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Submission + - SPAM: Google's DeepMind In Talks To Use AI To Manage UK's National Electricity Grid

Mickeycaskill writes: Google’s DeepMind division is in talks with the National Grid to bring artificial intelligence (AI) into its operations, with the goal of improving energy efficiency across the UK.

The talks are at rather early stages, with both firms exploring how AI and such smart systems can be best deployed when it comes to supplying electricity across Britain.

“One really interesting possibility is whether we could help the National Grid maximise the use of renewables through using machine learning to predict peaks in demand and supply," said a spokesperson.

Google currently uses DeepMind’s work on AI, specifically deep learning artificial neural networks, which essentially is digital attempt to replicate human brain picks apart and processes data, to smartly manage the cooling of its data centres, which are often praised for their energy efficiency.

Submission + - SPAM: British Intelligence Agency: Russia Hackers Could Influence 2020 UK Election

Mickeycaskill writes: UK democracy is at risk from Russian nation-state cyber attacks, according to British intelligence agency GCHQ, which has warned political parties that the next election could be impacted.

Ciaran Martin, chief executive of GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has written to the leaders of the major parties as part of an emergency summit, warning them about the threat.

He has also offered them advice on how to defend against attacks in an effort to boost politicians’ cyber security education ahead of the next election, due to be held in 2020.

“This is not just about the network security of political parties’ own systems. Attacks against our democratic processes go beyond this and can include attacks on Parliament, constituency offices, think tanks and pressure groups and individuals’ email accounts, wrote Martin.

Submission + - RFID Coin Tag used for Puzzle (

Catherineyc writes: Nowadays many parents are too busy to teach their children learn to read, just read from the book it’s hard for children remember, they even did not know what’s those letter mean. To solve this problem, learning machine come out, as for now, many machine combine with RFID tags, let’s children have a more vivid situation to study.

Those RFID tags usually make round with pvc material, can print logo and colors on both surface. One side print letter and other side print a picture, once the learning machine showing a situation of situation like cold, children should put into a RFID identifier which print winter, that’s means correct. On the contrary, when learning machine read “winter”, children should put into a tag which print a picture of cold. So this way also suitable for arithmetic, machine can show the arithmetic in any way, like there are five apples, take away three, how many left, this time, children can put into the rfid coin tag with a printing “2”. In such way, children can enjoy themselves when they study, also parents can doing their things at the same time.

You may curious about how to make it, each RFID identifier should encode a code, which related to the question, if match, the result would be true, if not match, there is wrong, it’s simple but bring children a different experience, let them love study and learn by themselves.

Submission + - SPAM: weather station mounting ideas

louiswick writes: Check out these great weather station mounting ideas on this weather station blog. Mounting ideas are explored for different companies like Acurite and Ambient
Link to Original Source

Submission + - 11 Mobile App Design & Dev Principles Guaranteed to Engage Users, Optimize E (

SourcebitsTech writes: It was not that long ago that software developers actually turned real profits through shrink-wrapped CD cases on shelves. Yet that time feels like it was in the Mesozoic.
Why? Because we are deep into the “mobile first” age. Mobile apps are the primary means by which software gets into the hands of consumers andforms their relationships with businesses. This is generally a two-way exchange in which an app provides value for users – usually at little to no direct cost – and through quick scaling the business on the other side of the deal can monetize the result. This is as true for indie games developers as it is for huge big-box stores that use mobile platforms to drive more in-person sales.
This means that mobile app design principles are now inseparable from business success strategies. We will present to you 11 of these core principles and how they are crucial for driving dollars your way.

Submission + - How to Create a Facebook Messenger Chatbot

Faizan Raza writes: With one billion active users, Facebook Messenger is a massive platform. As more and more people turn to Messenger bots for everything from shopping to weather updates, it can be a huge benefit to have an intuitive and easy to use chatbot. ChatBot expert Murray Newlands commented that "Where 10 years ago every company needed a website and five years ago every company needed an app, now every company needs to embrace messaging with AI and chatbots."Here are the steps to make your own:

Getting Into the Code
The first step to building a chatbot is setting up the sever that will run it. You can use the Heroku CLI Toolbeltto start coding in Node, Ruby, Java, PHP, Python, Go, Scala, or Clojure. You will then need to set up a webhook URL that the Facebook app system can communicate with.

