Dwight Black

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Google har gjort källkoden till E2Email, ett krypteringssystem för e-post, öppen för allmänheten.”E2Email i är inte en Googleprodukt, det är nu ett projekt helt drivet av öppen källkods-rörelsen, där passionerade säkerhetsingenjörer från industrin varit med och påverkat”, skriver Google i ett blogginlägg.E2Email är ett så kallat ändpunkt till ändpunkt-system, med obruten kryptering, som bygger på Javascripts kryptobibliotek.Systemet kan användas med hjälp av en Chrome-förlängning för att integrera Openpgp i Gmail.Valet att släppa E2Email fritt är ett led i Googles krypteringsprojekt Key transparency, som har målet att allt fler ska surfa krypterat.Google är själva rätt öppna med att E2Email just nu är lite ”barbent”, men hoppas att det blir ändring på det nu när alla kan vara med och föra systemet framåt.
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Skadlig programvara, eller malware som det också brukar kallas, är mjukvaruvärldens största gissel, men lyckligtvis är det lite av en raritet på Mac OS.Det existerar absolut på plattformen, och varje gång det rapporteras om en ny typ blir vi Mac-användare vettskrämda.Ett klassiskt fall är Keranger – mer känd som den första ransomware-attacken mot Mac-användare.Ransomware (gisslanprogram) är en mer specifik form av skadlig mjukvara som historiskt varit ett problem på pc men inte på Mac.Keranger drabbar Macar via en populärt bittorrentklient kallad Transmission.Men mer om det senare i artikeln.
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Ecotank från Epson är en udda bekantskap i skrivarutbudet.Eller för dig som vill skriva ut foton.I bägge fallen handlar det om små volymer och höga utskriftskostnader, då skrivarbläck som säljs i små patroner är hutlöst dyrt och måste bytas ut med jämna mellanrum.Med Ecotank vände Epson upp och ner på det.Vi testade en av de första Ecotank-modellerna som kom 2014, och tyckte redan då att det var en behändig skrivare, och trots ett rejält påhäng för bläcktankarna en hyfsat kompakt liten sak.Men med stadig hand är det superenkelt (om än fortfarande inte helt kladd-fritt) att fylla på, och det är ju som sagt inget du behöver göra särskilt ofta.
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An early spring may sound nice, but it comes with serious consequences—both to human health and the environment.Temperature-sensitive plants have started to become active earlier than normal, sprouting leaves and flowers in coastal California and southern Nevada through to the southern Great Plains and the Atlantic Coast.A related study published late last year showed that spring has been arriving earlier than usual in three out of four US National Parks across the US, and that half of all National Parks are experiencing early springs compared to last century.And yes, the US-NPN says this trend is likely the result of climate change:These findings are consistent with the fact that the instrumental record shows that 2016 was the hottest year ever recorded for the globe, and that it was the third record-breaking year in a row.Researchers have noted that 16 of the 17 hottest years recorded occurred since 2000.
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In its ongoing quest to produce a phone people actually want to buy, LG has announced it'll be launching a new mass-appeal handset with an enormous 4,500 mAh battery.Due to be unveiled at - you guessed it - Mobile World Congress, the LG X Power2 is the first of LG's new X range, a set of devices each centred around one feature that "are usually found only in premium smartphones."In this case, it's a giant battery twinned with a 5.5-inch HD screen, to satisfy people who want to mainline Netflix without being chained to a power socket.Apparently "designed to operate for an entire weekend without recharging," the X Power2 claims to offer 15 hours of back-to-back video viewing from a full charge.Alternatively, it can do 14 hours of sat nav or 18 hours of "web surfing" people still use that term?When you need to power back up, it won't take too long despite that oversized battery: the phone includes quick charging, and can refill by 50% in an hour.
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A platform based on behavioural science attempts to strip bias out of hiring so candidates are judged only on their abilities, avoiding any possible influence from aspects such as gender and ethnicity.The platform, called Applied, has been developed by the Behavioural Insights Team, a company originally set up by the UK government to apply behavioural psychology to government services and policy.Multiple studies have suggested that people from ethnic minority backgrounds are less likely to be interviewed or offered jobs than equally qualified applicants from non-minority backgrounds.Yet there is evidence that companies with a staff diverse in ethnicity and gender are likely to outperform those with more homogenous workforces.To help avoid this behavioural bias, the Applied system forgoes CVs, instead asking candidates to each complete the same five questions that relate specifically to the job they re applying for in an online portal.All answers to each question in turn are then evaluated by up to three recruiters from the employer, without them knowing which answer came from which candidate.
