Monthly Archives: September 2018

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Tim Berners-Lee project gives you more control over web data

After incidents like Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal, it'd be understandable if you felt like your data wasn't really under your control. Web pioneer Tim Berners-Lee hopes to put that data back in your hands — he's been collaborating with pe…

Ars vs. bugs round 2: We taste scorpions, meal worms, and ants

Chips and guacamole sprinkled with crickets.

Enlarge / Yes, those are crickets adorning this otherwise standard chips-and-guac. (credit: John Timmer)

Around this time last year, one of our intrepid staff members took on something that’s on the verge of being a culinary trend: eating bugs. In Beth’s case, this involved incorporating cricket-based flour into a traditional muffin recipe. The results were anything but positive.

Still, that was just one implementation of a single type of bug—we hadn’t really given eating them the traditional Ars “thoroughly reviewed” exploration. So, when an opportunity presented itself to try a much larger assortment of insects (and a couple arachnids) prepared in a variety of ways, I quickly signed up.

Why bugs, why now?

Part of the reason is that it isn’t actually “now.” Cultures all over the world have been incorporating insects into their cuisine for ages. Many of us have only become aware of bug-eating as a result of the development of travel-eating as a television genre, popularized by people like Andrew Zimmerman and the late Anthony Bourdain.

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Put Breakfast On Autopilot With the $15 Dash Rapid Egg Cooker

Cooking eggs isn’t exactly rocket science, but I’d say the ability to make soft, medium, and hard boiled eggs, plus omelettes and poached eggs at the touch of a button is worth $15. The Dash is Amazon’s top-selling egg cooker, and carries a truly stellar 4.4 star review average from nearly 7,000 customers, so get it…

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California’s new laws bolster security for connected devices

California just raised the baseline for security in the Internet of Things… to a degree. Governor Jerry Brown has signed very similar Assembly and Senate bills that require hardware makers to include "reasonable" security measures for connected de…

App flaw let anyone access UK Conservative politicians’ data

The UK Conservative party is learning a hard lesson about the importance of basic security measures in mobile apps. Users have discovered that you could log into the party's conference app using only an attendee's email address, providing access to a…

MoviePass test reactivates accounts if users don’t opt out

Former MoviePass subscribers who thought they were able to evade the company's previous attempts at reactivating accounts without consent may want to check their emails. According to various social media posts on Twitter and Reddit, the beleaguered c…

Best Buy inadvertently sold Google’s next-gen Chromecast

Google is still having an absolutely lousy time keeping its October 9th announcements under wraps. Redditor GroveStreetHomie managed to buy the as yet unreleased third-generation Chromecast at a Best Buy that had mistakenly put it out for sale. Ext…

Tesla reportedly met its ambitious quarterly Model 3 production goal

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is having a lousy week, but the company might have something to crow about. A source speaking to Electrek (historically accurate with these rumors) has reported that Tesla met its lofty target of building at least 50,000 Model 3 c…

Musk settles—out as Tesla chairman, owes $20 million in penalties

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Elon Musk reached a settlement today with the Securities and Exchange Commission on a charge of securities fraud. Within the next 45 days, Musk will have to step down as chairman of Tesla and will be ineligible to return to that post for the next three years. However, Musk can continue in his role as the company’s CEO. Additionally, Tesla was charged with “failing to have required disclosure controls and procedures relating to Musk’s tweets”—a matter which it promptly settled.

In August, Musk tweeted that he was taking the car maker private, and had “funding secured” to do so at the price of $420 a share. The result was a significant spike in Tesla’s share price that was then reversed when it turned out that there was no such funding, nor much possibility of taking Tesla private under the circumstances Musk had promised.

The SEC was deluged with comments from investors—both short and long—who lost out as a result of Musk’s tweets. The agency quickly began an investigation into the matter, and proposed a settlement with Musk that he rejected, at which point it sued him for fraud. Had that case gone to trial—a process in which the SEC overwhelmingly wins—the consequences for Musk could have been much greater. The SEC could have barred Musk from serving as an officer or director in any public company.

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FL Studio gets its own dedicated music-making hardware

The favorite DAW (digital audio workstation) of producers like Metro Boomin and Mike Will Made It finally has a piece of hardware to call its own. Ableton got its first dedicated hardware controller way back in 2009. And Pro Tools has had them since….