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25-07-2017 Law & Disorder

Democrats slam EPA head, want to understand his climate inquiry

Enlarge / Texas' Eddie Bernice Johnson. (credit: Getty Images/Tom Williams) Lamar Smith, head of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, has a penchant for releasing letters in which he complains about issues related to climate change. He has targeted everyone from state attorneys general who are investigating fossil fuel companies to NOAA scientists (and their e-mails). But Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas), the ranking Democrat on the committee, has released a letter or two...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Democrats slam EPA head, want to understand his climate inquiry

25-07-2017 Scientific Method

Zuckerberg and Musk are both wrong about AI

Enlarge / Enjoy your little squabbles. You foolish men know nothing about AI. (credit: Universal Pictures) Back in 2015, a group of business leaders and scientists published an "open letter" about how controlling artificial superintelligence might be the most urgent task of the twenty-first century. Signed by luminaries like Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking, the letter has defined debates over AI in the years since. Bill Gates said in a Reddit AMA that...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Zuckerberg and Musk are both wrong about AI

25-07-2017 Gear & Gadgets

Moto Z2 Force hands-on—Motorola bets the farm on Moto Mods, loses

Remember the Moto Z? The Lenovo-controlled redesign of Motorola's flagship smartphone bet the farm on a modular phone idea, and the modular system kind of sucked. The modules were expensive, only worked with brand-new Motorola smartphones, and...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Moto Z2 Force hands-on—Motorola bets the farm on Moto Mods, loses

25-07-2017 Cars Technica

What is the car industry’s problem with over-the-air software updates?

Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson / Thinkstock) General Motors has announced plans to offer over-the-air (OTA) software updates "before 2020." The company's CEO, Mary Barra, announced the plan on an analyst call on Tuesday. The capability will require the deployment of a new electric vehicle architecture and a new infotainment system. OTA updates are high on the tech-savvy car buyer's wishlist, but here in the US, most new cars are locked out of receiving them thanks...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

What is the car industry’s problem with over-the-air software updates?

25-07-2017 Scientific Method

Study: US is slipping toward measles being endemic once again

Enlarge / Child with a classic four-day rash from measles. (credit: CDC) With firm vaccination campaigns, the US eliminated measles in 2000. The highly infectious virus was no longer constantly present in the country—no longer endemic. Since then, measles has only popped up when travelers carried it in, spurring mostly small outbreaks—ranging from a few dozen to a few hundred cases each year—that then fizzle out. But all that may be about to change. With...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Study: US is slipping toward measles being endemic once again

25-07-2017 Opposable Thumbs

Matt Groening’s first Netflix series will go all Futurama on Game of Thrones

Seems like the most appropriate use of this modified meme ever. (credit: Know Your Meme) We don't often get buzzy about a new Netflix series announcement, especially one without any teaser footage, but Tuesday's Netflix news shook up the perfect jar of nerd bees. Simpsons/Futurama co-creator Matt Groening is the latest showrunner to join the online streaming platform, and he's bringing a substantial number of Futurama staffers and voice actors to a new project: Disenchantment...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Matt Groening’s first Netflix series will go all Futurama on Game of Thrones

25-07-2017 Opposable Thumbs

Get the NES Classic on ThinkGeek while you can [Updated: You can’t]

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Get the NES Classic on ThinkGeek while you can [Updated: You can’t]

25-07-2017 Law & Disorder

Google tells judge: Don’t let Canada force us to alter US search results

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images/Ulrich Baumgartgen) Google is taking legal action in the US to stop Canada's Supreme Court from controlling its search results worldwide. Last month, the Supreme Court of Canada ordered Google to remove links to webpages owned by a company called Datalink Technologies on all of its search websites, worldwide. Canadian courts had previously found that Datalink was illegally re-labeling products and infringing the intellectual property of a Vancouver tech firm called Equustek. Yesterday, Google filed a lawsuit (PDF) in California, asking a...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Google tells judge: Don’t let Canada force us to alter US search results

25-07-2017 Staff

Dealmaster: Lenovo Y700 Core i5 laptop for only $569, restocked AirPods, and other de…

Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we're back with a big new list of deals to share. Of note is a the Lenovo Y700 gaming notebook, complete with a Core i5 processor, a 14-inch 1080p display, 4GB AMD R9 M375 GPU, 128GB SSD, and 1TB HDD, for just $569 (over $200 off its original price). Apple's AirPods are also back in stock, so now's your chance to get your hands on the popular wireless...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Dealmaster: Lenovo Y700 Core i5 laptop for only $569, restocked AirPods, and other deals

25-07-2017 Cars Technica

Toyota in “production engineering” for a solid state battery, WSJ says

Enlarge / A power cable sits in the charge point of a Toyota Motor Corp. FT- EV III concept electric vehicle on display during the China (Guangzhou) International Automobile Exhibition in Guangzhou, China, on Saturday, November 21, 2015. Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Images (credit: Bloomberg / Getty Images) According to reports in The Wall Street Journal and Japan’s Chunichi Shimbun, Toyota is in the “production engineering” stage of building an electric vehicle (EV)...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Toyota in “production engineering” for a solid state battery, WSJ says

25-07-2017 Law & Disorder

India’s transport minister vows to ban self-driving cars to save jobs

Enlarge / Nitin Jairam Gadkari, minister of Road Transport, Highways and Shipping of India at the India Economic Summit 2016 in New Delhi, India. Copyright by World Economic Forum / Benedikt von Loebell (credit: World Economic Forum) Companies in the United States, Germany, Japan, and other countries are racing to develop self-driving cars. But India's top transportation regulator says that those cars won't be welcome on Indian streets any time soon. "We won’t allow driverless...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

India’s transport minister vows to ban self-driving cars to save jobs

25-07-2017 Law & Disorder

The science of why eyewitness testimony is often wrong

Enlarge (credit: Gramercy Pictures) The advent of DNA testing has made it uncomfortably clear that our criminal justice system often gets things wrong. Things go wrong for a variety of reasons, but many of them touch on science, or rather the lack of a scientific foundation for a number of forensic techniques. But in 70 percent of the cases where DNA has overturned a conviction, it also contradicted the testimony of one or more...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

The science of why eyewitness testimony is often wrong

25-07-2017 Technology Lab

Adobe ending Flash support at the end of 2020

Enlarge (credit: Aurich / Thinkstock) Back in 2012, Adobe recognized that Flash's end was near, with a five- to 10-year timeframe for its eventual phasing out. Today, the company got specific: Flash will be supported through to the end of 2020, after which the Flash player will cease to be developed and distributed. In the early days of the Web, Flash served an essential role, offering graphical and interactive capabilities that simply had no equivalent...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Adobe ending Flash support at the end of 2020

25-07-2017 Law & Disorder

Net neutrality faceoff: Congress summons ISPs and websites to hearing

Enlarge / Netflix took an active role in fighting for net neutrality rules in 2014. (credit: Yuri Victor) The biggest websites and the biggest Internet service providers are being summoned to Congress to testify about net neutrality. US Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said he is scheduling a full committee hearing titled, "Ground rules for the Internet ecosystem," for September 7. "Today I'm sending formal invitations to the...for the rest click 'Read More' Digi-DNA Read more

Net neutrality faceoff: Congress summons ISPs and websites to hearing