Monthly Horoscope: Cancer, October 2022

Motherboard (Vice) - Fri, 09/30/2022 - 16:24

The sun in Libra lights up one of the coziest sectors of your chart! This season can find you focused on your home and family life, and connecting with the past. Cancers are famously nostalgic, and Libra season could mean you’re reconnecting with days gone by in some significant way. A touching gesture can be shared as Venus in Libra opposes Jupiter in Aries October 1. An achievement may have special meaning to you, your family, or regarding your past, and the rewards can feel especially sweet! 

Mercury retrograde in Virgo ends on October 2, finding communications moving forward after some delays or reconsiderations. Mercury connects with Pluto in Capricorn on October 6, bringing a deep and meaningful discussion with a partner. At this time, you may also be thinking back to a conversation that took place August 22 or September 27. Information received then could now be relevant! A transformative energy flows in your relationships as Pluto ends its retrograde in Capricorn on October 8: This is a powerful moment to learn more about the people you’re in partnership with and to forge deep bonds. Power and control issues may arise, and the challenge at this time is to let go, and stay true to yourself.

The full moon in Aries takes place on October 9, perhaps finding you reaching new heights in your career. A project you’ve been working on could finally be released, and some reward or recognition may come your way. Aries is the archetypal “winner” of the zodiac, and during this full moon, you feel like you’ve reached the “finish line” in some way, especially in regards to your career or life in the public eye.

Mercury reenters Libra on October 10, which could find you taking care of paperwork or having discussions about themes like your living situation, home, family, security, privacy, or your personal life in general. The mood is productive, especially as the sun makes a helpful connection with Saturn in Aquarius on October 11. Solid conversations about all these themes, as well as financial issues, can take place. 

Mars in Gemini squares off with Neptune in fellow water sign Pisces on October 12, finding you feeling lazy or losing interest in an idea. Be mindful of fibs, sloppy behavior, and exaggerators, because Mercury also opposes Jupiter this day. This could be fun, as it inspires open minds and brings some exciting opportunities, but it could also mean that important details are overlooked. Being mindful of the line between being free-spirited and careless would be very wise! If someone tells you something that sounds too good to be true, trust your gut. Discussions that took place on September 2 and September 18 may also be revisited at this time.

Venus connects with Saturn on October 14, bringing a supportive and grounding atmosphere. This is a solid time to discuss boundaries and expectations, and you enjoy a boost of confidence as the sun connects with Mars on October 17. You may find yourself having an easier time letting go of the past or making changes. Venus connects with Mars on October 18, inspiring a flirtatious and creatively inspired atmosphere. 

Intense discussions take place in your partnerships as the sun squares off with Pluto on October 19 and Venus squares off with Pluto on October 20. Venus is the planet of unity and harmony, but Pluto is the planet of change and transformation, and as they clash, we’re challenged to give up the past so we can move forward. Change is hard, and remaining cool and peaceful in the midst of great transformation isn’t easy, or necessarily sensical! Change can be messy, and they could come with tears, laughter, or a great sense of release and liberation. It can be exhilarating or heart-wrenching, and these extremes feel activating at this time. 

Relationships are a big focus, and our partners can often challenge us to let go of old ways. It’s often said that relationships require compromise, change, and growth: This can be healthy and wonderful! But, dear Cancer, if you feel like someone is forcing you to change, like their ego or control issues are muddying up your connection, or like you’re being manipulated, this may be time for you to exit the relationship or set boundaries. You don’t have to do it alone; call in the help of a qualified counselor!

A profound realization about your past, family, or current living situation can take place as the sun meets Venus on October 22. On a more mundane level, you could be redecorating your home and beautifying your surroundings. Also on this day, messenger planet Mercury connects with Saturn, boding well for making plans, discussing commitments, and generally focusing and strategizing, especially regarding themes like money, home, relationships, and shared resources.

October 23 finds Saturn ending its retrograde in Aquarius, which could mean you’re especially focused on your financial responsibilities. Themes like bills, debts, taxes, money you share with partners, or inheritances are at the top of your mind.

Venus and the sun enter fellow water sign Scorpio also on October 23, illuminating a very romantic and creative sector of your chart! Powerful romantic connections can take place during the solar eclipse in Scorpio on October 25: If you’re looking for love, what feels like a fated meeting could occur, and if you’re in a relationship, a radical, transformative interaction could take place between you. Aside from your love life, you might also be embarking on an important creative project, one that stands out due to your passion. Excitement flows in your social life, and you could attend an event or find yourself being celebrated in some way. Eclipses can also be emotional and tiring as they herald great change, so, make extra time to rest and relax, and to process any big emotions that come up. 

Discussions move along quickly as Mercury connects with Mars on October 26, and a difficult topic may be broached with a partner as Mercury squares off with Pluto on October 27. Mercury is the planet of information, and Pluto is the planet of secret things, which can find us discussing intriguing topics at this time.

Lucky Jupiter reenters Pisces on October 28 after spending time in Aries, which may find you embarking on a special journey. You could literally be traveling abroad, or your journey might be more intellectual like diving into a topic of study. You can make huge strides in your educational goals while Jupiter is in Pisces, and this is an exciting time for publishing your work, as well. Your ideas may spread far and wide! Mercury enters Scorpio on October 29, bringing exciting party invitations and boosting communication between you and your romantic partners and creative collaborators. Mercury in another water sign could also mean you’re connecting with your intuition in some significant way! 

Mars retrograde in Gemini begins on October 30, which can find you gaining awareness of your strength, willpower, passion, and even anger, in some unique way. You may learn about an aspect of yourself that you had never noticed. A way that you’ve been shooting yourself in the foot might even be revealed! Cancers are sometimes called moody: If this describes you, it’s possible that you’ll learn how this behavior can be seen as passive aggressive or hurtful to others at this time, and you could discover new ways to approach your feelings of frustration and anger. Bottled emotions are a theme, and finding healthy, productive ways to express them is a wonderful way to spend Mars retrograde!

Good luck this month, Cancer, and see you in November!

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Google delays execution of doomed Chrome extensions

The Register - Fri, 09/30/2022 - 16:22
Busineses get a little longer with Manifest v2, everyone else... it depends

Google has delayed its browser extension platform transition for enterprise customers, giving those using managed versions of Chrome with the deprecated Manifest v2 (MV2) extensions an extra six months of support.…

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Monthly Horoscope: Gemini, October 2022

Motherboard (Vice) - Fri, 09/30/2022 - 16:09

October opens with the sun in fellow air sign Libra, lighting up the sector of your chart that rules passion, celebration, and the heart. This is a powerful time of year for connecting with what’s important to you… and simply having fun!

Venus in Libra opposes Jupiter in Aries on October 1, making for an especially fun, revelous atmosphere. You could attend an exciting party, go on a romantic date, or find yourself having a creative breakthrough—inspiration abounds! Just be careful not to over indulge: Venus is all about pleasure and feeling good, but Jupiter can also be the planet of excess.

