Can DeepMind's AI Really Beat Human Starcraft II Champions?

Google acquired DeepMind for $500 million in 2014, and its AI programs later beat the world's best player in Go, as well as the top AI chess programs. But when its AlphaStar system beat two top Starcraft II players -- was it cheating? Long-time Slashdot reader AmiMoJo quotes BoingBoing: It claimed the AI was limited to what human players can physically do, putting its achievement in the realm of strategic analysis rather than finger twitchery. But there's a problem: it was often tracked clickin...
Tags: Google, Tech, Ars Technica, AlphaStar, Aleksi Pietikäinen, Grzegorz MaNa, Komincz

SF2G in the news

SF2G is the group of cyclists who ride the 42 miles from San Francisco to the Google campus in Mountain View.Murph mentioned this the other day, that somebody from the Examiner talked to a few SF2G riders. You can see the infamous bikes-on-sidewalk photo in the Examiner article about SF2G.P.S. Happy Valentines Day.P.P.S. Happy Chinese New Year. [Author: Yokota Fritz]
Tags: Google, San Francisco, Sport, Cycling, Examiner, Yokota Fritz, Mountain View Murph

Apple Promotes Heart Health With Activity Challenge and Apple Store Events Throughout February (mac rumors)

In recognition of Heart Month, Apple today announced it will offer an Activity Challenge on Apple Watch and heart health events at Apple Stores in San Francisco, Chicago, and New York throughout February. Apple Watch users who close their exercise ring in the Activity app for seven days in a row between February 8 and February 14 will earn a special badge and iMessage stickers on Valentine's Day. The special Today at Apple sessions will include:San Francisco: Apple Union Square on Februa...
Tags: Apple, New York, News, San Francisco, Joe Rossignol, Apple Stores, Michigan Avenue, San Francisco Chicago, Heart Month Apple, Apple Union Square, Sumbul Desai Jeanette Jenkins, Julz Arney New York, Apple Williamsburg, Jay Blahnik Chicago, Sumbul Desai Nancy Brown Jeanette Jenkins, Craig Bolton

Jack Dorsey: Trump Is Kind of Like Obama If You, Like, Really Think About It

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has some more muddled thoughts on moderation on his platform, including a half-assed explanation of why he banned Infowars host Alex Jones and why the president should be allowed to use his platform to threaten nuclear war with North Korea.Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Science, Technology, Obama, North Korea, Social Media, Jack Dorsey, Alex Jones, Joe Rogan, Infowars, Moderation

Where to find Real Betis vs. Atletico Madrid on US TV and streaming

If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Real Betis vs. Atletico Madrid on US TV in LaLiga, you’ve come to the right place. With Comcast Xfinity and DIRECTV dropping beIN SPORTS, be sure you don’t miss out on the LaLiga season, which you can watch for free with a trial to fuboTV. More details below. Match: Real Betis vs. Atletico Madrid Kickoff: Sunday, 10:15am ET Looking to watch Real Betis vs. Atletico Madrid online from your work, home or on the go? If you live in the USA, ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Usa, England, Nbc, Mexico, US, Sport, Soccer, Atletico Madrid, Cnbc, Real Betis, Atletico, DirecTV, Roku Amazon Fire TV, Roku Apple

FBI Confiscates Six Drones Near Super Bowl Stadium

The FBI confiscated six drones in Atlanta for flying too close to the football stadium where the Super Bowl will be played Sunday, Reuters reports: Drone flight was prohibited on Saturday and from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. EST on Sunday for one nautical mile (2 km) around the Mercedes-Benz Stadium and up to an altitude of 1,000 feet (305 meters), the Federal Aviation Administration said. The FAA will establish temporary flight restriction that prohibits drones within a 30-nautical-mile radius of t...
Tags: Tech, Atlanta, Fbi, Faa, Federal Aviation Administration, Reuters, Mercedes Benz Stadium, Nick Annan Homeland Security Investigations, FAA Drone

