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Even If Congress Lets Section 215 Expire, The NSA May Be Able To Keep On Collecting Phone Metadata

The NSA's bulk phone metadata program is unstoppable. Despite being called out by legislators and the administration's civil liberties oversight board as unconstitutional and illegal -- and despite being targeted by several of the administration's surveillance reforms -- it continues uninterrupted and largely unchanged. Legislators who watched their Section 215-targeting bills die on the Congressional floor are now watching the clock. This ......
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Astro Boy soars in first Reboot footage

Everything is go Astro Boy! As the theme song to the 1960s anime adaptation implies, it’s a good time to be a fan of the robot because he has a new series in the works called Astro Boy Reboot. The new animated series is a true global effort produced by Monaco’s Shibuya Productions, France’s Caribara Animation, and Japan’s Tezuka Productions. As Variety reported last year, the show will consist of 26 half hour episodes aimed at the 8-12 crow......
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Astro Boy soars in first Reboot footage

Everything is go Astro Boy! As the theme song to the 1960s anime adaptation implies, it’s a good time to be a fan of the robot because he has a new series in the works called Astro Boy Reboot. The new animated series is a true global effort produced by Monaco’s Shibuya Productions, France’s Caribara Animation, and Japan’s Tezuka Productions. As Variety reported last year, the show will consist of 26 half hour episodes aimed at the 8-12 crow......
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FEMA to require state grant recipients plan for climate change

Flooding from Hurricane Sandy. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is generally known for its role in cleaning up after natural disasters. But part of its remit is to help states prepare for disasters that are likely to strike and take steps to reduce the likely damage. These state mitigation plans can receive federal funding through FEMA in the hopes that the agency will spend less when problems inevitably occur. Last week, FE......
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Google warns of OS-trusted but unauthorised digital certificates

INTERNETTER Google has alerted the community to the existence of misused certificates that are of some concern. The firm revealed the security worry through its blog, explaining that it is laying the blame at the feet of Egypt-based certificate authority MCS Holdings, and its government-backed China Internet Network Information Centre (CNNIC) parent for not doing things in the most secure way. Google said that the CNNIC mist......
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Tennessee fights for its right to squash municipal broadband expansion

Tennessee state capitol. The State of Tennessee is fighting for its right to enforce a law that prevents municipal broadband networks from providing Internet service to other cities and towns. Tennessee filed a lawsuit Friday against the Federal Communications Commission, which last month voted to preempt state laws in Tennessee and North Carolina that prevent municipal broadband providers from expanding outside their territories. ......
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Big solar plants produced 5% of California’s electricity last year

Today, the US Energy Information Administration announced that California had passed a key milestone, becoming the first state to produce five percent of its annual electricity using utility-scale solar power. This number represents more than a doubling from the 2013 level, when 1.9 percent of the state's power came from utility-scale solar, and means that California produces more electricity from this approach than all of the remaining sta......
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Real Space Invaders uses an 80 watt laser as a weapon

Laser cutters are already pretty amazing devices, but one that’s been modified into a Space Invaders game? That’s diabolically cool. Mad genius Martin Raynsford works at Just Add Sharks, a Nottingham, England based supplier of laser cutters. One day, he decided that it would be fun to modify one of the cutters they sell — turning it from something that can cut intricate shapes out of raw materials into an alien-blasting good time. The inva......
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Real Space Invaders uses an 80 watt laser as a weapon

Laser cutters are already pretty amazing devices, but one that’s been modified into a Space Invaders game? That’s diabolically cool. Mad genius Martin Raynsford works at Just Add Sharks, a Nottingham, England based supplier of laser cutters. One day, he decided that it would be fun to modify one of the cutters they sell — turning it from something that can cut intricate shapes out of raw materials into an alien-blasting good time. The inva......
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Angry dog left in SUV blares the car horn without a care

By Max Knoblauch2015-03-24 15:25:35 UTC This dog is furious about being left in a parked car with the windows up and wants everyone to know. According to the video's uploader, the dog was discovered in Eureka, California. Apparently, it'd drawn a few onlookers by the time the videographer arrived due to the fact that it had been blaring the horn on and off for several minutes. No word on whether or not the road-raging pup ever got the att......
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HP Partners With Bang & Olufsen for Sound Technology

Hewlett-Packard Co said it had entered into a partnership to equip its PCs, tablets and other gadgets with audio technology from Danish television and sound system maker Bang & Olufsen. HP said on Tuesday that it would start selling personal computers with Bang & Olufsen and B&O PLAY audio technology this spring. The Bang & Olufsen brand will appear on HP’s Spectre, OMEN, ENVY and select commercial PCs, while the B&O Pla......
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Villanova piccolo girl explains what happens when everyone sees you cry on TV

Sports can be very emotional. Just ask Roxanne Chalifoux, a piccolo player in the band at Villanova University, who was caught on camera tearing up during the NCAA tournament on Saturday when her school lost to NC State, booting them out of March Madness. Since then, Chalifoux has received the Internet celebrity treatment — and now, she's back on TV. On Monday night, the Villanova Piccolo Girl stopped by The Tonight Show to sit in with th......
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Ars Technica has obtained Oakland's entire license plate reader database

