Congress Votes on Selling Your Internet History Tomorrow

Today, the House of Representatives will vote on a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution that will repeal core internet user privacy protections put into place by the FCC in 2016. The CRA dismantling the nascent privacy protections was already passed by the Senate last week, and if passed by the House and signed by the President, internet service providers (ISPs) such as AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast will be able to sell customers’ “sensitive information” without requiring them to knowingly opt-in.

The story of the attempted CRA repeal of the 2016 FCC regulations, which comes via The Verge, centers around which types of customer information ISPs can sell without requiring customer consent or knowledge.

As of right now, because of privacy rules adopted by the FCC last year, which “establish a framework of customer consent required for ISPs to use and share their customers’ personal information… calibrated to the sensitivity of the information,” internet users have been protected against the sale of their personal information by an opt-in/opt-out policy. Essentially, under current FCC rules, ISPs “are required to obtain affirmative ‘opt-in’ consent from consumers to use and share sensitive information… which [includes] precise geo-location, financial information, health information, children’s information, social security numbers, web browsing history, app usage history and the content of communications.” 

Opt-out level information, deemed far less personal, includes information like a user’s email address and “service tier information,” and requires users to actively opt-out of letting their ISP share that data.

The CRA, a “law [that] empowers Congress to review, by means of an expedited legislative process, new federal regulations issued by government agencies and, by passage of a joint resolution, to overrule [those regulations],” means that, in this case, congress can wipe away the rules put into place by the FCC. With this CRA resolution, congress also aims to ban the FCC from passing similar laws in the future.

Some congressional representatives are even saying this CRA resolution is a preliminary attack on the FCC’s rules for net neutrality (which protect and promote the open internet) put into place in 2015. That order essentially established rules for keeping the internet in the U.S. unbiased by ISPs by denying them the ability to block lawful content, throttle certain websites (decrease their data delivery speeds), or accept fees for increasing the delivery speeds for certain websites’ data (creating “internet fast lanes”). “The big broadband barons and their allies are firing their opening salvo in the war on net neutrality and they want broadband privacy protections to be their first victim,” Senator Ed Markey said at an oversight hearing.

Eliminating the requirement to obtain consent from users in order to sell their sensitive information would obviously be a massive lucrative boon for ISPs. The treasure trove of data can be sold to advertisers so that they can more effectively target consumers. It has also been pointed out that if personal information is sold to the highest bidder, it could affect other areas aside from advertising—personal medical information could be given to health insurance providers, for example. And while companies like Facebook and Google already sell users’ sensitive data for marketing purposes, it’s argued by opponents of this CRA resolution that it’s much easier to find an alternate social media platform or search engine rather than a new ISP (as in some areas, there is literally only one provider).

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who was appointed to the FCC by President Obama in 2012 and then elevated to Chairman by President Trump, said in a written statement that “[his] view is that there should be a comprehensive and consistent framework for protecting digital privacy. There should not be one standard for Internet service providers and another for other online companies.”

Along with select representatives, advocacy organizations, including the ACLU, Free Press, and Demand Progress, have already delivered nearly 90,000 petitions to elected officials asking them “not to bow to industry pressure and [save broadband privacy].”

For those who’d like to contact representatives in the House and request that they oppose this resolution, the EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) has set up an easy-to-use online form. You can also find the contact information for you local representative using your zip code here.

What do you think about this CRA resolution aimed at repealing the FCC’s consumer protection rules? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Samsung Reverses Plans To Throw Away 4.3 Million Explosive Galaxy Note7s

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Samsung has announced that it will refurbish and sell some Galaxy Note7 phones, which is a reversal of its previous plans to dispose all 4.3 million of the recalled phones outright. The Note7 was recalled in the US in September 2016 and later in China for fire hazards after people reported that their phones were exploding.

A Samsung spokesperson told BuzzFeed News that it will not sell or rent refurbished Note7 phones in the US. In a statement, the company outlined three commandments that will govern how the phone is recycled:

“First, devices shall be considered to be used as refurbished phones or rental phones where applicable.

Second, salvageable components shall be detached for reuse.

