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IT administrators may get more information than originally planned about Windows 10 patches, as Microsoft ponders how much to tell business customers about modifications to the new OS.

"We've heard that feedback from enterprise customers so we're actively working on how we provide them with information about what's changing and what new capabilities and new value they're getting," Jim Alkove, a vice president in the Windows group, said during a press briefing. 

It's a change in tone for the company, which previously said that it wouldn't provide detailed information about most Windows 10 patches. That original plan was bad news for IT managers and users who want to know what an update does before they install it. This is more of an issue now that Microsoft is supposed to release more frequent updates over the lifetime of Windows 10, as part of its "Windows as a service" plans, than it did for previous editions of Windows.

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International Space Station backdropped againts a blue and white Earth.

NASA recently paid Russia $490 million to continue ferrying its astronauts to the ISS, but Maj. Gen. Charles Bolden says "it doesn't have to be this way." In a piece/open letter the space agency's head honcho wrote for Wired, he explains how the Congress is holding back the agency from launching astronauts on US soil. Apparently, if the House of Representatives approved the funding the agency was asking for, then NASA would have already been making the final preparations for a US-based launch.

Bolden reveals that the program has received $1 billion less than it needed from Congress since 2010, but it's not as if the government saved money in the process -- it paid Russia the same amount to give astronauts a seat on Soyuz flights within the same period. See, NASA pays Russia $81 million per seat, whereas carrying astronauts to the ISS aboard one of the spacecraft SpaceX and Boeing are developing will only cost $58 million per.

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2015-08-29 20:31:46 UTC

"Bro, I will end you."

"But bro, I love you."

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The New 1TB PS4 is Still Using Old Hardware

Sony recently revised the PS4 hardware, sneaking out a new model that was less power hungry, quieter and cooler - but it seems the new hardware hasn’t been used on PS4s that are now being sold with a 1TB hard drive.

Our pals at TechRadar have issued a stark warning not to buy the 1TB version of the console if you’re planning to buy a PS4 - and urging you to pick up the 500GB version instead.

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Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.

It seems a popping champagne cork can bring down a plane. © The Food Passionates/Corbis

If you've seen and heard everything, this story isn't for you.

For me, though, this is a new one. Here, you see, is the tale of a champagne cork bringing a plane down earlier this month.

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There are more Kickstarter watches out there these days than grains of sand on the beach. Everyone with a quartz movement and a NATO strap figures they can make and sell some kind of fashion watch to the masses, a concept that is as silly as it is flawed. That’s why the Tactico Geomaster GMT is actually interesting. First, it uses a mechanical ETA movement – an rare movement these days given their scarcity – and the design is at once familiar and unique. In short, it’s what I wish more watchmakers were doing in crowdfunding circles.

The Geomaster is a GMT watch. This means it can display the time in multiple time zones – depending on how to read the bezel. It’s great for travelers and pilots. It also features Superluminova hands, coat steel case, and a custom date dial. In short, it’s very unique and very clever. It was created by Compañía Relojera Especializada para Actividades Subacuáticas aka CREPAS, a custom diver manufacturer in Zaragoza, Spain.

At about $900 you’re paying an awful lot for a GMT watch but based on the quality and design as well as the movement, it’s not that much. My pet peeve is the date wheel. These sorts of open date wheels – where they show multiple days in order, usually three to five, with today’s date specified by a pip – annoy me because they clutter the dial.

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There are more Kickstarter watches out there these days than grains of sand on the beach. Everyone with a quartz movement and a NATO strap figures they can make and sell some kind of fashion watch to the masses, a concept that is as silly as it is flawed. That’s why the Tactico Geomaster GMT is actually interesting. First, it uses a mechanical ETA movement – an rare movement these days given their scarcity – and the design is at once familiar and unique. In short, it’s what I wish more watchmakers were doing in crowdfunding circles.

