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Well slap my ass and call me Judy, Microsoft's Surface Pro 6 is just as hard to fix as the old one

The Register - October 17, 2018 - 7:34pm
So. Much. Glue.

Torx twirlers iFixit celebrated the release of Microsoft's Surface Pro 6 by ripping the thing apart only to find that its still pretty much unrepairable.…

How did Easter Islanders survive without wells or streams?

Ars Technica - October 17, 2018 - 7:25pm

Enlarge / A freshwater seep in the tidal zone near Tongariki. (credit: Brosnan et al. 2018)

Archaeologists are piecing together more details about how the Rapanui people once erected the formerly enigmatic stone statues, or moai. But one of the island’s lingering mysteries is how the Rapanui found enough water to sustain thousands of people on a small island. Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, has no permanent streams, and its three lakes are hard to reach and far from archaeological evidence of settlement. But when European colonists arrived in the late 1700s, thousands of people already lived on the island, and they had to be getting their drinking water somewhere.

According to geoscientist Tanya Brosnan of California State University, the Rapanui probably got at least some of their drinking water from places along the coast where fresh groundwater seeped out of the island’s bedrock and into the sea. The resulting mixture would have been brackish but safe to drink, and it could have sustained populations of thousands on an island with few other reliable sources of fresh water. That’s common knowledge among the modern Rapanui people, but it hasn’t been clear that pre-contact people got their water the same way.

“Our work was certainly not ‘discovering’ anything that people didn’t already know about. Rather, we worked to put together an overall picture of groundwater and its accessibility for past populations,” Binghamton University archaeologist Carl Lipo, a coauthor on the study, told Ars.

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Audi R8 V10 Plus Competition package is limited to just 10 cars - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - October 17, 2018 - 7:24pm
Less weight, more downforce and more exclusivity.

Spotify comes to Wear OS with stand-alone app, Spotify Connect support

Ars Technica - October 17, 2018 - 7:15pm

Enlarge (credit: Spotify/Fossil)

Wear OS gains a popular new app today that many have been waiting for, as Spotify announced that it's bringing a stand-alone wearable app to Google's smartwatch platform.

Spotify's stand-alone app lets you browse and control music from your wrist. It seems to be a lighter version of Spotify's mobile app, allowing you to browse your tracks and playlists and quickly save songs to your library. You can also control playback from your wrist—it appears similar to Wear OS' native music controls, just built into a dedicated Spotify app.

The Wear OS app also integrates with Spotify Connect, the company's method of connecting and controlling playback on Bluetooth devices. Now from your wrist, you can manage connections between Bluetooth speakers, laptops, and other devices and quickly change the playback source.

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New York expands probe into fake FCC comments on net neutrality - CNET

cNET.com - News - October 17, 2018 - 7:11pm
The state's attorney general has subpoenaed several industry and advocacy groups.

Up to 9.5 million net neutrality comments were made with stolen identities

Ars Technica - October 17, 2018 - 7:05pm

Enlarge / FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on December 14, 2017 in Washington, DC, the day of the FCC's vote to repeal net neutrality rules. (credit: Getty Images | Alex Wong )

The New York attorney general's office is widening an investigation into fraudulent net neutrality comments, saying it estimates that up to 9.5 million comments were submitted using stolen identities.

NY AG Barbara Underwood "subpoenaed more than a dozen telecommunications trade groups, lobbying contractors, and Washington advocacy organizations on Tuesday, seeking to determine whether the groups submitted millions of fraudulent public comments to sway a critical federal decision on Internet regulation," The New York Times reported yesterday.

The NY AG last year said it found 2 million net neutrality comments filed in people's names without their knowledge; some comments were submitted under the names of dead people.

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Crucial P1 minicard flash drive? Not if you grabbed Intel's 660p

The Register - October 17, 2018 - 7:03pm
They don't *seem* so different if you check digits (though your real world results may vary)

Micron's consumer SSD brand Crucial has pushed out an NVMe minicard flash drive that looks almost identical to Intel's 600p.…

NASA sees rare 'glacial flour' dust streaming over Greenland - CNET

cNET.com - News - October 17, 2018 - 6:53pm
You won't find glacial flour at a bakery.

Meet Helm, the startup taking on Gmail with a server that runs in your home

Ars Technica - October 17, 2018 - 6:52pm

Enlarge (credit: Helm)

There’s no doubt that Gmail has changed the way we consume email. It’s free, it gives most of us all the storage we’ll ever need, and it does a better job than most in weeding out spam and malware. But there’s a cost to all of this. The advertising model that makes this cost-free service possible means some of our most sensitive messages are being scanned for clues about who we are, what we care about, and what we do both online and offline. There’s also the possibility of Google either being hacked or legally compelled to turn over contents.