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If you're willing to risk some bugs, then you can snooze your tabs and report issues with Firefox's two new experimental features.Mozilla introduced a Firefox Test Pilot program in May 2016 to give brave users early access to experimental features.Much like with Microsoft’s Windows Insider and other programs, joining the Firefox Test Pilot program lets users try out and provide feedback on features that will eventually make their way to everyone.It has released two new experimental features that are aimed at making it easier to come back to interesting material later and let Mozilla engineers know about problematic sites.Mozilla covered the details of the new features, SnoozeTabs and Pulse, respectively, in a post on their blog.More: Mozilla reopens its Test Pilot program for Firefox in the safest way possible
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It has been circulated many reports that Intel lays down its bet on the Atomprocessorn as a motor in the smartmobiler and Intel are looking for new markets.But it does not mean that you put down Atom as a trademark.on Tuesday, Intel launched the Atom C3000, which can have up to 16 cores.It is intended for storage and network equipment, and for iot devices, writes IDG News.the C3000 offers functionality that is usually found in serverprocessorer, network support, virtualization, and advanced error handling.Because the processors for storage and networking equipment do not require as much computing power fits Atom, which draws a bit of energy.
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Following a scathing report of sexual harassment at Uber over the weekend, CEO Travis Kalanick hosted an all-hands meeting today, along with board member Arianna Huffington and Chief Human Resources Officer Liane Hornsey, to discuss the company s next steps.Huffington has now released an update to what was discussed in that all-hands meeting this morning in a post on Uber s newsroom with the following:I just joined Travis and Liane Hornsey, Uber s recently hired Chief Human Resources Officer, for the company s weekly meeting.We spent over an hour discussing women in the workplace — and talking about the review that s underway by Eric Holder and Tammy Albarran into diversity and inclusion at Uber.Travis spoke very honestly about the mistakes he s made — and about how he wants to take the events of the last 48-hours to build a better Uber.It was great to see employees holding managers accountable.
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It makes sense that the guy who wrestled as the People’s Champion—with the backstory of butting heads with powers-that-be—would look at DC Comics continuity and come away with this reading of the character.News broke a while back that Warner Bros.’ in-development Shazam movie would become a multi-part project, with a solo film focused on magically powered mortal Black Adam.It had been an open question as to whether Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson understood that he’d be playing a bad guy, someone who has killed many, many people in the comics, along with the entire nation of Bialya.But in the video below, he gives his take on how this villain can be interpreted as a hero.Here’s a partial transcript of what he says:“Yes, of course, Black Adam—in the mythology—is a villain.
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Uber once again has come under fire after a former engineer published a blog post alleging widespread sexism during her year at the on-demand ride hailing service.On Saturday, Susan Fowler wrote about her experience where her claims of sexual harassment by managers were dismissed by the company, often with the excuse that her bosses were high performing .Within hours, the company s chief executive Travis Kalanick issued a statement and tweeted that he has ordered Uber s new human resources chief Liane Hornsey to conduct an urgent investigation and any perpetrators will be fired.Of note, the previous HR head Renee Atwood left in 2016 after joining in 2014.In November 2015, Fowler joined the company as a site reliability engineer SRE and was optimistic about her role there.They were still wrangling microservices out of their monolithic API, and things were just chaotic enough that there was exciting reliability work to be done, she wrote.But soon after emerging from training, her manager, whom she declined to name, messaged her with some inappropriate conversation.According to her blog post, Fowler reported the manager to human resources, but was told that even though this was clearly sexual harassment…it was this man s first offense, and that Uber wouldn t feel comfortable giving him anything other than a warning and a stern talking-to.What s more, she claimed upper management told her he was a high performer …and they wouldn t feel comfortable punishing him for what was probably just an innocent mistake on his part.
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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has just published a 5,700 word "letter" on his profile, where he asserts that Facebook represents one of history's "great leaps."Though he covers a number of topics, what's most interesting is how he positions Facebook as a force for political change in the coming years.The problem is a fundamental contradiction built into the way he hopes to create what he calls a "global community" by essentially gerrymandering the Internet.In recent years, he says, the ideal of global community has become controversial.Though he never uses the word "nationalism," that's clearly what's on his mind.One example of a meaningful group is a page that helps connect refugees with people who are willing to provide them with housing.
