Gps watches for children appear to be again unsafe

  There is new research into the security of gps watches for children and again it turns out that these are not in order. This time draws antivirusfirma AV-Test to the call. With gps watches can parents help their children through a smartphone app to keep an eye on. It communicates with the sim card in the watch, so that they know where their children are posted. Possibly they will get a notification when the child in a particular area – such as the school playground – leave. This kind…

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Ask HN: What notes app do you use?

Ask HN: What notes app do you use? 1 point by justadudeama 37 minutes ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 1 comment I am looking for a new notes app to use and wondering what you guys use. I really like using plaintext and markdown, but I would also really like to be able to annotate/draw with a stylus. curiousgal 2 minutes ago inb4 org-mode reply

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Powering BBC Online with nanoservices

A pseudo-serverless approach to making flexible APIs and websites The BBC has a wide range of websites and apps, ranging from the huge, global BBC News to the specialist, such as Bitesize. Creating this broad variety of experiences, in an affordable and reliable way, is a big technical challenge. To achieve this, one approach we’ve taken is nanoservices: hundreds of small components, developed and owned by different teams, which come together in different ways to make different experiences. It’s a form of serverless computing, and it’s produced some interesting results.…

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Can You Stop Using Story Points?

Note: This post is targeted at product managers who may have missed the Agile community’s long-running debate over story point estimation. As PMs, we may only marginally influence this practice, but we should make sure we aren’t complicit in abuse/misuse, and that we advocate for what helps our teammates. I’m currently in the middle of reading How to Measure Anything: Finding the Value of Intangibles in Business by Douglas W. Hubbard. It’s the third edition, so I am very, very late to the party. Hubbard stresses the “job” (the decision)…

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Why and How I Built a Compact, Top-Notch, Deep Learning Rig at Home for $1800

My Motivation (for building a rig + writing about it) So, cut to the chase already, man, right? Ok, will do. Here’s what specifically led me to build my own rig, and roughly how I wanted to go about it. A quote that I found relevant to what follows, from the book “Calculus Made Easy: being a Very Simplest Introduction to those Beautiful Methods of Reckoning which are Generally Called by the Terrifying Names of the Differential Calculus and the Integral Calculus” by Silvanus Phillips Thompson. The initial catalyst was the…

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Finally Free Escape Is Now Open Source

Today we’re excited to announce that Escape, our cross-cloud release engineering toolkit, has been open sourced! Escape is a command line tool written in Go to help with the release engineering, life-cycle management and Continuous Delivery of software platforms and its artefacts. Managing Multiple Environments Whether it’s source code. cloud infrastructure, data or documentation; most artefacts go through one or several phases before going live. Often this means that there will be at least one environment that is as close to the real thing as possible so that the business…

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May the next Etsy learn its lessons

Can I interest you in a necklace with a lesson for eternity? Venture capital taught Etsy that making money wasn’t a skill it needed to learn early on. Go on, it said, spend the millions. And when you’ve spent those, come back and get some more. So Etsy did. They came back for a B round, then a C round, then D, E, and F rounds. Just shy of $100 million in total. That experience deluded Etsy into thinking that they, uniquely, could ferry the scorpion across the river without…

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Why is ethics suddenly a big topic in Machine Learning?

From Isaac Asimov’s three laws to Elon Musk’s “Summoning the Demon”, ethics of AI is a popular conversation starter. However, there is now a sudden urgency felt by the general population. Here we look at the economics of Ethics and see why this topic has reached crisis pitch. Elon Musk: With artificial intelligence we’re summoning the demon. You know those stories where there’s the guy with the pentagram, and the holy water, and he’s like — Yeah, he’s sure he can control the demon? Doesn’t work out. Isaac Asimov: You know that…

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Researchers craft Android app that reveals spyware; barred from doing so on iOS

Yale Privacy Lab and Exodus Privacy’s devastating report on the dozens of invasive, dangerous “trackers” hidden in common Android apps was generated by writing code that spied on their target devices’ internal operations, uncovering all manner of sneaking trickery. it would be great if we had effective regulatory oversight and the power to seek legal relief from these companies for lying to us and/or sneaking spyware into our lives; but every bit as important is the right to independently audit their actions (as Privacy Lab and Exodus have…