Third, processes such as metals extraction shall be performed using environmentally friendly methods.”

Samsung didn’t say how it would determine which phones would be recycled and which ones would be refurbished for future sale or rental.

Greenpeace protesters interrupted Samsung’s Mobile World Congress just a month ago with demands for the company to recycle the devices in an environmentally friendly way. A Samsung spokesperson told BuzzFeed News, “the objective of introducing refurbished devices is solely to reduce and minimize any environmental impact.” Greenpeace published a jubilant blog post about the refurbishment effort titled “You did it! Samsung will finally recycle millions of Galaxy Note 7s.” Samsung declined to comment on whether the protest influenced its decision.

Refurbished Note7s could change significantly, even in name: a Samsung spokesperson said, “the name, technical specification and price range will be announced when the device is available.”

Samsung said it’s working with local regulators to determine the required condition of phones before reselling them. Beyond saying it won’t sell the phones in the US, it did not specify where the company plans to resell them. For phones it recycles, Samsung is hoping to harvest semiconductors, cameras, copper, nickel, gold, and silver.

People on Twitter had mixed reactions to the announcement:

Some were skeptical and made jokes:

Or angry:

But some were…excited?

Samsung plans to announce another flagship phone, the Galaxy S8, on March 29.


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You Can Now Use Siri To Control Apple Watch Apps

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Apple is finally opening up its intelligent personal assistant on the Apple Watch to developers. Tucked away in the latest software update for Apple Watch, watchOS 3.2, are new third-party capabilities for Siri, which brings even more functionality to Apple’s smallest screen. The update is available now.

Google Now on Android phones, Cortana on the Windows Phone, and Alexa on Amazon Echo allowed third-party services long before Siri. Apple’s “intelligent personal assistant” did not support app integrations until last September, with the release of iOS 10 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod – but Siri on watchOS remained limited to opening apps or performing tasks for the smartwatch’s built-in apps, like Clock, Workout, Phone, and Messages.

Before the update, you could say “Siri, send a message to Bae,” but you couldn’t say “Siri, send a WhatsApp message to Bae,” in which case Siri would simply offer to launch WhatsApp on your iPhone for you. With the new update, third party app developers will be able to integrate Siri on the watch, but only for fitness, payments, ride-hailing, and messaging.

Since launching third-party “extensions” in iOS 8, Apple’s mobile platforms have been increasingly open to developers. But Siri remains significantly more restricted than its Android, Microsoft, and Amazon counterparts, despite its headstart.

Siri launched in October 2011 and was followed by Google Now in July 2012, and, finally, Alexa and Cortana in 2014. Google’s artificial intelligence software, renamed to “Google Assistant,” can be found on iPhones in the cross-platform Allo app, in the company’s new smart speaker Google Home, in Android Wear smartwatches, and, now, just about any device running the latest version of the Android software. Amazon’s Alexa, on the other hand, was found in nearly every gadget under the Las Vegas sun at this year’s CES. It’s clear that Apple’s Siri needs to work with more services in more places if it hopes to keep up with its competition in the space.

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Here are some developers updating their apps to support Siri once watchOS 3.2 is available:

Lyft is Uber’s main ride-hailing rival in the US. You can say, “Hey Siri, order me a Lyft,” in their app update, coming soon.

Ace Tennis is a new app that helps improve players’ serves. Before training, you’ll be able to say, “Hey Siri, start serving with Ace Tennis,” or “Measure my serves with Ace Tennis.”

Fitso is a mobile coach that offers workouts and meal plans based on your fitness goals. You will soon be able to pause and resume Fitso workouts with Siri.

MySwim Pro provides analytics, tracking, and workouts, and you can now ask Siri to start recording a swim without having to fiddle with the screen.

RunGo creates running routes and offers GPS voice navigation. You’ll be able to ask Siri to “pause RunGo” or “start running with RunGo.”

Seven includes a variety of seven-minute workouts. Say, “Hey Siri, start today’s weight loss workout with Seven” to start exercising.

Slopes tracks and records speed, vertical, distance, and lift versus trail time while you ski or snowboard. Siri can now stop, pause, and resume recording while you’re on the mountain.