The Geomaster is a GMT watch. This means it can display the time in multiple time zones – depending on how to read the bezel. It’s great for travelers and pilots. It also features Superluminova hands, coat steel case, and a custom date dial. In short, it’s very unique and very clever. It was created by Compañía Relojera Especializada para Actividades Subacuáticas aka CREPAS, a custom diver manufacturer in Zaragoza, Spain.

At about $900 you’re paying an awful lot for a GMT watch but based on the quality and design as well as the movement, it’s not that much. My pet peeve is the date wheel. These sorts of open date wheels – where they show multiple days in order, usually three to five, with today’s date specified by a pip – annoy me because they clutter the dial.

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Phonebook pages

The humble phonebook has been the subject of one of the more entertaining physics puzzles in recent years. It’s well known that two phonebooks with their pages interleaved are almost impossible to separate because of friction, but the exact cause was a mystery until now. A team of researchers from France and Canada have finally solved this vexing problem. It turns out the friction comes from the shape of the phonebook and how pulling affects it. If this isn’t deserving of a Nobel Prize, I don’t know what is.

It would have been convenient to simply say that the unbreakable phonebooks are caused by friction between the pages and move on, but that didn’t tell the whole story. If you look at the amount of friction generated by two pages touching each other, then multiply by the number of pages in a given two-phonebook complex, you wouldn’t have nearly enough force to match what we see in reality. The force rises geometrically with the number of pages, but why?

To solve the mystery, the team built special phonebooks to exacting specifications with pages of a certain size and a specific number of them. Then they interleaved the pages and pulled them apart with traction instruments to measure the amount of force required. Using the data from this experiment, the team generated a mathematical model that explains what’s going on between all those pages.

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NASA's New Horizons team is plotting to swing the spacecraft past the exotically named 2014 MU69 in the Kuiper Belt.
NASA's New Horizons Brings Pluto Into Focus

NASA's New Horizons Brings Pluto Into Focus

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Call it a galactic victory lap. Following New Horizon's astoundingly successful flyby of the Solar System's ninth planet -- or dwarf planet, depending on which camp you belong to -- NASA scientists are turning the spacecraft towards a new target.

The space agency announced it has selected the potential next destination for the New Horizons mission, a small Kuiper Belt object (KBO) known as 2014 MU69 that orbits nearly a billion miles beyond Pluto.

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Doug Kari is a lawyer, business executive, and freelance writer in Southern California.

The intellectual property interests are at it again, trying to leverage their rights to take away yours. No one knows this better than 44-year-old Eric Smith of Charleston, West Virginia. Smith has devoted his life to the office supply company founded by his father—a company that’s now under legal attack by printing behemoth Lexmark International, Inc.

Although Smith trying to fend off Lexmark is like a lone Ukrainian trying to stop the Russian army, when I reached the embattled businessman at his office, he said that he’s determined to stick it out. “We have nothing else to fall back on.”

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Top 10 Things You Can Do with a Slow Cooker That Don't Involve Food

The slow cooker (or crock pot) is a wonderful appliance for hands-off cooking, but the gentle, slow heating process can also be used for other things unrelated to food. Such as these ten things.

Many of these projects are crafty, and you might want a dedicated second slow cooker (perhaps picked up at a garage sale) for these purposes, such as the soap-making one. Others, however, you can just whip out your slow cooker to accomplish, clean, and then use for slow cooking food. It’s a wonderfully multi-purpose tool.

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The internet and technology have totally changed sex and relationships, we know you — you adults, anyway, this column is not for children! — have questions about the world of sex. In order to answer them, we've asked our friend Stoya — a professional sex-haver — to field any inquiries. You can write to her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Can a girl fall in love with someone simply because he got her to orgasm, and the way he interacts with her, or is there truly something more to it?

If I tell a girl from the US that I am a virgin, will it hurt my chances?

