The Robocall Crisis Will Never Be Totally Fixed

The Robocall Crisis Will Never Be Totally Fixed

In addition to authenticating that calls are really coming from the numbers they claim, STIR and SHAKEN will also append an "Origin ID" to every call, making it much easier to track robocalls to the source.

How Much Time Would It Take to Dig an Underground Pool?

How Much Time Would It Take to Dig an Underground Pool?

With my estimates, I get a dirt toss volume of 3.14 x 10-3 m3. Looking at the video, I get the following estimated times for one scoop:Dig time = 10 seconds. This puts the total dig time at 1.45 x 105 seconds or 40 hours.

Apple Enters the Credit Card Market With—Yep—Apple Card

Apple Enters the Credit Card Market With—Yep—Apple Card

Like pre-existing personal finance apps such as Mint and Acorns, Apple Wallet will automatically track where and how much you spend with Apple’s credit card.

On the Trail of the Robocall King

On the Trail of the Robocall King

Hoping he might get lucky and receive one of the robocalls himself, Garvin began answering every suspicious call and spoofed number that lit up his cell phone.

FEMA Leaked Data From 2.3 Million Disaster Survivors

FEMA Leaked Data From 2.3 Million Disaster Survivors

On Friday, FEMA publicly acknowledged a Homeland Security Department Office of the Inspector General report that the emergency response agency wrongly shared personal data from 2.3 million disaster survivors with a temporary-housing-related contractor.

TypeScript’s Quiet, Steady Rise Among Programming Languages

TypeScript’s Quiet, Steady Rise Among Programming Languages

Microsoft's programming language TypeScript has become one of the most popular languages among developers, at least according to a report published by the analyst firm RedMonk this week.

Facebook Will Crack Down on Anti-Vaccine Content

Facebook Will Crack Down on Anti-Vaccine Content

The company also said it was exploring ways to give users more context about vaccines from “expert organizations.” The decision was widely anticipated: Facebook, along with YouTube and Amazon, has faced criticism from journalists and lawmakers in recent weeks for allowing vaccine misinformation to flourish on their sites.

Amazon Wants Brands to Fight Fake Products Themselves

Amazon Wants Brands to Fight Fake Products Themselves

Her experience wasn’t a fluke: In 2016, Apple sued a company in New York for allegedly selling counterfeit versions of its accessories on Amazon, like charging cables. On Thursday, the company announced Project Zero , a program designed to reduce the number of fake products for sale on Amazon.

Gene Editing Is Trickier Than Expected—but Fixes Are in Sight

Gene Editing Is Trickier Than Expected—but Fixes Are in Sight

Using a new method for measuring unplanned edits, a team of American, Chinese, and European scientists has found that the same base editor, widely in use by researchers today, actually messes up the genome at an eyebrow-raising rate. Besides the base editors, Steinmetz’s group also tested good ‘ol Crispr 1.0, the gene-editing workhorse of the biological research world.

Calculate How Fast Quicksilver Is Moving in X-Men Apocalypse

Calculate How Fast Quicksilver Is Moving in X-Men Apocalypse

If I know the time this takes and the total distance, I can calculate the average speed as: Rhett Allain That seems straightforward, but I need to point out that this is the average speed.

Ajit Pai Claims His FCC Improved Broadband Access

Ajit Pai Claims His FCC Improved Broadband Access

Moreover, the majority of those gaining access to such high-speed connections, approximately 5.6 million, live in rural America, where broadband deployment has traditionally lagged." Pai's press release also says that private Internet providers have "responded to FCC reforms by deploying fiber to 5.9 million new homes in 2018, the largest number ever recorded." However, much of that may have come from a multi-year fiber deployment that AT&T began during the Obama administration.

Neural Networks Need a Cookbook. Here Are the Ingredients

Neural Networks Need a Cookbook. Here Are the Ingredients

In 1989, computer scientists proved that if a neural network has only a single computational layer, but you allow that one layer to have an unlimited number of neurons, with unlimited connections between them, the network will be capable of performing any task you might ask of it.

