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What's big, blue, and short on Intel? The supercomputer world's podium: USA tops Top500 with IBM Power9

The Register - 1 hour 9 min ago
Arm gets a look-in with first petascale machine, China slips into third

IBM can now officially claim to have built the world's two most publicly known powerful supercomputers.…

Stan Lee characters that changed our lives - CNET

cNET.com - News - 1 hour 10 min ago
He created hundreds of characters in 95 years on this planet. Here are some of our all-time personal favorites.

Black Friday 2018 smart home deals: Bargains on Echo Dot, Google Home Hub, Facebook Portal, Apple HomePod and more - CNET

cNET.com - News - 1 hour 16 min ago
'Tis the season for discounted smart home gadgets, and we're keeping a running list of the best deals from Amazon, Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Lowe's and more. Check back for regular updates.

Steve Ballmer says Google, Facebook should engage more with regulators - CNET

cNET.com - News - 1 hour 17 min ago
And Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey criticizes the partisanship that keeps Americans from agreeing on things they'd normally have in common.

Stan Lee dies at 95: Remembering my former boss, the 'father of pop culture' - CNET

cNET.com - News - 1 hour 34 min ago
CNET's Bonnie Burton remembers the Marvel icon not just as the co-creator of beloved superheroes, but as an enthusiastic fan of comic book fans themselves.

AI toilets will scan your poop to diagnose your ailments - CNET

cNET.com - News - 1 hour 42 min ago
Micron CEO Sanjay Mehrotra sees smart loos in our future and is anxious to sell the chips they will need.

Black Friday 2018 smartwatch and fitness tracker deals: $50 off Fitbit Versa, $80 off Apple Watch - CNET

cNET.com - News - 1 hour 44 min ago
Fitbit, Apple Watch and Samsung -- we take a look at some of the best deals on these wearable devices ahead of Black Friday.

How the Bugatti Chiron is made - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - 1 hour 50 min ago
We take a look inside Bugatti's Molsheim factory to see how one of the world's best hypercars is made.

Cats, beetles, other mummified animals found—along with a sealed door

Ars Technica - 2 hours 9 min ago

Enlarge (credit: Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities)

Archaeologists discovered dozens of mummified cats in seven previously undisturbed tombs in a 4,500-year-old pyramid complex near Saqqara, south of Cairo. The cats were found along with a collection of mummified scarab beetles, gilded wood cat statues, painted animal sarcophagi, and other artifacts.

Sacred to Bastet

Today, dozens of intact mummies of any species are a relatively rare find for archaeologists, but mummifying cats and other animals was a common practice in Egypt for thousands of years. The Saqqara cats, like millions of others throughout Egyptian history, would have been bred and raised for eventual mass sacrifice to the protective goddess Bastet, who often appears in Egyptian art as a woman with the head of a lioness or, after about 1000 BCE, a domestic cat.

Most of those once-common mummies were lost to rampant looting across the centuries, which peaked between the 1700s and early 1900s. Europeans looted hundreds of thousands of animal mummies, including baboons, cats, crocodiles, and ibises, most of which were destroyed to make fertilizer.

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French investigators to work directly with Facebook to monitor hate speech

Ars Technica - 2 hours 26 min ago

Enlarge / French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech during the opening session of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris on November 12, 2018. (credit: LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images)

For the first time, Facebook has agreed to allow French regulators to work closely with the company as a way to monitor what actions it's taking to combat hate speech. If necessary, France could impose further regulations on the social media giant.

In a French-language speech before the Internet Governance Forum held in Paris on Monday, French President Emmanuel Macron said that the two sides would work together for six months starting in early 2019 to come up with "joint, precise, and concrete" proposals that both Menlo Park and Paris could agree with.

LIVE l Ouverture du Forum sur la Gouvernance de l'Internet. #GovTechSummit #IGF2018https://t.co/fKXpXDjP4G

— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) November 12, 2018

"There's a Californian Internet and a Chinese Internet," he explained, urging those in attendance to seek a middle-ground "European" model.

