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Road tripping in a Ferrari 488 GTB: Worth the wait

August 12th, 2017

Although we usually pay for our own travel expenses, for this trip, Ferrari provided a night’s accommodation in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

Video edited by Jennifer Hahn. (video link)

LAKEVILLE, Conn.—Anyone lucky enough to be shopping for a mid-engined supercar in 2017 has quite the array of possibilities before them. There’s the Lamborghini Huracán, now also available with just rear-wheel drive. McLaren has its new 720S, the follow-up to the sublime 650S we were so smitten with.

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Road tripping in a Ferrari 488 GTB: Worth the wait

August 12th, 2017

Although we usually pay for our own travel expenses, for this trip, Ferrari provided a night’s accommodation in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

Video edited by Jennifer Hahn. (video link)

LAKEVILLE, Conn.—Anyone lucky enough to be shopping for a mid-engined supercar in 2017 has quite the array of possibilities before them. There’s the Lamborghini Huracán, now also available with just rear-wheel drive. McLaren has its new 720S, the follow-up to the sublime 650S we were so smitten with.

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Bosch took us for a ride in its level 3 autonomous car

July 18th, 2017

Bosch provided flights to Frankfurt and three nights’ accommodation for this trip to the Bosch Mobility Experience.

Video edited by Jennifer Hahn. (video link)

BOXBERG, GERMANY—Are autonomous cars like buses? In one way, yes. You wait ages for a ride in one, and then all of a sudden several show up in short succession. In late June, we went for a spin in Jack, Audi’s level 3 autonomous test vehicle. Then, a couple of weeks later in Germany at the Bosch Mobility Experience, we got to sample another such vehicle.

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The U.S. government is removing scientific data from the internet

June 30th, 2017

Ars Live is filmed by Chris Schodt and produced by Jennifer Hahn. (video link)

In our latest episode of Ars Technica Live, Ars editors Annalee Newitz and Joe Mullin talked to UC Santa Cruz sociology professor Lindsey Dillon about how the Trump Administration has been removing scientific and environmental data from the Web. Lindsey is part of a group called Environmental Data Governance Initiative (EDGI), which is working on ways to rescue that data and make it available to the public.

Lindsey told us how EDGI got started in November 2016, within days of the presidential election. Its founders are scientists and academics whose main goal was to make sure that researchers and citizens would continue to have access to data about the environment. They organized data rescue events around the country, where volunteers identified vulnerable climate information on websites for several government agencies, including the EPA, DOE, and even NASA. The Internet Archive helped by creating digital records of all the at-risk pages.

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If Ferrari built an M3: The 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

June 26th, 2017

Video shot and edited by Jennifer Hahn (video link)

It’s fair to say that I’d been looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio for some time. The brand’s new flagship sedan is a $72,000, 505hp (377kW) rear-wheel drive statement of intent, a car that says to rivals at BMW and Mercedes and Cadillac that the Italians are back. It first caught our attention at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, then again in Los Angeles. Last year, the Giulia Quadrifoglio teased us some more in New York 2016 and then once again this year when we awarded it Best New Luxury Car. But a build-up like that can be risky. Cars don’t always meet our expectations, and there’s little worse than the feeling when you fail to gel with a car you’ve been looking forward to driving.

A man on a TV show once said something along the lines of “you can’t consider yourself a true petrolhead until you’ve had an Alfa Romeo.” At the time, I wasn’t entirely sure what he was talking about. The Alfas that populated the roads during my early driving years in the 1990s were unremarkable and badly compromised. During the 2000s, they were pretty but almost exclusively front-driven. And the Giulietta rental car I crossed Europe in a few years back had the most amazingly uncomfortable driving seat I’d ever encountered.

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Bay Area: Join us tonight, 6/21, to discuss the US gov’t scientific data purge

June 21st, 2017

Enlarge / UC Santa Cruz professor Lindsey Dillon will join us at Ars Live.

