Wells Fargo Says Hundreds of Customers Lost Homes After Computer Glitch – This Week in Tech – 08/12/2018

Wells Fargo Says Hundreds of Customers Lost Homes After Computer Glitch

Hundreds of people had their homes foreclosed on after software used by Wells Fargo incorrectly denied them mortgage modifications…


SpaceX Is Quietly Planning Mars-Landing Missions With the Help of NASA and Other Spaceflight Experts

SpaceX, the aerospace company founded by Elon Musk, held a hush-hush conference in Colorado this week to formulate a plan for landing people on Mars and building an outpost…


FCC Admits It Was Never Actually Hacked

The FCC has come clean on the fact that a purported hack of its comment system last year never actually took place, after a report from its inspector general found a lack of evidence supporting the idea. Chairman Ajit Pai blamed the former chief information officer and the Obama administration for providing “inaccurate information about this incident to me, my office, Congress, and the American people.”…


Frozen Machines, 243-Percent Turnout, and Other Woes in Georgia Voting

With worn-out clichés about the dead voting, Chicago used to be the poster child for voter fraud. But if any state is a poster child for terrible election practices, it is surely Georgia. Bold claims demand bold evidence, and unfortunately there’s plenty; on Monday, McClatchy reported a string of irregularities from the state’s primary election in May, including one precinct with a 243-percent turnout…


Analysis Reveals That World’s Largest Battery Saved South Australia $8.9 Million in 6 Months

Tesla’s 129 megawatt-hour (MWh) Hornsdale Power Reserve (HPR) battery in South Australia continues to pull new tricks out of its hat and raking in the savings for South Australian residents along the way…


Samsung Is About to Make 4TB SSDs and Mobile Storage Cheaper

A couple of years ago, Samsung launched its first 4TB solid state drives, which might as well not have existed given their $1,499 asking price. Today, the company announces the commencement of mass production of a more — though it’s too early to know exactly how much more — affordable variant with its 4TB QLC SSDs. The knock on QLC NAND storage has traditionally been that it sacrifices speed for an increased density, however Samsung promises the same 540MBps read and 520MBps write speeds for its new SSDs as it offers on its existing SATA SSD drives…


AI Spots 40,000 Prominent Scientists Overlooked by Wikipedia

AI is often criticized for its tendency to perpetuate society’s biases, but it’s equally capable of fighting them. Machine learning is currently being used to scan scientific studies and news stories to identify prominent scientists who aren’t featured on Wikipedia. Many of these scientists are female, and their omission is particularly significant in the world’s most popular encyclopedia, where 82 percent of biographies are written about men…

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