WASHINGTON AP — Experts say the development of self-driving cars over the coming decade depends on an unreliable assumption by many automakers: that the humans in them will be ready to step in and take control if the car's systems fail.Joshua Brown, a 40-year-old tech company owner from Canton, Ohio, who was an enthusiastic fan of the technology, was killed when neither he nor his Tesla Model S sedan's Autopilot braked for a truck making a left turn on a highway near Gainsville, according to federal investigators and the automaker.A similar self-driving system Audi plans to introduce in its 2018 A7 monitors drivers' head and eye movements, and automatically slows the car if the driver's attention is diverted.The truck driver said he had heard a Harry Potter video playing in the car after the crash."Drivers in these quasi- and partial modes of automation are a disaster in the making," Cummings said."If you have to rely on the human to see something and take action in anything less than several seconds, you are going to have an accident like we saw."
The Museum of London has contracted professional Minecraft world-builders Blockworks and Dragnoz to produce a series of maps that digitally recreate the Great Fire of London, giving visitors a new perspective on the 1666 conflagration that destroyed much of medieval London.exhibit will feature a number of interactive installations that walk attendees through the events leading up to the disaster.A collection of free afternoon lectures, workshops, and family activities will offer a glimpse at what life was like in 17th-century London.The Great Fire of London rapidly swept through the city over the course of four days in 1666, leveling thousands of homes and destroying St Paul s Cathedral.It s estimated that 70,000 of the city s 80,000 citizens were left homeless by the disaster, leading to major social and economic upheaval in the aftermath.Minecraft is ideal ground to simulate the widespread damage caused by fire, as the game s fire propagation mechanics have consumed countless custom-built worlds since its initial public release.
Anyone running server-side applications is advised to look into the httpoxy vulnerability, a security flaw dating back 15 years.Web service operators are being warned to mitigate against a vulnerability dubbed 'httpoxy', based on an issue dating back to 2001.As detailed on the official website - all major vulnerabilities these days requiring a logo, catchy name, and dedicated website on its own exclusive domain - the httpoxy vulnerability is easy to exploit: attackers taking of the bug are, its discoverers claim, able to trick server-side applications into proxying outgoing requests, open arbitrary connections, or route through a malicious proxy.The biggest surprise of httpoxy, though, is not its ease of exploitation or what attackers can do with it; it's the fact that the issue was first discovered in March 2001 as a bug in libwww-perl by Randal L. Schwartz.While this implementation was fixed, no research was ever done into whether the same issue affected other software: the same bug was spotted in the curl utility in April 2001, then lay dormant until July 2012 when the Ruby team spotted the potential for disaster when implementing http proxy header support into their software.In November 2013 the issue was raised on the ngnix web server mailing list, and on the Apache web server development list in February 2015.
Nuclear meltdowns, an earthbound asteroid, perhaps the rise of Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton as president depending on your political views — all might lead to the end of the world.Though the demise of local search might not necessarily rank among those aforementioned disaster scenarios, it certainly does take brainpower to remember life before local and imagine how the world would operate today if it vanished.Just the other day, I was gearing up to take a road trip, and my very cautious mother presented me with eight maps covering different areas of Colorado, Utah, Nevada and California — with a very meticulous route planned out.Now, when you see the sign for Las Vegas, make sure to follow that down until exit number… And when you need food, this map shows the exits past… In one ear and out the other not my best daughter move , but it all got lost in translation from her generation to mine.I will just do a near me search to find any hospital, rest stop or fast food along the way, if necessary.
Pokémon Go has become such a worldwide phenomenon that when its severs experience problems, it's a disaster for Pokétrainers everywhere.And since the game launched in 26 new countries over the weekend, coupled with alleged cyber attacks from a couple of hacking collectives, the server issues which have plagued the game since it launched have been worse than ever.But since the problems have been so frequent, it's often hard to tell whether the servers have completely crashed, or it's a problem with your own connection.Luckily, there is help at hand in the form of Down Detector: a site that will tell you whether the Go servers are down, when they went down, and a log of issues in the past 24 hours.Related: How to play PokémonGo – Tips and tricks to become a PokémasterSince being launched in New Zealand, Australia, and the US, Pokémon Go has suffered numerous server issues.
The smell hit me as soon as I opened my car door—like rancid milk mixed with dog shit.Eyes and lungs searing, I walked up and down the harbor snapping photos.This was my warm welcome to Stuart, Florida, whose St. Lucie estuary is currently suffocating under a vast, nutrient-fueled algae bloom.Locals exposed to the rank odor of guacamole thick algae mats have complained of rashes, eye and skin irritation.And this is no accident.This is absolutely, positively a Lake Okeechobee issue, oceanographer Zack Jud told me when I arrived at Florida s Oceanographic Society a few miles away to learn what the hell was going on.
