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Image of article 'MSI Prestige 14: Compactly-packed performance'

MSI Prestige 14: Compactly-packed performance

While the mouse replacement allows a good navigation of the mouse pointer due to its size and smooth surface, it's the big keys that convince us with the keyboard.

Thanks to fast-charging technology, users can use their Prestige 14 on battery mode again for 1.5 hours after just 15 minutes of charging, according to MSI.

In our endurance test, the CPU can't develop its full power for a prolonged time and shows a significant drop of 30%, but the performance available thereafter is still very good.

MSI tries to strike a balance between a lot of mobility and high performance, with which content creators' attention in particular should be drawn to the Prestige 14.

Prospective buyers have to make a few compromises with the MSI Prestige 14, but how big of an effect these have will vary by user.

Introduction to Machine Learning for Coders: Launch

In the first half of today’s lesson we’ll learn about how to create “data products” using machine learning models, based on “The Drivetrain Method”, and in particular how model interpretation is an important part of this approach.

In the second half of the lesson we’ll start our study of tabular and relational data using deep learning, by looking at the “Rossmann” Kaggle competition dataset.

Then we’ll start on the next stage of our journey - gradient descent based methods such as logistic regression and neural networks… Today we start the second half of the course - we’re moving from decision tree based approaches like random forests, to gradient descent based approaches like deep learning.

These problems are often best solved with gradient descent methods, and we’ll look at some of the most important of these in the second half of the course, closing with a simple deep learning neural network.

In the first half of today’s class we’ll put everything we’ve learned together to create a complete model for the Rossmann dataset, including both categorical and continuous features, and careful feature engineering for all columns.

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Image of article 'The time-of-flight (TOF) sensor market may hit nearly US$7 billion in 5 years'

The time-of-flight (TOF) sensor market may hit nearly US$7 billion in 5 years

The increasing success of the TOF market may be driven by the ease of building them into devices such as these.

However, they may also become more popular in other devices such as TVs, PCs, consoles and standalone cameras.

This progress may be due in part to the continuing uptake of 3D TOF cameras in mobile devices.

An increasing number of premium phones integrate time of flight (TOF) sensors in order to confer 3D properties on either their front-facing or rear cameras.

Finally, TOF sensors are likely to become attractive for applications beyond the consumer sector.

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Don't miss all these insightful interviews with alt.ctrl.GDC 2020 devs!

Each of these interviews offers a unique perspective on a remarkable game, one of which may win the coveted alt.ctrl.GDC Award at the Independent Games Festival ceremony during GDC, with judging taking place on-site!

Expect to learn more about what to see at GDC this year, where these remarkable games came from, and how you might apply lessons learned by their creators to your own work!

They've already covered about half of the 20+ games in this year's showcase, with more on the way, so make time to check them out before GDC arrives next month.

This eclectic array of offbeat, unique, and just plain interesting alternative controllers is open to all GDC 2020 attendees and will make its seventh appearance at the conference Wed-Fri, March 18th through 20th in the Moscone Convention Center.

No matter who wins, all GDC 2020 attendees who stop by the alt.ctrl.GDC exhibit will have the chance to play all of these inventive and innovative games using unique, one-of-a-kind controllers.

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Image of article 'Your own blog with GitHub Pages and fast_template (4 part tutorial'

Your own blog with GitHub Pages and fast_template (4 part tutorial

Using our solution, which we call “fast_template”, you own your own posts, can write your posts on your PC or using an online editor, have no ads, and its all free.

The first post introduces , the easiest way to create your own hosted blog.

You can convert your Microsoft Word documents into markdown blog posts In the second post I explain how to get all this working, and I also show you how to make your site more professional, by using your own domain name.

By combining this with writing blogs in Microsoft Word or Google Docs it makes it particularly easy to include pictures in your posts.

I’ll show you how to easily create great looking blog posts from your notebooks, and include them in your fast_template blog.

Image of article 'Gopher's Rise and Fall Shows How Much We Lost When Monopolists Stole the Net'

Gopher's Rise and Fall Shows How Much We Lost When Monopolists Stole the Net

Science-fiction writer, journalist and longtime Slashdot reader, Cory Doctorow, a.k.a. mouthbeef, writes: The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) just published the latest installment in my case histories of "adversarial interoperability" -- once the main force that kept tech competitive.

Today, I tell the story of Gopher, the web's immediate predecessor, which burrowed under the mainframe systems' guardians and created a menu-driven interface to campus resources, then the whole internet.

Big Tech blames "network effects" for its monopolies -- but that's a counsel of despair.

If impersonal forces (and not anticompetitive bullying) are what keeps tech big then there's no point in trying to make it small.

But the lesson of Gopher is that adversarial interoperability is judo for network effects.

