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Robula+: an algorithm to generate robust XPath-based locators

  • Robula+ is an algorithm to generate robust XPath-based locators, that are likely to work correctly with new releases of a web application.
  • Robula+ reduces the locators' fragility on average by 90% w.r.t. absolute locators and by 63% w.r.t. Selenium IDE locators [1].
  • Returns an optimized robust XPath locator string, describing a desired element.
  • Returns the first element in the given document located by the given xPath locator.
  • Returns true, if the xPath describes only the desired element.
  • You now should have a lib folder, that you can include in your private JavaScript / TypeScript project.
  • Authors: Maurizio Leotta, Andrea Stocco, Filippo Ricca and Paolo Tonella.

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Best Lenses for Sunstars

  • The 10 straight aperture blades will give you sunstars with 10 well defined  rays which blend in nicely with the scene.
  • I think the sunstars the Voigtlander produces really add to the scene while the Leica’s look rather mushy by comparison.
  • Honestly I fail to comprehend this claim and think the main reason for it is that many Nikon users don’t know there a lenses that can do better.
  • This is good for bokeh stopped down as light circles stay pretty much round, but frankly not the best choice for sunstars in my opinion.
  • You should also consider straight aperture blades may yield nicer sunstars, but bokeh highlights won’t appear round anymore and will look less natural and might even distract from the subject.
  • Canon with it’s 8 slightly rounded blades on most lenses went for the middle way, decent sunstars, decent bokeh highlights but not outstanding in either category.

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London traders hit $500M jackpot when oil went negative

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Gitlab Support is no longer processing MFA resets for free users

  • We’ve all seen examples of companies whose Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) reset policies negate the security benefits of MFA on accounts.
  • Today we’re announcing a change that will put account security wholly in the hands of our users.
  • As of Aug. 15th, 2020, GitLab Support will no longer process MFA resets for free accounts.
  • This change means that if you’re using GitLab with MFA you will want to ensure that you have an appropriate set of backup methods to recover your account.
  • There will be a minimum three business-day processing time and you'll be required to pass a number of security challenges to verify account ownership.
  • From August 15th, GitLab Support will no longer be manually removing MFA from free accounts.

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DHS to replace military-style uniforms for federal police officers

  • The Trump administration reached an agreement with Oregon's Democratic governor to withdraw federal officers from downtown Portland last week, though the Trump administration said it will maintain a presence in the city until it believes federal locations there are secure.
  • Over the weekend, hundreds of people peacefully gathered at the federal courthouse -- the epicenter of the previous clashes -- for the 66th night of Black Lives Matter protests, according to the Portland Police Bureau.
  • DHS came under fire last week for gathering and distributing intelligence reports on journalists covering the Portland protests.
  • In the past, the DHS Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties could appeal to the deputy secretary if there was a disagreement about whether an intelligence report was appropriate to be distributed.

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Australian journalist leaves Donald Trump grasping in viral interview

  • Washington | In October 2018, Axios' Jonathan Swan tweeted that he was "excited to share" a snippet of his interview with US President Donald Trump from the first episode of Axios on HBO.
  • For Axios chief executive and co-founder Jim VandeHei, who defended Swan in 2018 about the backlash he was facing, the Trump interview was less of a return to form than a product of the Australian-born journalist's fast metabolism and strong work ethic in covering this presidency.
  • Interviewing Trump is seen as more of an art form than a science, and those who have experienced it were quick to recognise Swan's success in pressing the president on topics that included the spread of the novel coronavirus, mail-in voting, and the use of federal officers against protests in Portland, Oregon.

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One Australian killed, embassy damaged in Beirut blast

  • One Australian is among at least 78 confirmed dead and Australian diplomats were injured after a devastating explosion near Beirut's port on Tuesday (Wednesday morning AEST).
  • The Australian embassy building has also suffered extensive damage in the blast, as Australia officials scramble to determine how many Australians may have been caught up.
  • Prime Minister Scott Morrison said about 20,000 Australians were normally in Lebanon but the COVID-19 travel restrictions made it difficult to say how many had returned home.
  • The department said the embassy in Beirut was making urgent inquiries with local authorities to establish the extent of the impact on Australians.
  • Victoria braces for more than 700 new cases; Queensland to close borders to NSW, ACT; Virgin to cut 3000 jobs under new owner, discontinue Tigerair; Follow our live updates here.

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Millennials don’t want a hug. We want opportunity.

  • Now, not only have youth-oriented sectors such as hospitality and tourism been effectively shut down, my generation is likely to experience “long-term consequences in the form of occupations lower on the jobs ladder and lower salaries than they might have expected in the early part of the century”.
  • From my personal experience, the employment market was shaky by the time I finished my finance and economics degree.
  • I was fortunate to win a place in the graduate program for technology company, Iress.
  • It involves helping me navigate my first year of full-time employment, working with me to develop my skills, helping me forge a career path and connecting me with a group of passionate and motivated peers in my graduate program.
  • Sceptical that degrees are the best measure of whether candidates have the skills they need, employers are looking for ways applicants can prove themselves.

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Prototype of SpaceX’s future Starship rocket flies short hop to 500 feet

  • Just two days after returning its first astronauts back to Earth, SpaceX successfully flew a prototype of its next-generation, deep-space rocket in south Texas, sending the vehicle up to 500 feet and then landing it back down on Earth.
  • Starship is designed to fly to space mounted on top of a giant rocket booster, known as Super Heavy, and both vehicles will be powered by SpaceX’s new powerful rocket engine, called Raptor.
  • Today’s flight, often referred to as “hop,” is meant to test out controlled takeoff and landing of the vehicle.
  • This short hop showed that vehicle similar in size and shape to Starship could launch and then land back down again, at least from a low altitude.
  • SpaceX has actually flown a Starship prototype on a short hop before, though it was very different than the one that flew today.

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SpaceX successfully flies its Starship prototype to a height of around 500 feet

  • The company has built a number of different Starship prototypes to date, include one prior version called the Starhopper that was essentially just the bottom portion of the rocket.
  • Today, the company flew its first full-scale prototype (minus the domed cap that will appear on the final version, and without the control fins that will appear lower down on its sides), achieving an initial flight of around 150 m (just under 500 feet).
  • SpaceX actually built a first full-scale demonstration craft called the Starship Mk1 prior to switching to this new naming scheme, so that makes this the sixth one this size they’ve built — with the prior versions suffering failures at various points during preparations, including pressure testing and following a static engine test fire.
  • SpaceX has an aggressive prototype development program to attempt to get Starship in working order, with the ambitious goal of flying payloads using the functional orbital vehicle as early as next year.

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