Howard Marcinkowski

Howard Marcinkowski

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In 2016, ProPublica caused a stir when it evaluated the performance of software that's used in criminal justice proceedings.The software, which is used to evaluate a defendant's chance of committing further crimes, turned out to produce different results when evaluating black people and caucasians.The significance of that discrepancy is still the subject of some debate, but two Dartmouth College researchers have asked a more fundamental question: is the software any good?The software in question is called COMPAS, for Correctional Offender Management Profiling for Alternative Sanctions.It takes into account a wide variety of factors about defendants, and uses them to evaluate whether those individuals are likely to commit additional crimes and helps identify intervention options.COMPAS is heavily integrated into the judicial process (see this document from the California Department of Corrections for a sense of its importance).
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Virtual tourism is a little heavy in 2018.Sure, you’ve seen the Minecraft Eiffel Tower and beamed aboard the Minecraft USS Enterprise, but have you considered where you might wait out the end of days?Well, not you exactly, but people more important than you.To draw attention to the escalating threat of global nuclear annihilation, the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), which works to “prevent catastrophic attacks with weapons of mass destruction and disruption—nuclear, biological, radiological, chemical and cyber,” has partnered with the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies to craft a virtual tour of the nuclear fallout facilities that Russian and/or American leadership will be whisked into in the event of nuclear war.The team has really outdone itself with the Fallout-esque teaser video.Nothing better illustrates the continuing absurdity of plans to fight a nuclear war than the massive complex of underground bunkers that the United States and Russia have built to survive and fight on even after both societies have collapsed.
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East Hanover, NJ - January 18, 2018 - Ekaterina Dobryakova, PhD, research scientist in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Research at Kessler Foundation, received an award from the New Jersey Health Foundation to study how performance feedback influences cognitive fatigue levels in individuals with TBI.The goal is to see whether a behavioral intervention that is based on providing performance feedback can effectively reduce levels of cognitive fatigue, a finding that would have implications for individuals with other types of neurological conditions who are affected by disabling fatigue."We will assess fatigue for both conditions," explained Dr. Dobryakova."We expect that individuals with high fatigue will report less fatigue during the feedback condition than during the no feedback condition. "Feedback has been shown to affect the activity of the fronto-striatal network.Activity of this brain network increases during positive feedback, and is accompanied by the release of dopamine, a brain chemical involved in transferring information between brain areas.
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Indeed.com just released its 2017 Silicon Valley salary survey, looking at which tech jobs command the highest average pay over the past year, according to job openings posted on the job search firm’s web site from November 2016 through October 2017.Product development engineer claimed the number one spot, with an average salary of US $173,570, and director of product management was just a few dollars behind, with an average salary of $173,556.Meanwhile, dev ops manager, machine learning engineer, and cloud engineer salaries are climbing fast, the data showed.All three categories hadn’t previously made the top 20.This year, dev ops manager ranked fourth, at $166,488; machine learning engineer ranked 13th at $149,519, and cloud engineer ranked 17th at $146,900.The entire top 20 is in the table below.
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One of the key principles in asset pricing -- how we value everything from stocks and bonds to real estate -- is that investments with high risk should, on average, have high returns."To go deeper, the theory says that systematic risk, or risk that is common to all investments" -- also known as 'beta' -- "is the kind of risk that investors should care about."However, empirical work dating as far back as 1972 didn't support the theory.In a recent paper in the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Murray and his co-authors Turan Bali (Georgetown University), Stephen Brown (Monash University) and Yi Tang (Fordham University), argue that the reason for this 'beta anomaly' lies in the fact that stocks with high betas also happen to have lottery-like properties - that is, they offer the possibility of becoming big winners.For every month, they calculated the beta of each stock (up to 5,000 stocks per month) by running a regression-- a statistical way of estimating the relationships among variables -- of the stock's return on the return of the market portfolio.In other words: price pressure from investors who want lottery-like stocks is what causes the theory to fail.
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Instead, it wants to create a platform of its own to rival Ethereum to hosting a new wave of decentralized services and internet that is tipped to emerge thanks to the blockchain.Telegram’s ICO will be a record if all goes according to plan, but that’s only the start.The company plans to raise a staggering $1.2 billion in total, starting with a $600 million pre-sale that’s strictly for traditional venture capital backers and those inside its executive’s close circles.The public sale is pegged at $600 million, which would make the overall ICO worth $1.2 billion.The pitch includes four components, as we previously reported:Distributed file storage akin to services like Dropcoin and ICO company Filecoin
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One of the smartest ways to mix perfect cocktails every time is to snag one of the best bartending apps for your iPhone or Android phone.We’ve got a delectable menu of boozy apps for you right here, containing every delicious cocktail recipe under the sun.We love the clean, accessible interface in this bartending app and it has hundreds of detailed recipes with animated images that show you the precise ratio of ingredients in your chosen drink.You can search for options with multiple ingredients, making it easy to find cocktails you can make based on what you actually have at home.You can also save favorites, browse flavor profiles, or check out the curated shortlists tailored for different kinds of parties and occasions.You’ll find more than 15,000 cocktail recipes in this comprehensive app.
