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Facebook’s internet-serving drone under investigation over test flight accident

An accident involving Facebook’s internet-serving Aquila drone is being investigated by U.S. aviation safety agency the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Facebook previously touted the drone’s first test flight as a success.

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US lawmakers introduce bill to delay enhanced government hacking powers

U.S. lawmakers have introduced legislation to delay the coming into force on Dec. 1 of a rule change that aims to expand the government’s ability to search computers and other digital devices across many jurisdictions with a single warrant.

The new Review the Rule Act aims to delay for discussion proposed amendments to rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure until July 1 next year. The changes to the rule have already been approved by the Supreme Court in April, and if Congress doesn’t act to the contrary, they will go into effect on Dec. 1.

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China still has the two most powerful supercomputers in the world

China’s Sunway TaihuLight and Tianhe-2 topped the list of supercomputers, maintaining the lead the systems had six months ago, according to the Top500 supercomputer rankings.

The U.S. and China increased the number of supercomputers in the list and are now neck and neck with each having 171 systems, according to the 48th edition of the rankings, released Monday. China had 167 systems to 165 from the U.S. in June’s edition of the biannual listing.

Germany trailed with 32 systems in the current list, followed by Japan with 27, France at  20, and the U.K. with 17. This is a sea change from a year ago when the U.S. clearly led the pack with 200 supercomputers, followed by China with 108, Japan at 37, Germany with 33, and both France and the UK having 18 of these big systems.

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Windows Update on Windows 7 is fast again

We’re back. Windows 7 users can finally return to the normal world, where operating system bug fixes are installed in a reasonable amount of time.

A few days ago, Woody Leonhard wrote about an improved version of Windows Update for Windows 7, one that installs bug fixes in mere minutes rather than hours or days. I have tried it on three Windows 7 machines, and it works fine, bug fixes install faster than a speeding bullet.

This updated Windows Update is only for those in the know, but reading this blog makes you one of the privileged few. Spread the word. 

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