SK hynix debuts 'world's fastest mobile DRAM', predicts it will move to power AI/ML and AR/VR

The Register - Tue, 01/24/2023 - 21:32
Something to keep manufacturers happy while they wait for the joy of LPDDR6

South Korean memory maker SK hynix announced today it has delivered samples of what it claims is the world's fastest mobile DRAM, and expressed its belief it will eventually be used in more applications.…

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Well that escalated quickly: India demos homebrew mobile OS

The Register - Tue, 01/24/2023 - 20:30
BharOS is based on the Linux kernel and is apparently incapable of running malware. Right

A mere week after an Indian government official teased the possibility the nation could create its own mobile OS to challenge the dominance of Google and Apple, minister for education and minister of skill development & entrepreneurship Dharmendra Pradhan has demonstrated just such an OS at work and endorsed it as the sort of the India should be doing.…

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Logfile management is no fun. Now it's a nightmare thanks to critical-rated VMware flaws

The Register - Tue, 01/24/2023 - 18:45
You know the drill: patch before criminals uses these bugs in vRealize to sniff your systems

VMware has issued fixes for four vulnerabilities, including two critical 9.8-rated remote code execution bugs, in its vRealize Log Insight software. …

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FBI catches up with infosec and crypto communities, blames Lazarus Group for $100 million heist

The Register - Tue, 01/24/2023 - 17:45
Well played, feds. What's next? Ransomware is rampant? Strong passwords are important?

The FBI has confirmed what cybersecurity researchers have been saying for months: the North Korean-sponsored Lazarus Group was behind the theft last year of $100 million in crypto assets from blockchain startup Harmony.…

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CISA sends schools back to the classroom on security

The Register - Tue, 01/24/2023 - 16:45
Oy, teacher, protect those kids online

A report by the US government's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency on security shortcomings at America's K-12 schools isn't good news. …

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As egg prices soar, the deadliest bird flu outbreak in US history drags on

ARS Technica - Tue, 01/24/2023 - 15:52
Chicken eggs are disposed of at a quarantined farm in Israel's northern Moshav (village) of Margaliot on January 3, 2022.

Enlarge / Chicken eggs are disposed of at a quarantined farm in Israel's northern Moshav (village) of Margaliot on January 3, 2022. (credit: Getty | JALAA MAREY / AFP))

The ongoing bird flu outbreak in the US is now the longest and deadliest on record. More than 57 million birds have been killed by the virus or culled since a year ago, and the deadly disruption has helped propel skyrocketing egg prices and a spike in egg smuggling.

Since highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) A(H5N1) was first detected in US birds in January 2022, the price of a carton of a dozen eggs has shot up from an average of about $1.79 in December 2021 to $4.25 in December 2022, a 137 percent increase, according to data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Although inflation and supply chain issues partly explain the rise, eggs saw the largest percentage increase of any specific food, according to the consumer price index.

And the steep pricing is leading some at the US-Mexico border to try to smuggle in illegal cartons, which is prohibited. A US Customs and Border Protection spokesperson told NPR this week that people in El Paso, Texas, are buying eggs in Juárez, Mexico, because they are "significantly less expensive." Meanwhile, a customs official in San Diego tweeted a reminder amid a rise in egg interceptions that failure to declare such agriculture items at a port of entry can result in penalties up to $10,000.

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Intel chairman exits just ahead of next financial report

The Register - Tue, 01/24/2023 - 15:45
And within days of scrapping about a billion dollars in projects

Comment  The chairman of Intel’s board of directors, Omar Ishrak, is stepping down just days before the chipmaker is due to report its Q4 earnings and after a series of high-profile cutbacks.…

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These scientists created jewelry out of the striking shapes of chaos theory

ARS Technica - Tue, 01/24/2023 - 15:27
These chaotic shapes were printed in bronze.

Enlarge / Chaotic shapes 3D-printed in bronze represent the first step in the transformation from chaos to manufacturable forms. (credit: F. Bertacchini/P.S. Pantano/E. Bilotta)

A team of Italian scientists has figured out a way of turning the striking, complex twisting shapes of chaos theory into actual jewelry, according to a new paper published in the journal Chaos. These pieces aren't simply inspired by chaos theory; they were directly created from its mathematical principles.