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Before I make a product-driven case for Snap Inc. achieving a $100 billion market cap by 2020, I should note that I ve been a Snapchat bear for much of the company s existence.The value proposition of SnapchatIn fairness to Snapchat, it didn t take long for observers to understand the potential of ephemeral, visual messaging to disrupt the hyper-curated and invasive world of social media, along with the unsecure and, well, boring experience provided by SMS and vanilla messaging apps.The core Snapchat experience offers three advantages over competing mediums for digital interaction:Authenticity: With less reason to worry about embarrassment, privacy or a scoreboard enabling you to directly benchmark your popularity to others, we have more reason to post what we want, without censoring or curating ourselves.As someone who experiences mild anxiety whenever I post a photo on Instagram or Facebook but will it get likes?
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When the press , Nintendo reps on hand were careful not to let anyone access the underlying system menus working behind the games on display.Today, though, an apparent video of that system software, and the initial setup for the console, has been posted to a message board by a user who says he's received early Switch hardware.
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The dates for Apple s 2017 Worldwide developers conference are now official.It will be June 5th through 9th, and the conference will have a new home at the McEnry convention center in San Jose.A location that s much closer to Apple s home in Cupertino.This is the conference where Apple shows off the latest versions of its iOS and MacOS operating systems… and it should be a big year for iOS.And along with that we should see equally impressive changes to iOS.Obviously we re eager to see iOS11 because it s also a chance to see just a few hints at the features coming to Apple s newest iPhones.
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Ever-shifting camera tech company Lytro has raised major cash to continue development and deployment of its cinema-level camera systems.Perhaps the company s core technology, light field photography that captures rich depth data, will be put to better use there than it was in the ill-fated consumer offerings.We believe we have the opportunity to be the company that defines the production pipeline, technologies and quality standards for an entire next generation of content, wrote CEO Jason Rosenthal in a blog post.Just what constitutes that next generation is rather up in the air right now, but Lytro feels sure that 360-degree 3D video will be a major part of it.That s the reason it created its Immerge capture system — and then totally re-engineered it from a spherical lens setup to a planar one.You can see the old system below and the new one up top.
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Late last year, Boom Studio s excellent Power Rangers comic dropped a huge bombshell with the reveal of a brand new ranger—an evil one to boot.The layers of mystery around Lord Drakkon have slowly been removed over the last few issues, and today s new issue gives the story of how he came to be.This week s Power Rangers 12, written by Higgins and with art by Hendry Prasetya and Matt Herms, follows up on the shocking revelation that Drakkon is actually the Tommy Oliver of the alternate world that Billy and our Tommy have found themselves trapped on.The two struggling rangers manage to flee from Drakkon s pursuit with a new ally: Saba, the talking lion sword that we all know as the weapon Tommy would eventually wield as the White Power Ranger.This version of Saba, from this alternate earth, finally tells Billy and Tommy this week just how things went so horribly wrong on for this world s Power Rangers... and how it all started with the arrival of Tommy Oliver.The initial plan is familiar enough—a brainwashed Tommy lashing out against the Rangers on Rita s behalf—but the twist here is that, when broken free of her control, Tommy chose not to defy his master but reconfirm his place by her side.
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Expanding its portfolio of Database as a Service DBaaS offerings, Google has that it is adding a new database service called Cloud Spanner to its public cloud platform.This service complements existing RDBMS and NoSQL services available on Google Cloud Platform.Designed to bring traditional RDBMS features to a scale-out database, the service aims to deliver best of both worlds.NewSQL is a term that s used to describe product offerings that support the relational data model while delivering the same scalable performance of NoSQL database systems.Enterprises rely on mission-critical relational databases such as Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, DB2, MySQL, and PostgreSQL for running transactional systems.To address the scale-out requirement, NoSQL databases emerged as an alternative to RDBMS.
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It's human to want to be liked.Natural to want a large audience.That's why it takes maturity to realize you'll never be able to please everyone.Why it's difficult to realize your identity and stick to it.Whether you're a CEO, an entrepreneur or a marketer, one of the biggest mistakes you can make in business is trying to appeal to every single customer.No one has ever pulled it off.
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Men att skapa en polarisering mellan utbildningar skapar mer förvirring och skada än vad det gör gott, svarar Magnus Höij, Teknik och Designföretagen.I Stockholms stads senaste kampanj för gymnasieval uppmanas ungdomar att inte söka natur- eller ingenjörsutbildningar.Det handlar om att synliggöra gymnasieskolans yrkesprogram, vilket Stockholms stads gymnasieskolor kallar att välja med hjärtat .Det här är ett budskap som vi på Svenska Teknik och Designföretagen reagerat kraftigt på.I en replik på vårt debattinlägg försvarar Jan Holmquist, gymnasiedirektör, Stockholms stad detta med att antalet sökande till yrkesprogrammen är rekordlågt.Och att dessa yrkesgrupper är minst lika viktiga ur samhällssynpunkt som ingenjörer – Han missar poängen.
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