Blaine Pilgrim

Blaine Pilgrim

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Ah, but then Massdrop worked its magic on the $1,000 Koss ESP-950, rechristened it as the Massdrop x Koss ESP/95X, and slashed the price to $500!The 'phones velour earpads are slightly scratchy to the touch, but overall comfort is superb, even when I'm wearing my glasses.It's an open-back design so it doesn't isolate the wearer from external noise, and the ESP/95X's sound can be heard by anyone nearby.The E/90X amp's connectivity options are limited to a Koss proprietary headphone jack, and two stereo analog inputs: a front-panel-mounted 3.5mm input, while on the back of the amp are deeply recessed RCA inputs that won't accept RCA plugs with thick connector barrels (the included RCA cables worked fine).The front panel's volume control knob is split into separate left and right channel controls, and that's fine, but nearly every time I changed the volume I had to double-check to make sure the left and right channels were balanced.The headphone and amp are mostly made of plastic, they don't have the solid feel or look of high-end designs, but the system is sold with the Koss lifetime warranty.
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On YouTube, the mononymous Markiplier is a screaming, swearing, videogame-playing sensation.His loud, zany presence has earned him 23 million followers and, by Forbes’ estimate, over $17 million in the last year.Offline and in our studio, though, Mark Edward Fischbach is deadpan, soft-spoken, and even a little serious.Fischbach has been on YouTube since 2012, an eternity in social media celebrity years.He’s had his channel banned by a rogue algorithm.He’s watched his silly sketches become memes.
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But for some reason, I’ve spent my entire life believing that Airplane!And while the movie clearly took inspiration from some of those films, it’s actually a very specific parody of a movie from 1957 called Zero Hour!Yes, with the exclamation point and everything.Everything from “looks like I picked the wrong week to quit smoking” to a young boy visiting the cockpit are directly lifted from Zero Hour!Even some of the character names are identical – Ted Stryker is the main character in both films.YouTube user Mason Wood created a side-by-side comparison of both movies a few years ago that you can view here.
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As The New York Times recently profiled, new startups are arising to solve the housing crisis.These startups disrupt what ex-AOL CEO Steve Case calls the “Third Wave,” industries with large social impact.To survive, these companies need to ensure compliance with regulations early on, because mistakes here can have large social consequences.To help new entrants survive in these industries, two closely related technologies — legal technology (“legaltech”) and regulation technology (“regtech”) — help companies navigate rules embedded in text, such as contracts or regulations.Third Wave startups must tread carefully.Privacy violations in healthcare data could lead to an unfair increase in insurance premiums for affected individuals.
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阿里 AI Labs 将投入 1 亿元进行方言保护 – TechNode ChineseWhat happened: Alibaba’s AI Labs announced on Wednesday that it’s going to invest RMB 100 million ($15 million) in research and development projects around Chinese dialects.The unit will create a Chinese dialect database through dialogue-based sample collection from a dedicated app and smart speakers.The company’s smart speaker Tmall Genie will learn to recognize the dialect common in the southwestern Sichuan province first, and then cover all major dialects in the future.To achieve the goal, the company is partnering up with government institutions, linguistic experts, and universities.Why it’s important: China has around one hundred dialects that vary according to region.
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At my bodega down the block, photos of shoplifters sometimes litter the windows, a warning to would-be thieves that they're being watched.Those unofficial wanted posters come and go, as incidents fade away from the owner's memory.Millions of photos uploaded onto social media are being used to train facial recognition without people's consent.Accuracy rates matter -- it's the difference between facial recognition determining you're a threat or an innocent bystander, but there's no set standard on how precise the technology needs to be.These companies want the technology in our daily routines -- in stores, in offices and in apartment buildings.If a logged person tries entering the store, Kogniz's facial recognition will be able to detect it and flag security, Daniel Putterman, the company's co-founder, said in an interview.
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A pair of Windows 10 feature upgrades will soon collide, with one just beginning to get traction on PCs as its successor readies for release.It's unclear how Microsoft will handle the dilemma, which traces its roots to the debacle last year when the company was forced to pull the fall feature upgrade after it deleted user files without permission.That percentage was less than a fourth of the 85% running 1709 - Windows 10's second feature upgrade of 2017, and the closest comparison for 1809 - at the same time in its timeline.Windows 10 1809 was initially released on Oct. 2, 2018, but within days Microsoft purged it from the distribution pipeline after reports of upgrade-caused data loss.Although the company returned 1809 to testing that same month, it wasn't until Nov. 13 that it announced the upgrade was again available to the general public.But 1809's follow-up, designated 1903 and likely named "Windows 10 April 2019 Update," is nearing release, according to both clues in the code and the accepted schedule.
