Val Strefeler

Val Strefeler

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Long-time Slashdot reader Mikkeles quotes the BBC: Saudi Arabia's education minister has apologised for the production of a school textbook in which the Star Wars character Yoda is seen superimposed on a photograph of the late King Faisal...The image, which shows the diminutive Jedi Master sitting beside King Faisal as he signs the UN Charter in 1945, was created by the Saudi artist Shaweesh.He told the BBC it was not yet clear how it had ended up in the textbook...The 2013 artwork, entitled United Nations (Yoda), is part of a series in which symbols of American pop culture -- ranging from Captain America to Darth Vader -- are superimposed onto archive photos of historical events... Shaweesh said he included Yoda because, like King Faisal, he was "wise, strong and calm"."Someone should have checked the image before printing," he added.
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Now, new research gives over-thinkers yet another reason to envy jellyfish.Apparently, some of these animals without brains might sleep pretty peacefully.These brainless, spineless bottom-dwellers—which live in the tropical waters of the Pacific and Atlantic oceans—don’t swim around much.Instead, they rest on the ocean floor and pulsate.The group found that these lazy jellies seem to exhibit sleep-like behaviours similar to humans at night, suggesting that sleep is both very old and, surprisingly, doesn’t require a brain.“It may not seem surprising that jellyfish sleep—after all, mammals sleep, and other invertebrates such as worms and fruit flies sleep,” co-author Ravi Nath, a graduate student in Caltech’s Sternberg laboratory, said in a statement.
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Coca-Cola has snapped up an unusual ambassador in the protagonist from EA Sport’s football simulator video game, Fifa 18, marking the first time it has snapped up a virtual athlete to ply its wares.Fifa 17 was the first title in the series to introduce narrative-driven mode, The Journey, in which players take up the guise of young football prodigy Alex Hunter and rise through the ranks of English football.The mode looked to encapsulate many aspects of modern football, including brand endorsements, as such, Hunter actually starred in the Adidas First Never Follows campaign, both in the game and in real life.For The Journey: Hunter Returns, Coca-Cola has embraced the opportunity to support the virtual athlete for his second season of fame in the game, allowing the soda brand to integrate with the title.He becomes an ambassador for Coca-Cola Zero Sugar in the game.Matt Wolf, vice president of entertainment, ventures and strategic alliances at Coca-Cola, said: “This is an exciting brand innovation.
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Lockheed Martin has shown off a terrifying new video of it testing its ATHENA laser weapon defence system.While laser cannons are usually associated with films like ‘Star Wars’ they’ve also started to appear in real-life too.Lockheed Martin’s system has been in development for several years, in fact back in 2015 we saw photographs that showed how it could effectively melt the engine out of a car.Well now the company has finally turned its attention to the skies, with what looks to be a finished prototype.In the video you can clearly see the weapon shoot not one, but five UAVs straight out of the sky using a precision shot.Rather than causing the aircraft to explode, the system locks onto a vulnerable part of the aircraft and then cuts through the material until the aircraft can no longer sustain powered flight.
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It ögonbedövande beautiful and djävulusiskt challenging The Witness was released to PC and Playstation 4 in January of last year.the Game got a very warm reception and basking in an aggregate Metacritic score of 87/100.today the game seems finally to land to the IOS, and then for a price of 109 sek.The Witness: Seductively beautiful and supersmart-designed puzzle gameThe Witness was created by Jonathan Blow, which was previously squeezed out of it sönderälskade platformer Braid.In his latest works is the player stuck on a lush, deserted island and have to use every brain cell to solve the different puzzles and riddles that line the road to freedom.
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Its very first Android app was, in fact, a tool to help Android users switch to iOS.It was almost a miracle that it would bring Apple Music to Android, and an even bigger miracle that it would implement big new features.And yet that’s exactly what happened in the latest update to Apple Music’s Android app which brings social features to the app and, again shocking, “OK Google” integration.Music is one of those things that is both personal yet, especially these days, social.Audiophiles and music lovers just love sharing their tunes with friends.And friends, in turn, also discover new music from their friends.
