Facial Recognition Has Already Reached Its Breaking Point

As facial recognition technologies have evolved from fledgling projects into powerful software platforms, researchers and civil liberties advocates have been issuing warnings about the potential for privacy erosions. Those mounting fears came to a head Wednesday in Congress.

Alarms over facial recognition had already gained urgency in recent years, as studies have shown that the systems still produce relatively high rates of false positives, and consistently contain racial and gender biases. Yet the technology has proliferated unchecked in the US, spreading among law enforcement agencies at every level of government, as well as among private employers and schools. At a hearing before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, the lack of regulation garnered bipartisan concern.

“Fifty million cameras [used for surveillance in the US]. A violation of people’s First Amendment, Fourth Amendment liberties, due process liberties. All kinds of mistakes. Those mistakes [...]  read more

AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation benchmarks leak, showing blistering performance

We already know that AMD Ryzen 3rd Generation processors are coming in Q3 2019, and are rumored to be revealed at Computex 2019 – but benchmarks for two of the chips have leaked ahead of the show. These leaks, spotted by Wccftech, reveal a 12-core AMD Ryzen processor, running at a whopping 5.0GHz alongside a …

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Centri sociali occupano sede Enel di Milano: “Chiudere la centrale a carbone di Civitavecchia”

Un gruppo di ragazze e ragazzi di collettivi studenteschi ha occupato la sede Enel di via Carducci a Milano e ha intenzione di passare la notte all’interno dell’atrio dell’edificio. L’azione, hanno spiegato, si inserisce in una serie di iniziative in vista dello ‘Sciopero globale per la giustizia climatica’ che si terrà venerdì 24 maggio. Il blitz è stato rivendicato dal Laboratorio universitario metropolitano Lume, dalla Rete studenti Milano, Csoa Lambretta, Casc Lambrate, Collettivo Zam e Milano InMovimento, che hanno chiesto a Enel “la data di chiusura di tutte le centrali gas a carbone e la strategia aziendale per la riconversione dei dipendenti che ad oggi lavorano in settori incompatibili con la riconversione ecologica”. Studenti occupano sede Enel di Milano: "Chiudere la centrale a carbone di Civitavecchia"
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Mario Kart Tour: everything we know so far

Despite a somewhat inconsistent record with smartphone games, Nintendo is continuing to add to its roster, revealing that its next effort will be a mobile Mario Kart.

Update: Mario Kart Tour is out in closed beta on Android, and we’ve updated this piece with what we know. In short: it looks to bring a faithful (though vertically-aligned) Mario Kart experience, though there seems to be a lot of in-game currencies and microtransactions you’ll have to deal with to get all your favorite characters.

First announced as in-development in February 2018, Mario Kart Tour is still something of a mystery as Nintendo didn’t proffer any details on its gameplay, pricing model or even a firm release date. But we’ve started to see footage from the game’s closed beta, which launched in May, and it seems like the Mario Kart gameplay we know and love has been faithfully reproduced.

Following the [...]  read more

Consumer Reports knocks Tesla’s Navigate on Autopilot, calls new feature ‘far less competent’ than a human driver

Consumer Reports is calling the automatic lane-change feature on Tesla’s Navigate on Autopilot “far less competent” than a human driver and cautioned it could pose safety risks.

The consumer advocacy organization posted its review Wednesday on the newest version of Tesla’s advanced driver assistance system.

Navigate on Autopilot is an active guidance system that is supposed to navigate a car from a highway on-ramp to off-ramp, including interchanges and making lane changes. Once drivers enter a destination into the navigation system, they can enable “Navigate on Autopilot” for that trip.

Tesla pushed out a software update last month to allow for automatic lane changes. Drivers have to enable this feature, which gives the car permission to make its own lane changes. If not enabled, the system asks the driver to confirm the lane change before moving over. Automatic lane changes can be canceled at any time.

The system has been touted as a way to make driving less stressful and improve [...]  read more

The story behind "Bitcoin Pizza Day"

At the time, Bitcoin was worth less than a penny, so when the software … is believed to be the first real-world transaction involving cryptocurrency.
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Judge Finds Qualcomm’s Pricing Policy Violates Antitrust Law

The US has joined China, the European Union, and South Korea in ruling that Qualcomm violated antitrust laws.

Qualcomm is the largest maker of modem chips for connecting smartphones to wireless networks. Its customers, including Apple and Samsung, complain that the company uses unfair practices, such as threatening to withhold supplies of chips, to force companies to agree to excessive licensing fees for its technology. Apple and Qualcomm settled their own separate, complicated legal battle last month.

The Federal Trade Commission sued Qualcomm in 2017, alleging that the company drove up smartphone prices by overcharging customers and unfairly blocking competitors from the modem chip market, but the case didn’t make it to trial until January. Late Tuesday night, US District Judge Lucy Koh ruled in the FTC’s favor and  [...]  read more