Internet Relay Chat (IRC) turned 30 this August. The venerable text-only chat system was first developed in 1988 by a Finnish computer scientist named Jarkko Oikarinen.
Internet Relay Chat (IRC) turned 30 this August. The venerable text-only chat system was first developed in 1988 by a Finnish computer scientist named Jarkko Oikarinen.
In recent weeks, both Uber and Airbnb have sent formal letters to the Securities and Exchange Commission, asking the regulatory agency to expand efforts that would allow driver and hosts to also be paid in company shares. Exactly how this would work in practice remains unclear.
Today we’re presenting the second installment of my wide-ranging interview with outspoken author, podcaster, philosopher, and recovering neuroscientist Sam Harris. Part one ran yesterday. If you missed it, click right here.
Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have another round of deals to share. Today's list is headlined by a deal on the coral version of Google's Daydream View VR headset, which is down to $40 at Verizon as of this writing.
Could there be a holiday gift better for the geek in your life than an Ars Technica "nuke it from orbit" mug? Probably! But you'd better buy one anyway—it's the only way to be sure. (Also, the mugs are less expensive than ever.)
This is the third installment of my conversation with the outspoken author, podcaster, philosopher, and recovering neuroscientist Sam Harris. Please check out part one and part two if you missed them.
This week we are serializing yet another episode from the After On Podcast here on Ars. The broader series is built around deep-dive interviews with world-class thinkers, founders, and scientists, and tends to be very tech- and science-heavy.
Below, you’ll find the third installment of this week’s After On podcast interview. It’s with University of California, San Francisco neuroscientist Adam Gazzaley, about his trailblazing efforts to develop the medical potential (if any!) latent in video games.
Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have another round of deals to share. Today's list is headlined by the handful of pre-order deals that are out there for Google's Pixel 3 phones, which the tech giant launched earlier this week.
2017 is almost over. For most of us, there are reasons to be nostalgic and there are reasons to be glad we can just move on. That's how we feel about tech from this year, too. We've polled each member of the Ars Technica reviews team about their favorite and least favorite tech products of 2017.
Perhaps you know someone, dear reader, who is what they call a "car person.
There's nothing like the feeling of finding a group of true friends, or a gang of like-minded people who share your interests and annoyances. If you love technology as much as we do at Ars, that feeling probably hit you at some point when you were online.
Here at Ars, we're always making lists (just like Liam Neeson). Lists of science fiction movies are a common item for discussion on the Ars staff Slack channel—particularly short lists of the best science fiction movies ever made.
If you've been following along with our earlier articles on next-gen filesystems like btrfs and zfs, but wanted an easy way to get started without having to learn anything on the command line (or need an easy way to take advantage even though you're a Windows-only user), you're in luck.
When Android was brought to market, it was pitched as an open, customizable OS that was the antithesis of Apple's lock-down smartphone platform. While both OSes have moved closer together over the years, the high customizability of Android is still around.
Thanks to Ars Technica's unique staff-from-all-over arrangement, we don't often see how our coworkers organize their home offices.
Welcome (almost) to 2017. If you're reading this, the Seventh Seal has not yet been broken, the cybers have not all fallen over, and you apparently have not been consigned to the kids' table by a disagreement with relatives about which bowl game to watch. Hooray for minor victories.
Occasionally, we here at Ars like to nerd out about things that aren't smartphones, processors, or dark matter. For a few of us on staff, one of those nerdy pastimes involves the plant biology that is literally right in our backyards.
This year, Apple seems to want to push the iPad and the Mac as close together as it can without actually combining them into a single product.
A fine Thursday summer morning to you, fellow Arsians (or winter morning, if you’re south of the equator)! We’re ready to talk a little more about what’s next for Ars Technica and our partnership with GOG, and it should be pretty fun.
Martijn Grooten is a mathematician-turned-security professional. He is currently Editor of Virus Bulletin and does the occasional security research on the side in which, wherever possible, he likes to use his mathematical background. This post originally appeared on Martijn's Lapsed Ordinary blog.
You're going to hear a lot about initial coin offerings (ICOs) in the coming months. As investors have poured more and more money into newly created virtual currencies, they have created a gold-rush mentality.
As an industry, we tend to refer to anyone who plays games as a "gamer.
Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, the Dealmaster is back with a big bag of deals for your weekend consideration. We're still in post-Amazon Prime Day mode, so here's the best of what is still live.
You know a technology's gone mainstream when the tabloids start yelling about it. This year the Sun, the Mirror, the Express, and the Daily Star have run splashes ranging from "Kodi Crackdown" through "Kodi Killers" to "Kodi TOTAL BAN!".
Later this year, Ars Technica will turn 20 years old. Our success has always been inextricably linked to the dedication of our readers, with 15 million of you arriving each month from around the world. To all of us who work here, that loyalty is profoundly humbling.
