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Windows 10 will get better at telling time with new leap second support

Ars Technica - 2 hours 9 min ago

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One of the things that to me sums up the utter futility of existence and the inevitability of humanity's eventual extinction is the fact that the world is slowing down. About every 18 months or so, the Earth takes about a second longer to rotate on its axis, ever so slowly grinding to a halt. There's at least a possibility that when this happens, the Earth will be tidally locked to the Sun, with one side in Sun-scorched perpetual daylight (probably Texas—they frankly won't notice the extra heat) and the other side eternally dark. The future is really bleak.

But between now and then, we have to handle the problem of keeping track of the time. There are two main sources of time: a whole bunch of atomic clocks averaged together to produce International Atomic Time, and the astronomical time that comes from measuring how long the earth actually takes to spin on its axis. This latter time, named UTC ("coordinated universal time"), is used in science and engineering. For most purposes, it's the time reference that we want our watches, clocks, phones, and computers to be set by. Because UTC is based on the Earth's actual spinning, it slowly falls behind atomic time. Every time the gap is more than 0.9 seconds, an extra second is added to UTC—a leap second—to bring the two back in sync.

The next major update to Windows 10, likely due in October, and the next major version of Windows Server, named Windows Server 2019, will both include support for leap seconds. Whenever UTC needs an extra second to catch up, the clock in Windows will include the extra 61st second before rolling over to the next minute.

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Giant sexy Jeff Goldblum statue finds a way (into our hearts) - CNET - News - 2 hours 12 min ago
The huge shirtless statue is even more impressive in person.

Your Uber could now come with snacks, drinks, electronics - CNET - News - 2 hours 19 min ago
The ride-hailing company partners with Cargo. Now drivers can hawk eats through a vending machine.

Fujifilm XF10 is the cheapest APS-C compact yet - CNET - Reviews - 2 hours 19 min ago
At $500 it's less expensive than many smaller-sensor competitors. But it's got a relatively slim feature set in comparison, too.

After 500 years, a UV lamp solves the mystery of the Basel Papyrus

Ars Technica - 2 hours 22 min ago

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The University of Basel has dozens of ancient papyrus texts in its collection, but one has been known for centuries as the Basel Papyrus. The 2,000-year-old work has been in the university’s collection since the 1500s, when it was acquired from a lawyer and art collector named Basilius Amerbach. And throughout those 500 years, no one could decipher it.

The writing on the Basel Papyrus looked like the ancient Greek script commonly used during the waning days of the Roman Empire, around the 3rd century CE, but the letters were reversed, like writing held up to a mirror.

“A few individual letters were readable before, but no sense could be established,” Sabine Huebner, professor of ancient history at the University of Basel, told Ars. “There were several theories circulating [about] why the papyrus was written in mirror script: to hide a secret message? As a joke? A medieval forgery?” Generations of archivists have puzzled over the mystery since the papyrus arrived in the university’s collection, but until recently, they’d all been stumped.

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Comic-Con 2018: Watch the first trailer for DC’s Titans - CNET - News - 2 hours 22 min ago
Get your first look at DC’s latest Teen Titans adaptation, coming exclusively to its streaming platform.

NASA aims for moon space station for live-in astronauts in next 10 years - CNET - News - 2 hours 28 min ago
The "gateway" would linger in lunar orbit, making long-term missions feasible.

Moto E5 Plus review: Not your first budget choice - CNET - Reviews - 2 hours 31 min ago
It's not even Moto's best cheap phone.

Comcast admits defeat in bidding war for Fox, clearing path for Disney

Ars Technica - 2 hours 48 min ago

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Comcast is abandoning its attempt to purchase 21st Century Fox properties, the cable company announced today.

"Comcast does not intend to pursue further the acquisition of the 21st Century Fox assets," Comcast said in a statement.

That doesn't mean Comcast is done trying to buy media properties, however. Comcast's statement said that it will focus on its attempt to purchase Sky, a British media and pay-TV company. Comcast last week raised its bid for Sky, topping a previous offer made by 21st Century Fox.

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Xiaomi Mi Max 3 goes bigger on battery and screen - CNET - News - 2 hours 56 min ago
And dual cameras, too, of course.

Adobe on internal systems bug: It's not critical

The Register - 2 hours 59 min ago
Researcher: I think you'll find....

Adobe has played down the significance of an admitted vulnerability in its internal systems.…

Comic-Con 2018: The best cosplay, from Thor to The Joker - CNET - News - 3 hours 7 min ago
Cosplayers from around the world gather once more in downtown San Diego to bring to life their favorite characters from pop culture. Take a tour of the most impressive costumes we saw.

Wemo the first in new wave of easier-to-use HomeKit devices - CNET - News - 3 hours 12 min ago
After a software update, the Wemo Mini smart switch will become the first device to connect with HomeKit via software protocols, no MFi chip (or Wemo Bridge) necessary.

EU hits Google with record $5 billion fine over Android antitrust practices - CNET - News - 3 hours 19 min ago
Big changes to Android could be on the way. Meanwhile, President Trump offers his opinion.

Up way too close with the giant sexy Jeff Goldblum statue - CNET - News - 3 hours 45 min ago
Enjoy these gratuitous photos of the open-shirted man himself.

Samsung's latest VR moonshot literally takes a shot at the moon - CNET - News - 3 hours 53 min ago
It's no giant leap for mankind, but an antigravity rig does help you make giant leaps for mere Earthlings.

Spooked Cisco chief phoned AWS, asked: You're not making a switch, are you?

The Register - 3 hours 59 min ago
Firm's share price dipped following report

Networks hardware makers can rest easy: the tech titan that is Amazon Web Services isn't going to be selling switches any time soon, which will likely be music to the ears of current AWS supplier Cisco.…

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