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California lawmakers give thumbs-up to 'gold standard' net neutrality bill - CNET

cNET.com - News - September 2, 2018 - 4:31pm
The bill offers the strongest protections on net neutrality yet and sends a message to the rest of the country.

Gallery: Exploring Nintendo’s flagship New York City store

Ars Technica - September 2, 2018 - 4:30pm

Growing up, I loved exploring the heavily branded shopping experiences of the Disney Store and the Warner Bros. Studio Store. These days, I can get a more tech-oriented version of the same basic concept at one of Apple or Microsoft's many retail locations. But to get Nintendo's version of that kind of retail wonderland, I have to go to the company's one and only Nintendo World Store location, in New York City's Rockefeller Center.

For locals, Nintendo World is just another tourist trap. But for hundreds of tourists every day, the half-museum, half-arcade, half-expansive gift shop (yup, three halves) is a kind of mecca to pay homage to the company and its creations. The same appeal might not translate if Nintendo expanded the concept to every mall and shopping center in the country. That said, we think the depth and breadth of multi-generational Nintendo fandom could probably sustain more than a single location in one city.

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Cheese danish shipping, warrantless GPS trackers, and a border doctrine challenge

Ars Technica - September 2, 2018 - 3:50pm

Enlarge / The border crossing at Port Huron, Michigan, as seen in 2015. (credit: Ken Lund / Flickr)

At the end of August, a federal judge in Riverside, California made a potentially landmark decision for border privacy advocates—finding that it is unconstitutional for federal agents to warrantlessly install GPS tracking devices onto a truck entering the United States from Canada.

In the grand scheme, the decision stands in the face of a controversial but standing legal idea called "the border doctrine." The doctrine's concept is that warrants are not required to conduct a search at the border in the name of national sovereignty.

And in this particular incident—a case called United States v. Slavco Ignjatov et al. that allegedly involves Starbucks cheese danishes and a trafficking organization that sounds straight out of Breaking Badthe ruling could be a major victory for defendants as it would suppress any evidence obtained through the use of the warrantless GPS tracker.

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Between Cintiq and streaming, animation is thriving—ask Titmouse’s Chris Prynoski

Ars Technica - September 2, 2018 - 3:00pm

Ars chats with Titmouse Animation's Chris Prynoski. (Transcript available) (video link)


AUSTIN, Texas—Chris Prynoski remembers paper (and, no, that sentiment is not as absurd as it seems). The animation veteran has been in the field for more than two decades now with early stuff so beloved (he directed an episode of Daria and sequences of Beavis and Butthead Do America) that it now comes up in reboot conversation. "We usually get a call every couple years about a Daria reboot, and it never happens," Prynoski tells Ars offstage at the recent RTX Animation festival. "But this time they made an announcement, so perhaps it’s more serious."

Since then, however, both animation at large and Prynoski's role specifically have changed. He now leads perhaps the best studio in the business, Titmouse, which Prynoski also co-founded alongside his wife Shannon back in 2000. The company works on seemingly everything: kids' shows (Niko and the Sword of Light), cult classics (Metalocalypse), high-profile reboots (TMNT), video games, ads, virtual reality, music videosmovies, and generally just the hottest cartoons at any given moment (Netflix's Big Mouth anyone? Season two starts in October). No one working with him starts with paper these days.

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Mystery of the cargo ships that sink when their cargo suddenly liquefies

Ars Technica - September 2, 2018 - 2:00pm

Enlarge / Boats carrying grain on the Great Lakes in November 1918. (credit: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Think of a dangerous cargo, and toxic waste or explosives might come to mind. But granular cargoes such as crushed ore and mineral sands are responsible for the loss of numerous ships every year. On average, 10 “solid bulk cargo” carriers have been lost at sea each year for the last decade.

Solid bulk cargoes—defined as granular materials loaded directly into a ship’s hold—can suddenly turn from a solid state into a liquid state, a process known as liquefaction. And this can be disastrous for any ship carrying them—and its crew.

In 2015, the 56,000-tonne bulk carrier Bulk Jupiter rapidly sank around 300km south-west of Vietnam, with only one of its 19 crew surviving. This prompted warnings from the International Maritime Organization about the possible liquefaction of the relatively new solid bulk cargo bauxite (an aluminum ore).

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Galaxy Note 9 under the macro lens - CNET

cNET.com - News - September 2, 2018 - 1:01pm
You don't really know the Note 9 until you take a seriously close look.

iPhone XS: Ten S, Excess or Xtra Small? Welcome to iPhone's 2018 naming problem - CNET

cNET.com - News - September 2, 2018 - 12:00pm
Commentary: Doubling down on the 'X' nomenclature presents some problematic branding issues for Apple.

Amazon's Alexa assistant now works with over 20K devices - CNET

cNET.com - News - September 2, 2018 - 11:15am
Alexa's expansion is way up from 4,000 devices in January.

IFA 2018's quirky and cool gadgets - CNET

cNET.com - News - September 2, 2018 - 12:19am
Cow trackers, chess bots and pleasure givers; the tech confab has its share of interesting products.

9 phones with the most interesting camera tricks: iPhone X, Note 9 and more - CNET

cNET.com - News - September 1, 2018 - 8:17pm
From pop-up selfie cams to thermal imaging and face tracking, we look at phones with the unique camera features.

Sweepstakes: We are giving away a Samsung Galaxy Note 9 - CNET

cNET.com - News - September 1, 2018 - 6:07pm
Enter for a chance to take home the new Note 9, unlocked. This giveaway ends Sept. 10, 2018.

