Watch Live: SpaceX Launches NASA Astronauts to ISS

“Crew Dragon’s hatch is closed, securing @AstroBehnken and @Astro_Doug in the spacecraft ahead of liftoff,” SpaceX tweeted an hour ago.

Livestreaming of the launch has already begun, with liftoff scheduled in about 41 minutes.
GeekWire reports:

If liftoff from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida occurs today at 3:22 p.m. ET (12:22 p.m. PT), it’ll be a feat that America hasn’t been able to perform since NASA retired its space shuttles, nearly nine years ago. “We are going to launch American astronauts on American rockets from American soil,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine declared during a launch-eve briefing at the space center’s countdown clock.

But even Bridenstine acknowledged that’s not a sure bet for today. “Weather challenges remain with a 50% chance of cancellation,” he tweeted this morning. A drenching rainstorm swept over Florida’s Space Coast overnight, but the skies cleared up this morning… The launch can be scrubbed at any time, all the way down to the last second, if the weather doesn’t cooperate or if a technical glitch arises. If the gumdrop-shaped Crew Dragon doesn’t lift off today, Sunday is an option. The chances of acceptable weather are expected to improve to 60%. The weather outlook is even better for a June 2 backup opportunity…

Hurley and Behnken, who are both experienced shuttle astronauts, are scheduled to rendezvous with the space station on Sunday and move in alongside its current occupants, NASA’s Chris Cassidy and Russia’s Anatoly Ivanishin. NASA hasn’t yet decided how long the Dragon riders will spend in orbit. Their stay could be as short as six weeks, or as long as 16 weeks, depending on how the test mission proceeds. For the return trip, Hurley and Behnken will strap themselves back inside the Dragon and descend to an Atlantic splashdown.
This whole flight serves as an initial demonstration of the Crew Dragon’s capabilities with an actual crew aboard. If the mission is successful, yet another Crew Dragon will carry four different astronauts to the space station weeks after Hurley and Behnken return.
Reuters reporter Joey Roulette also spotted NASA astronaut Garrett Reisman by the side of the road as his fellow astronauts drove by. He was holding a sign that said “Take me with you.”
And GeekWire notes that NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine sees this event as historic. “I really think, when we look into the future, we’re going to see these models of doing business with public-private partnerships apply not just to low Earth orbit… but we’re taking this model to the moon and even on to Mars.”

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Waymo's self-driving vans will return to Bay Area streets on June 8th

Waymo’s plan to resume self-driving operations will soon extend to San Francisco. A spokesperson has confirmed a report in The Verge that Waymo’s autonomous minivans will return to San Francisco Bay Area streets on June 8th. The company isn’t carryin…

Source: Engadget – Waymo’s self-driving vans will return to Bay Area streets on June 8th

Learn How to Make Pretzels from Auntie Anne Herself on Facebook Live

Whether you got your Auntie Anne’s pretzel fix at the mall or the airport (do they exist anywhere else?), you may be missing those salty, buttery treats now that we’re not spending much time in either place. If this is the case, mark your calendar for Sunday, May 31 at 4 p.m. EST, when THE Auntie Anne herself (the…

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Source: LifeHacker – Learn How to Make Pretzels from Auntie Anne Herself on Facebook Live

Lenovo Smart Clock With Nest And Google Photos Integration Is Just $40 At Best Buy

Lenovo Smart Clock With Nest And Google Photos Integration Is Just $40 At Best Buy
Many of us are currently updating our homes and adding items that make our havens more comfortable and convenient. Although the Memorial Day sales have now come and gone, there are still plenty of deals to be had. And with that in mind, the Lenovo Smart Clock with Google Assistant is currently on sale at Best Buy for a steal.

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Source: Hot Hardware – Lenovo Smart Clock With Nest And Google Photos Integration Is Just At Best Buy

The Ongoing CPU Security Mitigation Impact On The Core i9 10900K Comet Lake

At least for the workloads tested this round, when booting the new Intel Core i9 10900K “Comet Lake” processor with the software-controlled CPU security mitigations disabled, the overall performance was elevated by about 6% depending upon the workload. Here is a look at the out-of-the-box security mitigations for this new Intel desktop CPU against foregoing the default CPU security mitigations and running an unprotected configuration to see what the pre-Spectre performance looks like.

