Review: WandaVision sticks the landing with a very Marvel-esque finale

For all its touted meta-elements celebrating different TV decades, WandaVision wrapped up its nine-episode run in classic Marvel fashion, with Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda and Paul Bettany’s Vision valiantly defending their suburban nuclear family from the nefarious forces lined up against them. It was a satisfying, quite moving finale to this imaginative series. But fans expecting a surprise big-name cameo—Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange was a favorite of the pre-finale rumor mill—were disappointed.

(Some spoilers below; major reveals for finale below the gallery. We’ll give you a heads up when we get there,)

Frankly, I was skeptical of the WandaVision concept when the studio offered a brief sneak peek during D23 Expo 2019, Disney’s annual fan extravaganza. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige—a fan of classic sitcoms—envisioned the series as a love letter to the golden age of television, with each episode channeling a sitcom style from a particular decade. Head writer Jac Schaeffer (Captain Marvel, Black Widow) championed the concept from the start, despite a brief backlash against the perceived silliness of the title. Schaeffer thought viewers would change their minds once they actually saw the series, and she was right: WandaVision currently boasts a 92 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It even won over my skeptical soul.

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Source: Ars Technica – Review: WandaVision sticks the landing with a very Marvel-esque finale

Elon Musk Plans New City in Texas – Called Starbase and Led by 'The Doge'

schwit1 shares an article from Entrepreneur:
If anyone has the ability to surprise the world with his ambitious projects, it is Elon Musk . The billionaire announced that he is building a new city in Texas to be called Starbase, around the rocket launch site of his company SpaceX…

Later, he alluded to his project to colonize the red planet, hinting that Starbase would be just the beginning to go further. “From there to Mars. And hence the Stars,” detailed the CEO of Tesla.

The tycoon, who is currently the second richest person in the world , said that his city will occupy an area “much larger” than Boca Chica , a place that houses a launch site for SpaceX and where the company is building its Starship rocket… Eddie Treviño, judge for Cameron County, Texas, confirmed that SpaceX informed the authorities of Elon Musk’s intention: to incorporate Boca Chica into the city of Starbase . The official noted that the mogul and his company must comply with all state statutes of incorporation and clarified that the county will process any petition in accordance with the law.

Musk also tweeted that the leader of his new city “shall be The Doge,” linking to a Wikipedia definition for the Venetian word doge (meaning either “military commander” or “spiritual leader”.)

Musk made his remark in response to a Twitter user named Wootiez, who had asked him whether his new city would be dog friendly.

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Source: Slashdot – Elon Musk Plans New City in Texas – Called Starbase and Led by ‘The Doge’

Facebook Is Reportedly Under Investigation for 'Systemic' Racial Bias in Its Workplace

Facebook’s hiring practices and promotions are under federal scrutiny following reports of widespread racial bias, according to Reuters. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has launched a “systemic” investigation into the social media giant, indicating that it suspects internal policies may be contributing to…

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Source: Gizmodo – Facebook Is Reportedly Under Investigation for ‘Systemic’ Racial Bias in Its Workplace

The One-Week Hijacking of Perl.com – Explained

“For a week we lost control of the Perl.com domain,” a long-running site offering news and articles about the programming language, writes the site’s senior editor, brian d foy.

“Now that the incident has died down, we can explain some of what happened and how we handled it.”
This incident only affected the domain ownership of Perl.com and there was no other compromise of community resources. This website was still there, but DNS was handing out different IP numbers…

Recovering the domain wasn’t the end of the response though. While the domain was compromised, various security products had blacklisted Perl.com and some DNS servers had sinkholed it. We figured that would naturally work itself out, so we didn’t immediately celebrate the return of Perl.com. We wanted it to be back for everyone. And, I think we’re fully back. However, if you have problems with the domain, please raise an issue so we at least know it’s not working for part of the internet.

What we think happened

This part veers into some speculation, and Perl.com wasn’t the only victim. We think that there was a social engineering attack on Network Solutions, including phony documents and so on. There’s no reason for Network Solutions to reveal anything to me (again, I’m not the injured party), but I did talk to other domain owners involved and this is the basic scheme they reported. John Berryhill provided some forensic work in Twitter that showed the compromise actually happened in September. The domain was transferred to the BizCN registrar in December, but the nameservers were not changed. The domain was transferred again in January to another registrar, Key Systems, GmbH. This latency period avoids immediate detection, and bouncing the domain through a couple registrars makes the recovery much harder…

Once transferred to Key Systems in late January, the new, fraudulent registrant listed the domain (along with others), on Afternic (a domain marketplace). If you had $190,000, you could have bought Perl.com. This was quickly de-listed after the The Register made inquiries.

“I think we were very fortunate here and that many people with a soft spot in their hearts for Perl did a lot of good work for us,” the article notes. “All sides understood that Perl.com belonged to Tom and it was a simple matter of work to resolve it. A relatively unknown domain name might not fare as well in proving they own it…”

But again, the incident ended happily, foy writes, and “The Perl.com domain is back in the hands of Tom Christiansen and we’re working on the various security updates so this doesn’t happen again. The website is back to how it was and slightly shinier for the help we received.”

