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Summit for the readers who are hot for petaFLOPs: Server nodes flashed at SC17

The Register - 2 hours 9 min ago
Oak Ridge Top 500-leading system's innards

Analysis IBM offered HPC fans at SC17 a gawk at the server tray for the upcoming Summit supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Tennessee.…

The 35 best Black Friday 2017 deals you can get right now (updated) - CNET - News - 2 hours 24 min ago
Happy Thanksgiving. Nearly all the Black Friday online deals are already available now. Here are the absolute best ones we've found so far.

2018 Honda Fit Release Date, Price and Specs - Roadshow - Reviews - 2 hours 58 min ago
All trims of Fit can also be optioned with Honda's active and passive safety systems.

Russian Fancy Bear hackers' UK link revealed

BBC Technology News - 3 hours 17 min ago
When notorious Russian hackers hired servers from a UK-registered company, they left a trove of clues.

Judge who once ruled against NSA metadata program tosses lawsuit

Ars Technica - 3 hours 17 min ago

Enlarge / Larry Klayman, seen here in 2014. (credit: The Washington Post / Contributor)

A federal judge in Washington, DC has dismissed two long-running lawsuits that aimed to shed light on the often secretive surveillance state. As the National Security Agency’s metadata program no longer exists, the cases are now moot.

"This Court, in the final analysis, has no choice but to dismiss these cases for plaintiffs’ failure to demonstrate the necessary jurisdiction to proceed," US District Judge Richard Leon wrote on November 21. "I do so today, however, well aware that I will not be the last District Judge who will be required to determine the appropriate balance between our national security and privacy interests during this never-ending war on terror."

The original version of this case, known as Klayman v. Obama, was filed by well-known conservative activist attorney Larry Klayman on June 7, 2013—the day after the Snowden revelations became public. The complaint argued that the National Security Agency’s telephone metadata program ("Section 215"), which gathered records of all incoming and outgoing calls for years on end, was unconstitutional.

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Clone poster girl Dolly the sheep's arthritis was 'normal for her age'

The Register - 3 hours 21 min ago
Boffins say health issues were not related to genetic wizardry

New research suggests the arthritis plaguing Dolly the sheep – the first mammal cloned from an adult somatic cell – was normal for her age.…

Guidemaster: Want an Alexa device? Here’s every Amazon Echo, compared

Ars Technica - 3 hours 47 min ago

Enlarge (credit: Valentina Palladino)

Amazon debuted the original Echo a few years ago, and it raised eyebrows in the tech industry. The Echo is a smart home speaker that houses Amazon's Alexa virtual assistant, an AI helper that helps you complete daily tasks using only your voice. Since its debut, users of all levels of tech prowess have embraced Echo and Alexa, finding practicality in a voice-controlled assistant and all the things it can do.

Both Alexa and the Echo have evolved since then to meet the needs of an ever-growing market. After the Echo and Alexa came Google Home with the Google Assistant, the Harman Kardon Invoke with Microsoft's Cortana, and the forthcoming Homepod with Apple's Siri. Amazon has an advantage over all these competitors because it has had the time to develop many different Echo devices and expand Alexa to be a multifaceted assistant, thanks to third-party integrations and skills. ("Skills" is Amazon's word for apps, in this case.)

Plenty of smart home device manufacturers have integrated Alexa into their products, and Alexa now has more than 25,000 skills made by third-party developers. Alexa skills are features that Alexa can leverage to do more than what its built-in features allow. For example, Alexa has native features that let it tell you weather and traffic forecasts, control smart home devices, and buy things from Amazon. Using third-party skills, Alexa can play soothing sleep sounds at night, read stories to your children, tell you random food facts, and act as the host of a trivia game for you and your friends.

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Royal Navy destroyer leaves Middle East due to propeller problems

The Register - 3 hours 56 min ago
For once it's not an engine breakdown

A Type 45 destroyer has been recalled to Britain with propeller problems, leaving the Royal Navy's traditional "east of Suez" deployment without proper warship cover.…

'Data is the new oil': F-Secure man on cartels, disinformation and IoT

The Register - 4 hours 25 min ago
An unlikely trio? Not according to Mikko Hypponen

Questions about cyber influence continue to cloud last year's US presidential elections and recently similar allegations have been levelled against the Brexit vote.…

Here’s how to emotionally manipulate your family with alcohol this holiday

Ars Technica - 5 hours 17 min ago

Keeping things chill (or slightly below room temperature). (credit: korafotomorgana)

When it comes to engineering the fickle emotions of humans, alcohol can do it all. It’s raised for successes and downed in sorrow. It can energize and relax us. It temporarily erases regrets while creating new ones. It’s liquid courage and a downer. It can smooth a first date or conjure tears alone. And this holiday—as with every holiday—it’s likely to both smother and ignite family blow-ups.