Source: Phoronix – The Ongoing CPU Security Mitigation Impact On The Core i9 10900K Comet Lake

IPv6 Adoption Hits 32%. Will Stats Show How Many Returned to the Office?

Long-time Slashdot reader Tim the Gecko writes: Google’s IPv6 connectivity stats topped 32% last Saturday for the first time.
But the main story has been the midweek stats. Most mobile phone networks and a good chunk of residential broadband have migrated to IPv6, but the typical corporate network where people used to spend their 9 to 5 is largely IPv4-only. There used to be a big dip in the IPv6 stats during the working week, but widespread working from home has halved that dip, with the typical midweek IPv6 connectivity for Google queries moving upwards from 26% to 29%.

Looking at this graph will be a good way of checking how fast people are returning to the office.

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OnePlus Accidentally Rolls Out Update That Kills OnePlus 8 Pro's X-Ray Vision Camera

OnePlus Accidentally Rolls Out Update That Kills OnePlus 8 Pro's X-Ray Vision Camera
One of the interesting features of the camera for the OnePlus 8 Pro is the Photocrom color mode. The mode allows the smartphone’s infrared camera to see through certain materials, such as black plastic, to give a glimpse at what electronics and other devices look like inside. As cool as that function was for peering inside of electronic devices,

Source: Hot Hardware – OnePlus Accidentally Rolls Out Update That Kills OnePlus 8 Pro’s X-Ray Vision Camera

Ronald D. Moore Dishes on the Original, Four-Hour Concept For the Battlestar Galactica Finale

This is a really long finale, said the joker to the thief. At roughly 141 minutes, the three-parter that ended Battlestar Galactica way back in 2009 wasn’t a short ending by any stretch of the imagination. But the original cut, which clocked in at around four hours, was even more extensive. The only problem was, it…

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Source: io9 – Ronald D. Moore Dishes on the Original, Four-Hour Concept For the Battlestar Galactica Finale

Zoom plans to offer stronger encryption to paying customers

If you want your Zoom video calls to be as secure as possible, you may need to pay up. Zoom security consultant Alex Stamos told Reuters in an interview that the company plans to offer stronger videoconference encryption to paying customers, enterpri…

Source: Engadget – Zoom plans to offer stronger encryption to paying customers

2018 'Hacking Attempt' Claimed By Georgia Was A Security Test They'd Requested Themselves

An anonymous reader quotes the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
It was a stunning accusation: Two days before the 2018 election for Georgia governor, Republican Brian Kemp used his power as secretary of state to open an investigation into what he called a “failed hacking attempt” of voter registration systems involving the Democratic Party. But newly released case files from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation reveal that there was no such hacking attempt.

The evidence from the closed investigation indicates that Kemp’s office mistook planned security tests and a warning about potential election security holes for malicious hacking.

Kemp then wrongly accused his political opponents just before Election Day — a high-profile salvo that drew national media attention in one of the most closely watched races of 2018… The internet activity that Kemp’s staff described as hacking attempts were actually scans by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that the secretary of state’s office had agreed to, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Kemp’s chief information officer signed off on the DHS scans three months beforehand.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution also reports that the Democratic party’s only role was apparently forwarding an email about vulnerabilities to two cybersecurity professors at Georgia Tech, who then alerted authorities:

Richard Wright, a Georgia Tech graduate and Democratic voter who works for a software company…found that he could look up other voters’ information by modifying the web address on the site, a flaw confirmed by ProPublica and Georgia Public Broadcasting before it was fixed….An election security vendor for the state, Fortalice Solutions, later concluded, however, that there was no evidence that voter information had been accessed, manipulated or changed by bad actors…
While publicly denying Wright’s claims about vulnerabilities, behind the scenes, Kemp’s staff was working to correct them…. The secretary of state’s firewall hadn’t been set up to block access to the locations identified by Wright, according to a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent’s report. Election officials then “set up safeguards to restrict access to the vulnerable areas” on the last two days before the 2018 general election… This type of weakness, called broken access control, is one of the 10 most critical web application security risks, according to the Open Web Application Security Project, an organization that works to improve software security.

