Val Strefeler

Val Strefeler

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Jeremy Fleming, the deputy director-general of MI5, is to helm GCHQ following the surprise resignation of Robert Hannigan this January.Citing "personal reasons", Hannigan informed the UK's Foreign Secretary of his decision to leave in an exchange of letters a couple of months ago.Even then, his departure came at a difficult time for the agency as its most prominent ally, the US National Security Agency, looked towards pro-torture President Trump as its commander-in-chief.He also comes at an interesting time for the spy agency.Just over two weeks ago, on Twitter, the US president first claimed that his phones had been "tapped" by former US president Barack Obama.Last week, President Trump's press secretary Sean Spicer repeated accusations that GCHQ had been "wiretapping" the leader on behalf of the NSA, a claim initially made by Fox news "media commentator" Judge Andre Napolitano.
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SANTIAGO, CHILE – Young inmates in the southern Chilean city of Valdivia are learning how to use 3D technology to make prostheses for children from poor families."The kids have really surprised us with their motivation and commitment to the project," program director Montserrat Arevalo told EFE.THIS NEW 3D PRINTER CAN PRINT ITS OWN PARTSThe project to help poor children in need of prosthetic limbs is being run by the Ciudad del Niño Foundation."In the beginning, there were some concerns over how the learning process was going to work, especially the use of specialized software and caring for the machines," Arevalo said.The young inmates selected for this program have "the support of their families for this new opportunity to improve their lives," Arevalo said.
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I’m going to let you in on a little secret: I’ve broken the terms of use for SaaS software and shared a license before.Surprised?My guess would be no … because you’ve probably done it too.In general, per-seat licensing has been a great way for SaaS companies to charge a subscription and collect reliable revenue.But there’s also no question that this success and revenue reliability comes at a cost, where pricing is not tied directly to how much a customer uses a service.In short, seat-based subscription models have lots of problems but have been “good enough” for a long time.However, as more SaaS services leverage AI to augment human work, it will make less and less sense to charge per human seat and more sense to charge for what is actually being used to get work done: the compute power needed to run increasingly intelligent and useful AI-enhanced services.This shift from human to AI-based productivity is going to fundamentally alter how SaaS companies sell their services.If SaaS companies don’t start thinking about this inevitability, and pricing it into their models, AI may cannibalize their revenue over time.For service models in which AI can provide value, such as in customer service or CRM, the AI itself is going to actively reduce human work over time.But SaaS companies that integrate AI while continuing to charge on a per-seat basis will actually be dis-incentivized from making users more efficient.
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We’re all well aware of what a bad deal the bees have been getting in recent years.Hell, the minute they get put on the endangered species list, bureaucracy steps in to say, “not so fast.” Now, on top of everything, hundreds of their hives are mysteriously being stolen in New Zealand.According to local law enforcement, 400 bee or honey thefts have been reported over the course of the six months leading into January.Police are unsure who is the culprit is but they believe the thieves’ motive to be the increasing price of native Mānuka honey.In a single year, New Zealand’s honey industry saw a 35 per cent jump in exports, bringing in $315 million New Zealand dollars (£180 million) to the country.Honey is overpriced mate, it’s ludicrous.
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If you haven’t noticed, live streaming seems as if its becoming increasingly prevalent in the content marketing world (http://tedrubin.com/biggest-content-marketing-trend-heading-2017-live-streaming/).On the consumer side of the equation, 81% of web- and mobile-based users watched more live video in 2016 than in 2015.From the producer’s side, 70% of marketers believe video is the most effective method of generating conversions.(If you’re still not convinced, Livestream has even more evidence that live video is here to stay - https://livestream.com/blog/62-must-know-stats-live-video-streaming)Broadcasting live is also an effective way of allowing your audience to communicate with your brand - in turn driving retention and loyalty.If you’re not already on the live streaming bandwagon, you’re potentially missing out on an opportunity to engage with your audience (https://twitter.com/DebComanWriting/status/828461943522459648)
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Regeringen vill att så många som möjligt ska sköta sina kontakter med myndigheterna via en digital brevlåda.– Vill medborgaren ha digital kommunikation ska han eller hon ha rätt till det, säger civilminister Ardalan Shekarabi (S).Han tillägger att digital kommunikation mellan medborgare och myndighet ”ska vara huvudregel”.I dag är cirka en miljon personer ansluta till tjänsten Mina meddelanden, genom vilken det går att få digital myndighetspost.I Danmark har den mycket snabba övergången från vanlig till digital post inneburit stora problem för den danska posten, en del av det svenskdanska Postnord.Postmängden i form av vanliga brev har minskat så mycket att bolaget har fått kraftigt minskade intäkter, vilket hotar verksamheten.
