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(University of California - Riverside) A group led by UC Riverside bioengineering professor Victor G. J. Rodgers and UC Riverside School of Medicine professor Devin Binder has created an osmotic therapy device that gently removes fluid from the spinal cord to reduce swelling in injured rats with good results. The device can eventually be scaled up for testing in humans.
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Researchers from North Carolina State University and Microsoft published a study in July that found that developer interviews often evaluate for performance anxiety, rather than actual coding skills. Researchers found that students who conducted a technical interview in a private room did twice as well. The typical developer interview process can also introduce bias, so North Carolina State University is working with companies like Microsoft, Google, and CoderPad on ways to improve the format.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Developer interviews — which often involve having a candidate stand in front of a whiteboard and solve coding problems in front of a panel of interviewers — have long been a dreaded process. And according to new research from North Carolina State University and Microsoft, typical developer interviews are better at testing whether a candidate has performance anxiety than whether a candidate has competent coding skills.  During a normal whiteboard interview, a candidate has solve a problem on the spot while explaining their process to interviewers. But according to the study from July, where researchers conducted technical interviews with 48 computer science students, a candidate does twice as well if there isn't anyone watching.  "I don't think we have any definite answers here, but I think this is fairly strong evidence there is something wrong with what we're doing," Chris Parnin, an assistant professor of computer science at NC State and co-author of the paper, told Business Insider.  While tech companies may have created developer interviews with good intentions to test a candidate's programming skills, it has led to "harmful effects," Parnin says, because developers may experience stress during interviews when someone is watching them the entire time. "We as an industry have inadvertently reinvented a stress test instead of an actual measure of technical skills," he said.  Now, North Carolina State University is already starting to work with companies like Microsoft, Google, and CoderPad to explore ways to make small improvements in the interview process.  Developer interviews can create unnecessary stress and anxiety Parnin himself felt "there was something off" when he went through developer interviews in the past. This feeling stuck with him.  He eventually started doing research on programming interruptions, where he found that if a developer is interrupted in the middle of programming, it can take 10 to 15 minutes to recover.  "As I started doing more research as a professor, this kind of connected with me," Parnin said. "This idea that if programmers consider interruptions as one of the worst things that can happen, it's weird that the technical interview is designed around being asked questions about what you're doing but being surveilled the whole time." Before beginning the study, the team gathered feedback on what developers said about technical interviews, and one of the most common things that came up was how much anxiety and stress these interviews cause.  Besides stress, the interview process could also be riddled with bias, Parnin says. For example, if two candidates solve a problem correctly, interviewers may be biased towards hiring the candidate who projects more confidence, even if that person's solution isn't technically better.  Some candidates might also have an advantage over others when it comes to coding interviews because of where they went to school. For example, Stanford offers a specific class that teaches students how to pass a technical interview. "If you look at other schools, they never have done these sorts of tests so [candidates] go out and bomb them," Parnin said. That means that candidates who weren't privileged enough to attend a school with practice exams are automatically at a disadvantage. "Turns out, these signals are just noise," Parnin says. "We're just measuring something else. If we can allow for multiple pathways for people to be interviewed, then it could potentially help reduce some of the problems associated with this." Also, the developer interview process often results in college students spending more time practicing interview problems to get a job than working on schoolwork about fundamental computer science concepts. Companies like Microsoft and Google are already looking into changes in the interview process Since Microsoft helped shape the study, the results could potentially help guide it in rethinking its own interview process, Parnin says. For example, Microsoft may look into moving into a more conversational interview where the focus is on solving a problem together, rather than being interrogated. Microsoft has already been rolling out some changers in its interview process. Starting in early 2016, Microsoft's developer division began rolling out the "Alternative Interview Framework" to better match an applicant's skills to what the job really requires. It's now used by Microsoft's developer division to interview product managers and program managers.  Likewise, NC State is still in the early stages of working with companies like Google and CoderPad. Many companies have already adapted the whiteboard interview process to take place virtually during the coronavirus pandemic, and Twilio is even de-emphasizing it. Read more: The pandemic is changing how companies like Amazon Web Services and Twilio hire software developers, as Silicon Valley rethinks the interview process Parnin suggests that some potential ways to remove stress for candidates during the process include take-home exams, having candidates build a real-world project, adding private time during interviews, or having developers explain their thinking process retroactively. "There's not going to be one easy answer for this," Parnin said. "Each company will have to reevaluate what's the best way for them to tailor the interview process so that it's more humane."SEE ALSO: Silicon Valley insiders say that the shift to remote work could finally make a dent in tech's diversity crisis. But companies will need to address several key challenges for the change to stick. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: What it takes to be a PGA Tour caddie
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Your takeout may come with a dose of chemicals known as PFAS—but the FDA’s push to get rid of some of them will take five years.
