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3 states try to help the FCC kill net neutrality and preempt state laws

Ars Technica - October 23, 2018 - 10:15pm

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The Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net neutrality rules has received support from the Republican attorneys general of Texas, Arkansas, and Nebraska.

The three states filed a brief Friday in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, urging judges to reject a lawsuit filed against the FCC by 22 other states. The action highlights a partisan split among state attorneys general: states with Democratic attorneys general are fighting to save net neutrality while states with Republican attorneys general are either fighting against net neutrality or standing on the sidelines.

The FCC's net neutrality repeal is being challenged in a lawsuit filed by all 22 US states with a Democratic attorney general as well as the District of Columbia, which also has a Democratic AG.

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Bohemian Rhapsody is indeed a killer Queen biopic - CNET

cNET.com - News - October 23, 2018 - 10:14pm
This review does not use the O-word, but the award looms large for Rami Malek's portrayal of Freddie Mercury.

Tesla to remove 'many' Model S, Model X interior configurations on Nov. 1 - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - October 23, 2018 - 10:00pm
Which ones are going away? Why, that's a very good question.

HP says: Like, comment and subscribe to our beastly workstations

The Register - October 23, 2018 - 10:00pm
Boutique PC for middle managers, subscription hardware for creative pros

As the Microsoft Surface juggernaut rolls on, there's added urgency to flogging premium PCs this autumn, with Intel's chip shortage affecting the lower end of the market, making premium sales more hotly contested.…

WikiTribune cuts journalism staff to make way for more community participation - CNET

cNET.com - News - October 23, 2018 - 10:00pm
The news platform is looking for new journalists with "extensive wiki experience" and "fact checking passion."

Apple iPhone XR review: The best iPhone value in years - CNET

cNET.com - Reviews - October 23, 2018 - 9:51pm
If you're buying a new iPhone, this should be your starting point.

'We broke a few things and will continue to do so... in a careful way' – Oracle's Reinhold on Java renovation work

The Register - October 23, 2018 - 9:48pm
Language is still free, it's the support that will cost you plenty

CodeOne The perennial Oracle OpenWorld sideshow previously known as JavaOne flowered again on Monday under a new name, Oracle Code One. The rebranding, as Stephen Chin, director of the Oracle developer community team, said in April, represents an effort to create a "bigger event that’s inclusive to more languages, technologies, and developer communities."…

Amazon Go store comes to San Francisco - CNET

cNET.com - News - October 23, 2018 - 9:45pm
Just download the app and start shopping.

US congress-critters question prime directive of Pentagon's $10bn JEDI cloud contract

The Register - October 23, 2018 - 9:34pm
These are not the vendors you're looking for, republicans suggest in demand for probe

A pair of US congressmen are calling for an investigation into the Pentagon's $10bn single-vendor IT contract dubbed JEDI – aka the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure.…

HP's new Spectre laptops have a webcam kill switch to protect you from creeps - CNET

cNET.com - News - October 23, 2018 - 9:06pm
New privacy features are also coming to a new EliteBook business convertible.

Arizona superintendent fails in last attempt to limit evolution teaching

Ars Technica - October 23, 2018 - 9:06pm

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Earlier this year, we covered an attempt by Arizona's superintendent of Public Instruction to alter the state's science education standards. Superintendent Diane Douglas seemingly directed her staff to edit a set of standards prepared by educators so that numerous mentions of the word "evolution" were eliminated. Climate change was later diminished in a similar manner.

But since that time, the news has been almost uniformly good. Superintendent Douglas lost in a primary election to a fellow Republican, her edits to the school standards were rejected by the state school board, and a last-ditch effort to swap in educational guidelines from a religious college wasn't even given serious consideration.

As we noted in our earlier coverage, Douglas has in the past suggested that schools teach intelligent design, which is the idea that life arose and diversified due to the intervention of an intelligent agent rather than evolution. It's an idea that was generated for religious purposes, and its teaching has been ruled an imposition of religion by the courts. She has also misunderstood the status of a scientific theory in suggesting that it reflected the idea that our knowledge of evolution is uncertain. These beliefs seem to have motivated her intervention into the science standards.

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HP updates Spectre x360 2-in-1s with webcam privacy switch, more battery life

Ars Technica - October 23, 2018 - 9:00pm

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HP's premium convertibles have consistently won over our hearts for the past couple of years. Now, the company is updating both the 13-inch and 15-inch Spectre x360 machines with more security features, more powerful CPU and GPU options, and an edgier design.

Let's start with the Spectre x360 13: the fourth generation of the 13-inch two-in-one is slightly thinner and lighter than the previous model, now measuring 14.5mm thick and weighing 2.9 pounds. The now-faceted edges complement the jewelry-like gold finish, and the back corners near the hinge have a new angled design. HP made use of the angled corners by sticking an extra USB-C port on one of them. Whether open or closed, the Spectre x360 13 can connect to peripherals or charge via that extra USB-C port.

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FCC gives 5G and Wi-Fi a boost as you gobble up wireless - CNET

cNET.com - News - October 23, 2018 - 9:00pm
But not everyone is happy about the FCC's vote.

Electrify America will juice up the Ohio Turnpike for the first time - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - October 23, 2018 - 8:53pm
The chargers will be at service plazas, so you don't need to leave the turnpike to charge.

Apple's Peloton patent connects moving self-driving cars to boost efficiency - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - October 23, 2018 - 8:40pm
Peloton would allow vehicles to connect physically to one another and share battery power for more efficient travel.

Facebook's Messenger makeover focuses on simplicity - CNET

cNET.com - News - October 23, 2018 - 8:40pm
The messaging app, which counts more than 1.3 billion users, is cutting down on the number of tabs, adding a "dark mode" and other seemingly modernizing features.

Science: Broke brats glued to the web while silk-stocking scions have better things to do

The Register - October 23, 2018 - 8:35pm
Oh, and many of the stereotypes of Gen Z are wrong

A new survey of teenagers reveals that children from poorer households use the internet more than those from richer homes, upending a common assumption about our online lives.…

Amazon Fire HD 8 (2018) review: Small upgrades sweeten the deal just a bit - CNET

cNET.com - Reviews - October 23, 2018 - 8:34pm
The latest HD 8 isn't much of an upgrade over last year's model, but the "always-ready" hands-free Alexa feature is a nice addition to what remains the best tablet value.

A look at 3200 Phaethon: A big, bizarre, blue asteroid we plan to visit - CNET

cNET.com - News - October 23, 2018 - 8:31pm
New research suggests the "rock comet" is weirder than previously thought.

Google Play is upgrading previously purchased movies to 4K for free - CNET

cNET.com - News - October 23, 2018 - 8:26pm
4K movies on Google's platform now cost less, too

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