Johnathan Owen

Johnathan Owen

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To be honest, I hate the word “identity.” There’s a lot of talk about this now, but if anyone is telling you they’re building “identity” on a public network, you should run immediately.The irony of this all, is that the more we advance into the future – with devices, IoT, blockchain technology, and hyper-connectivity – the more data is going to be brought into the ecosystem.And the more data that is brought into the system, the more we’ll find companies and, naturally governments, are going to want to focus in on it.Companies looking at how they can leverage your data, and governments looking at how they can also protect it.Again, blockchain connects everyone – this is important.A lot has changed since World War II.
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Victoria Beckham has admitted she will feel “left out” when the Spice Girls reunite on tour without her later this year, but has categorically ruled out joining them on stage.Last year, Posh Spice decided not to be part of the band’s upcoming summer stadium tour, but speculation has been rife she could join them for a cameo appearance at some point - something even Mel B has hinted at.But in an admission that will further disappoint fans, it seems she is standing firm on her decision.Neil Mockford via Getty ImagesAsked about a possible cameo, she told the Guardian: “No.Discussing if it was a difficult decision, she said: “Not at all.
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As countries in the Middle East, Africa, and elsewhere struggle to find enough freshwater to meet demand, they’re increasingly turned to the ocean.Desalination plants, located in 177 countries, can help turn seawater into freshwater.A paper published Monday by United Nations University’s Institute for Water, Environment, and Health in the journal Science of the Total Environment found that desalination plants globally produce enough brine—a salty, chemical-laden byproduct—in a year to cover all of Florida in nearly a foot of it.“High salinity and reduced dissolved oxygen levels can have profound impacts on benthic organisms.”In fact, the study concluded that for every litre of freshwater a plant produces, 0.4 gallons (1.5 litres) of brine are produced on average.For all the 15,906 plants around the world, that means 37.5 billion gallons (142 billion litres) of this salty junk every day.
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Celebrity chef Richard Corrigan has offered a £1,000 reward for information about a customer who “dined and dashed” at one of his upscale London restaurants.The restaurateur, 54, posted a picture on social media of a man who he said racked up a £1,500 bill and “finished with a Cuban (then) walked in to the night” after eating at Corrigan’s Mayfair on December 18.I'm still looking for Mr pimpernel who walked into the London fog with out paying before Christmas 1000corrigan eating pounds , if anyone knows him .— Richard Corrigan (@CorrigansFood) January 18, 2019Corrigan, who has won Great British Menu three times, renewed his appeal on Twitter on Friday, saying there was “1000 Corrigan eating pounds” on offer for anyone with information about the man he called “Mr Pimpernel”.Corrigan, who was awarded his first Michelin star in 1994 when he was head chef of Stephen Bull in Fulham and a second at Lindsay House in Soho in 2007, told The Times: “I was sitting near him at one point and thought there was something odd.
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News of this week’s so-called “mega breach” might deeply trouble you.Yes, every company should be held responsible for practising sloppy security, allowing your sensitive data to get into the wrong hands.Sorry, but that’s the way it is.The users who have little to worry about are the ones who, at the very least, have enabled some type of multi-factor authentication, the simplest being two-factor authentication or “2FA.” Even better off are those who’ve also adopted a reliable password manager, which allows them to create very long, complex, and unique passwords for each site they log into.Add in a physical security key, and you can sleep easy tonight.2FA works like this: You go to login to, say, your email account, and after entering your password, it prompts you to enter a code that’s been sent to your phone by text.
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This year, I served on the judging panel for The Royal Statistical Society’s International Statistic of the Year.On Dec. 18, we announced the winner: 90.5 percent, the amount of plastic that has never been recycled.The judging panel accepted nominations from the statistical community and the public at large for a statistic they feel shines a light on today’s most pressing issues.That’s the annual number of Americans killed, on average, by lawn mowers – compared to two Americans killed annually, on average, by immigrant jihadist terrorists and the 11,737 Americans killed annually by being shot by another American.That figure, first shared in The Huffington Post, was highlighted in a viral tweet by Kim Kardashian in response to the proposed migrant ban.The chair of the judges and RSS president, Sir David Spiegelhalter, said: “It’s really concerning that so little plastic has ever been recycled and, as a result, so much plastic waste has leached out into the world’s environment.
