Betty Gribble

Betty Gribble

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Outside of the world of enterprise developers, Cloud Foundry remains a bit of an unknown entity, despite having users in at least half of the Fortune 500 companies (though in the startup world, it has almost no traction).Developers write their code (following the twelve-factor methodology), define what it needs to run and Cloud Foundry handles all of the underlying infrastructure and — if necessary — scaling.Since Kubernetes wasn’t around at the time, the various companies involved in Cloud Foundry came together to build their own container orchestration system, which still underpins much of the service today.As it took off, though, the pressure to bring support for Kubernetes grew inside of the Cloud Foundry ecosystem.But remember how Cloud Foundry also still uses its own container service for the Application Runtime?There is another aspect to how the Cloud Foundry ecosystem is embracing Kubernetes, too.
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Lyft is going green: on Thursday, the rideshare company detailed how it plans to offset carbon emissions from all its rides globally.In a Medium post, Lyft co-founders John Zimmer and Logan Green said “any Lyft ride from now on will be carbon neutral.”The company plans to achieve this feat by offsetting over a million metric tons of carbon – which Lyft says is the “equivalent to planting tens of millions of trees or taking hundreds of thousands of cars off the road” – in the year ahead.The platform will do this by funding environmental projects to compensate for its own carbon footprint.According to Lyft, this will be a multi-million dollar investment in the first year alone.The company said this initiative will be an “ongoing commitment” that continues to grow as Lyft does.
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His company, Velodyne, has dominated the market for self-driving car lidar ever since.Last year, Velodyne opened a factory that it said had the capacity to produce a million lidar units in 2018—far more than any other maker of high-end lidars.The company declined to give Ars exact production numbers, only telling us it has orders for thousands of units.Obviously, making lidar a mainstream automotive technology will require millions of lidar units—not just thousands.At this point, Velodyne's rivals are still focused primarily on distributing units to companies for evaluation, testing, and development.But the companies are keeping the exact specs and prices of their products secret, making it hard to figure out how far they are from this goal or who really has the lead.
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A Southwest Airlines flight en-route from New York City to Dallas experienced an unconfined engine failure, forcing the crew to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia.Southwest flight 1380, a Boeing 737-700, was flying from New York’s LaGuardia airport to Dallas Love Field when the incident occurred at approximately 11:15 a.m.According to the airline, the plane was carrying 143 passengers and five crew members.Although an investigation is underway, passengers reported an explosion of the left (number one) engine occurred, shattering glass and sucking a passenger through a broken window.“That was just chaos all around.”Although both the National Transportation Safety Board and Southwest confirmed one person has died, no further details have been released.
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SAP has revealed its attitude to Oracle’s decision to let go of Java EE and have it tended by the Eclipse Foundation.SAP’s position is simple: it’s cool with it.“The announcement of Oracle to handover stewardship of Java EE to the Eclipse foundation is a forward-looking process targeting future releases of the technology stack,” says the company’s “”stance” on the matter.SAP customers will be pleased to know that Oracle’s decision “does not affect existing licensees and customers who have adopted Java EE.SAP in particular is such a licensee and SAP customers running existing solutions are also unaffected by this change.” Users can expect no name changes “or any other changes for existing products and solutions in this context.” But if the context changes?SAP’s reserved its right to do anything should the need arise, with the following sentence:
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After all, it's where all your data is flowing throughAmerican and British crimefighters have launched another round of pin-the-tail-on-the-Russians – with a warning that Moscow-backed hackers are trying to subvert the world's network devices.The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) on Monday issued a joint Technical Alert describing a global assault on routers, switches, firewalls, and network intrusion detection hardware by Russian state-sponsored cyber actors.This is not quite the same thing as last month's warning against cyber-attacks on the West's energy utilities and other critical infrastructure, or other cyber threats attributed to Russia-sponsored hacking, referred to collectively as Grizzly Steppe."FBI has high confidence that Russian state-sponsored cyber actors are using compromised routers to conduct man-in-the-middle attacks to support espionage, extract intellectual property, maintain persistent access to victim networks, and potentially lay a foundation for future offensive operations," the advisory says.The warning applies specifically to devices utilizing Generic Routing Encapsulation (GRE), Cisco Smart Install (SMI), and Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP).
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Apple will reportedly start offering free repairs for certain Apple Watches.The new worldwide policy, which was first reported by MacRumors, applies specifically to Apple Watch Series 2 devices that have a swollen battery.A swollen battery can cause the watch to stop turning on, or can force the display to pop off the watch casing.Thanks to a new service policy, some Apple Watch owners may be able to get their devices repaired free of charge.According to a report from MacRumors' Joe Rossignol, Apple has issued a new worldwide policy stating that certain Apple Watch Series 2 devices are eligible for free repair up to three years after purchase.The new repair policy applies specifically to an issue that causes the watch's battery to swell up.