Streaks Workout helps you establish habits and stay on track. No you can begin and resume workouts you want to record in the app.

Zones helps visualize your exercise intensity, so you know whether or not you’re pushing yourself. Siri lets you start and stop a Zones workout, hands-free.

Zova is an app that provides full-body workouts and coaches you through runs. You can control the workout with Siri.


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Uber’s Self-Driving Cars Are Back On The Road After A Crash In Arizona

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Uber’s self-driving vehicles are running again, after a brief hiatus. The company had halted testing its autonomous vehicles in three states after a crash in Arizona caused one of its cars to flip onto its side.

Uber’s self-driving cars resumed running in San Francisco on Monday morning. The company said its vehicles in Arizona and Pittsburgh would also return to roads later in the day.

On Friday, a car in Tempe, Arizona failed to yield for a self-driving Uber and hit it, causing the Uber car to roll to its side, according to ABC 15 News. Uber said it was investigating the crash and had stopped running its self-driving cars in Arizona, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco.

Uber sent its self-driving vehicles to Arizona in December after state regulators shut down testing in San Francisco because the company did not obtain a permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles. (Those cars returned in January.) According to internal metrics obtained by BuzzFeed News, Uber’s self-driving test vehicles in Arizona require intervention from a human driver about once per mile. How far a self-driving car can travel without needing help from a human driver is considered a metric of progress toward achieving a fully autonomous vehicle.

The disruption to testing comes at a time when Uber’s autonomous vehicle program is navigating tension. In December, when the company briefly tested in San Francisco, one of its vehicles was caught running a red light. Uber said that the traffic violation resulted from human error, but the New York Times reported in February that “the self-driving car was, in fact, driving itself when it barreled through the red light.”

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The ride-hail giant is also facing a lawsuit from Alphabet’s Waymo over allegations that its self-driving program’s leader, Anthony Levandowski, stole key technology before leaving to join Uber.

Outside of its self-driving car program, Uber is also grappling with systemic sexism allegations, high executive turnover, and scrutiny of its chief executive Travis Kalanick, who admitted he needs “leadership help” after a video surfaced of him yelling at an Uber driver. Despite the unrelenting PR crises, the company claims its business is doing just fine.


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GAME OF THRONES’ Red Keep Becomes a Motorized 125,000-Piece LEGO Set

Aegon and his two sisters might have conquered the Seven Kingdoms in swift order upon the backs of their dragons, but it took a lot longer to build the castle that became home to the Iron Throne: the Red Keep in King’s Landing. Not until the reign of the third Targaryen king, Aegon’s son Maegor, was it completely finished. And yet, for all the time, effort, and blood that went into building the capital of Westeros, it doesn’t move. An odd criticism, perhaps, until you see this amazing, motorized 125,000-piece LEGO reconstruction of the Game of Thrones locale.

We first came across this incredible LEGO piece at Laughingsquid, and it was shared to YouTube by Beyond the Bricks. However, the credit for building it goes to Claus-Marc Hahn of BricksCreations, who used four EV3 motors to turn this into a massive kinetic structure.

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Which make it a fitting tribute to the greatest opening credits ever (fight me), as this LEGO Red Keep both spins and moves up and down, like the moving map in the Game of Thrones opening.

After the video shows off a series of mini figures of the show’s characters that we desperately need, we get a sneak peak of just how cool this whole thing is underneath. This is itself an homage to the real Red Keep, which has myriad deep, hidden tunnels and passageways below it. Getting to see them is like being one of Varys’ little birds.

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Of course, we hope the tributes to the Red Keep end there, because when the real one was finished Maegor the Cruel wanted to make sure no one could use those secret tunnels against him.

“Afterward he had taken the heads of every stonemason, woodworker, and builder who had labored on it. Only the blood of the dragon would ever know the secrets of the fortress the Dragonlords had built, he vowed.”

–A Game of Thrones

Hopefully no one lost their LEGO head when this was finished.

What other locale from Game of Thrones would you like to see made out of LEGOs? Help us construct some great ideas in our comments below.

