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Teens keep outsmarting Apple's features for limiting screen time, and parents are starting to get frustrated

  • Children as young as 9 continue to find new ways to avoid parental controls on their devices, according to a report from Reed Albergotti at the Washington Post.
  • YouTube videos and Reddit posts have tips for removing parental controls in under five minutes.
  • Or, to go about it another way, kids figure out their parents' passcodes using screen recording or accessing an old iTunes backup on a a Macbook or PC.
  • Now, parents are growing frustrated at the lack of response or help from Apple after they discover that their children have figured out how to beat Screen Time, the Post reported.
  • Apple released its parental control feature, Screen Time, in 2018 as part of iOS 12.
  • According to the Post, two major shareholders at Apple pushed the board to introduce parental controls to address screen addiction in children.

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Google employees are fighting over their company’s decision to ban a Hong Kong protest video game app

  • Google employees have set off a fiery company-wide debate in recent days by posting messages of solidarity with Hong Kong protesters in mailing lists and message boards visible to Google’s roughly 100,000 employees.
  • Many are frustrated with the company’s decision to remove a pro-Hong Kong protester mobile game, The Revolution of Our Times, from the Google Play store and feel the company should have handled the situation differently.
  • And the discussions have stoked tensions between employees who support the Hong Kong protesters and believe that tech companies like Google have an ethical imperative to support democratic movements, and some pro-Chinese government employees who say that such discussions are inappropriate on internal listservs.
  • The employee argued that if the poster had an issue with Google’s decision to remove the pro-Hong Kong protester game from the Play store, they should file a private complaint with the team working on it instead of sharing a news article.

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An African American security guard asked a student to not call him the N-word. That request got him fired

  • Marlon Anderson was a security guard at Madison West High School in Wisconsin.
  • Last Wednesday, he was called in to help the assistant principal escort a student from school grounds, he told CNN.
  • Anderson called for backup, and the student started yelling expletives at him, including the racial slur, Anderson said.
  • At first, Anderson said he asked the student to stop calling him that, without saying the word.
  • When contacted for comment, the school did not respond directly to Anderson's firing, but said it has a zero-tolerance policy for the use of racial slurs.
  • He has two sons who attended Madison West High School.
  • In a Facebook post announcing the hire, the nonprofit wrote that Anderson has "an amazing track record" with local teens.
  • CNN affiliate WKOW reported that Madison West students staged a walkout on Friday in support of Anderson.

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#hacktoberfestOpen Source Tips from Maintainers for Maintainers

  • This year for Hacktoberfest, Twilio decided to kick off a series of blog posts from various maintainers of large open-source projects and communities to share learnings and tips with the community and other maintainers.
  • In this blog post Evelyn Masso is sharing one of her key learnings during her Processing Foundation fellowship working on the p5.js project.
  • In this blog post she's sharing 10 of her key lessons learned during the last years working on CodeBuddies.
  • In this blog post, Kat Marchán shares learnings from their time founding communities like lgbtq.technology and WeAllJS and maintaining various open-source projects.
  • In this post, you’ll learn why having a clear enforcing process is key to great communities.
  • We hope that this series of blog posts can be helpful for other maintainers but ultimately we want to hear from you what you would like to learn more about!

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Is feeding bread to ducks still a no-no? Mysterious sign sparks furious debate

  • A Facebook post showing a sign asking passersby to feed bread to ducks in a park in Buxton, England has sparked fierce debate online.
  • The original post of the sign, which claimed that some birds were "dying of starvation" because people had stopped feeding them bread, was shared more than 17,000 times before it was deleted, BBC News reported.
  • Meanwhile, the image was reposted on Reddit under the "I'm confused about duck diet now" thread -- which was upvoted more than 39,000 times and prompted lively discussion about whether the birds should, in fact, eat bread.
  • The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), however, told CNN in a statement that only a small amount of bread should be given to birds, and that people could also feed ducks and swans with sweetcorn, porridge oats, defrosted frozen peas, bird seed and crumbled cookies.

