Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Dealmaster: Get a 500GB Samsung 860 EVO SSD for $100

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Dealmaster: Get a 500GB Samsung 860 EVO SSD for $100

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Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have another round of deals to share. Today’s list is led by a deal on Samsung’s 860 EVO solid state drive, the 2.5-inch SATA version of which is currently going for $100 through Newegg’s eBay store. The SSD has typically sat around $120 as of late.…

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Never Stop Sneakin’ is a brilliant send-up of ’90s stealth games

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Never Stop Sneakin’ is a brilliant send-up of ’90s stealth games

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Enlarge / Hummingbird is just one of many unlockable, playable characters. Humble Hearts Nostalgia is a tricky thing. We all feel it at one time or another, and it often seems nothing gets butts in the proverbial seats as reliably as the promise of remembering everything as it was, when you didn’t know any better…

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Microsoft finally gives Teams what it needs to take on Slack: A free version

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Microsoft finally gives Teams what it needs to take on Slack: A free version

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Enlarge / Microsoft Teams on different devices. MicrosoftEver since its introduction, Microsoft’s Teams—a collaboration tool for chatting, sharing documents, video, and voice calling—has had one major competitor: Slack. Teams was clearly built as a response to Slack’s growing enterprise presence, with its model of IRC-style chatrooms winning hearts and minds. Thus far, Microsoft has pushed…

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Ajit Pai finalizes vote to limit FCC reviews of customer complaints

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Ajit Pai finalizes vote to limit FCC reviews of customer complaints

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The Federal Communications Commission today voted 3-1 to stop reviewing informal consumer complaints about telecom companies. To get an FCC review of a company’s bad behavior, a consumer will have to file a formal complaint—which requires a payment of $225 to the FCC. Even if an ISP fails to respond to a customer’s informal complaint,…

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Supermassive black hole shot a neutrino straight at Earth

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Supermassive black hole shot a neutrino straight at Earth

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Enlarge / Strings of photodetectors under the ice at the South Pole light up when neutrinos interact with the ice. IceCube/NSFFor most of astronomy’s history, understanding the heavens was limited to what we could see: the narrow band of the electromagnetic spectrum that constitutes visible light. Only over the last century or so have we…

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Apple to stop selling 2015 MacBook Pro with old-style keyboard, legacy ports

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Apple to stop selling 2015 MacBook Pro with old-style keyboard, legacy ports

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Enlarge / The 15-inch 2015 MacBook Pro. Andrew CunninghamApple doesn’t waste time consolidating its product lineups—after announcing new MacBook Pro models today, the 2015 MacBook Pro has been removed from the Mac section of Apple’s website. Beloved by many, the 2015 MacBook Pro had a number of features that have since been changed or have disappeared…

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Ars on your lunch break, week 4: Some possible solutions to Fermi’s Paradox

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Ars on your lunch break, week 4: Some possible solutions to Fermi’s Paradox

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I’m not saying the “I’m not saying it’s aliens, but…” guy looks like Londo Mollari, but…Today we present the second installment of my interview with British astronomer Stephen Webb on the subject of Fermi’s paradox. Part one ran yesterday—so if you missed it, click right here. Otherwise, you can press play on the embedded player…

Hexbyte – News – Science/Nature | NASA’s Big Astronaut Trash Problem

Hexbyte – News – Science/Nature | NASA’s Big Astronaut Trash Problem

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This space trash disk was made by heating and compressing a sample example of trash that astronauts could produce. These disks are being tested for possible use in shields guarding against space radiation. Credit: NASA As we explore and reach farther out into the cosmos, what will we do with all of our trash? For…

Hexbyte – News – Science/Nature | Coral Reefs Need Fewer Rats and More Bird Poo

Hexbyte – News – Science/Nature | Coral Reefs Need Fewer Rats and More Bird Poo

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Coral reefs are facing many threats, including agricultural runoff, coastal development, overfishing and rising sea temperatures. But one threat has more or less flown under the radar: Some reefs lack enough bird poop. Ed Yong at The Atlantic reports that a new study in the journal Nature shows that reefs around islands where seabird populations…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired FCC Retracts a Plan to Discourage Consumer Complaints

Hexbyte Tech News Wired FCC Retracts a Plan to Discourage Consumer Complaints

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The Federal Communications Commission has reportedly dropped a proposed change in how it handles complaints that critics argued could have left consumers with fewer avenues to resolve problems with telecommunications carriers like AT&T and Verizon. The agency is scheduled to vote Thursday on proposed changes to the complaint process, but according to the Washington Post,…