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  • Fresno State says it can't discipline the professor who called Barbara Bush an 'amazing racist'

    "I can't be fired,? Randa Jarrar bragged after making controversial comments about Barbara Bush. She was right.

  • Carl Icahn: Washington is not for me, and I haven?t spoken to Trump in months

  • New York Times corrects its curious example of a 'far-right conspiracy'

  • R. Lee Ermey made 'Full Metal Jacket' a movie that Marines and antiwar protesters could love

  • Once more, the courts show their mettle on DACA

  • Could Trump bury Mueller's findings? Yes - if Republicans help him do it.

  • Russia sanctions the West - hurting its own citizens

  • Rand Paul's embarrassing surrender

  • Reporters Without Borders just released its annual press-freedom report card, and the grades are dismal

  • 6 questions help reveal if you're addicted to social media

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  • Nasdaq 'Would Consider' Creating a Crypto Exchange, Says CEO (774 characters)

    Wed, 25 Apr 2018 13:15:00 -0400Nasdaq 'Would Consider' Creating a Crypto Exchange, Says CEOSlashdot

    The CEO of Nasdaq suggested Wednesday that the company could open a cryptocurrency exchange in the future. From a report: The subject came up in an interview with CNBC, during which CEO Adena Friedman expressed openness to the idea. "Certainly Nasdaq would consider becoming a crypto exchange over time," Friedman remarked, adding: "If we do look at it and say 'it's time, people are ready for a more regulated market,' for something that provides a fair experience for investors... I believe that digital currencies will continue to persist it's just a matter of how long it will take for that space to mature. Once you look at it and say, 'do we want to provide a regulated market for this?' Certainly Nasdaq would consider it."

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Apple's Podcasts Just Topped 50 Billion All-time Downloads and Streams (1016 characters)

    Wed, 25 Apr 2018 12:45:00 -0400Apple's Podcasts Just Topped 50 Billion All-time Downloads and StreamsSlashdot

    Apple launched podcasts on iTunes way back in 2005, the same year that the Oxford Dictionary named "podcast" its word of the year. A lot has changed since the early days when iTunes was mostly populated with The Ricky Gervais Show and an assortment of news podcasts repackaged from radio shows. From a report: These days, according to Apple, it is home to over 525,000 active shows, with more than 18.5 million episodes available, including content in over 100 languages. Its podcasts span the globe, covering 155 countries and, per Apple, "29 groupings of localized editorial." In short, if you feel overwhelmed with podcast content -- you're not alone. As content has grown, so has the fanbase: In 2014, there were 7 billion podcast downloads. In 2016, that number jumped to 10.5 billion. In 2017, it jumped to 13.7 billion episode downloads and streams, across Podcasts and iTunes. In March 2018, Apple Podcasts passed 50 billion all-time episode downloads and streams.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • U.S. Supreme Court leans toward upholding Trump's travel ban (252 characters)

    Wed, 25 Apr 2018 12:14:00 -0400U.S. Supreme Court leans toward upholding Trump's travel banReuters: U.S.

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices on Wednesday signaled they are likely to uphold President Donald Trump's travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority countries, one of the most contentious policies of his presidency.

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  • Air Belgium Cancels Flights, Pushes Back Launch By Over A Month (6167 characters)

    Wed, 25 Apr 2018 12:06:00 -0400Air Belgium Cancels Flights, Pushes Back Launch By Over A MonthOne Mile at a Time

    Well this throws a wrench in my plans… grrrr!

    In early April, Air Belgium began selling tickets for their new route between Brussels Charleroi and Hong Kong. This fascinating new startup airline intends to operate flights between Belgium and China using A340-300s that used to fly for Finnair. The airline first intends to fly to Hong Kong, and then later intends to add flights to mainland China.

    I have a lot of doubts about their business model, but naturally I’ve been excited to try them, given that it’s not often you get to fly with a brand new start-up airline.

    I booked my ticket for travel with them in business class within the first week of operation. Air Belgium has just informed me that they’re delaying their launch from April 30 to June 3, 2018. Go figure they’re making this announcement just days before they were set to begin operations.

    Why is Air Belgium delaying their launch by about five weeks? Two reasons, they claim:

    • They don’t have overfly rights for Russian airspace, and claim that avoiding Russian airspace is not possible
    • Air Belgium isn’t yet in the GDS, meaning that they can’t make their flights visible to third parties (including tour operators and travel agencies), and as a result this has “prevented Chinese tourist groups from being directed to [their] flights”

    I can’t speak to what they say about Russian airspace, though clearly their GDS excuse is just them acknowledging that virtually no one has booked their flights, and they’d be losing a lot of money if they operated them.

