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Military test centre for frikkin' laser cannon opens in Hampshire

The Register - 58 min 19 sec ago
In other news, shares in mirror manufacturers have soared

British miltech boffinry outfit Qinetiq has opened a testing centre named the Dragonworks for the building and tweaking of giant laser cannon.…

2018 Subaru Outback Release Date, Price and Specs - Roadshow - Reviews - 1 hour 12 min ago
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now along for the ride!

IceCube turns the planet into a giant neutrino detector

Ars Technica - 1 hour 12 min ago

Enlarge / The IceCube facility sits at the South Pole above an array of photodetectors, drawn into the image above. (credit: IceCube Collaboration, U. Wisconsin, NSF)

Neutrinos are one of the most plentiful particles out there, as trillions pass through you every second. But they're incredibly hard to work with. They're uncharged, so we can't control their path or accelerate them. They're also nearly massless and barely interact with other matter, so they're hard to detect. All of this means that a lot of the predictions our physics theories make about neutrinos are hard to test.

The IceCube detector, located at the South Pole, has now confirmed a part of the Standard Model of physics, which describes the properties of fundamental particles and their interactions. According to the Standard Model, neutrinos should become more likely to interact with other particles as their energy goes up. To test this, the IceCube team used neutrinos thousands of times more energetic than our best particle accelerators can make and used the entire planet as a target.

Polar cube

IceCube consists of hundreds of detectors buried in the ice under the South Pole. These detectors pick up particles that move through the ice. In some cases, IceCube sees a spray of particles and photons when something slams into one of the atoms in the ice. In other cases, particles simply nudge the atoms, liberating a few photons. There's no neutrino source pointed at IceCube, though. Instead, it relies on natural sources of neutrinos. Some of these are produced far away in space, and travel great distances to Earth. Others are produced as cosmic rays slam into the atmosphere.

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The 39 best Black Friday 2017 deals we've found so far - CNET - News - 1 hour 23 min ago
Black Friday has arrived. Here are the best deals we've found.

UK spy court ruled immune from judicial review – for now

The Register - 1 hour 30 min ago
Judges reject Privacy International's case against Investigatory Powers Tribunal

The UK's Court of Appeal has ruled that the body that oversees the nation's intelligence agencies cannot be held subject to a judicial review under active laws.…

Facebook Messenger testing Snapchat-style 'streaks' feature - CNET - News - 1 hour 32 min ago
Another day, another Facebook ripoff of a Snapchat feature.

Amazon reveals Cyber Monday deals - CNET - News - 1 hour 38 min ago
Never mind Black Friday. The retail giant will offer savings on even more gadgets, hit video games, toys from brands such as Lego, Nerf and more.

Dealmaster: All the Black Friday tech deals we can find [Updated]

Ars Technica - 1 hour 57 min ago

Update (11/24 11:15 AM ET): We've added some new deals and removed a few more offers that have expired for the time being.

Original post: Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have a massive list of Black Friday deals to share. You know the situation: It's Black Friday, the holiday season is here, and a whole lot of discounts are being rolled out to get people shopping.

To help you sort through the noise, we've listed as many tech-related deals as we could find below. We'll be updating this post periodically as more offers roll in, so be sure to check back throughout the day. Spend wisely!

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Plans to thwack Official Secrets Acts smacked: Journo-gagging reform postponed

The Register - 1 hour 59 min ago
Why do we mention thrashing in the 'best schools'? Read on

Proposals to reform and rewrite Britain's aged Official Secrets Acts have been postponed for at least a year, the government's Law Commission has confirmed to The Register.…

Activist investor rages at Mellanox for dismissing Marvell's advances

The Register - 2 hours 11 min ago
Why won't you let us create value for shareholders?

Analysis InfiniBand/Ethernet tech supplier Mellanox is being targeted by an activist investor pissy that it rejected overtures from Marvell.…

As DOJ calls for “responsible encryption,” expert asks “responsible to whom?”

