Watch the first trailer for 'Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown'

It’s been almost a decade since Test Drive Unlimited 2 came out on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, but, after a long wait, fans got a first look at the sequel to the massively online racing pioneer. French publisher Nacon shared a teaser for Test Drive U…

Source: Engadget – Watch the first trailer for ‘Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown’

Facebook: We Were Going to Do the Right Thing Anyway, Believe You Me

Over the past decade and a half, we’ve watched Facebook mature from its halcyon era of “moving fast and breaking things” into one where it can’t seem to stop apologizing for doing exactly that. It does’t matter if it’s being implicated in multiple(!) human rights abuses, election interference, conspiracy peddling, or,…

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Source: Gizmodo – Facebook: We Were Going to Do the Right Thing Anyway, Believe You Me

Investigation of Botched Starliner Test Exposes Boeing’s Weakness as a NASA Partner

An independent NASA-Boeing review team has completed its investigation into serious issues that arose during a test of Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft late last year. Boeing has now been given no less than 80 recommendations to put into practice, in what is an alarming display of the problems at the aerospace company.

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Source: Gizmodo – Investigation of Botched Starliner Test Exposes Boeing’s Weakness as a NASA Partner

Trump Administration Begins Formal Withdrawal From WHO

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hill: The White House has officially moved to withdraw the United States from the World Health Organization (WHO), a senior administration official confirmed Tuesday, breaking ties with a global public health body in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. has submitted its withdrawal notification to the United Nations secretary-general, the official said. Withdrawal requires a year’s notice, so it will not go into effect until July 6, 2021, raising the possibility the decision could be reversed.

The formal notification of withdrawal concludes months of threats from the Trump administration to pull the United States out of the WHO, which is affiliated with the United Nations. President Trump has repeatedly assailed the organization for alleged bias toward China and its slow response to the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan. But public health experts and Democrats have raised alarms that the decision may be short-sighted and could undercut the global response to the pandemic, which has infected 11.6 million people worldwide. The U.S. has the highest number of reported cases in the world at nearly 3 million. They have also argued that some of the WHO’s initial missteps can be attributed to China’s lack of transparency in the early stages of the outbreak.

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Source: Slashdot – Trump Administration Begins Formal Withdrawal From WHO

Independent reviewers offer 80 suggestions to make Starliner safer

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Enlarge / The Boeing Starliner spacecraft is back home at the company’s Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility after its December test flight. (credit: NASA)

Following the failed test flight of Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft in December, NASA on Monday released the findings of an investigation into the root causes of the launch’s failure and the culture that led to them.

Over the course of its review, an independent team identified 80 “recommendations” for NASA and Boeing to address before the Starliner spacecraft launches again. In addition to calling for better oversight and documentation, these recommendations stress the need for greater hardware and software integration testing. Notably, the review team called for an end-to-end test prior to each flight using the maximum amount of flight hardware available.

This is significant, because before the December test flight, Boeing did not run an integrated software test that encompassed the roughly 48-hour period from launch through docking to the station. Instead, Boeing broke the test into chunks. The first chunk ran from launch through the point at which Starliner separated from the second stage of the Atlas V booster.

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Source: Ars Technica – Independent reviewers offer 80 suggestions to make Starliner safer

A Brief History Of Tron 3 Not Happening

Nearly 20 years passed between the first and second Tron films and, at this rate, it may be the same between the second and third. Rumors began swirling in earnest today about the long-rumored Tron 3, and while they may or may not actually be true, we’ve learned over the past decade not to get our hopes up.

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Source: io9 – A Brief History Of Tron 3 Not Happening

Pokémon Esports Broadcasts Are Simply The Best At Reaching Out To Newcomers

Maybe it’s weird, but I enjoy watching Pokémon far more than playing it. I haven’t seriously played a Pokémon title since SoulSilver in ‘09, and haven’t finished one since Pokémon Blue way back in the ancient yester-year of 1996. Yet despite my apparent aversion to all things Pocket and Monster I am obsessed with

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Source: Kotaku – Pokémon Esports Broadcasts Are Simply The Best At Reaching Out To Newcomers

7th Former eBay Employee Charged In Cyberstalking Campaign Targeting Natick Couple

A seventh former eBay employee is now facing federal charges in connection with a cyberstalking campaign that allegedly targeted a Natick couple who wrote critical content about the company in its newsletter. From a report: Philip Cooke, 55, of San Jose, Calif. is charged with conspiracy to commit cyberstalking and conspiracy to tamper with witnesses. Cooke, who was a former Santa Clara police captain and was supervisor of security operations at eBay’s European and Asian offices, is expected to be appear in Boston federal court at a later date. James Baugh, 45, of San Jose, California, eBay’s former director of safety and security and former eBay director of global resiliency David Harville, 48, of New York City, was among the first six charged.