Mercury retrograde in Virgo ends on October 2, which can find you moving forward with plans regarding your home, family life, or living situation. Mercury is your ruling planet, so moments when it changes direction, like the end of a retrograde, can be pivotal for you: At this time, you may gain more clarity regarding discussions and decisions concerning your personal life, especially as Mercury connects with Pluto in Capricorn on October 6. This alignment could find you receiving insightful information! You may also be revisiting discussions that took place on August 22 and September 27. 

Pluto ends its retrograde in Capricorn on October 8, which can find you taking notice of power dynamics in your relationships, especially in regards to money. You could be cutting loose from agreements that came with strings attached, and independence is a big theme during October 9’s full moon in Aries. Full moons are periods of release and change, and this one can also bring big shifts to your social life. Drama may bubble to the surface! Alliances might shift, and you’re seeking community in spaces with people who respect your free-spiritedness and encourage your unique point of view. A wish may be coming into fruition at this time, and new dreams for the future could be entering your heart.

Mercury reenters Libra on October 10, which can find you reconnecting with a crush or enjoying the intellectual connection you share with established partners. Discussions about your creative pursuits can take place, and invitations to parties and celebrations may arrive. The mood is light and easygoing, and you feel a strong sense of support from your community on October 11 as the sun makes a helpful connection with Saturn in Aquarius. Travel, education, or publishing plans can be firmed up at this time. 

Geminis are famously detail-oriented, but you may feel a bit all-over-the-place on October 12 as Mars in your sign, Gemini, squares off with hazy, dreamy Neptune in Pisces. The mood could be lazy, but you could find yourself packing your schedule with responsibilities… Gemini, think deeply about what you want to commit to, because this sloppy energy isn’t the best for attempting to be an overachiever, and you might find yourself feeling upset about the way you are received by others if you can’t finish everything you said you were going to do (especially if other people are counting on you). Undersell and overdeliver rather than make promises you can’t keep. This may be hard to do as your ruling planet Mercury also opposes Jupiter on this day, finding you in a very optimistic mood. But this alignment could find you missing important details. Slow down and take in the information around you. You may also find yourself revisiting discussions that took place on September 2 and September 18.

Venus connects with Saturn on October 14, creating an especially connected, supportive atmosphere in your love life! If you’re looking for love, you might connect with someone responsible who is very clear on their wants and values. If you’re not in the mood for love, this is still a supportive atmosphere for creating art or embarking on an adventure! Boosting your confidence is the sun’s connection with Mars on October 17: The energy can be especially passionate! October 18 continues to be fun and flirtatious as Venus connects with Mars; it’s a wonderful time to connect with others and have fun!

Things may be more intense as the sun squares off with Pluto on October 19 and Venus squares off with Pluto on October 20. You could be making important decisions about how you manage your money and who you go into business with. You and partners in business or romance may decide to reorganize how you manage things, and bringing a third party to help mediate any issues would be wise.

An important realization about what makes your heart happy takes place on October 22 as the sun meets Venus. A new beginning can be unfolding in your love life, or you may be starting a new art project. You’re feeling especially aligned with your purpose. Also on this day, your ruling planet Mercury connects with Saturn, boding well for making plans and agreements and discussing expectations and standards. Future plans can be worked out. 

October 23 marks the end of Saturn retrograde in Aquarius, which could find you making an important realization about the world. Themes like responsibility and credibility are on your mind, and the importance of the truth and accountability are topics of discussion. You’re reflecting on how your influence can have a positive impact on the world!

Also on October 23, Venus and the sun enter Scorpio, marking the start of Scorpio season! This is a busy time of year for you in regards to work, getting reorganized, and perhaps focusing on your personal wellness. The solar eclipse in Scorpio takes place on October 25, which can find you drastically updating your daily routine. Eclipses have a fated feeling about them, and often, life looks very different after an eclipse takes place. If you’ve been wanting to make a radical change to your schedule, this could be exactly the time to make it happen! A new gig or project may begin, and you may be changing your daily personal habits in a significant way. 

Communications move along at a quick pace as Mercury connects with Mars on October 26, and intense discussions occur as Mercury squares off with Pluto on October 27. After spending time in fire sign Aries, lucky Jupiter reenters Pisces on October 28, activating the sector of your chart that rules fame and fortune! This can be an exciting, expansive moment in your career, when your reputation grows and new opportunities are explored. There might have been an opportunity you had your eye on many months ago that you can finally pursue now! Mercury enters Scorpio on October 29, finding you organizing your schedule and boosting communication about your regular gigs, projects, and duties.

Mars retrograde begins in your zodiac sign, Gemini, on October 30, which can find you focused on your passions, your anger, and your sense of willpower in some significant way. Your relationship to these intense themes and your methods of taking action can undergo a significant evolution in the coming months! Finding healthy, productive ways to express your anger is a focus.You can gain some insight into how others perceive you, especially when you’re in Mars-mode (when you’re activated by any intense feeling, especially when you’re arguing, taking action, or pursuing a partner). This self awareness can inspire a deep transformation within yourself. 

Good luck this month, Gemini, and see you in November!

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COVID may have pushed a leading seasonal flu strain to extinction

ARS Technica - Fri, 09/30/2022 - 16:08
A bottle of influenza vaccine at a CVS pharmacy and MinuteClinic on September 10, 2021, in Miami.

Enlarge / A bottle of influenza vaccine at a CVS pharmacy and MinuteClinic on September 10, 2021, in Miami. (credit: Getty | Joe Raedle)

The pandemic coronavirus' debut wrought universal havoc—not even seasonal flu viruses were spared. Amid travel restrictions, quarantines, closures, physical distancing, masking, enhanced hand washing, and disinfection, the 2020-2021 flu season was all but canceled. That meant not just an unprecedented global decrease in the number of people sick with the flu but also a dramatic collapse in the genetic diversity of circulating flu strains. Many subtypes of the virus all but vanished. But most notably, one entire lineage—one of only four flu groups targeted by seasonal influenza vaccines—went completely dark, seemingly extinct.

Researchers noted the absence last year as the flu was still struggling to recover from its pandemic knockout. But now, the flu has come roaring back and threatens to cause a particularly nasty season in the Northern Hemisphere. Still, the influenza B/Yamagata lineage remains missing, according to a study published this week in the journal Eurosurveillance. It has not been definitively detected since April 2020. And the question of whether it's truly gone extinct lingers.

What B/Yamagata's absence might mean for future flu seasons and flu shots also remains an open question. For a quick refresher: Four main types of seasonal flu have been circulating globally among humans in recent years. Two are influenza type A viruses: subtypes of H1N1 viruses and H3N2 viruses. The other two are influenza type B viruses: offshoots of the Victoria and Yamagata lineages. (For a more detailed explanation of influenza, check out our explainer here.) Current quadrivalent vaccines target season-specific versions of each of these four types of flu viruses.

