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Micron making mucho memory moolah

The Register - 43 min 20 sec ago
Quarterly results show a boomtown rat raking in dollars

DRAM and flash fabber Micron had a damn good second fiscal 2017 quarter, raking in increased revenues and a $0.9bn profit on the back of strengthened DRAM and NAND prices.…

New report: NASA spends 72 cents of every SLS dollar on overhead costs

Ars Technica - 1 hour 11 min ago

Enlarge / An artist's conception of an SLS launch. (credit: NASA)

After President George W. Bush announced a plan to return to the Moon and move on to Mars in 2004, NASA began to consider how best to carry out that vision. Although there were some promising private-sector rockets even then, administrator Michael Griffin set the agency on the course of building its own rockets and spacecraft. Those programs have evolved into the Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft.

Since then, according to a new report published by the nonpartisan think tank Center for a New American Security, NASA has spent $19 billion on rockets, first on Ares I and V, and now on the SLS. Additionally, the agency has spent $13.9 billion on the Orion spacecraft. The agency hopes to finally fly its first crewed mission with the new vehicles in 2021. If it does so, the report estimates the agency will have spent $43 billion before that first flight, essentially a reprise of the Apollo 8 mission around the Moon.

These costs can then be compared to the total cost of the entire Apollo program, which featured six separate human landings on the Moon. According to two separate estimates, the Apollo program cost between $100 billion and $110 billion in 2010 dollars. Thus just the development effort for SLS and Orion, which includes none of the expenses related to in-space activities or landing anywhere, are already nearly half that of the Apollo program.

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In Sylvio, anthropomorphic ape scenery stretches from six seconds to 80 minutes

Ars Technica - 1 hour 34 min ago

SXSW, a place where Joe Biden speaks and movies about Vine-star gorillas exist. Ars' Joe Mullin, Nathan Mattise, and Sam Machkovech share some highlights (film and otherwise). (video link)

AUSTIN, Texas—South by Southwest's film schedule refuses to hold your hand. While projects like Nobody Speaks ("the Gawker trial documentary") or Life (a modern sci-fi thriller, à la Alien) have loglines that can guide you, that's not the case for everything being shown. Case in point: Sylvio, a "comedy, drama, fantasy" about "a small town gorilla stuck in his job." Huh?

If Sylvio immediately gives off the impression it's a small arthouse/theater-of-the-absurd affair, that's because it is to some extent. Filmmakers Kentucker Audley and Albert Birney have created a slow and stylish version of Baltimore where a gorilla can shoot hoops or play some vinyl, all within perfectly composed frames Wes Anderson would approve of. The score is minimalistic, 8-bit, and catchy. The deadpan humor has a degree of intentional, Tim & Eric-styled awkwardness (though the absurdity is turned down a bit in comparison). Together, these taste elements make the mundane interesting to some extent—but after seeing it, I still didn't really understand why Sylvio became a film.

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Honda email accidentally leaks Civic Si torque output - Roadshow - News - 1 hour 37 min ago
Given its competition, the Si's torque number looks a little on the low side.

2017 Bugatti Chiron Release Date, Price and Specs - Roadshow - Reviews - 1 hour 40 min ago
The $3 million, 1,500 horsepower Bugatti Chiron will do 261 mph, but this ballistic bruiser of a car is so much more than a set of numbers.

Fitbit Alta HR review: $150 for a true all-day, all-night fitness tracker

Ars Technica - 1 hour 43 min ago

Video shot/edited by Jennifer Hahn. (video link)

Making an accurate wristband heart rate monitor, let alone one that's also comfortable and stylish, is challenging. Fitbit's latest attempt to strike that balance is the $150 Alta HR. A near mirror-image of the original Alta, the Alta HR is an updated model with slight design differences, improved sleep-tracking features, and a tiny optical heart-rate monitor inside of it.

