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Oracle boss prevented from Brexit Britain trip due to US shutdown

The Register - 4 hours 44 min ago
Mark Hurd confesses: I didn't take my passport – but usually that's not an issue

Forget cyber security or emergency hamburgers – the real impact of the US government shutdown is only just beginning.…

Verizon blames school text provider in dispute over “spam” fee

Ars Technica - 4 hours 47 min ago

Enlarge / A Samsung Galaxy Note 8 smartphone is displayed for sale at a Verizon store in Brea, California, on Monday, January 22, 2018. (credit: Getty Images | Bloomberg)

After being criticized for charging a new fee that could kill a free texting service for teachers and students, Verizon is trying to deflect blame over the possible shutdown.

However, Verizon has backed down from its original position slightly, and ongoing negotiations could allow the free texting service to continue.

As we reported Monday, the dispute involves Verizon and Remind, which makes a communication service used by teachers and youth sports coaches. Verizon is charging an additional fee, saying the money will be used to fund spam-blocking services.

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Ford will auction off Mustang Shelby GT500 VIN 001 for charity - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - 4 hours 57 min ago
The proceeds will go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Lotus to move some production to China, expand model lineup - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - 5 hours 3 min ago
Everyone's favorite plucky lightweight sports car company is fixing to get a lot bigger.

Sony invests in What3words for better voice-controlled navigation - CNET

cNET.com - News - 5 hours 15 min ago
The digital addressing startup already is built into Mercedes car mapping systems.

Alienware m15 review: An evolving Alienware with a practical side - CNET

cNET.com - Reviews - 5 hours 27 min ago
The newer, slimmer design for both the 15-inch and 17-inch mainstream Alienware laptops respects our need to get more gaming in less space.

Anti-vaccine nonsense spurred NY’s largest outbreak in decades

Ars Technica - 5 hours 36 min ago

Enlarge (credit: Getty | Mel Melcon)

Health officials in New York are cautiously optimistic that they have a large measles outbreak under control after tackling the noxious anti-vaccine myths and unfounded fears that fueled the disease’s spread.

Since last fall, New York has tallied 177 confirmed cases of measles, the largest outbreak the state has seen in decades. It began with infected travelers, arriving from parts of Israel and Europe where the highly contagious disease was spreading. In New York, that spread has largely been confined to ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities.

As measles rippled through those insular religious communities, health officials ran into members who were wary of outsiders as well as those who harbor harmful myths and fears about vaccines. This included the completely false-yet-pernicious belief that the measles vaccine causes autism.

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Top GP: Medical app Your.MD's data security wasn't my remit

The Register - 5 hours 44 min ago
Prof Maureen Baker told tribunal info security and clinical safety are two separate things

The founders of medical symptom-checker app Your.MD knew that a number of key medical information databases were "open to anyone who knows the URL", emails seen by a London tribunal have revealed.…

The Arcade1Up Asteroids game is only $150 - CNET

cNET.com - News - 5 hours 45 min ago
Indulge your coin-op dreams and save 50 percent!

LG will launch a phone with a second screen case attachment - CNET

cNET.com - News - 5 hours 51 min ago
It's one of multiple phones launching at the Mobile World Congress trade show next month. But none of them will fold.

Get the Nebula Mars II portable projector for an all-time low price of $360 - CNET

cNET.com - News - 5 hours 52 min ago
Cheapskate exclusive! Turn any wall into a big-screen theater with this amazing lunchbox-style DLP projector. Plus: An unbelievably good comics bundle and a dashcam for just $20!

How running websites has changed in the last two decades (for an Ars IT guru)

Ars Technica - 5 hours 58 min ago

The Pit, a BBS door game. In this shot, Lee Hutchinson was attacking these guys. Or, maybe they're attacking him. (credit: Lee Hutchinson)

I was a true nerd growing up in the 1980s—not in the hipster way but in the 10-pound-issue-of-Computer-Shopper-under-my-arm way (these things were seriously huge). I was thoroughly addicted to BBSes (Bulletin Board Systems) by the time I was 10. Maybe it's no surprise I ended up as a technical director for a science and tech site.

In fact, I'd actually draw a direct line between the job of managing your own BBS (aka SysOping) to managing a modern Web infrastructure. And with everyone around Ars looking back given the site's 20th anniversary, let's make that line a bit clearer. It won't be an exhaustive history of websites, but here's how my own experiences with managing websites have evolved in the past two decades—plus how the tools and thinking have changed over time, too.

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My first SysOp experience was powered by a Commodore 128 (in 64 mode, of course) running Greg Pfountz’s Color 64 software. I sent Greg my check—well, my mom’s check—and received back a single 5.25-inch floppy diskette along with a hand-bound dotmatrix-printed manual. It was on.

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If we stopped upgrading fossil-fuel-using tech, we’d hit our climate goals

Ars Technica - 6 hours 6 min ago

Enlarge / This refinery would be replaced by a green alternative once it reaches the end of its lifetime. (credit: Eni An Energy Company)

Because climate change is such a complex, globe-spanning problem, it’s hard to really wrap your head around possible future scenarios. A future where no action is taken to slow greenhouse gas emissions is easy enough to grok, but what exactly does a “middle-of-the-road emissions world” entail?

These scenarios work well for outlining the range of futures available to us, but it can be hard to understand the steps necessary to get to that future. “What if?” scenarios are often easier to think about. What if we eliminated all greenhouse gas emissions tomorrow? Or, if those rainbow unicorns are too impractical for you, what if we didn't replace fossil fuel infrastructure when it reached the end of its life, replacing it with clean alternatives instead?

End of life

That’s the question that a new study led by the University of Leeds’ Chris Smith investigated. The basic idea is to find out how much warming the world’s existing fossil-fuel-burning machinery commits us to, given how long that machinery is likely to run before it naturally hits the scrap heap.

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Facebook removes hundreds of fake pages, accounts tied to Russia - CNET

cNET.com - News - 6 hours 15 min ago
Two separate operations out of Russia used similar tactics to mislead followers, the company says.

Oracle exec: Open-source vendors locking down licences proves 'they were never really open'

The Register - 6 hours 17 min ago
'They used to be seen as the good guys, and Oracle was the bad guy'. So that means... everyone is the bad guy now?

Open-source vendors that haven't already switched to less permissive licences will do so this year as the move to the cloud threatens their business models, a senior Oracle exec has said.…

Bethesda confirms bans for visiting hidden Fallout 76 “developer room”

Ars Technica - 6 hours 26 min ago

Video showing the contents of the hidden "developer room" in Fallout 76.

Fallout 76 developer Bethesda has confirmed it is issuing temporary bans to players who access a hidden "developer room" full of lucrative and unreleased items for the online game.

News of the room's existence on Fallout 76 servers started leaking out publicly last week, with videos showing an area filled with boxes containing every legitimate item in the game, as well as a few cosmetics and weapons that have yet to be officially released (and a curious human-like NPC named "Wooby.") Details of the apparent teleport hack being used to access the room in the PC version of the game were harder to come by without lurking in private Discord channels and hacking forums, though.

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Tesla's referral program will be kaput as of Feb. 1 - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - 6 hours 35 min ago
Bad news if you were hoping to coerce your friends, family members and coworkers into buying a Tesla so you could get yourself a free set of wheels.

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