800,000 Californians could be without power by the end of the day

By the end of the day, more than half of all California counties could be without power. In an attempt to prevent wildfires, the state's largest utility Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) is rolling out a planned power outage. Once fully implement...

Tesla warns California customers to charge their EVs ahead of outages

With dry weather and windy conditions on the horizon, California's Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) utility is planning a mass power outage to prevent electricity lines from sparking wildfires. That could be bad news for electric vehicle owners,...

Verizon lifts data speed caps for wildfire responders amid backlash

Earlier this week, Verizon came under fire for throttling a fire department's unlimited data while it was responding to the massive Mendocino Complex Fire that's ravaging California. The department was ultimately pushed into a more expensive plan in...

Verizon data throttling hampered response to Mendocino wildfire

Santa Clara County Fire Chief Anthony Bowden has filed an addendum (PDF) as part of a lawsuit headed by 22 state attorneys general that's seeking to reinstate net neutrality regulations repealed by the FCC in December. In the addendum, Ars Technica r...

HP lost key historical archives in California’s wildfires

There's no question that California's recent wildfires are ultimately a human tragedy, destroying homes and upturning lives. Please donate if you can. However, they've also represented a loss for technology history. The Press Democrat has learned tha...

Snorting Smarties: A New Drug Craze among Youngsters


There are actual YouTube videos of this crazy practice that is spreading like wildfire among school-going students. And it is unbelievable to what extents people will go just to get high on something...

No Pants Subway Ride Season Arrives


Some cultural trends are so odd that they defy belief. One of these is the No Pants Subway Ride. For a limited period of time, some people board the subway system without any pants whatsoever. Of...