New steam locomotive hits 100 mph on British tracks for first time in 50 years

The Tornado was built by hand from the original plans

It may not be a bullet train, but a steam locomotive made history this week as it became the first steam-driven train clocking 100 mph (161 km/h) on a British mainline track in over 50 years. On Wednesday, the coal-fired LNER Peppercorn Class A1 60163 Tornado hit its maximum speed on the East Coast Main Line (ECML) between Doncaster and Newcastle as part of its certification trials to allow it to operate on the UK rail network alongside its electric and diesel siblings.

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Oculus Rift vs. Gear VR (2017)

New Atlas compares the features and specs of the Oculus Rift (left) and 2017 Gear VR

While the new Gear VR that’s launching next week isn’t much changed from the 2016 model, there are a few differences – including a new controller. Let’s see how the specs and features of the 2017 Gear VR compare to those of the Oculus Rift.

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What Windows users need to know about the latest ‘ShadowBrokers’ exploits

Staying informed is the best way to prevent getting hacked.

A group calling themselves “ShadowBrokers” has been leaking files it claims to have found when it hacked into NSA computers. Many of the leaks are concerning, but the latest exploits for Windows have many folks wondering how it affects them and their computers. We’re not going to get too technical or dive into any details on how the hacks work, but we can help you understand what you need to know to protect yourself.

We tested the leaked files on virtual machines running Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8 Pro to see if they’re vulnerable. We also tested a local installation of Windows 10 Pro 64-bit. This is a quick list of what we found:

  • Windows 10 seems to be immune to the exploits leaked on April 14, 2017.
  • There are exploits that work 100 percent against Windows 7 with the April Service Pack.
  • There are exploits that work 100 percent against Windows Server 2012 R2 with the latest updates as of April 14, 2017.
  • There are exploits that work 100 percent against Windows XP with the latest updates.
  • Windows 8 Pro doesn’t grant full remote access when using these tools, but it isn’t immune and some slight variation of the code could make the OS vulnerable.

You’ll see headlines all over the internet warning you to shut down your Windows PC or disconnect from the internet right now. But don’t panic.

Autoblog Editors Choice: Best of the 2017 New York Auto Show

We select the five best reveals of the 2017 New York Auto Show, with vehicles from Honda, Lincoln, Jeep, Toyota, and Dodge.

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Department Of Justice Drops Federal Lawsuit Against North Carolina Over Anti-LGBT Bathroom Bill!

Donald Trump‘s administration is letting North Carolina take a huge piss on progress.

On Friday, the Department of Justice said it was dropping the lawsuit it filed last year over the state’s controversial “bathroom bill” — which restricted transgender people’s use of public bathrooms.

The Obama administration previously alleged the Tar Heel state violated the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bans discrimination based on sex, and argued the federal rights law also applied to trans discrimination.

Well, the Trump administration sees the issue differently — or more accurately, not worth their precious golf-playing, bomb-deploying time.

Related: NC Lawmaker Compares Abraham Lincoln To Hitler!

Justice Department officials said they were bowing out of the lawsuit because NC legislators recently repealed a portion of the law that clearly banned many trans people from using restrooms that match their gender identity in government facilities.

But while one part of the law, known as HB2, was repealed, state legislators kept another portion intact and added a new measure — and the final product still leaves plenty of room for LGBT discrimination.

The current policy bans local governments and schools from regulating bathroom access, and bans local LGBT rights rulings until 2020.

North Carolina joined the Trump administration in moving to dismiss the case on Friday. Governor Roy Cooper and state congressional leaders did not comment on the move because the state government is closed for Good Friday. How appropriate!

Related: NC Lawmakers Attempting To Ban Same-Sex Marriage!

Even so, North Carolina isn’t done fighting for this policy in court; the American Civil Liberties Union is still suing the state over the bathroom bill.

ACLU lawyer Chase Strangio is unsurprised the Trump administration dropped the ball on this fight, explaining:

“This is yet another example of the Trump administration abandoning and targeting the LGBT community and particularly the trans community. The reality on the ground in North Carolina is that there has been no repeal of HB2 and our community remains targeted in both rhetoric and law.”

Like LGBT activists say, this bill still encourages barring trans people from participating in public life. Which is why it’s so disheartening to see the Justice Department tap out.

This fight isn’t over!

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VW says it has bought, fixed more than half of polluting 2.0-liter diesels in US

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Six months on, VW has made significant progress in buying back cars affected by the diesel emissions scandal.

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