Next, you will need a Facebook page and a Facebook app profile for your chatbot. Follow this link to the Facebook Developer tools and register your app. When prompted for a callback URL, use the link to the Heroku URL that was set up earlier. You will then need to set up a verification token, which can be any string of text. Your verification code must also be added to your Heroku code in order for Facebook to be able to communicate with your bot. Finally, use the webhook section of the Facebook Developers menu to subscribe the app to your page. Your chatbot is now set up and ready to be coded.

Messenger bots can reply to user messages with buttons or cards. Cards can display text, images, and website links. Buttons, which appear as clickable links, allow the user to progress through pre-programmed responses and make selections within the chatbot app. The app can also be programmed to respond to specific phrases and return a combination of cards and buttons.

Going Codeless
If coding an app from the ground up is not for you, there are a wide range of chatbot tools that will handle the back-end coding and provide a simple interface to quickly program your chatbot. Chattypeople is one such service, specializing in e-shopping, restaurant, and product deliveries. Instead of spending hours coding, their intuitive interface allows you to quickly set up your chatbot to do exactly what you need it to. Using Facebook’s notification system, it can push offers and deals to potential customers that have subscribed to the page. Instead of scrolling through web pages and filling out forms, the entire shopping experience can be handled by the chatbot. By recognizing trigger phrases, and even variations of them, the bot will guide the user through products, collect their shipping address, and even process payments through Stripe or PayPal. Using chattypeople’s management tools, you can easily track sales, orders, deliveries, and promotional campaigns from their easy to use dashboard. To top it off, their starter plan is free for the first 100 customers and includes professional email support to keep your bot running smoothly.

Submission + - Compare Autel MaxiDAS DS808 vs MaxiSYS MS906 vs MaxiSYS MS908P (

wh1t3Zz writes: This blog is a comparison table among new released Autel MaxiDAS DS808, MaxiSYS MS906 and MaxiSYS MS908P. Surely it can help you know these tools better!

Autel MaxiDAS DS808 vs MaxiSYS MS906 vs MaxiSYS MS908P
What’s different?

Autel MaxiDAS DS808
Autel MaxiSYS MS906
Autel MaxiSYS MS908P

7-inch LCD 1024 x 600
8 inch LED 1024x768P
9.7 inch LED 1024x768P
2GB RAM & 32GB On-board Memory
2GB RAM & 32GB On-board Memory
3200 mAh
11000 mAh
11000 mAh
Free update online for 1 year
Free update online for 1 year
Free update online for 1 year
Need PC
YES (Update via WIFI)
YES (Diagnose via VCI Wireless Box)
Operating system
Android 4.4
Android 4.0
Android 4.0
vehicle coverage
more than 80 US, Asian and European vehicle makes
more than 80 US, Asian and European vehicle makes
more than 80 US, Asian and European vehicle makes
codes, live data, active test, ECU information, adaptation, matching
Codes, live data, actuation tests, adaptations
codes, live data, actuation tests, adaptations, coding and ECU programming
Yes, online programming
Autel DS808

Autel MS906
Free shipping
Autel MS908P
Free shipping
1. Autel DS808 almost shares same functions with Autel MS906.Only some features are different like hardware and OS.
2. Autel DS808 is cheapest. While Autel MS906 has better configuration: bigger screen and higher resolution.
3. Among them only Autel MS908P can do programming and coding.

