Russia bans images of Putin linked to ’gay clown’ meme - CNN.com
The punishment for offenders who distribute, retweet or share the image is 15 days in prison or a fine of 3,000 rubles ($53).
Taser (TASR), renamed Axon, to give police body cameras powered with AI software that automates reports — Quartz
The future of police work, Smith says, is a technologist’s dream, with cameras automating menial tasks like note-taking and report-typing, so police can interact with the public more effectively.
“Eighty percent of American cops go out on the job with a gun, but no camera,”
Trump’s new H1-B rules will end era of cheap Indian engineers on US outsourcing gigs — Quartz
The Donald Trump administration may have hammered the final nail in the coffin for low-paid Indian information technology (IT) workers out on outsourcing gigs in the US.
(…) these [H-1B] visas are heavily utilised by India’s $150-billion IT sector to fly relatively inexpensive engineers to the US.
The memo emphasised that “an entry-level computer programmer position would not generally qualify as a position in a specialty occupation.” So, in order to secure an H-1B visa, companies must now prove that their employees possess specialised knowledge required for highly-skilled positions. Alongside, on April 03, the USCIS announced multiple measures to check H-1B visa fraud and abuse, including targeted visits to workplaces.
Flu pandemic likelihood increasing as new strains emerge, UNSW researchers warn
“Some of the reasons involve things like climate change and its impact on pathogens, changes like urbanisation, but none of these things have increased at the rate the virus is increasing so there’s something else going on.”
The Spanish flu, which killed 50 million people in 1918-19, was followed by a 40-year hiatus during which no new flu strains emerged, and then a 10-year gap from the one after that to the next.
But the emergence of strains has gathered pace in the past 15 years.
Professor MacIntyre said a repeat of the Spanish flu was “very possible” and countries and sectors such as health, agriculture, defence and emergency services needed to collaborate better on how to respond in such an event.
New database details White House officials’ finances | Center for Public Integrity
The Center for Public Integrity compiled data from those disclosures into a searchable, sortable database, which provide a window into the wealth, assets and business interests of many of the people closest to President Donald Trump.
Photographer Nadya Lev was the toast of the fashion world, but it was only when she started going blind that she really learned how to shoot.
How We Examined Racial Discrimination in Auto Insurance Prices - ProPublica
Omidyar network gives $100 million to boost journalism and fight hate speech - The Washington Post
The Chronicle of Philanthropy, which ranks the country’s top 50 philanthropists, put the Omidyars at No. 8 in February. They were among four of the first nine spots held by what the publication calls “tech giants,” including Bill and Melinda Gates. Bill Gates is the founder of Microsoft.
A top Federal Reserve official resigned for leaking information. Richmond Fed president Jeffrey Lacker admitted that he shared confidential details about the central bank’s plans with a hedge fund advisory service. Law enforcement officials said no charges would be filed.
’We can’t accept the new HIV, TB plan’ - Treatment Action Campaign-Bhekisisa
It is a disgrace that over the last 10 years, we have made almost no progress on the employment of community healthcare workers — an area in which this new national plan also fails.
The customer is always wrong: Tesla lets out self-driving car data – when it suits | Technology | The Guardian
Luxury car maker Tesla is throwing some drivers’ privacy under the wheels following accidents in order to defend its hi-tech self-driving car technology.
And while the company has handed data to media following crashes, it won’t provide its customers’ data logs to the drivers themselves
“Drivers don’t have access to this data to defend themselves if they need it,” the Swiss driver said. “So this data is 100% to the disadvantage of the drivers.”
Erik Prince: Trump’s Knight in America’s New Crusade? | The Oakland Institute
Prince’s post Blackwater maneuvers – acquiring logistics capacity in Africa, the Mediterranean Region, and Asia, and networking with high-level individuals in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to launch a private equity fund, Frontier Resource Group (FRG).
“According to our findings, Prince’s connections range from top Emirati businessmen to Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Court,” said Anuradha Mittal, Executive Director of the Oakland Institute. “The first investor in the Frontier Resources Group was a company linked to Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the brother of Abu Dhabi’s ruler itself,” she added.
The UAE is a country where both Trump and Prince have business interests and unsurprisingly was not included among seven predominantly Muslim nations impacted by Trump’s travel ban. The UAE is also a key US ally in the wars that are raging in the Muslim world.
