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  • Tinfoil-hat search engine DuckDuckGo gifts more options, dark theme and other toys for the 0.43%

    10/17/2019 5:36:49 AM PDT · by Salman · 33 replies
    Tim Anderson ^ | 16 Oct 2019 | Tim Anderson
    Includes setting to turn ads off – stop hissing at the back, Google Alternative search engine DuckDuckGo has announced improvements to its search options and an enhanced dark theme, but its tiny market share shows that most people are content to stick with Google, despite privacy issues.DuckDuckGo says it offers search without any user profiling, in contrast to the trend towards personalisation and targeted advertising favoured by its competitors. Founder Gabriel Weinberg says that profiling and tracking is unnecessary since simply presenting ads based on the keywords you type is sufficient for a business model. "If you type in 'dishwasher',...
  • Bill Gates Found Jeffrey Epstein's Lifestyle "Intriguing"

    10/16/2019 11:09:32 PM PDT · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 21 replies
    frontpagemag ^ | October 13, 2019 | Daniel Greenfield
    Jeffrey Epstein, a powerful pedophile who got a pass from multiple justice systems, until his luck ran out, is dead. These are bits and pieces of a much bigger picture about the powerful relationships that he maintained with some very powerful people. We know that Epstein had a relationship with Bill Gates that was compelling enough to get the Microsoft kingpin to donate millions on his behalf. In October, 2014, the Media Lab received a two-million-dollar donation from Bill Gates; Ito wrote in an internal e-mail, “This is a $2M gift from Bill Gates directed by Jeffrey Epstein.” Cohen replied,...
  • Sources: Fearing spies, Huawei redeploys US-linked executives

    10/16/2019 5:57:38 AM PDT · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 11 replies
    Nikkei ^ | October 16, 2019 | CHENG TING-FANG and LAULY LI
    China's biggest tech group moves on senior research scientists following US crackdown TAIPEI -- Huawei Technologies is redeploying senior executives and scientists who have U.S. links due to growing concern inside China's biggest tech company that they could be co-opted by American agents and leak confidential data, multiple sources have told the Nikkei Asian Review. The world's biggest telecom equipment builder and second-largest smartphone maker, which Washington insists is involved in covert surveillance by Beijing, has also reinforced electronic security systems between its overseas offices and Chinese headquarters to minimize security leaks, the Nikkei Asian Review has learned. Huawei lies...
  • Police Robot on Patrol Completely Ignores Woman Trying to Summon The Police

    10/12/2019 9:04:46 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 19 replies
    ScienceAlert ^ | 10/10/2019 | Dan Robitzki
    Those Knightscope security robots may not be so great at their jobs. When a woman in a park near Los Angeles saw people fighting and tried to summon help via a police robot patrolling nearby, the robot merely told her to "step out of the way" and continued along its pre-determined route, according to NBC News. No help came until the spectators called 911 directly, raising the question of what, if any, function these robots are actually supposed to serve. It turns out that the robot, a K5 model named "HP RoboCop", patrols the park on behalf of the police...
  • Colorado father and son make their own Lamborghini with 3D printer

    10/04/2019 10:54:53 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 39 replies
    UPI ^ | Oct. 4, 2019 / 12:47 PM | Ben Hooper
    Oct. 4 (UPI) -- A Colorado physicist is putting his scientific expertise to a practical purpose -- using a 3D printer to build a Lamborghini with his 11-year-old son. Erie resident Sterling Backus and his son, Xander, 11, started work on their full-size, working model of an Italian supercar -- specifically the Lamborghini Aventador -- when the boy asked his father if it was possible. "One day I said to him, hey can we build one of those?" Xander Backus told WCNC-TV. Sterling Backus said his background as a "gear head" has thus far been more helpful than his training...
  • Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt believes biology is the next frontier in computing

    10/03/2019 6:29:59 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 33 replies
    cnbc ^ | 10/02/19 | Jennifer Elias
    Brain inserts and carbon-absorbing bacteria aren’t just the fantasies of Silicon Valley’s richest executives, they’re also a part of a larger hope to advance artificial intelligence and computing efforts. “Biology will undoubtedly fuel computing” in coming years, former Google CEO and current technical advisor Eric Schmidt said at a conference called SynBioBeta in San Francisco Monday. “Taking biology, which I’d always viewed as squishy and analog, and turning it into something that can be digitally manipulated, is an enormous accelerator.” Schmidt’s comments come as Silicon Valley’s seeming obsession with biology attempts to move beyond fascinating projects and into more serious...
  • Here’s What Happened When Reid Hoffman and Other Tech Bigwigs Went to the Vatican to Talk Morality