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The Bain group includes SK Hynix, a chipmaker based in South Korea, Apple, Dell and other US tech firms, and they've pitched an offer of about ¥2.1 trillion ($22 billion)."At this point, we cannot return a request for comment on the deal, regretfully," a spokesperson for SK Hynix told The Register.Toshiba is eager to sell its share of its NAND flash chip joint venture with WDC due to losses from its nuclear power station work in the US.But it's locked in a long legal row with WDC, which is arguing it has veto power.According to Reuters, late Tuesday Toshiba was leaning toward selling to a Western-Digital backed group, but changed its mind as WDC wouldn't agree to limits on a future stake.According to multiple reports, Toshiba's board made the decision to sell to the Bain Group today.
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Here’s an excerpt from my review last year:“Dishonored 2 takes first-person stealth to new heights...As far as this type of Thief-style steal-everything-that-isn’t-nailed-down stealth game goes, Dishonored 2 is a masterwork.”My review focused on two levels in particular—the Clockwork Mansion, with its shifting walls and multitude of paths, and the “Crack in the Slab” mission, which [Year-old spoiler] saw you flitting between past and present versions of Aramis Stilton’s manor, one pristine and getting ready for a party, the other crumbling into dust.Death of the Outsider’s third mission (of five) is probably the strongest—a bank heist.It has a strong visual style, which helps.The title Death of the Outsider is certainly an attention grabber, and “killing a demigod” sounded like far better stakes than Dishonored 2 proper, which was basically a rehash of the original game’s royal family woes but set in the Caribbean.
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Following a directive from the Department of Homeland Security last week banning the use of Kaspersky Lab security software in the executive branch, the U.S. Senate has followed suit.On Monday, the Senate passed an amendment against Kaspersky Lab pushed forward by New Hampshire Democrat Jeanne Shaheen.The amendment was attached to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) following a voice vote adding it to the bill on Thursday.Shaheen, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, wrote an op-ed in The New York Times arguing for Kaspersky’s removal earlier this month.“I’m very pleased that the Senate has acted in a bipartisan way on my amendment that removes a real vulnerability to our national security,” Shaheen said in a press release addressing the legislation.“I applaud the Trump administration for heeding my call to remove Kaspersky Lab software from all federal computers.
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When Facebook disclosed earlier this month that it was the target of a Russian propaganda campaign, it stayed light on details.The company said Russia-linked accounts had been used to purchase at least $100,000 in advertisements aimed at “amplifying divisive social and political messages.” But Facebook declined to provide any specific ads, to say who may have been a target of those ads, or to say how many people the ads may have reached.The incident raises questions about the thoroughness of Facebook’s ad review process.According to four former Facebook workers who described the ad review system to The Verge, the company relies on workers reviewing different components of an ad, and asks them to review hundreds, if not thousands, of components a day.The person said they were reading the news and thinking, “it’s not hard to do.”Got a tip for us?
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In looking at AI’s brief history, exemplified through innovations like chatbots, we encounter ethical challenges that we must overcome to ensure AI is not adversely molded, to the detriment of users.Machines learned from their users and made personalized recommendations based on the preferences and behavior of both individuals and profiled segments.However, for Tay, limited filtering was put in place in hopes that less filtering would accelerate the learning process.Because of Tay’s open nature, the chatbot became corrupted by malicious users who miseducated Tay by using politically insensitive phrases and feeding her inflammatory viewpoints focused on offensive themes.Artificial empathy and black box AIAI’s ethical challenges are comparable to those faced by humans.
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En av de mest omskrivna noteringarna skedde i början av juli när shoppingtjänsten Urb-it (NTL) noterades på First North med ett marknadsvärde på 188 miljoner kronor.En privatperson kan till exempel hämta upp en tårta på ett kafé och överlämna till en köpare i en annan del av stan.Det gör även Swedbank Roburs framgångsrika fond Ny Teknik.Under andra kvartalet i fjol omsatte Urb-it 100 000 kronor medan förlusten skrevs till 25 Mkr.Efter en månad på börsen presenterade bolaget ett sparprogram på 30 miljoner kronor på årsbasis.Urb-its aktie har hittills fallit med 27 procent sedan noteringen i juli.
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Since the mobile intrusive interstitial ad penalty from January 10h, 2017, there has been a lot of fuss on pop-up, banner and interstitial ads.Google itself announced it will devalue webpages that use intrusive pop-up and interstitial ads in mobile search.Is this the end of those types of ads?Is there a Penalty for them?What does Google have to say?Be patient and you’ll find the answers to all of your questions regarding this topic.
