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Virgin Orbit loses its first rocket shortly after engine ignition - Ars Technica
"An anomaly then occurred early in first stage flight."
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- Virgin Orbit's Cosmic Girl aircraft took to the skies with its LauncherOne rocket on Monday.
- A view of the aircraft and rocket on the ground before the flight.
- Fueling began before sunrise.
- A close up of the rocket.
- The flight crew heads to the aircraft.
- Virgin Orbit has a second rocket nearing completion.
The “Galaxy S20 Tactical Edition” is a shock-and-awe campaign against reality - Ars Technica
Samsung’s “mission-ready military smartphone” is a regular S20 with lots of hype.
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- The Galaxy S20 Tactical Edition! It has a case.
- This picture probably best describes what's going on. A Galaxy S20 goes in a case, and then the marketers take over.
- This photoshoot is incredible.
- You can use it with gloves! You can also use the regular S20 with gloves.
Microsoft’s romance with open source software is on display at Build 2020 - Ars Technica
But that hasn't stopped Edge from making out with Pinterest.
30 with 23 posters participating An absolute ton of new announcements has been coming out of this week's Microsoft Build 2020 virtual conference for Windows developers. While cool, most of them are a little thin for individual reportsso we'll get you up to speed on them in this roundup, with links out to each topic if you're interested in more. Windows Terminal goes 1.0
- Windows Terminal 1.0 settings are modified in a very Linux-y wayby editing a big JSON-formatted text file, which pops up in Notepad when accessed from the Settings menu.
- In addition to multiple tabs, you can open terminals in multiple panes on the same tab, using alt-shift-plus and alt-shift-minus to split vertically and horizontally.
- Obnoxiously, splitting a terminal into panes forces those panes into the default shell, no matter what the shell originally in that tab was. You can get around that by running a different interpreter inside that pane, once split.
- If you're looking for a single pane of glass into Windows servers, Linux servers, Azure services, and K8s containers, here it is.
- Arc aims to bring cloud-centric practices into on-premises infrastructure (and developers).
- This Azure Data Studio screenshot includes some Arc managed database services.
This SpaceX / NASA launch is a big deal, right? We’ll ask an astronaut who knows - Ars Technica
Karen Nyberg will be watching the Crew Dragon mission closely—her husband is its commander.
33 with 28 posters participating Next week is finally looking like the time when American astronauts return to the International Space Station on American rockets. For nearly a decade, NASA and the US space industry have been relying on Russia and its Soyuz rocket for rides to and from the ISS. But ever since NASA awarded Boeing, Sierra Nevada Corporation, SpaceX, and Blue Origin development agreements in spring 2011, the hope has always been that one of these private US companies might become the country's next space-taxi service (the first private company to do so). SpaceX has reached the launch pad before its competitors, and now many space enthusiasts will be eagerly watching what happens on May 27 when the company's Falcon 9 rocket is set to take off from Kennedy Space Center at 4:32pm ET (20:32 UTC). Recently retired NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg knows the anxiety and excitement of launch day quite well. She served a total of 180 days in space in 2008 and 2013, flying into orbit both on the space shuttle and Soyuz vehicle. To prepare for her six-month stint to the ISS, Nyberg spent months learning the Russian language and traveling to Russia and Kazakhstan, even as it kept her away from her young son. And next week, she'll be keeping a particularly close eye on SpaceX and NASA's big launchher husband, fellow astronaut Doug Hurley, is the commander of SpaceX's first Crew Dragon mission. Crazy and exciting all at the same time, right? This Thursday, May 21, at 2:30pm EST (18:30 UTC/11:30am PT), Ars Technica Senior Space Editor Eric Berger will sit down with Nyberg to discuss the personal and professional challenges in facing the unknown in our next Ars live chat. They'll talk about her career, how she and Doug met as astronaut candidates, what it was like to raise a son while in space, and her feelings in anticipation of this high-profile, upcoming mission. In this socially distant, video-chatted conversation, Nyberg will field questions from Ars and readers to help us understand how monumental this moment could be and how Herculean the task of heading to the ISS still is in 2020. The discussion will happen through the livestreaming app Periscope and will be hosted on the Ars Technica Twitter account (@arstechnicayou can certainly @ us with questions). But we'll also embed the video below once things get underway for those who prefer to sit tight onsite. In the meantime, let us know what you'd like to ask by sharing the most urgent questions on your mind in the comments below.
Hamilton is coming to Disney+ a year early—just in time for Fourth of July - Ars Technica
Disney paid $75 million for rights, originally planned fall 2021 theatrical release.
