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Posts from January, 2016

Subaru skips the Super Bowl, brings back the driving dogs

Jan 31

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Subaru will once again skip advertising during the Super Bowl, but it will have a huge presence at the Puppy Bowl with five new ads. They show the automotive adventures of a canine family.

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Subaru skips the Super Bowl, brings back the driving dogs originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 30 Jan 2016 19:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Pope Francis’ Fiat 500L just sold for $82,000

Jan 31

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A Fiat 500L Pope Francis used during his recent visit to the United States sold for $82,000 at auction. That’s four times the MSRP of a base 500L.

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Pope Francis’ Fiat 500L just sold for $82,000 originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 30 Jan 2016 16:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Top Gun in Iran? Don’t be scared of the Islamic Republic’s F-14s

Jan 31

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You may have seen videos of Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force F-14 Tomcat fighters escorting Russian aircraft across Iranian airspace to Syria. Here’s why you shouldn’t be alarmed.

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Top Gun in Iran? Don’t be scared of the Islamic Republic’s F-14s originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 30 Jan 2016 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Lyft will pay $12.25 million to settle drivers’ lawsuit in CA

Jan 31

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A class-action lawsuit against Lyft in California has ended with a $12.5 million settlement, but app-using drivers won’t be classified as employees.

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Lyft will pay $12.25 million to settle drivers’ lawsuit in CA originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 30 Jan 2016 14:03:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Unboxing Chrysler’s ridiculous Pacifica board game/media kit

Jan 31

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Some automakers hand out brochures or USB sticks as media kits. Chrysler chose to stick those items in a board game for the debut of its new minivan.

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Unboxing Chrysler’s ridiculous Pacifica board game/media kit originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 30 Jan 2016 12:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Elon Musk now owns 1/5th of Tesla Motors

Jan 31

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After the market closed Friday, Tesla announced that CEO Elon Musk exercised and held 532,000 stock options. He now owns 22% of the company.

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Elon Musk now owns 1/5th of Tesla Motors originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 30 Jan 2016 08:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Linux Kernel 2.6.32 LTS Reaches End of Life In February 2016

Jan 31

An anonymous reader writes: The oldest long-term supported Linux kernel branch finally reaches end of life next month, but before going into the deepest darkest corners of the Internet, it just dropped one more maintenance release, Linux kernel 2.6.32.70 LTS. Willy Tarreau dropped the news about the release of Linux kernel 2.6.32.70 LTS on January 29, 2016, informing all us that this will most likely be the last maintenance release in the series, as starting with February 2016 it will no longer be supported with security patches and bugfixes. Linux 2.6 first came out in December, 2003, and 2.6.16 (the first long-term release) in March 2006.


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Asus ZenBook UX305CA Shows What Skylake Core M Is Capable Of

Jan 31

MojoKid writes: ASUS recently revamped their ZenBook UX305 family of ultralight notebooks with Intel’s 6th generation Skylake Core m series, which brings with it not only improved graphics performance but also native support for PCI Express NVMe M.2 Solid State Drives. The platform is turning out to be fairly strong for this category of notebooks and the low cost ZenBook ($699 as tested) is a good example of what a Skylake Core M is capable of in a balanced configuration. Tested here, the machine is configured with a 256GB M.2 SSD, 8GB of RAM and a 2.2GHz Core m3-6Y30 dual-core CPU. Along with a 13.3-inch 1080p FHD display and 802.11ac wireless connectivity, the ZenBook UX305 is setup nicely and it puts up solid performance numbers in both standard compute tasks and graphics. It also offers some of the best battery life numbers in an ultralight yet, lasting over 10 hours on a charge in real world connected web testing.


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Air Force Firewall Now Designated a Weapons System

Jan 31

An anonymous reader writes with a report from the Colorado Springs Gazette that the U.S. Air Force Space Command has declared its first cyber “weapons system” operational. The weapon, deemed fully operational this month, is basically a big firewall designed to protect the Air Force’s internal 1 million-user network from hackers. It will be a hot topic at the Rocky Mountain Cyber Symposium, which is expected to draw hundreds of computer experts to The Broadmoor for a four-day confab starting Monday.”

More from the article about why a firewall would be called a weapon: The biggest reason for the weaponization push is financial: When it comes to budget battles, weapons, even those with a keyboard and a mouse, get cash from Congress. “Designating something as a weapons system really does help us justify our funding,” Col. Pamela Wooley, who commands the Alabama-based 26th Cyberspace Operations Group, which includes the new weapon.


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ACLU Sues Anaheim Police For Public Records On Cell Phone Surveillance

Jan 31

New submitter Lacey Waymire writes: The ACLU of Northern California is suing for a release of public records regarding Anaheim police’s use of cell phone surveillance devices. “We don’t think any surveillance devices, particularly these sorts of invasive cell phone surveillance devices, should ever be acquired or used without intense public debate and the adoption of safeguards to ensure they are only used in ways that follow our Constitution and laws,” attorney Matt Cagle said. (See this Boing Boing posting with a bit more on “the happiest surveillance state on earth.”)


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