Image: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images Joe Biden memes just got hella meta.
A picture uploaded to Imgur seems to show that Biden signed a printed out meme of himself.
According to the OP, Biden lives near his mother’s business so he asked her to ask Biden to sign the meme if he ever came in.
Above the signature the text apparently reads: “Still good friends.
Always be loyal.”
After Biden told an audience in Chicago that the memes of himself and Obama are “basically true,” according to the Chicago Tribune, this is the next level of meme-reality interface we wanted.
Of course it’s always possible someone could have forged the writing for sweet internet popularity — but if you look at his signature in this photo it certainly seems similar.
Mashable reached out to the original poster to try and get some extra details.
In the meantime, keep the Biden memes coming, people!
According to the website of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA), a high school boys basketball tournament with only eight teams began in March of 1908.
The first college basketball tournament, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Men’s Basketball National Championship (which is still in existence today), was held in 1937.
The NCAA tournament has been turning March mad ever since.
Specifically, the first known reference was in a March 13, 1958 article in the Free Lance Star of Fredericksburg, Virginia, which had the headline, “March Cage Madness to Hit Peak as NIT Starts Tonights” and then went on to state: Basketball’s March madness reaches its wackiest peak tonight with the NIT busting in on the NCAA big college, NCAA small college, and the NAIA in the alphabetical battle for national tournament honors… There are other instances of this type of reference over the next 25 years, with the reference usually being something to the effect of “NCAA’s version of basketball March Madness” in a knowing admittance that it stemmed from high school hoops, but at this point the moniker wasn’t very popularly known outside of Illinois.
This led to the more widespread popularization of the “March Madness” term in conjunction with the NCAA tournament.
It was referring to the Illinois high school basketball tournament.
That said, despite the above being well documented, the NCAA actually has officially credited Bob Walsh and the City of Seattle for the popular association of “March Madness” and the NCAA tournament.
In the early 1990s, both the IHSA and the NCAA were both claiming that they held the exclusive rights to all commercial uses of “March Madness.” Finally, in 1996, the IHSA sued GTE Vantage, a company that had licensed the term “March Madness” from the NCAA in order to name their video game as such.
In early 2000 (after years of negotiation), they both agreed to transfer all rights to March Madness to a separate company called “MMAA.” In turn, each association received a license to use the “March Madness” term in relation to the their basketball tournament.
You gotta wear the blue blazer when you go to the big dance.” Marquette would go on to win the NCAA championship that year.
Nobody wants to pay good money for an apartment that doesn’t allow them to enjoy their environment, feel safe, or host friends.
So if any landlord asks for payment before you’ve signed the lease, beware.
What Is the Guest Policy in This Complex?
You might get your security deposit back, but you’ll have spent much of that money cleaning your apartment!
This is also a good time to ask if you’re allowed to personalize your apartment without forfeiting your security deposit.
What Is the Parking Situation?
You’ll also want to inquire about guest parking.
An apartment complex that doesn’t offer a decent amount of guest parking could prevent you from ever being able to host gatherings at your new place, even if it’s technically allowed.
Be sure to ask your landlord if month-to-month leasing options are available once a lease is finished.
Waiting around for your landlord to take care of repairs is one of the most frustrating aspects of being a renter.
There are plenty of well-known ways to save money on your vacation, such as booking flights and hotels online, cashing in credit card rewards, or eating the free breakfast in your motel.
Let them “save up” the budget if they want something big on the last day of your trip, of if they’d rather carry the cash home.
Pack a lunch Yes, when you’re on vacation, you’re going to eat out.
But you don’t have to do it for every meal!
You’ll save money, and each restaurant meal will be more special.
Save at the restaurant Most restaurant meals are big.
You can’t always do that on vacation, though.
The best things are free What do your kids remember most from your last vacation: the $250 visit to the run-down amusement park, or the day you spent on the beach for free?
You’ll have fun, and your wallet will be fatter on the return trip.
Pay in advance There’s no better feeling when you’re checking out of the hotel than to hear the clerk say the bill is already covered.
In contrast, banks like Synchrony Bank, Ally Bank, and CIT Bank have always stood at the top of the interest rate game.
The minimum deposit to open a savings account is $100.
Perhaps more important than bank stability, especially for online banks, is security.
Barclays currently offers an online savings account with no minimum opening deposit requirement.
SmartyPig offers 1.20% APY on balances of $25,000 or more (1.15% APY on smaller balances).
Unfortunately, SmartyPig only offers an online savings account.
Online checking account, overdraft line of credit, money market account, and investment account are just some of the other ways you can be earning interest with Capital One (and their rates for those accounts are much more competitive).