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As Hurricane Ian hits, FCC rules cell carriers must help each other in disasters

The Register - Fri, 09/30/2022 - 15:48
You will or won't do it voluntarily? Doesn't matter, we'll mandate it

The Federal Communications Commission today issued rules codifying a voluntary 2016 agreement between cellular networks that they cover for their competitors knocked offline during a natural or cyber disaster.…

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Monthly Horoscope: Taurus, October 2022

Motherboard (Vice) - Fri, 09/30/2022 - 15:35

The sun in Libra lights up the sector of your chart that rules your daily routine, productivity, habits, and work, which could find you in a busy mood! While the gigs and projects on your to-do list are likely taking up a lot of your time, your ruling planet Venus, currently in Libra, opposes Jupiter in Aries on October 1, calling you to create more space for fun and relaxation! Romance and creativity flow, and a welcome break in your everyday routine takes place—just be careful not to overindulge. Venus is all about pleasure, but sometimes Jupiter can mean excess, so focus on moderation! 

Mercury retrograde ends in fellow earth sign Virgo on October 2, which can find you moving forward with creative projects, finally going on dates that had been rescheduled, or going out and partying, especially if plans were rearranged or you didn’t have the time in the last few weeks. Mercury mingles with Pluto in Capricorn on October 6, inspiring profound conversations. You could get to know someone on an even deeper, more intimate level. A transformative discussion takes place. You may also be revisiting conversations that happened on August 22 and September 27. 

Pluto ends its retrograde in Capricorn on October 8, which can find you deeply immersed in an idea or study that inspires you. You may be exploring your spirituality at this time. A journey or idea can have a transformative impact on you. You could be stepping out of your comfort zone in some significant way, letting go of old ways of thinking about the world. You may be exploring your psyche in a deep and significant way during the full moon in Aries on October 9. This could also be a transformative time for you in therapy as you experience an emotional release. If you’ve felt like you’ve had to bottle up your feelings, this is a significant full moon for exploring these emotions and finally letting them out! This full moon also calls you to slow down and rest. Take a break from your work and everyday routine. This full moon in independent, fiery Aries calls you to do your own thing!

On October 10, Mercury reenters Libra after having been retrograde, which can find you ready to reorganize your schedule and to take on new gigs and responsibilities. You might have had some changes in your routine, and things can finally feel like they’re settling down now! The sun makes a harmonious connection with taskmaster Saturn in Aquarius on October 11, which can bode well for your career: You may be given new responsibilities, or find success in a leadership role.

Mars in Gemini squares off with Neptune in Pisces on October 12, which can find you dealing with confusion in your social life and perhaps finances. Passive aggressive or lazy behavior is especially annoying at this time. If something sounds too good to be true, think twice before investing time, energy, or money. Details may be overlooked as Mercury opposes Jupiter, also on October 12. Be careful not to add too many items to your to-do list; take it easy. You could also find yourself revisiting discussions that took place on September 2 and September 18. 

Venus connects with Saturn on October 14, which could bring rewards or recognition your way! You might feel like your talent and hard work are especially valued. The sun connects with Mars on October 17, finding you feeling especially confident in negotiations and as you address financial issues. The mood is especially flirtatious as Venus connects with Mars on October 18, and exciting gifts may be exchanged. 

The sun squares off with Pluto on October 19 and Venus squares off with Pluto on October 20, which could find you having intense conversations. An ego clash may take place, and themes like jealousy or greed come to the fore. If you feel you’re engaging with someone who is gaslighting you, twisting your words, or trying to manipulate your choices, this is a powerful time to set boundaries and get the support you need from a qualified counselor. Being clear about who you are, and your values, could help you move through social turbulence at this time. 

October 22 finds the sun meeting with Venus, which could mean updating your beauty routine or editing your closet. Venus is all about peace and harmony, and as it meets the sun in Libra, the zodiac sign of balance, you are in deep introspection about how to make your day-to-day life easier and more peaceful. You may choose to remove one of the usual items on your to-do list, or to ask for help: Venus is all about collaboration, and sometimes, doing a task with someone else is exactly the solution! Aiding communication on this day is Mercury’s connection with Saturn, inspiring stability and boding well for focus and long-term planning. 

Saturn retrograde in Aquarius ends on October 23, which can find you especially focused on your career; you may be taking charge of a project or stepping into the spotlight. You might feel ready to move toward a career goal you have in mind. Also on this day, Venus and the sun enter Scorpio, illuminating the sector of your chart that rules relationships, making it an exciting moment to make introductions and connect with your partners!

The solar eclipse in Scorpio takes place on October 25, which can find you taking a radical new approach to relating. You could connect with someone new and noteworthy, or you and a partner could reconnect in some significant way. If you believe in destiny, you may feel that the changes and developments in your relationships that are taking place are fated! Eclipses can be tiring and emotional, too, so give yourself and others plenty of time and space to move through feelings and rest. Now may not be the time to rush things, but to simply watch how it all unfolds.

Communications move along quickly, especially at work or concerning money, as Mercury connects with Mars on October 26. Investigations can reveal intriguing information as Mercury squares off with Pluto on October 27. Intense discussions take place at this time! Lucky Jupiter reenters Pisces on October 28 after having spent time in Aries: Your social circle is expanding in some significant and exciting ways. Jupiter in Pisces also activates the sector of your chart that rules your hopes and dreams, and being that Jupiter is all about options and possibilities, exciting and expansive opportunities could come your way! You may reconnect with an old hobby or explore a new interest and become deeply involved with a community while Jupiter moves through Pisces. Mercury enters Scorpio on October 29, boosting communication between you and your partners.

Mars retrograde in Gemini begins on October 30, which can find you reimagining how you approach your financial goals. Astrologers often describe Taurus as cautious and stubborn, especially in regards to their belongings or money. While Mars is retrograde in Gemini, Taurus, you may find yourself with the opportunity to examine the difficult feelings that come up for you regarding your things and finances. Mars is the planet of passion, anger, and action, and during its retrograde, you can gain deeper insight into what all these themes mean for you.

Good luck this month, Taurus, and see you in November!

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Florida’s Space Coast on track after Ian, set for 3 launches in 3 days

ARS Technica - Fri, 09/30/2022 - 15:06
United Launch Alliance moves its Atlas V booster into the Vertical Integration Facility  adjacent to Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on Monday, August 26.

Enlarge / United Launch Alliance moves its Atlas V booster into the Vertical Integration Facility adjacent to Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on Monday, August 26. (credit: United Launch Alliance)

Hurricane Ian cut a devastating swath across Florida this week, and its core passed directly over Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral on Thursday.

However, by then, Ian had weakened to become a moderately strong tropical storm, with the bulk of its heaviest rainfall to the north of the launchpads along the Atlantic coast. As a result, damage to NASA's launch facilities at Kennedy Space Center, and the Space Force launchpads at Cape Canaveral, was minimal.

Accordingly, by Friday, work was already underway at facilities along Florida's "Space Coast" for a rapid-fire succession of three launches in three days.

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Monthly Horoscope: Aries, October 2022

Motherboard (Vice) - Fri, 09/30/2022 - 15:05

Libra season is an exciting time of year for your relationships as the sun in Libra lights up the partnership sector of your chart, encouraging connection and communication. You can make many new introductions at this time, or connect with established partners more deeply. Fun, open-hearted connections form as Venus in Libra opposes Jupiter in Aries on October 1! You could be connecting with particularly charismatic and popular people, and your open, adventurous energy is especially alluring to others. 