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Inspiring high school students with HTML and CSS

When I code, it's usually in HTML and CSS, and I suppose there's a part of me that feels like that isn't special because some tech bros decide to be vocal and loud about HTML and CSS not being special nearly everyday (it is special and tech bros can shut up.)

The talk I gave focused on 4 different career paths at Microsoft that I have experience with: Program Management, Software Engineer, UX Engineer and Developer Advocate, and then I showed a list of about 30 other titles for jobs at Microsoft to highlight just how diverse roles are.

For me, it is incredibly important to show up as a woman and talk about my path into tech, especially for any of the girls in the room.

Nearly a year ago I reached out to my high school across the state about coming in and giving a talk about careers in tech.

I wasn't expecting a class of high school students to be inspired or bedazzled by my portfolio website, which is nothing fancy.

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Additional Diversity Fellowship, New International Fellowships, and Deadline Extended to 10/17

After learning about our decision to sponsor a diversity fellowship, USF has generously said that they will match us, by sponsoring a 2nd diversity fellowship for our course!

To apply, please email datainstitute@usfca.edu a copy of your resume, a sentence stating that you are interested in the diversity fellowship, and a paragraph describing the problem you want to use deep learning to solve.

Finally, we’d like to announce that we have launched an International Fellowship program for up to five people, who will be able to fully participate in the course remotely, for free.

We hope to see Samar’s fellowship benefit the Pakastani community more widely, by making available Urdu deep learning resources for the first time.

To apply to join Samar as an international fellow of the program, please email rachel@fast.ai a copy of your resume, a sentence stating that you are interested in the international fellowship, and a paragraph describing the problem you want to use deep learning to solve.

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Image of article 'Mark Esper plays himself in nuclear war game'

Mark Esper plays himself in nuclear war game

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper played himself in a nuclear arms war game during his recent trip to U.S. Strategic Command headquarters at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha, Neb., a top Pentagon official confirmed Friday.

During the exercise - which was only a demonstration, a Pentagon spokesman later pointed out - U.S. and Russian military forces exchanged nuclear rounds.

In addition to participating in the exercise, Mr. Esper also visited a nuclear ICBM facility and a B-52 bomber unit.

The visit was part of the Trump Administration’s drive to modernize the U.S. nuclear forces.

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Image of article 'Arthur Jan Dam, California man, arrested for cyberattack on congressional candidate website'

Arthur Jan Dam, California man, arrested for cyberattack on congressional candidate website

A California man was arrested Friday and charged with orchestrating several cyberattacks on the website of a California congressional candidate.

In October 2018, it was widely reported that the FBI was investigating cyberattacks on two Democratic candidates for Congress in California.

It is unclear if either candidate was the victim of Mr. Dam’s alleged cyberattack.

Mr. Dam was married to a woman who worked for a rival congressional candidate, according to court documents.

Neither the defendant’s wife nor the congressional candidate, who ultimately won the election, were aware of the cyberattacks, Mr. Hanna said.

Image of article 'Casio honors a legend with its Bruce Lee-themed limited edition G-SHOCK'

Casio honors a legend with its Bruce Lee-themed limited edition G-SHOCK

Otherwise, the watch features the specs also available in G-SHOCK's MR-G flagships, including the ability to switch between 39 time-zones, 200-meter water resistance, GPS signal reception for accuracy in its timekeeping, and a 1/1-second stopwatch.

The G-SHOCK MR-G x Bruce Lee Collaboration Model may delight Game of Death fans with its yellow band and black case.

Casio has commemorated Bruce Lee, who would have had his 80th birthday this year, with its newly-launched limited-edition G-SHOCK MR-G watch.

Casio has announced the Bruce Lee Collaboration Model, a specially-designed version of its high-end G-SHOCK MR-G watch series.

The Bruce Lee Collaboration Model will become available via Casio's flagship store in New York or select jewellery stores in April 2020, at which point only 300 of them will be sold.

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16 Things You Can Do to Make Tech More Ethical, part 3

The interview process is broken in tech, and people from underrepresented groups are disproportionately impacted by this dysfunction (this also means that your company is missing out on many great candidates!)

As I wrote in a previous post, The first step, and the most important step, to improving diversity is to make sure that you are treating the women and people of color who already work at your company very well.

We need more people of color, women, people with disabilities, LGBTQ people, and others from backgrounds that have been disproportionately targeted with abuse, to design and build technology.

Please note this pledge does not remove the need for thoughtful regulation and human rights protections concerning the use of facial recognition, but it is a great way for companies to commit to a set of healthy principles.

A study involving technical interviews with over 300 candidates and comparisons of where those candidates got offers/rejections concluded that instead of hiring programmers that have the skills the company needs, founders hire people that remind them of themselves.Since only 3% of VC funding goes to women and less than 1% goes to Black founders, how rare is it for a founder to think that a Black woman candidate reminds him of himself?

