Andy Haas

Andy Haas

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In 2012, artificial intelligence researchers revealed a big improvement in computers’ ability to recognize images by feeding a neural network millions of labeled images from a database called ImageNet.The most widely tested model, so far, is called Embeddings from Language Models, or ELMo.When it was released by the Allen Institute this spring, ELMo swiftly toppled previous bests on a variety of challenging tasks—like reading comprehension, where an AI answers SAT-style questions about a passage, and sentiment analysis.In a field where progress tends to be incremental, adding ELMo improved results by as much as 25 percent.Models like ELMo address a core issue for AI-wielding linguists: lack of labeled data.In order to train a neural network to make decisions, many language problems require data that’s been meticulously labeled by hand.
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These days a lot of supermarkets have decided they don't want to sell flimsy regular plastic bags every time you go in to do your shopping.They've been offering sturdier bags for life instead, though the downside is that they cost more.Obviously the easiest solution would be to remember to bring your own bags, but one Cambridge Asda found a lot of people just went home with baskets instead.Back in February Asda announced that it would stop selling the thin 5p bags before the end of this year, and at the moment it seems stores are just using existing stock without ordering in replacements.Instead stores have been offering 9p bags for life that last longer, and should encourage people to bring them back and avoid incurring the extra cost every time they want a single banana or a large bag of crisps.Apparently Asda doesn't have problems with people pinching baskets in other stores, so maybe Cambridge isn't as posh and fancy as I'd assumed.
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From Netflix's new teen rom-com "Sierra Burgess Is a Loser" to Marvel's "Black Panther," these are some awesome movies on Netflix you can watch this weekend."Sierra Burgess Is a Loser" (2018) — a Netflix originalNetflix description: A wrong-number text sparks a virtual romance between a smart but unpopular teen and a sweet jock who thinks he's talking to a gorgeous cheerleader.Netflix's latest teen rom-com has the same male lead as "To All the Boys I've Loved Before" (Noah Centineo).Watch it again if you've already seen it.Netflix description: Retired gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes one last job — and even more reluctantly accepts a boastful young man as a partner.
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Tencent-backed Chinese content aggregator Qutoutiao (趣头条), or “Fun Headlines,”, which recently filed for an IPO in the US, has lowered the amount it expects to raise from $300 million to $165 million.The company initially submitted its IPO filing to the US Securities and Exchange Commision on August 17.However, it filed an amendment on September 4 in which it reduced its maximum offering price by close to 50%.In the updated document, the company said it expects the initial offering price to be between $7 and $9.The company said the proceeds would be used in a variety of areas, including expanding and enhancing content offerings.According to the filing, Qutoutiao has 62 million monthly active users (MAUs), 21 million daily active users who spend more than 55 minutes on the platform every day.
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Stop, collaborate and listen: Ice is back we need a brand new inventionUK.gov and Canadian airliner manufacturer Bombardier want you – yes, you – to come up with ideas for using artificial intelligence to stop ice building up on aeroplane wings.In-flight icing is a problem for airliners.If the ice isn’t melted off – either by descending into warmer air or by using heaters or de-icing fluid – it makes the aeroplane heavier and its wings less aerodynamically efficient, meaning the plane burns more fuel.A larger fuel burn means spending more money and tolerating more noxious emissions into the atmosphere.At worst, ice build-up on the wings can be enough to change their aerodynamic shape and make them produce less lift, meaning the aircraft starts to … descend.
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The gaming-focused Razer Phone 2 - which has been confirmed by the company to be in the works - appears to have popped up on a benchmarking site, revealing some of its specs.It was spotted on the popular Geekbench platform, and the listing appears to confirm that the Razer Phone 2 will pack a Snapdragon 845 chipset and 8GB of RAM.That will make it one of the most powerful smartphones on the market, with the latest Qualcomm chipset and a level of RAM found only in a handful of devices, such as the OnePlus 6 and Samsung Galaxy Note 9.While the Razer Phone 2 is rumored to launch after the official arrival of Android 9 Pie on October 9, the benchmark result suggests the phone will launch with Android 8.1 Oreo instead.That said, we'd fully expect the Razer Phone 2 to get an upgrade to Android Pie in the months after launch.There's currently no word on a Razer Phone 2 release date, but the original handset landed in November 2017, so we'd expect the same timing this year.
