Joseph Polk

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‘USENET was a pretty clear warning’ of things to come, says new draft IETF standardA new Internet Engineering Task Force draft proposes to apologise for social media.Issued on Monday July 16th, the draft titled “Social Media (An Apology)” is signed by “The Elders of the Internet” and opens by noting “Recently, you may have noticed a dramatic increase in the amount of opprobrium, outrage, hate speech and overall bile on your favorite social media channel.”“The Elders of the Internet apologize unreservedly for this disruption.”The group say they’ve recently been focussing on security standards and therefore “were caught unawares when the Internet became the sink for every poorly-considered argument, paranoid thought when you wake up in the dead of night, and shrieking nutjob you'd usually cross the street to avoid.” They blame social media for amplifying arguments, reducing productivity and even making it hard to breathe.And then they apologise for their lack of foresight and not having done something to stop the current state of affairs, as follows:
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No matter if you like it or not, more and more global netizens are keen to watch 15-second videos of people dancing, singing, or just doing other goofy stuff on China’s popular short video platform Douyin, aka Tik Tok.The platform, owned by Bytedance, announced on July 16 that it has 500 million monthly active users around the world two years after its initial launch, according to their official account on Jinri Toutiao.Apart from Chinese domestic users, others mainly are in Asian countries like Korea, Japan, Indonesia, and Vietnam.The platform operates official Instagram accounts in these countries and will re-post highlights of videos from its users.This is the first time that the platform has published its progress international.On June 12, Douyin announced on Weibo, China’s Twitter-like platform, that its domestic monthly active users reached 300 million.
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There are only a few holdouts among smartphone OEMs still making smartwatches.In contrast, the wearable market is flooded with designer and fashion brands adding some smarts and screens to their timepieces.The latest to join that fray is Emporio Armani, whose initial smartwatch and hybrid watch selection left some things to be desired.With the new Emporio Armani Connected 2018 though, it is finally offering truly smart devices with heart rate sensors, NFC, GPS, and more.Armani actually joined the wearable march back in 2016 with a starting roster of hybrid watches that combined analog aesthetics with digital features.Then in late 2017, it went full-on Android Wear but really came up short in terms of features.
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Top-end 4KTV: LG 65-Inch 4K ThinQ AI Smart TV just $846This LG TV has every bell and whistle you can throw at a 4K UHD set, even LG's oddly named AI-powered smart TV software, ThinQ.Amazon Echo Show (Black) | was $229.99 now $129.99 at AmazonThis is the screen-enabled Amazon Echo speaker, with the ability to display video, music lyrics and news stories with photos, all with the sound of your voice and Alexa natural language commands.It's the cheapest way to buy an Alexa-powered speaker and it comes in a round miniaturized size.View DealAmazon Fire TV Stick: £39.99, now £24.99 at AmazonThat's absurdly cheap for this incredibly popular streaming stick.Asus Vivobook Slim | £799.99 now £499.99 at Amazon
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According to Chen, principal investigator on the project, it means the switches, routers and other components that stand between end users and data servers can play a more active part in managing and analyzing big data.It could make data networks faster and more efficient, which would be a boon for financial services, social networks, the "internet of things" and many other applications."Today, all the processing is done at the server, without any processing or computation along the path.We're going to try to change that," said Ng, a professor of computer science and electrical and computer engineering.Ng said common examples of streaming data also include fraud detection, monitors and temperature and other environmental sensors that continuously generate data and send it at high speed to servers from all over the world."Our challenge is to develop a scalable platform that allows programmers to derive real-time insight from data utilizing the technologies we propose," he said.
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NASA's Human Exploration and Operations and Science Mission Directorates are collaborating to make interplanetary internet a reality.Information is put into DTN bundles, which are sent through space and ground networks to its destination.The Science Mission Directorate looks forward to incorporating DTN into future missions and has identified the Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem, or PACE, mission as the first key opportunity to demonstrate this revolutionary capability.NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, first tested DTN during a science mission to a comet in 2008.That technology demonstration proved out the capability of DTN as part of the Deep Impact - EPOXI mission."DTN represents a shift in how data will get delivered in the future.
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ITHACA, N.Y. - Cornell University researchers have developed a prototype of a robot that can express "emotions" through changes in its outer surface.The robot's skin covers a grid of texture units whose shapes change based on the robot's feelings.Assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering Guy Hoffman, who has given a TEDx talk on "Robots with 'soul'" said the inspiration for designing a robot that gives off nonverbal cues through its outer skin comes from the animal world, based on the idea that robots shouldn't be thought of in human terms."We have a lot of interesting relationships with other species.Robots could be thought of as one of those 'other species,' not trying to copy what we do but interacting with us with their own language, tapping into our own instincts."Their work is detailed in a paper, "Soft Skin Texture Modulation for Social Robots," presented at the International Conference on Soft Robotics in Livorno, Italy.