Did you buy the wrong speaker? - CNET

cNET.com - News - September 1, 2018 - 5:47pm
It happens, but it may not be the speaker's fault -- it could be the wrong kind of speaker for you.

Perfect Vinyl Forever’s deep cleaning process resuscitates your LPs - CNET

cNET.com - News - September 1, 2018 - 4:47pm
Send your precious LPs or even 45 RPM singles to Perfect Vinyl Forever and they’ll come back with their sound transformed.

The secret to successful BBQ pork butt and brisket is science

Ars Technica - September 1, 2018 - 4:00pm

Enlarge / The secret to yummy brisket and ribs lies in food chemistry and phase transitions. (credit: TayFos/Getty Images)

Imagine this nightmare Labor Day scenario. You've invited a large group of friends over for pulled BBQ pork or a delicious beef brisket. That morning, you confidently place your meat in the smoker, handy digital thermometer in place so you'll know just when the internal temperature reaches the perfect point. Everything seems fine for the first two hours, but suddenly the temperature stops rising. And it stays constant for hours and hours, as your friends get hungrier and hungrier, and you're forced to order pizza in desperation.

You've just encountered the bane of aspiring pit masters everywhere: the Stall (also known as the Zone or the Plateau), a common phenomenon in low-temperature cooking. What, precisely, causes the stall is a perennial topic of debate among BBQ enthusiasts. Is it a protein called collagen in the meat, which combines with water to convert to gelatin at the 160°F point? Or is it due to the fat rendering, turning lipids to liquid?

Several years ago, Greg Blonder, a Boston College professor, did the experiments and came up with a definitive answer: evaporative cooling. The meat sweats as it cooks, releasing the moisture within, and that moisture evaporates and cools the meat, effectively canceling out the heat from the BBQ. These days, Blonder is the resident science advisor and myth buster at the popular BBQ and grilling site called Amazing Ribs. "I spend a lot of my time settling bar fights, basically," he joked.

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Tuscany’s Harley-Davidson F-150 concept picks up where Ford left off - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - September 1, 2018 - 4:00pm
The one-off Ford F-150 concept will be on display at the Harley-Davidson museum in Milwaukee.

Juicero is still the greatest example of Silicon Valley stupidity - CNET

cNET.com - News - September 1, 2018 - 3:26pm
Wild-eyed commentary: A year after a hyped-up, Wi-Fi connected juicer failed spectacularly, Silicon Valley's obsession with it still makes me crazy.

My kid and I wrote a letter to NASA, and a very nice scientist wrote back

Ars Technica - September 1, 2018 - 3:00pm

Enlarge / The puzzling, fascinating surface of Jupiter's icy moon Europa looms large in this newly reprocessed color view, made from images taken by NASA's Galileo spacecraft in the late 1990s. This is the color view of Europa from Galileo that shows the largest portion of the moon's surface at the highest resolution. (credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SETI Institute)

I grew up on space books, Star Trek, and the occasional trip to the Santa Monica College Planetarium. Space continues to fascinate me, as it does many of us.

So as my daughter has gotten older (she's now almost 5), we've been trying to read some space books together. If you're curious, Ars resident space expert Eric Berger recommended The Jupiter Stone—it's great.

Lately, though, my daughter and I have been diving into some more non-fiction works geared toward her age group. We've torn through Astronaut, Caroline's Comets, and The International Space Station. And on occasion, we tip-toe into YouTube to learn about NASA and other space agencies.

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PAX hands-on: Retro sequels Streets of Rage 4, Windjammers 2 take us back to ‘94

Ars Technica - September 1, 2018 - 2:30pm

Enlarge (credit: DotEmu)

SEATTLE—PAX West has overtaken Seattle's downtown convention center with roughly 4,000 new and in-development games across its giant expo halls. Yet somehow, it's the kind of ragtag show where titans like Spider-Man, Artifact, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate can stand toe-to-toe with promising indies like Due Process and Risk of Rain 2.

But before we post our usual best-of-the-best PAX wrap-up, we got a day-one opportunity to try two games that are quite unusual owing to their incredibly early status, their behind-closed-doors nature, and their "holy cow, these exist?" flavor: Streets of Rage 4 and Windjammers 2.

Axel to grind

Yes, the two PAX West games with arguably the biggest time gaps between sequels—24 years for both, if you're counting—shared a press-only hotel suite mere blocks away from the PAX show floor. Both games will be published by the French publisher DotEmu, and both are clearly not ready for public consumption, thanks to missing assets and incomplete polish.

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$600 Chromebooks are a dangerous development for Microsoft

Ars Technica - September 1, 2018 - 2:00pm

Lenovo

Among the new hardware launched this week at IFA in Berlin are a couple of premium Chromebooks. Lenovo's $600 Yoga Chromebook brings high-end styling and materials to the Chromebook space, along with well-specced internals and a high quality screen. Dell's $600 Inspiron Chromebook 14 has slightly lower specs but is similarly offering better styling, bigger, better quality screens, and superior specs to the Chromebook space.

These systems join a few other premium Chromebooks already out there. HP's Chromebook x2 is a $600 convertible hybrid launched a few months ago, and Samsung has had its Chromebook Plus and Pro systems for more than a year now. And of course, Google's Pixelbook is an astronomically expensive Chrome OS machine.

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Scorecard: Humans vs. Robots, which species is winning?

ZDnet News - September 1, 2018 - 2:00pm
Make no mistake, the robots are keeping score. Here's the latest tally in the robots v. humans matchup.

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