    I’m still not sure exactly what they were thinking? They started selling tickets less than a month before they were set to launch, and they acknowledged at the time that it would be a while before their flights would appear in the GDS. They knew this going in. On top of that, booking them was initially impossible for me, since they weren’t even set up to accept US credit cards.

    None of this comes as any sort of a surprise, so I’m not sure what they were expecting? Did they think they’d fill planes with a few weeks notice without even having their flights in the GDS?

    For their part, the airline is offering passengers a seat on another airline at no additional cost, a full refund, or a deferred travel date with Air Belgium, “with financial compensation.”

    I still want to fly Air Belgium, so I guess I’ll see what they’re offering in terms of “financial compensation” for those who rebook with them in the future.

    Best I can tell, this should be eligible for EU261 compensation. For flights within one to two weeks of departure, it seems like compensation is due if they can’t reroute you in a way that gets you to your destination within four hours. There’s no option out of Charleroi that would get me to Hong Kong within that timeframe, unless they put me on the Cathay Pacific flight out of Brussels, though I’d think Brussels would be considered a different market than Charleroi. Does that mean I’d be eligible for 600EUR in cash?

    Anyway, here’s the full email I was sent by Air Belgium:

    Dear passenger,

    We are very sorry to announce to you that Air Belgium has decided to reschedule its flights of May 2018 to Hong Kong including yours. Circumstances have forced us to reschedule the launch date ? which was originally planned on April 30th – towards June 3rd 2018. There are two main reasons that made it unavoidable for us to make this hard decision, which we will explain to you further on in this letter.

    But first allow us to express our sincere apology for this unfortunate set-back and to assure you that we are doing everything we can to find a satisfying solution for you. This solution will consist of three compensation proposals:

    • A seat on a flight of another airline, so you can reach Hong Kong as planned without any additional cost.
    • A deferred travel date with Air Belgium, with financial compensation.
    • A full reimbursement.

    Our team will call you as of tomorrow to explain these proposals and to discuss which one you prefer.

    There are two reasons behind this decision. Despite all efforts of our teams and the Belgian authorities, we are still expecting to receive the overflight permit from the Russian Authorities, knowing that overflying Russian airspace is unavoidable. Air Belgium did secure all other required permits well in advance. However, the Russian permit has not yet been granted. The second issue is that the uncertainty created by the above together with complicated and delayed GDS implementation ? GDS is the system which should make our flights visible to third parties such as tour operators or travel agencies worldwide – prevented Chinese tourist groups from being directed to our flights.?

    We sincerely hope you understand that we had no other option and we hope you will fly with us soon!

    Bottom line

    Now I really have to rethink my plans. I had booked a trip that would have me flying Ukraine’s 777 to Europe, Air Belgium from Europe to Hong Kong, and Hong Kong Airlines back to the US. I intentionally planned this all with only short stays in each city, and without Air Belgium the trip won’t work out. I’m sure I’ll figure out something, though I’m potentially on the hook for quite a bit in change fees.

    But bigger picture can I just ask what the heck unrealistic startup airlines like this are thinking? Air Belgium’s business model has been confusing from the beginning, but this just seems like such an amateur move. They sell tickets less than a month before departure and those flights don’t even show in the GDS, and they’re surprised the flights are wide open?

    I’ll be very curious to see if they stick to their new launch date.

  • Europol Shuts Down World's Largest DDoS-for-Hire Service (857 characters)

    Wed, 25 Apr 2018 12:05:00 -0400Europol Shuts Down World's Largest DDoS-for-Hire ServiceSlashdot

    In what is being seen as a major hit against cybercriminals, Europol, an international police operation, has taken down the world's biggest provider of potentially crippling Distributed Denial of Service attacks. From a report: Europol officials have shut down WebStresser, a website where users could register and launch DDoS attacks after paying for a monthly plan, with prices starting as low as $18.25. The website, considered the largest DDoS-for-hire service online, had over 136,000 users at the time it was shut down. Europol said it had been responsible for over 4 million DDoS attacks in recent years. Visitors to the web site will now see a notice stating that the site has been seized in conjunction with "Operation Power Off," which is the name of the multi-country operation that took down the site.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • Delta Discounted Awards: Fly to Mexico From 10,000 SkyMiles Round-Trip (2415 characters)

    Wed, 25 Apr 2018 12:00:00 -0400Delta Discounted Awards: Fly to Mexico From 10,000 SkyMiles Round-TripThe Points Guy

    Delta is advertising discounted awards to a couple of destinations in Mexico from cities all over the US. These awards are so low that you can get a round-trip ticket to Cancun for as few as 10,000 SkyMiles round-trip.

