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The Best Algorithms Still Struggle to Recognize Black Faces

Wired Top Stories - Mon, 07/22/2019 - 07:00
US government tests find even top-performing facial recognition systems misidentify blacks at rates 5 to 10 times higher than they do whites.
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Cambodia Denies Report Of Deal With China For Use Of Naval Base

Prime Minister Hun Sen called the report, which appeared Sunday in The Wall Street Journal, "made up news." The report cited unnamed U.S. officials.

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First Came Kidney Failure, Then There Was The $540,842 Bill For Dialysis

A personal trainer in Montana had a sudden need for life-saving dialysis after his kidneys failed. But he and his wife never expected the huge bill they received for 14 weeks of care.

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Will Robert Mueller's Testimony Shift The Prevailing Winds In Washington?

All eyes in the capital — and many more in the nation — will be on the former special counsel this week in Congress. Whatever takes place, the political stakes are high.

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2 Nurses In Tennessee Preach 'Diabetes Reversal'

Patients with Type 2 diabetes are often steered toward medicine or insulin to control blood sugar. But it's also possible, with more support than patients often get, to use diet and exercise instead.

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Yukiya Amano, The Head Of U.N. Nuclear Watchdog, Dies At 72

Amano, who was director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, was instrumental in negotiations leading to the 2015 deal with Iran to limit its nuclear program.

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Don't Have Your Lunch Money? 1 Pennsylvania School District Threatens Foster Care

Wyoming Valley West School District in Northeastern Pennsylvania sent families a letter stating that their children would be removed from their homes if unpaid cafeteria meal debt was not settled.

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Ukrainian President's Party Wins Snap Elections In Bid To Consolidate Power

President Volodymyr Zelensky, who gained fame by playing a fictional president on television, hopes a new parliament will give him the clout to follow through on his promise to tackle corruption.

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At Whitney Museum Biennial, 8 Artists Withdraw In Protest Of Link To Tear Gas Sales

Artists are asking the New York City museum to pull their work from the high-profile show, protesting the Whitney's board vice chair Warren Kanders, who profits from the sale of tear gas and bullets.

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Viral App FaceApp Now Owns Access To More Than 150 Million People’s Faces And Names

Forbes – “And we thought we learned a lesson from Cambridge Analytica. More than 100 million people have downloaded the app from Google Play. And FaceApp is now the top-ranked app on the iOS App Store in 121 countries, according to App Annie. While according to FaceApp’s terms of service people still own their own “user content” (read: face), the company owns a never-ending and irrevocable royalty-free license to do anything they want with it … in front of whoever they wish:

You grant FaceApp a perpetual, irrevocable, nonexclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, fully-paid, transferable sub-licensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, publicly perform and display your User Content and any name, username or likeness provided in connection with your User Content in all media formats and channels now known or later developed, without compensation to you. When you post or otherwise share User Content on or through our Services, you understand that your User Content and any associated information (such as your [username], location or profile photo) will be visible to the public….Whether that matters to you or not is your decision…”

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Chrome 76 prevents NYT and other news sites from detecting Incognito Mode

ars technica – In Chrome 76, websites can no longer check FileSystem API to detect private mode – “Over the past couple of years, you may have noticed some websites preventing you from reading articles while using a browser’s private mode. The Boston Globe began doing this in 2017, requiring people to log in to paid subscriber accounts in order to read in private mode. The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and other newspapers impose identical restrictions. Chrome 76—which is in beta now and is scheduled to hit the stable channel on July 30—prevents these websites from discovering that you’re in private mode. Google explained the change yesterday in a blog post titled, “Protecting private browsing in Chrome.”…

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The Legal Future is Here… And It’s Distributed