"Seeing the chaotic shapes transformed into real, polished, shiny, physical jewelry was a great pleasure for the whole team. Touching and wearing them was also extremely exciting," said co-author Eleonora Bilotta of the University of Calabria. "We think it is the same joy that a scientist feels when her theory takes form, or when an artist finishes a painting."

The concept of chaos might suggest complete randomness, but to scientists, it denotes systems that are so sensitive to initial conditions that their output appears random, obscuring their underlying internal rules of order: the stock market, rioting crowds, brain waves during an epileptic seizure, or the weather. In a chaotic system, tiny effects are amplified through repetition until the system goes critical. The roots of today's chaos theory rest on a serendipitous discovery in the 1960s by mathematician-turned-meteorologist Edward Lorenz.

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Uncle Sam greenlights first commercial nuclear small modular reactor design

The Register - Tue, 01/24/2023 - 14:45
NuScale plants could begin construction as soon as February 21, when new rule goes into effect

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has finalized rules allowing construction of nuclear small modular reactors (SMRs) – the first time a design has been certified for commercialization.…

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The DOJ sues Google for ad dominance, wants to break company up

ARS Technica - Tue, 01/24/2023 - 14:38
The logo for the board game Monopoly, complete with Uncle Pennybags, has been transformed to say Google.

Enlarge / Let's see, you landed on my "Google Ads" space, and with three houses... that will be $1,400. (credit: Ron Amadeo / Hasbro)

It's been expected for some time, but today the Justice Department and eight states are suing Google over its purported domination of the online advertising market. The government has a problem with Google's position in "ad tech," or the tools used to automatically match advertisers with website publishers. To solve it, apparently, the DOJ has told Google it's considering breaking the company up.

“Today’s complaint alleges that Google has used anticompetitive, exclusionary, and unlawful conduct to eliminate or severely diminish any threat to its dominance over digital advertising technologies,” said Attorney General Merrick Garland. “No matter the industry and no matter the company, the Justice Department will vigorously enforce our antitrust laws to protect consumers, safeguard competition, and ensure economic fairness and opportunity for all.”

The press release gives a quick rundown of what the DOJ has a problem with:

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The Best Conversation Pits (For Napping, Partying, and Doing Shrooms)

Motherboard (Vice) - Tue, 01/24/2023 - 14:25

If you spend a good chunk of time lurking on the internet for vintage interiors, you’re no stranger to the idea of conversation pits or sunken living rooms. The trend became super popular throughout the 60s and 70s, in the heyday of swanky cocktail parties (Don Draper’s midlife Manhattan apartment in Mad Men, anyone?), but according to The New York Times, started to fall out of popularity when “television sets became mainstream fixtures in American homes by the latter half of the 20th-century, and living rooms started being built around them, quickly making obsolete the conversation pit and its purpose.” We can at least thank the pandemic for one thing—after all that prolonged isolation, solo screen time, and a rise in social media accounts dedicated to styles of specific decades (like 80s cocaine decor, Japandi design, Memphis), one of the grooviest pieces of home design is having a comeback. No, you don't have to commit to lowering the floors—you can fake it with a big chunky sofa that can hold a big group of friends now that we can all safely breathe each other’s air again.

If you’re not a design-obsessed doom scroller like us, let’s take a little walk down conversation pit lane. While its original heyday was dominated by gorgeous built-ins and custom designs—à la the Eero Sarinen and Kevin Roche-designed Miller house in Columbus, Indiana—there are plenty of now-iconic pieces of furniture that embody that desire to gather. A couple of our favorites include Memphis’ boxing ring, designed by Masanori Umeda, Archizoom’s glorious Safari sofa, Roche Bobois’ modular Mah Jong sofa, Ubald Klug’s Terrazza sofa (that we would give our left pinky toe for), the vertebral DS 600 sofa, and the Pierre Paulin Dune sofa that Kim Kardashian owns, just to name a few. While you could shell out your entire life savings for this statement seating on 1stDibs, we did all the internet spelunking so you don’t have to. These are the best modern conversation pit sofas to max out your home’s cozy factor.

Big comfortable conversation pit sofas

Albany Park’s Kova Pit is at the very top of our list for good reason—we voted it one of the most comfortable couches on the market, plus it's also incredibly stylish and perfect for hosting a great big shroomy psychedelic movie night to honor its 1970s origins. Its modular design ensures that you can either all pile in, or spread out on its array of cushions and ottomans—plus, adding and subtracting sections is simple, and it comes in seven retro-inspired colorways.

