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It's still hard to tell just how many bad accounts are on Facebook – CNET

The world’s largest social network continues to report that “undesirable” accounts on its service represent a small percent of its service, but it won’t say exactly how many.
Source: CNET

Abbott recalls 465,000 pacemakers to protect against hacks – CNET

The fix: A firmware update which takes just 3 minutes to install.
Source: CNET

This handheld 3D printer can print skin onto people – CNET

The 3D-printed skin can be used to cover and heal wounds.
Source: CNET

Waymo van involved in serious collision in Arizona

A Waymo self-driving vehicle was involved in a serious accident in Chandler, Arizona earlier this afternoon. Local police have said there were minor injuries from the incident after a sedan swerved into the Waymo van to avoid another collision, ABC 15 reported. I’ve contacted the Chandler police department for more information.

Although Waymo has said it will be testing vehicles without safety drivers in Arizona, this was not one of them. An operator was in the driver’s seat at the time of the crash, though the car was in autonomous mode, police said.

Aerial footage and images posted online by onlookers show that this was no fender-bender. The sedan’s front crumple zone is wrecked and glass is broken; the van is in better shape, though its front right tire is crushed in. Both vehicles have since been towed.

Reportedly the sedan was traveling eastbound and swerved to avoid another car at an intersection, straying into the westbound lanes and hitting the Waymo van. What actions if any the latter took to avoid the collision are unknown at this time, though an analysis by the company would of course provide that info. I’ve asked the company for comment and will update if I hear back.


Source: TechCrunch

Airbnb partly to blame for higher rents, says New York City – CNET

A new report says the service is responsible for nearly 10 percent of rental increases between 2009 and 2016. Airbnb says that’s bogus.
Source: CNET

Waymo's Self-Driving Crash in Arizona Revives Hard Questions

Whether or not the autonomous Pacifica minivan was at fault, it’s bad news for a young industry trying to prove it can makes roads safer for everyone.
Source: Wired

Get up super early and watch NASA’s InSight Mars lander launch live

Night owl? Good news — there’s an historic rocket launch early tomorrow morning that you can catch while the rest of the country is sleeping. NASA’s InSight Mars lander is scheduled for takeoff at 4:05 AM Pacific, weather permitting. You can watch it live at the links below.

InSight is launching atop an Atlas V rocket with a Centaur for the orbital stage, operated by United Launch Alliance. After a six-month trip through space, the mission is to discover the secrets lying deep within the Red Planet using sensitive seismographs and a temperature probe that will bore into the surface. There’s also a pair of CubeSats hitching a ride to test how tiny spacecraft will perform outside Earth’s orbit.

It’s historic not just because it’s an awesome Mars lander that will teach us about the formation of our rocky neighbor and Earth itself, but because this is the first time an interplanetary mission has taken off from the west coast of the country. It’s launching from Vandenberg air base, between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo (a couple hours north of LA, for those not familiar with Californian geography).

“If you live on the California Central Coast or south to L.A. and San Diego, be sure to get up early on May 5th, because Atlas V is the gold standard in launch vehicles and it can put on a great show,” said Kennedy Space Center launch director Tim Dunn in a NASA news release.

That all depends on the weather, of course. The dreaded marine layer lies heavy on the coast, and that means visibility will be extremely low. But as coastal Californians know, waiting for it to go away is a good way to waste a whole day. NASA can’t wait that long — the rocket needs to go off when this side of the planet is facing the right direction, of course. So Range Safety may waive the eyes-on visibility requirement for launch, provided all other telemetry systems are working normally.

Going from launch to orbit will take about 13 minutes, at which time InSight will wait for about an hour, and then a final burn will send it on its way to Mars. The whole process should take about 93 minutes.

So if you’re up tomorrow in the predawn hours, check out the launch either at NASA’s stream or at the YouTube hosted one that should appear here half an hour or so before launch.


Source: TechCrunch

Google open sources Seurat, a tool for reducing mobile VR complexity

Today is the day Google makes good on a lot of its 2017 I/O VR promises. The company just announced that it will be open sourcing Seurat, a tool designed to reduce complexity in high-fidelity mobile VR scenes, improving performance considerably.

This launch arrives alongside the release of the Mirage Solo, the first headset on the Daydream VR platform to make use of Google’s WorldSense positional tracking system. The headset is standalone and runs on a mobile chipset so it’s a lot more resource-constrained than headsets that connect to gaming PCs.

Seurat is a software tool that aims to reduce polygon count. Basically, Seurat takes all of the possible viewpoints that a VR user may have given their limited range of movement and removes the area of the 3D environment that they’d never be able to see. Seurat removes object permanence from the equation, so if you can’t see it in virtual reality, chances are it doesn’t actually exist at all.

In the snippet above from a new Blade Runner title, Google says the Seurat program was able to take a scene with 46.6 million triangles and reduce it down to 307,000. This is especially useful for developers with existing renders that they’re porting from more capable hardware to the more strained mobile VR hardware.

Source code and documentation for the tool is available on its GitHub page.


Source: TechCrunch

Tesla Turmoil and More This Week in the Future of Cars

A blitz of Tesla news, plus: electric scooters, more trouble for Uber, and more arrests in Volkswagen’s diesel emissions scheme.
Source: Wired

Why Is NASA's InSight Mars Mission Launching from California?

This month, NASA will fire its first interplanetary mission from Vandenberg Air Force Base north of Los Angeles. Why the snub for Cape Canaveral in Florida?
Source: Wired

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