Images: Beyond the Brick/YouTube


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Here's How Apple Is Doing On Conflict Minerals

A cobalt miner in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Apple released its 2017 Supplier Responsibility Report today, as concern mounts over the potential impact of a draft directive from the Trump administration that would suspend legislation requiring companies to disclose whether their products contain conflict minerals.

Conflict minerals — substances like tantalum, tungsten, tin, and gold — are used in a variety of popular electronics, including smartphones. They are typically sourced from war-torn countries including the Democratic Republic of Congo, where their mining and sale has historically funded armed groups associated with murder, rape, and other human rights violations.

In an interview on Friday, Paula Pyers, Apple’s senior director of supply chain social responsibility, told BuzzFeed News that 2016 was the company’s best year on record in terms of improvements in the supply chain. Apple conducted 705 assessments of its supply chain in 2016 and removed three suppliers for failing to meet its standards on labor and human rights, environmental standards, and health and safety. (Apple conducted 574 such assessments in 2015.) Separately, in 2016 Apple audited and booted from its supply chain 22 smelters of conflict minerals.

“We’ve been really clear with our suppliers that, notwithstanding any changes to regulations — or deregulation, if you will — we’ll continue to run the same program we’ve been running for the last six years,” Pyers said. “We will continue to drive third-party audit programs. We’ll continue to dig really deep, and stand up accountability and our incident report system. Candidly, we don’t plan any change in that which we are doing.”

Last year, Apple celebrated a supply chain milestone, announcing that 100% of its suppliers of conflict minerals submitted to third-party auditing. While well over 1,000 companies file annual conflict minerals reports with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, few have managed to fully audit their supply chains.

“Notwithstanding any changes to regulations, we’ll continue to run the same program.”

In February, news broke that the Trump administration was considering loosening regulations on businesses that buy conflict minerals; a leaked draft directive would put a Dodd–Frank rule requiring companies to report conflict mineral usage on hiatus for at least two years.

Officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo are concerned that removing the rule could spark armed conflict in the region, Bloomberg reports. It’s estimated that 5.4 million people died between 1998 and 2007 in the DRC as the result of a civil war partially funded by proceeds from control of conflict mineral mines. At the time she spoke with BuzzFeed News, Pyers said she was aware Congolese officials had recently expressed “deep concern for repression of human rights that could occur on the ground.”

Last month, Apple told the Washington Post that it doesn’t want to see conflict mineral regulation rolled back, a point Pyers reiterated to BuzzFeed News.

“We’re going to continue to do what we’re doing,” Pyers said. “We’re going to continue to press for third-party audits. We’ve already put that message out to our smelter partners earlier this year. We’re going to continue running the program we run today. We’re going to continue looking beyond audits to incident reports on the ground, and in the case of cobalt, working on the ground level. We’ll continue to call for collective action because we truly believe, whether it’s regulated or self-regulated, this is the way business should be run, and the way we’ll continue to run our business.”

A fighter from the Union of Congolese Patriots militia group controls workers at the gold mine in the conflicted Ituri region of the DRC, June 18, 2003.

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Pyers said Apple will file its conflict minerals report with the SEC by the required late May deadline. She noted that the company has had “quite a bit of dialogue” with the agency and members of the Trump administration over the possible suspension of the conflict minerals reporting requirement.

The SEC is currently accepting public comments on the reporting requirement; the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition, of which Apple is a member, filed a letter in support of regulation on March 14. But Pyers said for Apple’s efforts at transparency to be effective, other companies will have to follow suit.

“If more companies do not come to the table to press for change through their own supply chains, particularly in the absence of regulation, the types of systemic change we are all seeking are frankly not going to occur,” Pyers said.

Apple’s 2017 Supplier Responsibility Progress Report includes another milestone: For the first time, the company has published a complete list of its cobalt smelters. It says all of them are participating in third-party audits.

Last year, a Washington Post investigation into cobalt supply chains forced Apple and other tech companies to acknowledge that some of the cobalt — which is not officially considered a conflict mineral — used in their products was coming from smelters that relied on child labor and engaged in other human rights abuses. In December, Apple joined other tech companies in forming the Responsible Cobalt Initiative; at the time, Amnesty International’s Mark Dummett told the Washington Post that he hoped Apple’s next step would be to “disclose the names of their cobalt smelters.”