The Remi modular sectional from West Elm is another giant, cuddle puddle-ready sofa that will make you not want to leave your adult pillow fort until spring. With memory foam cushions, dozens of fabric options, and a low profile, its versatile design means you can basically design the sunken living room of your dreams without hiring a contractor.

For a more budget-friendly version, we found this perfect velvet six-piece sectional on Wayfair that is designed by none other than your favorite Bachelor couple Sean and Catherine Lowe (remember them?). Regardless if you’re a member of #bachelornation, we’d bet good money on this sofa being able to stand up to a lot of wear and tear, considering they have four kids and know how much furniture can take a beating from kids, dogs, and lazy adults.

Inspired by the DS 600

You could snag a pretty sick reproduction of the iconic DS 600 for less than $10K, but why go for broke when Castlery makes such a banging bouclé option for a fraction of the price? Even better, its 100% polyester spill-resistant fabric can handle whatever you throw at it—from raucous parties to post dog-park grime.

Inspired by the Mah Jong sofa

I personally don’t know anyone who’s in the financial place to buy a $40,000 sofa (ideally me, someday?), but you can get the look of these iconic Roche Bobois modular floor pillows for a lot less. The Bales 6-piece sectional has very similar tufting, and can be configured in myriad ways. Add colorful throw pillows to get the classic mismatched look.

You can buy Mah Jong-style corduroy cushions on Etsy individually, which is great for smaller spaces or if you want to grow your collection gradually. Start with one or two and continue to mix-and match until you achieve the full set of your dreams.

For possibly the easiest DIY version of a Mah Jong sofa, grab a bunch of floor pillows from Urban Outfitters and stack them into the conversational-pit-style configuration of your choice. They are perfect if you already have a couch but need extra seating, or dont have the space for a massive piece of furniture—plus, they can be tucked away into a closet when you’re not having guests over.

Inspired by the Dune sofa

While it’s not an exact dupe, this vegan leather sectional has similar lines, and a very climbable shape that reminds us of the original modular seating system designed by Pierre Paulin in 1970.

Suitable for a Moroccan palace

Score a seriously cozy Turkish or Arabic floor pillow set that will transform your living room into a bright and cheery oasis for a fraction of the price. On sites like Etsy, these sets can be found for prices that are comparatively affordable relative to direct-to-consumer furniture sites; often for less than $2,000 per set. If your space is lacking in color, a traditional hand-made Kilim motif will turn your living room up to 11, or go with a classic rust-colored velvet for those 70s-vibes.

Now all that’s missing is some shag carpeting.

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The Best Unique Valentine's Gifts That They'll Never See Coming

Motherboard (Vice) - Tue, 01/24/2023 - 14:12

Alright, Valentine's Day is coming sooner than you think, you procrastinating jabroni. Try as we might to pretend that we're judging, the truth is that we've all been in Crunch Time before, desperately trying to identify a gift that will say just the right sweet nothings to our awaiting beloved, and none of the wrong ones. While there's absolutely nothing wrong with the ol' flowers, lingerie, and candy, some of us are a little freakier, and would rather have to watch the cringiest moments of Catfish: The TV Show for time eternal than come across as a boring, cliché know-nothing with our Valentine's Day gifts.

It's nearly February, meaning it's time to pull it together and order something that will arrive on time/won’t stress you out with shipping. But if you're blanking and in need of direction, here are 29 unapologetically, unique Valentine’s Day gift ideas for him, her, them, or whomever this year. A Grateful Dead beer sling? Check. Personalized erotica? Check. A bouquet of salami? Check. When we say unique, we mean it.

Neopolitan-flavored undies

OK, so they don't actually taste like Neopolitan ice cream (although a candy G-string is always a classic). But we stan a partner who understands why that would probably be bad for your intimate flora. Grab the triple-scoop set while it’s 50% off.

The La Mer of lube

If you’ve never heard of Überlube, welcome. The silicone-based lubricant is one of the best luxury lubes out there, and has earned a 4.6-star average rating from over 33,400 ratings on Amazon for its ability to smooth your tube. As one reviewer writes, “[It’s] super silky feeling and is not sticky. A little goes a long way and is the best for backdoor play too.”

