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  • 8 hours ago
    Current Event distant

    Cities are Looking to Implement Electric Vehicles for Public Services

    Despite Trump’s Administration signaling its efforts to keep fossils fuels relevant, cities are taking matters into their own hands by looking into the use of electric vehicles for public services. Many cities already use hybrid solutions for public transportation, but are now negotiating with the auto industry to provide them with vehicles that can be used for other services such as police, fire, medical, waste, and much more.

  • 12 days ago
    Current Event distant

    IBM has figured out how to store data on a single atom

    Big things really can come in small packages. IBM announced it has managed to successfully store data on a single atom for the first time. The research, carried out at the computing giant’s Almaden lab in Silicon Valley, was published in the scientific journal Nature March 8, and could have massive implications for the way we’ll store digital information in the future. Computers process bits, pieces of information that have two states—on or off, interpreted as 1s and os by the machine. Eve...

  • 12 days ago
    Current Event distant

    Google's security AI is now so smart it doesn't need to ask if you're "not a robot"

    Google’s security AI has become so smart, it can now tell whether you’re a human or a robot without asking you to check a box or solve annoying puzzles… most of the time, anyway. We’ve all come across CAPTCHAs, those challenges that ask you to type in the characters you see in scrambled images (the a acryonym means Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart). As bots and spammers became more sophisticated, it seemed CAPTCHA’s were getting harder and hard...

  • 2 weeks ago
    Current Event distant

    Irene Clennell: I was forcibly deported from the UK like a terrorist, restrained and under guard

    I came to the UK in 1988, and have been married to a British man for 27 years. Yet I was forced from my family, without legal advice, and left in Singapore with £12

  • 2 weeks ago
    Analysis distant

    Sleepwalking is the result of a survival mechanism gone awry

    Last night, most of us went to the safety and comfort of our beds before drifting off to a night’s sleep. For some, this was the last conscious action before an episode of sleepwalking.

  • 3 weeks ago
    Current Event distant

    AI System Finds Another Game to Dominate Humans

    AI has been quietly invading our lives. From our operating rooms to our roads, and even our homes. Still, we never expected AI to infringe on one thing in particular, our Super Smash Brothers. If you haven’t heard of Super Smash Brothers, do yourself a favor. Super Smash Brothers is a popular video game series spanning multiple generations of gaming consoles. Unlike what we have seen AI do before with professional players in chess, poker, and the ancient game of Go— Super Smash Brothers is a...

  • 3 weeks ago
    Current Event distant

    Trump fans were waving tiny Russian flags until CPAC staff confiscated them

    Meanwhile, Trump’s speech only raised new questions.

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event distant

    Swedish Police Officers Hit Out At Filmmaker Horowitz After the Controversial Segment on Fox News on Friday

    Two Swedish police officers interviewed by the Jewish Right-Wing Filmmaker Horowitz, which has referenced by US president Donald Trump about crime and immigration say, their quotes were taken out of context to Swedish Newspaper Dagens Nyheter on Monday. The two Stockholm-based police officers which was featured in last weeks clip, was talking about crime and the accessibility of weapons, not about a possible link between immigration and criminality, however ended up in the clip with the with ed...

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event distant

    Trump, Meeting With Netanyahu, Backs Away From Palestinian State

    President Trump said on Wednesday that the United States would no longer insist on a Palestinian state as part of a peace accord between Israel and the Palestinians, backing away from a policy that has underpinned America’s role in Middle East peacemaking since the Clinton administration. “I’m looking at two states and one state,” Mr. Trump said, appearing in a joint news conference at the White House with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel. “I like the one that both parties l...

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event distant

    Apple CEO Tim Cook calls for "massive campaign" against fake news

    Apple CEO Tim Cook wants the tech industry to take action against "fake news" stories that are polluting the web. "There has to be a massive campaign. We have to think through every demographic," Cook said in a rare interview. Speaking with The Daily Telegraph newspaper, Cook also said "all of us technology companies need to create some tools that help diminish the volume of fake news."

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event distant

    Thieves steal £2m of rare books by abseiling into warehouse

    Antiquarian books worth more than £2m have been stolen by a gang who avoided a security system by abseiling into a west London warehouse. The three thieves made off with more than 160 publications after raiding the storage facility near Heathrow in what has been labelled a Mission: Impossible-style break-in.

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event distant

    Sears, Kmart drop 31 Trump Home items from their online shops

    Major U.S. retailers Sears and Kmart this week removed 31 Trump Home items from their online product offerings to focus on more profitable items, a spokesman said on Saturday. The decision follows retailer Nordstrom Inc's announcement this week it had decided to stop carrying Ivanka Trump's apparel because of declining sales, prompting President Donald Trump to take to Twitter to defend his daughter. White House spokesman Sean Spicer characterized the Nordstrom move as a "direct a...

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event distant

    Pro-Russian Guerilla Commander Mikhail 'Givi' Tolstykh Assassinated in Donetsk

    A prominent pro-Russian guerilla commander has been assassinated in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, according to local officials. Thirty-six-year-old Mikhail Tolstykh, better known by his nom-de-guerre Givi, was reportedly killed on Wednesday morning. The exact nature of the assassination is still unclear, but multiple, unverified reports have emerged of an explosion in Tolstykh’s office. Insurgents have already blamed his death on Ukrainian operatives.

  • 1 month ago
    Expression distant

    Anthony Bourdain’s Moveable Feast

    When the President of the United States travels outside the country, he brings his own car with him. Moments after Air Force One landed at the Hanoi airport last May, President Barack Obama ducked into an eighteen-foot, armor-plated limousine—a bomb shelter masquerading as a Cadillac—that was equipped with a secure link to the Pentagon and with emergency supplies of blood, and was known as the Beast.

  • 1 month ago
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    Bob Dylan - I Could Have Told You (Audio)

    "I Could Have Told You" off Bob Dylan's upcoming album 'Triplicate' is available now. Bob Dylan's first three-disc album 'Triplicate,' which features 30 brand new recordings of classic American songs, will be available March 31.

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event distant

    Michael D Higgins warns xenophobia could ‘destroy democracy’

    As US president Donald Trump’s immigration ban comes under international criticism, President Michael D Higgins has warned democracy could be destroyed by racism and xenophobia. Mr Higgins told the diplomatic corps of the dangers of demagoguery which he suggested was “exploiting fears and ignorance in ways that could destroy democracy itself”. The President was addressing embassy officials from more than 60 countries at what is the traditional...

  • 2 months ago
    Current Event distant

    CIA Puts History Out in Open With Millions of Online Records

    The Central Intelligence Agency is putting its clandestine history out in the open with a declassified trove of 12 million pages that’s available online. Documents covering the agency’s work from the 1940s through 1990s were previously accessible -- but only by visiting the National Archives in College Park, Maryland. The CIA is required to declassify most records that are 25 years or older. “This is one of the things that we think improves transparency for us, and it’s a simple thing”...

  • 2 months ago
    Current Event distant

    When anti-malware vendors get into a slap fight, users lose

    All is quiet on the Microsoft front, but there are other technology issues to address, which I will be doing in the next few blogs. The first is about a battle between two anti-malware vendors: PC Pitstop and Malwarebytes. Most software markets tend to consolidate around a handful or even one or two vendors. How many competitors are there for Photoshop, after all? But there are two markets that thrive and have a large number of players: gaming and anti-virus/anti-malware.