the $249 Soraya Wave â and features the same finger-like motion. The Soraya version is admittedly sleeker-looking, but are they essentially the same?
When asked about the difference between the Soraya and Ina, LELO told Mashable, “We wanted to create a toy that fits the widest range of female anatomy by designing a lower insertable length and softer silicone/more gentle vibrations within the clitoral stimulator for a more enjoyable climax.”Â
The Ina has an insertable length of around 4.7 inches (exactly 120.3 millimeters) while the Soraya has an insertable length of 4.3 inches (110 millimeters) according to LELO’s website â so the Soraya is indeed smaller. Just for comparison sake, the Soraya 2 also has an insertable length of 4.3 inches.
Both the Ina and Soraya Wave, LELO’s spokesperson said, are for experienced users who love both clit and g-spot stimulation. “With SORAYA Wave, we created a pleasure product that every woman who loves both stimulations can enjoy.”
Soraya 2, Wave, or Ina Wave?
I can’t speak to the Ina personally but given Joho’s endorsement and smaller price tag, it’s certainly the more budget-friendly option of LELO’s rabbits. Though, you’ll have to consider whether the smaller length of the 2 or Wave will provide a better experience for you.Â
If you’re choosing between Soraya models, however, I’d say to go with the Wave. While the Wave is $30 more, it’s worth shelling out if you’re already in the market to spend $219 on a sex toy. If you don’t crave that finger-like motion, however, then save your money and get the 2 (but remember that it may be slightly harder to clean).Â
Overall, the Soraya Wave provides the orgasm that LELO advertises, and with a satiny look that’s perfect for Instagram. If you have the money, try it out â but there are alternatives if you don’t, right in LELO’s catalog.Â
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To help close the digital divide, SpaceX will offer satellite internet to the education sector.Â
The companyâs Starlink satellite internet service is partnering with a school district in Texas to supply free broadband to dozens of families living in the surrounding rural area, starting in early 2021.Â It’s the first time SpaceX has worked with a school district to harness Starlink, according to the Ector County Independent School District, which announced the partnership on Tuesday.Â
The school district plans on first supplying the high-speed internet to 45 families who live in rural Pleasant Farms, before expanding it to 90 families.Â According to local media outlet Odessa America, the project will cost $300,000, with half of the funds coming from education advocacy group Chiefs for Change.
âOur research clearly indicates the lack of broadband access is a crisis in Ector County,â said Scott Muri, the school districtâs superintendent, in a statement.
The districtâlocated west of Dallas, Texasâneeds the broadband access to enable online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has caused schools across the country to shut down or cap the number of students in physical classrooms. According to the districtâs own surveys, 39 percent of the families have limited or no internet access.Â
SpaceXâs Starlink is promising to fill the gap. The companyâs system is currently capable of delivering 100Mbps download speeds at a latency of around 30 milliseconds, which is on par with ground-based internet.Â
Interestingly, SpaceX is bringing the satellite internet to Texas, a US state in the lower latitudes. Currently, the company is promising to start a public beta for Starlink soon, but in the higher latitudes for locations in northern U.S. and southern Canada.Â Â
However, by early 2021, SpaceX is expected to have launched additional satellites into orbit to power the Starlink network, enabling it to improve the broadband coverage. As of today, Starlink operates over 800 satellites, but the goal is to eventually have thousands more in orbit.Â The company is planning to launch the satellite internet system worldwide to consumers next year, although the cost remains unknown at this point.
Still, the Ector County Independent School District is hopeful Starlink will prove to be a âpermanent solutionâ capable of addressing the broadband woes across the state.
