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Feds shut down self-driving school bus pilot in Florida

Ars Technica - October 22, 2018 - 5:45pm

Enlarge (credit: Transdev)

The Trump administration has taken a hands-off approach to regulating self-driving cars, but on Friday, federal regulators decided that one self-driving car project had gone too far. In a sharply worded statement, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it has ordered the French transportation company Transdev to stop transporting schoolchildren in a self-driving vehicle in Florida.

Transdev's pilot project in Babcock Ranch, a planned community, was quite modest. On Fridays, Transdev's electric shuttle would take a group of elementary-aged children to school, then take them home later in the day. The vehicle had a safety driver on board. The route was short enough that kids walked or rode their bikes to school the other four days of the week, according to a spokeswoman for Babcock Ranch.

"The shuttle travels at a top speed of 8mph, with the potential to reach speeds of 30mph once the necessary infrastructure is complete," an August press release stated.

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Guillermo del Toro to carve out stop-motion Pinocchio for Netflix - CNET - News - October 22, 2018 - 5:36pm
The puppet musical is a "lifelong passion project" for the Oscar-winning director of The Shape of Water.

Stealthy UK startup drops veil on next frontier of speech wizardry

The Register - October 22, 2018 - 5:26pm
The power's in the phone, not the cloud

If you've been amazed by Amazon's Alexa, Microsoft's Cortana and Google Assistant, you might think continuous speech recognition is done and dusted – and that there are no mountains left to climb. However, a young British company has developed a radical new approach with spectacular results, based on low-level signal processing.…

Game of Thrones' Night King uses Chromebook to recruit army - CNET - News - October 22, 2018 - 5:02pm
A humorously bizarre Google promo shows how the lead White Walker would use a laptop.

Samsung HMD Odyssey Plus improves on comfort, screens - CNET - Reviews - October 22, 2018 - 4:58pm
A refreshed version of the company's Windows Mixed Reality Headset lets you customize the fit and claims to smooth out what you see.

Grand Theft Auto V hack exposed single-player games to malicious trolls

Ars Technica - October 22, 2018 - 4:58pm

Over the years, we've written a lot about the apparently easy-to-hack Grand Theft Auto Online and Rockstar's many, many, many attempts to prevent cheaters from ruining the online experience for legitimate players. Last week, though, players reported that trolls were briefly able to mess with the single-player portion of Grand Theft Auto V through an exploit targeting players' Rockstar Social Club accounts.

You can see an example of the single-player hacking in action in this Twitch clip, where a troll follows user SnowieLive after kicking him from an online session and continually kills his avatar in the single-player mode. "You're not safe in single player," the hacker says in a somewhat on-the-nose message in the clip. Similar clips from GTA speedrunner FriendlyBaron show hackers loading jets into his path and simply killing his character in mid-drive during a run.

Players that track the state of cheating tools in the Grand Theft Auto universe noted last week that one popular "mod menu" was advertising the newfound ability to discover an online player's Rockstar ID, a hidden string of numbers associated with their Rockstar Social Club account. With that number, hackers using that tool could take control of an online user's single-player games, with new abilities including "Rockstar admin kick, Network kick, Ragdoll, Fake money correction, Kill, Spawn vehicle, and send crew message."

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Take a look at Transdev's short-lived driverless school shuttle - Roadshow - News - October 22, 2018 - 4:46pm
NHTSA may have shut it down, but here's what it looked like when it was operational.

NHTSA tells Transdev to stop using self-driving shuttles as school buses - Roadshow - News - October 22, 2018 - 4:44pm
NHTSA's deputy administrator called it "irresponsible" and "inappropriate."

Latest adaptation of Haunting of Hill House will haunt your dreams

Ars Technica - October 22, 2018 - 4:37pm

Enlarge / Literature's most famous haunted house is back for the best adaptation yet. (credit: Steve Dietl/Netflix)

The quintessential ghost story is back to haunt your dreams with the recent debut of The Haunting of Hill House, Netflix's new miniseries adaptation of Shirley Jackson's classic 1959 gothic horror novel. Frankly, it's less an adaptation than a bold reimagining that still remains true to the rich metaphorical depths of the titular source material.

