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They’ve only gone and bloody done it! NASA, SpaceX send two fellas off to the International Space Station

Video NASA has successfully launched two American astronauts aboard an American-made rocket from American soil for the first time in nearly a decade, sending them off toward the International Space Station. Clad in white spacesuits and visors, Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley strapped into SpaceX’s Dragon crew capsule before it blasted off into space on top of a Falcon 9 rocket. Huge orange plumes billowed from the vehicle as…

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Watch SpaceX’s Starship SN4 prototype accidentally self-destruct in a rocket test burn

Video In yet another setback for Elon Musk’s beloved steel spaceship, a SpaceX Starship prototype has exploded on the pad during a rocket test burn. Starship SN4 – designed to ferry astronauts to the Moon and Mars – was undergoing a static engine fire test on Friday when, in scientific terminology, it blew the hell up. Footage of the explosive experiment, captured by news site NASASpaceFlight and embedded below,…

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Remember when Republicans said Dems hacked voting systems to rig Georgia’s election? There were no hacks

On November 4th, 2018, now-Georgia Republican Governor Brian Kemp announced an investigation into his rival Democratic party, accusing the organization of trying to hack the US state’s voter registration system. The accusation, presented without evidence, was greeted skeptically at the time as it came two days before Kemp, then Secretary of State of Georgia, faced voters in a close race with Democrat Stacey Abrams to become the state’s next…

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Twitter, Reddit and pals super unhappy US visa hopefuls have to declare their online handles to Uncle Sam

Twitter, Reddit, and the Internet Association on Thursday filed a legal brief in support of a challenge to the US State Department’s policy of requiring visa applicants to disclose their social media handles and profiles. The State Department policy was introduced in 2017 and was criticized at the time as a deterrent to free speech. An estimated 14.7m people apply for a US visa from abroad each year. Two…

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Western Digital shingled out in lawsuit for allegedly sneaking RAID-unfriendly tech into drives for RAID arrays

A US law firm is seeking owners of certain shingled Western Digital drives to join a class-action suit against the storage slinger, alleging the manufacturer didn’t document its use of shingled magnetic recording (SMR) in kit aimed at RAID arrays. Hattis Law today revealed it is looking for plaintiffs in the US who bought the affected drives to back its case over allegations regarding undocumented shingling in WD Red…

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The top three myths of cloud data protection – busted

Webcast While moving into cloud working environments often meets a fair degree of push-back, the other side of the coin is that businesses believe throwing everything into the cloud makes them suddenly immune to any of the previous, established occupational hazards of networking technology. But alas, it turns out browser-based CRM applications, remote email, mobile apps, and even – shock horror – some sandboxed mobile apps aren’t actually a…

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High-level musical chairs continue at SAP as yet another senior exec departs

The departure could not have come at a worse time for SAP, but Todd McElhatton, veep and chief beancounter for the Cloud Business Group, is the latest person to hang up their hat at the German database giant. Just a week after shareholders vented frustration at the chopping and changing of SAP’s leadership team, it was confirmed that McElhatton is set to join cloud-based subscription management platform Zuora. Zuora…

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Nokia’s reboot of the 5310 is a blissfully dumb phone that will lug some mp3s about just fine

The Nokia 5310 XpressMusic was the primary tormentor of late-2000s commuters*. With a powerful built-in speaker and room for a micro SD card, shellsuit-sporting hoodlums could serenade weary bus-goers with the latest computer-generated noise from the Ministry of Sound. Fond memories, right? Now you can relive them again as HMD Global has just announced the UK pricing and availability of its Nokia 5310 XpressMusic throwback. The Nokia 5310 doesn’t…

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Guess who came thiiis close to signing off a €102k annual budget? Austria. Someone omitted ‘figures in millions’

Austria’s parliament came within moments of slashing its annual spending limit to peanuts after someone omitted the key words “figures in millions” from its national budget bill. Government spending in the mid-European nation came close to being capped at just €102,389.24 (£91,684.44 or $114,106.15 at current rates) until a sharp-eyed MP realised and pointed out the blunder immediately before the final vote to approve the budget. Jan Krainer, of…

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HP’s hoping it’ll be second time lucky with launch of Reverb G2 nerd goggles

HP has given the moribund Windows Mixed Reality market a shot in the arm by opening pre-orders for its long-teased HP Reverb G2 headset. The nerd goggles, built in collaboration with Valve and Microsoft, are a mouthwatering proposition for virtual reality fans, featuring a pair of 2,160 x 2,160 screens (a total of 9.3 million pixels), a 114° field of view and spatial 3D audio. However, we’d have to…

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