John Feeney

John Feeney

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On Friday, the US Justice Department released a 37-page indictment of 13 Russians involved in the so-called Internet Research Agency, a shady organization based in St. Petersburg and long known to be focused on social media disinformation, often targeting US domestic politics.The indictment accuses the alleged trolls of everything from buying Facebook and Twitter ads to promote their fake news agenda to arranging astroturf protests.Facebook has estimated that 10 million people saw paid ads funded by the Internet Research Agency, and as many as 150 million people saw other non-paid content from the group's accounts.The indictment goes on to name two of the 13 Russians who the Justice Department says were directly responsible for the operation's bank and wire fraud that enabled that money laundering, Dzheykhun Nasimi Ogly Aslanov and Gleb Igorevich Vasilchenko.They then allegedly used those accounts to fund everything from Facebook ads—preventing Facebook from detecting that the political ads were purchased from abroad—to buttons, flags and banners for the operatives' rallies.The indictment accuses Vasilchenko and Aslanov of using their fraud accounts for "self enrichment" as well as serving the goals of the IRA, though it doesn't include estimates of how much they might have profited personally, or as an organization, from their alleged fraud.
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AI has the ability to free up your times and provide accurate completion of routine skills.How will artificial intelligence affect business in 2018?Create a More Customized User ExperienceWith AI on the minds of not only businesses, but also customers, it’s definitely going to become more aggressive in 2018.The coming year will see a rise in real-time personalized content targeting with the aim of creating increased sales opportunities, mainly because AI can make use of effective behavioral targeting methodologies.Consider this: an AI-enabled marketing stack works in determining when people on any given platform start looking for new CRM software.
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If you need to make a 3D model of an object, there are plenty of ways to do so, but most of them are only automated to the extent that they know how to spin in circles around that object and put together a mesh.This new system from Fraunhofer does it more intelligently, getting a basic idea of the object to be scanned and planning out what motions will let it do so efficiently and comprehensively.It takes what can be a time-consuming step out of the process in which a scan is complete and the user has to inspect it, find where it falls short (an overhanging part occluding another, for instance, or an area of greater complexity that requires closer scrutiny) and customize a new scan to make up for these lacks.Alternatively, the scanner might already have to have a 3D model loaded in order to recognize what it’s looking at and know where to focus.Fraunhofer’s project, led by Pedro Santos at the Institute for Computer Graphics Research, aims to get it right the first time by having the system evaluate its own imagery as it goes and plan its next move.“The special thing about our system is that it scans components autonomously and in real time,” he said in a news release.
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Over the years, Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing have collaborated on no less than eight special-edition boats inspired by AMG’s high-performance cars.So it shouldn’t be surprising that the two companies have teamed up again for a boat inspired by the most extreme AMG road car ever, the Project One.Like many modern supercars, the Cigarette Racing 515 Project One is made from a mix of lightweight composite materials, specifically fiberglass, kevlar, and carbon fiber.At 51 feet, 5 inches long (hence the “515” designation) and 9 feet, 6 inches wide, the boat is quite a bit bigger than the average supercar, though, and provides room for at least six people.The boat is powered by two Mercury Racing V8 engines.Each one develops 1,350 horsepower on regular 91-octane fuel, or 1,500 hp on racing fuel.
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On 22 June 1948, the MV Empire Windrush arrived at Tilbury Docks carrying 492 Caribbean passengers.I came to the UK 17 years ago to pursue my dream of becoming a nurse.We came to the UK in good faith and we have made our home and our lives here.We contribute on every level and in every sector of British society.Many EU nationals are already severely affected by the current Home Office stance and families are being torn apart.Yet today I am told I’m a foreigner and should go back where I come from.
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Convicted paedophile Barry Bennell has been found guilty of multiple child sexual abuse in the 1980s.The ex-football coach was charged with 55 offences, including 42 counts of indecent assault.At his latest trial at Liverpool Crown Court, he pleaded guilty to seven child sex offences on January 8, but a jury was sworn in for his trial on the outstanding 48 charges.Bennell, 64, was convicted of 36 charges including indecent assault and serious sexual assaults against boys aged eight to 15.The jury of five men and six women was sent out on Thursday and was unable to reach decisions on seven counts.During the trial prosecutors said Bennell was a “predatory and determined paedophile” who molested young boys on an “industrial scale”.
