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Dilbert - October 22, 2018 - 12:59am
Categories: Geek

iPhone XR camera: Just how good will it be? - CNET - News - October 22, 2018 - 12:28am
It's only got one lens, while the iPhone XS has two. But what else is different?

Facebook reportedly shopping for a cybersecurity company - CNET - News - October 21, 2018 - 11:24pm
Acquisition would aim to shore up security following the largest hack in the company's history.

Telcos flailing against tide to turn into dumb pipes

ZDnet Blogs - October 21, 2018 - 11:00pm
Streaming, 5G, and thoughts and prayers are being deployed by telcos to be anything other than bit handlers.
Categories: Opinion

Bloodhound's 1,000 MPH Car Project Needs Money

Slashdot - October 21, 2018 - 10:15pm
Categories: Geek, Opinion

Yosemite: Photographer searches for Taft Point proposal couple

BBC Technology News - October 21, 2018 - 8:18pm
Freelance photographer Matthew Dippel is hunting for the pair who he caught on camera earlier this month.

This artist's home theater and movie museum will freak you out - CNET - News - October 21, 2018 - 7:18pm
Show Us Yours: Artist Paul Snyder's home houses not only his movie theater, but also a museum filled with homemade statues of famous Hollywood characters you have to see to believe.

NASA Has Explored Manned Missions To Venus

Slashdot - October 21, 2018 - 7:15pm
Categories: Geek, Opinion

Lithium giants feud over competition, brine in Chile’s Atacama Desert

Ars Technica - October 21, 2018 - 7:00pm

Enlarge / A general view of Laguna Colorada located near the border with Chile, in the Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia. The Uyuni Salt Flats are estimated to contain 100 million tons of lithium, making it one of the largest global reserves of this mineral, according to state officials at the Bolivian Mining Corporation. (credit: MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/Getty Images)

Two of the world's biggest lithium producers, Albemarle Corporation and Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile (otherwise known as SQM), are tangled in two disputes: the first over water rights in Chile's Atacama desert and the second over ownership of SQM.

Both Albemarle and SQM have significant operations in the Atacama desert, where some of the world's best lithium resources exist. As electric vehicles with lithium-ion batteries become more popular, lithium resources are becoming more valuable. That has created some conflict in an industry that has long remained relatively quiet.

Who's drinking whose milkshake?

This week, Reuters reported that both Albemarle and SQM have accused each other of overdrawing brine from the Atacama's underground aquifers. Both companies have operations in the Atacama's Salar, and their operations are just three miles apart from each other. The brine water that has been accumulating for millennia under the Atacama is lithium-rich, and companies pump it out and send the brine to evaporation ponds where heat extracts the water and leaves the reactive alkali metal behind.

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Game of Thrones shot a reunion special with Conan O'Brien - CNET - News - October 21, 2018 - 6:00pm
Sean Bean says the comedian hosted a farewell show of some kind in Northern Ireland.

George Lucas and Jon Favreau get together in ... a cantina? - CNET - News - October 21, 2018 - 5:00pm
The Star Wars creator apparently paid a visit to the set of The Mandalorian.

Elon Musk trolls 'virgin' Fortnite players, game fights back - CNET - News - October 21, 2018 - 4:00pm
The billionaire businessman and the hit game had a brief but entertaining Twitter fight.

The Guilty review: Even in 2018, a simple phone can be utterly thrilling

Ars Technica - October 21, 2018 - 3:00pm

Ars chats up The Guilty writer/director Gustav Möller in a particularly Ars-y (and dark) karaoke room at Fantastic Fest 2018 (produced/edited by Nathan Mattise; transcript available). (video link)

AUSTIN, Texas—Browsing through written descriptions (whether in this year’s Fantastic Fest brochure or this weekend’s movie listings), The Guilty might sound remarkably unremarkable: a cop on desk duty takes a panicked 9-1-1 call and has to figure out what’s happening. It sounds like a classic high-stakes, detective-against-time story, but what makes it intriguing is that the entire film never leaves the detective’s office—the cinematic equivalent of a bottle episode.

Danish writer/director Gustav Möller has created something special with those constraints, and anyone lucky enough to find The Guilty playing nearby during its limited US theatrical release should take advantage of it. The film feels like a masterclass in minimalism in all aspects, from the way it doles out information to the performance of its lead to the so-good-you-can’t-help-but-notice-it sound design. The Guilty is a film you can’t look away from despite the visuals being its least interesting part.

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