Last week, a United States federal appellate court unsealed a set of documents pertaining to Lavabit, the e-mail provider of choice for former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.
Since Galileo first discovered the moons of Jupiter and the phases of Venus, telescopes have gotten larger, more accurate, and more powerful. They're now installed all around the world from mountaintop observatories to suburban backyards.
According to security experts who have reviewed early developer versions of the forthcoming iOS 11, law enforcement will soon have a harder time conducting digital forensic searches of iPhones and iPads.
Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our partners at TechBargains, we're back before the holiday weekend with new deals to share.
Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is here again to bring you the latest deals courtesy of our partners at TechBargains.
Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our partners at TechBargains, we're back with a bunch of new deals to share before the weekend begins.
Welcome to 2018, filled with new newsletters, new launches, and new resolutions. In case "decluttering your digital life" sits among your goals in 2018, we're surfacing a classic Ars guide to achieving inbox zero. This piece originally run on December 14, 2008, and it appears unchanged below.
Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our partners at TechBargains, we have a number of new deals to share today. On the top of our list is a great deal on a Dell gaming laptop: snag a Dell Inspiron 15 7000 gaming notebook with a Core i5 Skylake processor, a 15.
Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have another round of deals to share. Today's roundup includes several discounts on Dell desktops and laptops, including an Inspiron 3650 desktop with a Core i7 (6th-gen) chip, 16GB of RAM, and a 2TB hard drive for $600.
Ars Technica will soon be celebrating its 20th birthday—an eternity online. In those two decades, we've experimented with different formats of reporting and blogging, with each experiment aimed at better serving our readers.
Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our partners at TechBargains, we're back with a new list of deals. Today only, Amazon is offering hundreds of dollars off select unlocked smartphones, including handsets from Motorola, LeEco, and Lenovo.
Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we're back with a slew of new deals to share. Today you can get $200 or $300 off a Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+ smartphone plus a bonus Gear VR headset when you participate in Samsung's trade-in program.
Update (11/27 11:20 AM ET): We've added new deals and removed a handful of offers that have expired. Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have a big round of Cyber Monday deals to share.
Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com—and let us know what you think. On first inspection, Cry Havoc looks like any number of similarly grim and gritty science fiction board games.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a pool in good use by humans will contain pee. As Ars has reported before, those disturbing warm spots create harmful chemicals. Urine and chlorinated water react to form trichloramine and cyanogen chloride.
GREENBELT, Md.—It has taken 60 years, but scientists and engineers are finally ready to reach for the stars—our star, that is. And they’re confident they won’t get burned.
Ars Technica is seeking an experienced writer and reviewer to join our Reviews Team.
Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have another round of deals to share. Every now and then, Amazon runs a collection of deals on Logitech accessories—today is one of those days.
Privacy activists and at least one senator are up in arms over a proposed change to a section of the Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure that would allow any magistrate judge to issue warrants authorizing government-sanctioned hacking anywhere in the country.
In January, we launched Ars Pro, which enables readers to support Ars while offering an ad-free experience. For $25 per year or $3 per month, Ars Pro lets you read Ars without seeing a single advertisement. You also get full-text RSS feeds.
Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our partners at TechBargains, we've got a new batch of deals to share. Today, you can get a Dell Inspiron 15 5000 notebook, complete with a Core i7 Kaby Lake CPU, 1TB SATA hard drive, 8GB of RAM, and Windows 10 Pro, for just $469.
A federal judge in Washington has now confirmed what has been strongly suspected: that Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) researchers at its Software Engineering Institute were hired by the federal government to do research into breaking Tor in 2014.
In my last article on next-gen filesystems, we did something in between a generic high altitude overview of next-gen filesystems and a walkthrough of some of btrfs' features and usage.
SAN FRANCISCO—The newest tradition at the Game Developers Conference is the "Alt.Ctrl" pavilion. Every year, hackers gather to present some of the weirdest games ever made.
How are new technologies going to affect people who want to cross national borders? Join Ars staffers Annalee Newitz and Cyrus Farivar for episode 10 of Ars Technica Live this Wednesday, 2/15, in conversation with Ahmed Ghappour, a law professor at the University of California, Hastings.
CES is still the biggest consumer tech showcase in the early part of the year, but if you're a smartphone company, you increasingly save your big announcements for Mobile World Congress in February. We're on the ground at the show this year, and we've already been busy.
Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our partners at TechBargains, we have a number of new deals to share. Now you can get a Samsung 55-inch UltraHD TV that supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision plus a $500 Dell gift card for only $1499.
On Wednesday, a California appeals court denied efforts to overturn a county court’s decision not to intervene in an ongoing dispute between the public defender’s office and the administrative arm of the Alameda County Superior Court itself. The dispute is over allegedly flawed court software.