Comedian James Austin Johnson lampooned the footage, spending three minutes comparing characters on Sex in the City to those on Gilmore Girls, all while doing a damn good Trump impression.Â
This is far from Johnson’s first time imitating the president. His IGTV is full of clips where Johnson-as-Trump comments on pop culture happenings like 100 Gecs and Weird Al. Johnson told Mashable over email that he’s impersonated Trump on stage and on Instagram since 2015, so he’s had time to fully develop his take.Â
“It’s really fun when you’re complaining about pop-culture stuff, really meaningless stuff that has almost no bearing on reality â when people tell me it’s uncanny, I think that’s what they’re hearing, the unrehearsed speech pattern,” said Johnson. He doesn’t use a script when imitating Trump, instead opting to pick a meaningless pop culture attitude he holds in real life and relaying it on camera in Trump’s voice.Â
“Even though I’m a comedian that does voices in his act all the time, I think that the rambling, frustrated complaining is as much a way to sound like the president as physically distorting my voice to sound like him,” Johnson said.
He was inspired to film this video after watching a 60 Minutes clip on his phone while Gilmore Girls was playing in the background; the show is one that he and his wife have watched many times and sometimes put it on to fall asleep. Johnson noticed that Trump was filmed in a dark room with a harsh light highlighting his fake fan, and knew he could imitate it.Â
“It was at night with this hard light on my face and it just felt enough like the 60 Minutes interview that I just had to do it,” he said. “It’s fun to make those stupid videos. It gets me through this terrible time.”
The video’s subject matter came together after Johnson and his wife watched the clip and returned to Gilmore Girls. “My wife and I start talking about Lorelei’s boyfriends on Gilmore Girls [and] it all just comes together,” he recalled. “The Sex and the City comparisons are just another pop-culture element to help with the Trumpian word salad.”
“The Sex and the City comparisons are just another pop-culture element to help with the Trumpian word salad.” Â
In the video, Johnson’s Trump goes through explaining the four SATC lead’s roles in the show and then in true Trump fashion, changes the subject and pontificates about something else. Unlike Trump, however, Johnson’s ramblings are funny: He transitions into talking about Luke, a character on Gilmore Girls, and his dating history.Â
A woman off-screen, a stand-in for Stahl, interrupts Johnson as he’s going on about how Luke loves to date “Carries,” to get to the real question: He says he’s Team Logan (one of Rory’s major boyfriends in the show â if you haven’t watched Gilmore Girls, Logan is a hoity-toity rich boy she meets when she goes to Yale), but he cuts in to say he’s actually Team Jess, another one of Rory’s boyfriends who was the “sensitive bad boy” type and working class, unlike Logan.Â
The jumping around from topic to topic was purposeful on Johnson’s part. He said he’s watched videos of his rallies where he mixes two or three stories together in what Johnson called an “unhinged ramble.” Â
“It seemed totally fitting to grab multiple different TV shows made for the same demographics and chop them all up into the word salad,” he said.Â
Johnson’s Trump asserts that he’s never been Team Logan and always Team Jess because Jess is a “pre-Luke.” Then he launches into a diatribe about how Logan is a “pre-Chris” and therefore not good for Rory. Now, if you’ve never seen the show you’d be completely lost, so I’ll catch you up: Chris is Rory’s biological father, while Luke had been a consistent father figure throughout her life (and Luke eventually ends up with Rory’s mother, Lorelai â which I’d say is a spoiler but the show ended over a decade ago, so don’t come crying in my DMs). Â
Then, similarly to how it played out in real life, Johnson’s interview goes off the rails when he insists that Jess is a Carrie and that Rory is a Charlotte, two comparisons that make an ounce of sense but are non-sequesters from the rest of the interview.
He then halts the interview like Trump did with Stahl. “You’ve got enough interview,” Johnson said, “I think we’re done.”
Johnson said he’ll be making Trump videos as long as people get a kick out of them. He compared Trump to Sonny in Adam Sandler’s Big Daddy, saying he’ll always be a fixture in our lives. “Even if he loses, which it seems is what he wants to happen,” Johnson mused, “we will never forget him will we?”
