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ITU aims to to keep the radio on with new satellite regulation fees

The Register - January 15, 2018 - 2:01am
Keeping geostationary sats chatting is simple. Low-Earth sats need more brains

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) will next week discuss changes to satellite constellation regulation and fees, an effort needed to keep space useful for communications…

Captured paedophile

BBC Technology News - January 15, 2018 - 1:08am
A BBC Trending report about online predators prompted a reader to investigate and eventually led to the conviction of a dangerous paedophile.

Hawaii missile alert on smartphones was false alarm - CNET

cNET.com - News - January 15, 2018 - 12:42am
Hawaiians got a terrifying alert on their phones and TVs Saturday. Lucky for them, the warning about an incoming missile was a mistake.

Wait, what? The Linux Kernel Mailing List archives lived on ONE PC? One BROKEN PC?

The Register - January 15, 2018 - 12:02am
Yup: LKML.org and all its records of the planet's most-used OS were on one disk

Spare a thought for Jasper Spaans, who hosts the Linux Kernel Mailing List archive from a single PC that lives in his home. And since things always happen this way the home machine died while he was on holiday.…

After false Hawaii missile notice, FCC launches investigation

Ars Technica - January 14, 2018 - 10:00pm

On Saturday, January 13, Hawaiians received a terrifying message on their phones, repeated on television and radio stations, which had received a similar alert: “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”

But actually, it was something of a drill, in that the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) was running a routine test at the end of a shift and accidentally sent the message state-wide.

Unfortunately, it took 38 minutes for the agency to correct the alert with a second alert. Although state leaders quickly tweeted out corrections, Hawaiians who were waiting for an all-clear from the same outlet spent more than half an hour in suspense.

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Meet your match: Google app finds famous art you look like - CNET

cNET.com - News - January 14, 2018 - 9:32pm
Grab the Monet and Gogh: The Google Arts & Culture app lets you take a selfie, then compares it to thousands of museum paintings.

Bill Murray's Steve Bannon wants Logan Paul for president - CNET

cNET.com - News - January 14, 2018 - 7:24pm
Commentary: If the YouTube star wants to know how far his image has fallen, a "Saturday Night Live" sketch offers a clue.

2019 Ford Ranger Release Date, Price and Specs - Roadshow

cNET.com - Reviews - January 14, 2018 - 7:17pm
A tougher appearance and a long list of available tech features highlight Ford's return to the midsize pickup segment.

Print a 200-million-year-old dinosaur at home - CNET

cNET.com - News - January 14, 2018 - 5:49pm
A PhD student uses a 3D surface file of a Massospondylus dinosaur fossil to uncover more secrets, then makes it available for armchair paleontologists to study.

Most Americans try to self-install home electronics (30 percent give up) - CNET

cNET.com - News - January 14, 2018 - 5:34pm
Commentary: A new survey suggests that when it comes to routers, set-top boxes, SmartTVs and the like, some struggle to set them up.

White House struggles for 22 minutes to mute conference call - CNET

cNET.com - News - January 14, 2018 - 5:01pm
Commentary: In a call with reporters about Iran, it becomes hard to create silence. Should we feel sympathy?

How to keep a charity gaming marathon going for 160 hours straight

Ars Technica - January 14, 2018 - 5:00pm

From your seat at home, an AGDQ run like this looks simple. Behind the scenes, though, is a constant swarm of action to get everything running smoothly.

Of all the millions of video game streams that run each year on Twitch—from individuals at home to professional eSports tournaments—there's nothing quite like the Games Done Quick marathons. Each year since 2010 (and twice a year since 2011), hundreds of speedrunners gather to play games as quickly as possible for seven days straight in a non-stop tag-team that only takes short breaks for set up and on-stream interviews.

In the process, hundreds of thousands of viewers donate millions of dollars for charity (over $4 million in 2017 alone), with their donation messages shared on stream.

While the production looks relatively simple from the viewer's side of the Twitch stream—a video of the gameplay screen, a smaller webcam view of the player, a donation counter, a timer, etc.—a lot of work goes on behind the scenes to keep the games running and the donations flowing smoothly for an entire week. To see what things were like from the other side, I headed down to Herndon, Virginia, earlier this week to see some of the work that goes into making the Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ) marathon into the well-oiled machine that it is.

