Day: December 24, 2018

NORAD still tracking Santa despite government shutdown – CNET

Neither snow nor rain nor political impasse can keep its defense satellites from trailing St. Nick and his reindeer on Christmas Eve. …read more Source:: CNet

Domain Registrar Can be Held Liable for Pirate Site, Court Rules

The Higher Regional Court of Saarbrucken (a city in Germany) concluded Key-Systems, a German-based registrar, can be held secondarily liable for the infringing actions of a customer if it fails to take action if rightsholders point out “obvious” copyright infringing activity online. From a report: This means that, if a site owner is unresponsive to…

An IoT Christmas Tree You’re Invited to Control

We love IoT gadgets, but are occasionally concerned that they might allow access to the wrong kind of hacker. In this case, [Kevin] has created an IoT tree that allows anyone to control the pattern of lights, and he’s invited you to do so! We played with the tree a bit, and the web interface…

Jason Momoa’s Aquaman is the superhero the world needs right now – CNET

Commentary: Move over, Marvel. CNET’s Bonnie Burton explains why the new Aquaman movie made her a DC fan. …read more Source:: CNet

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse post-credits scene, explained – CNET

Marvel adds more Spider-people and meme moments to the mix. Warning: spoilers incoming! …read more Source:: CNet

The Top Free Online University Courses of 2018, Ranked by Popularity

Free online courses — also called Massive Open Online Courses — have quite a year. An anonymous reader shares a blog post: It’s been seven years since these courses rose to prominence, when a few Stanford professors decided to offer their courses online free. Since then over over 900 universities have launched over 11,000 courses….

Elon Musk shows off massive Mars ‘Starship’ prototype rocket – CNET

The SpaceX CEO shares some surprising details about the materials being used to create his massive new rocket. …read more Source:: CNet

Google Doodle has Santa Claus set for holiday deliveries – CNET

As we count down the hours till Christmas, Google has Santa and his sleigh in mind. …read more Source:: CNet

Congress Approves Act that Opens US Government Data To the Public; Requires Federal Agencies To Publish ‘Non-Sensitive’ Info in ‘Machine-Readable’ Format

An anonymous reader shares a report: Congress has passed a bill that could make it easier for you to access public data released by the government. The House approved the OPEN Government Data Act on Saturday, while all eyes were on the shutdown, as part of a larger bill to support evidence-based policymaking. It requires…

Oh the Lessons You’ll Learn by Building a Robot Familiar

A familiar spirit, or just a familiar, is a creature rumored to help people in the practice of magic. The moniker is perfect for Archimedes, the robot owl built by Alex Glow, which wields the Amazon AIY kit to react when it detects faces. A series of very interesting design choices a what really gives…