Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired With a Cadillac SUV, GM Shows a New Way to an Electric World

Hexbyte Tech News Wired With a Cadillac SUV, GM Shows a New Way to an Electric World

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Wealthy buyers will pay a premium to be green, sporty, and techy. Add in the ever-popular SUV body style and blockbuster sales are a no-brainer, General Motors figures.CadillacIt’s easy to imagine the conversation that led to this. In a boardroom overlooking Detroit, some Cadillac executives gathered around around a walnut conference table, swiveling idly in…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired The Shutdown Shows Just How Vital Government Scientists Are

Hexbyte Tech News Wired The Shutdown Shows Just How Vital Government Scientists Are

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Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg/Getty ImagesInstead of figuring out how many Pacific hake fishermen can catch sustainably, as his job demands, scientist Ian Taylor is at home with his four-month old daughter, biding his time through the partial government shutdown.Taylor’s task is to assess the size and age of hake and other commercially harvested fish species in the…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired GOP Email Hack Shows How Bad Midterm Election Meddling Got

Hexbyte Tech News Wired GOP Email Hack Shows How Bad Midterm Election Meddling Got

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US President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the National Republican Congressional Committee in March.Kevin Dietsch/Getty ImagesThough sporadic hacker intrusions and phishing campaigns targeted political entities in the lead-up to November’s midterm elections, things seemed pretty quiet overall on the election-meddling front in the US. Certainly no leaks or theatrics rose to the level of Russia’s…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers New Proof Shows Infinite Curves Come in Two Types | Quanta Magazine

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers New Proof Shows Infinite Curves Come in Two Types | Quanta Magazine

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abstractions blogBy Kevin HartnettNovember 7, 2018Alexander Smith’s work on the Goldfeld conjecture reveals fundamental characteristics of elliptic curves.Elliptic curves seem to admit infinite variety, but they really only come in two flavors. That is the upshot of a new proof from a graduate student at Harvard University. Elliptic curves may sound exotic, but they’re unspectacular…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Is Our Love of True Crime Shows Really About Social Justice?

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Is Our Love of True Crime Shows Really About Social Justice?

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Making a Murderer’s second season launched last month on Netflix.NetflixRobert Durst. Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong. Adnan Syed. Michael Peterson. Brendan Dassey. Steven Avery. Any self-professed true crime fan worth their weight in luminol is undoubtedly familiar with not just these names but with the minute details of the crimes of which those individuals have been accused (wrongly…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired This Mutation Math Shows How Life Keeps on Evolving

Hexbyte Tech News Wired This Mutation Math Shows How Life Keeps on Evolving

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Natural selection has been a cornerstone of evolutionary theory ever since Darwin. Yet mathematical models of natural selection have often been dogged by an awkward problem that seemed to make evolution harder than biologists understood it to be. In a new paper appearing in Communications Biology, a multidisciplinary team of scientists in Austria and the…

This Week Shows How Hard It Is to Curb Big Tech

This Week Shows How Hard It Is to Curb Big Tech

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The Seattle City Council voted 9-0 last month to approve an annual $275-per-employee tax on big employers like Amazon. The tax was expected to raise about $47 million a year for services for the homeless and construction of affordable housing. But Tuesday, less than a month after passing the tax, the council voted 7-2 to…