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Ajit Pai’s plan to lower broadband standards is “crazy,” FCC Democrat says

Ars Technica - September 21, 2017 - 4:52pm

Enlarge / FCC members Jessica Rosenworcel and Ajit Pai at INTX: The Internet & Television Expo in Chicago, Illinois, US, on Wednesday, May 6, 2015. (credit: Getty Images | Bloomberg)

The Federal Communications Commission chairman's proposal that could lower the country's broadband standard is "crazy" and does nothing to solve the United States' broadband accessibility problems, a Democratic FCC commissioner said yesterday.

The FCC is "proposing to lower US broadband standard from 25 to 10Mbps," FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel tweeted. "This is crazy. Lowering standards doesn't solve our broadband problems."

#FCC proposing to lower US #broadband standard from 25 to 10 Mbps. This is crazy. Lowering standards doesn't solve our broadband problems.

— Jessica Rosenworcel (@JRosenworcel) September 20, 2017

Redefining broadband to declare problem solved

The FCC's current policy, a holdover from former Chairman Tom Wheeler, is that all Americans should have access to home Internet service with speeds of at least 25Mbps downstream and 3Mbps upstream and access to mobile broadband. If that policy remained in place, having one or the other wouldn't be enough to be considered "served" in the FCC's annual analysis of whether broadband is being deployed to all Americans in a reasonable and timely fashion.

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Amazon plans to hire 2,000 for a new office in New York City - CNET - News - September 21, 2017 - 4:47pm
The move comes as cities across North America compete to play host to Amazon's upcoming second headquarters, expected to bring 50,000 jobs and $5 billion in development.

Microsoft waffles regarding what's next for Dynamics 365 for SMBs

ZDnet News - September 21, 2017 - 4:46pm
Microsoft seems to be rethinking its strategy around how to sell Dynamics 365 to small and mid-size businesses after pushback from some partners.

This budget earbud sounds (almost) too good to be true - CNET - News - September 21, 2017 - 4:37pm
The Final Audio Design E3000 in-ears sound like they cost more than double their very reasonable price.

Researchers claim ISPs are 'complicit' in latest FinSpy snooping rounds

The Register - September 21, 2017 - 4:31pm
Dictators' favourite spyware is working at the top, says report

A surveillance campaign utilising a new variant of FinFisher, the infamous spyware also known as FinSpy, has been tracked by security researchers.…

Is the Apple TV 4K for you? (The 3:59, Ep. 288) - CNET - News - September 21, 2017 - 4:30pm
Our own TV guru David Katzmaier breaks down all the details of Apple's latest set-top box.

The Lara Croft in the New 'Tomb Raider' Uncovers Treasure in Depth

Wired - September 21, 2017 - 4:29pm
The new 'Tomb Raider' movie seems to be following the 2013 game reboot, meaning it stars a Lara who's more human, more complex, and more powerful for it.

Fujifilm X100F review - CNET - Reviews - September 21, 2017 - 4:20pm
With a new sensor, better autofocus system and more streamlined design, the X100 line evolves into a great camera with the Fujifilm X100F.

Ah, good ol' Windows update cycles... Wait, before anything else, check your hardware

The Register - September 21, 2017 - 4:16pm
Intel and Microsoft have been working together to ease the pain

Sponsored Windows 10 means a major shift in how IT operations should perceive and manage Windows and their hardware estate. The most significant is the move away from Big Bang version launches in favour of a subscription model with much more frequent updates.…

Mod that adds online play to Super Mario 64 draws Nintendo’s ire

Ars Technica - September 21, 2017 - 4:12pm

Enlarge / A shot from the trailer for Super Mario 64 Online, which has since been taken down from YouTube by a Nintendo DMCA request.

Nintendo has issued a number of DMCA copyright takedown notices aimed at hindering a popular mod that adds online play to a PC-emulated version of Super Mario 64, letting up to 24 players run around the game's world together as a number of different characters.