A natural wine subscription

Wine subscriptions have long been a thing, but for the boo who likes the small, natural winemakers doing bodacious, biodynamic things, MYSA's wine club is key. 

… Or an alcohol-free wine subscription

We know that of course some peeps don't drink at all, but that doesn't mean they don't like trying new non-alcoholic bevs. Grab Acid League's Proxies subscription and let them try a grip of alcohol-free wines that offer the same highbrow sipping experience as traditional oenophilic endeavors.

Personalized erotica

“Gingerly [YOUR NAME] reached betwixt the linen sheets, stroking their member with all the aplomb of a wise but wary bridge troll.” (Or something like that.)

A salami bouquet

Non-boring bouquets only, mate. Your boo can stop and smell the roses any day, but how often will they have the pleasure—the privilege—of smelling the saucisson? These triad of salami logs from Olympia Provisions is a symphony of meat from some of the sexiest corners of Europe, including Italy, France, and Spain.

The ultimate pickle gift box

They say they love pickles. It's time to test their commitment to their love of vinegar-soaked vegetables with this comprehensive pickle gift box, The Big Dill, positively loaded with briney wonders.

An izakaya for their cat

For the cat owner for whom no accessory is too much, this cardboard izakaya where your cat can both scratch cardboard and bartend tiny bottles of Asahi is honestly genius.

A TikTok-famous fancy toaster

The Balmuda is no ordinary toaster; it has a crazy steaming function that makes your toast caramelized and crisp on the outside, doughy and moist on the inside. There's a reason it's internet-famous: It's pretty much magical. 

Beautiful sex toys

Have you seen sex toys lately? They’re beautiful. Sailor Moon-worthy, even. Why not anoint your beloved with this glass dildo, and strengthen your bond? It will look great on their nighstand.

A giant can of Castelvetrano olives

As the old adage goes, you will certainly not regret eating 30 to 40 olives. Especially if they're Castelvetranos, the absolute best snacking variety. This is a gift that isn't for everyone, but is perfect for the right one. 

Tea for better sleep and psychedelic dreams

Are they always the "I can't remember my dream" type when you're trying to do cute subconscious-spelunking pillow talk in the morning? Get them this herb-infused tea that's supposed to ramp things up a little in the ol' REM realm. 

Sex Dust

Do I make you horny, baby? How about after a few cups filled with this horny dust? Moon Juice’s Sex Dust features “a stimulating blend of adaptogens and herbs that target stress to support healthy hormonal balance, libido, and creative energy.” Whet your whistle for some Shatavari, Shilajit, Epimedium, Schisandra, Cacao, and Maca. LFG!

A made-to-order personalized song

No guarantee that it will be a banger, but surely it will be a slapper in spirit. 

A tactical crossbow

A real cute gift for your sweetheart who loves Elden Ring and/or Doomsday prepping, but definitely not to be given to anyone whom you have even a minute chance of cheating on (and them finding out). 

Delicious accessories

A cookie for your cookie? Yes.

An electrocution game

A fave party activity of our senior staff writer, this invigorating and oddly sexy board game will zap you if you're too slow, sucker. 

A body pillow that's more jacked than you could ever be (sorry)

They wanted a muscle man, and they got you. But they can have it all! 

A Grateful Dead beverage holder

They used to love Cro-Mags and Madball, now they’re all about chasing around Dead & Co. whenever they get the chance. Bestow your lucky giftee with this wizard stick beverage sling, which stacks up to six canned beverages in its groovy shaft. It’s the perfect Deadhead gift for that dude/dudette who will always run on Jerry Time.

A machine for making DIY plant milks

They love oat milk like it's their child, live off almond milk lattes, and have recently gotten into making cashew cheese in their Vitamix blender. This highly rated non-dairy milk maker is the next logical step—kind of like a more practical, adult Easy Bake oven.

A goddamn beautiful turntable

Swoon. Those Cocteau Twins records are gonna sound amazing on this beaut record player that one of our editors called, “[an] excellent record player for mid- to serious-level collectors” in her VICE review. It’s easy to put together, connects to your own speakers (either by Bluetooth or a provided cable) and keeps the dust away with its transparent cover.

A sick AF “Pepto Bismol” guitar

For the boo who lives to shred and has IBS, this vintage Bepto Bismol shredder is the dreams are made of.

