SpaceX Payload Fairing Survives Despite Missing Recovery Net by 'a Few Hundred Meters’

Early today, a Falcon 9 rocket delivered the PAZ radio communications satellite, along with a pair of SpaceX-owned internet satellites, to low-Earth orbit. It was an otherwise routine launch and deployment, save for the attempt to recover the rocket’s payload fairing—a feat that’s never been tried before.

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What Are the Assault Weapon Ban Loopholes Senator Marco Rubio Was Talking About?

Last night, CNN held a town hall discussion with those affected by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, Florida officials, and an NRA rep. In attendance was Senator Marco Rubio, who had some things to say about the recently proposed and rejected assault weapons ban. He specifically mentioned “plastic…

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Stock Price Tumble Teaches Snapchat What Happens When You Disappoint Kylie Jenner

Snapchat has long positioned itself as the place for advertisers to reach millennials while its closest competitor, Facebook, is stuck with the olds. But on Thursday, Snap executives got a lesson in the terrifying, fickle nature of its young influencers, to the tune of a $1.3 billion loss.

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Botched npm Update Crashes Linux Systems, Forces Users to Reinstall

Catalin Cimpanu, reporting for BleepingComputer: A bug in npm (Node Package Manager), the most widely used JavaScript package manager, will change ownership of crucial Linux system folders, such as /etc, /usr, /boot. Changing ownership of these files either crashes the system, various local apps, or prevents the system from booting, according to reports from users who installed npm v5.7.0. — the buggy npm update. Users who installed this update — mostly developers and software engineers — will likely have to reinstall their system from scratch or restore from a previous system image.

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Blizzard will host a tournament for the 15-year-old ‘Warcraft III’ 

Out of nowhere, Blizzard introduced a public test realm (PTR) last fall for its 15-year-old game Warcraft III. PC fans of its current best-sellers like Overwatch play on PTRs to try out new features before they’re released to everyone, so creating on…

Source: Engadget – Blizzard will host a tournament for the 15-year-old ‘Warcraft III’ 

Neanderthals were artists and thought symbolically, new studies argue

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Martian Sand Is Swallowing the Phoenix Lander and Nothing Beside Remains

The Phoenix Lander detected water on Mars during its three-month mission in 2008, and now it is being swallowed by the planet’s dust. The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter snapped the above two images, one in 2008 and the other in December of 2017.

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Source: Gizmodo – Martian Sand Is Swallowing the Phoenix Lander and Nothing Beside Remains

Sneezing In 70 Different Countries, And How To Say The 'Bless You' Equivalent Afterwards

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This is a video of people from 70 different countries demonstrating how they sneeze (I thought we all sneezed the same — and pick our noses in our cars pretending our windows are privacy screens) and how to say the ‘bless you’ equivalent afterwards. Me? I’ve always sneezed the exact same way since middle school — using my fingers to hold my eyes open and praying to time travel. “How’s that working out for you?” I’ve been creeping into the future a millisecond at a time. Also, no word what the protocol for an international fart is, but my guess is the universal ‘point at somebody with their back turned’ and blame it on them.

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Source: Geekologie – Sneezing In 70 Different Countries, And How To Say The ‘Bless You’ Equivalent Afterwards

The script for Star Wars: Episode IX is finished, J.J. Abrams says

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night, where he gave an update on the status of Star Wars: Episode IX. “We have a script,” he said, “which is a big deal for me.” Abrams also confirmed for Colbert that shooting will begin this July.

Abrams co-wrote the script with screenwriter Chris Terrio, best known for writing 2012’s well-received Argo and 2016’s far-less-well-received Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Abrams himself began his time in the film industry as a screenwriter; Colbert jokingly introduced him as “best known as the co-writer of the 1997 Joe Pesci and Danny Glover blockbuster comedy Gone Fishin’” rather than as the co-creator or executive producer of LostWestworld, and Alias or as the steward at various times of such mega-franchises as Star Wars, Star Trek, and Mission: Impossible.

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Source: Ars Technica – The script for Star Wars: Episode IX is finished, J.J. Abrams says

'Alto's Odyssey' took three years to make, and that's all right

It’s been three years since Snowman, a tiny independent studio based in Toronto, launched Alto’s Adventure on iOS devices. Back then, Snowman was three people — Ryan Cash, Harry Nesbitt and Jordan Rosenberg — and Alto’s Adventure was their first re…

Source: Engadget – ‘Alto’s Odyssey’ took three years to make, and that’s all right

How to Handle an Angry Crowd a Lot Better Than Marco Rubio

Yesterday, survivors of the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School met their senator, Marco Rubio, at a CNN town hall meeting. It didn’t go well (for Rubio). In fact, he and NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch were “jeered and lectured” at the forum, which was attended by survivors of the shooting and the father of a…

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President Trump: “We have to do something” about violent video games, movies

Enlarge / Donald Trump starred in this widely panned video game released in 2002. His White House comments on Thursday did not reference its potential influence on America’s youth. (credit: Activision)

In a White House meeting held with lawmakers on the theme of school safety, President Donald Trump offered both a direct and vague call to action against violence in media by calling out video games and movies.

