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SpaceX will shut down its rocket mid-flight to test Dragon’s escape system

Enlarge / The Crew Dragon spacecraft sits atop a Falcon 9 rocket, with the crew access arm extended. (credit: SpaceX) Officials from NASA and SpaceX said final preparations were underway for a critical flight test of Crew Dragon’s launch escape system on Saturday morning from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The four-hour launch window opens …

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New Star Wars movie to be made by Thor: Ragnarok director?

Enlarge (credit: Aurich Mandalorian Ragnarok) Over the past few years, New Zealand’s Taika Waititi has become one of our favorite directors here at Ars. And with good reason—his back catalogue of feature films includes Eagle vs Shark, Boy, What We Do in the Shadows, Thor: Ragnarok, and last year’s controversial-but-excellent, Oscar-nominated Jojo Rabbit. And soon, …

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Game dev union leader: “Dream job” passion “can open us up to exploitation”

Enlarge / The logo for the newly formed Campaign to Organize Digital Employees. It’s been almost two years now since the launch of Game Workers Unite (GWU), the most concerted effort yet to bring game developers to fight for better working conditions industry-wide. In the years since, we’ve seen a few stuttering steps toward collective …

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Report: Google wants to bring the Steam game store to… Chrome OS?

Enlarge / Pictured: a hotrod gaming device. We have a wild report from Android Police this morning, as the site claims that Google is working to bring official Steam support to Chrome OS. Yes, Valve’s Steam. The gaming platform. On Chromebooks. The story apparently comes from a direct source: Kan Liu, the director of product management …

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WeLeakInfo gets pwned by FBI; Dutch, Irish police arrest alleged breach brokers

Enlarge / The seizure notice for WeLeakInfo even included the site’s logo. Fancy. On Wednesday, police in the Netherlands and Northern Ireland arrested two 22-year-old men believed to be connected to WeLeakInfo, a site offering usernames and passwords from multiple data breaches for sale. At the same time, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in coordination …

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Researchers find serious flaws in WordPress plugins used on 400k sites

Enlarge (credit: Frank Lindecke / Flickr) Serious vulnerabilities have recently come to light in three WordPress plugins that have been installed on a combined 400,000 websites, researchers said. InfiniteWP, WP Time Capsule, and WP Database Reset are all affected. The highest-impact flaw is an authentication bypass vulnerability in the InfiniteWP Client, a plugin installed on …

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Goop’s Netflix series: It’s so much worse than I expected and I can’t unsee it

the goop lab‘s third episode in which Gwyneth Paltrow admits she doesn’t know the difference between a vagina and a vulva. She’s making a hand gesture to say what she thought the “vagina” was.”> Enlarge / This is the exact moment in the goop lab‘s third episode in which Gwyneth Paltrow admits she doesn’t know …

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Performance-oriented “Pro” mode for Macs found in latest macOS beta

The 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro. [credit: Samuel Axon ] Mac users have discovered evidence of a new feature coming to a future release of macOS called “Pro Mode.” This feature would temporarily remove restrictions imposed to keep Macs running coolly and quietly in order to boost short-term performance for demanding tasks common in professional workflows. …

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