    This doesn’t appear to be one of Delta’s award flash sales, which come around every so often. In fact, the carrier’s most recent flash sale to Mexico, which happened earlier this month, advertised round-trip fares to Mexico for as few as 12,000 SkyMiles round-trip. So, with this unadvertised sale, you can lock in award redemptions for even fewer SkyMiles. Plus, we’re seeing round-trips in Delta Comfort+ for just 5,000 SkyMiles more.

    There appear to be quite a few cities that are part of this sale ? from New York to Boston, Los Angeles, Fort Lauderdale and more. Destinations in Mexico that require the fewest number of SkyMiles are Cancun (CUN) and San José del Cabo (SJD). Generally, the best availability we’re seeing is through April, with scattered dates throughout the summer and picking up with decent availability in September through the rest of the year. If you’re interested in booking a trip to Mexico, be sure to check out your SkyMiles options from your city ? you could lock in a ticket at these reduced rates.

    Here are some examples of what you can book:

    Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Cancun (CUN) for 10,000 SkyMiles + $86 round-trip:

    Boston (BOS) to Cancun (CUN) for 10,000 SkyMiles + $86 round-trip:

    New York (JFK) to Cancun (CUN) for 12,000 SkyMiles + $81 round-trip:

    Los Angeles (LAX) to San José del Cabo (SJD) for 12,000 SkyMiles + $84 round-trip:

    Baltimore (BWI) to Cancun (CUN) for 12,000 SkyMiles + $86 round-trip:

    Boston (BOS) to Cancun (CUN) for 15,000 SkyMiles + $86 round-trip in Delta Comfort+:

    If you don?t have enough SkyMiles in your account, consider signing up for one of the Delta SkyMiles credit cards from American Express to ensure you?re able to take advantage of an offer like this next time one pops up. For example, the Gold Delta SkyMiles Credit Card from American Express currently comes with a bonus of 30,000 SkyMiles after you spend $1,000 in the first three months and a $50 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your card within the first three months. This is also a great card for defeating basic economy.

    Featured image of the JW Marriott Cancun.

    H/T: Thrifty Traveler

  • BOH April 30, 2018 Agenda (263 characters)

    Wed, 25 Apr 2018 11:57:00 -0400BOH April 30, 2018 AgendaAll Agendas Web Google Group

    Attached: BOH April 30, 2018 Agenda.pdf Sent using Google Docs https://docs.google.com/ -- All email messages and attached content sent from and to this email account are public records unless qualified as an exemption under the *Massachusetts Public Records Law

  • France's Macron decries nationalism in speech to U.S. Congress (267 characters)

    Wed, 25 Apr 2018 11:49:00 -0400France's Macron decries nationalism in speech to U.S. CongressReuters: World News

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday urged the United States to reject nationalism and stay true to global ideals of cooperation in the face of terrorism and other challenges, saying countries can still retain their own identities.

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  • Tennis has "significant" integrity problems, says report (263 characters)

    Wed, 25 Apr 2018 11:49:00 -0400Tennis has "significant" integrity problems, says reportReuters: Sports News

    LONDON (Reuters) - Tennis faces "very significant" integrity problems caused by the sharp increase in internet betting, an independent report concluded in its interim finding on Wednesday with one investigator describing it as a "tsunami" at its lower levels.

  • Xiaomi unveils Mi 6X with dual-camera and AI-powered scene detection (2111 characters)

    Wed, 25 Apr 2018 11:45:00 -0400Xiaomi unveils Mi 6X with dual-camera and AI-powered scene detectionNews: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

    Dual-camera equipped devices have really been taking off this year, and with the Mi 6X, Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi has just thrown its hat into the dual-cam ring as well. As has been the norm with virtually all recent device launches, Xiaomi is putting a lot of emphasis on the Mi 6X camera capabilities: claiming the new model competes with rivals such as the iPhone X or OPPO R15 in the imaging department.

    We'll have to get hands on a test unit to confirm if that's true, but the camera specs do look promising. The main camera uses a 1/2.9"12 MP Sony IMX486 sensor and F1.75 aperture lens. The secondary camera comes with a 1/2.78" 20MP sensor and the same lens specifications as the main camera. Xiaomi says the secondary camera uses a 4-to-1 pixel binning mode for reduced noise levels. It is also deployed to generate a fake-bokeh portrait mode.

    The front camera uses the same Sony IMX376 sensor as the secondary unit, which should ensure image quality that is a cut above your average small-sensor front camera.

