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I Just Came Home to a Junkyard

How did my house devolve to this level? This is the question I asked myself last night after returning from a five week stay in Germany to a suburban Michigan home that has become, essentially, a junkyard. Just look at this place!

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Twitter bans 18 more InfoWars-related accounts

Twitter banned 18 more Twitter accounts related to Alex Jones and his InfoWars media outlet on Monday. The accounts were sharing content from the organization, and Twitter told CNN it permanently suspended them following a number of "violations and w…

Ars on your lunch break: Losing my drone religion

Chris Anderson (left) doing drone stuff.

Enlarge / Chris Anderson (left) doing drone stuff. (credit: Chris Anderson & 3D Robotics / WikiMedia Commons)

This week, we’re serializing another episode of the After On Podcast here on Ars. Our guest was the editor-in-chief of Wired magazine for twelve years—until he did something quite unusual for an editor and started a high-profile, venture-backed startup. Specifically, 3D Robotics—which played a genuinely historic role in the rise of consumer drones (if a phenomenon that young gets to have historic players).

Chris Anderson doesn’t have the background you might expect from someone with his résumé. For one thing, he dropped or failed out of multiple schools when he was young. For another, he played bass for R.E.M. (and there’s something of a twist to this fact—but you’ll need to hear to our conversation to find out what it is). We’ll be running this interview in three installments this week. You can access today’s installment via our embedded audio player, or by reading the accompanying transcript (both of which are below).

Today, Anderson and I open by talking about his path from being a bohemian layabout to studying computational Physics at Berkeley, and finally to the pinnacle of the magazine world. We then discuss how a weekend LEGO Mindstorm project with his kids led him cobble together a very early consumer-class drone. Doing this led him to discover the emerging realm of homebrew drone makers. Their online community fascinated him, and he soon became a leader within it.

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Jaguar Finally Confirms the 2019 I-Pace Has a Range of 234 Miles

The 2019 Jaguar I-Pace has generated plenty of buzz, with the automaker expecting it to produce 240 miles of range on a single charge. The official result, per multiple reports, is that Jaguar landed a few miles shy of that target, clocking in at 234 total.

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Bethesda softens ground for “spectacular issues” with Fallout 76 launch

Bethesda Softworks has a bit of a reputation for epic-scale worlds that are chock full of spectacular glitches—we noted that Fallout: New Vegas was “buggy as hell” way back in 2010, for instance. With the impending launch of the online-only Fallout 76, including a private beta test starting today, Bethesda seems to be leaning into this image a bit.

In a Twitter post yesterday evening, Bethesda seemed to be explicitly lowering expectations with a warning that “all new spectacular issues” will surely pop up come opening day:

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Drake is now co-owner of an esports brand

Drake's commitment to gaming is going well beyond the occasional star-studded Twitch stream. As part of an investment round, the Canadian rap giant (along with entertainment mogul Scooter Braun) now has co-ownership of 100 Thieves, a "lifestyle, app…

Ford Says American Steel Is Now the Most Expensive in the World Thanks to Trump

Expensive trade wars, who the shorts REALLY want to win, and burning BMWs. This is the Morning Shift for October 23, 2018.

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Zero Motorcycles’ 2019 line-up boasts more power and longer range

Zero Motorcycles has made a name for itself by producing electric bikes that appeal to motorcycle enthusiasts as well as alternative fuel fans. Its bikes have been a hit with thrill seekers and commuters alike, and its newly-announced 2019 line-up ma…

Russian trolls get DM from US Cyber Command: We know who you are. Stop it

Cyber airmen cybering in the cyberspace.

Enlarge / Cyber airmen cybering in the cyberspace. (credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

The US Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) is engaging in a campaign to deter further disinformation operations by Russian operatives—individuals like those employed through Russian companies as part of the “Project Lakhta” program described in last week’s Justice Department indictment of Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova—by letting them know that they are being watched. According to a report from the New York Times’ Julian E. Barnes, USCYBERCOM has directed operations to identify, track, and directly message individuals involved in disinformation campaigns associated with the upcoming midterm elections.

The Cyber Command operation, described by unnamed senior military officials, is limited in scope and does not involve directly threatening Russian operatives. The measured steps are meant to avoid an escalation of operations by Russia to more serious computer-based attacks on US information systems and infrastructure.

The operation reflects a more aggressive stance outlined in President Trump’s recent executive order on national cyber strategy, which called for building a stronger deterrent. The new policy was accompanied by a loosening of Obama administration limits on use of offensive “cyber weapons” and a more “offense-forward” posture in information and network operations.

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Motorola and iFixit sell official DIY phone repair kits

Many tech companies frown on unofficial repairs, but not Motorola — in the right circumstances, it'll encourage you to fix devices yourself. The Lenovo brand has become the first major phone maker to provide parts to iFixit, which now sells officia…