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Comment Of The Day: Road Trippin’ Edition

Those of us who live in countries with a modern system of roads, have access to an automobile, and benefit from an infrastructure of reliable fueling are truly blessed by the amazingness of the road trip. Grab a friend and bump your streaming limit for the month, because a full library of wicked good songs are at your…

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I Hope Mazda Doesn’t Lose Its Nerve

The fourth-generation Mazda 3 launched this year, gunning, in its top trims, for cars like the Audi A3 and the Mercedes A-Class. It’s very good! Sales have been not so good.

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Why big ISPs aren’t happy about Google’s plans for encrypted DNS

Why big ISPs aren’t happy about Google’s plans for encrypted DNS

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When you visit a new website, your computer probably submits a request to the domain name system (DNS) to translate the domain name (like arstechnica.com) to an IP address. Currently, most DNS queries are unencrypted, which raises privacy and security concerns. Google and Mozilla are trying to address these concerns by adding support in their browsers for sending DNS queries over the encrypted HTTPS protocol.

But major Internet service providers have cried foul. In a September 19 letter to Congress, Big Cable and other telecom industry groups warned that Google’s support for DNS over HTTPS (DOH) “could interfere on a mass scale with critical Internet functions, as well as raise data-competition issues.”

On Sunday, the Wall Street Journal reported that the House Judiciary Committee is taking these concerns seriously. In a September 13 letter, the Judiciary Committee asked Google for details about its DOH plans—including whether Google plans to use data collected via the new protocol for commercial purposes.

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Reddit widens its anti-harassment policies to enable swifter crackdowns

Reddit is toughening its anti-harassment policies, and that's having consequences for parts of its community. The social site's new approach no longer limits harassment to those instances of "continued" or "systematic" activity, and includes any ins…

Woman who sleeps in $500 EMF-blocking sack wants area-wide Wi-Fi limits

Woman who sleeps in $500 EMF-blocking sack wants area-wide Wi-Fi limits

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So there’s a British woman who’s been in the news recently for diagnosing herself with a sensitivity to electromagnetic radiation. She sleeps in a $500 EMF-blocking sack and has reportedly stayed in the sack, from time to time, for 30-hour stretches.

The woman— 70-year-old Rosi Gladwell of Totnes, Devon—helps lead a small advocacy group on the issue of EMF-related health issues, and she even got the mayor of the Spanish village where she now lives to look into ways to limit Wi-Fi access for residents. She fears that the introduction of 5G mobile networks will kill her.

Now seems like a good time to remind readers that there is no evidence to support the idea of “electromagnetic hypersensitivity.” The World Health Organization calls it “idiopathic environmental intolerance with attribution to electromagnetic fields,” or IEI-EMF.

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Hyundai hires a NASA engineer to run its new ‘flying car’ division

Today, Hyundai threw its hat into the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) ring. The company announced that it's working to develop its own flying vehicles. Hyundai appointed Dr. Jaiwon Shin as head of its new UAM division. Most recently, Shin led NASA's Aeronau…

This Is What 5,700 Miles Of American Roads Look Like In Six Minutes

One of our favorite national pastimes here in the United States is taking road trips. Our country has no shortage of beautiful, natural wonders and amazing cities to visit. A road trip is often one of the easiest ways to see them all.

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The 10 Best Deals of September 30, 2019

We see a lot of deals around the web over on Kinja Deals, but these were our ten favorites today.

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It’s official: We’re getting a 4th season of Stranger Things from Netflix

Stranger Things will be back for a fourth season, Netflix confirms.

In a move unlikely to surprise anyone, Netflix has officially announced that there will indeed be a fourth season of its mega-hit series Stranger Things. The announcement comes with its own brief teaser, featuring spooky imagery from the Upside Down and the phrase “We’re not in Hawkins anymore” as bells ominously chime.

(Spoilers for first three seasons below.)

When we last left our plucky teenaged sleuths and their allies, they had successfully beaten back a third attempt by the so-called Mind-Flayer to escape the Upside Down and take over the town of Hawkins, Indiana, where the series has thus far been set. But that victory did not come without a cost: Eleven lost her telekinetic powers after being bitten by the Flay-Monster. And her adoptive father, fan favorite Chief Jim Hopper (David Harbour) sacrificed himself to save the town in the season three finale. Eleven is taken in by Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder), and the entire Byers clan moves away from Hawkins—and really, who can blame them?

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Twitter rolls out filter for potentially offensive DMs

Twitter is quickly acting on plans to filter potentially offensive direct messages. It's rolling out the filter to all users on Android, iOS and the web. As during the test, there isn't much mystery to how this works. If a message contains questio…