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Go behind the scenes as Adam Savage tests an Iron Man suit that really flies - CNET

CNET News - Sat, 2019-06-15 13:32
For his new show Savage Builds, the former MythBuster sees how hard it is to be Tony Stark. And CNET was there.

FBI Issues Search Warrant To 8chan For IP Address of Shooter, Commenters

SlashDot - Sat, 2019-06-15 12:34
An anonymous reader quotes the Daily Beast: The online forum where alleged Chabad of Poway shooter John Earnest shared a livestream of the shooting was served a search warrant in April for the IP and metadata information on Earnest's posts, as well as those who commented on them. The warrant served to 8chan said the people who responded to Earnest's comments could be "potential witnesses, co-conspirators and/or individuals who are inspired" by his posting about the shooting. Similarly, according to the FBI agent who penned the warrant, there was evidence that Earnest himself was "inspired and/or educated" by other individuals posting on the forum.

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Recommended Reading: Fighting deepfakes

Engadget - Sat, 2019-06-15 12:30
Top AI researchers race to detect 'deepfake' videos: 'We are outgunned' Drew Harwell, The Washington Post The 2016 US presidential election was plagued by fake news and election meddling across the internet. With the rise of so-called deepfake tec...

Election hacking has never been cheaper, easier or more profitable - CNET

CNET News - Sat, 2019-06-15 11:48
Cybercrime could be a $6 trillion business by 2022. Emerging tech like AI might be the only way to one step ahead.

Caterpillar Takes Tiny 'Cat & Cloud' Coffee Shop To Court Over Trademark

SlashDot - Sat, 2019-06-15 11:34
"Caterpillar Inc. is trying to stop a tiny cafe from using the word cat," reports Fast Company. Long-time Slashdot reader UnknowingFool writes: Caterpillar wishes to cancels the coffee shop's trademark claiming that the trademark on shop's apparel and footwear is too similar to theirs and would cause confusion for consumers. For reference, the coffee shop's t-shirts and merchandise feature a cat and a cloud. This is not the first time Caterpillar has made dubious trademark claims on "Cat" or "Caterpillar". "Another small business faces a crazy legal challenge from a big company that should know better..." writes Inc. "There are literally hundreds of trademarks listed that include the word cat and that are intended for clothing. Without having a trademark or license, technically Cat & Cloud wouldn't be able to sell that merchandise without permission (whether from Caterpillar or one of the many other companies with cat-related trademarks for clothing)." The coffee shop responded by setting up a GoFundMe campaign (which is now "trending" and has so far raised $12,482) for their legal defense. They're arguing that Caterpillar's efforts "would effectively set the precedent for them to OWN the word 'cat', making it un-useable by any business in the US."

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Hitting the Books: We won't colonize space without a Weyland-Yutani

Engadget - Sat, 2019-06-15 11:00
Welcome to Hitting the Books. With less than one in five Americans reading just for fun these days, we've done the hard work for you by scouring the internet for the most interesting, thought provoking books on science and technology we can find and...

Python Passes C++ on TIOBE Index, Predicted To Pass C and Java

SlashDot - Sat, 2019-06-15 10:34
Python reached another new all-time high on the TIOBE index, now representing 8.5% of the results for the search query +"<language> programming" on the top 25 search engines. Python overtook C++ this month for the #3 spot, now placing behind only Java (#1) and C (#2). That's prompted TIOBE to make a bold prediction: If Python can keep this pace, it will probably replace C and Java in 3 to 4 years time, thus becoming the most popular programming language of the world. The main reason for this is that software engineering is booming. It attracts lots of newcomers to the field. Java's way of programming is too verbose for beginners. In order to fully understand and run a simple program such as "hello world" in Java you need to have knowledge of classes, static methods and packages. In C this is a bit easier, but then you will be hit in the face with explicit memory management. In Python this is just a one-liner. Enough said. InfoWorld reports: Also on the rise in the June Tiobe index, Apple's Swift language is ranked 11th, with a rating of 1.419 percent. Swift was ranked 15th at this time last year and 18th last month, while its predecessor Objective-C language ranked 12th this month with a rating of 1.391. Tiobe expects Objective-C to drop out of the top 20 within two years. InfoWorld also notes that Python is already #1 in the Pypl index, which analyes how often language tutorials are searched for on Google. On that list, Python is followed by Java, JavaScript, C#, PHP, and then C/C++. Python was also TIOBE's fastest-rising language in 2018 -- though in 2017 that honor went to C, and in 2015 to Java...