ROM hacker Kaze Emanuar says Nintendo issued takedown requests for several videos of Super Mario 64 Online gameplay on his YouTube channel. Those videos featured download links and instructions for installing the ROM hack, which have also been removed along with the videos.

The main video announcing the mod's launch had received more than a million views since going up early last week (an archived copy of that video is still up on IGN). Emanuar told Kotaku that "tens of thousands" of people were playing the game as of yesterday.

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Self-Driving Cars Will Kill People. Who Decides Who Dies?

Wired - September 21, 2017 - 4:00pm
Opinion: The dawn of autonomous vehicles means we must solve the trolley problem.

Outgoing Cisco exec chair John Chambers joins Sprinklr board

The Register - September 21, 2017 - 3:59pm
There is life after the Borg... in social media management platforms apparently

Outgoing Cisco executive chairman John Chambers is to join the board of directors on social media management outfit Sprinklr, no doubt the first of many non-exec roles the former Switchzilla boss will hold.…

The life, death and resurrection of Teddy Ruxpin - CNET - News - September 21, 2017 - 3:56pm
An iconic '80s tech toy is looking to make a comeback. The strange story of his creation touches on Disneyland, Atari -- even Chuck E. Cheese.

Discover the hidden world of Teddy Ruxpin - CNET - News - September 21, 2017 - 3:53pm
The team behind the famous bear takes us through relics of the past, hidden in storage for decades -- along with a look at the prototypes of the new model.

After breach, SEC says hackers used stolen data to buy stocks - CNET - News - September 21, 2017 - 3:45pm
After accessing the Security and Exchange Commission's nonpublic filings, hackers may have used the stolen data to pad their portfolios with tomorrow's hot stocks.

Quebec takes mature approach to 'grilled cheese' ban

The Register - September 21, 2017 - 3:41pm
It's for the grater good

After Caerphilly considering its position, Quebec's French-language watchdog has decided it doesn't give edam about its linguistic ban on using "anglicisms" such as "grilled cheese", a move that has been welcomed as gouda news.…

Lidar tells distance, radar tells velocity, this new sensor aims to do both

Ars Technica - September 21, 2017 - 3:35pm

Enlarge / A new startup aims to make conventional lidars, like the two shown here, obsolete. (credit: Wired)

Silicon Valley is crawling with startups looking for a piece of the emerging self-driving car business. One of those startups, Aeva, just came out of stealth mode with a big write-up in The New York Times. Its breakthrough: building a single sensor that can determine both the position and velocity of surrounding objects.

Most experts say that the best self-driving cars need a trifecta of sensors: cameras, lidar, and radar. They need all three sensor types because each performs a different function. Cameras can tell you what objects look like but not how far away they are or how fast they're moving. Lidar measures distance, while radar provides a precise estimate of velocity.

This is a bit of an oversimplification, of course. The physics of the situation makes it possible to measure either distance or velocity from either type of electromagnetic wave—there are lidar speed sensors and radar range finders. But in automotive applications, radars are mostly used for low-resolution measurement of vehicle speeds, while lidars are used to build a high-resolution three-dimensional map of the surrounding area.

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Equifax fooled again! Blundering credit biz directs hack attack victims to parody site

The Register - September 21, 2017 - 3:15pm
Tim on the social media team will need a new job

You'd have thought that Equifax staff would be on their toes ever since the megahack that exposed the private data of over 143 million Americans but the corporation's social media certainly haven't got the message.…

Google inks $1 billion deal with HTC for Pixel talent - CNET - News - September 21, 2017 - 2:56pm
The deal allows Google to hire certain HTC employees, many of whom already work with Google on Pixel phones.

Google's Big Hardware Bet: Is this what a sane business would do?

The Register - September 21, 2017 - 2:53pm
You're an algorithms company, Larry!

Analysis Google is placing a "Big Bet" on consumer hardware, the company screams in a new blog post. Presumably this time it really means it.…

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