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AT&T’s attempt to buy Time Warner suffers a blow in court

Ars Technica - February 20, 2018 - 11:20pm

Enlarge (credit: Mike Mozart)

AT&T's court defense of its merger with Time Warner Inc. suffered a blow today, as a judge ruled against AT&T's attempt to find evidence that President Trump meddled in the government's merger review.

AT&T claims that its merger is being singled out by the Department of Justice because of Trump's hatred of CNN, which is owned by Time Warner. This "selective enforcement" defense would require AT&T to show that the DOJ hasn't tried to block similar mergers and is selectively enforcing antitrust laws.

AT&T thus asked the DOJ to produce logs related to conversations with the White House and logs related to internal communications about the White House's views on the merger.

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Hackers Hijacked Tesla's Cloud to Mine Cryptocurrency

Wired - February 20, 2018 - 11:06pm
The recent rash of cryptojacking attacks has hit a Tesla database that contained potentially sensitive information.

Five frigate finalists fingered for FFG(X) fight by Navy

Ars Technica - February 20, 2018 - 11:06pm

Lockheed Martin

The US Navy's Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) has announced the award of development contracts to five contenders for the FFG(X) program—a 20-ship class of "next-generation" guided-missile frigates intended to fill the gap in capabilities left by the retirement of the 1980s-era FFG-7 Oliver Hazard Perry class and not quite filled by the Navy's Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program. Two of the contenders are modified, more heavily armed versions of the LCS designs, while the other three are based on ship designs being produced for other navies—or in one case, for the US Coast Guard.

Since each of the designs is based on an existing "parent" ship design and should use existing technologies (rather than radical new designs), the Navy is hoping to keep the cost of each frigate at $800 to $950 million—about double the cost of an LCS ship but half the cost of an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer.

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Asus Windows Mixed Reality Headset Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET

cNET.com - Reviews - February 20, 2018 - 10:50pm
The futuristic-looking HC102 headset follows the same spec formula as those from Acer, Lenovo and Dell.

AG Sessions: Cyber Task Force will tackle US' tech troubles - CNET

cNET.com - News - February 20, 2018 - 10:47pm
A week after the Mueller investigation's indictment of Russian nationals, the US Attorney General requested a report on the risks of "the malicious use of technology."

Waze rage is coming to a head on crowded streets - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - February 20, 2018 - 10:45pm
The backlash against the crowdsourced navigation leader is reaching critical mass. Brian Cooley investigates.

All of the Galaxy S9 beans spilled in this latest leak - CNET

cNET.com - News - February 20, 2018 - 10:42pm
Everything from colors, camera upgrades to internal components are potentially exposed in this German report.

Is HCI and ops automation really threatening your job?

The Register - February 20, 2018 - 10:41pm
Let's do a quick reality check

Reg reader survey The march of automation is unavoidable. This is as true in IT as it is in any other profession. From a jobs perspective, some people will win and some will lose. Either way, things will often get shaken up and the status quo threatened.…

How SpaceX plans to bring speedy broadband to the whole world - CNET

cNET.com - News - February 20, 2018 - 10:32pm
The first "Starlink" satellites are set to launch aboard a Falcon 9 on Wednesday. It could be the start of a whole new way to share Elon Musk memes.

2018 Volvo V60 Polestar AWD review - Roadshow

cNET.com - Reviews - February 20, 2018 - 10:10pm
This V60 might be at the end of its life, but before it goes, it's throwing one last rager of a party.

Facebook exec apologizes for tweets about Mueller probe - CNET

cNET.com - News - February 20, 2018 - 10:02pm
The tweets came Friday. President Trump cited them Saturday. The apology came Monday.

Lotus 3 Eleven 430 is a high-powered swan song for the way things were - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - February 20, 2018 - 10:00pm
No roof, minimal tech, lots of power and stunning looks make for one of the coolest Lotuses ever released.

