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Elena Ferrante: why am I always the last to leave a party?

Saturday at 08:00 AM, via The Guardian

Separating from people seems like a blast of cold air. I suppose I feel the anguish of loss

I belong to that category of people who, after a dinner, after a party, are the last to leave. It’s hard to say why – it’s not clear even to me. I know that my hosts are tired and would like to go to sleep. I’m well aware that, even if I left right away, it would still take them an hour or so to...

Moon chunk that fell to earth lands $600,000 at auction

Saturday at 07:42 AM, via The Guardian

A lunar meteorite considered one of the most significant ever found has been sold by a Boston auction house

A chunk of the moon that fell to the Earth as a lunar meteorite has been sold at auction for more than $600,000.

Boston-based RR Auction announced the $612,500 winning bid for the meteorite, composed of six fragments that fit together like a puzzle, came from a representative working...

Sars is in shambles

Saturday at 07:03 AM, via MyBroadband

Sars is in dire straits after more than four years of shambolic management by commissioner Tom Moyane.

Country diary: my baby and I move through different landscapes

Saturday at 06:30 AM, via The Guardian

Airedale, West Yorkshire: My six-week-old daughter still can’t see very well, but her sense of smell is fierce, and we can both hear the magpies, which are everywhere

She’s only six weeks old but I’m sure she can smell the smothering perfume of the rosebay willowherb that crowds the lake edge. A new baby’s senses develop lopsidedly, out-of-sync: our daughter’s eyesight is still finding...

Earth’s Inner Core Is Solid, But Squishier Than Previously Thought

Saturday at 05:30 AM, via Slashdot

brindafella writes: Earthquakes are telling scientists more about the core of the Earth, specifically that it is squishier than previously thought (by about 2.5%.) Associate Professor Hrvoje Tkali & Thanh-Son Pham of the Australian National University have made sense of data collected by seismographs around the world to put new numbers on the density and pressure of the core. In Science...

Ajit Pai Killed Rules That Could Have Helped Florida Recover From Hurricane

Saturday at 04:10 AM, via Slashdot

sharkbiter shares a report from Ars Technica: The Federal Communications Commission chairman slammed wireless carriers on Tuesday for failing to quickly restore phone service in Florida after Hurricane Michael, calling the delay “completely unacceptable.” But FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s statement ignored his agency’s deregulatory blitz that left consumers without protections designed to ensure...

Zero-Day In Popular jQuery Plugin Actively Exploited For At Least Three Years

Saturday at 03:30 AM, via Slashdot

Slashdot reader generic shares a report from ZDNet: For at least three years, hackers have abused a zero-day in one of the most popular jQuery plugins to plant web shells and take over vulnerable web servers, ZDNet has learned. The vulnerability impacts the jQuery File Upload plugin authored by prodigious German developer Sebastian Tschan, most commonly known as Blueimp. The plugin is the...

Intel Launches 9th Generation Core Processors; Core i9-9900K Benchmarked

Saturday at 02:50 AM, via Slashdot

MojoKid writes: Intel lifted the embargo veil today on performance results for its new Core i9-9900K 9th Gen 8-core processor. Intel claims the chip is “the best CPU for gaming” due to its high clock speeds and monolithic 8-core/16-thread design that has beefier cache memory (now 16MB). The chip also has 16-lanes of on-chip PCIe connectivity, official support for dual-channel memory up to...

Smart Home Makers Hoard Your Data, But Won’t Say If the Police Come For It

Saturday at 02:10 AM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Thermostats know the temperature of your house, and smart cameras and sensors know when someone’s walking around your home. Smart assistants know what you’re asking for, and smart doorbells know who’s coming and going. And thanks to the cloud, that data is available to you from anywhere — you can check in on your pets from your phone or make...

Some Google Pixel Owners’ Camera Photos Aren’t Saving

Saturday at 01:30 AM, via Slashdot

Some users on Reddit and Google’s support forums are reporting an issue in which taking a photo using Google Camera occasionally fails to save. The issue appears to be widespread, “affecting original Pixel phones as well as the Pixel 2 / 2 XL,” reports The Verge. From the report: The issue occurs specifically in cases when the user takes a photo with Google Camera, and switches to another app...

Amazon Shuts Down Liquavista, a Screen Technology Company It Had Acquired From Samsung in 2013

Saturday at 00:50 AM, via Slashdot

Liquavista, a screen tech company Amazon acquired five years ago, has shut down. Rumblings of Liquavista’s potential closure have been bouncing around the e-reader community for more than six months. It remains unclear if Liquavista’s work has been brought inside Amazon and moved to other parts of the organization, or if it was shut down entirely. Amazon declined to release further details....

Steam VR Introduces ‘Motion Smoothing’ So Low-End PCs Can Run Games More Smoothly

Saturday at 00:10 AM, via Slashdot

Steam VR is introducing a new feature called “Motion Smoothing” that will give PCs with low-end hardware the power to deliver VR experiences more smoothly. “It functions like Motion Smoothing for TV and Asynchronous Spacewarp for Oculus devices, which are frame-rate smoothing techniques that generate synthetic frames between two real ones in order to avoid a stuttery experience,” notes...

Tesla Quietly Drops ‘Full Self-Driving’ Option As It Adds $45,000 Model 3

Friday at 23:30 PM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Elon Musk took to Twitter on Thursday evening to inform his followers of a new addition to the Model 3 lineup. This is not the long-awaited $35,000 version, however; the mid-range Model 3 starts at $45,000. Musk also revealed that the Model 3 ordering process has been simplified and now has fewer options. One that’s missing — from all new...

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