Wesley Fryer

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Google finds STEM skills aren't the most important skills

Blog, Transforming Work<p>Terrific Washington Post column on research done by Google on the skills that matter most to its employees success. Big …

Education

Facebook is done with quality journalism. Deal with it.

<i>For Facebook, journalism has been a pain in the neck from day one. Now, bogged down with the insoluble problems of fake news and bad PR, it’s clear</i> …

Facebook

Facebook's Adam Mosseri on Why You'll See Less Video, More From Friends

Facebook on Thursday announced sweeping changes to the way it plans to manage the newsfeed, the front door to the service for its 2 billion monthly …

Facebook

Mines team gets NASA funding for intelligent drilling system

An intelligent drilling system capable of characterizing materials as it drills into the lunar or Martian surface is under development at Colorado …

Colorado

Why You Should Have SSL on Your WordPress Website

You’ve probably been hearing how Google is strongly stressing website owners to have SSL. You might have seen address bars with “Not Secure” within …

Web Design

Hubble probes the archeology of our Milky Way's ancient hub

The astronomers divided the stars by their chemical compositions and then compared the motions of each group. They determined the stars' chemical …

Astronomy

Citizen Scientists Discover Five-Planet System

In its search for exoplanets—planets outside of our solar system—NASA's Kepler telescope trails behind Earth, measuring the brightness of stars that …

Relax, the Meltdown and Spectre CPU Patches Aren't Messing With Your Frame Rates

Your ability to crush noobs won’t be impeded.<p>Doom came to the CPU market last week as security researchers at Google Project Zero, Technical University of Graz, and Cerberus Security told the world of Spectre and Meltdown—apocalyptic sounding vulnerabilities in almost all the world’s processors.<p>The …

Information Security

Introducing the New Firefox: Firefox Quantum

It’s fast. <i>Really fast.</i> Firefox Quantum is over twice as fast as Firefox from 6 months ago, built on a completely overhauled core engine with brand …

Software

Microsoft: No more Windows patches at all if your AV clashes with our Meltdown fix

Your antivirus must be compatible with Microsoft's Meltdown-Spectre fixes for you to get patches this month or in future.<p>Microsoft won't let you …

Information Security

Participate in Digital Learning Day 2018!

Each year, states, districts, schools, and classrooms across the United States and around the world hold thousands of events to celebrate Digital …

Networking

Google Assistant “Smart Displays” arrive at CES | Ars Technica

The Google Assistant is getting an Amazon Echo Show-style form factor.<p>After cramming the Google Assistant into smartphones, tablets, laptops, TVs, …

Google

Should Your Class Or Student Blogs Be Public Or Private?

A dilemma that faces many educators new blogging is the question of whether they should be publishing their students’ information and work online. …

Digital Citizenship

The Downfall of Computers: The Sad Tale of “Spectre” & “Meltdown” And What it Means for Computer Security

Those of you that follow me on Medium know that I preach a common-sense and logical approach to Cyber and Information Security that avoids promoting …

Information Security

Rise of Bitcoin Competitor Ripple Creates Wealth to Rival Zuckerberg

SAN FRANCISCO — The virtual currency boom has gotten so heated that it is throwing the list of the world’s richest people into disarray.<p>Consider what has happened to the founders of an upstart virtual currency known as Ripple, which has seen its value skyrocket in recent weeks.<p>At one point on …

Bitcoin

DeepMind's Mustafa Syleyman: In 2018, AI will gain a moral compass

Humanity faces a wide range of challenges that are characterised by extreme complexity, from climate change to feeding and providing healthcare for …

Artificial Intelligence

Top 10 Ethical Dilemmas in Science for 2018: Part I

<i>Editor’s note: This is part I in the two-part series Top 10 Ethical Dilemmas in Science for 2018. Please click here for part II.</i><p>The John J. Reilly …

MIT Media Lab

The evolution of targeted killing practices: Autonomous weapons, future conflict, and the international order

(2017). The evolution of targeted killing practices: Autonomous weapons, future conflict, and the international order. Contemporary Security Policy: …

War

Meltdown and Spectre: Here’s what Intel, Apple, Microsoft, others are doing about it | Ars Technica

Intel, Microsoft, ARM, and others have responded. We dig in.<p>The Meltdown and Spectre flaws—two related vulnerabilities that enable a wide range of …

Information Security

How An Entire Nation Became Russia's Test Lab for Cyberwar

<b>The clocks read</b> zero when the lights went out.<p>It was a Saturday night last December, and Oleksii Yasinsky was sitting on the couch with his wife and …

Cybersecurity

Triple Meltdown: How So Many Researchers Found a 20-Year-Old Chip Flaw At the Same Time

On a cold Sunday early last month in the small Austrian city of Graz, three young researchers sat down in front of the computers in their homes and …

Information Security

Social Media Has Hijacked Our Brains and Threatens Global Democracy

The ‘social media revolution’ gave us Donald Trump and Brexit—and is making politics impossible.<p><i>David Golumbia is an associate professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he teaches digital studies and theory.</i><p>The so-called social media revolution isn’t what it’s cracked up to …

Chamath Palihapitiya

Inside the Amish town that builds U2, Lady Gaga, and Taylor Swift's live shows

In December 2016, designer Ric Lipson was in New York on a conference call with Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. Lipson is a senior …

U2

The only job a robot couldn’t do

The gig economy is depressing. Crowdtap is worse.<p>About 8 percent of U.S. adults earn money by doing contract work through so-called “gig economy” …

Money

The secret lives of students who mine cryptocurrency in their dorm rooms

Mark was a sophomore at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, when he began mining cryptocurrencies more or less by accident.<p>In November 2016, he stumbled on NiceHash, an online marketplace for individuals to mine cryptocurrency for willing buyers. His desktop computer, boosted with a graphics card, was …

Cryptocurrency

NASA's $1 billion Jupiter probe has taken mind-bending new photos of the gas giant

NASA's $1 billion Juno spacecraft completed its 10th high-speed trip around Jupiter on December 16.<p>The robot gets relatively close to the gas giant planet and takes new photos with its JunoCam instrument roughly every 53 days, while traveling at speeds up to 130,000 mph.<p>It can take days or …

Space Exploration

How to use third-party Actions on Google Home

Third-party services are now available on Google Home. Here's how to enable and use them.<p>Earlier this month, Google unveiled Actions for Google Assistant. Actions are a lot like Skills for Amazon's Alexa speakers in that they allow third-party developers to easily integrate their apps and services …

Google

The complete list of Google Home commands so far

The Google Home might not have the Echo's "skills," but there's still plenty it can do.<p>The Google Home is a $130 (£130 or AU$199) smart home speaker that showcases the artificially intelligent, voice-activated Google Assistant. It lets you set timers, control lights and thermostats, play trivia …

Google

Does Education Have a Problem With Philosopher Kings?

.My engagement with the education literature over the past 20 years has tended to range quite widely. I like to make links, to think about the …

Management

Up and Down the Ladder of Abstraction

How can we design systems when we don't know what we're doing? This interactive essay presents the "ladder of abstraction", a technique for using …

Machine Learning