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I frequently extend my work trips to cover more ground in the cities I visit, but I often don’t have much time to plan my activities at each destination.That’s why I’m always on the lookout for tools that can help me discover things to do on these trips – so I’m glad Google’s just launched a beautiful new site to do just that.It’s called Touring Bird, and it’s the latest product from the company’s Area 120 division, which fosters employees’ side projects that they conceptualize during their 20 percent time at the firm.The site lists attractions, activities, and tips for 20 major cities, including Amsterdam, Berlin, Boston, Los Angeles, Madrid, New Delhi, New York, Prague, and Toronto.In addition to useful information about each place of interest, you’ll also find options to book a seat or score admission.For example, if you choose Barcelona, you’ll find the Sagrada Familia listed under Top Sights, where you can learn some facts about the church, find links to various ticketing options, and read tips from local contributors about what else you can do nearby.
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Hackers have stolen the data of 380,000 customers including names, addresses, phone number, and payment information from the British Airways website.However, the compromised data didn’t include passport or travel details.The airline said that the data was stolen from its website and mobile app between August 21 and September 5.BA has notified its customers and advised them to contact their bank or card providers.It has also said that the breach has now been resolved and customers can book tickets safely.The UK’s National Crime Agency tweeted saying is looking into the issue and Information Commsionaar official said that the agency will inquire about the incident.
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He and 11 others have been charged with treason after one of the vehicles in Museveni’s convoy was pelted with stones at a campaign rally.In full view of the public, journalists covering protests in Kampala calling for Wine’s release were brutally assaulted.But there are pockets of dissent emerging from digital platforms whose practical political consequences are being slowly realized.A number of newspapers as well as radio and TV stations have been shut down over the years, always at the whim of the president.Arrests, kidnapping and torture are common.Museveni defended the move, calling it a security measure to avert lies intended to incite violence and illegal declaration of results.
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On the anniversary of Equifax's major breach, lawmakers released a report (PDF) detailing exactly how the credit-monitoring company was hacked.The report comes from the Government Accountability Office, a watchdog organization from the federal government.The GAO reviewed documents from Equifax as well as files from the company's cybersecurity consultant to figure out how the company was hacked and what credit-monitoring services should do to protect itself.The watchdog group also discovered that Equifax turned down assistance from the Department of Homeland Security, opting instead for a private, third-party cybersecurity company to help manage its breach response.The attack process started on March 10 when hackers searched the web for any servers with vulnerabilities that the US-CERT warned about just two days earlier.Two months later, on May 13, they hit the jackpot with Equifax's dispute portal -- a section where people could go to argue claims from the credit-monitoring service.
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British teenager pleaded guilty to bomb threats – was also behind plague of repeated DDoS attacks on popular Swiss email providerA 19-year-old from Hertfordshire has been accused by Swiss encrypted email provider Protonmail of being behind persistent Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks that plagued the company over the summer.Double-barrelled script kiddie George Duke-Cohen, 19, on Monday pleaded guilty at Luton Magistrates’ Court to three counts of making hoax bomb threats following an investigation by the UK’s National Crime Agency.Protonmail DDoS Attacks: Bomb Threats BustAs a member of the so-called “Apophis Squad” Duke-Cohen pleaded guilty to the bomb threats that resulted in over 400 schools in the UK being evacuated in March 2018, for which he was initially arrested just days later.Living on TOR nodes and Open DNS.
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The old space telescope isn't giving upAfter the spacecraft downloaded a wad of data - codenamed Campaign 19 - in late August, it powered down for a snooze in sleep mode.Now, it’s back up and running after NASA has fixed up one of its thrusters.“The Kepler spacecraft began collecting science data on Aug. 29 for its 19th observation campaign.After being roused from sleep mode the spacecraft's configuration has been modified due to unusual behavior exhibited by one of the thrusters.Preliminary indications are that the telescope's pointing performance may be somewhat degraded.
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Certainly, the most expensive item that some people need when they head off to college is a new and reliable car they can drive around.Mini has announced that it has a special deal for college students and recent graduates to get them around.The car is the 2018 Mini Oxford Edition and a well-equipped version sells for under $20,000.The Oxford Edition comes with $6,900 worth of options as standard.Mini will sell the Oxford edition to any full or part-time student at two or four-year colleges or universities.If you graduated in the last 12 months, you are also eligible for the deal.
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Although land animals can move in many different ways, most terrestrial creatures use legs to crawl, scuttle, walk and run about.Leg propelled animals, such as mammals, insects, spiders or centipedes, feature a wealth of differently designed locomotor apparatuses and a wide range of leg numbers.In order to cover distances energy-efficiently, many terrestrial animals exploit mechanisms enabling energy recovery.Such mechanisms can comprise repeated interconversion of kinetic and potential energy due to vertical oscillations of the body's centre of mass or the use of elastic energy stores.They typically occur in bouncing gaits - as found in running bipeds or trotting quadrupedal and hexapedal animals.A current study led by Dr. Tom Weihmann from the University of Cologne's Department of Animal Physiology has now shown that body dynamics in legged animals and robots depend strongly on the number of propulsive legs.