Mercury retrograde in Virgo ends on October 2, which can find you straightening out your schedule, moving forward with plans, and generally getting reorganized. Mercury connects with Pluto in Capricorn on October 6, bringing an intriguing discussion about your career or reputation! There can be some exciting buzz about you at this time. Helpful information may surface. You could also be revisiting discussions that took place around August 22 and September 27. Pluto ends its retrograde in Capricorn on October 8, which can find you feeling a renewed sense of power or control in your career or your life in the public eye. 

The full moon in your zodiac sign, Aries, takes place on October 9, finding you connecting with your emotions in a deep way. This is a powerful time to express and release your emotions. You may have been very focused on your partnerships lately, but this full moon is all about connecting with yourself. Your zodiac sign is all about independence, and you’re striking out on your own in some significant way at this time. You may leave some partnerships, and bonds can be strengthened in other relationships during this full moon. Relationships with people who value you and support your freedom are especially appreciated at this time. Confrontations might take place, but this could also be a fantastic time for compromise and collaboration.

Mercury reenters Libra after its retrograde on October 10, which may find you reconnecting with people. Partners can share new ideas as they revisit old conversations. Solid social connections could be formed as the sun makes a helpful connection with taskmaster Saturn in Aquarius on October 11. This is an excellent time for teamwork or moving forward with any groups or communities you’re a part of. 

Your ruling planet Mars, currently in Gemini, squares off with Neptune in Pisces on October 12, which could make for a particularly lazy atmosphere! Sloppy communications may lead to misunderstandings or annoyance. Be careful of fibs and exaggerations, especially as Mercury opposes Jupiter on this day. While this alignment could put people in an optimistic, productive mood, it can also find folks skipping over details and approaching things in a nonchalant manner. Mercury’s opposition with Jupiter could find you revisiting conversations that took place around September 2 and September 18.

October 14 finds you and your partners having meaningful discussions about future plans as Venus connects with Saturn. Venus is the planet of harmony, and Saturn of commitment, and whether you’re looking to settle down or simply want to feel the support of your friendships, this is a solid time to discuss these wants and values! The sun connects with Mars on October 17 ,inspiring confidence, particularly in communication. The energy is particularly fun and flirtatious as Venus connects with Mars on October 18!

The sun squares off with Pluto on October 19 and Venus squares off with Pluto on October 20, which can find you exploring power dynamics in your career. And ego clash or power struggle may take place, and themes like greed or jealousy are explored. You may be confronting the ugly truth about someone or something, and feel like it’s time to take action. You don’t have to do it alone: When working with tricky Pluto energy, bringing in a third party can help move a situation forward, so reach out to a qualified counselor or friend. Again, power is a major theme at this time, and you would be wise to reflect on the power you wield, and consider how your actions can impact your reputation. How do you want to be remembered? What do you want your legacy to be? This i a pivotal time for your relationship with the public.

The sun meets Venus on October 22, which could find you connecting with someone quite charming, and inspire a sweet, connected energy in your relationships! Also on this day, Mercury mingles with Saturn, which bodes well for making agreements and arranging plans. Saturn retrograde in Aquarius ends on October 23, finding you and a group you’re working with moving forward on a project. Your social life is a big focus at this time, and you’re thinking about which groups, communities, and hobbies you want to focus on during the coming months.

Venus and the sun enter Scorpio on October 23: Welcome to Scorpio season! Issues regarding money are at the top of your mind at this time. Venus in Scorpio could bring intriguing gifts and find people particularly interested in investing in you. The sun in Scorpio might mean reorganizing your bills or settling debts. You’re focused on issues like taxes or inheritances, or having important discussions with your partners about how you share money or other resources.

The solar eclipse in Scorpio takes place on October 25, bringing a radical breakthrough regarding these financial matters. Solar eclipses can find us feeling like life has been totally rebooted, as if the slate has been wiped clean in some major way. This can be a huge relief! Or it might feel stressful if we’re not ready to let go of the past. Are you ready, Aries? New opportunities await if you can release old dreams, expectations, or habits. A debt could be settled, or forgiveness may be given or received at this time. 

Communications move along at a fast pace as Mercury connects with Mars on October 26. A straightforward, to-the-point energy flows in your conversations. Probing questions can be asked as Mercury squares off with Pluto on October 27. Interesting information may be revealed. Jupiter reenters Pisces on October 28 after spending time in your zodiac sign, Aries, inviting you to create more space in your life for rest. Jupiter in Pisces calls you to escape your everyday routine and indulge in fantasy and art! You can do some deep exploration of your psyche, or connect with your spirituality in some profound way at this moment. Mercury enters Scorpio on October 29, kicking up conversations about money. This could be a solid opportunity to reorganize your budget, and discuss details regarding money or resources you share with other people.

Your ruling planet Mars begins its retrograde in Gemini on October 30. During this time, Mars highlights the communication sector of your chart, challenging you to reconsider the way you think and talk about themes like your temper, passion, goals, and motivation. Finding healthy, productive ways to deal with anger is a lifelong process for many, and no matter your zodiac sign, bringing attention to how we can effectively work with our most difficult emotions is a powerful way to work with Mars retrograde.

For you, Aries, taking time to reflect on any bickering in your life and where it stems from might be a great start, as Mars is in chatty Gemini during this retrograde. Figuring out how to transform heated arguments into respectful debates, or learning to slow down before you speak are also important things to think about. Mars is also all about passion and willpower: Is there something you want to say that you’ve been unsure about expressing? This Mars retrograde calls you to reflect on these themes.

Good luck this month, Aries, and see you in November!

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Nintendoes what Valve don’t: Game barred from Steam will launch on Switch

ARS Technica - Fri, 09/30/2022 - 14:50
Nothing weird going on here. No siree.

Enlarge / Nothing weird going on here. No siree. (credit:

Japanese publisher Spike Chunsoft announced that the first official English translation of visual novel Chaos;Head Noah won't be coming to Steam as planned "due to Steam's guideline-required changes to the game's content." But while the game is apparently too risqué for Steam, the family-friendly folks at Nintendo apparently have no problem with a Switch version that Spike Chunsoft says will still launch in the US on October 7 as scheduled.

"Spike Chunsoft, Inc. believes these [Steam guideline-required] changes would not allow the game to be released to its standards," the publisher said in its announcement. "The company is looking into delivering the title through alternative storefronts, and when details are decided will make another formal announcement. Until then your patience and understanding is appreciated."

Nintendo says this scene is appropriate for its store page, so we figure you readers can handle it.

Nintendo says this scene is appropriate for its store page, so we figure you readers can handle it. (credit: Nintendo)

Chaos;Head Noah was initially listed for Steam pre-sale in April, but that page was taken down in August, according to tracking site SteamDB. At the time, that led to some concerns about the eventual fate of the Steam version, which Spike Chunsoft finally confirmed today.

