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Galaxy Note 9: All the rumors on specs, price, Aug. 24 sale date and Fortnite game – CNET

Samsung’s next big phone will go head-to-head with the 2018 iPhone.
Source: CNET

Newly legal 3D-printed gun blueprints targeted by state lawsuits

Hot on the heels of the effective legalization of 3D models used to print firearm components, 21 states have filed a joint lawsuit against the federal government, alleging not only that decision is dangerous but also that it’s illegal for a number of reasons. But the lawsuit may backfire via the so-called Streisand Effect, further entrenching the controversial technology.

Earlier this month brought the news that the U.S. government dropped its case against Cody Wilson and his companies dedicated to the proliferation of 3D models of firearm parts. There are still restrictions on how guns can be made and sold, but the files containing 3D data and allowing people to print components seem to have been determined not to fall under those rules.

This was unwelcome news for those in favor of stricter gun control laws, a group apparently including the attorneys general of 21 states. Bob Ferguson, AG for Washington, announced that his team would be leading a lawsuit intended to block the federal actions that legalized this particular form of data.

“These downloadable guns are unregistered and very difficult to detect, even with metal detectors, and will be available to anyone regardless of age, mental health or criminal history. If the Trump Administration won’t keep us safe, we will,” he said in a press release issued today.

They allege that the administration needs the Defense Department to sign off on the decision, and that Congress needed to be notified 30 days in advance. The decision is also held (owing to a lack of on-record citations or consultations) to be “arbitrary and capricious,” and thus illegal under the Administrative Procedure Act.

The Tenth Amendment also gives states the right to regulate firearms, and the filers say that the federal action deprives them of this right and is therefore unconstitutional.

That’s all well in order, but the danger posed by these files is overestimated, as is the ability of the government, state or federal, to curtail their distribution. If this lawsuit is successful, it will have little or no effect on 3D printed guns at all.

“The status quo – which currently ensures public safety and national security by prohibiting publication of firearm design files on the Internet – should be maintained,” reads a letter sent from a number of AGs to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and AG Jeff Sessions.

At the risk of dipping into an extremely charged debate and sensitive political topic (I’ve added the “Opinion” tag just in case), the status quo does no such thing. It must be said that if effective gun control is the goal, there are far more important steps to pursue. Loopholes abound in existing regulations, for instance gun show purchases of unregistered firearms and “80 percent lowers,” which are a quite legal method for creating them.

Furthermore, any attempt to remove something from the internet is doomed to failure, as we have seen again and again, often enough that the phenomenon has its own nickname, the Streisand Effect. Workarounds for illegal content are numerous and effective, and presumably the type of person interested in printing their own gun will not be shy about using a VPN or torrent site. If anything, a concerted effort to remove something from the internet usually causes that thing to be permanently maintained online as a sort of middle finger to the authorities. It’s not in the internet’s DNA to forget.

While it’s true that outlawing the 3D models would give prosecutors and investigators more to work with, the nefarious actors of the world haven’t been waiting with bated breath on the outcome of the previous lawsuit. Criminals, terrorists, foreign adversaries and so on in the first place don’t even need these files to obtain or create unregistered guns in the first place, nor would their being illegal deter them in the least.

The lawsuit may, it is true, tie up and possibly bankrupt Wilson and his supporters, but that’s not much of a victory and certainly doesn’t make anyone safer. Unfortunately this particular demon isn’t going back in the box.


Source: TechCrunch

Star Trek sound-effects master Douglas Grindstaff dies at 87 – CNET

Next time you hear a Tribble coo, a transporter materialize or a phaser blast, remember the man who made it happen.
Source: CNET

Sorry, Elon Musk: NASA says plans to terraform Mars won't work – CNET

Making Mars habitable has been a staple of science fiction, which is where scientists say it will have to stay.
Source: CNET

MoviePass goes down again amid Mission: Impossible blackout, price hikes – CNET

If the film being blocked out didn’t deter you last weekend, perhaps having to pay extra will.
Source: CNET

Cult classic indie game La-Mulana finally gets a proper sequel

The sequel to the legendary, and legendarily difficult, indie sleeper hit La-Mulana has finally been released, and all gamers with a penchant for retro-style platforming and a broad masochistic streak are encouraged to descend into its depths.

