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Google Photos sync deprecation

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Google Drive may stop syncing your Google Photos starting in July [APK Insight]
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Tech Companies Are Deleting Evidence of War Crimes

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Episode 103 - 04/28/2019


Docker Hub gets hacked, Nextcloud 16 has a new feature to prevent hacks, and France's 'Secure" Telegram replacement gets hacked within an hour.

Plus who is spending $30m a month on AWS? Docker on ARM, and some LinuxFest Northwest thoughts.


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IT-Security: Tech Data launcht neues Channel-Portal

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Tech Needs More Conscientious Objectors

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Episode 102 - 04/21/2019


Ubuntu 19.04 is released we share our take, OpenSSH has an important release, and Mozilla brings Python to the browser.

Also WebThings is launched and we think it might have a shot.


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Episode 07 - 04/18/2019


Jason leaves the warm embrace of GNOME and finally tries Xfce for 24 hours. What happened took him by surprise!

Then we dive into some hardware talk about the latest All-In-One Linux PC from Entroware, which packs in a lot of quality for the price. But are there any downsides?


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Brazilian tech companies lack gender diversity

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Ultimate Tech: ChargeTech 124,800 mAh portable power station can charge up much more than your smartphone

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Slew of unsanctioned tech creates headaches for IT

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Brazil stimulates academia and business link in emerging tech initiative

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Da Robótica ao Pensamento Computacional: Educação para o Século XXI

MIT Researcher Exposing Bias in Facial Recognition Tech Triggers Amazon’s Wrath

Facial recognition technology was already seeping into everyday life — from photos on Facebook to police scans of mugshots — when Joy Buolamwini noticed a
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Facial recognition technology was already seeping into everyday life — from photos on Facebook to police scans of mugshots — when Joy Buolamwini noticed a serious glitch: Some of the software couldn’t detect dark-skinned faces like hers.

That revelation sparked the Massachusetts Institute of Technology researcher to launch a project that’s having an outsize influence on the debate over how artificial intelligence should be deployed in the real world.

Her tests on software created by brand-name tech firms such as Amazon uncovered much higher error rates in classifying the gender of darker-skinned women than for lighter-skinned men.

Along the way, Buolamwini has spurred Microsoft and IBM to improve their systems and irked Amazon, which publicly attacked her research methods. Last Wednesday, a group of AI scholars, including a winner of computer science’s top prize, launched a spirited defense of her work and called on Amazon to stop selling its facial recognition software to police.

Her work has also caught the attention of political leaders in statehouses and Congress and led some to seek limits on the use of computer vision tools to analyze human faces.

“There needs to be a choice,” said Buolamwini, a graduate student and researcher at MIT’s Media Lab. “Right now, what’s happening is these technologies are being deployed widely without oversight, oftentimes covertly, so that by the time we wake up, it’s almost too late.”

Massachusetts Institute of Technology facial recognition researcher Joy Buolamwini stands for a portrait at the school, in Cambridge, Mass. Buolamwini’s research has uncovered racial and gender bias in facial analysis tools sold by companies such as Amazon that have a hard time recognizing certain faces, especially darker-skinned women. Buolamwini holds a white mask she had to use so that software could detect her face. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Buolamwini is hardly alone in expressing caution about the fast-moving adoption of facial recognition by police, government agencies and businesses from stores to apartment complexes. Many other researchers have shown how AI systems, which look for patterns in huge troves of data, will mimic the institutional biases embedded in the data they are learning from. For instance, if AI systems are developed using images of mostly white men, the systems will work best in recognizing white men.

Those disparities can sometimes be a matter of life or death: One recent study of the computer vision systems that enable self-driving cars to “see” the road shows they have a harder time detecting pedestrians with darker skin tones.

What’s struck a chord about Boulamwini’s work is her method of testing the systems created by well-known companies. She applies such systems to a skin-tone scale used by dermatologists, then names and shames those that show racial and gender bias. Buolamwini, who’s also founded a coalition of scholars, activists and others called the Algorithmic Justice League, has blended her scholarly investigations with activism.

“It adds to a growing body of evidence that facial recognition affects different groups differently,” said Shankar Narayan, of the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington state, where the group has sought restrictions on the technology. “Joy’s work has been part of building that awareness.”

