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Death Stranding's new trailer features a giant monster that will eat you alive - CNET - News - 1 hour 47 min ago
Hideo Kojima's next game continues to look baffling in the absolute best way possible.

The mind-blowing Creative SXFI Amp is here at last - CNET - Reviews - 2 hours 1 min ago
Creative's magical holography tech is real -- and you can get it real soon.

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Jurassic World: I met a fearsome cutting-edge dinosaur - CNET - News - 3 hours 54 min ago
Effects wizards at the legendary Pinewood studios show how CG breathes new life into old-fashioned puppets.

Four maps show how electricity generation has changed in the US

Ars Technica - September 23, 2018 - 9:30pm

A natural gas fracking well near Shreveport, Louisiana. (credit: Daniel Foster)

The US Energy Information Agency (EIA) recently published two interesting sets of maps to show how the US energy mix has changed state by state between 2007 and 2017.

That decade saw the rise of cheap natural gas that lead many utilities to switch away from coal, but the result is not as clear-cut as one might think: in some states, coal retirements resulted in nuclear power becoming the most-used energy source.

It's also important to note that the maps below reflect electricity generation, not necessarily consumption. In some cases, what's generated within state lines will be sold to neighboring states.

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2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan first drive review: A class above - Roadshow - Reviews - September 23, 2018 - 7:43pm
Finally, a subcompact Mercedes-Benz that truly feels premium.

Crazy-fun Maniac on Netflix demands you binge the next episode - CNET - News - September 23, 2018 - 7:35pm
Review: Jonah Hill and Emma Stone get weird, and it works, in this stylish sort-of-sci-fi streaming on Netflix now.

Low pay, poor prospects, and psychological toll: The perils of microtask work

Ars Technica - September 23, 2018 - 6:30pm

Enlarge / The Amazon Mechanical Turk, or, website is displayed on a computer screen for a photograph in Tiskilwa, Illinois, U.S., on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images (credit: Getty Images)

Microtask platforms recruit humans to do the rating, tagging, review-writing, and poll-taking work that can't quite be automated with an algorithm yet. In the US, the most common such platform is Amazon's Mechanical Turk, but other platforms are prominent in other parts of the world.

Proponents of this kind of work say that these quick, simple tasks allow people flexible hours to make money, or help "fill in the gaps" for the un- and under-employed.

But a new study (PDF) from the United Nations' International Labor Organization (ILO) questions whether these platforms are as good for society as the Silicon Valley investors and digital evangelists claim. The ILO surveyed 3,500 people across 75 countries who worked for Mechanical Turk, as well as Crowdflower, Clickworker, Prolific, and Microworker.

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iPhone XS drop test: Surprisingly tough to crack - CNET - News - September 23, 2018 - 5:35pm
We dropped a brand-new gold iPhone XS onto the sidewalk four times to find out how durable the glass is on both sides.

Solar panels replaced tarmac on a motorway. Here are the results.

Ars Technica - September 23, 2018 - 5:30pm

Enlarge / A road to nowhere? (credit: Robert B.D. Brice/Wattway)

Four years ago a viral campaign wooed the world with a promise of fighting climate change and jump-starting the economy by replacing tarmac on the world’s roads with solar panels. The bold idea has undergone some road testing since then. The first results from preliminary studies have recently come out, and they’re a bit underwhelming.

A solar panel lying under a road is at a number of disadvantages. As it’s not at the optimum tilt angle, it’s going to produce less power and it’s going to be more prone to shading, which is a problem as shade over just 5 percent of the surface of a panel can reduce power generation by 50 percent.

The panels are also likely to be covered by dirt and dust, and would need far thicker glass than conventional panels to withstand the weight of traffic, which will further limit the light they absorb.

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