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New Zealand joins the Space Race

The Register - 1 hour 17 min ago
Sunday success for local launchers Rocket Labs

New Zealand has joined the list of spacefaring nations, courtesy of a US-Kiwi startup called Rocket Lab.…

Hey American business, here's how to use blockch ... sorry - we've been shut down

The Register - 1 hour 30 min ago
NIST delays advice and is very, very sorry about 2013 crypto SNAFU

ShmooCon 2018 The political maneuvering that has shut much of the US government has delayed the National Institute of Standards and Technology's planned release of guidance about the risks and rewards of blockchain technology.…

Bonavita Metropolitan 8-Cup brewer review - CNET - Reviews - January 21, 2018 - 11:07pm
Bonavita's Metropolitan brews delicious drip coffee for just $100.

Patriots-Jaguars memes are all about the quarterbacks - CNET - News - January 21, 2018 - 10:53pm
Tom Brady and his five Super Bowl rings take on Blake Bortles and his awesomely alliterative name. Are you ready for some football?

PPG expert talks self-driving car paints, trends at Detroit - Roadshow - News - January 21, 2018 - 10:22pm
A PPG paint expert drops by Roadshow's Detroit Auto Show stage to talk automotive color trends, and discuss how self-driving car tech may impact future paints.

Ford Mustang Bullitt No. 001 hits $300,000 at auction - Roadshow - News - January 21, 2018 - 10:02pm
That's a lot of cash for a regular production pony car, but don't worry, it was for charity.

Apple gets Muhammad Ali to sell you on iPhone X selfies - CNET - News - January 21, 2018 - 10:00pm
Commentary: In a new ad, Cupertino wants you to believe the phone's camera will show you're the greatest. The double greatest, in fact.

How Google showed Apple that HomePod can succeed - CNET - News - January 21, 2018 - 8:00pm
Commentary: Apple's smart speaker might finally see the light of day shortly. Is it too late?

Here’s how to make sure Hawaii’s missile warning fiasco isn’t repeated

Ars Technica - January 21, 2018 - 8:00pm

This is a guest post from Steve Bellovin, a professor in the Computer Science department and affiliate faculty at the law school at Columbia University. His research focuses on networks, security, and public policy. His opinions don't necessarily reflect the views of Ars Technica.

(credit: EUGENE TANNER/AFP/Getty Images)

By now, most people have heard about the erroneous incoming ICBM alert in Hawaii. There's been scrutiny of the how the emergency alert system works and of how international tensions and the flight times of missiles can lead to accidental nuclear war. I'd like to focus instead on how the systems design in Hawaii led to this problem—a design that I suspect is replicated in many other states.

One possible factor, of course, is hurried design:

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Amazon's HQ2 competition gets merciless SNL mockery - CNET - News - January 21, 2018 - 6:00pm
Commentary: The bidding cities try to impress Jeff Bezos with "stars" such as Casey Affleck, Pitbull and TV cook Paula Deen. But Bezos only has eyes for Alexa.

Poison arrows inspire new male contraceptive, scientists report

Ars Technica - January 21, 2018 - 5:00pm

Enlarge / Aim carefully. (credit: Getty | Brian Seed )

According to scientists, a poison arrow in the quiver may let loose a very sticky nether-region massacre.

The poison in question has spattered from the tips of African weapons for centuries, rubbing out wild beasts and halting the hearts of warriors. But, according to a study in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, a crotch shot of an ancient toxin called “ouabain” can also take out sperm. By tweaking the poison’s chemical backbone (or scaffold), it can selectively paralyze trouser troops and prevent them from storming eggs, the authors report.

The study’s authors, led by Shameem Sultana Syeda of the University of Minnesota, are optimistic that, with further aiming, the poison’s progeny could one day strike as a safe, reversible male contraceptive.

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A look inside the cashierless Amazon Go store - CNET - News - January 21, 2018 - 4:01pm
The new Amazon Go store in Seattle has one big figure: You don't actually take out your wallet to pay for anything.

