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Upskirting to be crime after Lords back bill

BBC Technology News - January 15, 2019 - 9:56pm
A woman took her campaign to MPs after a man took pictures of her at a gig in London's Hyde Park.

2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan starts at $32,500 - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - January 15, 2019 - 9:55pm
Adding all-wheel drive will cost an extra $2,000.

Microsoft’s fonts catch out another fraudster—this time in Canada

Ars Technica - January 15, 2019 - 9:49pm

Enlarge / The Calibri font. Don't use this if you're forging anything written before 2007. (credit: Peter Bright)

You'd think that people forging documents would have learned by now. Canadian Gerald McGoey was judged to have falsified documents in an attempt to protect certain assets from bankruptcy proceedings because—and stop me if you've heard this before—the documents used Microsoft's modern "C" fonts, which didn't become widely available until 2007. This would have been fine were it not for the minor detail that the documents were dated 2004 and 1995. Whoops.

McGoey was CEO of Look Communications when it collapsed and left him bankrupt. The company was liquidated, and McGoey was ordered to pay $5.6 million to creditors. McGoey claimed that the assets in question—homes, in this case—were held in trust by his wife and three children and hence beyond the reach of the courts. To prove this, he presented two signed documents. Unfortunately for him, he'd created the documents using typefaces that didn't exist at the time of the documents' purported creation.

The first trust document was dated 1995 and used the Cambria font. The second, dated 2004, used Calibri. Cambria was designed in 2004, while Calibri was between 2002 and 2004. But neither became widespread until 2007, when they were bundled with Windows Vista and Office 2007. That software included seven different fonts with names beginning with "C"—the "C fonts"—that were optimized for ClearType antialiasing. With their release, Microsoft changed Word's default font from the venerable Times New Roman to Calibri. Using the new fonts instantly betrays that a document wasn't written any time prior to 2007.

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First artificial meteor shower might outshine natural 'shooting stars' - CNET

cNET.com - News - January 15, 2019 - 9:44pm
The sky gets lit! Japanese company Astro Live Experiences is sending a satellite to orbit capable of creating a phenomenal light show.

Listen to the 1,000-horsepower Hellephant engine in all its glory - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - January 15, 2019 - 9:35pm
Mopar built a 1,000-horsepower crate motor. Because of course it did.

Alphabet's Loon recruits high-powered mobile veterans to serve on board - CNET

cNET.com - News - January 15, 2019 - 9:32pm
Loon, spun out of Google's parent company, prepares for a commercial launch later this year.

Advanced SystemCare Free

ZDnet News - January 15, 2019 - 9:32pm
Advanced SystemCare 12 is an easy-to-use PC yet all-in-one system optimization and security software. With new features and technologies,...

LG drops price on OLED TVs in time for the Super Bowl, starting at $1,500 - CNET

cNET.com - News - January 15, 2019 - 9:26pm
The 55-inch B8 series is now $1,500 and the 65-incher is now $2,300. If you were waiting, now's the time to pull the trigger.

Mustang GT500 vs. Challenger Redeye vs. Camaro ZL1: How do they stack up? - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - January 15, 2019 - 9:07pm
We compare the latest American muscle from Chevy, Dodge and Ford.

German court dismisses latest Qualcomm patent suit against Apple - CNET

cNET.com - News - January 15, 2019 - 8:58pm
But a separate ban on iPhones in Germany still stands.

Dealmaster: Get big discounts on 4K TVs from Vizio, LG, and TCL

Ars Technica - January 15, 2019 - 8:44pm

Enlarge (credit: TechBargains)

Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have another round of deals to share. Today's list is headlined by a handful of high-end 4K TV deals, with the likes of Vizio's P-Series, TCL's 6-Series Roku TVs, and LG's B8 OLED TVs all on sale.

As we noted last year, we're nearing the time when TV deals start to reach their apex. Black Friday has passed and this year's models are getting introduced, which means prices on many of the still-great models of 2018 will gradually drop until they are discontinued for good. It's very much possible that the TVs highlighted below will get even cheaper as the year goes on, but if you're interested in grabbing a high-end 4K HDR TV ahead of the Super Bowl, have a look at the various deals below.