In 2016 Kemp also accused the Department of Homeland Security of trying to breach his office’s firewall. But a later investigation revealed the activity Kemp cited “was the result of normal and automatic computer message exchanges,” apparently caused by someone cutting and pasting data into a Microsoft Excel document.

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An advanced and unconventional hack is targeting industrial firms

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Attackers are putting considerable skill and effort into penetrating industrial companies in multiple countries, with hacks that use multiple evasion mechanisms, an innovative encryption scheme, and exploits that are customized for each target with pinpoint accuracy.

The attacks begin with emails that are customized for each target, a researcher at security firm Kaspersky Lab reported this week. For the exploit to trigger, the language in the email must match the localization of the target’s operating system. For example, in the case of an attack on a Japanese company, the text of the email and an attached Microsoft Office document containing a malicious macro had to be written in Japanese. Also required: an encrypted malware module could be decrypted only when the OS had a Japanese localization as well.

Recipients who click on a request to urgently enable the document’s active content will see no indication anything is amiss. Behind the scenes, however, a macro executes a Powershell script. The reason it stays hidden: the command parameters:

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Source: Ars Technica – An advanced and unconventional hack is targeting industrial firms

Watch SpaceX's second attempt at launching astronauts at 3:22PM ET

It’s time for take two. NASA and SpaceX are making their second attempt at launching the Crew Dragon Demo-2 mission after scrubbing the first due to weather, and they’re once again livestreaming the potentially historic event. The launch itself is sc…

Source: Engadget – Watch SpaceX’s second attempt at launching astronauts at 3:22PM ET

What We Know About Disney World's Reopening in July

As of mid-March, all of the Disney theme parks and resorts around the world have been closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, as some states begin the process of reopening, Walt Disney World in Florida has announced its plans to welcome people back to the Happiest Place on Earth starting on July 11, according to…

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Source: LifeHacker – What We Know About Disney World’s Reopening in July

Your Amazon Echo Look Is Officially Dead But You Can Score A Sweet Freebie For Your Trouble

Your Amazon Echo Look Is Officially Dead But You Can Score A Sweet Freebie For Your Trouble
The Amazon Echo Look camera is a standalone device that leveraged machine learning and artificial intelligence to give users fashion advice, making it easier to get dressed in the morning. Amazon has announced via an email sent out to owners of the Echo Look that the camera and its app will no longer function after July 24, 2020. The good

Source: Hot Hardware – Your Amazon Echo Look Is Officially Dead But You Can Score A Sweet Freebie For Your Trouble

Dell's All-AMD Gaming Laptop Hailed as a 'Budget Blockbuster'

AMD “has a potent combination of both CPU and GPU technologies,” writes Slashdot reader MojoKid, that “can play well in the laptop market especially, where a tight coupling of the two processing engines can mean both performance and cost efficiencies.”

One of the first all-AMD laptops to hit the market powered by the company’s new Ryzen 4000 mobile processors is the Dell G5 15 SE, it’s a 5.5 pound, 14.4-inch machine [with a 15.6-inch display] that sports an understated design for a gaming notebook but with an interesting glittery finish that resists fingerprints well. With a retail price of $1199 (starting at $879), the model tested at HotHardware is powered by an AMD Ryzen 4800H 8-core processor that boosts to 4.2GHz and an AMD Radeon RX 5600M mobile GPU with 6GB of GDDR6 memory…

In the benchmarks, AMD’s SmartShift technology load-balances CPU and GPU power supply for optimal performance and very respectable numbers that are competitive with any similar Intel/NVIDIA powered machine. The Dell G5 15 SE put up north of 60 FPS frame rates at maximum image quality in current-gen game titles, but with a significantly better price point, relatively speaking.

The GPU also has 2,304 stream processors across 36 compute units, and “Overall, we think Dell hit it out of the park with the new G5 15 SE,” the review concludes.
“This all-AMD budget blockbuster has all of the gaming essentials: a fast processor, a powerful GPU, and a 144 Hz display.”

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Hitting the Books: The Englishman who figured out flight

Four decades after Tesla and Edison waged their “War of Currents,” a similar struggle unfolded in the skies overhead as a pair of daring entrepreneurs — Hugo Eckener, protege of Count von Zeppelin, and Juan Trippe, founder of Pan American World Airwa…

Source: Engadget – Hitting the Books: The Englishman who figured out flight