On Wednesday, a Seattle-based startup called Helm is launching a service designed to make it easy for people to securely take control of their email and other personal data. The company provides a small custom-built server that connects to a user's home or small-office network and sends, receives, and manages email, contacts, and calendars. Helm plans to offer photo storage and other services later.

With a 120GB solid-state drive, a three-minute setup, and the ability to store encrypted disk images that can only be decrypted by customers, Helm says its service provides the ease and reliability of Gmail and its tightly coupled contacts and calendar services. The startup is betting that people will be willing to pay $500 to purchase the box and use it for one year to host some of their most precious assets in their own home. The service will cost $100 per year after that. Included in the fee is the registration and automatic renewal of a unique domain selected by the customer and a corresponding TLS certificate from Let's Encrypt.

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Twitter's 'Russia-Iran' troll tweet trove made public

BBC Technology News - October 17, 2018 - 6:48pm
Millions of tweets published by suspected state-linked accounts are made public by Twitter.

Key Facebook investors join push to oust Mark Zuckerberg as chairman - CNET

cNET.com - News - October 17, 2018 - 6:40pm
The move comes after Facebook revealed hackers stole personal info from 29 million of its users.

Apple's privacy portal now lets US customers download their data - CNET

cNET.com - News - October 17, 2018 - 6:14pm
The company has already made the portal available in Europe.

Twilio tweaks twicky twalkative bot toows to dewight devewopers: It's Autopilot for chat apps

The Register - October 17, 2018 - 6:01pm
Cloud comms upstart touts more authentic engagement through artificial intelligence

At its Signal show in San Francisco, California, today, cloud comms biz Twilio intends to debut a chatbot platform called Autopilot for creating chatty software agents suitable for integration with a variety of services, including interactive voice response (IVR) systems, SMS, chat, Alexa, Slack, and Google Assistant.…

For the Pixel 3, Google is betting on a chip to bring Android security - CNET

cNET.com - News - October 17, 2018 - 6:00pm
The chip is a variation of what Google uses to protect its data centers.

Rocket Lab follows footsteps of SpaceX with new NASA launch pad - CNET

cNET.com - News - October 17, 2018 - 5:55pm
The smaller space startup will set up shop at NASA's Wallops Island facility on the Virginia coastline.

Harrison Ford digitally inserted via AI into Solo: A Star Wars Story - CNET

cNET.com - News - October 17, 2018 - 5:46pm
See what happens when machine learning is used to replace Alden Ehrenreich with a young Harrison Ford.

Sony's Xperia XZ3 is available for purchase now for $900 - CNET

cNET.com - News - October 17, 2018 - 5:44pm
You can get it, unlocked, at Amazon and Best Buy.

Twitter opens huge archive of tweets tied to Russia, Iran misinformation - CNET

cNET.com - News - October 17, 2018 - 5:32pm
See with your own eyes what Twitter calls "nefarious attempts" to wreak havoc on social media.

Mad scientists flip the Earth’s spin in climate models, watch water go nuts

Ars Technica - October 17, 2018 - 5:31pm

Enlarge (credit: Gabriela Pinto)

Climate models—computer simulations of Earth’s climate system—are crucial tools for scientists, given that it's impossible to run experiments on the entire planet. Access to these digital laboratories also gives people the option to occasionally play “mad scientist” and mess with the Earth a bit. One newly published study falls into that category, asking the question “What would happen if the Earth spun backward?” You can almost hear the maniacal laughter.

Back flip

If you’ve ever learned about the atmosphere, you know that Earth’s rotation makes swirling weather like hurricanes possible through something called the Coriolis Effect. Simply put, fluids heading in a straight line on a spinning globe deflect off to the side—to the right in the Northern Hemisphere and to the left in the Southern Hemisphere. And if the Earth’s rotation reversed, fluids (including ocean currents) would deflect the other way.

It may sound like a trivial bit of pondering, but it’s actually a scientifically interesting question. A group led by Uwe Mikolajewicz of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology effectively set the planet spinning backward to find out just how many things would change when they let their model run for a few thousand years.

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There's a limited-edition Taco Bell themed Xbox One X, because why not - CNET

cNET.com - News - October 17, 2018 - 5:22pm
It's for those gamers out there who really like their chalupas.

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