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Internet data is like Oreos, ISP claims while defending data caps

"You have to pay extra for double-stuffed," cable company Mediacom tells FCC.<p>If you were worried that the debate over Internet data caps would get …

Broadband

Pharma company boosts the price of a old acne cream 3,900%

In less than 18 months, cream that may not work went from $241 to $9,561.<p>The greedy, price-hiking ways of Turing, Mylan, Valent, and countless others …

Pharma

It's Official: Homebrewing Is On The Decline

If you like beer, even a little bit, you might consider Long Island’s Hoptron Brewtique a store that carries all things for all people. Situated on a lively and walkable commercial street, Hoptron sells hundreds of draught and packaged beers to carry out or to drink on-site over a sandwich. In an …

Craft Brewing

Government funding talks stall ahead of next week's shutdown deadline

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Eight days before a critical deadline, congressional negotiations over government funding stalled Thursday, prompting Senate Republicans to force a vote on a bill that Democrats warned they would reject.<p>The GOP gambit came after months of talks between the two parties and raises …

Government

Wells Fargo’s Business Model is Fraud

Let’s be clear, the business model of Wall Street is fraud. In my view, there is no better example than the recently-exposed illegal behavior at …

Banking

Sugar industry bought off scientists, skewed dietary guidelines for decades

Harvard researchers got hefty sums to downplay role of sweets in heart disease.<p>Back in the 1960s, a sugar industry executive wrote fat checks to a …

Scientific Research

Microsoft wants to crack the cancer code using artificial intelligence

Cancer is like a computer virus and can be ‘solved’ by cracking the code, according to Microsoft. The computer software company says its researchers are using artificial intelligence in a new healthcare initiative to target cancerous cells and eliminate the disease.<p>One of the projects within this …

Microsoft

How Does Amazon Nickel-and-Dime Its Customers? This Socket Wrench Set Reveals All.

Check those prices.Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images Among buyers, if not among sellers, Amazon had long held a reputation for transparency and …

Amazon

Why the San Francisco Chronicle ran a homebrew recipe on its front page at the peak of Prohibition

In February 1926, the United States was in the middle of Prohibition. But that month the San Francisco Chronicle opted to run ex-President George Washington's homebrew recipe on the front page. The 18th Amendment was not popular in San Francisco — or in many other major cities — but a bold decision …

San Francisco Bay Area

SEC Investigating Exxon on Valuing of Assets, Accounting

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating how Exxon Mobil Corp. values its assets in a world of increasing climate-change regulations, a probe that could have far-reaching consequences for the oil and gas industry.<p>The SEC sought information and documents in August from Exxon and …

Accounting

Ultimate Guide to Leveraging NLP & Machine Learning for your Chatbot

<b>“Open Domain</b>: I can ask a question about any topic… and expect a relevant response. (Harder) <i>Think of a long conversation around refinancing my</i> …

Citing ‘Gutless Leadership,’ Senators Denounce Wells Fargo’s John Stumpf

WASHINGTON — New and illuminating details about the widespread misconduct uncovered at Wells Fargo — where bankers opened secret and unauthorized credit card and deposit accounts for customers for at least five years, in an attempt to meet sales goals — were divulged on Tuesday as members of the …

Banking

Golden Ratio in UI design

“Golden Ratio” is of great importance in the design of architecture, appliances, logos and photos. I don’t want to write about it a lot, you can …

Golden Ratio

Lessons learned from building the UberAssistant chatbot

I am a Uber power user, meaning I use Uber as my primary means of transport.<p>In the morning I use UberPool to get from home to office and in the evening from office to home. I do this six days a week.<p>Here is what my trip-booking experience looks like:<p>Wait for the app to start. This takes awhile …

Chatbots

The reusable microservice pipeline pattern

Microservices are great, but you may run into a duplication nightmare when it comes to your CI setup.<p>You’ll probably want to store your pipelines as …

The Department of Transportation just issued a comprehensive policy on self-driving cars

Automated vehicles (AVs), colloquially known as "self-driving cars," are no longer sci-fi speculation. They are happening. Multiple vehicles with varying levels of automation are already on the road, and numerous companies in and outside the traditional automotive market are working furiously on …

Automotive

HP’s DRM sabotages off-brand printer ink cartridges with self-destruct date

Firmware rejected non-HP cartridges as "damaged" after September 12.<p>This past week, thousands of HP Inc. printer owners were notified by their …

Hewlett-Packard

Don’t Believe Trump’s Tax Math — Or Anyone Else’s

<i>This is</i> <i>In Real Terms</i><i>, a weekly column analyzing the latest economic news. Comments? Criticisms? Ideas for future columns?</i> <i>Email me,</i> <i>or drop a note in</i> …

Political Science

Machine Learning in a Week

Getting into machine learning (ml) can seem like an unachievable task from the outside.<p>And it definitely can be, if you attack it from the wrong …

Machine Learning

NYPD can’t count cash they’ve seized because it would crash computers

Despite multimillion dollar evidence system, NYPD have no idea how much cash they seize.<p>The New York City Police Department takes in millions of …

Money

Why THE DARK KNIGHT Will Always Be the Standard for Superhero Movies

Some comic book heroes hold a higher place in our culture’s standing because they’ve been a part of the social consciousness at a level that far …

Batman

Wells Fargo Warned Workers Against Sham Accounts, but ‘They Needed a Paycheck’

The message to the dozens of Wells Fargo workers gathered for a two-day ethics workshop in San Diego in mid-2014 was loud and clear: Do not create fake bank accounts in the name of unsuspecting clients.<p>Similar warnings were being relayed from corporate headquarters in San Francisco to regional …

Wells Fargo

This Harley Quinn cosplayer is almost better than the real deal

Even before <i>Suicide Squad</i> came out, Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn was one of the most cosplayed characters on the planet. In other words, there's some …

Geek

Microservices: Real Architectural Patterns

A dissection of our favorite folk architecture<p>Introduction<p>I’m fascinated by the lore and mystery behind <i>microservices.</i> As a concept, microservices …

Things I wish I had known before starting iOS development — Part 1 — iOS App Development — Medium

Things I wish I had known before starting iOS development — Part 1<p>My designer handed me a nifty looking onboarding flow to complete just days before …

OS X

iOS Architecture Patterns

Demystifying MVC, MVP, MVVM and VIPER<p><i>UPD: Slides which I presented at NSLondon available</i> <i>here</i><i>.</i><p>Feeling weird while doing MVC in iOS? Have doubts about …

AI Robots To Take 6 Percent Of American Jobs By 2021: Should Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton Debate A Universal Basic Income Policy Plan Now?

Robots driven by advanced artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms are expected to take about 6 percent of American jobs by 2021. With such level of …

FIU Study: Middle Class Is Shrinking

The middle class has fewer and fewer job opportunities in Florida according to the newest edition of an annual report called “The State of Working …

Middle Class

Picturing a Big Year for the Poor and Middle Class

The income and poverty report released on Tuesday by the Census Bureau was such a blockbuster that you’d think the Census bureau had just issued Beyoncé’s next secret album the night before..<p>Even for many traditionally pessimistic economic observers, this was a very welcome report. Real median …

Economics

Technology and the workplace of the future

Technology touches every aspect of modern-day life, from our home to our social life to our workplace. With every innovation in virtual reality (VR) …