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BB8 LucasfilmFor the seemingly interminable wait until Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters, we’re helping pass time by giving you daily challenges related to everyone’s favorite universe. When you complete a task, send us a tweet @WIRED or tag us on Facebook. Got a picture of yourself in action? Post it on Instagram and put @WIRED in the description. Also, make sure to hashtag everything #WIREDStarWarsChallenge. We’ll give shout-outs to the most worthy challengers out there, so prepare for Internet glory!* OK, time to get real. This week we didn’t see a ton of people out there doing their WIRED Star Wars Challenges. But it’s understandable. Any fan worth their salt was probably getting themselves down to Comic-Con International over the last few days to see the epic Star Wars panel, so that likely didn’t leave much time for completing any other tasks. That’s cool. We did, however, see this sweet bit of art: Alas, another week is upon us, and with it comes another set of Star Wars Challenges. Hop to it, y’all! July 13, 2015: Day 71/158 days left
Dress as Han Solo or Chewbacca and host a cocktail hour featuring “Han Solo in Carbonite” ice cubes. No Jabbas invited! July 14, 2015: Day 72/157 days left
Fly the flag of the Galactic Republic, Galactic Empire or Rebel Alliance—choose wisely! July 15, 2015: Day 73/156 days left
You already made your Darth cake back in June, but that was already forever ago. Sweeten up your life this time with a Stormtrooper helmet. July 16, 2015: Day 74/155 days left
Take an evening off from the activities and chill out with the documentary Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy. July 17, 2015: Day 75/154 days left
Are you a comics junkie and still not satisfied after inhaling the first 49 issues of Marvel’s Star Wars? Then you’re in luck, because Volume 3 of the Omnibus collection includes issues 50-67. July 18, 2015: Day 76/153 days left
Don’t get bogged down indoors with all your Star Wars love getting pent up. Take to the backyard and train like Darth Maul. Sure, he was a Sith Ninja super creature, but with commitment and determination—and lots of stretching—you’ll be able to recreate his epic showdown with Obi Wan and Qui Gon Ginn in no time! July 19, 2015: Day 77/152 days left
Recreate Ben & Jerry’s limited run Boba Fett’s Carbonite Crunch flavor. Start with vanilla ice cream and add caramel sauce, a pinch of sea salt, then top it off with Han Solo-in-carbonite chocolate pieces. (You can reuse your carbonite ice tray!) *ANY SUBMISSIONS, PHOTOS, VIDEOS, OR OTHER MATERIAL YOU SHARE MAY BE PUBLISHED ON WIRED.COM OR WIRED’S SOCIAL MEDIA FEEDS, AND MAY BE CROPPED OR EDITED. Go Back to Top. Skip To: Start of Article.
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Microsoft has been cleared of patent infringement by the US International Trade Commission. The case dates back to 2007 when InterDigital Inc claimed Microsoft infringed its patents, and there were calls for a ban on the import of handsets.

InterDigital Inc has been battling in court for eight years, initially trying to claim royalties on phones made by Nokia, now transferred to Microsoft. As well as blocking the call for an import ban, the ITC stated that Microsoft did not infringe patents relating to the way mobiles make calls. In short Microsoft is in the clear and InterDigital's rights have not been violated.

InterDigital CEO William J. Merritt responded to the ruling in with a bittersweet swipe at Microsoft. He said: "[the] decision is disappointing but is expected to have a limited impact on our going-forward business, given the decline of the Nokia mobile device business under Microsoft’s control and its limited market position."

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The only plus-size models shown in any major September fashion mags were in ads.

The Huffington Post recently dug through seven September issues of the biggest fashion publications: (Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, W, Elle, Marie Claire, InStyle and Cosmopolitan) and found zero plus-size models in any of its editorials. It was a clear message: Plus-size still isn't en vogue. Literally.

The September issue of Vogue, the publication's biggest yearly edition, has a whopping 832 pages. The only two pages that included any women who were more than sample size comprised a curious advertisement. “It’s time for change,” the ad pleaded along with its hashtag, #PlusIsEqual.