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A brief history of cheating at video games

Engadget - Sat, 2019-06-15 10:00
For as long as we've played games, there have been players willing to break the rules in order to win. Whether it's rolling weighted dice, counting cards, or hip checking pinball machines, you can bet your bottom dollar that if there's a game of chan...

FiiO’s new earbud looks and sounds more expensive than it is - CNET

CNET News - Sat, 2019-06-15 09:55
FiiO’s hardly a newcomer to headphones, but their FH5 is miles ahead of what came before.

Triangle’s pint-size speakers are high-end masters - CNET

CNET News - Sat, 2019-06-15 09:47
The Audiophiliac’s ears-on review of the Triangle Esprit Titus EZ speakers.

9 great reads from CNET this week - CNET

CNET News - Sat, 2019-06-15 09:00
Why altered videos are a social media nightmare, what Electronic Arts is doing to make gaming less toxic and how a fat-cat Facebook group is lifting humans from despair.

One Dead After Fecal Transplant Gone Wrong, FDA Warns

SlashDot - Sat, 2019-06-15 09:00
fahrbot-bot shares a report from Ars Technica: One patient has died and another became seriously ill after fecal transplants inadvertently seeded their innards with a multi-drug resistant bacterial infection, the Food and Drug Administration warned Thursday. The cases highlight the grave risks of what some consider a relatively safe procedure. They also call attention to the mucky issues of federal oversight for the experimental transplants, which the FDA has struggled to regulate. In its warning Thursday, the agency announced new protections for trials and experimental uses of the procedure. The FDA shared minimal details from the deadly transplants. Its warning only noted that the cases involved two patients who were immunocompromised prior to the experimental transplants and received stool from the same donor. Subsequent to the transplant, the patients developed invasive infections from an E. coli strain that was resistant to a wide variety of antibiotics in the penicillin and cephalosporin groups. The E. coli strain carried a drug-defeating enzyme called an extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL), which generally cleaves a ring common to all the chemical structures of those antibiotics. When unnamed researchers who administered the transplant looked back at the donor stool, they found that the stool contained an identical ESBL-producing E. coli. One of the patients died and the fate of the other was not discussed. The agency also did not say how or why the patients were immunocompromised prior to the transplants, what the transplants were attempting to accomplish, how they were carried out, who conducted the transplants, or when they occurred.

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The Morning After: Going under the hood of Honda's adorable EV

Engadget - Sat, 2019-06-15 08:45
Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Now that E3 2019 is over there's plenty of time to catch up on all of the gaming news revealed this week. Once you're through with that, we've got some info about an appealing electric car, and a look back at th...

This home theater has a secret feature that hides something god-awful - CNET

CNET News - Sat, 2019-06-15 08:22
Show Us Yours: Joe and his wife wanted to replace their unattractive entertainment system with something better. See how they said goodbye to ugly by hiding their wires.

Rushing foldable phones doesn't work. Just ask Samsung and Huawei - CNET

CNET News - Sat, 2019-06-15 08:00
Commentary: Galaxy Fold and Mate X delays show that foldables aren't ready yet.

At E3 2019, video game makers held back the hype - CNET

CNET News - Sat, 2019-06-15 08:00
The gaming industry is learning to manage expectations.

McLaren 720S, Tesla Mobile Service and more: Roadshow's week in review - Roadshow

CNET News - Sat, 2019-06-15 08:00
Here's what you missed for the week ending June 15, 2019.

Here come the dark mode browsers -- and websites - CNET

CNET News - Sat, 2019-06-15 08:00
This is a dark web you can get behind, once developers embrace the ability to bypass glaring white websites.

The best small SUVs and crossovers for the money - Roadshow

CNET News - Sat, 2019-06-15 08:00
These are Roadshow's favorite compact crossovers and SUVs that you can buy today.

Why iPod Touch 2019 is a worthy $200 on-ramp to iOS apps - CNET

CNET News - Sat, 2019-06-15 07:00
Commentary: What the latest iPod Touch lacks in screen and battery life, it makes up for in apps, games, AR and a headphone jack.

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