Law Practice Today – “It’s easy to get caught up in the hype of our technological era. Much of the modern experience, brought to us courtesy of the internet, feels miraculous: one-click same-day delivery, distributed cryptographically-enabled currency, on-demand video and audio content, and much more. Beyond that, innovators and entrepreneurs pitch their visions of a future that seems even more fantastic every day. Those attempting to follow the legal-industrial-hype complex will find no less noise: AI and robot lawyers, blockchain, etc. But there’s good news too. First, as usual, legal is about five to 10 years behind society at large. Second, and this is true inside and outside of the legal profession, the power of the internet is in its simplicity—specifically, the ability to connect disparate people and resources. This can be hard to wrap your brain around, so below are three examples of forces that have remade the broader cultural landscape, and how they’re poised to remake the legal realm, all with the central theme of connecting disparate people and resources….”

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Law Librarians Push for Analytics Tools Improvement After Comparative Study

Law.com –  “A group of four law firm library directors walked through the results of the study—one that found no winner, but a number of issues and potential improvements for current analytics platforms…”

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The plan to mine the world’s research papers

Nature – A giant data store quietly being built in India could free vast swathes of science for computer analysis — but is it legal? – “Carl Malamud is on a crusade to liberate information locked up behind paywalls — and his campaigns have scored many victories. He has spent decades publishing copyrighted legal documents, from building codes to court records, and then arguing that such texts represent public-domain law that ought to be available to any citizen online. Sometimes, he has won those arguments in court. Now, the 60-year-old American technologist is turning his sights on a new objective: freeing paywalled scientific literature. And he thinks he has a legal way to do it. Over the past year, Malamud has — without asking publishers — teamed up with Indian researchers to build a gigantic store of text and images extracted from 73 million journal articles dating from 1847 up to the present day. The cache, which is still being created, will be kept on a 576-terabyte storage facility at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi. “This is not every journal article ever written, but it’s a lot,” Malamud says. It’s comparable to the size of the core collection in the Web of Science database, for instance. Malamud and his JNU collaborator, bioinformatician Andrew Lynn, call their facility the JNU data depot.

No one will be allowed to read or download work from the repository, because that would breach publishers’ copyright. Instead, Malamud envisages, researchers could crawl over its text and data with computer software, scanning through the world’s scientific literature to pull out insights without actually reading the text…”

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Evangelical Writer Who Influenced Purity Culture, Announces Separation From Wife

Pastor Joshua Harris, who jump-started the "purity culture" movement, has announced that he and his wife are separating after 19 years of marriage. How might the news affect the evangelical community?

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Google Search is being routinely gamed by fake blogs and has been for years

unlike kinds -“Since its earliest days, the core of Google’s search algorithm – and its greatest innovation – has been ranking a page by the amount and quality of the links pointing to it. For almost as long, businesses have fought to climb to the lucrative top positions on search result pages, with some resorting to unethical methods which, if noticed, could see Google penalise their sites, or drop them entirely. Despite Google’s efforts, for many years businesses have been paying to have the internet flooded with hundreds of fake links to their sites which, if done correctly, can be impossible to detect….”

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Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello Says He Will Not Seek Reelection In 2020

The announcement comes after a week of protests over leaked messages exchanged by Rossello and his staff that included homophobic and misogynistic slurs.

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Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues July 19, 2019

Via LLRXPete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues July 19, 2019 – Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: Trump is rattling sabers in cyberspace — but is the U.S. ready?; Casting the Dark Web in a New Light; Army researchers develop metrics for cyber defenders’ agility; and How To Clear Out Your Zombie Apps and Online Account.

Categories: Law and Legal

Burglars Lift $2 Million Worth Of Body-Shaping 'Faja' Undergarments

In 2018, burglars looted 34,000 pairs of fajas from a Miami undergarment seller. The criminals cut a hole through the roof and disabled the alarms in a movie-style heist.

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For Britain's Next Prime Minister, A High-Stakes Standoff With Iran Awaits

The ruling Conservative Party will choose a new leader this week. The winner will inherit a full-blown international crisis, which erupted Friday after Iran seized a British-flagged oil tanker.

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