Michael Hurlock

Michael Hurlock

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But users in Europe have already filed complaints against Facebook and others, saying the tech companies are in violation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).The GDPR was passed in April 2016 and instituted stringent new rules on any company that held consumer data.So what are Facebook and Google allegedly doing to violate the GDPR?There is no middle ground.“The GDPR explicitly allows any data processing that is strictly necessary for the service - but using the data additionally for advertisement or to sell it on needs the users’ free opt-in consent,” Max Schrems from the European Centre For Digital Rights said in a statement.“If companies realise that annoying pop-ups usually don’t lead to valid consent, we should also be free from this digital plague soon,” Schrems continued.
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It seems that proof-of-work (PoW), the consensus protocol behind Bitcoin, isn’t ideal for smaller cryptocurrencies, because they’re far more vulnerable to what are called 51 percent attacks.Verge Currency (XVG) and Electroneum (ETN) both suffered 51 percent attacks last month causing a theft of more than a million dollars.51 percent attacks occur when one entity gains control over 51 percent of the network hash-rate.This entity can now both prevent valid transactions from occurring as well as reverse already occurred transactions on the blockchain.A single coin can even be spent twice from the same origin with this sort of control, in what’s called a double-spend.Bitcoin Gold (BTG), a hard fork of Bitcoin, also suffered a double-spend attack last week.
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For the past several years, the Founder Institute has expanded throughout Canada supporting aspiring entrepreneurs across the country.After helping founders launch some of Canada’s fastest growing companies in cities like Montreal and Toronto, the Founder Institute is now coming to Vancouver to play an important role in that region’s developing startup ecosystem.This new chapter will feature a bevy of talented Mentors to guide Founders through the difficult process of building a business, and will be led by local experts John Thornburn (Founding Partner, Connekt Resources, Inc.), Rob Foxall (Co-Founder, Pacific Venture Capital Conference & Competition), Rick Pasin (Mentor, Beedie School of Business at SFU), and newcomer Aliya Amershi (CEO, Founder & Chief Techie, AskaTechie Technology Services Inc.).Here's what Aliya has to say about Vancouver's growing startup ecosystem:Vancouver is an ideal place to start a business because it's a micro startup ecosystem, where the costs to build a business from scratch is lower than other places and the opportunity to find high quality talent is quite high.Plus the community here is very supportive when it comes to mentorship and advice.”
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And sprinkle those angry YouTube vids with a pinch of salt, pleaseComment Ubuntu 18.04, launched last month, included a new Welcome application that runs the first time you boot into your new install.Ever since Edward Snowden confirmed so many once outlandish conspiracy theories, the technically savvy audience of Linux users - those who care about their privacy - have been (understandably) ultra paranoid about any data collectionThe tool also provides a quick overview of the new GNOME interface, and offers to set up Livepatch (for kernel patching without a reboot).In my review I called the opt-out a ham-fisted decision, but did note that if Canonical wanted to actually gather data, opt-out was probably the best choice.These sources seem to possess such a weak grasp of the truth that, I think, before we go further, there's one thing that must be said very clearly: Canonical is not "spying" on users.
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No, not money from foreign governments.It was, of course, Twitter - Trump's medium of choice.District judge Naomi Buchwald ruled [PDF] that Trump's blocking of critics from his Twitter account @realDonaldTrump is illegal since it is "properly characterized as a designated public forum" given his public position.Trump and his social media team blocked numerous users from his personal Twitter account after they posted critical comments of him using his handle.While it may seem like a trivial matter, the judge goes to some lengths to explain her reasoning."This case requires us to consider whether a public official may, consistent with the First Amendment, 'block' a person from his Twitter account in response to the political views that person has expressed, and whether the analysis differs because that public official is the President of the United States.
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Tesla makes some of the most popular electric vehicles out there and the systems in those cars rely on open source software for operating systems and features.Some of that open source software that is used in Tesla products has a license agreement that requires Tesla to at least offer the user access to the source code.Tesla hasn’t been making that offer.In a move to get compliant with the license agreements, Tesla has begun to release some software components that might prove very useful to Tesla hackers and security researchers.The Software Freedom Conservancy says that it has been pressuring Tesla to get compliant with the software licenses for years.It notes that it has received multiple reports of GPL violations regarding the Model S software that uses BusyBox and Linux.