If there were a gaming achievement hall of fame, surely one of the rarest feats would be beating La-Mulana. The original game was a contemporary of the revered and influential Cave Story; both were wonderful free games made with charming retro pixel art, but beyond that the stories diverged.

While Cave Story was a relatively accessible action-adventure that took seven or eight hours to complete, La-Mulana’s tale of an archaeologist delving into the titular ruin was so deep, complex, obscure and difficult that only the truly dedicated were able to survive even the first few hours, let alone the dozens to come.

The new game goes for a sort of 32-bit look, like the 2012 remake of the original.

This gem, lovingly crafted to closely mimic the look and feel of an MSX game (though enormously expanded), received a screen-for-screen remake for the Nintendo Wii in 2012, but it wasn’t until early 2014 that the original team of three decided to make a whole new game. They raised $266,000 on Kickstarter, with an estimated delivery date of December 2015. That date slipped and slipped, but seemingly because the game they were creating was one worth taking the time to do right.

Fast-forward a few more years and here we are: La-Mulana 2 was released today. It’s substantially the same: a labyrinthine underground ruin to explore, deadly traps and monsters to avoid and maddening puzzles to solve. I’ve played the first couple of hours and from what I can tell it is true to form.

You’ll play as the daughter of the original explorer, who has arrived at the ruins to find them turned into a tourist trap — but soon it becomes clear that a twin ruin, hitherto unexplored, is wreaking havoc on the first one and must be investigated.

If this game is even half the size and depth of the original it will be well worth the $25 price tag — plus you get the warm fuzzy feeling of supporting an indie developer that’s been doing its own weird thing for 15 years or so now. Just don’t expect any hand-holding — this game is the real deal, “Nintendo hard” all the way.

It may not be up everyone’s alley, but I wanted to celebrate La-Mulana and its new sequel. I like to think of small gaming studios as startups, as indeed they are, and a big launch like this deserves recognition. It’s available right now for Windows and macOS — but I’d be surprised if we didn’t see it on Switch at least fairly soon.


Source: TechCrunch

MoviePass could block more big movies from its subscription service

During an all-hands meeting earlier today, MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe reportedly informed staff that the service will bar additional big titles from its subscription service. According to a report from Business Insider, upcoming titles Christopher Robin and The Meg will be getting similar treatment as Mission: Impossible — Fallout.

The service caused an uproar among users when it barred users from seeing the latest Tom Cruise blockbuster using its app. It’s another in a string of unfortunate incidents for the service, which has fallen on rough financial times, of late. Earlier today, users were met with a blank screen when attempting to view screenings on the app. And just a few days ago, the startup borrowed $5 million to end another service outage.

On today’s call, Lowe apparently suggested that these blocks wouldn’t be the last for the company “imply[ing] the practice of not offering tickets to major movies would continue for the foreseeable future,” according to the report.

While the service would admittedly still be a bargain at $10 a month, MoviePass would lose a lot of luster if users were no longer able to see the latest films. That would join a number of new fine-print asterisks for the service, including the addition of surge pricing and other changes to the pricing structure.

We’ve reached out to MoviePass to clarify the report. Whatever the case, it’s starting to look like the service that was once considered too good to be true is precisely that.


Source: TechCrunch

"No debatir alimenta la teoría de la conspiración de los 'chemtrails'"

El geoingenierio de Harvard David Keith, que está a punto de arrancar un pequeño experimento para manipular el clima, recibe amenazas constantes de gente que sigue creyendo en las estelas químicas. Pero afirma que hay críticas ‘constructivas’ que le han ayudado a mejorar su propio punto de vista
Source: MIT

Catalizadores de la innovación, la joya olvidada de la productividad

Los grandes avances se atribuyen a los inventores estrella, pero alrededor de ellos hay personas que juegan un papel clave en su trabajo y cuyo impacto suele ignorarse. Aprenda a identificar y potenciar a los catalizadores de la innovación para aumentar el rendimiento de su organización sin invertir en I+D
Source: MIT

Use your face or finger to log into accounts using Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge now supports the Web Authentication specification for password-free logins. Support actually appeared in Build 17723 for the Windows Insider Fast Ring last week, but Microsoft didn’t mention it until this week.

The post Use your face or finger to log into accounts using Microsoft Edge appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

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