NYC Now Knows More Than Ever About Your Uber and Lyft Trips

NYC Now Knows More Than Ever About Your Uber and Lyft Trips

If Uber, Lyft, Via, and Juno want to keep operating in the city, they’ll have to provide the TLC with even more finely detailed data than they do now: the date, time, and location of pickups and drop-offs (at least down to the intersection), the vehicle’s license number, the trip mileage, itemized trip fare, route (including whether the vehicle entered traffic-choked Midtown), and how much the driver was paid.

The Phone Number Ashton Kutcher Tweeted Comes From a Startup

The Phone Number Ashton Kutcher Tweeted Comes From a Startup

“Hi Ashton Kutcher (or the person who hacked his Twitter account)”—look, I may have been throwing words into the void but I didn’t want to look gullible —“my name is Caitlin Kelly and I’m a journalist at Wired Magazine.

America Needs Way, Way More Electric-Car Charging Stations

America Needs Way, Way More Electric-Car Charging Stations

(The researchers expect that come 2025, electrics will make up 15 percent of new car sales in California, 9 percent in those other states, and 1.4 percent everywhere else.) The report projects that Los Angeles will need 35,000 charging stations, about seven times the number it had in 2017.

Feds Also Say That Oracle Underpaid Women and Minorities

Feds Also Say That Oracle Underpaid Women and Minorities

Feds Also Say That Oracle Underpaid Women and Minorities The Labor Department says the vast majority of engineers Oracle hired out of college for its headquarters in California, shown here, were Asian, including many on student visas.

Pharma Spending on Doctors Is Correlated With Opioid Deaths

Pharma Spending on Doctors Is Correlated With Opioid Deaths

In a study published today in the journal JAMA Network Open, researchers at the Boston Medical Center found a strong association between direct-to-physician marketing dollars spent by drug companies, the number of opioid prescriptions issued by doctors, and the number of deaths in each US county from prescription opioids.

How the Feds Failed to Track Thousands of Separated Children

How the Feds Failed to Track Thousands of Separated Children

This is according to a new report released Thursday by the Department of Health and Human Service’s Office of Inspector General, which finds that, since 2017, the Trump administration has separated thousands more children from their parents than it previously disclosed and that it tracked these kids in ad hoc, disparate databases, including Excel spreadsheets and Microsoft Sharepoint accounts, further complicating the already tortured process of figuring out where those children are today.

2018 Had the Biggest Box Office Ever. Thanks, Black Panther

2018 Had the Biggest Box Office Ever. Thanks, Black Panther

Ticket Masters The box office reached an all-time high in 2018 , earning nearly $12 billion in revenue in the United States alone—and eclipsing a previous record set in 2016.

Ghana’s challenges: Widening regional inequality and natural resource depreciation

Ghana’s challenges: Widening regional inequality and natural resource depreciation

This may reflect the declining contribution of agriculture, in which the majority of poor households are engaged, the limited job opportunities for higher productivity in the services sector, and a largely capital-intensive industrial development.

After a Deadly Crash, Uber Returns Robocars to the Road

After a Deadly Crash, Uber Returns Robocars to the Road

The company fired its safety drivers in that state and has no plans to return.The relaunch comes amid reports of neglect in Uber’s self-driving team in the months leading up to the fatal Tempe crash.

A Devious Phishing Scam Targets Apple Customers

A Devious Phishing Scam Targets Apple Customers

This month, it's a bogus Apple App Store email that convinces its victims to cough up all kinds of personal information.First reported by Bleeping Computer, the phishing campaign doesn't contain any especially novel elements, but it executes the basics well enough that it's easy to be fooled."They're able to bypass email filters more effectively, since there are no malicious links in the email itself."Crane Hassold, AgariIf you do so, a prompt tells you that your account has been locked for security reasons, and offers an Unlock Account button.

