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    Mercenaries take on heist in zombie-ridden Vegas in Army of the Dead trailer / ArsTechnica · 21:21

Dave Bautista stars in the zombie heist film, Army of the Dead , directed by Zack Snyder.

Fresh off the successful release of Zack Snyder's Justice League , we'll soon be getting the director's latest project: Army of the Dead , about a group of mercenaries that attempts a heist in a zombie-ridden Las Vegas. In a sense, Snyder has come full circle. His directorial debut was 2008's Dawn of the Dead , an entertaining reboot of the original George Romero classic from 1978.

Army of the Dead started out as a joint project between Universal Studios and Warner Bros. back in 2007. But like so many films, it got stuck in development hell, until Zack Snyder signed on as director in 2019. Netflix picked up the distribution rights from Warner Bros. soon after.

Per the official premise:

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    It now seems likely that Starliner will not launch crew until early 2022 / ArsTechnica · 21:10 · 1 minute

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Enlarge / What a docking of Boeing's Starliner to the International Space Station will look like. (credit: Boeing )

About five weeks have passed since Boeing updated the status of its Starliner spacecraft, with the company saying it was "evaluating" a new target launch date for its next mission. This test flight of Starliner, which will not carry crew, is destined to launch on an Atlas V rocket and dock with the International Space Station for about a week before returning to Earth.

Despite the lack of an official update, it now seems likely that Boeing and NASA are targeting late July or early August for this test flight. This is largely due to traffic at the International Space Station rather than the readiness of Starliner itself. Two NASA sources said the vehicle is "close" to being ready, with only a few small tests to certify the spacecraft for flight remaining. Starliner is therefore expected to be ready to fly by early summer.

Traffic jam

The primary issue is the availability of space station docking ports fitted with an "international docking adapter," which are used by SpaceX's Crew Dragon, Cargo Dragon 2, and Starliner vehicles. There are presently two such ports on the station, and for NASA, the priority for access to these ports are crew rotations followed by supply missions. So the question becomes when the Starliner test flight can find an open slot on station.

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    Tesla tells customers they’ll have to pay more for solar roof / ArsTechnica · 20:50

An upscale suburban house has a Tesla in the driveway and solar panels on the roof.

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Tesla has jacked up the price of its solar roof, which integrates solar panels directly into roof tiles, Electrek reports . A 12.3 kW system that Electrek priced at $54,966 last summer now costs more than $70,000, according to Tesla's online calculator.

Customers report that Tesla is not only raising prices for future solar roof installations—it's demanding more money from some existing customers whose panels haven't been installed yet.

"Tesla has reneged on its solar roof contracts and has raised the prices for people (like me) who have already signed contract with them," one Ars reader told us. "For example, they are asking for an additional $21,000 for my project from about $66,000 to $87,000."

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    iOS users—and only iOS users—face NSFW content ban on Discord app / ArsTechnica · 19:56 · 1 minute

This cute little pig has obviously seen some things that iOS users will no longer be allowed to see on Discord.

Enlarge / This cute little pig has obviously seen some things that iOS users will no longer be allowed to see on Discord.

Discord users who access the Discord app through iOS will now face restrictions on adult content that go beyond those for other platforms. The gaming-focused social networking app—which lets users create public or private servers to chat via with text, image, voice, and video livestreaming— announced this week that "all users on the iOS platform (including those aged 18+) will be blocked from joining and accessing NSFW servers. iOS users aged 18+ will still be able to join and access NSFW communities on the desktop and web versions of Discord."

That NSFW designation can be set by the server owner or by Discord itself, in keeping with community guidelines requiring the label on loosely defined "adult content." Individual channels within a server can be designated as NSFW without imposing limits on the full server, but an entire server may be labeled as NSFW "if the community is organized around NSFW themes or if the majority of the server’s content is 18+," the company said.

Discord has set up an appeals process for server owners to challenge an NSFW designation. Individual users can also contact Discord if they were accidentally identified as minors during an age-verification process. But that age change will still be meaningless on iOS, where users of all ages will be barred from NSFW content.

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    Victory for municipal broadband as Wash. state lawmakers end restrictions / ArsTechnica · 19:29

The front of the Washington state Capitol building seen during daytime.

Enlarge / State Capitol building in Olympia, Washington. (credit: Getty Images | traveler1116 )

The Washington state legislature has voted to end limits on municipal broadband, and the bill lifting those restrictions now awaits the signature of Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee. The state Senate passed the bill Sunday in a 27-22 vote, and the state House passed it on February 23 by a vote of 60-37.

"This bill reverses decades of bad policy—Washington was one of only 18 states with a STATE LAW prohibiting some local governments from offering broadband directly to the public," Democratic Rep. Drew Hansen, the bill's lead sponsor, wrote on Twitter . "Long overdue. Thanks to the BIPARTISAN group of Senators who stood up for public broadband today!!"

The Senate vote went mostly along party lines, but one Republican (Brad Hawkins) voted yea and three Democrats (Steve Hobbs, Mark Mullet, and Lisa Wellman) voted nay.

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    17th-century pirates might have stashed Middle Eastern coins in New England / ArsTechnica · 19:12

Extreme close-up photo of centuries-old coins on blue velvet.

Enlarge / A Yemeni khamsiyat (top left), a Spanish real (top right), and an English shilling (bottom) from the 17th century. (credit: Associated Press )

According to historian and metal-detector enthusiast Jim Bailey, the handful of 17th-century Arabic coins unearthed at sites across New England could be remnants of an infamous pirate's last big score—or, to put it another way, money stolen from a ship full of religious pilgrims during a horrific mass murder at sea.

"It's a new history of a nearly perfect crime," Bailey told the Associated Press.

Bailey found a handful of Colonial-era coins and musket balls, along with a shoe buckle, buried beneath a fruit orchard in Middletown, Rhode Island, in 2014. Amid the English and Colonial-issued coins, Bailey noticed something unusual: a coin as weathered and tarnished as the rest, but engraved in Arabic. It turned out to be a Yemeni coin called a khamsiyat, minted in 1693.

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    Today’s best tech deals: Logitech MX Master 3, Eneloop batteries, and more / ArsTechnica · 18:43

Today’s best tech deals: Logitech MX Master 3, Eneloop batteries, and more

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Today's Dealmaster includes a return of the best price we've tracked for Logitech's MX Master 3, our favorite wireless mouse for everyday use, which is currently down to $80 at Staples when you use the code "79674" at checkout. You can also use this code to take $20 off the Mac version of Logitech's MX Keys, a wireless keyboard we've previously recommended . Elsewhere, our roundup also includes a low price on a set of Panasonic's Eneloop rechargeable batteries , ongoing sales on several Xbox and PlayStation games, deals on Google Nest smart home products, and more. You can check out the full list below.

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    Spring Loaded: Apple announces April 20 event / ArsTechnica · 17:30

Apple will host its first product unveiling event in more than five months, the company announced Tuesday. Invitations that went out this morning state that the event will take place at 10:00 am PST on Tuesday, April 20, 2021.

Many people didn't learn about this event from the invitation that went out this morning. Rather, they learned hours before when Siri began answering the question "Hey Siri, when is Apple's next event?" with "The special event is on Tuesday, April 20, at Apple Park in Cupertino, CA. You can get all the details at"

As has become the custom, the event has a tagline: "Spring Loaded." The taglines usually harbor subtle clues about what products might be updated or how, as well as the general theme of the event.

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