Michael Colon

Michael Colon

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New data from research published this week focuses on the ice mass in Greenland.Greenland is the home to the second largest ice sheet in the world, and new research shows ice loss is accelerating rapidly.The study used information that was based on nearly 50-years of data.The study estimates that Greenland’s glaciers have gone from releasing 51 billion tons of ice into the ocean between 1980 and 1990 to losing 286 billion tons of ice into the sea between 2010 and 2018.The data shows that the ice loss from ice sheets in Greenland is responsible for increasing global ocean levels by 14 millimeters since 1972.Half of that global increase in sea levels happened in the last eight years.
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Smartcar, a start-up company specialized in helping developers build apps for connected cars, claims a much larger competitor named Otonomo has stolen its intellectual property.It published a series of screenshots on its official blog to back up its assertion.There is no connection between Smartcar and the Daimler-owned automaker that has made pocket-sized, Smart-branded city cars since 1998.It’s this API that it claims Otonomo shamelessly copied word for word, and posted on its website for the world to see.“We didn’t just find a few vague similarities to Smartcar’s documentation.Otonomo’s docs are a systematically written rip-off of ours — from the overall structure, right down to code samples, and even typos,” the company explained in a blog post.
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But he started instead with the simplest of questions: What if an Ethereum owner stored their digital money with a private key—the unguessable, 78-digit string of numbers that protects the currency stashed at a certain address—that had a value of 1?But the cash had already been taken out of the Ethereum wallet that used it—almost certainly by a thief who had thought to guess a private key of 1 long before Bednarek had.So he and his colleagues at the security consultant Internet Security Evaluators wrote some code, fired up some cloud servers, and tried a few dozen billion more.A single Ethereum account seems to have siphoned off a fortune of 45,000 ether—worth at one point more than $50 million—using those same key-guessing tricks."Whoever this guy or these guys are, they're spending a lot of computing time sniffing for new wallets, watching every transaction, and seeing if they have the key to them."To explain how that blockchain banditry works, it helps to understand that the the odds of guessing a randomly generated Ethereum private key is 1 in 115 quattuorvigintillion.
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Despite a fruitful start to 2019 for most FTSE 100 index stocks, the mood of many investors will have been tempered by further uncertainty over the prized dividend at Vodafone (LSE:VOD).The most valuable income stock in the top flight continues to trade with a yield above 9%, reflecting persistent fears in the market that its debt pile and burden of 5G investment will force the dividend to be cut for the first time since it was introduced in 1990.This is reflected in their continued support for a stock they believe has the potential to reach 250p - trimmed today from 268p - a level not seen since the summer of 2015.In a note to clients, Deutsche said it sensed a shift in the balance towards more favourable news at the start of the new financial year - even if competition in the European telecom markets remains fierce.Source: TradingView Past performance is not a guide to future performanceIn particular, the broker believes the the debt fears created by the May 2018 purchase of European assets from Liberty Global will give way to more positive sentiment around the benefits the deal will have for free cash flow, and a dividend not presently covered by earnings.
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The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) of China said in a press conference Tuesday that it approved of foreign tech firms conducting cloud-computing business in China via cooperation with local firms.“Under the premise of obeying Chinese laws and policies, foreign companies are welcomed to participate in the cloud computing market and help to boost the market,” Wen Ku, head of the MIIT information and communication department, said in the press conference.The MIIT statement follows Premier Li Keqiang’s proposal to allow trial operations for foreign cloud-service providers.In the meeting with 36 heads of foreign corporations earlier this month, Li said China is considering a “liberalization pilot” in a free trade zone to open cloud computing to foreign companies.Foreign cloud service providers would be allowed to build their own data centers in the free trade zone, according to the proposal.China’s current rules on data storage and cybersecurity forbid foreign firms to provide cloud-computing services in China directly.
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Micron has replaced its U.2 and AIC-format 9200 SSDs with an U.2-only 9300 line, beefing up capacities from 11TB to up to 15.36TB.The 9200 included ECO, PRO and MAX variants for capacity-optimised, read-intensive and mixed workloads, but the ECO model has been scrapped for the 9300.The 9300 PRO uses 64-layer 3D NAND in TLC (3bits/cell) density – double the layers used in the 9200 SSDs, but same density.The PRO touts 3.84TB, 7.68TB and 15.36TB capacity levels, whereas the old 9200 equivalent topped out at 7.68TB and the ECO stretched to 11TB.The 9300 MAX, optimised via over-provisioning for mixed use with more writes, has lower 3.2TB, 6.4TB and 12.8TB capacities.Latency has also been lowered in the 9300s from 92μs/21μs read/write to 86μs/11μs.