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Mobike has followed through with its threat to pull its fleet of hire bikes out of Manchester, and is now returning the deposits and account credit of local users and shipping the bikes out to other spots around the UK.The company's UK boss said back in August that it would pull out of the city unless elements of its population stopped being so mean to its little orange bicycles; but that hasn't happened.Mobike UK's Jan Van der Ven has now initiated a full retreat and withdrawal from the north-western front, saying: "We are very grateful to the city of Manchester to have been the first city in Europe to welcome Mobike.However, after careful evaluation, we have decided to remove our bikes and refund our users.As a private company, we have a duty to ensure our revenues cover our costs since unlike some operators we do not use taxpayer money to help balance our books.Unfortunately the circumstances in Manchester have not made this possible."
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John has a beautiful wife, four beautiful children, a beautiful home.When Alex was younger, he was sexually abused.Regardless of age, race, gender or occupation, we're all susceptible to mental health issues.Some groups are statistically at greater risk of depression and suicide.A broader cultural shift is required.Apps that provide daily mindfulness techniques.
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French telecoms and media conglomerate Vivendi has issued a statement saying how rubbish Italian operator group TIM has been since Vivendi lost control of the boardroom.Back in May Vivendi lost out to activist investor firm Elliott in a battle to install their respective proxies on the TIM board of directors.Despite the fact that Vivendi’s chosen CEO, Amos Genish, remains at the helm, TIM’s share price has gone down the toilet since then.As Vivendi still owns nearly a quarter of those shares, this decline adds insult to injury.Vivendi is deeply concerned by the disastrous management of Telecom Italia (TIM) since Elliott took control of its Board of Directors following the May 4, 2018 Shareholders Meeting:The stock market performance is dramatic: TIM’s share price dropped about 35% since May 4, 2018, and is at its lowest level in five years while in its April 9, 2018 position paper, Elliott promised a doubling of the share price over the next two years.
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Research from CCS Insight suggests consumers in France and the UK are becoming more savvy when purchasing devices, seeking more cost-effective options outside the telco channel.From a financial viewpoint, moving away from the subsidized handset model would certainly be attractive for the telcos, though the consequence might well be shorter contract timeframes and increased customer churn.Should customers not have to stick to a 24 month contract to pay-off devices, the result could be more frequent searches for cheaper data tariffs.Losing this stickiness is not an ideal proposition for the telcos, though it could offer a chance to innovate and move out of the dreaded utility function.According to CCS, more consumers are searching for alternative means to secure a smartphone.More than half of those on SIM-only contracts said they worked out that it would be better value to buy their phone and SIM card separately, with channels such as Amazon, eBay and Argos becoming increasingly popular.
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Facebook expanded the options airlines have for reaching potential travelers with its flight ads, which were previously referred to as dynamic ads for travel for flight.Airlines already had the capability to use flight ads to target people who had visited their websites or applications to search for particular flights.The social network announced Thursday that airlines can now target people who have expressed interest in travel, saying in a blog post, “Let’s say people are looking at holiday trips to Mexico by browsing several airline sites and flight pricing apps.Airline brands can now use flight ads to reach those people with tailored ads promoting relevant flight routes.In addition, travelers who visit a travel-related Facebook page but have not yet chosen a trip destination may see an ad to visit an airline brand’s site.”These new flight ads for prospecting will be rolled out globally in the coming weeks on Facebook, Instagram and Facebook Audience Network.
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Described as a "complete upgrade" over the X-T2, the new model features a new 26MP back-illuminated X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor, with a readout speed around 50% faster than that of the sensors in current models.This lacks an optical low-pass filter, and is said to maintain the same noise levels as on previous models despite the increase in pixel count.Furthermore, Fujifilm is keen to stress that the base native ISO of the sensor begins at ISO160, which was previously only available as an extension.The new sensor is partnered with a fresh X-Processor 4 image processing engine, which boasts four separate CPU units to deliver image processing speeds said to be around three times as fast as those on current Fujifilm models.In traditional Fujifilm style, we once again see improvements made to autofocus performance, in particular to ensure the camera can track moving subjects more accurately.There are now 2.16 million phase-detect AF pixels – four times the number on the X-H1 and X-T2 – and this is also said to deliver substantially enhanced performance in face/eye detection AF.
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