The Alta HR is quite similar to Fitbit's currently available Charge 2, but the Alta HR places more emphasis on the combination of a slim design and an accurate heart-rate monitor. Fitbit is banking on that combination encouraging users to wear a device all day and all night long. The Alta HR is proof that you can have a device that works as hard as you do without being ostentatious and without much sacrifice.

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Beautiful Renderings Resurrect Frank Lloyd Wright’s Demolished Buildings

Wired - 1 hour 43 min ago
Spanish architect David Romero is resurrecting Frank Lloyd Wright's lost buildings one hyper-realistic rendering at a time. The post Beautiful Renderings Resurrect Frank Lloyd Wright's Demolished Buildings appeared first on WIRED.

UK digital minister Matt Hancock praises 'crucial role' of encryption

The Register - 1 hour 44 min ago
Rudd's message to Hancock must've been intercepted...

Digital minister Matt Hancock has praised the "crucial role" of encryption in today's society, just a day after Home Secretary Amber Rudd called for an encryption ban on applications such as WhatsApp.…

Fitbit Alta HR review - CNET - Reviews - 1 hour 44 min ago
Fitbit's newest fitness band shrinks the best stuff down into a tinier package.

Can Samsung's Galaxy S8 save us from phone fatigue? - CNET - News - 1 hour 46 min ago
The phone world has gotten a little predictable. Samsung hopes to shake things up.

HPE starts 'SimpliVity-fying' products, eyes hyperconverged buyers

The Register - 2 hours 2 min ago
Pumps out SimpliVity 380 in little, medium and big all-flash versions

HPE is looking to grab a much bigger share of the hyperconverged systems market now it has SimpliVity in its mitts and the SimpliVity 380 is the first product makeover resulting from that acquisition.…

'Ghost in the Shell' takes on its critics - CNET - News - 2 hours 13 min ago
CNET Magazine: Director Rupert Sanders discusses the challenges of bringing anime to life and why he cast Scarlett Johansson as the cyborg Major Kusanagi.

The Walking Dead Recap Season 7 Episode 15: Can People Just Start Fighting Already, Please?

Wired - 2 hours 13 min ago
We know where this season is going—let's pump the brakes on all these mini-cliffhangers and just get to the catharsis. The post The Walking Dead Recap Season 7 Episode 15: Can People Just Start Fighting Already, Please? appeared first on WIRED.

The 37 best iPhone games - CNET - News - 2 hours 14 min ago
If you're all about the iPhone, these are some of the best games you can play.

WhatsApp's privacy protections questioned after terror attack

BBC Technology News - 2 hours 23 min ago
Privacy measures offered by chat apps are called into question by last week's London terror attack.

iPhone-havers think they're safe. But they're not

The Register - 2 hours 25 min ago
Growing mobile threats affect iOS

Mobile malware is at the highest level yet recorded, infecting 1.35 per cent of all mobile devices in October, according to a study by Nokia out today. The high water mark in October compares to figures of 1.06 per cent in April 2016.…

Roadshow Asks: How'd you get to be king of Mazda's secret garage? - Roadshow - News - 2 hours 27 min ago
Mazda can be hush-hush about what happens on the lower-level garage, but we got the skinny from the guy who runs it all.

Apple beats Chinese company's copycat claim in Chinese court - CNET - News - 2 hours 42 min ago
New ruling in Beijing declares that Chinese phone maker Shenzhen Baili's patent infringement claim is unfounded.

Social Media Influencers Finally Come to … Medicine

Wired - 2 hours 43 min ago
The gig economy isn't just for website designers and juice cleanse diet diehards anymore. The post Social Media Influencers Finally Come to ... Medicine appeared first on WIRED.

Activist investor buys Toshiba stock hoping for long-term price rise

The Register - 3 hours 13 sec ago
We for one, welcome your advances – investors

A Singaporean activist investor has sunk its teeth into Toshiba, and the financial community appears to be seeing it as a vote of confidence instead of a disruptive force.…

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