Another factor that I’ll lump in here with customer service is the time it takes to transfer money in and out of the bank.
Ally Bank’s online savings APY is 1.45%, and they’ve gone a bit outside the box with their CD offerings.
While EverBank does not have a traditional savings account, they do offer a money market account with 1.31% APY for the first year.
But many of us also make the mistake of not realizing just how much those vices actually cost us.
Calculating the true cost of your vices over the course of a year (or more) may help you put your habits into perspective.
If you were to brew your own instead of buying a cup of coffee on your way to work, your savings could be about $700 per year.
Two packs a day can smoke your budget When you do the math, the costs of smoking can really add up.
A pack of cigarettes can cost $5-$6 (or more!
If you were to quit smoking completely and invest that $2,880 per year (and it grew at 8% annually for 20 years), you could amass over $104,000.
Well, the more shows you get hooked on, the higher the likelihood that you’re paying for those channels or services.
For example, if you smoke two packs per day and stop for a drink at your local pub a couple nights each week, you could easily burn through several thousand extra dollars every year.
But I’m hopeful that you’ll at least be honest with yourself about how you spend your money.
Your vices can really become a budget buster if you’re not careful with your spending.
What Is an Extended Car Warranty?
The extended plan is designed to kick in and provide coverage only after a manufacturer’s bumper-to-bumper warranty has expired.
It’s usually added to the cost of a vehicle when you make the purchase.
It is a good option if you don’t mind paying a little bit more at the front end to potentially avoid a big expense when you’re not expecting it a few years down the road.
However, the median out-of-pocket savings on repairs covered by extended warranties for all was just $837.
Paying a little bit more money for your warranty when you purchase your vehicle might be worth it if you really want peace of mind.
Most basic warranties only cover specific types of repairs needed for your engine or transmission.
The pain of paying more at the time of purchase could turn into a big relief as soon as car problems begin piling up down the road.
The Bottom Line on Extended Car Warranties An extended car warranty is a good option to consider if you’re the type of person who prefers to pay now instead of paying later.
On the other hand, purchasing an extended warranty could be a really good option if you’re buying a used vehicle with a history of repairs.
Is there really such a thing as a second chance in the world of personal finance?
Some banks seem to think so.
In fact, certain institutions are willing to help people with troubled credit histories start to build up their financial futures by offering second-chance checking accounts.
Let’s take a look at everything you need to know about second-chance checking accounts.
When in doubt, compare the second-chance account’s fees and restrictions to those of a traditional bank account.
However, you may have to deal with some restrictions as you go through the process of applying for and opening an account.
Some institutions will charge you a monthly fee for the privilege of having a second-chance account.
Some banks even offer access to debit cards, online payment options, and checks right off the bat.
Resource: Bank on the Advantages of Credit Unions The Big Thing to Remember While it can be unpleasant to have to jump through some hoops to please a bank, obtaining a second-chance account is definitely worth the effort.
Financial institutions don’t often offer anything as forgiving as a second-chance account.
By explaining how you can contribute to the business, and how the position fits into your overall career game plan, you paint a picture of how your professional development can help grow the business and vice versa.
For example: How does the role support your career plan?
Have ideas, questions, and an open mind.
Record your achievements If you’re talking to your manager about promotion, think about setting out a business case.
Present a proposal, if you can Along with a business case showing your impact on the business, you should also give suggestions about how your promotion could work in practice.
Even if there isn’t an obvious position vacant for you to be promoted into right now, it can be a healthy discussion to have with your boss.
Ask, for example, what extra out-of-role experience you can get prior to promotion, such as working with other teams or taking on project work.
In that case, it’s often worth taking the chance and grabbing some extra experience, even if it’s not a linear promotion.
Plus, any new skills or experience show you’re willing to stretch yourself and able to flexibly support the business.
Follow up Once you’ve had an initial conversation with your manager about promotion, it’s important to agree on the next steps.
While you’re entitled to one free credit report per year from each of the three major credit reporting bureaus, sometimes that just doesn’t cut it.
Get it The Old-Fashioned Way You can go to annualcreditreport.com to get one free credit report once per year from each of the three major reporting bureaus.
So, a good option is to pull one credit report every three or four months, to space them out over the course of the year.
Place a Fraud Alert (or a Freeze) on Your Credit Report If you do think you’ve been a victim or target of credit fraud, put a fraud alert on your file.
In order for a lender to pull your information to open a new account, you will have to lift the freeze.
To learn more about freezing your credit and see whether it’s what you need, check out this guide.
Check with Your Credit Card Issuer More and more credit card companies are offering their customers a free monthly credit report and credit score.
