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Pay for Trump’s border wall with $20 online porn fee, Ariz. lawmaker says

Ars Technica - 22 min 26 sec ago

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Atomic Imagery)

An Arizona state lawmaker has proposed a $20 fee on people who want to view online pornography in order to raise money for building a border wall between Arizona and Mexico.

Arizona House Bill 2444, proposed last week by State Rep. Gail Griffin (R-Hereford), would require makers and distributors of Internet-connected devices to ship such devices with blocking software "that renders a website that displays obscene material inaccessible by default." Under the bill, any Internet user who wants to deactivate the blocking software would have to pay "a onetime deactivation fee of at least $20 to the Arizona Commerce Authority."

The money would be used to establish what the bill calls the "John McCain Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation Prevention Fund." That fund would "provide grants to government agencies and private entities that work to uphold community standards of decency for the purpose of strengthening families and developing, expanding or strengthening programs for victims of sex offenses."

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Dyson to move head office to Singapore

BBC Technology News - 30 min 35 sec ago
Two senior executives will move from Wiltshire but no jobs will be lost in the process.

Huawei chairman warns of end to global 'partnerships'

BBC Technology News - 45 min 50 sec ago
Chinese tech giant warns it might transfer activities to countries "where we are welcomed".

Some of us may produce super-healing poop—and scientists are on it

Ars Technica - 1 hour 18 min ago

Enlarge / "Yep, there's definitely poop in there." (credit: Thesupermat)

Scientists often seem to be on a quest for sacred chalices or sterling ammo. But a group of microbiologists has now set out on a more odorous odyssey—one to find fantastical feces.

With data on poop’s therapeutic potential piling up, scientists have gotten wind of the possibility that some among us may be extraordinary excreters, dropping deuces with divine healing powers. In a review article published Monday, January 21 in Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology, researchers at the University of Auckland dig out all the evidence for these deific defecators from the mound of studies on fecal microbiota transplantations, or FMTs.

An FMT is exactly what it sounds like—fecal matter containing gobs of gut microbes is dumped, squirted, gulped, or otherwise delivered into the bowels of patients. The idea is that the relocated microbial communities will restore or replace the patient’s own gut dwellers to improve health. Intestinal microbes can play a role in nutrition, metabolism, immune system function, and infection protection, after all. Thus, patients with gut communities that are imbalanced and dysfunctional—aka dysbiotic—or are overrun with pathogens stand to see health benefits from such an intestinal repoopulation.

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Resident Evil 2 review: A joyous return to zombie-infested Raccoon City - CNET

cNET.com - Reviews - 1 hour 29 min ago
This remake will terrify you, but you won't be able to stop playing.

Huawei Honor View 20 review: The first standout phone of 2019 - CNET

cNET.com - Reviews - 1 hour 30 min ago
Huawei piles up the specs, not the price.

French diplomat: Spies gonna spy – there aren't any magical cyberspace laws that can prevent it

The Register - 1 hour 30 min ago
Pragmatic chap looks at reality of international relations

FIC2019 A French diplomat has suggested that future global regulation of cyberspace could exempt spying from regulation "as long as some specific sectors are preserved".…

Why Black Panther could actually win Best Picture at the Oscars - CNET

cNET.com - News - 1 hour 38 min ago
Commentary: If any superhero movie can take home awards, it's surely Black Panther. But should the Academy Awards resist Marvel's cultural domination?

Oscars Best Picture nominee Roma sparked my own childhood memories - CNET

cNET.com - News - 1 hour 44 min ago
Commentary: Parts of the movie based on Alfonso Cuarón's story reflect my own childhood in Mexico City experiencing the privileges and contradictions of the middle class.

Lenovo pencil-friendly laptop, Classroom Pen highlight Microsoft EDU hardware - CNET

cNET.com - News - 1 hour 47 min ago
Microsoft's new education tech includes $300-and-under partner laptops and a kid-friendly Surface-compatible stylus.

Oscars 2019 nominations: Black Panther up for Best Picture, 6 other awards - CNET

cNET.com - News - 1 hour 50 min ago
It's up against BlacKkKlansman, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Favourite, Green Book, Roma, A Star is Born and Vice.

Cyberstalkers are crowdsourcing danger to victims’ doorsteps with dating apps - CNET

cNET.com - News - 1 hour 51 min ago
After visits from more than 1,000 strangers, a victim asked Grindr for help over 50 times. A judge agreed with the app’s decision to ignore his requests.

Netflix granted greatest wish with Roma best picture Oscar nod - CNET

cNET.com - News - 1 hour 53 min ago
The streaming service has found Oscar glory in other categories, but never the big one.

The sexiest phones of all time - CNET

cNET.com - News - 1 hour 58 min ago
A recent trend toward flashy finishes is giving phones a fresh, bold look.

How to watch the 2019 Oscar-nominated movies - CNET

cNET.com - News - 2 hours 11 min ago
Yeah, we missed a bunch of them too.

See a rock smack the moon during the super blood wolf eclipse - CNET

cNET.com - News - 2 hours 16 min ago
The weekend's lunar eclipse got a little more exciting with the arrival of a meteoroid.

We all love bonking to pay, but if you bonk with a Windows Phone then Microsoft has bad news

The Register - 2 hours 26 min ago
Look, the platform is dead. Will you just move on already?

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to honour the memory of yet another Windows mobile technology. The rabidly unpopular Microsoft Wallet for the much beloved Windows Phone is for the chop.…

Looks like Uncle Sam has pulled its finger out and appointed a Privacy Shield ombudsperson

The Register - 2 hours 30 min ago
White House to nominate former DocuSign boss

The US may have finally complied with the European Commission's repeated requests to name a permanent Privacy Shield ombudsperson, The Register understands.…

Apple Pay to land at Target, Taco Bell and more in latest expansion - CNET

cNET.com - News - 2 hours 31 min ago
No need to grab a wallet for your next late-night taco run.

Tesla gets green light to sell Model 3 in Europe

Ars Technica - 2 hours 32 min ago

Enlarge / Tesla's new Model 3 car on display is seen on Friday, January 26, 2018 at the Tesla store in Washington, DC. (credit: Getty Images)

Tesla has cleared the final regulatory hurdle to selling the Model 3 in Europe, allowing the electric carmaker to begin shipping the vehicles to Europe. Reuters reports that RDW, the automotive regulatory authority in the Netherlands, has signed off on the Model 3. Under EU rules, regulatory approval in one country allows Tesla to sell its cars across the EU territory.

EU law requires an automaker to get "type approval" for each vehicle it wants to sell in the European Union. Tesla shipped several production Model 3s to RDW, which put them through a battery of tests. They checked that the vehicles met all the requirements of EU law: brake performance, lights, crashworthiness, emissions, and so forth.

The approval comes just in time. A Belgian news site reports that Tesla is expected to ship as many as 3,000 cars a week to the Belgian port of Zeebrugge for subsequent distribution across the continent.

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