A new collaboration between , a nonprofit focused on empowering young voters, and the popular video game Minecraft introduces young Americans to the voting process in a virtual bid to engage first-time and future voters. Â
Announced eight days ahead of the presidential election, Build the Vote has created an online world featuring âvoting housesâ and a virtual election for interested users. Players cast their votes for important issues â gun laws, criminal justice reform, healthcare access, climate change, racial equality, the education system, immigration, job stability, student loans, and combating corruption â rather than real-life candidates. But the goal is the same: encourage community participation in important, political processes. Players go through the same steps they may take in real life, from registering to casting their ballot, and, in this case, ringing the virtual “voting bell.” They even have to be aware of voting deadlines (October 30), after which the votes are tallied and the âwinnersâ are announced.Â
The feature is hosted on an official Build the Vote multiplayer server, accessible to users with PC, Mac, and Linux systems. All votes are anonymous, just like in real life. Users are encouraged to explore the rooms of the Voting House â designed to look like the White House â and interact with information about the American electoral process before casting their virtual “ballot.”Â
The experience was designed alongside creative agency Sid Lee to address a historic trend of low youth voter participation (a trend that some report will look different this year). âWith millions of members of younger generations already playing Minecraft each month, we thought it would be the perfect platform for them to learn without it feeling like a chore. By âMinecraftizingâ the electoral process, weâre showing that video games and other platforms can become tools to serve bigger purposes, including our civic responsibilities,â said David Allard, Associate Creative Director at Sid Lee.Â
Carolyn DeWitt, Rock the Vote president and executive director, said that 30 years of youth voter engagement has shown that the demographic needs to be reached where they’re the most active. “Rock the Vote has been building the political power of young people by meeting them where they are through trusted messengers,” she said in a press release.Â
According to DeWitt, Build the Vote hopes to encourage confidence among young voters, in preparation for the day they cast their actual ballots. The experience also engages players under the voting age and helps them begin understanding the power of their vote. “Weâre continuing this work for the next generation at a time when they are hearing about the election, but are not yet eligible to vote, so that when they do turn 18 and become eligible they are more prepared to participate in our democracy,â she said. In a promotional video released last week, the initiative noted that young voters are “the key to changing the landscape.”Â
To find out more about the initiative and learn how to access the official server, visit the Build the Vote website.Â
Revealed with the help of the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) flying observatory, this discovery shows that water may exist throughout the moon’s surface, not just frozen in the coldest, darkest craters on the moon as was previously expected. The full study published in Nature Monday, led by Casey Honniball at the University of Hawaii at MÄnoa, revealed an amount of water measuring roughly equal to a 12-ounce bottle of water in a cubic meter of lunar soil located on the surface of the Calvius Crater, but it’s possible that there’s more water under the surface. This water discovery could be beneficial to future missions to the moon and beyond, researchers said in a live call and discussion of the discovery.
The moon’s surface is harsh. It has very little atmosphere to speak of and can reach temperatures of 260 degrees Fahrenheit in sunlight. The presence of water in an area like this is surprising because water would normally vaporize at that temperature on Earth and at an even lower temperature on the moon. Ice in dark, freezing areas of the moon has been observed previously, but these pockets would be difficult to reach in their high-walled craters and harder to extract than water that might be present in soil.
In the call, Honniball noted that the new data does not show enough water to support life on the moon, but it’s possible that there’s enough water present throughout the moon to aid in missions to the moon and NASA’s moon-focused Artemis program, a step on the path to establish a moon to Mars exploration program.
Jacob Bleacher, chief exploration scientist for NASAâs Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, explained in the live discussion that water on the moon could mean missions to the moon wouldn’t need to pack as much water for the journey, opening up weight and space for other payloads. If this water is usable and accessible, it could be used for drinking, converted into oxygen, or used as fuel, he said.
How is there water on the moon?
The presence of water in sunlit areas of the moon is intriguing for two reasons. The first is how it got there, and the second is how it’s staying there.
