Day: August 8, 2020

NASA Ditching ‘Insensitive’ Nicknames for Cosmic Objects

NASA is “reconsidering how we talk about space,” reports CNET: NASA gave two examples of cosmic objects it’ll no longer use nicknames for. Planetary nebula NGC 2392 has been called the “Eskimo Nebula.” “‘Eskimo’ is widely viewed as a colonial term with a racist history, imposed on the indigenous people of Arctic regions,” NASA explained….

Galaxy Note 20 specs vs. Note 20 Ultra vs. S20 vs. S20 Ultra: Samsung flagships compared – CNET

Here’s how Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra stack up against earlier Galaxy S20 flagships. …read more Source:: CNet

Galaxy Note 20 specs vs. iPhone 11 Pro, OnePlus 8 Pro and Pixel 4 XL – CNET

Check out how Samsung’s new Note 20 stacks up against other premium phone competitors. …read more Source:: CNet

Bill Gates Weighs In on US Pandemic Response, Encryption, and Grilling Tech Executives

Bill Gates gave a wide-ranging new interview to Wired’s Steven Levy (also republished at Ars Technica.) The interview’s first question: as a man who’d been warning about a pandemic for years, are you disappointed with the response of the United States? Bill Gates: Yeah. There’s three time periods, all of which have disappointments. There is…

Vintage Gauges Turned Classy Weather Display

It’s always good to see old hardware saved from the junk pile, especially when the end result is as impressive as this analog gauge weather display put together by [Build Comics]. It ended up being a truly multidisciplinary project, combing not only restoration work and modern microcontroller trickery, but a dash of woodworking for good…

‘Zombie Cicadas’ Are Under the Influence of a Psychedelic, Mind-controlling Fungus

Slashdot reader quonset shares CNN’s report on “zombie cicadas” under the influence of “a psychedelic fungus” called Massospora containing the chemicals found in hallucinogenic mushrooms (citing a new study published in PLOS Pathogens). After infecting its host, the fungus results in “a disturbing display of B-horror movie proportions,” West Virginia University said in a press…

Millions of Android Phones At Risk Due to ‘Achilles’ Flaw in Qualcomm Chips

“Researchers have found that Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chip, one of the most widely used in Android phones, has hundreds of bits of vulnerable code that leaves millions of Android users at risk,” reports Gizmodo: To back up a bit, Qualcomm is a major chip supplier to several well-known tech companies. In 2019, its Snapdragon series of…

New 55,000-pound Gundam robot in Japan can move its limbs like a boss – CNET

A full-scale moveable version of the giant anime robot watches over the Gundam Factory in Yokohama, Japan. …read more Source:: CNet

China is now blocking all encrypted HTTPS traffic using TLS 1.3 and ESNI

Block was put in place at the end of July and is enforced via China’s Great Firewall internet surveillance technology. …read more Source:: ZDNet

Is the US about to Split the Internet?

The BBC reports: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he wants a “clean” internet. What he means by that is he wants to remove Chinese influence, and Chinese companies, from the internet in the U.S. But critics believe this will bolster a worrying movement towards the breaking up of the global internet. The so…