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Want to spot a deepfake video caller? Ask the suspect to turn sideways

11 August 2022 @ 6:45 pm

Researchers have discovered a surprisingly simple way to detect deepfake video calls: ask the suspect to turn sideways. The trick was shared this week by, a London-based startup behind the viral  Tom Cruise deepfakes. The company used DeepFaceLive, a popular app for video deepfakes, to transform a volunteer into various celebrities. Most of the recreations were impressive when they looked straight-ahead. But once the faces rotated a full 90-degrees, the images became distorted and the spell was broken. The fakes fell apart at a sharp 90° profile. Credit: The team believes the defects emerge because the software uses fewer…

You can buy this flying car, but should you?

11 August 2022 @ 11:58 am

The idea of a car that turns into a plane in three minutes sounds like a dream. Imagine you’re driving along during peak hour. You get an alert of incoming traffic and shapeshift into an aircraft that takes to the skies, overtaking commuter delays, toll bridges, and construction delays — suck it, gridlock! But the reality of the flying car (aka air car) is a lot less spontaneous and a lot less flexible.  And I’m here to burst your bubble following the news of Samson Sky’s successful FAA inspection.  This week, after 14 years of design, R&D, and fundraising, Samson…

A beginner’s guide to the AI apocalypse: The democratization of ‘expertise’

11 August 2022 @ 1:17 am

In this series we examine some of the most popular doomsday scenarios prognosticated by modern AI experts. Previous articles include Misaligned Objectives, Artificial Stupidity, Wall-E Syndrome, Humanity Joins the Hivemind, and Killer Robots. We’ve covered a lot of ground in this series (see above), but nothing comes close to our next topic. The “democratization of expertise” might sound like a good thing — democracy, expertise, what’s not to like? But it’s our intent to convince you that it’s the single greatest AI-related threat our species faces by the time you finish reading this article. In order to properly understand this, we’ll have to…

UK government again plugs strike-busting dream of driverless subway trains

9 August 2022 @ 9:27 pm

It’s strike season on the London Underground, and that means one thing for the UK’s interminable Tory governments: time to rev-up the driverless hype train. Conservative politicians have long called for a fully-autonomous metro. In 2012, then-London Mayor Boris Johnson said Britain’s capital would have driverless trains within 10 years. A decade later, he claimed the switch would free people from being “prisoners of the unions.” The government reiterated the case during recent funding talks with Transport for London (TfL), which operates the local underground network. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps made working towards driverless trains a condition of the bailout. Shapps…

Drones offer sustainable last-mile parcel delivery

9 August 2022 @ 3:50 pm

The future of last-mile package delivery is fast and contactless, with delivery providers focused on eliminating traffic and parking challenges. An increasingly prominent option is the use of uncrewed aerial vehicles or drones.  This week research comparing the environmental impact of different forms of last-mile delivery was published in the scientific journal Patterns. Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University compared the energy consumption of quadcopter drones against diesel and electric medium-duty trucks, small vans, and electric cargo bicycles on a per-package basis. They found that greenhouse-gas emissions per parcel were 84% lower for drones than for diesel trucks. Unsurprisingly, drones consumed…

Crypto fans are paying more for NFT cars than real ones

9 August 2022 @ 2:07 pm

Say you had millions of dollars to spend. If you’re an automotive enthusiast, perhaps you’d buy the latest Ferrari or a 1956 Aston Martin. But would you spend an exorbitant amount for a car you can’t physically drive? It may sound illogical, but research by Vanarama shows people are digging deep into their pockets to buy car-related NFTs. This means that they own the cars’ digital rendering (although anyone can view and download it), but they’ll never get to lay a single hand on the vehicle. In fact, as per the study, buyers are willing to pay even more for…Thi

5 ways to identify job phishing schemes

9 August 2022 @ 12:25 pm

Have you ever been catfished? Maybe you’ve met someone on a dating app and decided to go for a coffee or a drink, but when you showed up, the person looked nothing like their profile pictures. Unfortunately, this kind of deception is such a part of dating in 2022 that we’ve almost come to accept it. But that kind of deceit would never happen in a professional setting… would it? By now, you’ve probably heard about the Madbird job scam that hit the news back in February. Madbird was advertised as a British-based design agency run by a charismatic and…This stor

