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Talking rockets with Tory Bruno: Vulcan, the Moon, and hat condiments

Ars Technica - 21 min 16 sec ago

Enlarge / NASA Associate Administrator for Science Thomas Zurbuchen, left, and President and CEO for United Launch Alliance Tory Bruno shake hands after viewing the ULA Delta IV Heavy rocket with NASA's Parker Solar Probe in August. (credit: NASA)

After a long career in the development of space and missile programs, Salvatore T. "Tory" Bruno was named chief executive of United Launch Alliance in August 2014. In this new position, Bruno has faced enormous challenges.

Over the last half-decade, SpaceX has emerged as a viable competitor, begun to fly its Falcon 9 rocket more frequently, and competed successfully for lucrative military launch contracts. Meanwhile, ULA faced a mandate from the US government to end its reliance on the Russian-made RD-180 engine for its workhorse rocket, the Atlas V booster.

In response to these challenges, Bruno has sought to cut costs (through layoffs and other restructuring) and increase the commercial competitiveness of ULA, while also developing the brand-new Vulcan rocket with US-made components at the same time. Bruno also must answer to two demanding parents, Boeing and Lockheed Martin, each of which own 50 percent of his company and have competing aerospace interests. A little more than four years on the job, Bruno appears to be making progress. Most notably, the company recently won a $967 million contract from the US Air Force to complete development of the Vulcan rocket, which ULA says will be ready to fly by 2021.

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Samsung embarrassingly partners with “counterfeit” version of Supreme

Ars Technica - 32 min 55 sec ago


Samsung had a product launch in China earlier this week, where it seemingly announced a partnership in China with the skateboard fashion brand Supreme. Branding partnerships are usually pretty boring, but this one has some spice to it. Supreme's CEO came up on stage at Samsung's event, and he talked about a nebulous partnership with Samsung and an expansion into the Chinese market with a flagship store in Beijing. He then announced a runway show at the Mercedes-Benz Cultural Center in Shanghai. Then Supreme put out this statement after the event:

"Supreme is not working with Samsung, opening a flagship location in Beijing or participating in a Mercedes-Benz runway show. These claims are blatantly false and propagated by a counterfeit organization."

Wait, what?

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Google's Sundar Pichai: YouTube should have diverse opinions -- but not abuse - CNET - News - 56 min 1 sec ago
A member of Congress asks how YouTube combats the spread of white supremacy.

Dating app Coffee Meets Bagel lightens up - CNET - News - 56 min 27 sec ago
The app is trying to de-clutter.

Best wireless headphones for making calls - CNET - News - 56 min 27 sec ago
The microphone and communications features are better on some wireless headphones than others. Here are some our current favorites for making cell-phone calls.

Google's rent-a-cloud biz revs Istio for its Kubernetes service

The Register - 56 min 33 sec ago
K8's kitchen puts self-serve Istio on menu as managed offering takes shape

KubeCon As a gathering of DevOps types at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2018 gets under way in Seattle, Washington, Google plans to tell anyone who will listen that its managed Kubernetes service, GKE, now can be ordered with Istio on the side, though you'll have to ladle it on yourself.…

Google CEO denies search launch in China, commits to transparency - CNET - News - 57 min 13 sec ago
He did leave the open door to coming to China sometime in the future.

The 10 best Facebook alternatives for Android and iOS - CNET - News - 58 min 7 sec ago
Whether you're part of the #DeleteFacebook crowd or the 'Time Well Spent' movement, these are your best alternatives to the world's largest social network.

NASA astronaut discovers Christmas elf on the ISS - CNET - News - 58 min 39 sec ago
An Elf on a Shelf arrives in space to keep an eye on the crew and report back to Santa.

Google CEO tackles political bias, China and data collection with Congress - CNET - News - 58 min 49 sec ago
Sundar Pichai is on Capitol Hill to answer for the search giant’s recent controversies.

Big screens and high-end features could boost phone shipments in 2019 - CNET - News - 1 hour 6 min ago
There could be some growth in the future for smartphones.

Pornhub 2018 top searches include Fortnite, Spider-Man, Elastigirl - CNET - News - 1 hour 12 min ago
If it exists, there's a porn version of it -- and chances are you'll find it on Pornhub, whose year-end wrap-up proves Rule 34 is alive and well.

Comcast rejected by small town—residents vote for municipal fiber instead

Ars Technica - 1 hour 14 min ago

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | TwilightEye)

A small Massachusetts town has rejected an offer from Comcast and instead plans to build a municipal fiber broadband network.

Comcast offered to bring cable Internet to up to 96 percent of households in Charlemont in exchange for the town paying $462,123 plus interest toward infrastructure costs over 15 years. But Charlemont residents rejected the Comcast offer in a vote at a special town meeting Thursday.

"The Comcast proposal would have saved the town about $1 million, but it would not be a town-owned broadband network," the Greenfield Recorder reported Friday. "The defeated measure means that Charlemont will likely go forward with a $1.4 million municipal town network, as was approved by annual town meeting voters in 2015."

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Netflix ranks its 2018 original content with watch data and Instagram - CNET - News - 1 hour 18 min ago
Rom-coms and the actors starring in them dominate Netflix's data.

The Sun in its rearview mirror, Voyager 2 is in interstellar space

Ars Technica - 1 hour 26 min ago

Enlarge / The Plasma Science Experiment, and the change in the solar wind it detected as Voyager 2 reached interstellar space. (credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MIT)

On Monday, NASA announced that one of its longest-running experiments has started a new phase. Five years after Voyager 1 reached interstellar space, its sibling, Voyager 2, has joined it there. While the Oort Cloud of icy bodies extends well beyond the probes' current locations, they've gone past the point where the charged particles of the solar wind dominate space. Instead, their current environment is dominated by cosmic rays ejected by other stars.

Voyager 2 was actually the first of the two probes launched back in 1977, but its trajectory had it reaching its first destination, Jupiter, after Voyager 1. Its trailing position had a large impact on its future; after Voyager 1 obtained sufficient data at Saturn, Voyager 2 was switched from a route that optimized data gathering to one that sent it past the ringed planet on a trajectory that boosted it toward Uranus and Neptune. That difference meant that Voyager 1 reached interstellar space much earlier.

To a large extent, this made it much easier to figure out that Voyager 2 made the transition. Prior to Voyager 1's arrival, it was expected that two transitions would happen at roughly the same time: the Sun's magnetic field would fall off and the galactic magnetic field would dominate, and the particles of the solar wind would drop while cosmic rays would pick up. Voyager 1 experienced the latter transition but not the former. Put differently, there was a change in charged particles without an accompanying change in the magnetic field.

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Super Micro says no evidence of spy chips found in its hardware - CNET - News - 1 hour 31 min ago
The company ordered a third-party investigation after a report alleged Chinese surveillance chips had been inserted in its motherboards.

Google chief denies political bias claims

BBC Technology News - 1 hour 31 min ago
US lawmakers accused firm of "programming" bias against conservative views into its algorithms.

Lightroom supports photos from iPhone XS, Pixel 3, Galaxy Note 9 - CNET - News - 1 hour 33 min ago
Plus Adobe's software is much smarter about creating panoramas.

Hyundai makes massive $6.7B bet on hydrogen - Roadshow - News - 1 hour 38 min ago
The Korean carmaker plans to produce half a million fuel-cell cars and trucks a year by 2030.

Stocking stuffers: Best tech gifts under $25 - CNET - News - 1 hour 40 min ago
Looking for practical, cheap-but-good stocking stuffers? We've got you covered.

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