Rockstar Games officially responds to GTA 6 leaks

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Sep 19, 2022 8:52 AM CDT

Rockstar Games has officially responded to the recent GTA VI leaks and delivers updates on the current status of the game.

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GTA 6's leaks were recently confirmed by Bloomberg's Jason Schreier, and now Rockstar Games has also verified the situation.

In a recent statement, Rockstar acknowledges that its servers were infiltrated and says that developers are "extremely disappointed" that so much information, footage, and screenshots have been released to the public. Rockstar says the leaks will not affect development of its ongoing projects (interesting that this is plural, indicating R* is working on more than one game and likely refers to GTA 6 and the new game's online component).

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Government report claims cosmic and phantom UFOs are swarming skies

Jak Connor | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Sep 19, 2022 5:03 AM CDT

A new report from astronomers claims that there are many unidentified flying objects appearing in the skies, and these objects "cannot scientifically be identified".

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The report comes from the Main Astronomical Observatory of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine has been published on the preprint server arXiv. According to the Ukrainian astronomers behind the study, the observatory has been using its instruments to track fast-moving, low-visibility objects appearing in the daytime sky over Ukraine's capital Kyiv and surrounding villages. The observatory uses specifically calibrated cameras located at two weather stations, and according to the researchers, they are observing dozens of these objects that "cannot scientifically be identified as known natural phenomena."

Additionally, the researchers report that they are unable to determine the nature of a significant number of the objects they're observing. "We observe a significant number of objects whose nature is not clear. We see them everywhere," the team wrote. The team of researchers divided their UFO observations into two categories, "cosmic" and "phantoms". The report outlines that cosmic UFOs are objects that are brighter than the background sky, with phantom UFOs being the dark variant - objects that are darker than the background sky.

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Scientists discover ultra-strong diamond created by a dwarf planet

Jak Connor | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Sep 19, 2022 4:31 AM CDT

Penned in a new study, researchers claim they have located the largest crystals ever discovered for a mysterious form of a diamond called lonsdaleite.

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The new study published in the peer-reviewed journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) details that lonsdaleite features a unique hexagonal structure that makes it about 58% harder than diamonds found on Earth. Notably, lonsdaleite doesn't form on Earth and has, so far, only been discovered in a certain type of meteorite called ureilite meteorites.

Despite it not having an Earth origin, researchers have confirmed via the new study that lonsdaleite "This study proves categorically that lonsdaleite exists in nature," said senior researcher Dougal McCulloch from RMIT. The researcher's findings indicate that the lonsdaleite evidence points to a formation believed to have occurred about 4.5 billion years ago when a meteorite collided with a dwarf planet.

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Airbnb guests told to mow the lawn on top of paying $125 cleaning fee

Jak Connor | Business, Financial & Legal | Sep 19, 2022 3:11 AM CDT

Travelers around the world are hitting back at some Airbnb hosts that are seemingly requesting guests complete a chore list before their stay is over.

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A new report from The Wall Street Journal has revealed that travelers are becoming increasingly frustrated at the extensive chore lists that are being forced upon guests, with some travelers reporting that hosts are even asking guests to mow the lawn before their stay is complete and pay the initial $125 cleaning fee.

In one now-viral video, TikTok user Melworeit said that she decided not to use Airbnb to book her stay because the host charged a $125 cleaning fee and requested that guests take out the garbage, remove bed liners, run the dishwasher, and do laundry. That post sparked more responses from Airbnb users that have had similar experiences. Adding to the mounting evidence of Airbnb hosts' chore lists, an individual took to Reddit to ask if it was "normal for a host to tell the guest to mow the lawn themselves?"

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Elon Musk announces big news for SpaceX's Starlink internet access

Jak Connor | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Sep 19, 2022 1:34 AM CDT

SpaceX is making lots of progress with rolling out its Starlink constellations around Earth, with SpaceX CEO Elon Musk recently announcing connectivity is now available across all continents.

The very first Starlink satellite was launched back in 2019, and since then, it has launched more than 3,000 satellites providing internet access to individuals living in rural areas and even the nation of Ukraine. SpaceX doesn't plan on stopping at just a few thousand Starlink satellites, as the company recently received regulatory approval for 12,000 Starlink satellites, with the possibility of international regulators giving Musk an approval for 30,000 satellites total.

Starlink won't just be for home internet access in rural areas as SpaceX has announced new plans to bring Starlink internet to cruise liners, planes, and even vehicles. Notably, Elon Musk previously stated that plans are currently being drawn up between SpaceX and T-Mobile to bring Starlink connectivity to mobile phones. With many plans for Starlink in the works, Musk has taken to his personal Twitter account to celebrate the recent launch of SpaceX's Falcon 9 workhorse rocket that transported an additional fifty-four Starlink satellites into orbit.

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AI uses public cameras to find a video of you taking Instagram photos

Jak Connor | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Sep 19, 2022 1:05 AM CDT

A Belgian artist has created software that is called The Follower, which is an artificial intelligence that is capable of identifying the location of where you took your last Instagram photo.