The future of dark matter research will ultimately be decided by politicians

8 August 2022 @ 5:53 pm

Experts believe some 80-percent of the universe could be made up of a mysterious substance called “dark matter.” Some even think there’s an entire group of particles forming a “dark sector” that could be as complex as the matter and antimatter families. Unfortunately, the quest to finally observe dark matter is hitting a wall. Simply put we need more particle colliders. And whether they get built is, seemingly, completely up to the powers-that-be in the European and US political arenas. Cash rules everything The development of particle colliders has been one of humankind’s most expensive scientific endeavors. However, they haven’t…

This startup wants you to test its latest flying machine

8 August 2022 @ 3:48 pm

In an effort to bring personal flying machines to the skies, French inventor and former jet-ski champion Franky Zapata is taking invites for people to try out his latest flying machine – the JetRacer.  Meet the JetRacer  The JetRacer is a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft powered by ten kerosene-fueled micro-turbo-jet engines.  The Zapata JetRacer Controlled by two joysticks, it’s capable of a high degree of maneuverability, with a video of Zapata flipping and turning the aircraft at speed while flying over water.   Not Zapata’s first rodeo Zapata crossing the English Channel Zapata’s had a long history with…

This skin-like computing chip uses AI to monitor health data

8 August 2022 @ 1:41 pm

What if wearable electronics could monitor your health and detect diseases even before symptoms appear? That’s exactly the vision of Sihong Wang and his research team at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (PME). “With this work we’ve bridged wearable technology with artificial intelligence and machine learning to create a powerful device which can analyze health data right on our own bodies,” Wang says. The assistant professor and his team envision a future where wearable biosensors can track indicators of health, including sugar, oxygen, and metabolites in people’s blood. With this purpose in mind, they have developed…

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How to upgrade to Windows 11, whether your PC is supported or not

12 August 2022 @ 6:00 pm

Supported or not, new or old, this is everything you need to know.

Betelgeuse is bouncing back after blowing its top in 2019

12 August 2022 @ 5:28 pm

"We're watching stellar evolution in real time."

Xiaomi clones the Galaxy Fold, makes it 40% thinner, adds a bigger battery

12 August 2022 @ 5:12 pm

Samsung hasn't changed the Galaxy Fold battery density for four years, and it shows.

US approves Google plan to let political emails bypass Gmail spam filter

12 August 2022 @ 4:55 pm

Plan came after GOP complaints, but FEC says it doesn't violate ban on contributions.

The Soviet Union once hunted endangered whales to the brink of extinction

12 August 2022 @ 4:48 pm

Scientists opposed whaling and secretly tracked its toll.

Epson’s bricked printers highlight the industry’s reparability problem

12 August 2022 @ 4:44 pm

Printer makers have a history of invasive practices that hurt user repairability, experience.

Samsung heir pardoned due to South Korean economic needs

12 August 2022 @ 3:45 pm

Lee's ascendancy to Samsung chairman position key to "vitalizing the economy."

Google adds instant cloud-streaming button to web searches for games

12 August 2022 @ 2:04 pm

It's not just Stadia, either; non-Google streaming rivals also get featured.

Rocket Report: SpaceX sees rideshare demand, Russia’s odd launch deal with Iran

12 August 2022 @ 11:30 am

"One of the questions that we’re getting a lot is, 'How full are you guys?'"

The best cheap Android phones

12 August 2022 @ 11:15 am

Want a smartphone but don't want to spend $1,000? We've got you covered.

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Hydrogel bandage uses ultrasound to better stick to the skin

12 August 2022 @ 8:12 pm

The hydrogel could also be utilized in applications such as transdermal drug deliveryGetting a bandage to stick to your skin can sometimes be difficult, particularly if that skin is wet. This isn't a problem with an experimental new wound dressing however, which uses ultrasound-induced microbubbles to better bond with the skin.Continue ReadingCategory: Medical, ScienceTags: Dressings,

New polymer removes dye from wastewater, and can be reused afterwards

12 August 2022 @ 5:55 pm

A vial of water contaminated with blue dye (left), alongside one in which the polymer was used to remove the dyeIn wastewater produced by the textile industry and others, dye is one of the primary pollutants. A newly developed synthetic polymer is capable of removing that dye from the water, plus it can be cleaned up and reused to treat more wastewater.Continue ReadingCategory: Materials, ScienceTags:

Worms raised on seaweed could be a more sustainable salmon feed

12 August 2022 @ 4:34 pm

A marine ragworm, rich in Omega-3s and other fatty acids thanks to its diet of sugar kelpWhile the farming of salmon does help take pressure off wild stocks, the feed used to raise the fish still isn't entirely sustainably sourced. That may change, however, thanks to nutrient-rich worms that eat readily available seaweed.Continue ReadingCategory: Good Thinking, LifestyleTags: SINTEF,

Review: Pedal-assist city riding with fast-folding Flit-16 Commuter ebike

12 August 2022 @ 12:54 pm

The Flit-16 Commuter Edition ebike folds down in seconds, and can be rolled to the train platform using the seat to steerThe Flit-16 folding ebike launched on Kickstarter back in 2019 is now on general sale as the upgraded Commuter Edition, which we got to ride and fold, roll along and then unfold and ride for a few days earlier in the month.Continue ReadingCategory: Bicycles, TransportTags: City

TAE on track for billion-degree hydrogen-boron fusion by early 2030s

12 August 2022 @ 8:30 am

TAE's fifth-generation fusion reactor prototype was designed to generate 30 million-degree temperatures, but it's already achieved 75 million degreesSome fusion projects aim to create hundred-million degree working temperatures in magnetically confined plasma. The CEO of TAE Technologies tells us his team's aiming for 10 times that temperature, targeting cheaper, easier and safer boron fuel.Continue ReadingCategory: Energy, ScienceTags:

Scientists recreate the song of long-lost insect to help find it again

12 August 2022 @ 7:36 am

An artist's illustration of Prophalangopsis obscura, an insect known only from a single specimen collected 150 years ago.After 150 years sitting silently in a museum, a strange specimen has now sung its song once more. Scientists have digitally recreated the sound of a long-lost species of insect, not seen since 1869, by creating 3D scans of its wings. The specifics of the tune could help track down living specimens in the wild – if there are any left.Continue ReadingCategory: ScienceTags:

Moonlander truck RV tightropes ingeniously between camper and cap

12 August 2022 @ 4:32 am

Whether overlanding for days or taking a day trip with gear or toys, the Moonlander helps pickup owners get it doneThe truck cap (aka camper shell) has long provided a way of covering and securing a pickup bed, doubling as a light hard-wall camper for those who don't mind keeping it simple. More recently, these caps have given way to a new generation of pop-up pickup toppers, lightweight campers that attach like caps but offer more space and in-vehicle living potential. At least one company believes there's room for further differentiation. Denver's Radica Products has designed the Moonlander to split the difference between cap and pop-up topper, creating a fixed-roof shell that offers more camping elbow room than a cap without all

World's oldest ice core could stretch back 5 million years

12 August 2022 @ 3:59 am

Researchers extract an ice core from Ong Valley, AntarcticaTo learn about the future of Earth’s climate we can look to the past, and one of the best ways to do that is with samples drilled from deep ice cores. Now, scientists have dated what may be the world’s oldest ice core, with some sections potentially preserving samples as old as 5 million years.Continue ReadingCategory: Environment, ScienceTags:

Vaccine booster for all London children as polio found in more wastewater

12 August 2022 @ 1:01 am

Following more wastewater detections of poliovirus in London, health authorities are commencing a city-wide vaccine booster program aimed at all children under the age of 10A polio vaccine booster program has been announced in the United Kingdom targeting all London children under the age of 10. The program comes after more detections of poliovirus in London’s wastewater indicate the virus is spreading undetected throughout the city.Continue ReadingCategory: Health & Wellbeing,

GMC Canyon AT4X pickup urges nomads to disappear into the wild

12 August 2022 @ 12:56 am

The new 2023 GMC Canyon AT4X includes a lifted suspension with Multimatic DSSV shocks, underbody protection and front and rear diff lockersFollowing last month's introduction of the new Chevrolet Colorado, GM has debuted that truck's gussied-up cousin, the third-generation GMC Canyon. Headlining the tough, new Canyon lineup, the all-new AT4X follows in the footsteps of the Colorado ZR2 and Sierra AT4X in upping its off-road capability. It supports contemporary explorers with a specialized off-road suspension, skid plates galore, and an available winch for self-rescuing out of jams in remote corners even the local wildlife doesn't visit.

