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Comment Of The Day: Wholesome Edition

No, those aren’t weed brownies, you addict. They are brownies of happiness and wholesomeness. Much like today’s COTD.

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Credit card companies unite for a checkout button to take on PayPal

Even if you don't use PayPal to send money to friends, there's a good chance you've reached for their checkout button in online stores, which is tied to all of your payment information. It's simply easier than getting up and finding your wallet. Now,…

Amazon is keeping select Star Wars and Marvel discs as Prime exclusives

For Star Wars and Marvel fans who still prefer DVDs and Blu-Rays over digital, you might not be able to shop at Amazon for your physical media needs. Unless, of course, you're a Prime member. That's because the online giant has made a number of recen…

Tesla Contract Workers Pressured To Accept Debit Card For Pay Instead Of Check: Lawsuit

Tesla failed to pay contract workers at its California assembly plant all required overtime wages, while also making them work without taking a legally mandated break, according to a new lawsuit filed in California state court. The employees were faced “pressure” from a temp agency that hires workers at the factory to…

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Capcom reminds us why “games-as-a-service” suck, announces end of Puzzle Fighter

Enlarge / RIP Puzzle Fighter, 2017-2018. (credit: Capcom)

The games-as-a-service graveyard grew one larger this week, as Capcom’s Puzzle Fighter reboot received an official “sunset” announcement on Friday. The iOS and Android port of the ’90s puzzle series will have its in-game store shut down on Monday, April 23, and its servers will follow suit on July 31—meaning the game will have been playable for only eight months after its late-November launch.

That’s because the new, free-to-play Puzzle Fighter includes an always-online requirement so that players can be subjected to the timers and loot-box systems applied to both its single-player and multiplayer modes. Capcom’s announcement did not in any way hint to a patch that would let the game work in a wholly offline mode, nor did it hint to any open-sourcing of its content so that dedicated players could, say, prop the game’s bones up via DIY servers.

Friday’s announcement also didn’t reference the fact that this game’s reboot recently received PEGI ratings (Europe’s equivalent of the ESRB) for PC and consoles. And the language here doesn’t give us much hope for a non-mobile port of the Columns-like, match-gems puzzle update. Instead, the post blames the mobile version’s cancellation on Capcom Vancouver “dedicating its focus to our flagship Dead Rising franchise.”

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Jaguar Might Be Doing Away With Its Supercharged V6 Models; Everything Is Bad; There Is No God

Guys, I need help. I heard something highly distressing today about how Jaguar might do away with its lovely, incredible, perfect supercharged V6 engines. I don’t think my heart could take it if it did.

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Football drama ‘Friday Night Lights’ starts streaming on Hulu

The good news for fans of Friday Night Lights, the highly acclaimed TV show about a high school football team in Texas, just keep on coming. Only a couple of weeks after Amazon announced that the series would be streaming on its video service, Hulu i…

“Drupalgeddon2” touches off arms race to mass-exploit powerful Web servers

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Attackers are mass-exploiting a recently fixed vulnerability in the Drupal content management system that allows them to take complete control of powerful website servers, researchers from multiple security companies are warning.

At least three different attack groups are exploiting “Drupalgeddon2,” the name given to an extremely critical vulnerability Drupal maintainers patched in late March, researchers with Netlab 360 said Friday. Formally indexed as CVE- 2018-7600, Drupalgeddon2 makes it easy for anyone on the Internet to take complete control of vulnerable servers simply by accessing a URL and injecting publicly available exploit code. Exploits allow attackers to run code of their choice without having to have an account of any type on a vulnerable website. The remote-code vulnerability harkens back to a 2014 Drupal vulnerability that also made it easy to commandeer vulnerable servers.

Drupalgeddon2 “is under active attack, and every Drupal site behind our network is being probed constantly from multiple IP addresses,” Daniel Cid, CTO and founder of security firm Sucuri, told Ars. “Anyone that has not patched is hacked already at this point. Since the first public exploit was released, we are seeing this arms race between the criminals as they all try to hack as many sites as they can.”

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Tesla: Workplace safety, unions and the color yellow

Tesla's troubles with media reports on working conditions and union organizing took a hard right turn on Monday. In response to Reveal's report on Tesla's workplace safety, the auto manufacturer accused the Pulitzer-finalist of being "an extremist or…

Watch The Porsche 911 GT3 RS Go Around Nürburgring In Under Seven Minutes

The 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 RS gets 520 horsepower from its naturally-aspirated flat six, which is a glorious thing. It’s no surprise that it’s also a track monster, completing the 12.9-mile Nürburgring in a blazing 6:56.4.

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