The 10 best smartphones that are worth your money

It's 2019, and there are simply too many great smartphones to choose from. Smartphone makers have really upped their game lately. The difference in quality between the most expensive phones, and the most affordable ones, is shrinking all the time. If you're looking to buy a brand-new smartphone that was made in the last year, here are your best options: SEE ALSO: All the smartphone leaks we saw in January, from Samsung's Galaxy S10 to Apple's iPhone XS successor 1. The OnePlus 6T OnePlus re...
Tags: Apple, New York City, Samsung, Trends

Teenagers Charged With 'Intimidation' After Sharing Siri's Helpful Response For A School Shooting

A 13-year-old boy visiting family in Indiana has been charged with "intimidation", according to the Northwest Indiana Times: The boy allegedly said to Siri, iPhone's voice assistant, "I am going to shoot up a school," according to a news release from the Valparaiso Police Department. Siri then replied with a list of multiple Valparaiso schools near his location. The boy, identified as a Chesterton Middle School student, posted a screenshot of the inquiry and response on social media, which was r...
Tags: Siri, Tech, Indiana, Valparaiso, Chesterton, Northwest Indiana Times, Valparaiso Police Department Siri, Chesterton Middle School, Valparaiso Police Department

Kubernetes Workshop at @KubeSUMMIT Silicon Valley | #CloudNative #Serverless #DevOps #Docker #Kubernetes #JSON

SYS-CON Events announced today the Kubernetes and Google Container Engine Workshop, being held November 3, 2016, in conjunction with @DevOpsSummit at 19th Cloud Expo at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. This workshop led by Sebastian Scheele introduces participants to Kubernetes and Google Container Engine (GKE). Through a combination of instructor-led presentations, demonstrations, and hands-on labs, students learn the key concepts and practices for deploying and maintaining...
Tags: Google, Software, Silicon Valley, Santa Clara, Kubernetes, Santa Clara Convention Center, Google Container Engine Workshop, Sebastian Scheele

Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Java?

This week HackerRank reported Java is now only the second most popular programming language, finally dropping behind JavaScript in the year 2018. Now long-time Slashdot reader shanen asks about the rumors that Java is dead -- or is it? Can you convince me that Java isn't as dead as it seems? It's just playing dead and will spring to life? This week one Java news site argued that Java-based Minecraft has in fact "spawned a new generation of Java developers," citing an interview with Red Hat's...
Tags: Tech, Minecraft, Java, HackerRank, Slashdot, JBoss Middleware CTO

Report: Attorneys General in Six States Are Now Investigating Facebook's Data Practices

Amid the constant scandals swirling around social media giant Facebook and its questionable handling of user data, at least six state attorneys general have launched their own investigations of the company, Bloomberg reported on Friday.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Technology, Privacy, Attorney General, Social Media, Bloomberg, Cybersecurity, Law Enforcement, Courts, Cambridge Analytica, Nothing To See Here

Relatives of woman killed in Uber crash file $10M claim

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Two relatives of a woman killed when she was struck by an autonomous Uber vehicle have filed a $10 million claim against the Phoenix suburb where the incident occurred in March. The Arizona Republic reports the previously undisclosed claim filed last fall against Tempe seeks $5 million each for the husband […]
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Google+ Social Networking Site Shutting Down April 2

It's the end of the line for Google+, the potential Facebook rival that never really took off.
Tags: Google, Facebook, News

How Arthur C. Clarke Predicted We'd Communicate in the 21st Century

beaverdownunder quotes Paleotronic: While researching for our magazine we sometimes find nuggets buried by time that have been forgotten by the Internet. This particular nugget was found in the May 1977 issue of Creative Computing. Science fiction author and futurist Arthur C. Clarke's predictions of the future are fascinating, both for what he got right, and what he got wrong. Quoting Arthur C. Clarke: [W]hat about verbal inputs? Do we really need a keyboard? I'm sure the answer is "Yes." We ...
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As law enforcement gets increasingly high-tech, is privacy being compromised?