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Drugs that can lengthen life have long been a hallmark of speculative science fiction – many hope for an invention that could extend average lifespans well into the triple digits in the distant future.A new clinical trial published Wednesday in Science Translational Medicine has found evidence that low doses of two existing drugs can boost the immune system of an elderly person, helping it fight common deadly infections, including the flu, with seemingly little to no side effects.The trial, run by scientists at the pharmaceutical company Novartis, involved more than 250 relatively healthy people over the age of 65 and was conducted from 2013 to 2015.Two groups received different doses of the approved chemotherapy and immunosuppressant drug everolimus; one received a dose of the experimental chemotherapy drug dactolisib; and one received a dose of everolimus and dactolisib combined (both drugs were developed by Novartis).The fifth group was simply given a placebo.The groups took the drugs or placebo daily for six weeks, then got the 2014 seasonal flu shot two weeks later.
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Research indicates that spending on material items may not necessarily make people happy.It’s all about the experience and the associated fond recollections.Armed with a new agency—72andSunny—StubHub launched “Be There”on that very concept.“Happiness is driven more by experiences than buying things,” Olivier Ropars, chief marketing officer of StubHub, told Adweek.TV spots star rapper Future, NFLer Todd Gurley and Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels.Each takes on a different job—sommelier, pottery maker and hardware store worker, respectively—to showcase StubHub’s mobile app as a means of connecting people with memory-making experiences.
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Embattled Chinese kit vendor ZTE has announced its US export ban has been lifted, which prompted a 16% jump in its share price.Last week the US Department of Commerce tweeted that it would lift the ‘denial order’ on ZTE once it had handed over $400 million to be kept aside to deter it from getting up to its old tricks.This announcement indicates ZTE has managed to scrape together the cash and has now jumped through sufficient hoops to get off the hook – for now.“Pursuant to an order issued on 13 July 2018 (U.S. time), BIS has terminated the 15 April 2018 Denial Order and removed ZTE from the Denied Persons List, effective immediately,” said the short, legalese investor announcement from new Chairman Li Zixue.So that would appear to be that.So long as ZTE is squeaky clean for a few years it will eventually get the 400 mil back and it’s now free to start trying to repair the colossal damage this whole episode has caused.
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Kwikset gave us a glimpse of its newest smart lock, the Kevo Contemporary, at CES earlier this year.The $229 smart lock (which converts to roughly AU$292 and £168) is now available for purchase at The Home Depot.The lock follows in the footsteps of Kwikset's first and second generation Kevo smart locks, which were styled after traditional, round deadbolts.The Kevo Contemporary takes a sharp design turn with its square face and straight line of LED indicator lights.The lock is available in four finishes: Venetian Bronze, Iron Black, Polished Chrome and Satin Nickel.It doesn't add any smarts that the Kevo didn't already have, and it doesn't take any away, either.
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A decade of technical promise and open-source fall-outsTen years ago this month, when Lehman Brothers was still just about in business and the term NoSQL wasn't even widely known, let alone an irritant, Facebook engineers open-sourced a distributed database system named Cassandra.Named after the Greek figure who was cursed to utter the truth but was never believed, Cassandra might seem an odd choice for a system whose raison d'être is believability – but it delivered a nice dig at the stalwarts of the RDBMS world… and their trust in a false Oracle.Today, Cassandra – now under the umbrella of the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) – is regularly ranked in DB-Engines' top 10 and is used by big name firms like Uber, Twitter and Netflix.The goal was to develop a scalable, high performance, high availability database system – and the first deployment of Cassandra within Facebook was for the inbox search system storing terabytes of indexes across a cluster of more than 600 cores and 120 TB of disk space.At the same time, Jonathan Ellis – who would go on to co-found Datastax – was evaluating scalable database technologies for his then employer Rackspace, to tackle issues with scalable storage.
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The Amazon Echo Dot is the cheapest way to get an Alexa smart speaker into your home, and today for Amazon Prime Day 2018, it's once again at its lowest price yet.It's $29.99 for the Echo Dot (was $49.99) thanks to a temporary price drop during the Amazon.com 36-hour deals marathon.That matches the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday discounts from seven months ago.This Prime Day deal applies to both colors of the Alexa-powered smart smart speaker, white or black, and yes, they're the 2nd Gen version and brand new.It's funny, you'll still find a used model of the Amazon Echo Dot available to buy at a higher price right now.Today's Amazon deal on the new speaker offers at 40% price rollback that can't be beat.
