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You must watch this Star Wars: The Last Jedi behind-the-scenes video

It’s a behind-the-scenes look at the next Star Wars flick, and everything is proceeding according to my plan that this movie will be ridiculously awesome. As soon as it was announced that Rian Johnson would be writing and directing The Last Jedi, I was sold on this flick. Johnson’s previous movies include Looper and Brick, which are both incredible, action-packed indies. We’ve seen some glimpses of the movie in a

Viking Ships UHC-Silo SSDs: 25 – 50 TB Capacity, Custom eMLC, SAS, $0.4 per GB

Viking Technology has started shipping their new lineup of ultra high capacity (UHC) SSDs designed to replace 3.5” HDDs in capacity-demanding applications that can take advantage of flash memory. The Viking UHC-Silo drives use planar eMLC NAND memory in custom packaging with raw NAND capacities of 25 TB and 50 TB, and consequently are currently the highest capacity SSDs available on the market. An increasing number of datacenters these days

Review: Days of Wonder’s hot new board game, Yamataï

Enlarge / Yamataï’s board gets increasingly colorful as the game progresses. Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com—and let us know what you think. Days of Wonder—the board game publisher behind hits like Small World and Ticket to Ride—has released Yamataï, its “big game” of 2017. It’s a veritable mashup of modern board game mechanics, everything from role

New Intel Kaby Lake Core i3 Processors: i3-7340, i3-7320T, i3-7120T, i3-7120

Last week Intel recently updated its specifications for the 7th generation processors. In doing so, we can see several new Kaby Lake i3 SKUs coming to desktop, along with a few new KBL-U series SoCs for notebooks and a new Xeon E3-1285 v6 CPU, which matches the specification for Apples newest iMac. The full specification update from Intel is listed here.  New Desktop Core i3 Kaby Lake CPUs The existing lineup

Scrap dealer finds Apollo-era NASA computers in dead engineer’s basement

NASA A pair of Apollo-era NASA computers and hundreds of mysterious tape reels have been discovered in a deceased engineer’s basement in Pittsburgh, according to a NASA Office of the Inspector General (OIG) report released in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Most of the tapes are unmarked, but the majority of the rest appear to be instrumentation reels for Pioneer 10 and Pioneer 11, NASA’s fly-by missions

TYAN Launches Latest Generation Skylake-SP Xeon Server Platforms

A few weeks ago we talked about Tyan’s demonstration of two new HPC servers for high-performance computing and deep workloads, the Tyan FT77D-B7109 and FT48B-B1700. Tyan looks to continue updating their HPC server platform using Intel’s newly launched Skylake-SP Xeons, and this week have added the GA88-B5631, TN200-B7108-X4S, and GT62F-B5630 to their lineup.  A peer-to-peer single root complex 1U server, the GA88-B5631 server platform can be used for cognitive computing

NASA finally admits it doesn’t have the funding to land humans on Mars

Enlarge / NASA’s chief of human spaceflight, Bill Gerstenmaier, speaks at the Humans to Mars summit in 2015. (credit: NASA) For the last five years or so, NASA has sold the public on a Journey to Mars, a grand voyage by which the agency will land humans on the red planet during the 2030s. With just budgetary increases for inflation, the agency said, it had the resources for humanity’s next

AMD Threadripper 1920X and 1950X CPU Details: 12/16 Cores, 4 GHz Turbo, $799 and $999

Last night out of the blue, we received an email from AMD, sharing some of the specifications for the forthcoming Ryzen Threadripper CPUs to be announced today. Up until this point, we knew a few things – Threadripper would consist of two Zeppelin dies featuring AMD’s latest Zen core and microarchitecture, and would essentially double up on the HEDT Ryzen launch. Double dies means double pretty much everything: Threadripper would