Iconic hacker booted from conferences after sexual misconduct claims surface

John Draper , a legendary figure in the world of pre-digital phone hacking known as "phreaking," has been publicly accused of inappropriate sexual behavior going back nearly two decades. According to a new Friday report by BuzzFeed News , Draper, who is also known as "Captain Crunch," acted inappropriately with six adult men and minors between 1999 and 2007 during so-called "energy" exercises, which sometimes resulted in private invitations...
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Apple’s iOS 11.1.2 fixes the cold weather input bug on the iPhone X

Apple released iOS 11.1.2 for iPhones and iPads this afternoon. It's a minor, bug-fix update that benefits iPhone X users who encountered issues after acquiring the new phone just under two weeks ago. iOS 11.1.2's patch notes are short and sweet. The update fixes just two problems. The first is "an issue where the iPhone X screen becomes temporarily unresponsive to touch after a rapid temperature drop." Last week, some iPhone X owners began...
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The 2018 Kia Stinger GT, an affordable sports sedan that deserves the hype

Every year there will be one or two new cars that generate a whole lot of buzz. Cars that generate hype. Cars that people who post on Internet forums salivate over. I'm not talking hand-built exotica with 600 horsepower and six-digit price tags; that kind of unobtanium might make for good desktop wallpaper or bedroom posters but few of us will ever be lucky enough to meet that kind of four-wheeled superstar. No, the kind of machine I'm talk...
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Star Trek: Discovery just broke our brains

A white-knuckle cliffhanger ended the first half of Star Trek: Discovery's first season. Frenetic, fascinating, and sometimes shocking, "Into the Forest I Go" raised more questions than it answered. There are conspiracies wrapped in conspiracies, and we've got the entire mid-season break to mull them over. Spoilers ahead! Yes, I mean it! If you read past these sentences and complain about spoilers in the comments, you will be turned into a ...
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Giving agriculture a global do-over could feed nearly a billion more people

As the human population grows and the human middle class grows in developing countries, we are going to need more. More food, more meat, more energy. And producing more is going to require more resources. Since we are just about tapped out of the resources required for food production—namely water and land—we are going to have to figure out how to use these limited resources as efficiently as possible. A number of suggestions have been made...
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Unusual experiment reveals the power of non-mainstream media

Pundits and activists have long blamed the "mainstream media" for having an outsized effect on public perceptions. Whatever side of the political spectrum you're on, some people say, it seems as if large media outlets like the New York Times or FOX News exert too much power over the national conversation. Ideas from non-mainstream media, according to this logic, get drowned out. But a new long-term study reveals that small media outlets hav...
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EA buys out a game studio after shutting another one down 3 weeks ago

EA confirmed via a press release on Thursday that it had acquired the video game studio Respawn Entertainment. The studio, co-founded by former Infinity Ward chiefs and Call of Duty co-creators in the wake of their departure from Activision, has been bought out in a deal whose total value could reach $455 million. The news by itself may seem odd, considering that EA shut down one of its other wholly owned studios, Visceral Games , only thre...
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In-depth study: Commercial cargo program a bargain for NASA

It has generally been assumed that NASA will save money by spurring the development of services by US companies to supply the International Space Station, but such conclusions have largely been based on estimates. Now, a rigorous new review authored by a NASA analyst, and published by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, offers a clear answer to this question. According to the new research paper by Edgar Zapata, who works...
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When Apple soured on Irish tax laws, it turned to a tiny English Channel island

According to newly-leaked documents , in recent years, Apple used a Bermuda-based law firm to take advantage of highly-advantageous (though legal) tax arrangements in Jersey to mitigate its tax burden as much as possible. The so-called Paradise Papers, which were leaked to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists , show that as the so-called "Double Irish" tax loophole began to close , Apple began shopping for a new place t...
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Wonder Woman aside, fall’s origin stories include EVs, Dahmer, and Gilbert Gottfried

Update (11/5/17): Two of the films below—My Friend Dahmer and Gilbert—receive limited US releases this weekend. If near a participating theater, the capsules below can definitely help guide viewing decisions. As such, we're resurfacing this piece, which originally ran on October 15, 2017. AUSTIN, Texas—Standard film genres—horror, documentary, sci-fi, et al.—run rampant at Fantastic Fest, but subgenre niches also seem to emerge every outing...
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