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    US: First signs of banks problems
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      Small banks start to have issues with credit cards that are similar to 2008 crisis.

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    Capitalism: Facebook wants to make more profitable MRI for poor
    • Facebook AI Research is working with NYU School of Medicine to make MRI scans up to 10 times faster through artificial intelligence.

      The effort announced today uses knowledge obtained from the large corpus of images to essentially fill in the blanks in partial images to hasten the speed of MRI scans.

      The goal of making MRIs 10 times faster was arrived at because that’s the speed teams at NYU and Facebook think is needed to deliver substantial benefits and move this research to clinical practice and mass adoption.

      Shorter MRI times can mean more patients benefit from MRI scans of bones or soft tissue like blood vessels, but it also means people in fragile health are subjected to the loud banging noises and cramped space for shorter periods of time.

      Just amazing terms and formulations. In reality all is simple - by default all insurance plans will offer only this MRI for poor (with expensive option to get real full MRI), and no, it won't be much more people, it'll be optimization of MRI by not buying or repairing existing. Such approach will allow to significantly, up to 10 fold rise the profits. But somehow this geniuses forgot to tell you about extreme margins and extreme corruption in the existing MRI equipment.

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    Capitalism: Alibaba as Chinese Amazon
    • Alibaba Group has reported its second-quarter 2018 consolidated revenues reached CNY80.920 billion (US$12.229 billion), increasing 61.25% on year. But net operating profit decreased 54.25% to CNY8.020 billion, while net profit dived 40.85% to CNY8.685 billion.

      In June, the number of active customers increased to 576 million.

      Strategy is similar to Amazon, they just do not have so strong cloud infrastructure to compensate.

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    Capitalism: 91% Of Teachers Buy School Supplies, 41% Have A Second Job
    • A recent survey showed nearly 70 percent of Maryland’s teachers felt their schools lacked funding to purchase basic items.

      One teacher tweeted he pays close to $2,000 out of pocket each year.

      Teachers also have their own debt — 37 percent have student loan debt and 21 percent have more than $25,000 in debt.

      Four in 10 teachers have a second job, according to the poll and 61 percent of those are educators under the age of 30.

    19 comments 20 comments Vitaliy_KiselevAugust 2018Last reply - August 2018 by Vitaliy_Kiselev
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    Capitalism: Corporations as the tools of war
    • Google today disclosed details about its ongoing efforts to combat influence campaigns from foreign governments and other forms of election interference, with the company outlining its recent ban of 39 YouTube accounts linked to the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting. Google’s announcement comes on the heels of Facebook’s admission earlier this week that it identified and deleted more than 600 accounts.

      And as cherry on top of this all

      The YouTube accounts only generated a little more than 13,000 views.


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    You no longer can benchmark Intel CPUs after microcode updates
    • You will not, and will not allow any third party to (i) use, copy, distribute, sell or offer to sell the Software or associated documentation; (ii) modify, adapt, enhance, disassemble, decompile, reverse engineer, change or create derivative works from the Software except and only to the extent as specifically required by mandatory applicable laws or any applicable third party license terms accompanying the Software; (iii) use or make the Software available for the use or benefit of third parties; or (iv) use the Software on Your products other than those that include the Intel hardware product(s), platform(s), or software identified in the Software; or (v) publish or provide any Software benchmark or comparison test results.

      New microcode update license states this now.

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    Cheap and nice CO2 level detector - important for editors
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    Another weird lensless camera
    • University of Utah electrical and computer engineers have discovered a way to create an optics-less camera in which a regular pane of glass or any see-through window can become the lens. Their innovation was published in a research paper, "Computational Imaging Enables a 'See-Through' Lensless Camera," newest issue of Optics Express.

      "Why don't we think from the ground up to design cameras that are optimized for machines and not humans. That's my philosophical point," he says.

      If a normal digital camera sensor such as one for a mobile phone or an SLR camera is pointed at an object without a lens, it results in an image that looks like a pixelated blob. But within that blob is still enough digital information to detect the object if a computer program is properly trained to identify it. You simply create an algorithm to decode the image.

      Through a series of experiments, Menon and his team of researchers took a picture of the University of Utah's "U" logo as well as video of an animated stick figure, both displayed on an LED light board. An inexpensive, off-the-shelf camera sensor was connected to the side of a plexiglass window, but pointed into the window while the light board was positioned in front of the pane at a 90-degree angle from the front of the sensor. The resulting image from the camera sensor, with help from a computer processor running the algorithm, is a low-resolution picture but definitely recognizable. The method also can produce full-motion video as well as color images, Menon says.

      The process involves wrapping reflective tape around the edge of the window. Most of the light coming from the object in the picture passes through the glass, but just enough -- about 1 percent -- scatters through the window and into the camera sensor for the computer algorithm to decode the image.

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