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Daily Archives: February 19, 2019

Emoji are showing up in court cases exponentially

and courts aren’t prepared – The Verge: “Bay Area prosecutors were trying to prove that a man arrested during a prostitution sting was guilty of pimping charges, and among the evidence was a series of Instagram DMs he’d allegedly sent to a woman. One read: “Teamwork make the dream work” with high heels and money… Continue Reading

Can PowerPoint speak aloud & read the text in my slideshows?

PCWorld: “Can PowerPoint speak aloud and read the text in my slideshows? Yes, it can. Using the Speak command, also known as the Text to Speech (TTS) feature, PowerPoint can read the text in your slideshows and in your notes out loud. Be advised, however, that there is not a pause and continue feature with… Continue Reading

Internet Privacy – Additional Federal Authority Could Enhance Consumer Protection and Provide Flexibility

Internet Privacy: Additional Federal Authority Could Enhance Consumer Protection and Provide Flexibility GAO-19-52: Published: Jan 15, 2019. Publicly Released: Feb 13, 2019. “In April 2018, Facebook said that up to 87 million users’ personal data may have been improperly disclosed. This was one of many recent Internet privacy incidents. We found that there is no… Continue Reading

Whale falls – studying how decaying carcasses may become deep sea biodiversity generators

The New Yorker – “…Whale falls, as marine biologists call such events, create pop-up habitats that may serve as stepping stones for organisms migrating from methane seeps or hydrothermal vents to other parts of the ocean. Precisely how this works, and which species colonize the carcass as it degrades, were open questions…In the late two-thousands,… Continue Reading

Study – Password Managers: Under the Hood of Secrets Management

Independent Security Evaluators: “Password managers allow the storage and retrieval of sensitive information from an encrypted database. Users rely on them to provide better security guarantees against trivial exfiltration than alternative ways of storing passwords, such as an unsecured flat text file. In this paper we propose security guarantees password managers should offer and examine… Continue Reading

The Decline of Computers As a General Purpose Technology

Thompson, Neil and Spanuth, Svenja, The Decline of Computers As a General Purpose Technology: Why Deep Learning and the End of Moore’s Law are Fragmenting Computing (November 20, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3287769 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3287769 “It is a triumph of technology and of economics that our computer chips are so universal. Countless applications are only… Continue Reading

Google – Fighting disinformation across our products

Google Blog: “Providing useful and trusted information at the scale that the Internet has reached is enormously complex and an important responsibility. Adding to that complexity, over the last several years we’ve seen organized campaigns use online platforms to deliberately spread false or misleading information. We have twenty years of experience in these information challenges… Continue Reading