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Facebook explains why the social network was down - CNET

cNET.com - News - 2 hours 28 min ago
The tech firm said the temporary outage was caused by a "routine test."

Twitter grapples with fake Elon Musk accounts promoting bitcoin scams - CNET

cNET.com - News - November 12, 2018 - 11:49pm
Cryptocurrency scammers are promoting tweets through ads after they hijack verified accounts.

Can listening to bees tell us why they are in decline?

BBC Technology News - November 12, 2018 - 11:42pm
Scientists hope artificial intelligence will gives us more insights into bee health and behaviour.

The next version of HTTP won’t be using TCP

Ars Technica - November 12, 2018 - 11:41pm

Enlarge (credit: Andy Maguire / Flickr)

The next version of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP)—the network protocol that defines how browsers talk to Web servers—is going to make a major break from the versions in use today.

Today's HTTP (versions 1.0, 1.1, and 2) are all layered on top of TCP (Transmission Control Protocol). TCP, defined as part of the core set of IP (Internet Protocol) layers, provides reliable, ordered, and error-checked delivery of data over an IP network. "Reliable" means that if some data goes missing during transfer (due to a hardware failure, congestion, or a timeout), the receiving end can detect this and demand that the sending end re-send the missing data; "ordered" means that data is received in the order that it was transmitted in; "error-checked" means that any corruption during transmission can be detected.

These are all desirable properties and necessary for a protocol such as HTTP, but TCP is designed as a kind of one-size-fits-all solution, suitable for any application that needs this kind of reliability. It isn't particularly tuned for the kinds of scenarios that HTTP is used for. TCP requires a number of round trips between client and server to establish a connection, for example; using SSL over TCP requires subsequent round trips to establish the encrypted connection. A protocol purpose-built for HTTP could combine these negotiations and reduce the number of round trips, thereby improving network latency.

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Alexa's Echo Buttons can trigger your smart home routines now - CNET

cNET.com - News - November 12, 2018 - 11:41pm
All of a sudden, these cheap Alexa accessories sound pretty darned useful.

Best Black Friday deals 2018 - CNET

cNET.com - News - November 12, 2018 - 11:16pm
Black Friday is Nov. 23 and that means the usual cornucopia of deals. Some are good, some are bad, these are the best.

Black Friday 2018 Google Assistant deals: $25 Google Home Mini, $99 Nest Thermostat E, $170 SimpliSafe security system and more - CNET

cNET.com - News - November 12, 2018 - 11:16pm
Jump-start your holiday shopping with deals on these Google-Assistant-enabled devices.

Scare Force: Pakistan military hit by Operation Shaheen malware

The Register - November 12, 2018 - 11:14pm
State-sponsored attack looks to infiltrate nuclear Air Force

The Pakistan Air Force is the apparent target of a complex new state-sponsored attack campaign.…

Now you can race real-world go-karts through a VR world - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - November 12, 2018 - 11:07pm
You can get behind the wheel of this moving go-kart and literally drive through a video game.

Being a morning person might have some health advantages

Ars Technica - November 12, 2018 - 11:00pm

Enlarge / If you consider 10:50 a reasonable time to wake up, it may or may not say something about your breast-cancer risk. (credit: Henrique Simplicio / Flickr)

A paper presented at the National Cancer Research Institute this week has made for some flashy headlines, like this confident declaration from India’s Economic Times: “Ladies, check your alarm: Waking up early may cut breast-cancer risk.” But most headlines have been appropriately measured and wordy, like The Independent’s “Women who prefer to wake up early have lower risk of breast cancer than night owls.”

In amidst the largely cautious coverage is a truckload of confusion over the details. Some reports frame the paper’s findings as being about preference (preferring to wake up early or stay up late) while others frame them as being about behavior (actually waking up earlier, regardless of preference). Some hold questions of cause and effect at arm’s length, while others dive right in with claims about sleep habits causing cancer.

And what’s the data that was used by the National Cancer Research Institute? Health News Review, in its critique of media coverage of the research, reports that researchers examined “self-reported responses” about being a morning person, but genetic data came into the mix, too.

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