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Google Cloud is super keen to keep certain customers on pricey Intel VMs

The Register - Fri, 09/30/2022 - 14:46
Unless your app really needs AVX 512, AMD and Ampere's cores may be a cheaper, better bet

Google Cloud really, really wants enterprises to keep using its Intel-powered virtual machines. This week it unveiled a “white-glove” service to convince customers the silicon is worth paying extra for.…

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This 'Transformer Table' Broke the Internet

Motherboard (Vice) - Fri, 09/30/2022 - 14:29

Having recently gone from a very large abode to a much smaller (but roommate-free!) spot, I’ve learned firsthand how challenging it is to find furniture that adapts to different spaces and hides seemingly in plain sight while not in use. Clearly the algorithm gods agree with me: This “Transformer Table” recently went viral on Instagram and TikTok, with over 116 million views on this one video alone in just a week. If you haven’t seen it until now, I’m surprised it took this long for the shape-shifting piece of furniture to make it to your feeds. 

So, what is the Transformer Table and how does it work?

The Transformer Table has garnered attention for its (pretty impressive) versatility; it can accommodate anywhere from two to 12 people with minimal physical labor to make the switch. The 18” console table is ready to use straight out of the box, no assembly required. It looks great as an entryway credenza, but extends up to 10 feet, so you can host up to a dozen real ones for a massive Friendsgiving. You can even use it as a desk during the day, thanks to the included bench. It’s easy enough for one person to add or stow the leaves, which are how you can easily add or subtract surface and space to the table, and can also be changed into a four-person configuration to suit your needs without eating up precious floor space. And this isn’t cheap fiberboard shit, either; all of Transformer Table’s products are made from 100% solid hardwood, and can be ordered in four shades to match every decor.  

Oh also, there’s the coffee table

If you sadly lack closets (I feel your pain), the transformable coffee table comes in clutch for stowing away extra leaves in between all those natural wine-fueled dinner parties you’ll be hosting. When leaves aren’t in use and need to be out of sight, they slide into this solid wood coffee table, giving the table attractive slats and the appearance of being a chest. Smart! 

And naturally, there’s outdoor furniture

Transformer didn’t stop at tables, ladies ‘n gents—they went for chic outdoor lounge sets and struck gold. If you have limited outdoor space, or don’t want to crowd your entire green space with furniture, this modular patio set is ideal. It’s also awesome if you move a lot (New Yorkers feel that pain), need to stash your furniture in the colder months, or just get bored and want to be able to reconfigure for an entirely new look.

When I moved in last week, one of the movers gave me some free advice. With a twinkle in his eye, he said—about my furniture—“I think you will get rid of half,” and no one has ever quite read me to filth like that before. He was right; I was trying to fit my big apartment furniture into a too-small box, but the solution was just a scroll away.

And anyway, we prefer the term cozy, not small.

The Transformer Table is available at Transformer Table.

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YouTube age-restriction quagmire exposed by 78-minute Mega Man documentary

ARS Technica - Fri, 09/30/2022 - 14:08
YouTube age-restriction quagmire exposed by 78-minute Mega Man documentary

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A YouTube creator has gone on the offensive after facing an increasingly common problem on the platform: moderation and enforcement that leaves creators confused by the logic and short on their videos' revenue potential.

The trouble centers on a longtime YouTube video host whose content is popular among the retro-gaming devotees at Ars Technica's staff. The creator, who goes by the online handle "Summoning Salt," chronicles the history of various classic games' speedrunning world records. His hour-plus analyses demonstrate how different players approach older games and exploit various bugs. The games in question are typically cartoony 2D fare instead of violent or M-rated titles.

Summoning Salt asks why his YouTube video was age-restricted.

On Friday, Summoning Salt took to social media to claim that his latest 78-minute documentary about 1989's Mega Man 2, which went live in mid-September, has been "age-restricted" by YouTube's moderation system. Bizarrely, the video had been age-restricted roughly one week ago, only for YouTube to relent to the creator's appeal and claim that the restriction had been placed in error.

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Daily Horoscope: October 1, 2022

Motherboard (Vice) - Fri, 09/30/2022 - 14:00

We can be focused on future planning as the moon in Sagittarius connects with Saturn in Aquarius at 8:48 AM. Watch out for bickering or impatience as the moon opposes Mars in Gemini at 11:03 AM. Venus in Libra opposes Jupiter in Aries at 2:12 PM, inspiring a fun, romantic, and creative atmosphere, but try not to over-indulge! The moon squares off with Neptune in Pisces at 4:45 PM and Mercury in Virgo at 5:46 PM, perhaps finding us confronting confusing feelings, asking questions, and getting reorganized!

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Aries glyph Aries: March 20, 2022 - April 19, 2022

Communication could be particularly busy as the moon in fellow fire sign Sagittarius opposes Mars in Gemini! Keep your impatience in check. Venus in Libra opposes Jupiter, which is currently in your sign, Aries: This can inspire a hugely romantic atmosphere, and exciting social connections could be made!

Taurus glyphs Taurus: April 19, 2022 - May 20, 2022

The moon in Sagittarius connects with Saturn in Aquarius, which can bode well for future planning, especially concerning your career or long-term goals. Your ruling planet Venus, currently in Libra, opposes Jupiter in Aries, inspiring you to relax and indulge in whatever makes you feel at peace!

Gemini glyph Gemini: May 20, 2022 - June 21, 2022

The moon in Sagittarius lights up the relationship sector of your chart, and it’s a busy day for connection, especially as sweet Venus in fellow air sign Libra opposes Jupiter in fiery Aries. Big excitement may be brewing in your social life, love life, or creative pursuits at this time!

Cancer glyph Cancer: June 21, 2022 - July 22, 2022

Venus in Libra opposes Jupiter in Aries today, which could find you enjoying a great achievement! Cancers can be quite shy, but you’re happy about the attention coming your way The moon in Sagittarius squares off with Neptune in fellow water sign Pisces, which could find you feeling inspired to break out of your usual routine.

Leo glyph Leo: July 22, 2022 - August 22, 2022

The moon in fellow fire sign Sagittarius opposes Mars in Gemini, which can stir up some drama in your social life! But an easy energy flows around communication and connection as sweet Venus in Libra opposes lucky Jupiter in Aries.

Virgo glyph Virgo: August 22, 2022 - September 22, 2022

Venus in Libra opposes Jupiter in Aries, which could find a delightful gift coming your way. Wealth and luxury are also highlighted themes at this time. The moon in Sagittarius squares off with your ruling planet Mercury, currently in your sign, Virgo, kicking up discussions about your home, family, or personal life.

Libra glyph Libra: September 22, 2022 - October 23, 2022

The moon in Sagittarius encourages communication today, and your ruling planet Venus, currently in your sign, opposes Jupiter in Aries, which can bode especially well for relating and partnerships! Exciting meetings and collaborations may take place.

Scorpio glyph Scorpio: October 23, 2022 - November 22, 2022

Venus in Libra opposes Jupiter in Aries, encouraging you to indulge in whatever relaxes you most! The moon in Sagittarius squares off with Neptune in Pisces and with Mercury in Virgo, finding you making important decisions about how you want to invest your time and energy.

Sagittarius glyph Sagittarius: November 22, 2022 - December 21, 2022

Venus in Libra opposes your ruling planet Jupiter, which is currently in Aries, making it an especially exciting time in your social life! Romance is in the air! The moon in your sign, Sagittarius, squares off with Neptune in Pisces, finding you feeling especially nostalgic: Connect with loved ones and honor your past.