And each program uses your credit report information from one of the three bureaus.
These sites will pull your most recent credit report, and they’ll give you a large chunk of that information (for free).
Then, they give you your credit score, too.
A cover letter is your 60-second chance to promote yourself.
Here are five keys to writing a great cover letter.
This is where your cover letter comes in.
Your resume will contain all the substance that shows why you’re able to perform the job.
It’s your cover letter, however, that makes the recruiter actually want to invest time in reviewing your resume.
Show you connect with the brand by talking a little about the product, service, or mission of the business.
Maybe you’re applying to a company that makes a product you love.
Think about how you could make this connection if you’re applying for a role with a utility provider, for example.
The skills or experiences that are listed as ‘key’ here are the ones to focus your attention on.
If the skills and experiences you gained are relevant to the job, you can use them.
Many landlords check a prospective tenant’s credit report.
Here are some tips to snag that apartment you love, even if you have no credit history.
If you can show you’re prepared to pay rent on time every month, individuals may overlook your lack of credit history.
But be warned that some are also aware that a previous landlord might give you a good reference – even if you are not a good tenant – to get rid of you.
You can use the extra payments to pay your rent in the final months of the first lease.
It means that your future rent payment won’t exceed 25% or 30% of your monthly income.
That will let the landlord know that you at least have an income that will enable you to comfortably pay the rent every month.
Debt payments reduce your monthly cash flow, giving you less money each month to pay your rent.
But if you have no substantial recurring obligations, sell this to the landlord as a major positive factor in your favor.
Whether you bring in a roommate or a cosigner, make sure that that person has good credit.
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Luke Skywalker may have died in The Last Jedi in December but Mark Hamill was the life of the party in Dublin Saturday. “Today the whole galaxy is Irish,” tweeted the Star Wars icon, who was tapped as the international guest of honor at the Irish capital’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade.
💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚😜 pic.twitter.com/09xeCbJept — Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) March 17, 2018 Decked out in a green plaid scarf, tweed hat and a sprig of shamrocks, Hamill was visibly delighted as he watched the floats, performers and marching bands pass him by.
(Photo: Charles McQuillan, Getty Images) Hamill, who has Irish ancestors, filmed most of his Last Jedi scenes on Skellig Michael Island, located approximately seven miles off County Kerry on Ireland’s southwestern coast.
He wasn’t the only celebrity in attendance: Game of Thrones star Liam Cunningham, who was born in the inner city Dublin enclave of East Wall, served as the parade’s grand marshal.
Cunningham, who met with Syrian refugees in Greece in 2016 along with co-stars Lena Headey and Maisie Williams, used the occasion to speak on behalf of immigrants. “It’s time to wake up,” he told Ireland’s RTÉ News. “These people are an addition to our country.
They give us an opportunity to show a kind and gentle, concern-for-our-fellow- man side of us.
1: Observe The first step in the OODA Loop is to observe.
Having gathered information and oriented ourselves, we have to make an informed decision.
Act While technically a decision-making process, the OODA loop is all about action.
The ability to act upon rational decisions is a serious advantage.
Did we observe the right information?
Why the OODA Loop Works The OODA loop has four key benefits.
Speed is a crucial element of military decision making.
But if we do have the right filters, we can factor uncertainty into the observation stage.
Apple has long used this strategy as a key part of their product launches.
You’ll start making better decisions more quickly.
John Henry might have been victorious against the drill, but that small win was meaningless in the face of his subsequent death.
However, the number of lives lost in the process made the victory meaningless.
Even worse, the two losses had enraged the Romans and made them more willing to continue fighting.
Yet the Battle of Bunker Hill was anything but a true victory, because the British lost a substantial number of men, including 100 of their officers.
Even as they hastened to retreat, the Russian army recovered its lost men quickly and continued to whittle away at the remaining French soldiers.
“[I]t is much better to lose a battle and win the war than to win a battle and lose the war.
Unable to resolve the matter, the neighbor sues the man and wins, forcing him to cut down the trees and pay all legal expenses.
One way to avoid winning a battle but losing the war is to think in terms of opportunity costs.
By stepping back when we get too focused on minutiae, we can pay more attention to the war, not just the battle.
We cannot win every battle we engage in, but we can sometimes win the war.
Guess who’s back?
Michael Mauboussin is back; tell a friend.
I enjoyed it so much, I decided to continue with the show.
(If you missed his last interview, you can listen to it here, or if you’re a member of The Learning Community, you can download a transcript.)
Michael is one of my very favorite people to talk to, and I couldn’t wait to pick up right where we left off.