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Companies that use Microsoft Search, the Bing-powered search platform designed to sniff out internal corporate information, can save between $15 million and $43 million over the course of three years, Microsoft claimed.Microsoft made this assertion – backed by analysis conducted by Forrester on Microsoft's dime – earlier this year, but reinforced it this week when it cited the research firm's report after it made search one of the five reasons that purportedly gave Edge a, well, edge over Chrome in the battle for best corporate browser.[ Related: FAQ: What the new Edge offers the enterprise ] "Previously, if your organization wanted to standardize on a single modern browser for use across all platforms, your only option was Chrome," Brad Anderson, the company's top executive in its Microsoft 365 group, wrote in an Aug. 4 post to a company blog. (That admission-of-sorts was remarkable on its own, as to Computerworld's knowledge, Microsoft has not ceded such before.) But the new Edge, the one Microsoft released in a stable form only in January, has five advantages, in Anderson's eyes, over Google's über-dominant browser – even when both were built atop a foundation laid by the open-source Chromium.To read this article in full, please click here
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The European Commission has opened an investigation to see whether Google’s $2.1 billion acquisition of Fitbit is fair game under competition and merger rules.
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The US strategy of restricting the use of American technology and products by selected Chinese companies is quite beneficial for non-American tech companies. And the ... The post MediaTek Expects Q3 Revenue to Increase by 30% Month-on-Month appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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Ask someone who has spent a big part of their career in IT operations managing data centers, and you’ll hear plenty of reasons why and where private clouds have advantages over public clouds. They’ll mention reliability, scalability, and security reasons and argue they can meet higher standards by having control in selecting, deploying, and managing the infrastructure.Now ask a CIO, and they’ll have other reasons for considering private clouds and a hybrid multicloud architecture. They’ll provide rationales around the variability in public cloud costs, the need to support legacy systems for an extended period, and the realities of long-term data center contracts. Many enterprise CIOs have stronger practices in managing data centers than public cloud architectures and want to avoid becoming locked into any public cloud vendor.To read this article in full, please click here
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WatchOS 7, due to arrive this fall, brings new metrics that can reveal a lot about your overall health and can monitor fitness levels as you age.
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When it comes to size, image quality, and features, this monitor is just right.
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Here’s a temporary escape hatch: these awesome new short films, all of which share glimpses of a future where so much more has gone wrong.
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The huge stones at Stonehenge in Southern England came from just 15.5 miles away, according to new research.
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CEO Kevin Mayer calls on Facebook to uphold similar standards.
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QAnon videos still exist, but are now much harder to find.
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Huawei’s Honor revealed the Honor 9A smartphone in March this year on its stronghold. As you might expect, the device is part of the entry-level ... The post Honor 9A with Helio P22 will go official in India on July 31 appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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Construction should wrap up by 2023. Nikola then plans to build 35,000 semis a year at the plant.
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Download the optional update for Microsoft Windows 10 versions 1809, 1903 and 1909 now to address several bugs.
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Spotify has been going hard on podcasts in recent years, and today we’re seeing the company take a big step toward making its app a prime destination for podcasters. Today, Spotify announced that it’s rolling out video podcasts around the world – or at least in all markets where podcasts are currently supported. Video podcasts will be relatively small scale … Continue reading
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OnePlus’ VP Navnit Nakra shares insights around the philosophy behind the OnePlus Nord and explains how community feedback drives product innovation at OnePlus
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Aggretsuko season 3 is on the way, as Netflix confirms the popular anime series is coming back in August.
