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Why this headphone website's year-long return policy is crazy good - CNET - News - 1 hour 50 min ago
It's kind of hard to believe, but has the best return policy we've ever seen.

Facebook's new data policy: Answers to your privacy questions - CNET - News - 2 hours 40 min ago
We read through it since you probably won't.

A paranoid's guide to the internet - CNET - News - 4 hours 22 min ago
Are you a savvy surfer, or trapped in a mental underground bunker of your own making?

Earth Day Lyrid meteor shower is already underway - CNET - News - 4 hours 30 min ago
One of the oldest skywatching traditions on Earth is underway and set to peak this weekend. So lay back, relax and look up at the sky.

White House reportedly exploring wartime rule to help coal, nuclear

Ars Technica - 5 hours 6 min ago

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According to reports from Bloomberg and E&E News, the Trump Administration has been exploring another way to help coal and nuclear generators: the Defense Production Act of 1950.

The Act was passed under President Truman. Motivated by the Korean War, it allows the president broad authority to boost US industries that are considered a priority for national security. On Thursday, E&E News cited sources that said "an interagency process is underway" at the White House to examine possible application of the act to the energy industry. The goal would be to give some form of preference to coal and nuclear plants that are struggling to compete with cheap natural gas.

Third time's the charm?

This appears to be the third attempt to use policy to keep coal and nuclear operators afloat. The main focus is coal generators, which Trump promised to rescue during his campaign. Although Trump's campaign rhetoric often blamed environmental regulations, the problem has been economic more than regulatory; cheap natural gas has been the biggest threat to coal and nuclear.

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Stuttgart stunners: The Porsche Effect shows off racing legends - Roadshow - News - 6 hours 6 min ago
Celebrating 70 years of legendary sports and race cars, the Porsche Effect at the Petersen Automotive Museum lets you get up close to some incredibly machines.

Review: Subaru Crosstrek finds sweet spot between value and drivability

Ars Technica - 6 hours 6 min ago


In a world where seemingly every auto manufacturer is making SUVs (hello, Lamborghini!) and crossovers, it can be hard to stand out from the crowd. Alfa Romeo does it by making an insanely fast and sporty crossover. Range Rover goes for an incredibly sleek look and a separate screen just for climate control. By contrast, Subaru just tries to make quality vehicles. That strategy has served the company well with the Outback, which has been at or near the top of the station wagon sales charts for what seems like forever. But can that strategy work with crossovers? Enter the Crosstrek.

All new for the 2018 model year, the Subaru Crosstrek is a mini crossover built on Subaru's new Global Platform, which Subaru says offers 70-percent more rigidity. The Crosstrek has a raised suspension with Stablex dampers for a smoother ride. The old, familiar Subaru Boxer engine remains—in this case the usual 2.0-liter, direct-injection, four-cylinder suspect capable of cranking out 152hp (113.3kW) and 145lb-ft of torque (196.6nM); if you're thinking that sounds a bit light, keep reading. The all-wheel drive Crosstrek has a seven-speed Lineartronic CVT transmission, but Subaru offers a six-speed manual transmission in the base and Premium trims. If automatic transmission is your thing but you like to take over sometimes, the Crosstrek comes with paddle shifters.

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70 years of the Porsche Effect, from the 356 to the 919 - Roadshow - News - 6 hours 7 min ago
The Petersen Automotive Museum’s latest exhibit celebrates many mighty machines from the legendary automaker.

2018 iPhone may cost half the price of an iPhone X - CNET - News - 6 hours 36 min ago
The 6.1-inch iPhone could have a starting price of $550, according to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

AT&T and Time Warner versus the DOJ: What's happened so far - CNET - News - 7 hours 6 min ago
Time Warner and AT&T just wrapped up legal arguments in defense of their proposed $85 billion merger. Next up: The Justice Department gets a chance at a rebuttal.

Has Q Acoustics made its Elac killers? - CNET - News - 7 hours 6 min ago
Q Acoustics has announced its 3000i range of speakers with a raft of improvements, which promise to bother budget brands such as Elac and Polk.

Galaxy S9 vs. Razer Phone: Ultimate stereo speaker throwdown - CNET - News - 7 hours 6 min ago
Both phones claim their sound will blow you away, so we put them to the test.

TP-Link Archer C2300 Wi-Fi router review - CNET - Reviews - 7 hours 7 min ago
The TP-Link Archer C2300 router is easy to use for everyone, has lots of features and performs great on 5GHz -- all for a very affordable price.

This home theater has a secret feature that hides something god-awful - CNET - News - 7 hours 36 min ago
Show Us Yours: Joe and his wife wanted to replace their unattractive entertainment system with something better. See how they said goodbye to ugly by hiding their wires.

Super Troopers 2 review: Fans get what they paid for in this crowdfunded surprise

Ars Technica - 7 hours 51 min ago

The Internet hype campaign for Super Troopers 2 sneaked in at the tail end of the crowdfunding gold rush in 2015, and that timing might have made all the difference. Crowdfunding fatigue is alive and well, after all, with the practice significantly dropping off since its mid-'10s heyday. Who knows if the Broken Lizard comedy troupe would have raised over $4.6 million if they'd launched the effort even half a year later?

What, then, did fans help create by way of an Indiegogo campaign? Exactly what Broken Lizard promised: "the version of Super Troopers 2 you've been waiting for." Consider that a blessing or a curse, depending on your comedy point of view, but there's just no getting around how spiritually faithful this sequel is to the silly-cops original. More important, however, is that this crowdfunded film does not bend to the simplest catchphrase and old-gag doldrums you might expect. Just because Broken Lizard took fans' money doesn't mean the comics were stuck repeating material from the 2001 film.

The result is an easy call for best crowdfunded film in recent memory. That's a low bar to clear, of course, and Super Troopers 2 is by no means a perfect film. But its ingeniously orchestrated stupidity—like a Jackson Pollack painting made up of cop pranks and hard-R visual gags—is must-see stuff for anybody who liked the first film.

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Cloud-surfing orgs under attack, Microsoft antivirus for Chrome, Windows 10 S bypass, non-RSA gigs, and more

The Register - 8 hours 53 sec ago
Your guide to this week in infosec

Roundup Here's a roundup of this week's security news, beyond what we've already covered.…

We put the Google Pixel 2 under the macro lens - CNET - News - 8 hours 6 min ago
Get an eyeload of where the glass meets the metal in the Pixel 2's unusual design.

3 things Westworld should borrow from the movie - CNET - News - 8 hours 6 min ago
The original 1973 film, despite being very different from the HBO series, has many ideas that can still make for fascinating TV reveals.

How much do AI gurus really get paid? And is NIPS such a great name for a conference?

The Register - 9 hours 40 min ago
And how does Hey Siri work? Read about it here

Roundup Hi, here's a few interesting bits and pieces from the world of AI. A public tax form from OpenAI reveals the crazy salaries of top AI researchers. There are more competitions pushing for improved image recognition models on mobiles, as well as training systems as fast and cheap as possible.…

Time to ditch the front door key? Nest's new wireless smart lock is surprisingly convenient

The Register - 12 hours 35 sec ago
But it's still hard to shake some concerns

Review It's something we all do when we get home: rummage around in your pockets or bag, find your keys, identify the one you want and then stick it in your front door to gain access.…

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