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It’s no big surprise that engineers and scientists working in cutting edge tech are often fans of science fiction.The Hitchhiker’s’ Guide to the Galaxy, Star TrekWhere it appeared in sci-fi: As a plot device that removes the problem of having to explain why aliens all speak English, Universal Translators have been a staple of science fiction for years.An early appearance is in Murray Leinster’s 1945 novella First Contact, but notable examples can also be found in Star Trek, Doctor Who, and The Hitchhiker’s’ Guide to the Galaxy.In reality: The name Babel Fish was actually adopted by Yahoo!While there are numerous translation services out there, the most sci-fi sounding one is the Waverly Pilot, a set of wireless earbuds that connect to your phone and promise to translate several languages in real time.
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About a year ago, my team and I were just starting to build our MVP.Fast forward to three months ago: a team of six and an entry ticket to Y Combinator.And today, we’re an incredible team of nine, best I could think of, living in Sunnyvale, California and taking part in the prestigious Y Combinator program to accelerate our already rapid pace.We’re surrounded by AI wizards, teams building floating emoji in AR, and people wanting to put your brains into robots.I would add “make something people want and stay focused.”I know a lot of people are curious about YC, so that’s why I decided to jot down my experience of the program!
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Uber v. Waymo has been settled, with Uber ending its autonomous car rival’s lawsuit by coughing up an equity stake as mea culpa.The case had already begun to be heard in court this week, with Alphabet-owned Waymo alleging that Uber had misappropriated driverless car tech secrets when it brought a former Google engineer onboard to lead its autonomous vehicle team.The engineer, Anthony Levandowski, previously worked on the Waymo project when it was part of Google.He left the company to set up his own company working on autonomous technologies, Otto, but brought thousands of files with him containing what Alphabet claims were trade secrets about its custom sensor designs and more.Otto was then acquired by Uber, when it was under the control of former CEO Travis Kalanick.Uber has maintained that its actions with the engineer were above board, and that its own autonomous technology is its own handiwork.
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Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to star in a Joker standalone movie, according to Variety.Todd Phillips, director of "The Hangover," will direct the film.As if a "Venom" movie without Spider-Man weren't weird enough, DC and Warner Bros. are gearing up for a Joker standalone movie — and Joaquin Phoenix is reportedly in talks to star as the Clown Prince of Crime.That's right, Joaquin Phoenix — from such acclaimed films as "Her" and "The Master;" who is known for ignoring studio blockbusters; who pretended to retire from acting for a film that followed his fake retirement from acting —might be donning the pale face and green hair of Batman's most famous enemy.Variety reports that the actor was director Todd Phillips' ("The Hangover") first choice and that he has agreed to the role.Last year, it was announced that Warner Bros. and DC were developing a Joker origin film with Phillips directing, Martin Scorsese producing, and Scott Silver ("8 Mile") writing the screenplay.
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Proving his work, he tweeted a picture of Vatican News falsely stating that Pope Francis had declared God to be an onion.He did this by identifying websites Trump had tweeted out whose domain names had been allowed to expire.I'll be speaking tomorrow at the San Jose Convention Center (CA) for the first- ever National Achievers Congress http://t.co/m4JN2oIw— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 11, 2012Keeping with the Trump theme, he used publicly accessible online information to find the contact details of Melania Trump.In the broadest sense, XSS is where an attacker injects their own code into a webpage.
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I recently saw a debate on TV asking if houswives were lazy and the point was raised as to whether the role of being a housewife was actually a dated one.Whilst I absolutely admire all women whatever path they choose once they have a child, I wanted to personally write and stick up for women who choose to stay at home and bring up their children as someone who has both worked long hours in gruelling jobs and been a stay at home mum.As this week marks the 100th anniversary of the suffrage movement I want to point out that being a housewife is still a very important role in a lot of households, and if it is their choice and what works best for their family, then surely it is the right choice.My husband and I made the decision together that when our daughter was born in 2014 I would leave employment and become a full time mum and housewife.It suited us financially as my husband’s career supported the three of us and my wages at that time would have just paid for childcare, plus it suited us personally too.I wanted to take her for days out and draw and paint with her, teach her to cook and learn different shapes and colours.
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Despite a huge rally in the fourth quarter of 2017, the prices of many cryptocurrencies—including Bitcoin—are plunging.Starting 2017 at under $1,000, the price of Bitcoin rose gradually until around October, when the price began to skyrocket to a peak of $19,343.04 on December 16, 2017.And is this a sign that the price is beginning to stabilize, or is it just the next wave in a series of volatile, unpredictable market moves for digital currency?“Cryptocurrency” refers to any digital resource that’s used as a medium of exchange, usually with public and private hash keys in a technological system known as the blockchain.Multiple computers function as “nodes” within a blockchain system, and only when they collectively agree on a transaction’s legitimacy do they add that transaction as a “block” on the “chain” of historical transactions.First, we need to bear in mind that cryptocurrencies are still a new investment—and an entirely new form of currency to consider.