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As the Prime Minister talked on Friday about more people returning to workplaces from August, and potentially social distancing coming to an end in November, this couldn’t feel further away from how I and many others are feeling. I’m an elite disability gymnast with 22 British titles. I also have severe Mast Cell Activation Syndrome. As a result of my condition, I have frequent life-threatening allergic reactions (known as anaphylaxis) that affect every part of my life, from what I eat to who I can interact with. I am even at risk of anaphylaxis from strong smells such as perfumes and air fresheners. Above all, my conditions mean I’m immunocompromised. And it means that, right now, if I caught coronavirus, it’s highly likely I would not survive. I am also autistic, which has made everything changing as a result of coronavirus harder to handle. My usual calming techniques such as going for a walk are no longer accessible to me as I have to shield. I’m having to find new ways to manage my autistic meltdowns in a world that is also having a bit of a meltdown of its own.At the start of this crisis, I saw everyone how was helping each other out and doing what they could for people shielding, but now everything’s ’going back to normal’, as non-disabled people are starting to get a bit of normality, I’ve noticed the offers of help are reducing.I feel ignored and less listened to, like we’re less important members of society.But we’re still shielding. Nothing’s changed for us. And I think we are starting to be forgotten.The government’s going to take all the help away when shielding ends on 1 August, which is really unsafe, it’s putting disabled people’s lives at risk. But I feel ignored and less listened to, like we’re less important members of society and we can’t contribute much, which was already there before but this has really emphasised it. Official figures show almost two thirds of people who have died from Covid-19 were disabled, so it’s no surprise that research by the disability equality charity Scope this week found only 5% of disabled people feel safe about shielding being paused. And two thirds of disabled people think the government’s plans for easing lockdown did not take their needs into consideration. Scope, backed by dozens of other disability charities and campaigners, this week appealed directly to Boris Johnson to stop forgetting disabled people. We won’t be forgotten any longer. This government needs to be doing much more to protect disabled people’s rights and needs at every turn – not just through the pandemic but beyond.I’d like to think everything will be more accessible after this because the whole population has experienced being stuck inside, which so many disabled people already knew all too well.But if anything, what I’ve seen is that society will be even less accessible because they’re putting up new walls. I saw on our local news they were spraying down a train, and the chemicals were cinnamon-scented. I’m really allergic to cinnamon and even the smell of it makes me really ill, so it doesn’t look like I’ll be using my public transport.I won’t be going out when shielding ends, I’m too anxious. I don’t see the difference between the last day in July, and the first day in August when shielding ends.It’s not an environment I can control at all. So, I’ll have to wear a mask to avoid the virus and a mask to avoid the scent triggers that could potentially be life-threatening. Until I go out I don’t really know what barriers I’m going to face – and that’s anxiety-provoking. I am frightened about leaving my house after being told for months that only inside was safe.To then get the go-ahead to leave when there are still so many cases and no real progress with testing or a vaccine? I don’t think they quite appreciate the magnitude of the situation. Or they do, and they’re just ignoring it. So I won’t be going out when shielding ends, I’m too anxious. I don’t see the difference between the last day in July, and the first day in August when shielding ends. I don’t see how it’s suddenly going to be safe for people like me.    Natasha Coates is an elite disability gymnast, living with mast cell activation syndrome and autism. For information on Scope’s call for the prime minister not to forget disability equality in the Government’s recovery plan, click hereMore from HuffPost UK Personal I’m A Millionaire, And I Want To Be Taxed More To Help The Economy Recover From Covid-19 I’m Gender Non-Conforming, And Dreading Using Public Toilets Again This Is What It’s Like To Be A Paramedic On The Coronavirus Frontline
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The 800G fiber optic demonstration was the first of its kind in a live network
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New streaming service in same situation as HBO Max
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This unlimited data SIM plan from Three is amazing, offering no caps on data, calls or texts - all for a low price.
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The United Arab Emirates will launch the Hope probe, a car-sized Martian meteorologist, in July.
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Save $50 on the latest Apple iPad with this great offer from Staples. The 10.2-inch version is now only $280.
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Doctors have been able to transplant human organs for a long time from donor to recipient. However, there is a whole host of issues with transplants including the availability of organs and the potential for rejection by the recipient. One thing that researchers have been working towards for years is lab-grown organs that can be transplanted into a human patient. … Continue reading
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Public health authorities must balance efficacy, trust and privacy in the design of their contact tracing apps for COVID-19.
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