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Source: Slashdot – The One-Week Hijacking of Perl.com – Explained

Sonos' Roam can reportedly pass music to other speakers

More details of Sonos’ portable Roam speaker are dribbling out, and they suggest there will be more to draw you in besides the size and price. The Verge claims the Roam will include a few advantages over the larger Move, most notably "Sound…

Source: Engadget – Sonos’ Roam can reportedly pass music to other speakers

America's Air Force Is Having To Reverse Engineer Parts of Its Own Stealth Bomber

Long-time Slashdot reader AmiMoJo shares a report from The Drive:

In a surprising turn of events, the United States government is calling upon its country’s industry to reverse engineer components for the Air Force’s B-2 Spirit stealth bomber. An official call for this highly unusual kind of assistance was put out today on the U.S. government’s contracting website beta.SAM.gov. Mark Thompson, a national-security analyst at the Project On Government Oversight, brought our attention to the notice, which seeks an engineering effort that will reverse engineer key parts for the B-2’s Load Heat Exchangers. While it is not exactly clear what part of the aircraft’s many complex and exotic subsystems these heat exchangers relate to, the bomber has no shortage of avionics systems, for example, which could require cooling…

While it’s hard to say exactly why this approach is being taken now, it indicates that the original plans for these components are unavailable or the manufacturing processes and tooling used to produce them no longer exists… Indeed, as the average age of the Air Force fleet continues to increase, there are only likely to be more such requirements for parts that are long out of production. Before he stood down, the former Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, Will Roper, told Air Force Magazine of his desire for a “digital representation of every part in the Air Force inventory….”

All in all, the search for reverse-engineered components for the B-2 fleet is keeping with the Air Force’s current trend of moving toward the latest digital engineering and manufacturing techniques to help ensure its aircraft can be sustained not just easier and more cheaply, but in some cases, possibly at all.

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Source: Slashdot – America’s Air Force Is Having To Reverse Engineer Parts of Its Own Stealth Bomber

KDE Plasma 5.22 Adds Adaptive Opacity + Will Avoid Useless Rendering When Screen Is Off

KDE developers have been off to a busy March so far with working on adaptive panel opacity support for Plasma 5.22. Another pleasant improvement with that next Plasma release is to avoid rendering work when the screen is off…

Source: Phoronix – KDE Plasma 5.22 Adds Adaptive Opacity + Will Avoid Useless Rendering When Screen Is Off

What is 'Grief Debt' and How Can We Get Rid of It?

As we’ve become all too familiar with over the past year, grief isn’t limited to losing a loved one (although that is its own, particularly painful type of grief). Whether it’s losing a job, not getting to see family and friends for extended periods of time, or simply mourning our pre-pandemic lives, we still have no…

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Source: LifeHacker – What is ‘Grief Debt’ and How Can We Get Rid of It?

Intel 11th Gen Tiger Lake-H45 Specs Allegedly Confirmed Via OEM Leak

Intel 11th Gen Tiger Lake-H45 Specs Allegedly Confirmed Via OEM Leak
Last weekend, we brought you some new information on Tiger Lake-H45 processors on the way from Intel. These mobile processors feature a maximum TDP of 45 watts, allowing them to hit higher clock speeds and offer more core/threads than their Tiger Lake-U and Tiger Lake-H35 counterparts.
We’ve now come across specs for three Tiger Lake-H45

Source: Hot Hardware – Intel 11th Gen Tiger Lake-H45 Specs Allegedly Confirmed Via OEM Leak

Genshin Impact's 1.4 Update Comes Out March 17, Adds A New Character And Mini-Games

Genshin Impact’s next big update releases on March 17 and with it comes the start of a new event, the Windblume Festival, bringing new mini-games, a new playable character, the opportunity to go on dates with select characters, and some quality of life changes.

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Source: Kotaku – Genshin Impact’s 1.4 Update Comes Out March 17, Adds A New Character And Mini-Games

A New Motherboard For Amiga, The Platform That Refuses To Die

Hackaday writes:

In the early years of personal computing there were a slew of serious contenders. A PC, a Mac, an Atari ST, an Amiga, and several more that all demanded serious consideration on the general purpose desktop computer market. Of all these platforms, the Amiga somehow stubbornly refuses to die. The Amiga 1200+ from [Jeroen Vandezande] is the latest in a long procession of post-Commodore Amigas, and as its name suggests it provides an upgrade for the popular early-1990s all-in-one Amiga model.

It takes the form of a well-executed open-source printed circuit board that’s a drop-in replacement for the original A1200 motherboard… The catch: it does require all the custom Amiga chips from a donor board…

It’s fair to say that this is the Amiga upgrade we’d all have loved to see in about 1996 rather than waiting until 2019.
Mike Bouma (Slashdot reader #85,252) shares a recent video showing the latest update of AmigaOS 4 by Hyperion Entertainment, and reminds us of two “also active” Amiga OS clones — AROS and MorphOS.

Further reading: Little Things That Made Amiga Great.

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Source: Slashdot – A New Motherboard For Amiga, The Platform That Refuses To Die

FedEx plans for an all-electric delivery fleet by 2040

FedEx will replace its current delivery trucks with electric models until its entire fleet is made up of zero—emission vehicles by 2040. The company is making the transition as a way to help it achieve its goal to reach carbon neutral status in the s…

Source: Engadget – FedEx plans for an all-electric delivery fleet by 2040

Biostar Announces First Radeon RX 6700 XT Factory Overclocked Gaming Card

Biostar Announces First Radeon RX 6700 XT Factory Overclocked Gaming Card
After months of rumors and speculation, and then an accidental slip-up by AMD itself, the company finally announced the Radeon RX 6700 XT on Wednesday. The new GPU comes with a cut-down version of Big Navi, dubbed Navi 22 (not-so Big Navi?), which has 40 compute units with 12 GB of 192-bit GDDR6 VRAM. AMD targets 1440p with maximum settings

Source: Hot Hardware – Biostar Announces First Radeon RX 6700 XT Factory Overclocked Gaming Card