Given his track record of extreme comments on race, religion and immigration, Republican U.S.Congressman Paul Gosar offers plenty of fodder for attack ads against him.But this one is especially potent.In Democrat David Brill’s newest ad aimed at unseating Gosar, an Arizona representative who’s passionately loyal to Donald Trump, we discover that the six vocal critics featured in the spot are all brothers and sisters of the congressman.“He’s not listening to you,” Tim Gosar says of brother Paul Gosar, “and he doesn’t have your interests at heart.”Gosar has courted controversy repeatedly during his seven years in Congress, perpetuating a conspiracy theory about leftist agitators being behind the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville and defending an anti-Muslim activist in the U.K.
Dinosaurs are one of the biggest land-dwelling animals to ever exist on Earth.Starting off from tiny dinosaurs that came up to your knee to the largest ending up as soaring towers.In fact, most early Triassic dinosaurs were on the shrimpy side.Including predators, like the fierce, mule-sized Coelophysis.But, after volcanic eruptions took out their competitors and ushered in the Jurassic Period, everything changed.Millions of years of evolution later, you can see the difference.
Datasets are top of mind for Socher, who also moonlights as a professor at Stanford.He thinks the AI community needs to be mindful of biases in data, which could impact whether an AI algorithm is ethical and even lawful.And while he doesn't see AI taking over the human race anytime soon, he does have a vision for the future of work which includes a lot less stress for human users — even sales people.He also teaches computer science at Stanford, where he got his PhD with a focus on AI and deep learning.That sentence is literally burned into my brain, I've said it so many times.Maybe it makes sense for customers to eventually say, "I want to join in on a data partnership," and then eventually train more global models, so everybody benefits because it's not part of what differentiates their core businesses from another one.
When Adam Smith, champion of capitalism, wrote The Wealth of Nations in 1776, he could not have foreseen that someday many of the world’s biggest companies would be giving away their services for free.Costs are rapidly approaching zero across a wide range of services as we drift further from a society focused on money and traditional economics to a digital-heavy culture that demands free apps and 24/7 access to information.This zero-cost model is breaking the way the economy has been studied and measured since the Industrial Revolution.In a typical zero-cost product model based in the digital world, the marginal cost — the cost to create one more user, record, or relevant digital morsel — approaches zero.When that attention becomes large enough, it can be monetized.The result is that we’ve effectively returned to the barter system, but instead of exchanging chickens and corn, it’s an exchange of digital bits.
Since 2011, it found, an outbreak of a rare infection that can cause blindness has been spreading among contact lens wearers in England, often thanks to poor hygiene.The infection is caused by single-celled amoebas belonging to the Acanthamoeba genus, which gives its name to the disease: Acanthamoeba keratitis.Unlike influenza or cold viruses, though, these guys are not really looking to infect and sicken people.They prefer to live in the soil or in freshwater, where they can feast on bacteria to their (figurative) hearts’ content.But when these amoebas get into our eyes, they can cause open sores in the cornea that permanently damage our sight.Acanthamoeba keratitis is rare, but how rare is still debated.
He made a choice to kill an important project that ticked off a lot of people at his company.How he made that difficult decision is a lesson that anyone can use to help them make difficult decisions.But almost as soon as landed that top title he was faced with a difficult choice on whether to launch an important and much-hyped new product or kill it.A star in the security worldYoung is a well-known star in the computer security world, one of the people that built the internet security industry as we know it today, jumping from one "it" company to the next, with roles of ever increasing authority.In what felt like a risky move at the time, he left a cushy senior vice president job at Cisco to run Intel's wobbly security business, signing on as general manager four years after Intel bought McAfee for $7.6 billion.
"NBA Live 19" lets men and women play together on mixed-gender teams, a first for a professional sports game."Live 19" also allows you to make custom female players for the first time, and both custom characters and real-world WNBA players can mix it up with the men in the game's streetball modes.In "NBA Live 19," women feature more prominently in the game's core modes, but there's still a long way to go towards equal representation in these games.This year's "NBA Live 19" breaks new ground as the first professional sports game to offer mixed gender competition, continuing a progressive trend from developer EA Sports.But EA Sports has quietly been taking strides to create games that reflect a global athletic community and include women competing at the highest level of their respective fields of competition.In 2015, EA added 12 international women's teams to "FIFA 16," another first.
