It’s the visual equivalent of "10 PRINT 'Developer Wanted'"
The City of Los Angeles has sparked plenty of chuckles with a job ad for a “Graphics Designer” that shows how desperately a new hire is needed by apparently using Microsoft Paint to illustrate the opportunity.…
And years away from safety
It’s now almost three weeks since The Register revealed the chip design flaws that Google later confirmed and the world still awaits certainty about what the mistakes mean and what it will take to fix them.…
Social media was buzzing about everything from Nick Foles' phone call to Crisco-covered street lights. And now, Tom Brady awaits.
Blake Bortles and his awesomely alliterative name had no shot against Brady and his hand full of rings.
Satellite carries keys to Graz
China has revealed more detail of its much-hyped satellite quantum key distribution network.…
It needs a ninth release candidate, thanks in part to Meltdown and Spectre
Linus Torvalds has decided that Linux 4.15 needs a ninth release candidate, making it the first kernel release to need that much work since 2011.…
Chip-maker promises to play nice with others to secure deal
Qualcomm's NXP Semiconductor has been cleared by European Commission regulators, which makes it pretty much a done deal.…
Show Us Yours: Some people hire home installers. Darrell from Illinois hired himself to build his sports-tastic home-theater room. The results are pretty astounding.
The small Malaysian state of Penang is punching well above its weight in the tech world through hardware manufacturing.
Yes, really. Sci-fi technology that can float objects in mid-air like magic could become reality.
Sunday success for local launchers Rocket Labs
New Zealand has joined the list of spacefaring nations, courtesy of a US-Kiwi startup called Rocket Lab.…
NIST delays advice and is very, very sorry about 2013 crypto SNAFU
ShmooCon 2018 The political maneuvering that has shut much of the US government has delayed the National Institute of Standards and Technology's planned release of guidance about the risks and rewards of blockchain technology.…
Bonavita's Metropolitan brews delicious drip coffee for just $100.
A PPG paint expert drops by Roadshow's Detroit Auto Show stage to talk automotive color trends, and discuss how self-driving car tech may impact future paints.
That's a lot of cash for a regular production pony car, but don't worry, it was for charity.
Commentary: In a new ad, Cupertino wants you to believe the phone's camera will show you're the greatest. The double greatest, in fact.
Commentary: Apple's smart speaker might finally see the light of day shortly. Is it too late?
This is a guest post from Steve Bellovin, a professor in the Computer Science department and affiliate faculty at the law school at Columbia University. His research focuses on networks, security, and public policy. His opinions don't necessarily reflect the views of Ars Technica.
By now, most people have heard about the erroneous incoming ICBM alert in Hawaii. There's been scrutiny of the how the emergency alert system works and of how international tensions and the flight times of missiles can lead to accidental nuclear war. I'd like to focus instead on how the systems design in Hawaii led to this problem—a design that I suspect is replicated in many other states.
One possible factor, of course, is hurried design:
Commentary: The bidding cities try to impress Jeff Bezos with "stars" such as Casey Affleck, Pitbull and TV cook Paula Deen. But Bezos only has eyes for Alexa.
According to scientists, a poison arrow in the quiver may let loose a very sticky nether-region massacre.
The poison in question has spattered from the tips of African weapons for centuries, rubbing out wild beasts and halting the hearts of warriors. But, according to a study in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, a crotch shot of an ancient toxin called “ouabain” can also take out sperm. By tweaking the poison’s chemical backbone (or scaffold), it can selectively paralyze trouser troops and prevent them from storming eggs, the authors report.
The study’s authors, led by Shameem Sultana Syeda of the University of Minnesota, are optimistic that, with further aiming, the poison’s progeny could one day strike as a safe, reversible male contraceptive.