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How OpenAI and Microsoft reawakened a sleeping software giant

19 April 2024 @ 4:09 pm

Just a decade ago, the world’s biggest tech beast was a relative minnow. Microsoft had become notorious for disappointing product launches, stagnant innovation, and losing top talent. The first true software giant was becoming a big tech dinosaur. Fast forward to 2024 and Microsoft is the planet’s most valuable business. Under the leadership of CEO Satya Nadella, stock has soared by over 1,000% in 10 years. In January, the company reached a $3 trillion market cap — larger than the whole GDP of France. At the heart of the comeback is artificial intelligence. Microsoft has embedded AI across the Azure cloud computing platform,…

UK mulls fresh controls on ‘sensitive tech’ after China cyber attack claim

19 April 2024 @ 11:36 am

Britain is exploring new curbs on China’s access to “sensitive technologies” following allegations of cyber espionage. Oliver Dowden, the UK’s deputy prime minister, launched a review of the restrictions on Thursday. He warned that “hostile states” could use British funds and tech for “military and intelligence” projects that threaten national security. “Our open economy is being targeted by state-based actors and their proxies,” Dowden said in a speech at the Chatham House think tank in London. “Across our inbound and outbound investment flows, our imports and exports, and our academic collaborations, the whole spectrum of our economic security interests is…

How to build strong, cross-cultural remote teams

19 April 2024 @ 9:25 am

For the past two years, I have worked at a company whose workforce hails from around the globe, including the United States, Europe, and Latin America. I’m the only team member based in Santa Marta, on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, and I work remotely — like many of my colleagues on the other continents.  The experience has opened my eyes to a dynamic blend of workplace norms and cultures, but has also posed some challenges. Differing time zones, humour and customs, access to technology, communication styles, and various perspectives on work-life balance, have made it clear that building cross-cultural remote teams…

‘Just like meaty sausages!’ Europe hosts first cultivated meat tasting

18 April 2024 @ 3:09 pm

Dutch startup Meatable has hosted the first legally approved tasting of cultivated meat in Europe. On the menu was a lab-grown pork sausage. Meatable says the produce is “indistinguishable” from traditional meat, but causes no harm to animals or the environment. To replicate the flavours and textures of livestock, Meatable first extracts a single cell sample from a pig. The sample is then cultivated in a bioreactor. Over time, the sample multiplies and forms real muscle tissue, which is shaped into a familiar meat form. In Europe, however, no one was previously allowed to eat the output. That changed when the…

4 in 10 translators are losing work to AI. They want remuneration from devs

18 April 2024 @ 11:54 am

AI threatens to decimate the translation profession, according to a new survey by a British union. Almost four in ten translators (36%) said they’ve already lost work due to generative AI. Nearly half of them (43%) said the tech has decreased their income. They fear far worse is to come. Over three-quarters of translators (77%) believe GenAI will negatively impact future income from their creative work. The survey was conducted by the Society of Authors (SoA), the UK’s largest trade union for translators, writers, and illustrators. SoA said the livelihoods of translators are at risk. To protect them, the union wants…

The UK’s second commercial quantum computer has come online

18 April 2024 @ 10:56 am

California-based quantum circuitry company Rigetti has brought a commercially available quantum computer to the UK. Only the second in the country, it was installed in collaboration with Oxford Instruments NanoScience — a cryogenics company that provides the cooling needed for superconducting qubits.  The system, supported by grants from the UK government, is Rigetti’s first UK-based quantum computer and will be accessible via the company’s cloud computing services.  When it comes to quantum computing, you need the actual circuitry hardware that hosts the qubits, advanced cryogenics systems, software to run error-correcting quantum algorithms, and specialised programming languages. And the means to…

TNW Podcast: Caroline Viarouge on EIT Manufacturing and EU-UK collaboration

17 April 2024 @ 7:08 pm

 Welcome to the new episode of the TNW Podcast — the show where we discuss the latest developments in the European technology ecosystem and feature interviews with some of the most interesting people in the industry. In today’s episode, Linnea and Andrii talk about artificial general intelligence, repairable airbuds, some Wolverine nerdery, drone delivery adoption, and much more. The guest of the show is Caroline Viarouge, CEO at EIT Manufacturing. A big part of the conversation focused on the cooperation between the UK and the EU when it comes to research and innovation. Here are the stories and things…