    10/02/2019 6:28:47 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Fortune ^ | 9/26/19 | Eric J. Lyman
    Ask Internet entrepreneur and Silicon Valley venture capitalist Reid Hoffman how he decides which companies to invest in, and he’ll tell you he has a simple litmus test to determine whether to give the idea a closer look. “I want to invest in companies that play to one or more of the seven deadly sins,” Hoffman said. For those a bit rusty, those sins would be: lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride. Hoffman, best known as co-founder of LinkedIn, says the business-professional networking-platform most embodies the deadly sin of greed. “In the end, LinkedIn is helping someone earn...
  • What did China get out of Hunter Biden? Not his investment smarts

    10/02/2019 8:00:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/02/2019 | Elliot Eisenberg
    You don't seriously think the Chinese are so stupid as to think they could get better private equity returns with Hunter Biden and John Kerry's stepson Chris Heinz than they could with, say, Goldman Sachs or Morgan Stanley, do you? So what could they get from the two unaccomplished promoters that they couldn't from Goldman or Morgan? The answer is twofold: the ability to buy American military technology and the ability to gain U.S. State Department approval for doing so. Who was the secretary of state in 2015? None other than Chris Heinz's stepfather, John Kerry. In 2015, the Aviation...
  • Kamala Harris Would Secure Victory with Big Tech’s Green Card Giveaway

    09/26/2019 10:12:09 AM PDT · by Freedom56v2 · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 09.18.19 | John BInder
    Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), running for the 2020 Democrat presidential nomination, would secure a major legislative victory should Senate Republicans help pass a green card giveaway plan for the nation’s largest tech corporations. This week, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Harris are looking to pass S. 386, legislation that would allow Indian nationals to effectively monopolize the U.S. green card system for at least ten years, providing a constant stream of foreign workers that American professionals will be forced to compete against for white-collar jobs. Lee and Harris’s legislation will ensure outsourcing firms such as Cognizant and Infosys, as well...
  • White House Extends 100,000 Work Permits for H-1B Wives from India

    09/26/2019 10:02:54 AM PDT · by Freedom56v2 · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 09.22.19 | Neil Munro
    The Department of Homeland Security has again delayed a plan to cancel 100,000 work permits which were printed for the Indian spouses of H-1B visa workers by President Barack Obama. snip At this point, DHS has informed counsel that it believes the earliest possible publication date for that [H4EAD cancellation] rule would be in spring 2020,” said a September 16 letter to a judge who is overseeing a lawsuit against the program. “Although that timeframe is aspirational,” the letter added The rule was drafted at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency to help implement President Donald Trump’s “Hire American”...
  • Sen. David Perdue OKs Silicon Valley Takeover of College Graduate Job Market

    09/25/2019 7:36:18 PM PDT · by lone star annie · 97 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Neil Munro
    Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) now supports Sen. Mike Lee’s (R-UT) green card giveaway bill, which will allow investors to reward many more Indian graduates for taking middle-class jobs from American college graduates. Perdue’s decision to end his opposition to the bill clears the way for Lee to rush his bill through the Senate on Thursday. If no other senators object, Lee’s bill will move through the Senate, putting it much closer to becoming law.
  • McDonald’s to buy Israeli-founded startup to bring voice tech to drive-thrus

    09/15/2019 3:44:54 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 15 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 9/12/19 | Shoshana Solomon
    Apprente, based in Silicon Valley, has developed a tech to automate voice orders supporting many languages and accents McDonald’s Corporation has entered an agreement to buy Israeli-founded, Silicon Valley based startup Apprente, “a leader in the field of conversational voice-based technology,” the fast food giant said in a statement Tuesday. The technology will allow for “faster and simpler and more accurate ordering” through speech at McDonald’s drive-thru stations, the statement said. According to the deal, Apprente’s employees will become part of the US firm’s global technology team. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. The Apprente team – made up of workers...
  • Will Artificial Intelligence Improve Airport Security?

    09/13/2019 4:05:38 AM PDT · by BigKahuna · 24 replies
    H4 Solutions ^ | 09/11/2019 | Kelly Hoggan
    No sane person enjoys standing in an airport security line. In some cases, especially when you’re late for your flight, the wait to get through security can seem like hours or even days. And wait times to make it through airport security have indeed gone up over the last 20 or so years in response to terrorism threats. Fortunately developments in artificial intelligence (AI) are beginning to make it easier to get through airport security. Airports, airlines and government security agencies generally must balance two competing objectives. The first is to ensure that robust and effective aviation security programs are...
  • Device generates light from the cold night sky