How Amazon Alexa Uses Machine Learning to Get Smarter

How Amazon Alexa Uses Machine Learning to Get Smarter

Alexa has gotten smarter, in ways so subtle you might not yet have even noticed.Machine HeadSo-called active learning, in which the system identifies areas in which it needs help from a human expert, has helped substantially cut down on Alexa’s error rates.Those may sound like small tweaks, but cumulatively they represent major progress toward a more conversational voice assistant, one that solves problems rather than introducing new frustrations.

'Fortnite' Season 7's Winter Wonderland Tops the Week's Game News

'Fortnite' Season 7's Winter Wonderland Tops the Week's Game News

Right?In Less Fun Fortnite News, the Inventor of the Milly Rock is Suing EpicYes, The Washington Post reports that rapper 2 Milly is suing Epic Games for the use of his Milly Rock dance as an in-game emote.

How to Protect Yourself From the Giant Marriott Hack

How to Protect Yourself From the Giant Marriott Hack

But the bulk of the victims—currently thought to be 327 million people—had different combinations of name, address, phone number, email address, date of birth, gender, trip and reservation information, passport number, and Starwood Preferred Guest account information all stolen."Four years is an eternity when it comes to breaches."David Kennedy, TrustedSecSome credit card numbers were also stolen as part of the breach, Marriott says, but the company did not provide an initial estimate of how many were taken.

Hack Brief: Criminals With No Shame Hit Make-A-Wish Website

Hack Brief: Criminals With No Shame Hit Make-A-Wish Website

But its practitioners appear to have recently hit a new low, compromising the website of Make-A-Wish, the venerable charity that offers uplifting experiences for children with serious or terminal illnesses.The HackDuring a recent scan of infected sites, Trustwave SpiderLabs researcher Simon Kenin scrolled past a number of domains that had fallen victim to cryptojacking.

Borrowing a Page From Uber, Tinder Invents the 'Swipe Surge'

Borrowing a Page From Uber, Tinder Invents the 'Swipe Surge'

The company also says that in some cities, like New York, surges may happen later at night than elsewhere.Just like a ride-hailing company, Tinder constantly needs to solve the problem of supply and demand.When users choose to participate in a Swipe Surge, their profiles are placed at the beginning of the line, meaning other users swiping at the same time will see them first.

The US Is the Only Country Where There Are More Guns Than People

The US Is the Only Country Where There Are More Guns Than People

Today, the US boasts more firearms than residents.Canada, for its part, may have a lot of guns as well, as the chart below shows, but its citizens don't often die from gunfire; the country ranks 72nd in the world for deaths from firearms.

How an Anonymous 4chan Post Helped Solve a 25-Year-Old Math Puzzle

How an Anonymous 4chan Post Helped Solve a 25-Year-Old Math Puzzle

Fans were arguing online about the best order to watch the episodes, and the 4chan poster wondered: If viewers wanted to see the series in every possible order, what is the shortest list of episodes they’d have to watch?Quanta MagazineAboutOriginal story reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine, an editorially independent publication of the Simons Foundation whose mission is to enhance public understanding of science by covering research developments and trends in mathematics and the physical and life sciences.

I Learned About Climate Change By Watching Fortnite on Twitch

I Learned About Climate Change By Watching Fortnite on Twitch

And according to Henri Drake, the graduate student in climate science at MIT who was talking about methane in the video I watched, it specifically gets climate change in front of the young audience who will have to deal with its effects of the actions (or inaction) humans take right now.Related StoriesCarter MelroseWhy Battle Royale Games Like Fortnite Are Everywhere (It’s Not Just Money)Matt SimonClimate Change's Looming Mental Health CrisisEric Van AllenLive on ESPN: Is Esports Finally Ready for Its Crossover Moment?"It builds a community where people can ask the hard questions directly to an expert," Drake says.

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