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British payment processor Worldpay was snapped up this morning by US-based Fidelity National Information Services (FIS) in a deal which values the firm at $43bn (£32bn).Excluding the target’s debt, the valuation comes to $34.83bn, the companies said.It creates a company which had a combined revenue of $12.3bn last year.“Scale matters in our rapidly changing industry,” said FIS chief executive Gary Norcross.He added: “As a combined organisation, we will bring the most modern solutions targeted at the highest growth markets.The long-term value we will create for clients and for shareholders will set the bar in our industry and will create a range of new career opportunities for our employees.
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It’s my first year making the trek down here for the event, which I did to interview sextech entrepreneur Lora DiCarlo founder Lora Haddock, whose robotics innovation reward was infamously revoked at this year’s CES.It’s all normal,” she said, addressing the stigma surrounding female-focused pleasure tech.Haddock, during our chat, also announced the first-ever government grant for a sextech startup, a $99,637 funding for Lora DiCarlo from the state of Oregon.Uber dominated the news cycle this week; here’s the TL;DR.The ride-hailing company is probably, most likely going to unveil its S-1 next month and it’s tying up some loose ends ahead of its big IPO.HotelTonight and Slack stakeholder Accel raised $2.525 billion, sources confirm to TechCrunch; $525 million for its fourteenth early-stage fund, $1.5 billion for its fifth growth fund and $500 million for its second Leaders Fund, or a dedicated pool of capital meant to help the firm strengthen its positions on particularly competitive bets.
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It's almost April and despite the fact that 2019 is moving too quickly, at least we get some fresh movies out of it.Amazon has some great indie films hitting next month.My top recommendation would be Lake Bell's In a World... which drops April 1.Or check out Jonah Hill's directorial debut, Mid90s, which hits Amazon April 18.If you're looking for something to sink your teeth into, Amazon is getting the entire Blade trilogy on April.The Wesley Snipes vampire films may not be for everyone, but Blade, Blade II and Blade: Trinity are certainly fun.
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Visible imagery from NASA's Terra satellite revealed 03W that formed near the island of Yap in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean.Yap State is one of the four states of the Federated States of Micronesia.The other three states include Kosrae State, Pohnpei State, and Chuuk State.A tropical storm watch remains in effect for Yap and Ngulu in Yap State and Kayangel in the Republic of Palau.On March 15, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Terra satellite provided a visible image of 03W in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean.At 2 p.m. EDT (1800 UTC) on March 15 (4 a.m. CHST on March 16 local time) the National Weather Service (NWS), Guam, noted that the center of Tropical Depression 03W was located near Latitude 7.9 degrees North and Longitude 140.9 degrees East.
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When I think of pi, I think of three digits: 3.14.Google cloud developer advocate Emma Haruka Iwao thinks in terms of trillions of pi digits.Haruka Iwao set a new world record by calculating pi to 31.4 trillion digits using Google cloud technology.The previous record, set by Peter Trueb in late 2016, was 22.4 trillion digits.Since she was 12, Haruka Iwao has been fascinated by pi, the enigmatic mathematical constant defined as the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter.As a kid, she even downloaded a computer program to calculate pi.
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The Android platform and even Google’s Play Store app market have been criticized for being less secure, especialy in comparison to Apple’s iOS ecosystem.Almost every week we hear of a new malware that creeps into Google Play Store, threatening to compromise smartphones and their owners.And while Google is swift to act on removing those errant apps, sometimes it’s often too late save thousands if not millions of already compromised devices that have already downloaded the infected apps.In this case, the adware nicknamed “SimBad” was identified to be in around 206 apps on Google Play Store, most of them simulation type games, hence the name.Collectively, these apps and games have been downloaded a total of 150 million times.It’s almost astounding how such apps are so easily downloaded, often without a second thought.
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As business leaders, we are all called to successfully steer our companies into the future, while avoiding common mistakes and going after the opportunities that come our way.Studies show that when we make decisions this way, without taking into account external data, our decisions are biased.Decision bias can lead to bottlenecks and an overemphasis on short-term thinking, leaving key decision makers operating in silos and unable to measure how their choices will impact the business’ bottom line.This was corroborated in a recent survey, commissioned by Anaplan.It showed that 86 percent of companies worldwide face major obstacles to collaboration, and 97 percent of businesses say their planning can be improved.With this in mind, it’s clear that the best strategy is a holistic approach where leaders look both inward and outward when making critical decisions.
