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Matthew Simmons

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China’s small space station, Tiangong-2, has burned up in the Earth’s atmosphere as part of a planned deorbital maneuver.It was launched in 2016 as a test bed for space technologies and was originally only scheduled to be in space for two or three years.But it survived longer than expected and has continued to be a venue for testing and for occasional manned missions.It has spent a total of nearly 1,000 days in space.The space station’s planned deorbit was executed by putting it into a controlled descent into the atmosphere, where it broke up into small pieces.This space debris fell to Earth, landing in the the ocean in a region of the South Pacific
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Respawn Entertainment finally took a stand against players using a keyboard and mouse instead of a controller in Apex Legends for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.Respawn declared its stance on the controversial matter in a check-in post on the battle royale shooter’s official subReddit.The short answer is: We don’t condone it,” Respawn wrote, adding that the developer is investigating methods to determine if a player on a console version of Apex Legends has replaced the controller with a keyboard and mouse.Keyboard and mouse input in console versions of multiplayer shooters has been a polarizing topic, as there is a belief that this gives players an unfair advantage over those who are using controllers.Certain actions, particularly aiming, may be more precise when using a keyboard and mouse compared to the joysticks of controllers.In addition, there are qualms that the effectiveness of a keyboard and mouse setup creates a pay-to-win scenario in multiplayer games on consoles.
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Israeli spyware company NSO Group’s powerful Pegasus malware – the same spyware implicated in a breach of WhatsApp earlier this year – is capable of scraping a target’s data from the servers of Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft, according to a report in the Financial Times on Friday.According to the FT, “people familiar with its sales pitch” as well as leaked sales documents show that NSO Group’s parent company Q-Cyber is advertising Pegasus as having the capability to copy authentication keys to services including Google Drive, Facebook Messenger and iCloud from an infected phone to a web server that is then capable of independently downloading the target’s entire online history.The paper wrote that the documents advertise the functionality as allowing ongoing access to data stored on the servers of tech giants that persists beyond the Pegasus infection on the phone itself (presumably until the authentication key in question is invalidated):It works on any device that Pegasus can infect, including many of the latest iPhones and Android smartphones, according to the documents, and allows ongoing access to data uploaded to the cloud from laptops, tablets and phones – even if Pegasus is removed from the initially targeted smartphone.One pitch document from NSO’s parent company, Q-Cyber, which was prepared for the government of Uganda earlier this year, advertised the ability of Pegasus to “retrieve the keys that open cloud vaults” and “independently sync-and-extract data”.The documents brag that having access to a “cloud endpoint” allows access “far and above smartphone content”, the FT wrote.
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Update: Fifty years ago this week—July 16, 1969—the world watched as Apollo 11 launched towards the skies.After the drama of Apollo 13, the final four human missions to the Moon in 1971 and 1972 flew smoothly.With each successive, increasingly routine landing, astronauts made longer forays out onto the dusty lunar terrain and delved deeper into the scientific secrets hidden there.The final lunar spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on December 20, 1972.Decades of discouragement followed as all the energy spent on deep space exploration, and all the momentum of Apollo, slowly ebbed away.Gus Grissom taught NASA a hard lesson: “You can hurt yourself in the ocean”
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After getting axed by the SyFy network after three seasons, The Expanse, the best sci-fi show no one is watching, was rescued by Amazon Prime.Now there’s a new teaser trailer from SDCC giving a glimpse of what we can expect to see in season 4.We get our first look at new cast members, including Burn Gorman who sci-fi fans will know from movies like Pacific Rim and TV shows including Game of Thrones and Torchwood.He’ll be playing Adolphus Murtry, the chief of security for the Earth ship Edward Israel who will likely be working alongside Dimitri Havelock, Joe Miller’s partner from season one.Other actors confirmed to be joining the cast this season include The Handmaid’s Tale‘s Rosa Gilmore, Tyrant‘s Keon Alexander, and Orphan Black‘s Jess Salgueiro.According to Deadline, Gilmore will play a Belter refugee and a trained medic who is part of a group trying to lay claim to a new planet on the far side of the Ring Gate.
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When I decided to buy a four-year-old MacBook Pro rather than a new one, one of the things I deliberately gave up on was the Touch Bar.The functions Apple showed on stage, from quick-access palettes in Adobe Photoshop to scrubbing through a video in QuickTime, looked useful and well thought out.In the years since its debut, the Touch Bar has been stuck in a kind of development hell, never really taking off in the way we hoped it would.Instead of spreading its wings, it just kind of half-heartedly flapped them a bit, then gave up.But Apple needs to lead by example to show people how it should be done.Perhaps F10, AKA the mute key, when your neighbors start banging on the walls and telling you to stop playing the Spice Girls so loud.
