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Coronavirus updates: No 'quarantine' for NY area, FDA approves 5-minute test – CNET March 28, 2020

Plus: Tragic, new milestones are reached. Ireland locks down. The US pushes through a $2 trillion stimulus package. Coronavirus updates: No 'quarantine' for NY area, FDA approves 5-minute test – CNET Source: CNet

Coronavirus updates: No 'quarantine' for NY area, FDA approves 5-minute test – CNET

Plus: Tragic, new milestones are reached. Ireland locks down. The US pushes through a $2 trillion stimulus package. Coronavirus updates: No 'quarantine' for NY area, FDA approves 5-minute test – CNET
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Detroit Auto Show canceled as FEMA declares TCF Center a COVID-19 field hospital – Roadshow

The TCF Center, home of Detroit’s North American International Auto Show, has been designated as a field hospital to fight coronavirus. Detroit Auto Show canceled as FEMA declares TCF Center a COVID-19 field hospital – Roadshow
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Best shave club of 2020: Harry's, Dollar Shave Club, Billie and More – CNET

The secret to getting cheap razors? Buy them online and have them delivered on a schedule. Best shave club of 2020: Harry's, Dollar Shave Club, Billie and More – CNET
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Uplifting scenes of coronavirus solidarity around the world – CNET

National landmarks light up. Citizens applaud and serenade medical workers from balconies and rooftops. See how people around the globe are showing gratitude and friendship in these difficult times. Uplifting scenes of coronavirus solidarity around the world – CNET
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Huawei P40 Series: Pro Plus flagship, new Leica cameras, pricing and more – CNET

The P40 Pro Plus camera system sounds awesome. Huawei P40 Series: Pro Plus flagship, new Leica cameras, pricing and more – CNET
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Detroit Auto Show reportedly canceled due to COVID-19 complications – Roadshow

Detroit’s TCF Center, home of the North American International Auto Show, has apparently been named as a field hospital to fight coronavirus. Detroit Auto Show reportedly canceled due to COVID-19 complications – Roadshow
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Best DNA test in 2020: 23andMe, AncestryDNA and more compared – CNET

Looking for the best DNA test kit from the best testing services available to buy now? Here are your top options. Best DNA test in 2020: 23andMe, AncestryDNA and more compared – CNET
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An Open Source Shipboard Computer System

We’re not sure how many of you out there own a boat large enough to get its own integrated computer network, but it doesn’t really matter. Even if you can’t use this project personally, it’s impossible not to be impressed with the work [mgrouch] has put into the “Bareboat Necessities” project. From the construction of the hardware to the phenomenal documentation, there’s plenty that even landlubbers can learn from this project.

In its fully realized form, the onboard computer system includes several components that work together to provide a wealth of valuable information to the operator.

Inside the Boat Computer module

What [mgrouch] calls the “Boat Computer” contains a Raspberry Pi 4, a dAISy AIS receiver, an RTL-SDR, a GPS receiver, serial adapters, and the myriad of wires required to get them all talking to each other inside a weatherproof enclosure. As you might expect, this involves running all the connections through watertight panel mounts.

Combined with a suite of open source software tools, the “Boat Computer” is capable of interfacing with NMEA sensors and hardware, receive weather information directly from NOAA satellites, track ships, and of course plot your current position on a digital chart. The computer itself is designed to stay safely below deck, while the operator interacts with it through an Argonaut M7 waterproofed HDMI touch screen located in the cockpit.

For some people, that might be enough. But for those who want to do big, [mgrouch] further details the “Boat Gateway” device. This unit contains an LTE-equipped WiFi router running OpenWrt and all the external antennas required to turn the boat into a floating hotspot. Of course it also has RJ45 jacks to connect up to the other components of the onboard system, and it even includes an M5Stack Core with LAN module so it can display a select subset of sensor readings and navigational data.

If you’d like to do something similar on a slightly smaller scale, we’ve seen sailing computers that pushed all the data to a wearable display or even a repurposed eReader.

An Open Source Shipboard Computer System
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Roku Customers Can Get 30 Days of Free Premium Content Right Now

We’re all spending a lot more time at home right now. If you’ve started to run out of things to watch, Roku is offering 30-day free trials of a number of different channels including Showtime, Epix, and Smithsonian.