Through a public records request, Ars Technica's Cyrus Farivar has obtained the Oakland police department's entire license plate reader database, a total of 4.7 million scans taken over more than three years. The database is available to police without a warrant, and thus was accessible through public records law, but the mere existence of the dataset raises profound privacy issues. "Do you think that anyone with a badge should be able to......
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Aston Martin’s Vantage GT3 is now the GT12 after a Porsche complaint

What’s in a name? A lot, even if that name is just two letters and a number. When it debuted at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, Aston Martin’s latest track toy was named the Vantage GT3 special edition, but now it’s the GT12. Why? Because Porsche thought the name Vantage GT3 was a little too close to its own hardcore performance model, the 911 GT3. After months of negotiations, Porsche was able to twist Aston’s arm and get the Vantage’s name ch......
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HTC One M9 price, release date and specs

THE HTC ONE M9 launched in Barcelona on Sunday 1 March as the sequel to last year's One M8, and was perhaps the worst kept secret of this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC) - although it's Vive VR headset also launched at the show was a total surprise. We've gathered all the details about the handset's official release date, price and specifications, so be sure to keep it bookmarked. You can also check out our HTC One M9 rev......
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UK Positioning Itself As Bitcoin's Best Friend

Imagine if a government put out a series of questions that the public could respond to, garnered responses from across a community, listened to them, and then actually enacted sensible tech policy. Sounds like a dream, right? Well that's exactly what the UK just did. Last week the UK announced the results of its extensive inquiry on bitcoin and digital currencies, and so far, the results seem both fair and reasonable. One major conclusion i......
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Inklet Adds Pressure Sensitive Drawing To Macs With Force Touch Trackpads

A new app update from Ten One Design available today brings pressure sensitive input via the new Force Touch trackpad to any drawing app on your Mac. Inklet 1.6, the latest version of adds support for the pressure sensitivity features of the new Mac input hardware, which ships on the most recent 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro, as well as the upcoming all-new 12-inch MacBook. Inklet has been around since 2010, but while it allowed you to use the......
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Inklet Adds Pressure Sensitive Drawing To Macs With Force Touch Trackpads

A new app update from Ten One Design available today brings pressure sensitive input via the new Force Touch trackpad to any drawing app on your Mac. Inklet 1.6, the latest version of adds support for the pressure sensitivity features of the new Mac input hardware, which ships on the most recent 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro, as well as the upcoming all-new 12-inch MacBook. Inklet has been around since 2010, but while it allowed you to use the......
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The zen of the burger

A clarion call in the night after a long, crowded flight. Sean Gallagher With Ars sending writers around the globe to visit GE research centers, we wanted our readers to share in with some of the experiences we're having during these travels. These blog posts are meant to convey some highlights rather than being an exhaustive account of our trip. View all… As John Timmer was recovering from his trip to Shanghai a......
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A Q&A with Dennis McCarthy, the man behind Furious 7's insane cast of cars

In an industry flush with fancy cars, stunts, and fancy cars doing stunts, calling Dennis McCarthy "Hollywood's car guy" probably wouldn't be an overstatement. McCarthy has served as car coordinator for five movies in the ever-growing Fast & Furious franchise, including Furious 7, which hits theaters next week. But F&F is far from his only credit: he's handled the rides for Taken 3, Man of Steel, Green Hornet, the upcoming Batman vs......
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Becoming the next 'Late Late Show' host is a Willy Wonka workout

By Jeff Leeson2015-03-24 15:04:31 UTC James Corden could explain how he got his start on The Late Late Show, but he'd rather just show you. After receiving a golden ticket to replace Craig Ferguson as the new host of CBS' late-night show, Corden was put through a series of celebrity-assisted tests to to prepare him for the talk show world. After pushing his monologue, humor, and conversational skills to the limit, he was finally ready to......
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Lessons From The New Threat Environment From Sony, Anthem And ISIS

Editor’s note: Cameron F. Kerry is a distinguished visiting fellow in The Brookings Institution’s Center for Technology Innovation and is a regular contributor to TechTank, a Brookings blog focused on improving technology policy.   The cyberattack on Sony Pictures entertainment left plenty of roiled waters in its aftermath: lawsuits from employees whose personal information was leaked; apologies to President Obama and other subjects of hast......
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The Karmic Koben Is An Electric Bike Built For Commuters

Over the past few years, we have seen a ton of new electric bikes hit the market. They range from the high-end to the low-end, but most tend to be priced around $2,500. Not long ago, I got a chance to try out the Karmic Koben, a new electronic bike that will be in production soon and priced at a good deal less than that. The Karmic bike features a detachable battery and a 350-watt pedal-assist motor that will have users pushing about the s......
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Male nurses have been earning thousands more than female nurses for decades

Male nurses in the United States have earned thousands of dollars more than female nurses every year for nearly the past three decades, if not longer, and there's no sign of the gap getting any smaller, a new study has found. The results show that male registered nurses, on average, are earning over $5,100 more each year than female registered nurses. The salary gap was present across all nursing specialties aside from orthopedics, ranging ......
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The Definitive Guide to Winning an Argument

Winning isn't everything, but it sure is nice. When you don't see eye to eye with someone, here are the best tricks for winning that argument. Convince Them With Confidence If you want to be the winner of the argument, act like you are. Speak confidently, be concise, and try not to repeat yourself. Give the appearance that you truly know what's right from the beginning, even if you don't have all of the fa......
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