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The Federal Communications Commission has taken preliminary steps to examine the actions of LocationSmart, a southern California company that has suddenly found itself under intense public and government scrutiny for allowing most American cell phones’ locations to be easily accessed.As Ars reported Thursday, LocationSmart identifies the locations of phones connected to AT, Sprint, T-Mobile, or Verizon, often to an accuracy of a few hundred yards, reporter Brian Krebs said.While the firm claims it provides the location-lookup service only for legitimate and authorized purposes, Krebs reported that a demo tool on the LocationSmart website could be used by just about anyone to surreptitiously track the real-time whereabouts of just about anyone else.LocationSmart has not responded to Ars' direct questions, but it did send a statement saying that the company "strives to bring secure operational efficiencies to enterprise customers.""LocationSmart is continuing its efforts to verify that not a single subscriber's location was accessed without their consent and that no other vulnerabilities exist," Brenda Schafer, a company spokeswoman wrote in an email."LocationSmart is committed to continuous improvement of its information privacy and security measures and is incorporating what it has learned from this incident into that process."
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Netflix's hit holiday movie "A Christmas Prince" is getting a sequel.The streaming service announced it on Twitter, along with a video of the characters watching Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's wedding.The movie will air later this year, and is called "A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding."Netflix's "A Christmas Prince" is getting a royal wedding.2017's "A Christmas Prince" was made in the vein of a Lifetime Christmas movie and gained a lot of popularity over the holiday season.It also proved that the streaming service was some serious competition for networks like Lifetime and Hallmark.
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Whether it’s heart rate, breathing rate or muscle activity, there are wearable devices that are capable of measuring just about biometric data point you can think of.That is something researchers from Israeli startup ContinUse Biometrics have been working on.Their resulting device — capable of monitoring these vital signs from meters away — is set to hit shelves as soon as the end of 2018.And it all works thanks to the wonder of lasers.“The technology has been investigated for eight years in my lab, in collaboration with the lab of Professor Javier Garcia from Valencia, Spain,” Zeev Zalevsky, professor of electrical engineering and nanophotonics at Israel’s Bar-Ilan University, told Digital Trends.“Two years ago, it was commercialized to ContinUse Biometrics, which is going to release its advanced prototypes toward the end of 2018.
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Motorola has quietly announced the Moto 1S in China.The Moto 1S is the Chinese version of the Moto G6 that includes a handful of differences.The Moto 1S is available in China for around the same price as the Moto G6.When Motorola announced availability for the Moto G6, China was notably absent from the list of countries.We finally found out why, as Motorola announced the Moto 1S in China.The main difference between the Moto 1S and the Moto G6 is with software.
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the Astra Zeneca plant in Snäckviken in Södertälje, sweden, is now open for normal business, writes the company on its website.the pharmaceutical company evacuated the premises in shell bay on Wednesday because there was a risk of leakage of dangerous liquid from a tank.the Problems were caused by a power outage that affected the entire municipality and emergency services were called to the site in terms of prevention."the Problem with high pressure in one of the schemes in our API the facility was rectified during the night to Thursday.No environmental impact occurred as a result of this," writes the company.
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I'm going somewhere cool, gonna do some cool stuff.Gonna myself doing some cool stuff.I forgot to put my SD card back into my GoPro."It's happened to the best of us."If we don't drive back right this second my Instagram followers are never gonna see me do a sick backflip at the trampoline centre."OK, so imagine this, only instead of the "trampoline centre", it's space.
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Amid ongoing battles for control of the company, CBS used its annual upfront showcase to underline its message that broadcast is still king of the media jungle, with the network unveiling a host of programming infused with some blasts from the past.CBS chief executive Leslie Moonves took to the Carnegie Hall stage to a rapturous reception, and with a nod to the ongoing legal wranglings plus upcoming crunch board meetings, joked with the assorted crowd of media buyers: “How’s your week been?”He went on to add: “Amid all this change, we have a very clear idea of who we are and where we’re going.CBS is a company that succeeds and believes in broadcast television.”Moonves was succeeded on stage by Kerry Kahl, president of CBS Entertainment, who walked the crowd through the upcoming slate of programming on the network.This includes the return of 1980's hit Magnum PI to the prime-time Monday night slot, as well as the highly anticipated return of 1990's classic Murphy Brown (see video) which will join established hit shows The Big Bang Theory, and Young Sheldon on the Thursday night slot.
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It’s a heartwarming moment when Harrison Ford surprises Alden Ehrenreich during a press junket interview.But it’s a bloodcurdling experience watching the older man’s young face slapped onto the younger man’s present-day body.Watch this fan edit of the Solo: A Star Wars Story trailer and see for yourself.“I couldn’t help wonder what would this movie would look like if you could magically transport a young Harrison Ford to play his iconic character.” Those of the words of one Nick Acosta, the man who created True Solo, a trailer remix that places facial images of pre-Star Wars Ford onto Alden Ehrenreich’s head.Well, Nick, to repurpose a classic line from Episode IV: “Everything’s perfectly all effed up now.We’re all horrible here now, thank you.
