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In August, 2017 Google fired a software engineer(James Damore) who wrote an internal memo that questioned the company’s diversity efforts and argued that the low number of women in technical positions was a result of biological differences instead of discrimination.

Just in September, 2017 a lawsuit filed by three former employees claims Google is systematically and knowingly paying women employees less than comparable male workers. Google says allegations are untrue.

The complaint, filed in the Superior Court of California in San Francisco Thursday, September 14, 2017 accused Google of systematically and knowingly paying women lower wages and compensating them less overall than male employees with substantially similar skills and experience.

The three ex employees who filed the lawsuit are: Kelly Ellis, who worked as a software engineer at Google between 2010 and 2014; Holly Pease who left Google in 2016 as a senior manager of business system integration; and Kelli Wisuri, a brand evangelist for the company between 2012 and 2015.

In a statement, Google spokeswoman Gina Scigliano said the company is reviewing the lawsuit, but disagrees with its central allegations. "We work really hard to create a great workplace for everyone, and to give everyone the chance to thrive here," she noted.

After the initial review the Labor Department asked Google for more compensation data, this time dating back to 2014. The agency says it is trying to find out if the wage gap it discovered during its first analysis is part of a broader pattern of discrimination against women at Google.
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Just days after Apple announced the iPhone X that replaced the home button’s Touch ID for Face ID, Chinese merchants have launched “protective masks” in response to the news.

If you’re worried that someone will unlock your phone while you’re sleeping (which is probably unlikely, given that Face ID has been designed to not work when your eyes are closed), there are a number of masks you can order straight to your house for $5 to $15. Do you want one or three exposed holes on your mask, or none at all? Or is black too plain and you’d prefer green? The listing gives you plenty of stock image examples of when you can use this mask — at the office while you’re dozing off or next to a suspiciously close fellow passenger on a plane. The options are really limitless!

So, if you’re that suspicious of jealous partners or sneaky siblings trying to get into your iPhone, maybe just don’t enable Face ID, and use plain passcode.
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Increasingly, concept cars are popping up without mirrors. For example, Kia is expected to roll out a sleek station wagon with no side mirrors. Similarly, Tesla earlier this year provided a glimpse of its Model Y crossover concept, which featured no rear-view mirrors. And BMW unveiled a mirrorless design on an i8 concept car in 2016.

Engineers recently studied automotive mirrors using computational fluid dynamics software and concluded that mirrorless designs would improve the average vehicle’s aerodynamics by about 6%. If spread across all US vehicles, that improvement would save a stunning 145 million gallons of fuel every year.

In 2016 BMW showed off its i8 Mirrorless concept, which uses two small cameras in aerodynamic holders, and a third mounted on the rear windshield. Images from the cameras are projected on a high-res display suspended from the front windshield. In a press release, BMW declared, “Dangerous blindspots have been consigned to the past.”

Still, government approval is needed in order for automakers to take the concepts to production. In 2016, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) approved the Cadillac CT6’s “hybrid” display, which combines a mirror and camera, but it has yet to bless a complete mirrorless design. Some engineers hope the agency will follow the lead of Japan, which last year approved rules to allow automakers to replace vehicle mirrors with cameras. Government approval, however, is just one of the hurdles facing the technology.

One problem with electronic displays is that they present a two-dimensional image. More important, however, is the human eye’s need to readjust to an electronic display. That constant re-focusing becomes a problem for many drivers. Software glitches also present a potential dilemma. If an electronic display fails on a mirrorless car, drivers could potentially be left without rearward vision. Moreover, display cost is an issue, too, especially in entry-level cars.

If replacement happens, many believe the side mirrors will be the first to go. The protuberances are ugly, create aerodynamic drag, and their associated blind spots are the bane of parking-challenged drivers everywhere and for those reasons, mirrors are increasingly being considered for extinction.
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The Trump administration yesterday, on Wednesday 9/13/2017 told U.S. government agencies to remove Kaspersky Lab products from their networks, saying it was concerned the Moscow-based cyber security firm was vulnerable to Kremlin influence and that using its anti-virus software could jeopardize national security.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a directive to federal agencies ordering them to identify Kaspersky products on their information systems within 30 days and begin to discontinue their use within 90 days. The order applies only to civilian government agencies and not the Pentagon, but U.S. intelligence leaders said earlier this year that Kaspersky was already generally not allowed on military networks.

The direct financial impact of the decision will likely be minimal for Kaspersky Lab, one of the world’s leading anti-virus software companies, which was founded in 1997 and now counts over 400 million global customers. Federal contracting databases, show only a few hundred thousand dollars in purchases from Kaspersky. But Kaspersky also sells to federal contractors and third-party software companies that incorporate its technology in their products, so its technology may be more widely used in government than it appears from the contracting databases, U.S. officials say. Also, last week, Best Buy Co (BBY.N), the No.1 U.S. electronics retailer, said it was pulling Kaspersky Lab’s cyber security products from its shelves and website.

Eugene Kaspersky, the company’s co-founder and chief executive, attended a KGB school, and the company has acknowledged doing work for the Russian intelligence agency known as the FSB. But he has adamantly denied charges his company conducts espionage on behalf of the Russian government.
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TWO-FACTOR authentication (2FA) is becoming ever more popular as companies deal with growing concerns over cyber-insecurity. With 2FA, account-holders validate their identity online by entering a password and then adding a countersign that is generated by something to which they have physical access. This “second factor” is not fool-proof, though. DeRay Mckesson, an activist with Black Lives Matter, had his 2FA-protected Twitter account hacked last year. Banking customers in Germany had their 2FA accounts hijacked in May. And in August a bitcoin entrepreneur had the equivalent of $150,000 drained from his virtual wallet. How did a second factor fail them?