Wireless carriers have come a long way providing LTE coverage in urban areas across the U.S., but there are times at large venue events when crowds put a great deal of strain on the cell network and everyone gets terrible service as a result.Currently, to handle those situations AT deploys portable mobile sites in trucks that have antenna towers mounted on them, but the company envisions a future in which drones will take their place.In a post over at AT s Innovation Space blog, Chief Strategy Officer John Donovan detailed a handful of ways in which drones can be used to improve its services.Donovan says AT is already using drones to perform aerial inspections of cell towers, and will offer a live demonstration this week at our SHAPE Conference in San Francisco.This allows the company to conduct inspections at cell sites more quickly and safely.Going forward the company wants to connect drones -- or Flying COWs Cell on Wings as it is calling them -- to its nationwide LTE network to boost capacity at large events or being able to provide coverage as quickly as possible following a natural disaster.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, insurers recorded record profits even as the U.S. experienced what had been, to that point, the worst natural disaster in the country s history.And three years after Hurricane Sandy hit New York, hundreds of claimants had yet to receive their insurance payments.At Quilt, which is initially launching in Florida later this month with a traditional renters insurance product, that better way will eventually involve changing the entire way policies are constructed and paid out.For now, they re offering traditional products with a promise that they ll be better actors than their no good, awful, terrible peers.I want to go into insurance,' says Quilt co-founder and chief-executive Blair Baldwin.A former marketing and adtech executive, Baldwin fell into the insurance racket through the Boston-based auto-insurance quote comparison business Goji.
With Donald Trump set to be named the Republicans presidential nominee at next week s convention, we re again taking the temperature of tech industry s relationship with Trump.The reading: Still mostly chilly.Chilly might be an understatement, what with about 150 tech CEOs, investors and others signing an open letter Thursday calling a possible Trump presidency a disaster for innovation.The signatories are a who s who in tech: Vint Cerf, Pierre Omidyar, Padmasree Warrior, Jimmy Wales, Ev Williams, Esther Dyson, Steve Wozniak and more.From the letter, posted on Medium by Katie Jacobs Stanton, formerly of Twitter and Google and now chief marketing officer at gene startup Color Genomics: Trump s vision stands against the open exchange of ideas, free movement of people, and productive engagement with the outside world that is critical to our economy — and that provide the foundation for innovation and growth.The letter also said Trump campaigns on bigotry, citing his rhetoric about immigrants, refugees, women and others.So the tech industry likely isn t impressed with Trump s vice presidential pick, announced Friday: Mike Pence, the Indiana governor who signed a law permitting businesses owners to refuse to do business with gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people based on religious beliefs.Apple CEO Tim Cook and Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff spoke out against that law last year, and other tech leaders including Mark Zuckerberg, Marissa Mayer and Larry Page later joined an effort to push for legal measures to protect gay people against discrimination around the country.A notable exception to the anti-Trump sentiment in the tech world is billionaire entrepreneur Peter Thiel — who s gay — co-founder of PayPal and Palantir, and a Facebook board member.We ve known for months that he is a California delegate for Trump, but Thiel and his people have been tight-lipped about his support for the candidate.
Donald Trump may not Silicon Vallys support. "Trump would be a disaster for the innovation climate. His opinions are at odds with the free exchange of ideas, freedom of movement and a productive collaboration with the rest of the world, which is necessary for our economy - and that is the very gunden for innnovation and growth ", so writes a long list of tech profiles an open letter in which they take away from Donald Trump's presidential campaign. Among those who signed the letter are such as Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, co-founder Stewart Butterfield of Slack and venture capitalist Vinod Khosla. "Donald Trump proposes to 'shut down' share of the Internet as a security - he has both poor judgment and ignorance in matters of new technology," they write on. Read more: Will Hillary Clinton a good start-president?
Your browser does not support HTML5 videoPlayPausePlayPauseMute0%00:00 / 00:00FullscreenSmallscreen Close Embed Feed Republican National Convention 2016: What you need to know IBTimes UKSilicon Valley tech giants have come together to oppose Donald Trump and his candidacy for the US presidency.As many as 145 top executives and entrepreneurs from a plethora of tech firms have published an open letter as a "stand against" Trump and his "erratic and contradictory" policies.In the letter, published on Medium, they said: "We are inventors, entrepreneurs, engineers, investors, researchers, and business leaders working in the technology sector.We believe in an inclusive country that fosters opportunity, creativity and a level playing field.He campaigns on anger, bigotry, fear of new ideas and new people, and a fundamental belief that America is weak and in decline.
Some of Silicon Valley's best and brightest have once again been united in their efforts to stop Donald Trump.This time, nearly 150 of the tech industry s biggest names signed an open letter -published on Medium - opposing the real estate mogul s candidacy for president.The letter was posted by Katie Jacobs Stanton, Twitter s former vice president of global media and current CMO of Color Genomics.Signers include CEOs such as Stewart Butterfield Slack , Aaron Levie Box , Jeff Lawson Twilio , and David Karp Tumblr .Other names include former US chief technology officer Aneesh Chopra, venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, Qualcomm chairman Paul Jacobs, eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.The letter states that most of what Trump has said in the past – his anti-immigration stance, erratic and contradictory policies, attacks on minorities and women – coupled with his apparent ignorance of technology his plan to shut down part of the internet is noted , show that President Trump would be a disaster for innovation.