Hamilton won 11 Tony awards in 2016, as well as the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Now a "live capture" film version is coming to Disney+."/> Enlarge/ The Broadway production of Hamilton won 11 Tony awards in 2016, as well as the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Now a "live capture" film version is coming to Disney+. 13 with 12 posters participating Rise up and rejoice, Hamilton fans, because the filmed performance of the blockbuster Broadway musical is coming to Disney+ a year earlier than anticipated, just in time for Fourth of July festivities. It's an unusual move for the Mouse House, which paid a whopping $75 million for the worldwide rights back in February and had originally set a theatrical release date of fall 2021. But with the pandemic shuttering so many cinemas and theaters worldwide, Disney is clearly betting on its hugely successful streaming service (which just surpassed 50 million subscribers) to recoup its investment. No other artistic work in the last decade has had the cultural impact of Hamiltonan inspiring and captivating tale told and performed in a powerfully creative way. In light of the extraordinary challenges facing our world, this story about leadership, tenacity, hope, love, and the power of people to unite against the forces of adversity is both relevant and impactful, Bob Iger, executive chairman of The Walt Disney Company, said in a statement. We are thrilled to bring this phenomenon to Disney+ on the eve of Independence Day, and we have the brilliant Lin-Manuel Miranda and the team behind Hamilton to thank for allowing us to do so more than a year before planned. For those who have inexplicably missed the Hamilton juggernaut of the last several years, it's the creation of Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights), who was inspired after reading Ron Chernow's 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton. The musical follows the high points of the founding father's colorful life in two acts, with music that expertly blends a wide variety of styles: hip-hop R&B, traditional show tunes, pop, and soul. (The rap-based "Cabinet Battle #1" and "Cabinet Battle #2" are instant classics; in fact, the entire original cast recording will have you humming the tunes for weeks.) Sure, Hamilton took some historical liberties here and there for narrative and thematic purposes, but Chernow served as historical advisor while Miranda was developing the musical, so the broad strokes are all intact. The musical opened on Broadway in July 2015 in previews, opening officially on August 6 that same year to near-unanimous critical acclaim. It has been breaking box office records ever since. The 2 hour, 40 minute "live capture" film was shot two weeks before the original cast left, in June 2016. According to Deadline, "Director Tommy Kail directed both the stage version and the movie, which consisted of shooting three live performances, and also some setup shots without an audience. All of the footage was used to create multiple angles, to ensure the cinematic nature of the event, without a bad seat in the house." So we'll all get the chance to see Miranda as Alexander Hamilton; Daveed Diggs as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson; Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler; Leslie Odom, Jr. as Aaron Burr; Christopher Jackson as George Washington; Jonathan Groff as King George; Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton; Jasmine Cephas Jones as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds; Okieriete Onaodowan as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison; and Anthony Ramos as John Laurens/Philip Hamilton. The real question is whether Disney+ will opt to bleep out the production's occasional f-bombs, given that the platform thought it was necessary to add CGI hair over Daryl Hannah's butt when it started streaming Splash, among other edits. But apparently Miranda himself is OK with that, per New York Times pop culture reporter Kyle Buchanan, who said on Twitter that he'd asked Miranda about it on the Oscars red carpet in February. "If we have to mute a word here or there to reach the largest audience possible, I'm OK with that, because your kids already have the original language memorized," Miranda told Buchanan. "I don't think we're depriving anyone of anything if we mute an f-bomb here or there to make our rating." There's always the original cast recording soundtrack if you really want to revel in a few extra swears. Hamilton drops on Disney+ on July 3, 2020.
Almost 8000 could be affected by federal emergency loan data breach - Ars Technica
Pressing the back button could expose another applicant's private information.
Enlarge/ Small Business Administrator Jovita Carranza is flanked by Donald Trump and Secretary of Treasury Steve Mnuchin on April 2, 2020. 43 with 35 posters participating Almost 8,000 business owners who applied for a loan from the Small Business Administration may have had their personal information exposed to other applicants, the SBA admitted on Tuesday. The breach relates to a long-standing SBA program called Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). It has traditionally been used to aid owners whose businesses are disrupted by hurricanes, tornadoes, or other disasters. It was recently expanded by Congress in the $2.2 trillion CARES Act. In addition to loans, the law authorized grants of up to $10,000 that don't need to be paid back. The EIDL program is separate from the larger Paycheck Protection Program that was also part of the CARES Act. The SBA says that PPP applicants were not affected by the breach. A Trump administration official described the problem to CNBC: The official said that in order to access other business owners' information, small business applicants must have been in the loan application portal. If the user attempted to hit the page back button, he or she may have seen information that belonged to another business owner, not their own. The SBA says it discovered the flaw on March 25 and notified affected users. One victim posted a copy last Friday of a paper letter she received about the breach. The letter stated that personally identifiable informationincluding social security numbers, addresses, dates of birth, and financial datamay have been exposed. The letter said that, as of last week, there was no sign yet of the data being misused. The SBA says that it immediately disabled the portion of its website that was exposing applicant data, fixed the problem, and re-launched the website. Affected businesses have been offered a year of free credit monitoring. The SBA has struggled to deal with demand for EIDL loans. Before the coronavirus crisis, small businesses were supposed to be eligible for up to $2 million in disaster loans. But with millions of firms seeking assistance, the SBA was forced to limit the loans to as little as $10,000. Despite the limits, the SBA website currently states that it is not accepting new applications due to a lack of funds. As of April 19, SBA had approved almost 27,000 EIDL loans valued at $5.6 billion. Another 755,000 businesses received EIDL grants worth a total of $3.3 billion. The Trump administration official told CNBC that that 4 million business owners had applied for assistance worth $383 billionfar more than the $17 billion allocated for the program. The PPP has also seen overwhelming demand, with funding running out in a matter of days. A legislative compromise announced on Tuesday could replenish both programs, with the PPP getting another $320 billion and the EIDL getting $60 billion.