No less an authority than Stephen King cited the original Haunting of Hill House as one of the finest horror novels of the late 20th century in his nonfiction overview of the genre, Danse Macabre. His 2002 miniseries Rose Red was an homage of sorts. Jackson's novel has already been adapted twice for the big screen: once in 1963 and again in 1999. The former film is considered a classic. The less said about the overwrought 1999 adaptation, the better, despite a stellar cast that included Liam Neeson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Owen Wilson, and Lili Taylor.

This latest version is the best by far. Even though it veers sharply from the original storyline, there are sufficient nods to the novel throughout to keep the staunchest fan happy. The Haunting of Hill House offers up plenty of bone-chilling horror, but like all the best ghost stories, that horror is rooted in the complexities of the human psyche. At its heart, this is a story of family trauma and dysfunction, turning Jackson's psychological subtext into text.

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NYPD pulls thousands of body cameras from streets after cop's explodes - CNET - News - October 22, 2018 - 4:32pm
The department suspects a battery defect made it ignite.

41% of Brit biz: Setting up a price-rigging cartel is all good... isn't it?

The Register - October 22, 2018 - 4:27pm
Competition regulator: Yeah, no

More than a third of British businesses apparently don’t think it’s a crime to set up a price-rigging cartel, according to the Competition and Markets Authority.…

Trauma of US Civil War POW experience affected the next generation

Ars Technica - October 22, 2018 - 4:14pm

Enlarge / Crowded conditions at the Andersonville POW camp. (credit: US National Archives)

"It is hard on our men held in Southern prisons not to exchange them, but it is humanity to those left in the ranks to fight our battles." – General Ulysses S. Grant, August 18, 1864.

General Grant did not halt the exchange of Union and Confederate soldiers between the summers of 1863 and 1864, although this quotation—chiseled into a monument on the site of Camp Sumter military prison in Andersonville, Georgia—is often cited as evidence that he did. The exchange halted as a consequence of the Emancipation Proclamation. Black Union soldiers started enlisting in increasing numbers, and the Confederates refused to trade them along with their white officers.

Once the exchange stopped, prisons got more and more crowded and more and more squalid. Malnutrition and disease were rampant. And, according to a new study, the consequences lasted for generations.

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The 10 best smartphones of 2018

ZDnet News - October 22, 2018 - 4:14pm
We have now seen the announcement of just about every major smartphone for 2018 with the OnePlus 6T being revealed in the next couple of weeks. It is extremely difficult to arrange the top five as the quality of smartphones today is fantastic.

2019 Nissan Maxima will show off a freshened face in Los Angeles - Roadshow - News - October 22, 2018 - 4:04pm
It goes on sale in December, so you won't have to wait very long.

The new Intellivision Amico console aims to revive family videogames

ZDnet News - October 22, 2018 - 3:58pm
Coming in at under $180, the Intellivsiion Amico promises inexpensive, high-quality, and violence-free 2D games on a console with synchronized lights and Bluetooth controllers that can wirelessly charge on the top of the device. But its launch is two years away.

Netflix denies changing posters based on viewers' race

BBC Technology News - October 22, 2018 - 3:53pm
The site responds to claims it's "misleading" users with the choices of promotional shots it offers.

Cut the cord with Tablo's over-the-air DVR for $100 - CNET - News - October 22, 2018 - 3:44pm
Normally $140, the Dual Lite can record (or stream) two channels at once. Plus: A rare sale on a Hulu subscription. launches second self-driving pilot program in Texas - Roadshow - News - October 22, 2018 - 3:36pm
Like the first one, the shuttles will be limited to a geofenced area.

Let's autonomous van take you to a Rangers game - Roadshow - News - October 22, 2018 - 3:35pm
Its second pilot program in Texas lands in Arlington's downtown district.

Brit smart meter biz blamed Apple's iPhone 7 launch for its late taxes

The Register - October 22, 2018 - 3:32pm
And you know what? The judge agreed with them

A British smart meter company that missed a series of VAT payments to the taxman insisted in a Leeds court that a Chinese typhoon and Apple's iPhone 7 delivery schedule was to blame.…

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