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Using ads to train bots to generate race-based meta data

This post is going to take a more casual tone because, I fear, it’s the only way to convey the seriousness of its contents. My name is Patrick Ryan. I’m the voice of Nightmare in Soul Caliber 3. (That page stretches my face lol) It was my very first voice over gig and it was the very first voice over gig I ever auditioned for. I was told it was for a “necromancer” and the booth director had no idea what that was, so I said I’d give him a…

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The most censored racist website on the Internet

The Daily Stormer has just become one of the most censored websites by all major domain and web hosting providers. They’ve been jumping between new TLD domain names, web hosting and dns server providers since they got kicked off from their original network. But for those who don’t know about this website… What is The Daily Stormer? It is an American neo-nazi – white supremacist website founded by Andrew Anglin, its current editor. The website is one of the most popular neo-nazi websites who share news and comments worldwide for…

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The Greatest Computer Network You’ve Never Heard of (PLATO System)

Nearly 60 years ago, in the modest college towns of Urbana and Champaign, Illinois, an educational computer system, built with federal funding acquired amid the space race, took its first formative steps toward existence. It took more than a decade, and four iterations, for the mainframe machine and its many terminals to reach their full potential—everything had to be be built from scratch. And when these educational terminals finally became good enough for regular use, the thousands of connected high school and college students immediately used them to program numerous…

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The Missing 23rd of the Month

Previously, I explained why the 11th of most months is mentioned far less than the other days in the Google Ngrams database of English literature from 1800-2008. This was to solve a long-standing question posed in an xkcd comic. While researching this, I encountered another mystery: the 2nd, 3rd, 22nd, and 23rd are unusually low as well—but only until the 1930s, at which point they become perfectly normal days. Last time, I set this question aside to focus on the 11th. In this installment, I explain the strange behavior of these four days. To remind everyone, the graph below is the…

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The Ultimate Guide to Passing Job Interviews

This  guide to job interview is an encyclopedia of all the information that job seekers and interviewees of different forms need to know. It encompasses every minute detail of a job interview, starting from the point of getting an interview schedule to professionally acing the interview. It also contains how to be effective and efficient in the first hundred (100) days at work. It is very quintessential for potential job interviewees to have this, as it is not just a guide to interviews but also a tool for sure success…

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Programming in 2018

Programming in 2018 1 point by newbieweb 9 minutes ago | hide | past | web | favorite | discuss I’m looking to get into Web development. I’ve learned somethings about PHP and Javascript just never really made anything. Read a bunch of books and online courses. What does one need to learn in 2018 to become employable as a Web developer? any advice would be useful. Thank you I’m thinking starting with HTML, CSS first but there is so many new things in the Web is hard to know…

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Is Anyone Good Enough for an H1-B Visa?

Advertisement Six months ago I won the lottery — the H-1B visa processing lottery for skilled foreign workers. I called my thrilled parents and celebrated with friends. I’m from northeastern China and have an M.B.A. from Stanford, and was planning to stay in Silicon Valley to help start a company based on a promising new technology to improve the use of data. I was overjoyed because, historically, being selected in the lottery was a near guarantee that an applicant could remain in this country at least three more years. But…

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Microsoft finally unlocks Apps for Chromebooks

The journey to seeing Microsoft Office actually land on Chromebooks has been a bit of an odyssey. When the Play Store began showing up on select Chromebooks over a year ago, this was one of the key things many users were very interested in seeing. As the ASUS Chromebook Flip was the first out of the gate with Android support, it was one of the first devices we tried out the Office suite on. And it worked. Naturally, we assumed this was simply the case with all future Chromebooks that…

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Ask HN: Best online resources to learn about Bitcoin/Cryptocurrency?

Ask HN: Best online resources to learn about Bitcoin/Cryptocurrency? 1 point by stevenj 38 minutes ago | hide | past | web | discuss | favorite Over this Thanksgiving holiday weekend, I wanted to provide my Dad (a retired banker) with some online links to learn about Bitcoin and cryptocurrency. I, myself, don’t know much about Bitcoin nor cryptocurrency, so I would like to read the material, too. Where would someone start – what are good online resources that give a good introductory explanation of what it is, as well…

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How Could Artificial Intelligence Change Assisted Living Facilities?