In this interview, Michael and I dive deep into some of the topics we care most about here at Farnam Street, including: The concept of “base rates” and how they can help us make far better decisions and avoid the pain and consequences of making poor choices.
How to know where you land on the luck/skill continuum and why it matters Michael’s advice on creating a systematic decision-making process in your organization to improve outcomes.
The two most important elements of any decision-making process How to train your intuition to be one of your most powerful assets instead of a dangerous liability The three tests Michael uses in his company to determine the health and financial stability of his environment Why “algorithm aversion” is creating such headaches in many organizations and how to help your teams overcome it, so you can make more rapid progress The most significant books that he’s read since we last spoke, his reading habits, and the strategies he uses to get the most out of every book The importance of sleep in Michael’s life to make sure his body and mind are running at peak efficiency His greatest failures and what he learned from them How Michael and his wife raised their kids and the unique parenting style they adopted How Michael defines happiness and the decisions he makes to maximize the joy in his life Any one of those insights alone is worth a listen, so I think you’re really going to enjoy this interview.
Listen Transcript An edited transcript is available to members of our learning community or for purchase separately ($9).
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During a tribute to Streisand’s decades of TV music specials and other programs, producer and long-time admirer Ryan Murphy queried her about her career, the Me Too movement and her aversion to interviews.
“Never,” she replied when asked if she had been sexually mistreated.
“I wasn’t like those pretty girls with those nice little noses.
Maybe that’s why.” She acknowledged the power of protests against gender inequality sweeping through Hollywood and society.
“We’re in a strange time now in terms of men and women and the pendulum swinging this way and that way, and it’s going to have to come to the center,” Streisand said during Friday’s Paley Center for Media event held at a packed theater.
Her reluctance to talk to news outlets is based on years of what she called inaccurate reporting, including one story that claimed she has an “awards room” at home dedicated to her Oscars, Emmys and other trophies.
But it was the late TV journalist Mike Wallace who came in for the sharpest criticism.
Streisand said that when she was a young star (and before Wallace joined 60 Minutes), he asked her hurtful questions during a TV interview and she called him afterward to complain.
“I thought, I don’t know what date rape is, it’s terrible … but it was such a violation,” she said.
“Why lie?” Streisand said she demands control in her work but only in service to her art that’s included directing, acting and producing TV movies, among them 1995’s Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story,” about anti-gay discrimination in the military.
The structure does not stand out.
A news story about the case described the Cheyenne house as “a little Cayman Island on the Great Plains.” The house, documents showed, hosted a shell company that purportedly owned $72 million in Ukrainian real estate.
These properties were but a portion of the assets connected to Pavlo Lazarenko, who served as prime minister of Ukraine in 1996-97, and who was once characterized by the watchdog group Transparency International (TI) as one of the world’s top 10 kleptocrats.
The structure does not stand out.
The ugly truth is that many federal and state entities in the United States have made it easy for foreigners (and American citizens alike) to set up shell companies, or use other vehicles that can hide illicitly obtained assets.
Yet all the while, internal actions of American officials make it easy for these same kleptocrats to stash funds in the United States, if they so choose.
The dark money flowing into the United States comes from around the globe, yet many prominent cases that have come to light recently can be traced back to Eurasia.
The report estimated that some $300 billion is “generated annually in illicit proceeds” in the United States, going on to single out Eurasian organized crime groups as “a particular concern.” In accessing the American “offshore” industry, the report noted, Eurasian groups make “systemic use of sophisticated schemes … using US banking institutions and US-incorporated shell companies.” The paper added that US-based suspected shell companies “have moved billions of dollars globally” from foreign accounts, especially from countries like Russia and Latvia.
A World Bank report noted that although the United States sees 10 times more legal entities formed annually than 41 global tax havens combined, it is impossible to distinguish shell companies from operational firms.
A common line of reasoning used to resist reform was mentioned in a statement from the Wyoming Secretary of State’s office: “The release of the ‘Panama Papers’ has led to some renewed calls for transparency and the revealing of beneficial ownership information for entities registered not just in Wyoming, but across the United States.
Why does it have to be guinea pigs?
The truth is that guinea pigs, along with rats, mice, hamsters, rabbits, cats, and dogs, have been part of atomic studies that aim to improve the well-being of the human race.
But as nuclear weapons?
The Nuclear Guinea Pigs The use of nuclear guinea pigs was highly evident during the cold war.
The United States of America made hundreds of nuclear experiments around the 1940s to 1960s, and these events have been compiled in the report called “American Nuclear Guinea Pigs: Three Decades of Radiation Experiments on U.S. Citizen“.