Ars Technica - 2 hours 12 min ago

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In recent months, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has emerged as the government’s top crusader against strong encryption.

"We have an ongoing dialogue with a lot of tech companies in a variety of different areas," he recently told Politico Pro. "There [are] some areas where they are cooperative with us. But on this particular issue of encryption, the tech companies are moving in the opposite direction. They’re moving in favor of more and more warrant-proof encryption."

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The Cheapskate's favorite Black Friday deals of 2017 - CNET - News - 2 hours 35 min ago
A hand-picked selection of deals large and small, including some Cheapskate exclusives!

Forget Sesame Street, scientists pretty much watched Big Bird evolve on Galápagos island

The Register - 2 hours 41 min ago
New finch species developed in just two generations

New research has documented a species of finch evolving on the Galápagos island of Daphne Major, 1,000km off the west coast of Ecuador, in just two generations.…

Amazon workers on strike in Italy and Germany

BBC Technology News - 2 hours 47 min ago
Employees disrupt one of the retailer's busiest shopping days in disputes over pay and conditions.

How four Microsoft engineers proved that the “darknet” would defeat DRM

Ars Technica - 2 hours 59 min ago

Peter Biddle speaks at the ETech conference in 2007. (credit: Scott Beale)

It's Thanksgiving week in the US, and most of our staff is focused on a morning coffee or Black Friday list rather than office work. As such, we're resurfacing this story of four Microsoft engineers who predicted the downfall of DRM more than a decade ahead of its time (their paper turned 15 this month). This story originally ran on November 30, 2012, and it appears unchanged below.

Can digital rights management technology stop the unauthorized spread of copyrighted content? Ten years ago this month, four engineers argued that it can't, forever changing how the world thinks about piracy. Their paper, "The Darknet and the Future of Content Distribution" (available as a .doc here) was presented at a security conference in Washington, DC, on November 18, 2002.

By itself, the paper's clever and provocative argument likely would have earned it a broad readership. But the really remarkable thing about the paper is who wrote it: four engineers at Microsoft whose work many expected to be at the foundation of Microsoft's future DRM schemes. The paper's lead author told Ars that the paper's pessimistic view of Hollywood's beloved copy protection schemes almost got him fired. But ten years later, its predictions have proved impressively accurate.

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Why is Apple's HomePod 3 years behind the Amazon Echo? (Apple Byte Extra Crunchy Podcast, Ep. 111) - CNET - News - 3 hours 1 min ago
The HomePod is delayed to "early 2018," new iMac Pro details are out before its December release and an Apple TV tip from a caller!

The Kunkun Body sniffer says my armpit stinks - CNET - News - 3 hours 5 min ago
The Japanese gadget did give me a clean bill of smell health on my head, ear and feet.

156K spam text-sending firm to ICO: It wasn't us, Commissioner

The Register - 3 hours 11 min ago
Get fined £45,000 anyway

The Information Commissioner's Office has fined Hamilton Digital Solutions £45,000 for sending spam text messages, it announced today, despite its protestations that a third party had been responsible.…

Tesla announces truck prices lower than experts predicted

Ars Technica - 3 hours 12 min ago

Enlarge (credit: Tesla)

Steve Levine, an Axios journalist who wrote a whole book about battery technologies, wrote a few days ago that "experts estimate that the Semi could be $300,000." MIT Technology Review speculated that the Semi would cost even more: $400,000.

So a lot of people were surprised on Thursday when Tesla posted estimated prices for its Semi product. According to the company, a low-end truck with a 300 mile range will cost around $150,000, while you'll be able to get a range of 500 miles for $180,000. A premium "Founders Series" truck will cost $200,000.

That's more than the $120,000 cost of a typical conventional truck. But Tesla says that its truck will deliver $200,000 in fuel and maintenance cost savings over the life of the vehicle. If that's true, paying an extra $30,000 to $60,000 for the truck would be a bargain.

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OK Go's new music video features a wall of printers - CNET - News - 3 hours 31 min ago
A total of 567 printers were used for the video.

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