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YouTuber James Charles: Stop showing up at my house

BBC Technology News - December 17, 2018 - 11:28am
YouTube star James Charles asks fans for privacy after a fan shows up at his house in LA.

Central Londoners to be subjected to facial recognition test this week

Ars Technica - December 17, 2018 - 10:30am

Enlarge / A public notice of a previous Met Police facial recognition test. (credit: Metropolitan Police)

London’s Metropolitan Police Service will be testing facial recognition technology in a handful of locations across the central core of the British capital on both Monday and Tuesday for eight hours each day.

This trial marks the seventh such trial in London since 2016. In addition to the December 17-18 tests, authorities have said there will be three more tests that have yet to be scheduled.

According to the police, these trials, which "will be used overtly with a clear uniformed presence and information leaflets will be disseminated to the public," are set to take place specifically in the vicinity of Soho, Piccadilly Circus, and Leicester Square.

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We asked, you answered: The truth about software reliability

The Register - December 17, 2018 - 10:30am
It's not just about quality

Research results Whether it's systems-level platforms and tools or full-blown business applications, you want the software your organisation depends on to run reliably and predictably. Our recent Reg survey, however, confirmed what most probably knew from experience, or could guess from press headlines – that software-related failures are far from uncommon.…

Dev's telnet tinkering lands him on out-of-hour conference call with CEO, CTO, MD

The Register - December 17, 2018 - 9:31am
'Please stop... you're doing something to the radios'

Who, me? Welcome all, to the merry world of Who, Me?, our weekly trip down memory lane for techies who want to get something off their chest.…

VirtualDJ 2018

ZDnet News - December 17, 2018 - 8:16am
VirtualDJ is a software used by DJs to replace their turntables and CD players, and use digital music instead of vinyl and CDs. It...

Once Upon A Deadpool post-credits scene(s), broken down - CNET

cNET.com - News - December 17, 2018 - 6:40am
The newly reedited and toned-down version of Deadpool 2 has a couple of new post-credits scenes to look forward to. Warning: spoilers ahead.

Enter to win* a Lego Bugatti Chiron kit! - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - December 17, 2018 - 4:17am
We're giving away a Lego Technic: Bugatti Chiron model kit for one lucky follower. This sweepstakes ends Dec. 16, 2018.

US ballistic missile systems have very poor cyber-security

ZDnet News - December 17, 2018 - 2:21am
DOD report finds no antivirus, no data encryption, no multifactor authentication.

Senate report said to show extent of Russian interference in 2016 US election - CNET

cNET.com - News - December 17, 2018 - 1:05am
Report shows Russian agents sought to secure Trump win.

HQ Trivia and Vine co-founder dead at 34

Ars Technica - December 17, 2018 - 1:01am

Enlarge / Honorees Rus Yusupov (L) and Colin Kroll accept the Breakthrough Award for Emerging Technology onstage at the Variety Breakthrough of the Year Awards during the 2014 International CES at The Las Vegas Hotel & Casino on January 9, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (credit: Jeff Bottari/Getty Images for Variety)

Colin Kroll, co-founder of the popular smartphone-based trivia game HQ Trivia, was found dead at his New York apartment on Sunday, local media reported.

A New York Police Department spokesman told Ars that Kroll died of a drug overdose.

Citing anonymous police sources, the New York Post says Kroll was found with marijuana and heroin near his body. He was 34.

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Robert Downey Jr. responds to NASA advice for saving Tony Stark - CNET

cNET.com - News - December 16, 2018 - 11:43pm
Ground control to Major Tony: Failure is not an option, space agency tells the actor who plays the Marvel superhero.

HQ Trivia and Vine co-founder Colin Kroll dead at 34

BBC Technology News - December 16, 2018 - 11:18pm
New York police officers went to Colin Kroll's Manhattan flat after a request to check on him.

Trump will replace Interior Department Secretary next week

Ars Technica - December 16, 2018 - 10:30pm

Enlarge / US Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke arrives at the US Capitol prior to the service for former President George H. W. Bush on December 03, 2018 in Washington, DC. (credit: Photo by Shawn Thew - Pool/Getty Images)

President Trump announced Friday via Twitter that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will step down from his post in the coming weeks. Zinke has headed the Department of the Interior (DOI) since 2017 and overseen some of the more significant rollbacks in environmental policy in the US.

