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Fired former data scientist Rebekah Jones arrested, tests positive for COVID-19

Enlarge / Florida's handling of the pandemic has been... a mixed bag. This beach was hopping on May 20, around the same time Jones publicly claimed the state fired her for refusing to manipulate Florida's COVID-19 data. (credit: Mike Ehrmann | Getty Images) Florida police have arrested former state data scientist Rebekah Jones, accusing her of breaking...

Trump’s Clean Power Plan replacement gets thrown out by a court

Enlarge / DUNKIRK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2016/10/09: A NRG owned coal fired energy facility that plans to convert to a natural gas facility. (credit: John Greim / Getty Images) Today, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia vacated the Trump administration's attempt to take a minimalist approach to the regulation of carbon dioxide...

Today’s best tech deals: Lots of Switch games, Fire HD tablets, and more

Enlarge (credit: Ars Technica) Today's Dealmaster includes a number of discounts on first-party Nintendo Switch games. While most of the deals don't reach the lowest prices we've ever seen, the likes of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, Super Mario Party, and Super Mario Maker 2 are all down to $40, bringing them each...

Aston Martin’s new SUV is actually extremely good: The 2021 DBX review

This is the $176,900 2021 Aston Martin DBX, the first ever crossover from the storied British brand. [credit: Jonathan Gitlin ] There's no escaping the crossover, even in the poshest of neighborhoods. Everyone knows that the Cayenne saved...

Microsoft invests in $30 billion driverless car company Cruise

Driverless Chevy Bolts are a common sight on the streets of San Francisco, where Cruise is based. (credit: Cruise) Microsoft has invested in Cruise, the General Motors driverless car unit, in a $2 billion funding round that gives the autonomous driving company a $30 billion valuation. Cruise, which was bought by GM for “more than $1 billion” in...

What psychology of mass mobilization can tell us about the Capitol riot

Enlarge / Trump supporters near the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. The rioters stormed the historic building, breaking windows and clashing with police. (Photo by Shay Horse/NurPhoto via Getty Images) It's a dark moment in American history that will not be soon forgotten. On January 6, thousands of supporters of soon-to-be-former...

As Ajit Pai exits FCC, Charter admits defeat on petition to impose data caps

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Andrzej Wojcicki) Charter Communications has withdrawn a petition seeking government permission to impose data caps on broadband users this year. Unlike other ISPs, Charter is subject to the prohibition on data caps and overage fees until May 2023 because of seven-year conditions applied to its 2016 purchase of Time...

iFixit tears down Apple’s $550 AirPods Max headphones

Removing the ear cups is actually not that hard. [credit: iFixit ] As is a custom at this point, online repair kit and tool vendor iFixit tore down one of the latest Apple products and assessed its repairability. In this case, the product...

NASA likely to redo hot-fire test of its Space Launch System core stage

Enlarge / At 4:27pm central time on Saturday, the SLS rocket core stage ignited its four RS-25 engines at NASA's Stennis Space Center. The test was to last up to eight minutes. (credit: Trevor Mahlmann for Ars) Following the unsuccessful completion of a Space Launch System hot-fire test, NASA is likely to conduct a second "Green Run" firing in February....

Ars online IT roundtable Thursday: What’s the future of the data center?

Enlarge If you're in IT, you probably remember the first time you walked into a real data center—not just a server closet, but an actual raised-floor data center, where the door wooshes open in a blast of cold air and noise and you're confronted with rows and rows of racks, monolithic and gray, stuffed full of servers with cooling fans screaming...

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