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OK, who is shooting Apple staff buses in California? Knock it off

The Register - March 2, 2018 - 10:15pm
CHiPs deploy bait bus to catch Silicon Valley sniper

Over the past 45 days, a mystery sniper has been shooting the windows of 20 charter buses driving Apple staff and other geeks to work in Silicon Valley.…

FCC chairman to NRA: Thanks, but no thanks for the gun award - CNET - News - March 2, 2018 - 10:12pm
Ajit Pai, on advice of agency ethics lawyers, declines to accept a rifle from the NRA for his work in overturning Obama-era net neutrality regulations.

Cadillac to tease XT4 SUV in massive Oscars ad blitz - Roadshow - News - March 2, 2018 - 9:39pm
Expect the automaker to pimp Super Cruise and other recent innovations, as well.

NASA spots secret penguin colony from space, thanks to poop - CNET - News - March 2, 2018 - 9:22pm
All the cool Adélie penguins are hanging out in a previously unknown supercolony in the Danger Islands in Antarctica.

This is how long your average Apple product will last - CNET - News - March 2, 2018 - 9:19pm
Commentary: Analyst Horace Dediu tries to work out the average lifespan of Apple devices. His short answer: about 4.3 years.

During NRA conventions, gun injuries drop 20% nationwide—63% in hosting state

Ars Technica - March 2, 2018 - 9:17pm


When gun enthusiasts gather for the National Rifle Association’s annual conventions, rates of gun-related injuries and deaths drop by 20 percent nationwide—and a whopping 63 percent in the hosting state—according to an analysis published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The finding was based on an analysis of insurance data on gun injury rates during NRA conventions from 2007 through 2015, as well as rates three weeks before and three weeks after each of the conventions. The researchers behind the work—health policy expert Anupam Jena, MD, PhD of Harvard Medical School and economist Andrew Olenski of Columbia University—also looked at crime rates during those times.

They found no significant change in crime rates despite the dip in injuries. They also noted that the largest drops in firearm-related injuries during NRA conventions were in men, the southern and western areas of the country, and in states with the highest levels of gun ownership.

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Movies you probably didn't know won Academy Awards - CNET - News - March 2, 2018 - 9:16pm
With the Oscars coming up Sunday, we salute the genre movies, effects extravaganzas and other films you wouldn't have expected to scoop up an award.

Snapchat plans two new Spectacles, report says - CNET - News - March 2, 2018 - 9:05pm
The webcam-powered sunglasses were hot for a minute, but will two new rumored versions have greater staying power?

Ex-Google recruiter: I was fired for opposing hiring caps on white, Asian male nerds

The Register - March 2, 2018 - 8:49pm
YouTube wanted 'only' women and other underrepresented groups in coding roles

A former recruiter for Google and YouTube has sued the search ad beast, claiming he was fired for objecting to hiring policies that discriminated against white and Asian men.…

Phantom Auto pioneers remote driving technology - Roadshow - News - March 2, 2018 - 8:48pm
When autonomous vehicles can't decide what to do, Phantom Auto can jump in and save the day.

Sweet! Lego goes sustainable with pieces made from sugarcane - CNET - News - March 2, 2018 - 8:43pm
These new Lego plants are made from actual plants. But we bet they still hurt just as much when you step on them barefoot.

Humans should avoid aliens at all costs, famed physicist says - CNET - News - March 2, 2018 - 8:29pm
Commentary: Michio Kaku says that if extraterrestrials are smart, talking to us would be like us talking to squirrels.

See the bus-size asteroid caught buzzing past Earth - CNET - News - March 2, 2018 - 8:26pm
New space rocks in our neighborhood are found all the time, often just before they pay us a visit. Cameras caught Asteroid DV1 passing by us much closer than the moon shortly after being discovered.

Charter appeals court loss, still claims it can’t be punished for slow speeds

Ars Technica - March 2, 2018 - 8:26pm

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Anders Clark | EyeEm)

Charter Communications is appealing a court ruling that said the ISP must face a lawsuit alleging the company falsely promised fast Internet speeds that Charter knew it could not deliver.

Charter claims that federal regulations, including the recent repeal of net neutrality rules, preempts the lawsuit filed by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman against Charter and its Time Warner Cable (TWC) subsidiary in February 2017.

The New York Supreme Court rejected Charter's motion to dismiss the case on February 16, but Charter is appealing the decision in a state appellate court. (Despite its name, the New York Supreme Court is not the state's highest court.)

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Jupiter looks very Earth-y in new NASA Juno image - CNET - News - March 2, 2018 - 8:24pm
Jupiter has the blues in an eye-opening NASA image showing the gas giant's south pole.

Major nor’easter whacking East Coast for the second time in two months

Ars Technica - March 2, 2018 - 8:18pm

Enlarge / Waves crash over houses on Turner Rd. as a large coastal storm affects the area on March 2, in Scituate, Massachusetts. A powerful nor'easter is bringing snow, rain, and high wind to much of the Northeast. (credit: Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

The winds were howling so much in Washington DC on Friday that flight controllers at Dulles International Airport had to temporarily evacuate their tower, which suspended flight operations. Conditions weren't much better on board the airplanes themselves. A Canadair Regional Jet reported, after it landed at the same airport with about 50 passengers, that "pretty much everyone on the plane threw up."

Up the coast, conditions were even more severe, as New England residents had to deal not only with severe winds, but major coastal flooding as well. Boston is no stranger to a good nor'easter, of course, but the storm now bearing down on the Eastern United States is especially brutal by historical standards in terms of winds and coastal flooding. It also happens to be the second such powerful nor'easter that has wracked the US East Coast in just two months.

For much of the 20th century, the Northeastern Blizzard of 1978 set the benchmark for extreme snowfall and flooding. During this storm, the tidal gauge in Boston Harbor measured a record 15.1 feet. The extreme "bomb cyclone" storm that afflicted the Eastern United States in January of this year recorded a mark of 15.16 feet in Boston, eclipsing the record.

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Benchmarks claim iPhone X is still the fastest phone (Apple Byte Extra Crunchy Podcast, Ep. 121) - CNET - News - March 2, 2018 - 8:13pm
Early benchmarks show the iPhone X is faster than the Galaxy S9. Plus: DXO Mark ranks the Galaxy S9 Plus the best phone camera and Apple's working on a giant iPhone X Plus.

New Lego pieces: Still hard on your feet, but easier on the planet

Ars Technica - March 2, 2018 - 8:11pm

Enlarge / All of these Lego pieces will now be made of sugarcane-derived polyethylene. (credit: Lego)

Starting this year, buyers of new Lego playsets will begin to see a new type of block in their boxes—ones made of plant-based plastic.

The Danish company announced the initiative on Thursday, confirming that roughly "1-2 percent" of all Lego bricks are now being made of sugarcane-sourced polyethylene. For this material-switch rollout, Lego has made the admittedly cute decision of using it to produce playsets' tiny Lego plants—as in, trees, shrubs, vines, and patches of grass.

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Alexa muted, Twilio taps out, and Bitbucket kicks the, er, bucket amid AWS data center hiccup

The Register - March 2, 2018 - 7:52pm
Ah, the stable and reliable cloud

Problems at an Amazon Web Service data center in Virginia today are being blamed for outages affecting some major websites and online services today.…

Skype now plays nicer with your low-end Android phone - CNET - News - March 2, 2018 - 7:08pm
A new lightweight version of the video chat app is smaller and uses less memory.

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