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The next major version of iOS could make hundreds of thousands of apps obsolete.That is according to Apple Insider, which reports that the next version of Apple’s mobile operating system could kill off support for 32-bit apps.First, a primer on 64 bits.Apple’s iPhone 5S was the first iOS device to include a 64-bit processor, the Apple A7, and the benefits are myriad.Apps recompiled — i.e., made compatible — with the iPhone 5S’s chip see up to a 25 percent performance improvement, and the iPhone 5S processor is about as twice as fast as the iPhone 5 in day-to-day tasks like web browsing.More: So what does the new iPhone’s 64-bit processor really do for you, anyway?
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Revolut is partnering with peer-to-peer platform Lending Works to let its UK users borrow between £500 and £5,000 through the app at a representative APR rate of 9.9%.Revolut, which began as simply a foreign exchange app, says users will be able to get funds in as little as two minutes, thanks to its integration with credit check providers and the fact that
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You’ve heard all the theory of Account-Based Sales and you’re sold.But putting it into practice is a whole new ballgame.Your sales team members need to understand these three basic tenets of Account-Based Sales and use the right tools in the right way to cultivate these new skills.
China
Fuji Xerox, the biggest supplier of office printers and document management systems in Asia-Pacific, is predicting a rush of listed Hong Kong firms to start investing in advanced programmes to help them comply with more stringent environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting in the city.It is a development that Tokyo-based Fuji Xerox has prepared for since September last year, when the company introduced a cloud-based enterprise management service that streamlines the ESG reporting process.Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing, which operates the local bourse, last year made it mandatory for the more than 1,700 companies listed the city to make general disclosures on their ESG policies.From this year, all Hong Kong-listed firms must make further disclosures on measurable key performance indicators of ESG targets and achievements.Failure to comply will require companies to explain why they did so.“We expect huge demand in coming months, as more listed companies in Hong Kong get serious about their ESG disclosure,” Fuji Xerox Hong Kong managing director Herbert Hui told the South China Morning Post.
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First they partnered, and now comes the acquisition: media in Israel are reporting that the computing giant Intel is acquiring Mobileye, a leader in autonomous driving tech, for up to $16 billion.TechCrunch sources tell us that Mobileye has now gathered staff for an announcement, so the news could be official very soon.If confirmed, this would be the biggest ever acquisition of an Israeli tech company.Intel has been working officially with Mobileye since last year and earlier this year, with BMW, started to test self-driving cars equipped with the two companies’ technology.Mobileye went public on the Nasdaq in 2014 and currently has a market cap of about $10.5billion.This is part of Intel’s bigger strategy to build up its position in emerging areas of computing like autonomous, connected cars; connected “objects” (IoT) and virtual and augmented reality, and it has been following through on this with acquisitions as well as organic growth.
UK
Sir Tim Berners-Lee is a bit of an authority on the internet, he did invent the World Wide Web after all.Like any proud parent, Sir Tim isn’t keen on letting his baby grow in their own way, if it’s not ultimately in their best interest, and that’s what’s happening with the web now.A full 28 years after its creation, the computer scientist outlined what he sees as the biggest problems affecting the internet today, and how these issues need to be addressed.In an open letter to mark the web’s birthday, Sir Tim laid out a five-year strategy for the web, with fake news, a loss of control over our personal data, and a need for more transparency around political advertising topping his list of concerns.“I imagined the web as an open platform that would allow everyone, everywhere to share information, access opportunities, and collaborate across geographic and cultural boundaries,” he wrote of the web’s foundation.“In many ways, the web has lived up to this vision, though it has been a recurring battle to keep it open.”
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It turns out humans have been accidentally medicating fish and wildlife with antidepressants.In the same way that our contraceptives find their way into rivers, so do the calming drugs we take to deal with modern life – and from there, they're taken in by fish and animals, who have been calming the fuck down as a result.This might be a good thing.But it could also be a very, very bad thing.Chemistry World reports that benzodiazepines ('benzos') like Valium and antidepressants like Setraline caused fish to become braver and more active, and even to live longer, in lab experiments – but in the wild, that same behaviour could get them killed.In one lab study, for instance, fathead minnows (that's their actual name, we're not just being rude) stopped hiding during the day and came out to feed.