One of the most well-known test sites was Nevada where the citizens were allegedly used as nuclear guinea pigs.
According to CTBTO (Commission for comprehensive nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization), the Soviet Union carried out 715 tests from 1949 until their last test in 1990.
The United States carried out 1,032 nuclear tests from 1945 until the last test in 1992.
North Korea has been conducting nuclear weapons tests since 2006, with a total of 5 tests by 2016.
Nuclear weapons Today, there are more than 23,000 nuclear weapons ready for firing.
The immutability and decentralized nature of public blockchain networks, such as bitcoin and Ethereum, could allow governments to process large amounts of sensitive information on an unchangeable and transparent platform.
Potential applications of blockchain technology in e-governance Over the last two years, several governments, including those of Brazil and Georgia, have utilized blockchain technology to manage electoral votes, land registry and digital identities.
As a data processing technology, blockchain is largely applicable to many of government’s functions and services.
The application of blockchain technology in e-voting and the real estate registry would see governments processing millions of transactions on a public blockchain network daily.
In a PoW-based system, miners use electricity and computing power to solve blocks and process information.
For instance, if the Brazilian government was to process its popular petitions on the Ethereum blockchain, which it plans to do in the future, only around 500,000 votes could be processed a day.
In the recent testing of its Ethereum-based electoral system, the Brazilian government utilized a system called hashing to combine all daily votes into a single transaction and broadcast it to the Ethereum blockchain network.
Costa added that, in Brazil, there is no secure method of gathering votes and signatures from the people when processing popular petitions.
While McCorry believes that e-governance is a compelling use case for blockchain technology, he still holds that, for now, blockchain has “very little” advantage over existing technologies.
Nevertheless, as scalability improves, second-layer scaling solutions are implemented and blockchain is adopted by the e-governance sector, more convincing use cases of blockchain technology will likely emerge.
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That changed completely in November, when the Justice Department moved to block the deal.
Netflix is now spending up to $8 billion a year on content, up from $6 billion in 2016.
“It’s bad in the sense that that’s a lost year and a half from business planning perspective,” said Brian Wieser, a senior analyst at Pivotal.
For example, could HBO and Warner Bros. be sliced off and sold to companies like Apple or Amazon?
The networks TNT and TBS to an entity like Viacom?
And, even to some extent, Turner and CNN.
Netflix and Amazon now spend more on content than HBO, and it could simply be a matter of time before Apple does as well.
TBS and TNT, and Turner’s slate of cable channels, continue to experience ratings declines as more consumers cut the cord.
“You suddenly have, from scratch, for the last six or eight years, $15 billion being spent by Amazon or Netflix,” Mr. Zaslav, the Discovery chief executive, said.
“That could soon be $20 or $25 billion.
To keep the powers that be accountable, we need to support and protect the right to view, archive, and make available information that was made public in the past.
What rights does the public currently have to this supposedly public data?
From the US Government Copyright Office: Copyright does not protect facts, ideas, systems, or methods of operation, although it may protect the way these things are expressed.
Many websites use this file to allow crawling by major search engines such as Google and Bing, but explicitly discourage automated data collection in general.
Websites encourage search engines to catalog their pages because they want their content to be seen, to be “discoverable.” They are actively promoting the dissemination of their data by encouraging the dominant search engines to index their site and push them up to the top of search results.
But what the typical robots.txt file says is exactly that — except it applies to automated viewing as opposed to human viewing.
Various attempts have been made to archive the internet and web, the best known being the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine, which tries to keep a record of websites as they existed at certain points in time.
All the big players — Google, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Amazon, and so on — actively “monetize” this data.
It seems rather cynical and self-serving for these companies to collect all of this valuable information, make it public to ensure it’s searchable and monetizable, and then turn around and complain when third parties attempt to collect the same public data and redistribute it, either in its original form or analyzed, aggregated, and made searchable in new and interesting ways.
So the firm harvested private information from the Facebook profiles of more than 50 million users without their permission, according to former Cambridge employees, associates and documents, making it one of the largest data leaks in the social network’s history.
Alexander Nix, the chief executive of Cambridge Analytica, and other officials had repeatedly denied obtaining or using Facebook data, most recently during a parliamentary hearing last month.
But in a statement to The Times, the company acknowledged that it had acquired the data, though it blamed Mr. Kogan for violating Facebook’s rules and said it had deleted the information as soon as it learned of the problem two years ago.
The country has strict privacy laws, and its information commissioner announced on Saturday that she was looking into whether the Facebook data was “illegally acquired and used.” In the United States, Mr. Mercer’s daughter, Rebekah, a board member, Mr. Bannon and Mr. Nix received warnings from their lawyer that it was illegal to employ foreigners in political campaigns, according to company documents and former employees.
