Here’s how to be the master of your digital domain

Here’s how to be the master of your digital domain

A few months ago I was offered (and have since accepted) a full time offer to work at Facebook in San Francisco and in that time I have been reflecting on my own usage of social media and the amount of value it has added to my life. A common trend I’ve been seeing is the urgency to delete…
Hands-on: What’s brand-new in Android Q

Hands-on: What’s brand-new in Android Q

Enlarge / The Android Q logo. It's also a "10," for "Android 10." The Android Q beta is now live, and after playing "spot the differences," we're here to report our findings. For this first preview release, Android Q is mostly a lot of small tweaks for users and new APIs for developers. A lot…
Area is being branded as a high-end item for the ultra-rich

Area is being branded as a high-end item for the ultra-rich

What does it mean to be nostalgic for outer space? Outer space supposedly summons images of the future and the beyond, hence its blatantly colonial fantasy nickname — the final frontier. Yet proposed travel to outer space these days is a backward-looking endeavor. The angel of history has become an astronaut. In 2018, Donald Trump’s proposals for a U.S.…
What can psychopaths teach us about AI?

What can psychopaths teach us about AI?

What happens when machines learn to manipulate us by faking our emotions? Judging by the rate at which researchers are developing human-like AI agents, we’re about to find out. Researchers around the world are trying to create more human-like AI. By definition, they’re developing artificial psychopaths. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing – there’s nothing…
Any Steam video game can now utilize Valve’s low-latency, DoS-proofed networking

Any Steam video game can now utilize Valve’s low-latency, DoS-proofed networking

Valve is opening up its latency-reducing, DoS-protecting network relay infrastructure to every developer using its Steamworks platform. A few years ago, large-scale denial-of-service attacks against game servers were making the news and becoming a frustratingly frequent occurrence in online gaming and e-sports. To protect its own games, Valve has for a number of years been…
The Ars Technica System Guide, Winter Season 2019: The one about the servers

The Ars Technica System Guide, Winter Season 2019: The one about...

Aurich Lawson In the last Ars System Guide roughly one year ago, we took a slight detour from our long-running series. Rather than recommending the latest components focused on a particular niche like gaming or home entertainment PCs, we broadened our scope and focused on ideology rather than instruction and outlined what to look for when…
It appears like Windows 10 House can now postpone updates for 35 days

It appears like Windows 10 House can now postpone updates for...

Enlarge / Not every Windows 10 user appreciates being a guinea pig for Windows updates. The next Windows 10 feature update, version 1903, looks like it's going to give Windows 10 Home users a little more flexibility about when they install updates. All versions of Windows 10 allow for updates to be deferred, waiting a…
Report: ICE database tracks almost 60% of United States population without a warrant

Report: ICE database tracks almost 60% of United States population without...

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) today revealed US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) allegedly circumvented state laws and federal privacy guidelines when it purchased access to a commercial database for the purpose of conducting mass surveillance. Documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by the ACLU of Northern California indicate that…
Firefox Send out lets you send out files approximately 2.5 GB with time and download limitations

Firefox Send out lets you send out files approximately 2.5 GB...

When you first visit the site, you get this simple interface. Samuel Axon After you click the "Select files to upload button," you pick the file you want to send from your local machine. Samuel Axon From here, you can set the time limit, download limit, and password. Samuel Axon The file uploads with a…
Windows 10 will instantly eliminate updates, motorists that break booting

Windows 10 will instantly eliminate updates, motorists that break booting

Enlarge / Genuinely the worst. Windows appears to be getting a little smarter about updates that go wrong. A newly published support page (spotted by Windows Latest) describes what the operating system does when a recent update causes a boot failure. First, Windows will uninstall the update and revert to a configuration that should work…
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