Comment The Real Demographic (Score 1) 347

I'm reluctant to bear my ignorance, by what can't USB C be magnetically configured? Because I do USE my laptop for a living and minding port plugs and wires is a pain in the ass. What I believe is proved by this continued design is the MAJORITY of Pro buyers ARE NOT engineers, sound, video, etc., but business hacks showing off the sleekness factor for meetings. A working Mac is tethered and ungainly and this latest port design makes it worse, but it doesn't matter because the larger market is conspicuous consumption types. Maybe this is an open secret to everyone. Maybe it's just one of the many FanBoi arguments I've ignored because I've run Linux on a few laptops, but am most productive with my Apple.

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Submission + - Daniel Ellsberg criticizes Kerry for calling Snowden a coward and traitor (

An anonymous reader writes: Daniel Ellsberg, the former Defence Department staff who leaked the Vietnam War Pentagon Papers to the New York Times has some harsh criticism of Kerry's recent call for Snowden to come back to USA and "man up".

"Nothing excuses Kerry's slanderous and despicable characterisations of a young man who, in my opinion, has done more than anyone in or out of government in this century to demonstrate his patriotism, moral courage and loyalty to the oath of office the three of us swore: to support and defend the Constitution of the United States," he concludes.

Comment Too Many Comments from the Basement (Score 1) 197

I know this is /., but the article doesn't claim every inhabitant of planet earth has a mobile. The guestimates in this thread based on a sense of socioeconomic class and consumer envy are pathetic. I'm fortunate enough to have worked in remote areas of the Middle East and Asia and saw the same phenomenon of "tech-neck" among agrarian cultures as I had seen in, say, Oakland or LA-- and that was some five years ago. No technology has spread as rapidly and pervasively -- including fire and the wheel.

Submission + - The inside story of Gmail on its tenth anniversary (

harrymcc writes: Google officially--and mischievously--unveiled Gmail on April Fools' Day 2004. That makes this its tenth birthday, which I celebrated by talking to a bunch of the people who created the service for It's an amazing story: The service was in the works for almost three years before the announcement, and faced so much opposition from within Google that it wasn't clear it would ever reach consumers.

Submission + - Foxconn to Restaff Entirely with US Adjunct Professors

Applehu Akbar writes: (Xinhua) Foxconn Technology Group, the world’s largest electronics contract manufacturer, announced today its response to the increasing cost of local labor: by 2Q 2015, it will have completed replacement of its assembly staff with American adjunct professors. Said an executive who did not wish to be named, “Adjunct professors are not only highly educated but are used to working for nothing more than ramen and a basement cot. They are not spoiled like our local Chinese assembly workers.” They are for the most part docile, and used to operating within rigid bureaucracies.

The US educational system turns out far larger numbers of adjuncts, especially in the humanities, than can ever hope to be employed by academe. The excess adjuncts live on the streets of major American cities, but, after being pushed aside by the tougher and crazier traditional homeless, gravitate to the more congenial west coast, where roving bands of them subsist on odd jobs and shoplifting. Here they are easily picked up by Foxconn raiding parties, which dicker with what we know in China as People’s Shining Path Moral Guidance Cadres. In the US these are called “Homeowner Associations,” and they gratefully cooperate to turn in bands of feral adjuncts, whose constant bickering and messy campsites are an ongoing annoyance to the people of America’s West Coast.

Once captured, the adjuncts are loaded into Foxconn’s fleet of wind-powered EcoFreighters and sedated for the slow sea voyage on the “Central Passage” from Long Beach to the Shanghai labor auction docks. Now that there is human cargo to bring back to China, the EcoFreighters no longer have to return empty after unloading their troves of consumer goods in Los Angeles.

Foxconn has been anxious to grab the most easily trainable workers before more Chinese companies take an interest in American adjunct professor labor. “At first we tried a breeding program for even greater long term savings,” said the Foxconn exec, “But the males, raised as they have been in western academic culture, have developed such a deep-seated fear of their own females that fertile matings were rare, even when naked, unchained females were placed right in males' dormitory cells.” But why fight to change an alien culture, the thinking now goes, when fresh adjuncts are so easily hunted down on the California/Oregon coast? So long as this situation persists, the EcoFreighters will sail full and world’s supply of low-cost products will not be in danger.

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