Fang Binxing was forced to use a VPN to circumvent the Great Firewall of China Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty ImagesThe Father of China s internet censorship infrastructure, known as the Great Firewall of China, has been caught having to circumvent his own creation after attempting to display a website during a talk at the Harbin Institute of Technology in the Heilongjiang province of China.According to local reports, Fang Binxing attempted to display a South Korea website, which he said showed the views of South Koreans attempting to build similar infrastructure to China s firewall, but was blocked by said censorship system.Fang then had to resort to setting up a virtual private network VPN to circumvent the censorship, in full view of the lecture attendees, to display the site.Using VPNs to effectively make a tunnel through the Great Firewall of China to the outside internet world is a common, but frowned upon, practice used by many within China wishing to access western sites such as Facebook and Twitter.The UK also operates a system of censorship through court-ordered blocks of piracy sites by internet service providers, including the notorious Pirate Bay, which requires users to employ similar techniques such as VPNs to access.
People have been losing their keys and wallets ever since keys and wallets were invented — but nowadays, thanks to miracles of modern technology, retrieving those items is easier than ever before.Unlike our ancestors –who presumably had to resort to things like thinking, retracing steps, and recruiting bloodhounds to find lost items– we can just turn to gizmos like the TrackR Bravo when we need to find something we lost.To be quite honest, devices like this are a dime a dozen these days, but as the newest kid on the Bluetooth item finder block, TrackR Bravo boasts a slew of cool features that you won t find anywhere else.In addition to the regular suite of functions distance indicator, item ringer, phone finder, etc., the Bravo also has the ability to track items that aren t within Bluetooth range of your phone.It s also got replaceable batteries.
And it s going to have a new one-day preamble, our AR/VR day, to focus on the excitement of augmented reality and virtual reality games and entertainment.That s August 1, and it leads into our traditional GamesBeat fare.Our ninth annual GamesBeat event takes place at the Terranea Resort on August 1 to August 3 in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.He has secured licenses with Hollywood studios such as Disney, Lionsgate, MGM, NBCUniversal, Paramount, and Warner Brothers for games based on some of the world s most beloved movie franchises.Last year, Chou launched a multipartner effort to take Marvel: Contest of Champions into the Chinese market.1 game in downloads in China.Roy Taylor, corporate vice president of alliances at AMDTaylor is a seasoned veteran of the video game and semiconductor industries.He previously held senior positions at Rightware, MasterIMage 3D, and Nvidia.Jason Rubin, head of Oculus StudiosRubin runs the team at Facebook s Oculus division that creates, funds, and works with developers to build first party games and experiences for the Oculus Rift VR headset and the Samsung Gear VR.He is responsible for expanding Lionsgate s content creation into video games and other interactive ventures, including incubation of new properties, investment in existing games and digital media vehicles and leveraging Lionsgate s franchises and other branded properties into the gaming space.It s no accident that Lionsgate has announced a bunch of game-related deals, such as planting the seeds for an esports TV show and backing Hong Kong game studio Fifth Journey.
A new batch of ominous warnings about job-killing robots just arrived from the usual suspects, very clever, credentialed, accomplished people mingling at a glamourous watering-hole: in this case, the Milken Institute's Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California.These warnings tend to follow a predictable script: sufficiently urgent to get attention, but fuzzy enough to stop short of alarming.Warnings about the impact of robotics on people s jobs almost always have a temporizing quality: for example, at this conference robots are capable of taking over low-skill document management or Wall Street spreadsheet jockeys specialized jobs, yet aren t at the point of actually eliminating broad job categories.It is old school, beginning as a one-way transfer of data from computer green screens via the terminal s memory.It s also often an interface of last resort for an old school problem, the challenges organizations face in linking legacy systems with new applications, including lack of legacy documentation, source code and lost skillsets.This use is what many people are referring to when they speak about swivel-chair automation.Related Article: Buying In the Cloud: How Cloud Technology is Revolutionizing the Retail IndustryRPA PerceptionBut moving to web-scraping technology still left RPA with two major limitations, both of which reinforced the perception this robotic technology could only play a limited role, with limited scope, in business process automation.Limited Role in Process AutomationWhile web-scraping is highly effective, it customarily takes place at the task level while employees typically operate at both the task and activity level.The answer would appear to be yes; according to the Everest Group, 78 percent of GICs have either implemented RPA or are actively planning pilots.Related Article: When Tech Meets Pets: How Technology Is Serving Man's Best FriendWhat About AI & Cognitive, etc.?But what of the exotic technologies so many thought leaders are waiting for: AI, cognitive, machine learning?The answer is that they re important and will broaden RPA s footprint in ways that are hard to fully envision.
