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State attorneys general line up to sue FCC over net neutrality repeal

Ars Technica - December 14, 2017 - 11:40pm

Enlarge / Demonstrators rally outside the Federal Communication Commission building to protest against the end of net neutrality rules on December 14, 2017 in Washington, DC. (credit: Getty Images | Chip Somodevilla)

Attorneys general from "across the country" will sue the Federal Communications Commission in an attempt to reverse today's repeal of net neutrality rules.

"Today, I am announcing my intention to file a legal challenge to the FCC's decision to roll back net neutrality, along with attorneys general across the country," Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson said today. "We will be filing a petition for review in the coming days. Allowing Internet service providers to discriminate based on content undermines a free and open Internet. Today's action will seriously harm consumers, innovation and small businesses."

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is leading the multi-state effort.

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DOD shows components proving Iran provided missiles fired at Saudi Arabia

Ars Technica - December 14, 2017 - 11:24pm

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In a presentation that echoes assertions by another administration that Iraq was concealing weapons of mass destruction, US officials have created a display of evidence that the Trump administration hopes will trigger further action against Iran. In a hangar at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, DC, today, Department of Defense (DOD) officials accompanied by US United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley put on display debris from what they claim are Iranian-built ballistic missiles and other weapons recovered by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

The presentation comes as the Secretary General of the United Nations is scheduled to release a report on Iran's lack of compliance with UN Security Council resolutions. Haley says the report "describes violation after violation of weapons transfers and ballistic missile activity. Aid from Iran’s Revolutionary Guard to dangerous militias and terror groups is increasing... Its ballistic missiles and advanced weapons are turning up in warzones across the region. It's hard to find a conflict or a terrorist group in the Middle East that does not have Iran's fingerprints all over it."

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Read the full dissenting opinions of the FCC commissioners who tried to save net neutrality - CNET - News - December 14, 2017 - 10:58pm
On Thursday, the FCC voted 3-2 to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules. Here's what the two had to say.

Exploding alien bodies' space death-rays gave Earth its radiation cloak

The Register - December 14, 2017 - 10:54pm
It says so right here, in this paper

Scientists have solved a 60-year mystery by figuring out the source of harmful and highly energetic electrons whizzing around in Earth’s inner radiation belt.…

Amazon's Alexa now lets you pay for premium voice apps - CNET - News - December 14, 2017 - 10:53pm
Today, it's a few select games -- tomorrow, maybe Alexa's top personalities could quit their day jobs.

California, Washington, NY take steps after net neutrality vote - CNET - News - December 14, 2017 - 10:52pm
After the FCC voted down the Obama-era rules, lawmakers and attorneys general in three states announce different ways they plan to fight.

FCC neuters net neutrality, votes out Obama-era rules - CNET - News - December 14, 2017 - 10:41pm
In a controversial vote, the FCC rolls back net neutrality rules adopted in 2015 and strips the agency of its authority to regulate the internet.

Game-changing attack on critical infrastructure site causes outage

Ars Technica - December 14, 2017 - 10:30pm

Power grid in Gowkthrapple, UK. (credit:

Hackers who may have been working on behalf of a nation recently caused an operational outage at a critical-infrastructure site, researchers said Thursday. The attackers did so by using a novel piece of malware to target the system that prevents health- and life-threatening accidents.

The malware was most likely designed to cause physical damage inside the unnamed site, researchers from the Mandiant division of security firm FireEye said in a report. It worked by targeting a safety instrumented system, which the targeted facility and many other critical infrastructure sites use to prevent unsafe conditions from arising. The malware has been alternately named Triton and Trisis, because it targeted the Triconex product line made by Schneider Electric.

"Mandiant recently responded to an incident at a critical infrastructure organization where an attacker deployed malware designed to manipulate industrial safety systems," Mandiant researchers wrote. "The targeted systems provided emergency shutdown capability for industrial processes. We assess with moderate confidence that the attacker was developing the capability to cause physical damage and inadvertently shutdown operations."

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Read the full opinions of FCC commissioners who voted to end net neutrality - CNET - News - December 14, 2017 - 10:02pm
The FCC voted 3-2 to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules. Here's what the commissioners who supported the rollback had to say.

​Net neutrality: The eve of destruction

ZDnet News - December 14, 2017 - 9:53pm
To no one's surprise, President Donald Trump and Chairman Ajit Pai's FCC has killed net neutrality, and we must live with the ugliness that will follow.

After backlash, animal shelter fires security robot, “effective immediately”

Ars Technica - December 14, 2017 - 9:50pm

Enlarge / A five-foot-tall (1.5 meter) outdoor K5 security robot patrols the grounds of the Washington Harbour retail-residential center in the Georgetown district of Washington, DC, July 26, 2017. (credit: ROB LEVER/AFP/Getty Images))

As of Thursday morning local time, a San Francisco animal adoption agency will immediately halt its recent use of a controversial security robot.

The move comes after the San Francisco SPCA had been scrutinized for its deployment of a Knightscope K9 to mitigate vandalism and the presence of homeless people at its Mission District office. Knightscope, a Silicon Valley startup, declares on its website that its robots are the "security team of the future."

That robot made headlines when Business Insider reported Tuesday that "Robots are being used to deter homeless people from setting up camp in San Francisco."

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Acer Chromebook 15 (2017) review - CNET - Reviews - December 14, 2017 - 9:49pm
This big-screen alternative to tiny Chromebooks is a big bargain.

Lenovo Star Wars Jedi Challenges review - CNET - Reviews - December 14, 2017 - 9:45pm
Yes, there's a way to use a lightsaber and play Holochess at home. It just requires a phone and $200.

Apple iMac Pro Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET - Reviews - December 14, 2017 - 9:45pm
The iMac Pro is everything we thought it would be -- good and bad.

Samsung Notebook 9 (15-inch, 2018) Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET - Reviews - December 14, 2017 - 9:44pm
Available in 13.3- and 15-inch sizes, the Notebook 9 refresh gets more power and performance while staying under 3 pounds.

Samsung Notebook 9 Pen Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET - Reviews - December 14, 2017 - 9:43pm
Samsung combined its 15-inch Notebook 9 and Notebook 9 Pro laptops into a sweet pen-enabled 13.3-inch convertible.

Samsung Gear IconX 2018 review - CNET - Reviews - December 14, 2017 - 9:43pm
With a much better battery life and an improved design, the second-generation IconX has become a totally wireless headphone contender against Apple's AirPods.

2018 Jeep Wrangler Release Date, Price and Specs - Roadshow - Reviews - December 14, 2017 - 9:42pm
The Wrangler crawls to the top with more powertrain options, improved efficiency and better off-road prowess.

Nanoleaf Aurora LED Light Panels (Rhythm Edition) review - CNET - Reviews - December 14, 2017 - 9:41pm
For 50 bucks, this nifty gadget will sync your Nanoleaf Aurora light panels with whatever music you're listening to.

Electrolux EFLW417SIW review - CNET - Reviews - December 14, 2017 - 9:40pm
Electrolux's EFLW417SIW is proof you don't need to spend a ton to get a great washing machine.

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