Ride-Hail Companies Are Making Life Harder for Scooters

Ride-Hail Companies Are Making Life Harder for Scooters

Allowing state agencies to make the calls on ride-hail “unempowered cities,” says Marla Westervelt, a transportation policy analyst who worked at both LA Metro and the scooter-share company Bird.

I Bricked My Computer With a BIOS Update. But There's Hope!

I Bricked My Computer With a BIOS Update. But There's Hope!

When I pressed the soft glowing plastic power button, the lights on the case fluttered to life.I had never performed either of the viable remaining options; a power button menu update or recovery by security jumper.

Going Solar: My Year-Long Quest to Get Off the Grid

Going Solar: My Year-Long Quest to Get Off the Grid

PG&E later said that this year’s blackouts will be “smarter, smaller, and shorter.” So far, that’s been true, though about 87,000 people had their power cut in September, and 100,000 were shut down in October.Most homeowners installing solar or battery power won’t ever need to talk to the manufacturer of the hardware.

Everything You Need to Know About Energy

Everything You Need to Know About Energy

The object at this solar focal point will then get extremely hot, and you can use that hot thing to heat up water to produce steam and then turn an electric turbine.In fact it's mostly like the electrical energy from fossil fuels.

How 30 Lines of Code Blew Up a 27-Ton Generator

How 30 Lines of Code Blew Up a 27-Ton Generator

And when one cybersecurity researcher named Mike Assante dug into the details of that attack, he recognized a grid-hacking idea invented not by Russian hackers, but by the United State government, and tested a decade earlier.

Does the House Antitrust Report Mean That Tech Is Evil?

Does the House Antitrust Report Mean That Tech Is Evil?

Maybe it wasn’t the corrupting nature of tech that made these companies break bad, but the fact that their dizzying growth drew them into the power trip that characterizes the unrestrained, Hobbesian way we do business in America.

What Are Ebike 'Classes' and What Do They Mean?

What Are Ebike 'Classes' and What Do They Mean?

Photograph: PropellaClass 1 ebikes are limited to a top speed of 20 miles per hour, and the electric motor works only when the rider is pedaling.

Taiwan’s Digital Minister Knows How to Crush Covid-19: Trust

Taiwan’s Digital Minister Knows How to Crush Covid-19: Trust

It helped that back in December, while the coronavirus was just starting to spread inside the Chinese city of Wuhan and the World Health Organization was still months away from declaring a global pandemic, the Taiwanese government deployed its equivalent of the US Defense Production Act to produce masks for its citizens.

Maria Ressa Says Disinformation Is More Insidious Than We Think

Maria Ressa Says Disinformation Is More Insidious Than We Think

Maria Ressa, CEO and executive editor of Rappler, an investigative news website in the Philippines, says we talk about disinformation all wrong.Ressa repeatedly warned Facebook of the threat to press freedoms and democratic institutions just as Russian campaigns were working to destabilize the 2016 US presidential campaign.

The Progressive Case for a TikTok Sale

The Progressive Case for a TikTok Sale

The first, long championed by China, is net nationalism, which makes the State the predominant authority over all things internet, and at bottom sees the network as nothing more than an instrument of state power.

There's No Better Time to Be an Amateur Radio Geek

There's No Better Time to Be an Amateur Radio Geek

One license covers an entire family, though operators must be over 18.FRS and GMRS are both walkie-talkies, but GMRS radios have the potential for increased range and clarity due to better antennas, higher transmit power, and access to repeaters.

Are Radioactive Diamond Batteries a Cure for Nuclear Waste?

Are Radioactive Diamond Batteries a Cure for Nuclear Waste?

To power something that energy hungry, he says, means “the mass of the battery would be significantly greater than the mass of the vehicle.” Instead, the company is looking at applications where it is either impossible or impractical to regularly change a battery, such as sensors in remote or hazardous locations at nuclear waste repositories or on satellites.

Steely Eyes, Tragic Ends: The Bromantic Theory of History

Steely Eyes, Tragic Ends: The Bromantic Theory of History

In Man to Man, his memoir about having prostate cancer, Korda, who unlike many richies is a deft writer, supplies an exquisitely self-aware account of how he rejected veteran doctors offering data-driven treatments for his disease, and instead turned his gonads over to a he-man surgeon after locking eyes with him in a single meeting.

Project Power Is a Secret Lesson About Science's Dark Side

Project Power Is a Secret Lesson About Science's Dark Side

In Netflix ’s new superhero movie Project Power, the Big Bad is the inventor of a drug called power, which either gives you temporary superpowers or busts your chest open like a dropped water balloon.

Hackers Could Use IoT Botnets to Manipulate Energy Markets

Hackers Could Use IoT Botnets to Manipulate Energy Markets

At the Black Hat security conference on Wednesday, the researchers will present their findings, which suggest that high-wattage IoT botnets—made up of power-guzzling devices like air conditioners, car chargers, and smart thermostats—could be deployed strategically to increase demand at certain times in any of the nine private energy markets around the US.