The software was created by Belgian artist Dries Depoorter, who began the journey of creating this extremely creepy AI system by recording open public cameras and broadcasting them live on websites such as EarthCam. Depoorter then took all of the Instagram photos he could find with a location tag close to the location of the public cameras, then trained the artificial intelligence system to cross-reference the Instagram photo with the footage recorded by public cameras.

The AI was trained to scrap the footage for the moment the Instagram photo was taken, capture it as a GIF and place it side-by-side next to the posted Instagram photo. The results are nothing less than extremely impressive, as Depoorter has posted several of these behind-the-scenes Instagram photos to his personal Twitter account showcasing the location, individuals, and open cameras used to capture the moment.

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US Navy confirms it has multiple videos of UFOs they can't show you

Jak Connor | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Sep 19, 2022 12:32 AM CDT

The US Navy has in its possession UFO videos that it cannot release to the public as the information would "harm national security".

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The surfacing of the undisclosed UFO videos comes after a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request was filed by the government transparency website The Black Vault was denied by US officials. The initial filing dates back to April 2020, which, according to reports, was only one day before the infamous three confirmed-to-be-UFOs videos released, which showed US Navy pilots filming an object that moved in ways impossible to humans. Per the FOIA request, The Black Vault requested that the Navy reveal any and all videos it has on UFOs.

As you can probably imagine, the US Navy didn't just hand over its classified UFO videos because it was kindly asked to. The request was denied, but the denial confirmed there are more videos that have not been seen by the public. Notably, Gregory Cason, deputy director of the Navy's FOIA office, wrote in a response letter to the FOIA request that the release of the requested information "will harm national security" as it may provide adversaries valuable information regarding Department of Defense/Navy operations, vulnerabilities, and/or capabilities.

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NASA paper reveals rare insights into SpaceX Starship and Moon landing

Jak Connor | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Sep 19, 2022 12:02 AM CDT

NASA has quite a bit of work to do before it lands Americans back on the Moon, with the first Artemis mission, Artemis 1, scheduled to launch on September 27.

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Before Americans can once again step foot on the lunar surface as a part of NASA's Artemis 3 mission, NASA will need to successfully complete Artemis 1 and Artemis 2. Unfortunately, the launch of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket was postponed over a fuel leak that was unable to be remedied before the launch window closed. The first Artemis mission is essentially a reconnaissance mission for the space agency, as current plans indicate that the SLS rocket, along with the Orion capsule, will go on a long journey around the Moon and back to Earth.

Along the way, the Orion capsule, and the sensor-equipped mannequins inside, will record vital information on their conditions and relay it back to NASA headquarters. The information that will be gathered throughout the Artemis 1 mission will be used as foundational knowledge to inform NASA on future Artemis missions. Now, a new research paper posted on NASA's technical report server has revealed some details about Artemis III, the mission where a soft landing on the Moon is planned.

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RIP Intel Pentium and Celeron starting 2023: 'Intel Processor' coming

Anthony Garreffa | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Sep 18, 2022 10:12 PM CDT

Man, today is a sad day... Intel is retiring the Celeron and Pentium CPU brands, where it's calling it an adjustment to product names moving into 2023 and beyond.

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Intel will drop the Celeron and Pentium names for 2023 laptop CPUs with something called the new "Intel processor", while sharpening its focus on flagship brands like Intel Core, Intel Evo, and Intel vPro. This new update only affects the mobile processors, but I'm sure we're going to see some big changes for Intel CPUs in the coming months as the new 13th Gen Core "Raptor Lake" CPUs launch.

The new Intel Processor was introduced with this news, which will serve as the brand name for multiple processor families with Intel explaining it helps simplify the product purchase experience for consumers. Intel will continue to make its other processors like normal, with the new Intel Processor aimed at 2023 laptops.

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Intel Arc A770 Limited Edition GPU tear down, you still can't buy it

Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards & GPUs | Sep 18, 2022 9:43 PM CDT

You still can't buy Intel's new Arc A770 or Arc A750 graphics cards, but Intel is continuing on marketing the unavailable Arc GPUs with a rather cool tear down on the Intel Arc A770 Limited Edition graphics card.

The upcoming Intel Arc A770 Limited Edition tear down reveals the full ACM-G10 "Alchemist" GPU which has 16GB of GDDR6 memory alongside it, while the AIB partner custom Arc A770 graphics cards will have 8GB of GDDR6 memory. Intel's reference Arc A770 Limited Edition GPU design features dual axial fans and a large copper vapor chamber, attached to four flattened 10 x 3mm heat pipes.

Intel is using a PCB with 6 VRM phases, 6 GDDR6 modules, 3 x DisplayPort 2.0 connectors and a single HDMI 2.1 port. I will note as I always do: it's very cool to see DisplayPort 2.0 connectivity on the Intel Arc A770 Limited Edition graphics card. That connector is capable of pumping out 8K 120Hz and 4K 240Hz which is freaking insane.

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