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Google parent Alphabet Inc. has held talks to invest about $1 billion in Lyft Inc., according to people familiar with the matter, in what would further an alliance against the ride-hailing company’s archrival, Uber Technologies Inc.It isn’t clear when the talks took place or whether a deal will materialize, and it couldn’t immediately be learned which unit of Alphabet would make the investment.An investment in Lyft would complicate an already confusing mix of alliances and competitors in the global ride-hailing business.Alphabet is an investor in Uber after its venture-capital arm, now called GV, invested $258 million in the ride-hailing giant in 2013.Their relationship soured over the years as Uber and Google began competing against each other in developing self-driving cars.The standoff reached a head in February when Alphabet sued Uber for allegedly stealing trade secrets to jump-start its own driverless-car program, allegations the ride-hailing company denies.
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Nintendo had the best-selling console once again last month, according to the industry-tracking firm The NPD Group.The hybrid handheld/home Switch system outsold Xbox One and PlayStation 4.The system has performed better than the competition in recent months likely due to Nintendo’s supply keeping up with demand.The Switch debuted in March for $300.“The Nintendo Switch was August’s best-selling hardware platform,” NPD analyst Mat Piscatella said.“The Nintendo Switch has been the best-selling platform in four of the six months since launching in March 2017.”
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US President Donald Trump on Wednesday blocked a Chinese government-financed firm's acquisition of an Oregon semiconductor maker on national security grounds.A federal panel that reviews foreign investment in the United States for possible security threats ruled against the proposed $1.3bn (£1bn) purchase of Lattice Semiconductor last week.The deal has been under scrutiny since it became clear the buyer, Canyon Bridge Capital Partners, is funded by the Chinese government.Chinese companies are on a global buying spree to acquire technology and brands.Most acquisitions in the United States and Europe go through without incident, but some purchases of high-tech companies have prompted criticism they might represent security threats or the loss of important national assets."Credible evidence leads me to believe" the buyers of Lattice "might take action that threatens to impair the national security of the United States," Trump said in his order .
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Every September, the price of air freight spikes dramatically.And what else happens every September?The huge logistical challenge of delivering millions of iPhones all over the world inevitably leads to an increase in the price of air freight that can last for a number of months.The effect each year is so pronounced that back in 2012 it was claimed that the delivery of the iPhone helped the air freight industry bounce back from a collapse in prices, which at that time were the lowest since the recession.Is this just a cunning excuse air forwarders use to up their prices?Apple likes to create a feeling of scarcity, but its profits are so dependent on iPhone sales that it has to avoid leaving its thousand dollar phones stuck at sea, which can introduce delays of 30 days or more and significantly impact the company’s working capital.
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Today's iPhone X unveiling event was held in the new Steve Jobs Theater at Apple's new Cupertino campus.It is a very Apple space that fits its namesake perfectly.While the interior of the theater itself is not strikingly innovative from a design, architectural, or functional standpoint, the waiting area above it is a unique space.Journalists and Apple employees were asked to wait in this circular room before descending into the theater.As with many of Apple's designs, it manages somehow to be both minimalist and bombastic.Its pretenses may turn off Apple's detractors while pleasing its fans.
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Error loading player: No playable sources foundApple just announced a new iPhone model called the iPhone X.It's got an edge-to-edge screen, portrait mode on the selfie camera, and a lot more.Here's what you need to know.Follow Tech Insider: On Facebook30 Big Tech Predictions by BI Intelligence.
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by 2025, the entire Sweden have access to fast broadband, according to the government's broadband strategy.Until that goal is reached they now want to raise the minimum level for the connection of 1 Mbit/s to 10 Mbit/s.to all households, even those where the cost would be high to achieve the new lowest level, should be able to afford set aside in the budget of 20 million sek per year during the period 2018– 2021.The state-guaranteed minimum level is now 1 Mbit/s, regardless of where you live.Digitaliseringsminister Peter Eriksson (MP) see it as an important issue to raise.– It is a hefty increase to be able to take care of basic service over the internet and have a good connection, so you should be able to handle their banking affairs and contacts with the medical and other establishments.
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