Ronald Griffis

Ronald Griffis

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If Facebook gets its way, maybe the next time you want your friend to hold the door for a second, you'll say, "Hang on for 705,600,000 flicks."But you could, because Facebook introduced a new unit of time on Monday called the flick.Different cultures disagree about whether recipes use cups or grams or whether your car odometer counts miles or kilometers, but humanity has settled on the second as the universal unit to measure time.Facebook's new tick-tock technique, though, is geared for people who deal in inconvenient slivers of a second.Because programmers have to deal with things like phone and laptop screens that refresh frequently, with fractions of a second that make math unpleasant.If this all seems like worrisome complexity in your life, just relax, take off your watch and try not to remember that a second is defined as the duration of 9,192,631,770 cycles of a microwave radio signal tuned to get cesium-133 atoms to resonate.
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Back in the early days of digital advertising, portals and ad networks stepped in where websites struggled.They were able to aggregate sites and audiences to achieve much more scale, leading to better forecasting, larger audiences, pricing efficiencies and bigger buys.Enter demand-side platforms (DSPs), which enable advertisers to buy, track, and serve ads from one centralized hub.The downfall of portals and ad networks came from their lack of full control and transparency.It has also been driven by a desire to streamline ad tech platform operations, boosting efficiency and transparency from vendors.Ultimately, there will be small companies that will innovate for individual buyers and win some share.
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Did you know that 8 out of 10 people will read a headline, but only 2 out of 10 will go beyond that?Or that a visitor will only read about 20 percent of the content on a given web page?With that much information flashing past a viewer undetected, the talents of a skilled copywriter are vital to helping key points cut through the clutter, engage that viewer, and convert views to sales.You can identify and spotlight those points yourself with the skills sharpened by the Copywriting Mastery Bundle, on sale for just $19, (over 90 percent off) from TNW Deals.With this four-course package, you’ll learn how top copywriters grab a viewer’s attention, motivate them to engage and finally turn interest into a purchase.Copywriting Masterclass: Writing That Sells (a $200 value): Breaking down the way you communicate, this course will have you doubling conversion rates, goosing your click-through numbers and spiking sales.
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Retail Food Group may soon be facing a class action from a law firm representing disgruntled franchisees.Australian law firm, Bannister Law, is investigating the possibility of filing a class action after a number of concerns have been raised by Retail Food Group (RFG) franchise partners.RFG holds franchising rights to a number of quick service food providers in Australia including Gloria Jean’s Coffee, Donut King, Pizza Capers and Crust Pizza.In late 2017, a Fairfax investigation alleged RFG was not supporting its franchise partners properly.The investigation made a number of claims including that RFG franchise partners have felt forced to sell their stores at large discounts and have been underpaying employees to help make ends meet.Following the investigation, Bannister Law announced in late December 2017 that it would be exploring possible shareholder class action into RFG over possible contraventions of provisions of the Corporations Act regarding its stated profit guidance during the first half of its 2018 financial year.
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For more than a decade, AMD played the decidedly second fiddle in the central processing orchestra, always falling behind Intel and forced to compete on value more than anything else.Today, AMD is a reinvigorated company and a true competitor in the CPU game.The poster child for the real resurgence AMD experienced in 2017, Ryzen CPUs, based on AMD’s Zen architecture, have proved a force to be reckoned with.Xtended Frequency Range (XFR) automated overclocking helps bolster clock speeds to more than 4GHz on some chips, and for those who want to go further, they all have unlocked multipliers without paying for the privilege as is the case with Intel chips.Clock speeds on these chips hit 4.2GHz with XFR enabled and with up to 32MB of level three cache and a full 64 PCIExpress lanes across the range, they show what the true power of Zen hardware is capable of.Not long ago AMD’s FX chips were the jewel in its performance crown, but they fall far behind the potential of Ryzen CPUs.
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Rosie was a home helper that could clean up, take care of the kids, and hold a conversation.For starters, Jane Jetson calls her mom, not on a telephone but on a TV screen, so they can chat via video.Given that you're likely reading this article on your computer, your tablet, your phone or even your watch, none of those concepts should sound unattainable.Automated everything -- we're pretty closeBefore Rosie comes along in the first episode, Jane Jetson plays the part of the dutiful homemaker by cooking and cleaning up after the family.She has to push separate buttons to do the washing, ironing and vacuuming.
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Greggs, once known only for its sausage rolls and steak bakes, has been fooling around with 'healthy choices' for a while now.From salads, to low fat sarnies, Greggs is now considering adding a vegan line to its menu.The discussion has arisen after a petition on Peta UK's website called for Greggs to add a vegan sausage roll.Greggs' chief executive responded to the petition, claiming that making a sausage roll that's both vegan and tasty is too tall an order — but the company will be looking at adding other items to suit the palettes of vegan customers.Vegan sandwiches will likely be the first items to pop up.Hooray for salad on bread!
