“WHAT HAPPENED????” How a remote tech writing gig proved to be an old-school scam

“WHAT HAPPENED????” How a remote tech writing gig proved to be an old-school scam

Enlarge / Maybe this is the “Mark Taylor” I seek… (credit: Getty Images | vladru)

After a layoff dumped me into the job market for the first time in more than a decade, I had an all-too-close encounter with a new breed of digital fraudsters who prey on the unemployed. These high-tech predators use a new twist on an old scam to “hire” the victim in order to gain access to their bank account. The scheme was cleverly engineered, but a couple of small irregularities tipped me off to my would-be assailants’ plans before they could steal anything more than two days’ worth of my time. Once alerted, I was even able to use some of their own tactics to inflict a bit of pain on the folks who sought to scam me.

Embarrassing as it might be, I’m sharing my experiences in the hope that they might help you

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The WWDC Liveblog: All the OS details from Apple’s annual keynote

The WWDC Liveblog: All the OS details from Apple’s annual keynote

Enlarge / Neon emoji and animoji images accompanied the invites to press. (credit: Apple)

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At 10am PDT (1pm EDT, 5pm GMT) on Monday, June 3, 2018, Apple will host its “special event”—or as we’ve long called it, the keynote—to kick off the 2019 Worldwide Developers Conference. In front of an audience of press and developers, the company is expected to share details about its upcoming major annual operating system updates for iPhones, iPads, Macs, Apple Watches, and other products.

Ars will once again be on the scene at WWDC in San Jose, and on Monday we’ll be sharing live updates throughout keynote in our liveblog—just come back here a few minutes before the event starts to follow along.

The main focus is expected to be iOS 13, the new version of Apple’s software for iPhones. Previous leaks and reports have suggested a number of

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Everyone needs a good pillow—even astronauts bound for Mars

Everyone needs a good pillow—even astronauts bound for Mars

Enlarge / Make sure you have your pillow… and your towel. (credit: NASA)

By all accounts, sleeping in space is a dream. After a long day of running experiments and rigorous exercise, astronauts on the International Space Station retire to their padded sleep pods, which have just enough room to fit the astronaut, a laptop mounted to a wall, and a few practical items. To prevent themselves from drifting through the station while catching some zero-g z’s, astronauts snuggle into a sleeping bag mounted to the wall of their sleep pod. As they start to slumber, their bodies relax and their arms drift out in front of them, making them look like floating zombies.

Absent from astronauts’ bedrooms, though, are pillows. In microgravity you don’t need one—you don’t even need to hold your head. Instead, it just naturally tips forward.

But just because pillows aren’t needed in space

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