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Do Kwon Proposes Creating Another Blockchain From Terra's Ashes

Slashdot - Mon, 16/05/2022 - 21:41
Terraform Labs co-founder Do Kwon offered another proposal to revive its troubled Terra blockchain by getting rid of the failed TerraUSD stablecoin and revamping the project into a new network. From a report: Kwon wants to copy the blockchain's code to create a new network, called Terra, and to distribute new tokens to former Terra supporters like key app developers, those whose computers order transactions on the network, and those who still hold TerraUSD, Kwon wrote in a post on a research forum. This is Kwon's second proposal to revive the network. Many stakeholders who lost money when TerraUSD collapsed are hoping for a way out of the crisis. But many long-time crypto experts aren't hopeful. Zhao Changpeng, chief executive officer of the world's biggest crypto exchange and an early Terra investor, Binance, said in a tweet that forks -- the copying of the blockchain that Kwon is proposing -- "don't create value." The Luna Foundation Guard, the entity set up by Terraform Labs to maintain TerraUSD's peg to the dollar, used up roughly $2.9 billion in crypto reserves since May 7 trying to stabilize the token, data compiled by Bloomberg based on figures released Monday on LFG's unverified Twitter account show. The reserves stood at almost $3.2 billion before, according to the data.

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MIT, Harvard Scientists Find AI Can Recognize Race From X-rays

Slashdot - Mon, 16/05/2022 - 21:04
A doctor can't tell if somebody is Black, Asian, or white, just by looking at their X-rays. But a computer can, according to a surprising new paper by an international team of scientists, including researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard Medical School. From a report: The study found that an artificial intelligence program trained to read X-rays and CT scans could predict a person's race with 90 percent accuracy. But the scientists who conducted the study say they have no idea how the computer figures it out. "When my graduate students showed me some of the results that were in this paper, I actually thought it must be a mistake," said Marzyeh Ghassemi, an MIT assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science, and coauthor of the paper, which was published Wednesday in the medical journal The Lancet Digital Health. "I honestly thought my students were crazy when they told me." At a time when AI software is increasingly used to help doctors make diagnostic decisions, the research raises the unsettling prospect that AI-based diagnostic systems could unintentionally generate racially biased results. For example, an AI (with access to X-rays) could automatically recommend a particular course of treatment for all Black patients, whether or not it's best for a specific person. Meanwhile, the patient's human physician wouldn't know that the AI based its diagnosis on racial data.

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Netflix Exploring Live Streaming For First Time

Slashdot - Mon, 16/05/2022 - 20:22
Netflix is going live for the first time. From a report: Deadline understands that the streamer is exploring the launch of live streaming. It plans to roll out the capability, which Netflix confirmed was in the early stages of development, for its swathe of unscripted shows and stand-up specials. It would mean that Netflix would be able to use it for live voting for competition series and talent contests such as its upcoming dance competition series Dance 100 from The Circle producer Studio Lambert. Similarly, it could use it if it decides to bring back its Netflix Is A Joke festival. The live comedy event featured around 300 stand-up performances across LA including Dave Chappelle, Larry David and Pete Davidson. Many of the shows were being filmed with plans to air around 12 of them on the service. In future, it could potentially air shows live, albeit with a few seconds delay in case things get saucy.

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New US Lab To Create Versions of Atoms Never Recorded on Earth

Slashdot - Mon, 16/05/2022 - 19:40
From carbon to uranium, oxygen to iron, chemical elements are the building blocks of the world around us and the wider universe. Now, physicists are hoping to gain an unprecedented glimpse into their origins, with the opening of a new facility that will create thousands of peculiar and unstable versions of atoms never before recorded on Earth. From a report: By studying these versions, known as isotopes, they hope to gain new insights into the reactions that created the elements within exploding stars, as well as testing theories about the "strong force" -- one of the four fundamental forces in nature, which binds protons and neutrons together in an atom's nucleus. The facility could also yield new isotopes for medical use. Atoms are composed of protons, neutrons and electrons. The number of protons dictates an atom's chemical behaviour and which element it is -- eg carbon always has six protons, and gold 79 -- whereas atoms of the same element containing different numbers of neutrons are called isotopes. Because many isotopes are unstable and decay quickly -- sometimes within fractions of a second -- scientists have only studied a small proportion of those thought to exist.