Amazon, whose CEO, Jeff Bezos, she emailed directly last summer, has responded by aggressively taking aim at her research methods.

A Buolamwini-led study published just over a year ago found disparities in how facial-analysis systems built by IBM, Microsoft and the Chinese company Face Plus Plus classified people by gender. Darker-skinned women were the most misclassified group, with error rates of up to 34.7%. By contrast, the maximum error rate for lighter-skinned males was less than 1%.

The study called for “urgent attention” to address the bias.

“I responded pretty much right away,” said Ruchir Puri, chief scientist of IBM Research, describing an email he received from Buolamwini last year.

Since then, he said, “it’s been a very fruitful relationship” that informed IBM’s unveiling this year of a new 1 million-image database for better analyzing the diversity of human faces. Previous systems have been overly reliant on what Buolamwini calls “pale male” image repositories.

Microsoft, which had the lowest error rates, declined comment. Messages left with Megvii, which owns Face Plus Plus, weren’t immediately returned.

Months after her first study, when Buolamwini worked with University of Toronto researcher Inioluwa Deborah Raji on a follow-up test, all three companies showed major improvements.
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But this time they also added Amazon, which has sold the system it calls Rekognition to law enforcement agencies. The results, published in late January, showed Amazon badly misidentifying darker-hued women.

“We were surprised to see that Amazon was where their competitors were a year ago,” Buolamwini said.

Amazon dismissed what it called Buolamwini’s “erroneous claims” and said the study confused facial analysis with facial recognition, improperly measuring the former with techniques for evaluating the latter.

“The answer to anxieties over new technology is not to run `tests’ inconsistent with how the service is designed to be used, and to amplify the test’s false and misleading conclusions through the news media,” Matt Wood, general manager of artificial intelligence for Amazon’s cloud-computing division, wrote in a January blog post. Amazon declined requests for an interview.

“I didn’t know their reaction would be quite so hostile,” Buolamwini said recently in an interview at her MIT lab.

Coming to her defense Wednesday was a coalition of researchers, including AI pioneer Yoshua Bengio , recent winner of the Turing Award, considered the tech field’s version of the Nobel Prize.

They criticized Amazon’s response, especially its distinction between facial recognition and analysis.

“In contrast to Dr. Wood’s claims, bias found in one system is cause for concern in the other, particularly in use cases that could severely impact people’s lives, such as law enforcement applications,” they wrote.

Its few publicly known clients have defended Amazon’s system.

Chris Adzima, senior information systems analyst for the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon, said the agency uses Amazon’s Rekognition to identify the most likely matches among its collection of roughly 350,000 mug shots. But because a human makes the final decision, “the bias of that computer system is not transferred over into any results or any action taken,” Adzima said.

But increasingly, regulators and legislators are having their doubts. A bipartisan bill in Congress seeks limits on facial recognition. Legislatures in Washington and Massachusetts are considering laws of their own.

Buolamwini said a major message of her research is that AI systems need to be carefully reviewed and consistently monitored if they’re going to be used on the public. Not just to audit for accuracy, she said, but to ensure face recognition isn’t abused to violate privacy or cause other harms.

“We can’t just leave it to companies alone to do these kinds of checks,” she said.

Associated Press writer Gillian Flaccus contributed to this report from Hillsboro, Oregon.

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Big tech lobbying gutted a bill that would ban recording without consent

The Illinois Keep Internet Devices Safe Act would have empowered average people to sue big companies for recording them without consent, but industry association lobbying defanged it.
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An Illinois bill that sought to empower average people to file lawsuits against tech companies for recording them without their knowledge via microphone-enabled devices was defanged this week after lobbying from trade associations representing Silicon Valley giants.

On Wednesday, the Illinois State Senate passed the [1]Keep Internet Devices Safe Act, a bill that would ban manufacturers of devices that can record audio from doing so remotely without disclosing it to the customer. But after lobbying from [2]trade associations that represent the interests of Google, Amazon—makers of the microphone-enabled Google Home and Alexa smart speakers, respectively—and Microsoft, among other companies, the interests of big tech won out.

In the bill’s original form, users could file a complaint with the Illinois Attorney General’s office that could lead to penalties of up to $50,000. But after technology trade associations, led by the Internet Association objected, claimed that the state’s definition of a “digital device” was too broad, and that the Act would lead to “private litigation which can lead to frivolous class action litigation,” the bill was scaled back.