After taking office in January, the Trump administration began systematically removing scientific and environmental data from government websites. Sociology professor Lindsey Dillon is helping to run a data-rescue project called the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI), whose aim is to preserve this data and make it accessible to the public. At Ars Technica Live #14, we’ll be hosting a public discussion with Dillon about her work.

Join Ars Technica editors Annalee Newitz and Joe Mullin tonight at Eli’s Mile High Club for the live taping of our monthly discussion series. Dillon will talk to us about EDGI, as well as her research on environmental racism in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Ars Live takes place on the third Wednesday of every month at Eli’s Mile High Club in Oakland (3629 MLK Way). They have the best tater tots you’ve ever eaten. So crispy!

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Ars Live: How to build weird things on the Internet and influence people

May 24th, 2017

Ars Live #13 was filmed by Chris Schodt and produced by Jennifer Hahn. (video link)

Our guest at Ars Technica Live this month was Norman Chan, the founder of Tested.com. There, he works as a producer with Adam Savage, Simone Giertz, and other maker geeks to create delightful, weird, and genuinely educational videos about how to build everything imaginable. Norm told Cyrus Farivar and me about how he made the leap from print media to video and what it’s like to be the guy whose job is to do things like visit the giant particle accelerator at CERN and the set of Alien Covenant.

Tested.com got started back in 2010 as a site for people who wanted non-snarky tech journalism, especially about consumer electronics. Norm said his love for video really started with a love of camera tech. After reviewing so many cameras for magazines and sharing his enthusiasm with a big audience, it seemed logical to start using those cameras to tell stories online.

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Bay Area: Join us tonight 5/17 to talk about blowing things up on the Internet

May 10th, 2017

Enlarge / Just another day at work for Norman Chan. (credit: Tested.com)

What’s it like to poke, prod, and blow up stuff for a living? We’ll find out from Norman Chan, our guest for Episode 13 of Ars Technica Live, tonight at Oakland’s incredible Eli’s Mile High Club.

Chan is the editor of Tested, Adam Savage’s website and YouTube channel covering the intersections of technology, science, art, and pop culture. Recently, Chan documented an arctic expedition with astronaut Chris Hadfield. His photo of “VR Face” has been seen by millions around the world. He is obsessed with Lego.

He’ll be in conversation with Ars Technica Editors Annalee Newitz and Cyrus Farivar.

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How to get a Vulcan salute from Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds

March 24th, 2017

This actually happened. (video link)

AUSTIN, Texas—I said I could work an interview with the writers into my piece. Then, the e-mail came: “Nathan, Your TV interviews will begin at 2:45pm. Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal are paired together.”

Huh? When Life was announced as the closing film for South by Southwest, I knew I’d be taking the review reigns from Senior Space Terror Editor, Lee Hutchinson. I didn’t know I’d be agreeing to do this. A-list celebrity interviews don’t happen often (if at all, sorry Matt Damon) around Ars, and they definitely don’t happen in person. They don’t happen on camera, either.

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The 2017 Mini Countryman: SUV practicality, car-like driving fun

March 20th, 2017

Although we usually cover our own travel costs, in this case that was not an option; flights and two nights accommodation on this trip to Portland were paid for by Mini.

Playing around with the 2017 Mini Countryman in the snow. Video shot by Tom Voelk, edited by Jennifer Hahn. (video link)

Mini: an adjective “denoting a miniature version of something.” When you think of the word in conjunction with cars, the small city car springs to mind. Perhaps it’s not quite a description one associates with the crossover or SUV, but those are the vehicles that consumers are demanding, which is why we travelled to Portland, Oregon, to try out the all-new 2017 Mini Cooper Countryman. It’s the biggest Mini ever—more of a Maxi, really—but it’s also the most practical car in Mini’s range. What’s more, it’s fun to drive, something that can’t be said of most of the breed, and a plug-in hybrid version is even on the way, although we won’t see that until June.

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