For all the ways in which Donald Trump supposedly represents the destruction of the Republican party, the presumptive presidential nominee has toed the line on global warming, deeming himself a nonbeliever even as he s drifted away from the most hardcore anti-climate change rhetoric.Perhaps unsurprisingly, that all changes when the future of one of his businesses is at stake.As The Politico reports, the Trump International Hotel & Golf Links in Doonbeg, Ireland recently filed a permit application to build a sea wall along the beach of its golf course to protect it from erosion and rising sea levels as caused by global warming:The statement acknowledges one Irish government study that assumes a steady rate of erosion through 2050, but argues that the study fails to account for the effects of climate change: If the predictions of an increase in sea level rise as a result of global warming prove correct, however, it is likely that there will be a corresponding increase in coastal erosion rates not just in Doughmore Bay but around much of the coastline of Ireland.The bigger problem, though, according to the impact statement, will be the erosion caused by larger, more frequent storms.One such appeal was already denied by the national government, which has forced the hotel to turn to the local government in Clare County to approve its request to pile 200,000 tons of rock along the property s two mile-long beach.Though Trump has previously boasted about his involvement with his Irish resort, its unclear to what extent he was involved with the petition that is happy to feed into global warming panic.
Gage SkidmoreRepublican presidential candidate Donald Trump hasn t had to answer many questions about his position on climate change yet.But in a handful of colorful tweets over the last few years, Trump has made it clear that he rejects the conclusions of climate science, opting for descriptors like hoax and bullshit.A story in Politico reports that the permit request to build a seawall along a golf course and resort in Ireland, which Trump purchased in 2014, cites sea level rise as part of the reason for its construction.Coastal erosion is eating away at the property, and Trump is seeking to armor the beach with rock.The environmental impact statement prepared for the prospective project explains, If the predictions of an increase in sea level rise as a result of global warming prove correct, however, it is likely that there will be a corresponding increase in coastal erosion rates not just in Doughmore Bay but around much of the coastline of Ireland.Additionally, a brochure sent out to local residents to help smooth over any resistance to the project notes, Predicted sea level rise and more frequent storm events will increase the rate of erosion throughout the 21st century.
The news concerns British troops serving abroad, who have complained of experiencing particularly nasty side-effects after taking the drug.These include hallucinations, nightmares, severe depression and all manner of psychological issues.Malaria, meanwhile, can trigger fever, vomiting, diarrhoea and death.The Commons defence committee is now arguing that Lariam should only be prescribed to soldiers as a last resort, and has criticised the Ministry of Defence for its lax attitude to concerns.The dangers appear to be so well-known that a number of troops are claimed to have preferred to ditch the drug completely than risk the side-effects, and according to retired Lt Col Andrew Marriott between 25% and 35% of personnel who'd taken Lariam -- many of whom plan to sue the MoD -- suffered side-effects.The MoD is currently considering the report's recommendations and will respond in due course.
The news concerns British troops serving abroad, who have complained of experiencing particularly nasty side-effects after taking the drug.These include hallucinations, nightmares, severe depression and all manner of psychological issues.Malaria, meanwhile, can trigger fever, vomiting, diarrhoea and death.The Commons defence committee is now arguing that Lariam should only be prescribed to soldiers as a last resort, and has criticised the Ministry of Defence for its lax attitude to concerns.The dangers appear to be so well-known that a number of troops are claimed to have preferred to ditch the drug completely than risk the side-effects, and according to retired Lt Col Andrew Marriott between 25% and 35% of personnel who'd taken Lariam -- many of whom plan to sue the MoD -- suffered side-effects.The MoD is currently considering the report's recommendations and will respond in due course.
