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How an over-zealous yank took down the trading floor of a US bank

The Register - 1 hour 9 min ago
A minute's malfunction? Mere millions

Who, Me? Good Monday morning, Reg readers, and welcome once more to Who, Me? – our regular trip down memory lane for those with something to get off their chest.…

Uber and Grab fined $9.5 million for 'mergers that harm competition' - CNET

cNET.com - News - 1 hour 37 min ago
Singapore's competition watchdog has come down hard on the ride-hailers for hurting competition.

The sci-fi future stands derelict: Taiwan’s abandoned UFO houses - CNET

cNET.com - News - 1 hour 54 min ago
North of Taipei, a neighborhood of retro-futuristic sci-fi houses rots away under the hot sun. Welcome to the Futuro.

Star Wars gets an anime makeover with fan-made trailer - CNET

cNET.com - News - 2 hours 19 min ago
See Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Darth Vader reimagined as Japanese anime characters.

Alibaba crafts AI chips, Facebook uses Bayesian magic to tweak code performance, and more

The Register - 2 hours 59 min ago
Your dose of machine-learning medicine

Roundup Good morning – here's some machine-learning bits and bytes to kick start your week. If this sort of tech is right up your street, then perhaps check out our AI conference, M3, in London, England. OK, on with the show...…

Women harassed after seeking sperm donors online

BBC Technology News - 3 hours 11 min ago
One woman says a potential donor turned out to be married and had undergone a vasectomy.

Want to convince someone you're not a robot? Use the word 'poop' - CNET

cNET.com - News - 3 hours 42 min ago
Well, when you think about it, this makes complete sense.

Comcast buys Sky, beating out Fox - CNET

cNET.com - News - 3 hours 55 min ago
Traditional broadcasters are scrambling to strengthen their position against Netflix and Amazon Prime.

Japanese space robots just landed on an asteroid (and took incredible photos) - CNET

cNET.com - News - 5 hours 37 min ago
MINERVA II1a and MINERVA II1b are pretty mean photographers.

Google secretly logs users into Chrome whenever they log into a Google site

ZDnet News - 7 hours 19 min ago
Browser maker faces backlash for failing to inform users about Chrome Sync behavioral change.

Esports degree: 'I won't spend three years playing games'

BBC Technology News - 7 hours 49 min ago
Why would someone spend nearly £10,000 a year to study for an esports degree?

The mind-blowing Creative SXFI Amp is here at last - CNET

cNET.com - Reviews - 8 hours 34 min ago
Creative's magical holography tech is real -- and you can get it real soon.

Death Stranding's new trailer features a giant monster that will eat you alive - CNET

cNET.com - News - 8 hours 39 min ago
Hideo Kojima's next game continues to look baffling in the absolute best way possible.

Jurassic World: I met a fearsome cutting-edge dinosaur - CNET

cNET.com - News - 10 hours 45 min ago
Effects wizards at the legendary Pinewood studios show how CG breathes new life into old-fashioned puppets.

Four maps show how electricity generation has changed in the US

Ars Technica - September 23, 2018 - 9:30pm

A natural gas fracking well near Shreveport, Louisiana. (credit: Daniel Foster)

The US Energy Information Agency (EIA) recently published two interesting sets of maps to show how the US energy mix has changed state by state between 2007 and 2017.

That decade saw the rise of cheap natural gas that lead many utilities to switch away from coal, but the result is not as clear-cut as one might think: in some states, coal retirements resulted in nuclear power becoming the most-used energy source.

It's also important to note that the maps below reflect electricity generation, not necessarily consumption. In some cases, what's generated within state lines will be sold to neighboring states.

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2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan first drive review: A class above - Roadshow

cNET.com - Reviews - September 23, 2018 - 7:43pm
Finally, a subcompact Mercedes-Benz that truly feels premium.

Crazy-fun Maniac on Netflix demands you binge the next episode - CNET

cNET.com - News - September 23, 2018 - 7:35pm
Review: Jonah Hill and Emma Stone get weird, and it works, in this stylish sort-of-sci-fi streaming on Netflix now.

Low pay, poor prospects, and psychological toll: The perils of microtask work

Ars Technica - September 23, 2018 - 6:30pm

Enlarge / The Amazon Mechanical Turk, or mturk.com, website is displayed on a computer screen for a photograph in Tiskilwa, Illinois, U.S., on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images (credit: Getty Images)

Microtask platforms recruit humans to do the rating, tagging, review-writing, and poll-taking work that can't quite be automated with an algorithm yet. In the US, the most common such platform is Amazon's Mechanical Turk, but other platforms are prominent in other parts of the world.

Proponents of this kind of work say that these quick, simple tasks allow people flexible hours to make money, or help "fill in the gaps" for the un- and under-employed.

But a new study (PDF) from the United Nations' International Labor Organization (ILO) questions whether these platforms are as good for society as the Silicon Valley investors and digital evangelists claim. The ILO surveyed 3,500 people across 75 countries who worked for Mechanical Turk, as well as Crowdflower, Clickworker, Prolific, and Microworker.

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iPhone XS drop test: Surprisingly tough to crack - CNET

cNET.com - News - September 23, 2018 - 5:35pm
We dropped a brand-new gold iPhone XS onto the sidewalk four times to find out how durable the glass is on both sides.

Solar panels replaced tarmac on a motorway. Here are the results.

Ars Technica - September 23, 2018 - 5:30pm

Enlarge / A road to nowhere? (credit: Robert B.D. Brice/Wattway)

Four years ago a viral campaign wooed the world with a promise of fighting climate change and jump-starting the economy by replacing tarmac on the world’s roads with solar panels. The bold idea has undergone some road testing since then. The first results from preliminary studies have recently come out, and they’re a bit underwhelming.

A solar panel lying under a road is at a number of disadvantages. As it’s not at the optimum tilt angle, it’s going to produce less power and it’s going to be more prone to shading, which is a problem as shade over just 5 percent of the surface of a panel can reduce power generation by 50 percent.

The panels are also likely to be covered by dirt and dust, and would need far thicker glass than conventional panels to withstand the weight of traffic, which will further limit the light they absorb.

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