Capricorn glyph Capricorn: December 21, 2021 - January 19, 2022

The moon in Sagittarius connects with your ruling planet Saturn, which is currently in Aquarius, inspiring you to explore how you can make the ideas you’ve been brewing up into a reality. Venus in Libra opposes lucky Jupiter in Aries, finding you enjoying great success!

Aquarius glyphs Aquarius: January 19, 2022 - February 18, 2022

The moon in Sagittarius connects with your ruling planet Saturn, currently in your sign, Aquarius, helping you set boundaries and make long-term plans. Venus in fellow air sign Libra opposes Jupiter in Aries, perhaps bringing a sweet message or exciting discussions!

Pisces glyph Pisces: February 18, 2022 - March 20, 2022

Venus in Libra opposes Jupiter in Aries, which could find you receiving an exciting gift or making great strides toward a financial goal. Something you’ve invested effort into may be paying off at this time. The moon is in Sagittarius today, finding you reflecting on your goals and achievements.

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Backed Hard: The Best Stuff We (Actually) Bought in September

Motherboard (Vice) - Fri, 09/30/2022 - 13:53

Bonjour fans and frenemies, and welcome to the September edition of Backed Hard, the monthly roundup in which Rec Room’s editors, writers, and corn shirt scouters provide all the juicy deetson the best stuff we hauled home with us this month. 

Last month, we popped in futuristic earplugs so that our headbanging adventures don’t mean a future of hardcore tinnitus; we slipped on chainmail garb for the Renaissance Faire while chowing down on a medieval turkey leg; and we beat our running records thanks to Hoka trainers. This month, we’re slouching our 80s-inspired socks (and pairing them with sandals), getting into watercolor painting because we need a highbrow hobby, switching to natural toothpaste that doesn’t taste like sadness, and drizzling our incoming spooky-season roasts with herb-infused olive oil. We truly believe Paris Hilton would be saying “that’s hot” if she saw our September selections—and that’s enough for us. From Thai tea spread to fancy sunscreen, this month’s editors’ picks are testament to the simple pleasures in life, like sitting in the lap of the 12-foot-tall Home Depot skeleton and letting him gently cuddle you to “Monster Mash.” 

September’s winding down, and we know you’ve gotta run to that book club your friend forced you to join, so we’ll cut to the chase and lead you our favorite buys of the month. 

A camping chair to match your RealTree Crocs

IDK why it took me so long to buy a camping chair—I live in LA, where I’m outdoors constantly, and a lightweight folding chair makes life better at the beach, the park, a rooftop, outdoor movies, or in any scenario where you’d normally have to sit on the ground but would prefer to feel a little comfier and more dignified. I bought this hunky camo boi before a screening of Goodfellas at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and it made a huge difference in my film-watching experience to be sitting in a state of back-friendly, blissful recline. Plus, it matches my Obituary hat. —Hilary Pollack

These shockingly tasty vegan snacks

I didn’t believe that vegan snacks could actually be so good you’d wanna eat the entire bag in one sitting—then I tried these crispy delights from Good Eat’n. Pro baller Chris Paul’s new line of plant-based snacks slap so hard I am ready to eat my words (and another bag); I will never again pre-judge vegan options. The NBA All-Star is known for being passionate about his plant-based lifestyle, and set out to create really delicious and approachable healthy options. The crowd favorite, by far, was the Big Dill Ranch Tortilla Chips—honestly, they’re at least as good as (and possibly better than) Cool Ranch Doritos, and I also loved the Hot Hot Puffs, which had a serious amount of kick you rarely find in packaged foods. —Becca Blasdel

This Thai tea spread that rivals Nutella in deliciousness

I have a longstanding obsession with Thai iced tea and was so excited to try the Umamicart x Moon Man Thai Tea Spread as soon as it dropped. I toasted a piece of fluffy, white bread and smeared on a layer of this delectable, lightly spiced sweet stuff, then made it into the best fluffernutter sandwich of my life. Check out my full review of the spread here, or just trust me and buy a jar. —Hilary Pollack

This skin-pampering sunscreen

Summer may be over, but Nécessaire’s “The Sunscreen” is the product I didn’t know I needed until it recently earned a spot in my skincare cabinet (plus, you should wear SPF every day, not just in the hot-weather months). Formulated with hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, and non-nano zinc, it reminds me of The Ordinary’s staff-favorite skin-clearing serum, but with SPF 30. I’ve actually noticed my skin having less breakouts when using it—a truly angelic product. —Nicolette Accardi 

Slouchy 80s-inspired socks

This has to be my favorite late-summer/early-fall trend. All the off-duty fashion week models in Manhattan are wearing slouchy 80s socks with their socks ‘n’ sandals ‘fits, boots, sneakers, and dress heels, and they look so effortlessly put-together. This set from Amazon is affordable, and way softer than all of my thick athletic socks. —Mary Frances “Francky” Knapp

Natural toothpaste that actually tastes good (and works)

Recently, after burning TF out of the roof of my mouth on an errant French fry, I ended up with a gnarly canker sore a few days later—and discovered in the process that oral irritation can be aggravated by sodium lauryl sulfate, or SLS. I have bratty gums that are always getting mad when I drink acidic juices or brush too hard, and in the process of researching how to help my mouth heal from the burn, I read that switching to an SLS-free toothpaste can reduce overall irritation and sensitivity. I hate the ultra-generic mint Tom’s stuff, so instead, I picked up this natural toothpaste from Dr. Sheffield’s after reading the A+ reviews—and I immediately became a fan. I know that the strawberry-banana flavor was probably formulated for kids, but that doesn’t mean I, an adult in my mid 30s, can’t enjoy it. It tastes amazing—like old-school bubble gum—and has helped my mouth heal quickly while also keeping things squeaky clean. —Angel Kilmister

This celeb-approved vitamin C serum

I’ve been hawk-eyeing Sunday Riley’s CEO Glow Serum ever since I saw it used by a hot, poreless Bridgerton actor in this unintentional ASMR video/YouTube skin routine tutorial. It usually takes a week for my skin to show any differences from new serums and lotions, but I legit looked like I had swallowed the sun and spent a day in the sauna after just a few days of using it. The serum is enriched with all kinds of vitamin C-endowed ingredients, such as primrose, ginger, pomegranate seed oil, and jojoba oil—but it’s that special boost of turmeric that gives my skin a Greek-god-like glow. In the words of one Amazon reviewer, “Most of the time I wear it, I don't wear makeup. It's that good.” —Mary Frances “Francky” Knapp

Herb-infused bougie olive oil 

I effin’ love olive oil. So, when Brightland released Aurora, which is an herb-infused oil blend of rosemary and early-harvest Arbosana California olives, I was very game to get cookin’. I have used it to cook eggs, roast potatoes, and drizzle on avocado toast. It’s also very aromatic—who needs scented candles? —Nicolette Accardi