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Black Mirror’s fourth season is, in hindsight, a radically ambitious feat for Charlie Brooker and his team of reality-breaking creators.It faces the criticisms that season three fell into a rut of cynicism and familiarity with what producer Annabel Jones calls, in this Netflix featurette, “a series of firsts.”There are the formal innovations, like a black-and-white episode or the stunning and strange USS Calister episode.But there are also the more subtle acts of creative flexibility, like the embrace of catharsis in “Black Museum” or Brooker’s admission, in that episode and in this featurette, that maybe Black Mirror has a shared universe after all.In this two-minute behind-the-scenes look from Netflix, take a sweeping glance at the energy and creativity that went into the fourth season, alongside new conversations with Charlie Brooker, producer Annabel Jones, and “Arkangel” director Jodie Foster.
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Ahead of the Payments Services Directive 2 and Open Banking coming into effect this Saturday, Ruth Milligan, Head of Financial Services and Payments, at industry body techUK provides an overview of what the legislation will mean for consumers and businesses alike.This Saturday 13th January, landmark new legislation will kick-start greater choice in the way consumers and SMEs can manage their finances and make the most of their money.This is the first step in major changes for the way banking operates, shifting from stand-alone banks, which provide a specific range of products to an ecosystem where many players collaborate to offer a much wider range of services.This legislation is of course the Payments Services Directive 2 (PSD2).PSD2 states that banks must allow customers to decide which other companies, known as ‘third party providers’ (TTPs), can have access to the data held in their current accounts, according to the services they want to use.TTPs or the ‘other companies’
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At least that's what August Home CEO Jason Johnson tells us.Johnson has been testing the same concept for packages, but also for dog walkers, dry cleaning pick-up and others, with August Access since October 2015.Here at CES 2018, August announced a new partner for August Access, the last-mile delivery logistics firm, Deliv.Johnson: We had the vision for in-home delivery from the beginning, five years ago.We were telling Amazon about it, probably four years ago.And in the meantime, we've got a whole bunch of other relationships that we've been developing.
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Nvidia is coming to the rescue, to help protect your system against the Spectre exploit.Or more specifically, to make sure its drivers can’t be used against you.Here’s the thing about Spectre, it’s a hardware-level exploit, so rolling out a security patch isn’t as easy as it would be if they were just regular security vulnerabilities living somewhere on your computer.Patching this thing involves patching all the pathways someone could potentially take into your system.Spectre and Meltdown take advantage of “speculative execution” to gain access to the beating heart of your operating system, its kernel.Because of that, manufacturers have had to roll out some tricky firmware updates, which insulate your system against the Spectre and Meltdown exploits.
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Samsung Electronics expects to post another record profit for the final quarter of 2017, but it results may still fall a bit short of analysts’ expectations.In earnings guidance issued today, Samsung said it estimates operating profit of about 15.1 trillion won (or $14.13 billion) on sales of about 66 trillion won.This represents an increase of 64% from the same quarter a year ago, when Samsung posted operating profit of 9.22 trillion won on revenue of 53.33 trillion won, but it still misses the average estimate of 15.9 trillion won from 17 analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters.Samsung enjoyed a strong third-quarter, when it posted a 14.53 trillion won profit thanks in large part to sales of chips, OLED screens and other components to tech manufacturers, including Apple.For all of 2017, Samsung says it expects profit of about 53.6 trillion won on sales of about 239.6 trillion won.
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Acer has a unique lineup of hardware offerings at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), with the new Acer Swift 7 offering powerful internal hardware alongside 4G LTE connectivity and a Swift 7 Black Edition with a 2-in-1 design and Nvidia MX150 graphics processor.They’re joined by upgrades to the Nitro 5, Spin 3, and Chromebook 11 ranges, giving you more options and more powerful hardware for your money.The different hardware lines are distinctly different from one another, marketed at different segments of consumers with very different purposes, but they’re all making their debut at CES 2018 and will go on sale over the next few months.As Acer’s flagship, ultrathin and lightweight notebook PC, the Acer Swift 7 is a profoundly portable laptop.At just 9mm thin, it packs a seventh-generation Intel Core i7 CPU under the hood, helping to power its 14-inch touchscreen display with a 1080p resolution and fronted by protective Gorilla Glass.To further enhance its portability, the Swift 7 comes with integrated 4G LTE connectivity and a powerful internal antenna built into the solid aluminum shell, so you can access a high-speed internet connection wherever you go.
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That Nintendo-made social network that started on the Wii U in 2012 before migrating to the 3DS in late 2013?Remember all the friends you made, and all the memories you shared with them?Yeah, we didn't think so, but that didn't stop us from being sad when the service was unceremoniously killed off back in November 2017 (and no, those small pictures you can draw in Splatoon 2 don't count).Well sulk no more, because thanks to the work of a web developer known as Drastic Actions (along with the Archive Team) the entire Miiverse is now back online.The 'Archiverse', as it is now known, is an online repository of the network's posts and images.You can browse it by searching for user IDs, game titles, and you can even filter and search by posts based on screenshots and 'Yeahs' (the Miiverse's version of Facebook's 'Likes').
