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FPGAs in Data Centers

This installment of Research for Practice features a curated selection from Gustavo Alonso, who provides an overview of recent developments utilizing …

University of California

Litecoin: A Deafening Silence

Litecoin at large<p>Many articles have been written about what Litecoin (LTC-USD) is and there are no shortage of regurgitated news, or price …

Cryptocurrency

The 5 Clustering Algorithms Data Scientists Need to Know

Today, we’re going to look at 5 popular clustering algorithms that data scientists need to know and their pros and cons!

Algorithms

China-based hackers burrow inside satellite, defense, and telecoms firms

Hackers may have sought ability to disrupt consumer and business communications.<p>An advanced hacking campaign originating in China has spent the past …

Cybersecurity

If Your Data Is Bad, Your Machine Learning Tools Are Useless

Poor data quality is enemy number one to the widespread, profitable use of machine learning. While the caustic observation, “garbage-in, garbage-out” has plagued analytics and decision-making for generations, it carries a special warning for machine learning. The quality demands of machine learning …

Machine Learning

It’s time to rein in the data barons - MIT Technology Review

When Mark Zuckerberg appeared before Congress earlier this year to discuss how the now-defunct political-data company Cambridge Analytica acquired …

Pew Research Center

Here's the tiny drone the US Army just purchased for soldiers

The US Army is getting tiny personal surveillance drones as part of a $2.6 million contract with Flir, a thermal imaging and technology company.<p>The Black Hornet Personal Reconnaissance System is the world's smallest combat-proven nano-drone, according to the company. The US Army has ordered the …

Drones

Can Thousands of Smartphones Help Detect Cosmic Rays?

Your smartphone has a particle detector on it, and scientists want you to help them uncover how the universe really works and maybe even discover the …

Dark Matter

The Dark Side of the Orgasmic Meditation Company

When Michal got married in August 2015, her family and longtime friends didn’t attend. The woman who walked her down the aisle, the dozens of beaming …

Sexual Harassment

Good naming is a process, not a single step

Many people try to come up with a great name all at once. This is hard and rarely works well. The problem is that naming is design: it is picking the …

Accelerate large-scale applications with BOLT

Highly complex services, such as those here at Facebook, have large source code bases in order to deliver a wide range of features and functionality. …

Compilers

Machine Learning: The High Interest Credit Card of Technical Debt – Google AI

Machine learning offers a fantastically powerful toolkit for building complex systems quickly. This paper argues that it is dangerous to think of …

Machine Learning

Deepfakes Were Created As a Way to Own Women's Bodies—We Can't Forget That

When Redditors started using AI to attach celebrities' faces to porn performers' bodies, the media reaction focused on the implications for potential political hoaxes, but we need to focus on the women they harmed.<p><i>This essay originally appeared in the Privacy & Perception Issue of Vice Magazine,</i> …

Machine Learning

New Rocket-Airplane Duo Could Launch Satellites Every 3 Hours

A space launch every 3 hours may soon be possible using rockets carried on a fully autonomous unmanned airplane, a new startup company …

Space Exploration

Humanity Should Settle On The Moon Ahead Of Going To Mars, Says Astronaut Chris Hadfield

‘The moon is now within our grasp. Not just to explore but actually to settle,’ says the retired astronaut.<p>Retired astronaut Chris Hadfield believes …

Space Science

Development

Vertical Takeoff and Vertical Landing, Now Available for Model Rockets

The success of Elon Musk’s SpaceX has fundamentally altered the landscape for space companies, potentially dropping the price of access to space. …

Space Travel

Fibonacci Hashing: The Optimization that the World Forgot (or: a Better Alternative to Integer Modulo)

I recently posted a blog post about a new hash table, and whenever I do something like that, I learn at least one new thing from my comments. In my …

Databases

Caching beyond RAM: the case for NVMe

Test Setup<p>The tests were done on an Intel Xeon machine, sporting 32 cores, 192G of RAM, a 4TB SSD, and 3x optane 750G drives. Only one optane drive …

Computer Hardware

Stellar Lumens Cryptocurrency Approved for Trading in New York for the First Time

New York financial regulators have approved Stellar Lumens, a cryptocurrency created by the founder of rival blockchain company Ripple, to trade on …

Cryptocurrency

The EOS Blockchain Is Now Live

The EOS blockchain is now live.<p>At press time, the blockchain has received more than the 150 million votes needed to determine the individuals or …

Blockchain

Ubiq: A Scalable and Fault-tolerant Log Processing Infrastructure – Google AI

Most of today’s Internet applications are data-centric and generate vast amounts of data (typically, in the form of event logs) that needs to be …

Microservices

Backdoored images downloaded 5 million times finally removed from Docker Hub

17 images posted by a single account over 10 months may have generated $90,000.<p>A single person or group may have made as much as $90,000 over 10 …

Docker

AI Nationalism

Nationalism

Trik Spam Botnet Leaks 43 Million Email Addresses

Over 43 million email addresses have leaked from the command and control server of a spam botnet, a security researcher has told Bleeping Computer …

List-Worthy

Why 50,000 ships are so vulnerable to cyberattacks

The 50,000 ships sailing the sea at any one time have joined an ever-expanding list of objects that can be hacked. Cybersecurity experts recently …

Cybersecurity

NASA Is About to Deliver Major News on That Dust Storm Raging on Mars

Is this the death of Opportunity?<p>Mars is currently being blasted with a dust storm the likes of which we've rarely seen. And at 1:30 pm EDT (5:30 pm …

Dust Storms

Bitcoin Drops to Lowest Since February as Collapse Accelerates

Bitcoin tumbled to its lowest level since February as the meltdown in the world’s largest digital currency accelerated, renewing concern about the …

Cryptocurrency

Researchers Studied 160 Million Memes and Found Most of Them Come From Two Websites

A study of hundreds of millions of images from Reddit, 4chan, Gab, and Twitter reveals how memes spread.<p>Researchers at University College London developed a new way to measure how memes are made and spread. What they found won’t surprise anyone who’s peered into the darker parts of the internet in …

Internet

Dixons Carphone admits huge data breach

<b>Dixons Carphone has admitted a huge data breach involving 5.9 million payment cards and 1.2 million personal data records.</b><p>It is investigating the hacking attempt, which began in July last year.<p>Dixons Carphone said it had no evidence that any of the cards had been used fraudulently following the …

Cybersecurity