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Roku Customers Can Get 30 Days of Free Premium Content Right Now
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Every live concert and band you can livestream on March 28 from your home – CNET

Watch Beyonce, Jack Johnson, Dead & Company, Diplo, Melissa Etheridge, Miley Cyrus, Questlove and more live music while social distancing. #couchtour Every live concert and band you can livestream on March 28 from your home – CNET
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Crowdsourced data from Candor shows 267 tech companies have frozen hiring, 44 had layoffs, 36 rescinded offers, while 111, like Zoom and Twitter, are hiring (Dean Takahashi/VentureBeat)


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Crowdsourced data from Candor shows 267 tech companies have frozen hiring, 44 had layoffs, 36 rescinded offers, while 111, like Zoom and Twitter, are hiring  —  The coronavirus has taken a toll on the workforce, and now you can see a list of who’s hiring, freezing hires, laying off people …

Crowdsourced data from Candor shows 267 tech companies have frozen hiring, 44 had layoffs, 36 rescinded offers, while 111, like Zoom and Twitter, are hiring (Dean Takahashi/VentureBeat)
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Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson return home to US after coronavirus isolation in Australia – CNET

“We carry on with sheltering in place and social distancing,” Hanks says in a tweet. Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson return home to US after coronavirus isolation in Australia – CNET
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Poor Maintenance Could have Led to Fatal B-17 Crash

In October the Nine-O-Nine, a fully restored Boeing B-17G bomber owned and operated by the Collings Foundation, crashed with thirteen people on board. After landing hard and skidding into the de-icing tanks at the Bradley International Airport, all but the tail and port wing of the 74 year old WWII aircraft was destroyed. Seven lives were lost in the accident, including that of Pilot Ernest “Mac” McCauley, who was regarded as one of the most experienced B-17 pilots in the world.

While the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation is still ongoing and hasn’t made a final determination as to what ultimately brought down the Nine-O-Nine, enough serious maintenance issues were uncovered while examining the wreckage that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has decided to rescind the Collings Foundation’s license to conduct any more paid flights on their remaining WWII aircraft. While many have spoken out in support of these “living history” flights, the FAA says they must be conducted in such a way that they don’t hinder the safety of other air traffic.

With the vast majority of the B-17’s airframe gone, the NTSB investigation has focused on the four 1,200 horsepower Wright R-1820 “Cyclone” engines recovered from the crash site. Investigators found that hastily attempted repairs to engine number 4, which is believed to have failed in-flight, were actually hindering normal operation:

Regarding engine 4, to prevent the magneto “P” leads from separating from the
magnetos, someone had attempted to rig the magneto leads in place with safety wire.

Inspection and testing of engine 4 left magneto revealed the movement of the safety-wired lead caused grounding to the case, which rendered the magneto lead inoperative.

Further, all of the spark plugs in the number 3 and 4 engines were found to be fouled and had electrode gaps that were out of tolerance. From an examination of the aircraft’s maintenance records, it was also learned that an arcing and burned wire had been replaced without any investigative steps taken to find what caused the failure to begin with.

With basic maintenance tasks either not being performed or at least done incorrectly, the FAA has called into question the culture of safety at the Collings Foundation. The paper is careful not to directly accuse the Foundation or any of its staff with outright negligence, but the implication seems clear.

The loss of Nine-O-Nine hit especially close to home for Hackaday. Just a month prior to the crash we had the opportunity to tour the aircraft, and came away with a newfound respect for not only those who designed and built the iconic bomber but the brave young men who flew it. Losing such a rare and historically significant aircraft and its crew was already a tragedy, but to find that negligence may be to blame is truly inexcusable.

Poor Maintenance Could have Led to Fatal B-17 Crash
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UK's NHS says it is working with Microsoft, Google, Palantir, and Faculty AI on a dashboard that shows the spread of the virus and NHS' ability to deal with it (Leo Kelion/BBC)


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UK’s NHS says it is working with Microsoft, Google, Palantir, and Faculty AI on a dashboard that shows the spread of the virus and NHS’ ability to deal with it  —  The NHS has confirmed it is teaming up with leading tech firms to ensure critical medical equipment is available to the facilities …

UK's NHS says it is working with Microsoft, Google, Palantir, and Faculty AI on a dashboard that shows the spread of the virus and NHS' ability to deal with it (Leo Kelion/BBC)
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US Space Force: What you need to know – CNET

The Trump administration wants to be ready for conflict in space. US Space Force: What you need to know – CNET
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Make delicious pizza at home with this grill-top pizza oven for $85 – CNET

Save about 50% on this self-contained, portable oven and pizza stone you can place on your outdoor grill. Make delicious pizza at home with this grill-top pizza oven for – CNET
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Rent the Runway lays off all retail employees due to coronavirus uncertainty

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Rent the Runway, a popular clothing rental brand, laid off its entire retail staff via Zoom yesterday. The company, which primarily operates online, has brick and mortar locations in California, New York, Chicago, and Washington DC. All stores are currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the company is not sure when or if they will be able to reopen.