Jesse Rieser's memories of growing up in Springfield, Missouri in the 1990s unfold against a familiar retail backdrop: storming the aisles of Toys R Us with his brother; meeting friends at the mall to flirt with girls and play videogames; hunting new bands in the CD racks of Best Buy.Now the era of retail that defined Rieser's youth is waning.He documents the death spiral in Retail Apocalypse, capturing the ruins of big box stores and gutted malls where the scent of pretzels and perfumes has vanished along with the logos."When you think of architectural ruins, you think of a civilization or a time that has passed," Rieser says, "but this wasn’t a previous civilization.It was just a few years ago."Now many are casualties of the same demand for comfort and affordability that spawned them, and that now lets you browse everything from stilettos to cat food in your PJs.
It’s also physically huge, coming in a box with the dimensions of the average London studio apartment and brimming with so much content that most players won’t see a fraction of it.It’s been designed as a fast-moving, euro-style game in which representatives of the various races compete to, well, found the city of Gloomhaven in an orgy of competitive town planning.Founders looks like a city-building game, but in reality it’s a game of logistics, of linking buildings that generate basic resources so as to get another type of building or resource and then later get a third type.The city that emerges is satisfying, but it’s totally peripheral to the complex game of resource-intensive dominoes that you’re actually playing.Players have an identical deck of basic action cards (which they supplement with a cast of characters), all of which can be played only once until the card that lets them pick up their discard pile.Each card also has a primary action and a less powerful follow-on action that everyone else can take (think Puerto Rico or San Juan).
This week, President Donald Trump threatened to declassify swaths of information related to the ongoing Russian interference investigation, with seemingly little regard for the potential fallout.Cloudflare is embracing Google's "Roughtime" protocol to help keep the internet's clocks ticking in sync, and the Mirai botnet architects have been helping the FBI take down cybercriminals as part of a plea agreement.And former defense secretary Ash Carter encouraged government and tech to work together.And yes, OK, there was less rosy news as well.DIY gun advocate Cody Wilson was arrested for alleged sexual assault of a minor.Direct messages are wonderful in that unlike the rest of the Twitter experience, you don't have to broadcast your thoughts to the known universe.
AUSTIN, Texas—On the surface, everything appears to be normal at Defense Distributed, the firearms company founded by 3D printed guns activist Cody Wilson.On Wednesday, September 19, an arrest warrant was issued for Wilson related to his alleged sexual assault of an unnamed underage girl.So while business at Defense Distributed rolls along at the moment, the company founder likely faces criminal charges upon returning to his home city."We have operated without Cody's presence for long periods in the past."You must know that Cody and I have long understood that he might end up in prison (although I didn't think it would be under these circumstances), so rest assured we had a plan for when yesterday finally arrived.""You can't separate the two"
So muttered my CNET News colleague Ben Fox Rubin as we left Amazon's Day One offices in Seattle this Thursday.The online mega-retailer had just dropped more than a dozen new devices on us over the course of a presentation that only ran about an hour long.That's an average of one new product announcement every four or five minutes.But let's step back a bit from the razzle dazzle of this week's avalanche of gizmos.Yes, Amazon's team showed us an awful lot, but there's also a lot that they show us -- and some of those omissions might offer clues as to where Alexa's headed next.That wasn't all that surprising -- the existing model still feels current in design and competitively priced at $99 -- but why not release a couple of new, fabric-bodied shells that better match the new design of the Echo Dot and Echo Plus?
Ten years ago they were smart phones, not just phones.And the T-Mobile G1 wasn't just the world's first Android smartphone.As an employee at CNET I was bound to get a smartphone early-on, and the fact that I loved computers and gadgets in general speeded my adoption.With the cost of the required two-year contract from each carrier factored in, the G1 on T-Mobile was a lot less expensive than the iPhone on ATI also preferred Google's software.Google's other software wasn't quite as developed at the time, but what appealed to me was the promise of a more open phone operating system, one that allowed more freedom that what I perceived from Apple.So I bought the first Android phone, the T-Mobile G1 (it was released as the HTC Dream outside the US).
Another week has come and gone.Facebook is cuddling up with a dating service.Google tells a group of senators someone tried to hack their accounts.If you missed anything, here's your chance to catch up.If things go nuclear, you'll be happy you broke the bank for a bunker.Seriously, Alexa is going to be everywhere.
