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The Next Surface Pro; NASA Back in the Game; Musk Out; Net Neutral in CA
 

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October 1 · Issue #94 · View online
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The Next Surface Pro; NASA Back in the Game; Musk Out; Net Neutral in CA

On the Surface. Today, I compose this newsletter on a Surface Pro, the fifth generation of Microsoft’s very popular, convertible Windows 10 machine. Tomorrow, however, I may be laying my hands on a new Surface, or two. Microsoft’s holding a big New York City product event and I’ll be there to gather all the details and check out the new products. As is typical in these cases, there have already been some leaks. The newest ones promise a new Surface Pro and an updated Surface laptop but apparently, they may be missing a key feature everybody (most everybody) wants.
Surface Laptop 2 and Surface Pro 6 rumors: no USB-C ports - The Verge Surface Laptop 2 and Surface Pro 6 rumors: no USB-C ports - The Verge
Back to space. Remember when NASA was obsessed with the Moon? It sent crews to and around the space rock multiple times over the course of five years, then it lost interest. Unless it’s a probe, NASA lost interest in manned missions to the moon (and anywhere else for that matter). That’s changing with NASA and others who all plan to visit the lunar surface within the next decade. In fact, NASA just announced a bold plan for manned missions to both the Moon and Mars. There’s still a lot of space science to solve, like how to keep humans healthy on long-term space missions, and some of us may be quite old by the time they accomplish these goals, but it’s exciting nonetheless.
NASA’s Got Ambitious Goals for Crewed Space Exploration – Futurism NASA’s Got Ambitious Goals for Crewed Space Exploration – Futurism
Musk out. Just days after the SEC announced it was suing Tesla founder, CEO and Chairman Elon Musk for false and misleading statements regarding the aborted taking the company private again plan, there’s a fraud settlement. Musk is still CEO of the company, but he lost one very important title and a big chunk of money. The news helped buoy Tesla stock and may mark the end of a particularly rough patch for Musk. I wonder if he’ll still get to conduct earnings calls.

Musk to resign as Tesla chairman, remain as CEO in SEC settlement | Reuters Musk to resign as Tesla chairman, remain as CEO in SEC settlement | Reuters
New Net rules-ish. The FCC ended Net Neutrality rules in June which made a lot of people unhappy. The good news is that, for the moment, not much has changed in our Internet experience. However, without the rules in place, it’s only a matter of time before companies start throttling our experience with one service in favor or another that they perhaps own or they start blocking small sites featuring opinions they don’t support. Unless you live in California, where the state just passed its own Net Neutrality law that essentially reinstates all the old FCC rules. Naturally, the FCC is suing to block this law, stating that California doesn’t have, for instance, the interstate commerce authority to do so. Who’s right? A judge may have to decide.
Calif. enacts net neutrality law—US gov’t immediately sues to block it [Updated] | Ars Technica Calif. enacts net neutrality law—US gov’t immediately sues to block it [Updated] | Ars Technica
P.S. Making geeks super happy.
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