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It looks like something badly CGI'd into a disaster movie, but it's real: an 11 million ton iceberg, slowly moving toward a village, threatening to destroy everything in its path.Just look at this thing.A massive section of the iceberg falls off at around 30 seconds in, which gives you a sense of the scale here.If the iceberg becomes destabilised, and a larger chunk is broken off, it could create a tsunami, which could potentially destroy the town of Innaarsuit.This sped up GIF does a good job of illustrating the iceberg's movement.Thirty-three people have already been removed from Innaarsuit, according to the Washington Post, but 169 residents remain.
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In yet another case of the internet ruining everything, Die Hard has gone from an action movie that everyone loves (because it's fantastic and flawless and lean as a bean) to a living, breathing example of why endlessly rewatching movies ironically is .Because yes, Die Hard is a Christmas movie, haven't you heard?Hahaha, yeah good one Dave!Because it's set during Christmas and it has a Christmassy song at the end!We're so subversive and hip, aren't we Dave?We order pizza on Christmas Day instead of making a roast, and we slam back beers during our annual live-tweet of an decades-old action movie because adulting is too hard, right Dave?
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Because plug-in vehicle technology is still new, and people’s experience at a car dealership influences their decision, the dismissive attitude of dealers towards EVs poses a major obstacle to their sales and widespread adoption.Researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark and the University of Sussex in UK visited 82 dealerships across 15 cities in five Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.They quantified their experience and recorded quotes from the salespeople.In over three-quarters of the visits, dealers didn’t mention that they sell electric cars.In two-thirds of their visits, salespeople directed the researchers towards traditional engine-powered cars.In many instances, employees were dismissive of EVs; gave incorrect information about things such as driving range, tax incentives, or charging experience; and depicted them as an inferior option.
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Altiplano—or, as it is affectionately known 'round these parts, “the llama game”—displays a hobby in rude creative health.Its mascot is, after all a goofy, boggle-eyed llama alpaca (llama?)Along the way, your trusty workers gather the key currency of this exotic land, “les points de victoire.” Your workers all live in a cloth bag and emerge from it at random, much as they would in the deck of cards the design so cleverly replaces.This time around, we visit an Andean settlement, a much fruitier theme than the absolutely arid high middle ages of Orléans, which could sometimes feel like playing with an abacus.Everything is now a vivid orange or a deep green, and the illustrations no longer resemble the cover of your least favorite high-school history textbook.If nothing else, the visuals make the game easier to get to the table; people intrinsically gravitate to Altiplano’s boldness.
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A researcher reminds us to be wary of the hype around Montezuma's Revenge, there are some new framework updates from Google and Microsoft, and a new Google Brain office in Amsterdam.By learning through imitation, the agent is more likely able to memorize good sequences of moves and would not achieve the same high scores if it had to learn from scratch.“Rather than developing a general-purpose solution to game playing (as the two DeepMind papers titles suggest), what has really been developed is an intelligent method for exploiting a key weakness in Montezuma’s Revenge as an experimental platform: its determinism,” he explained.“Every time a human or agent plays Montezuma’s Revenge, they are presented with the exact same set of rooms, each containing the exact same set of obstacles and puzzles.New TensorFlow goodies: TensorFlow 1.9.0 is out and includes new features to work more seamlessly with the Keras API.We have resources and access to projects impossible to find elsewhere,” it boasted in a job advert.
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Soccer is one of the most popular sports for crypto companies given its global appeal.English Premier League teams Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers have both signed crypto deals and players like Eden Hazard and Lionel Messi also have endorsement deals in the space.LONDON — Cash-rich crypto companies are keen to strike sports sponsorship and endorsement deals as companies such as Google and Facebook crack down on crypto adverts on their platforms.Polish cryptocurrency exchange CoinDeal last week struck a deal to become a shirt sponsor of Wolverhampton Wanderers, an English soccer team that has just been promoted to the Premier League.Wolverhampton Wanderers / press materials "It's coming, it's definitely coming," Sunny Singh, the CEO and founder of Van Hawke Sports, told Business Insider."It's already happening and I think we will see more of these deals going forward."
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Welcome to your weekly round-up of the best U.K. deals of the week for Android phones, network plans, accessories, smart home tech, and a little of whatever else is on offer in the world of mobile!This week’s deals include a massive discount on the triple-camera-toting Huawei P20 Pro, a mouth-watering Amazon Prime Day deal on the Echo Dot bundled with the Fire TV Stick with Alexa, a whopping £700 off a top-end Sony OLED Android TV, and much more.More: Amazon Prime Day 2018: Deals, dates, and everything else you should knowBelow are the most enticing deals we’ve seen this week hand-picked with a little help from the folks over at HotUKDeals – the U.K.’s biggest deal-sharing community.Have you seen any amazing deals this week?Be sure to share your finds in the comments.
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