Shutterstock An estimated 10,000 people will turn 65 every day for the next 19 years, according to the Pew Research Center. While many people prefer to retire at home, certain health and financial conditions compel them to move to an assisted living facility (ALF). But due to a fragmented market and lack of standard processes, I’ve observed that ALFs face a number of challenges including, but not limited to, high employees turnover, increasing regulations, falls prevention and family’s distrust. The technologies commonly used in ALFs are not much help. Most are…

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Uber Hacks and Bitcoin Futures

Oh, Uber. If you are a big consumer-facing company and you store data on an external server, and someone breaks into that server and accesses personal information about millions of your customers, then that is usually called “hacking,” and it is a big deal, and “a patchwork of state and federal laws require companies to alert people and government agencies when sensitive data breaches occur.” On the other hand, if one of your employees logs into that server and accesses that information, that is just something that happens every day in the ordinary…

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Beauty Shots of Retro Machines

From time to time I take photos of computers from my collection. These are all working computers or peripherals, ready to be used for work or gaming. Click on an image to download a large version. Feel free to use these images, but please mention my name as the author and send me a short email describing where you are planning to use it. Atari Mega ST 1 with Atari Megafile 30 hard disk module, Atari keyboard, Atari SM124 monitor and third-party 3.5-inch drive, 5.25-inch drive, mouse. Macintosh IIsi (M0360)…

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Before Peter Thiel invested, research on herpes vaccine began in US hotel rooms

reader comments 36 Share this story The researcher who conducted a controversial 2016 herpes vaccine trial on the island of St. Kitts without federal safety oversight had secretly begun the trial in the US three years earlier. He began them in hotel rooms not far from his academic lab. That’s according to a new investigation by Kaiser Health News. That researcher, the late Dr. William Halford of Southern Illinois University, administered shots to at least eight people with herpes in 2013. Without any federal or institutional approval or oversight, he…

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Analysis of ‘Call of Duty: WWII’

  The last installments of the million dollar Call of Duty offered the sensation of needing a renovation for a long time. He gave the impression of having been in that gloomy period of transition between platforms that began four years ago. The followers of the series, whose designs depend on Activision, confessed saturated and everyone agreed that the franchise was definitely not improving each year. When they officially confirmed the rumors that framed the context of the next installment in the War, the proclamation not only marked a new…

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Here Comes High-Resolution Car Radar

A dozen or so startups are developing high-resolution radar chips that use various modulation schemes and processes, such as CMOS, FD-SOI and even metamaterials. In theory, high-resolution radar could boost the capabilities of today’s radar for cars, as well as eliminate the need for a separate LiDAR system. But the technology is still in the research stage and has yet to be proven commercially. “To some extent, these (high-resolution radar chip) companies are flying under the radar,” said Mark Granger, vice president of automotive at GlobalFoundries. “They will mount a…

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Microsoft Appears to Have Lost the Source Code of an Office Component

The way Microsoft patched a recent security bug has made several security and software experts believe the company might have lost the source code to one of its Office components. Experts reached this conclusion this week after Microsoft patched a security vulnerability tracked as CVE-2017-11882 that affected EQNEDT32.EXE — the equation editor that was included with the Microsoft Office suite until 2007. While Microsoft has replaced the old EQNEDT32.EXE component with a new one in 2007, the older file is still included with all Office installations to allow users to…

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True Kilts: Debunking the Myths About Highlanders and Clan Tartans

Today, a man’s pride in his Scottish heritage is often asserted by wearing a kilt made of his clan tartan—a fabric woven with the specific plaid pattern that is claimed by his family. You might assume with kilts being such an important piece of Scottish tradition that the clan tartans are several millennia old, or at least go back to the Medieval Period. But you would be wrong. In fact, this misconception is so common that “Outlander” costume designer Terry Dresbach gets grief for failing to put the TV show’s lead…

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