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A repository containing a large number of user names and passwords for Chinese video-streaming site Bilibili was found on open-source software development platform GitHub, Chinese media reported on Monday.The repository, called “Bilibili website backend codes,” has been taken down by GitHub “due to excessive use of resources,” said the company.It contained more than 50 megabytes of source code, according to a Reddit post dated Monday.A key opinion leader (KOL) on microblogging site Weibo posted two screenshots of the leaked codes, which has since been taken down.One screenshot shows the redacted username and password for a Bilibili user.The repository was created by a GitHub user named “openbilibili,” who hasn’t uploaded any other projects.
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Tesla, particularly CEO Elon Musk, isn’t exactly popular for its estimates and predictions.It has recently admitted its failure to meet expectations and demand in shipping its Model 3 electric cars.So when the carmaker actually does get the estimate right, it’s a pleasant surprise.Even better, however, Musk has said that its custom Full Self-Driving Computer promised 6 months ago isn’t just here, it is actually already hiding inside all Tesla models made within the past weeks.Tesla has been talking about making its own computers, including a processor of its own design, for its cars way in 2017 and but promised last October that it would soon be rolling out that chip within six months.Some probably didn’t give it too much credit considering how often Musk makes promises, especially for something that is outside the expertise of the company.
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Samsung’s latest flagships are so powerful you could almost use them as a portable PC.But if you really wanted desktop applications, you’re mostly out of luck.Not unless you’re comfortable using Linux via Samsung’s still beta Linux on DeX.Fortunately, the company is now expanding support of that platform to its latest flagship smartphones and, surprisingly, its mid-range tablet as well.To be clear, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S10 already have Samsung DeX.That’s Samsung’s desktop-like experience that kicks into gear when you plug in an external display.
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A suspected porch pirate in Long Beach, California, got more than she bargained for recently when the owner of the property opened her front door and caught her red-handed.Resident Shirah Booker noticed something was up when she looked at video footage streaming from her Ring video doorbell.“I got a second chime that someone was coming up to my doorbell and by that time, I was like, ‘Wait a minute, this looks kind of suspect … something’s happening,’ Booker told a local news outlet.This is going down, let’s go.’”Footage (above) from the security camera clearly shows the suspect opening Booker’s mailbox and pulling out an envelope.After apparently peering directly into the camera, she starts opening the envelope, at which point Booker opens the front door and confronts the woman.
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Remember the Samsung Galaxy View?You’d be forgiven if you had forgotten or even never heard of this oversized tablet that isn’t a tablet.It predated smart displays by a few years and seemed to offer little in terms of practical use.Fortunately, it seems that the Galaxy View 2 will correct some of its predecessor’s missteps.For one, the giant slate will be a bit smaller.From 18.4 inches, the device will reportedly come in a more compact 17.5-inch one.
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Historically, Apple has used its annual WWDC event to debut new details and features of its upcoming version of the iOS mobile operating system, with the new OS then releasing a few months later with the arrival of that year's new iPhones.This year, WWDC is scheduled for June 3 and we fully expect iOS 13 to take center stage – meaning we don’t have too long to wait before we find out exactly what iOS 13 will bring later this year.Rumors have already hinted at what could be part of iOS 13’s feature set – according to one report, we could see a system-wide dark mode, app tabs and a new undo gesture, alongside a major overhaul of the interface for iPads.Then there’s the slew of Animoji sprites we’re expecting to see in iOS 13.Apple already gave us a preview of 230 new characters being added to the library, but a new leak suggests four more could be incoming.According to developer Steven Troughton-Smith, users of the latest iPhones will soon be able to get into the head of a cow, octopus, mouse and… wait for it… an emoji face.
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Following last week’s report from the World Health Organization comes an advisory on measles cases from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.According to the agency, the United States is expected to break its current all-time record number of measles cases — and the new record high may happen within weeks, not months.The news comes amid deadly measles outbreaks in multiple countries.Measles, a disease that can be prevented via two doses of a vaccation, has seen a resurgence around the world, including in nations where vaccination levels are high.This uptick in cases is blamed largely on clusters of people who refuse to get vaccinated, at least in the US, putting a large number of children at risk.Measles was declared eliminated from the United States in the year 2000 — eliminated, in this case, means that there was no continuous disease transmission experienced for more than a full year.
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Details on CD Projekt Red’s upcoming first-person RPG are scarce, but a Spanish publication Area Jugones published an interview with quest director Mateusz Tomaszkiewicz and he shed some light on a few elements on Cyberpunk 2077.Tomaszkiewicz answers questions about the evolution of gameplay since the E3 2018 gameplay reveal, Witcher 3 easter eggs, and more.Tomaszkiewicz is one of the developers behind adding story content and he also works on secondary missions, giving feedback and solving design issues uncovered through regular play.Therefore, Tomaszkiewicz has a pretty informed perspective on the game’s current state, including how different it looks from the E3 2018 Cyberpunk 2077 gameplay reveal.“We are polishing everything and constantly thinking how to make this game more interesting, how to make the gameplay cool and, well, the gameplay we saw last year was basically a small fragment of the game,” Tomaszkiewicz said (translated via Google).“There was not a clear picture of how the game fits into an open world or how it fits into a larger image of the game.