A hydro-powered Bluetooth shower speaker

For the shower podcast-listener or Frank Ocean crooner, this nifty, waterproof Bluetooth speaker installs by suction, and has great sound quality according to over 4,500 (mostly glowing) reviews.

A very Bauhaus coffee experience

Want to feel like you’re in the second season of The White Lotus with all of the swag and none of the treachery? Of course you do. Look no further than this very aesthetic coffee maker by the iconic Italian design house Alessi.

A huge book full of incredible fantasy art

This XXL Taschen book is for fans of science fiction, artists looking for inspiration, or just people who like to get worked up at the sight of loincloths and alien babes.

Put a ring on it

Here’s an idea: take your hunny to beautiful park, and slide this fashionable flask on her wrist during sunset. There’s no better way to enjoy a Baja Blast à emporter.

Say it with Japanese snacks

They live and breathe matcha cookie rolls, would die for yuzu drinks, and are addicted to mochi. This is the Umamicart subscription gift box for them. For about $120 clams, you can get them three whole months of eclectic snackeronis. 

Stan Pam

Nothing but love for our President, Pammy.

Bring the spa to them

We aspire to Goop-worthy levels of spa attendance, but we also just want to find a reason to invest in a swanky at-home sauna, such as this highly-rated infrared sauna. As one Wayfair reviewer writes, it’s easy to assemble and “[gets] hot super fast and stays hot.” Perfect for Valentine’s Day (and every winter day for the next few months).

Congrats on being the most creative partner ever. Enjoy the cred.

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Daily Horoscope: January 25, 2023

Motherboard (Vice) - Tue, 01/24/2023 - 14:00

A whimsical energy flows as the moon and dreamy Neptune meet in Pisces at 2:42 AM!  The moon connects with Pluto in Capricorn at 11:12 AM, encouraging us to tap into our inner power, and we can feel especially courageous as the moon enters Aries at 1:48 PM. The moon meets Jupiter in Aries at 10:18 PM, inspiring generosity. The moon connects with the sun in Aquarius at 11:59 PM, boding well for teamwork and experimentation.

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Aries glyph Aries: March 20, 2023 - April 20, 2023

The moon enters your sign today, Aries, encouraging you to get in touch with your feelings and meet your emotional needs! The moon meets Jupiter in Aries, which can find you feeling lucky, and the moon connects with the sun in Aquarius, boding well for your social life.

Taurus glyphs Taurus: April 20, 2023 - May 21, 2023

You could be connecting with influential, powerful people as the moon in Pisces connects with Pluto in Capricorn! Make time to rest as the moon enters Aries. The moon connects with the sun in Aquarius, which can find you dreaming up exciting plans for your career or your relationship to the public.

Gemini glyph Gemini: May 21, 2023 - June 21, 2023

Creativity abounds as the moon and Neptune meet in Pisces. Your focus turns to your social life as the moon enters Aries, and exciting introductions can take place as the moon meets Jupiter in Aries and connects with the sun in Aquarius.

Cancer glyph Cancer: June 21, 2023 - July 22, 2023

The moon and Neptune meet in fellow water sign Pisces, which can find you having a philosophical breakthrough. Your attention turns to your career as the moon enters Aries, and plenty of attention and success could arrive as the moon meets Jupiter, also in Aries!

Leo glyph Leo: July 22, 2023 - August 23, 2023

The moon enters fellow fire sign Aries, which may find you embarking on an exciting new adventure. New opportunities arise as the moon meets Jupiter in Aries. The mood is particularly expansive and adventurous! The moon connects with the sun in Aquarius, boding well for connection and partnership.

Virgo glyph Virgo: August 23, 2023 - September 23, 2023

A whirlwind romance could arrive as the moon and Neptune meet in Pisces! The moon connects with Pluto in Capricorn, inspiring passion. Your attention can turn to finances as the moon enters Aries.

Libra glyph Libra: September 23, 2023 - October 23, 2023

The moon enters Aries, lighting up the relationship sector of your chart! Chance meetings and inspiring discussions can take place as the moon meets Jupiter in Aries. Fun and creativity flow as the moon connects with the sun in Aquarius.

Scorpio glyph Scorpio: October 23, 2023 - November 22, 2023

A creative breakthrough can take place as the moon and Neptune meet in Pisces. The moon enters Aries, which could find you reorganizing your schedule. Be careful not to overbook yourself as the moon meets Jupiter in Aries.