    It's not all about hardware, though. Like some other recent high-end devices, the Mi 6X uses artificial intelligence to detect more than 200 scene types and adjust camera settings automatically?including 12 different portrait scenes. According to Xiaomi, the AI algorithms are capable of learning, providing better detail and subject separation in portrait mode the longer you use it.

    Non-camera specifications include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset, 4/64 GB, 6/64 GB, and 6/128 GB memory combinations and a 5.99-inch LCD display with Full HD+ resolution. Security is covered with a fingerprint reader on the back and Face Unlock support.

    Pricing is in line with Xiaomi's tagline: ?the same specifications, at half the price.? In China, prices start from CNY 1,599 (approximately $250 USD) which, considering the specifications, makes the Mi 6X an enticing option. The global version of the device will likely be called Mi A2 but no international pricing information has been provided yet.

    More information, including some camera samples, is available on the Xiaomi website.

  • Abbas, Magnum Photographer, Dies at 74 (2720 characters)

    Wed, 25 Apr 2018 11:45:00 -0400Abbas, Magnum Photographer, Dies at 74PetaPixel

    Abbas, the Iranian photojournalist and Magnum photographer, died in Paris today at the age of 74.

    His passing was announced by Magnum, which published an obituary and a set of the late photographer’s photos.

    Abbas (full name Abbas Attar) had a photography career that spanned six decades and is known for his intense photos of wars and revolutions in countries around the world (Biafra, Bangladesh, Northern Ireland, Vietnam, the Middle East, Chile, Cuba, and South Africa). In his later years, Abbas turned his camera toward the subject of religion.

    The photographer joined the prestigious Magnum Photos cooperative in 1981 after being a member of the French agencies Sipa Press (1971 to 1973) and Gamma (1974 to 1980). After documenting the Iranian revolution between 1978 and 1980, Abbas spent 17 years traveling and photographing around the world in voluntary exile from his homeland.

    As a result of the revolution, though, much of his subsequent work focused on the global rise of Islamism as well as other religions, including Buddhism, Hinduism, and Judaism.

    “He was a pillar of Magnum, a godfather for a generation of younger photojournalists,” says Magnum president Thomas Dworzak. “An Iranian transplanted to Paris, he was a citizen of the world he relentlessly documented; its wars, its disasters, its revolutions and upheavals, and its beliefs ? all his life.

    “It is with immense sadness that we lose him. May the gods and angels of all the world?s major religions he photographed so passionately be there for him.”

    The British Journal of Photography shared this interview with Abbas after speaking with the photographer at the Visa pour l’Image photojournalism festival in 2009:

    Throughout his career, Abbas focused on telling in-depth stories with his photos rather than capturing single “decisive moments.” According to Magnum, Abbas believed these to be two distinct approaches to photography.

    “[O]ne is writing with light, and the other is drawing with light,” the photographer once said. “The school of Henri Cartier-Bresson, they draw with light, they sketch with light. The single picture is paramount for them.

    “For me, that was never the point. My pictures are always part of a series, an essay. Each picture should be good enough to stand on its own but its value is a part of something larger.”

    Image credits: Header illustration based on photo by Maurizio Costanzo and licensed under CC BY 2.0

  • General Electric workers, shareholders protest at annual meeting (333 characters)

    Wed, 25 Apr 2018 11:43:00 -0400General Electric workers, shareholders protest at annual meetingReuters: Business News

    IMPERIAL, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - General Electric CO employees and shareholders voiced frustration on Wednesday with the company's poor performance, while attending the first annual meeting under Chief Executive Officer John Flannery, who has presided over a 43 percent decline in GE's stock price since taking over on Aug. 1.

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  • U.S. Supreme Court leans toward upholding Trump's travel ban (257 characters)

    Wed, 25 Apr 2018 11:38:00 -0400U.S. Supreme Court leans toward upholding Trump's travel banReuters: Politics

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices on Wednesday signaled they are likely to uphold President Donald Trump's travel ban on people from several Muslim-majority countries, one of the most contentious policies of his presidency.

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  • U.S. court upholds dismissal of $200 million Merck verdict against Gilead (251 characters)

    Wed, 25 Apr 2018 11:37:00 -0400U.S. court upholds dismissal of $200 million Merck verdict against GileadReuters: Health News

    (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday affirmed a ruling that pharmaceutical company Merck & Co dishonestly obtained patent rights and was not entitled to collect a $200 million infringement verdict it won against rival Gilead Sciences Inc.