“We have to do something about what [kids are] seeing and how they’re seeing it,” Trump said during the meeting. “And also video games. I’m hearing more and more people say the level of violence on video games is shaping more and more people’s thoughts.”

Trump followed this statement by referencing “movies [that] come out that are so violent with the killing and everything else.” He made a suggestion for keeping children out of violent films: “Maybe they have to put a rating system for that.” The MPAA’s ratings board began adding specific disclaimers about sexual, drug, and violent content in all rated films in the year 2000, which can be found in small text in every MPAA rating box.

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Source: Ars Technica – President Trump: “We have to do something” about violent video games, movies

Taiwan To Ban Plastic Straws, Cups and Shopping Bags By 2030

An anonymous reader shares a report: Taiwan is planning a blanket ban on single-use plastic items including straws, cups and shopping bags by 2030, officials said Thursday, with restaurants facing new restrictions from next year. It is the latest push by Taiwan to cut waste and pollution after introducing a recycling programme and charges for plastic bags. The island’s eco-drive has also extended to limiting the use of incense at temples and festivals to protect public health. Its new plan will force major chain restaurants to stop providing plastic straws for in-store use from 2019, a requirement that will expand to all dining outlets in 2020. Consumers will have to pay extra for all straws, plastic shopping bags, disposable utensils and beverage cups from 2025, ahead of a full ban on the single-use items five years later, according to the road map from the government’s Environmental Protection Administration (EPA).

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Bug Made It Possible to Take Over Tinder Accounts with Just a Phone Number

Vulnerabilities in Tinder and in Facebook’s Account Kit tool could have allowed a hacker to take over a user’s Tinder account—gaining access to their private messages—using only the victim’s phone number.

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Source: Gizmodo – Bug Made It Possible to Take Over Tinder Accounts with Just a Phone Number

No one has a clue what’s happening with their connected car’s data

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The confluence of the technology and automotive industries has given us mobility. It’s not a great name, conjuring images of people riding rascal scooters in big box stores or those weird blue invalid carriages that the government handed out in the UK back in the last century. But in this case, it’s meant as a catch-all to cover a few related trends: autonomous driving, ride-hailing, and connected cars. The last of these is what I’m here to discuss today. Specifically, the results of a pair of surveys: one that looks at consumer attitudes and awareness of connected cars and another that polled industry people.

Love ’em or hate ’em, connected cars are here to stay

Connected cars are booming. On Tuesday, Chetan Sharma Consulting revealed that 2017 saw more new cars added to cellular networks than new cellphones. In particular, it noted that AT&T has been adding a million or more new cars to its network each quarter for the last 11 quarters. While Chetan Sharma didn’t break out numbers for other service providers, it also revealed that Verizon is set to make at least $1 billion from IoT and telematics. And previous research from Gartner suggested that, this year, 98 percent of new cars will be equipped with embedded modems.

OEMs aren’t just connecting cars for the fun of it; the idea is to actually improve their customers’ experience with the cars. But right now, we’re still missing an actual killer app—and to be honest, data on how many customers renew those cell contracts for their vehicles. A survey out this week from Solace that polled 1,500 connected car owners found that they still don’t really trust the technology.

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Source: Ars Technica – No one has a clue what’s happening with their connected car’s data

UPS Teaming Up With Workhorse to Deploy 50 Electric Delivery Vans

UPS has already committed to purchasing 125 Tesla semi trucks and now they are looking into deploying 50 custom made electric delivery vans as well. They’re working with Workhorse to make this happen and the goal is to be able to match the cost of existing conventional-fuel vehicles. Testing will occur in cities for the most part and if it works well they will end up replacing the majority of their delivery fleet with electric-powered vehicles.



“Electric vehicle technology is rapidly improving with battery, charging and smart grid advances that allow us to specify our delivery vehicles to eliminate emissions, noise and dependence on diesel and gasoline,” said Carlton Rose, president of global fleet maintenance and engineering for UPS. “With our scale and real-world duty cycles, these new electric trucks will be a quantum leap forward for the purpose-built UPS delivery fleet.

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Watercool HEATKILLER IV Pro Water Block Flow Redux

We had the opportunity to reshoot this Watercool HEATKILLER IV PRO flow video. The first time I did it, it was not focused perfectly on the flow channels so I corrected that, and I slowed it down a bit more in parts. (Getting used to a new camera.) This time the flow itself was not as dramatic in terms of visuals, but you can see the exact flow much better. Enjoy.



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