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The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has been pursuing Oracle over what it alleges is discriminatory hiring and pay rates since 2017, when it filed a complaint based on a survey of pay rates in 2013-14.The latest filing, OFCCP said, "narrows and clarifies" the original complaint, providing a "more direct path" for the case to follow.'Disingenuous' to conceal an impending amendmentThe situation is complicated because most of the past year in the case has seen OFCCP and Oracle (supposedly) engaging in mediation, a process that came to an end in January – at which point the OFCCP announced it was filing the second amended complaint.The first amended complaint made two discrimination claims – systemic compensation discrimination against women, Asians, and African Americans in three of Big Red's lines of business; and a "pattern and practice of hiring discrimination" in favour of Asians.It also added a new facet, contending that Oracle places some hires in job functions with different pay or global career levels.
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If you’d seen the plush “Earthie” toy in photos of the International Space Station, you’d know it.It’s basically a spherical earth in blue and green, with blue arms, blue legs, black oval-shaped eyes, and a circular black dot mouth.It’s super cute, really – but where did Earthie come from?While the Earth plush toy was brought to the International Space Station by SpaceX, it was not made by the company.Instead, this little creature was sent there onboard the first Dragon Crew Rocket (DEMO-1) trip to ever reach the ISS.This program seeks to bring humans back into space using American commercial companies (SpaceX and Boeing).
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After banning its 5p reusable plastic bags in 2018, Lidl has announced its Welsh branches will also be jettisoning the 9p bags for life, because people are using them like 5p bags instead of switching away from plastic.The company is the first in the UK to ditch bags for life, and the new policy in Lidl's 54 Welsh branches will act as a trial for the rest of the country.It's estimated the ban will save 5 million bags and over 150 tonnes of plastic waste a year, while if it's extended to the rest of the country, 80 million bags and 2,500 tonnes of plastic would be saved.Lidl says banning the 5p carriers last year has already saved 26 million bags.The trial starts on the 1st of May and forms part of a wider push against plastic at the supermarket chain.It's aiming to reduce plastic in its packaging by 20% before 2022, and to make all of its own-brand packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025.
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Fitbit has just launched its new range of wearables, consisting of the Versa Lite, Inspire, Inspire HR and Ace 2, but we’ve also heard word of a sequel to the company's first smartwatch – the Fitbit Ionic.The Ionic, Fitbit’s first proper smartwatch, launched in 2017 with a mixed reception – we found it a little too bulky to be enjoyable to use, and it had a hefty price tag too.We weren't certain that we'd see the brand name appear again, but Fitbit CEO James Park has confirmed that there will be an Ionic 2 at some point in the future.This is what we thought of the Fitbit VersaIs the Apple Watch 4 the best smartwatch?Speaking to Wareable, Park said “Ionic will get refreshed at some point”, clarifying that he saw the device’s place “at the high end of our roadmap.”
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(Reuters) — Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday said the company would encrypt conversations on more of its messaging services and make them compatible, the latest sign that the world’s biggest social network sees its future in intimate online chats.Zuckerberg said in a post on his Facebook profile that within a few years direct messaging would dwarf discussion on the traditional, open platform of Facebook’s news feed, where public posts can go viral across the world.He cautioned that details of the plan could change, however, as the company consults experts throughout 2019.The strategy could frustrate law enforcement surveillance efforts as well as lawmakers who have called on Facebook to better moderate user content.It also would limit the company’s ability to generate revenue through targeted ads.But Zuckerberg said he could live with those tradeoffs because users want better control of their data while still having easy access to their contacts.
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Scrolling Instagram these days, you’re likely to see ads for luxury products whose swank photography and mildly familiar-ish names often hide the fact that you’ve never actually heard of the advertiser or its products.Thanks to the explosion of drop shipping—through which digital storefronts are created to resell discount items at higher prices without the seller ever having to touch the inventory—and other tactics that enable startup brands or fly-by-night retailers to pop up as legitimate-looking advertisers, it can be hard to tell the real from the fake.In fact, the definitions of “real” and “fake” are even murky when it comes to such brands.Over the weekend, the company was blasted in social media for its ads that feature sexist imagery with an overtone of violence against women.In one, whiskey is poured into a woman’s throat, while the accompanying social media text said, “Like whiskey and a beautiful woman, timepieces demand appreciation, you gaze first and then indulge!In another, a man’s hand is shown around a woman’s throat, with text saying, “Elegance is good taste plus a dash of daring!”
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