China still ASML’s biggest market, but falling sales cause drop in profit

17 April 2024 @ 3:00 pm

Amid the semiconductor industry’s slowdown and increasing geopolitical tensions, Dutch chip machine-maker ASML reported a decrease both in sales and profits. Europe’s most valuable tech company saw orders fall to €3.6bn in the first quarter of 2024, down from €9.2bn in the previous quarter. Its net profit also dropped to €1.2bn — a 37% decrease compared to Q4 2023. “We see 2024 as a transition,” ASML’s President and CEO Peter Wennink said in a statement. Wennink expects a stronger second half of the year “in line with the industry’s continued recovery from the downturn.” Interestingly, China represented ASML’s largest market…

In biggest-ever election year, tech platforms are wide open for voter manipulation

17 April 2024 @ 2:16 pm

Under orders from the EU, tech giants have launched 11 advertising transparency tools. None of them are fit for purpose, according to a new study from Mozilla. The tools provide libraries of data about online adverts. By exploring the repositories, researchers can identify the funders and techniques behind the ads. At least, that’s the idea. The libraries are obligatory under the EU’s Digital Services Act (DSA), a law designed to safeguard online environments. By shining a light on ad content and targeting, the EU hopes to tackle disinformation and manipulation. The impact could be global. Because platforms often respond to international…

Air taxi firm raises $110M, plans to launch commercial service in 2026

17 April 2024 @ 9:27 am

A British drone maker plans to launch air taxis in 2026 after raising a whopping $110mn. Skyports has already flown electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft on delivery and monitoring trials. The new funding brings commercial air taxis closer to the services on offer. The first flights are slated to take off in the United Arab Emirates. Earlier this year, Skyports inked a deal with authorities in Dubai to build four vertiports ahead of the launch of air taxi services in 2026.  Skyports intends to then bring air taxis into other markets. The company is currently developing the UK’s first…

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Philosopher Daniel Dennett dead at 82

19 April 2024 @ 11:45 pm

Part of the "New Atheist" movement, best known for work on consciousness, free will.

It’s cutting calories—not intermittent fasting—that drops weight, study suggests

19 April 2024 @ 9:43 pm

The study is small and imperfect but offers more data on how time-restricted diets work.

CNN, record holder for shortest streaming service, wants another shot

19 April 2024 @ 9:28 pm

New CNN head thinks CNN+ "was abandoned rather briskly." 

Long-lost model of the USS Enterprise returned to Roddenberry family

19 April 2024 @ 9:05 pm

It showed up in an eBay listing; now Roddenberry's son wants to show it to fans.

Cities: Skylines 2 team apologizes, makes DLC free and promises a fan summit

19 April 2024 @ 7:21 pm

A "complete focus on improving the base game" will happen before more paid DLC.

Netflix doc accused of using AI to manipulate true crime story

19 April 2024 @ 7:03 pm

Producer remained vague about whether AI was used to edit photos.

Huawei phone has a pop-out camera lens, just like a point-and-shoot camera

19 April 2024 @ 6:35 pm

The retractable camera lens works like a mini point-and-shoot!

Io: New image of a lake of fire, signs of permanent volcanism

19 April 2024 @ 6:17 pm

Juno captures images of Io's violence as study says it has always been that way.

Modder packs an entire Nintendo Wii into a box the size of a pack of cards

19 April 2024 @ 5:55 pm

There's no disc drive, but there are still ports for GameCube controllers.

Roku forcing 2-factor authentication after 2 breaches of 600K accounts

19 April 2024 @ 5:09 pm

Accounts with stored payment information went for as little as $0.50 each.

