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|Over on the Verge, Casey Newton has a great article on Satya Nadella "betting the future of Microsoft on AI" - The Article is well worht a read, but most interesting for me is the tidbit that Microsoft already has a very popular and bot in the Chinese megachat app, WeChat|
Quote: Xiaoice, which Microsoft introduced on the Chinese messaging app WeChat in 2014, can answer simple questions, just like Microsoft's virtual assistant Cortana. Where Xiaoice excels, though, is in conversation. The bot is programmed to be sensitive to emotions, and to remember your previous chats. Going through a breakup? Xiaoice may check in to ask you how you're doing.
|Following the successful run with the NFL, Twitter is looking to expand into more sports. |
The company is in talks with the NBA, Major League Soccer and cable network Turner about acquiring digital streaming rights for content related to live sports and events, according to several sources familiar with the discussions.
Recode is xocnfident in their sources, although representatives for Twitter, Turner and both sports leagues declined to comment.
|http://www.recode.net/2016/7/8/12125418/twitter-streaming-deals-nba-mls-turner||"Of course, we assume Twitter wants both in-game and fringe content, and the reality is that they’ll likely get some kind of a mix. My conversations with smart people lead me to believe it will probably nab more fringe content than game content, but talks are still ongoing."|
|A Facebook spokesperson has told Techcrunch the site will only remove content from Live Video if it quote: celebrates or glorifies violence, not if it’s only graphic or disturbing, according to a spokesperson.|
Techrunch has a full list of the guidelines around video censorship on the site. Facebook’s censorship rules focus on the glorification of violence, such as videos posted to promote or celebrate terrorism.
The policy does not make distinctions about the cause of death, the relationship between the video’s creator and its subjects or the involvement of law enforcement. As with all content posted on Facebook, the creator retains ownership.
|http://techcrunch.com/2016/07/08/facebook-censorship-policy/||So "Considered by many to have been central to the public distaste for the Vietnam war and in future wars, etc.... "?||can i also say i'm glad i turned off auto play video on facebook and twitter before this week.|
|Sticking with Facebook, the company took to Motherboard to explain why encryption is not on by default in the Messenger app. |
Quote: The short answer is that it’s easier to roll-out encryption by default for WhatsApp because it lives on only one device (you can’t use it on multiple places, except by syncing it on the web), while Facebook Messenger lives on multiple devices, and people use it both via the web (on not one but two different sites, Facebook.com and Messenger.com) as via the app.
That’s the big challenge here: people use Facebook Messenger via those websites, and doing encryption via the browser is notoriously hard.
Facebook alos conceded part of the decision that Facebook users also hate change: "We wanted to not disrupt how people are used to using our products,”
|http://motherboard.vice.com/read/why-its-harder-to-encrypt-facebook-messenger-than-whatsapp||the multi device thing is the reason i still use telegram, even though security experts tell me not too|
|Samsung have created a new little memory card to replace the aging MicroSD card format. - the UFS, which stands for UFS - Universal Flash Storage.|
The UFS cards have sequential read speeds of up to 530 megabytes per second — five times faster than the best microSD cards. That means reading a 5 gigabyte, full HD movie in roughly 10 seconds, says Samsung, compared to a UHS-1 microSD card which manages the same feat in around 50 seconds.
|The reward for mining bitcoin has just halved per block - a mined block will now be worth 12.5 bitcoins, down from 25. But don't panic, this was all part of the plan. |
When the code for Bitcoin was written, it was designed to be a currency with no more than 21 million bitcoins ever in circulation. And to encourage people to mine (which is what validates and supports the entire bitcoin network), Satoshi created a reward that went along with each block. And, the code specified that every 210,000 blocks mined that reward would be cut in half, until it eventually is reduced to zero after 64 halving events.
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|After 8 long days of counting paper ballots, Australia finally has a government. Just before we began recording Prime Minister elect Malcolm Turnbull said he had the numbers to form government. Oppostion leader Bill Shorten said in his concession speech this afternoon that: I think it is long overdue to look at electronic voting in this country - I guess he felt the pain of the wait more than most..|
|Last Monday, as the country settled in for a long election count and wait, the Sydney Morning Herald published an article stating we need to move to electronic voting. It, as the kids say, went viral - and has been shared all over twitter and facebook for the last week.||http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/why-we-need-electronic-voting-now-20160705-gpyn3q.html|
|The australian electoral commision hit back on Friday, writing up a post explaining why they think e-voting is a bad idea.||http://aec.gov.au/media/media-releases/2016/07-06e.htm||Scrutineers!|
|Bigjim in the slack: OK - let me describe how we do it in Ohio: You show up to the voting location and must show your state or federal picture ID, if you don't have an ID you can still vote, but it's provisional. Then you are handed a card with a chip on it (I'm guessing that this is just so that the machines stay encrypted), then you go into your "booth" and put the card into the electronic machine. The machine then allows you to make choices on the ballot (one at a time) via screen touch. Once you're done it gives you a summary and prints a "receipt" for each step of the review which you can view through a plexiglas window, to move forward you must either "accept" or "void" the vote (if you void it retracts the paper, prints VOID across it and then cycles it forward). Once you accept all the voting, the receipt is then rolled into a locked canister (you never touch it) in case of a machine error or a recount. When you're completely finished the card pops out, you take the card back to the poll worker and you get your I OH Voting sticker (see example below). Once voting closes in Ohio the machines record cards are taken to the Board of Elections (I think they're still under police or sheriff escort, they use to do that when I was a kid) and they basically get uploaded to a computer one at a time, the data is tabulated real time both at the local board of election and by the Secretary of State's office. Since the 2008 (I think it was 2008?) fiasco, Ohio (like Florida) basically decided that "never again" was going to be our mantra when it comes to voting. (Although we almost always have some questionable items every year.) http://www.ohio.com/polopoly_fs/1.229004.1415117505!/image/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_500/new-voting-sticker.jpg||I love election night. The drama of the count. |
I can watch a game of cricket over five days - I'm happy to wait.
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