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Security researchers gave mixed grades to a recently discovered hacking campaign targeting government finance authorities and embassies.On the one hand, the attacks used carefully crafted decoy documents to trick carefully selected targets into installing malware that could gain full control of computers.On the other, a developer involved in the operation sometimes discussed the work in public forums.The campaign has been active since at least 2018 when it sent Excel documents claiming to contain top-secret US data to people inside governments and embassies in Europe, security firm Check Point reported in a post published Monday.Macros in the documents would send a screenshot and user details of the target’s PC to a control server and then install a malicious version of TeamViewer that claimed to offer additional functionality.A poorly secured control server allowed Check Point researchers to periodically see screenshots that were uploaded from infected computers, at least until the server was locked down.
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This finding, published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, explains the premature mental aging that follows septic shock and may shed light on memory loss in other diseases."This sugar is getting into the hippocampus, and it shouldn't be in there," said Robert Linhardt, professor of biocatalysis and metabolic engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and lead author of the study.Sepsis is a systemic infection of the body.One-third of patients admitted to hospitals with sepsis go into septic shock.In a 2016 study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, a team that included Schmidt and Linhardt developed a simple but accurate test for determining whether patients in septic shock would recover or die.The test uses a urine sample to check concentrations of a type of sugar - glycosaminoglycans - that ordinarily coat cells lining blood vessels and other surfaces inside the body.
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Elon Musk did not mince words about his thoughts on Lidar sensor technology during Tesla's "Autonomy Day" event on Monday."Lidar is a fool's errand," Musk said.Lidar is a honeycomb-looking sensor that many companies, including Alphabet's Waymo, rely on to give their self-driving cars an understanding of the road and what's on it."Lidar is a fool's errand," Musk said on stage during Tesla's "Autonomy Day" event, where it detailed its latest advancements in full self-driving car technology.It's like having a whole bunch of expensive appendices.Read more:Tesla unveils the 'best chip in the world' for self-driving cars at its autonomy day event
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Tesla plans to allow drivers to make Autopilot more aggressive on the road, Elon Musk has revealed, even if doing so also dials up the risk of accidents.Musk confirmed the upcoming setting at the Tesla Autonomy Day, the automaker’s first public deep-dive into the work it has been putting into creating self-driving vehicles.Tesla’s approach to autonomous driving has certainly been controversial.The automaker has arguably been the most aggressive in pushing out driver-assistance technologies for public use, delivering new Autopilot features via over-the-air updates to EVs while testing its fully-autonomous algorithms in so-called “shadow mode” in the background.That’s great in theory but, as one attendee at the analyst and investor event today pointed out, it doesn’t necessarily work so well depending on how aggressive other drivers are on the road at the time.If you’re trying to deal with particularly competitive highways – such as those in Los Angeles – then other human drivers may not allow the sort of spaces the current Autopilot system decides it requires to safely switch lanes.
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Following rumours that Samsung will be delaying the launch of the Galaxy Fold, Samsung issued this statement confirming the delay.The Galaxy Fold will now release “in the coming weeks” instead of this week.To fully evaluate this feedback and run further internal tests, we have decided to delay the release of the Galaxy Fold.Initial findings from the inspection of reported issues on the display showed that they could be associated with impact on the top and bottom exposed areas of the hinge.We will also enhance the guidance on care and use of the display including the protective layer so that our customers get the most out of their Galaxy Fold.Samsung is committed to working closely with customers and partners to move the industry forward.
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Two employee activists at Google say they have been retaliated against for helping to organize a walkout among thousands of Google employees in November, and are planning a “town hall” meeting on Friday for others to discuss alleged instances of retaliation.In a message posted to many internal Google mailing lists Monday, Meredith Whittaker, who leads Google’s Open Research, said that after Google disbanded its external AI ethics council on April 4, she was told that her would role would “change dramatically.” Whittaker said she was told that to stay at the company, she would have to “abandon” her work on work on AI ethics and her role at AI Now Institute, a research center she cofounded at New York University.Claire Stapleton, another walkout organizer and 12-year veteran of the company, said in the email that two months after the protest, she was told she would be demoted from her role as marketing manager at YouTube and lose half her reports.After escalating the issue to Human Resources, she said she faced further retaliation.“My manager started ignoring me, my work was given to other people, and I was told to go on medical leave, even though I’m not sick,” Stapleton wrote.“While my work has been restored, the environment remains hostile and I consider quitting nearly every day,” she wrote.
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