Spicer Reminds Deputy Attorney General That He Works for Trump

Alayna Treene writing for Axios:

There has been a lot of discussion over the independence (or lack thereof) of Mueller’s investigation. Rosenstein recently assured the Senate Intelligence committee that he would only fire Mueller if there was “good cause”, regardless of Trump’s orders. But Spicer is insinuating that the president can still determine the special counsel’s fate.

Essentially, if you like your job, do as Trump says.

Apple’s Most Bonkers Supercomputer Ever

David Pierce writing for Wired:

Today, Apple showed that it does still care about PCs. It launched the new iMac Pro, a ridiculously powerful, 5K, space gray all-in-one that Apple seems to have made almost as a statement. That statement: if you need a supercomputer, Apple’s still the place to go. The iMac Pro can have processors up to 22 teraflops, memory up to 128 gigs, and as much as 4 terabytes of storage. There’s a new thermal cooling system with two fans that seems like it has its work cut out for it. It even has a new keyboard and trackpad to match.

I have no need for this thing whatsoever, but damn is it sexy and I want it so bad. If you want to see how utterly dope this thing looks, see Apple’s official announcement page.

Dictator-in-Chief

Josh Dawsey writing for Politico:

The White House is telling federal agencies to blow off Democratic lawmakers’ oversight requests, as Republicans fear the information could be weaponized against President Donald Trump.

At meetings with top officials for various government departments this spring, Uttam Dhillon, a White House lawyer, told agencies not to cooperate with such requests from Democrats, according to Republican sources inside and outside the administration.

Installing loyalist lackeys at all levels of the executive branch, making up facts, spreading misinformation, and consolidating power by slowly cutting information to anyone in government not in “the party”. I’m sure this is all fine. Nothing to worry about at all.

Voldemort Fan-Film Moves Forward with Warner Bros. Approval

Julia Alexander writing for Polygon:

With the legal battle out of the way, Pezzato said they could focus on the story they wanted to tell. The director told Polygon the concept came from re-reading the sixth novel, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, which spurred a number of questions they hadn’t thought about the first time around.

I saw the trailer to this a couple of days ago. It definitely looks interesting to have an interesting premise. It’s good to see a big studio allowing fan art like this to exist and I will definitely be checking it out when it’s released.

MacBook Pro delivery times slip until after WWDC

There have been rumors floating around of a MacBook Pro refresh at WWDC, so this could be evidence of Apple cutting supplies before it updates the current models. Or it could be nothing.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Definitive Preview

From David Kamp’s excellent piece for Vanity Fair:

Boyega recalled that when there was a backlash against his appearance in the first Force Awakens teaser trailer, released in November 2014—the sight of a black man in stormtrooper armor drew ire from racists and doctrinaire Star Wars traditionalists—Fisher counseled him not to take it to heart. “I remember—and forgive me, I’m going to drop the f-bomb, but that’s just Carrie—she said, ‘Ah, boohoo, who fuckin’ cares? You just do you,’”

This is just one of many wonderfully personal stories sprinkled throughout the piece. While really lengthy, the whole thing is worth a read.

The Apple Watch Doppelganger

Stephen Pulvirent for Hodinkee:

The new Swiss Alp Watch Zzzz (forgive the name) has an all-black dial that actually makes it look shockingly similar to its smartwatch inspiration.

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Let the Wookie(e) Win

Dallas Morning News:

Our review of the original Star Wars, which appeared in The Dallas Morning News on May 26, 1977, incorrectly referred to Chewbacca as a “Wookie.” The correct spelling, of course, is “Wookiee.” We regret the error and apologize to the seven-foot-tall hairy alien biped community.

Finally, this travesty has been corrected.

The Apple A.I. Engine

Mark Gurman reporting for Bloomberg:

Apple is working on a processor devoted specifically to AI-related tasks, according to a person familiar with the matter. The chip, known internally as the Apple Neural Engine, would improve the way the company’s devices handle tasks that would otherwise require human intelligence — such as facial recognition and speech recognition.

This makes a lot of sense. The motion coprocessor (M-Series chip in current iPhones) is an example of Apple breaking out background tasks to a dedicated chip. It can then tweak the single purpose hardware for power efficiency and squeeze every ounce of performance from the single purpose chip.

The Worst ‘Star Wars’ Movie

Carrie Wittmer writing for Business Insider:

The movie is so unwatchable — save for Ewan McGregor’s welcome presence, for which he should win some kind of peace prize — that it literally took me weeks to watch it. I could only bear it in 20-30 minute intervals. At a painful and unnecessary 2 hours and 22 minutes, “Attack of the Clones” makes watching the depressing ending of “Rogue One” on repeat sound appealing.

I agree that ‘Attack of the Clones’ is the weakest entry in the ‘Star Wars’ film franchise, but my negative feelings aren’t anywhere near Carrie’s. She does make some valid points, like the overuse of CGI, and some truly cringeworthy lines. On the whole, however, I think it’s an enjoyable film.