    09/12/2019 12:58:37 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 26 replies
    Tech Xplore ^ | 12 Sept 2019 | Cell Press
    "Remarkably, the device is able to generate electricity at night, when solar cells don't work," "Beyond lighting, we believe this could be a broadly enabling approach to power generation suitable for remote locations, and anywhere where power generation at night is needed The device developed by Raman and Stanford University scientists Wei Li and Shanhui Fan sidesteps the limitations of solar power by taking advantage of radiative cooling, in which a sky-facing surface passes its heat to the atmosphere as thermal radiation, losing some heat to space and reaching a cooler temperature than the surrounding air. This phenomenon explains how...
  • McDonald's acquires Israeli-founded Apprente to accelerate drive-thrus

    09/12/2019 6:20:22 AM PDT · by SJackson · 32 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | September 12, 2019 | Eytan Halon
    Apprente staff, which includes employees with PhDs in machine learning and computational linguistics, will become part of McDonald's Global Technology team following the acquisition. American fast food giant McDonald’s Corporation has entered into an agreement to acquire Apprente, a Silicon Valley start-up founded by Israelis that specializes in conversational voice-based technology. The acquisition of the company, McDonald’s said, will “allow for faster, simpler and more accurate ordering at the Drive-Thru,” and could be incorporated into mobile ordering and kiosks in the future. No financial details were disclosed regarding the acquisition of the company, which has raised $4.8 million in two...
  • Scientists Create A Device That Can Mass-Produce Human Embryoids

    09/11/2019 3:02:52 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 39 replies ^ | September 11, 2019 | Rob Stein
    Scientists have invented a device that can quickly produce large numbers of living entities that resemble very primitive human embryos.Researchers welcomed the development, described Wednesday in the journal Nature, as an important advance for studying the earliest days of human embryonic development. But it also raises questions about where to draw the line in manufacturing "synthetic" human life.Other scientists have previously created synthetic embryos, which are also known as embryoids. These entities are made by coaxing human stem cells to form structures found in very early human embryos. The research has raised questions about how similar to complete embryos they could and should be...
  • Chinese murder suspect ‘caught by AI software that spotted dead person’s face’

    09/07/2019 3:08:22 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 9 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 9:30am, 23 Aug, 2019 | Sue Ng
    A man accused of murdering his girlfriend in southeast China was caught after facial recognition software suggested he had tried to scan a dead person’s face to apply for a loan. Officers in Fujian province said the 29-year-old named Zhang was caught while trying to burn the body on a remote farm, but they had been tipped off by an online lending company after its software could find no signs of movement in the victim’s eyes, Xiamen Evening News reported on Sunday. Zhang is suspected of strangling his girlfriend with a rope in Xiamen on April 11 after they argued...
  • Apple programs Siri to not bother its pretty little head with questions about feminism

    09/07/2019 12:02:56 PM PDT · by Salman · 16 replies
    The Register ^ | 7 Sep 2019 | Thomas Claburn
    Cyber-assistant taught to duck sensitive topics Apple has programmed its Siri voice assistant to avoid politically charged subjects, and deflect or duck questions that require its AI to take a stand on issues, it emerged this week. From a tranche of documents leaked by a former contract worker who evaluated Siri responses to user questions for accuracy, The Guardian obtained a set of guidelines drawn up last year to ensure Siri's responses to "sensitive" topics comes across as neutral. In keeping with these guidelines, Siri's responses were revised to endorse "equality" while avoiding the word "feminism," even if asked directly....
  • New Steve Bannon Film Warns of Growing Chinese Espionage Threat

    08/26/2019 9:51:12 PM PDT · by cba123 · 7 replies
    Church Militant ^ | • August 26, 2019 | by Stephen Wynne
    NEW YORK ( - A new film by former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon is sounding the alarm over China's encroachment into the high-tech industry. Slated for release in September, Claws of the Red Dragon spotlights the relationship between telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and People's Liberation Army (PLA). Based on Canada's 2018 arrest of Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, the film tells the story of Chinese-Canadian journalist Jane Li as she covers the detention of the CFO of a fictional Chinese tech firm Huaxing Hi-Tech and exposes the company's connections...
  • U.S. Army showcases new electronic warfare technology

    08/24/2019 5:21:50 PM PDT · by ASA Vet · 25 replies
    Electronic warfare, known as the battle in the electromagnetic spectrum, relies on data and signals to survey, fight and defend and the complex mission executed by the Army’s electronic warfare Soldiers – which includes detecting and responding to enemy jamming attempts and other electronic interference – is intensifying. Currently, the Army is developing an Electronic Warfare Planning and Management Tool, or EWPMT, to manage and control electronic warfare assets in support of unified land operations. According to Army News Service, through the EWPMT, the Army can now visually synergize its EW attack, targeting, and surveillance capabilities to enable the maneuverability...