The setup for a personal watercolor journey

I’ve dabbled in various forms of art from acrylic painting to ceramics, but for whatever reason, watercolor has always intimated me. I decided enough was enough—I will not live my life in fear! So I ordered everything I needed to start my watercolor journey. I first bought a small set of beginner watercolor paint and brushes., but hesitated to buy watercolor paper because I thought it was a scam (paper is paper, right?…. right???) but quickly realized that it’s actually quite necessary. The first things I painted were some poorly done bookmarks using techniques I vaguely remember learning in middle school art class. Though they were hideous, I felt nostalgic and calm while painting, so I highly recommend that everyone get a little watercolor set!  —Erica Sullivan 

This little gadget will save you a call to the plumber

Calling all longhairs and sink-cloggers: If you’re going through a half-dozen bottles of Drano a year (or more), I’m here to save your ass. I came back from a trip to find that my shower would not drain at all despite my numerous attempts to force-feed it chemicals that would probably make my skin melt off if I made direct contact. Nothing was working, and then the maintenance guy in my building tipped me off to just grab a couple of these bad boys, which are basically like spiky Q-tips for your pipes. Great name—the DRAIN WEASEL. It’s insane how well they work, they’re chemical-free, and you can use them in your shower, your bathroom sink, your bathtub, or wherever else you need to just get in there and pull out a Wookie dreadlock that’s formed in your drain. Peep the many harrowing photos in the enthusiastic positive Amazon reviews if you dare. —Angel Kilmister

A genuinely good non-alcoholic Champagne facsimile

I’m a drinker, but a choosy one; if it’s not a martini or natty wine, I usually stick to the mindset of “why bother?” I have water for hydration; I don’t need a mocktail. But my mind has sort of been blown wide open by TÖST’s all-natural Champagne substitute, a sparkling white tea, cranberry and ginger non-alcoholic beverage. It’s crisp, dry like real bubbly, and in a coupe, it looks nearly identical. My friend had recently ordered too many bottles for a pregnant pal and we decided to crack one open for shits ‘n’ gigs. It tastes like the fanciest glass of really good ginger ale you’ve ever had, and of course, we figured it would also be excellent as mixer, too (LOL). —Becca Blasdel

My storage hack for small apartments

No more junk drawers, mate. It’s time for some rustic, rattan Martha Stewart-esque junk baskets to hide your seasonal decor, vases, errant chargers, and whatever else you want out of sight. I made finding the perfect storage baskets my hyperfixation for weeks, and after price comparing sets on Amazon, Wayfair, CB2, Bed Bath & Beyond, and West Elm, my Da Vinci-sleuthing found this set of four straw baskets with a 4.6-star average rating on Amazon from over 1,500 reviews. They’re sturdy, fold out in seconds, and make me feel so much more organized. —Mary Frances “Francky” Knapp

Virginia Woolf now watches over me

Virginia Woolf is one of my all-time favorite authors. The first of her works I read was Orlando, and I think it changed my brain chemistry because I have not been the same since (in a good way). I especially love this photograph of her, though it looks a bit haunting. Still, I decided that I would actually feel more comfort than fear in knowing Virginia will stare down at me while I watch Love Island and eat pasta. Turns out I was right, I love her presence! Though, I must admit the photo is a bit creepy for those who visit my apartment and don't know who she is, but I’m okay with that. —Erica Sullivan 

Who knows what October will bring, besides buckets of half-melted miniature Milky Ways? Can’t wait. See you next month!

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Apropos of nothing, US intel looks into improving low-dose radiation detection

The Register - Fri, 09/30/2022 - 13:52
IARPA unleashes TEI-REX to better track nuclear sources

The research arm of US intelligence has begun investigating methods for spotting low doses of ionizing radiation to better protect American service personnel and provide evidence of nuclear technology use.…

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Stadia controllers could become e-waste unless Google issues Bluetooth update

ARS Technica - Fri, 09/30/2022 - 13:22
Ars originally liked the Stadia controller, describing it as "solidly built, with springy, responsive inputs." It could still be that way without a giant USB cord if Google unlocked its full Bluetooth capabilities.

Enlarge / Ars originally liked the Stadia controller, describing it as "solidly built, with springy, responsive inputs." It could still be that way without a giant USB cord if Google unlocked its full Bluetooth capabilities. (credit: Kyle Orland)

Google's Stadia game-streaming service will die a nearly inevitable death early next year. Google is refunding players the cost of all their hardware and game purchases. But, so far, Google is also leaving Stadia players with controllers that, while once costing $70, will soon do less than a $20 Bluetooth gamepad.

Stadia's controllers were custom-made to connect directly to the Internet, reducing lag and allowing for instant firmware updates and (sometimes painful) connections to smart TVs. There's Bluetooth inside the Stadia controller, but it's only used when you're setting up Stadia, either with a TV, a computer with the Chrome browser, or a Chromecast Ultra.

The Google Store's page for the Stadia controller states in a footnote: "Product contains Bluetooth Classic radio. No Bluetooth Classic functionality is enabled at this time. Bluetooth Classic may be implemented at a later date." (Bluetooth Classic is a more traditional version of Bluetooth than modern low-energy or mesh versions.)

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High-severity Microsoft Exchange 0-day under attack threatens 220,000 servers

ARS Technica - Fri, 09/30/2022 - 13:01
The word ZERO-DAY is hidden amidst a screen filled with ones and zeroes.

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Microsoft late Thursday confirmed the existence of two critical vulnerabilities in its Exchange application that have already compromised multiple servers and pose a serious risk to an estimated 220,000 more around the world.

The currently unpatched security flaws have been under active exploit since early August, when Vietnam-based security firm GTSC discovered customer networks had been infected with malicious webshells and that the initial entry point was some sort of Exchange vulnerability. The mystery exploit looked almost identical to an Exchange zero-day from 2021 called ProxyShell, but the customers’ servers had all been patched against the vulnerability, which is tracked as CVE-2021-34473. Eventually, the researchers discovered the unknown hackers were exploiting a new Exchange vulnerability.

Webshells, backdoors, and fake sites

“After successfully mastering the exploit, we recorded attacks to collect information and create a foothold in the victim's system,” the researchers wrote in a post published on Wednesday. “The attack team also used various techniques to create backdoors on the affected system and perform lateral movements to other servers in the system.”

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Lamb Tibs Recipe

Motherboard (Vice) - Fri, 09/30/2022 - 12:57

Serves: 4 to 6
Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes


**for the awaze sauce: **2 garlic cloves, peeled 
1 (1-inch piece) ginger, peeled 
6 tablespoons berbere 
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon red wine
kosher salt, to taste

**for the makina sauce: **3 large|210 grams jalapenos, roughly chopped 
½ tomato, roughly chopped 
¼ cup|60 ml olive oil
kosher salt, to taste