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Of all the ways for someone to describe their job, when that job entails orbiting more Earth than 200 miles above the surface, “I’m just an astronaut” might be the most banal.But that’s exactly how Paolo Nespoli describes his role working with Darren Aronofsky on the documentary series One Strange Rock.His expertise as an engineer with the European Space Agency puts his occupational comfort zone well beyond most people’s potential.However, he would have to step out of it in order to help Aronofsky capture scenes aboard the International Space Station—some of which are included in this 360-degree video.Indeed, after receiving a crash course in cinematography from the famed director, Nespoli—a man accustomed to rocketing from Earth at speeds of 17,000 mph—claims he was “a little mortified.” He had always maintained an interest in photography and had even worked on a few professional shoots, but filming for National Geographic felt like a tall order for a hobbyist.“It’s like the guy who goes out and runs on Sundays compared to Usain Bolt doing the hundred meter,” he says.
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Did you know there's such a thing as a funeral fair?Well, there is, and an unsettling device had its unveiling at one in Amsterdam last week.Dubbed a "suicide machine" by its Australian creator Philip Nitschke, the "Sarco" is a 3D-printed machine that Nitschke hopes will change the way we die.As you can see above, the Sarco is a human-sized pod which rests on a stand.In that stand sits a canister of nitrogen, which releases into the pod at the press of a button."The person who wants to die presses the button and the capsule is filled with nitrogen.
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Vinyl records are in the midst of a surprising renaissance, fueled not only by millennial nostalgia but by high-tech turntables.As CD and digital music sales continue to decline due to online streaming services like Spotify, CNBC reports that vinyl LP sales have increased to 13 million in 2016, their highest level since 1991.Now, an Austrian start-up named Rebeat Innovations is hoping to give the venerable medium itself a high-tech boost with an innovation it’s calling “high-definition vinyl.”Pitchfork has a rundown on the new process, which involves digital audio conversion and using lasers to engrave the ceramic “stamper,” the master component that creates the grooves on the record during the manufacturing process.The company filed a patent in 2016 for “3D-based topographical mapping combined with laser inscription technology” which it says will reduce the manufacturing time by 60 percent.Founder Günter Loibl told Pitchfork that they’ve receives nearly $5 million in funding for the venture, with a new $600,000 laser system on the way and plans for five test stampers at selected plants.
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Researchers at Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU) have developed a new computational method that predicts harmful mutations in mammalian species.As more and more livestock producers are using genetic tests to improve their herds, this method will help to optimize and guide the animal breeding programmes, as well as increase the profitability and yields of livestock.Published in Evolutionary Applications, the method follows closely in the footsteps of the most recent innovations in human genomics and translates the knowledge about genetics risk factors in humans to companion animals, thus having a transformative potential for genetics and genomics of livestock species.Efficient selection in farm animals that will produce offspring with desirable phenotypes and ensure less reliance on hormones and antibiotics has been in the spotlight of many livestock genomic and gene-editing projects.However, their success has been hindered by unknown effects produced by genomic variants.Maria Samsonova, Sergey Nuzhdin and Lev Utkin (Mathematical Biology and Bioinformatics Lab and Machine Learning Group) took the full advantage of available information on human variation with deleterious potential and used transfer learning methods to enable classification of damaging mutations in other mammalian species.
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At the MWC 2018, back in February, Huawei uncovered an interesting laptop named the MateBook X Pro.It attracted the attention of media as well as regular customers.The biggest selling points of this laptop are considered to be the screen share of 91% and the innovative hidden front camera.Today, the Huawei MateBook X Pro was officially announced for the Chinese market.The Huawei MateBook X Pro sports a 13.9-inch LTPS touchscreen that has a screen ratio of 91%.This display also provides a resolution of 3000×2000 and pixel density of 260PPI.
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Cross-border databases to tackle fragmentation, speed drug RThirteen European countries have agreed to link up genomic databases in a bid to give boffins access to a research cohort of more than one million genomes by 2022.The declaration commits the signatories - including the UK, Finland, Estonia and Spain - to work together to ensure secure cross-border access to genomic and other health data in the European Union.The idea is to help speed up data-driven healthcare solutions through “a concerted effort to overcome data silos, lack of interoperability and fragmentation of initiatives across the EU”.Genomic information is crucial for better understanding of diseases, as well as for creating targeted treatments.Having access to a larger and wider dataset should allow researchers to more easily identify and develop treatments for rare diseases, and help figure out if drugs will work better on certain groups of people.Many countries are investing heavily in genome sequencing, along with biobanks and data infrastructure, but both the infrastructure and expertise are fragmented.
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Representatives of 14 transportation agencies from across the country will soon convene in Tampa, Florida, for a first-hand look at how connected vehicle technologies work in real life.Futuristic yet realistic, these state-of-the-art smart city solutions promise to save lives, make the traffic flow smoother, help public transportation run on time and reduce pollution.The demonstration will focus on vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication systems.Already deployed in some cars, like the latest Mercedes-Benz E-Class, this technology lets internet-connected cars wirelessly “talk” to each other and to infrastructure.Tampa stands out as one of three sites across the nation selected by the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) as a test venue, but it’s the only city whose pilot program will include local residents.The other sites are New York City and a stretch of I-80 in Wyoming.