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  • General Electric workers, shareholders protest at annual meeting (342 characters)

    Wed, 25 Apr 2018 11:37:00 -0400General Electric workers, shareholders protest at annual meetingReuters: Company News

    IMPERIAL, Pennsylvania, April 25 (Reuters) - General Electric CO employees and shareholders voiced frustration on Wednesday with the company's poor performance, while attending the first annual meeting under Chief Executive Officer John Flannery, who has presided over a 43 percent decline in GE's stock price since taking over on Aug. 1.

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  • Republicans hold off challenge to keep Arizona House seat (266 characters)

    Wed, 25 Apr 2018 11:36:00 -0400Republicans hold off challenge to keep Arizona House seatReuters: Politics

    PHOENIX (Reuters) - Republicans declared victory on Wednesday in a special Arizona election for a vacated U.S. House of Representatives seat after a tight race that some observers said could still bolster Democratic momentum heading into November's midterm vote.

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  • Hotel key cards, even invalid ones, help hackers break into rooms (271 characters)

    Wed, 25 Apr 2018 11:34:00 -0400Hotel key cards, even invalid ones, help hackers break into roomsReuters: Technology News

    HELSINKI (Reuters) - By getting hold of a widely used hotel key card, an attacker could create a master key to unlock any room in the building without leaving a trace, Finnish security researchers said in a study published on Wednesday, solving a 14-year-old mystery.

  • UPDATE 3-General Dynamics' jet delivery delay hurts profit beat (268 characters)

    Wed, 25 Apr 2018 11:34:00 -0400UPDATE 3-General Dynamics' jet delivery delay hurts profit beatReuters: Company News

    April 25 (Reuters) - General Dynamics Corp reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit on Wednesday, with sales of tanks and weapons systems lifted by greater U.S. defense spending, even as overall sales figures were dented by fewer corporate jets deliveries.

  • U.S. court upholds dismissal of $200 million Merck verdict against Gilead (260 characters)

    Wed, 25 Apr 2018 11:33:00 -0400U.S. court upholds dismissal of $200 million Merck verdict against GileadReuters: Company News

    April 25 (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday affirmed a ruling that pharmaceutical company Merck & Co dishonestly obtained patent rights and was not entitled to collect a $200 million infringement verdict it won against rival Gilead Sciences Inc.

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  • Microsoft Plans Version of Windows 10 For Devices With Limited Storage (860 characters)

    Wed, 25 Apr 2018 11:32:00 -0400Microsoft Plans Version of Windows 10 For Devices With Limited StorageSlashdot

    An anonymous reader shares a report: A smaller, more pared down version of Windows 10 was spotted in the latest Redstone 5 preview build. Microsoft is calling it Windows 10 Lean and it's 2GB smaller in size than standard editions of Windows 10 once installed. Missing from this version are the Registry Editor, Internet Explorer, wallpaper, Microsoft Management Console and drivers for CD and DVD drives, and Windows Central notes that the lighter Windows 10 might be designed to ensure tablets and laptops with little internal storage can install Windows 10 feature updates. Additionally, the Redstone 5 preview also features phone-related APIs that support functions like dialing, blocking withheld numbers, video calling, Bluetooth headset support and speakerphone mode, stoking those persistent Andromeda rumors.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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Media

  • Image Sensor Market is Greater than Lamps

    IC Insights Optoelectronic, Sensor, and Discrete (O-S-D) report gives a nice comparison of image sensor business with others:

  • SiOnyx Met its Kickstarter Goal in One Day

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    IHS Markit sees a large potential for optical fingerprint sensors in smartphones:

  • Samsung 0.9um TetraCell Sensor Reverse Engineered

    TechInsights publishes reverse engineering of Samsung first 0.9um pixel sensor found in Vivo V7+ smartphone 24MP selfie camera:

    "We did not expect to see the Samsung S5K2X7SP image sensor until Q2, 2018?but here it is in the Vivo V7+."

  • Brookman ToF Ambient Light Suppression

    Brookman Technology publishes Youtube demo of its ToF camera of Dynamic ambient light suppression (DALS) by Multi-tap sensing technology with Short Pulse Modulation (SPM):

  • Canon Promotional Videos

    Canon publishes promotional videos of its 120MXS 120MP 2.2um pixel APS-H sensor and 35MMFHDXS 1080p 19um pixel full-frame sensor:



  • Powerchip Files IR-Enhanced Pixel Patent Application

  • Fast Videos Compilation

    Below is just a couple of nice videos recently published on Youtube:



  • SiOnyx Announces Consumer Black Silicon Camera

  • Passive IR Sensors Tutorial

    EE Journal publishes a tutorial video on passive IR sensors by Amelia Dalton and Jeffrey Katz (Panasonic):

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