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Apple this week confirmed a Sept. 9 press event, even as last-minute rumors about it continued to flow. The company simultaneously dealt with economic tumult, as well as losing one of its key Apple Music executives.

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Apple's Sept. 9 press eventApple on Thursday sent out media invitations to a Sept. 9 event at San Francisco's Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Unusually the invites were Siri-themed, suggesting that Apple has major plans for the voice technology.The event is expected to focus on an iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, but more importantly a completely revamped Apple TV — featuring Siri support, as well as an A8 processor, a touchpad remote, and a unique App Store.Tim Cook calms China concernsimage
In another unusual move, Apple CEO Tim Cook on Monday sent an email to CNBC's Jim Cramer, looking to pacify concerns investors might have about economic troubles in China. Cook suggested that Apple has been doing well throughout July and August.The action immediately raised questions about whether Cook was violating Securities and Exchange Commision regulations. These prevent publicly-traded companies from sharing certain information privately without also disclosing it openly.Flood of 'iPhone 6s' rumorsimage
A multitude of next-generation iPhone rumors emerged this week, apparently backing earlier claims about the devices. iOS code and a parts leak, for example, hinted that the devices will indeed get Force Touch controls.Another report claimed that the phones will have 4K video and front-facing flash, and two others showed supposed boxes, including one hinting that Apple will stick to 16 gigabytes of storage on base models.Apple Music director leaves for new jobimage
Ian Rogers, formerly the CEO of Beats Music, made a sudden departure from Apple to work at a Europe-based company. While at Apple, he was instrumental in the development of Beats 1 radio.Apple confirmed Rogers' exit, but refused to comment any further. Rogers was one of several top-level executives Apple brought over after its $3 billion takeover of Beats in 2014.New Apple TV to 'blow away' other TV interfaces, lack Apple streaming serviceimage
One report claimed that the updated set-top will have a radically improved user inteface, better than any other smart TV option on the market. Part of this may involve the touchpad remote, which could also have a microphone for Siri and motion sensors for functions like gaming.At the same time, another story reinforced views that Apple's long-delayed streaming TV service will have to wait. The main obstacle is thought to be Apple'a insistence on keeping the price to about $40 a month, lower than media companies are allegedly willing to accept.AppleInsider podcastEditors sat down to talk about a variety of topics, including Sept. 9 predictions, "Apple Car" rumors, and Apple's trouble on Wall Street.
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No, Peter Chou isn't leaving HTC. As the company is gearing up to launch its virtual reality platform (and another flagship phone) later this year, the co-founder has decided to pick up a second role at renowned visual effects company, Digital Domain, to strengthen his company's VR know-how. That's according to a statement from HTC, anyway. For those who don't know, Digital Domain is the digital production house behind movies like Iron Man 3 (seems like HTC just can't get enough of Robert Downey Jr.), Her and Tron: Legacy. It also made animated clips in games including Assassin's Creed Unity, Destiny and Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Chou will officially join the Hong Kong-owned company as an executive director on August 31st, but it'll obviously be a while before we see what this will bring to the HTC Vive.

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A federal judge presiding over the Apple v. Samsung patent trial laid down the law this week, prohibiting either party from filing without permission after being inundated by a series of motions, objections and letters.