**for the lamb: **1 ½ pounds|680 grams lamb stewing meat, cut into 1-inch pieces
6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 
4 sprigs fresh rosemary 
2 medium red onions, thinly sliced
1 ½ tablespoons kibe 
1 teaspoon ground cardamom  
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 pound|454 grams lamb bones, cut into 2-inch pieces 
1 jalapeño, thinly sliced 
1 red chile, thinly sliced 
½ cup|125 ml white wine

to serve: injera


  1. Make the awaze sauce: Using a knife, mash the garlic and ginger into a paste. In a small bowl, add the berbere, olive oil, red wine, 2 teaspoons of the garlic and ginger paste, salt, and a splash of water. Whisk the mixture together until it forms a paste, adding more water if necessary. Keep covered and refrigerated for up to 1 month. 
  2. Make the makina sauce: Add the jalapeños, tomato, olive oil, and salt to a blender and puree until almost smooth. Keep covered and refrigerated for up to 1 month. 
  3. Make the tibs: In a large bowl, combine the lamb meat (not the bones), 4 of the garlic cloves, 3 sprigs of rosemary, 1 of the onions, 1 teaspoon of the kibe, cardamom, salt, and pepper. Mix well and set aside for about 20 minutes or until the lamb bones are cooked.
  4. Heat a large cast iron skillet over high. Once it starts to smoke, add the lamb bones and cook them, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 10 minutes. (The fat from the meat will fry it.) Reduce the heat to medium-high, add the marinated meat and vegetables to the skillet, and cook until browned but not well-done, about 10 more minutes. Throw in the remaining garlic, rosemary, onion, jalapeno, and red chile and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, then deglaze with the white wine. Cook until slightly reduced, about 1 minute, and season with salt. Add the remaining kibe and cook until incorporated into the sauce, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve with injera, awaze sauce and makina sauce.

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China spins up giant battery built with US-patented tech

The Register - Fri, 09/30/2022 - 12:29
World's largest VRFB was built with inadvertent help from the Department of Energy

The world's largest vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) has been connected to the grid in Dalian, China, where it was built using technology patented in the United States.…

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The Best Jewish Food Cookbooks (for Noshing Your Way Through the Holidays)

Motherboard (Vice) - Fri, 09/30/2022 - 12:11

Contrary to what pop culture seems to think, Jewish cuisine is a lot more than pastrami on rye, hummus, and bagels with lox. (That’s only like 90% of it—there’s also latkes.) For real, though, nailing down what Jewish food is can arguably be a much more difficult task than defining, say, French or Italian cuisine. For one, Jewish food isn’t rooted in a specific geographic region or cooking style; and even within the irrefutable dishes, people have argued for generations about the best way to cook brisket, or how much horseradish goes in maror (if it doesn’t play like a Hot Ones challenge, my mother would argue that you didn’t use enough horseradish). 

Claudia Roden takes up the issue of defining Jewish food in her monumental, James Beard Award-winning cookbook, The Book of Jewish Food. In it, she discusses attending a gastronomic conference in the early 90s in Jerusalem where a central question was, “Is there such a thing as Jewish food?” When pondering the issue later, over a family dinner, her cousin emphatically declared, “There is no such thing!” (Clearly, he’d never had a Larry David sandwich.) Roden continues on to say that Jewish culture is deeply complex and historical, and that local, regional food can tend to be regarded as Jewish simply when it “travels with Jews to new homelands.” This can be an effective way to approach a category of food that, indeed, involves flavors and techniques from all over the world, which is why Roden’s book covers Jewish food from India and China to Ethiopia and Italy. Anyway, enough with all the philosophy, right? You’re just looking for a new rugelach recipe, so let’s get into it.

The best cookbooks don’t just tell us how to make stuff—if they did, there would only be, like, 20 cookbooks. No, the greatest cookbooks are the ones that also teach us about what a culture or kind of cuisine entails, what it means, and why we should care about it. Because Jewish cuisine is so vast, there’s a ton of space for great literature about it. Here are some Jewish cookbooks worth picking up.

The Jewish Cookbook by Leah Koenig

From Mexico: The Cookbook and Magnus Nilsson’s The Nordic Cookbook to the eternally popular The Silver Spoon, Phaidon’s cookbooks basically serve as encyclopedias to the kinds of cuisine they cover. The Jewish Cookbook is a massive compendium that comprises original recipes from Koenig as well as contributions from absolute OGs like Jerusalem co-author Yotam Ottolenghi, Taïm owner Einat Admony, and Russ & Daughters proprietors Niki Russ Federman and Josh Russ Tupper. As always, this Phaidon collection has great photography, making it an equally solid cookbook and coffee table book.

King Solomon’s Table by Joan Nathan

This book is a lot of things: a treatise on the food of a bygone Israel, an odyssey to understand the culinary cross-pollination of ancient cultures, and, of course, a collection of killer recipes from Joan Nathan, one of the true bosses of Jewish cooking. (Her Jewish Cooking in America is another heavy hitter.) King Solomon’s Table is broken up by meal, and embraces a fun, cosmopolitan approach (hence the Chilaquiles Brei, Arkansas Schnecken with pecans, and Sri Lankan breakfast buns). Nathan’s book shows that, despite your grandma’s insistence, there’s no one way to make anything. That said, there’s literally only one way to dress a kosher hot dog. 

The Book of Jewish Food by Claudia Rosen

Rosen’s lauded, 800+ recipe tome is one of the ultimate authorities on Jewish cuisine. (I mean, it’s almost like that’s what its title implies.) It might be a little heavy for someone just looking to make a killer chicken soup with matzo balls… though I bought this solely for the kugel recipes and I’m not tired of it yet, so I’d recommend it to anybody.

Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi

I’m not sure that Jerusalem is explicitly a Jewish cookbook, but it’s a touchstone work from co-authors Yotam Ottolenghi (aka the President of Israeli Cooking) and Sami Tamimi, who went on to write the excellent cookbook Falastin. There are a ton of classic recipes here, including one for the greatest hummus of all time. Ottolenghi basically runs a cookbook empire at this point, and all of his books offer something unique. The Ottolenghi book that I use most often is probably the veggie-forward Simple (which has a bunch of—you guessed it—quick and easy bangers), but there’s no denying that Jerusalem is full of top-tier showstoppers. 

Koshersoul by Michael W. Twitty

Michael W. Twitty followed up his 2018 James Beard Award-winning book The Cooking Gene with a totally unique work of cultural fusion called Koshersoul. An African American-Jewish writer and historian, Twitty takes readers to the intersection of two rich heritages, providing around 50 Southern-influenced recipes for dishes like Louisiana-style latkes, collard green kreplach filling, West African-inspired brisket, Sephardic-style black-eyed peas with tomatoes, and matzo-meal fried chicken. Anyway, I’m hungry now.

Sababa by Adeena Sussman

Sababa’s introduction explains, “Sababa is a state of being, where everything is cool as can be. It means, quite simply, ‘everything is awesome.’” Props to Sussman for pitching in to wrest the phrase back from what we’ve unfortunately done to it. Though, how can things not be awesome when you’re making Israeli-style street corn and chewy tahini blondies?

Jew-ish by Jake Cohen

Come for the black and white cookie on the cover, stay for the black and white cookie recipe inside. From the gorgeous photos to the fun, easy writing and recipes, Jew-ish never takes itself too seriously, instead offering up a book for people who are trying to stoke their passion for Jewish food and culture while still having a good time. Honestly, a flip or two through this book is enough to set anybody on the path from casual cook to Challah Influencer to full-on Bread Lord.

Jewish food finds balance between history and comfort. Whether it’s the holidays, a Friday night seder, or just a chill nosh with the homies, you’ll become everyone’s favorite mensch when you cook out of these books.

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