A quick-start guide to OpenZFS native encryption

Enlarge / On-disk encryption is a complex topic, but this article should give you a solid handle on OpenZFS’ implementation. (credit: Paul Downey / Flickr) One of the many features OpenZFS brings to the table is ZFS native encryption. First introduced in OpenZFS 0.8, native encryption allows a system administrator to transparently encrypt data at-rest …

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Physicists show that flying beer coasters will flip 0.45 seconds into flight

Enlarge / University of Bonn physicists were inspired to investigate the aerodynamics of flying beer mats after traveling to Munich with a German physics demonstration show. (credit: sheck / iStock / Getty Images Plus) Many a pub crawler has engaged in the time-honored tradition of throwing beer mats—those round cardboard coasters that are ubiquitous in …

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Supreme Court backs cheerleader over school that punished her for Snapchat post

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | stockcam) The Supreme Court today ruled in favor of a cheerleader and against the Pennsylvania high school that suspended her from the junior varsity team for a “vulgar” Snapchat post. Brandi Levy was 14 in 2017 when she used Snapchat to express her frustration after failing to make the Mahanoy …

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Apple exec: “Sideloading in this case is actually eliminating choice”

Enlarge / The iPhone 12 mini. (credit: Samuel Axon) Apple, facing calls from regulators to open the gates to alternative app stores and sideloaded apps on the iPhone, has launched a substantial PR push this week to make the case that sideloading would do harm to the iOS ecosystem and its users. The push builds …

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Who could know we’re here on Earth?

Enlarge / This is what Earth looks like from within the Solar System. Imaging it from a different system entirely poses some challenges. (credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute) The search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) has primarily involved looking outward and searching nearby stars for signals that can’t be explained by known natural processes. But there has …

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Cable ISP Altice slashes upload speeds from 35Mbps to as low as 5Mbps

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | buzbuzzer) Altice is slashing its cable-Internet upload speeds by up to 86 percent starting on July 12. Altice Optimum Online plans that currently have advertised upload speeds of 35Mbps will be reduced to uploads of either 5Mbps, 10Mbps, or 20Mbps, depending on the plan. Altice did not announce any immediate …

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A quick roundup of the best Prime Day 2021 deals that are still available

Enlarge (credit: Ars Technica) Amazon’s latest Prime Day is in the rearview mirror, but for those still looking to get a better-than-usual price on a good gadget, time hasn’t totally ran out. Today’s Dealmaster rounds up the handful of Prime Day deals we liked that are still kicking today, be they from Amazon or the …

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NASA expects a decision on a lunar lander protest by early August

Enlarge / Bill Nelson was confirmed by the US Senate to become NASA administrator on April 30. (credit: NASA) NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said the space agency expects a decision from the US Government Accountability Office on a lunar lander protest by August 4. This would seem to set a firm timeline after which NASA …

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US seizes 33 Iranian state-run media sites accused of election disinformation

Enlarge / Website seizure notice that appears on presstv.com. On Tuesday, the US government said it seized 33 websites run by a branch of the Iranian government that spread disinformation in the US before the 2020 presidential election. The US also seized three websites that it said were operated by an Iraqi terrorist organization. Yesterday’s …

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