SpaceX Blasts First Surveillance Satellite to Orbit – Launch and Landing Photo/Video Gallery

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – This week SpaceX blasted their first top secret surveillance satellite to orbit for America’s spy chiefs at National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) – affording magnificent viewing and imagery from the Florida Space Coast.

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Open thread for night owls: Has the passion died in the fight for net neutrality?

Victor Luckerson at The Ringer writes—The Long Fight for the Future of the Internet

It would be easy to frame the battle over net neutrality as a typical partisan dispute; Pai was named chairman by Trump, while Tom Wheeler, the chairman who pushed through the Title II reclassification, was tapped by Obama. You can also view it as a shadow war between corporate giants: Verizon, Comcast, and AT&T vehemently oppose net neutrality regulations, while companies like Google and Netflix have historically been vocal proponents.

But it’s often been everyday people who have played the most critical role in shaping the internet’s destiny. HackersactivistsWikipedia editorsYouTube creators, and even John Oliver fans have all played roles in influencing the trajectory of this fragile gathering place. Even though both the ISPs who build the internet’s pipes and the tech giants who organize its content are trending toward monopolization, individuals still hold a huge influence over its future.

The question in 2017 is whether they will choose to wield that influence. At a time when health care, immigration policy, and environmental regulations are all facing drastic change, convincing people they need to care about complex internet laws may prove tougher this time. And the iconic tech companies that have played key roles in generating public awareness about threats to internet freedom are increasingly positioning themselves as too big to fail. With various competing causes and few name-brand leaders to latch onto, it’s easy to see how bills like the GOP-backed effort to limit citizens’ internet privacy manage to slip under the radar. The new measure, which allows ISPs to sell their customers’ data to advertisers without asking for permission, likely would have caused a firestorm a year ago. Instead, it sailed through Congress in March with little deliberation.

If the internet is to be “saved,” as it has been in the past, the responsibility will fall on its everyday users — people like [Arizonan Robert] Armola. “I felt like it was my duty,” he says of his trip to the town hall. “I had a feeling that if I didn’t go, no one was going to bring it up to him.” […]

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“American inequality didn’t just happen. It was created. Market forces played a role, but it was not market forces alone. In a sense, that should be obvious: economic laws are universal, but our growing inequality—especially the amounts seized by the upper 1 percent—is a distinctly American “achievement.” That outsize inequality is not predestined offers reason for hope, but in reality it is likely to get worse. The forces that have been at play in creating these outcomes are self-reinforcing.”  
      ~Joe Stiglitz, The Price of Inequality: How Today’s Divided Society Endangers Our Future, 2013.



At Daily Kos on this date in 2008—Fox Military Propagandist Promotes Terrorist Murder:

Does support of terrorists make one a terrorist? Presumably that depends on whether you take Mister Bush’s squint-eyed November 6, 2001, prescription — “You’re either with us or against us in the fight against terror” — in a blindly nationalistic fashion or in a moral one. Terrorism isn’t an ideology. It’s a technique. Much as sophists and thugs – such as the late Jeane Kirkpatrick — like to twist the definition to fit who is carrying out a policy, terrorism can’t be one thing for them and something else for us.

Yet one of the most pre-eminent of the Pentagon’s chosen propaganda team of ex-military-cum-television-analysts, retired Lt. Gen. Tom McInerney, not only supports but promotes terrorism against Iran. He’s still spewing on Fox News despite having been exposed by David Barstow’s revelations three weeks ago.

This isn’t new territory for McInerney. He’s argued for attacks on Iran for as long as Bill Kristol and other neoconservatives have done. As a member of the Iran Policy Committee, McInerney has long argued that the State Department should take the Mujahideen-e Khalq off its terrorist watch list. The group originated as leftwing opposition to the Shah of Iran in 1963 and was involved in various operations, including the taking of U.S. Embassy hostages in 1979 and the bloody suppression of the Shiite revolt in Iraq under Saddam Hussein. Although MEK killed Americans as well as Iranians in the past, it has since adopted a public veneer of being a backer of freedom and democracy as soon as the Iranian mullahs are overturned, the idea being to install one of its founders as Iran’s president. […]

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show, we briefly acknowledge the wild partying following the shaky start Trumpcare got. Then Trump knocks off early for more golf. Does Trump hate Joe & Mika, or what? Does Trump hate fish? Is he the most clueless guy in DC? Is he clueless even about Ivanka?