How Uber Uses Psychological Tricks to Push Its Drivers’ Buttons - by Noam Scheiber; graphics by Jon Huang -
The New York Times
Employing hundreds of social scientists and data scientists, Uber has experimented with video game techniques, graphics and noncash rewards of little value that can prod drivers into working longer and harder — and sometimes at hours and locations that are less lucrative for them.
(…) To keep drivers on the road, the company has exploited some people’s tendency to set earnings goals — alerting them that they are ever so close to hitting a precious target when they try to log off. It has even concocted an algorithm similar to a Netflix feature that automatically loads the next program, which many experts believe encourages binge-watching. In Uber’s case, this means sending drivers their next fare opportunity before their current ride is even over.
(…) pulling psychological levers may eventually become the reigning approach to managing the American worker [Nota: pourquoi American, on sait pas]
(…) other “gig economy” platforms are also involved. Uber’s main competitor, Lyft, and popular delivery services like Postmates rely on similar approaches. So do companies and individuals posting assignments on crowdsourcing sites like Amazon Mechanical Turk (…)
Of course, many companies try to nudge consumers into buying their products and services using psychological tricks. But extending these efforts to the work force is potentially transformative.
(…) Some local managers who were men went so far as to adopt a female persona for texting drivers, having found that the uptake was higher when they did.
(…) whether they enjoy it is separate from the question of #agency — whether they have it, or whether the company does.
(…) Kelly Peters, chief executive of BEworks, a management consulting firm specializing in behavioral science, argued that the same data that makes it easier for Uber to nudge drivers into working an additional 30 or 60 minutes also makes it hard to escape the obligation to look after them.
(…) It is … not too hard to imagine a future in which massive digital platforms like Uber have an appetite for tens of millions of workers
Zan Armstrong - One set of data, many stories
graphique corrigé :
Westinghouse: Origins and Effects of the Downfall of a Nuclear Giant - World Nuclear Industry Status Report
what led to this bankruptcy were two bets that Westinghouse and Toshiba made. The first bet was that there will be a growing and large market for nuclear power plants. When Toshiba acquired Westinghouse from British Nuclear Fuels Ltd. (BNFL) in February 2006, the press release confidently projected: “By 2020, the global market for nuclear power generation is expected to grow by 50 percent compared with today”. At that time, the President and CEO of Toshiba estimated that there would be 10 large (1 GW) nuclear reactors built each year till 2020 amounting to 130 GW of new reactor capacity. That estimate was off by at least an order of magnitude. Much of the hype around that time was over what many saw as a coming #nuclear_renaissance
(...) In 2013, for example, a former Vice-President of CNNC and Vice-Minister of Atomic Energy complained to South China Morning Post: “Our state leaders have put a high priority on [nuclear safety] but companies executing projects do not seem to have the same level of understanding”.
Tips for staying safe while covering violent protests | IJNet
William Powell, ‘Anarchist Cookbook’ Writer, Dies at 66 - The New York Times
“My motivation at the time was simple,” he wrote in The Guardian. “I was being actively pursued by the military, who seemed single-mindedly determined to send me to fight, and possibly die, in Vietnam. I wanted to publish something that would express my anger.”
Automatically generate beautiful visualizations from your data (And other bad ideas), by Ian Johnson
I’d love to have something where i can drag-and-drop my iPhone footage and it spits out Tarantino quality cuts!
global language network
The position of a language in the global language network is highly correlated with the number of globally famous people born in the territories associated with that language. We identify globally famous people using The MIT Media Lab’s Pantheon project and the list published in the book Human Accomplishments.
ah… Barbra Streisand, Louis Armstrong
ce photogramme décrit le rôle de la femme dans la bonne ville de Yonkers
Avec la multiplication des collectifs de capteurs, qui surgissent à propos de la radioactivité, de la pollution atmosphérique, de la pollution de l’eau, de la biodiversité et des pesticides ou encore des ondes électromagnétiques, on voit se former une autre branche des « sciences participatives ». La promotion de « sciences participatives » qui vont au-delà de l’organisation de bénévoles ou d’amateurs comme auxiliaires de recherche constitue un véritable casus belli pour les rationalistes indignés (…)
L’enjeu des métrologies alternatives est de faire voler en éclat la frontière du visible – ou du tangible – qui contraint les acteurs à des formes de délégation reposant elles-mêmes sur une économie de la confiance. Rendre visible une pollution invisible est un des problèmes les plus canoniques de la santé environnementale
Smog Tasting uses egg foams to harvest air pollution. Smog from different locations can be tasted and compared.