Comcast overcharged elderly couple $600, denied refund until contacted by Ars

Enlarge / A Comcast service van in October 2014. (credit: Mike Mozart / Flickr) When Badr’s grandparents moved from one house to another in April 2018, they had one simple request for Comcast—they wanted the cable company to transfer their Internet-only plan to the new address, with no changes to the service or price. Badr, who helps manage his grandparents’ …

This Tech Conference Is Being Held on an Animal Crossing Island

As our lives have become a seemingly endless series of work meetings on Zoom and FaceTime or WhatsApp catch-ups with friends, we’re all getting a bit sick of seeing people’s faces enclosed in a cold, almost lifeless, digital frame. A tech worker from New York had a different idea for his tech conference, which he announced, in all seriousness, on …

Glowing Blue Waves Lighting Up SoCal Coastline Roll Into the South Bay

Crashing waves emitting a flash of neon blue have lit up darkened stretches of Southern California’s coastline this month, most recently making an appearance in the South Bay. From a report: The sporadic phenomenon — sometimes called sea sparkle — is something scientists have been studying for 120 years. It’s associated with a red tide, or an algae bloom, made …

Raspberry Pi Gains a New 12.3-Megapixel Camera and Interchangeable Lenses

The Raspberry Pi can be used for all sorts of maker projects, and the foundation has offered camera modules for it since 2013, adding vision-related functionality. The first module was a modest 5-megapixel affair that was eventually replaced by an 8-megapixel Sony sensor four years ago. Today, sees the arrival of a new much higher 12.3 megapixel quality camera, and …

No Nintendo Direct Planned for June Due To Work-From-Home Hurdles

Nintendo is telling partner developers it’s not going to hold one of its Nintendo Direct video events in June. From a report: The publisher has had a June Direct to correspond with E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) every year since 2013. And before that, it held annual stage presentations. But complications brought about from Japan’s work-from-home order as part of its …

Zoom Admits it Doesn’t Have 300 Million Users, Corrects Misleading Claims

Zoom has admitted it doesn’t have 300 million daily active users. From a report: The admission came after The Verge noticed the company had quietly edited a blog post making the claim earlier this month. Zoom originally stated it had “more than 300 million daily users” and that “more than 300 million people around the world are using Zoom during …

Virtualization on the Linux desktop—Gnome Boxes vs virt-manager

Yes, you can just install Gnome Boxes from Software Center—but I’m a sysadmin at heart; I used apt instead. [credit: Jim Salter ] In the comments of our recent GhostBSD review, reader Enduzzer casually mentioned trying out the distribution in a Gnome Boxes VM. Linux’s Kernel Virtual Machine has been a mainstay of my own system administration for more than …

Hubble Captures Breakup of Comet ATLAS

The Hubble Space Telescope has captured the breakup of Comet ATLAS, a.k.a. C/2019 Y4. “The telescope resolved roughly 30 fragments of the fragile comet on April 20 and 25 pieces on April 23,” reports Phys.Org. From the report: The Hubble Space Telescope’s new observations of the comet’s breakup on April 20 and 23 reveal that the broken fragments are all …