The heavy-handed tactic would see Google make public its existing lists of well-performing - and, conversely, laggardly - phone and tablet makers, ranked by how timely they are to deliver new Android versions and security patches to their users.The lists were shared with those partners earlier in 2016, sources tell Bloomberg, with the search giant discussing the potential benefits in bringing consumers into the conversation to force change in the update process.The willingness to resort to public finger-pointing comes as Google, OEMs, and carriers all face greater scrutiny over what version of Android devices are using, and just how secure it is.Carriers were asked to explain how they decide when to cease support for an existing device, and what mechanisms are in place to warn users that they're using a phone that will no longer receive security updates.Indeed, while 84-percent of iOS device users are on the newest version of the platform, only 7.5-percent of Android devices use the current, Marshmallow version.Even if it follows through on its threat to reveal those manufacturers lagging the furthest behind, it's unclear where there might be slack to pick up and shorten the process.
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Right up there with climate change and increased water scarcity is the issue of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and one particularly terrible variety of it -- bacteria resistant to so-called 'last resort' antibiotics, the very last-ditch solutions for resistant bugs.Now, for the first time, researchers have discovered this super-resistant bacteria in the United States, and they fear a gene in it mcr-1 could spread to other types of bacteria.The superbug was found in the urine of a 49-ear-old woman from Pennsylvania, and it is a type of E coli that is resistant to a last-resort antibiotic called colistin.Bacteria resistant to colistin has previously been found in several other regions, including Canada and South America, Europe, China, and Africa.Its newly arrived presence in the U.S. underscores the further proliferation of one of the modern world s greatest health threats and, according to CDC Direct Tom Frieden:It basically shows us that the end of the road isn t very far away for antibiotics — that we may be in a situation where we have patients in our intensive-care units, of patients getting urinary tract infections for which we do not have antibiotics.For now, the Centers for Disease Control are attempting to figure out where the aforementioned woman may have contracted the bacteria.
And it s going to have a new one-day preamble, our AR/VR day, to focus on the excitement of augmented reality and virtual reality games and entertainment.That s August 1, and it leads into our traditional GamesBeat fare.Our ninth annual GamesBeat event takes place at the Terranea Resort on August 1 to August 3 in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.He has secured licenses with Hollywood studios such as Disney, Lionsgate, MGM, NBCUniversal, Paramount, and Warner Brothers for games based on some of the world s most beloved movie franchises.Last year, Chou launched a multipartner effort to take Marvel: Contest of Champions into the Chinese market.1 game in downloads in China.Roy Taylor, corporate vice president of alliances at AMDTaylor is a seasoned veteran of the video game and semiconductor industries.He previously held senior positions at Rightware, MasterIMage 3D, and Nvidia.Jason Rubin, head of Oculus StudiosRubin runs the team at Facebook s Oculus division that creates, funds, and works with developers to build first party games and experiences for the Oculus Rift VR headset and the Samsung Gear VR.He is responsible for expanding Lionsgate s content creation into video games and other interactive ventures, including incubation of new properties, investment in existing games and digital media vehicles and leveraging Lionsgate s franchises and other branded properties into the gaming space.It s no accident that Lionsgate has announced a bunch of game-related deals, such as planting the seeds for an esports TV show and backing Hong Kong game studio Fifth Journey.
Image: Centers for Disease Control and PreventionEarlier this month, a frightening report warned of an antibiotic-resistant superbug which might kill as many as 10 million people worldwide by 2050.According to a study published today by the American Society for Microbiology, a 49-year-old Pennsylvania woman had a strain of E. coli that did not respond to the antibiotic colistin, which is a powerful drug-of-last-resort for treating particularly stubborn infections.The CDC is investigating the source of the superbug.There are alternatives to antibiotics, like strains of predatory bacteria that are currently being tested by DARPA, or, surprisingly, more powerful superbugs.But it s widely agreed among experts that the antibiotic apocalypse is impending.It basically shows us that the end of the road isn t very far away for antibiotics — that we may be in a situation where we have patients in our intensive-care units, or patients getting urinary tract infections for which we do not have antibiotics, CDC Director Tom Frieden told the Washington Post.