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How does vmscript execute functions through multiple threads?

13 August 2022 @ 4:24 am

I have a function for generating tags via ctags: :function! UpdateCtags() if !has('linux') echohl ErrorMsg | echo 'This function only supports running under the linux operating system.' | echohl None return endif echo 'Generating labels...' let output = system('ctags -f ' . g:tags_file . ' -R /usr/include') if v:shell_error == 0 echo 'Generated labels successfully.' else echohl ErrorMsg | echo output | echohl None endif :endfunction I want to simply execute the UpdateCtags function through multiple threads, how can I do this?

Reuse an existing external datasource connection for PivotTable (without creating a duplicate connection)

13 August 2022 @ 4:11 am

In Excel 2016, I can create a connection to an Oracle database (via ODBC) using Microsoft Query (or or the Connection Wizard or Power Query). Creating a connection using one of those methods works as expected. The external data is brought into a sheet as a table. And a connection is created; I can see the connection in the connection list. Next, I want to reuse the connection when creating PivotTables. Option 1: Click a cell within the Excel table and insert a PivotTable based on that named table/range. That technically works; the PivotTable directly references the Excel table/range. But there seems to be a quirk: In order to refresh the data in the PivotTable, I need to hit Refresh All twice. If I only hit Refresh All once, then only the table gets refreshed, not the PivotTable. That quirk is confusing for users. The table and PivotTable become out-of-sync if Re

How to List the Hidden Apps You Can Uninstall in Windows?

13 August 2022 @ 3:38 am

I know there are some hidden Microsoft apps and programs installed on my computer that aren't listed in App and Features. I would like to see if I can remove any of those as well. How do I find a list of them and then uninstall them?

trying to set up dual homed rehl8 box, ruined networking

13 August 2022 @ 3:32 am

I am more used to setting up networking with the networking scripts, but rehl8 needs nmcli to do this dual homed set up. In trying to set this up, I deleted the connection for both the NICs so I could crate new connections following these instructions: Well, that did not work. I am not sure, but I expect this is because the instructions are not for rhel8. So I deleted the new connections again, and tried to just get back to where I started before trying to continue. So I found this:

Sysinternals procmon "Process Active Summary" is missing most processes

13 August 2022 @ 2:24 am

I am trying to track CPU usage of our build script and of all the processes it spawns to accomplish the task of creating a release. I ran a procmon64.exe (with profiling) session during the course of a successful release build and saved the resulting .pml file. I later started procmon /noconnect and loaded the .pml file to do analysis. In the tools menu, I select the process tree and find the initial invocation of powershell.exe that runs our script. With that parent process selected, I add it and all its child process PID's to the filter. Thus I have a filter that consists exclusively of a list of PID includes. This all works fine and the filtered process events are exactly the selection I expect and want. Now I want to know (and log) the total CPU time spent by each process. In the Tools menu, I select Process Activity Summary. I think this is intended to give a summary of

Overview of the BitTorrent landscape [closed]

13 August 2022 @ 2:03 am

There seems to be no shortage of technical details available on web sites about, say, the BitTorrent protocol, or myriad aspects of the system details. I would prefer to buy a technical book that was a comprehensive guide, including all aspects of BitTorrent, how it's used by individuals and institutions, how copyright owners find and prosecute copyright violations, about how advancements in the technologies of both sides have changed over time. The problem is that I can't find any books because if you put "book" and "torrent" together, all the results are about getting a book of any subject via a torrent.