US cable giant tries to wiggle out of 'crap ISP' legal battle now that net neutrality is dead

The Register - February 20, 2018 - 9:59pm
Hold it right there, Charter

Charter still has to answer for selling New Yorkers short on their internet packages, a judge has decided, rejecting the cable giant's argument that the repeal of net neutrality rules in the US means the case is moot.…

This Canadian city is plagued by an obnoxious humming—and it’s getting worse

Ars Technica - February 20, 2018 - 9:59pm

Zug Island, from across the Detroit River. (credit: Gary Elrod)

Years before diplomats in Cuba were assailed by grating noises and left with baffling brain injuries, the residents of a Canadian city began hearing maddening hums and rumbles. The deep noises mysteriously wash in and out of their neighborhoods and homes, hitting the ears of some but not all residents. And according to recent local news coverage, the eerie disturbances are now getting bad again.

Since 2011, some residents of Windsor, Ontario—directly across the border/river from Detroit, Michigan—reported intermittent bursts of noise established as the “Windsor Hum.” It’s described as a low-frequency throbbing sound, like a fleet of idling diesel engines, a distant rumble of thunder, or a roaring furnace. Some “hummers” report feeling vibrations, too, and having items in their homes rattle. They’ve linked the hum to depression, nausea, sleep problems, heart palpitations, ear aches, headaches—not to mention widespread annoyance.

Windsor residents are not imagining it; there is a real hum. A months-long investigation by National Resources Canada in the summer of 2011 identified a prominent, air-borne frequency of approximately 35Hz. There have been plenty of recordings and reports since then. And its existence was confirmed in a 2014 investigation carried out by the University of Western Ontario (UWO) and the University of Windsor, which was supported by the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT).

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What the Record-Setting Success of 'Black Panther' Means for the Future of Movies

Wired - February 20, 2018 - 9:56pm
After this weekend, everything is different.

Self-driving EVs will affect oil demand by 2040, BP claims - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - February 20, 2018 - 9:49pm
BP has, apparently, finally come to terms with the idea of peak oil demand happening in the near future.

Hennessey Exorcist Camaro is a 1,000-hp Demon destroyer - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - February 20, 2018 - 9:43pm
John Hennessey is going to force out your Demon with his new ZL1-based Exorcist Camaro, though priests and an audio system that plays "Tubular Bells" are not included.

Inching closer to a DNA-based file system

Ars Technica - February 20, 2018 - 9:42pm

Enlarge (credit: Wyss Institute, Harvard)

When it comes to data storage, efforts to get faster access grab most of the attention. But long-term archiving of data is equally important, and it generally requires a completely different set of properties. To get a sense of why getting this right is important, just take the recently revived NASA satellite as an example—extracting anything from the satellite's data will rely on the fact that a separate NASA mission had an antiquated tape drive that could read the satellite's communication software.

One of the more unexpected technologies to receive some attention as an archival storage medium is DNA. While it is incredibly slow to store and retrieve data from DNA, we know that information can be pulled out of DNA that's tens of thousands of years old. And there have been some impressive demonstrations of the approach, like an operating system being stored in DNA at a density of 215 Petabytes a gram.

But that method treated DNA as a glob of unorganized bits—you had to sequence all of it in order to get at any of the data. Now, a team of researchers has figured out how to add something like a filesystem to DNA storage, allowing random access to specific data within a large collection of DNA. While doing this, the team also tested a recently developed method for sequencing DNA that can be done using a compact USB device.

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Star Wars Death Star cat cave lets the furce be with Fluffy - CNET

cNET.com - News - February 20, 2018 - 9:42pm
Keep your porg warm in a cozy pet cave that can also wrap your cat or dog in the warm embrace of the Death Star.

Talk about a MINER offense! Crypto-cash crafter clashes with T-Mob US in hipster haven

The Register - February 20, 2018 - 9:21pm
Watchdog steps in after box found fuzzing up signals

America's comms watchdog, the FCC, has ordered a bloke in Brooklyn, New York, to turn off his cryptocurrency miner – after the box interfering with nearby T-Mobile US cellphone towers.…


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