Trump May Soon Order TikTok’s Sale, as Microsoft Circles

Trump May Soon Order TikTok’s Sale, as Microsoft Circles

Friday, Bloomberg reported that Trump will “sign an order” directing TikTok ’s Chinese owner Bytedance to sell off the service.Bytedance doesn’t deny that it censors its Chinese services in line with government rules, but the company says it operates TikTok, which is not available in China, differently.

For Big Tech, There's No Winning This Round

For Big Tech, There's No Winning This Round

And I’d suggest that steal-the-round strategizing has been crucial, too, for titans like Mark Zuckerberg, Tim Cook, Jeff Bezos, and Sundar Pichai to be judged by the public as victorious, or at least deserving of their enormous power, in the face of angry critics demanding they be taken down.

NASA’s Mars Rover Will Be Powered by US-Made Plutonium

NASA’s Mars Rover Will Be Powered by US-Made Plutonium

Perseverance is only the second Mars rover to use nuclear power as its main source of electrical energy.Starting with Curiosity, which arrived on the Red Planet in 2012, NASA engineers switched to nuclear power as the rover’s main source of energy.

The Age of Mass Surveillance Will Not Last Forever

The Age of Mass Surveillance Will Not Last Forever

Here’s the thing: Although the global response to this violation was furious, producing the largest intelligence scandal of the modern age, mass surveillance itself continues to work today, virtually unimpeded.

Big Tech’s Antitrust Hearing? They’re (Almost) All Guilty

Big Tech’s Antitrust Hearing? They’re (Almost) All Guilty

In the coming days, the House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee will bring the CEOs of Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Apple to Washington and ask them about their anticompetitive business practices.

20 Years Ago, Steve Jobs Built Apple's G4 Cube. It Bombed

20 Years Ago, Steve Jobs Built Apple's G4 Cube. It Bombed

This month marks the 20th anniversary of the Power Mac G4 Cube, which debuted July 19, 2000.It also marks the 19th anniversary of Apple’s announcement that it was putting the Cube on ice.(Jobs hated fans.

Hong Kong's Security Law Puts Big Tech at a Crossroads

Hong Kong's Security Law Puts Big Tech at a Crossroads

Some tech giants like Google and Facebook have already paused accepting requests for data from Hong Kong authorities.After the implementation rules were released, companies including Google, Zoom, Microsoft, and Telegram all said they would temporarily stop accepting requests for user data from the Hong Kong government.

Nuclear ‘Power Balls’ May Make Meltdowns a Thing of the Past

Nuclear ‘Power Balls’ May Make Meltdowns a Thing of the Past

In a conventional nuclear reactor, the main line of defense against a meltdown is the fuel control rod, which power plant operators use to control the fission rate in the core.

Blurring Faces Is Anti-Journalistic and Anti-Human

Blurring Faces Is Anti-Journalistic and Anti-Human

The photo, from a photographer I follow in New York City, had a bar across the eyes of a protester, blurring his facial features.

The Debate Over Burning Dead Trees to Create Biomass Energy

The Debate Over Burning Dead Trees to Create Biomass Energy

Along with thinning trees in overcrowded forests, Kusel says, biomass projects help rebuild rural communities by creating jobs, all while preventing the massive carbon emissions released in wildfires.Kusel’s projects utilize dead, diseased, and burned trees, along with the small-diameter green trees that he says overcrowd forests and contribute to fire danger.

The Best Gear to Learn Music Like a Pro

The Best Gear to Learn Music Like a Pro

Regardless of why you pick up an instrument—or what instrument you pick—my two decades holding drum sticks has taught me one thing: Learning to play music will do you good.Otherwise, here's a list of our favorite affordable instruments to get started with music.

What Is a Side Channel Attack?

What Is a Side Channel Attack?

Side channel attacks take advantage of patterns in the information exhaust that computers constantly give off: the electric emissions from a computer's monitor or hard drive , for instance, that emanate slightly differently depending on what information is crossing the screen or being read by the drive's magnetic head.

A Legion of Bugs Puts Hundreds of Millions of IoT Devices at Risk

A Legion of Bugs Puts Hundreds of Millions of IoT Devices at Risk

Israeli security firm JSOF revealed on Tuesday a collection of vulnerabilities it's calling Ripple20, a total of 19 hackable bugs it has identified in code sold by a little known Ohio-based software company called Treck, a provider of software used in internet-of-things devices.

India Is Using More Solar Energy—but It Carries a Lead Risk

India Is Using More Solar Energy—but It Carries a Lead Risk

At the 2018 United Nations climate meeting in Poland, the European Union and the Indian-led International Solar Alliance (ISA) signed a joint declaration that climate change activists say could help India meet its renewable energy target by 2022.

Inside the NSA’s Secret Tool for Mapping Your Social Network

Inside the NSA’s Secret Tool for Mapping Your Social Network

One of those documents, the first to be made public in June 2013, revealed that the NSA was tracking billions of telephone calls made by Americans inside the US.