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Submission + - SPAM: China Exchange

chinaexchange writes: China Exchange will allow the instant transfer of equity, trade and ideas in a fast, secure and easy way. Instant trading, instant fill, as well as bidding and profiling. China Exchange brings a mass market of ideas to your fingertips and your ideas to a mass market of investors A super highway of tech investment opportunities.

China crowdfunding
startups investment
crossboarder exchange
listing capital
raise funding
partner technology

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Submission + - SPAM: Security Guards | Secure Cash

Darren Bethany writes: Secure Cash is one of those security guard companies that carry out cash in transit services without armored trucks. Why, you ask? As we reckon the use of armored vehicles would make it too obvious for would-be thieves to believe there is a large amount of cash involved in the process. And as we do not want to give would-be thieves a chance to decipher anything we do, we would rather use other vehicles and employ security guards and use other secretive modern security features than armored trucks. That’s how we play smart! Know more about us by reaching us!

Submission + - Intel's Investment In FPGAs Could Pay Dividends In Microsoft Data Centers And AI (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: In June last year, Intel announced a $16.7B acquisition of chip designer Altera, a Silicon Valley bellwether known for producing FPGAs (Field Programmable Gate Arrays). Intel has already disclosed that it has plans to integrate FPGAs into Xeon processors, which will leverage Altera technology. Those processors are due to arrive later this year and they should allow Intel to build more specialized, configurable chips for accelerating different workloads. FPGAs feature an array of logic gates that can be programmed to perform a myriad of tasks, and they can be re-programmed on the fly, as new workloads emerge or compute demands and algorithms change. The flexibility inherent to FPGAs is also at the core of Microsoft's Project Catapult, which is a code-name for the technology behind Microsoft's hyperscale acceleration fabric for networking, security, cloud services and artificial intelligence. An FPGA can be programmed to accelerate the algorithms associated with the specialized workloads and data sets of each specific application. At first, FPGAs were used to accelerate Bing's Indexserve engine. Over 1600 servers were initially outfitted with FPGAs that were connected via a secondary network. The FPGAs were programmed to accelerate specific search-related algorithms and it resulted in major improvements in latency and a 50% reduction in the number of servers required to process workloads. A new architecture that enabled configurable clouds was eventually laid out and last year Microsoft ramped-up to large-scale production with FPGAs in Bing and Azure. Microsoft now also plans to employ Project Catapult FPGA accelerator boards in "nearly every new production server."

Submission + - How ITT Tech Screwed Students and Made Millions (gizmodo.com)

An anonymous reader writes: This is a grim story about a company that screwed poor people, military veterans, and taxpayers to turn a profit. It includes shocking details about the inner-working of the for-profit college including stuff like this:

"ITT recruiters even manipulated prospective students using pain-based sales techniques. Recruiters used a sales strategy called the “Pain Funnel” that encouraged them to ask progressively more hurtful questions to get prospective students to enroll in the school."


Liftlikes writes: Last year, Danny Lucas, a 49 year old guy from Wrotham, Kent launched an app that’s called Littergram. It’s basically an anti-littering app whose main goal is to eradicate litter from London. It emphasizes on people capturing, sharing and geo-tagging photos of litter they find on the streets of London.

The app is really admirable in its ambition but something about its name rubbed Facebook the wrong way. Facebook is not happy with the use of ‘gram’ in the brand name, as it is too similar to its product, Instagram.

Also, there is the matter of photo sharing and social features that are similar to that of Instagram too. The crux of the matter is that Facebook asked the owner of Littergram to change its name and remove ‘gram’ from it.

This thing is going on for a while and a few months back, Lucas publicly appealed to Mark Zuckerberg to change his mind and that “unreasonable demand to rebrand will kill our momentum at a time when support is building among councils and others”.

“I would like to hope that with your own personal ambitions to help our planet, that instead of spending money on lawyers and eliminating great causes such as Littergram, you will join forces with me and take this forward,” states Lucas.

