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The Rocket Report newsletter launches on Thursday

Ars Technica - May 21, 2018 - 10:40pm

Enlarge / We need your help to produce a new newsletter to chronicle the dynamic launch industry. (credit: Aurich Lawson/background image United Launch Alliance)

Note: This post has been bumped to remind readers that this newsletter launches Thursday. We've had a tremendous response so far, and we really appreciate it.

I have covered the space beat at Ars Technica for 2.5 glorious years, and during that time, I have made a couple of observations about the community of readers here. One, you like rockets. And two, many readers here know as much, if not more, than I do about those rockets—both their history and what is happening today.

The volume and diversity of new launch vehicles under development with private and public money today is both inspiring and daunting. After a lull in innovation during the 1980s and 1990s, the launch industry has undergone a renaissance in new technology and concepts, such as rapid reusability, 3D printing of engines and even entire boosters, micro-rockets, and commercial heavy lift.

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Compare Pixel 2 and Galaxy S9 photos with your own eyes - CNET - News - May 21, 2018 - 10:34pm
Yeah, we know -- they both look good.

Samsung Galaxy S9 vs. Google Pixel 2 camera test - CNET - News - May 21, 2018 - 10:27pm
Super-slow motion, dual aperture, HDR, portrait mode, 4K video and low-light photos: We explore and compare them all on two of the best Android phones.

IPv6 growth is slowing and no one knows why

The Register - May 21, 2018 - 10:23pm
But one man has a stab at it

Stop us if you've heard this one before: the rollout of IPv6 is going slower than expected.…

Intel discloses new variant on Spectre, Meltdown security flaws - CNET - News - May 21, 2018 - 10:11pm
Intel said it will soon release updates to fix newly revealed vulnerabilities.

Lawmakers ask Uber, Lyft for answers on sexual assaults - CNET - News - May 21, 2018 - 10:09pm
Nine members of Congress write a letter to ride-hailing companies saying they want to know more.

Net neutrality champ Mignon Clyburn: FCC is hurting consumers - CNET - News - May 21, 2018 - 10:04pm
The commissioner exits the agency with some fighting words, but she's not done fighting for the voiceless.

Microsoft, Google: We've found a fourth variant of Meltdown-Spectre CPU holes

The Register - May 21, 2018 - 10:00pm
Affects Intel and other processor makers

Breaking Today, Microsoft and Google Project Zero will reveal a fourth variant of the speculative-execution-based security vulnerabilities in modern processors – the design flaws known as Spectre and Meltdown.…

Siri hints at new HomePod and voice change for WWDC - CNET - News - May 21, 2018 - 9:56pm
Apple's digital assistant has a few things to say about WWDC, which kicks off June 4.

See Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's royal wedding pictures - CNET - News - May 21, 2018 - 9:45pm
Happily ever after: The three official photos released by Kensington Palace's Instagram account range from formal to fun to romantic.

Fella gets 2.5 years in the clink for coughing up cell numbers in $50m junk text message scam

The Register - May 21, 2018 - 9:44pm
And has to cough up $350,000 in ill-gotten gains

A bloke armed with a fistful of cellphone numbers has been sent down for 30 months for his role in a scam that fleeced folks out of $50m in bogus monthly charges.…

Micron first to strut its NAND stuff in the enterprise quad

The Register - May 21, 2018 - 9:30pm
QLC SSD is the place to be

Micron is introducing a 64-layer QLC flash 5210 ION SSD, opening a new front in the SSD-HDD marketing war.…

T-Mobile should stop claiming it has “Best Unlimited Network,” ad group says

Ars Technica - May 21, 2018 - 9:05pm

Enlarge (credit: T-Mobile)

T-Mobile USA should stop claiming that it has "America's Best Unlimited Network," the advertising industry's self-regulator said today.

AT&T challenged T-Mobile's ads to the National Advertising Division (NAD), which ruled that T-Mobile hasn't substantiated its claim that it has the best wireless network.

T-Mobile defended itself by arguing that speed outweighs all other factors—apparently including overall coverage and reliability. But to reasonably claim that one has the best overall network for unlimited data, a carrier should prove that it also has the widest geographic coverage and best reliability, the NAD concluded.

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Epic Games to drop $100 million on Fortnite esports tournaments - CNET - News - May 21, 2018 - 9:05pm
The company says it's getting behind competitive play in a big way.

Vaccination method that wiped out smallpox gets unleashed today on Ebola

Ars Technica - May 21, 2018 - 9:01pm

Enlarge / Nurses working with the World Health Organization administer the Ebola vaccine to a local doctor at the town hall of Mbandaka on May 21, 2018 during the launch of the Ebola vaccination campaign. (credit: Getty | JUNIOR KANNAH)

With more than 7,500 doses of an experimental vaccine against Ebola, health officials today began a vaccination campaign to try to thwart the latest outbreak of the deadly virus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

According to the World Health Organization, the campaign will start with healthcare workers operating in areas affected by the outbreak. Then officials will focus on a “ring vaccination” strategy, which targets people who have had contact with someone with a confirmed case of Ebola, as well as people who have had contact with those contacts. (This creates rings of vaccination around each case, hence the name). These defensive social circles ensure that those most vulnerable to contracting the virus are protected while also preventing the spread of the virus from the most likely sources. The same strategy was critical during the campaign in the 1960s and ‘70s to eradicate smallpox—the only human disease that has ever been successfully wiped out.

The Ebola-vaccination campaign will take place in the DRC’s northwestern Equator Province (Province de l’Équateur), where there have been 46 confirmed, probable, or suspected cases, including 26 deaths, as of May 18. Officials have already identified 600 contacts and contacts of contacts of cases. Nearly all cases and contacts have been in the remote town of Bikoro. But officials counted four confirmed cases in Mbandaka, a provincial capital with more than a million residents. This has raised concerns about the potential for the outbreak to explode.

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Tesla inches toward GPL compliance in low gear: Source code forcibly ejected into public

The Register - May 21, 2018 - 8:52pm
Some software blueprints doled out after years of complaints

Following five years of hectoring, Tesla has released a portion of the open-source code it's obligated to provide under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL).…

Tesla Model 3 misses Consumer Reports recommendation - Roadshow - News - May 21, 2018 - 8:45pm
Brakes and that do-it-all center screen are apparently to blame.

You can now play Boggle in your Oculus goggles - CNET - News - May 21, 2018 - 8:32pm
Hasbro's first board game arrives in Oculus Rooms. Trivial Pursuit and Monopoly are next.

Amazon's new Marketplace Appstore connects sellers to software - CNET - News - May 21, 2018 - 8:28pm
The app store is part of Amazon's broader push to work more closely with developers of seller tools.

The Lego Movie 2 teaser photo, subtitle debut - CNET - News - May 21, 2018 - 8:23pm
But will everything still be awesome?

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