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Big deep learning news: Google Tensorflow chooses Keras

Buried in a Reddit comment, Francois Chollet, author of Keras and AI researcher at Google, made an exciting announcement: Keras will be the first high-level library added to core TensorFlow at Google, which will effectively make it TensorFlow’s default API.

As background, Keras is a high-level Python neural networks library that runs on top of either TensorFlow or Theano.

There are other high level Python neural networks libraries that can be used on top of TensorFlow, such as TF-Slim, although these are less developed and not part of core TensorFlow.

Using TensorFlow makes me feel like I’m not smart enough to use TensorFlow; whereas using Keras makes me feel like neural networks are easier than I realized.

Keras makes me better at neural networks, because the language abstractions match up so well with neural network concepts.

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Image of article 'Bethesda Softworks pulls all games but Wolfenstein: Youngblood from GeForce Now'

Bethesda Softworks pulls all games but Wolfenstein: Youngblood from GeForce Now

Activision Blizzard similarly pulled its games from the service due to a “misunderstanding,” but it’s not known if a similar situation is true for Bethesda’s decision.

GeForce Now aims to let subscribers remotely play games from libraries like Steam and the Epic Games Store using its data centers, but not all publishers have been on board with having their games accessible through the cloud.

Nvidia notes that the removal only affects most Bethesda games, with the exception of Wolfenstein: Youngblood which will remain playable through the service.

Bethesda Softworks is pulling most of its games from Nvidia’s cloud-based game streaming service GeForce Now, marking the second major publisher to opt out of the service since it launched earlier this month.

The news comes only a day after GeForce Now toted 1 million registered users on the platform.

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Image of article 'USF Launches New Center of Applied Data Ethics'

USF Launches New Center of Applied Data Ethics

In the 3 years since the founding of the Data Institute, more than 900 entrepreneurs & employees from local tech companies have taken evening and weekend courses here, and we have granted more than 177 diversity scholarships to people from underrepresented groups.

Misuses of data and AI include the encoding & magnification of unjust bias, increasing surveillance & erosion of privacy, spread of disinformation & amplification of conspiracy theories, lack of transparency or oversight in how predictive policing is being deployed, and lack of accountability for tech companies.

The first year will include a tech policy workshop, a data ethics seminar series, and data ethics courses, all of which will be open to the community at-large.

In response to these risks and harms, I am helping to launch a new Center for Applied Data Ethics (CADE), housed within the University of San Francisco’s Data Institute to address issues surrounding the misuse of data through education, research, public policy and civil advocacy.

Data Ethics Certificate Course open to the community: The USF Data Institute has been offering part-time evening and weekend courses in downtown SF for the last 3 years, including the popular Practical Deep Learning for Coders course taught by Jeremy Howard.

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Image of article 'A unique path to deep learning expertise'

A unique path to deep learning expertise

During our research for this class we have looked at numerous data science and deep learning courses, books, and videos; from this research, we now know which materials to recommend in each area.

After the course is complete, we will be making all materials available online – although, of course, all of the benefits of the in person teaching, community development, and group projects will not be available to those who cannot attend the classes.

We believe that this is the first time that any deep learning course has ensured that all content can be accessed and utilised by Windows users.

Many people have incorrectly claimed that effective deep learning requires vast resources of data and compute power.

A personal note: Even as deep learning allows computers to see for the first time, there are still millions of people around the world who cannot themselves see.

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Adding Data Science to your College Curriculum

When learning Python for data science, you should learn at least: SQL is a language used for interacting with tabular data (data that appears in tables with rows and columns), and particularly relational data (data in multiple related tables, such as customers and orders).

Although data science is related to math, computer science, and statistics, I definitely recommend designing new courses (or at least new units of material), and not trying to shoehorn existing courses into this role.

Looking through the selection of math courses offered at my friend’s university, none jumps out as particularly useful for data science.

Of the schools that are starting to create data science programs, many use a mix of existing mathematics, statistics, and computer science courses.

Foundations of data science is the fastest growing course ever at UC Berkeley with 1,500 students from 60 different majors taking it in fall 2017.

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C++11, random distributions, and Swift

Therefore, I’ve made all of the C++11 random distributions available to Swift, as part of my BaseMath library.

Here’s the same function that we saw in C++, converted to Swift+BaseMath: As you see, the generation of the random numbers in Swift can be boiled down using BaseMath to just: .

The distributions provided by C++11 are: Although Swift 4 now provides some basic random number support, it still doesn’t provide any non-uniform distributions.