Days ago, Ars reported on a controversial decision by the industry trade group that oversees the global development of Web standards.
Nolan Lawson is a software developer at Squarespace, focusing on Android and the mobile Web. This piece originally ran on his site, nolanlawson.com., and it's syndicated with Lawson's permission. It does not necessarily reflect the opinions and views of Ars Technica or of Squarespace.
Uber president Jeff Jones, a marketing expert who joined just six months ago to help soften Uber's abrasive image, has quit because his "beliefs and approach to leadership" were incompatible with what he "saw and experienced at Uber." Jones had previously been the chief marketing officer at Target.
The lawsuit, which was filed in January 2017 by a local doctor, involves a question that has yet to be fully resolved in the age of increasingly pervasive and inexpensive drones: how much can localities restrict them?
Our quick "Chairs Technica" write up last Thanksgiving was a hit, and we all enjoyed showing you all the different awesome places where we put our butts while working. This year, though, we wanted to give you something a little more interesting to look at: our computers and desks.
Detective Miller's plan started to take shape in this week's episode of The Expanse. We also find out that he had never been on a spacewalk before, despite not having been born down a gravity well. "I'm a city belter," he tells Diogo as they get to work on Eros' docks.
On Friday, we launched Ars Pro, our new and improved subscription offering. The response from you, our readers, has been amazing. You get all of this for just $25 per year, or $3 per month if you want to go that route.
Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our partners at TechBargains, we're back with a number of new deals. Our featured deal is a burner phone number from Hushed for $25. This service adds a second phone number to your smartphone and includes 500 minutes, 1,100 texts, and one number change per year.
You may not immediately look at The Americans—FX's Cold War sleeper-cell agent drama—and think "tech," but this critically beloved series' IT bonafides have been hiding in plain sight beneath wigs and a rockin' '80s soundtrack, just like its main characters.
Mac OS X 10.7 was first shown to the public in October 2010. The presentation was understated, especially compared to the bold rhetoric that accompanied the launches of the iPhone ("Apple reinvents the phone") and the iPad ("a magical and revolutionary device at an unbelievable price").
LOS ANGELES—Somebody thought adding 10,000 more people to E3's crowds was a good idea, and that somebody should be punished.
After a dozen years and nine major releases, OS X has had a full life: the exuberance of youth, gradually maturing into adulthood, and now, perhaps, entering its dotage. When I am an old operating system I shall wear… leather? The 2011 release of OS X 10.
Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we've got a number of new deals to share today. Now you can get a Dell Inspiron 15 5000 notebook, complete with Core i7 processor, 512GB SSD, and 8GB RAM for just $579.
AUSTIN, Texas—“We are here today because the importance of science in our nation is in dispute," Dr. Art Markman told the assembled crowd outside the Texas State Capitol. "And I have to lecture a bit because I’m a professor.”
Ars Technica is hiring! We are looking for an exceptional Web developer to join our small but fast-paced tech team. The ideal candidate will be a technology generalist and have experience in a number of areas, from dev-ops to front-end.
Malicious hackers wasted no time exploiting a critical bug in the Drupal content management system that allows them to execute malicious code on website servers. Just hours after maintainers of the open-source program disclosed the vulnerability, it came under active attack, they said.
It just got much easier to wage distributed denial-of-service attacks of once-unthinkable sizes, thanks to the public release of two ready-to-run exploits that abuse poorly secured memcached servers to flood targets with record amounts of junk traffic.
Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have another round of deals to share. It's CES time, which means the tech industry is introducing all manner of futuristic new gadgets, but the Dealmaster hasn't stopped finding discounts on the stuff that's available right now.
Ask Ars was one of the first features of the newly born Ars Technica back in 1998. And now, as then, it's all about your questions and our community's answers. Each week, we'll dig into our bag of questions, answer a few based on our own know-how, and then we'll turn to the community for your take.
The giveaway is over! Sorry if you missed it, but don't despair. We'll be doing more activities with GOG soon! Additionally, please note that all codes must be redeemed by May 1, 2017. After that, they will no longer work. (The game doesn't expire! Just unredeemed codes.)
Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our partners at TechBargains, we're back with a new list of deals to share. Dell is having its Black Friday in July sale, featuring savings on laptops, monitors, drones, and more.
Editor’s note: NASA’s proposed Deep Space Gateway has been in the news recently due to a joint statement of support for the project from US and Russian officials.
“I accept that the planet has warmed,” said conservative columnist Mark Steyn from the podium. “And I rejoice that it is warm.
The person who claims to have hacked an AOL e-mail account belonging to John Brennan, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, has now released a small spreadsheet with alleged personal information for a number of former and current government officials.
A bipartisan group of six senators has introduced legislation that would take a huge step toward securing elections in the United States.