And if you don't need a new TV, we also have deals on Black Ops 4, cheap wireless workout headphones, Echo devices, and more.

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FCC's answer to scandal of AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile US selling people's location data: Burying its head in the ground

The Register - January 15, 2019 - 8:42pm
Congressman warns telco regulator: Must Pai harder

America's comms watchdog, the FCC, is under fire for refusing to brief Congressional staffers on what exactly it is doing about cellular networks selling citizens' location data to dodgy characters.…

Spidey takes on the Elementals in first Spider Man: Far From Home trailer

Ars Technica - January 15, 2019 - 8:30pm

Marvel's Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer.

Powerful inter-dimensional beings are wreaking havoc across Europe, Spidey finds a new ally in Mysterio, and Aunt May is getting it on with Happy Hogan in the first trailer for Spider-man: Far From Home.

(Spoilers for Infinity War below.)

When we last saw Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), [corrected] he was breaking our hearts by turning to dust in front of his mentor, Tony Stark. (Stupid Thanos with his stupid Infinity Glove.) Far From Home will purportedly pick up a few minutes after the conclusion of Avengers: Endgame, so we can presume that the planned "Un-Snappening" was successful. Also returning from dust for this outing: Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders).

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Feds might allow drones to fly over crowds - CNET

cNET.com - News - January 15, 2019 - 8:24pm
They'd also be able to make routine night flights under a proposed regulation.

Samsung Galaxy S10 rumors and facts: Feb. 20 launch, Snapdragon 855, 5G possibilities and everything we know about specs, features and price - CNET

cNET.com - News - January 15, 2019 - 8:21pm
With just over one month to go until the phone launches, so many questions remain. Like, will it support 5G?

Rights groups to tech giants: Don't sell facial recognition to government - CNET

cNET.com - News - January 15, 2019 - 8:16pm
Nearly 100 groups join with the ACLU to ensure facial recognition isn't used to limit people's freedom.

On GMO safety, the fiercest opponents understand the least

Ars Technica - January 15, 2019 - 8:15pm

Science is our most effective means of understanding the natural world, yet the public doesn't always accept the understanding that it produces. Researchers have been trying to figure out why there's a gap between science and the public for decades, an effort that is becoming increasingly relevant as the US seems to have a growing discomfort with facts in general. In some cases, the issue is clearly cultural: politics and religion appear to have strong influences on whether people accept the science on climate change and evolution, respectively.

It would be easy to think that the controversy over GMO foods is similar. After all, opposition to GMOs is often ascribed to liberal granola eaters. But several polls have suggested that's not the case, as there's as much discomfort about GMOs on the right as there is on the left. Now, a new study in Nature Human Behavior suggests an alternate explanation: opposition to GMOs is highest among those who know the least about genetics but have convinced themselves they're experts. Or as the authors put it, "Extreme opponents know the least but think they know the most."

Science literacy

A US-Canadian team of researchers started off by having a demographically diverse group of 500 US residents answer a series of questions. Participants were asked to rate their level of concern with and opposition to GMOs. As had been found in past surveys, there was a lot of uncertainty about the biotechnology; more than 90 percent of respondents reported concern, and a similar number were somewhat opposed to its use. But that opposition didn't break down along political lines: "there were no significant differences in extremity of opposition between self-reported liberals, moderates, and conservatives."

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World's first robot hotel massacres half of its robot staff

The Register - January 15, 2019 - 8:00pm
'You're fired'

Rise of the Machines™ The world’s first hotel “staffed by robots” has culled half of its steely eyed employees, because they’re rubbish and annoy the guests.…

Mid-engine Corvette, Bronco and Germans: Things we missed in Detroit - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - January 15, 2019 - 7:44pm
Plenty of rumors pointed to unveilings that were supposed to happen in the Motor City but never did.

Galaxy S10 chip kills last year's in our early Snapdragon 855 benchmarking tests - CNET

cNET.com - News - January 15, 2019 - 7:41pm
We got our hands on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 reference phone.

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