Sagittarius glyph Sagittarius: November 22, 2023 - December 21, 2023

You might be in a particularly sensitive mood as the moon and Neptune meet in Pisces, but you’re ready to party as the moon enters fellow fire sign Aries. The moon meets your ruling planet Jupiter, also in Aries, inspiring fun and flirtation!

Capricorn glyph Capricorn: December 21, 2023 - January 20, 2024

The moon in Pisces connects with Pluto in your zodiac sign, Capricorn, encouraging you to reflect on the power dynamics in your social life. The moon enters Aries later on, perhaps bringing your focus to home and family.

Aquarius glyphs Aquarius: January 20, 2023 - February 18, 2023

The moon enters Aries, encouraging communication, and big news might be shared as the moon meets Jupiter, also in Aries. The moon connects with the sun in your zodiac sign, Aquarius, inspiring confidence and creativity!

Pisces glyph Pisces:  February 18, 2023 - March 20, 2023

The moon meets your ruling planet Neptune in your zodiac sign, Pisces, which can find you connecting with your intuition or imagination in some meaningful way. Your focus turns to money as the moon enters Aries, and themes like abundance and generosity are at the top of your mind as the moon meets your other ruling planet Jupiter, also in Aries.

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Justice Department sues Google for allegedly monopolizing ad tech

The Register - Tue, 01/24/2023 - 13:45
Feds say Google manipulated ad auctions and subverted competition

The US Justice Department and eight states sued Alphabet's Google subsidiary on Tuesday claiming that the company has monopolized the buying and selling of digital advertising.…

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Activision Blizzard studio says CEO pressure stymied their union efforts

ARS Technica - Tue, 01/24/2023 - 13:24
A scene from Proletariat's <em>Spellbreak</em> illustrating union members dodging alleged management interference.

Enlarge / A scene from Proletariat's Spellbreak illustrating union members dodging alleged management interference.

Last month, workers at Spellbreak studio Proletariat became the third group within Activision Blizzard to form a union. Today, though, the Communication Workers of America is pulling back on its push for a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) election that could have forced parent company Activision Blizzard to recognize that union. In doing so, the CWA cites actions by Proletariat CEO Seth Sivak that have made "a free and fair election impossible."

In a statement provided to Ars Technica, a CWA spokesperson said Sivak "chose to follow Activision Blizzard's lead and responded to the workers' desire to form a union with confrontational tactics." Those tactics include "a series of meetings that demoralized and disempowered the group," according to the CWA.

Proletariat Software Engineer Dustin Yost said in an accompanying statement that those management meetings "took their toll" on the group by "fram[ing] the conversation as a personal betrayal, instead [of] respecting our right to join together to protect ourselves and have a seat at the table..."

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It’s getting easier to buy bigger SSDs for the Steam Deck and Surface PCs

ARS Technica - Tue, 01/24/2023 - 13:17
Microsoft's Surface devices have user-replaceable SSDs, but it's difficult to find them in the right (physical) size.

Enlarge / Microsoft's Surface devices have user-replaceable SSDs, but it's difficult to find them in the right (physical) size. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Microsoft's Surface devices had a well-deserved reputation for being impossible to repair in their early years, but Microsoft has sought to change that more recently. Newer Surfaces feature detailed repair manuals and, at least in theory, easily upgradeable SSDs.

I say "in theory" because it hasn't been as simple as going out, buying a drive, and installing it. The Surface's storage slot uses the standard M.2 interface, and most devices make it easy to access, but the PCs use relatively rare 30-mm-long drives that most of the big SSD makers simply don't offer to regular consumers. This has made it harder to do that old tech-savvy money-saving trick: buying a 128GB or 256GB version of a computer and upgrading it with a 512GB or 1TB drive for a fraction of what the company would charge you to do it.

But that's slowly changing. Some of the smaller-but-still-reputable SSD makers like Sabrent and Inland have finally started offering 30 mm-long versions of some of their SSDs complete with retail packaging and standard warranties. Until recently, the best way to get upgrades for these drives was to buy a warranty-less, possibly used white-label drive from the likes of Newegg or eBay. So being able to buy SSDs in full retail packaging with actual warranties is an improvement.

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Apple issues emergency patch for outdated iPhones after criminals pounce on WebKit

The Register - Tue, 01/24/2023 - 12:45
Also: Yay for Data Privacy Day!