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New Nvidia Game-Ready Driver Available Now, Here’s What It Does

As a result of a few recent game releases, Nvidia rolled out a new update of its GeForce Game Ready driver, version 382.05. Nvidia users should expect optimized performance for Prey, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III, Quake Champions closed beta, and Heroes of the Storm 2.0. Multi-GPU setups should also perform better in Gears of War 4.

In addition, the 382.05 driver optimizes VR games, such as Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality, Wilson’s Heart, and Batman: Arkham VR.

The Windows 10 Creators Update now has additional support. The Nvidia Titan Xp graphics card also received optimizations.

The following is a list of a few fixes and changes with the new driver:

  • No Man’s Sky with The Foundation Update 1.10 patch: With SLI enabled, there is texture corruption in the game.
  • GeForce GTX 670 with World of Tanks: In SLI mode, blue-screen crash occurs when pressing Alt+Tab during the game.
  • GeForce GTX 1080 Ti with Gears of War 4: After the bootup movies, blue-screen crash occurs pointing to nvlddmkm.sys.
  • In a multi-display configuration, the extended displays are unable to enter sleep mode.

As with any driver update, there are issues that still exist. Here are a few of the known issues:

  • DirectX 11 games: On some titles, in-game V-Sync does not work if Fast Sync is selected from the Nvidia Control Panel. Consequently, the game frame rate is not locked to the maximum refresh rate, resulting in possible tearing.
  • SteamVR titles: SteamVR may crash when launched. To workaround, uninstall GeForce Experience or reinstall the Nvidia driver.
  • GeForce GTX 1070: Games (The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, For Honor) do not recognize the custom refresh rates set using the Nvidia Control Panel.
  • GeForce GTX 1080 with Battlefield 1 XP1: With SLI enabled, corruption appears in the game when switching between full-screen and windowed mode.
  • GeForce GTX 1080 Ti with Mass Effect: Andromeda: Random memory errors may occur when playing the game.
  • GeForce GTX 1080 Ti with Sid Meier’s Civilization VI and G-Sync/SLI/DirectX 12: Black corruption appears while entering the in-game menu after skipping the cutscene.
  • GeForce GTX Titan X with Ansel in Ghost Recon Wildlands: With FXAA enabled from the Nvidia Control Panel, the application crashes when enabling the in-game Ansel UI.
  • Notebook GeForce GTX 970M with Tom Clancy’s The Division Survival DLC: Game crashes, pointing to ntdll.dll when changed to full-screen and to windowed fullscreen.
  • Notebook GeForce GTX 970M with ShadowPlay: For Honor may silently crash if the intro video is skipped while instant replay is on.
  • Notebook SLI GeForce GTX 970M with Gears of War 4: Level loading may hang.

If you want more details on the 382.05 driver update, check out Nvidia’s release notes. For more on Nvidia hardware performance, check out our reviews of the GTX 1080 Ti, GTX 1080, and GTX 1070 graphics cards.

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Gregg Popovich says Spurs are playing ‘worst offense I’ve ever seen in my life’

Tell us how you really feel, Pop

The Gregg Popovich in-game interview struck gold again. The Spurs only scored 19 points in the first quarter, shooting 35 percent from the floor, and 1-of-8 from behind the arc. Coach Popovich was not happy about what he saw in that first quarter.

When asked what worked in Game 2 and how it could carry over to Game 3, he responded by saying, “I haven’t thought about that much, I’m watching the worst offense I’ve ever seen in my life.” When asked to clarify, he again just said, “bad offense.”

Classic Pop.

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