Congressional investigators have questioned Mr. Nix about the company’s role in the Trump campaign.
Mr. Bannon and the Mercers declined to comment.
When the Psychometrics Centre declined to work with the firm, Mr. Wylie found someone who would: Dr. Kogan, who was then a psychology professor at the university and knew of the techniques.
Most SCL employees and contractors were Canadian, like Mr. Wylie, or European.
The data firm would also have to find American citizens or green card holders, Mr. Levy wrote, “to manage the work and decision making functions, relative to campaign messaging and expenditures.” In summer and fall 2014, Cambridge Analytica dived into the American midterm elections, mobilizing SCL contractors and employees around the country.
Cambridge Analytica appears to have exhibited a similar pattern in the 2016 election cycle, when the company worked for the campaigns of Mr. Cruz and then Mr. Trump.
Then there’s social media marketing.
And after you drill into the philosophies of both, the two appear as different as a horse and buggy parked next to a Tesla.
Opinions change fast, algorithms change fast — and if you’re trying to sell a product or an idea in the online landscape of Facebook, Twitter, and their contemporaries, there’s a hyper-specialized skill set you need to possess.
The Silicon Valley Digital Marketing Institute prides itself on that social media knowledge.
Your training is broken up into 12 modules, each focused on helping you make the biggest splash on the biggest social platforms.
The course goes inside Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and more, to show you the specific advantages and disadvantages of using each to help amplify your message.
Armed with that knowledge, you’ll know how to improve your reach, identify and connect with the customers or followers you’re looking for, and ultimately craft effective and profitable social media campaigns.
This training will help you zero in on individual users, whether they’re on Twitter, Pinterest, or elsewhere, and tailor your message to their specific online wants and needs.
Finally, this course comes with Silicon Valley certification upon completion, a resume-building item that can help you get hired as a social media professional.
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If the world was divided into critics and believers, Hawking would certainly fall into the AI critic column, but slotting him there ignores a great deal of nuance to his position on artificial intelligence.
He repeatedly said that a superintelligent AI could spell the end of humanity.
“You’re probably not an evil ant-hater who steps on ants out of malice, but if you’re in charge of a hydroelectric green energy project and there’s an anthill in the region to be flooded, too bad for the ants,” he wrote in a 2015 question-and-answer session on Reddit.
And yes, he did warn about AI-based weapons systems.
His advocacy came from a belief that it was possible to develop a set of best practices that would lead to the creation of beneficial AI.
When superintelligent AI does arrive, here’s hoping we actually remember what he had to say.
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Please enjoy this video of Stephen Hawking’s appearance at Web Summit last year: From the AI Channel Over the past three years, building intelligent apps — apps powered by machine learning that continuously improve as they ingest new data — has become easier and easier.
Generally, we see the core machine learning tools and […] Stephen Hawking’s Favorite Places, a three-part TV series that debuted in January, has been made available to watch online for free in honor of Hawking’s life, according to tech and science video streaming site CuriosityStream.
The final episode, which had still not been released, was also published […] A new report today from The Information (paywalled, via 9to5Mac) discusses the troubled seven-year history of Apple’s digital assistant Siri, describing it as “a problem” for Apple, and blaming it for the underwhelming performance of Apple’s smart speaker HomePod.
Adrian Lamo, a hacker best known for breaking into the computer networks of The New York Times and other major corporations, and for reporting the Army whistle-blower Chelsea Manning to the authorities, died, his father and officials said.
Mr. Lamo was found dead in an apartment in Wichita, Kan., on Wednesday, The Wichita Eagle reported.
Kate Flavin, a spokeswoman for Sedgwick County, Kan., said on Saturday that the cause of death was unknown.
“It’s like someone kicking in your front door while you’re on vacation and running up a $300,000 bill on your phone, and then telling you when you arrive home that he had performed a useful service by demonstrating that your deadbolt wasn’t secure enough,” James B. Comey, then the United States attorney in Manhattan, said in 2003 of Mr. Lamo’s activities.
Mr. Lamo pleaded guilty to one count of computer damage, telling a federal judge that he was “genuinely remorseful” for his actions.
They chatted for a week about her personal problems in the military.
Ms. Manning admitted she had leaked classified video of a helicopter attack in Baghdad that left 12 people dead, including two Reuters employees, to WikiLeaks.org, which published the video online under the title “Collateral Murder.” Mr. Lamo said Ms. Manning also admitted leaking to WikiLeaks 260,000 classified diplomatic cables and video of a 2009 Afghanistan airstrike that left 96 people dead.