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It is the american Vice, which reports that several Iphone 8 devices that have had their screens replaced by uncertified third-party completely gives up when they updated to IOS 11.3.the Screens no longer responds to input, but is totally locked.It is not the first time a similar problem occurs.In the autumn, it was reported that Touch ID stopped working on some devices that had these replaced by non-Apple-certified service center, but then the problem was resolved with a firmware update after about a week.If Apple follows its previous pattern, learn it get an update also for this problem soon.But as Vice notes, there remains a large uncertainty – to repair their Iphone with a third party thus has at least two prior occasions been proven to cause problems during updates.
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Their work carries extraordinary transformative potential: Agostino Capponi is creating a framework to increase the resilience of global financial markets and other complex network systems, Dan Esposito is developing electocatalytic materials to propel a future of abundant solar fuels, Karen Kasza's research on tissue mechanics could illuminate their role in birth defects and lead to the invention of new biologically inspired materials, Ioannis Kougioumtzoglou is devising a more robust and efficient modeling technique that can transcend the limitations of current stochastic engineering dynamical systems, and James Teherani is working on a class of transistors to drive ultra-low-energy electronics."We are so pleased for our professors, whose forefront research promises to bring innovations that will benefit humanity," says Mary Boyce, Dean of Columbia Engineering.Agostino Capponi, assistant professor in industrial engineering and operations research and a member of the Data Science Institute, is devising a strategic decision-making framework to address risk in complex network systems, where the performance of one participant can have destabilizing effects on the entire system--as with the 2008 financial crisis.His research will break new ground in providing a fundamental understanding of incentives that manage network vulnerabilities, mitigate systemic risk, and resolve failures when institutions cannot transparently observe the entire network structure.Daniel Esposito, assistant professor of chemical engineering, leads a research group that develops solar, catalytic, and electrochemical energy conversion technologies that convert abundant and renewable solar energy into storable "solar fuels" such as hydrogen.Esposito is especially focused in exploring how electrochemical reactions occur at the buried interface between the overlayer and metal catalyst, with hopes of exploiting any unique opportunities to control chemical reaction pathways discovered there.
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Their approach hinges on the combination of scalograms and spectrograms--the visual representations of audio--as well as convolutional neural networks (CNNs), the learning tool machines use to better analyze visual images.In this case, the visual images are used to analyze audio to better identify and classify sound.The team published their results in the journal IEEE/CAA Journal of Automatica Sinica (JAS), a joint publication of the IEEE and the Chinese Association of Automation."Machines have made great progress in the analysis of speech and music, but general sound analysis has been lagging a big behind--usually, mostly isolated sound 'events' such as gun shots and the like have been targeted in the past," said Björn Schuller, a professor and chair of Embedded Intelligence for Health Care and Wellbeing at the University of Augsburg in Germany, who led the research."Real-world audio is usually a highly blended mix of different sound sources--each of which have different states and traits."It's not a singular audio event; rather different parts of the car's parts, its tires interacting with the road, the car's brand and speed all provide their own unique signatures.
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Apple's newest Ipad is a pretty familiar creation, with exactly the same shape as last year's Ipad 9.7 inch.the Ipad is nevertheless not particularly long after their more expensive the youngest of six kids in enkeltrådade tasks and in everyday use we notice no difference on the A10 with or without X. Ipad in 2018 is at the same time, around 40 per cent faster than the A9 processor that sits in the Ipad 2017, so here we notice the difference.In Geekbenchs pure cpu test, which mainly tests the processor's capacity under a high load, we see that the A10 processor is a large step up with less than 40 per cent better results for enkeltrådade data and 35 per cent better for multi-threaded tasks compared with the Ipad 2017.the Ipad Pro, however, is a little faster, the biggest difference we notice in multi-threaded tasks.the Ipad Pro helps certainly also by that it has four GB of ram, compared with two in the cheaper Ipad models.But it's honestly not something we put any more weight on when we test the Ipad with the Apple Pencil.
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When the Universal Studios theme parks transform into their annual Halloween Horror Nights events, fans get to visit their very own pop culture nightmares.The event is filled with mazes based on some of the coolest, scariest horror properties in the world—and this year, that trend will continue with a certain Netflix programme.That Netflix programme, of course, is Stranger Things.Working with the show’s creators, Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Orlando Resort, and Universal Studios Singapore will each have a maze based on the first season of the show.It’ll include Hawkins National Laboratory, the Byers home complete with flashing Christmas lights, the Upside Down, and definitely an encounter with the evil Demigorgon.Here’s a brief teaser video.
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Numerous media sources are naming the suspect in Tuesday’s shooting at the YouTube campus in San Bruno, California as Nasim Aghdam.Late Tuesday evening, Ars called the San Bruno Police Department, and the dispatcher who picked up the phone was unable to "confirm or deny" that Aghdam was the shooter, citing an "ongoing investigation.""The incident at YouTube remains a San Bruno PD investigation," emailed Cameron Rogers Polan, a spokesperson for the FBI's San Francisco bureau.Aghdam, a woman apparently from Southern California, seemingly had a website in which she promotes numerous YouTube channels, including ones in English, Turkish, and Farsi.All of her social media channels appear to have been deactivated or removed.The woman seemed to be upset at YouTube over what she called “age-restricted" policies.
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