There are a couple of workarounds for when you want to keep a photo locally and not in iCloud.Brenda Best writes in with a common question that I finally have a workaround for:How do take pictures off iCloud, but not have them deleted from my iMac, iPhone, and iPad?Once you opt into iCloud Photo Library, all of your images are synced across all devices that use the same iCloud login and have iCloud Photo Library enabled, and the full-resolution versions of images and videos have to be stored in your iCloud account.But I was being too restrictive in my thinking.Photos for OS X doesn t let you split libraries; you d have to export images from your existing library and re-import them into a new one.
Facebook s Safety Check feature was activated on Thursday following the attack in Nice.At least 84 people were killed during a Bastille Day fireworks celebration in the southern French city.It s the third time in less than five weeks that the social network has activated the Safety Check tool, which allows Facebook users who are at or near natural disasters, terrorist attacks or other major crises to inform their friends that they are safe.In June, Facebook deployed the feature after a mass shooting at an Orlando, Florida nightclub.It activated the tool again about two weeks later after a terror attack at Istanbul s Ataturk Airport.To use the Safety Check feature, simply mark yourself as safe during a disaster using Facebook s website or mobile app.
We are inventors, entrepreneurs, engineers, investors, researchers, and business leaders working in the technology sector.We are proud that American innovation is the envy of the world, a source of widely-shared prosperity, and a hallmark of our global leadership.Katie Jacobs Stanton is the Chief Marketing Officer of Color Genomics.She s a board member of Vivendi and was formerly Twitter s vice president for global media.We believe in an inclusive country that fosters opportunity, creativity and a level playing field.We have listened to Donald Trump over the past year and we have concluded: Trump would be a disaster for innovation.
Tech leaders are taking a stand against Donald Trump.In a scathing open letter posted by former Twitter vice president Katie Stanton, leaders from some of Silicon Valley's biggest tech companies, venture-capital firms, and startups voiced their concerns about a Trump presidency — specifically, that Trump "stands against the open exchange
In an open letter published to Medium, 140 of tech s largest names conclude Donald Trump is basically just an idiot.Penned by former Twitter VP Katie Stanton, luminaries in the tech world say Trump would be a disaster for innovation and he campaigns on anger, bigotry, fear of new ideas and new people, and a fundamental belief that America is weak and in decline.If that weren t enough for you, try this passage out:Donald Trump articulates few policies beyond erratic and contradictory pronouncements.His reckless disregard for our legal and political institutions threatens to upend what attracts companies to start and scale in America.He risks distorting markets, reducing exports, and slowing job creation.
ATAT has begun using drones to inspect its cell towers and wants to eventually use the little flying machines to deliver more mobile data at large events.Aerial inspections can be performed "more quickly and safely—and drones can even access parts of a tower that a human simply could not," AT's announcement yesterday said.Drones capture data from network sites and feed the data to AT systems, helping the carrier make changes to its network "in real time," AT said.AT—which is also working with Intel to test LTE-connected drones—has grander plans for its drone program.If all goes well, AT drones could "temporarily provid e enhanced LTE wireless coverage at the packed venue so you, along with thousands of others in attendance, can simultaneously send photos and videos to share the moment," the company said.This would be achieved with "Flying COWs" Cells on "Wings" instead of the usual "Wheels" that could provide LTE at large events or network connections needed for rapid disaster response.
A lengthy list of Silicon Valley s top players have signed an open letter slamming Donald Trump s bigotry and policies, arguing that the bloviating, radioactive orange slime puddle would be a disaster for innovation.The letter, published this morning on Medium, includes the endorsements of Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Tumblr CEO David Karp, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, Twitter co-founder Ev Williams, billionaire entrepreneur Pierre Omidyar, venture capitalist Shervin Pishevar, Slack founder Stewart Butterfield, Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman, and Arielle Zuckerberg, a partner at Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers and sister to Facebook CEO Mark.The letter specifically calls out Trump s divisive candidacy, poor judgment and ignorance about how technology works, and attitudes toward women, immigrants, and people of color.It argues that his approach runs counter to the open exchange of ideas, free movement of people, and productive engagement with the outside world that is critical to our economy.We believe in an inclusive country that fosters opportunity, creativity and a level playing field.He campaigns on anger, bigotry, fear of new ideas and new people, and a fundamental belief that America is weak and in decline.
CEOs, investors and engineers sign up to denounce the idea of a Trump presidencyA group of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, company founders, engineers, and investors have signed an open letter regarding Donald Trump.The letter, published Thursday on Medium, accuses Trump of running a campaign based on fear of new ideas and new people, as well as anger, bigotry, and "a fundamental belief that America is weak and in decline.""We have listened to Donald Trump over the past year and we have concluded: Trump would be a disaster for innovation," the letter said.Signatories are many CEOs, founders, venture capitalists and a few well-known names, including Pierre Omidyar, the founder of eBay; Ev Williams, co-founder of Twitter and founder of Medium; Vinod Khosla, a co-founder of Sun Microsystems; and Reed Hundt, former chairman of the FCC.Noting that 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants or their children, the letter says progressive U.S. immigration policies keep Silicon Valley vibrant because they help the country attract foreign talent.
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