Are we finally close to living in the crime-free future promised to us in the movie Minority Report… and just how much privacy will we have to give up to get there as police departments go increasingly high-tech? The post As law enforcement gets increasingly high-tech, is privacy being compromised? appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Police, Future, Trends, Tech, Emerging Tech

Well Water Likely Available Across Mars

schwit1 quotes Behind the Black: A science paper released today and available for download [pdf] cites evidence from about two dozen deep impact craters located from the equator to 37 degrees north latitude that Mars has a ground ice table at an elevation that also corresponds to other shoreline features. The paper calls this evidence of "planet-wide groundwater" with elevations that "notably coincide with the elevation of some ocean shorelines proposed by previous authors." Science writer Robe...

Microsoft Celebrates Gaming for Everyone in This Year’s Super Bowl Ad

On Sunday, February 3rd, Microsoft will air a 60-second ad titled “We All Win” during the 2019 Super Bowl on CBS. The ad is the latest installation in the company’s journey of empowerment and inclusion showcasing how the Xbox Adaptive Controller is designed primarily to meet the needs of gamers with limited mobility.The ad follows the inspirational story of passionate young gamers, including nine-and-a-half-year-old Owen, rising to the top of their game with a little help from their friends, fam...
Tags: Technology, Featured, Microsoft, Advertising, Sydney, Cbs, Rosemary, Owen, McCann, Super Bowl Ad, Justine Cortale, JSM, Gloria J, Xbox Adaptive Controller, Super Bowl 2019 LIII, Kathleen Hall CVP

Elon Musk Explains Why He's Building 'Starship' Out of Stainless Steel

Long-time Slashdot reader darkwing_bmf writes: In an exclusive interview with Popular Mechanics, SpaceX founder Elon Musk explains why stainless steel is the best material to build rocket ships, beating carbon fiber in cost, durability and even weight. "As far as we know, this marks the first time the material has been used in spacecraft construction since some early, ill-fated attempts during the Atlas program in the late 1950s," reports Popular Mechanics. "It took me quite a bit of effort ...
Tags: Elon Musk, Tech, Musk, Slashdot, Stainless Steel, Popular Mechanics SpaceX

The best iPhone apps available right now (February 2019)

The iPhone is the most popular smartphone in the world, and we want to bring out the best in yours. Behold our comprehensive list of the best iPhone apps, from time-saving productivity tools to fun apps you won’t be able to put down. The post The best iPhone apps available right now (February 2019) appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Mobile, Apps, Trends, Buying Guides, Best Of Everything

Google Lighthouse Update – Platform Packs Announced by @martinibuster

Google announced development of a new version of Lighthouse that offers audit tips specific to your CMS.The post Google Lighthouse Update – Platform Packs Announced by @martinibuster appeared first on Search Engine Journal.
Tags: Google, News, Seo, Google Lighthouse Update

Party of the people? Or the oligarchs?

The Trump uprising, with a renegade capitalist serving as the tribune of the forgotten working class, appears headed toward an inevitable denouement. Trump’s intemperance, jingoism and lack of political skills have undermined the GOP’s ability to reach beyond its base in the South, the exurbs and parts of middle America. The Democrats should be able to easily overcome this collapsing regime, much as has occurred in California when the GOP managed to alienate immigrants in an ever more diverse st...
Tags: Google, Texas, Minnesota, Obama, Colorado, California, Opinion, Germany, America, San Francisco, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, Democrats, Gop, Bill Gates

Apple MacBook Air vs. Dell XPS 13

This year, the MacBook Air got a huge refresh, making it closer in size to the compact XPS 13. Both wildly popular 13-inch notebooks run Intel's 8th-Generation processors. If you're shopping for a notebook, we'll help you decide. The post Apple MacBook Air vs. Dell XPS 13 appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Trends, Intel, Computing, Dell, MacBook Air, Xps 13, Apple MacBook Air

Have Terabytes of Enron Data Quietly Gone Missing?

