Marc Crowther

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Microsoft Publishes Massive 948-Page PDF With Every Windows Terminal Command You Could Ever Need

Image: byrev / Pixabay<p>If you wanted an exhaustive reference for all the command line tools and utilities available in Windows, "/h" was as good as it …

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This is really quite a big deal. A tremendous amount of modern research ends up being sold to journals which require unreasonable payments to access it and only pay the original authors a pittance. It’s nice to see an agency like NASA deliberately widebanding its findings.<p>Not sure if people fully realize just how big of a deal this is. THIS is how science is advanced. Not through biased corporate research, business secrets, marketing, paywalls and patent wars. But through open, uncensored and …

US energy analysis sees renewable electricity passing coal by 2030

And the report is probably unrealistically conservative about wind power.<p>Yesterday, the US Energy Information Administration released its energy …

Fossil Fuels

Now you can 3D print your own sonic tractor beam

DIY levitation for tiny objects<p>In 2015, researchers made (acoustic) waves when they created the first single-direction sonic tractor beam. Now, the same scientists have developed the invention's design, simplifying it to let anyone with a 3D printer build their own portable tractor beam.<p>In the …

Unless Stopped, FBI's Mass Hacking Could Be Legalized December 1

Earlier this year, the Judicial Conference (the national policy-making body for the federal courts) approved changes to “Rule 41” that would allow …

New attack reportedly lets 1 modest laptop knock big servers offline

“BlackNurse” could turn lone attackers with modest resources into Internet bullies.<p>Researchers said they have discovered a simple way lone attackers …

Apple, Google Back Microsoft Over ‘Sneak-and-Peek’ Searches

Apple Inc., Google and Amazon.com Inc. were among the tech leaders that rallied behind Microsoft Corp. in its battle to stop the U.S. government from …

The tiny bits of code that can wreck computers

Some dangerous bits of code come in surprisingly small sizes. But just a few bytes can be enough to wreck computers and even bring a warship to a standstill.<p>One of the best programming jokes – and there are plenty to choose from – goes like this: Why did the programmer die in the shower? Because …

University of Cambridge

Outside experts ding EPA fracking report’s optimistic conclusions

Panel criticizes EPA's statement that there's no systemic impacts on drinking water.<p>Last year, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released …

Going digital may make analog quantum computer scaleable

Digital quantum network cleans up analog noise, allows quantum computation.<p>There are many different schemes for making quantum computers work (most …

Movie written by algorithm turns out to be hilarious and intense

For Sunspring's exclusive debut on Ars, we talked to the filmmakers about collaborating with an AI.<p>Ars is excited to be hosting this online debut of</i> …

Maps reveal US “hotspots” where crops could fail in the future

Wild bee dieoffs could affect crops that depend on the insects for pollination.<p>In the first-ever study that uses data modeling to track the …

The NSA spied on Congress, too

Just because the United States said it stopped spying on friendly foreign heads of state like Germany's Angela Merkel, doesn't mean that Uncle Sam actually has. Eavesdropping has actually continued and the list of targets included Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> …

Surveillance

Using the new Apple TV to emulate classic game consoles

Just a little effort will transform your Apple TV into a '90s gaming machine.<p>For those of us fortunate enough to have the privilege, late December …

Microsoft may have your encryption key; here’s how to take it back

It doesn't require you to buy a new copy of Windows.<p>As happens from time to time, somebody has spotted a feature in Windows 10 that isn't actually …

Information Systems

Netgear accidentally published this guide showing its customers how to transfer pirated movies

The support guide, which was spotted by TorrentFreak, guides customers through the "Turbo Transfer" feature of Netgear's "Genie" software. It's meant to make it easy to transfer video files between devices.<p>But it seems that Netgear didn't pay attention to the screenshots it uploaded, and so the …

KPCB’s Ted Schlein on cybersecurity: We’ve all been breached

Morgan Stanley. Anthem. GitHub. Ashley Madison. WhatsApp. Experian. The Office of Personnel Management. Dow Jones.<p>All of these organizations revealed hacking incidents in 2015. There have been so many that Dow Jones chief executive William Lewis remarked that “no company is immune” to an …

rsync.net: ZFS Replication to the cloud is finally here—and it’s fast

Even an rsync-lifer admits ZFS replication and rsync.net are making data transfers better.<p>In mid-August, the first commercially available ZFS cloud …

Behold, the catalog of cellphone spying gear the feds don’t want you to see

Leak sheds light on cell-site simulators used by military and intel agencies.<p>A secret catalog of cellphone spying gear has been leaked to The …

Backslash: Anti-surveillance gadgets for protesters

Two designers create a toolkit for tech-savvy protesters.<p>When riot police descended on protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, last year sporting assault …

Managing a 100-percent renewable grid, without batteries

When externalities are accounted for, it's relatively cheap.<p>Stanford researcher Mark Jacobson likes to take current thinking about renewable energy …

Beware of ads that use inaudible sound to link your phone, TV, tablet, and PC

Privacy advocates warn feds about surreptitious cross-device tracking.<p>Privacy advocates are warning federal authorities of a new threat that uses …

These Are Edward Snowden's Favorite Security Tools (That Anyone Can Use)

In a recent interview, Edward Snowden unveiled his top five security tools that he uses all the time to protect his communications and devices …

Everything You Need to Know About the Recently Passed, Privacy-Decimating CISA Bill

Does CISA mean that the government will one day be able to see that you're reading this right now? Maybe!<p>Last Tuesday, the United States Senate passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, or CISA, by a vote of 74-21. The bill, if signed into law by President Obama, will allow companies to …

Surveillance bill will only ban 'strong' encryption

The government doesn't want to ban encryption, but it <i>does</i> want to stop companies using 'strong' encryption it can't break.<p>The Investigatory Powers …

Global Internet freedom continues to weaken: report

Global Internet freedom – a key measure of privacy, access and free speech on the Web – has declined for the fifth year in a row.<p>Government censorship and an increasingly unrelenting crackdown on privacy tools have made it more difficult for Web users to speak freely and retain anonymity online, …

4WD or AWD? Know the Difference

Four-wheel-drive used to be synonymous with<p>mulletsoff-roading in the minds of most consumers. Like many buzz-worthy specs originally developed for …

Evolution Of Intel Graphics: i740 To Iris Pro

From i740 to the Iris Pro family, we look at the evolution of Intel's graphics technology over the last 17 years.

Technology

These Incredible Saltwater Batteries Are Designed To Store Renewable Energy

Now we can clean power even when the sun isn’t shining or the wind isn’t blowing.<p>If we’re going to use renewable power in a big way, we’re going to need better battery storage. Because solar and wind are intermittent sources of energy, they need to be backed up for when they’re not there, because, …

21's $400 computer lets you mine Bitcoin and sell digital goods

If you’ve ever wanted to get into the Bitcoin game for fun and profit, this new $400 gadget could be the best way to do so.<p>21 Inc.’s Bitcoin Computer is a tiny Linux-based box that lets you mine the cryptocurrency and buy and sell digital goods for Bitcoin, either independently or plugged into a PC.<p>…