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Suddenly micro-factories are real ... with prices starting at $300,000

20 April 2024 @ 7:57 am

AUAR's end-to-end tech stack basically means you can have a fully-functional microfactory. The first 40 microfactory roll-out is just beginning but when it's all rolling, the intention is to be able to set up such a microfactory and have it functioning inside a week! AUAR's growth rate is planned at about 50% YoY until 2027.Construction is the world’s largest industry, employing seven percent of the planet's working-age adults, contributing 13 percent of the world’s GDP and completing floor space equivalent to the city of Paris every seven days.Continue ReadingCategory:

YouTube inventor makes explosive pool cue, then plays his friend

20 April 2024 @ 6:00 am

The game's a bit different when you're playing with an explosive cueTaking his "cue" from an old Tom and Jerry cartoon, YouTube content creator Alex Apollonov from the 'I Did A Thing' channel has created an explosive billiards stick. Then he played his friend in a game. What could go wrong?Continue ReadingCategory: LifestyleTags: Inventors, YouTube,

Danish green-roof beach house boasts sustainable sophistication

19 April 2024 @ 7:31 pm

Heatherhill Beach House offers residents a tranquil sanctuary amidst Denmark's breathtaking landscapeNestled amid the picturesque hills of Jutland, Denmark, the Heatherhill Beach House stands as a testament to the seamless integration of traditional Danish aesthetics with contemporary design elements. Conceived by Norm Architects, this holiday home boasts a green roof and calming central interior design concept, offering a serene coastal retreat.Continue ReadingCategory: Architecture,

Solar-cell-packin' drone uses sunlight for on-the-spot recharging

19 April 2024 @ 7:19 pm

Outdoor tests have shown that the presence of the solar array doesn't adversely affect the drone's flight characteristicsMultirotor drones may one day be able recharge their batteries while out and about, instead of having to return to a charging station. They could do so via onboard ultra-thin solar cells, which have already been successfully tested on a small quadcopter.Continue ReadingCategory: Drones, TechnologyTags:

Microsoft AI creates scary real talkie videos from a single photo

19 April 2024 @ 6:10 pm

The VASA-1 AI model can generate realistic talking head video footage from a single reference photo, which is lip-synced to an audio trackMicrosoft Research Asia has revealed an AI model that can generate frighteningly realistic deepfake videos from a single still image and an audio track. How will we be able to trust what we see and hear online from here on in?Continue ReadingCategory: TechnologyTags: Microsoft,

Color e-note tablet makes portable productivity easy on the eyes

19 April 2024 @ 2:37 pm

The PocketBook Eo is usable in direct sunlight and features a color E Ink touch display with included pen stylusFollowing the launch of its first e-note last year, PocketBook has now added a color E Ink model. The 10.3-inch Eo is built around Kaleido 3 technology, and sports a built-in camera, octa-core processing and dual speakers.Continue ReadingCategory: Mobile Technology, TechnologyTags: E-Ink,

Sony World Photography Awards showcases beauty of the natural world

19 April 2024 @ 2:04 pm

Highest Mountain in the South of Vietnam, by Tran Tuan Viet, captures the stunning Ba Den Mountain. At its summit stands a huge Bodhisattva statueThe overall winners of the 2024 Sony World Photography Awards have been revealed. This year's selection of images showcases a sublime mixture of unspoiled landscapes, amazing animals, and extraordinary people going about their lives.Continue ReadingCategory: Photography, TechnologyTags:

Ghost Shark: The huge stealth advantage of autonomous submarines

19 April 2024 @ 8:07 am

Artist's concept of Ghost SharkAustralia's robotic submarine program is a year ahead of schedule as the government takes delivery of the first Ghost Shark Extra-Large Autonomous Undersea Vehicle (XL-AUV) prototype, with three more to follow next year.Continue ReadingCategory: Military, TechnologyTags: Submarine, Royal Aust

AI now surpasses humans in almost all performance benchmarks

19 April 2024 @ 7:02 am

A comprehensive report has detailed the global impact of AIStanford University’s Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI) has released the seventh annual issue of its comprehensive AI Index report, written by an interdisciplinary team of academic and industrial experts.Continue ReadingCategory: TechnologyTags: Artificial Intelligence, LLM (Lar