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U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh on Thursday ordered Apple and Samsung to stop filing unless given express permission by the court. The ruling was issued shortly after Samsung filed an objection to an Apple proposal for partial final judgment lodged after the Federal Circuit denied Samsung's appeal of an order to pay out $399 million in damages. Since Tuesday the court received five filings: Apple's letter proposing partial final judgment, a response from Samsung, a response to that response from Apple, a motion for judgment as a matter of law from Samsung and Thursday's objection, also from Samsung. That last filing was apparently the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back. "The Court has not yet received the mandate from the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals," Judge Koh wrote in her order. "Despite this, the parties have already filed a letter, two responses, an objection, and a motion. The parties shall not file any further motions, briefs, or letters with the Court until authorized by the Court."For its part, Samsung argues Apple's initial letter was procedurally improper, noting that if the court took action it would violate federal rules, contradict a previous ruling and "work a manifest injustice" by enforcing an invalid patent. To that last point, Samsung is referring to a final decision invalidating Apple's "pinch-to-zoom" UI patent handed down by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board last December. Apple is currently seeking a rehearing and if the PTAB chooses to pass must file a Federal Circuit appeal.Apple is also facing a non-final decision from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Central Reexamination Division, which invalidated an iPhone design patent on multiple grounds.This week's events come three years ago after the first Apple v. Samsung action ended in 2012 with a resounding win for Apple. Subsequent court actions reduced damages to $548 million, though both parties are contesting the sum. Samsung, for example, is petitioning the Supreme Court to hear its case relating to the recent CAFC denial.
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As music fans go mobile, music festivals are following suit. The kids in America are rocking out to T-Swift with a Natty Lite in one hand and a mobile phone open to native festival apps in the other.

Schedules, venue maps, artists and vendors are all in the palm of partygoers hands. And festivals are even designing other features specifically to engage the throngs of eager event-goers, diehard fans and dispassionate bystanders weeks before the events actually begin.

Imagine for a second if these apps (or a new app, for that matter) took the mobile experience a bit further in engaging people on an ongoing basis.

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A month ago, we wrote about actor James Woods bizarrely suing a trollish Twitter user who had been mocking Woods on the site. The whole lawsuit seemed ridiculous. The specific tweet that sent Woods over the edge was this anonymous user (who went by the name "Abe List") saying "cocaine addict James Woods still sniffing and spouting." Soon after our post on the subject, Ken "Popehat" White posted an even better takedown entitled James Woods Punches the Muppet. That post has now been updated with a brief note that White has now been retained to defend the anonymous Twitter user. And, if that gets you excited for what to expect in the legal filings, well, you don't have wait. As first reported by Eriq Gardner at the Hollywood Reporter, White has filed the John Doe's opposition to Woods' attempt to unmask the guy. And it's worth reading.

Problem number one with Woods' suit is laid out right at the beginning of the filing, which is that Woods himself has a habit of accusing others of using illegal drugs as well, just as Abe List did:

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The filing shows other tweets from Woods that have similar words that Woods complained about Abe List using, such as "clown" and "scum." As the filing notes, it appears Woods thinks that he can use those insults towards others, but if anyone uses them towards him, it's somehow defamatory.
Plaintiff, an internationally known actor, is active on Twitter, a social media platform. There he is known for engaging in rough-and-tumble political debate. Plaintiff routinely employs insults like “clown” and “scum,” and even accuses others of drug use as a rhetorical trope....
But Plaintiff apparently believes that while he can say that sort of thing to others, others cannot say it to him. He has sued Mr. Doe for a derisive tweet referring to him as “cocaine addict James Woods still sniffing and spouting” in the course of political back-andforth.... He also complains, at length, that Mr. Doe has called him things like a “clown” and “scum.” Naturally, Plaintiff has himself called others “clown” or “scum” on Twitter.
The filing, quite reasonably, notes that these kinds of hyperbolic claims cannot be seen as defamatory, and since there's no legitimate claim here, there is no reason to do expedited discovery or to unmask Abe List, who is entitled to have his identity protected under the First Amendment.

Oh, and, not surprisingly, White will be filing an anti-SLAPP motion shortly, which may mean that Woods is going to have to pay for this mess that he caused.

The filing also notes that while Woods sent a subpoena to Twitter to try to seek Abe List's identity, the company turned it down as deficient. The full two page letter is in the filing below as Exhibit B, but a quick snippet on the First Amendment concerns:

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