How excited are you for a pending awards ceremony that is still over a month away? Very?
If so, you can watch the nominations for the 90th Academy Awards at 8:22AM ET today, January 23rd. The announcement will be live-streamed from the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, where it will be 5:22AM! Technical awards like cinematography, costume design, sound editing, and visual effects are announced first. The major award nominations including the acting awards, best documentary, best screenplay, best director, and best picture will be announced starting at 8:38AM ET.
Linux inventor Linus Torvalds has never been one for diplomacy. He previously said f#!2$ you to Nvidia for not supporting Linux, and now Intel has angered him enough to generate some more expletives. In a message to the Linux kernel mailing list on the weekend, Torvalds has expressed his dismay at Intels security updates to protect against the major Spectre variant 2 CPU vulnerability. The industry has been scrambling to fix the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, and the variant 2 of Spectre has been particularly challenging.
What the f*ck is going on? asks Torvalds, claiming that Intel is doing insane things that do not make sense to protect against the Spectre variant 2 vulnerability. As it is, the patches are COMPLETE AND...
Two of the more interesting aspects of this deal are that ESL One will make use of Facebooks cross-posting feature, thus distributing streams across the Facebook pages of pro teams and players, and the promise of offering streams in...
Acer has announced a new Chromebook called the Spin 11, a convertible design with a 360-hinge and 11.6-inch touchscreen. If that sounds familiar, its probably because Acer and Google launched essentially the same thing a year ago for the education market. This model, however, will be available in regular retail channels.
The Chromebook Spin 11 has options for quad-core Pentium or Celeron processors, two USB-C 3.1 ports, Google Play support, and an 11.6-inch touchscreen at a resolution of only 1366 x 768 though at least the panel is IPS. Acer claims up to 10 hours of battery life. The Spin 11 will go on sale in the US in March starting at $349.
In October, I started writing a daily newsletter about Facebook and democracy. Fallout from the 2016 election had resulted in a daily deluge of journalism about the unforeseen consequences that Facebook and other social networks were having. By organizing those stories into one place, I hoped to chronicle a cultural reckoning and help give it some shape. I entered into it without a strong sense of how social networks should respond to the unfolding crises around the world. I simply wanted to understand: how is social media reshaping our world?
Today, we learned that Facebook itself has been grappling with this question. In a remarkable set of blog posts from a company that is publishing evermore of them, the company owned up to some...
Rumors have been circulating that something went wrong with the classified Zuma satellite that SpaceX launched on the tip of a Falcon 9 rocket two weeks ago. But few clues have emerged to explain what happened to the mysterious satellite. Now, comments from the US Air Force seem to suggest that if something did indeed go wrong, whatever it was, it might not have been SpaceXs fault.
The Air Force certified SpaceX to conduct military missions in 2015. And for now, the company will keep its certification, Lieutenant General John Thompson, commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center, told Bloomberg. Based on the data available, our team did not identify any information that would change SpaceXs Falcon 9 certification status. The...
Cheap solar cells and panels from overseas will now be subject to a 30 percent tariff, the Trump administration announced on Monday. The decision is aimed at boosting the competitiveness of US-made solar panels. But opponents say that the tariffs could drive increases in pollution and endanger jobs in Americas $29 billion solar industry.
The announcement comes after the International Trade Commissions ruling in September that the companies SolarWorld AG and Suniva couldnt compete with cheap solar panel imports. Both companies manufacture panels in the United States but are in fact foreign-owned, Bloomberg reports: SolarWorld AG is the American arm of a German company, and Suniva has a Chinese majority owner.
In most alternate-universe fiction, the world is different from ours, and the audience knows why. AU stories are thought experiments, where a writer changes one piece of the world, then follows through the logical changes that result. What if the Nazis won World War II? What if the Confederacy won the Civil War? More frivolously, what if the crew of the Starship Enterprise were all bad guys? The fun of AU stories comes from the reasonable working-through of the scenario the feeling that if one domino tips over, the rest will fall with an inevitable grace, remaking the world in a radical new form.
Initially, the new STARZ series Counterpart looks like a typical AU narrative. But as the series unfolds, it quietly undermines the basic...
Suppose youre looking for a single person, somewhere in the world. (Well call him Waldo.) You know who he is, nearly everything about him, but you dont know where hes hiding. How do you find him?
The scale is just too great for anything but a computerized scan. The first chance is facial recognition scan his face against cameras at airports or photos on social media although youll be counting on Waldo walking past a friendly camera and giving it a good view. But his voice could be even better: How long could Waldo go without making a phone call on public lines? And even if hes careful about phone calls, the world is full of microphones how long before he gets picked up in the background while his friend talks to her Echo?