People love to duke it out over the various merits of Apple CarPlay versus Android Auto.For a long time, Android had a big edge in that users could use Google Maps navigation while Apple users were stuck with Apple Maps.Now, with iOS 12, that playing field is a little more even, so how do they stack up?A couple of our favorite Canadian YouTubers decided to find out which was better, once and for all (or at least until the next major software update), so they grabbed a new Mazda CX-9 and started plugging in USB cables.What they found out was interesting, but some of the competition was skewed by the way Mazda has chosen to integrate Android Auto.For some reason, Mazda didn't enable touchscreen use with Android Auto but did with Apple CarPlay, so this leaves Android users to muck around with the scroll wheel.
Iron your space suit and polish your helmet, because this week we are are going intergalactic.Let’s begin by visiting a galaxy in a far-off constellation called Phoenix.This cosmic patch might look like a random arrangement of stars, and while the Phoenix Dwarf galaxy is a real galaxy, it’s still a bit … odd.Next we sift through the debris of a comet called 21P/Giacobini-Zinner, which is responsible for the Draconic meteor shower in the October skies.Did you know that meteor showers are actually the Earth intersecting a comet’s tail?When tiny particles of ice and dust burn up in our atmosphere, they create what we know as shooting stars.
This week, Sony revealed a new miniature PlayStation, Nintendo launched its online service, a bundle of Apple products started shipping, and Amazon put its Kindles and other top devices on sale as it showed off a heap of new products.With the help of TechBargains, we've put together the best deals of the week so you can sift through the savings without hassle.It ships December 3 and some store pre-orders are still open.13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar for $1,283 (Was $1,700).Use code SAVE5 at checkout to get the full discount.This is a 2017 MacBook Pro, which is still plenty powerful, with an Intel Core i5, Retina Display, 256GB SSD, and 8GB RAM.
Last year, Ecuador attempted to deputize WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as one of its own diplomats and send him to Russia, according to a Friday report by Reuters.Citing an "Ecuadorian government document," which the news agency did not publish, Assange apparently was briefly granted a "special designation" to act as one of its diplomats, a privilege normally granted to the president for political allies.The Associated Press reported earlier in the week that newly-leaked documents showed that Assange sought a Russian visa back in 2010.However, earlier in the day, WikiLeaks categorically denied that Assange’s proposed diplomatic status had anything to do with Russia.On Friday, also prior to the Reuters report, the Russian Embassy in London denied being involved with trying to get Assange out of the Ecuadorian embassy."The Embassy has never engaged either with Ecuadorian colleagues, or with anyone else, in discussions on any kind of Russia’s participation in ending Mr Assange’s stay within the diplomatic mission of Ecuador," it wrote.
Renowned astronomer Galileo Galilei has been lauded for centuries for his courageous principled stance against the Catholic Church.He argued in favor of the Earth moving around the Sun, rather than vice versa, in direct contradiction to church teachings at the time.But a long-lost letter has been discovered at the Royal Society in London indicating that Galileo tried to soften his initial claims to avoid the church's wrath.He was idly flipping through a catalogue at the Royal Society when he came across the letter Galileo wrote to a friend in 1613, outlining his arguments.According to Nature, which first reported the unexpected find, the letter “provides the strongest evidence yet that, at the start of his battle with the religious authorities, Galileo actively engaged in damage control and tried to spread a toned-down version of his claims.”“I thought, ‘I can’t believe that I have discovered the letter that virtually all Galileo scholars thought to be hopelessly lost,’” Ricciardo told Nature.
There is no evidence that either Google or Facebook discriminate against conservatives.The proposed text focuses on "bias" at the companies:"Whether reading news or looking for local businesses, citizens rely on search, social media, and other online platforms to provide objective and reliable information to shape a host of decisions ranging from consumer purchases to votes in elections.Whether reading news or looking for local businesses, citizens rely on search, social media, and other online platforms to provide objective and reliable information to shape a host of decisions ranging from consumer purchases to votes in elections.Vibrant competition in the online ecosystem is essential to ensuring accountability for the platforms that hold so much sway over our economy and democratic process.""... Not later than 30 days from the date of this order, agencies shall submit to the Director of the National Economic Council an initial list of (1) actions each agency can potentially take to protect competition among online platforms and address online platform bias."