London fire: Inquest versus inquiry – BBC News

June 23, 2017

… Robert Francis QC was widely praised for the way he ran the Mid Staffs public inquiry However, it should be noted that like a coroner’s recommendations, those of a public inquiry have no legal force. The Mid Staffs example also illustrates the critical importance of selecting the right person to chair the inquiry. That person sets the tone and needs the right mix of high level interpersonal skills to communicate with the families of victims and win their trust, the intellectual ability …

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Raids on trolls’ homes show Germany’s done with online hate speech

June 22, 2017

… individuals for their social media actions, and it’s indicative of a larger trend in which the German government (as well as several other European Union governments) has shown its exasperation with social media’s ability to perpetuate hate and misinformation. The German government is considering a law that would force social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook to build a system that allows for the takedown of hateful posts within 24 hours. Posts that are debatably hateful would …

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Apple gave us new Photos, Maps, and Siri: Check out what you missed at WWDC

June 6, 2017

… is all about deep technologies. Safari gets blocking of autoplay videos on websites. Mail search will have a Spotlight to identify your most wanted mail, new Javascript that is faster and crazy updates to graphics. Metal 2 will open doors for better graphics as well as VR. Image: wwdc presentation Among other updates, photo faces, tags and likes will now be automatically synced across devices. There will also be new editing tools and the ability to create photo books with third parties …

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London attack: Met defends dropping inquiry into attacker – BBC News

June 6, 2017

… copyright PA In the days since the attack, Labour has been targeting cuts to the Home Office’s policing budget, accusing Theresa May of “letting austerity damage her ability to keep us safe”. Speaking on Tuesday, Mr Khan warned it could be harder to “foil future terrorist attacks” if the Conservatives cut police budgets in London. “The Conservative plans mean another 400m of cuts to the Met,” he said. “I’m simply not willing to stand by and …

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This ‘wizarding pub’ kickstarter will use tech to simulate magic

June 1, 2017

… be featured in if they pledge a certain amount. To round things off the pub will have a fantasy book-inspired food and drink menu (“Liquid Luck” is one of the drinks in the cocktail section). The challenge Cortland now faces is raising the fairly hefty $500,000 sum needed to make The Cauldron a reality. “Our ability to reach our target of $500,000 now rests in the capable hands of the fandom,” he said. “Its an ambitious sum of money, but not unheard of for …

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Meet the YouTube star behind Overly Attached Girlfriend

… tiny piece of me feels slighted,” he wrote. “The rest of me lives in the real world. I gave my idea to the Internet, how can I be mad at the Internet for running away with it? On the other hand, I feel a bit better about my ability to be clever on occasion, and it occasionally pumps me up when working on creative writing projects or even technical writing, which I do full-time.”His account has since been deleted. Screengrab via Overly Attached Girlfriend Meme Blog …

May 23, 2017
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Bill Maher: The Indisputable Godfather of Political Late-Night

Bill Maher delivered the first late-night television monologue of Donald Trumps presidency. Bounding onto the stage at his Los Angeles studio Friday night, the Real Time host blew his cheering audience a kiss and told the many fans watching live on HBO, It happened. It really happened. We Americans have a new leader: Vladimir Putin. Maher prides himself on his ability to get out ahead of his competitorshe was also the first host to weigh in on Trumps grab em by the pussy tapeand has been doing …

May 21, 2017
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Dont Pass Go: AI Will Beat You at Pretty Much Everything

… the ability to learn by experience and example, which helps gaming AI effectively respond to opponents. Thats exactly what Googles AI AlphaGo did, employing both value networks and policy networks to understand the layout of the pieces on the board in any given moment and then decide on a play. The AI beat the three-time European Go Champion five games to none, signifying a major triumph in the AI world. Humans have a history of measuring AIs meddle by throwing down the gaming gauntlet. IBMs …

May 21, 2017
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Climate change is pushing U.S. trees north and west

… particularly in the southern region, where increasing temperatures helped lead to widespread droughts, according to the Palmer Drought Severity Index. Climate scientists attribute such changes at least partly to human-caused global warming. As greenhouse gas concentrations in the air reach new highs, land and sea temperatures are ticking up, affecting weather patterns and spurring extreme events such as heat waves, floods, and droughts. All of these can overwhelm the ability of plants and …

May 20, 2017
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Apple spotlights how accessible tech helps people with disabilities thrive

… engineer is transforming the tech world at only 22 Meera is nonverbal, living with a rare condition called schizencephaly that impacts her ability to speak. But with the help of her iPad and text-to-speech technology, she can make her thoughts and opinions known and she sure does. From her love of Katy Perry to her passion for soccer, Meera will let you know exactly what’s on her mind. All it takes is a few taps of her tablet, and with a specialized app stringing letters into words, and …

May 19, 2017
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