Said Pyers, “We think transparency is a critical component of standing up as a global leader and saying, ‘Here’s where we are on cobalt. Here’s our map. Here’s our smelters. They’re in audits.’ Just like we do with our manufacturing data, we’ll be the first to say it’s not perfect. We have work to do.”

Also included in Apple’s 2017 Supplier Responsibility Report: an update on the company’s supply-chain worker training programs. Apple says that in the past year it trained 2.4 million people on employee rights and provided career growth and life skills programming to 689,000 people — all in local languages. To date, the company has trained some 2.1 million students via its Supplier Employee Education and Development program. “We think education is hugely important,” said Pyers. “That’s information these people take with them anywhere they go — whether they work in the Apple chain, or anyone else’s.”


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We Tried The Fitbit Alta HR, An Ultra-Thin Heart Rate Tracker

The stylish fitness wearable gets an upgrade, and the app gets new sleep-tracking features.

The ultra-slim Alta was one of Fitbit’s most popular wearables in 2016. Barely a year later, Fitbit is debuting the slightly rebooted Alta HR, which adds a feature for the fitness-conscious: heart rate tracking. The technology is typically found on chunkier wristbands and smartwatches, like the Apple Watch or Fitbit’s own Charge 2 — but now it’s available on the skinny-as-a-bracelet Alta HR.

At the same time, Fitbit is rolling out new app features that purportedly tell you about your sleeping habits in detail.

We tried out the Alta HR and the sleep features for a couple of days. While we didn’t have enough time to draw definitive conclusions about each new product, we’re sharing our first impressions. Fitbit’s latest wristband can be preordered now and will be available in April, while the sleep features will go live sometime this spring.

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The overview

The overview

The same things we loved and hated about the Alta were also true of the Alta HR. The device itself is very comfortable to wear and, as we mentioned in our previous review, it’s also one of the sleekest, most attractive fitness wearables available on the market.

The touchscreen, however, remains a guessing game. The Alta is a button-less device, which means that to scroll through your stats or turn on the screen, you need to tap it. The problem is, it usually takes two or three tries (targeting different parts of the screen, tapping with varying levels of force) to get the screen to respond.

A Fitbit representative tells us that swiftly double-tapping the bottom corners of the tracker are most effective — but even with that advice in mind, it’s tough to get the motion exactly right while on the move, specifically when attempting to view your heart rate during a dimly lit spin class.

The Alta HR’s “smart features” — call, text, and calendar notifications — are helpful, unless you use an alternative messaging app like WhatsApp, Messenger, or Signal, in which case you won’t get a text alert. The trackers’ “smart features” are limited to SMS.

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During our workouts with the Alta HR and Apple Watch for comparison, it was hard to get a consistent reading.

During our workouts with the Alta HR and Apple Watch for comparison, it was hard to get a consistent reading.

Fitbit products have gone beyond counting steps and focused increasingly on measuring exercise. Last year, the company introduced a “cardio fitness score” that shows you how fit you are (and can be) on its devices with heart rate tracking. That’s based on your resting heart rate and profile (weight, height, age, and gender). And the app recommends ways to improve; for example, Nicole was told to increase the intensity of her exercise in order to increase her score by 20%. Intensity is measured in part by being in different heart rate zones, like peak (the most intense), fat burn (least intense), cardio, and out of zone (not exercising).

This all depends on the accuracy of the heart rate reading, of course, so we worked out with the new Alta HR and compared it to the Apple Watch (both the original and second-generation versions, which share the same heart rate sensor). And in our experience, the Alta HR’s accuracy seems to wane with activity.

Stephanie went on a run and, at one point, the Alta HR said her heart rate was 173 bpm, while the Apple Watch said 88. Another time, the Alta HR said 125 and the Apple Watch read 105. Both bands were affixed tightly, with the watch further up the wrist.

