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TikTok on the Clock, the era of Tesla's failure, and how NASA fixed a '70s-era space computer| GuyWhoKnowsThings



On Wednesday, President Biden signed a bill into law that would force the sale of TikTok or ban the app entirely. We explain how this came about, when just a few weeks ago it seemed unlikely it would happen, and what legal challenges the law will face next. We then review Tesla's dismal year and what's next for the company after this week's terrible quarterly earnings report. Finally, to boldly support technology where it has never been supported before: engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory are trying to fix a chip malfunction 15 billion miles away.

Guests:

  • Andrew HawkinsTransportation Editor at The Verge

  • Todd Barber, propulsion engineer at the Jet Propulsion Lab

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“Hard Fork” is hosted by Kevin Roose and Casey Newton and produced by Whitney Jones and Raquel Cohn. The program is edited by just support. Engineering by Alicia Moxley and original music Daniel Powell, marion lozano and Rowan Niemisto Fact verification by caitlin love.

Special thanks to Paula Szuchman, Pui-Wing Tam, Nell Gallogly, Kate LoPresti and Jeffrey Miranda.


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