There are dozens of other random distributions, including: In general, the steps to generate a number from some random distribution are: What we normally refer as “random number generation” is really step (2): the use of a pseudorandom generator which deterministically generates a series of numbers that are as “random looking” as possible (i.e. not correlated with each other, well spread out, and so forth).

In order to make the C++11 random distributions available to Swift, I needed to do two things: We’ll look at each step in turn: The C wrapper code is in CBaseMath.cpp.

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Image of article 'The Hot Wheels RC Cybertruck is a mini Tesla for $400'

The Hot Wheels RC Cybertruck is a mini Tesla for $400

The Hot Wheels Cybertruck R/C has all the details you would expect for a toy that costs a few hundred dollars, including rows of front and rear lights and the distinctive rear cover with a telescoping tailgate.

It's capable of actual speeds up to 25 miles per hour which doesn't make it the fastest RC out there but is still is nothing to sniff at.

The Cybertruck uses hobby grade parts and a standard dial-based RC controller, so in addition to going fast it also turns on a dime.

Oh, if you're fond of that botched demonstration from the reveal back in November, Hot Wheels has packed in a little treat for you there too — the Cybertruck comes with "shattered window" decals so you can emulate the look of Tesla's little mishap on stage.

And, since it's the same scale as the majority of Hot Wheels' vehicle line, it can be used on the standard orange track, so you can speed your car through loop-de-loops that owners of the real Cybertruck will only be able to dream about.

Cloud computing: Invisible, versatile and highly profitable

In practice, many companies choose a hybrid approach, melding the lower cost, greater power and high adaptability of the public cloud with the comforting security of a private cloud.

Most big companies and institutions now access the cloud either through their own "private" servers or as a "public" client of a company such as Amazon, Microsoft or Google.

Companies and individuals can buy not just cloud-based storage but also processing power, Internet services and software, all of it situated not in one's computer or smartphone but in huge data centres.

San Francisco - With each passing quarter, Amazon, Microsoft and Google have been setting new records, while cloud computing has become the invisible backbone supporting much of our daily lives.

For Google, the American leader in internet research, the cloud is a growing priority: It showcases the company's capacity for very large-scale data analysis as well as the ability for users of the hybrid cloud or of multiple clouds to easily shift data from one provider to another.

Woman told authorities she planned to shoot co-workers

U.S. District Court records say Tina Hardin, 51, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of influencing, impeding or retaliating against a federal official by threats.

The court records say Hardin had been working as a shuttle bus driver at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

According to the records, Hardin, who is black, said she was a victim of racism at the hospital.

She also said she wanted to hurt a manager who gave her a bad appraisal and a nurse who’d asked her about weapons Hardin could access.

A VA psychiatrist who talked to Hardin told investigators the threats were credible and were not “triggered by any of her medical history” but instead were “solely triggered by events at her workplace.”

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Image of article 'AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X leaves nearest Intel rival far in the distance as it tops PassMark's CPU Mark chart'

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X leaves nearest Intel rival far in the distance as it tops PassMark's CPU Mark chart

It’s expected that an expensive part like the Ryzen Threadripper 3990X should dominate charts like those of PassMark CPU Mark.

The powerful AMD Ryzen 9 3950X processor managed a decent mark of 35,719 points and the Ryzen Threadripper 3970X scored an incredible 48,379 points.

We have already had experience of how well the Ryzen Threadripper 3990X from AMD can perform, and now another synthetic benchmark has had the pleasure of being blown apart by the processor’s performance capabilities.

A few samples of AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper 3990X have started appearing on PassMark and the results have been outstanding.

There’s no doubt that AMD has a couple of chart champions with the Zen 2 Ryzen Threadripper 3970X and 3990X.

Image of article 'Twitter suspends group of pro-Bloomberg accounts over 'platform manipulation'

Twitter suspends group of pro-Bloomberg accounts over 'platform manipulation

The Wall Street Journal reported that these organizers in California receive $2,500 a month to promote Bloomberg’s candidacy through actions such as posting on social media to their own networks.

The billionaire candidate’s campaign, which has been pouring unparalleled amounts of money into an online advertising campaign, is also hiring hundreds of digital organizers to support the candidate, including by pushing content to their own social media channels.

“We ask that all of our deputy field organizers identify themselves as working on behalf of the Mike Bloomberg 2020 campaign on their social media accounts,” said Sabrina Singh, a Bloomberg campaign spokeswoman, adding that content “shared by staffers and volunteers to their network of friends and family” was “not intended to mislead anyone.”

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Twitter Inc on Friday said it had started suspending and restricting dozens of accounts posting content promoting U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg.

This month, a paid partnership between the former New York mayor’s campaign and popular Instagram meme accounts pushed Facebook Inc to announce it was allowing U.S.-based political candidates to run branded or sponsored content on its social networking platforms.

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