Shelten Yuen, Fitbit’s vice president of research, said he didn’t want to comment on the Apple Watch’s readings since he doesn’t know much about how it works. But “the Alta HR seems like it was probably working pretty well,” he told BuzzFeed News.

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A Self-Driving Uber Rolled To Its Side After A Crash In Arizona

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A self-driving Uber car was involved in a crash and flipped to its side in Arizona on Friday night.

A car failed to yield for the self-driving car and hit it, causing the Uber car to roll to its side, according to ABC 15 News.

“We are continuing to look into this incident and can confirm we had no backseat passengers in the vehicle,” Uber said in a statement.

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The vehicle was in self-driving mode and there were no serious injuries.

The company also said it has grounded its self-driving cars in Arizona, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco as it investigates.

Uber sent its self-driving vehicles to Arizona in December, after the company was kicked out of testing in San Francisco because it did not obtain a permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

Its self-driving test vehicles in Arizona require intervention from a human driver behind the wheel about once per mile, according to internal performance metrics obtained by BuzzFeed News.

The crash comes as Uber’s self-driving car program is facing allegations that its leader stole key technology from Alphabet’s Waymo before leaving to join the ride-hail giant.

Uber’s car program has also drawn scrutiny after one of its vehicles ran a red light in San Francisco in December.

Uber said that the traffic violation resulted from human error, but the New York Times reported in February that “the self-driving car was, in fact, driving itself when it barreled through the red light.”

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The Next Big 3D Viewing Phenomenon Could Be…Plant Roots?

Plants are part of the foundation of life on Earth, so it’s probably important for us to learn as much about that as we possibly can. May as well, right? Scientists are investigating more about our planet’s flora every day, but one area that’s given them a hard time is observing them under a microscope. More specifically, it’s hard to chart their growth and take video at microscopic levels because just when we get plant roots in focus, they grow in ways that make it hard to track them effectively. Now, though, a team of researchers from the Institute of Science and Technology in Austria has come up with a way that lets microscopes track moving objects automatically (via Engadget).

This group has also been able to create 3D videos by using lasers and glowing proteins to piece together images in three dimensions. Scientists can now get a closer look at how the cells in root tips grow and split, which all sounds and looks cool, but there are very practical applications for this process as well. Because the modified microscope allows the plants to grow upright or at pretty much whatever angle we please, this new technology is teaching us, for example, about how plants could grow in outer space.

This technique has also been applied to non-plant objects, like zebrafish embryos, so the potential uses for this technology could allow us to learn a lot about tiny moving things. It’s also cool if, you know, you just like watching plants grow in 3D. Let us know if you do in comments below!

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This Guy Made a NERF Gun That Breaks The Sound Barrier

NERF guns are great because they offer a relatively safe way to shoot stuff. As we’re prone to do with anything we come across, though, humanity has long strived to push the limits of that which our toys are capable. Take, for example, YouTuber Giaco Whatever. He saw a NERF gun and presumably thought, “This is neat, but those darts aren’t even close to being as fast as bullets.” So, he built his own NERF gun that propels those little foam darts at a rate that’s actually faster than your average bullet (via Sploid).

The math checks out: In the video above, Giaco demonstrates that his compressed air-powered device shoots a NERF dart at 800 meters, or about 2,625 feet, per second. Meanwhile, the typical bullet will reach a maximum velocity of 2,500 feet per second. We’re absolutely buying that: In the clip, you can’t even see the dart in the air, just the hole it creates in the cardboard box it quickly blasts through. This means that this gun is capable of shooting a foam dart at Mach 2.351, meaning it’s traveling at 2.351 times the speed of sound.

The video presents another interesting way of thinking just how fast this dart is going. Most movies are shot at 24 frames per second. The slow-motion footage that Giaco shot was filmed at 1,000 frames per second. Even at that filming speed, the dart is still barely visible in the shot. For reference, and just because it looks cool, here’s a slowed down 1,000 FPS video of a cymbal being hit:

As an Instagram commenter noted, this dart could go even faster if Giaco took all the air out of the chamber and created a vacuum (like a bore vacuum cannon) so the dart doesn’t have to contend with air pressure. Giaco responded, “that’s going to be version two…,” so stay tuned.

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