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Tesla AI Day Brings Optimus Robot, Self-Driving Car Updates: Here's How to Watch - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-09-23 14:49
Tesla is hiring engineers to build a walking, talking robot called Optimus. Expect Elon Musk to update us on steps toward self-driving cars, too.

Amazon Emails Staff With News It Miscalculated Their Compensation

SlashDot - Fri, 2022-09-23 14:40
Corporate employees at Amazon got emails about promotions and raises. Then they got emails saying the raises weren't quite what they thought. From a report: A one-time bonus that was part of their compensation package had been miscalculated due to a software error and would be lower than what they had been told, according to an email sent on Thursday and viewed by Insider. The bonuses had initially been calculated using older, higher stock prices, according to Insider, and about 40% of promoted employees this quarter were affected by the error. "We identified and immediately corrected an issue with some newly promoted employees' compensation communications," an Amazon spokesperson told Fortune. We are working with employees to ensure they understand their updated compensation." Compensation has been a major issue across the tech sector this year as a strong labor market heats up competition for workers. Earlier this year, Amazon announced its plan to double its maximum base salary to $350,000 to attract talent, something that workers at Google cited after the company's annual internal survey revealed their dissatisfaction with pay.

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UK Police Arrest Alleged 'GTA VI' Hacker

SlashDot - Fri, 2022-09-23 14:02
Police in the UK have arrested a 17-year-old suspected hacker. Reports suggest the arrest is connected to the Rockstar Games hack that led to a major Grand Theft Auto VI leak. The individual may have been involved with an intrusion on Uber as well. From a report: According to journalist Matthew Keys' sources, the arrest is the result of an investigation involving the City of London Police, the UK's National Cyber Crime Unit and the FBI. Keys noted that the police and/or the FBI will reveal more details about the arrest later today. The City of London Police told Engadget it had "no further information to share at this stage." The GTA VI leak is unquestionably one of the biggest in video game history. Last weekend, the hacker shared a trove of footage from a test build of the game, which is one of the most hotly anticipated titles around. Rockstar, which tends to keep a tight lid on its development process, confirmed on Monday that the leak was legitimate. It said the incident won't impact work on the game and that it will "properly introduce" fans to the next title in the blockbuster series once it's ready.

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'Moore's Law Is Dead,' Says Nvidia CEO

SlashDot - Fri, 2022-09-23 14:00
Nvidia Chief Executive Jensen Huang's remarks about Moore's Law from earlier this week: "Moore's Law's dead," Huang said, referring to the standard that the number of transistors on a chip doubles every two years. "And the ability for Moore's Law to deliver twice the performance at the same cost, or at the same performance, half the cost, every year and a half, is over. It's completely over, and so the idea that a chip is going to go down in cost over time, unfortunately, is a story of the past." He added: "Computing is a not a chip problem, it's a software and chip problem."

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'Moore's Law Is Dead,' Says Nvidia CEO Says

SlashDot - Fri, 2022-09-23 14:00
Nvidia Chief Executive Jensen Huang's remarks about Moore's Law from earlier this week: "Moore's Law's dead," Huang said, referring to the standard that the number of transistors on a chip doubles every two years. "And the ability for Moore's Law to deliver twice the performance at the same cost, or at the same performance, half the cost, every year and a half, is over. It's completely over, and so the idea that a chip is going to go down in cost over time, unfortunately, is a story of the past." He added: "Computing is a not a chip problem, it's a software and chip problem."

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Amazon to Change E-book Return Policy, End Refunds For Quick Readers - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-09-23 13:37
No more reading a whole e-book from Amazon in less than a week and easily getting your money back.

US-China Tensions Fuel Outflow of Chinese Scientists From US Universities

SlashDot - Fri, 2022-09-23 13:30
An increasing number of scientists and engineers of Chinese descent are giving up tenured positions at top-tier American universities to leave for China or elsewhere, in a sign of the U.S.'s fading appeal for a group that has been a driver of innovation. From a report: The trend, driven in part by what many of the scholars describe as an increasingly hostile political and racial environment, has caused the Biden administration to work with scholars of Chinese descent to address concerns. More than 1,400 U.S.-trained Chinese scientists dropped their U.S. academic or corporate affiliation for a Chinese one in 2021, a 22% jump from the previous year, according to data gathered by researchers from Princeton University, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The data, to be published by the advocacy group Asian American Scholar Forum on Friday, is based on changes to the addresses listed under authors' names in academic journals. Chinese scientists trained in the U.S. have returned to China in increasing numbers over the past two decades as the country has grown more affluent and gained stature as a center of scientific research. In the past decade, China has tried to recruit top researchers through talent programs, but historically the majority elected to stay in the U.S. Departures from the U.S. rose sharply starting in 2020, however, when the Covid-19 pandemic coincided with an increase in criminal cases filed against academics under the China Initiative, a Trump-era Justice Department program intended to counter national security threats from China. President Biden's Justice Department said it would stop pursuing new cases under the China Initiative in February, following a series of failed prosecutions and complaints of racial profiling, but some scientists of Chinese descent said they still feel as though suspicions are being directed toward them and fear that will continue as long as relations between the U.S. and China remain tense.