The dispute seemed to be closed in May when Lucas did as the social media giant demanded and did not trademark his app’s name. He only trademarked it for t-shirts and bags, as per the agreement.

But now it seems that Facebook is still not happy and it has given Lucas a deadline to confirm that he is going to change the name of his app to something else which will not be a conflict with Facebook’s products.

Submission + - EU Commission Proposes Mandatory Piracy Filters For Online Services (torrentfreak.com)

An anonymous reader writes: During his State of the Union address today, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced several plans (PDF) to modernize copyright law in Europe. One of the suggestions that has a lot of people worried is Article 13, which requires online services to police pirated content. This means that online services, which deal with large volumes of user-uploaded content, must use fingerprinting and filtering mechanisms to block copyright infringing files. While the Commission stresses that small content platforms won’t be subject to the requirement, the proposal doesn’t define what “small” means. It also fails to define what “appropriate” or “effective” content recognition systems are, creating a fair bit of uncertainty. Commenting on the proposal, Digital rights group EDRi says that it will put many European companies at risk while endangering users’ right to free speech. “The text that was launched today includes a proposal to potentially filter all uploads to the Internet in Europe. The draft text would destroy users’ rights and legal certainty for European hosting companies,” EDRi notes. The Commission, however, notes that the changes are needed to reinforce the negotiating position of copyright holders, so they can sign licensing agreements with services that provide access to user uploaded content.

Submission + - Wi-Fi speeds will triple, get more range with MegaMimo 2.0 (networkworld.com)

Miche67 writes: A new form of Wi-Fi called MegaMimo 2.0 will allow data to be shot through at three times the speed it travels now and twice as far, MIT researchers say. This next generation of MIMO W-Fi is expected to be released commercially soon.

The Wi-Fi technology, supposedly immune to bottleneck-causing interference, works by letting a number of distinct transmitters send same- and similar-frequency data “to multiple independent receivers without interfering with each other,” the computer scientists, led by Professor Dian Katabi from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL), say in their news release.

MIMO is used commonly — when you make a cell phone call, for example. MIT's distributed MIMO system coordinates access points better, the researchers say.

It achieves the same as MIMO—which we already use in our smartphones, other mobile devices and Wi-Fi routers—but without the interference you’d normally get by using the same frequencies in the same session. Synchronizing the phases, time and frequencies by the algorithm cancels out the crashing signals.

Submission + - Call Voice Changer (pramg.net)

An anonymous reader writes: Call Voice Changer

Submission + - CureCoin Two Year Anniversary - Focus on Science (curecoin.net)

An anonymous reader writes: For those who are familiar with bitcoin, you may not be familiar with CureCoin and some other science coins. Here's a recap of CureCoin's accomplishments over their two year history. CureCoin rewards citizen scientists participating in life science research through Stanford's Folding@home. CureCoin uses a blockchain token called CURE as the means of reward. There is a growing market and exchange network for the coin. Occasional market volatility puts penny stocks to shame — which if you are risk averse, makes it fun to watch none-the-less.

The life science related work includes studies in Alzheimer’s, Antibiotics, Cancer, Chagas, Diabetes, HIV/AIDS, Huntington’s, Malaria, Parkinson’s, Influenza Viruses, Pandemics, Custom Enzymes, Personalized Medicine, Origins & Astrobiology, Phenylketonuria, and recently Addiction & Opiate Receptor research.

It's actually very easy to participate — basic account setup can take as little as 20 minutes, and you're contributing computing power with a PC or Mac while earning the tokens.

Submission + - Homo Deus – How data will destroy human freedom (theguardian.com)

Strudelkugel writes: At the heart of this spellbinding book is a simple but chilling idea: human nature will be transformed in the 21st century because intelligence is uncoupling from consciousness. We are not going to build machines any time soon that have feelings like we have feelings: that’s consciousness. Robots won’t be falling in love with each other (which doesn’t mean we are incapable of falling in love with robots). But we have already built machines – vast data-processing networks – that can know our feelings better than we know them ourselves: that’s intelligence. Google – the search engine, not the company – doesn’t have beliefs and desires of its own. It doesn’t care what we search for and it won’t feel hurt by our behaviour. But it can process our behaviour to know what we want before we know it ourselves. That fact has the potential to change what it means to be human.

