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Follow Eclipse Hunters on the Pilgrimage to Totality

Wired - August 22, 2017 - 10:54pm
Rachel Bujalski documents the people who drove hundreds of miles and countless hours to see the eclipse.

New Godzilla movie promises a radically different direction for the original kaiju

Ars Technica - August 22, 2017 - 10:00pm

The first trailer for the anime Godzilla: Monster Planet, coming to you on Netflix later this year.

A new Godzilla flick from Toho Studios is always cause for celebration, but Godzilla: Monster Planet is a next-level treat for kaiju and science fiction fans. The first in a planned three-movie anime series, Monster Planet takes the Big G in a bold new direction: the deep future.

The tireless fans at Tokusatsu Network have provided a quick translation of the film's premise, which reinvents the Godzilla mythos just as much as Shin Godzilla did last year. The series begins with the premise that the kaiju menace has gotten so terrible by the late 20th century that humans have to leave the planet. So, in 2048, an AI "managed under the central government" picks a group of humans to board a generation ship bound for the Tau Ceti system.

Unfortunately, the planets orbiting Tau Ceti turn out to be uninhabitable. Soon, political infighting breaks out on the generation ship. Some humans want to return to Earth, while others think it will be too dangerous. Finally, a group of "Earth Returnists," led by protagonist Haruo, forces the remnants of the human species to pilot the failing generation ship home.

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Smart robots prove stupidly easy to hack for spying and murder

The Register - August 22, 2017 - 9:50pm
Your plastic pal who's psychotic

Robots are increasingly common in the 21st Century, both on the factory floor and in the home, however it appears their security systems are anything but modern and high tech.…

Jury awards $417M to woman who says she got cancer from talc in baby powder

Ars Technica - August 22, 2017 - 9:47pm

Enlarge / Bottles of Johnson's baby powder in a London supermarket. (credit: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

A Los Angeles jury awarded a woman a $417 million verdict yesterday. The jury found that Johnson & Johnson failed to adequately warn users of the cancer risks of the talc in its baby powder.

The jury's 9-3 vote to hold J&J liable for not warning Eva Echeverria about cancer risks is a huge blow to the company, which is facing thousands of such claims across the country. The verdict consists of $70 million in compensatory damages and $347 million in punitive damages, according to Reuters.

No clear link connects talcum powder to ovarian cancer. Some case-control studies, based on asking women who have ovarian cancer about their history, have found a slightly increased risk. But as the American Cancer Society notes, those kinds of studies can be biased because they rely on a person's memory of talc use years after the fact.

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Jerry Seinfeld's first Netflix comedy special debuts next month - CNET - News - August 22, 2017 - 9:21pm
The special is the beginning of the comedian's deal with the streaming service.

Verizon kicks out hot new Unlimited* plans

The Register - August 22, 2017 - 9:08pm
*By 'unlimited' they mean 'significantly limited'

US telecom goliath Verizon has replaced its single unlimited phone plan with four new options that all throttle video and bandwidth.…

Apple iCloud Keychain easily slurped, ElcomSoft says

The Register - August 22, 2017 - 9:06pm
Credentials stored in the cloud succumb to forensic software

ElcomSoft, the Russia-based maker of forensic software, has managed to find a way to access the data stored in Apple's iCloud Keychain, if Apple ID account credentials are available.…

A special Nokia 8 may be heading to the US and China - CNET - News - August 22, 2017 - 8:51pm
Nokia's highest-end phone might come to these important markets after all.

The total solar eclipse: 55 seconds I will never, ever forget - CNET - News - August 22, 2017 - 8:41pm
Commentary: I saw less than a minute of breathtaking, but my sense of wonder will last a lifetime. Totality is just that: the total experience.

Outrun cops in Need for Speed Payback with the new BMW M5 - Roadshow - News - August 22, 2017 - 8:41pm
Need for Speed's M5 looks almost as good as the real thing. And it costs a fraction of the price.