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So huge, in fact, that when authorities last week raided the country's largest cryptocurrency exchanges on suspicion of tax-dodging, and when the government proposed a bill to ban cryptocurrency trading through its exchanges, the global cryptocurrency market took a nosedive.Since then, more than 220,000 people have signed an online petition against the proposed plan that they say infringes on their "happy dream" of cryptocurrency trading, something that has eluded them "until now.""Buying my own home is difficult in South Korea, I don't know how I could even buy one," the petition says.After what some have deemed the crypto "bloodbath," users on the South Korean online community DC Inside displayed their frustrations by posting profanity-laced stories and uploading images of broken items that they said resulted from their anger over the valuations.Though the user comments and images may be amusing for some, it underscores the implications of the South Korean government's approach to cryptocurrencies, especially for those who have invested heavily in the market.An estimated 11% of people aged 15 to 29 are unemployed in the country, and the lump-sum deposit for an apartment skyrocketed by 73% from 2007 to 2016, according to government officials.
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Starting with the first version developed by Reymond Clavel for a chocolate factory to quickly place chocolate pralines in their packages, Delta robots use three individually controlled and lightweight arms that guide a platform to move fast and accurately in three directions.Over time, roboticists have designed smaller and smaller Delta robots for tasks in limited workspaces, yet shrinking them further to the millimeter scale with conventional manufacturing techniques and components has proven fruitless.Reported in Science Robotics, a new design, the milliDelta robot, developed by Robert Wood's team at Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) overcomes this miniaturization challenge.By integrating their microfabrication technique with high-performance composite materials that can incorporate flexural joints and bending actuators, the milliDelta can operate with high speed, force, and micrometer precision, which make it compatible with a range of micromanipulation tasks in manufacturing and medicine.Pop-up MEMS (short for "microelectromechanical systems") manufacturing has since been used for the construction of dynamic centimeter-scale machines that can simply walk away, or, as in the case of the RoboBee, can fly."The physics of scaling told us that bringing down the size of Delta robots would increase their speed and acceleration, and pop-up MEMS manufacturing with its ability to use any material or combination of materials seemed an ideal way to attack this problem," said Wood, who is a Core Faculty member at the Wyss Institute and co-leader of its Bioinspired Robotics platform.
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-- A new study led by researchers at Indiana University and Rutgers University provides the strongest evidence yet that nearly imperceptible changes in how people move can be used to diagnose neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism.The study's results, reported Jan. 12 in the Nature journalScientific Reports, suggest a more accurate method to diagnose autism.Current assessments depend on highly subjective criteria, such as a lack of eye movement or repetitive actions.There is no existing medical test for autism, such as a blood test or genetic screening."The use of movement as a 'biomarker' for autism could represent an important leap forward in detection and treatment of the disorder."It's estimated that 1 percent of the world's population, including 3.5 million children and adults in the United States, are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, which is the country's fastest-growing developmental disability.
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Looking for a really good deal on your potentially next smartphone?Then Lightinthebox has got you covered with some sweet deals on two popular phones.Plus the store also provided a coupon on a really neat iPhone case; keep reading!The first smartphone we’ll be checking out is the latest Huawei Honor 7X.The handset is one of the most cost-effective and premium devices in its price range.It comes with a large 5.95-inch FHD+ 18:9 display and it’s powered by a Hisilicon Kirin 659 processor clocked at 2.36Ghz paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.
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Ofcom says it is in the public interest to press ahead with auction of 4G and 5G spectrum as soon as possibleOfcom is pressing ahead with plans to sell off 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz spectrum regardless of the outcome of an appeal by operator Three, claiming it is in “the public interest” to do it as soon as possible.The regulator had planned to hold an auction of 40MHz worth of 2.3GHz airwaves, which can be used right away to support existing 4G services, and 150MHz of 3.4GHz of bandwidth that is earmarked for 5G in 2020, in autumn last year.But the process has been delayed because of legal challenges by both BT-EE and Three over a proposed spectrum cap.Ofcom wants to limit any single operator limited to 255MHz of ‘immediately usable’ spectrum (that is 800MHz, 900MHz, 1400MHz, 1800MHz, 2100MHz and 2.6GHz) and 340MHZ of all airwaves available in the UK – an overall cap of 37 percent.As of July 2017, BT has 255MHz so is banned from bidding in the 2.3GHz auction but could gain as much as 85MHz of the 3.4GHz band.
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Since venture capital firms such as Andreessen Horowitz and Accel Partners started investing in Mexico, Brazil and Colombia and global startup organizations like 500 startups and StartupBootcamp began to lay roots over the continent, foreign businesses have started to take note of a potentially profitable region to startup in.For many founders the idea of lower startup costs, taxes, and salaries for a core team – and now the increased chance of catching the eyes of investors – might first draw their attention south of the US border.However, while startup costs are a draw for early stage startups with limited resources, there are plenty of other reasons to start up in Latin America.Ease of setting up businessWhen setting up a business abroad, startup costs are not the only foreseeable roadblock that slow you down.Founders need to consider other factors such as how much red tape is in place for foreign entrepreneurs, and whether the local government is building walls or bridges to attract international business.