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Chelsea Manning says she's running for US Senate - CNET

cNET.com - News - January 14, 2018 - 4:43pm
Famous for handing a huge cache of secret documents to WikiLeaks, the transgendered Manning has filed a statement of candidacy with the US elections commission.

A gene that keeps track of how often it’s made into a protein

Ars Technica - January 14, 2018 - 4:00pm

Enlarge / Ribosomes sometimes ignore one of these. (credit: Noirathsi’s Eye / Flickr)

Folks in the Baranov lab in County Cork, Ireland, were just reviewing old data they had lying around—you, know, as one does on a slow, boring afternoon—and they noticed something weird. The complexes within a cell that translate RNA into proteins were piling up at the end of the RNA, long past the portion that encodes the protein. Hmm.

Ribosomes and the genetic code

Many of the genes held in our DNA encode proteins. But the process of translating DNA into protein goes through an RNA intermediate. That RNA is read by a complex called the ribosome, which recognizes the information in the RNA and uses it to create a string of amino acids in a specific order—the protein encoded by the gene. So ribosomes play a critical role in gene activity.

To find out more about that role, ribosome profiling was developed in 2009. It allows researchers to identify which RNAs in a given cell are being translated by isolating only those RNAs with ribosomes attached. It also allows them to assess the relative levels at which different regions of RNA are being translated. Baranov's lab developed online genome browser for viewing ribosome profiling data in 2014.

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The Vegas Pinball Hall of Fame astounds us with a huge, rare collection

Ars Technica - January 14, 2018 - 3:00pm

LAS VEGAS—When we weren't pounding the pavement at last week's overloaded CES trade show, we at Ars Technica took whatever opportunity we could to nerd out in uniquely Vegas style. That didn't mean dumping our spare quarters into a Lord of the Rings-themed slot machine; it meant hitching a ride to the Vegas Pinball Hall of Fame.

This collection of roughly 260 working pinball, electromechanical, and video games has been open to the public for over a decade, with its 2006 opening followed by a size-boosting relocation in 2009 to a venue two miles down Tropicana Avenue. It arguably includes the most varied and valuable open-every-day collection of pinball and pinball-like games in the United States, if not the world—but you'd never know it by simply passing the building.

Sam Machkovech

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When wildlife conservation meets war

Ars Technica - January 14, 2018 - 2:00pm

Enlarge (credit: Calle v H / Flickr)

Much of the world’s conflict happens in areas rich in biodiversity, and war makes conservation a complicated issue. In 2016, a group of researchers published a paper exploring important questions about conflict and conservation: can conflict be included in planning for protected areas? What strategies actually work when wildlife and warfare mix?

The researchers from 2016 concluded that we need better, more fine-grained data on the impacts of conflict, and a new paper in this week’s Nature drills into historical data to provide just that. Authors Joshua H. Daskin and Robert M. Pringle report that “even low-grade, infrequent conflict is sufficient” to cause harm to wildlife. But they also conclude that the mere presence of conflict doesn’t mean that the wildlife in that region should be written off.

Decades of conflict

“Between 1950 and 2000,” write Daskin and Pringle, the majority of the world’s conflicts occurred in Africa and Asia, and “more than 80 percent of wars overlapped with biodiversity hotspots.” These hotspots are home to some of the world’s last “diverse large-mammal populations,” they write, which makes conflict in these regions all the more alarming for conservation.

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2019 Chevrolet Silverado Release Date, Price and Specs - Roadshow

cNET.com - Reviews - January 14, 2018 - 6:09am
The Big Bowtie goes on a 450-pound diet, can run on just one cylinder, and still has enough room left over for the industry's first powered tailgate.

CES 2018 gets serious about health, wellness and medical tech - CNET

cNET.com - News - January 14, 2018 - 6:06am
With the slew of self-care, fitness and sleep devices on show at CES, the health and medical industries are making big rumbles in consumer tech.

Optoma 4K projector responds to Alexa voice commands - CNET

cNET.com - News - January 14, 2018 - 3:49am
The UHD51A is the first Alexa-controlled projector, and I take it for a spin with my voice at CES 2018.

'Handmaid's Tale' season 2 photos look bloody terrifying - CNET

cNET.com - News - January 14, 2018 - 2:07am
If you thought life in Gilead was bad, just wait until the Golden Globe Award-winning show gets to the Colonies.

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