Woman: My Uber driver went wrong way, I said something, he pushed me out

Ars Technica - August 22, 2017 - 8:32pm

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A California woman has sued Uber, alleging that her driver pushed her out of the moving car following her demand to be let out when the driver refused to take the most direct route to her destination.

The lawsuit—which was filed in Ventura County Superior Court on Monday—is strikingly similar to other lawsuits that have been filed against the company in recent years. Earlier this month, we reported on a New Jersey case in which unsafe driving apparently led to a car accident that left one woman seriously injured.

In the California case, Katherine Conner hailed an Uber to take her from one part of the city of Ventura to another—a route that she was familiar with. According to her civil complaint, the driver began driving in the wrong direction. When Conner inquired about it, the driver intimated that he was "taking a shortcut."

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'Game of Thrones' season 7 finale is as long as a movie - CNET - News - August 22, 2017 - 8:19pm
The episode's exact running length and title are revealed.

Dealmaster: Get a Dell Inspiron Core i7 laptop with 512GB SSD for $579

Ars Technica - August 22, 2017 - 8:10pm

Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we've got a number of new deals to share today. You can get a Dell Inspiron 15 5000 notebook, complete with Core i7 processor, 512GB SSD, and 8GB RAM for just $579. That laptop typically starts at $899, so it's a good price on a great all-purpose machine.

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Driver’s license facial recognition tech leads to 4,000 New York arrests

Ars Technica - August 22, 2017 - 8:05pm

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The state of New York says its driver's license facial recognition technology has led to the arrest of 4,000 people in connection to identify theft or fraud crimes. This number is likely to skyrocket in the wake of the state doubling the number of measurement points for photographs.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that, overall, New York has identified more than 21,000 potential identity or fraud cases. As many as 16,000 people face some type of non-criminal administrative action in connection to the state's facial-recognition program, which was adopted in 2010. Those cases are being handled outside of the judicial system administratively because the criminal statute of limitations has expired and will usually result in the state revoking licenses and transferring tickets and convictions to the identity thief's true rap sheet.

"The use of this facial recognition technology has allowed law enforcement to crack down on fraud, identity theft, and other offenses—taking criminals and dangerous drivers off our streets and increasing the safety of New York's roadways," Cuomo said in a statement. "We will continue to do everything we can to hold fraudsters accountable and protect the safety and security of all New Yorkers."

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Netflix lost viewers during the total solar eclipse - CNET - News - August 22, 2017 - 7:54pm
The streaming service reported a 10 percent drop in plays during the event.

SNES preorders are now live at physical GameStop stores - CNET - News - August 22, 2017 - 7:53pm
The company will also have bundles available for preorder online, but we're not sure when.

Ford offers UK buyers its own mini Cash for Clunkers program - Roadshow - News - August 22, 2017 - 7:40pm
The Blue Oval incentivizes scrapping the UK's old cars to boost new car sales and improve emissions.

Unable to get a domain, racist Daily Stormer retreats to the Dark Web

Ars Technica - August 22, 2017 - 7:40pm

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Ever since Charlottesville, the neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer has been struggling to stay on the Internet. The site's editor, Andrew Anglin, wrote a vulgar post disparaging Heather Heyer after she was killed in the Charlottesville car attack. Activists pressured technology companies to drop the site, and one by one they complied.

The site cycled through a sequence of different domains:,,, and finally In each case, registrars canceled the domains within a day or two of their registration.

The last registrar the Daily Stormer tried was Namecheap, and its CEO, Richard Kirkendall, explained his decision to refuse service to the Daily Stormer in a recent blog post.

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Bizarre Sea Creature Could Teach Humans to Do the Locomotion

Wired - August 22, 2017 - 7:38pm
The gelatinous salp pulses at its own frequency, but they live together as a long chain—somehow, moving efficiently as a whole.

See the sun return to Antarctica after months of darkness - CNET - News - August 22, 2017 - 7:24pm
It's been a long time since researchers living in Antarctica have seen the sun. This is the stunning sunset photo showing its happy return.

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