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Volvo's new plant in Charleston, South Carolina, isn't quite up and humming yet, but the company's next-generation S60 sedan, which is scheduled to be built there, will go without a diesel engine option.In 2017, Volvo confirmed plans to electrify all new models from 2019 onward, with powertrains set to include hybrid, plug-in hybrid and pure electric versions.However, the company had not disclosed what would happen to its diesel offerings.While diesel engines have not been a factor in Volvo's lineup in the US for years, they've formed an important part of the company's business in other parts of the globe, including Europe.As Volvo's new Southern US plant will be the S60's sole production facility, that means the automaker will no longer offer a diesel engine in the model globally."Our future is electric and we will no longer develop a new generation of diesel engines," said Volvo president and CEO, Håkan Samuelsson, in a release.
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Vi klarar oss utan kontanter, säger drygt två tredjedelar av de tillfrågade i en färsk Riksbanksenkät.Och de flesta svenskar är positiva till utvecklingen, enligt Riksbanken.Sju av tio av de tillfrågade i Riksbankens enkät säger att de skulle klara sig utan kontanter, så som betalningssystemet fungerar i dag.Enkätresultaten redovisas i en undersökning av svenska folkets betalningsvanor, som Riksbanken gör varannat år.Bara var åttonde person, eller 13 procent, använde kontanter vid sitt senaste köp, visar enkäten.Det är en betydligt mindre andel än 2010, då nivån låg på 40 procent.
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the Disruptions in online banking has been going on since Tuesday morning, and the troubleshooting process is in full swing, according to the bank's press officer Afroditi Kellberg. "We're working on it as soon as possible, we have full focus on solving the problem," she says.Read also: Keep your eyes on the EPR – the next EU-smocka after GDPREarlier in the day low, the banks ' common payment service Swish down but the interference was remedied after about an hour.Update: Even at 17 o'clock in the afternoon, the problem was not resolved.
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I mars blev det känt att Google inlett ett samarbete med den amerikanska militären gällande artificiell intelligens.Det hela går under namnet "Project Maven" och nu sägs det att ett antal anställda på Google har sagt upp sig i protest mot företagets samarbete med militären.Googles AI-samarbete med den amerikanska militären handlar bland annat om automatiskt bildigenkänning som ska analysera bilder och videofilmer från militärens spaningsdrönare i realtid.De som rapporteras ha slutat på Google på grund av deras samarbete med militären sägs ha gjort detta av dels etiska skäl men en del var även missnöjda då de ansåg att det var ett politiskt beslut från Googles sida.Enligt Gizmodo så ska runt ett dussintal Google-anställda ha sagt upp sig på grund av Project Maven.Det får väl får anses vara en bråkdel av de över 3000 av Googles anställda som tidigare i år skickade ett öppet protestbrev till Googles ledning gällande deras samarbete med militären.
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Alexa, a voice assistant that is pretty okay at setting alarms most of the time, may soon be equally mediocre at providing medical advice.Amazon is reportedly building out a team dedicated to expanding Alexa’s health and wellness capabilities.According to internal documents obtained by CNBC, Amazon has put together a group of more than one dozen people operating within its Alexa division who are focused on expanding the voice assistant’s use in the field of healthcare, including diabetes management, support for new mothers and infants, and ageing care.Amazon has been dipping its toes into health care more and more in the last year or so, and given the sudden ubiquitousness of Alexa — which has invaded more than four million homes, according to a survey conducted by NPR and Edison Research — it has a solid vehicle to start dispensing advise for personal wellness.Last year, Amazon launched a contest with drugmaker Merck to create Alexa “skills” — apps that perform specific tasks—to help people manage diabetes.The winner of the competition, a service called Sugarpod from digital health company Wellpepper, does not currently appear in the Alexa Skills Store.
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Nintendo has a brand-new Switch accessory up its sleeve that will make it easier to charge the portable console while you play in tabletop mode.The stand has an adjustable leg on the back of it which makes it possible to angle your Switch however you like while charging it.Although third-party versions of such a stand have been available for a while now, this Nintendo branded solution is a compact, officially supported option.That’s meant that gamers can play while in different rooms in their house, on public transport, or the other side of the world from the system’s faithful dock — as long as the battery lasts.However, charging up the Switch while it’s being played in tabletop mode isn’t easy.That’s where the new adjustable charge stand comes in.
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