Submission + - Over 70% of Seagate Central NAS Hard-Drives Infected with Malware (softpedia.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A new malware family has infected over 70% of all Seagate Central NAS devices connected to the Internet. The malware, named Miner-C or PhotoMiner, uses these hard-drives as an intermediary point to infect connected PCs and install software that mines for the Monero cryptocurrency. The hard-drives are easy to infect because Seagate does not allow users to delete or deactivate a certain "shared" folder when the device is exposed to the Internet. Over 5,000 Seagate Central NAS devices are currently infected. The crooks made over $86,000 from Monero mining so far.

Submission + - The Intercept: Paying Taxes is a Lot Better than Phony Corporate Courage, Apple

theodp writes: "Every fall," writes The Intercept's Sam Biddle, "internet and its resident tech mumblers congregate for The Apple Event, a quasi-pagan streaming-video rite in which Tim Cook boasts of just how much money his company is making (a lot) and just how much good it’s introducing to the world (this typically involves a new iPhone). This is merely annoying most years; but in 2016, when Apple is loudly, publicly denying its tax obligations around the world, it’s just gross." Biddle finds Apple’s use of the word 'courage' to describe the corporate ethos that pushed the company to remove the headphone plug from the newest iPhone while offering a new pair of $160 jack-free earbuds particularly irksome: "Removing a headphone jack or adding 20 headphone jacks does not require courage; engineers are very smart, but their job does not typically require much bravery. Courage is more often found in, say, running into a burning school to rescue the students and class rodent. Or, maybe, you could call courageous the act of paying the many billions you owe around the world into the system that ensures those students have all of the resources they need in order to learn and grow. Just a hint: Collaborative spreadsheet software doesn’t count [introducing new real-time collaboration features, Cook called iWork a "very important tool in education"]."

Submission + - Alleged proprietors of "DDOS for hire" service vDOS arrested

pdclarry writes: Brian Krebs reports that the two youthful (18 YO) alleged proprietors of vDOS, the DDOS service that was reported in Slashdot September 9, have been arrested in Israel on a complaint from the FBI. They have been released on $10,000 bond each, their passports lifted, and they have been placed under house arrest, and banned from using the Internet for 30 days. They were probably identified through a massive hack of the vDOS database recently.

Krebs also reports that vDOS's DNS addresses were hijacked by the firm BankConnect Security to get out from under a sustained DDOS attack, and that his site, krebsonsecurity.com has been under a sustained DDOS attack since his last article was published, with the packets containing the string "godiefaggot". Those attacks continue, but, as he has been the target of many DDOS attacks in the past, he covered by a DDOS protection firm.

Submission + - New Research Reveals Hundreds of Undiscovered Black Holes (phys.org)

An anonymous reader writes: New research by the University of Surrey publishedin the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society has shone light on a globular cluster of stars that could host several hundred black holes, a phenomenon that until recently was thought impossible. Globular clusters are spherical collections of stars which orbit around a galactic centre such as our Milky-way galaxy. Using advanced computer simulations, the team at the University of Surrey were able to see the un-see-able by mapping a globular cluster known as NGC 6101, from which the existence of black holes within the system was deduced. These black holes are a few times larger than the Sun, and form in the gravitational collapse of massive stars at the end of their lives. It was previously thought that these black holes would almost all be expelled from their parent cluster due to the effects of supernova explosion, during the death of a star. It is only as recently as 2013 that astrophysicists found individual black holes in globular clusters via rare phenomena in which a companion star donates material to the black hole. This work, which was supported by the European Research Council (ERC), has shown that in NGC 6101 there could be several hundred black holes, overturning old theories as to how black holes form.

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