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Vale: Atari co-founder Ted Dabney dies at 81

The Register - 1 hour 43 min ago
Pong paddle goes dark

Atari co-founder and co-creator of the legendary Pong, Ted Dabney, has died aged 81 from esophageal cancer.…

FBI to World+Dog: <i>Please</i>, try turning it off and turning it back on

The Register - 3 hours 43 min ago
Feds trying to catalogue VPNFilter infections

The FBI has reminded the world it wants us to reboot our routers to try and help it identify VPNFilter-affected routers.…

Buggy software could lock a Jeep's cruise control

The Register - 4 hours 36 min ago
How's that 'self-driving' vision coming along, again?

Fiat Chrysler America is recalling 4.8 million vehicles in the US to fix a software bug that could lock the vehicle's cruise control.…

NAB mainframe turns its TOESUP* after power outage, offline 7 hours

The Register - 6 hours 6 min ago
Compensation offer after Total Outage Ends Support for Usual Performance

The National Australia Bank has been sharply criticised after a seven-hour outage on Saturday that took down its ATMs, EFTPOS, Internet banking, mobile banking services, and call centre operations.…

Danica Patrick fans tweet well-wishes after her Indy 500 crash - CNET

cNET.com - News - 6 hours 40 min ago
The race car driver heads into retirement, but with a crash ending her final race.

Best horror movies on Netflix for June 2018 - CNET

cNET.com - News - 7 hours 4 min ago
All the best the screaming -- er, streaming -- service has to offer through June.

Solo: A Star Wars Story expected to hit $101 million opening weekend - CNET

cNET.com - News - May 27, 2018 - 10:35pm
That's a lot, but not as much as Star Wars films usually earn.

Amazon's best Memorial Day deals for your smart home - CNET

cNET.com - News - May 27, 2018 - 9:00pm
From thermostats to lights and cameras, we've got Amazon's Memorial Day deals right here.

Solo's big cameo: Everything we know about the Star Wars character - CNET

cNET.com - News - May 27, 2018 - 8:48pm
It's been a while since movie audiences have seen this Star Wars character.

Check out these Memorial Day smart-home deals - CNET

cNET.com - News - May 27, 2018 - 8:30pm
Shopping for smart-home gadgets this weekend? From Alexa speakers to Philips Hue bulbs to Nest thermostats, here's a quick rundown of what's on sale.

Best Buy Memorial Day deals to smarten your home - CNET

cNET.com - News - May 27, 2018 - 8:00pm
Memorial Day deals abound at Best Buy this weekend. Here's what you need to know.

In Hawaii, lava continues its creep onto grounds of geothermal power plant

Ars Technica - May 27, 2018 - 7:00pm

US Geological Survey

Hawaii's Mount Kīlauea eruptions have caused damage throughout the Island of Hawai'i, but a new concern has been slowly building: earlier this week Reuters reported that lava is creeping onto the property of a 38 MW geothermal plant called Puna Geothermal Ventures (PGV). Lava damage could cause problems for the plant's operations in the future, and some officials are concerned that damage to geothermal wells could result in releases of hydrogen sulfide gas, which is toxic to humans. Although lava had been held back by a natural berm for days, yesterday Reuters again reported that a new lava flow had entered the 815-acre PGV property.

Thus far, the only structure that has been destroyed at the geothermal plant has been an old warehouse that was used in the early days of the plant and had been used for storage since, according to a Hawai'i County spokeswoman.

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Best Buy Memorial Day deals on MacBooks, iPads and more - CNET

cNET.com - News - May 27, 2018 - 6:15pm
Here's a look at some of the top deals at Best Buy during its annual four-day sale.

12 things we want to see on Apple's iOS 12 at WWDC - CNET

cNET.com - News - May 27, 2018 - 5:25pm
It's time to take it past 11.

Best Memorial Day sales and deals: Up to $350 off MacBooks, $22 wireless headphones and more - CNET

cNET.com - News - May 27, 2018 - 5:06pm
Memorial Day weekend has arrived -- with some great sales on gadgets and electronics in tow.

Plants repeatedly got rid of their ability to obtain their own nitrogen

Ars Technica - May 27, 2018 - 4:00pm

Enlarge / Plants. (credit: James Petts / Flickr)

Plants, like all living things, need nitrogen to build amino acids and other essential biomolecules. Although nitrogen is the most abundant element in air, the molecular form of nitrogen found there is largely unreactive. To become useful to plants, that nitrogen must first be "fixed," or busted out of its molecular form and linked with hydrogen to make ammonia. The plants can then get at it by catalyzing reactions with ammonia.

But plants can't fix nitrogen. Bacteria can.

Some legumes and a few other plants have a symbiotic relationship with certain bacterial species. The plants build specialized structures on their roots called nodules to house and feed the bacteria, which in turn fix nitrogen for the plants and assure them a steady supply of ammonia. Only 10 families of plants have the ability to do this, and even within these families, most genera opt out. Ever since the symbiosis was discovered in 1888, plant geneticists have wondered: why? If you could ensure a steady supply of nitrogen for use, why wouldn't you?

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See what's inside this insane $51M townhouse - CNET

cNET.com - News - May 27, 2018 - 3:50pm
Every year, the Kips Bay Decorator Show House offers tours of the swankest smarthome imaginable to raise money for charity.

From Win32 to Cocoa: A Windows user’s would-be conversion to Mac OS, part II

Ars Technica - May 27, 2018 - 3:48pm

Enlarge / How could Peter Bright ditch all this for the minimalism of MacOS? He loves the color purple far too much to do that, right? (credit: Ethan Miller / Getty Images)

Ten years ago around this very time—April through June 2008—our intrepid Microsoft guru Peter Bright evidently had an identity crisis. Could this lifelong PC user really have been pushed to the brink? Was he considering a switch to... Mac OS?!? While our staff hopefully enjoys a less stressful Memorial Day this year, throughout the weekend we're resurfacing this three part series that doubles as an existential operating system dilemma circa 2008. Part two ran on May 4, 2008, and it appears unedited below.

Last time, I described how Apple turned its failure to develop a modern OS into a great success. The purchase of NeXT gave Apple a buzzword-compliant OS with a healthy ecosystem of high-quality third-party applications. Meanwhile, Microsoft was lumbering along with Windows XP. Although technically sound, it was shot through with the decisions made more than a decade earlier for 16-bit Windows.

In 2001, when XP was released, this was not such a big deal. The first two or three versions of Mac OS X were troublesome, to say the least. Performance was weak, there were stability issues, and version 10.0 arguably wasn't even feature complete. It wasn't until early 2002 that Apple even made Mac OS X the default OS on new Macs; for the first few months of its life, XP was up against "Classic" Mac OS 9.

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Busking goes cashless with 'a world first' for London

BBC Technology News - May 27, 2018 - 3:37pm
London introduces a contactless payment scheme for buskers that allows tap-to-pay donations.

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