Apple has issued an emergency patch for older kit to fix a WebKit security flaw that Cupertino warns is under active attack.…

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With Nvidia Eye Contact, you’ll never look away from a camera again

ARS Technica - Tue, 01/24/2023 - 12:31
Nvidia's Eye Contact feature automatically maintains eye contact with a camera for you.

Enlarge / Nvidia's Eye Contact feature automatically maintains eye contact with a camera for you. (credit: Nvidia)

Nvidia recently released a beta version of Eye Contact, an AI-powered software video feature that automatically maintains eye contact for you while on-camera by estimating and aligning gaze. It ships with the 1.4 version of its Broadcast app, and the company is seeking feedback on how to improve it. In some ways, the tech may be too good because it never breaks eye contact, which appears unnatural and creepy at times.

To achieve its effect, Eye Contact replaces your eyes in the video stream with software-controlled simulated eyeballs that always stare directly into the camera, even if you're looking away in real life. The fake eyes attempt to replicate your natural eye color, and they even blink when you do.

So far, the response to Nvidia's new feature on social media has been largely negative. "I too, have always wanted streamers to maintain a terrifying level of unbroken eye contact while reading text that obviously isn't displayed inside their webcams," wrote The D-Pad on Twitter.

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The Best V-Day Lingerie Is a String of Pearls (Up Your Sweet Peach)

Motherboard (Vice) - Tue, 01/24/2023 - 12:28

We’re non-denominational about our sexy underwear. Meaning: we believe in the sex appeal of Nicole Kidman in Eyes Wide Shut, chewing out Tom Cruise in her tiny tank and cotton granny panties, just as much as we dig Barbarella-style bras that undergird our tatas. There’s room for everyone in the armoire, and right now we’re edging ourselves with the latest V-Day lingerie drop from Adore Me.

Screen Shot 2023-01-24 at 11.25.20 AM.pngPhoto Courtesy of Adore Me

If you’re new to Adore Me, the New York-based brand is basically really good at designing affordable, fancy lingerie in a more inclusive size range than most sexy brands (sizes range from XS to 4X) in a way that feels non-boring and horny; its marble-dipped collection reminds us of London’s swinging 60s Biba boutique, and its winter holiday line turned our boobs into literal unwrappable presents. Of course we expected its designers to go hard for Valentine’s Day.

The early V-Day drop is a symphony of crotchless panties, black underbust corsets, and lace catsuits that we’d knife fight Lana Del Rey for. Most items also cost under $50, which means you can get a pirate’s hoard of Brazilian panties and bustiers, should you choose, for yourself, your crew, or even your landlord. Who knows? Anything is possible when the cherubs take to the skies this season.

Here’s an idea: give the missus a pearl thong and a crawfish bouquet by the seaside of your choosing, or blast some Phantom of the Opera, and leave this romantic corset on her bed with a cryptic note (just not in your handwriting; don’t risk the ick). Sometimes, if you don’t know what to do on V-Day, you can just let the lingerie lead the way.

Think of Valentine’s Day as your annual push notification to treat yourself, or your hunny bun, to something that tickles your [redacted]. V-Day lingerie is like MCM furniture, Barry Manilow, or a really good steakhouse—it’s the GOAT, and will never truly go out of style.

Here’s to the many corsets you have to lace-up (and untie) in this lifetime, jabroni.

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Lawsuit: Twitter stopped paying rent at headquarters after Musk took over

ARS Technica - Tue, 01/24/2023 - 12:17
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Twitter is being sued for alleged nonpayment of rent by the owner of its US headquarters building in San Francisco, the latest of several lawsuits saying Twitter stopped paying bills after Elon Musk bought the company.

The lawsuit, filed Friday by SRI Nine Market Square LLC, says Twitter leases 462,855 square feet on eight floors of the 1355 Market Street building but failed to pay $3.36 million in rent due in December 2022. Twitter also failed to pay rent of $3.43 million in January 2023, according to the complaint filed in California Superior Court in San Francisco County.

SRI had a letter of credit with Twitter amounting to $3.6 million "as security for Defendant's performance of its obligations under the Lease," the lawsuit said. Because Twitter failed to pay rent, SRI drew on the letter of credit, and it is now down to $1, the complaint said. Twitter allegedly failed to replenish the letter of credit as required by the lease.

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