Voluntary net neutrality will protect consumers after repeal, FCC claims

Enlarge / Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai arrives for his confirmation hearing with the Senate Commerce Committee on July 19, 2017 in Washington, DC. (credit: Getty Images | Chip Somodevilla )

The Federal Communications Commission is still on track to eliminate net neutrality rules this Thursday, but said today that it has a new plan to protect consumers after the repeal.

The FCC and Federal Trade Commission released a draft memorandum of understanding (MOU) describing how the agencies will work together to make sure ISPs keep their net neutrality promises.

After the repeal, there won’t be any rules preventing ISPs from blocking or throttling Internet traffic. ISPs will also be allowed to charge websites and online services for faster and more reliable network access.

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Netflix is Watching You Watching

There are 53 of you out there that Netflix is concerned enough with to Tweet at you. Given that I am pretty sure Netflix knows exactly who you are and what you are watching, this surely does not seem like a positive PR move.



The comments are hilarious. Maybe even up to a HardForum standard.

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American Astronauts Are Going Back to the Moon

President Donald Trump has signed a directive that authorizes NASA to return American astronauts to the Moon—a mission that would lay the foundation for a possible mission to Mars. The renewed emphasis on space exploration, said Trump, is to ensure America’s primacy in space, to protect its citizens, and to create…

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Samsung and NYX want to sell you makeup with VR tutorials

It’s not just video games — virtual reality has lots of potential to change the way we experience information. You can experience what its like to walk in space with the BBC’s ISS app for Oculus, watch every NBA game this season with your VR headset…

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Good GIFs of the Holidays on Fire, From the Government

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission put out its annual reminder that holiday decorations can turn your home into a deathtrap. So as we’ve told you before, remember to water your Christmas tree, don’t leave open flames unattended, and check that your lights were tested for safety (and that they haven’t gotten…

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President Trump says we’re going back to the Moon

Enlarge / President Trump making remarks Monday during a ceremony for signing Space Policy Directive-1. (credit: NASA TV)

NASA has had a big problem since the agency triumphantly landed humans on the Moon nearly half a century ago. Namely, after the Apollo landings delivered a solid US victory in the Cold War, human exploration has no longer aligned with the strategic national interest. In other words, sending humans into space has represented a nice projection of soft power, but it has not been essential to America’s domestic and foreign policy aims.

As a result, NASA’s share of the federal budget has declined from just shy of five percent at the height of the Apollo program to less than 0.5 percent today. At the same time, NASA’s mandate has grown to encompass a broad array of Earth science, planetary science, and other missions that consume more than half of the agency’s budget.

With less buying power for human exploration, NASA has had to scale back its ambitions; and as a result, astronauts have not ventured more than a few hundred miles from Earth since 1972. Twice before, presidents have attempted to break free of low-Earth orbit by proposing a human return to the Moon, with eventual missions to Mars. President George H.W. Bush did so with the Space Exploration Initiative in 1989, on the 20th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. And George W. Bush did so in 2004, with the Vision for Space Exploration. Neither of these were bad concepts—indeed, both offered bold, ambitious goals for the space agency—but they died due to a lack of commitment and funding.

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Boost Your Emotional Vocabulary With These Precise Terms From Around the World

There are more words out there to describe how you feel besides sad, mad, and glad—in fact, there’s a whole world of words that can describe your emotions in incredibly specific ways.

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Hackers hit key ATM network in crime spree that clears $10 million

Enlarge / A timeline of MoneyTaker hacking group. (credit: Group-IB)

A previously undetected hacker group has netted around $10 million in heists on at least 20 companies, in some cases by targeting the transfer networks banks use to transfer money, a Moscow-based security firm said Monday.

Members of the MoneyTaker group, named after a piece of custom malware it uses, started its heist spree no later than May 2016. That’s when it penetrated an unnamed US bank, according to researchers with Group-IB in a report titled MoneyTaker: 1.5 Years of Silent Operations. The hackers then used their unauthorized access to control a workstation the bank used to connect to the First Data STAR Network, which more than 5,000 banks use to transact payments involving debit cards.