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The belief that AI will displace jobs has been well countered with arguments that AI actually empowers workers to focus on higher-level thinking and creating.It’s an advantage in the workplace, not an obstruction.But there’s another, less discussed advantage of adopting AI at work.I see a not-too-distant future in which AI enables new voices and perspectives to emerge from within the ranks.A recent survey from Marketforce and Pega of top executives around the world supports this thinking: 76 percent of senior executives said they believe AI technologies will allow workers to make informed decisions at a more junior level, and 66 percent believe it will result in a more transparent workplace meritocracy.More voices in the room
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A recent design project, carried out by Professor KwanMyung Kim and Aibolot Makenov in the School of Design and Human Engineering (DHE) at UNIST has been named a winner of the 2018 prestigious "Red Dot Award" for design concept.The award-winning design, Toguz Korgool board game, is the redesign of a traditional Kyrgyz mancala game played in Central Asian and African countries for decades.The 20 faces are connected with hinges and magnets so that the whole body can be folded and unfolded easily--the entire process also provides an engaging experience.High school years were indeed not easy.Despite the difficulties at school, though, we have learnt to be independent, adapt to a new environment and constantly watch for new opportunities.It was a great experience to be honored on the famous Red Dot carpet, right in front of a crowd of professional designers.
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This weekend will bring the super blood wolf moon lunar eclipse, the last total lunar eclipse until 2021.The event will be visible throughout North America, assuming the weather doesn’t block the view.People unable to see the event due to cloud cover, an unwillingness to go out into cold weather, or simply being in the wrong location will still have the opportunity to watch the eclipse live.The name “super blood wolf” refers to multiple features of the upcoming eclipse.The term “super” is in reference to the fact that the moon will be near its closest distance to Earth during the eclipse, while the “blood” part is due the reddish color the moon will experience during totality — the moon won’t disappear entirely.As for the “wolf” part of the name, this lunar eclipse happens to coincide with the wolf moon, which is the name that has been traditionally given to the full moon experienced in the month of January.
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Self-lacing sneakers have been the dream since Marty McFly first rocked Nike MAGs in 1989, but most attempts at turning shoe leather into smart sneakers have been expensive, produced in small batches, and frankly, a little gimmicky.Until now: Earlier this week, Nike revealed Adapt BB, the company’s latest self-lacing basketball shoe.And these actually seem … smart.At $350, the Adapt BB’s are a little more accessible than previous iterations, though as Peter points out, they’re likely to be worn by professional athletes and Nike-backed college teams to start.Also on this week’s podcast: WIRED’s Nitasha Tiku talks about a group of Googlers who have launched a public awareness campaign about mandatory arbitration agreements, arguing that employers use them to suppress workers facing harassment and discrimination.Show notes: Peter’s story on Nike’s Adapt BB is here.
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Microsoft to hang up support on 10 DecemberThe Redmond code factory said today that, come December 10, it's curtains for the ill-fated smartphone venture.The retirement will end a four-year run for a Microsoft phone effort that never really got off the ground and helped destroy Nokia in the process."The end of support date applies to all Windows 10 Mobile products, including Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise," Microsoft declared."Windows 10 Mobile users will no longer be eligible to receive new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free assisted support options or online technical content updates from Microsoft for free."The end-of-life announcement hardly comes as a surprise.
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Just yesterday I posted about a 43-inch Toshiba with built-in Fire TV for $200.(You might actually be able to get that for even less; click through to find out how.)And don't forget the current crop of big-TV deals, screens that should make your upcoming playoff and big game viewing mighty nice.Want something a little smaller, a little more den- or bedroom-friendly?For a limited time, Best Buy has the Insignia 39-inch 1080p Fire TV Edition for $149.99.It wasn't long ago that finding a 32-inch non-smart TV for this price was a big deal.
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With older generations turning away from Facebook after a litany of fake news, privacy, and security-related debacles, Facebook has renewed its efforts to capture and monetise the memes of teens in hopes of raking in future revenue streams.So following in the footsteps of Lasso, Lifestage, and Slingshot comes LOL, which might be Facebook’s most doomed app yet.Discovered by TechCrunch while still in private beta featuring around 100 high school student testers (who agreed to NDAs with parental consent), LOL appears to be a desperate attempt to centralise the amusing GIFs, videos, and memes teens share on other networks or through disappearing formats like Stories.(Facebook confirmed it was testing LOL to TechCrunch.)Based on screenshots sent to TechCrunch, memes are categorised into a range of collections such as “Dailies” and “Look Mom No Hands,” with additional loathe-inducing filters like “Wait For It,” “Savage,” and more.And in a classic Facebook-style move, there’s also a “For You” section that attempts to rustle a kids’ jimmies by using an algorithm to pick specific memes to suit their tastes.
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Although it’s not the Vega II launch that seemed all but certain, the Radeon VII looks like a stunner that may even beat the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080.Featuring a whopping 16GB of video memory and a high boost clock of 1,800MHz, this looks like a very exciting graphics card from Team Red.While we don't report on production numbers externally,” the statement reads, “we will have products available via AIB partners and AMD.com at launch of Feb. 7, and we expect Radeon VII supply to meet demand from gamers.AMD held a grand spectacle of a keynote at CES 2019, and its headlining announcement was that the Radeon VII will launch on February 7th.AMD quickly responded to rumors, assuring gamers that there will be enough Radeon VII GPUs to meet demand.That said, AMD considers the Radeon VII to be a direct competitor to the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080, which costs between as little as $699 (£649, AU$1,119) or up to $799 (£749, AU$1,299) with the Founders Edition.