There are a couple of ideas around how it got there. One is that micrometeorites containing water molecules are hitting the moon’s surface and depositing those molecules. Another is that solar winds carrying hydrogen molecules to the moon could be reacting with oxygen atoms found in some minerals, combining to form hydroxyl (OH), which is then converted into water in the radiation from hot micrometeorite impacts.
As for how the water is staying on the moon, those micrometeorites could be encasing it in little glass-like beads formed out of soil when they make impact. Alternatively, water could be hanging out in the lunar ground, just like here on Earth, protected from the hot sun by grains of surrounding soil.
The water was detected in a pass by SOFIA, which is an airplane fitted with a sizable telescope that flies high up in the stratosphere to pick up unobstructed views of areas outside Earth. It was able to precisely observe wavelengths of water molecules with an infrared spectrometer, Honniball explained in the call.
With further observations and the next moon rover planning to take samples and create a water map of the moon, a better picture of the moon’s water situation will unravel.
Two-packs of select Amazon Echo devices are on sale for up to $30 off ahead of Black Friday:
As weird as it feels to have the two shopping holidays so close together, this month-and-a-half-long limbo period between Prime Day and Black Friday has actually brought us some of the best deals we’ve ever seen on Amazon devices. First, it was the third-generation Echo Dot from 2018 (and a bonus smart bulb). Now, it’s four of the latest gadgets from Amazon’s Echo suite of Alexa-enabled smart speakers âÂ one of which isn’t even out yet.
As of Oct. 26, you can score a two-pack of the all-new Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Dot with Clock, or Echo Flex for up to $30 off using some coupon codes we found nestled within each device’s product page. Here’s the full scoop:Â
The star of Amazon’s fourth-gen series, the all-new Echo is a minimalist orb of a smart speaker equipped with a zippy AZ1 Neural Edge processor, a Zigbee smart home hub, and an LED ring light (located on its base). Mashable hasn’t gotten a chance to review it yet, but our friends over at PCMag say its audio quality is “impressive” considering its size and price point (which was one of the reasons they gave it an Editor’s Choice Award).
It usually retails for $99.99, but you can snag a two-pack for $169.98 (normally $199.98) by entering the code ECHO2PK during checkout âÂ that’s a $30 savings. (Note: The device was backordered until Nov. 17 at the time of publication, but if you buy now, you’ll lock in this sale pricing.)
The latest Echo Dot is virtually identical to its bestselling predecessor save for its looks â it’s got the same spherical fabric design as the new standard Echo (above) âÂ and a 1.6-inch, front-firing speaker.
Typically $49.99 apiece, you can grab a two-pack of Echo Dots on sale for just $79.98 with code DOT2PACK â a $20 savings. (Note: The device was backordered until Nov. 2 the last time we checked.)
For $20 more, you can upgrade to another version of the new Echo Dot that comes with a built-in LED clock âÂ use that same DOT2PACK code to get a two-pack for $98.98 (normally $119.98, or $59.99 apiece) when it comes out on Nov. 5.Â
Released in Nov. 2019, the Echo Flex is a miniature smart speaker that you can plug into any standard outlet to instantly turn any room into a smart space. (One huge plus: It comes with a USB port so you can charge your phone or tablet without taking up another socket.)
A $49.98 value (or $24.99 each), you can grab a two-pack of Echo Flexes for just $34.99 by entering the code FLEX2PK at checkout.Â
Cats like to sleep. They like to sleep a lot. And if your feline friend is like most cats, then you’ve probably noticed that they tend to sleep in weird places. You may find this behavior endearing (it is), but cats do this because they like feeling safe when they’re resting.
The Dragon Ball Cat Cave, an innovative ball-shaped cave with a soft wool felt-and-velvet interior, is designed to keep your cat feeling safe and comfortable. It even has a button you can use to make small adjustments to its shape, so you can swaddle your cat in comfort as much as they want.
The Dragon Ball Cat Cave usually retails for $43, but for a limited time, you can get it on sale for only $32.99Â â 23% off.