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In Franken's wake, three senators call on President Trump to resign

Washington Post - Mon, 2017-12-11 14:30
Sanders, Merkley and Booker ask Trump, who has been dogged by allegations of sexual misconduct, to step down.

FBI director again laments strong encryption in remarks to Congress

Ars - Mon, 2017-12-11 14:25

Enlarge / FBI Director Christopher Wray is sworn in prior to testifying before the House Judiciary Committee December 7, 2017 in Washington, DC. (credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

In recent testimony before Congress, the director of the FBI has again highlighted what the government sees as the problem of easy-to-use, on-by-default, strong encryption.

In prepared remarks from last Thursday, FBI Director Christopher Wray said that encryption presents a "significant challenge to conducting lawful court-ordered access," he said, again using the longstanding government moniker "Going Dark."

The statement was just one portion of his testimony about the agency's priorities for the coming year.

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Christoph Waltz, Directing Opera, Moves From Tarantino to Verdi

NY Times - Mon, 2017-12-11 14:13
The Oscar-winning actor concentrates on subtle acting in his new production of “Falstaff” at Opera Vlaanderen in Belgium.

Ready Player One arrives—abundant references intact—in its first full trailer

Ars - Mon, 2017-12-11 14:12

It's here, folks.

After an initial glimpse at this summer's San Diego Comic-Con, the first full trailer for Ready Player One premiered this weekend. Author Ernest Cline brought the footage to his hometown theater—Austin, Texas' Alamo Drafthouse—and live-streamed it (with a post-roll Q&A) for fans worldwide on the film's Facebook page.

"If Willy Wonka was a game designer instead of a candy maker and held his golden-ticket contest inside the world's greatest video game, that's kind of the essence of what the story is," Cline said.

For those unfamiliar with Cline's best-seller, Ready Player One is the story of a kid growing up in the near future, dreaming of escape from his life in a massive, dystopian trailer park. Our hero Wade Watts only finds real happiness in The OASIS, a massive multiplayer VR world where he can indulge his love for 1980s pop culture. (See flashes of The Iron Giant, Battletoads, Lara Croft, Chun-Li, Overwatch characters, and many, many more.)

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Under Trump, E.P.A. Has Slowed Actions Against Polluters, and Put Limits on Enforcement Officers

NY Times - Mon, 2017-12-11 14:10
An analysis of enforcement data at the E.P.A. shows a substantial drop in activity against polluters when compared with the Obama and Bush administrations.

Golden Globes Briefing: ‘The Shape of Water’ and ‘Big Little Lies’ Lead Golden Globe Nominations

NY Times - Mon, 2017-12-11 14:02
“The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro’s fantasy, led the way with seven nominations, while the newspaper drama “The Post” had six.

Shelby says ‘Alabama deserves better’ than Moore

Washington Post - Mon, 2017-12-11 14:00
Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.) and politicians from both parties on Dec. 10 weighed in on the accusations of sexual misconduct against Roy Moore, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Alabama.

Campaign to Drive Out Migrants Slams Beijing’s Best and Brightest

NY Times - Mon, 2017-12-11 13:59
Tens of thousands of hopeful college graduates moved to the city seeking better jobs and better lives. Now the authorities are telling them to leave.

Video of Starving Polar Bear ‘Rips Your Heart Out of Your Chest’

NY Times - Mon, 2017-12-11 13:59
A team of conservationists documented the plight of an emaciated polar bear in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Now some wonder what can be done to save them.

Net neutrality repeal based on false description of Internet, inventors say

Ars - Mon, 2017-12-11 13:58

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The Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality repeal "is based on a flawed and factually inaccurate understanding of Internet technology," a group of inventors and technologists told members of Congress and the FCC in a letter today.

The letter's 21 signers include Internet Protocol co-inventor Vint Cerf; World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee; Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, public-key cryptography inventors Whitfield Diffie and Martin Hellman; RSA public-key encryption algorithm co-inventor Ronald Rivest; Paul Vixie, who designed several widely used Domain Name System (DNS) protocol extensions and applications; and security expert and professor Susan Landau, who has fought against government attempts to make phone encryption less secure. The letter was also signed by former chief technologists at both the FCC and Federal Trade Commission, David Farber and Steven Bellovin, respectively.

FCC’s “flawed” understanding of Internet

The letter calls for a delay of this Thursday's FCC vote to deregulate broadband service and eliminate net neutrality rules. It says:

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To Test for Climate Disasters: Break, Burn and Throw Stuff

NY Times - Mon, 2017-12-11 13:49
A team of researchers is destroying things — with wind, water and fire — to help insurers manage the increasing risks of extreme weather.

Roy Reed, Times Reporter Who Covered the Civil Rights Era, Dies at 87

NY Times - Mon, 2017-12-11 13:49
Mr. Reed was with Martin Luther King when he was released from jail in Selma, Ala., and with protesters on Bloody Sunday at the Pettus Bridge.

Books of The Times: Adding Up a Prolific Poet’s Charming Weather Reports

NY Times - Mon, 2017-12-11 13:45
“The Complete Poems of A. R. Ammons” showcases, in two very large volumes, the friendly and searching style of a writer who twice won the National Book Award.
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