She was arrested and eventually sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking over 750,000 documents and video, the longest punishment ever imposed for a leak conviction.
Mr. Lamo said he was worried that the leaks provided by Ms. Manning would endanger people’s lives.
On the comments of the Facebook post announcing Mr. Lamo’s death, some called him a “real hero” and “true patriot.” Mario Lamo said his son went through a difficult period after reporting Ms. Manning to the authorities.
Over at RCgroups, user [Cesco] has shared a very interesting project which uses the ever-popular ESP8266 as both a transmitter and receiver for RC vehicles.
According to the Espressif documentation, this mode is akin to the low-power 2.4GHz communication used in wireless mice and keyboards, and is designed specifically for persistent, peer-to-peer connectivity.
Switching an ESP8266 between being a transmitter or receiver is as easy as commenting out a line in the source code and reflashing the firmware.
One transmitter (referred to as the server in the source code) can command eight receiving ESP8266s simultaneously.
[Cesco] specifically uses the example of long-range aircraft flying in formation; only coming out of the mesh network when it’s time to manually land each one.
[Cesco] has done experiments using both land and air vehicles.
He shows off a very hefty looking tracked rover, as well as a quickly knocked together quadcopter.
He warns the quadcopter flies like “a wet sponge”, but it does indeed fly with the ESP’s handling all the over the air communication.
To be clear, you still need a traditional PPM-compatible RC receiver and transmitter pair to use his code.
They aren’t directly responsible for taking user input or running the speed controls, for example.
Nowhere is this more pronounced than in financial technology.
AR will transfigure both business and consumer finance tech, though in different ways.
Like Salesforce’s primary offering the computation takes place in the cloud; business users need only the headset and their data.
Salesforce might have stepped in early but they won’t be alone, and many other finance tech data visualization tools are on the horizon.
What about the consumer?
At the same time, Wells Fargo’s offering also includes gamification, featuring full AR games and puzzles.
“There’s more to us than financial products.
The ubiquity of the smartphone means it’s far more likely that consumers will take up a rewarding AR-driven experience if the platform is already in their pocket.
If financial institutions expect to compete with the tech world, embracing consumer-friendly AR is a must.
And it’s probably in payment systems that consumer-facing AR will find its first finance tech application.
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Avengers: Infinity War is still just over a month away from opening in theaters, but now fans know exactly how long the eagerly anticipated upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe film will run.
As spotted on Fandango’s movie overview page for Infinity War, the film comes in at just over two and a half hours long with a runtime of 156 minutes.
This confirmation of the film’s runtime officially makes Avengers: Infinity War the longest MCU film to date, a distinction previously held by Captain America: Civil War which clocked in with a runtime of 147 minutes.
The trailer, which was dropped yesterday, reveals that Thanos’ one goal — at least according to his daughter, Gamora — was to wipe out half of the universe and if he gets all the Infinity Stones he can do it with the simple snap of his fingers.
The trailer shows Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) engaging in literal hand-to-hand combat with the Mad Titan and the partially completed Gauntlet. “Every story that Marvel has told since Iron Man 1 finds a narrative thread in these next two Avengers movies,” Russo said. “It is a culmination of all that storytelling.”
Marvel Studios’ Black Panther is now playing in theaters.
It is followed by Ant-Man and The Wasp on July 6, 2018, Captain Marvel on March 8, 2019, the fourth Avengers movie on May 3, 2019, the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming on July 5, 2019, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.
When the Russia question came up during a hearing at the British Parliament last month, Alexander Nix did not hesitate.
“We’ve never worked in Russia,” said Mr. Nix, head of a data consulting firm that advised the Trump campaign on targeting voters.
“We’ve never worked with a Russian organization in Russia or any other country, and we don’t have any relationship with Russia or Russian individuals.” But Mr. Nix’s business did have some dealings with Russian interests, according to company documents and interviews.
Mr. Nix is a director of SCL Group, a British political and defense contractor, and chief executive of its American offshoot, Cambridge Analytica, which advised the Trump campaign.
Lukoil was interested in how data was used to target American voters, according to two former company insiders who said there were at least three meetings with Lukoil executives in London and Turkey.
SCL and Lukoil denied that the talks were political in nature, and SCL also said there were no meetings in London.
On two promotional documents obtained by The New York Times, SCL said it did business in Russia.
While Mr. Nix’s firm turned over some records to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence during its investigation of Russian interference, Democrats on the committee want a fuller review.
Arash Repac, chief executive of Lukoil Eurasia Petrol, offered a different explanation for the talks.
