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Tor 0.3.3.6 released

  • The Tor 0.3.3 series includes controller support and other improvements for v3 onion services, official support for embedding Tor within other applications, and our first non-trivial module written in the Rust programming language.
  • Below are the changes since 0.3.2.10.
  • For a list of only the changes since 0.3.3.5-rc, see the ChangeLog file.
  • May 23 01:18:54.000 [warn] tor_bug_occurred_(): Bug: src/or/circuitbuild.c:2772: onion_extend_cpath: Non-fatal assertion info || client failed.
  • (on Tor 0.3.3.6 7dd0813e783ae16e) May 23 01:18:54.000 [warn] Bug: Non-fatal assertion info || client failed in onion_extend_cpath at src/or/circuitbuild.c:2772.

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Today Mac OS X Is as Old as the Classic Mac OS

  • Today marks 17 years, one month, and 29 days since Mac OS X 10.0 was released on March 24, 2001.
  • That’s a strangely odd number—6269 days—but it also happens to be the exactly length of time between January 24, 1984 (the launch of the original Macintosh) and March 24, 2001.
  • In other words, today the Mac’s second operating system era, powered by Mac OS X (now macOS) has been in existence as long as the first era was.
  • And it makes me wonder what comes next for the Mac. I doubt we will see a seismic transition to a new Mac OS—it’s more likely that we will see waves of change that gradually turn what we think of as the Mac into something different, influenced by the success of iOS.
  • Apple makes Mac chip transitions every dozen years or so, and another one may be on the way.

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How will the GDPR impact machine learning?

  • The GDPR, as a matter of law, does contain a blanket prohibition on the use of automated decision-making, so long as that decision-making occurs without human intervention and produces significant effects on data subjects.
  • The regulation identifies three areas where the use of autonomous decisions is legal: where the processing is necessary for contractual reasons, where it’s separately authorized by another law, or when the data subject has explicitly consented.
  • In Articles 13-15 of the regulation, the GDPR states repeatedly that data subjects have a right to “meaningful information about the logic involved” and to “the significance and the envisaged consequences” of automated decision-making.
  • What’s more likely is that EU regulators will read these provisions as suggesting that when ML is used to make decisions without human intervention, and when those decisions significantly impact data subjects, those individuals are entitled to some basic form of information about what is occurring.

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With Storyline, Anyone Can Create Engaging Alexa Skills with Zero Coding

  • “Storyline addresses that problem by letting writers focus on the conversation without worrying about the code behind it.” As proof of the power of Storyline’s conversation editor, Shynkarenka points to Adva Levin, who built her entire Kids Court skill—the Grand Prize winner of the Alexa Skills Challenge: Kids—using Storyline.
  • “We let writers focus on the content, but all the interfaces to create, update, publish, and manage the skill use the Skill Management API.” Shynkarenka says Storyline’s Skill Management API integration allows authors to refresh skill content in real time, without having to redeploy or recertify the skill.
  • And now, by integrating the Alexa Skills Management API (SMAPI) into Storyline, users can create, test, publish, and update their skills, without ever leaving Storyline’s drag-and-drop interface.

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Pentagon's damning assessment of Kim regime made public, with summit in balance

  • The report differs from Trump's public assessment of Kim. Last year the President dubbed him "Little Rocket Man" but in recent weaks he has been effusive in his praise for the North Korean leader, calling him "very open and I think very honorable." The report also makes clear the obstacles Trump faces in convincing Kim to give up his nuclear weapons program, which Kim sees as key to maintaining his grip on power.
  • The Pentagon study on military and security developments in North Korea is mandated by Congress, and the latest version was completed before Trump agreed to meet with Kim. Nonetheless it provides the latest detailed public assessment from the Trump administration of Kim's weapons program and his potential motivations for maintaining power in advance of a potential summit.

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How cocktail party chatter led a Trump ally to claim a 'deep state' conspiracy

  • Washington (CNN) - A seemingly impromptu suggestion at a cocktail party in 2016 -- that Hillary Clinton's deleted emails were circulating among the intelligence community and the Trump campaign might be able to get hold of them -- has irked former Trump campaign adviser Michael Caputo for years, he said.
  • When reports began to emerge this month that the FBI previously sent a confidential source to speak to advisers to Trump's presidential campaign after the bureau had obtained evidence those aides had ties to Russia, Caputo said he became increasingly convinced that the government contractor floating damaging information on Clinton was part of a setup.
  • Bell said he would soon be going to work for Trump and the contractor suggested the Trump campaign pursue sources connected to the US intelligence community for damaging information on Clinton.

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Trump planning to withhold aid from undocumented immigrant home countries

  • Washington (CNN) - President Donald Trump said Wednesday his administration is devising a plan to withhold US foreign aid funds from the home countries of immigrants who illegally enter the United States.
  • It was also possible he was referring to situations where home countries refuse to accept undocumented immigrants convicted of crimes in the US once they have served their prison sentence.
  • Trump once again shined a spotlight on crimes committed by MS-13 gang members to reinforce his administration's efforts to curtail illegal immigration, even though they account for only a small portion of both the number of undocumented immigrants and gang members in the United States.
  • That is just a fraction -- less than 1% -- of the 1.4 million gang members the FBI estimates to be criminally active in the United States.

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Education Secretary says schools should decide whether to report undocumented students. Civil rights groups say she's wrong.

  • Washington (CNN) - Education Secretary Betsy DeVos faced backlash from civil rights groups after she told members of Congress on Tuesday that she believed schools can decide whether or not to report undocumented students to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Officials.
  • The groups say DeVos's comments would violate the Constitution, pointing to the 1982 Supreme Court decision, Plyler v.
  • DeVos said on Tuesday that she believed the choice was up to schools and local communities whether principals and teachers had the responsibility to call ICE if they learned a student or a student's family members were undocumented.
  • ICE has clearly stated that schools are considered "sensitive locations," like churches and places of worship, where they do not conduct immigration enforcement.
  • DeVos acknowledged during her testimony Tuesday that the Supreme Court had ruled that the government must provide money to educate undocumented students in K-12 schools throughout the country.

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3 great TVs under $500 that come with 4K resolution and support HDR

  • Don't get me wrong, there have been plenty of great 4K TVs released over the past couple of years, but the best features have finally started to make their way into sets that a lot more people can afford.
  • To prove this point, I've highlighted 4K TVs from Vizio, TCL, and LG that cost under $500, support HDR (high dynamic range), and have built-in smart features.
  • Like most Vizio TVs from the past couple of years, this set has a Chromecast built in, so you can stream any media from a Chromecast-enabled app on your phone or table to the screen.
  • Finally, if you have a Google Home, the Chromecast inside Vizio's E-Series TVs also allows you to stream media from it to the TV using your voice instead of using a remote.
  • You'll also be able to access streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Spotify through a built-in app store.

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Trump is reportedly considering a plan to slap tariffs on imported cars

  • President Donald Trump is considering applying tariffs on imported cars, according to a new report.
  • The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that the Trump administration is considering a plan to impose the tariffs by undergoing an investigation through Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act. Section 232 allows the president to impose trade restrictions on national security grounds.
  • Trump administration officials have begun to discuss the possibility of auto tariffs with industry executives, according to the Journal, and the tariffs could be as high as 25%.
  • The Washington Post's David Lynch and Josh Dawsey also reported that the annoucement of a Section 232 investigation could be a ploy by the Trump adminstration to pressure Mexico into accepting new rules on auto imports in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiation.
  • By threatening a tariff on all imported cars, Mexico could be pressured into the tightening of the rules.

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