MoneyTaker members also targeted an interbank network known as AWS CBR which interfaces with Russia’s central bank. The hackers also stole internal documents related to the SWIFT banking system, although there’s no evidence they have successfully carried out attacks over it.

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The First Women in Tech Didn't Leave — Men Pushed Them Out

An anonymous reader writes: A column on the Wall Street Journal argues that sexism in the tech industry is as old as the tech industry itself. At its genesis, computer programming faced a double stigma — it was thought of as menial labor, like factory work, and it was feminized, a kind of “women’s work” that wasn’t considered intellectual (Editor’s note: the link could be paywalled; alternative source). In the U.K., women in the government’s low-paid “Machine Operator Class” performed knowledge work including programming systems for everything from tax collection and social services to code-breaking and scientific research. Later, they would be pushed out of the field, as government leaders in the postwar era held a then-common belief that women shouldn’t be allowed into higher-paid professions with long-term prospects because they would leave as soon as they were married. Today, in the U.S., about a quarter of computing and mathematics jobs are held by women, and that proportion has been declining over the past 20 years. A string of recent events suggest the steps currently being taken by tech firms to address these issues are inadequate.

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Google Home Syncs Your Smart Home Gadgets With One Phrase

Smart devices are becoming more and more ubiquitous. Whether you’re the owner of a smart lightbulb, smart outlet, security camera, or all of the above, managing your devices can get tricky, especially if you’re amassing a collection. If you’re using a Google voice assistant, though, they’re making it easy to add new…

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Imgur's Snacks is a Story-like collection of curated GIFs

Imgur began as a way for Redditors to share images quickly and easily, but has grown into a pretty robust site and accompanying mobile app. Last week, the company announced two new features that should help you find more time-wasting goodness: a tag-…

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Dealmaster: Get an Amazon Echo Dot for $30

Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have another round of deals to share. Our Dealmaster Calendar tells us that today is Green Monday, the kid brother of the made-up retail holiday family. The idea is to be a miniature Cyber Monday for late gift buyers in December; it’s a bit forced, sure, but regardless of its legitimacy there are still a few discounts worth noting.

So, per usual, we’ve rounded up what we could. The discounts aren’t as plentiful as they were on Black Friday, but there still may be a gadget or two that catches your eye, so have a look at the full list below.

Note: Ars Technica may earn compensation for sales from links on this post through affiliate programs.

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Verizon to Start Streaming NFL Games to All Mobile Phones Regardless of Carrier

The NFL and Verizon announced today that they have entered into an agreement where Verizon will now be offering their NFL streaming plan to all mobile customers. This means that no matter what company you are using for mobile service you will now be able to get the games you missed before. Not a bad deal if the price is right. I know some don’t care about the NFL anymore, but there are still plenty that do and this is a good step forward for those that like to watch the games on the go.



In addition to the expanded availability of live games, the new agreement will provide fans mobile access to NFL highlights, coverage of NFL throughout the week and year, and a robust set of jointly-developed original content. With Verizon and Oath’s lead in U.S. monthly mobile millennial reach and more than 200 million U.S. monthly unique mobile digital views, NFL content will reach a massive digital audience.

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Bitcoin Futures Surge In First Day Of Trading

Today marked the first day of bitcoin futures trading and it was a wild one. Futures surged as high as $18K which means the value has tripled in the past month. Trading was so heavy that automatic halts were triggered to cool off volatility. All eyes are going to be on this cryptocurrency going forward to see if it will maintain the gains, cool off, or even crash. Be careful out there in this new market.



The surge in bitcoin futures, the first of which expire in January, adds to the frenzy for the digital currency that was introduced in 2009 and has seen its value skyrocket in recent months.
But it has also contributed to concern that bitcoin, which is not backed by any country’s central bank, is a speculative bubble that could burst if investors get nervous and begin selling.

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Is PowerTop / TLP Still Useful To Save Power On Linux Laptops?

A Phoronix reader recently inquired about whether power-saving utilities like Intel PowerTop and TLP are still useful for conserving power on modern Linux distributions and modern hardware. The short answer is, yes, and here are some numbers.

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