Information Technology

Watch Dogs review: horribly hacky story, wonderfully hacky gameplay
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I think ctOS is glitching and showing private details about Ars writers… When Watch Dogs was first unveiled nearly two years ago, Ubisoft promised an open-world spy thriller for the Internet age. Instead of merely relying on guns or superpowers like some other open-world protagonists, Aiden Pearce would use his hacking skills to monitor citizens’ […]

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Big data hitting the fan? Nyquist-Shannon TOOL SAMPLE can save you
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Lessons from information theorists brainboxes – in pictures Big Data’s Big 5  You are working on a big data project that collects data from sensors that can be polled every 0.1 of a second.…

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Government gag orders violate free speech, tech giants contend
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Yahoo, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook want clearance to disclose what type of national security information requests they receive.

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Bitcoin miner startup slapped with involuntary bankruptcy petition
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This corporate banner adorns the reception area of HashFast’s downtown San Francisco offices. Cyrus Farivar Just days after HashFast’s CEO told Ars that his company was “as poor as church mice,” a group of five customers has filed an involuntary bankruptcy petition against the Bitcoin miner manufacturer-turned-chipmaker. It’s the first step in an attempt to recover […]

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Sources: Xbox Live to remove Gold requirement for Netflix, Hulu
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Coming soon, according to internal Microsoft sources: two fewer white dots on this promotional card. We can report that multiple sources within Microsoft have been briefed on plans to make a long-awaited change to the Xbox Live Gold paywall for streaming media services. According to our sources, Xbox 360 and Xbox One users will soon no longer […]

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All of the US government's spending will soon be available on one website
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US government spending data can be a pain to track down; while much of it is publicly accessible, it’s scattered across many agencies that have their own ways of presenting information. Soon, though, you won’t have hunt for it at all. The recently…

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People Go Bananas Over MonkeyParking
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 It was inevitable. In a place where you could pay for almost anything to come to you via mobile, to have empty parking spots eventually come to you via mobile. That is the premise behind Italian app MonkeyParking, which allows you to “sell” your parking spot (or rather, the inside information about whether your parking […]

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EMC formalises its Federation
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There’s a logo and everything now For a year or so now EMC has described its core storage business as “EMC II” (for information infrastructure) and positioned the overarching “EMC” brand as applying to a “federation” of companies including VMware, RSA and Pivotal.…

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U.S. Eruption Update for May 1, 2014: New Magma Under St. Helens and Possible Submarine Eruption in the Mariana Islands
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Today I have updates on two volcanoes that are monitored by the US Geological Survey — one you’ve all heard of and one that was a surprise even to me. St. Helens, Washington The Cascades Volcano Observatory released an information statement this week about the current status of activity at the most active volcano in […]

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