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Cryptocurrency Analysis with Python — Log Returns

  • The problem with that approach is that prices of different cryptocurrencies are not normalized and we cannot use comparable metrics.
  • In this post, we describe the benefits of using log returns for analysis of price changes.
  • The benefit of using returns, versus prices, is normalization: measuring all variables in a comparable metric, thus enabling evaluation of analytic relationships amongst two or more variables despite originating from price series of unequal values (for details, see Why Log Returns).
  • We plot normalized changes of closing prices for last 50 hours.
  • We also estimate parameters for log-normal distribution and plot estimated log-normal distribution with a red line.
  • On the chart below, we plot the distribution of LTC log returns.
  • We also estimate parameters for normal distribution and plot estimated normal distribution with a red line.
  • We also showed how to estimate parameters for normal and log-normal distributions.

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Cryptocurrency Analysis with Python — Log Returns

  • The problem with that approach is that prices of different cryptocurrencies are not normalized and we cannot use comparable metrics.
  • In this post, we describe the benefits of using log returns for analysis of price changes.
  • The benefit of using returns, versus prices, is normalization: measuring all variables in a comparable metric, thus enabling evaluation of analytic relationships amongst two or more variables despite originating from price series of unequal values (for details, see Why Log Returns).
  • We plot normalized changes of closing prices for last 50 hours.
  • We also estimate parameters for log-normal distribution and plot estimated log-normal distribution with a red line.
  • On the chart below, we plot the distribution of LTC log returns.
  • We also estimate parameters for normal distribution and plot estimated normal distribution with a red line.
  • We also showed how to estimate parameters for normal and log-normal distributions.

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REST Is the New Soap

  • In the end, like most REST users, you’ll probably use random HTTP codes, like “HTTP 418 I’m a teapot” or unassigned numbers, to express your application-specific exceptions.
  • Out-of-control caches are dangerous beasts; how many people want to expose their APIs in clear text, so that a Varnish or a Proxy on the road may keep delivering outdated content, long after a resource has been updated or deleted?
  • I perfectly admit that some heavily loaded systems want to benefit from HTTP caching, but it costs much less to expose a few GET endpoints for heavy read-only interactions, than to switch all operations to REST and its dubious error handling.
  • Issuing a GET is particularly straightforward, for sure, but good luck writing json or xml POST payloads by hand; people usually use fixture files, or, much more handy, full-fledged API clients instantiated directly in the command line interface of their favorite language.

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#challengeDaily Challenge #94 - Last Digit

  • For a given list [x1, x2, x3, ..., xn] compute the last (decimal) digit of x1 ^ (x2 ^ (x3 ^ (...
  • E. g., last_digit([3, 4, 2]) == 1 because 3 ^ (4 ^ 2) = 3 ^ 16 = 43046721.
  • Beware: Powers grow incredibly fast.
  • For example, 9 ^ (9 ^ 9) has more than 369 million of digits.
  • lastDigit has to deal with such numbers efficiently.
  • Corner cases: We assume that 0 ^ 0 = 1 and that lastDigit of an empty list equals to 1.
  • This challenge comes from Bodigrim on CodeWars, who has licensed redistribution of this challenge under the 2-Clause BSD License!
  • Want to propose a challenge idea for a future post?
  • Email [email protected] with your suggestions!
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Trump picked the author of more than 60 self-help Illuminati books for a federal education board that honors top high school seniors

  • President Donald Trump has appointed the author of self-help Illuminati books to join a federal education board that honors the smartest high school seniors in the nation.
  • The Denver Post reported that Trump nominated George Mentz to the Commission on Presidential Scholars last week.
  • It's a board tasked with selecting 161 scholars who "demonstrate exceptional accomplishment sin academics, the arts, career, and technical education and an outstanding commitment to public service.
  • The Colorado Springs-based author told the newspaper he's only using Illuminati in book titles for marketing and branding purposes.
  • Mentz owns the Global Academy of Finance and Management, which awards certifications to people who can then list titles that sound legitimate next to their names.
  • The company has been accused of giving certifications to undeserving applicants, the Denver Post reported.

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