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Over 300 colleges and universities are competing in the College League of Legends championship, Riot Games’s annual event for its popular multiplayer online battle arena.It’s the first National Collegiate Athletic Association conference to join Riot’s official tournament.“This is the first time an NCAA conference has recognized League of Legends,” said Riot’s associate esports manager Michael Sherman in an email to GamesBeat.Playing for a conference championship can be among a student-athlete’s most rewarding experiences during his or her college years.More broadly, this is another example of how colleges and their leaders are better supporting gamers on their campuses, the same way they do other sports.”College League of Legends for North American schools began officially in 2014, but Sherman says that it built on what players were already doing.
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Most of the town is equipped with surveillance cameras.Harrison Jacobs/Business InsiderForget about the Upper East Side of New York or Atherton, California, as bastions for the ultra-rich.Located just outside of Seattle, Medina is home to the world's top two richest people — Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos.But they are far from the only moneyed residents.The town's inhabitants include a number of other Microsoft bigwigs, tech entrepreneurs, and telecom magnates.At 7,708 feet-long, it is the longest floating bridge in the world.
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Liberty Mutual Insurance's TV commercial - '24-hour Roadside Assistance' has became the most watched ad of 2017 in US with 6.6 billion impressions according to iSpot.tv.The Liberty Mutual campaign (see above), which had an estimated media spend of $71.5m, according to attention and conversation measurement company, iSpot, achieved the most impressions as a result.It was followed on the most viewed list by Bounty - Chores for Mom and Dad with 4.6 billion impressions and Cascade - Cuts Through Tough, Baked-On Food with 4.2 billion impressions.Domino’s - Blood, Sweat and Teardowns ad ranked Fourth with 4.1 billion views followed by State Farm - Jacked Up and Allstate - All Alone on Fifth and Sixth spot with 4 billion and 3.9 billions impressions respectively.Other ads to make it to the top 10 list are Chevrolet - Most Awarded: Long List, HelloFresh - Tonight We Cook, Ebates - I Love Ebates and Parodontax - Stop the Journey of Gum Disease.Meanwhile, Reese’s advert 'List' was found to be 'the stickiest' ad on TV this year, with a 192 Attention Score off of 204.7 million TV ad impressions, with the ad found to be interrupted 92% fewer than the average for other ads on TV.
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The year started with wide-scale boycotts of the service, and progressively got worse.The company found itself entangled in a discrimination controversy, saw its founder ousted as CEO, and towards the end of the year,it faced losing one of its biggest markets, as local authorities found Uber as not being “fit and proper” to hold a license.On January 28 — over a week after he was sworn in — Trump got his wish and issued an executive order that banned citizens of seven muslim majority nations from travelling or emigrating to the US.Not only did it continue to serve customers at JFK, but it also deactivated surge pricing — the controversial pricing mechanism that sees customers pay more at peak times.It’s believed that in the weeks that followed, 200,000 people actually did.In the past, Uber seemed to have almost teflon qualities, with no controversy toxic enough to harm the company’s chances.
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Emergency jackets and rain protection are among the gear that no hiker, climber, or camper wants to bring along but must shove into the bottom of their backpacks anyway in case of inclement weather.The lighter and less noticeable these items are, the better.The relatively unknown South Korean outerwear company BlackYak has gone above and beyond what other brands have ever done with the BlackYak Emergency Jacket, the lightest jacket in the world.BlackYak received 11 IPSO Awards — the most won by a single company since 1970 — at the event that took place in Munich, Germany, in January 2017.The Emergency Jacket is part of the Pali line, which is the result of three years of research and innovation.Well-known among high-elevation sports enthusiasts including alpinists, backcountry skiers, and hikers, BlackYak collaborates with athletes to produce garments boasting top-of-the-line textile construction techniques with a specific purpose.
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In spite of a lack of major, industry-changing hardware arriving, virtual reality games and apps continue to be produced, and aging headsets continue to sell (thanks, in part, to dropping prices and cheaper compatible computers).Dashing and dodging around this game's battlegrounds has only grown more comfortable thanks to various tuning tricks implemented this year.If you want to feel like you are getting your money's worth for a fully fledged PC VR system, you pretty much need to buy Onward, even if "realistic" online military combat isn't quite your bag.It's a wildly uneven game, thanks mostly to the quest portion running out of steam all too soon, but its "Crash Bandicoot" approach to VR momentum feels clever and exciting in action, especially during its best skirmishes and its (sadly) single boss extravaganza.The PlayStation VR version is an utter failure, conversely, thanks to its limited camera-tracking system and its unwieldy control systems, whether playing with the PlayStation Aim add-on, a standard DualShock 4, or a pair of PS Move wands.Just make sure to invite a crowd—and have that crowd cover your walls, your prized possessions, and each other's faces in protective foam—before booting the game.
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