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'Ghostbusters' maker: Once upon a time, I loved the internet - CNET - News - April 26, 2017 - 2:05pm
Director Paul Feig once had a "lovely relationship with the internet." That's before trolls attacked his reboot with four female leads.

Drone maker DJI quietly made large chunks of Iraq, Syria no-fly zones

The Register - April 26, 2017 - 2:01pm
Supporting The War Against Terror, one update at a time

Drone bods DJI has quietly released a series of software updates that geofence off large areas of Iraq and Syria – indicating the Chinese firm is covertly helping the US war against Islamic extremists.…

Breathtaking Photos of a World Without Light Pollution

Wired - April 26, 2017 - 2:00pm
Gavin Heffernan and Harun Mehmedinovic set out to document the last dark skies around North America. The post Breathtaking Photos of a World Without Light Pollution appeared first on WIRED.

An interview with Cory Doctorow on beating death, post-scarcity, and everything

Ars Technica - April 26, 2017 - 2:00pm

Enlarge (credit: Ian Muttoo)

Cory Doctorow's new book Walkaway centers on the rise of a counterculture built on open-source technology that fabricates nearly everything from the "feedstock" provided by the refuse and wreckage of a world ravaged by climate change and economic ruin.

In a conversation with Ars, Doctorow discussed that and some of the other underlying themes that influenced Walkaway—including his previous novels, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom and Makers. He also talked about the role of science fiction in mapping out the future and how close we actually are to a "post-scarcity" world.

Ars: As I read Walkaway, there was sense a revisiting of some old themes for you.

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IDG Contributor Network: How can machine learning create features in human-understandable ways? - IT industry - April 26, 2017 - 2:00pm

Without loads of data, we have problems that not even the most intelligent machine learning systems can solve. Simple directions become extremely difficult without a destination. Navigating and processing a healthcare claim is impossible without a payer identified. Finding the best vet for a pet is difficult without knowing the species.

Machine learning is about intelligence, but that intelligence requires data. Drug design, ad placement and web searches all can dramatically improve with machine learning agents or intelligent agents that have the ability to adapt and make decisions based on changing environments. This is where we enter the space of agent-based modeling (ABM). The difference between an agent that appears to have humanistic characteristics and an agent that continually runs into the wall, determined to clean that one-inch spot that was missed, is the ability to adapt.

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5 details to look out for in 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' - CNET - News - April 26, 2017 - 1:52pm
Marvel's intergalactic adventure is bursting with fun. Here are the five things you should keep your eyes peeled for. Caution: minor spoilers.

Fitbit investigates report of 'exploding' tracker

BBC Technology News - April 26, 2017 - 1:41pm
A woman in Wisconsin said she suffered second-degree burns when her fitness tracker exploded.

Twitter users up but 'headwinds' forecast

BBC Technology News - April 26, 2017 - 1:37pm
More people than ever are regular users of the message-in-brief platform, but it is still losing money.

Netgear says sorry four weeks after losing customer backups

The Register - April 26, 2017 - 1:36pm
Critical design bug caused havoc on 30 March

Neatgear has cocked up its cloud management service, losing data stored locally on ReadyNAS devices' shared folders worldwide – and customers have complained to The Register about only being informed four weeks later.…

Gerrymandering Has a Solution After All. It’s Called Math

Wired - April 26, 2017 - 1:30pm
All that packing and cracking comes up lacking once you apply a little efficiency gapping. The post Gerrymandering Has a Solution After All. It's Called Math appeared first on WIRED.

For the won: Korean DRAMmer llamas SK Hynix earning buckets

The Register - April 26, 2017 - 1:01pm
Records highest quarterly operating profit in its history

Korean DRAMmer and NAND fabber SK Hynix reported revenue rises and record profits in its first 2017 quarter.…

Killing the Clean Power Plan leaves Trump’s EPA in an awkward place

Ars Technica - April 26, 2017 - 1:00pm

Enlarge / Donald Trump signs H.J. Res. 38, disapproving the rule submitted by the US Department of the Interior known as the Stream Protection Rule. The Department of Interior's Stream Protection Rule, which was signed during the final month of the Obama administration, "addresses the impacts of surface coal mining operations on surface water, groundwater, and the productivity of mining operation sites." (credit: Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images)

The Trump administration's decision to terminate its predecessor's Clean Power Plan, accomplished via an executive order, would seem to be a carefully crafted decision with an air of finality about it. It neatly avoided rejecting mainstream climate science, opting instead to eliminate the only federal plan for doing anything about it.

The reality is far more complex. Unlike other actions by the Obama administration, which occurred late in his second term, the Clean Power Plan had gone through the entire federal rulemaking process. To get rid of it, the process has to be repeated in its entirety. And the scientific document that formed the foundation for the Clean Power Plan won't be touched by the reversal. Its existence is likely to leave the Trump EPA in a legally awkward position, one where they'll have to come up with some regulation to tackle climate change.

Making and breaking the rules

While federal regulatory actions can often seem arbitrary, they're the result of a highly formalized process. To begin with, they're grounded in some regulatory activity that Congress has delegated to the executive branch. For example, it would be unreasonable to expect that Congress could pass individual laws to ensure the safety of every chemical humans might be exposed to. Instead, Congress has determined under which circumstances regulatory agencies can act on a chemical and provided guidelines on what those actions can entail.

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Are phone cameras going the way of shaving razors? - CNET - News - April 26, 2017 - 1:00pm
Commentary: Dual-cameras on smartphones are officially a thing. But will phone makers stop at just two?

Reolink Argus Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET - Reviews - April 26, 2017 - 1:00pm
Reolink's Argus security camera takes a lot of the best parts from Netgear's Arlo, but costs a lot less.

How IBM can avoid the abyss

ZDnet News - April 26, 2017 - 12:50pm
If Big Blue still has a future, it's in cloud.

British government has bought a £200m 5G 'academic wet dream'

The Register - April 26, 2017 - 12:36pm
Build it and they will come. Maybe

"5G doesn't mean anything to us," says Kirill Filippov, chief executive of SPB TV, an OTT TV, IPTV and mobile TV provider touting live 360 VR in 4G at this year's Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona.…

The Best Map Yet of What Could Be NASA’s Next Mars Landing Site

Wired - April 26, 2017 - 12:30pm
A new map charts Northeast Syrtis---a promising potential landing site for NASA's next Mars rover---in unprecedented detail. The post The Best Map Yet of What Could Be NASA's Next Mars Landing Site appeared first on WIRED.

UK drops in World Press Freedom Index following surveillance and anti-espionage threats

The Register - April 26, 2017 - 12:02pm
And Trump's 'fake news' bleating harms US tradition of defending free press

The UK has dropped two places on the World Press Freedom Index following the passing of the Investigatory Powers Act and threats to pursue journalists reporting on national security.…

Google Wants You to Help Fix the Fake-Fact Problem It Created

Wired - April 26, 2017 - 12:00pm
Search result snippets have made Google an arbiter of facts. Now it wants to outsource the job. The post Google Wants You to Help Fix the Fake-Fact Problem It Created appeared first on WIRED.

Tech Made Cities Too Expensive. Here’s How to Fix It

Wired - April 26, 2017 - 12:00pm
Tech is a huge growth industry, but it comes at a price. The solution will have to come from people working to move beyond winner-take-all urbanism. The post Tech Made Cities Too Expensive. Here’s How to Fix It appeared first on WIRED.

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