Humanity’s current understanding of physics may suggest faster-than-light travel is impossible, but researchers here on Earth can still observe happening in places much too far away to ever actually visit (and generally only what they looked like in the distant past). One of them is a galactic collision that, at least…
Source: Gizmodo – NASA Image of Merging Galaxy Clusters Looks Suspiciously Like the USS Enterprise
Google+ is shutting down in the wake of a data privacy flaw, but that doesn’t mean Google is now uninterested in social features. The 9to5Google crew has discovered what appears to be in-testing support for comments on search results. The feature w…
Source: Engadget – Google may add public comments for searches
Intel developers have been punctual in their bring-up of Icelake support within Coreboot…
Source: Phoronix – Coreboot Support Taking Shape For Intel Icelake
v3rgEz writes: The Electronic Frontier Foundation and transparency non-profit MuckRock helped file over a thousand public records requests, looking into how local police departments were trading away sensitive data on where you drive and park, picked up by their use of automated license plate recognition devices. They’ve just published the results of those requests, including looking at how hundreds of departments freely share that data with hundreds of other organizations — often with no public oversight. Explore the data yourself, or, if your town isn’t yet in their database, requests its information free on MuckRock and they’ll file a request for it. “[Automated license plate readers (ALPR)] are a combination of high-speed cameras and optical character recognition technology that can identify license plates and turn them into machine-readable text,” reports the EFF. “What makes ALPR so powerful is that drivers are required by law to install license plates on their vehicles. In essence, our license plates have become tracking beacons. After the plate data is collected, the ALPR systems upload the information to a central a database along with the time, date, and GPS coordinates. Cops can search these databases to see where drivers have traveled or to identify vehicles that visited certain locations. Police can also add license plates under suspicion to ‘hot lists,’ allowing for real-time alerts when a vehicle is spotted by an ALPR network.”
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Source: Slashdot – EFF, MuckRock Partner To See How Local Police Are Trading Your Car’s Location
You won’t want to rush to get Tumblr’s iOS app at the moment… because you can’t. Users have noticed that the social network (part of Engadget’s parent company Verizon) has been unavailable on the App Store. It’s not certain what prompted the disapp…
Source: Engadget – Tumblr for iOS disappears from the App Store
We’re all eagerly waiting for Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) to make her big screen debut in Captain Marvel, but it looks like folks wanting to meet her before then can head to Anaheim for a little one-on-one with the legendary hero.
Source: io9 – Captain Marvel Is Crash Landing Into Disney’s California Adventure Park
Last week, I realized that I had a problem. My Xbox Live Gamertag was tied to an EA Account that was not my primary EA Account. Worse yet, I no longer had access to the email associated with that EA Account. I took a deep breath and prepared myself for a Customer Service Experience.
Source: Kotaku – Four Days In Hell With EA Help
evanak writes: Bill Godbout was one of the earliest and most influential supports of the S-100 bus in the mid-1970s. He passed away last week due to the Camp wildfire in Concow, California, according to a Vintage Computer Federation blog post. More than 50 other people also died in the fires, but chances are Mr. Godbout was the only one with a license to fly blimps. “Godbout was born October 2, 1939,” the blog post reads. “He talked about his introduction to computing in an interview with InfoWorld magazine for their February 18, 1980 issue. ‘My first job out of college was with IBM. I served a big-system apprenticeship there, but I think the thing that really triggered [my interest] was the introduction of the 8008 by Intel,’ he said. ‘I was fascinated that you could have that kind of capability in a little 18-pin package.'” Godbout’s family has set up a GoFundMe campaign to support their needs in this difficult time.
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Source: Slashdot – Bill Godbout, Early S-100 Bus Pioneer, Perished In the Camp Wildfire
President Donald Trump traveled to Northern California this weekend to survey the area affected by the Camp Fire, which has become the deadliest and most destructive fire in the state’s history. During the visit, the president appeared to double down on some of his previous rhetoric involving what he has described as…
Source: Gizmodo – Trump Suggests California Wildfires Can Be Avoided by ‘Raking’
There is growing suspicion NVIDIA’s mid-range RTX 2060 GPU will debut later than expected, as the company is facing a conundrum following “crypto hangover”: as MarketWatch explains, the graphics giant wants to clear its big backlog of older gaming cards, but miners selling similar gear on the secondary market are making things difficult. High-end gamers also represent another hurdle, as many are, obviously, flocking to the latest RTX products.
Due to a backlog of existing graphics cards, NVIDIA’s next-generation GeForce RTX 2060 mid-range GPUs may be delayed for a bit longer. In a call Thursday when Nvidia released its earnings report, company executives explained that the end of the cryptocurrency boom had created an oversupply of the existing mid-range GTX 1060 cards. Prices for the card didn’t fall quickly enough to attract NVIDIA’s traditional demographic of gamers, leaving the company in what it describes as a crypto hangover.
Source: [H]ardOCP – Crypto Hangover Could Take Blame for NVIDIA’s Potential GeForce RTX 2060 Delay
Gamers Nexus has published what appears to be the last article in its series of RTX 2080 Ti investigations. According to Steve’s testing, “thermals were not the issue with these cards,” nor was firmware, as artifacting occurred even under newer revisions. The exact cause of failure remains a mystery, but engineers in the industry suggest it is a “board-level assembly” or “in-silicon” issue.