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Getting to the heart of how software-defined networks (SDN), and software-defined wide area networks (SD-WAN) can benefit your business and the options they provide will improve your IT networks.For example, a premium car manufacturer I spoke to kept having to buy bandwidth all the time and didn't know why.It was only later on that they realised that capacity was being gobbled up on social networking that didn't deliver value.The best course of action may be to think about how your business will operate in the future as well as today.At present the available network options are numerous but the overall aim is to enable administrators to monitor and control the activities taking place on their network from one central location.The benefits are there but that doesn’t make it any easier for the uninitiated to pick from what seems to be an endless list of solutions.
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When Ofcom first banned GSM gateways in 2003 the man who is now the Permanent Secretary of the Home Office, Sir Philip Rutnam, was a partner at Ofcom, later rising to board level.Last year the gateways were briefly re-legalised by Ofcom before the Home Office swooped in to ban them again, citing the excuse of "national security".Since the advent of VoIP and messenger apps, driving voice call costs right the way down, the business case for their use has disappeared.At the time of the second ban last year, Ofcom said it did not have the powers to prohibit GSM gateways on security grounds.A redacted letter seemingly sent to Sir Philip about the GSM gateway ban, released by Ofcom (PDF) under Freedom of Information laws, says that the department "sought views on whether it would be appropriate" to lift the ban.An old friend of The Register, Matthew Dine of the Home Office Investigatory Powers Unit (who regular readers will recall was the civil servant who anonymously wrote to an Ofcom consultation urging the regulator to keep the ban*) contacted Ofcom asking whether a Home Office-imposed ban would cause even more harm to industry, other than destroying GSM gateway operators.
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Recent research published in a report in NANO showed biofuels were obtained from Jatropha Oil using carbon nanotube (CNT) catalyst, which showed efficient cracking activity.The performance was activated by the high stability, metal sites, acid sites, electroconductivity, and coking tolerance of CNT.Two cracking circulations were found in the hydroprocessing.The sulphur-free process was also eco-friendly.Hydroprocessing of vegetable oil is widely used to produce biodiesel.The catalyst is very significant for the performance of the process.
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Waymo is bringing its self-driving cars back to San Francisco streets for testing.TechCrunch has obtained pictures of the Waymo Chrysler Pacifica autonomous test vehicle on SF city roads, and Waymo confirmed that it is indeed bringing test vehicles back to one of the first spots where it ever tested AVs in the first place.A Waymo spokesperson provided the following statement about its latest-generation test vehicle arriving in San Francisco:San Francisco was one of the first cities where we tested our self-driving cars, dating back to 2009 when we traveled everything from Lombard Street to the Golden Gate Bridge.Now that we have the world’s first fleet of fully self-driving cars running in Arizona, the hilly and foggy streets of San Francisco will give our cars even more practice in different terrains and environments.Waymo has one of the most extensive testing programs of anyone in the industry, in geographic terms; the former Google self-driving car company has now tested its autonomous vehicles in 24 cities across the U.S. Its goal with these tests is to expose its fleet to a wide variety of road and weather conditions, as well as to variances in local traffic patterns and human driving habits.
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The world's greatest gadget pageant, the Consumer Electronics Showcase, kicked off in Las Vegas this week.Among all of the new products jockeying for our attention—the world's first AI-enabled doorbell!an augmented reality toothbrush!—there were a few things that stood out.Yesterday, we got excited about the first wave of augmented reality glasses, new places to put Alexa, and a robot that folds laundry for you.Today, we couldn't wait to get our hands on high-tech refrigerators, VR-ready gaming desktops, and a gadget that lets you distill your own spirits.
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YouTube has finally responded to that disgusting Logan Paul video.In a series of tweets the site says “The channel [Logan Paul] violated our community guidelines, we acted accordingly, and we are looking at further consequences.”The statement spans five tweets and ends by saying the site will reveal steps it’s taking to prevent this from happening again.But as of publication, Logan Paul’s channel is still on YouTube, so whatever.Last week, the internet was rightly outraged by news that YouTube star Logan Paul, who has 15 million subscribers and is part of YouTube’s Red subscription service, posted and later deleted a video that included extensive footage of a suicide victim filmed at Japan’s “Suicide Forest.”Paul deleted the video less than 24 hours after posting it following outrage, but not before it had been watched by some six million people and — it emerges — been okayed by YouTube’s moderation team.
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The building will be home to gym equipment, administrators, an in-house chef, sports psychologists, nutritionists and, of course, a bunch of high-performance computers."We're definitely being as sophisticated in terms of support structure of a typical sports team," said Mike Milanov, chief operating officer of Team Liquid, which has groups that compete in hit titles like League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Defense of the Ancients 2.The partnership, which includes a smaller site in Europe, is getting announced during CES, the tech industry's largest annual trade show.Dell is also using this week's Las Vegas show to announce new XPS-labeled gaming computers and software to manage them.The investment in training sites marks another step in the gradual move toward treating esports as legitimate international competition.Over the past couple decades, competitive gaming has expanded from players coming together to face off for fun to matches broadcast on national television in South Korea.
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