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Job ad for designer proves its point with MS Paint shocker

The Register - 39 min 44 sec ago
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.…

Meltdown/Spectre week three: world still knee-deep in something nasty

The Register - 1 hour 24 min ago
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.…

Memes fly like Eagles as Philly pecks apart the Vikings - CNET - News - 2 hours 6 min ago
Social media was buzzing about everything from Nick Foles' phone call to Crisco-covered street lights. And now, Tom Brady awaits.

Tom Brady's giant coat is heading back to the Super Bowl - CNET - News - 3 hours 16 min ago
Blake Bortles and his awesomely alliterative name had no shot against Brady and his hand full of rings.

China flaunts quantum key distribution in-SPAAACE by securing videoconference

The Register - 3 hours 51 min ago
Satellite carries keys to Graz

China has revealed more detail of its much-hyped satellite quantum key distribution network.…

Linux 4.15 becomes slowest release since 2011

The Register - 4 hours 17 min ago
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.…

Europe waves through Qualcomm's NXP slurp

The Register - 4 hours 50 min ago
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.…

You won't believe Darrell's DIY football-themed home theater - CNET - News - 5 hours 50 min ago
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 Malaysian region that became a hardware hub

BBC Technology News - 5 hours 53 min ago
The small Malaysian state of Penang is punching well above its weight in the tech world through hardware manufacturing.

Tractor beam breakthrough could lead to levitating humans - CNET - News - 5 hours 55 min ago
Yes, really. Sci-fi technology that can float objects in mid-air like magic could become reality.

New Zealand joins the Space Race

The Register - 6 hours 41 min ago
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.…

Hey American business, here's how to use blockch ... sorry - we've been shut down

The Register - 6 hours 54 min ago
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 Metropolitan 8-Cup brewer review - CNET - Reviews - January 21, 2018 - 11:07pm
Bonavita's Metropolitan brews delicious drip coffee for just $100.

PPG expert talks self-driving car paints, trends at Detroit - Roadshow - News - January 21, 2018 - 10:22pm
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.

Ford Mustang Bullitt No. 001 hits $300,000 at auction - Roadshow - News - January 21, 2018 - 10:02pm
That's a lot of cash for a regular production pony car, but don't worry, it was for charity.

Apple gets Muhammad Ali to sell you on iPhone X selfies - CNET - News - January 21, 2018 - 10:00pm
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.

How Google showed Apple that HomePod can succeed - CNET - News - January 21, 2018 - 8:00pm
Commentary: Apple's smart speaker might finally see the light of day shortly. Is it too late?

Here’s how to make sure Hawaii’s missile warning fiasco isn’t repeated

Ars Technica - January 21, 2018 - 8:00pm

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.

(credit: EUGENE TANNER/AFP/Getty Images)

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:

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Amazon's HQ2 competition gets merciless SNL mockery - CNET - News - January 21, 2018 - 6:00pm
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.

Poison arrows inspire new male contraceptive, scientists report

Ars Technica - January 21, 2018 - 5:00pm

Enlarge / Aim carefully. (credit: Getty | Brian Seed )

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.

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