Category: IT Technology

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After flawed Hawaii missile conception, FCC launches investigation

On Saturday, January 13, Hawaiians received a terrifying message on their phones, repeated on television and radio stations, which had received a similar alert: “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.” But actually, it was something of a drill, in that the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) was…

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Miners Aren’t Your Friends

Miners and Consensus: Part 1 of 2 The Consensus Layer Illusion Ethereum is a decentralized platform that runs smart contracts: applications that run exactly as programmed without any possibility of downtime, censorship, fraud or third party interference. — Ethereum.org As developers, we like to believe in a consensus layer that takes care of all the hard distributed…

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Evaluation: Fallout: The Board Sport

Enlarge / Two letters short of being truly S.P.E.C.I.A.L.! Also, note the V.A.T.S. dice. Charles Theel Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com. Would you be surprised if I told you that the new Fallout board game from Fantasy Flight Games (FFG) was…

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India has a hole where its middle class has to be

AFTER China, where next? Over the past two decades, the world’s most populous country has become the market qua non of just about every global company seeking growth. As its economy slows, businesses are looking for the next set of consumers to keep the tills ringing. To many, India feels like the heir apparent. Its…

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Touring Hyperloop One’s ever-evolving test location

For the first time since May 2016, the site was opened up to a handful of journalists this week during CES. Hyperloop One was a vastly different company. Back then, it was led by original co-founders Brogan BamBrogan and Shervin Pishevar — the former quit a few months after an alleged falling out with Pishevar’s…

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GM desires to ditch the e book controls from its test vehicles in 2019

Enlarge / Notice anything wrong with this picture? It’s a little disconcerting to see the interior of a Bolt EV without the driver controls. General MotorsGeneral Motors is getting ready to ditch the driver for good—at least in its newest R&D vehicles. In 2019, Cruise—the self-driving startup acquired a couple of years ago by GM—wants…