Speaking with some engineers in the industry, we’re left with an assumption that this is either a board-level assembly issue or an in-silicon issue. NVIDIA has noted that it is replacing any affected cards, so there’s that. The company described these units as “test escapes” and seems to think that the problem is fixed going forward. We have exceedingly high confidence that this is a hardware-level issue, but it does not appear to be an epidemic.
Source: [H]ardOCP – NVIDIA RTX 2080 Ti Failures: Gamers Nexus Rules Out “Thermals, Firmware, Windows”
A federal judge refused this week to throw out a lawsuit against neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer alleging it led a “terror campaign” against a Jewish real estate agent, Tanya Gersh, and the Southern Poverty Law Center tells the New York Times it expects the civil case to now proceed to a trial.
Source: Gizmodo – Judge Refuses to Throw Out Lawsuit Against Neo-Nazi Website Daily Stormer
It turns out Google’s recently announced Pixel 3 smartphone is making use of the MSM Direct Rendering Manager driver associated with the Freedreno open-source Qualcomm graphics project. Google is also getting more Android vendors moving over to using DRM/KMS drivers to power their graphics/display…
Source: Phoronix – Google’s Pixel 3 Is Using The MSM DRM Driver, More Android Phones Moving To DRM/KMS Code
For a while, SpaceX has dreamed of making its Falcon 9 rocket as reusable as possible, and not just the first stage. Now, though, it’s having a change of heart. SpaceX has scrapped plans to make the rocket’s second stage reusable. Instead, Elon Mu…
Source: Engadget – SpaceX drops plans to make Falcon 9 rockets more reusable
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: A team of researchers conducted their analysis using data stored in something called the UK Biobank. More than 500,000 people have contributed blood, urine and saliva samples to the biobank, which scientists can use to answer various research questions. The volunteers also filled out questionnaires asking a variety of health-related questions, including how much coffee they drink. Part of what determines our sensitivity to bitter substances is determined by the genes we inherit from our parents. So the researchers used genetic analysis of samples from the biobank to find people who were more or less sensitive to three bitter substances: caffeine, quinine (think tonic water) and a chemical called propylthiouracil that is frequently used in genetic tests of people’s ability to taste bitter compounds.
Then they looked to see if people sensitive to one or more of these substances drank more or less coffee than people who were not sensitive. To the researchers’ surprise, people who were more sensitive to caffeine reported increased coffee consumption compared with people who were less sensitive. The result was restricted to the bitterness of caffeine. People sensitive to quinine and propylthiouracil — neither of which is in coffee — tended to drink less coffee. The effect of increased caffeine sensitivity was small: it only amounted to about two tablespoons more coffee per day. But by analyzing so many samples, the researchers were able to detect even small differences like that. The reason may be that people “learn to associate that bitter taste with the stimulation that coffee can provide,” says one of the study authors.
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Source: Slashdot – People Sensitive To Caffeine’s Bitter Taste Drink More Coffee, Study Finds
Japan appointed a new cyber-security minister last month, but his qualifications are up for debate following a recent admission: Yoshitaka Sakurada told a committee of lawmakers this week he “never used a computer” in his life. Sakurada, who will be overseeing cyber security for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, suggested the lack of computer experience won’t be a problem.
A politician from the opposition Democratic Party, Masato Imai, whose question had prompted the admission, expressed surprise. “I find it unbelievable that someone who is responsible for cyber-security measures has never used a computer,” he said. But Mr Sakurada responded that other officials had the necessary experience and he was confident there would not be a problem.
Source: [H]ardOCP – Japan’s Cyber-Security Minister Has “Never Used a Computer”
In order to improve network latency, the next iteration of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is switching from TCP (Transmission Control Protocol) to a protocol layered on top of UDP (User Datagram Protocol) called QUIC, or “Quick UDP Internet Connections.” UDP is generally less reliable than TCP because it deals with unordered data, but QUIC, which was developed by Google, is supposed to minimize potential errors.
QUIC reinstates the reliability and ordering that TCP has but without introducing the same number of round trips and latency. For example, if a client is reconnecting to a server, the client can send important encryption data with the very first packet, enabling the server to resurrect the old connection, using the same encryption as previously negotiated, without requiring any additional round trips.
Source: [H]ardOCP – The Next Version of HTTP Won’t Be Using TCP
If you’ve played Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, then you know that the game has a particular love of a single, solitary cuss: maláka. It means something between “jerk” and “asshole,” and it apparently fits in nearly any situation. And now there’s a supercut to show off the plenitude of the curse word.
Source: Kotaku – Finally, A Supercut Of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s Favorite Cuss
We hope you haven’t had your fill of deals yet, because the deals dam is definitely getting ready to burst. Naturally, Best Buy has wasted no time getting its holiday deals online, with many alluring products on offer even well ahead of the official Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale dates.
The holiday season will hopefully mean that you
Source: Hot Hardware – Best Buy Beat The Black Friday Rush Sale Deals LG 65-Inch 4K HDR TV For 9 And More