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The iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR phones are updates to last year's iPhone X, 8 and 8 Plus.The iPhone XS retains the familiar design of the iPhone X, including a 5.8-inch OLED display and stainless-steel sides.Apple also offers a larger version of the XS with a 6.5-inch OLED display called the iPhone XS Max.With a footprint about the same size as the iPhone 8 Plus (though the older phone has a smaller 5.5-inch LCD display), the iPhone XS Max has the largest display found on any current iPhone.The iPhone XS and XS Max come in silver, space gray and gold.Apple opted for more of a straw-colored gold this time than on previous gold iPhone models, which skewed closer to copper.
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If you've ever shopped for a gaming keyboard or any mechanical keyboard, you've come across the brand Cherry.The German company's mechanical keyboard switches are without a doubt the most popular and well known for their performance and durability.What's perhaps not as well known is that most of its keyboards and mice are for office work, not gaming.It has a compact low-profile design that makes it perfect for slipping into your laptop bag.The PixArt laser sensor Cherry used lets you work on just about any surface including glass.If you've ever been stuck working on a glass-topped desk attempting to turn a magazine or room service menu into a mousepad, you know the value here.
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The biz quietly issued a maintenance update to close a security hole – a trivial string formatting vulnerability no less – that can be potentially exploited by miscreants to hijack installations of the code over the network or internet.According to Palo Alto Networks this week, here's the list of affected products: PAN-OS 7.1.18 and earlier, PAN-OS 8.0.11 and earlier, and PAN-OS 8.1.2 and earlier releases.See this Twitter thread for more information and details of a proof-of-concept exploit.It's understood a hacker gang calling itself 0v1ru$ compromised systems operated by FSB IT provider SyTech, and an archive of data siphoned from the biz was passed to journalists to pore over.Among the swiped files, we're told, were blueprints for a Tor deanonymizing effort dubbed Nautilus-S, as well as a project to map out Russia's internet links to the outside world.Blighty's plod web hack shock
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A tiny shark discovered in the Gulf of Mexico with mysterious pouches near its front fins has turned out to be a new species, scientists say.The fittingly named American pocket shark, or Mollisquama mississippiensis, uses the pouches to squirt little glowing clouds into the ocean.It's only the third shark species out of more than 500 that may squirt luminous liquid, according to R. Dean Grubbs, a Florida State University scientist who was not involved in the research.The other two are the previously known pocket shark and the taillight shark, which has a similar gland near its tail."You have this tiny little bulbous luminescent shark cruising around in the world’s oceans and we know nothing about them," Grubbs told The Associated Press."It shows us how little we actually know."
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A mysterious hairy, white creature found on the lawn of the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine, this week was later determined to be a rare albino porcupine.The rodent — which is likely a juvenile as its quills have not yet hardened, per The Portland Press Herald — was spotted by museum staff on Tuesday.The museum later took to its Facebook page with pictures of the toupee-resembling creature, hoping social media could help to identify it.The consensus was it’s an albino porcupine.CHICAGO ALLIGATOR REPORTEDLY MOVING TO FLORIDA: 'CHANCE THE SNAPPER' WILL 'BE LIVING IN LUXURY'“We all thought it was an albino skunk because it was so fluffy,” Katie Orlando, executive director of the Seashore Trolley Museum, told the newspaper.
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50 years ago today, the Apollo 11 space mission became the first to land men on the surface of the moon.It remains one of the biggest moments in human history.On the 50th anniversary of that momentous event, we thought it would be a good time to give our picks for the best realistic space movies and TV shows that you can watch via streaming services like Netflix, HBO Now and others.No aliens or warp drives will be found in this list; just astronauts that take off from Earth in old-fashioned liquid-fueled rockets, so they can make those first small steps towards the final frontier.It’s hard to believe that there was never a major feature film about the first manned moon landing until 2018, when First Man finally was released to theaters.Director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash, La La Land) offers an emotional and human story about the events that led up to the Apollo 11 moon landing.
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There was to be a strict two-month cancellation period for any .eu domain registered to a UK address, even if the owner was a European citizen, it ruled.The decision was almost certainly thanks to the UK government effectively throwing up its hands and telling .eu domain owners in the UK that they should go get their own legal advice about what to do next.Presumably that's exactly what they did and it didn't look good for the EC.It summarized: "At the time of the UK withdrawal, EU citizens residents in UK may still keep their .eu domain name(s) thanks to the changes of the .eu eligibility criteria that as of 19 October 2019 will see the citizenship criteria added to the residency criteria."The way that the EC has dealt with the question of .eu domains is indicative of the broader issues that led so many Brits to vote for Brexit in the first place: boldly stated bad decisions made without proper consultation and built on ignorance that are then subsequently changed by equally confident changes after flaws in the first decision are highlighted.See also the lies about bendy bananas and chilled kippers that helps fuel the Brexit mess.
