Tesla fires back against alleged whistleblower: “he is nothing of the sort”

Enlarge / Tesla CEO Elon Musk, seen here in April 2018. (credit: VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

Tesla is now wholly refuting the claims made by an ex-employee and self-proclaimed whistleblower who previously leaked information to the press.

In a lengthy statement provided Friday to Ars via a Tesla spokesperson, the company flatly denied that Martin Tripp, the man that the company sued earlier this week for alleged trade secrets violations, had any noble motivations.

“He is nothing of the sort,” the company wrote. “He is someone who stole Tesla data through highly pernicious means and transferred that data to unknown amounts of third parties, all while making easily disprovable claims about the company in order to try to harm it.”

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Valve's Knuckles EV2 Controller Will Let You Squeeze Things In VR

Valve’s “Knuckles” controllers for VR, first introduced in 2016, are getting upgraded. According to Engadget, Valve is “sending game makers another version, the EV2, that has revamped buttons, straps and a slew of sensors that essentially translate finger motion and pressure to let you touch, grab and squeeze objects inside games.” From the report:
Some of the EV2’s changes are evident: The old Steam Controller-style touchpad that dominated the controller’s top has been shrunken to an oval ‘track button’ that measures touch and force. That’s flanked by traditional inputs: A joystick (by developer demand, Valve noted in a blog post) and standard circular buttons. The strap is adjustable for different hand sizes and pulls tight to let players let go of the controller completely without dropping it — which could be key for the pressure inputs.

While last year’s model had touch inputs tracking each finger in the ‘grip’ area, the EV2 introduces pressure sensors that measure how much force the wielder is using. Obviously, this has implications for VR developers who want players to grip or squeeze objects in the world, but as Valve’s blog post points out, combining those with the touch sensors tells games when players let go of the grips — like, say, when they’re throwing things in-game. Lastly, the battery life has been extended to last six hours.

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Snapdragon-based Chromebook could rival always-connected PCs

You don’t have great choices for non-Intel processors on Chromebooks at the moment — the Rockchip-made parts you often see in low-end systems keep costs down, but they struggle with intensive tasks. That might not be an issue in the future. About…

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Tesla To Close a Dozen Solar Facilities In 9 States

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Electric car maker Tesla’s move last week to cut 9 percent of its workforce will sharply downsize the residential solar business it bought two years ago in a controversial $2.6 billion deal, according to three internal company documents and seven current and former Tesla solar employees. The latest cuts to the division that was once SolarCity — a sales and installation company founded by two cousins of Tesla CEO Elon Musk — include closing about a dozen installation facilities, according to internal company documents, and ending a retail partnership with Home Depot that the current and former employees said generated about half of its sales. About 60 installation facilities remain open, according to an internal company list reviewed by Reuters. An internal company email named 14 facilities slated for closure, but the other list included only 13 of those locations.

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There's a Brute Force Hack That Can Bypass the iPhone's Passcode Limit

Apple is a perpetual battle to stay ahead of hackers and secure its devices but a new bug discovered by a security researcher and reported by ZDNet shows the passcode that protects iOS devices can be bypassed through a brute force attack, leaving iPhones and iPads vulnerable to being exploited.

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Valve's Knuckles EV2 controller will let you squeeze things in VR

Valve originally introduced its vertical-grip “Knuckles” controllers for VR in 2016, and shipped working models to developers last year. Now the company sending game makers another version, the EV2, that has revamped buttons, straps and a slew of sen…

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Scientists Genetically Engineer Pigs Immune To Costly Disease

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The trial, led by the University of Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute, showed that the pigs were completely immune to porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS), a disease that is endemic across the globe and costs the European pig industry nearly $2 billion in pig deaths and decreased productivity each year.

Pigs infected with PRRS are safe to eat but the virus causes the animals breathing problems, causes deaths in piglets and can cause pregnant sows to lose their litter. There is no effective cure or vaccine, and despite extensive biosecurity measures about 30% of pigs in England are thought to be infected at any given time. After deleting a small section of DNA that leaves pigs vulnerable to the disease, the animals showed no symptoms or trace of infection when intentionally exposed to the virus and when housed for an extended period with infected siblings. The study has been published in the Journal of Virology.

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A World Cup match was the 'most-watched' Spanish livestream ever

The World Cup started last week, and with all the livestreaming options, it’s no surprise that the matches have already attracted an enormous amount of views. But yesterday’s match between Argentina and Croatia broke a new record when its Telemundo d…

Source: Engadget – A World Cup match was the ‘most-watched’ Spanish livestream ever

Netflix PR Head Drops the N-Word, Netflix Drops Him

People working in public relations typically act as the voice of a company, which is a real bummer for Netflix because the head of the company’s PR department decided to drop the n-word during a meeting. Netflix, as it turns out, didn’t want to say the slur, and is now looking for a new chief communications officer.

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Buzz Aldrin returns to Twitter, sues his son and former manager

Enlarge / NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, left, meets backstage with former NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin, prior to giving the keynote speech at the Humans to Mars Summit in May, 2018, at George Washington University in Washington. (credit: NASA)

All is not well in the otherworldly world of the second human to walk on the Moon.

Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin has sued his family, including his son Andy Aldrin, former business manager Christina Korp, and several foundations. The suit alleges that the family has taken advantage of the 88-year-old through a de facto guardianship.

Filed on June 7 in a Florida judicial circuit court, and obtained Friday evening by Ars, the lawsuit alleges that Andy Aldrin and Korp used the former astronaut’s personal credit cards, trust accounts, artifacts, and social media accounts for their own purposes. It additionally alleges the following: that the family prevented Aldrin, who has been married three times, from marrying for a fourth time; that the family has “bullied” his romantic interests; and that the family has slandered the astronaut by saying he has dementia or Alzheimer’s.

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PCPER Reviews the ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ 4k 144Hz G-SYNC Monitor

Ken Addison over at PC Perspective dove into ASUS’ new ROG Swift PG27UQ, a 27″, 4k, 144Hz, G-SYNC, HDR monitor. The 27″ IPS screen can throw out 1000 nits of brightness, but only if you’re willing to throw down $2,000. Check out the review here.



It’s a monitor…. with 3GB of DDR4-2400. What more can really be said.

To say that the ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ has been a long time coming is a bit of an understatement. In the computer hardware world where we are generally lucky to know about a product for 6-months, the PG27UQ is a product that has been around in some form or another for at least 18 months.

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Bethesda Sues Warner Bros, Calls Its Westworld Game 'Blatant Rip-Off' of Fallout Shelter

Bethesda, the video game publisher behind Fallout and The Elder Scrolls, is suing Warner Bros. and Fallout Shelter co-developer Behavior Interactive over the recently released Westworld, alleging that the mobile game based on HBO’s TV series is a “blatant rip-off” of Fallout Shelter. Polygon reports: In a suit filed in a Maryland U.S. District Court, Bethesda alleges that Westworld — developed by Behaviour and released this week for Android and iOS — “has the same or highly similar game design, art style, animations, features and other gameplay elements” as Fallout Shelter. Fallout Shelter was originally released in 2015 for mobile devices. The game was later ported to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One.

Bethesda said in its suit that Behaviour uses “the same copyrighted computer code created for Fallout Shelter in Westworld,” alleging that a bug evident in an early version of Fallout Shelter (which was later fixed) also appears in Westworld. Bethesda alleges the companies “copied Fallout Shelter’s features and then made cosmetic modifications for Westworld’s ‘western’ theme.”

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Facebook accidentally sent developer reports to app testers

While Facebook is still reeling from it’s Cambridge Analytica scandal, it has been trying to clean up its image as a company that plays fast and loose with your privacy. Unfortunately, there’s yet another issue. According to TechCrunch, Facebook acci…

Source: Engadget – Facebook accidentally sent developer reports to app testers

Supreme Court Backs Award of Overseas Patent Damages

schwit1 quotes a report from Reuters: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Friday that companies can recover profits lost because of the unauthorized use of their patented technology abroad in a victory for Schlumberger NV, the world’s largest oilfield services provider. The decision expands the ability of patent owners to recover foreign-based damages, increasing the threat posed by certain infringement lawsuits in the United States.

Internet-based companies and others had expressed concern that extending patent damages beyond national borders would expose U.S. high-technology firms to greater patent-related risks abroad. U.S. patent law generally applies only domestically, but Schlumberger said that since the law protects against infringement that occurs when components of a patented invention are supplied from the U.S. for assembly abroad, it should be fully compensated for the infringement, including any lost foreign sales. The high court agreed.

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Discord's Future is The Games Tab… And Metal

Discord has released a new update that will provide users with a tab to see friends that are playing games, have played games, and to launch games, as well as invite people to game. It’s called the games tab. I think Discord explains it better in this video.



Metal.

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Atari Accuses Journalists of Making Stuff Up So They Produce Recordings of the Interview

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Register: Legendary games company Atari has accused a Register reporter of making stuff up and acting unprofessionally following an interview earlier this year in San Francisco at the launch of its new games console, the Atari VCS. In that article, we were critical of the fact that the machine did not work, and that its chief operating officer Michael Arzt, whom we spoke to, appeared unable to answer even the most basic questions about the product. We were shown “engineering design models” that were said to be “real” yet turned out did not work, and pointed out as much.

In the article, we wrote: “What happens if we plug this into our laptop, we ask Mike. I don’t know, he says. Will it work? I don’t know. If we plug it into a different games machine, will it work? No. So it’s custom hardware and software? I don’t know about that.” Presumably this is where Atari feels that the reporter “wrote what he wanted instead of what was discussed with him.” Which makes this clip tough to explain — and we’ll give you a clue: your humble Reg hack is the one with the British accent… This is a clip of Atari having no idea about its own controller. The Register goes on to provide more examples of how Atari “is so full of crap…” The accusations started via the company’s Facebook page, where a potential buyer of an Atari VCS posted a link to the Reg article and asked the company to explain it. The full interview between the journalist and Atari can be found here.

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