Outside's rejiggered camper van blows open van life dreams

19 April 2024 @ 4:33 am

Outside Van channels more than 15 years of camper van customization into the new Syncline, a camper van made to drive off the RV dealership lotFounded in 2007, when "van life" wasn't even a term, let alone an acceptable lifestyle choice, Portland's Outside Van has thoroughly sharpened its skills building personalized mobile dwellings for everyone from forward-looking weight watchers to bike-pedaling gamers. Now it feels the time right to take what it's learned over those hundreds of builds and channel it into a more over-the-counter-style camper van series available at dealerships around the US. It turns the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 144 AWD into the Syncline, a rugged adventure machine with charmingly r

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How do I export my history from Opera GX

20 April 2024 @ 4:18 am

There are many answers dealing with bookmarks or regular Opera (there is no "profile" path shown for me in Opera GX), but I can't quite seem to find instructions on how to export my history from Opera GX. (In my particular case, I want to switch from Opera back to Chrome and merge my history with Chrome's, and this answer does not work for me; Chrome only detects Microsoft Explorer. And

Dell Chromebook 11 Kali Linux not working

20 April 2024 @ 1:53 am

Booting from 'eMMC Device' failed: verify it contains a 64-bit UEFI OS. Press any key to continue booting... From here it gives me a lot of error codes. I am simply hoping there is a simple way to get my laptop fully running kali Linux again. I'll copy and paste the following screen. This is the next page that comes up. UEFI Interactive Shell v2.2 EDK II UEFI 02.70 (EDK II, 0x00010000) Mapping table FSO: Alias(s): HDOb:: BLK1: Pci Root (0x0)/Pci (0x17.0x0)/eMMC (0x0)/Ctrl (0x0)/HD(1.GPT.52017BEF-5743-476F-AD30-2D2C44D6F2 28,0x800,0x100000) FS1 : Alias(s): HDOC:: BLK2: Pci Root (0x0)/Pci (0x17,0x0)/eMMC (0x0)/Ctrl (0x0)/HD (2,GPT.02689112-E3DF-4650-AF18-C30DF3E767 23.0x100800,0x1A73000) BLKO: Alias (s): Pci Root (0x0)/Pci (0x17.0x0)/eMMC (0x0)/Ctrl (0x0) BLK4: Alias (s): PciRoot (0x0)/Pc1 (0x17.0x0)/eMMC (0x0)/Ctrl (0x1) BLKS : Alias(s): PciRoot (0x0)/Pc1 (0x17.6x0)/eMMC (0x0)/Ctrl (8x2) BLK3: Alias (s): Pci Root (0x0)/Pci (0x17.0x0)/

How to find a good WiFi router setup for my situation

20 April 2024 @ 1:26 am

Hoping this is the right place for this type of query, and if there is another Stack Exchange site that would be better, please tell me what it is. I am a retired software engineer, more on the coding side than on the networking side. Unix and Linux don't scare me, and in fact my daily computing needs are handled on a Ubuntu system. I live in a house in Arizona with good view of the skies and I'd like to pursue an astronomy hobby, using open source tools wherever possible. Keeping my head in the software game is of almost equal importance to the astronomy. What is hanging me up now is my WiFi router system. I have a Google Nest WiFi with one additional connection "point". My intention was to place the additional point near a window from which it would be a short jump (30 feet) out to my telescope and the Raspberry Pi that controls my astronomical equipment. Alas, I learn today that my "point" which the Google Home app says has "excellent&q

VirtualBox 7 - How to enable "shift + Numpad:Delete" shortcut with Numlock enable?

19 April 2024 @ 11:29 pm

The "shift + Numpad:Delete" shortcut is not working in my VirtualBox 7. At first I thought the problem was the Windows 10 ISO I was using, but I also tried the exact same ISO and configuration in VMware and the shortcut worked. I also tried removing all hotkeys in "Input > Keyboard > Keyboard Settings" but with no results. Does anyone know how to make the “shift + Numpad:Delete” shortcut work with Numlock enable in a VirtualBox 7?

Is there a way to reduce the initial startup time for FFmpeg when muxing subtitles?