In its current, neutered form, the bill provides exclusive authority to the Attorney General to enforce the Act, which means regular citizens won’t be able to bring forward a case regarding tech giants recording them in their homes.

Matt Stoller, a research fellow at [3]Open Markets Institute, an anti-monopoly advocacy group, shared the lobbying groups’ statements on [4]Twitter.

Just this week, a report from Bloomberg [5]detailed how Amazon employs thousands of people around the world to listen to commands spoken to its line of Echo speakers in order to improve its Alexa digital assistant, sometimes even after users opt out of having their data used in the program. Amazon workers reportedly heard the terms people were searching for online, private conversations, and unsettling situations like a potential assault—all connected to the user’s Amazon ID number and personally identifying information like their name.

The bill arrived in Illinois’ House of Representatives today, but unless Illinois’ Attorney General makes privacy violations an active priority, it’s not likely the bill will provide much more protection for consumers.

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Xg2xg: Lookup table of similar tech and services for ex-Googlers

by ex-googlers, for ex-googlers - a lookup table of similar tech & services - jhuangtw-dev/xg2xg
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Chinese tech firms are throwing out applicants over the age of 30

Ageism at tech companies in China is running rampant, forcing people who elsewhere would be entering the prime of their careers out of the industry.
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Ageism at tech companies in China is running rampant, forcing people who elsewhere would be entering the prime of their careers out of the industry.

The “30+ middle-age crisis”: Three-quarters of tech workers in China are younger than 30, and recruiters are reinforcing this: some are instructed to cut off applicants at age 35.

Why? As one tech recruiter [1]told Bloomberg, the perception is that “most people in their 30s are married and have to take care of their family—they’re not able to focus on the high-intensity work.” Younger workers also cost companies less.

It’s not just China’s problem: In March, IBM faced [2]allegations of persistent age discrimination in the US. Google has been [3]fighting a lawsuit since 2015. The biggest difference is that in China, discriminating based on age is legal.

The paradox: As [4]Bloomberg points out, most of China’s landmark tech companies were started by people over 30. But, possibly because of ageist policies, that’s changing: more and more rising tech companies are led by founders in their 20s.

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Episode 100 - 04/07/2019


Chef goes 100% open source, and this recipe has an old twist, the VMware lawsuit is abandoned.

A new way to run Android apps on Linux using Wayland, Sailfish and Mer merge, and more.


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Episode 06 - 04/04/2019


The Linux Gaming Report rolls forward as Jason throws Manjaro 18 on the test bench and walks away shocked.

Then we offer some best practices and tips for, well, choosing Linux! How to pick the right hardware for your needs, where to discover your perfect distribution, and how to best enjoy your new journey.


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Episode 99 - 03/31/2019


Mozilla’s new Android app, Google wants you to adopt AMP for Email, and our reaction to LVFS joining the Linux Foundation.

Plus Debian's generous gift, Red Hat crosses the $3B mark, and the Open Source Awards are nigh!


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Very interesting stuff! Users today don't realize how great we have things in terms of price and capabilities. :)

Kitchen computer, Neiman-Marcus/Honeywell, 1969
The Honeywell 316 microcomputer hidden inside the Kitchen Computer was a successor to the 516 computer that powered the first node of the ARPANET, which eventually became the internet.

Speed: 312,500 adds/sec
Memory size: 4K Words
Memory type: Core
Memory width: 16-bit
Cost: $10,600

From Computer History Museum, Mountain View
Photos are taken June 2017 with MotoG4
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Got a software solution for dynamic instability? Didn't think so.