He said that a meeting he attended with SCL in Turkey involved a promotional campaign with local soccer teams.
In February 2016, Anton Hand emailed Valve’s Chet Faliszek with details about some of his previous work with Unity and experiments in VR.
Faliszek sent Hand a Vive Pre for free, as he had done many other times for developers looking to explore VR.
Using that previous knowledge and experience, after two days with the headset, Hand posted a video to YouTube showing the fundamentals of loading a gun and shooting targets in VR.
At the current rate they’ll clear 100,000 copies not long after the game turns two years old.
That’s roughly $1 million in gross sales per year, with Valve taking an estimated 30 percent cut.
“We’ve had people just show up the past two years and just straight up donate to us AAA-quality firearm models,” Hand wrote.
Instead, the developers focused on constant experimentation in VR and they put that in front of a community drawn in through the Steam page and forum, or Hand’s constant videos on YouTube.
This constant show of progress and experimentation combined with obsessive 24/7 responsiveness to feedback — sometimes seeing a request and posting an update answering it hours later — has drawn in a supportive community.
Mini-games and challenges that are great for Hot-Headset play with friends!
“So the genre breadth of [H3VR’s] scenes can be seen as a set of experiments…we start with a fairly realistic simulation of a firearm, designed to be accurate instead of make you feel like super hero, and then smash that up with a bunch of game genres and see what works, what doesn’t, what’s fun, what isn’t, and do ‘live’ research on a huge audience.
It looks like Kanye West is back in the lab.
This time, he brought Drake with him.
The two rap powerhouses have been cooking up in Kanye’s hideaway in Jackson Hole, Wyo, reports TMZ.
According to their sources, both rappers recently checked into the posh Amangani resort under aliases, and brought big entourages with them.
They reportedly hauled in lots of studio equipment, presumably to set up a lab so the two can work.
Travis Scott, The-Dream, King Louie, Gunna, Tony Williams, A$AP Bari, Kid Cudi, Nas and producer Pi’erre Bourne have also been photographed in the area.
All indications are Kanye is busy on his new LP.
This sounds similar to the circumstances that surrounded his My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album, where Kanye commissioned a slew of artists and flew them out to Hawaii to create.
That album, of course, turned out to be one of ‘Ye’s most well-received projects.
It’s been two years since we got his latest album Life of Pablo, and fans are fiending for more.
Image: Getty Images Months into the reckoning of Hollywood, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the group behind the Oscars) is looking into its own leadership.
John Bailey, who was elected president of the organization last year, is being investigated for sexual harassment, reports Variety.
The Academy started looking into Bailey after receiving three claims against him.
The exact nature of the allegations remains unclear, and the victims’ names are being kept under wraps.
Bailey was elected into the position last August, succeeding Cheryl Boone Isaacs.
He’s happened to preside over a challenging time in the industry: In October, the New Yorker and the New York Times published their exposés of Harvey Weinstein, igniting a firestorm that would eventually evolve into the #MeToo movement.
Just days after those stories hit the press, the Academy voted to kick out Weinstein – which raised awkward questions about what the organization planned to do about all the other accused predators in its midst.
In the months since then, the Academy has also unveiled a new code of conduct and a new claims process.
There’s no doubt that Weinstein’s downfall, and everything that followed, has marked a major change for Hollywood.
(How strong the impact is, and how long it lasts, is another question that remains to be answered.)
In fact, for founders of startups in especially dicey emerging sectors like VR/AR, Europe’s risk-averse investment culture makes it exceedingly difficult to survive, let alone thrive, without seeking investment from the U.S.
U.S. investors have good reason to push Silicon Valley insists on this model of converting foreign startups into U.S.-based ones for good reason.
Legal and taxes: U.S. investors know a lot about U.S. corporate law and little about local legal frameworks in other countries.
Ease and competition: The sheer volume of U.S. startups and the robustness of the market means that a startup based in another country has to be truly unique and outstanding to get VC attention.
In theory a good VC provides more than just money and pressure.
Market size: With technology, the U.S. is a very large homogenous market.
There is less money around and it gets harder to raise A and B rounds in the EU.
The right allocation of resources could position Europe as one of the global hotbeds for the mixed reality industry.
Finland-based Vizor raised $2.3 million in seed funding last May led by DeMiroz’s VR Fund and Finland-based Inventure and wasn’t required to uproot from Europe as a condition of the deal.
“We are open to investing in outstanding companies outside the U.S. as long as we have local VCs to collaborate with and we are comfortable with the basic investment and legal framework of that country.” These kinds of cases set positive precedents for an altogether new trend where Silicon Valley meets Europe half-way.
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