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Pentagon Launches Effort To Assess Crypto's Threat To National Security

SlashDot - Fri, 2022-09-23 13:16
The military's innovation office is launching a sweeping review of cryptocurrencies to assess threats to national security and law enforcement posed by the rise of digital assets, the Washington Post reported Friday. From the report: The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency -- better known as DARPA, the office that developed the earliest technology undergirding the internet -- has hired crypto intelligence firm Inca Digital to conduct the year-long project. The company will develop tools that give the Pentagon a granular view of crypto markets' inner workings, in part to help authorities crack down on illicit uses of digital assets. "The program underway here involves mapping out the cryptocurrency universe in some detail," Mark Flood, a program manager with the agency, said in an interview with The Washington Post. Beyond fighting illicit finance, the office aims to use the data for insights into dynamics shaping traditional financial markets, where detailed information is harder to gather. The deal is the latest evidence that federal agencies are ramping up efforts to thwart rogue regimes, terrorists and other criminal actors using crypto to fund their operations.

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Best Chromebook for 2022: 8 Chromebooks Starting at Under $300 - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-09-23 13:12
Experience the best of Google's ChromeOS, whether it's for work, school or play.

Apple TV Plus Baseball: How to Watch, Stream Red Sox vs. Yankees, Cardinals vs. Dodgers on Friday - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-09-23 12:44
Between Aaron Judge and Albert Pujols Friday night could bring some historic baseball to Apple TV Plus.

Best Amazon Deals: Beats Fit Pro Headphones, Echo Show and More - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-09-23 12:39
There are thousands of Amazon deals available daily. We identify the ones worth your time (and money).

NASA Juno Spacecraft Set to Swoop Crazy Close to Jupiter Moon Europa - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-09-23 12:30
Get pumped for knockout pictures of Jupiter's intriguing moon, which scientists consider a top candidate for hosting alien life in our solar system.

Ravens vs. Patriots Livestream: How to Watch NFL Week 3 From Anywhere in the US - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-09-23 12:18
Looking to watch the Baltimore Ravens take on the New England Patriots? Here's everything you need to watch Sunday's 1 p.m. ET game that airs on Fox.

Volkswagen Gen Travel Concept Will Help You Sleep on the Go - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-09-23 12:14
Volkswagen's rad-looking autonomous concept car has a reconfigurable interior where seats become beds.

10 Great Gourmet Gift Baskets for 2022 - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-09-23 12:00
Give something you know they can sink their teeth into this holiday season -- tasty treats to satisfy every appetite.

CFTC Files Lawsuit Against Decentralized Autonomous Organization

SlashDot - Fri, 2022-09-23 12:00
In a first, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has sued a decentralized autonomous organization, including the holders of governance tokens. From a report: The CFTC unveiled late Thursday a $250,000 penalty and settlement with bZeroX, LLC and its founders, Kyle Kistner and Tom Bean. The two oversaw the development of the bZx protocol, a protocol for decentralized lending and other activities. The bZx protocol drew headlines in 2020 after suffering code exploits, resulting in the loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars with of crypto. But the CFTC's action today including the filing of a lawsuit against Ooki DAO, which in 2021 was used to govern the protocol as part of a decentralization effort, could have the broader impact.

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Falcons vs. Seahawks Livestream: How to Watch NFL Week 3 From Anywhere in the US - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-09-23 11:39
Looking to watch the Atlanta Falcons against the Seattle Seahawks? Here's everything you need to watch Sunday's 4:25 p.m. ET game that airs on Fox.

Google CEO Pichai Tells Employees Not To 'Equate Fun With Money' in Heated All-Hands Meeting

SlashDot - Fri, 2022-09-23 11:27
As Google tries to navigate an unfamiliar environment of slowing growth, cost-cutting and employee dissent over cultural changes, CEO Sundar Pichai is finding himself on the defensive. From a report: At a companywide all-hands meeting this week, Pichai was faced with tough questions from employees related to cuts to travel and entertainment budgets, managing productivity, and potential layoffs, according to audio obtained by CNBC. Pichai was asked, in a question that was highly rated by staffers on Google's internal Dory system, why the company is "nickel-and-diming employees" by slashing travel and swag budgets at a time when "Google has record profits and huge cash reserves," as it did coming out of the Covid pandemic. "How do I say it?" Pichai began his measured response. "Look, I hope all of you are reading the news, externally. The fact that you know, we are being a bit more responsible through one of the toughest macroeconomic conditions underway in the past decade, I think it's important that as a company, we pull together to get through moments like this."

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Packers vs. Bucs Livestream: How to Watch NFL Week 3 From Anywhere in the US - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-09-23 11:14
Looking to watch the Green Bay Packers take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers? Here's everything you need to watch Sunday's 4:25 p.m. ET game that airs on Fox.

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