The 20 Best Books of a Decade That Unmade Genre Fiction

The 20 Best Books of a Decade That Unmade Genre Fiction

Note the Le Guin-like way that sensory repetition pulls us through, a progression from sights to smells to sounds. It’s descriptive writing of uncommon loveliness and liveliness, whatever the genre. Then, the reveal: The perfection is predicated on pain. Not a lone tortured child, in this case, but something far more unexpected. Anyone who indulges […]

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5 Trends Reshaping Folding Cartons

5 Trends Reshaping Folding Cartons

The worldwide demand for folding cartons is increasing, and with this increase comes the need for further innovation within the industry. Market demands are driving technological advances in folding cartons, reshaping the market to fit new trends. Consumer preferences are always evolving. Expectations have changed. Here are five trends reshaping the folding carton industry. New […]

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Not so IDLE hands: FBI program offers companies data protection via deception

Enlarge / The FBI’s IDLE program uses “obfuscated” data to hide real data from hackers and insider threats, making data theft harder and giving security teams a tool to spot illicit access. Getty Images The Federal Bureau of Investigations is in many ways on the front lines of the fight against both cybercrime and cyber-espionage […]

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The Year Humanity Declared War on Microplastics

Amid increasingly dire reports on climate change and political upheaval, this year a new menace came to dominate the news cycle: microplastic pollution. Scientists revealed that it’s blowing in the air and swirling in the seas and tainting our food and water, with as yet unknown effects on human health. Microplastic pollution isn’t particularly new […]

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Deep Learning breakthrough made by Rice University scientists

Deep Learning breakthrough made by Rice University scientists

In an earlier deep learning article, we talked about how inference workloads—the use of already-trained neural networks to analyze data—can run on fairly cheap hardware, but running the training workload that the neural network “learns” on is orders of magnitude more expensive. In particular, the more potential inputs you have to an algorithm, the more […]

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Fox News Is Now a Threat to National Security

Fox News Is Now a Threat to National Security

Fox’s clear willingness to parry the wingnuttiest ideas in service of the president, long-term implications to the United States be damned, should worry all concerned about the state of the United States. The Ukraine myth is hardly the only example; for years, it has repeated false conspiracies about the murder of Democratic staffer Seth Rich, […]

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Newly discovered Mac malware uses “fileless” technique to remain stealthy

Newly discovered Mac malware uses “fileless” technique to remain stealthy

Hackers believed to be working for the North Korean government have upped their game with a recently discovered Mac trojan that uses in-memory execution to remain stealthy. In-memory execution, also known as fileless infection, never writes anything to a computer hard drive. Instead, it loads malicious code directly into memory and executes it from there. […]

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What Happens When Computers Learn to Read Our Emotions?

Computers are slowly but surely learning to read our emotions. Will this mean a future without privacy, or perhaps a golden age of more compassionate and helpful machines? This edition of the Sleepwalkers podcast looks at AI’s growing power to “read” us—and investigates the sinister and the positive uses of the technology. Poppy Crum, chief […]

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Half an operating system: The triumph and tragedy of OS/2

Half an operating system: The triumph and tragedy of OS/2

Update: It’s the day after Thanksgiving in the US, meaning most Ars staffers are on the lookout for deals rather than potential stories. With folks off for the holiday, we’re resurfacing this consumer tech classic from the archives—a look at why we’re not all trying to buy an IBM PS/10 today and updating to OS/12, […]

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