The flaw lies largely with the weakest link: the phone system and the humans who run it. Mr Mckesson and the bitcoin victim, for example, suffered at the hands of attackers who fooled phone-company employees into re-routing the victim’s phone number to a device in the attacker’s possession. Such a move should require either private, personal details or the customer’s PIN. But even if a customer-service rep ignores the scammer’s entreaties, the scammer will just try calling again, to another rep, and may eventually succeed. Another flaw, used in the German attack, is found in a system known as Signalling System 7 (SS7), which routes calls on networks worldwide and dates back to 1975. Vulnerabilities abound, and though mobile operators claim to be monitoring for abuses, access to an SS7 system allows hackers to intercept voice calls and SMS messages.
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Equifax, where 143,000,000 identities were just stolen, has a Chief Information Security Officer who studied music in college. She has been with Equifax as CSO / CISO since 2013. She was previously Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer at First Data Corporation, until July 2013. Mauldin was SunTrust Banks’ Group Vice President from 2007 to 2009.

Maulding’s education credentials include a bachelor’s degree in music composition (magna cum laude) and a Master of Fine Arts degree in music composition (summa cum laude), both from the University of Georgia.

Her boss David “Dave” Webb is chief information officer for Equifax, where he is responsible for leading a global team of IT professionals in delivering the technology strategy as well as support for the company’s consumer and business solutions. He joined the company in 2010.

Webb earned a bachelor’s degree in Russian from the University of London and a master’s degree in business administration from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
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China, Russia, soon all countries w strong computer science. Competition for AI superiority at national level most likely cause of WW3 imo.-- Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 4, 2017

His fears were prompted by a statement from Vladimir Putin that "artificial intelligence is the future, not only for Russia, but for all humankind … It comes with colossal opportunities, but also threats that are difficult to predict. Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world."

He's less worried about North Korea's increasingly bold nuclear ambitions, arguing that the result for Pyongyang if they launched a nuclear missile "would be suicide" -- and that it doesn't have any entanglements that would lead to a world war even if it did. His view is that AI is "vastly more risky" than the Kim Jong-un-led country.

Last month, he was one of more than 100 signatories calling for a UN-led ban of lethal autonomous weapons.

"Once developed, lethal autonomous weapons will permit armed conflict to be fought at a scale greater than ever, and at timescales faster than humans can comprehend," the letter read. "These can be weapons of terror, weapons that despots and terrorists use against innocent populations, and weapons hacked to behave in undesirable ways.

"We do not have long to act. Once this Pandora's box is opened, it will be hard to close."
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10. Trinity, a Cray XC40 running at Los Alamos National Laboratory, has an incredible important job: replaced US nuclear test which last was conducted in September 1992. Speed: 8.1 petaflops.

9. Mira is an IBM BlueGene/Q system cranking away at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory. System conducts scientific research in seismology, climatology, material science, transportation efficiency and computational chemistry. Speed: 8.59 petaflops.

8. The K computer is installed at the Riken Advanced Institute for Computational Science in Kobe, Japan. It could perform advanced climate research, disaster prevention and medical research. Speed: 10.5 petaflops.

7. Oakforest-PACS is a Fujitsu PRIMERGY system operated by Japan’s Joint Center for Advanced High Performance Computing. It’s installed in the Information Technology Center at the University of Tokyo’s Kashiwa Campus, though its number crunching superpowers also benefit the University of Tsukuba. Speed: 13.5 petaflops.

6. Cori, Cray XC40 is named for Gerty Cori, the first woman to win a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine—and the first American woman to win a Nobel Prize in science. Cori the supercomputer does its best as the centerpiece of a new Big Data Center , a collaboration between the U.S. National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center, Intel and five Intel Parallel Computing Centers. Speed: 14 petaflops.

5. Sequoia, the IBM BlueGene/Q supercomputer, installed at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. It’s tapped to quantify uncertainties “in numerical simulations of nuclear weapons performance” and perform “advanced weapons science calculations". Speed: 17.1 petaflops.

4. Titan, the Cray XK7 megamachine installed at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. A University of California, Santa Cruz, research team is on the case, using Titan’s massive compute powers to generate “nearly a trillion-cell simulation of an entire galaxy, which would be the largest simulation of a galaxy ever. Speed: 17.5 petaflops.

3. Piz Daint is a mountain in the Swiss Alps whose name translates roughly to “inner peak.” It’s also the name of the supercomputer, installed in Switzerland, at the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre. Climate scientists in Bern recently tapped Piz Daint to help them understand the causes of Europe’s destructive summer storms. Speed: 19.5 petaflops.

2. Tianhe-2, or as it’s known in English, Milky Way-2, which was developed by China’s National University of Defense Technology and is deployed at the National Supercomputer Center in Guangzho, China. In April 2015, the U.S. government rejected Intel’s application for an export license that would have increased the power of Tianhe-2’s CPUs and coprocessor boards due to concerns about the supercomputer being used for “nuclear explosive activities.” Speed: 33.8 petaflops.

1. Sunway TaihuLight lives at the National Supercomputing Center in Wuxi, China, where its 10 million+ CPU cores have created the biggest, most detailed simulation of the universe. The simulation covers millions of years in the universe’s history, with the goal of helping scientists uncover new discoveries. And it’s “just a warm-up exercise,” says an author of the simulation study. Reportedly China is building “an even larger computer that will be capable of performing over ten times as many calculations as TaihuLight. Speed: 93 petaflops.

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