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As pretty much anybody who follows Chinese phones even so slightly knows, the Elephone U Pro is one of the most promising devices coming from the Asian country to hit the market in 2018.The display on the U line up has been produced by BOE, a company that has never worked with any Chinese company in the past, whether we talk about Huawei, Xiaomi or else.In addition to the beautifully curved side bezels, the difference between this screen and the usual LCD is that AMOLED uses the principle of luminous pixels, which not only saves energy but also has a wider color gamut and spectrum.AMOLED is definitely brighter than the usual IPS display and has an higher response speed.Both displays comes with an aspect ratio of 18:9 and FHD+ resolution, which gives the devices a more immersive look and a large screen area while keeping the body quite slim, thus easier to handle.Elephone U Pro is indeed equipped with a Snapdragon 660 processor, which differs from its predecessor (Snapdragon 653) in improved processor technology – from 24nm to 14nm, with performance and power consumption.
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Hatton Garden jewellery raider Terry Perkins has died in HMP Belmarsh, a prison service spokesman said on Monday.It comes days after a court was told another of his co-offenders, who are all in their sixties and seventies, was also likely to die behind bars.Last week a court heard Perkins, 69, had been diagnosed with severe heart failure as a judge ordered the four ringleaders of the heist to pay back £27.5 million or each face another seven years in jail.Perkins’ lawyer, Peter Rowlands, said his client’s flat in Portugal would have to be sold, but said Perkins’ would have to serve the default sentence as there was “no prospect” of any further funds being recovered to settle his £6.5 million debt.Perkins, along with John “Kenny” Collins, 77, and Daniel Jones, 63, were sentenced to seven years in prison and Brian Reader, 78, was jailed for six years and three months for their roles in the notorious burglary in 2015.Tom Wainwright, representing Reader, told the court last week that his client’s sentence “does not have to be very long for it to mean, in reality, he will serve the rest of his life in custody”.
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Last week, OUKITEL U18, one of first clones of iPhone X already started the global first presale on the Banggood e-shop.As the presale itself is heating up and deliveries are almost starting, we are getting the first unboxing video of the phone to show the package, appearance and features.As you can see in the video OUKITEL U18 new package follows mainly a pure, simple style with U18 sign in one corner, OUKITEL logo on two sides and basic information tag on the back of box.There are 9 things included in the whole package: package box, U18 smartphone, user manual, warranty card, SIM card pin, ear jack adapter, USB cable, 5V/3A flash charger, silicone case.The phone itself is a 5.85 inch HD+ displayed device with 1512×720 resolution.It will be available in two colors: black and gold, but currently only black on sale.
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Tropical Cyclone Cebile held onto its status as a major hurricane in the Southern Indian Ocean when NASA's Aqua satellite passed overhead.On Feb. 2, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured a visible-light image of Tropical Cyclone Cebile.The storm maintained its rounded appearance and visible eye.On Feb. 2 at 10 a.m. EST (1500 UTC) Cebile's maximum sustained winds were estimated at 110 knots (126.6 mph/203.7 kph).That makes Cebile a category three hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale.Cebile's center was located near 17.6 degrees south latitude and 75.8 degrees east longitude, about 659 nautical miles south-southeast of Diego Garcia.
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YouTube‘s Go App is widely available (TNW)IG’s new “Type” feature is rolling out to everyone (TNW)Spotify and Discord teamed up to make gaming chats musical (TNW)The latest in crypto scams: Scammers tweeted this…I'm donating 500 Ethereum to the ETH community!First 500 transactions with 0.2 ETH sent to the address below will receive 1.0 ETH in the address the 0.2 ETH came from.
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Facial recognition could soon provide farmers with updates on the health of their livestock, thanks to an Irish computer company.Cainthus said farmers could install surveillance cameras in paddocks to help monitor cow feeding patterns.By using facial recognition, farmers and vets will be able to track a cow's food and drink intake, body temperature and behaviour.The combined analytics can lead to higher milk yields, safer reproduction and better health for the cows, said the company.With an investment by US company Cargill, Cainthus announced on Wednesday (31 January) that the technology will be tested this year.President and co-founder of Cainthus, David Hunt, said the deal with Cargill would be a "game changer" for farmers.
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So many phones coming our way, we HAVE to send some love back to you!Here we are once again for another giveaway and one of our lucky readers will get the chance to take home a brand new KOOLNEE K1 Trio (6GB + 128GB)!But wait, what’s this device and how good is it anyway?KOOLNEE K1 Trio – Massive, powerful beauty!The Koolnee K1 Trio was born thanks to the engineers and designers who have listened very carefully to the feedback from users.They then built a smartphone – or modified the original K1 – entirely based on that and the K1 Trio is what came out.
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