The bacteria, discovered last month in a 49-year-old Pennsylvania woman with a urinary tract infection, contains a gene known as mcr-1, making it resistant even to colistin, a decades-old antibiotic that has increasingly been used as a treatment of last resort against dangerous superbugs.The fear is that this could spread to other bacteria and create the bacterium that would be resistant to everything, Dr. Beth Bell, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, told ABC News.The more we look at drug resistance, the more concerned we are, Dr. Tom Frieden, CDC director, said Thursday.This particular colistin-resistant strain, for instance, was first discovered in people and livestock in China in November 2015.The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Thursday it had detected the bacteria in a single sample of a domestic pig s intestine.When it comes to spreading resistant bacteria, food-producing animals are of particular concern, the CDC says.
Her doctor would have never prescribed that last-resort antibiotic for a routine urinary tract infection—it can cause serious kidney damage.But her doctor did take a urine sample, which ended up at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where researchers had recently started testing for colistin resistance.It first emerged last year when Chinese researchers found it in samples from hospital patients and raw pork.The Food and Drug Administration issued a guidance last year for farms to phase out medically important antibiotics, though only voluntarily.There s no organized infrastructure to get a good handle about resistance rates across communities, says Kalpana Gupta, an infectious disease specialist at Boston University.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now following up with the woman in Philadelphia to find out she ended up with that colistin-strain of E. coli, which has never been found in the US before.
NIAIDOver the next day or so, you may see headlines and reports about a nightmare superbug that has been detected for the first time in the US.So far, the Washington Post reports: The superbug that doctors have been dreading just reached the U.S. And the article starts with: For the first time, researchers have found a person in the United States carrying bacteria resistant to antibiotics of last resort.Upon DNA analysis, researchers determined that the E. coli is resistant to colistin because it carries a colistin resistance gene called mcr-1 on a circular piece of DNA called a plasmid.The discovery of the gene quickly raised concern because of its placement on a plasmid, which bacteria can easily share with their neighbors.And the infected PA woman, who was suffering from a urinary tract infection, had not traveled in the last five months.For now, the case serves mostly to highlight the ongoing crisis of rising antibiotic resistance and furthers the need for better stewardship of old antibiotics and development of new ones.
If the only reason you re worried about global warming is that it will mean a shorter ski season, you can go ahead and buy that gas-guzzling SUV you ve been eyeing.A new type of snow machine can churn out the white stuff when it s as hot as 90 degrees out, and it uses way less water in the process.An Italian company called TechnoAlpin has developed a new kind of snow-making machine called the Snowfactory that can operate at temperatures well above 28 degrees Fahrenheit, which is the upper limit for existing machines.It can still operate in higher temperatures, but the snow won t last as long.Blanketing an entire ski resort in snow at the peak of summer using the Snowfactory is most likely an incredibly expensive venture since it would have to be kept running all day and night to stay ahead of it all melting.But it could allow resorts to extend their season by a month or so, or facilitate smaller events like trick competitions during the off-season.
He ll be one of the speakers at our AR/VR day, which will focus on strategy for the augmented reality and virtual reality markets.Marks topic for his fireside chat is What works in VR and What Doesn t. He should know, as he is one of VR s pioneers, and recently ran the Sony PlayStation Magic Lab that came up with the PlayStation VR technology.That s August 1, and it leads into our traditional GamesBeat fare.Our ninth annual GamesBeat event takes place at the Terranea Resort on August 1 to August 3 in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.He has secured licenses with Hollywood studios such as Disney, Lionsgate, MGM, NBCUniversal, Paramount, and Warner Brothers for games based on some of the world s most beloved movie franchises.Last year, Chou launched a multipartner effort to take Marvel: Contest of Champions into the Chinese market.1 game in downloads in China.Roy Taylor, corporate vice president of alliances at AMDTaylor is a seasoned veteran of the video game and semiconductor industries.He previously held senior positions at Rightware, MasterIMage 3D, and Nvidia.Jason Rubin, head of Oculus StudiosRubin runs the team at Facebook s Oculus division that creates, funds, and works with developers to build first party games and experiences for the Oculus Rift VR headset and the Samsung Gear VR.He is responsible for expanding Lionsgate s content creation into video games and other interactive ventures, including incubation of new properties, investment in existing games and digital media vehicles and leveraging Lionsgate s franchises and other branded properties into the gaming space.It s no accident that Lionsgate has announced a bunch of game-related deals, such as planting the seeds for an esports TV show and backing Hong Kong game studio Fifth Journey.