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Sony Reveals Game Lineup and Launch Dates for PlayStation Plus Relaunch

Slashdot - Mon, 16/05/2022 - 19:15
Sony has announced the initial lineup of games for its revamped, multi-tier PlayStation Plus subscription service, and firmed up its launch dates over the next five weeks. From a report: The service will launch in Asia on May 24, Japan on June 2, North and South America on June 13, and Europe, Australia, and New Zealand on June 23. Games coming to the subscription service include Assassin's Creed: Valhalla, the Demon's Souls remake, Insomniac's Spider-Man games, and Red Dead Redemption 2. But the structure of the deal is confusing, there's nothing more recent than the director's cut editions of Ghosts of Tsushima and Death Stranding (both released in mid-2021), and the classic games offering for the service's top tier appears extremely thin at present -- even lacking any PlayStation 2 games under emulation. The number of titles from third-party developers and publishers is dwarfed by the offering from internal studios. It's important to note, however, that Sony characterized this list as "an early look at some of the games that will be included during the launch time frame." So there is room for the offering to improve in the coming weeks. The lowest-priced Essential tier remains the same as the current PlayStation Plus, offering a handful of free PS4 and PS5 games every month alongside access to multiplayer online gaming. Sony has yet to announce the Essential tier games for the service's relaunch in June.

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Uber Launches Robot Food Delivery in California

Slashdot - Mon, 16/05/2022 - 18:28
Uber on Monday said it launched pilot food delivery services with autonomous vehicles in two California cities, and said it was adding electric vehicle charging stations into its global driver app. From a report: The announcements are part of Uber's annual product event where the ride-hail and food delivery company showcases the latest updates to its app. Uber announced one food delivery service using autonomous cars, and a separate pilot using sidewalk robots. Both services are available to Uber Eats users in Santa Monica and West Hollywood in California, and consumers will have the ability to opt out of the programs. The autonomous car pilot is in collaboration with Motional, the self-driving joint venture of Hyundai and Aptiv, and was initially announced in December. read more It launched on Monday, Uber and Motional said. Uber said the sidewalk robots are provided by Serve Robotics, a spin-off of delivery company Postmates, which Uber acquired in 2020.

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M25 junction 28 in Essex to be upgraded

Chelmsford Weekly News - Mon, 16/05/2022 - 18:08
Major plans to upgrade a notoriously busy M25 junction in Essex have been given the green light.
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M25 junction 28 in Essex to be upgraded

Braintree and Witham Times - Mon, 16/05/2022 - 18:08
Major plans to upgrade a notoriously busy M25 junction in Essex have been given the green light.
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Lithium production needs investment to keep pace with battery demand

The Register - Mon, 16/05/2022 - 18:00
Report says $42b will need to be poured into industry over next decade

Growing demand for lithium for batteries means the sector will need $42 billion of investment to meet the anticipated level of orders by the end of the decade, according to a report.…

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Spotify Experiments With Musician NFT Galleries

Slashdot - Mon, 16/05/2022 - 17:45
Spotify is testing a way for artists to display their non-fungible token (NFT) collections. From a report: The music streaming platform has rolled out the test for some users on Android in the US and currently includes NFT previews for artists like Steve Aoki and The Wombats. "Spotify is running a test in which it will help a small group of artists promote their existing third-party NFT offerings via their artist profiles," a Spotify spokesperson said in a statement to Music Ally. "We routinely conduct a number of tests in an effort to improve artist and fan experiences. Some of those tests end up paving the way for a broader experience and others serve only as an important learning." More companies are trying to catch the NFT wave, but it looks like that initial surge could be petering out (at least for the time being). According to The Wall Street Journal, daily NFT sales have dipped 92 percent from 225,000 in September of last year to just 19,000 as of May 3rd. The number of active NFT wallets is also on the decline, from about 119,000 in November to 14,000 toward the end of April.

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Cars in driver-assist mode hit a third of cyclists, all oncoming cars in tests

The Register - Mon, 16/05/2022 - 17:30
Still think we're ready for that autonomous future?