Long-time Slashdot reader v3rgEz quotes MuckRock: Government investigations into California's electricity shortage, ultimately determined to be caused by intentional market manipulations and capped retail electricity prices by the now infamous Enron Corporation, resulted in terabytes of information being collected by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. This included several extremely large databases, some of which had nearly 200 million rows of data, including Enron's bidding and price pro...
Tags: California, Tech, Lockheed Martin, Enron, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Enron Corporation

Definitely Do Not Try to Fly a Drone Above the Super Bowl

The FBI is cautioning drone pilots against flying them anywhere near the site of the Super Bowl in Atlanta—not only on game day but leading up to it as well.Read more...
Tags: Science, Atlanta, Fbi, Drones, Super Bowl, Faa, No Drone Zone

How AI could help you learn sign language

Sign languages aren’t easy to learn and are even harder to teach. They use not just hand gestures but also mouthings, facial expressions and body posture to communicate meaning. This complexity means professional teaching programs are still rare and often expensive. But this could all change soon, with a little help from artificial intelligence (AI). My colleagues and I are working on software for teaching yourself sign languages in an automated, intuitive way. Currently, this tool can analyze t...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Syndication

Here’s the first trailer for the VR sequel to Groundhog Day

Sony Pictures is taking audiences back to Punxsutawney… this time in virtual reality. Whether it’s an abomination and a perversion of one of the best movies in the Bill Murray oeuvre or a great way to immerse a viewer in one of the most perfectly realized worlds brought to the silver screen (I unrepentantly love Groundhog Day) is TBD. That’s for players to decide. In Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son players embody Phil Connors Jr., the son of Groundhog Day’s central character. For anyone n...
Tags: TC, Tech, Sony, Bill Murray, Virtual Reality, Sony Pictures, Groundhog Day, Tequila Works, Madison Wells Media, Phil Connors Jr, Tequila Works the Madrid, RiME MWM Immersive

10 Tips for Using Google My Business, Voice Search and More to Grow Your Business

There’s more to a successful SEO strategy than adding a few keywords to your website. Tools like Google My Business and voice search are constantly evolving. And that means your strategy needs to evolve too. Here are tips for making use of these tools and improving your small business in other ways as well. Choose the Right Google My Business Category for Your Business Google My Business is one of the most important platforms for any local business to know, particularly when it comes to SEO. ...
Tags: Google, Sales, Social Media Examiner, Marketing Tips, Ivan Widjaya, Carrie Hill, Small Business Growth, Amanda Bowman, Social Media HQ, Voice Search Voice, Biz Penguin, Christian Zilles, Inna Yatsyna, Matt Shealy, Google My Business Voice Search, Philip Verghese

Physicists Made a Flying Army of Laser 'Schrodinger's Cats'

PolygamousRanchKid quotes LiveScience: A laser pulse bounced off a rubidium atom and entered the quantum world -- taking on the weird physics of "Schrodinger's cat." The laser pulses didn't grow whiskers or paws. But they became like the famous quantum-physics thought experiment Schrodinger's cat in an important way: They were large objects that acted like the simultaneously dead-and-alive creatures of subatomic physics -- existing in a limbo between two simultaneous, contradictory states. "I...
Tags: Germany, Tech, Nature Photonics, Bastian, Schrodinger, Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics

An audacious design for a sysadmin-centered subnotebook computer where function is everything

Sukhe's plan for an "adminbook" is an audacious, well-developed plan for a laptop tailored to the needs of network administrators: small, intended for use in dark, cramped places, convertible into an external drive or display for headless systems or those needing their ROMs flashed, multilingual, with many options for I/O and power. It's also the kind of heroically ugly device that you get when functionalism is the sole consideration. Notwithstanding Don Norman's important thoughts on the ...
Tags: Gadgets, Post, Happy Mutants, News, Design Fiction, Don Norman, Adminbook, Function Over Aesthetics, Functional Rigor, Sukhe, Fn Given

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