Sweden
Googles lilla Chromecast-pinne är ett billigt och användbart sätt att visa strömmande film på tv-skärmen.Den fungerar bra med onlinetjänster som Youtube, Netflix och andra.Men om du skulle vilja visa en lokal film som du har på datorns hårddisk är det värre.Utvecklarna av den suveräna videospelaren VLC har jobbat på stöd för detta i åratal, men ännu inte fått fram någon stabil fungerande funktion.Men du kan använda webbläsaren Google Chrome med ett tillägg!Välj Fler verktyg och sedan Tillägg i inställningarna i Chrome.
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Hi, I have built an android app which assist in learning a new language.It basically translates everything you type on mobile while chatting into the language you are learning.What is the best way I can go about promoting this app.What are the best forums/platforms to find people who are serious about learning a foreign language because the app is total useless/nuisance for someone who is not into learning a new language.App Link - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id com.adevole.hellohola_free
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Building a gun out 3D-printed parts is so 2013.Now, the United States Army has managed to 3D-print an entire grenade launcher, and it looks roughly like an assault rifle from the realms of science fiction.RAMBO is an acronym for Rapid Additively Manufactured Ballistics Ordnance.Along with a handful of other agencies, US Army Research spent six months building the 40-millimetre grenade launcher which is designed to resemble the M203 under-barrel grenade launcher.All 50 of the parts on the gun, except the springs and fasteners, were 3D-printed out of steel, aluminium, and other materials:The nature of additive manufacturing enabled the Army to change up the design on the fly, however.
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Letting a company like Best Buy fiddle with your computer in the hopes of fixing a defect or perform a repair is already a huge exercise in trust.You trust that the technician working on your machine won’t go poking around in places he or she has no business in, and that your privacy will be respected.Newly unsealed court documents suggest that Best Buy has seriously broken that trust, and secretly teamed with the FBI to perform completely warrantless searches of customer computers with zero probably cause or reason to do so.As OC Weekly reports, the documents in question apply to Unites States of America vs. Mark Rettenmaier, a child pornography case in which the illegal content was discovered by a Best Buy Geek Squad technician who then reported it to the FBI.Both the FBI and Best Buy have repeatedly claimed that they deliberately search customer devices for any type of material, but many of the recently unsealed FBI filings completely contradict those claims.The documents show the FBI remaining in close and regular contact with a Geek Squad supervisor named Justin Meade.
Sweden
När Facebook-grundaren Mark Zuckerberg blev pappa för första gången valde han att börja skänka bort sina Facebook-aktier till en stiftelse för välgörande ändamål.Nu är det dags igen.Mark Zuckerberg meddelade i går kväll, via sin Facebooksida, att han och hustrun Priscilla Chan väntar sitt andra barn.Även denna gång är det en flicka.”När Priscilla och jag först fick reda på att hon var gravid igen så hoppades vi först och främst på att barnet skulle vara friskt.Mitt andra hopp vad att det skulle vara en flicka”, skriver Mark Zuckerberg på sin Facebooksida.
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Native video is becoming hugely important.With 25 percent of U.S. users adopting an ad blocker last year, native content is how marketers are avoiding the cut.In 2015, VB Insight studied both platforms and found that YouTube was still 11X bigger than Facebook.At the time, Americans spent an aggregate of 8,061 years on YouTube, compared to 713 years watching video on Facebook.But with automatic video plays in the feed by default, and a design that downplays the importance of other video platforms, Facebook has been clawing away at YouTube’s dominant position.“Our last video study already showed that Facebook native videos have been dominating the social network,” Nils Hermann, digital communications manager at Quintly, told me.
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Creator Joss Whedon tapped into a world where myths and monsters could be used to represent real problems, with a brilliant dash of his signature humour and heart.Xander first jokingly called the group the Scooby Gang in episode two, and luckily, the name stuck... becoming their adorable team moniker for the entire run of the show.Granted, that admiration was ruined a bit after Anya’s bunny-filled backstory was revealed in the season seven episode “Selfless”—come on, guys, we didn’t need a reason for Anya to hate rabbits.In any case, we got to see Anya in a giant bunny costume as it was the most terrifying Halloween costume she could imagine, so it was all worth it.7) All the Random Celebrity CameosAmy Adams isn’t the only famous celebrity who cut their teeth fighting or becoming vampires on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
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