But not every drink offers the same mood maneuvering powers, according to a new study in BMJ Open. Sifting through drinking survey responses of nearly 30,000 people from 21 countries, researchers found that drinkers turn to different types of alcohol for different moods and purposes.

For instance, about 53 percent of respondents thought that red wine relaxed them, and 60 percent reported it made them sleepy. So, if you’re looking for a pacifier for any hot-headed in-laws this holiday, maybe turn to a mellow merlot. For your more enjoyable guests, go with a cocktail. Nearly 60 percent of respondents felt that spirits both energized them and boosted their confidence. And 42 percent said it made them feel sexy. But maybe keep the martinis away from that hot-headed relative—nearly 30 percent of the survey takers thought that spirits made them aggressive.

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Sci-Hub domains inactive following court order

The Register - 5 hours 19 min ago
'Free science'/pirate site operator 'working on solving DNS issue'

Several domains of the controversial academic paper filesharing site Sci-Hub have been made inactive following a court order earlier this month.…

Someone told Google to nuke links to mean reviews of disgraced telco True Telecom

The Register - 5 hours 46 min ago
And Mountain View obliged

Links to pages slating a telco slapped with multiple fines from UK regulators have been wiped from Google's search results after a claimant asked the search giant to chuck them down a sinkhole.…

Yesojo Ojo Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET - Reviews - 6 hours 4 min ago
This entry-level projector aims to turn any wall into a big-screen TV for the Nintendo Switch.

Ultra-fast £190m broadband fund up for grabs

BBC Technology News - 6 hours 12 min ago
Public bodies will be able to apply for a share of the cash to help roll out full fibre broadband.

This is peak AI: Bot to guest edit Radio 4's Today programme

The Register - 6 hours 14 min ago
How will you tell the difference?

#F_AI_L The BBC has confirmed that Radio 4's Today programme will conduct an interview with a politician via an AI bot "modelled on Mishal Husain".…

Mug shots: How Ars Technica editors prefer to stay caffeinated

Ars Technica - 6 hours 47 min ago

Enlarge / Everyone's cabinets/cupboards basically look like this, right?

It's Thanksgiving in the US, and much of our staff is at work in a kitchen instead of an office space. As is becoming Ars tradition, we use such holiday times to provide a rare glimpse into life around the Orbital HQ: see prior peeks via deskspetschairs, or cars for example. Perhaps you can think of this as our way of bringing a classic green bean casserole to readers today.

No matter whether an office exists as brick-and-mortar or Orbiting, focuses on manufacturing, development, or journalist'ing, they all share one thing in common. It's not too many sweets for holiday parties or too many devices still relying on Windows Server 2003. It's that physical companion likely sitting directly to your side right now.

The humble mug can carry everything from Soylent to the best cup of coffee science can engineer. It warms minds and bodies so folks everywhere—even those handling IT in the Arctic or working in literal ice labs—can tackle whatever the day has in store. Mugs do more than carry your preferred beverage, of course. They have backstories that can take you briefly to a different time and place; they leave subtle bits of a person's personality out in the open for observant mug-watchers to notice.

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ISS astronauts will still have a turkey feast this Thanksgiving - CNET - News - 6 hours 47 min ago
Turkey, mashed potatoes and corn bread is on the menu, despite orbiting over 400km above the Earth.

Facebook, Google and start-ups oppose net neutrality U-turn

BBC Technology News - 7 hours 2 min ago
Opponents say the proposed changes could threaten the US's start-up ecosystem.

Tech Turkeys 2017: The lowest points in tech this year - CNET - News - 7 hours 17 min ago
A list of the low points and most embarrassing moments in tech this year.

The biggest Tech Turkeys of 2017 - CNET - News - 7 hours 18 min ago
Things get serious, quickly, in this gritty reboot of our annual collection of the lowest points in tech.

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