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Harnessing machine learning to make managing your storage less of a chore

Enlarge / As far as we know, none of the storage vendors using AI have gone neuromorphic yet—let alone biological. (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty) While the words “artificial intelligence” generally conjure up visions of Skynet, HAL 9000, and the Demon Seed, machine learning and other types of AI technology have already been brought to bear on many analytical tasks, ...

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What it was like to fly the baddest airplane the world has ever known

Enlarge / An X-15 contrail after launch. (credit: NASA) The X-15 was not the first rocket-powered aircraft, but it is probably the best one ever built and flown. Before the first X-15 took flight in the late 1950s, the fastest speed airplanes had reached was Mach 3. The X-15 doubled that. And, remarkably, it also went on to fly into ...

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How a basement hacker transformed Donkey Kong for the Atari 2600

Enlarge / If you’re unfamiliar with the name, “Atari 2600,” fellow kids, have a gander at this piece of hardware. (It actually worked, promise.) (credit: Wahyu Ichwandardi / Getty Images) The following excerpt comes from Arcade Perfect: How Pac-Man, Mortal Kombat, and Other Coin-Op Classics Invaded the Living Room by David L. Craddock. Sickly green light washed over the stubble ...

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Björk made music’s first “VR pop album”—she opens up about its heartbreak

Enlarge / Björk’s metamorphosis within VR already looks trippy enough as a sample image. It’ll blow your mind in VR. (credit: Björk) “I often feel like some sort of [technology] bridge,” singer, songwriter, artist, and producer Björk tells me over the telephone from her home in Iceland. “I’m there in the middle, to translate nerddom to the normal people or ...

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Debian 10: Playing catch-up with the rest of the Linux world (that’s a good thing)

Enlarge / Buster is a good boy, but is he a good Linux distro release? (credit: Pixar / Disney) The Debian project, the upstream mother of countless Linux distributions, has released Debian 10, also known as “Buster.” And yes, that’s a reference to the character from Toy Story. All Debian releases are named after Toy Story characters. Over the years, ...

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Android 10—The Ars Technica Review

Android 10 is finally here! Here’s the new logo. This gallery will be a highlight of what’s covered in the review. It is once again time for Google’s big yearly Android rollout. This year we’re up to “Android 10,” though if we’re counting by API levels (which actually go up one per release) this is the 29th release of Android. ...

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“Everything as a service” is coming—but we’re not there quite yet

Enlarge / Artist’s impression of the datacenter as a service. (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty) For the past decade, information technology and cloud computing vendors have increasingly pushed the virtualization and abstraction of every possible part of IT infrastructure further and further, turning what used to be things you bought and paid for into services that you subscribe to. First ...

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Antonio Neri and Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s cultural revolution

Enlarge / Antonio Neri, president and chief executive officer of Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), speaks during the HPE Discover conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, US, on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Neri is pivoting HPE toward delivering all its products as a service. (credit: Bridget Bennett/Bloomberg via Getty Images) It’s been just over two years since Antonio Neri was named President ...

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