A low-down analysis on the 737 MAX problem


This is a lengthy and detailed explanation of the problem and what Boeing chose to do about it. The writer is both a pilot and a software engineer. There are several important key take-aways here.
  • The fundamental problem is that in order to re-engine the 737 airframe with the much larger CFM LEAP engine, without making major structural changes to the airframe to increase ground clearance under the wing by changing wing dihedral and/or lengthening the landing gear, Boeing made aerodynamic compromises that made the aircraft dynamically unstable. This is a very bad thing in a commercial passenger aircraft.
  • In order to manage the dynamic instability, Boeing introduced the MCAS software system which allows the flight control computers to command the nose down in the event of what it considers a hazardous angle of attack. The aircraft has two redundant flight computer systems, but each reads only one of the two angle-of-attack sensors, and they do not cross-check with each other. Only one is active at a time.
  • The MCAS system provides feedback to the pilots by pushing the stick forward. By default it provides no other clear indication that MCAS has activated. This system can apply hundreds of pounds of force to the control stick, making it physically exhausting for the pilots to try to counter it.
  • Boeing deliberately kept documentation of MCAS to a minimum in order to maintain a bureaucratic fiction that the aircraft is "still just a 737" despite having twice the thrust and carrying 72% more passengers than the original 737, in order to avoid having to do an expensive new-type certification. But by any realistic aerospace engineering standard, the 737 MAX is a new aircraft that should have had a full airworthiness certification process. But that would have cost Boeing a lot of money. So Boeing lied.
  • Because the FAA is overloaded and has been suffering a "brain drain" to the provate sector, the FAA trusted Boeing to tell it whether the 737 MAX was airworthy and safe to operate, which is why Boeing got away with the lie.
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Intel lays off hundreds of tech administrators

These appear to be the chipmaker's largest cuts since 2016.
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Intel laid off a substantial number of information technology workers at sites across the company this week, according to multiple sources inside the company.

The layoffs numbered in the hundreds, according to people with direct knowledge of the cuts who asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to speak about their employer.

Intel confirmed the layoffs but declined to specify how many people lost their jobs or describe the rationale for the cutbacks.

“Changes in our workforce are driven by the needs and priorities of our business, which we continually evaluate. We are committed to treating all impacted employees with professionalism and respect,” Intel said in a brief statement acknowledging the cuts to The Oregonian/OregonLive.

The cuts took place at sites across the company, including Oregon, Intel’s largest site with 20,000 workers. A person with direct knowledge of the cuts said the Oregon layoffs were in proportion to those elsewhere.

Cuts also took place at other Intel facilities in the United States and at a large administrative facility in Costa Rica, according to people familiar with the layoffs.

Though [1]Intel forecasts flat sales in 2019, people inside the company said this week’s layoffs don’t appear to be strictly a cost-cutting move. Rather, they said the cuts appeared to reflect a broad change in the way Intel is approaching its internal technical systems.

Intel has previously used several information technology contractors. An internal memo obtained by The Oregonian/OregonLive said Intel will now consolidate operations under a single contractor, the Indian technology giant Infosys.

With fewer contractors Intel needs fewer managers overseeing those people, according to one person privy to Intel’s rationale for the change.

Information technology (IT) professionals don’t usually develop new technology but they play an essential role in managing a company’s internal systems. Their work is particularly important at tech companies such as Intel, which depend on IT workers to keep systems secure and running smoothly.

This week’s layoffs are among Intel’s biggest cutbacks since 2016, when the company eliminated 15,000 jobs across the company through layoffs, buyouts and early retirement offers. Intel had 107,400 employees around the world at the end of 2018.

At that time Intel was bracing itself for long-term decline in its core business, microprocessors for PCs and laptops. The company has since transitioned to rely on new markets, most prominently data centers.

Intel is also preparing for a big shift in its manufacturing technology and is preparing to build new, multibillion-dollar factories in Oregon, Ireland and Israel. Intel is planning for 1,750 new Oregon jobs in the next few years as it builds the third phase of its massive Hillsboro research factory called D1X.

Intel shares were trading up 1.1 percent Friday at $53.70, in line with broader market gains. The stock is near its highest point since the dot-com era.

This article has been updated with additional information about the cutbacks, and with Intel’s closing stock price.

-- [2]Mike Rogoway | twitter: [3]@rogoway | 503-294-7699


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12 great tech deals to check out this weekend

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Episode 98 - 03/24/2019


Is Linux gaming really being saved by Google's Stadia platform? We discuss the details and possibilities.

Plus good news for KDE Connect users, Intel begins work on next-generation open source video drivers, and much more.


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Episode 05 - 03/21/2019


Jason goes deeper down the rabbit hole by exploring the state of Steam gaming on 9 different Linux distributions. Find out how Fedora compares to Pop!_OS.

Plus, first impressions of Purism’s brand new Librem 15 v4 laptop.


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