Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | 60,000 board gamers, one convention hall: Gen Con 2018 in pictures

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | 60,000 board gamers, one convention hall: Gen Con 2018 in pictures

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the best four days in gaming — Four days of gaming, cosplay, and fun. Aaron Zimmerman – Aug 7, 2018 3:36 pm UTC The new official Choose Your Own Adventure card game is a delightful nostalgia hit. Aaron Zimmerman Root, a highly asymmetric wargame featuring cute woodland creatures, was one of the best-looking games of…

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | To understand population growth, culture matters

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | To understand population growth, culture matters

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Fertility factors — Getting it wrong has implications for healthcare, infrastructure, and climate. Cathleen O’Grady – Aug 7, 2018 3:27 pm UTC Enlarge / Working out how many babies will be born each generation is wickedly complicated.Samir KC is on a mission to get people thinking differently about population growth. The basic idea of predicting…

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | “___ Technica” is a clue in today’s NYT crossword

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | “___ Technica” is a clue in today’s NYT crossword

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Ars Techni-puzzled — It has three letters… and I work there. Nate Anderson – Aug 7, 2018 2:56 pm UTC Enlarge / Man, I look good eating breakfast.Getty Images/ShapechargeSo there I was this morning, wearing my Star Trek “redshirt” bathrobe and Spider-Man slippers as I bent over my eggs and coffee, New York Times crossword…

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Qubits can sync if they have more than two possible values

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Qubits can sync if they have more than two possible values

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Probability, probably — A quantum system must have more than two states to synchronize an oscillation. Chris Lee – Aug 7, 2018 2:51 pm UTC Enlarge / Pendulums only provide a limited model for quantum oscillations.Here’s something you might be familiar with: a performance ends, the audience begins to applaud, and the sound becomes thunderous…

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Android 9 Pie proves Android’s update situation is actually getting better

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Android 9 Pie proves Android’s update situation is actually getting better

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Now if only Essential was sticking around — Project Treble really is making it easier to update Android. Ron Amadeo – Aug 7, 2018 2:19 pm UTC The Essential Phone. Ron Amadeo The back is all ceramic. Ron Amadeo The screen goes all the way to the edge, but there’s that camera notch. Ron Amadeo…

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Ajit Pai admits FCC lied about “DDoS,” blames it on Obama administration

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Ajit Pai admits FCC lied about “DDoS,” blames it on Obama administration

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Thanks, Obama — Former CIO “provided inaccurate information” about comment outage, Pai says. Jon Brodkin – Aug 7, 2018 1:08 pm UTC Enlarge / FCC Chairman Ajit Pai at Fox Studios on November 10, 2017 in New York City.Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai acknowledged Monday that the FCC lied about its public comment system…

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Don’t touch that link: Machine learning and the war on phishing

Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Don’t touch that link: Machine learning and the war on phishing

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Phishnet — We can catch phishes before they’re even cast—using real-time data and open source code. Sean Gallagher – Aug 7, 2018 12:00 pm UTC Enlarge / Coming to a device near you: Freddi Fish 666—the Phishing Apocalypse.collage by Sean Gallagher from urraheesh iStock & Humongous EntertainmentIt’s Friday, August 3, and I have hooked a…

Hexbyte – News – Science/Nature | Mysterious radio signal found in space and astronomers aren’t sure where it’s coming from

Hexbyte – News – Science/Nature | Mysterious radio signal found in space and astronomers aren’t sure where it’s coming from

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File photo: The spiral galaxy M101 is pictured in this undated handout photo from NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory. M101 is a spiral galaxy like our Milky Way, but about 70 percent bigger. It is located about 21 million light years from Earth. REUTERS/NASA/Handout via Reuters A mysterious fast radio burst (FRB) that hit Earth late…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Why Facebook’s Thinning Profit Margins Are a Secret Asset

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Why Facebook’s Thinning Profit Margins Are a Secret Asset

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Mark Zuckerberg & company surprised investors on two fronts last month, pushing Facebook shares down 20 percent and wiping out about $130 billion in market value. One was predictable, the other less so.First, Facebook user growth is slowing, and the problem is unfixable: The company is quite literally running out of humans on the internet.…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Facebook and YouTube Ban InfoWars but Invite New Headaches

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Facebook and YouTube Ban InfoWars but Invite New Headaches

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Ilana Panich-Linsman/ReduxIlana Panich-Linsman/ReduxEarly Monday morning, Apple pulled several podcasts associated with notorious conspiracy theorist and protein powder peddler Alex Jones from the iTunes store. The decision opened the floodgates to a wave of suspensions that continued throughout the day. First came Facebook, which said it unpublished four pages affiliated with Jones after receiving new reports…