19 April 2024 @ 11:05 pm

When I run the FFmpeg command: ./ffmpeg.exe -i video.mkv -map 0:V -map 0:a:0 -c:a copy -c:v copy -f mp4 -movflags frag_keyframe+faststart -strict unofficial file.mp4 It starts almost immediately, which is perfect. However, if I add the subtitles stream like this: ./ffmpeg.exe -i video.mkv -c:s mov_text -map 0:V -map 0:a:0 -map 0:s:0 -c:a copy -c:v copy -f mp4 -movflags frag_keyframe+faststart -strict unofficial file.mp4 It takes a long time to preprocess the entire file before it outputs anything. Is there a way to make FFmpeg process the subtitles as it goes instead of preprocessing? For context, I am trying to use it for realtime transcoding and for large files, the initial processing time causes timeouts.

Delivery of packets to the correct web servers when they run in same machines

19 April 2024 @ 10:45 pm

For example, I run two web servers in a single machine (only a single NIC available). They use different ports (let us say: 1200 and 1201) Now when a client (say from a mobile device or a browser from a laptop), tries to reach those web servers. Either the servers are reached by typing http address or IP address in the browser; but port number is NOT given along. In this case, how the packets are delivered to the correct servers since the port numbers are not given in the address? I am aware that incoming packets will be delivered to the correct browser processes since the packets contain client IP address along with port number. Thanks!

How do I jump to the beginning of a command in Windows Terminal?

19 April 2024 @ 9:14 pm

In Linux, I can skip to the beginning of a command by pressing Ctrl-A , and Ctrl-E for jumping to the end of that. However, it is not compatible with Windows Termianl. How am I going to do that? Is it possible to add this shortcut to the list?

2 problems, complicated copying of data based on a "Number" and dates

19 April 2024 @ 8:13 pm

The first problem I have is that I have a timestamp in one cell which includes the date and time and I would like to know if there is any automated way to separate them into 2 different columns (Date and time). The other problem is a bit complicated and pardon me for explaining this issue poorly. I have 2 worksheets to work with one includes the data. I would like to copy the "Activity" in sheet A (the one with data) to sheet B based on the date and the number. Sheet A This is my sheet A with the data. Sheet B This is sheet B that I need to work with. So as you can see the dates on sheet A is in rows and sheet B in columns. So I would like to input the data of "Activity" based on the "Number" (in this example 20981) and put in the correspondent date. I have been typing th

Windows doesn't recognize ethernet connection via switch to non-Windows device

19 April 2024 @ 7:21 pm

I have a Windows 11 laptop, and I'm trying to communicate with an embedded system (non-Windows) that communicates via Ethernet. The laptop and the embedded system are connected through an inexpensive four-port network switch. The laptop and the embedded system are both configured to use static IPv4 addresses on the same subnet. The network adapter on the laptop is a USB-C-to-Ethernet adapter. Windows on the laptop sometimes recognizes the Ethernet connection right away; sometimes it recognizes the connection after several minutes; sometimes it never recognizes the connection. The tribal knowledge at my company says to reboot the computer if the connection doesn't work. Sometimes rebooting helps, and sometimes it doesn't. When the connection is recognized, Windows says that the Ethernet port is connected with no internet connection, and the embedded system can be pinged. When the connection isn't recognized, the Network Connections settings page says that the Ethe

Advanced Excel Formula, It's a Doozy

19 April 2024 @ 7:11 pm

I have a major dilemma i am trying to get to work. Hopefully the hivemind can help me out! Example sheet In the example i have my reference key which is test 1 - 5 in columns I - K , in Column I i have a drop down menu for blank, Implement and disregard. I want to make column C rows 3 -7 able to pull the data from column J but only if it shows "Implement" BUT i also want each row to pull the next available "Implement" so there is no spacing between them. I originally used the "IF" formula to pull the data and used it to target each row in column I =If(I3=$P$3,J3,IF(I4=$P$3,J4,If(I5=$P$3,J5 - Etc for all of them. Which works for the first one, Row 3 of Column C. In rows 4-7 i just removed the top row of the key in the formula so it wont pull that one but used an "IF" to see if row 3 column C has "Test 1" in it to make sur

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Programming and human factors

I Fight For The Users

30 November 2023 @ 8:11 pm

If you haven't been able to keep up with my blistering pace of one blog post per year, I don't blame you. There's a lot going on right now. It's a busy time. But let's pause and take a moment

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

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