Trump said a successor to Zinke would be named in the coming week. Reuters speculates current Interior Deputy Secretary and former oil, gas, and water industry lobbyist David Bernhardt is a likely candidate for the job. According to Politico, Bernhardt played an active role in weakening endangered species protections to make it easier for oil and gas drilling to occur on ecologically sensitive land.

Zinke's time in office was marked by a similar effort to stymie the environmental protections put in place by the Obama administration in the name of oil and gas interests. In one of his most controversial moves, Zinke reopened vast tracts of federal waters that had previously been off-limits to offshore oil and gas drilling. The secretary drew sharp criticism for opening up federal waters adjacent to states that didn't want offshore drilling, while exempting Florida from the same treatment after a meeting from the state's Republican governor.

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Delivery robot catches fire on UC Berkeley campus - CNET

cNET.com - News - December 16, 2018 - 9:38pm
KiwiBot says fire was caused by battery-replacement error.

Echo Wall Clock now available on Amazon, brings visual cues to Alexa timers - CNET

cNET.com - News - December 16, 2018 - 8:36pm
For when you want that groovy countdown effect.

No more doubts: Two independent studies confirm LIGO’s Nobel discovery

Ars Technica - December 16, 2018 - 7:13pm

Enlarge / LIGO's February 11, 2016, press conference in Washington, DC, where they announced the first direct detection of gravitational waves. (credit: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Just last month, we told you about a small group of Danish physicists who were casting doubt on the original gravitational wave signal detected by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), saying it was an "illusion." The researchers alleged that the collaboration mistook patterns in the noise for a signal. Now Quanta is reporting that two independent analyses have been completed that confirm that detection. This should lay any doubts about the momentous discovery to rest.

“We see no justification for lingering doubts about the discovery of gravitational waves,” the authors of one of the papers, Martin Green and John Moffat of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, told Quanta. That paper appeared in Physics Letters B in September. A second paper by Alex Nielsen of the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Hannover, Germany, and three coauthors, was posted to the physics preprint site arXiv.org last month and is under review by the Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics.

But some drama still remains. Andrew Jackson, group spokesman for the skeptical physicists at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark, is refusing to accept the results of the two independent groups' analyses. Quanta's Natalie Wolchover writes:

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California transit agencies have 21 years to build zero-emissions bus fleets

Ars Technica - December 16, 2018 - 6:30pm

Enlarge / One of Antelope Valley Transit Authority's 79 electric buses. (credit: Megan Geuss)

California's Air Resources Board (CARB) unanimously approved a regulation last Friday that would compel the state's public transit agencies to build zero-emissions fleets by 2040. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the regulation would also prohibit transit agencies from investing in diesel- or gas-powered buses after 2029. Buses usually last about 12 years before they need to be replaced, the Chronicle noted.

In a press release on Friday, CARB noted that the transportation sector contributes 40 percent of the state's greenhouse gas emissions, and 80 to 90 percent of the state's smog-creating pollutants. "Full implementation of the regulation adopted today is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 19 million metric tons from 2020 to 2050—the equivalent of taking 4 million cars off the road," CARB wrote.

Battery-electric and fuel cell buses are two potential avenues for investment, CARB noted. The air resources board added that roughly 12,000 gas- or diesel-burning buses are on California's roads today, but only 153 zero-emissions buses operate in California. Based on orders placed by transit agencies, about a thousand such buses are expected to be in service by 2020.

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Fortnite was the most important video game of 2018, whether we like it or not - CNET

cNET.com - News - December 16, 2018 - 4:34pm
This was a huge year for video games, but none had an impact quite like Fortnite

Tech that died in 2018 - CNET

cNET.com - News - December 16, 2018 - 4:29pm
From high-profile flameouts to quiet departures, this year's crop of tech-related dead, dying, resurrected and barely hanging in for 2019 offers an embarrassment of riches.

PewDiePie printer hackers strike again

BBC Technology News - December 16, 2018 - 3:59pm
The perpetrators are urging victims to support the YouTube star and protect their systems.

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