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Source: Slashdot – 7th Former eBay Employee Charged In Cyberstalking Campaign Targeting Natick Couple

ARM wants to transfer its IoT divisions to Softbank so it can focus on chips

ARM plans to transfer two of its internet of things (IoT) businesses to Softbank (via TechCrunch). If the company’s board of directors approves the move, Softbank would then directly oversee those divisions. The Japanese company bought the chip desig…

Source: Engadget – ARM wants to transfer its IoT divisions to Softbank so it can focus on chips

Tesla Model 3 narrowly avoids flying tire

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A Tesla Model 3 owner narrowly avoided an accident when their autopilot warned them of an oncoming tire flying down the freeway. According to the driver:

The Tesla did not dodge the tire, I did. However, the autopilot gave me the time and view which allowed me to see the tire coming from the other side of the freeway. Also, the car stabilized very quickly after swerving to avoid getting hit. The car kept me from flipping over and spinning out into five lanes of traffic.

So technically Autopilot just told the guy there was a tire flying at him and it was up to him to actually dodge it. It’s a cool story, but I need my Autopilot to do all the dodging for me. I can’t be trusted to save my own life. Coordination isn’t one of my strong suits and if it was up to me I’d end up driving straight into the tire, and then into the divider, and then into all the cars in front of me, and then somehow into a gas station that would explode into a giant fireball.

Keep going for the full video of the near miss.

Source: Geekologie – Tesla Model 3 narrowly avoids flying tire

Alphabet's Internet-Beaming Loon Balloons Now Providing Service in Kenya

Alphabet, the parent company of Google, has deployed a fleet of internet-delivering, high-altitude balloons in Kenya, an initiative that the company’s CEO said will be “the first of many” future commercial deployments in other parts of the world.

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Source: Gizmodo – Alphabet’s Internet-Beaming Loon Balloons Now Providing Service in Kenya

"ATGC" Aims To Offer Greater Garbage Collection Efficiency For F2FS

F2FS as the Flash-Friendly File-System for Linux continues to see a lot of interesting developments for this file-system beginning to appear on more Android devices and elsewhere given its feature set from flash optimizations to native encryption and compression capabilities…

Source: Phoronix – “ATGC” Aims To Offer Greater Garbage Collection Efficiency For F2FS

10 Pokémon Shorts That Prove Trainers Are Overrated

Much as Pokémon trainers would love to believe that their pocketable monster friends are well taken care of, each and every single Pikachu-centric short has made it abundantly clear that Pokémon thrive and are at their best when the humans are just gone. Left to their own devices, the Pokémon get to be their…

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Source: io9 – 10 Pokémon Shorts That Prove Trainers Are Overrated

The Designer Of The NES Dishes The Dirt On Nintendo's Early Days

When discussing Nintendo’s rise as a digital dreamsmith in the 80s, game designers like Shigeru Miyamoto and Gunpei Yokoi get most of the limelight. But it was the hardware designed by Masayuki Uemura that served up their fantasies to millions around the globe.

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Source: Kotaku – The Designer Of The NES Dishes The Dirt On Nintendo’s Early Days

Why the New H.266/VCC Video Codec Is a Big Deal

The new H.266 video codec is a pretty big deal. You can’t play with it yet—tempted as you might be to go install Handbrake and bask in video encodes that are half the size of your already-optimized H.265 videos—but its very existence will speed up the eventual transition to 8K HDR video. And that’s a good thing,…

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Source: LifeHacker – Why the New H.266/VCC Video Codec Is a Big Deal

Ad boycott leaders say meeting with Zuckerberg was 'a disappointment'

Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg and other Facebook officials met with the leaders of the groups behind the growing advertiser boycott of the company. It didn’t go well, according to the civil rights leaders in attendance. “#StopHateForProfit didn’t…

Source: Engadget – Ad boycott leaders say meeting with Zuckerberg was ‘a disappointment’