How can I keep the cursor focus on terminal when start a GUI binary file in terminal

13 August 2022 @ 1:55 am

There has a GUI program binary file. I start in terminal like path/to/binaryfile some args. then it will generate a GUI window in frontend and my cursor in this window. I want to keep the cursor always in terminal. how can I do this? start it path/to/binary args then the cursor also in terminal not jump to this GUI env is macos

Can I even learn FFMPEG if I didn't major in Particle Physics and Computer Science? [closed]

13 August 2022 @ 1:49 am

Serious question, this is impossible. I might have tried a few things but this text is only to let me post this question

SSD showing only 195GB out of 512GB in a new laptop

13 August 2022 @ 1:44 am

I ordered an Asus Vivobook online and received it yesterday. On starting the laptop it shows the SSD as having only 195GB. I tried disk management where it shows Disk 0 as having 476.92GB in the lower panel but in the upper panel in Volume it shows OS(C) as having only 195.31GB. I have searched and entered resize volume where it shows the SSD size as 475GB but shows 330GB as used (?). I tried to resize the volume but get a message - we couldn't change the volume size. Error code: 0x80070057. Is this because of a bad SSD? Please help

Adding a character before and after each text in MS Word

12 August 2022 @ 8:21 pm

I have a long paragraph in Microsoft office(Word). The thing I want to do is, I want to add a fixed character (say "i") before and after each words in my doument. For example if there is a word in my paragraph, say "superuser" then it should become "isuperuseri", and this should happen to every other words in the paragraph. Though I know a character can be added after each word using find and replace method, but how about this one? Well, I'm using MS office's latest version.

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Programming and human factors

The 2030 Self-Driving Car Bet

4 March 2022 @ 6:53 pm

It's my honor to announce that John Carmack and I have initiated a friendly bet of $10,000* to the 501(c)(3) charity of the winner’s choice:By January 1st, 2030, completely autonomous self-driving cars meeting SAE J3016 level 5 will be commercially available for

Updating The Single Most Influential Book of the BASIC Era

31 December 2021 @ 11:49 pm

In a way, these two books are responsible for my entire professional career.With early computers, you didn't boot up to a fancy schmancy desktop, or a screen full of apps you could easily poke and prod with your finger. No, those computers booted up to the command

Building a PC, Part IX: Downsizing

19 April 2020 @ 11:56 pm

Hard to believe that I've had the same PC case since 2011, and my last serious upgrade was in 2015. I guess that's yet another sign that the PC is over, because PC upgrades have gotten really boring. It took 5 years for me to muster

The Rise of the Electric Scooter

12 September 2019 @ 7:24 am

In an electric car, the (enormous) battery is a major part of the price. If electric car prices are decreasing, battery costs must be decreasing, because it's not like the cost of fabricating rubber, aluminum, glass, and steel into car shapes can decline that much, right? ev-battery-costs On an

Electric Geek Transportation Systems

20 August 2019 @ 11:35 am

I've never thought of myself as a "car person". The last new car I bought (and in fact, now that I think about it, the first new car I ever bought) was the quirky 1998 Ford Contour SVT. Since then we bought a VW station wagon

An Exercise Program for the Fat Web

30 May 2019 @ 11:04 am

When I wrote about App-pocalypse Now in 2014, I implied the future still belonged to the web. And it does. But it's also true that the web has changed a lot in the last 10 years, much less the last 20 or 30. fat city Websites have gotten a lot

The Cloud Is Just Someone Else's Computer

17 February 2019 @ 2:15 am

When we started Discourse in 2013, our server requirements were high: 1GB RAM modern, fast dual core CPU speedy solid state drive with 20+ GB I'm not talking about a cheapo shared cpanel server, either, I mean a dedicated virtual private server with those specifications. We were OK

What does Stack Overflow want to be when it grows up?

22 October 2018 @ 10:52 am

I sometimes get asked by regular people in the actual real world what it is that I do for a living, and here's my 15 second answer: We built a sort of Wikipedia website for computer programmers to post questions and answers. It's called Stack Overflow

There is no longer any such thing as Computer Security

21 September 2018 @ 9:50 am

Remember "cybersecurity"? its-cybersecurity-yay Mysterious hooded computer guys doing mysterious hooded computer guy .. things! Who knows what kind of naughty digital mischief they might be up to? Unfortunately, we now live in a world where this kind of digital mischief is literally rewriting the world's history. For proof

To Serve Man, with Software

31 December 2017 @ 2:01 am

I didn't choose to be a programmer. Somehow, it seemed, the computers chose me. For a long time, that was fine, that was enough; that was all I needed. But along the way I never felt that being a programmer was this unambiguously great-for-everyone career field with zero

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