What it's like inside Amazon's futuristic, automated store - CNET - News - January 21, 2018 - 4:00pm
The new Amazon Go store in Seattle features something different: No cashiers. CNET got an early look.

Tesla’s Model X: A lovely roadtripper with stiff daily driving competition

Ars Technica - January 21, 2018 - 4:00pm

Jordan Golson

It’s been quite an unexpected decade at Tesla. In 2007, if you said that the EV company would release an all-electric sedan that became one of the fastest accelerating vehicles of all time and sold tens of thousands of units with numerous hardware and software improvements along the way, you’d have been sent to the loony bin. And if you then predicted the company would release an all-electric SUV that would do the same and develop and release (sort of) an affordable, stylish, and long-range EV... well, maybe you’d have been mistaken for a member of the Musk family.

And yet, Elon Musk and Tesla have done all those things with the Model S, Model X, and Model 3. The company has gone further with things like the Gigafactory; home, commercial, and utility battery products; and previews of the new Tesla Roadster and Tesla Semi, too. To be sure, Musk has made a lot of ambitious promises and really missed a lot of deadlines over the years—but people who have bet against Tesla have lost a lot of money. (Tesla's stock price is up almost 1700 percent since its June 2010 IPO, fyi.)

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Realizing you can’t have enough JK Simmons, new sci-fi spy series doubles him

Ars Technica - January 21, 2018 - 3:30pm

Enlarge / Counterpart is ready to give you all the JK Simmons you can handle. (credit: Starz)

Warning: The following preview outlines general details for the premise of Counterpart, a new Starz sci-fi series debuting this weekend.

The “actor as multiple roles” genre has been done in a seemingly infinite amount of ways as of late: clones, siblings, whatever Cloud Atlas was. With Starz' new series Counterpart debuting this Sunday (8pm ET), the premise gets a slight twist. Beloved institution JK Simmons (everything from those insurance ads to Justice League and Whiplash) portrays mild-mannered office man Howard and alternate-universe spy bad-ass Howard Prime.

Confused? Luckily, audiences get the gist of this situation early in the series premiere: 30 years ago during the Cold War, scientists were experimenting when something went wrong, opening a passage between two seemingly distinct worlds. “Go through this door,” bossman Peter tells Howard. “And you’re in a world identical to ours.”

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What if Samsung's Galaxy S9 gets these six features? - CNET - News - January 21, 2018 - 2:01pm
These innovations could find their way onto future phones.

Logitech Circle 2 review - CNET - Reviews - January 21, 2018 - 2:00pm
Logitech's Circle 2 wired indoor/outdoor security camera has what it takes to keep watch in and around your home.

Apple's Beats is on Tom Brady's side - CNET - News - January 21, 2018 - 1:35am
Commentary: In an ad to coincide with the AFC Championship game, Beats features the New England Patriots quarterback being deaf to criticism.

An MMO goes full circle, promises to bring subscriptions back this year

Ars Technica - January 21, 2018 - 1:30am

Enlarge / Starting sometime this year, you'll be able to pay up front to fake as any of Rift Prime's heroes. (credit: Trion)

The online game-subscription model has generally waned in recent years, overtaken by the popularity (and apparent profitability) of the "free-to-play" (F2P) paradigm. One of the earliest MMORPGs to switch to a F2P model, the Trion-published Rift, announced a curious change coming to its payment model: a branch-off of one Rift server, and its entire gameplay and payment structure, to return to the flat subscription model later this year.

As reported by Kotaku, the game's developers announced plans for this new version, dubbed Rift Prime, in a Friday blog post. The plan actually began life months earlier when Trion asked fans about the idea of a "challenge server" product—meaning, a version of the game that was harder and segregated interested players into their own, higher-difficulty pool of players. Fan response to the pitch went a different direction.

The players' "strongest cues," the devs write, revolved around "how to make the business model more appealing."

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Facebook shirks responsibility, says experts can't be trusted - CNET - News - January 20, 2018 - 10:06pm
Commentary: In asking Facebook's so-called community to decide which news sources are trustworthy, Mark Zuckerberg offers a truly disturbing rationale.

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