During a Zoom meeting with retail staff, a company executive said the business has been forced to “dramatically reassess” its current operations in order to sustain the business. “All teams at RTR are being impacted in some way today,” she added. “With the current uncertainty and continued government restrictions that are aimed to protect public health during this unprecedented…

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Rent the Runway lays off all retail employees due to coronavirus uncertainty
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Internal doc: Amazon is offering higher pay to recruit its warehouse employees to pick and pack Whole Foods groceries amid rising demand and a worker shortage (Krystal Hu/Reuters)


Krystal Hu / Reuters:

Internal doc: Amazon is offering higher pay to recruit its warehouse employees to pick and pack Whole Foods groceries amid rising demand and a worker shortage  —  (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc is offering higher pay to recruit its own warehouse employees to pick and pack Whole Foods groceries amid rising demand …

Internal doc: Amazon is offering higher pay to recruit its warehouse employees to pick and pack Whole Foods groceries amid rising demand and a worker shortage (Krystal Hu/Reuters)
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Want to play Half-Life: Alyx? Here's the VR gear you need – CNET

How to play Valve’s newest VR-only Half-Life game. Want to play Half-Life: Alyx? Here's the VR gear you need – CNET
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Cuomo announces NY primary will move to June 23rd as Trump considers ‘enforceable’ quarantine

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said New York will postpone its April 28th presidential primary election until June 23rd, as the Empire State deals with the largest coronavirus outbreak in the US, the New York Times reports.

“I don’t think it’s wise to be bringing a lot of people to one location to vote, a lot of people touching one doorknob, a lot of people touching one pen,” Cuomo said during a news conference Saturday. New York’s primary for state legislative and congressional elections already is scheduled for June 23rd.

The Democratic National Committee had warned states that postponing their primaries later than June 9th could result in penalties, including a possible reduction of delegates. Ten states and Puerto Rico have rescheduled their…

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Cuomo announces NY primary will move to June 23rd as Trump considers ‘enforceable’ quarantine
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Every live concert and band you can stream on March 28 from your home – CNET

Watch Beyonce, Jack Johnson, Dead and Company, Diplo, Melissa Etheridge, Miley Cyrus, Questlove and more live music while social distancing. #couchtour Every live concert and band you can stream on March 28 from your home – CNET
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Save $100 on a Dyson V8 Animal Pro with 9 tool attachments – CNET

Now priced at $300 at QVC, it’s a $100 cheaper than elsewhere, yet comes with more attachments. Save 0 on a Dyson V8 Animal Pro with 9 tool attachments – CNET
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Comet Atlas could be the brightest comet in decades


Comet Atlas is racing toward the inner solar system, and it could become the brightest comet seen in the night sky in over two decades. The comet, discovered by an observatory designed to protect Earth from asteroids, may even be visible during the day just two months from now. Also known as C/2019 Y4, this comet was discovered by astronomers at the Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System (ATLAS) in Hawaii in December 2019. At the time, the comet was exceedingly dim — but the comet became 4,000 times brighter in just a month. This increase is far greater than astronomers…

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Comet Atlas could be the brightest comet in decades
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A 1950s Ampex Tape Recorder Microphone Preamplifier Restoration

So often when we read of a modification on a classic piece of tube electronics we prepare to wince, as such work often results in senseless butchery of a well-preserved survivor. With [Frank Olson]’s work on a 1958 Ampex 601 tape recorder though we were pleasantly surprised, because while he makes a modification to allow its use as a stand-alone microphone preamplifier he also performs an extremely sympathetic upgrade to modern components and retains it in substantially the form it left the Ampex factory.

The video below the break is a satisfying wallow in pre-PCB-era construction for any of the generation who cut their teeth on tube, chassis, and tag strip electronics. We can almost smell the phenolic as he carefully removes time-expired capacitors and fits modern replacements complete with period features such as sheathing over their leads. The larger multiway can electrolytics are left in the chassis, with their modern miniaturised equivalents nestling underneath them out of sight. We all know that electronic components have become a lot smaller over the decades, but it’s still a bit of a shock to see just how tiny even a high voltage electrolytic has become.

The Ampex would have been a very high quality tape recorder when new, and while this one has a problem with its mechanism it’s that quality that makes it easier for him to do this work in 2020. There’s every chance that this one could be returned to service as a tape recorder if someone was of a mind to fix it, and meanwhile it will give Frank excellent service as a high quality pre-amp. This is how resto-mods should be done!

Ampex are very much still in existence making digital storage products, but back in the 1950s they were at the forefront of analogue magnetic tape technology. We’ve written in the past about how Bing Crosby had a hand in the development of high quality tape recorders, and also about Ampex’s part in the gestation of the video recorder.

A 1950s Ampex Tape Recorder Microphone Preamplifier Restoration
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A Single Gesture Behind Trump Fuels an Online Conspiracy Theory

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the administration’s most outspoken advocate of emergency virus measures, has become the target of claims that he is mobilizing to undermine the president. A Single Gesture Behind Trump Fuels an Online Conspiracy Theory
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