If the only reason you re worried about global warming is that it will mean a shorter ski season, you can go ahead and buy that petrol-guzzling would-be tank you ve been eyeing.A new type of snow machine can churn out the white stuff when it s as hot as 32 degrees outside, and it uses way less water in the process.An Italian company called TechnoAlpin has developed a new kind of snow-making machine called the Snowfactory that can operate at temperatures well above -2 degrees Celsius, which is the upper limit for existing machines.It can still operate in higher temperatures, but the snow won t last as long.Blanketing an entire ski resort in snow at the peak of summer using the Snowfactory is most likely an incredibly expensive venture since it would have to be kept running all day and night to stay ahead of it all melting.But it could allow resorts to extend their season by a month or so, or facilitate smaller events like trick competitions during the off-season.
Reuters — European Union governments should not ban services like home-rental site Airbnb or ride-hailing app Uber except as a last resort, the EU says in new guidelines, seeking to rein in a crackdown on the sharing economy .In guidelines seen by Reuters, the European Commission said any restrictions by EU member states on these new online services should be justified and proportionate to the public interest at stake.Total bans of an activity constitute a measure of last resort that should be applied only if and where no less restrictive requirements to attain a public interest can be used, the draft document says.In the case of room-renting sites like Airbnb, the Commission said banning short-term lets of apartments appears difficult to justify when limits on the maximum number of days apartments can be rented out would be more appropriate.The guidelines will come as good news for the likes of Uber and Airbnb, which have faced outright bans or restrictions in some cities as established industry players complain of unfair competition.Airbnb, founded in 2008, and Uber, launched a year later, both grew up in the hot-house San Francisco Internet scene and almost from the start have faced regulatory battles across the United States, and, more recently, around the world.Both have become favorite targets of local officials and rival trade groups in Europe, with its tradition of strong social oversight.In the sharing economy , customers use the Internet to contract services such as ride-sharing, where amateur drivers displace professional taxis, or home-sharing, which reduces hotel demand.These services can fall within several sectors, falling under the regulatory burden of all of them, the Commission said.A case in point is Uber, which considers itself merely a digital service connecting drivers and passengers as opposed to a transport service, which would make it subject to more onerous rules on driver qualifications, road rules and insurance.The EU s highest court is set to rule later this year or next on whether Uber is a transport company or a digital service.Associations of taxi drivers have staged high-profile protests against Uber in France, Britain, Portugal, Spain and many other European countries since 2014.Last year, French prosecutors staged a high-profile raid of Uber s Paris offices in a showdown over whether the company was violating a law to curtail online taxi services.Uber suspended its UberPOP service, which relies on non-professional drivers, in Brussels last October after a court ordered it shut down.The company reintroduced its service in Madrid in March after beating a hasty retreat from the market in 2014 following a court ruling against it.Airbnb has faced loud criticism from city officials in Barcelona and Paris over its impact on local housing markets.On May 1, Berlin officials implemented one of the world s toughest clampdowns on Airbnb.City officials have promised to reject 95 percent of requests by landlords to rent out places on a short-term basis.City officials have received more than 500 legal complaints over the murky provisions of the new law.A Berlin court on June 8 is handling the case of German Airbnb competitor Wimdu, which filed suit over the new regulation.German hotel association IHA said in response to the EU guidelines: The current legal vacuum…comes at the expense of consumers, residents and taxpayers and distorts the competition to the disadvantage of the heavily regulated hotel industry.Additional reporting by Tina Bellon in Frankfurt, Michel Rose in Paris, Paul Day in Madrid, Toby Sterling in Amsterdam and Axel Bugge in Lisbon; editing by Adrian Croft
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