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If "Fyre Festival" means nothing to you, maybe you had better things to do than roll around in the online schadenfreude of a luxury music festival supposedly infested with models and social media influencers partying in Bahamian villas and endorsed by rapper Ja Rule.To put it lightly, the event did not go as planned.Those of us not stranded in the Bahamas got to watch a lot of obnoxious influencer types face the cold hard reality of portable toilets and sad cheese sandwiches.Now, Netflix and Hulu have competing documentaries chronicling organizer Billy McFarland's wunderkind scammer skills and just how, exactly, he and his associates managed to separate so many people from their money on the basis of a slick marketing campaign.Hulu's version (Fyre Fraud directed by Jenner Furst and Julia Willoughby Nason) focuses heavily on framing McFarland, who was 25 at the time, as an entrepreneurial prodigy, the ultimate millennial gone bad.It also leans on stereotypes about a generation comprised of at least 53 million people in the US, as a bunch of folks who came of age in such tumult (wars, the Great Recession) that they've retreated into a reality of their own making -- the perfect, filtered realm of the influencers.
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Fabian Gonell, senior vice president of licensing strategy and legal counsel for Qualcomm's licensing business, said during a trial on Friday that Samsung, Sony Mobile and others have reached agreements with Qualcomm that differed from its normal pacts.What Samsung ended up doing was paying Qualcomm an upfront licensing fee "an order of magnitude larger" than average, Gonell said.The "risk-sharing" royalty rate was variable and was based on how well Samsung phones sold, he said.In the case of Sony Mobile, the two ended up agreeing on a royalty rate that's lower than Qualcomm's typical rate, Gonell said.Qualcomm sells processors that connect phones to cellular networks, but it also licenses its broad portfolio as a group.To get access to Qualcomm's chips, which are broadly considered to be on the bleeding edge of wireless innovation, a phone maker first has to sign a patent licensing contract with Qualcomm.
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It feels as if announcements for the next Xbox and Sony PS5 are right around the corner, and now this gargantuan leak points to the next-generation AMD chip that may power it.AMD allegedly plans to introduce a whole new system-on-a-chip to power next-generation consoles with both the company’s upcoming Navi graphics and cutting edge 7nm Zen 2 CPU cores – like those found in the latest Ryzen 3rd Generation processors.The report comes from TUM_APISAK, a serial leaker in the silicon world, and this whole new part is apparently called Gonzalo.This AMD Gonzalo APU (accelerated processing unit) is said to feature eight processor cores that clock in at between 1GHz to 3.2GHz.Comparatively, the current AMD Jaguar APUs that power the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X currently run at up to 2.13GHz and 3.2GHz, respectively.On the graphics size, AMD Gonzalo is said to incorporate Navi 10 Lite graphics.
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A pair of New Jersey sisters were convinced they stumbled upon something "out of this world" during a stroll along the beach last week.Nora and Jean Muchanic were at Silver Beach in Toms River when they spotted a giant, crater-like hole in the sand.Curious, the siblings walked over to investigate what they estimated to be a 5-foot-wide hole.They found something peculiar sitting in the center: a single black rock."We found this 5-foot crater and a rock embedded in the middle that smells like it's burned.Trying to figure out if it's the real deal," Nora wrote in a Facebook post, creating a buzz in the local community.
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Using special carving tools in clean rooms, scientists are capable of fabricating structures reaching only a few nanometers.Chemists on the other hand routinely achieve a tour de force: They can synthesize large numbers of molecules that are all exactly identical.A research team from Empa, the University of Basel and the University of Oviedo has now succeeded in doing just that: The researchers synthesized chain-shaped molecules between two microscopically small gold tips.The properties of the resulting molecule can be monitored and documented in real time during synthesis.Anton Vladyka, Jan Overbeck and Mickael Perrin work at Empa's "Transport at Nanoscale Interfaces" laboratory, headed by Michel Calame.For their experiments, they used a technique called mechanically controllable break junction (MCBJ).
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Three men who killed five people in a “bomb-like” shop blast in Leicester have been jailed for life.Arkan Ali, Hawkar Hassan and Aram Kurd were convicted of murder and plotting to claim a £300,000 insurance pay-out last month.On Friday, a judge at Leicester Crown Court handed Kurd and Ali life sentences with a minimum term of 38 years.Hassan was given a minimum term of 33 years for his part in the attack.They used “many, many litres of petrol” in an arson attack on Kurd’s supermarket – causing an explosion which completely destroyed the shop and a flat above the premises.The court previously heard how some residents living near the Polish supermarket on Hinckley Road, Leicester, thought a bomb had reduced the property to rubble.
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