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The English rock band Joy Division released their debut studio album “Unknown Pleasures” 40 years ago.To mark the anniversary of the album, we recorded a signal from the same pulsar with a radio telescope in Jodrell Bank Observatory, only 14 miles (23 km) away from Strawberry Studios where the album was recorded.Peter Saville – graphic designer and co-founder of Factory Records – designed the album cover based on a picture spotted by band member Bernard Sumner in an encyclopedia.The picture itself can be traced to the work of the postgraduate student Harold Craft, who published the image in his PhD thesis in 1970.What we see in this enigmatic image is the signal produced by a pulsar known as B1919+21, the first pulsar ever discovered.A pulsar is formed during the violent death of a star several times more massive than our sun.
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A new quantum mechanics experiment shows the field’s spookiest concept, entanglement, in a whole new way.But, of course, it’s not as simple as that.Lots of other news outlets have covered what they’ve described as the first-ever image, or even a “photo”, of entanglement, sometimes called spooky action at a distance.The picture does sort of show entanglement, but it’s not the two lobes of the image that are entangled – it’s the photons in this image and other photons elsewhere.Quantum mechanics are the mathematical rules devised to explain the weird behavior of the smallest particles.If two of these particles interact and separate, they become entangled, meaning that one wave function now describes them both, with amplitudes assigned to both particles’ values simultaneously.
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You may have heard that freeze-dried food was invented to feed astronauts on the Apollo missions, and although “astronaut ice cream” was never actually used during the operations, it was developed for NASA in the 1960s.Nonetheless, there are plenty of things you use every day that have roots in the Apollo program.It also created a lightweight breathing system consisting of a face mask, harness, and air bottle, which was easier to put on and off than previous systems.The so-called “moon boots” developed for astronauts to walk on the moon had to be padded for shock absorption; they also had excellent stability and motion control, so astronauts wouldn’t fall when walking over moon dust and rocks.In conjunction, these two advances allowed shoemaker AVIA to create a “compression chamber” in the soles of their shoes, which would ensure their sneakers last longer and remain comfortable while playing sports.The Apollo cells were developed by Spectrolab — the biggest manufacturer of spacecraft solar cells today — but they were large and difficult to deploy.
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But now, it’s finally time for us to properly introduce ourselves to Henry Cavill’s take on Geralt of Rivia, best known to fans of the CD Projekt Red RPG series and Andrzej Sapkowski novels as the Witcher.After months of concerns, primarily fuelled by Cavill’s questionable wig, the trailer showcases a world that looks pretty damn entertaining.Showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich has previously said the show would be heavily based on the books, not the games familiar to American audiences.What we see in the trailer appears to confirm that fact.The complex origins of Ciri and Yennifer are both central to the action.But don’t worry, the physical action is mainly reserved for Geralt, who takes on a whole host of men, monsters and giant spiders.
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It appears hackers briefly took over UK Metropolitan Police’s website, posting a series of bizarre messages on its press section and social media accounts, including one which read “FUCK THE POLICE.”The messages were sent around 22:30UTC on July 2019.The Met Police team has since confirmed the breach occurred via third-party software.“Last night, Friday 19 July, unauthorised messages appeared on the news section of our website as well as on the @metpoliceuk Twitter feed and in emails sent to subscribers,” it said in a statement.“While we are still working to establish exactly what happened, we have begun making changes to our access arrangements to MyNewsDesk.”“The Met Police Press Bureau uses an online provider called MyNewsDesk to issue news releases and other content,” officials explained further.
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It was only on the fourth orbit, when the spacecraft’s orientation had changed, that they had the vision for which their mission will always be remembered.and life returned to the world .“Prior to that image, people had a perception of the planet being essentially infinite in its capacity to take all the damage we dish out,” recalls John Amos.A geoscientist who worked for years helping oil companies scout prospects from space, Amos was among a generation inspired by the “overview effect” to shift into activism.He left industry to launch an environmental-surveillance nonprofit called SkyTruth.“Seeing that vanishingly small green-and-blue dot surrounded by the absolute, almost horrifying blackness of open space—that made a lot of people think we need to be wielding our awesome power more wisely,” he says.
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The Federal Trade Commission has reportedly finalized a settlement with Google after an investigation found that YouTube was in violation of federal children's privacy laws.Specifically, the investigation found that YouTube was collecting data of children under the age of 13 on its video platform — a violation of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).The Washington Post report, which cited two people familiar with the matter, said the fine would likely be in the "multimillion-dollar" mark.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.The Federal Trade Commission has reportedly finalized a settlement with Google after an investigation found that YouTube was in violation of children's privacy laws.Specifically, the investigation found in part that YouTube had been collecting the data of children under the age of 13 — a violation of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).
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