Autonomous cars may be further away than believed. Testing of three leading systems found that they hit a third of cyclists, and failed to avoid any oncoming cars.…

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Kasten by Veeam adds ransomware detection to K10 data management platform

The Register - Mon, 16/05/2022 - 17:01
Catching compromise attempts before kicking off that recovery plan

Kubecon  Veeam acquisition Kasten kicked off this year's Kubecon with an updated version of its K10 product, aimed at securing the Kubernetes container orchestration platform.…

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JetBlue Launches Hostile Takeover of Spirit

Slashdot - Mon, 16/05/2022 - 17:00
JetBlue launched a hostile takeover of Spirit Airlines after its earlier acquisition offer was rejected. The New York-based airline said in a release that its tender offer for $30-per-share was "all-cash" and "fully financed." From a report: Earlier this month, Spirit's board of directors rejected JetBlue's $32-a-share bid to acquire the airline in favor of an existing merger agreement with Frontier, one of its ultra-low-cost competitors. The board cited antitrust issues and "an unacceptable level of closing risk" to its shareholders as its reasons for rejecting the JetBlue bid. But JetBlue is still intent on acquiring Spirit, whether it wants to go ahead with the deal or not. The airline has said that absorbing Spirit would allow it to better compete with the "Big Four" carriers by increasing the size of its fleet and roster of trained pilots.

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Financial giant Santander: 80% of our IT infrastructure in cloud

The Register - Mon, 16/05/2022 - 16:30
'Most challenging element of migration likely remains' warns analyst

Spanish financial giant Santander has migrated 80 percent of its core banking IT infrastructure to the cloud as part of its $20.8 billion (€20 billion ) modernization programme, with the help of in-house software created by resident developers.…

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Binance's LUNA Investment, Which Peaked at $1.6 Billion, Now Worth Just $3,000

Slashdot - Mon, 16/05/2022 - 16:20
Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao said the crypto exchange made large paper gains on its investment in Luna but has now lost practically all of them. From a report: The exchange invested $3 million into the Terra ecosystem in 2018, receiving 15 million Luna tokens. At Luna's peak price, that investment was worth $1.6 billion, according to Zhao. Yet due to last week's collapse of Luna -- and its related stablecoin TerraUSD (UST) -- that investment has now plummeted in value to just $3,400. Or, in Zhao's words, "not much." Yet it's not all bad news. The exchange received around $10.3 million worth of UST in staking rewards (likely through Anchor, which offered up to 20% yield).

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Essex woman living with terminal cancer says homeless charity she volunteers at gives her a reason to get out of bed

This Is Total Essex - Mon, 16/05/2022 - 16:10
Lynette Bridges had to give up her full-time job after her diagnosis but vows to carry on helping the homeless as long as she is able to
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Elon Musk 'violated' Twitter NDA over bot-check sample size

The Register - Mon, 16/05/2022 - 16:00
<5% figure was based on 100 accounts if you're wondering

Last week Elon Musk hit pause on his Twitter acquisition over the platform's "less than 5 percent" bot figure.…

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Essex crime: Man with links to Witham wanted in police investigation into assault and harassment offences

This Is Total Essex - Mon, 16/05/2022 - 15:59
He is also wanted in connection to malicious communications offences
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Not a Single Car Was Sold in Shanghai Last Month

Slashdot - Mon, 16/05/2022 - 15:40
For evidence of just how tight Shanghai's lockdown has been, consider this: not a single car was sold in the city last month. From a report: The majority of the city's 25 million residents were mostly confined to their homes or residential compounds in April as part of a sweeping lockdown to stamp out the nation's worst Covid outbreak since the virus emerged in Wuhan more than two years ago. Almost all dealerships in the city were closed during the month, the Shanghai Automobile Sales Association said in a statement Monday, when it highlighted the zero sales figure. In April last year, 26,311 vehicles were sold in the city, according to the association, which represents about 300 companies.

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Python is getting faster: Major performance tweaks on horizon

The Register - Mon, 16/05/2022 - 15:30
Instagram, Microsoft responsible for lifts coming in version 3.11 and beyond

The next version of the standard Python interpreter, CPython, is expected in October. It will include significant performance improvements and support for running inside the browser.…

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